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The Game's Afoot Aug 28 - Oct 19, 2014  
Drury Lane- Oakbrook The Game's Afoot
 
From the creator of Lend Me A Tenor comes this whodunit filled with twists, turns and murderous pandemonium. It is December 1936 and Broadway star William Gillette, admired the world over for his portrayal of the lengendary Sherlock Holmes, has invited his fellow cast members to his lavish Connecticut castle for a holiday weekend of revelry. When one of the guests is stabbed to death, the festivities in the isolated house quickly turn dangerous. It is up to Gillette who assumes the persona of his beloved Holmes, to track down the killer bfore the next victim appears in this witty, suspenseful caper.
 
   
Ecstasy Aug 28 - Sep 28, 2014  
Cole Theatre at A Red Orchid Theatre Ecstasy
 
An intensely naturalistic and darkly comic portrait of gloom and joy, Ecstasy is the story of six sharply drawn characters and their struggle against despair one evening in a run-down London flat.
 
   
The Whaleship Essex Aug 28 - Oct 11, 2014  
Shattered Globe Theatre at Theater Wit The Whaleship Essex
 
The ship that inspired Melville's Moby-Dick and its crew met with tragedy on November 20, 1820, when it was sunk by an enraged sperm whale in the middle of the Pacific Ocean. Based on first-hand accounts of this event, this imaginative new play is an epic, ensemble tale of survival. Infused with authentic sea chanteys, THE WHALESHIP ESSEX revels in the common language shared by both the theatrical and the nautical worlds, and weaves an historic story of whaling with our modern-day quest for oil, the lifeblood of our economy.
 
   
The Last Cadillac Aug 28 - Sep 21, 2014  
American Demigods at Athenaeum Theatre The Last Cadillac
 
Isaac, a young wanderer on a quest that he doesn't fully understand, breaks into Big Daddy's auto shop and finds himself on the wrong end of a shotgun, an event that will change both their lives forever. Isaac goes to work for Big Daddy to pay off his debt, and he soon discovers there's more to this garage than meets the eye. In addition to the captivating beauty of a young tomboy named Sam and a potentially dangerous rival named Elijah, Isaac meets Big Daddy's friends, who might just be a group of ancient African deities in exile. A tale of gods, grease, lost cities and found heritage, The Last Cadillac is an unforgettable blend of ancient mythology and contemporary drama.
 
   
Brighton Beach Memoirs Aug 28 - Oct 19, 2014  
Fox Valley Repertory Brighton Beach Memoirs
 
Family life in 1937 was tough for 15-year-old Eugene Jerome: War was on the way, money was tight, liver was always for dinner, and as Eugene's father would point out, "If you didn't have a problem, you wouldn't live in this house." Living with six other Jewish-American family members under one roof doesn't afford him much privacy, but it does provide him with plenty of ammunition for his budding career as a writer. His journal excerpts are a true recipe for hilarity, as he introduces his over-worked father, his under-appreciated mother, his worldy older brother Stanley, his pampered cousins Nora and Laurie, and his widowed, asthmatic Aunt Blanche. This bittersweet memoir is an affectionate, entertaining lesson in overcoming hard times with warmth and humor. His memoirs about baseball, girls, and life in Brooklyn remind us all that love and laughter prevails.
 
   
References to Salvador Dali Make Me Hot Aug 28 - Sep 7, 2014  
The Den Theatre References to Salvador Dali Make Me Hot
 
Poetic and seductive, References to Salvador Dalí Make Me Hot presents a world in which Gabriela's best friend is the distant moon, her cat dares to sleep with a dangerous coyote, and the man she loves may have grown distant forever. Gabriela's memories, hopes, and fears shape her struggle to find meaningful connection- will love always be a risk?
 
   
Smash Aug 29 - Oct 11, 2014  
Piccolo Theatre Smash
 
A millionaire socialist vanishes from his bride, fearing his passion for her will prevent his plan to overthrow the British government. Disguised as a laborer, he infiltrates the all girls' school Alton College, planting the seeds of socialism in the minds of future consorts of cabinet ministers and kings. Yet it is he who receives a progressive education from a sixth-form student with an agenda of her own. Equal parts political comedy and comedy of manners complete with love triangles, mistaken identities, pistols and position - this stylish and cunning hybrid sparkles with wit and wiles, making even the reddest socialist blush with laughter.
 
   
Angela of Death Aug 29 - Sep 26, 2014  
Annoyance Theatre Angela of Death
 
Angela Ostrowski.is a typical high school girl. She's getting ready to graduate and move on to her "real life." The only problem is, she has a dark secret. Whenever she ends a romantic relationship, the other party ends up dying in some strange, circumstantial fashion. Naturally this doesn't help her reputation at school, as rumors and tensions start to swirl around here. This dark musical comedy features several different genres of music, including traditional theater scores, rap, Latin rhythm, blues, country and dubstep.
 
   
Delirium Aug 29 - Sep 6, 2014  
The Den Theatre Delirium
 
When Jennifer Mullins is given the chance to prove that she can be the reporter she's always dreamt of becoming, the New York Times sends her to interview a severely disturbed little girl in an asylum who supposedly murdered her entire family. As Jen uncovers the secrets of this child's past leading up to the murders, she unknowingly plummets into the impeccably disturbing, psychological nightmare of her own mind. This stunning thriller brings you into the depths of your darkest imaginations with suspense, horror, and an emotionally absorbing story that will leave you speechless.
 
   
The Coward Aug 30 - Oct 5, 2014  
Stage Left Theatre at Theater Wit The Coward
 
Lucidus is a cowardly young gentleman who has never been in a duel, to his father's dismay. When he initiates one, he then hires a common criminal to fight in his place, and the scoundrel makes a bloody mess of things. As duel follows duel with many shots fired, Lucidus finds his reputation growing beyond his wildest expectations. Set in the 1790's (sort of), The Coward is a ridiculous comedy that questions the very concept of honor.
 
   
Death Tax Sep 2 - Oct 12, 2014  
Lookingglass Theatre Death Tax
 
How much would you pay to stay alive? As her health deteriorates, Maxine is convinced her daughter is paying Nurse Tina to "nudge" her into the grave before the new estate tax become law. So Maxine proposes a deal of her own, and the wild ride begins, delivering us, as the title suggests, straight to the intersection of America's two inevitables. Darkly comedic, treacherously suspenseful, engaging and provocative
 
   
Isaac's Eye Sep 2 - Dec 7, 2014  
Writers Theatre Isaac's Eye
 
Hnath playfully reimagines Newton's world with a contemporary conceit and language-stripped of accents and period dialect-as he introduces young Newton to the great Robert Hooke, the most famous and powerful scientist in Britain. The resulting battle of intellects and egos pulses with wit, humor and tension, as the playwright uncovers (and invents) the motivations that drove a young farm boy to become one of the greatest thinkers in human history.
 
   
Mnemonic Sep 2 - Oct 5, 2014  
Red Tape Theatre at Storefront Theater Mnemonic
 
Crossing continents and centuries, Mnemonic's frayed narrative weaves together the discovery of Ötzi the iceman, a woman's search for her absent father and the longing for a love lost. By persistently exploring "how we remember, what we remember, why we remember," Mnemonic calls us to question not only who we are but where we ultimately come from.
 
   
Miracles in the Fall Sep 3 - Oct 5, 2014  
The Greenhouse Theater Center Miracles in the Fall
 
Harking back to the charged family dynamics of Eugene O'Neill's Long Day's Journey into Night, the new play Miracles in the Fall -- winner of the 2013 Dionysos Cup Festival of New Plays -- is a powerful investigation of the intersection of secrets, faith and forgiveness. Set in 1968 Detroit, the play centers on a young Dominican nun, Clare Connelly, who is the caretaker of her alcoholic father, Jimmy. In due course, she uncovers the very secrets that have thrown a pall of shame over the family for many years. A maverick Jesuit priest and Clare's own brother Charlie inspire and challenge Clare in equal measure throughout this sensitive and intelligent drama. Written by local playwright Chuck O'Connor (High Hard Ones), Miracles in the Fall now comes to Greenhouse Theater Center.
 
   
C.S. Lewis on Stage Sep 3 - Oct 19, 2014  
Provision Theater Company C.S. Lewis on Stage
 
Provision Company member Brad Armacost returns with his one-man show about the life of C.S. Lewis, the famous author of The Chronicles of Narnia and The Screwtape Letters. C.S. Lewis on Stage places the audience before the author as he portrays various characters from his books, recites poetry and reveals details of his personality through his correspondence. By the end of this engaging performance, the audience will feel as if they know C.S. Lewis the person and will also know his writing and characters better.
 
   
Genesis Sep 4 - Sep 28, 2014  
Definition Theatre Company at The Den Theatre Genesis
 
1918. Chicago's South Side. Hundreds of thousands of black workers have fled the rural south to seek newfound opportunities in the industrial north, and America's involvement in the Great War is rapidly coming to an end. Walter Senior (Tyrone Phillips) and his wife Lena (Mercedes White) are hoping to cash in on the American dream. Walter's got himself a good job, and Lena is pregnant with their first child, but when tragedy strikes, Walter can't help but lash out. Suddenly, all their hard work now teeters in the balance. Genesis is a play about humanity and how we respond when we hit the wall and feel like we can no longer stand. A heartfelt story about family, solidarity and the ties that bind, Genesis takes us back to where it all began.
 
   
Pretty/Windy Sep 4 - Sep 25, 2014  
The Public House Theatre Pretty/Windy
 
History is written by the winners. Take a tour through time with Pretty/Windy to meet the writers, while discovering through immortal, Breakfast Club-ian themes that there's a Caesar, a Darwin, a Poet, a Dancing Bucket of Chicken and a Winner in everyone. Don't you forget about that. Don't don't don't don't.
 
   
Shakespeare's Antony and Cleopatra: UNDONE Sep 5 - Oct 5, 2014  
Skyline StageWorks at The Side Project Shakespeare's Antony and Cleopatra: UNDONE
 
A four-character adaptation of Shakespeare's classic masterpiece. Presented by Skyline StageWorks, the dissembled and rebuilt version will allow a more complete psychological exploration of the twin protagonists. By giving the politics less stage time, there will be a tighter focus on the humor, humanity, and allure of the characters.
 
   
Jane Eyre Sep 5 - Oct 26, 2014  
Lifeline Theatre Jane Eyre
 
After a troubled childhood, Jane Eyre searches for new purpose as a governess at Thornfield Hall. But a fragile peace gives way to turbulent passion when she meets Mr. Rochester, a man concealing a dark secret. Their unconventional relationship leads to a terrible revelation, and Jane must forge a new future amid the ashes of her ravaged dreams. As she struggles to free herself from the ghosts of her past, Jane realizes that her only hope is to find love on her own terms. A highly theatrical exploration of one woman's independent spirit in a beloved adaptation freshly updated for its first appearance on the Lifeline stage in thirteen years.
 
   
Murder On The Moon Sep 5 - Sep 27, 2014  
The Public House Theatre Murder On The Moon
 
The year is 2056. Earth is destroyed, and humans have colonized the Moon. But while we've left behind our terrestrial home, we haven't left behind our violent natures. Let's Pet Puppies present "Murder On The Moon: A Whodunit of Futuristic Proportions." Join one gumshoe as she searches Robots, Aliens and Humans for answers to heavy matters at zero gravity.
 
   
The Midnight City Sep 6 - Oct 19, 2014  
Firecat Projects at Steppenwolf Theatre The Midnight City
 
The Midnight City is another theater piece inspired by Tony Fitzpatrick and Stan Klein’s friendship. A trilogy featuring the duo began with This Train (2010), Stations Lost (2011) and concluded with Nickel History: The Nation of Heat (2012). Chicago Sun-Times critic Hedy Weiss called This Train an “ideal weave of storytelling, video and music.” Writing about Stations Lost, Chicago Tribune critic Chris Jones said, “Fitzpatrick delivers the news, both local and international, from the point of view of an artist, poet and urban provocateur.” And of Nickel History, Jones noted: “Director Ann Filmer, has wrangled something shrewdly structured and even, to dangle a very dangerous term in the Fitzpatrick aesthetic, bordering on the polished.”
 
   
King Lear Sep 9 - Nov 9, 2014  
Chicago Shakespeare Theater King Lear
 
King Lear is Shakespeare's most towering achievement, a wrenching story of endurance, love, loss and reconciliation. An aging monarch obscured by the shadows of dementia resolves to retire and divides his kingdom among his three daughters. The unexpected consequence of losing everything that defines him is shattering-a reminder that even the most powerful among us can be undone. The brilliantly versatile actor Larry Yando takes on the monumental title role, marking his twenty-third production with Chicago Shakespeare.
 
   
The Downpour Sep 10 - Oct 12, 2014  
The Route 66 Theatre Company at The Greenhouse Theater Center The Downpour
 
Anger and fear mix with love and bravery in The Downpour, a new family drama about a pair of adult sisters with deep bonds -- and equally deep wounds. Written by Caitlin Parrish, whose credits include A Twist of Water and the TV series Under the Dome, The Downpour centers on younger sister Hazel and older sister Robin at a decisive moment in their relationship. When Robin, who has taken care of Hazel since their harrowing childhood, announces that she's expecting a baby, the sisters' fragile relationship explodes.
 
   
Cats Sep 10 - Oct 12, 2014  
Paramount Theatre Cats
 
Packed with heart-pounding musical numbers including the show-stopping "Memory," CATS is a dance-driven extravaganza entirely based on T.S. Eliot's collection of poetry, Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats. The action takes place on the most sacred night of the year as a tribe of felines prepare for the Jellicle Ball. Every member of the tribe tries to prove they're worthy enough to be "the one" selected to be reborn in the afterlife and live for eternity in the glorious "Heaviside Layer."
 
   
Native Son Sep 11 - Oct 12, 2014  
Court Theatre Native Son
 
Richard Wright's iconic novel about oppression, freedom, and justice comes to life on stage in this ground-breaking, world premiere adaptation. Suffocating in rat-infested poverty on the South Side of Chicago in the 1930s, 20-year-old Bigger Thomas struggles to find a place for himself in a world whose prejudice has shut him out. After taking a job in a wealthy white man's house, Bigger unwittingly unleashes a series of events that violently and irrevocably seal his fate. Adapted with theatrical ingenuity by Chicago's own Nambi E. Kelley, and co-produced with American Blues Theater, this Native Son captures the power of Richard Wright's novel for a whole new generation.
 
   
Women On The Verge Of A Nervous Breakdown Sep 11 - Oct 12, 2014  
Theatre At The Center Women On The Verge Of A Nervous Breakdown
 
Set in 1980's Madrid, WOMEN ON THE VERGE OF A NERVOUS BREAKDOWN introduces actress and singer Pepa (Jeff Award-Winner Cory Goodrich) who is heartbroken by her charming yet deceitful lover, Ivan (Jeff Award-Nominee Larry Adams). The plot thickens as his ex-wife of questionable sanity Lucia (Jeff Award-Winner Hollis Resnik) and their passionate and curious son Carlos (Jeff Award-nominee Nathan Gardner) show up. Chaos ensues when Pepa's naïve best friend Candela (Jeff Award-Winner Summer Smart) falls in love with a possible terrorist and is wanted by the police. The show is comically narrated by a wise taxi driver (Jeff Award-nominee Bernie Yvon) who provides tissues, mints and advice to the colorful characters along the way.
 
   
The Commons of Pensacola Sep 12 - Oct 19, 2014  
Northlight Theatre The Commons of Pensacola
 
Judith is a woman in exile, relegated to a Florida condo after her husband's Madoff-like crimes have expelled her from a luxurious life. Family ties are tested when her daughter Becca comes to visit for Thanksgiving, joined by Becca's filmmaker boyfriend and rebellious niece. Guilt by association, lost wealth, and questionable motives make trying to love your family an uncommonly difficult challenge in this funny, incisive and timely new drama.
 
   
Rest Sep 12 - Oct 12, 2014  
Victory Gardens Theater - Biograph Rest
 
A retirement home in northern Idaho is being shut down, and only three residents and a bare-bones staff remain. When a record breaking blizzard blows into town and an elderly resident disappears into the storm, everyone is brought to face their own mortality. Samuel D. Hunter (from last season's hit The Whale) returns with a tender and heartbreakingly funny play about life's unexpected beginnings and endings.
 
   
Season On The Line Sep 12 - Oct 26, 2014  
The House Theatre of Chicago at Chopin Theatre Season On The Line
 
Pfautsch's modern adaptation, Season on the Line, is a love letter to American theater featuring a 19 person cast. Melville's story of the hunt for the white whale is transformed into the Bad Settlement Theatre Company, beleaguered by a dilapidated building, strained finances and a tyrannical artistic director with a singular focus: the first-ever perfect production of Moby-Dick. A novice assistant stage manager joins the ranks at the top of the company's make-or-break season and is thrown quickly into the fray. Mirroring Melville's unconventional form, Season on the Line is the young narrator's look back at the industry he has grown to love, even as those around him pay the ultimate price in pursuit of their own great white whale.
 
   
Alice Invents a Little Game and Alice Always Wins Sep 12 - Oct 5, 2014  
Forget Me Not Theatre Company at The Den Theatre Alice Invents a Little Game and Alice Always Wins
 
From Nick Flynn, the author of acclaimed memoirs Another Bullsh*t Night in Suck City and The Ticking is the Bomb, comes an enigmatic and haunting stage play, Alice Invents a Little Game and Alice Always Wins. In the wake of a natural disaster in their city, four strangers find themselves locked out of their homes, abandoned on the sidewalk. Day by day, they become friends, enemies, and everything else in between. Now Ben Kaye directs this tale of desperation, dreaming and donuts for the Forget Me Not Theatre Company.
 
   
Hack/Slash Sep 12 - Nov 1, 2014  
Chemically Imbalanced Theater Hack/Slash
 
Hack/Slash is the story of horror victim survivor Cassie Hack who, together with her disfigured sidekick Vlad, travels the country (and sometimes the underworld) fighting evil slashers who refuse to just lay down and die even after being burned, impaled and shot 20 times. The original comic book series, on which this production is based, ended its run in May of 2013. The series was recently relaunched by Image Comics as Hack/Slash: Son of Samhain and is co-written by Seeley's brother Steve Seeley and Michael Moreci.
 
   
The Good Doctor Sep 12 - Sep 27, 2014  
Jedlicka Performing Arts Center The Good Doctor
 
In Neil Simon's Tony Award-winning comedy, an unnamed writer (obviously meant to represent Anton Chekhov himself) suffers from writer's block and his own artistic temperament as he narrates to the audience several of his stories: a fiesty old woman storms a bank and upbraids the manager for his gout and lack of money; a father takes his son to a house where he will be initiated into the mysteries of sex, only to relent at the last moment and leave the boy more perplexed than ever; and let's not forget the classic tale of a man who offers to drown himself for three rubles. The stories are droll, the portraits affectionate, the humor infectious and the fun unending.
 
   
Macbeth Sep 13 - Sep 21, 2014  
Chicago Opera Theater at Harris Theater Macbeth
 
Conducted by Francesco Milioto and directed and designed by COT General Director Andreas Mitisek, "Macbeth" features the collective talents of COT, the Chicago Sinfonietta and the Apollo Chorus under the direction of Stephen Alltop. Together they provide an expressive soundscape for this bone-chilling thriller based on themes of ambition, treachery and deception. The opera will be performed in English, maintaining much of Shakespeare's original text.
 
   
The World of Extreme Happiness Sep 13 - Oct 12, 2014  
Goodman Theatre The World of Extreme Happiness
 
The World of Extreme Happiness centers on Sunny, who was unwanted from the moment she was born in rural China because she's not a boy, and who migrates to the city in pursuit of urban success. As naïve as she is ambitious, Sunny views her new job in a grueling factory as a stepping stone to untold opportunities. When fate casts her as a company spokeswoman at a sham PR event, Sunny's bright outlook starts to unravel in a series of harrowing and darkly comic events, as she begins to question a system enriching itself by destroying its own people.
 
   
Fail/Safe Sep 14 - Oct 14, 2014  
Strawdog Theatre Fail/Safe
 
Some plays push you to the edge of seat, but only Fail/Safe will leave you sitting on the brink of eternity. This world premiere from Strawdog Theatre Company takes you back to the Cold War at its absolute iciest. Adapted from Sidney Lumet's 1964 movie starring Henry Fonda, Fail/Safe effectively imagines a nightmare scenario where a systems failure threatens to trigger World War III. As time runs out, the President and his advisers scramble to find a strategy that will save the planet from a nuclear holocaust. Anderson Lawfer directs this new work based on the gripping novel by Professors Eugene Burdick and Harvey Wheeler at the Strawdog Theatre.
 
   
All My Sons Sep 16 - Nov 15, 2014  
Raven Theatre All My Sons
 
Miller's play masterfully combines a postwar setting with themes that date back to Greek tragedies into a drama that remains timeless. Joe Keller is a 60-year-old businessman who, knowingly or unknowingly, sold faulty parts for fighter jets to the U.S. Air Force, resulting in 21 crashes and the deaths of dozens of airmen during the war. The son of Joe's former business partner, who was convicted of negligence for those actions while Joe was exonerated, accuses Joe of falsely shifting blame to his partner. The accusation creates a rift between Joe and his son Chris, who is engaged to the partner's daughter.
 
   
The Night Alive Sep 18 - Nov 16, 2014  
Steppenwolf Theatre The Night Alive
 
The kindness of strangers comes with complications. Tommy is getting by-kind of: he is crashing in his uncle's ramshackle house in Dublin, dodging his estranged family, and plotting a parade of get-rich-quick scenes with his buddy Doc. Then one day he defends a destitute woman against a violent attack, and a fragile glimmer of hope appears as Tommy tends to her in his run-down room. From the author of The Weir, Shining City and The Seafarer comes this compelling new drama-by turns funny and frightening, but always deeply human.
 
   
Agreed Upon Fictions Sep 18 - Oct 25, 2014  
16th Street Theater at Berwyn Cultural Center Agreed Upon Fictions
 
. Katie is a good mother. She's a natural Good Samaritan in her quiet suburb, and her family is happy and secure. But when the most vulnerable member of the community is revealed as a threat, Katie's instincts lead her to try to protect both her neighbor and her family, leaving no one feeling safe.
 
   
Dial "M" For Murder Sep 18 - Oct 19, 2014  
Metropolis Performing Arts Centre Dial
 
Best known for its classic Alfred Hitchcock-helmed film adaptation, Dial "M" for Murder was first a successful stage play written by another English master of suspense, Frederick Knott (Wait Until Dark). After marrying for money, Tony Wendice plans to murder his unfortunate wife to claim her fortune for himself. He arranges the perfect crime ... but things don't go quite according to plan. His wife survives, and the contract killer hired to do her in ends up dead. This masterpiece of construction and plotting weaves a tangled web of clues and red herrings, back-stabbings and blackmail that will keep you hooked from start to finish.
 
   
The Monster In The Hall Sep 19 - Oct 26, 2014  
Filament Theatre The Monster In The Hall
 
Duck Macatarsney is an imaginative, quick-talking teenager named after the Ducati Monster, her mother's favorite motorcycle. In caring for her dope-smoking MS-stricken father, obsessing over her high school crush, and preserving the memory of her mother, Duck can find life a wee bit overwhelming. When Duck learns that Social Services is sending an inspector to see how she and her father are 'getting on,' Duck and her father must put on a show of normalcy. This would be fine, except teen heart-throb Lawrence has just come over with a strange proposal, there's a Norwegian death metal chick at the front door and this morning Duck's dad has woken up blind. Developed through workshops and conversations with real teenage caretakers, THE MONSTER IN THE HALL explores family and community through 60's pop music, video games, and a high speed motorcycle chase.
 
   
A Kurt Weill Cabaret Sep 19 - Oct 19, 2014  
Theo Ubique Cabaret Theatre at No Exit Cafe A Kurt Weill Cabaret
 
A cabaret of songs by the German-born composer of "September Song" and "Mack the Knife." A Kurt Weill Cabaret will feature new arrangements and musical direction by two-time Jeff-Award winner Jeremy Ramey. Weill, who began his career in Germany, emigrated to the U.S. in 1935 where he went on to write Broadway musicals with lyricists including Ogden Nash, Ira Gershwin and Maxwell Anderson. Ramey, honored by the Jeffs for his musical direction of Smokey Joe's Cafe and The Light in the Piazza, was previously music director for Theo Ubique's Aspects of Love, Passion, and Master Class.
 
   
Bingo's Birthday Sep 20 - Jan 4, 2015  
Emerald City's Little Theatre Bingo's Birthday
 
You are invited to the birthday party of a very special dog, and Bingo is his name-o! Everything is ready, but Farmers Pickle and Tickle can't find the guest of honor. Is he near or far? Up or down? Over or under? Explore the farm and help find Bingo in this intimate, theatrical celebration. This unique experience places you and your little ones in an interactive and magical playground where anything goes. A theatre experience specially designed for ages 0 to 4
 
   
Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde Sep 20 - Oct 19, 2014  
Idle Muse Theatre Company at Rivendell Theatre Ensemble Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde
 
A whip-smart and shocking version of a classic tale of lust, love, horror, and the depravity which lurks within us all.
 
   
Danny Casolaro Died For You Sep 23 - Dec 21, 2014  
TimeLine Theatre Company Danny Casolaro Died For You
 
This thriller is based on the true story of Danny Casolaro, a freelance reporter investigating high-level corruption in the Reagan/Bush Justice Department. A year into uncovering information, Casolaro was found dead in a Virginia motel room, his arms slashed more than a dozen times. The authorities called it suicide, but a host of conspiracy theorists-and the House Judiciary Committee-disagreed. Casolaro's recovered notes detailed his plan to expose several major players behind numerous clandestine activities, including the Iran hostage situation, Nicaragua arms-for-drugs deals, and much more. Playwright Dominic Orlando-a cousin of Casolaro-pulls the curtain back on Danny's journey and the ultimate price he paid trying to find the truth.
 
   
Evil Dead - The Musical Sep 23 - Oct 12, 2014  
Broadway Playhouse Evil Dead - The Musical
 
Evil Dead - The Musical, the hilarious, record-breaking Canadian musical (created by George Reinblatt, Frank Cipolla, Melissa Morris and Christopher Bond) tells the outrageous story of five college friends spending the weekend in an abandoned cabin in the woods after accidentally unleashing an evil force that turns them all into demons. The original production, based on the Evil Dead film franchise, opened 11 years ago in Toronto and enjoyed an immensely popular run, with 150 productions eventually presented in cities around the world with sold-out houses and rave reviews from critics.
 
   
John Doe Sep 25 - Oct 25, 2014  
Trap Door Theatre John Doe
 
Based on the text of Stanislaw Witkiewicz's Madman and the Nun, "John Doe" tragically follows how the beauty in madness is poisoned by the toxic remedy of normalization.
 
   
Dinner With Friends Sep 25 - Nov 9, 2014  
Oil Lamp Theater Dinner With Friends
 
Described by the playwright as a "rueful comedy," Dinner With Friends introduces us to Gabe (Chris Miller) and Karen (Megan Skord-Campbell), two middle-aged international food writers who are happily married and living in suburban Connecticut. They have been close friends for many years with Tom (Eric Bays) and Beth (Laura Coleman), another married couple. In fact, Tom and Beth first met each other at a dinner party hosted by Gabe and Karen.
 
   
The Cryptogram Sep 26 - Nov 16, 2014  
Profiles Theatre - The Alley Stage The Cryptogram
 
Pulitzer Prize-winning author David Mamet's rarely produced masterpiece, The Cryptogram, celebrates its 20th Anniversary at Profiles Theatre. Mamet combines mercurial intelligence with genuinely Hitchcockian menace as this gripping play journeys back into childhood and the moment of its vanishing - when the sheltering world suddenly reveals itself as a place full of dangers. One late evening in 1959, a young boy sits waiting up for his father in anticipation of their camping trip. While his mother urges him to go to sleep, a family friend tries to entertain them or perhaps distract them. Mamet re-creates a child's terrifying discovery that the grownups speak in code - a code that may never be breakable.
 
   
Ching Chong Chinaman Sep 27 - Oct 19, 2014  
A-Squared Theatre Workshop at Raven Theatre Ching Chong Chinaman
 
Lauren Yee's Ching Chong Chinaman satirizes the Asian American identity and explores what happens when a Chinese American family loses all sense of their cultural heritage. The ultra-assimilated Wong family is living the American dream, but not all is perfect. Upton, the Wongs' youngest child, dreams of becoming a World of Warcraft champion and the only things that stand in his way are his daily chores and homework. Desdemona, the Wongs' daughter, has goals of attending Princeton, but her math grades are not up to par. Upton comes up with an idea to solve both their problem by acquiring Jinqiang, a Chinese indentured servant who envisions an American dream of his own.
 
   
Alice Sep 27 - Nov 2, 2014  
Neo-Futurists Alice
 
Alice is an ambulatory, multi-disciplinary theatrical experience. The audience, traveling in groups of 15, follows a white rabbit to various locations throughout the Andersonville neighborhood. Ducking into storerooms and back patios, through bookstores and taverns and galleries, the audience IS Alice and the Andersonville neighborhood becomes a wonderland. Chapters of the book are divided amongst Chicago fringe theater companies, visual and film artists and performed in various locations throughout the neighborhood. Tours beginn at 1:00 p.m. and leaving every 15 minutes until 2:00 p.m. All tours start at The Neo-Futurarium, 5153 N. Ashland.
 
   
The Gravedigger Oct 1 - Nov 2, 2014  
First Folio Theatre The Gravedigger
 
Playwright Joseph Zettelmaier, who has a penchant for haunting tales and drama, worked on the script for THE GRAVEDIGGER for five years. He first read Frankenstein in high school and found it so engaging that he wanted to continue the story. His plays have been described by American Theater Magazine as "....infused with an idiosyncratic sense of humor, but he never shies away from darker emotions."
 
   
Owners Oct 2 - Nov 2, 2014  
Interrobang Theatre Project at Athenaeum Theatre Owners
 
Marion's husband wants her dead, but she's too busy to notice. The North London real estate market is booming, and she's out to make a killing. When Marion discovers she can't buy out a family from one of her properties, she takes ownership of their most prized possession.
 
   
Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street Oct 3 - Nov 9, 2014  
Porchlight Music Theatre at Stage 773 Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street
 
One of Sondheim's most beloved pieces, based on the Victorian era serial, this Tony and Olivier Award-winning musical is a spine-chilling masterpiece of obsession, retribution and culinary curiosity telling the tale of London barber Benjamin Barker (Porchlight Artistic Associate David Girolmo). Torn from his family and exiled for 15 years on a miscarriage of justice, Barker returns home to a city as corrupt as when he left. Hell-bent on revenge after learning the agonizing fate of his wife and daughter, he assumes the guise of Sweeney Todd and takes up his razors to dish out a brutal recipe of justice with the help of infatuated and enterprising meat pie-maker Nellie Lovett (Porchlight Artistic Associate Rebecca Finnegan). Sweeney Todd is the latest collaboration between multi-Jeff Award-winners Michael Weber and Doug Peck who, together, brought Pal Joey and Assassins to the Porchlight stage, both productions being nominated for the Best Production - Musical Equity Jeff Award.
 
   
Goldilocks and the Three Bears Oct 4 - Jan 3, 2015  
Emerald City Theatre Company at Apollo Theater Goldilocks and the Three Bears
 
While Papa Bear, Mama Bear, and Baby Bear live contentedly in the woods, spitfire Goldilocks sets out on her own adventure. When the worlds of bears and people collide, everyone learns that girls and bears aren't as ferocious as they may seem. Award-winning writers George Stiles and Anthony Drewe (creators of Honk!, Mary Poppins on Broadway, and Emerald City's The Three Little Pigs) inject a bear-sized helping of music and mayhem into this classic fairytale making it "just right" for the entire family.
 
   
Amazing Grace Oct 9 - Nov 2, 2014  
Bank of America Theatre Amazing Grace
 
AMAZING GRACE is a world premiere musical based on the awe-inspiring true story behind the world's most beloved song. A captivating tale of romance, rebellion and redemption, this radiant production follows one man whose incredible journey ignited a historic wave of change.
 
   
Animal Farm Oct 15 - Nov 9, 2014  
Steppenwolf for Young Adults at Steppenwolf Theatre Animal Farm
 
George Orwell's revolutionary masterpiece comes to the stage with Steppenwolf for Young Adults' world premiere adaptation of Animal Farm. After revolting against the reign of their negligent human master, the animals of Mr. Jones's farm create their own ideal society in which all animals are equal and rules are set by democratic vote. It's all working pretty well until the allure of power leads the animals to a chilling fate. Animal Farm illustrates how new tyranny replaces old and power corrupts even the noblest of causes.
 
   
Frederick Oct 15 - Nov 16, 2014  
Chicago Children's Theatre at Ruth Page Center For Arts Frederick
 
While other mice are gathering food for the winter, Frederick daydreams the summer away. When dreary weather comes, it is Frederick who has stored up something special for the long cold winter. The classic, much-loved early reading book celebrates the idea that there is a place for all of us in this world.
 
   
The Hundred Flowers Project Oct 16 - Nov 23, 2014  
Silk Road Rising at Chicago Temple The Hundred Flowers Project
 
Digital media becomes the perfect "ally" for a group of actors collectively creating a play about Mao Tse Tung's Cultural Revolution. As their work-in-progress starts morphing into a propaganda play about the play itself, disturbing questions arise as to who, or what, is controlling the narrative.
 
   
Parade Oct 17 - Nov 16, 2014  
Bohemian Theatre Ensemble at Theater Wit Parade
 
Written by Pulitzer Prize-winner Alfred Uhry (Driving Miss Daisy), this stirring Broadway musical is based on the real-life story of Jewish factory foreman Leo Frank, who was convicted for the rape and killing of a 13-year-old girl in 1913 Atlanta. Set against the backdrop of Frank's controversial trial, this powerful story is part murder mystery, part social commentary and an exploration of the love that grows between Leo and his wife Lucille as they work to fight for his freedom against overwhelming anti-semitism. Parade won the 1999 Tony Award for Best Book and Best Musical Score, and closes out BoHo Theatre's 10th season.
 
   
Titanic Oct 18 - Dec 7, 2014  
Griffin Theatre Company at Theater Wit Titanic
 
Chicago will be the first major U.S. city to experience this newly reworked, intimate musical telling of the passengers - first, second and third class - aboard the ill-fated luxury liner Titanic in the nights leading up to the ship's fatal encounter with an iceberg in the North Atlantic in 1912.
 
   
Strandline Oct 23 - Dec 7, 2014  
A Red Orchid Theatre Strandline
 
A richly comic, searing drama by Abbie Spallen, one of Ireland's most exciting playwrights and winner of the Steward Parker Trust Award and the The Susan Smith Blackburn Prize. In a small coastal village in Northern Ireland, three local women reluctantly join Mairin, an outsider and an artist, in mourning the death of her husband. Everyone is there for a reason, but each has a bloody good reason not to be there. With mythical echoes, Strandline turns a sharp eye on small-town social and economic realities.
 
   
The Lieutenant Of Inishmore Oct 23 - Nov 23, 2014  
AstonRep Theatre Company at Raven Theatre The Lieutenant Of Inishmore
 
THE LIEUTENANT OF INISHMORE is set in 1993 when the Northern Ireland peace process is struggling to come together and Mad Padraic, a member of the Irish National Liberation Army, chooses to leave Belfast and return to Inishmore upon the news that his beloved cat is ill. When he returns home he learns that his cat has in fact suffered a much more tragic and immediate fate. Padraic, a man whose mentally instability is legendary, is now intent on revenge at any costs.
 
   
The B.F.G. (Big Friendly Giant) Oct 25 - Jan 4, 2015  
Emerald City Theatre Company at Apollo Theater The B.F.G. (Big Friendly Giant)
 
One night, lonely orphan Sophie is snatched away to an enchanted land by a giant who blows magical dreams into children's bedrooms. Her harmless, large-eared captor is none other than The Big Friendly Giant (or The BFG as generations of Roald Dahl fans know him). When more menacing giants threaten to munch on human beans, the pair of misfits embarks on an unforgettable adventure proving heroes come in all shapes and sizes.
 
   
Camelot Oct 30 - Jan 4, 2015  
Drury Lane- Oakbrook Camelot
 
Adapted from T.H. White's novel The Once and Future King, Camelot is a valiant Broadway musical that will transport audiences to the magical and mythical days of medieval England. The legendary characters King Arthur, Queen Guenevere, Sir Lancelot and Merlyn come alive in this exciting tale of love and chivalry. The classic production features a lush, romantic score including "If Ever I Would Leave You," "Camelot," "How to Handle a Woman," and "Follow Me."
 
   
Great Expectations Oct 31 - Dec 20, 2014  
Strawdog Theatre Great Expectations
 
Strawdog's smash hit returns to the stage for a 2nd year in a row. A cast of six quick-change their way through nearly 40 characters as the classic novel is reinvented as a fast-paced theatrical feat, courtesy a daring adaptation by Gale Childs Daly. An orphan is plucked from poverty and thrust into the upper class, his benefactor's identity and motives hidden by lawyers and other minions. As Pip tries to find love and a living in his radically changed circumstances, he untangles a fascinating web of secret identities and hidden pasts.
 
   
Dee Snider's Rock and Roll Christmas Tale Nov 4 - Jan 4, 2015  
Broadway Playhouse Dee Snider's Rock and Roll Christmas Tale
 
DEE SNIDER'S ROCK & ROLL CHRISTMAS TALE tells the story of Däisy Cütter, a heavy metal bar band looking to make it big even though the 80s are LONG over. This year, these four guys are ready to take the ultimate step and, in mythic rock tradition, sell their souls to the devil in exchange for success beyond their wildest metal dreams! But every time they try to seal the infernal pact, their head-banging anthems turn into warm-hearted carols. Soon these rockers are forced to realize their dreams of stardom are no match for the Christmas spirit. Dee Snider, infamous lead singer of Twisted Sister, has created a VERY funny, VERY rocking and (sshhh!) VERY sweet new holiday musical, guaranteed to rock your whole family's holiday and twist your Christmas.
 
   
Iphigenia in Aulis Nov 6 - Dec 7, 2014  
Court Theatre Iphigenia in Aulis
 
Inspired by the incredible success of An Iliad, Artistic Director Charles Newell takes on Euripides' ancient tale of power and sacrifice in Iphigenia in Aulis. As the Greek army restlessly paces the silent shores of Aulis, King Agamemnon is faced with a harrowing decision. In return for the winds that would carry his army to victory over Troy, the goddess Artemis has demanded the impossible: the sacrifice of the King's own daughter, Iphigenia. In a translation by Court's Founding Artistic Director Nicholas Rudall, Iphigenia at Aulis is the first installment in a three-year cycle of Greek plays, followed by Aeschylus' Agamemnon and Sophocles' Electra.
 
   
The Mousetrap Nov 7 - Dec 14, 2014  
Northlight Theatre The Mousetrap
 
On a snowy night at Monkswell Manor, newlyweds Mollie and Giles welcome a group of strangers to their guest house, only to discover news of a murderer in their midst! A police investigation reveals the sordid details of each guest's mysterious past, but not soon enough to stop the killer from striking again. Agatha Christie's masterful whodunit weaves an intricate plot filled with nerve-rattling suspense, all leading up to the ultimate final twist!
 
   
Hellcab Nov 7 - Jan 11, 2015  
Profiles Theatre - The Main Stage Hellcab
 
For the third consecutive season, Profiles remounts its acclaimed production of Will Kern's Hellcab for the holidays. During the longest night of his life, a cab driver transports a bizarre and mysterious array of customers through the gritty streets of Chicago. Kern draws from personal experience as a former cabbie to create this alternately frightening, hilarious and poignant journey. Throughout his long shift, the eclectic collection of passengers includes a trio of drug-addicts, a born-again couple, a smug lawyer, and a randy duo on their way to a motel. Set during a bitter cold Christmas Eve, Hellcab presents a rear-view image mirroring the passing parade of humanity.
 
   
The Testament of Mary Nov 14 - Dec 14, 2014  
Victory Gardens Theater - Biograph The Testament of Mary
 
A 2013 Tony Award nominee for Best Play, this incisive, intelligent and profoundly challenging work recounts in riveting detail Mary's narrative of the last days in the life of her son, Jesus. Hailed as "beautiful and daring" by the New York Times, acclaimed author Colm Toibín brings the world's most famous mother to life in this fiercely lyrical solo play.
 
   
Annie Nov 18 - Nov 30, 2014  
Cadillac Palace Theatre Annie
 
Leapin' Lizards! The world's best-loved musical returns in time-honored form. Directed by original lyricist and director Martin Charnin, this production of ANNIE will be a brand new incarnation of the iconic original. Featuring book and score by Tony Award-winners Thomas Meehan, Charles Strouse and Martin Charnin, ANNIE includes such unforgettable songs as "It's the Hard Knock Life," "Easy Street," "I Don't Need Anything But You," plus the eternal anthem of optimism, "Tomorrow." Choreography is by Liza Gennaro, who will incorporate selections from her father Peter Gennaro's 1977 Tony Award-winning choreography.
 
   
Hansel and Gretel: A Wickedly Delicious Musical Treat Nov 22 - Jan 4, 2015  
Emerald City Theatre Company at Broadway Playhouse Hansel and Gretel: A Wickedly Delicious Musical Treat
 
Fairy tales ROCK, especially this story featuring the fearless sibling duo of Gretel and Hansel! Still reeling from the disappearance of their mother and classmates, Hansel believes with all of his heart that he's found a way to rescue them deep within The Forbidden Forest. Doubtful, the streetwise Gretel follows in pursuit of her dreamer brother. When they come across a candy house, their bond and beliefs are put to the test until love saves the day. This story is brought to musical life through the talents of The Grimm Brothers Band performing a live rock and roll score. Nationally produced playwright Ernie Nolan teams up with GRAMMY -nominated 'kindie' artist Justin Roberts to create a wickedly delicious musical treat for the entire family.
 
   
Buddy Cop 2 Nov 25 - Dec 21, 2014  
Pavement Group at Theater Wit Buddy Cop 2
 
Called "charming, offbeat, (and) sneakily funny" by The New York Times, this alternative holiday offering features Cyd Blakewell and Joe Zarrow - both Pavement Group company members - plus Gabe Franken and Leah Raidt.
 
   
Airline Highway Dec 4 - Feb 8, 2015  
Steppenwolf Theatre Airline Highway
 
In the parking lot of The Hummingbird, a once-glamorous motel on New Orleans' infamous Airline Highway, a group of friends gather. A rag-tag collection of strippers, hustlers and philosophers have come together to celebrate the life of Miss Ruby, an iconic burlesque performer who has requested a funeral before she dies. The party rages through the night as old friends resurface to pay their respects. A world premiere from the author of Detroit, Airline Highway is a boisterous and moving ode to the outcasts that make life a little more interesting.
 
   
Newsies Dec 10 - Jan 4, 2015  
Bank of America Theatre Newsies
 
Set in New York City at the turn of the century, 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 publishing titans Joseph Pulitzer and William Randolph Hearst raise distribution prices at the newsboys' expense, Jack finds a cause to fight for and rallies newsies from across the city to strike for what's right.
 
   
Sherlock Holmes and the Case of the Christmas Goose Dec 10 - Jan 3, 2015  
Raven Theatre Sherlock Holmes and the Case of the Christmas Goose
 
Everyone knows Scrooge and Mr. Potter, but can the holiday spirit work its magic on everyone's favorite man of mystery? Now in a fully realized stage version, Raven Theatre's Sherlock Holmes and the Case of the Christmas Goose follows Holmes and Watson as they investigate the mysterious theft and even more mysterious discovery of the Countess of Morcar's blue carbuncle. With a dash of Christmas intrigue and a heap of good will, Raven's holiday offering is fun for the whole family!
 
   
Cinderella Dec 16 - Jan 4, 2015  
Cadillac Palace Theatre Cinderella
 
With its fresh new take on the beloved tale of a young woman who is transformed from a chambermaid into a princess, this hilarious and romantic CINDERELLA combines the story's classic elements - glass slippers, pumpkin, and a beautiful ball along with some surprise twists. More than just a pretty face with the right shoe size, this Cinderella is a surprisingly contemporary figure living in a fairytale setting. She is a spirited young woman with savvy and soul who is eager to develop a world view. She doesn't let her rags or her gowns trip her up in her quest for kindness, compassion and forgiveness. She not only fights for her own dreams, but forces the prince to open his eyes to the world around him and realize his dreams too.
 
   
West Side Story Jan 15 - Mar 15, 2015  
Drury Lane- Oakbrook West Side Story
 
Drury Lane closes its 30th anniversary season with one of the world's greatest love stories. A modern retelling of Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet, West Side Story tells the tale of two star crossed lovers caught between rival gangs. A revolutionary work that changed the course of the American musical, West Side Story features an electrifying Latin and jazz-infused score including "Somewhere," "Tonight," "I Feel Pretty," and "America".
 
   
Waiting for Godot Jan 15 - Feb 15, 2015  
Court Theatre Waiting for Godot
 
On a lonely country road, beneath a barren tree, two vagabonds wait for a man named Mr. Godot. As the evening unfolds, a desperate, humorous, and unchanging universe is revealed that has delighted and challenged audiences for over half a century. Resident Artist Ron OJ Parson (Seven Guitars) returns to direct this absurdist classic with an all-star cast featuring Court Theatre favorites A.C. Smith, Allen Gilmore, and Alfred Wilson. As elusive as it is illuminating, Waiting for Godot offers a haunting meditation on the meaning of human existence.
 
   
Accidentally Like a Martyr Jan 15 - Mar 1, 2015  
A Red Orchid Theatre Accidentally Like a Martyr
 
In a dive-y gay bar on Manhattan's lower east side the regulars and the restless others do battle, joke and drink their way through a lonely winter evening. Different generations and backgrounds collide, secrets are revealed and old wounds are torn anew as these survivors come to grips with life, loss and aging in the 21st century. Family and friendship are the focus of this humor filled drama in the tradition of The Time of Your Life and Small Craft Warnings.