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180 Degree Rule  
Babes With Blades Theatre Company at City Lit Theater 180 Degree Rule
 
A 1960s film professor searches for the missing film masterpiece of an obscure lesbian director - killed pre-World War II at the height of her talent - and speculates she was murdered because of her defiant flaunting of her sexuality with the studio's "it" girl. But once the director's former lover, now an aging, reclusive German movie star, is involved in the search, a more disturbing narrative unravels. Moving between 1930s Berlin and Hollywood and the late '60s, this play shifts from film to live action, flashback to the present as it reveals the truth behind a doomed romance.
   
3 Sisters  
Theatre Y at Humility Gallery 3 Sisters
 
3 Sisters is an adaptation of Chekhov's masterpiece that explores the 'fate-in-retrospect' of three iconic and singular young women: Olga, Masha and Irina. Our play starts where Chekhov's ends: the military brigade has left town, the last vestiges of culture and urbanity have gone, and the would-be lovers and admirers of the women have vanished - and with them the hope that they can reach Moscow. Moscow - the girls' utopian image of youth, a memory which has for so long stoked their embers of hope - disintegrates throughout Chekhov's story into an ashen symbol of failure and non-attainment. What succession of events and what decisions prevented them from realizing their dreams? If they unravel the thread of their lives, what essence, what truth can they find in the tangle of memory? In the desert of possibility, is there an oasis of reality in what has been and can be remembered? Can the truth of one's recollected life occasion vitality and transformation?
   
Adding Machine: A Musical  
The Hypocrites at The Den Theatre Adding Machine: A Musical
 
ADDING MACHINE: A Musical tells the story of Mr. Zero, a modern-day everyman. He hates his wife, he hates his job, he hates his lot in life. After a lifetime spent adding figures for the same company, he comes to work one day only to find he's been replaced by a machine. ADDING MACHINE: A Musical is an expressionistic story of murder, salvation, and internalized oppression.
   
American Beauty Shop  
Chicago Dramatists American Beauty Shop
 
Formby's AMERICAN BEAUTY SHOP follows the story of Sue, a hairdresser who is trying hard to pull herself up. Sue has big dreams for both her basement beauty shop and her daughter, Judy, who's anxiously waiting for a letter from MIT that could change her life. Armed with tough love, combative humor and an uncompromising work ethic, Sue is struggling to balance her own livelihood and Judy's future.
   
Best of Enemies  
Provision Theater Company Best of Enemies
 
Inspired by the best-selling book by Osha Gray Davidson, Best of Enemies is the true story about the relationship between Ann Atwater--an African-American civil rights activist, and C.P. Ellis--a Grand Cyclops of the KKK, during the desegregation of the Durham, NC schools in 1971. Best of Enemies exposes the poison of prejudice in the hearts of Atwater and Ellis who, by facing each other, are forced to face the worst--and best--in themselves.
   
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."
   
Bloody Haymarket  
Irish American Heritage Center Bloody Haymarket
 
On May 4, 1886, Chicago was rocked by the first dynamite bomb thrown in America. 'Bloody Haymarket' allows the audience to witness and actively participate in this riveting part of Chicago history. This epic period piece deals with everything from the struggle for the 8 hour workday, the plight of the immigrant, interracial marriage, a corrupt justice system, police brutality, the concentration of wealth in a few hands, the origin of May Day and an utter disregard of the Constitution of this land.
   
Blue Man Group  
Briar Street Theatre Blue Man Group
 
Blue Man Group is best known for its award-winning theatrical productions which critics have described as "ground-breaking," "hilarious," "visually stunning" and "musically powerful." These performances feature three enigmatic bald and blue characters who take the audience through a multi-sensory experience that combines theatre, percussive music, art, science and vaudeville into a form of entertainment that is like nothing else.
   
The Book Club Play  
16th Street Theater at Berwyn Cultural Center The Book Club Play
 
When the members of a devoted book club become the subjects of a documentary filmmaker and accept a provocative new member, their long-standing group dynamics take a hilarious turn. Sprinkled with wit, joy and novels galore, "The Book Club Play is a dangerous comedy about community, high and low culture, and the absolute terror of group dynamics." - Molly Smith, Arena Stage.
   
Cabaret  
Big Noise Theatre at Prairie Lakes Theatre Cabaret
 
Escape from the streets of Des Plaines to the glittering underworld of pre-WWII Berlin as re-created inside Big Noise Theatre at Prairie Lakes. Come and join the fun in the infamous Kit Kat Klub, where the music is always tantalizing and the drinks flow endlessly. Within the club, lives intertwine as a cabaret singer, an ex-pat American writer and other misfits and outcasts of Weimar-era Berlin come together to escape the sinister shadow of World War II. The hedonistic world of the cabaret offers a refuge from a changing society where their kind is less than welcome and dark forces threaten to end the party forever. Led by the enigmatic Emcee and charismatic singer Sally Bowles, the colorful characters of this Kander and Ebb masterpiece are eager to entertain you with sexy musical numbers, including "Don't Tell Mama," "Willkommen" and of course "Cabaret."
   
Chimerica  
TimeLine Theatre Company Chimerica
 
The time is June 1989. The Chinese government has instituted a brutal crackdown on a pro-democracy rally at Tiananmen Square, and the iconic image of a lone man standing in front of a military tank has captivated the world. "Tank Man" emerged as a hero and a symbol of defiance in the face of tyranny, only to disappear forever. Twenty years later, a photojournalist searches for the truth about that mysterious man in a riveting story that explores the sharp differences, as well as similarities, between twin superpowers China and America. The result is an epic, global adventure that presents an unflinching look at the nature of censorship, the cost of truth, and what it takes to maintain hope.
   
Cinderella... After the Ball  
Marriott Theatre for Young Audiences at Marriott Theatre In Lincolnshire Cinderella... After the Ball
 
Encountering a world of familiar fairy tale characters, now disenchanted and just plain dissed, Cinderella... After the Ball follows the story of Princesses Rapunzel and Sleeping Beauty as they join Cinderella on her quest for a real happily ever after. Girl power abounds as the friends take matters into their own hands to save the kingdom from the wicked Pinocchio. Beloved classic characters unite in this brand new, contemporary sequel to the treasured tale, reminding audiences of all ages of the true power of hope, friendship and bravery.
   
Connected  
Collaboraction at Flat Iron Arts Building Connected
 
Part historical docudrama, part science fiction, Connected soars through the history of space and time for an exciting new immersive theatre experience illuminating our relationship with technology and each other, and how a special tribe used its unique connection to one another to survive it all.
   
Dead Man Walking  
Piven Theatre Dead Man Walking
 
Based on Sister Helen Prejean's national bestseller, Dead Man Walking tells the story of Sister Prejean's journey through our system of capital punishment. Through the lens of her role as spiritual adviser to a death row inmate, the play meditates on the deeper issues of justice and mercy and the implication that we are all involved in the human consequences of our justice system: the condemned, the bereaved, the executed, the executioner, the individual, the community.
   
Death of a Streetcar Named Virginia Woolf: A Parody  
Writers Theatre Death of a Streetcar Named Virginia Woolf: A Parody
 
This hilarious result of a collaboration between Writers Theatre and Chicago's world-renowned comedy theatre, The Second City, asks the intriguing question: What happens when the most recognizable characters from some of the greatest American plays of the 20th century suddenly find themselves sharing the same stage? When a mysterious invitation brings Blanche DuBois back to New Orleans, she finds herself once again face-to-face with the smoldering Stanley Kowalski. That would be challenge enough, but they are soon joined by luckless salesman Willy Loman and hard-drinking, hard-fighting couple George and Martha, and suddenly all bets are off. Add a folksy Stage Manager and the comic genius of The Second City team, and the question quickly becomes: Will the American Theatre ever be the same?
   
Don't Make Me Over (In Tribute to Dionne Warwick)  
Black Ensemble Theater Don't Make Me Over (In Tribute to Dionne Warwick)
 
Don't Make Me Over (In Tribute to Dionne Warwick) is a historical journey that explores Ms. Warwick's accomplishments over the decades and details her musical contributions. Don't Make Me Over features 23 of Ms. Warwick's biggest hits including "Walk On By," "Message To Michael," "Alfie" and "I Say A Little Prayer," just to name a few.
   
The Dougs: Punk is What You Make of it  
Annoyance Theatre The Dougs: Punk is What You Make of it
 
"The Dougs: Punk is What You Make of it" is a new sketch comedy show premiering at The Annoyance Theatre centering around the absurd world of a punk band with no instruments trying to solve the murder of one of their members.
   
Dreamgirls  
Porchlight Music Theatre at Stage 773 Dreamgirls
 
Full of on-stage joy and backstage drama, Dreamgirls is the story of an up-and-coming 1960s all-female singing group from Chicago and the triumphs and tribulations that come on the road to fame and fortune, and features unforgettable hits including, "And I Am Telling You I'm Not Going," "One Night Only" and "Listen." With a story that lives through the journey of popular music in America, and presented in Porchlight's signature intimate and up-close style, this Tony Award and Academy Award-winning musical will receive an intense and illuminating interpretation by Chicago's leading talents.
   
Dry Land  
Rivendell Theatre Dry Land
 
Set in the girls' locker room of a Florida high school, Ruby Rae Spiegel's ferocious new play looks at the unlikely friendship between Esther and Amy, two high school swimmers under uncommon pressure. Called a "remarkable new play" by The New York Times, Dry Land is alternately harrowing and hilarious, as it homes in on the issue of DIY abortion, the complexities of female friendship, and the impossible pressures that build up at the brink of adulthood.
   
The Edge Of Our Bodies  
TUTA Theatre The Edge Of Our Bodies
 
A Chicago premiere play by acclaimed American writer and Pulitzer Prize finalist Adam Rapp. This haunting and deeply moving story follows 16 year old Bernadette, an aspiring young writer as she journeys through New York City and teeters on the verge of adulthood. A unique coming of age story, the play honestly and delicately paints the journey of our teenage years, at times uncertain, always full of yearning, and empowered by devastating and uplifting experiences.
   
Even Longer and Farther Away  
The New Colony at The Den Theatre Even Longer and Farther Away
 
Elliot has one objective: hike the Appalachian Trail and make it to Katahdin the way his father always wanted. Weeks into his journey, Elliot's pilgrimage comes to a halt. On an unseasonably snowy night, Elliot finds himself stuck in a town not found on a map with a half-sister he barely knows and two strangers who know too much. Here, Elliot must confront the truth about how well he knows his father and himself. A new play about memory, family and finding your way.
   
The Eviller Twin  
Curious Theatre Branch at Prop Theatre The Eviller Twin
 
The Eviller Twin concerns Clothilde and Flavia, identical twins, though one's a bit repressed and the other is rather wild. When Flavia gets engaged to her latest pick-up, Clothilde must cope in her own special way: perhaps murder; maybe madness; who the heck is who?!
   
Evita  
Marriott Theatre In Lincolnshire Evita
 
Andrew Lloyd Webber's complex and dynamic musical masterpiece, charting Eva Peron's ambitious rise from poverty to First Lady of Argentina. Featuring a renowned musical score including "Don't Cry for Me, Argentina".
   
Father Of The Bride  
Oil Lamp Theater Father Of The Bride
 
When Stanley Banks' 21 year old daughter Kay surprises him with the news that she's getting married, Stanley discovers that he's not quite ready to be Father of the Bride. As the guest list grows larger each day, and the costs spiral out of control with the addition of florists, furniture movers, dressmakers and more, the Banks household becomes a scene of matrimonial mayhem. Originally written as a novel in 1949 and adapted for the stage by Caroline Francke in 1951, this beloved and timeless tale has been seen on the big screen multiple times (once with Spencer Tracy as the titular father and later starring Steve Martin), and now you can enjoy this funny and touching play live on the stage of the Oil Lamp Theater. Don't be surprised if there's a bouquet toss, and be sure to leave some room for the wedding cake that will be served at each performance!
   
Feral  
MPAACT at The Greenhouse Theater Center Feral
 
Young black activist Francis Xavier -- known to his friends as FX -- has been waging a politically-motivated graffiti campaign, spraying the word "FERAL" on the sides of buildings all over the city. In the heat of a late July night, FX is caught in a moment of violence with the local police. The resulting controversy engulfs the city and the country, with FX's friends, family and members of his movement pulled into the fray. But will all this commotion overshadow the complex ideas FX hoped to communicate? FERAL at Chicago's Greenhouse Theater Center is a raw and topical look at youth, idealism and desperation.
   
The Few  
Steep Theatre The Few
 
Four years ago, Bryan walked away from his life, his lover, and his labor of love - a magazine for long distance truckers. Now, he's back, without explanation and without answers, looking to finish what he couldn't on the road. In an anonymous highway town, The Few pulls together the pieces of lives filled with loss.
   
Fight Quest  
The Public House Theatre Fight Quest
 
If you're a fan of video games, live theater and intense fight choreography -- who isn't? -- you'll go nuts for Fight Quest, a choose your own adventure theatrical experience at Chicago's Public House Theatre. In this production by Otherworld Theatre, one lucky audience member is selected to choose his character -- Barbarian, Ranger, Monk or Rogue -- and then "play" them by giving guidance and directions as the character fights their way through a quest to liberate a town from bandits. Intrigue, choices and plenty of top-notch fight choreography await you in Fight Quest.
   
Flanagan's Wake  
Chicago Theatre Works Flanagan's Wake
 
Flanagan's Wake transports the audience to the fictional town of Grapplin, County Sligo, Ireland, where local roustabout, Flanagan, has died. Here they meet an eclectic cast of characters including Fiona Finn, Flanagan's spirited fiancee of 22 years, Brian Ballybunion, his best friend and drinking mate, Father Damon Fitzgerald, the sharp-tongued parish priest, Mayor O'Doul, the town mayor and bartender, the innocent Mother Flanagan and several other colorful citizens. The mourners pay their respects to the deceased in the Irish tradition (with a quick stop at the pub first).
   
The Flick  
Steppenwolf Theatre The Flick
 
Three underpaid employees sweep up stale popcorn in a run-down movie house called The Flick, one of the last theaters in Massachusetts still projecting 35mm films. For Avery, this isn’t a dead-end job. It’s a way to get closer to the art form he loves. Passionate debates about cinema lead to a friendship of sorts with co-workers Sam and Rose. But will their tentative bond survive as they reveal what they actually need from each other? The Flick is a heartfelt cry for the kind of authentic connection we all want, even if we’re a little afraid of it.
   
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.
   
A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum  
Citadel Theatre Company A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum
 
Travel to ancient Rome and experience the wild antics of the mischievous slave Pseudolus in Stephen Sondheim's laugh-out-loud musical A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum. This slapstick romp sings and dances its way through mistaken identities, a house full of courtesans and an elaborate web of lies -- all adding up to one uproarious night of theater. The winner of six Tony Awards, Forum is one of the funniest musicals ever written, seamlessly merging situations from timeless Roman comedies with the fast-paced, slapstick energy of classic vaudeville. Step into Citadel Theatre and enjoy classic show tunes like "Lovely," "Bring Me My Bride" and the Broadway favorite "Comedy Tonight."
   
Hazel  
Drury Lane- Oakbrook Hazel
 
The world premiere musical comedy, "Hazel," based on the character created by Ted Key and the hit television series, kicks off the 2016-2017 season. It's the 1960's, a time of great change for America, but not all of the Baxter family is on board. What George Baxter finds not so funny about his wife joining the work force and his maid taking over his household and his life--is a laugh riot. Directed and choreographed by Emmy Award winner Joshua Bergasse, "Hazel" asks the question: can a simple maid debone a turkey, save a marriage, uncover a matter of national security and lead a conga line? She can if she's Hazel!
   
Hershey Felder as Irving Berlin  
Royal George Theatre Hershey Felder as Irving Berlin
 
Hershey Felder returns to Chicago in this hit production of Hershey Felder as Irving Berlin at Royal George Theatre. Even if you don't know him by name, you've heard plenty of Irving Berlin's songs: "God Bless America," "White Christmas," "Anything You Can Do," "Puttin' on the Ritz," "There's No Business Like Show Business" -- the list goes on and on. Now you have the opportunity to experience the quintessential American composer through the performance of an immensely talented actor, pianist and playwright. Hershey Felder has previously performed as George Gershwin, Beethoven and Chopin, and in Hershey Felder as Irving Berlin, he takes on the role of one of America's most prolific composers. Felder's masterful creation of character and performance features Berlin's songs performed by Felder, as well as stories about Berlin's life and how he created the music we still love today. Don't miss this memorable show -- hailed as "richly entertaining and ultimately touching" by the Los Angeles Times.
   
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?
   
The House of Blue Leaves  
Raven Theatre The House of Blue Leaves
 
Set in Queens, New York during Pope Paul VI's 1965 visit, struggling songwriter Artie wants to be famous and feel important while his heavily medicated wife Bananas just wants to feel. Can Artie's old high school buddy, now a Hollywood movie producer, give him a shot at the big time? Or will a blessing from the Pope do the trick?
   
In The Heat Of The Night  
Shattered Globe Theatre at Theater Wit In The Heat Of The Night
 
In The Heat Of The Night recounts the classic, highly charged story of an African American police officer asked to investigate a murder in a racially hostile southern town. It's a torrid night in 1965 Argo, Alabama when a dead white man is found. The local police, desperately searching for a motive and a suspect, arrest a black man passing through town. They soon discover their suspect is an expert homicide detective from L.A. and they must confront their personal prejudices as they are forced to work side-by-side to solve the crime. The award-winning film version starring Sidney Poitier remains emblematic of our country in the 1960s. Fifty years later, Pelfry's new adaptation of the novel leaves room for the evolution of these attitudes. But watching the nightly news - how far have we come?
   
In the Time of the Butterflies  
Victory Gardens Theater - Biograph In the Time of the Butterflies
 
Based on Julia Álvarez's popular novel, In The Time of the Butterflies, is a fictionalized account of the story of the courageous Mirabal sisters from the Dominican Republic. The sisters inspired resistance cells throughout the country against the dictatorial regime of Gen. Rafael Leónidas Trujillo. The 'butterflies,' their secret code name, were brutally murdered by the regime in 1960.
   
Jerusalem  
Profiles Theatre - The Main Stage Jerusalem
 
On St George's Day, the morning of the local county fair, Johnny "Rooster" Byron is a wanted man. The council officials want to serve him an eviction notice, his son wants his dad to take him to the fair, and a motley crew of locals want his ample supply of drugs and alcohol. A comic, contemporary vision of rural England, Jez Butterworth's wildly original epic play is both a lament about the erosion of country life, as well as a rebuff to the antiseptic modern world.
   
Jesus Hopped the "A" Train  
Eclipse Theatre Company at Athenaeum Theatre Jesus Hopped the
 
At New York's Rikers Island, Angel Cruz is in prison awaiting trial for shooting Reverend Kim, where he walks a tightrope between salvation and the point of no return. While in jail he meets Lucius Jenkins, an inmate whose pride and religious zeal defy the bars that hold him prisoner, and their encounter will change each other forever. Jesus Hopped the 'A' Train is a brilliant, visceral examination of morality and justice, questioning the difference between true faith and self-serving religion.
   
The King and I  
Lyric Opera The King and I
 
Broadway musical favorite The King and I comes to the Civic Opera House in a spectacular production from Lyric Opera of Chicago. One of Rodgers and Hammerstein's most beloved and enduring creations, this multi-award-winning show was most recently the recipient of four Tony Awards, including Best Revival of a Musical. Set in 19th-century Bangkok and inspired by a true story, the show follows Anna, a British widow hired to tutor the King's many children. Although their very different backgrounds initially result in conflict, the sparks set off by their culture clash lead to greater understanding and respect between the two. The King and I features such Broadway classics as "Shall We Dance?," "Getting to Know You," "I Whistle a Happy Tune" and "Hello, Young Lovers."
   
Land of Never-Lack  
Cave Painting Theater at The Frontier Land of Never-Lack
 
Land of Never-Lack combines W.B. Yeats' 1889 play Land of Heart's Desire with a new story written by Harold Jaffe and Gwen KellyMasterton in a melange of dreamlike bittersweetness and energetic whimsy. In 18thcentury Sligo, newlywed Maire wishes for an escape from her stifling new lifecould the strange child that arrives at her inlaws' house be the answer? Meanwhile, elsewhere and elsewhen, a mischievous Sprite gets more than she bargained for when she tries to "replace" Siobhan, the human child she kidnapped by accident. As each protagonist must choose between Humanity and Faery, the stories ask: if you had a chance to leave behind all pain, hunger, and loss, and live forever in a world where you'd never want anything you couldn't have, would you take it? If suffering and mortality make us human, what is being human worth? Is it better to be wise, or happy? Would you rather give up freedom, or love?
   
The Last Defender  
The House Theatre of Chicago at Chopin Theatre The Last Defender
 
Set during the Cold War, The Last Defender draws on the era's sense of paranoia, and fear of nuclear attack to give audiences a one-of-a-kind storytelling experience. Audiences members become the heroes of the story in The Defenders' underground headquarters. The United States and The Soviet Union are still mired in the Cold War. Artificial intelligence has been deployed alongside 8 bit arcade-style computer technologies to control our nuclear weapons. Players (audience members) will navigate their own paranoia, as well as the stresses of Mutually Assured Destruction to do the job of The Defenders. Everyone will work as a team to gather information, solve puzzles, and make increasingly difficult decisions in real time. All to complete The Defenders' mission and save the world.
   
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 Lion in Winter  
Promethean Theatre Ensemble at Athenaeum Theatre The Lion in Winter
 
Considered a modern-day classic, The Lion in Winter is James Goldman's 1966 play about sibling rivalries, distribution of wealth and power, and the elusive quality of love. The play ultimately examines the question of legacy: what do we leave behind? These powerful figures will do just about anything to ensure that they live on past their time on earth, even if it means destroying their own family. A triumph of wit and wordplay, The Lion in Winter is perhaps best known for its 1968 movie adaptation, featuring a larger-than-life Peter O'Toole as Henry II and a stunning Katharine Hepburn in an Academy award-winning turn as Eleanor of Aquitaine.
   
Little Shop Of Horrors  
American Blues Theater at The Greenhouse Theater Center Little Shop Of Horrors
 
For years, Little Shop of Horrors has made audiences scream with laughter. In this gleefully gruesome musical, Seymour, a poor florist's assistant, allows his craving for fame and fortune to seduce him into playing nursemaid to a man-eating plant. This celebrated musical, with book and lyrics by Howard Ashman and music by Alan Menken, features the rock and roll, doo-wop and early Motown-inspired songs "Skid Row (Downtown)," "Somewhere That's Green," and "Suddenly, Seymour."
   
The Magic Wonder Show  
Theater Wit The Magic Wonder Show
 
Sean Masterson's Magic Wonder Show is a theatrical magic show that combines sleightof- hand, magical illusions and audience participation for a family friendly hour of wonder. Floating objects, dematerialization and a witty puppet who also performs magic all figure into the show. The show concludes with a rarely seen illusion invented and famously performed by Sean's hero, the 19th century French magician Robert-Houdin.
   
Mary Page Marlowe  
Steppenwolf Theatre Mary Page Marlowe
 
Mary Page Marlowe is an accountant from Ohio. She’s led an ordinary life, making the difficult decisions we all face as we try to figure out who we really are and what we really want. As Tracy Letts brings us moments—both pivotal and mundane—from Mary’s life, a portrait of a surprisingly complicated woman emerges. Intimate and moving, Mary Page Marlowe shows us how circumstance, impulse and time can combine to make us mysteries…even to ourselves.
   
Medieval Times Dinner and Tournament  
Medieval Times Schaumburg Castle Medieval Times Dinner and Tournament
 
Medieval Times is an exciting, family-friendly dinner attraction inspired by an 11th century feast and tournament. Guests are served a four-course banquet and cheer for one of six knights as they compete in the joust and other tests of skill. Expect lots of jousting, swordsmanship, thrilling hand-to-hand combat, and displays of extraordinary horsemanship as part of an exciting story set in Medieval Spain.
   
A Midsummer Night's Dream  
Polarity Ensemble Theatre at The Greenhouse Theater Center A Midsummer Night's Dream
 
A Midsummer Night's Dream portrays the adventures of four young lovers and a group of amateur actors, their interactions with woodland fairies and a duke and duchess. This production takes place in a mythical 1960's America and an enchanted forest with a crafty fairy king, an outraged parent, an interracial love story, a bumbling weaver transformed into a half-donkey, and fairies who sing in 1960's harmony. It's a magical, music-filled celebration of love. But as Puck knows, falling in love can make fools of us all.
   
Mike Mother  
Neo-Futurists Mike Mother
 
Exploring the tension between fiction and nonfiction, Jessica Anne's Mike Mother weaves theater, writing, and film into the lies that cripple memories, the truth that haunts our tales, and all the gaps in between. With Mike Mother, Anne's rich, surprising history with her eccentric mother is used to examine theatre's reliability as a vessel for truth. Pitting real life stories and memories before an audience, Anne shares the stage with Mike Hamilton, real life actor and real life "friend of a friend," acting as a guide and advocate for the audience. Equal parts psychological thriller, live action film, and genre-bending performance, Mike Mother is Anne's note to self, manifest into a two-person, one-woman show.
   
Mosque Alert  
Silk Road Rising at Chicago Temple Mosque Alert
 
Inspired by the "Ground Zero Mosque" controversy in New York City, Mosque Alert tells the story of three fictional families living in Naperville, Illinois, whose lives are interrupted by a proposed Islamic Center on the site of a beloved local landmark. Mosque Alert explores the intersections of zoning and Islamophobia with humor, family drama, and refreshingly blunt honesty.
   
New Country  
Fair Trade Productions at The Den Theatre New Country
 
In NEW COUNTRY, good-ole bad boy and country music star Justin Spears has the world on its knees. Tomorrow he's tying the knot, but tonight, he's tying one on with his entourage of ruthless managers, faux fans and friends, and his favorite pig-farming uncle. So how does this rambunctious rodeo go so wrong, so fast? Welcome to the NEW COUNTRY, where the hits just keep on comin,' and the raucous fun quickly turns to men behaving badly and gun totin' chickens coming home to roost. The New York Times described NEW COUNTRY as having "plenty of raunch, but just enough heart."
   
A Number  
Runcible Theatre Company at Royal George Theatre A Number
 
A father's quest to re-create the most pure and perfect child catapults his most beloved creation into the path of destruction. Caryl Churchill's A Number sheds light on the grey area between identity and belonging. Exploring the more jagged edges in a father/son relationship, A Number pushes these dynamics to the fore as the miracle of modern science, cloning, makes matters exponentially more complicated and explosive.
   
Once in a Lifetime  
Strawdog Theatre Once in a Lifetime
 
From the legendary 1930s writing duo George S. Kaufman and Moss Hart (The Man Who Came to Dinner, You Can't Take It With You) comes the hilarious backstage comedy Once in a Lifetime. As silent films evolve into "talkies" in the 1920s, a trio of vaudevillians sets out to con the Hollywood elite by posing as vocal coaches, vowing to give movie stars beautiful voices to match their glamorous mugs. Damon Kiely, the acclaimed director of American Blues Theater's Hank Williams: Lost Highway, helms this epic satire of greed run amok at Chicago's Strawdog Theatre.
   
Othello: The Remix  
Chicago Shakespeare Theater Othello: The Remix
 
Throw your hands up, Chicago-this this fresh urban take on the Bard's tragedy is back! Following acclaimed international tours and previous sold-out engagements in Chicago, the CST-commissioned hip-hop adaptation is spun out and lyrically rewritten over original beats. Since its world premiere as part of the London 2012 Cultural Olympiad at Shakespeare's Globe-an artistic collaboration forged between Chicago hip-hop artists The Q Brothers and Chicago Shakespeare Creative Producer Rick Boynton-the production has toured widely, captivating audiences around the world, and garnering tremendous acclaim and multiple honors-including Edinburgh's Musical Theatre Matters Awards for Best New Musical Theatre Show and a Joseph Jefferson Award for Best Ensemble.
   
Paper City Phoenix  
Tympanic Theatre Company at Profiles Theatre - The Alley Stage Paper City Phoenix
 
Finding your soul mate is tricky in the digital age, especially when your printer is out of toner and your friend who is trying to help you can't stop channeling the internet. So it goes for Brenna, the protagonist of the new comedy Paper City Phoenix making its Midwest premiere at the Alley Stage. Before all is said and done, the two intrepid ladies will face off with an anti-tech cult, the FBI and plenty more in an insightful production by Tympanic Theatre Company that explores how we connect when we're disconnected.
   
Penelope Pennyworth Girl Detective: The Case of the Boogeyman  
Li'l Buds Theatre Company at Edge Theatre Penelope Pennyworth Girl Detective: The Case of the Boogeyman
 
Penelope is a 10-year-old girl detective solving crimes big and small with her best friend and sidekick Matilda. In Penelope Pennyworth Girl Detective: The Case of the Boogeyman, the pint-sized sleuth and Matilda must help their friend Michael overcome his fears in order to defeat a bothersome ghoul. This fun musical from Li'l Buds Theatre Company co-founder Jenny Lamb shows the strength that kids can find within when they need to overcome obstacles. Your entire family can join in the case-cracking, spirit-lifting fun at Chicago's Edge Theater.
   
Peter Pan and Wendy  
Theatre School at DePaul University at Merle Reskin Theatre Peter Pan and Wendy
 
Peter Pan is back, but this time it's Wendy who won't grow up. In this swashbuckling musical, the famous duo grabs a little pixie dust and heads off to Neverland so Wendy can avoid moving out of her childhood room for just a little bit longer. That's where they face the famed and funny pirate Captain Hook with help from Tinker Bell, the Lost Boys, Tiger Lily, mermaids and even the audience. In the end though, Wendy has to decide whether growing up is really so bad after all. Recommended for all ages, this production comes to vibrant life on stage at the Merle Reskin Theatre in Chicago's South Loop.
   
The Power Of Prom  
Annoyance Theatre The Power Of Prom
 
Written as a loving tribute to the 80's, the show combines elements of the songs, movies, television shows, and pop-culture that epitomized the decade.
   
The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie  
Skokie Theatre The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie
 
Miss Jean Brodie isn't your regular teacher in 1930's Scotland -- she's in the business of putting old heads on young shoulders, and all of her pupils are the creme de la creme. She's an eccentric soul in a very conservative school, with her colorful clothes and unconventional lesson plans setting her apart from the rest of the faculty. But as Miss Brodie gets wrapped up in her own life drama (after all, she is in her prime), she begins to lose sight of her girls. Inspired by the book by Muriel Spark, The Prime of Miss Brodie is a whip-smart coming-of-age drama. Starring Megan Wells as Miss Brodie (The Great Gatsby, Dracula) MadKap Productions brings the exhilarating tale to life on Skokie Theatre's stage.
   
The Producers  
Mercury Theater The Producers
 
A down-on-his-luck Broadway producer and his mild-mannered accountant come up with a scheme to produce the most notorious flop in history thereby bilking their backers (all "little old ladies") out of millions of dollars. Only one thing goes awry: the show is a smash hit! At the core of the insanely funny adventure is the surprising journey of two very different men who become friends. The Producers skewer Broadway traditions and takes no prisoners as it proudly proclaims itself an "equal opportunity offender!"
   
Pygmalion  
Rogue Theater at RBP Rorschack Pygmalion
 
Revisit Shaw's comedic masterpiece Pygmalion as Professor Henry Higgins transforms the unpolished Cockney flower girl Eliza Doolittle into a lady. Shaw skewers the class system of its day and provides poignant commentary on the role of women in British society. Pygmalion both delighted and shocked audiences when it premiered in 1914.
   
The Realization of Emily Linder  
Redtwist Theatre The Realization of Emily Linder
 
Emily Linder, a 70-ish widow, says she's had a premonition about her own death, which will come very soon. To prepare all the details, she quickly gathers her two grown daughters who, in turn, bring a caregiver to help with Emily's final days. The caregiver, a savvy outsider who can see this quirky family from an objective viewpoint, gets to the bottom of Emily's peculiar plan, and challenges her to take charge of reality, which can sometimes be more elusive than expected.
   
The Realm  
The Other Theatre Company at The Side Project The Realm
 
In an underground future not so far from now, teenagers Kansas and James try to escape a terrifying (new?) world order. The regime known as The Realm controls not only water and other natural resources but also the ability of its citizens to remember words themselves. As Kansas and James fight for the right to speak, choose, and desire, their journey overlaps with that of a mysterious woman who refuses to submit to The Realm despite the high price she pays for her resistance. Sarah Myers' The Realm stages urgent questions about the relationship between language, power, solidarity, and survival.
   
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.
   
Rent  
Theo Ubique Cabaret Theatre at No Exit Cafe Rent
 
The rock-infused score by Jonathan Larson will be performed in the intimate No Exit Cafe; a venue with more than a slight resemblance to the Life Cafe, the musical's setting for its first act finale. Scott Weinstein, director of Griffin's Titanic, and Seussical the Musical at Chicago Shakespeare will direct. Daniel Spagnuolo, choreographer of Kokandy Productions' The Full Monty will choreograph. Ramey will be music director.
   
Schoolhouse Rock Live!  
Emerald City Theatre Company at Apollo Theater Schoolhouse Rock Live!
 
Through unforgettable songs such as "Just a Bill" and "Conjunction Junction," a nervous schoolteacher must discover how to charm his students through imagination and music on the first day of class. Based on the entertaining and educational Emmy Award-winning animated series, Schoolhouse Rock Live! brings the treasured Saturday-morning melodies of the '70s back in a hip new way.
   
Sender  
A Red Orchid Theatre Sender
 
It's summertime in Chicago. Over a year after his sensational death, a young man returns to his former apartment: alive, well, and with a new found ambition to fix what went wrong. A miracle reunion turns into a catastrophic disaster as the past catches up with the present and old debts return, expecting payment in full. What does growing-up mean and is it even desired in this day and age?
   
The Sign in Sidney Brustein's Window  
Goodman Theatre The Sign in Sidney Brustein's Window
 
Lorraine Hansberry's rarely-produced second play, The Sign in Sidney Brustein's Window, premiered just weeks before the 34-year-old writer succumbed to cancer in 1965. Now, Obie Award-winning director Anne Kauffman brings this impassioned drama back to life at Chicago's Goodman Theatre. Set in early 1960s Greenwich Village, the story revolves around the increasingly troubled marriage of Brustein, a writer, and his actress wife, Iris, as well as their circle of friends, after he begins to express political and social views that butt up against those of his Bohemian cohorts. Don't miss this rare chance to experience the once-in-a-generation voice of one of America's most admired playwrights, the first African-American woman ever to be produced on Broadway. Dominic Comperatore (A View From the Bridge) and Diane Davis (Golden Boy, Person of Interest) star as the couple.
   
Skippyjon Jones in the Cirque de Ole  
Emerald City Theatre Company at Apollo Theater Skippyjon Jones in the Cirque de Ole
 
Our favorite feline, Skippyjon Jones, canon-blasts into his imagination and discovers an extraordinary circus world. Upon reuniting with his Chihuahua chums, the gang takes turns performing circus stunts, with Skippyjon to perform the daring final act. Taken from the best-selling book series, this captivating tale of trapeze dreams and flying machines is cherished by all.
   
Sleeping Beauty  
Chicago Kids Company at St. Patrick Performing Arts Center- Stahl Family Theater Sleeping Beauty
 
The fairies of the kingdom have a big job protecting the Princess from their fairy sister Lotus! Will the Princess sleep for 100 years? Or can her true love save her with a kiss? Don’t miss one of Chicago Kids Company’s most requested shows! All CKC performances feature plenty of audience participation and run for one hour with no intermission. Sleeping Beauty is targeted for children from 2 to 8 years old.
   
Spider Man: The Musical: The Musical  
Cornservatory Spider Man: The Musical: The Musical
 
When Julie Taymor's new musical, Spiders! Spiders! Spiders! Spiders! gets canned by their financier, Bill Greenbacks, the producers, Archie Whoops and Leonard Daisy, decide to revamp the musical into something more "recognizable and franchisable." Luckily, Stan Lee and U2's Bono and the Edge are all on board with retelling the musical tale of a certain iconic, web-shooting superhero. But there's more lurking beneath the stage than faulty rigging and lawsuit hazards -- and it has its eight eyes set on destroying the production. Inspired by the heavily publicized Broadway disaster Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark, Spider Man: The Musical: The Musical is a ferociously funny, dark farce. See it at the Cornservatory in Chicago.
   
A Splintered Soul  
Stage 773 A Splintered Soul
 
Set in San Francisco in 1947, a group of Jewish Holocaust survivors arrive from Poland, aided by the American Jewish community. Haunted by the death of their loved ones, they are haunted more by what they did to survive. Rabbi Kroeller (Craig Spidle), a resistance fighter who lost his family, makes it his mission to protect the survivors at all costs. But he discovers determining right from wrong is more complicated in the new world.
   
A Swarm of Spoilers  
Under The Gun Theater A Swarm of Spoilers
 
Whether you're Team Tyrion, or a Daenerys diehard, odds are you're overly eager to dive into season five of HBO's Game of Thrones. Before the newest round of power plays, double-crosses and gory fates unfold, get your fantasy fix with A Swarm of Spoilers, Under The Gun Theater's unofficial parody "recapitation" of the award-winning series. The spoof breaks down all the sex, drama and battles of the first 4 seasons. You'll be transported from Chicago directly to Westeros and Essos as this production crams in as many of the hit show's characters and plots as it can fit into a single hour of comedy. Plus, A Swarm of Spoilers dares to kill off the characters that George R.R. Martin let's live.
   
Taste  
Red Theater Chicago at Redtwist Theatre Taste
 
Based on true events, Taste tells the story of two men who meet online and make a unique arrangement: one man will kill, cook, and eat the other. Over the course of the evening, secrets are revealed, boundaries are tested, and a strange but beautiful relationship unfolds. Deliciously voyeuristic, sinfully elegant, and surprisingly touching, this is Taste.
   
The Three Little Pigs  
Chicago Kids Company at Beverly Arts Center The Three Little Pigs
 
Meet three sister Piggies about to set out on an adventure to build their own houses. Roxanne (the Rock'n'Roll Pig) builds hers out of sticks, Petunia (the Pretty Pig) builds hers out of straw, and Babe (the Smart and Sensible Pig) builds hers out of bricks. Which house will still be standing after the Big Bad Wolf tries to huff and puff and blow them all down? Don't miss CKC's most popular show! All CKC shows feature plenty of audience participation and run for one hour with no intermission. The Three Little Pigs is targeted for children ages 2 to 8.
   
Trash  
New American Folk Theatre at The Den Theatre Trash
 
TRASH is the story of faded B-movie star Jinx Malibu, who has spent the last decade or so popping pills and hiding out in her wheelchair bound mother's, secluded, garbage-filled double-wide with her two children, older son Loogie and younger daughter Smudge. When a handsome stranger arrives from Hollywood, could it be her big chance at a comeback?
   
Twisted Knots  
Royal George Theatre Twisted Knots
 
Twisted Knots is a smart and sexy new drama about down and out salesman (Ryan Kitley) who hires an escort (Mary Cross) to celebrate New Year's Eve in a Gold Coast hotel. The New Year does not go as planned, least of all because Frank is confronted that his date, his job, his marriage and his life may not be what he always thought they were.
   
Two Rooms  
Honest Theatre at Chase Park Two Rooms
 
A husband and wife are held hostage by terrorism. While Michael is imprisoned by terrorists in Beirut, Lainie is held captive in her own mind. As Lainie attempts everything she can to bring her husband home, Michael continues to reach out to her through his verbal love letters. Named "Best Play of the Year" in 1988 by Time Magazine, Two Rooms is a story which delves into Lainie's search to save her husband from a regime built on destruction while negotiating between a State Department official and an eager journalist's desire for the story of a lifetime.
   
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.
   
The Woman In Black  
Saint Sebastian Players at St. Bonaventure Church The Woman In Black
 
A lawyer, obsessed with a curse that he believes has been cast over him and his family by the spectre of a Woman in Black, engages a skeptical young actor to help him tell his terrifying story and exorcise the fear that grips his soul. It all begins innocently enough, but then, as they reach further into his darkest memories, they find themselves caught up in a world of eerie marshes and moaning winds. Susan Hill's acclaimed ghost story comes dramatically alive in Stephen Mallatratt's ingenious stage adaptation, a brilliantly successful study in atmosphere, illusion and controlled horror.
   
The Women Of Lockerbie  
AstonRep Theatre Company at Raven Theatre The Women Of Lockerbie
 
Inspired by a true story, this moving drama follows a group known as the Women of Lockerbie - determined to turn an act of hatred into an act of love. The story begins with a couple trying to gain closure after the death of their son in the terrorist bombing of Pan Am Flight 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland. They meet the Women of Lockerbie, who want to wash the clothes of the dead and return them to the victims' families. THE WOMEN OF LOCKERBIE is a poetic drama about the triumph of love over hate - amid one of the first tragedies of terrorism that shaped the world we live in.