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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.
 
   
Striking Out Sep 24 - Nov 5, 2017  
Annoyance Theatre Striking Out
 
"Striking Out" is a two act musical about the first straight baseball player in a world where all professional athletes are gay. The Chicago Otters (a professional baseball team) are in trouble. Their star player Lance Valentine has torn his acl, mcl, tibia, fibula, patella, meniscus, and in a medical first: melted his knee cap. The owners of the team refuse to pay for any more big contracts so management decides to have an open tryout. Iowa farm kid Jimmy Roberts would be perfect for such an opportunity- he wields a baseball bat like Thor does a hammer. There is only one problem: he's straight and deeply in love with his girlfriend Penny. Figuring that this is a once in a lifetime opportunity, Jimmy decides to lie about his sexuality and convinces Penny to come along for the ride as his "sister" in pursuit of both their dreams. She wants to be a TV journalist like her idol Matt Lauer. Jimmy ends up making the team, but will life as a big city professional athlete with all its temptations, conniving agents, and money lead Jimmy and Penny down the wrong path?Will his secret come out?
 
   
Monster Club Sep 24 - Oct 29, 2017  
Annoyance Theatre Monster Club
 
This all new play tells the story of Mary, a fun loving fifth grader who's landed herself in detention. Alone and bored she invents her own new best friends... MONSTERS! Not only are these monsters imaginary, they might just be puppets! This Halloween season come hang with Mary and her monster friends as they learn there's nothing wrong with having claws, a tail or a third eye - as long as you're being yourself.
 
   
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.
 
   
Light Up The Sky Sep 27 - Oct 29, 2017  
Citadel Theatre Company Light Up The Sky
 
The play's first act takes place before the play-within-a -play begins, when all assembled are being effusively loving toward each other. In LIGHT UP THE SKY's second act, the play's performance has ended disastrously and, believing the play will flop, the theater folk quickly turn on each other. In the third act, when they see the overnight reviews at 5:30 am and it's clear the play will be a hit, they frantically try to repair the damage they did to their relationships when they thought the play had failed.
 
   
Nuggets Sep 27 - Nov 29, 2017  
Annoyance Theatre Nuggets
 
If you've lived in Chicago long enough, you've probably heard it's the home of long-form improvisation. But what about long-form's bastard cousin, short-form improvisation? "Nuggets" is the newest short-form improv show at The Annoyance Theatre and it's here to put short-form back on the map! Nuggets features games, songs, and audience suggestions to serve you comedy at a break-neck pace. Think "Whose Line is it Anyway" but updated with a young, diverse cast! Our performers will play games made popular on TV like Party Quirks, Scenes From a Hat, and Hoedown and throw some new games in the mix that have been updated for a new generation.
 
   
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.
 
   
Ghosts and Zombies Sep 28 - Oct 29, 2017  
Akvavit Theatre at Strawdog Theatre Ghosts and Zombies
 
GHOSTS & zombies puts a blood-curdling spin on Ibsen's classic drama, Ghosts. As in the original, Mrs. Alving is preparing to open an orphanage in her husband's memory, while welcoming her son home from a long absence. However, things soon take a turn for the weird and scary as their country estate becomes overrun by the un-dead. Haunted by the ghosts of her past, Mrs. Alving now finds herself confronted by zombies that she is forced to stand and fight. GHOSTS & zombies shows us that we can try to bury the parts of our life we would rather forget, but we cannot control whether they walk again - slowly, hungrily - in our direction.
 
   
The Trojan Women Sep 28 - Oct 15, 2017  
Three Crows at Noyes Cultural Art Center The Trojan Women
 
Troy is burning. The city has been ransacked. The men have been killed. The women and children are to be enslaved by the conquering Greek army. Held in limbo, Queen Hecuba and the women of Troy await their fates as refugees. The classic anti-war tragedy written by Euripides thousands of years ago has never been more relevant. Expertly translated by Ronald Duncan, from the poetic modern adaption by Jean-Paul Sartre, The Trojan Women continues to question and examine the aftermath of war.
 
   
Disney On Ice - Dream Big Sep 28 - Oct 1, 2017  
Allstate Arena Disney On Ice - Dream Big
 
Chicago-area dreamers will witness the empowering tales of Disney's most courageous leading ladies told through artistic skating and acrobatics in this inspiring skating spectacular. Audiences are invited to join eight Disney Princesses - Ariel, Belle, Cinderella, Rapunzel, Tiana, Jasmine, Aurora and Snow White - as they embark on incredible adventures, determined to make their dreams come true. In addition, experience the sisterly love that has captivated millions as Disney's Frozen is brought to life on the icy stage.
 
   
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.
 
   
The Rocky Balboa Picture Show Sep 29 - Oct 31, 2017  
Cornservatory The Rocky Balboa Picture Show
 
The worlds of the Rocky Balboa film franchise and "The Rocky Horror Picture Show" meet for a world premier mashup musical parody of epic proportions. When Adrian and Paulie get stranded in the middle of Nowhere, Russia, the two stumble upon a mysterious training center where Micky has been preparing Rocky Balboa for the big fight against Russia's prize champion boxer, Ivan Drago. However, Rocky's workouts have produced unexpected results, and the Sly Stallone we thought we knew has been transformed into a pit-stained, stiletto-wearing fighter. Featuring iconic characters from both sides of the screen smashed between both universes, "The Rocky Balboa Picture Show" boasts a high energy, strangely sexy, and over-the-top musical production.
 
   
Evening at the Talk House Sep 29 - Nov 19, 2017  
A Red Orchid Theatre Evening at the Talk House
 
Remember when you felt you could do anything, when there was still nothing to fear? Evening at the Talk House is a reunion at your favorite club, where old friends cozy up, raise a glass and remember gentler times when culture had value and terror wasn't the every day. This ultra-dark comedy invites us all to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the opening night of Robert's under-appreciated masterpiece, Midnight in a Clearing with Moon and Stars.
 
   
Blue/Orange Sep 29 - Oct 29, 2017  
Runcible Theatre Company at Royal George Theatre Blue/Orange
 
In a London psychiatric hospital, an enigmatic patient called Christopher claims to be the son of an African dictator - a story that becomes unnervingly plausible. In this psychological thriller, Blue/Orange is an incendiary tale of race, madness and a Darwinian power struggle between two doctors, entrusted with a man's life.
 
   
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.
 
   
The Invisible Hand Sep 30 - 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.
 
   
You're a Good Man, Mary Shelly Sep 30 - Oct 28, 2017  
Annoyance Theatre You're a Good Man, Mary Shelly
 
In 1815 the volcano, Mount Tambora, erupted, causing severe climate abnormalities. In 1816 the poet Lord Byron rented a home in Switzerland and invited several poets, including Percy Bysshe Shelley and Mary Shelley to summer with him. The climate changes caused an unbearably cold summer, so the poets holed up in the Villa Diodati and had a competition to write the scariest ghost story. Mary Shelley, having never written anything in her life, won by writing Frankenstein; or the Modern Prometheus. But what happened to the other ghost stories, and why weren't they as good as Frankenstein? In a Treehouse of Horror style format, "You're a Good Man, Mary Shelley" explores the five ghost stories that were garbage compared to Frankenstein, while also revealing the complex relationships the poets had with each other during "The Year Without a Summer"
 
   
Motown The Musical Oct 3 - 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!
 
   
UniverSoul Circus Oct 4 - Oct 29, 2017  
Washington Park UniverSoul Circus
 
UniverSoul Circus is a tour de force of circus artistry from around the world. A big-top spectacle of global proportions, the 2017 production of UniverSoul Circus takes fans of all ages on an unforgettable journey of light, sound and soul. Get ready for electrifying, edge-of-your-seat performances, including extreme motorsports, mind-bending acrobatics, back-flipping canines, disco-dancing pachyderms, free-flying aerial acts and much, much more. It's hailed as the most interactive circus in the world, and now you can catch UniverSoul Circus when it raises its Big Top at Chicago's Washington Park.
 
   
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 Skin Of Our Teeth Oct 4 - Nov 12, 2017  
Remy Bumppo Theatre at The Greenhouse Theater Center The Skin Of Our Teeth
 
Meet the Antrobus family: American suburbanites George and Maggie, their talkative maid Sabina, and their children Gladys--and Cain! This redoubtable family narrowly survives one end-of-the-world disaster after another, from environmental catastrophes, to refugee crises, to military conflicts--and all by the skin of their teeth. Join the amazing journey of fortitude, fate, and hope that is human life, in Thornton Wilder's epic vaudevillian tragicomedy.
 
   
Augusta and Noble Oct 5 - Nov 11, 2017  
Merle Reskin Theatre Augusta and Noble
 
Worlds collide in the drama Augusta and Noble when Gabi, who has lived in a vibrant Latino community in the West Town neighborhood of Chicago, begins high school across the city at Northside College Prep, where she is exposed to new people and a spectrum of possibilities. As Gabi begins to explore her heritage, and discover the truth about her parents' arrival in America, she must figure out exactly where she belongs. Presented at the Merle Reskin Theatre, Augusta and Noble celebrates the rich history and bright futures of the immigrants who call the Windy City home.
 
   
Billy Elliot the Musical Oct 6 - Nov 19, 2017  
Porchlight Music Theatre at Ruth Page Center For Arts Billy Elliot the Musical
 
Billy Elliot the Musical is based on the 2000 film "Billy Elliot" and features music by Elton John with book and lyrics by the film's screenplay writer Lee Hall. Winner of both the Tony Award and Olivier Award for Best Musical, Billy Elliot the Musical is an inspirational story set in an English mining town during the miners' strike of 1984-85. Billy Elliot takes a journey from the boxing ring to a ballet class to make his dreams come true while challenging the long held beliefs of his hometown. Along the way, he discovers a passion for dance that unites his family, inspires his community and changes his life forever.
 
   
Speed Of Light Oct 6 - Oct 21, 2017  
Otherworld Theatre at Berger Park Coach House Speed Of Light
 
On the planet of Nerth, physicist Mayra Ecazin races against time to unlock the secret of light speed travel while a hoarde of alien invaders threaten to decimate life on the planet. However, getting the machine made proves more difficult than anticipated. Battling greedy investors, competing agendas, and her own mortality, how much is Mayra willing to sacrifice to make her machine?
 
   
Burf of a Nation (Or From Covfefe With Love) Oct 6 - Nov 19, 2017  
MPAACT at The Greenhouse Theater Center Burf of a Nation (Or From Covfefe With Love)
 
We all knew it was only a matter of time, after the Tweeter in Chief's "covfefe" blunder caught hold of the pop-political zeitgeist like a rabid dog, before it would begin to inspire artistic interpretations. Lucky for us, the result here is the clever and outrageous Burf of a Nation (Or From Covfefe With Love). Covfefe Lamont Jenkins is a southern farmer enraged by the current political climate, repeatedly making his opinions known via an ongoing Twitter beef with the POTUS. However, one day Covfefe is tagged in a tweet that pushes him to take an action so extreme that it sends the entire nation into a tailspin. Find out what happens next at Chicago's Greenhouse Theater Center.
 
   
Mr. Lee's Night of Horror Oct 6 - Oct 27, 2017  
The Public House Theatre Mr. Lee's Night of Horror
 
In the style of Tales from the Crypt or the busty body of work from Elvira, Mr. Lee is now here to guide you through these tales of the bizarre, meant to excite and terrify you. These 10-minute plays are a mix of bone-chilling, sweat-inducing and funny-bone tickling entertainment, featuring everything from a horrifying sandwich that reveals your deepest fears to the ghost of a woman depressingly deformed. Make your way to Chicago's Public House Theatre for Mr. Lee's Night of Horror ... if you dare.
 
   
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.
 
   
Dracula Oct 7 - Nov 5, 2017  
The Hypocrites at Mercury Theater Dracula
 
Chicago's famed theater company, The Hypocrites presents DRACULA directed by Sean Graney. Just in time for Halloween, this wildly theatrical work weaves an engaging story of passion, yearning, cruelty and sacrifice. Bram Stoker's haunting story comes to life as the friends and family of the beautiful Lucy Seward try to discover the cause of her mysterious illness. With the help of the supernatural specialist, Dr. Van Helsing, they discover that the mysteriously charming Count Dracula is a vampire who has made Lucy his latest victim. Dracula just might stake its claim as this Halloween's most thrilling adventure.
 
   
Macbeth Oct 7 - Oct 29, 2017  
Cornservatory Macbeth
 
Odd's Bodkins and Corn Productions are proud to present our First Annual production of William Shakespeare's Macbeth. Directed by Susie Matthews, this production is set in 1920s Baton Rouge. In a Southern Gothic world of fading plantation aristocracy and voodoo magic, the Macbeths seek an answer to the timeless question of how free their free will really is.
 
   
Two Mile Hollow Oct 8 - Nov 4, 2017  
First Floor Theater at The Den Theatre Two Mile Hollow
 
When the Donnellys gather to divide their belongings after the sale of their oceanfront mansion, both metaphorical and literal storms are brewing. As this famous, longing-to-be-famous and completely messy Caucasian family comes together with their POC personal assistant, Charlotte, some really really complicated and totally unique secrets are revealed over white wine. A satirical takedown coupled with moments of disorienting sincerity, TWO MILE HOLLOW explores the age old genre of plays about affluent white families retreating to their waterfront homes to battle it out with brutality, awe and compassion. Only this time, none of the white characters are played by white actors.
 
   
Piaf! The Show Oct 8  
Athenaeum Theatre 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. Conceived and directed by the Nice-based theatrical maverick Gil Marsalla and starring Anne Carrere, a young French performer hailed as "Edith Piaf's legitimate musical heiress," PIAF!, THE SHOW premiered in 2015 as a tribute to "The Swallow of Montmartre" on the centennial of her birthday and was inspired by the award-winning movie "La Vie en Rose." In two 45-minute acts, the show narrates the rags-to-riches story of the Parisian singer's career through her unforgettable songs, complemented by a visual tapestry of previously unreleased photographs and images of famous locations of the Edith Piaf era.
 
   
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.
 
   
Both Sides of a Famous Love Affair - The Jackie Mason Musical Oct 12 - Oct 22, 2017  
Skokie Theatre Both Sides of a Famous Love Affair - The Jackie Mason Musical
 
Both Sides of a Famous Love Affair: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). Along for the ride is her overbearing mom, Mrs. Olivier, and a hilarious cast of five. 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 - a ravishing young Latina Rascal House server, and Rosa - a senior Rascal House server with attitude - a fact that sends Ginger into romantic distress. 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.
 
   
Par for the Corpse Oct 12 - Nov 19, 2017  
Oil Lamp Theater Par for the Corpse
 
When a novelist throws a party at her Catskills retreat and a sudden blizzard strands everybody, it isn't long before they discover a killer amongst them. After one of them is poisoned mysteriously, the others try to figure out who did it and how it was done. They're baffled by the seemingly impossible crime untll one guest thinks of a ruse to reveal the killer. Now everyone, even the hostess, is a suspect -- and a number of murky motives emerge during the night's strange events. There are plenty of laughs as the play unfolds, but there are more shrieks of terror than of hilarity -- especially in the surprise-filled final act with its series of convulsive plot twists. See if you can guess the shocker of an ending before it's too late, when Glenview's Oil Lamp Theater presents Par for the Corpse.
 
   
Occidental Express Oct 12 - Nov 18, 2017  
Trap Door Theatre Occidental Express
 
Visionary director Istvan Szabo K returns to Chicago to stage Matei Visniec's Occidental Express, a visceral examination of people on a journey to forget their past for the promise of a mythical utopian future.
 
   
Tangles and Plagues Oct 12 - Nov 18, 2017  
Neo-Futurists Tangles and Plagues
 
From the release, attached - Tangles & Plaques attempts to demystify the experience of dementia in the language of theatre-offering a vivid, poignant, participatory experience that is unique to each audience and different every performance. Creator Kirsten Riiber and Director Jen Ellison conduct a symphony of impossible tasks and egregious forgery with the help of the audience and a cast including Riiber, Kaitlyn Andrews, Ida Cuttler, Justin Deming, Mike Hamilton, Nick Hart and Dan Kerr-Hobert. With guidance from Memory Care Director Alex Schwaninger, a professional counselor at the local Bethany Retirement Community, the ensemble interrogates the life and death of memories- how they persist, when they depart and the ways they distort over time.
 
   
A Swell In The Ground Oct 13 - Dec 10, 2017  
The Gift Theatre A Swell In The Ground
 
In intimate rooms throughout New York and Michigan, four friends from college fight through 17 years of love affairs, shattered dreams and compromised lives. Flipping back and forth through time like a photobook, this play-whose title is from a line of Emily Dickinson poetry- is equally breathtaking and heartbreakingly spare as Olivia, Nate, Abagail, and Charles try to reconcile the lives they imagined with the lives they live.
 
   
Living the Black Renaissance Oct 14 - Nov 26, 2017  
Black Ensemble Theater Living the Black Renaissance
 
Through the struggles, trials and tribulations of those who fought and fight against oppression and racism, Living The Black Renaissance is a musical and historical depiction of the African American experience in a racist America that will uplift, inspire and motivate all of us to create a world where racism cannot exist. Living The Black Renaissance (More Than A Moment In Time) is more than a play, it is a movement. A movement through song and dance that will help us understand the systemic process of racism and oppression. This thought provoking production will uncover the root of racism, what is it and why we must remove it from our society.
 
   
His Greatness Oct 14 - Nov 12, 2017  
Pride Arts Center - The Buena His Greatness
 
Three men - a great American playwright, his trusted and loyal assistant, and a young Canadian street hustler - find themselves together for two days in a hotel room in Vancouver. The ensuing battle for power, love and loyalty is frequently funny, engagingly dark and ultimately moving. HIS GREATNESS, inspired by a 'potentially true story' during the declining days of Tennessee Williams, is an intimate insight into the mind of a familiar public figure, grappling with the loss of former glory and desperate for a return to form and success.
 
   
The Devil's Disciple Oct 15 - Nov 6, 2017  
ShawChicago at Ruth Page Center For Arts The Devil's Disciple
 
Dick Dugeon, disgruntled with the British Empire after his father's death, is about to join the American Revolution. In a bold move, Dick takes the place of a local minister, who has been exposed as a member the resistance. Matters only get worse when Dick is arrested and sentenced to hang for a crime he did not commit: treason.
 
   
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 16, 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.
 
   
The Days of Commune Oct 20 - Nov 26, 2017  
Prop Theatre The Days of Commune
 
Brecht's last play, The Days of Commune, was written for the opening of his new theater, The Berliner Ensemble, following the complete devastation of World War II. Portraying the struggle of both ordinary Parisians and the novice Commune legislature in a time of revolutionary change, Brecht's play seeks a way to think beyond defeat. About The Days of Commune, Prop Thtr Artistic Director Stefan Brün said, "This epic is filled with song and fiery passions for our time."
 
   
Marisol Oct 20 - Nov 26, 2017  
Promethean Theatre Ensemble at Raven Theatre Marisol
 
An absurdist comedy in which a young New York City woman of Puerto Rican descent finds herself immersed in a battle led by angels to save the universe from an ineffectual God. After Marisol barely escaping a vicious attack on her subway trip home, her guardian angel pays a visit to tell her she can no longer serve as Marisol's protector because she has been called to join the revolution already in progress against an old and senile God who is dying and "taking the rest of the universe with him." Soon, Marisol is caught up in the Armageddon being fought on the streets of New York City.
 
   
The House of Bernarda Alba Oct 20 - Nov 12, 2017  
Saint Sebastian Players at St. Bonaventure Church The House of Bernarda Alba
 
In this great modern Spanish tragedy, Bernarda is a stern matriarch obsessed with family honor. Just widowed, she announces to her five daughters that they will enter a traditional eight-year period of cloistered mourning. Each daughter desires love, but with the doors clamped shut, they silently turn to other pursuits-except one, who pursues an affair with the betrothed of the eldest daughter. Discovery results in a tragic climax that is unrelenting in its severity and terror.
 
   
Arnie The Doughnut Oct 21 - Nov 26, 2017  
Lifeline Theatre Arnie The Doughnut
 
Arnie, a loveable chocolate-frosted, rainbow-sprinkled doughnut, is the happiest pastry in the bakery when he's chosen to be taken home by a new owner. But when mild-mannered Mr. Bing tries to eat the unsuspecting Arnie, both are in for the surprise of their lives. Man and doughnut are drawn into a sugar-fueled existential crisis as they work to redefine their relationship while trying to outwit the meddlesome President of the Cozy Confines Condo Community. Join Arnie on a zany quest to prove that he's more than just delicious - and that friends come in all shapes and sizes - in this hit musical adaptation of the 2003 book that kicked off the beloved series by Laurie Keller. This production is recommended for children ages five and up (children under two not permitted), and runs approximately one hour with no intermission.
 
   
Marie Christine Oct 21 - Dec 10, 2017  
BoHo Theatre at Theater Wit Marie Christine
 
Set in the twilight years of the 19th century, this dark musical chronicles the journey of Marie Christine, a racially mixed woman imprisoned without a trial to face death. From her jail cell, she recounts her journey, beginning with a genteel life of privilege in New Orleans Creole society. There, she falls madly in love with a white ship captain named Dante. When the relationship comes to light, Marie and Dante flee to Chicago, where Dante abandons her for a career in politics. Betrayed and alone, Marie undertakes the darkest vengeance, which leads her to her tragic fate. MARIE CHRISTINE received Tony Award nominations for Best Book of a Musical and Best Score.
 
   
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!
 
   
Wedding Band: A Love/Hate Story in Black and White Oct 25 - Dec 17, 2017  
The Artistic Home Wedding Band: A Love/Hate Story in Black and White
 
Alice Childress's drama is set in the summer of 1918. There is a war in Europe, and a smaller war in South Carolina. Julia is an African-American seamstress and Herman is a white German-American baker who has kept company with her for 10 years. Disapproval of their affair from neighbors and family, as well as South Carolina's laws prohibiting interracial marriage makes it increasingly hard for them to stay together.
 
   
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.
 
   
The Tortoise and the Hare Oct 26 - Feb 16, 2018  
Chicago Kids Company at Beverly Arts Center The Tortoise and the Hare
 
The Hare is ready to win all the blue ribbons at this year’s Stringbean Valley County Fair, but then an unlikely challenger comes to town. Soon the race is on! Who will win first place--the slow and steady Tortoise? Or the fast and furious Hare? This show features a cast of silly animals and an exciting photo-finish ending! Don’t miss out on the fun! All CKC productions feature professional actors, colorful scenery and costumes, sing-along songs, and plenty of audience participation. The show runs one hour with no intermission and is for children from 2 to 8 years old.
 
   
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.
 
   
In Sarah's Shadow: The Eleanora Duse Story Oct 27 - Dec 9, 2017  
Prop Theatre In Sarah's Shadow: The Eleanora Duse Story
 
George Bernard Shaw called Eleanora Duse 'the greatest actor who ever lived.' History, however, made her a footnote in the legend of the more glamorous gossip column magnet, Sarah Bernhardt. In this biographical dance/pop/drama, Writer/Director Olivia Lilley and choreographer Kelly Anderson unearth the dramatic life of a relentless individual who refused to be a model for Victorian women.
 
   
Akeelah And The Bee Oct 27 - Nov 24, 2017  
Adventure Stage Chicago at Vittum Theater Akeelah And The Bee
 
After discovering her special talent, Akeelah dreams of winning the national spelling bee. With the support of her teacher and her friends, she fights to overcome every obstacle and make it to the top. Adapted to the stage and set in Chicago, "Akeelah and the Bee" is a testament to community and determination in the face of social, cultural, and economic hardship.
 
   
Bob: A Life In Five Acts Oct 29 - Nov 21, 2017  
The Comrades at Apollo Theater Bob: A Life In Five Acts
 
From an early age, Bob dreams of becoming a great man. The ensuing rags-to-riches-to-fame-to-fall-to-legacy-to-the-love-of-living-life tale follows Bob on an epic journey in just five acts. A play that explores American Mythology and how hard it is to figure out what will make one happy.
 
   
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.
 
   
Rapunzel Nov 1 - Dec 15, 2017  
Chicago Kids Company at St. Patrick Performing Arts Center- Stahl Family Theater Rapunzel
 
The King and Queen steal a precious plant and are forced to give their baby daughter Rapunzel to the wacky gardener. She wants to keep Rapunzel all to herself, so she locks the princess inside a tower. There, Rapunzel grows into a kind young woman who longs to escape. One day, Rapunzel makes a new friend who just might be able to help. You'll be amazed by the tall tower and Rapunzel's unbelievably long hair! All CKC productions feature professional actors, colorful scenery and costumes, sing-along songs, and plenty of audience participation. The show runs one hour with no intermission and is for children from 2 to 8 years old.
 
   
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!
 
   
Significant Other Nov 2 - Dec 10, 2017  
Theater Wit Significant Other
 
Jordan Berman is a single gay man in New York City. Mr. Right is nowhere on his horizons. As he's nearing his 30s, his close group of girlfriends begin getting married en masse. What happens when you feel like life is leaving you behind but you're still expected to be at the forefront cheering on your friends on their perfect wedding day? Significant Other is a bittersweet comedy about friendship, single-hood and hoping you're not the one choking on car exhaust as the "Just Married" sign disappears from view.
 
   
The Bone House Nov 3 - Nov 11, 2017  
The Greenhouse Theater Center The Bone House
 
Greenhouse Theater Center presents The Bone House. Playwright Marty Chan's harrowing, hour-long play takes the form of a mock lecture by an author named Eugene Crowley, whose latest book explores the inner life of serial killers. The lecture starts off charmingly enough, given the topic, with a dry and detached, almost historical roundup of prominent murderers and their heinous methods. But then, Crowley increasingly turns his attention to the members of the audience -- and it becomes clear that he has much more on his mind than lecturing. If you think you can handle it, The Bone House is an ominous night of creepy drama.
 
   
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!
 
   
Rooming House Nov 4 - Nov 18, 2017  
Steppenwolf Theatre Rooming House
 
Rooming House begins with an intimate conversation among friends, slipping easily between Spanish and English, as they recall stories of people who've taken actions with potentially devastating costs. When the myth of Orpheus and Eurydice is mentioned, varied interpretations propel the group into a physically and psychologically complex game of whodunit, taking them down a rabbit hole into the lives of everyday people who do extraordinary things-from life endangering rescues, to defecting from Cuba, to letting go of someone you love.
 
   
Fade Nov 4 - Dec 23, 2017  
Victory Gardens Theater - Biograph Fade
 
In this witty behind-the-scenes drama, Mexican-born Lucia is hired to write for a ruthless Hollywood TV series. She soon discovers that the Mexican American custodian, Abel, has a windfall of plot ideas. As their friendship grows, his stories start to blur with hers with unexpected consequences. Fade, directed by Sandra Marquez, is an acclaimed new play from Tanya Saracho (How to Get Away with Murder, Looking, Girls) whose writing "lands in that sweet spot between comedy and drama" (Chicago Tribune).
 
   
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 2, 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.
 
   
Wild Boar Nov 9 - Dec 17, 2017  
Silk Road Rising at Chicago Temple Wild Boar
 
A gripping investigation of journalistic integrity, city planning, and social conscience, Wild Boar is a new play from one of Hong Kong's most acclaimed playwrights. When a controversial professor goes missing, an editor and his student band together to publicize the truth. Old flames spark and friendships are tested in the U.S. premiere of this turbulent thriller about media manipulation, fake news, and who gets to speak for the poor.
 
   
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.
 
   
Twas The Night Before Christmas Nov 10 - Dec 31, 2017  
Emerald City Theatre at Broadway Playhouse Twas The Night Before Christmas
 
'TWAS THE NIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS is a fantastic, slapstick holiday affair for all ages. When Santa Claus' "Naughty or Nice" list goes missing, it's up to a pair of dancing mice, a spunky girl, and an Elf-B-I agent to solve the mystery before Santa boards his sleigh.
 
   
A Night With Janis Joplin Nov 10  
Rosemont Theatre A Night With Janis Joplin
 
A Night With Janis Joplin is a blues-rock theatrical event that captures the legendary singer's life and legacy with all of the live intensity of an actual Joplin concert. Powered by show-stopping hits like "Cry Baby," "Piece of My Heart," "Me and Bobby McGee," "Summertime" and "Mercedes Benz," as well as a song Joplin never formally recorded, the show brings Joplin's story to the stage while also saluting some of her famous musical influences, including Bessie Smith, Etta James, Aretha Franklin and Nina Simone. With this special pre-sale offer, you'l be sure to nab tickets to this soulful, no-holds-barred tribute at the Rosemont Theatre.
 
   
Lizzie Nov 11 - Dec 17, 2017  
Firebrand Theatre at The Den Theatre Lizzie
 
"Lizzie Borden took an axe, gave her mother forty whacks. When she saw what she had done, gave her father forty-one." So goes the nursery rhyme describing the crime of the century that took the nation by storm when Lizzie Borden murdered her parents with an axe in 1892. Or did she? LIZZIE is a musical that reimagines that bloody legend with four women fronting a female rock band. LIZZIE is American mythology set to a blistering rock score with rage, sex, betrayal and bloody murder.
 
   
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!
 
   
I Saw My Neighbor on the Train and I Didn't Even Smile Nov 15 - Dec 18, 2017  
Redtwist Theatre I Saw My Neighbor on the Train and I Didn't Even Smile
 
A charming, funny drama about the challenges of three generations of alienated women in a family with vastly different personalities. They immediately disrupt each others' lives, then drastically change each others' worlds, and finally enrich each others' souls.
 
   
A Christmas Carol Nov 15 - Dec 23, 2017  
Drury Lane- Oakbrook A Christmas Carol
 
The New York Times hailed A CHRISTMAS CAROL as "Enduring and endearing holiday entertainment!" and The Washington Post raves it is "Infectiously jolly!" Set in Victorian-era London, A CHRISTMAS CAROL tells the story of Ebenezer Scrooge, a miserly old man who receives a Christmas Eve visit from the ghost of his old business partner, Jacob Marley, warning him to mend his ways. During the night, three spirits appear before Scrooge showing him visions of Christmas Past, Christmas Present, and Christmas Future to reveal the results of his selfish life. Scrooge promises to redeem himself and vows to honor the spirit of Christmas with all his heart, spreading good cheer, kindness and generosity to everyone he encounters.
 
   
Scrooge and the Ghostly Spirits Nov 17 - Dec 22, 2017  
Citadel Theatre Company Scrooge and the Ghostly Spirits
 
This world-premiere holiday musical is based on Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol. The family favorite brings all your most cherished characters and themes to life through an original score and the magic of song and dance. Bring the family to Citadel Theatre in Chicago's Lake Forest neighborhood for a show that'll warm your heart and put you in a holiday frame of mind.
 
   
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.
 
   
Swan Lake Nov 19  
Athenaeum Theatre Swan Lake
 
Ever since it premiered in Moscow in 1877, Tchaikovsky's Swan Lake has continued to enchant audiences, inspiring countless performances and earning a reputation as "the ballet of all ballets." Now, with spectacular sets, glittering costumes and the rarely seen Waltz of Black Swans, the Russian Grand Ballet brings this beloved classic to Chicago. Swan Lake tells the hauntingly beautiful story of young lovers Siegfried and Odette, who's been captured by an evil sorcerer and transformed into a swan. Siegfred only has a short time to save his beloved before she's cursed to remain a swan forever, but standing in his way is the sorcerer's daughter, the beguiling black swan Odile, who comes to tempt and distract him away from his quest. Featuring premier dancers from some of Russia's elite choreographic schools, this stunning full-length production graces the stage of Athenaeum Theatre.
 
   
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.
 
   
Puff: Believe It Or Not Nov 22 - Jan 7, 2018  
Remy Bumppo Theatre at The Greenhouse Theater Center Puff: Believe It Or Not
 
An honorable and romantic cavalry officer returns to the salon society of 1840s Paris to find his countrymen addicted to exaggeration, dissimulation, fakery, and just downright lying. French master Eugene Scribe's forgotten gem, in a brilliant new translation by Ranjit Bolt, is packed full of elegant plotting, quirky characters, and sharply barbed wit, delightfully skewering the worlds of letters, politics, and finance.
 
   
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.
 
   
Rudolph the Red-Hosed Reindeer Nov 25 - Dec 30, 2017  
Hell In A Handbag Productions at Mary's Attic Rudolph the Red-Hosed Reindeer
 
Break out your high heels and fishnets, it's time once again for Rudolph the Red-Hosed Reindeer. Back for its 17th run, David Cerda's irreverent parody of the classic children's television special has become a beloved (but twisted) holiday tradition. It's the longest-running show featuring a transvestite reindeer in the history of Chicago, and probably also of the world. With the economy in a rut, nobody believes in Santa anymore and he doesn't even believe in himself. As more and more elves are laid off, morale and morals hit an all-time low. Meanwhile Mrs. Claus, now a raging alcoholic, is wreaking havoc at the North Pole. In the middle of all this chaos, a transvestite Rudolph and his misfit friends -- Herbie the "not gay-enough elf" and Yukon Cornelia, the butch prospector with a deep, dark secret -- search for their own unique brand of happiness and accidentally save Christmas while they're at it. Every year, the show produces new tricks and this year is no exception.
 
   
Barney the Elf Nov 25 - Dec 31, 2017  
The Greenhouse Theater Center Barney the Elf
 
Chicago drag queen sensation Dixie Lynn Cartwright takes the lead in this cheeky musical twist on the modern holiday fave about "embracing your inner elf." After Santa Claus retires, his wicked son begins a not-so-jolly reign as the new head of Christmas. The North Pole begins to crumble under his tyrannical rule, and Barney the Elf is forced to leave his home. Soon he embarks on a fabulous journey of self-discovery (or is it elf-discovery?) that lands him in one of Chicago's hottest drag bars. But can he truly leave Christmas behind for a new life in the big city? Barney the Elf brings choreographed musical numbers galore and plenty of queer holiday cheer to Chicago's Greenhouse Theater Center.
 
   
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.
 
   
Moscow Ballet's Great Russian Nutcracker Dec 3  
Rosemont Theatre Moscow Ballet's Great Russian Nutcracker
 
The most famous holiday ballet has its roots in Russia, premiering there in 1892 with a majestic score by Tchaikovsky and choreography by Petipa, the father of Russian dance. It's fitting, then, that the Moscow Ballet's Great Russian Nutcracker is one of the most acclaimed versions ever to grace the stage. Almost 40 renowned, award-winning principal Russian dancers and corps de ballet will take the stage to dance the timeless story of young Masha (Clara), who receives the gift of a nutcracker one Christmas and dreams that night of a grand adventure with her Nutcracker Prince. With breathtaking leaps, hundreds of hand-sewn costumes, a magical snow forest with falling snow, a giant Christmas tree and a cannon that shoots roses, children and adults alike will be swept up in the spirit of the season. Enjoy the ultimate holiday tradition 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.
 
   
Gobsmacked Dec 5 - Dec 10, 2017  
Broadway Playhouse Gobsmacked
 
Direct from sell-out seasons in London, Hong Kong and Edinburgh comes a mind-blowing vocal show that redefines the human voice. Featuring the reigning world-champion beatboxer, Ball-Zee, and an international cast of world-class vocalists, GOBSMACKED! weaves stories through all forms of a cappella from traditional street corner harmonies to cutting-edge, multi-track live looping.
 
   
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.
 
   
Peter Pan Dec 23 - Jan 1, 2018  
Music Theater Works at Cahn Auditorium Peter Pan
 
Join the boy who never wants to grow up, Peter Pan, along with his pals the Lost Boys and the mischievous fairy sidekick Tinkerbell as they embark on the adventure of a lifetime and try to save the three Darling children -- Wendy, John and Michael -- from the menacing pirate Captain Hook. All it takes is a sprinkling of pixie dust to begin their magical journey across the stars. This beloved family classic includes the songs "I Gotta Crow," "I Won't Grow Up," "I'm Flying" and "Neverland," with a 26-piece orchestra providing live accompaniment. Fly away with the gang at Cahn Auditorium courtesy of Music Theater Works.
 
   
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.
 
   
Five Mile Lake Jan 11 - Feb 24, 2018  
Shattered Globe Theatre at Theater Wit Five Mile Lake
 
In a style reminiscent of Chekhov, five friends approaching thirty try to navigate the emotional undercurrents of unrequited love, loss and possibility. The unexpected return of a sibling sets in motion an inadvertent winter reunion in their small Pennsylvania town. This is the kind of claustrophobic town that kids grow up to leave, but not everyone feels the same way. These old high school friends each aspire to make the right choice, and come face-to-face with the choices they have already made.
 
   
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.
 
   
Joseph And The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat Jan 18 - Mar 25, 2018  
Drury Lane- Oakbrook Joseph And The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat
 
The meteoric first collaboration of Tim Rice & Andrew Lloyd Webber, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, finishes our season with a bang. Join Israel's favorite son, Joseph, through his tumultuous ascent to the top in this timeless reminder of the unquenchable thirst of a man with a dream who had the courage to forge the destiny of a people and its powerful message of hope. The classic story of Joseph is paired with exuberant music, featuring favorites such as "Close Every Door," "Go, Go, Go Joseph" and "Any Dream Will Do."
 
   
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.
 
   
Row After Row Feb 5 - Feb 27, 2018  
The Comrades at Apollo Theater Row After Row
 
Historical accuracy is paramount to Cal and Tom, two hardcore Civil War re-enactors, fresh off their latest Gettysburg battle. But their accuracy is compromised when they're joined by a soldier with a less than authentic confederate uniform... and the wrong gender. Straddling 1863 and today, ROW AFTER ROW is a dark comedy about choosing your cause and finding your courage.
 
   
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.
 
   
Breach: A manifesto on race in America through the eyes of a black girl recovering from self-hate Feb 9 - Mar 11, 2018  
Victory Gardens Theater - Biograph Breach: A manifesto on race in America through the eyes of a black girl recovering from self-hate
 
What happens when a woman trapped in a dead-end job and a fizzling relationship accidentally gets pregnant by a man that she's not dating? A coming-of-age story about race, class and motherhood, BREACH by Antoinette Nwandu and directed by Lisa Portes, examines how hard it is to love others when it's you that you loathe most of all.
 
   
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.
 
   
Surely Goodness and Mercy Feb 14 - Mar 18, 2018  
Redtwist Theatre Surely Goodness and Mercy
 
A powerful new drama with incredible heart and humor. Tino is a Newark schoolboy sent to live with an abusive aunt after his mother dies protecting him in a street fight. Seeking solace, Tino befriends the cantankerous lunch lady at school who has been diagnosed with MS. The moving, heartwarming climax shows these two unlikely friends helping each other navigate a harsh world.
 
   
Paw Patrol Live! The Great Pirate Adventure Feb 17 - Feb 18, 2018  
Chicago Theatre Paw Patrol Live! The Great Pirate Adventure
 
X barks the spot in the new tour PAW Patrol Live! "The Great Pirate Adventure"! It's Pirate Day in Adventure Bay, and Mayor Goodway is getting ready for a big celebration! But first, Ryder and his team of pirate pups must rescue Cap'n Turbot from a mysterious cavern. When they do, they also discover a secret pirate treasure map! The PAW Patrol set out over land and sea to find the treasure for Mayor Goodway's celebration before Mayor Humdinger finds it first! The pups will need all paws on deck for this pirate adventure, including some help from the newest pup ... Tracker!
 
   
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.
 
   
Cyrano Mar 3 - Apr 15, 2018  
BoHo Theatre at Theater Wit Cyrano
 
BoHo presents the Chicago premiere of this sharp, lean, nine-actor translation of Rostand's immortal play. Set in 17th century France, Cyrano tells the story of a great swordsman with a beautiful soul who is handicapped by a huge nose that makes him feel incapable of being loved by the beautiful Roxane. When he learns that Roxane and a handsome young soldier named Christian are infatuated with each other, he writes beautiful love letters for her suitor that lead to a tragic love triangle.
 
   
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.
 
   
On Your Feet Mar 21 - Apr 8, 2018  
Cadillac Palace Theatre On Your Feet
 
ON YOUR FEET! is the story of two people who-through an unwavering dedication to one another and their pursuit of the American dream-showcased their talent, their music and their heritage to the world in a remarkable rise to global superstardom. Set to Gloria's chart-topping, smash hits such as "Rhythm Is Gonna Get You, "1-2-3," "Mi Tierra," and "Conga," in addition to new music penned by the Estefans, the show will bring a new sound to Broadway and get audiences on their feet.
 
   
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.
 
   
hang Mar 21 - Apr 29, 2018  
Remy Bumppo Theatre at The Greenhouse Theater Center hang
 
Three people. One room. One woman's unspeakable decision in the balance. As words break down in the face of human suffering, an unnamed woman is ushered into a strange government office in order to make a devastating decision. debbie tucker green's darkly humorous and shatteringly poetic 2015 hit from London's Royal Court places us on the raw knife-edge between justice and retribution.
 
   
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.
 
   
South Pacific Apr 5 - Jun 17, 2018  
Drury Lane- Oakbrook South Pacific
 
More timely than ever, this Rodgers & Hammerstein landmark musical proves that even the backdrop of a tropical paradise cannot shelter its residents from the prejudices of World War II. South Pacific is the winner of the 1950 Pulitzer Prize for Drama and ten Tony Awards including Best Musical.
 
   
Doing It Apr 6 - May 6, 2018  
Victory Gardens Theater - Biograph Doing It
 
After serving seven years in prison, Lettie is released and struggles to make a fresh start. Her children, who have been cared for by her half-sister, want little to do with her. Her re-entry job is anything but gentle as she takes on the dark, harsh world of welding. Trying again and again to create a non-criminal life, Lettie is confronted by her past and must make impossible choices to protect her future. Doing It, directed by Artistic Director Chay Yew (A Wonder In My Soul, The House That Will Not Stand) marks playwright Boo Killebrew's Victory Gardens Theater debut.
 
   
Frost/Nixon Apr 18 - May 20, 2018  
Redtwist Theatre Frost/Nixon
 
Before the legendary Nixon interviews, David Frost was regarded as a low-brow TV huckster...more known as a dashing Brit playboy than a serious journalist, whom the president thought he could outwit in his quest for redemption. But when the cameras roll, Frost spars-and checkmates-the disgraced president into admitting that he not only broke the law, but was still in abject denial that he did anything wrong, summed up by the infamous line, "If the President does it, it's not illegal." A riveting historical drama about the legendary 1977 interviews that sealed the legacy of both men, and established Nixon as a modern-day punchline for abuse of power.
 
   
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.
 
   
How To Use A Knife Apr 26 - Jun 9, 2018  
Shattered Globe Theatre at Theater Wit How To Use A Knife
 
In the chaotic kitchen of a Wall Street restaurant, Chef George is trying to stay sober and keep the trash talking cross-cultural kitchen staff churning out orders on time. While managing two Guatemalan line cooks, a pot smoking white busboy and dealing with a jerk of a boss, George strikes up a surprising friendship with a reserved Ugandan dishwasher. Raw, fast paced and suspenseful, HOW TO USE A KNIFE boils over when personal and moral issues from their pasts are exposed. This high energy drama is fresh off a rolling world premiere shared by four theaters in the National New Play Network.
 
   
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.
 
   
The Explorers Club Apr 27 - May 27, 2018  
Citadel Theatre Company The Explorers Club
 
Armed only with a spoon, an intrepid female explorer ventures into the jungle and returns with Luigi, a suitably exotic-looking member of the lost tribe she's just discovered. Yet the esteemed -- and all male -- members of London's exclusive Explorers Club still refuse to allow her entry. Granted, it's 1879 and well before women's lib, but this particular group of professors aren't exactly setting the world on fire -- one's searching for the East Pole and another believes the lost tribes of Israel actually ended up in Ireland. Tony nominee Nell Benjamin (Legally Blonde) wrote this crazy battle-of-the-sexes comedy, dubbed "wildly funny" by Variety, now coming to the Citadel Theatre in Lake Forest as part of their 15th-anniversary celebration.
 
   
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.
 
   
Sagittarius Ponderosa Jun 27 - Jul 29, 2018  
Redtwist Theatre Sagittarius Ponderosa
 
Archer (still Angela to his family) returns home to the forests of eastern Oregon to care for his sick father. At night under the oldest Ponderosa Pine, he meets a stranger who knows the history of the forests. Sagittarius Ponderosa reveals the enduring ties between the roots beneath our feet and the mysteries of the human heart...and the journey of personal identity we all must take to become ourselves.
 
   
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.
 
   
Cat On A Hot Tin Roof Jul 5 - Aug 26, 2018  
Drury Lane- Oakbrook Cat On A Hot Tin Roof
 
In the heat of the South under the gaze of patriarch Big Daddy, the expectations of marriage and family spoil. A birthday party brings a family's skeletons to the surface as each one fights over the bones. Well known for the 1958 film adaptation starring Elizabeth Taylor, Paul Newman, and Burl Ives which received six Oscar nominations including Best Picture, Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Director, and Best Writing.
 
   
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.
 
   
Little Shop of Horrors Sep 6 - Oct 28, 2018  
Drury Lane- Oakbrook Little Shop of Horrors
 
This gem of a musical inspired by the 1960 dark comedy horror film will charm your heart with infectious do-wop songs and endearing characters. A down on his luck resident of Skid Row is offered the girl of his dreams, fame, and success from an all-powerful, R&B singin' carnivorous plant, but at what cost? Winner of the Drama Desk Award for Best Musical.
 
   
Disney's Beauty and the Beast Nov 9 - Jan 27, 2019  
Drury Lane- Oakbrook Disney's Beauty and the Beast
 
Based on the beloved Academy Award winning Disney film, this nine-time Tony nominated musical continues to win the hearts of people all over the globe. Trapped in her provincial town life, an intelligent, young beauty risks everything to become the heroin of her own story and break a wicked spell imprisoning a castle full of enchanting misfits and a terrifying beast.
 
   
Mamma Mia! Feb 7 - Apr 14, 2019  
Drury Lane- Oakbrook Mamma Mia!
 
Drury Lane concludes its season with the international megahit Mamma Mia! The knockout songs of ABBA tell a hilarious story of marriage, family, and finding where you belong, proving that in the end the winner takes it all. Come see why more than 54 million people worldwide have laughed and danced with joy to this unforgettable jukebox musical.