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Tannhauser Feb 9 - Mar 6, 2015  
Lyric Opera Tannhauser
 
In Richard Wagner's epic opera, the renegade Tannhäuser is lured into the erotic realm of the love goddess Venus. There he luxuriates in lust and a host of sinful pleasures. But finally it's all too much and he longs to return home to Elisabeth, the chaste young woman who loves him, despite the grief he's caused. Desperate for absolution, Tannhäuser joins his fellow pilgrims, journeying to Rome to ask forgiveness for his sins. But once you've been to the Venusberg, you can never truly leave. Sir Andrew Davis, the Lyric Opera's principal conductor, is on the podium guiding today's most lauded Tannhäuser, tenor Johan Botha. It's a performance filled with both sensuality and majestic power, featuring the opera's famous overture and the frenzied bacchanal with its sexy ballet.
 
   
Blue Planet Feb 11 - Mar 15, 2015  
Akvavit Theatre at Storefront Theater Blue Planet
 
Best friends Hulda and Brimir live on a planet much like Earth-populated only by children. They live a simple but ideal life. When they meet an adult, the mysterious Jolly-Goodday. they are promised a life of greater joy, even more spectacular fun, but at what cost? The exuberance of Peter Pan, the wonder of the myth of Icarus, mixed with an eco-conscious message, Blue Planet is a family-friendly and lively integrated theatrical experience using movement, puppetry, aerial dance and object work with traditional elements of storytelling. The performance is sure to illuminate, entertain and inspire.
 
   
Forgotten Future: The Education Project Feb 12 - Mar 8, 2015  
Collaboraction at Flat Iron Arts Building Forgotten Future: The Education Project
 
Inspired by the dysfunction of the American education system, Forgotten Future: The Education Project explores three students' unique perspectives of the Chicago school system and how it both serves and is failing them and their potential future. Constructed from extensive research, the play tackles the key issues of inequities, cultural barriers and testing. The result is a unique, immersive theater piece designed to entertain and inform, as well as motivate dialogue.
 
   
A Nice Indian Boy Feb 12 - Mar 8, 2015  
Rasaka Theatre Company at Victory Gardens Theater - Biograph A Nice Indian Boy
 
A Nice Indian Boy tells the story of an immigrant South Asian American family's struggles with gay culture, expectations of marriage, and the idea of love.
 
   
Ordinary Days Feb 12 - Mar 15, 2015  
BoHo Theatre at Heartland Studio Theatre Ordinary Days
 
From one of musical theatre's most exciting new composers comes ORDINARY DAYS, a refreshingly honest and funny musical about making real connections in the city that never sleeps. When cynical grad student Deb loses her most precious possession- the notes to her thesis- she unwittingly starts a chain of events that leads to four New Yorkers discovering that their dreams, their passions, and their struggles are anything but ordinary. Told through a series of intricately connected songs and vignettes, ORDINARY DAYS is an original musical for anyone who's ever struggled to find meaningful connections in a city that seems overwhelming.
 
   
The Other Place Feb 13 - Apr 5, 2015  
Profiles Theatre - The Main Stage The Other Place
 
In Sharr White's acclaimed new drama The Other Place, Juliana Smithton, a successful neurologist, finds her life coming apart at the seams. Her husband filed for divorce, her daughter eloped with a much older man and her own health hangs in jeopardy. But in this brilliantly crafted work, nothing is as it seems. Piece by piece, a mystery unfolds as fact blurs with fiction, past collides with present and the elusive truth about Juliana boils to the surface.
 
   
Next Thing You Know Feb 13 - Mar 8, 2015  
Refuge Theatre Project at The Den Theatre Next Thing You Know
 
Next Thing You Know is the story of four twenty-something New Yorkers as they laugh, love and drink their way through the big questions that face all young dreamers who wake up in the city that never sleeps. Does marrying a really nice guy mean you're settling down or just settling? Does taking a nine-to-five equal giving up or growing up? Does a decade in the city break you down or break you in?
 
   
The Sweeter Option Feb 13 - Mar 28, 2015  
Strawdog Theatre The Sweeter Option
 
Chicago's Strawdog Theatre celebrates its 100th production with the world premiere of John Henry Roberts' The Sweeter Option. A low-rent investigator named Tucker tracks a stolen rent-a-car and stumbles neck-deep into an embezzlement scheme gone sour. There's enough cash up for grabs to finance a whole new life, but the only way to it is through Irene Pike, a suburban housewife who is clearly more than she lets on. But what, exactly? This fast-paced and darkly funny psychological thriller set in 1971 Chicagoland, is directed by Lookingglass Theatre's Marti Lyons, who helmed Haven Theatre's hit production of Seminar and The Gift Theatre's Mine.
 
   
One Came Home Feb 13 - Apr 5, 2015  
Lifeline Theatre One Came Home
 
During the great passenger pigeon migration of 1871, throngs of strangers descend upon Placid, Wisconsin, bringing prosperity in their wake. But as the skies clear, tragedy strikes and Georgie Burkhardt's sister goes missing. When a body is found and the town goes into mourning, Georgie sets out to uncover the truth behind Agatha's disappearance. The journey that follows, both humorous and heartbreaking, will test the limits of her courage and the strength of her character. A powerful coming-of-age tale combines live music with historical events in a world premiere adaption based on the 2013 novel by Chicago author Amy Timberlake.
 
   
Really Really Feb 13 - Mar 15, 2015  
Interrobang Theatre Project at Athenaeum Theatre Really Really
 
In the hazy aftermath of a wild campus party, dawn breaks on what appears to be just another day in the undergrad carnival that revolves around a circle of friends. But when morning-after gossip about privileged Davis and ambitious Leigh turns ugly, the veneer of loyalty and friendship is peeled back to reveal a vicious jungle of sexual politics, raw ambition and class warfare where only the strong could possibly survive.
 
   
Elephant and Piggie's We are in a Play! Feb 14 - May 16, 2015  
Emerald City Theatre Company at Apollo Theater Elephant and Piggie's We are in a Play!
 
Elephant Gerald is careful. Piggie is not. Gerald worries so that Piggie does not have to. They are best friends. Our favorite characters from Mo Willems' beloved Elephant and Piggie series take the stage for this vaudevillian romp of a musical. Pachyderm and swine join forces to face questions like: what do you wear to a fancy pool costume party? Should you share your ice cream? And, how can two friends play with one toy? With the help of nutty backup singers, The Squirelles, this musical is an animal party that you won't want to miss!
 
   
Edgar and Annabel Feb 14 - Mar 15, 2015  
The Poor Theatre at The Side Project Edgar and Annabel
 
Sam Holcroft's Edgar & Annabel throws us into a world of government surveillance and societal distrust. Against the odds, a young married couple thrives -at least to those who are listening.
 
   
Barbecue Apocalypse Feb 14 - Mar 15, 2015  
The Ruckus at Athenaeum Theatre Barbecue Apocalypse
 
The yard is wrong. The fence is wrong. The patio furniture is really, really wrong. As Mike and Deb prepare for a backyard barbecue designed to impress their more stylish friends, these concerns threaten to send them into a spiral of shame and self-doubt. But the world is about to fall apart, and apocalypse has a way of putting things in perspective. The Ruckus presents the Midwest premiere of a devilish new comedy from the writer behind The Boxer and the City Life Supplement.
 
   
International Voices Project Feb 15 - Mar 2, 2015  
Victory Gardens Theater - Biograph International Voices Project
 
Presented in collaboration with each country's consulate general and/or cultural institution, the International Voices Project celebrates the voices of international playwrights with eight premiere concert-style readings. A professional cast performs each play to allow audience members' imaginations create the world of the play. After each reading, there will be a post-performance discussion with the cast and audience, followed by a reception.
 
   
First Wives Club Feb 17 - Mar 29, 2015  
Ford Oriental Theatre First Wives Club
 
Five-time Emmy Award nominee Linda Bloodworth Thomason (“Designing Women”) makes her theatrical debut as book writer and Simon Phillips will direct the musical. Based on the hit Paramount Pictures Film, FIRST WIVES CLUB, still the ultimate story of female empowerment, and will feature songs – both new original music and classics – by Motown legends Holland-Dozier-Holland, who are responsible for such hits as "Reach Out…I'll Be There," "Stop in the Name of Love," "I Can't Help Myself (Sugar Pie Honey Bunch)," and “My World Is Empty Without You.”
 
   
The Talking Cure Feb 19 - Mar 22, 2015  
Idle Muse Theatre Company at Rivendell Theatre The Talking Cure
 
The play explores the life of Sabina Spielrein. A brilliant young "hysteric," Spielrein was Carl Jung's first patient, and eventual colleague, as he sought to refine the "talking cure" method of treatment proposed by his adopted mentor, Sigmund Freud. Traditional notions are shattered when Sabina begins to blaze her own trail and a forbidden journey into repressed passions unfolds as patient and doctor cross the ultimate boundary, becoming lovers. Under the creeping shadow of two World Wars, all three are drawn into a complex web of rivalries and dark desires that will eventually give birth to modern psychoanalysis - as well as its first great schism.
 
   
Four Feb 19 - Mar 28, 2015  
Jackalope Theatre at Broadway Armory Four
 
On a lonely Fourth of July in Hartford in 1996, June, a sixteen-year-old white boy, sneaks out for his first ever tryst with Joe, a closeted, married black man he's met over the Internet. On the same night, just across town, studious high-schooler, Abigayle, escapes her ailing mother to go out with Dexter, a twenty-year-old low-level drug dealer. In and around the city, as America celebrates its independence, these two couples get to know themselves and each other, as they navigate the journey from strangers to intimates. In the stark landscapes of movie theatres, fast food restaurants, darkened churches, parking lots and public parks, they grasp for connection, but reveal the limits of desire, and the possibilities for transcendence.
 
   

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