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Women On The Verge Of A Nervous Breakdown Sep 11 - Oct 12, 2014  
Theatre At The Center Women On The Verge Of A Nervous Breakdown
 
Set in 1980's Madrid, WOMEN ON THE VERGE OF A NERVOUS BREAKDOWN introduces actress and singer Pepa (Jeff Award-Winner Cory Goodrich) who is heartbroken by her charming yet deceitful lover, Ivan (Jeff Award-Nominee Larry Adams). The plot thickens as his ex-wife of questionable sanity Lucia (Jeff Award-Winner Hollis Resnik) and their passionate and curious son Carlos (Jeff Award-nominee Nathan Gardner) show up. Chaos ensues when Pepa's nave best friend Candela (Jeff Award-Winner Summer Smart) falls in love with a possible terrorist and is wanted by the police. The show is comically narrated by a wise taxi driver (Jeff Award-nominee Bernie Yvon) who provides tissues, mints and advice to the colorful characters along the way.
 
   
Good Morning Gitmo Sep 11 - Oct 9, 2014  
Annoyance Theatre Good Morning Gitmo
 
Cuba's Guantanamo Bay Prison is the least likely locale for a cheery morning talk show, but that's exactly where the happy-go-lucky warden Colonel John Bogdan III has decided to launch his daily variety hour. Stationed at Camp Delta many years in the future, Bodgan rallies together a cast of staff and prisoners for Good Morning Gitmo, his only hope for saving everyone's last shreds of sanity. This 45-minute romp is rife with commentary on the politics, culture and news of our time, with coffee talk, crafts and special guests -- from musicians to authors to Hollywood starlets -- stopping by to chat with those stranded at America's most notorious detainment camp.
 
   
Richard III Sep 11 - Sep 21, 2014  
Athenaeum Theatre Richard III
 
In comparison to Shakespeare's Richard III, the Joker is a joke, Hannibal Lecter's a peckish vegan and Patrick Bateman is just another investment banker with questionable taste in music. In the whole of English literature, there is no character as cruel -- or as compelling -- as the hunchbacked, perpetually scheming Duke of Gloucester. Desperate to clutch the crown of England (no matter how bloodstained his hands become), Richard is the black heart of a thrilling drama filled with intrigue, sword fights, murder and ghosts. Now this stark and powerful morality tale receives an intimate staging by The Empty Theatre, continuing its commitment to supporting theater artists at the start of their professional careers.
 
   
The Commons of Pensacola Sep 12 - Oct 19, 2014  
Northlight Theatre The Commons of Pensacola
 
Judith is a woman in exile, relegated to a Florida condo after her husband's Madoff-like crimes have expelled her from a luxurious life. Family ties are tested when her daughter Becca comes to visit for Thanksgiving, joined by Becca's filmmaker boyfriend and rebellious niece. Guilt by association, lost wealth, and questionable motives make trying to love your family an uncommonly difficult challenge in this funny, incisive and timely new drama.
 
   
Rest Sep 12 - Oct 12, 2014  
Victory Gardens Theater - Biograph Rest
 
A retirement home in northern Idaho is being shut down, and only three residents and a bare-bones staff remain. When a record breaking blizzard blows into town and an elderly resident disappears into the storm, everyone is brought to face their own mortality. Samuel D. Hunter (from last season's hit The Whale) returns with a tender and heartbreakingly funny play about life's unexpected beginnings and endings.
 
   
Season On The Line Sep 12 - Oct 26, 2014  
The House Theatre of Chicago at Chopin Theatre Season On The Line
 
Pfautsch's modern adaptation, Season on the Line, is a love letter to American theater featuring a 19 person cast. Melville's story of the hunt for the white whale is transformed into the Bad Settlement Theatre Company, beleaguered by a dilapidated building, strained finances and a tyrannical artistic director with a singular focus: the first-ever perfect production of Moby-Dick. A novice assistant stage manager joins the ranks at the top of the company's make-or-break season and is thrown quickly into the fray. Mirroring Melville's unconventional form, Season on the Line is the young narrator's look back at the industry he has grown to love, even as those around him pay the ultimate price in pursuit of their own great white whale.
 
   
Alice Invents a Little Game and Alice Always Wins Sep 12 - Oct 5, 2014  
Forget Me Not Theatre Company at The Den Theatre Alice Invents a Little Game and Alice Always Wins
 
From Nick Flynn, the author of acclaimed memoirs Another Bullsh*t Night in Suck City and The Ticking is the Bomb, comes an enigmatic and haunting stage play, Alice Invents a Little Game and Alice Always Wins. In the wake of a natural disaster in their city, four strangers find themselves locked out of their homes, abandoned on the sidewalk. Day by day, they become friends, enemies, and everything else in between. Now Ben Kaye directs this tale of desperation, dreaming and donuts for the Forget Me Not Theatre Company.
 
   
Hack/Slash Sep 12 - Nov 1, 2014  
Chemically Imbalanced Theater Hack/Slash
 
Hack/Slash is the story of horror victim survivor Cassie Hack who, together with her disfigured sidekick Vlad, travels the country (and sometimes the underworld) fighting evil slashers who refuse to just lay down and die even after being burned, impaled and shot 20 times. The original comic book series, on which this production is based, ended its run in May of 2013. The series was recently relaunched by Image Comics as Hack/Slash: Son of Samhain and is co-written by Seeley's brother Steve Seeley and Michael Moreci.
 
   
The Good Doctor Sep 12 - Sep 27, 2014  
Jedlicka Performing Arts Center The Good Doctor
 
In Neil Simon's Tony Award-winning comedy, an unnamed writer (obviously meant to represent Anton Chekhov himself) suffers from writer's block and his own artistic temperament as he narrates to the audience several of his stories: a fiesty old woman storms a bank and upbraids the manager for his gout and lack of money; a father takes his son to a house where he will be initiated into the mysteries of sex, only to relent at the last moment and leave the boy more perplexed than ever; and let's not forget the classic tale of a man who offers to drown himself for three rubles. The stories are droll, the portraits affectionate, the humor infectious and the fun unending.
 
   
Macbeth Sep 13 - Sep 21, 2014  
Chicago Opera Theater at Harris Theater Macbeth
 
Conducted by Francesco Milioto and directed and designed by COT General Director Andreas Mitisek, "Macbeth" features the collective talents of COT, the Chicago Sinfonietta and the Apollo Chorus under the direction of Stephen Alltop. Together they provide an expressive soundscape for this bone-chilling thriller based on themes of ambition, treachery and deception. The opera will be performed in English, maintaining much of Shakespeare's original text.
 
   
The World of Extreme Happiness Sep 13 - Oct 12, 2014  
Goodman Theatre The World of Extreme Happiness
 
The World of Extreme Happiness centers on Sunny, who was unwanted from the moment she was born in rural China because she's not a boy, and who migrates to the city in pursuit of urban success. As nave as she is ambitious, Sunny views her new job in a grueling factory as a stepping stone to untold opportunities. When fate casts her as a company spokeswoman at a sham PR event, Sunny's bright outlook starts to unravel in a series of harrowing and darkly comic events, as she begins to question a system enriching itself by destroying its own people.
 
   
Ghetto Klown Sep 13  
Chicago Theatre Ghetto Klown
 
Following in the unabashed and uncensored tradition of his acclaimed productions Freak and Sexaholix ... A Love Story, Emmy and Obie Award winner John Leguizamo (Chef, the Ice Age series) reveals his own personal and professional story in Ghetto Klown. In his trademark style, the piece explodes with energy, leading you on a fever-pitch adventure and heating up the stage with vivid accounts of where he's been and the colorful characters who've populated his life. Leguizamo shares outrageous memories -- from his adolescence in Queens to his early days on the 1980s avant-garde theater scene. Veteran Hollywood character actor and Leguizamo's longtime personal friend Fisher Stevens directs the production.
 
   
Let Me Down Easy Sep 13 - Oct 10, 2014  
American Theatre Company Let Me Down Easy
 
Actress and documentarian Anna Deavere Smith (The West Wing, Nurse Jackie) interviewed more than 300 subjects for Let Me Down Easy, a 90-minute humorous and heart-wrenching look at 19 diverse Americans on the road toward the end-from cyclist Lance Armstrong to former Texas Governor Ann Richards. The production is directed by Bonnie Metzgar and features ATC Ensemble Member Usman Ally (Disgraced).
 
   
Fail/Safe Sep 14 - Oct 14, 2014  
Strawdog Theatre Fail/Safe
 
Some plays push you to the edge of seat, but only Fail/Safe will leave you sitting on the brink of eternity. This world premiere from Strawdog Theatre Company takes you back to the Cold War at its absolute iciest. Adapted from Sidney Lumet's 1964 movie starring Henry Fonda, Fail/Safe effectively imagines a nightmare scenario where a systems failure threatens to trigger World War III. As time runs out, the President and his advisers scramble to find a strategy that will save the planet from a nuclear holocaust. Anderson Lawfer directs this new work based on the gripping novel by Professors Eugene Burdick and Harvey Wheeler at the Strawdog Theatre.
 
   
Mercy Strain Sep 14 - Oct 18, 2014  
American Theatre Company Mercy Strain
 
Broadway actor Michael Milligan's Mercy Strain, directed at ATC by Tom Oppenheim, follows the harrowing journey of one man, Joe, a body shop owner and Rush Limbaugh listener whose life begins to fall apart when his beloved wife is diagnosed with cancer. When his insurance cannot cover his wife's treatments, Joe rapidly descends into bankruptcy and divorce to qualify for Medicare. Mercy Strain is supported in part by the Illinois Single Payer Coalition, Physicians for a National Health Program, and National Nurses United.
 
   
All My Sons Sep 16 - Nov 15, 2014  
Raven Theatre All My Sons
 
Miller's play masterfully combines a postwar setting with themes that date back to Greek tragedies into a drama that remains timeless. Joe Keller is a 60-year-old businessman who, knowingly or unknowingly, sold faulty parts for fighter jets to the U.S. Air Force, resulting in 21 crashes and the deaths of dozens of airmen during the war. The son of Joe's former business partner, who was convicted of negligence for those actions while Joe was exonerated, accuses Joe of falsely shifting blame to his partner. The accusation creates a rift between Joe and his son Chris, who is engaged to the partner's daughter.
 
   
The Night Alive Sep 18 - Nov 16, 2014  
Steppenwolf Theatre The Night Alive
 
The kindness of strangers comes with complications. Tommy is getting by-kind of: he is crashing in his uncle's ramshackle house in Dublin, dodging his estranged family, and plotting a parade of get-rich-quick scenes with his buddy Doc. Then one day he defends a destitute woman against a violent attack, and a fragile glimmer of hope appears as Tommy tends to her in his run-down room. From the author of The Weir, Shining City and The Seafarer comes this compelling new drama-by turns funny and frightening, but always deeply human.
 
   

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