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Season On The Line Sep 12 - Oct 26, 2014  
The House Theatre of Chicago at Chopin Theatre Season On The Line
 
Pfautsch's modern adaptation, Season on the Line, is a love letter to American theater featuring a 19 person cast. Melville's story of the hunt for the white whale is transformed into the Bad Settlement Theatre Company, beleaguered by a dilapidated building, strained finances and a tyrannical artistic director with a singular focus: the first-ever perfect production of Moby-Dick. A novice assistant stage manager joins the ranks at the top of the company's make-or-break season and is thrown quickly into the fray. Mirroring Melville's unconventional form, Season on the Line is the young narrator's look back at the industry he has grown to love, even as those around him pay the ultimate price in pursuit of their own great white whale.
 
   
Alice Invents a Little Game and Alice Always Wins Sep 12 - Oct 5, 2014  
Forget Me Not Theatre Company at The Den Theatre Alice Invents a Little Game and Alice Always Wins
 
From Nick Flynn, the author of acclaimed memoirs Another Bullsh*t Night in Suck City and The Ticking is the Bomb, comes an enigmatic and haunting stage play, Alice Invents a Little Game and Alice Always Wins. In the wake of a natural disaster in their city, four strangers find themselves locked out of their homes, abandoned on the sidewalk. Day by day, they become friends, enemies, and everything else in between. Now Ben Kaye directs this tale of desperation, dreaming and donuts for the Forget Me Not Theatre Company.
 
   
Hack/Slash Sep 12 - Nov 1, 2014  
Chemically Imbalanced Theater Hack/Slash
 
Hack/Slash is the story of horror victim survivor Cassie Hack who, together with her disfigured sidekick Vlad, travels the country (and sometimes the underworld) fighting evil slashers who refuse to just lay down and die even after being burned, impaled and shot 20 times. The original comic book series, on which this production is based, ended its run in May of 2013. The series was recently relaunched by Image Comics as Hack/Slash: Son of Samhain and is co-written by Seeley's brother Steve Seeley and Michael Moreci.
 
   
The Good Doctor Sep 12 - Sep 27, 2014  
Jedlicka Performing Arts Center The Good Doctor
 
In Neil Simon's Tony Award-winning comedy, an unnamed writer (obviously meant to represent Anton Chekhov himself) suffers from writer's block and his own artistic temperament as he narrates to the audience several of his stories: a fiesty old woman storms a bank and upbraids the manager for his gout and lack of money; a father takes his son to a house where he will be initiated into the mysteries of sex, only to relent at the last moment and leave the boy more perplexed than ever; and let's not forget the classic tale of a man who offers to drown himself for three rubles. The stories are droll, the portraits affectionate, the humor infectious and the fun unending.
 
   
Macbeth Sep 13 - Sep 21, 2014  
Chicago Opera Theater at Harris Theater Macbeth
 
Conducted by Francesco Milioto and directed and designed by COT General Director Andreas Mitisek, "Macbeth" features the collective talents of COT, the Chicago Sinfonietta and the Apollo Chorus under the direction of Stephen Alltop. Together they provide an expressive soundscape for this bone-chilling thriller based on themes of ambition, treachery and deception. The opera will be performed in English, maintaining much of Shakespeare's original text.
 
   
The World of Extreme Happiness Sep 13 - Oct 12, 2014  
Goodman Theatre The World of Extreme Happiness
 
The World of Extreme Happiness centers on Sunny, who was unwanted from the moment she was born in rural China because she's not a boy, and who migrates to the city in pursuit of urban success. As na´ve as she is ambitious, Sunny views her new job in a grueling factory as a stepping stone to untold opportunities. When fate casts her as a company spokeswoman at a sham PR event, Sunny's bright outlook starts to unravel in a series of harrowing and darkly comic events, as she begins to question a system enriching itself by destroying its own people.
 
   
Ghetto Klown Sep 13  
Chicago Theatre Ghetto Klown
 
Following in the unabashed and uncensored tradition of his acclaimed productions Freak and Sexaholix ... A Love Story, Emmy and Obie Award winner John Leguizamo (Chef, the Ice Age series) reveals his own personal and professional story in Ghetto Klown. In his trademark style, the piece explodes with energy, leading you on a fever-pitch adventure and heating up the stage with vivid accounts of where he's been and the colorful characters who've populated his life. Leguizamo shares outrageous memories -- from his adolescence in Queens to his early days on the 1980s avant-garde theater scene. Veteran Hollywood character actor and Leguizamo's longtime personal friend Fisher Stevens directs the production.
 
   
Let Me Down Easy Sep 13 - Oct 10, 2014  
American Theatre Company Let Me Down Easy
 
Actress and documentarian Anna Deavere Smith (The West Wing, Nurse Jackie) interviewed more than 300 subjects for Let Me Down Easy, a 90-minute humorous and heart-wrenching look at 19 diverse Americans on the road toward the end-from cyclist Lance Armstrong to former Texas Governor Ann Richards. The production is directed by Bonnie Metzgar and features ATC Ensemble Member Usman Ally (Disgraced).
 
   
Fail/Safe Sep 14 - Oct 14, 2014  
Strawdog Theatre Fail/Safe
 
Some plays push you to the edge of seat, but only Fail/Safe will leave you sitting on the brink of eternity. This world premiere from Strawdog Theatre Company takes you back to the Cold War at its absolute iciest. Adapted from Sidney Lumet's 1964 movie starring Henry Fonda, Fail/Safe effectively imagines a nightmare scenario where a systems failure threatens to trigger World War III. As time runs out, the President and his advisers scramble to find a strategy that will save the planet from a nuclear holocaust. Anderson Lawfer directs this new work based on the gripping novel by Professors Eugene Burdick and Harvey Wheeler at the Strawdog Theatre.
 
   
Mercy Strain Sep 14 - Oct 18, 2014  
American Theatre Company Mercy Strain
 
Broadway actor Michael Milligan's Mercy Strain, directed at ATC by Tom Oppenheim, follows the harrowing journey of one man, Joe, a body shop owner and Rush Limbaugh listener whose life begins to fall apart when his beloved wife is diagnosed with cancer. When his insurance cannot cover his wife's treatments, Joe rapidly descends into bankruptcy and divorce to qualify for Medicare. Mercy Strain is supported in part by the Illinois Single Payer Coalition, Physicians for a National Health Program, and National Nurses United.
 
   
All My Sons Sep 16 - Nov 15, 2014  
Raven Theatre All My Sons
 
Miller's play masterfully combines a postwar setting with themes that date back to Greek tragedies into a drama that remains timeless. Joe Keller is a 60-year-old businessman who, knowingly or unknowingly, sold faulty parts for fighter jets to the U.S. Air Force, resulting in 21 crashes and the deaths of dozens of airmen during the war. The son of Joe's former business partner, who was convicted of negligence for those actions while Joe was exonerated, accuses Joe of falsely shifting blame to his partner. The accusation creates a rift between Joe and his son Chris, who is engaged to the partner's daughter.
 
   
The Night Alive Sep 18 - Nov 16, 2014  
Steppenwolf Theatre The Night Alive
 
The kindness of strangers comes with complications. Tommy is getting by-kind of: he is crashing in his uncle's ramshackle house in Dublin, dodging his estranged family, and plotting a parade of get-rich-quick scenes with his buddy Doc. Then one day he defends a destitute woman against a violent attack, and a fragile glimmer of hope appears as Tommy tends to her in his run-down room. From the author of The Weir, Shining City and The Seafarer comes this compelling new drama-by turns funny and frightening, but always deeply human.
 
   
Agreed Upon Fictions Sep 18 - Oct 25, 2014  
16th Street Theater at Berwyn Cultural Center Agreed Upon Fictions
 
. Katie is a good mother. She's a natural Good Samaritan in her quiet suburb, and her family is happy and secure. But when the most vulnerable member of the community is revealed as a threat, Katie's instincts lead her to try to protect both her neighbor and her family, leaving no one feeling safe.
 
   
Dial "M" For Murder Sep 18 - Oct 19, 2014  
Metropolis Performing Arts Centre Dial
 
Best known for its classic Alfred Hitchcock-helmed film adaptation, Dial "M" for Murder was first a successful stage play written by another English master of suspense, Frederick Knott (Wait Until Dark). After marrying for money, Tony Wendice plans to murder his unfortunate wife to claim her fortune for himself. He arranges the perfect crime ... but things don't go quite according to plan. His wife survives, and the contract killer hired to do her in ends up dead. This masterpiece of construction and plotting weaves a tangled web of clues and red herrings, back-stabbings and blackmail that will keep you hooked from start to finish.
 
   
The Monster In The Hall Sep 19 - Oct 26, 2014  
Filament Theatre The Monster In The Hall
 
Duck Macatarsney is an imaginative, quick-talking teenager named after the Ducati Monster, her mother's favorite motorcycle. In caring for her dope-smoking MS-stricken father, obsessing over her high school crush, and preserving the memory of her mother, Duck can find life a wee bit overwhelming. When Duck learns that Social Services is sending an inspector to see how she and her father are 'getting on,' Duck and her father must put on a show of normalcy. This would be fine, except teen heart-throb Lawrence has just come over with a strange proposal, there's a Norwegian death metal chick at the front door and this morning Duck's dad has woken up blind. Developed through workshops and conversations with real teenage caretakers, THE MONSTER IN THE HALL explores family and community through 60's pop music, video games, and a high speed motorcycle chase.
 
   
A Kurt Weill Cabaret Sep 19 - Oct 19, 2014  
Theo Ubique Cabaret Theatre at No Exit Cafe A Kurt Weill Cabaret
 
A cabaret of songs by the German-born composer of "September Song" and "Mack the Knife." A Kurt Weill Cabaret will feature new arrangements and musical direction by two-time Jeff-Award winner Jeremy Ramey. Weill, who began his career in Germany, emigrated to the U.S. in 1935 where he went on to write Broadway musicals with lyricists including Ogden Nash, Ira Gershwin and Maxwell Anderson. Ramey, honored by the Jeffs for his musical direction of Smokey Joe's Cafe and The Light in the Piazza, was previously music director for Theo Ubique's Aspects of Love, Passion, and Master Class.
 
   
At Home at the Zoo Sep 19 - Oct 26, 2014  
City Lit Theater At Home at the Zoo
 
The play is Albee's expanded version of his 1959 one-act The Zoo Story. In 2004 Albee wrote a first act for it, subtitled Homelife, in which we witness Peter's conversation with his wife Ann shortly before he leaves to read in the park where, in what is now Act Two, he will have his fateful encounter with Jerry.
 
   

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