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Doo Wop Shoo Bop Feb 14 - Mar 20, 2016  
Black Ensemble Theater Doo Wop Shoo Bop
 
This melodic look at the Doo Wop era celebrates such iconic groups as The Platters, The Drifters and the Chantels. Doo Wop Shoo Bop first premiered in 1995 and has had several revivals because it is, indeed, a Black Ensemble Theater treasure. Snap your fingers to the beat as we take a stroll down memory lane hearing those beautiful songs like "Smoke Gets In Your Eyes," "This Magic Moment" and "Maybe." This production explores how the successful music of today is related to the magical era of Doo Wop, bringing the '50s into the 21st Century.
 
   
A Loss of Roses Feb 17 - Apr 2, 2016  
Raven Theatre A Loss of Roses
 
In Inge's drama, which opened on Broadway in 1959 starring a 22-year-old Warren Beatty, a widow and her 21-year-old son are getting by in a small Depression-era Kansas town when their old friend, a down-on-her-luck but attractive actress, moves in with the two. They learn that survival comes at a price and that moving on requires letting go. The Wall Street Journal said this nearly-lost classic by the author of Bus Stop and Picnic is "a fine play that should never have slipped from sight."
 
   
Sancho: An Act of Remembrance Feb 17 - Feb 21, 2016  
Chicago Shakespeare Theater Sancho: An Act of Remembrance
 
Celebrated Royal Shakespeare Company actor Paterson Joseph (Julius Caesar, HBO's The Leftovers) inhabits the curious, daringly determined life of Charles Ignatius Sancho-composer, social satirist, general man of refinement. Born on a slave ship but never a slave, immortalized by the great English painter Thomas Gainsborough, in 1774 Sancho became the first black person of African origin to vote in Britain. Among Sancho's circle of friends was David Garrick, celebrated Shakespeare actor and theater owner. Sancho was a renowned man of letters and quotes Shakespeare in his numerous letters more than any other author. This endlessly revealing, often funny one-man show casts a new light on the often misunderstood narratives of African-British experience.
 
   
The 39 Steps Feb 18 - Mar 20, 2016  
Theatre At The Center The 39 Steps
 
Adapted from the 1935 Alfred Hitchcock film and the 1915 novel by John Buchan, the story follows Englishman Richard Hannay, who inadvertently embarks on a chaotic adventure full of narrow escapes and mishaps after trying to help a female spy. When he wakes up to find her dead in his apartment, he flees from the police and an espionage organization, desperately trying to find the truth.
 
   
The Vagina Melodies: The Musical Sketch Show Feb 18 - Mar 12, 2016  
Cornservatory The Vagina Melodies: The Musical Sketch Show
 
The theater darkens. A single spot illuminates a lone stool. Eve Ensler comes out to deliver a monologue from her famous play. Except the theater is Cornservatory and it's not Eve. And it's not her famous play, but rather the new musical sketch comedy from the folks that bring you "DRINK!" and "Happy Holly-daze", The Vagina Melodies: The Musical Sketch Show. Corn Production's latest is an all-singing, all-dancing musical sketch show that boldly and hilariously explores feminist issues from every angle. The diverse cast of women and men, including our "Eve Ensler" will gleefully present the brutal truth, backed-up with honest storytelling and lively song & dance for a wild and wonderful night of musical fun.
 
   
The 39 Steps Feb 18 - Apr 3, 2016  
Metropolis Performing Arts Centre The 39 Steps
 
This ingenious comic stage adaptation of Alfred Hitchcock's thriller The 39 Steps turns its tiny cast of four into more than 100 zany characters with a mix of Hitchcockian panache, spy-novel thrills and a touch of Monty Python absurdity. The two-time winner of both Tony and Drama Desk Awards, The 39 Steps is a fast-paced and funny whodunit brimming with action and romance. Accused of a murder he didn't commit, Richard Hannay flees from the authorities and encounters a string of hair-raising adventures -- as well as an unlikely love connection. Gasp and guffaw as the show's talented actors reenact the entire film (including every train chase, plane crash and murder), gleefully portraying the many spies, villains and other intriguing characters that inhabit this action-packed world. Strap yourself in and hang on for Metropolis Performing Arts Centre's production of The 39 Steps in Arlington Heights.
 
   
Ziryab, the Songbird of Andalusia Feb 18 - Feb 28, 2016  
Silk Road Rising at Chicago Temple Ziryab, the Songbird of Andalusia
 
Impresario Ronnie Malley guides us on an enchanting musical journey back to 9th century Islamic Spain where we meet Ziryab, a former slave who rose to extraordinary fame in the court of Abd ar-Rahman II. Witness Ziryab's story: a musician, poet, and polymath whose contributions-like Leonardo da Vinci's in centuries to come-helped shape the world we live in today.
 
   
Othello Feb 18 - Apr 10, 2016  
Chicago Shakespeare Theater Othello
 
Fresh from Shakespeare's Globe and Royal Shakespeare Company, renowned British director Jonathan Munby returns to Chicago to stage Shakespeare's most intimate tragedy. In a black and white world, Othello and Desdemona fall in love, but the distinguished commander knows no maneuvers for the affairs of the heart. A stranger in a strange land, he falls under Iago's spell, mistaking a lethal enemy for his closest ally. Here, Shakespeare excavates the most elemental of human emotions: the all-consuming passion of love-and jealousy, featuring James Vincent Meredith in the title role.
 
   
Midnight Cowboy Feb 19 - Apr 10, 2016  
Lifeline Theatre Midnight Cowboy
 
Midnight Cowboy started life as a gritty novel, became a classic film starring Jon Voight and Dustin "I'm Walkin' here!" Hoffman, and now comes to the stage in Lifeline Theatre's new production. Texan Joe Buck naively arrives in New York City with big hopes of striking it rich as a hustler for wealthy socialites. But Joe soon falls prey to all manner of con artists and predators. Flat broke, he meets street savvy "Ratso" Rizzo, and this down-and-out pair try to get by in the harsh city any way they can. Capturing all the desperate loneliness of the novel, Midnight Cowboy paints an affecting portrait of modern life.
 
   
The Tempest Feb 19 - Mar 13, 2016  
Saint Sebastian Players at St. Bonaventure Church The Tempest
 
On a remote island, Prospero, the rightful Duke of Milan, plots to restore order to his universe by reassembling the pieces of his banishment using artifice and skillful manipulation. He conjures up a storm, the eponymous tempest, to lure his usurping brother Antonio and the complicit King Alonso of Naples to the island. There, Prospero's machinations reveal the true nature of some characters, the redemption and resolution of others and a royal suitor for his daughter Miranda.
 
   
I and You Feb 19 - Mar 6, 2016  
The Yard and Jackalope Theatre Company at The Frontier I and You
 
One afternoon, Anthony arrives unexpectedly at classmate Caroline's door bearing a beat-up copy of Walt Whitman's Leaves of Grass, an urgent assignment from their English teacher. Homebound due to illness, Caroline hasn't been to school in months, but she is as quick and sardonic as Anthony is athletic, sensitive, and popular. As these two let down their guards and share their secrets, this seemingly mundane poetry project unlocks a much deeper mystery that has brought them together. I and You is an ode to youth, life, love, and the strange beauty of human connectedness.
 
   
E/R (Emergency Room) Feb 19 - Mar 5, 2016  
Jedlicka Performing Arts Center E/R (Emergency Room)
 
Check into Organic Theatre's E/R (Emergency Room) and you'll get caught up in the action of a busy hospital on a Saturday night. But don't expect the nail-biting drama that kept Clooney and Margulies running around in their bygone primetime hit. This is a laugh-filled look at what goes on in the ER. Watch more than a dozen cast members as they race back and forth onstage at Cicero's Jedlicka Performing Arts Center. Enjoying long runs in Chicago, New York and Los Angeles, this comedy became one of the biggest hits in the company's history.
 
   
Redux Feb 20 - Apr 9, 2016  
Sirens at Under The Gun Theater Redux
 
Sirens is proud to bring back their "Highly Recommended" hit show Redux, a fully-improvised show that brings new insights to everyday relationships. The Chicago Reader stated, "Sirens have perfected...a method for exploiting unintended moments of awkwardness." Through emotionally grounded characters, some personal anecdotes from the cast, and Sirens' quick wit, Redux explores the richness and absurdity of the human condition.
 
   
New Country Feb 20 - May 14, 2016  
Fair Trade Productions at The Den Theatre New Country
 
In NEW COUNTRY, good-ole bad boy and country music star Justin Spears has the world on its knees. Tomorrow he's tying the knot, but tonight, he's tying one on with his entourage of ruthless managers, faux fans and friends, and his favorite pig-farming uncle. So how does this rambunctious rodeo go so wrong, so fast? Welcome to the NEW COUNTRY, where the hits just keep on comin,' and the raucous fun quickly turns to men behaving badly and gun totin' chickens coming home to roost. The New York Times described NEW COUNTRY as having "plenty of raunch, but just enough heart."
 
   
Romeo and Juliet Feb 22 - Mar 19, 2016  
Lyric Opera Romeo and Juliet
 
Few romances are as gorgeously written -- or as heartwrenching -- as Shakespeare's classic tale of star-crossed lovers, Romeo and Juliet. And Charles Gounod's opera staging of this tragic story takes it to a whole new level with the addition of some of the most lush, ecstatic music in the whole operatic repertoire. The Montague and Capulet families have been feuding for years. But when young Romeo Montague goes out with his friends to make trouble at a Capulet party, he meets Juliet, the Capulets' daughter, and the two fall madly in love with each other. Can true love prevail? Or will it crumble underneath an ancient and bloody feud? Backed by a powerful orchestra and stirring song duets, this opera will immerse you in all of the tragedy and passion when it takes to the stage at Chicago's Civic Opera House.
 
   
Spirit of '76 Feb 22 - Mar 26, 2016  
The Agency Theater Collective at Charnel House Chicago Spirit of '76
 
After a catastrophic event, members of Congress, their staffers and a few constituents are trapped in the Library of Congress with no hope of rescue. In these difficult times they turn to the only document that survives, an anti-suffrage play from 1868, for solace and structure. It does not go well.
 
   
If/Then Feb 23 - Mar 6, 2016  
Ford Oriental Theatre If/Then
 
IF/THEN is a contemporary Broadway musical about living in New York today - and all the possibilities of tomorrow. With unforgettable songs and a deeply moving story by the Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award-winning creators of Next to Normal, this "thoroughly fascinating, intellectually and musically rich new musical (Chicago Tribune)" simultaneously follows one woman's two possible life paths, painting a deeply moving portrait of the lives we lead, as well as the lives we might have led.
 
   

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