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10 Ways to Survive the Zombie Apocalypse  
Theatre Hikes at Morton Arboretum 10 Ways to Survive the Zombie Apocalypse
What would you do during a zombie apocalypse? Whether you already have a fool-proof plan in place or haven't given the scenario much thought, Theatre-Hikes shares the right way to survive an undead doomsday with 10 Ways to Survive the Zombie Apocalypse. The hilariously helpful handbook acts out various tips and tricks -- with sacrifice the weak as rule No.1 -- to make sure you come out on top (with your brain intact). Get ready to celebrate the Halloween season and learn some frightfully fun lessons at The Morton Arboretum.
100 Hauntings  
Free Street 100 Hauntings
An elevator operator named Jorge doesn't know he's dead. A passive aggressive ghost defends his territory at the corner of Division and Western. A mysterious pattern of redlined maps chokes the city into decades-long segregation. In 100 Hauntings, created by an intergenerational ensemble of performers, comedians, writers and community organizers, Free Street asks: Who-and what- is haunting Chicago? To create the performance, the ensemble facilitated over a dozen story circles in communities ranging from Englewood to Humboldt Park, asking hundreds of Chicagoans to share their personal experiences with the notion of hauntings, both literal and metaphorical.
All Mixed Up  
Prop Theatre All Mixed Up
A lesbian couple agreed to have a mixed-race baby, but Beth secretly sought a black donor. The situation is all mixed up - even if the baby isn't! The play recalls classics like Philadelphia Story and Private Lives, with vividly portrayed characters and unexpected twists and turns.
An Almanac for Farmers and Lovers in Mexico  
The Jades at The Frontier An Almanac for Farmers and Lovers in Mexico
Flora and Pele are so very in love, and just a few days away from their Mexican wedding. Only hitch to getting hitched: Pele seems to have transformed into a bird. Flora is keeping him in a little cage and negotiating with a persnickety judge to turn him back. When her circle of friends arrives, they do their best to help by cooking, theorizing, and falling in and out of love with one another.
Apartment 3A  
Windy City Playhouse Apartment 3A
It might be the nicest apartment in the building, but it can't possibly be enough to make up for the day that Annie has had. A nasty breakup, an on-air meltdown, and a fledgling romance have left her faithless and heartbroken. So when a simple visit from an enigmatic new neighbor starts to change things for the better, Annie has to ask: is it fate? Luck? Or... divine intervention?
Are You Still Afraid of the Dark?  
Under The Gun Theater Are You Still Afraid of the Dark?
Just in time for Halloween, Under the Gun Theater brings a show filled with spooky surprises to the stage. Are You Still Afraid of the Dark? is a callback to the Nickelodeon show of the 1990s that haunted kids with its creepy tales. This improvised play brings you back to the woods, where "The Midnight Society" gathers to tell another tale of terror. You think you know what's going to happen? Think again and be ready to face your darkest fears during this fun and scary night.
Refuge Theatre Project at Epsworth United Methodist Church bare
bare had its World Premiere at Los Angeles' Hudson Theatre in 2000 and its first New York production, a two-month run at the American Theatre of Actors, in 2004. An 11-song sampler of music from the show was offered to all patrons of that run, with a full studio album recorded and released in 2007. Those recordings plus the many regional productions of the musical since have led to its development of an intensely loyal audience over the years since its original New York and Los Angeles productions. A revised version, called Bare: the Musical with more spoken dialogue was produced off-Broadway in 2012-13. The Refuge production will be of the original "pop opera" version.
Bernie Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street...'s Brother  
Stage 773 Bernie Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street...'s Brother
Everybody knows the story of Sweeney Todd, the Demon Barber of Fleet Street, who kills his customers and bakes them into pies. But the story of Sweeney's mild-mannered brother, Bernie, who works as a lawyer and doesn't murder or bake anybody, is less well known. Bernie Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street...'s Brother follows Bernie's struggles to keep his business open in spite of his brother's murders and the eccentricities of his business partner: Karl Frankenstein, nephew of legendary mad scientist Victor Frankenstein. See this uproarious parody of Sondheim's musical, featuring an original book and lyrics by Kevin Alves, at Stage 773 in Chicago.
Raven Theatre Betrayal
Pinter's modern classic drama concerns the nine-year affair between a London writer and the wife of his publisher and best friend. A thoughtful, rich play about a common theme of human existence - the difficulty in maintaining honest relationships with those close to us - Betrayal is known for its unique structure, it tells the story backwards in time, with the play beginning at the end of the affair and ending as the affair is about to begin.
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."
The Birds  
Citadel Theatre Company The Birds
In the play masses of birds have begun to violently attack at high tide, driving strangers Nat and Diane to take refuge in an isolated, abandoned house. With the electricity out, a limited food supply, and no explanation for the bizarre natural phenomena, the tension is mounting. Yet if two is company, three is a crowd, as the sudden arrival of a young woman with a mysterious nature of her own upsets the already precarious situation.
Bleacher Bums  
Pride Arts Center - The Broadway Bleacher Bums
The classic comedy about the team once known as the "lovable losers" will run throughout a post-season schedule in which the Cubs may play in the World Series for the first time in 71 years.
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.
Bobbie Clearly  
Steep Theatre Bobbie Clearly
Nobody from the town of Milton, Nebraska ever gave much thought to Bobbie before the tragedy in the cornfield. Two years later, it's hard for them to think of much else. In the darkly comic Bobbie Clearly, a community opens up about life in the aftermath and making sense of senseless violence.
The Bottle Tree  
Stage Left Theatre at Theater Wit The Bottle Tree
The Bottle Tree explores American gun culture through the story of a small-town girl with a dark family legacy. Allison Mason is being interviewed for a documentary about school shootings, which brings her back to her long-buried high school years in Mississippi. As the struggling, smart-mouthed sister of a school shooter, teenage Alley wrestled with forgiveness, moving forward, and the lingering questions about her brother's crime and guns in general. Finding satisfying answers proves no easier an adult-just as the ongoing debate around gun control continues to evade solution. As Alley immerses in her past, will she finally find an opportunity for hope and healing in the future?
Stage 773 Bri-Ko
Performers Brian Posen, Tim Soszko, and Brian Peterlin turn even the simplest tasks - like changing a lightbulb - into a hilariously complicated and entertaining experience. Blending sketch comedy, clowning, and an incredible array of props, the trio take you on an extraordinary ride you have to see to believe. With only a single word spoken in the 60 minute show, Bri-Ko's playful, physical comedy is a hit with speakers of any language and a favorite for private events and school bookings. Universally appealing and critically acclaimed, Bri-Ko is produced by Stage 773, where they perform regularly. The Chicago Tribune raves, "I'd do anything in my power to get a ticket!"
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.
Chagrin Falls  
The Agency Theater Collective at The Den Theatre Chagrin Falls
To live in Chagrin Falls, Oklahoma is to be in the killing business. The town's major employers are a cattle slaughterhouse and a penitentiary where lethal injection is administered. Whether they work at the slaughterhouse, play preacher or guard to death row inmates, or merely offer a bed and a hot meal to those visiting the prison, each resident of Chagrin Falls makes their living off of death and captivity.
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.
Curse of the Goat  
MCL Chicago Curse of the Goat
Ask any Chicago Cubs fan for an explanation of their team's awful losing streak, and you're guaranteed to get the strangest answer:a billy goat. In Curse of the Goat, the ghost of legendary sports newscaster Harry Caray returns from the grave to narrate a very funny musical tale about one sports team's spooky history. Follow a group of Cubs super fans into the stands of Wrigley Field as they attempt to unravel the truth surrounding the birth of one disgruntled fan's pesky hex. Will they break the curse and take the team to the coveted World Series? Or will a deadly supernatural threat once again claim the title, along with their lives? Prepare to discover some demons in the outfield when the hilarious and terrifying Curse of the Goat comes to MCL Chicago.
The Dancing Plague  
RBP Rorschack The Dancing Plague
When a beloved local woman is afflicted by a mysterious illness, her village falls into chaos. People begin to die as the sickness spreads, and the uninfected are left to examine what they've done to deserve such punishment, challenging even their most deeply-held beliefs... Based on an incredibly bizarre but true historical event, THE DANCING PLAGUE sheds light on our contemporary hysteria in an experience that can only be created by The RBP.
Dark Sisters  
Third Eye Theatre Ensemble at Prop Theatre Dark Sisters
Dark Sisters tells the story of Eliza embarking on the perilous journey of escaping the Fundamentalist Church of Latter Day Saints. Leaving the faith also means abandoning her family-including her husband, who believes himself to be a Prophet of God, and her sister wives. She longs to discover herself away from the church, where polygamy is holy and personal identity is forbidden. Can Eliza find herself and sacrifice her connections to her family and her children along the way? Can she reconcile her own revelations with those she was raised to believe are the one true way to salvation?
Death Toll: A Halloween Drinking Game Performance  
Cornservatory Death Toll: A Halloween Drinking Game Performance
This Halloween, Corn Productions is delivering a lethal dose of sketch comedy with Death Toll: A Halloween Drinking Game Performance. Grab your BYO-BOO-oze of choice and join us in our long-running, wildly popular, late-night Halloween sketch show that centers around one very simple drinking game rule: drink every time someone on-stage dies. Trust us... the death toll reaches ghoulish proportions!
The Defiant Thomas Brothers  
Stage 773 The Defiant Thomas Brothers
The Defiant Thomas Brothers bring their uncanny ability to mine laughs along the sensitivity spectrum with their no-limits sketch comedy to Stage 773. The Chicago duo garnered major attention in the sketch comedy world, winning the Best Sketch Group award at HBO's prestigious U.S. Comedy Arts Festival. Ranging from old-school, Nichols and May-esque relationship scenes, to embracing the cringe-worthy, the duo skillfully breaks from the modern "political correctness" chains. Interrobang describes the group as "a surprise" saying, "[The Defiant Thomas Brothers] grabbed some well tread comedic paths and mined them so skillfully as to make them feel completely fresh and original." As for the pair's original work, "[They ended] with a musical performance that can only be described as "The Jew Song" that had the audience alternating between dropped jaws and howling laughs- and that's with a 50+ N-word chorus thrown in."
Diary of a Worm, a Spider and a Fly  
Emerald City Theatre Company at Apollo Theater Diary of a Worm, a Spider and a Fly
Enter the whimsical world of insects with a cast of creepy crawly characters, and laugh away the trials of being a young bug in school. Through musical genres such as rap, hip-hop, pop, and Broadway standards, this choral comedy humanizes the life cycles of insects to celebrate and accept the passions and differences in every child. Taken from the best-selling books by Doreen Cronin, "There's an alternate world that's very cool beneath your feet and in the air!" Jen Ellison Directs.
Dr. Seward's Dracula  
First Folio Theatre Dr. Seward's Dracula
Picking up just after the end of Bram Stoker's tale of the Prince of Darkness, DR. SEWARD'S DRACULA follows Seward as he tries to explain multiple dead bodies to the police now that Dracula is dead. The more Seward tries to plead his case, the less sure he becomes not just of his own tale, but also of his own sanity.
Dying City  
The Comrades at Heartland Studio Theatre Dying City
One year after his suspicious death, a young soldier's wife and twin brother meet for the first time since the funeral. A psychological showdown erupts as the two fight to reconcile their memories with the ugly truth. DYING CITY had its world premiere in 2006 at London's Royal Court Theatre and was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for Drama in 2008.
East Texas Hot Links  
Writers Theatre East Texas Hot Links
In the woods of East Texas, the Top 'o the Hill Cafe offers comfort, solace and companionship for the regulars who come in each night. However, it is the summer of 1955, and times are changing. In the face of oppressive Jim Crow laws, seven strong-willed locals join forces to protect one of their own-until the unthinkable catches them by surprise, changing life at Top 'o the Hill forever.
EL Stories - Hell Stories  
Waltzing Mechanics at The Greenhouse Theater Center EL Stories - Hell Stories
HELL Stories is bound to Trick AND Treat you with a terrifying trip on the CTA featuring Chicago's most peculiar and intimidating characters- witches, giants, stalkers, creepy crawlers and more. We are sharing death-defying tales that will keep the audience at the edge of their seats, and likely ordering an Uber.
The Epic of Gilgamesh, As Told By Mr. George Smith, Associate Curator For The British Museum (deceased)  
The Plagiarists at Berger Park Coach House The Epic of Gilgamesh, As Told By Mr. George Smith, Associate Curator For The British Museum (deceased)
The story of humanity's oldest story and the man who discovered it. In ancient Sumeria, Gilgamesh, King of Uruk and two-thirds god, rules his people with cruelty and selfishness, so the gods send an equal to challenge him. In Victorian London, George Smith, working-class engraver, is hired by the British Museum and discovers the world's first great work of literature. Both will set off on epic quests, win great victories, and eventually... die. A story of ancient hubris, Victorian chauvinism, heroic journeys, mythical monsters, the meaning of life, the inevitability of death, archaeological politics, disgruntled gods, language barriers, the Great Flood, and the universality of human experience.
Fantasy Island For Dummies  
Trap Door Theatre Fantasy Island For Dummies
Fantasy Island for Dummies (low cut daydream too near, too near) is a new music-theatre work inspired by an episode of the iconic television series about the pleasures and perils of wish fulfillment. Devised in a collaborative exploration with Trap Door Theater actors, the piece is written by Ruth Margraff and directed by Kate Hendrickson, with original music composed by Nikos Brisco. A 1980 "Fantasy Island" episode about a ventriloquist and her devious dummy inspires a voyage into suppressed identities, ancient Babylonian sex goddesses, and a "perfect wife" struggling with her defiant side.
Fly by Night  
Theo Ubique Cabaret Theatre at No Exit Cafe Fly by Night
Fly by Night, produced by New York City's Playwrights Horizons in 2014, is a darkly comic rock fable that tells the tale of a melancholy sandwich maker and his humdrum life, which is intersected by two entrancing sisters. The musical is set against the backdrop of the Northeast blackout of 1965, and unfolds a story about making your way and discovering hope in the world beset with darkness. This original musical was nominated for the 2015 Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Musical. The New York Post said "Fly by Night will enchant audiences...Romance doesn't come any sweeter than it does in this winsome love triangle set around the time of the 1965 New York blackout. The score is charming and catchy. Its unabashed emotionalism could turn it into more than a hit. It could turn it into a cult phenomenon." Artistic Director Fred Anzevino will direct, with resident Music Director Jeremy Ramey providing the music direction.
Fool Me Twice, Deja Vu  
Second City Fool Me Twice, Deja Vu
Fool Me Twice, Deja Vu takes you on an uproarious exploration of intuition. Have you been here before? Should you do anything different? Or are mistakes what make us grow? In this ever changing world there are still significant transformations to be made. Take a gleeful glance into funny mothers, millennials, christian media and contemporary nostalgia as you get fooled twice and come back to be fooled again.
Annoyance Theatre Fortunate
"Fortunate" is a show inspired by whoever the hell writes fortune cookies. After a night out at a Chinese restaurant, a seemingly casual end-of-dinner treat turns drastically philosophical when guests crack open their fortune cookies to reveal their lives have changed. And not always for the better. Spend your evening chowing down with "Fortunate," we won't leave you hungry for more.
44 Plays for 44 Presidents  
Oil Lamp Theater 44 Plays for 44 Presidents
There's a stark contrast between the idealistic, revered George Washington and the more recent, polarizing presidents. 44 Plays for 44 Presidents examines how our nation's highest office has changed and morphed as each one took the Oval Office. A chronological biography of the lives and presidencies of each of the 44 men who have held the nation's presidency, actors celebrate their mistakes and successes, taking turns donning a star-spangled coat that symbolizes the presidency. From the humorous jabs and bits of wisdom between presidents to the tragic mishaps and blunders, audiences at Glenview's Oil Lamp Theater will ponder what the presidency means and where it will go next.
Ghost Stories  
Under The Gun Theater Ghost Stories
Under the Gun Theater is proud to present Ghost Stories, an improvised comedy show based on true spooky tales. Each performance will feature a guest storyteller to spin a scary yarn. From there, the UTG ensemble will launch into a show of highly creative comedic whimsy. The cast has honed an idiosyncratic style that is completely unique in the Chicago comedy scene.
Goodman 2016  
CIC Theater Goodman 2016
Goodman 2016 is a two part comedy program focused on the spirit of the 2016 election. In the first half, local comedian Chandler Goodman, a longtime Democratic Party operative, will provide a thorough analysis of his own strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and potential pitfalls as a Presidential candidate. Part two of the show will feature a rotating cast of comedians reading essays specific to the themes of this highly unusual campaign season. Like any good candidate Mr. Goodman will be shaking hands, kissing babies, and interacting with the people. Be like Ken Bone and come laugh!
The Great Gatsby  
Josephine Louis Theater - Northwestern The Great Gatsby
An integral part of the Western canon, the classic tale tells the story of Midwest native Nick Carraway, who arrives in New York in search of the American dream. He gets thrown into the deep end of the Roaring Twenties when he gets caught up in the lavish and improbable world of a man named Gatsby, Nick's cousin Daisy and her philandering husband, Tom. Nick bears witness to the clique's illusions, deceits and the wreckage they leave in their wake in a tale of impossible love, dreams and tragedy. Brought to life through bold and imaginative staging, the great American novel can be experienced for the first time through this production or re-experienced in an imaginative new way.
Pride Arts Center - The Buena Grounded
Grounded, by George Brant, is the story of a female Air Force pilot who is grounded after becoming pregnant with her first child. When she returns to duty, she is reassigned from fighter jets to drones and must learn to navigate the intersection of wartime and home life. Reassigned to operate military drones from a windowless trailer outside Las Vegas, she hunts terrorists by day and returns to her family each night. As the pressure to track a high-profile target mounts, the boundaries begin to blur between the desert in which she lives and the one she patrols half a world away.
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.
Hand to God  
Victory Gardens Theater - Biograph Hand to God
The God-fearing children of Cypress, Texas spend their after-school hours practicing Christian Puppet Ministry at the local church. When one devout young boy discovers that his hand puppet has a life of its own, all hell breaks loose. Literally. In this sidesplitting and lightning-paced comedy, a satanic sock puppet named Tyrone shows the children, minister, and school bully who's really in charge. Declared "flat-out hilarious" by The New York Times and described as "Sesame Street meets The Exorcist" by The New Yorker; Hand to God by Robert Askins and directed by Gary Griffin (Never the Sinner, Appropriate) makes its Chicago premiere after thrilling audiences on Broadway last season and receiving a Tony Award nomination for Best Play.
The Happiest Place On Earth  
Sideshow Theatre Company at The Greenhouse Theater Center The Happiest Place On Earth
Once upon a time in an Anaheim, California orange grove, a magical kingdom was built and dedicated to America's history, dreams and wildest hopes. Eight years later, one family's American prince died on live television while delivering the Albuquerque sports scores, leaving his four daughters and their mother behind. Left reeling from the loss of their patriarch, the family underwent a quest to reach the magical kingdom and seek solace and recovery. Now, more than fifty years after their journey, acclaimed playwright Philip Dawkins retraces and illustrates the true story of the women in his family, exploring their history and asking if there really is a place where the dream that we wish can come true.
Horrible Fun  
Under The Gun Theater Horrible Fun
You know your favorite adult party card games? The terrible apple mad lib f*ucktionary incorrect against humanity game that you love so much! We love them too! When you walk in the door you get three cards that fill in the blank. During the show if you have a good card that matches the main card pulled by our judge raise your hand and come up on stage! We will do improvisation based on the combinations. Be aware this show is dirty, ridiculous, offensive, and horrible. Are you ready to be horrible with us?
How We Got On  
Haven Theatre Company at The Den Theatre How We Got On
In this remixed coming-of-age story, an all-knowing DJ loops the audience through the tracks of three Midwestern teen rappers stranded in suburbia. Determined to find their artistic voices; Hank, Julian and Luann are forced to combat the discord of crude technology, family dysfunction and ruthless rivalries as this B-side of 1980's hip-hop history is spun. Plug in an open mind for the Chicago premiere of a throwback mix tape that goes to prove: we're all just a work-in-progress.
I Am Who I Am (The Story of Teddy Pendergrass)  
Black Ensemble Theater I Am Who I Am (The Story of Teddy Pendergrass)
Teddy Pendergrass was considered to be soul music's number one sex symbol in the '70s with songs like "Turn Off The Lights," "If You Don't Know Me By Now," and "Wake Up Everybody." He was on top of the world and at the height of his career in 1982 until his devastating car accident that left him a quadriplegic. There is so much to understand and admire about Teddy Pendergrass.
In The Heights  
Porchlight Music Theatre at Stage 773 In The Heights
From the creator of the current Broadway juggernaut Hamilton, and winner of Tony Awards for "Best Musical" and "Best Original Score," In the Heights tells the universal story of a tight-knit community in New York's Washington Heights neighborhood-a place where the windows are always open and the breeze carries the rhythm of three generations of music. It's a community on the brink of change, full of hopes and dreams, where the biggest struggles can be deciding which traditions you take with you, and which ones you leave behind.
The Institute, Coming of Age during the Vietnam War  
Northminster Presbyterian Church The Institute, Coming of Age during the Vietnam War
The Institute follows the lives of four young men attending a very unique military school during the height of the Vietnam War. Watch them grow from children into adulthood as they and the world around them wrestle with the moral dilemmas of Vietnam. See their friendships tested by the strain of the war and the military draft that awaits them upon graduation. And see the roles the women in their lives played along that journey.
Junie B. Jones in Jingle Bells, Batman Smells!  
Emerald City Theatre Company at Apollo Theater Junie B. Jones in Jingle Bells, Batman Smells!
Based on the best-selling book series by Barbara Park, this critically-acclaimed Emerald City Theatre remount explores the challenges of giving selflessly through humor and holiday joy as fan-favorite Junie B. Jones journeys through a Columbus Day school play, a holiday sing-along concert, and Secret Santa Day. "Dear Santa, I really hope you were watching me just now. That's all I hope. Love, Junie B. -Giver."
Just Numbers  
Stage 773 Just Numbers
For the students that populate Just Numbers, the modern education landscape has crushed all individualism and has them staring down the barrel of yet another standardized test. But each of these students has a story to tell and their own obstacles to overcome, and this new lyric play from Chicago Slam Works gives them a powerful voice. As the cast becomes an urban chorus that represents the youthful, hopeful and forgotten faces of Chicago Public Schools, their frustrations are expressed as freestyles over tabletop beats, their anger boils over with cutting words and revelations, and their hope triumphs over a system that couldn't care less. Don't miss Just Numbers at Stage 773.
The Kid Who Ran For President  
The Theatre School at DePaul University at Merle Reskin Theatre The Kid Who Ran For President
When sixth grader Judson Moon runs for President of the United States under the guidance of his campaign manager and best friend Lane, the campaign trail is turned upside down. Can Judson deliver on his promises once he is elected? This musical comedy full of hope and song brings some common sense and a rockin' pizza party to the White House, if only for a few days. Recommended for ages 6 and up.
The Last Wife  
TimeLine Theatre Company The Last Wife
Katherine Parr is smart and passionate: a rising star in a world of intense competition. She also has just been crowned the sixth wife of King Henry VIII. In the process, she's started an illicit affair, inherited three children, and launched a political career at the head of the country, alongside a husband as well known for his insanity as his brutality. Now's not the time to lose her head.
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.
Polarity Ensemble Theatre at The Greenhouse Theater Center Leavings
Leavings follows the final days of Mama Bea, a 111 year old African American in Chicago. Mama Bea uses her last strength to unite with Governor Skinner, the white governor of Mississippi, to set to rest the spirits that haunt her family. She and the governor are both descended from a nineteenth century slave owner who left the White half of the family with a heritage of privilege and economic security and the Black half with a history of familial separation, segregation and violence. Only by uniting the White and Black sides in a ritual of reconciliation can the tortured spirits that haunt the family be put to rest.
Lecherous Honey  
Cock And Bull Theatre at Berger Park Coach House Lecherous Honey
Lecherous Honey is contemporary adaptation of Henrik Ibsen's classic 19th-century play about societal taboos - Ghosts. A site-specific promenade theatrical experience. The play is performed in multiple locations in Edgewater's Berger Park North Mansion (The Gunder House), a century-old historic mansion, allowing small audiences of no more than 25 to intimately access the secret world of the play, in a way becoming the very "ghosts" in Ibsen's source material.
A Life Extra Ordinary  
The Gift Theatre A Life Extra Ordinary
Annabel Anderson McCafferty is an expectant mother who vanishes from her small Ohio town on Christmas Eve. Both mystery and memory play, A Life Extra Ordinary untangles and re-assembles the moments that make a life.
Life Sucks  
Lookingglass Theatre Life Sucks
A group of old friends, ex-lovers, estranged in-laws, and lifelong enemies gather to grapple with life's thorniest questions-and each other. What could possibly go wrong? Incurably lustful and lonely, hapless and hopeful, these seven souls collide and stumble their way towards a new understanding that Life Sucks! Or does it?
Little Red Riding Hood  
Jedlicka Performing Arts Center Little Red Riding Hood
Meet Little Red and her friends as she travels through the woods to Grandma’s house. Will she listen to her Mama’s warning not to stray from the path? And why is the wacky Wolf so eager to help her out? Little Red’s adventure is full of twists and turns, with catchy music you’ll be humming all the way to Grandma’s. The show runs one hour with no intermission and is for children from 2 to 8 years old.
Love in the Mangroves  
The Public House Theatre Love in the Mangroves
After a hiatus, director Frank Hunter makes a triumphant return to Hollywood, ready with the next hit song-and-dance spectacle, "Love in the Mangroves." But the year is 1959, and no one is making those films anymore. Hunter finds himself and his crew embattled in an industry where his vision doesn't fit, and a rapidly changing world where he himself may have to find a new place.
Lucia di Lammermoor  
Lyric Opera Lucia di Lammermoor
In this most famous of all bel canto operas, Lucia Ashton (Albina Shagimuratova) and her family's enemy, Edgardo of Ravenswood (Piotr Beczała), are secretly in love. They exchange rings and pledges of devotion before he leaves for France. Edgardo's letters to Lucia are intercepted by her brother Enrico (Quinn Kelsey) and her tutor Raimondo (Adrian Sampetrean, Lyric debut). When Enrico produces forged "proof" of Edgardo's infidelity, Lucia unhappily submits to a politically advantageous marriage to Arturo Bucklaw (Jonathan Johnson). Edgardo bursts in on the wedding and curses Lucia, causing her to go mad and kill her husband. In despair, Edgardo stabs himself. Lucia di Lammermoor is justly famous for the vocal fireworks of Lucia's dazzling mad scene, with its spectacular coloratura singing.
Theatre Y at Chopin Theatre Macbeth
The infamous chronicle of a Scottish hero's fall from grace, MACBETH fuses guilt, destiny, greed and raw political ambition into one thrilling tragedy. After receiving a prophecy from a trio of witches that one day he will become King of Scotland, Macbeth murders the virtuous King Duncan and takes the throne for himself. Plagued by paranoia and guilt on his increasingly bloody path to glory, Macbeth must keep on killing to maintain his position.
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!
Gorilla Tango Theatre Malefactions
Malefactions, an all woman show featuring a diverse cast, will tell the story of four women lost in the world until they unite. They attempt to tell their story through poetry, fire and blood, but chaos ensues when an outsider is brought into the world. The girls are left facing these questions: Who is responsible? How culpable are all of us? What do we have the right to decide?
Mamma Mia!  
Paramount Theatre Mamma Mia!
It's the story of Sophie, a 20-year-old bride-to-be preparing for her wedding. Unbeknownst to her mother, she finds her mom's diary and reads about her love-filled summer 20 years before with three different men. Sophie is convinced one of the men is her father, and she's determined to find out who. She sends a wedding invitation to each of the men, forging her mother's signature on each note. When the men arrive the day before the ceremony, Donna, her mom, is shocked at their presence while Sophie is elated to finally meet her father. Quickly, each of the men realizes why they've been asked to the nuptials, and each is ready to walk their daughter down the aisle.
The Mars Assignment  
Collaboraction at Flat Iron Arts Building The Mars Assignment
oday, a young girl presents a school project about astronomy. An ad executive is preparing to pitch a new client. A stand-up comedian prepares for a tour. Everyone is feeling it. But no one wants to talk about it. The touchy subject is depression.
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.
The Medium  
Royal George Theatre The Medium
A rarely produced 20th-century opera gets a sparkling new production as The Medium and its tale of a phony spiritualist's supernatural comeuppance come to Royal George Theatre. Madame Flora conducts seances in her flat with the help of her daughter and a deaf-mute orphan boy she's taken in. She's a con artist who scams her clients by making them believe they are communing with the spirits of their dead children. But one day, Madame Flora really does open up the portal to the other side, and finds herself paying for her misdeeds in a maelstrom of terror and tragic violence. Full of heartfelt singing and melodramatic in all the right ways, The Medium is a must-see for Chicago opera fans, and anyone who loves eerily powerful storytelling.
The Memory of Water  
Piccolo Theatre The Memory of Water
In order to prepare for their mother's funeral -- after her battle with Alzheimer's comes to an end -- three sisters return to their childhood home. Flooded by memories both good and bad, it's not long before old rivalries rush back to the surface. Turning to their significant others, each sister deals with these ensuing difficulties differently (and, more often than not, hilariously). The fact is, memories are often unreliable, and discrepancies in individual recollection can (and do) lead to a mixture of anguish and amusement. Originally written by Shelagh Stephenson in 1997, The Memory of Water was made into a film called Before You Go in 2002, starring Tom Wilkinson (The Best Marigold Hotel, Michael Clayton) and Julie Walters (best known for her work in the Harry Potter film franchise and Mamma Mia!). Now it returns to its home on the stage, at Piven Theatre Workshop.
The New Colony at The Den Theatre Merge
In 1978, Atari was the fastest growing company in the history of the United States, an arcade manufacturer with a workplace fueled by pot smoking, jacuzzi parties and nobody wearing socks. When they have to sell themselves to Warner Bros. to stay afloat, they quickly realize that corporate cash comes with baggage, as they lose a piece of the identity that made them who they were in the first place. And what's worse... they have to start wearing socks. MERGE is the story of a small band of programmers who stand up and fight back against the very company that saved them from bankruptcy, in a battle that threatens to crash an entire industry.
Miss Holmes  
Lifeline Theatre Miss Holmes
Miss Sherlock Holmes, possessor of one of the greatest deductive minds of her generation, finds herself regularly incarcerated for behaviors deemed abnormal in a "respectable" lady. Miss Dorothy Watson struggles to make a difference at the only hospital in England that will hire female doctors. These unconventional women, trapped in an era that refuses to accept them, must forge a bond of trust and work together to uncover the secrets surrounding a corrupt police investigator whose wives have a habit of turning up dead. A thrilling murder mystery that re-introduces familiar characters from the works of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle under a brand new light, in a world premiere production.
Rasaka Theatre Company and Vitalist Theatre Company at Victory Gardens Theater - Biograph Multitudes
When hate trumps love, everyone is a loser. In an all too possible future where the Right Wing controls the US presidency and Brexit reigns in the United Kingdom, England is in turmoil as one of its most multicultural cities awaits a visit from the Prime Minister, and one family clashes over their own internal conflicts of faith, belonging, and who gets to call themselves British.
Theater Wit Naperville
That idyllic suburb is none other than west suburban Naperville, where Howard is considering abandoning his career in Seattle to move back home to care for his mother Candice after an accident has left her blind. At the Caribou Coffee in downtown Naperville, Howard and Candice cross paths with Anne, Howard's high school classmate and an expert on the suburb's founder, Captain Joseph Naper.
Nerds After Dark  
Clown Car to Sicily at Stage 773 Nerds After Dark
Clown Car to Sicily presents "Nerds After Dark", a musical sketch comedy revue, showing you that nerds are cool, nerds are mysterious, and nerds!
Nightmares On Lincoln Ave 8: The Faculty's Disturbing Craft  
Cornservatory Nightmares On Lincoln Ave 8: The Faculty's Disturbing Craft
This Halloween season, Corn Productions pays the ultimate homage to classic 90's high school horror films with their frightening premiere of Nightmares On Lincoln Ave 8: The Faculty's Disturbing Craft. A horror parody tribute to such iconic films as The Faculty, Disturbing Behavior and of course The Craft, Corn Productions takes you back to school in their 8th installment of their long-running Halloween tradition. And Corn is BYOB, so you can totally drink during class!
Jackalope Theatre Company at Broadway Armory Octagon
After Wall Street and Tahrir Square, after ISIS and the NSA, after Ferguson and Eric Garner: here come the poets. In a downtown poetry slam with a place on the team to be won, eight young poets prepare to do battle. But backstage it's all kicking off with love triangles, families to feed and wounds to rip open. And in the end, is it about winning - or finding the words that need to be said?
Saint Sebastian Players at St. Bonaventure Church Oliver!
Bringing Charles Dickens' novel to life, this Tony Award winner takes audiences on a wild adventure through Victorian England. Young orphaned Oliver Twist navigates London's underworld of theft and violence, searching for a home, a family and, most important, love. When a boy named the Artful Dodger picks up Oliver on the street, he brings him to join a gang of child pickpockets, led by the conniving but charismatic Fagin. When Oliver is falsely accused of a theft he didn't commit, a kind and wealthy gentleman rescues him, to the dismay of Fagin's violent sidekick, Bill Sikes. Caught in the middle is the warmhearted Nancy, who is trapped under Bill's thumb, but desperate to help Oliver. The show features such spirited, timeless songs as "As Long as He Needs Me," "Food, Glorious Food" and "Where is Love."
Ouija: A Haunted History  
Annoyance Theatre Ouija: A Haunted History
With a veteran cast of Chicago performers Ouija: A Haunted History offers an often humorous insight into actual historical characters and events surrounding the inception of a household name. Find out how the Ouija Board became the most popular tool for reaching out to the great beyond.
The People's Choice  
Genesis Theatrical Productions at Redtwist Theatre The People's Choice
A political satire about presidential politics, the play has been reworked by the playwright to reflect the current political season including a singing, dancing nominee with a remarkable head of hair.
The People's History of the United States  
Quest Ensemble Theatre at The Blue Theater The People's History of the United States
This production explores pivotal moments in U.S. history that have defined a people. Through powerful imagery, large-scale puppetry, and an original musical score as well as music from the rich American canon,The People's History of the United States moves through a series of poetic vignettes to acknowledge the past and the hope for our future. Expanded from its original 2008 version to include an original musical score and new scenes depicting events of the past eight years.
Pirandello's Henry IV  
Remy Bumppo Theatre at The Greenhouse Theater Center Pirandello's Henry IV
An Italian nobleman falls from his horse at a costume party and suddenly believes he is German Emperor Henry IV. While at first they play along, his friends decide that 20 years is long enough to indulge his regal fantasy, and they seek the help of a renowned psychiatrist to shock him back to reality. Re-imagined by Tom Stoppard, Pirandello's Henry IV is a gripping spiral of revelations that illuminates the distorted line between madness and sanity.
Psmith, Journalist  
City Lit Theater Psmith, Journalist
City Lit returns to the work of one of its favorite authors, this time with Terry McCabe's original adaptation of Wodehouse's 1915 novel about Psmith, a Cambridge University student who takes over a small newspaper while on summer vacation in New York City. Soon the sleepy weekly has shifted its editorial focus from household tips to exposes of slumlords and promotion of boxers. Psmith, who added the silent "P" to his surname to distinguish himself from other Smiths, is one of Wodehouse's most beloved characters, appearing in four novels. Something of a dandy, he wears a monocle, is an articulate and witty speaker and has an amazing ability to escape unharmed from the most outrageous adventures.
Pure Elegance: An Evening of Southern-Style Comedy for Non-Southern People  
The Public House Theatre Pure Elegance: An Evening of Southern-Style Comedy for Non-Southern People
Justin Hamby and Jimmy Wilson are proud to call the South home. But sometimes, they feel a little disconnected from their roots. In order to bridge the cultural divides they feel, they've created a show: "Pure Elegance: An Evening of Southern-Style Comedy for Non-Southern People." This new sketch comedy show features two Sons of the South as they reckon with the realities of rural life. With music!
A Red Line Runs Through It  
Second City A Red Line Runs Through It
A Red Line Runs Through It rides the rails of Chicago in order to answer life's tough questions. How does the past sculpt the future? Are we all guided by anger? In this ever-changing landscape of nostalgia and uncertainty sometimes we need a brunch with friends to sort it all out. Who will snap first? No one knows what tomorrow will bring and the only thing that is certain is that this train keeps moving. This diverse cast of comedians will take you on their own ride exploring the new mother blues, black girl magic, and salacious local news. This non-stop locomotive launches from north to south along a transit line of pure comic bliss.
Red Velvet  
Raven Theatre Red Velvet
The backstage story of African-American actor Ira Aldridge and how in 1833 he became the first black actor to perform on a London stage. The action is set at the Theatre Royal in Covent Garden after Edmund Kean, the greatest actor of his generation, has collapsed on stage while playing Othello. Aldridge has been asked to take over the role, but as the public riots in the streets over the abolition of slavery, how will the cast, critics and audience react to the revolution taking place in the theatre?
Pride Films And Plays at Rivendell Theatre Resolution
New Years' Eve, New York City, 1892. High-society husband and wife Jack and Hannah make their resolutions for the coming year -- but when their maid discovers the happy couple's long-held secret, their lives may never be the same. Resolution is a vintage queer thriller for the modern era.
The Room  
A Red Orchid Theatre The Room
By turns terrifying, moving and wildly funny, The Room is Pinter's very first play. Rose prefers to stay in, safe from the hostile world outside, but her seemingly cozy sanctuary is continually being invaded. With visits from the landlord, a couple in search of their own space, a stranger and the return of her husband, it becomes increasingly unclear whether the menace comes from within or without. The Room is a precarious examination of private fears vs. social fears, as seen through the lens of the working class.
Saturday Morning Funnies  
Li'l Buds Theatre at Edge Theatre Saturday Morning Funnies
This new sketch comedy show from Li'l Buds Theatre Company is made up of short plays aimed at children, inspired by children, and even performed by children. With professional young actors ranging in age from 10 to 17, each episode of the Saturday Morning Funnies is written by Li'l Buds -- a group powered by imagination and dedicated to educating and enriching the lives of children of all backgrounds through the performing arts -- inspired by the ideas and stories of students ages 5-15. So whether you have young ones of your own who would love to see their peers perform, or whether nothing warms your own heart more than a show filled with comedic kids, be prepared to laugh along with Saturday Morning Funnies at The Edge Theater in Chicago.
Saturn Returns  
Neo-Futurists Saturn Returns
Neo-­‐Lab's inaugural commission during the 2015-­‐16 Season, Saturn Returns is a two-­‐year Neo-­‐Futuristic exploration that asks larger existential questions about time, patience and the vast expanse of an unknowable universe. Not content simply with looking inward, Tif Harrison and ensemble look upward and outward, offering observations on the silence and solitude of space, on the uncrossable distances between celestial bodies and the intimacy of standing next to somebody you love.
CIC Theater Shotgun!
In Shotgun!, Mike Brunlieb, Beau Golwitzer, Katie Kershaw, and Jim Scheidhauer take the audience along for a ride they won't soon forget. After soliciting a suggestion from an audience the fearsome foursome will drive this show to its absolute breaking point into some unknown territory guaranteeing to have the audience in stitches. Each week brings a new local musician, writer, improv group, or a politician proffering their talents as the opening act. Shotgun! even incorporates shards of inspiration from these acts to drive their improv forward and hopefully over the cliff. It will be a great time!
Singin' in the Rain  
Marriott Theatre In Lincolnshire Singin' in the Rain
In one of the most famous movie musical scenes of all time, Gene Kelly partnered with an umbrella and tap danced through puddles in Singin' in the Rain. Now all the unforgettable songs and dances -- including the show-stopping title number -- have been lovingly adapted for the stage by Broadway legends Betty Comden and Adolph Green. Presented at Marriott Theatre in Lincolnshire, the show's set in the days just after the success of the first talkies, when studio execs find themselves scrambling to salvage the career of Lina Lamont, a silent picture star with an iron-clad contract ... and a voice like a screech monkey. They decide to hire an aspiring actress to overdub Lina's voice -- but when the leading man falls in love with the voice-over girl, and the audience clamors for Lina to sing live, there's plenty of hilarious trouble afoot!
Skooby Don't  
Hell in a Handbag Productions at Mary's Attic Skooby Don't
When Velva's aunt needs help, the gang comes to the rescue! Velva never mentions that her aunt is multi-platinum recording artist and Oscar winner, Cher (ensemble member Ed Jones). Cher is also joined by Chaz Bono and Kris and Caitlyn Jenner for a whacky mixed-up adventure you won't forget - no matter how hard you try! SKOOBY DON'T is not only a parody of the classic Skooby Doo cartoon but also explores social and gender political correctness and inner and outer identity and appearances. The big mystery here is if Skooby and the gang can navigate social moors in this modern world.
Splatter Theater  
Annoyance Theatre Splatter Theater
A parody of Friday the 13th type movies, the characters in “Splatter Theater” include such archetypes as a nun, the school jock, the virgin, the class dick, and of course the bumbling old man. Laugh and watch them all die in different ways: Tongue pulled out, drill in the head, intestines being ripped out, slashed throat, and the list goes on. With freshly painted white walls on the stage before each performance, the audience will be horrified and delighted by the end, when the walls are covered in blood! Directed once again by Annoyance regular Charley Carroll.
Starting Over  
The Greenhouse Theater Center Starting Over
We all change over time, and reconnecting with an old lover is complicated. The pair of former small-town lovers in Starting Over, however, have a dramatic change to confront when they reunite in a major city. With one of them now transgendered, they must decide if they can re-spark the flames despite the changes, both physical and emotional, they've undergone. Watch this modern romance unfold at Chicago's Greenhouse Theater Center.
Interrobang Theatre Project at Athenaeum Theatre Still
Constantinople has been dead for two days, but that's the least of his worries. He has to find his mother before it's too late, and his already stiff body shuts down for good. As he searches an unfamiliar world filled with women he doesn't understand, his mother, Morgan must learn to grieve the son she never knew.
There's Something About Bloody Mary  
Annoyance Theatre There's Something About Bloody Mary
A sharp, witty revue that blends horror movie tropes with a dangerous and funny take on the female experience, There's Something About Bloody Mary is directed by Amy Anderson, head written by Dana Angelo, and comprised of original sketches from cast members Lexi Alioto, Brittany Flynn, Allison Kochanski, Adrienne Peters, Megan Stalter, and Lily Staski. From Amazons inventing the first bra to playing a game of Dracula or Date Rapist to a fourth-wall breaking theater haunting, There's Something About Bloody Mary is a fun departure from previous Huggable Riot revues and promises a killer bloody epilogue!
Thicker Than Water  
Genesis Theatrical Productions at Athenaeum Theatre Thicker Than Water
What happens when 21st century medicine and 21st century media meet a 21st century Medea? Discover the untold story of love, loss, law and the limelight in this tragic story of Andrea Yates a Texas housewife who confessed to drowning her five young children.
Thrones! The Musical Parody  
Apollo Theater Thrones! The Musical Parody
A send-up of HBO's phenomenally successful "Game of Thrones," "Thrones! The Musical Parody" asks audiences: Will Tyrion's accent ever improve? Can Jon Snow possibly know more than nothing? Just how red can the Red Wedding get? With Game of Thrones plot twists through Season 6 (read: spoilers), audiences can expect dashing men battling White Walkers, ravishing women riding fire-breathing dragons, and the infamous Walk of Shame-all set to a catchy, original score.
Lifeline Theatre Thumbelina
Hans Christian Andersen's classic fairy tale comes alive in this magical musical adaptation. After growing from a seed into a miniature person, Thumbelina is worried that she's too different to ever fit in. But when a fairy prince flying on a bee suddenly appears on her window ledge one day, Thumbelina's entire world opens up. Now she's on an adventure through an oversized world meeting all kinds of fantastical creatures -- like mother Toad and her sons, a helpful swallow, Mr. Mole, Ms. Mouse and more. Filled with songs that kids are bound to love, this musical is perfect for young ones.
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
Troll the Sequel, Troll Again!  
Under The Gun Theater Troll the Sequel, Troll Again!
The 1990 horror feature Troll 2 is so hellishly awful and yet amazingly popular that a documentary called Best Worst Movie was made to chronicle its cult status. Now the Under The Gun Theater crew takes a crack at it. The film -- and this new version of the story -- eschews the trolls completely, despite its tacked-on title, and instead tells the purportedly scary tale of an everyday family who happen to be vacationing in the town of Snilbog, when they're set upon by a hungry pack of goblins disguised as humans.
The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee  
pH Comedy Theater The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee
The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee tells the hilarious story of six socially challenged adolescents vying for the title of Spelling Bee Champ. Run by a former champion, a disgraced Vice Principal, and a frightening Comfort Counselor, the Bee proves to be a life-changing experience for all involved.
UniverSoul Circus  
Washington Park UniverSoul Circus
Celebrating 20 years under the big top, UniverSoul Circus features music, theatrical performances, incredible circus acts and loads of fun. You'll see a high-wire act from Colombia, mind-boggling contortionists from Ethiopia, funny clowns from South Africa and Guinea, flashy Caribbean dancers from Trinidad, acrobats and high-flying trapeze artists from China, trained dogs from Chile and much more. Led by energetic host Lucky, UniverSoul Circus will challenge your imagination with fun, funky and bold performances that reflect a wide range of cultural diversity.
Visiting Edna  
Steppenwolf Theatre Visiting Edna
Edna has suffered a number of losses as she has aged, and now faces the stealthy advance of cancer embodied by an intimate figure that she could do without. Home for a visit, Edna's son Andrew is trying to bridge the gulf between the childhood love they shared and the aggressively polite but baffling relationship they now live with. Mother and son stumble toward honesty as they wrestle with the distractions-both mundane and profound-that keep us from real connection.
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.
Wicked City  
Chicago Theatre Workshop at Edge Theatre Wicked City
From the creators of Broadway's Elf the Musical and The Wedding Singer comes a hilarious film noir musical comedy about Eddie Cain, a detective of the 1940's in the mold of Humphrey Bogart's Sam Spade; his domineering but loving mother Mira, and Jo Van Cleave, the smoldering temptress with a secret who comes between them. This madcap send-up of film classics like The Maltese Falcon and Double Indemnity features a gorgeous swing jazz score.
You On The Moors Now  
The Hypocrites at The Den Theatre You On The Moors Now
This crazy, funny show sets heroines from the 19th century novels of Louis May Alcott, Jane Austen and the Bronte sisters in a mythical place of Moors. When our heroines receive proposals of marriage, they decide to escape. The men wage war on the women starting the Moors Wars. Jaclyn Backhaus' ultimately moving and inventive play ends in beautiful prose like a chapter from the books these women originated.
Young Frankenstein  
Metropolis Performing Arts Centre Young Frankenstein
Comedic genius Mel Brooks' hit movie comes to life in this mad-cap musical. Frederick Frankenstein distances himself from his family legacy but a call to settle his inherited estate in Transylvania brings him closer to the ancestors famous for bringing the dead back to life. With the help of a hunchbacked side-kick, Igor (pronounced Eye-Gore) and a voluptuous lab assistant, Inga, Frederick finds himself swept into the mad scientist shoes of his grandfather. This raucous musical comedy hit is filled with memorable songs like Transylvania Mania and Puttin' On The Ritz.
Zombie Broads  
Factory Theater Zombie Broads
Maxine and Marco, and their book club 'The Zombie Broads', have all the weaponry and knowledge they'll ever need for the zombie uprising. Their daughter, Shelby, is trained for the worst, but would really like to just get a cell phone and date her secret boyfriend. Besides, zombies won't happen. It's not like a scientist is accidentally gonna do anything stupid, right? By the way, you smell really good...delicious should probably run.