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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.
   
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.
   
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.
   
Around The World In 8 Plays  
Theatre Hikes at Morton Arboretum Around The World In 8 Plays
 
Around the World in 8 Plays takes us on a fantastic voyage via tales from ... around the world. The show is geared to all ages and is multicultural. A traveling group of artists perform 8 tales throughout The Morton Arboretum. These performers take the audience from Czechoslovakia through South Africa, Japan, Russia, India, Native America, Brazil and finish with an ancient Celtic tale from the UK.
   
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?
   
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 Company 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.
   
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.
   
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.
   
Drink! The Sketch Comedy Drinking Game  
Cornservatory Drink! The Sketch Comedy Drinking Game
 
Corn Productions is celebrating its 21st birthday by introducing an all new, original BYOB sketch comedy show. "DRINK!" will feature original, comedic sketches by Corn Production writers with a new drinking game for every sketch. The seven person ensemble is aided by a luminescent "DRINK!" sign to help the audience follow along in the fun.
   
The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity  
Red Theater Chicago at Strawdog Theatre The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity
 
How does one pursue the "American Dream" in a country that refuses to offer opportunity indiscriminately? That is the question at the heart of The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity, a flashy American satire set in the professional entertainment wrestling world. We follow Macedonio Guerra, an excellent Puerto Rican wrestler, as he rises from the bottom of the pecking order. In this interactive physical comedy, Mace talks directly to the audience as fans in his arena, drawing the viewer into the struggle, joy, and heart of the story. The play dissects race, xenophobia, ego, and our moral compass - topics even more relevant now than when it premiered eight years ago.
   
Engage! A Choose-Your-Own Science Fiction Fight Show  
Stellar Productions at Theater Wit Engage! A Choose-Your-Own Science Fiction Fight Show
 
There is a lone little spaceship. The only crew is a Smuggler, an Android, an Alien, and a Space Monk. They are on a secret deep space salvage mission. What's next? That's up to one lucky Player! A fun, fight-filled spoof on your favorite sci-fi tropes, ENGAGE! is a choose-your-own adventure book, role-playing game, and stellar stage combat-fueled piece of interactive theatre all rolled into one.
   
The Fair Maid Of The West  
Oak Park Festival Theatre The Fair Maid Of The West
 
Sea battles, shipwrecks and blood thirsty pirates, oh my! Long before there were rip-roaring adventure sagas such as Pirates of the Caribbean and The Princess Bride, Elizabethan playwright Thomas Heywood was penning the swashbuckling action-comedy The Fair Maid of the West, in which a lowborn tavern girl and her ragtag group of friends take to the high seas to rescue her true love. Watch their action-packed adventures unfold from the lawn at Oak Park Festival Theatre in Austin Gardens, a beautiful outdoor venue where picnicking is welcome!
   
Fantastic Super Great Nation Numero Uno  
Second City Fantastic Super Great Nation Numero Uno
 
The Second City e.t.c.'s 41st revue, Fantastic Super Great Nation Numero Uno, reminds us that as divided as the nation may be, there is still hilarity in our humanity. This exciting new cast illustrates that there is still plenty to laugh at in ourselves and though they may be slightly shattered, America still has two legs to stand on. Fantastic Super Great Nation Numero Uno proves that as long as we're still willing to listen to each other, laughter is our international language.
   
Fight City  
Factory Theater Fight City
 
In the dystopian future of 2077, gender roles are reversed, guns and knives are all but eliminated, yet crime is still on the rise. The Central City Police Department has the most elite fighters in the region and they keep the peace by doling out hard-nosed justice. Officer Barb Davies (Jennifer Betancourt) is the most skilled fighter of them all, yet she has the most level head. Can she make sense of this new world or are we doomed to repeat the endless cycle of violence?
   

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