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Naperville Sep 6 - Oct 16, 2016  
Theater Wit Naperville
 
That idyllic suburb is none other than west suburban Naperville, where Howard is considering abandoning his career in Seattle to move back home to care for his mother Candice after an accident has left her blind. At the Caribou Coffee in downtown Naperville, Howard and Candice cross paths with Anne, Howard's high school classmate and an expert on the suburb's founder, Captain Joseph Naper.
 
   
Grizzly Mama Sep 6 - Oct 15, 2016  
Rivendell Theatre Grizzly Mama
 
Deb is a divorced suburban mom who re-imagines herself as a righteous, liberal avenger following the death of her activist mother. Her daughter, Hannah, is a typical texting teenager - that is, until she discovers the real reason why mom moved them next door to a certain Alaskan presidential candidate. A dark comedy about motherhood, murder and moose.
 
   
Ultra American: A Patriot Act Sep 6 - Sep 25, 2016  
Silk Road Rising at Chicago Temple Ultra American: A Patriot Act
 
Declared "America's Funniest Muslim" by CNN, stand-up star Azhar Usman is a comic-philosopher with a unique, globally minded perspective. The New York Times, The Guardian and The Economist have all profiled him. ABC's Nightline devoted an entire episode to exploring his life and comedy. Now he's back with his latest one-man show, Ultra American: A Patriot Act, in the spirit of his heroes and legends like George Carlin and Richard Pryor, and in the midst of a charged political climate. Check out this world premiere from the Chicago born-and-raised comedian at Silk Road Rising.
 
   
Julius Caesar Sep 7 - Oct 23, 2016  
Writers Theatre Julius Caesar
 
Shakespeare's masterpiece of power and conspiracy, friendship and betrayal, stands as the greatest political drama ever written. Caesar has made Rome the world's most powerful Empire through his brilliant military strategies, and upon his return from the wars the citizens of Rome wish to abandon the Republic and crown him king. When his fellow senators decide that his advancement must be halted, they come to a brutal and extreme solution: the great man must fall.
 
   
Mamma Mia! Sep 7 - Oct 30, 2016  
Paramount Theatre Mamma Mia!
 
It's the story of Sophie, a 20-year-old bride-to-be preparing for her wedding. Unbeknownst to her mother, she finds her mom's diary and reads about her love-filled summer 20 years before with three different men. Sophie is convinced one of the men is her father, and she's determined to find out who. She sends a wedding invitation to each of the men, forging her mother's signature on each note. When the men arrive the day before the ceremony, Donna, her mom, is shocked at their presence while Sophie is elated to finally meet her father. Quickly, each of the men realizes why they've been asked to the nuptials, and each is ready to walk their daughter down the aisle.
 
   
Scarcity Sep 7 - Oct 9, 2016  
Redtwist Theatre Scarcity
 
A family stuck in the sticks and struggling to make ends meet has a chance to get their brilliant son into an advanced program when his obsessed math teacher becomes mesmerized by Billy's intellect and potential and offers to help with his college dreams. But what are her real intentions? And will the family grab this golden opportunity for a way out? Featuring Jeff Award-winner, Jacqueline Grandt, and fellow Redtwist company members, Johnny Garcia and Debra Rodkin, along with guest artists, Mark Pracht, Brendan Meyer, and Ada Grey.
 
   
Helldrivers Of Daytona Sep 8 - Oct 30, 2016  
Royal George Theatre Helldrivers Of Daytona
 
In Helldrivers Of Daytona, tensions flare as drivers compete for the top slot in the 1965 Daytona Speedway Jackpot 500. Amidst a sea of tanned surfers, speedway groupies, motorheads and bikini babes, Lucky Stubbs (James Nedrud) must find a way to win his dream girl, Pepper Johnson (Samantha Pauly), from rival driver Count Porcini Portobello (Jeff nominee David Sajewich), a dangerously enticing European hotshot. The race for love and glory is on in this spoof of 1960s Elvis-style rock movies, a ride that's fast, furious and funny.
 
   
Carroll Gardens Sep 8 - Oct 15, 2016  
16th Street Theater at Berwyn Cultural Center Carroll Gardens
 
Davis and Robby were BFFs in '93, but that last F is a long, long time. In 2013 Davis has traded his broke, small-town past for the hipster lifestyle of a Brooklyn artist. But when Robby crashes his childhood homie's 30th birthday, holding onto the past may cost Davis his future. Conflicts over race, class, culture and foodies ignite in A. Zell Williams' world premiere comedy.
 
   
True West Sep 8 - Oct 22, 2016  
Shattered Globe Theatre at Theater Wit True West
 
Estranged brothers claw for their piece of the American Dream in Sam Shepard's deeply personal iconic play. In their Mother's house, amidst the surreal terrain of the California desert, screen writer and family man Austin is confronted by his brother Lee whose reckless nature threatens to obliterate everything he has been working towards. Envy fuels a wild and side splitting attempt to escape into each other's lives.
 
   
You On The Moors Now Sep 9 - Oct 30, 2016  
The Hypocrites at The Den Theatre You On The Moors Now
 
This crazy, funny show sets heroines from the 19th century novels of Louis May Alcott, Jane Austen and the Bronte sisters in a mythical place of Moors. When our heroines receive proposals of marriage, they decide to escape. The men wage war on the women starting the Moors Wars. Jaclyn Backhaus' ultimately moving and inventive play ends in beautiful prose like a chapter from the books these women originated.
 
   
Life Sucks Sep 9 - Nov 6, 2016  
Lookingglass Theatre Life Sucks
 
A group of old friends, ex-lovers, estranged in-laws, and lifelong enemies gather to grapple with life's thorniest questions-and each other. What could possibly go wrong? Incurably lustful and lonely, hapless and hopeful, these seven souls collide and stumble their way towards a new understanding that Life Sucks! Or does it?
 
   
In The Heights Sep 9 - Oct 16, 2016  
Porchlight Music Theatre at Stage 773 In The Heights
 
From the creator of the current Broadway juggernaut Hamilton, and winner of Tony Awards for "Best Musical" and "Best Original Score," In the Heights tells the universal story of a tight-knit community in New York's Washington Heights neighborhood-a place where the windows are always open and the breeze carries the rhythm of three generations of music. It's a community on the brink of change, full of hopes and dreams, where the biggest struggles can be deciding which traditions you take with you, and which ones you leave behind.
 
   
Miss Holmes Sep 9 - Oct 30, 2016  
Lifeline Theatre Miss Holmes
 
Miss Sherlock Holmes, possessor of one of the greatest deductive minds of her generation, finds herself regularly incarcerated for behaviors deemed abnormal in a "respectable" lady. Miss Dorothy Watson struggles to make a difference at the only hospital in England that will hire female doctors. These unconventional women, trapped in an era that refuses to accept them, must forge a bond of trust and work together to uncover the secrets surrounding a corrupt police investigator whose wives have a habit of turning up dead. A thrilling murder mystery that re-introduces familiar characters from the works of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle under a brand new light, in a world premiere production.
 
   
Saturday Morning Funnies Sep 10 - Oct 29, 2016  
Li'l Buds Theatre at Edge Theatre Saturday Morning Funnies
 
This new sketch comedy show from Li'l Buds Theatre Company is made up of short plays aimed at children, inspired by children, and even performed by children. With professional young actors ranging in age from 10 to 17, each episode of the Saturday Morning Funnies is written by Li'l Buds -- a group powered by imagination and dedicated to educating and enriching the lives of children of all backgrounds through the performing arts -- inspired by the ideas and stories of students ages 5-15. So whether you have young ones of your own who would love to see their peers perform, or whether nothing warms your own heart more than a show filled with comedic kids, be prepared to laugh along with Saturday Morning Funnies at The Edge Theater in Chicago.
 
   
Tug Of War: Civil Strife Sep 14 - Oct 9, 2016  
Chicago Shakespeare Theater Tug Of War: Civil Strife
 
Civil Strife is the second installment of Artistic Director Barbara Gaines' electrifying adaptation, Tug of War, which distills six Shakespeare plays into two action-packed dramas that trace the rise and fall of kings, and the uncommon courage of common men. In the spirit of addictive epic sagas, like Scandal and House of Cards, tensions build as the origin stories of Shakespeare's most iconic rulers unfold-underscored by stunning staging, live music, surprising poignancy and humor. Picking up where Tug of War: Foreign Fire left off, focus shifts to the home front in Civil Strife, as family divisions launch a country at war with itself in Henry VI, Parts 2 and 3 and Richard III-and nobility and commoners alike pay the price.
 
   
Hand In Hand Sep 14 - Oct 16, 2016  
Akvavit Theatre at The Den Theatre Hand In Hand
 
In this madcap black comedy from Sweden, six accidental roommates struggle to find money, love and - hardest of all - their own apartment in Stockholm. Each works hard to manipulate the system in their own ways, but all of them are willing to go to extreme lengths to find a place (or person) to call home. They look for shelter in the wilderness, the bedroom, and, - in their most desperate moments - the government. As the characters lives spiral hilariously and disastrously out of control, they discover just how painstakingly high the cost of living really can be.
 
   
Songs Of Lear Sep 15 - Sep 18, 2016  
Chicago Shakespeare Theater Songs Of Lear
 
The highest-rated performance in the 2012 Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Songs of Lear is an ensemble-driven, constantly evolving original work that invites audiences to witness the fruition of an intimate artistic process. Using crucial scenes from King Lear, it weaves a story using gestures, words and music, exploring the subtle energies and beautiful rhythms that govern one of Shakespeare's greatest tragedies. Through this musical exploration of the text, melody becomes the embodiment of character, relationships and drama. London's The Guardian exclaims, it "seems to have already passed into legend even though it's only a work in progress."
 
   

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