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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).
   
Airline Highway  
Steppenwolf Theatre Airline Highway
 
In the parking lot of The Hummingbird, a once-glamorous motel on New Orleans' infamous Airline Highway, a group of friends gather. A rag-tag collection of strippers, hustlers and philosophers have come together to celebrate the life of Miss Ruby, an iconic burlesque performer who has requested a funeral before she dies. The party rages through the night as old friends resurface to pay their respects. A world premiere from the author of Detroit, Airline Highway is a boisterous and moving ode to the outcasts that make life a little more interesting.
   
Always... Patsy Cline  
Theo Ubique Cabaret Theatre at No Exit Cafe Always... Patsy Cline
 
Always... Patsy Cline is a biography of Cline as told through the eyes of housewife Louise Seger, a fan with whom Cline became close friends after a chance meeting before a 1961 concert in Seger's home of Houston, Texas. The musical includes Cline hits like "Crazy," "Walkin' After Midnight," and "Sweet Dreams."
   
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.
   
The Art Of Disappearing  
16th Street Theater at Berwyn Cultural Center The Art Of Disappearing
 
When Melissa receives a mysterious invitation to brunch from her mother after a two-year estrangement, she returns to a home where nothing is as it seems. Fathers lie, friends leave and she herself is failing in the artist's world she covets- as her mother practices the art of disappearing before her very eyes. The devastating truth she discovers in her parents' house threatens to tear all of them apart for good.
   
Based on a True Story  
Under The Gun Theater Based on a True Story
 
"There are eight million stories in the big city ... " and Based on a True Story is devoted to digging out the funniest, most interesting tales of the lot. The show's rotating cast interviews noteworthy citizens of Chicagoland and then goes about improvising scenes based on their stories, creating impromptu comedy from the stuff of real life. Every night's different, with each show featuring a fresh set of eight players from the Under the Gun Ensemble. Kevin Mullaney, artistic director of the Under the Gun Theater, directs this improvised comedy inspired by the real lives of Chicago's most interesting people.
   
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."
   
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.
   
The Book of Dionysus  
The Public House Theatre The Book of Dionysus
 
Fed up with his mortal obsession, Zeus banishes Dionysus from Mount Olympus to Earth. Joyfully, Dionysus sets off for Chicago to throw a good, old-fashioned bawdy festival in his name, just like they used to have in 540 BC. He sets to work in Grant Park erecting Dionyroo: A Festival of Mythic Proportions, advertising door-to-door and even raising a few bands from the dead to perform. But while the rest of the Gods couldn't previously be bothered with humanity, they are determined to halt Dionysus, even if it means mixing with the Earthlings they've come to despise.
   
Book of Merman  
Pride Films and Plays at Mary's Attic 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.
   
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.
   
Circle-Machine  
Oracle Theatre Circle-Machine
 
An American woman abroad is mistakenly left holding the newborn child of the First Secretary of the Community Party as the Berlin Wall comes crashing down. In the confusion of revolution, she decides to escape the chaos and corruption to raise the child in the safe embrace of the West. When the baby's mother returns to challenge the true maternity of the child, CIRCLE-MACHINE paints the conflict as a question of Capitalism's self-proclaimed supremacy in the world. Don't miss this frenetic, World Premiere adaptation that borrows its story from FULL CIRCLE by Charles Mee, which borrows from the 13th century Chinese zaju play, "The Chalk Circle", which also inspired Bertolt Brecht and a host of other artists throughout the ages.
   

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