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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 Cre 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?
 
   
Take Heart Mar 3 - Mar 31, 2016  
The Public House Theatre Take Heart
 
The opposite of fear is love. In this sketch revue, people who are paralyzed with terror at the thought of a first date enter the arena of their fears. Many will enter. Some will win. Some will lose. Some will get cats. Most will find comfort in a bottle of wine. And some aren't even human. Come celebrate the divine and the divisive with "Take Heart," and rethink your intimacy issues.
 
   
Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead Mar 3 - Mar 6, 2016  
Cats Cradle Theatre at Flat Iron Arts Building Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead
 
We all know the tale of Hamlet: there's his uncle who kills his father, demands of vengeance, a few girlfriend issues, backstabbing friends, and on top of it all, he get's hi-jacked by pirates! It might be safe to say, he's having the worst year ever. But what happens when we see the story told from Shakespeare's most underwhelming characters, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern? We've seen the chess game from the player's point of view; however, Stoppard gives us a peek into what the game is like from the pawns' eyes. Through a series of games, ridiculous banter, and several run-ins with a group of traveling actors, these two indistinguishable gents come face to face with a fate that couldn't possibly be determined. Could it?
 
   
A Nightmare on Backstreet: A Boy Band Musical Parody Mar 4 - Mar 26, 2016  
The Public House Theatre A Nightmare on Backstreet: A Boy Band Musical Parody
 
A Nightmare on Backstreet hilariously goes where no musical has gone before: it combines the story of the original Nightmare on Elm Street movie with the music of '90s boy band sensation Backstreet Boys. In this new live action horror parody, the teenagers of Backstreet are all having devilish nightmares about the same guy, Teddy Crooner. And no matter how distracted they get by all the '90s boy band singing and dancing, just like in Nightmare on Elm Street, if they die in their dreams, they die in real life. A Nightmare on Backstreet combines '90s nostalgia and classic horror tropes to make a musical parody not to be missed.
 
   
I've Got the World on a String: Harold Arlen's Songs of Love and Loss Mar 4 - Apr 10, 2016  
City Lit Theater I've Got the World on a String: Harold Arlen's Songs of Love and Loss
 
Joe's Bar. Manhattan. Summertime, the middle of the 1940s. The first act is very late at night; the second is the next evening. Three men and three women. A piano player. They've got the world on a string. For a while, anyway.
 
   
Julius Caesar Mar 4 - Apr 3, 2016  
The Brown Paper Box Co. at The Greenhouse Theater Center Julius Caesar
 
Julius Caesar tells the classic story of Brutus, a young political leader forced to choose between personal alliances to his home and political loyalties to his state. Guest director Lavina Jadhwani reexamines the world's most famous assassination story - featuring a female Julius Caesar, female Mark Antony, and male Calphurnia - told through a gender-conscious lens.
 
   
Proof Mar 4 - Apr 3, 2016  
Color Box Theatre at Royal George Theatre Proof
 
Winning both a Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award in 2001, David Auburn's powerful drama Proof examines the fine line between genius and insanity. In the play, a groundbreaking mathematical proof is discovered in the attic of a recently-deceased math genius, leaving Catherine, his troubled adult daughter, to track down its origins and prove its authorship. Now, Catherine must come to terms with her father's untimely death and face her fears of inheriting his brilliance and madness -- all amidst complicated situations of a budding romance with her father's former student and the unplanned arrival of her estranged sister. Making its way to Chicago's Royal George Theater, Proof chronicles the discovery of self-identity through intellectual and emotional challenges and explores the power of love to help us reach our true potential.
 
   
You Never Can Tell Mar 5 - Mar 28, 2016  
ShawChicago at Ruth Page Center For Arts You Never Can Tell
 
It's 1896, and the British suffrage movement is steadily gaining steam. Dolly, Philip and Gloria arrive with their mother, Mrs. Clandon, famed advocate and author of books on modern gender roles, propriety and behavior. However, upon reaching English soil, the three siblings press their mother to reveal their father's identity. Little do they know that they have already met him: a crotchety Fergus Crampton; and his tenant, a misogynistic, five-shilling dentist named Valentine. To make matters worse for the separated pair, their children have unwittingly invited them all to lunch. Amidst the impending fiasco, Valentine declares his love for Gloria. In his dogged pursuit, both are pitched into a heated debate about women's rights to education, owning property, a job, and marriage.
 
   
D.O.A. Mar 5 - Apr 5, 2016  
Strawdog Theatre D.O.A.
 
Frank Bigelow (Mickey O'Sullivan) walks into a police station to report a murder: his own. He only has a few hours to hunt for his own killers and untangle the web of lies that has brought him here. Based on the 1950 Rudolph Mate film of the same name that is considered a classic of the film noir genre.
 
   
Blackfish The Musical Mar 5 - Apr 9, 2016  
MCL Chicago Blackfish The Musical
 
Based off of the controversial 2013 documentary, Blackfish The Musical shows audiences the operations of the greatest place on earth - Sea Universe, until a tragic accident happens to their Head Trainer, which changes the lives of the entire Sea Universe staff forever.
 
   
Short Shakespeare- Twelfth Night Mar 5 - Apr 9, 2016  
Chicago Shakespeare Theater Short Shakespeare- Twelfth Night
 
Shakespeare's romantic comedy is designed to immerse students, young audiences and families alike in the playwright's timeless work in this 75-minute abridged production. A pair of shipwrecked twins set into motion a tale of mistaken identity and unlikely love. Separated from her brother Sebastian, the quick-thinking Viola adopts a male disguise and enters the service of the handsome Duke Orsino-only to find herself in the middle of a triangle of unrequited love. Following each Saturday performance, the actors remain on stage for a question-and-answer session, then join the audience in the Lobby for conversations and photos.
 
   
A Night With Janis Joplin Mar 6  
Chicago Theatre A Night With Janis Joplin
 
Starring Mary Bridget Davies in the breakout role that brought her a Tony nomination, the Broadway musical event A Night With Janis Joplin captures the legendary singer's life and legacy with all of the intensity of an actual Joplin concert. With powerful musical numbers including "Cry Baby," "Piece of My Heart," "Me and Bobby McGee," "Summertime" and "Mercedes Benz," as well as one song Joplin never formally recorded, the show boasts a full band and cast who bring the blues-rocker's story to the stage along with those of some of her famous musical influences, including Bessie Smith, Etta James, Aretha Franklin and Nina Simone.
 
   
Mai Dang Lao Mar 6 - Apr 10, 2016  
Sideshow Theatre Company at Victory Gardens Theater - Biograph Mai Dang Lao
 
There's a correct order to everything when you work in the fast food industry. That's why Sophie's such a problem for her bosses: her attitude and aloofness threaten the food chain. But when a phone call from the local police warns of a crime committed in the restaurant, Sophie's coworkers are given permission to restore proper balance and set things in their place. A mordant and terrifying world premiere based on true events, MAI DANG LAO examines the ways we all get trapped, and what we're capable of doing when someone lets us.
 
   

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