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All Our Tragic  
The Hypocrites at The Den Theatre All Our Tragic
 
The Hypocrites present a return engagement of its critically acclaimed world premiere ALL OUR TRAGIC. From the most popular titles to the most rarely produced, experience the 32 surviving Greek tragedies by Aeschylus, Sophocles and Euripides in one breathtaking and unforgettable theatrical event. ALL OUR TRAGIC builds on the success of The Hypocrites’ 2011 production of Sophocles: Seven Sicknesses, which received critical praise and earned multiple Jeff Awards including Best Production and Best Director. ALL OUR TRAGIC is designed to create a contemporary Festival of Dionysus, the ancient gatherings for which these tragedies were originally crafted – to bring together a daily community to bond, eat food, drink wine and discuss complicated topics of society that we have been wrestling with since the creation of civilization.
   
All Shook Up  
Theatre At The Center All Shook Up
 
Set in the summer of 1955 in a conservative Midwestern town, ALL SHOOK UP is the modern Rock n' Roll take on Shakespeare's romantic comedy, Twelfth Night. ALL SHOOK UP follows the story of a small town girl with big dreams, Natalie, and the charismatic, motorcycle-riding roustabout she falls for, Chad. While Natalie dreams of hitting the open road, hoping to "Follow that Dream" with Chad by her side, Mayor Matilda Hyde believes Chad is the "Devil in Disguise," and quickly looks for a way to put a stop to his Rock n' Roll chaos. 24 classic Elvis hits drive the exhilarating musical comedy, including "Heartbreak Hotel", "Burning Love", "Jailhouse Rock", "Blue Suede Shoes", "It's Now or Never", "Don't Be Cruel", "Hound Dog", "Can't Help Falling In Love", and "Fools Rush In".
   
Alligator  
Dream Theatre Alligator
 
A young girl's mind spins out of control as childhood monsters from her past step out of her nightmares and into her waking reality. This darkly comic tale by Jeremy Menekseoglu features the ensemble cast: Anna Menekseoglu, Eric Barton, Jeremy Menekseoglu, Candace Kitchens and Hasket Morris.
   
The America Play  
Oracle Theatre The America Play
 
Oracle invites audiences to participate in a patriotic ritual: the reevaluation of our country's "history" in pursuit of a better society. A darkly comic tale. THE AMERICA PLAY opens with audiences seated around "a great hole. In the middle of nowhere. The hole is an exact replica of The Great Hole of History." In the first act, the Foundling Father has left his wife and son to seek a greatness out west. He, a black gravedigger, has been told that he is a dead ringer for President Abraham Lincoln. This inspires him to set up a venue where people are invited to reenact the assassination of the Great Emancipator. In the second act, his wife and son visit the abandoned venue - "a great hole" - and search for signs of the Foundling Father. THE AMERICA PLAY engages audiences in provocative questions about what defines us, and how we each are shaped by it.
   
Anne of Green Gables  
Provision Theater Company Anne of Green Gables
 
Generations of readers have adored the best-selling novel Anne of Green Gables, and now this new adaptation for young audiences comes to the stage at the Provision Theater. The elderly Cuthberts expect to adopt a boy to help them around the farm, but instead receive a very talkative, wide-eyed orphan girl. Though clever young Anne Shirley has a penchant for getting into trouble and makes many mistakes, she eventually works her way into the hearts of her adoptive parents as well as the residents of rural Prince Edward Island with her indomitable spirit and zest for life. It's a heartwarming story for the whole family.
   
Bad Jews  
North Shore Center for the Performing Arts Bad Jews
 
Bad Jews tells the story of Daphna Feygenbaum, a "Real Jew" with an Israeli boyfriend. When Daphna's cousin Liam brings home his shiksa girlfriend Melody and declares ownership of their grandfather's Chai necklace, a vicious and hilarious brawl over family, faith and legacy ensues. Stir in the identity curation of the Facebook generation and Theater Wit's Chicago premiere of Bad Jews, directed by artistic director Jeremy Wechsler, promises to be one of the funniest, wisest, most excruciating comedies on a Chicago stage this year.
   
Bard Fiction  
Commedia Beauregard at City Lit Theater Bard Fiction
 
This imaginative adaptation asks the age-old, perennially puzzling question: "What if William Shakespeare had written Quentin Tarantino's Pulp Fiction?" (Well, for one thing, a Royale With Cheese would have been a "Hachis Parmentier.") Set in Elizabethan England, this comic concoction trades pistols for daggers and cars for horses as it follows the adventures of a pair of enigmatic hit men, their boss' dangerously sexy wife and a go-for-broke knight. This laugh-filled Commedia Beauregard production at City Lit Theater is packed to the brim with honor, betrayal and ... foot rubs.
   
Batty Old Biddies  
Seigel Productions at Athenaeum Theatre Batty Old Biddies
 
Bessie and Louise didn't die or go into the nursing home when they were supposed to. In fact, these salty seniors are trying to take their fading neighborhood back from the drug dealers, gang members and, especially, the scheming developer and his city cronies. Above all, Bessie wants it quiet, and she has perfected a subversive method of turning down the music on gang members' stereos. Sidekick Louise pins her hopes on the lottery, not on aging mama's boy Dan. Frustrated architect-turned-dumpster-diver Harry returns to the neighborhood with his own plans, while waif Gloria only wants to escape.
   
Beaches  
Drury Lane- Oakbrook Beaches
 
Beaches follows two extraordinary friends through 30 years of camaraderie, laughter and sorrow. Vivacious, outlandish Cee Cee and beautiful, privileged Bertie meet as children and become fast friends. From pen-pals to roommates to romantic rivals, Cee Cee and Bertie’s oil-and-water friendship perseveres through even the most tragic trials. With a touching vulnerability, Beaches exemplies the triumph of the human spirit and the bonds of sisterhood.
   
The Beauty Queen of Leenane  
Three Crows at Heartland Studio Theatre The Beauty Queen of Leenane
 
Martin McDonagh's acclaimed and award-winning dark comedy tells the tale of Maureen, who at nearly forty, still lives with her ailing and manipulative mother, Mag. Maureen finally has a last chance at love and a life but not if Mag has her way.
   
Bette, Live At The Continental Baths  
Hell in a Handbag Productions at Mary's Attic Bette, Live At The Continental Baths
 
Join Handbag Diva Caitlin Jackson as she pays tribute to the Divine Miss M's legendary cabaret act at the equally legendary Continental Bathhouse in New York City. Featuring a live band, this loving recreation of the beginning of Ms. Midler's stellar career will feature 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. Well, nearly inimitable. Handbag transforms the newly remodeled Mary's Attic into the legendary Bathhouse (just tell your great Aunt Gertie this is where young men went to clean up back in the day) complete with hot dancing boys wearing strategically placed towels... and steam... lots of steam.
   
Bible Bingo  
Royal George Theatre Bible Bingo
 
From Vicki Quade, the creator of the popular comedy Late Nite Catechism, comes the new interactive comedy Bible Bingo. The Archdiocese's new bingo department needs to raise money for the parish. That's where you come in: Get ready to play bingo for a variety of wacky prizes. Along the way, you'll be drawn into conversation about everything from Adam and Eve to modern sins. Just be careful: You might laugh so hard you forget to yell "bingo."
   
The Bikinis  
Fox Valley Repertory The Bikinis
 
Jukebox musicals like Jersey Boys, All Shook Up and Mamma Mia! have been all the rage on Broadway in recent years. Now it's time for the girls to have their moment in the sun. The Bikinis: A Musical Heat Wave of the 1960s is a celebration of the feel-good girl group music of the Sixties, with unforgettable songs like "It's in His Kiss," "I Will Survive," "These Boots Are Made For Walkin'," "I'm Every Woman" and much more. The Bikinis have gotten back together after 20 years to sing all the songs they used to do down at the boardwalk on the Jersey Shore. They're trying to raise money for the Sandy Shores Mobile Home Beach Resort -- and rekindle their old friendships.
   
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.
   
Body and Blood  
The Gift Theatre Body and Blood
 
Body & Blood follows Dan as he finally finds his calling in life, and in the process, sends all of his loved ones spiraling into a spiritual crisis. The Gift co-founder and playwright of Northwest Highway depicts a beautiful local story about overcoming obstacles and following your heart.
   
Brilliant Adventures  
Steep Theatre Brilliant Adventures
 
Tucked away in his dingy apartment, Luke has invented a device that could change the world - if only he thought the world was ready for it. When an opportunistic outsider arrives with designs on his invention and his apartment, Luke's family, and the universe itself, are at risk of being torn apart. Brilliant Adventures packs all the gritty British drama you've come to expect at Steep into a wildly entertaining sci-fi thriller with more than a touch of dark comedy.
   
Bristol Renaissance Faire  
Bristol Renaissance Faire Bristol Renaissance Faire
 
Eat, drink and be merry whilst roaming among the jousting knights, regal ladies, saucy wenches and royal overseers of the famed Bristol Renaissance Faire, returning for its 27th season of fun and games just outside of Chicago. Hundreds of performers dressed in Elizabethan costumes create a magical world of music and excitement, with games, rides and 20 stages of entertainment options ranging from knife throwers to improv troupes. More than 150 artisans will also be exhibiting and selling their original hand-crafted items, including hand-blown glass creations, pottery, authentic clothing and weaponry. All the frolicking and cavorting can leave one in need of refreshment, though fear not -- there are dozens of food and drink options available for purchase, both alcoholic and non, including the signature giant turkey leg and the ice-cold sassafrass.
   
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.
   
Chitty Chitty Bang Bang  
Overshadowed Theatrical Productions Chitty Chitty Bang Bang
 
Everyone's favorite fanciful car takes flight in this fantastical presentation of Ian Fleming's Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. Chitty doesn't literally fly, mind you. You need to let your imagination soar, which is easy to do when the magical machine is brought to life in this dreamlike show.
   
Churchill  
SoloChicago at The Greenhouse Theater Center Churchill
 
Based on Winston Churchill's own writings, Ronald Keaton's one-man show finds the former British prime minister chafing under forced retirement after a shocking loss in the post-World War II election. But when President Harry Truman invites him to speak in the U.S., the famed politician, painter, Nobel Prize-winning author and witty raconteur begins to reflect on his life and times with humor, pride and regret. The inspiring leader who led England through one of its most difficult periods not only shares his political and military history, but also his fondness for whiskey, cigars and women. Keaton's been called one of the city's "top-tier theater veterans" by the Chicago Tribune.
   
City Of Angels  
Marriott Theatre In Lincolnshire City Of Angels
 
CITY OF ANGELS is the deliciously funny celebration of the decade's film noir genre and dark detective fiction, with a liberal touch of femme fatale, weaving together two plots unfolding at once. The double feature follows the "real" world of young New York writer, Stine, and his fictional alter-ego in the "reel" world, "Stone". Stine arrives in Los Angeles with the hopes of turning his crime novel into a Hollywood blockbuster, and while his movie plays out in black and white, Stine's new life is all-too colorful as he struggles to balance his relationship with his wife, Gabby and his overbearing producer Buddy Fidler. Each movie scene that Stine writes comes to life in the split-stage show, bringing double the laughter and intrigue to the audience.
   
Come Again?  
The Public House Theatre Come Again?
 
In an era where just about any type of communication can be replaced with the push of a button, it's even harder to connect with others than ever before. That's why sketch duo Honk and the Senator -- made up of a real-life couple, Ryan and Virginia, giving them plenty of firsthand experience with communication breakdowns -- put together the comedic compilation that is Come Again? This show seeks the answers to some truly troubling and significant questions -- like will Virginia's best friend ever respond to that Facebook message she already read? She's clearly online right now! And what did Ryan's dad mean when he texted "Go Cubes Go" anyway? This cathartic night of relatable comedy (seriously, they hate autocorrect just as much as you do) can be enjoyed at Chicago's Public House Theatre.
   
ComedySportz  
Comedy Sportz ComedySportz
 
ComedySportz shows offer a unique blend of fast and funny improvisational comedy that is appropriate fun for all ages. The Red and Blue teams battle it out in front of a referee in games that the audience selects, and points are awarded based on how quickly and effectively the performers complete the games. The eternal battle of Red vs. Blue is improvised 6 times weekly, and the show is never the same twice!
   
Coronado  
Making Rain Productions at Cornservatory Coronado
 
When Marty Scorsese wanted a juicy gothic thriller he turned to writer Dennis Lehane. So did Clint Eastwood. And Ben Affleck. In fact, some of the most harrowing, inventive films of the new century -- Mystic River, Gone Baby Gone and Shutter Island -- were all inspired by Lehane novels. But great as they are, the flicks pale in comparison to the riveting, live excitement of Lehane's only play Coronado. This modern-day Greek tragedy tracks three intersecting stories: a recently freed inmate and his father partaking in a deadly battle of wits; a psychiatrist and his patient who are illicitly involved; and two lovers, caught in a love triangle, plotting a murder. Now Making Rain Productions presents this intense look at the dark side of the human spirit.
   
Cupid Has a Heart On  
Stage 773 Cupid Has a Heart On
 
The longest running musical comedy in Chicago, Cupid Has a Heart On is a must see Chicago experience! The fast paced, musical sketch show is hilarious, irreverent, and a raunchy good time. If you're ready to belly laugh about body image and roar about relationships, Cupid Has a Heart On is sure to deliver with comedic wit to spare. Created by Stage 773 Creative Director, Brian Posen, who directs and plays accompaniment, The Cupid Players have toured nationwide, including appearances in New York, Los Angeles, and San Francisco. Cupid Has a Heart On features an ensemble cast and a rotating set list, so you are sure to see new faces and hear old favorites when you come to see Cupid again and again. The wickedly talented triple-threats who make up The Cupid Players are some of Chicago's top creative talent - constantly developing new material for the mainstage show, touring, festivals, and events.
   
The Diary of Anne Frank  
Writers Theatre The Diary of Anne Frank
 
As vital today as when it was first written, Anne Frank's extraordinary diary has become an essential part of how we remember one of the darkest periods of human history. Filled with its young author's luminous spirit - her "boundless desire for all that is beautiful and good" - the diary also illuminates the coming of age of a complex, passionate young girl as she falls in love, grows into a woman and struggles to survive with her family amid the chaos of war and religious persecution.
   
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.
   
Dirtbag  
The Public House Theatre Dirtbag
 
Some teens are growing up too fast, while some adults haven't grown up at all. Dirtbag takes a knowingly hilarious in-depth look at a handful of those kids and childlike adults -- from asthmatic Larry, who wants nothing more than to score the winning basket, to Kevin, who wants nothing more than for people to stop asking what he's done since college. At this Public House Theatre production -- penned by Chicago's Ryan Burkett -- you'll also meet youngster Kathy, who struggles to understand her friends' attempts at innuendo and grown-up Mia, who searches for the words to say to her coworker on the morning-after. If you've ever had your immaturity immortalized on the internet, or felt like working in a cubicle was just a painful extension of high school, you too might be a Dirtbag.
   
Doubt: A Parable  
Writers Theatre Doubt: A Parable
 
Set against the backdrop of a 1960s America in the midst of political and social change, a progressive young priest’s conduct comes under question by Sister Aloysius Beauvier, the school principal whose beliefs are deeply rooted in tradition. As the actions and motivations of each are scrutinized and suspicion mounts, the two are drawn into a battle of wills that threatens irrevocable consequences for all involved.
   
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.
   
Eugene  
On The Spot Theatre Company at The Greenhouse Theater Center Eugene
 
Four years after Napoleon's defeat at Waterloo, Eugene de Rastignac, a poor student from the provinces with distant noble roots, determinedly climbs an upward path. He encounters obstacles that make him question whether love is compatible with ambition or power with happiness. Based on the acclaimed Balzac novel, Father Goriot, the story involves Eugene's friendship with an old grain merchant, Goriot, who sacrificed his ill-gotten fortune to buy his two lovely daughters--Anastasie and Delphine-an upper class life. The will to succeed and the disillusionment of self-empowerment make a volatile mix in the minds and hearts of city dwellers in a rapidly changing world.
   
Fabulation, or The Re-Education of Undine  
Pulse Theatre Company Chicago at Signal Ensemble Theatre Fabulation, or The Re-Education of Undine
 
Reese, a Joseph Jefferson Award Nominee, is at the helm of the social satire about an ambitious and haughty African-American woman, Undine Barnes Calles (AnJi White). Undine's husband, Herve (Jose T. Nateras III), suddenly disappears after embezzling all of her money. Pregnant and on the brink of social and financial ruin, Undine retreats to her childhood home in Brooklyn's Walt Whitman projects, only to discover that she must cope with a crude new reality. Undine faces the challenge of transforming her setbacks into small victories in a battle to reaffirm her right to be. FABULATION is a comeuppance tale with a comic twist.
   
Fancy Nancy: The Musical  
Emerald City Theatre Company at Broadway Playhouse Fancy Nancy: The Musical
 
From the top of her tiara down to her sparkly shoes, Nancy's ready to take the spotlight in her first dance recital. But when someone else gets picked to be the prima ballerina (that's a fancy word for star of the show), Nancy is stuck playing a dreary, dull tree. Can she still bring fancy flair to her role when it isn't the one she wanted? Adapted from the bestselling books, this is a funny, frilly ballet story with a lot of heart.
   
Feast  
Goodman Theatre Feast
 
Dubbed "nothing short of delicious" by The Sun-Times, Feast returns to the Goodman Theatre with some fun new additions to its menu of food-related song, dance and stories. The 25 talented high school-age teens from the award-winning Albany Park Theater Project developed this show by going out into Chicago's culturally diverse neighborhoods, trying different kinds of cuisine and then interviewing its makers. From there, they created this engaging and entertaining production, serving up an inspiring look at how good food nourishes the soul as well as the body, not to mention entire communities. Adding to the excitement are new numbers about the joyful vitality of outdoor markets and the Mexican Mole Festival in Little Village.
   
Fifty Shades of Plaid  
The Public House Theatre Fifty Shades of Plaid
 
Beneath the bookish, shy and unassuming exterior of Sandy Irons simmers a sizzling imagination. So when this mousy English major catches the eye of Thomas Plaid -- a rich and handsome fraternity president who has a reputation for dating only the most beautiful girls at school -- they both find themselves biting off a bit more than they can chew. This Public House Theatre parody of the massively popular Fifty Shades of Grey invites you into the private fantasies (and public discoveries) of Sandy Irons as she wraps herself up in Fifty Shades of Plaid.
   
Fugue  
Pendulum Theater Space Fugue
 
Fugue is a complex show that captures the elements of a musical fugue through four simultaneous improvised one-act plays that explore similar themes. It is a unique improvised production that harmoniously weaves 4 one-acts, folding in elements of comedy and drama in equal measure.
   
Goldilocks and the Bears  
Chicago Kids Company at St. Patrick Performing Arts Center- Stahl Family Theater Goldilocks and the Bears
 
This musical is JUST RIGHT! This show is based on the classic story of a young girl who ventures into the woods and stumbles on a cute house with 3 bowls of porridge, 3 chairs, and 3 beds. The show runs one hour with no intermission, and is targeted for kids aged 2 to 12.
   
Good People  
Redtwist Theatre Good People
 
Margie (pronounced with a hard "g") is a good soul from "Southie" with a string of bad luck. While at ease in her own world of rough-and-tumble south Boston, she seeks an opportunity in the upper crust world of "lace-curtain" Chestnut Hill, in which her old Southie boyfriend has forged his way as a successful doctor with a beautiful wife and new baby. Little does he know that his old gal pal has not come merely to say hello. No no, Margie has a plan, and both their lives are now at a crossroads.
   
Grand Concourse  
Steppenwolf Theatre Grand Concourse
 
Having dedicated her life to religious service, Shelley runs a Bronx soup kitchen with unsentimental efficiency. Her brisk nature masks an unsettling fear that her efforts are meaningless. When Emma-a rainbow-haired college dropout-arrives to volunteer, her volatile mix of generosity and self-involvement pushes Shelley over the edge. With both humor and heart, Grand Concourse asks big questions about the value of compassion and the limits of forgiveness.
   
Greenroom Improv  
Hemmens Cultural Center Greenroom Improv
 
Imagine an hour and a half of complete improvisation, a la Whose Line is it Anyway? GreenRoom’s improvisers take audience suggestions and true-life audience stories and turn them into hilarious theatre pieces right before their eyes! With competing improv teams, improvised songs and audience members on stage, this clean, high-energy show brings the laughs to The Hemmens. Oh, and did we mention there’s live music?
   
If You Rebuild It, They Might Come  
The Public House Theatre If You Rebuild It, They Might Come
 
To long-suffering Cubs fans who've had to grin and bear it for decades, this new comedy at Wrigleyville's Public House Theater cleverly commiserates with your pain, as it satirizes the latest round of supposed improvements to the game-going experience. If You Rebuild It, They Might Come is a Willy Wonka-style adventure about a couple who win a golden game ticket in a case of Old Style, and then delve into the many legends and mysteries of good ol' Wrigley Field, while the team owners try to figure out just what the average fan wants from a day at the ballpark. Take in the show, written and directed by Byron Hatfield (Bye Bye Liver: The Chicago Drinking Play, Game of Mobile Homes), and enjoy drink specials available from the theater's full bar.
   
Into the Woods  
Ethel M. Barber Theater - Northwestern Into the Woods
 
Recently a hit movie starring Meryl Streep, Johnny Depp and Anna Kendrick, Into the Woods began as a live musical that took Broadway by storm. It's a fresh spin on several Brothers Grimm fairy tales, interweaving several classic fairy tales into one epic story that shows what happens when things get real in the fairy-tale world. Unable to bear children, a baker and his wife are lured into completing a number of tasks by a witch who promises to grant them their wish if they're successful. During their journey, they encounter Little Red Riding Hood, Rapunzel, Cinderella and Jack and the Beanstalk -- and discover that wishes come with a steep price. Adventure Into the Woods with Northwestern University Theatre and Interpretation Center's Summerstage production of Stephen Sondheim's musical fairy-tale mashup at Ethel M. Barber Theater.
   
Its Your Funeral  
Under The Gun Theater Its Your Funeral
 
Have you ever wondered what your funeral would be like? Who would cry the hardest? Who just came to eat the food? Well now you can find out without the pain of dying. We choose one audience member to interview then our talented Ensemble will improvise what the funeral will be like for this person.
   
Jihad  
Genesis Theatrical Productions at Theater Wit Jihad
 
Israel's struggle with Hamas receives a stirring dramatization in Jihad, in which two families -- one on each side of the conflict -- lose a daughter in a suicide bombing. In researching the project, playwright Stephanie Liss spent time undercover with groups such as the Palestine Liberation Organization, Israeli Defense Forces and Hamas itself. The result is a provocative, deeply felt theatrical experience that takes viewers inside the world of terrorism and its affects on the families' public and private lives. Experience Jihad at Theater Wit in Chicago.
   
Last Train to Nibroc  
Haven Theatre Company at Theater Wit Last Train to Nibroc
 
In December 1940, an east-bound cross-country train carries the bodies of the great American writers Nathanael West and F. Scott Fitzgerald as well as shy and religious May, who shares her seat with a charming young discharged flyer, Raleigh. As May (Amanda Drinkall) and Raleigh (Mike Tepeli) continue to cross paths over the years, an unlikely bond forms, one that continues to blossom in ways neither of them could ever expect. A funny, touching portrait of two people searching for happiness called "...a gently charming little play, reminiscent of Thornton Wilder in its look at rustic Americans who are to be treasured for their simplicity and directness..." by the Associated Press.
   
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 Little Mermaid  
Chicago Shakespeare Theater The Little Mermaid
 
This summer, families will venture under the sea with Ariel and her aquatic friends to the tune of one of Disney's most beloved classics. Chicago Shakespeare's newly adapted 75-minute production of Disney's The Little Mermaid is based on the full-length Broadway musical and staged by Jeff Award-winning director and choreographer Rachel Rockwell. Featuring the Academy Award-winning song "Under the Sea," children and adults alike will delight in the dazzling production and unforgettable music following Ariel's adventure to find true love-and her voice. Each performance features special opportunities for audiences to interact with the actors for one-on-one conversations and photos.
   
The LIVINGroom  
Stage 773 The LIVINGroom
 
You're not likely to find much social interaction on your couch at home, much less dramatic and engaging true stories told by the people that actually lived them. So why not move the action to The LIVINGroom at Chicago's Stage 773, and experience this new edition of their Sunday Solo Performance Series? They're promising highly-theatrical storytelling, inspired by actual events, so you can relax and kick back in someone else's parlor to be thoroughly entertained. You'll find Stage 773 at the center of Lakeview's exciting Belmont Theater District.
   
Loving Repeating  
Kokandy Productions at Theater Wit Loving Repeating
 
LOVING REPEATING is an intimate exploration of Gertrude Stein's legacy, setting her unconventional creative passions against the backdrop of her lifelong relationship with Alice B. Toklas. From her student days in the late 19th century to the height of her artistic era in Paris as one of the 'lost generation,' LOVING REPEATING pays homage to Stein's capricious love affair with language, self-expression and her lifelong romance with Toklas.
   
Madame Pompadour  
Vittum Theater Madame Pompadour
 
This comic gem tell the fictitious story of Madame Pompadour, mistress of King Louis the XV, and her love affair with a dashing nobleman. Add a rebellious poet, a jilted wife, two bumbling policemen and the King himself, and the pair are soon caught up in a royal mess that only the clever Madame Pompadour can unravel.
   
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!
   
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.
   
Men Of Soul  
Black Ensemble Theater Men Of Soul
 
A fascinating journey featuring the music made famous by some of the greatest soul singers of all time including, Peabo Bryson, Joe Cocker, Billy Ocean, Billy Joel, Luther Vandross, Tom Jones and the incomparable Bill Withers - just to name a few. This uplifting and powerful celebration helps us to understand the struggles of these men and the strength that it took for each one to find their - soul!
   
A Mess of Durang  
Royal George Theatre A Mess of Durang
 
Besides the man himself, no one knows the exact topic of Christopher Durang's first play, which he wrote as an ambitious second-grader at Our Lady of Peace Parochial School in 1958. That said, it was probably a comedy and an outrageous one at that (by second-grade standards, at least). For few playwrights have revolutionized stage comedy quite like Durang, winner of the Tony for Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike and the Obie for Sister Mary Ignatius Explains It All For You. Now ColorBox Theatre presents A Mess of Durang, a compilation of seven of Durang's most hilarious and absurd short works, served up in '70s variety show style, complete with sketches, songs and jokes.
   
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!
   
Moby Dick  
Lookingglass Theatre Moby Dick
 
Madness rages like the angry sea when man pits himself against leviathan in Melville's epic and poetic tale furiously reimagined on the Lookingglass stage by director David Catlin (Lookingglass Alice). Set sail with Captain Ahab and the intrepid crew of the Pequod in this harrowing and intoxicating exploration of fate vs. free will.
   
Moon Over Buffalo  
Metropolis Performing Arts Centre Moon Over Buffalo
 
Mistaken identities, outrageous plot twists, slapstick comedy and a plethora of self-obsessed performers desperately trying to keep things from falling apart. It's all in a day's work for master of the period-perfect farce Ken Ludwig (Lend Me a Tenor). In this fast-paced comedy set in Buffalo in 1953, a husband-and-wife acting team with a crumbling marriage try to keep their company together long enough to allow famed director Frank Capra to see their repertory ensemble perform. But with a pregnant ingenue, a drunk leading man and a surprise visit from their daughter, things quickly go horribly (and hilariously) wrong. The original Broadway run of Moon Over Buffalo starred Carol Burnett and ran for more than 300 performances, and now it's coming to the Metropolis Performing Arts Centre.
   
My Two Sons  
Annoyance Theatre My Two Sons
 
"My Two Sons" follows Danny and Max who are propelled by their parents' refreshingly practical advice, the disturbing influence of their incendiary friend Viktor, and the reserved attentions of their childhood-playmate-turned-romantic-preoccupation Molly. Danny and Max deal with sex, drugs, CD's, and violence as they hurtle toward an uneasy adulthood.
   
Never Have I Ever  
Under The Gun Theater Never Have I Ever
 
From the creator and director of Comedy Against Humanity comes a new late night offering. Based on the popular party game "Never Have I Ever," this high-energy, interactive show takes an inside look at a house party we've all been to before-or have we?
   
Panic on Cloud 9  
Second City Panic on Cloud 9
 
Join the incredibly talented and funny cast of The Second City Mainstage for Panic on Cloud 9, a hilarious and smart collection of original scenes and songs that invite you to relax, take a breath and laugh as they brave everything from Ebola to modern parenting to the lies of advertising and the advertising of our own lies.
   
A Perfect Ganesh  
Eclipse Theatre Company at Athenaeum Theatre A Perfect Ganesh
 
In A Perfect Ganesh, two middle-aged American women travel to India on a journey for inner peace and to heal from personal tragedies. They meet the Hindu god Ganesha, meaning "wisdom," who is fluid in his power to assume any guise, at once everywhere and everything and at peace with all things. A Perfect Ganesh draws on the tragic and the comic, and the beautiful and the deplorable until a breathtaking release arrives for both women.
   
Pinocchio  
Marriott Theatre In Lincolnshire Pinocchio
 
Pinocchio is the story of a wooden puppet (Andrew Spatafora) that is magically given the gift of animation by the wish of a wood carver, Geppetto (Jarrod Zimmerman), and the wand of the loving Blue Fairy (Dara Cameron). Coaxed along his fantastic journey by his friend Hopper (George Keating), Pinocchio encounters an array of colorful characters including the wily team of Kitty (Laura Savage) and Fox (Devin DeSantis), the scheming schoolboy Lampwick (Liam Quealy), and an evil puppeteer (Jeff Max). From a candy island to the belly of a whale, this new musical spin on the classic tale is sure to dazzle and delight audiences of all ages!
   
Pippin  
Cadillac Palace Theatre Pippin
 
PIPPIN tells the story of a young prince on a death-defying journey to find meaning in his existence. Will he choose a happy but simple life? Or will he risk everything for a singular flash of glory? The show is noted for many Broadway standards including "Magic To Do," "Corner of the Sky," "Glory," "No Time at All," "Morning Glow," and "Love Song."
   
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.
   
Public Access Live  
The Public House Theatre Public Access Live
 
Earlier this year, Mark Rosenthal and Lorenzo Toia turned the late night talk show on its ear with "Public Access Live." Now, they're moving to Primetime, and the Talk Show/Behind-the-Scenes farce is just as groundbreaking as ever. Featuring an eclectic mix of late night comedy, narrative sketch, and audience interaction, Public Access Live is unlike anything else out there. Lorenzo and Mark interview Chicago's most intriguing guests. Audience members play self­confronting games like "Inspirational Quotes" and "Gimme Gimme Gummy Gummy." And in between, viewers are treated to a backstage look at the grinding wheels that make Public Access Live, with everything from weddings to ghosts to musical numbers to good, old-fashioned nacho waterfalls.
   
Ring Of Fire: The Music Of Johnny Cash  
Mercury Theater Ring Of Fire: The Music Of Johnny Cash
 
The musical revue RING OF FIRE: THE MUSIC OF JOHNNY CASH guides audiences on a journey through Cash's career, from the cotton fields of Arkansas to the Grand Ole Opry. The show was created by Richard Maltby, Jr., conceived by William Meade, with orchestrations by Steven Bishop and Jeff Lisenby. This version is a re-imagining of the original Broadway production; more intimate, but with a full musical soundscape.
   
Roast Beef  
CIC Theater Roast Beef
 
Under the guidance of Miss Jessica Martini, the Roast Beef All-Male Revue entertains wild crowds every weekend with the hardest bodies and hottest moves legal enough to do in public. Starting backstage to learn what these slabs of meat get out of performing and ending with the actual revue, we follow a night with the Roast Beefers and see how they handle the bright lights of (adult) show biz!
   
The Second City's Game Night  
Metropolis Performing Arts Centre The Second City's Game Night
 
Come play with us! What happens when Chicago's best improvisers are tossed head first into a medley of classic game shows? Come laugh your way through The Second City's Game Night and find out! From celebrity-guessing to fill-in-the-blankety-blanks, charades to feuding families to improvised commercial breaks, the laughs come rapid-fire as your host segues seamlessly from one game to the next. Have a special talent? Think your linguistic skills are better than most? Have something bizarre in your purse? Get on stage and change the game! Audiences participate at every turn, taking the show a different direction each night as the whip-smart cast toes the line between absurdity and genius in a way that only game shows and improv can achieve.
   
Sit, Stand, Neal!  
Annoyance Theatre Sit, Stand, Neal!
 
What came first, the chicken or the egg? Good question*. It won't be answered in Neal Dandade's solo debut at The Annoyance. Instead he'll present a collection of imagined characters that are all together silly, outlandish, cruel, and gentle portraits of humanity. See what happens when mysterious emotional forces drive people to absurdity. Hear the sounds of the human heart in flux. Taste. You might not get your questions answered, but you might get your answers questioned**.
   
Soul Brother, Where Art Thou?  
Second City Soul Brother, Where Art Thou?
 
Soul Brother, Where Art Thou? hilariously explores the ups and downs of modern life - our co-dependent relationship with technology, the paranoid perils of online dating and battling the loud chorus of judgment we hear in our heads and from the world around us. From the very real threat of fatal peanut allergies to the embarrassment of miscast warriors, Soul Brother, Where Art Thou? searches for common ground and kindred spirits.
   
Stupid F***ing Bird  
Sideshow Theatre Company at Victory Gardens Theater - Biograph Stupid F***ing Bird
 
On the grounds of a country estate, two generations worth of Russians mope and love and hate and make a lot of bird-based metaphors. Sound familiar? It's Anton Chekhov versus the modern world in Aaron Posner's ballsy Midwest premiere. A smash-hit on the east coast and a finalist for the 2014 ACTA Award, this heartbreakingly hilarious sort-of-adaptation of The Seagull takes a baseball bat to one of theatre's most famous works and staunchly refuses to pick up the pieces. Sideshow's signature energy and wit are on full display in this very funny examination of what drives us to make art and find love.
   
The Summer of Daisy Fay  
Redtwist Theatre The Summer of Daisy Fay
 
Daisy Fay is a charming, spunky young woman from small town Mississippi in 1958, who has dreams and ambitions for something far more than her humble roots. Daisy Fay carries the audience with her as she recounts memories, both heartfelt and jovial, from her tom-boyish youth, to her success in theatre, to her adventures in the world of beauty pageants. Through her experiences, she becomes an advocate for the underdog.
   
Sunset: A Mild-Mannered View of the Apocalypse  
The Public House Theatre Sunset: A Mild-Mannered View of the Apocalypse
 
What would you do if you only had three days left to live? It's the type of hypothetical question we've all pondered, but in Sunset: A Mild-Mannered View of the Apocalypse, it's a reality. In this over-the-top comedy, the peaceful environs of Cremetown get a major shake-up when a raving scientist proclaims that the planet has only three days of sunlight left. Rather than curling up into the fetal position and waiting for it all to end, this Public House Theatre musical comedy finds the citizens of Cremetown taking this opportunity to live out all their wildest dreams ... while there's still time.
   
Sweetie Maude  
Annoyance Theatre Sweetie Maude
 
Set in Chicago in a timeless age, the new musical is a story of jealousy, cruelty, and ultimately, revenge. Although it's a pastiche of Sweeney Todd, Sweetie Maude has its own voice. The dark and comedic musical resonates as an all-female story: while manipulation, evil, and revenge find their home in our anti-hero Sweetie, we also see love, strength, and a sense of humor.
   
Take Me Back  
The Poor Theatre at Flat Iron Arts Building Take Me Back
 
Bill is a young newly released convict who's gone home to live with his mom. After serving four years in prison and finding himself back in small town Oklahoma, he's pretty sure he's run out of options - until his old girlfriend shows up. Then he's ready to do just about whatever it takes to jumpstart a new life.
   
That's Weird, Grandma  
Barrel Of Monkeys at Neo-Futurists That's Weird, Grandma
 
An assortment of scenes and songs created by Chicago Public School students and produced by actors, musicians, comedians and playwrights. The hour-long show changes each week, based on audience votes.
   
[title of show]  
The Brown Paper Box Co. at Rivendell Theatre [title of show]
 
Struggling writers Jeff and Hunter are working on an original musical with a unique topic: their experience writing an original musical! With friends Susan, Heidi, and accompanist Larry, they embark on a meta-journey of self-expression, documenting all the roadblocks and creative breakthroughs they encounter along the way. Nominated for the 2009 Best Book Tony Award, [title of show] is an irreverent, hilarious, and inspiring celebration of musical theatre and the joy of collaboration.
   
Titus Andronicus  
The Public House Theatre Titus Andronicus
 
"Titus Andronicus" is not William Shakespeare's most popular play, but when it is mounted, it makes a powerful statement. The story is a simple and grotesque portrait of the perversions of power, revenge and the consequences of our primal fear of "The Other." A legendary general takes a foreign queen captive, slaughters her oldest son, and sets off a chain of events which sees his own daughter violated and disfigured, and the Queen's remaining, offending sons baked into a pie.
   
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.
   
Two Dead Women  
Annoyance Theatre Two Dead Women
 
Set in Chicago circa 1893, "Two Dead Women" is the story of Nettie and Freddie, two cousins from Middlebottom Maine who travel to Chicago to find love, adventure, and a new identity at the Chicago World's Fair. Sadly, they meet their untimely end at the hand of HH Holmes. Nettie and Freddie's tale will be told with movement, sound, humor, and the help of a few willing audience members.
   
The Two Gentlemen of Verona  
Oak Park Festival Theatre The Two Gentlemen of Verona
 
Leave it to Shakespeare to hit a home run with his first crack at bat. Sparkling with wit and energy, The Two Gentlemen of Verona helped launch both his career and the rom-com genre. In fact, Two Gentlemen offers everything you could want in a romantic comedy: moony and misguided guys, smart and resourceful gals, a road trip, a funny bit with a dog and, of course, plenty of cross-dressing. Oak Park Festival Theatre's outdoor production is set in the over-the-top, youth-centric 1980s world of John Hughes and his club of endearing scoundrels. Think Ferris Bueller in rhyming couplets!
   
Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike  
Goodman Theatre Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike
 
Siblings Vanya and Sonia have spent their adult years trapped in mundane lives at their family's cottage, caring for their ailing parents. Meanwhile, their self-involved sister Masha, a glamorous movie star, has traveled the world in decadent style. After their soothsayer/cleaning woman Cassandra warns Vanya and Sonia of impending doom, Masha arrives unannounced, accompanied by her hunky young lover Spike, who sparks a friendship with the beautiful girl next door Nina much to Masha's dismay. When Masha reveals plans that will upend the family, long-repressed resentments bubble over in a weekend full of wild costume parties, voodoo dolls and surprise romance.
   
Voyage  
Cock & Bull Theatre at Chopin Theatre Voyage
 
Voyage **is an original theatrical production created by Cock and Bull Theatre, exploring the innate human desire to heal one's self, the lengths people will go in order to be cured, and the struggle to let one's self be healed by others. Voyage is a psychosexual voyage spanning 300 years.
   
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.
   
Whatever  
The Side Project Whatever
 
Everything will be fine for sixteen year-old Chloe once this afternoon's abortion is checked off her list. Likewise, her boyfriend Declan has finally found the courage to go off his anger meds and keep his hyper-concerned mother at bay. Two suburban teenagers try to navigate love, anger, and the bewildering adults who orbit their world.
   
The Winter's Tale  
First Folio Theatre The Winter's Tale
 
A royal family is ripped apart when King Leontes' envy brings about the death of his wife, the rejection of his best friend, and the estrangement of his newborn daughter. Broken hearts are mended when the king's abandoned child falls in love with a Bohemian prince. Filled with wonder, magic, and mystery, THE WINTER'S TALE is a celebration of faith and redemption, of holding on and letting go, and the transcendent power of love.