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After Miss Julie  
Strawdog Theatre After Miss Julie
 
After Miss Julie is Marber's modern reimaging of August Strindberg's classic play now set in 1945 the night of England's Labour Party's landslide election victory over Winston Churchill's Conservative Party. The wealthy Julie (Maggie Scranton) and the servant John (John Henry Roberts) navigate the complexity and sexual politics of master and servant relations, all while under the watchful eye of John's former fiancee and fellow servant Christine (Anita Deely).
   
American Idiot  
The Hypocrites at The Den Theatre American Idiot
 
Based on punk rock band Green Day's Grammy Award-winning multi-platinum album of the same name, AMERICAN IDIOT follows three lifelong friends, forced to choose between their dreams and the safety of suburbia in a post 9/11 world. The musical features hits including "Boulevard of Broken Dreams," "21 Guns," "Wake Me Up When September Ends," "Holiday" and the blockbuster title track, "American Idiot." A critical smash on Broadway and in London, AMERICAN IDIOT received a 2010 Tony Award nomination for Best Musical and won the 2011 Grammy Award for Best Musical Show Album.
   
Anatomy of Gray  
Death and Pretzels at Charnel House Chicago Anatomy of Gray
 
After the sudden death of her father, June Muldoon writes a letter to God asking that he send Gray, IN a healer, and that no one else will die ever again. Her prayer is halfway answered when Dr. Galen P. Gray crash-lands outside of town in his hot air balloon. Seeing their need for a doctor, and the coincidence of his and the town's names, he agrees to stay, healing anything and everything they come complaining of to him. Soon a mysterious plague begins to spread through the town and Dr. Gray isn't sure he'll be able to save them. Set in 1880, Jim Leonard's Anatomy of Gray deals with death, loss, love and coming-of-age in a uniquely funny and heart-breaking way.
   
Anna, in the Darkness  
Dream Theatre Anna, in the Darkness
 
Anna, in the Darkness returns to the stage with scares to spare. Megan Merrill stars as Anna, a young teacher barricaded in her house while outside angry townfolk gather howling for blood. Writer-director Jeremy Menekseoglu has crafted a tale where the menace is far scarier -- and far more profound -- than brainless zombies or creeping vampires. Filled with jump scares and deeper, more lasting disturbances, Anna, in the Darkness is a powerful psychological thriller that keeps you in the dark as to what is real and what is imagined until the very end. Prepare yourself for what the Chicago Reader raved was a "devilish torture on the imagination."
   
The Anton Chekhov Book Club  
Moving Dock Theatre at Stage 773 The Anton Chekhov Book Club
 
Enter the world of this unusual book club where the members, brought together by their love for the literary giant, Anton Chekhov, lose themselves - and find themselves - in the pages of his timeless short stories.
   
Art  
Amazing Sammo Productions at Gorilla Tango Theatre Art
 
The story of three friends, one of whom purchases a very expensive painting of an all-white canvas with three white diagonal lines. Theory and personal feelings are brought into question as their friendships are pushed to the breaking point. But is it art?
   
Bad Jews  
Royal George Theatre Bad Jews
 
Bad Jews tells the story of Daphna Feygenbaum, a "Real Jew" with an Israeli boyfriend. When Daphna's cousin Liam brings home his shiksa girlfriend Melody and declares ownership of their grandfather's Chai necklace, a vicious and hilarious brawl over family, faith and legacy ensues. Stir in the identity curation of the Facebook generation and Theater Wit's Chicago premiere of Bad Jews, directed by artistic director Jeremy Wechsler, promises to be one of the funniest, wisest, most excruciating comedies on a Chicago stage this year.
   
bare: a pop opera  
The Cuckoo's Theater Project at Chicago Dramatists bare: a pop opera
 
In bare: a pop opera, a group of high school seniors at a Catholic boarding school deal with questions of sexuality and personal identity. Most teens struggle with issues about sex, love, religion, and drugs, and these guys and girls are no different -- except in addition to each other, they can seek answers from the church. Ultimately though, they come to realize that many of the answers exist within themselves. Experience the highly charged story and rich, vibrant contemporary score of bare: a pop opera at Chicago Dramatists Theatre.
   
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."
   
Bleacher Bums  
Oil Lamp Theater Bleacher Bums
 
In the bleachers at Chicago's Wrigley Field, a mixed bag of die-hard Cubs fans are watching the game. While they're rooting for their team, you'll be watching them, because the action in the stands is more interesting than the action on the field in Bleacher Bums. The group includes a rabid cheerleader, a blind man who follows the game by transistor radio and does his own play by play, a bathing beauty, a nerd and various other bleacher denizens. As the game proceeds, they place bets on every conceivable event, go out for frosty malts or beers, try to pick up the bathing beauty and -- occasionally -- watch the game. The villainous Marvin, who always bets against the Cubs, waits for the inevitable ninth-inning flop. Will he clean up again, or will the Cubs triumph this time? Win or lose, the bleacher bums remain undaunted in this Oil Lamp Theater production.
   
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 Boy From Oz  
Pride Films and Plays at Stage 773 The Boy From Oz
 
The Broadway musical tells the amazing life story of celebrated songwriter and performer Peter Allen. Featuring songs by Peter Allen, book by Martin Sherman and Nick Enright, Direction by David Zak, and Musical Direction by Robert Ollis, The Boy From Oz tells the exuberant yet heart-warming true story of a young Australian boy who loved to perform and ended up in the glamorous orbit of Judy Garland and her soon-to-be famous daughter Liza.
   
Brilliant Adventures  
Steep Theatre Brilliant Adventures
 
Tucked away in his dingy apartment, Luke has invented a device that could change the world - if only he thought the world was ready for it. When an opportunistic outsider arrives with designs on his invention and his apartment, Luke's family, and the universe itself, are at risk of being torn apart. Brilliant Adventures packs all the gritty British drama you've come to expect at Steep into a wildly entertaining sci-fi thriller with more than a touch of dark comedy.
   
Bristol Renaissance Faire  
Bristol Renaissance Faire Bristol Renaissance Faire
 
Eat, drink and be merry whilst roaming among the jousting knights, regal ladies, saucy wenches and royal overseers of the famed Bristol Renaissance Faire, returning for its 27th season of fun and games just outside of Chicago. Hundreds of performers dressed in Elizabethan costumes create a magical world of music and excitement, with games, rides and 20 stages of entertainment options ranging from knife throwers to improv troupes. More than 150 artisans will also be exhibiting and selling their original hand-crafted items, including hand-blown glass creations, pottery, authentic clothing and weaponry. All the frolicking and cavorting can leave one in need of refreshment, though fear not -- there are dozens of food and drink options available for purchase, both alcoholic and non, including the signature giant turkey leg and the ice-cold sassafrass.
   
Bunker Buddies  
The Public House Theatre Bunker Buddies
 
In the not-too-distant future, the Arion Virus has destroyed civilization as we know it. Two men are left behind, and seal themselves together in a bunker, depending on each other's company to maintain their sanity. Their days consist of learning every Billy Joel lyric ever and mindless games to fill the time as they edge towards the brink of non-existence. They are alone together- alone, that is, until Samantha arrives.
   
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.
   
Churchill  
SoloChicago at The Greenhouse Theater Center Churchill
 
Based on Winston Churchill's own writings, Ronald Keaton's one-man show finds the former British prime minister chafing under forced retirement after a shocking loss in the post-World War II election. But when President Harry Truman invites him to speak in the U.S., the famed politician, painter, Nobel Prize-winning author and witty raconteur begins to reflect on his life and times with humor, pride and regret. The inspiring leader who led England through one of its most difficult periods not only shares his political and military history, but also his fondness for whiskey, cigars and women. Keaton's been called one of the city's "top-tier theater veterans" by the Chicago Tribune.
   

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