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The Golden Girls: The Lost Episodes, Vol. 2 Jun 19 - Sep 7, 2018  
Hell in a Handbag Productions at Mary's Attic The Golden Girls: The Lost Episodes, Vol. 2
 
When THE GOLDEN GIRLS - THE LOST EPISODES debuted in June 2017, it was supposed to be a short summer treat for Handbag audiences, but quickly turned into one of the biggest hits in the company's history. Now, these lovely women from the classic TV sitcom return with new stories of friendship, love and cheesecake - all with the Handbag twist audiences have come to love! The all new episodes include Machiavellian mayhem when Dorothy, Rose and Blanche are all nominated for Women of the Year by the Miami Women's Auxiliary League; Sophia's mysterious part-time job; and a deep dark secret from Rose's past that shocks the girls to their core!
 
   
The Roommate Jun 21 - Aug 5, 2018  
Steppenwolf Theatre The Roommate
 
Sharon is Midwestern nice. But to Robyn, her new roommate from the Bronx, that just means nosy and very, very talkative. A comical mismatch leads to a surprising and touching friendship in this new comedy about how early-life choices lead to mid-life challenges and the unexpected rewards of bridging the divide.
 
   
Avenue Q Jun 21 - Sep 9, 2018  
Mercury Theater Avenue Q
 
A racy cross between South Park and Sesame Street, AVENUE Q is a modern musical focusing on a group of unique 20-somethings making their way in the big city, seeking their purpose in life. Director L. Walter Stearns explains that the real magic of the show is when the audience "forgets that the puppets are nothing more than fur and felt and start to believe they have a mind, heart and soul." It tells the timeless story of a recent college grad named Princeton who moves into a shabby New York apartment all the way out on Avenue Q. He soon discovers that although the residents seem nice, it's clear that this is not your ordinary neighborhood. Together, Princeton and his new-found friends struggle to find jobs, dates and their ever-elusive purpose in life. Although AVENUE Q addresses humorous adult issues, it is similar to a beloved children's show: a place where puppets are friends, monsters are good and life lessons are learned.
 
   
Tilikum Jun 22 - Jul 29, 2018  
Victory Gardens Theater - Biograph Tilikum
 
Tilikum was a king, and the oceans of the world were his. Now, he is a captive in a marine amusement park, doomed to live as an opportunity for profit. Alone behind bars he forgets the feel of freedom, but when fellow prisoners ignite the fires of his memory, he starts down a path that threatens to consume everything. Ripped from the headlines, Kristiana Rae Colón's Tilikum explores captivity, savagery and rebellion in a vital and visceral blend of theatre, drumming and dance. Poetic and lyrical, Tilikum calls out the power structures - both corporate and human - that ensure continued oppression, and the complicity of those willing to stand by and do nothing.
 
   
The Pirates of Penzance Jun 22 - Jul 15, 2018  
Saltbox Theatre Collective at Stage 773 The Pirates of Penzance
 
A two-act comic opera created by Arthur Sullivan and W.S. Gilbert, The Pirates of Penzance was the first opera to ever have its official debut within the United States. Premiering on December 31st, 1879, the show was incredibly popular and well received by the public. The story revolves around a young man named Fredric, who is comically-bound in an apprenticeship to a merry band of pirates due to a technicality regarding his birthday. Things only become more complicated for Frederic when he meets Mabel and falls in love with her. Twenty-eight musical numbers are sprinkled across the hilarity-ensued pair of acts within The Pirates of Penzance.
 
   
The Maids Jun 22 - Jul 14, 2018  
The Artistic Home The Maids
 
Genet's subversive drama, in which two maids fantasize killing their mistress, was inspired by a real-life murder committed by two sisters working as maids who killed their employer and her daughter. In the play, the maids construct elaborate sadomasochistic rituals when their mistress (Madame) is away. The focus of their role-playing is the murder of Madame and they take turns portraying both sides of the power divide.
 
   
The View Upstairs Jun 22 - Jul 22, 2018  
Circle Theatre at Pride Arts Center - The Broadway The View Upstairs
 
When Wes, a young fashion designer from 2017, buys an abandoned building in the French Quarter of New Orleans, he finds himself transported to the UpStairs Lounge, a vibrant seventies gay bar. As this forgotten community comes to life, Wes embarks on an exhilarating journey of self-exploration that spans two generations of queer history. THE VIEW UPSTAIRS asks what has been gained and lost in the fight for equality, and how the past can help guide all of us through an uncertain future.
 
   
California Suite Jun 22 - Jul 14, 2018  
Skokie Theatre California Suite
 
Experience the antics of four couples who, at different times, all occupy the same suite of rooms at the Beverly Hills Hotel. There are feuding couples, disillusioned holidaymakers, drunken husbands and frustrated movie stars, all presented in the effortless style of America's undisputed master of comedy, Neil Simon. Catch this classic at Chicago's Skokie Theatre.
 
   
Magic Outside The Box Jun 22 - Jul 1, 2018  
City Lit Theater Magic Outside The Box
 
The Washington Post's "favorite mad-genius magician," David London's been blowing minds up and down the East Coast with his acclaimed cabaret show, Magic Outside the Box -- an engaging blend of illusion, storytelling, comedy, puppetry and even some sly surrealism. Now he's bringing this entertaining evening of meta-magic to Chicago's City Lit Theater. A 20-plus-year practitioner, student and writer on the art of illusion, London's created a series of dazzlingly original stage productions and appeared at over 30 magic fests throughout the country -- and now it's your chance to be amazed.
 
   
Support Group for Men Jun 23 - Jul 29, 2018  
Goodman Theatre Support Group for Men
 
Every Thursday in Wrigleyville is "Guys' Night" for a crew of longtime pals who gather to vent about middle-aged maladies ... and there's a "No Ladies" policy strictly enforced. Support Group for Men shows what happens one night when an unexpected visitor crashes the party. The gang's notions of what it means to be a man in today's America are suddenly upended and their status quo will never be the same. Don't miss this of-the-moment comedy by Ellen Fairey -- whose work the Chicago Tribune has hailed as "a must-see for anyone who follows important new plays" -- when it comes to Goodman Theatre at The Albert in Chicago.
 
   
Sagittarius Ponderosa Jun 27 - Jul 29, 2018  
Redtwist Theatre Sagittarius Ponderosa
 
Archer (still Angela to his family) returns home to the forests of eastern Oregon to care for his sick father. At night under the oldest Ponderosa Pine, he meets a stranger who knows the history of the forests. Sagittarius Ponderosa reveals the enduring ties between the roots beneath our feet and the mysteries of the human heart...and the journey of personal identity we all must take to become ourselves.
 
   
Peter Pan: A Musical Adventure Jun 27 - Aug 19, 2018  
Chicago Shakespeare Theater Peter Pan: A Musical Adventure
 
Just like Peter Pan himself, the story of his many adventures never grows old -- and it's not hard to see why. Chock-full of fun and imagination, with pirates, a gang of runaways, magic pixie dust and the ultimate wish fulfillment of soaring through the sky, J.M. Barrie's classic tale continues to enchant and be reinvented for new generations. Now, Chicago Shakespeare Theater stages a fresh musical adaptation from the team behind Broadway's Mary Poppins. With a 75-minute running time, Peter Pan: A Musical Adventure is the perfect introduction to live theater for young audiences, and will continue to inspire adventures all summer long. Stick around after the show to meet the cast and snap some selfies, then make a day of it at Navy Pier!
 
   
Not One Batu Jun 27 - Jul 21, 2018  
Nothing Without a Company at Berger Park Coach House Not One Batu
 
Not One Batu is the first full-length Hawaiian Pidgin-English play produced and to premiere in Chicago, and is centered around the meth epidemic in Hawai'i, and how it can impact families for generations. Not One Batu was the 2016 winner of 6 Po'okela Awards, including Overall Play Guest Artist (Non-Hawaii Resident) (recipient Hannah Ii-Epstein), Featured Female in a Play (recipient Lelea'e "Buffy" Kahalepuna-Wong), and Leading Female in a Play (recipient Danielle Zalopany). Lelea'e "Buffy" Kahalepuna-Wong will be flown in from Hawai'i to reprise her role as Ma.
 
   
The Adventures Of Spirit Force Five Jun 29 - Aug 11, 2018  
Factory Theater The Adventures Of Spirit Force Five
 
When a cheerleading squad is called upon to save the parallel universe of Lej, they must summon their collective team spirit to destroy the evil spirit stick, save the citizens of Lametown and be back in time for the state championship. Jill Oliver's debut play asks the question, "Ummm...there's an evil stick in this play?"
 
   
Heartbreak Hotel Jun 30 - Sep 9, 2018  
Broadway Playhouse Heartbreak Hotel
 
From the creator of the Tony Award-winning smash-hit Million Dollar Quartet, HEARTBREAK HOTEL is a record-breaking musical, selling out at its world premiere at the historic Ogunquit Playhouse. This prequel to Million Dollar Quartet follows the tender story of Elvis Presley in the early years of his bourgeoning career as he and Sam Phillips create the music that will forever change their lives. As Elvis' career skyrockets, both lifting and shattering the lives of those he loves, a secret love story is revealed, a betrayal is discovered, and "Colonel" Tom Parker changes the course of history, all in just 18 short months.
 
   
Firefly Love Jun 30 - Jul 15, 2018  
Athenaeum Theatre Firefly Love
 
In Firefly Love, Maria goes on a journey to the homeland of her favorite playwright, Henrik Ibsen. She dreams of being inspired, but instead finds another woman who is identical to her. From the moment that she meets her copy on a funicular to Mount Floyen, she begins the journey to find herself. To aid her, she enlists the help of her best friend Lola, and together they follow the other Maria to the other end of the world. Something Marvelous presents Firefly Love, translated by Hector Garza and directed by Rinska Carrasco-Prestinary, at Chicago's Athenaeum Theatre.
 
   
F*cking Men Jul 1 - Aug 25, 2018  
Pride Arts Center - The Broadway F*cking Men
 
In this present-day updating of Schnitzler's LA RONDE by Joe DiPietro (MEMPHIS, I LOVE YOU, YOU'RE PERFECT, NOW CHANGE), ten men - a hustler, soldier, two college students, businessman and his husband, an adult film actor, a movie star, his agent and a playwright - all have physical and emotional desires to connect.
 
   

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