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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.
 
   
The Birds Sep 30 - Oct 30, 2016  
Citadel Theatre Company The Birds
 
In the play masses of birds have begun to violently attack at high tide, driving strangers Nat and Diane to take refuge in an isolated, abandoned house. With the electricity out, a limited food supply, and no explanation for the bizarre natural phenomena, the tension is mounting. Yet if two is company, three is a crowd, as the sudden arrival of a young woman with a mysterious nature of her own upsets the already precarious situation.
 
   
10 Ways to Survive the Zombie Apocalypse Oct 1 - Oct 30, 2016  
Theatre Hikes at Morton Arboretum 10 Ways to Survive the Zombie Apocalypse
 
What would you do during a zombie apocalypse? Whether you already have a fool-proof plan in place or haven't given the scenario much thought, Theatre-Hikes shares the right way to survive an undead doomsday with 10 Ways to Survive the Zombie Apocalypse. The hilariously helpful handbook acts out various tips and tricks -- with sacrifice the weak as rule No.1 -- to make sure you come out on top (with your brain intact). Get ready to celebrate the Halloween season and learn some frightfully fun lessons at The Morton Arboretum.
 
   
Diary of a Worm, a Spider and a Fly Oct 1 - Jan 7, 2017  
Emerald City Theatre Company at Apollo Theater Diary of a Worm, a Spider and a Fly
 
Enter the whimsical world of insects with a cast of creepy crawly characters, and laugh away the trials of being a young bug in school. Through musical genres such as rap, hip-hop, pop, and Broadway standards, this choral comedy humanizes the life cycles of insects to celebrate and accept the passions and differences in every child. Taken from the best-selling books by Doreen Cronin, "There's an alternate world that's very cool beneath your feet and in the air!" Jen Ellison Directs.
 
   
The Defiant Thomas Brothers Oct 1 - Nov 19, 2016  
Stage 773 The Defiant Thomas Brothers
 
The Defiant Thomas Brothers bring their uncanny ability to mine laughs along the sensitivity spectrum with their no-limits sketch comedy to Stage 773. The Chicago duo garnered major attention in the sketch comedy world, winning the Best Sketch Group award at HBO's prestigious U.S. Comedy Arts Festival. Ranging from old-school, Nichols and May-esque relationship scenes, to embracing the cringe-worthy, the duo skillfully breaks from the modern "political correctness" chains. Interrobang describes the group as "a surprise" saying, "[The Defiant Thomas Brothers] grabbed some well tread comedic paths and mined them so skillfully as to make them feel completely fresh and original." As for the pair's original work, "[They ended] with a musical performance that can only be described as "The Jew Song" that had the audience alternating between dropped jaws and howling laughs- and that's with a 50+ N-word chorus thrown in."
 
   
Ghost Stories Oct 1 - Nov 12, 2016  
Under The Gun Theater Ghost Stories
 
Under the Gun Theater is proud to present Ghost Stories, an improvised comedy show based on true spooky tales. Each performance will feature a guest storyteller to spin a scary yarn. From there, the UTG ensemble will launch into a show of highly creative comedic whimsy. The cast has honed an idiosyncratic style that is completely unique in the Chicago comedy scene.
 
   
Ouija: A Haunted History Oct 1 - Nov 12, 2016  
Annoyance Theatre Ouija: A Haunted History
 
With a veteran cast of Chicago performers Ouija: A Haunted History offers an often humorous insight into actual historical characters and events surrounding the inception of a household name. Find out how the Ouija Board became the most popular tool for reaching out to the great beyond.
 
   
Pirandello's Henry IV Oct 5 - Nov 13, 2016  
Remy Bumppo Theatre at The Greenhouse Theater Center Pirandello's Henry IV
 
An Italian nobleman falls from his horse at a costume party and suddenly believes he is German Emperor Henry IV. While at first they play along, his friends decide that 20 years is long enough to indulge his regal fantasy, and they seek the help of a renowned psychiatrist to shock him back to reality. Re-imagined by Tom Stoppard, Pirandello's Henry IV is a gripping spiral of revelations that illuminates the distorted line between madness and sanity.
 
   
Troll the Sequel, Troll Again! Oct 5 - Nov 9, 2016  
Under The Gun Theater Troll the Sequel, Troll Again!
 
The 1990 horror feature Troll 2 is so hellishly awful and yet amazingly popular that a documentary called Best Worst Movie was made to chronicle its cult status. Now the Under The Gun Theater crew takes a crack at it. The film -- and this new version of the story -- eschews the trolls completely, despite its tacked-on title, and instead tells the purportedly scary tale of an everyday family who happen to be vacationing in the town of Snilbog, when they're set upon by a hungry pack of goblins disguised as humans.
 
   
Dr. Seward's Dracula Oct 5 - Nov 6, 2016  
First Folio Theatre Dr. Seward's Dracula
 
Picking up just after the end of Bram Stoker's tale of the Prince of Darkness, DR. SEWARD'S DRACULA follows Seward as he tries to explain multiple dead bodies to the police now that Dracula is dead. The more Seward tries to plead his case, the less sure he becomes not just of his own tale, but also of his own sanity.
 
   
There's Something About Bloody Mary Oct 5 - Nov 2, 2016  
Annoyance Theatre There's Something About Bloody Mary
 
A sharp, witty revue that blends horror movie tropes with a dangerous and funny take on the female experience, There's Something About Bloody Mary is directed by Amy Anderson, head written by Dana Angelo, and comprised of original sketches from cast members Lexi Alioto, Brittany Flynn, Allison Kochanski, Adrienne Peters, Megan Stalter, and Lily Staski. From Amazons inventing the first bra to playing a game of Dracula or Date Rapist to a fourth-wall breaking theater haunting, There's Something About Bloody Mary is a fun departure from previous Huggable Riot revues and promises a killer bloody epilogue!
 
   
Wicked City Oct 6 - Oct 30, 2016  
Chicago Theatre Workshop at Edge Theatre Wicked City
 
From the creators of Broadway's Elf the Musical and The Wedding Singer comes a hilarious film noir musical comedy about Eddie Cain, a detective of the 1940's in the mold of Humphrey Bogart's Sam Spade; his domineering but loving mother Mira, and Jo Van Cleave, the smoldering temptress with a secret who comes between them. This madcap send-up of film classics like The Maltese Falcon and Double Indemnity features a gorgeous swing jazz score.
 
   
44 Plays for 44 Presidents Oct 6 - Nov 13, 2016  
Oil Lamp Theater 44 Plays for 44 Presidents
 
There's a stark contrast between the idealistic, revered George Washington and the more recent, polarizing presidents. 44 Plays for 44 Presidents examines how our nation's highest office has changed and morphed as each one took the Oval Office. A chronological biography of the lives and presidencies of each of the 44 men who have held the nation's presidency, actors celebrate their mistakes and successes, taking turns donning a star-spangled coat that symbolizes the presidency. From the humorous jabs and bits of wisdom between presidents to the tragic mishaps and blunders, audiences at Glenview's Oil Lamp Theater will ponder what the presidency means and where it will go next.
 
   
Love in the Mangroves Oct 6 - Oct 27, 2016  
The Public House Theatre Love in the Mangroves
 
After a hiatus, director Frank Hunter makes a triumphant return to Hollywood, ready with the next hit song-and-dance spectacle, "Love in the Mangroves." But the year is 1959, and no one is making those films anymore. Hunter finds himself and his crew embattled in an industry where his vision doesn't fit, and a rapidly changing world where he himself may have to find a new place.
 
   
The Kid Who Ran For President Oct 6 - Nov 12, 2016  
The Theatre School at DePaul University at Merle Reskin Theatre The Kid Who Ran For President
 
When sixth grader Judson Moon runs for President of the United States under the guidance of his campaign manager and best friend Lane, the campaign trail is turned upside down. Can Judson deliver on his promises once he is elected? This musical comedy full of hope and song brings some common sense and a rockin' pizza party to the White House, if only for a few days. Recommended for ages 6 and up.
 
   

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