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Two Mile Hollow Oct 8 - Nov 4, 2017  
First Floor Theater at The Den Theatre Two Mile Hollow
 
When the Donnellys gather to divide their belongings after the sale of their oceanfront mansion, both metaphorical and literal storms are brewing. As this famous, longing-to-be-famous and completely messy Caucasian family comes together with their POC personal assistant, Charlotte, some really really complicated and totally unique secrets are revealed over white wine. A satirical takedown coupled with moments of disorienting sincerity, TWO MILE HOLLOW explores the age old genre of plays about affluent white families retreating to their waterfront homes to battle it out with brutality, awe and compassion. Only this time, none of the white characters are played by white actors.
 
   
Piaf! The Show Oct 8  
Athenaeum Theatre Piaf! The Show
 
With over half a million tickets sold in more than 30 countries and acclaimed reviews worldwide PIAF!, THE SHOW is a musical celebration of the life and music of the legendary French chanteuse Edith Piaf. Conceived and directed by the Nice-based theatrical maverick Gil Marsalla and starring Anne Carrere, a young French performer hailed as "Edith Piaf's legitimate musical heiress," PIAF!, THE SHOW premiered in 2015 as a tribute to "The Swallow of Montmartre" on the centennial of her birthday and was inspired by the award-winning movie "La Vie en Rose." In two 45-minute acts, the show narrates the rags-to-riches story of the Parisian singer's career through her unforgettable songs, complemented by a visual tapestry of previously unreleased photographs and images of famous locations of the Edith Piaf era.
 
   
Les Miserables Oct 11 - Oct 29, 2017  
Cadillac Palace Theatre Les Miserables
 
Cameron Mackintosh presents the new production of Alain Boublil and Claude-Michel Schonberg's Tony Award-winning musical phenomenon, Les Miserables, direct from its acclaimed Broadway return. Featuring the beloved songs "I Dreamed A Dream," "On My Own," "Stars," "Bring Him Home," "One Day More," and many more, this epic and uplifting story has become one of the most celebrated musicals in theatrical history. With its glorious new staging and dazzlingly reimagined scenery inspired by the paintings of Victor Hugo, this breathtaking new production has left both audiences and critics awestruck.
 
   
The Jackie Mason Musical Oct 12 - Oct 22, 2017  
Skokie Theatre The Jackie Mason Musical
 
Based on a true story, The Jackie Mason Musical begins at a deli in Miami in 1977, where Jackie - a renown 46 year old Comedian, (played by David R. Gordon), spots twenty-something Ginger (played by Jackie's own daughter - comedian Sheba Mason - who's playing her own mother). Along for the ride is her overbearing mom, Mrs. Olivier (Coleen Tutton), and a hilarious cast of off-beat characters. Soon Jackie is wooing her each winter whenever he's in South Florida churning up laughs with the South Beach set. The trouble is, Jackie is also wooing Trixie (Megan Gill), a ravishing young Rascal House server, and Rosa - a senior Rascal House server with attitude - a fact that sends Ginger into romantic distress. Popular entertainer Scott Gryder rounds out the cast as a disgruntled fan. After ten years, she becomes pregnant, Jackie denies his paternity just as stardom re-emerges, while still yearning to be with her, and a complicated relationship begins, including Sheba's own love for the man she knows is her father and whom she wishes she knew. The original score includes "Ode to the Early Bird Special" and "I Never Met This Yenta", written by Ginger Reiter, the girl in the eye of the comedic storm.
 
   
Both Sides of a Famous Love Affair - The Jackie Mason Musical Oct 12 - Oct 22, 2017  
Skokie Theatre Both Sides of a Famous Love Affair - The Jackie Mason Musical
 
Both Sides of a Famous Love Affair:The Jackie Mason Musical, begins at a deli in Miami in 1977, where Jackie - a renown 46 year old Comedian,(played by David R. Gordon), spots twenty-something Ginger (played by Jackie's own daughter - comedian Sheba Mason). Along for the ride is her overbearing mom, Mrs. Olivier, and a hilarious cast of five. Soon Jackie is wooing her each winter whenever he's in South Florida churning up laughs with the South Beach set. The trouble is, Jackie is also wooing Trixie - a ravishing young Latina Rascal House server, and Rosa - a senior Rascal House server with attitude - a fact that sends Ginger into romantic distress. After ten years, she becomes pregnant, Jackie denies his paternity just as stardom re-emerges, while still yearning to be with her, and a complicated relationship begins, including Sheba's own love for the man she knows is her father and whom she wishes she knew. The original score includes "Ode to the Early Bird Special" and "I Never Met This Yenta", written by Ginger Reiter, the girl in the eye of the comedic storm.
 
   
Par for the Corpse Oct 12 - Nov 19, 2017  
Oil Lamp Theater Par for the Corpse
 
When a novelist throws a party at her Catskills retreat and a sudden blizzard strands everybody, it isn't long before they discover a killer amongst them. After one of them is poisoned mysteriously, the others try to figure out who did it and how it was done. They're baffled by the seemingly impossible crime untll one guest thinks of a ruse to reveal the killer. Now everyone, even the hostess, is a suspect -- and a number of murky motives emerge during the night's strange events. There are plenty of laughs as the play unfolds, but there are more shrieks of terror than of hilarity -- especially in the surprise-filled final act with its series of convulsive plot twists. See if you can guess the shocker of an ending before it's too late, when Glenview's Oil Lamp Theater presents Par for the Corpse.
 
   
Occidental Express Oct 12 - Nov 18, 2017  
Trap Door Theatre Occidental Express
 
Visionary director Istvan Szabo K returns to Chicago to stage Matei Visniec's Occidental Express, a visceral examination of people on a journey to forget their past for the promise of a mythical utopian future.
 
   
Tangles and Plagues Oct 12 - Nov 18, 2017  
Neo-Futurists Tangles and Plagues
 
From the release, attached - Tangles & Plaques attempts to demystify the experience of dementia in the language of theatre-offering a vivid, poignant, participatory experience that is unique to each audience and different every performance. Creator Kirsten Riiber and Director Jen Ellison conduct a symphony of impossible tasks and egregious forgery with the help of the audience and a cast including Riiber, Kaitlyn Andrews, Ida Cuttler, Justin Deming, Mike Hamilton, Nick Hart and Dan Kerr-Hobert. With guidance from Memory Care Director Alex Schwaninger, a professional counselor at the local Bethany Retirement Community, the ensemble interrogates the life and death of memories- how they persist, when they depart and the ways they distort over time.
 
   
A Swell In The Ground Oct 13 - Dec 10, 2017  
The Gift Theatre A Swell In The Ground
 
In intimate rooms throughout New York and Michigan, four friends from college fight through 17 years of love affairs, shattered dreams and compromised lives. Flipping back and forth through time like a photobook, this play-whose title is from a line of Emily Dickinson poetry- is equally breathtaking and heartbreakingly spare as Olivia, Nate, Abagail, and Charles try to reconcile the lives they imagined with the lives they live.
 
   
Living the Black Renaissance Oct 14 - Nov 26, 2017  
Black Ensemble Theater Living the Black Renaissance
 
Through the struggles, trials and tribulations of those who fought and fight against oppression and racism, Living The Black Renaissance is a musical and historical depiction of the African American experience in a racist America that will uplift, inspire and motivate all of us to create a world where racism cannot exist. Living The Black Renaissance (More Than A Moment In Time) is more than a play, it is a movement. A movement through song and dance that will help us understand the systemic process of racism and oppression. This thought provoking production will uncover the root of racism, what is it and why we must remove it from our society.
 
   
His Greatness Oct 14 - Nov 12, 2017  
Pride Arts Center - The Buena His Greatness
 
Three men - a great American playwright, his trusted and loyal assistant, and a young Canadian street hustler - find themselves together for two days in a hotel room in Vancouver. The ensuing battle for power, love and loyalty is frequently funny, engagingly dark and ultimately moving. HIS GREATNESS, inspired by a 'potentially true story' during the declining days of Tennessee Williams, is an intimate insight into the mind of a familiar public figure, grappling with the loss of former glory and desperate for a return to form and success.
 
   
The Devil's Disciple Oct 15 - Nov 6, 2017  
ShawChicago at Ruth Page Center For Arts The Devil's Disciple
 
Dick Dugeon, disgruntled with the British Empire after his father's death, is about to join the American Revolution. In a bold move, Dick takes the place of a local minister, who has been exposed as a member the resistance. Matters only get worse when Dick is arrested and sentenced to hang for a crime he did not commit: treason.
 
   
Amarillo Oct 17 - Oct 29, 2017  
Chicago Shakespeare Theater Amarillo
 
Amarillo tells the story of a man who departs Mexico for a land of dreams: Amarillo, Texas-but vanishes before reaching his destination. Far away, a woman reconstructs his journey, imagining what might have transpired not only for him, but for the other thousands of faceless men and women who have taken the same path-and for those who were left behind. Combining stunning multimedia projections, visceral imagery and poetic storytelling, the production is a rich theatrical meditation on the harsh realities faced by immigrants and their families. Amarillo is performed in Spanish with projected English translation.
 
   
1980 (Or Why I'm Voting for John Anderson) Oct 17 - Dec 2, 2017  
Jackalope Theatre at Broadway Armory 1980 (Or Why I'm Voting for John Anderson)
 
It's 1980 and an unknown congressman from Illinois, John Anderson, just might have a chance to be President of the United States. In the candidate's Boston campaign office, four idealistic young campaign workers struggle to spread the hope that their long-shot candidate might bring to the country and to their lives, while staving off that era's Unthinkable Presidency. 1980 (Or Why I'm Voting For John Anderson) pits youthful optimism against the status quo, in a world premiere comedy about class, race, and the politics of change.
 
   
In The Next Room, Or The Vibrator Play Oct 20 - Dec 16, 2017  
TimeLine Company at Stage 773 In The Next Room, Or The Vibrator Play
 
A story of awakening, equality, and the need for connection that was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for Drama. It is the 1880s and Thomas Edison's invention of the electric light has begun to change the fabric of daily life. Inspired by Edison's discovery, scientist and inventor Dr. Givings creates a piece of machinery to treat the increasingly common affliction of female hysteria. When he starts to see a new patient regularly, his wife's curiosity with the invention and what occurs "in the next room" grows, leading to discoveries of her own. This intimate and humorous story of self-discovery debunks the expectation of sexuality as a dirty word and shows that human connection is not simply a means to an end, but a vital part of life itself.
 
   
The Days of Commune Oct 20 - Nov 26, 2017  
Prop Theatre The Days of Commune
 
Brecht's last play, The Days of Commune, was written for the opening of his new theater, The Berliner Ensemble, following the complete devastation of World War II. Portraying the struggle of both ordinary Parisians and the novice Commune legislature in a time of revolutionary change, Brecht's play seeks a way to think beyond defeat. About The Days of Commune, Prop Thtr Artistic Director Stefan Brün said, "This epic is filled with song and fiery passions for our time."
 
   
Marisol Oct 20 - Nov 26, 2017  
Promethean Theatre Ensemble at Raven Theatre Marisol
 
An absurdist comedy in which a young New York City woman of Puerto Rican descent finds herself immersed in a battle led by angels to save the universe from an ineffectual God. After Marisol barely escaping a vicious attack on her subway trip home, her guardian angel pays a visit to tell her she can no longer serve as Marisol's protector because she has been called to join the revolution already in progress against an old and senile God who is dying and "taking the rest of the universe with him." Soon, Marisol is caught up in the Armageddon being fought on the streets of New York City.
 
   

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