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Miss Buncle's Book Sep 11 - Nov 1, 2015  
Lifeline Theatre Miss Buncle's Book
 
Barbara Buncle is just an ordinary, unassuming spinster passing an unremarkable existence in the sleepy village of Silverstream. But when the Great Depression wipes out her nest egg, she tries her hand at writing and publishes a novel - under an assumed name - about her quaint hometown and the oddball characters that inhabit it. When the book becomes a surprise bestseller and her neighbors' foibles are thrust into the national spotlight, Miss Buncle must navigate a madcap storm of accusations, rivalries, and romances. A rollicking look at life imitating art and art imitating life, in a world premiere adaptation of the 1934 novel by D.E. Stevenson.
 
   
Next To Normal Sep 11 - Sep 27, 2015  
MadKap Productions at Skokie Theatre Next To Normal
 
NEXT TO NORMAL is the winner of three Tony awards in 2009, including best musical score, plus the Pulitzer Prize in 2010. It explores how one suburban household copes with crisis and mental illness. Dad's an architect; Mom rushes to pack lunches and pour cereal; their daughter and son are bright, wise-cracking teens, appearing to be a typical American family. And yet their lives are anything but normal, because the mother has been battling manic depression for 16 years. Next To Normal takes audiences into the minds and hearts of each character, presenting their family's story with love, sympathy and heart, as they learn to accept and support each other while trying to live a life that if it can't be normal, it can at least be next to normal.
 
   
Side Show Sep 11 - Oct 18, 2015  
Stage 773 Side Show
 
The acclaimed reimagining of the Tony-nominated musical Side Show arrives in Chicago fresh from its 2014 Broadway revival, courtesy of Porchlight Music Theatre. Reworked by Bill Condon (Chicago) to incorporate new songs and more true-life details of Daisy and Violet Hilton, the conjoined twins at the center of its story, the dazzling Henry Krieger (Dreamgirls) and Bill Russell musical tracks the girls' rise from side-show attraction to the big time -- and their search for love and acceptance under the harsh spotlight of fame. Stage 773 plays host to this Porchlight production, the latest in a line of well-received regional and world premieres.
 
   
Three Little Kittens Sep 12 - Jan 3, 2016  
Emerald City's Little Theatre Three Little Kittens
 
Three little kittens are on the hunt for their missing mittens, and they need your help finding them! Gather the clues and make new discoveries before Mother Cat comes home. With the promise of pie and the smell of a rat close by, this interactive spy story is the purr-fect way to introduce your little ones to the mystery and excitement of live theatre. (For ages 0-5)
 
   
With Love and a Major Organ Sep 12 - Oct 14, 2015  
Strawdog Theatre With Love and a Major Organ
 
From chocolate boxes to Sweethearts candies to syrupy-sweet Hallmark cards, hearts have become humanity's de facto symbol of love and affection. But things go from sweet to more than a little strange when a young woman discovers that she's given her heart -- the actual beating muscle in her body -- to a boy she's just met on the subway. Now making its U.S. premiere at Chicago's Strawdog Theatre Company, With Love and a Major Organ is one woman's humorous, amorous musings on love, life and "likes" in the digital age. Whimsical storylines -- from a fable of a girl born with a paper heart to the hilarious hazards of speed-dating -- merge and converge in this quirky comedy with a modern pulse.
 
   
Direct from Death Row The Scottsboro Boys (An Evening of Vaudeville and Sorrow) Sep 16 - Nov 14, 2015  
Raven Theatre Direct from Death Row The Scottsboro Boys (An Evening of Vaudeville and Sorrow)
 
The dark chapter of American history - in which nine African-American teenagers were falsely convicted of assaulting two white women and spent decades in the legal system fighting for their lives - is told surreally and satirically in Stein's play. In it, the "boys" return from eternity to the stage, where they keep their story alive through songs, a magic act, a ventriloquist act, skits and soft shoe - all to convey the tawdry show that their case became.
 
   
East of Eden Sep 17 - Nov 15, 2015  
Steppenwolf Theatre East of Eden
 
Escaping a turbulent past, Adam Trask is determined to make a new start in California’s Salinas Valley. Adam and his wife Kate settle on a beautiful farm, and soon Kate gives birth to twins Caleb and Aaron. But family history, sibling rivalry and the impending danger of World War One will threaten their little piece of paradise. East of Eden is a sprawling and unflinching story that asks if is it possible to escape the mistakes of previous generations and choose your own course.
 
   
Washer/Dryer Sep 17 - Oct 11, 2015  
Rasaka Theatre Company at Victory Gardens Theater - Biograph Washer/Dryer
 
Washer/Dryer is a new farce that throws a modern, multicultural marriage into the pressure cooker of tight New York City living. When Indian- American Sonya elopes with Chinese-American Michael, she thinks she has finally found her happily-ever-after, and possibly even fulfilled her grandmother's wish for marriage. But when Michael discovers that Sonya's apartment is "Single Occupancy Only," and a colorful cast of nosy neighbors and relatives show up to complicate matters further, the couple is forced to re-evaluate their dirty laundry and decide whether all is really fair in love and real estate.
 
   
Sucker Punch Sep 18 - Oct 18, 2015  
Victory Gardens Theater - Biograph Sucker Punch
 
It's the 1980s, Michael Jackson rules the radio waves and Conan the Barbarian is the box office king at the movies. Aspiring black boxers, Leon and Troy, both have promising futures in the ring. When race riots explode in their London neighborhood, these two friends are forced to make a tough decision. Years later, they square off, facing each other and the men they have become. An electric knockout, the much lauded and award-winning playwright Roy Williams' Sucker Punch takes an unflinching look at family, friends and the world of boxing.
 
   
One Brain More: A Zombie Les Misical Sep 18 - Oct 31, 2015  
MCL Chicago One Brain More: A Zombie Les Misical
 
If you believe Russell Crowe's performance killed Les Miserables, rejoice because Les Mis is back ... (if still, um, dead). One Brain More: A Zombie Les Misical, a re-animated musical parody, stumbles into MCL Chicago, slack-jawed, glassy-eyed and ready to entertain. It's the year 2023 and the zombie apocalypse has ravaged Chicago. A former lawyer, John Von Jovi, has been bitten and eaten several humans when he is saved from the evangelical zombie hunter Chesthair by a sympathetic priest. Von Jovi then vows to redeem his life by adopting the daughter of a down-on-her-luck prostitute amidst a human/zombie revolution. Michael Shepherd Jordan directs.
 
   
The Black White Love Play Sep 19 - Nov 1, 2015  
Black Ensemble Theater The Black White Love Play
 
The Black White Love Play is the story of Chaz and Roger Ebert, detailing their life together through their courtship, marriage and Roger's Ebert untimely death in 2015. The production features outstanding music, exhilarating dance and a ten piece orchestra.
 
   
Scream, Queen, Scream! Sep 24 - Oct 31, 2015  
Hell in a Handbag Productions at Mary's Attic Scream, Queen, Scream!
 
Join the twisted ensemble at Hell in a Handbag Productions in a twisted trio of tales featuring ravenous monsters, Ed Jones as Maggie and Agnes Marlowe, identical but deadly twins in a Hush Hush Sweet Charlotte/Strait Jacket mashup, and an evil bitch from hell known simply as 'Betty' in an even campier tribute to the already campy The Crate from the classic '80s film, Creepshow.
 
   
Love and Information Sep 24 - Nov 1, 2015  
Remy Bumppo Theatre at The Greenhouse Theater Center Love and Information
 
In a bold Midwest premiere, Remy Bumppo Theatre Company will mount the innovative Caryl Churchill's Love and Information, in which she attempts to capture the human experience of the internet age, exploring the ways in which mass media and communication both distance and unite us.
 
   
Blood Brothers Sep 26 - Nov 15, 2015  
Theo Ubique Cabaret Theatre at Heartland Studio Theatre Blood Brothers
 
The musical drama is the story of twin brothers separated at birth - one raised by a rich family, the other by the impoverished birth mother of the boys. The musical ran an amazing 24 years in London's West End.
 
   
A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder Sep 29 - Oct 11, 2015  
Bank of America Theatre A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder
 
Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder tells the uproarious story of Monty Navarro, a distant heir to a family fortune who sets out to jump the line of succession, by any means necessary. All the while, he's got to juggle his mistress (she's after more than just love), his fiancee (she's his cousin but who's keeping track?), and the constant threat of landing behind bars! Of course, it will all be worth it if he can slay his way to his inheritance... and be done in time for tea.
 
   
Ride the Cyclone Sep 29 - Nov 8, 2015  
Chicago Shakespeare Theater Ride the Cyclone
 
This fall marks the Chicago debut of Ride the Cyclone, a new musical with a refreshingly offbeat twist. Part comedy, part tragedy -- and wholly unexpected -- this wildly imaginative story delivers surprises at every turn. The lives of six teenagers from a Canadian chamber choir are cut short in a freak accident aboard a roller coaster. A mechanical fortune-teller invites each one to tell his or her story of a life interrupted, offering them all the chance to come to terms with their fates. At once quirky and smart, edgy and beautiful, Ride the Cyclone ultimately reveals the resilience of the human spirit in spite of senseless tragedy. This inventive musical from Jacob Richmond and Brooke Maxwell hits the upstairs stage at Chicago Shakespeare Theater.
 
   
Barefoot In The Park Oct 2 - Nov 1, 2015  
Step Up Productions at Athenaeum Theatre Barefoot In The Park
 
Paul and Corie Bratter are newlyweds just back from their honeymoon – he’s a straight-as-an-arrow lawyer and she’s an impulsive romantic always looking for the latest kick. When Corie’s loopy, widowed mother drops in for a surprise visit, the couple decides to play matchmaker during a dinner with their upstairs neighbor, Victor. During the meal, everything that can go wrong – does.
 
   

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