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Accidentally Like a Martyr  
A Red Orchid Theatre Accidentally Like a Martyr
 
In a dive-y gay bar on Manhattan's lower east side the regulars and the restless others do battle, joke and drink their way through a lonely winter evening. Different generations and backgrounds collide, secrets are revealed and old wounds are torn anew as these survivors come to grips with life, loss and aging in the 21st century. Family and friendship are the focus of this humor filled drama in the tradition of The Time of Your Life and Small Craft Warnings.
   
The Addams Family  
Mercury Theater The Addams Family
 
Experience both laughter and chills as the weird and wonderful Addams family comes to Chicago in this creepy and kooky musical comedy from Mercury Theater Chicago. Wednesday Addams, now a grown-up princess of darkness, has fallen head-over-heels for a normal boy from a respectable family and has invited her new boyfriend and his parents to the family mansion for a meet-and-greet gone gothic. Sit back and savor the horrific hospitality of Gomez, Morticia, Pugsley, Grandma, Lurch and everyone's favorite weirdo, Uncle Fester, as the special occasion brings out the best -- and worst -- in everyone involved. The award-winning team behind the magnificently macabre The Addams Family includes authors Marshall Brickman and Rick Elice (Jersey Boys) and composer-lyricist Andrew Lippa (The Wild Party).
   
The Adventures of Tapman  
Athenaeum Theatre The Adventures of Tapman
 
Follow Tapman, Chicago’s premiere tap dancing superhero, through various episodes as he battles The MADD Tapper, The Invisible Tapman, and a host of other villains. Accompanying Tapman is the MADD Rhythms Jr. Squad under the direction of Bril Barrett. Directing The Adventures of Tapman is Lauren Girard of Bread and Roses Productions. The Adventures of Tapman features light-hearted, 60s-era comic book humor, elaborate projected special effects, and phenomenal tap dancing including the unique tap dance fighting style, Tap-Fu!
   
Airline Highway  
Steppenwolf Theatre Airline Highway
 
In the parking lot of The Hummingbird, a once-glamorous motel on New Orleans' infamous Airline Highway, a group of friends gather. A rag-tag collection of strippers, hustlers and philosophers have come together to celebrate the life of Miss Ruby, an iconic burlesque performer who has requested a funeral before she dies. The party rages through the night as old friends resurface to pay their respects. A world premiere from the author of Detroit, Airline Highway is a boisterous and moving ode to the outcasts that make life a little more interesting.
   
Apes Of Wrath  
Second City Apes Of Wrath
 
In the world of high stakes, we become a more heightened version of ourselves, which can sometimes resemble more simian behavior than human. From unitard sporting performance artists, an intimate encounter with robot culture and the primal effects of downsizing, "Apes of Wrath" embraces the dark and light sides of our human devolution.
   
The Apple Family Plays: Sorry  
TimeLine Theatre Company The Apple Family Plays: Sorry
 
Richard Nelson's celebrated series of four Apple Family Plays explores politics, change, and family dynamics. TimeLine presents the Chicago debut of two of these remarkable works (the first and third in the series) on an alternating schedule. Sorry is set on the morning of the presidential election in 2012. Both explore how a family sorts through personal and political feelings of loss and confusion in the shadow of history as it is being made.
   
The Apple Family Plays: That Hopey Changey Thing  
TimeLine Theatre Company The Apple Family Plays: That Hopey Changey Thing
 
Richard Nelson's celebrated series of four Apple Family Plays explores politics, change, and family dynamics. TimeLine presents the Chicago debut of two of these remarkable works (the first and third in the series) on an alternating schedule. That Hopey Changey Thing takes place as the polls close on the 2010 mid-term elections.
   
The Art Of Disappearing  
16th Street Theater at Berwyn Cultural Center The Art Of Disappearing
 
When Melissa receives a mysterious invitation to brunch from her mother after a two-year estrangement, she returns to a home where nothing is as it seems. Fathers lie, friends leave and she herself is failing in the artist's world she covets- as her mother practices the art of disappearing before her very eyes. The devastating truth she discovers in her parents' house threatens to tear all of them apart for good.
   
Bible Bingo  
Royal George Theatre Bible Bingo
 
From Vicki Quade, the creator of the popular comedy Late Nite Catechism, comes the new interactive comedy Bible Bingo. The Archdiocese's new bingo department needs to raise money for the parish. That's where you come in: Get ready to play bingo for a variety of wacky prizes. Along the way, you'll be drawn into conversation about everything from Adam and Eve to modern sins. Just be careful: You might laugh so hard you forget to yell "bingo."
   
Bingo's Birthday  
Emerald City's Little Theatre Bingo's Birthday
 
You are invited to the birthday party of a very special dog, and Bingo is his name-o! Everything is ready, but Farmers Pickle and Tickle can't find the guest of honor. Is he near or far? Up or down? Over or under? Explore the farm and help find Bingo in this intimate, theatrical celebration. This unique experience places you and your little ones in an interactive and magical playground where anything goes. A theatre experience specially designed for ages 0 to 4
   
Blackout  
Annoyance Theatre Blackout
 
In a time of racial unrest, the all black long form improv team "BLACKOUT" will put on what may be their most daring run of shows yet. Ensemble member Warren Phynix Johnson says, "In tune to the nation's injustices to the African-American male, "BLACKOUT" will use their highly trained improv comedy skills to question commercial views and embrace unbridled f*ckery." The ensemble includes Sherman Edwards, Ramon Smith, Chris Redd, Shawn Shauntel Smith, Rob Wilson, and Warren Phynix Johnson. "BLACKOUT" at The Annoyance will be dangerous, mildly heart warming and unapologetically honest.
   
Blue Man Group  
Briar Street Theatre Blue Man Group
 
Blue Man Group is best known for its award-winning theatrical productions which critics have described as "ground-breaking," "hilarious," "visually stunning" and "musically powerful." These performances feature three enigmatic bald and blue characters who take the audience through a multi-sensory experience that combines theatre, percussive music, art, science and vaudeville into a form of entertainment that is like nothing else.
   
Book of Merman  
Pride Films and Plays at Mary's Attic Book of Merman
 
When two young missionaries ring a doorbell marked E.M. in a small town, they have no idea that a certain Ethel will open the door. With some dazzling parody music and Schwartz's original songs, laughter ensues throughout The Book of Merman catapulting you to places you didn't know you wanted to go.
   
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.
   
Circle-Machine  
Oracle Theatre Circle-Machine
 
An American woman abroad is mistakenly left holding the newborn child of the First Secretary of the Community Party as the Berlin Wall comes crashing down. In the confusion of revolution, she decides to escape the chaos and corruption to raise the child in the safe embrace of the West. When the baby's mother returns to challenge the true maternity of the child, CIRCLE-MACHINE paints the conflict as a question of Capitalism's self-proclaimed supremacy in the world. Don't miss this frenetic, World Premiere adaptation that borrows its story from FULL CIRCLE by Charles Mee, which borrows from the 13th century Chinese zaju play, "The Chalk Circle", which also inspired Bertolt Brecht and a host of other artists throughout the ages.
   
ComedySportz  
Comedy Sportz ComedySportz
 
ComedySportz shows offer a unique blend of fast and funny improvisational comedy that is appropriate fun for all ages. The Red and Blue teams battle it out in front of a referee in games that the audience selects, and points are awarded based on how quickly and effectively the performers complete the games. The eternal battle of Red vs. Blue is improvised 6 times weekly, and the show is never the same twice!
   
Contention: A Love/Hate Story  
Annoyance Theatre Contention: A Love/Hate Story
 
"Contention: A Love/Hate Story" is a dark comedy that jumps through time to catch the contrasting moments of playfulness and anger, bitterness and desire, deceit and compromise, that define a passionate relationship. Steve Nelson, actor and co-creator says, "I got the idea from an improv set I did over the summer. The first scene was a couple's break up, and the second scene was the couples first meeting. There was something really satisfying about contrasting the kind of heated ugliness of a relationship being broken with the spontaneous magnetism of a first encounter where sparks are really flying."
   
Cookie Play  
Trap Door Theatre Cookie Play
 
Fearing that her son might be the next Edward Snowden, one zealously patriotic mother from the heartland will go to extreme lengths to protect her country from the potentially dangerous subversions of her offspring. Agreeing to hold him captive in her basement (for his own gosh-darn good), what unfolds next will have everyone's moral standing taking a seat, as one family's belief in a sitcom-perfect life is tested by sanctioned torture, whistle-blowing and the truth of black sites. This satire is a twisted and offbeat world premiere production from Trap Door Theatre.
   
Cupid Has a Heart On: A Musical Guide to Relationships  
Stage 773 Cupid Has a Heart On: A Musical Guide to Relationships
 
The Cupid Players are Chicago's all-musical sketch comedy group; their intelligent and satirical scenes are always accompanied by songs that are sure to puncture your aorta. They have performed from coast to coast and were just voted Critics Pick in the Chicago Reader! Come and see what Chris Jones of the Chicago Tribune calls "both refreshing and a memorably enjoyable 70 minutes."
   
Dark Matter  
Annoyance Theatre Dark Matter
 
"Dark Matter" was born out of cast collaboration under the direction of Duke Harbison. "I noticed our sweetest, most innocent scenes had some dark twist to them," Duke Harbison says. "It's probably what drew me to these actors in the first place." The result is a beautifully twisted collection of scenes from the minds of Annoyance regulars and new comers, Nate Varrone, Wolfgang Stein, James Tiereny, Peter Kim, Jo Scott, Lauren Walker, Lindsey Finn, and Emily Fightmaster.
   
The Dinner Detective  
Millennium Knickerbocker Hotel The Dinner Detective
 
Having worked in the professional theater, TV and film industries for over 20 years, our collection of actors and producers have mastered the art of improvisational theatrical role playing and have ultimately created the perfect evening of entertainment for you and your guests. By hiding our actors among the customers and leaving everyone to suspect who is part of the show and who is not, our events are proven second to none.
   
Disney On Ice - Frozen  
Allstate Arena and United Center Disney On Ice - Frozen
 
The Academy Award winning tale will be told live for the first time in this production, capturing the dynamic between two royal sisters, Anna and Elsa. Anna, a girl with an extraordinary heart, embarks on an epic journey to find her sister, the magical Elsa, who is determined to remain secluded as she finally feels free to test the limits of her powers. Rugged mountain man Kristoff, his loyal reindeer Sven, the lovable and hilarious snowman Olaf and the mystical trolls help Anna along the way in this story about love conquering fear. Audiences will get to sing along with such musical masterpieces as "Let it Go," "Do You Want to Build a Snowman?" and "Fixer Upper." At Allstate Arena from Jan 21 - 25. At United Center from Jan 28 - Feb 8
   
Dividing the Estate  
Raven Theatre Dividing the Estate
 
Foote's comedy-drama, his last new play to be produced on Broadway, focuses on the members of the Gordon family - a wealthy Texas clan whose fortunes have declined and who are debating whether or not to divide the remainder of the family's estate while their octogenarian matriarch Stella is still alive.
   
Dream In Color  
Stage 773 Dream In Color
 
This diverse variety show highlights: acting scenes from the finest of African-American theater, original poetry, an original dance comedy show, and music performances. Take this theatrical journey with CCDT as we learn what it means to realize our full potential, honor our history, and "Dream in Color"
   
Drink! The Sketch Comedy Drinking Game  
Cornservatory Drink! The Sketch Comedy Drinking Game
 
Corn Productions is celebrating its 21st birthday by introducing an all new, original BYOB sketch comedy show. "DRINK!" will feature original, comedic sketches by Corn Production writers with a new drinking game for every sketch. The seven person ensemble is aided by a luminescent "DRINK!" sign to help the audience follow along in the fun.
   
Fancy Nancy: The Musical  
Emerald City Theatre Company at Apollo Theater Fancy Nancy: The Musical
 
From the top of her tiara down to her sparkly shoes, Nancy's ready to take the spotlight in her first dance recital. But when someone else gets picked to be the prima ballerina (that's a fancy word for star of the show), Nancy is stuck playing a dreary, dull tree. Can she still bring fancy flair to her role when it isn't the one she wanted? Adapted from the bestselling books, this is a funny, frilly ballet story with a lot of heart.
   
Father Ruffian  
City Lit Theater Father Ruffian
 
The play is a world premiere adaptation of Shakespeare’s two Henry IV plays, also incorporating a small amount of material from Henry V and from Shakespeare’s source material, Holinshed’s Chronicles. Father Ruffian takes its title from the long string of epithets Prince Hal uses to describe Falstaff (“. . . that bolting-hutch of beastliness, that swollen parcel of dropsies . . .”), and the full adaptation likewise preserves Shakespeare’s language throughout. Father Ruffian is not a simplified modern re-telling, but a nuanced exploration of Shakespeare’s tale of Prince Hal and his two “fathers,” King Henry IV of England and the entirely fictional Sir John Falstaff. Use the link below to purchase half-price tickets.
   
Fur Elites  
Annoyance Theatre Fur Elites
 
Based on actual events, Fur Elites is an absurd parlor musical about trying to find your light in a world that seems determined to eclipse you. A small and quiet boy living in a big, bold city, Denny works as an assistant at Ecnayonna Furs, a high-end retail fur shop in the city's ritzy shopping district. And it seems like any way Denny turns, he comes face to face with yet another oddball character -- whether it be a former model, a wildly wealthy global elite, an international fur dealer or even an illustrious vagabond. Step into The Annoyance Theatre & Bar to see how everything shakes out for Denny in this absurd parlor musical.
   
The Greatest Story Never Told  
I.O. The Greatest Story Never Told
 
The Greatest Story Never Told, brings families and strangers together to collaborate and create improvised stories on stage. The shows begins with a well meaning but underprepared narrator who opens a storybook and discovers it has no text and actors are nowhere to be found. The audience, along with "The Greatest Interns" (professional improvisers) help illicit suggestions and volunteer performers in order to assist in creating The Greatest Story Never Told - the children in the audience are actually invited onstage to help create the story with the performers! This original improvised story inspires illustrations from an artist and text from a writer and the performance is ultimately turned into a digital and physical book which the audience may purchase and keep forever.
   
H.M.S. Pinafore  
The Hypocrites at The Den Theatre H.M.S. Pinafore
 
Take to the high seas aboard the H.M.S. Pinafore, Gilbert & Sullivan's beloved comic operetta of mistaken identity, love, intrigue and duty in the British Navy. The Hypocrites' playful reimagining of this crowd-pleaser is presented promenade-style, putting you the audience inside the story as you move around the space with the actors. Pinafore spins the seaworthy tale of a gentlemanly captain who's arranged for his daughter to marry the First Lord of the Admiralty -- although she's already in love with a common sailor on her father's ship. The show's signature hummable tunes include "I'm Called Little Buttercup," "When I Was a Lad" and "I Am the Captain of the Pinafore."
   
The Humans  
American Theater Company The Humans
 
New York City. Today. After a sleepless night, Mr. Blake brings his family from Pennsylvania to celebrate Thanksgiving at his youngest daughter's run-down apartment. As dinner begins, unexplainable and family tensions reach a boiling point. Karam (Sons of the Prophet, Speech & Debate) takes a fresh look at the hilarity, heart and horrors of the modern American family. The cast includes Lance Baker, Hanna Dworkin, Keith Kupferer, Jean Moran, Kelly O'Sullivan, and Sadieh Rifai; O' Sullivan and Rifai are members of the ATC ensemble.
   
Improvised Star Trek  
I.O. Improvised Star Trek
 
Explore strange new characters. Seek out new laughs, new forms of improvised comedy. Boldly go where no Star Trek fans have gone before! Created by Chicago improv veteran Charlie McCrackin (iO, Second City) and Las Vegas' Star Trek: The Experience veteran Griffen Eckstein; Improvised Star Trek stars Eckstein, Sean Kelley, Irene Marquette, Christopher Rathjen, Nick Wagner, Mary Cait Walthall, Julia Weiss, and Matt Young as the crew of the USS Sisyphus, a less enterprising starship. Each episode could contain first contact with alien species, time travel, mind control, intergalactic intrigue, the awkwardness of having only one bathroom on a large space vessel, the imminent destruction of the entire quadrant, or all of the above!
   
Jack and the Beanstalk  
Chicago Kids Company at Beverly Arts Center Jack and the Beanstalk
 
Come along with Jack and his best friend Carmelita (a Spanish-Speaking Cow), as they try to save their village from a crazy Giant! Along the way you'll meet a beautiful singing Harp, a Golden Goose, and a wacky Bean Salesman. Watch the Giant Beanstalk grow on stage! The show runs one hour with no intermission, and is targeted for kids aged 2 to 12.
   
Keys of the Kingdom  
Stage Left at Theater Wit Keys of the Kingdom
 
As assistant to the celebrity pastor of an evangelical mega church, Arthur obeys orders, attacks paperwork, and guards against sin. So Arthur is surprised when the church pastor commissions a mural from Irene Hoff, an atheist New York artist married to another woman. Arthur is even more surprised when the pastor explains that he believes Irene has been chosen by God. But the biggest surprise of all is what happens when Irene shows up and starts to paint.
   
La Cage aux Folles  
Marriott Theatre In Lincolnshire La Cage aux Folles
 
Set against the glamorous background of a St. Tropez nightclub, Georges and Albin, two men partnered for better-or-worse, get a taste of both when Georges' son Jean-Michel makes a shocking announcement: he plans to marry the daughter of an ultra-conservative politician. Chaos ensues when the two completely opposite families meet, and Albin's familiar, flamboyant habits get in the way at every turn. Feathers get ruffled and households upended in this poignant tale of one family's struggle to stay together, stay fabulous and above all else, stay true to themselves. A classic musical comedy, La Cage aux Folles brims with sparkling costumes, spectacular dance numbers and a glorious score including "The Best of Times," "I Am What I Am," and "The Song on the Sand."
   
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.
   
Laughter On The 23rd Floor  
First Folio Theatre Laughter On The 23rd Floor
 
Simon's hilarious homage to his days writing for the Sid Caesar show, LAUGHTER ON THE 23rd FLOOR, is a journey into the world of maniacs and madmen-from Mel Brooks to Carl Reiner to Lucille Kallen. The Manhattan office where they worked was a giant pressure cooker and war zone with big egos vying for attention. As they frantically scramble to top each other with gags, they also struggle with the rise of McCarthyism in America and the changing whims of their NBC bosses, bent on making these irrepressible madmen normal and respectable.
   
The Life and Sort of Death of Eric Argyle  
Steep Theatre The Life and Sort of Death of Eric Argyle
 
Getting hit by a truck was startling enough, but two days after his death Eric Argyle began to discover the profound impact of his seemingly inconsequential life. Ross Dungan's delightfully inspiring story illuminates the power of the stories we tell about ourselves and poses the question, "is there such a thing as a small life?"
   
Lions in Illyria  
Lifeline Theatre Lions in Illyria
 
Separated from her brother by a storm at sea, the young lioness Violet must brave an unknown country all alone. Disguised as a boy, she joins with a preposterous peacock on a quest to claim the attentions of the most graceful gazelle in town. But soon Violet is torn between multiple masters and her adventure takes a turn for the absurd when she becomes entangled in the clownish antics of a wacky warthog and his featherbrained dodo sidekick. Travel to the weird and wonderful land of Illyria in a magical comedy loaded with music, monkeys, and mayhem. This production is recommended for children ages five and up (children under two not permitted), and runs one hour with no intermission.
   
Lookingglass Alice  
Lookingglass Theatre Lookingglass Alice
 
Imagination soars and laughter and awe abound when this signature production returns with all its gravity-defying spectacle and breathtaking theatricality. Lookingglass Alice is a marvel for all ages, transporting audiences down the rabbit hole to a circus-infused playground for an exhilarating wonderland adventure inspired by Lewis Carroll's beloved stories.
   
Macbeth  
Chicago Shakespeare Theater Macbeth
 
Driven by ambition, Macbeth struggles with his conscience and chooses a tragic path. This 75-minute abridged production one of the most powerful plays in the canon is a perfect introduction to Shakespeare. It tells a story of political intrigue and personal frailty as Macbeth and his Lady struggle first with their ambition, and then with its dark consequences. A theatrical world of action, sound and the supernatural makes Shakespeare's language come alive. After the performance, the actors remain on stage for a question-and-answer session, then join the audience in the Lobby for informal conversations and photos.
   
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!
   
A Map of Virtue  
Cor Theatre at Rivendell Theatre A Map of Virtue
 
Part interview, part comedy, part middle-of-the-night horror story, A Map of Virtue is about a shared obsession that leaves a group of friends stranded in the woods. A bird statue is the guide through this symmetrical tale about the limits of our virtues and what we leave behind.
   
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 Mikado  
The Hypocrites at The Den Theatre The Mikado
 
One of Gilbert and Sullivan's most beloved comic operas, The Mikado is set in the fictional Japanese town of Titipu, where the emperor has made flirting a capital offense. Into the town comes a wandering minstrel, who quickly falls for Yum-Yum, a beautiful young woman who is betrothed to another. The Japanese setting allowed Gilbert and Sullivan to slyly mask their commentary on contemporary British society while serving up their trademark mix of complications and merriment. A smash hit when it played at the Chopin Theatre and Steppenwolf's Garage, this production from The Hypocrites is presented promenade-style, putting you the audience inside the story as you move around the space with the actors.
   
Million Dollar Quartet  
Apollo Theater Million Dollar Quartet
 
MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET is the smash-hit musical inspired by the famed 1956 recording session that brought together rock 'n' roll icons Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins and Elvis Presley for the first and only time. That legendary night is brought to life in this thrilling musical which features a score of hits including "Blue Suede Shoes," "Great Balls of Fire," "Walk the Line," "Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On," "Hound Dog" and more. Don't miss your chance to be a fly on the wall of fame... at MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET!
   
Mr. Burns  
Theater Wit Mr. Burns
 
A paean to the power of live theater and the resilience of Bart Simpson through the ages, Mr. Burns is an animated exploration of how the pop culture of one era might evolve into the mythology of another, and a dazzling, panoramic vista on the power of storytelling.
   
No Way To Treat a Lady  
Fox Valley Repertory No Way To Treat a Lady
 
Patrons will be on the edge of their seats as Detective Morris Brommell chases a murderous master of disguises through New York City, unraveling a complex tale involving befuddled detectives, meddling mothers, and glamorous socialites. Can he find the killer, get the girl, and appease his disappointed mother all before the next chorus? It's a captivating game of cat and mouse -- a tour de force with 4 actors playing 17 roles.
   
The Odd Couple  
Oil Lamp Theater The Odd Couple
 
Opposite don't always attract -- but sometimes they make excellent comedy, at least in the case of The Odd Couple, the Neil Simon play The New York Times declared, "the most famous American comedy of the last 50 years." When slovenly sportswriter Oscar Madison takes in his neurotic neat freak friend Felix Ungar after Felix's wife throws him out, all comic hell breaks loose. The two men get into increasingly heated squabbles over the state of Oscar's apartment, and a hilarious double date with the attractive Pigeon sisters comes to an unexpected and comedic conclusion. Debuting on Broadway in 1965, the Tony Award-winning comedy inspired a movie starring Walter Matthau and Jack Lemmon and a TV series starring Tony Randall and Jack Klugman. Now Oil Lamp Theater stages a fresh production starring Steve Zeal as Felix and Chris Miller as Oscar.
   
Panic on Cloud 9  
Second City Panic on Cloud 9
 
Join the incredibly talented and funny cast of The Second City Mainstage for Panic on Cloud 9, a hilarious and smart collection of original scenes and songs that invite you to relax, take a breath and laugh as they brave everything from Ebola to modern parenting to the lies of advertising and the advertising of our own lies.
   
Penny the F*ckable Dolphin  
Annoyance Theatre Penny the F*ckable Dolphin
 
Inspired by true events, Penny the F*ckable Dolphin: A Love Story tells the tale of two star-crossed lovers who just happen to be of two different species. Set in 1968, this dark musical comedy follows Zack, a human teenager, and Penny, the dolphin he loves, as they struggle to come to terms with the fact that their union may never be accepted by their friends, family or society at large. Based on the novel Wet Goddess (which was based on a true story), Penny the F*ckable Dolphin: A Love Story was adapted by iO's Kristina Felske and directed by The Annoyance's Megan Johns with musical direction by Second City alum Tim Joyce.
   
The Pirates of Penzance  
The Hypocrites at The Den Theatre The Pirates of Penzance
 
An 80-minute exotic getaway featuring bathing beauties, philosophizing pirates, and grown men in remarkably short shorts The Hypocrites' production of The Pirates of Penzance has quickly become a non-traditional holiday favorite. Presented promenade-style, this unique production allows the audience to move around the space with the actors for a more immersive experience. The beloved comic musical tells the story of Frederic, a boy mistakenly apprenticed to a softhearted band of pirates (his hard-of-hearing nurse was told to take him to a ship's pilot). He wants to leave the pirates and live a law-abiding life with his true love, but his Leap Day birthday means his pirate apprenticeship lasts a lot longer than usual. After a series of zany mishaps, the lovable pirates make their peace with the police and Frederic gets his girl. Along the way it's a rollercoaster ride of swashbuckling action and merry music, featuring many of Gilbert and Sullivan's wittiest and most engaging tunes, including the immortal "I Am the Very Model of a Modern Major-General."
   
Plastic Revolution  
The New Colony at The Den Theatre Plastic Revolution
 
When recently widowed Delores Clarke meets Tupperware pioneer Brownie Wise, a new phenomenon sweeps through their picturesque 1950s Kissimee, Florida neighborhood. Selling a few hours of independence to local women with a revolutionary plastic craze, they tackle social norms, small-town politics and change the face of the American dinner table forever.
   
Princess Mary Demands Your Attention  
Bailiwick Chicago at Victory Gardens Theater - Biograph Princess Mary Demands Your Attention
 
PRINCESS MARY DEMANDS YOUR ATTENTION tells the soulful story of Amari Bolkonski, a gay, black daydreamer seemingly "stuck" in life. A chance meeting throws him into to a decade-long journey to personal acceptance and freedom, guided (and haunted) by an inexplicable and challenging drag queen. With storytelling that incorporates music and dance, PRINCESS MARY DEMANDS YOUR ATTENTION - inspired by parts of Tolstoy's War & Peace -is a fierce new play that ultimately demands an answer to the question: Is there really anything in your way?
   
Private Lives  
Metropolis Performing Arts Centre Private Lives
 
The show that proves there's a fine line between love and hate. Noel Coward's best known comedy is a plot-perfect marital farce that is sparklingly witty and wickedly vicious. Divorcees Elyot and Amanda are perfectly happy honeymooning with their new spouses in France. To their surprise, they bump into each other on their adjacent hotel balconies. Each trying unsuccessfully to convince their new spouse to leave immediately to avoid another awkward encounter, the two quickly reignite their old flame. Despite their volatile and stormy relationship in the past, the two cannot ignore the old attractions they feel and run away together to Paris. Quite a scandal for the socialites of the 1930's, the respective jolted newlyweds follow suit and the comedic encounters continue.
   
Push Button Murder  
The Side Project Push Button Murder
 
In Spencer’s political satire, Becky and Roy, working deep inside the Military Industrial Complex, have access to our information and coordinates, and have licenses to kill. Push Button Murder is the darkest of comedies about revolution, drones, extra-governmental operations, mass surveillance and other things you probably shouldn't worry about.
   
Rapture, Blister, Burn  
Goodman Theatre Rapture, Blister, Burn
 
Grad school pals Catherine and Gwen pursued completely different lives after graduation. Catherine became a controversial author, while Gwen married Catherine's ex-boyfriend Don and raised two sons. After a decade-long estrangement, the women decide to spend a summer reconnecting. But their impulsive attempt to trade places soon erupts in a heated battle for Don's affection and a fiery examination of their feminist ideals.
   
Red Bud  
Signal Ensemble Theatre Red Bud
 
A group of forty-somethings celebrate the "good old days" by taking an annual trip to Red Bud, a championship motocross race. The group has nearly wrung their mutual friendship dry and uses the overnight camping party to relive past glories, play asinine games and beat the holy hell out of each other. The fly in the ointment this year, is the eighteen year old girlfriend of one of the group's forty-something members. Frustration, weirdness and old baggage rapidly comes to the surface as old friendships die hard.
   
The Revenants  
WildClaw Theatre at Athenaeum Theatre The Revenants
 
In The Revenants, a violent uprising of the undead forces two couples into hiding, and infected spouses take a turn for the worse. Gary and Karen tether their turning partners, Molly and Joe, for the safety of all; but as Molly and Joe fall deeper into sickness, the question of whether or not they are still themselves becomes harder and harder to answer as they become more threatening. As Gary and Karen come face to face with the true meaning of commitment, they must ask of each other: when does love die?
   
The Rose Tattoo  
Shattered Globe Theatre at Theater Wit The Rose Tattoo
 
THE ROSE TATTOO is unique in Williams' work - a special blend of comedy, emotional depth and lyricism. Set in an Italian-American community on Louisiana's Gulf Coast, a passionate overprotective Sicilian widow, Serafina Delle Rose, controls the life of her daughter, Rosa. The volatile Serafina also hides herself in the hazy memory of the husband she idealized who was killed smuggling illegal goods on the highway. The earthy eroticism of the play is unleashed as an unknown truck driver pulls into town and disturbs this simple seamstress' life. These two equally matched and impulsive characters develop an almost operatic relationship and, serenaded by exuberant townspeople, Serafina is finally delivered from her past memories and grief.
   
Scary Tales 2015  
Clock Productions at Profiles Theatre - The Alley Stage Scary Tales 2015
 
There will be six tales, some from past versions and some new ones based on short stories which have been adapted to the stage. They are tales of treachery, fear and irony and include A Tale of Greed, A Tale of Loneliness, A Tale of War, A Tale of Botany, A Tale of Madness and A Tale of Candy.
   
The Selfish Giant  
Chicago Children's Theatre at Ruth Page Center For Arts The Selfish Giant
 
Chicago master puppeteer Blair Thomas's and Chicago folk music legend Michael Smith's all-ages musical spectacle is an enormously imaginative retelling of the classic Oscar Wilde story. Original puppets and music, played live by Smith every performance, tell the story of a grumpy old giant who forbids the children in his village from playing in his beautiful garden. After the children are locked out, the trees and flowers refuse to grow and the garden plunges into an eternal winter. Then one morning, the children sneak back into the garden, bringing with them the joyous rebirth of spring.
   
Softly Blue  
MPAACT at The Greenhouse Theater Center Softly Blue
 
Two lonely souls meet 21st-century style, on an online dating site, but find it hard to really connect in award-winning playwright Shepsu Aakhu's Softly Blue. Staged by the Ma'at Production Association of Afrikan Centered Theatre (MPAACT) at Chicago's Greenhouse Theater, this drama tells the story of Dakota and Sloan, who're both starved for companionship, and yet both have secrets they're afraid to share and trust issues that make it difficult for them to reveal their true selves in this seemingly dangerous digital age.
   
Spike Heels  
The Brown Paper Box Co. at Raven Theatre Spike Heels
 
Spike Heels is a contemporary comedy of manners that pits a volatile young woman against a lawyer, an academic, and the latter's old-money fiancee as they address issues of sexual harassment and the possibility of a four-sided love triangle. This updated take on Pygmalion by award-winning playwright/screenwriter Theresa Rebeck (NBC's Smash, Seminar, Mauritius) deftly explores class and gender politics with honesty, passion, and wit.
   
Spinning Into Butter  
Eclectic Theatre at Athenaeum Theatre Spinning Into Butter
 
With issues of racism and social justice dominating the national conversation, one play speaks volumes: Spinning Into Butter. When an African-American student at a small Vermont liberal arts college is the subject of anonymous hate mail, the school's dean is forced to confront her own prejudices as the campus erupts in recrimination and condemnation. Heralded by Time magazine, Rebecca Gilman's gripping and bitingly funny drama now receives a brilliant new staging from Eclectic Theatre. Company member Andrew Pond directs at Athenaeum Theatre Studio One.
   
Storytown  
Stage 773 Storytown
 
From superheroes to undersea adventures, princesses to dinosaurs, Storytown takes you on an interactive, fully improvised adventure. The actors use audience suggestions and ideas to create a different story every week. Kids design the setting and help shape the story. The actors, artists and musicians bring it to life. When the possibilities are endless, no two stories are ever the same.
   
That's Weird, Grandma  
Barrel Of Monkeys at Neo-Futurists That's Weird, Grandma
 
An assortment of scenes and songs created by Chicago Public School students and produced by actors, musicians, comedians and playwrights. The hour-long show changes each week, based on audience votes.
   
The Three Little Pigs  
Chicago Kids Company at St. Patrick Performing Arts Center- Stahl Family Theater The Three Little Pigs
 
Meet Roxanne, Petunia, and Babe...three Sister Piggies who set out 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 sensible, smart Pig) builds hers out of bricks! Which house will the Big Bad Wolf Huff and Puff and blow down? Don't miss CKC's most popular show! The show runs one hour with no intermission and is targeted for kids aged 2 to 12.
   
Tommy Gun's Garage  
Tommy Gun's Garage Tommy Gun's Garage
 
The restaurant-cabaret presents a Roaring 20s-themed musical comedy revue in a speakeasy seting, with dining and drinking integrated into the show.
   
Too Much Light Makes The Baby Go Blind  
Neo-Futurists Too Much Light Makes The Baby Go Blind
 
Their signature show, Too Much Light Makes The Baby Go Blind, which had its first performance on December 2, 1988, is now in its twenty-fifth year, making it the longest-running show in Chicago today. Too Much Light..., with its ever-changing "menu," is an attempt to perform 30 plays in 60 minutes. The single unifying element of these plays is that they are performed from a perspective of absolute honesty.
   
Top Girls  
The Arc Theatre at The Den Theatre Top Girls
 
TOP GIRLS follows the life and dreams of Marlene, a career-driven businesswoman who has risen to the top of her employment agency. Through interviews with prospective candidates, an absurdist dinner party with controversial women from history and conversations with her estranged family members and slick co-workers, Marlene explores the pain inherent in the inevitable choice between career success and strong family ties. In a world of the "Supermom" and a shattering glass ceiling, TOP GIRLS reveals the conflict that comes with the ultimately flawed desire to "have it all."
   
Tosca  
Lyric Opera Tosca
 
Giacomo Puccini's powerful opera Tosca tells the passionate tale of a fiery diva, the rebel artist who claims her heart, and a corrupt police chief before whom all of Rome trembles. This tragic romance ranks among the most popular operas ever and includes one of the most beautiful arias in the operatic repertoire, "E lucevan le stelle," sung by Tosca's doomed lover as he awaits execution. For more than a hundred years, audiences have watched and listened spellbound as the cat-and-mouse game between Tosca and Scarpia plays to its deadly conclusion. Will she submit to the chief's sadistic lust to save her lover from the firing squad? With its themes of political intrigue, sexual intimidation and hypocrisy in high places, Puccini's great masterpiece rings true today through its powerfully dramatic and gorgeous music. Two outstanding casts bring you Puccini at his most theatrical and passionate.
   
Twilight: Los Angeles, 1992  
The Other Theatre Company at Chopin Theatre Twilight: Los Angeles, 1992
 
Following the 1992 acquittal of four white police officers for brutally beating Rodney King, a black man, at the end of a high-speed chase, Los Angeles was thrust into a world of outrage and chaos witnessed by the entire globe. A solo piece transformed into a multiple actor performance, Twilight: Los Angeles, 1992 captures fragments of this volatile moment in 20th century U.S. race relations known commonly as the L.A. riots. Constructed using real life interviews conducted by Smith during the riots and using verbatim dialogue, the play details conflicting perceptions of relationships between race, ethnicity, class, power, violence and resistance, each told by those with drastically different stakes in this historic struggle.
   
Veronica's Room  
Steel Beam Theatre Veronica's Room
 
Directed by SBT Resident Director Marge Uhlarik-Boller, the play is a mystery thriller which explores the thin line between fantasy and reality as young guests find themselves in the home of an older couple in the outskirts of Boston.
   
Waiting for Godot  
Court Theatre Waiting for Godot
 
On a lonely country road, beneath a barren tree, two vagabonds wait for a man named Mr. Godot. As the evening unfolds, a desperate, humorous, and unchanging universe is revealed that has delighted and challenged audiences for over half a century. Resident Artist Ron OJ Parson (Seven Guitars) returns to direct this absurdist classic with an all-star cast featuring Court Theatre favorites A.C. Smith, Allen Gilmore, and Alfred Wilson. As elusive as it is illuminating, Waiting for Godot offers a haunting meditation on the meaning of human existence.
   
West Side Story  
Drury Lane- Oakbrook West Side Story
 
Drury Lane closes its 30th anniversary season with one of the world's greatest love stories. A modern retelling of Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet, West Side Story tells the tale of two star crossed lovers caught between rival gangs. A revolutionary work that changed the course of the American musical, West Side Story features an electrifying Latin and jazz-infused score including "Somewhere," "Tonight," "I Feel Pretty," and "America".
   
White Guy on the Bus  
Northlight Theatre White Guy on the Bus
 
Ray, a successful white business executive, rides the bus past the state penitentiary every Saturday. On his weekly ride he befriends Shatique, a young black woman putting herself through school and struggling to raise a son on her own. The threads that tie these disparate individuals together gradually unravel in a complex and explosive examination of race, intent, and racial biases from a candid and unexpected perspective.
   
The Who's Tommy  
Paramount Theatre The Who's Tommy
 
Arguably the best rock opera ever, Tommy, based on the British rock band The Who's legendary 1969 double concept album, is the story of a little boy who witnesses his father murder his mother's lover upon his surprise return home after being released from a prisoner of war camp. The trauma sends Tommy into a nearly catatonic state, becoming deaf, dumb and blind. Eventually, his only form of communication becomes pinball, and his wizardry with the flippers propels him into the national spotlight.