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Porcelain Jun 14 - Jul 12, 2015  
Prologue Theatre Company at The Greenhouse Theater Center Porcelain
 
An examination of one young man's crime of passion, Porcelain centers on John Lee -- a gay, 19-year-old Asian man who has confessed to shooting his lover in a public lavatory in London. Dissecting the crime though a prism of conflicting points of view, this Greenhouse Theater Center production combines newscasts, flashbacks and John's recollections to a prison psychiatrist to create a truly compelling play. One of the earliest works from celebrated playwright Chay Yew, Porcelain was initially produced in 1992 and won the London Fringe Awards for Best Play and Best Playwright.
 
   
Don Quixote Jun 18 - Jun 21, 2015  
The Royal Ballet at Auditorium Theatre Don Quixote
 
The Auditorium Theatre closes our 125th Anniversary Season by bringing back The Royal Ballet to Chicago after a 37-year absence. Led by Director Kevin O'Hare, the company will present Carlos Acosta's production of Don Quixote, which The Guardian says "rediscover(s) the ballet's fun" and DanceLondon's says "Acosta has done a fine job in giving The Royal Ballet's (Don Quixote) a completely new lease on life." The company makes their Auditorium debut during a three-city tour of the U.S. that includes The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts.
 
   
All Our Tragic Jun 20 - Aug 9, 2015  
The Hypocrites at The Den Theatre All Our Tragic
 
The Hypocrites present a return engagement of its critically acclaimed world premiere ALL OUR TRAGIC. From the most popular titles to the most rarely produced, experience the 32 surviving Greek tragedies by Aeschylus, Sophocles and Euripides in one breathtaking and unforgettable theatrical event. ALL OUR TRAGIC builds on the success of The Hypocrites’ 2011 production of Sophocles: Seven Sicknesses, which received critical praise and earned multiple Jeff Awards including Best Production and Best Director. ALL OUR TRAGIC is designed to create a contemporary Festival of Dionysus, the ancient gatherings for which these tragedies were originally crafted – to bring together a daily community to bond, eat food, drink wine and discuss complicated topics of society that we have been wrestling with since the creation of civilization.
 
   
Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike Jun 20 - Jul 26, 2015  
Goodman Theatre Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike
 
Siblings Vanya and Sonia have spent their adult years trapped in mundane lives at their family's cottage, caring for their ailing parents. Meanwhile, their self-involved sister Masha, a glamorous movie star, has traveled the world in decadent style. After their soothsayer/cleaning woman Cassandra warns Vanya and Sonia of impending doom, Masha arrives unannounced, accompanied by her hunky young lover Spike, who sparks a friendship with the beautiful girl next door Nina much to Masha's dismay. When Masha reveals plans that will upend the family, long-repressed resentments bubble over in a weekend full of wild costume parties, voodoo dolls and surprise romance.
 
   
Never the Bridesmaid Jun 25 - Jul 26, 2015  
Oil Lamp Theater Never the Bridesmaid
 
Twins Maria and Anthony have never had luck with love. She's been widowed once and divorced twice; he was dumped by his fiancee four years ago and hasn't dated since. Both are full of advice for one another but floundering on their own as they prepare for the 40th anniversary of their parents' perfect marriage. Might they finally find love in the seemingly willing partners that surround them? Never the Bridesmaid follows along as they attempt to find the answer. The play had its Jeff Award-winning debut in Chicago two years ago, and now it's coming to Glenview's Oil Lamp Theater.
 
   
Matawan Jun 26 - Jul 26, 2015  
The Ruckus at Athenaeum Theatre Matawan
 
In the summer of 1916, a series of freakish and fatal shark attacks paralyzed the Jersey Shore. Three people were attacked in one day in Matawan, no matter that the town is 11 miles upstream from the Atlantic Ocean. This string followed two other attacks elsewhere on the shore. Further inland, Philadelphia was in the grips of a polio outbreak, and the entire nation was plagued with thoughts of entry into World War I. It was an incredibly unusual moment in American history, and all that tension is conjured up movingly in Matawan, a new play at Athenaeum Theatre Studio Two. As the drama builds, a monster appears, and the play's protagonists learn that their inner selves might be just as dangerous as any outside threat.
 
   
Bent Jun 27 - Jul 26, 2015  
The Other Theatre Company at Strawdog Theatre Bent
 
Before Bent's first staging in London in 1979, there was little awareness of the Nazi persecution of queer-identified people. But with its potent statement, this play has helped increase historical research and education about their abuse, while engaging countless viewers with its compelling narrative. A Pulitzer Prize-nominated WWII drama from Martin Sherman, the play takes place in 1930s Berlin, as two lovers are thrown onto a train to Dachau as part of the Gestapo's plan to cleanse the city of "perverts." One denies his lover at the hands of the guards -- but while at the camp he learns that true dignity lies in acknowledging who he is. Compelling, erotic, heartbreaking and witty, Bent can now be seen at Chicago's Strawdog Theatre.
 
   
Grand Concourse Jul 2 - Aug 30, 2015  
Steppenwolf Theatre Grand Concourse
 
Having dedicated her life to religious service, Shelley runs a Bronx soup kitchen with unsentimental efficiency. Her brisk nature masks an unsettling fear that her efforts are meaningless. When Emma-a rainbow-haired college dropout-arrives to volunteer, her volatile mix of generosity and self-involvement pushes Shelley over the edge. With both humor and heart, Grand Concourse asks big questions about the value of compassion and the limits of forgiveness.
 
   
Kiss of the Spider Woman Jul 2 - Jul 26, 2015  
Benevolent Theatre at Trap Door Theatre Kiss of the Spider Woman
 
The winner of seven Tony Awards, Kiss of the Spider Woman spins its web at Trap Door Theatre. John Kander and Fred Ebb's musical is the story of two cellmates in a Latin American prison -- Valentin, a Marxist revolutionary, and Molina, a gay window dresser. Molina survives the torture and humiliation by escaping into a fantasy world of the movies he loved as a child, conjuring a beautiful and beguiling screen enchantress named Aurora as his imaginary diva. The lines between reality and fantasy begin to blur as the relationship between Valentin and Molina becomes more and more complicated, and the danger increases in this mesmerizing classic from the songwriting team that created Chicago and Cabaret and the four-time Tony Award-winning author of Love! Valor! Compassion! A harrowing tale of torture and political oppression, this captivating musical nonetheless embraces hope and the beauty of love.
 
   
The Little Mermaid Jul 3 - Aug 16, 2015  
Chicago Shakespeare Theater The Little Mermaid
 
This summer, families will venture under the sea with Ariel and her aquatic friends to the tune of one of Disney's most beloved classics. Chicago Shakespeare's newly adapted 75-minute production of Disney's The Little Mermaid is based on the full-length Broadway musical and staged by Jeff Award-winning director and choreographer Rachel Rockwell. Featuring the Academy Award-winning song "Under the Sea," children and adults alike will delight in the dazzling production and unforgettable music following Ariel's adventure to find true love-and her voice. Each performance features special opportunities for audiences to interact with the actors for one-on-one conversations and photos.
 
   
Jihad Jul 5 - Aug 2, 2015  
Genesis Theatrical Productions at Theater Wit Jihad
 
Israel's struggle with Hamas receives a stirring dramatization in Jihad, in which two families -- one on each side of the conflict -- lose a daughter in a suicide bombing. In researching the project, playwright Stephanie Liss spent time undercover with groups such as the Palestine Liberation Organization, Israeli Defense Forces and Hamas itself. The result is a provocative, deeply felt theatrical experience that takes viewers inside the world of terrorism and its affects on the families' public and private lives. Experience Jihad at Theater Wit in Chicago.
 
   
Kinky Boots Jul 7 - Jul 26, 2015  
Cadillac Palace 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.
 
   
The Winter's Tale Jul 8 - Aug 2, 2015  
First Folio Theatre The Winter's Tale
 
A royal family is ripped apart when King Leontes' envy brings about the death of his wife, the rejection of his best friend, and the estrangement of his newborn daughter. Broken hearts are mended when the king's abandoned child falls in love with a Bohemian prince. Filled with wonder, magic, and mystery, THE WINTER'S TALE is a celebration of faith and redemption, of holding on and letting go, and the transcendent power of love.
 
   
Bard Fiction Jul 10 - Aug 2, 2015  
Commedia Beauregard at City Lit Theater Bard Fiction
 
This imaginative adaptation asks the age-old, perennially puzzling question: "What if William Shakespeare had written Quentin Tarantino's Pulp Fiction?" (Well, for one thing, a Royale With Cheese would have been a "Hachis Parmentier.") Set in Elizabethan England, this comic concoction trades pistols for daggers and cars for horses as it follows the adventures of a pair of enigmatic hit men, their boss' dangerously sexy wife and a go-for-broke knight. This laugh-filled Commedia Beauregard production at City Lit Theater is packed to the brim with honor, betrayal and ... foot rubs.
 
   
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.
 
   
[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.
 
   
Loving Repeating Jul 18 - Aug 30, 2015  
Kokandy Productions at Theater Wit Loving Repeating
 
LOVING REPEATING is an intimate exploration of Gertrude Stein's legacy, setting her unconventional creative passions against the backdrop of her lifelong relationship with Alice B. Toklas. From her student days in the late 19th century to the height of her artistic era in Paris as one of the 'lost generation,' LOVING REPEATING pays homage to Stein's capricious love affair with language, self-expression and her lifelong romance with Toklas.
 
   

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