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Art Aug 8 - Aug 29, 2015  
Amazing Sammo Productions at Gorilla Tango Theatre Art
The story of three friends, one of whom purchases a very expensive painting of an all-white canvas with three white diagonal lines. Theory and personal feelings are brought into question as their friendships are pushed to the breaking point. But is it art?
Bunker Buddies Aug 8 - Aug 29, 2015  
The Public House Theatre Bunker Buddies
In the not-too-distant future, the Arion Virus has destroyed civilization as we know it. Two men are left behind, and seal themselves together in a bunker, depending on each other's company to maintain their sanity. Their days consist of learning every Billy Joel lyric ever and mindless games to fill the time as they edge towards the brink of non-existence. They are alone together- alone, that is, until Samantha arrives.
The Dueling Gentlemen Aug 9 - Sep 20, 2015  
Silent Theatre Company at Athenaeum Theatre The Dueling Gentlemen
The Dueling Gentlemen is a love letter to old vaudeville. Performed entirely in silence a la pre-talkie era and accompanied by live original piano composition, the story follows two vaudeville performers whose friendship begins to deconstruct during their long time running successful act. Issues of insecurities and lack of communication, alcoholism and professionalism, betrayal and sinister plots all play factors on and off stage as their act "The Ugly Blonde" takes an even uglier turn.
The History Of Alcohol In Chicago: A Drinker's Guide Aug 9 - Sep 27, 2015  
The Public House Theatre The History Of Alcohol In Chicago: A Drinker's Guide
Chicago's eventful history and cast of famous citizens come alive in this comedic sketch revue that combines historically-motivated scenes with interactive games, trivia and classic cocktails. Audiences will be entertained and educated by the likes of Al Capone, Moonshine Mary Wazeniak, John Siebel, Johnny Torrio and others while enjoying period-appropriate cocktails and music in The History of Alcohol in Chicago: A Drinker's Guide.
Things You Shouldn't Say Past Midnight: A Comedy in Three Beds Aug 12 - Oct 4, 2015  
Windy City Playhouse Things You Shouldn't Say Past Midnight: A Comedy in Three Beds
It's three a.m. in New York City. Grad student Ben (Peter Meadows) and girlfriend Nancy (Emily Tate) are having passionate, unbridled sofabed sex until Nancy's bizarre dirty talk leads to a mood-killing argument. Nancy leaves the apartment to seek council from her best friend Grace (Patrese McClain) who's having a hard time seducing her rough-hewn new boyfriend Gene (Shane Kenyon). They call Grace's therapist Mark (Chris Sheard) - who has company of his own (Robert Spencer) - in order to get his perspective. In a Love Actually meets La Ronde series of revelations and connections - romantic and otherwise - Things You Shouldn't Say Past Midnight delves into the truths that sex really exposes.
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.

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