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2666  
Goodman Theatre 2666
 
A soaring adaptation of Chilean-born author Roberto Bolaño’s masterpiece, 2666 begins with a group of hapless European academics hot on the trail of an elusive author—a search that leads them into the dark heart of a Mexican border city where the murders of hundreds of women remain unsolved. This story gives way to a surprising, panoramic portrait of the 20th century that spans more than 100 years and jumps from Spain to Mexico to Germany and beyond, illuminating the power of literature to reflect and transform the world. An unflinching look at the nature of evil, 2666 is an ambitious new work unlike any other theatrical experience.
   
Accidental Adults  
The Public House Theatre Accidental Adults
 
"Accidental Adults" is a sketch comedy show that lives in the "what if" questions. Break-ups, workplace drama and family feuds all get an honest moment in the sun, illuminating the fact that most of us are sprinting to stay a step ahead. Because we have no idea what the heck we're doing.
   
Adoration of the Old Woman  
UrbanTheater Company at Batey Urbano Adoration of the Old Woman
 
In this searing, magical-realist, coming-of-age drama from two-time Obie Award-winner and Academy Award-nominee Jose Rivera (The Motorcycle Diaries; References to Salvador Dali Make Me Hot; Marisol), a rebellious New Jersey teenager encounters family secrets, political turmoil, an alluring ghost, a haunted bed and a love triangle of her own when she is sent to rural Puerto Rico to live with the elderly great-grandmother she's never met-and whose language she doesn't know how to speak.
   
Alaska  
Burrowers Theatre Company at Pendulum Theater Space Alaska
 
Alaska, a new play by Justin Pierce , explores the relationship between three friends leading up to and surrounding a fatal decision. Hillary lives tethered to the past. Tom perseveres, in search of the future. Magenta doesn't find herself in the past, present, or future, instead preferring to avoid stepping on the cracks. Jumping through time, the play explores the vital moments of their relationships as romanticized and remembered by the characters.
   
American Buffalo  
Angel Island Theater American Buffalo
 
This banter-fueled heist drama by Pulitzer Prize-winner David Mamet tells the story of an urban junk-shop owner who, after discovering that he sold a rare buffalo nickel to a customer for far less than its true value, conspires with a young employee and a shady friend to steal it back. The pursuit of their twisted vision of the American dream is thwarted by their greed, and it becomes every man for himself when the con goes awry. This hilarious and smart comedy is a heartbreaking -- albeit hilarious -- portrait of criminal desperation. Featuring Mamet's emblematic writing style, American Buffalo pulls no punches with its terse and often vulgar dialogue, which Mamet himself referred to as a "profane poetry." Carlo Lorenzo Garcia directs this production at Chicago's Angel Island Theater for Mary-Arrchie Theatre Co.
   
Animals Out Of Paper  
Shattered Globe Theatre at Theater Wit Animals Out Of Paper
 
Andy, a calculus teacher and avid fan, pressures a reclusive Ilana, a world famous origami artist, into becoming an unwitting mentor to a troubled teenage prodigy, Suresh. These three intriguingly flawed characters begin to reshape and mold each other's lives in much the same way they fold and crease their origami art.
   
Another Word for Beauty  
Goodman Theatre Another Word for Beauty
 
Another Word for Beauty is a stirring new music-filled work by Academy Award nominee Jose Rivera (The Motorcycle Diaries) and Hector Buitrago of Grammy-winning Latin alternative band Aterciopelados. The play follows the female inmates at a Bogota, Colombia prison, who compete in an annual beauty pageant devised by their jailers to motivate and rehabilitate. While the pageant's parade of glamorous gowns, exotic headdresses and rhythmic dances provides a distraction from daily suffering, its real impact on each woman is more than skin-deep. Inspired by true events, Another Word for Beauty is a haunting and soulful examination of women trapped within a prison's walls and the events and circumstances that led to their arrests. Experience the truths bared behind bars when Obie winner Steve Cosson directs this moving production at Chicago's Goodman Theatre.
   
Ask Your Doctor  
Annoyance Theatre Ask Your Doctor
 
"Ask Your Doctor" tells the story of a newly hired sales rep who quickly learns what great lengths the pill companies will go to in order to maximize profits. Jillian Mueller ("Trigger Happy," "Angela of Death," "Slamazons!") who both directs and developed the concept for the show, says her inspiration came from a fascination and disgust with the status quo of an under reported, often insidious multi-billion dollar industry.
   
Barefoot in the Park  
Oil Lamp Theater Barefoot in the Park
 
Corie and Paul are newlyweds, fresh from their honeymoon. Corie is still enthralled by her recent sexual awakening and the adventure that comes with youth and marriage. She wants their passionate romantic life to continue at full speed. Paul, however, feels it is time to focus on his burgeoning career as an up-and-coming lawyer. When they don't see eye-to-eye about their apartment, their neighbors, and their sex drive, the new marriage experiences its first patch of rough weather.
   
Beautiful - The Carole King Musical  
Ford Oriental Theatre Beautiful - The Carole King Musical
 
Long before she was Carole King, chart-topping music legend, she was Carol Klein, Brooklyn girl with passion and chutzpah. She fought her way into the record business as a teenager and, by the time she reached her twenties, had the husband of her dreams and a flourishing career writing hits for the biggest acts in rock 'n' roll. But it wasn't until her personal life began to crack that she finally managed to find her true voice. BEAUTIFUL tells the inspiring true story of King's remarkable rise to stardom, from being part of a hit songwriting team with her husband Gerry Goffin, to her relationship with fellow writers and best friends Cynthia Weil and Barry Mann, to becoming one of the most successful solo acts in popular music history. Along the way, she made more than beautiful music, she wrote the soundtrack to a generation.
   
Beautiful Autistic  
Chicago Dramatists Beautiful Autistic
 
Woldman's BEAUTIFUL AUTISTIC takes place in the early 90s. In Chicago, 24-year-old Jimmy has a terrible time making friends. Despite his good looks, casual banter in bars comes screeching to a halt when he begins to rattle off facts about nanotechnology or dark matter, topics about which he is deeply obsessed...due to his autism. Comedy ensues when Eric-a young man whose social graces are just as awkward-takes Jimmy on as his wingman and attempts to tutor him in the art of the pick-up, with dubious results.
   
Beauty And The Beast  
Chicago Kids Company at St. Patrick Performing Arts Center- Stahl Family Theater Beauty And The Beast
 
Bella as she ventures from her little village to the Beast’s castle, encountering enchanted characters and meeting the Beast himself. Will Beauty see through the Beast’s gruff exterior and discover his true nature? All CKC shows feature plenty of audience participation and run for one hour with no intermission. Beauty and the Beast is targeted for children from 2 to 8 years old.
   
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.
   
Blueberry Toast  
Tympanic Theatre Company at Athenaeum Theatre Blueberry Toast
 
In BLUEBERRY TOAST, it's a Sunday morning in a sunny, suburban kitchen. Barb is making breakfast for her husband, Walt. Their children, Jack and Jill, are busy writing a play. When Barb and Walt disagree over a seemingly innocuous piece of blueberry toast, the veneer of their polished existence begins to crack and what's underneath might eat them for breakfast.
   
Body/Courage  
Rivendell Theatre Body/Courage
 
Sourced word-for-word from more than 300 interviews and developed through a Bob Curry Fellowship with The Second City and mentorship workshops with leading American documentary playwright Anna Deveare Smith, BODY/COURAGE explores facets of race, sexuality, body image, gender identity and more through Danielle's characterizations of interviews with people ranging from former Ku Klux Klan Grand Dragon Scott Shepherd to Chicago PD star LaRoyce Hawkins to transgender surgeon Dr. Marci Bowers to Patricia Krentcil, also known as "Tan Mom." Danielle's own personal journey is interwoven through the narrative. I'm confident that this humorous, bold and exciting play-and the conversations it generates-will be of interest to your readers.
   
Bold Moves  
The Joffrey Ballet at Auditorium Theatre Bold Moves
 
For its annual winter engagement, The Joffrey Ballet presents "Bold Moves," a program of three contemporary ballets including a World Premiere by British choreographer Ashley Page, along with the return of two popular works from the Joffrey repertoire - Yuri Possokhov's RAkU and Jiří Kylian's Forgotten Land plus live orchestral accompaniment from the Chicago Philharmonic, led by Joffrey Music Director Scott Speck, during every performance.
   

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