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Wolf Play Jul 11 - Aug 18, 2019  
The Gift Theatre Wolf Play
 
In a world where people struggle to have children, one American couple decides to 'un-adopt' their young Korean son because they have a newborn at home. After an internet chat room search for the right family, the father 're-homes' the boy with a lesbian couple, where one half is desperate for a child and the other half is fighting for her career. As the boy - who thinks he's a wolf, but is really a puppet - adjusts to his new life, he forms bonds with the unlikeliest of culprits while the rest of the adults squabble about what is 'best for the child.'
 
   
Beyond Therapy Jul 11 - Aug 18, 2019  
Athenaeum Theatre Beyond Therapy
 
The 2019 Christopher Durang Season continues with his wry farcical hit, Beyond Therapy. Bruce and Prudence are deeply into therapy. Prudence's macho therapist is urging her to be more assertive while Bruce's wacky therapist wants him to meet women by placing a personal ad. She does not fully comprehend that Bruce has a male lover who is not pleased by Bruce's desire to date a woman: Prudence. Bruce doesn't know how to handle poor nervous Prudence, and Prudence doesn't know what to make of her unpredictable new boyfriend. They do learn to live beyond therapy in this delightful Off-Broadway hit that moved successfully to Broadway.
 
   
And Then There Were None Jul 12 - Sep 1, 2019  
Drury Lane- Oakbrook And Then There Were None
 
Ten strangers on a clandestine island. Each holds a murderous secret. Who will pay the ultimate price? This play is a murder mystery penned with cruelty by the master of the craft, Agatha Christie. And Then There Were None brings together tension, fear, and the macabre to weave a tale that captivates the audience until the last curtain. Can you unravel the mystery? Based on the novel by Christie, which is the world's best-selling mystery and one of the best-selling books of all time.
 
   
Ghost Quartet Jul 12 - Aug 17, 2019  
Black Button Eyes Productions at Stage 773 Ghost Quartet
 
From the mind of Broadway composer Dave Malloy (Natasha, Pierre & the Great Comet of 1812) comes a musical ghost story of four friends who love each other, kill each other, and drink whiskey across centuries and lifetimes. GHOST QUARTET delightfully mashes up Grimms' fairy tales, Edgar Allan Poe, Arabian Nights, Sondheim, Thelonious Monk and more.
 
   
The Spitfire Grill Jul 12 - Aug 17, 2019  
American Blues Theater at Stage 773 The Spitfire Grill
 
A feisty parolee follows her dreams, based on a page from an old travel book, to a small town in Wisconsin and finds a place for herself working at Hannah's Spitfire Grill. The New York Times calls THE SPITFIRE GRILL "a soul satisfying...work of theatrical resourcefulness" and The Wall Street Journal heralds its "soaring melodies".
 
   
Macbeth Jul 12 - Aug 4, 2019  
Saltbox Theatre Collective at The Edge Off-Broadway Macbeth
 
From the first words of the play until the very last, Shakespeare's shortest tragedy is also his most unrelenting examination of the dark side of humanity. Driven to bloody deeds by their lust for power and supernatural predictions, Macbeth (Mighty Morphin Power Ranger's Jason Narvy) and his Lady (Stephanie Stroud) fight to hold on to their ill-gotten throne, their sanity, and each other by any means necessary. This production will be staged in a two-sided, alley configuration with no intermission. Jeff Award winning Saltbox Theatre Collective invites you to the Edge Theater Off-Broadway this summer!
 
   
20/20 Jul 12 - Jul 28, 2019  
About Face Youth Theatre Ensemble at Center on Halsted - Hoover-Leppen Theatre 20/20
 
Curious about what's really changed for LGBTQ youth in the last 20 years? Immersed in a timeless club atmosphere, 20/20 explores the resilience of chosen families, the generational impacts of AIDS and the evolution of gender. Inspired by true stories of today's youth alongside program alumni and master storytellers, this performance and all-ages party draws out powerful lessons from the past to envision a vibrant and affirming future for queer lives.
 
   
Cats Jul 16 - Aug 4, 2019  
Nederlander Theatre Cats
 
CATS, the record-breaking musical spectacular by Andrew Lloyd Webber that has captivated audiences in over 30 countries and 15 languages, is now on tour across North America! Audiences and critics alike are rediscovering this beloved musical with breathtaking music, including one of the most treasured songs in musical theater-"Memory". Winner of 7 Tony Awards including BEST MUSICAL, CATS tells the story of one magical night when an extraordinary tribe of cats gathers for its annual ball to rejoice and decide which cat will be reborn. The original score by Andrew Lloyd Webber (Phantom, School of Rock, Sunset Boulevard), original scenic and costume design by John Napier (Les Miserables), all-new lighting design by Natasha Katz (Aladdin), all-new sound design by Mick Potter, new choreography by Andy Blankenbuehler (Hamilton) based on the original choreography by Gillian Lynne (Phantom) and direction by Trevor Nunn (Les Miserables) make this production a new CATS for a new generation!
 
   
My LIfe On A Diet Jul 16 - Aug 4, 2019  
North Shore Center for the Performing Arts My LIfe On A Diet
 
In MY LIFE ON A DIET, Academy Award-nominated and Emmy Award-winning writer and actress Renee Taylor, perhaps best-known today as Fran Drescher's outspoken mother, Sylvia Fine, on the CBS sitcom The Nanny, looks back on a life full of memorable roles in Hollywood and on Broadway, and just as many fad diets. A self-described "diet junkie" who used to think that if she ate like star, she'd just might look and live like one, Taylor dishes out both juicy anecdotes about and weight loss tips from Hollywood legends such as Joan Crawford, Marilyn Monroe, and Barbra Streisand. She also shares hilarious and poignant stories about Joseph Bologna, her late husband and partner in work for 52 years. In telling about her highs and lows - on and off the scale - this comedy legend proves the ability to laugh gets you through it all.
 
   
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.
 
   
Pomona Jul 18 - Aug 24, 2019  
Steep Theatre Pomona
 
When Ollie's sister goes missing her search leads her to Pomona - a bleak, concrete island in the middle of a scarred city. Part thriller, part fantastical puzzle, Alistair McDowall's Pomona twists and turns its way into the dark heart of a world built on pain and suffering and asks the question - is it even possible to be good anymore?
 
   
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.
 
   
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!
 
   
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!
 
   
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.
 
   

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