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3 Sisters  
Theatre Y at Humility Gallery 3 Sisters
 
3 Sisters is an adaptation of Chekhov's masterpiece that explores the 'fate-in-retrospect' of three iconic and singular young women: Olga, Masha and Irina. Our play starts where Chekhov's ends: the military brigade has left town, the last vestiges of culture and urbanity have gone, and the would-be lovers and admirers of the women have vanished - and with them the hope that they can reach Moscow. Moscow - the girls' utopian image of youth, a memory which has for so long stoked their embers of hope - disintegrates throughout Chekhov's story into an ashen symbol of failure and non-attainment. What succession of events and what decisions prevented them from realizing their dreams? If they unravel the thread of their lives, what essence, what truth can they find in the tangle of memory? In the desert of possibility, is there an oasis of reality in what has been and can be remembered? Can the truth of one's recollected life occasion vitality and transformation?
   
American Beauty Shop  
Chicago Dramatists American Beauty Shop
 
Formby's AMERICAN BEAUTY SHOP follows the story of Sue, a hairdresser who is trying hard to pull herself up. Sue has big dreams for both her basement beauty shop and her daughter, Judy, who's anxiously waiting for a letter from MIT that could change her life. Armed with tough love, combative humor and an uncompromising work ethic, Sue is struggling to balance her own livelihood and Judy's future.
   
At Mister Kelly's  
Three Cat Productions at Berger Park Coach House At Mister Kelly's
 
A salute to the famed supper club that ruled Rush Street from 1957-1975, At Mister Kelly's re-creates an evening of top-flight entertainment from that small but storied venue. From vocal luminaries such as Sarah Vaughan, Barbra Streisand and Barry Manilow to comedy legends like Bob Newhart, Phyllis Diller and Richard Pryor, Mister Kelly's saw its share of huge stars come through its kitchen to its stage. Now, a seven-person cast pays musical homage to those legendary lineups with a song-filled revue at the Berger Park Coach House Theater.
   
The Best of Enemies  
Provision Theater Company The Best of Enemies
 
Inspired by the best-selling book by Osha Gray Davidson, Best of Enemies is the true story about the relationship between Ann Atwater--an African-American civil rights activist, and C.P. Ellis--a Grand Cyclops of the KKK, during the desegregation of the Durham, NC schools in 1971. Best of Enemies exposes the poison of prejudice in the hearts of Atwater and Ellis who, by facing each other, are forced to face the worst--and best--in themselves.
   
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."
   
Bloody Haymarket  
Irish American Heritage Center Bloody Haymarket
 
On May 4, 1886, Chicago was rocked by the first dynamite bomb thrown in America. 'Bloody Haymarket' allows the audience to witness and actively participate in this riveting part of Chicago history. This epic period piece deals with everything from the struggle for the 8 hour workday, the plight of the immigrant, interracial marriage, a corrupt justice system, police brutality, the concentration of wealth in a few hands, the origin of May Day and an utter disregard of the Constitution of this land.
   
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 Body of an American  
Stage Left Theatre at Theater Wit The Body of an American
 
In 1993, Canadian photojournalist Paul Watson took a Pulitzer Prize-winning photograph of a dead American soldier being dragged through the streets of Mogadishu. In 2007, writer Dan O'Brien was struggling to finish his play about ghosts. A chance encounter over the airwaves sparks an extraordinary friendship that sees the two men journey from some of the most dangerous places on earth to the depths of the human soul. Flying from Kabul to the Canadian Arctic, The Body of an American sees two actors play more than thirty roles in an exhilarating new form of documentary drama.
   
The Book Club Play  
16th Street Theater at Berwyn Cultural Center The Book Club Play
 
When the members of a devoted book club become the subjects of a documentary filmmaker and accept a provocative new member, their long-standing group dynamics take a hilarious turn. Sprinkled with wit, joy and novels galore, "The Book Club Play is a dangerous comedy about community, high and low culture, and the absolute terror of group dynamics." - Molly Smith, Arena Stage.
   
The Boys Upstairs  
Pride Films and Plays at Mary's Attic The Boys Upstairs
 
A cross between Sex and the City and Boys in the Band, The Boys Upstairs is a zesty comedy that follows the personal and professional ups and downs of a sassy bunch of city boys living in New York. The play kicks off in the living room of Josh and Seth, two roommates awaiting the arrival of their third musketeer Ashley. Just as they begin to settle into their usual rhythm of living it up in Hell's Kitchen (and analyzing the damage the morning after), a new neighbor moves in downstairs. Full of style, scandal and specialty cocktails, this hilarious production from Pride Films and Plays ponders big questions like "is he or isn't he?" when it takes the stage of Mary's Attic at Hamburger Mary's.
   
Chewing On Beckett  
Artemisia at The Frontier Chewing On Beckett
 
Chewing On Beckett takes a shocking look at life in a dystopian wasteland as a female Beckett Scholar and her former student, turned caretaker, struggle to survive. Student becomes teacher and teacher becomes suicidal as the two women discover they are outsiders in their own culture.
   
Chimerica  
TimeLine Theatre Company Chimerica
 
The time is June 1989. The Chinese government has instituted a brutal crackdown on a pro-democracy rally at Tiananmen Square, and the iconic image of a lone man standing in front of a military tank has captivated the world. "Tank Man" emerged as a hero and a symbol of defiance in the face of tyranny, only to disappear forever. Twenty years later, a photojournalist searches for the truth about that mysterious man in a riveting story that explores the sharp differences, as well as similarities, between twin superpowers China and America. The result is an epic, global adventure that presents an unflinching look at the nature of censorship, the cost of truth, and what it takes to maintain hope.
   
Cockeyed: Just a Little Bit Off  
Annoyance Theatre Cockeyed: Just a Little Bit Off
 
What started as a fun reading of a ten minute play this past summer, inspired the creation of a number of other short plays, that evolved into this very night of theatrical variety! Some of the plays are inspired by real life experiences, some are pure fantasy, others just for fun, and a few are meant to be provocative; but all were written with intention, purpose, and humor by Annoyance regular Amy Haeussler. Throughout the show, audiences will explore 6 very different stories with goofy characters, twisted plots, funny accents, and lots of heart. All of the stories stand alone, yet somehow manage to exist in the same world. Haeussler, who also directs the show, helms a remarkable seventeen person cast. Haeussler says the night will be, "Theater at it's finest, or at the very least, it's weirdest."
   
Connected  
Collaboraction at Flat Iron Arts Building Connected
 
Part historical docudrama, part science fiction, Connected soars through the history of space and time for an exciting new immersive theatre experience illuminating our relationship with technology and each other, and how a special tribe used its unique connection to one another to survive it all.
   
Death and Harry Houdini  
The House Theatre of Chicago at Chopin Theatre Death and Harry Houdini
 
The House Theatre of Chicago is proud to announce the return of the first play to ever grace its stage, the magic-filled thrill show and crowd favorite Death & Harry Houdini, written and directed by The House Theatre of Chicago Artistic Director Nathan Allen and starring Company Member and professional magician Dennis Watkins as Harry Houdini. Filled with stunning magic, poignant dialogue and original music, Death & Harry Houdini presents the story of history's most famous magician and his life-long war against Death.
   
Death of a Streetcar Named Virginia Woolf: A Parody  
Writers Theatre Death of a Streetcar Named Virginia Woolf: A Parody
 
This hilarious result of a collaboration between Writers Theatre and Chicago's world-renowned comedy theatre, The Second City, asks the intriguing question: What happens when the most recognizable characters from some of the greatest American plays of the 20th century suddenly find themselves sharing the same stage? When a mysterious invitation brings Blanche DuBois back to New Orleans, she finds herself once again face-to-face with the smoldering Stanley Kowalski. That would be challenge enough, but they are soon joined by luckless salesman Willy Loman and hard-drinking, hard-fighting couple George and Martha, and suddenly all bets are off. Add a folksy Stage Manager and the comic genius of The Second City team, and the question quickly becomes: Will the American Theatre ever be the same?
   
Disenchanted!  
Broadway Playhouse Disenchanted!
 
Poisoned apples. Glass slippers. Who needs 'em?! Not Snow White and her posse of disenchanted princesses in the hilarious hit musical that's anything but Grimm. Forget the princesses you think you know - the original storybook heroines have come back to life to set the record straight. After multiple sold-out runs nationwide, these royal renegades tossed off their tiaras to bring their hilariously subversive, not-for-the-kiddies musical to you - and what you thought about princesses will never be the same!
   

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