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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
 
   
Make Me a Song Jun 10 - Jul 10, 2016  
Eclectic Theatre Company at Athenaeum Theatre Make Me a Song
 
The deeper truths of life can sometimes only be mined through music. Take an entertaining trip through the hilarious, touching, and personal songbook of composer-lyricist William Finn, whose musicals and revues include Falsettos, A New Brain, Elegies, and The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee. Finn is a seven-time Drama Desk Award nominee and the winner of two Tony Awards. Make Me a Song is big, boisterous, and full of joie de vivre just like Finn, himself.
 
   
Crash Course Show Jun 10 - Jun 24, 2016  
The Public House Theatre Crash Course Show
 
What happens when you take two solo acts and put them on stage together for the first time? Either magic or catastrophe, but either way, it's funny! And with the audience participating, anything can happen... and does. In a comedy scene full of stand-up, improv and sketch, "Crash Course Show" shakes up the traditional elements of comedy by smashing them together ontstage for an experience that can't be anticipated or repeated, giving the audience a special moment in time that belongs only to them and the actors onstage.
 
   
The Dark Ages: Otho the Great Jun 10 - Jun 25, 2016  
Unity Lutheran Church The Dark Ages: Otho the Great
 
Frank Farrell presents his adaptation of John Keats's only full-length play, retitled The Dark Ages: Otho the Great, based on the life of Otto I, German king in 936 CE and Holy Roman Emperor from 962 until his death in 973. The production depicts the tragic fate of Otho's valiant but hotheaded son Ludolph, whose unfaithful lover and her scheming brother induce him to rebel against his father and persecute his innocent cousin. The show runs 2 hours with one intermission.
 
   
The Way She Spoke Jun 10 - Jul 10, 2016  
The Greenhouse Theater Center The Way She Spoke
 
When an actress enters an empty warehouse to read for a role in a new play about the missing and murdered women of Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, she embarks on an expedition through the broken roads of a city with far more questions than answers. With thousands of women disappearing every year, who is responsible for these crimes? The Way She Spoke: A Docu-mythologia is a daring solo-performance piece pulling from hundreds of interviews collected down a rabbit hole of drug cartels, ex-convicts, unsavory reporters and resilient women. Isaac Gomez's honest, thought-provoking production makes its debut at Chicago's Greenhouse Theater Center. When The Way She Spoke hits the stage, you'll be asked: "What lies in the shadows of telling a story that isn't yours?"
 
   
The Secret Garden Jun 10 - Jul 2, 2016  
Lake Forest Theatre at Gorton Center The Secret Garden
 
Lake Forest Theatre's Managing Artistic Director is excited to direct the inaugural season opener, THE SECRET GARDEN. The musical adaptation of Frances Hodgson Burnett's 1911 novel The Secret Garden originally premiered on Broadway in 1991 and earned a Tony award that same year. The enchanting musical follows 11-year-old orphan Mary Lennox on her return to Yorkshire from India. She returns to live with her reclusive uncle and ill cousin. Mary explores the grounds of her new home to discover a magic garden. There she finds spirits from her past that offer guidance for her new life. The tale of forgiveness and renewal plays out with beautifully haunting melodies. This Lake Forest production impressively has a 15-piece live orchestra to accompany the unbelievable performance.
 
   
Bars And Measures Jun 10 - Jul 17, 2016  
Prop Theatre Bars And Measures
 
We meet two brothers. One a classical pianist. The other a jazz bass player. One a Christian. The other a Muslim. One living in freedom. The other in jail. Separated by bars, the brothers try to reconcile their differences through the language they know best. Music. A beautiful journey through faith, family, melody and time.
 
   
Bound for Broadway Jun 11 - Jul 2, 2016  
MCL Chicago Bound for Broadway
 
Live theater goes meta in Bound for Broadway, an inventive new play that experiments with the basic idea of performance. The stage is set, the cast is ready and the crowd is seated for an important preview performance of Big Break, the play within the play performed by the fictional Craftworks Theater Company. The opening number is going perfectly when suddenly, the lights go black, a loud crash cuts through the music and the leading man cries out in pain. He's center stage with a broken leg, and now the Craftworks Theater ensemble has to rush to make it look like it's all part of the plan. MCL Chicago welcomes the show that proves success isn't always scripted; sometimes you've got it make it up along the way.
 
   
MotherStruck! Jun 11 - Jul 17, 2016  
The Greenhouse Theater Center MotherStruck!
 
In MotherStruck!, acclaimed spoken-word poet Staceyann Chin shares her personal journey to motherhood as a single woman, lesbian and activist who does not have health insurance or a "serious, stable financial set up." Called "funny and moving" by the Village Voice, the solo show is told through Chin's uniquely personal and poetic lens, exploring the ways in which the maternal process changed her life. Watch as she makes peace with the lessons she's learned from her profound experience. Tony winner Cynthia Nixon (Rabbit Hole, Sex and the City) directed the original production of this intimate one-woman performance. Now it comes to Greenhouse Theater Center in Chicago.
 
   
The Marvin Gaye Story (Don't Talk About My Father Because God Is My Friend) Jun 12 - Jul 10, 2016  
Black Ensemble Theater The Marvin Gaye Story (Don't Talk About My Father Because God Is My Friend)
 
Marvin Pentz Gay, Jr, otherwise known as Marvin Gaye, was known for his deeply soulful music and his phenomenal success in the music industry. The Marvin Gaye Story brings back the spirit of the "Prince of Soul" with a musical journey of the legendary man behind the music.
 
   
Savage In Limbo Jun 13 - Jul 17, 2016  
The Poor Theatre at Rivendell Theatre Savage In Limbo
 
Sitting in a dimly lit bar in the Bronx, a netherworld where ghosts drown their sorrows, Denise Savage is haunted by regret. She hates what her life has become, but fear keeps her frozen in place. When two high school friends join her, the night explodes with unexpected confrontations and confessions. Can they help her find her place in the real world? Or is she doomed to stay stuck in limbo?
 
   
Company Jun 15 - Jul 31, 2016  
Writers Theatre Company
 
It's Bobby's 35th birthday and he's still single, trying to find a way to have a serious relationship, without a serious commitment. But as his friends-all couples at different stages in their marriages-impose their unique perspectives of relationship function and dysfunction on him over the course of a hilarious series of dinners and cocktail hours, Bobby is forced to consider relaxing his determined grip on bachelorhood and begin exploring one of life's greatest questions-what does it mean to be alive? Winner of seven Tony Awards, Company is a witty, sophisticated and deeply honest look at contemporary relationships. Featuring some of Stephen Sondheim's best known songs, including "Side by Side by Side," "Marry Me a Little" and "Being Alive," this brilliant musical comedy is considered a true masterpiece by one of the finest composers of our time.
 
   
The Seedbed Jun 15 - Jul 17, 2016  
Redtwist Theatre The Seedbed
 
A budding young woman of 18, Maggie feels compelled to leave Ireland in order to avoid a family upheaval. Upon returning from Amsterdam, Maggie brings her new fiance, Mick, thinking she is safely buffered by her imminent marriage to a very nice man--who is older than her parents, and about whom her parents are far from happy.
 
   
This Jun 15 - Aug 28, 2016  
Windy City Playhouse This
 
Though its title could not be more linguistically simple, This is a poignant and poetic comedy that uses the power of language to make the foibles of real life profound and poetic. A silly party game becomes the spring board for a deep dive into long-held fear and resentment between five friends navigating the brittle transition into middle age. Adultery ensues, followed by remorse and plenty of confusion, all related with scintillating wit and verve in playwright Melissa James Gibson's Obie Award-winning script. See This at Windy City Playhouse and find out why the New York Times called it "the best new play to open Off Broadway" following its 2009 debut.
 
   
The Grapes of Wrath Jun 16 - Aug 14, 2016  
The Gift Theatre The Grapes of Wrath
 
The Gift Theatre presents John Steinbeck's Pulitzer Prize-winning tale, The Grapes of Wrath, centering on an American family forced off of their land during the Great Depression and their epic journey west to California. New ensemble member Erica Weiss (Vigils) returns to direct the extraordinary and emotionally wrenching The Grapes of Wrath, adapted by Frank Galati.
 
   
On Golden Pond Jun 16 - Jul 31, 2016  
Oil Lamp Theater On Golden Pond
 
The golden gleam of On Golden Pond doesn't come from the three Tony Awards the original Broadway production won or the three Oscars the film version took home (for Henry Fonda, Katharine Hepburn and writer Ernest Thompson). The shine comes straight from the giant, glowing heart of this comedy about a long-married elderly couple, Norman and Ethel, who spend yet another summer at their beloved cottage on a lake in Maine. When their estranged daughter arrives with her fiance and his son in tow, Norman and Ethel agree to host the boy for the summer. And as they come to terms with the realities of life's twilight years, they discover how precious time really is. Discover (or rediscover) this modern American classic when Oil Lamp Theater presents an all-new production in Glenview.
 
   
Man of La Mancha Jun 22 - Aug 14, 2016  
Marriott Theatre In Lincolnshire Man of La Mancha
 
One of the world's most popular musicals, MAN OF LA MANCHA tells of the adventures of a delusional Spanish knight who sallies forth on a quest to restore chivalry to the world, claim his lady love and dare to dream "The Impossible Dream".
 
   

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