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Elizabeth Rex Jun 12 - Jul 21, 2019  
Oak Park Festival Theatre Elizabeth Rex
 
The Earl of Essex, Elizabeth I's favorite and her rumored lover, has been found guilty of treason and is scheduled to be executed in the morning. Seeking distraction, the troubled queen visits the stables where Shakespeare and his players are lodged for the night after a court performance of Much Ado About Nothing. Here she meets Ned, the man who plays Shakespeare's greatest leading ladies, and a force who might prove to be a greater danger to her than Essex ever was. As more than one life hangs in the balance before the dawn, Elizabeth wrestles with the duality of her nature. Can she ever truly be a woman and rule England as a prince? Must she always deny her emotions and her very essence to keep and protect her country?
 
   
Hedwig and the Angry Inch Jun 14 - Jul 28, 2019  
Theo Ubique Hedwig and the Angry Inch
 
"The Angry Inch" is a hard-rocking band fronted by Hedwig Schmidt, a fourth-wall smashing East German rock 'n' roll goddess whose botched sex-change operation left her with just "an angry inch." Using songs and monologues, Hedwig tells her story, which began in the former East Berlin where as a man named Hansel he met Luther, an American GI who promised to take the young man to the States on the condition that he switch his sex. After the bungled operation, Luther abandons newly named Hedwig in a Kansas trailer park, where she turns to music and meets geeky Tommy Speck, whom she takes under her wing and soon falls for. Tommy steals her songs, achieves rock star fame, and Hedwig is once again cast aside. She decides to demand redress and stalks Tommy's world tour, performing in venues next door to the stadiums in which Tommy plays.
 
   
Something Clean Jun 16 - Jul 21, 2019  
Sideshow Theatre Company & Rivendell Theatre Ensemble at Victory Gardens Theater - Biograph Something Clean
 
Charlotte has been a mother for nineteen years, a wife for three decades and a respectable community member her entire life. But when her son is incarcerated for sexual assault, Charlotte is forced to reckon with a brand new identity, both public and private. Desperate to find a way back to who she was, she seeks out work at a sexual assault crisis center and meets Joey, a volunteer coordinator and a survivor of assault himself, who allows her a glimpse of who she might be able to become. Can she find a new understanding of who she is? Or has someone else's crime defined her forever? Inspired by today's headlines, Selina Fillinger's breathtaking new drama follows one woman's struggle to make sense of her own grief, intimacy, culpability and consent.
 
   
Ada And The Engine Jun 19 - Aug 4, 2019  
The Artistic Home Ada And The Engine
 
As the British Industrial Revolution dawns, young Ada Byron Lovelace (daughter of the flamboyant and notorious Lord Byron) sees the boundless creative potential in the "analytic engines" of her friend and soul-mate, Charles Babbage, inventor of the first mechanical computer. Ada envisions a whole new world where art and information converge - a world she might not live to see. A music-laced story of love, friendship, and the edgiest dreams of the future. Jane Austen meets Steve Jobs in this poignant pre-tech romance heralding the computer age.
 
   
Pride and Joy: The Marvin Gaye Musical Jun 19 - Jun 23, 2019  
Chicago Theatre Pride and Joy: The Marvin Gaye Musical
 
From the secret diary of Anna Gordy Gaye comes the greatest Motown love story never told: Pride & Joy. The tumultuous and passionate journey of one of music's most intriguing power couples, iconic R&B singer Marvin Gaye and Anna Gordy - who just happened to be a songwriter/producer and the sister of Motown founder Berry Gordy - comes to The Chicago Theatre. This hot new musical features 28 songs from the legendary Motown catalog, including major hits from the "Prince of Soul" himself.
 
   
Back in the Day Jun 19 - Aug 3, 2019  
Chopin Theatre Back in the Day
 
This House Music dancesical follows the Northside Chicago dance crew, The All Stars and their frenemies, The Culitos and Imported Taste, when teenagers dominated the 1980s afte-rhours scene and found family and acceptance through street dancing.
 
   
Wiesenthal Jun 26 - Jun 30, 2019  
North Shore Center for the Performing Arts Wiesenthal
 
Wiesenthal, the compelling one-person show about legendary Nazi-hunter Simon Wiesenthal, returns to the North Shore Center for the Performing Arts in Skokie (9501 Skokie Boulevard) this June. Directed by Jenny Sullivan, this one-man tour de force is written by and stars Tom Dugan as the titular character, a Holocaust survivor who dedicated his life to bringing more than 1,100 Nazi war criminals to justice.
 
   
Darling Grenadine Jun 26 - Aug 18, 2019  
Marriott Theatre In Lincolnshire Darling Grenadine
 
Harry is a charming songwriter whose fanciful view of the world rivals the Technicolor of any MGM classic. But as Harry floats through the kind of Manhattan life that dreams are made of, he starts to wonder if a dream may be exactly what it is. Told with a rich contemporary score, Darling Grenadine peels away the layers of musical comedy tropes to explore the friction between romance and reality, denial and heartbreak. With its surprising melding of off-beat, whimsical humor and serious themes of addiction and loss, this bittersweet new musical brings us something magical, moving and boldly unique at Lincolnshire's Marriott Theatre.
 
   
The Music Man Jun 29 - Aug 4, 2019  
Goodman Theatre The Music Man
 
Coming to Chicago's Goodman Theatre for Independence Week, the All-American classic The Music Man is a Tony-winning musical-comedy-romance that follows the adventures of fast-talking "Professor" Harold Hill. The charming con man plans to trick the good people of an Iowa town into buying instruments for a boys' band he has no intention of organizing, then marching off with their hard-earned cash. But there's trouble right there in River City when he becomes fond of the townspeople and falls for the lovely Marian the Librarian, even as she begins to see through his scheme. Mary Zimmerman (The Jungle Book, Wonderful Town) brings her magic touch to "one of the sunniest musicals ever" (The New York Times), including memorable favorites like "Goodnight My Someone," "Seventy-Six Trombones," "Gary, Indiana" and "Till There Was You."
 
   
Head Over Heels Jul 1 - Aug 25, 2019  
Kokandy Productions at Theater Wit Head Over Heels
 
A hilarious, exuberant celebration of love, HEAD OVER HEELS follows the escapades of a royal family on an outrageous journey to save their beloved kingdom from extinction - only to discover the key to their realm's survival lies within each of their own hearts.
 
   
The Recommendation Jul 2 - Sep 22, 2019  
Windy City Playhouse The Recommendation
 
Fresh off successful productions at The Old Globe (in San Diego) and the Flea Theater in New York, the psychological thriller follows two friends through the trials and tribulations of life and tests just how far they will go to get what they want.
 
   
True West Jul 5 - Aug 25, 2019  
Steppenwolf Theatre True West
 
In 1982, Steppenwolf exploded onto the American Theatre scene with its now legendary production of Sam Shepard's True West. This American classic traces the sometimes violent and always volatile relationship of Austin and Lee, estranged brothers who find themselves trapped together in their mother's empty house with not much more than a typewriter and a set of golf clubs. In its first Steppenwolf revival, we re-imagine Shepard's masterpiece through the eyes of our new generation of Steppenwolf artists, with a little help from those who came before.
 
   
Behold, A Pale Horse Jul 5 - Aug 11, 2019  
Prop Theatre Behold, A Pale Horse
 
BEHOLD, A PALE HORSE is an interactive campfire story taking audiences along on the final journey of the one remaining unicorn on earth. Leaving the safe bubble of her forest, the unicorn encounters Medusa, Frankenstein, and other misunderstood mythical creatures from literature, and along the way she asks: what does it mean to be a human or a monster? What does family mean when your real family is beyond reach? When you’re lost in the woods, who helps you find your way? Featuring the music of Johnny Cash, Smashing Pumpkins, and Kenny Loggins (among others), this genre-defying performance is a joyful, tragic, raucous celebration of queer loneliness.
 
   
The Drag Seed Jul 5 - Aug 25, 2019  
Hell in a Handbag Productions at Mary's Attic The Drag Seed
 
Carson (Kristopher Bottrall) is a perfect little boy who likes to dress like the perfect little girl. Carson loves drag and prides himself on being the fiercest bitch on the stage. Carson's mother, Connie (Ed Jones), loves and accepts Carson but wishes Carson wasn't so competitive. Carson always gets what he wants, and he really wants to win the drag pageant at his very progressive school - The Josephine Baker Academy for Gifted Students. When Carson loses to Summer Breeze, he vows to get that crown - one way or another...
 
   
The Wizard of Oz Jul 6 - Aug 25, 2019  
Chicago Shakespeare Theater The Wizard of Oz
 
Take an unforgettable, 75-minute journey down the Yellow Brick Road to the magical land of Oz, and share the wonder and delight of live theater with the young people in your life this summer. Dorothy and her trusty pup Toto encounter new friends - including Scarecrow, Tin Man and the Cowardly Lion - and face unexpected challenges in the musical stage adaptation of the landmark 1939 MGM film. Be dazzled by the spectacular setting and charmed by its timeless score, featuring such cherished classics as "Somewhere Over the Rainbow." After the show, meet the cast in the lobby of Chicago Shakespeare Theater for photos and fun.
 
   
Bury Me Jul 6 - Jul 28, 2019  
Dandelion Theatre at Rivendell Theatre Bury Me
 
Michelle and Josh didn't mean to get pregnant. Five months along, they return to Josh's rural hometown to visit his fiercely loving yet overworked mother, ailing stepfather, and outspoken teenage sibling. Upon their arrival in Pacific, Missouri, a fateful fender-bender brings new and old truths into the light and forces each of them to evaluate their beliefs about parenthood, in God, and in the plans that they've made for their lives.
 
   
Les Miserables Jul 9 - Jul 27, 2019  
Cadillac Palace Theatre Les Miserables
 
Cameron Mackintosh presents the new production of Alain Boublil and Claude-Michel Schonberg's Tony Award-winning musical phenomenon, Les Miserables, direct from an acclaimed two-and-a-half-year return to Broadway. With its glorious new staging and dazzlingly reimagined scenery inspired by the paintings of Victor Hugo, this breathtaking new production has left both audiences and critics awestruck, cheering "Les Miz is born again!" (NY1). Set against the backdrop of 19th-century France, Les Miserables tells an enthralling story of broken dreams and unrequited love, passion, sacrifice and redemption -a timeless testament to the survival of the human spirit. Featuring the thrilling score and beloved songs "I Dreamed A Dream," "On My Own," "Stars," "Bring Him Home," "One Day More," and many more, this epic and uplifting story has become one of the most celebrated musicals in theatrical history. Seen by more than 70 million people in 44 countries and in 22 languages around the globe, Les Miserables is still the world's most popular musical, breaking box office records everywhere in its 32nd year.
 
   

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