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20,000 Leagues Under the Sea  
Strawdog Theatre 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea
 
Did you know the title of Jules Verne's novel Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea refers to the length of the voyage undertaken by the Nautilus, and not the actual depth? Good thing, because 20,000 leagues is actually six times the diameter of the earth. The Nautilus took quite the journey, traveling the seven seas under the command of the enigmatic Captain Nemo and battling sea monsters along the way. Verne's book is regarded as one of the greatest adventure stories of all time, and you can join the voyage at Chicago's Strawdog Theatre in this daring new musical adaptation of the historic work.
   
The Addams Family  
Mercury Theater The Addams Family
 
Experience both laughter and chills as the weird and wonderful Addams family comes to Chicago in this creepy and kooky musical comedy from Mercury Theater Chicago. Wednesday Addams, now a grown-up princess of darkness, has fallen head-over-heels for a normal boy from a respectable family and has invited her new boyfriend and his parents to the family mansion for a meet-and-greet gone gothic. Sit back and savor the horrific hospitality of Gomez, Morticia, Pugsley, Grandma, Lurch and everyone's favorite weirdo, Uncle Fester, as the special occasion brings out the best -- and worst -- in everyone involved. The award-winning team behind the magnificently macabre The Addams Family includes authors Marshall Brickman and Rick Elice (Jersey Boys) and composer-lyricist Andrew Lippa (The Wild Party).
   
Alice's Adventures in Wonderland  
Cuckoo's Theater Project at The Side Project Alice's Adventures in Wonderland
 
Get ready for a decidedly different kind of journey down the rabbit hole in this Cuckoo's Theatre Project production of Alice's Adventures in "Wonderland." Don't make the mistake of packing the kids into the family van and bringing them to this show with hopes of seeing singing flowers and a stressed-out white rabbit. No, this show has quite a different tale to tell -- one of Alice Liddell, a Catholic school girl who, while on a field trip to a museum, wanders off and finds herself lost in a city that's bubbling over with vice, sin and scary realities. Step into the intimate black-box theatre of The Side Project and get lost in the twisted imagination of playwright James Michael Shoberg.
   
All In The Timing  
Stage 773 All In The Timing
 
ALL IN THE TIMING is sure to please comedy audiences with its eclectic mix of acts. The New York Times praised the comedic genius behind ALL IN THE TIMING, stating the show is "like sketches for some hilarious, celestially conceived revue...a master of fun." With monkeys writing Hamlet, a wildly comic language lesson, a twilight zone known as "a Philadelphia," and more, six of Chicago's leading theater companies join forces to produce one play is exciting, challenging, and rare.
   
Angry Fags  
Steppenwolf Theatre Angry Fags
 
What happens when gay men start bashing back? This is the central question of Angry Fags, a comedy about two gay men who take matters into their own hands after a friend is the victim of a hate crime. After that first rush of revenge, the two seek out bigger targets, eventually setting their sights on political figures. But the results don't always turn out as planned, and even the best intentions can go awry. Follow along on this Fight Club-like voyage of self-discovery at Chicago's famed Steppenwolf Theatre.
   
Anne of Green Gables  
Provision Theater Company Anne of Green Gables
 
Generations of readers have adored the best-selling novel Anne of Green Gables and now this new adaptation for young audiences comes to the stage at the Provision Theater. The elderly Cuthberts expect to adopt a boy to help them around the farm, but instead receive a very talkative, wide-eyed orphan girl. Though clever young Anne Shirley has a penchant for getting into trouble and makes many mistakes, she eventually works her way into the hearts of her adoptive parents as well as the residents of rural Prince Edward Island with her indomitable spirit and zest for life. It's a heartwarming story for the whole family.
   
Antigonick  
Sideshow Theatre Company at Victory Gardens Theater - Biograph Antigonick
 
Ancient Greece looks suspiciously similar to the present day in the hands of world-renowned poet and MacArthur Genius Anne Carson (The Autobiography of Red). Antigone has lost two brothers but by law can only bury one. She takes a stand for her beliefs, pitting morality against patriotism, and in doing so starts a series of events that threaten the newfound national peace. It's one of the most famous myths of all, told and re-told for more than two thousand years, but what use is a cautionary tale if no one heeds it? Carson's biting and thrilling free translation brings Antigone to new light and casts unexpected shadows on issues of loyalty and family.
   
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.
   
The Apple Family Plays: Sorry  
TimeLine Theatre Company The Apple Family Plays: Sorry
 
Richard Nelson's celebrated series of four Apple Family Plays explores politics, change, and family dynamics. TimeLine presents the Chicago debut of two of these remarkable works (the first and third in the series) on an alternating schedule. Sorry is set on the morning of the presidential election in 2012. Both explore how a family sorts through personal and political feelings of loss and confusion in the shadow of history as it is being made.
   
The Apple Family Plays: That Hopey Changey Thing  
TimeLine Theatre Company The Apple Family Plays: That Hopey Changey Thing
 
Richard Nelson's celebrated series of four Apple Family Plays explores politics, change, and family dynamics. TimeLine presents the Chicago debut of two of these remarkable works (the first and third in the series) on an alternating schedule. That Hopey Changey Thing takes place as the polls close on the 2010 mid-term elections.
   
Balm In Gilead  
Griffin Theatre Company at The Den Theatre Balm In Gilead
 
Enter the world of Frank's cafe, an all-night coffee shop on Manhattan's Upper West Side frequented by a makeshift community of dealers, junkies, hustlers, prostitutes, dreamers and runaways. BALM IN GILEAD loosely centers on Joe, a cynical drug dealer, and Darlene, a naive new arrival to the big city as their lives intersect over the course of three days. Having previously produced Wilson's The Hot L Baltimore (1990) and Fifth of July (2003), Griffin is pleased to present the celebrated playwright's first full-length work.
   
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."
   
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
   
The Bird Girl  
Mercy Street Theatre Company at Unity Lutheran Church The Bird Girl
 
Living a life of solitude in a remote asylum, Amity's world is shaken when she's scooped up by an enterprising ringmaster and finds herself the centerpiece of a travelling freak show. Amity's multitudinous deformities allow her to blossom as "The Bird Girl." She enjoys her spotlight while simultaneously being deluged with memories of her earlier life, one spent hidden in shadows by a mother humiliated by the living evidence of her broken womb.
   
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.
   
Book of Merman  
Pride Films and Plays at Apollo Theater Book of Merman
 
When two young missionaries ring a doorbell marked E.M. in a small town, they have no idea that a certain Ethel will open the door. With some dazzling parody music and Schwartz's original songs, laughter ensues throughout The Book of Merman catapulting you to places you didn't know you wanted to go.
   
The Book Of Mormon  
Bank of America Theatre The Book Of Mormon
 
THE BOOK OF MORMON is the Winner of 9 Tony Awards including Best Musical! From Trey Parker and Matt Stone, four-time Emmy Award-winning creators of "South Park," and Tony Award-winner Robert Lopez, co-creator of the Tony Award-winning Best Musical Avenue Q, comes THE BOOK OF MORMON, a new Broadway musical that Jon Stewart of The Daily Show describes as, "a crowning achievement, so good it makes me angry" and by Entertainment Weekly as "the funniest musical of all time." Featuring choreography by Tony Award-winner Casey Nicholaw, THE BOOK OF MORMON Chicago is directed by Nicholaw and Parker. Don't miss your chance to see what Ben Brantley of The New York Times calls "the best musical of this century." Don't miss THE BOOK OF MORMON Chicago.
   
Buffalo  
Annoyance Theatre Buffalo
 
"Buffalo" is a stampede of comic scenes, solid harmonies, and an absurd realism, that explores the glories and tragedies of relationships through song. Every genre bending show is a brand new musical, opening and closing on the same night! And each week will feature two different groups to open the show.
   
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.
   
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!
   
Common Room  
A Red Orchid Theatre Common Room
 
We take scenes from the best plays currently onstage in Chicago and string them together with music, comedy, booze and cookies for an awesome night and a new way to get exposed to theater - in our city and beyond. The Common Room takes place on the first Wednesdays of every month.
   
Consequence  
Theatre Momentum at Pendulum Theater Space Consequence
 
Consequence is Theatre Momentum's ongoing serialized dramatic improv show, with every actor playing the same role throughout the production. Will the Hemsworth family fortune rule the entire town? Will the secrets come out and destroy families forever? What hidden loves will be revealed? Learn this and much more. Every week is a new story...
   
Creation's Birthday  
Genesis Theatrical Productions at Athenaeum Theatre Creation's Birthday
 
Creation's Birthday brings to life the story of the Big-Bang Genesis through the legendary battle between astronomer Edwin Hubble and the scientific icon Albert Einstein.
   
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."
   
Dead Broads Yapping  
The Public House Theatre Dead Broads Yapping
 
Last year, the ghosts of three of history’s most influential, enigmatic women mounted a “The View”-style talk show, entertaining such guests as Henry VIII, Mark Twain and Teddy Roosevelt (now a series regular). Now, Jackie O., Joan of Arc and Amelia Earhart are back and yappier than ever, ready to play with historical figures and offer their individual views on our current news and trends.
   
Defending the Caveman  
Paramount Theatre Defending the Caveman
 
Defending the Caveman, Rob Becker's history-making Broadway comedy, is one part stand-up, one part lecture and one part therapy session all mixed together that covers how the sexes communicate, how they bond, how they fight, how they love and more.
   
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.
   
Disney's Beauty and the Beast  
Cadillac Palace Theatre Disney's Beauty and the Beast
 
Disney's BEAUTY AND THE BEAST, the smash hit Broadway musical, is coming to Chicago! Based on the Academy Award-winning animated feature film, this eye-popping spectacle has won the hearts of over 35 million people worldwide. This classic musical love story is filled with unforgettable characters, lavish sets and costumes, and dazzling production numbers including "Be Our Guest" and the beloved title song. Experience the romance and enchantment of Disney's BEAUTY AND THE BEAST at the Cadillac Palace Theatre! Disney's BEAUTY AND THE BEAST is the classic story of Belle, a young woman in a provincial town, and the Beast, who is really a young prince trapped in a spell placed by an enchantress. If the Beast can learn to love and be loved, the curse will end and he will be transformed to his former self. But time is running out. If the Beast does not learn his lesson soon, he and his household will be doomed for all eternity.
   
Dividing the Estate  
Raven Theatre Dividing the Estate
 
Horton Foote's comedy-drama, his last new play to be produced on Broadway, focuses on the members of a wealthy Texas family whose fortunes have declined and who are debating whether or not to divide the remainder of the family's estate while their octogenarian matriarch Stella is still alive. Raven's production will be the first Chicago staging of Foote's last new play to be presented on Broadway.
   
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.
   
Elephant and Piggie's We are in a Play!  
Emerald City Theatre Company at Apollo Theater Elephant and Piggie's We are in a Play!
 
Elephant Gerald is careful. Piggie is not. Gerald worries so that Piggie does not have to. They are best friends. Our favorite characters from Mo Willems' beloved Elephant and Piggie series take the stage for this vaudevillian romp of a musical. Pachyderm and swine join forces to face questions like: what do you wear to a fancy pool costume party? Should you share your ice cream? And, how can two friends play with one toy? With the help of nutty backup singers, The Squirelles, this musical is an animal party that you won't want to miss!
   
End Days  
Windy City Playhouse End Days
 
A 2008 finalist for The Harold and Mimi Steinberg/ATCA New Play Award, End Days is the story of the Steins - a typical American family working their way through tragedy, each in his or her own way. In the aftermath of 9/11, it's no wonder that Sylvia Stein (Gluschenko) thinks the end of the world is coming. It's also no wonder that teenaged Rachel (Sari Sanchez) thinks her newly Evangelical mother is a fool, and looks to physicist Stephen Hawking (Strafford) for solace. Father and husband Arthur (Kupferer) has taken an entirely different approach: never changing out of his pajamas. But, an Elvis-impersonating next-door neighbor (Cefalu, Jr.) may just be able to bring the Steins - and their disparate views on the world - together.
   
Endgame  
The Hypocrites at The Den Theatre Endgame
 
Hamm is blind and cannot stand. His servant, Clov, cannot sit. And then there's his legless parents Nagg and Nell who live in trashcans. Trapped in a tiny house by the sea after some sort of apocalyptic disaster, they trudge through an absurd, cyclical existence. In true Hypocrites fashion, the actors and audience alike share a full and lush visual world to experience Beckett's classic comedy.
   
An Evening with C.S. Lewis  
Metropolis Performing Arts Centre An Evening with C.S. Lewis
 
C.S. Lewis, the famous British author, is hosting a group of American writers at his home near Oxford and they are about to be treated to his compelling fireside manner, the engaging warmth of his humor and the tender story of a man who found romance in his fifties. As one of the most influential thinkers of the day, he recalls the people and events that served to inspire his thought and shape his life. With an Off Broadway run scheduled for the Spring of 2016, An Evening with C.S. Lewis has proved again and again to be an enthralling theatrical experience. Discover the insights of a man whose collected works made him a literary giant of the 20th Century. Join British actor David Payne in his remarkable portrayal of the highly-revered author who gave us the Narnia Chronicles.
   
Fancy Nancy: The Musical  
Emerald City Theatre Company at Apollo Theater Fancy Nancy: The Musical
 
From the top of her tiara down to her sparkly shoes, Nancy's ready to take the spotlight in her first dance recital. But when someone else gets picked to be the prima ballerina (that's a fancy word for star of the show), Nancy is stuck playing a dreary, dull tree. Can she still bring fancy flair to her role when it isn't the one she wanted? Adapted from the bestselling books, this is a funny, frilly ballet story with a lot of heart.
   
First Date  
Royal George Theatre First Date
 
When blind date newbie Aaron (Charlie Lubeck, The Glee Project, Season 2) is set up with serial-dater Casey (Dana Parker), a casual drink at a busy New York restaurant turns into a hilarious high-stakes dinner. As the date unfolds in real time, the couple quickly finds that they are not alone on this unpredictable evening. In a delightful and unexpected twist, Casey and Aaron's inner critics take on a life of their own when other restaurant patrons transform into supportive best friends, manipulative exes and protective parents, who sing and dance them through ice-breakers, appetizers and potential conversational land mines. Can this couple turn what could be a dating disaster into something special before the check arrives?
   
First Wives Club  
Ford Oriental Theatre First Wives Club
 
Five-time Emmy Award nominee Linda Bloodworth Thomason (“Designing Women”) makes her theatrical debut as book writer and Simon Phillips will direct the musical. Based on the hit Paramount Pictures Film, FIRST WIVES CLUB, still the ultimate story of female empowerment, and will feature songs – both new original music and classics – by Motown legends Holland-Dozier-Holland, who are responsible for such hits as "Reach Out…I'll Be There," "Stop in the Name of Love," "I Can't Help Myself (Sugar Pie Honey Bunch)," and “My World Is Empty Without You.”
   
Four  
Jackalope Theatre at Broadway Armory Four
 
On a lonely Fourth of July in Hartford in 1996, June, a sixteen-year-old white boy, sneaks out for his first ever tryst with Joe, a closeted, married black man he's met over the Internet. On the same night, just across town, studious high-schooler, Abigayle, escapes her ailing mother to go out with Dexter, a twenty-year-old low-level drug dealer. In and around the city, as America celebrates its independence, these two couples get to know themselves and each other, as they navigate the journey from strangers to intimates. In the stark landscapes of movie theatres, fast food restaurants, darkened churches, parking lots and public parks, they grasp for connection, but reveal the limits of desire, and the possibilities for transcendence.
   
The Full Monty  
Kokandy Productions at Theater Wit The Full Monty
 
Based on the Fox movie of the same name, the hit musical THE FULL MONTY tells the story of a group of unemployed American male steel-mill workers who venture into stripping to provide for their families. In the process, they learn to let go of prejudices, insecurities, and even their self-definitions –baring their hearts and souls as much as their skins.
   
Genius  
Profiles Theatre - The Alley Stage Genius
 
Genius examines the secrets and alliances of two creative couples from different generations who find their lives changed forever one evening after an electric dinner party. Joel, a once highly regarded painter turned museum director caught in the midst of a very public indiscretion and his wife Sara, a formally famous journalist, venture to Brooklyn for dinner with their new friends Peter and Chelsea, a young filmmaking couple with rising careers and a baby on the way. After an evening riddled with illuminating discoveries, deceptions and perhaps too much wine, each couple deconstructs the evening's events as they grapple with their own uncertain futures. Using a constantly shifting timeline, playwright Kate Walbert turns her kaleidoscopic lens on two marriages battered by urgent ambitions.
   
Getting Punched with Punch and Judy  
The Public House Theatre Getting Punched with Punch and Judy
 
We all have bad days. It’s not easy being human, after all. But there are two puppets that want to help. Punch and Judy, two of Chicago’s most empathetic puppets, are banding together with storytellers and comedians to take the most WTF moments of your life off of your shoulders, like confronting bullies or enduring breakups. To give you some much-needed catharsis, they will take stories from the audience and relive them through “The Nightmare,” structured like “The Dream” at the close of iO’s Harold shows. Make sure you start your weekend free and clear by spending Thursday nights with Punch and Judy.
   
The Glass Protege  
Glitterati Productions at Theater Wit The Glass Protege
 
Hollywood, 1949. A time when the movies are king and the movie stars merely pawns for the studio bosses. A time when passion was lauded but sex was never discussed. So when naïve young actor Patrick Glass embarks on a scandalous homosexual love affair with his famous co-star, he starts to feel the full force of the studio's career-destroying muscle. Forty years later, as the truths of the past are uncovered, the true consequences of this "unacceptable" romance come to light. A powerful drama about money, image, and the power-obsessed "Hollywood machine."
   
The Good Book  
Court Theatre The Good Book
 
In this highly original world premiere play, Denis O'Hare and Lisa Peterson (An Iliad) weave stories of devotion and doubt into their very own creation myth about the place where human faith and divine inspiration intersect: the Bible. As thirteen year-old Connor struggles to reconcile his identity with his dream of becoming a priest and modern-day Biblical scholar Miriam wrestles to resolve her crisis of faith, they lead us through an incredible exploration on how the Bible was conceived. From ancient Judea to medieval Ireland to suburban America, The Good Book is a powerful and exuberant journey through the most influential book in Western history.
   
Graveyard of Empires  
16th Street Theater at Berwyn Cultural Center Graveyard of Empires
 
Software Engineer Drew Snider has a mind that remembers every moment of his life. Maybe that's why he can't let go of his ex-wife, Shanti, and why he still remembers the software he developed for unmanned flying vehicles for the U.S. military. Their son Nathan grew up feeling inferior to his dad and volunteered to go to war. Nathan once met Ramiro Enriquez, a pilot who never gets to fly, but fires weapons in the Middle East from a desert in Nevada. When Ramiro is held responsible for a predator-drone friendly-fire incident, can the survivors piece together a future while absorbing a wounded past?
   
The Greatest Story Never Told  
I.O. The Greatest Story Never Told
 
The Greatest Story Never Told, brings families and strangers together to collaborate and create improvised stories on stage. The shows begins with a well meaning but underprepared narrator who opens a storybook and discovers it has no text and actors are nowhere to be found. The audience, along with "The Greatest Interns" (professional improvisers) help illicit suggestions and volunteer performers in order to assist in creating The Greatest Story Never Told - the children in the audience are actually invited onstage to help create the story with the performers! This original improvised story inspires illustrations from an artist and text from a writer and the performance is ultimately turned into a digital and physical book which the audience may purchase and keep forever.
   
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?
   
Gruoch, or Lady Macbeth  
Charnel House Chicago Gruoch, or Lady Macbeth
 
"I have given suck, and know how tender 'tis to love the babe that milks me: I would, while it was smiling in my face, have pluck'd my nipple from his boneless gums, and dash'd the brains out, had I so sworn as you have done to this." With these words Lady Macbeth spurs Macbeth into killing King Duncan. So, where's this 'babe' that milked her? The real historical Lady Gruoch was mother to Luloch, future king of Scotland. Her first husband, Gilcogmain, killed Macbeth's father and was, in turn, killed by Macbeth. Gruoch and her son thus became Macbeth's property, to keep or to kill as he chose. In this story, the future Lady Macbeth and her child escape the conflagration which kills her first husband; they find safety in a shelter for homeless families run by three other witches. Romance and betrayal follow. And dark comedy. And tragedy.
   
The Hammer Trinity  
The House Theatre of Chicago at Chopin Theatre The Hammer Trinity
 
Geek out with us! For the second time in the company's history, Artistic Director Nathan Allen employs the epic format and creates a multi-year play cycle. Now presented as a full series in marathon performances, THE HAMMER TRINITY tells the story of young Casper Kent recovering the lost Hammer and taking the Crown, defending it against pirates and the Crownless faction, and ultimately relinquishing the Hammer's great power for the greater good.
   
Heat Wave  
Cold Basement Dramatics at Steppenwolf Theatre Heat Wave
 
It is Chicago, in the summer of 1995, and an intense heat wave has gripped the city with temperatures soaring above 100 degrees. By the time it's all over, over 700 people will have died, mostly the poor, elderly, or minorities with nowhere to seek shelter. As the morgues overflow, the city's emergency response team is called into question. The Mayor's Office combats the criticism with a public relations campaign that successfully turns the blame onto the victims and their families.
   
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.
   
Homefront  
Project 891 Theatre Company at Heartland Studio Theatre Homefront
 
It's 2005 and Jack Reid has just moved from New York City back to his small hometown of Ivanhoe, Tennessee. Hoping to re-evaluate his life he can never get a moment's peace. The family is trying to focus on his older brother's recent deployment to Afghanistan while his sister and her husband are expecting their first child.
   
Il Capitano dive Morire (The Capitano Must Die)  
Gorilla Tango Theatre Il Capitano dive Morire (The Capitano Must Die)
 
Signora Olimpia hates waiting. When her lover, the Capitano, dares to stand her up, sparks fly. And no one - not the Capitano, not his pot-bellied servant Pucinella, not even her jealous husband - is a match for Signora Olimpia in a rage. With her honor at stake, there is only one course of action: The Capitano must die!
   
The Illusion  
RBP Rorschack The Illusion
 
Plagued with regret, a wealthy man travels a great distance seeking the mysterious sorceress Alcandre, in the hopes that her ancient and strange arts can provide him a glimpse of his estranged son. He gets more than he bargained for when Alcandre's cave comes alive and he is asked to be a silent spectator to three unique visions of young love, melodrama, double-crossing, and tragedy. Thus begins Tony Kushner's adaptation of Pierre Corneille's 17th Century play L'Illusion Comique and the Right Brain Project's tenth anniversary season of epic minimalism.
   
Jack and the Beanstalk  
Chicago Kids Company at Beverly Arts Center Jack and the Beanstalk
 
Come along with Jack and his best friend Carmelita (a Spanish-Speaking Cow), as they try to save their village from a crazy Giant! Along the way you'll meet a beautiful singing Harp, a Golden Goose, and a wacky Bean Salesman. Watch the Giant Beanstalk grow on stage! The show runs one hour with no intermission, and is targeted for kids aged 2 to 12.
   
Jesus Christ Superstar  
Theo Ubique Cabaret Theatre at No Exit Cafe Jesus Christ Superstar
 
An intimate re-imaging of the classic rock opera "Jesus Christ Superstar" acoustic and unplugged!
   
La Bete  
Trap Door Theatre La Bete
 
La Bete is a rollicking play, written in rhyming couplets, and inspired by the life of the French comic master, Moliere. In the play, Elomire (an anagram for Moliere) is the leader of an acting troupe, which according to their patron the Princess has gone stale and listless. She decrees that they must now hire a new company member, the bombastic, vulgar street performer Valere. A standoff between Elomire and Valere ensues and their lively debate is both funny and dramatic, hilarious and tragic.
   
Last Of The Red Hot Lovers  
Emergent Theatre Company at Mayer Kaplan Theatre Last Of The Red Hot Lovers
 
Barney Cashman is a successful New York seafood restaurateur. A "nice," quiet guy, leading a "nice," quiet life, with the same "nice," quiet wife he has been married and faithful to for the last twenty-three years. So what could possibly be wrong? It's the 1960s! And a recent midlife crisis has caused him to become afraid that the sexual revolution is passing him by. Determined to experience for one afternoon a memorable, romantic encounter before he dies, Barney spends the next nine months inviting three different women to his mother's Manhattan apartment in an attempt to have an extramarital affair. He soon discovers, however, that having an affair is much easier said than done.
   
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.
   
Les Miserables  
Paramount Theatre Les Miserables
 
Based on the novel Les Miserables by French poet and novelist Victor Hugo, Les Miserables is set in early 19th century France, where Jean Valjean, a French peasant, is on a quest for redemption after being jailed for 19 years for having stolen a loaf of bread for his sister's starving child. Valjean decides to break his parole and start his life anew after a kindly bishop inspires him with a tremendous act of mercy, but he is relentlessly tracked down by a police inspector named Javert. Along the way, Valjean and a slew of characters are swept into the French Revolution, where a group of young idealists make their last stand at a street barricade.
   
Lone Star and Laundry and Bourbon  
Oil Lamp Theater Lone Star and Laundry and Bourbon
 
This Spring, Glenview's Oil Lamp Theater is pleased to present two plays depicting life in a sleepy Texas town. Lone Star and Laundry and Bourbon, by James McLure, both seem to show us a simpler life, but the slow-burning drama that simmers under the surface eventually bubbles up and we are shown a more complicated story.
   
Love in the Time of Cholesterol: Dating and Dieting in Chicago  
Stage 773 Love in the Time of Cholesterol: Dating and Dieting in Chicago
 
Drop that cheeseburger and laugh the calories away at Love in the Time of Cholesterol: Dating and Dieting in Chicago. Hot on the heels of its successful 2015 Chicago Sketchfest appearance, this show brings an extended version of its blend of sketch and musical comedy to Stage 773. The common threads that weave the show's many parts together focus on two of the city's most popular pastimes: dating and eating. Filled with moments of relatable drama and heaping helpings of mirth and music, Love in the Time of Cholesterol: Dating and Dieting in Chicago aims to be every inch as satisfying as a big old bag of potato chips ... but without any of the guilt.
   
Love, Loss, And What I Wore  
First Folio Theatre Love, Loss, And What I Wore
 
LOVE, LOSS AND WHAT I WORE reflects on the lives of five women and the vivid memories that their clothing conjures. From Brownie uniforms to first bras to prom dresses to that iconic little black dress, women have both beautiful and heart-wrenching stories that are attached to certain articles in their wardrobe. LOVE, LOSS, AND WHAT I WORE explores those breathtaking moments and is sure to resonate with women of all ages who will identify with the wry observations throughout the heartfelt play.
   
Macbeth  
The Artistic Home Macbeth
 
How is Macbeth to wash his hands of bloody murder, if even the water itself is polluted? This is the intriguing premise of a riveting new vision of Macbeth, Shakespeare's most disturbing tragedy, from Scott Westerman, ensemble member and director of The Artistic Home Theatre. Inspired by the water crisis currently emerging in the Great Lakes region, Westerman has crafted a world where there is too much water and none of it is any good. In the grip of a powerful thirst -- both figurative and literal - clans scratch and claw for survival while one man schemes to control the only source of clean water at a high and merciless cost.
   
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 Magician and his Shadow  
Theater Wit The Magician and his Shadow
 
The Magician and his Shadow is a theatrical magic show that combines magical illusions with the story of a magician who's shadow takes on a life of its own. The shadow, played by the talented Kasey Foster, is determined to be a partner in the magic show. The magician is determined to keep his secrets and stick to his well-worn tradition of doing of a one-man show. The show features: highly deceptive sleight-of-hand magic, shadowgraphy, puppets who perform magic tricks and lots of audience participation.
   
Marie Antoinette  
Steppenwolf Theatre Marie Antoinette
 
Before Britney Spears and Justin Bieber, there was Marie Antoinette. In David Adjmi's contemporary take on the young queen of France, Marie is a confection created by a society that values extravagance and artifice. But France's love affair with the royals sours as revolution brews, and for Marie, the political suddenly becomes very personal. From the light and breezy banter at the palace to the surging chants of "Liberte! Egalite! Fraternite!" in the streets, Marie Antoinette holds a mirror up to our contemporary society that might just be entertaining itself to death.
   
The Mecca Tales  
Chicago Dramatists The Mecca Tales
 
Supported by a skilled cast and live music, The Mecca Tales provides an important perspective on the Muslim religion and culture in a time of heightened socio-political tension and persecution. It tells the tale of five American Muslim women of diverse cultural backgrounds who meet for the first time in Mecca during the Islamic pilgrimage known as the Hajj. Each pilgrim is encouraged to reveal her unique and personal reason for making this journey. The women must choose whether to reveal themselves and go forward, or to guard their stories and stay behind. The Mecca Tales explores the power of ritual and redemption, and what it means to be an American Muslim woman.
   
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.
   
A Midwinter Night's Tale  
Duplicity Ensemble at Filament Theatre A Midwinter Night's Tale
 
Inspired by last year's relentless Chicago winter (and let's face it, the one currently drawing to a close hasn't been so great either), Duplicity Ensemble combines two of Shakespeare's greatest plays to create the ultimate antidote for cabin fever at Filament Theatre. When four young lovers chance upon into a quiet mountain cabin while looking for shelter from a snowstorm, life is turned upside-down as hearts get broken, muffins get eaten and a play is read in this modern comic mash-up of The Winter's Tale and A Midsummer Night's Dream. Once everything has been spun backwards, can it be set right again?
   
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!
   
Mr. Burns  
Theater Wit Mr. Burns
 
A paean to the power of live theater and the resilience of Bart Simpson through the ages, Mr. Burns is an animated exploration of how the pop culture of one era might evolve into the mythology of another, and a dazzling, panoramic vista on the power of storytelling.
   
Norma and The Maniac  
The Orchard at Redtwist Theatre Norma and The Maniac
 
Norma is a woman feeling burnt out and depressed from the care of her terminally ill mother. The Maniac is the lead singer of a Chicago death metal band with plans to kill himself on stage. Things get worse for Norma after the two meet and he decides to follow her. After seeing no end to the care of her mother, and Maniac's persistence to leave the city, Norma decides to go with The Maniac on a road-trip to see the ocean. Norma and The Maniac explores our struggle to break out of the situations in life that keep us from ever finding happiness.
   
On Golden Pond  
Theatre At The Center On Golden Pond
 
The classic tale celebrating the triumphs of life, love, and family follows the charming love story of Ethel and Norman Thayer, who are returning to their summer home on Golden Pond for the 48th year. Norman, a retired professor, nearing eighty, with heart palpitations and a failing memory, is still as tart-tongued and wry as ever. Ethel, ten years younger and the perfect complement to Norman, delights in all the small things that have enriched and continue to enrich their long life together. Their vacation is interrupted, however, with the unexpected arrival of their divorced, middle-aged daughter and her dentist fiance, who proceed to go off to Europe leaving his young son behind. Over the course of the summer, an unlikely friendship develops between Norman and the boy, forging new bonds across generations and celebrating the lessons they learn from one another.
   
The One And Only Ivan  
Lifeline Theatre The One And Only Ivan
 
For 27 years, the world of Ivan the gorilla was a dull cage in a roadside shopping mall. But when he meets Ruby, a baby elephant captured in the wild, Ivan's ambitions and imagination must grow to meet the challenge of rescuing his endangered new companion. Aided by Bob the scrappy dog and a young human ally, Ivan sets out to become the great silverback and protector he was always meant to be. Enter the mind of a remarkable hero in this unforgettable story of enduring friendship, drawn from true events. Based on the 2012 book published by HarperCollins, a #1 New York Times bestseller and winner of the Newbery Medal. Used with permission of Pippin Properties, Inc. This production is recommended for children ages five and up (children under two not permitted), and runs one hour with no intermission.
   
One Came Home  
Lifeline Theatre One Came Home
 
During the great passenger pigeon migration of 1871, throngs of strangers descend upon Placid, Wisconsin, bringing prosperity in their wake. But as the skies clear, tragedy strikes and Georgie Burkhardt's sister goes missing. When a body is found and the town goes into mourning, Georgie sets out to uncover the truth behind Agatha's disappearance. The journey that follows, both humorous and heartbreaking, will test the limits of her courage and the strength of her character. A powerful coming-of-age tale combines live music with historical events in a world premiere adaption based on the 2013 novel by Chicago author Amy Timberlake.
   
The Other Place  
Profiles Theatre - The Main Stage The Other Place
 
In Sharr White's acclaimed new drama The Other Place, Juliana Smithton, a successful neurologist, finds her life coming apart at the seams. Her husband filed for divorce, her daughter eloped with a much older man and her own health hangs in jeopardy. But in this brilliantly crafted work, nothing is as it seems. Piece by piece, a mystery unfolds as fact blurs with fiction, past collides with present and the elusive truth about Juliana boils to the surface.
   
Our Bad Magnet  
Mary-Arrchie Theatre at Angel Island Theater Our Bad Magnet
 
On the shores of Scotland, three 9-year-old boys begrudgingly befriend a troubled young outsider: a gifted but tormented child who harbors the ability to spin magical, often fable-like fairy tales. The boys, now men, reunite years later to try to piece together the circumstances that led to the mysterious disappearance of their childhood fascination. Playwright Douglas Maxwell, one of Scotland’s brightest young writing talents, uses his own unique brand of dark humor to take the audience on a magical journey in which the boundaries between fantasy and reality merge with unpredictable results.
   
Outside Mullingar  
Northlight Theatre Outside Mullingar
 
Anthony and Rosemary are two introverted misfits. Anthony has spent his entire life on a cattle farm in rural Ireland, oblivious to the longing of his neighbor Rosemary, who hopelessly pines for him as the years slip away. With Anthony's father threatening to disinherit him and a land feud simmering between their families, Rosemary fears romantic catastrophe. These two eccentric souls scramble their way towards happiness in a compassionate, delightful tale of how surprising love can be.
   
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.
   
Phaedra  
Transcendent Phaedra
 
Faye, a new mother to twin boys and second wife to her Wall Street tycoon husband Thomas, is yearning for the love of her step-son so relentlessly that it is driving her mad. In this intimate, six-person ensemble created show, everyone is airing out their dirty laundry- battling their own forbidden thirsts before the audience [who serves as flies on the wall, trapped in a labyrinth of secret shames]. Matthew Maguire's PHAEDRA begs to answer the question: How in control are we of our own desires?
   
Picture Imperfect  
Athenaeum Theatre Picture Imperfect
 
Abandoned, impoverished, and haunted by past mistakes, Mary battles an unforgiving system as it moves in painful, inexorable steps to take her beloved autistic son, Cole. In a frantic attempt to alter fate to protect Cole, Mary seeks to re-create the 'perfect family' she believes she once had. This World Premiere play about hope and redemption, guilt and misperceptions is based on true life incidents. Any parent will see themselves fighting alongside Mary as she desperately tries to save her autistic child.
   
The Princess and the Pea  
Marriott Theatre In Lincolnshire The Princess and the Pea
 
When Prince Wellington (Jeff Award winner Alex Goodrich) is forced into choosing a bride by his mother, Queen Evermean (Jeff Award winner Susan Moniz), all the princesses in the land line up to pass the "Princess Test." Trouble arises when the Prince falls in love with a commoner, Ruth (Jeff Award nominee Dara Cameron), instead of a "true" princess! To satisfy the Queen, Ruth must prove her worth by passing her own test, which requires her to sleep on a giant stack of mattresses piled on top of a single pea. If she endures a sleepless night due to the pea - of which she has no knowledge - she must be sensitive enough to be a real princess.
   
Red  
Redtwist Theatre Red
 
Master abstract expressionist painter, Mark Rothko, is at the top of his game, landing the biggest commission in the history of modern art: murals for the world-famous Four Seasons restaurant in New York City. What follows is an electrifying dissection of a brilliant mind as it navigates the myriad challenges of the artistic process, an assertive young assistant, and the artist's own ego-all at the apex of Rothko's career. This vivid, Tony Award-winning play tackles the mystery: what is art...and how is it created?
   
Redletter  
Neo-Futurists Redletter
 
Digital technology allows journalists to capture the defining moments of our time quickly and comprehensively. But is faster necessarily better? Is modern journalism living up to its expectations? Redletter looks at the plusses and pitfalls behind the most recent evolution of the press and delves into the ensemble members' complex relationship with the news. The Neos examine digital journalism with their signature mix of intelligent humor and poignant drama. Featuring Neo-Futurists Bilal Dardai, Trevor Dawkins and local live lit favorites Lisa Buscani, Lindsay Muscato and Thea Lux.
   
The Royal Society of Antarctica  
The Gift Theatre The Royal Society of Antarctica
 
The Royal Society of Antarctica, follows Dee (Aila Peck) as she returns to her birthplace at the blindingly bright McMurdo Station in Antarctica to work as a janitor and seek answers to her mother’s disappearance in this wonderfully weird and touching new play perfectly suited to The Gift’s intimate space.
   
The Royale  
American Theater Company The Royale
 
America. 1905. Jay is a legend. He has everything he needs to be the heavyweight champion of the world... except he's not white. From Orange is the New Black writer Marco Ramirez comes this explosive new play that combines rapid-fire dialogue and rhythmic percussion to punctuate the epic journey of one man's quest for fame--no matter the consequence.
   
Saintly Cherub  
Annoyance Theatre Saintly Cherub
 
n a city filled with "long form" and "short form" improv, "Saintly Cherubs" breaks the pattern with what they call "The Coloring Book" form. The audience walks into a room filled with childlike melodies, and performers coloring with crayons on large paper pads. The drawings get passed around, performer to performer, and become the inspiration for the improv that follows. Tim Lamphier says, "by passing the pad to one another the art gains a new perspective. We continue thus until we've created 4 different works of art that aren't entirely one person's vision. The abstract drawings enable our imaginations to continuously transform the piece...and we improvise based on our observations."
   
Scenes From An Execution  
Runcible Theatre Company at Royal George Theatre Scenes From An Execution
 
1571. Venice has won an overwhelming victory in The Battle of Lepanto. The artist and sensualist Galactia is chosen to commemorate the triumph; instead, she fills a staggering one thousand square feet of canvas with violence, suffering and death. Another battle ensues between artist and state, with Galactia unremitting in the face of extreme adversity.
   
The Socially Awkward Show  
Annoyance Theatre The Socially Awkward Show
 
Eve Krueger, creator of "The Socially Awkward Show" was inspired by her childhood filled with awkward encounters, and social missteps. She felt like she had grown out of her awkward phase, until she moved to Chicago last spring. As Krueger says, "The last ten months have absolutely, clearly, unquestionably proven that I am just as socially awkward now as I was in middle school." Her show will feature one-woman sketch, monologues, and some audience interaction. Opening for the show will be Shannon Noll performing stand-up.
   
Song About Himself  
Theater Oobleck at Storefront Theater Song About Himself
 
Set in a dystopian near-future in which the internet has been essentially destroyed by viruses and malware, and people communicate in little more than mumbles, Song About Himself is the story of Carol ― a woman looking for human interaction of any kind, and made extraordinary by her ability to speak relatively clearly ― who signs in to a mysterious social media site created by a rogue artificial intelligence within the Web itself, only to find that, strangely, she is its only member. The secrets she uncovers there will either cure or break her lonely heart.
   
Storytown  
Stage 773 Storytown
 
From superheroes to undersea adventures, princesses to dinosaurs, Storytown takes you on an interactive, fully improvised adventure. The actors use audience suggestions and ideas to create a different story every week. Kids design the setting and help shape the story. The actors, artists and musicians bring it to life. When the possibilities are endless, no two stories are ever the same.
   
The Sweeter Option  
Strawdog Theatre The Sweeter Option
 
Chicago's Strawdog Theatre celebrates its 100th production with the world premiere of John Henry Roberts' The Sweeter Option. A low-rent investigator named Tucker tracks a stolen rent-a-car and stumbles neck-deep into an embezzlement scheme gone sour. There's enough cash up for grabs to finance a whole new life, but the only way to it is through Irene Pike, a suburban housewife who is clearly more than she lets on. But what, exactly? This fast-paced and darkly funny psychological thriller set in 1971 Chicagoland, is directed by Lookingglass Theatre's Marti Lyons, who helmed Haven Theatre's hit production of Seminar and The Gift Theatre's Mine.
   
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.
   
These Saints Will Burn  
The Plagiarists at The Den Theatre These Saints Will Burn
 
In these saints will burn, Joan of Arc's familiar story is re-imagined as a world full of giant puppets, poetry, a talking crow, and a trio of saints who may be less benevolent than they appear as they work to secure Joan's place in history. Equal parts farce, war epic, and tragedy, ridiculous and sublime, these saints will burn examines free will, myth-making, human nature, and the morality of violence.
   
Tiger at the Gates  
Promethean Theatre Ensemble at Athenaeum Theatre Tiger at the Gates
 
The Trojan War is etched into history and implanted onto public conscious thanks to the massive scale of the battle and the epic poem, The Iliad, written about the conflict. But what if the Trojan War had been avoided, and in its place there was a passionate plea made by a warrior for a story of peace? In Tiger at the Gates, the war is on the horizon, but Trojan military leader Hector attempts to avoid the battle with the Greeks. The men around him, however, captivated by the beauty of power of glorious Helen, have other plans in mind.
   
Tightwire  
Stage 773 Tightwire
 
Tightwire brings audiences tap dance like you've never seen it, with ingenious choreography, sinister storytelling and original live music. Mystery and intrigue abound in Tightwire at Stage 773 in Lakeview. Observe this tale of a traveling Italian circus troupe in the '30s through the eyes (and feet) of the performers of one of the world's premier tap companies. Learn the behind-the-scenes secrets of this circus teeming with quirky characters, including an quiet ringmaster, an eccentric knife thrower and sisters with jealousy issues.
   
Title And Deed  
Lookingglass Theatre Title And Deed
 
One man's circuitous journey finds universal resonance in this compelling new travelogue by Pulitzer finalist Will Eno (Broadway's The Realistic Joneses). Jeff Award winner Michael Patrick Thornton takes center stage in a whimsical and soul-searching meditation on life, language and our perennial search for home.
   
Titus Andronicus  
Babes With Blades Theatre Company at City Lit Theater Titus Andronicus
 
Babes With Blades Theatre Company will serve up the blood and pie with their upcoming production of William Shakespeare's most violent play, Titus Andronicus, performed by an all-female cast, at City Lit Theatre.
   
Today We Escape: Plays Inspired by Ok Computer  
Tympanic Theatre Company at The Den Theatre Today We Escape: Plays Inspired by Ok Computer
 
Tympanic dares you to brave The Den and explore several dystopias with us for the final show in our eighth season: TODAY WE ESCAPE: Plays Inspired by OK COMPUTER. Enter a sterilized future inspired by one of the most haunting - and touching - albums ever recorded.
   
Tomato Queen  
Quest Theatre Ensemble at The Blue Theater Tomato Queen
 
What price the perfect tomato? In this new musical with book and lyrics by Christine Hodak and music by Scott Lamps, an impatient 11-year-old girl named Camina learns that success takes time and teamwork - and isn't worth much if you lose your friends along the way.
   
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.
   
Traces  
Feast Productions at The Frontier Traces
 
Twenty-something Chicagoan Jenny embarks on a quest after a fateful encounter with charming, mysterious Tom. Fantasy merges with reality as she journeys across the Windy City, and her hazy memories give way to difficult questions. An urban Faerie tale inspired by the Scottish folk ballad Tam Lin.
   
Travesties  
Remy Bumppo Theatre at The Greenhouse Theater Center Travesties
 
Toss together James Joyce, Vladimir Lenin, and Dadaist poet Tristan Tzara in Zurich in 1917 (where they really were), throw in limericks and lyrics and The Importance of Being Earnest, then shred the whole melange through the mixed-up mind of an aging British civil servant (who has a big grudge against Joyce concerning a pair of trousers), and you've entered the Wilde-ly witty world of Travesties.
   
Two Trains Running  
Goodman Theatre Two Trains Running
 
The civil rights movement is sweeping across Pittsburgh's Hill District in 1969-but the promise of a better tomorrow hasn't quite reached all the city's residents. Folks gather daily at Memphis Lee's once-prosperous diner to gossip about the neighborhood, blighted by the missteps of urban renewal and decimated by crime and poverty, and dream about the future. Memphis must decide if he should allow the government to take over his building or sell it to a ruthless businessman.
   
Unnecessary Farce  
Fox Valley Repertory Unnecessary Farce
 
Unnecessary Farce combines all the elements of classic farce with a contemporary American plot. In a motel room, an embezzling mayor is supposed to meet with his female accountant, while in the room next-door, two undercover cops wait to catch the meeting on videotape. But there's some confusion as to who's in which room, who's being videotaped, who's taken the money, who's hired a hit man, and why the accountant keeps taking off her clothes. Pants will be falling down, doors will be slamming, identities will be mistaken, and laughs will be flowing.
   
The Venetian Twins  
Piccolo Theatre The Venetian Twins
 
Identical twins, raised separately and unaware of each other, arrive in a strange town seeking marriage. One is clever, witty, and self-assured, the other timid, shy, and foolish. Confusion becomes conflict as the twins and townspeople are thrown into chaos when cash, jewels, and declarations of love are delivered to the wrong people. Played with utter conviction and charm by the Piccolo Theatre Ensemble, the return of characters Beatrice, Brighella, Colombina, Dottore, and beloved Arlecchino are joined by others to fast-paced comic effect in this fresh, energetic production that shimmers with wit and surprise.
   
The Walk Across America for Mother Earth  
Red Tape Theatre at Steppenwolf Theatre The Walk Across America for Mother Earth
 
Political activism meets bedazzled drag show in this story about two young friends who flee their suburban upbringing in "Real America" to join a ragtag group of activists on a protest march from D.C. to Nevada. On the road, the group attempts to establish a nomadic utopia, but the marchers continually find themselves divided by unrequited affections, indecision, and a secret hunger for power. Whimsically blending commedia dell'arte influences with song and dance, The Walk Across America for Mother Earth explores how the idea of community sometimes fails to unite us, and sometimes brings us together in the most unexpected ways.
   
West Side Story  
Drury Lane- Oakbrook West Side Story
 
Drury Lane closes its 30th anniversary season with one of the world's greatest love stories. A modern retelling of Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet, West Side Story tells the tale of two star crossed lovers caught between rival gangs. A revolutionary work that changed the course of the American musical, West Side Story features an electrifying Latin and jazz-infused score including "Somewhere," "Tonight," "I Feel Pretty," and "America".