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Flanagan's Wake Feb 26 - Apr 15, 2016  
Chicago Theatre Works Flanagan's Wake
 
Flanagan's Wake transports the audience to the fictional town of Grapplin, County Sligo, Ireland, where local roustabout, Flanagan, has died. Here they meet an eclectic cast of characters including Fiona Finn, Flanagan's spirited fiancee of 22 years, Brian Ballybunion, his best friend and drinking mate, Father Damon Fitzgerald, the sharp-tongued parish priest, Mayor O'Doul, the town mayor and bartender, the innocent Mother Flanagan and several other colorful citizens. The mourners pay their respects to the deceased in the Irish tradition (with a quick stop at the pub first).
 
   
Zoyka's Apartment Feb 26 - Apr 2, 2016  
Bluebird Arts at Athenaeum Theatre Zoyka's Apartment
 
Post-Revolution Soviet Union wasn't exactly home to the easiest of entrepreneurial opportunities ... it was more like the scene of a desperate mass exodus. But while everyone around her was scrambling to escape from their economic discontent and make way to Paris, Madame Zoyka -- bold, intelligent and hardheaded woman that she was -- decided to turn her apartment into a dressmaker's shop. Focusing on her frantic efforts to save as much as she can before the opportunity disappears, Mikhail Bulgakov's Zoyka's Apartment presents all the tragedy and farcical comedy of one powerful woman's efforts. Watch it all unfold on the stage of Athenaeum Theatre Studio Three in Chicago.
 
   
Sex Lives of the Zebra Finch Feb 26 - Mar 20, 2016  
On the Spot Theatre Company at Berger Park Coach House Sex Lives of the Zebra Finch
 
Marla Harrison, a fifth grade teacher, doesn’t know what to do when the childhood friend, who almost married her husband, moves back to Chicago. Carl Harrison, a scientist connected to a study of the mating habits of the Zebra Finch, discovers that a failed engagement can cause havoc long after it has ended. John Martin, a software engineer, learns that trying to emulate the past romantic entanglements of others doubles your problems in the future. And, Sarah Martin, a real estate agent who couldn’t marry the man of her dreams, has to live with the one now sleeping next to her who seems to dream mostly of robots. Meanwhile, the children of these two couples, recent college graduates back at home, have their own plans that could make everyone reconsider the meaning of love.
 
   
Other Desert Cities Feb 26 - Mar 12, 2016  
Albright Theatre Company Other Desert Cities
 
It is Christmas Eve 2004 at the Palm Springs home of Polly and Lyman Wyeth, old-school Republicans who counted Ronald and Nancy Reagan among their close friends. They are joined by their daughter, Brooke, a liberal New York writer; son, Trip, who produces a celebrity courtroom reality show; and Polly's sister, Silda, fresh out of rehab.
 
   
The Internet Ate My Brain Feb 27  
Skokie Theatre The Internet Ate My Brain
 
A one-man "Forbidden Broadway of the Internet," the show skewers topics as varied as our obsession with online shopping, addiction to selfies, online romance, the decline of privacy, and more. "Technology has changed the ways we live, love, work, and think," Dyszel says. "It's taking us on a ride to a destination we may not have requested."
 
   
Bronzeville the Musical Feb 27  
Chicago Theatre Bronzeville the Musical
 
Bronzeville the Musical explores the rich history of African-Americans as they journeyed to Chicago in the early 20th century. This thought-provoking story is filled with testimonials, laughter, tears and voices of great courage, all conveying the experiences of those who took part in the "Great Migration." The Chicago Theatre production features vibrant choreography, soulful voices and spell-binding performances delivered by the city's own community actors. Hear an original score paying homage to hometown legends such as Robert Abbot, founder of the Chicago Defender, Lorraine Hansberry, the award-winning playwright and activist who penned A Raisin in the Sun, as well as the famed Lindy Hoppers, who danced their hearts out at the Savoy Ballroom. Bronzeville ties in jazz, blues and gospel tunes and features community artists and musical guests like the Mahdi Theatre Company's Jazz Orchestra.
 
   
Heathers: The Musical Feb 28 - Apr 24, 2016  
Kokandy Productions at Theater Wit Heathers: The Musical
 
HEATHERS: THE MUSICAL is a rock musical based on the 1988 cult film Heathers. Seventeen-year-old Veronica Sawyer is a brainy, beautiful teenage misfit who hustles her way into the most powerful and ruthless clique at Westerberg High: The Heathers. But before she can get comfortable atop the high school food chain, Veronica falls in love with the dangerously sexy new kid J.D. A hilarious, heartfelt, and homicidal new show based on one of the greatest teen comedies of all time.
 
   
Mary Poppins Feb 28 - Mar 27, 2016  
Stage 773 Mary Poppins
 
Based on the stories of P.L. Travers and the beloved Disney film, the hit Broadway musical adaptation of Mary Poppins lands on Stage 773 with a heartwarming score, spoonfuls of imagination and a flying nanny who's practically perfect in every way. Both you and your kids will be swept away by tunes as "Spoonful of Sugar," "Chim Chim Cher-ee" and of course, everybody's favorite tongue-twister, "Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious." Mary Poppins was co-created by acclaimed British producer Cameron Mackintosh (Oliver!) and features music and lyrics by the legendary Sherman brothers, George Stiles and Anthony Drewe, with a book by Julian Fellowes (Downton Abbey). So head to Chicago's Stage 773 for the magic of Mary Poppins -- because "anything can happen if you let it."
 
   
Applause Mar 1 - Mar 3, 2016  
Porchlight Music Theatre at Stage 773 Applause
 
Based on the Academy Award winning film All About Eve starring Bette Davis, and the short story The Wisdom of Eve on which it is based, Applause tells the iconic story of Broadway legend "Margo Channing" (Kettenring) and her overzealous "fan" "Eve Harrington" (Lauren Roesner, a new Porchlight discovery making her Chicago debut). Harrington insinuates herself into the company of Channing and her circle of theater friends, playing the ingenue while plotting to steal Channing's career and her man, "Bill Sampson" (David Schlumpf, also making his Porchlight debut.) Applause, opened on Broadway in 1970 and won two Tony's including Best Musical and Best Actress for star, Lauren Bacall. It features the hits songs "Backstage Babble," "But Alive," "Fasten Your Seat Belts " and "Welcome to the Theatre."
 
   
Twelfth Night Mar 1 - Mar 13, 2016  
Chicago Shakespeare Theater Twelfth Night
 
Two worlds collide in Filter Theatre's explosive take on Shakespeare's lyrical Twelfth Night, originally commissioned for the Royal Shakespeare Company's Complete Works Festival in 2006. This story of romance, satire and mistaken identity combines dynamic narrative drive with a torrent of sound and music. Olivia's melancholic, puritanical household clashes head on with Sir Toby's insatiable appetite for drunken debauchery. Orsino's relentless pursuit of Olivia and Malvolio's extraordinary transformation typify the madness of love in Illyria: land of make-believe and illusion. Experience the madness of love in this heady world where riotous gig meets Shakespeare.
 
   
Blood Wedding Mar 2 - Apr 24, 2016  
Lookingglass Theatre Blood Wedding
 
When a young bride-to-be receives a visit from a former paramour on her wedding day, a family blood feud threatens the celebration and sparks a deadly dance of love and deception, family and revenge, beauty and betrayal. Lorca - one of Spain's most revered and controversial dramatists - dared to pen a seductive tale of passion and vendetta in a rural Spanish community, one that speaks to any heart longing for true connection. Lookingglass celebrates Lorca's revolutionary theatrical vision and this bold and timeless work in an immersive experience lush with music, movement, and poetic storytelling.
 
   
In A Little World Of Our Own Mar 2 - Apr 10, 2016  
Irish Theatre of Chicago at The Den Theatre In A Little World Of Our Own
 
Set against the violent tremors in the North, three brothers are thrust into a tense whodunit where one of them must pay for a heinous crime. A wry, moral and psychological thriller from Northern Ireland's preeminent playwright.
 
   
Scheissennacht Mar 2 - Mar 30, 2016  
The Public House Theatre Scheissennacht
 
Back from its successful first run, Scheissennacht is a sketch revue conceived by duo Kaiser Baby (Alicia Kraft and Dan Neilan). Straight from a Weimar-era German Cabaret, a six-person ensemble cast invites you to enjoy and endure an evening of sketch comedy that lives in the twilight between familiar and absurd. You'll see the Marquis de Sade entertain his guests to the point of disgust, a suicide hotline operator confronted with his own despair, and a Motley Crüe song followed to its only logical conclusion. From suicidal bosses to babies made of meat, Scheissenacht is an evening that promises leave you unsettled and delighted in equal measures.
 
   
Nothing Of Me Mar 3 - Apr 3, 2016  
Akvavit Theatre at Signal Ensemble Theatre Nothing Of Me
 
Arne Lygre's new play NOTHING OF ME is a post-modern ghost story. Not long after an unspeakable tragedy, a wife and mother walks away from her entire life for a new relationship with a much younger man. Is she moving on towards a bright new life, or is she sinking deeper into self-destruction? In a playful yet haunting style, Lygre delves into the bond of love, its force and its dead-ends, using ruthlessly telltale dialogue. The play warns us of the danger we are all guilty of when we imprison others within our expectations, through the very love we feel for them.
 
   
Richard III Mar 3 - May 1, 2016  
The Gift Theatre at Steppenwolf Theatre Richard III
 
n collaboration with lead production sponsor The Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago, The Gift's RICHARD III re-defines what (dis)ability and Shakespeare's great villain look like by utilizing both a disabled actor in the title role as well as assistive devices past and present as articulations of Richard's protean identity, character, and self-perception.
 
   
Cinderella... After the Ball Mar 3 - May 8, 2016  
Marriott Theatre for Young Audiences at Marriott Theatre In Lincolnshire Cinderella... After the Ball
 
Encountering a world of familiar fairy tale characters, now disenchanted and just plain dissed, Cinderella... After the Ball follows the story of Princesses Rapunzel and Sleeping Beauty as they join Cinderella on her quest for a real happily ever after. Girl power abounds as the friends take matters into their own hands to save the kingdom from the wicked Pinocchio. Beloved classic characters unite in this brand new, contemporary sequel to the treasured tale, reminding audiences of all ages of the true power of hope, friendship and bravery.
 
   
Proof Mar 3 - Apr 3, 2016  
Oil Lamp Theater Proof
 
On the eve of her 25th birthday, Catherine, a troubled young woman, has spent years caring for her brilliant but unstable father, a famous mathematician. Now, following his death, she must deal with her own volatile emotions; the arrival of her estranged sister, Claire; and the romantic attentions of Hal, a former student of her father's who hopes to find valuable work in the 103 notebooks that her father left behind. Over the long weekend that follows, a burgeoning romance and the discovery of a mysterious notebook draw Catherine into the most difficult problem of all: How much of her father's madness-or genius-will she inherit?
 
   

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