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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.
 
   
Starting Over Oct 7 - Nov 20, 2016  
The Greenhouse Theater Center Starting Over
 
We all change over time, and reconnecting with an old lover is complicated. The pair of former small-town lovers in Starting Over, however, have a dramatic change to confront when they reunite in a major city. With one of them now transgendered, they must decide if they can re-spark the flames despite the changes, both physical and emotional, they've undergone. Watch this modern romance unfold at Chicago's Greenhouse Theater Center.
 
   
Nightmares On Lincoln Ave 8: The Faculty's Disturbing Craft Oct 7 - Oct 31, 2016  
Cornservatory Nightmares On Lincoln Ave 8: The Faculty's Disturbing Craft
 
This Halloween season, Corn Productions pays the ultimate homage to classic 90's high school horror films with their frightening premiere of Nightmares On Lincoln Ave 8: The Faculty's Disturbing Craft. A horror parody tribute to such iconic films as The Faculty, Disturbing Behavior and of course The Craft, Corn Productions takes you back to school in their 8th installment of their long-running Halloween tradition. And Corn is BYOB, so you can totally drink during class!
 
   
The Medium Oct 7 - Oct 30, 2016  
Royal George Theatre The Medium
 
A rarely produced 20th-century opera gets a sparkling new production as The Medium and its tale of a phony spiritualist's supernatural comeuppance come to Royal George Theatre. Madame Flora conducts seances in her flat with the help of her daughter and a deaf-mute orphan boy she's taken in. She's a con artist who scams her clients by making them believe they are communing with the spirits of their dead children. But one day, Madame Flora really does open up the portal to the other side, and finds herself paying for her misdeeds in a maelstrom of terror and tragic violence. Full of heartfelt singing and melodramatic in all the right ways, The Medium is a must-see for Chicago opera fans, and anyone who loves eerily powerful storytelling.
 
   
Are You Still Afraid of the Dark? Oct 7 - Oct 28, 2016  
Under The Gun Theater Are You Still Afraid of the Dark?
 
Just in time for Halloween, Under the Gun Theater brings a show filled with spooky surprises to the stage. Are You Still Afraid of the Dark? is a callback to the Nickelodeon show of the 1990s that haunted kids with its creepy tales. This improvised play brings you back to the woods, where "The Midnight Society" gathers to tell another tale of terror. You think you know what's going to happen? Think again and be ready to face your darkest fears during this fun and scary night.
 
   
The Burials Oct 8 - Oct 21, 2016  
Steppenwolf for Young Adults at Steppenwolf Theatre The Burials
 
Sophie is everything an upstanding young millennial should be: engaged, devoted to her family and a likely valedictorian. But her life is shattered when her brother goes on a high school shooting rampage. Thrust into the national spotlight, Sophie finds herself torn between defying the narrative being woven about her brother in the media, and stopping the father she loves from using the rampage for his own political ends. Inspired by Antigone, The Burials is a modern tale of civic responsibility and the gun epidemic in America.
 
   
Hell: A Verse Drama and Photo-Play Oct 8  
Accidental Shakespeare at The Side Project Hell: A Verse Drama and Photo-Play
 
Accidental Shakespeare will start off its 2016-2017 season with a staged reading of Hell: A Verse Drama and Photo-Play, written in 1924 by Upton Sinclair, (best known for his 1906 novel The Jungle) and directed by Chris Aruffo. The play will feature company members Julia Kessler and Angeli Primlani. Hell is a fun four-act comedy, consisting of mischievous devils and fanciful angels, that criticizes the capitalist machinations of World War I and advocates socialist-based change (while not sparing socialism from satirical examination).
 
   
Pure Elegance: An Evening of Southern-Style Comedy for Non-Southern People Oct 8 - Oct 27, 2016  
The Public House Theatre Pure Elegance: An Evening of Southern-Style Comedy for Non-Southern People
 
Justin Hamby and Jimmy Wilson are proud to call the South home. But sometimes, they feel a little disconnected from their roots. In order to bridge the cultural divides they feel, they've created a show: "Pure Elegance: An Evening of Southern-Style Comedy for Non-Southern People." This new sketch comedy show features two Sons of the South as they reckon with the realities of rural life. With music!
 
   
Over The River And Through The Woods Oct 8 - Oct 23, 2016  
James Downing Theatre Over The River And Through The Woods
 
Nick, a single Italian-American guy from New Jersey, has dinner with his grandparents every Sunday night. When Nick is offered a promotion, fulfillment of his dreams and a new life in Seattle, how does he tell his grandparents he's leaving? Nick soon finds that telling them isn't hard, it's trying to fight off the reasons they find to keep him around - starting with the lovely and single Caitlin O'Hare. Their weekly Sunday dinners turn into a comic dance, as the entire family tries to influence Nick's choice.
 
   
Saturn Returns Oct 13 - Nov 19, 2016  
Neo-Futurists Saturn Returns
 
Neo-‐Lab's inaugural commission during the 2015-‐16 Season, Saturn Returns is a two-‐year Neo-‐Futuristic exploration that asks larger existential questions about time, patience and the vast expanse of an unknowable universe. Not content simply with looking inward, Tif Harrison and ensemble look upward and outward, offering observations on the silence and solitude of space, on the uncrossable distances between celestial bodies and the intimacy of standing next to somebody you love.
 
   
Romeo and Juliet Oct 13 - Oct 23, 2016  
The Joffrey Ballet at Auditorium Theatre Romeo and Juliet
 
The world-famous Joffrey Ballet reprises its bold contemporary version of one of Shakespeare's most beloved tragedies for its 61st season opener. This timeless story of two young lovers caught between their warring families unfolds against a striking multimedia backdrop, depicting three different political eras of the 20th century in Italy. Choreographed by Krzysztof Pastor, director of the Polish National Ballet, and first staged by the Joffrey in 2014, this vibrant modern version of Romeo and Juliet won raves, and the Chicago Philharmonic will be on hand to perform Sergei Prokofiev's powerfully dramatic score, which includes the famous "Dance of the Knights."
 
   
Thicker Than Water Oct 13 - Nov 6, 2016  
Genesis Theatrical Productions at Athenaeum Theatre Thicker Than Water
 
What happens when 21st century medicine and 21st century media meet a 21st century Medea? Discover the untold story of love, loss, law and the limelight in this tragic story of Andrea Yates a Texas housewife who confessed to drowning her five young children.
 
   
Defending the Caveman Oct 14 - Oct 16, 2016  
Skokie Theatre Defending the Caveman
 
Defending the Caveman is the longest-running solo show in Broadway history, and now you can see the national touring production of this prehistoric relationship comedy at Skokie Theatre. A hilariously insightful look at the ways men and women relate to one another, Caveman was written by Rob Becker following a three-year informal study of anthropology, prehistory, psychology, sociology and mythology. The situations are so real (and so funny) that you'll find yourself nudging your partner and friends when you recognize yourself and others in the show. It's the perfect entertainment for date night, girls' night, or any night.
 
   
Zombie Broads Oct 14 - Nov 26, 2016  
Factory Theater Zombie Broads
 
Maxine and Marco, and their book club 'The Zombie Broads', have all the weaponry and knowledge they'll ever need for the zombie uprising. Their daughter, Shelby, is trained for the worst, but would really like to just get a cell phone and date her secret boyfriend. Besides, zombies won't happen. It's not like a scientist is accidentally gonna do anything stupid, right? By the way, you smell really good...delicious even...you should probably run.
 
   
Death Toll: A Halloween Drinking Game Performance Oct 14 - Oct 31, 2016  
Cornservatory Death Toll: A Halloween Drinking Game Performance
 
This Halloween, Corn Productions is delivering a lethal dose of sketch comedy with Death Toll: A Halloween Drinking Game Performance. Grab your BYO-BOO-oze of choice and join us in our long-running, wildly popular, late-night Halloween sketch show that centers around one very simple drinking game rule: drink every time someone on-stage dies. Trust us... the death toll reaches ghoulish proportions!
 
   
The Great Gatsby Oct 14 - Oct 30, 2016  
Josephine Louis Theater - Northwestern The Great Gatsby
 
An integral part of the Western canon, the classic tale tells the story of Midwest native Nick Carraway, who arrives in New York in search of the American dream. He gets thrown into the deep end of the Roaring Twenties when he gets caught up in the lavish and improbable world of a man named Gatsby, Nick's cousin Daisy and her philandering husband, Tom. Nick bears witness to the clique's illusions, deceits and the wreckage they leave in their wake in a tale of impossible love, dreams and tragedy. Brought to life through bold and imaginative staging, the great American novel can be experienced for the first time through this production or re-experienced in an imaginative new way.
 
   
The Bottle Tree Oct 15 - Nov 20, 2016  
Stage Left Theatre at Theater Wit The Bottle Tree
 
The Bottle Tree explores American gun culture through the story of a small-town girl with a dark family legacy. Allison Mason is being interviewed for a documentary about school shootings, which brings her back to her long-buried high school years in Mississippi. As the struggling, smart-mouthed sister of a school shooter, teenage Alley wrestled with forgiveness, moving forward, and the lingering questions about her brother's crime and guns in general. Finding satisfying answers proves no easier an adult-just as the ongoing debate around gun control continues to evade solution. As Alley immerses in her past, will she finally find an opportunity for hope and healing in the future?
 
   

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