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Anna, in the Darkness  
Dream Theatre Anna, in the Darkness
 
Anna, in the Darkness, returns to the stage with scares to spare. Megan Merrill stars as Anna, a young teacher barricaded in her house while outside angry townfolk gather howling for blood. Writer-director Jeremy Menekseoglu has crafted a tale where the menace is far scarier -- and far more profound -- than brainless zombies or creeping vampires. Filled with jump scares and deeper, more lasting disturbances, Anna, in the Darkness is a powerful psychological thriller that keeps you in the dark as to what is real and what is imagined until the very end. Prepare yourself for what the Chicago Reader raved was a "devilish torture on the imagination."
   
Apes Of Wrath  
Second City Apes Of Wrath
 
In the world of high stakes, we become a more heightened version of ourselves, which can sometimes resemble more simian behavior than human. From unitard sporting performance artists, an intimate encounter with robot culture and the primal effects of downsizing, "Apes of Wrath" embraces the dark and light sides of our human devolution.
   
Avenue Q  
Mercury Theater Avenue Q
 
A racy cross between South Park and Sesame Street, AVENUE Q is a modern musical focusing on a group of unique 20- somethings making their way in the big city, seeking their purpose in life. AVENUE Q features Music and Lyrics by Jeff Marx and Robert Lopez (co-creator of THE BOOK OF MORMON and recent Academy Award winner for FROZEN) and a Book by Jeff Whitty. Variety exclaimed, "Of all the musicals hatched in the post-2000 age of irony, AVENUE Q has remained the freshest and funniest!" Director L. Walter Stearns explains that the real magic of the show is when the audience "forgets that the puppets are nothing more than fur and felt and start to believe they have a mind, heart and soul." Although AVENUE Q addresses humorous adult issues, it is similar to a beloved children's show: a place where puppets are friends, monsters are good and life lessons are learned.
   
Ball At The Savoy  
Chicago Folks Operetta at Stage 773 Ball At The Savoy
 
Jazz meets Operetta in the exciting American Premiere of Paul Abraham's 1932 hit, "Ball at the Savoy." This sexy, danced-infused operetta embodies the best of Weimar-era Berlin as a clever wife serves up a tasty dish of revenge to her unfaithful husband. The show set Berlin on fire in 1932 with its infectious music, dancing and ravishing star, Gitta Alpar, until it was shut down by the Nazis. Chicago Folks Operetta's production will feature a 17 piece orchestra, singers, dancers and a new English translation.
   
The Beverly Hillbillies, The Musical  
Theatre At The Center The Beverly Hillbillies, The Musical
 
The Clampett’s trials and tribulations start to unravel when two crafty con artists cook up a scheme to fool overnight millionaire Jed Clampett (Jeff Award-Winner James Harms) out of his not-so-hard-earned millions. The chaos continues as nephew Jethro faces relationship problems, daughter Elly May (Jeff Award-Winner Summer Smart) has growing-up pains, and Granny (Kelly Anne Clark) just wants to go back to the simple, butter-churnin’ life she knows and loves. Despite watching his “black gold” turn into blackmail, Jed remains calm because, in the end, he knows that a country boy is always quicker than a city slicker. The Clampetts stay true to their roots as they face out-of-place encounters and hilarious antics, showcasing their genuine charm.
   
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."
   
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.
   
Brigadoon  
Goodman Theatre Brigadoon
 
When American tourists Tommy and Jeff get lost on vacation in Scotland they stumble into Brigadoon, a mythical village that appears for only one day every 100 years. No outsider can stay in Brigadoon unless they fall in love, and no resident can ever leave or the village will vanish forever. But when Tommy falls for a village girl, he is forced to choose between returning to the world that he knows-or taking a chance on life and love in the mysterious Brigadoon. Big, beautiful and beguiling, Brigadoon is a "ravishing" (The New Yorker) musical delight.
   
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.
   
Catch The Fish  
The Poor Theatre at Rivendell Theatre Ensemble Catch The Fish
 
"Catch the Fish" is a funny and smart comedy about three ambitious and confused LA twenty-one-year-olds: Jordan, Grant, and Lindsay. Its a typical Friday night and they're out late looking for fun when they meet Alison, a divorced, mid-thirties reporter for Vanity Fair writing about Hollywood-wannabe life. Everyone seems to stand to gain when Alison chooses to write a story about their lives. But quickly sexual attraction burns down the professional wall and the kids expose more than they may mean to. Who's catching who? The reporter or the twenty-one-year-olds?
   
Charlotte's Web  
Emerald City Theatre Company at Broadway Playhouse Charlotte's Web
 
Join Wilbur, Charlotte, and Templeton the Rat at the State Fair this summer! When Wilbur is saved and sent to live on the farm, he finds a new, unexpected family. Follow our piggy hero as he grows from being the runt of the litter to "Some Pig" with the help of one remarkable spider. Bring your family to the Fair to experience one of the most beloved children's books of all time brought to life on stage.
   
Chicken Little  
Chicago Kids Company at Beverly Arts Center Chicken Little
 
Sing along with Chicken Little, and her friends Henny Penny, Turkey Lurkey, Loosey Goosey, and Foxy Loxy as they journey to tell the king the news. The show runs one hour with no intermission, and is targeted for kids aged 2 to 12.
   
Cirque Shanghai: Warriors  
Navy Pier Skyline Stage Cirque Shanghai: Warriors
 
This summer's production of "Cirque Shanghai: Warriors" brings an extraordinary line-up of thrilling acts to the stage, including The Kinetic Poles, the powerful Water Meteor and the heart-pounding Pageant of Arms. Returning to the production from last year is the fate-tempting "Wheel of Destiny," and China's premier daredevil steel-globe motorcycle troupe, "Imperial Thunder".
   
Closer  
Spartan Theatre Company at The Den Theatre Closer
 
A doctor, a photographer, an exotic dancer, and a writer become entangled in a complicated romance. Set in contemporary London, this detailed and elaborate character study soon becomes an intimate drama following a pair of couples as they navigate the unsteady terrain of love, desire, honesty and deceit. Under the direction of Artistic Director Patrick Belics, this award winning play looks unflinchingly at how and why we love and lie.
   
Come Blow Your Horn  
Oil Lamp Theater Come Blow Your Horn
 
Come Blow Your Horn tells the story of Alan (Chris Lysy), a young man who lives the plush life of a swinging bachelor in New York City in the early 1960s. He enjoys a merry-go-round of women and shows up only occasionally at work, where his father (Rob Weinstein) is the boss. But Alan's life changes when his inexperienced 21-year-old brother Buddy (Grant Terzakis) "runs away from home" to move in so he can get a taste of his brother's freewheeling lifestyle. Things are further complicated by the arrival of Alan's girlfriend, Connie (Amanda Meyer), who hopes to transform him from a playboy into a loving and responsible adult. But of course, there's Peggy (Marisa Lerman), the voluptuous upstairs neighbor to think about, too, so....
   
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 Dance Of Death  
Writers Theatre The Dance Of Death
 
As their 25th anniversary approaches, military captain Edgar and his wife, Alice, face off in a fierce battle of wills. Their sparring proves both harrowing and hilarious, amplified by the voice of celebrated playwright Conor McPherson (The Seafarer, Shining City, Dublin Carol). His adaptation brings lyricism and ferocity to the story of the tyrannical captain and his manipulative wife, and the "innocent" Kurt who stumbles into their midst and quickly finds himself ensnared in the couple's wicked game.
   
Days Like Today  
Writers Theatre Days Like Today
 
Lovely, hopeful Tessa has vowed that she is through with love-despite the best efforts and conflicting advice of her parents (and their respective lovers). After all, it's never easy to move on before you've had time to heal. But when a handsome young stranger arrives, Tessa must decide whether the idea of love might still be one worth fighting for. With soaring melodies and lyrics that are by turns witty, wry and heartbreakingly poignant, the musical explores what it takes to sustain a relationship in a world where love sometimes seems impossible-and how the first step in finding happiness might be getting out of your own way.
   
Dead Man's Cell Phone  
The Enthusiasts Theatre Company at Athenaeum Theatre Dead Man's Cell Phone
 
An incessantly ringing cell phone in a quiet cafe. A stranger at the next table who has had enough. And a dead man-with a lot of loose ends. The show is about the struggle to connect in a technologically obsessed world.
   
Deathprov  
Cornservatory Deathprov
 
Beginning with a simple suggestion of an object (used to off the actors) and a real world situation, Deathprov sets our players on a Final Destination-esque journey as cast members stab, shoot, shock or otherwise maim each other with a whole myriad of miscellaneous materials. Even if they don't do each other in, you can be sure circumstance will take care of the rest. We don't know what will happen or even how it will happen, but we can tell you how it ends: TPK (Total Party Kill).
   
Depraved New World  
Second City Depraved New World
 
Celebrate the creation of our brand new show and get an exclusive look at The Second City's hilarious 102nd Revue. The Second City's 102nd Revue is written and performed by an all-star cast including Chelsea Devantez, John Hartman, Mike Kosinski, Tawny Newsome (Jeff Award Winner - Best Revue), Emily Walker and Steve Waltien with Jeff Award-Winning Director, Mick Napier. Jesse Case will be at the keys as Music Director and Craig Taylor returns for his 34th Revue as Stage Manager for The Second City Mainstage.
   
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.
   
Exit Strategy  
Jackalope Theatre Company at Broadway Armory Exit Strategy
 
From the acclaimed writer of Hit the Wall and Loom, comes the story of a Chicago public high school slated for closure at the end of the year. The impending shut-down causes tensions in the school's already volcanic neighborhood to rise to the breaking point, but a small group of teachers launch a last minute battle to save the school. Over the course of the year, they put their careers, their future and their safety in the hands of a fast talking administrator who comes on strong: but might actually have no clue what he's doing.
   
Future Perfect  
The Public House Theatre Future Perfect
 
We all dream of what our lives could be- a magical world of soul mates, stability and never saying goodbye. One of Chicago's most imaginative comedy duos, The Beverly D'Angelo Community Players, are back with a new revue, "Future Perfect," to take you into your/their fantasy life for one idyllic hour.
   
Geezers  
Redtwist Theatre Geezers
 
Company member and resident playwright, Tommy Lee Johnston, who penned the Jeff Nominated and newly published play, Aura, introduces us to some beautiful and wonderful old people who are enjoying their golden years in a retirement home. Young Jack, a pathologically shy, 30-year old man, begins a job there helping the seniors with their daily needs. But it's the geezers who wind up helping Jack with his needs. On his road to an epiphany, Jack learns from the old folks that he must break out of his comfort zone to achieve anything in life. Jack learns to crawl--then walk, then fly--with a wise group of mentors guiding him along. Company member, Jan Ellen Graves directs this unique, funny, heartwarming drama about growth and wisdom, learning and loving, life and death.
   
Godspell  
Marriott Theatre In Lincolnshire Godspell
 
Overflowing with energy and a fantastic rock score, GODSPELL is a celebration of life. Classic hits such as "Day By Day," "Light of The World," "Turn Back, O Man" and "By My Side" are sure to raise spirits high and touch the hearts of audiences.
   
The Gun Show  
16th Street Theater at Berwyn Cultural Center The Gun Show
 
We have a problem with guns in America. The problem is we really, really like them. Artistic Associate Juan Francisco Villa depicts the writer while he divulges five true stories turning the spotlight on Lewis' relationship with guns.
   
Hellish Half-Light  
Mary-Arrchie Theatre at Angel Island Theater Hellish Half-Light
 
Six actors assume multiple roles as six of Samuel Beckett's shorter works are staged together in one theatrical experience, in which audience members and characters seamlessly share the same space. The six shorts include Castastrophe, Come and Go, Play, Rough For Theater I, Rough For Theater II and What Where: an autocratic director and his assistant put the final touches on the last moment of a play that consists entirely of a man standing still onstage; three women of indeterminable age sit quietly together on a bench surrounded by darkness, whispering secrets to each other; a man, his wife and his mistress, each imprisoned in individual urns, are held captive by an interrogating, hellish half-light; on a derelict street corner, a man in a wheelchair meets a blind beggar; two bureaucrats search through papers and testimony used to decide the fate of the man standing at a window, posed to jump; and an interrogator engages in self-reflection by directing a memory to perform.
   
Hideous Love Mutants: Marriage Will Change You  
Annoyance Theatre Hideous Love Mutants: Marriage Will Change You
 
Hideous Love Mutants follows Isla, a young woman who is losing her friends to marriage. She watches them transform from wild party girls into sensible domesticated housewives. In retaliation, she goes on a sex crusade to find herself and her soul mate. Does she end up finding her one true love or does she just end up settling for less, like the other 'Hideous Love Mutants?' That's the question our show will rewardingly answer for our audience
   
The Importance Of Being Earnest  
Oak Park Festival Theatre The Importance Of Being Earnest
 
"The Truth Is Rarely Pure & Never Simple" - Oscar Wilde's comic masterpiece is a sly, stylish and sparking satire of public appearance and private identity. Jack and Algernon, two wily and witty bachelors at last fall in love yet their happiness depends on if they embrace the importance of being Earnest.
   
Intimate Apparel  
Eclipse Theatre Company at Athenaeum Theatre Intimate Apparel
 
The 2014 Lynn Nottage season continues with her award-winning play Intimate Apparel. The time is 1905, the place New York City, where Esther, a black seamstress, lives in a boarding house for women and sews intimate apparel for clients who range from wealthy white patrons to prostitutes. Her skills and discretion are much in demand, and she has managed to stuff a goodly sum of money into her quilt over the years. One by one, the other denizens of the boarding house marry and move away, but Esther remains, lonely and longing for a husband and a future. With her plan to use the money she's saved to open a beauty parlor where black women will be treated as royally as the white women she sews for, Esther is determined to use her gifted hands and her sewing machine to refashion her dreams and make them anew from the whole cloth of her life's experiences. Ensemble member and Goodman Theatre Associate Artist, Steve Scott directs.
   
It's Still Life  
The Public House Theatre It's Still Life
 
Objects aren't very complex. They don't breathe. They don't move. They don't feel. Until we come into contact with them. Then they take on a life of their own in a new composition. "It's Still Life" is a bold exploration of people and their things, from precious possessions to discarded baubles, and how we live our lives with them, around them, in spite and because of them.
   
The Jungle  
Oracle Theatre The Jungle
 
Originally published in 1906, Upton Sinclair's novel tells the story of immigrants trying to find their way to the American Dream in the Chicago stockyards at the turn of the 20th century. Sinclair tried to expose the economic disparity and corruption of the time, but audiences fixated on the horrid conditions in which food journeyed to their tables, leaving Sinclair to lament that he, "aimed at the public's heart and by accident hit its stomach." Foss's world premiere adaptation confronts the squalid working conditions by focusing on the story of a small immigrant family from Lithuania, navigating what seems to be a rigged game. As they fight for the American Dream, the family will engage modern audiences in conflicts of immigration, class struggle, and the equal chance to fulfill their destinies.
   
Juno  
TimeLine Theatre Company Juno
 
Juno is a musical based on the 1924 classic Irish play Juno and the Paycock by Sean O'Casey. Originally produced on Broadway in 1959, Juno has never been produced in Chicago, until now. This epic story is a humorous and heartbreaking chronicle of the Boyle family, a destitute household struggling under the strain of the Irish Civil War in 1922. Juno Boyle, the fearless matriarch, holds her family together in the face of war, betrayal, and her husband Jack's drinking problem. When the family learns of an inheritance from a distant relative, it seems that all their problems will be solved. But as they fight to rise above Dublin's political and social unrest, they must face the tragic truth of their lives. TimeLine is pleased to introduce Chicago to this tale of survival, told through honest and powerful anthems such as "I Wish It So," "We're Alive" and "One Kind Word."
   
The Late Henry Moss  
The Artistic Home The Late Henry Moss
 
Drawn together by their father's death, the brothers battle to discover the truth of their own lives as they sit watch over their father's body and wade through memories upon which cannot or will not be agreed. Henry Moss, a booze-riddled broken man, lived his life violently and spent his final days living a bleak half-life in a desert hovel cared for by a fawning neighbor and a magical shaman temptress. The Late Henry Moss is the culmination for Shephard of a career often focused on the complex, violent father-son dynamic. Even in death, Henry dominates the room and the relationship between Ray and Earl, who fight to the bitter end to exorcise themselves from his toxic death grip.
   
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.
   
Laughter on the 23rd Floor  
Metropolis Performing Arts Centre Laughter on the 23rd Floor
 
It's 1953 and the writers of The Max Prince Show are hard at work creating comedy gold for NBC. With pressure from the network to make changes and budget cuts, amongst the political tensions of communism and a volatile tempered Max Prince, the writers have quite a task ahead of them. This diverse group of writers provides endless laughs with constant one-upmanship, mayhem, and individual neuroses. Based on Neil Simon's early television career working with Sid Caesar, this group of social misfits will have you laughing from start to finish as they navigate through the changing world of TV in the 50's. Come see this laugh out loud comedy New York Times calls "undeniably funny".
   
Little Red Riding Hood  
Chicago Kids Company at St. Patrick Performing Arts Center- Stahl Family Theater Little Red Riding Hood
 
Theatre for Children (CKC) presents Little Red Riding Hood, a one-hour musical adaptation! Meet Little Red and her friends as she travels through the woods to Grandma's house. Will she listen to her Mama's warning not to stray from the path? And why is the wacky Wolf so eager to help her out?
   
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!
   
The Marvelous Marvelettes  
Black Ensemble Theater The Marvelous Marvelettes
 
They were the first ladies of Motown way before the Supremes-one of the greatest girl groups that Motown ever had, and they were called The Marvelettes. The Marvelettes were one of the first major successful acts of Motown Records and, with the release of the 1961 #1 Single "Please Mr. Postman," they gave Motown its first #1 single.
   
Me, My Mom and Sharmila Tagore  
Theater Wit Me, My Mom and Sharmila Tagore
 
Theater Wit presents Me, My Mom and Sharmila Tagore, from dynamic writer-performer Fawzia Mirza. In this heartwarming play, Mirza tackles an issue that's universal for children: how do we get our parents to accept us for who we are, instead of who they dreamed we would be? Me, My Mom and Sharmila Tagore chronicles Mirza's own struggle to connect with her mother as she built a name for herself as a queer actress and activist. Told with humor and deep insight, this journey of self-discovery follows Mirza from her childhood as a Pakistani Muslim in small-town Canada to her adulthood as an actress in the heart of Chicago. Through it all, the two women's shared love for glamorous Bollywood film star Sharmila Tagore serves as a symbol of the familial love that ties them together forever.
   
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 Should Weep  
Griffin Theatre Company at Raven Theatre Men Should Weep
 
Set in Glasgow's tenements during the 1930s depression, MEN SHOULD WEEP follows the misfortunes of the Morrison family. Care-worn matriarch Maggie finds herself supported and challenged by a network of neighbors and family from whom it is impossible to keep any secrets. She does her very best in the worst of circumstances - always putting herself last in this searing and often funny depiction of the working class.
   
The Merry Wives Of Windsor  
First Folio Theatre The Merry Wives Of Windsor
 
THE MERRY WIVES OF WINDSOR stars Shakespeare’s greatest (and largest) comic character, Sir John Falstaff, who was too huge to be contained by his original appearance in Henry IV. Short on money, the rotund Falstaff sets out on a quest to seduce not just one, but two wealthy married women, who then decide to turn the tables on Falstaff and teach him a lesson in fidelity and honesty. The New York Times raves that this classic tale is “Sparkling! Brims with joy!”
   
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!
   
Monstrous Regiment  
Lifeline Theatre Monstrous Regiment
 
Borogravia is at war. Again. When Polly Perks' brother goes missing in action, she cuts off her hair, stuffs a sock down her breeches, and enlists, hoping to find him. Passing successfully as a young man, she soon discovers that she's not alone in protecting a secret and that nothing in the improbable war is as it seems. Scrambling to survive both the enemy and their untried officer, Polly's misfit company makes its way to the front, where it might just prove to be the least likely regiment to ever win a battle. A wickedly funny look at the absurdities of war and ambiguities of identity, brought to life by a cast of eleven actors.
   
Moral Hazard  
Chemically Imbalanced Theater Moral Hazard
 
In "Moral Hazard", Walt Delaney & Chandler Goodman weave together elements of solo sketch, storytelling, and political satire to recount Delaney's post-college stumble into a finance job, as Goodman looks back over more than a quarter century to understand why the American economy cratered.
   
Motown The Musical  
Ford Oriental Theatre Motown The Musical
 
MOTOWN THE MUSICAL tells the story behind the hits as Diana, Smokey, Berry and the whole Motown family fight against the odds to create the soundtrack of change in America. The music that shattered barriers, shaped our lives and made us all move to the same beat has finally arrived on Broadway and will launch its national tour in Chicago.
   
A Musical Tribute to the Andrews Sisters  
Theo Ubique Cabaret Theatre at No Exit Cafe A Musical Tribute to the Andrews Sisters
 
During the war, Patty, Maxene and LaVerne Andrews charmed soldiers through their USO tours, winning a following that continued after the war as the sisters entertained the returned veterans through concerts, recordings, TV and movies. The group popularized many songs still beloved today, like "In the Mood," "Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy," and "Nice Work if You Can Get It." They also recorded songs by some of the greatest American songwriters, including Cole Porter, Harold Arlen, Johnny Mercer and George and Ira Gershwin.
   
My Dinner With Divine  
Chicago Mammals at Zoo Studio My Dinner With Divine
 
Divine's death was a cover-up! And now she's back from a mysterious trip to Japan to share her tale of adventure with an old friend! The Chicago Mammals are proud to present this fictional account of Divine's return from beyond! My Dinner with Divine is a live performance mash up of "My Dinner with Andre" and the Mythopedic worlds of Underground 70's Cinema!
   
My First Time  
Broken Nose Theatre at The Greenhouse Theater Center My First Time
 
There's a story behind every first sexual experience, and this off-Broadway hit features a hilarious and sometimes painful collection of "first-time" stories from people of all persuasions, performed by four actors. Drawn from real people, the stories range from the sweet and sexy to the awkward and humiliating -- and pretty much everything in between. Since the show's premiere, it's been featured on CNN, Fox, MSNBC, The Tonight Show With Jay Leno, and even spawning its own iPhone commercial. Broken Nose Theatre is pleased to present this remount (pun intended) of their inaugural late-night smash.
   
One Flea Spare  
Ghost Light Productions, Inc. & Jeffrey Clark Stokes at The Den Theatre One Flea Spare
 
Four strangers (an older couple, a sailor and a young girl) are quarantined together during the Black Plague's sweep through London. They all attempt to connect to each other by revealing their own truths, exposing others' lies, sharing emotions and attempting to keep the plague out of mind. Unfortunately, there is a constant reminder of the death and decay going on outside those four walls - the guard stationed in front of the couple's home. He calls the numbers of the dead, offers "remedies," strikes deals and preaches to the masses - all while seeming to go mad himself from all the detriment around him. Will the plague, confinement, and socioeconomic differences allow these attempted connections to be anything more than an attempt at self-preservation?
   
Onionheads  
Benevolent Theatre at Trap Door Theatre Onionheads
 
"Onionheads" is a tragic comedy that tells the story of youth, innocence, and survival. It follows the lives of the Tidwell brothers and the Bumpinmeyer sisters during the Oklahoma Dustbowl. It is the summer of 1935, and the shocking reality of life and death hit these youngsters as they watch the skies turn black, and they lose their farms to the relentless dust. Devastated, they travel to Californee, a "land of milk and honey," only to peel back layers of the sweet and sour, revealing more hidden family secrets. farms to the relentless dust. Devastated, they travel to Californee, a "land of milk and honey," only to peel back layers of the sweet and sour, revealing more hidden family secrets.
   
Othello  
The Gift Theatre Othello
 
Even among Shakespeare's "greatest hits," Othello stands apart for its passion, its sense of danger and its continual relevance amidst the evils of the modern world. Othello, a Moorish general in the Venetian army, and his new wife, Desdemona, seemingly have it all -- true love, success and happiness. But can anyone protect them from "honest" Iago, a master magician of deceit? The inspiration for villains as varied as Milton's Satan and Breaking Bad's Walter White, Iago is one of the most hypnotically evil characters ever created, and the driving force behind Shakespeare's profound tragedy of love and jealousy.
   
Principal Principle  
Theatre Seven of Chicago and Stage Left Theatre at Theater Wit Principal Principle
 
Armed with her dreams of changing the world and eight weeks of training, Kay quits her corporate job to teach English in a Chicago public high school. She arrives to find that the copy machine, the system, and the spirits of her fellow teachers are all broken. Or are they? A dark comedy of academic intrigue, Principal Principle is a world premiere by playwright and former CPS teacher Joe Zarrow that takes a peek at the politics behind the closed doors of the teachers' lounge.
   
The Qualms  
Steppenwolf Theatre The Qualms
 
At a beachside apartment complex, a group of friends gathers for their regular evening of food, drink, drugs and partner-swapping. When Chris and Kristy attempt to become the newest members, the evening does not go as planned. The artichoke dip grows cold as the party devolves into a territorial battle over mating privileges. Does sex ruin everything? And what is the purpose of monogamy? Pulitzer Prize-winning author Bruce Norris's comedy explores the eternal struggle for power, status and getting laid.
   
The Raven and the Messenger  
Annoyance Theatre The Raven and the Messenger
 
While cult leader James Jones, The People's Temple and the cult's tragic mass suicide at Jonestown are well known -- forever immortalized in the phrase "drink the Kool-Aid" -- the story of the charismatic cult leader's rise is not as widely known. One fascinating chapter occurred in the 1960s and involved black spiritual leader Father Divine, who served as Jones' inspiration. Divine, who claimed to be God, is considered to be the first modern cult leader. Eventually, Jones would attempt to take over his mentor's ministry and absorb his followers into The People's Temple. The Annoyance Theatre's The Raven and the Messenger brings this bizarre true story to life.
   
Seussical  
Chicago Shakespeare Theater Seussical
 
Chicago Shakespeare Theater brings the humor and magic of Dr. Seuss to life onstage this summer in the Broadway musical comedy Seussical for young audiences and their families. Playful, energetic and full of whimsy, Seussical engages the imagination with clever lyrics and melodies, unforgettable characters and the vibrant rainbow of Dr. Seuss’ colorful world. Seussical is written by the Tony Award® winning team of Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty, whose works include Ragtime and Once on This Island, and was co-conceived with Eric Idle of Monty Python and Spamalot fame. Directed by Scott Weinstein with musical direction by Michael Mahler,
   
Shepherd's Daughter: a Joan of Arc Reimagining  
Zoo Studio Shepherd's Daughter: a Joan of Arc Reimagining
 
The Paradeigma Collective bursts onto Chicago's theatre scene with an original play written by Whitney LaMora. Produced in association with The Chicago Mammals, Shepherd's Daughter explores the mystery of Joan of Arc, a woman, a soldier, a saint, and the maladies, pathologies, and politics that contributed to her heroism. The Paradeigma Collective brings Joan to life and explores the dimensions of her terrific journey by presenting characters who manifest her piety, her madness, her illness, her bravery and her doubt.
   
A Slice of Life  
Annoyance Theatre A Slice of Life
 
Have you ever said to yourself, "I love this pizza so much I wish I could marry it"? Well, here's the pizza-in-cheek tale of a man who did just that. A Slice of Life is the story of J-Ball Pizzaface, a man who, so bereft over his wife's untimely death, marries a pizza. This exploration of life through the metaphor of pizza includes many spicy characters: a corrupt mayor who's gluttonous for power, a bum who once tasted glory but lost it all, a fisherman looking for just one last big bite. Annoyance is known for putting some of the best improvisational actors around on stage, performing completely uncensored material. Don't miss their newest work -- it's piping hot and fully loaded.
   
A Small Fire  
Steep Theatre A Small Fire
 
In A Small Fire, John and Emily's lives are upended when Emily is struck by a mysterious disease. As Emily's condition strips away her senses, she is left to find her true self and true love. Bock's redemptive story of a family's journey from loss to hope premiered at Playwrights Horizon in New York in 2011.
   
Stoop Time  
The Greenhouse Theater Center Stoop Time
 
It's been 22 years since Josephine was forced to abandon the love of her life in Haiti. Never having given up the search, though beginning to lose faith in its fruitfulness, Josephine has finally unlocked a bit of the truth about her past in the most unlikely of places, and long-buried secrets are at last coming to light. But will she be able to face the truth about the love that she left behind ... or will these new revelations destroy what could have been a perfect reunion? Chicago playwright, Joni Arredia, drew on two years of volunteer work as inspiration for this story of perfect strangers who become perfect friends -- now Greenhouse Theater Center presents the world premiere of this moving new drama.
   
The Teddy Bears' Picnic  
Emerald City's Little Theatre The Teddy Bears' Picnic
 
Mama Bear and Baby Bear have invited you to pack up your picnic basket and head out to the woods. Mama Bear needs your family's help to set up the picnic and gather the materials for a perfect lunch. Explore your surroundings and squeal with delight at the surprises you and Baby Bear discover there. Best suited for kids 0 - 4.
   
This Is Our Youth  
Steppenwolf Theatre This Is Our Youth
 
Set in New York in 1982, This Is Our Youth follows forty-eight hours in the lives of three very lost young souls: Warren, a dejected nineteen year old who has just stolen $15,000 from his abusive, tycoon father; Dennis, his charismatic drug-dealing friend who helps Warren put the stolen money to good use; and Jessica, the anxiously insightful young woman who Warren yearns for. Funny, painful and compassionate, This Is Our Youth is a living snapshot of the moment when many young people go out into the world on their own, armed only with the ideas and techniques they developed as teenagers-far more sophisticated than their parents realize, and far less effectual than they themselves can possibly imagine.
   
Tommy Gun's Garage  
Tommy Gun's Garage Tommy Gun's Garage
 
The restaurant-cabaret presents a Roaring 20s-themed musical comedy revue in a speakeasy seting, with dining and drinking integrated into the show.
   
Too Much Light Makes The Baby Go Blind  
Neo-Futurists Too Much Light Makes The Baby Go Blind
 
Their signature show, Too Much Light Makes The Baby Go Blind, which had its first performance on December 2, 1988, is now in its twenty-fifth year, making it the longest-running show in Chicago today. Too Much Light..., with its ever-changing "menu," is an attempt to perform 30 plays in 60 minutes. The single unifying element of these plays is that they are performed from a perspective of absolute honesty.
   
The Trail To Oregon!  
Stage 773 The Trail To Oregon!
 
The classic computer game The Oregon Trail gets a delightfully faithful stage adaptation -- bandits, dysentery and all. Known for their witty wizardly mash-up A Very Potter Musical, StarKid Productions' latest musical comedy The Trail To Oregon! follows a dysfunctional pioneer family as they fight their way cross-country by covered wagon, hunting, fording rivers and battling snakes, measles, typhoid and other dangers every step of the way. While those who grew up playing the The Oregon Trail game will delight in seeing its unintentionally hilarious grim scenarios unfold onstage, everyone at this show will revel in StarKid's side-splitting show tunes and razor-sharp dialogue.
   
The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee  
Drury Lane- Oakbrook The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee
 
Tuneful, clever and uproarious, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee follows the story of six overachieving and quirky adolescents pitted against each other in the spelling challenge of a lifetime. To raise the comical bar, four audience members get the opportunity to participate in this quirky musical as onstage bee contestants. Through the ups and downs of the bee, the youngsters are forced to learn that winning isn't everything and losing doesn't necessarily make you a loser.
   
Vaudezilla (Burlesque Cabaret)  
Stage 773 Vaudezilla (Burlesque Cabaret)
 
Vaudezilla! Burlesque Cabaret is one of the hottest tickets in town, bringing you the best in Chicago burlesque and variety! Every week, the cast changes. Every month, the theme changes. But the one thing that never changes is how much fun you'll have every Saturday night! Each show features your favorite Vaudezilla performers, as well as burlesque, comedy, and musical performers from Chicago and all over the country. Join us and find out what everyone's ROARing about!
   
Who Is Gabby Grayskull  
The Public House Theatre Who Is Gabby Grayskull
 
The mysterious Gabby Grayskull has turned the High Art world on its head with her provocative, Banksy-esque work, but the sudden auction of her art spurs an investigation into her private life? Who is she? Where did she come from? Is she just one person? Does she even exist?
   
Woz: A Rock Cabaret  
Victory Gardens Theater - Biograph Woz: A Rock Cabaret
 
We all loved The Wizard of Oz as kids. Some of us were obsessed with dreams of rainbow icons, others the talking animals and fantastical friends. And so it is for seven adult children who refused to grow up and quit playing make believe. Join these Ozians in their musical sandbox as they travel the yellow brick road with the help of their favorite power ballads and rock anthems for the 80’s, 90’s and today. It’s like your favorite mix radio station but better…because it has witches and munchkins.