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Orphee et Eurydice Sep 23 - Oct 15, 2017  
Lyric Opera Orphee et Eurydice
 
One of the most influential works in the history of opera, Orfeo ed Eurydice (1762) - presented at Lyric in its original Italian version most recently in 2005/06 - was revised significantly by Gluck for the Paris Opera in 1774. This version altered the role of Orpheus from alto castrato to tenor, while also adding a significant amount of ballet music to the score (including two celebrated scenes, the "Dance of the Furies" and the "Dance of the Blessed Spirits"). Familiar from Greek myths, the plot centers on the poet-musician Orphee (Orpheus), whose singing was so beautiful that it could charm the fierce guardians of the Underworld. After receiving encouragement from the god of love, Amour, Orphee travels to Hades to bring his dead wife, Eurydice, back to earth. Integral to the production will be the participation of The Joffrey Ballet in the company's first collaboration with Lyric.
 
   
Striking Out Sep 24 - Nov 5, 2017  
Annoyance Theatre Striking Out
 
"Striking Out" is a two act musical about the first straight baseball player in a world where all professional athletes are gay. The Chicago Otters (a professional baseball team) are in trouble. Their star player Lance Valentine has torn his acl, mcl, tibia, fibula, patella, meniscus, and in a medical first: melted his knee cap. The owners of the team refuse to pay for any more big contracts so management decides to have an open tryout. Iowa farm kid Jimmy Roberts would be perfect for such an opportunity- he wields a baseball bat like Thor does a hammer. There is only one problem: he's straight and deeply in love with his girlfriend Penny. Figuring that this is a once in a lifetime opportunity, Jimmy decides to lie about his sexuality and convinces Penny to come along for the ride as his "sister" in pursuit of both their dreams. She wants to be a TV journalist like her idol Matt Lauer. Jimmy ends up making the team, but will life as a big city professional athlete with all its temptations, conniving agents, and money lead Jimmy and Penny down the wrong path?Will his secret come out?
 
   
Monster Club Sep 24 - Oct 29, 2017  
Annoyance Theatre Monster Club
 
This all new play tells the story of Mary, a fun loving fifth grader who's landed herself in detention. Alone and bored she invents her own new best friends... MONSTERS! Not only are these monsters imaginary, they might just be puppets! This Halloween season come hang with Mary and her monster friends as they learn there's nothing wrong with having claws, a tail or a third eye - as long as you're being yourself.
 
   
Quixote: On the Conquest of Self Sep 27 - Dec 17, 2017  
Writers Theatre Quixote: On the Conquest of Self
 
This engaging and creative interpretation of the classic novel by Miguel de Cervantes transports audiences between time periods: from the fascinating universes created by Cervantes to the parallel realities of our current world. Along the way, the universally beloved dreamer Don Quixote helps bring new meaning to our triumphs and defeats, reawakening our forgotten desires and celebrating the joys of great literature.
 
   
Bewildered Sep 27 - Nov 11, 2017  
Hell in a Handbag Productions at Stage 773 Bewildered
 
A parody and reimagining of the beloved '60s/'70s television sitcom Bewitched, this spellbinding throwback is told from the point of view of Gladys Kravitz, the poor, misunderstood neighbor who keeps seeing crazy things at the home of Samantha Stephens, a beautiful witch, and her 'ordinary family.' Gladys' husband Abner has had enough and is about to take drastic measures. Can Gladys prove her visions are real without destroying the Stephens family - or is she doomed to a life of pills and institutions? Gladys finally gets her due in this fun and magical musical parody.
 
   
Choir Boy Sep 27 - Nov 12, 2017  
Raven Theatre Choir Boy
 
Determined to make his mark like those before him, Pharus is hell-bent on being the best choir leader in his school's fifty-year history. First he must gain the respect of his peers, but he's an outsider in a world steeped in rites and rituals, a community that demands he conform.
 
   
Light Up The Sky Sep 27 - Oct 29, 2017  
Citadel Theatre Company Light Up The Sky
 
The play's first act takes place before the play-within-a -play begins, when all assembled are being effusively loving toward each other. In LIGHT UP THE SKY's second act, the play's performance has ended disastrously and, believing the play will flop, the theater folk quickly turn on each other. In the third act, when they see the overnight reviews at 5:30 am and it's clear the play will be a hit, they frantically try to repair the damage they did to their relationships when they thought the play had failed.
 
   
Nuggets Sep 27 - Nov 29, 2017  
Annoyance Theatre Nuggets
 
If you've lived in Chicago long enough, you've probably heard it's the home of long-form improvisation. But what about long-form's bastard cousin, short-form improvisation? "Nuggets" is the newest short-form improv show at The Annoyance Theatre and it's here to put short-form back on the map! Nuggets features games, songs, and audience suggestions to serve you comedy at a break-neck pace. Think "Whose Line is it Anyway" but updated with a young, diverse cast! Our performers will play games made popular on TV like Party Quirks, Scenes From a Hat, and Hoedown and throw some new games in the mix that have been updated for a new generation.
 
   
Foxfinder Sep 28 - Nov 5, 2017  
Interrobang Theatre Project at Athenaeum Theatre Foxfinder
 
In the not so distant future, the economy is failing, food is scarce and paranoia is in the air. Samuel and Judith Covey live in rural England, maintaining their government-controlled farm - in constant fear of losing it all. After an anonymous tip, William Bloor, a "Foxfinder," arrives to investigate a suspected contamination, threatening to uncover secrets of desire and regret that will change all of their lives forever.
 
   
Ghosts and Zombies Sep 28 - Oct 29, 2017  
Akvavit Theatre at Strawdog Theatre Ghosts and Zombies
 
GHOSTS & zombies puts a blood-curdling spin on Ibsen's classic drama, Ghosts. As in the original, Mrs. Alving is preparing to open an orphanage in her husband's memory, while welcoming her son home from a long absence. However, things soon take a turn for the weird and scary as their country estate becomes overrun by the un-dead. Haunted by the ghosts of her past, Mrs. Alving now finds herself confronted by zombies that she is forced to stand and fight. GHOSTS & zombies shows us that we can try to bury the parts of our life we would rather forget, but we cannot control whether they walk again - slowly, hungrily - in our direction.
 
   
The Trojan Women Sep 28 - Oct 15, 2017  
Three Crows at Noyes Cultural Art Center The Trojan Women
 
Troy is burning. The city has been ransacked. The men have been killed. The women and children are to be enslaved by the conquering Greek army. Held in limbo, Queen Hecuba and the women of Troy await their fates as refugees. The classic anti-war tragedy written by Euripides thousands of years ago has never been more relevant. Expertly translated by Ronald Duncan, from the poetic modern adaption by Jean-Paul Sartre, The Trojan Women continues to question and examine the aftermath of war.
 
   
Disney On Ice - Dream Big Sep 28 - Oct 1, 2017  
Allstate Arena Disney On Ice - Dream Big
 
Chicago-area dreamers will witness the empowering tales of Disney's most courageous leading ladies told through artistic skating and acrobatics in this inspiring skating spectacular. Audiences are invited to join eight Disney Princesses - Ariel, Belle, Cinderella, Rapunzel, Tiana, Jasmine, Aurora and Snow White - as they embark on incredible adventures, determined to make their dreams come true. In addition, experience the sisterly love that has captivated millions as Disney's Frozen is brought to life on the icy stage.
 
   
The Making Of A Modern Folk Hero Sep 29 - Oct 29, 2017  
Chicago Dramatists The Making Of A Modern Folk Hero
 
A congressman entices an old friend (and washed-up actor) to portray a superhero in a publicity stunt designed to stop the unjust bulldozing of a public housing complex. They leave the crowd enthralled, but what happens when the character the politician created goes rogue? This graphic novel for the stage employs a seamless blend of live actors and shadow puppets to interrogate the hopes, fears and social forces that push people to yearn for and believe in the possibility of superheroes.
 
   
The Rocky Balboa Picture Show Sep 29 - Oct 31, 2017  
Cornservatory The Rocky Balboa Picture Show
 
The worlds of the Rocky Balboa film franchise and "The Rocky Horror Picture Show" meet for a world premier mashup musical parody of epic proportions. When Adrian and Paulie get stranded in the middle of Nowhere, Russia, the two stumble upon a mysterious training center where Micky has been preparing Rocky Balboa for the big fight against Russia's prize champion boxer, Ivan Drago. However, Rocky's workouts have produced unexpected results, and the Sly Stallone we thought we knew has been transformed into a pit-stained, stiletto-wearing fighter. Featuring iconic characters from both sides of the screen smashed between both universes, "The Rocky Balboa Picture Show" boasts a high energy, strangely sexy, and over-the-top musical production.
 
   
Evening at the Talk House Sep 29 - Nov 19, 2017  
A Red Orchid Theatre Evening at the Talk House
 
Remember when you felt you could do anything, when there was still nothing to fear? Evening at the Talk House is a reunion at your favorite club, where old friends cozy up, raise a glass and remember gentler times when culture had value and terror wasn't the every day. This ultra-dark comedy invites us all to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the opening night of Robert's under-appreciated masterpiece, Midnight in a Clearing with Moon and Stars.
 
   
Blue/Orange Sep 29 - Oct 29, 2017  
Runcible Theatre Company at Royal George Theatre Blue/Orange
 
In a London psychiatric hospital, an enigmatic patient called Christopher claims to be the son of an African dictator - a story that becomes unnervingly plausible. In this psychological thriller, Blue/Orange is an incendiary tale of race, madness and a Darwinian power struggle between two doctors, entrusted with a man's life.
 
   
PJ Masks Live! Time To Be A Hero Sep 30 - Oct 1, 2017  
Chicago Theatre PJ Masks Live! Time To Be A Hero
 
The live show is based on eOne's top-rated animated TV series, which airs daily on Disney Junior. Catboy, Owlette, Gekko, and the Baddies will delight fans of all ages with live performances featuring world-class production, familiar and original music, acrobatics, and immersive interactivity.
 
   

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