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Freckleface Strawberry
Freckleface Strawberry Jul 24 - Aug 1, 2021

Based on the beloved New York Times best-selling book by celebrated actress, Julianne Moore, the show is a fun and touching family musical. Created specifically for young audiences, Freckleface Strawberry takes you inside of the book's pages with Freckleface and friends as they learn to "love the skin they're in." With the help of her loveable schoolmates, including an amazingly talented ballerina, a cutie jock, a charming ditz and a totally kooky teacher, Freckleface learns that everyone is different - and that's what makes everyone special.

Why Dogs Don't Talk
Why Dogs Don't Talk Jul 27 - Aug 8, 2021
First Folio Theatre at Online Stream

Man's best friend is his dog. So it must follow, then, that a dog's best friend is...well, his human, right? What happens to the relationship when that assumption is put to the test? How good a friend is Mel to faithful hound Hubert? Why Dogs Don't Talk answers those questions and may have you looking at your own faithful companion in a different way! Why Dogs Don't Talk was filmed live in an Evanston apartment, so this is not your usual online experience. This WORLD PREMIERE comedy will be available for streaming beginning July 27 and running through August 8.

Shipwrecked!  An Entertainment - The Amazing Adventures of Louis de Rougemont (As Told by Himself)
Shipwrecked! An Entertainment - The Amazing Adventures of Louis de Rougemont (As Told by Himself) Jul 29 - Aug 29, 2021

Based on the true story of the Swiss explorer who claimed to have daring adventures in the Asian-Pacific, SHIPWRECKED! will take you to "a new uncharted realm of whimsy and adventure" (Montgomery News). Watch Louis de Rougemont take London at the turn of the nineteenth century by storm as he tells audacious tales of the high seas. Filled with exotic islanders, flying wombats, giant sea turtles, and a monstrous man-eating octopus, SHIPWRECKED! will leave you wondering "whether he is an inspirational figure touched by imaginative genius or a mere con man" (The New York Times). This "quirky and wondrous" (Montgomery News) play examines how far we're willing to blur the line between fact and fiction in order to leave our mark on the world. This show will take place in a new outdoor venue located at St. David's Episcopal Church at 2410 Glenview Road in Glenview.

Riding the Bicycle
Riding the Bicycle Jul 30 - Jul 31, 2021
The Trance at The Edge Theatre

The life of Ella, a young bisexual woman, is chronicled in this play of truly divided mind. Ella confronts two worlds simultaneously throughout the production as she inhabits dual realities. She is the pivot point throughout the production as she engages in two scenes simultaneously in a living metaphor for her divided sexuality. "There are two voices inside my head, working on this piece," says Trance Artistic Director Maggie Veach, "the director and the writer. I have a constant struggle with my dual creative identities as an artist. Ella also struggles, not just in her own dual nature but in her relationships. This play is a contradiction and convergence of opposing thoughts and desires."

School Girls; Or, The African Mean Girls Play
School Girls; Or, The African Mean Girls Play Jul 30 - Aug 29, 2021

School is back in session! This biting and buoyant comedy was playing to packed houses when our stages went dark-and you won't want to miss its triumphant return. As the reigning queen bee at Ghana's most exclusive boarding school sets her sights on the Miss Universe pageant, a new student unexpectedly changes the game. This "nasty-teen comedy, wonderfully refreshed and deepened" (The New York Times) spotlights the universal similarities-and glaring differences-of teenage girls around the globe. Casting note; Adhana Reid, formerly an understudy on this production, replaces Katherine Lee Bourne in the role of Ama.

Zulema
Zulema Aug 5 - Aug 21, 2021
Goodman Theatre at Various Locations

On a spectacular musical journey of many thousands of miles-from her Chiapas home in Mexico to Chicago-young Zulema zig-zags through the culturally diverse landscapes of her homeland and our fair city along the way. Exhilarating regional music and dance from the Grammy-nominated Sones de Mexico Ensemble, in this collaboration with the Tony Award-winning Goodman Theatre, make a joyous event for the whole family.

The Magic Parlour
The Magic Parlour Aug 6 - Oct 29, 2021
The Palmer House Hilton Hotel

Award-winning, third-generation magician Dennis Watkins delivers an evening of sophisticated tom-foolery in one of the Windy City's most unique entertainment experiences presented by The House Theatre of Chicago. The Magic Parlour is an elegant night out in the heart of downtown. This intimate magic show is replete with mind-blowing magic and mind reading in a small suite at the historic Palmer House Hilton Hotel.

Broadway in your Backyard
Broadway in your Backyard Aug 7

Broadway in your Backyard is 90 minutes of Broadway songs celebrating family, friends, community and inspiration. The four-person cast, to be announced, will perform with a live band and the performance includes projections highlighting the music selections.

Higher and Higher: A Rock 'N Soul Party With Chester Gregory
Higher and Higher: A Rock 'N Soul Party With Chester Gregory Aug 14 - Aug 15, 2021

In this high energy revue, a huge hit with audiences when performed at the Marriott Theatre in August 2019, Broadway star and recording artist Chester Gregory highlights hits of greats like Sam Cooke, Otis Redding, James Brown, and more. The star of MOTOWN: THE MUSICAL, HAIRSPRAY, and DREAMGIRLS, Gregory won acclaim for his outstanding portrayal of Jackie Wilson in THE JACKIE WILSON STORY. THE NEW YORK TIMES exclaims Gregory is "jaw dropping" and "over-flowingly charismatic." Featuring a sensational band, songs include "(Sitting on) The Dock of the Bay," "I Got You (I Feel Good)," and "My Girl."

Blue Man Group
Blue Man Group Aug 18 - Oct 3, 2021

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.

Kinky Boots
Kinky Boots Aug 18 - Oct 17, 2021

Charlie Price is a reluctant shoe maker. Lola is a fierce drag queen. These two could not be more different, but when they find common ground in shoes, they see a whole new world of possibilities open up to them that will turn their small town upside down, and just might save Charlie's failing shoe factory.

Mamma Mia!
Mamma Mia! Aug 19 - Aug 29, 2021

Audiences have been "having the time of their lives" with this musical since 1999. Mamma Mia! is about bride-to-be Sophie's desire to have her father walk her down the aisle, but she must uncover who he is first. With a story consisting of an unsuspecting mother, two best friends and the magic of ABBA's timeless songs, audiences will experience an evening filled with love, laughter and friendship.

The Things I Never Could Tell Steven
The Things I Never Could Tell Steven Aug 19 - Sep 19, 2021

In this sung-through musical by Australian composer/lyricist/playwright Jye Bryant, the four most important people in one man's life struggle to communicate meaningfully with him and really know him. We learn all about him through the disclosures of his wife, mother, father, and ex-boyfriend. In Bryant's 19 witty and touching original songs, the characters share intimate details about their life with Steven and the things they fail to tell him. Through their disclosures, we learn that Steven may have as much trouble knowing himself as the others have in understanding him.

My Happiness: Michelle Lauto Sings Connie Francis
My Happiness: Michelle Lauto Sings Connie Francis Aug 21 - Aug 22, 2021

With soaring vocals, ebullient charm, and emotional depth, award-winning singer/actress Michelle Lauto (SPAMILTON, IN THE HEIGHTS) relates the heart-rending story of the original princess of pop in a concert brimming with sentimental favorites like "Who's Sorry Now," "Stupid Cupid," and "Where the Boys Are." The CHICAGO TRIBUNE calls Lauto, "dynamic... terrific... truly wonderful." And like Connie, she's an irrepressible Jersey girl with a sensational voice.

Heathers
Heathers Aug 27 - Sep 12, 2021
Surging Films at The Edge Theatre

The original Mean Girls musical ... '80s style. Heathers was a cult classic film, and now they have turned it into a dark comedy rock musical. A little edgy, a little dark, a lotta fun. Heathers is the story of Veronica Sawyer. Veronica longs to be cool like the clique of it-girls that runs Westerberg High: the unaffected, unattainable Heathers. When Veronica uses her skills as a forger to get the Heathers out of detention, she impresses their leader Heather Chandler-so much so that they agree to let her into their exclusive club. At first Veronica is thrilled-until she finds out that being one of the Heathers means bullying the same kids she used to call friends. Meanwhile, Veronica finds herself attracted to a mysterious newcomer at school named JD.

Mr. Burns, a post electric play
Mr. Burns, a post electric play Aug 27 - Oct 3, 2021

What's left when everything is taken away? That's the question Mr. Burns asks...the same question on everyone's mind the past 16 months. Mr. Burns begins after life as we know it has ended. Small bands of survivors have banded together in pods to keep the pilot light of civilization burning. But their path to redemption is as unexpected as it is inevitable.

Elvis My Way, Starring Brandon Bennett
Elvis My Way, Starring Brandon Bennett Aug 28 - Aug 29, 2021

A spine-tingling tribute to "King of Rock" Elvis Presley. With his authentic southern charm, glorious voice, and powerful moves, Bennett was named the "Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist" by Elvis Presley Enterprises at Graceland. His breathtaking retrospective traverses the King's career: the Rock n' Roll nativity of the 50s, the iconic comeback of the 60s, and the legendary lounge acts of the 70s. Hits include "Blue Suede Shoes," "Can't Help Falling In Love," "Suspicious Minds," and many more.