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26  
Pride Arts Center - The Buena 26
 
Pride Arts Center kicks off its new late-night programming with 26, featuring sketches written by members of the Chicago theater, sketch and improv communities. Inspired by the ABC's of Death horror anthology, the sketches in 26 each represent a different letter of the alphabet. A cast of eight will run from A through Z, spanning the gamut of comedy, drama, surrealism, performance art and absurdism. See the works Sean Graney, David Cerda, Susan Messing and more come to life in the intimate setting of The Buena.
   
3 Blocks From Broadway  
Annoyance Theatre 3 Blocks From Broadway
 
From Cats to Heathers, the improv troupe Rhyme & Punishmint has cornered the market on creating feature length shows in the style of some of Broadway's favorite musicals. Now, in their new show, 3 Blocks From Broadway, the group will up the ante by letting you decide what they'll perform when the curtain rises, making an even greater challenge. But this highly talented cast of actors and improvisers is ready to put on a show that's filled with fun, surprises and maybe even a Nerf gun.
   
Ah, Wilderness!  
Goodman Theatre Ah, Wilderness!
 
On July 4, fireworks aren't the only flames burning for 16-year-old Richard Miller -- whose passion for poetry is rivaled only by affection for Muriel, the girl of his dreams. When her father forbids the young couple from dating, Richard embarks on an evening of unexpected rebellion. Relive the fireworks of first-time love in Eugene O'Neill's unabashedly romantic and sweetly funny Ah, Wilderness!, the revered playwright's only well-known comedy. Swoon over this delightful tale of adventure, angst and young romance at Chicago's Goodman Theatre.
   
Aladdin  
Cadillac Palace Theatre Aladdin
 
Aladdin, adapted from the Disney film and centuries-old folktales including "One Thousand and One Nights," is brought to fresh theatrical life in this bold new musical. Aladdin's journey sweeps audiences into an exotic world of daring adventure, classic comedy and timeless romance. This new production features a full score, including the five cherished songs from the Academy Award-winning soundtrack and more written especially for the stage.
   
At The Table  
Broken Nose Theatre at The Den Theatre At The Table
 
A group of friends head out of the city on their annual weekend retreat. With no social media, no cellphones and no internet allowed, they are left with one thing to do... look up from their screens and talk to each other. And when the liquor starts flowing and the tongues start to loosen, no conversation is uneventful and no topic is off-limits. AT THE TABLE is bold and timely new comedy that explores what happens when a marginalized minority finally speaks up and those with privilege find themselves challenged for the first time. Who is invited to the table for what discussions, and what are we refusing to discuss at all?
   
Bette Davis Ain't For Sissies  
Athenaeum Theatre Bette Davis Ain't For Sissies
 
A trip into the mind of one of Hollywood's greatest stars, Bette Davis Ain't For Sissies is a powerful one-woman show starring acclaimed actress Jessica Sherr. Taking place on the night of the 1939 Academy Awards, Davis finds out that she will lose the Best Actress Oscar to Vivien Leigh, so she decides to leave the ceremony. What follows is an internal dialogue of Davis' memories, filled with historically accurate details and piercing insight into the struggle of the actress who refused to fit into the mold of the stereotypical Hollywood ingenue. Enjoy this spirited portrayal of a bold, defiant and disillusioned box-office icon at Chicago's Athenaeum Theatre Studio One.
   
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."
   
Bite Size Broadway  
Annoyance Theatre Bite Size Broadway
 
You've never heard of Andrew Lloyd Webber's relative, Bobby Lloyd Webber, but after this hysterical performance at The Annoyance Theatre in Chicago you'll definitely be a fan. Webber wrote ten musicals while doing hard time in prison -- none of them longer than 15 minutes, none of them shorter than 15 seconds. Now he's debuting them in his self-hosted show, Bite Size Broadway, where six talented actors are bringing these comedic, inventive, never-before-seen productions to life in one spectacular hour of singing, dancing and jazz hands.
   
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.
   
The Bridges of Madison County  
Marriott Theatre In Lincolnshire The Bridges of Madison County
 
This stunning two-time Tony Award winning Broadway musical features gorgeous, soulful music by Tony Award-winning composer Jason Robert Brown (The Last Five Years, Parade, Songs for a New World) and a book by Pulitzer Prize winner Marsha Norman (The Secret Garden, The Color Purple). The Bridges of Madison County is a sweeping romance about the roads we travel, the doors we open and the bridges we dare to cross.
   
Bright Half Life  
About Face Theatre at Theater Wit Bright Half Life
 
Winner of the 2016 Lambda Literary Award for Best Play, BRIGHT HALF LIFE charts the complexity of commitment, relationships, and marriage as it follows the ups and downs of a modern lesbian couple. Their story is told through a series of fast-moving, fragmented memories - from elevator rides as strangers to steamy workplace romances to heartache to building a family.
   
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.
   
Cannonball  
The Public House Theatre Cannonball
 
Enter the eerie sci-fi realm of Cannonball -- Setting: the near future of the good ol' American Midwest. Drawing inspiration from classics like ET and Super 8, this production is filled with stargazers and geniuses obsessed with the universe beyond. Cannonball's town is awry with outer space-obsessed citizens, most of whom are plotting just about every sci-fi experiment possible. Whether you're following the local teens on Neighborhood Watch for a flurry of abductions or the scientist that has found a way to visit parallel Earths, there's a likely chance your intergalactic fantasies will be satisfied at The Public House Theatre in Chicago.
   
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.
   
Emilie: La Marquise du Chatelet Defends Her Life Tonight  
The Greenhouse Theater Center Emilie: La Marquise du Chatelet Defends Her Life Tonight
 
La Marquise du Châtelet was a woman born in the wrong era. A brilliant mathematician and physicist, she was the toast of the Enlightenment. Nevertheless, she's not a very well known historical figure. Voltaire got it right when he said du Châtelet was "a great man whose only fault was being a woman." Now Lauren Gunderson's play Emilie: La Marquise du Châtelet Defends Her Life Tonight resurrects this fascinating personality. Emilie finds herself back in the world of the living, patting her body in surprise and wondering at the reason for her return. She soon becomes desperate to find out whether her challenge to one of Isaac Newton's equations was correct. "I died thinking: Was I right?" she explains. "Shortly followed by: Was I loved? Shortly followed by: Does either one really matter in the end?" This smart, surprising and sexy portrait of a true genius is onstage at the Greenhouse Theater Center in Chicago.
   
The Faculty Lounge  
Oil Lamp Theater The Faculty Lounge
 
It's the most mythical room on any high school campus, a forbidden zone where teachers can cut loose and no students are allowed to venture: The faculty lounge. That's both the setting and the name of playwright Teri Foltz's new comedy, where five teachers relax, vent their frustrations and share thoughts, hopes and insecurities that they'd never dream of uttering in a classroom. The stories of five students weave in and out of the teachers' tales, as the educators' memories of their own high school experiences blend with their present day careers. The Faculty Lounge is a hilarious and heartfelt peek into the minds of the people who spend eight hours a day teaching our kids, and it's coming to the Oil Lamp Theater in Glenview.
   
Fantastic Super Great Nation Numero Uno  
Second City Fantastic Super Great Nation Numero Uno
 
The Second City e.t.c.'s 41st revue, Fantastic Super Great Nation Numero Uno, reminds us that as divided as the nation may be, there is still hilarity in our humanity. This exciting new cast illustrates that there is still plenty to laugh at in ourselves and though they may be slightly shattered, America still has two legs to stand on. Fantastic Super Great Nation Numero Uno proves that as long as we're still willing to listen to each other, laughter is our international language.
   
Gidion's Knot  
Eclectic Full Contact Theatre Company at Athenaeum Theatre Gidion's Knot
 
Over the course of a parent/teacher conference, a grieving mother and an emotionally overwhelmed primary school teacher have a fraught conversation about the mother's son, Gidion. Gidion may have been bullied severely -- or he may have been the abuser. As his story is slowly uncovered, the women try to reconstruct a satisfying explanation for Gidion's act and come to terms with excruciating feelings of culpability.
   
The Gin Game  
Drury Lane- Oakbrook The Gin Game
 
Winner of the 1978 Pulitzer Prize for Drama and nominated for four Tony Awards, The Gin Game symbolizes life in the form of a card game in a two-act, two-character play starring Chicago theater legends, John Reeger and Paula Scrofano. In The Gin Game, Weller Martin and Fonsia Dorsey strike up an acquaintance and begin to play gin rummy. As the game progresses, intimate secrets of their lives are revealed and they begin to search for each other's weaknesses in both the game and life itself. With this production, John and Paula join an elite history of famous duos who have previously battled in The Gin Game, including original stars Hume Cronyn and Jessica Tandy (the 1977 Broadway production and 1981 TV movie), Dick Van Dyke and Mary Tyler Moore (the 2003 PBS television special), and James Earl Jones and Cicely Tyson (the 2015 Broadway Revival).
   
Going to a Place Where You Already Are  
Redtwist Theatre Going to a Place Where You Already Are
 
A fun-loving couple, Roberta and Joe, are avowed atheists in their golden years, moving along nicely until Roberta undergoes a serious medical diagnosis. Funny and poignant, this is an insightfully compassionate play about a senior couple navigating the land mines of their advancing years in a delightfully carefree manner, until life catches up and demands some big time decisions about faith. Featuring Kathleen Ruhl in the role of Roberta.
   
The Golden Girls - The Lost Episodes  
Hell in a Handbag Productions at Mary's Attic The Golden Girls - The Lost Episodes
 
Enjoy lost, never-before-seen episodes of The Golden Girls featuring Dorothy, Rose, Blanche, Sophia and all of the siblings, daughters, sons, characters and rare diseases that were mentioned once, but never again. The production also features The Golden Girls trivia and games to help fully embrace the Miami experience.
   
Great Expectations  
Remy Bumppo and Silk Road Rising at Chicago Temple Great Expectations
 
Dickens' beloved tale of aspiration, intrigue, and romance is thrillingly transplanted to a colonized India by award-winning British Bengali playwright Tanika Gupta. When Indian orphan Pip receives a mysterious inheritance, he must choose between his humble rural life and the city life of an English "gentleman." In a vibrant clash of cultures, classes, and conscience, Gupta's brilliant adaptation expands Dickens' enduring question: Is it worth losing who you are for who you might become?
   
Hair  
Metropolis Performing Arts Centre Hair
 
Hair celebrates peace and love, taking you back to 1960s New York as young hippies try to make sense of their lives in the shadow of the Vietnam War. As the "tribe" -- a group of politically active bohemian youths -- fight against conscription, Claude has to decide whether to resist the draft as his friends have done, or succumb to the pressures of his parents and conservative America. Hair is filled with unforgettable songs, like "Aquarius," "Let the Sun Shine In" and "Good Morning, Starshine," which all became anthems of the anti-war movement. Filled with unbridled energy and infectious songs, this stunning production at Metropolis Performing Arts Centre in Arlington Heights provides an electrifying look back into '60s hippie counterculture.
   
Hamilton  
The PrivateBank Theatre Hamilton
 
A new musical about the scrappy young immigrant who forever changed America: Alexander Hamilton. From bastard orphan to Washington's right hand man, rebel to war hero, loving husband caught in the country's first sex scandal to Treasury head who made an untrusting world believe in the American economy, Hamilton is an exploration of a political mastermind. George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Eliza Hamilton, and lifelong Hamilton friend and foe, Aaron Burr, all attend this revolutionary tale of America's fiery past told through the sounds of the ever-changing nation we've become.
   
Her Majesty's Will  
Lifeline Theatre Her Majesty's Will
 
Young William Shakespeare is hiding from the law in rural Lancashire, languishing as a simple school master. Christopher Marlowe is living the high life as a spy for the Crown. When a dastardly plot to assassinate the Queen draws these two unforgettable wits together, Will is swept up in a world of intrigue, treachery, and mayhem in an adventure that will define the rest of his life - if he can only manage to save Her Majesty. An irreverent comedy that imagines Shakespeare's "lost years" as a rousing romp through the streets and across the stages of Elizabethan London.
   
Hir  
Steppenwolf Theatre Hir
 
The classic dysfunctional family drama has just crashed through into a wholly original place. Meet Paige, a wife and mother liberated from an oppressive and abusive marriage; Max, her newly out transgender son; and Isaac, Max's PTSD-addled older brother, who discovers a brand new war zone when he comes home from Afghanistan. Hir's crusade to shake up the patriarchy is disarmingly funny, absurd and surprising as it looks at an American family forced to build a new world out of the pieces of the old.
   
Hitler On The Roof  
Akvavit Theatre at Strawdog Theatre Hitler On The Roof
 
This prescient 2011 Danish play finds the Nazi propagandist Dr. Joseph Goebbels (Amy Gorelow) and filmmaker Leni Riefenstahl (Jay Torrence) doomed to a perpetual afterlife in which to confront their pasts. Locked deep down inside the present day Führerbunker, the two engage in cunning feats of denial, manipulation and pure slapstick.
   
The House Cup: A Harry Potter Drinking Show  
Under The Gun Theater The House Cup: A Harry Potter Drinking Show
 
The House Cup lets both cast and audience live their deep-seeded dream of earning points for their true Hogwarts House. Each night, four Harry Potter experts and each audience member will be sorted by house, then asked to test his/her Harry Potter knowledge through trivia, debates, and physical challenges. Did we mention this is a drinking competition? The winner of each round will earn points for his/her house and the losers, they drink. (So really, everybody wins.)
   
In the Soundless Awe  
Prop Theatre In the Soundless Awe
 
On July 30, 1945, the U.S.S. Indianapolis was struck by two Japanese torpedoes, instantly killing 300 sailors and leaving 900 men to drift helplessly -- battling dehydration, saltwater poisoning and shark attacks -- in the Pacific Ocean. Historical drama In the Soundless Awe picks up 22 years after this harrowing event, finding Charles Butler McVay III, the wrongly court-martialed and disgraced Captain of the U.S.S. Indianapolis, in his haunting final moments. Presented at Chicago's Prop Theatre, In the Soundless Awe features TV star Jason Narvy (Mighty Morphin Power Rangers).
   
The Infinite Wrench  
Neo-Futurists The Infinite Wrench
 
The Infinite Wrench is a mechanism that unleashes a barrage of two-minute plays for a live audience. Each play offers something different-some are funny, others profound. Some are elegant, disgusting, topical, irrelevant, terrifying, or put to song. All of the plays are truthful and tackle the here-and-now, inspired by the lived experiences of the performers. With new plays every week, The Infinite Wrench is The Neo-Futurists' ongoing and ever-changing attempt to shift the conventions of live performance and speak to the present audience, including those unreached or unmoved by other types of theater.
   
It Came from ... the Neo-Futurarium XII: Dawn of the Neo-Futurarium!  
Neo-Futurists It Came from ... the Neo-Futurarium XII: Dawn of the Neo-Futurarium!
 
Neo-Futurist alumnae Rachel Claff and Dina Walters curate It Came from ... the Neo-Futurarium XII: Dawn of the Neo-Futurarium! the 12th annual series of staged readings of the best worst film scripts of all time. The summer 2017 festival features four of the clunkiest, junkiest movies ever made (details below), brought to life by past and present Neo-Futurists and acclaimed guest artists. Includes a Pride weekend show and gender-bending casts.
   
Jacques Brel's Lonesome Losers of the Night  
Theo Ubique Cabaret Theatre at No Exit Cafe Jacques Brel's Lonesome Losers of the Night
 
The last show of the season will be a remounting of Theo Ubique's highly acclaimed original musical revue, Jacques Brel's Lonesome Losers of the Night, which was nominated for the 2008-2009 Joseph Jefferson Award for Best Musical. Following the trials of two sailors at port in a bar in Amsterdam, we witness how relationships bloom and wilt through the musical lyricism of the Belgian singer/songwriter Jacques Brel. Songs include "Amsterdam," "Don't Go Away," "Alone," "Rosa" and many more.
   
Johnny Johnson  
Chicago Folks Operetta at Stage 773 Johnny Johnson
 
Chicago Folks Operetta’s production of Kurt Weill’s rarely heard musical gem, Johnny Johnson. It is World War I. The United States of America, having previously pledged to remain neutral, is pulled into the fight to make the world safe for democracy "over there." Lowly American tombstone cutter and unwitting pacifist Johnny Johnson has been persuaded to enlist in the U.S. army both by his sweetheart, Minny Belle Tompkins, and by President Woodrow Wilson's promise of "a war to end all wars." But confronted by the horrors of the trenches in France, he is outraged at the absurdity of it all. Using a bit of laughing gas and plenty of moxie, he fools the Allied generals into calling a cease-fire. The year 2017 is the 100th Anniversary of the U.S. entry into the First World War. Kurt Weill’s exotic 1936 score is one of his best, and Pulitzer Prize winner Paul Green’s clever story is more relevant than ever. With a 14 piece orchestra and some of Chicago’s finest singers!
   
The King And I  
Ford Oriental Theatre The King And I
 
One of Rodgers & Hammerstein's finest works, THE KING AND I boasts a score which features such beloved classics as "Getting To Know You," "I Whistle a Happy Tune," "Hello Young Lovers," "Shall We Dance" and "Something Wonderful." Set in 1860's Bangkok, the musical tells the story of the unconventional and tempestuous relationship that develops between the King of Siam and Anna Leonowens, a British schoolteacher whom the modernist King, in an imperialistic world, brings to Siam to teach his many wives and children.
   
King Liz  
Windy City Playhouse King Liz
 
No earthly realm is more exciting, wealthy or dangerous than a sports empire -- just ask the title character of King Liz. A uniquely powerful sports agent, Liz Rico is a rare woman atop the towering (if teetering) pyramid of pro sports. Of course, she had to work twice as hard to get there, and so is now twice as cautious as she waits to take over the agency. Enter Freddie Luna, a high school basketball superstar with a troubled past. If Liz can keep this talented yet volatile young star in line, she just might end up making not only his career, but her own as well. But at what price?
   
King Ubu  
The Greenhouse Theater Center King Ubu
 
When it premiered in 1896, Alfred Jarry's outrageous parody of Shakespeare's Macbeth was a blast of rude nihilism onto the French theater scene, sticking its tongue out at politics, war and theater orthodoxy. It went on to influence great writers and artists, such as Apollinaire, Artaud and Breton, and led to Surrealism, Dada, the Situationists and even punk rock. Featuring lowbrow humor and ludicrous language, King Ubu points out society's failures and injustices and warns about civilization's susceptibility to subversion and collapse through the gluttonous and brutal character of Papa Ubu, who murders the royal family of an immaterial Poland in order to ascend to the throne. Catch this raucous staging of the frighteningly familiar work at Chicago's Greenhouse Theater Center.
   
Late Company  
COR Theatre at Pride Arts Center - The Buena Late Company
 
Searching for closure one year after their son took his own life, a teen's parents invite the schoolmate who tormented him and the bully's parents to dinner. But the events of the evening prove difficult to swallow as accusations and blame are served up in equal measure, and understanding and forgiveness seem to slip further from grasp. As blame shifts, layers of parental, sexual, and political hypocrisy are revealed. Scathingly funny and heartbreakingly real, award-winning Jordan Tannahill's Late Company ponders how well parents ever really know their children. Head to The Buena at Pride Arts Center to see COR Theatre's production of the play that the Vancouver Courier called "...excruciatingly good theatre; it feels like open heart surgery."
   
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.
   
London Assurance  
City Lit Theater London Assurance
 
Grace Harkaway, who considers herself immune to love, is marrying an elderly man for his money. Then she meets his son. Then the elderly man meets horse-riding virago Lady Gay Spanker. This comedy by Irish playwright Dion Boucicault was first produced in 1841, and was a bridge between Richard Brinsley Sheridan's comedies of manners from the late 18th Century to the late 19th Century comedies of Oscar Wilde, who was influenced by London Assurance.
   
Macbeth  
Oak Park Festival Theatre Macbeth
 
Shakespeare in the park. Blankets spread out. Wine and cheese picnics under the stars. Does it get any more blissfully summer than that? Kick off the season at the Oak Park Festival Theatre in Austin Gardens with the bloody and brilliant classic Macbeth. Nastier than Scorsese at his bleakest, more violent than Tarantino at his bloodiest, Shakespeare's Macbeth still shocks like no other tale on the page, stage or screen. Set in a gloomy world of ghosts and witches, the tragedy's cycle of corruption is thrown into motion when the popular King Duncan of Scotland is murdered by his trusted friend and general Macbeth. Driven by a supernatural prophesy and his wife's deadly ambition, Macbeth goes on to claim his destiny. But just as he grasps the crown, it starts to slip through his guilty fingers.
   
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!
   
Make America Gay Again  
Under The Gun Theater Make America Gay Again
 
Chicago's Under the Gun Theater invites you to embark on a pride-filled comedic journey through the United States of America as gender is thrown out of the window, microaggressions get ridiculed in the bright beam of the spotlight and gay myths are debunked ... and sometimes confirmed. Make America Gay Again, an LGBTQA+ sketch-travaganza, features a new LGBTQA+ solo opener each night, as well as a series of sketches and improv comedy from a talented cast of performers.
   
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.
   
Moby Dick  
Lookingglass Theatre Moby Dick
 
Madness rages like the angry sea when man pits himself against leviathan in Melville's epic and poetic tale furiously reimagined on the Lookingglass stage by director David Catlin (Lookingglass Alice). Set sail with Captain Ahab and the intrepid crew of the Pequod in this harrowing and intoxicating exploration of fate vs. free will.
   
Mother Goose's Garden  
Emerald City's Little Theatre Mother Goose's Garden
 
One, two, buckle your shoe, and take a gander at Mother Goose's magical community garden at ECT's Little Theatre! Join Jack and Jill as they search for Mother Goose and help out a gaggle of your favorite characters along the way. Sing along to live music with Little Boy Blue, Miss Muffett, and others as you experience the fun in teamwork through hand-puppetry and interactive play. For ages 0 - 5
   
The Mystery Of Love and Sex  
Writers Theatre The Mystery Of Love and Sex
 
Charlotte and Jonny have grown up together, and are now trying to determine whether their close friendship might be something more. When they discover exactly what "more" actually entails, however, it comes as a surprise to them both-and to Charlotte's parents, who are holding secrets and resentments of their own. This compelling story of intricate relationships is an explosive and contemporary look at race, sexual identity and family dynamics.
   
Naked Boys Singing!  
Theater Wit Naked Boys Singing!
 
The title says it all. This well-natured musical revue features eight actors who sing and dance in their birthday suits (well, they're fully naked 90% of the time, to be exact). There's no plot, really, just a bunch of skits and songs about gay life and male nudity-silly ditties about topics like circumcision and getting aroused in public as well as more emotional songs about finding love.
   
The Nance  
Pride Arts Center - The Buena The Nance
 
Douglas Carter Beane's The Nance recreates the naughty, raucous world of burlesque's heyday and tells the backstage story of Chauncey Miles and his fellow performers. Chauncey's uproarious antics on the stage at a time when it is easy to play gay stand in marked contrast to his offstage life. The New York Times called The Nance "A heartfelt new play set in the twilight of burlesque." It ran on Broadway in 2013 starring Nathan Lane and was nominated for five Tony Awards, winning two.
   
Native Gardens  
Victory Gardens Theater - Biograph Native Gardens
 
Pablo, a high-powered lawyer and his pregnant wife Tania, a doctoral candidate, think they have hit the jackpot with their new home. It seems to have everything they dreamed of: a nice neighborhood, plenty of bedrooms for their growing family, outdoor space, and friendly neighbors. When Pablo and Tania decide to upgrade the eyesore chain link fence in their backyard, neighbors Virginia and Frank couldn't be happier. Happy until they think their new neighbors are taking more than they deserve. A disagreement over a property line quickly spirals into a war of taste, class and entitlement in Native Gardens, a hilarious new comedy by Karen Zacarias and directed by Marti Lyons.
   
Nautilina  
The Agency Theater Collective at The Den Theatre Nautilina
 
A series of small scenes and monologues which lock into each other like puzzle pieces and create a larger narrative, Nautilina is an examination of what makes people tick, what makes them behave the way they do.
   
Parade  
Writers Theatre Parade
 
This stirring, Tony Award-winning musical explores the endurance of love and hope against seemingly insurmountable odds, telling the true story of Leo Frank, a Brooklyn-born Jewish man falsely accused of murder in 1913 Atlanta. Innovative and daring, and filled with soaring music, Parade is a moving love story, a riveting murder mystery, a gripping courtroom drama and a powerful exploration of innocence and naïvete coming face-to-face with ignorance and prejudice.
   
Paradise Blue  
TimeLine Theatre Company Paradise Blue
 
It's 1949 in Detroit's Black Bottom neighborhood, and Blue, the gifted trumpeter and troubled owner of the Paradise nightclub, is contemplating a buyout offer for the city's urban renewal plan. As the inhabitants of his famed but faltering jazz club ponder their options and dream of a better life, relationships are tested, new challengers emerge, and a mysterious woman arrives to turn their world upside down. As the fate of all their lives looms, they must decide whether to fight to save what's theirs or risk it all for a chance at redemption.
   
Pass Over  
Steppenwolf Theatre Pass Over
 
In this bold, incendiary riff on Waiting for Godot, two young, black men stand around on the corner-talking shit, killing time and hoping that maybe today will be different. When a white man wanders into their space, an escalating crisis threatens to prevent their escape from the block. In Pass Over, pop culture, historical and religious references collide to create a hilarious and disturbing meditation on manhood, race, and the cycle of violence that prevents too many from realizing their full potential.
   
Pilgrims  
The Gift Theatre Pilgrims
 
On a spacecraft on its way to colonize a newly discovered planet, a soldier and a teenage girl live together in one of the ship's cabins with only an outdated robot and each other for company. When they are quarantined in their close quarters due to a potential outbreak, they're forced to explore their own traumatic pasts in a dying society. What does it mean to create a new society? What does it mean to be a Pilgrim today?
   
Put The Nuns In Charge  
Royal George Theatre Put The Nuns In Charge
 
Part of a new Vatican outreach program, Mother Superior was tapped because she knows a thing or two about sin. And sinners. First asked to teach her class in our nation's capital, she opted for Chicago instead. "Too many sinners in D.C.," she was overheard saying. "There's plenty to keep me busy here!"
   
Ragtime  
Griffin Theatre Company at The Den Theatre Ragtime
 
Based on the 1975 novel by E.L. Doctorow, RAGTIME is set at the dawn of a new century where the lives of three distinct American families from different backgrounds intersect in their search for the American dream. Part history lesson-part family saga, this stirring musical asks us think about racism, immigration, social justice, wage inequality and the role of women in society in a changing America.
   
Save Ferris  
Under The Gun Theater Save Ferris
 
He was the coolest kid in high school -- even when he took the day off his name was on everyone's lips -- but the 30 years since then have not been kind to Ferris Bueller. After all, skirting responsibility isn't quite as charming when you're a middle-aged man. Now he's divorced, broke, friendless and estranged from his teenage daughter, Reagan. Save Ferris follows his desperate attempt to reconnect with Reagan by taking her on a magical journey through Chicago that mirrors the unforgettable day off that secured his since-faded legend three decades ago. Catch this original comedy -- inspired by the iconic characters of John Hughes' Ferris Bueller's Day Off -- at Chicago's Under the Gun Theater.
   
The School For Lies  
The Artistic Home The School For Lies
 
Based on Moliere's Misanthrope, David Ive's School For Lies honors the French 17 the Century practice of writing in verse, but uses contemporary language while maintaining the Moliere play's original setting of Paris in 1666. The comedy is a battle of wits between Frank, a traveler from England known for his misanthropic wit, and Celemene, a beautiful young widow with a satiric tongue who is busy avoiding several keen suitors and a pressing legal suit. As Frank turns Celimene's world upside-down, she discovers that she can still find love amidst the lies and uproarious, naughty array of characters that never seem to miss a chance at having the last word.
   
Spamilton  
Royal George Theatre Spamilton
 
Created by the Forbidden Broadway mastermind Gerard Alessandrini, the hilarious musical mash-up, Spamilton celebrates, roasts, and eviscerates the Broadway blockbuster with a cast of five. It is interspersed with outrageous references to Gypsy, Chicago, The King and I, Assassins, Camelot and Sweeney Todd. Not only are Lin-Manuel Miranda and the stars of the original cast of Hamilton comically eviscerated, but they are joined by caricatures of living Broadway legends: Patti Lupone, Audra McDonald, Stephen Sondheim, Stephen Schwartz, Barbra Streisand, Bernadette Peters, and many more beloved icons.
   
Strangest Things! The Musical  
The Greenhouse Theater Center Strangest Things! The Musical
 
In that magical year of 1983, when parents were nowhere to be found, hair was huge and frozen waffles had the power to change a bald girl's life, something ... strange happened in a sleepy town. Set to the fresh beats of your favorite me-decade hits, Strangest Things! might be familiar if you've seen the Netflix smash hit about a lost boy, his plucky friends and a troubled sheriff whose town is turned upside down. But in the hands of the folks who brought you Barney the Elf and Ladies Night of the Living Dead, this musical mystery is a little twisted. Spell out "L-E-T-S G-O" on your Christmas lights and head to Greenhouse Theater Center for a hilarious take on TV's hottest hit.
   
Tangerine: A Two-Man Show  
Cornservatory Tangerine: A Two-Man Show
 
Formed through the alliance of shared cynicism, nostalgia for their California hometowns, and a passion for the music of "Heart," Tangerine is the combination of Vinny Tangherlini and Tim Green and has been bringing joy and laughter to thousands, if not, hundreds of people since these two hit the streets of Chicago (yes, Tim and Vinny often perform on street corners, much to the chagrin of their parents). Biting wit and all-too-real caricatures of daily life abound in their single scene, long form improvisation.
   
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.
   
Tony 'n Tina's Wedding  
Chicago Theatre Works Tony 'n Tina's Wedding
 
Presented by the original New York producers, in conjunction with Chicago Theater Works, comes the return of one of Chicago's longest-running, smash hit shows, Tony 'n Tina's Wedding -- and everyone's invited! You and the other audience members are treated like family at this interactive improvisational comedy. The fun starts with the happy couple's wedding ceremony inside a real church (Resurrection Church), followed by the all-inclusive reception just one block away at Vinnie Black's Coliseum, featuring a full Italian dinner, wedding cake, champagne toast, dancing to great music and lots of love and laughs. As part of the audience, you're considered a wedding guest and are allowed to mix, mingle and interact with all of the participants. You never know what drama you might get swept up in with this crazy Italian family! The improvisational nature of the show lets you go multiple times and see different stories play out each time.Tony 'n' Tina's Wedding will reopen in November 2009
   
The Ugly Duckling  
Chicago Kids Company at St. Patrick Performing Arts Center- Stahl Family Theater The Ugly Duckling
 
CKC's new bilingual musical is an updated version of the classic tale. Meet Sophia, the new duckling at Lucky Duck School, who isn't quite the same as everyone else. This show is about celebrating the wonderful ways in which we're all one-of-a-kind. “The Ugly Duckling” is great fun for both English and Spanish speakers--there's no need to be fluent in both to enjoy this tale. The show runs one hour with no intermission and is for children from 2 to 8 years old.
   
Water and Power  
UrbanTheater Company at Batey Urbano Water and Power
 
Two ambitious Mexican-American brothers nicknamed Water and Power are climbing the ranks of Chicago's power structure and political machine. A gifted cop and a popular state senator respectively, Gilbert and Gabriel rose from the hardscrabble neighborhoods of the city's South side to the corridors of power. But on this dark and rainy night, they find themselves on a lonely stretch of Division Street, their careers hanging on the balance.
   
The Water Children  
The Cuckoo Theater Project at Flat Iron Arts Building The Water Children
 
Megan is an actress somewhere between "ingenue" and "Mom." When she loses an important role to a younger woman, her agent convinces her to take a part in a commercial for Life Force, an anti-­‐abortion group. Megan, having had an abortion, and being a staunch liberal, is conflicted about the job. She complicates her life even more when she begins to date Randall, the organization's executive director. Megan and Randall hit it off and they try to put their personal beliefs aside, but when Randall's colleagues become militant, things suddenly become more difficult. And when Megan learns she is pregnant, it sends her on the personal journey of her life, spinning into her past, magnifying her present, and leaving her completely at a loss as to her future.