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The Recommendation  
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.
   
Roast  
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.
   
Southern Gothic  
Windy City Playhouse South Southern Gothic
 
It's 1960. Ashford, Georgia. Tom Collins is the drink of choice. Dean Martin's on the radio. Everyone's driving a Cadillac, and Suzanne Wellington is about to turn 40. Four couples gather to celebrate the big day -- old college buddies who've known one another for decades. But even best friends keep secrets, and over the course of this evening's party, a few of those are bound to be revealed ... from a political scandal, to a hidden pregnancy, a secret love affair, and a business' corruption. Come to Chicago's Windy City Playhouse, explore, and be a fly on the wall for all the juicy drama of Southern Gothic. Mad Men meets Desperate Housewives in this one-of-kind, voyeuristic theater.
   
Taste Of Man-Flesh: A Fellowship Of The Ring Parody  
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.
   
Teatro ZinZanni: Love, Chaos and Dinner  
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)
   
The Tempest  
Midsommer Flight at Various Parks The Tempest
 
Midsommer Flight will mark its 8th year as an Arts Partner in Chicago's parks with The Tempest. The company has an exciting vision to bring the play's mysterious island alive with otherworldly production elements that will mix well with the outdoor environments. One of Shakespeare's best known plays, The Tempest explores youth and age, finding fulfillment, and the circle of life and death. Come early and bring a picnic! All performances are FREE and open to the public. Donations are gratefully accepted. Visit the company website for performance locations
   
This Is Our Youth  
The Quarry Theatre Company at Piven Theatre This Is Our Youth
 
The privileged, pot-smoking, teenage slackers who were small children in the '60s have emerged as young adults in a country that has just resoundingly rejected everything they were brought up to believe in. The play follows 24 hours of three lost young souls in the big city: Warren, a 19-year old who steals $15K from his abusive father; Dennis, the charismatic drug-dealing friend who helps him put the money to good use; and Jessica, the anxiously insightful young woman who Warren yearns for. We see the strength and fragility of human connection in the trials and tribulations of these young people. Kenneth Lonergan's This is Our Youth is a living snapshot of the moment between adolescence and adulthood.
   
Timeless Magic  
Chicago Magic Lounge Timeless Magic
 
Sean Masterson's Timeless Magic is a magic show interwoven with the story of the souvenir coin that his great uncle received from a magician at Chicago's Columbian Exposition of 1893. Sean takes his audience on a journey through the "golden age of magic" in his quest to uncover the identity of that anonymous magician. The show brings to life the legendary 19th century magicians immortalized in gorgeous stone lithographic posters lining the walls of the Chicago Magic Lounge. Howard Thurston, Harry Houdini, Harry Blackstone, Chung Ling Soo each passed through the fabled fair and figure into Masterson's tale.
   
Tommy Gun's Garage  
Tommy Gun's Garage Tommy Gun's Garage
 
The restaurant-cabaret presents a Roaring 20s-themed musical comedy revue in a speakeasy seting, with dining and drinking integrated into the show.
   
True West  
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.
   
Trump In Space  
Laugh Out Loud Theater Trump In Space
 
STAR TREK meets Sondheim meets BATTLESTAR GALACTICA meets Trump in this battle of good vs evil, ideals vs opportunism, and Trump vs space with music and jazz hands! Set 400 years in the future, this sci-fi absurdist comedy imagines a humanity divided among starships seeking a new home. The left leaning Starship California leads the rebellion against the still-in-power Trump regime led by Captain Natasha Trump (Donald's distant descendant) and the mysterious Executive. Campy political musical comedy in SPACE! Which faction will be the first to reach Polaris IV and establish the New Cosmic Order?
   
The Wizard of Oz  
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.
   
Wolf Play  
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.'
   
Women of 4G  
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.
   
You Can't Fake The Funk (A Journey Through Funk Music)  
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.
   

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