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Hamilton Sep 27 - Mar 19, 2017  
The PrivateBank Theatre (formerly Bank of America Theatre) Hamilton
 
A new musical about the scrappy young immigrant who forever changed America: Alexander Hamilton. From bastard orphan to Washington's right hand man, rebel to war hero, loving husband caught in the country's first sex scandal to Treasury head who made an untrusting world believe in the American economy, Hamilton is an exploration of a political mastermind. George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Eliza Hamilton, and lifelong Hamilton friend and foe, Aaron Burr, all attend this revolutionary tale of America's fiery past told through the sounds of the ever-changing nation we've become.
 
   
Piya Beharupiya Sep 27 - Sep 29, 2016  
Chicago Shakespeare Theater Piya Beharupiya
 
First premiered at Shakespeare's Globe in London, Piya Beharupiya is an award-winning Hindi translation of Shakespeare's Twelfth Night, filled with a cast of unforgettable characters. Amidst the household of Olivia, two campaigns are being quietly waged: one by Duke Orsino against the indifferent heart of Olivia; the other by an alliance of servants and hangers-on against the high-handedness of her steward Malvolio. When Orsino engages the crossdressed Viola to plead with Olivia on his behalf, a bittersweet chain of events follows. Part of the 2016 Eye On India festival, the production combines cruelty with high comedy and the pangs of unrequited love with some of the subtlest poetry and most exquisite songs Shakespeare wrote. Performed in Hindi with projected English translation.
 
   
UniverSoul Circus Sep 28 - Oct 30, 2016  
Washington Park UniverSoul Circus
 
Celebrating 20 years under the big top, UniverSoul Circus features music, theatrical performances, incredible circus acts and loads of fun. You'll see a high-wire act from Colombia, mind-boggling contortionists from Ethiopia, funny clowns from South Africa and Guinea, flashy Caribbean dancers from Trinidad, acrobats and high-flying trapeze artists from China, trained dogs from Chile and much more. Led by energetic host Lucky, UniverSoul Circus will challenge your imagination with fun, funky and bold performances that reflect a wide range of cultural diversity.
 
   
Red Velvet Sep 28 - Nov 27, 2016  
Raven Theatre Red Velvet
 
The backstage story of African-American actor Ira Aldridge and how in 1833 he became the first black actor to perform on a London stage. The action is set at the Theatre Royal in Covent Garden after Edmund Kean, the greatest actor of his generation, has collapsed on stage while playing Othello. Aldridge has been asked to take over the role, but as the public riots in the streets over the abolition of slavery, how will the cast, critics and audience react to the revolution taking place in the theatre?
 
   
Apartment 3A Sep 28 - Dec 18, 2016  
Windy City Playhouse Apartment 3A
 
It might be the nicest apartment in the building, but it can't possibly be enough to make up for the day that Annie has had. A nasty breakup, an on-air meltdown, and a fledgling romance have left her faithless and heartbroken. So when a simple visit from an enigmatic new neighbor starts to change things for the better, Annie has to ask: is it fate? Luck? Or... divine intervention?
 
   
The Room Sep 29 - Nov 13, 2016  
A Red Orchid Theatre The Room
 
By turns terrifying, moving and wildly funny, The Room is Pinter's very first play. Rose prefers to stay in, safe from the hostile world outside, but her seemingly cozy sanctuary is continually being invaded. With visits from the landlord, a couple in search of their own space, a stranger and the return of her husband, it becomes increasingly unclear whether the menace comes from within or without. The Room is a precarious examination of private fears vs. social fears, as seen through the lens of the working class.
 
   
Bobbie Clearly Sep 29 - Nov 5, 2016  
Steep Theatre Bobbie Clearly
 
Nobody from the town of Milton, Nebraska ever gave much thought to Bobbie before the tragedy in the cornfield. Two years later, it's hard for them to think of much else. In the darkly comic Bobbie Clearly, a community opens up about life in the aftermath and making sense of senseless violence.
 
   
Skooby Don't Sep 29 - Nov 4, 2016  
Hell in a Handbag Productions at Mary's Attic Skooby Don't
 
When Velva's aunt needs help, the gang comes to the rescue! Velva never mentions that her aunt is multi-platinum recording artist and Oscar winner, Cher (ensemble member Ed Jones). Cher is also joined by Chaz Bono and Kris and Caitlyn Jenner for a whacky mixed-up adventure you won't forget - no matter how hard you try! SKOOBY DON'T is not only a parody of the classic Skooby Doo cartoon but also explores social and gender political correctness and inner and outer identity and appearances. The big mystery here is if Skooby and the gang can navigate social moors in this modern world.
 
   
Still Sep 29 - Oct 30, 2016  
Interrobang Theatre Project at Athenaeum Theatre Still
 
Constantinople has been dead for two days, but that's the least of his worries. He has to find his mother before it's too late, and his already stiff body shuts down for good. As he searches an unfamiliar world filled with women he doesn't understand, his mother, Morgan must learn to grieve the son she never knew.
 
   
A Life Extra Ordinary Sep 29 - Nov 20, 2016  
The Gift Theatre A Life Extra Ordinary
 
Annabel Anderson McCafferty is an expectant mother who vanishes from her small Ohio town on Christmas Eve. Both mystery and memory play, A Life Extra Ordinary untangles and re-assembles the moments that make a life.
 
   
How We Got On Sep 29 - Nov 12, 2016  
Haven Theatre Company at The Den Theatre How We Got On
 
In this remixed coming-of-age story, an all-knowing DJ loops the audience through the tracks of three Midwestern teen rappers stranded in suburbia. Determined to find their artistic voices; Hank, Julian and Luann are forced to combat the discord of crude technology, family dysfunction and ruthless rivalries as this B-side of 1980's hip-hop history is spun. Plug in an open mind for the Chicago premiere of a throwback mix tape that goes to prove: we're all just a work-in-progress.
 
   
Fantasy Island For Dummies Sep 29 - Nov 5, 2016  
Trap Door Theatre Fantasy Island For Dummies
 
Fantasy Island for Dummies (low cut daydream too near, too near) is a new music-theatre work inspired by an episode of the iconic television series about the pleasures and perils of wish fulfillment. Devised in a collaborative exploration with Trap Door Theater actors, the piece is written by Ruth Margraff and directed by Kate Hendrickson, with original music composed by Nikos Brisco. A 1980 "Fantasy Island" episode about a ventriloquist and her devious dummy inspires a voyage into suppressed identities, ancient Babylonian sex goddesses, and a "perfect wife" struggling with her defiant side.
 
   
Fish Eye Sep 29 - Oct 16, 2016  
Dandelion Theatre at The Frontier Fish Eye
 
Named as New York Magazine's Best Theatre of the Year and chosen as a Time Out New York Critic's Pick, Lucas Kavner's Fish Eye is an emotional and hilarious tale about one couple's struggle to hold onto each other, without losing themselves along the way. Facing the uncertainty of life after college, Max and Anna are determined to live in the present, where their love for one another is undeniable. But when Anna starts to dream of something more, they begin to contemplate whether their relationship is enough. With profound dialogue and insightful commentary, Fish Eye puts a modern spin into the traditional chronology of romance, creating an honest and unforgettable portrait of love and relationships. Don't miss this exciting production when it makes its Midwest premiere at The Frontier in Chicago.
 
   
The Memory of Water Sep 29 - Oct 30, 2016  
Piccolo Theatre The Memory of Water
 
In order to prepare for their mother's funeral -- after her battle with Alzheimer's comes to an end -- three sisters return to their childhood home. Flooded by memories both good and bad, it's not long before old rivalries rush back to the surface. Turning to their significant others, each sister deals with these ensuing difficulties differently (and, more often than not, hilariously). The fact is, memories are often unreliable, and discrepancies in individual recollection can (and do) lead to a mixture of anguish and amusement. Originally written by Shelagh Stephenson in 1997, The Memory of Water was made into a film called Before You Go in 2002, starring Tom Wilkinson (The Best Marigold Hotel, Michael Clayton) and Julie Walters (best known for her work in the Harry Potter film franchise and Mamma Mia!). Now it returns to its home on the stage, at Piven Theatre Workshop.
 
   
A Walk In The Woods Sep 30 - Oct 23, 2016  
Spartan Theatre Company at The Den Theatre A Walk In The Woods
 
This Tony-nominated play follows one year of tumultuous arms negotiations between a young, hopeful American diplomat and a worldly Russian official who's seen it all before. Directed by Artistic Director Patrick Belics (Spartan productions of The Pillowman and Closer,) this show makes use of an unorthodox narrative structure to simultaneously illustrate the cold and impersonal nature of modern politics while putting a deeply human face on those who spend countless hours at the negotiation table.
 
   
Curse of the Goat Sep 30 - Nov 4, 2016  
MCL Chicago Curse of the Goat
 
Ask any Chicago Cubs fan for an explanation of their team's awful losing streak, and you're guaranteed to get the strangest answer:a billy goat. In Curse of the Goat, the ghost of legendary sports newscaster Harry Caray returns from the grave to narrate a very funny musical tale about one sports team's spooky history. Follow a group of Cubs super fans into the stands of Wrigley Field as they attempt to unravel the truth surrounding the birth of one disgruntled fan's pesky hex. Will they break the curse and take the team to the coveted World Series? Or will a deadly supernatural threat once again claim the title, along with their lives? Prepare to discover some demons in the outfield when the hilarious and terrifying Curse of the Goat comes to MCL Chicago.
 
   
The People's History of the United States Sep 30 - Nov 6, 2016  
Quest Ensemble Theatre at The Blue Theater The People's History of the United States
 
This production explores pivotal moments in U.S. history that have defined a people. Through powerful imagery, large-scale puppetry, and an original musical score as well as music from the rich American canon,The People's History of the United States moves through a series of poetic vignettes to acknowledge the past and the hope for our future. Expanded from its original 2008 version to include an original musical score and new scenes depicting events of the past eight years.
 
   

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