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The Monster In The Hall Sep 19 - Oct 26, 2014  
Filament Theatre The Monster In The Hall
 
Duck Macatarsney is an imaginative, quick-talking teenager named after the Ducati Monster, her mother's favorite motorcycle. In caring for her dope-smoking MS-stricken father, obsessing over her high school crush, and preserving the memory of her mother, Duck can find life a wee bit overwhelming. When Duck learns that Social Services is sending an inspector to see how she and her father are 'getting on,' Duck and her father must put on a show of normalcy. This would be fine, except teen heart-throb Lawrence has just come over with a strange proposal, there's a Norwegian death metal chick at the front door and this morning Duck's dad has woken up blind. Developed through workshops and conversations with real teenage caretakers, THE MONSTER IN THE HALL explores family and community through 60's pop music, video games, and a high speed motorcycle chase.
 
   
A Kurt Weill Cabaret Sep 19 - Oct 19, 2014  
Theo Ubique Cabaret Theatre at No Exit Cafe A Kurt Weill Cabaret
 
A cabaret of songs by the German-born composer of "September Song" and "Mack the Knife." A Kurt Weill Cabaret will feature new arrangements and musical direction by two-time Jeff-Award winner Jeremy Ramey. Weill, who began his career in Germany, emigrated to the U.S. in 1935 where he went on to write Broadway musicals with lyricists including Ogden Nash, Ira Gershwin and Maxwell Anderson. Ramey, honored by the Jeffs for his musical direction of Smokey Joe's Cafe and The Light in the Piazza, was previously music director for Theo Ubique's Aspects of Love, Passion, and Master Class.
 
   
At Home at the Zoo Sep 19 - Oct 26, 2014  
City Lit Theater At Home at the Zoo
 
The play is Albee's expanded version of his 1959 one-act The Zoo Story. In 2004 Albee wrote a first act for it, subtitled Homelife, in which we witness Peter's conversation with his wife Ann shortly before he leaves to read in the park where, in what is now Act Two, he will have his fateful encounter with Jerry.
 
   
Smokefall Sep 20 - Oct 26, 2014  
Goodman Theatre Smokefall
 
Exactly one year after its world premiere in the Owen Theatre, Noah Haidle’s Smokefall, directed by Anne Kauffman, makes its Albert Theatre debut. Change is in the air as Violet prepares to bring twin sons into the world. Inside her womb the boys contemplate their future, while her outer world is in transformation: her husband is secretly planning to leave her; her father is slipping into senility; and her daughter has taken a vow of silence. Smokefall follows the lives of this family in an expansive poetic treatise on the fragility of life and the power of love.
 
   
Bingo's Birthday Sep 20 - Jan 4, 2015  
Emerald City's Little Theatre Bingo's Birthday
 
You are invited to the birthday party of a very special dog, and Bingo is his name-o! Everything is ready, but Farmers Pickle and Tickle can't find the guest of honor. Is he near or far? Up or down? Over or under? Explore the farm and help find Bingo in this intimate, theatrical celebration. This unique experience places you and your little ones in an interactive and magical playground where anything goes. A theatre experience specially designed for ages 0 to 4
 
   
Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde Sep 20 - Oct 19, 2014  
Idle Muse Theatre Company at Rivendell Theatre Ensemble Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde
 
A whip-smart and shocking version of a classic tale of lust, love, horror, and the depravity which lurks within us all.
 
   
Danny Casolaro Died For You Sep 23 - Dec 21, 2014  
TimeLine Theatre Company Danny Casolaro Died For You
 
This thriller is based on the true story of Danny Casolaro, a freelance reporter investigating high-level corruption in the Reagan/Bush Justice Department. A year into uncovering information, Casolaro was found dead in a Virginia motel room, his arms slashed more than a dozen times. The authorities called it suicide, but a host of conspiracy theorists-and the House Judiciary Committee-disagreed. Casolaro's recovered notes detailed his plan to expose several major players behind numerous clandestine activities, including the Iran hostage situation, Nicaragua arms-for-drugs deals, and much more. Playwright Dominic Orlando-a cousin of Casolaro-pulls the curtain back on Danny's journey and the ultimate price he paid trying to find the truth.
 
   
Evil Dead - The Musical Sep 23 - Oct 12, 2014  
Broadway Playhouse Evil Dead - The Musical
 
Evil Dead - The Musical, the hilarious, record-breaking Canadian musical (created by George Reinblatt, Frank Cipolla, Melissa Morris and Christopher Bond) tells the outrageous story of five college friends spending the weekend in an abandoned cabin in the woods after accidentally unleashing an evil force that turns them all into demons. The original production, based on the Evil Dead film franchise, opened 11 years ago in Toronto and enjoyed an immensely popular run, with 150 productions eventually presented in cities around the world with sold-out houses and rave reviews from critics.
 
   
Zombie Genius Sep 24 - Oct 22, 2014  
Annoyance Theatre Zombie Genius
 
The next great civil rights issue? Zombies, natch. At least that's the perspective of Zombie Genius, the hilarious post-apocalyptic comedy at The Annoyance Theatre & Bar. The dead have risen up in revolt -- only to fall subject to the living, creating an underclass of the undead. It's up to Albert, a zombie with the gift of speech, to unite his brain-feeding brethen in a fight for their rights. Joined by his zombie-brother Bwains and his human friend Tim, he embarks on a quest for justice ... only to fall in in love with a human girl along the way. Ryan McDermott (Planet Karate, Manic Pixie Dreamland) directs this silly treat, perfect for the Halloween season.
 
   
John Doe Sep 25 - Oct 25, 2014  
Trap Door Theatre John Doe
 
Based on the text of Stanislaw Witkiewicz's Madman and the Nun, "John Doe" tragically follows how the beauty in madness is poisoned by the toxic remedy of normalization.
 
   
Dinner With Friends Sep 25 - Nov 9, 2014  
Oil Lamp Theater Dinner With Friends
 
Described by the playwright as a "rueful comedy," Dinner With Friends introduces us to Gabe (Chris Miller) and Karen (Megan Skord-Campbell), two middle-aged international food writers who are happily married and living in suburban Connecticut. They have been close friends for many years with Tom (Eric Bays) and Beth (Laura Coleman), another married couple. In fact, Tom and Beth first met each other at a dinner party hosted by Gabe and Karen.
 
   
Bethany Sep 25 - Nov 23, 2014  
The Gift Theatre Bethany
 
Bethany, Laura Marks' trenchant contemporary drama, follows cash-strapped Crystal (Hillary Clemens), who's caught in the middle of the Great Recession and navigating the worlds of motivational speaking, survivalism and a Saturn dealership to make a home for herself. Described by The New York Times as "rare among new American plays in the clear, compassionate attention it pays to the corrosive effects of the economic downturn on the battered middle class," Bethany is a perceptive tale told in The Gift's signature style of great ensemble acting in an intimate space.
 
   
The Cryptogram Sep 26 - Nov 16, 2014  
Profiles Theatre - The Alley Stage The Cryptogram
 
Pulitzer Prize-winning author David Mamet's rarely produced masterpiece, The Cryptogram, celebrates its 20th Anniversary at Profiles Theatre. Mamet combines mercurial intelligence with genuinely Hitchcockian menace as this gripping play journeys back into childhood and the moment of its vanishing - when the sheltering world suddenly reveals itself as a place full of dangers. One late evening in 1959, a young boy sits waiting up for his father in anticipation of their camping trip. While his mother urges him to go to sleep, a family friend tries to entertain them or perhaps distract them. Mamet re-creates a child's terrifying discovery that the grownups speak in code - a code that may never be breakable.
 
   
The Sweat Girls are ...21 and Finally Legal! Sep 26 - Oct 12, 2014  
Heartland Studio Theatre The Sweat Girls are ...21 and Finally Legal!
 
Called the "undisputed tribal elders" (Chicago Reader) of the solo performance scene, the Sweat Girls have been baring their souls with "fearless authenticity" and "contagious gusto" for more than two decades, all the while making it look all so easy. Join their 21st anniversary party as they celebrate senior discounts, finding your inner tween, hunting for Joan Baez (in all the wrong places) and figuring out if you are actually the brunt of all those teenage jokes. Sweat Virgins and Sweat Fans alike are encouraged to come and sweat it out with the Girls. There will be cake!
 
   
At Last: A Tribute To Etta James Sep 27 - Dec 28, 2014  
Black Ensemble Theater At Last: A Tribute To Etta James
 
Jackie Taylor's musical pays tribute to the life and work of the Grammy Award-winning R&B, country, soul, blues and jazz singer.
 
   
Ching Chong Chinaman Sep 27 - Oct 19, 2014  
A-Squared Theatre Workshop at Raven Theatre Ching Chong Chinaman
 
Lauren Yee's Ching Chong Chinaman satirizes the Asian American identity and explores what happens when a Chinese American family loses all sense of their cultural heritage. The ultra-assimilated Wong family is living the American dream, but not all is perfect. Upton, the Wongs' youngest child, dreams of becoming a World of Warcraft champion and the only things that stand in his way are his daily chores and homework. Desdemona, the Wongs' daughter, has goals of attending Princeton, but her math grades are not up to par. Upton comes up with an idea to solve both their problem by acquiring Jinqiang, a Chinese indentured servant who envisions an American dream of his own.
 
   
Alice Sep 27 - Nov 2, 2014  
Neo-Futurists Alice
 
Alice is an ambulatory, multi-disciplinary theatrical experience. The audience, traveling in groups of 15, follows a white rabbit to various locations throughout the Andersonville neighborhood. Ducking into storerooms and back patios, through bookstores and taverns and galleries, the audience IS Alice and the Andersonville neighborhood becomes a wonderland. Chapters of the book are divided amongst Chicago fringe theater companies, visual and film artists and performed in various locations throughout the neighborhood. Tours beginn at 1:00 p.m. and leaving every 15 minutes until 2:00 p.m. All tours start at The Neo-Futurarium, 5153 N. Ashland.
 
   

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