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Hand In Hand Sep 14 - Oct 16, 2016  
Akvavit Theatre at The Den Theatre Hand In Hand
 
In this madcap black comedy from Sweden, six accidental roommates struggle to find money, love and - hardest of all - their own apartment in Stockholm. Each works hard to manipulate the system in their own ways, but all of them are willing to go to extreme lengths to find a place (or person) to call home. They look for shelter in the wilderness, the bedroom, and, - in their most desperate moments - the government. As the characters lives spiral hilariously and disastrously out of control, they discover just how painstakingly high the cost of living really can be.
 
   
Songs Of Lear Sep 15 - Sep 18, 2016  
Chicago Shakespeare Theater Songs Of Lear
 
The highest-rated performance in the 2012 Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Songs of Lear is an ensemble-driven, constantly evolving original work that invites audiences to witness the fruition of an intimate artistic process. Using crucial scenes from King Lear, it weaves a story using gestures, words and music, exploring the subtle energies and beautiful rhythms that govern one of Shakespeare's greatest tragedies. Through this musical exploration of the text, melody becomes the embodiment of character, relationships and drama. London's The Guardian exclaims, it "seems to have already passed into legend even though it's only a work in progress."
 
   
The City Of Conversation Sep 15 - Oct 23, 2016  
Northlight Theatre The City Of Conversation
 
In 1979 Washington D.C., socialite Hester Ferris throws posh dinner parties that can change the course of politics. But when her son turns up with an ambitious Reagan-ite girlfriend and a shocking new world view, it ignites a family divide that spans over 30 years and six presidential administrations. As power shifts from one generation to the next, a family struggles to maintain ties while on opposite sides of the partisan fence.
 
   
Visiting Edna Sep 15 - Nov 6, 2016  
Steppenwolf Theatre Visiting Edna
 
Edna has suffered a number of losses as she has aged, and now faces the stealthy advance of cancer embodied by an intimate figure that she could do without. Home for a visit, Edna's son Andrew is trying to bridge the gulf between the childhood love they shared and the aggressively polite but baffling relationship they now live with. Mother and son stumble toward honesty as they wrestle with the distractions-both mundane and profound-that keep us from real connection.
 
   
Man in the Ring Sep 15 - Oct 16, 2016  
Court Theatre Man in the Ring
 
Based on the true story of six-time world champion boxer Emile Griffith, Man in the Ring charts Emile's humble beginnings in the U.S. Virgin Islands to his infamous match against his archrival Benny "Kid" Paret. When Benny challenges Emile's sexual identity, Griffith responds in the ring and leaves a mark that lingers long after their legendary encounter. Man in the Ring is a story of violence, love, and life under the public eye-and one man's fight to get the world back in his corner.
 
   
The Bardy Bunch Sep 15 - Nov 27, 2016  
Mercury Theater The Bardy Bunch
 
It is 1974. We join the Bradys and the Partridges just after the ABC Network ceased airing their chronicles. It was a summer when these beloved TV families, no longer under America's watchful eye, met on a collision course in a blood-soaked, vengeance-fueled, lust-filled crossover episode of Shakespearean proportions.
 
   
Pump Boys and Dinettes Sep 15 - Oct 16, 2016  
Theatre At The Center Pump Boys and Dinettes
 
Set on Highway 57, somewhere between Frog Level and Smyrna, in the folksy, fun style of Grand Old Opry memories, this countrified musical is a tribute to life along the open road. The story celebrates life's simple pleasures and the value of friendship between four gas station attendants and two waitresses at the Double Cupp Diner. Together, they perform a menu of country and western songs that have received rave reviews beginning with its Broadway debut in 1982 and continuing for many years in Chicago.
 
   
Hand to God Sep 16 - Oct 16, 2016  
Victory Gardens Theater - Biograph Hand to God
 
The God-fearing children of Cypress, Texas spend their after-school hours practicing Christian Puppet Ministry at the local church. When one devout young boy discovers that his hand puppet has a life of its own, all hell breaks loose. Literally. In this sidesplitting and lightning-paced comedy, a satanic sock puppet named Tyrone shows the children, minister, and school bully who's really in charge. Declared "flat-out hilarious" by The New York Times and described as "Sesame Street meets The Exorcist" by The New Yorker; Hand to God by Robert Askins and directed by Gary Griffin (Never the Sinner, Appropriate) makes its Chicago premiere after thrilling audiences on Broadway last season and receiving a Tony Award nomination for Best Play.
 
   
Those the River Keeps Sep 16 - Oct 1, 2016  
Jedlicka Performing Arts Center Those the River Keeps
 
A former mob hitman who's left his criminal ways in the rear-view mirror, Phil has come to Hollywood to try his luck as a television actor. But making it in the entertainment biz is tough, and with little success in Hollywood Phil is largely supported by his wife Susie, a waitress. Unfortunately, Susie desperately wants something in return, something Phil is not prepared or eager to give: a child. When Sal, a mysterious man from Phil's past, appears and offers him the chance to return to an exciting life of crime, he's faced with a decision that may change the course of his life in Those the River Keeps, presented at Jedlicka Performing Arts Center in Cicero.
 
   
The Happiest Place On Earth Sep 17 - Oct 23, 2016  
Sideshow Theatre Company at The Greenhouse Theater Center The Happiest Place On Earth
 
Once upon a time in an Anaheim, California orange grove, a magical kingdom was built and dedicated to America's history, dreams and wildest hopes. Eight years later, one family's American prince died on live television while delivering the Albuquerque sports scores, leaving his four daughters and their mother behind. Left reeling from the loss of their patriarch, the family underwent a quest to reach the magical kingdom and seek solace and recovery. Now, more than fifty years after their journey, acclaimed playwright Philip Dawkins retraces and illustrates the true story of the women in his family, exploring their history and asking if there really is a place where the dream that we wish can come true.
 
   
Misalliance Sep 17 - Oct 10, 2016  
ShawChicago at Ruth Page Center For Arts Misalliance
 
Enter 1909 Britain, when everyone rich is obsessed with propriety, the latest trends in plumbing and Turkish baths. The old money Summerhays and nouveau riche Tarleton families, who became rich selling underwear, are soon to be united. The spoiled and ineffectual Bentley Summerhays is engaged to Hypatia Tartleton, who has no care for love, breaks all the rules, and is having an affair with her soon-to-be father-in-law, Lord Summerhays. Meanwhile, her brother John Tarleton, Jr. is hell-bent on stopping the marriage.
 
   
Blind Date Sep 17 - Oct 8, 2016  
Under The Gun Theater Blind Date
 
Relationships are hard. Dating is harder. That's why Blind Date is here to help Chicagoans find love, or at least a reasonable approximation. Blind Date matches two people on a very real blind date who will navigate all the excitement and curiosity of a first date on stage. The cast then improvises all the romance and challenges of this couple's future together. We cannot stress enough that this is a very real blind date. It is sure to be a show that's as spark-filled as you would expect any successful blind date to be.
 
   
Cheers Live On Stage Sep 20 - Oct 23, 2016  
Broadway Playhouse Cheers Live On Stage
 
A classic comedy performed in two acts, CHEERS LIVE ON STAGE will feature the interior of the iconic neighborhood bar, where drinking all day is the Norm. Audiences will laugh along with Carla, Coach, Cliff and Norm, as Sam "Mayday" Malone and Diane "Buzzkill" Chambers meet for the first time, share a first kiss and a first fight!
 
   
The People's Choice Sep 21 - Oct 30, 2016  
Genesis Theatrical Productions at Redtwist Theatre The People's Choice
 
A political satire about presidential politics, the play has been reworked by the playwright to reflect the current political season including a singing, dancing nominee with a remarkable head of hair.
 
   
Tony 'n Tina's Wedding Sep 22 - Dec 31, 2016  
Chicago Theatre Works Tony 'n Tina's Wedding
 
Presented by the original New York producers, in conjunction with Chicago Theater Works, comes the return of one of Chicago's longest-running, smash hit shows, Tony 'n Tina's Wedding -- and everyone's invited! You and the other audience members are treated like family at this interactive improvisational comedy. The fun starts with the happy couple's wedding ceremony inside a real church (Resurrection Church), followed by the all-inclusive reception just one block away at Vinnie Black's Coliseum, featuring a full Italian dinner, wedding cake, champagne toast, dancing to great music and lots of love and laughs. As part of the audience, you're considered a wedding guest and are allowed to mix, mingle and interact with all of the participants. You never know what drama you might get swept up in with this crazy Italian family! The improvisational nature of the show lets you go multiple times and see different stories play out each time.Tony 'n' Tina's Wedding will reopen in November 2009
 
   
Enamorarse de un incendio Sep 22 - Sep 24, 2016  
Chicago Shakespeare Theater Enamorarse de un incendio
 
One of Mexico City's most innovative and courageous theater companies, Foro Shakespeare is world-renowned for its social justice work and inventive spirit. Enamorarse de un incendio, its first production with acclaimed Chilean playwright Eduardo Pavez Goye, draws on Shakespeare's exploration of love and relationships in Romeo and Juliet. Aimed at breaking the traditional mold of theater in Mexico, Foro Shakespeare utilizes camera-work and film projection to highlight and hide moments during three conversations on the phenomenon of love.
 
   
Young Frankenstein Sep 22 - Nov 6, 2016  
Metropolis Performing Arts Centre Young Frankenstein
 
Comedic genius Mel Brooks' hit movie comes to life in this mad-cap musical. Frederick Frankenstein distances himself from his family legacy but a call to settle his inherited estate in Transylvania brings him closer to the ancestors famous for bringing the dead back to life. With the help of a hunchbacked side-kick, Igor (pronounced Eye-Gore) and a voluptuous lab assistant, Inga, Frederick finds himself swept into the mad scientist shoes of his grandfather. This raucous musical comedy hit is filled with memorable songs like Transylvania Mania and Puttin' On The Ritz.
 
   

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