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Always... Patsy Cline  
Theo Ubique Cabaret Theatre at No Exit Cafe Always... Patsy Cline
 
Always... Patsy Cline is a biography of Cline as told through the eyes of housewife Louise Seger, a fan with whom Cline became close friends after a chance meeting before a 1961 concert in Seger's home of Houston, Texas. The musical includes Cline hits like "Crazy," "Walkin' After Midnight," and "Sweet Dreams."
   
The American Revolution  
Theater Unspeakable at Adventure Stage Chicago The American Revolution
 
The American Revolution is a critical history lesson in 50 minutes. Seven actors – suspended on a platform two feed off the ground – share 21 square feet of space to recreate the entire American fight for independence from Lexington to Yorktown. Combining tongue-in-cheek humor with a dash of derring-do, The American Revolution displays Theater Unspeakable’s rowdy brand of bare-boned and imaginative physical theater in its first ever extended run in Chicago.
   
Annie  
Cadillac Palace Theatre Annie
 
Leapin' Lizards! The world's best-loved musical returns in time-honored form. Directed by original lyricist and director Martin Charnin, this production of ANNIE will be a brand new incarnation of the iconic original. Featuring book and score by Tony Award-winners Thomas Meehan, Charles Strouse and Martin Charnin, ANNIE includes such unforgettable songs as "It's the Hard Knock Life," "Easy Street," "I Don't Need Anything But You," plus the eternal anthem of optimism, "Tomorrow." Choreography is by Liza Gennaro, who will incorporate selections from her father Peter Gennaro's 1977 Tony Award-winning choreography.
   
The Annoyance Christmas Pageant  
Annoyance Theatre The Annoyance Christmas Pageant
 
The Annoyance Theatre presents its annual Christmas Pageant, featuring a retelling of two classic holiday stories: A Charlie Brown Christmas and Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer. The all-new cast gives these classic holiday television specials a hilarious spin, all the while keeping them appropriate for little ones' eyes and ears. In the first redux, poor Charlie Brown searches for the true meaning of Christmas while enduring the commercialization of the season and insults from the acid tongue of Lucy van Pelt. Then, it's on to the adventures of Rudolph the freakishly red-nosed reindeer, who runs away from home with his friend Hermie. The pair discover the island of misfit toys and the terrible Abominable Snowman and ultimately learn that it's okay to be different.
   
Apes Of Wrath  
Second City Apes Of Wrath
 
In the world of high stakes, we become a more heightened version of ourselves, which can sometimes resemble more simian behavior than human. From unitard sporting performance artists, an intimate encounter with robot culture and the primal effects of downsizing, "Apes of Wrath" embraces the dark and light sides of our human devolution.
   
At Last: A Tribute To Etta James  
Black Ensemble Theater At Last: A Tribute To Etta James
 
Jackie Taylor's musical pays tribute to the life and work of the Grammy Award-winning R&B, country, soul, blues and jazz singer.
   
The Aurora Project  
Otherworld Theatre Company at RBP Rorschack The Aurora Project
 
The Aurora Project follows Constantine- an android indistinguishable from human beings, and Nora, a genetically enhanced female explorer, as they begin their voyage across the uncharted universe. When Nora decides to go against Constantine's wishes and visit a strange new planet, she's quickly infected with an incurable illness. In order to delay losing his only companion to death, Constantine decides to subject them both to the phenomenon of cryo-freeze. Thus, the pair begins a kind of chemical induced time warp, spanning millions of years as they wait for the universe to get smarter, and a cure to Nora's illness to be found.!
   
The Belmont Burlesque Revue  
Theater Wit The Belmont Burlesque Revue
 
Widely recognized as a driving force in Chicago's 21st Century burlesque revival, The Belmont Burlesque Revue is the longest consecutively-running burlesque show in town. Featuring a classic revue format, a cast of outstanding burlesque artists and special guests, and variety acts including music, magic, and comedy, Belmont Burlesque is a touchstone for the local burlesque scene. A great show for first-time burlesque audiences and seasoned connoisseurs alike.
   
Bethany  
The Gift Theatre Bethany
 
Bethany, Laura Marks' trenchant contemporary drama, follows cash-strapped Crystal (Hillary Clemens), who's caught in the middle of the Great Recession and navigating the worlds of motivational speaking, survivalism and a Saturn dealership to make a home for herself. Described by The New York Times as "rare among new American plays in the clear, compassionate attention it pays to the corrosive effects of the economic downturn on the battered middle class," Bethany is a perceptive tale told in The Gift's signature style of great ensemble acting in an intimate space.
   
The BFG (Big Friendly Giant)  
Emerald City Theatre Company at Apollo Theater The BFG (Big Friendly Giant)
 
One night, lonely orphan Sophie is snatched away to an enchanted land by a giant who blows magical dreams into children's bedrooms. Her harmless, large-eared captor is none other than The Big Friendly Giant (or The BFG as generations of Roald Dahl fans know him). When more menacing giants threaten to munch on human beans, the pair of misfits embarks on an unforgettable adventure proving heroes come in all shapes and sizes.
   
Bingo's Birthday  
Emerald City's Little Theatre Bingo's Birthday
 
You are invited to the birthday party of a very special dog, and Bingo is his name-o! Everything is ready, but Farmers Pickle and Tickle can't find the guest of honor. Is he near or far? Up or down? Over or under? Explore the farm and help find Bingo in this intimate, theatrical celebration. This unique experience places you and your little ones in an interactive and magical playground where anything goes. A theatre experience specially designed for ages 0 to 4
   
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.
   
A Bright Room Called Day  
Spartan Theatre at CIC Theater A Bright Room Called Day
 
A group of friends in 1930s Germany are caught up in the rise of the Nazi party and Adolf Hitler's ascent to power. Meanwhile, an American woman in the 1980s shares a similar set of concerns during the Reagan administration. Directed by Laura Elleseg, this production looks at how history changes-and how it stays the same.
   
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.
   
Camelot  
Drury Lane- Oakbrook Camelot
 
Adapted from T.H. White's novel The Once and Future King, Camelot is a valiant Broadway musical that will transport audiences to the magical and mythical days of medieval England. The legendary characters King Arthur, Queen Guenevere, Sir Lancelot and Merlyn come alive in this exciting tale of love and chivalry. The classic production features a lush, romantic score including "If Ever I Would Leave You," "Camelot," "How to Handle a Woman," and "Follow Me."
   
A Christmas Carol  
Goodman Theatre A Christmas Carol
 
For 37 years, Charles Dickens' holiday classic has delighted Chicago audiences; the production has hosted seven directors, 32 Tiny Tims and eight Scrooges, who've snidely delivered nearly 23,000 "Bah Humbugs!" A Christmas Carol is the iconic tale of greedy British businessman Ebenezer Scrooge, whose sizable bank account is only matched by his hatred of the holidays. One Christmas Eve, Scrooge is visited by four ghosts who take him on an spectacular adventure through his past, present and future, helping him rediscover the joys of life, love and friendship.
   
A Christmas Carol  
Drury Lane- Oakbrook A Christmas Carol
 
The New York Times hailed A CHRISTMAS CAROL as "Enduring and endearing holiday entertainment!" and The Washington Post raves it is "Infectiously jolly!" Set in Victorian-era London, A CHRISTMAS CAROL tells the story of Ebenezer Scrooge, a miserly old man who receives a Christmas Eve visit from the ghost of his old business partner, Jacob Marley, warning him to mend his ways. During the night, three spirits appear before Scrooge showing him visions of Christmas Past, Christmas Present, and Christmas Future to reveal the results of his selfish life. Scrooge promises to redeem himself and vows to honor the spirit of Christmas with all his heart, spreading good cheer, kindness and generosity to everyone he encounters.
   
A Christmas Memory  
Theatre At The Center A Christmas Memory
 
The aroma of pecan pie and the flicker of candles in the window banish the December chill of a 1930's Alabama winter in this captivating holiday tale. A CHRISTMAS MEMORY chronicles a young boy, Buddy and his friendship with his eccentric relatives, including his cousin and best friend, Sook. Looked after by her spinster sister during one memorable Depression Christmas, the warm and unfailingly cheerful Sook forms a strong bond with shy Buddy as they launch kites, haunt speakeasies and mail fruitcakes to everyone from Jean Harlow to President Roosevelt. The memory of that friendship celebrates the power of love and the spirit of giving. The festive and emotional story promises to put audiences in the holiday spirit, reminding us what Christmas, family and friendship are all about.
   
Christmas On Broadway  
Fox Valley Repertory Christmas On Broadway
 
Four star-struck holiday tourists are snowbound in a shuttered Broadway theater on Christmas Eve. With nothing but a few trunks filled with costumes, props, and set pieces, they live out a shared dream - starring on Broadway! From your favorite holiday classics like "Baby, It's Cold Outside," and "It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas," to seasonal classics from Broadway composers, the evening is a flurry of memorable holiday magic.
   
Common Room  
A Red Orchid Theatre Common Room
 
We take scenes from the best plays currently onstage in Chicago and string them together with music, comedy, booze and cookies for an awesome night and a new way to get exposed to theater - in our city and beyond. The Common Room takes place on the first Wednesdays of every month.
   
Crimes Of The Heart  
MadKap Productions at Skokie Theatre Crimes Of The Heart
 
Crimes Of The Heart is the Pulitzer Prize-winning play by Beth Henley. On the day of her 30th birthday, Lenny Magrath tries to cope with being single, her grandfather's illness, bailing her youngest sister out of jail for shooting her politician husband, and her crazy middle sister who has returned home to try and care for them all. Warm-hearted, irreverent, zany and brilliantly imaginative, the play teems with humanity and humor as it examines the plight of the three young Magrath sisters betrayed by their passions.
   
Crumble (Lay Me Down Justin Timberlake)  
Jackalope Theatre Company at Broadway Armory Crumble (Lay Me Down Justin Timberlake)
 
It's Christmas again - the first one since the accident that killed Janice's father. For a preteen misfit, solace lies in headless dolls and visits from a flying Justin Timberlake, while Mother makes elaborate dinners for no one and confesses her fears to Harrison Ford. Under a decaying roof with a voice all its own, mother and daughter are caught in an endless loop of holiday rituals, while The Apartment begs for their care lest he be forced to take action on his own terms. Janice and Justin have a plan of their own, though, that promises to break the loop in their lives... one way or another. With her signature dark humor, Sheila Callaghan's ingenious language sculpts a narrative of an aftermath that is irreverently odd, acutely genuine, and absurdly hilarious.
   
The Cryptogram  
Profiles Theatre - The Alley Stage The Cryptogram
 
Pulitzer Prize-winning author David Mamet's rarely produced masterpiece, The Cryptogram, celebrates its 20th Anniversary at Profiles Theatre. Mamet combines mercurial intelligence with genuinely Hitchcockian menace as this gripping play journeys back into childhood and the moment of its vanishing - when the sheltering world suddenly reveals itself as a place full of dangers. One late evening in 1959, a young boy sits waiting up for his father in anticipation of their camping trip. While his mother urges him to go to sleep, a family friend tries to entertain them or perhaps distract them. Mamet re-creates a child's terrifying discovery that the grownups speak in code - a code that may never be breakable.
   
Cupid Has a Heart On: A Musical Guide to Relationships  
Stage 773 Cupid Has a Heart On: A Musical Guide to Relationships
 
The Cupid Players are Chicago's all-musical sketch comedy group; their intelligent and satirical scenes are always accompanied by songs that are sure to puncture your aorta. They have performed from coast to coast and were just voted Critics Pick in the Chicago Reader! Come and see what Chris Jones of the Chicago Tribune calls "both refreshing and a memorably enjoyable 70 minutes."
   
Danny Casolaro Died For You  
TimeLine Theatre Company Danny Casolaro Died For You
 
This thriller is based on the true story of Danny Casolaro, a freelance reporter investigating high-level corruption in the Reagan/Bush Justice Department. A year into uncovering information, Casolaro was found dead in a Virginia motel room, his arms slashed more than a dozen times. The authorities called it suicide, but a host of conspiracy theorists-and the House Judiciary Committee-disagreed. Casolaro's recovered notes detailed his plan to expose several major players behind numerous clandestine activities, including the Iran hostage situation, Nicaragua arms-for-drugs deals, and much more. Playwright Dominic Orlando-a cousin of Casolaro-pulls the curtain back on Danny's journey and the ultimate price he paid trying to find the truth.
   
Dee Snider's Rock and Roll Christmas Tale  
Broadway Playhouse Dee Snider's Rock and Roll Christmas Tale
 
DEE SNIDER'S ROCK & ROLL CHRISTMAS TALE tells the story of Däisy Cütter, a heavy metal bar band looking to make it big even though the 80s are LONG over. This year, these four guys are ready to take the ultimate step and, in mythic rock tradition, sell their souls to the devil in exchange for success beyond their wildest metal dreams! But every time they try to seal the infernal pact, their head-banging anthems turn into warm-hearted carols. Soon these rockers are forced to realize their dreams of stardom are no match for the Christmas spirit. Dee Snider, infamous lead singer of Twisted Sister, has created a VERY funny, VERY rocking and (sshhh!) VERY sweet new holiday musical, guaranteed to rock your whole family's holiday and twist your Christmas.
   
Depraved New World  
Second City Depraved New World
 
Celebrate the creation of our brand new show and get an exclusive look at The Second City's hilarious 102nd Revue. The Second City's 102nd Revue is written and performed by an all-star cast including Chelsea Devantez, John Hartman, Mike Kosinski, Tawny Newsome (Jeff Award Winner - Best Revue), Emily Walker and Steve Waltien with Jeff Award-Winning Director, Mick Napier. Jesse Case will be at the keys as Music Director and Craig Taylor returns for his 34th Revue as Stage Manager for The Second City Mainstage.
   
Desperate Dolls  
Strawdog Theatre Desperate Dolls
 
Three gorgeous women are ripe for their big break, but this dark trip through the seedy side of Hollywood turns hopeful dreams into nightmares. Set in 1968, Sunny Jack Fennigan has the best intentions, making movies with female stars designed to turn a quick buck at the box office. When a powerful agent known only as "Captain" offers up starlets Matchbox, Pretty Sexy and The Vil for Fennigan's latest picture, the story takes a twisted turn through back-alley motels and murder scenes.
   
The Dinner Detective  
Millennium Knickerbocker Hotel The Dinner Detective
 
Having worked in the professional theater, TV and film industries for over 20 years, our collection of actors and producers have mastered the art of improvisational theatrical role playing and have ultimately created the perfect evening of entertainment for you and your guests. By hiding our actors among the customers and leaving everyone to suspect who is part of the show and who is not, our events are proven second to none.
   
Dr. Seuss' How The Grinch Stole Christmas! The Musical  
Chicago Theatre Dr. Seuss' How The Grinch Stole Christmas! The Musical
 
Audiences will find their hearts growing a few sizes (along with the Grinch's heart, of course) when they witness the magic of the holiday tale on stage, which will feature the hit songs "You're a Mean One, Mr. Grinch" and "Welcome Christmas," both from the original animated television special. Max the Dog serves as the story's narrator as the scheming Grinch plans to steal Christmas away from The Whos, the loveable characters that understand and embrace the true meaning of the holiday. When the Grinch realizes that he can't take Christmas away from Who-ville by taking presents, he returns the gifts and decorations and joins the festivities, proving that all it takes is a little kindness and joy to grow the heart of any Grinch.
   
Drink! The Sketch Comedy Drinking Game  
Cornservatory Drink! The Sketch Comedy Drinking Game
 
Corn Productions is celebrating its 21st birthday by introducing an all new, original BYOB sketch comedy show. "DRINK!" will feature original, comedic sketches by Corn Production writers with a new drinking game for every sketch. The seven person ensemble is aided by a luminescent "DRINK!" sign to help the audience follow along in the fun.
   
Featherstone  
Viable Theater Company at Charnel House Chicago Featherstone
 
During the course of the seventy-minute play, the foul-mouthed Dr. Featherstone initiates increasingly volatile games and lines of inquiry in order to peel back the well-established layers of his patients' lack of patience with each other. While these events are transpiring, Dr. Featherstone has to deal with the fact that his own layers of comfort - the electricity, the internet, the phones - are being systematically turned off due to lack of payment, all of which are reported dutifully by his African American adopted son, Michael (Phil DeVone).
   
Frederick  
Chicago Children's Theatre at Ruth Page Center For Arts Frederick
 
While other mice are gathering food for the winter, Frederick daydreams the summer away. When dreary weather comes, it is Frederick who has stored up something special for the long cold winter. The classic, much-loved early reading book celebrates the idea that there is a place for all of us in this world.
   
From the Heart  
Citadel Theatre Company From the Heart
 
With From the Heart, playwright Jessica Puller weaves together O. Henry's "The Gift of the Magi" and Truman Capote's "A Christmas Memory" to remind us that the perfect gift is one that comes from the heart. Since it was first published in 1905, O. Henry's "Magi" has charmed readers with the bittersweet story of how a young couple with little money meets the challenge of buying each other Christmas presents. Capote's 1956 short story is a poignant autobiographical vignette -- a boy's remembrance of cherished holiday rituals shared with a favorite elderly cousin. Puller combines these familiar stories about love and loss for this world premiere performance, directed by Molly Mattaini.
   
Game of Mobile Homes  
The Public House Theatre Game of Mobile Homes
 
After extracting himself from the Redneck Mafia, Eddie Stark is trying to live peacefully with his wife and their six children (and a Bastard). When the King of the Mountain, Bob Baratheon, pays the Starks an unexpected visit and asks Eddie for a favor, Eddie finds himself thrust back into a whirlwind of backhanded politics, alarmingly destructive teenagers, face-to-face once more with the wiley, incestuous Clannisters. Meanwhile, the exiled Dani Taragon fights for revenge with the dangerous drug-lord Karl Drogos and his gang of Mustang-driving thugs behind her. But all of them share one fear: Tornado Season is Coming.
   
Goldilocks and the Three Bears  
Emerald City Theatre Company at Apollo Theater Goldilocks and the Three Bears
 
While Papa Bear, Mama Bear, and Baby Bear live contentedly in the woods, spitfire Goldilocks sets out on her own adventure. When the worlds of bears and people collide, everyone learns that girls and bears aren't as ferocious as they may seem. Award-winning writers George Stiles and Anthony Drewe (creators of Honk!, Mary Poppins on Broadway, and Emerald City's The Three Little Pigs) inject a bear-sized helping of music and mayhem into this classic fairytale making it "just right" for the entire family.
   
Great Expectations  
Strawdog Theatre Great Expectations
 
Strawdog's smash hit returns to the stage for a 2nd year in a row. A cast of six quick-change their way through nearly 40 characters as the classic novel is reinvented as a fast-paced theatrical feat, courtesy a daring adaptation by Gale Childs Daly. An orphan is plucked from poverty and thrust into the upper class, his benefactor's identity and motives hidden by lawyers and other minions. As Pip tries to find love and a living in his radically changed circumstances, he untangles a fascinating web of secret identities and hidden pasts.
   
The Guide to Being Single  
Underscore Theatre Company at Flat Iron Arts Building The Guide to Being Single
 
Set in the Wrigleyville neighborhood of Chicago's North side, The Guide to Being Single follows six close friends as their search for love, sex, and professional success is disrupted by the arrival of a new kind of relationship book by an anonymous author. Part pick-up artist's handbook, part self-help anthology, the titular Guide to Being Single presents a simple set of rules that, when followed correctly, allow the reader to have "entanglements...without getting entangled." Directed by Underscore Executive Director Laura Stratford, with Music Direction by Producing Artistic Director David Kornfeld, The Guide to Being Single is a witty, distinctly rom-com flavored exploration of the modern dating scene.
   
Hansel and Gretel: A Wickedly Delicious Musical Treat  
Emerald City Theatre Company at Broadway Playhouse Hansel and Gretel: A Wickedly Delicious Musical Treat
 
Fairy tales ROCK, especially this story featuring the fearless sibling duo of Gretel and Hansel! Still reeling from the disappearance of their mother and classmates, Hansel believes with all of his heart that he's found a way to rescue them deep within The Forbidden Forest. Doubtful, the streetwise Gretel follows in pursuit of her dreamer brother. When they come across a candy house, their bond and beliefs are put to the test until love saves the day. This story is brought to musical life through the talents of The Grimm Brothers Band performing a live rock and roll score. Nationally produced playwright Ernie Nolan teams up with GRAMMY -nominated 'kindie' artist Justin Roberts to create a wickedly delicious musical treat for the entire family.
   
Happy Days  
Theatre Y at St. Luke's Lutheran Church Happy Days
 
HAPPY DAYS follows Winnie, a woman submerged in a heap of garbage first up to her waist and then up to her neck. Comforted by the occasional visits by her husband Willie, Winnie remains resolved to find meaning in her life and attain her "happy days" in Beckett's remarkably written tragicomedy.
   
Hellcab  
Profiles Theatre - The Main Stage Hellcab
 
For the third consecutive season, Profiles remounts its acclaimed production of Will Kern's Hellcab for the holidays. During the longest night of his life, a cab driver transports a bizarre and mysterious array of customers through the gritty streets of Chicago. Kern draws from personal experience as a former cabbie to create this alternately frightening, hilarious and poignant journey. Throughout his long shift, the eclectic collection of passengers includes a trio of drug-addicts, a born-again couple, a smug lawyer, and a randy duo on their way to a motel. Set during a bitter cold Christmas Eve, Hellcab presents a rear-view image mirroring the passing parade of humanity.
   
Hitch Cocktails  
Annoyance Theatre Hitch Cocktails
 
Crime and drinking don't mix -- unless it's at the totally inventive Hitch Cocktails. Each show, the actors will take suggestions from the audience to craft a thriller in the style of the Master of Suspense, Alfred Hitchcock. It's a night chock-full of murder, car chases, beautiful women and exciting music. And, since this is high-class crime, there's a real wet bar onstage, of which the actors are forced to partake throughout the performance -- sure to make any chase across Mount Rushmore all the more precarious. With a live jazz band providing the soundtrack and parlor games for the audience, Hitch Cocktails will have everyone in on the action.
   
HoliDaze  
Step Up Productions at Chicago Dramatists HoliDaze
 
Due to popular demand, Step Up's popular holiday round up returns for its second year! This series of original one-acts showcases the crazy, zany, dysfunctional chaos of the holiday season. Ten talented playwrights and directors put relationships, family and friends in the holiday pressure cooker for an unforgettable evening!
   
Holmes and Watson  
City Lit Theater Holmes and Watson
 
The show is a new production of one of City Lit's most acclaimed shows, an exploration of the relationship between Dr. John H. Watson and his remarkable friend, Mr. Sherlock Holmes. Adapted from two of the greatest Holmes stories by Arthur Conan Doyle, "A Scandal in Bohemia" and "The Final Problem," both re-imagined as psychological drama, the play features Holmes's two most brilliant adversaries, the American opera singer Miss Irene Adler and the retired mathematics teacher Professor James Moriarty.
   
Hot Georgia Sunday  
Haven Theatre Company at The Den Theatre Hot Georgia Sunday
 
Hot Georgia Sunday reunites Haven with the director of their successful spring 2014 production of Seminar. It's hard to tell the difference between right and wrong in this tragicomic tale of dysfunction taking place in a small Northeast Georgia town where private desires and public morality collide. The well-meaning, but inept members of the Vickery family cause trouble wherever they go and lust, betrayal and alcohol lead the way for this fractured family.
   
Hotel Aphrodite  
The Factory Theater at Prop Theatre Hotel Aphrodite
 
Any hotel can offer fine dining and a discreet staff, but Chateau Amantius provides its amorous guests with far more adventurous amenities in the hilarious new farce, Hotel Aphrodite. Dr. Linda Knudson and family have years of experience catering to "exotic" romantic tastes. No matter how extreme the fetish, the dedicated staff of the Chateau will go to (increasingly ridiculous) lengths to accommodate their customer's predilections. Working from a script written by company member Angelina Martinez (Calgony Springs), Matt Engle directs this upstairs-downstairs delight for The Factory Theater.
   
The Humans  
American Theatre Company The Humans
 
New York City. Today. After a sleepless night, Mr. Blake brings his family from Pennsylvania to celebrate Thanksgiving at his youngest daughter's run-down apartment. As dinner begins, unexplainable and family tensions reach a boiling point. Karam (Sons of the Prophet, Speech & Debate) takes a fresh look at the hilarity, heart and horrors of the modern American family. The cast includes Lance Baker, Hanna Dworkin, Keith Kupferer, Jean Moran, Kelly O'Sullivan, and Sadieh Rifai; O' Sullivan and Rifai are members of the ATC ensemble.
   
The Hundred Flowers Project  
Silk Road Rising at Chicago Temple The Hundred Flowers Project
 
Digital media becomes the perfect "ally" for a group of actors collectively creating a play about Mao Tse Tung's Cultural Revolution. As their work-in-progress starts morphing into a propaganda play about the play itself, disturbing questions arise as to who, or what, is controlling the narrative.
   
Il Trovatore  
Lyric Opera Il Trovatore
 
One of the most memorably melodic and dramatically barnstorming of all romantic Italian operas, Il Trovatore centers on the gypsy Azucena (mezzo-soprano Stephanie Blythe), who has raised Manrico (tenor Yonghoon Lee) as her son. She is harboring a dark secret, however, as to his true birth. Both a troubadour and a warrior, Manrico is in love with the noblewoman Leonora (soprano Amber Wagner), who is also loved by Manrico's enemy, Count di Luna (baritone Quinn Kelsey). The Count has spent his life searching for his brother, who died under mysterious circumstances involving a gypsy. Urged on by his henchman Ferrando (bass Andrea Silvestrelli), the Count takes Azucena prisoner, leading to tragic consequences for all concerned.
   
Improvised Twilight Zone  
Annoyance Theatre Improvised Twilight Zone
 
"Improvised Twilight Zone," which creates a new Twilight Zone inspired scenario every night, has been performing around Chicago since April of 2014. "Improvised Twilight Zone" is directed by Annoyance veteran Kyle Dolan, who has been with The Annoyance for over 20 years.
   
The Inside  
The Greenhouse Theater Center The Inside
 
Emma, a black college student who's currently attending a party populated by her white peers, has come to a crisis. With a mixture of entertaining irony and heart-wrenching vulnerability, Emma proceeds to pour forth her interior life with unchecked honesty, breaking the fourth wall to directly address the audience in a show that blurs the line between traditional narrative storytelling and performance art. Throughout The Inside, Emma will be aided by a chorus of actors who represent extensions of herself, voices from her past and even her fantasies, as this thought-provoking theatrical prism delivers a piercing examination of race, art, academia and sexuality.
   
Iphigenia in Aulis  
Court Theatre Iphigenia in Aulis
 
Inspired by the incredible success of An Iliad, Artistic Director Charles Newell takes on Euripides' ancient tale of power and sacrifice in Iphigenia in Aulis. As the Greek army restlessly paces the silent shores of Aulis, King Agamemnon is faced with a harrowing decision. In return for the winds that would carry his army to victory over Troy, the goddess Artemis has demanded the impossible: the sacrifice of the King's own daughter, Iphigenia. In a translation by Court's Founding Artistic Director Nicholas Rudall, Iphigenia at Aulis is the first installment in a three-year cycle of Greek plays, followed by Aeschylus' Agamemnon and Sophocles' Electra.
   
Isaac's Eye  
Writers Theatre Isaac's Eye
 
Hnath playfully reimagines Newton's world with a contemporary conceit and language-stripped of accents and period dialect-as he introduces young Newton to the great Robert Hooke, the most famous and powerful scientist in Britain. The resulting battle of intellects and egos pulses with wit, humor and tension, as the playwright uncovers (and invents) the motivations that drove a young farm boy to become one of the greatest thinkers in human history.
   
It's A Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play  
Oil Lamp Theater It's A Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play
 
Oil Lamp Theater itself will be transformed into the 1940s radio studio of New York station WBFR for a warmhearted adaptation of It's a Wonderful Life. You will be whisked back to a gentler time as you meet the many charming characters who populate Bedford Falls, New York -- a special place where our faith in the power of love and friendship is restored.
   
It's a Wonderful Life: Live in Chicago!  
American Blues Theater at The Greenhouse Theater Center It's a Wonderful Life: Live in Chicago!
 
From the original director and Ensemble that brought this holiday tradition to Chicago since 2002, the American Blues family takes you back to a 1940s radio broadcast of Frank Capra's holiday classic-It's a Wonderful Life (based on the short story "The Greatest Gift" by Philip Van Doren Stern) with live Foley sound effects, an original score and a critically-acclaimed cast of eight that bring the entire town of Bedford Falls to life. This production returns to the Greenhouse Theater Center. Critics called this production "perfect Christmas theater" and "first-class holiday fare."
   
It's a Wonderful Santaland Miracle, Nut Cracking Christmas Story... Jews Welcome!  
Stage 773 It's a Wonderful Santaland Miracle, Nut Cracking Christmas Story... Jews Welcome!
 
Directed by Stage 773 Creative Director Brian Posen with choreography by Matter Dance, this family-friendly, interactive show features original Christmas carols, dance numbers, spoken word, puppets and everything in between. Stage 773 puts their own twist on the traditional holiday show, packing the world's most beloved stories and traditions into one extravagant cavalcade. To heighten the holiday spirit, both cookies and non-holiday-specific eggnog will be served.
   
It's Christmas, Goddamnit  
Annoyance Theatre It's Christmas, Goddamnit
 
If you're sick of all the good cheer and warm-and-fuzzy holiday shows, The Annoyance Theatre has the antidote: It's Christmas, Goddamnit, a comedy about one majorly dysfunctional family coming together for the holidays. But this is no run-of-the-mill miserable family gathering. Along with the traditional passive-aggressive silences and sniping, Dad has surprising news: he's having an affair with the next-door neighbor. The plot thickens when a loathed uncle is accidentally killed by the son of Dad's sweetheart, and the family reunion quickly devolves into a hilariously disastrous Christmas Eve.
   
Jet Black Chevrolet  
The Side Project Jet Black Chevrolet
 
In Barsotti's Jet Black Chevrolet, the large and mysterious eponymous car is parked across the street and Julie doesn't like the looks of it. Sam seems unfazed. At least by that. Planes fly overhead, an errant daughter-in-law pays a few visits, and then everything becomes clear. Or more unclear, in this world premiere directed by Devon de Mayo, who won critical and popular success plus a Best Play Jeff Award nomination for her production of Lost in Yonkers at Northlight Theatre this past spring.
   
The King And I  
Marriott Theatre In Lincolnshire The King And I
 
Set against a dazzling and exotic backdrop of 19th century Siam, THE KING AND I follows the tumultuous relationship of the strong-willed British Governess Anna (Jeff Award-nominee Heidi Kettenring) and the larger than life King of Siam (Andrew Ramcharan Guilarte), as they try to find common ground between Siamese and British traditions. In an attempt to modernize his country, the King seeks Anna's assistance in teaching his children and wives about Western culture. Conflicts arise, however, as both refuse to give up their respective traditions and values. As the story unfolds, Anna and the King grow to understand and respect one another, and ultimately, fall in love in a truly unique romance. THE KING AND I takes audiences through a captivating journey of music, dance and enchantment with timeless Rodgers and Hammerstein classics "Getting to Know You," "I Whistle a Happy Tune," and "Shall We Dance?"
   
Lady Balls  
Annoyance Theatre Lady Balls
 
It's the NCAA Women's Basketball Championship. Legendary and controversial coach/anger monster Deb Champion is looking for her 20th title with her University of North Tallahassee Lady Fireballs. However, forces align to stop Deb from continuing her domination, and her players begin to crack under pressure, having endured her rage for far too long. This music-driven play from John Loos explores the cost of victory, the expectations we put on ourselves, as well as the anger and the ill-fitting pantsuits that make college women's basketball a sport like none other. Music by Seth Kannof, Eric Schinzer and Ayla Lokkesmoe.
   
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.
   
The Lieutenant Of Inishmore  
AstonRep Theatre Company at Raven Theatre The Lieutenant Of Inishmore
 
THE LIEUTENANT OF INISHMORE is set in 1993 when the Northern Ireland peace process is struggling to come together and Mad Padraic, a member of the Irish National Liberation Army, chooses to leave Belfast and return to Inishmore upon the news that his beloved cat is ill. When he returns home he learns that his cat has in fact suffered a much more tragic and immediate fate. Padraic, a man whose mentally instability is legendary, is now intent on revenge at any costs.
   
Line One  
Waltzing Mechanics at The Greenhouse Theater Center Line One
 
Taking a phone call in the theater is verboten, but the act becomes a crucial storytelling element in Line One. Actors will take the stage with cell phone with no idea what the performance will be about. Their phones will ring and as they repeat the lines delivered through their earpieces, a strange and beautiful story will unfold. Each show will contain a different theme, presenting a fresh acting adventure every night. Secret, spontaneous and experimental, Line One turns the idea of a well-rehearsed performance on its head.
   
Little Women: The Musical  
Josephine Louis Theater - Northwestern Little Women: The Musical
 
Little Women, one of the most widely read novels in the English language, has been transformed into a spirited musical that lights up the stage. Louisa May Alcott's cherished story traces the adventures of the four young March sisters -- oldest sister Meg, tomboy and budding author Jo, shy and gentle Beth, and the lovely, artistic Amy -- as they grow up during some truly trying times in Civil War-torn America, always under the watchful eye of their beloved Marmee while Father is away at war. Little Women, a vibrant and sweeping Broadway musical that soars with personal discovery, heartache and hope, is an enjoyable show for the whole family.
   
Lookingglass Alice  
Lookingglass Theatre Lookingglass Alice
 
Imagination soars and laughter and awe abound when this signature production returns with all its gravity-defying spectacle and breathtaking theatricality. Lookingglass Alice is a marvel for all ages, transporting audiences down the rabbit hole to a circus-infused playground for an exhilarating wonderland adventure inspired by Lewis Carroll's beloved stories.
   
Lotto Fever in the Sucker State  
Saint Sebastian Players at St. Bonaventure Church Lotto Fever in the Sucker State
 
Lotto Fever in the Sucker State, SSP's second world premiere by company member Leigh Johnson (after Lefties in 2013), takes place circa 1988 at Rayners Victory Cafe in central Illinois, where life has taken a difficult turn due to the farm foreclosure crisis. The diner's new, young "citified" owner, Steven Rayner, is desperately trying to build his customer base, with comically mixed results. His steadiest customers, the Smithfield family, have resorted to ritually playing the Illinois State Lottery to mask the fact that they are losing the family farm. Calvin Smithfield's efforts to save the farm have attracted two agents, who use the diner as a base of operations to attempt to locate the marijuana they suspect is being grown in the area. Add to this mix a confused professor of English literature, who finds the cafe's customers the perfect subjects for his passion for American colloquialism, and Noreen, the waitress who acts as a one-woman Greek chorus to the madness swirling around her, and the result is a wild hayride that produces laughter and tears, sometimes at the same time.
   
The Love of Three Oranges  
Piccolo Theatre The Love of Three Oranges
 
The "commedia dell'arte" style of theatre has been around for thousands of years, as these classic Italian farces have entertained audiences with their wacky scenarios and memorable characters. In The Love of Three Oranges, based on a scenario of Carlo Gozzi, the old-school comedy gets a new-school update that retools and revises the work for today's audiences. The story revolves around Prince Tartaglia, who's misery-filled life gets turned upside down when an evil witch curses him to search for three giant oranges. But this quest proves fruitful as the lonely prince discovers love, friendship and laughter.
   
The Magic Parlour  
The House Theatre of Chicago at The Palmer House Hilton Hotel The Magic Parlour
 
The performance contains some of his favorite pieces of magic, alongside some brand new routines in an hour-long show packed with mind-reading, levitations, escapes, and a ridiculous new adaptation of the classic “Card Stab” during which Watkins climbs inside of a fully inflated 7 foot balloon!
   
Married  
CIC Theater Married
 
CIC veteran improvisers Lindsey Smith and Farrell Walsh build a world around two characters, inspired by a pair of monologues, seamlessly transitioning between characters and scenes.
   
Matt and Ben  
First Floor Theater at Flat Iron Arts Building Matt and Ben
 
It's 1996 and best friends and struggling actors, Matt Damon and Ben Affleck, are trying to catch their next big break by writing a screen adaptation of Catcher in the Rye. When the finished script for Good Will Hunting literally falls from the ceiling, they are forced to renegotiate their friendship in their competing quests for fame. The Office's Mindy Kaling offers an uproarious glimpse at how Hollywood's golden boys went from anonymous to A-list. FFT's production, under the leadership of Managing Director Amanda Fink, expands this story to explore the complex relationship between friendship and professional collaboration.
   
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.
   
Million Dollar Quartet  
Apollo Theater Million Dollar Quartet
 
MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET is the smash-hit musical inspired by the famed 1956 recording session that brought together rock 'n' roll icons Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins and Elvis Presley for the first and only time. That legendary night is brought to life in this thrilling musical which features a score of hits including "Blue Suede Shoes," "Great Balls of Fire," "Walk the Line," "Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On," "Hound Dog" and more. Don't miss your chance to be a fly on the wall of fame... at MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET!
   
The Mousetrap  
Northlight Theatre The Mousetrap
 
On a snowy night at Monkswell Manor, newlyweds Mollie and Giles welcome a group of strangers to their guest house, only to discover news of a murderer in their midst! A police investigation reveals the sordid details of each guest's mysterious past, but not soon enough to stop the killer from striking again. Agatha Christie's masterful whodunit weaves an intricate plot filled with nerve-rattling suspense, all leading up to the ultimate final twist!
   
Mud, River, Stone  
Eclipse Theatre Company at Athenaeum Theatre Mud, River, Stone
 
Mud, River, Stone follows an African-American couple vacationing in Africa during the rainy season, who take a turn off the main highway to find themselves stranded in the remnants of a grand hotel. As the rains continue, their comic and romantic adventure takes on absurd dimensions when an angry bellhop takes the hotel guests hostage. His demands are simple: he wants grain for his village and a wool blanket for his mother. Relationships are tested by the volatile politics of Africa, as we learn what the hungry human spirit will do for food and a warm blanket.
   
My First Time  
Broken Nose Theatre at The Greenhouse Theater Center My First Time
 
There's a story behind every first sexual experience, and this off-Broadway hit features a hilarious and sometimes painful collection of "first-time" stories from people of all persuasions, performed by four actors. Drawn from real people, the stories range from the sweet and sexy to the awkward and humiliating -- and pretty much everything in between. Since the show's premiere, it's been featured on CNN, Fox, MSNBC, The Tonight Show With Jay Leno, and even spawning its own iPhone commercial. Broken Nose Theatre is pleased to present this remount (pun intended) of their inaugural late-night smash.
   
Nosferatu  
Silent Theatre Company at Prop Theatre Nosferatu
 
After being entrusted with a special assignment by his employer, a young estate apprentice named Hutter says goodbye to his wife Ellen and sets out on a treacherous journey to meet with the enigmatic Count Orlock of Transylvania. He leaves Wisborg with the sun at his back in search of brighter future. What he finds is a world trapped inside a shadow cast, not by the Carpathian Mountains that tower above the landscape, but by the Deathbird, Nosferatu. Will Hutter ever see Wisborg and his beloved Ellen again? Will there even be a home to return to?
   
The Nutcracker  
The House Theatre of Chicago at Chopin Theatre The Nutcracker
 
The House Theatre of Chicago brings holiday cheer with its fifth annual return of their all-original, family-friendly The Nutcracker. The House's fantastical expansion of this holiday classic centers on young Clara's journey to save Christmas. With the help of a magical nutcracker, this brave little girl will fight the Rat King and save her family. This modern holiday production weaves together riveting dialogue, astonishing puppetry, original song and spellbinding spectacle to tell a heartwarming, darkly moving story of magic and hope -- a fun outing fit for the whole family.
   
Oleanna  
Fury Theater at Heartland Studio Theatre Oleanna
 
Oleanna is a two-character play by David Mamet, about the power struggle between a university professor and one of his female students, who accuses him of sexual exploitation and, by doing so, spoils his chances of being accorded tenure. Veteran Fury actors' Mark Dodge and Laura Deger are delving into the complexities of this play with Director Peter Connor.
   
Our Holiday Stories  
16th Street Theater at Berwyn Cultural Center Our Holiday Stories
 
In Over the Hill and through the Woods by Elizabeth Berg, Helen hides in the attic from her family on Thanksgiving. In Tanya Saracho's Our Good Night, a daughter comes home to her mother in an empty house for Christmas on the border. And in December 1944 a World War II chaplain makes the rounds in Belgium searching for answers from above in Robert Koon's The Chaplain.
   
Plaid Tidings  
Beverly Arts Center Plaid Tidings
 
Having had their singing careers cut tragically short in a fatal accident en route to a show, Frankie, Sparky, Jinx and Smudge are mysteriously returned to the BAC, where they weave musical magic into the hearts of everyone. It appears the legendary, angelic Rosemary Clooney has decided the cold world needs a lift in spirits, and has summoned the boys to return to Earth to set things right. Favorites from the 50's and 60's and traditional holiday songs are delivered with a velvet touch, while plenty of fun-filled antics make the show a roller coaster warm up for the approaching holiday season. A speedy and hilarious tribute to the Ed Sullivan Christmas Spectaculars is just one of the riotous nods to past eras. It's musical fun with a big, plaid Christmas bow on top!
   
Point and Shoot  
Cold Basement Dramatics at The Den Theatre Point and Shoot
 
Point and Shoot is a devised play based on the true story of Diana Hopper, a girl born to a family of lost souls in the California desert, and her friendship with John Locke, a lonely gay man and artist with a mysterious past of his own. John plays a leading part in Diana's life as she grows into adulthood. When tragedy strikes twice, Diana's plans for her life are demolished and John's mortality is laid bare.
   
Porgy and Bess  
Lyric Opera Porgy and Bess
 
George and Ira Gershwin's Porgy and Bess was conceived as an "American folk opera." Mixing classical music, popular song, jazz, blues and spirituals, Porgy and Bess follows the crippled Porgy as he sets out to rescue Bess from Crown, her violent and possessive lover, and Sportin' Life, a drug dealer. Porgy and Bess, which includes the classic songs "Summertime," "I Got Plenty O' Nuttin'" and "Bess, You Is My Woman Now," returns to Lyric Opera of Chicago, one of the world's most acclaimed opera companies.
   
Princess and the Pea  
Chicago Kids Company at Beverly Arts Center Princess and the Pea
 
Only a real Princess can feel a PEA under a stack of 20 mattresses! Meet Princess Penelope and her crazy friends-and find out if she can pass the ultimate Princess Test. You won't want to miss this great show-and the 12-Foot Bed! The show runs one hour with no intermission, and is targeted for kids aged 2 to 12.
   
Pseudo-Chum  
Neo-Futurists Pseudo-Chum
 
The stage blood is in the water. Pseudo-Chum is three plays-within-a-play that juxtaposes the creation (The Rehearsal) and the production (The Performance) of Chum with the destruction of the playwright (The Interview). The Interview is the story of the playwright who wrote the play Chum as a protest against the government-sanctioned systematic destruction of sharks along the coast of Australia. Is the playwright a bold activist or a shark-like opportunist? Or is he just a high functioning alcoholic spiraling into an abyss? The Performance is the play Chum, the story of a shark fishing family lost at sea struggling over the impending death of the patriarch. Tensions flare and violence ensues. The Rehearsal shows the true nature of the actors who will sell their souls in exchange for success. Fame, like chum, attracts the sharks.
   
A Q Brothers' Christmas Carol  
Chicago Shakespeare Theater A Q Brothers' Christmas Carol
 
A hip-hop holiday treat set to a bangin' beat! CST and Chicago hip-hop sensation the Q Brothers-creators of Othello: The Remix and Funk It Up About Nothin'-have toured around the world, playing to sold-out houses in Edinburgh, Germany, South Korea, Australia and London. Now the team turns up the volume on Charles Dickens' classic tale, mixing everything from reggae, dancehall and dubstep to epic rock ballads. The Ghosts of Hip-hop Past, Present and Future lead Scrooge on a journey filled with rhythm, rhyme and redemption.
   
Ringling Bros. and Barnum and Bailey Circus - Legends  
United Center Ringling Bros. and Barnum and Bailey Circus - Legends
 
Feast your eyes upon living legends as mythological and historical creatures come to life in Ringling Bros. and Barnum and Bailey's circus spectacular. LEGENDS, the 144th edition of the "Greatest Show on Earth," brings joy to children of all ages. Some of the most amazing entertainers from around the globe perform awe-inspiring feats of daring, spectacles of strength and thrills of wonder as they summon the mythical and mysterious, including a unicorn, Pegasus and a woolly mammoth. It's an unforgettable evening of epic proportions, and by the end of the show, you will believe in the unbelievable.
   
Santaland Diaries  
Theater Wit Santaland Diaries
 
Don't miss this antidote to Christmas cheer. A celebration of the desperation of unemployment, the insanity of Christmas shopping and the ineffable "cheer" of the holiday spirit. David Sedaris' beloved account of his time in the trenches as an Elf at Macy's during the holiday season has been called the "24 funniest pages ever written in the English language."
   
Shadow Town II: The Johns  
Her Story Theater at Mayer Kaplan Theatre Shadow Town II: The Johns
 
A play about men who buy girls for sex and what it costs, the demand side...is a ground breaking world premiere written and directed by Mary Bonnett. It's a follow up to her highly successful Shadwo Town, a play about sex trafficking of girls in Chicago, the supply side. Shadow Town II: The Johns follows the life of Chase Johnson II and his family members. Living a comfortable life on the north shore of Chicago, Chase, his son, his daughter's fiance all weave in and out of the world of Baby Girl, a 15 year old trafficked girl who best friend is imaginary. Shadow Town II: The Johns is a world where fantasy becomes reality, reality becomes fantasy and trust is only in the eyes of the believer. Shadow Town II: The Johns also explores how we raise our girls and boys in a culture where the status quo and social norms are not at question.
   
Spaceboy  
Annoyance Theatre Spaceboy
 
With plans to raise the perfect galactic being, a renegade wing of NASA kidnaps an imaginative little boy who is already obsessed with space. But things don't quite work out exactly as planned ... Spaceboy tunes its comedic telescope to the difficulties faced when he is eventually freed, and he finds his reentry into society more than a bit difficult. And as if all the absurd adjustments he's learning to make aren't enough, the man who once commanded the rogue wing of NASA responsible for his kidnapping remains at large ... and he's still sneaking around the periphery of Spaceboy's world.
   
Storytown  
Stage 773 Storytown
 
From superheroes to undersea adventures, princesses to dinosaurs, Storytown takes you on an interactive, fully improvised adventure. The actors use audience suggestions and ideas to create a different story every week. Kids design the setting and help shape the story. The actors, artists and musicians bring it to life. When the possibilities are endless, no two stories are ever the same.
   
Strandline  
A Red Orchid Theatre Strandline
 
A richly comic, searing drama by Abbie Spallen, one of Ireland's most exciting playwrights and winner of the Steward Parker Trust Award and the The Susan Smith Blackburn Prize. In a small coastal village in Northern Ireland, three local women reluctantly join Mairin, an outsider and an artist, in mourning the death of her husband. Everyone is there for a reason, but each has a bloody good reason not to be there. With mythical echoes, Strandline turns a sharp eye on small-town social and economic realities.
   
The Submission  
Pride Films and Plays at Apollo Theater The Submission
 
Shaleeha G'ntamobi has written a knock out play about a family in the projects and it's just been accepted into the prestigious Humana Festival. Problem is: Shaleeha is actually a pseudonym for Danny, a young gay white playwright. When he hires Emilie, a black actress to play the "author," one bad decision starts a downward spiral into chaos. The Submission is a fierce and hilarious drama about privilege, obsession, misappropriation and the lies we tell to get what we want.
   
Tamer of Horses  
Teatro Vista at Victory Gardens Theater - Biograph Tamer of Horses
 
Tamer of Hoses examines the intersecting themes of youth violence, education and the realization of one's own potential. The piece tells the story of a runaway from a detention center that finds refuge living on a farm in New Jersey, under the condition that he learn to read. Hector (Joshua Torrez), a troubled youth whose talent for rap rivals his penchant for criminal behavior, is befriended by Ty (Juan Villa^*), a former teacher who takes Hector under his wing. Ty forges a bond with him that has the power to redeem or destroy them both.
   
The Testament of Mary  
Victory Gardens Theater - Biograph The Testament of Mary
 
A 2013 Tony Award nominee for Best Play, this incisive, intelligent and profoundly challenging work recounts in riveting detail Mary's narrative of the last days in the life of her son, Jesus. Hailed as "beautiful and daring" by the New York Times, acclaimed author Colm Toibín brings the world's most famous mother to life in this fiercely lyrical solo play.
   
The Three Little Pigs  
St. Patrick Performing Arts Center- Stahl Family Theater The Three Little Pigs
 
Meet Roxanne, Petunia, and Babe...three Sister Piggies who set out 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 sensible, smart Pig) builds hers out of bricks! Which house will the Big Bad Wolf Huff and Puff and blow down? Don't miss CKC's most popular show! The show runs one hour with no intermission and is targeted for kids aged 2 to 12.
   
Time Flies Coach  
Mass St. Productions at Stage 773 Time Flies Coach
 
With so much to think about every day, it's easy to forget where we've been--until we're struck with an odd sense of deja vu. From relationship woes, a pair of Chicago cops, and the turmoil of middle school, "Time Flies Coach" examines the troublesome, hilarious process of learning from our mistakes.
   
Titanic  
Griffin Theatre Company at Theater Wit Titanic
 
Chicago will be the first major U.S. city to experience this newly reworked, intimate musical telling of the passengers - first, second and third class - aboard the ill-fated luxury liner Titanic in the nights leading up to the ship's fatal encounter with an iceberg in the North Atlantic in 1912.
   
Tommy Gun's Garage  
Tommy Gun's Garage Tommy Gun's Garage
 
The restaurant-cabaret presents a Roaring 20s-themed musical comedy revue in a speakeasy seting, with dining and drinking integrated into the show.
   
Too Much Light Makes The Baby Go Blind  
Neo-Futurists Too Much Light Makes The Baby Go Blind
 
Their signature show, Too Much Light Makes The Baby Go Blind, which had its first performance on December 2, 1988, is now in its twenty-fifth year, making it the longest-running show in Chicago today. Too Much Light..., with its ever-changing "menu," is an attempt to perform 30 plays in 60 minutes. The single unifying element of these plays is that they are performed from a perspective of absolute honesty.
   
The Velveteen Rabbit  
Lifeline Theatre The Velveteen Rabbit
 
One Christmas morning, a shy stuffed bunny enters the world of a young boy's nursery. Initially ignored in favor of more modern toys, she waits patiently to be noticed, wondering if she will ever be loved like the others. When the wise old Skin Horse reveals the majesty and mystery of what it means to become real, the Velveteen Rabbit begins an odyssey of the heart to make a lasting connection with her boy that will endure for always. Return to a simpler time with this heartwarming story about the transformative power of love. This production is recommended for children ages five and up (children under two not permitted), and runs one hour with no intermission. The book will be on sale in the lobby.
   
We Three  
The Side Project We Three
 
In Mary Hamilton's We Three, a little girl has gone missing and the whole town searches for answers. But are they asking the right questions? Who exactly is Dustin? What does Daisy really want? And what did Grace see, or not see? This five-character drama featuring a mysterious, other-worldly quality mixed with authoritarian menace, reminiscent of Harold Pinter-cum-Twin Peaks.
   
The Winter's Tale  
Promethean Theatre Ensemble at Athenaeum Theatre The Winter's Tale
 
One of Shakespeare's final plays, The Winter's Tale has been labeled many things: a romance, a "Problem Play," or as we like to call it, a Greek Tragedy with a happy ending. But at its core, this play is about things we witness every day as 21st Century Americans: pride, jealousy, penance and forgiveness. The heart of The Winter's Tale is Leontes' journey from blind rage to ultimate redemption. To bring that journey to life, director Brian Pastor and his crew will draw on images and ideas from diverse periods of history, utilizing elements both ancient and modern.
   
The Wizard of Oz  
The Marriott Theatre for Young Audiences at Marriott Theatre In Lincolnshire The Wizard of Oz
 
After a tornado hits her family's home in Kansas, Dorothy and Toto land in the magical land of Oz. With the Scarecrow, Tinman, and the Cowardly Lion, Dorothy encounters wickedness and wonder as she sets off to the Emerald City to meet the Wizard, who promises to make their dreams come true. Click your heels together three times and join the newfound friends as they journey on a quest to find heart, courage, brains and most importantly...home.
   
Women At War  
Rivendell Theatre Women At War
 
As a debate rages over whether females should serve on the frontlines, more women are being sent into active combat zones than ever before. Woven from first-person interviews with women who have laid their lives on the front lines, WOMEN AT WAR is the result of four years of intensive research and development. Working closely with veterans and organizations, Megan Carney explores the multifaceted world of female soldiers-from enlistment to deployment to the often complicated return home.