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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.
 
   
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.
 
   
Unspeakable Oct 6 - Nov 8, 2015  
Broadway Playhouse Unspeakable
 
Sex, Drugs and Comedy. Unspeakable is an unflinching ride through the emotional landscape of Richard Pryor spanning sixty-one years and focused on the period between 1967 and 1982. Born and raised in a Peoria brothel owned and operated by his grandmother, Pryor faced situations that forever shaped and scarred his sensitive soul. With a pimp for a father and his mother a whore, young Pryor's imagination allowed him to escape and ultimately led him to comedy. Unspeakable captures the energy of a man battling success and the demons it invites.
 
   
Treasure Island Oct 7 - Jan 31, 2016  
Lookingglass Theatre Treasure Island
 
Adventure beckons when a mysterious blind man delivers a dreaded Black Spot to an aging sea captain, plunging an innkeeper's son into a desperate race for buried treasure armed with only his wits against a dastardly crew of cutthroat pirates.
 
   
My Brilliant Divorce Oct 7 - Nov 1, 2015  
Irish Theatre of Chicago at Chief O'Neill's My Brilliant Divorce
 
The hilarious and moving story of Angela, recently deserted by her husband for a younger woman, as she sets out to survive and enjoy a life on her own. In a world of surly solicitors, "Lonely Hearts" dates, help line counselors and a myriad of self-diagnosed diseases, does Angela fight to keep her husband... or just move on? A Midwest premiere by one of Ireland's leading female playwrights.
 
   
Charm Oct 14 - Nov 8, 2015  
Northlight Theatre at Steppenwolf Theatre Charm
 
Charm depicts the colorful inner workings of an etiquette class taught by Mama Darleena Andrews, an African-American transgender woman, in an LGBTQ organization known as The Center. Mama attempts to share her rules of proper behavior with a youth group ranging in sexuality, race and gender identity from a Latina transwoman to a cisgendered straight black couple to a gay suburban teen. Though her students initially struggle to see how etiquette relates to their daily battles with identity, poverty and prejudice, Mama's powerful love and unapologetic attitude eventually win them over.
 
   
The Terrible Oct 16 - Nov 21, 2015  
The New Colony at The Den Theatre The Terrible
 
Controversial performance artist Woolfe wakes up dead in a weird room with a shrink, a rake and a songstress. Together, they must come to terms with the terrible or else...
 
   
Dragons Love Tacos Oct 17 - Jan 3, 2016  
Emerald City Theatre Company at Apollo Theater Dragons Love Tacos
 
Dragons love parties. All kinds of parties. But if you want to throw a party for dragons, you have to remember the tacos. Dragons love tacos. All kinds of tacos! POOLS OF TACOS. But save the salsa. When dragons eat salsa, you'll discover the results can be explosive. Adapted from the New York Times best seller, Dragons Love Tacos is a sizzling story full of fiery fun for your entire family.
 
   

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