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bare: a pop opera Aug 13 - Aug 30, 2015  
The Cuckoo's Theater Project at Chicago Dramatists bare: a pop opera
 
In bare: a pop opera, a group of high school seniors at a Catholic boarding school deal with questions of sexuality and personal identity. Most teens struggle with issues about sex, love, religion, and drugs, and these guys and girls are no different -- except in addition to each other, they can seek answers from the church. Ultimately though, they come to realize that many of the answers exist within themselves. Experience the highly charged story and rich, vibrant contemporary score of bare: a pop opera at Chicago Dramatists Theatre.
 
   
Fly Honey Show Aug 13 - Aug 29, 2015  
The Inconvenience at Chopin Theatre Fly Honey Show
 
Part dance show, part concert, part variety event; The Fly Honey Show is a cabaret firmly rooted in female-empowerment and celebrating the skin you're in. This year The Inconvenience extends the sex and body positive event to three weekends of programming that is sure to promote your sense of self and provoke your desire.
 
   
Kafkapalooza Aug 14 - Aug 22, 2015  
First Floor Theater at Flat Iron Arts Building Kafkapalooza
 
First Floor Theater (FFT) is thrilled to announce its third annual literary festival, KAFKAPALOOZA, a festival of nine world premiere plays, by some of Chicago’s most exciting playwrights, inspired by the life and work of Franz Kafka. Over the past two years, the FFT LitFest has brought together some of Chicago's greatest writers, including Seth Bockley, Philip Dawkins, Bonnie Metzgar, Ike Holter, Morgan McNaught, and Paul Oakley Stovall , to respond to literary greats The Brothers Grimm and Mark Twain.
 
   
After Miss Julie Aug 14 - Sep 28, 2015  
Strawdog Theatre After Miss Julie
 
After Miss Julie is Marber's modern reimaging of August Strindberg's classic play now set in 1945 the night of England's Labour Party's landslide election victory over Winston Churchill's Conservative Party. The wealthy Julie (Maggie Scranton) and the servant John (John Henry Roberts) navigate the complexity and sexual politics of master and servant relations, all while under the watchful eye of John's former fiancee and fellow servant Christine (Anita Deely).
 
   
The Rise And Fall of Little Voice Aug 14 - Sep 5, 2015  
No Stakes Theater Project, at Theater Wit The Rise And Fall of Little Voice
 
The play (also a 1998 film starring Michael Caine) takes place in a small factory town in Northern England, circa 1989. "Little Voice", or LV, is cripplingly shy. She spends her time in her bedroom, listening to her late father's records - Judy Garland, Edith Piaf, Marilyn Monroe, et al. When LV's mother, Mari, starts dating a talent scout, he discovers that LV can impersonate the singers she loves. When he puts LV up on stage at a local cabaret club, the two women are forced to compromise what sustains them. Cartwright's play is wildly funny, dark and biting.
 
   
South Pacific Aug 15 - Aug 30, 2015  
Light Opera Works at Cahn Auditorium South Pacific
 
The Pulitzer Prize-winning musical about two couples from different worlds on a Pacific Island during World War II. The score includes "Some Enchanted Evening," "Bali Ha'i," There is Nothin' Like a Dame" and "Younger Than Springtime," with the full original Robert Russell Bennett orchestrations.
 
   
Dirty Dancing - The Classic Story On Stage Aug 18 - Aug 30, 2015  
Cadillac Palace Theatre Dirty Dancing - The Classic Story On Stage
 
Dirty Dancing – The Classic Story On Stage is a coming of age love story involving the talented and headstrong dancer Johnny Castle and Frances “Baby” Houseman. During her family’s summer vacation at the popular Kellerman’s resort, Baby, a doctor’s daughter with dreams of joining the Peace Corps, meets Johnny, the guy from the wrong side of the tracks. Against all odds, they fall in love, learning life-changing lessons along the way. Dirty Dancing – The Classic Story On Stage, follows the highs and lows of their summer romance.
 
   
The Price Aug 18 - Nov 22, 2015  
TimeLine Theatre Company The Price
 
In a New York brownstone marked for demolition, two estranged brothers meet to sort through and sell their late father's belongings-a pile of relics and old furniture buried by a lifetime's worth of family baggage. Acclaimed as "one of the most engrossing and entertaining plays that Miller has ever written" (The New York Times), THE PRICE is a poignant, intimate, and often heart-wrenching look at the ways we are liberated or trapped by those we love.
 
   
October Sky Aug 19 - Oct 11, 2015  
Marriott Theatre In Lincolnshire October Sky
 
It was 1957, and Sputnik lit up the October sky over the small Appalachian mining town of Coalwood, West Virginia. Homer Hickam, the teenage son of a coal miner, is determined not to end up like generations before him. Inspired by the world's race to space, Homer and his buddies begin to light up the starry skies with their homemade rockets and dreams of glory. This rich and emotional story is for anyone who ever dreamed of something better and reached for the stars.
 
   
The Universal Wolf Aug 20 - Sep 26, 2015  
Trap Door Theatre The Universal Wolf
 
From the very beginning, with Little Red wringing the birdie’s neck so she can put it in the little gift basket for her grandmother, Joan Schenkar’s The Universal Wolf strikes a different cord in this highly theatrical rendering of the famous Little Red Riding Hood fairy tale. As the play progresses, the things are getting only weirder since one inversion of the original follows the other—the innocents are not so innocent after all, the aggressors turn into victims themselves, the horror becomes funny, the fun becomes scary. In The Universal Wolf, Schenkar has created a truly menacing, unpredictable and unstable world where all our expectations are turned topsy-turvy; the play is a provocation and an invitation for a revisionist reading of the famous fairy tale.
 
   
The Jacksonian Aug 21 - Oct 11, 2015  
Profiles Theatre - The Main Stage The Jacksonian
 
Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Beth Henley's eerie new play The Jacksonian transports audiences to Jackson, Mississippi, 1964. When his wife kicks him out, respectable dentist Bill Perch moves into the unsettling world of the seedy Jacksonian Motel. There, his downward spiral is punctuated by encounters with his teenage daughter, a gold-digging motel employee, a treacherous bartender and Perch's now-estranged wife. Revolving around the night of a murder, The Jacksonian, brims with suspense and dark humor as the subversive becomes commonplace and the passage of time becomes hauntingly unpredictable. In The Jacksonian, Beth Henley returns to the Southern Gothic storytelling that made her reputation with both critics and audiences. The darkly humorous play premiered at the Geffen Playhouse in February 2012 in a production directed by Tony Award winner Robert Falls with a cast featuring Ed Harris, Glenne Headly, Amy Madigan and Bill Pullman. It later played in New York with the New Group in November 2013 with the same creative team. Beth Henley's best- known plays include Crimes of the Heart, winner of the Pulitzer Prize and New York Drama Critics' Circle Award and The Miss Firecracker Contest. Her screenplay for Crimes of the Heart was nominated for an Oscar as Best Adapted Screenplay.
 
   
This House Believes The American Dream Is At The Expense of the American Negor Aug 21 - Sep 19, 2015  
Oracle Theatre This House Believes The American Dream Is At The Expense of the American Negor
 
This 70 minute play is important for all audiences. As this nation's battle with racism and inequality deepens, this prescient show demonstrates how our past is still relevant to our present.
 
   
The Outfit Aug 21 - Oct 10, 2015  
Piccolo Theatre The Outfit
 
In this modern fairy tale noir, comically tragic Nora lives in a world of shadows, with a lecherous landlord, the world's worst boss, and a pack of co-workers straight out of Mean Girls. She meets Marco, the son of a butcher and a budding clothing designer who changes her life with a remarkable outfit. Her newfound confidence leads to new conflict as Nora learns about fame, love, and what it means to be true to herself when power dressing is taken too far. Narrated by Marco's three crazy Italian aunts, The Outfit will touch your heart and make you smile.
 
   
Twisted Melodies Aug 27 - Sep 12, 2015  
Congo Square Theatre at Athenaeum Theatre Twisted Melodies
 
Twisted Melodies is a fictionalized journey through the mind of musical genius Donny Hathaway. We see a man lost in space and time, battling schizophrenia and trying to come to terms with - everything. Join us for an experience that explores the psychology of a genius and his music as he deals with the extreme circumstances of mental illness.
 
   
The Lyons Aug 27 - Sep 27, 2015  
AstonRep Theatre Company at Raven Theatre The Lyons
 
Indomitable matriarch Rita Lyons is at a major crossroads. Her husband is dying, her son is in a dubious relationship, and her daughter is barely holding it together. Tempers flare, words are exchanged, and secrets are revealed. Worst of all, Rita can't figure out how to redesign her living room.
 
   
Glory Days Aug 27 - Sep 20, 2015  
Refuge Theatre Project at Flat Iron Arts Building Glory Days
 
A year after graduating high school, four best friends reconnect on their old school's football field. Will has called the boys together with a mission: to hack into the sprinkler system so that it goes off when the jocks who bullied them in high school take the field for a charity game. But as the guys wait for instructions on how to break into the system, they quickly realize how dramatically their lives have grown apart. With a soaring pop-rock score, Glory Days is a poignant and witty coming-of-age story about friends searching for understanding and validation as they face the consequences of growing up.
 
   
American Idiot Aug 28 - Oct 25, 2015  
The Hypocrites at The Den Theatre American Idiot
 
Based on punk rock band Green Day's Grammy Award-winning multi-platinum album of the same name, AMERICAN IDIOT follows three lifelong friends, forced to choose between their dreams and the safety of suburbia in a post 9/11 world. The musical features hits including "Boulevard of Broken Dreams," "21 Guns," "Wake Me Up When September Ends," "Holiday" and the blockbuster title track, "American Idiot." A critical smash on Broadway and in London, AMERICAN IDIOT received a 2010 Tony Award nomination for Best Musical and won the 2011 Grammy Award for Best Musical Show Album.
 
   

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