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3 Blocks From Broadway  
Annoyance Theatre 3 Blocks From Broadway
 
From Cats to Heathers, the improv troupe Rhyme & Punishmint has cornered the market on creating feature length shows in the style of some of Broadway's favorite musicals. Now, in their new show, 3 Blocks From Broadway, the group will up the ante by letting you decide what they'll perform when the curtain rises, making an even greater challenge. But this highly talented cast of actors and improvisers is ready to put on a show that's filled with fun, surprises and maybe even a Nerf gun.
   
The Addams Family  
Prop Theatre The Addams Family
 
Na-na-na-na *snap* *snap* na-na-na-na *snap* *snap* -- you can't even say "Addams Family" without breaking into that trademark theme song, so it's no wonder the demented adventures of this wickedly witty family have inspired a musical comedy. From the writers of the Tony-winning Jersey Boys, The Addams Family tells the story of every father's nightmare: Wednesday Addams is grown-up and in love ... with a "normal" boy. Inviting his family to the Addams Mansion sets the stage for a meet-and-greet gone gothic. Savor the horrific hospitality of Gomez, Morticia, Pugsley, Grandmama, Lurch and everyone's favorite weirdo, Uncle Fester, as they face up to the one horrible thing they've managed to avoid for generations -- change. You're in for a kooky good time with the Addams Family during this magnificently macabre production at Chicago's Prop Thtr.
   
Aladdin  
Cadillac Palace Theatre Aladdin
 
Aladdin, adapted from the Disney film and centuries-old folktales including "One Thousand and One Nights," is brought to fresh theatrical life in this bold new musical. Aladdin's journey sweeps audiences into an exotic world of daring adventure, classic comedy and timeless romance. This new production features a full score, including the five cherished songs from the Academy Award-winning soundtrack and more written especially for the stage.
   
An American In Paris  
Ford Oriental Theatre An American In Paris
 
Inspired by the Academy-Award winning film, AN AMERICAN IN PARIS is the romantic story about an American soldier, a mysterious French girl and an indomitable European city, each yearning for a new beginning in the aftermath of war. Directed and choreographed by 2015 Tony Award-winner Christopher Wheeldon, the show features the music and lyrics of George Gershwin and Ira Gershwin, and a book by Craig Lucas. AN AMERICAN IN PARIS won four 2015 Tony Awards, four Drama Desk Awards, four Outer Critics Circle Awards, the Drama League Award for Best Musical, three Fred and Adele Astaire Awards, and two Theatre World Awards.
   
The Amish Project  
First Folio Theatre The Amish Project
 
Conceived in the wake of the 2006 school shootings in the Amish community of Nickel Mines, Pennsylvania, Jessica Dickey's fictional exploration of a real-life tragedy allows us to glimpse into the world of Amish culture and to come to grips with the true limits of compassion and forgiveness. Praised by The New York Times as "extraordinary," The Amish Project is a devastating and beautiful one-woman performance that compels us to question the paths we take at the crossroads of grief, rage, and clemency.
   
As You Like It  
First Folio Theatre As You Like It
 
When Rosalind must disguise herself as a boy to survive in the Forest of Arden, she has little hope that she will ever meet the dashing Orlando again. But the Forest is full of surprises and unexpected visitors! When Rosalind finds the exiled Orlando hanging love poems on trees, she must keep her wits about her and her identity as secret as possible. But before long our heroine finds herself in the midst of one of the most complicated love triangles Shakespeare ever wrote! A story of love at first sight, As You Like It will leave you writing on trees and looking up at the stars.
   
At The Table  
Broken Nose Theatre at The Den Theatre At The Table
 
A group of friends head out of the city on their annual weekend retreat. With no social media, no cellphones and no internet allowed, they are left with one thing to do... look up from their screens and talk to each other. And when the liquor starts flowing and the tongues start to loosen, no conversation is uneventful and no topic is off-limits. AT THE TABLE is bold and timely new comedy that explores what happens when a marginalized minority finally speaks up and those with privilege find themselves challenged for the first time. Who is invited to the table for what discussions, and what are we refusing to discuss at all?
   
Beauty's Daughter  
American Blues Theater at Stage 773 Beauty's Daughter
 
This Obie Award-winning play by Dael Orlandersmith depicts one woman's journey through life's obstacles in an East Harlem neighborhood. Artistic Affiliate Wandachristine takes on 6 different characters during the course of this solo play-some broken, some on the way down, but all memorable.
   
Bedtime Stories with 'A Brief Intermission'  
Cornservatory Bedtime Stories with 'A Brief Intermission'
 
Bedtime Stories with 'A Brief Intermission' makes their debut on the Cornservatory stage! Grab your BYO-Booze and settle in for a cozy evening of improv comedy, where their harrowing and hilarious tales will be sure to keep you up at night! Each week, special guests will perform alongside A Brief Intermission in this hour-long performance. What better way to spend a Friday evening than drinking and listening to a fully improvised bedtime story?
   
The Best Western This Side of the Mississippi (and the other side too, we reckon)  
The Public House Theatre The Best Western This Side of the Mississippi (and the other side too, we reckon)
 
"The Best Western This Side of the Mississippi (and the other side too, we reckon)" is a fast-paced farce, brought you us by the same team that brought us a Noir thriller and a Big Studio Musical last year (they love bringing classic film genres to the stage). "The Best Western" features a greedy outlaw, a contaminated water supply, and a stalwart hero who leads a colorful town against the villain.
   
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."
   
Black!  
Athenaeum Theatre Black!
 
In "BLACK!," Brown inhabits an array of characters from Africa, the United States, England and Jamaica, performing each person's individual perspective and sharing his experiences. The production highlights the nuances and life perspectives of various people who are from the Black global community. Many stereotypes currently exist which seem to 'mesh' all black people and their stories together. The truth is that there are distinct differences and very definite similarities between Black people from all walks of life. In addition, each carries their own distorted and often exaggerated opinions about the other, which is a way to distinguish a separation, even though in truth, they are more alike than they believe. "BLACK!" uses the power of language and performance to delve into these characters to reflect on this communities' history and their future as well as what they do and do not share of the global Black experience.
   
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.
   
Brave Like Them  
About Face Theatre at Pride Arts Center - The Buena Brave Like Them
 
This year, the About Face Youth Theatre Ensemble, ages 13-23, investigates how systems of oppression function within queer subcultures - specifically the underground "riot grrrl" movement of the 1990s that gave rise to bands such as Bikini Kill, Bratmobile and Sleater-Kinney. While the music and literature of this movement sought to forge a space for all girls - typically characterized by an unapologetic expression of female power and an aggressive dismantling of the patriarchy - the voices at its forefront were almost exclusively white and middle-class. BRAVE LIKE THEM aims to celebrate the "riot grrrl" movement for all the good that came out of it - but also dissect its inherent racial and class discrepancies.
   
The Bridges of Madison County  
Marriott Theatre In Lincolnshire The Bridges of Madison County
 
This stunning two-time Tony Award winning Broadway musical features gorgeous, soulful music by Tony Award-winning composer Jason Robert Brown (The Last Five Years, Parade, Songs for a New World) and a book by Pulitzer Prize winner Marsha Norman (The Secret Garden, The Color Purple). The Bridges of Madison County is a sweeping romance about the roads we travel, the doors we open and the bridges we dare to cross.
   
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.
   
Cirque du Soleil - Luzia  
United Center Cirque du Soleil - Luzia
 
Freely inspired by Mexico, LUZIA is a poetic and acrobatic ode to the rich, vibrant culture of a country whose wealth stems from an extraordinary mix of influences and creative collisions - a land that inspires awe with its breathtaking landscapes and architectural wonders, buoyed by the indomitable spirit of its people. The tableaux of LUZIA weave an intricate, contemporary mosaic that awakens your senses and transports you to a place suspended between dreams and reality. Featuring a cast of 44 performers from diverse artistic backgrounds, LUZIA surprises with acrobatic performances breaking down the barriers, such as incorporating water into contemporary circus disciplines.
   

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