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Young Playwrights Festival Jan 1 - Jan 31, 2015  
Pegasus Theatre at Chicago Dramatists Young Playwrights Festival
Young Playwrights Festival is a citywide playwriting competition that gives voice to teenagers while promoting the art of writing for the stage. This school-oriented program helps students craft one-act plays for an April submission deadline. In 2014, Pegasus received over 400 submissions. Four winning playwrights receive $500 and work with theater professionals to workshop, stage and produce their scripts as part of Pegasus' main stage season. Young Playwrights Festival, the second oldest of its kind in the country, enhances language arts, encourages independent, high-level thinking and strong personal values, and influences career development for area teens.
A Map of Virtue Jan 8 - Feb 14, 2015  
Cor Theatre at Rivendell Theatre A Map of Virtue
Part interview, part comedy, part middle-of-the-night horror story, A Map of Virtue is about a shared obsession that leaves a group of friends stranded in the woods. A bird statue is the guide through this symmetrical tale about the limits of our virtues and what we leave behind.
The Odd Couple Jan 8 - Feb 22, 2015  
Oil Lamp Theater The Odd Couple
Opposite don't always attract -- but sometimes they make excellent comedy, at least in the case of The Odd Couple, the Neil Simon play The New York Times declared, "the most famous American comedy of the last 50 years." When slovenly sportswriter Oscar Madison takes in his neurotic neat freak friend Felix Ungar after Felix's wife throws him out, all comic hell breaks loose. The two men get into increasingly heated squabbles over the state of Oscar's apartment, and a hilarious double date with the attractive Pigeon sisters comes to an unexpected and comedic conclusion. Debuting on Broadway in 1965, the Tony Award-winning comedy inspired a movie starring Walter Matthau and Jack Lemmon and a TV series starring Tony Randall and Jack Klugman. Now Oil Lamp Theater stages a fresh production starring Steve Zeal as Felix and Chris Miller as Oscar.
Cookie Play Jan 8 - Feb 14, 2015  
Trap Door Theatre Cookie Play
Fearing that her son might be the next Edward Snowden, one zealously patriotic mother from the heartland will go to extreme lengths to protect her country from the potentially dangerous subversions of her offspring. Agreeing to hold him captive in her basement (for his own gosh-darn good), what unfolds next will have everyone's moral standing taking a seat, as one family's belief in a sitcom-perfect life is tested by sanctioned torture, whistle-blowing and the truth of black sites. This satire is a twisted and offbeat world premiere production from Trap Door Theatre.
Return to Sender Jan 8 - Jan 29, 2015  
The Public House Theatre Return to Sender
Sometimes, when the Zeitgeist gets too heavy, the only way to deal with it is comedy. The reason we have The Daily Show and The Colbert Report is the same reason we have the new sketch show, Return to Sender. Thunder Where creates sketches from the headlines, and invites the audience to honestly examine themselves and their points of view throughout the show as the relatable characters bring pressing issues closer to home.
Break Up Season Jan 8 - Jan 29, 2015  
Crash Actually Productions at The Public House Theatre Break Up Season
Whether or not you believe in true love, it is largely true that most relationships are doomed to fail before you find "The One." In Break Up Season, six comedians seek to figure out what broke them up, whether it was as outlandish as a threesome proposal or as mundane as an over-looked post-it note.
Push Button Murder Jan 8 - Feb 8, 2015  
The Side Project Push Button Murder
In Spencer’s political satire, Becky and Roy, working deep inside the Military Industrial Complex, have access to our information and coordinates, and have licenses to kill. Push Button Murder is the darkest of comedies about revolution, drones, extra-governmental operations, mass surveillance and other things you probably shouldn't worry about.
Mr. Burns Jan 8 - Mar 1, 2015  
Theater Wit Mr. Burns
A paean to the power of live theater and the resilience of Bart Simpson through the ages, Mr. Burns is an animated exploration of how the pop culture of one era might evolve into the mythology of another, and a dazzling, panoramic vista on the power of storytelling.
Bible Bingo Jan 9 - Nov 21, 2015  
Royal George Theatre Bible Bingo
From Vicki Quade, the creator of the popular comedy Late Nite Catechism, comes the new interactive comedy Bible Bingo. The Archdiocese's new bingo department needs to raise money for the parish. That's where you come in: Get ready to play bingo for a variety of wacky prizes. Along the way, you'll be drawn into conversation about everything from Adam and Eve to modern sins. Just be careful: You might laugh so hard you forget to yell "bingo."
Edith Can Shoot Things And Hit Them Jan 9 - Jan 31, 2015  
First Floor Theater at Flat Iron Arts Building Edith Can Shoot Things And Hit Them
After their parents' sudden departure, Filipino-Americans Edith, 12, and her brother, Kenny, 16, are left to fend for themselves in a tiny town in the middle of nowhere. With only one another to rely on, poverty and depression loom, when Kenny brings home his new "friend" Benji, and the three begin to redefine the meaning of American Family. Armed with their latchkey wit and a BB gun, the trio can take on anything, from cooking their own food to standing up for their newly-found sexuality - until their father returns and everything they've made threatens to fall apart. This Chicago premiere of award-winning playwright A. Rey Pamatmat's powerful script explores what it means to grow up poor, queer, and alone in middle America, and how the human spirit and the power of love can triumph over the darkest obstacles.
Spinning Into Butter Jan 9 - Feb 8, 2015  
Eclectic Theatre at Athenaeum Theatre Spinning Into Butter
With issues of racism and social justice dominating the national conversation, one play speaks volumes: Spinning Into Butter. When an African-American student at a small Vermont liberal arts college is the subject of anonymous hate mail, the school's dean is forced to confront her own prejudices as the campus erupts in recrimination and condemnation. Heralded by Time magazine, Rebecca Gilman's gripping and bitingly funny drama now receives a brilliant new staging from Eclectic Theatre. Company member Andrew Pond directs at Athenaeum Theatre Studio One.
Morland Jan 9 - Jan 30, 2015  
The Public House Theatre Morland
Artie is sick and no doctor can diagnose her fatal disease. Eugene is sick of his sick wife. When Artie learns that her brutish husband plans to run away with his mistress, Gladys, she attacks him with all her might and appliances. When Gladys learns that her lover plans to leave his ailing bride, she joins in the offense until Eugene is put in the Morland hospital in swampy Mississippi. By Eugene's bedside, Artie and Gladys begin to bond. Mired in the muck of the love triangle and the swamp, all three are forced to confront and untangle their web of affection, affliction, hypochondria, deep-held beliefs, difficult truths and absolute lies.
Father Ruffian Jan 9 - Feb 15, 2015  
City Lit Theater Father Ruffian
The play is a world premiere adaptation of Shakespeare’s two Henry IV plays, also incorporating a small amount of material from Henry V and from Shakespeare’s source material, Holinshed’s Chronicles. Father Ruffian takes its title from the long string of epithets Prince Hal uses to describe Falstaff (“. . . that bolting-hutch of beastliness, that swollen parcel of dropsies . . .”), and the full adaptation likewise preserves Shakespeare’s language throughout. Father Ruffian is not a simplified modern re-telling, but a nuanced exploration of Shakespeare’s tale of Prince Hal and his two “fathers,” King Henry IV of England and the entirely fictional Sir John Falstaff.
Keys of the Kingdom Jan 10 - Feb 15, 2015  
Stage Left at Theater Wit Keys of the Kingdom
As assistant to the celebrity pastor of an evangelical mega church, Arthur obeys orders, attacks paperwork, and guards against sin. So Arthur is surprised when the church pastor commissions a mural from Irene Hoff, an atheist New York artist married to another woman. Arthur is even more surprised when the pastor explains that he believes Irene has been chosen by God. But the biggest surprise of all is what happens when Irene shows up and starts to paint.
Lions in Illyria Jan 10 - Feb 15, 2015  
Lifeline Theatre Lions in Illyria
Separated from her brother by a storm at sea, the young lioness Violet must brave an unknown country all alone. Disguised as a boy, she joins with a preposterous peacock on a quest to claim the attentions of the most graceful gazelle in town. But soon Violet is torn between multiple masters and her adventure takes a turn for the absurd when she becomes entangled in the clownish antics of a wacky warthog and his featherbrained dodo sidekick. Travel to the weird and wonderful land of Illyria in a magical comedy loaded with music, monkeys, and mayhem. This production is recommended for children ages five and up (children under two not permitted), and runs one hour with no intermission.
The Book of Dionysus Jan 10 - Jan 31, 2015  
The Public House Theatre The Book of Dionysus
Fed up with his mortal obsession, Zeus banishes Dionysus from Mount Olympus to Earth. Joyfully, Dionysus sets off for Chicago to throw a good, old-fashioned bawdy festival in his name, just like they used to have in 540 BC. He sets to work in Grant Park erecting Dionyroo: A Festival of Mythic Proportions, advertising door-to-door and even raising a few bands from the dead to perform. But while the rest of the Gods couldn't previously be bothered with humanity, they are determined to halt Dionysus, even if it means mixing with the Earthlings they've come to despise.
50 Shades! The Musical Parody Jan 13 - Jan 18, 2015  
Broadway Playhouse 50 Shades! The Musical Parody
50 SHADES! THE MUSICAL PARODY is the hilariously naughty satire that explores the steamy relationship between Christian Grey and Anastasia Steele, as seen through the eyes of a trio of girlfriends at a book club meeting. As the women devour the novel, the character's delicious affair comes to life before their eyes. After all, who needs staid book club fare when a book like this can be so...stimulating. This laugh-out-loud musical features a sassy original score, including such songs "Open Your Book," "I Don't Make Love," and "There Is A Hole Inside Of Me."

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