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Playing Hearts Sep 2 - Sep 23, 2015  
The Public House Theatre Playing Hearts
 
While many people carry around a bit of emotional baggage, Rick has an entire set of matching luggage -- with extra carry-ons -- as psychology student Allison discovers when she moves next door. In Playing Hearts, written by Tanise Robnett, Rick is at a loss after a breakup with his girlfriend Jade. Having a hard time letting go, Rick creates a fantasy world of women in his head: his junior high crush Lorilyn, the eccentric barfly Sally, an unnamed woman of mystery, and Jade herself. See Talif Production's first play, focusing on contemporary issues of the heart, at Chicago's Public House Theatre.
 
   
The Bacchae Sep 3 - Sep 26, 2015  
Saltbox Theatre Collective at Madison Street Theatre The Bacchae
 
Staged with a large Greek chorus and half masks, Euripides' most poetically beautiful, as well as thematically difficult, plays is given a fresh translation that retains the lyrical grace of the work while making its classic argument for moderation over pure reason or pure sensuality accessible to modern audiences. The Bacchae is a religious ecstasy full of sensuality, faith and argument that comes to life in Saltbox Theatre Collective's first production. Translated by Chicago's Dr. Nicholas Rudall (Court Theatre, University of Chicago), The Bacchae centers around the conflict between God Dionysis and King Pentheus of Thebes.
 
   
Katrina: Mother-On-Law of 'em All Sep 4 - Oct 4, 2015  
Interrobang Theatre Project at The Den Theatre Katrina: Mother-On-Law of 'em All
 
Katrina: Mother-On-Law of 'em All is set in the famous Mother-in-Law Lounge, located in New Orleans' Treme neighborhood. It follows six individuals as they recount their true, harrowing and yet somehow hopeful stories about surviving one of the worst disasters in U.S. history. Both humorous and poignant - this piece reaches beyond New Orleans, beyond Hurricane Katrina, and taps into our primordial need as humans to survive even under the worst of conditions.
 
   
The Revel Sep 4 - Oct 25, 2015  
The House Theatre of Chicago at Chopin Theatre The Revel
 
Daddy died, the coal ran out, and the town went bust. His son's new factory promises riches but when Deacon rolls in preaching salvation through song, spirit, and moonshine all the workers hightail it up the mountain. Foot-stomping, heart-shaping mountain music fills the air. But what happens when the search for light and love leads to fire and brimstone?
 
   
Dogfight Sep 5 - Oct 18, 2015  
BoHo Theatre at Theater Wit Dogfight
 
November 21, 1963. On the eve of their deployment to Vietnam, three young Marines take part in a "dogfight"- a game where the soldiers compete to bring the ugliest date, unbeknownst to the girls accompanying them. But when Corporal Eddie Birdlace meets Rose, an awkward and idealistic waitress, she rewrites the rules of the game and teaches him the power of compassion. With some of the best new music on the current musical stage, Dogfight begins as a rousing song and dance adventure and ends as an intimate story about finding the beauty and comfort of love in the most unexpected places.
 
   
The Tempest Sep 8 - Nov 8, 2015  
Chicago Shakespeare Theater The Tempest
 
Shakespeare's enchanted island is transformed in this inventive production from Aaron Posner and Teller (of the legendary duo Penn & Teller). Larry Yando returns to Chicago Shakespeare to take on the role of the mysterious sorcerer Prospero, who conjures a storm shipwrecking his old enemies. This classic tale of revenge is reimagined as a traveling tent show of trickery and amazement, underscored by the haunting ballads of Tom Waits and Kathleen Brennan and the pioneering choreography of Pilobolus. In a production full of "such stuff as dreams are made on," sorcery gives way to inclinations of the heart.
 
   
Jamaica Farewell Sep 8 - Oct 11, 2015  
Royal George Theatre Jamaica Farewell
 
When Debra Ehrhardt was an eighteen year old secretary in Kingston, Jamaica, she and her passion for America bumped into a handsome CIA agent over a bowl of oxtail soup on her lunch break. During the turbulent 70s of the Manley Era she saw her chance - a pinhole of opportunity that she could squeeze through with the help of this love-struck American. She began a dangerous adventure that only the single-minded passion of a teenage girl would chance. The boundary between bravery and foolishness blurred as she became more desperate. When she agreed to smuggle a million US dollars in cash to a mysterious contact somewhere in Miami, the agent became her accomplice. Only he had no idea.
 
   
Gem of the Ocean Sep 10 - Oct 11, 2015  
Court Theatre Gem of the Ocean
 
Resident Artist Ron OJ Parson continues his triumphant tour through August Wilson's iconic century cycle with Gem of the Ocean, his seventh Wilson production at Court Theatre. Nominated for the Tony Award for Best Play in 2005, Gem of the Ocean is a fantastical story of freedom, justice, and redemption. A new century has dawned in America, but the shadow of slavery's legacy lingers. As a city desperate for freedom descends into chaos, a murderer arrives on the doorstep of Ester Tyler's Pittsburgh home. Known as a cleanser of souls, Ester must take this stranger on a spiritual journey of healing and renewal to the mythical City of Bones. Actress Greta Oglesby (Ma Rainey's Black Bottom) returns to play Ester, a role she originated in 2003, and will be joined by Court favorites A.C. Smith (Fences, Jitney), Alfred Wilson (Ma Rainey's Black Bottom, Jitney), David Alan Anderson (The Mountaintop), and Tyla Abercrumbie (The Piano Lesson).
 
   
Marvel Universe Live! Sep 10 - Sep 20, 2015  
United Center and Allstate Arena Marvel Universe Live!
 
Marvel Universe LIVE! will captivate audiences with an authentic and original story that brings more than 25 Marvel icons together on one epic quest. The Cosmic Cube, the source of ultimate power and one of the most feared and coveted treasures in the Marvel Universe, has been shattered into pieces by the Mighty Thor in order to prevent it from falling into the wrong hands. With the pieces scattered across the globe, Thor's villainous brother Loki devises a scheme to clone its powers, inciting a threat that could not only decimate Earth but also obliterate the Universe. Fans will definitely feel the energy with cutting-edge special effects, pyrotechnics, aerial stunts, martial arts, motorcycles and more. It's being hailed as the most technically advanced live show ever; a once-in-a-lifetime, monumental performance.
At United Center from Sep 10 - Sep 13
At Allstate Arena from Sep 18 - Sep 20
 
   
Merchild Sep 10 - Oct 17, 2015  
16th Street Theater at Berwyn Cultural Center Merchild
 
Like many little girls, 8-year-old Adam dreams of being a mermaid and marrying a prince. But Adam was born a boy. Or so everyone else seems to think. When reality is not to Adam's liking, he retreats into a fairytale winning Prince Eric's love despite a mermaid tail. Meanwhile Adam's parents are pulled apart, as they grapple with keeping their son safe or giving Adam the freedom to be who she is.
 
   
Monty Python's Spamalot Sep 10 - Oct 25, 2015  
Metropolis Performing Arts Centre Monty Python's Spamalot
 
Monty Python's Spamalot is a hilariously over-the-top extravaganza, penned by Monty Python alum Eric Idle, that borrows lovingly (and unapologetically) from the film classic Monty Python and the Holy Grail. In telling the tale of King Arthur and his epic quest with the Knights of the Round Table, this endlessly amusing musical -- which won three Tony Awards, including Best Musical, during its original Broadway run -- features such outlandish oddities as flatulent Frenchmen, airborne cows, killer rabbits and The Knights Who Say Ni. If you're in need of an irreverent reminder to "Always Look on the Bright Side of Life," look no further than the Holy Grail of musical comedies that is Monty Python's Spamalot -- presented at Metropolis Performing Arts Centre in Arlington Heights.
 
   
Funnyman Sep 11 - Oct 18, 2015  
Northlight Theatre Funnyman
 
New York City, 1959. Fading vaudeville comic Chick Sherman, along with his long-suffering agent, tries to revive his career with a role in an avant-garde off-Broadway play. While his grown daughter searches for answers from her absentee showbiz father, a lifetime of private and professional struggles rise to the surface, cracking the polished public persona of the world's favorite former "funny man."
 
   
Miss Buncle's Book Sep 11 - Nov 1, 2015  
Lifeline Theatre Miss Buncle's Book
 
Barbara Buncle is just an ordinary, unassuming spinster passing an unremarkable existence in the sleepy village of Silverstream. But when the Great Depression wipes out her nest egg, she tries her hand at writing and publishes a novel - under an assumed name - about her quaint hometown and the oddball characters that inhabit it. When the book becomes a surprise bestseller and her neighbors' foibles are thrust into the national spotlight, Miss Buncle must navigate a madcap storm of accusations, rivalries, and romances. A rollicking look at life imitating art and art imitating life, in a world premiere adaptation of the 1934 novel by D.E. Stevenson.
 
   
Next To Normal Sep 11 - Sep 27, 2015  
MadKap Productions at Skokie Theatre Next To Normal
 
NEXT TO NORMAL is the winner of three Tony awards in 2009, including best musical score, plus the Pulitzer Prize in 2010. It explores how one suburban household copes with crisis and mental illness. Dad's an architect; Mom rushes to pack lunches and pour cereal; their daughter and son are bright, wise-cracking teens, appearing to be a typical American family. And yet their lives are anything but normal, because the mother has been battling manic depression for 16 years. Next To Normal takes audiences into the minds and hearts of each character, presenting their family's story with love, sympathy and heart, as they learn to accept and support each other while trying to live a life that if it can't be normal, it can at least be next to normal.
 
   
Side Show Sep 11 - Oct 18, 2015  
Stage 773 Side Show
 
The acclaimed reimagining of the Tony-nominated musical Side Show arrives in Chicago fresh from its 2014 Broadway revival, courtesy of Porchlight Music Theatre. Reworked by Bill Condon (Chicago) to incorporate new songs and more true-life details of Daisy and Violet Hilton, the conjoined twins at the center of its story, the dazzling Henry Krieger (Dreamgirls) and Bill Russell musical tracks the girls' rise from side-show attraction to the big time -- and their search for love and acceptance under the harsh spotlight of fame. Stage 773 plays host to this Porchlight production, the latest in a line of well-received regional and world premieres.
 
   
Three Little Kittens Sep 12 - Jan 3, 2016  
Emerald City's Little Theatre Three Little Kittens
 
Three little kittens are on the hunt for their missing mittens, and they need your help finding them! Gather the clues and make new discoveries before Mother Cat comes home. With the promise of pie and the smell of a rat close by, this interactive spy story is the purr-fect way to introduce your little ones to the mystery and excitement of live theatre. (For ages 0-5)
 
   
With Love and a Major Organ Sep 12 - Oct 14, 2015  
Strawdog Theatre With Love and a Major Organ
 
From chocolate boxes to Sweethearts candies to syrupy-sweet Hallmark cards, hearts have become humanity's de facto symbol of love and affection. But things go from sweet to more than a little strange when a young woman discovers that she's given her heart -- the actual beating muscle in her body -- to a boy she's just met on the subway. Now making its U.S. premiere at Chicago's Strawdog Theatre Company, With Love and a Major Organ is one woman's humorous, amorous musings on love, life and "likes" in the digital age. Whimsical storylines -- from a fable of a girl born with a paper heart to the hilarious hazards of speed-dating -- merge and converge in this quirky comedy with a modern pulse.
 
   

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