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Court Theatre Agamemnon
Featuring a world premiere adaptation by renowned scholar and Founding Artistic Director Nicholas Rudall, Agamemnon delivers the second installment of Court's groundbreaking Greek Cycle. Actors Sandra Marquez (Clytemnestra) and Mark Montgomery (Agamemnon) return to resume the harrowing tale of the House of Atreus following last season's incredible Iphigenia in Aulis. Ten war-torn years have passed since the Greek fleet sailed from the shores of Aulis on winds conjured by the goddess Artemis in exchange for the bloody sacrifice of King Agamemnon's eldest daughter, Iphigenia. Inside the walls of Argos, Clytemnestra orchestrates an unexpected welcome for her King as she patiently awaits his fateful return to a house torn apart by horror and sorrow.
Ain't Misbehavin'  
Porchlight Music Theatre at Stage 773 Ain't Misbehavin'
For more than three decades, Ain't Misbehavin' has made toes tap and fingers snap with its sometimes sassy, sometimes sultry and always unforgettable score. Its 30 irresistible songs, including "Ain't Misbehavin'," "Honeysuckle Rose," and "This Joint is Jumpin'," provide a peek into the golden age when the Cotton Club reigned during the height of the Harlem Renaissance and take the audience on a musical journey that reflects the emotions and experiences of African Americans in the early twentieth century.
Angina Pectoris  
ShPIeL at Theater Wit Angina Pectoris
Angina Pectoris tells the fictitious story of an Israeli minister, Dan Yasour who placates the religious right and gets a seemingly
innocuous bill passed so Israeli Jews only receive organ transplants from Jewish donors. Absurdly when the politician himself needs a heart transplant, the only heart available is from a Palestinian Arab. Angina Pectoris is a biting political satire from one of Israel's hottest playwrights that posits the ridiculous. But the humorous situations uncover deeper issues about identity in Israel and today's world pertaining to culture, religion, and politics in a broader and multicultural context.
Animals Commit Suicide  
First Floor Theater at Flat Iron Arts Building Animals Commit Suicide
Chance Stevens is a young gay man who seems to have everything...but wants something more. He dives deep into the city's seedy underbelly, picks up a drug habit, and begins a relationship with a handsome, HIV-positive baker, while falsely claiming to be positive himself. But as those close to him begin to call his motives into question, Chance is forced to decide what he values when everything's on the line. New York playwright J. Julian Christopher, winner of the 2009 Public Theater Emerging Playwright award, explores bug-chasing - a complicated and little-discussed subculture within the contemporary queer community - in this sharp, challenging, and haunting new play.
The Annoyance Christmas Pageant  
Annoyance Theatre The Annoyance Christmas Pageant
The Annoyance Theatre presents its annual Christmas Pageant, featuring a retelling of two classic holiday stories: A Charlie Brown Christmas and Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer. The all-new cast gives these classic holiday television specials a hilarious spin, all the while keeping them appropriate for little ones' eyes and ears. In the first redux, poor Charlie Brown searches for the true meaning of Christmas while enduring the commercialization of the season and insults from the acid tongue of Lucy van Pelt. Then, it's on to the adventures of Rudolph the freakishly red-nosed reindeer, who runs away from home with his friend Hermie. The pair discover the island of misfit toys and the terrible Abominable Snowman and ultimately learn that it's okay to be different.
As You Like It  
Ethel M. Barber Theater - Northwestern As You Like It
Letting go and opening your heart are at the center of this contemporary production of Shakespeare's As You Like It, the romantic comedy that established the genre. The daughter of an exiled duke, protagonist Rosalind falls madly in love with the dashing Orlando. When she's banished from the duke's court, Rosalind disguises herself as a boy and flees to the forest ... and discovers both her would-be husband and herself in an instant. Violence and isolation give way to love, communion and oh so much song and dance. Experience Northwestern University's production of As You Like It, staged by MFA Directing candidate Risher Reddick, at The Virginia Wadsworth Wirtz Center for the Performing Arts.
Assassination Theater  
Museum of Broadcast Communication Assassination Theater
A talented ensemble of actors and a panoply of projections take the audience back in time with original documentation based on secrets revealed by retired FBI agents and evidence that the mob - in particular the Chicago mob - killed President John F. Kennedy. ASSASSINATION THEATER will show their motivation and even name the shooters, including the self-confessed gunman who fired the fatal shot (and still survives in an Illinois prison). Whether the audience goes in familiar with the details or not - they will emerge with a dramatically different view of an event that has been seared into the nation's consciousness.
Bad Jews  
Royal George Theatre Bad Jews
Bad Jews tells the story of Daphna Feygenbaum, a "Real Jew" with an Israeli boyfriend. When Daphna's cousin Liam brings home his shiksa girlfriend Melody and declares ownership of their grandfather's Chai necklace, a vicious and hilarious brawl over family, faith and legacy ensues. Stir in the identity curation of the Facebook generation and Theater Wit's Chicago premiere of Bad Jews, directed by artistic director Jeremy Wechsler, promises to be one of the funniest, wisest, most excruciating comedies on a Chicago stage this year.
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.
Burning Bluebeard  
The Hypocrites at The Den Theatre Burning Bluebeard
Inspired by the true story of Chicago's 1903 Iroquois Theatre Fire, BURNING BLUEBEARD is the story of six singed clown performers who emerge from the burnt remains of history attempting to perform their spectacular Christmas Pantomime once and for all. But this time, they hope to finally reach the true happy ending of their second act and avoid the fateful fire that killed 600 of its audience members. BURNING BLUEBEARD is a whimsical romp with a sensitive heart, a joyful eulogy with a sharp irreverent wit including music, clowning, tumbling, acrobatics and dance. Each night is a vaudevillian delight with a story that excavates the poetic and poignant remains of a piece of Chicago's rich history.
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.
Chapter Two  
Windy City Playhouse Chapter Two
Neil Simon's comedy classic is based on the playwright's real-life courtship with his second wife, actress Marsha Mason. In Chapter Two, widowed spy novelist George Schneider (McCaskill) thinks he will never date again, especially after his pushy younger brother Leo (DeFaria) sets him up with a few duds. Enter Jennie (Amy Rubenstein), a soap opera actress with a sensitive side who just might be able to bring George back into the light. Completing the cast in this sparkling rom-com is Faye (Carle), Jennie's neurotic married friend. Simon's Chapter Two was nominated for a 1978 Tony Award for Best Play (ultimately awarded to Da by Hugh Leonard).
A Charlie Brown Christmas  
Emerald City Theatre Company at Broadway Playhouse A Charlie Brown Christmas
Tis the season to celebrate everyone's favorite Peanuts pals as they dig past the commercialized gimmicks of presents and decorations to rediscover the true meaning of Christmas. Through a pageant and a spindly tree, Charlie Brown and friends bring the holiday spirit back to life for families once again! "And for Charlie Brown, it was truly the merriest Christmas ever."
Christmas Bingo: It's a Ho-Ho-Holy Night  
Royal George Theatre Christmas Bingo: It's a Ho-Ho-Holy Night
In this interactive comedy, audience members play bingo while also answering questions about Christmas traditions, the origin of St. Nick, where do candy canes come from, miracles in the Bible . . . and the funniest true and false quiz about St. Nick and the Baby Jesus you'll ever find. Add to that a box of wacky prizes, fun bingo cards, and a lot of Catholic humor.
A Christmas Carol  
Goodman Theatre A Christmas Carol
Now a beloved Chicago tradition, each year The Goodman Theatre ushers in the holiday season with its adaptation of Charles Dickens' classic story A Christmas Carol. Audiences look forward to the "bah humbugs," the electrifying arrival of the ghosts, the jubilant musical numbers and dancing, and Scrooge's joyful rediscovery of life, love and the Christmas spirit. Goodman's Carol has been produced for over 35 years, and the timeless holiday tale promises to be merrier and more magical than ever. With this special pre-sale offer, you have access to great seats before they go on sale to the public.
A Christmas Carol  
Drury Lane- Oakbrook A Christmas Carol
The New York Times hailed A CHRISTMAS CAROL as "Enduring and endearing holiday entertainment!" and The Washington Post raves it is "Infectiously jolly!" Set in Victorian-era London, A CHRISTMAS CAROL tells the story of Ebenezer Scrooge, a miserly old man who receives a Christmas Eve visit from the ghost of his old business partner, Jacob Marley, warning him to mend his ways. During the night, three spirits appear before Scrooge showing him visions of Christmas Past, Christmas Present, and Christmas Future to reveal the results of his selfish life. Scrooge promises to redeem himself and vows to honor the spirit of Christmas with all his heart, spreading good cheer, kindness and generosity to everyone he encounters.
A Christmas Carol  
Quest Theatre Ensemble A Christmas Carol
Quest Theatre Ensemble will bring its visual artistry and immersive theatricality to the Alan Menken-Lynn Ahrens musical version of Dickens' A Christmas Carol. This version with music by Menken, the multiple Oscar winning composer of Disney musicals Beauty and the Beast, The Little Mermaid, Aladdin and Newsies; and lyrics by the Tony award-winning lyricist of Ragtime, Seussical and Once on this Island, was a hit for ten consecutive seasons at New York's Madison Square Garden and was later filmed for television in a production starring Kelsey Grammer as Scrooge.

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