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The Winter's Tale Jun 5 - Jun 21, 2015  
Fury Theatre at Indian Boundary Park The Winter's Tale
 
"Exit pursued by a bear" goes the Bard's most famous stage direction in this romance directed by Fury Artistic Director Mark Dodge*. Two kings, inseparable since childhood are torn asunder over jealousy of the beautiful Queen of Sicilia, Hermione. Tragedy marks the first part of Shakespeare's later Romance as all the king's men try to mend this tragic rift yet it'll take a ragtag family of shepherds and one conniving con-man to right this wrong. Join us as we blend Fury's unique style of theatre with song, dance, and plenty of laugh out loud moments! And a bear! Did we mention the bear?
 
   
Liberty City Jun 5 - Jul 12, 2015  
eta Creative Arts Foundation Liberty City
 
The compelling one-woman play tells a story of Miami in the 1980s - where race, politics and police brutality spark a community on edge and ignite a city-wide riot that a 10 year-old girl must navigate to get her young brother safely home. Everything her 60s revolutionary parents taught her about being black, invisible and strategic just might save them both. Liberty City foreshadows the current confrontations experienced in African American communities today.
 
   
Sleeping Around Jun 5 - Jun 26, 2015  
The Public House Theatre Sleeping Around
 
With her stand-up career on the rise and her first comedy special on the horizon, Avery is killing it ... career-wise. Her personal life is another story. Sleeping Around mixes a dramatic and amusing narrative with stand-up comedy, framing Avery's problematic sexual encounters and romantic troubles as a young woman of the world with her increasingly personal stand-up sets. Filled with a humorous and all-too-relatable cast of characters, this funny and engaging look at love can be seen at the Public House Theater.
 
   
Never Have I Ever Jun 5 - Jul 31, 2015  
Under The Gun Theater Never Have I Ever
 
From the creator and director of Comedy Against Humanity comes a new late night offering. Based on the popular party game "Never Have I Ever," this high-energy, interactive show takes an inside look at a house party we've all been to before-or have we?
 
   
The Fantasticks Jun 6 - Jun 14, 2015  
Light Opera Works at Cahn Auditorium The Fantasticks
 
The Off-Broadway hit about two fathers who plot to get their boy and girl together by pretending to keep them apart. This expanded version features a full orchestra accompanying the song classics "Try to Remember," "They Were You," "Soon It's Gonna Rain" and "Never Say No."
 
   
The Birds Jun 6 - Jul 19, 2015  
Griffin Theatre Company at Theater Wit The Birds
 
The Birds is a suspenseful, atmospheric adaptation of Daphne du Maurier's enthralling short story, also the inspiration for Alfred Hitchcock's chilling 1963 film thriller. Mysterious masses of birds have begun to violently attack at high tide, driving strangers Nat and Diane to take refuge in an isolated, abandoned house by the sea and form a bond to survive their haunting new circumstance. With no electricity and scarce food, the tension is palpable and hope is waning. Yet if two is company, three is a crowd, as the sudden arrival of a young woman with a mysterious nature of her own ruffles feathers in the house and quickly threatens to destroy their so-called sanctuary.
 
   
Queen Amarantha Jun 6 - Jun 28, 2015  
Other World Theatre at City Lit Theater Queen Amarantha
 
Good as Game of Thrones is, it's no replacement for enjoying your medieval fantasy drama -- complete with political intrigue, sexy scandal and nudity -- live on stage. For all these reasons and more, Otherworld Theatre's lavish production of Queen Amarantha beats HBO any day of the week. Headstrong and transgressive, Amarantha is far from a meek and mild medieval monarch. Yet, when her enemies destroy her reputation, she abdicates and runs away from her duties. The throne then falls to her hopelessly weak ward, Roderigo, and soon the kingdom is imperiled, forcing Amarantha to choose between her freedom and saving the country. Now Tiffany Keane directs the Midwest premiere of Queen Amarantha, an exciting homage to historical melodramas by Tony nominee Charles Busch (The Tale of the Allergist's Wife).
 
   
Roast Beef Jun 6 - Jul 18, 2015  
CIC Theater Roast Beef
 
Under the guidance of Miss Jessica Martini, the Roast Beef All-Male Revue entertains wild crowds every weekend with the hardest bodies and hottest moves legal enough to do in public. Starting backstage to learn what these slabs of meat get out of performing and ending with the actual revue, we follow a night with the Roast Beefers and see how they handle the bright lights of (adult) show biz!
 
   
Moby Dick Jun 10 - Aug 9, 2015  
Lookingglass Theatre Moby Dick
 
Madness rages like the angry sea when man pits himself against leviathan in Melville's epic and poetic tale furiously reimagined on the Lookingglass stage by director David Catlin (Lookingglass Alice). Set sail with Captain Ahab and the intrepid crew of the Pequod in this harrowing and intoxicating exploration of fate vs. free will.
 
   
City Of Angels Jun 10 - Aug 2, 2015  
Marriott Theatre In Lincolnshire City Of Angels
 
CITY OF ANGELS is the deliciously funny celebration of the decade's film noir genre and dark detective fiction, with a liberal touch of femme fatale, weaving together two plots unfolding at once. The double feature follows the "real" world of young New York writer, Stine, and his fictional alter-ego in the "reel" world, "Stone". Stine arrives in Los Angeles with the hopes of turning his crime novel into a Hollywood blockbuster, and while his movie plays out in black and white, Stine's new life is all-too colorful as he struggles to balance his relationship with his wife, Gabby and his overbearing producer Buddy Fidler. Each movie scene that Stine writes comes to life in the split-stage show, bringing double the laughter and intrigue to the audience.
 
   
Body and Blood Jun 11 - Aug 9, 2015  
The Gift Theatre Body and Blood
 
Body & Blood follows Dan as he finally finds his calling in life, and in the process, sends all of his loved ones spiraling into a spiritual crisis. The Gift co-founder and playwright of Northwest Highway depicts a beautiful local story about overcoming obstacles and following your heart.
 
   
A Work of Art Jun 11 - Jul 19, 2015  
Chicago Dramatists A Work of Art
 
A Work of Art tells the story of a woman who lost her brother to the war in Vietnam and the course of her life was changed forever. Now, at a crossroads, she must do battle with her past and the ghosts that continue to haunt her. This achingly beautiful new work, which depicts the burden that military families are asked to carry, explores the lingering pain and soul-searching that accompanies the aftermath of any war. The first of Romero's trilogy Graveyard of Empires is currently being produced by 16t Street Theatre.
 
   
Goldfish Jun 11 - Jul 12, 2015  
Route 66 Theatre Company at The Greenhouse Theater Center Goldfish
 
Two children of dysfunctional single parents come to college and fall in love with each other in Goldfish, a quirky romantic dramedy at Greenhouse Theater Center. Uptight 19-year-old Albert has left behind his irresponsible father, a degenerate gambler prone to squandering the family's savings on his habit. Meanwhile, the lovely Lucy's mother is an alcoholic dowager who lounges around their mansion in her bathrobe and pearls. As these two lovers' relationship evolves, friction heats up on both sides of the generational divide, as the children must increasingly serve as wards to their own troubled parents.
 
   
The Bikinis Jun 11 - Aug 16, 2015  
Fox Valley Repertory The Bikinis
 
Jukebox musicals like Jersey Boys, All Shook Up and Mamma Mia! have been all the rage on Broadway in recent years. Now it's time for the girls to have their moment in the sun. The Bikinis: A Musical Heat Wave of the 1960s is a celebration of the feel-good girl group music of the Sixties, with unforgettable songs like "It's in His Kiss," "I Will Survive," "These Boots Are Made For Walkin'," "I'm Every Woman" and much more. The Bikinis have gotten back together after 20 years to sing all the songs they used to do down at the boardwalk on the Jersey Shore. They're trying to raise money for the Sandy Shores Mobile Home Beach Resort -- and rekindle their old friendships.
 
   
South by Midwest Jun 11 - Jun 25, 2015  
MCL Chicago South by Midwest
 
Raised in the middle of nowhere and finding themselves in Chicago, Liz and Maggie have assembled a United Methodist potluck-worthy spread of notions, news, and nonsense to share with audiences in South by Midwest. Both hold multiple titles in their respective 4H events, have inherited their grandmothers' iron skillets and can sing "Our God is an Awesome God" from ancient, powerful muscle memory. Pull up a rocking chair on the porch or share a 3AM Uber with them as they invite audiences to unroll their own map and push some pins into "home" and "here" finding the deeply human satisfaction of tying a string between the two. From the plains of Littletown, USA comes South by Midwest.
 
   
The Who and the What Jun 12 - Jul 12, 2015  
Victory Gardens Theater - Biograph The Who and the What
 
Raised in a conservative Muslim family in Atlanta, the outspoken and brilliant Zarina recently completed a book about women and Islam. When her traditional father and sister discover the manuscript, it threatens to tear her family apart. With humor and ferocity, 2013 Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Ayad Akhtar and director Kimberly Senior examine the giant chasm between our traditions and our contemporary lives.
 
   
The America Play Jun 13 - Aug 1, 2015  
Oracle Theatre The America Play
 
Oracle invites audiences to participate in a patriotic ritual: the reevaluation of our country's "history" in pursuit of a better society. A darkly comic tale. THE AMERICA PLAY opens with audiences seated around "a great hole. In the middle of nowhere. The hole is an exact replica of The Great Hole of History." In the first act, the Foundling Father has left his wife and son to seek a greatness out west. He, a black gravedigger, has been told that he is a dead ringer for President Abraham Lincoln. This inspires him to set up a venue where people are invited to reenact the assassination of the Great Emancipator. In the second act, his wife and son visit the abandoned venue - "a great hole" - and search for signs of the Foundling Father. THE AMERICA PLAY engages audiences in provocative questions about what defines us, and how we each are shaped by it.
 
   

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