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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.
   
Antigonick  
Sideshow Theatre Company at Victory Gardens Theater - Biograph Antigonick
 
Ancient Greece looks suspiciously similar to the present day in the hands of world-renowned poet and MacArthur Genius Anne Carson (The Autobiography of Red). Antigone has lost two brothers but by law can only bury one. She takes a stand for her beliefs, pitting morality against patriotism, and in doing so starts a series of events that threaten the newfound national peace. It's one of the most famous myths of all, told and re-told for more than two thousand years, but what use is a cautionary tale if no one heeds it? Carson's biting and thrilling free translation brings Antigone to new light and casts unexpected shadows on issues of loyalty and family.
   
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.
   
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.
   
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.
   

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