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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.
 
   
Pirandello's Henry IV Oct 5 - Nov 13, 2016  
Remy Bumppo Theatre at The Greenhouse Theater Center Pirandello's Henry IV
 
An Italian nobleman falls from his horse at a costume party and suddenly believes he is German Emperor Henry IV. While at first they play along, his friends decide that 20 years is long enough to indulge his regal fantasy, and they seek the help of a renowned psychiatrist to shock him back to reality. Re-imagined by Tom Stoppard, Pirandello's Henry IV is a gripping spiral of revelations that illuminates the distorted line between madness and sanity.
 
   
Troll the Sequel, Troll Again! Oct 5 - Nov 9, 2016  
Under The Gun Theater Troll the Sequel, Troll Again!
 
The 1990 horror feature Troll 2 is so hellishly awful and yet amazingly popular that a documentary called Best Worst Movie was made to chronicle its cult status. Now the Under The Gun Theater crew takes a crack at it. The film -- and this new version of the story -- eschews the trolls completely, despite its tacked-on title, and instead tells the purportedly scary tale of an everyday family who happen to be vacationing in the town of Snilbog, when they're set upon by a hungry pack of goblins disguised as humans.
 
   
Dr. Seward's Dracula Oct 5 - Nov 6, 2016  
First Folio Theatre Dr. Seward's Dracula
 
Picking up just after the end of Bram Stoker's tale of the Prince of Darkness, DR. SEWARD'S DRACULA follows Seward as he tries to explain multiple dead bodies to the police now that Dracula is dead. The more Seward tries to plead his case, the less sure he becomes not just of his own tale, but also of his own sanity.
 
   
There's Something About Bloody Mary Oct 5 - Nov 2, 2016  
Annoyance Theatre There's Something About Bloody Mary
 
A sharp, witty revue that blends horror movie tropes with a dangerous and funny take on the female experience, There's Something About Bloody Mary is directed by Amy Anderson, head written by Dana Angelo, and comprised of original sketches from cast members Lexi Alioto, Brittany Flynn, Allison Kochanski, Adrienne Peters, Megan Stalter, and Lily Staski. From Amazons inventing the first bra to playing a game of Dracula or Date Rapist to a fourth-wall breaking theater haunting, There's Something About Bloody Mary is a fun departure from previous Huggable Riot revues and promises a killer bloody epilogue!
 
   
Wicked City Oct 6 - Oct 30, 2016  
Chicago Theatre Workshop at Edge Theatre Wicked City
 
From the creators of Broadway's Elf the Musical and The Wedding Singer comes a hilarious film noir musical comedy about Eddie Cain, a detective of the 1940's in the mold of Humphrey Bogart's Sam Spade; his domineering but loving mother Mira, and Jo Van Cleave, the smoldering temptress with a secret who comes between them. This madcap send-up of film classics like The Maltese Falcon and Double Indemnity features a gorgeous swing jazz score.
 
   
44 Plays for 44 Presidents Oct 6 - Nov 13, 2016  
Oil Lamp Theater 44 Plays for 44 Presidents
 
There's a stark contrast between the idealistic, revered George Washington and the more recent, polarizing presidents. 44 Plays for 44 Presidents examines how our nation's highest office has changed and morphed as each one took the Oval Office. A chronological biography of the lives and presidencies of each of the 44 men who have held the nation's presidency, actors celebrate their mistakes and successes, taking turns donning a star-spangled coat that symbolizes the presidency. From the humorous jabs and bits of wisdom between presidents to the tragic mishaps and blunders, audiences at Glenview's Oil Lamp Theater will ponder what the presidency means and where it will go next.
 
   
Love in the Mangroves Oct 6 - Oct 27, 2016  
The Public House Theatre Love in the Mangroves
 
After a hiatus, director Frank Hunter makes a triumphant return to Hollywood, ready with the next hit song-and-dance spectacle, "Love in the Mangroves." But the year is 1959, and no one is making those films anymore. Hunter finds himself and his crew embattled in an industry where his vision doesn't fit, and a rapidly changing world where he himself may have to find a new place.
 
   
Merge Oct 7 - Nov 13, 2016  
The New Colony at The Den Theatre Merge
 
In 1978, Atari was the fastest growing company in the history of the United States, an arcade manufacturer with a workplace fueled by pot smoking, jacuzzi parties and nobody wearing socks. When they have to sell themselves to Warner Bros. to stay afloat, they quickly realize that corporate cash comes with baggage, as they lose a piece of the identity that made them who they were in the first place. And what's worse... they have to start wearing socks. MERGE is the story of a small band of programmers who stand up and fight back against the very company that saved them from bankruptcy, in a battle that threatens to crash an entire industry.
 
   
Dying City Oct 7 - Oct 30, 2016  
The Comrades at Heartland Studio Theatre Dying City
 
One year after his suspicious death, a young soldier's wife and twin brother meet for the first time since the funeral. A psychological showdown erupts as the two fight to reconcile their memories with the ugly truth. DYING CITY had its world premiere in 2006 at London's Royal Court Theatre and was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for Drama in 2008.
 
   
Jule Styne's Greatest Hits Oct 7 - Oct 16, 2016  
Light Opera Works at Nichols Concert Hall Jule Styne's Greatest Hits
 
The concert of Broadway, Hollywood and popular songs by composer Jule Styne includes "Don't Rain on My Parade," "People," "Time After Time" and "Make Someone Happy," from such shows as GYPSY, FUNNY GIRL and others.
 
   
Bare: a pop opera Oct 7 - Nov 6, 2016  
Refuge Theatre Project at Epsworth United Methodist Church Bare: a pop opera
 
bare: a pop opera had its World Premiere at Los Angeles' Hudson Theatre in 2000 and its first New York production, a two-month run at the American Theatre of Actors, in 2004. An 11-song sampler of music from the show was offered to all patrons of that run, with a full studio album recorded and released in 2007. Those recordings plus the many regional productions of the musical since have led to its development of an intensely loyal audience over the years since its original New York and Los Angeles productions. A revised version, called Bare: the Musical with more spoken dialogue was produced off-Broadway in 2012-13. The Refuge production will be of the original "pop opera" version.
 
   
The Epic of Gilgamesh, As Told By Mr. George Smith, Associate Curator For The British Museum (deceased) Oct 7 - Oct 29, 2016  
The Plagiarists at Berger Park Coach House The Epic of Gilgamesh, As Told By Mr. George Smith, Associate Curator For The British Museum (deceased)
 
The story of humanity's oldest story and the man who discovered it. In ancient Sumeria, Gilgamesh, King of Uruk and two-thirds god, rules his people with cruelty and selfishness, so the gods send an equal to challenge him. In Victorian London, George Smith, working-class engraver, is hired by the British Museum and discovers the world's first great work of literature. Both will set off on epic quests, win great victories, and eventually... die. A story of ancient hubris, Victorian chauvinism, heroic journeys, mythical monsters, the meaning of life, the inevitability of death, archaeological politics, disgruntled gods, language barriers, the Great Flood, and the universality of human experience.
 
   

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