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July 7 - 8, 2017 FREE at Central Park Plaza  
July 14 - 22, 2017 at Chicago Street Theatre

SHAKESPEARE IN THE PARK: Join us under the stars for a classic romp about the love/hate courtship of Petruchio and the headstrong Katherina. Until the shrewish elder daughter of Batista Minola is wed, the two suitors fighting for the attentions of his younger daughter, Bianca will just have to wait. The game changes when a third suited, Lucentio arrives in Padua and hatches a plan to win the younger's affections in a tale that is filled with mistaken identities, humor and wit. 


HOW TO EAT LIKE A CHILD (And Other Lessons in Not Being a Grown-Up)

August 25 - September 9, 2017

FAMILY MUSICAL: Join the future generation of CST performers for this musical romp through the joys and sorrows of being a kid. Based on the book by Delia Ephron, this hilarious family show gives audience twenty-three lessons in an array of topics like: how to beg for a dog; how to act when you’ve been sent to your room; how to torture your sister; and how to laugh hysterically. Experience the musical treat that inspired the 1981 NBC Television Special starring Dick Van Dyke.


HAIR: THE AMERICAN TRIBAL LOVE ROCK MUSICAL

OCTOBER 13 - 29, 2017

MUSICAL: Come celebrate the sixties counterculture in all its long-haired, bell-bottomed, bare-footed, beaded, fringed and psychedelic glory as Chicago Street Theatre proudly presents HAIR just in time for its 50th anniversary. Feel the energetic rock beat of hit songs like Aquarius, Good Morning Starshine, Hair, I Got Life and Let the Sun Shine in one of the most beloved musicals of all time.  Exploring ideas of identity, community, global responsibility, and peace, HAIR remains as relevant as ever as it examines what it means to be a young person in an ever changing world. 

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 13, 2017: Svengoolie Party
Chicago Street Theatre is pleased to welcome Me-TV’s Svengoolie for what will be a Super Groovy Nightmare on Chicago Street Halloween Party. Tickets to this Special Event is not part of our regular Viewer’s Choice Subscription packages.
  


IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE

NOVEMBER 24 - DECEMBER 16, 2017

HOLIDAY FAVORITE: Bring the entire family to be part of a holiday tradition at CST with this faithful adaptation of the film classic featuring the legendary Jimmy Stewart. Meet George Bailey a small town man with big dreams in a vivid portrait of the Greatest Generation in its darkest hour. More than a joyful holiday tale or love story, this show is a powerful meditation on what it is to have meaningful life and the valuable lesson that, “No man is a failure that has friends.”


HURLYBURLY

JANUARY 19 - FEBRUARY 3, 2018

EDGY DRAMA: CST has built a reputation on works that challenge both artists and audience and this story of the excesses of the Lotusland is no exception. Premiering at Chicago’s Goodman Theatre in 1984, Rabe’s riveting study of the decadent, perverted, sex-crazed Hollywood cocaine culture took Broadway by storm with Mike Nichol’s all-star cast of William Hurt, Sigourney Weaver, Judith Ivey, Christopher Walken, Harvey Keitel, Cynthia Nixon, and Jerry Stiller. Be here to experience the twisted pursuit of the American Dream in what Time Magazine called, “An important work, masterfully accomplished.” 


SIDEWAYS STORIES FROM WAYSIDE SCHOOL

MARCH 2 - 18, 2018

FAMILY FUN: You can imagine the confusion at Wayside School when the builder made a terrible mistake. Instead of building 30 classrooms side by side, he built them one on top of another. Perhaps this accounts for all the wacky goings-on in Mrs. Jewls’ class where children are being turned into apples or dead rats wearing raincoats and little girls trying to sell their toes. Based on the best selling book series by Louis Sachar, these Sideways Stories are a ridiculously good time for the entire family.


MOONLIGHT AND MAGNOLIAS

APRIL 13 - 28, 2018 

HILARIOUS COMEDY: It’s 1939 and Hollywood is all a buzz! Legendary producer David O. Selznick has shut down production of his new epic, Gone with the Wind, a film adaptation of Margaret Mitchell’s novel. The screenplay just isn’t working so the Hollywood mogul who is being hounded by the film’s stars and gossip reporters, enlists the help of famed screenwriter, Ben Hecht and pulls the formidable director, Victor Fleming off the set of The Wizard of Oz to fix it. For the next five days, locked in a room on a diet of bananas and peanuts, it will be up to these three men to fashion the screenplay for one of the greatest motion pictures ever made.  Based on actual events, this tale of  desperation and genius makes for an engaging and hysterical night of entertainment.


FOOL FOR LOVE

MAY 25 - JUNE 9, 2018 

GRITTY COMEDY/DRAMA: Sam Shepard has always been a CST favorite and Fool for Love gives audiences a look at an earlier work that led to him becoming one of America’s greatest living playwrights. In a seedy motel room on the edge of the Mojave Desert, is the story of May and Eddie, two lovers who can’t live with or without each other. Surrounded by ghosts of their pasts and a mysterious old man who sits in a corner of the stage, they must survive the passions and volatility that keep drawing them together. 


MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING

JULY 6 - 7 FREE AT CENTRAL PARK PLAZA
JULY 12 - 15, 2018 Ticketed at Chicago Street Theatre 

CLASSIC COMEDY: Full of mistaken identity, physical humor, razor sharp wordplay and robust hilarity, Much Ado About Nothing is considered to be one of Shakespeare’s most beloved comedies. After a successful battle, Don Pedro, the Prince of Aragon, journeys to Messina to celebrate. The festivities reunite the on again/off again relationship of Beatrice and Benedict and the handsome Claudio is smitten with Hero,the beautiful niece of their host, Leonato. After several mishaps occur during the town’s masquerade ball, gossip and rumor run rampant, calling the honor of the young niece into question. Complete with silliness, romance, wit and memorable characters, audiences will delight at this theatrical treasure.