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The Room Sep 29 - Nov 13, 2016  
A Red Orchid Theatre The Room
 
By turns terrifying, moving and wildly funny, The Room is Pinter's very first play. Rose prefers to stay in, safe from the hostile world outside, but her seemingly cozy sanctuary is continually being invaded. With visits from the landlord, a couple in search of their own space, a stranger and the return of her husband, it becomes increasingly unclear whether the menace comes from within or without. The Room is a precarious examination of private fears vs. social fears, as seen through the lens of the working class.
 
   
Bobbie Clearly Sep 29 - Nov 5, 2016  
Steep Theatre Bobbie Clearly
 
Nobody from the town of Milton, Nebraska ever gave much thought to Bobbie before the tragedy in the cornfield. Two years later, it's hard for them to think of much else. In the darkly comic Bobbie Clearly, a community opens up about life in the aftermath and making sense of senseless violence.
 
   
Skooby Don't Sep 29 - Nov 4, 2016  
Hell in a Handbag Productions at Mary's Attic Skooby Don't
 
When Velva's aunt needs help, the gang comes to the rescue! Velva never mentions that her aunt is multi-platinum recording artist and Oscar winner, Cher (ensemble member Ed Jones). Cher is also joined by Chaz Bono and Kris and Caitlyn Jenner for a whacky mixed-up adventure you won't forget - no matter how hard you try! SKOOBY DON'T is not only a parody of the classic Skooby Doo cartoon but also explores social and gender political correctness and inner and outer identity and appearances. The big mystery here is if Skooby and the gang can navigate social moors in this modern world.
 
   
Still Sep 29 - Oct 30, 2016  
Interrobang Theatre Project at Athenaeum Theatre Still
 
Constantinople has been dead for two days, but that's the least of his worries. He has to find his mother before it's too late, and his already stiff body shuts down for good. As he searches an unfamiliar world filled with women he doesn't understand, his mother, Morgan must learn to grieve the son she never knew.
 
   
A Life Extra Ordinary Sep 29 - Nov 20, 2016  
The Gift Theatre A Life Extra Ordinary
 
Annabel Anderson McCafferty is an expectant mother who vanishes from her small Ohio town on Christmas Eve. Both mystery and memory play, A Life Extra Ordinary untangles and re-assembles the moments that make a life.
 
   
How We Got On Sep 29 - Nov 12, 2016  
Haven Theatre Company at The Den Theatre How We Got On
 
In this remixed coming-of-age story, an all-knowing DJ loops the audience through the tracks of three Midwestern teen rappers stranded in suburbia. Determined to find their artistic voices; Hank, Julian and Luann are forced to combat the discord of crude technology, family dysfunction and ruthless rivalries as this B-side of 1980's hip-hop history is spun. Plug in an open mind for the Chicago premiere of a throwback mix tape that goes to prove: we're all just a work-in-progress.
 
   
Fantasy Island For Dummies Sep 29 - Nov 5, 2016  
Trap Door Theatre Fantasy Island For Dummies
 
Fantasy Island for Dummies (low cut daydream too near, too near) is a new music-theatre work inspired by an episode of the iconic television series about the pleasures and perils of wish fulfillment. Devised in a collaborative exploration with Trap Door Theater actors, the piece is written by Ruth Margraff and directed by Kate Hendrickson, with original music composed by Nikos Brisco. A 1980 "Fantasy Island" episode about a ventriloquist and her devious dummy inspires a voyage into suppressed identities, ancient Babylonian sex goddesses, and a "perfect wife" struggling with her defiant side.
 
   
Fish Eye Sep 29 - Oct 16, 2016  
Dandelion Theatre at The Frontier Fish Eye
 
Named as New York Magazine's Best Theatre of the Year and chosen as a Time Out New York Critic's Pick, Lucas Kavner's Fish Eye is an emotional and hilarious tale about one couple's struggle to hold onto each other, without losing themselves along the way. Facing the uncertainty of life after college, Max and Anna are determined to live in the present, where their love for one another is undeniable. But when Anna starts to dream of something more, they begin to contemplate whether their relationship is enough. With profound dialogue and insightful commentary, Fish Eye puts a modern spin into the traditional chronology of romance, creating an honest and unforgettable portrait of love and relationships. Don't miss this exciting production when it makes its Midwest premiere at The Frontier in Chicago.
 
   
The Memory of Water Sep 29 - Oct 30, 2016  
Piccolo Theatre The Memory of Water
 
In order to prepare for their mother's funeral -- after her battle with Alzheimer's comes to an end -- three sisters return to their childhood home. Flooded by memories both good and bad, it's not long before old rivalries rush back to the surface. Turning to their significant others, each sister deals with these ensuing difficulties differently (and, more often than not, hilariously). The fact is, memories are often unreliable, and discrepancies in individual recollection can (and do) lead to a mixture of anguish and amusement. Originally written by Shelagh Stephenson in 1997, The Memory of Water was made into a film called Before You Go in 2002, starring Tom Wilkinson (The Best Marigold Hotel, Michael Clayton) and Julie Walters (best known for her work in the Harry Potter film franchise and Mamma Mia!). Now it returns to its home on the stage, at Piven Theatre Workshop.
 
   
A Walk In The Woods Sep 30 - Oct 23, 2016  
Spartan Theatre Company at The Den Theatre A Walk In The Woods
 
This Tony-nominated play follows one year of tumultuous arms negotiations between a young, hopeful American diplomat and a worldly Russian official who's seen it all before. Directed by Artistic Director Patrick Belics (Spartan productions of The Pillowman and Closer,) this show makes use of an unorthodox narrative structure to simultaneously illustrate the cold and impersonal nature of modern politics while putting a deeply human face on those who spend countless hours at the negotiation table.
 
   
Curse of the Goat Sep 30 - Nov 4, 2016  
MCL Chicago Curse of the Goat
 
Ask any Chicago Cubs fan for an explanation of their team's awful losing streak, and you're guaranteed to get the strangest answer:a billy goat. In Curse of the Goat, the ghost of legendary sports newscaster Harry Caray returns from the grave to narrate a very funny musical tale about one sports team's spooky history. Follow a group of Cubs super fans into the stands of Wrigley Field as they attempt to unravel the truth surrounding the birth of one disgruntled fan's pesky hex. Will they break the curse and take the team to the coveted World Series? Or will a deadly supernatural threat once again claim the title, along with their lives? Prepare to discover some demons in the outfield when the hilarious and terrifying Curse of the Goat comes to MCL Chicago.
 
   
The People's History of the United States Sep 30 - Nov 6, 2016  
Quest Ensemble Theatre at The Blue Theater The People's History of the United States
 
This production explores pivotal moments in U.S. history that have defined a people. Through powerful imagery, large-scale puppetry, and an original musical score as well as music from the rich American canon,The People's History of the United States moves through a series of poetic vignettes to acknowledge the past and the hope for our future. Expanded from its original 2008 version to include an original musical score and new scenes depicting events of the past eight years.
 
   
The Birds Sep 30 - Oct 30, 2016  
Citadel Theatre Company The Birds
 
In the play masses of birds have begun to violently attack at high tide, driving strangers Nat and Diane to take refuge in an isolated, abandoned house. With the electricity out, a limited food supply, and no explanation for the bizarre natural phenomena, the tension is mounting. Yet if two is company, three is a crowd, as the sudden arrival of a young woman with a mysterious nature of her own upsets the already precarious situation.
 
   
10 Ways to Survive the Zombie Apocalypse Oct 1 - Oct 30, 2016  
Theatre Hikes at Morton Arboretum 10 Ways to Survive the Zombie Apocalypse
 
What would you do during a zombie apocalypse? Whether you already have a fool-proof plan in place or haven't given the scenario much thought, Theatre-Hikes shares the right way to survive an undead doomsday with 10 Ways to Survive the Zombie Apocalypse. The hilariously helpful handbook acts out various tips and tricks -- with sacrifice the weak as rule No.1 -- to make sure you come out on top (with your brain intact). Get ready to celebrate the Halloween season and learn some frightfully fun lessons at The Morton Arboretum.
 
   
Diary of a Worm, a Spider and a Fly Oct 1 - Jan 7, 2017  
Emerald City Theatre Company at Apollo Theater Diary of a Worm, a Spider and a Fly
 
Enter the whimsical world of insects with a cast of creepy crawly characters, and laugh away the trials of being a young bug in school. Through musical genres such as rap, hip-hop, pop, and Broadway standards, this choral comedy humanizes the life cycles of insects to celebrate and accept the passions and differences in every child. Taken from the best-selling books by Doreen Cronin, "There's an alternate world that's very cool beneath your feet and in the air!" Jen Ellison Directs.
 
   
The Defiant Thomas Brothers Oct 1 - Nov 19, 2016  
Stage 773 The Defiant Thomas Brothers
 
The Defiant Thomas Brothers bring their uncanny ability to mine laughs along the sensitivity spectrum with their no-limits sketch comedy to Stage 773. The Chicago duo garnered major attention in the sketch comedy world, winning the Best Sketch Group award at HBO's prestigious U.S. Comedy Arts Festival. Ranging from old-school, Nichols and May-esque relationship scenes, to embracing the cringe-worthy, the duo skillfully breaks from the modern "political correctness" chains. Interrobang describes the group as "a surprise" saying, "[The Defiant Thomas Brothers] grabbed some well tread comedic paths and mined them so skillfully as to make them feel completely fresh and original." As for the pair's original work, "[They ended] with a musical performance that can only be described as "The Jew Song" that had the audience alternating between dropped jaws and howling laughs- and that's with a 50+ N-word chorus thrown in."
 
   
Ghost Stories Oct 1 - Nov 12, 2016  
Under The Gun Theater Ghost Stories
 
Under the Gun Theater is proud to present Ghost Stories, an improvised comedy show based on true spooky tales. Each performance will feature a guest storyteller to spin a scary yarn. From there, the UTG ensemble will launch into a show of highly creative comedic whimsy. The cast has honed an idiosyncratic style that is completely unique in the Chicago comedy scene.
 
   

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