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3 Blocks From Broadway  
Annoyance Theatre 3 Blocks From Broadway
 
From Cats to Heathers, the improv troupe Rhyme & Punishmint has cornered the market on creating feature length shows in the style of some of Broadway's favorite musicals. Now, in their new show, 3 Blocks From Broadway, the group will up the ante by letting you decide what they'll perform when the curtain rises, making an even greater challenge. But this highly talented cast of actors and improvisers is ready to put on a show that's filled with fun, surprises and maybe even a Nerf gun.
   
The Adventures of Robin Hood  
Filament Theatre The Adventures of Robin Hood
 
Filament Theatre has created an experience that immerses audience in the wildly inventive world of THE ADVENTURES OF ROBIN HOOD. The moment they walk into the theatre, audiences are invited to step inside the world of the story, from interactive lobby activities to the fourth wall-destroying production.
   
American Hwangap  
Halcyon Theatre at Christ Lutheran Church American Hwangap
 
American Hwangap tells a deftly observant, funny, and moving story about the difficulty of reunification and reconciliation during a weekend in the lives of the Chuns. After abandoning his family to return to his native South Korea, Min Suk Chun abruptly reappears in the lives of his ex-wife and children on the day of his hwangap, the traditional way of celebrating one's 60th birthday in Korean culture. However, his ex-wife and kids, now adults, have moved on and do not readily welcome the patriarch back into the family with open arms. As his birthday approaches, Min Suk struggles to reunite his family and obtain forgiveness from the ones he loves most.
   
The Assembled Parties  
Raven Theatre The Assembled Parties
 
The Assembled Parties, which was produced on Broadway in 2013 by the Manhattan Theatre Club and earned a Tony Award nomination for Best Play as well as winning the Tony for leading actress Judith Light, welcomes us to the world of a New York Upper West Side Jewish family in 1980. In a sprawling Central Park West apartment, former movie star Julie Bascov and her sister-in-law Faye bring their families together for their traditional holiday dinner. But tonight, things are not usual. A houseguest has joined the festivities for the first time and he unwittingly-or perhaps by design-insinuates himself into the family drama. Twenty years later, as 2001 approaches, the Bascovs' seemingly picture-perfect life may be about to crumble. A stunning play infused with humor, The Assembled Parties is an incisive portrait of a family grasping for stability at the dawn of a new millennium.
   
At The Table  
Broken Nose Theatre at Berger Park Coach House At The Table
 
Six friends head out of Chicago for their annual weekend retreat. With no social media, no cellphones and no internet allowed, they're left with one thing to do... look up from their screens and talk to each other. And when the liquor starts flowing and the tongues start to loosen, no conversation is off-limits. AT THE TABLE is a new comedy that begs the question: What happens when those with privilege are pushed to the periphery? In a seemingly post-truth era, who is allowed to speak up about particular topics and who is being silenced altogether? Playwright Michael Perlman and director Spenser Davis team up again, after the 2014 Midwest Premiere of the GLAAD Award-winning play "From White Plains."
   
The Beauty Queen of Leenane  
Bluebird Arts at Athenaeum Theatre The Beauty Queen of Leenane
 
Forty-year-old Maureen spends her present and foreseeable future caring for her elderly but iron-willed mother, Mag -- until an old family friend reappears and offers Maureen a chance at love and a new life. But Mag isn't about to let Maureen go so easily, setting off a shocking chain of events. The Beauty Queen of Leenane serves up a rich Irish stew of dark comedy and drama centering on a seriously dysfunctional mother and daughter. This acclaimed tragicomedy by Martin McDonagh, the Oscar-winning writer of In Bruges, comes to the stage at Chicago's Athenaeum Theatre Studio Two. Deemed "wildly funny, deeply affecting and grotesquely macabre," by the London Daily Telegraph, this production brims with the brash humor, rich language and inventive storytelling for which McDonagh has been widely praised.
   
Beowulf  
Red Theater at The Den Theatre Beowulf
 
Written and directed by Red Theater Artistic Director Aaron Sawyer, Beowulf tells the story of Beowulf and Grendel's Mother doomed by Odin to relive their deaths over and over again for all eternity in front of an audience. Sometimes set to music. Each performance a reset of their lives together. Each time a new body, a new place, a new set of watchers. Through song, prose and poetry, they cry out their pain and their love to each other, to us and to an uncaring god.
   
The Best Of Bri-Ko  
Stage 773 The Best Of Bri-Ko
 
Clowning-meets-sketch as audiences lose themselves in Bri-Ko’s joyous, upbeat world, which fuses comedy, clowning and an incredible array of props into a hilariously complicated production. Stage 773 Creative Director Brian Posen joins forces with Chicago comedy veterans Tim Soszko and Brian Peterlin to turn even the simplest tasks – like changing a lightbulb – into an interactive, non-verbal experience, taking audiences on an extraordinary ride.
   
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."
   
Blizzard '67  
16th Street Theater at Berwyn Cultural Center Blizzard '67
 
Four businessmen in 1967 Chicago carpool to work navigating the twists and turns of corporate politics. These tensions play out when they foolishly attempt to drive home in the record-breaking blizzard. When one man is abandoned, the others face their choice and how it will affect their lives thereafter.
   
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.
   
The Book Of Joseph  
Chicago Shakespeare Theater The Book Of Joseph
 
Every family has its secrets. Richard Hollander's remained in an unopened suitcase for fifteen years after the death of his parents. Inside, he found a collection of Swastika-stamped letters written during World War II by a family he never knew-his late father Joseph's mother, three sisters, their husbands and children. Unable to convince the family to leave Poland, Joseph escaped to the United States where he fought to save his family from annihilation at the hands of the Nazis, and to avoid deportation and death himself. Richard collected his family's letters in his book, Every Day Lasts A Year, the inspiration for this frequently chilling, often humorous, and always deeply moving drama, staged by Artistic Director Barbara Gaines. We come to know three generations-their hopes, fears and fates revealed-in a compelling journey of the human family and the primal need to understand those who came before.
   
Bootycandy  
Windy City Playhouse Bootycandy
 
Meet Sutter, a precocious boy learning what it means to be gay and black. With everyone trying to teach him the ways of life, he's learning fast that no one person will be able to tell him the meaning of love, life, sex or race. He'll have to define those for himself. The 2017 season kicks off with a bang, with the Chicago premiere of Robert O'Hara's semi-autobiographical play - a hilariously frank, wildly unpredictable tale of growing up.
   
By Association  
The Greenhouse Theater Center By Association
 
In the wake of a terrorist attack in Chicago, the government scrambles to respond, targeting a teenage immigrant boy named Omar who was recorded entering a train of the downtown subway moments before the attack occurred. Now, everyone connected to this person of interest is under suspicion. By Association follows Abdi, a first-generation African-American teen who, due to his friendship with Omar, finds himself at the center of the federal manhunt. Abdi's parents -- one from America, one from Ethiopia -- must now decide how to protect their child, as they wrestle with the potential that he could in fact be a terrorist. Catch this timely and intriguing drama at Chicago's Greenhouse Theater Center.
   
By the Bog of Cats  
The Artistic Home By the Bog of Cats
 
Set on a ghostly landscape in Ireland, By the Bog of Cats is the story of a woman who's had a lifetime of abandonment and decides to lay claim to everything that's hers on a day when her world's being torn in half. Not only did her mother run off when she was a girl, but today the great love of her life, with whom she has a seven-year-old daughter, is marrying into a family that wants her kicked off the land. She has no one to turn to except local misfits, who are part of a community filled with outrageous, funny, terrible people. It’s one day in the life of a woman pushed beyond the limits of human endurance as she is forced to make a final horrible, self sacrificing decision. Mossman says of the play, “Think Greek tragedy on an Irish Bog. Just as tragic but twice as funny and pure poetry, in the great Irish tradition.”
   
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.
   
Captain Blood  
First Folio Theatre Captain Blood
 
Set on a Caribbean island, CAPTAIN BLOOD follows the unjustly enslaved Dr. Peter Blood as he falls in love with the lady of the plantation, the lovely Arabella Bishop. This lively adaptation replete with swordfights and pirate battles as Blood escapes and takes up the treacherous life of a pirate, it then appears fate has separated them forever... or has it?
   
Carmen  
Lyric Opera Carmen
 
Filled with passion, jealousy, drama and death, Georges Bizet's classic opera Carmen revolves around a beautiful but hot-tempered Spanish gypsy girl who seduces a young corporal named Don Jose. The naive young man gives up everything for her, leaving his former love, rebelling against his superiors and joining a gang of smugglers. But when Carmen tires of him and moves on to the bullfighter Escamillo, Don Jose is driven by betrayal and jealousy to exact violent revenge. The French composer's score includes the instantly recognizable "The Toreador Song," Carmen's habanera and more. This stirring production from Lyric Opera of Chicago at the Civic Opera House will be performed in French with projected English supertitles.
   
Circumference Of A Squirrel  
The Greenhouse Theater Center Circumference Of A Squirrel
 
An inner tube, a bagel, a donut, a lifesaver, a holiday wreath, a tire-swing, a cycle of abuse: circles, and at the center of them all sits an enigmatic squirrel. Orbiting that squirrel is Chester, a self-described "rodentophobe" who spins the outlandish, funny and bruising tale of growing up with a father who developed a rabid hatred for squirrels that eventually infected every aspect of his life. Pursued by memories of his father's intolerant legacy, Chester is pulled into the black hole at the center of his own life, unsure of how he will break free from the darkness that encircles him.
   
The Columnist  
American Blues Theater at Stage 773 The Columnist
 
From the Pulitzer and Tony award-winning author of Proof comes a drama about power, the press, sex and betrayal. At the height of the Cold War, Joe Alsop is the nation's most influential journalist, beloved, feared and courted by the Washington world. But as the 60s dawn and America undergoes dizzying change, the intense political dramas Joe is embroiled in become deeply personal as well.
   
Creatives  
Chicago Theatre Workshop at Edge Theatre Creatives
 
Paul Brenner’s Wednesday night songwriting class is a perfect cross-section of the Chicago music scene, with all its incestuous dysfunction, navel-gazing narcissism, bitter rivalries, and, here and there, shards of transcendent brilliance. When Paul’s former student, pop star and singer/songwriter Sean O’Neil, visits this group of wannabe musicians to judge a contest, the stakes are suddenly raised to startling new levels. Creatives - a darkly comic pop opera with an original book by Irvine Welsh and Don De Grazia and a score including songs from some of the most popular rock bands of recent decades - reveals the desperation that fuels the passion to create.
   
Cymbeline  
Strawdog Theatre at Factory Theater Cymbeline
 
Shakespeare’s Cymbeline has all the vicious insults, bloody blades, cross-dressed ladies and compromised bedchambers that has made the Bard famous. It is also a no-holds-barred epic, a dark fairy tale set off by a king's rash verdict and a princess who won't stand for her man's wrongful banishment. The acclaimed director of Lifeline Theatre's Hunger and Irish Theatre of Chicago's The White Road, recently seen onstage in Strawdog’s production of The Arsonists, makes his directing debut with the company.
   
Death of a Salesman  
Redtwist Theatre Death of a Salesman
 
The great American drama about dashed hopes and delusional optimism, Miller's timeless themes play out in the fractured Loman household where Willy is the worn out king of his castle. He's also prince of the road as a fading traveling salesman, barely clinging to reality while searching in vain for the life of his dreams, yet failing to embrace the life that he lives.
   
Deep In The Heart Of Tuna  
New American Folk Theatre at Pride Arts Center - The Buena Deep In The Heart Of Tuna
 
DEEP IN THE HEART OF TUNA is a "Best Of" Tuna show that follows the story of Bertha Bumiller and her beautifully dysfunctional family. Tuna, TX is the third smallest town in Texas, where the Lion's Club is too liberal and Patsy Cline never dies. The eclectic band of citizens that make up this town are portrayed by only two performers, making this satire on life in rural America even more powerful as they depict all of the inhabitants of Tuna - men, women, children and animals.
   
Diamond Dogs  
The House Theatre of Chicago at Chopin Theatre Diamond Dogs
 
Set in the Revelation Space Universe of acclaimed sci-fi author Alistair Reynolds, this world premiere production of Diamond Dogs follows a future team of humans and transhumans on their investigation into a mysterious alien tower bent on brutally punishing all intruders. As each of these crusaders is forced to make dangerous sacrifices in the deadly maze on their way to the summit of the spire ... blood will spill. The inventive designers of The House Theatre of Chicago have brought this otherworldly show to vivid life, utilizing the help of an award-winning puppet designer to re-shape the actors' human forms with body modifications reflecting the show's 26th-century setting. Don't miss Diamond Dogs on the Chopin Theatre Mainstage.
   
The Dining Room  
Oil Lamp Theater The Dining Room
 
Set in a single, well-to-do dining room, this innovative dramatic comedy from A.R. Gurney (Love Letters) presents a vivid portrait of family life through a mosaic of interrelated scenes. Through the ensuing series of 18 overlapping vignettes, covering an array of different time periods, the show's small cast of actors plays a range of different characters, revealing a wide array of insight into the human condition -- the joy, sorrow, love and laughter that accompanies the family life of a vanishing species: the upper-middle-class WASP. Enjoy this touching and humorous production of The Dining Room at Glenview's Oil Lamp Theater.
   
A Disappearing Number  
TimeLine Theatre Company A Disappearing Number
 
Told in a whirlwind of vignettes spanning history and time, A DISAPPEARING NUMBER is a love letter to numbers, blending the beauty of everyday relationships with the mysticism of the cosmos. The play is based on the true story of Srinivasa Ramanujan, a self-taught mathematician in rural India who, in 1913, sent a letter to famed mathematician G.H. Hardy filled with astonishing mathematical theorems. Meanwhile, in the present, a math professor and a businessman fall in love. As these two pairs wind their way through the course of their lives in different eras, they grapple with the beautiful mysteries of mathematics and the patterns found within the universe and themselves.
   
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.
   
Earthquakes in London  
Steep Theatre Earthquakes in London
 
As global destruction approaches, the lives of a climate scientist and his three estranged daughters come crashing, unexpectedly back together. The wildly epic Earthquakes in London embodies the chaos of today's society, while reminding us that our very survival may depend on our connections to our families, to our communities, and to our shared world.
   
Eleemosynary  
AstonRep Theatre Company at The Frontier Eleemosynary
 
Sensitive and probing, ELEEMOSYNARY examines the subtle and often perilous relationship between three generations of remarkable women: the grandmother, Dorothea, who has sought to assert her independence through strong-willed eccentricity; her brilliant daughter, Artie, who has fled the stifling domination of her mother; and Artie's daughter, Echo, a child of exceptional intellect, whom Artie has abandoned to an upbringing by Dorothea. This poignant and mature study of familial relationships highlights the human need for connection and forgiveness.
   
Elemeno Pea  
Citadel Theatre Company Elemeno Pea
 
Cultures clash and family ties get knotted in playwright Molly Smith Metzler's poignant comedy Elemeno Pea. Simone, the personal assistant to a rich ad man's trophy wife, is living large on Martha's Vineyard. Her new gig comes complete with a six-figure salary, a preppy boyfriend with a yacht, and a handsome clothing allowance. Things are shaping up nicely for Simone until her older sister Devon, a social worker from blue-collar Buffalo, arrives for a visit. Blood is thicker than water ... but is it thicker than champagne? Find out when Element Pea takes to the stage of Lake Forest's Citadel Theatre.
   
Everyone's a Critic  
Annoyance Theatre Everyone's a Critic
 
"Everyone's a Critic" dives into the vastly unknown lives of those held in society's highest regard, the people of Yelp.com. "Everyone's a Critic" is a completely improvised performance that explores the egocentrism behind our well calculated to-go orders. Every week with random reviews plucked from the web, the ensemble will take the audience down a one-to-five star rabbit hole through the life of one of Yelp's many progeny. Following a single read-through of a review; the audience will be taken on a ride through the complex mind of the character that typed one of the infamous restaurant critiques.
   
Faceless  
Northlight Theatre Faceless
 
Eighteen-year-old Susie Glenn is on trial for conspiring to commit acts of terrorism. Suffering from the weight of her mother's recent death, Susie may be a scared teen searching for answers - or she might be a threat to national security. With a female Muslim lawyer as the face of the prosecution, perspectives shift from one moment to the next. Morals, motives and matters of faith all come into question in this riveting and timely drama from a thrilling new voice in theatre.
   
Fantastic Super Great Nation Numero Uno  
Second City Fantastic Super Great Nation Numero Uno
 
The Second City e.t.c.'s 41st revue, Fantastic Super Great Nation Numero Uno, reminds us that as divided as the nation may be, there is still hilarity in our humanity. This exciting new cast illustrates that there is still plenty to laugh at in ourselves and though they may be slightly shattered, America still has two legs to stand on. Fantastic Super Great Nation Numero Uno proves that as long as we're still willing to listen to each other, laughter is our international language.
   
The Fantasticks  
Quest Theatre Ensemble at The Blue Theater The Fantasticks
 
The Fantasticks is the longest-running musical in the world, and with good reason: this funny and romantic fable tells the tale of a boy, a girl, and their parents who plot to get them together by keeping them apart. The narrator, El Gallo, invites the audience to follow him into a world of moonlight and magic. This incredible musical features songs like "Try to Remember," "Soon It's Gonna Rain" and "Never Say No." Join Quest for this timeless classic-sure to delight both the young and young at heart.
   
Fifty Shades of Shakespeare  
(re)discover theatre at Mary's Attic Fifty Shades of Shakespeare
 
Join us for an orgy of hilarious, powerful, and revealing explorations of gender-roles, sexuality, kink and relationships all told through the bard's sexiest scenes: stripped down to 4 actors, 12 scenes, and 23 roles. The only question is: How do you want it? Every night the audience picks which actor plays each role. The possibilities are endless and every show is a salacious surprise. Grab your BFF, your f*ck buddy, your Bae, your Swipe Right, and prepare to get your drink on.
   
First Time or Fan  
Under The Gun Theater First Time or Fan
 
A funny and fast-paced fusion of musical theater and improv comedy, First Time or Fan presents a different show each and every week. Performed in two acts, the first part of the show finds some of Chicago's finest musical theatre performers (the titular "fans") delivering two to four songs from a real musical, and then it's time for the "first timers" to take the stage. With no more knowledge of the source material than the few songs they've just seen performed, these improv comedians will deliver their off-the-cuff interpretation of that musical in 15 hilarious minutes. With a little something for just about everyone, you're sure to enjoy First Time or Fan at Chicago's Under the Gun Theater.
   
Flanagan's Wake  
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).
   
The Game's Afoot  
Jedlicka Performing Arts Center The Game's Afoot
 
Winner of the 2012 Edgar Allan Poe Award for Best Play, Ken Ludwig's The Game's Afoot blends comedy and mystery to great effect. It's December 1936, and world-renowned actor William Gillette, best known for originating the role of Sherlock Holmes, has invited his fellow cast members to his castle in Connecticut for a weekend of good old-fashioned carousing. But it's not long before one of the guests is discovered ... dead! Now it's up to Gillette himself to live up to his onscreen persona and identify the killer before he strikes again in this hilarious whodunit at the Jedlicka Performing Arts Center in Cicero.
   
Gender Breakdown  
Flat Iron Arts Building Gender Breakdown
 
A compilation of true, absurd, uncomfortable and gut-punching stories culled from more than 200 Chicago theater artists, Collaboraction Theatre Company's first world premiere of 2017 is a response to the lack of gender equity on and offstage.
   
Gentle  
TUTA Theatre Chicago at The Den Theatre Gentle
 
GENTLE, is a world premiere adapted and directed by Founding Artistic Director Zeljko Djukic, based on the short story "A Gentle Woman", by Fyodor Dostoyevsky. It follows a young immigrant woman, a pawnbroker, and their maid over the course of a short, mysterious marriage. Dostoevsky's brilliant tale of the obsessive power of ego, and its ability to push ordinary people to extraordinary measures, is modernized by Djukic as a story of our times. Surprising and sharp-witted, GENTLE combines the Russian master storyteller's ability to reveal extremes of human nature, with TUTA's characteristic sophistication and inventiveness.
   
Good People  
Buffalo Theatre Ensemble at McAninch Arts Center Good People
 
Margie, a scrappy survivor from South Boston, is one bingo game away from losing her apartment. Determined to help those she loves, will she turn the situation around? A witty and moving story, the result is this recent Broadway hit on class and culture.
   
Gump  
The Public House Theatre Gump
 
Life is like a box of chocolates. And so is "GUMP: With Your Pal, Charlie Davis!" Nobody knows the world's most quotable movie ("Forrest Gump") better than Charlie Davis. Because he's your pal, he will take on the task of reenacting the beloved, Academy Award winning film all by himself. However, the audience will decide how the movie plays out.
   
Hamilton  
The PrivateBank Theatre Hamilton
 
A new musical about the scrappy young immigrant who forever changed America: Alexander Hamilton. From bastard orphan to Washington's right hand man, rebel to war hero, loving husband caught in the country's first sex scandal to Treasury head who made an untrusting world believe in the American economy, Hamilton is an exploration of a political mastermind. George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Eliza Hamilton, and lifelong Hamilton friend and foe, Aaron Burr, all attend this revolutionary tale of America's fiery past told through the sounds of the ever-changing nation we've become.
   
Henry V  
Babes With Blades Theatre Company at City Lit Theater Henry V
 
Ascending the throne of England after the death of his father, young Henry V faces suspicion from within his country and pressure from without. Hoping to unite his kingdom and ensure its future security, he embarks on a risky campaign to conquer France. As a newly-anointed king with a lot to atone for, the odds are against him... but will his people rally around him?
   
High Fidelity  
Refuge Theatre Project at Refuge Records High Fidelity
 
The musical, with a score by Tom Kitt (Next to Normal, Bring It On The Musical, If/Then), book by David Lindsay-Abaire (Rabbit Hole, Shrek the Musical, Good People) and lyrics by Amanda Green (Bring It On The Musical, Hands on a Hardbody) is the story of Rob, the owner of the vintage record shop Championship Vinyl. Rob tries to make sense of his recent split with girlfriend Laura by reviewing the "top five breakups" of his life. High Fidelity takes place mostly in Rob's record store and the Refuge Theatre Project's staging will be performed in a store created especially for this production.
   
The History Boys  
Eclectic Theatre at Athenaeum Theatre The History Boys
 
An unruly bunch of bright, funny boys in a British Grammar school are in pursuit of sex, sport, and a place at a good university-generally in that order. In all their efforts, they are helped and hindered, enlightened and bemused, by a maverick English teacher who seeks to broaden their horizons in sometimes undefined ways, and by a young history teacher who questions the methods, as well as the aim, of their schooling. In this 2006 Tony Award Winner, The History Boys raises not only universal questions about the nature of history and how it is taught but also questions about the purpose of education today.
   
Hobo King  
Congo Square Theatre at Athenaeum Theatre Hobo King
 
In HOBO KING, inspired by true events, a homeless man is unjustly slain by city police. Enraged, the homeless community attempts to govern themselves in order to give voice to the voiceless. 
Hobo King mirrors the universal struggle for all the homeless communities across the nation, and addresses the social dilemma surrounding 
the current epidemic of homelessness among veterans, patience living with mental illness, and young adults.
   
The Housekeeper  
Royal George Theatre The Housekeeper
 
In the offbeat comedy The Housekeeper, a stuffy novelist floundering after the death of his domineering mother brings on a cleaning lady to look after his large Victorian house -- and also himself. However, this new housekeeper happens to be one of the world's great oddballs, arriving on her first day wearing sneakers and carting her belongings around in a grocery cart. From there, things go quickly awry in this lighthearted study of the privileged and the underprivileged at Chicago's Royal George Theatre.
   
I Left My Heart: A Salute To The Music Of Tony Bennett  
Mercury Theater I Left My Heart: A Salute To The Music Of Tony Bennett
 
Called "the greatest singer in the world" by Frank Sinatra, the always charming, classy and debonair Tony Bennett crooned his way into the heart of America. I LEFT MY HEART features four decades of music that Bennett recorded, including his early top 40 hits, jazz recordings with Basie, Stan Getz, and Bill Evans, torch songs, film scores, and his now famous MTV Unplugged performance, which introduced him to a whole new generation of listeners. Sprinkled through with biographic tidbits and anecdotes, the revue sports a thrilling score of 33 Bennett standards including "Rags to Riches," "Put On a Happy Face," "The Good Life," "The Best Is Yet to Come" and, of course, "I Left My Heart in San Francisco."
   
The Illusionists - Live From Broadway  
Ford Oriental Theatre The Illusionists - Live From Broadway
 
THE ILLUSIONISTS - LIVE FROM BROADWAY is produced by Simon Painter, Tim Lawson and MagicSpace Entertainment. Conceived by Simon Painter, the show's creative team also includes executive producer Tim Lawson, director Neil Dorward and creative director Jim Millan. Full of hilarious magic tricks, death-defying stunts and acts of breathtaking wonder, THE ILLUSIONISTS has shattered box office records worldwide and thrilled audiences of all ages with a mind-blowing spectacular showcasing the jaw-dropping talents of seven of the most incredible illusionists on earth.
   
Jesus The Jew  
Forum Productions at The Greenhouse Theater Center Jesus The Jew
 
James is given a choice: renounce his brother or be killed. The problem: his brother is Jesus of Nazareth and James is the leader of all of Jesus' followers for 30 years since the resurrection. Based on a wealth of research, JESUS THE JEW takes us back to the birth of Christianity and the transformation of Judaism, with two Jewish brothers and their four siblings growing up in Nazareth. Through memory and storytelling, James reveals his insights into Mary of Magdala, his archrival Apostle Paul and his misunderstood brother, as he faces the ultimate decision and his greatest test of faith.
   
Jim Lehrer and the Theater and Its Double and Jim Lehrer's Double  
Theater Oobleck at Chopin Theatre Jim Lehrer and the Theater and Its Double and Jim Lehrer's Double
 
Jim Lehrer, the legendary news anchor and Presidential debate moderator, is now retired and sitting alone of a gloomy evening in his cavernous DC suburban home, when his double, Jim Lehrer, the unsuccessful playwright, arrives home from the opening night of his first produced play. The premiere of that play did not go well and Jim Lehrer II fled the theater, chased across dark fields and streams by a violent audience strangely angered by the staging of his script. He now must convince his twin their lives are in danger and to lock and barricade the front door to stem the imminent invasion. But something -- or someone -- keeps making odd noises from deep within the house.
   
Just Like Us  
Vision Latino Theatre Company at Chicago Dramatists Just Like Us
 
Based on a true story told in Helen Thorpe's bestselling book, this documentary-style play follows four Latina teenage girls in Denver-two of whom are documented and two who are not-through young adulthood. Their close-knit friendships begin to unravel when immigration status dictates the girls' opportunities, or lack thereof. When a political firestorm arises, each girl's future becomes increasingly complicated. Just Like Us poses difficult, yet essential questions about what makes us American.
   
Language of Angels  
The Cuckoo's Theater Project at Redtwist Theatre Language of Angels
 
Acclaimed playwright Naomi Iizuka's Language of Angels weaves together a series of eerie ghost stories in a Rashomon-like tale of a disappearance. This haunting production from The Cuckoo's Theater Project and RedTwist Theater begins in a cave on the edge of a rural North Carolina town, where a young girl once went missing. One of nine friends is responsible for her death, yet her ghostly, echoed cries will haunt each of them forever. It makes for a deeply human story of working-class youth bound by poverty and pushed to the limits of friendship as they deal with grief and loss.
   
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.
   
Love's Labor's Lost  
Chicago Shakespeare Theater Love's Labor's Lost
 
King Ferdinand of Navarre's "no fun" edict includes scholarly endeavors, quiet contemplation and complete commitment to chastity for three entire years. His closest courtiers reluctantly sign on. But this is a comedy and it doesn't take long for everyone to figure out that the whole thing is a bad idea and rules are meant to be broken-especially when the French Princess and her beautiful entourage arrive on the scene. The young men's studies soon give way to secret letters and amorous vows as the women set out to teach the men a thing or two about love. The puns fly and the playwright's wordplay take flight in this witty satire about young love with a surprising conclusion where real-life lessons are suddenly revealed. Former Artistic Director of Canada's Stratford Festival Marti Maraden returns to Chicago Shakespeare to stage this charming comedy, following her celebrated productions of Much Ado About Nothing and Othello.
   
Macbeth  
Shakespeare All-Stars at Filament Theatre Macbeth
 
Nastier than Scorsese at his bleakest, more violent than Tarantino at his bloodiest, Shakespeare's Macbeth still shocks like no other tale on the page, stage or screen. Now this chilling portrait of temptation, ambition and betrayal gets staged at Chicago's Filament Theatre. Set in a gloomy world of ghosts and witches, the tragedy's cycle of corruption is thrown into motion when the popular King Duncan of Scotland is murdered by his trusted friend and general Macbeth. Driven by a supernatural prophesy and his wife's deadly ambition, Macbeth goes on to claim his destiny. But just as he grasps the crown, it starts to slip through his bloody fingers.
   
Magic City  
Chicago Children's Theatre at The Station Magic City
 
Meet nine-year-old Philomena, whose great love is building miniature structures out of books, toys and other found objects from around her house. One day, her older sister announces that she is engaged to marry, and the two go to live at the mansion of her sister's fiance. Left alone in her vast new home, forced to make friends with her annoying stepbrother, Philomena secludes herself in the attic where she builds the biggest miniature city she's ever made. Later that night, Philomena wakes up to discover that her city has come alive. As she steps through the city gates, her adventure begins.
   
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!
   
Mamma Mia!  
Marriott Theatre In Lincolnshire Mamma Mia!
 
ABBA's hits tell the hilarious story of a young woman's search for her birth father on a Greek island paradise. After reading her mom's diary from one carefree summer 20 years ago, Sophie secretly invites the three men her mom wrote about to her wedding. Set to the classic songs of ABBA like "Dancing Queen," "Take a Chance on Me" and "SOS," Mamma Mia! is the enchanting and unforgettable tale of love, laughter, family and friendship.
   
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.
   
Men Are From Mars - Women Are From Venus LIVE!  
Broadway Playhouse Men Are From Mars - Women Are From Venus LIVE!
 
Men Are From Mars - Women Are From Venus LIVE!, the Off-Broadway hit comedy based on The New York Times #1 best-selling book of the last decade by John Gray, is back by popular demand. Moving swiftly through a series of vignettes, the show covers everything from dating and marriage to the bedroom. This hysterical show will have couples elbowing each other all evening as they see themselves on stage. Sexy and fast paced, this show is definitely for adults, but will leave audiences laughing and giggling like little kids!
   
Monster  
Steppenwolf for Young Adults at Steppenwolf Theatre Monster
 
This New York Times bestselling novel and National Book Award nominee tells the story of Steve Harmon, a 16-year-old aspiring filmmaker in juvenile detention. His life has been turned upside down by his alleged participation in a robbery gone awry and now he might spend the rest of his life behind bars. As the prosecution makes its case, Steve writes his story as a screenplay, trying to understand if he's really the monster they say he is.
   
My Brother's Keeper- The Story of The Nicholas Brothers  
Black Ensemble Theater My Brother's Keeper- The Story of The Nicholas Brothers
 
The Nicholas Brothers were the most legendary dance team in history. Harold & Fayard Nicholas broke through racist color barriers and rose to international stardom on stage and screen. They were acclaimed as the greatest dance team in history during the 1930s and '40s. We know them as a dynamic, high-flying, dance duo, but who were these men outside of the spotlight?
   
My Way: A Musical Tribute to Frank Sinatra  
Theatre At The Center My Way: A Musical Tribute to Frank Sinatra
 
My Way: A Musical Tribute to Frank Sinatra, a musical revue at Theatre at the Center (TATC) in Munster, relives the legendary career of Frank Sinatra as four actors share more than 50 of his beloved hits that span the breadth of his career from the 1950s to the 1990s.
   
Nameless Mountains  
Accomplice Theatr at Charnel House Chicago Nameless Mountains
 
In Accomplice Theatre's new production, Nameless Mountains, a runaway wife, a struggling preacher, several adventurous prostitutes, and a determined husband are trapped together at the Red Feather Brothel, Dawson City, Yukon Territory. Snowed in and forced to confront personal history and social pressure, conflict erupts and passions collide.
   
The Nether  
A Red Orchid Theatre The Nether
 
A young detective uncovers a disturbing brand of entertainment, triggering an interrogation into the darkest corners of the imagination and the most basic of human desires. The Nether is a virtual wonderland that provides total sensory immersion; a beautifulescape that ultimately begs some very serious questions about responsibility, connectivity and love.
   
Never Mind, It's Nothing  
Stage 773 Never Mind, It's Nothing
 
Just in time for your Valentine's Day hangover, the world premiere of Never Mind, It's Nothing from Chicago Slam Works arrives, combining performance poetry and theatrical farce to tackle those things left unsaid in love, relationships and sex. Enjoy this madcap lyric play for the sex-positive and the queer-friendly, for lovers who roll their eyes at sonnets -- and would much prefer any of their kisses to come with the sharp bite of teeth -- at Chicago's Stage 773.
   
Night Caps with NightNap  
Cornservatory Night Caps with NightNap
 
NightNap is excited to return to the Cornservatory stage for their first headlining show: Night Caps with NightNap. Do you have trouble getting to bed when you need to? Do you party too late, too often? Do you need help getting your circadian rhythms back? We may not be able to help with all of these problems, but Corn Productions can offer a good BYOB distraction! Each week, the performers of NightNap will be performing an Armando style improv set. They will bare their souls for you to laugh at, and then try to regain their dignity by playing pretend. Accompanied by guest improv teams and stand ups, the guests will rotate weekly to keep the late night party fresh!
   
Norma  
Lyric Opera Norma
 
A clandestine love affair sets the stage for a battle full of fury and anguish in the Lyric Opera of Chicago's production of Norma at the Civic Opera House. The epitome of the bel canto opera style, Vincenzo Bellini's masterpiece has been a vehicle for supremely talented sopranos since its debut in 1831. Metropolitan Opera star Sondra Radvanovsky "earned a thunderous ovation ... her top notes ringing and powerful, her middle range velvety, her coloratura nimble and phrasing elegant" (The New York Times) for her recent performance in the role. Set during the Gallic-Roman wars, the story focuses on the awe-inspiring Druid high priestess, whose role demands a strict vow of celibacy. But she's violated that code by falling in love with the leader of the occupying army, and leads a double life to conceal her secret.
   
Peerless  
First Floor Theater at The Den Theatre Peerless
 
In an ordinary Midwestern high school, twin sisters M and L are competitive with everyone - except each other. When the failsafe combination of perfect academics, killer extracurriculars, and calculated self-identification fails to impress The College’s early decision admissions board, they hatch a sinister Plan B to secure their future. PEERLESS is a blisteringly funny new riff on Shakespeare’s Macbeth about the unbreakable bond between sisters whose vaulting ambition will not be deferred at any cost.
   
Phedre  
Trap Door Theatre Phedre
 
Trap Door Theatre presents an adaptation of Jean Racine's Phedre. Physical evocations of the myths of ancient Greece, as well a critical eye towards societal conventions combine to create a modern take on this classic story of forbidden love.
   
Priscilla, Queen of the Desert  
Pride Arts Center - The Broadway Priscilla, Queen of the Desert
 
Priscilla, Queen of the Desert the Musical is the heartwarming, uplifting adventure of three friends, Tick, Bernadette and Adam, a glamorous Sydney-based performing trio who agree to take their show to the middle of the Australian outback. They hop aboard a battered old bus (nicknamed Priscilla) searching for love and friendship and end up finding more than they ever could have ever dreamed of. With a dazzling array of John Nasca costumes and a hit parade of dance floor favorites including "It's Raining Men," "I Will Survive," Hot Stuff," "Go West," "Girls Just Wanna Have Fun," and "I Love the Nightlife," this wildly funny and touching musical is a journey to the heart of FABULOUS! This Tony Award-winning musical based on the smash-hit movie of the same name enjoyed a 16-month run on Broadway.
   
Quest  
Actors Gymnasium at Noyes Cultural Art Center Quest
 
Quest, loosely based on the Leo Tolstoy story “The Three Questions,” has the protagonist ask three simple, but huge, questions, setting in motion a whirlwind journey to find the answers. The hero with her sidekicks venture through obstacles, misinformation, slapstick fun, unexpected detours, music and songs, near crises and amazing feats of partnership in seek of answers.
   
Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead  
Metropolis Performing Arts Centre Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead
 
Tom Stoppard's Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead. is a comedic, existentialist romp that focuses on the misadventures and confused musings of two minor characters in William Shakespeare's Hamlet. Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are shown in the moments between their brief appearances in the play. As the main characters meet their fates onstage, the two courtiers try to reconcile their "everything will work out" attitude with the growing realization that sometimes fortune has another ending in mind. Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead won the Tony Award for Best Play in 1968, and now it's coming to the Metropolis Performing Arts Centre in Arlington Heights.
   
Saturday Night Fever  
Drury Lane- Oakbrook Saturday Night Fever
 
Based on the 1977 hit film, Saturday Night Fever follows Brooklyn teen Tony Manero in his attempt to escape his troubles by spending weekends at the local disco. Watch Tony win the admiration of the crowd, as well as his heartthrob Stephanie Mangano, as he burns up the dance floor with his electric moves. Featuring favorite Bee Gees songs from the movie such as "Night Fever," "Stayin' Alive," and "Jive Talkin'," Saturday Night Fever is a fun and funky blast from the past that will have audiences dancing in the aisle.
   
The Scene  
Writers Theatre The Scene
 
What starts off with an amusing exchange at a hip Manhattan party quickly turns into something more complex. When close friends Charlie and Lewis meet Clea, a determined young woman making her mark on the New York scene, it sets them off on an emotional roller coaster. This provocative comedy-drama explores the dark edges of commitment and the struggles of balancing authenticity with ambition.
   
The Scottsboro Boys  
Porchlight Music Theatre at Stage 773 The Scottsboro Boys
 
The thrilling, final collaboration by the creators of Cabaret and Chicago, The Scottsboro Boys has been hailed as one of the most visionary and controversial musicals to grace the stages of Broadway and London. Nominated for 12 Tony Awards, and presented in the style of the notorious "minstrel show", this true-life story of nine African American teenagers accused and put on trial in Memphis for a crime they did not commit is one America's most notorious episodes of injustice; inaugurating a wave of social changes leading up to the modern Civil Rights Movement.
   
Semitic Commonwealth  
Silk Road Rising at Chicago Temple Semitic Commonwealth
 
Silk Road Rising presents "Semitic Commonwealth," a staged reading series comprised of six plays by Arab and Jewish playwrights exploring the human toll of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Rather than strive to achieve balance and moral equivalency between "competing" narratives, these works investigate themes of identity, justice, occupation, exile, history, and homeland with remarkable honesty and integrity.
   
Shakespeare Not Stirred  
The Public House Theatre Shakespeare Not Stirred
 
The wonderful world of William Shakespeare gets blended with a shot of whiskey and is served fresh to audiences interested in drinking and learning a thing or two about the Bard. It's a comedic look at Shakespeare's use of Alcohol, Sex and Audience Interaction, plus everything else you might find at a Wrigleyville bar on a Saturday night. "Romeo and Juliet," "Macbeth," "King Lear" and others will be present in the Pub.
   
Shamilton  
Apollo Theater Shamilton
 
From the minds behind "Baby Wants Candy," "Thrones! The Musical Parody" and "Fifty Shades! The Musical Parody," "Shamilton" invites audiences to call out any famous historic figure-from Leonardo da Vinci to Genghis Khan to Paris Hilton-and watch an improvised musical unfold in real time before their eyes and ears, complete with gorgeous solos, sweeping chorus numbers and hilarious on-the-fly choreography. The production features a Chicago-based ensemble and a full band, including electronic musical enhancements with looping and percussion.
   
The Snare  
Jackalop Theatre at Broadway Armory The Snare
 
Ruth is your average eighth-grader, keeping busy with homework, vying to be captain of her basketball team, and trying to be more like her babysitter. When Ruth mentions at the dinner table that the Devil has been talking to her, her pastor mom and family struggle to help Ruth fight something only she can see. In this world premiere play about faith, doubt, and growing up, the question is: who will you believe?
   
The Snowy Day and Other Stories  
Emerald City Theatre Company at Apollo Theater The Snowy Day and Other Stories
 
Ezra Jack Keats' beloved children's books that began with The Snowy Day come to life in this Emerald City Theatre production by award-winning playwright Jerome Hairston. A landmark picture book, The Snowy Day was the first to feature an African-American protagonist, centering on Peter, a young boy who explores his city after the first snowfall. The Caldecott Medal-winning book and its six sequels have continued to enchant readers for over 50 years. In this stage adaptation, various types of puppetry and movement capture Peter's poignant journey through childhood in a whole new way. Come experience The Snowy Day and Other Stories at Chicago's Apollo Theater. For ages 3 - 9
   
Sorrows and Rejoicings  
McKay Arts at Mckaw Theater Sorrows and Rejoicings
 
From 1948-1991 Apartheid ravaged South Africa with it racially systemic powers. Not until 1994 was there an election that allowed people of all races, colors and creeds to vote on the political system that would guide South Africa. Two I intertwined families from the Karoo struggle to find there footing in what is supposed to be the "New South Africa".
   
Squeeze My Cans  
The Greenhouse Theater Center Squeeze My Cans
 
Have you ever wondered if Bozo was a suppressive person? Have you ever considered what it might be like to audition to be Tom Cruise's girlfriend? What do you do if the carrot of spiritual freedom was dangled in front of you, waiting to be seized? Writer performer Cathy Schenkelberg decided to chase it and what she found was Scientology, America's foremost intergalactic theology. After years of studying and searching she soon found herself blowing alien life forms off her body, farther from than ever from who she had hoped to be. Now she is sharing the story in this no holds barred cautionary tale of how she survived the pseudoscience.
   
Straight White Men  
Steppenwolf Theatre Straight White Men
 
As Ed, a widower, prepares to celebrate Christmas, he calls his three grown sons back to the family home. Games are played, Chinese food is ordered, and brotherly pranks and trashtalk distract them from the ongoing issue that threatens to ruin the festivities: when personal identity is essential and privilege is a problem, what is a straight white man to do? Playwright/ Director Young Jean Lee takes an outside look at the traditional father/son play narrative, shedding new and often hilarious light on a story we think we know all too well.
   
Sweeney Todd - The Demon Barber of Fleet Street  
Paramount Theatre Sweeney Todd - The Demon Barber of Fleet Street
 
It's just another day in 19th Century England, and Benjamin Barker has returned home. The only thing is, it's been 15 years since the once fresh-faced barber has seen his family. He was unjustly sentenced to prison on trumped up charges by the corrupt Judge Turpin, who had his leering eyes on the barber's beautiful wife. Upon his arrival to the pie shop - where he and his family once lived above - his old friend and confidant Mrs. Lovett unravels the events of the past decade. She explains about the seduction of his wife by the Judge, which led her to take her own life. And to sharpen that pain of his loss, she breaks the news that the Judge adopted his daughter and is raising her as his own. Barker vows revenge for these atrocities and turns to the tools and skills with which he'll exact his plan: a razor and a barber chair. While the ensuing events are unfortunate for some, others - including Mrs. Lovett, her struggling pie shop and her customers - quickly prosper from the body count.
   
The Tall Girls  
Shattered Globe Theatre at Theater Wit The Tall Girls
 
As Jean gets off the train in Poor Prairie, a dusty speck on the map during the Depression, she meets a handsome man holding a cloth bag that conceals a brand new basketball. Jean has been exiled to what she fears is her "grave town" to be caretaker for her wild younger cousin. Haunt Johnny has a checkered past of his own, but he knows how to coach. In true pioneering spirit, the town's girls build a basketball team that just might be their means of escape to a better life. Inspired by the 1930's basketball teams in the rural Midwest, The Tall Girls asks, "Who can afford the luxury of play? And will these young women prevail against a town hell bent on crushing their dreams?"
   
Thirsty!  
Apollo Theater Thirsty!
 
The show combines improvised scenes, original songs and lots of booze. The cast is comprised of the finest veterans of the Chicago improv and comedy scene, with experience at iO, Second City, ComedySportz and the Annoyance Theater.
   
Thrones! The Musical Parody  
Apollo Theater Thrones! The Musical Parody
 
A send-up of HBO's phenomenally successful "Game of Thrones," "Thrones! The Musical Parody" asks audiences: Will Tyrion's accent ever improve? Can Jon Snow possibly know more than nothing? Just how red can the Red Wedding get? With Game of Thrones plot twists through Season 6 (read: spoilers), audiences can expect dashing men battling White Walkers, ravishing women riding fire-breathing dragons, and the infamous Walk of Shame-all set to a catchy, original score.
   
Tinderella  
Under The Gun Theater Tinderella
 
Tinderella is a modern take on the classic fairy tale beginning "Once Upon a Swipe". An audience volunteer begins the show by swiping their way through a larger-than-life dating app, featuring a hilarious cast of potential "perfect matches". Once the characters are chosen, the cast improvises the best chapters of the fairy tale, proving that "happily ever after" isn't just for the storybooks.
   
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.
   
Tony 'n Tina's Wedding  
Chicago Theatre Works Tony 'n Tina's Wedding
 
Presented by the original New York producers, in conjunction with Chicago Theater Works, comes the return of one of Chicago's longest-running, smash hit shows, Tony 'n Tina's Wedding -- and everyone's invited! You and the other audience members are treated like family at this interactive improvisational comedy. The fun starts with the happy couple's wedding ceremony inside a real church (Resurrection Church), followed by the all-inclusive reception just one block away at Vinnie Black's Coliseum, featuring a full Italian dinner, wedding cake, champagne toast, dancing to great music and lots of love and laughs. As part of the audience, you're considered a wedding guest and are allowed to mix, mingle and interact with all of the participants. You never know what drama you might get swept up in with this crazy Italian family! The improvisational nature of the show lets you go multiple times and see different stories play out each time.Tony 'n' Tina's Wedding will reopen in November 2009
   
Transit of Venus  
Saint Sebastian Players at St. Bonaventure Church Transit of Venus
 
Transit of Venus, inspired by real-life astronomer Le Gentil and his attempt to plot the course of Venus across the sky, is the antithesis of the adventurer's tale. Le Gentil puts off marrying the young and willful Celeste and leaves to travel around the world with no thought to those he leaves behind. When he returns, he finds life isn't where he left it. Spanning 11 years in the lives of Le Gentil, Celeste and their companions, Hunter's play explores issues of faith, solitude and the human spirit.
   
Uncle Vanya  
Goodman Theatre Uncle Vanya
 
Tensions are high at the remote estate of an elderly professor, where resentments flow as freely as the vodka. As the professor's health fails, his extended family is forced to confront their disturbing futures, while still foundering in their disconcerting pasts. Acclaimed playwright Annie Baker (The Flick) injects a "distinctly contemporary American sound" (Variety) into Chekhov's famed tale, creating a work that's both refreshing and true to the iconic playwright's vision.
   
Unseen  
The Gift Theatre Unseen
 
Conflict photographer Mia wakes up in the Istanbul apartment of her on-again, off-again girlfriend after being found unconscious at the scene of a massacre she was photographing. Mia can't even remember being there, but she wired photos of the site hours before being found. The two women resume their volatile push-pull when Mia's well-meaning Californian mother arrives from the United States, trying to help unravel the mystery of what happened to her daughter.
   
Urinetown  
BoHo Theatre at Stage 773 Urinetown
 
In a dystopian near-future, a terrible water shortage has led to a government-enforced ban on private toilets. The citizens must use public amenities, regulated by a single malevolent company that profits by charging admission for one of humanity's most basic needs. Amid the people, a hero decides that he's had enough and plans a revolution to lead them all to freedom! At a time when private companies are controlling more and more of our basic needs and faith in elected officials is at historic lows, URINETOWN challenges both institutions with irreverently humorous satire.
   
Venus In Fur  
Circle Theatre at Heartland Studio Theatre Venus In Fur
 
Venus in Fur, a two-person play, introduces the audience to an ambitious actress, who may be more than she seems, and the director for whom she’s auditioning. Ideas of power are exchanged, particularly within the confines of society’s expectations for gender and sexuality.
   
very still and hard to see  
Death & Pretzels at Gorilla Tango Theatre very still and hard to see
 
This short play cycle recounts the history of a cursed hotel and the unfortunate guests who stay there. From riding in an erratic elevator and dealing with possessive ghosts to managing and ever-expanding hole in the floor armed with only cleaning supplies, these encounters with the unknown chillingly collapse the distance between the real and the surreal and remind us that, sometimes bad things do happen for a reason.
   
Waiting For Godot  
Tympanic Theatre at Berry United Methodist Church Waiting For Godot
 
This production will feature an all-Latino cast - exploring the similarities between the elusive "Godot" and the Latinx experience in the pursuit of the "American Dream."
   
Waiting to Inhale  
Under The Gun Theater Waiting to Inhale
 
Inspired by popular movies and television shows about friendship and love, Waiting to Inhale, tells an improvised story of close friendships, romantic hardships and the overwhelming stress of life. Directed by Briane Goodrum the cast of four black women will perform long form improvisation to develop a one act play based off audience suggestions.
   
The Winner...of Our Discontent  
Second City The Winner...of Our Discontent
 
The Winner...of Our Discontent asks if it's broken, should we fix it? No matter the answer, this cast will have you cracking up and splitting your sides. The country's premier sketch comedy troupe delivers a post-election shot in the arm that'll heal you with big laughs. So whether you voted for the Right, the Left, or the wrong (Independent), you'll love watching The Second City pick up the pieces in a comedy that shows our differences are what makes America truly great.
   
The Wolf at The End of The Block  
Teatro Vista at Victory Gardens Theater - Biograph The Wolf at The End of The Block
 
Chicago. Fall. One night, a boarded up bar on the dark side of the block becomes a terrifying crime scene. In the next 48 hours, the neighborhood digs deep into escalating mystery, working against time to separate fact from fiction. But as the clock ticks down, the clues spiral into a razor sharp jigsaw, and what began as a simple mystery quickly twists into a personal, pointed and political thriller.
   
A Wonder In My Soul  
Victory Gardens Theater - Biograph A Wonder In My Soul
 
Longtime hair salon owners, Bell and Birdie grapple with the decision to remain in their beloved Southside neighborhood or relocate under the pressures of gentrification and crime. Told through music, poetry and dance A Wonder in My Soul looks at one neighborhood's evolution through the eyes of two best friends and their lifetime of friendship. From the artistic team that brought you The House That Will Not Stand, The Gospel of Lovingkindness, and An Issue of Blood, director Chay Yew and playwright Marcus Gardley now explore Chicago history, beauty, and friendship.
   
A Wrinkle in Time  
Lifeline Theatre A Wrinkle in Time
 
After her father vanishes under mysterious circumstances, Meg Murray's life begins spiraling out of control. One dark and stormy night, Mrs. Whatsit, Mrs. Who and Mrs. Which appear and promise to help rescue him from the monstrous darkness that threatens the universe. A Wrinkle in Time follows Meg, her extraordinary brother Charles Wallace, their pal Calvin, and a host of extraterrestrial friends and foes as they journey into the heart of a terrible evil in the hope of reuniting a fragmented family. Based on the beloved 1963 book by Madeleine L'Engle, this heartwarming adventure across the stars gets underway at Chicago's Lifeline Theatre.
   
You Can't Take It With You  
Overshadowed Theatrical Productions You Can't Take It With You
 
Meet the Sycamores - a madcap clan that sets the bar for eccentricity. When Alice brings her high society fiance home to meet the parents, fireworks (figuratively and literally) nearly bring the house down. Despite their zany antics and unconventional ways, this tight-knit family offers hope that love and laughter lead to happiness, even in the hardest of times. One of the most popular and successful comedies in American theatre, this Pulitzer Prize-winning, Depression era classic has a timeless appeal.