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The Game's Afoot Aug 28 - Oct 19, 2014  
Drury Lane- Oakbrook The Game's Afoot
 
From the creator of Lend Me A Tenor comes this whodunit filled with twists, turns and murderous pandemonium. It is December 1936 and Broadway star William Gillette, admired the world over for his portrayal of the lengendary Sherlock Holmes, has invited his fellow cast members to his lavish Connecticut castle for a holiday weekend of revelry. When one of the guests is stabbed to death, the festivities in the isolated house quickly turn dangerous. It is up to Gillette who assumes the persona of his beloved Holmes, to track down the killer bfore the next victim appears in this witty, suspenseful caper.
 
   
Ecstasy Aug 28 - Sep 28, 2014  
Cole Theatre at A Red Orchid Theatre Ecstasy
 
An intensely naturalistic and darkly comic portrait of gloom and joy, Ecstasy is the story of six sharply drawn characters and their struggle against despair one evening in a run-down London flat.
 
   
The Whaleship Essex Aug 28 - Oct 11, 2014  
Shattered Globe Theatre at Theater Wit The Whaleship Essex
 
The ship that inspired Melville's Moby-Dick and its crew met with tragedy on November 20, 1820, when it was sunk by an enraged sperm whale in the middle of the Pacific Ocean. Based on first-hand accounts of this event, this imaginative new play is an epic, ensemble tale of survival. Infused with authentic sea chanteys, THE WHALESHIP ESSEX revels in the common language shared by both the theatrical and the nautical worlds, and weaves an historic story of whaling with our modern-day quest for oil, the lifeblood of our economy.
 
   
The Last Cadillac Aug 28 - Sep 21, 2014  
American Demigods at Athenaeum Theatre The Last Cadillac
 
Isaac, a young wanderer on a quest that he doesn't fully understand, breaks into Big Daddy's auto shop and finds himself on the wrong end of a shotgun, an event that will change both their lives forever. Isaac goes to work for Big Daddy to pay off his debt, and he soon discovers there's more to this garage than meets the eye. In addition to the captivating beauty of a young tomboy named Sam and a potentially dangerous rival named Elijah, Isaac meets Big Daddy's friends, who might just be a group of ancient African deities in exile. A tale of gods, grease, lost cities and found heritage, The Last Cadillac is an unforgettable blend of ancient mythology and contemporary drama.
 
   
Brighton Beach Memoirs Aug 28 - Oct 19, 2014  
Fox Valley Repertory Brighton Beach Memoirs
 
Family life in 1937 was tough for 15-year-old Eugene Jerome: War was on the way, money was tight, liver was always for dinner, and as Eugene's father would point out, "If you didn't have a problem, you wouldn't live in this house." Living with six other Jewish-American family members under one roof doesn't afford him much privacy, but it does provide him with plenty of ammunition for his budding career as a writer. His journal excerpts are a true recipe for hilarity, as he introduces his over-worked father, his under-appreciated mother, his worldy older brother Stanley, his pampered cousins Nora and Laurie, and his widowed, asthmatic Aunt Blanche. This bittersweet memoir is an affectionate, entertaining lesson in overcoming hard times with warmth and humor. His memoirs about baseball, girls, and life in Brooklyn remind us all that love and laughter prevails.
 
   
References to Salvador Dali Make Me Hot Aug 28 - Sep 7, 2014  
The Den Theatre References to Salvador Dali Make Me Hot
 
Poetic and seductive, References to Salvador DalÝ Make Me Hot presents a world in which Gabriela's best friend is the distant moon, her cat dares to sleep with a dangerous coyote, and the man she loves may have grown distant forever. Gabriela's memories, hopes, and fears shape her struggle to find meaningful connection- will love always be a risk?
 
   
Smash Aug 29 - Oct 11, 2014  
Piccolo Theatre Smash
 
A millionaire socialist vanishes from his bride, fearing his passion for her will prevent his plan to overthrow the British government. Disguised as a laborer, he infiltrates the all girls' school Alton College, planting the seeds of socialism in the minds of future consorts of cabinet ministers and kings. Yet it is he who receives a progressive education from a sixth-form student with an agenda of her own. Equal parts political comedy and comedy of manners complete with love triangles, mistaken identities, pistols and position - this stylish and cunning hybrid sparkles with wit and wiles, making even the reddest socialist blush with laughter.
 
   
Angela of Death Aug 29 - Sep 26, 2014  
Annoyance Theatre Angela of Death
 
Angela Ostrowski.is a typical high school girl. She's getting ready to graduate and move on to her "real life." The only problem is, she has a dark secret. Whenever she ends a romantic relationship, the other party ends up dying in some strange, circumstantial fashion. Naturally this doesn't help her reputation at school, as rumors and tensions start to swirl around here. This dark musical comedy features several different genres of music, including traditional theater scores, rap, Latin rhythm, blues, country and dubstep.
 
   
Delirium Aug 29 - Sep 6, 2014  
The Den Theatre Delirium
 
When Jennifer Mullins is given the chance to prove that she can be the reporter she's always dreamt of becoming, the New York Times sends her to interview a severely disturbed little girl in an asylum who supposedly murdered her entire family. As Jen uncovers the secrets of this child's past leading up to the murders, she unknowingly plummets into the impeccably disturbing, psychological nightmare of her own mind. This stunning thriller brings you into the depths of your darkest imaginations with suspense, horror, and an emotionally absorbing story that will leave you speechless.
 
   
The Coward Aug 30 - Oct 5, 2014  
Stage Left Theatre at Theater Wit The Coward
 
Lucidus is a cowardly young gentleman who has never been in a duel, to his father's dismay. When he initiates one, he then hires a common criminal to fight in his place, and the scoundrel makes a bloody mess of things. As duel follows duel with many shots fired, Lucidus finds his reputation growing beyond his wildest expectations. Set in the 1790's (sort of), The Coward is a ridiculous comedy that questions the very concept of honor.
 
   
Death Tax Sep 2 - Oct 12, 2014  
Lookingglass Theatre Death Tax
 
How much would you pay to stay alive? As her health deteriorates, Maxine is convinced her daughter is paying Nurse Tina to "nudge" her into the grave before the new estate tax become law. So Maxine proposes a deal of her own, and the wild ride begins, delivering us, as the title suggests, straight to the intersection of America's two inevitables. Darkly comedic, treacherously suspenseful, engaging and provocative
 
   
Isaac's Eye Sep 2 - Dec 7, 2014  
Writers Theatre Isaac's Eye
 
Hnath playfully reimagines Newton's world with a contemporary conceit and language-stripped of accents and period dialect-as he introduces young Newton to the great Robert Hooke, the most famous and powerful scientist in Britain. The resulting battle of intellects and egos pulses with wit, humor and tension, as the playwright uncovers (and invents) the motivations that drove a young farm boy to become one of the greatest thinkers in human history.
 
   
Mnemonic Sep 2 - Oct 5, 2014  
Red Tape Theatre at Storefront Theater Mnemonic
 
Crossing continents and centuries, Mnemonic's frayed narrative weaves together the discovery of Ítzi the iceman, a woman's search for her absent father and the longing for a love lost. By persistently exploring "how we remember, what we remember, why we remember," Mnemonic calls us to question not only who we are but where we ultimately come from.
 
   
Miracles in the Fall Sep 3 - Oct 5, 2014  
The Greenhouse Theater Center Miracles in the Fall
 
Harking back to the charged family dynamics of Eugene O'Neill's Long Day's Journey into Night, the new play Miracles in the Fall -- winner of the 2013 Dionysos Cup Festival of New Plays -- is a powerful investigation of the intersection of secrets, faith and forgiveness. Set in 1968 Detroit, the play centers on a young Dominican nun, Clare Connelly, who is the caretaker of her alcoholic father, Jimmy. In due course, she uncovers the very secrets that have thrown a pall of shame over the family for many years. A maverick Jesuit priest and Clare's own brother Charlie inspire and challenge Clare in equal measure throughout this sensitive and intelligent drama. Written by local playwright Chuck O'Connor (High Hard Ones), Miracles in the Fall now comes to Greenhouse Theater Center.
 
   
C.S. Lewis on Stage Sep 3 - Oct 19, 2014  
Provision Theater Company C.S. Lewis on Stage
 
Provision Company member Brad Armacost returns with his one-man show about the life of C.S. Lewis, the famous author of The Chronicles of Narnia and The Screwtape Letters. C.S. Lewis on Stage places the audience before the author as he portrays various characters from his books, recites poetry and reveals details of his personality through his correspondence. By the end of this engaging performance, the audience will feel as if they know C.S. Lewis the person and will also know his writing and characters better.
 
   
Genesis Sep 4 - Sep 28, 2014  
Definition Theatre Company at The Den Theatre Genesis
 
1918. Chicago's South Side. Hundreds of thousands of black workers have fled the rural south to seek newfound opportunities in the industrial north, and America's involvement in the Great War is rapidly coming to an end. Walter Senior (Tyrone Phillips) and his wife Lena (Mercedes White) are hoping to cash in on the American dream. Walter's got himself a good job, and Lena is pregnant with their first child, but when tragedy strikes, Walter can't help but lash out. Suddenly, all their hard work now teeters in the balance. Genesis is a play about humanity and how we respond when we hit the wall and feel like we can no longer stand. A heartfelt story about family, solidarity and the ties that bind, Genesis takes us back to where it all began.
 
   
Pretty/Windy Sep 4 - Sep 25, 2014  
The Public House Theatre Pretty/Windy
 
History is written by the winners. Take a tour through time with Pretty/Windy to meet the writers, while discovering through immortal, Breakfast Club-ian themes that there's a Caesar, a Darwin, a Poet, a Dancing Bucket of Chicken and a Winner in everyone. Don't you forget about that. Don't don't don't don't.
 
   

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