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New Country Feb 20 - May 14, 2016  
Fair Trade Productions at The Den Theatre New Country
In NEW COUNTRY, good-ole bad boy and country music star Justin Spears has the world on its knees. Tomorrow he's tying the knot, but tonight, he's tying one on with his entourage of ruthless managers, faux fans and friends, and his favorite pig-farming uncle. So how does this rambunctious rodeo go so wrong, so fast? Welcome to the NEW COUNTRY, where the hits just keep on comin,' and the raucous fun quickly turns to men behaving badly and gun totin' chickens coming home to roost. The New York Times described NEW COUNTRY as having "plenty of raunch, but just enough heart."
Romeo and Juliet Feb 22 - Mar 19, 2016  
Lyric Opera Romeo and Juliet
Few romances are as gorgeously written -- or as heartwrenching -- as Shakespeare's classic tale of star-crossed lovers, Romeo and Juliet. And Charles Gounod's opera staging of this tragic story takes it to a whole new level with the addition of some of the most lush, ecstatic music in the whole operatic repertoire. The Montague and Capulet families have been feuding for years. But when young Romeo Montague goes out with his friends to make trouble at a Capulet party, he meets Juliet, the Capulets' daughter, and the two fall madly in love with each other. Can true love prevail? Or will it crumble underneath an ancient and bloody feud? Backed by a powerful orchestra and stirring song duets, this opera will immerse you in all of the tragedy and passion when it takes to the stage at Chicago's Civic Opera House.
Spirit of '76 Feb 22 - Mar 26, 2016  
The Agency Theater Collective at Charnel House Chicago Spirit of '76
After a catastrophic event, members of Congress, their staffers and a few constituents are trapped in the Library of Congress with no hope of rescue. In these difficult times they turn to the only document that survives, an anti-suffrage play from 1868, for solace and structure. It does not go well.
If/Then Feb 23 - Mar 6, 2016  
Cadillac Palace Theatre If/Then
IF/THEN is a contemporary Broadway musical about living in New York today - and all the possibilities of tomorrow. With unforgettable songs and a deeply moving story by the Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award-winning creators of Next to Normal, this "thoroughly fascinating, intellectually and musically rich new musical (Chicago Tribune)" simultaneously follows one woman's two possible life paths, painting a deeply moving portrait of the lives we lead, as well as the lives we might have led.
The Compass Feb 24 - Mar 12, 2016  
Steppenwolf for Young Adults at Steppenwolf Theatre The Compass
At the center of The Compass is a trial, determining the fate of a young person who used an app to make a life-altering decision. In this play, every show will end differently, depending on what you, the audience, decide. Join us as we navigate the question: When someone else, or something else, tells you what to do, what exactly are you responsible for? School performances are Tuesday through Friday at 10am and are reserved for school groups only.
Rolling Feb 24 - Apr 2, 2016  
Jackalope Theatre Company at Broadway Armory Rolling
When Valerie's groundbreaking story about a sexual assault is revealed to be a possible fraud, this renowned journalist returns to her small-town childhood home to hide from the relentless spotlight of the media and threats against her own safety - only to find the scrutiny of home to be just as sinister. This dark comedy from Calamity West shatters the boundary between public and private misogyny and asks: where can you run when you're not welcome at home?
Silent Sky Feb 25 - Mar 13, 2016  
Three Crows Theatre at The Side Project Silent Sky
A period drama about feminism, scientific advancement and the fight to cement one's legacy in the face of adversity, Silent Sky is set in the early 1900s and follows Henrietta Leavitt, an aspiring scientist who joins the Harvard Observatory's all-female "human computer" team. The women are kept behind the scenes and are told to keep their ideas and theories to themselves. As Henrietta navigates these impossible waters, she tries to keep her personal life and family obligations in focus. Silent Sky, presented by Chicago's Three Crows, examines a woman's place in professional society during a time of both historic discovery and endless oppression, when a woman's ideas were dismissed until a man could claim credit for them.
Schoolhouse Rock Live! Feb 26 - Jun 5, 2016  
Emerald City Theatre Company at Apollo Theater Schoolhouse Rock Live!
Through unforgettable songs such as "Just a Bill" and "Conjunction Junction," a nervous schoolteacher must discover how to charm his students through imagination and music on the first day of class. Based on the entertaining and educational Emmy Award-winning animated series, Schoolhouse Rock Live! brings the treasured Saturday-morning melodies of the '70s back in a hip new way.
Stomp Feb 26 - Feb 27, 2016  
Paramount Theatre Stomp
STOMP is an inventive, energizing and downright electrifying spectacle that blends dance, music, percussion and theatricals into one gigantic rhythm that will have your heart pounding. Explosive, provocative, witty andutterly unique, STOMP is an unforgettable experience for audiences of all ages.
A Phase Feb 26 - Mar 26, 2016  
Broken Nose Theatre at The Den Theatre A Phase
Newly single after a break-up that caught her off-guard, Sam realizes that her now-ex-boyfriend of five years was the only guy she'd ever known... in the biblical sense. She had placed sex on a pedestal, only to find herself now alone. In a crappy apartment. In a new city. The key to breaking out and moving on? Kick over the pedestal. A PHASE takes the well-worn tropes of the "girl finds fulfillment in a man" story and flips them on their ear, as Sam explores sex as a way of owning her life and the choices she makes along the way.
Flanagan's Wake Feb 26 - Apr 15, 2016  
Chicago Theatre Works Flanagan's Wake
Flanagan's Wake transports the audience to the fictional town of Grapplin, County Sligo, Ireland, where local roustabout, Flanagan, has died. Here they meet an eclectic cast of characters including Fiona Finn, Flanagan's spirited fiancee of 22 years, Brian Ballybunion, his best friend and drinking mate, Father Damon Fitzgerald, the sharp-tongued parish priest, Mayor O'Doul, the town mayor and bartender, the innocent Mother Flanagan and several other colorful citizens. The mourners pay their respects to the deceased in the Irish tradition (with a quick stop at the pub first).
Zoyka's Apartment Feb 26 - Apr 2, 2016  
Bluebird Arts at Athenaeum Theatre Zoyka's Apartment
Post-Revolution Soviet Union wasn't exactly home to the easiest of entrepreneurial opportunities ... it was more like the scene of a desperate mass exodus. But while everyone around her was scrambling to escape from their economic discontent and make way to Paris, Madame Zoyka -- bold, intelligent and hardheaded woman that she was -- decided to turn her apartment into a dressmaker's shop. Focusing on her frantic efforts to save as much as she can before the opportunity disappears, Mikhail Bulgakov's Zoyka's Apartment presents all the tragedy and farcical comedy of one powerful woman's efforts. Watch it all unfold on the stage of Athenaeum Theatre Studio Three in Chicago.
Sex Lives of the Zebra Finch Feb 26 - Mar 20, 2016  
On the Spot Theatre Company at Berger Park Coach House Sex Lives of the Zebra Finch
Marla Harrison, a fifth grade teacher, doesn’t know what to do when the childhood friend, who almost married her husband, moves back to Chicago. Carl Harrison, a scientist connected to a study of the mating habits of the Zebra Finch, discovers that a failed engagement can cause havoc long after it has ended. John Martin, a software engineer, learns that trying to emulate the past romantic entanglements of others doubles your problems in the future. And, Sarah Martin, a real estate agent who couldn’t marry the man of her dreams, has to live with the one now sleeping next to her who seems to dream mostly of robots. Meanwhile, the children of these two couples, recent college graduates back at home, have their own plans that could make everyone reconsider the meaning of love.
Other Desert Cities Feb 26 - Mar 12, 2016  
Albright Theatre Company Other Desert Cities
It is Christmas Eve 2004 at the Palm Springs home of Polly and Lyman Wyeth, old-school Republicans who counted Ronald and Nancy Reagan among their close friends. They are joined by their daughter, Brooke, a liberal New York writer; son, Trip, who produces a celebrity courtroom reality show; and Polly's sister, Silda, fresh out of rehab.
The Internet Ate My Brain Feb 27  
Skokie Theatre The Internet Ate My Brain
A one-man "Forbidden Broadway of the Internet," the show skewers topics as varied as our obsession with online shopping, addiction to selfies, online romance, the decline of privacy, and more. "Technology has changed the ways we live, love, work, and think," Dyszel says. "It's taking us on a ride to a destination we may not have requested."
Bronzeville the Musical Feb 27  
Chicago Theatre Bronzeville the Musical
Bronzeville the Musical explores the rich history of African-Americans as they journeyed to Chicago in the early 20th century. This thought-provoking story is filled with testimonials, laughter, tears and voices of great courage, all conveying the experiences of those who took part in the "Great Migration." The Chicago Theatre production features vibrant choreography, soulful voices and spell-binding performances delivered by the city's own community actors. Hear an original score paying homage to hometown legends such as Robert Abbot, founder of the Chicago Defender, Lorraine Hansberry, the award-winning playwright and activist who penned A Raisin in the Sun, as well as the famed Lindy Hoppers, who danced their hearts out at the Savoy Ballroom. Bronzeville ties in jazz, blues and gospel tunes and features community artists and musical guests like the Mahdi Theatre Company's Jazz Orchestra.
Heathers: The Musical Feb 28 - Apr 24, 2016  
Kokandy Productions at Theater Wit Heathers: The Musical
HEATHERS: THE MUSICAL is a rock musical based on the 1988 cult film Heathers. Seventeen-year-old Veronica Sawyer is a brainy, beautiful teenage misfit who hustles her way into the most powerful and ruthless clique at Westerberg High: The Heathers. But before she can get comfortable atop the high school food chain, Veronica falls in love with the dangerously sexy new kid J.D. A hilarious, heartfelt, and homicidal new show based on one of the greatest teen comedies of all time.

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