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Ziryab, the Songbird of Andalusia Feb 18 - Feb 28, 2016  
Silk Road Rising at Chicago Temple Ziryab, the Songbird of Andalusia
 
Impresario Ronnie Malley guides us on an enchanting musical journey back to 9th century Islamic Spain where we meet Ziryab, a former slave who rose to extraordinary fame in the court of Abd ar-Rahman II. Witness Ziryab's story: a musician, poet, and polymath whose contributions-like Leonardo da Vinci's in centuries to come-helped shape the world we live in today.
 
   
Othello Feb 18 - Apr 10, 2016  
Chicago Shakespeare Theater Othello
 
Fresh from Shakespeare's Globe and Royal Shakespeare Company, renowned British director Jonathan Munby returns to Chicago to stage Shakespeare's most intimate tragedy. In a black and white world, Othello and Desdemona fall in love, but the distinguished commander knows no maneuvers for the affairs of the heart. A stranger in a strange land, he falls under Iago's spell, mistaking a lethal enemy for his closest ally. Here, Shakespeare excavates the most elemental of human emotions: the all-consuming passion of love-and jealousy, featuring James Vincent Meredith in the title role.
 
   
Midnight Cowboy Feb 19 - Apr 10, 2016  
Lifeline Theatre Midnight Cowboy
 
Midnight Cowboy started life as a gritty novel, became a classic film starring Jon Voight and Dustin "I'm Walkin' here!" Hoffman, and now comes to the stage in Lifeline Theatre's new production. Texan Joe Buck naively arrives in New York City with big hopes of striking it rich as a hustler for wealthy socialites. But Joe soon falls prey to all manner of con artists and predators. Flat broke, he meets street savvy "Ratso" Rizzo, and this down-and-out pair try to get by in the harsh city any way they can. Capturing all the desperate loneliness of the novel, Midnight Cowboy paints an affecting portrait of modern life.
 
   
The Tempest Feb 19 - Mar 13, 2016  
Saint Sebastian Players at St. Bonaventure Church The Tempest
 
On a remote island, Prospero, the rightful Duke of Milan, plots to restore order to his universe by reassembling the pieces of his banishment using artifice and skillful manipulation. He conjures up a storm, the eponymous tempest, to lure his usurping brother Antonio and the complicit King Alonso of Naples to the island. There, Prospero's machinations reveal the true nature of some characters, the redemption and resolution of others and a royal suitor for his daughter Miranda.
 
   
I and You Feb 19 - Mar 6, 2016  
The Yard and Jackalope Theatre Company at The Frontier I and You
 
One afternoon, Anthony arrives unexpectedly at classmate Caroline's door bearing a beat-up copy of Walt Whitman's Leaves of Grass, an urgent assignment from their English teacher. Homebound due to illness, Caroline hasn't been to school in months, but she is as quick and sardonic as Anthony is athletic, sensitive, and popular. As these two let down their guards and share their secrets, this seemingly mundane poetry project unlocks a much deeper mystery that has brought them together. I and You is an ode to youth, life, love, and the strange beauty of human connectedness.
 
   
E/R (Emergency Room) Feb 19 - Mar 5, 2016  
Jedlicka Performing Arts Center E/R (Emergency Room)
 
Check into Organic Theatre's E/R (Emergency Room) and you'll get caught up in the action of a busy hospital on a Saturday night. But don't expect the nail-biting drama that kept Clooney and Margulies running around in their bygone primetime hit. This is a laugh-filled look at what goes on in the ER. Watch more than a dozen cast members as they race back and forth onstage at Cicero's Jedlicka Performing Arts Center. Enjoying long runs in Chicago, New York and Los Angeles, this comedy became one of the biggest hits in the company's history.
 
   
Redux Feb 20 - Apr 9, 2016  
Sirens at Under The Gun Theater Redux
 
Sirens is proud to bring back their "Highly Recommended" hit show Redux, a fully-improvised show that brings new insights to everyday relationships. The Chicago Reader stated, "Sirens have perfected...a method for exploiting unintended moments of awkwardness." Through emotionally grounded characters, some personal anecdotes from the cast, and Sirens' quick wit, Redux explores the richness and absurdity of the human condition.
 
   
New Country Feb 20 - May 14, 2016  
Fair Trade Productions at The Den Theatre New Country
 
In NEW COUNTRY, good-ole bad boy and country music star Justin Spears has the world on its knees. Tomorrow he's tying the knot, but tonight, he's tying one on with his entourage of ruthless managers, faux fans and friends, and his favorite pig-farming uncle. So how does this rambunctious rodeo go so wrong, so fast? Welcome to the NEW COUNTRY, where the hits just keep on comin,' and the raucous fun quickly turns to men behaving badly and gun totin' chickens coming home to roost. The New York Times described NEW COUNTRY as having "plenty of raunch, but just enough heart."
 
   
Romeo and Juliet Feb 22 - Mar 19, 2016  
Lyric Opera Romeo and Juliet
 
Few romances are as gorgeously written -- or as heartwrenching -- as Shakespeare's classic tale of star-crossed lovers, Romeo and Juliet. And Charles Gounod's opera staging of this tragic story takes it to a whole new level with the addition of some of the most lush, ecstatic music in the whole operatic repertoire. The Montague and Capulet families have been feuding for years. But when young Romeo Montague goes out with his friends to make trouble at a Capulet party, he meets Juliet, the Capulets' daughter, and the two fall madly in love with each other. Can true love prevail? Or will it crumble underneath an ancient and bloody feud? Backed by a powerful orchestra and stirring song duets, this opera will immerse you in all of the tragedy and passion when it takes to the stage at Chicago's Civic Opera House.
 
   
Spirit of '76 Feb 22 - Mar 26, 2016  
The Agency Theater Collective at Charnel House Chicago Spirit of '76
 
After a catastrophic event, members of Congress, their staffers and a few constituents are trapped in the Library of Congress with no hope of rescue. In these difficult times they turn to the only document that survives, an anti-suffrage play from 1868, for solace and structure. It does not go well.
 
   
If/Then Feb 23 - Mar 6, 2016  
Cadillac Palace Theatre If/Then
 
IF/THEN is a contemporary Broadway musical about living in New York today - and all the possibilities of tomorrow. With unforgettable songs and a deeply moving story by the Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award-winning creators of Next to Normal, this "thoroughly fascinating, intellectually and musically rich new musical (Chicago Tribune)" simultaneously follows one woman's two possible life paths, painting a deeply moving portrait of the lives we lead, as well as the lives we might have led.
 
   
The Compass Feb 24 - Mar 12, 2016  
Steppenwolf for Young Adults at Steppenwolf Theatre The Compass
 
At the center of The Compass is a trial, determining the fate of a young person who used an app to make a life-altering decision. In this play, every show will end differently, depending on what you, the audience, decide. Join us as we navigate the question: When someone else, or something else, tells you what to do, what exactly are you responsible for? School performances are Tuesday through Friday at 10am and are reserved for school groups only.
 
   
Rolling Feb 24 - Apr 2, 2016  
Jackalope Theatre Company at Broadway Armory Rolling
 
When Valerie's groundbreaking story about a sexual assault is revealed to be a possible fraud, this renowned journalist returns to her small-town childhood home to hide from the relentless spotlight of the media and threats against her own safety - only to find the scrutiny of home to be just as sinister. This dark comedy from Calamity West shatters the boundary between public and private misogyny and asks: where can you run when you're not welcome at home?
 
   
Silent Sky Feb 25 - Mar 13, 2016  
Three Crows Theatre at The Side Project Silent Sky
 
A period drama about feminism, scientific advancement and the fight to cement one's legacy in the face of adversity, Silent Sky is set in the early 1900s and follows Henrietta Leavitt, an aspiring scientist who joins the Harvard Observatory's all-female "human computer" team. The women are kept behind the scenes and are told to keep their ideas and theories to themselves. As Henrietta navigates these impossible waters, she tries to keep her personal life and family obligations in focus. Silent Sky, presented by Chicago's Three Crows, examines a woman's place in professional society during a time of both historic discovery and endless oppression, when a woman's ideas were dismissed until a man could claim credit for them.
 
   
Schoolhouse Rock Live! Feb 26 - Jun 5, 2016  
Emerald City Theatre Company at Apollo Theater Schoolhouse Rock Live!
 
Through unforgettable songs such as "Just a Bill" and "Conjunction Junction," a nervous schoolteacher must discover how to charm his students through imagination and music on the first day of class. Based on the entertaining and educational Emmy Award-winning animated series, Schoolhouse Rock Live! brings the treasured Saturday-morning melodies of the '70s back in a hip new way.
 
   
Stomp Feb 26 - Feb 27, 2016  
Paramount Theatre Stomp
 
STOMP is an inventive, energizing and downright electrifying spectacle that blends dance, music, percussion and theatricals into one gigantic rhythm that will have your heart pounding. Explosive, provocative, witty andutterly unique, STOMP is an unforgettable experience for audiences of all ages.
 
   
A Phase Feb 26 - Mar 26, 2016  
Broken Nose Theatre at The Den Theatre A Phase
 
Newly single after a break-up that caught her off-guard, Sam realizes that her now-ex-boyfriend of five years was the only guy she'd ever known... in the biblical sense. She had placed sex on a pedestal, only to find herself now alone. In a crappy apartment. In a new city. The key to breaking out and moving on? Kick over the pedestal. A PHASE takes the well-worn tropes of the "girl finds fulfillment in a man" story and flips them on their ear, as Sam explores sex as a way of owning her life and the choices she makes along the way.
 
   

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