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Everyone's a Critic Jan 31 - Mar 7, 2017  
Annoyance Theatre Everyone's a Critic
 
"Everyone's a Critic" dives into the vastly unknown lives of those held in society's highest regard, the people of Yelp.com. "Everyone's a Critic" is a completely improvised performance that explores the egocentrism behind our well calculated to-go orders. Every week with random reviews plucked from the web, the ensemble will take the audience down a one-to-five star rabbit hole through the life of one of Yelp's many progeny. Following a single read-through of a review; the audience will be taken on a ride through the complex mind of the character that typed one of the infamous restaurant critiques.
 
   
Death of a Salesman Feb 1 - Mar 5, 2017  
Redtwist Theatre Death of a Salesman
 
The great American drama about dashed hopes and delusional optimism, Miller's timeless themes play out in the fractured Loman household where Willy is the worn out king of his castle. He's also prince of the road as a fading traveling salesman, barely clinging to reality while searching in vain for the life of his dreams, yet failing to embrace the life that he lives.
 
   
Straight White Men Feb 2 - Mar 19, 2017  
Steppenwolf Theatre Straight White Men
 
As Ed, a widower, prepares to celebrate Christmas, he calls his three grown sons back to the family home. Games are played, Chinese food is ordered, and brotherly pranks and trashtalk distract them from the ongoing issue that threatens to ruin the festivities: when personal identity is essential and privilege is a problem, what is a straight white man to do? Playwright/ Director Young Jean Lee takes an outside look at the traditional father/son play narrative, shedding new and often hilarious light on a story we think we know all too well.
 
   
Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead Feb 2 - Mar 18, 2017  
Metropolis Performing Arts Centre Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead
 
Tom Stoppard's Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead. is a comedic, existentialist romp that focuses on the misadventures and confused musings of two minor characters in William Shakespeare's Hamlet. Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are shown in the moments between their brief appearances in the play. As the main characters meet their fates onstage, the two courtiers try to reconcile their "everything will work out" attitude with the growing realization that sometimes fortune has another ending in mind. Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead won the Tony Award for Best Play in 1968, and now it's coming to the Metropolis Performing Arts Centre in Arlington Heights.
 
   
Does America Have Talent? Feb 2 - Feb 4, 2017  
Winnetka Children's Hour at Winnetka Community House Does America Have Talent?
 
"Does America Have Talent?" is a hilarious spoof on reality TV talent competitions featuring a host of loveable, zany characters with a wide range of sometimes questionable talents - everything from professional plate spinning to syncopated corn eating. After years on the show, it's hard-nosed creator, Simon Scowl, is sick of seeing one crazy act after another. He's giving himself one more season to find some real talent or he's calling it quits for good. "Does America Have Talent?" will delight kids of all ages with its music, dance and hysterics and leave them realizing real success doesn't come from gimmicks but from being who they are on the inside.
 
   
Fifty Shades of Shakespeare Feb 3 - Feb 27, 2017  
(re)discover theatre at Mary's Attic Fifty Shades of Shakespeare
 
Join us for an orgy of hilarious, powerful, and revealing explorations of gender-roles, sexuality, kink and relationships all told through the bard's sexiest scenes: stripped down to 4 actors, 12 scenes, and 23 roles. The only question is: How do you want it? Every night the audience picks which actor plays each role. The possibilities are endless and every show is a salacious surprise. Grab your BFF, your f*ck buddy, your Bae, your Swipe Right, and prepare to get your drink on.
 
   
Elemeno Pea Feb 3 - Mar 5, 2017  
Citadel Theatre Company Elemeno Pea
 
Cultures clash and family ties get knotted in playwright Molly Smith Metzler's poignant comedy Elemeno Pea. Simone, the personal assistant to a rich ad man's trophy wife, is living large on Martha's Vineyard. Her new gig comes complete with a six-figure salary, a preppy boyfriend with a yacht, and a handsome clothing allowance. Things are shaping up nicely for Simone until her older sister Devon, a social worker from blue-collar Buffalo, arrives for a visit. Blood is thicker than water ... but is it thicker than champagne? Find out when Element Pea takes to the stage of Lake Forest's Citadel Theatre.
 
   
The Scottsboro Boys Feb 3 - Mar 12, 2017  
Porchlight Music Theatre at Stage 773 The Scottsboro Boys
 
Nominated for 12 Tony Awards, The Scottsboro Boys tells the story of nine African American teenagers put on trial in Memphis for a crime they did not commit.
 
   
Waiting to Inhale Feb 3 - Feb 24, 2017  
Under The Gun Theater Waiting to Inhale
 
Inspired by popular movies and television shows about friendship and love, Waiting to Inhale, tells an improvised story of close friendships, romantic hardships and the overwhelming stress of life. Directed by Briane Goodrum the cast of four black women will perform long form improvisation to develop a one act play based off audience suggestions.
 
   
The Seven Year Itch Feb 3 - Feb 19, 2017  
Skokie Theatre The Seven Year Itch
 
Richard Sherman's wife and family are on vacation, giving him the opportunity to live the bachelor's life in his Manhattan apartment. But when an attractive young lady catches his eye, fantasy sequences and hilarious conversations with himself ensue as he tries to justify going after the girl before he is consumed by married life. George Axelrod's classic 1950s comedy -- later made into a star-making film for Marilyn Monroe -- remains a fresh and funny roller coaster that leads to the ultimate question: Will he go through with it? Find out when The Seven Year Itch comes to Skokie Theater.
 
   
The Snowy Day and Other Stories Feb 4 - Apr 22, 2017  
Emerald City Theatre Company at Apollo Theater The Snowy Day and Other Stories
 
Ezra Jack Keats' beloved children's books that began with The Snowy Day come to life in this Emerald City Theatre production by award-winning playwright Jerome Hairston. A landmark picture book, The Snowy Day was the first to feature an African-American protagonist, centering on Peter, a young boy who explores his city after the first snowfall. The Caldecott Medal-winning book and its six sequels have continued to enchant readers for over 50 years. In this stage adaptation, various types of puppetry and movement capture Peter's poignant journey through childhood in a whole new way. Come experience The Snowy Day and Other Stories at Chicago's Apollo Theater. For ages 3 - 9
 
   
Deep In The Heart Of Tuna Feb 4 - Mar 5, 2017  
New American Folk Theatre at Pride Arts Center - The Buena Deep In The Heart Of Tuna
 
DEEP IN THE HEART OF TUNA is a "Best Of" Tuna show that follows the story of Bertha Bumiller and her beautifully dysfunctional family. Tuna, TX is the third smallest town in Texas, where the Lion's Club is too liberal and Patsy Cline never dies. The eclectic band of citizens that make up this town are portrayed by only two performers, making this satire on life in rural America even more powerful as they depict all of the inhabitants of Tuna - men, women, children and animals.
 
   
Tinderella Feb 4 - Feb 25, 2017  
Under The Gun Theater Tinderella
 
Tinderella is a modern take on the classic fairy tale beginning "Once Upon a Swipe". An audience volunteer begins the show by swiping their way through a larger-than-life dating app, featuring a hilarious cast of potential "perfect matches". Once the characters are chosen, the cast improvises the best chapters of the fairy tale, proving that "happily ever after" isn't just for the storybooks.
 
   
Urinetown Feb 4 - Mar 26, 2017  
BoHo Theatre at Stage 773 Urinetown
 
In a dystopian near-future, a terrible water shortage has led to a government-enforced ban on private toilets. The citizens must use public amenities, regulated by a single malevolent company that profits by charging admission for one of humanity's most basic needs. Amid the people, a hero decides that he's had enough and plans a revolution to lead them all to freedom! At a time when private companies are controlling more and more of our basic needs and faith in elected officials is at historic lows, URINETOWN challenges both institutions with irreverently humorous satire.
 
   
Love's Labor Lost Feb 7 - Mar 26, 2017  
Chicago Shakespeare Theater Love's Labor Lost
 
King Ferdinand of Navarre's "no fun" edict includes scholarly endeavors, quiet contemplation and complete commitment to chastity for three entire years. His closest courtiers reluctantly sign on. But this is a comedy and it doesn't take long for everyone to figure out that the whole thing is a bad idea and rules are meant to be broken-especially when the French Princess and her beautiful entourage arrive on the scene. The young men's studies soon give way to secret letters and amorous vows as the women set out to teach the men a thing or two about love. The puns fly and the playwright's wordplay take flight in this witty satire about young love with a surprising conclusion where real-life lessons are suddenly revealed. Former Artistic Director of Canada's Stratford Festival Marti Maraden returns to Chicago Shakespeare to stage this charming comedy, following her celebrated productions of Much Ado About Nothing and Othello.
 
   
Sweeney Todd - The Demon Barber of Fleet Street Feb 8 - Mar 19, 2017  
Paramount Theatre Sweeney Todd - The Demon Barber of Fleet Street
 
It's just another day in 19th Century England, and Benjamin Barker has returned home. The only thing is, it's been 15 years since the once fresh-faced barber has seen his family. He was unjustly sentenced to prison on trumped up charges by the corrupt Judge Turpin, who had his leering eyes on the barber's beautiful wife. Upon his arrival to the pie shop - where he and his family once lived above - his old friend and confidant Mrs. Lovett unravels the events of the past decade. She explains about the seduction of his wife by the Judge, which led her to take her own life. And to sharpen that pain of his loss, she breaks the news that the Judge adopted his daughter and is raising her as his own. Barker vows revenge for these atrocities and turns to the tools and skills with which he'll exact his plan: a razor and a barber chair. While the ensuing events are unfortunate for some, others - including Mrs. Lovett, her struggling pie shop and her customers - quickly prosper from the body count.
 
   
By the Bog of Cats Feb 8 - Mar 26, 2017  
The Artistic Home By the Bog of Cats
 
Set on a ghostly landscape in Ireland, By the Bog of Cats is the story of a woman who's had a lifetime of abandonment and decides to lay claim to everything that's hers on a day when her world's being torn in half. Not only did her mother run off when she was a girl, but today the great love of her life, with whom she has a seven-year-old daughter, is marrying into a family that wants her kicked off the land. She has no one to turn to except local misfits, who are part of a community filled with outrageous, funny, terrible people. It’s one day in the life of a woman pushed beyond the limits of human endurance as she is forced to make a final horrible, self sacrificing decision. Mossman says of the play, “Think Greek tragedy on an Irish Bog. Just as tragic but twice as funny and pure poetry, in the great Irish tradition.”
 
   

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