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An Anthony Newley and Leslie Bricusse Songbook  
Theo Ubique Cabaret Theatre at No Exit Cafe An Anthony Newley and Leslie Bricusse Songbook
 
Celebrating the work of the British songwriting duo that created hits like "What Kind of Fool I Am," "Who Can I Turn To" and "Feeling Good" for the innovative musicals Stop the World - I Want to Get Off and The Roar of the Greasepaint, The Smell of the Crowd. In addition to writing book, music and lyrics for those two West End and Broadway hits, Newley and Bricusse contributed songs including "The Candy Man" and "Pure Imagination" for the film Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory. Newley, who died in 1999, also enjoyed a career as a performer, taking leads in the musicals he co-wrote with Bricusse as well as headlining many concert, nightclub and television appearances. Bricusse wrote music and lyrics for the musical films Doctor Dolittle (winning an Academy Award for "Talk to the Animals"), Scrooge and Goodbye, Mr. Chips as well as lyrics for the stage musicals Victor/Victoria and Jekyll and Hyde.
   
The Awake  
First Floor Theater at Berger Park Coach House The Awake
 
Malcolm, a devoted son, floats on a bed with his mother on an endless sea, as Gabrielle, an Eastern European actress, awakes to a new life in America. Meanwhile, Nate is on the run from a faceless interrogator. These three strangers discover that a mysterious corporation bonds them together. Moving between dreams and waking life, Ken Urban's award-winning play explores the unspoken culture of fear that is the new normal of American life. Josh Altman, the dramaturg for Ike Holter's nationally acclaimed Exit Strategy and Sender, returns to FFT to direct this surreal and moving theatrical journey.
   
The Ben Hecht Show  
Grippo Stage Company at Piven Theatre The Ben Hecht Show
 
The fascinating life of Chicago newspaperman turned legendary playwright, screenwriter and novelist Ben Hecht takes center stage in Grippo Stage Company's world premiere of THE BEN HECHT SHOW, written and performed by James Sherman and directed by Dennis Začek. Based on Ben Hecht's books A Guide For the Bedevilled and A Child Of the Century, in which Hecht confronts his own identity as an American Jew in the wake of the Nazi Holocaustc
   
Between Riverside and Crazy  
Steppenwolf Theatre Between Riverside and Crazy
 
Ex-cop “Pops” Washington and his ex-con son Junior are barely holding on to one of the last great rent stabilized apartments in Manhattan. Pops has his hands (not to mention his apartment) full as he navigates a steady stream of sketchy houseguests and sweats out the impending verdict on his law suit against the police department. A celebration of the glorious contradictions that make up human nature, this rowdy dark comedy looks at the slippery nature of justice, and the grit it takes to finally move on.
   
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."
   
Big Fish  
Madison Street Theatre Big Fish
 
Everyone loves Edward Bloom's incredible, larger-than-life stories... except for his grown son Will, who searches for the truth behind his father's tall tales. Based on the celebrated novel by Daniel Wallace and the acclaimed film directed by Tim Burton, Big Fish The Musical brims with heart and humor. As Edward Bloom's health wanes from cancer, his son tries to learn who his father really is before it's too late. Filled with magic, love, luck and crazy coincidences, Big Fish The Musical at Oak Park's Madison Street Theatre reminds us why we love going to the theater with an experience that's richer and bigger than life itself.
   
Bite  
Pride Films and Plays at Mary's Attic Bite
 
An immersive pop-rock ode to Shakespeare, Bite retells one of the Bard's most beloved stories, A Midsummer Night's Dream. Dubbed a "pucking queer cabaret," this fanciful evening explores the ideas of love and gender through a queer lens. Part of the Pride Films and Plays series, Bite puts a new spin on what happens on that fateful, magical night when four would-be lovers steal away into the enchanted woods. Expect plenty of music, dance and fairies of all kinds when this world premiere hits Mary's Attic at Hamburger Mary's in Chicago.
   
Blockbuster  
Annoyance Theatre Blockbuster
 
"Blockbuster" is the story of four women from various backgrounds that are stuck slogging it out at an Elgin, IL Blockbuster during its introductory death throes in 2008. Their back-stories, perspectives, and ambitions are revealed through alternatively playful and biting discussions of movies and pop culture, volatile customer encounters, romantic interactions, and familial dust-ups.
   
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 Mormon  
The PrivateBank Theatre (formerly Bank of America Theatre) The Book Of Mormon
 
THE BOOK OF MORMON is the Winner of 9 Tony Awards including Best Musical! From Trey Parker and Matt Stone, four-time Emmy Award-winning creators of "South Park," and Tony Award-winner Robert Lopez, co-creator of the Tony Award-winning Best Musical Avenue Q, comes THE BOOK OF MORMON, a new Broadway musical that Jon Stewart of The Daily Show describes as, "a crowning achievement, so good it makes me angry" and by Entertainment Weekly as "the funniest musical of all time." Featuring choreography by Tony Award-winner Casey Nicholaw, THE BOOK OF MORMON Chicago is directed by Nicholaw and Parker. Don't miss your chance to see what Ben Brantley of The New York Times calls "the best musical of this century." Don't miss THE BOOK OF MORMON Chicago.
   
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.
   
Byhalia, Mississippi  
Steppenwolf Theatre Byhalia, Mississippi
 
Jim and Laurel Parker are about to become new parents. They are broke. They are loud. They are "proud white trash." When Laurel gives birth to their long overdue child, she and Jim are faced with the biggest challenge of their lives. Byhalia, Mississippi explores a couple in the midst of turmoil and a town with a racially-charged past that finds its way into the present. Winner of Playhouse on the Square in Memphis, Tennessee, 2014 NewWorks@TheWorks playwriting competition.
   
C.S. Lewis Onstage: The Most Reluctant Convert  
Mercury Theater C.S. Lewis Onstage: The Most Reluctant Convert
 
C.S. Lewis is among the most important writers of his generation, and in the new one-man play C.S. Lewis Onstage: The Most Reluctant Convert, you can witness his storied transition from atheism to Christianity. The fascinating journey, adapted from Lewis' own thoughts and writings on the experience, is brought to life by actor Max McLean, who portrays the Chronicles of Narnia writer as he endures the death of his mother, works through his complicated relationship with his father and walks the path that led him from being a devout atheist to becoming the most influential Christian intellectual of his day. Brimming with wit and insight, C.S. Lewis Onstage brings to life one of the past century's most engaging personalities onstage at Chicago's Mercury Theater.
   
Chimerica  
TimeLine Theatre Company Chimerica
 
The time is June 1989. The Chinese government has instituted a brutal crackdown on a pro-democracy rally at Tiananmen Square, and the iconic image of a lone man standing in front of a military tank has captivated the world. "Tank Man" emerged as a hero and a symbol of defiance in the face of tyranny, only to disappear forever. Twenty years later, a photojournalist searches for the truth about that mysterious man in a riveting story that explores the sharp differences, as well as similarities, between twin superpowers China and America. The result is an epic, global adventure that presents an unflinching look at the nature of censorship, the cost of truth, and what it takes to maintain hope.
   
Chops  
Dashnight Productions at Theater Wit Chops
 
This quintessentially Chicago play tells the story of three middle-aged jazz freaks, who were Kings of Rush Street at its peak in the 50's and 60's. The only problem is that it's 1984 and those glory days are gone. Vince, an ex-Rush street bartender, has opened his own joint, but he's losing money and things are tense. Walt drops by with the young and sexy jazz aficionado, Kaki, in tow to show off Vince's ultimate jazz jukebox. Walt's recently done some time and wants to prove that he's still got the chops. Out of the blue, Philly appears. This troubled old friend hasn't been seen in nine months and there are rumors of unpaid juice loans. But he appears natty, witty, and flush. Walt and Philly vie for Kaki's attention as a night fueled by booze, jazz and clever banter descends into wheels within wheels and lies within lies.
   
Company  
Writers Theatre Company
 
It's Bobby's 35th birthday and he's still single, trying to find a way to have a serious relationship, without a serious commitment. But as his friends-all couples at different stages in their marriages-impose their unique perspectives of relationship function and dysfunction on him over the course of a hilarious series of dinners and cocktail hours, Bobby is forced to consider relaxing his determined grip on bachelorhood and begin exploring one of life's greatest questions-what does it mean to be alive? Winner of seven Tony Awards, Company is a witty, sophisticated and deeply honest look at contemporary relationships. Featuring some of Stephen Sondheim's best known songs, including "Side by Side by Side," "Marry Me a Little" and "Being Alive," this brilliant musical comedy is considered a true masterpiece by one of the finest composers of our time.
   
Dank House  
Annoyance Theatre Dank House
 
Tank, a "supercop" DEA Agent from the dystopian wasteland of 2073, is sent back in time to the very distant land of Springfield, Illinois, in the far-away year of 2017. His mission: save the world from fire, brimstone, and destruction; the fallout of an apocalypse brought about by the legalization of marijuana. Tank runs into fierce political opposition and his plan is jeopardized by a mysterious lobbyist named Donsanto.
   
Dating and Dragons  
Factory Theater Dating and Dragons
 
The prospect of slaying a dragon is not only less scary than the idea of winning the heart of a girl, but for Jack and his friends it's also just about as likely to happen. But in Dating and Dragons, against all odds, Jack -- who knows all the rules for games that involve swords, sorcery and the odd dungeon-dwelling beast or two -- has cast a spell on a real-life, flesh-and-blood girl named Diane. Now Jack is forced to cope with the fact that none of the same rules apply, and he has no clue how to win at the game of love. Join Jack and his friends on an amusing journey through the rules of romance in Dating and Dragons at The Factory Theater in Chicago.
   
The Dead Boy Scout Musical  
Annoyance Theatre The Dead Boy Scout Musical
 
Going to Philmont Scout Ranch is every Boy Scout's dream. Dying, however, is not. Two troops embark on what's supposed to be a fun camping trip only to end up in the middle of a disastrous plane crash, facing danger at every turn. Created by a cast of eleven actual Eagle Scouts, "The Dead Boy Scout Musical" characters speak from real-life experience.
   
Death and Harry Houdini  
The House Theatre of Chicago at Chopin Theatre Death and Harry Houdini
 
The House Theatre of Chicago is proud to announce the return of the first play to ever grace its stage, the magic-filled thrill show and crowd favorite Death & Harry Houdini, written and directed by The House Theatre of Chicago Artistic Director Nathan Allen and starring Company Member and professional magician Dennis Watkins as Harry Houdini. Filled with stunning magic, poignant dialogue and original music, Death & Harry Houdini presents the story of history's most famous magician and his life-long war against Death.
   
Death of a Streetcar Named Virginia Woolf: A Parody  
Writers Theatre Death of a Streetcar Named Virginia Woolf: A Parody
 
This hilarious result of a collaboration between Writers Theatre and Chicago's world-renowned comedy theatre, The Second City, asks the intriguing question: What happens when the most recognizable characters from some of the greatest American plays of the 20th century suddenly find themselves sharing the same stage? When a mysterious invitation brings Blanche DuBois back to New Orleans, she finds herself once again face-to-face with the smoldering Stanley Kowalski. That would be challenge enough, but they are soon joined by luckless salesman Willy Loman and hard-drinking, hard-fighting couple George and Martha, and suddenly all bets are off. Add a folksy Stage Manager and the comic genius of The Second City team, and the question quickly becomes: Will the American Theatre ever be the same?
   
Deathtrap  
Drury Lane- Oakbrook Deathtrap
 
A hugely popular stage and screen mystery, "Deathtrap" offers skillful blending of two priceless theatrical ingredients: gasp-inducing thrills and spontaneous laughter. Unknown dramatist Clifford Anderson has sent his new thriller to award-winning Broadway author Sidney for comment--or has he? Without a success to his credit for some years, Sidney plots with his reluctant wife Myra how to plagiarize 'Deathtrap.' When Clifford turns up to discuss the play with the 'Master,' events take a sinister turn.
   
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.
   
Douglass  
Theater Wit Douglass
 
The multimedia work explores race in America through the lens of the abolitionist movement and the founding documents of a nation. The play strives to have a conversation inspired by the historical underpinnings of a movement, while simultaneously drawing parallels with today's ongoing discourse about race and politics in America. The story is of an ex-slave's struggle to become a man. His adversaries are not only those who strive to hinder him, but also those who purport to help him. His struggle is America's struggle: its ongoing, ever present battle against the sin of the slavery.
   
Eroica  
Azusa Productions at Redtwist Theatre Eroica
 
EROICA follows a family in small town U.S.A. during the Vietnam War. Victor, the town's former high school basketball star, has faked a medical condition to avoid the military draft. His wife Sally, unaware of her husband's secret, leads a letter writing campaign to U.S. troops thanking them for their service. Victor's physically disabled sister Grace, a nun, takes part in anti-war prayer vigils while silently struggling with her own faith. Charles, an embittered former athlete who was kicked off the team, learns Victor's secret and is bent on revenge.
   
Firebringer  
StarKid Productions at Stage 773 Firebringer
 
At the dawn of humanity, one tribe of cave-people survives the many trials of prehistoric life under the wise leadership of Jemilla, The Peacemaker. Jemilla taught her people to express themselves, rather than bashing each other's heads with rocks and eating each other's babies. But one member of the tribe doesn't seem to fit in: Zazzalil. She doesn't like collecting nuts and berries all day, every day. In fact, she's always trying to invent things to make life easier... for herself. While out hatching her latest scheme, Zazzalil stumbles upon the most important discovery in history- a discovery that will pit her tribe against wooly mammoths, saber-toothed tigers, and change the world forever. She'll travel from omega to alpha, and become... the Firebringer
   
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).
   
Fool Me Twice, Deja Vu  
Second City Fool Me Twice, Deja Vu
 
Fool Me Twice, Deja Vu takes you on an uproarious exploration of intuition. Have you been here before? Should you do anything different? Or are mistakes what make us grow? In this ever changing world there are still significant transformations to be made. Take a gleeful glance into funny mothers, millennials, christian media and contemporary nostalgia as you get fooled twice and come back to be fooled again.
   
Generation Gap  
Annoyance Theatre Generation Gap
 
"Generation Gap" is the story of Cortney, a young southern-born urban burnout who wants nothing more than to be able to dictate what her life looks like. Her mother, Deborah, springs a surprise visit on Cortney to help her make the "right" life choices, and to inform her that Grandma Caroline is not doing well. Cortney feistily explores her own life and choices in comparison to her mother and grandmother's via a series of imagined flashbacks, each presented in a different genre indicative of the time period.
   
The Grapes of Wrath  
The Gift Theatre The Grapes of Wrath
 
The Gift Theatre presents John Steinbeck's Pulitzer Prize-winning tale, The Grapes of Wrath, centering on an American family forced off of their land during the Great Depression and their epic journey west to California. New ensemble member Erica Weiss (Vigils) returns to direct the extraordinary and emotionally wrenching The Grapes of Wrath, adapted by Frank Galati.
   
History of Comedy  
Metropolis Performing Arts Centre History of Comedy
 
Mankind has been laughing since the dawn of time, but why? What's so funny? And why don't they let us in on the joke? Three men have the bravery, the intelligence, and the copious amount of spare time necessary to explain it all to you. Join our intrepid team as they explore what makes us laugh, why it makes us laugh, and just what the heck is so funny about the New Yorker cartoons. From slapstick to sarcasm, from wordplay to whoopee cushions, take this highly unscientific survey of comedy throughout the centuries.
   
Home Run Derby: One Bourbon, One Scotch, One Beer  
Cornservatory Home Run Derby: One Bourbon, One Scotch, One Beer
 
Corn Productions has always been a huge fan of the greatest all-American pastime sport: improv drinking shows! This July, they are on-deck with a fully loaded night of comedy, as they present: Home Run Derby: One Bourbon, One Scotch, One Beer. The line-up includes an All-Star team of players who will incorporate improv, sketch and musical comedy into the night, all while steadily sipping the infamous trio of liquors that made George Thorogood and John Lee Hooker break out their guitars. And as usual, Cornservatory is BYOB so you can bring your own team of booze to play along!
   
Horrible Fun  
Under The Gun Theater Horrible Fun
 
You know your favorite adult party card games? The terrible apple mad lib f*ucktionary incorrect against humanity game that you love so much! We love them too! When you walk in the door you get three cards that fill in the blank. During the show if you have a good card that matches the main card pulled by our judge raise your hand and come up on stage! We will do improvisation based on the combinations. Be aware this show is dirty, ridiculous, offensive, and horrible. Are you ready to be horrible with us?
   
The Importance of Being Earnest  
Dead Writers Theatre Collective at Athenaeum Theatre The Importance of Being Earnest
 
Two young gentlemen living in 1890's England have taken to bending the truth in order to put some excitement into their lives. John Worthing, seemingly straight and proper, has invented a brother Ernest, whose identity he adopts when in the city so he let his wild side out. As Ernest he woos his best friend, Algernon Moncrieff's cousin, the ravishing Gwendolen Fairfax. Algernon decides to visit John's young and beautiful ward, Cecily at the country manor. They both face a dilemma; both ladies have a determination to only marry a man whose name is Ernest. Things start to go awry when they all converge in the country and their deceptions are discovered, threatening to spoil their romantic pursuits, until they learn the importance of being earnest.
   
A Jewish Joke  
Victory Gardens Theater - Biograph A Jewish Joke
 
As relevant today as it was during the McCarthy Era...1950's Hollywood, at the height of the Communist Blacklist, when careers were ruined by a whisper...We meet irascible comedy screenwriter Bernie Lutz. Funny & lovable Bernie has made his way up the ladder by being a spineless Hollywood sellout. Now, the night before a big red carpet premiere that will make Bernie's career, he has been asked to name names, give up his friend, and give in to some anti-Semitic and racist slobs in Congress who go further than a "gentlemen's agreement" in keeping America lily-white. He has one day to decide if he will accede to government demands and save his skin, or protect his friend in the most serious decision of his life. One man's journey, through a historical reality and then into the depths of his own soul - that is at the heart of this multi-layered, compelling, and (given the demagoguery in politics today) very important play.
   
Kin Folk  
The New Colony at The Den Theatre Kin Folk
 
As they wait to sell their suburban house, Lucy's family imagines a vibrant, new life in Chicago. However, Lucy has a different vision for her future. She wants to self-actualize and live as her true self: a powerful dragon named Kreeka. When her family discovers this secret, Lucy must choose between them and a new community known as Otherkin, a group of people who identify as magical, non-human creatures. As Lucy embraces Kreeka, she meets a young man claiming to be an elf, a giant gnome named Blubberwort and a werewolf from Montana, who show her how to live a life driven by faith and a love of the fantastic.
   
The Last Defender  
The House Theatre of Chicago at Chopin Theatre The Last Defender
 
Set during the Cold War, The Last Defender draws on the era's sense of paranoia, and fear of nuclear attack to give audiences a one-of-a-kind storytelling experience. Audiences members become the heroes of the story in The Defenders' underground headquarters. The United States and The Soviet Union are still mired in the Cold War. Artificial intelligence has been deployed alongside 8 bit arcade-style computer technologies to control our nuclear weapons. Players (audience members) will navigate their own paranoia, as well as the stresses of Mutually Assured Destruction to do the job of The Defenders. Everyone will work as a team to gather information, solve puzzles, and make increasingly difficult decisions in real time. All to complete The Defenders' mission and save the world.
   
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.
   
Little Shop Of Horrors  
American Blues Theater at The Greenhouse Theater Center Little Shop Of Horrors
 
For years, Little Shop of Horrors has made audiences scream with laughter. In this gleefully gruesome musical, Seymour, a poor florist's assistant, allows his craving for fame and fortune to seduce him into playing nursemaid to a man-eating plant. This celebrated musical, with book and lyrics by Howard Ashman and music by Alan Menken, features the rock and roll, doo-wop and early Motown-inspired songs "Skid Row (Downtown)," "Somewhere That's Green," and "Suddenly, Seymour."
   
Lounging  
Filament Theatre Lounging
 
The gossip, secrets and exchanges that go down inside the school teachers' lounge have always been a mystery to students. Now, you can peek behind the doors of a high school teachers' lounge in the new play Lounging. Humor, tragedy and trauma collide as the teachers of an inner-city high school create drama that deems them worthy of detention themselves over the course of one unforgettable day. With an unexpectedly explosive climax, this compelling tale is a must-see for anyone who has been a teacher or had one themselves. Uncover the mystery of the teachers' lounge once and for all at the Filament Theatre in Chicago.
   
Man of La Mancha  
Marriott Theatre In Lincolnshire Man of La Mancha
 
One of the world's most popular musicals, MAN OF LA MANCHA tells of the adventures of a delusional Spanish knight who sallies forth on a quest to restore chivalry to the world, claim his lady love and dare to dream "The Impossible Dream".
   
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.
   
A Midsummer Night's Dream  
First Folio Theatre A Midsummer Night's Dream
 
Noted as one of Shakespeare's strangest and most delightful creations, A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM draws on Greek mythology and Shakespeare's imagination to tell a story of magic and the difficulties of love. The perfect show for families, come laugh at the antics of the mischievous Puck as this fantastical fairy turns the world upside-down for the quartet of lovers, and the crazed, ass-headed Bottom, driving them to wild antics in the forest, all in the beautiful outdoor environment of the historic Mayslake Peabody Estate.
   
Northanger Abbey  
Lifeline Theatre Northanger Abbey
 
Catherine Morland is an innocent teenaged girl living on her family's farm in rural England in the late 18th century. She escapes from the boredom of her day-to-day life by reading Gothic novels by her favorite authors -- until a wealthy acquaintance offers her a chance to go to Bath and partake in the parties, balls and high society functions of the city. Before long, Catherine finds herself caught in a complex web of social scheming, surrounded by false friends, greedy lovers and a wealth of misunderstandings. Northanger Abbey, based on Jane Austen's first novel, makes its world premiere at the Lifeline Theatre in Chicago.
   
Now. Here. This.  
Brown Paper Box Co. at Rivendell Theatre Now. Here. This.
 
From the award-winning writing team that brought you [title of show], Now. Here. This. is a new musical tackling life's big questions with humor and humanity. In its Chicago premiere, the show follows the evolution and adventures of four friends in a natural history museum as they journey through time - from the present day museum, to their formative pasts, and back again. Inspired by various exhibits, the foursome share stories about friendship, hoarding, roller coasters, dying, middle school, and Archer the security guard in an attempt to step from the past into that elusive present moment...into the Now. Here. This.
   
The Odd Couple  
Theatre At The Center The Odd Couple
 
One of Broadway's most successful comedies and an enduring audience favorite, The Odd Couple is set on the hot summer streets of 1965 New York. It follows the adventures of two mismatched roommates, Felix Unger, a neurotically neat and fussy news writer, and Oscar Madison, a slovenly sports writer. The men attempt to adapt to each other's idiosyncrasies, all the while trying to rekindle their social lives with side-splitting results.
   
On Golden Pond  
Oil Lamp Theater On Golden Pond
 
The golden gleam of On Golden Pond doesn't come from the three Tony Awards the original Broadway production won or the three Oscars the film version took home (for Henry Fonda, Katharine Hepburn and writer Ernest Thompson). The shine comes straight from the giant, glowing heart of this comedy about a long-married elderly couple, Norman and Ethel, who spend yet another summer at their beloved cottage on a lake in Maine. When their estranged daughter arrives with her fiance and his son in tow, Norman and Ethel agree to host the boy for the summer. And as they come to terms with the realities of life's twilight years, they discover how precious time really is. Discover (or rediscover) this modern American classic when Oil Lamp Theater presents an all-new production in Glenview.
   
Our Lady of 121st Street  
Eclipse Theatre Company at Athenaeum Theatre Our Lady of 121st Street
 
The Ortiz Funeral Home is in trouble - the body of beloved community activist and nun Sister Rose has been stolen from the viewing room. Waiting for her proper return are some of New York City's most emotionally charged, life-challenged neighborhood denizens, trying to find a place to put their grief, checkered pasts and their uncertain futures. The rest of the crowd in this dark and insightful comedy inevitably square off, motivated by rage, pain and a scary desire to come clean-perhaps for the first time.
   
The Portrait  
The Greenhouse Theater Center The Portrait
 
An artist manifests what they have inside them, but society doesn't always understand or appreciate it at the time. Gustav Klimt, the famous Austrian painter of The Kiss, crafted a multitude of beloved and enigmatic works as he struggled to support his family in a world that did not yet recognize his genius. His commissioned paintings decorating the University of Vienna were criticized as pornographic. The Portrait finds Klimt vying for an attractive young woman and a sizable commission, forcing him toward a decision that could alter his life forever. Chicago's Greenhouse Theater Center hosts the tale of a struggling visionary and the difficult decisions he'll make for life and art.
   
A Red Line Runs Through It  
Second City A Red Line Runs Through It
 
A Red Line Runs Through It rides the rails of Chicago in order to answer life's tough questions. How does the past sculpt the future? Are we all guided by anger? In this ever-changing landscape of nostalgia and uncertainty sometimes we need a brunch with friends to sort it all out. Who will snap first? No one knows what tomorrow will bring and the only thing that is certain is that this train keeps moving. This diverse cast of comedians will take you on their own ride exploring the new mother blues, black girl magic, and salacious local news. This non-stop locomotive launches from north to south along a transit line of pure comic bliss.
   
RejecTED  
Under The Gun Theater RejecTED
 
Following a successful run at Under the Gun theater this past March and April, Under the Gun Theater welcomes back RejecTED Talks. Performances will center around a theme provided by the audience. Five to six experts in their field will present their insight related to the theme based off of power point slideshows they've never seen before. You might learn something stupid. Each performance is fully improvised.
   
Ring of Fire: The Music of Johnny Cash  
Metropolis Performing Arts Centre Ring of Fire: The Music of Johnny Cash
 
Gritty and authentic, few voices have personified America like the great Johnny Cash. Ring of Fire celebrates the music of The Man in Black throughout his legendary career, featuring over 30 songs including I've Been Everywhere, A Boy Named Sue, Folsom Prison Blues, I Walk the Line and many more. Decades of incredible songs performed by a multi-talented ensemble sweep us through the musical journey of Johnny's life, including Gospel, Folk, Country and Rock along with incredible duets with his soul mate, June Carter. See Johnny Cash's musical legacy come to life in this rollicking, foot-stomping production of Ring of Fire.
   
Schoolhouse Rock Live!  
Emerald City Theatre Company at Broadway Playhouse Schoolhouse Rock Live!
 
Through unforgettable songs such as "Just a Bill" and "Conjunction Junction," a nervous schoolteacher must discover how to charm his students through imagination and music on the first day of class. Based on the entertaining and educational Emmy Award-winning animated series, Schoolhouse Rock Live! brings the treasured Saturday-morning melodies of the '70s back in a hip new way.
   
The Silence That Follows  
A Red Orchid Theatre The Silence That Follows
 
A Red Orchid Incubator, a series dedicated to getting to know new and/or up-and-coming theatre artists in Chicago, hosts the Facility Theatre presentation of The Silence That Follows by Elliot Baker infused with original music by beyond this point. The production is directed by A Red Orchid Ensemble Member dado, with music direction by John Corkill and Alex Monroe, the same team who created last year's Harold Pinter's A Night Out and Celebration.
   
Silence! The Musical  
Cornservatory Silence! The Musical
 
Clarice Starling is on the hunt for notorious woman-killer Buffalo Bill and Hannibal "The Cannibal" Lecter might have the answers she needs to crack the case. But this isn't the horrific thriller that's kept you awake at night...this is the wild and raunchy musical parody with a catchy score that is both a love letter to the film and to the art of musical theatre itself! Each of the film's famous lines gets their own show-stopping number like "Put the F*cking Lotion in the Basket," "Are you about a Size 14?" and "I'd F*ck Me." Silence! The Musical is lewd, crude, and makes The Book of Mormon look like children's theatre, so of course Corn Productions is bringing you the Chicago premiere!
   
The Taming of the Shrew  
Oak Park Festival Theatre The Taming of the Shrew
 
One of Shakespeare's most popular plays, The Taming of the Shrew follows the treacherous road to romance for a strong-willed pair who've met their ultimate match in one another. The comedy kicks off with a wealthy Italian merchant decreeing that the younger of his two daughters cannot be wed before her ill-tempered, less popular sister is married. The problem is that no man in Padua is willing to propose to the sharp-tongued Katherine. That is, until the fortune-hunting Petruchio, newly arrived from Verona, agrees to woo and wed Katherine (for a sizable dowry, of course). What follows is a classic battle of the sexes that sends sparks flying. Enjoy Shakespeare under the stars with this production at the Oak Park Festival Theatre in Austin Gardens.
   
Thaddeus and Slocum: A Vaudeville Adventure  
Lookingglass Theatre Thaddeus and Slocum: A Vaudeville Adventure
 
It's 1908 and Chicago's Majestic Theatre is the jewel of the vaudeville circuit. The only thing stopping Thaddeus and Slocum from becoming the next great stage act is as simple - and complicated - as black and white. Will laughter triumph and friendship endure as racial boundaries threaten to destroy their dreams of making the "big time?" Lookingglass dives deep into the divided heart of American show biz for a daring cavalcade of slapstick, song and dance, and burlesque as two best friends risk everything to make it to the top together.
   
This  
Windy City Playhouse This
 
Though its title could not be more linguistically simple, This is a poignant and poetic comedy that uses the power of language to make the foibles of real life profound and poetic. A silly party game becomes the spring board for a deep dive into long-held fear and resentment between five friends navigating the brittle transition into middle age. Adultery ensues, followed by remorse and plenty of confusion, all related with scintillating wit and verve in playwright Melissa James Gibson's Obie Award-winning script. See This at Windy City Playhouse and find out why the New York Times called it "the best new play to open Off Broadway" following its 2009 debut.
   
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 Three Little Pigs  
Chicago Kids Company at Beverly Arts Center The Three Little Pigs
 
Meet three sister Piggies about to set out on an adventure to build their own houses. Roxanne (the Rock'n'Roll Pig) builds hers out of sticks, Petunia (the Pretty Pig) builds hers out of straw, and Babe (the Smart and Sensible Pig) builds hers out of bricks. Which house will still be standing after the Big Bad Wolf tries to huff and puff and blow them all down? Don't miss CKC's most popular show! All CKC shows feature plenty of audience participation and run for one hour with no intermission. The Three Little Pigs is targeted for children ages 2 to 8.
   
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.
   
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.
   
Tomorrow Morning  
Kokandy Productions at Theater Wit Tomorrow Morning
 
Tomorrow Morning follows two couples, separated by time, both preparing for a monumental day ahead. When morning comes, twenty-somethings John and Kat will marry and embark upon a new life, while older couple Jack and Catherine will sign their divorce papers. Trouble is, is anyone really sure they're doing the right thing? Tomorrow Morning is about the uncertainty of impending change and ultimately, the redeeming power of love.
   
The Velveteen Rabbit  
Marriott Theatre In Lincolnshire The Velveteen Rabbit
 
Timeless children's classic The Velveteen Rabbit hops from the bedside table to the theatrical stage in this special one-hour production for kids of all ages from the Marriott Theatre. In Margery Williams' touching story, a young boy forms a special bond with his stuffed rabbit, who wants nothing more than to become real through the love of its owner. Directed and choreographed by Amanda Tanguay with musical direction by Ellen K. Morris, the play introduces this poignant tale to a new generation of fans and reminds older generations why it still tugs at their heartstrings after all these years. As a bonus, each performance is followed by a Q&A session with the cast.
   
War Paint  
Goodman Theatre War Paint
 
Helena Rubinstein and Elizabeth Arden defined beauty standards for the first half of the 20th Century. Brilliant innovators with humble roots, both were masters of self-invention who sacrificed everything to become the country's first major female entrepreneurs. They were also fierce competitors, whose 50-year tug-of-war would give birth to an industry. From Fifth Avenue society to the halls of Congress, their rivalry was relentless and legendary-pushing both women to build international empires in a world dominated by men.
   
Wastwater  
Steep Theatre Wastwater
 
Countless stories have come to an end at the bottom of Wastwater, the deepest lake in England. Tony Award winning playwright Simon Stephens' Wastwater delves into three relationships, each sitting on the edge of a defining decision. Where will their stories end, and what are the consequences of the choices we all make?
   
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.
   
Will You Accept This Rose, an Improvised Parody of The Bachelor  
Under The Gun Theater Will You Accept This Rose, an Improvised Parody of The Bachelor
 
We interview an audience member about a relationship they have/had. Based on the interview we watch an improvised compelling night of television where our Bachelor goes on a series of dates with our eligible ladies in hopes to find a wife. The participants travel to romantic and exotic locations for their adventures, and the conflicts in the series, both internal and external, stem from the elimination-style format of the show. Who will win our Bachelor's heart?