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Accidentally Like a Martyr  
A Red Orchid Theatre Accidentally Like a Martyr
 
In a dive-y gay bar on Manhattan's lower east side the regulars and the restless others do battle, joke and drink their way through a lonely winter evening. Different generations and backgrounds collide, secrets are revealed and old wounds are torn anew as these survivors come to grips with life, loss and aging in the 21st century. Family and friendship are the focus of this humor filled drama in the tradition of The Time of Your Life and Small Craft Warnings.
   
The Addams Family  
Mercury Theater The Addams Family
 
Experience both laughter and chills as the weird and wonderful Addams family comes to Chicago in this creepy and kooky musical comedy from Mercury Theater Chicago. Wednesday Addams, now a grown-up princess of darkness, has fallen head-over-heels for a normal boy from a respectable family and has invited her new boyfriend and his parents to the family mansion for a meet-and-greet gone gothic. Sit back and savor the horrific hospitality of Gomez, Morticia, Pugsley, Grandma, Lurch and everyone's favorite weirdo, Uncle Fester, as the special occasion brings out the best -- and worst -- in everyone involved. The award-winning team behind the magnificently macabre The Addams Family includes authors Marshall Brickman and Rick Elice (Jersey Boys) and composer-lyricist Andrew Lippa (The Wild Party).
   
Angry Fags  
Steppenwolf Theatre Angry Fags
 
What happens when gay men start bashing back? This is the central question of Angry Fags, a comedy about two gay men who take matters into their own hands after a friend is the victim of a hate crime. After that first rush of revenge, the two seek out bigger targets, eventually setting their sights on political figures. But the results don't always turn out as planned, and even the best intentions can go awry. Follow along on this Fight Club-like voyage of self-discovery at Chicago's famed Steppenwolf Theatre.
   
Apes Of Wrath  
Second City Apes Of Wrath
 
In the world of high stakes, we become a more heightened version of ourselves, which can sometimes resemble more simian behavior than human. From unitard sporting performance artists, an intimate encounter with robot culture and the primal effects of downsizing, "Apes of Wrath" embraces the dark and light sides of our human devolution.
   
The Apple Family Plays: Sorry  
TimeLine Theatre Company The Apple Family Plays: Sorry
 
Richard Nelson's celebrated series of four Apple Family Plays explores politics, change, and family dynamics. TimeLine presents the Chicago debut of two of these remarkable works (the first and third in the series) on an alternating schedule. Sorry is set on the morning of the presidential election in 2012. Both explore how a family sorts through personal and political feelings of loss and confusion in the shadow of history as it is being made.
   
The Apple Family Plays: That Hopey Changey Thing  
TimeLine Theatre Company The Apple Family Plays: That Hopey Changey Thing
 
Richard Nelson's celebrated series of four Apple Family Plays explores politics, change, and family dynamics. TimeLine presents the Chicago debut of two of these remarkable works (the first and third in the series) on an alternating schedule. That Hopey Changey Thing takes place as the polls close on the 2010 mid-term elections.
   
The Art Of Disappearing  
16th Street Theater at Berwyn Cultural Center The Art Of Disappearing
 
When Melissa receives a mysterious invitation to brunch from her mother after a two-year estrangement, she returns to a home where nothing is as it seems. Fathers lie, friends leave and she herself is failing in the artist's world she covets- as her mother practices the art of disappearing before her very eyes. The devastating truth she discovers in her parents' house threatens to tear all of them apart for good.
   
Baby With The Bathwater  
Fury Theatre at Indian Boundary Park Baby With The Bathwater
 
Fury presents Tony Award Winning Playwright Christopher Durang's (Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike, Beyond Therapy) early dark and wickedly demented comedy about the difficulties of parenting and how twisted and hilarious childhood is! Helen and John, gazing proudly at their new baby are disheartened that it doesn't speak English. Too polite and drunk to check its sex, they decide it's a girl and name him Daisy. Several years and interventions later, Durang's twisted characters negotiate the fine line between satire and truth as Daisy struggles not to repeat their calamitous and nonsensical mistakes!
   
Barbecue Apocalypse  
The Ruckus at Athenaeum Theatre Barbecue Apocalypse
 
The yard is wrong. The fence is wrong. The patio furniture is really, really wrong. As Mike and Deb prepare for a backyard barbecue designed to impress their more stylish friends, these concerns threaten to send them into a spiral of shame and self-doubt. But the world is about to fall apart, and apocalypse has a way of putting things in perspective. The Ruckus presents the Midwest premiere of a devilish new comedy from the writer behind The Boxer and the City Life Supplement.
   
Bates: An 80s Musical 'Psycho' Parody  
The Public House Theatre Bates: An 80s Musical 'Psycho' Parody
 
"Bates: An 80s Musical 'Psycho' Parody" is a twisted love story opening just in time for Valentine's Day! So audiences who want something a little more heart-pounding can get their fix with the sweet-faced serial killer who embodies the saying, "A boy's first love is his mother."
   
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."
   
The Big Meal  
Steel Beam Theatre The Big Meal
 
Somewhere in America, in a typical suburban restaurant on a typical night, Sam and Nicole first meet. And so begins an expansive tale that traverses five generations of a modern family, from first kiss to final goodbye.
   
Bingo's Birthday  
Emerald City's Little Theatre Bingo's Birthday
 
You are invited to the birthday party of a very special dog, and Bingo is his name-o! Everything is ready, but Farmers Pickle and Tickle can't find the guest of honor. Is he near or far? Up or down? Over or under? Explore the farm and help find Bingo in this intimate, theatrical celebration. This unique experience places you and your little ones in an interactive and magical playground where anything goes. A theatre experience specially designed for ages 0 to 4
   
Blackout  
Annoyance Theatre Blackout
 
In a time of racial unrest, the all black long form improv team "BLACKOUT" will put on what may be their most daring run of shows yet. Ensemble member Warren Phynix Johnson says, "In tune to the nation's injustices to the African-American male, "BLACKOUT" will use their highly trained improv comedy skills to question commercial views and embrace unbridled f*ckery." The ensemble includes Sherman Edwards, Ramon Smith, Chris Redd, Shawn Shauntel Smith, Rob Wilson, and Warren Phynix Johnson. "BLACKOUT" at The Annoyance will be dangerous, mildly heart warming and unapologetically honest.
   
Blue Man Group  
Briar Street Theatre Blue Man Group
 
Blue Man Group is best known for its award-winning theatrical productions which critics have described as "ground-breaking," "hilarious," "visually stunning" and "musically powerful." These performances feature three enigmatic bald and blue characters who take the audience through a multi-sensory experience that combines theatre, percussive music, art, science and vaudeville into a form of entertainment that is like nothing else.
   
Blue Planet  
Akvavit Theatre at Storefront Theater Blue Planet
 
Best friends Hulda and Brimir live on a planet much like Earth-populated only by children. They live a simple but ideal life. When they meet an adult, the mysterious Jolly-Goodday. they are promised a life of greater joy, even more spectacular fun, but at what cost? The exuberance of Peter Pan, the wonder of the myth of Icarus, mixed with an eco-conscious message, Blue Planet is a family-friendly and lively integrated theatrical experience using movement, puppetry, aerial dance and object work with traditional elements of storytelling. The performance is sure to illuminate, entertain and inspire.
   
Boeing Boeing  
906 Theatre Company at Mary's Attic Boeing Boeing
 
It's 1960 and life is good for Parisian lothario Bernard. His three fiancees -- one French, one German and one American -- are all beautiful airline attendants with frequent (but never overlapping) layovers in Paris. And thanks to Bernard's reluctant but faithful maid, who swaps out the photographs in his apartment according to schedule, the women are none the wiser about each other's existence. That is until a new, faster Boeing jet throws the airline schedules out of whack and Bernard finds himself with all three women on his hands at once. Throw in Bernard's friend, who's hilariously bad at keeping all the lies straight, and the whole plan is poised to fall apart. This slapstick farce from French playwright Marc Camoletti has been performed in London and on Broadway and was made into a 1965 film starring Tony Curtis and Jerry Lewis.
   
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.
   
Buffalo  
Annoyance Theatre Buffalo
 
"Buffalo" is a stampede of comic scenes, solid harmonies, and an absurd realism, that explores the glories and tragedies of relationships through song. Every genre bending show is a brand new musical, opening and closing on the same night! And each week will feature two different groups to open the show.
   
Bye Bye Liver  
The Public House Theatre Bye Bye Liver
 
The Pub Theater Company performs a series of outrageous sketches centered on Chicago's favorite pastime: drinking. Bye Bye Liver is filled with interactive social games for the audience, pitting males versus females, actors versus audience and so on. Bar life and alcoholic adventures are held up for your amusement so you can laugh -- and drink -- your troubles away. With a spontaneous and interactive format, the outcome is always a fun and outrageous time for everyone, both audience and cast.
   
Circle-Machine  
Oracle Theatre Circle-Machine
 
An American woman abroad is mistakenly left holding the newborn child of the First Secretary of the Community Party as the Berlin Wall comes crashing down. In the confusion of revolution, she decides to escape the chaos and corruption to raise the child in the safe embrace of the West. When the baby's mother returns to challenge the true maternity of the child, CIRCLE-MACHINE paints the conflict as a question of Capitalism's self-proclaimed supremacy in the world. Don't miss this frenetic, World Premiere adaptation that borrows its story from FULL CIRCLE by Charles Mee, which borrows from the 13th century Chinese zaju play, "The Chalk Circle", which also inspired Bertolt Brecht and a host of other artists throughout the ages.
   
Circuscope  
The Actors Gymnasium at Noyes Cultural Arts Center Circuscope
 
Enthralled by the extraordinary shapes and sizes of life, the creators of the Actors Gymnasium Winter Circus will explore a fascinating world on the other side of the microscopic lens. Directed by spectacle-theatre veteran Vanessa Stalling and featuring acclaimed Chicago clown Dean Evans, Circuscope will transport audiences through surprising acrobatics, mime, live music and other-worldly design. Circuscope also features Meredith "Tommy" Tomlins, Molly Plunk, and Leah Leor.
   
Cold  
Dream Theatre Cold
 
We're all broken in some way and afraid of the things we most want in life. That's certainly true for Lyric, a young woman afraid of being alone. It's equally true of Nate, a shut in who can't stand the company of others. Both force the other out of their comfort zone in a whirlwind night beginning with an awkward party and ending with fumbled intimacy. Each in their own way discovers that sometimes the only thing holding you back from everything you want is yourself.
   
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.
   
The Confessional  
Honest Theatre at Flat Iron Arts Building The Confessional
 
The intrigue begins when mild-mannered high school teacher Stanley Prentiss confesses to a grisly murder, but the police cannot prove he has done anything at all. Has he truly committed a crime or is he just creating a twisted game of cat and mouse with detectives Carter and Bryce? Delve into the mind of psychopath for an evening with this edge-of-your-seat crime drama.
   
Contention: A Love/Hate Story  
Annoyance Theatre Contention: A Love/Hate Story
 
"Contention: A Love/Hate Story" is a dark comedy that jumps through time to catch the contrasting moments of playfulness and anger, bitterness and desire, deceit and compromise, that define a passionate relationship. Steve Nelson, actor and co-creator says, "I got the idea from an improv set I did over the summer. The first scene was a couple's break up, and the second scene was the couples first meeting. There was something really satisfying about contrasting the kind of heated ugliness of a relationship being broken with the spontaneous magnetism of a first encounter where sparks are really flying."
   
Cupid Has a Heart On: A Musical Guide to Relationships  
Stage 773 Cupid Has a Heart On: A Musical Guide to Relationships
 
The Cupid Players are Chicago's all-musical sketch comedy group; their intelligent and satirical scenes are always accompanied by songs that are sure to puncture your aorta. They have performed from coast to coast and were just voted Critics Pick in the Chicago Reader! Come and see what Chris Jones of the Chicago Tribune calls "both refreshing and a memorably enjoyable 70 minutes."
   
Dark Matter  
Annoyance Theatre Dark Matter
 
"Dark Matter" was born out of cast collaboration under the direction of Duke Harbison. "I noticed our sweetest, most innocent scenes had some dark twist to them," Duke Harbison says. "It's probably what drew me to these actors in the first place." The result is a beautifully twisted collection of scenes from the minds of Annoyance regulars and new comers, Nate Varrone, Wolfgang Stein, James Tiereny, Peter Kim, Jo Scott, Lauren Walker, Lindsey Finn, and Emily Fightmaster.
   
The 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.
   
Dividing the Estate  
Raven Theatre Dividing the Estate
 
Horton Foote's comedy-drama, his last new play to be produced on Broadway, focuses on the members of a wealthy Texas family whose fortunes have declined and who are debating whether or not to divide the remainder of the family's estate while their octogenarian matriarch Stella is still alive. Raven's production will be the first Chicago staging of Foote's last new play to be presented on Broadway.
   
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.
   
Dunsinane  
Chicago Shakespeare Theater Dunsinane
 
London's The Times proclaims, "If it's riveting spectacle, challenging ideas and human drama you want, this is the show to see." Playwright David Greig's captivating sequel to Shakespeare's Scottish play explores one man's attempt to restore peace in a country consumed by war. Macbeth is dead. Under cover of night, the English army has swept in, killed the tyrant and claimed Scotland's seat of power. But efforts to restore order appear futile as the situation spins out of control. Fierce one minute and funny the next, Greig's extraordinary ability to infuse a dark story with rich humor results in a lively, vital examination of power—illuminating uncanny parallels between Scotland's medieval and present-day political landscapes.
   
Edgar and Annabel  
The Poor Theatre at The Side Project Edgar and Annabel
 
Sam Holcroft's Edgar & Annabel throws us into a world of government surveillance and societal distrust. Against the odds, a young married couple thrives -at least to those who are listening.
   
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!
   
Emperor of the Moon  
Saint Sebastian Players at St. Bonaventure Church Emperor of the Moon
 
Aphra Behn, arguably the first professional English woman playwright, offers the love stories of Bellemante and Elaria, the mischievous daughter and niece, respectively, of the moonstruck Doctor Baliardo, an amateur moralist and astronomer. To get around the doctor's rules, the girls convince him their respective lovers are visitors from the moon. Behn's clever script pairs contemporary comic dialogue with classical commedia dell'arte antics. Emperor of the Moon was the last play produced before Behn's death in 1689 and is one of her most famous and successful works, filled with irresistible humor and vividly colorful and refreshing intellect.
   
Endgame  
The Hypocrites at The Den Theatre Endgame
 
Hamm is blind and cannot stand. His servant, Clov, cannot sit. And then there's his legless parents Nagg and Nell who live in trashcans. Trapped in a tiny house by the sea after some sort of apocalyptic disaster, they trudge through an absurd, cyclical existence. In true Hypocrites fashion, the actors and audience alike share a full and lush visual world to experience Beckett's classic comedy.
   
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.
   
finding grafenberg  
trip at Hairpin Arts Center finding grafenberg
 
finding grafenberg explores the sexual, professional and political tensions in and out of the work place with clarity and unapologetic honesty. Moving from the office, to the bar and, inevitably, into the bedroom, finding gräfenberg places the audience into the action of the play resulting in a blurring of the line between spectator and performer without truly ever entering the world of the "interactive." With this intimate acting style and environment, trip. seeks to draw the audience into the action, rather than push them away with spectacle or pretension.
   
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?
   
First Wives Club  
Ford Oriental Theatre First Wives Club
 
Five-time Emmy Award nominee Linda Bloodworth Thomason (“Designing Women”) makes her theatrical debut as book writer and Simon Phillips will direct the musical. Based on the hit Paramount Pictures Film, FIRST WIVES CLUB, still the ultimate story of female empowerment, and will feature songs – both new original music and classics – by Motown legends Holland-Dozier-Holland, who are responsible for such hits as "Reach Out…I'll Be There," "Stop in the Name of Love," "I Can't Help Myself (Sugar Pie Honey Bunch)," and “My World Is Empty Without You.”
   
Fit To Be Tied  
Benevolent Theatre at Angel Island Theater Fit To Be Tied
 
Arloc Simpson is fabulously wealthy but desperately lonely, living in solitary life for many years. Wrestling with the idea of his own mortality after having just read the obituary of a former lover in the paper. Arloc goes for a walk...a very long walk. And meets a stranger, Boyd, who he believes may be the great love of his life. A runaway with no family, Boyd works as an angel at Radio City's Christmas Spectacular. Somewhat smitten of this angel, and after only one drink, Arloc can't find it in himself to part with Boyd, and let his last chance for happiness escape. So he kidnaps him. At that moment, Arloc's mother, Nessa descends upon him.
   
Forgotten Future: The Education Project  
Collaboraction at Flat Iron Arts Building Forgotten Future: The Education Project
 
Inspired by the dysfunction of the American education system, Forgotten Future: The Education Project explores three students' unique perspectives of the Chicago school system and how it both serves and is failing them and their potential future. Constructed from extensive research, the play tackles the key issues of inequities, cultural barriers and testing. The result is a unique, immersive theater piece designed to entertain and inform, as well as motivate dialogue.
   
Four  
Jackalope Theatre at Broadway Armory Four
 
On a lonely Fourth of July in Hartford in 1996, June, a sixteen-year-old white boy, sneaks out for his first ever tryst with Joe, a closeted, married black man he's met over the Internet. On the same night, just across town, studious high-schooler, Abigayle, escapes her ailing mother to go out with Dexter, a twenty-year-old low-level drug dealer. In and around the city, as America celebrates its independence, these two couples get to know themselves and each other, as they navigate the journey from strangers to intimates. In the stark landscapes of movie theatres, fast food restaurants, darkened churches, parking lots and public parks, they grasp for connection, but reveal the limits of desire, and the possibilities for transcendence.
   
Freak Supreme  
CIC Theater Freak Supreme
 
Freak Supreme is a weekly experimental variety hour featuring a one-act play written that day along with shorter pieces ranging from storytelling to songs all centered around a theme.
   
Fur Elites  
Annoyance Theatre Fur Elites
 
Based on actual events, Fur Elites is an absurd parlor musical about trying to find your light in a world that seems determined to eclipse you. A small and quiet boy living in a big, bold city, Denny works as an assistant at Ecnayonna Furs, a high-end retail fur shop in the city's ritzy shopping district. And it seems like any way Denny turns, he comes face to face with yet another oddball character -- whether it be a former model, a wildly wealthy global elite, an international fur dealer or even an illustrious vagabond. Step into The Annoyance Theatre & Bar to see how everything shakes out for Denny in this absurd parlor musical.
   
The Glass Protege  
Glitterati Productions at Theater Wit The Glass Protege
 
Hollywood, 1949. A time when the movies are king and the movie stars merely pawns for the studio bosses. A time when passion was lauded but sex was never discussed. So when naïve young actor Patrick Glass embarks on a scandalous homosexual love affair with his famous co-star, he starts to feel the full force of the studio's career-destroying muscle. Forty years later, as the truths of the past are uncovered, the true consequences of this "unacceptable" romance come to light. A powerful drama about money, image, and the power-obsessed "Hollywood machine."
   
The Greatest Story Never Told  
I.O. The Greatest Story Never Told
 
The Greatest Story Never Told, brings families and strangers together to collaborate and create improvised stories on stage. The shows begins with a well meaning but underprepared narrator who opens a storybook and discovers it has no text and actors are nowhere to be found. The audience, along with "The Greatest Interns" (professional improvisers) help illicit suggestions and volunteer performers in order to assist in creating The Greatest Story Never Told - the children in the audience are actually invited onstage to help create the story with the performers! This original improvised story inspires illustrations from an artist and text from a writer and the performance is ultimately turned into a digital and physical book which the audience may purchase and keep forever.
   
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?
   
Heat Wave  
Cold Basement Dramatics at Steppenwolf Theatre Heat Wave
 
It is Chicago, in the summer of 1995, and an intense heat wave has gripped the city with temperatures soaring above 100 degrees. By the time it's all over, over 700 people will have died, mostly the poor, elderly, or minorities with nowhere to seek shelter. As the morgues overflow, the city's emergency response team is called into question. The Mayor's Office combats the criticism with a public relations campaign that successfully turns the blame onto the victims and their families.
   
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 Importance of Being Earnest  
ShawChicago at Ruth Page Center For Arts The Importance of Being Earnest
 
The Importance of Being Earnest is a delightful comedy of mistaken identity. The play ridicules propriety and etiquette in Victorian society's strict moral code. Men-about-town Jack Worthing and Algernon Moncrieff pursue Gwendolen Fairfax and Cecily Cardew. Matters are complicated by the imaginary characters invented by both men to cover their secret philandering - not to mention the disapproval of Gwendolen's mother, the formidable Lady Bracknell. Earnest is Oscar Wilde at his wittiest.
   
Improvised Star Trek  
I.O. Improvised Star Trek
 
Explore strange new characters. Seek out new laughs, new forms of improvised comedy. Boldly go where no Star Trek fans have gone before! Created by Chicago improv veteran Charlie McCrackin (iO, Second City) and Las Vegas' Star Trek: The Experience veteran Griffen Eckstein; Improvised Star Trek stars Eckstein, Sean Kelley, Irene Marquette, Christopher Rathjen, Nick Wagner, Mary Cait Walthall, Julia Weiss, and Matt Young as the crew of the USS Sisyphus, a less enterprising starship. Each episode could contain first contact with alien species, time travel, mind control, intergalactic intrigue, the awkwardness of having only one bathroom on a large space vessel, the imminent destruction of the entire quadrant, or all of the above!
   
International Voices Project  
Victory Gardens Theater - Biograph International Voices Project
 
Presented in collaboration with each country's consulate general and/or cultural institution, the International Voices Project celebrates the voices of international playwrights with eight premiere concert-style readings. A professional cast performs each play to allow audience members' imaginations create the world of the play. After each reading, there will be a post-performance discussion with the cast and audience, followed by a reception.
   
Jack and the Beanstalk  
Chicago Kids Company at Beverly Arts Center Jack and the Beanstalk
 
Come along with Jack and his best friend Carmelita (a Spanish-Speaking Cow), as they try to save their village from a crazy Giant! Along the way you'll meet a beautiful singing Harp, a Golden Goose, and a wacky Bean Salesman. Watch the Giant Beanstalk grow on stage! The show runs one hour with no intermission, and is targeted for kids aged 2 to 12.
   
James and the Giant Peach  
Filament Theatre James and the Giant Peach
 
Things couldn't get worse for poor James Henry Trotter. Due to a freak rhinoceros accident in the marketplace that left him orphaned, James has been forced to live as a servant for his two cruel aunties, Sponge and Spiker. But when a mysterious man appears with the ingredients to make all James's wishes comes true, James finds himself inside the pit of a giant peach with an unexpected group of insect friends and a great adventure ahead! Filament Theatre uses music, puppets, and circus feats to create this imaginative retelling of Roald Dahl's whimsical classic.
   
A Kid Like Jake  
About Face Theatre at The Greenhouse Theater Center A Kid Like Jake
 
Alexandra and Greg's intelligent and precocious four year-old son Jake is a leading candidate for enrollment in one of Manhattan's top kindergarten programs. But when attention turns to his passion for Cinderella and dress-up, Jake's gender non-conforming behavior becomes a lightning rod, calling into question assumptions about gender, class, education and acceptance through the lens of 21st century parenting.
   
La Cage aux Folles  
Marriott Theatre In Lincolnshire La Cage aux Folles
 
Set against the glamorous background of a St. Tropez nightclub, Georges and Albin, two men partnered for better-or-worse, get a taste of both when Georges' son Jean-Michel makes a shocking announcement: he plans to marry the daughter of an ultra-conservative politician. Chaos ensues when the two completely opposite families meet, and Albin's familiar, flamboyant habits get in the way at every turn. Feathers get ruffled and households upended in this poignant tale of one family's struggle to stay together, stay fabulous and above all else, stay true to themselves. A classic musical comedy, La Cage aux Folles brims with sparkling costumes, spectacular dance numbers and a glorious score including "The Best of Times," "I Am What I Am," and "The Song on the Sand."
   
Late Nite Catechism  
Royal George Theatre Late Nite Catechism
 
Late Nite Catechism is an uproariously funny play, written by Vicki Quade and Maripat Donovan, where the irrepressible Sister teaches class to a roomful of "students." Throughout the course of the play the benevolent instructor rewards audience members for correct answers with glow-in-the-dark rosaries and other nifty prizes. Naughty students may well find themselves on stage sitting in a corner reflecting their actions. Now in its 20th year in Chicago, Late Nite Catechism is a sharp satire, but never mean. It’s simply an evening of fun and laughter.
   
Laughter On The 23rd Floor  
First Folio Theatre Laughter On The 23rd Floor
 
Simon's hilarious homage to his days writing for the Sid Caesar show, LAUGHTER ON THE 23rd FLOOR, is a journey into the world of maniacs and madmen-from Mel Brooks to Carl Reiner to Lucille Kallen. The Manhattan office where they worked was a giant pressure cooker and war zone with big egos vying for attention. As they frantically scramble to top each other with gags, they also struggle with the rise of McCarthyism in America and the changing whims of their NBC bosses, bent on making these irrepressible madmen normal and respectable.
   
The Life and Sort of Death of Eric Argyle  
Steep Theatre The Life and Sort of Death of Eric Argyle
 
Getting hit by a truck was startling enough, but two days after his death Eric Argyle began to discover the profound impact of his seemingly inconsequential life. Ross Dungan's delightfully inspiring story illuminates the power of the stories we tell about ourselves and poses the question, "is there such a thing as a small life?"
   
Lions in Illyria  
Lifeline Theatre Lions in Illyria
 
Separated from her brother by a storm at sea, the young lioness Violet must brave an unknown country all alone. Disguised as a boy, she joins with a preposterous peacock on a quest to claim the attentions of the most graceful gazelle in town. But soon Violet is torn between multiple masters and her adventure takes a turn for the absurd when she becomes entangled in the clownish antics of a wacky warthog and his featherbrained dodo sidekick. Travel to the weird and wonderful land of Illyria in a magical comedy loaded with music, monkeys, and mayhem. This production is recommended for children ages five and up (children under two not permitted), and runs one hour with no intermission.
   
Lost and Found  
On The Spot Theatre Company at Berger Park Coach House Lost and Found
 
Lost and Found unfolds three parallel stories that all begin at the Lilly Pond in Lincoln Park and take us to several households in the Chicago area. Meet a stamp obsessed, customer service agent and his frustrated murder mystery reading librarian wife; a veterinarian who unexpectedly becomes rooted in the life of a finicky tree doctor; two young professionals whose decision to get married hangs in the balance as they search for a mysterious woman of mythic proportions; and a North Shore couple who do their best to do good while making sure their marriage never loses its spice and romance. Let this contemporary glimpse at life and love enrich your spirit and enliven your heart this winter season.
   
Love in the Time of Cholesterol: Dating and Dieting in Chicago  
Stage 773 Love in the Time of Cholesterol: Dating and Dieting in Chicago
 
Drop that cheeseburger and laugh the calories away at Love in the Time of Cholesterol: Dating and Dieting in Chicago. Hot on the heels of its successful 2015 Chicago Sketchfest appearance, this show brings an extended version of its blend of sketch and musical comedy to Stage 773. The common threads that weave the show's many parts together focus on two of the city's most popular pastimes: dating and eating. Filled with moments of relatable drama and heaping helpings of mirth and music, Love in the Time of Cholesterol: Dating and Dieting in Chicago aims to be every inch as satisfying as a big old bag of potato chips ... but without any of the guilt.
   
Macbeth  
The Artistic Home Macbeth
 
How is Macbeth to wash his hands of bloody murder, if even the water itself is polluted? This is the intriguing premise of a riveting new vision of Macbeth, Shakespeare's most disturbing tragedy, from Scott Westerman, ensemble member and director of The Artistic Home Theatre. Inspired by the water crisis currently emerging in the Great Lakes region, Westerman has crafted a world where there is too much water and none of it is any good. In the grip of a powerful thirst -- both figurative and literal - clans scratch and claw for survival while one man schemes to control the only source of clean water at a high and merciless cost.
   
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!
   
The Magician and his Shadow  
Theater Wit The Magician and his Shadow
 
The Magician and his Shadow is a theatrical magic show that combines magical illusions with the story of a magician who's shadow takes on a life of its own. The shadow, played by the talented Kasey Foster, is determined to be a partner in the magic show. The magician is determined to keep his secrets and stick to his well-worn tradition of doing of a one-man show. The show features: highly deceptive sleight-of-hand magic, shadowgraphy, puppets who perform magic tricks and lots of audience participation.
   
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.
   
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!
   
Mommy  
Annoyance Theatre Mommy
 
"MOMMY", is the Chicago based comedy duo Michael Aviles and Greg Yates, and is directed by Nate DuFort. Aviles says, "At the core of the show, the men of MOMMY are competing to internally out-weird one another." "MOMMY" features scenes that transform one into the next, connecting characters, narratives and themes throughout. This high energy, physically driven show, utilizes the mood of the audience for constant inspiration and play.
   
Moon Over Buffalo  
Jedlicka Performing Arts Center Moon Over Buffalo
 
Playwright Ken Ludwig, the master of period-perfect farce (see Lend Me a Tenor, The Fox on the Fairway), aimed for the stars in Moon Over Buffalo and the result is out-of-this-world funny. In this fast-paced comedy set in Buffalo in 1953, a husband-and-wife acting team with a crumbling marriage try to keep their company together long enough to allow famed director Frank Capra to see their repertory ensemble perform. But with a pregnant ingenue, a drunk leading man and a surprise visit from their daughter, things quickly go horribly -- and hilariously -- wrong. The original Broadway run of Moon Over Buffalo starred Carol Burnett and Philip Bosco and ran for more than 300 performances, and now Jedlicka Performing Arts Center presents this exciting new production.
   
Mr. Burns  
Theater Wit Mr. Burns
 
A paean to the power of live theater and the resilience of Bart Simpson through the ages, Mr. Burns is an animated exploration of how the pop culture of one era might evolve into the mythology of another, and a dazzling, panoramic vista on the power of storytelling.
   
Music Hall  
Tuta Theatre at The Den Theatre Music Hall
 
A funny and deeply moving story of three fading cabaret performers who act, sing, and dance every night, MUSIC HALL explores the vulnerability of the life of a theater artist and what it takes to endure it year after year.
   
Next Thing You Know  
Refuge Theatre Project at The Den Theatre Next Thing You Know
 
Next Thing You Know is the story of four twenty-something New Yorkers as they laugh, love and drink their way through the big questions that face all young dreamers who wake up in the city that never sleeps. Does marrying a really nice guy mean you're settling down or just settling? Does taking a nine-to-five equal giving up or growing up? Does a decade in the city break you down or break you in?
   
A Nice Indian Boy  
Rasaka Theatre Company at Victory Gardens Theater - Biograph A Nice Indian Boy
 
A Nice Indian Boy tells the story of an immigrant South Asian American family's struggles with gay culture, expectations of marriage, and the idea of love.
   
No Way To Treat a Lady  
Fox Valley Repertory No Way To Treat a Lady
 
Patrons will be on the edge of their seats as Detective Morris Brommell chases a murderous master of disguises through New York City, unraveling a complex tale involving befuddled detectives, meddling mothers, and glamorous socialites. Can he find the killer, get the girl, and appease his disappointed mother all before the next chorus? It's a captivating game of cat and mouse -- a tour de force with 4 actors playing 17 roles.
   
Norma and The Maniac  
The Orchard at Redtwist Theatre Norma and The Maniac
 
Norma is a woman feeling burnt out and depressed from the care of her terminally ill mother. The Maniac is the lead singer of a Chicago death metal band with plans to kill himself on stage. Things get worse for Norma after the two meet and he decides to follow her. After seeing no end to the care of her mother, and Maniac's persistence to leave the city, Norma decides to go with The Maniac on a road-trip to see the ocean. Norma and The Maniac explores our struggle to break out of the situations in life that keep us from ever finding happiness.
   
On Golden Pond  
Theatre At The Center On Golden Pond
 
The classic tale celebrating the triumphs of life, love, and family follows the charming love story of Ethel and Norman Thayer, who are returning to their summer home on Golden Pond for the 48th year. Norman, a retired professor, nearing eighty, with heart palpitations and a failing memory, is still as tart-tongued and wry as ever. Ethel, ten years younger and the perfect complement to Norman, delights in all the small things that have enriched and continue to enrich their long life together. Their vacation is interrupted, however, with the unexpected arrival of their divorced, middle-aged daughter and her dentist fiance, who proceed to go off to Europe leaving his young son behind. Over the course of the summer, an unlikely friendship develops between Norman and the boy, forging new bonds across generations and celebrating the lessons they learn from one another.
   
One Came Home  
Lifeline Theatre One Came Home
 
During the great passenger pigeon migration of 1871, throngs of strangers descend upon Placid, Wisconsin, bringing prosperity in their wake. But as the skies clear, tragedy strikes and Georgie Burkhardt's sister goes missing. When a body is found and the town goes into mourning, Georgie sets out to uncover the truth behind Agatha's disappearance. The journey that follows, both humorous and heartbreaking, will test the limits of her courage and the strength of her character. A powerful coming-of-age tale combines live music with historical events in a world premiere adaption based on the 2013 novel by Chicago author Amy Timberlake.
   
Ordinary Days  
BoHo Theatre at Heartland Studio Theatre Ordinary Days
 
From one of musical theatre's most exciting new composers comes ORDINARY DAYS, a refreshingly honest and funny musical about making real connections in the city that never sleeps. When cynical grad student Deb loses her most precious possession- the notes to her thesis- she unwittingly starts a chain of events that leads to four New Yorkers discovering that their dreams, their passions, and their struggles are anything but ordinary. Told through a series of intricately connected songs and vignettes, ORDINARY DAYS is an original musical for anyone who's ever struggled to find meaningful connections in a city that seems overwhelming.
   
Other Desert Cities  
Citadel Theatre Company Other Desert Cities
 
Recently one of the hottest tickets on Broadway and a finalist for the 2012 Pulitzer Prize, Other Desert Cities brings dysfunctional family drama to new heights. Christmas is always somewhat surreal in Palm Springs. It's made even more so this year when Brooke returns home after a long absence to present her conservative parents with a tell-all confessional novel that exposes a pivotal event in their family history. Now, old wounds are reopened, childhood memories are tested and the Wyeth clan learns that some secrets can't stay buried forever in this play by Jon Robin Baitz. This production at the Citadel Theatre in Chicago is directed by Mark Lococo.
   
The Other Place  
Profiles Theatre - The Main Stage The Other Place
 
In Sharr White's acclaimed new drama The Other Place, Juliana Smithton, a successful neurologist, finds her life coming apart at the seams. Her husband filed for divorce, her daughter eloped with a much older man and her own health hangs in jeopardy. But in this brilliantly crafted work, nothing is as it seems. Piece by piece, a mystery unfolds as fact blurs with fiction, past collides with present and the elusive truth about Juliana boils to the surface.
   
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 Passenger  
Lyric Opera The Passenger
 
Suppressed for more than 40 years, this gripping opera from Mieczyslaw Weinberg has emerged once again -- and has already electrified audiences in Austria, Warsaw and London. Now the Civic Opera House will play home to the story of Walter and Liese, a West German diplomat and his wife, who are currently bound for a new posting in Brazil circa the 1960s. Unbeknownst to Walter, Liese is traveling with some extra baggage: the secret that she once served as an SS officer in Auschwitz. But the private haunting of her hidden past may soon become public knowledge -- as Liese becomes convinced that she recognizes a fellow passenger as her former prisoner. Guilt, denial, fear, courage, truth, lies and love all buoy this unforgettable emotional experience, which moves seamlessly between two narrative realms: the pristine deck of the luxury liner and the shadowy horrors of the death camp below.
   
The Piano Lesson  
UIC Theatre The Piano Lesson
 
In Pittsburgh's Hill District in 1936, the Charles family struggles with their surroundings and each other over their shared legacy-an antique piano and the secret it holds. In a time of transition, ambition and hope for the future battles with uncertainty and the inexorable pull of the past. Jeff award-winning Derrick Sanders directs August Wilson's Pulitzer Prize-winning The Piano Lesson.
   
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.
   
Really Really  
Interrobang Theatre Project at Athenaeum Theatre Really Really
 
In the hazy aftermath of a wild campus party, dawn breaks on what appears to be just another day in the undergrad carnival that revolves around a circle of friends. But when morning-after gossip about privileged Davis and ambitious Leigh turns ugly, the veneer of loyalty and friendship is peeled back to reveal a vicious jungle of sexual politics, raw ambition and class warfare where only the strong could possibly survive.
   
Red  
Redtwist Theatre Red
 
Master abstract expressionist painter, Mark Rothko, is at the top of his game, landing the biggest commission in the history of modern art: murals for the world-famous Four Seasons restaurant in New York City. What follows is an electrifying dissection of a brilliant mind as it navigates the myriad challenges of the artistic process, an assertive young assistant, and the artist's own ego-all at the apex of Rothko's career. This vivid, Tony Award-winning play tackles the mystery: what is art...and how is it created?
   
Red Bud  
Signal Ensemble Theatre Red Bud
 
A group of forty-somethings celebrate the "good old days" by taking an annual trip to Red Bud, a championship motocross race. The group has nearly wrung their mutual friendship dry and uses the overnight camping party to relive past glories, play asinine games and beat the holy hell out of each other. The fly in the ointment this year, is the eighteen year old girlfriend of one of the group's forty-something members. Frustration, weirdness and old baggage rapidly comes to the surface as old friendships die hard.
   
Redletter  
Neo-Futurists Redletter
 
Digital technology allows journalists to capture the defining moments of our time quickly and comprehensively. But is faster necessarily better? Is modern journalism living up to its expectations? Redletter looks at the plusses and pitfalls behind the most recent evolution of the press and delves into the ensemble members' complex relationship with the news. The Neos examine digital journalism with their signature mix of intelligent humor and poignant drama. Featuring Neo-Futurists Bilal Dardai, Trevor Dawkins and local live lit favorites Lisa Buscani, Lindsay Muscato and Thea Lux.
   
The Rose Tattoo  
Shattered Globe Theatre at Theater Wit The Rose Tattoo
 
THE ROSE TATTOO is unique in Williams' work - a special blend of comedy, emotional depth and lyricism. Set in an Italian-American community on Louisiana's Gulf Coast, a passionate overprotective Sicilian widow, Serafina Delle Rose, controls the life of her daughter, Rosa. The volatile Serafina also hides herself in the hazy memory of the husband she idealized who was killed smuggling illegal goods on the highway. The earthy eroticism of the play is unleashed as an unknown truck driver pulls into town and disturbs this simple seamstress' life. These two equally matched and impulsive characters develop an almost operatic relationship and, serenaded by exuberant townspeople, Serafina is finally delivered from her past memories and grief.
   
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.
   
The Royale  
American Theater Company The Royale
 
America. 1905. Jay is a legend. He has everything he needs to be the heavyweight champion of the world... except he's not white. From Orange is the New Black writer Marco Ramirez comes this explosive new play that combines rapid-fire dialogue and rhythmic percussion to punctuate the epic journey of one man's quest for fame--no matter the consequence.
   
Samsara  
Victory Gardens Theater - Biograph Samsara
 
Americans Katie and Craig are having a baby with Suraiya, a surrogate from India. As all three "parents" anxiously await the baby's due date, Katie and Suraiya are attacked by flights of their imagination: a seductive Frenchman and a sharp-tongued fetus. Originally developed at Victory Gardens' IGNITION New Play Festival in 2012, this smart world premiere comedy takes us on a hilarious and highly theatrical journey into 21st century parenthood and modern-day colonialism.
   
The Selfish Giant  
Chicago Children's Theatre at Ruth Page Center For Arts The Selfish Giant
 
Chicago master puppeteer Blair Thomas's and Chicago folk music legend Michael Smith's all-ages musical spectacle is an enormously imaginative retelling of the classic Oscar Wilde story. Original puppets and music, played live by Smith every performance, tell the story of a grumpy old giant who forbids the children in his village from playing in his beautiful garden. After the children are locked out, the trees and flowers refuse to grow and the garden plunges into an eternal winter. Then one morning, the children sneak back into the garden, bringing with them the joyous rebirth of spring.
   
Softly Blue  
MPAACT at The Greenhouse Theater Center Softly Blue
 
Two lonely souls meet 21st-century style, on an online dating site, but find it hard to really connect in award-winning playwright Shepsu Aakhu's Softly Blue. Staged by the Ma'at Production Association of Afrikan Centered Theatre (MPAACT) at Chicago's Greenhouse Theater, this drama tells the story of Dakota and Sloan, who're both starved for companionship, and yet both have secrets they're afraid to share and trust issues that make it difficult for them to reveal their true selves in this seemingly dangerous digital age.
   
Sondheim on Sondheim  
Porchlight Music Theatre at Stage 773 Sondheim on Sondheim
 
"The words "intellectual" and "Broadway musical" were seldom mentioned in the same breath until the era of Stephen Sondheim," said The New York Times. Sondheim on Sondheim delves into this era and is the final say on this unparalleled body of work with an intimate portrait of the famed songwriter in his own words and music. Featuring new arrangements of more than two-dozen Sondheim songs, ranging from the beloved to the obscure, interspersed with filmed commentary by the composer himself, Sondheim on Sondheim reveals fascinating details about his life and his art.
   
Steel Magnolias  
Overshadowed Theatrical Productions Steel Magnolias
 
Join us at Truvy's beauty salon where our "magnolias" come together to share their secrets, fears and love for one another while engaging the audience in hysterical and neighborly gossip . . . all with perfectly coiffed hair!
   
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.
   
The Sweeter Option  
Strawdog Theatre The Sweeter Option
 
Chicago's Strawdog Theatre celebrates its 100th production with the world premiere of John Henry Roberts' The Sweeter Option. A low-rent investigator named Tucker tracks a stolen rent-a-car and stumbles neck-deep into an embezzlement scheme gone sour. There's enough cash up for grabs to finance a whole new life, but the only way to it is through Irene Pike, a suburban housewife who is clearly more than she lets on. But what, exactly? This fast-paced and darkly funny psychological thriller set in 1971 Chicagoland, is directed by Lookingglass Theatre's Marti Lyons, who helmed Haven Theatre's hit production of Seminar and The Gift Theatre's Mine.
   
The Talking Cure  
Idle Muse Theatre Company at Rivendell Theatre The Talking Cure
 
The play explores the life of Sabina Spielrein. A brilliant young "hysteric," Spielrein was Carl Jung's first patient, and eventual colleague, as he sought to refine the "talking cure" method of treatment proposed by his adopted mentor, Sigmund Freud. Traditional notions are shattered when Sabina begins to blaze her own trail and a forbidden journey into repressed passions unfolds as patient and doctor cross the ultimate boundary, becoming lovers. Under the creeping shadow of two World Wars, all three are drawn into a complex web of rivalries and dark desires that will eventually give birth to modern psychoanalysis - as well as its first great schism.
   
Tannhauser  
Lyric Opera Tannhauser
 
In Richard Wagner's epic opera, the renegade Tannhäuser is lured into the erotic realm of the love goddess Venus. There he luxuriates in lust and a host of sinful pleasures. But finally it's all too much and he longs to return home to Elisabeth, the chaste young woman who loves him, despite the grief he's caused. Desperate for absolution, Tannhäuser joins his fellow pilgrims, journeying to Rome to ask forgiveness for his sins. But once you've been to the Venusberg, you can never truly leave. Sir Andrew Davis, the Lyric Opera's principal conductor, is on the podium guiding today's most lauded Tannhäuser, tenor Johan Botha. It's a performance filled with both sensuality and majestic power, featuring the opera's famous overture and the frenzied bacchanal with its sexy ballet.
   
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.
   
They Don't Make Men Like They Used To  
CIC Theater They Don't Make Men Like They Used To
 
A one-man show about man-boys in the age of the iPhone. Chandler Goodman has not seen or known war, but he does have a degree in Political Science, a tablet-only subscription to the New York Times, and two copies of The West Wing: Season 3* on DVD.
   
This Is Modern Art  
Steppenwolf for Young Adults at Steppenwolf Theatre This Is Modern Art
 
The crew of Made U Look (MUL) is willing to risk anything for their art. Called vandals, criminals, even creative terrorists, these Chicago graffiti artists set out night after night to make their voices heard and alter the way people view the world. But when the crew finishes the biggest graffiti bomb of their careers, the consequences get serious and spark a public debate asking, where does art belong? Written by acclaimed playwright Idris Goodwin and Louder Than A Bomb founder Kevin Coval, This Is Modern Art provides a glimpse into the anonymous lives of graffiti artists and asks us to question the true purpose of art.
   
The Three Little Pigs  
Chicago Kids Company at St. Patrick Performing Arts Center- Stahl Family Theater The Three Little Pigs
 
Meet Roxanne, Petunia, and Babe...three Sister Piggies who set out to build their own houses. Roxanne (the Rock'n Roll Pig) builds hers out of Sticks, Petunia (The Pretty Pig) builds hers out of Straw, and Babe (the sensible, smart Pig) builds hers out of bricks! Which house will the Big Bad Wolf Huff and Puff and blow down? Don't miss CKC's most popular show! The show runs one hour with no intermission and is targeted for kids aged 2 to 12.
   
Titus Andronicus  
Babes With Blades Theatre Company at City Lit Theater Titus Andronicus
 
Babes With Blades Theatre Company will serve up the blood and pie with their upcoming production of William Shakespeare's most violent play, Titus Andronicus, performed by an all-female cast, at City Lit Theatre.
   
Tomato Queen  
Quest Theatre Ensemble at The Blue Theater Tomato Queen
 
What price the perfect tomato? In this new musical with book and lyrics by Christine Hodak and music by Scott Lamps, an impatient 11-year-old girl named Camina learns that success takes time and teamwork - and isn't worth much if you lose your friends along the way.
   
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.
   
Tosca  
Lyric Opera Tosca
 
Giacomo Puccini's powerful opera Tosca tells the passionate tale of a fiery diva, the rebel artist who claims her heart, and a corrupt police chief before whom all of Rome trembles. This tragic romance ranks among the most popular operas ever and includes one of the most beautiful arias in the operatic repertoire, "E lucevan le stelle," sung by Tosca's doomed lover as he awaits execution. For more than a hundred years, audiences have watched and listened spellbound as the cat-and-mouse game between Tosca and Scarpia plays to its deadly conclusion. Will she submit to the chief's sadistic lust to save her lover from the firing squad? With its themes of political intrigue, sexual intimidation and hypocrisy in high places, Puccini's great masterpiece rings true today through its powerfully dramatic and gorgeous music. Two outstanding casts bring you Puccini at his most theatrical and passionate.
   
The Trial of Moses Fleetwood Walker  
Black Ensemble Theater The Trial of Moses Fleetwood Walker
 
When you ask who was the first Black major league baseball player most people would say,"Jackie Robinson"- and most people would be wrong. The first Black baseball player was Moses Fleetwood Walker and he played for the Toledo Blue Stocking in 1884 in the major leagues. However this is not a story about baseball. This is the trial of a Black man who was as popular in his time as Michael Jordan is in ours. Moses is accused of murdering a white man in a time when Blacks were traditionally lynched without a trial for far less crimes such as looking directly in the eyes of a white man. This is a powerful true story and speaks directly to the mission of the Black Ensemble Theater-to eradicate racism.
   
The Walk Across America for Mother Earth  
Red Tape Theatre at Steppenwolf Theatre The Walk Across America for Mother Earth
 
Political activism meets bedazzled drag show in this story about two young friends who flee their suburban upbringing in "Real America" to join a ragtag group of activists on a protest march from D.C. to Nevada. On the road, the group attempts to establish a nomadic utopia, but the marchers continually find themselves divided by unrequited affections, indecision, and a secret hunger for power. Whimsically blending commedia dell'arte influences with song and dance, The Walk Across America for Mother Earth explores how the idea of community sometimes fails to unite us, and sometimes brings us together in the most unexpected ways.
   
West Side Story  
Drury Lane- Oakbrook West Side Story
 
Drury Lane closes its 30th anniversary season with one of the world's greatest love stories. A modern retelling of Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet, West Side Story tells the tale of two star crossed lovers caught between rival gangs. A revolutionary work that changed the course of the American musical, West Side Story features an electrifying Latin and jazz-infused score including "Somewhere," "Tonight," "I Feel Pretty," and "America".
   
White Guy on the Bus  
Northlight Theatre White Guy on the Bus
 
Ray, a successful white business executive, rides the bus past the state penitentiary every Saturday. On his weekly ride he befriends Shatique, a young black woman putting herself through school and struggling to raise a son on her own. The threads that tie these disparate individuals together gradually unravel in a complex and explosive examination of race, intent, and racial biases from a candid and unexpected perspective.
   
Yankee Tavern  
American Blues Theater at The Greenhouse Theater Center Yankee Tavern
 
Since its debut in 2008, Yankee Tavern has met with rave reviews from critics and theatergoers across the nation including The New York Times calling Yankee Tavern "Intriguing and absorbing!" and the Daily News says it is "One helluva show by a superb playwright who has slyly fashioned an edge-of-your-seat thriller." The jukebox inside the Yankee Tavern stopped in the middle of "Bye, bye, Miss American Pie" as the first hijacked plane impacted the north tower of the World Trade Center on September 11. Inside the walls of this crumbling New York tavern, a young couple (Ian Paul Custer* and Darci Nalepa) finds themselves caught up in conversations of what happened that day and who is telling the truth. Dietz's acclaimed and dramatic thriller is a fierce, funny and ultimately mind-bending work of theatrical power that grips the audience until the final word.