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C.S. Lewis Onstage: The Most Reluctant Convert Jul 23 - Aug 14, 2016  
Mercury Theater C.S. Lewis Onstage: The Most Reluctant Convert
 
C.S. Lewis is among the most important writers of his generation, and in the new one-man play C.S. Lewis Onstage: The Most Reluctant Convert, you can witness his storied transition from atheism to Christianity. The fascinating journey, adapted from Lewis' own thoughts and writings on the experience, is brought to life by actor Max McLean, who portrays the Chronicles of Narnia writer as he endures the death of his mother, works through his complicated relationship with his father and walks the path that led him from being a devout atheist to becoming the most influential Christian intellectual of his day. Brimming with wit and insight, C.S. Lewis Onstage brings to life one of the past century's most engaging personalities onstage at Chicago's Mercury Theater.
 
   
The Taming of the Shrew Jul 23 - Aug 27, 2016  
Oak Park Festival Theatre The Taming of the Shrew
 
One of Shakespeare's most popular plays, The Taming of the Shrew follows the treacherous road to romance for a strong-willed pair who've met their ultimate match in one another. The comedy kicks off with a wealthy Italian merchant decreeing that the younger of his two daughters cannot be wed before her ill-tempered, less popular sister is married. The problem is that no man in Padua is willing to propose to the sharp-tongued Katherine. That is, until the fortune-hunting Petruchio, newly arrived from Verona, agrees to woo and wed Katherine (for a sizable dowry, of course). What follows is a classic battle of the sexes that sends sparks flying. Enjoy Shakespeare under the stars with this production at the Oak Park Festival Theatre in Austin Gardens.
 
   
Newsies Jul 28 - Aug 7, 2016  
Cadillac Palace Theatre Newsies
 
Set in New York City at the turn of the century, NEWSIES is the rousing tale of Jack Kelly, a charismatic newsboy and leader of a ragged band of teenaged 'newsies,' who dreams only of a better life far from the hardship of the streets. But when publishing titans Joseph Pulitzer and William Randolph Hearst raise distribution prices at the newsboys' expense, Jack finds a cause to fight for and rallies newsies from across the city to strike for what's right.
 
   
The Promise of a Rose Garden Jul 30 - Sep 10, 2016  
Babes With Blades Theatre Company at City Lit Theater The Promise of a Rose Garden
 
The Promise of a Rose Garden explores the far-reaching effects of war and what it means to be a soldier. Captain Rockford, one of the first 3 women to pass the US Marine Infantry Officer Course, is instructing a new group of women hoping to become infantry officers themselves. She is being visited by angels who speak in riddles. She may be losing her mind...
 
   
Cirque du Soleil: TORUK - The First Flight Aug 3 - Aug 7, 2016  
United Center Cirque du Soleil: TORUK - The First Flight
 
TORUK - The First Flight is a live immersive multimedia spectacle that brings to the stage the breathtaking world of James Cameron's AVATAR like you have never seen it before. Through a riveting fusion of cutting-edge visuals, puppetry and stagecraft buoyed by a soaring cinematic score, Cirque du Soleil applies its unique signature style to James Cameron's imaginary world and "makes the bond" between two kindred artistic visions that capture the imagination. This live immersive experience also bears the distinct signature of directors and multimedia innovators Michel Lemieux and Victor Pilon. It is a living ode to the Na'vi's symbiotic coexistence with nature and their belief in the basic interconnectedness of all living things. Narrated by a "Na'vi Storyteller" and populated by unforgettable characters, TORUK - The First Flight is a mythical tale set thousands of years before the events depicted in the film AVATAR, and before any humans ever set foot on Pandora.
 
   
The Merchant Of Venice Aug 4 - Aug 14, 2016  
Chicago Shakespeare Theater The Merchant Of Venice
 
The critically acclaimed Shakespeare's Globe production that took London by storm comes to Chicago. In some of his most highly charged scenes, Shakespeare dramatizes the competing claims of tolerance and intolerance, religious law and civil society, justice and mercy; while in the character of Shylock he created one of the most memorable outsiders in all theater. Double Olivier and Tony Award-winner Jonathan Pryce plays Shylock, and is joined on stage by his daughter, Phoebe Pryce. The Telegraph praises "Director Jonathan Munby's oak-solid, finely weighted production... the lighter and darker elements combine in a seamless whole."
 
   
The Anton Chekhov Book Club Aug 5 - Sep 23, 2016  
Stage 773 The Anton Chekhov Book Club
 
Anton Chekhov was the Superman of short story writers -- his X-ray vision could see the epic yearning hidden underneath every human endeavor. This piercing perspective is also shared by The Anton Chekhov Book Club Returns, a lively and humane stage play inspired by the works of the Russian master. In this sequel to the hit The Anton Chekhov Book Club, we meet four eccentric women brought together by their love of Chekhov's timeless short stories. But in the process of exploring his works, the quartet learns valuable lessons about their own lives. Enjoy new faces and fresh stories featured in this bold update at Stage 773.
 
   
The Good Person of Szechwan Aug 11 - Sep 11, 2016  
Cor Theatre at A Red Orchid Theatre The Good Person of Szechwan
 
In The Good Person of Szechwan, three gods are on a journey to find out if there are any good people left on earth. Only Shen Te, a kind and generous prostitute, offers them shelter. With the money they give her she opens a tobacco shop. At once everyone needs her help. Her livelihood is in danger. Worse, she is falling in love with Sun, a pilot, who is robbing her blind. Her hard hearted cousin, Shui Ta, arrives to protect her. Who is he and how can good people stay good in a world of poverty and cruelty?
 
   
Bette, Live At The Continental Baths Aug 12 - Sep 10, 2016  
Hell in a Handbag Productions at Stage 773 Bette, Live At The Continental Baths
 
Handbag Diva and ensemble member Caitlin Jackson returns to pay tribute to the Divine Miss M's legendary cabaret act at the equally legendary Continental Bathhouse in New York City. Featuring live music from Jeremy Ramey as Barry Manilow, Chad as Mr. Gerald, bathhouse patron and hairdresser to the stars, and singing bathhouse boys in strategically placed towels (TJ Crawford and Will Wilhelm), this loving recreation of the beginning of Ms. Midler's stellar career features 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.
 
   
good friday Aug 13 - Sep 17, 2016  
Oracle Theatre good friday
 
In academia's hallowed halls, five women debate millennial feminism when gunshots shatter the safety of their discourse. As tweets stream across the campus feed, the body count grows. And then the shooter enters the classroom. At the intersection of gun violence and slacktivism, in a #yesallwomen world, what is the real cost of revolution?
 
   
Sister Cities Aug 19 - Sep 18, 2016  
Chimera Ensemble at The Den Theatre Sister Cities
 
Four estranged sisters, as different as the cities they are named after, face their mother's recent and sudden death in Sister Cities. Freedman's Sister Cities was the hit of the 2008 Edinburgh Fringe Festival and has earned strong critical acclaim around the world, including productions in Paris (Une Ville, Une Soeur), Rome (Le Quattro Sorelle) and recently in Melbourne, Australia.
 
   
Thrust! Aug 19 - Aug 28, 2016  
Tapman Productions at Stage 773 Thrust!
 
THRUST! is a one of a kind double feature of tap and modern dance showcasing the work of long-time Tapman collaborators Tristan Bruns (tap) and Kate O'Hanlon (modern) and special guest choreographer Ian Berg (tap). The pieces performed are created specifically for this thrust (three-sided) stage with elaborate props and set design, original music by Trainwreck Symphony and composer Carolyn O'Brien, and new arrangements of popular music.
 
   
How To Succeed In Business Without Really Trying Aug 24 - Oct 16, 2016  
Marriott Theatre In Lincolnshire How To Succeed In Business Without Really Trying
 
Frank Loesser's funny, romantic, delightful Pulitzer Prize-Winner! The story of young, ambitious J. Pierrepont Finch, who schemes his way from window washer to the top of the corporate ladder.
 
   
Kinky Boots Aug 30 - Sep 4, 2016  
Ford Oriental Theatre Kinky Boots
 
Kinky Boots returns to Chicago! In Kinky Boots, Charlie Price is forced to step in and save his family's shoe factory in Northern England, following the sudden death of his father. Help comes from the unlikeliest angel, a fabulous drag performer named Lola. Together, this improbable duo revitalizes the failing business, while stepping out from their fathers' shadows and transforming an entire community through the power of acceptance. Don't miss Kinky Boots in Chicago.
 
   
Smokey Joe's Cafe Sep 1 - Oct 23, 2016  
Drury Lane- Oakbrook Smokey Joe's Cafe
 
The longest running musical revue in Broadway history, "Smokey Joe's Cafe" is finally making its Drury Lane debut this season. Showcasing 39 pop standards, including rock and roll and blues anthems written by legendary duo Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller, "Smokey Joe's Cafe" is guaranteed to keep you humming old favorites all night long. Winner of the 1996 Grammy Award for Best Musical Show Album, "Smokey Joe's Cafe" features jukebox hits such as "Yakety Yak," "Charlie Brown," and "Stand By Me."
 
   
The Black Slot Sep 1 - Oct 2, 2016  
AstonRep at Raven Theatre The Black Slot
 
Beth, a dramaturg at a regional theatre company, spends her waking hours reading new scripts in the hopes of finding "the one" that will please her boss Pam. Enter Tim, a young African American playwright, whose work is miles beyond anything else she has read so far. But when Tim's hot new play is rejected in favor of producing legendary playwright August Wilson in the theater's "black slot," Tim and Beth hatch a plan to reveal the racism and hypocrisy of the American theater. Things quickly get out of hand in this behind-the-scenes satire that skewers and challenges the politics of the business we call show.
 
   
Amour Sep 2 - Oct 8, 2016  
Black Button Eyes Productions at Athenaeum Theatre Amour
 
Adapted from the short story "Le Passe-Muraille" by beloved French author Marcel Ayme, AMOUR tells the story of Dusoleil, a shy clerk working in a dreary office in post-World War II Paris. One day he discovers he has the ability to walk through walls, and embraces a life of romance and adventure. With music by multiple Oscar and Grammy Award-winner Michel Legrand and adapted into English by Jeremy Sams from the French Libretto by Didier van Cauwelaert, AMOUR was nominated for multiple Tony awards when it played on Broadway in 2002.
 
   

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