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100 Years of Broadway: A Tribute to Musicals  
Steel Beam Theatre 100 Years of Broadway: A Tribute to Musicals
 
Steel Beam Theatre presents this original musical show that takes you on a journey through the major Broadway hits -- and near misses -- that make up the American showtune canon. From the era of Ziegfeld to the big blockbuster musicals of today, this show will get your toes tapping and your heart singing. If you're a fan of musical theater, you won't want to miss this cabaret-style night of entertainment.
   
1984  
AstonRep Theatre Company at Raven Theatre 1984
 
Based on the novel by George Orwell, 1984 is a terrifying and breathtaking view of a world controlled by a totalitarian government. Orwell asks what is left when freedom of speech, the press, love, and even the past are subject to authoritarian whims? Big Brother is watching. A theatrical event that is both powerful and disturbingly provocative.
   
26  
Pride Arts Center - The Buena 26
 
Pride Arts Center kicks off its new late-night programming with 26, featuring sketches written by members of the Chicago theater, sketch and improv communities. Inspired by the ABC's of Death horror anthology, the sketches in 26 each represent a different letter of the alphabet. A cast of eight will run from A through Z, spanning the gamut of comedy, drama, surrealism, performance art and absurdism. See the works Sean Graney, David Cerda, Susan Messing and more come to life in the intimate setting of The Buena.
   
The 39 Steps  
McAninch Arts Center The 39 Steps
 
This insanely clever comic stage adaptation of Alfred Hitchcock's thriller The 39 Steps turns a tiny cast of actors into more than 130 zany characters with a mix of film noir panache, spy novel thrills and more than a touch of Monty Python-esque absurdity. The two-time winner of both Tony and Drama Desk Awards, The 39 Steps is a fast-paced and funny whodunit about a man accused of a murder he didn't commit, who flees from the authorities and encounters a string of hair-raising adventures, as well as an unlikely love connection. Brace yourself for an onstage plane crash, missing fingers and some good old-fashioned romance at the McAninch Arts Center at the College of DuPage in Glen Ellyn.
   
Alias Grace  
Rivendell Theatre Alias Grace
 
A world premiere adaptation of Margaret Atwood's acclaimed novel Alias Grace takes a look at one of Canada's most notorious murderers. In 1843, 16-year-old Grace Marks was accused of brutally murdering her employer and his housekeeper. Imprisoned for years, Grace swears she has no memory of the killings. A doctor in the emerging field of mental health arrives to try to find out the truth of the matter. Alias Grace is a fascinating study of memory, culpability, and the shadowy spaces within the human mind.
   
American Buffalo  
Riverfront Playhouse American Buffalo
 
In a Chicago junk shop, three small time crooks plot to rob a man of his coin collection, the showpiece of which is a valuable "Buffalo nickel". These high-minded grifters fancy themselves, businessmen, pursuing legitimate free enterprise. But the reality of the three- Donny, the oafish junk shop owner; Bobby, a young junkie Donny has taken under his wing and "Teach", a violently paranoid braggart- is that they are merely pawns caught up in their own game of last-chance, dead-end, empty pipe dreams.
   
The American Mercy Tour  
The Greenhouse Theater Center The American Mercy Tour
 
Two one-act plays steeped in America's controversial relationship with healthcare. Written and performed by Michael Milligan and directed by Tom Oppenheim, these moving and unapologetic pieces will be presented as a single theatrical event, immersing the audience in the stories of patients and physicians, coming out of the waiting room and into the fray.
   
The Audience  
TimeLine Theatre Company The Audience
 
A portrait of a dynamic and provocative woman-the symbol of a nation-as she weathers decades of history and political strife. Every Tuesday afternoon for more than 60 years, Queen Elizabeth II has met with each of her 12 Prime Ministers in a private audience, a gesture of unity between government and Crown. Through moments of tension, negotiation, war, and unrest, these conversations with political leaders from Winston Churchill to Harold Wilson to Margaret Thatcher have remained a constant across the years. Playwright Peter Morgan re-imagines each of these meetings, giving us a glimpse at the queen's role in guiding the circumstances that have shaped Great Britain, and a window into the mystery, compassion and humor of the woman behind the iconic crown.
   
Barbecue  
Strawdog Theatre at Steppenwolf Theatre Barbecue
 
A modern American family uses a summer barbecue as a pretext to ambush sister Barbara with an intervention. If you think "all families are crazy" is just a cliche, you've not spent time under the influence of the O'Mallerys. An afternoon in the park with these raucous siblings and you'll be challenging your own assumptions about family, race, and reality. The Chicago premiere of Barbecue by Obie and Helen Hayes Award winner Robert O'Hara will have you laughing out loud and questioning how it's true that in America, you sometimes taze the ones you love.
   
Bard Dogs: The Unwritten Works of Shakespeare  
Cornservatory Bard Dogs: The Unwritten Works of Shakespeare
 
The show is a fantastically fresh take on the immortal Bard's poetry. Each show, the women and men of Part Dog will pen the first and last draft of an all new, unbelievable play that Shakespeare never wrote, but he definitely would have loved. The beautiful language Willy is known for is played with punk-rock energy and enthusiasm, creating an improvised show that will thrill scholars and knaves alike. Grab your flagon of ale and BYOB to this comedy of errors!
   
Becky Shaw  
Windy City Playhouse Becky Shaw
 
Becky Shaw is an explosive tale following Suzanna, a woman who has set up her best friend with her husband's co-worker, thinking she's helping them find love; however, what she doesn't anticipate is the chaos that ensues from bringing together a brutally honest businessman and an emotionally-fragile college dropout.
   
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."
   
Big River  
Theatre At The Center Big River
 
Winner of seven Tony Awards, including Best Musical, Best Book and Best Score, this musical telling of Mark Twain's treasured tale features songs and music by Roger Miller, who created such hits as "King of the Road" and "Dang Me." Led by melodies of country, bluegrass and gospel, join the humorous and harrowing river journey of Huck and his friend Jim as they meet up with con-artists, reunite with Tom Sawyer and encounter a collection of characters as only imagined by one of America's greatest writers.
   
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.
   
Bonnie and Clyde  
Kokandy Productions at Theater Wit Bonnie and Clyde
 
It was once said of Bonnie and Clyde, "They're young. They're in love. They kill people." Now you can add a fourth description to this infamous his-and-her gangster team: They sing. Composed by Frank Wildhorn (Jekyll & Hyde), with lyrics by Academy Award winner Don Black (Sunset Boulevard), Bonnie & Clyde weaves rockabilly, blues and gospel music into the story of how two small-time nobodies in West Texas became America's most notorious, alluring and fearless folk heroes. From the company that brought you the smash hits Heathers and The Wiz comes this Tony-nominated tale of love, adventure and crime at Chicago's Theater Wit.
   
Building the Wall  
Stage Left Theatre at Athenaeum Theatre Building the Wall
 
From Pulitzer and Tony winner Robert Schenkkan (All The Way, Hacksaw Ridge - Academy Award nomination), comes a provocative 80-minute theatrical event written in a white-hot fury. In a time when shocking campaign rhetoric turns into real policies, Building the Wall urgently reveals the power of theater to question who we are and where we might be going.
   
Bullets over Broadway  
NightBlue Performing Arts at Stage 773 Bullets over Broadway
 
Bullets over Broadway The Musical is bringing musical comedy back with a bang. Based on the screenplay of the acclaimed 1994 film by Woody Allen and Douglas McGrath, this six-time Tony-nominated musical features existing hits from the 1920s, including "Let's Misbehave," "'Tain't Nobody's Biz-ness If I Do" and "There's a New Day Comin'!
   

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