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Love, Chaos & Dinner

Through 3/29/2020: Wed-Fri 7 PM, Sat-Sun noon and 7 PM
Hotel Cambria 32 W. Randolph, Chicago Loop

Buy Tickets$99-$189 (includes a four-course meal)

Midsummer (A Play with Songs)

9/4-10/6: Wed-Fri 8 PM, Sat and 8 PM, Sun 3 PM.
Greenhouse Theater Center 2257 N. Lincoln Ave., Chicago Lincoln Park

Buy TicketsPreviews 9/4-9/7 $15 ($10 students and military); regular run 9/8-10/6 $20-$25 ($15 students and military).

Scottish playwright David Grieg and indie musician Gordon McIntyre collaborated on this musical about a mismatched couple's misadventures over one lost weekend. Chaon Cross and Patrick Mulvey star under Randy White's direction. 773-404-7336

The Recommendation

Through 10/6: Wed-Thu 7:30 PM, Fri 8 PM, Sat 4 and 8 PM, Sun 2 and 6 PM
Windy City Playhouse 3014 W. Irving Park, Chicago Irving Park

Buy Tickets$80-$100


Casa Valentina

8/22-9/29: Thur-Sat 7:30 PM, Sun 5 PM; also Mon, 8/26, 7:30 PM
The Broadway - Pride Arts Center 4139 N. Broadway Ave., Chicago Uptown

Buy Tickets430-$40, $25 students and seniors (not valid Sat.)

Harvey Fierstein's 2014 musical, set in 1962, follows a group of cross-dressing cisgender straight men who gather together in the Catskills in order to safely inhabit their female alter egos. 773-857-0222


Through 1/5/20: Tue 7:30 PM, Wed 1 and 7:30 PM, Thu-Fri 7:30 PM, Sat 2 and 8 PM, Sun 2 PM
CIBC Theatre 18 W. Monroe, Chicago Loop

Buy Tickets$72-$192

The musical juggernaut by Lin-Manuel Miranda. 800-775-2000

The Infinite Wrench

Open run: Fri-Sat 11:30 PM, Sun 7 PM
Neo-Futurarium 5153 N. Ashland Ave., Chicago Andersonville

Greg Allen gave and Greg Allen took away. On December 31, 2016, the Neo-Futurists founder made good on his promise to kill off the company's signature cult show, Too Much Light Makes the Baby Go Blind, ending an unprecedented run of 28 years. The current generation of ensemble members weren't happy. Now they've pretty much reconstituted TMLMTBGB in everything but name, running on the same schedule at the same venue with the same exuberance. Though their new baby is superficially different from the original (where before the plays were numbered, for instance, now they're color coded), it retains the identical goal of offering 30 original short plays in 60 minutes. The performance I saw lapsed occasionally into reductive political posturing, having more to do with tribal affirmation than revelation. But it also had its share of wit, insight, emotional frankness, and dancerly physicality. —Tony Adler 773-275-5255

The Camino Project

8/17-9/22: Sat-Sun 3-9 PM
Ipsento 606 1813 N. Milwaukee, Chicago Wicker Park/Bucktown

Theatre Y offers an immersive ambulatory performance, inspired by the Camino de Santiago pilgrimage in Spain, that combines "a five-mile walk through Bucktown and Humboldt Park, a celebratory meal, and performative events that combine theater, dance, and performance art."


8/30-11/3: Wed-Fri 8 PM, Sat 3 and 8 PM, Sun 3 PM.
Mercury Theater Chicago 3745 N. Southport Ave., Chicago Lakeview

Buy Tickets$40-$80

Walter Stearns directs the Tony-winning musical based on Monty Python and the Holy Grail, created by Eric Idle, John Du Prez, and Neil Innes. 773-325-1700

You Can't Fake the Funk

Fri 8 PM, Sat 3 and 8 PM, Sun 3 PM; no show Sat 7/27 3 PM or Fri 9/13
Black Ensemble Theater Cultural Center 4450 N. Clark St., Chicago Uptown

Buy Tickets$65

Daryl D. Brooks's new musical celebrates funk music from James Brown to Parliament. 773-769-4451

Into the Woods

Through 9/29: Tue-Fri 7:30 PM, Sat 3 and 7:30 PM, Sun 2 and 6 PM; also Wed 9/11, 3 PM; 2 PM only 9/15 and 9/29
Writers Theatre 325 Tudor Ct., Glencoe Other Suburbs North" target="_blank">Buy Tickets$35-$80

Gary Griffin directs Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine's musical, based on several famous fairy tales, including Little Red Riding Hood and Rapunzel 847-242-6000

At the Wake of a Dead Drag Queen

9/5-9/22: Thu-Sat 7:30 PM, Sun 3 PM
Raven Theatre 6157 N. Clark St., Chicago Edgewater

Buy TicketsPreviews 9/5-9/6 $10, regular run 9/7-9/22 $15

The Story Theatre presents the world premiere of Terry Guest's play, directed by Mikael Burke, about "Blackness, queerness, and the fine art of drag," against the backdrop of a wake in rural Georgia for a drag performer who has died of AIDS. 773-338-2177

The Harold

Open run: Wed-Thu 8 PM, Fri 8 and 10:30 PM, Sat 10:30 PM, Sun 8 PM, Mon 10:30 PM
iO Theater 1501 N. Kingsbury, Chicago Lincoln Park

Improv teams use an audience suggestion to create interweaving story lines that result in a connected long-form narrative.

The Great Leap

9/5-10/20: Tue-Fri 7:30 PM, Sat-Sun 3 and 7:30 PM; also 2 PM Wed 10/2-10/16 and 7:30 PM Sun 9/29

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Lauren Yee's play, set in 1989, follows a San Francisco-born Chinese American college basketball player as he joins a "friendship" game in Beijing. Jesca Prudencio directs the Chicago premiere. 312-335-1650

The King's Speech

9/12-10/20: Wed 1 and 7:30 PM, Thu-Fri 7:30 PM, Sat 3 and 8 PM, Sun 2 PM; also Tue 9/17-10/1, 7:30 PM, Thu 10/17 1 PM, and Sun 10/13 6:30 PM; no performance Fri 9/20; Sat 9/14 and Wed 9/18 7:30 PM only

Buy Tickets$32-$62

Chicago Shakespeare presents the North American premiere of David Seidler's play (based on his Oscar-winning screenplay for the 2010 film) about England's King George VI and the unconventional Australian therapist who helped him overcome his stammer. 312-595-5600

The Fantasticks

9/6-10/6: Fri-Sat 7:30 PM, Sun 2 PM; also Wed 9/11 1:30 PM
Skokie Theatre 7924 N. Lincoln Ave., Skokie Skokie

Tom Jones and Harvey L. Schmidt's beloved musical, which ran off-Broadway for 42 years and introduced the song "Try to Remember" to the world, gets a revival with MadKap Productions under Stephen M. Genovese's direction. 847-677-7761

Holmes and Watson

9/5-10/6: Thu-Sat 8 PM, Sun 3 PM; Sun 9/8, 1 PM only
Buffalo Theatre Ensemble McAninch Arts Center, College of DuPage, 425 Fawell Blvd., Glen Ellyn Other Suburbs West

Buy Tickets$42

Will the real Sherlock Holmes please stand up? In Jeffrey Hatcher's play, three men show up after the reported death of the Baker Street sleuth, claiming to have survived the plunge from a waterfall, and leaving his sidekick, Watson, with a dilemma. Ron May directs for Buffalo Theatre Ensemble. 630-942-4000

Sons and Lovers

8/29-9/29: Thu-Sat 7:30 PM, Sun 2:30 PM.
Greenhouse Theater Center 2257 N. Lincoln Ave., Chicago Lincoln Park

Buy Tickets$20 previews, 8/29-8/30; regular run $29, $25 students and seniors.

Greenhouse Theater and On the Spot Productions present the U.S. premiere of Mike Brayndick's adaptation of D.H. Lawrence's 1913 novel. Brayndick also directs. 773-404-7336

Shadows of Birds

9/5-9/22: Thu-Sat 8 PM, Sun 2 PM
The Edge Theater 5451 N. Broadway Ave., Chicago Edgewater

Buy Tickets$25

A woman just out of rehab tries to reconnect with her family in Richard James Zieman and Joel Z. Cornfield's new drama, directed by Cheryl Snodgrass for Glass Apple Theatre. 800-836-3006


9/10-10/20: Tue-Fri 7:30 PM, Sat 2 and 8 PM, Sun 2 and 7:30 PM; also 2 PM Wed 10/2-10/16, 2 PM only Sun 10/6-10/20
Broadway Playhouse at Water Tower Place 835 N. Michigan Ave., Chicago Loop

Buy Tickets$30-$75

TimeLine Theatre teams up with Broadway in Chicago to present the local premiere of the 2017 Tony Award-winning best play by J.T. Rogers, which looks at the behind-the-scenes world of the 1993 peace talks between Israel and the Palestinian Liberation Organization. Nick Bowling directs. 800-775-2000

Five Presidents

9/6-10/19: Thu-Fri 7:30 PM, Sat 3 and 7:30 PM, Sun 2:30 PM; also Wed 9/11 and Mon 10/14, 7:30 PM and Thu 10/17, 2:30 PM
Stage 773 1225 W. Belmont Ave., Chicago Lakeview

Buy Tickets$19-$39

American Blues Theater founding ensemble member Rick Cleveland (The West Wing, Six Feet Under) returns with this play imagining the conversation among five living U.S. presidents who were all in the same room at the same time, prior to the memorial service for Richard Nixon. Marty Higginbotham directs. 773-654-3103

The Color Purple

9/13-11/3: Wed 1:30 PM, Thu 1:30 and 8 PM (except 9/19, 8 PM only), Fri 8 PM, Sat 3 and 8 PM, Sun 2 and 6 PM; also Wed 9/18, 8 PM
Drury Lane Theatre 100 Drury Lane, Oakbrook Terrace Other Suburbs West

Buy TicketsPreviews 9/13-9/18, $50-$65; regular run 9/20-11/3, $55 Wed matinees, Thu-Sun evenings $65, Fri-Sat evenings and Sun matinees, $70; $50 seniors for matinees.

Lili-Anne Brown directs the musical based on Alice Walker's 1982 novel (featuring a book by Marsha Norman and a score by Brenda Russel, Allee Willis, and Stephen Bray) about an abused black woman in the south in the early 1900s who finds hope in a relationship with her husband's mistress. 630-530-0111

Hello Again

9/13-11/3: Thu-Sat 7:30 PM, Sun 7 PM
Theo Ubique Cabaret Theatre 721 Howard, Evanston Evanston

Buy TicketsPreviews 9/13-9/22, $25-$30; regular run 9/26-11/3, $34-$59; optional dinner for additional $29

Michael John LaChiusa's musical version of Arthur Schnitzler's La Ronde follows the love affairs of ten characters during ten different decades of the 20th century. Brenda Didier directs and choreographs. 773-347-1109


9/14-10/20: Wed 7:30 PM, Thu 2 and 7:30 PM, Fri 8 PM, Sat 2 and 8 PM, Sun 2 PM; also Sun 9/15 7:30 PM and Tue 10/15 7:30 PM; Sat 9/14 8 PM only; Thu 9/19 and 10/10, 7:30 PM only
Goodman Theatre 170 N. Dearborn St., Chicago Loop

Buy Tickets$30-$80

Theresa Rebeck's comedy looks behind the scenes at the legendary actress Sarah Bernhardt's decision to play Hamlet in 1899, to the horror of the patriarchy and the critical establishment. Donna Feore directs the Chicago premiere. 312-443-3800

Revolution Chicago

9/6-9/29: Thu-Fri 7:30 PM, Sat 3:30 and 7:30 PM, Sun 7 PM
Stage 773 1225 W. Belmont Ave., Chicago Lakeview

Buy Tickets$39, $30 students and seniors

Mickey "Mixin" Oliver directs his own musical (written in collaboration with Lidell Townsell) about the early days of house music in Chicago. 773-327-5252

Dana H.

Wed-Thu 7:30 PM, Fri 8 PM, Sat 2 and 8 PM, Sun 2 and 7:30 PM; also Thu 9/19 2 PM, Tue 9/24 7:30 PM; Sat 9/7 and 9/14, 8 PM only; Sun 9/22 and 10/6, 2 PM only
Goodman Theatre 170 N. Dearborn St., Chicago Loop

Buy Tickets$15-$40

Lucas Hnath's drama based on the true story of his mother, who was kidnapped by an ex-convict while she was working as a chaplain in a psych ward. 312-443-3800

Be Here Now

9/5-10/19: Thu-Sat PM, Sun 3 PM; also Sat 10/19 3 PM
Theater Wit 1229 W. Belmont, Chicago Lakeview

Buy TicketsPreviews 9/5-9/7 pay what you can Thu, $20 Fri-Sat, regular run 9/12-10/119 $42, $35 seniors, $25 under 30, student rush tickets day of performance $15, industry $15 Fri only.

Deborah Zoe Laufer wrote this existential comedy about a former "nihilism instructor" in New York who finds happiness working in a small-time fulfillment center--until a health crisis poses a dilemma. Sandy Shinner directs for Shattered Globe Theatre. 773-975-8150

Whose Body?

9/6-10/27: Thu-Fri 7:30 PM, Sat 4 and 8 PM, Sun 4 PM; also Mon 9/16 7:30 PM
Lifeline Theatre 6912 N. Glenwood Ave., Chicago Rogers Park/West Rogers Park

Buy TicketsPreviews 9/6-9/14 $20, regular run 9/19-10/27 $45, $35 seniors, $20 students, military, and day-of-performance rush tickets.

Lord Peter Wimsey is on the case in Frances Limoncelli's adaptation of this classic 1923 whodunit by Dorothy Sayers, directed by Jess Hutchinson 773-761-4477


9/4-10/20: Wed 1:30 and 7 PM, Thu 7 PM, Fri 8 PM, Sat 3 and 8 PM, Sun 1 and 5:30 PM; Wed 9/4 7 PM only. The performance on Fri, 10/18 is ASL interpreted.
Paramount Theatre 23 E. Galena Blvd., Aurora Suburbs Southwest

Buy Tickets$36-$74

Jim Corti directs this musical, based on the 1992 Disney movie about the 1899 "newsboy" strike in New York City. Alan Menken (The Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast) wrote the score, with lyrics by Jack Feldman and a book by Harvey Fierstein 630-896-6666

The Pajama Game

9/12-10/13: Wed-Thu 2 PM, Fri 7:30 PM, Sat 3 and 7:30 PM, Sun 2:30 PM
Theatre at the Center 1040 Ridge Rd., Munster Indiana

Buy Tickets$42-$46, $20 students

Labor unrest in a pajama factory forms the backdrop for this 1954 Tony Award-winning musical (book by George Abbott and Richard Bissell, music and lyrics by Richard Adler and Jerry Ross). Linda Fortunato directs. 219-836-3255

Howards End

8/29-10/5: Wed-Fri 7:30 PM, Sat 2:30 and 7:30 PM, Sun 2:30 PM; also Tue 9/3 7 PM; no 2:30 PM matinees Sat 8/31 and 9/7.
Theater Wit 1229 W. Belmont, Chicago Lakeview

Buy TicketsPreviews 8/29-9/1 $32.75, regular run $37.75-$62.75, industry $20 (Wed-Fri only), students $15 day of performance.

Douglas Post adapts E.M. Forster's classic 1910 novel about changing social mores at the dawn of the 20th century. Nick Sandys directs the world premiere for Remy Bumppo Theatre Company. 773-975-8150