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5 Shows Opening in Chicago this August

July 22, 2016 by CJ Schwartz
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You’d think with the summer coming to a close, August would be a month where theater slows down, but not in Chicago. There’s always plenty of theater to see and this month is no exception.

Check out these five exciting shows opening in August.

Toruk – The First Flight


Cirque du Soleil, August 3 – August 7

A live immersive show that brings the spectacle of James Cameron’s Avatar to life. Whether you’re a certified Avatar nerd, a Cirque do Soleil fan, or just love a great show, you’ll be blown away by this breathtaking production.

The Merchant of Venice


Chicago Shakespeare Theatre, August 4 – August 14

Shakespeare’s Globe’s critically acclaimed production makes its way to Chicago Shakes this August. Double Olivier and Tony Award-winner Jonathan Pryce plays Shylock and, fun fact, his daughter, Phoebe Pryce, is also in the show.



Greenhouse Theater Center, August 10 – September 10

A part of Greenhouse Theater Center’s Solo Celebration, Bloodshot is a suspenseful one-man mystery show following a photographer’s investigation into a murder he accidentally witnessed on the job.

Bette Live at the Continental Baths


Hell in a Handbag Productions, August 12 – September 10

After acclaimed previous runs, Bette Live at the Continental Baths is back this summer at Stage 773. This recreation of the beginning of Bette Midler’s career features the fabulous songs she sang for the boys in the bathhouse and features live music and some strategically placed towels.

Kinky Boots

Kinky Boots

Broadway in Chicago, August 30 – September 4

If you previously missed its premiere in Chicago, fear not, because Kinky Boots is back! This Tony Award-winning show about a community transformed by the power of acceptance is sure to warm your heart and also make you want to dance.