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Loose Knit Jul 14 - Jul 29, 2017  
The Public House Theatre Loose Knit
 
In this popular comedy, five women in a weekly knitting circle find their lives in a state of flux. When Miles, a self-made millionaire before he turned 30 (who bears some striking similarities to our current President), enters the circle, things get all tied up in knots. Following a series of blind dates in a sushi restaurant, Miles and the women begin to confront issues of betrayal, lust, chauvinism and politics. Playwright Theresa Rebeck is a multiple-award-winning playwright, TV writer and novelist, and though this play of hers was written in the '80s, its healing humor and relatable themes remain every inch as relevant today. Enjoy Loose Knit on the stage of Chicago's Public House Theatre.
 
   
Megastasis Jul 18 - Aug 20, 2017  
Eclipse Theatre Company at Athenaeum Theatre Megastasis
 
Tray is a nineteen-year-old father trying to get his life on track, caring for his infant daughter and planning to marry the baby's mother. But when he gets caught with a joint at a party, Tray becomes a target of the War on Drugs, throwing him into a black hole of confusion and uncertainty that forces him to rearrange his plans for the future -- and potentially the rest of his life. Workshopped through New Works Brooklyn and directed by Aaron Todd Douglas, Megastasis at Chicago's Athenaeum Theatre Studio Three is an unflinching look at the casualties of America's failed drug policy.
 
   
Black! Jul 20 - Jul 30, 2017  
Athenaeum Theatre Black!
 
In "BLACK!," Brown inhabits an array of characters from Africa, the United States, England and Jamaica, performing each person's individual perspective and sharing his experiences. The production highlights the nuances and life perspectives of various people who are from the Black global community. Many stereotypes currently exist which seem to 'mesh' all black people and their stories together. The truth is that there are distinct differences and very definite similarities between Black people from all walks of life. In addition, each carries their own distorted and often exaggerated opinions about the other, which is a way to distinguish a separation, even though in truth, they are more alike than they believe. "BLACK!" uses the power of language and performance to delve into these characters to reflect on this communities' history and their future as well as what they do and do not share of the global Black experience.
 
   
Cirque du Soleil - Luzia Jul 21 - Sep 3, 2017  
United Center Cirque du Soleil - Luzia
 
Freely inspired by Mexico, LUZIA is a poetic and acrobatic ode to the rich, vibrant culture of a country whose wealth stems from an extraordinary mix of influences and creative collisions - a land that inspires awe with its breathtaking landscapes and architectural wonders, buoyed by the indomitable spirit of its people. The tableaux of LUZIA weave an intricate, contemporary mosaic that awakens your senses and transports you to a place suspended between dreams and reality. Featuring a cast of 44 performers from diverse artistic backgrounds, LUZIA surprises with acrobatic performances breaking down the barriers, such as incorporating water into contemporary circus disciplines.
 
   
They're Playing Our Song Jul 21 - Aug 20, 2017  
Brown Paper Box Co. at Rivendell Theatre They're Playing Our Song
 
Hoping to find a new collaborator, award-winning composer Vernon Gersch meets the offbeat yet accomplished Sonia Walsk at his luxury Manhattan apartment. Vernon has already written music to one of Sonia's lyrics. The song is exceptional and it's clear something wonderful can come from this partnership. Before too long, they start a romantic relationship, move in together, and then the trouble begins. Complemented by Neil Simon's comedic writing and the songwriting team of Hamlisch and Bayer Sager, They're Playing Our Song is a story about the joy of falling in love and creating art.
 
   
An American In Paris Jul 25 - Aug 13, 2017  
Ford Oriental Theatre An American In Paris
 
Inspired by the Academy-Award winning film, AN AMERICAN IN PARIS is the romantic story about an American soldier, a mysterious French girl and an indomitable European city, each yearning for a new beginning in the aftermath of war. Directed and choreographed by 2015 Tony Award-winner Christopher Wheeldon, the show features the music and lyrics of George Gershwin and Ira Gershwin, and a book by Craig Lucas. AN AMERICAN IN PARIS won four 2015 Tony Awards, four Drama Desk Awards, four Outer Critics Circle Awards, the Drama League Award for Best Musical, three Fred and Adele Astaire Awards, and two Theatre World Awards.
 
   
Brave Like Them Jul 26 - Aug 6, 2017  
About Face Theatre at Pride Arts Center - The Buena Brave Like Them
 
This year, the About Face Youth Theatre Ensemble, ages 13-23, investigates how systems of oppression function within queer subcultures - specifically the underground "riot grrrl" movement of the 1990s that gave rise to bands such as Bikini Kill, Bratmobile and Sleater-Kinney. While the music and literature of this movement sought to forge a space for all girls - typically characterized by an unapologetic expression of female power and an aggressive dismantling of the patriarchy - the voices at its forefront were almost exclusively white and middle-class. BRAVE LIKE THEM aims to celebrate the "riot grrrl" movement for all the good that came out of it - but also dissect its inherent racial and class discrepancies.
 
   
The Food Show Jul 27 - Sep 2, 2017  
Neo-Futurists The Food Show
 
The Food Show asks what it means to change a family recipe. Created by Kerr-‐Hobert and his cousin Caitlin Stainken, a Neo-‐Futurist alum, the performance explores how food brings us together and sets us apart, amidst a backdrop of their family's culinary inheritance and an ensemble of six writer-‐performers' own stories. Using the structure of a nine-‐course fine Italian meal, The Food Show honors the traditions of our past and acknowledges our impact on the environment as each generation decides what parts to keep and what parts to throw away. Farmers, restaurateurs, writers, musicians, and audiences come together to experience the common thread of food and memory in American culture.
 
   
In the Wake Jul 27 - Aug 26, 2017  
The Greenhouse Theater Center In the Wake
 
Set between 2000 and 2005, In the Wake is the story of Ellen, a liberal journalist struggling to cope with her changing beliefs about politics and love. Ellen is vocally, actively opposed to the Bush Administration and the War in Iraq, but is confounded when her closest friends and lovers don't share her outrage and passionate opposition to what's being done to their country. Eventually, Ellen is forced to confront a blind spot in her thinking about the world -- and herself. This bitingly humorous play from Tony Award-winning playwright and actress Lisa Kron (Fun Home) is coming to the Greenhouse Theater Center in Chicago.
 
   
The Addams Family Jul 27 - Aug 13, 2017  
Prop Theatre The Addams Family
 
Na-na-na-na *snap* *snap* na-na-na-na *snap* *snap* -- you can't even say "Addams Family" without breaking into that trademark theme song, so it's no wonder the demented adventures of this wickedly witty family have inspired a musical comedy. From the writers of the Tony-winning Jersey Boys, The Addams Family tells the story of every father's nightmare: Wednesday Addams is grown-up and in love ... with a "normal" boy. Inviting his family to the Addams Mansion sets the stage for a meet-and-greet gone gothic. Savor the horrific hospitality of Gomez, Morticia, Pugsley, Grandmama, Lurch and everyone's favorite weirdo, Uncle Fester, as they face up to the one horrible thing they've managed to avoid for generations -- change. You're in for a kooky good time with the Addams Family during this magnificently macabre production at Chicago's Prop Thtr.
 
   
The Fair Maid Of The West Jul 27 - Sep 2, 2017  
Oak Park Festival Theatre The Fair Maid Of The West
 
Sea battles, shipwrecks and blood thirsty pirates, oh my! Long before there were rip-roaring adventure sagas such as Pirates of the Caribbean and The Princess Bride, Elizabethan playwright Thomas Heywood was penning the swashbuckling action-comedy The Fair Maid of the West, in which a lowborn tavern girl and her ragtag group of friends take to the high seas to rescue her true love. Watch their action-packed adventures unfold from the lawn at Oak Park Festival Theatre in Austin Gardens, a beautiful outdoor venue where picnicking is welcome!
 
   
The Bricklayers Of Oz Jul 28 - Aug 5, 2017  
Chicago Dance Crash at Ruth Page Center For Arts The Bricklayers Of Oz
 
As the flagship production of Crash's historic 15th Anniversary Season, 'Bricklayers' is an action-packed, lighthearted street tale of the lesser known laborers that toil within The Land of Oz. Crash's hip hop fusion style full of flips & spins help tell the story of the Wicked Witch of the East and her power-hungry plan to coax others into building her a magical road (that was originally supposed to be silver!), followed quickly by the realization and uprising of an otherwise ignored group of people. This family-appropriate production uses lollipops and breakdancing as an allegory for modern day politics, unsaid social assumptions, and what it's like growing up as a "Second-Class Citizen of Paradise."
 
   
Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? Aug 4 - Aug 20, 2017  
Pulse Theatre Chicago at City Lit Theater Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?
 
First produced on Broadway in 1962, "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?" concerns a middle-aged married couple in a college town -- George, an associate professor of history, and Martha, the daughter of the college's president -- who invite a younger couple to their home very late one evening. The guests -- Nick, a biology teacher at the college, and his wife Honey -- walk into a quagmire of drinking, fights, sex, games, and delusions.
 
   
Murder the Hypotenuse Aug 4 - Aug 25, 2017  
Under The Gun Theater Murder the Hypotenuse
 
Ever wish TV was a little less scripted? Stopped paying for cable six months ago and miss the feeling of watching television live? Then you're in luck, because for the month of August, members of Chicago's Under The Gun Theater will be bringing you an episode of a completely improvised television show every Friday night. Tune into Murder the Hypotenuse each week to watch a made-up soap opera based entirely on suggestions received from you, the audience.
 
   
Trevor Aug 9 - Sep 17, 2017  
Writers Theatre Trevor
 
Meet Trevor, a 13-year-old boy in 1981 whose vibrant imagination drives a turbulent journey of self-discovery. As he deals with adolescence and all that goes with it, Trevor begins to explore what it means to be himself, influenced by his friends, parents . . . and Diana Ross. Based on the story that inspired the Academy Award-winning film, the charity and the national movement, TREVOR the musical is a coming-of-age story about identity, emerging sexuality and the struggles of growing up in a world that may not be ready for you. This world premiere musical is directed by Marc Bruni, who helmed the Tony Award-winning production of Beautiful: The Carole King Musical on Broadway.
 
   
Machinal Aug 11 - Sep 24, 2017  
The Greenhouse Theater Center Machinal
 
One young woman must break out in this exhilarating reimagining of MACHINAL, the American classic inspired by the sensational, true story of murderess Ruth Snyder. Trapped in an unhappy marriage, the young woman finds a thrill in the arms of a flyby lover. But when reality returns, how far will her fight for freedom take her? And who will pay the ultimate price? How do you escape the machine?
 
   
Shockheaded Peter Aug 11 - Sep 16, 2017  
Black Button Eyes Productions at Athenaeum Theatre Shockheaded Peter
 
A sinister but incompetent master of ceremonies leads the audience through the tale of a childless couple that has their fondest wish granted in the most delightfully dreadful way imaginable, accompanied by vignettes in which the hilariously horrible fates that befall naughty children everywhere are brought to darkly comedic life.
 
   

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