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Taste Of Man-Flesh: A Fellowship Of The Ring Parody Aug 15 - Aug 24, 2019  
Otherworld Theatre Taste Of Man-Flesh: A Fellowship Of The Ring Parody
 
From the team that brought you I Have the High Ground: A Revenge of the Sith Parody comes Taste of Man Flesh: A Fellowship of the Rings Parody . The fate of Middle Earth is placed in the tiny, hairy hands of a young Hobbit named Frodo Baggins after he inherits the One Ring to rule them all. Join Frodo and the entire Fellowship on a bizarre, epic journey to bring the One Ring back to the fires of Mount Doom. Will he get there by the end of the show? Probably not. But will there be plenty of adventures, meme-worthy moments and battles along the way? You know it, baby! Otherworld Theatre Company specializes in nerd parody, bringing along both hearty laughs and a genuine celebration for the fandom.
 
   
Out Of Love Aug 16 - Sep 14, 2019  
Interrobang Theatre Project at Rivendell Theatre Out Of Love
 
Trust. Betrayal. Loyalty. Humiliation. That's what friends are for. Grace and Lorna have been inseparable since childhood, and vow one day to get out of their small English town and make something of themselves. But the world has different plans. An honest and brutal depiction of companionship, rivalry and the fiery bond that exists between women, Out of Love bravely examines one life-long friendship in all it's beautiful, gory complexity.
 
   
The Hunchback of Notre Dame Aug 17 - Aug 25, 2019  
Music Theater Works at Cahn Auditorium The Hunchback of Notre Dame
 
Victor Hugo's epic tale of a captive bell-ringer and the woman he loves comes to the stage as a musical, featuring the Disney film's Academy Award-nominated score, plus new songs by masters of the form: Alan Menken (Disney's Beauty and the Beast) and Stephen Schwartz (Wicked). Combining the best parts of both the book and the film, The Hunchback of Notre Dame follows the outcast Quasimodo as he grapples with society's cruelty and protects the lovely Esmeralda, the one woman who shows him kindness. Get caught up in the historical, romantic magic when The Hunchback comes to Cahn Auditorium in Evanston.
 
   
Casa Valentina Aug 22 - Sep 29, 2019  
Pride Arts Center - The Broadway Casa Valentina
 
CASA VALENTINA is set in 1962, in an inconspicuous bungalow colony in New York's Catskill Mountains that caters to a very special clientele: cis-gender straight men who delight in dressing and acting as women while away on vacation. These white-collar professionals discreetly escape their regular routines to spend certain weekends safely inhabiting their chosen female alter-egos. But given the opportunity to share their secret lives with the world, the members of this hidden society must decide whether the freedom gained by openness is worth the risk of personal ruin. Based on real events and infused with Fierstein's trademark wit, this moving, insightful, and delightfully entertaining work offers a glimpse into the lives of a group of "self-made women" as they search for acceptance and happiness in their very own Garden of Eden. While the characters of CASA VALENTINA are not men who identify as gay, it continues Pride Films and Plays' exploration of all things gender related, that are essential viewing for all audiences.
 
   
Higher and Higher, A Feel-Good Rock 'N Soul Shindig Aug 25  
Marriott Theatre In Lincolnshire Higher and Higher, A Feel-Good Rock 'N Soul Shindig
 
Broadway showstopper Chester Gregory (MOTOWN: THE MUSICAL, HAIRSPRAY, SISTER ACT, DREAMGIRLS) dazzles in a night of solid gold hits. The star of Motown: The Musical leaves it all on the stage, wooing audiences with his glorious voice and white-hot dance moves. The New York Times calls him, "jaw dropping...over flowingly charismatic," noting that "Gregory has the audience eating out of the palm of his hand." Twist the night away with classic Motown-era rock 'n soul favorites including "Dancing in the Street," "My Girl," and "Superstition."
 
   
Sons and Lovers Aug 29 - Sep 29, 2019  
The Greenhouse Theater Center Sons and Lovers
 
Based on the novel set in late 19th century England, SONS AND LOVERS dramatizes the early years of the spirited and brilliantly flawed writer D.H. Lawrence as he charted his course from a Midlands coal mining town into the larger world. The story portrays his parents' mismatched marriage and his own first love affairs while confronting the jealousy of his beloved mother about the women he brought into his life. In the process, Lawrence developed his views on the mystical role of sexuality in shaping the wholeness of the self and the power of determined creativity to overcome dark circumstances.
 
   
Monty Python's Spamalot Aug 30 - Nov 3, 2019  
Mercury Theater Monty Python's Spamalot
 
SPAMALOT is an irreverent musical of the legend of King Arthur's quest for the Holy Grail. Spurred on by a plague with a 50% chance of pestilence and famine, Arthur recruits knights to accompany him on his quest in pursuit of the salvation of Camelot, and their own destinies. Along the way they encounter crazy shenanigans including the Lady of the Lake and her Laker Girls, flatulent Frenchmen with flying cows and blood thirsty, killer rabbits.
 
   
Newsies Sep 4 - Oct 20, 2019  
Paramount Theatre Newsies
 
Straight from the headlines of turn of the century New York comes the true story that had Broadway roaring before it even opened. Featuring unforgettable songs audiences have fallen in love with again and again and a story that will make audiences want to stand up and cheer. High in the skyscrapers of New York City, Joseph Pulitzer is plotting a way to increase the revenue of his declining newspaper, while down in the streets, newsboys hawk papers on corners barely making enough to survive. When Pulitzer raises the price of the paper, delivery boy Jack Kelly organizes a strike to show the news tycoon and his gang of cronies they're not going to be pushed into the gutter.
 
   
Midsummer (A Play with Songs) Sep 4 - Oct 6, 2019  
The Greenhouse Theater Center Midsummer (A Play with Songs)
 
A rowdier, Scottish-ier version of Once, MIDSUMMER (A Play with Songs) is a wickedly funny retelling of one seemingly mismatched couple's lost weekend of wine, song, shagging and outrageous parking fees. Accompanying themselves on a range of instruments, Mr. Mulvaney and Ms. Cross belt out the joyous folk-pop score in this one-of-a-kind musical that is a genuine love letter to the great city of Edinburgh - and the splendidly un-Hollywood endings you just might find there!
 
   
The Great Leap Sep 5 - Oct 20, 2019  
Steppenwolf Theatre The Great Leap
 
When an American basketball team travels to Beijing amidst tensions in the late 80s, past relationships collide with present day revelations. Witty and weighty, this Chicago premiere explores cultural barriers, political risks and personal sacrifice. Lauren Yee's The Great Leap is sure to be compelling to basketball fans, history buffs and everyone who has ever had a dream.
 
   
Midummer Sep 5 - Oct 6, 2019  
The Greenhouse Theater Center Midummer
 
Bob meets Helena in a basement wine bar. He's a down-on-his luck petty thief and she's a high-powered lawyer. With a wad of ill-gotten cash in hand and a local gangster on their heels, the unlikely (if hot-for-each-other) couple embark on an adventure-filled midsummer weekend, discovering that there are second chances at life - and love.
 
   
Horse Girls Sep 5 - Sep 22, 2019  
The Greenhouse Theater Center Horse Girls
 
Welcome to the dark and twisted world of Ashleigh Whitford, illustrious twelve-year-old leader of the Lady Jean Ladies, South Florida's most exclusive horse club. Something truly foul threatens the stables and stability of this tween cult, throwing the girls into crisis mode. An immersion into middle school deception and lies, Horse Girls infiltrates the world of pre-teens, their obsessions, their insecurities, their selfies and their desperate need to find a place in the world.
 
   
Five Presidents Sep 6 - Oct 19, 2019  
American Blues Theater at Stage 773 Five Presidents
 
There was only one day in history when all five of these U.S. Presidents were in the same room at the same time: the holding room prior to entering the memorial service for President Richard Nixon. Five Presidents is the presentation of this once-in-a-lifetime occurrence, as imagined by "The West Wing" and "House of Cards" writer Ensemble member Rick Cleveland.
 
   
Tiny Beautiful Things Sep 6 - Oct 13, 2019  
Victory Gardens Theater - Biograph Tiny Beautiful Things
 
Based on the best-selling book by Cheryl Strayed and adapted for the stage by Nia Vardalos, Tiny Beautiful Things personifies the questions and answers that "Sugar" was publishing online from 2010-2012. When the struggling writer was asked to take over the unpaid, anonymous position of advice columnist, Strayed used empathy and her personal experiences to help those seeking guidance for obstacles both large and small. Directed by Vanessa Stalling (Photograph 51 Court Theatre, A Shayna Maidel TimeLine Theatre, The Wolves Goodman) Tiny Beautiful Things is a story about reaching when you're stuck, healing when you're broken, and finding the courage to take on the questions which have no answers.
 
   
Dana H. Sep 6 - Oct 6, 2019  
Goodman Theatre Dana H.
 
Dana was a chaplain of a psych ward where she met a charismatic patient, an ex-convict searching for redemption. A harrowing true story, Dana was held captive with her life in this man's hands-trapped in a series of Florida motels, disoriented and terrified-for five months. Told in Dana's own words and reconstructed for the stage by her son Lucas Hnath (A Doll's House, Part 2, The Christians), "one of the freshest playwriting voices to emerge in the past five years" (The New York Times), this innovative work shatters the boundaries of the art form and our understanding of good and evil.
 
   
Whose Body? Sep 6 - Oct 27, 2019  
Lifeline Theatre Whose Body?
 
When a dead body turns up in a bathtub wearing nothing but a pair of pince-nez, amateur detective Lord Peter Wimsey assigns himself to the case. However, when the mystery becomes labyrinthine he enlists the help of close friend Inspector Parker to follow his only lead, a teaching hospital near the scene of the crime. Could it be a harmless prank by a medical student or something more sinister? Follow the clues and uncover the truth in this beloved 1923 whodunit by Dorothy L. Sayers.
 
   
The Band's Visit Sep 10 - Sep 22, 2019  
Cadillac Palace Theatre The Band's Visit
 
The Band's Visit is about a meeting of two groups of strangers, brought together by a simple mishap. Instead of ending up in the bustling city of Petah Tikva in Israel, an Egyptian police band accidentally end up in the small, isolated town of the similarly-pronounced Bet Hatikva and are taken in by the locals for one night. Although the setting is the catalyst for David Yazbek's beautiful, Middle Eastern-infused score, you could pick this story up and place it in any isolated town or village anywhere in the world. It is this universal aspect to the story that audiences are connecting to. A small, "unimportant" story is speaking volumes about humanity and how we can form bonds with those we usually wouldn't encounter in our regular lives. How do we overcome our loneliness? How do we re-connect with our estranged loved ones?
 
   

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