Theatre

Amour

Sept. 2-Oct. 8 from Black Button Eyes Productions at Athenaeum Theatre (2936 N. Southport Ave., Chicago, 773-935-6875)
Adapted from the short story “Le Passe-Muraille” by beloved French author Marcel Ayme, “Amour” tells the story of Dusoleil, a shy clerk working in a dreary office in post-World War II Paris. One day he discovers he has the ability to walk through walls and embraces a life of romance and adventure. With music by multiple Oscar- and Grammy Award-winner Michel Legrand and adapted into English by Jeremy Sams from the French Libretto by Didier van Cauwelaert, “Amour” was nominated for multiple Tony awards when it played on Broadway in 2002. Details: www.athenaeumtheatre.com

Bakersfield Mist

Thru Oct. 15 from TimeLine Theatre Company at Stage 773 (1225 W. Belmont Ave., Chicago, 773-327-5252)
Written by Stephen Sachs and directed by Kevin Christopher Fox, “Bakersfield Mist” is a provocative and humorous look at what makes art—and people—authentic. Maude, an unemployed bartender living in a trailer park, has bought the ugliest thrift store painting she could get her hands on as a gag gift; however, when she is told that it might in fact be the “find of the century”—an undiscovered work by the famed Jackson Pollock—she invites a world-class art expert to decide if it’s a forgery or the real thing, worth millions. Details: www.stage773.com

The Brady Bunch

Sept. 15-Nov. 27 at Mercury Theater (3745 N. Southport Ave., Chicago, 773-325-1700)
It is 1974. We join the Bradys and the Partridges just after the ABC Network ceased airing their chronicles. It was a summer when these beloved TV families, no longer under America’s watchful eye, met on a collision course in a blood-soaked, vengeance-fueled, lust-filled crossover episode of Shakespearean proportions. Details: www.mercurytheaterchicago.com

Cheers Live On Stage

Sept. 20-Oct. 23 at Broadway Playhouse (175 E. Chestnut St., Chicago, 800-745-3000)
A classic comedy performed in two acts, this show will feature the interior of the iconic neighborhood bar, where drinking all day is the Norm. Audiences will laugh along with Carla, Coach, Cliff, and Norm, as Sam “Mayday” Malone and Diane “Buzzkill” Chambers meet for the first time, share a first kiss and a first fight.

The City Of Conversation

Sept. 15-Oct. 23 at Northlight Theatre (9501 Skokie Blvd., Skokie, 847-673-6300)
In 1979 Washington, D.C., socialite Hester Ferris throws posh dinner parties that can change the course of politics. But when her son turns up with an ambitious Reagan-ite girlfriend and a shocking new worldview, it ignites a family divide that spans more than thirty years and six presidential administrations. As power shifts from one generation to the next, a family struggles to maintain ties while on opposite sides of the partisan fence. Details: www.northlight.org

Fun Home

Nov. 2-Nov. 13 at The PrivateBank Theatre (formerly Bank of America Theatre; 18 W. Monroe St., Chicago, 312-977-1700)
The winner of five 2015 Tony Awards, including Best Musical, “Fun Home” is based on Alison Bechdel’s best-selling graphic memoir and features music by Jeanine Tesori, book and lyrics by Lisa Kron, and direction by Sam Gold, whose work on this production earned them the 2015 Tony Awards for Best Score, Best Book, and Best Direction. “Fun Home” introduces Alison at three different ages, revealing memories of her uniquely dysfunctional family—her mother, brothers, and volatile, brilliant, enigmatic father—that connect with her in surprising new ways. Details: privatebank.chicagoboxoffice.com

Hamilton

Sept. 27-March 19, 2017, at The PrivateBank Theatre (formerly Bank of America Theatre; 18 W. Monroe St., Chicago, 312-977-1700)
A new musical about the scrappy young immigrant who forever changed America: Alexander Hamilton. From bastard orphan to Washington’s righthand man, rebel to war hero, loving husband caught in the country’s first sex scandal to Treasury head who made an untrusting world believe in the American economy, “Hamilton” is an exploration of a political mastermind. George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Eliza Hamilton, and lifelong Hamilton friend and foe, Aaron Burr, all attend this revolutionary tale of America’s fiery past told through the sounds of the ever-changing nation we’ve become. Details:
privatebank.chicagoboxoffice.com

Helldrivers Of Daytona

Sept. 8-Oct. 30 at Royal George Theatre (1641 N. Halsted St., Chicago, 312-988-9000)
In “Helldrivers Of Daytona,” tensions flare as drivers compete for the top slot in the 1965 Daytona Speedway Jackpot 500. Amid a sea of tanned surfers, speedway groupies, motorheads, and bikini babes, Lucky Stubbs (James Nedrud) must find a way to win his dream girl, Pepper Johnson (Samantha Pauly), from rival driver Count Porcini Portobello (Jeff nominee David Sajewich), a dangerously enticing European hotshot. The race for love and glory is on in this spoof of sixties Elvis-style rock movies, a ride that’s fast, furious, and funny. Details: www.theroyalgeorgetheatre.com

How To Succeed In Business Without Really Trying

Thru Oct. 16 at Marriott Theatre In Lincolnshire (10 Marriott Drive, Lincolnshire, 847-634-0200)
Frank Loesser’s funny, romantic, Pulitzer Prize-winner is the story of young, ambitious J. Pierrepont Finch, who schemes his way from window washer to the top of the corporate ladder. Details: www.marriotttheatre.com

Julius Caesar

Sept. 7-Oct. 23 at Writers Theatre (664 Vernon Ave., Glencoe, 847-242-6000)
Shakespeare’s masterpiece of power and conspiracy, friendship and betrayal stands as the greatest political drama ever written. Caesar has made Rome the world’s most powerful empire through his brilliant military strategies, and upon his return from the wars, the citizens of Rome wish to abandon the Republic and crown him king. When his fellow senators decide that his advancement must be halted, they come to a brutal and extreme solution: The great man must fall. Details: www.writerstheatre.org

Life Sucks

Sept. 9-Nov. 6 at Lookingglass Theatre (821 N. Michigan Ave., Chicago, 312-337-0665)
A group of old friends, ex-lovers, estranged in-laws, and lifelong enemies gather to grapple with life’s thorniest questions—and each other. What could possibly go wrong? Incurably lustful and lonely, hapless and hopeful, these seven souls collide and stumble their way toward a new understanding that “Life Sucks.” Or does it? Details: www.lookingglasstheatre.org

Mamma Mia!

Sept. 7-Oct 30 at Paramount Theatre (23 E. Galena Blvd., Aurora, 630-896-6666)
It’s the story of Sophie, a twenty-year-old bride-to-be preparing for her wedding. Unbeknownst to her mother, she finds her mom’s diary and reads about her love-filled summer twenty years before with three different men. Sophie is convinced one of the men is her father, and she’s determined to find out who. She sends a wedding invitation to each of the men, forging her mother’s signature on each note. When the men arrive the day before the ceremony, Donna, her mom, is shocked at their presence while Sophie is elated to finally meet her father. Quickly, each of the men realizes why they’ve been asked to the nuptials, and each is ready to walk their daughter down the aisle. Details: www.theparamounttheatre.com

Naperville

Thru Oct. 16 at Theater Wit (1229 W. Belmont Ave., Chicago, 773-975-8150)
That idyllic suburb is none other than west suburban Naperville, where Howard is considering abandoning his career in Seattle to move back home to care for his mother, Candice. At the Caribou Coffee in downtown Naperville, Howard and Candice cross paths with Anne, Howard’s high school classmate and an expert on the suburb’s founder, Captain Joseph Naper. Details: www.theaterwit.org

Smokey Joe’s Cafe

Thru Oct. 23 at Drury Lane-Oakbrook (100 Drury Lane, Oakbrook Terrace, 630-530-0111)
The longest-running musical revue in Broadway history, “Smokey Joe’s Cafe” is making its Drury Lane debut. Showcasing thirty-nine pop standards, including rock ’ n’ roll and blues anthems written by legendary duo Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller, “Smokey Joe’s Cafe” is the winner of the 1996 Grammy Award for Best Musical Show Album and features jukebox hits such as “Yakety Yak,” “Charlie Brown,” and “Stand By Me.” Details: www.drurylaneoakbrook.com

Tug Of War: Civil Strife

Sept. 14-Oct. 9 at Chicago Shakespeare Theater (800 E. Grand Ave., Chicago, 312-595-5600)
“Civil Strife” is the second installment of Artistic Director Barbara Gaines’ electrifying adaptation, “Tug of War,” which distills six Shakespeare plays into two action-packed dramas that trace the rise and fall of kings and the uncommon courage of common men. In the spirit of addictive epic sagas, tensions build as the origin stories of Shakespeare’s most iconic rulers unfold-underscored by stunning staging, live music, surprising poignancy, and humor. Picking up where “Tug of War: Foreign Fire” left off, focus shifts to the home front in “Civil Strife,” as family divisions launch a country at war with itself in Henry VI, Parts 2 and 3 and Richard III—and nobility and commoners alike pay the price. Details: www.chicagoshakes.com

Visiting Edna

Sept. 15-Nov. 6 at Steppenwolf Theatre (1650 N. Halsted St., Chicago, 312-335-1650)
Edna has suffered a number of losses as she has aged and now faces the stealthy advance of cancer embodied by an intimate figure that she could do without. Home for a visit, Edna’s son Andrew is trying to bridge the gulf between the childhood love they shared and the aggressively polite but baffling relationship they now live with. Mother and son stumble toward honesty as they wrestle with the distractions—both mundane and profound—that keep us from real connection. Details: www.steppenwolf.org

Interactive

Tony ‘n Tina’s Wedding

Sept. 22-Dec. 31 at Chicago Theatre Works (1113 W. Belmont Ave., Chicago)
Presented by the original New York producers, “Tony ‘n Tina’s Wedding” is an interactive improvisational comedy. The fun starts with the couple’s wedding ceremony inside a real church, followed by the all-inclusive reception just one block away at Vinnie Black’s Coliseum, featuring a full Italian dinner, wedding cake, champagne toast, dancing, and lots of love and laughs. As part of the audience, you’re considered a wedding guest and are allowed to mix and mingle with all the participants. Details: www.chicagotheaterworks.com

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