Current & Upcoming Shows

Main Stage
New Dances 2017
July 15 & 16

Thodos Dance Chicago celebrates 17 years of dance creation with its annual New Dances choreography project and performances. Be part of an amazing evening of new dance discovery when TDC’s Ensemble members present their world premiere works.

New Dances 2017
July 15 & 16
New Dances 2017

Thodos Dance Chicago celebrates 17 years of dance creation with its annual New Dances choreography project and performances. Be part of an amazing evening of new dance discovery when TDC’s Ensemble members present their world premiere works.

More Info
Buy Tickets
Main Stage
July 15 & 16
Buy Tickets button
Kids Write It!
July 27 - 7:30PM

Join Barrel of Monkeys for a magical night of stories written by kids and performed by some of the Chicago’s most talented actors and musicians. Join us as we perform stories from each of our 20 years, and honor the many alumni of our arts education programs in Chicago public schools and parks.

Kids Write It!
July 27 - 7:30PM
20 Years of Intergenerational Storytelling
Kids Write It!

Join Barrel of Monkeys for a magical night of stories written by kids and performed by some of the Chicago’s most talented actors and musicians. Join us as we perform stories from each of our 20 years, and honor the many alumni of our arts education programs in Chicago public schools and parks.

All-ages. Performance lasts 2 hours including one 15-minute intermission.
More Info
Buy Tickets
Main Stage
July 27 - 7:30PM
Buy Tickets button
2017 NANBF/IPE Windy City Natural
August 19, 2017

The battle to win a Pro Status…Pros competing for over $20,000 in winnings…Awards to be won…Top of the line stage production!!!

You want to be motivated beyond belief???Come and witness the 2017 Windy City Natural Bodybuilding & Fitness Championships and feel the energy run through your body!!!

2017 NANBF/IPE Windy City Natural
August 19, 2017
Bodybuilding & Fitness Competition
2017 NANBF/IPE Windy City Natural

The battle to win a Pro Status…Pros competing for over $20,000 in winnings…Awards to be won…Top of the line stage production!!!

You want to be motivated beyond belief???Come and witness the 2017 Windy City Natural Bodybuilding & Fitness Championships and feel the energy run through your body!!!

All-ages. Each competition lasts 5 hours with varying breaks.
More Info
Buy Tickets
Main Stage
August 19, 2017
Buy Tickets button
Willy Wonka, Jr.
August 25 & 26 2017

Dream Big’s 3rd Annual Production Camp proudly presents Willy Wonka Jr! Roald Dahl’s timeless story of the world-famous candy man and his quest to find an heir is a golden ticket to adventure. This professionally produced production performed by 2nd-8th graders is an impressive treat your whole family won’t want to miss! Whether your child loves musicals already or this is their first introduction to live theater, they will be inspired and thrilled by the magic on stage, performed by kids just like them!

Willy Wonka, Jr.
August 25 & 26 2017
Willy Wonka, Jr.

Dream Big’s 3rd Annual Production Camp proudly presents Willy Wonka Jr! Roald Dahl’s timeless story of the world-famous candy man and his quest to find an heir is a golden ticket to adventure. This professionally produced production performed by 2nd-8th graders is an impressive treat your whole family won’t want to miss! Whether your child loves musicals already or this is their first introduction to live theater, they will be inspired and thrilled by the magic on stage, performed by kids just like them!

This all-ages performance lasts 90 minutes with no intermission. Children under 2 are free, but must sit on a guardian's lap.
More Info
Buy Tickets
Main Stage
August 25 & 26 2017
Buy Tickets button
Max Amini Live in Chicago
Sept 9, 2017
Max Amini Live in Chicago
Sept 9, 2017
Max Amini Live in Chicago
More Info
Buy Tickets
Main Stage
Sept 9, 2017
Buy Tickets button
Ariane et Bachus by Marin Marais
9/30, 10/1, 10/3

A perfectly balanced blend of glorious music, poetry, dance, and spectacle, based on a story of betrayal, revenge, and love. Haymarket Opera Company offers Chicago audiences the first chance ever to see this gem of a Marin Marais opera outside Paris, and the first chance for anyone, anywhere to see it since 1696!

Ariane et Bachus by Marin Marais
9/30, 10/1, 10/3
Ariane et Bachus by Marin Marais

A perfectly balanced blend of glorious music, poetry, dance, and spectacle, based on a story of betrayal, revenge, and love. Haymarket Opera Company offers Chicago audiences the first chance ever to see this gem of a Marin Marais opera outside Paris, and the first chance for anyone, anywhere to see it since 1696!

More Info
Buy Tickets
Main Stage
9/30, 10/1, 10/3
Buy Tickets button
Piaf! The Show
October 8
With over half a million tickets sold in more than 30 countries and acclaimed reviews worldwide Piaf! The Show is a musical celebration of the life and music of the legendary French chanteuse Edith Piaf. This acclaimed French production features the extraordinary Anne Carrere.
Piaf! The Show
October 8
Piaf! The Show
With over half a million tickets sold in more than 30 countries and acclaimed reviews worldwide Piaf! The Show is a musical celebration of the life and music of the legendary French chanteuse Edith Piaf. This acclaimed French production features the extraordinary Anne Carrere.
All ages. Performance lasts 2 hours 45 minutes including one 15-minute intermission.
More Info
Buy Tickets
Main Stage
October 8
Buy Tickets button
Stephanie Miller’s Sexy Liberal Resistance Tour
October 14
Edgy political satire ….the 2017 Sexy Liberal Resistance Tour is completely irreverent, no anyone person or institution is safe.
Stephanie Miller’s Sexy Liberal Resistance Tour
October 14
Presented by WCPT 820
Stephanie Miller’s Sexy Liberal Resistance Tour
Edgy political satire ….the 2017 Sexy Liberal Resistance Tour is completely irreverent, no anyone person or institution is safe.
Event lasts 2 hours 15 minutes without intermission. Not for all ages, due to strong language.
More Info
Buy Tickets
Main Stage
October 14
Buy Tickets button
Crash Year 15
November 18, 2017
Chicago Dance Crash, one of the premiere hip hop/contemporary dance companies in the country, will be celebrating their 15th year with some of their favorite repertory dance works, a few jokes, a few surprises, and tons of fun!
Crash Year 15
November 18, 2017
The 15th Anniversary of Hip Hop/Contemporary Fusion
Crash Year 15
Chicago Dance Crash, one of the premiere hip hop/contemporary dance companies in the country, will be celebrating their 15th year with some of their favorite repertory dance works, a few jokes, a few surprises, and tons of fun!
More Info
Buy Tickets
Main Stage
November 18, 2017
Buy Tickets button
Russian Grand Ballet presents Swan Lake
Sun, Nov 19

Russian Grand Ballet’s full-length classical production for the first time includes the rarely seen Waltz of the Black Swans, and features Russia’s brightest ballet stars.

Odette, a beautiful princess, falls under the spell of an evil sorcerer. Only Prince Siegfried’s devotion can save her.

Tchaikovsky’s Swan Lake combines pure romanticism and tragedy, in a magical tale of love and deception. The glorious score and gravity-defying choreography have enchanted audiences for over a century, and continue to inspire new generations of dancers and music lovers of all ages.

All-ages. Performance lasts 2 hours 30 minutes with two 15-minute intermissions.

Russian Grand Ballet presents Swan Lake
Sun, Nov 19
Russian Grand Ballet presents Swan Lake

Russian Grand Ballet’s full-length classical production for the first time includes the rarely seen Waltz of the Black Swans, and features Russia’s brightest ballet stars.

Odette, a beautiful princess, falls under the spell of an evil sorcerer. Only Prince Siegfried’s devotion can save her.

Tchaikovsky’s Swan Lake combines pure romanticism and tragedy, in a magical tale of love and deception. The glorious score and gravity-defying choreography have enchanted audiences for over a century, and continue to inspire new generations of dancers and music lovers of all ages.

All-ages. Performance lasts 2 hours 30 minutes with two 15-minute intermissions.

More Info
Buy Tickets
Main Stage
Sun, Nov 19
Buy Tickets button
Studio One
Bette Davis Ain’t for Sissies
June 15 - July 2

It’s early evening of the 1939 Academy Awards–young Miss Davis is nominated for Best Actress in Dark Victory, and the Los Angeles Times LEAKS the OSCAR winners EARLY!! “This year Vivian Leigh will take home the Oscar for Best Actress!”

…With newspaper in hand the BOLD, DEFIANT and DISILLUSIONED Bette Davis decides to leave! Journey into the young starlet’s battle to win freedom from the grip and control of Hollywood’s studio moguls. Witness Bette’s most defining moments as a tenacious young actor fighting her way to the top!! See what happens when someone who always wins…loses.

BDAFS has performed in Edinburgh, Scotland receiving glowing 5-star reviews, had a run at The St. James London, a sold-out off-broadway run at 59E59 Theaters, and toured performing arts centers in Chicago, New Jersey, Texas, Virginia, Massachusetts, and New York.

5 Stars “Brilliant hour of Theater. A performance that was worthy of an Oscar.” –Mumble Theatre
5 Stars “Sherr is mesmerizing to watch–a dynamic performance.” –Edinburgh Guide
4 Stars “She is sardonic, sultry, sexy, vicious and vivacious, dominating the stage from word one (Bette would’ve been proud).” –Broadway Baby

Bette Davis Ain’t for Sissies
June 15 - July 2
A 5-Star Solo Show
Bette Davis Ain’t for Sissies

It’s early evening of the 1939 Academy Awards–young Miss Davis is nominated for Best Actress in Dark Victory, and the Los Angeles Times LEAKS the OSCAR winners EARLY!! “This year Vivian Leigh will take home the Oscar for Best Actress!”

…With newspaper in hand the BOLD, DEFIANT and DISILLUSIONED Bette Davis decides to leave! Journey into the young starlet’s battle to win freedom from the grip and control of Hollywood’s studio moguls. Witness Bette’s most defining moments as a tenacious young actor fighting her way to the top!! See what happens when someone who always wins…loses.

BDAFS has performed in Edinburgh, Scotland receiving glowing 5-star reviews, had a run at The St. James London, a sold-out off-broadway run at 59E59 Theaters, and toured performing arts centers in Chicago, New Jersey, Texas, Virginia, Massachusetts, and New York.

5 Stars “Brilliant hour of Theater. A performance that was worthy of an Oscar.” –Mumble Theatre
5 Stars “Sherr is mesmerizing to watch–a dynamic performance.” –Edinburgh Guide
4 Stars “She is sardonic, sultry, sexy, vicious and vivacious, dominating the stage from word one (Bette would’ve been proud).” –Broadway Baby

A 5-Star Solo Show
More Info
Buy Tickets
Studio One
June 15 - July 2
Buy Tickets button
Sister Africa
8/24 - 9/17

Sister Africa is a play about the work of Jewish World Watch in the Congo and about the effect of genocide on the people of the Congo, primarily the women, girls and children. 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
8/24 - 9/17
Sister Africa

Sister Africa is a play about the work of Jewish World Watch in the Congo and about the effect of genocide on the people of the Congo, primarily the women, girls and children. 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.

No late seating. Recommended for ages 18+ due to intellectual content. Performance lasts 80 minutes without intermission.
More Info
Buy Tickets
Studio One
8/24 - 9/17
Buy Tickets button
Studio Two
Gidion’s Knot
6/2/17 - 7/2/17

Over the course of a parent/teacher conference, a grieving mother and an emotionally overwhelmed primary school teacher have a fraught conversation about the tragic suicide of the mother’s son, Gidion. Gidion may have been bullied severely—or he may have been an abuser. As his story is slowly uncovered, the women try to reconstruct a satisfying explanation for Gidion’s act and come to terms with excruciating feelings of culpability.

Recommended for ages 13+, due to strong language. Performance lasts 90 minutes without intermission.

 

Gidion’s Knot
6/2/17 - 7/2/17
Gidion’s Knot

Over the course of a parent/teacher conference, a grieving mother and an emotionally overwhelmed primary school teacher have a fraught conversation about the tragic suicide of the mother’s son, Gidion. Gidion may have been bullied severely—or he may have been an abuser. As his story is slowly uncovered, the women try to reconstruct a satisfying explanation for Gidion’s act and come to terms with excruciating feelings of culpability.

Recommended for ages 13+, due to strong language. Performance lasts 90 minutes without intermission.

 

More Info
Buy Tickets
Studio Two
6/2/17 - 7/2/17
Buy Tickets button
Iron Irene: A Musical Fable
July 13-16

Written by Liz Falstreau and composed by Ashley Flanagan, “Iron Irene: A Musical Fable,” is a new musical fable that tells the story of two sisters and their fight for equality, family, and a better life in post-civil war Wyoming.

Iron Irene: A Musical Fable
July 13-16
Iron Irene: A Musical Fable

Written by Liz Falstreau and composed by Ashley Flanagan, “Iron Irene: A Musical Fable,” is a new musical fable that tells the story of two sisters and their fight for equality, family, and a better life in post-civil war Wyoming.

More Info
Buy Tickets
Studio Two
July 13-16
Buy Tickets button
“Black!”
July 20 - 30

This show highlights the nuances and life perspectives of various people who are from the ‘Black global Community’. There are many stereotypes that exist which seem to ‘mesh’ all black people and their stories together. The truth is that there are distinct differences, yet, a very definite similarity between black people from all walks of life. There’s an African, African American, Caribbean and even English or European perspective to consider. These are still only a few in consideration of the much larger picture. Last but not least is the conversation regarding the usage of ‘Black verses African American’?

Each carry distorted and often exaggerated opinions about the other, which is a way to distinguish a separation, even though in truth, we are more alike than otherwise. These factors are well known within the black community, as well known as the unspoken disparity between light skinned blacks verses those who are darker in colour.

Those who live ‘outside’ the black daily experience may never know or realize the inner discrimination that has existed for years. But where did it come from? And why does it still exist?

“Black!”
July 20 - 30
A One Man Show About Color and Indentity
“Black!”

This show highlights the nuances and life perspectives of various people who are from the ‘Black global Community’. There are many stereotypes that exist which seem to ‘mesh’ all black people and their stories together. The truth is that there are distinct differences, yet, a very definite similarity between black people from all walks of life. There’s an African, African American, Caribbean and even English or European perspective to consider. These are still only a few in consideration of the much larger picture. Last but not least is the conversation regarding the usage of ‘Black verses African American’?

Each carry distorted and often exaggerated opinions about the other, which is a way to distinguish a separation, even though in truth, we are more alike than otherwise. These factors are well known within the black community, as well known as the unspoken disparity between light skinned blacks verses those who are darker in colour.

Those who live ‘outside’ the black daily experience may never know or realize the inner discrimination that has existed for years. But where did it come from? And why does it still exist?

More Info
Buy Tickets
Studio Two
July 20 - 30
Buy Tickets button
Shockheaded Peter
8/12 - 9/16

In this Chicago Storefront Premiere musical, a sinister but incompetent master of ceremonies leads the audience through the tale of a childless couple that has their fondest wish granted in the most delightfully dreadful way imaginable, accompanied by vignettes in which the hilariously horrible fates that befall naughty children everywhere are brought to darkly comedic life. Featuring music composed by the Tiger Lillies, this musical returns to the Athenaeum (and Chicago) for the first time since the show toured here with the original cast in 2001 in its first homegrown production by Black Button Eyes Productions.

Shockheaded Peter
8/12 - 9/16
Shockheaded Peter

In this Chicago Storefront Premiere musical, a sinister but incompetent master of ceremonies leads the audience through the tale of a childless couple that has their fondest wish granted in the most delightfully dreadful way imaginable, accompanied by vignettes in which the hilariously horrible fates that befall naughty children everywhere are brought to darkly comedic life. Featuring music composed by the Tiger Lillies, this musical returns to the Athenaeum (and Chicago) for the first time since the show toured here with the original cast in 2001 in its first homegrown production by Black Button Eyes Productions.

More Info
Buy Tickets
Studio Two
8/12 - 9/16
Buy Tickets button
Studio Three
Naked Boys Singing!
June 9 - July 1st

The Naked Boys are back in Chicago! This hilarious review features 16 original songs, 8 beautiful men and no clothes – a winning combination if ever there was one! Audiences and critics alike have hailed Naked Boys Singing! As a surefire crowd pleaser. Come celebrate pride with this delightful and original music treat.

Due to extreme popularity, this show has moved to a larger space at Theatre Wit (1229 W Belmont Ave, Chicago, IL 60657, (773) 975-8150)!!!

Naked Boys Singing!
June 9 - July 1st
Naked Boys Singing!

The Naked Boys are back in Chicago! This hilarious review features 16 original songs, 8 beautiful men and no clothes – a winning combination if ever there was one! Audiences and critics alike have hailed Naked Boys Singing! As a surefire crowd pleaser. Come celebrate pride with this delightful and original music treat.

Due to extreme popularity, this show has moved to a larger space at Theatre Wit (1229 W Belmont Ave, Chicago, IL 60657, (773) 975-8150)!!!

Not for all ages, due to nudity and strong language. Performance lasts 85 minutes without intermission.
More Info
Buy Tickets
Studio Three
June 9 - July 1st
Buy Tickets button
Megastasis
Jul 13 - Aug 13

Nineteen-year-old Tray loves his grandfather and loves caring for his infant daughter, hoping one day to marry the baby’s mother. But in the War on Drugs, a joint at a party becomes a major military provocation, and Tray unwittingly falls into a black hole of bewilderment, rearranging his plans and his life. Workshopped through New Works Brooklyn at Brooklyn College and New York Theatre Workshop. Directed by Aaron Todd Douglas.

Megastasis
Jul 13 - Aug 13
part of the 2017 Kia Corthron Season
Megastasis

Nineteen-year-old Tray loves his grandfather and loves caring for his infant daughter, hoping one day to marry the baby’s mother. But in the War on Drugs, a joint at a party becomes a major military provocation, and Tray unwittingly falls into a black hole of bewilderment, rearranging his plans and his life. Workshopped through New Works Brooklyn at Brooklyn College and New York Theatre Workshop. Directed by Aaron Todd Douglas.

More Info
Buy Tickets
Studio Three
Jul 13 - Aug 13
Buy Tickets button
Pants, Pants, Pants
Aug 25 & 26

In Pants, Pants, Pants we stay alive, we stay positive, and we entertain. Through show tunes, fast choreography, interviews and games, balloons and break away walls, Mocrep and Ludwig Abraham team up to beg the question “What is entertainment?”. You will laugh, you will cry, you will be part of something new and exciting, like nothing you’ve seen before. Our sharped dressed, multi-talented, handsome cast will leave you wanting more Pants, Pants, Pants!

MocRep presents
Pants, Pants, Pants
Aug 25 & 26
Pants, Pants, Pants

In Pants, Pants, Pants we stay alive, we stay positive, and we entertain. Through show tunes, fast choreography, interviews and games, balloons and break away walls, Mocrep and Ludwig Abraham team up to beg the question “What is entertainment?”. You will laugh, you will cry, you will be part of something new and exciting, like nothing you’ve seen before. Our sharped dressed, multi-talented, handsome cast will leave you wanting more Pants, Pants, Pants!

More Info
Buy Tickets
Studio Three
Aug 25 & 26
Buy Tickets button
Ladies First
Sept 14 - 17

Ladies First is an evening-length collaboration consisting of three independent but connected pieces. Using sound, film, movement, and object manipulation, we explore societal views of femininity, competition, durability, and gaze.

Through our own personal experiences, we write, discuss, and dissect what it means to be a woman. We’re learning how to build each other up, combat the negative ways that women are portrayed, and find self-love, compassion, and sisterhood.
Ladies First
Sept 14 - 17
Ladies First

Ladies First is an evening-length collaboration consisting of three independent but connected pieces. Using sound, film, movement, and object manipulation, we explore societal views of femininity, competition, durability, and gaze.

Through our own personal experiences, we write, discuss, and dissect what it means to be a woman. We’re learning how to build each other up, combat the negative ways that women are portrayed, and find self-love, compassion, and sisterhood.
More Info
Buy Tickets
Studio Three
Sept 14 - 17
Buy Tickets button
Breath, Boom
Nov 9 - Dec 17

The 2017 Kia Corthron Season concludes with Breath, Boom. A startling acute portrayal of Prix, a hardened female gang member in New York, whose only escape from her narrow, abusive life is an obsession with creating the perfect fireworks display. The play is based heavily on research into the lives of young women who choose to lead violent lives on the streets.

It captures the tough and often poetic language that people who inhabit a world cut off from normal existence use to both mask and portray a perilous existence. Mignon McPherson Stewart makes her Eclipse directorial debut.

Breath, Boom
Nov 9 - Dec 17
part of the 2017 Kia Corthron Season
Breath, Boom

The 2017 Kia Corthron Season concludes with Breath, Boom. A startling acute portrayal of Prix, a hardened female gang member in New York, whose only escape from her narrow, abusive life is an obsession with creating the perfect fireworks display. The play is based heavily on research into the lives of young women who choose to lead violent lives on the streets.

It captures the tough and often poetic language that people who inhabit a world cut off from normal existence use to both mask and portray a perilous existence. Mignon McPherson Stewart makes her Eclipse directorial debut.

More Info
Buy Tickets
Studio Three
Nov 9 - Dec 17
Buy Tickets button
MORE SHOWS