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Nightmares On Lincoln Avenue 666: The Exorcism of Rose Mary's Omen Oct 9 - Nov 1, 2014  
Cornservatory Nightmares On Lincoln Avenue 666: The Exorcism of Rose Mary's Omen
 
Halloween is soon upon us, at least that's what the store racks and aisles of costumes and candies tell us. And in that spirit (pun intended), Corn Productions is ready to present the 6th installment of our annual Halloween show, Nightmares On Lincoln Avenue 666: The Exorcism of Rose Mary's Omen. Inspired by the "unholy trinity of horror movies(The Exorcist, Rosemary's Baby and The Omen)," Nightmares On Lincoln Avenue 666: The Exorcism of Rose Mary's Omen pays a deep homage to the formulaic structure and tropes of classic horror films from the late 60's to the mid-80's. Fans of horror movies, who-done-it mysteries and haunted houses will be rolling over in their graves with laughter at this over-the-top, modern tribute to the classic horror films that set the standard for their genre. Be sure to bring plenty of booze to this BYOB night of comedic terror and suspense!
 
   
Nightfall with Edgar Allan Poe Oct 10 - Oct 19, 2014  
ColorBox Theatre at Royal George Theatre Nightfall with Edgar Allan Poe
 
Edgar Allan Poe sits in the asylum, alone in the darkness of his mind - trying desperately to convince himself that he's not mad. The spell he weaves brings us deep inside his complex mind as we experience directly four of his most famous stories and several of his most troubled characters.
 
   
The Submission Oct 12 - Nov 25, 2014  
Pride Films and Plays at Apollo Theater The Submission
 
Shaleeha G'ntamobi has written a knock out play about a family in the projects and it's just been accepted into the prestigious Humana Festival. Problem is: Shaleeha is actually a pseudonym for Danny, a young gay white playwright. When he hires Emilie, a black actress to play the "author," one bad decision starts a downward spiral into chaos. The Submission is a fierce and hilarious drama about privilege, obsession, misappropriation and the lies we tell to get what we want.
 
   
Men are From Mars Women are From Venus LIVE! Oct 14 - Oct 19, 2014  
Broadway Playhouse Men are From Mars Women are From Venus LIVE!
 
The one-man fusion of theatre and stand-up starring Peter Story, a light-hearted theatrical comedy based on the New York Times #1 best-selling book of the last decade by John Gray. This hysterical show will have couples elbowing each other all evening as they see themselves on stage. Sexy and fast paced, this show is definitely for adults, but will leave audiences laughing and giggling like little kids!
 
   
Happy Days Oct 14 - Nov 23, 2014  
Theatre Y at St. Luke's Lutheran Church Happy Days
 
HAPPY DAYS follows Winnie, a woman submerged in a heap of garbage first up to her waist and then up to her neck. Comforted by the occasional visits by her husband Willie, Winnie remains resolved to find meaning in her life and attain her "happy days" in Beckett's remarkably written tragicomedy.
 
   
Frederick Oct 15 - Nov 16, 2014  
Chicago Children's Theatre at Ruth Page Center For Arts Frederick
 
While other mice are gathering food for the winter, Frederick daydreams the summer away. When dreary weather comes, it is Frederick who has stored up something special for the long cold winter. The classic, much-loved early reading book celebrates the idea that there is a place for all of us in this world.
 
   
Ionesco Suite Oct 15 - Oct 19, 2014  
Chicago Shakespeare Theater Ionesco Suite
 
Directed by Emmanuel Demarcy-Mota, this absurdist masterpiece celebrates the work of maverick avant-garde playwright Eugene Ionesco with a whirlwind montage encapsulating seven of his plays, brimming with wicked humor and hard-hitting themes.
 
   
The Hundred Flowers Project Oct 16 - Nov 23, 2014  
Silk Road Rising at Chicago Temple The Hundred Flowers Project
 
Digital media becomes the perfect "ally" for a group of actors collectively creating a play about Mao Tse Tung's Cultural Revolution. As their work-in-progress starts morphing into a propaganda play about the play itself, disturbing questions arise as to who, or what, is controlling the narrative.
 
   
Princess and the Pea Oct 16 - Nov 26, 2014  
Chicago Kids Company at Beverly Arts Center Princess and the Pea
 
Only a real Princess can feel a PEA under a stack of 20 mattresses! Meet Princess Penelope and her crazy friends-and find out if she can pass the ultimate Princess Test. You won't want to miss this great show-and the 12-Foot Bed! The show runs one hour with no intermission, and is targeted for kids aged 2 to 12.
 
   
Macbeth Oct 16 - Nov 2, 2014  
The Side Project Macbeth
 
Inspired by George W. Bush's first presidential term circa 2002, and an examination of our current culture, this fresh, modern take on Macbeth makes for a production that Shakespeare rookies and veterans alike can enjoy. In this classic, a violent cycle of corruption and betrayal is set in motion when the popular King Duncan is murdered by Macbeth, his trusted friend. Ross, a nobleman in the king's court, has been close to Macbeth but begins to question his true nature. Meanwhile, Macbeth -- with his ambitious wife by his side -- achieves the power he believes he deserves, but the price is tragically high. Shakespeare's masterpiece provides a glimpse into the human heart, with the "black and deep desires" found in even the best men and women and asks the question: "What would you be willing to do to achieve your dreams?"
 
   
Devil's Day Off Oct 16 - Nov 22, 2014  
Signal Ensemble Theatre Devil's Day Off
 
A city is battling a record-breaking heat wave for several days when the power goes out for twelve hours. What follows is a mosaic of deprivation, fear, humor, survival, and reflection in over 50 mini-plays featuring 100 characters, from the author of Successors, the Aces Trilogy, Blizzard '67, and the music and lyrics of The Next Thing and The Teapot Scandals. Devils' Day Off was a finalist award winner in the 2013 Clubbed Thumb Biennial Commission.
 
   
Whatever We Want Oct 16 - Nov 8, 2014  
Vivarium Theatre Co. at Heartland Studio Theatre Whatever We Want
 
Forget Santa Claus, your sister (the saying goes) really knows if you've been bad or good. But when a divorce separates two young sisters, it's not so easy to keep such close tabs -- or score, depending on your perspective. That's the premise of Whatever We Want, the new play by Megan Johns that concludes the acclaimed, inaugural season of Vivarium Theatre. Stretching over the course of 15 years, the play chronicles the sisters' struggle to maintain their relationship despite distance and time. Johns artfully explores the inevitable reconciliation between the mental image, often lovingly tended, of a loved one... and the (often very different) reality. Humor infuses this insightful world premiere at the Heartland Studio.
 
   
Welcome To America Oct 16 - Nov 16, 2014  
Prologue Theatre Company at Theater Wit Welcome To America
 
Lauren Lubow's WELCOME TO AMERICA is a harrowing journey through the last hour of the life of Christina Riggs, a woman on death row for the murder of her two children. Though Christina, through story-telling and movement, shares the story of what led her to this grisly act, she does not beg for pity or redemption. Instead, the audience is forced to examine themselves and the state of a country that allows and perpetuates a cyclical culture of destruction.
 
   
Pseudo-Chum Oct 16 - Nov 29, 2014  
Neo-Futurists Pseudo-Chum
 
The stage blood is in the water. Pseudo-Chum is three plays-within-a-play that juxtaposes the creation (The Rehearsal) and the production (The Performance) of Chum with the destruction of the playwright (The Interview). The Interview is the story of the playwright who wrote the play Chum as a protest against the government-sanctioned systematic destruction of sharks along the coast of Australia. Is the playwright a bold activist or a shark-like opportunist? Or is he just a high functioning alcoholic spiraling into an abyss? The Performance is the play Chum, the story of a shark fishing family lost at sea struggling over the impending death of the patriarch. Tensions flare and violence ensues. The Rehearsal shows the true nature of the actors who will sell their souls in exchange for success. Fame, like chum, attracts the sharks.
 
   
A Nightmare on Backstreet Oct 17 - Nov 1, 2014  
The Public House Theatre A Nightmare on Backstreet
 
A Nightmare on Backstreet hilariously goes where no musical has gone before: it combines the story of the original Nightmare on Elm Street movie with the music of '90s boy band sensation Backstreet Boys. In this new live action horror parody, the teenagers of Backstreet are all having devilish nightmares about the same guy, Teddy Crooner. And no matter how distracted they get by all the '90s boy band singing and dancing, just like in Nightmare on Elm Street, if they die in their dreams, they die in real life. Written and directed by comedian and Nightmare on Elm Street fan Ricky Glore (Funny or Die), A Nightmare on Backstreet combines '90s nostalgia and classic horror tropes to make a musical parody not to be missed.
 
   
Parade Oct 17 - Nov 16, 2014  
Bohemian Theatre Ensemble at Theater Wit Parade
 
Written by Pulitzer Prize-winner Alfred Uhry (Driving Miss Daisy), this stirring Broadway musical is based on the real-life story of Jewish factory foreman Leo Frank, who was convicted for the rape and killing of a 13-year-old girl in 1913 Atlanta. Set against the backdrop of Frank's controversial trial, this powerful story is part murder mystery, part social commentary and an exploration of the love that grows between Leo and his wife Lucille as they work to fight for his freedom against overwhelming anti-semitism. Parade won the 1999 Tony Award for Best Book and Best Musical Score, and closes out BoHo Theatre's 10th season.
 
   
All Girl Edgar Allan Poe Oct 17 - Nov 8, 2014  
The Chicago Mammals at Zoo Studio All Girl Edgar Allan Poe
 
This fall The Chicago Mammals return in their third consecutive year of producing fantastical works for women under the umbrella of the All Girl Project- by presenting ALL GIRL EDGAR ALLAN POE - a One Act Festival completely devised, produced, directed, choreographed and performed by women. All pieces are inspired by the works of Edgar Allan Poe and will be interpreted in a wide array of fashions including: movement, music, poetry, dance and monologue.
 
   

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