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All Girl Dracula  
Chicago Mammals at Zoo Studio All Girl Dracula
Mina Murray is caught between a Carnivorous Ancient Evil and an Uncompromising Sadistic Zealot. Both Dracula and Van Helsing yearn for violence, even if their appetites are spurned by opposing goals. How will Mina Murray survive? As she tries to protect the people she loves, will she be forced to decide which of these powerful villains is the lesser of two evils?
American Idiot  
The Hypocrites at The Den Theatre American Idiot
Based on punk rock band Green Day's Grammy Award-winning multi-platinum album of the same name, AMERICAN IDIOT follows three lifelong friends, forced to choose between their dreams and the safety of suburbia in a post 9/11 world. The musical features hits including "Boulevard of Broken Dreams," "21 Guns," "Wake Me Up When September Ends," "Holiday" and the blockbuster title track, "American Idiot." A critical smash on Broadway and in London, AMERICAN IDIOT received a 2010 Tony Award nomination for Best Musical and won the 2011 Grammy Award for Best Musical Show Album.
The American Revolution  
Stage 773 The American Revolution
Seven actors, confined to a crowded 21-square-foot platform, re-enact the events surrounding The American Revolution in an unbelievably short, yet highly entertaining and enjoyable 50 minutes. Chicago's Theater Unspeakable gives voice to the USA's origin story through clever humor, patriotic music and amazingly imaginative pantomime. Using only the actor's bodies and voices, this show at Stage 773 evokes an epic time period in American history, tracing the fight for independence from Lexington to Yorktown. Combining tongue-in-cheek humor with a dash of derring-do, The American Revolution displays Theater Unspeakable's rowdy brand of bare-boned and imaginative physical theater. It's a unique, all-ages experience that'll entertain and educate students and grown-ups alike.
Assassination Theater  
Museum of Broadcast Communication Assassination Theater
A talented ensemble of actors and a panoply of projections take the audience back in time with original documentation based on secrets revealed by retired FBI agents and evidence that the mob - in particular the Chicago mob - killed President John F. Kennedy. ASSASSINATION THEATER will show their motivation and even name the shooters, including the self-confessed gunman who fired the fatal shot (and still survives in an Illinois prison). Whether the audience goes in familiar with the details or not - they will emerge with a dramatically different view of an event that has been seared into the nation's consciousness.
Babysitter Massacre '78  
The Public House Theatre Babysitter Massacre '78
Being a babysitter is probably one of the most dangerous jobs out there -- seeing as how they're prone to be terrorized by psychopaths who like to make prank calls while hiding inside the house (cue sinister music). Of course that's nothing more than just a spooky myth ... or is it? On the night of New Year's Eve 1978, six teenagers are about to experience the deadly urban legend firsthand. From the wicked minds that created A Nightmare on Backstreet and Bates: An '80s Musical Psycho Parody, comes the world premiere of Babysitter Massacre '78. Featuring a '70s funk and folk-inspired musical score, this delightfully campy horror-comedy slices, dices and sings its way onto the stage at The Public House Theatre in Chicago.
Bad Jews  
Royal George Theatre Bad Jews
Bad Jews tells the story of Daphna Feygenbaum, a "Real Jew" with an Israeli boyfriend. When Daphna's cousin Liam brings home his shiksa girlfriend Melody and declares ownership of their grandfather's Chai necklace, a vicious and hilarious brawl over family, faith and legacy ensues. Stir in the identity curation of the Facebook generation and Theater Wit's Chicago premiere of Bad Jews, directed by artistic director Jeremy Wechsler, promises to be one of the funniest, wisest, most excruciating comedies on a Chicago stage this year.
Barefoot In The Park  
Step Up Productions at Athenaeum Theatre Barefoot In The Park
Paul and Corie Bratter are newlyweds just back from their honeymoon – he’s a straight-as-an-arrow lawyer and she’s an impulsive romantic always looking for the latest kick. When Corie’s loopy, widowed mother drops in for a surprise visit, the couple decides to play matchmaker during a dinner with their upstairs neighbor, Victor. During the meal, everything that can go wrong – does.
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 Black White Love Play  
Black Ensemble Theater The Black White Love Play
The Black White Love Play is the story of Chaz and Roger Ebert, detailing their life together through their courtship, marriage and Roger's Ebert untimely death in 2015. The production features outstanding music, exhilarating dance and a ten piece orchestra.
Blood Brothers  
Theo Ubique Cabaret Theatre at No Exit Cafe Blood Brothers
The musical drama is the story of twin brothers separated at birth - one raised by a rich family, the other by the impoverished birth mother of the boys. The musical ran an amazing 24 years in London's West End.
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.
Signal Ensemble Theatre Butcher
On Christmas Eve, an old man in a military uniform and a Santa hat is dumped at the front door of a police station. Around his neck hangs a meat hook with a simple note attached: "arrest me." As the night progresses, a lawyer, a police officer and a translator find themselves deep in a snare of secrets, lies and sins buried but not forgotten. Fresh off its critically acclaimed premiere at Alberta Theatre Projects, Nicolas Billon's taut thriller confronts with questions of justice, revenge and humanity's darkest capacities.
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.
Camp Funderstanding  
Annoyance Theatre Camp Funderstanding
If there's one childhood experience that is guaranteed to change your life, it's summer camp -- where tons of new friends await and summer romances bloom. However, for a group of young campers, surviving the summer may not be so easy when you have to spend eight weeks with quirky camp counselor Danny at Camp Funderstanding for Socially Challenged Youngsters. As these kids navigate summer romances from beyond their computer screens and overcome their own personal social issues to make friends, they discover that summer camp isn't as un-fun and un-understanding as they expected. Making its debut at The Annoyance Theatre & Bar in Chicago, Camp Funderstanding captures the poignancy of growing up in this hilarious and heart-warming coming-of-age story.
The Cheats  
Steep Theatre The Cheats
It's the end of October, 2012: John and Anne have two children and a good marriage - they have sex, drive hybrids, and have cut out sugar. But John has been spying on the neighbors, frankly, for a while now, and at 9 a.m, Halloween morning, the neighbors have come for a visit. The Cheats is a play about your marriage, and how it can get f*cked when you forget to lock the front door.
Lyric Opera Cinderella
Lyric Opera of Chicago gives the beloved tale of Cinderella (La Cenerentola) a delightful operatic treatment in this bubbling Rossini hit. The story is a familiar one: Cinderella is forced to dress in rags and toil away for her nasty stepsisters and horrible stepfather -- who's scheming to convince the dashing prince to marry one of his "real" daughters. But mean girls aren't the prince's style, and there's a happily-ever-after ending for the fair maiden with the heart of gold in this dazzling production with just the right doses of humor and heart. Superstar mezzo-soprano Isabel Leonard partners with bel canto master Lawrence Brownlee in his eagerly awaited Lyric debut as he sings "with freedom and fervor ... a reminder of the infectious excitement Rossini makes possible" (The New York Times) and acclaimed Lyric favorite Alessandro Corbelli as the pompous stepfather. Your chariot awaits to carry you away fairy tale-style at Chicago's Civic Opera House.
Comedy Sportz ComedySportz
ComedySportz shows offer a unique blend of fast and funny improvisational comedy that is appropriate fun for all ages. The Red and Blue teams battle it out in front of a referee in games that the audience selects, and points are awarded based on how quickly and effectively the performers complete the games. The eternal battle of Red vs. Blue is improvised 6 times weekly, and the show is never the same twice!
Cupid Has a Heart On  
Stage 773 Cupid Has a Heart On
The longest running musical comedy in Chicago, Cupid Has a Heart On is a must see Chicago experience! The fast paced, musical sketch show is hilarious, irreverent, and a raunchy good time. If you're ready to belly laugh about body image and roar about relationships, Cupid Has a Heart On is sure to deliver with comedic wit to spare. Created by Stage 773 Creative Director, Brian Posen, who directs and plays accompaniment, The Cupid Players have toured nationwide, including appearances in New York, Los Angeles, and San Francisco. Cupid Has a Heart On features an ensemble cast and a rotating set list, so you are sure to see new faces and hear old favorites when you come to see Cupid again and again. The wickedly talented triple-threats who make up The Cupid Players are some of Chicago's top creative talent - constantly developing new material for the mainstage show, touring, festivals, and events.
The (curious case of the) Watson Intelligence  
Theater Wit The (curious case of the) Watson Intelligence
Four constant companions become one for a brilliantly witty, time-jumping, loving tribute (and cautionary tale) dedicated to the people - and machines - upon which we all depend.
Dan and Kate's Book Club  
Annoyance Theatre Dan and Kate's Book Club
Dan Jackson and Kate Yeagle are two bibliophiles who have read every book known to man. Join them in their study as they faithfully reenact your favorite literary masterpiece while tactfully avoiding any underlying personality clashes they might have. Different opening groups will be featured each week.
The Dinner Detective  
Millennium Knickerbocker Hotel The Dinner Detective
Having worked in the professional theater, TV and film industries for over 20 years, our collection of actors and producers have mastered the art of improvisational theatrical role playing and have ultimately created the perfect evening of entertainment for you and your guests. By hiding our actors among the customers and leaving everyone to suspect who is part of the show and who is not, our events are proven second to none.
Direct from Death Row The Scottsboro Boys  
Raven Theatre Direct from Death Row The Scottsboro Boys
The dark chapter of American history - in which nine African-American teenagers were falsely convicted of assaulting two white women and spent decades in the legal system fighting for their lives - is told surreally and satirically in Stein's play. In it, the "boys" return from eternity to the stage, where they keep their story alive through songs, a magic act, a ventriloquist act, skits and soft shoe - all to convey the tawdry show that their case became.
Goodman Theatre Disgraced
Amir Kapoor has turned his back on his upbringing in pursuit of the American Dream-he's married to a beautiful woman, lives in a luxurious Manhattan apartment and is eyeing a lucrative promotion at his powerful law firm. But when Amir hosts a dinner party for his African American co-worker and her Jewish husband, the initially pleasant evening erupts into a volatile argument over race, religion and class in the modern world.
BoHo Theatre at Theater Wit Dogfight
November 21, 1963. On the eve of their deployment to Vietnam, three young Marines take part in a "dogfight"- a game where the soldiers compete to bring the ugliest date, unbeknownst to the girls accompanying them. But when Corporal Eddie Birdlace meets Rose, an awkward and idealistic waitress, she rewrites the rules of the game and teaches him the power of compassion. With some of the best new music on the current musical stage, Dogfight begins as a rousing song and dance adventure and ends as an intimate story about finding the beauty and comfort of love in the most unexpected places.
East of Eden  
Steppenwolf Theatre East of Eden
Escaping a turbulent past, Adam Trask is determined to make a new start in California’s Salinas Valley. Adam and his wife Kate settle on a beautiful farm, and soon Kate gives birth to twins Caleb and Aaron. But family history, sibling rivalry and the impending danger of World War One will threaten their little piece of paradise. East of Eden is a sprawling and unflinching story that asks if is it possible to escape the mistakes of previous generations and choose your own course.
Esperanza Rising  
Theatre School at DePaul University at Merle Reskin Theatre Esperanza Rising
A young Mexican girl must flee across the border when her wealthy father is killed by bandits in the poignant drama Esperanza Rising. Taking root in California, Esperanza's previous life of fancy dresses, pretty dolls and birthday parties dissolves into the tough, daily struggle of the migrant worker. But the steely Esperanza learns to adapt in the face of hardship, finding strength and confidence in her work as a baby sitter, and a fresh resolve to take better care of herself and her family. This stirring production by the Theatre School of DePaul University will inspire parents and children alike.
Farewell My Friend: The Romance of Romeo and Juliet  
(re)discover theatre at Epworth United Methodist Church Farewell My Friend: The Romance of Romeo and Juliet
Farewell My Friend: The Romance of Romeo and Juliet is (re)discover theatre's new adaptation of Shakespeare's infamous work. This production allows the audience to submerge themselves in an immersive, promenade experience that travels throughout multiple rooms. Upon entering audience members are fated to follow either Romeo or Juliet through the rollercoaster of Shakespeare's story. Follow along as these doom- fated characters draw you through a story that is equally driven by text and movement creating a meld of physical and verbal story telling. Inches from these star-crossed lovers you can feel how their story resonates through time and transcends language.
Feathers and Teeth  
Goodman Theatre Feathers and Teeth
The latest world-premiere potion at Chicago's world-famous Goodman Theatre is an intriguing witches' brew of family drama and suspense thriller, with a generous bit of campy horror comedy stirred into the mix as well. Feathers and Teeth finds literal and figurative skeletons being uncovered in the home of a 13-year-old girl named Chris, who's now forced to face her greatest fear. But it's not the monster that may be living in their house that's giving her nightmares, it's a mystery-shrouded woman who's insinuated herself into Chris' once-idyllic family life. Playwright Charise Castro Smith has conjured up what looks to be the perfect live pre-Halloween treat.
Fifty Shades of Gay  
GayCo Productions at Under The Gun Theater Fifty Shades of Gay
50 STATES OF GAY is a completely unique sketch-variety hybrid experience. Starting with Massachusetts (where the original Tea was spilled), each week the audience will select a different state from a hat, and that state will become the theme for the next show. The talented cast will then have exactly one week to create original content based on that state.
Fog Island  
Filament Theatre Fog Island
When the fog refuses to lift from their sleepy Irish fishing village, siblings Cara and Finn must take matters into their own hands. The children take to the sea, only to find themselves washed ashore on the mysterious and dangerous Fog Island. A spooky adventure story adapted from Tomi Ungerer's award winning picture book, Fog Island asks what it means to grow up and face your fears.
For Her As A Piano  
Pegasus Theatre Chicago at Chicago Dramatists For Her As A Piano
Nambi E. Kelley's new play is the story of one woman's journey to unravel a history that she's never been told. Through music, memory and magic, FOR HER AS A PIANO traces the lives of three generations of women, and how they are interconnected across time and space.
Fugue for Particle Accelerator  
20% Theatre Company at Prop Theatre Fugue for Particle Accelerator
Worlds collide in Fugue for Particle Accelerator, in which a passionate physicist dares to seek out parallel universes. Hope is a scientist trying to build a particle accelerator; Jonas is her ambulance driver boyfriend who just wants to settle down and maybe not test the waters with untested forays into alternate realities. When a mysterious stranger enters the picture, the delicate balance of their life together is thrown into chaos, and only Hope's cat Schrödinger, who lives in the quantum universe, knows how the story ends. 20% Theatre Company presents this stirring stew of drama and science at Chicago's Prop Thtr.
Northlight Theatre Funnyman
New York City, 1959. Fading vaudeville comic Chick Sherman, along with his long-suffering agent, tries to revive his career with a role in an avant-garde off-Broadway play. While his grown daughter searches for answers from her absentee showbiz father, a lifetime of private and professional struggles rise to the surface, cracking the polished public persona of the world's favorite former "funny man."
Annoyance Theatre Generals
Chicago is known for both its world-class theaters and improv institutions. "Generals" combines the two for an evening of top notch theater performances to inspire intelligent improv. Each week Antoine McKay and Christy Bonstell will host a different highly regarded stage or film actor from theaters like Steppenwolf, and The Goodman, and shows such as Empire, who will perform three of their favorite monologues. McKay and Bonstell will use the scripted information to inspire a series of improv scenes, and maybe the guest actor will even play along. Each week will also feature an opening improv group.
Goblin Market  
Flat Iron Arts Building Goblin Market
Adapted from the poem by English poet Christina Rossetti, Goblin Market is a musical about two proper Victorian sisters who return to their childhood nursery to relive the haunting memories of their youth, only to be tempted by bizarre goblins who entice them with luscious fruits and promises of unimagined ecstasies. Laura succumbs to the goblins, making it incumbent on Lizzie to save her sister. This production from Chicago's Black Button Eyes Productions plays at Collaboraction's Pentagon Theater in the Flat Iron Arts Building.
The God Committee  
James Downing Theatre The God Committee
Medicine, money and morality clash when the heart transplant selection committee of St. Patrick's Hospital have only minutes to decide which of three patients will receive a heart that has suddenly become available; a heart which is being frantically couriered through heavy downtown New York City traffic on its way to the hospital. The committee - four physicians with diverse and opposing viewpoints, a registered nurse with justified concerns, a Catholic priest who is also a lawyer, and a disabled social worker whose humor is a form of emotional self-defense - must quickly determine the most qualified recipient of a heart transplant. With several desperate candidates near death and only a single donor heart, time is running out. Based on real events, and a cross between "Twelve Angry Men" and "E.R.", "The God Committee" transports the audience through the rising stress and tension of the debate, as medical professionals clash over this crucial decision.
Good For Otto  
The Gift Theatre Good For Otto
Haunted by his own childhood, a psychologist tries to minister to the distressed souls who find their way to the doors of the health center he runs in a cluster of Connecticut hamlets and villages. Absurd at times, sadly comic and touching in the twists and turns of their simple humanity, men and women, young and old, rich and poor bring their pain in from the bucolic setting of trees, white churches, streams and mountains ranges for Dr. Michaels and his collogues with hopes of relief in the world premiere of this whimsical, yet tornadic, ensemble piece.
Greenroom Improv  
Hemmens Cultural Center Greenroom Improv
Imagine an hour and a half of complete improvisation, a la Whose Line is it Anyway? GreenRoom’s improvisers take audience suggestions and true-life audience stories and turn them into hilarious theatre pieces right before their eyes! With competing improv teams, improvised songs and audience members on stage, this clean, high-energy show brings the laughs to The Hemmens. Oh, and did we mention there’s live music?
Mary-Arrchie Theatre at Angel Island Theater Guardians
The New York Times once declared playwright Peter Morris one of a new generation of "angry young men" in British theatre. It was a partial goof -- Morris is, in fact, a Yank -- but the playwright's passion and explosive search for moral truth in a dishonest age is clear and impressive. Look for no finer example than Guardians, the tour de force two-hander that topped the Edinburgh Fringe Fest before wowing New York. An unflinching look at the images of war, the play tells the tale of two scandals: the infamous snapshots from Abu Ghraib prison; and the strikingly similar photos of English soldiers, published by a London tabloid but later revealed as fakes. In dueling monologues that mix irony and warmth, a disgraced American soldier tells her story while a crafty English journalist spins his own version during this dynamite production at Angel Island Theater.
Handsome Animals  
Stage 773 Handsome Animals
Chances are you grew up knowing that girls were made of sugar, spice and everything nice, while boys had an ickier genetic makeup composed of snips and snails and puppy-dogs' tails. But even then, deep down, you knew that couldn't be right ... right? Chicago's Stage 773 presents Handsome Animals, in which the Chicago Slam Works House Ensemble explores how much there is to learn when we question everything we were once taught about boys, girls and the bodies in which we all live. Digging into the social construction of gender and body image, this show examines the many ways in which gender norms affect our lives.
Heaven, How I Got Here  
Provision Theater Company Heaven, How I Got Here
What if you woke up one morning knowing that it was your last day on earth? That's what happened to the Thief on the Cross, who died just a few feet from Jesus. Based on Colin S. Smith's thought-provoking book of the same name, Heaven, How I Got Here is the Penitent Thief's story, told in his own words, as he looks back from heaven on the day that changed his eternity. This highly original new take on the biblical story stars Provision Theater ensemble member Rod Armentrout, and is adapted and directed by Provision's founding artistic director Timothy Gregory.
Foundlings Theatre and The Wheelhouse Theatre at Profiles Theatre - The Alley Stage Hoist
In 2008, the war rages on in a basement bar in Chicago. Skyler, the bartender and an Afghanistan veteran, has left everything she knows behind in an attempt to survive. She struggles to gain control over her present life, but, day in and day out, discovers it lifeless at the bottom of a rocks glass. As she battles with violent demons, she finds there is no escape when someone from her past walks into the bar.
Home Before Dark  
Berger Park Coach House Home Before Dark
In 15-year-old Sean's life, everything is terrible. There are jerks at school, jerks at home and questions everywhere. At least he's got his secret relationship with Arthur, an older man, and a blossoming friendship with Tova, his lab partner. But as those get more complicated, even things that seemed safe get called into question in the savage, darkly humorous dissection of love, sex and growing up that is Home Before Dark. Written by Will Goldberg (Macduff, We Three), this world-premiere production from The Ruckus Theater takes the stage at Chicago's Berger Park Coach House.
Jest a Second  
Oil Lamp Theater Jest a Second
The sequel to his hit play Beau Jest, Jest A Second! revisits the lovable Goldman family. Sarah and Bob (portrayed by Elizabeth Mazur and Evan Johnson, respectively), who are expecting a child, are hosting a birthday bash for Sarah's mother. But Sarah's brother Joel (played by Andrew Clancy) shows up early with a shocking surprise - he is gay, and the amazing girlfriend Randy he has been telling the family about is actually a man (played by Neil Austin Edwards). Joel's plan to come out to their parents (Rick March and Julie Mitre) comes off the rails when he chickens out, and Bob decides to help him by dressing in drag and pretending to be Randy, the successful doctor girlfriend that Sarah and Joel's parents have heard so much about. Hilarity ensues as the Goldman family comes together to discover love, honesty, and acceptance.
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.
LAWD the CVS is Burning  
MPAACT at The Greenhouse Theater Center LAWD the CVS is Burning
LAWD the CVS is Burning is a politically incorrect observation of mainstream media's focus during the recent moments of civil unrest in our nation and how that focus can influence how we decided which lives matter.
The LIVINGroom  
Stage 773 The LIVINGroom
You're not likely to find much social interaction on your couch at home, much less dramatic and engaging true stories told by the people that actually lived them. So why not move the action to The LIVINGroom at Chicago's Stage 773, and experience this new edition of their Sunday Solo Performance Series? They're promising highly-theatrical storytelling, inspired by actual events, so you can relax and kick back in someone else's parlor to be thoroughly entertained. You'll find Stage 773 at the center of Lakeview's exciting Belmont Theater District.
Love and Information  
Remy Bumppo Theatre at The Greenhouse Theater Center Love and Information
In a bold Midwest premiere, Remy Bumppo Theatre Company will mount the innovative Caryl Churchill's Love and Information, in which she attempts to capture the human experience of the internet age, exploring the ways in which mass media and communication both distance and unite us.
The Madness Of Edgar Allan Poe: A Love Story  
First Folio Theatre The Madness Of Edgar Allan Poe: A Love Story
This original work by David Rice, who received a Jeff Award nomination for New Adaptation in 2007, is based on the life and writings of the famed author. Poe's macabre and melancholic tales and poems come to life in this mesmerizing play, called "A smart and heartfelt journey!" by The Chicago Tribune, "A masterful take on a master's work!" by The Daily Herald, and "A perfect storm of theater!" by Chicago Stage Review.
Magic Tree House: A Night in New Orleans  
Emerald City Theatre Company at Apollo Theater Magic Tree House: A Night in New Orleans
Beloved Magic Tree House characters, Jack and Annie, venture through the tuneful streets of 1915 New Orleans, where they discover 14-year-old Louis Armstrong and must set him on the trumpeting path to become the "King of Jazz." This triumphant tale explores a world where possibilities are endless and stirs the soul of the Jazz Age.
The Marriage of Figaro  
Lyric Opera The Marriage of Figaro
oin us at Lyric as the resourceful Figaro gets ready to marry his lovely Susanna - and endeavors to get his fiancee to the altar with her virtue still intact! His boss, the Count, has designs on Susanna and sees no reason to let her escape his noble snare, even if it means breaking the heart of his own long-suffering bride. But there's rebellion in the air in a comedy that boasts more salon drama and backroom maneuverings than a whole season of Downton Abbey.
Marvin's Room  
Shattered Globe Theatre at Theater Wit Marvin's Room
Bessie devotes her life to caring for her elderly father and aunt and so her own diagnosis of leukemia plummets their world into a tailspin. In need of a bone marrow transplant, Bessie reaches out to her estranged sister Lee and her two nephews. If they are to be of any help, then old wounds must be opened. MARVIN'S ROOM is about finding family and the timeless concerns of living, dying and caring for others told with McPherson's signature humor.
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.
16th Street Theater at Berwyn Cultural Center Merchild
Like many little girls, 8-year-old Adam dreams of being a mermaid and marrying a prince. But Adam was born a boy. Or so everyone else seems to think. When reality is not to Adam's liking, he retreats into a fairytale winning Prince Eric's love despite a mermaid tail. Meanwhile Adam's parents are pulled apart, as they grapple with keeping their son safe or giving Adam the freedom to be who she is.
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!
Miss Buncle's Book  
Lifeline Theatre Miss Buncle's Book
Barbara Buncle is just an ordinary, unassuming spinster passing an unremarkable existence in the sleepy village of Silverstream. But when the Great Depression wipes out her nest egg, she tries her hand at writing and publishes a novel - under an assumed name - about her quaint hometown and the oddball characters that inhabit it. When the book becomes a surprise bestseller and her neighbors' foibles are thrust into the national spotlight, Miss Buncle must navigate a madcap storm of accusations, rivalries, and romances. A rollicking look at life imitating art and art imitating life, in a world premiere adaptation of the 1934 novel by D.E. Stevenson.
Monty Python's Spamalot  
Metropolis Performing Arts Centre Monty Python's Spamalot
Monty Python's Spamalot is a hilariously over-the-top extravaganza, penned by Monty Python alum Eric Idle, that borrows lovingly (and unapologetically) from the film classic Monty Python and the Holy Grail. In telling the tale of King Arthur and his epic quest with the Knights of the Round Table, this endlessly amusing musical -- which won three Tony Awards, including Best Musical, during its original Broadway run -- features such outlandish oddities as flatulent Frenchmen, airborne cows, killer rabbits and The Knights Who Say Ni. If you're in need of an irreverent reminder to "Always Look on the Bright Side of Life," look no further than the Holy Grail of musical comedies that is Monty Python's Spamalot -- presented at Metropolis Performing Arts Centre in Arlington Heights.
Monty Python's Spamalot  
Theatre At The Center Monty Python's Spamalot
Dancing divas, a legless knight, flatulent Frenchmen and killer rabbits combine in this epic story of King Arthur and his Round Table Knights on their pursuit of the Holy Grail. The quest leads the troupe to a French castle, into the dangerous clutches of the Black Knight, to a rendezvous with the knights that say knee, and into an intimate liaison with the Lady of the Lake. Jam packed with silly songs to match the action, SPAMALOT features original songs such as "I Am Not Dead Yet," "The Song that Goes Like This," and "The Diva's Lament (Whatever Happened to My Part)."
My Brilliant Divorce  
Irish Theatre of Chicago at Chief O'Neill's My Brilliant Divorce
The hilarious and moving story of Angela, recently deserted by her husband for a younger woman, as she sets out to survive and enjoy a life on her own. In a world of surly solicitors, "Lonely Hearts" dates, help line counselors and a myriad of self-diagnosed diseases, does Angela fight to keep her husband... or just move on? A Midwest premiere by one of Ireland's leading female playwrights.
My Manana Comes  
Teatro Vista at Victory Gardens Theater - Biograph My Manana Comes
My Manana Comes is a fun and high-energy production that exposes the travails of immigrant workers and how their quest for the American Dream often clashes with society's views on immigration. Within the kitchen of an elegant New York restaurant as its background, this play is a snapshot of the lives of four busboys from different social backgrounds that cling to dreams of life beyond their dingy back-of-house grind while juggling delicate entrees, serving fussy customers, and facing an opportunistic manager.
Nightmares on Lincoln Ave Se7en: I SAW What You Did Last Summer  
Cornservatory Nightmares on Lincoln Ave Se7en: I SAW What You Did Last Summer
In this hilarious and creepy incarnation, five eccentric strangers with a common secret awaken in an unknown warehouse and must work together to escape before time runs out. Little do they know they're at the mercy of Jean Wilder, a villain who fancies himself after Willy Wonka, who has ensnared them to choose one as a sacrifice to save the world from impending doom. With elements of such horror classics as "Saw," "I Know What You Did Last Summer," "Se7en," and "Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory," this clever, hysterical, frightening, and thought-provoking romp nods at horror clichés before throwing them out the window. And of course we are BYOB…as always.
No Beast So Fierce  
Oracle Productions at Storefront Theater No Beast So Fierce
A 90 minute adaptation of Shakespeare's Richard III in which the titular character is a woman fighting for power in a male-dominated arena.
Paramount Theatre Oklahoma!
Set in the turn of the century Oklahoma Territory, tensions are mounting between the local farmers and cowboys over the use of land. In the midst of it all, is the rugged cowboy Curly, who's fallen for the strong-headed farm girl, Laurey. Despite their fiery spirits and at times tumultuous relationship, the two are destined to start a new life together in the soon-to-be state called Oklahoma!
One Brain More: A Zombie Les Misical  
MCL Chicago One Brain More: A Zombie Les Misical
If you believe Russell Crowe's performance killed Les Miserables, rejoice because Les Mis is back ... (if still, um, dead). One Brain More: A Zombie Les Misical, a re-animated musical parody, stumbles into MCL Chicago, slack-jawed, glassy-eyed and ready to entertain. It's the year 2023 and the zombie apocalypse has ravaged Chicago. A former lawyer, John Von Jovi, has been bitten and eaten several humans when he is saved from the evangelical zombie hunter Chesthair by a sympathetic priest. Von Jovi then vows to redeem his life by adopting the daughter of a down-on-her-luck prostitute amidst a human/zombie revolution. Michael Shepherd Jordan directs.
Ordinary People  
Citadel Theatre Company Ordinary People
Ordinary People tells the story of a Lake Forest High School student, Conrad Jarrett (Matt Ronzani). Conrad had an older brother named Buck, and now Buck is gone. What's left of young Conrad's family, with his successful, well-intentioned father (Jeff Gamlin) and his beautiful, organized and remote mother (Julie Stevens), is in terrible jeopardy, as is Conrad himself. They are all "ordinary people" and each is fighting a hard battle.
Peter and the Starcatcher  
Drury Lane- Oakbrook Peter and the Starcatcher
The five-time Tony-winning show that The New York Times called "the most exhilarating storytelling on Broadway in decades," Peter and the Starcatcher is the swashbuckling prequel to Peter Pan. Inventive stagecraft and an imaginative story come together to reveal the origins of "the boy who wouldn't grow up" in this madcap music-filled adventure, in which a cast of 12 portrays more than a hundred characters. Join them on an action-packed journey that brings pirates, orphans and secret agents of the Queen together on the high seas. Based on the bestselling novel by Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson, and written by Rick Elice (Jersey Boys), this regional premiere at Drury Lane Theatre weaves an enchanting coming-of-age tale that's bound to appeal to your entire crew.
The Price  
TimeLine Theatre Company The Price
In a New York brownstone marked for demolition, two estranged brothers meet to sort through and sell their late father's belongings-a pile of relics and old furniture buried by a lifetime's worth of family baggage. Acclaimed as "one of the most engrossing and entertaining plays that Miller has ever written" (The New York Times), THE PRICE is a poignant, intimate, and often heart-wrenching look at the ways we are liberated or trapped by those we love.
The Revel  
The House Theatre of Chicago at Chopin Theatre The Revel
Daddy died, the coal ran out, and the town went bust. His son's new factory promises riches but when Deacon rolls in preaching salvation through song, spirit, and moonshine all the workers hightail it up the mountain. Foot-stomping, heart-shaping mountain music fills the air. But what happens when the search for light and love leads to fire and brimstone?
Ride the Cyclone  
Chicago Shakespeare Theater Ride the Cyclone
This fall marks the Chicago debut of Ride the Cyclone, a new musical with a refreshingly offbeat twist. Part comedy, part tragedy -- and wholly unexpected -- this wildly imaginative story delivers surprises at every turn. The lives of six teenagers from a Canadian chamber choir are cut short in a freak accident aboard a roller coaster. A mechanical fortune-teller invites each one to tell his or her story of a life interrupted, offering them all the chance to come to terms with their fates. At once quirky and smart, edgy and beautiful, Ride the Cyclone ultimately reveals the resilience of the human spirit in spite of senseless tragedy. This inventive musical from Jacob Richmond and Brooke Maxwell hits the upstairs stage at Chicago Shakespeare Theater.
Ring Of Fire: The Music Of Johnny Cash  
Mercury Theater Ring Of Fire: The Music Of Johnny Cash
The musical revue RING OF FIRE: THE MUSIC OF JOHNNY CASH guides audiences on a journey through Cash's career, from the cotton fields of Arkansas to the Grand Ole Opry. The show was created by Richard Maltby, Jr., conceived by William Meade, with orchestrations by Steven Bishop and Jeff Lisenby. This version is a re-imagining of the original Broadway production; more intimate, but with a full musical soundscape.
Safe in My Own Head  
Organic Theater Company Safe in My Own Head
Growing up is tough for anyone -- especially if you are an immature man-boy who finds himself poorly equipped for the real world. When the stresses of adult life prove to be too much for this hopeless narrator, he turns to his one and only friend -- his reliably unreliable brain. Together they find that growing up can't be too bad when you have song, dance and candy to guide you through it all. Featuring an electric musical score by Brendan Duffy, Safe in My Own Head explores the hilarities of adulthood as this thought-provoking comedy heads to MCL Chicago.
Scream, Queen, Scream!  
Hell in a Handbag Productions at Mary's Attic Scream, Queen, Scream!
Join the twisted ensemble at Hell in a Handbag Productions in a twisted trio of tales featuring ravenous monsters, Ed Jones as Maggie and Agnes Marlowe, identical but deadly twins in a Hush Hush Sweet Charlotte/Strait Jacket mashup, and an evil bitch from hell known simply as 'Betty' in an even campier tribute to the already campy The Crate from the classic '80s film, Creepshow.
The Seagull  
Eclectic Full Contact Theatre at Athenaeum Theatre The Seagull
What could happen on vacation in the countryside? You'll meet an intertwined ensemble of friends and relations as they escape the responsibilities of city life-and reveal their inner desires and frustrations. Funny and tragic, this is a classic of modern theatre by an acknowledged master. Honored with eight fully mounted Broadway productions: more than any other play in history.
The Second City's 104th Revue  
Second City The Second City's 104th Revue
Jeff Award-Winning Director Ryan Bernier is back along with returning ensemble members Chelsea Devantez, Paul Jurewicz and Daniel Strauss and new cast members Rashawn Nadine Scott, Sarah Shook and Jamison Webb. Jacob Shuda returns as Music Director and Craig Taylor is back for his 36th Revue as Stage Manager for The Second City Mainstage.
MCL Chicago Self-Starters
No matter how hard they try, best friends John and Grant just can't seem to land post-college jobs. So they've decided to start their own business: Self-Starters, the only professional resume-forging company on the market. The service helps employment-challenged folks beef up their employment history and get phony references -- and all for a low, low fee! Presented by MCL Chicago, Self-Starters is a musical comedy that dismantles the myth that the world will give you the job you deserve. But more than that, it's about friendship and creating your own future when life won't give you any entry-level opportunities.
The Seven-Per-Cent Solution  
City Lit Theater The Seven-Per-Cent Solution
Dr. Watson attempts to cure Holmes' cocaine addiction. Along the way, he reveals to us that everything he wrote about Holmes' duel to the death with arch-foe Professor Moriarty was pure fiction. Come see what really happened.
Side Show  
Porchlight Music Theatre at Stage 773 Side Show
The acclaimed reimagining of the Tony-nominated musical Side Show arrives in Chicago fresh from its 2014 Broadway revival, courtesy of Porchlight Music Theatre. Reworked by Bill Condon (Chicago) to incorporate new songs and more true-life details of Daisy and Violet Hilton, the conjoined twins at the center of its story, the dazzling Henry Krieger (Dreamgirls) and Bill Russell musical tracks the girls' rise from side-show attraction to the big time -- and their search for love and acceptance under the harsh spotlight of fame. Stage 773 plays host to this Porchlight production, the latest in a line of well-received regional and world premieres.
Sins of the Father  
eta Creative Arts Foundation Sins of the Father
"Like lies, secrets are just coverings for what really happened. We wrap the truth in darkness and believe it will just disappear, but it never does. I started out writing a generational play from a patriarchal point of view. The Hamilton family, like all the characters that I birth, told me the story they wanted to tell. The result is Sins of the Father," says, Synthia Williams, playwright.
Soul Brother, Where Art Thou?  
Second City Soul Brother, Where Art Thou?
Soul Brother, Where Art Thou? hilariously explores the ups and downs of modern life - our co-dependent relationship with technology, the paranoid perils of online dating and battling the loud chorus of judgment we hear in our heads and from the world around us. From the very real threat of fatal peanut allergies to the embarrassment of miscast warriors, Soul Brother, Where Art Thou? searches for common ground and kindred spirits.
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.
The Story Of A Story (The Untold Story)  
Underscore Theatre Company at Chopin Theatre The Story Of A Story (The Untold Story)
The Story Of A Story (The Untold Story) is a musical comedy about a writer and artist who must prevent an invasion of our world by a magical land of cliches. Journeying through the magical dimension, assisted by a band of rebel cliches who dream of becoming three-dimensional characters, they must defeat the land's evil tyrant before becoming cliches themselves.
A Strange Disappearance of Bees  
Forget Me Not Theatre Company at The Den Theatre A Strange Disappearance of Bees
Maybe it's pesticides, mites, or an HIV-like virus, no one knows why millions of honey bees are disappearing, but they are. People disappear, too, but we like to think we know why. Cancers from chemicals, isolation through technology, or a disconnect from the larger community. A Strange Disappearance of Bees tells the story of 5 people struggling to connect in a world where the bees are abandoning them.
Sucker Punch  
Victory Gardens Theater - Biograph Sucker Punch
It's the 1980s, Michael Jackson rules the radio waves and Conan the Barbarian is the box office king at the movies. Aspiring black boxers, Leon and Troy, both have promising futures in the ring. When race riots explode in their London neighborhood, these two friends are forced to make a tough decision. Years later, they square off, facing each other and the men they have become. An electric knockout, the much lauded and award-winning playwright Roy Williams' Sucker Punch takes an unflinching look at family, friends and the world of boxing.
Tapped: A Treasonously Funny Musical  
MCL Chicago Tapped: A Treasonously Funny Musical
In this new musical by emerging Chicago playwright Jed Levine, Mary is a smart and independent NSA agent who begrudgingly falls in love with a bumbling whistleblower she's supposed to spy on. After joining his quest to expose the NSA's domestic spying program, Mary is forced to go on the run. She tests her limits, faces her fears and squares off against Juliana, the head of Wikileaks. Throughout it all, Mary must dig deep to find the answer to the question: How much is she willing to give up for love and privacy rights? TAPPED is the winner of MCL Chicago's inaugural Premier Premieres! A Weekend of New Musical Comedies festival, and now you can catch it during its six-week run.
The Tempest  
Chicago Shakespeare Theater The Tempest
Shakespeare's enchanted island is transformed in this inventive production from Aaron Posner and Teller (of the legendary duo Penn & Teller). Larry Yando returns to Chicago Shakespeare to take on the role of the mysterious sorcerer Prospero, who conjures a storm shipwrecking his old enemies. This classic tale of revenge is reimagined as a traveling tent show of trickery and amazement, underscored by the haunting ballads of Tom Waits and Kathleen Brennan and the pioneering choreography of Pilobolus. In a production full of "such stuff as dreams are made on," sorcery gives way to inclinations of the heart.
That's F'd Up  
Redtwist Theatre That's F'd Up
Having just reached the watershed age of half-a-century on July 26, 2015, Redtwist company member, Johnny Garcia, takes a close and probing look back at his own life and family. Focusing on his formative and challenging adolescent years, this is a clear-eyed self-assessment about coming of age in a tough part of town, as well as a transparent look at an immigrant couple and their eight children, who had an ample dose of urban struggles and family troubles.
That's Weird, Grandma  
Barrel Of Monkeys at Neo-Futurists That's Weird, Grandma
An assortment of scenes and songs created by Chicago Public School students and produced by actors, musicians, comedians and playwrights. The hour-long show changes each week, based on audience votes.
Three Little Kittens  
Emerald City's Little Theatre Three Little Kittens
Three little kittens are on the hunt for their missing mittens, and they need your help finding them! Gather the clues and make new discoveries before Mother Cat comes home. With the promise of pie and the smell of a rat close by, this interactive spy story is the purr-fect way to introduce your little ones to the mystery and excitement of live theatre. (For ages 0-5)
The Time of Your Life  
The Artistic Home The Time of Your Life
The first drama to win both the Pulitzer Prize and the New York Drama Critics' Circle Award for Best Play, The Time of Your Life, written by William Saroyan (My Name is Aram, My Heart's in the Highlands), debuted in 1939 to incredible acclaim. Surrounded by a world on the brink of war and ravaged by depression, Nick's Pacific Street Saloon -- a rundown waterfront cabaret in San Francisco -- attracts an assortment of eccentrics, drifters, lovers, immigrants and young hopefuls, all of whom share a common bond of searching for purpose. This production from Chicago's Artistic Home Theatre finds brilliant flashes of hope, heartache and beauty amongst the play's numerous characters.
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.
Treasure Island  
Lookingglass Theatre Treasure Island
Adventure beckons when a mysterious blind man delivers a dreaded Black Spot to an aging sea captain, plunging an innkeeper's son into a desperate race for buried treasure armed with only his wits against a dastardly crew of cutthroat pirates.
Twin Set  
The Side Project Twin Set
In Cozzola's three-woman play, love cuts both ways, but how deep? Sisters Meggy and Betty are busy preparing for the 1976 Bicentennial. While most people their age are raising families, these 30-something sisters are happy working together, dressing like twins, and sharing a super-cute apartment. But when former schoolmate Marnie shows up needing help, Betty begins to question her past and Meggy starts fighting for her future.
Broadway Playhouse Unspeakable
Sex, Drugs and Comedy. Unspeakable is an unflinching ride through the emotional landscape of Richard Pryor spanning sixty-one years and focused on the period between 1967 and 1982. Born and raised in a Peoria brothel owned and operated by his grandmother, Pryor faced situations that forever shaped and scarred his sensitive soul. With a pimp for a father and his mother a whore, young Pryor's imagination allowed him to escape and ultimately led him to comedy. Unspeakable captures the energy of a man battling success and the demons it invites.
We Gotta Bingo  
Chicago Theatre Works We Gotta Bingo
Get your cards and markers ready for We Gotta Bingo, a raucous, interactive dinner theater experience where you're placed in the middle of two rival parishes who are set to be merged with each other. Since neither can support the expanding congregation by itself, they decide to raise the money the best way they know how -- through a bingo blowout. In between games, you'll enjoy a tasty Italian dinner, musical interludes between the rival parish choirs and The Vokel Chords playing hits from today and yesterday, polka-style. Following in the hilarious footsteps of Tony 'n Tina's Wedding, throw on your game face for We Gotta Bingo at Chicago Theater Works.
Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?  
Redtwist Theatre Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?
The lovebirds of marital discord, George and Martha, host a young couple for an after-party nightcap and a game of "Get the Guests" during the wee hours in their twisted funhouse. Featuring Redtwist company members Brian Parry, Jacqueline Grandt, Elizabeth Argus, and guest artist Stephen Cefalu Jr.
With Love and a Major Organ  
Strawdog Theatre With Love and a Major Organ
From chocolate boxes to Sweethearts candies to syrupy-sweet Hallmark cards, hearts have become humanity's de facto symbol of love and affection. But things go from sweet to more than a little strange when a young woman discovers that she's given her heart -- the actual beating muscle in her body -- to a boy she's just met on the subway. Now making its U.S. premiere at Chicago's Strawdog Theatre Company, With Love and a Major Organ is one woman's humorous, amorous musings on love, life and "likes" in the digital age. Whimsical storylines -- from a fable of a girl born with a paper heart to the hilarious hazards of speed-dating -- merge and converge in this quirky comedy with a modern pulse.
Zombie Seinfeld  
Gorilla Tango Theatre Zombie Seinfeld
Manhattan is overrun with a zombie apocalypse and the cast from television's 'Seinfeld' is right in the middle of it! Is Jerry's girlfriend stringing him along, or does she really possess an anti-zombie vaccine? Will George successfully trick Mr. Steinbrenner into thinking he's a zombie, just to gain access to the executive washroom? Why is Kramer acting like a father from a 1950s television sitcom? Will Elaine learn the truth about David Puddy - whose either turning into a zombie or just incredibly, incredibly dense? One thing's for sure - this hilarious parody is hardly a 'show about nothing'!