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The Anton Chekhov Book Club  
Stage 773 The Anton Chekhov Book Club
 
Anton Chekhov was the Superman of short story writers -- his X-ray vision could see the epic yearning hidden underneath every human endeavor. This piercing perspective is also shared by The Anton Chekhov Book Club Returns, a lively and humane stage play inspired by the works of the Russian master. In this sequel to the hit The Anton Chekhov Book Club, we meet four eccentric women brought together by their love of Chekhov's timeless short stories. But in the process of exploring his works, the quartet learns valuable lessons about their own lives. Enjoy new faces and fresh stories featured in this bold update at Stage 773.
   
Ayn Rand in Love  
MCL Chicago Ayn Rand in Love
 
The comedic musical Ayn Rand in Love portrays a young Ayn Rand falling in what some would call love -- though she would not -- with the charismatic Irish writer Frank O'Connor. Can the mother of Objectivism, a philosophy largely founded in objective reality and self-interest, be capable of something as transcendent as love? Taking some truth from her early days working with MGM Studios, the musical has all the glitz and glamour of an MGM classic of the late 1920s. When Rand locks her eyes on O'Connor, a job at MGM and another lover, she sets out to acquire them. Will her calculated approach end in happily-ever-after, or unforeseen consequences? Find out in this funny musical affair at MCL Chicago.
   
Bakersfield Mist  
TimeLIne Theatre Company at Stage 773 Bakersfield Mist
 
Written by Stephen Sachs and directed by Kevin Christopher Fox, BAKERSFIELD MIST is a provocative and hilarious look at what makes art-and people-authentic. Maude, an unemployed bartender living in a trailer park, has bought the ugliest thrift store painting she could get her hands on as a gag gift. However, when she is told that it might in fact be the "find of the century"-an undiscovered work by the famed Jackson Pollock-she invites a world-class art expert to decide if it's a forgery or the real thing, worth millions.
   
Beauty is in the Eye of the Beeholder  
Annoyance Theatre Beauty is in the Eye of the Beeholder
 
In the year 2076, mankind's addiction to fossil fuels has destroyed life as we knew it. The only sustainable crop is honey. More honey means more bees, and more bees means someone needs to keep the peace. Enter Kate Google, Senior Beeholder for the F. Bee.I. Join her on a journey through love, loss, and revenge. The fate of the former United States rests in her hands. With a lively cast of characters peppered throughout this post-apocalyptic farce, the age-old question is finally answered - is beauty really in the eye of the beeholder? You've got to see it to bee-lieve it!
   
Bette, Live At The Continental Baths  
Hell in a Handbag Productions at Stage 773 Bette, Live At The Continental Baths
 
Handbag Diva and ensemble member Caitlin Jackson returns to pay tribute to the Divine Miss M's legendary cabaret act at the equally legendary Continental Bathhouse in New York City. Featuring live music from Jeremy Ramey as Barry Manilow, Chad as Mr. Gerald, bathhouse patron and hairdresser to the stars, and singing bathhouse boys in strategically placed towels (TJ Crawford and Will Wilhelm), this loving recreation of the beginning of Ms. Midler's stellar career features the fabulous songs she sang for the boys in the bathhouse, including Chattanooga Choo-Choo, Superstar, and of course, Chapel of Love done in Bette's inimitable style.
   
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."
   
Bite  
Pride Films and Plays at Mary's Attic Bite
 
An immersive pop-rock ode to Shakespeare, Bite retells one of the Bard's most beloved stories, A Midsummer Night's Dream. Dubbed a "pucking queer cabaret," this fanciful evening explores the ideas of love and gender through a queer lens. Part of the Pride Films and Plays series, Bite puts a new spin on what happens on that fateful, magical night when four would-be lovers steal away into the enchanted woods. Expect plenty of music, dance and fairies of all kinds when this world premiere hits Mary's Attic at Hamburger Mary's in Chicago.
   
Bloodshot  
The Greenhouse Theater Center Bloodshot
 
Set in 1957 London, the suspenseful mystery Bloodshot follows a photographer with a drinking problem, who's been hired to follow and snap pictures of a beautiful showgirl by an unknown benefactor. But after witnessing her murder, his focus shifts to finding her killer, leading him to a backstreet nightclub where he finds a labyrinth of suspects, among them a magician, a comic and a musician. Award-winning Chicago playwright Douglas Post penned this one-man show, an acting tour de force, now coming to the Greenhouse Theater.
   
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.
   
Confessions from the D-List  
Under The Gun Theater Confessions from the D-List
 
"Confessions from the D-List" is an Improvised Comedy show based on Celebrity Autobiographies. We will read from a different book each night reveling the scandals, the sizzle, and the terrible writing of Celebrities doating all over themselves. Based on these passages our talented cast will Improvised scenes inspired from the reading.
   
Confessions of a P.I.M.P.  
Victory Gardens Theater - Biograph Confessions of a P.I.M.P.
 
From the heat of urban insurrection in Baltimore, Maryland to the incandescent glare of New York's Great White Way, "Jelly Belly" has many stories to tell. Through song, dance, and spoken word, join Victory Gardens Theater's Fox Foundation Resident Actor Fellow Andre De Shields in this riveting solo-performance as we follow this adventure from inner city impoverishment to self-actualization.
   
Dank House  
Annoyance Theatre Dank House
 
Tank, a "supercop" DEA Agent from the dystopian wasteland of 2073, is sent back in time to the very distant land of Springfield, Illinois, in the far-away year of 2017. His mission: save the world from fire, brimstone, and destruction; the fallout of an apocalypse brought about by the legalization of marijuana. Tank runs into fierce political opposition and his plan is jeopardized by a mysterious lobbyist named Donsanto.
   
The Dead Boy Scout Musical  
Annoyance Theatre The Dead Boy Scout Musical
 
Going to Philmont Scout Ranch is every Boy Scout's dream. Dying, however, is not. Two troops embark on what's supposed to be a fun camping trip only to end up in the middle of a disastrous plane crash, facing danger at every turn. Created by a cast of eleven actual Eagle Scouts, "The Dead Boy Scout Musical" characters speak from real-life experience.
   
Dementia Me  
The Den Theatre Dementia Me
 
You're invited to Jean-Luc's 90th birthday party! Technically, it's a surprise party - not because he doesn't know about the party, but because he doesn't know it's his birthday. He has dementia and is in an assisted living center. John Michael, activity planner, started planning this party 20 minutes ago and needs your help with the balloons! Dementia Me takes you inside the deflating mind.
   
Direct from Death Row The Scottsboro Boys  
Raven Theatre Direct from Death Row The Scottsboro Boys
 
The dark chapter of American history - in which nine African-American teenagers were falsely convicted of assaulting two white women and spent decades in the legal system fighting for their lives - is told surreally and satirically in Stein's play. In it, the "boys" return from eternity to the stage, where they keep their story alive through songs, a magic act, a ventriloquist act, skits and soft shoe - all to convey the tawdry show that their case became.
   
Distance  
Strawdog Theatre Distance
 
Irene Radford (Janice O'Neill) has family. Caretakers too. But as her struggle with Alzheimers puts those she depends upon beyond her memory's reach, new bonds form between those she's leaving behind. Making her Strawdog debut, Jeff Award nominee Erica Weiss, director of Route 66's acclaimed productions of A Twist of Water, The Downpour and Cicada, as well as The Gift Theatre's Grapes of Wrath, reunites with playwright Jerre Dye (Cicada) to bring to life this heartfelt and poetic world premiere that delves into questions of memory, identity and the inevitability of change.
   

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