The Jungle Book author Rudyard Kipling's fantastical tales help a grieving mother cope in Best Beloved: The Just So Stories. Kipling's rambunctious fables, set down in Just So Stories, create a world of magic spells, talking animals and tricks a' plenty to explain the world's many mysteries. When a young mother suffering from a deep, recent loss discovers Kipling wrote the stories for the daughter he tragically lost, she gets pulled further into the magical world, searching for something deeper within the tales. Created by the company behind last season's hit The Hunting of the Snark, Best Beloved: The Just So Stories is an equally funny and heartbreaking exploration of grief, healing and the search for meaning.
Who is the young man in a salacious video of a teenage couple that makes the rounds at St. Joseph's Preparatory School for Boys? His face remains out of view, but he resembles the football team captain and the Ivy League-bound son of two doctors who repeatedly deny it's him. Good Boys and True invites discussions of social class and hints of sexual abuse and homosexuality, revealing increasingly ugly implications about how a culture of privilege reveals its dark side through sexuality.
Chicago can't fight the feelin' anymore! ROCK OF AGES returns to Chicago for one week only! The worldwide party musical ROCK OF AGES features a mix of 28 rockin' 80's tunes including DON'T STOP BELIEVIN', WE BUILT THIS CITY, THE FINAL COUNTDOWN, WANTED DEAD OR ALIVE, HERE I GO AGAIN, CAN'T FIGHT THIS FEELING and I WANT TO KNOW WHAT LOVE IS. In 1987 on the Sunset Strip, a small town girl met a big city rocker and in LA's most famous rock club, they fell in love to the greatest songs of the 80's. Its five time 2009 Tony nominee ROCK OF AGES, an arena-rock love story told through the mind blowing, face-melting hits of JOURNEY, NIGHT RANGER, STYX, REO SPEEDWAGON, PAT BENATAR, TWISTED SISTER, POISON, ASIA, WHITESNAKE and many more. Don't miss this awesomely good time about dreaming big, playing loud and partying on.
Based on the experiences of creator Jonathan Larson - and loosely based on the opera La Boheme - RENT immerses audiences in the lives of eight young artists and musicians living in the Lower East Side of the Bohemian Alphabet City. From a poet and a musician to a lawyer and a drag queen, their lives are intertwined as they fight to survive in the Big Apple and, in some cases, fight for their mortality from HIV. In the end, it's friendship, love and the ability to maintain their individuality that keeps these souls together.
Somewhere in Middle America, teenagers Celia and Randy careen down a dark highway in a stolen Lexus. Cut to: Big Pharma, a disappearing brother, a femur unearthed in a backyard dig. As the mysteries mount and the body count rises, Celia goes in search of her revenge, but she keeps getting closer to her own loss. Every road trip movie ends with redemption, but will this one? Developed at the Bay Area Playwrights Festival, the Playwright's Foundation's "In the Rough Series," the Brown/Trinity Playwrights Rep, and New York Theater Workshop, Jackalope Theatre proudly presents THE KILLING OF MICHAEL X, a humorous, tragic, and intensely human world premiere.
Constantly reinventing themselves to achieve success in the first part of the twentieth century, the legendary brothers Addison and Wilson Mizner embark on a musical journey that spans decades. Traversing America from Alaska to Florida, the brothers muscle through 'get-rich-quick-schemes' that explore the many sides of the American Dream.
In the strange land of Illyria, boys will be boys (except when they're girls), fools are wise and the dead often turn up in perfect health. Such is the setting of Twelfth Night, Shakespeare's most addictive romantic comedy. When twins Viola and Sebastian are separated in a shipwreck, each thinks the other has gone to a watery grave. Washing up on the shore of a foreign country, Viola dresses up in her brother's clothes and disguises herself as a man. Later working as a servant in a duke's court, Viola (now known as Cesario) tries to gain favor among the powerful. Meanwhile, Sebastian has to fend for himself aboard a pirate ship only later to wind up ... in Illyria. Mix-ups abound in this wild tale directed by David Servillo for the young and energetic Foundling's Theatre Company.
As You Like It contains some of the best wordplay and sparklingly witty banter in the entire Shakespeare canon, including many cynical quips on the fickle nature of love-- but at its core, it is a story about finding love and camaraderie wherever we can, beyond class, beyond gender, even beyond personal philosophy.
The Civil War was a time of larger-than-life figures, but even then -- at 5' 4'' tall -- Christian Fleetwood stood head and shoulders above other giants of history. Born to "free persons of color" in 1840, Fleetwood went on to live one of the most extraordinary lives in American history. Now The Plagiarists theater company stages a remarkable look at this publisher, choirmaster, Civil War veteran and winner of the Congressional Medal of Honor. Suffused with poetry and music, War Song incorporates Fleetwood's own words (taken from his famous speech, "The Negro As Soldier") as well as the words of Abraham Lincoln, Walt Whitman, Susie King Taylor, W.E.B. DuBois and others. Written by Jessica Wright Buha and directed by Jack Dugan Carpenter, this remarkable work investigates war, despair, America and the Grand Old Flag.
The marriage of King Theseus and Queen Hippolyta dishes up more than cake when mortal and enchanted characters clash in misadventures of the heart. Hermia and Helena, both in love with "the wrong men" Lysander and Demetrius, become entangled in a potion-induced folly created by mischievous fairy Puck, confusing the couples even further. Oberon and Titania, fairy royalty, focus their attentions on a hapless troupe of actors, one of whom - Bottom - falls under Puck's spell and becomes Titania's temporary diversion. The hedges of reality and illusion grow wild in this time-honored and revealing comedic charade of what people will do for love.
From the creative team who brought you Mama's Boy, chosen as one of the Top 10 Dance Events of 2013, LoveTaps is an interactive tap opera that puts the audience in control of the story. Written by Marc Smith, featuring original music by Andrew Edwards and directed by Harrison McEldowney, LoveTaps tells the story of young singles navigating through Chicago's dating scene. After meeting these characters, the audience will get the opportunity to decide who would be the perfect match for each other. Don't miss your chance to be a matchmaker!
In this original storyline, Mickey and Minnie lead the audience on an exciting adventure that will have families rooting for their favorite pirate Jake and Disney's first little girl princess Sofia. Disney Junior Live On Tour! Pirate and Princess Adventure begins with a special interactive pre-show featuring the loveable 6-year-old doctor to toys and stuffed animals, Doc McStuffins. Children and their parents will sing "The Check-Up Song" along with Doc as she provides tender love and care.
"The Job" is the story of Frank, a down on his luck con artist trying to go straight and sober and marry the love of his life. He finds himself wrestling with his conscience after accepting a "job" at an agency that poses a serious moral dilemma. The pay is good and if he accepts this job he would be well on his way to financial freedom and he could finally marry, Mags, the love of his life. Unable to look past nefarious nature of this assignment, Frank panics and subcontracts the "Job" to his old partner who is now making it as a shyster fire and brimstone evangelist.
There are deals, sub-deals, changes of mind and heart and Frank suddenly finds himself in over his head.
Before the press, the fame, Argo, Bourne, or Bennifer, there was the friendship of Matt Damon and Ben Affleck. Played by actresses (yes actresses) Amy Leigh Abelson and Lauren Bourke, Matt and Ben satirizes the pivotal moment of the power duo as the answer to all their problems, their Academy Award-winning script Good Will Hunting, drops from the sky into their shabby Massachusetts apartment in 1996. Computers are thrown, delusions are seen, and friendships are tested as two friends ponder their seemingly easy road to fame and fortune.
One of the most enduring shows of all time, JOSEPH AND THE AMAZING TECHNICOLOR DREAMCOAT is the irresistible family musical about the trials and triumphs of Joseph, Israel's favorite son. The first collaboration of Andrew Lloyd Webber (Jesus Christ Superstar, Phantom of the Opera, Cats) and Tim Rice (Jesus Christ Superstar, The Lion King), JOSEPH blends pop, country and rock into an uplifting, technicolored story of biblical proportions. Retelling the Biblical story of Joseph, his eleven brothers and the coat of many colors, this magical musical is full of unforgettable songs including Those Canaan Days, Any Dream Will Do and Close Every Door. Broadway and television star Diana DeGarmo and Broadway star Ace Young will head up the cast of the new touring production of JOSEPH AND THE AMAZING TECHNICOLOR DREAMCOAT.
Conceived by Chicago's very own Joe Mantegna and written byThe Organic Theater Company, Bleacher Bums is a light and fun 9-inning slice of life comedy takes place in the bleachers of Wrigley Field as a group of colorful and devoted fans watch their beloved Chicago Cubs play their dreaded rivals, the St. Louis Cardinals. While the Chicago Cubs have not been in a World Series in over 60 years, let alone won one in over a century, Chicago Cub fans share an unconditional love and are, without a doubt, the most loyal and optimistic. Every April the fans exclaim, "This is the year!" And every September they vow to "wait till next year." Director Greg Kolack describes the Wrigley Field Bleachers as "a place where the true Cub fans gather. They are a group of people of all ages and from all walks of life that have only one thing in common - the Cubs. They become a family for just a few hours. I know these people well - I am one of them and have spent more afternoons than I can remember in those bleachers."