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The Anton Chekhov Book Club  
Stage 773 The Anton Chekhov Book Club
 
Anton Chekhov was the Superman of short story writers -- his X-ray vision could see the epic yearning hidden underneath every human endeavor. This piercing perspective is also shared by The Anton Chekhov Book Club Returns, a lively and humane stage play inspired by the works of the Russian master. In this sequel to the hit The Anton Chekhov Book Club, we meet four eccentric women brought together by their love of Chekhov's timeless short stories. But in the process of exploring his works, the quartet learns valuable lessons about their own lives. Enjoy new faces and fresh stories featured in this bold update at Stage 773.
   
Ayn Rand in Love  
MCL Chicago Ayn Rand in Love
 
The comedic musical Ayn Rand in Love portrays a young Ayn Rand falling in what some would call love -- though she would not -- with the charismatic Irish writer Frank O'Connor. Can the mother of Objectivism, a philosophy largely founded in objective reality and self-interest, be capable of something as transcendent as love? Taking some truth from her early days working with MGM Studios, the musical has all the glitz and glamour of an MGM classic of the late 1920s. When Rand locks her eyes on O'Connor, a job at MGM and another lover, she sets out to acquire them. Will her calculated approach end in happily-ever-after, or unforeseen consequences? Find out in this funny musical affair at MCL Chicago.
   
Bakersfield Mist  
TimeLine Theatre Company at Stage 773 Bakersfield Mist
 
Written by Stephen Sachs and directed by Kevin Christopher Fox, BAKERSFIELD MIST is a provocative and hilarious look at what makes art-and people-authentic. Maude, an unemployed bartender living in a trailer park, has bought the ugliest thrift store painting she could get her hands on as a gag gift. However, when she is told that it might in fact be the "find of the century"-an undiscovered work by the famed Jackson Pollock-she invites a world-class art expert to decide if it's a forgery or the real thing, worth millions.
   
Beauty is in the Eye of the Beeholder  
Annoyance Theatre Beauty is in the Eye of the Beeholder
 
In the year 2076, mankind's addiction to fossil fuels has destroyed life as we knew it. The only sustainable crop is honey. More honey means more bees, and more bees means someone needs to keep the peace. Enter Kate Google, Senior Beeholder for the F. Bee.I. Join her on a journey through love, loss, and revenge. The fate of the former United States rests in her hands. With a lively cast of characters peppered throughout this post-apocalyptic farce, the age-old question is finally answered - is beauty really in the eye of the beeholder? You've got to see it to bee-lieve it!
   
Bette, Live At The Continental Baths  
Hell in a Handbag Productions at Stage 773 Bette, Live At The Continental Baths
 
Handbag Diva and ensemble member Caitlin Jackson returns to pay tribute to the Divine Miss M's legendary cabaret act at the equally legendary Continental Bathhouse in New York City. Featuring live music from Jeremy Ramey as Barry Manilow, Chad as Mr. Gerald, bathhouse patron and hairdresser to the stars, and singing bathhouse boys in strategically placed towels (TJ Crawford and Will Wilhelm), this loving recreation of the beginning of Ms. Midler's stellar career features the fabulous songs she sang for the boys in the bathhouse, including Chattanooga Choo-Choo, Superstar, and of course, Chapel of Love done in Bette's inimitable style.
   
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."
   
Bloodshot  
The Greenhouse Theater Center Bloodshot
 
Set in 1957 London, the suspenseful mystery Bloodshot follows a photographer with a drinking problem, who's been hired to follow and snap pictures of a beautiful showgirl by an unknown benefactor. But after witnessing her murder, his focus shifts to finding her killer, leading him to a backstreet nightclub where he finds a labyrinth of suspects, among them a magician, a comic and a musician. Award-winning Chicago playwright Douglas Post penned this one-man show, an acting tour de force, now coming to the Greenhouse Theater.
   
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.
   
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.
   
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.
   
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.
   
Dementia Me  
The Den Theatre Dementia Me
 
You're invited to Jean-Luc's 90th birthday party! Technically, it's a surprise party - not because he doesn't know about the party, but because he doesn't know it's his birthday. He has dementia and is in an assisted living center. John Michael, activity planner, started planning this party 20 minutes ago and needs your help with the balloons! Dementia Me takes you inside the deflating mind.
   
Distance  
Strawdog Theatre at Factory Theater Distance
 
Irene Radford (Janice O'Neill) has family. Caretakers too. But as her struggle with Alzheimers puts those she depends upon beyond her memory's reach, new bonds form between those she's leaving behind. Making her Strawdog debut, Jeff Award nominee Erica Weiss, director of Route 66's acclaimed productions of A Twist of Water, The Downpour and Cicada, as well as The Gift Theatre's Grapes of Wrath, reunites with playwright Jerre Dye (Cicada) to bring to life this heartfelt and poetic world premiere that delves into questions of memory, identity and the inevitability of change.
   
Dutchman and TRANSit  
American Blues Theater at The Greenhouse Theater Center Dutchman and TRANSit
 
Experience two explosive plays in one event. First see Dutchman-one of the most important plays in 20th-century culture to take on race relations. Then, inspired by Baraka's pivotal work, watch the world-premiere commission TRANSit. New York City Transit: humanity's great collision place. One hot summer night, Veronica finds herself drawn to a sensitive, unpredictable street performer aboard a subway train. The rhythms of their encounter reveal more than either had planned, and soon an explosive mix of identity, sex, and betrayal is unleashed.
   
The Fantasticks  
Artists Walk Theatre The Fantasticks
 
The world's longest-running Musical: a girl and boy in love; their fathers; two itinerant players; an enigmatic stranger; and a Mute. This simple, charming, romantic and light-hearted piece has something for everyone including a lovely and delightful score.
   
Fefu and Her Friends  
Halcyon Theatre at Christ Lutheran Church Fefu and Her Friends
 
On a spring New England day in 1935, eight women gather to rehearse for a charity presentation. As audiences travel from room to room in Fefu's house, they witness the complicated relationships and clashing ideals that unearth as the women consider what it means to be a feminist in the mid-1930s.
   
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.
   
For Annie  
The Sound at Edge Theatre For Annie
 
Annie Lambert was murdered the day before the second semester of her senior year, so her sisters in the BTA sorority at SUNY Onondaga are memorializing her the best way they know how: they're putting on a play. The sisters of BTA tell Annie's story with music, movement, and a lot of glitter, as they grapple with grief, guilt, and what it means to remember.
   
good friday  
Oracle Theatre good friday
 
In academia's hallowed halls, five women debate millennial feminism when gunshots shatter the safety of their discourse. As tweets stream across the campus feed, the body count grows. And then the shooter enters the classroom. At the intersection of gun violence and slacktivism, in a #yesallwomen world, what is the real cost of revolution?
   
The Good Person of Szechwan  
Cor Theatre at A Red Orchid Theatre The Good Person of Szechwan
 
In The Good Person of Szechwan, three gods are on a journey to find out if there are any good people left on earth. Only Shen Te, a kind and generous prostitute, offers them shelter. With the money they give her she opens a tobacco shop. At once everyone needs her help. Her livelihood is in danger. Worse, she is falling in love with Sun, a pilot, who is robbing her blind. Her hard hearted cousin, Shui Ta, arrives to protect her. Who is he and how can good people stay good in a world of poverty and cruelty?
   
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?
   
How To Succeed In Business Without Really Trying  
Marriott Theatre In Lincolnshire How To Succeed In Business Without Really Trying
 
Frank Loesser's funny, romantic, delightful Pulitzer Prize-Winner! The story of young, ambitious J. Pierrepont Finch, who schemes his way from window washer to the top of the corporate ladder.
   
I Killed Peter Rabbit  
Annoyance Theatre I Killed Peter Rabbit
 
"I Killed Peter Rabbit" is a collection of tales and characters that demonstrate what it's like growing up farming in Hadley, Massachusetts (the self-proclaimed Asparagus Capital of the World). You'll learn why you shouldn't chew tobacco, how not to file a report against the police to the police, how to get kicked off of FarmersOnly, and how all of that was involved in Czajkowski's decision to move to Chicago.
   
The Jackie Wilson Story  
Black Ensemble Theater The Jackie Wilson Story
 
The Jackie Wilson Story having been a huge success first opening in 2000 and with a national tour in 2002 which culminated at the famous Apollo Theater in New York, is the perfect production to open this legendary season. Written & Directed by Jackie Taylor, this promises to be a bigger and better production with a few star studded surprises.
   
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. Itís simply an evening of fun and laughter.
   
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.
   
Next To Normal  
BoHo Theatre at Theater Wit Next To Normal
 
From the outside, The Goodmans seem to be a normal, average American family. But for the past 16 years, perfect suburban mom Diana Goodman has been struggling with family trauma, bipolar disorder, and hallucinations. The strain of keeping this locked up tight within the family now threatens to tear them apart. Because the harder the family tries to be "normal", the farther they move from being true to themselves.
   
No Exit  
The Hedgehog Ensemble at Trap Door Theatre No Exit
 
A pacifist journalist, a snobby coquette, and a ruthless postal clerk are confined to the limits of a windowless room for all eternity. Written in 1944, Jean-Paul Sartre's classic existentialist play about three strangers who meet in hell continues to excite the intellect as it probes the weight of individual freedom and affirms the idea that "Hell is other people".
   
Oh Coward!  
Dead Writers Theatre Collective at Athenaeum Theatre Oh Coward!
 
Originally devised by Roderick Cook, Oh, Coward! is a cabaret approach that features two men and a woman covering Coward's favorite songs and most famous topics. "The best way to go back in time to meet Coward is in a cabaret setting," states Schneider. "He toured around the world to entertain British troops during World War II and later wrote several successful revues. His 1955 Las Vegas cabaret act was so successful that CBS engaged him to write three 90-minute television specials. To several generations, Noel Coward was the very personification of wit, glamour, and elegance. There seemed to be nothing he couldn't do."
   
The Promise of a Rose Garden  
Babes With Blades Theatre Company at City Lit Theater The Promise of a Rose Garden
 
The Promise of a Rose Garden explores the far-reaching effects of war and what it means to be a soldier. Captain Rockford, one of the first 3 women to pass the US Marine Infantry Officer Course, is instructing a new group of women hoping to become infantry officers themselves. She is being visited by angels who speak in riddles. She may be losing her mind...
   
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.
   
Rose  
The Greenhouse Theater Center Rose
 
An intimate portrait of Camelot's "queen mother" Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy, Rose is an engrossing solo show set in the summer of 1969, just days after her only surviving son, Ted, has been implicated in the drowning of Mary Jo Kopechne at Chappaquiddick. Alone with her invalid husband in their house in Hyannis Port, Rose attempts to retrace the rise and fall of this great family -- from her husband's infidelity to her daughter Rosemary's tragic lobotomy and, of course, her sons John and Robert Kennedy's assassinations -- as they traversed continents, shaped history and inspired a nation. Rose was written by Kennedy scholar Laurence Leamer, author of the national bestseller The Kennedy Women, and is presented at Greenhouse Theater Center in Chicago.
   
Sister Cities  
Chimera Ensemble at The Den Theatre Sister Cities
 
Four estranged sisters, as different as the cities they are named after, face their mother's recent and sudden death in Sister Cities. Freedman's Sister Cities was the hit of the 2008 Edinburgh Fringe Festival and has earned strong critical acclaim around the world, including productions in Paris (Une Ville, Une Soeur), Rome (Le Quattro Sorelle) and recently in Melbourne, Australia.
   
Strike 3  
The Public House Theatre Strike 3
 
Strike 3* is the story of the boy with an arm that no one believed in until he was spotted by a legendary coach. Over the course of an hour, we watch his rise to stardom and his suffering through the consequences of his skill. Written by Benjamin Vigeant and Stephen Winchell, and directed by Erica Reid.
   
Thee Trinity  
Royal George Theatre Thee Trinity
 
The ghosts of Einstein and Oscar Wilde make an appearance along with the Arch Angels Michael and, an apparently gay, Gabriel. All engage, if not attack, each other and the issues presented in the play: bigotry, homosexuality, poverty, politics, social media, technology and almost any other social/political issue imaginable are targets of this dysfunctional heavenly family's infighting.
   
Three Hotels  
Athenaeum Theatre Three Hotels
 
Winner of the Drama Desk Award in 1993, Three Hotels portrays the relationship of Kenneth and his wife Barbara as they navigate marital discord, personal tragedy and corporate misdeeds. Alternating between three different hotel rooms, this drama finds disillusioned idealist Kenneth working as a hatchet man for a large, successful corporation. The corporation markets baby formula to third world countries, where the scarcity of pure water sometimes renders the formula unsafe to the very infants it is supposed to nourish. Hoyle's marriage and job fall into jeopardy when his wife reaches the end of her rope with his despicable lifestyle and turns to another man. Catch this drama at the Athenaeum Theatre Studio Three in Chicago.
   
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.
   
The Time is Now (starting tomorrow)  
Under The Gun Theater The Time is Now (starting tomorrow)
 
Ah, dreams and aspirations: If only we didn't have to work so hard to make them a reality. In this original sketch comedy revue, the folks at Under The Gun Theater in Chicago ponder what would happen with just a little more effort on our part. They'll take crazy scenarios, like waking up after being in a coma for 10 years, or seeing your sibling after a long absence, or wondering if your boss is really hitting on you. And, the most timely question of all -- What are the craziest lengths Hillary could go to for your vote? Laugh at these scenes and more, complete with songs and general hilarity, in this original revue.
   
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.
   
12 Angry Jurors  
Oil Lamp Theater 12 Angry Jurors
 
A young man's life is in the hands of a jury. Set against the backdrop of the police shooting of Chicago teen Laquan McDonald and similar events across the country, this taut courtroom drama gets a relevant update from Oil Lamp Theater. Cloistered in a sweltering jury room until they reach a decision, 11 are ready to convict, but one holdout is far less certain. While tempers flare and arguments grow heated, a dozen angry jurors must reach deeply within to find a common ground that ensures justice. Adapted from Reginald Rose's teleplay Twelve Angry Men, which later became a hit play and an Oscar-nominated film starring Henry Fonda, 12 Angry Jurors is blistering character study and examination of race, justice and bias. At intermission, you'll get a chance to cast your vote -- guilty or not guilty -- in this journey to the very heart of the American criminal justice system.
   
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.
   
Weekend Comedy  
Oil Lamp Theater Weekend Comedy
 
Jeanne and Sam Bobrick's Weekend Comedy is a comedic clash between the generations that will make you laugh and touch your heart. Two New York couples discover that, due to a booking error, they've rented the same cottage in the Catskills for a romantic three-day weekend. Frank and Peggy are sedate and middle-aged. Tony and Jill are freewheeling and young. They decide to share the cabin and, before long, the comedy breaks out as the very different couples confront some perplexing questions. Before long, both couples stumble onto new realizations about themselves and about that mysterious and wonderful thing called love. This production in Glenview will be staged at the Oil Lamp Theater.