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Blue Man Group  
Briar Street Theatre Blue Man Group
 
Blue Man Group is best known for its award-winning theatrical productions which critics have described as "ground-breaking," "hilarious," "visually stunning" and "musically powerful." These performances feature three enigmatic bald and blue characters who take the audience through a multi-sensory experience that combines theatre, percussive music, art, science and vaudeville into a form of entertainment that is like nothing else.

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The King And I  
Ford Oriental Theatre The King And I
 
One of Rodgers & Hammerstein's finest works, THE KING AND I boasts a score which features such beloved classics as "Getting To Know You," "I Whistle a Happy Tune," "Hello Young Lovers," "Shall We Dance" and "Something Wonderful." Set in 1860's Bangkok, the musical tells the story of the unconventional and tempestuous relationship that develops between the King of Siam and Anna Leonowens, a British schoolteacher whom the modernist King, in an imperialistic world, brings to Siam to teach his many wives and children.

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Pass Over  
Steppenwolf Theatre Pass Over
 
In this bold, incendiary riff on Waiting for Godot, two young, black men stand around on the corner-talking shit, killing time and hoping that maybe today will be different. When a white man wanders into their space, an escalating crisis threatens to prevent their escape from the block. In Pass Over, pop culture, historical and religious references collide to create a hilarious and disturbing meditation on manhood, race, and the cycle of violence that prevents too many from realizing their full potential.

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Something Rotten!  
Ford Oriental Theatre Something Rotten!
 
From the director of Aladdin and co-director of The Book of Mormon and the producer of Rent, Avenue Q and In the Heights, this hilarious new musical comedy tells the story of brothers Nick and Nigel Bottom, two playwrights stuck in the shadow of that Renaissance rockstar Will Shakespeare. When a soothsayer foretells the next big thing in theatre involves singing, dancing and acting at the same time, the Bottom brothers set out to write the world's very first MUSICAL! With the most singing, the most dancing and the most gut-busting laughs on Broadway, it's something wonderful... something for everyone... It's Something Rotten!, "the funniest musical comedy in at least 400 years" (Time Out New York)!

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Spamilton  
Royal George Theatre Spamilton
 
Created by the Forbidden Broadway mastermind Gerard Alessandrini, the hilarious musical mash-up, Spamilton celebrates, roasts, and eviscerates the Broadway blockbuster with a cast of five. It is interspersed with outrageous references to Gypsy, Chicago, The King and I, Assassins, Camelot and Sweeney Todd. Not only are Lin-Manuel Miranda and the stars of the original cast of Hamilton comically eviscerated, but they are joined by caricatures of living Broadway legends: Patti Lupone, Audra McDonald, Stephen Sondheim, Stephen Schwartz, Barbra Streisand, Bernadette Peters, and many more beloved icons.

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3 Blocks From Broadway  
Annoyance Theatre 3 Blocks From Broadway
 
From Cats to Heathers, the improv troupe Rhyme & Punishmint has cornered the market on creating feature length shows in the style of some of Broadway's favorite musicals. Now, in their new show, 3 Blocks From Broadway, the group will up the ante by letting you decide what they'll perform when the curtain rises, making an even greater challenge. But this highly talented cast of actors and improvisers is ready to put on a show that's filled with fun, surprises and maybe even a Nerf gun.

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The Addams Family  
Prop Theatre The Addams Family
 
Na-na-na-na *snap* *snap* na-na-na-na *snap* *snap* -- you can't even say "Addams Family" without breaking into that trademark theme song, so it's no wonder the demented adventures of this wickedly witty family have inspired a musical comedy. From the writers of the Tony-winning Jersey Boys, The Addams Family tells the story of every father's nightmare: Wednesday Addams is grown-up and in love ... with a "normal" boy. Inviting his family to the Addams Mansion sets the stage for a meet-and-greet gone gothic. Savor the horrific hospitality of Gomez, Morticia, Pugsley, Grandmama, Lurch and everyone's favorite weirdo, Uncle Fester, as they face up to the one horrible thing they've managed to avoid for generations -- change. You're in for a kooky good time with the Addams Family during this magnificently macabre production at Chicago's Prop Thtr.

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Ah, Wilderness!  
Goodman Theatre Ah, Wilderness!
 
On July 4, fireworks aren't the only flames burning for 16-year-old Richard Miller -- whose passion for poetry is rivaled only by affection for Muriel, the girl of his dreams. When her father forbids the young couple from dating, Richard embarks on an evening of unexpected rebellion. Relive the fireworks of first-time love in Eugene O'Neill's unabashedly romantic and sweetly funny Ah, Wilderness!, the revered playwright's only well-known comedy. Swoon over this delightful tale of adventure, angst and young romance at Chicago's Goodman Theatre.

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Among All This You Stand Like a Fine Brownstone  
eta Creative Arts Foundation Among All This You Stand Like a Fine Brownstone
 
Writer/director Vantile Whitfield's carefully crafted adaptation of Gwendolyn Brooks' poem is a series of vignettes taken from Brooks' portraits of Chicago's African American community. Blues, jazz, black swag, beauty-shop gossip, skin color, a missing child, a crazy lady, a "fast" woman, an artist, a solider and an anxious student all populate a world vividly captured through Brooks' poetry and Whitfield's award-winning stage adaptation. Be sure to catch Among All This You Stand Like a Fine Brownstone at eta Creative Arts Foundation in Chicago.

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Beauty's Daughter  
Stage 773 Beauty's Daughter
 
This Obie Award-winning play by Dael Orlandersmith depicts one woman's journey through life's obstacles in an East Harlem neighborhood. Artistic Affiliate Wandachristine takes on 6 different characters during the course of this solo play-some broken, some on the way down, but all memorable.

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Bette Davis Ain't For Sissies  
Athenaeum Theatre Bette Davis Ain't For Sissies
 
A trip into the mind of one of Hollywood's greatest stars, Bette Davis Ain't For Sissies is a powerful one-woman show starring acclaimed actress Jessica Sherr. Taking place on the night of the 1939 Academy Awards, Davis finds out that she will lose the Best Actress Oscar to Vivien Leigh, so she decides to leave the ceremony. What follows is an internal dialogue of Davis' memories, filled with historically accurate details and piercing insight into the struggle of the actress who refused to fit into the mold of the stereotypical Hollywood ingenue. Enjoy this spirited portrayal of a bold, defiant and disillusioned box-office icon at Chicago's Athenaeum Theatre Studio One.

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Bible Bingo  
Royal George Theatre Bible Bingo
 
From Vicki Quade, the creator of the popular comedy Late Nite Catechism, comes the new interactive comedy Bible Bingo. The Archdiocese's new bingo department needs to raise money for the parish. That's where you come in: Get ready to play bingo for a variety of wacky prizes. Along the way, you'll be drawn into conversation about everything from Adam and Eve to modern sins. Just be careful: You might laugh so hard you forget to yell "bingo."

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Bite Size Broadway  
Annoyance Theatre Bite Size Broadway
 
You've never heard of Andrew Lloyd Webber's relative, Bobby Lloyd Webber, but after this hysterical performance at The Annoyance Theatre in Chicago you'll definitely be a fan. Webber wrote ten musicals while doing hard time in prison -- none of them longer than 15 minutes, none of them shorter than 15 seconds. Now he's debuting them in his self-hosted show, Bite Size Broadway, where six talented actors are bringing these comedic, inventive, never-before-seen productions to life in one spectacular hour of singing, dancing and jazz hands.

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Bonnie and Clyde  
Theater Wit Bonnie and Clyde
 
It was once said of Bonnie and Clyde, "They're young. They're in love. They kill people." Now you can add a fourth description to this infamous his-and-her gangster team: They sing. Composed by Frank Wildhorn (Jekyll & Hyde), with lyrics by Academy Award winner Don Black (Sunset Boulevard), Bonnie & Clyde weaves rockabilly, blues and gospel music into the story of how two small-time nobodies in West Texas became America's most notorious, alluring and fearless folk heroes. From the company that brought you the smash hits Heathers and The Wiz comes this Tony-nominated tale of love, adventure and crime at Chicago's Theater Wit.

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The Bridges of Madison County  
Marriott Theatre In Lincolnshire The Bridges of Madison County
 
This stunning two-time Tony Award winning Broadway musical features gorgeous, soulful music by Tony Award-winning composer Jason Robert Brown (The Last Five Years, Parade, Songs for a New World) and a book by Pulitzer Prize winner Marsha Norman (The Secret Garden, The Color Purple). The Bridges of Madison County is a sweeping romance about the roads we travel, the doors we open and the bridges we dare to cross.

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Bye Bye Liver  
The Public House Theatre Bye Bye Liver
 
The Pub Theater Company performs a series of outrageous sketches centered on Chicago's favorite pastime: drinking. Bye Bye Liver is filled with interactive social games for the audience, pitting males versus females, actors versus audience and so on. Bar life and alcoholic adventures are held up for your amusement so you can laugh -- and drink -- your troubles away. With a spontaneous and interactive format, the outcome is always a fun and outrageous time for everyone, both audience and cast.

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Cannonball  
The Public House Theatre Cannonball
 
Enter the eerie sci-fi realm of Cannonball -- Setting: the near future of the good ol' American Midwest. Drawing inspiration from classics like ET and Super 8, this production is filled with stargazers and geniuses obsessed with the universe beyond. Cannonball's town is awry with outer space-obsessed citizens, most of whom are plotting just about every sci-fi experiment possible. Whether you're following the local teens on Neighborhood Watch for a flurry of abductions or the scientist that has found a way to visit parallel Earths, there's a likely chance your intergalactic fantasies will be satisfied at The Public House Theatre in Chicago.

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Changes: A David Bowie Sci-Fi Saga  
Stage 773 Changes: A David Bowie Sci-Fi Saga
 
Chicago Tap Theatre re-imagines one of their most acclaimed story shows for Chicago audiences, at Stage 773. Acclaimed director Harrison McEldowney and choreographer Mark Yonally present Changes, the science fiction tale of a planet inhabited by peaceful aliens and the events that unfold when they encounter both a power-hungry species from another world and a potential hero. The show features all your favorite David Bowie songs, featuring their original haunting and unforgettable vocals with live instruments and remixed scores by Kurt Schweitz. Changes is CTT's follow-up to the award-winning TimeSteps, picked as the Best New Production of 2016 by Dance Magazine.

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Cirque Musica Holiday Spectacular  
Rosemont Theatre Cirque Musica Holiday Spectacular
 
Combining some of the world's greatest circus performers with a live symphony orchestra, Cirque Musica transforms its one-of-a-kind show into a winter wonderland spectacular. Set to a program of favorite holiday songs, these veteran performers of Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus and Cirque du Soleil perform amazing feats of athleticism and grace. Soaring aerialists and acrobats defy gravity while strongmen and jugglers pull off the impossible. If you're looking for something a little different than your typical Christmas show, the Cirque Musica Holiday Spectacular is sure to get you in the Yultetide spirit while giving you a unique and entertaining experience. Catch all the high-flying fun at the Rosemont Theatre in Chicago.

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Emilie: La Marquise du Chatelet Defends Her Life Tonight  
The Greenhouse Theater Center Emilie: La Marquise du Chatelet Defends Her Life Tonight
 
La Marquise du Châtelet was a woman born in the wrong era. A brilliant mathematician and physicist, she was the toast of the Enlightenment. Nevertheless, she's not a very well known historical figure. Voltaire got it right when he said du Châtelet was "a great man whose only fault was being a woman." Now Lauren Gunderson's play Emilie: La Marquise du Châtelet Defends Her Life Tonight resurrects this fascinating personality. Emilie finds herself back in the world of the living, patting her body in surprise and wondering at the reason for her return. She soon becomes desperate to find out whether her challenge to one of Isaac Newton's equations was correct. "I died thinking: Was I right?" she explains. "Shortly followed by: Was I loved? Shortly followed by: Does either one really matter in the end?" This smart, surprising and sexy portrait of a true genius is onstage at the Greenhouse Theater Center in Chicago.

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The Faculty Lounge  
Oil Lamp Theater The Faculty Lounge
 
It's the most mythical room on any high school campus, a forbidden zone where teachers can cut loose and no students are allowed to venture: The faculty lounge. That's both the setting and the name of playwright Teri Foltz's new comedy, where five teachers relax, vent their frustrations and share thoughts, hopes and insecurities that they'd never dream of uttering in a classroom. The stories of five students weave in and out of the teachers' tales, as the educators' memories of their own high school experiences blend with their present day careers. The Faculty Lounge is a hilarious and heartfelt peek into the minds of the people who spend eight hours a day teaching our kids, and it's coming to the Oil Lamp Theater in Glenview.

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The Fair Maid Of The West  
Oak Park Festival Theatre The Fair Maid Of The West
 
Sea battles, shipwrecks and blood thirsty pirates, oh my! Long before there were rip-roaring adventure sagas such as Pirates of the Caribbean and The Princess Bride, Elizabethan playwright Thomas Heywood was penning the swashbuckling action-comedy The Fair Maid of the West, in which a lowborn tavern girl and her ragtag group of friends take to the high seas to rescue her true love. Watch their action-packed adventures unfold from the lawn at Oak Park Festival Theatre in Austin Gardens, a beautiful outdoor venue where picnicking is welcome!

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Fight City  
Factory Theater Fight City
 
In the dystopian future of 2077, gender roles are reversed, guns and knives are all but eliminated, yet crime is still on the rise. The Central City Police Department has the most elite fighters in the region and they keep the peace by doling out hard-nosed justice. Officer Barb Davies (Jennifer Betancourt) is the most skilled fighter of them all, yet she has the most level head. Can she make sense of this new world or are we doomed to repeat the endless cycle of violence?

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The Golden Girls - The Lost Episodes  
Mary's Attic The Golden Girls - The Lost Episodes
 
Enjoy lost, never-before-seen episodes of The Golden Girls featuring Dorothy, Rose, Blanche, Sophia and all of the siblings, daughters, sons, characters and rare diseases that were mentioned once, but never again. The production also features The Golden Girls trivia and games to help fully embrace the Miami experience.

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Great Expectations  
Chicago Temple Great Expectations
 
Dickens' beloved tale of aspiration, intrigue, and romance is thrillingly transplanted to a colonized India by award-winning British Bengali playwright Tanika Gupta. When Indian orphan Pip receives a mysterious inheritance, he must choose between his humble rural life and the city life of an English "gentleman." In a vibrant clash of cultures, classes, and conscience, Gupta's brilliant adaptation expands Dickens' enduring question: Is it worth losing who you are for who you might become?

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Hair  
Metropolis Performing Arts Centre Hair
 
Hair celebrates peace and love, taking you back to 1960s New York as young hippies try to make sense of their lives in the shadow of the Vietnam War. As the "tribe" -- a group of politically active bohemian youths -- fight against conscription, Claude has to decide whether to resist the draft as his friends have done, or succumb to the pressures of his parents and conservative America. Hair is filled with unforgettable songs, like "Aquarius," "Let the Sun Shine In" and "Good Morning, Starshine," which all became anthems of the anti-war movement. Filled with unbridled energy and infectious songs, this stunning production at Metropolis Performing Arts Centre in Arlington Heights provides an electrifying look back into '60s hippie counterculture.

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Her Majesty's Will  
Lifeline Theatre Her Majesty's Will
 
Young William Shakespeare is hiding from the law in rural Lancashire, languishing as a simple school master. Christopher Marlowe is living the high life as a spy for the Crown. When a dastardly plot to assassinate the Queen draws these two unforgettable wits together, Will is swept up in a world of intrigue, treachery, and mayhem in an adventure that will define the rest of his life - if he can only manage to save Her Majesty. An irreverent comedy that imagines Shakespeare's "lost years" as a rousing romp through the streets and across the stages of Elizabethan London.

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In the Soundless Awe  
Prop Theatre In the Soundless Awe
 
On July 30, 1945, the U.S.S. Indianapolis was struck by two Japanese torpedoes, instantly killing 300 sailors and leaving 900 men to drift helplessly -- battling dehydration, saltwater poisoning and shark attacks -- in the Pacific Ocean. Historical drama In the Soundless Awe picks up 22 years after this harrowing event, finding Charles Butler McVay III, the wrongly court-martialed and disgraced Captain of the U.S.S. Indianapolis, in his haunting final moments. Presented at Chicago's Prop Theatre, In the Soundless Awe features TV star Jason Narvy (Mighty Morphin Power Rangers).

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In the Wake  
The Greenhouse Theater Center In the Wake
 
Set between 2000 and 2005, In the Wake is the story of Ellen, a liberal journalist struggling to cope with her changing beliefs about politics and love. Ellen is vocally, actively opposed to the Bush Administration and the War in Iraq, but is confounded when her closest friends and lovers don't share her outrage and passionate opposition to what's being done to their country. Eventually, Ellen is forced to confront a blind spot in her thinking about the world -- and herself. This bitingly humorous play from Tony Award-winning playwright and actress Lisa Kron (Fun Home) is coming to the Greenhouse Theater Center in Chicago.

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The Incredible Hank  
Royal George Theatre The Incredible Hank
 
It's 2017, and superheroes are everywhere. In the city of Sandicago, every superhero and supervillain is competing for their place in the saturated super market - all except for Hank. Hank would rather ignore his superpowers and work his normal job for the rest of his normal life. But when his office becomes the setting for a supervillain's evil plan, Hank is dragged kicking and screaming into the super drama. Faced with pompous heroes, reckless villains, hapless cops and the hounding press, Hank reluctantly finds himself in the fight of his life - to stay normal.

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The Infinite Wrench  
Neo-Futurists The Infinite Wrench
 
The Infinite Wrench is a mechanism that unleashes a barrage of two-minute plays for a live audience. Each play offers something different-some are funny, others profound. Some are elegant, disgusting, topical, irrelevant, terrifying, or put to song. All of the plays are truthful and tackle the here-and-now, inspired by the lived experiences of the performers. With new plays every week, The Infinite Wrench is The Neo-Futurists' ongoing and ever-changing attempt to shift the conventions of live performance and speak to the present audience, including those unreached or unmoved by other types of theater.

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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?

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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.

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Late Company  
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."

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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.

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Little Fish  
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.

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Loose Knit  
The Public House Theatre Loose Knit
 
In this popular comedy, five women in a weekly knitting circle find their lives in a state of flux. When Miles, a self-made millionaire before he turned 30 (who bears some striking similarities to our current President), enters the circle, things get all tied up in knots. Following a series of blind dates in a sushi restaurant, Miles and the women begin to confront issues of betrayal, lust, chauvinism and politics. Playwright Theresa Rebeck is a multiple-award-winning playwright, TV writer and novelist, and though this play of hers was written in the '80s, its healing humor and relatable themes remain every inch as relevant today. Enjoy Loose Knit on the stage of Chicago's Public House Theatre.

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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.

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The Magic Parlour  
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!

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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.

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Megastasis  
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.

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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.

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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.

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The My Way Residential  
The Den Theatre The My Way Residential
 
Willa is an elderly woman from Galway living in England. Byron is a young South African emigre. In the unlikely setting of a suburban London nursing home, this pair of unloved misfits discovers that family can be chosen and freedom is for the taking. From the author of Irish Theatre Company's hit production of My Brilliant Divorce comes this touching and uplifting story about the choices we make, the hearts we touch, and how it's never too late to live your life.

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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.

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Nautilina  
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.

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The Night Season  
Factory Theater The Night Season
 
When the tiny, seaside home town of W.B. Yeats gets occupied by an English film crew making his biopic, the Kennedys figure giving lodging to the lead actor will put a few extra coins in their pockets. They do get plenty of change, and not just Euros, as the family's three sisters and their delusional grandmother all decide it's time to stop letting life pass them by. The mother who ran away, the father who can barely leave the house, a big pile of pent-up desire, it all gets confronted in this skewed romantic comedy helmed by the director of Sideshow Theatre's No More Sad Things, Stage Left's Rabbit, and Strawdog's Season 28 smash After Miss Julie.

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Our Great Tchaikovsky  
Royal George Theatre Our Great Tchaikovsky
 
Piotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky was not simply one of Russia's greatest composers -- he's widely regarded as one of the greatest composers of all time. Renowned for world famous compositions like Sleeping Beauty, Swan Lake, The Nutcracker and countless ferocious and brilliant symphonies, Tchaikovsky died mysteriously at the age of 53, only nine days after conducting the premiere of his enigmatic Symphony No. 6.

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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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Put The Nuns In Charge  
Royal George Theatre Put The Nuns In Charge
 
Part of a new Vatican outreach program, Mother Superior was tapped because she knows a thing or two about sin. And sinners. First asked to teach her class in our nation's capital, she opted for Chicago instead. "Too many sinners in D.C.," she was overheard saying. "There's plenty to keep me busy here!"

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Ragtime  
The Den Theatre Ragtime
 
Based on the 1975 novel by E.L. Doctorow, RAGTIME is set at the dawn of a new century where the lives of three distinct American families from different backgrounds intersect in their search for the American dream. Part history lesson-part family saga, this stirring musical asks us think about racism, immigration, social justice, wage inequality and the role of women in society in a changing America.

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Save Ferris  
Under The Gun Theater Save Ferris
 
He was the coolest kid in high school -- even when he took the day off his name was on everyone's lips -- but the 30 years since then have not been kind to Ferris Bueller. After all, skirting responsibility isn't quite as charming when you're a middle-aged man. Now he's divorced, broke, friendless and estranged from his teenage daughter, Reagan. Save Ferris follows his desperate attempt to reconnect with Reagan by taking her on a magical journey through Chicago that mirrors the unforgettable day off that secured his since-faded legend three decades ago. Catch this original comedy -- inspired by the iconic characters of John Hughes' Ferris Bueller's Day Off -- at Chicago's Under the Gun Theater.

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The School For Lies  
The Artistic Home The School For Lies
 
Based on Moliere's Misanthrope, David Ive's School For Lies honors the French 17 the Century practice of writing in verse, but uses contemporary language while maintaining the Moliere play's original setting of Paris in 1666. The comedy is a battle of wits between Frank, a traveler from England known for his misanthropic wit, and Celemene, a beautiful young widow with a satiric tongue who is busy avoiding several keen suitors and a pressing legal suit. As Frank turns Celimene's world upside-down, she discovers that she can still find love amidst the lies and uproarious, naughty array of characters that never seem to miss a chance at having the last word.

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Strangest Things! The Musical  
The Greenhouse Theater Center Strangest Things! The Musical
 
In that magical year of 1983, when parents were nowhere to be found, hair was huge and frozen waffles had the power to change a bald girl's life, something ... strange happened in a sleepy town. Set to the fresh beats of your favorite me-decade hits, Strangest Things! might be familiar if you've seen the Netflix smash hit about a lost boy, his plucky friends and a troubled sheriff whose town is turned upside down. But in the hands of the folks who brought you Barney the Elf and Ladies Night of the Living Dead, this musical mystery is a little twisted. Spell out "L-E-T-S G-O" on your Christmas lights and head to Greenhouse Theater Center for a hilarious take on TV's hottest hit.

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Three Days Of Rain  
Heartland Studio Theatre Three Days Of Rain
 
Perpetual drifter Walker Janeway reappears in New York for the reading of his father's will. He and his sister expect to inherit the famed ―Janeway House‖ that their father Ned designed with his business partner, Theo. But when the house is left to Theo's son instead, the betrayal leads Walker to unearth a cryptic journal that he believes proves his father is a fraud. The truth of the past, however, is much different than any of them realize. Shifting from present to past, THREE DAYS OF RAIN examines the depth of family secrets and how one event can be seen from many points of view.

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Tommy Gun's Garage  
Tommy Gun's Garage Tommy Gun's Garage
 
The restaurant-cabaret presents a Roaring 20s-themed musical comedy revue in a speakeasy seting, with dining and drinking integrated into the show.

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26  
Pride Arts Center - The Buena 26
 
Pride Arts Center kicks off its new late-night programming with 26, featuring sketches written by members of the Chicago theater, sketch and improv communities. Inspired by the ABC's of Death horror anthology, the sketches in 26 each represent a different letter of the alphabet. A cast of eight will run from A through Z, spanning the gamut of comedy, drama, surrealism, performance art and absurdism. See the works Sean Graney, David Cerda, Susan Messing and more come to life in the intimate setting of The Buena.

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The Water Children  
Flat Iron Arts Building The Water Children
 
Megan is an actress somewhere between "ingenue" and "Mom." When she loses an important role to a younger woman, her agent convinces her to take a part in a commercial for Life Force, an anti-­‐abortion group. Megan, having had an abortion, and being a staunch liberal, is conflicted about the job. She complicates her life even more when she begins to date Randall, the organization's executive director. Megan and Randall hit it off and they try to put their personal beliefs aside, but when Randall's colleagues become militant, things suddenly become more difficult. And when Megan learns she is pregnant, it sends her on the personal journey of her life, spinning into her past, magnifying her present, and leaving her completely at a loss as to her future.

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Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?  
City Lit Theater Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?
 
First produced on Broadway in 1962, "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?" concerns a middle-aged married couple in a college town -- George, an associate professor of history, and Martha, the daughter of the college's president -- who invite a younger couple to their home very late one evening. The guests -- Nick, a biology teacher at the college, and his wife Honey -- walk into a quagmire of drinking, fights, sex, games, and delusions.

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