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Five Guys Named Moe Sep 7 - Oct 8, 2017  
Court Theatre Five Guys Named Moe
 
A lively musical tribute to the hit songs of saxophonist and songwriter Louis Jordan, Five Guys Named Moe introduces Nomax: a broke, newly single guy singing the blues late into the night. Suddenly, five unexpected friends - Big Moe, Four-Eyed Moe, Eat Moe, No Moe, and Little Moe - emerge from his radio to help ease his broken heart. Pioneering musician Louis Jordan's new approach to jazz paved the way for rock and roll in the 1950s.
 
   
Mercy Killers and Side Effects Sep 7 - Oct 8, 2017  
The Greenhouse Theater Center Mercy Killers and Side Effects
 
Two one-act plays steeped in America's controversial relationship with healthcare. Written and performed by Michael Milligan and directed by Tom Oppenheim, these moving and unapologetic pieces will be presented as a single theatrical event, immersing the audience in the stories of patients and physicians, coming out of the waiting room and into the fray.
 
   
Let Women War Sep 7 - Oct 1, 2017  
We Three at Chase Park Let Women War
 
"Let Women War" highlights warrior women, in two new Elizabethan style verse plays. In the first, "The Passion of Boudicca", after the death of the Iceni tribe's king, Queen Boudicca was left to face the Roman incursion alone. The Empire demanded she bend the knee to Nero, which she refused. To bring her to heel, the Roman soldiers sacked her town, scourged her, and sexually assaulted her daughters. But Boudicca was not easily broken. She united the local tribes and wrecked the Roman army for years. But the army has rebuilt, and has come to end the conflict once and for all. In the second, "The Wayward Women", Cordelius, a banished lover, and his bondman Julian wash up on Amosa, an island where women rule and men are the gentler sex. Duchess Penti Celia welcomes them to the Festival of the New Moon, but the celebrations are marred by the hilarious dueling (physical, verbal, and psychological) of the wastrel knights Dame Anu (the virtuous) and Dame Grendela (the flatulent).
 
   
The Heavens Are Hung In Black Sep 7 - Oct 21, 2017  
Shattered Globe Theatre at Theater Wit The Heavens Are Hung In Black
 
Presented for the first time in the "Land of Lincoln," THE HEAVENS ARE HUNG IN BLACK is James Still's personal interpretation on the months leading up to Abraham Lincoln's signing of The Emancipation Proclamation. This theatrical epic explores Lincoln's humanity, conscience and leadership through the troubled times of 1862 - as dreams of his famous adversaries and unnamed soldiers walk through his waking life. Sprinkled with text pulled from Lincoln's prolific letters and speeches, this play explores the heart of the man who led America in a war that we're still fighting today.
 
   
Confessions Of A Mormon Boy Sep 7 - Sep 10, 2017  
Pride Arts Center - The Broadway Confessions Of A Mormon Boy
 
A story of extremes-from perfect model Mormon in Utah to perfect rent boy in Manhattan-outcast Steven Fales ultimately finds a middle ground and learns what it means to finally come home. After conversion therapy, excommunication, divorce, prostitution and drugs, an exiled sixth-generation Latter-gay Saint reclaims his kids and Donny Osmond smile. This extraordinary, life-affirming journey to heck and back is told with humor, song, and The Book of Mormon
 
   
The 39 Steps Sep 7 - Oct 8, 2017  
McAninch Arts Center The 39 Steps
 
This insanely clever comic stage adaptation of Alfred Hitchcock's thriller The 39 Steps turns a tiny cast of actors into more than 130 zany characters with a mix of film noir panache, spy novel thrills and more than a touch of Monty Python-esque absurdity. The two-time winner of both Tony and Drama Desk Awards, The 39 Steps is a fast-paced and funny whodunit about a man accused of a murder he didn't commit, who flees from the authorities and encounters a string of hair-raising adventures, as well as an unlikely love connection. Brace yourself for an onstage plane crash, missing fingers and some good old-fashioned romance at the McAninch Arts Center at the College of DuPage in Glen Ellyn.
 
   
Night In Alachua County Sep 8 - Oct 7, 2017  
WildClaw Theatre at The Den Theatre Night In Alachua County
 
WildClaw, Chicago's premiere horror theater, continues their 2017 season with a disturbing new work by Chicago playwright Jennifer Rumberger. After staying away for 17 years, Violet returns home to a back-woods part of Florida to face the mother and sister she left behind, and the disturbing secrets they share... and also some necromancy and an eyeless demon creature.
 
   
Sylvester Sep 8 - Oct 29, 2017  
Lifeline Theatre Sylvester
 
ylvester, Duke of Salford, was born with wealth and good looks, but a life of privilege has rendered him unfeeling towards others. Phoebe Marlow was graced with a sparkling wit and independent spirit, but languishes under the thumb of her domineering stepmother. When this mismatched couple is thrust together by their meddling families, both rebel and their tidy little worlds spin into chaos. Midnight flights, desperate sea voyages, and scathing society hijinks ensue as these unlikely lovers labor to avoid their fate. Grab the reins and charge headlong into a topsy-turvy tale of madcap romance in this world premiere comedy based on the 1957 novel by Georgette Heyer.
 
   
Distracted Sep 8 - Oct 7, 2017  
Prop Theatre Distracted
 
Is nine-year-old Jesse dysfunctional or just different? Although he is mostly heard rather than seen, Jesse is the focus of Distracted -- he may have ADD, and his parents are being strongly urged to medicate him. In a time where everybody has a disorder and a medicine cabinet full of solutions, this provocative look at the problems of modern families is both hilarious and poignant. Quirky and theatrically irreverent, Distracted does a stellar job of creating a confusing world, and even occasionally has the actors break character for comic effect. This sharply observant, surprisingly humane play at the Prop Thtr in Chicago may raise more questions than it answers about the impacts of our 24/7 information-rich world.
 
   
Bullets over Broadway Sep 8 - Oct 8, 2017  
NightBlue Performing Arts at Stage 773 Bullets over Broadway
 
Bullets over Broadway The Musical is bringing musical comedy back with a bang. Based on the screenplay of the acclaimed 1994 film by Woody Allen and Douglas McGrath, this six-time Tony-nominated musical features existing hits from the 1920s, including "Let's Misbehave," "'Tain't Nobody's Biz-ness If I Do" and "There's a New Day Comin'!
 
   
Old Ringers Sep 9 - Sep 24, 2017  
James Downing Theatre Old Ringers
 
In this hilarious comedy, "Old Ringers" provides a timely take on how five down-on-their-luck seniors try to cope with a shrinking economy and their shrinking pocketbooks - by opening a home phone sex service.
 
   
Mormon Boy Trilogy - Parts 2 and 3 Sep 10  
Pride Arts Center - The Broadway Mormon Boy Trilogy - Parts 2 and 3
 
 
   
Million Dollar Quartet Sep 13 - Oct 29, 2017  
Paramount Theatre Million Dollar Quartet
 
Travel back in time to Memphis's Sun Records recording studio on December 4, 1956, when Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis and Carl Perkins played together their first and only time and created an explosive album that has yet to be matched. Million Dollar Quartet tells that story with all the raw energy and monumental talent everyone has come to expect from these music giants.
 
   
90210: The Musical Sep 13 - Sep 17, 2017  
Broadway Playhouse 90210: The Musical
 
From the creators of FULL HOUSE: THE MUSICAL, SHOW GIRLS: THE MUSICAL, BAYSIDE! THE MUSICAL and KATDASHIANS comes the "unauthorized parody" of the 90's TV cult-classic, "Beverly Hills, 90210." The show features a number of original songs that include, "The Ballad of Andrea Zuckerman," "We Are Drama Zombies," and "Will Tori Spelling Graduate?" After playing New York City's East Village, this comedy comes to Chicago chock-full of drama - and laughs.
 
   
The Legend Of George McBride Sep 14 - Oct 22, 2017  
Northlight Theatre The Legend Of George McBride
 
A down-on-his-luck Elvis impersonator has an overdrawn checking account and a baby on the way. When a drag show takes over the entertainment at the Florida Panhandle bar where he performs, he'll also be out of a job...unless he's willing to step into some high heels. This heartwarming, music-filled comedy celebrates the unexpected path to finding your true voice.
 
   
1984 Sep 14 - Oct 8, 2017  
AstonRep Theatre Company at Raven Theatre 1984
 
Based on the novel by George Orwell, 1984 is a terrifying and breathtaking view of a world controlled by a totalitarian government. Orwell asks what is left when freedom of speech, the press, love, and even the past are subject to authoritarian whims? Big Brother is watching. A theatrical event that is both powerful and disturbingly provocative.
 
   
A New Brain Sep 15 - Oct 29, 2017  
Theo Ubique at No Exit Cafe A New Brain
 
The musical was inspired by a real-life crisis composer-lyricist William Finn experienced in 1992. Not long after winning Tony Awards for his landmark FALSETTOS, Finn started feeling dizzy, and his vision started to fail. The diagnosis? An arteriovenous malformation (AVM) in his brain stem. Following a risky but successful surgery, Finn resolved to not leave his piano "without writing a decent song" and the result was A NEW BRAIN - a musical with 32 songs including "I'd Rather Be Sailing," "I Feel So Much Spring" and "Heart and Music."
 
   

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