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3 Sisters  
Theatre Y at Humility Gallery 3 Sisters
 
3 Sisters is an adaptation of Chekhov's masterpiece that explores the 'fate-in-retrospect' of three iconic and singular young women: Olga, Masha and Irina. Our play starts where Chekhov's ends: the military brigade has left town, the last vestiges of culture and urbanity have gone, and the would-be lovers and admirers of the women have vanished - and with them the hope that they can reach Moscow. Moscow - the girls' utopian image of youth, a memory which has for so long stoked their embers of hope - disintegrates throughout Chekhov's story into an ashen symbol of failure and non-attainment. What succession of events and what decisions prevented them from realizing their dreams? If they unravel the thread of their lives, what essence, what truth can they find in the tangle of memory? In the desert of possibility, is there an oasis of reality in what has been and can be remembered? Can the truth of one's recollected life occasion vitality and transformation?
   
Adverses  
Aguijon Theater Adverses
 
A mother who keeps an iron grip on power, and a daughter bent on avenging her father's murder. As the contemporary retelling of the Electra myth, Adverses highlights the corrosive nature of power and the complicated relationship between mother and daughter. Playwright Rey Andújar has won multiple awards for his writing including The International Award from Casa de Teatro. Performed in Spanish with English supertitles, you can see the mythic tale come to life at Chicago's Aguijón Theater.
   
American Beauty Shop  
Chicago Dramatists American Beauty Shop
 
Formby's AMERICAN BEAUTY SHOP follows the story of Sue, a hairdresser who is trying hard to pull herself up. Sue has big dreams for both her basement beauty shop and her daughter, Judy, who's anxiously waiting for a letter from MIT that could change her life. Armed with tough love, combative humor and an uncompromising work ethic, Sue is struggling to balance her own livelihood and Judy's future.
   
At Mister Kelly's  
Three Cat Productions at Berger Park Coach House At Mister Kelly's
 
A salute to the famed supper club that ruled Rush Street from 1957-1975, At Mister Kelly's re-creates an evening of top-flight entertainment from that small but storied venue. From vocal luminaries such as Sarah Vaughan, Barbra Streisand and Barry Manilow to comedy legends like Bob Newhart, Phyllis Diller and Richard Pryor, Mister Kelly's saw its share of huge stars come through its kitchen to its stage. Now, a seven-person cast pays musical homage to those legendary lineups with a song-filled revue at the Berger Park Coach House Theater.
   
The Best of Enemies  
Provision Theater Company The Best of Enemies
 
Inspired by the best-selling book by Osha Gray Davidson, Best of Enemies is the true story about the relationship between Ann Atwater--an African-American civil rights activist, and C.P. Ellis--a Grand Cyclops of the KKK, during the desegregation of the Durham, NC schools in 1971. Best of Enemies exposes the poison of prejudice in the hearts of Atwater and Ellis who, by facing each other, are forced to face the worst--and best--in themselves.
   
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."
   
Bloody Haymarket  
Irish American Heritage Center Bloody Haymarket
 
On May 4, 1886, Chicago was rocked by the first dynamite bomb thrown in America. 'Bloody Haymarket' allows the audience to witness and actively participate in this riveting part of Chicago history. This epic period piece deals with everything from the struggle for the 8 hour workday, the plight of the immigrant, interracial marriage, a corrupt justice system, police brutality, the concentration of wealth in a few hands, the origin of May Day and an utter disregard of the Constitution of this land.
   
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 Body of an American  
Stage Left Theatre at Theater Wit The Body of an American
 
In 1993, Canadian photojournalist Paul Watson took a Pulitzer Prize-winning photograph of a dead American soldier being dragged through the streets of Mogadishu. In 2007, writer Dan O'Brien was struggling to finish his play about ghosts. A chance encounter over the airwaves sparks an extraordinary friendship that sees the two men journey from some of the most dangerous places on earth to the depths of the human soul. Flying from Kabul to the Canadian Arctic, The Body of an American sees two actors play more than thirty roles in an exhilarating new form of documentary drama.
   
The Book Club Play  
16th Street Theater at Berwyn Cultural Center The Book Club Play
 
When the members of a devoted book club become the subjects of a documentary filmmaker and accept a provocative new member, their long-standing group dynamics take a hilarious turn. Sprinkled with wit, joy and novels galore, "The Book Club Play is a dangerous comedy about community, high and low culture, and the absolute terror of group dynamics." - Molly Smith, Arena Stage.
   
The Boys Upstairs  
Pride Films and Plays at Mary's Attic The Boys Upstairs
 
A cross between Sex and the City and Boys in the Band, The Boys Upstairs is a zesty comedy that follows the personal and professional ups and downs of a sassy bunch of city boys living in New York. The play kicks off in the living room of Josh and Seth, two roommates awaiting the arrival of their third musketeer Ashley. Just as they begin to settle into their usual rhythm of living it up in Hell's Kitchen (and analyzing the damage the morning after), a new neighbor moves in downstairs. Full of style, scandal and specialty cocktails, this hilarious production from Pride Films and Plays ponders big questions like "is he or isn't he?" when it takes the stage of Mary's Attic at Hamburger Mary's.
   
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.
   
Chewing On Beckett  
Artemisia at The Frontier Chewing On Beckett
 
Chewing On Beckett takes a shocking look at life in a dystopian wasteland as a female Beckett Scholar and her former student, turned caretaker, struggle to survive. Student becomes teacher and teacher becomes suicidal as the two women discover they are outsiders in their own culture.
   
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.
   
Cockeyed: Just a Little Bit Off  
Annoyance Theatre Cockeyed: Just a Little Bit Off
 
What started as a fun reading of a ten minute play this past summer, inspired the creation of a number of other short plays, that evolved into this very night of theatrical variety! Some of the plays are inspired by real life experiences, some are pure fantasy, others just for fun, and a few are meant to be provocative; but all were written with intention, purpose, and humor by Annoyance regular Amy Haeussler. Throughout the show, audiences will explore 6 very different stories with goofy characters, twisted plots, funny accents, and lots of heart. All of the stories stand alone, yet somehow manage to exist in the same world. Haeussler, who also directs the show, helms a remarkable seventeen person cast. Haeussler says the night will be, "Theater at it's finest, or at the very least, it's weirdest."
   
Connected  
Collaboraction at Flat Iron Arts Building Connected
 
Part historical docudrama, part science fiction, Connected soars through the history of space and time for an exciting new immersive theatre experience illuminating our relationship with technology and each other, and how a special tribe used its unique connection to one another to survive it all.
   
Constellations  
Steppenwolf Theatre Constellations
 
Roland (a bee keeper) and Marianne (a theoretical physicist) meet at a party. In that single moment, an unfathomable multitude of possibilities unfold. Their chance meeting might blossom into a meaningful relationship or a brief affair: it might lead to nothing at all. Each step along those possible paths in turn offers a new series of potential outcomes: a marriage can exist alongside a breakup and a tragic illness can exist on a parallel plane to a happily ever after. In this clever, eloquent, and moving story, Roland and Marianne's romance plays out over a myriad of possible lifetimes, capturing the extraordinary richness of being alive in the universe.
   
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?
   
Disenchanted!  
Broadway Playhouse Disenchanted!
 
Poisoned apples. Glass slippers. Who needs 'em?! Not Snow White and her posse of disenchanted princesses in the hilarious hit musical that's anything but Grimm. Forget the princesses you think you know - the original storybook heroines have come back to life to set the record straight. After multiple sold-out runs nationwide, these royal renegades tossed off their tiaras to bring their hilariously subversive, not-for-the-kiddies musical to you - and what you thought about princesses will never be the same!
   
Disney's Beauty and the Beast  
Cadillac Palace Theatre Disney's Beauty and the Beast
 
Disney's BEAUTY AND THE BEAST, the smash hit Broadway musical, is coming to Chicago! Based on the Academy Award-winning animated feature film, this eye-popping spectacle has won the hearts of over 35 million people worldwide. This classic musical love story is filled with unforgettable characters, lavish sets and costumes, and dazzling production numbers including "Be Our Guest" and the beloved title song. Experience the romance and enchantment of Disney's BEAUTY AND THE BEAST at the Cadillac Palace Theatre!
   
The Distance  
Haven Theatre Company at Raven Theatre The Distance
 
Good friends should be there for one another - no matter what. However, when Bea returns home to England after five years abroad, having made a bold choice about her life, old friends struggle to support her or even to understand. One night in Brighton, things threaten to slide into chaos...The Distance is a painfully funny play about motherhood and fatherhood, about keeping control and about letting go.
   
Double Text  
The Public House Theatre Double Text
 
Dating has gotten interesting in the digital age -- just look at Double Text, a relationship comedy that's a total product of the 21st century, presented by Chicago's Public House Theatre. The morning after Emma and Philip go on a highly successful first date, she sends him a text he can't quite decipher. Enlisting the help of his roomie, the guys attempt to decode her seemingly cryptic messages for hidden meaning. Unbeknownst to them, Emma and her roommate are doing the exact same with Philip's text, overanalyzing and debating each and every word while trying to decide the best way to respond. It's a hilarious battle of the sexes comedy ripped straight from today's culture, proving that all's fair in love and texting.
   
The Dougs: Punk is What You Make of it  
Annoyance Theatre The Dougs: Punk is What You Make of it
 
"The Dougs: Punk is What You Make of it" is a new sketch comedy show premiering at The Annoyance Theatre centering around the absurd world of a punk band with no instruments trying to solve the murder of one of their members.
   
Dry Land  
Rivendell Theatre Dry Land
 
Set in the girls' locker room of a Florida high school, Ruby Rae Spiegel's ferocious new play looks at the unlikely friendship between Esther and Amy, two high school swimmers under uncommon pressure. Called a "remarkable new play" by The New York Times, Dry Land is alternately harrowing and hilarious, as it homes in on the issue of DIY abortion, the complexities of female friendship, and the impossible pressures that build up at the brink of adulthood.
   
Eurydice  
BoHo Theatre at Heartland Studio Theatre Eurydice
 
Dying too young on her wedding day, Eurydice is taken to the land of the dead, where she reunites with her adoring father and struggles to remember her lost life. Unwilling to exist without her, Eurydice's husband Orpheus storms the gates of the underworld to rescue her. Eurydice must then face a heart-wrenching choice: return to the world above with her husband, or stay below with her father. Sarah Ruhl's EURYDICE is a modern tragedy that explores how clinging too tightly to what we've lost can rob us of our future.
   
The Eviller Twin  
Curious Theatre Branch at Prop Theatre The Eviller Twin
 
The Eviller Twin concerns Clothilde and Flavia, identical twins, though one's a bit repressed and the other is rather wild. When Flavia gets engaged to her latest pick-up, Clothilde must cope in her own special way: perhaps murder; maybe madness; who the heck is who?!
   
Evita  
Marriott Theatre In Lincolnshire Evita
 
Andrew Lloyd Webber's complex and dynamic musical masterpiece, charting Eva Peron's ambitious rise from poverty to First Lady of Argentina. Featuring a renowned musical score including "Don't Cry for Me, Argentina".
   
Father Of The Bride  
Oil Lamp Theater Father Of The Bride
 
When Stanley Banks' 21 year old daughter Kay surprises him with the news that she's getting married, Stanley discovers that he's not quite ready to be Father of the Bride. As the guest list grows larger each day, and the costs spiral out of control with the addition of florists, furniture movers, dressmakers and more, the Banks household becomes a scene of matrimonial mayhem. Originally written as a novel in 1949 and adapted for the stage by Caroline Francke in 1951, this beloved and timeless tale has been seen on the big screen multiple times (once with Spencer Tracy as the titular father and later starring Steve Martin), and now you can enjoy this funny and touching play live on the stage of the Oil Lamp Theater. Don't be surprised if there's a bouquet toss, and be sure to leave some room for the wedding cake that will be served at each performance!
   
Feral  
MPAACT at The Greenhouse Theater Center Feral
 
Young black activist Francis Xavier -- known to his friends as FX -- has been waging a politically-motivated graffiti campaign, spraying the word "FERAL" on the sides of buildings all over the city. In the heat of a late July night, FX is caught in a moment of violence with the local police. The resulting controversy engulfs the city and the country, with FX's friends, family and members of his movement pulled into the fray. But will all this commotion overshadow the complex ideas FX hoped to communicate? FERAL at Chicago's Greenhouse Theater Center is a raw and topical look at youth, idealism and desperation.
   
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.
   
The Gospel According To Thomas Jefferson, Charles Dickens and Count Leo Tolstoy: Discord  
Northlight Theatre The Gospel According To Thomas Jefferson, Charles Dickens and Count Leo Tolstoy: Discord
 
What do a Founding Father, a Victorian novelist and a Russian revolutionary have in common? Not much, but each of these notoriously great minds was once brazen enough to pen his own Gospel. Brought together, they debate the meaning of life and the nature of God in a whip-smart comedy that illuminates the brilliance, flaws and humor of three unforgettable philosophers. This new play comes from Scott Carter, the Executive Producer/Writer of Real Time with Bill Maher.
   
Haymarket: The Anarchist's Songbook  
Underscore Theatre Company at Edge Theatre Haymarket: The Anarchist's Songbook
 
Haymarket: The Anarchist's Songbook is a true Chicago story - the story of Lucy Parsons, daughter of a slave and widow of anarchist martyr Albert Parsons who, on the last day of her life, revisits the Haymarket Affair and the unjust trial that followed it in an attempt to make peace with her past. Like Underscore's production of Borderlands, HAYMARKET is a folk musical in which the actors accompany themselves, with influences ranging from circus to protest songs to roots Americana.
   
Hazel  
Drury Lane- Oakbrook Hazel
 
The world premiere musical comedy, "Hazel," based on the character created by Ted Key and the hit television series, kicks off the 2016-2017 season. It's the 1960's, a time of great change for America, but not all of the Baxter family is on board. What George Baxter finds not so funny about his wife joining the work force and his maid taking over his household and his life--is a laugh riot. Directed and choreographed by Emmy Award winner Joshua Bergasse, "Hazel" asks the question: can a simple maid debone a turkey, save a marriage, uncover a matter of national security and lead a conga line? She can if she's Hazel!
   
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 House of Blue Leaves  
Raven Theatre The House of Blue Leaves
 
Set in Queens, New York during Pope Paul VI's 1965 visit, struggling songwriter Artie wants to be famous and feel important while his heavily medicated wife Bananas just wants to feel. Can Artie's old high school buddy, now a Hollywood movie producer, give him a shot at the big time? Or will a blessing from the Pope do the trick?
   
In The Heat Of The Night  
Shattered Globe Theatre at Theater Wit In The Heat Of The Night
 
In The Heat Of The Night recounts the classic, highly charged story of an African American police officer asked to investigate a murder in a racially hostile southern town. It's a torrid night in 1965 Argo, Alabama when a dead white man is found. The local police, desperately searching for a motive and a suspect, arrest a black man passing through town. They soon discover their suspect is an expert homicide detective from L.A. and they must confront their personal prejudices as they are forced to work side-by-side to solve the crime. The award-winning film version starring Sidney Poitier remains emblematic of our country in the 1960s. Fifty years later, Pelfry's new adaptation of the novel leaves room for the evolution of these attitudes. But watching the nightly news - how far have we come?
   
The Irish Curse  
Level 11 Theatre at The Den Theatre The Irish Curse
 
Martin Casella's comedy The Irish Curse is a humorous and heartbreaking look at the lives of four average men who struggle to navigate life in our super:sized world. Size matters to this group of Irish:American men who meet every Wednesday night in the basement of Father Shaunessy's Church, a support group for men who have certain "shortcomings". One evening when an unknown blue:collar guy joins the group, he challenges everything the other men think about "the Irish curse"... tackling issues with body image and self:perception, unmasking the comical and truthful questions of identity, masculinity, sex and relationships.
   
Johanna Faustus  
The Hypocrites at The Den Theatre Johanna Faustus
 
In the spirit of Graney's previous hits including 12 Nights and Romeo Juliet, six actors tell a modern Faust story. The performers are also the design team, with purposeful limited resources they will enact the tale using the barest elements. In this new adaptation, Faust is a woman questioning her choices that brought her to success but also isolation. What would you trade for happiness?
   
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."
   
Mary Page Marlowe  
Steppenwolf Theatre Mary Page Marlowe
 
Mary Page Marlowe is an accountant from Ohio. She’s led an ordinary life, making the difficult decisions we all face as we try to figure out who we really are and what we really want. As Tracy Letts brings us moments—both pivotal and mundane—from Mary’s life, a portrait of a surprisingly complicated woman emerges. Intimate and moving, Mary Page Marlowe shows us how circumstance, impulse and time can combine to make us mysteries…even to ourselves.
   
The Matter at Dead Oak Hollow  
The Public House Theatre The Matter at Dead Oak Hollow
 
Strange disappearances, German accents, puppets and musical numbers abound! Welcome to 1950 in Anytown, USA, where Special Agents Griffen and Liza investigate an alarming string of disappearances. But the disappearances aren't the only strange thing, with a host of mysterious and secretive townsfolk including a waitress with bloodlust, a morbid doctor and a mayor in denial. The eccentric musical calls everyone's innocence into question. After all, everyone's guilty of something. Unravel the mystery at The Public House Theatre in Chicago.
   
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.
   
Mike Mother  
Neo-Futurists Mike Mother
 
Exploring the tension between fiction and nonfiction, Jessica Anne's Mike Mother weaves theater, writing, and film into the lies that cripple memories, the truth that haunts our tales, and all the gaps in between. With Mike Mother, Anne's rich, surprising history with her eccentric mother is used to examine theatre's reliability as a vessel for truth. Pitting real life stories and memories before an audience, Anne shares the stage with Mike Hamilton, real life actor and real life "friend of a friend," acting as a guide and advocate for the audience. Equal parts psychological thriller, live action film, and genre-bending performance, Mike Mother is Anne's note to self, manifest into a two-person, one-woman show.
   
My Solo Show of All Duets  
Annoyance Theatre My Solo Show of All Duets
 
She's Baaaaaack!! Delusional Diva, Shirley Lame (pronounced la-MAY), returns to The Annoyance Theatre with her hit show, "My Solo Show of All Duets". This one-hour show will make you laugh till it hurts. You can't stop her from singing at you. You might wonder if big Broadway musical numbers require big Broadway musical casts, or if one woman's big dream, moxie and talent is all it takes. "My Solo Show of All Duets" proves that all you need is cray.
   
Nice Work If You Can Get It  
Theatre At The Center Nice Work If You Can Get It
 
Set in the Roaring Twenties, Nice Work If You Can Get It is the story of charming and wealthy playboy Jimmy Winter, who meets rough female bootlegger Billie Bendix on the weekend of his wedding. Jimmy is embarking on his third or fourth marriage, this one to a narcissistic modern dancer named Eileen. Billie learns that the couple will be out of town and devises a plan to stash cases of alcohol in the basement of Jimmy's mansion. When Jimmy, Eileen and Eileen's prohibition family suddenly arrive at the mansion for the wedding, Billie and her gang pose as the serving staff, with hijinks as the end result.
   
The Nina Variations  
The Enthusiasts and El Bear at Charnel House Chicago The Nina Variations
 
The Nina Variations is an homage to Anton Chekhov's classic The Seagull. In this new staging the original scene breaks down and Nina and Treplev's thoughts are divided, rearranged, and pieced back together. Watch as they go on a fast paced tour de force to say all the things they've never said. We often wish we could go back and act differently at key points in our life, in this performance we give Nina and Treplev that chance.
   
No Matter How Hard We Try  
Trap Door Theatre No Matter How Hard We Try
 
A scathing satire about the decaying Polish national identity in the aftermath of war, occupation and the invasion of capitalism.
   
The North Pool  
Interrobang Theatre Project at Athenaeum Theatre The North Pool
 
Khadim has no idea why he's been called into the Vice Principal's office at Sheffield High. At first, Vice Principal Danielson is cagey, using a minor violation to keep the boy at school for detention. It doesn't take long for tensions to mount around a crime that Khadim may (or may not) have committed. The truth is ever-shifting in what amounts to a game of cat-and-mouse. As the clock winds down on the last hours of the semester, both Danielson and Khadim must carefully maneuver hauntingly unexpected revelations. THE NORTH POOL is a psychological drama that explores the complexities of racial and cultural profiling and personal accountability.
   
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.
   
Old Hobbits Die Hard  
New Millennium Theatre Company at Royal George Theatre Old Hobbits Die Hard
 
After the One Ring is destroyed, Bilbo Baggins visits his estranged nephew, Frodo, during the Hobbit Yule celebration. But the festivities are interrupted - when the major film studios refuse to give Peter Jackson the rights to The Hobbit, he travels to Middle Earth to take the rights from the hobbits themselves - even if he has to destroy the Shire to get them! Bilbo Baggins forms a one-man army to rescue the Hobbit hostages from Peter Jackson and his CGI terrorists, and stop them from making The Hobbit trilogy. Come join New Millennium Theatre on this wild ride of movie magic!
   
Once in a Lifetime  
Strawdog Theatre Once in a Lifetime
 
From the legendary 1930s writing duo George S. Kaufman and Moss Hart (The Man Who Came to Dinner, You Can't Take It With You) comes the hilarious backstage comedy Once in a Lifetime. As silent films evolve into "talkies" in the 1920s, a trio of vaudevillians sets out to con the Hollywood elite by posing as vocal coaches, vowing to give movie stars beautiful voices to match their glamorous mugs. Damon Kiely, the acclaimed director of American Blues Theater's Hank Williams: Lost Highway, helms this epic satire of greed run amok at Chicago's Strawdog Theatre.
   
One Man, Two Guvnors  
Court Theatre One Man, Two Guvnors
 
A dazzling and award-winning success from London to Broadway takes the stage at Court for its Midwest Premiere. Set in 1963 on the coast of Brighton and delightfully underscored by a live skiffle band, this hilarious play with music transforms Goldoni's 18th century Comedia dell'Arte classic Servant of Two Masters into modern comedy full of satire and slapstick. Following the success of their partnership on An Iliad, Artistic Director Charles Newell and actor Timothy Edward Kane team up once more for a wildly different and much more light-hearted endeavor. They are joined by Court favorites Elizabeth Ledo (Tartuffe), Hollis Resnik (The Good Book), and Chaon Cross (Proof) for a rollicking jaunt through a swirl of cross-dressing twins, dead fiances, crooked lawyers, and general buffoonery.
   
Peter Pan and Wendy  
Theatre School at DePaul University at Merle Reskin Theatre Peter Pan and Wendy
 
Peter Pan is back, but this time it's Wendy who won't grow up. In this swashbuckling musical, the famous duo grabs a little pixie dust and heads off to Neverland so Wendy can avoid moving out of her childhood room for just a little bit longer. That's where they face the famed and funny pirate Captain Hook with help from Tinker Bell, the Lost Boys, Tiger Lily, mermaids and even the audience. In the end though, Wendy has to decide whether growing up is really so bad after all. Recommended for all ages, this production comes to vibrant life on stage at the Merle Reskin Theatre in Chicago's South Loop.
   
The Plough and the Stars  
Wayward Productions at Johnny O'Hagan's The Plough and the Stars
 
After a short hiatus, Wayward returns to the stage, or rather, their tavern roots - commemorating the centennial anniversary of the 1916 Easter Uprising in Ireland. With a gritty, in-your-face reimagining of O'Casey's social justice piece The Plough and the Stars. In true Wayward fashion, audiences are invited into the action, or at the very least to post up on a neighboring bar stool.
   
The Power Of Prom  
Annoyance Theatre The Power Of Prom
 
Written as a loving tribute to the 80's, the show combines elements of the songs, movies, television shows, and pop-culture that epitomized the decade.
   
The Producers  
Mercury Theater The Producers
 
A down-on-his-luck Broadway producer and his mild-mannered accountant come up with a scheme to produce the most notorious flop in history thereby bilking their backers (all "little old ladies") out of millions of dollars. Only one thing goes awry: the show is a smash hit! At the core of the insanely funny adventure is the surprising journey of two very different men who become friends. The Producers skewer Broadway traditions and takes no prisoners as it proudly proclaims itself an "equal opportunity offender!"
   
Prowess  
Jackalope Theatre Company at Broadway Armory Prowess
 
Summer in Chicago: Temperatures flare, shootings spike and the city is stuck in status quo. Enter a mixed bag of underdogs ready to save whatever's left of the day. Completely powerless but sky-high on passion, they join forces. But as broken bones multiply and alliances splinter, the team is forced to draw the line between well-meaning heroism and vigilante justice.
   
Reality Ever After  
Under The Gun Theater Reality Ever After
 
Reality Ever After finds your favorite fairytale characters all grown up and facing the not-so-magical real world. "Happily ever after" endings are few and far between in this spoof of both fairy tales and reality TV. The pampered princesses in this Under the Gun Theater production are stuck living together in one modern-day Chicago apartment. Instead of castles and charming princes, they're struggling with jobs, money, cheating partners, and figuring out who poached whose food from the fridge. See what happens when fairy tales stop being polite, and start getting real.
   
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.
   
Rent  
Metropolis Performing Arts Centre Rent
 
Follow a group of young artists and musicians as they struggle to create and survive in Manhattan during the height of the AIDS epidemic when Rent, Jonathan Larson's "landmark rock opera" (The New York Times), comes to Metropolis Performing Arts Centre in Arlington Heights. Winner of the Tony Award for Best Musical and the Pulitzer Prize for Drama, this romantic, life-affirming musical is based on Puccini's La Boheme, and still feels as fresh and inspiring as the day it debuted on Broadway in 1996. Set to a modern rock score, Rent is chock-full of crowd-pleasers like "La Vie Boheme," "Take Me or Leave Me" and "Seasons of Love."
   
Satie et Cocteau: A Rehearsal of a Play of a Composer by a Poet  
Genesis Theatrical Productions at Athenaeum Theatre Satie et Cocteau: A Rehearsal of a Play of a Composer by a Poet
 
The play is set 15 years after the death of Satie during the final rehearsal of a play which Cocteau has written and where, in an opium haze, he directs an Actor in a series of 'scenes' which run the length of Satie's life and career. Intertwined with Satie's music, we discover that Cocteau's intentions are for the Actor to fully embody Satie and bring him to life so Cocteau can finally exorcise him from his life.
   
Schoolhouse Rock Live!  
Emerald City Theatre Company at Apollo Theater 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 Seagull  
The Artistic Home The Seagull
 
Anton Chekhov's classic comedy of unrequited love and unrealized dreams, in an intimate production directed by Cody Estle. Company Artistic Director Kathy Scambiatterra (a Jeff Award nominee for The Artistic Home's Sweet Bird of Youth) will take the role of Madame Arkadina, the fading actress in love with a younger man, Trigorin. Scot West, previously seen at The Artistic Home in Watch on the Rhine, Interrogation and Miracle on 34th Street, will play the writer Trigorin. Brokenly Herbert, of AH's Macbeth and Cut to the Chase, will play the young actress Nina, who is a rival to Arkadina for Trigorin's affections. In the role of Arkadina's son Konstantin, who competes with Trigorin for Nina's love, is AH ensemble member Julian Hester, a Jeff nominee for The Late Henry Moss.
   
The Secretaries  
About Face Theatre at Theater Wit The Secretaries
 
Patty Johnson lands the job of her dreams at the Cooney Lumber Mill in Big Bone, Oregon. But it's a comic nightmare when she discovers - amidst slim fast shakes, celibacy pacts and hotel rendezvous (with Magic Fingers, of course!) - that her secretarial pool are chainsaw-wielding lumberjack killers! Equal parts humor, horror and satire, THE SECRETARIES is Twin Peaks meets The Stepford Wives in a smart, campy (and bloody!) comedy.
   
Sender  
A Red Orchid Theatre Sender
 
It's summertime in Chicago. Over a year after his sensational death, a young man returns to his former apartment: alive, well, and with a new found ambition to fix what went wrong. A miracle reunion turns into a catastrophic disaster as the past catches up with the present and old debts return, expecting payment in full. What does growing-up mean and is it even desired in this day and age?
   
Sherlock Holmes and the Mystery of Portage Park  
Filament Theatre Sherlock Holmes and the Mystery of Portage Park
 
Sherlock Holmes' latest adventure is sure to get your blood pumping -- because this interactive whodunit from Chicago's Filament Theatre has audiences walking and biking all over Portage Park to crack an unapologetically silly case. As a detective under the tutelage of the great Sherlock Holmes, you'll use the science of deduction as you interview suspects and gather clues to save Portage Park from an uncertain fate. Sherlock Holmes and the Mystery of Portage Park is a freewheeling blend of scavenger hunt and mystery theater, perfect for everyone ages eight and up.
   
The Sign in Sidney Brustein's Window  
Goodman Theatre The Sign in Sidney Brustein's Window
 
Lorraine Hansberry's rarely-produced second play, The Sign in Sidney Brustein's Window, premiered just weeks before the 34-year-old writer succumbed to cancer in 1965. Now, Obie Award-winning director Anne Kauffman brings this impassioned drama back to life at Chicago's Goodman Theatre. Set in early 1960s Greenwich Village, the story revolves around the increasingly troubled marriage of Brustein, a writer, and his actress wife, Iris, as well as their circle of friends, after he begins to express political and social views that butt up against those of his Bohemian cohorts. Don't miss this rare chance to experience the once-in-a-generation voice of one of America's most admired playwrights, the first African-American woman ever to be produced on Broadway. Dominic Comperatore (A View From the Bridge) and Diane Davis (Golden Boy, Person of Interest) star as the couple.
   
Skippyjon Jones in the Cirque de Ole  
Emerald City Theatre Company at Apollo Theater Skippyjon Jones in the Cirque de Ole
 
Our favorite feline, Skippyjon Jones, canon-blasts into his imagination and discovers an extraordinary circus world. Upon reuniting with his Chihuahua chums, the gang takes turns performing circus stunts, with Skippyjon to perform the daring final act. Taken from the best-selling book series, this captivating tale of trapeze dreams and flying machines is cherished by all.
   
Soups, Stews, and Casseroles: 1976  
Goodman Theatre Soups, Stews, and Casseroles: 1976
 
The cheese-based economy of a small Wisconsin town faces a serious reckoning when the local factory is taken over by a Chicago-based corporation, and the workers and their loved ones find their livelihoods being eaten away in Soups, Stews, and Casseroles: 1976. Caught in the middle is a longtime employee who's been promoted to management and now finds himself torn between his family, his town and his chance at the brass ring. Though it's set four decades ago, this play at Chicago's Goodman Theatre stirs up issues as potent today (see: Trump vs. Sanders) as they were back then. Winner of a Guggenheim Fellowship and a Pulitzer Prize nominee, playwright Rebecca Gilman's penned several successful works for the Goodman, including Luna Gale, Boy Gets Girl, Spinning Into Butter and more.
   
Spider Man: The Musical: The Musical  
Cornservatory Spider Man: The Musical: The Musical
 
When Julie Taymor's new musical, Spiders! Spiders! Spiders! Spiders! gets canned by their financier, Bill Greenbacks, the producers, Archie Whoops and Leonard Daisy, decide to revamp the musical into something more "recognizable and franchisable." Luckily, Stan Lee and U2's Bono and the Edge are all on board with retelling the musical tale of a certain iconic, web-shooting superhero. But there's more lurking beneath the stage than faulty rigging and lawsuit hazards -- and it has its eight eyes set on destroying the production. Inspired by the heavily publicized Broadway disaster Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark, Spider Man: The Musical: The Musical is a ferociously funny, dark farce. See it at the Cornservatory in Chicago.
   
Spinning  
Irish Theatre of Chicago at The Den Theatre Spinning
 
Conor is fresh from prison, grasping at the threads of his life. Susan is grieving the loss of her teenage daughter. Two lives collide in a seaside cafe, and are forever changed. Deidre Kinahan, playwright of the acclaimed Irish drama Moment, masterfully unspools a gripping contemporary tale over three distinct timelines in this U.S. premiere.
   
A Splintered Soul  
Stage 773 A Splintered Soul
 
Set in San Francisco in 1947, a group of Jewish Holocaust survivors arrive from Poland, aided by the American Jewish community. Haunted by the death of their loved ones, they are haunted more by what they did to survive. Rabbi Kroeller (Craig Spidle), a resistance fighter who lost his family, makes it his mission to protect the survivors at all costs. But he discovers determining right from wrong is more complicated in the new world.
   
A Swarm of Spoilers  
Under The Gun Theater A Swarm of Spoilers
 
Whether you're Team Tyrion, or a Daenerys diehard, odds are you're overly eager to dive into season five of HBO's Game of Thrones. Before the newest round of power plays, double-crosses and gory fates unfold, get your fantasy fix with A Swarm of Spoilers, Under The Gun Theater's unofficial parody "recapitation" of the award-winning series. The spoof breaks down all the sex, drama and battles of the first 4 seasons. You'll be transported from Chicago directly to Westeros and Essos as this production crams in as many of the hit show's characters and plots as it can fit into a single hour of comedy. Plus, A Swarm of Spoilers dares to kill off the characters that George R.R. Martin let's live.
   
This Great Nation, Much Enduring  
Stage 773 This Great Nation, Much Enduring
 
In the endless cycle of war, politics and distraction, showmanship is king. This Great Nation, Much Enduring follows Senator Thomas Denton, a well-meaning presidential hopeful, on his uphill journey for traction and dignity in a battleground Midwestern county. As he gets to know the county's citizens and its scars, he's forced to examine the space between the truth and playing the game. Will he be up to the challenge and able to play the game, or will his dignity and commitment to the truth be stronger than his political ambitions? This intriguing production comes to Chicago's Stage 773 by way of Chicago Slam Works, whose foundation of performance poetry reaches new heights in This Great Nation, Much Enduring -- expanding their signature art form to revolve around one central character and one central theme for a night of a memorable entertainment.
   
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.
   
The Tortoise and the Hare  
Chicago Kids Company at St. Patrick Performing Arts Center- Stahl Family Theater The Tortoise and the Hare
 
Who will win the race? The “slow and steady” Tortoise? Or the “fast and furious” Hare? This show features a cast of all silly animals—and travels quickly through the County Fair Race! Don’t miss out on the fun! All CKC shows feature plenty of audience participation and run for one hour with no intermission. Tortoise and the Hare is targeted for children from 2 to 8 years old.
   
Tracers  
Madison Street Theatre Tracers
 
Six enlisted men move from training to combat and finally, to the struggle of putting the broken pieces back together in the aftermath of Vietnam. Tracers portrays the reality of ground warfare and its effects, avoiding Hollywood glorification of the fighting experience. Penned by John DiFusco and eight other returning Vietnam veterans, the play deals with free-fire zones, trip wires, drugs, body bags, rat-infested bunkers and the ever-present stench of death. The meditation on violence becomes a plea for responsibility and caution, inspecting what happens when conscience and reason become warped by orders and national purpose. The harrowing drama leaves a mark at Madison Street Theatre in Oak Park.
   
Tug Of War: Foreign Fire  
Chicago Shakespeare Theater Tug Of War: Foreign Fire
 
Foreign Fire is the first installment of Artistic Director Barbara Gaines' electrifying adaptation, Tug of War, which distills six Shakespeare plays into two action-packed dramas that trace the rise and fall of kings, and the uncommon courage of common men. In the spirit of addictive epic sagas, like Scandal and House of Cards, tensions build as the origin stories of Shakespeare's most iconic rulers unfold-underscored by stunning staging, live music, surprising poignancy and humor. The adventure begins with England's war with France in Edward III, Henry V and Henry VI, Part 1, and its very personal consequences on all who bear arms. The action continues in Fall 2016 with Tug of War: Civil Strife.
   
Twisted Knots  
Royal George Theatre Twisted Knots
 
Twisted Knots is a smart and sexy new drama about down and out salesman (Ryan Kitley) who hires an escort (Mary Cross) to celebrate New Year's Eve in a Gold Coast hotel. The New Year does not go as planned, least of all because Frank is confronted that his date, his job, his marriage and his life may not be what he always thought they were.
   
Very Much Forever  
Annoyance Theatre Very Much Forever
 
"Very Much Forever" is a fun, fast-moving show made up of smart, silly, absurd, dark and satirical characters and scenes. The show explores politics, sexism, guns, death, love, fast food, and other neat stuff. He hopes you will like it, and that you will laugh lots.
   
We are Handsome: The Good Ole' College Try  
Cornservatory We are Handsome: The Good Ole' College Try
 
Handsome is the best looking improv team in Chicago- just ask their mothers. They are also the runner ups for the 25th season of The Original Improv Gladiators. They also went to college. All of them. They are smart and stuff. They try hard at things, and succeed. That's why their new show is called We are Handsome: The Good Ole' College Try. Each week Handsome will be specializing in being the fun dumb friends having as much fun as possible, along with special guest teams from the collegiate circuit, and a different specialized variety act. Once our super special, unique act performs, Handsome will then give it the good ole' college try whether it's a song, a dance, slam poetry, burlesque number- all of the above? Who knows?? Each night will be different!
   
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.
   
When Not That Good Will Do  
Steel Beam Theatre When Not That Good Will Do
 
Any family reunion can go wrong -- sibling rivalries never die, and everyone seems to have a crazy uncle -- but you just know the drama is going to be cranked up a notch when a family comedy comes from the mind of an award-winning writer of soap operas. Richard Culliton has written for Days of Our Lives, General Hospital, As the World Turns and All My Children, and he's won three Daytime Emmy Awards and four Writers Guild of America Awards for his work. Now he's bringing his skills to the stage with When Not That Good Will Do, a comedy about the Scanlons, a family that meets in Cape Cod every July for a reunion, but this year is even worse than usual. See the drama unfold in this world premiere at Steel Beam Theatre in St. Charles.
   
Xanadu  
American Theater Company Xanadu
 
Xanadu takes place in Venice, California in 1980. Struggling artist Sonny Malone seeks to create his own version of the American dream by renovating an abandoned warehouse into a venue for world-class entertainment - a roller disco! A hilarious and modern update of the1980's camp classic, Xanadu celebrates the artist's muse, even when it comes from the most unlikely of places.