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Brain Candy Live Mar 4  
Ford Oriental Theatre Brain Candy Live
 
BRAIN CANDY LIVE! is an outrageous evening of entertainment from two of the most amazing minds of our times. Adam Savage, one of television's most loved personalities, has joined forces with Michael Stevens, one of YouTube's biggest stars. Together, the two are bringing along more than 3 tons of their crazy toys, incredible tools and mind-blowing demonstrations for a celebration of curiosity that's been described as a cross between TED Talks and the Blue Man Group.
 
   
Heartbreak House Mar 4 - Mar 27, 2017  
ShawChicago at Ruth Page Center For Arts Heartbreak House
 
Enjoy an evening of wit, romance and unforgettable characters in George Bernard Shaw's romantic comedy Heartbreak House. Just before World War I, a weekend in the English countryside becomes a tangle of unlikely attachments and unwanted complications -- love continually emerges but is never mutual, and the most successful relationships have the least to do with love. The house in question is that of Captain Shotover, a retired ship captain, current inventor and opinionated eccentric. In his eyes, his daughters have married badly -- one to a dim-witted plodder, another to a sharp-witted layabout. Enter into the house one Ellie Dunn. Daughter of a failed businessman and in seek of reparations, if nothing else, she decides to marry the ruthless capitalist who ruined her father. The husbands, the fathers, the wives, the daughters, the aging playboy and even a burglar all come together in "this silly house, this strangely happy house, this agonizing house, this house without foundations." Presented in ShawChicago's classic concert reading style, experience the action at Ruth Page Center for the Arts in Chicago.
 
   
The Wiz Mar 5 - Apr 16, 2017  
Kokandy Productions at Theater Wit The Wiz
 
Featuring a book by William F. Brown and music and lyrics by Charlie Smalls, THE WIZ is an urbanized retelling of Frank Baum's Classic 1900 children's novel The Wonderful Wizard of Oz and the classic movie The Wizard of Oz, in the context of 20th century African American culture. Brown's gritty revival puts the focus on "what it means to live with intelligence, compassion and courage in today's tough cities." Follow the yellow brick road with a dazzling mix of rock, gospel and soul. The 1975 Broadway production of The Wiz won seven Tony Awards including Best Musical.
 
   
Frindle Mar 6 - Mar 17, 2017  
Metropolis Performing Arts Centre Frindle
 
Nicholas Allen decides to invent a new word: from now on, a pen will be known as a "Frindle"! Before long, to the dismay of his Language Arts teacher Mrs. Granger, Nick's word begins to spread. This quirky, imaginative tale about creative thought and the power of words is based on the award winning best-selling novel by Andrew Clements. Recommended for grades 3-6.
 
   
Hedwig And The Angry Inch Mar 7 - Mar 19, 2017  
Ford Oriental Theatre Hedwig And The Angry Inch
 
Brilliantly innovative, heartbreaking, and wickedly funny, HEDWIG AND THE ANGRY INCH is the landmark American musical by John Cameron Mitchell and Stephen Trask that is "groundbreaking and undoubtedly ahead of its time" (Entertainment Weekly). This genre-bending, fourth-wall-smashing musical sensation, with a pulsing score and electrifying performances, tells the story of one of the most unique characters to ever hit the stage. Directed by Tony Award winner Michael Mayer (Spring Awakening) and winner of four 2014 Tony Awards including Best Musical Revival, HEDWIG AND THE ANGRY INCH played to record-breaking sell-out crowds on Broadway and promises to take Chicago by storm with what Time Magazine proclaims is "the most exciting rock score written for the theatre since, oh, ever!"
 
   
Sycamore Mar 8 - Apr 29, 2017  
Raven Theatre Sycamore
 
In this new drama by Brooklyn-based playwright Sarah Sander, Celia and Henry are teenaged siblings living in an unnamed Midwestern suburb. Celia is 18, a high school senior who is involved in cheerleading and the drama club. Henry is 16 and active in mathletics. Both Celia and Henry become romantically interested in their new next-door neighbor, John, who recently moved to their town from Los Angeles with his single mom Jocelyn and is also an artistic type (he's a photographer). This is not the first time Celia and Henry have been romantic rivals - their first competition over a boy resulted in incidents which had damaging and lasting impacts on each of them. Will trouble strike again as the two vie for John's affections? Meanwhile, Celia and Henry's parents, David and Louise, face stress in their marriage due to David's reduction in hours as a college professor and need to take on a job as a short order cook in an all-night diner.
 
   
The Hard Problem Mar 9 - Apr 9, 2017  
Court Theatre The Hard Problem
 
Court Theatre is proud to bring award-winning and renowned playwright Tom Stoppard's highly-anticipated new play to Chicago. His new work introduces Hilary, a young psychologist working at the prestigious Krohl Institute for Brain Science. She struggles to bear the burden of her regrets as she works through a troubling issue in her research. Where does our biology end and our personhood begin? If there is nothing but matter, what is consciousness? Will the computer someday answer all questions psychology can ask? This "hard problem" sets Hilary at odds with her colleagues, but she prays for a miracle to lead her to the solutions.
 
   
Lost in Time Mar 9 - Mar 19, 2017  
Magnified Gift Theater at Madison Street Theatre Lost in Time
 
A story of perseverance, family and faith, Lost in Time follows a woman stuck between home and a hopeful future and an unfortunate past filled with detrimental relationships, abuse and death. Despite her challenges, however, she manages to overcome even while facing the unpredictable nature of life. Magnified Gift Theater Company, which eschews theatrical standards and blockbusters in favor of original productions, will stage Lost in Time at Oak Park's Madison Street Theatre. Written by Chicago-raised theater director and dance teacher Rosette Jarriett, the play makes good on the company's goal -- tackling modern issues and illuminating real-life experiences.
 
   
The People's Republic of Edward Snowden Mar 9 - Apr 16, 2017  
Oil Lamp Theater The People's Republic of Edward Snowden
 
The People's Republic of Edward Snowden is a thought-provoking satire that tackles important questions of freedom and privacy. As the play opens, a "press conference" is scheduled in Terminal F of Moscow's Sheremetyevo International Airport. Audiences are introduced to Edward Snowden (Nick Bryant) by his alluring Russian "minder," Natasha (Lara Dohner). She tells us that Snowden, the infamous former CIA employee who revealed details about classified U.S. government surveillance programs in 2013, is making himself available for questions from the "press" - the audience in the theater - who are encouraged to submit questions for Snowden via social media using their smartphones. So begins an evening of immersive and interactive theater that takes audiences on a thought-provoking journey into the chilling world of global data-gathering and surveillance.
 
   
The Most Happy Fella Mar 10 - May 7, 2017  
Theo Ubique Cabaret Theatre at No Exit Cafe The Most Happy Fella
 
Following the success of his 1950 musical comedy Guys and Dolls, composer-lyricist Frank Loesser adapted the 1924 play They Knew What They Wanted into one of the most-song-filled musicals ever written. The Most Happy Fella tells Howard's story of Tony Esposito, an older Italian immigrant and wine grower in California's Napa Valley, through over 40 songs that are Broadway show tunes in their structure but melodious and plentiful enough to fill an opera. Loesser's score is filled with sweeping ballads, intense dramatic arias and tuneful splashy Broadway style numbers.
 
   
Espresso Mar 10 - Apr 2, 2017  
Three Crows at Mckaw Theater Espresso
 
Rosa is beckoned home when her estranged father is involved in an automobile accident. As events unfold and start to suffocate her, Rosa must begin to unravel the story of her family, every bitter and beautiful part.
 
   
Penelope Pennyworth Girl Detective: The Case of Mr. Nobody Mar 11 - Apr 9, 2017  
Edge Theatre Penelope Pennyworth Girl Detective: The Case of Mr. Nobody
 
Penelope is a 10-year-old girl detective solving crimes big and small with her best friend and sidekick Tillie. In Penelope Pennyworth Girl Detective: The Case of Mr. Nobody, Tillie begins to feel a little left out after a new friend joins the detective crew. When Penny's diary goes missing, her chance at winning the science fair is threatened! While Tillie seems to be a likely suspect for the theft, it's up to everybody to find out who really dunnit. This fun musical from Li'l Buds Theatre Company co-founder Jenny Lamb shows the strength that kids can find within when they need to overcome obstacles. Your entire family can join in the case-cracking, spirit-lifting fun at Chicago's Edge Theater.
 
   
truth and reconciliation Mar 12 - Apr 16, 2017  
Sideshow Theatre Company at Victory Gardens Theater - Biograph truth and reconciliation
 
South Africa, Northern Ireland, Rwanda, Bosnia and Zimbabwe. Five devastating conflicts, thirty years, one room and one burning question: can reconciliation be found when the reluctant truth is finally spoken? Twenty-two actors bring debbie tucker green's sixty-minute unblinking exploration of loss to life. Stories from across the world weave together in a search for justice, as victims and perpetrators alike struggle for meaning in the aftermath of crime.
 
   
The Kid Thing Mar 13 - Apr 15, 2017  
Nothing Without a Company at Berger Park Coach House The Kid Thing
 
The Kid Thing proves that sometimes, good news isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. When two lesbian couples, who have been best friends for years, get together for a dinner party, the unexpected announcement of one couple’s pregnancy manages to rock both relationships. Darcy (Welch) and Leigh (Nava) find themselves confronting the delayed conversation of having kids of their own following Nate (li-Epstein) and Margot (Craft)’s pregnancy announcement; Leigh is ready to get started and Darcy is… more hesitant. A chance visit brings Margot’s sperm donor, Jacob (Fries)—a college friend of Nate and Leigh’s—to Chicago, and gives Leigh the opportunity to move one step closer to her parenting goal.
 
   
The Naked Magicians Mar 14 - Mar 19, 2017  
Broadway Playhouse The Naked Magicians
 
Following sold-out shows and rave reviews across the world including London's West End, United States, Canada, Asia, Australia and New Zealand, the world's naughtiest and funniest magic show "The Naked Magicians" is coming to Chicago. Direct from Australia, the show features magic, mirth and more than a touch of mayhem as these two hot and hilarious magicians say abracadabra and take magic to a whole new level. Left without sleeves or pockets, their saucy magic is baffling and entertaining, bringing a new meaning to "now you see it." This boisterous R-rated magic show, strips away the top hats and capes, promising full frontal illusions. Good magicians don't need sleeves and great magicians don't need pants. This show proves just that!
 
   
Upright Grand Mar 14 - Mar 26, 2017  
Citadel Theatre Company Upright Grand
 
Dad tickles the ivories in a dive. His daughter dazzles in concert halls. In between them, the bittersweet dance of parent and child, present and past, dream and disappointment plays out in the key of life. Upright Grand, by Chicago-based playwright Laura Schellhardt, is wonderfully schmaltzy and boldly exposes emotion with old fashioned charm.
 
   
Phantom Pain Mar 15 - Apr 2, 2017  
The Greenhouse Theater Center Phantom Pain
 
A pair of true BFFs, Angela, who's black, and Marnie, who's white, grew up together in the racially turbulent Detroit of the '70s, and have managed to remain best buds through jobs, marriages and relocation to the Windy City. But the past returns to haunt them in Phantom Pain, when a visit from another childhood friend unearths lies and long-buried secrets that threaten to tear their relationship in two. This world premiere by Chicago playwright Barbara Lhota comes to the stage at the Greenhouse Theater Center.
 
   

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