Now Playing Onstage in Chicago - Week of 8/21/2016

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Liquid Courage: A drinking show in Broadway LIQUID COURAGE: A DRINKING SHOW
The Beat Lounge
8/5-8/26/2016
Bloody Mary is ready to spill and Fireball is ready to burn so, let’s Gim-let go this Friday night! Join us as these drink characters chat, sing and, of course, drink the night away in this interactive drinking show! Fridays at 10:30pm this August in the Second City Beat Lounge.
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History of Comedy in Broadway HISTORY OF COMEDY
Metropolis Performing Arts Centre
7/23-8/27/2016
Mankind has been laughing since the dawn of time, but why? What's so funny? And why don't they let us in on the joke? Three men have the bravery, the intelligence, and the copious amount of spare time necessary to explain it all to you. Join our intrepid team as they explore what makes us laugh, why it makes us laugh, and just what the heck is so funny about the New Yorker cartoons. From slapstick to sarcasm, from wordplay to whoopee cushions, take this highly unscientific survey of comedy throughout the centuries. July 23 - August 27, 2016 Tickets: $25
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JAMES AND THE GIANT PEACH-TYA in Broadway JAMES AND THE GIANT PEACH-TYA
EMERALD CITY THEATRE COMPANY
7/8-8/28/2016

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Mame in Broadway MAME
Light Opera Works
8/20-8/28/2016
Everyone’s favorite Auntie Mame celebrates the Roaring 20s, overcomes tragedy and sails through life without missing a fad or a dance step. Jerry Herman’s rousing follow-up to “Hello, Dolly!” features these show-stopping songs: • Open a New Window • If He Walked Into My Life • My Best Girl • We Need a Little Christmas • Mame With 26-piece orchestra
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RING OF FIRE 5
Metropolis Performing Arts Center
7/24-8/28/2016

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JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR
Footlite Musicals, Inc.
8/19-8/28/2016

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JOSEPH AND THE AMAZING TECHNICOLOR DREAMCOAT
Wayne Township Community Theatre
8/19-8/28/2016

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Einstein's Gift in Broadway EINSTEIN'S GIFT
Athenaeum Theatre
8/4-8/28/2016
Based on a true story, German scientist Fritz Haber is renouncing his faith, fearing persecution from an increasingly oppressive and militaristic government. In this award winning play, Haber's friend, Albert Einstein, fears Haber's work has taken a dangerous turn. While Einstein sees science as a discipline which transcends national boundaries as a force for good, Haber's work has become a deadly tool of the state. Einstein makes a desperate and emotional appeal that will resonate for generations and define the course of history. With daunting forces arrayed against him, Einstein is prepared to risk everything; his life, his work and his reputation against a building storm threatening to engulf the world in war. Einstein's Gift begs the question, if you could return to a time and change everything, what would it be? Acclaimed Chicago Director Elayne LeTraunik, Associate Artistic Director of Genesis, unveils the Chicago premier of "Einstein's Gift" a timely and powerful play for the first time before Chicago audiences. Written by award winning Canadian playwright Vern Thiessen, Einstein's Gift features a seasoned cast, including local standouts, Chris Saunders, Guy Wicke, Nick Hodge, Glenn Garrabrant, James McGuire, Darryn Glass, Vered Hankin and Becky Lang. In addition to an auspicious cast, the designers include Harrison Ornelas (Sets/Props), Jeremy Hollis (Lights), Paula Kenar (Costumes), JJ Porterfield (Sound), Brian LeTraunik (Fight Choreography) and Patrick Murphy (Stage Manager). Performances are August 4-28 at the Athenaeum Theatre, Studio One, 2936 N. Southport, in Chicago's Lakeview neighborhood. Performance days and times are Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 7:30pm and Sunday at 3pm. Tickets are $30 with discounts for students, seniors and groups of 10 or more. Discounted tickets are also available on Goldstar and Hot Tix. For tickets call 773-935-6875 or go to www.athenaeumtheatre.org. Chicago Director and Producer Elayne LeTraunik Elayne LeTraunik and Genesis brings to life a story that resonates in today's headlines "I did a staged reading of this play more than 10 years ago," says Elayne LeTraunik, "and I have been wanting to do a full production ever since. I think the issues it examines including the perverted use of science by government, the horror of war and the danger of ultra-nationalism are issues that are still prevalent today." Elayne is a native Chicagoan, involved in the Chicago Theatre scene since the 1970s. A graduate of the University of Illinois at Chicago, she received a B.A. Degree with honors in History and Theatre. She continued her acting studied at the Webber Douglas Academy of Dramatic Art (now part of the Central School of Drama) in London, England. Elayne has worked extensively both as an actress and a producer/director and starred in the Chicago premieres of "Nuts" and "Extremities." She also appeared in "Beyond Therapy" which featured Skipp Sudduth and Carmen Roman. Elayne is a member of Actors' Equity, Chicago Women in Philanthropy and the League of Professional Theatre Women As a producer, she has overseen a number of award winning and critically acclaimed productions including the Chicago premiere of "A Dybbuk" directed by Curt Columbus and a revival of "Class Enemy" directed by Steve Scott. She has produced and/or directed such productions as "Today I am a Fountain Pen," "The Stroop Report," "From Generation to Generation," and "Tunnel Rat." The Genesis production of "The Last Cyclist" received 4 stars from Chicago Theatre Beat. Elayne directed "On Holy Ground" in 2014 and in 2015, directed "Creation's Birthday," "Jihad," "Zelda at the Oasis," and co-directed with Patrick Murphy "Hope Throws Her Heart Away." Three of the aforementioned plays were written by women. Helping Women in the Arts Genesis Theatrical Productions has worked since 2006 to empower and educate through dynamic and unique theatrical works with exclusive Chicago, Midwest or World premieres, placing a multicultural focus on playwrights, and emphasizing social justice and community responsibility. In addition, Genesis promotes the place of women in theater at all levels. It's program, Athena's Wisdom, emphasizes their efforts and talents, and works to inspire other women to achieve their artistic goals. Genesis develops, creates and produces. We feed the mind. In 2014, Genesis received a 50/50 award from the International Centre for Women Playwrights in recognition of its work in promoting the work of women playwrights. About the Playwright Vern Thiessen's plays have entertained audiences across Canada, the US, Asia, UK, and Europe, including Einstein's Gift, Blowfish, Lenin's Embalmers, Bird Brain, Vimy, Shakespeare's Will, Apple and Of Human Bondage. He has had four plays produced off-Broadway. Thiessen is the recipient of the Sterling and Dora Awards for Outstanding New Play, The City of Edmonton Arts Achievement Award, the University of Alberta Alumni Award for Excellence, The Carol Bolt Award, the Alberta Playwriting Competition, the Canadian Jewish Playwriting Competition, and the Governor General's Literary Award. He is Past President of both the Playwrights Guild of Canada and the Writers Guild of Alberta. He is currently at work on commissions from Epic Theatre Ensemble, Ensemble Studio Theatre, Concrete Theatre/L'Uni Theatre, and Touchstone Theatre/Patrick Street Productions. In 2014, Vern was appointed as Artistic Director of Workshop West Playwrights' Theatre.
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WILL THE CIRCLE in Broadway WILL THE CIRCLE
CHICAGO MUSICAL THEATRE FESTIVAL at Victory Gardens Theatre
8/20-8/28/2016
When violence simmers at the edge of every day and every neighborhood, what better way to combat the stress than by trying to get to know your neighbors, one home invasion at a time? Described as "what the musical ONCE might be if it were set at a Wrigleyville block party" the new play WILL THE CIRCLE is a comedy featuring the songs of the great Americana musician Kevin Welch, and opens August 20 at Victory Gardens Theatre. WILL THE CIRCLE follows a small group of young apartment dwellers lost amongst homeowners, each struggling to create the circle that may or may not ever end up including them. Unfortunately, creating the "micro-clan" they've heard is a trend for the coming decade ---along with bullet-proof houses and armored communities--- ends up for them involving just the tiniest bit of home invasion.
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Now Playing Onstage in Chicago - Week of 8/21/2016 "THRONES! THE MUSICAL PARODY"
Apollo Theatre
7/21-8/28/2016
Based off HBO’s widely successful “Game of Thrones”, and its wildly successful run in the UK, “Thrones! The Musical Parody” comes to Chicago to transport audiences right into the middle of all the action. Scripted by members of the “Baby Wants Candy” and “50 Shades! The Musical Parody” creative team, this must-see show asks audiences compelling questions such as: Will Tyrion’s accent ever improve? Can Jon Snow possibly know more than nothing? Just how red can the Red Wedding get? With a recent end date extension, “Thrones! The Musical Parody” is running at the Apollo Theatre (2540 N. Lincoln Ave) now through now August 28th.
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MEMPHIS
Corn Stock Theatre
8/26-9/3/2016

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GODSPELL-2012 REVISED VERSION in Broadway GODSPELL-2012 REVISED VERSION
HOOGLAND CENTER FOR THE ARTS
8/26-9/4/2016

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Ayn Rand in Love in Broadway AYN RAND IN LOVE
MCL Chicago
8/6-9/10/2016
2016 Premier Premieres! Festival WINNER. AYN RAND IN LOVE tells the story of a young Ayn Rand falling in what one would call love (she wouldn't) with the charismatic Frank O'Connor. Taking some truth from her early days working with MGM, the musical has all the glitz and glamour of an MGM classic of the late 1920's. When Ayn Rand sees something of value to her, she knows how to get it, and a job at MGM, Frank O'Connor, and another lover are no exception.?
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OH, COWARD! in Broadway OH, COWARD!
DEAD WRITERS THEATRE COLLECTIVE
8/25-9/18/2016

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MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET
Rocky Mountain Repertory Theatre
8/26-9/26/2016

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HOW TO SUCCEED IN BUSINESS...TRYING in Broadway HOW TO SUCCEED IN BUSINESS...TRYING
MARRIOTT'S LINCOLNSHIRE
8/24-10/16/2016

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SMOKEY JOE'S CAFE - THE SONGS OF LEIBER AND STOLLER
Drury Lane Theatre
8/25-10/16/2016

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