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Playing Hearts Sep 2 - Sep 23, 2015  
The Public House Theatre Playing Hearts
 
While many people carry around a bit of emotional baggage, Rick has an entire set of matching luggage -- with extra carry-ons -- as psychology student Allison discovers when she moves next door. In Playing Hearts, written by Tanise Robnett, Rick is at a loss after a breakup with his girlfriend Jade. Having a hard time letting go, Rick creates a fantasy world of women in his head: his junior high crush Lorilyn, the eccentric barfly Sally, an unnamed woman of mystery, and Jade herself. See Talif Production's first play, focusing on contemporary issues of the heart, at Chicago's Public House Theatre.
 
   
How the World Began Sep 2 - Oct 10, 2015  
Rivendell Theatre How the World Began
 
Science and religion collide when a high-school biology teacher relocates from Manhattan to a small Kansas town whose citizens are fighting to recover from a devastating tornado. This fish out of water isn't prepared for the different kind of storm she churns up when she makes an offhand comment in class about the origins of life. Award-winning playwright Catherine Trieschmann explores and respects all sides of the debate over creationism vs. evolution, while spinning a very human story about starting over. See How the World Began in Chicago at Rivendell Theatre.
 
   
Daughters of Ire Sep 2 - Sep 20, 2015  
The Side Project Daughters of Ire
 
This new solo show offers an updated take on the traditional Irish storyteller, also known as the seanchaí, as Savanna Rae spins some engaging tales based on several high-spirited ancient women from the Emerald Isle. Rae wrote and performs in this one-woman piece, titled Daughters of Ire, which opens the 2015-2016 season for The Other Theatre Company. Staged at the intimate Chicago theater space known as The Side Project, Rae brings these characters to life as they face worlds caught up in violence.
 
   
The Bacchae Sep 3 - Sep 26, 2015  
Saltbox Theatre Collective at Madison Street Theatre The Bacchae
 
Staged with a large Greek chorus and half masks, Euripides' most poetically beautiful, as well as thematically difficult, plays is given a fresh translation that retains the lyrical grace of the work while making its classic argument for moderation over pure reason or pure sensuality accessible to modern audiences. The Bacchae is a religious ecstasy full of sensuality, faith and argument that comes to life in Saltbox Theatre Collective's first production. Translated by Chicago's Dr. Nicholas Rudall (Court Theatre, University of Chicago), The Bacchae centers around the conflict between God Dionysis and King Pentheus of Thebes.
 
   
Katrina: Mother-On-Law of 'em All Sep 4 - Oct 4, 2015  
Interrobang Theatre Project at The Den Theatre Katrina: Mother-On-Law of 'em All
 
Katrina: Mother-On-Law of 'em All is set in the famous Mother-in-Law Lounge, located in New Orleans' Treme neighborhood. It follows six individuals as they recount their true, harrowing and yet somehow hopeful stories about surviving one of the worst disasters in U.S. history. Both humorous and poignant - this piece reaches beyond New Orleans, beyond Hurricane Katrina, and taps into our primordial need as humans to survive even under the worst of conditions.
 
   
The Revel Sep 4 - Oct 25, 2015  
The House Theatre of Chicago at Chopin Theatre The Revel
 
Daddy died, the coal ran out, and the town went bust. His son's new factory promises riches but when Deacon rolls in preaching salvation through song, spirit, and moonshine all the workers hightail it up the mountain. Foot-stomping, heart-shaping mountain music fills the air. But what happens when the search for light and love leads to fire and brimstone?
 
   
Dogfight Sep 5 - Oct 18, 2015  
BoHo Theatre at Theater Wit Dogfight
 
November 21, 1963. On the eve of their deployment to Vietnam, three young Marines take part in a "dogfight"- a game where the soldiers compete to bring the ugliest date, unbeknownst to the girls accompanying them. But when Corporal Eddie Birdlace meets Rose, an awkward and idealistic waitress, she rewrites the rules of the game and teaches him the power of compassion. With some of the best new music on the current musical stage, Dogfight begins as a rousing song and dance adventure and ends as an intimate story about finding the beauty and comfort of love in the most unexpected places.
 
   
Victor/Victoria Sep 5 - Oct 10, 2015  
Stage 773 Victor/Victoria
 
Victor/Victoria is a warm, funny look at the nature of love, gender perceptions and the battle of the sexes. The musical, based on Julie Andrews' 1982 film of the same name, tells the story of Victoria, a struggling soprano in Paris, who colludes with gay impresario Toddy, who's also looking for his big break. Together, they concoct a scheme for Victoria to disguise herself as a man named Victor, who entertains as a female impersonator known as "Victoria." In her new guise, "Victor" becomes the toast of the town, but things become hilariously complicated when a big-time Chicano mobster sees Victoria's act and becomes attracted to "Victor." From the electrifying excitement of "Le Jazz Hot!" to the contemplative "Crazy World," this classic musical brings 1930s Paris thrills to Chicago's Stage 773.
 
   
The Producers Sep 6 - Oct 11, 2015  
Stage 773 The Producers
 
Mel Brooks' outrageous Tony-winning musical comedy The Producers tells the story of broke Broadway producer Max Bialystock and his accountant, Leo Bloom. Desperate for cash, these two schemers hatch a plan to produce a musical that's sure to be a failure so they can cut and run with the unspent production money. But when their "big flop" turns out to be a huge hit, they're in trouble. Based on the classic 1968 film, and featuring a show-within-a-show -- the hilariously tasteless Springtime for Hitler -- The Producers skewers the over-the-top absurdities of musical theater while delivering a heartfelt tale of the true friendship that develops between two would-be con artists. Catch this Nightblue Performing Arts Company production of the classic comedy at Stage 773 in Chicago.
 
   
The Tempest Sep 8 - Nov 8, 2015  
Chicago Shakespeare Theater The Tempest
 
Shakespeare's enchanted island is transformed in this inventive production from Aaron Posner and Teller (of the legendary duo Penn & Teller). Larry Yando returns to Chicago Shakespeare to take on the role of the mysterious sorcerer Prospero, who conjures a storm shipwrecking his old enemies. This classic tale of revenge is reimagined as a traveling tent show of trickery and amazement, underscored by the haunting ballads of Tom Waits and Kathleen Brennan and the pioneering choreography of Pilobolus. In a production full of "such stuff as dreams are made on," sorcery gives way to inclinations of the heart.
 
   
Jamaica Farewell Sep 8 - Oct 11, 2015  
Royal George Theatre Jamaica Farewell
 
When Debra Ehrhardt was an eighteen year old secretary in Kingston, Jamaica, she and her passion for America bumped into a handsome CIA agent over a bowl of oxtail soup on her lunch break. During the turbulent 70s of the Manley Era she saw her chance - a pinhole of opportunity that she could squeeze through with the help of this love-struck American. She began a dangerous adventure that only the single-minded passion of a teenage girl would chance. The boundary between bravery and foolishness blurred as she became more desperate. When she agreed to smuggle a million US dollars in cash to a mysterious contact somewhere in Miami, the agent became her accomplice. Only he had no idea.
 
   
Gem of the Ocean Sep 10 - Oct 11, 2015  
Court Theatre Gem of the Ocean
 
Resident Artist Ron OJ Parson continues his triumphant tour through August Wilson's iconic century cycle with Gem of the Ocean, his seventh Wilson production at Court Theatre. Nominated for the Tony Award for Best Play in 2005, Gem of the Ocean is a fantastical story of freedom, justice, and redemption. A new century has dawned in America, but the shadow of slavery's legacy lingers. As a city desperate for freedom descends into chaos, a murderer arrives on the doorstep of Ester Tyler's Pittsburgh home. Known as a cleanser of souls, Ester must take this stranger on a spiritual journey of healing and renewal to the mythical City of Bones. Actress Greta Oglesby (Ma Rainey's Black Bottom) returns to play Ester, a role she originated in 2003, and will be joined by Court favorites A.C. Smith (Fences, Jitney), Alfred Wilson (Ma Rainey's Black Bottom, Jitney), David Alan Anderson (The Mountaintop), and Tyla Abercrumbie (The Piano Lesson).
 
   
Marvel Universe Live! Sep 10 - Sep 20, 2015  
United Center and Allstate Arena Marvel Universe Live!
 
Marvel Universe LIVE! will captivate audiences with an authentic and original story that brings more than 25 Marvel icons together on one epic quest. The Cosmic Cube, the source of ultimate power and one of the most feared and coveted treasures in the Marvel Universe, has been shattered into pieces by the Mighty Thor in order to prevent it from falling into the wrong hands. With the pieces scattered across the globe, Thor's villainous brother Loki devises a scheme to clone its powers, inciting a threat that could not only decimate Earth but also obliterate the Universe. Fans will definitely feel the energy with cutting-edge special effects, pyrotechnics, aerial stunts, martial arts, motorcycles and more. It's being hailed as the most technically advanced live show ever; a once-in-a-lifetime, monumental performance.
At United Center from Sep 10 - Sep 13
At Allstate Arena from Sep 18 - Sep 20
 
   
Merchild Sep 10 - Oct 17, 2015  
16th Street Theater at Berwyn Cultural Center Merchild
 
Like many little girls, 8-year-old Adam dreams of being a mermaid and marrying a prince. But Adam was born a boy. Or so everyone else seems to think. When reality is not to Adam's liking, he retreats into a fairytale winning Prince Eric's love despite a mermaid tail. Meanwhile Adam's parents are pulled apart, as they grapple with keeping their son safe or giving Adam the freedom to be who she is.
 
   
Monty Python's Spamalot Sep 10 - Oct 25, 2015  
Metropolis Performing Arts Centre Monty Python's Spamalot
 
Monty Python's Spamalot is a hilariously over-the-top extravaganza, penned by Monty Python alum Eric Idle, that borrows lovingly (and unapologetically) from the film classic Monty Python and the Holy Grail. In telling the tale of King Arthur and his epic quest with the Knights of the Round Table, this endlessly amusing musical -- which won three Tony Awards, including Best Musical, during its original Broadway run -- features such outlandish oddities as flatulent Frenchmen, airborne cows, killer rabbits and The Knights Who Say Ni. If you're in need of an irreverent reminder to "Always Look on the Bright Side of Life," look no further than the Holy Grail of musical comedies that is Monty Python's Spamalot -- presented at Metropolis Performing Arts Centre in Arlington Heights.
 
   
Guardians Sep 10 - Oct 18, 2015  
Mary-Arrchie Theatre at Angel Island Theater Guardians
 
The New York Times once declared playwright Peter Morris one of a new generation of "angry young men" in British theatre. It was a partial goof -- Morris is, in fact, a Yank -- but the playwright's passion and explosive search for moral truth in a dishonest age is clear and impressive. Look for no finer example than Guardians, the tour de force two-hander that topped the Edinburgh Fringe Fest before wowing New York. An unflinching look at the images of war, the play tells the tale of two scandals: the infamous snapshots from Abu Ghraib prison; and the strikingly similar photos of English soldiers, published by a London tabloid but later revealed as fakes. In dueling monologues that mix irony and warmth, a disgraced American soldier tells her story while a crafty English journalist spins his own version during this dynamite production at Angel Island Theater.
 
   
Funnyman Sep 11 - Oct 18, 2015  
Northlight Theatre Funnyman
 
New York City, 1959. Fading vaudeville comic Chick Sherman, along with his long-suffering agent, tries to revive his career with a role in an avant-garde off-Broadway play. While his grown daughter searches for answers from her absentee showbiz father, a lifetime of private and professional struggles rise to the surface, cracking the polished public persona of the world's favorite former "funny man."
 
   
Miss Buncle's Book Sep 11 - Nov 1, 2015  
Lifeline Theatre Miss Buncle's Book
 
Barbara Buncle is just an ordinary, unassuming spinster passing an unremarkable existence in the sleepy village of Silverstream. But when the Great Depression wipes out her nest egg, she tries her hand at writing and publishes a novel - under an assumed name - about her quaint hometown and the oddball characters that inhabit it. When the book becomes a surprise bestseller and her neighbors' foibles are thrust into the national spotlight, Miss Buncle must navigate a madcap storm of accusations, rivalries, and romances. A rollicking look at life imitating art and art imitating life, in a world premiere adaptation of the 1934 novel by D.E. Stevenson.
 
   
Next To Normal Sep 11 - Sep 27, 2015  
MadKap Productions at Skokie Theatre Next To Normal
 
NEXT TO NORMAL is the winner of three Tony awards in 2009, including best musical score, plus the Pulitzer Prize in 2010. It explores how one suburban household copes with crisis and mental illness. Dad's an architect; Mom rushes to pack lunches and pour cereal; their daughter and son are bright, wise-cracking teens, appearing to be a typical American family. And yet their lives are anything but normal, because the mother has been battling manic depression for 16 years. Next To Normal takes audiences into the minds and hearts of each character, presenting their family's story with love, sympathy and heart, as they learn to accept and support each other while trying to live a life that if it can't be normal, it can at least be next to normal.
 
   
Side Show Sep 11 - Oct 18, 2015  
Stage 773 Side Show
 
The acclaimed reimagining of the Tony-nominated musical Side Show arrives in Chicago fresh from its 2014 Broadway revival, courtesy of Porchlight Music Theatre. Reworked by Bill Condon (Chicago) to incorporate new songs and more true-life details of Daisy and Violet Hilton, the conjoined twins at the center of its story, the dazzling Henry Krieger (Dreamgirls) and Bill Russell musical tracks the girls' rise from side-show attraction to the big time -- and their search for love and acceptance under the harsh spotlight of fame. Stage 773 plays host to this Porchlight production, the latest in a line of well-received regional and world premieres.
 
   
Three Little Kittens Sep 12 - Jan 3, 2016  
Emerald City's Little Theatre Three Little Kittens
 
Three little kittens are on the hunt for their missing mittens, and they need your help finding them! Gather the clues and make new discoveries before Mother Cat comes home. With the promise of pie and the smell of a rat close by, this interactive spy story is the purr-fect way to introduce your little ones to the mystery and excitement of live theatre. (For ages 0-5)
 
   
With Love and a Major Organ Sep 12 - Oct 14, 2015  
Strawdog Theatre With Love and a Major Organ
 
From chocolate boxes to Sweethearts candies to syrupy-sweet Hallmark cards, hearts have become humanity's de facto symbol of love and affection. But things go from sweet to more than a little strange when a young woman discovers that she's given her heart -- the actual beating muscle in her body -- to a boy she's just met on the subway. Now making its U.S. premiere at Chicago's Strawdog Theatre Company, With Love and a Major Organ is one woman's humorous, amorous musings on love, life and "likes" in the digital age. Whimsical storylines -- from a fable of a girl born with a paper heart to the hilarious hazards of speed-dating -- merge and converge in this quirky comedy with a modern pulse.
 
   
Direct from Death Row The Scottsboro Boys (An Evening of Vaudeville and Sorrow) Sep 16 - Nov 14, 2015  
Raven Theatre Direct from Death Row The Scottsboro Boys (An Evening of Vaudeville and Sorrow)
 
The dark chapter of American history - in which nine African-American teenagers were falsely convicted of assaulting two white women and spent decades in the legal system fighting for their lives - is told surreally and satirically in Stein's play. In it, the "boys" return from eternity to the stage, where they keep their story alive through songs, a magic act, a ventriloquist act, skits and soft shoe - all to convey the tawdry show that their case became.
 
   
East of Eden Sep 17 - Nov 15, 2015  
Steppenwolf Theatre East of Eden
 
Escaping a turbulent past, Adam Trask is determined to make a new start in California’s Salinas Valley. Adam and his wife Kate settle on a beautiful farm, and soon Kate gives birth to twins Caleb and Aaron. But family history, sibling rivalry and the impending danger of World War One will threaten their little piece of paradise. East of Eden is a sprawling and unflinching story that asks if is it possible to escape the mistakes of previous generations and choose your own course.
 
   
Washer/Dryer Sep 17 - Oct 11, 2015  
Rasaka Theatre Company at Victory Gardens Theater - Biograph Washer/Dryer
 
Washer/Dryer is a new farce that throws a modern, multicultural marriage into the pressure cooker of tight New York City living. When Indian- American Sonya elopes with Chinese-American Michael, she thinks she has finally found her happily-ever-after, and possibly even fulfilled her grandmother's wish for marriage. But when Michael discovers that Sonya's apartment is "Single Occupancy Only," and a colorful cast of nosy neighbors and relatives show up to complicate matters further, the couple is forced to re-evaluate their dirty laundry and decide whether all is really fair in love and real estate.
 
   
Sucker Punch Sep 18 - Oct 18, 2015  
Victory Gardens Theater - Biograph Sucker Punch
 
It's the 1980s, Michael Jackson rules the radio waves and Conan the Barbarian is the box office king at the movies. Aspiring black boxers, Leon and Troy, both have promising futures in the ring. When race riots explode in their London neighborhood, these two friends are forced to make a tough decision. Years later, they square off, facing each other and the men they have become. An electric knockout, the much lauded and award-winning playwright Roy Williams' Sucker Punch takes an unflinching look at family, friends and the world of boxing.
 
   
The Black White Love Play Sep 19 - Nov 1, 2015  
Black Ensemble Theater The Black White Love Play
 
The Black White Love Play is the story of Chaz and Roger Ebert, detailing their life together through their courtship, marriage and Roger's Ebert untimely death in 2015. The production features outstanding music, exhilarating dance and a ten piece orchestra.
 
   
Scream, Queen, Scream! Sep 24 - Oct 31, 2015  
Hell in a Handbag Productions at Mary's Attic Scream, Queen, Scream!
 
Join the twisted ensemble at Hell in a Handbag Productions in a twisted trio of tales featuring ravenous monsters, Ed Jones as Maggie and Agnes Marlowe, identical but deadly twins in a Hush Hush Sweet Charlotte/Strait Jacket mashup, and an evil bitch from hell known simply as 'Betty' in an even campier tribute to the already campy The Crate from the classic '80s film, Creepshow.
 
   
Love and Information Sep 24 - Nov 1, 2015  
Remy Bumppo Theatre at The Greenhouse Theater Center Love and Information
 
In a bold Midwest premiere, Remy Bumppo Theatre Company will mount the innovative Caryl Churchill's Love and Information, in which she attempts to capture the human experience of the internet age, exploring the ways in which mass media and communication both distance and unite us.
 
   
Blood Brothers Sep 26 - Nov 15, 2015  
Theo Ubique Cabaret Theatre at Heartland Studio Theatre Blood Brothers
 
The musical drama is the story of twin brothers separated at birth - one raised by a rich family, the other by the impoverished birth mother of the boys. The musical ran an amazing 24 years in London's West End.
 
   
A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder Sep 29 - Oct 11, 2015  
Bank of America Theatre A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder
 
Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder tells the uproarious story of Monty Navarro, a distant heir to a family fortune who sets out to jump the line of succession, by any means necessary. All the while, he's got to juggle his mistress (she's after more than just love), his fiancee (she's his cousin but who's keeping track?), and the constant threat of landing behind bars! Of course, it will all be worth it if he can slay his way to his inheritance... and be done in time for tea.
 
   
Ride the Cyclone Sep 29 - Nov 8, 2015  
Chicago Shakespeare Theater Ride the Cyclone
 
This fall marks the Chicago debut of Ride the Cyclone, a new musical with a refreshingly offbeat twist. Part comedy, part tragedy -- and wholly unexpected -- this wildly imaginative story delivers surprises at every turn. The lives of six teenagers from a Canadian chamber choir are cut short in a freak accident aboard a roller coaster. A mechanical fortune-teller invites each one to tell his or her story of a life interrupted, offering them all the chance to come to terms with their fates. At once quirky and smart, edgy and beautiful, Ride the Cyclone ultimately reveals the resilience of the human spirit in spite of senseless tragedy. This inventive musical from Jacob Richmond and Brooke Maxwell hits the upstairs stage at Chicago Shakespeare Theater.
 
   
Barefoot In The Park Oct 2 - Nov 1, 2015  
Step Up Productions at Athenaeum Theatre Barefoot In The Park
 
Paul and Corie Bratter are newlyweds just back from their honeymoon – he’s a straight-as-an-arrow lawyer and she’s an impulsive romantic always looking for the latest kick. When Corie’s loopy, widowed mother drops in for a surprise visit, the couple decides to play matchmaker during a dinner with their upstairs neighbor, Victor. During the meal, everything that can go wrong – does.
 
   
Unspeakable Oct 6 - Nov 8, 2015  
Broadway Playhouse Unspeakable
 
Sex, Drugs and Comedy. Unspeakable is an unflinching ride through the emotional landscape of Richard Pryor spanning sixty-one years and focused on the period between 1967 and 1982. Born and raised in a Peoria brothel owned and operated by his grandmother, Pryor faced situations that forever shaped and scarred his sensitive soul. With a pimp for a father and his mother a whore, young Pryor's imagination allowed him to escape and ultimately led him to comedy. Unspeakable captures the energy of a man battling success and the demons it invites.
 
   
Treasure Island Oct 7 - Jan 31, 2016  
Lookingglass Theatre Treasure Island
 
Adventure beckons when a mysterious blind man delivers a dreaded Black Spot to an aging sea captain, plunging an innkeeper's son into a desperate race for buried treasure armed with only his wits against a dastardly crew of cutthroat pirates.
 
   
My Brilliant Divorce Oct 7 - Nov 1, 2015  
Irish Theatre of Chicago at Chief O'Neill's My Brilliant Divorce
 
The hilarious and moving story of Angela, recently deserted by her husband for a younger woman, as she sets out to survive and enjoy a life on her own. In a world of surly solicitors, "Lonely Hearts" dates, help line counselors and a myriad of self-diagnosed diseases, does Angela fight to keep her husband... or just move on? A Midwest premiere by one of Ireland's leading female playwrights.
 
   
Charm Oct 14 - Nov 8, 2015  
Northlight Theatre at Steppenwolf Theatre Charm
 
Charm depicts the colorful inner workings of an etiquette class taught by Mama Darleena Andrews, an African-American transgender woman, in an LGBTQ organization known as The Center. Mama attempts to share her rules of proper behavior with a youth group ranging in sexuality, race and gender identity from a Latina transwoman to a cisgendered straight black couple to a gay suburban teen. Though her students initially struggle to see how etiquette relates to their daily battles with identity, poverty and prejudice, Mama's powerful love and unapologetic attitude eventually win them over.
 
   
The Terrible Oct 16 - Nov 21, 2015  
The New Colony at The Den Theatre The Terrible
 
Controversial performance artist Woolfe wakes up dead in a weird room with a shrink, a rake and a songstress. Together, they must come to terms with the terrible or else...
 
   
Dragons Love Tacos Oct 17 - Jan 3, 2016  
Emerald City Theatre Company at Apollo Theater Dragons Love Tacos
 
Dragons love parties. All kinds of parties. But if you want to throw a party for dragons, you have to remember the tacos. Dragons love tacos. All kinds of tacos! POOLS OF TACOS. But save the salsa. When dragons eat salsa, you'll discover the results can be explosive. Adapted from the New York Times best seller, Dragons Love Tacos is a sizzling story full of fiery fun for your entire family.
 
   
1984 Oct 21 - Nov 15, 2015  
Steppenwolf Theatre 1984
 
Winston Smith works for the Ministry of Truth located in the nation of Oceania, part of a vast empire in a constant, shifting war against other superstates. Dissent is not tolerated (not even in thought), and Winston and his fellow citizens are under perpetual electronic surveillance by their ever-watchful ruler Big Brother. When Winston falls in love with a co-worker, their illegal affair pushes them to rebel and face the darkest and most dangerous corners of the regime. On the heels of last year's gripping Animal Farm, Steppenwolf for Young Adults presents Orwell's dystopian masterpiece in a multi-media production that is a haunting, shockingly timely look at a future that seems disturbingly present. Tuesday - Friday shows at 10am; reserved for school groups only.
 
   
Marjorie Prime Oct 21 - Feb 21, 2016  
Writers Theatre Marjorie Prime
 
It's the age of artificial intelligence, but 86-year old Marjorie is worried that her memory may be fading. That is, until the appearance of Walter, a mysterious and charming young visitor programmed to help Marjorie uncover the intricacies of her own past. As Walter's true nature is revealed, new levels of complexity emerge, leading to profound questions about the limits of technology and whether memory might be a purely human invention.
 
   
The Play About My Dad Oct 21 - Nov 28, 2015  
Raven Theatre The Play About My Dad
 
The play by Boo Killebrew tells of the author's father, a doctor in Gulfport, Mississippi during Hurricane Katrina who stayed behind to tend to those who couldn't or wouldn't evacuate to safety when the waters began to rise. Their fights for survival against the storm are played against the backdrop of the doctor's relationship with his adult daughter, the playwright. Raven's production of this meta-theatrical tragicomedy will be staged in October, shortly after the tenth anniversary of that devastating storm that hit the Gulf coast from August 23-31, 2005.
 
   
The 4th Graders Present An Unnamed Love-Suicide Oct 30 - Nov 8, 2015  
The Hypocrites at The Den Theatre The 4th Graders Present An Unnamed Love-Suicide
 
Fourth grader Johnny shoots himself, leaving behind a play as a suicide note that the kids in his class are forced to perform as a memorial. As friends and bullies assume the roles of Johnny and his classmates, a heartbreaking, darkly curious story emerges, offering a glimpse into the motivation behind Johnny's actions.
 
   
Pilgrim's Progress Nov 4 - Dec 13, 2015  
A Red Orchid Theatre Pilgrim's Progress
 
It's Thanksgiving Day and the McKee family is up to its eyeballs in hilarious drama. Between stirring the cranberries and debating pumpkin pie, parents Jim and Melissa relive their glory days. Meanwhile, their earth-poet son and pregnant-teen daughter navigate family contracts, holiday power grabs, and decades of thinly veiled deceit. For a family with such a strong appetite for tales, are their stories more important than the truth? With homages to Albee, O'Neal, Williams and Shepard, the tension rides high and the carving knife does more than just cut the turkey.
 
   
Agamemnon Nov 5 - Dec 6, 2015  
Court Theatre Agamemnon
 
Featuring a world premiere adaptation by renowned scholar and Founding Artistic Director Nicholas Rudall, Agamemnon delivers the second installment of Court's groundbreaking Greek Cycle. Actors Sandra Marquez (Clytemnestra) and Mark Montgomery (Agamemnon) return to resume the harrowing tale of the House of Atreus following last season's incredible Iphigenia in Aulis. Ten war-torn years have passed since the Greek fleet sailed from the shores of Aulis on winds conjured by the goddess Artemis in exchange for the bloody sacrifice of King Agamemnon's eldest daughter, Iphigenia. Inside the walls of Argos, Clytemnestra orchestrates an unexpected welcome for her King as she patiently awaits his fateful return to a house torn apart by horror and sorrow.
 
   
You Can't Take It With You Nov 6 - Dec 13, 2015  
Northlight Theatre You Can't Take It With You
 
Meet the Sycamores - a madcap clan that sets the bar for eccentricity. When Alice brings her high society fiance home to meet the parents, fireworks (figuratively and literally) nearly bring the house down. Despite their zany antics and unconventional ways, this tight-knit family offers hope that love and laughter lead to happiness, even in the hardest of times. One of the most popular and successful comedies in American theatre, this Pulitzer Prize-winning, Depression era classic has a timeless appeal.
 
   
Never the Sinner Nov 6 - Dec 6, 2015  
Victory Gardens Theater - Biograph Never the Sinner
 
Chicago, May 21, 1924 - Two handsome and wealthy college students, Nathan Leopold and Robert Loeb, are accused of violently murdering a 14-year-old boy. Are these two successful men capable of murder? What demons could drive this pair to commit such a brutal act? Never the Sinner, a suspenseful courtroom drama from Victory Gardens' Playwrights Ensemble Alumnus John Logan (The Last Ship and Tony Award for Red on Broadway) and directed by Gary Griffin (The Color Purple on Broadway, Appropriate), explores a complex and twisted relationship between two men in search of passion and intellect.
 
   
Hellcab Nov 6 - Jan 10, 2016  
Profiles Theatre - The Main Stage Hellcab
 
For the fourth 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.
 
   
Mamma Mia! Nov 10 - Nov 15, 2015  
Cadillac Palace Theatre Mamma Mia!
 
An independent, single mother who owns a small hotel on an idyllic Greek island, Donna is about to let go of Sophie, the spirited daughter she's raised alone. For Sophie's wedding, Donna has invited her two lifelong best girlfriends-practical and no-nonsense Rosie and wealthy, multi-divorcee Tanya - from her one-time backing band, Donna and the Dynamos. But Sophie has secretly invited three guests of her own. On a quest to find the identity of her father to walk her down the aisle, she brings back three men from Donna's past to the Mediterranean paradise they visited 20 years earlier. Over 24 chaotic, magical hours, new love will bloom and old romances will be rekindled on this lush island full of possibilities. Inspired by the storytelling magic of ABBA's songs from "Dancing Queen" and "S.O.S." to "Money, Money, Money" and "Take a Chance on Me," MAMMA MIA! is a celebration of mothers and daughters, old friends and new family found.
 
   
A Christmas Carol Nov 14 - Dec 27, 2015  
Goodman Theatre A Christmas Carol
 
Now a beloved Chicago tradition, each year The Goodman Theatre ushers in the holiday season with its adaptation of Charles Dickens' classic story A Christmas Carol. Audiences look forward to the "bah humbugs," the electrifying arrival of the ghosts, the jubilant musical numbers and dancing, and Scrooge's joyful rediscovery of life, love and the Christmas spirit. Goodman's Carol has been produced for over 35 years, and the timeless holiday tale promises to be merrier and more magical than ever. With this special pre-sale offer, you have access to great seats before they go on sale to the public.
 
   
A Charlie Brown Christmas Nov 14 - Jan 3, 2016  
Emerald City Theatre Company at Broadway Playhouse A Charlie Brown Christmas
 
Tis the season to celebrate everyone's favorite Peanuts pals as they dig past the commercialized gimmicks of presents and decorations to rediscover the true meaning of Christmas. Through a pageant and a spindly tree, Charlie Brown and friends bring the holiday spirit back to life for families once again! "And for Charlie Brown, it was truly the merriest Christmas ever."
 
   
No More Sad Things Nov 15 - Dec 20, 2015  
Sideshow Theatre Company at Victory Gardens Theater - Biograph No More Sad Things
 
Driven by a half-remembered dream of frogs, Jessiee is headed for Maui, looking to escape her troubles. Meanwhile, a conversation with a falling star leads young Kahekili to the water, searching for a wave that he can ride into a better life. When they find each other on a beach under the mahina, their two lives begin to intertwine, but the truth beyond the breakers might just swallow them both. A surreal, expressive journey, NO MORE SAD THINGS uses music and sly humor to tell a story of two wanderers finding new paths together.
 
   
It's A Wonderful Life Nov 20 - Dec 27, 2015  
American Blues Theater at The Greenhouse Theater Center It's A Wonderful Life
 
From the original Ensemble that brought this holiday tradition to Chicago since 2002, the American Blues family takes you back to a 1940s radio broadcast of Frank Capra's holiday classic-It's a Wonderful Life (based on the short story "The Greatest Gift" by Philip Van Doren Stern) with live Foley sound effects, an original score and a critically-acclaimed cast of eight that bring the entire town of Bedford Falls to life. This production that has been called "perfect Christmas theater" and "first-class holiday fare" returns to the Greenhouse Theater Center this season
 
   
Beautiful - The Carole King Musical Dec 1 - Feb 21, 2016  
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.
 
   
The Lion King Dec 2 - Jan 17, 2016  
Cadillac Palace Theatre The Lion King
 
Experience the phenomenon as it once again leaps onto the Cadillac Palace Theatre stage. Marvel at the breathtaking spectacle of animals brought to life by award-winning director Julie Taymor, whose visual images for this show you'll remember forever. Thrill to the pulsating rhythms of the African Pridelands and an unforgettable score including Elton John and Tim Rice's Oscar-winning song "Can You Feel The Love Tonight" and "Circle of Life." Let your imagination run wild at the Tony Award-winning Broadway sensation Newsweek calls "a landmark event in entertainment."
 
   
Potted Potter: The Unauthorized Harry Experience - A Parody by Dan and Jeff Dec 2 - Jan 3, 2016  
Broadway Playhouse Potted Potter: The Unauthorized Harry Experience - A Parody by Dan and Jeff
 
Whether you camped outside a bookstore for three days awaiting the release of the Deathly Hallows or you don't know the difference between a horcrux and a Hufflepuff, the comedy, magic and mayhem of POTTED POTTER makes for an entertaining and hilarious visit to the theatre. The fast-paced show, which has made audiences aged six to Dumbledore (who is very old indeed) roar with laughter all over the world, POTTED POTTER is perfect for the entire family.
 
   
Domesticated Dec 3 - Feb 7, 2016  
Steppenwolf Theatre Domesticated
 
Politician Bill Pulver faces the cameras to stumble his way through a carefully crafted apology as his wife Judy stands stoically behind him…but what is she REALLY thinking? We are about to find out in Bruce Norris’s wickedly funny, unpredictable play about a marriage burst apart by a sex scandal. This scathing, wildly entertaining play investigates gender politics, modern marriage and the sexual mysteries of the animal kingdom.
 
   
Gotta Dance Dec 13 - Jan 17, 2016  
Bank of America Theatre Gotta Dance
 
In 2007, a group of expert dancers was tasked with getting professional basketball's first ever senior citizen dance team performance-ready. The venue? Center court. The genre? Hip-hop. Over the coming months, bonds would be formed, generation gaps would be crossed, and, eventually, some pretty hot moves would be busted. Gotta Dance tells the remarkable true story of these wildly diverse seniors with a common goal, the young coaches who help them achieve it, and the unlikely art form that brings them all together.
 
   
Guys And Dolls Dec 26 - Jan 3, 2016  
Light Opera Works at Cahn Auditorium Guys And Dolls
 
Broadway's classic musical about gamblers and the gals who love them. Songs include "Luck Be a Lady," "I've Never Been in Love Before," "A Bushel and a Peck" and "Sit Down, You're Rockin' the Boat," with full orchestra.
 
   
Satchmo at the Waldorf Jan 7 - Feb 7, 2016  
Court Theatre Satchmo at the Waldorf
 
After one of his final performances, Louis Armstrong retires backstage and begins to reminisce about his incredibly successful career. As the evening unfolds, he reveals an intimate, unknown portrait of the man behind the trumpet and the ever-evolving struggle to live with dignity as a Black musician in a White world. Written with theatrical ingenuity by Terry Teachout, who has entrusted Artistic Director Charlie Newell with the play's Midwest premiere, Armstrong's story is told through the voice of a single actor playing both Armstrong and his Jewish manager Joe Glaser, bringing to life an emotional journey of deep friendship and its tragic destruction. Satchmo at the Waldorf is an intimate exploration of Armstrong's life, legacy, and above all, jazz.
 
   
Vices and Virtues Jan 15 - Mar 6, 2016  
Profiles Theatre - The Main Stage Vices and Virtues
 
An Evening of Vices. An Evening of Virtues. Running in rotating repertory, Profiles presents two full evenings of short works by Neil LaBute, each filled with many surprises, both virtuous and otherwise. Each evening features stories of lust and hate, humor and sadness, virtue and depravity. Through them all, "love" is the dominant theme-what it is, what it's not and how far it can be stretched.
 
   
Mothers and Sons Jan 22 - Feb 28, 2016  
Northlight Theatre Mothers and Sons
 
Nearly 20 years after her son's death, Katharine pays an unexpected visit to the New York apartment of his former partner, who is now married to another man and has a young child. Confronted with the life her son might have led, Katharine is challenged to face the powerful ways in which society has changed around her and to accept an ever-evolving definition of family.
 
   
The Old Friends Jan 27 - Mar 26, 2016  
Raven Theatre The Old Friends
 
Set in the 1960s in the fictional town of Harrison, Texas, The Old Friends tells of the combative members of two longtime old-money Texas families. When hometown beauty Sibyl returns to Harrison after a long absence, not-quite-forgotten passions and jealousies resurface in a wildly funny play that is, uncharacteristically for Foote, brutally satiric in its depiction of small-town people with big money..