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30th Annual Young Playwrights Festival  
Chicago Dramatists 30th Annual Young Playwrights Festival
 
The latest edition of Pegasus Theatre Chicago's playwriting competition returns for its 30th straight year, featuring four exciting new works from Chicago's brightest teen writers. The oldest such festival in the country, this prestigious contest regularly receives over 600 submissions from students throughout the Chicago area. The winning playwrights work with professional artists to revise, stage and produce their scripts as part of Pegasus' main stage season. This year's selections will explore the theme of "Assumptions." You won't want to miss this showcase of young literary talent at Chicago Dramatists Theatre.
   
The Adventures of Robin Hood  
Filament Theatre The Adventures of Robin Hood
 
Filament Theatre has created an experience that immerses audience in the wildly inventive world of THE ADVENTURES OF ROBIN HOOD. The moment they walk into the theatre, audiences are invited to step inside the world of the story, from interactive lobby activities to the fourth wall-destroying production.
   
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."
   
Big Ski Trip  
Annoyance Theatre Big Ski Trip
 
It's 2006, and a group of bored high schoolers are wiling away the monotony of winter break in a bland basement somewhere in the suburbs. When their boredom is interrupted by a sexually explicit AIM message, the teens embark on a bizarre and hilarious adventure that eventually leads them to the winter sports destination of Wilmot Mountain, Wisconsin. Big Ski Trip: A Cautionary Tale for Teen Youth is coming to the stage at The Annoyance Theatre & Bar in Chicago, directed by Annoyance regular Jo Scott.
   
Blizzard '67  
16th Street Theater at Berwyn Cultural Center Blizzard '67
 
Four businessmen in 1967 Chicago carpool to work navigating the twists and turns of corporate politics. These tensions play out when they foolishly attempt to drive home in the record-breaking blizzard. When one man is abandoned, the others face their choice and how it will affect their lives thereafter.
   
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.
   
Blues for an Alabama Sky  
Court Theatre Blues for an Alabama Sky
 
In the midst of the Great Depression, the creative spirit of New York's Harlem Renaissance struggles with harsher realities. Angel and Guy, emerging artists with grand dreams, live next door to the more serious and political Delia, a social worker with the goal to open a community family planning clinic. Each must face their own hardships head on, but always with hope for a better life close at hand. They search for a way to keep their dreams of love, career, and service alive in times of economic despair, and they learn that the Great Depression can't destroy the source of their creative spirit.
   
By Association  
The Greenhouse Theater Center By Association
 
In the wake of a terrorist attack in Chicago, the government scrambles to respond, targeting a teenage immigrant boy named Omar who was recorded entering a train of the downtown subway moments before the attack occurred. Now, everyone connected to this person of interest is under suspicion. By Association follows Abdi, a first-generation African-American teen who, due to his friendship with Omar, finds himself at the center of the federal manhunt. Abdi's parents -- one from America, one from Ethiopia -- must now decide how to protect their child, as they wrestle with the potential that he could in fact be a terrorist. Catch this timely and intriguing drama at Chicago's Greenhouse Theater Center.
   
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.
   
Chick Flick the Musical  
Royal George Theatre Chick Flick the Musical
 
Chick Flick the Musical delivers an evening of heartfelt female friendship and empowerment wrapped in the iconic conventions of chick flicks. With a cast of four and a live band, this original, 90-minute, no-intermission musical is the perfect girls' night out. Described in testimonials as "everything you loved about Friends mixed with everything you loved about Sex and the City," Chick Flick the Musical shows us characters and friendships that are both inspirational and aspirational -- audiences feel like they are watching themselves and their friends on stage.
   
The Christians  
Steppenwolf Theatre The Christians
 
Pastor Paul has spent 20 years successfully growing his church from a small storefront to a gleaming megachurch, but now he fears that there may be a crack in the theological foundation. As he shares his new belief in the nature of salvation, the message is met with surprise and then growing trepidation from his closest confidantes in the congregation, threatening to create a schism within the church. Hnath's fascinating new play looks with great complexity and compassion at the relationship between belief and behavior-and its evenhanded, unbiased take on faith in modern America can be appreciated no matter what you believe.
   
Circumference Of A Squirrel  
The Greenhouse Theater Center Circumference Of A Squirrel
 
An inner tube, a bagel, a donut, a lifesaver, a holiday wreath, a tire-swing, a cycle of abuse: circles, and at the center of them all sits an enigmatic squirrel. Orbiting that squirrel is Chester, a self-described "rodentophobe" who spins the outlandish, funny and bruising tale of growing up with a father who developed a rabid hatred for squirrels that eventually infected every aspect of his life. Pursued by memories of his father's intolerant legacy, Chester is pulled into the black hole at the center of his own life, unsure of how he will break free from the darkness that encircles him.
   
Cymbeline  
Strawdog Theatre Cymbeline
 
Shakespeare’s Cymbeline has all the vicious insults, bloody blades, cross-dressed ladies and compromised bedchambers that has made the Bard famous. It is also a no-holds-barred epic, a dark fairy tale set off by a king's rash verdict and a princess who won't stand for her man's wrongful banishment. The acclaimed director of Lifeline Theatre's Hunger and Irish Theatre of Chicago's The White Road, recently seen onstage in Strawdog’s production of The Arsonists, makes his directing debut with the company.
   
Diamond Dogs  
The House Theatre of Chicago at Chopin Theatre Diamond Dogs
 
Set in the Revelation Space Universe of acclaimed sci-fi author Alistair Reynolds, this world premiere production of Diamond Dogs follows a future team of humans and transhumans on their investigation into a mysterious alien tower bent on brutally punishing all intruders. As each of these crusaders is forced to make dangerous sacrifices in the deadly maze on their way to the summit of the spire ... blood will spill. The inventive designers of The House Theatre of Chicago have brought this otherworldly show to vivid life, utilizing the help of an award-winning puppet designer to re-shape the actors' human forms with body modifications reflecting the show's 26th-century setting. Don't miss Diamond Dogs on the Chopin Theatre Mainstage.
   
Die Another Holiday  
pH Comedy Theater Die Another Holiday
 
Ben and Lanny are an adorable couple -- and all they really want is a nice Christmas, as their families meet for the first time during a holiday getaway at an '80s-themed ski chalet. But trouble seems to follow Ben and his family anywhere they go, which might be because they're ... secret agents! Then again, there's always a chance that Lanny's family could be harboring some secrets, as well. Die Another Holiday from pH Productions proves that, whether highly trained in the deadly arts or not, no family can make it through the holidays without at least a little drama. Don't miss all the spy-centric intrigue, sitcom-style laughs and farcical fun of Die Another Holiday at Chicago's pH Comedy Theater.
   
The Dining Room  
Oil Lamp Theater The Dining Room
 
Set in a single, well-to-do dining room, this innovative dramatic comedy from A.R. Gurney (Love Letters) presents a vivid portrait of family life through a mosaic of interrelated scenes. Through the ensuing series of 18 overlapping vignettes, covering an array of different time periods, the show's small cast of actors plays a range of different characters, revealing a wide array of insight into the human condition -- the joy, sorrow, love and laughter that accompanies the family life of a vanishing species: the upper-middle-class WASP. Enjoy this touching and humorous production of The Dining Room at Glenview's Oil Lamp Theater.
   
A Disappearing Number  
TimeLine Theatre Company A Disappearing Number
 
Told in a whirlwind of vignettes spanning history and time, A DISAPPEARING NUMBER is a love letter to numbers, blending the beauty of everyday relationships with the mysticism of the cosmos. The play is based on the true story of Srinivasa Ramanujan, a self-taught mathematician in rural India who, in 1913, sent a letter to famed mathematician G.H. Hardy filled with astonishing mathematical theorems. Meanwhile, in the present, a math professor and a businessman fall in love. As these two pairs wind their way through the course of their lives in different eras, they grapple with the beautiful mysteries of mathematics and the patterns found within the universe and themselves.
   
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.
   
East Texas Hot Links  
Writers Theatre East Texas Hot Links
 
In the woods of East Texas, the Top 'o the Hill Cafe offers comfort, solace and companionship for the regulars who come in each night. However, it is the summer of 1955, and times are changing. In the face of oppressive Jim Crow laws, seven strong-willed locals join forces to protect one of their own-until the unthinkable catches them by surprise, changing life at Top 'o the Hill forever.
   
Eurydice  
Promethean Theatre at Athenaeum Theatre Eurydice
 
Whisked down to the underworld on her wedding day, Eurydice tries to make sense of her memories and her passions, and poignantly reconnects with her long-dead father, even as her heartbroken groom seeks to wrench her back into the life she left behind. Ruhl's atmospheric play combines off-kilter, playful comedy with a wistful yearning for meaning and human connection. The New York Times' Charles Isherwood, in reviewing the play's 2007 production at New York's Second Stage Theatre, called it "a weird and wonderful new play."
   
Fable-ous!  
Lifeline Theatre Fable-ous!
 
Chicago's acclaimed Lifeline Theatre gooses up the story of The Tortoise and the Hare with a fun modern update that finds the stakes raised for the speedy rabbit, otherwise known as Harrington T. Jordan, who's counting on cashing in on a myriad of endorsements when he wins. But of course, like in the original Aesop's Fable, the tortoise gives him a run for his money, as some new animal characters join in to provide plenty of hijinks. This all-new comic adventure is recommended for kids age 5 and up.
   
Fantastic Super Great Nation Numero Uno  
Second City Fantastic Super Great Nation Numero Uno
 
The Second City e.t.c.'s 41st revue, Fantastic Super Great Nation Numero Uno, reminds us that as divided as the nation may be, there is still hilarity in our humanity. This exciting new cast illustrates that there is still plenty to laugh at in ourselves and though they may be slightly shattered, America still has two legs to stand on. Fantastic Super Great Nation Numero Uno proves that as long as we're still willing to listen to each other, laughter is our international language.
   
First Time or Fan  
Under The Gun Theater First Time or Fan
 
A funny and fast-paced fusion of musical theater and improv comedy, First Time or Fan presents a different show each and every week. Performed in two acts, the first part of the show finds some of Chicago's finest musical theatre performers (the titular "fans") delivering two to four songs from a real musical, and then it's time for the "first timers" to take the stage. With no more knowledge of the source material than the few songs they've just seen performed, these improv comedians will deliver their off-the-cuff interpretation of that musical in 15 hilarious minutes. With a little something for just about everyone, you're sure to enjoy First Time or Fan at Chicago's Under the Gun Theater.
   
Gloria  
Goodman Theatre Gloria
 
Style. Status. Success. A group of twentysomething editorial assistants are pursuing it all at one of New York's most esteemed cultural magazines. When a seemingly normal day at the office turns out to be anything but, these aspiring journalists recognize an opportunity to seize a career-defining moment. In this dark comedy, MacArthur "Genius" grant winner Jacobs-Jenkins skewers the cutthroat, opportunistic culture of modern media.
   
The Greatest Story Never Told  
Under The Gun Theater The Greatest Story Never Told
 
The Greatest Story Never Told begins with an underprepared narrator who opens a storybook only to discover it has no text. The solution is the audience must help create and perform an original story made up on the spot along with "The Greatest Interns" (professional improvisers). Suggestions for location, character and plot are taken throughout the entire show as volunteer performers of all ages are invited on stage to perform a 4560 minute improvised story. A professional writer and artist create text and illustrations from the show and the story is ultimately transformed into a purchasable storybook.
   
Hamilton  
The PrivateBank Theatre Hamilton
 
A new musical about the scrappy young immigrant who forever changed America: Alexander Hamilton. From bastard orphan to Washington's right hand man, rebel to war hero, loving husband caught in the country's first sex scandal to Treasury head who made an untrusting world believe in the American economy, Hamilton is an exploration of a political mastermind. George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Eliza Hamilton, and lifelong Hamilton friend and foe, Aaron Burr, all attend this revolutionary tale of America's fiery past told through the sounds of the ever-changing nation we've become.
   
Her America  
The Greenhouse Theater Center Her America
 
Lori hides in a Midwest basement as the world upstairs spins out of her control. Below the fray, she searches through the artifacts of her own history. She finds an imposing steamer trunk, a wedding dress, and a host of other relics that force her to confront where it all went astray. Was it the day she married Dan? The morning a stranger from her past reappeared? Or the night she put a secret in the trunk, changing her family forever? A deeply American mystery told entrancingly by award-winning actress Kate Buddeke, Her America will leave you breathless as each piece of her story comes out of the cellar, and into the light.
   
Honky Tonk Angels  
Theo Ubique Cabaret Theatre at No Exit Cafe Honky Tonk Angels
 
The perfect follow-up to Ted Swindley's Always Patsy Cline, a hit for Theo Ubique in 2014, Swindley's Honky Tonk Angels combines country hit songs combined with a hilarious story about three gutsy good ole gals who follow their dreams to Nashville. Taking its title from Kitty Wells 1951 song, "It Wasn't God Who Made Honky Tonk Angels," the score includes 30 classic country songs including "Stand by Your Man," "Coal Miner's Daughter," "9 to 5," "I Will Always Love You," and "Harper Valley PTA." BroadwayWorld called it "a charming, foot-stompin' musical" with "a hilarious story."
   
The Hunter And The Bear  
Writers Theatre The Hunter And The Bear
 
The critically-acclaimed PigPen Theatre Co., creators of WT's 2013 smash-hit production of The Old Man and The Old Moon, brings their considerable talents to this original tale. The Hunter and The Bear tells the haunting story of an imaginative young boy and his father, the pragmatic hunter tasked with protecting their isolated town. When his son disappears in the woods, the search to recover him will lead the hunter, and eventually the entire community, through a landscape teeming with dark secrets and supernatural threats.
   
Kim Kong: A Comedy Monster  
Annoyance Theatre Kim Kong: A Comedy Monster
 
"Kim Kong: A Comedy Monster" is Eunji Kim's epic journey all the way from Busan to Moscow to the lowest ranks of the Chicago comedy scene. In this frenetic, one-person show, Eunji recounts her father's extraordinary immigrant story to become an ordinary American to highlight her own depressingly ordinary efforts to become extraordinary.
   
La Gringa  
UrbanTheater Company La Gringa
 
In this Obie Award-winning comedy about a young woman's search for her identity, María Elena Garcia visits her extended family in Puerto Rico during the Christmas holidays, excited to connect with her homeland. Although this is her first trip to Puerto Rico, she has grown up with an intense love for the island and even majored in Puerto Rican Studies in college. Upon her arrival, however, she realizes that Puerto Rico does not welcome her with open arms. The majority of the Puerto Ricans on the island consider her an American--a gringa-and María considers this a betrayal: If she's a Puerto Rican in the United States and an American in Puerto Rico, María concludes, then this makes her a nobody everywhere. Her journey to come to terms with who she is leads María into misperceptions and misadventures. But will an unlikely ally help her find her way to the other side?
   
Late Nite Catechism  
Royal George Theatre Late Nite Catechism
 
Late Nite Catechism is an uproariously funny play, written by Vicki Quade and Maripat Donovan, where the irrepressible Sister teaches class to a roomful of "students." Throughout the course of the play the benevolent instructor rewards audience members for correct answers with glow-in-the-dark rosaries and other nifty prizes. Naughty students may well find themselves on stage sitting in a corner reflecting their actions. Now in its 20th year in Chicago, Late Nite Catechism is a sharp satire, but never mean. It’s simply an evening of fun and laughter.
   
The Library  
Level 11 Theatre at The Den Theatre The Library
 
The Library tells the story of Caitlin Gabriel, who survives a deadly shooting at her high school. She struggles to tell her story to her parents, the authorities, and anyone who will listen. But there are other narratives that gain purchase in the media and paint her in a different light. The Library is a bold and chilling play that asks us to examine our relationship to the truth, and the lies that claim to heal us.
   
Luke Babylon: The Christian Magician  
Annoyance Theatre Luke Babylon: The Christian Magician
 
Do you believe in magic? Do you believe in God? Prepare to believe in both! Christian magician Luke Babylon is bringing his unique magical, evangelical performance to Chicago's den of iniquity: the Annoyance Theatre. Luke has travelled across God's green earth, bringing his unique message of salvation and card tricks, to adults and children who look like adults. To date, Luke Babylon: The Christian Magician has converted 14 people to Christianity, 4 of which are definitely going to Heaven when they die. Will you be #5?
   
The Magic Flute  
Lyric Opera The Magic Flute
 
Who can fail to be delighted and moved by the triumph of love and goodness in The Magic Flute? Join us for this operatic fairytale as Prince Tamino strives for the hand of Pamina, accompanied by his lovable sidekick Papageno. You'll meet the evil Queen of the Night - with her stratospheric high notes and show-stopping arias - and the virtuous high priest Sarastro in a story that encompasses both the real and the fantastical. Revel in this combination of heartwarming comedy and true heroism, and the unparalleled genius and beauty of Mozart's music. A wonderful introduction to opera for all ages
   
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!
   
Matt! (and Friends)  
Cornservatory Matt! (and Friends)
 
MATT is a collective of seven energetic and creative improvisers who are just like normal folks. Each member of MATT puts on his or her pants one leg at a time.. except after putting on those pants, MATT puts on a show to save the world from dullness! Formed in July 2016, MATT has been putting on shows around the city and is excited to make their Cornservatory debut. Individually they are Jessica, Caty, Megan, Benjamin, Matt, Sean, and Rory, but together they are MATT!
   
Medieval Times Dinner and Tournament  
Medieval Times Schaumburg Castle Medieval Times Dinner and Tournament
 
Medieval Times is an exciting, family-friendly dinner attraction inspired by an 11th century feast and tournament. Guests are served a four-course banquet and cheer for one of six knights as they compete in the joust and other tests of skill. Expect lots of jousting, swordsmanship, thrilling hand-to-hand combat, and displays of extraordinary horsemanship as part of an exciting story set in Medieval Spain.
   
Men On Boats  
American Theater Company Men On Boats
 
Ten explorers set out on four boats to map the raging rapids of the Green and Colorado Rivers on the government's first sanctioned expedition in the American West. Playwright Jaclyn Backhaus and director Will Davis team up again on this play, originally produced by Clubbed Thumb and returning to Playwrights Horizons in New York this summer, in Davis' first production as ATC's artistic director. Performed by a genderfluid cast of women and folks otherwise defined, Men On Boats takes back 1869.
   
The Mousetrap  
Big Noise Theatre Company at Prairie Lakes Theatre The Mousetrap
 
In The Mousetrap, a group of strangers is stranded at a guest house during a blizzard. A policeman arrives by skis on the trail of a suspected killer. He probes the backgrounds of all present, rattling skeletons from the past, and then - murder! Will the killer be revealed before another victim is caught in the mousetrap?
   
Mr. and Mrs. Pennyworth  
Lookingglass Theatre Mr. and Mrs. Pennyworth
 
Traveling storytellers Mr. and Mrs. Pennyworth captivate audiences with spell-binding tales. But one day, The Big Bad Wolf mysteriously dies before his story is complete. Fairytales disappear from the pages, characters are utterly forgotten, and Mr. and Mrs. Pennyworth must journey through the stories to restore order before they are lost forever.
   
Phedre  
Trap Door Theatre Phedre
 
Trap Door Theatre presents an adaptation of Jean Racine's Phedre. Physical evocations of the myths of ancient Greece, as well a critical eye towards societal conventions combine to create a modern take on this classic story of forbidden love.
   
Prelude to a Kiss  
The Greenhouse Theater Center Prelude to a Kiss
 
A kiss transforms the lives of a pair of newlyweds in the Pulitzer Prize- and Tony Award-nominated comedy Prelude to a Kiss. In this modern day fairy tale, an uninvited guest turns a perfect wedding into a white-knuckled roller coaster ride of doubt and regret. When an elderly "wedding crasher" kisses the bride, their souls exchange, leaving the brave but bewildered groom to reverse the curse armed only with the power of love. When it first premiered, Craig Lucas' play received a Tony Award nomination for Best Play and was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for Drama in 1991. Get swept away by this magical tale at Chicago's Greenhouse Theater Center.
   
Priscilla, Queen of the Desert  
Pride Arts Center - The Broadway Priscilla, Queen of the Desert
 
Priscilla, Queen of the Desert the Musical is the heartwarming, uplifting adventure of three friends, Tick, Bernadette and Adam, a glamorous Sydney-based performing trio who agree to take their show to the middle of the Australian outback. They hop aboard a battered old bus (nicknamed Priscilla) searching for love and friendship and end up finding more than they ever could have ever dreamed of. With a dazzling array of John Nasca costumes and a hit parade of dance floor favorites including "It's Raining Men," "I Will Survive," Hot Stuff," "Go West," "Girls Just Wanna Have Fun," and "I Love the Nightlife," this wildly funny and touching musical is a journey to the heart of FABULOUS! This Tony Award-winning musical based on the smash-hit movie of the same name enjoyed a 16-month run on Broadway.
   
Psychonaut Librarians  
The New Colony at The Den Theatre Psychonaut Librarians
 
The library is closed. The curtains are drawn. A Bunsen burner flicks on in the dark. The librarians sip their glowing elixir and the room spins with color and light. One more time. One last fight at the barrier between reality... and the anyverse.
   
Random Theft and Other Acts  
Steel Beam Theatre Random Theft and Other Acts
 
A rollicking romp about law breaking and personal boundaries, Random Theft and Other Acts is a Fargo-esque comedy that follows three unemployed and educated suburbanites as they face the perfect storm of the 2008 real estate disaster and economic crisis. With a bank robbery gone wrong, the three find themselves racking up all sorts of bad karma. Watch the hilarity unfold as this witty and fast-paced play comes to Steel Beam Theatre in St. Charles.
   
The Rosenkranz Mysteries  
Royal George Theatre The Rosenkranz Mysteries
 
Classic as well as never been seen before illusions take over the Royal George Cabaret space this winter as the nationally regarded illusionist Ricardo Rosenkranz stars in The Rosenkranz Mysteries, an evening of magic to lift the spirits. Truly astounding numbers will captivate audiences in an intimate, true cabaret style setting with tables featured in the space. A leading local mixologist will enhance the atmosphere by creating several themed drinks that will help create a fully immersive experience for theatregoers.
   
Shakespeare Not Stirred  
The Public House Theatre Shakespeare Not Stirred
 
The wonderful world of William Shakespeare gets blended with a shot of whiskey and is served fresh to audiences interested in drinking and learning a thing or two about the Bard. It's a comedic look at Shakespeare's use of Alcohol, Sex and Audience Interaction, plus everything else you might find at a Wrigleyville bar on a Saturday night.
   
The Sundial  
City Lit Theater The Sundial
 
It's the evening of the funeral of Lionel Halloran, master of Halloran House. Was Lionel's mysterious death from a fall down stairs murder? Lionel's widow, Maryjane, believes it was the work of Lionel's mother, Orianna, who will now inherit the ornate estate with a strange sundial in the middle of its grounds. This eerie and suspenseful 1958 novel by the author of The Lottery, The Haunting of Hill House and We Have Always Lived in the Castle will be brought to the City Lit stage in a World Premiere adaptation written and directed by Paul Edwards, who previously adapted Shirley Jackson's We Have Always Lived in the Castle and The Haunting of Hill House for City Lit.
   
The Tall Girls  
Shattered Globe Theatre at Theater Wit The Tall Girls
 
As Jean gets off the train in Poor Prairie, a dusty speck on the map during the Depression, she meets a handsome man holding a cloth bag that conceals a brand new basketball. Jean has been exiled to what she fears is her "grave town" to be caretaker for her wild younger cousin. Haunt Johnny has a checkered past of his own, but he knows how to coach. In true pioneering spirit, the town's girls build a basketball team that just might be their means of escape to a better life. Inspired by the 1930's basketball teams in the rural Midwest, The Tall Girls asks, "Who can afford the luxury of play? And will these young women prevail against a town hell bent on crushing their dreams?"
   
The Temperamentals  
Theater Wit The Temperamentals
 
THE TEMPERAMENTALS chronicles the founding of the Mattachine Society, the first sustained LGBT rights organization in the U.S., and the love affair of two of its founding members, Harry Hay and emigree Rudi Gernreich. Taking its title from 1950's slang for "homosexual," Maran's play examines what it took to stand up in the sea of grey flannel suits and demand your humanity, your visibility and your rights.
   
Thirsty!  
Apollo Theater Thirsty!
 
The show combines improvised scenes, original songs and lots of booze. The cast is comprised of the finest veterans of the Chicago improv and comedy scene, with experience at iO, Second City, ComedySportz and the Annoyance Theater.
   
Thrones! The Musical Parody  
Apollo Theater Thrones! The Musical Parody
 
A send-up of HBO's phenomenally successful "Game of Thrones," "Thrones! The Musical Parody" asks audiences: Will Tyrion's accent ever improve? Can Jon Snow possibly know more than nothing? Just how red can the Red Wedding get? With Game of Thrones plot twists through Season 6 (read: spoilers), audiences can expect dashing men battling White Walkers, ravishing women riding fire-breathing dragons, and the infamous Walk of Shame-all set to a catchy, original score.
   
Tommy Gun's Garage  
Tommy Gun's Garage Tommy Gun's Garage
 
The restaurant-cabaret presents a Roaring 20s-themed musical comedy revue in a speakeasy seting, with dining and drinking integrated into the show.
   
Tony 'n Tina's Wedding  
Chicago Theatre Works Tony 'n Tina's Wedding
 
Presented by the original New York producers, in conjunction with Chicago Theater Works, comes the return of one of Chicago's longest-running, smash hit shows, Tony 'n Tina's Wedding -- and everyone's invited! You and the other audience members are treated like family at this interactive improvisational comedy. The fun starts with the happy couple's wedding ceremony inside a real church (Resurrection Church), followed by the all-inclusive reception just one block away at Vinnie Black's Coliseum, featuring a full Italian dinner, wedding cake, champagne toast, dancing to great music and lots of love and laughs. As part of the audience, you're considered a wedding guest and are allowed to mix, mingle and interact with all of the participants. You never know what drama you might get swept up in with this crazy Italian family! The improvisational nature of the show lets you go multiple times and see different stories play out each time.Tony 'n' Tina's Wedding will reopen in November 2009
   
Two Sharp Knives, Women, Politics, and Murder  
Clock Productions at Pride Arts Center - The Buena Two Sharp Knives, Women, Politics, and Murder
 
Scout Anderson is the Chief of Police in a quiet, midwest town. She may be young, but she's got a sharp mind and a steady hand. When a mysterious stranger comes to town, Scout's simple world becomes dangerously complicated. With the Defense Attorney breathing down her neck and a rag tag team of police behind her, she soon uncovers the sinister truth. Later, Scout's circumstances have changed and she attempts to separate the truth from the lies to solve the murder of a prominent business woman. As she sinks deeper into a case rife with jealousy, corruption and scandal, Scout must use all her wits to overcome her most challenging mystery yet.
   
Vanya (Or, 'That's Life!')  
Rasaka Theatre Company at Edge Theatre Vanya (Or, 'That's Life!')
 
Anton Chekhov's Uncle Vanya continues to be one of the greatest and continually relevant of plays - concerned with family relationships, broken hearts, and the rampant disappointment of midlife crisis. In this hilarious and sharp reinvention, there is great providence in the shattering of a teacup, time moves backwards, and our bored, sad Chekhovian friends have a tendency to lapse into singing American Indie folk tunes. What could be more Russian? Or American?
   
The Weir  
Irish Theatre of Chicago at The Den Theatre The Weir
 
An enigmatic young woman from Dublin finds herself the center of attention at a local pub. Pints in hand, the local barflies recount ghostly yarns of the supernatural to impress and entertain her, but it is the visitor herself who relates the most unsettling story of all. McPherson wrote the hauntingly beautiful and humorous play The Weir at the age of 26, winning the Olivier Award for Best New Play, and the Evening Standard Award for Most Promising Playwright.
   
What of the Night?  
Chicago's Cor Theater and Stage Left Theatre at Theater Wit What of the Night?
 
A finalist for the 1990 Pulitzer Prize, What of the Night? interweaves four one-acts that follow an extended family whose lives are intricately intertwined even as they try to escape the ties that bind them. When Birdie, a just-married 14-year-old leaves her impoverished home to seek a better life, she unwittingly sets in motion a sprawling epic spanning time and geography. Her daughter Rainbow finds love. Her son Charlie finds solace in loyalty. Her son Ray finds the trappings of success. For each, survival and the preservation of loved ones is the name of the game. Though their yearnings are briefly rewarded, Fornes's lyrical play lays bare the difference between the hunger of the soul and the hunger of the ego.
   
The Winner...of Our Discontent  
Second City The Winner...of Our Discontent
 
The Winner...of Our Discontent asks if it's broken, should we fix it? No matter the answer, this cast will have you cracking up and splitting your sides. The country's premier sketch comedy troupe delivers a post-election shot in the arm that'll heal you with big laughs. So whether you voted for the Right, the Left, or the wrong (Independent), you'll love watching The Second City pick up the pieces in a comedy that shows our differences are what makes America truly great.
   
Winter  
Rivendell Theatre Winter
 
Winter by nationally acclaimed Utah playwright Julie Jensen is an alluring world premiere about one of the most controversial topics in America. Co-directed by RTE members Megan Carney and Mark Ulrich, Winter tells the story of Annis, a retired professor and poet, who is on a road she knows too well. She is slowly losing herself to dementia seeks to end her life on her own terms at a time when she can still recognize herself. Her husband and she have always had a pact to go off together, when the time is right. But he has his work to finish and is not ready. When her sons come home for Thanksgiving, one of them decides something must be done. Inspired by by distinguished author and University of Utah professor Margaret Pabst Battin's story, Robeck, Julie Jensen's Winter is a searing, compassionate, and often very funny examination of the end of life-and the unconventional path one woman takes to get there.
   
Women  
The Cuckoo's Theater Project at Flat Iron Arts Building Women
 
If Louisa May Alcott's Little Women were to be examined through the lens of HBO's Girls, the view would resemble Women, a fresh, contemporary spin on the timeless tale of Jo March and her sisters. Cuckoo Theater Project presents this new comedy at Collaboraction Pentagon Theater, which finds Jo looking to execute on her vision of being a voice of her generation in 1800s New England.