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Shipwrecked!  An Entertainment - The Amazing Adventures of Louis de Rougemont (As Told by Himself)
Shipwrecked! An Entertainment - The Amazing Adventures of Louis de Rougemont (As Told by Himself) Jul 29 - Aug 29, 2021

Based on the true story of the Swiss explorer who claimed to have daring adventures in the Asian-Pacific, SHIPWRECKED! will take you to "a new uncharted realm of whimsy and adventure" (Montgomery News). Watch Louis de Rougemont take London at the turn of the nineteenth century by storm as he tells audacious tales of the high seas. Filled with exotic islanders, flying wombats, giant sea turtles, and a monstrous man-eating octopus, SHIPWRECKED! will leave you wondering "whether he is an inspirational figure touched by imaginative genius or a mere con man" (The New York Times). This "quirky and wondrous" (Montgomery News) play examines how far we're willing to blur the line between fact and fiction in order to leave our mark on the world. This show will take place in a new outdoor venue located at St. David's Episcopal Church at 2410 Glenview Road in Glenview.

Riding the Bicycle
Riding the Bicycle Jul 30 - Jul 31, 2021
The Trance at The Edge Theatre

The life of Ella, a young bisexual woman, is chronicled in this play of truly divided mind. Ella confronts two worlds simultaneously throughout the production as she inhabits dual realities. She is the pivot point throughout the production as she engages in two scenes simultaneously in a living metaphor for her divided sexuality. "There are two voices inside my head, working on this piece," says Trance Artistic Director Maggie Veach, "the director and the writer. I have a constant struggle with my dual creative identities as an artist. Ella also struggles, not just in her own dual nature but in her relationships. This play is a contradiction and convergence of opposing thoughts and desires."

School Girls; Or, The African Mean Girls Play
School Girls; Or, The African Mean Girls Play Jul 30 - Aug 29, 2021

School is back in session! This biting and buoyant comedy was playing to packed houses when our stages went dark-and you won't want to miss its triumphant return. As the reigning queen bee at Ghana's most exclusive boarding school sets her sights on the Miss Universe pageant, a new student unexpectedly changes the game. This "nasty-teen comedy, wonderfully refreshed and deepened" (The New York Times) spotlights the universal similarities-and glaring differences-of teenage girls around the globe. Casting note; Adhana Reid, formerly an understudy on this production, replaces Katherine Lee Bourne in the role of Ama.

Zulema
Zulema Aug 5 - Aug 21, 2021
Goodman Theatre at Various Locations

On a spectacular musical journey of many thousands of miles-from her Chiapas home in Mexico to Chicago-young Zulema zig-zags through the culturally diverse landscapes of her homeland and our fair city along the way. Exhilarating regional music and dance from the Grammy-nominated Sones de Mexico Ensemble, in this collaboration with the Tony Award-winning Goodman Theatre, make a joyous event for the whole family.

The Magic Parlour
The Magic Parlour Aug 6 - Oct 29, 2021
The Palmer House Hilton Hotel

Award-winning, third-generation magician Dennis Watkins delivers an evening of sophisticated tom-foolery in one of the Windy City's most unique entertainment experiences presented by The House Theatre of Chicago. The Magic Parlour is an elegant night out in the heart of downtown. This intimate magic show is replete with mind-blowing magic and mind reading in a small suite at the historic Palmer House Hilton Hotel.

Broadway in your Backyard
Broadway in your Backyard Aug 7

Broadway in your Backyard is 90 minutes of Broadway songs celebrating family, friends, community and inspiration. The four-person cast, to be announced, will perform with a live band and the performance includes projections highlighting the music selections.

Blue Man Group
Blue Man Group Aug 18 - Oct 3, 2021

Blue Man Group is best known for its award-winning theatrical productions which critics have described as "ground-breaking," "hilarious," "visually stunning" and "musically powerful." These performances feature three enigmatic bald and blue characters who take the audience through a multi-sensory experience that combines theatre, percussive music, art, science and vaudeville into a form of entertainment that is like nothing else.

Kinky Boots
Kinky Boots Aug 18 - Oct 17, 2021

Charlie Price is a reluctant shoe maker. Lola is a fierce drag queen. These two could not be more different, but when they find common ground in shoes, they see a whole new world of possibilities open up to them that will turn their small town upside down, and just might save Charlie's failing shoe factory.

Mamma Mia!
Mamma Mia! Aug 19 - Aug 29, 2021

Audiences have been "having the time of their lives" with this musical since 1999. Mamma Mia! is about bride-to-be Sophie's desire to have her father walk her down the aisle, but she must uncover who he is first. With a story consisting of an unsuspecting mother, two best friends and the magic of ABBA's timeless songs, audiences will experience an evening filled with love, laughter and friendship.

Heathers
Heathers Aug 27 - Sep 12, 2021
Surging Films at The Edge Theatre

The original Mean Girls musical ... '80s style. Heathers was a cult classic film, and now they have turned it into a dark comedy rock musical. A little edgy, a little dark, a lotta fun. Heathers is the story of Veronica Sawyer. Veronica longs to be cool like the clique of it-girls that runs Westerberg High: the unaffected, unattainable Heathers. When Veronica uses her skills as a forger to get the Heathers out of detention, she impresses their leader Heather Chandler-so much so that they agree to let her into their exclusive club. At first Veronica is thrilled-until she finds out that being one of the Heathers means bullying the same kids she used to call friends. Meanwhile, Veronica finds herself attracted to a mysterious newcomer at school named JD.

Mr. Burns, a post electric play
Mr. Burns, a post electric play Aug 27 - Oct 3, 2021

What's left when everything is taken away? That's the question Mr. Burns asks...the same question on everyone's mind the past 16 months. Mr. Burns begins after life as we know it has ended. Small bands of survivors have banded together in pods to keep the pilot light of civilization burning. But their path to redemption is as unexpected as it is inevitable.

Fences
Fences Sep 3 - Oct 16, 2021
American Blues Theater at Stage 773

Winner of the Pulitzer Prize. This is the sensational drama about Troy Maxson, a former star of the Negro baseball leagues, who now works as a garbage man in 1957 Pittsburgh. Excluded as a black man from major leagues during his prime, Troy's bitterness takes its toll on his relationships with his family. Ensemble member and award-winning actress Wandachristine plays Rose Maxson.

Late Nite Catechism
Late Nite Catechism Sep 10 - Jan 1, 2022

Late Nite Catechism is an uproariously funny play, written by Vicki Quade and Maripat Donovan, where the irrepressible Sister teaches class to a roomful of "students." Throughout the course of the play the benevolent instructor rewards audience members for correct answers with glow-in-the-dark rosaries and other nifty prizes. Naughty students may well find themselves on stage sitting in a corner reflecting their actions. Now in its 28th year in Chicago, Late Nite Catechism is a sharp satire, but never mean. It's simply an evening of fun and laughter.

Thirteen Days
Thirteen Days Sep 10 - Oct 24, 2021

On October 16, 1962, long-range Soviet missiles carrying nuclear warheads aimed at the United States were discovered in Cuba. For the next thirteen days, President John Kennedy maneuvered his way through conflicting counsel from his advisors, some of whom urged a military response likely to bring on World War III, ambiguous and sometimes deceitful information from the Soviet Union's representatives, and ever-shifting facts on the ground.

Brighton Beach Memoirs
Brighton Beach Memoirs Sep 15 - Oct 17, 2021

Dreaming of baseball and girls, Eugene must cope with the mundane existence of his family life in Brooklyn: formidable mother, overworked father, and his worldly older brother Stanley. Throw into the mix his widowed Aunt Blanche and her two young (but rapidly aging) daughters and you have a recipe for hilarity, served up Simon-style.

Forever Plaid
Forever Plaid Sep 17 - Nov 7, 2021

On the way to their first big gig, tragedy strikes Forever Plaid, a "guy group" specializing in barbershop quartet harmonies and pitch-perfect melodies. Forever Plaid begins when the guys are given the chance to perform from the afterlife. This smash hit musical is a nostalgic homage to the music of the '50s and includes hits such as "Three Coins in the Fountain" and "Love is a Many-Splendored Thing."

Macbeth
Macbeth Sep 17 - Oct 9, 2021

Lyric's riveting season-opener is the inaugural production of Music Director Enrique Mazzola's tenure, and a brand-new production from Sir David McVicar. Adapting one of the greatest tragedies written by his hero, Shakespeare, Verdi created a stunning portrait of the most power-hungry couple who ever trod a stage. Macbeth's bloody ascent to the throne of Scotland - led and supported by his wife's own consuming ambition - results in disaster for them both. Verdi brings them to blazing life in a score that bristles with energy and endless excitement. Grand-scale arias, hair-raising duets, stupendous ensembles - they're all here, in the first genuine masterpiece of Verdi's career.