Now Playing Onstage in Chicago - Week of 8/20/2017

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THE WIZARD OF OZ (RSC)
Country Theatre Workshop
8/3-8/23/2017

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GYPSY
Light Opera Works
8/11-8/27/2017

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HAMLET
Midsommer Flight at Lincoln Park
8/26-8/27/2017
Hamlet, Prince of Denmark – will be performed in an abridged 100-minute version that will capture the murderous intrigues of the royal family - complete enough for those familiar with the play and accessible for newcomers to it. The play will be presented on the ground, with natural lighting (curtain times are early enough to complete performances before sunset) and without amplification, just as in Shakespeare’s day.
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PUPPET PLAYDATE WITH GRANDMA D
The Broadway, Pride Arts Center
8/5-8/27/2017
Meet Grandma D, a cuddly, old retired inventor, who invites children each week to join her for timely, age appropriate stories that explore our world and read together! Grandma D has a magic book making machine, a couple of wacky friends and maybe even a special guest. Come down each Saturday and Sunday to make a book and read with everyone’s favorite grandma, Grandma D. Each week will be a new and exciting tale.
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26
The Buena, Pride Arts Center
8/5-8/27/2017
Inspired by the “ABC’s of Death” horror anthology, “26” showcases 26 short sketches, each represented by a different letter of the alphabet. The guest writers have been randomly assigned a letter for which they chose a word that begins with that letter to serve as the title of their sketch. A cast of 7 will perform each sketch that spans the gamut of comedy, drama, surrealism, performance art and absurdism. “26” gives you a night that tackles anything from A to Z.
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THOROUGHLY MODERN MILLIE
CORN STOCK THEATRE
8/25-9/2/2017

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The Second City presents Girls Night Out in Broadway THE SECOND CITY PRESENTS GIRLS NIGHT OUT
Metropolis Performing Arts Centre
8/24-9/2/2017
Call your friends! It's time for a night out with the legendary Second City – the place that brought you funny ladies like Tina Fey, Aidy Bryant, Cecily Strong, Amy Poehler and Amy Sedaris! Treat yourselves to a hilarious evening of female-driven sketch comedy and improvisation that is absurd, honest, and fun. It’s Girls Night Out, and you’re invited. Fresh, fast and always spectacularly funny, The Second City is celebrating nearly sixty years of producing cutting-edge satirical revues and launching the careers of generation after generation of comedy’s best and brightest men and women. August 24 - September 2, 2017 Tickets $30, Stage Tables $35 www.MetropolisArts.com Box Office: 847-577-2121
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MOBY DICK
Lookingglass Theatre Company
6/7-9/3/2017
Madness rages like the angry sea when man pits himself against leviathan in Herman Melville’s epic and poetic tale, furiously reimagined by director David Catlin (Lookingglass Alice). Climb aboard the Pequod with Ishmael, Starbuck, and the intrepid crew on a voyage into the darkest reaches of the human psyche with an insatiably driven Captain Ahab at the helm in reckless pursuit of the legendary white whale.
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Sister Africa in Broadway SISTER AFRICA
Athenaeum Theatre
8/17-9/10/2017
Stephanie Liss’ world premiere drama about efforts to aid female and child victims of the Congo's ongoing civil war, will be performed by a cast of actors from the worlds of feature films, opera and the Chicago theater scene. Liss’s play draws from the playwright’s own experiences travelling to the Democratic Republic of the Congo with members of Jewish World Watch, an activist organization dedicated to ending genocide and mass atrocities worldwide and to providing support and building resilience to those living in conflict-affected communities. The play is based on hundreds of hours of interviews - not only with the victims of rape and torture, but with child soldiers, the staff of Jewish World Watch, and its co-founder and president, Janice Kamenir Reznik. It is a play about two peoples, Jews and Congolese, who have lived through unspeakable horrors and how they can help to heal each other. SISTER AFRICA will include an original incidental score by composer and recording artist RebbeSoul, known as a pioneer of contemporary Jewish music.
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SEVEN BRIDES FOR SEVEN BROTHERS
CIRCA 21 DINNER THEATRE
7/19-9/16/2017

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HAIR
Mercury Theater Chicago
8/2-9/24/2017

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