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Another Kind of Love  
InFusion Theatre at Chopin Theatre Another Kind of Love
 
After being apart for 15 years, sisters (and band mates) reunite for a one-night concert commemorating the anniversary of their rock legend mother's suicide. Featuring live performances of an original score by Rodewald, past regrets, present emotions and future doubts converge with punk and family in Skillman's new play developed around the country at IAMA Theatre Company in LA, LiveWire in Chicago, Live Girls! in Seattle and Women's Project Theater in New York City.
   
Anything Goes  
Marriott Theatre In Lincolnshire Anything Goes
 
Anything Goes is a willfully silly tale of love, deception and celebrity chasing on the high seas remains a crowd pleaser. Love and infatuation fill the air aboard the opulent S.S. American, but things are far from smooth sailing for an unusual array of passengers making their way across the Atlantic. The funny and fast-paced story follows evangelist-turned-nightclub singer Reno Sweeney en route from New York to London and her pal, young Wall Street broker Billy Crocker, who is stowed away to be near his love, American debutante "Hope Harcourt". A series of mistaken identities and good old-fashioned blackmail ensue as Reno and gangster-on-the-run Moonface Martin, join forces to help Billy in his quest to win Hope's heart and break off her engagement to the wealthy Lord Evelyn Oakleigh.
   
Bad Jews  
Theater Wit 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.
   
Beast on the Moon  
Raven Theatre Beast on the Moon
 
Aram Tomasian is an Armenian immigrant living in 1920's Milwaukee who has escaped the massacre of 1.5 million Armenians in 1915 by the Turks in his homeland in Eastern Turkey. He wants to make a fresh start and build a new family in the new world to replace the family he lost to the genocide. He selects a mail-order bride and into his life comes an Armenian teen-ager, Seta, who has also escaped the vicious grip of the Ottoman warlords. He learns that building a marriage and a family is more difficult than he anticipated, but he ultimately succeeds in unexpected and heart-warming ways.
   
Belfast Girls  
Artemisia at The Den Theatre Belfast Girls
 
Award-winning writer Jaki McCarrick dramatizes Irish history: Five young women set sail from Belfast in 1850 bound for Australia during the Irish Famine, hopeful they will find a fresh start in a new land. Love, adventure and betrayal await them as dirty secrets are revealed and the Belfast Girls are forced to come to terms with the disasters they have left behind.
   
Bible Bingo  
Royal George Theatre Bible Bingo
 
From Vicki Quade, the creator of the popular comedy Late Nite Catechism, comes the new interactive comedy Bible Bingo. The Archdiocese's new bingo department needs to raise money for the parish. That's where you come in: Get ready to play bingo for a variety of wacky prizes. Along the way, you'll be drawn into conversation about everything from Adam and Eve to modern sins. Just be careful: You might laugh so hard you forget to yell "bingo."
   
Big Fish  
Theatre At The Center Big Fish
 
Shifting between two timelines, BIG FISH tells the story of traveling salesman Edward Bloom (Jeff Award-winner Stef Tovar) and his relationship with his adult son Will (Jeff Award-nominee Nathan Gardner). In the present-day world, sixty-year-old Edward faces his final chapter while Will gets ready to face fatherhood himself. Returning to the fairy-tale past, Edward tells his larger-than-life anecdotes of teenage encounters with a Witch, a Giant, a Mermaid, and the love of his life, Sandra (Jeff Award-winner Colette Todd). Determined to find the truth behind Edward's epic adventures, Will embarks on a journey of his own. The stories meet as Will discovers a secret his father's stories never exposed.
   
Billy Elliot The Musical  
Drury Lane- Oakbrook Billy Elliot The Musical
 
Set during the 1984-85 U.K. miners' strike in a small working class town in the English countryside, young Billy discovers a passion for ballet and trades in his boxing gloves for dancing shoes. As he struggles against the odds to make his dream of becoming a dancer come true, Billy inspires his family and whole community, changing their lives forever. This joyous celebration of one boy's journey defying convention to follow his heart is a must-see theatrical experience.
   
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.
   
Bob: A Life In Five Acts  
LiveWire Chicago at Flat Iron Arts Building Bob: A Life In Five Acts
 
A highly funny and engaging ensemble piece, BOB follows the life of one man-from his birth in a White Castle bathroom to his rags-to-riches-to-failure-to-what-next future. Think Forrest Gump but performed by Monty Python: BOB is filled with moments of Americana, hope and nostalgia all with a wink and awareness of social satire that roasts the American dream and celebrates its detritus.
   
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.
   
Chalk  
Sideshow Theatre Company at Victory Gardens Theater - Biograph Chalk
 
Maggie survived the end of the world, but it hasn't really ended, has it? Stuck in an abandoned building with nearly unlimited supplies, a broken radio and a book of spells, she bides her time and waits for the monsters to leave. But when her daughter reappears, Maggie can't celebrate because something is not quite right. The two women square off with both their lives hanging in the balance, and all that keeps them separate is a razor-thin chalk circle, hastily drawn by Maggie on the floor. The world premiere of ensemble member Walt McGough's intense sci-fi fable digs deep into issues of motherhood, responsibility and possession of all kinds.
   
Chicago Is!  
Berger Park Coach House Chicago Is!
 
Chicago Is much more than the lakefront, The Loop, the blues, the blizzards or even Da Bears, and well over a dozen local composers prove it with original songs that shine a fresh spotlight on the Second City. As part of the development of this new revue, the seven-member cast went out and interviewed a variety of Chicagoland residents, and have woven their answers into this entertaining show filled with all-new music and stories, coming to the stage at the Coach House in Berger Park.
   
Cinderella  
Chicago Kids Company at Beverly Arts Center Cinderella
 
Dreams really do come true! See for yourself in this re-telling of the most popular fairytale ever told! Sing, dance, and clap along with all the familiar characters in this fantastic story! The show runs one hour with no intermission, and is targeted for kids aged 2 to 12.
   
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!
   
Cowboy Versus Samurai  
A-Squared Theatre Workshop at The Den Theatre Cowboy Versus Samurai
 
Race replaces a famously enormous nose in this funny and moving re-imagining of Edmond Rostand's Cyrano de Bergerac. Cowboy Versus Samurai centers around Travis Park, a high school English teacher who is one of only two Asian Americans in a small Wyoming town. His world is thrown for a loop when a beautiful, smart Asian American woman moves to town. Travis secretly falls for her only to discover that she dates only white men, including his dim-witted cowboy friend. Meanwhile, a crazily righteous Asian American pal seeks Travis' help on a quest to fully embrace their Asian heritage. Travis must ultimately choose between his American and his Asian identity-between the cowboy and the samurai-within himself.
   
Crime Scene Chicago: The Next Chapter  
Collaboraction at Flat Iron Arts Building Crime Scene Chicago: The Next Chapter
 
Collaboraction's new spring production is the 2015 chapter to Chicago's history of violent crime and a call to discover what it might take to create lasting change. This new installment syncs up with Collaboraction's current Let Hope Rise tour, a community variety show born from Crime Scene, now rotating monthly through July at Chicago Park District facilities in Englewood, Austin and Roger's Park, and precedes Collaboraction's planned Crime Scene parks tour every weekend in August.
   
Crimes of the Heart  
Step Up Productions at Athenaeum Theatre Crimes of the Heart
 
Nothing like a murder to bring a family together. Such are the circumstances that kick-start Crimes of the Heart, the Pulitzer-winning drama about the quirky MaGrath sisters and the sordid deeds they must reconcile. Holed up at their grandaddy's house in Mississippi, the motherless trio have a knack for dysfunction, with the latest fiasco involving youngest sister Babe's shooting of her abusive husband. Meanwhile, eldest sister Lenny is becoming more of an old maid all the time and middle sister Meg has suffered a nervous breakdown after seeing her dreams of a singing career dashed. More than 30 years after Diane Keaton, Jessica Lange and Sissy Spacek starred in an acclaimed film adaptation, Step Up Productions' new staging of Crimes of the Heart proves that this tale of sisterhood in all its dimensions is as potent, touching and hilarious as ever.
   
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."
   
The December Man  
Mary-Arrchie Theatre at Angel Island Theater The December Man
 
In the aftermath of the deadly 1989 Montreal Massacre, Benoit and Kathleen do everything they can to help their beloved son cope with his guilt and rage... but Jean's young life becomes unglued. Using humor and the humdrum of everyday life, Murphy intuitively moves backwards in time to the fateful day when Jean, the only ray of hope in this working-class family, escaped the deadly shooting rampage at a Montreal university... or thought he did. This searing drama on courage, heroism and despair explores the long private shadow that public violence casts.
   
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.
   
The Divine Order of Becoming  
MPAACT at The Greenhouse Theater Center The Divine Order of Becoming
 
In the darkest moment of her life, Erica is suddenly overtaken by a deluge of memories of her life with her mother Eva. In The Divine Order of Becoming we watch the relationship of mother and daughter unfold with joy and angst-fear and forgiveness...and Erica ultimately realizing her mother's strength and humanity.
   
Doctor Robot  
Cornservatory Doctor Robot
 
For many years, we at Corn have needed help for the insanity that surrounds and IS us...for many years we have sought a cure...for many years we have asked, "Is there a Doctor in the house?" And after a long wait, our prayers have been answered as Corn Productions presents, Doctor Robot at Cornservatory. True to form, the Doctor in question is a Robot, and Doctor Robot is an improv team but hey...beggars can't be choosers, especially when it comes to health care. Thanks Obama! So we will take our medicine every week with Doctor Robot at Cornservatory which will feature Doctor Robot as well as other guest teams performing a wide variety of prescriptions, from short form games to long form improv to cure what ails all of us
   
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.
   
The Drowning Girls  
Signal Ensemble Theatre The Drowning Girls
 
Bessie, Alice and Margaret have two things in common: they are married to George Joseph Smith, and they are dead. Surfacing from the bathtubs they were drowned in, the three breathless brides gather evidence against their womanizing, murderous husband by reliving the shocking events leading up to their deaths. Reflecting on the misconceptions of love, married life, and the not-so-happily ever after, The Drowning Girls is both a breathtaking fantasia and a social critique, full of rich images, a myriad of characters, and lyrical language.
   
The Drowsy Chaperone  
Metropolis Performing Arts Centre The Drowsy Chaperone
 
A grumpy man puts the cast album of his favorite stage musical, The Drowsy Chaperone, on his record player to chase his blues away. Suddenly, his dingy apartment is magically transformed into a 1928 Broadway set and he finds himself in the center of a "musical within a comedy," mixed up in mayhem with a starlet, her groom, a desperate producer, gangsters, a drunken chaperone and more. Featuring such songs as "Fancy Dress," "As We Stumble Along" and "Show Off," the original Broadway run of The Drowsy Chaperone won Tony Awards for Best Book of a Musical and Best Original Score. Now a sparkling new production comes to Metropolis Performing Arts Centre.
   
Ghost Gardens  
Pegasus Theatre Chicago at Chicago Dramatists Ghost Gardens
 
"Ghost Gardens" follows a dying-on-the-vine Detroit community withered by neglect, illness and infertility. When Lorelie announces her pregnancy, it sets in motion an entwined series of events that threaten to spiral out of control. Simoncic's new play is the gripping story of a pimp-turned- preacher looking for redemption, a stripper-turned nurse searching for justice and an ex-con-turned-social media maverick sowing the seeds of transformation.
   
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.
   
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?
   
Grounded  
Annoyance Theatre Grounded
 
"Grounded" is a dramatic alternative to the typical improv show. Curated by Mike Gifford and Matt Nikkila. Gifford explains, "Dramatic improv is funny but also allows for the improvisation to explore a range of emotions." Each week will feature a rotating cast of talented improvisors from around Chicago, all with varying levels of experience. Weekly performers include Nikkila, Gifford and his improv partner Michael Grush, Brittani Ferguson, and Nico Pressley.
   
Hamlet  
Transcendent Hamlet
 
Set following the Summer of Love, this immersive new interpretation of Shakespeare's Hamlet transports Claudius and Gertrude to the anarchy and chaos of the American '60s, where Hamlet rails against the establishment. It's a heady time following the death of the king and Hamlet has trouble in mind as he plots to avenge the murder of his father. Revenge, sex, greed and the supernatural permeate Transcendent Ensemble Theatre Company's treatment of Shakespeare's classic play in Wicker Park. Arrive when doors open to toast Claudius and Gertrude at their wedding reception, where libations will be available for a donation.
   
Hamlet's House  
The Public House Theatre Hamlet's House
 
Hamlet is the guy who lives in Apartment 2B. And by "guy," we mean "big, fluffy dog" who loves to play. Flip is his human best friend with a brilliant imagination, and together, they have adventures that can take them anywhere. On this one particular morning, Hamlet wakes up and starts playing with his toys, in his usual, fantastical way. Flip shows up, and they embark on an incredible journey. Will the visit the Invisible Kitchen, or fly off to the farthest reaches of Outer Space? What new and interesting friends will they meet along the way? Maybe Kresge the Handyman, Libby the Scientist, or someone famous like The Three Little Pigs.
   
Have a Great Summer  
Stage 773 Have a Great Summer
 
Members of the poetry slam collective Chicago Slam Works House Ensemble delve into the awkwardness of their teen years with Have a Great Summer. This performance poetry piece riffs on that obligatory high school yearbook passage kids scribble at the end of the year and uses it as a springboard for reflecting on the universal hilarity and God-awful embarrassment of adolescence. The ensemble members relive their painfully true histories and wonder aloud if anything has ever really changed since they entered adulthood. It's a relatable, wince-worthy walk down memory lane that gets underway at the Belmont Theater District's Stage 773.
   
Hello and Goodbye  
Bluebird Arts at Prop Theatre Hello and Goodbye
 
It's 1965 in the white slums of Port Elizabeth, South Africa. Hello and Goodbye is the story of Johnny and Hester Smit, a brother and sister. Johnny has been looking after his father, a former railway worker who was disabled in an explosion. Hester, Johnny's older sister, returns after a 15-year estrangement. As one of Fugard's early works, Hello and Goodbye is largely apolitical, more focusing on family dynamics and the feelings of what one is "owed."
   
The Herd  
Steppenwolf Theatre The Herd
 
It's Andy's 21st birthday and preparations for the party are under way. But Andy and his caregiver are running late. As his family gathers, two unexpected guests appear, straining the delicate family dynamic. With a deft comic touch, The Herd introduces us to a suburban English family who have had to re-organize themselves around the extraordinary needs of one of their own, bringing to light the challenges of reconciliation, the power of shared memories and the irresistible pull of family.
   
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.
   
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.
   
In Fraud We Trust!  
Stage 773 In Fraud We Trust!
 
Chicago is famous for many things... including corruption. Dating back to the days when Capone ran the town, Chicago can also boast over 30 city councilmember convictions since the '70s. Off-Color Comedy runs with the tradition with their new live-action sitcom In Fraud We Trust! at Stage 773. Downtrodden do-gooder Drew Korman finds himself cooking the books for Chicago's corrupt city clerk. Pulled in two directions by his conspiracy theorist roommate Kevin and the cunning chief of staff Julie, Drew must decide on playing it straight or getting in on the cut at the taxpayers' expense.
   
Inana  
TimeLine Theatre Company Inana
 
On the eve of the United States' invasion of Baghdad in 2003, an Iraqi museum curator plots to save treasured antiquities, including the statue of ancient mother goddess Inana-metaphorically, the soul of the country-from destruction. Fleeing to London with his young bride, he makes a life-altering deal to ensure the statue's preservation. Against a background of international and personal intrigue, playwright Michele Lowe opens a window of hope and healing with her poignant and beautiful love story.
   
Lady Windermere's Fan  
Dead Writers Theatre Collective at Stage 773 Lady Windermere's Fan
 
Married into the peak of London high society, rich, titled, beautiful and proper Lady Margaret Windermere is 21 years old and without a care in the world. Before the next sunrise, malicious gossip, a glamorous woman with a dangerous past, a charming gent​leman with a wicked reputation, and a misplaced fan will threaten to destroy everything she holds dear and change her forever.
   
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.
   
Later Life  
Oil Lamp Theater Later Life
 
If you were given a second chance -- an opportunity to recapture something wonderful, to reverse a regret that's been with you for years -- would you be brave enough to risk everything for another shot at happiness? Austin, the detached, middle-aged Boston banker at the center of this heartwarming comedy, will face this very question over the course of Later Life. When he unexpectedly runs into Ruth, a charming woman with whom he once shared a brief romantic encounter many years ago, Austin discovers that she's in a bad marriage that she may be thinking of escaping. But will he be able to pursue this potential romance, or will he withdraw back into his safe, solitary existence? A reminder of all that life can offer if you're willing to roll the dice, this Oil Lamp Theater production of A.R. Gurney's Later Life is a warmhearted and humorous look at love and second chances.
   
Les Liaisons Dangereuses  
AstonRep Theatre Company at Raven Theatre Les Liaisons Dangereuses
 
This new production transports the audience back to 1917 Russia before the dawn of the Revolution, where a pair of aristocratic rivals and former lovers employ their wiles in a game of sex and dominance. LES LIAISONS DANGEREUSES was the winner of London's Olivier Award for Best New Play in 1986 and received multiple Tony Award nominations. The film adaptation received three Academy Awards, including Best Adapted Screenplay.
   
The Little Foxes  
Goodman Theatre The Little Foxes
 
In Hellman's turn-of-the century study of family greed, Ben and Oscar Hubbard stand to earn millions funding an industrialized cotton mill, and seek help with the initial investment from their sister Regina. The refusal of Regina's dying husband to finance their scheme sets off an explosive series of betrayals, shattering the Hubbard clan's genteel façade and exposing their ruthless pursuit of wealth. Ferocious, funny and enduringly relevant, The Little Foxes is an absorbing chronicle of the dark side of the American Dream and wealth's corrupting power--and "one of the most enjoyably chilling chapters in the history of melodrama" (The New York Times).
   
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.
   
Lunacy  
Jackalope Theatre at Broadway Armory Lunacy
 
The latest brainchild of resident playwright Andrew Burden Swanson imagines a madcap 1969 in which the conspiracy theorists may have been right. Kennedy guaranteed a man on the moon by the end of the decade, and NASA is running out of time to fulfill the promise that will awe the world and unite a nation. March 15: A young physicist reports for duty at MGM Borehamwood Studios. The mission at hand? Film a simulated moon landing that the whole world will fall for. With a young Donald Rumsfeld in the director's chair, CIA agents in the roles of our space-bound heroes and the whole of Stanley Kubrick's cinematic technology at their fingertips, what could possibly go wrong? Perfectionists in both science and art unite to reinforce American ambition, reinvigorate a sense of wonder, and inspire through knowledge of possibility - however unfathomable it may seem.
   
MacSith  
E.D.G.E. Theatre at Pendulum Theater Space MacSith
 
Shakespeare goes sci-fi in MacSith, a dynamic combination of "The Scottish Play" and Star Wars. With the planet of Cumber finally at peace, Mon Beth returns home to celebrate his army's triumph against the Weyan Invaders. Soon, however, he encounters a sinister prophecy: Against all odds and his low station, Mon Beth will one day become King of Cumber. Driven by this prediction and by his wife's insatiable lust for power, Mon Beth puts all his might into taking the throne ... no matter the cost. Neither parody nor farce, this Star Wars/Shakespeare mash-up is a heart-pounding, full-throttle, 70-minute drama with fight choreography by professional fight director Orion Couling. Light-sabers hiss and snap during this inventive and ever-powerful tragedy at Right Brain Theatre.
   
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.
   
Melancholy Play: a chamber musical  
Piven Theatre Melancholy Play: a chamber musical
 
Melancholy Play is a lighthearted farce centered on Tilly (Stephanie Stockstill), a melodramatic bank teller who finds herself in a state of utter and complete sadness. It affects everyone around her. From Frank (Chris Ballou), a tailor who deeply loves her melancholia, Lorenzo (Ryan Lanning), her eccentric therapist from an unspecified European country, Frances (Lauren Paris), her hairdresser who pays the ultimate price for her infatuation when she transforms into an almond, and Joan (Emily Grayson), the helpless nurse who watches her girlfriend devolve into a nut.
   
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!
   
Miracle!  
Hell in a Handbag Productions at Mary's Attic Miracle!
 
MIRACLE! tells the story of Helen Stellar, a young deaf and blind drag queen who loves to perform under the watchful eye of her drag mother who just happens to be her biological father - Crystal Pain. Crystal is owner of The Brass Connection, an old school drag club where the performers are just like any other normal family - crazy as hell. When the state assigns Annie Sullivan to teach Helen to better communicate, all hell breaks loose and we soon discover that Helen is the most normal of all of the inhabitants of The Brass Connection. MIRACLE! is about family (biological and chosen), a father and son, gay and lesbian subculture and finding your voice.
   
Old Wicked Songs  
Provision Theater Company Old Wicked Songs
 
Nominated for the 1996 Pulitzer Prize in drama, OLD WICKED SONGS tells the story of a prodigious young pianist suffering an artistic block and the aging musician who helps re-ignite his inspiration. A third "character" in the play is the music of Robert Schumann, whose song cycle the Dichterliebe (Poet's Love) echoes throughout the work -- its structure and themes mirrored in the events on stage. OLD WICKED SONGS is an emotional journey through joy and sadness, anger and redemption, out of which emerges healing, inspiration and music.
   
Other Hands  
Linchpin Theatre at Josephinum Academy Other Hands
 
In a world of systematic, high-speed technology, some people expect to live life as efficiently as the machines they depend on...and when a machine breaks down, there is usually someone with the skills to fix it. But in an age where things that don't work and can't be mended are thrown away, what do we do with something as human and messy as love?
   
Our New Girl  
Profiles Theatre - The Main Stage Our New Girl
 
Our New Girl is a startling psychological drama about the darker side of modern parenthood. Behind the shiny door of Hazel Robinson's immaculate London home, things aren't as good as they look. Her plastic surgeon husband, Richard, has embarked on his latest charitable mission to Haiti, leaving the heavily pregnant Hazel to cope with a failing business and a problem son. When a professional nanny arrives unannounced on her doorstep, Hazel finds her home under the shadow of a seemingly perfect stranger, and one who has an agenda of her own.
   
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.
   
Picasso at the Lapin Agile  
Organic Theater Company at The Greenhouse Theater Center Picasso at the Lapin Agile
 
When Steve Martin, the Emmy- and Grammy-winning wizard of wit, imagines a meeting between two of history's greatest minds, the result is nothing short of genius: Picasso at the Lapin Agile. In this hilarious and thought-provoking play, the year is 1904 and two aspiring twenty-somethings named Albert Einstein and Pablo Picasso hang out at the same gritty Parisian bistro. In his first comedy for the stage, Martin plays fast and loose with fact, fame and fortune as the two geniuses muse on the century's achievements, as well as other fanciful topics with infectious dizziness. Josh Anderson directs the wonderfully absurdist Picasso at the Lapin Agile at Chicago's Greenhouse Theater Center.
   
The Power Of Prom  
Annoyance Theatre The Power Of Prom
 
Written as a loving tribute to the 80's, the show combines elements of the songs, movies, television shows, and pop-culture that epitomized the decade.
   
The Project(s)  
American Theater Company The Project(s)
 
The Project(s) innovatively combines documentary theater with a cappella music, body percussion and stepping to create a provocative examination of the successes and failures of public housing that poses the question, "What is America's responsibility to its poor?"
   
Quiz Show  
Strawdog Theatre Quiz Show
 
Strawdog Theatre Company presents the U.S. Premiere of Quiz Show, written by Rob Drummond. We join everyone's favorite Quizmaster Daniel Caplin on the set of FALSE! - the popular game show where gifted contestants must catch the lies to win the ultimate prize - the chance to find out what's behind the "Door of Truth." Sandra is ready to take down the defending champion, but as the questions become increasingly strange, those within the game start to sense the rules are changing. Oracle Theatre's Max Truax, director of their smash hit The Mother, makes his Strawdog debut in this urgent response to the power of celebrity and the horrors it can disguise.
   
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.
   
The Salts  
The Inconvenience at Flat Iron Arts Building The Salts
 
Drawing inspiration from live music experiences, The Salts is a brave foray into the infusion of contemporary dance with the spirit, prowess and the explosive performances of iconic frontmen. The Salts perform a set of high-velocity dances to distorted guitar, driving bass lines, wild vocals and heart-thumping drum beats. An exercise in engaging the audience outside of the typical: instead of seats, expect a standing room only venue that allows everybody close access to the action.
   
Scissortail  
Adapt Theatre Productions at Redtwist Theatre Scissortail
 
Scissortail tells the story of Gavin, an Oklahoman forced to deal with the traumatic affects the Oklahoma City Bombing had on his life, twenty years after the event. Told through conversations between Gavin and his best friend Sarah, recorded conversations with Timothy McVeigh, and thematic dream sequences, Scissortail confronts the theme of loss in a unique way and sheds light on one of the most horrific terrorist attacks in American history.
   
Scotland Road  
BoHo Theatre at Heartland Studio Theatre Scotland Road
 
When a young woman is discovered adrift in the north Atlantic, seemingly a survivor of the Titanic, an obsessed aristocrat must decide if she is for real or an elaborate fraud. Scotland Road examines the power of secrets and the yearning to be something that you're not.
   
The Secret Garden  
Court Theatre The Secret Garden
 
After a vicious cholera outbreak in the British Raj claims the lives of both her parents, ten year-old Mary Lennox is sent back to England to live at her estranged uncle's estate. Orphaned and alone, Mary finds herself haunted not only by the ghosts of her own past, but by those of her melancholy uncle, Archibald Craven. As Mary begins to find her way through her uncle's maze of secrets, she makes an incredible discovery that unlocks a wellspring of hope and renewal for them both. Winner of the Tony Award for Best Book and adapted from the beloved 1911 novel by Frances Hodgson Burnett, The Secret Garden reunites Artistic Director Charles Newell and Music Director Doug Peck (Caroline, or Change; Carousel; Porgy and Bess) for this exquisitely beautiful musical about hope blooming from the darkest of places.
   
Sense and Sensibility  
Chicago Shakespeare Theater Sense and Sensibility
 
Jane Austen's deliciously charming romance is full of wit, passion and now, glorious song. This world premiere musical from Tony Award-nominated composer Paul Gordon was specially commissioned by CST for the 2014/15 Season. Under the masterful hand of Artistic Director Barbara Gaines, beautiful melodies trace the lives of Elinor and Marianne Dashwood-two sisters whose fortunes change following their father's untimely death. One cool and deliberate, the other consumed by youthful passion, their quest for suitable husbands unfolds in a period-perfect production that will set your spirits soaring.
   
The Seven Secret Plays of Madame Caprice  
Silent Theatre Company at Chopin Theatre The Seven Secret Plays of Madame Caprice
 
The Seven Secret Plays of Madame Caprice willed itself into existence through patience and chance mostly, and perhaps a dash of audacity. Inspired by a dreamt adventure, this blend of music and theatrical storytelling, this bubbling cauldron of creativity, has a metamorphic nature. Performers, musicians and even context change as the show grows more aware of itself, transcending its origins as it evolves.
   
Shell Theory, An Existential Musical  
CIC Theater Shell Theory, An Existential Musical
 
When it is scientifically proven that the entire universe only exists in the dream of a sleeping turtle, humanity must grapple with the fear (and the fun!) of futility. The show opens just as this crazy revelation is leaked to the public and tracks the fallout within political circles, family dynamics, and sensationalist media.
   
Shining Lives: A Musical  
Northlight Theatre Shining Lives: A Musical
 
It's 1922 and the young women of Chicago's Radium Dial Company are living a dream- earning good wages and beaming with new-found independence. After years of hand painting watch dials, the so-called "harmless" radium that provided for so much joy leads to tragic results. Four courageous women upend their lives with a determination to change the future in this compelling new musical, the transcendent tale of heroic lives that glowed with promise.
   
Soon I Will Be Invincible  
Lifeline Theatre Soon I Will Be Invincible
 
The devious Doctor Impossible has escaped from prison and legendary superhero CoreFire has vanished without a trace. With the fate of the world in their hands, the New Champions have mere hours to recover their fallen comrade and stop their arch-nemesis before his doomsday device is complete. Joined by Fatale, a cyborg with an arsenal of deadly hardware and a host of self-esteem issues, the mighty super-team must face their darkest hour - and the truths buried in their deeply troubled pasts. A thrilling new musical about power and identity set in a vibrant world of heroes and villains, in a world premiere adaptation.
   
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.
   
Sounds So Sweet  
Black Ensemble Theater Sounds So Sweet
 
Featuring music from the girl groups of yesterday to today, Sounds So Sweet is a musical journey with songs from Destiny's Child, En Vogue, The Chiffons, The Shirelles, The Supremes, and the Andrews Sisters - just to name a few. The music is delivered through the Harris family as they come together to reminisce and prepare for the final celebration of their beloved Grandstine. True to the Black Ensemble Theater style, this story is full of hope, love, and reminders of the great contributions that girl groups have made to the American Song Book of Soul.
   
Stars and Gripes  
The Public House Theatre Stars and Gripes
 
Laughter is the best medicine, especially when you've seen the darkest side of humanity. "Stars and Gripes," presented by The Veterans of Comedy, is a sketch show written, directed and performed by seven young men and women who have served in varied branches of our armed forces. With a twist of humor, they are telling their difficult stories, bringing to the stage their personal experiences of training for and being at war, and what unexpected aftermath awaited them when they returned home.
   
Stick Fly  
Windy City Playhouse Stick Fly
 
Originally developed as part of The August Wilson New Play Initiative at Congo Square where it premiered in 2006, Stick Fly is the story of an affluent black family over a three-day summer weekend on Martha's Vineyard. Young writer Taylor (Celeste Cooper), the daughter of a late African-American academic, accompanies her entomologist fiance Kent (Tyrone Phillips) to meet his family at their vacation home on the Vineyard. On hand for the weekend is powerful patriarch neurosurgeon Joe (Phillip Edward Van Lear), Kent's plastic surgeon brother Flip (Michael Pogue), Flip's new white girlfriend Kimber (Kristen Magee) and black housekeeper Cheryl (Paige Collins).
   
stop. reset.  
Goodman Theatre stop. reset.
 
When your business is publishing African-American books, it's hard to view the rapid advance of technology, like the rise of e-books and digital technologies, with the same enthusiasm as the rest of modern society. And so it is for Chicago businessman Alex Ames, who, while all of his employees are looking on the not-so-bright side of their futures, is looking for inspiration, which appears in the unlikely form of a mysterious teenager, whose inventive, forward-thinking ideas may provide the solution to preserving Alex's legacy. Acclaimed Goodman Theatre artistic associate Regina Taylor directs her new play stop.reset. at Goodman Theatre in the Owen.
   
Tartuffe  
Organic Theater Company at The Greenhouse Theater Center Tartuffe
 
How does the immune system of a family allow an infectious stranger to wreak havoc? A devilish comedy about the art of deception and the price of misplaced faith, Moliere's Tartuffe reveals a tale as outrageous as it is insightful. When the cunning Tartuffe wields a pretense of piety to capture the imagination of Orgon, the scoundrel succeeds in usurping the patriarch's home, throwing Orgon's family into utter chaos. As Orgon's infatuation with Tartuffe's fraudulent religious fervor grows, the depth of Tartuffe's deception becomes increasingly threatening.
   
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.
   
Thinking Caps  
Strangeloop Theatre at Charnel House Chicago Thinking Caps
 
Everyone who is anyone has a Thinking Cap and they live in a semi-virtual, semi-real world where imagination is the key to success. But how far is too far when it comes to technology? Relevant to the audiences of today who are grappling with new and ever-changing methods of interaction, Thinking Caps explores the upsides and downsides of social media set in the virtual reality technology of the near future.
   
Three Sisters  
The Hypocrites at The Den Theatre Three Sisters
 
The Hypocrites explore the absurd, existential comedy of Chekhov's Prozorov sisters, whose daily lives in a drab provincial town pale in comparison to their imagined futures in the big city. Director Geoff Button follows the gradually building devastation that results from the sisters' comic missteps.
   
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.
   
Trust Us/Screw You  
Neo-Futurists Trust Us/Screw You
 
You can't con an honest man... But honest men don't go to the theatre. Only degenerates who pay to be lied to. Join The Neo-Futurists as they convert their theatre into a cabaret of social experiments, exploring the history and mechanics of confidence games traveling from the lovable Grifters of the 1920's to the stock market swindlers of today. Using personal narrative, dance and deception, games of chance and a live band, this two man show looks at the past to better understand the present. Come with a dollar and you may just leave with two.
   
Twisted Melodies  
Congo Square Theatre at Athenaeum Theatre Twisted Melodies
 
Twisted Melodies is a fictionalized journey through the mind of musical genius Donny Hathaway. We see a man lost in space and time, battling schizophrenia and trying to come to terms with - everything. Join us for an experience that explores the psychology of a genius and his music as he deals with the extreme circumstances of mental illness.
   
The White Road  
Irish Theatre of Chicago at The Den Theatre The White Road
 
THE WHITE ROAD is the story of Ernest Shackleton's ill-fated attempt to cross Antarctica from sea to sea via the South Pole. The crew is forced to abandon their ship, The Endurance, having been crushed by pack ice. They have one path ahead - The White Road. Experience an incredible story of survival, under near impossible conditions, and a display of the strength of the human spirit when all hope appears lost.
   
The Wild Duck  
Halcyon Theatre at Christ Lutheran Church The Wild Duck
 
A father dreams of a new invention that can restore his fallen family's name to greatness. A grandfather dreams of the old days in the wilderness. A dutiful mother keeps the family together, hoping to keep old secrets hidden. When everything in the world around them is constantly changing, an old friend visits. He is dreaming of a new world founded on ridding the family of secrets. A daughter is caught in the middle, looking for a way out. Henrik Ibsen's masterpiece explores what is love in a world where the most genuine expressions of human feelings are hidden behind fake personas
   
The Woman Before  
Trap Door Theatre The Woman Before
 
Frank doesn't recognize his teenage sweetheart, Romy, when she turns up at his door 24 years later. She's come to remind him of a promise he made. Meanwhile, Frank's son is making a similar promise to his teenage girlfriend. When an accident forces Frank to take Romy into his home, the cracks in Frank's marriage begin to widen and events take a startling turn. Playing with time and perception, Schimmelpfennig's The Woman Before is a tense, darkly humorous study of obsession, desire and the enduring power of first love.
   
WOZ: A Rock Cabaret  
Stage 773 WOZ: A Rock Cabaret
 
Most of us have memories of younger days spent pretending to be one of the iconic characters from The Wizard of Oz, battling menacing hordes of flying monkeys and singing catchy tunes about our missing brains, courage, hearts or homes. Well, now you can rock on down the yellow brick road with WOZ: A Rock Cabaret, and its cast of characters who refuse to grow up and quit playing make-believe. At this Stage 773 production, you'll hear power ballads and arena anthems that retell The Wizard of Oz in the style of '80s, '90s and today's pop music. It's like your favorite radio station ... only with witches, munchkins and magical journeys.
   
ZIG: EDM Suicide  
MCL Chicago ZIG: EDM Suicide
 
Set in the technoheavy modern day, "ZIG: EDM Suicide" introduces audiences to EDM (Electronic Dance Music) superstar ZIG who craves to make any type of real connection with the youth of this generation, not with their cell phones. While ZIG searches for the song that will connect his millennial fans to rock 'n' roll music, his label only wants him to be trending no matter the cost. Drawing inspiration from rock legends of the 1970s, particularly David Bowie and his alterego Ziggy Stardust, ZIG ventures on a drug fueled fantasia receiving help from cosmic characters such as Space Jesus Neil Degrasse Tyson, Sarah from "Labyrinth" and Major Tom. Join ZIG on his odyssey into 1970s arena rock and roll.