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after all the terrible things i do Mar 11 - Apr 10, 2016  
About Face Theatre at Theater Wit after all the terrible things i do
 
This gripping and intimate new play from one of American theatre's rising stars explores the dark side of ordinary people, second chances and the price of forgiveness. Returning to his Midwestern hometown after college, Daniel, a young gay writer, takes a job at the local bookstore he knew as a child. After he and Linda, the Filipina bookstore owner, begin working together, they discover they share a dark connection that goes much deeper than a love of literature.
 
   
Recent Tragic Events Mar 11 - Apr 10, 2016  
Interrobang Theatre Project at Athenaeum Theatre Recent Tragic Events
 
A dark comedy set in Minneapolis on the evening of Sept. 12, 2001. Andrew, an awkward, yet endearing airport bookstore manager and Waverly, an attractive advertising executive, are meant to go on a blind-date. But as Waverly becomes increasingly distracted trying to reach her sister, a NYC resident who's been unaccounted for since 9/11, the date begins to unravel. Questions of fate versus free will, shocking coincidences and unexpected visits lead to one bizarre turn after another in this existential exploration.
 
   
Mary-Kate Olsen Is In Love Mar 13 - Mar 29, 2016  
The Comrades at Apollo Theater Mary-Kate Olsen Is In Love
 
Grace is 27, married to her high-school sweetheart, makes good money, and should be way happier than she is. But her husband lost his job and now all he does is play Xbox and smoke pot and Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen might be her best friends but maybe they only like her because she's their new target demographic. Or maybe...they're actually going to save her. A funny play about sad people.
 
   
West Side Story Mar 16 - Apr 24, 2016  
Paramount Theatre West Side Story
 
West Side Story is a Leonard Bernstein and Stephen Sondheim masterpiece and arguably one of the greatest love stories ever told in a musical. Prepare to be astounded when Paramount Artistic Director Jim Corti, fresh from his Jeff Award wins for Best Musical and Director for last season's Les Miserables, brings West Side Story to his theater's beautiful Art Deco stage.
 
   
Arcadia Mar 16 - Apr 24, 2016  
Writers Theatre Arcadia
 
In the heart of a 19th century English country estate awash in secret desires, illicit affairs and professional rivalries, a brilliant young student proposes an earthshaking scientific theory. Two hundred years later at that same estate, academic adversaries Hannah and Bernard race to unravel the enticing mysteries left behind in a heated battle for intellectual and sexual dominance. Part detective story and part comedy of manners, Tom Stoppard's elegant, time-jumping masterpiece forges a complex comedy of wit, romance, poetry, sex and scientific theory, introducing characters whose lives and passions intersect across the centuries.
 
   
Christina, The Girl King Mar 17 - Apr 10, 2016  
The Frontier Christina, The Girl King
 
17th Century. Christina. Girl King of Sweden. After 30 years of war, Christina is pushing her people to become a forward thinking nation, armed by the power of her crown and whip-smart intellect. But when an unspeakable passion begins to burn underneath her androgynous visage, the Girl King's power is put to the test. Should she meet the demands of her country and birth its next heir? Can she fight the established patriarchy to rule as her own woman? Will she change? Or will she change the world around her? One thing is certain: each choice she makes will forever change her identity, and could mean certain death for the woman that she loves.
 
   
Where Did We Sit on the Bus? Mar 17 - Apr 10, 2016  
Teatro Vista at Victory Gardens Theater - Biograph Where Did We Sit on the Bus?
 
During a third grade lesson on the Civil Rights movement and Rosa Parks, a Latino boy raises his hand to ask "Where did we sit on the bus?" and his teacher can't answer the question. Told through rap, hip-hop, spoken word and live looping, Brian Quijada's autobiographical "Where Did We Sit on the Bus?" is an electric one-man show that examines what it means to be Latino in America.
 
   
The Bachelors Mar 17 - Apr 10, 2016  
Cole Theatre at The Greenhouse Theater Center The Bachelors
 
Inside a house on a fraternity row live three roommates far past their college days. It's Friday evening, and Laurie (Shane Kenyon) has just returned from a business trip, buddy Kevlar (Nicholas Bailey) is already wasted and cellular biologist Henry (Boyd Harris) is just getting started to party. A thousand girlfriends come and gone, a thousand drinks downed, a thousand parties crashed - every night the same, until now. There's a party tonight, but it is not the blaring music that makes sleep impossible. Tonight, these bachelors will understand what their choices have really gotten them.
 
   
Adding Machine: A Musical Mar 18 - May 15, 2016  
The Hypocrites at The Den Theatre Adding Machine: A Musical
 
ADDING MACHINE: A Musical tells the story of Mr. Zero, a modern-day everyman. He hates his wife, he hates his job, he hates his lot in life. After a lifetime spent adding figures for the same company, he comes to work one day only to find he's been replaced by a machine. ADDING MACHINE: A Musical is an expressionistic story of murder, salvation, and internalized oppression.
 
   
Dancing in the Streets Mar 18  
Rosemont Theatre Dancing in the Streets
 
In the 1960s, record label Motown played a major role in the integration of popular music as one of the first African American-owned record companies to achieve widespread crossover success. Motown's distinct blend of soul music with a pop influence came to be known as the Motown Sound, and proved to be so popular that Motown claimed 79 records in the Top 10 of the Billboard Hot 100 between 1960 and 1969. In Dancing in the Streets at Chicago's Rosemont Theatre, a talented cast and band brings to life the biggest hits of the Motown era, including songs by The Four Tops, The Temptations, The Supremes, Marvin Gaye and Stevie Wonder.
 
   
Magic Tree House: A Night in New Orleans Mar 19 - Apr 10, 2016  
Emerald City Theatre Company at Broadway Playhouse Magic Tree House: A Night in New Orleans
 
Beloved Magic Tree House characters, Jack and Annie, venture through the tuneful streets of 1915 New Orleans, where they discover 14-year-old Louis Armstrong and must set him on the trumpeting path to become the "King of Jazz." This triumphant tale explores a world where possibilities are endless and stirs the soul of the Jazz Age.
 
   
35MM: A Musical Exhibition Mar 19 - Apr 10, 2016  
Circle Theatre at Flat Iron Arts Building 35MM: A Musical Exhibition
 
A picture is worth 1,000 words - what about a song? Can a picture inspire a song or fifteen? In 35MM, each photo creates an unique song, moments frozen in time; a glimmer of a life unfolding, a glimpse of something happening. A stunning new multimedia musical which explores a groundbreaking new concept in musical theatre, this intricately woven collection of stories told through song re-imagines what the modern American musical can be.
 
   
Lester's Dreadful Sweaters Mar 19 - Apr 24, 2016  
Lifeline Theatre Lester's Dreadful Sweaters
 
One terrible morning, Cousin Clara presents young Lester with the gift of a hand-knit sweater... and it is DREADFUL: shriveled yet saggy and smothered with pom-poms. Lester (who likes things just so) is mortified to wear it, but his parents insist and the kids at school tease him relentlessly. When he ruins the sweater "by accident," Clara just makes others, each more ghastly than the last. To restore his neatly ordered life and save face on the playground, Lester must find a way to stop the endless parade of horrifying sweaters once and for all. Enter a fashion nightmare and embrace your inner clown in this world premiere musical based on the charming 2012 book by K.G. Campbell. This production is recommended for children ages five and up (children under two not permitted).
 
   
MacSith Mar 20  
E.D.G.E. Theatre at City Lit Theater MacSith
 
Shakespeare goes sci-fi in MacSith, a one-of-a-kind mashup of "The Scottish Play" and Star Wars. With the planet Cumber finally at peace, Mon Beth returns home to celebrate his army's triumph against the Weyan Invaders. Soon, however, he encounters a sinister prophecy: Against all odds and his low station, Mon Beth will one day become King of Cumber. Driven by this prediction and by his wife's insatiable lust for power, Mon Beth puts all his might into taking the throne -- no matter the cost. Neither parody nor farce, this Star Wars/Shakespeare hybrid is a heart-pounding, full-throttle, 70-minute drama with fight choreography by professional fight director Orion Couling. Lightsabers hiss and snap during this inventive and ever-powerful tragedy at Chicago's City Lit Theater.
 
   
Matilda The Musical Mar 22 - Apr 10, 2016  
Ford Oriental Theatre Matilda The Musical
 
The story of a very bright and rebellious little girl, with special powers. Matilda's parents, Mr and Mrs Wormwood, have no time for her and treat her as a nuisance. She spends most of her time reading books from the library astonishingly quickly, whilst they watch the telly and Mr Wormwood sells dodgy used cars. At school things are no better as despite the care and support of her teacher, the lovely Miss Honey, Matilda has to contend with the terrifying headmistress Miss Trunchbull who rules the school with cruelty and fear. Matilda fights against the injustices at home and at school. Eventually she decides the grown-ups should be taught a lesson and in the process discovers her supernatural powers.
 
   
Fooling Buddha Mar 23 - Apr 24, 2016  
First Folio Theatre Fooling Buddha
 
FOOLING BUDDHA tells the story of the first "American Buddhist" kid on the block in the 1970s, who learns to battle the bully with magic and misdirection. It's all honest deception, but every miracle has its price. Storytelling at its best, FOOLING BUDDHA is an enchanting blend of philosophical humor and skillful prestidigitation created by and starring a favorite performer at the world famous Magic Castle in Hollywood.
 
   
Mosque Alert Mar 24 - May 1, 2016  
Silk Road Rising at Chicago Temple Mosque Alert
 
Inspired by the "Ground Zero Mosque" controversy in New York City, Mosque Alert tells the story of three fictional families living in Naperville, Illinois, whose lives are interrupted by a proposed Islamic Center on the site of a beloved local landmark. Mosque Alert explores the intersections of zoning and Islamophobia with humor, family drama, and refreshingly blunt honesty.
 
   

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