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EL Stories: Holiday Train Nov 29 - Jan 10, 2015  
The Greenhouse Theater Center EL Stories: Holiday Train
 
EL Stories: Holiday Train is the seasonal variation of the long-running hit show about harrowing, hair-raising and hilarious true stories of Chicago train and bus experiences. Based on interviews with Windy City citizens from various backgrounds and neighborhoods, this show isn't just a collection of funny mass transit stories performed live -- it's a look at the way the people of Chicago interact as a community, particularly during the holidays. Just like every EL Stories show, each performance of Holiday Train features an audience volunteer's story performed live.
 
   
Rudolph the Red-Hosed Reindeer Nov 29 - Jan 2, 2015  
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.
 
   
I And You Nov 29 - Jan 4, 2015  
Redtwist Theatre I And You
 
I And You is the uniquely riveting story of two young people who, despite being polar opposites, make a strong connection and come to an understanding about the critical things in life, such as compassion, tolerance, and love. She is artsy; he's an athlete. She's particular; he is easygoing. She's anxious and depressed; he's joyous and vital. She is ill; he is robust. The only thing they have in common is that they are classmates, collaborating on a school project about the stunning, earthy poetry of Walt Whitman. I And You is the funny and deeply moving story about making a meaningful connection when nearly all hope is lost.
 
   
Anyone Can Dreidel Nov 29 - Dec 20, 2014  
MCL Chicago Anyone Can Dreidel
 
Improvised Sondheim Project will begin each performance by asking the audience for a suggestion of a most awkward holiday memory. The ensemble will then transform that suggestion into an original musical using the styles and literary themes of composer and lyricist Stephen Sondheim (Into The Woods, Sweeney Todd, Company). Anyone can dreidel. But should we? Really?
 
   
Pericles Nov 30 - Jan 18, 2015  
Chicago Shakespeare Theater Pericles
 
Ben Carlson again treads the boards of Chicago Shakespeare's stage following turns as Macbeth, Hamlet (Jeff Award, Best Actor) and the outrageously funny Frank in The School for Lies. Chicago Tribune hails "few can match him...one of North America's best classical performers." In Shakespeare's most fantastical tale, Pericles embarks on a tempest-tossed quest in search of adventure, wealth and family. As he travels to parts unknown, our hero is confronted by villains, pirates, goddesses and kings. In the end, he discovers an essential truth-the renewal of love and life itself.
 
   
Tell Me What You Remember Dec 1 - Dec 16, 2014  
Erasing the Distance at Filament Theatre Tell Me What You Remember
 
Tell Me What You Remember depicts the true story of one family's life-altering battle with depression, using their distinct journey to illustrate the universal truth of how deeply depression can impact both those who suffer, and those who love them.
 
   
Penny the F*ckable Dolphin Dec 3 - Feb 4, 2015  
Annoyance Theatre Penny the F*ckable Dolphin
 
Inspired by true events, Penny the F*ckable Dolphin: A Love Story tells the tale of two star-crossed lovers who just happen to be of two different species. Set in 1968, this dark musical comedy follows Zack, a human teenager, and Penny, the dolphin he loves, as they struggle to come to terms with the fact that their union may never be accepted by their friends, family or society at large. Based on the novel Wet Goddess (which was based on a true story), Penny the F*ckable Dolphin: A Love Story was adapted by iO's Kristina Felske and directed by The Annoyance's Megan Johns with musical direction by Second City alum Tim Joyce.
 
   
The Clean House Dec 3 - Jan 11, 2015  
Remy Bumppo Theatre at The Greenhouse Theater Center The Clean House
 
Lane wants her house - and her life - as organized and sterile as the hospital where she works. But with a maid who would rather write jokes than clean, a sister who believes time is measured through the accumulation of dust, and a husband who has just discovered his soulmate, Lane must decide whether to sweep it all under the rug or finally get her hands dirty.
 
   
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.
 
   
A Klingon Christmas Carol Dec 4 - Dec 21, 2014  
Commedia Beauregard at Athenaeum Theatre A Klingon Christmas Carol
 
Scrooge has no honor, nor any courage. Can three ghosts help him to become the true warrior he ought to be in time to save Tiny Tim from a horrible fate? Performed in the Original Klingon with English Supertitles, and narrative analysis from The Vulcan Institute of Cultural Anthropology. The Dickens classic tale of ghosts and redemption adapted to reflect the Warrior Code of Honor and then translated into tlhIngan Hol (That's the Klingon Language). A co-production of Commedia Beauregard and the IKV Spirit of Honor of the Klingon Assault Group.
 
   
Mrs. Claus, A Holiday Musical! Dec 4 - Dec 23, 2014  
Chicago Kids Company at Beverly Arts Center Mrs. Claus, A Holiday Musical!
 
Theatre for Children (CKC) presents Mrs. Claus, A Holiday Musical! a one-hour musical adaptation! Chicago Kids Company's Holiday Classic returns for the 16th Year! Our biggest and most colorful show will put you in the Holiday Spirit in no time. Join the new Elf Class of 2014 as they try to find the missing "list" in time for Christmas. The show runs one hour with no intermission, and is targeted for kids aged 2 to 12.
 
   
Holidays in the Heights Dec 4 - Dec 31, 2014  
The Second City at Metropolis Performing Arts Centre Holidays in the Heights
 
The holidays are a time of giving and joy. A time of twinkling lights and mall Santas. A time of wrapping gifts and burning, I mean baking cookies. Of family parties, too much egg nog, marathon shopping trips, gray slush that used to be snow and itchy sweaters with jingle bells on them. That's right, everyone loves the holidays. Especially the Second City. Don't miss this hilarious send up of all the holiday activities we actually love, and the ones we love to hate featuring a phenomenal cast from Second City and their trademark comedy and improv. It's an updated version of their classic show that has become a Metropolis tradition.
 
   
Land of Plenty Dec 4 - Dec 21, 2014  
Tiger In The Bush Theatre Company at Raven Theatre Land of Plenty
 
Cindy's restaurant has been open for five years, and running smoothly, until Steve, her purveyor, shows up. Steve has yet to see any return on his investment and confronts Cindy on the success of her business. Through Cindy's struggles of maintaining the restaurant, we find out there is more to life than just work.
 
   
The 48-Hour Musicals: Encore! Dec 4 - Dec 14, 2014  
Music Theatre Company The 48-Hour Musicals: Encore!
 
In this encore performance of The 48-Hour Musicals, The Music Theatre Company presents an evening of five short musicals. Headlining the event is the world premiere of a new 20-minute musical by Billy Corgan, frontman of '90s alt-rock trailblazers The Smashing Pumpkins. Corgan's Pretty Persephone is based on the the Greek Eleusinian Mysteries and promises wit, whimsy, tragedy and romance. You'll also see four 15-minute musicals, all originally written and rehearsed in only 48 hours by audience favorites Scotty Arnold, Diana Lawrence, Michael Mahler, and J. Oconer Navarro.
 
   
Twist Your Dickens, Or Scrooge You! Dec 5 - Dec 28, 2014  
Goodman Theatre Twist Your Dickens, Or Scrooge You!
 
In an unprecedented partnership, Goodman Theatre and The Second City join forces to present "comedy gold" (bePortland) with the holiday send-up Twist Your Dickens, Or Scrooge You! by former The Colbert Report writers Peter Gwinn and Bobby Mort. Directed by Artistic Director of The Second City Training Center Matt Hovde, this "riotous havoc" (Los Angeles Times) finds Scrooge and Tiny Tim hopelessly mixed up with characters from the Peanuts holiday special, the Island of Misfit Toys and even Little Orphan Annie, all in the Second City's trademark improvisational style.
 
   
The Second City Dysfunctional Holiday Revue Dec 5 - Dec 21, 2014  
Paramount Theatre The Second City Dysfunctional Holiday Revue
 
The Second City Dysfunctional Holiday Revue is the live comedy revue that aims Chicago's most acclaimed comic improvisers' usual brand of brash and irreverent humor with laser beam focus at the foibles of the holiday season. Don't miss this hilarious evening of skits, songs and equal opportunity fun. Nothing is off limits - from your drunken Uncle Adolph and office parties, to how that first Christmas really went down. Be ready to laugh and be ready to buy tickets early. Most of these shows sell out in advance.
 
   
The Nutcracker Dec 5 - Dec 28, 2014  
The Joffrey Ballet at Auditorium Theatre The Nutcracker
 
Since premiering in 1987, Joffrey Ballet's production of The Nutcracker has become America's favorite Nutcracker, touring coast to coast more than any other. This beloved holiday masterpiece for the whole family features the entire ballet company, plus local children's choruses, young dancers and the Chicago Philharmonic performing Tchaikovsky's famous score live. It's the magical tale of young Clara, whose Christmas gift of a nutcracker comes to life and brings her to a fantastic winter wonderland. With larger-than-life scenery and entertaining storytelling, Joffrey's performance is an evening of pure enchantment and a glorious holiday tradition.
 
   
The Best Christmas Pageant Ever Dec 5 - Dec 14, 2014  
Albright Theatre Company The Best Christmas Pageant Ever
 
In this hilarious and heart-warming Christmas tale, Grace and Bob Bradley take on the church Christmas pageant. Enter the Herdman kids - probably the most awful kids in history! The Herdmans add their own flare to the Christmas story and Grace has her hands full thinking that the Herdmans will certainly ruin the pageant. Or can they help make this the best Christmas Pageant ever?
 
   
Alone For The Holidays: December Through A Telescopic Lens Dec 5 - Dec 20, 2014  
The Public House Theatre Alone For The Holidays: December Through A Telescopic Lens
 
"Alone For The Holidays: December Through A Telescopic Lens" is a sketch show for the skeptics, scientists and wonderers of the world. Four characters who "would rather be alone than spend another minute with their racist Aunt Linda" look to the stars to find the cosmic relevance of our age-old traditions, and find their places with their families as humans grapple to find our place in the universe. "Alone For The Holidays" is dedicated to Carl Sagan.
 
   
Do Androids Dream of Electric Sugarplums? Dec 5 - Dec 20, 2014  
The Public House Theatre Do Androids Dream of Electric Sugarplums?
 
The year: 2170. The day: December 25th. The holiday: absolutely not Christmas. Since The Benevolent Android and Robot Overlords took control of Earth and enslaved humanity, Christmas has been outlawed. Every year, in place of Christmas, humans are forced to visit their district's RoboSanta. Instead of asking for presents, they must beg for their lives. Most RoboSantas are programmed to be ruthless and cold, but RoboSanta 437.2 has a glitch- he loves Christmas- human Christmas.
 
   
Caroline and Laura's Holiday Spectacular Dec 5 - Dec 19, 2014  
MCL Chicago Caroline and Laura's Holiday Spectacular
 
Caroline and Laura's Holiday Spectacular is a night to remember as we celebrate everything to love about the holiday season - from friendship to gifts to Santa to the reason for the season itself! We'll be embracing the spirit of the holiday specials of yore like Donny and Marie and Judy Garland, so you can expect music, comedy, and a lot of mayhem. A few of our special friends will be stopping by as well to help us spread some holiday cheer. Join us and get the holiday season started off right!
 
   
The Last Mall Santa Dec 5 - Dec 19, 2014  
Under The Gun Theater The Last Mall Santa
 
Sci-fi writers have imagined post-apocalyptic worlds devoid of privacy (Minority Report), dry land (Waterworld), even babies (The Children of Men) -- but only The Last Mall Santa imagines a future bereft of an even more precious resource: Christmas cheer. In this original stage play by the Second City-trained Will Meinen, the year is 2071 and the Christmas Wars are long over and the mall Santas are gone. But one brave soul has vowed to bring back the holiday spirit to public shopping facilities. Yet even as Santa and loyal elf Bobo plot to reintroduce the sacred traditions, will "Mr. Holiday Gift Person" find Santa first? Kevin Mullaney, artistic director of the Under The Gun Theater, directs this witty and innovative production.
 
   
Process, A Holiday Production Dec 5 - Dec 20, 2014  
CIC Theater Process, A Holiday Production
 
PROCESS (The Holiday Production) gives you a peek behind the scenes of a unique, holiday-themed play. You'll witness the entire production process from the auditions to the curtain call of closing night as an improvised three-act play unfurls before your eyes. Each show is completely improvised!
 
   
Anna Bolena Dec 6 - Jan 16, 2015  
Lyric Opera Anna Bolena
 
Lyric Opera of Chicago presents Anna Bolena, Gaetano Donizetti's moving retelling of the tragic, true story of Anne Boleyn. A once-beloved queen, Boleyn fell from grace at the hands of her unfaithful king, Henry VIII, who sought to betray her in order to bring his mistress Jane Seymour to the throne. Condemned to death by the man she once trusted above all others, Anne accepts her fate and tumbles into madness as she awaits her unjust execution. Renowned soprano Sondra Radvanovsky sings the title character with passion and verve as Donizetti's bel canto gem build to one of the most gripping confrontations in all of opera -- the moment when Queen Boleyn realizes Jane has become her arch-rival, and faces off with her.
 
   
Yippee Ki-Yay, Merry Christmas Dec 6 - Jan 3, 2015  
MCL Chicago Yippee Ki-Yay, Merry Christmas
 
It's Christmas Eve at Nakatomi Plaza in downtown Los Angeles. New York cop Bruce McClane is there to rekindle love between himself and his estranged wife. Everyone seems headed toward a merry Christmas until Hans Solo and his group of German terrorists take everyone in the building hostage...except McClane.
 
   
Great Russian Nutcracker Dec 7  
Rosemont Theatre Great Russian Nutcracker
 
An authentic Russian Christmas puppet play and Masha's magical toy cabinet are new for 2014 as the Moscow Ballet's Great Russian Nutcracker returns to Rosemont for the holiday season. All the wonder and beauty of this stunning production is back as well, with the gorgeous Swarovski crystal-laden costumes, life-sized matrushka dolls, 10-foot tall silk puppets and a special "Dove of Peace" formation, where two dancers become one bird with a 20-foot wingspan. This is your chance to see the award-winning principal dancers and corps de ballet perform Olympic-worthy leaps, lifts and pirouettes as they tell the heartwarming tale of Masha meeting her prince.
 
   
I Love Lucy Live On Stage Dec 9 - Dec 14, 2014  
Bank of America Theatre I Love Lucy Live On Stage
 
I Love Lucy Live On Stage returns to Chicago for one week only. An "out-of-body experience for 'Lucy' fans" according to Showbiz Chicago, I LOVE LUCY LIVE ON STAGE takes audiences back to 1952 as members of the Desilu Playhouse studio audience where they await the filming of two hilarious and oh-so-familiar I LOVE LUCY episodes, "The Benefit" and "Lucy Has Her Eyes Examined." A charming host entertains and enlightens the crowd to the behind-the-scenes filming process of a brand new thing called "television," the Crystaltone Singers perform advertising jingles in perfect 50s style harmony and the sidesplitting antics of America's favorite foursome - Lucy, Ricky, Fred and Ethel - are presented live on stage and in color for the very first time! It's a one-of-a-kind theatrical experience TV Guide's William Keck calls "the most entertaining stage production I've seen in years - including Broadway!"
 
   
Newsies Dec 10 - Jan 4, 2015  
Ford Oriental 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!
 
   
The Mikado Dec 11 - Feb 7, 2015  
The Hypocrites at The Den Theatre The Mikado
 
One of Gilbert and Sullivan's most beloved comic operas, The Mikado is set in the fictional Japanese town of Titipu, where the emperor has made flirting a capital offense. Into the town comes a wandering minstrel, who quickly falls for Yum-Yum, a beautiful young woman who is betrothed to another. The Japanese setting allowed Gilbert and Sullivan to slyly mask their commentary on contemporary British society while serving up their trademark mix of complications and merriment. A smash hit when it played at the Chopin Theatre and Steppenwolf's Garage, this production from The Hypocrites is presented promenade-style, putting you the audience inside the story as you move around the space with the actors.
 
   
Happy Holly-daze - A Drinking Game Performance Dec 11 - Dec 27, 2014  
Cornservatory Happy Holly-daze - A Drinking Game Performance
 
It's the most wonderful time for a beer at Corn Productions as we present Happy Holly-daze: A Drinking Game Performance. Now in its fourth year, the beloved holiday show blends original sketch comedy and drinking games... with a twist of holiday cheer. The Rockettes ain't got nothin' on this BYOB holiday blowout! Get blitzed with Blitzen. Rowdy with Rudolph. Drunk with... Santa. Make this a December to vaguely remember.
 
   
A Streetcar Named Desire Dec 11 - Dec 21, 2014  
Pulse Theatre Company Chicago at Profiles Theatre - The Alley Stage A Streetcar Named Desire
 
A Streetcar Named Desire, Tennessee Williams most acclaimed work, is coming back to Chicago stages in a new, bold and daring production directed by Aaron Mitchell Reese and Christopher Jackson. This gut-wrenching tug-of-war centers around the brute Stanley Kowalski's struggle to maintain the power in his household from the mentally fragile Blanche Dubois. In a romanticized realistic take on Williams' work, the highly diverse cast personifies the melting pot of New Orleans' relatively warm and easy intermingling of races. This marks the first production Pulse Theatre Company Chicago.
 
   
Feliz Navidachi Dec 11 - Dec 18, 2014  
Stage 773 Feliz Navidachi
 
Feliz Navidachi explores the holiday family ties, tribulations, and celebrations of Los Improviachis, a rag tag band of improvising mariachis, through a long-form improvised mariachi musical with fun audience participation. Los Improviachis enriches the "mariachis at the restaurant" experience by bringing it to the stage and incorporating the audience interaction into the storytelling being performed. The music, lyrics, choreography, and scene work is improvised.
 
   
Miracle on 34th Street Dec 11 - Dec 14, 2014  
The Artistic Home Miracle on 34th Street
 
Miracle on 34th Street gets even more miraculous when The Artistic Home Theatre performs it live in the style of an old-time radio play, complete with onstage sound effects. When a man named Kris Kringle agrees to serve as a last-minute replacement for Santa in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, he's so convincing that he's offered a job as the department store's in-house Claus. But how can he convince the doubters, including a cynical single mother and her eight-year-old daughter who yearns for something to believe in? Based on the classic film starring Edmund Gwenn, Maureen O'Hara and Natalie Wood, this charming adaptation perfectly captures the spirit of the season.
 
   
Frosty's Shakes and Dogs Dec 12 - Dec 28, 2014  
Li'l Buds Theatre at Rivendell Theatre Frosty's Shakes and Dogs
 
It's almost Christmas, and "Frosty's Shakes -N- Dogs" is rockin' with holiday cheer but the hustle and bustle of happy customers has annoyed Jack Frost, and he concocts a plan to steal the holiday spirit. Will Christmas be ruined? Find out in this original holiday musical about friendship and forgiveness.!
 
   
Burning Bluebeard Dec 13 - Jan 4, 2015  
The Ruffians at Theater Wit Burning Bluebeard
 
Inspired by the true story of Chicago's 1903 Iroquois Theatre Fire, BURNING BLUEBEARD is the story of six singed clown performers who emerge from the burnt remains of history attempting to perform their spectacular Christmas Pantomime once and for all. But this time, they hope to finally reach the true happy ending of their second act and avoid the fateful fire that killed 600 of its audience members. BURNING BLUEBEARD is a whimsical romp with a sensitive heart, a joyful eulogy with a sharp irreverent wit including music, clowning, tumbling, acrobatics and dance. Each night is a vaudevillian delight with a story that excavates the poetic and poignant remains of a piece of Chicago's rich history.
 
   
The Nutcracker Dec 13 - Dec 21, 2014  
Ballet Chicago at Athenaeum Theatre The Nutcracker
 
Ballet Chicago's Nutcracker extravaganza comes to glorious life on the sparkling stage at the Athenaeum Theatre this holiday season. Complete with beautiful fairies, handsome princes, dancing snowflakes and a lovely young girl making her way to the Kingdom of Snow and the Land of the Sweets, this gorgeous ballet is the perfect way to celebrate the season. Set to Tchaikovsky's delightful score, The Nutcracker is sure to create cherished memories for your 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.
 
   
Cirque Dreams Holidaze Dec 17 - Dec 21, 2014  
Chicago Theatre Cirque Dreams Holidaze
 
Before its opening in New York in 2015, Cirque Dreams Holidaze will dazzle Chicago audiences with a magnificent production that brings together the best elements of a new cirque show, a Broadway musical, a Christmas spectacular and a family holiday show all in one. Watch in disbelief as snowmen, penguins, angels, reindeer, toy soldiers, gingerbread men, ornaments and of course Santa perform elaborate production numbers, soaring acrobatics, gravity-defying feats, astounding illusions and more. The show also celebrates the most wonderful time of the year with singers, original music and seasonal favorites all performed in a winter wonderland of enchantment.
 
   
A Nativity Story Dec 18 - Dec 28, 2014  
Congo Square Theatre at Ruth Page Center For Arts A Nativity Story
 
Nativity holds a sacred place in the hearts of those who have been touched by it. It reminds us of what is important during a time, when the reason for the season can get cloudy. Nativity is the perfect example of extreme measures being used in a time of extreme circumstances.
 
   
The Pirates of Penzance Dec 18 - Feb 7, 2015  
The Hypocrites at The Den Theatre The Pirates of Penzance
 
An 80-minute exotic getaway featuring bathing beauties, philosophizing pirates, and grown men in remarkably short shorts The Hypocrites' production of The Pirates of Penzance has quickly become a non-traditional holiday favorite. Presented promenade-style, this unique production allows the audience to move around the space with the actors for a more immersive experience. The beloved comic musical tells the story of Frederic, a boy mistakenly apprenticed to a softhearted band of pirates (his hard-of-hearing nurse was told to take him to a ship's pilot). He wants to leave the pirates and live a law-abiding life with his true love, but his Leap Day birthday means his pirate apprenticeship lasts a lot longer than usual. After a series of zany mishaps, the lovable pirates make their peace with the police and Frederic gets his girl. Along the way it's a rollercoaster ride of swashbuckling action and merry music, featuring many of Gilbert and Sullivan's wittiest and most engaging tunes, including the immortal "I Am the Very Model of a Modern Major-General."
 
   
Jacob Marley's Christmas Carol Dec 18 - Dec 21, 2014  
Meiley-Swallow Hall Jacob Marley's Christmas Carol
 
Everybody knows the story of Ebenezer Scrooge's miraculous redemption, but what about his late business partner, Jacob Marley? Marley, after all, was the ghost responsible for the old miser's transformation, so isn't it time he got a little recognition? A funny and heartwarming show, Jacob Marley's Christmas Carol shows another side of Charles Dickens' holiday classic. Chained and shackled, Marley is condemned to a hellish eternity. He's even given his own private tormentor: a malicious sprite who thoroughly enjoys her work. To escape his own chains, Marley must first redeem Scrooge. So begins a journey of laughter and terror, redemption and renewal, during which Scrooge's heart is opened -- but not before Marley discovers his own.
 
   
Evening of Expression Dec 19 - Dec 21, 2014  
The Greenhouse Theater Center Evening of Expression
 
Chastity Washington combines her seasoned stand-up routine with a dramatic performance, capturing the voices and stories of several different women in a variety of circumstances, and then delivering her comedy act in the second half of the show. Washington's performed at clubs and colleges nationwide, and was the only female finalist at a 2011 Bay Area comedy competition. She's also a gifted mimic, who's landed spots on BET's Comic View and HBO's Def Comedy Jam, and notched several appearances at the prestigious Just for Laughs Festival. She staged her well-received show Evening of Expression in her hometown of Milwaukee as well.
 
   
The Merry Widow Dec 19 - Dec 31, 2014  
Light Opera Works at Cahn Auditorium The Merry Widow
 
Everyone's after her money and Hanna, the saucy widow, knows just how to make them dance to her tune! The famous lost fan, constant flirting and mistaken identities create the most popular Viennese operetta of all time...filled with waltzes, can-cans and dreamy melodies.
 
   
A Map of Virtue Jan 8 - Feb 14, 2015  
Cor Theatre at Rivendell Theatre A Map of Virtue
 
Part interview, part comedy, part middle-of-the-night horror story, A Map of Virtue is about a shared obsession that leaves a group of friends stranded in the woods. A bird statue is the guide through this symmetrical tale about the limits of our virtues and what we leave behind.
 
   
Edith Can Shoot Things And Hit Them Jan 9 - Jan 31, 2015  
First Floor Theater at Flat Iron Arts Building Edith Can Shoot Things And Hit Them
 
After their parents' sudden departure, Filipino-Americans Edith, 12, and her brother, Kenny, 16, are left to fend for themselves in a tiny town in the middle of nowhere. With only one another to rely on, poverty and depression loom, when Kenny brings home his new "friend" Benji, and the three begin to redefine the meaning of American Family. Armed with their latchkey wit and a BB gun, the trio can take on anything, from cooking their own food to standing up for their newly-found sexuality - until their father returns and everything they've made threatens to fall apart. This Chicago premiere of award-winning playwright A. Rey Pamatmat's powerful script explores what it means to grow up poor, queer, and alone in middle America, and how the human spirit and the power of love can triumph over the darkest obstacles.
 
   
Keys of the Kingdom Jan 10 - Feb 15, 2015  
Theater Wit Keys of the Kingdom
 
As assistant to the celebrity pastor of an evangelical mega church, Arthur obeys orders, attacks paperwork, and guards against sin. So Arthur is surprised when the church pastor commissions a mural from Irene Hoff, an atheist New York artist married to another woman. Arthur is even more surprised when the pastor explains that he believes Irene has been chosen by God. But the biggest surprise of all is what happens when Irene shows up and starts to paint.
 
   
Lions in Illyria Jan 10 - Feb 15, 2015  
Lifeline Theatre Lions in Illyria
 
Separated from her brother by a storm at sea, the young lioness Violet must brave an unknown country all alone. Disguised as a boy, she joins with a preposterous peacock on a quest to claim the attentions of the most graceful gazelle in town. But soon Violet is torn between multiple masters and her adventure takes a turn for the absurd when she becomes entangled in the clownish antics of a wacky warthog and his featherbrained dodo sidekick. Travel to the weird and wonderful land of Illyria in a magical comedy loaded with music, monkeys, and mayhem. This production is recommended for children ages five and up (children under two not permitted), and runs one hour with no intermission.
 
   
50 Shades! The Musical Parody Jan 13 - Jan 18, 2015  
Broadway Playhouse 50 Shades! The Musical Parody
 
50 SHADES! THE MUSICAL PARODY is the hilariously naughty satire that explores the steamy relationship between Christian Grey and Anastasia Steele, as seen through the eyes of a trio of girlfriends at a book club meeting. As the women devour the novel, the character's delicious affair comes to life before their eyes. After all, who needs staid book club fare when a book like this can be so...stimulating. This laugh-out-loud musical features a sassy original score, including such songs "Open Your Book," "I Don't Make Love," and "There Is A Hole Inside Of Me."
 
   
The Table Jan 14 - Jan 25, 2015  
Chicago Shakespeare Theater The Table
 
Chicago Shakespeare Theater takes a leading role in the inaugural Chicago International Puppet Theater Festival, presenting the return engagement Blind Summit's The Table-the widely acclaimed production that played to sold-out houses last fall. Come meet Moses-a cantankerous puppet with a cardboard head immersed in an existential crisis on a table. Intended to be a theatrical interpretation of the biblical story of Moses, The Table is performed by a grizzled, crotchety old man-but the grumpy puppet narrator strays far from the planned storyline. Hilarious, beautiful and occasionally profound, it is performed completely on the table top with multiple, visible puppeteers who improvise and interact with each other and the audience. Blind Summit's remarkable artists breathe poignant life into the character, revealing something of ourselves in the cardboard, wood and fabric creation onstage. As part of the development of a new work, Blind Summit will also showcase a work in progress exclusively for Chicago audiences on Fridays and Saturdays during the festival.
 
   
Freeze! Jan 14 - Jan 25, 2015  
Chicago Shakespeare Theater Freeze!
 
Chicago Shakespeare Theater takes a leading role in the inaugural Chicago International Puppet Theater Festival, presenting the US Premiere of this one-of-a-kind live performance event from Belgium. Creator and performer Nick Steur welcomes audiences as he artfully balances stones without glue or other manipulations. Winner of the Edinburgh Fringe First award in 2013, Freeze! blurs the line between performer and audience as all collectively experience the unexplainable harmony that comes from balance and focus. The Scotsman declares, "occasionally a show appears that has a poise, an authority, an inner strength so profound that it takes a rushing, hyperactive audience and moves it into a completely different place... slowing its heartbeats, making it pause, changing the way it breathes and sees. Nick Steur's remarkable performance is one of those rare and beautiful shows."
 
   
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.
 
   
The Rose Tattoo Jan 15 - Feb 28, 2015  
Shattered Globe Theatre at Theater Wit The Rose Tattoo
 
THE ROSE TATTOO is unique in Williams' work - a special blend of comedy, emotional depth and lyricism. Set in an Italian-American community on Louisiana's Gulf Coast, a passionate overprotective Sicilian widow, Serafina Delle Rose, controls the life of her daughter, Rosa. The volatile Serafina also hides herself in the hazy memory of the husband she idealized who was killed smuggling illegal goods on the highway. The earthy eroticism of the play is unleashed as an unknown truck driver pulls into town and disturbs this simple seamstress' life. These two equally matched and impulsive characters develop an almost operatic relationship and, serenaded by exuberant townspeople, Serafina is finally delivered from her past memories and grief.
 
   
Top Girls Jan 15 - Feb 8, 2015  
The Arc Theatre at The Den Theatre Top Girls
 
TOP GIRLS follows the life and dreams of Marlene, a career-driven businesswoman who has risen to the top of her employment agency. Through interviews with prospective candidates, an absurdist dinner party with controversial women from history and conversations with her estranged family members and slick co-workers, Marlene explores the pain inherent in the inevitable choice between career success and strong family ties. In a world of the "Supermom" and a shattering glass ceiling, TOP GIRLS reveals the conflict that comes with the ultimately flawed desire to "have it all."
 
   
Princess Mary Demands Your Attention Jan 15 - Feb 21, 2015  
Bailiwick Chicago at Victory Gardens Theater - Biograph Princess Mary Demands Your Attention
 
PRINCESS MARY DEMANDS YOUR ATTENTION tells the soulful story of Amari Bolkonski, a gay, black daydreamer seemingly "stuck" in life. A chance meeting throws him into to a decade-long journey to personal acceptance and freedom, guided (and haunted) by an inexplicable and challenging drag queen. With storytelling that incorporates music and dance, PRINCESS MARY DEMANDS YOUR ATTENTION - inspired by parts of Tolstoy's War & Peace -is a fierce new play that ultimately demands an answer to the question: Is there really anything in your way?
 
   
Plastic Revolution Jan 16 - Feb 22, 2015  
The New Colony at The Den Theatre Plastic Revolution
 
When recently widowed Delores Clarke meets Tupperware pioneer Brownie Wise, a new phenomenon sweeps through their picturesque 1950s Kissimee, Florida neighborhood. Selling a few hours of independence to local women with a revolutionary plastic craze, they tackle social norms, small-town politics and change the face of the American dinner table forever.
 
   
Rapture, Blister, Burn Jan 17 - Feb 22, 2015  
Goodman Theatre Rapture, Blister, Burn
 
Grad school pals Catherine and Gwen pursued completely different lives after graduation. Catherine became a controversial author, while Gwen married Catherine's ex-boyfriend Don and raised two sons. After a decade-long estrangement, the women decide to spend a summer reconnecting. But their impulsive attempt to trade places soon erupts in a heated battle for Don's affection and a fiery examination of their feminist ideals.
 
   
Macbeth Jan 17 - Feb 14, 2015  
Chicago Shakespeare Theater Macbeth
 
Driven by ambition, Macbeth struggles with his conscience and chooses a tragic path. This 75-minute abridged production one of the most powerful plays in the canon is a perfect introduction to Shakespeare. It tells a story of political intrigue and personal frailty as Macbeth and his Lady struggle first with their ambition, and then with its dark consequences. A theatrical world of action, sound and the supernatural makes Shakespeare's language come alive. After the performance, the actors remain on stage for a question-and-answer session, then join the audience in the Lobby for informal conversations and photos.
 
   
The Apple Family Plays: That Hopey Changey Thing and Sorry Jan 20 - Apr 19, 2015  
TimeLine Theatre Company The Apple Family Plays: That Hopey Changey Thing and Sorry
 
Tony Award winner Richard Nelson's widely celebrated series of four THE APPLE FAMILY PLAYS explores politics, change, and family dynamics. Set on dates of historic significance between 2010 and 2013, the plays have been heralded by The New York Times as "a rare and radiant mirror on the way we live ... no previous works of theater have been topical in the resonant and specific ways of THE APPLE FAMILY PLAYS." Now TimeLine brings two of these remarkable plays (the first and third from the series) to Chicago to be presented on alternating nights.
 
   
Stomp Jan 20 - Jan 25, 2015  
Bank of America Theatre Stomp
 
STOMP is explosive, inventive, provocative, witty, and utterly unique—an unforgettable experience for audiences of all ages. The international percussion sensation has garnered armfuls of awards and rave reviews and has appeared on numerous national television shows. The eight-member troupe uses everything but conventional percussion instruments – matchboxes, wooden poles, brooms, garbage cans, Zippo lighters, hubcaps – to fill the stage with magnificent rhythms. Year after year, audiences worldwide keep coming back for more of this pulse-pounding electrifying show. As the Boston Globe says, “If you haven’t seen STOMP, GO! If you have seen it, take someone and share the pleasure!” STOMP. See what all the noise is about.
 
   
Disney On Ice - Frozen Jan 21 - Feb 8, 2015  
Allstate Arena and United Center Disney On Ice - Frozen
 
The Academy Award winning tale will be told live for the first time in this production, capturing the dynamic between two royal sisters, Anna and Elsa. Anna, a girl with an extraordinary heart, embarks on an epic journey to find her sister, the magical Elsa, who is determined to remain secluded as she finally feels free to test the limits of her powers. Rugged mountain man Kristoff, his loyal reindeer Sven, the lovable and hilarious snowman Olaf and the mystical trolls help Anna along the way in this story about love conquering fear. Audiences will get to sing along with such musical masterpieces as "Let it Go," "Do You Want to Build a Snowman?" and "Fixer Upper." At Allstate Arena from Jan 21 - 25. At United Center from Jan 28 - Feb 8
 
   
White Guy on the Bus Jan 23 - Mar 1, 2015  
Northlight Theatre White Guy on the Bus
 
Ray, a successful white business executive, rides the bus past the state penitentiary every Saturday. On his weekly ride he befriends Shatique, a young black woman putting herself through school and struggling to raise a son on her own. The threads that tie these disparate individuals together gradually unravel in a complex and explosive examination of race, intent, and racial biases from a candid and unexpected perspective.
 
   
The Selfish Giant Jan 23 - Feb 22, 2015  
Chicago Children's Theatre at Ruth Page Center For Arts The Selfish Giant
 
 
   
Dividing the Estate Jan 27 - Mar 28, 2015  
Raven Theatre Dividing the Estate
 
Foote's comedy-drama, his last new play to be produced on Broadway, focuses on the members of the Gordon family - a wealthy Texas clan whose fortunes have declined and who are debating whether or not to divide the remainder of the family's estate while their octogenarian matriarch Stella is still alive.
 
   
The Royale Jan 30 - Mar 8, 2015  
American Theatre Company The Royale
 
America. 1905. Jay is a legend. He has everything he needs to be the heavyweight champion of the world... except he's not white. From Orange is the New Black writer Marco Ramirez comes this explosive new play that combines rapid-fire dialogue and rhythmic percussion to punctuate the epic journey of one man's quest for fame--no matter the consequence.
 
   
Fancy Nancy: The Musical Jan 31 - May 17, 2015  
Emerald City Theatre Company at Apollo Theater Fancy Nancy: The Musical
 
From the top of her tiara down to her sparkly shoes, Nancy's ready to take the spotlight in her first dance recital. But when someone else gets picked to be the prima ballerina (that's a fancy word for star of the show), Nancy is stuck playing a dreary, dull tree. Can she still bring fancy flair to her role when it isn't the one she wanted? Adapted from the bestselling books, this is a funny, frilly ballet story with a lot of heart.
 
   
Marie Antoinette Feb 5 - May 10, 2015  
Steppenwolf Theatre Marie Antoinette
 
Before Britney Spears and Justin Bieber, there was Marie Antoinette. In David Adjmi's contemporary take on the young queen of France, Marie is a confection created by a society that values extravagance and artifice. But France's love affair with the royals sours as revolution brews, and for Marie, the political suddenly becomes very personal. From the light and breezy banter at the palace to the surging chants of "Liberte! Egalite! Fraternite!" in the streets, Marie Antoinette holds a mirror up to our contemporary society that might just be entertaining itself to death.
 
   
Samsara Feb 6 - Mar 8, 2015  
Victory Gardens Theater - Biograph Samsara
 
Americans Katie and Craig are having a baby with Suraiya, a surrogate from India. As all three "parents" anxiously await the baby's due date, Katie and Suraiya are attacked by flights of their imagination: a seductive Frenchman and a sharp-tongued fetus. Originally developed at Victory Gardens' IGNITION New Play Festival in 2012, this smart world premiere comedy takes us on a hilarious and highly theatrical journey into 21st century parenthood and modern-day colonialism.
 
   
A Kid Like Jake Feb 6 - Mar 15, 2015  
About Face Theatre at The Greenhouse Theater Center A Kid Like Jake
 
Alexandra and Greg's intelligent and precocious four year-old son Jake is a leading candidate for enrollment in one of Manhattan's top kindergarten programs. But when attention turns to his passion for Cinderella and dress-up, Jake's gender non-conforming behavior becomes a lightning rod, calling into question assumptions about gender, class, education and acceptance through the lens of 21st century parenting.
 
   
Blue Planet Feb 11 - Mar 15, 2015  
Akvavit Theatre at Storefront Theater Blue Planet
 
Best friends Hulda and Brimir live on a planet much like Earth-populated only by children. They live a simple but ideal life. When they meet an adult, the mysterious Jolly-Goodday. they are promised a life of greater joy, even more spectacular fun, but at what cost? The exuberance of Peter Pan, the wonder of the myth of Icarus, mixed with an eco-conscious message, Blue Planet is a family-friendly and lively integrated theatrical experience using movement, puppetry, aerial dance and object work with traditional elements of storytelling. The performance is sure to illuminate, entertain and inspire.
 
   
The Other Place Feb 13 - Apr 5, 2015  
Profiles Theatre - The Main Stage The Other Place
 
In Sharr White's acclaimed new drama The Other Place, Juliana Smithton, a successful neurologist, finds her life coming apart at the seams. Her husband filed for divorce, her daughter eloped with a much older man and her own health hangs in jeopardy. But in this brilliantly crafted work, nothing is as it seems. Piece by piece, a mystery unfolds as fact blurs with fiction, past collides with present and the elusive truth about Juliana boils to the surface.
 
   
Elephant and Piggie's We are in a Play! Feb 14 - May 16, 2015  
Emerald City Theatre Company at Apollo Theater Elephant and Piggie's We are in a Play!
 
Elephant Gerald is careful. Piggie is not. Gerald worries so that Piggie does not have to. They are best friends. Our favorite characters from Mo Willems' beloved Elephant and Piggie series take the stage for this vaudevillian romp of a musical. Pachyderm and swine join forces to face questions like: what do you wear to a fancy pool costume party? Should you share your ice cream? And, how can two friends play with one toy? With the help of nutty backup singers, The Squirelles, this musical is an animal party that you won't want to miss!
 
   
First Wives Club Feb 17 - Mar 29, 2015  
Ford Oriental Theatre First Wives Club
 
Five-time Emmy Award nominee Linda Bloodworth Thomason (“Designing Women”) makes her theatrical debut as book writer and Simon Phillips will direct the musical. Based on the hit Paramount Pictures Film, FIRST WIVES CLUB, still the ultimate story of female empowerment, and will feature songs – both new original music and classics – by Motown legends Holland-Dozier-Holland, who are responsible for such hits as "Reach Out…I'll Be There," "Stop in the Name of Love," "I Can't Help Myself (Sugar Pie Honey Bunch)," and “My World Is Empty Without You.”
 
   
The Talking Cure Feb 19 - Mar 22, 2015  
Idle Muse Theatre Company at Rivendell Theatre The Talking Cure
 
The play explores the life of Sabina Spielrein. A brilliant young "hysteric," Spielrein was Carl Jung's first patient, and eventual colleague, as he sought to refine the "talking cure" method of treatment proposed by his adopted mentor, Sigmund Freud. Traditional notions are shattered when Sabina begins to blaze her own trail and a forbidden journey into repressed passions unfolds as patient and doctor cross the ultimate boundary, becoming lovers. Under the creeping shadow of two World Wars, all three are drawn into a complex web of rivalries and dark desires that will eventually give birth to modern psychoanalysis - as well as its first great schism.
 
   
Yankee Tavern Feb 20 - Mar 22, 2015  
American Blues Theater at The Greenhouse Theater Center Yankee Tavern
 
Since its debut in 2008, Yankee Tavern has met with rave reviews from critics and theatergoers across the nation including The New York Times calling Yankee Tavern "Intriguing and absorbing!" and the Daily News says it is "One helluva show by a superb playwright who has slyly fashioned an edge-of-your-seat thriller." The jukebox inside the Yankee Tavern stopped in the middle of "Bye, bye, Miss American Pie" as the first hijacked plane impacted the north tower of the World Trade Center on September 11. Inside the walls of this crumbling New York tavern, a young couple (Ian Paul Custer* and Darci Nalepa) finds themselves caught up in conversations of what happened that day and who is telling the truth. Dietz's acclaimed and dramatic thriller is a fierce, funny and ultimately mind-bending work of theatrical power that grips the audience until the final word.
 
   
Macbeth Feb 22 - Apr 5, 2015  
The Artistic Home Macbeth
 
Macbeth by William Shakepeare
 
   
The Book Of Mormon Feb 25 - May 17, 2015  
Bank of America Theatre The Book Of Mormon
 
THE BOOK OF MORMON is the Winner of 9 Tony Awards including Best Musical! From Trey Parker and Matt Stone, four-time Emmy Award-winning creators of "South Park," and Tony Award-winner Robert Lopez, co-creator of the Tony Award-winning Best Musical Avenue Q, comes THE BOOK OF MORMON, a new Broadway musical that Jon Stewart of The Daily Show describes as, "a crowning achievement, so good it makes me angry" and by Entertainment Weekly as "the funniest musical of all time." Featuring choreography by Tony Award-winner Casey Nicholaw, THE BOOK OF MORMON Chicago is directed by Nicholaw and Parker. Don't miss your chance to see what Ben Brantley of The New York Times calls "the best musical of this century." Don't miss THE BOOK OF MORMON Chicago.
 
   
This Is Modern Art Feb 25 - Mar 14, 2015  
Steppenwolf for Young Adults at Steppenwolf Theatre This Is Modern Art
 
The crew of Made U Look (MUL) is willing to risk anything for their art. Called vandals, criminals, even creative terrorists, these Chicago graffiti artists set out night after night to make their voices heard and alter the way people view the world. But when the crew finishes the biggest graffiti bomb of their careers, the consequences get serious and spark a public debate asking, where does art belong? Written by acclaimed playwright Idris Goodwin and Louder Than A Bomb founder Kevin Coval, This Is Modern Art provides a glimpse into the anonymous lives of graffiti artists and asks us to question the true purpose of art.
 
   
The Illusionists - Witness The Impossible Mar 10 - Mar 22, 2015  
Cadillac Palace Theatre The Illusionists - Witness The Impossible
 
This mind-blowing spectacular showcases the jaw-dropping talents of seven of the most incredible illusionists on earth. Full of hilarious magic tricks, death-defying stunts and acts of breathtaking wonder, THE ILLUSIONISTS has dazzled audiences of all ages. Creative Producer Simon Painter said, "We can't wait to bring this electrifying show to Broadway for a truly entertaining experience for the whole family. THE ILLUSIONISTS is the most non-stop and powerful mix of outrageous and astonishing acts ever to be seen on the live stage."
 
   
Outside Mullingar Mar 13 - Apr 19, 2015  
Northlight Theatre Outside Mullingar
 
Anthony and Rosemary are two introverted misfits. Anthony has spent his entire life on a cattle farm in rural Ireland, oblivious to the longing of his neighbor Rosemary, who hopelessly pines for him as the years slip away. With Anthony's father threatening to disinherit him and a land feud simmering between their families, Rosemary fears romantic catastrophe. These two eccentric souls scramble their way towards happiness in a compassionate, delightful tale of how surprising love can be.
 
   
Genius Mar 13 - May 3, 2015  
Profiles Theatre - The Alley Stage Genius
 
Genius examines the secrets and alliances of two creative couples from different generations who find their lives changed forever one evening after an electric dinner party. Joel, a once highly regarded painter turned museum director caught in the midst of a very public indiscretion and his wife Sara, a formally famous journalist, venture to Brooklyn for dinner with their new friends Peter and Chelsea, a young filmmaking couple with rising careers and a baby on the way. After an evening riddled with illuminating discoveries, deceptions and perhaps too much wine, each couple deconstructs the evening's events as they grapple with their own uncertain futures. Using a constantly shifting timeline, playwright Kate Walbert turns her kaleidoscopic lens on two marriages battered by urgent ambitions.
 
   
Balm In Gilead Mar 14 - Apr 19, 2015  
Griffin Theatre Company at The Den Theatre Balm In Gilead
 
Enter the world of Frank's cafe, an all-night coffee shop on Manhattan's Upper West Side frequented by a makeshift community of dealers, junkies, hustlers, prostitutes, dreamers and runaways. BALM IN GILEAD loosely centers on Joe, a cynical drug dealer, and Darlene, a naive new arrival to the big city as their lives intersect over the course of three days. Having previously produced Wilson's The Hot L Baltimore (1990) and Fifth of July (2003), Griffin is pleased to present the celebrated playwright's first full-length work.
 
   
The Good Book Mar 19 - Apr 19, 2015  
Court Theatre The Good Book
 
In this highly original world premiere play, Denis O'Hare and Lisa Peterson (An Iliad) weave stories of devotion and doubt into their very own creation myth about the place where human faith and divine inspiration intersect: the Bible. As thirteen year-old Connor struggles to reconcile his identity with his dream of becoming a priest and modern-day Biblical scholar Miriam wrestles to resolve her crisis of faith, they lead us through an incredible exploration on how the Bible was conceived. From ancient Judea to medieval Ireland to suburban America, The Good Book is a powerful and exuberant journey through the most influential book in Western history.
 
   
The Birdfeeder Doesn't Know Mar 31 - May 16, 2015  
Raven Theatre The Birdfeeder Doesn't Know
 
Ingrid and Herman are retirees living independently in their longtime family home somewhere in the heart of America. Like any parents with adult children, they long for more visits from their son, the physically disabled Everett, who lives in the big city several hours away. But with Herman's physical abilities declining as a normal part of aging, Everett's help at home is needed now more than ever. As Everett's career is finally taking off in the city, is it fair to ask him to compromise his own opportunities to care for his aging parents, or will he convince them that it's time to place Herman in an assisted living facility? Where do the obligations to family end?
 
   
The Herd Apr 2 - Jun 7, 2015  
Steppenwolf Theatre The Herd
 
It's Andy's 21st birthday and preparations for the party are under way. But Andy and his caregiver are running late. As his family gathers, two unexpected guests appear, straining the delicate family dynamic. With a deft comic touch, The Herd introduces us to a suburban English family who have had to re-organize themselves around the extraordinary needs of one of their own, bringing to light the challenges of reconciliation, the power of shared memories and the irresistible pull of family.
 
   
A Wonder In My Soul Apr 3 - May 3, 2015  
Victory Gardens Theater - Biograph A Wonder In My Soul
 
A Wonder In My Soul, by the author of The Gospel of Lovingkindness, centers on the feuding members of the Soul Singers, Chicago's 1960's rhythm and blues music sensation, who unwillingly reunite after 35 years for a concert to raise money for a community center. Set in the Bronzeville neighborhood, this hilarious and heartrending musical play about ambition, passions and the unbreakable bonds of family.
 
   
Red Handed Otter Apr 9 - May 24, 2015  
A Red Orchid Theatre Red Handed Otter
 
Not long ago, Paul had a girlfriend, a cat, and few complaints. Now? Well, at least he's got his health. In between shifts at their security guard posts, Paul's work buddies try to cheer him up. In this comedy by one of New York's hottest emerging playwrights, Paul's friends' awkward (and hilarious) attempts to console him may just prove that some comforts only come on four legs.
 
   
Billy Elliot The Musical Apr 9 - Jun 7, 2015  
Drury Lane- Oakbrook Billy Elliot The Musical
 
Set during the 1984-85 U.K. miners' strike in a small working class town in the English countryside, young Billy discovers a passion for ballet and trades in his boxing gloves for dancing shoes. As he struggles against the odds to make his dream of becoming a dancer come true, Billy inspires his family and whole community, changing their lives forever. This joyous celebration of one boy's journey defying convention to follow his heart is a must-see theatrical experience.
 
   
RAIN: A Tribute to the Beatles Apr 14 - Apr 19, 2015  
Ford Oriental Theatre RAIN: A Tribute to the Beatles
 
As "the next best thing to seeing The Beatles!" (Associated Press), RAIN performs the full range of The Beatles' discography live onstage, including the most complex and challenging songs that The Beatles themselves recorded in the studio but never performed for an audience. In addition to the updated sets that include brand new LED, High-Definition screens and multimedia content, new songs have also been included with the launch of the 2013-14 Tour. Together longer than The Beatles, RAIN has mastered every song, gesture and nuance of the legendary foursome, delivering a totally live, note-for-note performance that's as infectious as it is transporting. From the early hits to later classics ("I Want To Hold Your Hand," "Hard Day's Night," "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band," "Let It Be," "Come Together," "Hey Jude" and more), this adoring tribute will take you back to a time when all you needed was love, and a little help from your friends!
 
   
Beast on the Moon Apr 21 - Jun 6, 2015  
Raven Theatre Beast on the Moon
 
Aram Tomasian is an Armenian immigrant living in 1920's Milwaukee who has escaped the massacre of 1.5 million Armenians in 1915 by the Turks in his homeland in Eastern Turkey. He wants to make a fresh start and build a new family in the new world to replace the family he lost to the genocide. He selects a mail-order bride and into his life comes an Armenian teen-ager, Seta, who has also escaped the vicious grip of the Ottoman warlords. He learns that building a marriage and a family is more difficult than he anticipated, but he ultimately succeeds in unexpected and heart-warming ways.