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Cocked Feb 12 - Mar 13, 2016  
Victory Gardens Theater - Biograph Cocked
 
Attorney Taylor and her journalist girlfriend Izzie live a comfortable life in Andersonville. Their apartment, relationship and strong anti-gun beliefs are shattered when Taylor's troubled brother Frank crashes, uninvited, into their lives. As secrets and betrayals rise to the surface, the line between self-defense and safety is blurred. Cocked, a timely world premiere thriller from Chicago playwright Sarah Gubbins and directed by Victory Gardens' Associate Artistic Producer Joanie Schultz (Rest, The Whale), returns to Victory Gardens after gripping audiences at the 2014 IGNITION Festival of New Plays.
 
   
Jerusalem Feb 12 - Apr 3, 2016  
Profiles Theatre - The Main Stage Jerusalem
 
On St George's Day, the morning of the local county fair, Johnny "Rooster" Byron is a wanted man. The council officials want to serve him an eviction notice, his son wants his dad to take him to the fair, and a motley crew of locals want his ample supply of drugs and alcohol. A comic, contemporary vision of rural England, Jez Butterworth's wildly original epic play is both a lament about the erosion of country life, as well as a rebuff to the antiseptic modern world.
 
   
A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum Feb 12 - Feb 28, 2016  
Ethel M. Barber Theater - Northwestern A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum
 
Travel to ancient Rome and experience the wild antics of the mischievous slave Pseudolus in Stephen Sondheim's laugh-out-loud musical A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum. This slapstick romp sings and dances its way through mistaken identities, a house full of courtesans and an elaborate web of lies -- all adding up to one uproarious night of theater. The winner of six Tony Awards, Forum is one of the funniest musicals ever written, as Sondheim collaborated with writer Larry Gelbart (M*A*S*H, Tootsie) to seamlessly combine situations from the timeless comedies of Roman playwright Plautus with the fast-paced, slapstick energy of classic vaudeville. Step into the Ethel M. Barber Theater as House Theatre Company Member and Northwestern Theatre Adjunct Professor Matt Hawkins directs this musical comedy featuring the classic show tunes "Lovely," "Bring Me My Bride" and the Broadway favorite "Comedy Tonight."
 
   
All the World's a Stage Feb 12 - Mar 20, 2016  
Quest Theatre Ensemble at The Blue Theater All the World's a Stage
 
All the World's a Stage is a new musical that tells the beautiful story of life. The actors of this devised production tell personal stories of the many common experiences that connect us: birth, coming of age, love and relationships, career, loss of loved ones, aging and the greatest mystery of them all. The stories are connected by Shakespeare's concept that "All the world is a stage," and that even if the details of our lives vary, we all share many of the same great moments.
 
   
The Awake Feb 12 - Mar 12, 2016  
First Floor Theater at Flat Iron Arts Building The Awake
 
Malcolm, a devoted son, floats on a bed with his mother on an endless sea, as Gabrielle, an Eastern European actress, awakes to a new life in America. Meanwhile, Nate is on the run from a faceless interrogator. These three strangers discover that a mysterious corporation bonds them together. Moving between dreams and waking life, Ken Urban' s awardwinning play explores the unspoken culture of fear that is the new normal of American life.
 
   
Monster Jam Feb 12 - Feb 15, 2016  
Allstate Arena Monster Jam
 
Get ready to experience the awesome car-crushing excitement and one-of-a-kind racing of Monster Jam, the world's largest and most famous monster truck tour. Featuring some of the biggest truck names in the sport, Monster Jam brings you an all-star lineup of towering 12-foot-tall, 10,000-pound machines that soar through the air and tear up the custom-designed race course while smashing every obstacle in their path. Packed with adrenaline-pumping action, Monster Jam will have your whole family on their feet screaming for more.
 
   
Muse of Fire Feb 13 - Mar 13, 2016  
Genesis Theatrical Productions at Redtwist Theatre Muse of Fire
 
In Auschwitz, 1942, Jewish prisoners took it upon themselves at grave personal risk to perform comedy. This is their story, as one group struggles to perform a farce based on the first great anti-Semitic tragedy of the 20th century: the infamous Dreyfus Affair. As the play goes on, and dark secrets begin to emerge about the reason for its performance, those performing must ask themselves, can comedy truly have meaning in the face of horror? Who really has the last laugh?
 
   
Skippyjon Jones in the Cirque de Ole Feb 13 - Jun 8, 2016  
Emerald City Theatre Company at Apollo Theater Skippyjon Jones in the Cirque de Ole
 
Our favorite feline, Skippyjon Jones, canon-blasts into his imagination and discovers an extraordinary circus world. Upon reuniting with his Chihuahua chums, the gang takes turns performing circus stunts, with Skippyjon to perform the daring final act. Taken from the best-selling book series, this captivating tale of trapeze dreams and flying machines is cherished by all.
 
   
Those Sensational Soulful '60s Feb 13 - Mar 19, 2016  
Black Ensemble Theater Those Sensational Soulful '60s
 
Those Sensational Soulful '60s is a highly energetic and fun remembrance of the golden era of the sixties. Black Ensemble will take audiences back in time as they bring back the hits of the great 60's groups such as The Temptations and The Four Tops, soul singers of the era including Sam Cooke, Otis Redding, Mary Wells and many other soulful surprises.
 
   
Marnie and Phil: A Circus Love Letter Feb 13 - Mar 20, 2016  
The Actors Gymnasium at Noyes Cultural Arts Center Marnie and Phil: A Circus Love Letter
 
Marnie and Phil met when they were just young circus students, and became instant friends. But when the inevitable twists and turns of fate take them separate ways, they make a promise to always write to each other no matter where they are. As they each somersault through adventures of fame and heartache, and age begins to take its toll on their once nimble physiques, they seek each other out to perform one last show-their long-awaited debut!
 
   
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.
 
   

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