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All's Well That Ends Well  
Stage Left Theatre at Theater Wit All's Well That Ends Well
 
When you're an orphaned woman in a man's world, there aren't too many options. But Helena won't be held back by expectations, and her beloved won't know what hit him. This mafia-set production of one of Shakespeare's prickliest comedies asks the question: how far is too far to get what we want?
   
The American Clock  
Redtwist Theatre The American Clock
 
Arthur Miller's timeless treasure, The American Clock, is a taut, uncompromising, yet highly compassionate microscope of the Great Depression, covering an entire society over many years, yet zeroing in on a few select lives as they climb a mountain of despair and reach for fresh air through the crushing underbelly of a crumbling society. Miller elevates the resilient spirit of everyday people through song and story, during the nation's worst crisis of the 20th century. It was a time when people tried to make the best of it by gathering together to sing songs of hope and joy. Only one original song called "Sittin' Around," was included in the script. Arthur Miller suggests other songs from the era but the final music selection is unique to every production. This production includes "Life is Just a Bowl of Cherries," "On the Sunny Side of the Street," "I'm Sittin' on Top of the World," and more. The American Clock is not a musical. It's a play with music that emerges from the souls of individuals who long for a ray of sunshine during the bleakest of times. Based in part on Hard Times by Studs Terkel, there are no superstars or tragic heroes. There is only you and me.
   
Anna In The Afterlife  
Polarity Ensemble Theatre at The Greenhouse Theater Center Anna In The Afterlife
 
Polarity Ensemble Theatre presents the world premiere of Richard Engling's ANNA IN THE AFTERLIFE, a play that explores the mystery of a suicide and its repercussions in life and beyond the grave.
   
Anything Goes  
Marriott Theatre In Lincolnshire Anything Goes
 
Anything Goes is a willfully silly tale of love, deception and celebrity chasing on the high seas remains a crowd pleaser. Love and infatuation fill the air aboard the opulent S.S. American, but things are far from smooth sailing for an unusual array of passengers making their way across the Atlantic. The funny and fast-paced story follows evangelist-turned-nightclub singer Reno Sweeney en route from New York to London and her pal, young Wall Street broker Billy Crocker, who is stowed away to be near his love, American debutante "Hope Harcourt". A series of mistaken identities and good old-fashioned blackmail ensue as Reno and gangster-on-the-run Moonface Martin, join forces to help Billy in his quest to win Hope's heart and break off her engagement to the wealthy Lord Evelyn Oakleigh.
   
Bad Jews  
Theater Wit Bad Jews
 
Bad Jews tells the story of Daphna Feygenbaum, a "Real Jew" with an Israeli boyfriend. When Daphna's cousin Liam brings home his shiksa girlfriend Melody and declares ownership of their grandfather's Chai necklace, a vicious and hilarious brawl over family, faith and legacy ensues. Stir in the identity curation of the Facebook generation and Theater Wit's Chicago premiere of Bad Jews, directed by artistic director Jeremy Wechsler, promises to be one of the funniest, wisest, most excruciating comedies on a Chicago stage this year.
   
Badfic Love  
Strange Bedfellows Theatre at The Den Theatre Badfic Love
 
By day Kyle is a lowly sales associate at Staples, but by night he is part of an elite organization that scours the internet to keep it safe from the writers of bad fanfiction. When he becomes obsessed with a Harry Potter badfic and falls for the group's public enemy #1, his love life and the fate of the entire plot continuum are at stake. Meanwhile, inside the badfic, the characters formerly known as Harry and Draco race to understand who they are as their narrative goes increasingly off the rails. Part Pirandello and part Joss Whedon, Badfic Love asks the question: "what if the writer telling your story never disappeared, but is just really, really, REALLY terrible?"
   
Beast on the Moon  
Raven Theatre Beast on the Moon
 
Aram Tomasian is an Armenian immigrant living in 1920's Milwaukee who has escaped the massacre of 1.5 million Armenians in 1915 by the Turks in his homeland in Eastern Turkey. He wants to make a fresh start and build a new family in the new world to replace the family he lost to the genocide. He selects a mail-order bride and into his life comes an Armenian teen-ager, Seta, who has also escaped the vicious grip of the Ottoman warlords. He learns that building a marriage and a family is more difficult than he anticipated, but he ultimately succeeds in unexpected and heart-warming ways.
   
Between You, Me and the Lampshade  
Teatro Vista at Victory Gardens Theater - Biograph Between You, Me and the Lampshade
 
In Between You, Me and the Lampshade the lives of Jesse, a single mother (Sandra Marquez), and her teenage son (Tommy Rivera-Vega) are turned upside down one night when a wounded, undocumented immigrant (Ayssette Muñoz) breaks into their trailer home in rural South Texas. As Jesse covertly takes in the immigrant, she has to go to increasingly complicated lengths to hide her secret from the various people in her life, including a border protection agent (Jim Farruggio) with a crush and her web-addicted teenage son. Hilarious and searing, this play examines the consequences of secrets.
   
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."
   
Billy Elliot The Musical  
Drury Lane- Oakbrook Billy Elliot The Musical
 
Set during the 1984-85 U.K. miners' strike in a small working class town in the English countryside, young Billy discovers a passion for ballet and trades in his boxing gloves for dancing shoes. As he struggles against the odds to make his dream of becoming a dancer come true, Billy inspires his family and whole community, changing their lives forever. This joyous celebration of one boy's journey defying convention to follow his heart is a must-see theatrical experience.
   
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
   
The Bird Feeder Doesn't Know  
Raven Theatre The Bird Feeder Doesn't Know
 
Ingrid and Herman are retirees living independently in their longtime family home somewhere in the heart of America. Like any parents with adult children, they long for more visits from their son, the physically disabled Everett, who lives in the big city several hours away. But with Herman's physical abilities declining as a normal part of aging, Everett's help at home is needed now more than ever. As Everett's career is finally taking off in the city, is it fair to ask him to compromise his own opportunities to care for his aging parents, or will he convince them that it's time to place Herman in an assisted living facility? Where do the obligations to family end?
   
The Bloodhound Law  
City Lit Theater The Bloodhound Law
 
The play dramatizes the abolitionist struggle in Illinois before the war, from the murder of crusading journalist Elijah Lovejoy in downstate Alton to the work of the Underground Railroad in Chicago. It culminates with a confrontation between Senator Stephen Douglas and the Chicago Common Council over the injustice of the Douglas-sponsored Fugitive Slave Act-the "bloodhound law" of the play's title-which essentially legalized the kidnapping of African Americans. Throughout, Thatcher's play focuses on the lives of both black and white Illinoisans whose lives helped shape the outset of the nation's great and ongoing moral struggle.
   
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 Apollo Theater 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.
   
The Book Of Mormon  
Bank of America Theatre The Book Of Mormon
 
THE BOOK OF MORMON is the Winner of 9 Tony Awards including Best Musical! From Trey Parker and Matt Stone, four-time Emmy Award-winning creators of "South Park," and Tony Award-winner Robert Lopez, co-creator of the Tony Award-winning Best Musical Avenue Q, comes THE BOOK OF MORMON, a new Broadway musical that Jon Stewart of The Daily Show describes as, "a crowning achievement, so good it makes me angry" and by Entertainment Weekly as "the funniest musical of all time." Featuring choreography by Tony Award-winner Casey Nicholaw, THE BOOK OF MORMON Chicago is directed by Nicholaw and Parker. Don't miss your chance to see what Ben Brantley of The New York Times calls "the best musical of this century." Don't miss THE BOOK OF MORMON Chicago.
   
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.
   
Carousel  
Lyric Opera Carousel
 
Experience Rodgers and Hammerstein's Carousel, which Time magazine called the best musical of the century. Swaggering, carefree carnival barker Billy captivates and marries naive millworker Julie. Losing his job just as he learns that Julie is pregnant, Billy, desperate to provide a decent life for his family, is coerced into being an accomplice to a robbery. Caught in the act and facing prison, he takes his own life and is sent "up there." Returning to earth for one day 15 years later, Billy encounters the daughter he never knew. A lonely, friendless teenager, her father's reputation as a thief and a bully has haunted her throughout her young life. How Billy instills in both the child and her mother a sense of hope and dignity is a dramatic testimony to the power of love. It's easy to understand why, of all the shows they created, Carousel was Rodgers and Hammerstein's personal favorite.
   
Cinderella  
Chicago Kids Company at Beverly Arts Center Cinderella
 
Dreams really do come true! See for yourself in this re-telling of the most popular fairytale ever told! Sing, dance, and clap along with all the familiar characters in this fantastic story! The show runs one hour with no intermission, and is targeted for kids aged 2 to 12.
   
A Coffin in Egypt  
Chicago Opera Theater at Harris Theater A Coffin in Egypt
 
The opera, written for legendary mezzo-soprano Frederica von Stade tells the haunting tale of memory and murder, racism and recrimination, based on a play by Horton Foote.
   
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!
   
Common Room  
A Red Orchid Theatre Common Room
 
We take scenes from the best plays currently onstage in Chicago and string them together with music, comedy, booze and cookies for an awesome night and a new way to get exposed to theater - in our city and beyond. The Common Room takes place on the first Wednesdays of every month.
   
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."
   
The Day John Henry Came to School  
The Theatre School at DePaul University at Merle Reskin Theatre The Day John Henry Came to School
 
John Henry loves technology, but doesn't love doing his homework. If buttons and gadgets are not involved, he's not interested. When his teacher, Mr. Gellert, is replaced by a mega-computer, Johnny couldn't be happier. Then his steel-driving great-great-grandfather arrives for show-and-tell, and Johnny must take on the challenge of his life! This contemporary tale focuses on the value of hard work and the strength of the human spirit.
   
The Diary of Anne Frank  
Writers Theatre The Diary of Anne Frank
 
As vital today as when it was first written, Anne Frank's extraordinary diary has become an essential part of how we remember one of the darkest periods of human history. Filled with its young author's luminous spirit - her "boundless desire for all that is beautiful and good" - the diary also illuminates the coming of age of a complex, passionate young girl as she falls in love, grows into a woman and struggles to survive with her family amid the chaos of war and religious persecution.
   
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.
   
The Divine Order of Becoming  
MPAACT at The Greenhouse Theater Center The Divine Order of Becoming
 
In the darkest moment of her life, Erica is suddenly overtaken by a deluge of memories of her life with her mother Eva. In The Divine Order of Becoming we watch the relationship of mother and daughter unfold with joy and angst-fear and forgiveness...and Erica ultimately realizing her mother's strength and humanity.
   
A Doll's House  
Definition Theatre Company at Chopin Theatre A Doll's House
 
Ibsen's revolutionary classic comes to the stage with Definition's world premiere adaptation. Nora, a young wife and mother is married to Torvald, a recently promoted bank manager. To the neighbors, their life together seems perfectly content, settled and respectable until a terrible secret from Nora's past comes back to haunt her and she begins to question everything about her marriage, family and life. A Doll's House illustrates how no matter how well-intended your actions are the past will always come to light.
   
Don't Dress For Dinner  
Citadel Theatre Company Don't Dress For Dinner
 
Bernard's plans for a romantic rendezvous with his mistress are complete with a gourmet caterer and an alibi courtesy of his friend, Robert. But when Bernard's wife learns that Robert will be visiting for the weekend, she decides to stay in town for a surprise tryst of her own... setting the stage for a collision course of assumed identities and outrageous infidelities.
   
Down The Moonlight Path  
Nothing Without A Company at Preston Bradley Center Down The Moonlight Path
 
An immersive and interactive multi-media dramatization of nine traditional folktales from cultures around the world. The stories will re-visit the voice and culture of their origins in Europe, Africa, Asia and the Americas, while shedding new light on these tales and celebrating the stories we share. In NWaC's tradition, audiences will interact with the environment surrounding them, providing one of the most unique theater experiences in Chicago in years.
   
Elephant and Piggie's We are in a Play!  
Emerald City Theatre Company at Apollo Theater Elephant and Piggie's We are in a Play!
 
Elephant Gerald is careful. Piggie is not. Gerald worries so that Piggie does not have to. They are best friends. Our favorite characters from Mo Willems' beloved Elephant and Piggie series take the stage for this vaudevillian romp of a musical. Pachyderm and swine join forces to face questions like: what do you wear to a fancy pool costume party? Should you share your ice cream? And, how can two friends play with one toy? With the help of nutty backup singers, The Squirelles, this musical is an animal party that you won't want to miss!
   
End Days  
Windy City Playhouse End Days
 
A 2008 finalist for The Harold and Mimi Steinberg/ATCA New Play Award, End Days is the story of the Steins - a typical American family working their way through tragedy, each in his or her own way. In the aftermath of 9/11, it's no wonder that Sylvia Stein (Gluschenko) thinks the end of the world is coming. It's also no wonder that teenaged Rachel (Sari Sanchez) thinks her newly Evangelical mother is a fool, and looks to physicist Stephen Hawking (Strafford) for solace. Father and husband Arthur (Kupferer) has taken an entirely different approach: never changing out of his pajamas. But, an Elvis-impersonating next-door neighbor (Cefalu, Jr.) may just be able to bring the Steins - and their disparate views on the world - together.
   
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.
   
First Date  
Royal George Theatre First Date
 
When blind date newbie Aaron (Charlie Lubeck, The Glee Project, Season 2) is set up with serial-dater Casey (Dana Parker), a casual drink at a busy New York restaurant turns into a hilarious high-stakes dinner. As the date unfolds in real time, the couple quickly finds that they are not alone on this unpredictable evening. In a delightful and unexpected twist, Casey and Aaron's inner critics take on a life of their own when other restaurant patrons transform into supportive best friends, manipulative exes and protective parents, who sing and dance them through ice-breakers, appetizers and potential conversational land mines. Can this couple turn what could be a dating disaster into something special before the check arrives?
   
A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum  
Stage 773 A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum
 
The winner of six Tony Awards, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum is one of the funniest musicals ever written. Stephen Sondheim collaborated with writer Larry Gelbart (M*A*S*H, Tootsie) to combine situations from the timeless comedies of Roman playwright Plautus with the fast-paced, slapstick energy of classic vaudeville. This uproarious romp sings and dances its way through mistaken identities, a house full of courtesans and an elaborate web of lies that all converge in an uproarious night of entertainment at Stage 773 in Chicago.
   
Genius  
Profiles Theatre - The Alley Stage Genius
 
Genius examines the secrets and alliances of two creative couples from different generations who find their lives changed forever one evening after an electric dinner party. Joel, a once highly regarded painter turned museum director caught in the midst of a very public indiscretion and his wife Sara, a formally famous journalist, venture to Brooklyn for dinner with their new friends Peter and Chelsea, a young filmmaking couple with rising careers and a baby on the way. After an evening riddled with illuminating discoveries, deceptions and perhaps too much wine, each couple deconstructs the evening's events as they grapple with their own uncertain futures. Using a constantly shifting timeline, playwright Kate Walbert turns her kaleidoscopic lens on two marriages battered by urgent ambitions.
   
Ghost Gardens  
Pegasus Theatre Chicago at Chicago Dramatists Ghost Gardens
 
"Ghost Gardens" follows a dying-on-the-vine Detroit community withered by neglect, illness and infertility. When Lorelie announces her pregnancy, it sets in motion an entwined series of events that threaten to spiral out of control. Simoncic's new play is the gripping story of a pimp-turned- preacher looking for redemption, a stripper-turned nurse searching for justice and an ex-con-turned-social media maverick sowing the seeds of transformation.
   
Goldilocks and the Bears  
Chicago Kids Company at St. Patrick Performing Arts Center- Stahl Family Theater Goldilocks and the Bears
 
This musical is JUST RIGHT! This show is based on the classic story of a young girl who ventures into the woods and stumbles on a cute house with 3 bowls of porridge, 3 chairs, and 3 beds. The show runs one hour with no intermission, and is targeted for kids aged 2 to 12.
   
Graveyard of Empires  
16th Street Theater at Berwyn Cultural Center Graveyard of Empires
 
Software Engineer Drew Snider has a mind that remembers every moment of his life. Maybe that's why he can't let go of his ex-wife, Shanti, and why he still remembers the software he developed for unmanned flying vehicles for the U.S. military. Their son Nathan grew up feeling inferior to his dad and volunteered to go to war. Nathan once met Ramiro Enriquez, a pilot who never gets to fly, but fires weapons in the Middle East from a desert in Nevada. When Ramiro is held responsible for a predator-drone friendly-fire incident, can the survivors piece together a future while absorbing a wounded past?
   
Gravitational Pull  
Annoyance Theatre Gravitational Pull
 
"Gravitational Pull" is a sketch review from comedy duo "Chaotic Good" (Jillian Mueller and Brendan Stallings). Beginning with one single story and jumping into the tangential worlds that it inspires, the show zig zags between the familiar and the absurd. "Gravitational Pull" bounces quickly back and forth between material that's pretty absurd and out there, and material with a more dark, true-to-life feel. Jillian Mueller says, "When writing this show, we drew from the themes, tangents, and loose ideas in our spine scene to assemble other sketches. In one way or another, all the sketches are tied together and connected- some obviously, some subtly."
   
Greenroom Improv  
Hemmens Cultural Center Greenroom Improv
 
Imagine an hour and a half of complete improvisation, a la Whose Line is it Anyway? GreenRoom’s improvisers take audience suggestions and true-life audience stories and turn them into hilarious theatre pieces right before their eyes! With competing improv teams, improvised songs and audience members on stage, this clean, high-energy show brings the laughs to The Hemmens. Oh, and did we mention there’s live music?
   
The Grown-Up  
Shattered Globe Theatre at Theater Wit The Grown-Up
 
Kai is a ten-year-old boy at his grandfather's knee listening to a story of a magic doorknob. Jump 25 years into the future to his doomed book "pitch" in LA. Jump in time again as he watches the caterer streak through his wedding reception. Has Kai run into powerful magic or has he just realized the breakneck speed of an ordinary life and what he might have missed? The Grown-Up is a magical, sad and funny adventure about how to survive growing up.
   
Hair  
Big Noise Theatre at Prairie Lakes Theatre Hair
 
Hair is a stage work in two acts. It tells the story of a "tribe" of passionate, politically active "hippies" who confront the Vietnam War, free love, racism, societal values and their place in the world of the turbulent '60s. Songs include "The Flesh Failures (Let the Sunshine In)", "Aquarius", and "Hair".
   
Hamlet's House  
The Public House Theatre Hamlet's House
 
Hamlet is the guy who lives in Apartment 2B. And by "guy," we mean "big, fluffy dog" who loves to play. Flip is his human best friend with a brilliant imagination, and together, they have adventures that can take them anywhere. On this one particular morning, Hamlet wakes up and starts playing with his toys, in his usual, fantastical way. Flip shows up, and they embark on an incredible journey. Will the visit the Invisible Kitchen, or fly off to the farthest reaches of Outer Space? What new and interesting friends will they meet along the way? Maybe Kresge the Handyman, Libby the Scientist, or someone famous like The Three Little Pigs.
   
The Hammer Trinity  
The House Theatre of Chicago at Chopin Theatre The Hammer Trinity
 
Geek out with us! For the second time in the company's history, Artistic Director Nathan Allen employs the epic format and creates a multi-year play cycle. Now presented as a full series in marathon performances, THE HAMMER TRINITY tells the story of young Casper Kent recovering the lost Hammer and taking the Crown, defending it against pirates and the Crownless faction, and ultimately relinquishing the Hammer's great power for the greater good.
   
The Herd  
Steppenwolf Theatre The Herd
 
It's Andy's 21st birthday and preparations for the party are under way. But Andy and his caregiver are running late. As his family gathers, two unexpected guests appear, straining the delicate family dynamic. With a deft comic touch, The Herd introduces us to a suburban English family who have had to re-organize themselves around the extraordinary needs of one of their own, bringing to light the challenges of reconciliation, the power of shared memories and the irresistible pull of family.
   
Hitch Cocktails  
Annoyance Theatre Hitch Cocktails
 
Crime and drinking don't mix -- unless it's at the totally inventive Hitch Cocktails. Each show, the actors will take suggestions from the audience to craft a thriller in the style of the Master of Suspense, Alfred Hitchcock. It's a night chock-full of murder, car chases, beautiful women and exciting music. And, since this is high-class crime, there's a real wet bar onstage, of which the actors are forced to partake throughout the performance -- sure to make any chase across Mount Rushmore all the more precarious. With a live jazz band providing the soundtrack and parlor games for the audience, Hitch Cocktails will have everyone in on the action.
   
The Impossible Adventures of Supernova Jones  
Forget Me Not Theatre Company at The Den Theatre The Impossible Adventures of Supernova Jones
 
Space explorer Supernova Jones, and his robot sidekick S.A.M., have set off on a mission to find the "True Center of the Universe" after the destruction of the Earth. Although it begins as a tongue-in-cheek homage to old pulp sci-fi, it quickly becomes apparent that all is not as it seems. As the true nature of his story is revealed, Jones must choose between giving up what he has left behind or fighting for the impossible.
   
An Issue of Blood  
Victory Gardens Theater - Biograph An Issue of Blood
 
Victory Gardens' Ensemble Playwright Marcus Gardley (The Gospel of Lovingkindness) takes us to an America before Ferguson, before Barack Obama was elected president, before the Civil Rights Movement-even before slavery. Based on a historical figure, Negro Mary, is one of the wealthiest landowners living in the Shenandoah Valley in 1640. She yearns to quell the rising racial unease in colonial Virginia and plans to marry her son to the daughter of a powerful white planter as a symbol of peace. As the ceremony draws near, secrets and grudges of two families come to light, and history changes its course forever. An Issue of Blood features moving music drawn from a rich legacy of African-American spirituals, field hollers, and musical tradition. Part history, part myth, Gardley looks to our collective past to understand how we arrived in our tumultuous present.
   
Jesus Christ Superstar  
Theo Ubique Cabaret Theatre at No Exit Cafe Jesus Christ Superstar
 
An intimate re-imaging of the classic rock opera "Jesus Christ Superstar" acoustic and unplugged!
   
La Bete  
Trap Door Theatre La Bete
 
La Bete is a rollicking play, written in rhyming couplets, and inspired by the life of the French comic master, Moliere. In the play, Elomire (an anagram for Moliere) is the leader of an acting troupe, which according to their patron the Princess has gone stale and listless. She decrees that they must now hire a new company member, the bombastic, vulgar street performer Valere. A standoff between Elomire and Valere ensues and their lively debate is both funny and dramatic, hilarious and tragic.
   
Lady Windermere's Fan  
Dead Writers Theatre Collective at Stage 773 Lady Windermere's Fan
 
Married into the peak of London high society, rich, titled, beautiful and proper Lady Margaret Windermere is 21 years old and without a care in the world. Before the next sunrise, malicious gossip, a glamorous woman with a dangerous past, a charming gent​leman with a wicked reputation, and a misplaced fan will threaten to destroy everything she holds dear and change her forever.
   
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.
   
Lips Together, Teeth Apart  
Eclipse Theatre Company at Athenaeum Theatre Lips Together, Teeth Apart
 
In Lips Together, Teeth Apart, a gay community in Fire Island provides an unlikely setting for two straight couples lounging poolside, staring out to sea. Through monologues unheard by the others, the characters reveal a desperate sense of individual isolation. As they divert themselves from their own mortality with food, cocktails, The New York Times crossword puzzle, fireworks, charades, and biting jabs at each other and the boys next door, they find little to celebrate about themselves or their country on its birthday.
   
The LIVINGroom  
Stage 773 The LIVINGroom
 
You're not likely to find much social interaction on your couch at home, much less dramatic and engaging true stories told by the people that actually lived them. So why not move the action to The LIVINGroom at Chicago's Stage 773, and experience this new edition of their Sunday Solo Performance Series? They're promising highly-theatrical storytelling, inspired by actual events, so you can relax and kick back in someone else's parlor to be thoroughly entertained. You'll find Stage 773 at the center of Lakeview's exciting Belmont Theater District.
   
Look, we are breathing  
Rivendell Theatre Look, we are breathing
 
Those who die young are mourned for their lost potential. But what if Mike, a high school hockey player killed while driving drunk, never really showed much potential? While sorting through their own deeply conflicted feelings in the aftermath of the accident, his mother Alice, his AP English teacher Leticia, and his one-time hookup, Caylee, try to understand who Mike was - and who he might have become. In Look, we are breathing, Chicago playwright Laura Jacqmin turns her unblinking eye on the grieving process as the three most important women in Mike’s life realize that in order to move on, they might first have to confront some hard truths about themselves.
   
Louis And Keely Live At The Sahara  
Royal George Theatre Louis And Keely Live At The Sahara
 
LOUIS PRIMA was one of the great musical innovator/entrepreneurs of the 20th century - from his beginnings in New Orleans Jazz, to becoming the toast of New York's 52nd St in the '30s, to appearances in Hollywood feature films in the late '30s & his scandalous love affair with Jean Harlow, to leading one of the most popular Big Bands of the '40s Swing Era, However, by the early '50s, his star seemed to be fading ... until he discovered teenager, KEELY SMITH, in a tiny Virginia Beach dive. In Pygmalion-like fashion Prima finessed Keely's stage fright and then molded her natural singing talent into a totally unique stage presence. Together they turned a two week gig on the floor of the Sahara Hotel's Casino in Las Vegas, into one of the most influential music acts of the '50s & 60s - 10 years later, Sonny & Cher basically copied their act. Prima & Smith's hot act on stage inevitably grew into a hot love story, and this musical play reveals their joy, thrills & chills, and ultimately their heartbreak. LOUIS AND KEELY 'LIVE' AT THE SAHARA is an American Love Story that not only packs an emotional wallop, but also features incredible music, staggeringly performed, that will have you dancing all the way home.
   
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!
   
Major Barbara  
ShawChicago at Ruth Page Center For Arts Major Barbara
 
In this modern masterwork that's been praised as a unique mix of Oscar Wilde and Bertolt Brecht, the great Irish writer George Bernard Shaw pits a military industrialist against his crusading daughter, from whom he's been estranged for years. She's a Salvation Army major; he's an arms manufacturer and whiskey distiller -- on certain issues, they could not disagree more. But when he begins donating money to her organization, matters come to a head as the characters grapple with questions of work, faith, family and philanthropy. The play first premiered in 1905 and opened on Broadway in 1915, and now ShawChicago Theater Company brings it to you in 2015 in their signature concert reading style at Ruth Page Center for the Arts.
   
Marie Antoinette  
Steppenwolf Theatre Marie Antoinette
 
Before Britney Spears and Justin Bieber, there was Marie Antoinette. In David Adjmi's contemporary take on the young queen of France, Marie is a confection created by a society that values extravagance and artifice. But France's love affair with the royals sours as revolution brews, and for Marie, the political suddenly becomes very personal. From the light and breezy banter at the palace to the surging chants of "Liberte! Egalite! Fraternite!" in the streets, Marie Antoinette holds a mirror up to our contemporary society that might just be entertaining itself to death.
   
Martyr  
Steep Theatre Martyr
 
Mayenburg's Martyr is an oft-harrowing, oft-comical depiction of a young man's journey towards religious radicalism. The play premiered at the Schaubühne in Berlin in 2012 and has received subsequent productions in Russia and France, but in a time when the United States is coping with religious fanaticism both at home and abroad, Steep's American premiere promises to carry particular resonance.
   
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.
   
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!
   
Murder Ballad  
Bailiwick Chicago at Flat Iron Arts Building Murder Ballad
 
A love triangle gone wrong, MURDER BALLAD centers on Sara, an Upper West Sider who seems to have it all, but whose downtown past lingers enticingly and dangerously in front of her. This sexy, explosive, rock musical explores the complications of love, the compromises we make and the betrayals that can ultimately undo us. Following a sold out, Off-Broadway run at Manhattan Theatre Club, Bailiwick Chicago is pleased to present the Chicago premiere of this critically acclaimed new work.
   
Oleanna  
MadKap Productions at Skokie Theatre Oleanna
 
OLEANNA is a gripping and riveting drama by David Mamet, and was named one of the best plays of the year in 1992 when it debuted. Carol, a female student visits John, a male professor, to discuss how she failed his course, but the discussion takes awkward turn when accusations of sexual exploitation are raised, threatening her future and his chances for tenure. As the lives of these characters spin out of control, we are confronted with both the effects of carelessness and the dangers of over-sensitivity and being too politically correct.
   
The One And Only Ivan  
Lifeline Theatre The One And Only Ivan
 
For 27 years, the world of Ivan the gorilla was a dull cage in a roadside shopping mall. But when he meets Ruby, a baby elephant captured in the wild, Ivan's ambitions and imagination must grow to meet the challenge of rescuing his endangered new companion. Aided by Bob the scrappy dog and a young human ally, Ivan sets out to become the great silverback and protector he was always meant to be. Enter the mind of a remarkable hero in this unforgettable story of enduring friendship, drawn from true events. Based on the 2012 book published by HarperCollins, a #1 New York Times bestseller and winner of the Newbery Medal. Used with permission of Pippin Properties, Inc. This production is recommended for children ages five and up (children under two not permitted), and runs one hour with no intermission.
   
The One-Woman No-Show  
Annoyance Theatre The One-Woman No-Show
 
"The One-Woman No-Show" takes a subversive look at female solo performance featuring a rotating cast of performers that must complete the trials of a one-woman show they didn't write. Each week, one performer is transported to a frightening hellscape called "THE STAGE." The only way for them to escape is to do the most detestable thing imaginable: perform a one-woman show. Using a combination prepared monologues, improvised challenges, and even mime, performers must use all their wits to make it out alive. And who knows? Maybe they just might learn something about being a WOMAN. Each week the show is structurally the same, but due to the different performers' ages, genders, experience levels and style of performance, each show will be dramatically different in content.
   
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.
   
The Paranoid Style In American Politics  
First Floor Theaer at Flat Iron Arts Building The Paranoid Style In American Politics
 
Six young far-right wing campaign staffers set out to win an Illinois Senate seat, when leaks from inside the campaign threaten to unravel their mission completely. Toeing the line between personal and political, this thrilling new work challenges audiences to see both sides of the characters, and confront their own prejudices in the process. Paranoid Style is a fast-paced, unrelenting political thriller-- as secrets and ideologies bump up against one another, the hunt for the leak in the campaign becomes increasingly heated and the whole campaign lurches towards political ruin. Inspired by a seminal political essay of the same name, this new play simultaneously explores the spectrum of conservative ideologies and psychologies while tensions rise and relationships are sacrificed for beliefs.
   
Penelope, O Penelope  
Theatre Y at St. Luke's Lutheran Church Penelope, O Penelope
 
Named the best French creation of 2008, PENELOPE, O PENELOPE comes out of Homer's Odyssey, told from the modern day perspective of the hero's devoted and lonesome wife. In this new translation by artistic director Melissa Lorraine, Dinah awaits her husband's return from war after twenty years, with a vengeful suitor hungry at her door. Elias-the war-riddled, hero-turned-vagabond-searches for redemption from his bloodshed and a way home from spirits and memories alike.
   
Pirates!  
Li'l Buds Theatre at City Lit Theater Pirates!
 
Family life isn't perfect for our hero 10 year old Jim Watts, who is about to fave his mother after 6 years when his parents divorced. Jim takes comfort in his nautical artifacts, like his model ships and treasure chest. But Jim's imaginary world collides with reality when a real pirate from 1718 appears in his bedroom. Kidnapped by Captain Freely, the fearless female pirate who is at war with the naval Captain McGovern, Jim is transported back in time to solve the mystery of the disappearing treasure. In his adventures, Jim learns more about himself and leads the way to a peaceful reconciliation between the two captains. Jump on-board for a ship full of fun, magic, excitement....and sharks!
   
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 Princess and the Pea  
Marriott Theatre In Lincolnshire The Princess and the Pea
 
When Prince Wellington (Jeff Award winner Alex Goodrich) is forced into choosing a bride by his mother, Queen Evermean (Jeff Award winner Susan Moniz), all the princesses in the land line up to pass the "Princess Test." Trouble arises when the Prince falls in love with a commoner, Ruth (Jeff Award nominee Dara Cameron), instead of a "true" princess! To satisfy the Queen, Ruth must prove her worth by passing her own test, which requires her to sleep on a giant stack of mattresses piled on top of a single pea. If she endures a sleepless night due to the pea - of which she has no knowledge - she must be sensitive enough to be a real princess.
   
The Project(s)  
American Theater Company The Project(s)
 
The Project(s) innovatively combines documentary theater with a cappella music, body percussion and stepping to create a provocative examination of the successes and failures of public housing that poses the question, "What is America's responsibility to its poor?"
   
Red Handed Otter  
A Red Orchid Theatre Red Handed Otter
 
Not long ago, Paul had a girlfriend, a cat, and few complaints. Now? Well, at least he's got his health. In between shifts at their security guard posts, Paul's work buddies try to cheer him up. In this comedy by one of New York's hottest emerging playwrights, Paul's friends' awkward (and hilarious) attempts to console him may just prove that some comforts only come on four legs.
   
Redux  
Sirens at Under The Gun Theater Redux
 
Sirens' Redux is a fully-improvised show that brings new insights to everyday relationships. Using quick concentrated scenes that flow into longer, more complex scenes, audiences will enjoy watching Sirens' years of familiarity and agility as they weave funny and interesting tales. Through emotionally grounded characters, some personal anecdotes from the cast, and Sirens' usual quick wit, Redux explores the richness and the absurdity of the human condition with joyful abandon.
   
The Royal Society of Antarctica  
The Gift Theatre The Royal Society of Antarctica
 
The Royal Society of Antarctica, follows Dee (Aila Peck) as she returns to her birthplace at the blindingly bright McMurdo Station in Antarctica to work as a janitor and seek answers to her mother's disappearance in this wonderfully weird and touching new play perfectly suited to The Gift's intimate space.
   
Sense and Sensibility  
Chicago Shakespeare Theater Sense and Sensibility
 
Jane Austen's deliciously charming romance is full of wit, passion and now, glorious song. This world premiere musical from Tony Award-nominated composer Paul Gordon was specially commissioned by CST for the 2014/15 Season. Under the masterful hand of Artistic Director Barbara Gaines, beautiful melodies trace the lives of Elinor and Marianne Dashwood-two sisters whose fortunes change following their father's untimely death. One cool and deliberate, the other consumed by youthful passion, their quest for suitable husbands unfolds in a period-perfect production that will set your spirits soaring.
   
Shell Theory, An Existential Musical  
CIC Theater Shell Theory, An Existential Musical
 
When it is scientifically proven that the entire universe only exists in the dream of a sleeping turtle, humanity must grapple with the fear (and the fun!) of futility. The show opens just as this crazy revelation is leaked to the public and tracks the fallout within political circles, family dynamics, and sensationalist media.
   
Side Man  
American Blues Theater at The Greenhouse Theater Center Side Man
 
The Pulitzer Prize-nominated and Tony Award-winner for Best Play Side Man is the heartbreaking story spanning three decades of a splintered family as told through the eyes of Clifford (Michael Mahler*), the only son of Gene (Michael Ehlers), a jazz trumpet player, and Terry (Kate Buddeke*), an alcoholic mother. Alternating between their New York City apartment and a smoke-filled music club, Clifford narrates the story of his broken family and the decline of jazz as popular entertainment. In Side Man "The joy and despair of the musicians is skillfully illustrated," according to Variety.
   
The Sisters Rosensweig  
Saint Sebastian Players at St. Bonaventure Church The Sisters Rosensweig
 
The Sisters Rosensweig, which received the William Inge Award for Distinguished Achievement in American Theatre, takes place in the home of Sara Goode, a successful American woman representing a major Hong Kong bank in London, who leads a quiet life with her daughter Tess. Sara has two sisters: Gorgeous Teitelbaum, who has a call-in radio advice program and hopes to make the leap to TV, and Pfeni Rosensweig, an unmarried, peripatetic third-world travel writer. When her sisters arrive for Sara's birthday celebration, along with several men who are either very involved in or brand-new to their lives, the results are unexpected romance, suspected partings, recriminations, reconciliations and, above all, newfound love and acceptance.
   
Soul Brother, Where Art Thou?  
Second City Soul Brother, Where Art Thou?
 
Soul Brother, Where Art Thou? hilariously explores the ups and downs of modern life - our co-dependent relationship with technology, the paranoid perils of online dating and battling the loud chorus of judgment we hear in our heads and from the world around us. From the very real threat of fatal peanut allergies to the embarrassment of miscast warriors, Soul Brother, Where Art Thou? searches for common ground and kindred spirits.
   
Sounds So Sweet  
Black Ensemble Theater Sounds So Sweet
 
Featuring music from the girl groups of yesterday to today, Sounds So Sweet is a musical journey with songs from Destiny's Child, En Vogue, The Chiffons, The Shirelles, The Supremes, and the Andrews Sisters - just to name a few. The music is delivered through the Harris family as they come together to reminisce and prepare for the final celebration of their beloved Grandstine. True to the Black Ensemble Theater style, this story is full of hope, love, and reminders of the great contributions that girl groups have made to the American Song Book of Soul.
   
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.
   
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.
   
Target Behavior  
Prop Theatre Target Behavior
 
Joining a rich tradition of mental-institution dramas such as One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest and Girl, Interrupted, the new play Target Behavior is a sharp-witted examination of life in an adolescent psych ward. After being admitted, protagonist Kendra finds herself trapped in a world of safety scissors, suicide checks, and the therapy games and art projects of an endearing group of fellow patients and their geeky but dedicated counselor. As flashbacks slowly reveal the fractured family dynamics and interaction with an older boy that lead Kendra to her present state, this world premiere at Chicago's Prop Thtr proves itself to be a mesmerizing study of psychological trauma that's unafraid to mine laughs from the darkness.
   
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.
   
Three Sisters  
The Hypocrites at The Den Theatre Three Sisters
 
The Hypocrites explore the absurd, existential comedy of Chekhov's Prozorov sisters, whose daily lives in a drab provincial town pale in comparison to their imagined futures in the big city. Director Geoff Button follows the gradually building devastation that results from the sisters' comic missteps.
   
Title And Deed  
Lookingglass Theatre Title And Deed
 
One man's circuitous journey finds universal resonance in this compelling new travelogue by Pulitzer finalist Will Eno (Broadway's The Realistic Joneses). Jeff Award winner Michael Patrick Thornton takes center stage in a whimsical and soul-searching meditation on life, language and our perennial search for home.
   
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.
   
Travesties  
Remy Bumppo Theatre at The Greenhouse Theater Center Travesties
 
Toss together James Joyce, Vladimir Lenin, and Dadaist poet Tristan Tzara in Zurich in 1917 (where they really were), throw in limericks and lyrics and The Importance of Being Earnest, then shred the whole melange through the mixed-up mind of an aging British civil servant (who has a big grudge against Joyce concerning a pair of trousers), and you've entered the Wilde-ly witty world of Travesties.
   
Unnecessary Farce  
Fox Valley Repertory Unnecessary Farce
 
Unnecessary Farce combines all the elements of classic farce with a contemporary American plot. In a motel room, an embezzling mayor is supposed to meet with his female accountant, while in the room next-door, two undercover cops wait to catch the meeting on videotape. But there's some confusion as to who's in which room, who's being videotaped, who's taken the money, who's hired a hit man, and why the accountant keeps taking off her clothes. Pants will be falling down, doors will be slamming, identities will be mistaken, and laughs will be flowing.
   
The Venetian Twins  
Piccolo Theatre The Venetian Twins
 
Identical twins, raised separately and unaware of each other, arrive in a strange town seeking marriage. One is clever, witty, and self-assured, the other timid, shy, and foolish. Confusion becomes conflict as the twins and townspeople are thrown into chaos when cash, jewels, and declarations of love are delivered to the wrong people. Played with utter conviction and charm by the Piccolo Theatre Ensemble, the return of characters Beatrice, Brighella, Colombina, Dottore, and beloved Arlecchino are joined by others to fast-paced comic effect in this fresh, energetic production that shimmers with wit and surprise.
   
Vent  
Under The Gun Theater Vent
 
The Under The Gun Ensemble takes a review we found on the popular website yelp.com and we improvise within that location for an hour. We create all the weird and wonderful (and bad) things the review tells us about.
   
Worthy  
Adventure Stage Chicago Worthy
 
In a society where technology and media tell youth who they must be, Worthy whisks four young heroes on an adventurous quest, fighting dragons, breaking curses and choosing for themselves which paths to follow. Balancing of-the-moment references and resonant, recognizable themes found in classic fairy tale literature, Worthy challenges these four young people to reclaim their identities against tremendous odds.