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10 Out of 12  
Theater Wit 10 Out of 12
 
Playwright Anne Washburn catapulted us 75 years into the future in 2014's hit Mr. Burns, a post-electric play. Now Chicago's Theater Wit offers up her newest, most adventurous work, 10 Out of 12. The play embarks on a remarkable -- and often brutally honest and funny -- trip into the backstage world of a technical rehearsal. Don a private headset and you'll hear a near-perfect recreation of what goes on behind the scenes, complete with backstage chatter, opening night jitters, potential crises looming large and human stories unfolding.
   
American Hwangap  
Halcyon Theatre at Christ Lutheran Church American Hwangap
 
American Hwangap tells a deftly observant, funny, and moving story about the difficulty of reunification and reconciliation during a weekend in the lives of the Chuns. After abandoning his family to return to his native South Korea, Min Suk Chun abruptly reappears in the lives of his ex-wife and children on the day of his hwangap, the traditional way of celebrating one's 60th birthday in Korean culture. However, his ex-wife and kids, now adults, have moved on and do not readily welcome the patriarch back into the family with open arms. As his birthday approaches, Min Suk struggles to reunite his family and obtain forgiveness from the ones he loves most.
   
Beyond Caring  
Lookingglass Theatre Beyond Caring
 
This critically-acclaimed piece, most recently produced at the UK's National Theatre and re-imagined for Chicago by writer/director Alexander Zeldin, is a gritty portrait of those who cling precariously to the bottom rung of the ladder. Full of life, humor, and tenderness, it sheds light on America's shadow economy and shines an unflinching spotlight on the incendiary intersection of race and class.
   
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."
   
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.
   
Bootycandy  
Windy City Playhouse Bootycandy
 
Meet Sutter, a precocious boy learning what it means to be gay and black. With everyone trying to teach him the ways of life, he's learning fast that no one person will be able to tell him the meaning of love, life, sex or race. He'll have to define those for himself. The 2017 season kicks off with a bang, with the Chicago premiere of Robert O'Hara's semi-autobiographical play - a hilariously frank, wildly unpredictable tale of growing up.
   
Born Ready  
Factory Theater Born Ready
 
Marion Kroft, an aging former child film actor turned variety show star in the 1950s, is desperate to get back into the public's eye and show business. Harriet is a new young dancer who befriends Marion and the pair quickly becomes a smash comedy duo, but the truth behind their scenes may not be as funny.
   
Born Yesterday  
Remy Bumppo Theatre at The Greenhouse Theater Center Born Yesterday
 
Classic American underdog Billie begins to question corruption's stranglehold on the disadvantaged when she awakens to a world full of new possibilities. Playing for over 1,600 performances in its Broadway debut and earning 5 Academy Award and 3 Golden Globe nominations for its film adaptation, Garson Kanin's delightful and dangerous comedy asks who will survive the Washington political machine- brains, beauty, or brawn?
   
By the Bog of Cats  
The Artistic Home By the Bog of Cats
 
Set on a ghostly landscape in Ireland, By the Bog of Cats is the story of a woman who's had a lifetime of abandonment and decides to lay claim to everything that's hers on a day when her world's being torn in half. Not only did her mother run off when she was a girl, but today the great love of her life, with whom she has a seven-year-old daughter, is marrying into a family that wants her kicked off the land. She has no one to turn to except local misfits, who are part of a community filled with outrageous, funny, terrible people. It’s one day in the life of a woman pushed beyond the limits of human endurance as she is forced to make a final horrible, self sacrificing decision. Mossman says of the play, “Think Greek tragedy on an Irish Bog. Just as tragic but twice as funny and pure poetry, in the great Irish tradition.”
   
By The Water  
Northlight Theatre By The Water
 
Hurricane Sandy has just ravaged the lifelong home of Marty and Mary Murphy. But the storm has ripped apart more than just the walls: with their neighbors too devastated to stay, the couple's beloved Staten Island community is in danger of disappearing forever. Determined to rebuild, Marty wages a campaign to save his neighborhood and his home, but when the Murphys' sons arrive to help their parents dig out, past betrayals come rushing to the surface.
   
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.
   
The Columnist  
American Blues Theater at Stage 773 The Columnist
 
From the Pulitzer and Tony award-winning author of Proof comes a drama about power, the press, sex and betrayal. At the height of the Cold War, Joe Alsop is the nation's most influential journalist, beloved, feared and courted by the Washington world. But as the 60s dawn and America undergoes dizzying change, the intense political dramas Joe is embroiled in become deeply personal as well.
   
Destiny of Desire  
Goodman Theatre Destiny of Desire
 
On a stormy night in small town Mexico, two baby girls are born - one to poverty, one to privilege-and then secretly switched. Eighteen years later the girls meet, brought together by misfortune. Or is it fate? Filled with glorious live music, this smart, contemporary comedy proves just how much the world can transform when women take destiny into their own hands.
   
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.
   
Espresso  
Three Crows at Mckaw Theater Espresso
 
Rosa is beckoned home when her estranged father is involved in an automobile accident. As events unfold and start to suffocate her, Rosa must begin to unravel the story of her family, every bitter and beautiful part.
   
Falling  
Interrobang Theatre Project at Athenaeum Theatre Falling
 
It takes a village, and then some. For Tami Martin, raising her 17-year-old severely autistic son Josh, is not only a full time job, it's a labor of love. But Josh's increasingly violent outbursts and pressure from her family threaten to drive Tami's efforts and her sanity to the brink.
   
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.
   
Flanagan's Wake  
Chicago Theatre Works Flanagan's Wake
 
Flanagan's Wake transports the audience to the fictional town of Grapplin, County Sligo, Ireland, where local roustabout, Flanagan, has died. Here they meet an eclectic cast of characters including Fiona Finn, Flanagan's spirited fiancee of 22 years, Brian Ballybunion, his best friend and drinking mate, Father Damon Fitzgerald, the sharp-tongued parish priest, Mayor O'Doul, the town mayor and bartender, the innocent Mother Flanagan and several other colorful citizens. The mourners pay their respects to the deceased in the Irish tradition (with a quick stop at the pub first).
   
For the Love Of (or, The Roller Derby Play)  
Pride Arts Center - The Buena For the Love Of (or, The Roller Derby Play)
 
When Joy, a driftless young woman, gets on the Brooklyn Scallywags and meets the star, Lizzie Lightning, she and her long-term partner Michelle find their lives turned upside down. For the Love Of asks how much you're willing to sacrifice - or lose - in order to follow your heart.
   
Giggle, Giggle, Quack  
Lifeline Theatre Giggle, Giggle, Quack
 
Running a farm is hard work, especially with cows that type, hens on strike, and a duck who's always causing trouble. So Farmer Brown takes off for a well-deserved vacation, leaving his brother Bob, an accountant from the city, in charge. Soon it's no work and all play (and cake, pizza, movies, and bubble baths) as the animals run wild, taking advantage of Bob's lack of experience. Will the animals come clean about their devious tricks, or is there more to Brother Bob than meets the eye? Take a break from the grind with the gang from Farmer Brown's farm with our hit musical adaptation of the 2002 New York Times bestselling book. his production is recommended for children ages five and up (children under two not permitted).
   
Goldilocks And The 3 Bears  
Chicago Kids Company at Beverly Arts Center Goldilocks And The 3 Bears
 
Chicago Kids Company Theatre for Children (CKC) presents Goldilocks and the 3 Bears, a one-hour musical adaptation! 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.
   
The Great and Terrible Wizard of Oz  
The House Theatre of Chicago at Chopin Theatre The Great and Terrible Wizard of Oz
 
This slightly darker and more modern take on L. Frank Baum's beloved classic amplifies the story's moodier, more complex undertones while still celebrating the colorful and playful world we know and love. When a twister lands our teenage Dorothy in Munchkinland, right atop a wicked witch, Glinda and the Munchkins send her off to Emerald City wearing magical red boots stained by the blood of the slain witch. Teaming up with a one-day-old Scarecrow, a heartbroken Tin Woodsman and a guilt-ridden Cowardly Lion, Dorothy may have to live up to her violent new nickname, "Witch Slayer," in exchange for a return ticket to Kansas. Featuring live music, giant puppets and flying monkeys hoisted into the air, your journey down the yellow brick road comes with dazzling spectacle and richer themes in this modern twist at Chicago's Chopin Theatre.
   
Gump  
The Public House Theatre Gump
 
Life is like a box of chocolates. And so is "GUMP: With Your Pal, Charlie Davis!" Nobody knows the world's most quotable movie ("Forrest Gump") better than Charlie Davis. Because he's your pal, he will take on the task of reenacting the beloved, Academy Award winning film all by himself. However, the audience will decide how the movie plays out.
   
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.
   
The Hard Problem  
Court Theatre The Hard Problem
 
Court Theatre is proud to bring award-winning and renowned playwright Tom Stoppard's highly-anticipated new play to Chicago. His new work introduces Hilary, a young psychologist working at the prestigious Krohl Institute for Brain Science. She struggles to bear the burden of her regrets as she works through a troubling issue in her research. Where does our biology end and our personhood begin? If there is nothing but matter, what is consciousness? Will the computer someday answer all questions psychology can ask? This "hard problem" sets Hilary at odds with her colleagues, but she prays for a miracle to lead her to the solutions.
   
Heartbreak House  
ShawChicago at Ruth Page Center For Arts Heartbreak House
 
Enjoy an evening of wit, romance and unforgettable characters in George Bernard Shaw's romantic comedy Heartbreak House. Just before World War I, a weekend in the English countryside becomes a tangle of unlikely attachments and unwanted complications -- love continually emerges but is never mutual, and the most successful relationships have the least to do with love. The house in question is that of Captain Shotover, a retired ship captain, current inventor and opinionated eccentric. In his eyes, his daughters have married badly -- one to a dim-witted plodder, another to a sharp-witted layabout. Enter into the house one Ellie Dunn. Daughter of a failed businessman and in seek of reparations, if nothing else, she decides to marry the ruthless capitalist who ruined her father. The husbands, the fathers, the wives, the daughters, the aging playboy and even a burglar all come together in "this silly house, this strangely happy house, this agonizing house, this house without foundations." Presented in ShawChicago's classic concert reading style, experience the action at Ruth Page Center for the Arts in Chicago.
   
Henry V  
Babes With Blades Theatre Company at City Lit Theater Henry V
 
Ascending the throne of England after the death of his father, young Henry V faces suspicion from within his country and pressure from without. Hoping to unite his kingdom and ensure its future security, he embarks on a risky campaign to conquer France. As a newly-anointed king with a lot to atone for, the odds are against him... but will his people rally around him?
   
In To America  
Griffin Theatre Company at The Den Theatre In To America
 
IN TO AMERICA is a world premiere drama that traces the American immigrant experience from Jamestown to present day through the stories of ordinary men, women and children who departed their homelands in the hopes of creating a new life. An extraordinary story 400 years in the making that transcends time, space and race to reflect the diversity and commonalities of our shared American experience.
   
The Infinite Wrench  
Neo-Futurists The Infinite Wrench
 
The Infinite Wrench is a mechanism that unleashes a barrage of two-minute plays for a live audience. Each play offers something different-some are funny, others profound. Some are elegant, disgusting, topical, irrelevant, terrifying, or put to song. All of the plays are truthful and tackle the here-and-now, inspired by the lived experiences of the performers. With new plays every week, The Infinite Wrench is The Neo-Futurists' ongoing and ever-changing attempt to shift the conventions of live performance and speak to the present audience, including those unreached or unmoved by other types of theater.
   
The Kid Thing  
Nothing Without a Company at Berger Park Coach House The Kid Thing
 
The Kid Thing proves that sometimes, good news isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. When two lesbian couples, who have been best friends for years, get together for a dinner party, the unexpected announcement of one couple’s pregnancy manages to rock both relationships. Darcy (Welch) and Leigh (Nava) find themselves confronting the delayed conversation of having kids of their own following Nate (li-Epstein) and Margot (Craft)’s pregnancy announcement; Leigh is ready to get started and Darcy is… more hesitant. A chance visit brings Margot’s sperm donor, Jacob (Fries)—a college friend of Nate and Leigh’s—to Chicago, and gives Leigh the opportunity to move one step closer to her parenting goal.
   
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.
   
Madagascar - A Musical Adventure  
Marriott Theatre In Lincolnshire Madagascar - A Musical Adventure
 
Join Alex the Lion, Marty the Zebra, Melman the Giraffe, Gloria the hip hop Hippo and, of course, those hilarious, plotting penguins as they bound onto our stage in the musical adventure of a lifetime. Based on the smash DreamWorks animated motion picture, Madagascar - A Musical Adventure follows all of your favorite crack-a-lackin' friends as they escape from their home in New York's Central Park Zoo and find themselves on an unexpected journey to the madcap world of King Julien's Madagascar.
   
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!
   
Mamma Mia!  
Marriott Theatre In Lincolnshire Mamma Mia!
 
ABBA's hits tell the hilarious story of a young woman's search for her birth father on a Greek island paradise. After reading her mom's diary from one carefree summer 20 years ago, Sophie secretly invites the three men her mom wrote about to her wedding. Set to the classic songs of ABBA like "Dancing Queen," "Take a Chance on Me" and "SOS," Mamma Mia! is the enchanting and unforgettable tale of love, laughter, family and friendship.
   
Meatball Seance  
Mary's Attic Meatball Seance
 
John Michael needs your help with his mom's meatball recipe to raise her from the dead so she can meet his new boyfriend. Join JM, as he learns how to have relationships with the living and the dead.
   
Medieval Times Dinner and Tournament  
Medieval Times Schaumburg Castle Medieval Times Dinner and Tournament
 
Medieval Times is an exciting, family-friendly dinner attraction inspired by an 11th century feast and tournament. Guests are served a four-course banquet and cheer for one of six knights as they compete in the joust and other tests of skill. Expect lots of jousting, swordsmanship, thrilling hand-to-hand combat, and displays of extraordinary horsemanship as part of an exciting story set in Medieval Spain.
   
The Most Happy Fella  
Theo Ubique Cabaret Theatre at No Exit Cafe The Most Happy Fella
 
Following the success of his 1950 musical comedy Guys and Dolls, composer-lyricist Frank Loesser adapted the 1924 play They Knew What They Wanted into one of the most-song-filled musicals ever written. The Most Happy Fella tells Howard's story of Tony Esposito, an older Italian immigrant and wine grower in California's Napa Valley, through over 40 songs that are Broadway show tunes in their structure but melodious and plentiful enough to fill an opera. Loesser's score is filled with sweeping ballads, intense dramatic arias and tuneful splashy Broadway style numbers.
   
Mother of Smoke  
Red Tape Theatre at Pride Arts Center - The Broadway Mother of Smoke
 
In a city on fire, one woman laments the destruction of her house while another refuses to acknowledge the existence of a threat at all. Created in response to the global crisis of displacement, the promise of safety and the crumbling of the American Dream, Mother of Smoke delves into a mash-up of The Trojan Women and The Cherry Orchard to examine the conflicting forces relevant to violence and disparity present in Chicago now. The performers weave together these stories, original text, music and movement in order to create a new response to this violence and how it exists in our daily lives. Co-created with a team of writers, musicians and performers, Mother of Smoke is an epic performance of remembering, coming together and picking up the pieces.
   
Part Dog: Scent of the Beyond  
Cornservatory Part Dog: Scent of the Beyond
 
You have stumbled into a room that leads to another dimension. The walls creak, the paintings eyes' seem to follow you as you pass, and the whole place stinks of something . . . hilarity. Your host for this evening is Marley J. Corwin, a mysterious figure of shadows and story who will take your on a journey through three tales of humor and terror. His other guests will be arriving soon so take a seat, clutch your loved ones, and take a big whiff of . . . The Scent of the Beyond!
   
Party On, Chicago!: The Choose-Your-Own-Drinking-Adventure  
Gorilla Tango Theatre Party On, Chicago!: The Choose-Your-Own-Drinking-Adventure
 
"Party On, Chicago!: The Choose-Your-Own-Drinking-Adventure" takes the audience through one crazy night in the windy city. Morgan and his best friend Katie are both in post-breakup funks, more content to ride the sofa and blog than to go and experience life. However, Morgan's roommate Jason is having none of that! What kind of night will they have? That's completely up to the audience. It is a choose-your-own-adventure, after all! Will this gang have the night of their lives or will they come home early? And, when confronted with choices of their own will you let them make the right call? "Party On, Chicago!: The Choose-Your-Own-Drinking-Adventure" is the comedy ride you have been looking for: filled with drinking games and hilarious twist and turns throughout the evening...I mean, a penguin? Say wha'?!?
   
Penelope Pennyworth Girl Detective: The Case of Mr. Nobody  
Edge Theatre Penelope Pennyworth Girl Detective: The Case of Mr. Nobody
 
Penelope is a 10-year-old girl detective solving crimes big and small with her best friend and sidekick Tillie. In Penelope Pennyworth Girl Detective: The Case of Mr. Nobody, Tillie begins to feel a little left out after a new friend joins the detective crew. When Penny's diary goes missing, her chance at winning the science fair is threatened! While Tillie seems to be a likely suspect for the theft, it's up to everybody to find out who really dunnit. This fun musical from Li'l Buds Theatre Company co-founder Jenny Lamb shows the strength that kids can find within when they need to overcome obstacles. Your entire family can join in the case-cracking, spirit-lifting fun at Chicago's Edge Theater.
   
The People's Republic of Edward Snowden  
Oil Lamp Theater The People's Republic of Edward Snowden
 
The People's Republic of Edward Snowden is a thought-provoking satire that tackles important questions of freedom and privacy. As the play opens, a "press conference" is scheduled in Terminal F of Moscow's Sheremetyevo International Airport. Audiences are introduced to Edward Snowden (Nick Bryant) by his alluring Russian "minder," Natasha (Lara Dohner). She tells us that Snowden, the infamous former CIA employee who revealed details about classified U.S. government surveillance programs in 2013, is making himself available for questions from the "press" - the audience in the theater - who are encouraged to submit questions for Snowden via social media using their smartphones. So begins an evening of immersive and interactive theater that takes audiences on a thought-provoking journey into the chilling world of global data-gathering and surveillance.
   
Phantom Pain  
The Greenhouse Theater Center Phantom Pain
 
A pair of true BFFs, Angela, who's black, and Marnie, who's white, grew up together in the racially turbulent Detroit of the '70s, and have managed to remain best buds through jobs, marriages and relocation to the Windy City. But the past returns to haunt them in Phantom Pain, when a visit from another childhood friend unearths lies and long-buried secrets that threaten to tear their relationship in two. This world premiere by Chicago playwright Barbara Lhota comes to the stage at the Greenhouse Theater Center.
   
Picnic  
American Theater Company Picnic
 
Closeted and dogged by an acute sense of failure for most of his life until he ended it, William Inge wrote some of the great lyrical plays of the American mid-century, and Picnic was his masterpiece, his playground and, quite possibly, his fantasy. In this loving reimagining, ATC Artistic Director Will Davis puts Inge at the center of his Pulitzer Prize-winning play and animates what is both sacred and profane about small town life against the backdrop of dust bowl hymns and love songs. Part seance, part love letter to a ghost, this Picnic explores a life lived at the periphery of one's own desire.
   
Pinching and Screaming  
Annoyance Theatre Pinching and Screaming
 
Mascots are lovable and fun, until they take it too far and cross over into being annoying and scary. Annie was a mascot wunderkind before a devastating mistake sent her life into a tailspin. But in the one-act play Pinching and Screaming, a chance encounter in a coffee shop 10 years after "the incident" gives her one last shot at mascot glory. The comedy group Schmoon brings this unique redemption tale to The Annoyance Theatre.
   
Porch Play  
Theatre Momentum at Pendulum Theater Space Porch Play
 
PORCH PLAY is an instant play in one act. Improv actors are instant playwrights, and this production draws on that skill to create complex interweaving lives and storytelling with depth and honesty. Elements of comedy and drama are folded into the story in equal measure.
   
A Princess of Mars  
Other World Theatre at Berger Park Coach House A Princess of Mars
 
Known for their imaginative and epic theatrical works of science fiction and fantasy, Chicago's Otherworld Theatre now presents the world premiere of their adaptation of Edgar Rice Burroughs' A Princess of Mars. A Confederate deserter, John Carter's world is turned upside-down when he finds himself mysteriously transported to the surface of Mars, where he is forced into a colossal conflict between the planet's alien races. Poised on the edge of collapse, the planet's fate comes to rest on Carter's war-weary shoulders -- and now he must choose sides. Filled with swordplay, otherworldly environments, elaborate costuming and more, A Princess of Mars at Berger Park promises to whisk you away on an unforgettable theatrical adventure.
   
Purity Ball: The Musical  
Annoyance Theatre Purity Ball: The Musical
 
Purity Ball: The Musical takes a lighthearted look at the somewhat creepy world of evangelical purity balls - ceremonies in which young girls symbolically entrust their virginity to their fathers for safekeeping until marriage. The humorous play, written by Molly Miller with music by Brad Kemp, follows Isabel, a devout Christian teen who's tempted to have sex right before the Colorado Springs annual Purity Ball. As the big event approaches, Isabel finds she must explore her faith, her virginity and her self worth -- and learns that ultimately she and only she is in charge of her body.
   
The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui  
Trap Door Theatre The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui
 
The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui, by Bertolt Brecht is a satire of social and political corruption chronicling Aturo Ui's villainous rise to power during the 1930's in Chicago.
   
Saturday Night Fever  
Drury Lane- Oakbrook Saturday Night Fever
 
Based on the 1977 hit film, Saturday Night Fever follows Brooklyn teen Tony Manero in his attempt to escape his troubles by spending weekends at the local disco. Watch Tony win the admiration of the crowd, as well as his heartthrob Stephanie Mangano, as he burns up the dance floor with his electric moves. Featuring favorite Bee Gees songs from the movie such as "Night Fever," "Stayin' Alive," and "Jive Talkin'," Saturday Night Fever is a fun and funky blast from the past that will have audiences dancing in the aisle.
   
The Scene  
Writers Theatre The Scene
 
What starts off with an amusing exchange at a hip Manhattan party quickly turns into something more complex. When close friends Charlie and Lewis meet Clea, a determined young woman making her mark on the New York scene, it sets them off on an emotional roller coaster. This provocative comedy-drama explores the dark edges of commitment and the struggles of balancing authenticity with ambition.
   
The Scullery Maid  
Idle Muse Theatre Company at Edge Theatre The Scullery Maid
 
As King Edward celebrates an uneasy truce with France, the lowliest servant in Nottingham castle, Miriam the scullery maid, initiates a murder plot that will see him dead before the night is done - no matter the cost. Loyalties and conspiracies unravel as a raging tempest sets in, giving rise to new betrayals and unearthing long-buried secrets as Miriam approaches the point of no return. Religious, political and familial identities all clash with storm-like intensity in a medieval thriller that asks: are we defined by our prejudices or can we escape becoming what we hate?
   
Shamilton  
Apollo Theater Shamilton
 
From the minds behind "Baby Wants Candy," "Thrones! The Musical Parody" and "Fifty Shades! The Musical Parody," "Shamilton" invites audiences to call out any famous historic figure-from Leonardo da Vinci to Genghis Khan to Paris Hilton-and watch an improvised musical unfold in real time before their eyes and ears, complete with gorgeous solos, sweeping chorus numbers and hilarious on-the-fly choreography. The production features a Chicago-based ensemble and a full band, including electronic musical enhancements with looping and percussion.
   
Six Stories Tall  
Adventure Stage Chicago Six Stories Tall
 
Drums and DJs. Monsters and mysteries. Victory. Join a legion of young heroes battling villains, saving the underdog, and once again making dreams come true in Six Stories Tall. ASC revives its electrifying 2012 production before embarking on its first-ever national tour. Influenced by comic books, video games, hip hop, and Latino folklore, this collection of vignettes celebrates youth as everyday heroes taking us on a thrilling, heartfelt journey.
   
Skin for Skin  
The Agency Theater Collective at Rivendell Theatre Skin for Skin
 
Skin for Skin depicts the biblical Job as a Muslim-American contractor in Baghdad who is suspected of aiding Al-Qaeda. He is imprisoned in an Abu Ghraib-type 'black site' and subjected to 'enhanced interrogation' as supervised by an American psychologist. The play explores the unintended consequences of torture in the name of God, country and money.
   
The Snare  
Jackalop Theatre at Broadway Armory The Snare
 
Ruth is your average eighth-grader, keeping busy with homework, vying to be captain of her basketball team, and trying to be more like her babysitter. When Ruth mentions at the dinner table that the Devil has been talking to her, her pastor mom and family struggle to help Ruth fight something only she can see. In this world premiere play about faith, doubt, and growing up, the question is: who will you believe?
   
The Snowy Day and Other Stories  
Emerald City Theatre Company at Apollo Theater The Snowy Day and Other Stories
 
Ezra Jack Keats' beloved children's books that began with The Snowy Day come to life in this Emerald City Theatre production by award-winning playwright Jerome Hairston. A landmark picture book, The Snowy Day was the first to feature an African-American protagonist, centering on Peter, a young boy who explores his city after the first snowfall. The Caldecott Medal-winning book and its six sequels have continued to enchant readers for over 50 years. In this stage adaptation, various types of puppetry and movement capture Peter's poignant journey through childhood in a whole new way. Come experience The Snowy Day and Other Stories at Chicago's Apollo Theater. For ages 3 - 9
   
The Source  
Route 66 Theatre at The Den Theatre The Source
 
On the hunt for the biggest story of their careers, two journalists are summoned to travel across the world to meet with The Source: an unidentified leaker of hacked documents and information on the U.S. government. As these strangers probe one another for the truth and information, they find themselves in a thrilling psychological drama that leads them to examine their motives, their country and themselves... all while waiting for The Source.
   
Spamilton  
Royal George Theatre Spamilton
 
Created by the Forbidden Broadway mastermind Gerard Alessandrini, the hilarious musical mash-up, Spamilton celebrates, roasts, and eviscerates the Broadway blockbuster with a cast of five. It is interspersed with outrageous references to Gypsy, Chicago, The King and I, Assassins, Camelot and Sweeney Todd. Not only are Lin-Manuel Miranda and the stars of the original cast of Hamilton comically eviscerated, but they are joined by caricatures of living Broadway legends: Patti Lupone, Audra McDonald, Stephen Sondheim, Stephen Schwartz, Barbra Streisand, Bernadette Peters, and many more beloved icons.
   
Strangest Things! The Musical  
The Greenhouse Theater Center Strangest Things! The Musical
 
In that magical year of 1983, when parents were nowhere to be found, hair was huge and frozen waffles had the power to change a bald girl's life, something ... strange happened in a sleepy town. Set to the fresh beats of your favorite me-decade hits, Strangest Things! might be familiar if you've seen the Netflix smash hit about a lost boy, his plucky friends and a troubled sheriff whose town is turned upside down. But in the hands of the folks who brought you Barney the Elf and Ladies Night of the Living Dead, this musical mystery is a little twisted. Spell out "L-E-T-S G-O" on your Christmas lights and head to Greenhouse Theater Center for a hilarious take on TV's hottest hit.
   
Strike Out with Jake Arrieta  
Under The Gun Theater Strike Out with Jake Arrieta
 
"Strike Out with Jake Arrieta" at its heart is a show about love...hosted by *Jake Arrieta. Jake will interview audience members about bad dates they have gone on and then Jake and the Under The Gun Ensemble will perform Improv based on the stories. *Please note this is not the real Jake Arrieta, this is an actor playing Jake Arrieta.*
   
Sycamore  
Raven Theatre Sycamore
 
In this new drama by Brooklyn-based playwright Sarah Sander, Celia and Henry are teenaged siblings living in an unnamed Midwestern suburb. Celia is 18, a high school senior who is involved in cheerleading and the drama club. Henry is 16 and active in mathletics. Both Celia and Henry become romantically interested in their new next-door neighbor, John, who recently moved to their town from Los Angeles with his single mom Jocelyn and is also an artistic type (he's a photographer). This is not the first time Celia and Henry have been romantic rivals - their first competition over a boy resulted in incidents which had damaging and lasting impacts on each of them. Will trouble strike again as the two vie for John's affections? Meanwhile, Celia and Henry's parents, David and Louise, face stress in their marriage due to David's reduction in hours as a college professor and need to take on a job as a short order cook in an all-night diner.
   
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.
   
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
   
truth and reconciliation  
Sideshow Theatre Company at Victory Gardens Theater - Biograph truth and reconciliation
 
South Africa, Northern Ireland, Rwanda, Bosnia and Zimbabwe. Five devastating conflicts, thirty years, one room and one burning question: can reconciliation be found when the reluctant truth is finally spoken? Twenty-two actors bring debbie tucker green's sixty-minute unblinking exploration of loss to life. Stories from across the world weave together in a search for justice, as victims and perpetrators alike struggle for meaning in the aftermath of crime.
   
Unseen  
The Gift Theatre Unseen
 
Conflict photographer Mia wakes up in the Istanbul apartment of her on-again, off-again girlfriend after being found unconscious at the scene of a massacre she was photographing. Mia can't even remember being there, but she wired photos of the site hours before being found. The two women resume their volatile push-pull when Mia's well-meaning Californian mother arrives from the United States, trying to help unravel the mystery of what happened to her daughter.
   
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.
   
The Wiz  
Kokandy Productions at Theater Wit The Wiz
 
Featuring a book by William F. Brown and music and lyrics by Charlie Smalls, THE WIZ is an urbanized retelling of Frank Baum's Classic 1900 children's novel The Wonderful Wizard of Oz and the classic movie The Wizard of Oz, in the context of 20th century African American culture. Brown's gritty revival puts the focus on "what it means to live with intelligence, compassion and courage in today's tough cities." Follow the yellow brick road with a dazzling mix of rock, gospel and soul. The 1975 Broadway production of The Wiz won seven Tony Awards including Best Musical.
   
The Wiz  
Emerald City Theatre Company at Apollo Theater The Wiz
 
Your family will "Ease on Down the Road" with the music you know and love in this adaptation of The Wiz, based on the classic tale The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum and popularized by the 1978 film of the same name. Culminating Emerald City Theatre's 20th Season, fans of all ages will follow Dorothy's exploration of love, home, and family through a magical musical mixture of rock, gospel, and soul in a fantastical Chicago setting. "Living here in this brand new world might be a fantasy, but it taught me to love, so it's real - real to me!"
   
The Women In Black  
WildClaw Theatre Company at The Den Theatre The Women In Black
 
Chicago's premiere horror theater begins their 2017 season by bringing the award-winning stage play based on Susan Hill's classic 1983 novel to Chicago. In this gothic, spine-tingler, a solicitor hires an actor to tutor him in recounting to family and friends a story that has long troubled him. It concerns events that transpired when he attended the funeral of an elderly recluse twenty years ago. There he caught sight of a woman in black, the mere mention of whom terrifies the locals, for she is a specter who haunts the neighborhood. Together, the two men recreate the events of that dark and stormy night. WildClaw is proud to present this true horror theater classic with the distinction of being the longest running non-musical in London's famous West End.
   
A Wrinkle in Time  
Lifeline Theatre A Wrinkle in Time
 
After her father vanishes under mysterious circumstances, Meg Murray's life begins spiraling out of control. One dark and stormy night, Mrs. Whatsit, Mrs. Who and Mrs. Which appear and promise to help rescue him from the monstrous darkness that threatens the universe. A Wrinkle in Time follows Meg, her extraordinary brother Charles Wallace, their pal Calvin, and a host of extraterrestrial friends and foes as they journey into the heart of a terrible evil in the hope of reuniting a fragmented family. Based on the beloved 1963 book by Madeleine L'Engle, this heartwarming adventure across the stars gets underway at Chicago's Lifeline Theatre.