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Take Me Back Jul 10 - Aug 8, 2015  
The Poor Theatre at Flat Iron Arts Building Take Me Back
 
Bill is a young newly released convict who's gone home to live with his mom. After serving four years in prison and finding himself back in small town Oklahoma, he's pretty sure he's run out of options - until his old girlfriend shows up. Then he's ready to do just about whatever it takes to jumpstart a new life.
 
   
Batty Old Biddies Jul 10 - Aug 2, 2015  
Seigel Productions at Athenaeum Theatre Batty Old Biddies
 
Bessie and Louise didn't die or go into the nursing home when they were supposed to. In fact, these salty seniors are trying to take their fading neighborhood back from the drug dealers, gang members and, especially, the scheming developer and his city cronies. Above all, Bessie wants it quiet, and she has perfected a subversive method of turning down the music on gang members' stereos. Sidekick Louise pins her hopes on the lottery, not on aging mama's boy Dan. Frustrated architect-turned-dumpster-diver Harry returns to the neighborhood with his own plans, while waif Gloria only wants to escape.
 
   
Alligator Jul 10 - Aug 9, 2015  
Dream Theatre Alligator
 
A young girl's mind spins out of control as childhood monsters from her past step out of her nightmares and into her waking reality. This darkly comic tale by Jeremy Menekseoglu features the ensemble cast: Anna Menekseoglu, Eric Barton, Jeremy Menekseoglu, Candace Kitchens and Hasket Morris.
 
   
Chitty Chitty Bang Bang Jul 10 - Aug 1, 2015  
Overshadowed Theatrical Productions Chitty Chitty Bang Bang
 
Everyone's favorite fanciful car takes flight in this fantastical presentation of Ian Fleming's Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. Chitty doesn't literally fly, mind you. You need to let your imagination soar, which is easy to do when the magical machine is brought to life in this dreamlike show.
 
   
Sunset: A Mild-Mannered View of the Apocalypse Jul 10 - Jul 31, 2015  
The Public House Theatre Sunset: A Mild-Mannered View of the Apocalypse
 
What would you do if you only had three days left to live? It's the type of hypothetical question we've all pondered, but in Sunset: A Mild-Mannered View of the Apocalypse, it's a reality. In this over-the-top comedy, the peaceful environs of Cremetown get a major shake-up when a raving scientist proclaims that the planet has only three days of sunlight left. Rather than curling up into the fetal position and waiting for it all to end, this Public House Theatre musical comedy finds the citizens of Cremetown taking this opportunity to live out all their wildest dreams ... while there's still time.
 
   
Drink! The Sketch Comedy Drinking Game Jul 11 - Oct 3, 2015  
Cornservatory Drink! The Sketch Comedy Drinking Game
 
Corn Productions is celebrating its 21st birthday by introducing an all new, original BYOB sketch comedy show. "DRINK!" will feature original, comedic sketches by Corn Production writers with a new drinking game for every sketch. The seven person ensemble is aided by a luminescent "DRINK!" sign to help the audience follow along in the fun.
 
   
Fancy Nancy: The Musical Jul 11 - Aug 23, 2015  
Emerald City Theatre Company at Broadway Playhouse Fancy Nancy: The Musical
 
From the top of her tiara down to her sparkly shoes, Nancy's ready to take the spotlight in her first dance recital. But when someone else gets picked to be the prima ballerina (that's a fancy word for star of the show), Nancy is stuck playing a dreary, dull tree. Can she still bring fancy flair to her role when it isn't the one she wanted? Adapted from the bestselling books, this is a funny, frilly ballet story with a lot of heart.
 
   
Bristol Renaissance Faire Jul 11 - Sep 7, 2015  
Bristol Renaissance Faire Bristol Renaissance Faire
 
Eat, drink and be merry whilst roaming among the jousting knights, regal ladies, saucy wenches and royal overseers of the famed Bristol Renaissance Faire, returning for its 27th season of fun and games just outside of Chicago. Hundreds of performers dressed in Elizabethan costumes create a magical world of music and excitement, with games, rides and 20 stages of entertainment options ranging from knife throwers to improv troupes. More than 150 artisans will also be exhibiting and selling their original hand-crafted items, including hand-blown glass creations, pottery, authentic clothing and weaponry. All the frolicking and cavorting can leave one in need of refreshment, though fear not -- there are dozens of food and drink options available for purchase, both alcoholic and non, including the signature giant turkey leg and the ice-cold sassafrass.
 
   
Anne of Green Gables Jul 11 - Aug 2, 2015  
Provision Theater Company Anne of Green Gables
 
Generations of readers have adored the best-selling novel Anne of Green Gables, and now this new adaptation for young audiences comes to the stage at the Provision Theater. The elderly Cuthberts expect to adopt a boy to help them around the farm, but instead receive a very talkative, wide-eyed orphan girl. Though clever young Anne Shirley has a penchant for getting into trouble and makes many mistakes, she eventually works her way into the hearts of her adoptive parents as well as the residents of rural Prince Edward Island with her indomitable spirit and zest for life. It's a heartwarming story for the whole family.
 
   
Good Kid Mad Family Jul 11 - Jul 18, 2015  
Under The Gun Theater Good Kid Mad Family
 
Josh Johnson is a good guy who is almost, kind of, sort of, becoming an adult. He owes a good amount of his humor and success to the people who raised him. Along the way we all have crazy uncles, neurotic cousins, and insane in laws that help shape the people we become. Good Kid Mad Family is about the family you choose and the family you don't.
 
   
The Summer of Daisy Fay Jul 11 - Aug 17, 2015  
Redtwist Theatre The Summer of Daisy Fay
 
Daisy Fay is a charming, spunky young woman from small town Mississippi in 1958, who has dreams and ambitions for something far more than her humble roots. Daisy Fay carries the audience with her as she recounts memories, both heartfelt and jovial, from her tom-boyish youth, to her success in theatre, to her adventures in the world of beauty pageants. Through her experiences, she becomes an advocate for the underdog.
 
   
Rapunzel Jul 13 - Jul 18, 2015  
Chicago Kids Company at Metropolis Performing Arts Centre Rapunzel
 
Locked in a tower by an evil enchantress, Rapunzel has no way to escape her prison until one day when a prince stumbles upon her tower and climbs her long beautiful hair to reach her. He may have found her but can they escape the tower without the enchantress catching them? Sing and dance along with this fun version of the classic tale.
 
   
All Shook Up Jul 16 - Aug 16, 2015  
Theatre At The Center All Shook Up
 
Set in the summer of 1955 in a conservative Midwestern town, ALL SHOOK UP is the modern Rock n' Roll take on Shakespeare's romantic comedy, Twelfth Night. ALL SHOOK UP follows the story of a small town girl with big dreams, Natalie, and the charismatic, motorcycle-riding roustabout she falls for, Chad. While Natalie dreams of hitting the open road, hoping to "Follow that Dream" with Chad by her side, Mayor Matilda Hyde believes Chad is the "Devil in Disguise," and quickly looks for a way to put a stop to his Rock n' Roll chaos. 24 classic Elvis hits drive the exhilarating musical comedy, including "Heartbreak Hotel", "Burning Love", "Jailhouse Rock", "Blue Suede Shoes", "It's Now or Never", "Don't Be Cruel", "Hound Dog", "Can't Help Falling In Love", and "Fools Rush In".
 
   
A Perfect Ganesh Jul 16 - Aug 16, 2015  
Eclipse Theatre Company at Athenaeum Theatre A Perfect Ganesh
 
In A Perfect Ganesh, two middle-aged American women travel to India on a journey for inner peace and to heal from personal tragedies. They meet the Hindu god Ganesha, meaning "wisdom," who is fluid in his power to assume any guise, at once everywhere and everything and at peace with all things. A Perfect Ganesh draws on the tragic and the comic, and the beautiful and the deplorable until a breathtaking release arrives for both women.
 
   
Churchill Jul 17 - Sep 13, 2015  
SoloChicago at The Greenhouse Theater Center Churchill
 
Based on Winston Churchill's own writings, Ronald Keaton's one-man show finds the former British prime minister chafing under forced retirement after a shocking loss in the post-World War II election. But when President Harry Truman invites him to speak in the U.S., the famed politician, painter, Nobel Prize-winning author and witty raconteur begins to reflect on his life and times with humor, pride and regret. The inspiring leader who led England through one of its most difficult periods not only shares his political and military history, but also his fondness for whiskey, cigars and women. Keaton's been called one of the city's "top-tier theater veterans" by the Chicago Tribune.
 
   
[title of show] Jul 17 - Aug 16, 2015  
The Brown Paper Box Co. at Rivendell Theatre [title of show]
 
Struggling writers Jeff and Hunter are working on an original musical with a unique topic: their experience writing an original musical! With friends Susan, Heidi, and accompanist Larry, they embark on a meta-journey of self-expression, documenting all the roadblocks and creative breakthroughs they encounter along the way. Nominated for the 2009 Best Book Tony Award, [title of show] is an irreverent, hilarious, and inspiring celebration of musical theatre and the joy of collaboration.
 
   
Bette, Live At The Continental Baths Jul 17 - Aug 21, 2015  
Hell in a Handbag Productions at Mary's Attic Bette, Live At The Continental Baths
 
Join Handbag Diva Caitlin Jackson as she pays tribute to the Divine Miss M's legendary cabaret act at the equally legendary Continental Bathhouse in New York City. Featuring a live band, this loving recreation of the beginning of Ms. Midler's stellar career will feature the fabulous songs she sang for the boys in the bathhouse, including Chattanooga Choo-Choo, Superstar, and of course, Chapel of Love done in Bette's inimitable style. Well, nearly inimitable. Handbag transforms the newly remodeled Mary's Attic into the legendary Bathhouse (just tell your great Aunt Gertie this is where young men went to clean up back in the day) complete with hot dancing boys wearing strategically placed towels... and steam... lots of steam.
 
   

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