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Alice Invents a Little Game and Alice Always Wins  
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.
   
All My Sons  
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.
   
All Our Tragic  
The Hypocrites at The Den Theatre All Our Tragic
 
From the most popular titles to the most rarely produced, experience the 32 surviving Greek tragedies by Aeschylus, Sophocles and Euripides in one breathtaking and unforgettable theatrical event. ALL OUR TRAGIC builds on the success of The Hypocrites’ 2011 production of Sophocles: Seven Sicknesses, which received critical praise and earned multiple Jeff Awards including Best Production and Best Director. ALL OUR TRAGIC is designed to create a contemporary Festival of Dionysus, the ancient gatherings for which these tragedies were originally crafted – to bring together a daily community to bond, eat food, drink wine and discuss complicated topics of society that we have been wrestling with since the creation of civilization.
   
Angela of Death  
Annoyance Theatre Angela of Death
 
Angela Ostrowski.is a typical high school girl. She's getting ready to graduate and move on to her "real life." The only problem is, she has a dark secret. Whenever she ends a romantic relationship, the other party ends up dying in some strange, circumstantial fashion. Naturally this doesn't help her reputation at school, as rumors and tensions start to swirl around here. This dark musical comedy features several different genres of music, including traditional theater scores, rap, Latin rhythm, blues, country and dubstep.
   
Another Bone  
Redtwist Theatre Another Bone
 
Marie is a 9/11 widow who lost her fireman husband in the tragedy. Five years later, she is remarried to a fine man, and her teenage son is doing well. That's when the bones start coming--and keep coming--via Fedex from the NYC authorities. Then a mysterious woman appears, telling Marie she's getting the wrong bones. The world-premiere of Another Bone asks the question: how do you move forward after total devastation, and all the debris that goes with it? Featuring Jeff Award-winner, Jacqueline Grandt, along with Redtwist company members, Jan Ellen Graves and Michael Sherwin.
   
Apes Of Wrath  
Second City Apes Of Wrath
 
In the world of high stakes, we become a more heightened version of ourselves, which can sometimes resemble more simian behavior than human. From unitard sporting performance artists, an intimate encounter with robot culture and the primal effects of downsizing, "Apes of Wrath" embraces the dark and light sides of our human devolution.
   
The Arsonists  
Strawdog Theatre The Arsonists
 
Strawdog Theatre Company presents The Arsonists, written by popular British comedy writer Alistair Beaton. This elegant, witty translation of Max Frisch's 1958 absurdist comedy, The Firebugs, is part moral fable, part black farce. Mild-mannered Mr. Biederman, a respected member of the community, tries to live a blameless life, refusing to acknowledge evil of any kind. The facade comes crashing down around him, though, when he allows two smooth-talking arsonists to move in. Inspired by the Communist takeover of Czechoslovakia in 1948, this absurdist parable satirizes the way in which people can be manipulated into accommodating their own destruction.
   
Avenue Q  
Mercury Theater Avenue Q
 
A racy cross between South Park and Sesame Street, AVENUE Q is a modern musical focusing on a group of unique 20- somethings making their way in the big city, seeking their purpose in life. AVENUE Q features Music and Lyrics by Jeff Marx and Robert Lopez (co-creator of THE BOOK OF MORMON and recent Academy Award winner for FROZEN) and a Book by Jeff Whitty. Variety exclaimed, "Of all the musicals hatched in the post-2000 age of irony, AVENUE Q has remained the freshest and funniest!" Director L. Walter Stearns explains that the real magic of the show is when the audience "forgets that the puppets are nothing more than fur and felt and start to believe they have a mind, heart and soul." Although AVENUE Q addresses humorous adult issues, it is similar to a beloved children's show: a place where puppets are friends, monsters are good and life lessons are learned.
   
Beast Women  
Beast Women Productions at The Den Theatre Beast Women
 
Beast Women is an All-Female Performance Variety Revue serving as a platform to showcase the best female talent in Chicago.A diverse assortment of genres are presented that highlight female strength through performance including music, poetry, dance, performance art, spoken word, burlesque, etc. This is not your typical show. The artists presented, display their passion, strength, freedom, and sensuality to reveal the very things that make them the women they are today. The only demands placed on them are to be original and be bold. The show is an invigorating and stimulating experience that operates on a concept of revolving individual performances, so every night is different offering a new and personal experience.
   
The Belmont Burlesque Revue  
Theater Wit The Belmont Burlesque Revue
 
Widely recognized as a driving force in Chicago's 21st Century burlesque revival, The Belmont Burlesque Revue is the longest consecutively-running burlesque show in town. Featuring a classic revue format, a cast of outstanding burlesque artists and special guests, and variety acts including music, magic, and comedy, Belmont Burlesque is a touchstone for the local burlesque scene. A great show for first-time burlesque audiences and seasoned connoisseurs alike.
   
Bible Bingo  
Royal George Theatre Bible Bingo
 
From Vicki Quade, the creator of the popular comedy Late Nite Catechism, comes the new interactive comedy Bible Bingo. The Archdiocese's new bingo department needs to raise money for the parish. That's where you come in: Get ready to play bingo for a variety of wacky prizes. Along the way, you'll be drawn into conversation about everything from Adam and Eve to modern sins. Just be careful: You might laugh so hard you forget to yell "bingo."
   
The Birds  
Hell in a Handbag Productions at Berger Park Coach House The Birds
 
Hell in a Handbag's The Birds receives the full parody/homage treatment audiences have come to expect. In addition, the audience is playfully immersed in the show as " invited guests of Mr. Hitchcock" to watch filming on location near Bodega Bay (our own Lake Michigan). As filming progresses, the audience experiences Tippi's difficulty in distinguishing the film's reality from her own.
   
Blue Man Group  
Briar Street Theatre Blue Man Group
 
Blue Man Group is best known for its award-winning theatrical productions which critics have described as "ground-breaking," "hilarious," "visually stunning" and "musically powerful." These performances feature three enigmatic bald and blue characters who take the audience through a multi-sensory experience that combines theatre, percussive music, art, science and vaudeville into a form of entertainment that is like nothing else.
   
Brighton Beach Memoirs  
Fox Valley Repertory Brighton Beach Memoirs
 
Family life in 1937 was tough for 15-year-old Eugene Jerome: War was on the way, money was tight, liver was always for dinner, and as Eugene's father would point out, "If you didn't have a problem, you wouldn't live in this house." Living with six other Jewish-American family members under one roof doesn't afford him much privacy, but it does provide him with plenty of ammunition for his budding career as a writer. His journal excerpts are a true recipe for hilarity, as he introduces his over-worked father, his under-appreciated mother, his worldy older brother Stanley, his pampered cousins Nora and Laurie, and his widowed, asthmatic Aunt Blanche. This bittersweet memoir is an affectionate, entertaining lesson in overcoming hard times with warmth and humor. His memoirs about baseball, girls, and life in Brooklyn remind us all that love and laughter prevails.
   
Bye Bye Liver  
The Public House Theatre Bye Bye Liver
 
The Pub Theater Company performs a series of outrageous sketches centered on Chicago's favorite pastime: drinking. Bye Bye Liver is filled with interactive social games for the audience, pitting males versus females, actors versus audience and so on. Bar life and alcoholic adventures are held up for your amusement so you can laugh -- and drink -- your troubles away. With a spontaneous and interactive format, the outcome is always a fun and outrageous time for everyone, both audience and cast.
   
C.S. Lewis on Stage  
Provision Theater Company C.S. Lewis on Stage
 
Provision Company member Brad Armacost returns with his one-man show about the life of C.S. Lewis, the famous author of The Chronicles of Narnia and The Screwtape Letters. C.S. Lewis on Stage places the audience before the author as he portrays various characters from his books, recites poetry and reveals details of his personality through his correspondence. By the end of this engaging performance, the audience will feel as if they know C.S. Lewis the person and will also know his writing and characters better.
   
Cats  
Paramount Theatre Cats
 
Packed with heart-pounding musical numbers including the show-stopping "Memory," CATS is a dance-driven extravaganza entirely based on T.S. Eliot's collection of poetry, Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats. The action takes place on the most sacred night of the year as a tribe of felines prepare for the Jellicle Ball. Every member of the tribe tries to prove they're worthy enough to be "the one" selected to be reborn in the afterlife and live for eternity in the glorious "Heaviside Layer."
   
Common Room  
A Red Orchid Theatre Common Room
 
We take scenes from the best plays currently onstage in Chicago and string them together with music, comedy, booze and cookies for an awesome night and a new way to get exposed to theater - in our city and beyond. The Common Room takes place on the first Wednesdays of every month.
   
The Commons of Pensacola  
Northlight Theatre The Commons of Pensacola
 
Judith is a woman in exile, relegated to a Florida condo after her husband's Madoff-like crimes have expelled her from a luxurious life. Family ties are tested when her daughter Becca comes to visit for Thanksgiving, joined by Becca's filmmaker boyfriend and rebellious niece. Guilt by association, lost wealth, and questionable motives make trying to love your family an uncommonly difficult challenge in this funny, incisive and timely new drama.
   
The Coward  
Stage Left Theatre at Theater Wit The Coward
 
Lucidus is a cowardly young gentleman who has never been in a duel, to his father's dismay. When he initiates one, he then hires a common criminal to fight in his place, and the scoundrel makes a bloody mess of things. As duel follows duel with many shots fired, Lucidus finds his reputation growing beyond his wildest expectations. Set in the 1790's (sort of), The Coward is a ridiculous comedy that questions the very concept of honor.
   
Cupid Has a Heart On: A Musical Guide to Relationships  
Stage 773 Cupid Has a Heart On: A Musical Guide to Relationships
 
The Cupid Players are Chicago's all-musical sketch comedy group; their intelligent and satirical scenes are always accompanied by songs that are sure to puncture your aorta. They have performed from coast to coast and were just voted Critics Pick in the Chicago Reader! Come and see what Chris Jones of the Chicago Tribune calls "both refreshing and a memorably enjoyable 70 minutes."
   
Death Tax  
Lookingglass Theatre Death Tax
 
How much would you pay to stay alive? As her health deteriorates, Maxine is convinced her daughter is paying Nurse Tina to "nudge" her into the grave before the new estate tax become law. So Maxine proposes a deal of her own, and the wild ride begins, delivering us, as the title suggests, straight to the intersection of America's two inevitables. Darkly comedic, treacherously suspenseful, engaging and provocative
   
Deathtrap  
Citadel Theatre Company Deathtrap
 
Citadel theatre is set to launch it's 12th season with Ira Levin's classic comedic thriller, Deathtrap.
   
Depraved New World  
Second City Depraved New World
 
Celebrate the creation of our brand new show and get an exclusive look at The Second City's hilarious 102nd Revue. The Second City's 102nd Revue is written and performed by an all-star cast including Chelsea Devantez, John Hartman, Mike Kosinski, Tawny Newsome (Jeff Award Winner - Best Revue), Emily Walker and Steve Waltien with Jeff Award-Winning Director, Mick Napier. Jesse Case will be at the keys as Music Director and Craig Taylor returns for his 34th Revue as Stage Manager for The Second City Mainstage.
   
The Downpour  
The Route 66 Theatre Company at The Greenhouse Theater Center The Downpour
 
Anger and fear mix with love and bravery in The Downpour, a new family drama about a pair of adult sisters with deep bonds -- and equally deep wounds. Written by Caitlin Parrish, whose credits include A Twist of Water and the TV series Under the Dome, The Downpour centers on younger sister Hazel and older sister Robin at a decisive moment in their relationship. When Robin, who has taken care of Hazel since their harrowing childhood, announces that she's expecting a baby, the sisters' fragile relationship explodes.
   
Drink! The Sketch Comedy Drinking Game  
Cornservatory Drink! The Sketch Comedy Drinking Game
 
Corn Productions is celebrating its 21st birthday by introducing an all new, original BYOB sketch comedy show. "DRINK!" will feature original, comedic sketches by Corn Production writers with a new drinking game for every sketch. The seven person ensemble is aided by a luminescent "DRINK!" sign to help the audience follow along in the fun.
   
Ecstasy  
Cole Theatre at A Red Orchid Theatre Ecstasy
 
An intensely naturalistic and darkly comic portrait of gloom and joy, Ecstasy is the story of six sharply drawn characters and their struggle against despair one evening in a run-down London flat.
   
Enchanted April  
Theatre Hikes at Morton Arboretum Enchanted April
 
Escape into the romance and splendor of the Italian countryside in Theatre-Hikes' production of Matthew Barber's Tony-nominated drama at The Morton Arboretum. The theater company's innovative approach marries stage favorites and nature walks, with scenes held in various locations in parks and along hiking trails. Bring a blanket, water and comfortable shoes so you can enjoy the surrounding natural beauty during jaunts between scenes on the arboretum grounds. You'll be following the story of two frustrated London housewives who dream of a temporary escape from their bleak marriages after reading an ad for Italian villas to rent. They reluctantly recruit the elderly, ill-tempered Mrs. Fisher and the gorgeous-but-chilly Lady Caroline Dester to help defray the cost. Together in a lush Mediterranean setting, these four very different women experience an unexpected reawakening of their hopes and desires.
   
Endgame  
RBP Rorschack Endgame
 
An audience waits. A man prepares. Finally, hopefully, necessarily, the day has arrived and an invitation is made to witness the end. Clov has been working towards this moment for what seems like an eternity. Forever ago, he arrived to say goodbye, and instead, he has been saying hello ever since. Over time, Clov has tirelessly and meticulously created the perfect world in which the indefatigable Hamm might allow himself to let go. He hopes. Thus begins a new envisioning of a seminal work of absurdist theatre, which sheds new light on the complex meditation on family and death in a fashion only the RBP can do...
   
Fail/Safe  
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.
   
The Game's Afoot  
Drury Lane- Oakbrook The Game's Afoot
 
From the creator of Lend Me A Tenor comes this whodunit filled with twists, turns and murderous pandemonium. It is December 1936 and Broadway star William Gillette, admired the world over for his portrayal of the lengendary Sherlock Holmes, has invited his fellow cast members to his lavish Connecticut castle for a holiday weekend of revelry. When one of the guests is stabbed to death, the festivities in the isolated house quickly turn dangerous. It is up to Gillette who assumes the persona of his beloved Holmes, to track down the killer bfore the next victim appears in this witty, suspenseful caper.
   
Gator Bait  
Cornservatory Gator Bait
 
Billed as "Half Animal ... All Woman!," Desiree is the backwoods beauty of the bayou, the sexy seductress of the swamp -- she is 'Gator Bate! Inspired by the infamous hicksploitation film of the same name, 'Gator Bait is now a wickedly funny and politically incorrect stage comedy. Follow the adventures of the skimpily clad Desiree -- originally played by Playboy Playmate Claudia Jennings -- a renegade poacher who rules the Louisiana swamp with a blazin' gun and a smokin' smile. Falsely accused of murder, she is pursued by the sheriff and a ruthless posse. After the group kills her sister, Desiree must use her "swamp smarts" to exact bloody revenge. A Reasonable Facsimile Theatre Company and Corn Productions co-produce this hilarious romp directed by Michael Buino.
   
Genesis  
Definition Theatre Company at The Den Theatre Genesis
 
1918. Chicago's South Side. Hundreds of thousands of black workers have fled the rural south to seek newfound opportunities in the industrial north, and America's involvement in the Great War is rapidly coming to an end. Walter Senior (Tyrone Phillips) and his wife Lena (Mercedes White) are hoping to cash in on the American dream. Walter's got himself a good job, and Lena is pregnant with their first child, but when tragedy strikes, Walter can't help but lash out. Suddenly, all their hard work now teeters in the balance. Genesis is a play about humanity and how we respond when we hit the wall and feel like we can no longer stand. A heartfelt story about family, solidarity and the ties that bind, Genesis takes us back to where it all began.
   
The Good Doctor  
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.
   
Good Morning Gitmo  
Annoyance Theatre Good Morning Gitmo
 
Cuba's Guantanamo Bay Prison is the least likely locale for a cheery morning talk show, but that's exactly where the happy-go-lucky warden Colonel John Bogdan III has decided to launch his daily variety hour. Stationed at Camp Delta many years in the future, Bodgan rallies together a cast of staff and prisoners for Good Morning Gitmo, his only hope for saving everyone's last shreds of sanity. This 45-minute romp is rife with commentary on the politics, culture and news of our time, with coffee talk, crafts and special guests -- from musicians to authors to Hollywood starlets -- stopping by to chat with those stranded at America's most notorious detainment camp.
   
Hack/Slash  
CIC 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.
   
Hank Williams: Lost Highway  
American Blues Theater at The Greenhouse Theater Center Hank Williams: Lost Highway
 
Follow legendary country singer-songwriter Hank Williams on his lonesome journey from backwoods Alabama to superstardom at the Grand Ole Opry in this song-filled tribute from American Blues Theater. This unforgettable show, which was an off-Broadway hit nominated for three Outer Critics Circle Awards, features over 20 Hank Williams hits including "I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry," "Move It on Over," "Jambalaya" and "Hey, Good Lookin'." Charting the rise and fall of the country music icon through song, Hank Williams: Lost Highway highlights Williams' undeniable musical talent and songwriting abilities, and explores the alcohol and drug problems that ultimately got the better of him. This production features a talented cast of performers who have performed on Broadway and beyond, and is staged by the same artistic team behind the 2007 hit production of Oklahoma!
   
How to Not Die Alone: a Love Story  
The Public House Theatre How to Not Die Alone: a Love Story
 
The Pub Theater explores one of the most important goals in life in a trilogy of short plays performed in one evening. How to Not Die Alone: a Love Story tackles serious subjects like fear, love and the coping mechanisms we use to try to get through life and make connections with each other. Profiles in Courage by Michael Stock is a touching comedy about meeting in person in an otherwise virtual age. Brittany Bookbinder's Alone is a dark comedy about coping with relationships and the dangers of our modern world. Finally, Another Time, also by Brittany Bookbinder, is the story of old friends who reconnect in the wake of a sudden break-up.
   
I Approve This Message  
Annoyance Theatre I Approve This Message
 
Writer and Director Greg Ott was inspired by seeing his neighbor's parents run against each other in multiple county elections, only to lose by an overwhelming margin each year. Ott recalls, "As a Cub Scout, they made me lick envelops for their campaign mailings and paid for my time with move theater gift certificates that turned out to be fake." Personal feelings aside, he modeled the politics of the play after celebrity campaigns such as Joe the Plumber and Clay Aiken.
   
Into Hell: The Oregon Trail  
Annoyance Theatre Into Hell: The Oregon Trail
 
Created by Chip Bagnall, and directed by Rebecca Sohn, the one-man show follows the downfall of Jebediah "Jeb" Ashley and his wife and nine daughters. While a euphoric Ashley has his sights set on a fortune in Oregon, fate and a series of horrific events -- think dysentery, bandits, and menacing Indians -- turn his dream into a nightmare.
   
Isaac's Eye  
Writers Theatre Isaac's Eye
 
Hnath playfully reimagines Newton's world with a contemporary conceit and language-stripped of accents and period dialect-as he introduces young Newton to the great Robert Hooke, the most famous and powerful scientist in Britain. The resulting battle of intellects and egos pulses with wit, humor and tension, as the playwright uncovers (and invents) the motivations that drove a young farm boy to become one of the greatest thinkers in human history.
   
Jane Eyre  
Lifeline Theatre Jane Eyre
 
After a troubled childhood, Jane Eyre searches for new purpose as a governess at Thornfield Hall. But a fragile peace gives way to turbulent passion when she meets Mr. Rochester, a man concealing a dark secret. Their unconventional relationship leads to a terrible revelation, and Jane must forge a new future amid the ashes of her ravaged dreams. As she struggles to free herself from the ghosts of her past, Jane realizes that her only hope is to find love on her own terms. A highly theatrical exploration of one woman's independent spirit in a beloved adaptation freshly updated for its first appearance on the Lifeline stage in thirteen years.
   
King Lear  
Chicago Shakespeare Theater King Lear
 
King Lear is Shakespeare's most towering achievement, a wrenching story of endurance, love, loss and reconciliation. An aging monarch obscured by the shadows of dementia resolves to retire and divides his kingdom among his three daughters. The unexpected consequence of losing everything that defines him is shattering-a reminder that even the most powerful among us can be undone. The brilliantly versatile actor Larry Yando takes on the monumental title role, marking his twenty-third production with Chicago Shakespeare.
   
The Last Cadillac  
American Demigods at Athenaeum Theatre The Last Cadillac
 
Isaac, a young wanderer on a quest that he doesn't fully understand, breaks into Big Daddy's auto shop and finds himself on the wrong end of a shotgun, an event that will change both their lives forever. Isaac goes to work for Big Daddy to pay off his debt, and he soon discovers there's more to this garage than meets the eye. In addition to the captivating beauty of a young tomboy named Sam and a potentially dangerous rival named Elijah, Isaac meets Big Daddy's friends, who might just be a group of ancient African deities in exile. A tale of gods, grease, lost cities and found heritage, The Last Cadillac is an unforgettable blend of ancient mythology and contemporary drama.
   
Late Nite Catechism  
Royal George Theatre Late Nite Catechism
 
Late Nite Catechism is an uproariously funny play, written by Vicki Quade and Maripat Donovan, where the irrepressible Sister teaches class to a roomful of "students." Throughout the course of the play the benevolent instructor rewards audience members for correct answers with glow-in-the-dark rosaries and other nifty prizes. Naughty students may well find themselves on stage sitting in a corner reflecting their actions. Now in its 20th year in Chicago, Late Nite Catechism is a sharp satire, but never mean. It’s simply an evening of fun and laughter.
   
Let Me Down Easy  
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).
   
Macbeth  
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 Magic Parlour  
The House Theatre of Chicago at The Palmer House Hilton Hotel The Magic Parlour
 
The performance contains some of his favorite pieces of magic, alongside some brand new routines in an hour-long show packed with mind-reading, levitations, escapes, and a ridiculous new adaptation of the classic “Card Stab” during which Watkins climbs inside of a fully inflated 7 foot balloon!
   
Mantas!  
Annoyance Theatre Mantas!
 
Created by Mantas Dumcius, and directed by Charley Carroll, the show explores a wide range of characters in different situations, including a man struggling with his X-box, a former UFC Lightweight Champ running for Alderman, and a news correspondent reporting from a war zone. Dumcius reflected that the many different characters allowed him to explore various reoccurring themes from different viewpoints, saying "one character is sly and dangerous, another wide-eyed and innocent; which, in my mind, both represent how technology can affect our lives.
   
Medieval Times Dinner and Tournament  
Medieval Times Schaumburg Castle Medieval Times Dinner and Tournament
 
Medieval Times is an exciting, family-friendly dinner attraction inspired by an 11th century feast and tournament. Guests are served a four-course banquet and cheer for one of six knights as they compete in the joust and other tests of skill. Expect lots of jousting, swordsmanship, thrilling hand-to-hand combat, and displays of extraordinary horsemanship as part of an exciting story set in Medieval Spain.
   
Mercy Strain  
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.
   
Methtacular!  
About Face Theatre at Theater Wit Methtacular!
 
Methtacular! is Steven Strafford's hilarious and harrowing autobiographical account of his three years as a crystal meth addict in Chicago. Through comedy, songs, and plenty of honest storytelling, Strafford brings audiences on a journey through the chemical highs, devastating lows, and ultimate redemption from his drug addled, sex crazed life.
   
The Midnight City  
Firecat Projects at Steppenwolf Theatre The Midnight City
 
The Midnight City is another theater piece inspired by Tony Fitzpatrick and Stan Klein’s friendship. A trilogy featuring the duo began with This Train (2010), Stations Lost (2011) and concluded with Nickel History: The Nation of Heat (2012). Chicago Sun-Times critic Hedy Weiss called This Train an “ideal weave of storytelling, video and music.” Writing about Stations Lost, Chicago Tribune critic Chris Jones said, “Fitzpatrick delivers the news, both local and international, from the point of view of an artist, poet and urban provocateur.” And of Nickel History, Jones noted: “Director Ann Filmer, has wrangled something shrewdly structured and even, to dangle a very dangerous term in the Fitzpatrick aesthetic, bordering on the polished.”
   
Million Dollar Quartet  
Apollo Theater Million Dollar Quartet
 
MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET is the smash-hit musical inspired by the famed 1956 recording session that brought together rock 'n' roll icons Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins and Elvis Presley for the first and only time. That legendary night is brought to life in this thrilling musical which features a score of hits including "Blue Suede Shoes," "Great Balls of Fire," "Walk the Line," "Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On," "Hound Dog" and more. Don't miss your chance to be a fly on the wall of fame... at MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET!
   
Miracles in the Fall  
The Greenhouse Theater Center Miracles in the Fall
 
Harking back to the charged family dynamics of Eugene O'Neill's Long Day's Journey into Night, the new play Miracles in the Fall -- winner of the 2013 Dionysos Cup Festival of New Plays -- is a powerful investigation of the intersection of secrets, faith and forgiveness. Set in 1968 Detroit, the play centers on a young Dominican nun, Clare Connelly, who is the caretaker of her alcoholic father, Jimmy. In due course, she uncovers the very secrets that have thrown a pall of shame over the family for many years. A maverick Jesuit priest and Clare's own brother Charlie inspire and challenge Clare in equal measure throughout this sensitive and intelligent drama. Written by local playwright Chuck O'Connor (High Hard Ones), Miracles in the Fall now comes to Greenhouse Theater Center.
   
Mnemonic  
Red Tape Theatre at Storefront Theater Mnemonic
 
Crossing continents and centuries, Mnemonic's frayed narrative weaves together the discovery of Ötzi the iceman, a woman's search for her absent father and the longing for a love lost. By persistently exploring "how we remember, what we remember, why we remember," Mnemonic calls us to question not only who we are but where we ultimately come from.
   
Murder On The Moon  
The Public House Theatre Murder On The Moon
 
The year is 2056. Earth is destroyed, and humans have colonized the Moon. But while we've left behind our terrestrial home, we haven't left behind our violent natures. Let's Pet Puppies present "Murder On The Moon: A Whodunit of Futuristic Proportions." Join one gumshoe as she searches Robots, Aliens and Humans for answers to heavy matters at zero gravity.
   
A Musical Tribute to the Andrews Sisters  
Theo Ubique Cabaret Theatre at No Exit Cafe A Musical Tribute to the Andrews Sisters
 
During the war, Patty, Maxene and LaVerne Andrews charmed soldiers through their USO tours, winning a following that continued after the war as the sisters entertained the returned veterans through concerts, recordings, TV and movies. The group popularized many songs still beloved today, like "In the Mood," "Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy," and "Nice Work if You Can Get It." They also recorded songs by some of the greatest American songwriters, including Cole Porter, Harold Arlen, Johnny Mercer and George and Ira Gershwin.
   
My First Time  
Broken Nose Theatre at The Greenhouse Theater Center My First Time
 
There's a story behind every first sexual experience, and this off-Broadway hit features a hilarious and sometimes painful collection of "first-time" stories from people of all persuasions, performed by four actors. Drawn from real people, the stories range from the sweet and sexy to the awkward and humiliating -- and pretty much everything in between. Since the show's premiere, it's been featured on CNN, Fox, MSNBC, The Tonight Show With Jay Leno, and even spawning its own iPhone commercial. Broken Nose Theatre is pleased to present this remount (pun intended) of their inaugural late-night smash.
   
My Name Is Asher Lev  
TimeLine Theatre at Stage 773 My Name Is Asher Lev
 
Based on the best-selling novel and set in post-war Brooklyn, MY NAME IS ASHER LEV follows the journey of a young Jewish painter torn between his Hasidic upbringing and his desperate need to fulfill his artistic promise. When his genius threatens to destroy his relationship with his parents, young Asher realizes he must make difficult choices between his passion and his faith. This stirring adaptation of a modern classic presents a heartbreaking and triumphant vision of what it means to be an artist at any cost-against the will of family, community and tradition.
   
Native Son  
Court Theatre Native Son
 
Richard Wright's iconic novel about oppression, freedom, and justice comes to life on stage in this ground-breaking, world premiere adaptation. Suffocating in rat-infested poverty on the South Side of Chicago in the 1930s, 20-year-old Bigger Thomas struggles to find a place for himself in a world whose prejudice has shut him out. After taking a job in a wealthy white man's house, Bigger unwittingly unleashes a series of events that violently and irrevocably seal his fate. Adapted with theatrical ingenuity by Chicago's own Nambi E. Kelley, and co-produced with American Blues Theater, this Native Son captures the power of Richard Wright's novel for a whole new generation.
   
A Night Out  
A Red Orchid Theatre A Night Out
 
Against the wishes of his mother, Albert Stokes ventures out to a work party, but does not attain the escape for which he was hoping. A Night Out is a one act teleplay from 1960 that takes place over the course of one night.
   
On The Town  
Marriott Theatre In Lincolnshire On The Town
 
Based on Bernstein's 1944 ballet, Fancy Free, sailors Gabey, Ozzie and Chip have only 24 hours to see the famous sights and find romance before they report back to the ship. From the Bronx to the Battery, the explosion of song and dance that ensues proves that "New York, New York, it's a helluva town." ON THE TOWN features the classic hits "New York, New York," "I Can Cook Too," and "Lonely Town."
   
Pretty/Windy  
The Public House Theatre Pretty/Windy
 
History is written by the winners. Take a tour through time with Pretty/Windy to meet the writers, while discovering through immortal, Breakfast Club-ian themes that there's a Caesar, a Darwin, a Poet, a Dancing Bucket of Chicken and a Winner in everyone. Don't you forget about that. Don't don't don't don't.
   
Reasons To Be Happy  
Profiles Theatre - The Main Stage Reasons To Be Happy
 
Reasons to Be Happy is the companion piece to Neil LaBute's widely praised, 2009 Tony-nominated reasons to be pretty, a long running hit at Profiles in 2011. Three years after a contentious break-up, Steph and Greg wonder if they can make a fresh go of it. Trouble is, she's married to someone else and he's just embarked on a relationship with Steph's best friend, Carly -a single mom whose jealous ex-husband, Kent, has trouble articulating his feelings. Navigating the rocky landscape of conflicting agendas and exploding emotions isn't going to be easy for any of them. Reasons to Be Happy, a funny, surprising, and poignant new comedy, explores the choices and sacrifices we make in the pursuit of that often elusive ideal - happiness.
   
Rest  
Victory Gardens Theater - Biograph Rest
 
A retirement home in northern Idaho is being shut down, and only three residents and a bare-bones staff remain. When a record breaking blizzard blows into town and an elderly resident disappears into the storm, everyone is brought to face their own mortality. Samuel D. Hunter (from last season's hit The Whale) returns with a tender and heartbreakingly funny play about life's unexpected beginnings and endings.
   
Richard III  
Athenaeum Theatre Richard III
 
In comparison to Shakespeare's Richard III, the Joker is a joke, Hannibal Lecter's a peckish vegan and Patrick Bateman is just another investment banker with questionable taste in music. In the whole of English literature, there is no character as cruel -- or as compelling -- as the hunchbacked, perpetually scheming Duke of Gloucester. Desperate to clutch the crown of England (no matter how bloodstained his hands become), Richard is the black heart of a thrilling drama filled with intrigue, sword fights, murder and ghosts. Now this stark and powerful morality tale receives an intimate staging by The Empty Theatre, continuing its commitment to supporting theater artists at the start of their professional careers.
   
Season On The Line  
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.
   
Shakespeare's Antony and Cleopatra: UNDONE  
Skyline StageWorks at The Side Project Shakespeare's Antony and Cleopatra: UNDONE
 
A four-character adaptation of Shakespeare's classic masterpiece. Presented by Skyline StageWorks, the dissembled and rebuilt version will allow a more complete psychological exploration of the twin protagonists. By giving the politics less stage time, there will be a tighter focus on the humor, humanity, and allure of the characters.
   
Smash  
Piccolo Theatre Smash
 
A millionaire socialist vanishes from his bride, fearing his passion for her will prevent his plan to overthrow the British government. Disguised as a laborer, he infiltrates the all girls' school Alton College, planting the seeds of socialism in the minds of future consorts of cabinet ministers and kings. Yet it is he who receives a progressive education from a sixth-form student with an agenda of her own. Equal parts political comedy and comedy of manners complete with love triangles, mistaken identities, pistols and position - this stylish and cunning hybrid sparkles with wit and wiles, making even the reddest socialist blush with laughter.
   
Splatter Theater  
Annoyance Theatre Splatter Theater
 
A parody of Friday the 13th type movies, the characters in “Splatter Theater” include such archetypes as a nun, the school jock, the virgin, the class dick, and of course the bumbling old man. Laugh and watch them all die in different ways: Tongue pulled out, drill in the head, intestines being ripped out, slashed throat, and the list goes on. With freshly painted white walls on the stage before each performance, the audience will be horrified and delighted by the end, when the walls are covered in blood! Directed once again by Annoyance regular Charley Carroll.
   
Storytown  
Stage 773 Storytown
 
From superheroes to undersea adventures, princesses to dinosaurs, Storytown takes you on an interactive, fully improvised adventure. The actors use audience suggestions and ideas to create a different story every week. Kids design the setting and help shape the story. The actors, artists and musicians bring it to life. When the possibilities are endless, no two stories are ever the same.
   
Stupid F***ing Bird  
Sideshow Theatre Company at Victory Gardens Theater - Biograph Stupid F***ing Bird
 
On the grounds of a country estate, two generations worth of Russians mope and love and hate and make a lot of bird-based metaphors. Sound familiar? It's Anton Chekhov versus the modern world in Aaron Posner's ballsy Midwest premiere. A smash-hit on the east coast and a finalist for the 2014 ACTA Award, this heartbreakingly hilarious sort-of-adaptation of The Seagull takes a baseball bat to one of theatre's most famous works and staunchly refuses to pick up the pieces. Sideshow's signature energy and wit are on full display in this very funny examination of what drives us to make art and find love.
   
Tommy Gun's Garage  
Tommy Gun's Garage Tommy Gun's Garage
 
The restaurant-cabaret presents a Roaring 20s-themed musical comedy revue in a speakeasy seting, with dining and drinking integrated into the show.
   
Too Much Light Makes The Baby Go Blind  
Neo-Futurists Too Much Light Makes The Baby Go Blind
 
Their signature show, Too Much Light Makes The Baby Go Blind, which had its first performance on December 2, 1988, is now in its twenty-fifth year, making it the longest-running show in Chicago today. Too Much Light..., with its ever-changing "menu," is an attempt to perform 30 plays in 60 minutes. The single unifying element of these plays is that they are performed from a perspective of absolute honesty.
   
The Whaleship Essex  
Shattered Globe Theatre at Theater Wit The Whaleship Essex
 
The ship that inspired Melville's Moby-Dick and its crew met with tragedy on November 20, 1820, when it was sunk by an enraged sperm whale in the middle of the Pacific Ocean. Based on first-hand accounts of this event, this imaginative new play is an epic, ensemble tale of survival. Infused with authentic sea chanteys, THE WHALESHIP ESSEX revels in the common language shared by both the theatrical and the nautical worlds, and weaves an historic story of whaling with our modern-day quest for oil, the lifeblood of our economy.
   
Witch Slap!  
Babes With Blades at Raven Theatre Witch Slap!
 
What could be funnier than a good old-fashioned witch hunt? In the hands of Babes With Blades Theatre Company -- not much. Their new original show Witch Slap! finds mass hilarity amidst mass hysteria in a colonial town, as local witches band together to stop the madness of those who would hunt them. You're in good hands with Babes With Blades, who place exciting, strong, complex women and their stories center stage, developing theater that showcases their strength and vitality through the art of stage combat. Witch Slap! by Jeff Goode was the winner of their 2013-2014 Sword & Pen writing competition, which inspires playwrights to develop scripts featuring stage combat roles for women.
   
Women Beware Women  
Two Pence Theatre Company at The Den Theatre Women Beware Women
 
In Women Beware Women, Livia’s buried two husbands and doesn’t want a third. Her brother is in love with their niece and the niece has been ordered to marry a fool. Her neighbors are a Duke who likes young, beautiful, married women and an old woman whose son just married a young, beautiful woman. In Middleton’s bloody telenovela of raunchy decadence, erotic depravity and white hot death, the women of Florence know that husband’s die, lover’s betray and friends are false – but what women have to fear the most is what it takes to be a successful woman. Women in classical theatre usually have their pick in life – they can sigh or they can die. The women of modern Chicago have a few more options, but it's just a different playing field and the game is still rigged. Two Pence’s signature style of dynamic staging coupled with passionate clarity of language peels back the skin on this Chicago premiere 400 years in the making.
   
Women On The Verge Of A Nervous Breakdown  
Theatre At The Center Women On The Verge Of A Nervous Breakdown
 
Set in 1980's Madrid, WOMEN ON THE VERGE OF A NERVOUS BREAKDOWN introduces actress and singer Pepa who is heartbroken by her charming yet deceitful lover, Ivan. The plot thickens as his ex-wife of questionable sanity Lucia and their passionate and curious son Carlos show up. Chaos ensues when Pepa's naïve best friend Candela falls in love with a possible terrorist and is wanted by the police. The show is comically narrated by a wise taxi driver who provides tissues, mints and advice to the colorful characters along the way.
   
The World of Extreme Happiness  
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 naïve 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.