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Roast Jul 18 - Aug 18, 2019  
The Comrades at The Greenhouse Theater Center Roast
Roast follows the friends and family of Sam, a talented young comedian who took his own life, as they fulfill his last request: to hold a roast of him instead of a traditional funeral. As each of the roasters has their turn on stage, they reflect on who Sam was, and what he meant to them. Throughout, the play asks an important question: when a loved one is lost, how does the world change in their absence? Roast by Harry Wood explores the deeply intertwined worlds of comedy and tragedy, humor and grief.
Teatro ZinZanni: Love, Chaos and Dinner Jul 18 - Sep 29, 2019  
Cambria Hotel Chicago Loop Teatro ZinZanni: Love, Chaos and Dinner
Enter a realm where reality and dreams converge; an experience unlike any other! Teatro ZinZanni is a whirlwind of international cirque, comedy and cabaret served with a multi-course feast. Described as the "Kit Kat Klub on acid," the fast-paced action unfolds around, above and alongside you as world-class acrobats, musicians, divas, illusionists, madmen and aerialists fill the intimate Spiegeltent ZaZou, a unique jewel box mirror tent. Teatro ZinZanni's signature blend of Love, Chaos & Dinner has played to sold out audiences in Seattle and San Francisco, and now comes to Chicago's Cambria Hotel with its "feast for the senses." (The New York Times)
Kiss Jul 18 - Aug 18, 2019  
Haven Theatre at The Den Theatre Kiss
Two couples meet for their weekly soap opera viewing party, but that standing double date quickly starts to feel like a soap opera itself when the friends unpack scandals, secrets and their heart-rending passions. Guillermo Calderón has written a bold and political theatrical experience that explodes the romantic drama and asks what it means to empathize with a culture and conflict that is not your own.
Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story Jul 18 - Aug 24, 2019  
Metropolis Performing Arts Centre Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story
Buddy tells the true story of Buddy Holly's meteoric rise to fame from the moment in 1957 when "That'll Be the Day" hit the airwaves until his tragic death less than two years later on "The Day the Music Died." This rocking musical features several of Buddy Holly's greatest hits including "That'll Be the Day," "Peggy Sue," "Everyday," "Oh Boy," "Not Fade Away," "Raining on my Heart," and many more. Also featuring memorable hits from other stars of the era, including Ritchie Valens' "La Bamba" and The Big Bopper's "Chantilly Lace." The incredible but all-too-brief legacy of the young Texan with glasses, whose musical influence revolutionized the golden days of Rock & Roll, continues to live on in Buddy.
Sleeping Beauty Jul 19 - Jul 25, 2019  
Chicago Kids Company at Metropolis Performing Arts Centre Sleeping Beauty
Will the Princess sleep for 100 years? Or can her true love save her with a kiss? Dreams really do come true! See for yourself in this re-telling of one of the most popular fairy-tales ever told. All CKC productions feature professional actors, colorful scenery and costumes, sing-along songs, and plenty of audience participation. This show perfect for children ages 2 to 10!
Super Richard World III Jul 19 - Aug 4, 2019  
The Stupid Shakespeare Company at Otherworld Theatre Super Richard World III
Hailed as “technically art”, Super Richard World III is a fully produced parody, setting the events of the War of the Roses in the Mushroom Kingdom. When Donkey Kong falls from power, Mario usurps his throne and rules alongside Princess Peach. But the conniving Luigi, the Duke of Gloucester schemes against his brother and Mario’s allies with the nefarious Bowserham. The Stupid Shakespeare Company reframes the context of Richard III by removing hindering story elements; like Richard’s hump and the King’s illness, to make room for new and innovative interpretations of the bard’s scenes that include tennis matches, piranha plants, musical numbers, golf, and of course a smashing final battle for the crown.
You Can't Fake The Funk (A Journey Through Funk Music) Jul 20 - Sep 8, 2019  
Black Ensemble Theater You Can't Fake The Funk (A Journey Through Funk Music)
Hop on the "Mothership" as we journey back when Afro's were big, bellbottoms were tight, and the music was out of sight. You Can't Fake the Funk (A Journey Through Funk Music) guides us through a musical genre that is sure to have you groovin' in your seats... Ya' Digg? You Can't Take the Funk (A Journey Through Funk Music) will pay tribute to artists such as Sly and the Family Stone, Ohio Players, Earth Wind and Fire, Rufus and Chaka Khan, Rick James, George Clinton and Parliament Funkadelic and Bootsy Collins, among others.
A Kind of Love Story Jul 25 - Sep 8, 2019  
Oil Lamp Theater A Kind of Love Story
This hilarious and heartfelt play both skewers and pays homage to the romantic comedy genre. Mark is a nice guy who never gets the girl, while Ally can't seem to shake the world's worst boyfriend. Both have built their romantic ideals on Disney heroes, fairy tales and Cameron Crowe movies. They're perfect for each other, but there's just one problem: they've never met. As we follow their overlapping lives, we see all the ways these two are true soulmates, and wait for the moment they will find each other... if they find each other.
Just Chilling Jul 26 - Aug 24, 2019  
Cornservatory Just Chilling
Nealshow Productions kindly presents Just Chilling, a new comedy about six friends trying to have a nice Friday night on day three of the zombie apocalypse. Performances will take place at Cornservatory and run about 90 minutes. Unwilling to surrender the yuppie lifestyle he worked so hard to attain just because some people are getting sick and eating each other's faces clean off, thirtysomething, Rod Sewer (Dave Satterwhite), ignores the more pragmatic suggestions of his partner, Lani (Liz Greenwood), and invites his friend and manager, Jess (Jorge Salas), over to watch the big game. Along with the boys' office building's front desk attendant, Chet (Chuck Merydith), Jess's newer girlfriend, Nina (Madison Hill), and Lani and Rod's upstairs neighbor, Jordin (Eileen Hertz), this ragtag group is determined to have a nice time at all costs... even if it's the last nice time any of them will ever have. Temporarily safe in Lani and Rod's apartment and armed with enough white whiskey and mouthwash to last them several hours, the group builds an easy rapport. But as the night progresses and the face eating zombies only become harder to ignore, each character must choose between vainly attempting to hold on to the life they know and adapting to the terrifying new world waiting on the other side of their sanctuary's strong,
Much Ado About Nothing Jul 27 - Aug 31, 2019  
Oak Park Festival Theatre Much Ado About Nothing
MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING written by William Shakespeare directed by Melanie Keller Love is in the air when triumphant soldiers return from battle, oblivious that another kind of war is about to begin at home. Benedick, a solider and confirmed bachelor, is thrown into a battle of wit and words with the acid-tongued Beatrice - and though they resist it, the magnetic attraction between them grows stronger with every argument. Meanwhile, Benedick's friend Claudio is head over heels for Hero, and they will soon be wed. Everyone's world is shattered when Claudio, influenced by a scheming malcontent, levels a shocking accusation at Hero. Who is to be believed?
Come From Away Jul 30 - Aug 18, 2019  
Cadillac Palace Theatre Come From Away
The true story of the small town that welcomed the world. Broadway's COME FROM AWAY has won Best Musical all across North America! The New York Times Critics' Pick takes you into the heart of the remarkable true story of 7,000 stranded passengers and the small town in Newfoundland that welcomed them. Cultures clashed and nerves ran high, but uneasiness turned into trust, music soared into the night, and gratitude grew into enduring friendships. Don't miss this breathtaking new musical written by Tony nominees Irene Sankoff and David Hein, and helmed by this year's Tony-winning Best Director, Christopher Ashley. Newsweek cheers, "It takes you to a place you never want to leave!"
The One: The Matrix Parody Musical Aug 1 - Aug 25, 2019  
The Den Theatre The One: The Matrix Parody Musical
The minds behind FRIENDS: The One Where They Sing!, Rookie of the Year The Musical, and Hitch*Cocktails have joined forces to bring you their next fan tribute show! The One: The Matrix Parody Musical will combine hilarity and harmony to poke fun at everyone's favorite digitally dystopian '90s classic. Audiences will join Neo as he goes down the musical rabbit hole to learn his real purpose. Created by fans, for fans, the show centers around the events of the first film while paying tribute to all of the expanded universe. The two-act story with intermission features an original score, dance battles, pop songs and puppets, all in a D.I.Y. style! This is THE ONE parody musical you won't want to miss!
Women of 4G Aug 1 - Sep 14, 2019  
Babes With Blades at Factory Theater Women of 4G
This is the Babes first adventure into the world of science fiction as this production takes place 75 years in the future. In Women of 4G, an all-female crew and their male captain depart on what appears to be a routine mission to Mars until the captain is murdered and the real mission comes to light. Part murder mystery, part space thriller, Women of 4G uses a science fiction world to ask questions about women in power as well as their leadership, responsibility and, ultimately, sacrifice.
Diamond Lil and The Pansy Crazy Aug 8 - Sep 7, 2019  
Berger Park Coach House Diamond Lil and The Pansy Crazy
We first took you to Rush street with At Mister Kelly's of the 1950s/60s. Three Cat Productions is going to take you even further back in time to 909 North Rush and the famed Diamond Lil's. The musical revue set in Chicago, 1932 explores the famed Pansy Craze club Diamond Lil, which was packed so tight with partying boys that people were turned away. Come celebrate Chicago.
Dogfight Aug 8 - Aug 11, 2019  
Edge Theatre Dogfight
A group of Marines hold a contest for "ugliest" date on their last night before deployment to Vietnam. After the laughter, the men try to dehumanize themselves, while one marine just can't forget about his date. From the musical minds of Pasek and Paul (Dear Evan Hansen and The Greatest Showman) and a book by Peter Duchan. Based on the Warner Bros. Film and Screenplay by Bob Comfort.
All That He Was Aug 10 - Sep 8, 2019  
Pride Arts Center - The Buena All That He Was
A moving and surprisingly funny account of one man's struggle with AIDS and the reverberations of his death. The deceased functions as host and narrator, invisible among the friends and family assembled to pay him final respects. Hoping for a day when the shattered pieces of his life can come together, he leads them on a journey of shared reminiscences.
Into the Woods Aug 14 - Sep 22, 2019  
Writers Theatre Into the Woods
When a childless baker and his wife set out to lift their family curse by journeying into the woods, they encounter Jack (with his beanstalk), Cinderella (and her prince) and Little Red Riding Hood (and her wolf)! These familiar characters find themselves in decidedly unfamiliar circumstances and must brave the darkness of the woods in an effort to break the curse, conquer their fears and find out if what they've always wished for is what they truly want.

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