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King Liz  
Windy City Playhouse King Liz
 
No earthly realm is more exciting, wealthy or dangerous than a sports empire -- just ask the title character of King Liz. A uniquely powerful sports agent, Liz Rico is a rare woman atop the towering (if teetering) pyramid of pro sports. Of course, she had to work twice as hard to get there, and so is now twice as cautious as she waits to take over the agency. Enter Freddie Luna, a high school basketball superstar with a troubled past. If Liz can keep this talented yet volatile young star in line, she just might end up making not only his career, but her own as well. But at what price?
   
King Ubu  
The Greenhouse Theater Center King Ubu
 
When it premiered in 1896, Alfred Jarry's outrageous parody of Shakespeare's Macbeth was a blast of rude nihilism onto the French theater scene, sticking its tongue out at politics, war and theater orthodoxy. It went on to influence great writers and artists, such as Apollinaire, Artaud and Breton, and led to Surrealism, Dada, the Situationists and even punk rock. Featuring lowbrow humor and ludicrous language, King Ubu points out society's failures and injustices and warns about civilization's susceptibility to subversion and collapse through the gluttonous and brutal character of Papa Ubu, who murders the royal family of an immaterial Poland in order to ascend to the throne. Catch this raucous staging of the frighteningly familiar work at Chicago's Greenhouse Theater Center.
   
Late Company  
COR Theatre at Pride Arts Center - The Buena Late Company
 
Searching for closure one year after their son took his own life, a teen's parents invite the schoolmate who tormented him and the bully's parents to dinner. But the events of the evening prove difficult to swallow as accusations and blame are served up in equal measure, and understanding and forgiveness seem to slip further from grasp. As blame shifts, layers of parental, sexual, and political hypocrisy are revealed. Scathingly funny and heartbreakingly real, award-winning Jordan Tannahill's Late Company ponders how well parents ever really know their children. Head to The Buena at Pride Arts Center to see COR Theatre's production of the play that the Vancouver Courier called "...excruciatingly good theatre; it feels like open heart surgery."
   
Late Nite Catechism  
Royal George Theatre Late Nite Catechism
 
Late Nite Catechism is an uproariously funny play, written by Vicki Quade and Maripat Donovan, where the irrepressible Sister teaches class to a roomful of "students." Throughout the course of the play the benevolent instructor rewards audience members for correct answers with glow-in-the-dark rosaries and other nifty prizes. Naughty students may well find themselves on stage sitting in a corner reflecting their actions. Now in its 20th year in Chicago, Late Nite Catechism is a sharp satire, but never mean. It’s simply an evening of fun and laughter.
   
London Assurance  
City Lit Theater London Assurance
 
Grace Harkaway, who considers herself immune to love, is marrying an elderly man for his money. Then she meets his son. Then the elderly man meets horse-riding virago Lady Gay Spanker. This comedy by Irish playwright Dion Boucicault was first produced in 1841, and was a bridge between Richard Brinsley Sheridan's comedies of manners from the late 18th Century to the late 19th Century comedies of Oscar Wilde, who was influenced by London Assurance.
   
Macbeth  
Oak Park Festival Theatre Macbeth
 
Shakespeare in the park. Blankets spread out. Wine and cheese picnics under the stars. Does it get any more blissfully summer than that? Kick off the season at the Oak Park Festival Theatre in Austin Gardens with the bloody and brilliant classic Macbeth. Nastier than Scorsese at his bleakest, more violent than Tarantino at his bloodiest, Shakespeare's Macbeth still shocks like no other tale on the page, stage or screen. Set in a gloomy world of ghosts and witches, the tragedy's cycle of corruption is thrown into motion when the popular King Duncan of Scotland is murdered by his trusted friend and general Macbeth. Driven by a supernatural prophesy and his wife's deadly ambition, Macbeth goes on to claim his destiny. But just as he grasps the crown, it starts to slip through his guilty fingers.
   
The Magic Parlour  
The House Theatre of Chicago at The Palmer House Hilton Hotel The Magic Parlour
 
The performance contains some of his favorite pieces of magic, alongside some brand new routines in an hour-long show packed with mind-reading, levitations, escapes, and a ridiculous new adaptation of the classic “Card Stab” during which Watkins climbs inside of a fully inflated 7 foot balloon!
   
Make America Gay Again  
Under The Gun Theater Make America Gay Again
 
Chicago's Under the Gun Theater invites you to embark on a pride-filled comedic journey through the United States of America as gender is thrown out of the window, microaggressions get ridiculed in the bright beam of the spotlight and gay myths are debunked ... and sometimes confirmed. Make America Gay Again, an LGBTQA+ sketch-travaganza, features a new LGBTQA+ solo opener each night, as well as a series of sketches and improv comedy from a talented cast of performers.
   
Medieval Times Dinner and Tournament  
Medieval Times Schaumburg Castle Medieval Times Dinner and Tournament
 
Medieval Times is an exciting, family-friendly dinner attraction inspired by an 11th century feast and tournament. Guests are served a four-course banquet and cheer for one of six knights as they compete in the joust and other tests of skill. Expect lots of jousting, swordsmanship, thrilling hand-to-hand combat, and displays of extraordinary horsemanship as part of an exciting story set in Medieval Spain.
   
Moby Dick  
Lookingglass Theatre Moby Dick
 
Madness rages like the angry sea when man pits himself against leviathan in Melville's epic and poetic tale furiously reimagined on the Lookingglass stage by director David Catlin (Lookingglass Alice). Set sail with Captain Ahab and the intrepid crew of the Pequod in this harrowing and intoxicating exploration of fate vs. free will.
   
Mother Goose's Garden  
Emerald City's Little Theatre Mother Goose's Garden
 
One, two, buckle your shoe, and take a gander at Mother Goose's magical community garden at ECT's Little Theatre! Join Jack and Jill as they search for Mother Goose and help out a gaggle of your favorite characters along the way. Sing along to live music with Little Boy Blue, Miss Muffett, and others as you experience the fun in teamwork through hand-puppetry and interactive play. For ages 0 - 5
   
The Mystery Of Love and Sex  
Writers Theatre The Mystery Of Love and Sex
 
Charlotte and Jonny have grown up together, and are now trying to determine whether their close friendship might be something more. When they discover exactly what "more" actually entails, however, it comes as a surprise to them both-and to Charlotte's parents, who are holding secrets and resentments of their own. This compelling story of intricate relationships is an explosive and contemporary look at race, sexual identity and family dynamics.
   
Naked Boys Singing!  
Theater Wit Naked Boys Singing!
 
The title says it all. This well-natured musical revue features eight actors who sing and dance in their birthday suits (well, they're fully naked 90% of the time, to be exact). There's no plot, really, just a bunch of skits and songs about gay life and male nudity-silly ditties about topics like circumcision and getting aroused in public as well as more emotional songs about finding love.
   
The Nance  
Pride Arts Center - The Buena The Nance
 
Douglas Carter Beane's The Nance recreates the naughty, raucous world of burlesque's heyday and tells the backstage story of Chauncey Miles and his fellow performers. Chauncey's uproarious antics on the stage at a time when it is easy to play gay stand in marked contrast to his offstage life. The New York Times called The Nance "A heartfelt new play set in the twilight of burlesque." It ran on Broadway in 2013 starring Nathan Lane and was nominated for five Tony Awards, winning two.
   
Native Gardens  
Victory Gardens Theater - Biograph Native Gardens
 
Pablo, a high-powered lawyer and his pregnant wife Tania, a doctoral candidate, think they have hit the jackpot with their new home. It seems to have everything they dreamed of: a nice neighborhood, plenty of bedrooms for their growing family, outdoor space, and friendly neighbors. When Pablo and Tania decide to upgrade the eyesore chain link fence in their backyard, neighbors Virginia and Frank couldn't be happier. Happy until they think their new neighbors are taking more than they deserve. A disagreement over a property line quickly spirals into a war of taste, class and entitlement in Native Gardens, a hilarious new comedy by Karen Zacarias and directed by Marti Lyons.
   
Nautilina  
The Agency Theater Collective at The Den Theatre Nautilina
 
A series of small scenes and monologues which lock into each other like puzzle pieces and create a larger narrative, Nautilina is an examination of what makes people tick, what makes them behave the way they do.
   
Parade  
Writers Theatre Parade
 
This stirring, Tony Award-winning musical explores the endurance of love and hope against seemingly insurmountable odds, telling the true story of Leo Frank, a Brooklyn-born Jewish man falsely accused of murder in 1913 Atlanta. Innovative and daring, and filled with soaring music, Parade is a moving love story, a riveting murder mystery, a gripping courtroom drama and a powerful exploration of innocence and naïvete coming face-to-face with ignorance and prejudice.
   

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