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Xanadu May 27 - Jul 17, 2016  
American Theater Company Xanadu
 
Xanadu takes place in Venice, California in 1980. Struggling artist Sonny Malone seeks to create his own version of the American dream by renovating an abandoned warehouse into a venue for world-class entertainment - a roller disco! A hilarious and modern update of the1980's camp classic, Xanadu celebrates the artist's muse, even when it comes from the most unlikely of places.
 
   
Caught May 29 - Jul 3, 2016  
Sideshow Theatre Company at Victory Gardens Theater - Biograph Caught
 
A Chinese dissident artist and activist publishes an incredible account of his harrowing confinement at the hands of the government. But can he prove it? Layers of perception peel back, with echoes of Ai Weiwei, Mike Daisey and Jonah Lehrer, until reality itself comes into question. A hallucinatory new experience featuring celebrated visual and performance artists, CAUGHT explores what happens when we blur the dangerous line between story and truth.
 
   
Voice Lessons May 31 - Jun 12, 2016  
Steppenwolf Theatre Voice Lessons
 
Justin Tanner's comedy Voice Lessons, is about the unlikely romance between a deluded community theater actress (Metcalf) and the over-educated vocal coach (Stewart) she hires to make her a star. Maile Flanagan rounds out the cast.
 
   
Thaddeus and Slocum: A Vaudeville Adventure Jun 1 - Aug 14, 2016  
Lookingglass Theatre Thaddeus and Slocum: A Vaudeville Adventure
 
It's 1908 and Chicago's Majestic Theatre is the jewel of the vaudeville circuit. The only thing stopping Thaddeus and Slocum from becoming the next great stage act is as simple - and complicated - as black and white. Will laughter triumph and friendship endure as racial boundaries threaten to destroy their dreams of making the "big time?" Lookingglass dives deep into the divided heart of American show biz for a daring cavalcade of slapstick, song and dance, and burlesque as two best friends risk everything to make it to the top together.
 
   
I, Malvolio Jun 2 - Jun 5, 2016  
Chicago Shakespeare Theater I, Malvolio
 
I, Malvolio is renowned actor, writer and director Tim Crouch's one-man interpretation of Twelfth Night, as told by Shakespeare's much maligned steward, Malvolio. A story of lost dignity, prudery, practical jokes and bullying, this act of storytelling alchemy draws us deep into the madness of Shakespeare's classic comedy. Following the international success of Tim Crouch's previous works I, Caliban, I, Peaseblossom and I, Banquo, I, Malvolio is a hilarious, and often unsettling, rant from a man "notoriously wronged."
 
   
Hauptmann Jun 3 - Jul 10, 2016  
City Lit Theater Hauptmann
 
On April 3, 1936, Richard Hauptmann was executed for the kidnapping and murder of the Lindbergh baby. He was innocent. In the moments before his execution, surrounded by guards, he relates his story in flashback. Woven into the telling are Hauptmann's flaws, which makes us unsure we can trust him.
 
   
World Builders Jun 3 - Jul 2, 2016  
First Floor Theater at Flat Iron Arts Building World Builders
 
A new drug has been developed to suppress the complex internal worlds of those with schizoid personality disorder, allowing them to focus on the reality in front of them. Max and Whitney are two participants in a clinical trial, and as the drug begins to take effect , they must choose which dream to pursue: their disparate fantasies or a future together. In this beautifully observed love story, we are forced to reckon with our own conceptions of mental illness and what it means to be "cured".
 
   
12 Angry Candidates Jun 3 - Jun 25, 2016  
The Public House Theatre 12 Angry Candidates
 
As the 2016 presidential race heads into the final months, Republicans find themselves in the throes of a brokered convention. In an attempt to unite the party, 12 former candidates are tasked with selecting the nominee by unanimous decision. Once negotiations begin, personal aspirations take over, and the GOP braces for what could be its greatest hurdle: Republicans.
 
   
The House of Bernarda Alba Jun 4 - Jul 23, 2016  
Oracle Theatre The House of Bernarda Alba
 
Company Member and director laura k smith makes her mainstage debut with Lorca's The House of Bernarda Alba, adapted by Emily Mann. Oracle's production highlights the trap of social pressures faced by women in modern society. In smith's staging, Bernarda Alba's efforts to protect her daughters from society's critique are a terrifying manifestation of the very thing she hopes to escape. Likewise, Poncia's intention of empowering and liberating the daughters from their emotional prison exacerbates their oppression by introducing destructive pressures from the forbidden outside world. As each of the daughters navigates these opposing forces, the youngest, Adela, is thrust into conflict with her sisters and her mother, setting in motion a series of events with a tragic outcome. smith's immersive staging will remind audiences that Lorca's haunting allegory is a living commentary on a world that exists around and within us all.
 
   
Bat Boy: The Musical Jun 4 - Jul 24, 2016  
Griffin Theatre Company at The Den Theatre Bat Boy: The Musical
 
Based on a story in The Weekly World News, Bat Boy: The Musical is a musical comedy/horror show about a half boy/half bat creature who is discovered in a cave near Hope Falls, West Virginia. The local sheriff brings Bat Boy to the home of the town veterinarian, Dr. Parker, where he is eventually accepted as a member of the family and taught to act like a "normal" boy by the veterinarian's wife and teenage daughter.
 
   
The SpongeBob Musical Jun 7 - Jul 3, 2016  
Ford Oriental Theatre The SpongeBob Musical
 
The end is near. Only one sponge can save the day. But he's going to need help from some of the greatest songwriters in rock and pop music history. The SpongeBob Musical will be a one-of-a-kind musical event with original songs by Steven Tyler and Joe Perry of AEROSMITH, Jonathan Coulton, Dirty Projectors, The Flaming Lips, John Legend, Lady Antebellum, Cyndi Lauper, Panic! At the Disco, Plain White T's, They Might Be Giants and T.I., with an additional song by David Bowie and additional lyrics by Jonathan Coulton.
 
   
The Sound Of Music Jun 7 - Jun 19, 2016  
Cadillac Palace Theatre The Sound Of Music
 
"ONE OF THE MOST LOVED MUSICALS OF ALL TIME" - The Stage, London The Hills Are Alive! A brand new production of THE SOUND OF MUSIC, directed by three-time Tony Award winner Jack O'Brien, is coming to the Cadillac Palace Theatre. The spirited, romantic and beloved musical story of Maria and the Von Trapp Family will once again thrill audiences with its Tony, Grammy and Academy Award winning Best Score, including "My Favorite Things," "Do-Re-Mi," "Climb Ev'ry Mountain," "Edelweiss" and the title song. THE SOUND OF MUSIC enjoyed extraordinary success as the first live television production of a musical in over 50 years when "The Sound of Music Live!" aired on NBC in December, 2013 and was seen by over 44 million people. 2015 marks the 50th anniversary of the film version, which continues to be the most successful movie musical in history. The Los Angeles Times raves THE SOUND OF MUSIC is "Sparkling, fresh and lively."
 
   
Deathtrap Jun 9 - Aug 14, 2016  
Drury Lane- Oakbrook Deathtrap
 
A hugely popular stage and screen mystery, "Deathtrap" offers skillful blending of two priceless theatrical ingredients: gasp-inducing thrills and spontaneous laughter. Unknown dramatist Clifford Anderson has sent his new thriller to award-winning Broadway author Sidney for comment--or has he? Without a success to his credit for some years, Sidney plots with his reluctant wife Myra how to plagiarize 'Deathtrap.' When Clifford turns up to discuss the play with the 'Master,' events take a sinister turn.
 
   
Tapped: A Treasonous Musical Comedy Jun 9 - Jul 3, 2016  
Forth Story Productions at Theater Wit Tapped: A Treasonous Musical Comedy
 
Tapped follows Mary, one of the NSA's top agents. She's smart, ambitious and in love for the first time. There's just one problem: The object of her affection is Steve, the bumbling whistleblower she's supposed to spy on. After joining Steve's quest to expose the NSA's domestic spying program, Mary is forced to go on the run-testing her limits, facing her fears and squaring off against both the severe Swiss head of WikiLeaks, Juliana, and the twisted head of the NSA, Patrick. Ultimately, Mary must answer the question: How much is she willing to give up for love and privacy rights?
 
   
The House That Will Not Stand Jun 10 - Jul 10, 2016  
Victory Gardens Theater - Biograph The House That Will Not Stand
 
Victory Gardens' Ensemble Playwright Marcus Gardley (An Issue of Blood, The Gospel of Lovingkindness) returns with another stirring portrait of historic America. This time Gardley unearths a story of 1836 New Orleans where free women of color are permitted to enter into common-law marriages with wealthy white men. The home and life that Beartrice has built for herself and three daughters, on a foundation of money, freedom and secrets, threatens to collapse after her husband mysteriously dies. Told through Gardley's signature poetic voice and directed by Chay Yew, The House That Will Not Stand is a powerful and bewitching family drama filled with desire, jealousy, murder and voodoo.
 
   
An Anthony Newley and Leslie Bricusse Songbook Jun 10 - Jul 31, 2016  
Theo Ubique Cabaret Theatre at No Exit Cafe An Anthony Newley and Leslie Bricusse Songbook
 
Celebrating the work of the British songwriting duo that created hits like "What Kind of Fool I Am," "Who Can I Turn To" and "Feeling Good" for the innovative musicals Stop the World - I Want to Get Off and The Roar of the Greasepaint, The Smell of the Crowd. In addition to writing book, music and lyrics for those two West End and Broadway hits, Newley and Bricusse contributed songs including "The Candy Man" and "Pure Imagination" for the film Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory. Newley, who died in 1999, also enjoyed a career as a performer, taking leads in the musicals he co-wrote with Bricusse as well as headlining many concert, nightclub and television appearances. Bricusse wrote music and lyrics for the musical films Doctor Dolittle (winning an Academy Award for "Talk to the Animals"), Scrooge and Goodbye, Mr. Chips as well as lyrics for the stage musicals Victor/Victoria and Jekyll and Hyde.
 
   
The Ben Hecht Show Jun 10 - Jul 17, 2016  
Grippo Stage Company at Piven Theatre The Ben Hecht Show
 
The fascinating life of Chicago newspaperman turned legendary playwright, screenwriter and novelist Ben Hecht takes center stage in Grippo Stage Company's world premiere of THE BEN HECHT SHOW, written and performed by James Sherman and directed by Dennis Začek. Based on Ben Hecht's books A Guide For the Bedevilled and A Child Of the Century, in which Hecht confronts his own identity as an American Jew in the wake of the Nazi Holocaustc
 
   

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