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A Shayna Maidel Aug 22 - Nov 4, 2018  
TimeLine Theatre Company A Shayna Maidel
 
A SHAYNA MAIDEL is a powerful and poignant drama about two sisters trying to reconnect after years of separation brought on by the aftermath of the Holocaust. Shortly before World War II, Rose Weiss and her father escaped Poland for America, but were forced to leave Rose's sister Lusia and her mother behind. When the two sisters reunite in New York City many years later, Rose is confronted by an older sister who, having survived the horrors of war overseas, now seems nothing more than a stranger. And Lusia-haunted by vivid memories of her past-struggles to connect with a family she's never known and to believe in the potential of life in a new land. A SHAYNA MAIDEL explores family, faith, and forgiveness in the pursuit of a better future.
 
   
Tres Bandidos Aug 23 - Sep 15, 2018  
The Agency Theater Collective at Heartland Studio Theatre Tres Bandidos
 
In Tres Bandidos , Shep, David, and Luke get lost on the way to a planned bank robbery and hole up in a dingy Texas motel. As a storm roars outside, past demons and a ticking clock put the heist in jeopardy and push the outlaws toward the breaking point. Written with rapid-fire, cutting dialogue, this contemporary western places cowboy mentality in the crosshairs.
 
   
The Last Five Years Aug 24 - Sep 8, 2018  
Jedlicka Performing Arts Center The Last Five Years
 
Jason Robert Brown's Drama Desk winner The Last Five Years has been translated into a handful of languages and was named one of TIME magazine's ten best shows of 2001. This is a musical unlike any other you've seen at the Jedilcka Performing Arts Center in Cicero. With only two performers, this modern musical ingeniously moves both forward and backward in time as we watch two people fall in and out of love right before our eyes.
 
   
Radio Golf Aug 30 - Sep 30, 2018  
Court Theatre Radio Golf
 
Real estate developer Harmond Wilks is determined to become the first black mayor of Pittsburgh, on a mission to revive his blighted childhood neighborhood. As Wilks confronts characters from the past, he is forced to question how pursuing change could put his neighborhood's history at risk.
 
   
Borealis Aug 30 - Oct 21, 2018  
The House Theatre of Chicago at Chopin Theatre Borealis
 
When a redacted and ominous letter arrives from her brother on the oil fields, thirteen-year-old Cozbi sets off for Anwar, Alaska to find him. Armed with a book on corporate communication strategy and a sharp axe, Cozbi battles her way through an Arctic wilderness in pursuit of her missing brother, squaring off against a host of monstrous Ass-Hats on each rung of the corporate ladder. Part mythic journey, part workplace satire, the play is a darkly comic adventure about family obligation, career aspiration, and what we leave behind to make our way to the top.
 
   
Monger Aug 30 - Sep 30, 2018  
Her Story Theater at The Greenhouse Theater Center Monger
 
Written by Her Story Theater Founder and Producing Artistic Director Mary Bonnett, and directed by John Mossman, Co-Founder of The Artistic Home, MONGER follows a Chicago criminal defense attorney with a secret sex life who deals with his sensitive 16-year-old son's legal crisis on the day he takes a deposition from the mother of a murdered teenage sex trafficked victim. Bonnett's play uncovers the nationwide, anonymous brotherhood of men who use the Internet to find and compare notes on the women and underage girls they pay for sex. It also explores the toxicity of many of the prevailing notions of masculinity and how they contribute to an environment that allows these abuses to exist. Though the characters are composites of people Bonnett interviewed and the plot details are inspired by real-life events in Chicago. Bonnett's script includes actual posts from online chats among men engaged in this activity along with dialogue she imagined for the characters.
 
   
Homos, Or Everyone In America Aug 30 - Sep 30, 2018  
Pride Films And Plays at Pride Arts Center - The Broadway Homos, Or Everyone In America
 
"Love is love" - but is navigating it any less complicated today? What does it mean to be in a committed relationship? Is monogamy just monotony? Told through interweaving glimpses into the life of an everyday couple unexpectedly confronted by a vicious crime, HOMOS, OR EVERYONE IN AMERICA is a fearless, funny, heart-on-its-sleeve examination of the moments that can bring two people together - or pull them apart.
 
   
Big Giant Love Aug 31 - Sep 23, 2018  
Madison Street Theatre Big Giant Love
 
Oak Park's Madison Street Theatre inaugurates its solo series POWER OF ONE with writer/performer Maureen Muldoon's BIG GIANT LOVE, an hour-long exploration of the repercussions when a child changes gender.
 
   
Scraps Sep 1 - Sep 29, 2018  
New American Folk Theatre at The Den Theatre Scraps
 
Follow Scraps on her journey of self-discovery and her effort to shed herself of the patchwork quilt that she is made of in order to become a more "normal" person. Using the setting of America's first fairy tale, this play explores racial and gender identity, and the myriad of people that make up the patchwork of this country. SCRAPS explores our capacity to love and our need to find intimacy through trust and friendship.
 
   
Sweet Charity Sep 5 - Oct 28, 2018  
Marriott Theatre In Lincolnshire Sweet Charity
 
Spend a little time with SWEET CHARITY. The dance-filled, groovy musical comedy inspired by Federico Fellini's Nights of Cabiria, SWEET CHARITY explores the turbulent love life of Charity Hope Valentine, a hopelessly romantic but comically unfortunate dance hall hostess in New York City. With a tuneful, cool, mid-1960s score by Cy Coleman (Little Me, City of Angels, Barnum), sparkling lyrics by Dorothy Fields (Annie Get Your Gun, Seesaw, Redhead), and a hilarious book by Neil Simon, SWEET CHARITY captures all the energy, humor, and heartbreak of Life in the Big City for an unfortunate but irrepressible optimist. Features the songs "Big Spender," "If My Friends Could See Me Now," "There's Gotta Be Something Better Than This," and "I'm a Brass Band."
 
   
Legally Blonde Sep 5 - Oct 21, 2018  
Paramount Theatre Legally Blonde
 
A member of UCLA's Delta Nu sorority, Elle has a seemingly perfect life and perfect future. All she needs is her boyfriend Warner to cement it with a proposal. But her dream life turns into a nightmare when Warner decides to break it off because she's not serious enough for him. As if! Heartbroken and in despair, Elle hatches a near-impossible plan to win him back: get into Harvard Law School. What? Like it's hard? A story of rising to a challenge and defying expectations, all while looking fabulous, Legally Blonde is the perfect way to push Paramount's eighth season into high gear and never let up.
 
   
Little Shop of Horrors Sep 6 - Oct 28, 2018  
Drury Lane- Oakbrook Little Shop of Horrors
 
This gem of a musical inspired by the 1960 dark comedy horror film will charm your heart with infectious do-wop songs and endearing characters. A down on his luck resident of Skid Row is offered the girl of his dreams, fame, and success from an all-powerful, R&B singin' carnivorous plant, but at what cost? Winner of the Drama Desk Award for Best Musical.
 
   
Spring Awakening Sep 6 - Sep 30, 2018  
Blank Theatre Company at The Frontier Spring Awakening
 
SPRING AWAKENING is a contemporary rock musical based on the classic German play by Frank Wedekind, following the struggles of German teenagers in the 1890's trying to find their voices in a socially conservative world.
 
   
Crime and Punishment Sep 6 - Oct 20, 2018  
Shattered Globe Theatre at Theater Wit Crime and Punishment
 
As Raskolnikov plays a dangerous cat and mouse game with a mercurial investigating magistrate, a psychological thriller unspools and probes how far humanity might go when driven by disillusionment and whether any crime can be justified by a higher purpose.
 
   
Nick and Zoe Sep 6 - Sep 29, 2018  
The Side Project at Mckaw Theater Nick and Zoe
 
3:28am. The sounds of the city pour into Nick's Manhattan apartment. A hot summer night when it feels like the oxygen is being burnt out of the air. What is he even doing here? What is she? Sometimes love swims in your blood and digs into your bones and muscles. It becomes part of you, and you'll do almost anything not to lose it. Both of their lives have been irrevocably changed. The neighbor's jazz is loud. But not loud enough to wash this all away.
 
   
Lady Day At Emerson's Bar And Grill Sep 7 - Oct 7, 2018  
Congo Square Theatre at eta Creative Arts Foundation Lady Day At Emerson's Bar And Grill
 
Ensemble member Alexis J. Roston reprises her award-winning role as Billie Holiday. Set in a seedy, Philadelphia bar in 1959, 
Lady Day weaves colorful memories with over a dozen musical numbers including: "God Bless the Child," "Strange Fruit," 
and "When a Woman Loves a Man."
 
   
Passin' Where the River Bends Sep 7 - Sep 9, 2018  
Magnified Gift Theater Company at Madison Street Theatre Passin' Where the River Bends
 
A quest for racial identity, this historical drama follows a young college student's search for the African-American experience in a suburban village. Along her journey, she discovers a reclusive, old woman whose family scattered due to fears. Yet despite the obstacles, the family resolved to keep their legacy intact for future generations. Experience Passin' Where the River Bends at Madison Street Theatre in Oak Park.
 
   

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