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After Miss Julie  
Strawdog Theatre After Miss Julie
 
After Miss Julie is Marber's modern reimaging of August Strindberg's classic play now set in 1945 the night of England's Labour Party's landslide election victory over Winston Churchill's Conservative Party. The wealthy Julie (Maggie Scranton) and the servant John (John Henry Roberts) navigate the complexity and sexual politics of master and servant relations, all while under the watchful eye of John's former fiancee and fellow servant Christine (Anita Deely).
   
American Idiot  
The Hypocrites at The Den Theatre American Idiot
 
Based on punk rock band Green Day's Grammy Award-winning multi-platinum album of the same name, AMERICAN IDIOT follows three lifelong friends, forced to choose between their dreams and the safety of suburbia in a post 9/11 world. The musical features hits including "Boulevard of Broken Dreams," "21 Guns," "Wake Me Up When September Ends," "Holiday" and the blockbuster title track, "American Idiot." A critical smash on Broadway and in London, AMERICAN IDIOT received a 2010 Tony Award nomination for Best Musical and won the 2011 Grammy Award for Best Musical Show Album.
   
Anna, in the Darkness  
Dream Theatre Anna, in the Darkness
 
Anna, in the Darkness returns to the stage with scares to spare. Megan Merrill stars as Anna, a young teacher barricaded in her house while outside angry townfolk gather howling for blood. Writer-director Jeremy Menekseoglu has crafted a tale where the menace is far scarier -- and far more profound -- than brainless zombies or creeping vampires. Filled with jump scares and deeper, more lasting disturbances, Anna, in the Darkness is a powerful psychological thriller that keeps you in the dark as to what is real and what is imagined until the very end. Prepare yourself for what the Chicago Reader raved was a "devilish torture on the imagination."
   
The Anton Chekhov Book Club  
Moving Dock Theatre at Stage 773 The Anton Chekhov Book Club
 
Enter the world of this unusual book club where the members, brought together by their love for the literary giant, Anton Chekhov, lose themselves - and find themselves - in the pages of his timeless short stories.
   
Bad Jews  
Royal George Theatre Bad Jews
 
Bad Jews tells the story of Daphna Feygenbaum, a "Real Jew" with an Israeli boyfriend. When Daphna's cousin Liam brings home his shiksa girlfriend Melody and declares ownership of their grandfather's Chai necklace, a vicious and hilarious brawl over family, faith and legacy ensues. Stir in the identity curation of the Facebook generation and Theater Wit's Chicago premiere of Bad Jews, directed by artistic director Jeremy Wechsler, promises to be one of the funniest, wisest, most excruciating comedies on a Chicago stage this year.
   
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."
   
Bleacher Bums  
Oil Lamp Theater Bleacher Bums
 
In the bleachers at Chicago's Wrigley Field, a mixed bag of die-hard Cubs fans are watching the game. While they're rooting for their team, you'll be watching them, because the action in the stands is more interesting than the action on the field in Bleacher Bums. The group includes a rabid cheerleader, a blind man who follows the game by transistor radio and does his own play by play, a bathing beauty, a nerd and various other bleacher denizens. As the game proceeds, they place bets on every conceivable event, go out for frosty malts or beers, try to pick up the bathing beauty and -- occasionally -- watch the game. The villainous Marvin, who always bets against the Cubs, waits for the inevitable ninth-inning flop. Will he clean up again, or will the Cubs triumph this time? Win or lose, the bleacher bums remain undaunted in this Oil Lamp Theater production.
   
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.
   
Bristol Renaissance Faire  
Bristol Renaissance Faire Bristol Renaissance Faire
 
Eat, drink and be merry whilst roaming among the jousting knights, regal ladies, saucy wenches and royal overseers of the famed Bristol Renaissance Faire, returning for its 27th season of fun and games just outside of Chicago. Hundreds of performers dressed in Elizabethan costumes create a magical world of music and excitement, with games, rides and 20 stages of entertainment options ranging from knife throwers to improv troupes. More than 150 artisans will also be exhibiting and selling their original hand-crafted items, including hand-blown glass creations, pottery, authentic clothing and weaponry. All the frolicking and cavorting can leave one in need of refreshment, though fear not -- there are dozens of food and drink options available for purchase, both alcoholic and non, including the signature giant turkey leg and the ice-cold sassafrass.
   
Bye Bye Liver  
The Public House Theatre Bye Bye Liver
 
The Pub Theater Company performs a series of outrageous sketches centered on Chicago's favorite pastime: drinking. Bye Bye Liver is filled with interactive social games for the audience, pitting males versus females, actors versus audience and so on. Bar life and alcoholic adventures are held up for your amusement so you can laugh -- and drink -- your troubles away. With a spontaneous and interactive format, the outcome is always a fun and outrageous time for everyone, both audience and cast.
   
Churchill  
SoloChicago at The Greenhouse Theater Center Churchill
 
Based on Winston Churchill's own writings, Ronald Keaton's one-man show finds the former British prime minister chafing under forced retirement after a shocking loss in the post-World War II election. But when President Harry Truman invites him to speak in the U.S., the famed politician, painter, Nobel Prize-winning author and witty raconteur begins to reflect on his life and times with humor, pride and regret. The inspiring leader who led England through one of its most difficult periods not only shares his political and military history, but also his fondness for whiskey, cigars and women. Keaton's been called one of the city's "top-tier theater veterans" by the Chicago Tribune.
   
Cirque du Soleil - Kurios  
United Center Cirque du Soleil - Kurios
 
What if, by engaging your imagination and opening your mind, you could alter reality and unlock the door to a world of wonders? Welcome to the realm of KURIOS -- Cabinet of Curiosities from Cirque du Soleil. Step into the curio cabinet of an ambitious inventor who defies the laws of time, space and dimension in order to reinvent everything around him. Suddenly, the visible becomes invisible, perspectives are transformed, and the world is literally turned upside down in a place that's as beautiful as it is mysterious. Stunning acrobatics blend with unusual curiosity acts, and otherworldly characters spring to life before your eyes. Is this magical, mechanical land real, or just a figment of your imagination? You have to see it to disbelieve it. This pre-sale offer for Cirque du Soleil's KURIOS -- Cabinet of Curiosities in the Grand Chapiteau at Chicago's United Center gets you great tickets before they go on sale to the general public.
   
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!
   
Cupid Has a Heart On  
Stage 773 Cupid Has a Heart On
 
The longest running musical comedy in Chicago, Cupid Has a Heart On is a must see Chicago experience! The fast paced, musical sketch show is hilarious, irreverent, and a raunchy good time. If you're ready to belly laugh about body image and roar about relationships, Cupid Has a Heart On is sure to deliver with comedic wit to spare. Created by Stage 773 Creative Director, Brian Posen, who directs and plays accompaniment, The Cupid Players have toured nationwide, including appearances in New York, Los Angeles, and San Francisco. Cupid Has a Heart On features an ensemble cast and a rotating set list, so you are sure to see new faces and hear old favorites when you come to see Cupid again and again. The wickedly talented triple-threats who make up The Cupid Players are some of Chicago's top creative talent - constantly developing new material for the mainstage show, touring, festivals, and events.
   
The 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.
   
Don Chipotle  
Storefront Theater Don Chipotle
 
Get ready to embark on a magical adventure and witness the birth of an new superhero with Juan Villa's Don Chipotle at Chicago's Storefront Theater. Inspired by the classic tale of Don Quixote and Villa's childhood growing up in a violent environment, the story follows two 11-year-old boys who journey across the quixotic landscape of New York City to set the world right. Told through an innovative mix of puppetry and animation with stirring music from a children's choir, this uplifting coming-of-age story captures the poignancy behind a child's boundless imagination and unshakable hope.
   
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.
   
The Dueling Gentlemen  
Silent Theatre Company at Athenaeum Theatre The Dueling Gentlemen
 
The Dueling Gentlemen is a love letter to old vaudeville. Performed entirely in silence a la pre-talkie era and accompanied by live original piano composition, the story follows two vaudeville performers whose friendship begins to deconstruct during their long time running successful act. Issues of insecurities and lack of communication, alcoholism and professionalism, betrayal and sinister plots all play factors on and off stage as their act "The Ugly Blonde" takes an even uglier turn.
   
Glory Days  
Refuge Theatre Project at Flat Iron Arts Building Glory Days
 
A year after graduating high school, four best friends reconnect on their old school's football field. Will has called the boys together with a mission: to hack into the sprinkler system so that it goes off when the jocks who bullied them in high school take the field for a charity game. But as the guys wait for instructions on how to break into the system, they quickly realize how dramatically their lives have grown apart. With a soaring pop-rock score, Glory Days is a poignant and witty coming-of-age story about friends searching for understanding and validation as they face the consequences of growing up.
   
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?
   
The History Of Alcohol In Chicago: A Drinker's Guide  
The Public House Theatre The History Of Alcohol In Chicago: A Drinker's Guide
 
Chicago's eventful history and cast of famous citizens come alive in this comedic sketch revue that combines historically-motivated scenes with interactive games, trivia and classic cocktails. Audiences will be entertained and educated by the likes of Al Capone, Moonshine Mary Wazeniak, John Siebel, Johnny Torrio and others while enjoying period-appropriate cocktails and music in The History of Alcohol in Chicago: A Drinker's Guide.
   
It Came from Kentucky  
Annoyance Theatre It Came from Kentucky
 
"It Came from Kentucky" is an original musical inspired by actual events set in 1955 Hopkinsville, Kentucky. Billie Ray Taylor is visiting her Aunt and Uncle Sutton on break from college. But she's not the only visitor. When Billie Ray and her cousin, Kaci Lynn, spot a UFO the question becomes, "Where did these strange visitors come from, and what do they want?"
   
The Jacksonian  
Profiles Theatre - The Main Stage The Jacksonian
 
Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Beth Henley's eerie new play The Jacksonian transports audiences to Jackson, Mississippi, 1964. When his wife kicks him out, respectable dentist Bill Perch moves into the unsettling world of the seedy Jacksonian Motel. There, his downward spiral is punctuated by encounters with his teenage daughter, a gold-digging motel employee, a treacherous bartender and Perch's now-estranged wife. Revolving around the night of a murder, The Jacksonian, brims with suspense and dark humor as the subversive becomes commonplace and the passage of time becomes hauntingly unpredictable. In The Jacksonian, Beth Henley returns to the Southern Gothic storytelling that made her reputation with both critics and audiences. The darkly humorous play premiered at the Geffen Playhouse in February 2012 in a production directed by Tony Award winner Robert Falls with a cast featuring Ed Harris, Glenne Headly, Amy Madigan and Bill Pullman. It later played in New York with the New Group in November 2013 with the same creative team. Beth Henley's best- known plays include Crimes of the Heart, winner of the Pulitzer Prize and New York Drama Critics' Circle Award and The Miss Firecracker Contest. Her screenplay for Crimes of the Heart was nominated for an Oscar as Best Adapted Screenplay.
   
Last Train to Nibroc  
Haven Theatre Company at Theater Wit Last Train to Nibroc
 
In December 1940, an east-bound cross-country train carries the bodies of the great American writers Nathanael West and F. Scott Fitzgerald as well as shy and religious May, who shares her seat with a charming young discharged flyer, Raleigh. As May (Amanda Drinkall) and Raleigh (Mike Tepeli) continue to cross paths over the years, an unlikely bond forms, one that continues to blossom in ways neither of them could ever expect. A funny, touching portrait of two people searching for happiness called "...a gently charming little play, reminiscent of Thornton Wilder in its look at rustic Americans who are to be treasured for their simplicity and directness..." by the Associated Press.
   
Late Nite Catechism  
Royal George Theatre Late Nite Catechism
 
Late Nite Catechism is an uproariously funny play, written by Vicki Quade and Maripat Donovan, where the irrepressible Sister teaches class to a roomful of "students." Throughout the course of the play the benevolent instructor rewards audience members for correct answers with glow-in-the-dark rosaries and other nifty prizes. Naughty students may well find themselves on stage sitting in a corner reflecting their actions. Now in its 20th year in Chicago, Late Nite Catechism is a sharp satire, but never mean. It’s simply an evening of fun and laughter.
   
The LIVINGroom  
Stage 773 The LIVINGroom
 
You're not likely to find much social interaction on your couch at home, much less dramatic and engaging true stories told by the people that actually lived them. So why not move the action to The LIVINGroom at Chicago's Stage 773, and experience this new edition of their Sunday Solo Performance Series? They're promising highly-theatrical storytelling, inspired by actual events, so you can relax and kick back in someone else's parlor to be thoroughly entertained. You'll find Stage 773 at the center of Lakeview's exciting Belmont Theater District.
   
The Lyons  
AstonRep Theatre Company at Raven Theatre The Lyons
 
Indomitable matriarch Rita Lyons is at a major crossroads. Her husband is dying, her son is in a dubious relationship, and her daughter is barely holding it together. Tempers flare, words are exchanged, and secrets are revealed. Worst of all, Rita can't figure out how to redesign her living room.
   
Medieval Times Dinner and Tournament  
Medieval Times Schaumburg Castle Medieval Times Dinner and Tournament
 
Medieval Times is an exciting, family-friendly dinner attraction inspired by an 11th century feast and tournament. Guests are served a four-course banquet and cheer for one of six knights as they compete in the joust and other tests of skill. Expect lots of jousting, swordsmanship, thrilling hand-to-hand combat, and displays of extraordinary horsemanship as part of an exciting story set in Medieval Spain.
   
Men Of Soul  
Black Ensemble Theater Men Of Soul
 
A fascinating journey featuring the music made famous by some of the greatest soul singers of all time including, Peabo Bryson, Joe Cocker, Billy Ocean, Billy Joel, Luther Vandross, Tom Jones and the incomparable Bill Withers - just to name a few. This uplifting and powerful celebration helps us to understand the struggles of these men and the strength that it took for each one to find their - soul!
   
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!
   
Never Have I Ever  
Under The Gun Theater Never Have I Ever
 
From the creator and director of Comedy Against Humanity comes a new late night offering. Based on the popular party game "Never Have I Ever," this high-energy, interactive show takes an inside look at a house party we've all been to before-or have we?
   
Not Suitable For Textbooks  
Under The Gun Theater Not Suitable For Textbooks
 
Ever wonder what happened before, after, or in between major historical events? Ever catch yourself daydreaming about Abe Lincoln's pajamas, or what kind of music Kennedy listened to? Did we really land on the moon? How did George and Martha Washington meet? The NSFT ensemble has the answers. Each week, our ensemble will explore and improvise all the bits that were left out of our history textbooks based on audience suggestions. Don't miss out on this historical(ish) lesson!
   
October Sky  
Marriott Theatre In Lincolnshire October Sky
 
It was 1957, and Sputnik lit up the October sky over the small Appalachian mining town of Coalwood, West Virginia. Homer Hickam, the teenage son of a coal miner, is determined not to end up like generations before him. Inspired by the world's race to space, Homer and his buddies begin to light up the starry skies with their homemade rockets and dreams of glory. This rich and emotional story is for anyone who ever dreamed of something better and reached for the stars.
   
The Outfit  
Piccolo Theatre The Outfit
 
In this modern fairy tale noir, comically tragic Nora lives in a world of shadows, with a lecherous landlord, the world's worst boss, and a pack of co-workers straight out of Mean Girls. She meets Marco, the son of a butcher and a budding clothing designer who changes her life with a remarkable outfit. Her newfound confidence leads to new conflict as Nora learns about fame, love, and what it means to be true to herself when power dressing is taken too far. Narrated by Marco's three crazy Italian aunts, The Outfit will touch your heart and make you smile.
   
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.
   
Patchwork Drifter  
Babes With Blades at City Lit Theater Patchwork Drifter
 
California-bound and down on her luck, Emmy Fox finds refuge working for shopkeeper Harriet Cooper and her two daughters. But they soon discover that the past can follow you over miles and years, and secrets can be as dangerous as any hazard of the Wyoming frontier.
   
Peter and the Starcatcher  
Drury Lane- Oakbrook Peter and the Starcatcher
 
The five-time Tony-winning show that The New York Times called "the most exhilarating storytelling on Broadway in decades," Peter and the Starcatcher is the swashbuckling prequel to Peter Pan. Inventive stagecraft and an imaginative story come together to reveal the origins of "the boy who wouldn't grow up" in this madcap music-filled adventure, in which a cast of 12 portrays more than a hundred characters. Join them on an action-packed journey that brings pirates, orphans and secret agents of the Queen together on the high seas. Based on the bestselling novel by Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson, and written by Rick Elice (Jersey Boys), this regional premiere at Drury Lane Theatre weaves an enchanting coming-of-age tale that's bound to appeal to your entire crew.
   
The Price  
TimeLine Theatre Company The Price
 
In a New York brownstone marked for demolition, two estranged brothers meet to sort through and sell their late father's belongings-a pile of relics and old furniture buried by a lifetime's worth of family baggage. Acclaimed as "one of the most engrossing and entertaining plays that Miller has ever written" (The New York Times), THE PRICE is a poignant, intimate, and often heart-wrenching look at the ways we are liberated or trapped by those we love.
   
The Rainmaker  
American Blues Theater at The Greenhouse Theater Center The Rainmaker
 
N. Richard Nash's unabashedly optimistic play became a Broadway hit telling the story of plain and hardworking Lizzie Curry as she finds herself falling in love, against her better judgment, with a traveler who promises to bring rain to her family's ever-­‐dry Texas town. "After nearly half a century, The Rainmaker still makes a handsome case for miracles," said the Los Angeles Times.
   
Ring Of Fire: The Music Of Johnny Cash  
Mercury Theater Ring Of Fire: The Music Of Johnny Cash
 
The musical revue RING OF FIRE: THE MUSIC OF JOHNNY CASH guides audiences on a journey through Cash's career, from the cotton fields of Arkansas to the Grand Ole Opry. The show was created by Richard Maltby, Jr., conceived by William Meade, with orchestrations by Steven Bishop and Jeff Lisenby. This version is a re-imagining of the original Broadway production; more intimate, but with a full musical soundscape.
   
The Rise And Fall of Little Voice  
No Stakes Theater Project at Theater Wit The Rise And Fall of Little Voice
 
The play (also a 1998 film starring Michael Caine) takes place in a small factory town in Northern England, circa 1989. "Little Voice", or LV, is cripplingly shy. She spends her time in her bedroom, listening to her late father's records - Judy Garland, Edith Piaf, Marilyn Monroe, et al. When LV's mother, Mari, starts dating a talent scout, he discovers that LV can impersonate the singers she loves. When he puts LV up on stage at a local cabaret club, the two women are forced to compromise what sustains them. Cartwright's play is wildly funny, dark and biting.
   
Soap Box Derby King  
Annoyance Theatre Soap Box Derby King
 
Soap Box Derby King is a raucous, vibrant musical comedy that follows the stories of the kids and parents who would do anything to win to become the Derby champion.
   
Soul Brother, Where Art Thou?  
Second City Soul Brother, Where Art Thou?
 
Soul Brother, Where Art Thou? hilariously explores the ups and downs of modern life - our co-dependent relationship with technology, the paranoid perils of online dating and battling the loud chorus of judgment we hear in our heads and from the world around us. From the very real threat of fatal peanut allergies to the embarrassment of miscast warriors, Soul Brother, Where Art Thou? searches for common ground and kindred spirits.
   
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.
   
Things You Shouldn't Say Past Midnight: A Comedy in Three Beds  
Windy City Playhouse Things You Shouldn't Say Past Midnight: A Comedy in Three Beds
 
It's three a.m. in New York City. Grad student Ben (Peter Meadows) and girlfriend Nancy (Emily Tate) are having passionate, unbridled sofabed sex until Nancy's bizarre dirty talk leads to a mood-killing argument. Nancy leaves the apartment to seek council from her best friend Grace (Patrese McClain) who's having a hard time seducing her rough-hewn new boyfriend Gene (Shane Kenyon). They call Grace's therapist Mark (Chris Sheard) - who has company of his own (Robert Spencer) - in order to get his perspective. In a Love Actually meets La Ronde series of revelations and connections - romantic and otherwise - Things You Shouldn't Say Past Midnight delves into the truths that sex really exposes.
   
This House Believes The American Dream Is At The Expense of the American Negro  
Oracle Theatre This House Believes The American Dream Is At The Expense of the American Negro
 
This 70 minute play is important for all audiences. As this nation's battle with racism and inequality deepens, this prescient show demonstrates how our past is still relevant to our present.
   
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.
   
Twisted Melodies  
Congo Square Theatre at Athenaeum Theatre Twisted Melodies
 
Twisted Melodies is a fictionalized journey through the mind of musical genius Donny Hathaway. We see a man lost in space and time, battling schizophrenia and trying to come to terms with - everything. Join us for an experience that explores the psychology of a genius and his music as he deals with the extreme circumstances of mental illness.
   
The Universal Wolf  
Trap Door Theatre The Universal Wolf
 
From the very beginning, with Little Red wringing the birdie’s neck so she can put it in the little gift basket for her grandmother, Joan Schenkar’s The Universal Wolf strikes a different cord in this highly theatrical rendering of the famous Little Red Riding Hood fairy tale. As the play progresses, the things are getting only weirder since one inversion of the original follows the other—the innocents are not so innocent after all, the aggressors turn into victims themselves, the horror becomes funny, the fun becomes scary. In The Universal Wolf, Schenkar has created a truly menacing, unpredictable and unstable world where all our expectations are turned topsy-turvy; the play is a provocation and an invitation for a revisionist reading of the famous fairy tale.
   
We Gotta Bingo  
Chicago Theatre Works We Gotta Bingo
 
Get your cards and markers ready for We Gotta Bingo, a raucous, interactive dinner theater experience where you're placed in the middle of two rival parishes who are set to be merged with each other. Since neither can support the expanding congregation by itself, they decide to raise the money the best way they know how -- through a bingo blowout. In between games, you'll enjoy a tasty Italian dinner, musical interludes between the rival parish choirs and The Vokel Chords playing hits from today and yesterday, polka-style. Following in the hilarious footsteps of Tony 'n Tina's Wedding, throw on your game face for We Gotta Bingo at Chicago Theater Works.