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Brave Like Them Jul 26 - Aug 6, 2017  
About Face Theatre at Pride Arts Center - The Buena Brave Like Them
 
This year, the About Face Youth Theatre Ensemble, ages 13-23, investigates how systems of oppression function within queer subcultures - specifically the underground "riot grrrl" movement of the 1990s that gave rise to bands such as Bikini Kill, Bratmobile and Sleater-Kinney. While the music and literature of this movement sought to forge a space for all girls - typically characterized by an unapologetic expression of female power and an aggressive dismantling of the patriarchy - the voices at its forefront were almost exclusively white and middle-class. BRAVE LIKE THEM aims to celebrate the "riot grrrl" movement for all the good that came out of it - but also dissect its inherent racial and class discrepancies.
 
   
The Food Show Jul 27 - Sep 2, 2017  
Neo-Futurists The Food Show
 
The Food Show asks what it means to change a family recipe. Created by Kerr-­‐Hobert and his cousin Caitlin Stainken, a Neo-­‐Futurist alum, the performance explores how food brings us together and sets us apart, amidst a backdrop of their family's culinary inheritance and an ensemble of six writer-­‐performers' own stories. Using the structure of a nine-­‐course fine Italian meal, The Food Show honors the traditions of our past and acknowledges our impact on the environment as each generation decides what parts to keep and what parts to throw away. Farmers, restaurateurs, writers, musicians, and audiences come together to experience the common thread of food and memory in American culture.
 
   
In the Wake Jul 27 - Aug 26, 2017  
The Greenhouse Theater Center In the Wake
 
Set between 2000 and 2005, In the Wake is the story of Ellen, a liberal journalist struggling to cope with her changing beliefs about politics and love. Ellen is vocally, actively opposed to the Bush Administration and the War in Iraq, but is confounded when her closest friends and lovers don't share her outrage and passionate opposition to what's being done to their country. Eventually, Ellen is forced to confront a blind spot in her thinking about the world -- and herself. This bitingly humorous play from Tony Award-winning playwright and actress Lisa Kron (Fun Home) is coming to the Greenhouse Theater Center in Chicago.
 
   
The Addams Family Jul 27 - Aug 13, 2017  
Prop Theatre The Addams Family
 
Na-na-na-na *snap* *snap* na-na-na-na *snap* *snap* -- you can't even say "Addams Family" without breaking into that trademark theme song, so it's no wonder the demented adventures of this wickedly witty family have inspired a musical comedy. From the writers of the Tony-winning Jersey Boys, The Addams Family tells the story of every father's nightmare: Wednesday Addams is grown-up and in love ... with a "normal" boy. Inviting his family to the Addams Mansion sets the stage for a meet-and-greet gone gothic. Savor the horrific hospitality of Gomez, Morticia, Pugsley, Grandmama, Lurch and everyone's favorite weirdo, Uncle Fester, as they face up to the one horrible thing they've managed to avoid for generations -- change. You're in for a kooky good time with the Addams Family during this magnificently macabre production at Chicago's Prop Thtr.
 
   
The Fair Maid Of The West Jul 27 - Sep 2, 2017  
Oak Park Festival Theatre The Fair Maid Of The West
 
Sea battles, shipwrecks and blood thirsty pirates, oh my! Long before there were rip-roaring adventure sagas such as Pirates of the Caribbean and The Princess Bride, Elizabethan playwright Thomas Heywood was penning the swashbuckling action-comedy The Fair Maid of the West, in which a lowborn tavern girl and her ragtag group of friends take to the high seas to rescue her true love. Watch their action-packed adventures unfold from the lawn at Oak Park Festival Theatre in Austin Gardens, a beautiful outdoor venue where picnicking is welcome!
 
   
Hair Jul 27 - Sep 17, 2017  
Mercury Theater Hair
 
A celebration of life, a love letter to freedom, and a passionate cry for hope and change, HAIR defined one generation and continues to inspire today. Join the tribe of the Age of Aquarius for the story of a group of friends choosing to speak up and sing out in celebration of love, life, and freedom. The first great rock musical, it has some of the most rousing and soulful songs ever written for the stage, including "Let the Sun Shine In," "Good Morning Starshine," "Aquarius," and the infectious title song, "Hair."
 
   
The Bricklayers Of Oz Jul 28 - Aug 5, 2017  
Chicago Dance Crash at Ruth Page Center For Arts The Bricklayers Of Oz
 
As the flagship production of Crash's historic 15th Anniversary Season, 'Bricklayers' is an action-packed, lighthearted street tale of the lesser known laborers that toil within The Land of Oz. Crash's hip hop fusion style full of flips & spins help tell the story of the Wicked Witch of the East and her power-hungry plan to coax others into building her a magical road (that was originally supposed to be silver!), followed quickly by the realization and uprising of an otherwise ignored group of people. This family-appropriate production uses lollipops and breakdancing as an allegory for modern day politics, unsaid social assumptions, and what it's like growing up as a "Second-Class Citizen of Paradise."
 
   
The Vagina Monologues Jul 28 - Aug 13, 2017  
The Aleatoric Theatre Company at Mary's Attic The Vagina Monologues
 
Based on interviews conducted with women from all over the world, Eve Ensler's award-winning play The Vagina Monologues is a hilarious and deeply poignant collection of stories that gives voice to a chorus of common experiences and feelings once considered taboo. The popular show, performed by Chicago's Aleatoric Theatre Company, manages to be feminist without being man-hating, entertaining without being trite and political without being offensive. See The Vagina Monologues when it makes its way to Mary's Attic at Hamburger Mary's.
 
   
The Rover Jul 28 - Aug 6, 2017  
BYOT Productions at Prop Theatre The Rover
 
Written in 1677 by breakout English female playwright Aphra Behn and set during Italy's Carnival, the comedy centers around two groups of people. Three young women, Hellena, Florinda and Valeria live under the control and protection of a male relative, Pedro, who has very distinct ideas about their future, romantic and otherwise. Meanwhile, Belville (the forbidden love of Florinda) and his rowdy friends have descended upon Carnival for celebration and, perhaps, a little romance. Throw in a beautiful courtesan named Angelica, masks, mistaken identities and a few surprises, and you have the makings of a fast paced romp through gender politics and the difference between temporary and permanent happiness.
 
   
Nicholas Sparks: The Musical Jul 28 - Aug 18, 2017  
Stage 773 Nicholas Sparks: The Musical
 
For those who love a good romance movie, but would never admit that they love romance movies, comes "Nicholas Sparks: The Musical". Taking influences from The Notebook and the other (not as good) titles by Nicholas Sparks, the show parodies the corny tales of love and romance in one act. Sam (not Samantha) never thought she'd fall in love until she meets Lawson Dawson, and sings about it.
 
   
This Is How You Always Lose Aug 3 - Aug 24, 2017  
The Public House Theatre This Is How You Always Lose
 
No person is an island. Except Isla and Elliot. But when their paths cross in a catastrophic-yet-serendipitous accident, the two lonely souls decide to turn their lives around and forge a relationship together. With their newfound key to happiness, they embark on a mission to spread their wisdom to others, and become motivational speakers. But the bigger they get in the Self-Help industry, the less they become able to help themselves.
 
   
Low-Hanging Fruit Aug 3 - Aug 13, 2017  
Stage 773 Low-Hanging Fruit
 
Dane A. Campbell's Low-Hanging Fruit addresses the racial tensions surrounding police shootings in the inner city and the challenges interracial friendships face in the wake of them. An interracial friendship of five is torn apart when one of them, a white cop, in the line of duty, shoots and kills an unarmed teenager. Published author and award winner, Campbell, directs a talented, diverse, ensemble cast of actors, who fearlessly give voice and movement to each branch of the ravaged tree, rooted in police brutality, inner-city violence, black-on-black crime, racism, and hate. See the most controversial stage play to ever hit Chicago theatre.
 
   
Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? Aug 4 - Aug 20, 2017  
Pulse Theatre Chicago at City Lit Theater Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?
 
First produced on Broadway in 1962, "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?" concerns a middle-aged married couple in a college town -- George, an associate professor of history, and Martha, the daughter of the college's president -- who invite a younger couple to their home very late one evening. The guests -- Nick, a biology teacher at the college, and his wife Honey -- walk into a quagmire of drinking, fights, sex, games, and delusions.
 
   
Murder the Hypotenuse Aug 4 - Aug 25, 2017  
Under The Gun Theater Murder the Hypotenuse
 
Ever wish TV was a little less scripted? Stopped paying for cable six months ago and miss the feeling of watching television live? Then you're in luck, because for the month of August, members of Chicago's Under The Gun Theater will be bringing you an episode of a completely improvised television show every Friday night. Tune into Murder the Hypotenuse each week to watch a made-up soap opera based entirely on suggestions received from you, the audience.
 
   
Trevor Aug 9 - Sep 17, 2017  
Writers Theatre Trevor
 
Meet Trevor, a 13-year-old boy in 1981 whose vibrant imagination drives a turbulent journey of self-discovery. As he deals with adolescence and all that goes with it, Trevor begins to explore what it means to be himself, influenced by his friends, parents . . . and Diana Ross. Based on the story that inspired the Academy Award-winning film, the charity and the national movement, TREVOR the musical is a coming-of-age story about identity, emerging sexuality and the struggles of growing up in a world that may not be ready for you. This world premiere musical is directed by Marc Bruni, who helmed the Tony Award-winning production of Beautiful: The Carole King Musical on Broadway.
 
   
The Wedding Singer Aug 10 - Aug 13, 2017  
Stage 773 The Wedding Singer
 
It's 1985 and rockstar wannabe Robbie Heart lives in his grandmother's basement biding his time as New Jersey's favorite wedding singer. He's the life of every party -- until his fiancee leaves him at the altar. Robbie promptly falls for Julia, an admiring young waitress. Unfortunately, Julia is about to be married to a Wall Street tycoon, and unless Robbie can pull off the performance of a decade, the girl of his dreams will be gone forever. Based on the hit Adam Sandler movie, with a score straight out of the 1980s pop songbook, The Wedding Singer at Stage 773 in Chicago takes audiences back to a time when hair was big, collars were up and greed was good.
 
   
How Does That Make You Feel? Aug 10 - Aug 20, 2017  
Stage 773 How Does That Make You Feel?
 
Taking inspiration from outrageous dark comedies like Clue, Death at a Funeral and In Bruges, How Does This Make You Feel? is a new production from Stage 773 that'll challenge the skills of one therapist -- and many patients' lives are depending on him. One evening, a group of them visit the therapist with intentions to take their own lives after hosting a raging "end of the world" party. Through a series of final couch sessions, it's up to him to convince them otherwise, but also consequently becomes a personal battle against his own demons.
 
   
Machinal Aug 11 - Sep 24, 2017  
The Greenhouse Theater Center Machinal
 
One young woman must break out in this exhilarating reimagining of MACHINAL, the American classic inspired by the sensational, true story of murderess Ruth Snyder. Trapped in an unhappy marriage, the young woman finds a thrill in the arms of a flyby lover. But when reality returns, how far will her fight for freedom take her? And who will pay the ultimate price? How do you escape the machine?
 
   
Shockheaded Peter Aug 11 - Sep 16, 2017  
Black Button Eyes Productions at Athenaeum Theatre Shockheaded Peter
 
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.
 
   
The Audience Aug 16 - Nov 12, 2017  
TimeLine Theatre Company The Audience
 
A portrait of a dynamic and provocative woman-the symbol of a nation-as she weathers decades of history and political strife. Every Tuesday afternoon for more than 60 years, Queen Elizabeth II has met with each of her 12 Prime Ministers in a private audience, a gesture of unity between government and Crown. Through moments of tension, negotiation, war, and unrest, these conversations with political leaders from Winston Churchill to Harold Wilson to Margaret Thatcher have remained a constant across the years. Playwright Peter Morgan re-imagines each of these meetings, giving us a glimpse at the queen's role in guiding the circumstances that have shaped Great Britain, and a window into the mystery, compassion and humor of the woman behind the iconic crown.
 
   
The Veil Aug 17 - Sep 17, 2017  
Idle Muse Theatre Company at Edge Theatre The Veil
 
With her family facing financial ruin as the Irish rural way of life comes to an end, Hannah's impending marriage to a British lord will settle her mother's debts and save the estate. Catastrophe strikes, however, when a defrocked reverend pushes her to embrace the strange voices that have haunted her since birth. Against the backdrop of Ireland's troubled colonial history, The Veil is a transfixing, mystical story about the search for love and the circularity of time - and the ghosts that are woken by scarcity and the fear of dispossession.
 
   
Barbecue Aug 17 - Sep 30, 2017  
Strawdog Theatre Company at Steppenwolf Theatre Barbecue
 
A modern American family uses a summer barbecue as a pretext to ambush sister Barbara with an intervention. If you think "all families are crazy" is just a cliche, you've not spent time under the influence of the O'Mallerys. An afternoon in the park with these raucous siblings and you'll be challenging your own assumptions about family, race, and reality. The Chicago premiere of Barbecue by Obie and Helen Hayes Award winner Robert O'Hara will have you laughing out loud and questioning how it's true that in America, you sometimes taze the ones you love.
 
   
A Love Affair Aug 17 - Oct 1, 2017  
Oil Lamp Theater A Love Affair
 
If you could go back and give advice to your younger self, what would you say? In the rom-com A Love Affair, Jimmy and Alice Diamond find themselves reliving the flawed masterpiece that is their marriage as financial issues force them to clear out the attic of their Malibu home. Brimming with all the hilarious and moving moments captured from almost 40 years of marriage, A Love Affair is both a timeless and a timely play, because its story is about financial reverses and how they can either weaken or reinforce relationships. See the affable rom-com at Glenview's Oil Lamp Theater.
 
   
Sister Africa Aug 17 - Sep 10, 2017  
Genesis Theatrical Productions at Athenaeum Theatre Sister Africa
 
SISTER AFRICA, Stephanie Liss' world premiere drama about efforts to aid female and child victims of the Congo's ongoing civil war, will be performed by a cast of actors from the worlds of feature films, opera and the Chicago theater scene.
 
   
High Fidelity Aug 18 - Sep 3, 2017  
Color Box Theatre at Royal George Theatre High Fidelity
 
A farce-filled battle of the sexes threatens to turn into actual gunplay, in this two-act comic operetta at Chicago's Royal George Theater. Set in Chicago in the year 1900, the antics in High Fidelity surround the high-society widow Aurora and her cousin Georgina, who're visited by Thomas and his ward Henry, determined to collect a debt from her deceased husband. Arguments ensue, sparks fly and unrequited love takes its toll on the foursome -- as do several challenges to duel to the death. Loosely adapted from works by Chekhov and Shaw, the ColorBox Theatre developed this fast-moving musical to be performed in English, with music by Philip Seward and a libretto by Seward and Joan Mazzonelli.
 
   
The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity Aug 18 - Sep 16, 2017  
Red Theater Chicago at Strawdog Theatre The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity
 
ow does one pursue the "American Dream" in a country that refuses to offer opportunity indiscriminately? That is the question at the heart of The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity, a flashy American satire set in the professional entertainment wrestling world. We follow Macedonio Guerra, an excellent Puerto Rican wrestler, as he rises from the bottom of the pecking order. In this interactive physical comedy, Mace talks directly to the audience as fans in his arena, drawing the viewer into the struggle, joy, and heart of the story. The play dissects race, xenophobia, ego, and our moral compass - topics even more relevant now than when it premiered eight years ago.
 
   
Gypsy Aug 19 - Aug 27, 2017  
Music Theater Works at Cahn Auditorium Gypsy
 
Music Theater Works (formerly Light Opera Works) presents GYPSY, the tale of an ambitious stage mother fighting for her daughters' success, at Cahn Auditorium in Evanston.
 
   
Honeymoon in Vegas Aug 23 - Oct 15, 2017  
Marriott Theatre In Lincolnshire Honeymoon in Vegas
 
The New York Times raves Honeymoon In Vegas is "a real-live, old fashioned, deeply satisfying Broadway musical in a way few new shows are anymore!" Based on the classic 1992 film comedy, this is the hilarious story of commitment-phobe Jack, his not-so-patient girlfriend Betsy, and a professional gambler named Tommy. Featuring a book by Andrew Bergman (who wrote and directed the original film) and music and lyrics by Jason Robert Brown, this is a musical comedy in the Golden Age tradition, with gags, gams and great tunes.
 
   
Rock of Ages Aug 24 - Oct 15, 2017  
Drury Lane- Oakbrook Rock of Ages
 
We can't fight this feelin' anymore! Rock back to a time of big egos, big guitar solos, and even bigger hair with Rock of Ages. Nominated for five Tony Awards, including Best Musical, Rock of Ages features 28 classic 80s hits from legendary artists Bon Jovi, Journey, Styx, Pat Benatar, Poison, REO Speedwagon and more. Audiences will have "Nothin' but a Good Time" as they jam out to reimagined renditions and mash-ups of "Don't Stop Believin,'" "Here I Go Again," "Hit Me With Your Best Shot," "The Final Countdown," and other rock favorites in this Regional Premiere. Set during the tail end of the big, bad 1980s, Rock of Ages follows aspiring rock star Drew and small-town girl Sherri as they fight to save Hollywood's Sunset Strip. Don't miss a musical so awesome, you'll want to rock out again and again!
 
   
A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Gynecologic Oncology Unit At Sloan-Kettering Memorial Cancer Center Of New York City Aug 24 - Sep 23, 2017  
The Den Theatre A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Gynecologic Oncology Unit At Sloan-Kettering Memorial Cancer Center Of New York City
 
A foul-mouthed twenty-something comedienne and a middle-aged man embroiled in a nasty divorce are brought together unexpectedly when their cancer-stricken mothers become roommates in the hospital. Together, this unlikely duo must negotiate some of life's biggest challenges... while making some of the world's most inappropriate jokes. Can these two very lost people learn to laugh through their pain and lean on each other when all they really want to do is run away?
 
   
The Tragedy of He-Manlet, Prince of Eternia Aug 24 - Sep 10, 2017  
New Millennium Theatre Company at Stage 773 The Tragedy of He-Manlet, Prince of Eternia
 
As this merry Shakespearean parody by Adam Rosowicz opens at Stage 773, something is rotten in the state of Eternia. The king has been killed, and it's up to Prince Adam to seek justice or lose the figure of action! It's Shakespeare meets Saturday morning cartoons in a brand-new iambic pentameter adventure that begs the question; "To He, or not to He?" brought to Chicago by New Millennium Theatre Company.
 
   
Bonnie and Clyde Aug 27 - Oct 15, 2017  
Kokandy Productions at Theater Wit Bonnie and Clyde
 
It was once said of Bonnie and Clyde, "They're young. They're in love. They kill people." Now you can add a fourth description to this infamous his-and-her gangster team: They sing. Composed by Frank Wildhorn (Jekyll & Hyde), with lyrics by Academy Award winner Don Black (Sunset Boulevard), Bonnie & Clyde weaves rockabilly, blues and gospel music into the story of how two small-time nobodies in West Texas became America's most notorious, alluring and fearless folk heroes. From the company that brought you the smash hits Heathers and The Wiz comes this Tony-nominated tale of love, adventure and crime at Chicago's Theater Wit.
 
   
The Civility of Albert Cashier Aug 31 - Oct 15, 2017  
Stage 773 The Civility of Albert Cashier
 
This true story, set between 1862 and 1915, tells the astonishing, "timely, essential, insightful" and true story of "an amazing figure from [our] history" (The Windy City Times). In The CiviliTy of Albert Cashier, Albert Cashier is a Civil War soldier with a secret that resonates with today's modern world. Detailing the soldier's life fighting in more than 40 engagements during the Civil War, the musical follows Cashier through retirement and the onset of dementia, when a life-long secret was discovered: That Albert was born Jennifer Hodgers. Causing an uproar in the small southern Illinois community where Cashier lived, Cashier was prosecuted for impersonating a soldier, requiring fellow soldiers to return once again after 60 years to detail Albert's heroism and life.
 
   
Muthaland Aug 31 - Oct 7, 2017  
16th Street Theater at Berwyn Cultural Center Muthaland
 
The life of a young Indian-American woman is forever changed when, on a retreat to her homeland, she unearths family secrets, encounters a prophet, and ultimately discovers her own voice within a culture of silence. The familiar and the foreign swap roles in Minita Gandhi's true story of a quest for love, the fight for truth, and what happens when your mom finds your vibrator.
 
   
One Thousand Words Aug 31 - Sep 17, 2017  
Theater Faction at Theater Wit One Thousand Words
 
Old Warren Johnson enjoys his solitude and secrets. When a reporter shows up on his doorstep with an old torn photograph, his past wounds open and he is forced to confront the deep dark secrets he thought he buried in the old mining town years ago. As the journalist further investigates, the story unravels revealing Mr. Johnson's tales of war, death, dreams, and forbidden love. Reliving his past, we fall into a time where certain relationships are still too taboo to whisper about and happiness has an imposed outline for success. Through his stories we see Warren follow his dreams and fight for his heart and country despite the odds against him. After the war, he returns home to find that time doesn't stand still and life forces people to abandon what they believe in order to survive. As he records Warren's story, the journalist discovers for himself what honest sacrifice and pure love mean, leaving with much more than his assigned one-thousand-word story.
 
   
Deirdre Of The Sorrows Sep 1 - Oct 15, 2017  
City Lit Theater Deirdre Of The Sorrows
 
Synge's final masterpiece is a dramatization of the ancient Irish legend of Deirdre, foretold at birth to become the most beautiful woman in Ireland and therefore betrothed as an infant to the King of Ulster. Now grown, she rejects the arranged marriage and flees Ireland with her lover, the great warrior Naisi. City Lit's production will be the play's first Chicago production since that of the legendary Chicago Little Theatre in 1917.
 
   
The Invisible Scarlet O'Neil Sep 2 - Oct 14, 2017  
Babes With Blades at Factory Theater The Invisible Scarlet O'Neil
 
It's the 1940s, and the late Dr. O'Neil's former lab assistant Evanna Keil (Elizabeth MacDougald) is desperate to perfect her mind-controlling Ruby Red Lipstick before selling it to the KGB. The ensuing mayhem threatens everything Dr. O'Neil has worked for, and everything his daughter, Scarlet, holds dear. Can Scarlet save her deceased father's reputation, his scientific collaborators, and their military secrets while also rescuing her kidnapped landlady, a young prodigy, a small dog, the gals at the City News and all of Chicago - if not the world? It's The Invisible Scarlet O'Neil to the rescue.
 
   
Our Great Tchaikovsky Sep 6 - Oct 1, 2017  
Royal George Theatre Our Great Tchaikovsky
 
Piotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky was not simply one of Russia's greatest composers -- he's widely regarded as one of the greatest composers of all time. Renowned for world famous compositions like Sleeping Beauty, Swan Lake, The Nutcracker and countless ferocious and brilliant symphonies, Tchaikovsky died mysteriously at the age of 53, only nine days after conducting the premiere of his enigmatic Symphony No. 6.
 
   
The Rembrandt Sep 7 - Nov 5, 2017  
Steppenwolf Theatre The Rembrandt
 
When a museum guard decides to touch a famous Rembrandt painting, a remarkable journey across the ages ensues. Spanning centuries of human experience, Jessica Dickey's The Rembrandt movingly explores the power of creative expression and the sacrifices we make in the pursuit of love and beauty, reminding us that though our beliefs may die with the sound of our voice, it's the love we share-and the art that love inspires-that finds eternity.
 
   
Five Guys Named Moe Sep 7 - Oct 8, 2017  
Court Theatre Five Guys Named Moe
 
A lively musical tribute to the hit songs of saxophonist and songwriter Louis Jordan, Five Guys Named Moe introduces Nomax: a broke, newly single guy singing the blues late into the night. Suddenly, five unexpected friends - Big Moe, Four-Eyed Moe, Eat Moe, No Moe, and Little Moe - emerge from his radio to help ease his broken heart. Pioneering musician Louis Jordan's new approach to jazz paved the way for rock and roll in the 1950s.
 
   
Mercy Killers and Side Effects Sep 7 - Oct 8, 2017  
The Greenhouse Theater Center Mercy Killers and Side Effects
 
Two one-act plays steeped in America's controversial relationship with healthcare. Written and performed by Michael Milligan and directed by Tom Oppenheim, these moving and unapologetic pieces will be presented as a single theatrical event, immersing the audience in the stories of patients and physicians, coming out of the waiting room and into the fray.
 
   
Night In Alachua County Sep 8 - Oct 7, 2017  
WildClaw Theatre at The Den Theatre Night In Alachua County
 
WildClaw, Chicago's premiere horror theater, continues their 2017 season with a disturbing new work by Chicago playwright Jennifer Rumberger. After staying away for 17 years, Violet returns home to a back-woods part of Florida to face the mother and sister she left behind, and the disturbing secrets they share... and also some necromancy and an eyeless demon creature.
 
   
Sylvester Sep 8 - Oct 29, 2017  
Lifeline Theatre Sylvester
 
ylvester, Duke of Salford, was born with wealth and good looks, but a life of privilege has rendered him unfeeling towards others. Phoebe Marlow was graced with a sparkling wit and independent spirit, but languishes under the thumb of her domineering stepmother. When this mismatched couple is thrust together by their meddling families, both rebel and their tidy little worlds spin into chaos. Midnight flights, desperate sea voyages, and scathing society hijinks ensue as these unlikely lovers labor to avoid their fate. Grab the reins and charge headlong into a topsy-turvy tale of madcap romance in this world premiere comedy based on the 1957 novel by Georgette Heyer.
 
   
90210: The Musical Sep 13 - Sep 17, 2017  
Broadway Playhouse 90210: The Musical
 
From the creators of FULL HOUSE: THE MUSICAL, SHOW GIRLS: THE MUSICAL, BAYSIDE! THE MUSICAL and KATDASHIANS comes the "unauthorized parody" of the 90's TV cult-classic, "Beverly Hills, 90210." The show features a number of original songs that include, "The Ballad of Andrea Zuckerman," "We Are Drama Zombies," and "Will Tori Spelling Graduate?" After playing New York City's East Village, this comedy comes to Chicago chock-full of drama - and laughs.
 
   
The Legend Of George McBride Sep 14 - Oct 22, 2017  
Northlight Theatre The Legend Of George McBride
 
A down-on-his-luck Elvis impersonator has an overdrawn checking account and a baby on the way. When a drag show takes over the entertainment at the Florida Panhandle bar where he performs, he'll also be out of a job...unless he's willing to step into some high heels. This heartwarming, music-filled comedy celebrates the unexpected path to finding your true voice.
 
   
1984 Sep 14 - Oct 8, 2017  
AstonRep Theatre Company at Raven Theatre 1984
 
Based on the novel by George Orwell, 1984 is a terrifying and breathtaking view of a world controlled by a totalitarian government. Orwell asks what is left when freedom of speech, the press, love, and even the past are subject to authoritarian whims? Big Brother is watching. A theatrical event that is both powerful and disturbingly provocative.
 
   
Fun Home Sep 19 - Nov 12, 2017  
Victory Gardens Theater - Biograph Fun Home
 
Hailed as one of Broadway's most original musicals and the winner of 5 Tony Awards, Fun Home is a groundbreaking story inspired by Alison Bechdel's best-selling graphic memoir. In this intimate musical, Alison sets out to unravel the many mysteries of her childhood through a series of memories and conversations - from her coming out to her moving journey to acceptance. Gary Griffin (Hand to God, Never the Sinner) directs this emotionally charged family drama that The New York Times calls "extraordinary," and "a rare beauty."
 
   
Becky Shaw Sep 21 - Nov 12, 2017  
Windy City Playhouse Becky Shaw
 
Becky Shaw is an explosive tale following Suzanna, a woman who has set up her best friend with her husband's co-worker, thinking she's helping them find love; however, what she doesn't anticipate is the chaos that ensues from bringing together a brutally honest businessman and an emotionally-fragile college dropout.
 
   
Perfect Arrangement Sep 22 - Oct 23, 2017  
Pride Arts Center - The Buena Perfect Arrangement
 
It's 1950, and new colors are being added to the Red Scare. Two U.S. State Department employees, Bob and Norma, have been tasked with identifying sexual deviants within their ranks. There's just one problem: Both Bob and Norma are gay, and have married each other's partners as a carefully constructed cover. Inspired by the true story of the earliest stirrings of the American gay rights movement, madcap classic sitcom-style laughs give way to provocative drama as two "All-American" couples are forced to stare down the closet door.
 
   
Orphee et Eurydice Sep 23 - Oct 15, 2017  
Lyric Opera Orphee et Eurydice
 
One of the most influential works in the history of opera, Orfeo ed Eurydice (1762) - presented at Lyric in its original Italian version most recently in 2005/06 - was revised significantly by Gluck for the Paris Opera in 1774. This version altered the role of Orpheus from alto castrato to tenor, while also adding a significant amount of ballet music to the score (including two celebrated scenes, the "Dance of the Furies" and the "Dance of the Blessed Spirits"). Familiar from Greek myths, the plot centers on the poet-musician Orphee (Orpheus), whose singing was so beautiful that it could charm the fierce guardians of the Underworld. After receiving encouragement from the god of love, Amour, Orphee travels to Hades to bring his dead wife, Eurydice, back to earth. Integral to the production will be the participation of The Joffrey Ballet in the company's first collaboration with Lyric.
 
   
Motown The Musical Sep 25 - Oct 8, 2017  
Cadillac Palace Theatre Motown The Musical
 
It began as one man's story... became everyone's music... and is now Broadway's musical. MOTOWN THE MUSICAL is the true American dream story of Motown founder Berry Gordy's journey from featherweight boxer to the heavyweight music mogul who launched the careers of Diana Ross, Michael Jackson, Smokey Robinson and many more. Motown shattered barriers, shaped our lives and made us all move to the same beat. Featuring classic songs such as "My Girl" and "Ain't No Mountain High Enough," experience the story behind the music in the record-breaking smash hit MOTOWN THE MUSICAL!
 
   
Quixote: On the Conquest of Self Sep 27 - Dec 17, 2017  
Writers Theatre Quixote: On the Conquest of Self
 
This engaging and creative interpretation of the classic novel by Miguel de Cervantes transports audiences between time periods: from the fascinating universes created by Cervantes to the parallel realities of our current world. Along the way, the universally beloved dreamer Don Quixote helps bring new meaning to our triumphs and defeats, reawakening our forgotten desires and celebrating the joys of great literature.
 
   
Bewildered Sep 27 - Nov 11, 2017  
Hell in a Handbag Productions at Stage 773 Bewildered
 
A parody and reimagining of the beloved '60s/'70s television sitcom Bewitched, this spellbinding throwback is told from the point of view of Gladys Kravitz, the poor, misunderstood neighbor who keeps seeing crazy things at the home of Samantha Stephens, a beautiful witch, and her 'ordinary family.' Gladys' husband Abner has had enough and is about to take drastic measures. Can Gladys prove her visions are real without destroying the Stephens family - or is she doomed to a life of pills and institutions? Gladys finally gets her due in this fun and magical musical parody.
 
   
Choir Boy Sep 27 - Nov 12, 2017  
Raven Theatre Choir Boy
 
Determined to make his mark like those before him, Pharus is hell-bent on being the best choir leader in his school's fifty-year history. First he must gain the respect of his peers, but he's an outsider in a world steeped in rites and rituals, a community that demands he conform.
 
   
Foxfinder Sep 28 - Nov 5, 2017  
Interrobang Theatre Project at Athenaeum Theatre Foxfinder
 
In the not so distant future, the economy is failing, food is scarce and paranoia is in the air. Samuel and Judith Covey live in rural England, maintaining their government-controlled farm - in constant fear of losing it all. After an anonymous tip, William Bloor, a "Foxfinder," arrives to investigate a suspected contamination, threatening to uncover secrets of desire and regret that will change all of their lives forever.
 
   
The Making Of A Modern Folk Hero Sep 29 - Oct 29, 2017  
Chicago Dramatists The Making Of A Modern Folk Hero
 
A congressman entices an old friend (and washed-up actor) to portray a superhero in a publicity stunt designed to stop the unjust bulldozing of a public housing complex. They leave the crowd enthralled, but what happens when the character the politician created goes rogue? This graphic novel for the stage employs a seamless blend of live actors and shadow puppets to interrogate the hopes, fears and social forces that push people to yearn for and believe in the possibility of superheroes.
 
   
PJ Masks Live! Time To Be A Hero Sep 30 - Oct 1, 2017  
Chicago Theatre PJ Masks Live! Time To Be A Hero
 
The live show is based on eOne's top-rated animated TV series, which airs daily on Disney Junior. Catboy, Owlette, Gekko, and the Baddies will delight fans of all ages with live performances featuring world-class production, familiar and original music, acrobatics, and immersive interactivity.
 
   
Hard Times Oct 4 - Jan 14, 2018  
Lookingglass Theatre Hard Times
 
A Dickensian carnival of characters inhabits the streets of smoke-choked Coketown: grim Mr. Gradgrind's school churns out joyless students; poor Stephen Blackpool toils in the nearby mines; and mill-owner Mr. Bounderby, full of bluster and bombast, presides over it all. Only when a traveling circus alights nearby, and young orphan Sissy Jupe enters their world, does a ray of hope shine through. Artistic Director Heidi Stillman adapts and directs this timeless love-letter to the power of beauty, hope, and imagination.
 
   
The Invisible Hand Oct 5 - Nov 11, 2017  
Steep Theatre The Invisible Hand
 
An American banker has been taken hostage by an isolated militant group in Pakistan. When his ransom goes unpaid, his only hope is to trade on his expertise in international finance to earn his way to freedom, whatever the cost. The Invisible Hand is a geo-political thriller from the Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Ayad Akhtar.
 
   
Rigoletto Oct 7 - Nov 3, 2017  
Lyric Opera Rigoletto
 
Rigoletto, Verdi's masterpiece of 1851, presents a magnificent, deeply moving characterization of a hunchbacked court jester consumed by bitterness and revenge. Rigoletto is the father of Gilda, who is seduced and abandoned by the licentious Duke of Mantua. Sparafucile is the assassin hired by Rigoletto to murder the Duke; Maddalena is Sparafucile's seductive sister; and Count Monterone's curse on Rigoletto initiates the drama of the opera.
 
   
The Crucible Oct 7 - Oct 21, 2017  
Steppenwolf Theatre The Crucible
 
The people of Salem are whipped into a bloodthirsty frenzy by a series of escalating misinterpretations after a group of teenage girls are accused of dancing devilishly in the woods. Fearing retribution, the girls begin a chain of finger-pointing until neighbor turns against neighbor, whispers become testimony, fabrications become facts, and a once powerless teenage girl suddenly has the ability to decide the fate of all those around her. As the hearts of the townsfolk become poisoned, even John Proctor, a principled farmer and family man, must wrestle with a corrupt court and his own transgressions to protect his innocent wife and his family's good name.
 
   
Les Miserables Oct 11 - Oct 29, 2017  
Cadillac Palace Theatre Les Miserables
 
Cameron Mackintosh presents the new production of Alain Boublil and Claude-Michel Schonberg's Tony Award-winning musical phenomenon, Les Miserables, direct from its acclaimed Broadway return. Featuring the beloved songs "I Dreamed A Dream," "On My Own," "Stars," "Bring Him Home," "One Day More," and many more, this epic and uplifting story has become one of the most celebrated musicals in theatrical history. With its glorious new staging and dazzlingly reimagined scenery inspired by the paintings of Victor Hugo, this breathtaking new production has left both audiences and critics awestruck.
 
   
The Jackie Mason Musical Oct 12 - Oct 22, 2017  
Skokie Theatre The Jackie Mason Musical
 
Based on a true story, The Jackie Mason Musical begins at a deli in Miami in 1977, where Jackie - a renown 46 year old Comedian, (played by David R. Gordon), spots twenty-something Ginger (played by Jackie's own daughter - comedian Sheba Mason - who's playing her own mother). Along for the ride is her overbearing mom, Mrs. Olivier (Coleen Tutton), and a hilarious cast of off-beat characters. Soon Jackie is wooing her each winter whenever he's in South Florida churning up laughs with the South Beach set. The trouble is, Jackie is also wooing Trixie (Megan Gill), a ravishing young Rascal House server, and Rosa - a senior Rascal House server with attitude - a fact that sends Ginger into romantic distress. Popular entertainer Scott Gryder rounds out the cast as a disgruntled fan. After ten years, she becomes pregnant, Jackie denies his paternity just as stardom re-emerges, while still yearning to be with her, and a complicated relationship begins, including Sheba's own love for the man she knows is her father and whom she wishes she knew. The original score includes "Ode to the Early Bird Special" and "I Never Met This Yenta", written by Ginger Reiter, the girl in the eye of the comedic storm.
 
   
Amarillo Oct 17 - Oct 29, 2017  
Chicago Shakespeare Theater Amarillo
 
Amarillo tells the story of a man who departs Mexico for a land of dreams: Amarillo, Texas-but vanishes before reaching his destination. Far away, a woman reconstructs his journey, imagining what might have transpired not only for him, but for the other thousands of faceless men and women who have taken the same path-and for those who were left behind. Combining stunning multimedia projections, visceral imagery and poetic storytelling, the production is a rich theatrical meditation on the harsh realities faced by immigrants and their families. Amarillo is performed in Spanish with projected English translation.
 
   
In The Next Room, Or The Vibrator Play Oct 20 - Dec 17, 2017  
TimeLine Company at Stage 773 In The Next Room, Or The Vibrator Play
 
A story of awakening, equality, and the need for connection that was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for Drama. It is the 1880s and Thomas Edison's invention of the electric light has begun to change the fabric of daily life. Inspired by Edison's discovery, scientist and inventor Dr. Givings creates a piece of machinery to treat the increasingly common affliction of female hysteria. When he starts to see a new patient regularly, his wife's curiosity with the invention and what occurs "in the next room" grows, leading to discoveries of her own. This intimate and humorous story of self-discovery debunks the expectation of sexuality as a dirty word and shows that human connection is not simply a means to an end, but a vital part of life itself.
 
   
Newsies Oct 25 - Dec 17, 2017  
Marriott Theatre In Lincolnshire Newsies
 
Inspired by the real-life New York City Newsboy Strike of 1899, Newsies is the rousing tale of Jack Kelly, a charismatic newsboy and leader of a ragged band of teenaged 'newsies,' who dreams only of a better life far from the hardship of the streets. But when the newspaper publishing titans raise distribution prices at the newsboys' expense, Jack rallies newsies from across the city to fight them. With music by Alan Menken (Little Shop of Horrors, Beauty and the Beast) and book by Harvey Fierstein (La Cage aux Folles, Kinky Boots), this recent Broadway smash is a high-energy musical thrill for the whole family!
 
   
42nd Street Oct 26 - Dec 21, 2017  
Drury Lane- Oakbrook 42nd Street
 
Tap through this year's holiday season with the 1980 Tony Award winner for Best Musical, 42nd Street! In this Broadway favorite, aspiring chorus girl Peggy Sawyer lands a bigger break in New York City than expected. When the leading lady injures her ankle, Peggy gets the chance of a lifetime to rise from showgirl to star of a glitzy new Broadway musical. With show stopping tap numbers and unforgettable hits such as "We're In The Money," "Lullaby of Broadway," and "Shuffle Off to Buffalo," Warm your Chicago winter with 42ND Street - a love letter to the Great White Way.
 
   
J.B. Oct 27 - Dec 10, 2017  
City Lit Theater J.B.
 
A modern retelling of the biblical Book of Job. J.B. is the happiest of men, and God's most loyal servant until God takes a bet from Satan that Satan can make JB so miserable JB will curse God.
 
   
School Of Rock Nov 1 - Nov 19, 2017  
Cadillac Palace Theatre School Of Rock
 
SCHOOL OF ROCK is a New York Times Critics' Pick and "AN INSPIRING JOLT OF ENERGY, JOY AND MAD SKILLZ!" (Entertainment Weekly). Based on the hit film, this hilarious new musical follows Dewey Finn, a wannabe rock star posing as a substitute teacher who turns a class of straight-A students into a guitar-shredding, bass-slapping, mind-blowing rock band. This high-octane smash features 14 new songs from Andrew Lloyd Webber, all the original songs from the movie and musical theater's first-ever kids rock band playing their instruments live on stage. Vanity Fair raves, "FISTS OF ALL AGES SHALL BE PUMPING!"
 
   
Die Walkure Nov 1 - Nov 30, 2017  
Lyric Opera Die Walkure
 
The second opera of Wagner's monumental Ring cycle, Die Walküre focuses on the conflict between Wotan, king of the gods, and his mortal son, Siegmund, who has unwittingly fallen in love with his own twin, Sieglinde, the wife of the brutish Hunding. This arouses the wrath of Wotan's wife, Fricka (the goddess of marriage), and the compassion of Wotan's daughter, the warrior-maiden Brünnhilde. The turning point of the opera arrives when Brünnhilde disobeys her father by siding with Siegmund in the latter's fight against Hunding. This production continues Lyric's new Ring, which began with the opening production of the 2016/17 season, Das Rheingold.
 
   
Marvel Universe Live! Nov 2 - Nov 5, 2017  
Allstate Arena Marvel Universe Live!
 
Marvel fans, assemble for this live, action-packed, legendary battle to defend the universe from evil. Spider-Man, the Avengers and the Guardians of the Galaxy join forces with Doctor Strange, master of the mystic arts, in a race against time to recover the Wand of Watoomb before it falls into Loki's hands. This ancient artifact holds immeasurable mystical power and would allow Loki to achieve his eternal quest to crown himself ruler of Asgard and Earth. This all-new show unites some of Marvel's greatest Super Heroes including Iron Man, Captain America, Thor, Black Panther, Hulk and Black Widow against some of the most threatening villains. Their journey sparks new feuds with old foes, pitting student against mentor, sister against sister and brother against brother. Witness cutting-edge special effects, aerial stunts and video projection in this incredible adventure. Fans of all ages will be immersed in the Marvel Universe and experience it all with their family ... LIVE!
 
   
Peppa Pig Live! Surprise! Nov 4  
Chicago Theatre Peppa Pig Live! Surprise!
 
Surprise! Peppa Pig is hitting the road for her all new theatrical tour, Peppa Pig's Surprise! The brand new production features Peppa, George, and all their friends in an all-singing, all-dancing adventure full of songs, games and surprises!
 
   
The Importance of Being Earnest Nov 8 - Dec 23, 2017  
Writers Theatre The Importance of Being Earnest
 
One of the cleverest comedies by one of the greatest writers in the English language, The Importance of Being Earnest introduces us to Jack and Algernon, two charming bachelors who are each living a double life, aided by a fictional alter ego called “Ernest.” But when they fall truly in love with a pair of proper young women, will they be able to bring an end to the charade and convince the formidable Lady Bracknell that they are suitable candidates for marriage? After all, “the one charm about marriage is that it makes a life of deception absolutely necessary for both parties.”
 
   
Escape to Margaritaville Nov 9 - Dec 3, 2017  
Ford Oriental Theatre Escape to Margaritaville
 
Featuring both original songs and your most-loved Jimmy Buffett classics, this new musical is the story of a tropical island resort and its part-time bartender, part-time singer and full time charmer who thinks he's got life all figured out. Until a beautiful career-minded tourist steals his heart and makes him question everything.
 
   
The Book Of Will Nov 9 - Dec 17, 2017  
Northlight Theatre The Book Of Will
 
William Shakespeare wrote some of the world's most beloved plays - but without his friends, they may have been lost to history! Follow the members of Shakespeare's own company as they cunningly navigate the production of the First Folio in 1623. They may not have any money or clear-cut rights to his work, but they're armed with wit, humor, a deep camaraderie and a passion to preserve the plays that shaped their lives. With the help of their wives and colleagues, two actors set out not only to print a collection, but to uphold a legacy for the world.
 
   
The Minutes Nov 9 - Dec 31, 2017  
Steppenwolf Theatre The Minutes
 
The Minutes, Tracy Letts's scathing new comedy about small-town politics and real-world power, the writer who brought you August: Osage County exposes the ugliness behind some of our most closely-held American narratives while asking each of us what we would do to keep from becoming history's losers.
 
   
Sleeping Beauty Nov 10 - Dec 30, 2017  
Marriott Theatre In Lincolnshire Sleeping Beauty
 
Come visit this colorful kingdom where the vengeful sorceress Magenta places a wicked curse on the beautiful Princess Amber. Only a kiss from her one true love can unlock the spell and wake this Sleeping Beauty. Will Prince Hunter overcome his fears as he scales the mountains, sails the dark sea and battles the dragon to prove his love? Don't miss out on this captivating and colorful, musical fairy tale.
 
   
Wild Kratts Live! Nov 12  
Rosemont Theatre Wild Kratts Live!
 
The Emmy-nominated PBS kids' TV show The Wild Kratts Live! brings an all-new theatrical stage show starring Martin and Chris Kratt to the Rosemont Theatre. First, the Kratt Brothers will share some "wow facts!" about animals, and then they'll pull on their Creature Power vests and gloves and begin activating Creature Powers -- live on stage -- with a touch of comedy, of course. And when the Wild Kratts receive a message that Zach and his Zachbots are invading the Tortuga, you'll join the duo on a quest filled with hilarious pratfalls and slapstick fun. Discover why Wild Kratts is so popular with kids and their families!
 
   
The Pearl Fishers Nov 19 - Dec 10, 2017  
Lyric Opera The Pearl Fishers
 
Bizet's captivating 1863 opera, The Pearl Fishers, is beloved by audiences everywhere for its score, which includes the most popular tenor-baritone duet in opera. The libretto and music conjure up a particularly exotic locale: ancient Ceylon, where the priestess Leïla is loved by both the fisherman Nadir and Zurga, king of the pearl fishers. The travails of this love triangle lead to disaster when Zurga believes himself betrayed by Leïla and Nadir.
 
   
Irving Berlin's White Christmas Nov 21 - Dec 3, 2017  
Cadillac Palace Theatre Irving Berlin's White Christmas
 
IRVING BERLIN'S WHITE CHRISTMAS tells the story of two showbiz buddies putting on a show in a picturesque Vermont inn, and finding their perfect mates in the bargain. Full of dancing, romance, laughter and some of the greatest songs ever written, including "Count Your Blessings Instead of Sheep," "Happy Holiday," "Sisters," "Blue Skies," and the unforgettable title song, IRVING BERLIN'S WHITE CHRISTMAS promises to be a merry and bright experience for the entire family! IRVING BERLIN'S WHITE CHRISTMAS features Music and Lyrics by Irving Berlin with Book by David Ives and Paul Blake and is based upon the Paramount Pictures film written for the screen by Norman Krasna, Norman Panama and Melvin Frank.
 
   
This Way Outta Santaland (and other Xmas miracles) Nov 24 - Dec 30, 2017  
Theater Wit This Way Outta Santaland (and other Xmas miracles)
 
This Way Outta Santaland (and other Xmas miracles), written and performed by Mitchell J. Fain, pulls together a host of holiday stories from the audience along with his own autobiographical war stories about how family, drunks, jewelry, funerals, 250 performances and the holiday spirits collide.
 
   
Cirque Musica Holiday Spectacular Dec 2  
Rosemont Theatre Cirque Musica Holiday Spectacular
 
Combining some of the world's greatest circus performers with a live symphony orchestra, Cirque Musica transforms its one-of-a-kind show into a winter wonderland spectacular. Set to a program of favorite holiday songs, these veteran performers of Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus and Cirque du Soleil perform amazing feats of athleticism and grace. Soaring aerialists and acrobats defy gravity while strongmen and jugglers pull off the impossible. If you're looking for something a little different than your typical Christmas show, the Cirque Musica Holiday Spectacular is sure to get you in the Yultetide spirit while giving you a unique and entertaining experience. Catch all the high-flying fun at the Rosemont Theatre in Chicago.
 
   
Beautiful - The Carole King Musical Dec 5 - Jan 28, 2018  
Ford Oriental Theatre Beautiful - The Carole King Musical
 
Long before she was Carole King, chart-topping music legend, she was Carol Klein, Brooklyn girl with passion and chutzpah. She fought her way into the record business as a teenager and, by the time she reached her twenties, had the husband of her dreams and a flourishing career writing hits for the biggest acts in rock 'n' roll. But it wasn't until her personal life began to crack that she finally managed to find her true voice. BEAUTIFUL tells the inspiring true story of King's remarkable rise to stardom, from being part of a hit songwriting team with her husband Gerry Goffin, to her relationship with fellow writers and best friends Cynthia Weil and Barry Mann, to becoming one of the most successful solo acts in popular music history. Along the way, she made more than beautiful music, she wrote the soundtrack to a generation.
 
   
Turandot Dec 5 - Jan 27, 2018  
Lyric Opera Turandot
 
Turandot (1926), the final work of Puccini's career, showcases the composer's magnificent melodic outpourings (including the tenor's celebrated "Nessun dorma") and reveals Puccini at his peak as a creator of exotically beautiful orchestration. Taking place in ancient Peking, the story centers on the icy Princess Turandot, who will marry the prince who answers her three riddles correctly, but any suitor who fails is put to death. Calaf is the unknown prince who falls in love with Turandot at first sight and, victorious in the riddles, challenges her to learn his name. Calaf is loved by the slave Liù, who serves his father Timur, the exiled Tartar king. The lighter side of the opera is contributed by Turandot's three lively ministers - Ping, Pang, and Pong.
 
   
Wicked Dec 6 - Jan 21, 2018  
Ford Oriental Theatre Wicked
 
Long before Dorothy drops in, two other girls meet in the Land of Oz. One - born with emerald-green skin - is smart, fiery and misunderstood. The other is beautiful, ambitious and very popular. WICKED tells the story of their remarkable odyssey, and how these two unlikely friends grow to become the Wicked Witch of the West and Glinda the Good. Don't miss Wicked Chicago.
 
   
BLKS Dec 7 - Jan 21, 2018  
Steppenwolf Theatre BLKS
 
Some days feel like they will never end. After a morning that includes a cancer scare and kicking her girlfriend out of the house, Octavia decides to have a last turn up with her best friends. In poet Aziza Barnes's ingenious portrait of a day in the life of four young women of color in New York City, BLKS explores the joy and anguish of growing up and out. Riotously funny and magically rendered, Barnes's playwriting debut marks the arrival of a truly original contemporary American voice.
 
   
The Antelope Party Jan 5 - Feb 24, 2018  
Theater Wit The Antelope Party
 
It's sometime in the 2010s. The Rust Belt Ponies Meet Up Group for Adult Fans of My Little Pony has gathered in Ben's Philadelphia apartment, but two members have not yet arrived. A new recruit seems unusually shy and curiously paranoid about a local neighborhood watch group. What happened to their Pegasister, Maggie? Why is Brony Doug so paranoid? What does it all have to do with the 9/11 Truthers and an emerging group of "concerned citizens?" In the midst of increasing violence and authoritarianism, how can our heroes see the magic in Everypony? And, even worse, what if they do?
 
   
Boy Jan 10 - Mar 18, 2018  
TimeLine Theatre Company Boy
 
A moving and poignant story, inspired by true events, about a search for personal identity and acceptance. In the 1960s, a surgical accident causes a well-intentioned doctor to convince the parents of twin boys to raise one as a girl. Two decades later, the repercussions of that choice continue to unfold, as those involved struggle to connect with each other and themselves, stuck between their hope for the future and their uncertainty about the past. BOY explores the beauty of finding love, the complexity of gender identity, and the consequences of the choices we make for those we love.
 
   
Yank! A WWII Love Story Jan 13 - Feb 18, 2018  
Pride Arts Center - The Broadway Yank! A WWII Love Story
 
YANK!, originally produced off-Broadway in 2010, is a love song to Hollywood's "it takes one of every kind" platoon flicks and to 1940s Broadway. Suffused with songs (swing, big band, boogie-woogie), it explores what stories get told in wartime, and how WWII became the great catalyst in bringing gay men and women together. It's the story of Stu, a scared Midwestern kid who gets drafted in 1943, and who - like most guys - spends Basic Training wrestling with fears of whether he "has what it takes" to make it in the Army. But unlike most guys, Stu also falls in love with a fellow Private, a handsome All-American guy named Mitch. When Stu strikes a friendship with Artie - an unapologetically queer reporter for Yank Magazine, Artie shows Stu a glimpse of the gay world that thrived just beneath the surface of the US Army in the 1940.
 
   
Nice Girl Jan 24 - Mar 11, 2018  
Raven Theatre Nice Girl
 
Josephine has a dead-end job, still lives with her mother, and has settled into the uncomfortable comfort of being single at age 37. But when she's given the possibility of change, she takes tentative steps towards a new life. A play about the tragedy and joy of figuring out who you are and letting go of who you were supposed to be.
 
   
Skeleton Crew Jan 25 - Mar 4, 2018  
Northlight Theatre Skeleton Crew
 
At the start of the Great Recession, rumors of impending closure surround one of the last auto plants in Detroit. The nation's financial crisis gets personal as each of the workers confronts the life-altering choices they must make if their plant goes under, while the supervisor is torn between allegiances to his makeshift family of co-workers and management's "cost-saving" demands. When pushed to the limits of survival, how far over the lines are people willing to cross?
 
   
Hinter Jan 25 - Mar 3, 2018  
Steep Theatre Hinter
 
A gruesome murder scene has been discovered at the Gruber family's small farmstead, Hinterkaifeck. Set in 1922 Germany and inspired by real events, Calamity West's Hinter is a chilling tale about a family, a community, and the post-World War I socio-political climate by one of Chicago's most exciting new playwrights.
 
   
The Humans Jan 30 - Feb 11, 2018  
Cadillac Palace Theatre The Humans
 
Stephen Karam's The Humans is an uproarious, hopeful, and heartbreaking play that takes place over the course of a family dinner on Thanksgiving. Breaking with tradition, Erik Blake has brought his Pennsylvania family to celebrate and give thanks at his daughter's apartment in Lower Manhattan. As darkness falls outside the ramshackle pre-war duplex and eerie things start to go bump in the night, the Blake clan's deepest fears and greatest follies are laid bare. Our modern age of anxiety is keenly observed, with humor and compassion, in this new American classic that won the 2016 Tony Award for Best Play.
 
   
I Puritani Feb 4 - Feb 28, 2018  
Lyric Opera I Puritani
 
The opera takes place at a fortress near Plymouth during the English Civil War of the 1640s. Elvira is betrothed to Sir Riccardo Forth, a Puritan colonel, although she is not in love with him. Instead, she loves Arturo Talbot, a Cavalier and a Stuart sympathizer, who loves her in return. Once aware of Elvira's unhappiness, Elvira's uncle, Sir Giorgio, convinces her father, Lord Walter, to give his permission for her to marry Arturo. At the wedding celebration, Arturo discovers that Queen Enrichetta has been imprisoned in the castle. By covering the queen in a wedding veil, Arturo helps her escape. Elvira believes she has been abandoned by Arturo, but in the end, the two are happily reunited.
 
   
A Moon For The Misbegotten Feb 7 - Mar 18, 2018  
Writers Theatre A Moon For The Misbegotten
 
In 1920s rural Connecticut, Phil Hogan cobbles together a living on rented farmland that he hopes to someday own outright, when his landlord Jim Tyrone comes into his inheritance. Hogan has driven away his three sons, but his towering daughter Josie understands her father and can hold her own. When the two learn that the land may be sold out from under them, they concoct a plan to save it that ultimately reveals the secret desires that two lonely souls have kept hidden for years.
 
   
Love Never Dies Feb 14 - Mar 4, 2018  
Cadillac Palace Theatre Love Never Dies
 
This story of boundless love, full of passion and drama, follows Andrew Lloyd Webber's The Phantom of the Opera, one of the most successful musicals of all time, which has now been seen by more than 130 million people worldwide and is the winner of over 50 international awards. The ultimate love story continues in LOVE NEVER DIES, Andrew Lloyd Webber's spellbinding sequel to The Phantom of the Opera. LOVE NEVER DIES is a dazzling new production, which takes audiences on a thrilling rollercoaster ride of intrigue, obsession and romance. Be seduced by the beautiful; sometimes magical and poetic; sometimes joyful; and occasionally melancholic score. Don't miss this magnificent continuation of one of the world's greatest love stories as it makes its premiere in Chicago.
 
   
You Got Older Feb 25 - Mar 11, 2018  
Steppenwolf Theatre You Got Older
 
There's a haunted place between where we started and where we need to be that finds the most tender among us-and breaks them open. In You Got Older, Clare Barron's bawdy, irreverent and touching play, Mae, brokenhearted and unemployed, returns home to care for her ailing father and escape the loneliness of a life that just can't seem to get off the ground.
 
   
The Picture Of Dorian Gray Mar 2 - Apr 15, 2018  
City Lit Theater The Picture Of Dorian Gray
 
Oscar Wilde's novel of a man who sells his soul for unaging beauty.
 
   
Faust Mar 3 - Mar 21, 2018  
Lyric Opera Faust
 
This exceptionally romantic, universally popular work had its premiere in Paris in early 1859. The story is one of the most justly celebrated in opera. The aged philosopher Faust - at the urging of Satan's agent, Mephistopheles - is made young again in exchange for his soul. The drama encompasses Faust's encounter with the innocent Marguerite, his wooing and subsequent abandonment of her, the death of her brother Valentin at Faust's own hand, and Marguerite's ensuing madness, death, and redemption. Siebel is the boy in love with Marguerite, Marthe, Marguerite's busybody neighbor, offers comic relief.
 
   
Women Laughing Alone with Salad Mar 9 - Apr 29, 2018  
Theater Wit Women Laughing Alone with Salad
 
Dangerous, fierce and funny, Women Laughing Alone with Salad bursts out of the bounds of internet meme-dom and onto the stage in a four person comic tour-de-force about friendship, salad, sex, bodies, yoga, salad, men, envy, women, pharmaceuticals, diets, salad and uppers and salad.
 
   
The Beauty Queen Of Leenane Mar 15 - Apr 22, 2018  
Northlight Theatre The Beauty Queen Of Leenane
 
This Tony Award-winning dark comedy is set in the provincial Irish town of Leenane. Forty-year-old spinster Maureen Folan lives with her manipulative ageing mother Mag, stuck in a caretaking relationship that has them both seething with resentment. When a romantic encounter finally sparks Maureen's hopes for an escape from her dreary existence, Mag's interference sets in motion a chain of events that is as tragically funny as it is terrifying.
 
   
Fellow Travelers Mar 17 - Mar 25, 2018  
Lyric Unlimited at Athenaeum Theatre Fellow Travelers
 
At the height of the McCarthy era in 1950s Washington, D.C., recent college graduate Timothy Laughlin is eager to join the crusade against communism. A chance encounter with a handsome State Department official, Hawkins Fuller, leads to Tim's first job-and his first relationship with a man. Drawn into a maelstrom of deceit, Tim struggles to reconcile his political convictions and his forbidden love for Fuller-an entanglement that will end in a stunning act of betrayal.
 
   
Smart People Mar 21 - Jun 10, 2018  
Writers Theatre Smart People
 
Four intelligent, attractive and opinionated young urban professionals—a doctor, an actress, a psychologist, and a neurobiologist studying the human brain’s response to race—search for love, success, and identity while also attempting to navigate the intricacies of racial and sexual politics. This whip-smart new play taps into current cultural conversation in an enthralling and provocative way, taking on deep questions of the nature of prejudice with razor sharp wit.
 
   
The Gentleman Caller Mar 28 - May 13, 2018  
Raven Theatre The Gentleman Caller
 
A world premiere play by Philip Dawkins (Charm, Le Switch), that imagines what happened behind closed doors in 1944 when Tennessee Williams met critic William Inge, who, like Williams, would later become one of America's greatest dramatists.
 
   
The Doppelganger (an international farce) Apr 5 - May 20, 2018  
Steppenwolf Theatre The Doppelganger (an international farce)
 
In the dangerous back channels of international resource politics, a wealthy British businessman suffers an untimely accident just before a critical African copper deal is signed. So when his unwitting (and witless) American doppelgänger is thrust into negotiations to avert intercontinental disaster, chaos erupts, leaving us wondering: whose side are we supposed to be on... and who will save Africa? This new American farce is a hilarious, irreverent and timely look at the back-room deals that shape our world and the unlikely cast of characters who make them.
 
   
Birdland Apr 5 - May 12, 2018  
Steep Theatre Birdland
 
Paul has attained rock stardom and all the spoils that go with it. As his world tour winds its way home, the rewards of his fame are quickly diminishing. Birdland is a sexy, searing exploration of empathy by Olivier and Tony Award winner Simon Stephens.
 
   
To Catch A Fish Apr 25 - Jul 1, 2018  
TimeLine Theatre Company To Catch A Fish
 
Inspired by true events, this compelling new play examines how the pursuit of justice-however well intentioned-can devastate a family and a community. In a low-income, residential neighborhood of Milwaukee, Terry Kilbourn has just begun a new job passing out flyers for a discount warehouse. When his bosses start asking more of him, his loved ones begin to question what is really going on. As higher stakes are revealed and relationships tested, the clarity of who to trust and what to believe grows increasingly murky. Both hilarious and heart wrenching, TO CATCH A FISH walks the line between good intentions and deceit, testing the bonds we have to family and community.
 
   
Jesus Christ Superstar Apr 27 - May 20, 2018  
Lyric Opera Jesus Christ Superstar
 
Jesus Christ Superstar is an iconic rock opera that reinvented musical theater for the modern age. With music by Andrew Lloyd Webber and lyrics by Tim Rice, this global blockbuster tells the story of the final weeks in the life of Jesus Christ, from the perspective of Judas Iscariot. As Christ's followers grow more fervent, Judas must make his fateful choice between faith and betrayal. Filled with an exciting mix of musical styles that draw upon 1970s rock, gospel, folk and funk themes, this contemporary imagining of the biblical tale features high-energy dance and powerful storytelling.
 
   
Prometheus Bound Apr 27 - Jun 10, 2018  
City Lit Theater Prometheus Bound
 
In McCabe and Rudall's vision of the classic - a play they've discussed for over twenty years - only Prometheus, the human race's defender from Zeus, and Io, a woman turned into a cow by Zeus and hunted by a biting gadfly, are to be played by human actors. The play's other characters--all supernatural beings without meaningful connections to the human race--will be portrayed by life-sized puppets so that their physical appearances are not limited by the human form.
 
   
Suddenly, Last Summer May 2 - Jun 17, 2018  
Raven Theatre Suddenly, Last Summer
 
Wealthy New Orleans socialite widow Violet Venable is trying to silence her niece Catherine, who, as the only witness to the murder of Violet's son Sebastian, has been giving a horrifying description of the circumstances under which he was killed. Unwilling to accept either that account or other assertions about her son's life, Mrs. Venable pursues extraordinary measures to keep Catherine quiet.
 
   
Buried Child May 9 - Jun 17, 2018  
Writers Theatre Buried Child
 
On a cross-country trip from New York to the west coast, Vince and his girlfriend Shelly decide to make a stop at his grandparents’ rural Illinois home. But when they arrive, neither his grandparents, Dodge and Halie, nor his father Tilden and uncle Bradley seem to recognize or remember him. As Vince searches for answers, truths begin to emerge that reveal a deep corrosion of this fragmented family living in a forgotten America.
 
   
Cry It Out May 10 - Jun 17, 2018  
Northlight Theatre Cry It Out
 
Cooped up on maternity leave and eager for conversation, Jessie invites the funny and forthright Lina for coffee on their neighboring patios. They become fast friends, quickly bonding over their shared "new mom" experience-and arousing the interest of a wealthy neighbor hoping for a similar connection. This insightful comedy takes an honest look at the absurdities of new motherhood, the dilemma of returning to work versus staying at home, and how class impacts parenthood and friendship.
 
   
Guards at the Taj May 31 - Jul 15, 2018  
Steppenwolf Theatre Guards at the Taj
 
India 1648. The dawn will reveal for the first time the extraordinary beauty of the Taj Mahal, built as a tribute to the ruler who demanded its construction. But for two hapless imperial guards, the morning light brings with it an unspeakable task that will shake their faith in God, the empire and their lifelong friendship. This boldly funny and deeply moving play examines the true meaning of beauty and the cost of transcendence in a world that confuses the value of both.
 
   
The Roommate Jun 21 - Aug 5, 2018  
Steppenwolf Theatre The Roommate
 
Sharon is Midwestern nice. But to Robyn, her new roommate from the Bronx, that just means nosy and very, very talkative. A comical mismatch leads to a surprising and touching friendship in this new comedy about how early-life choices lead to mid-life challenges and the unexpected rewards of bridging the divide.
 
   
Waitress Jul 3 - Jul 22, 2018  
Cadillac Palace Theatre Waitress
 
Inspired by Adrienne Shelly's beloved film, WAITRESS tells the story of Jenna - a waitress and expert pie maker, Jenna dreams of a way out of her small town and loveless marriage. A baking contest in a nearby county and the town's new doctor may offer her a chance at a fresh start, while her fellow waitresses offer their own recipes for happiness. But Jenna must summon the strength and courage to rebuild her own life.
 
   
Linda Jul 12 - Aug 18, 2018  
Steep Theatre Linda
 
Linda Wilde is a titan - an award-winning executive of a beauty corporation with a brilliant new campaign up her sleeve. She's also a wife, a mother, and a woman "of a certain age," but her success in balancing family and career hasn't prepared her for the battle for visibility in a world focused on everlasting youth. Olivier Award nominee Penelope Skinner's Linda is a searingly funny portrait of a woman on the front lines of the fight for relevance.
 
   
The Color Purple Jul 17 - Jul 29, 2018  
Ford Oriental Theatre The Color Purple
 
Based upon Alice Walker's acclaimed novel of the same name, THE COLOR PURPLE is the epic tale of 40-years in the life of a family in rural Georgia. At its center is fourteen-year-old Celie. When Celie is forced by her abusive father to marry a cruel farmer, called "Mister," she is separated from all that she loves. Ultimately, Celie conquers the odds to find her voice and her strength, coming into her own. THE COLOR PURPLE celebrates the healing power of love and the importance of a zest for life.