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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.
   
Lela and Co.  
Steep Theatre Lela and Co.
 
Instinct, tenacity, biting humor, and trust in the future keep Lela alive as her world closes in around her. Based on a true story, Lela & Co. is an eerily funny and enthralling story about the horrifying enterprise of war and a girl who may or may not have eaten some frosting.
   
Life in 35mm: An Improvised Documentary  
Annoyance Theatre Life in 35mm: An Improvised Documentary
 
"Tickled," "The Cove," "Searching for Sugarman," "Supersize Me." They all have one thing in common... they are documentaries. And so is "Life in 35mm: An Improvised Documentary"! Every week the cast will look to the audience for inspiration to create a brand new, gripping documentary. "Life in 35mm: An Improvised Documentary" is a satire of popular self-important documentaries, and the characters within who cash in on the credit.
   
Lisette Dances Divine  
The Greenhouse Theater Center Lisette Dances Divine
 
Dress shop by day and speakeasy by night, Chicago's Parle Doucement is the hot spot for both libations and shopping, not to mention a little mischief too. In this comedy set in 1927, the young and divine heiress Lisette de Jungen is in town on a secret mission from a local magazine. Shop owners Harry and Therese are in for a tumble when Harry takes his personal offenses a little too far. With other lovable characters like Little Al and book keeper Jennie Bea Goode, Lisette Dances Divine at the Greenhouse Theater Center is a swinging good time in the Windy City.
   
Little Fish  
Kokandy Productions at Theater Wit Little Fish
 
From the niche mind of musical theater and opera genius Michael John LaChiusa comes the post-9/11 drama Little Fish in its Chicago debut. As the curtain rises we meet Charlotte, a thirty-something writer eager to give up her poor smoking habits. She replaces nicotine with adrenaline by picking up various activities, eventually settling on swimming. After much reflection upon on a former lover and other vignettes of life, Charlotte only then recognizes her addiction to running away. Brought to you by the company that brought you smash hits like Heathers and The Wiz, Kokandy Productions re-creates the musical's eclectic score of Latin, rock, jazz, and other sounds that are the soundtrack to Charlotte's life. Check it out at Chicago's Theater Wit.
   
A Love Affair  
Oil Lamp Theater A Love Affair
 
If you could go back and give advice to your younger self, what would you say? In the rom-com A Love Affair, Jimmy and Alice Diamond find themselves reliving the flawed masterpiece that is their marriage as financial issues force them to clear out the attic of their Malibu home. Brimming with all the hilarious and moving moments captured from almost 40 years of marriage, A Love Affair is both a timeless and a timely play, because its story is about financial reverses and how they can either weaken or reinforce relationships. See the affable rom-com at Glenview's Oil Lamp Theater.
   
Machinal  
The Greenhouse Theater Center Machinal
 
One young woman must break out in this exhilarating reimagining of MACHINAL, the American classic inspired by the sensational, true story of murderess Ruth Snyder. Trapped in an unhappy marriage, the young woman finds a thrill in the arms of a flyby lover. But when reality returns, how far will her fight for freedom take her? And who will pay the ultimate price? How do you escape the machine?
   
Madagascar - A Musical Adventure  
Chicago Shakespeare Theater Madagascar - A Musical Adventure
 
A wild and wacky adventure awaits Alex the Lion, Marty the Zebra, Gloria the Hippo, Melman the Giraffe and those pesky, plotting Penguins when they stage a jailbreak from New York's Central Park Zoo. After busting out of their home and landing on the far away island of Madagascar, these furry friends encounter the madcap antics of the outrageous King Julian and his fellow island inhabitants in a musical celebration of friendship. The nonstop escapades and rollicking pop score will have audiences of all ages wanting to "Move It, Move It!" with their favorite characters. Share the wonder and delight of live theater with the young people in your life this summer with this child-friendly 70-minute adaptation.
   
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!
   
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.
   
Megastasis  
Eclipse Theatre Company at Athenaeum Theatre Megastasis
 
Tray is a nineteen-year-old father trying to get his life on track, caring for his infant daughter and planning to marry the baby's mother. But when he gets caught with a joint at a party, Tray becomes a target of the War on Drugs, throwing him into a black hole of confusion and uncertainty that forces him to rearrange his plans for the future -- and potentially the rest of his life. Workshopped through New Works Brooklyn and directed by Aaron Todd Douglas, Megastasis at Chicago's Athenaeum Theatre Studio Three is an unflinching look at the casualties of America's failed drug policy.
   
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.
   
Monticello  
Aurora Theatre Works at St. Bonaventure Oratory Monticello
 
In Monticello, a dying Thomas Jefferson, his estate in debt and his family in chaos, is confronted with a grim choice: appease the wealthy interests of the young country by affirming that the Declaration of Independence does not apply to enslaved people, or cement his legacy and the freedom of generations of black Americans by denouncing the inhuman institution on which the fragile economy depends. To resolve this dilemma, Jefferson turns to a new University of Virginia student burgeoning poet, Edgar Allan Poe. Together, they examine the challenges of writing truth to power, the out-sized power of government-orchestrated fear, the paradox of freedom in America, and what Jefferson may have confided to the young Poe on an eerie 1826 July night. The show runs about two hours with one intermission, and is for ages 13 and up.
   
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
   
Murder the Hypotenuse  
Under The Gun Theater Murder the Hypotenuse
 
Ever wish TV was a little less scripted? Stopped paying for cable six months ago and miss the feeling of watching television live? Then you're in luck, because for the month of August, members of Chicago's Under The Gun Theater will be bringing you an episode of a completely improvised television show every Friday night. Tune into Murder the Hypotenuse each week to watch a made-up soap opera based entirely on suggestions received from you, the audience.
   
An Octoroon  
Definition Theatre Company at Victory Gardens Theater - Biograph An Octoroon
 
A modern riff on Dion Boucicault's 1859 classic melodrama, The Octoroon, Branden Jacobs-Jenkins' Obie Award-winning historical satire follows a plantation in financial ruin, the tumultuous love story of its heir apparent, the evil overseer plotting to take it all for himself and the slaves trying to keep it all together. Hilarious, pointed and provocative, An Octoroon offers up a subversive take on race in America-both then and now.
   
Peter and the Starcatcher  
Metropolis Performing Arts Centre Peter and the Starcatcher
 
The five-time Tony-winning show that The New York Times called "the most exhilarating storytelling on Broadway in decades," Peter and the Starcatcher is the swashbuckling prequel to Peter Pan. Inventive stagecraft and an imaginative story come together to reveal the origins of "the boy who wouldn't grow up" in this madcap music-filled adventure. The play is an action-packed journey through Neverland that brings pirates, mermaids, orphans and secret agents of the Queen together on the high seas. Based on the bestselling novel by Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson, and written by Rick Elice (Jersey Boys), this production of Peter and the Starcatcher at the Metropolis Performing Arts Centre in Arlington Heights weaves an enchanting coming-of-age tale that's bound to appeal to your entire crew.
   

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