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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!
 
   
There Might Be... Stumble Jun 9 - Jul 1, 2015  
Indie Boots Theatre at The Side Project There Might Be... Stumble
 
Indie Boots Theatre presents There Might Be... Stumble, 10 short plays by Richard Paro, inspired by the first two Belle & Sebastian albums, Heidi Spencer and the Rare Birds, Dorothy Parker, Chicago, Love, Kate Bornstein, Internet Comments, Dr. Who, Nick Drake, TV On The Radio, Politics, St. Vincent, and Everything Else.
 
   
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.
 
   
To Kill a Mockingbird Jun 11 - Jul 18, 2015  
Oak Park Festival Theatre To Kill a Mockingbird
 
Although excitement, mystery and controversy surround the imminent release of Harper Lee's new book -- her first in six decades -- one thing is certain: It will never replace To Kill a Mockingbird. For few perspectives on American society have been as perceptive or as poignant as that of young Scout Finch, the heroine of Lee's Pulitzer Prize-winning novel. Adapted for the stage by Christopher Sergel (Winesburg, Ohio), this moving play follows Scout's journey as her father Atticus defends Tom Robinson, a black man framed for a crime he did not commit. As the trial progresses, Scout and her brother Jem see their community divided over issues of justice and racism. See this stirring portrayal of both racial and family relations at Chicago's Oak Park Festival Theatre in Austin Gardens.
 
   
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.
 
   
Sweetie Maude Jun 12 - Jul 31, 2015  
Annoyance Theatre Sweetie Maude
 
Set in Chicago in a timeless age, the new musical is a story of jealousy, cruelty, and ultimately, revenge. Although it's a pastiche of Sweeney Todd, Sweetie Maude has its own voice. The dark and comedic musical resonates as an all-female story: while manipulation, evil, and revenge find their home in our anti-hero Sweetie, we also see love, strength, and a sense of humor.
 
   

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