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3 Blocks From Broadway  
Annoyance Theatre 3 Blocks From Broadway
 
From Cats to Heathers, the improv troupe Rhyme & Punishmint has cornered the market on creating feature length shows in the style of some of Broadway's favorite musicals. Now, in their new show, 3 Blocks From Broadway, the group will up the ante by letting you decide what they'll perform when the curtain rises, making an even greater challenge. But this highly talented cast of actors and improvisers is ready to put on a show that's filled with fun, surprises and maybe even a Nerf gun.
   
The Adventures of Robin Hood  
Filament Theatre The Adventures of Robin Hood
 
Filament Theatre has created an experience that immerses audience in the wildly inventive world of THE ADVENTURES OF ROBIN HOOD. The moment they walk into the theatre, audiences are invited to step inside the world of the story, from interactive lobby activities to the fourth wall-destroying production.
   
American Hwangap  
Halcyon Theatre at Christ Lutheran Church American Hwangap
 
American Hwangap tells a deftly observant, funny, and moving story about the difficulty of reunification and reconciliation during a weekend in the lives of the Chuns. After abandoning his family to return to his native South Korea, Min Suk Chun abruptly reappears in the lives of his ex-wife and children on the day of his hwangap, the traditional way of celebrating one's 60th birthday in Korean culture. However, his ex-wife and kids, now adults, have moved on and do not readily welcome the patriarch back into the family with open arms. As his birthday approaches, Min Suk struggles to reunite his family and obtain forgiveness from the ones he loves most.
   
The Assembled Parties  
Raven Theatre The Assembled Parties
 
The Assembled Parties, which was produced on Broadway in 2013 by the Manhattan Theatre Club and earned a Tony Award nomination for Best Play as well as winning the Tony for leading actress Judith Light, welcomes us to the world of a New York Upper West Side Jewish family in 1980. In a sprawling Central Park West apartment, former movie star Julie Bascov and her sister-in-law Faye bring their families together for their traditional holiday dinner. But tonight, things are not usual. A houseguest has joined the festivities for the first time and he unwittingly-or perhaps by design-insinuates himself into the family drama. Twenty years later, as 2001 approaches, the Bascovs' seemingly picture-perfect life may be about to crumble. A stunning play infused with humor, The Assembled Parties is an incisive portrait of a family grasping for stability at the dawn of a new millennium.
   
At The Table  
Broken Nose Theatre at Berger Park Coach House At The Table
 
Six friends head out of Chicago for their annual weekend retreat. With no social media, no cellphones and no internet allowed, they're 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 off-limits. AT THE TABLE is a new comedy that begs the question: What happens when those with privilege are pushed to the periphery? In a seemingly post-truth era, who is allowed to speak up about particular topics and who is being silenced altogether? Playwright Michael Perlman and director Spenser Davis team up again, after the 2014 Midwest Premiere of the GLAAD Award-winning play "From White Plains."
   
The Beauty Queen of Leenane  
Bluebird Arts at Athenaeum Theatre The Beauty Queen of Leenane
 
Forty-year-old Maureen spends her present and foreseeable future caring for her elderly but iron-willed mother, Mag -- until an old family friend reappears and offers Maureen a chance at love and a new life. But Mag isn't about to let Maureen go so easily, setting off a shocking chain of events. The Beauty Queen of Leenane serves up a rich Irish stew of dark comedy and drama centering on a seriously dysfunctional mother and daughter. This acclaimed tragicomedy by Martin McDonagh, the Oscar-winning writer of In Bruges, comes to the stage at Chicago's Athenaeum Theatre Studio Two. Deemed "wildly funny, deeply affecting and grotesquely macabre," by the London Daily Telegraph, this production brims with the brash humor, rich language and inventive storytelling for which McDonagh has been widely praised.
   
Beowulf  
Red Theater at The Den Theatre Beowulf
 
Written and directed by Red Theater Artistic Director Aaron Sawyer, Beowulf tells the story of Beowulf and Grendel's Mother doomed by Odin to relive their deaths over and over again for all eternity in front of an audience. Sometimes set to music. Each performance a reset of their lives together. Each time a new body, a new place, a new set of watchers. Through song, prose and poetry, they cry out their pain and their love to each other, to us and to an uncaring god.
   
The Best Of Bri-Ko  
Stage 773 The Best Of Bri-Ko
 
Clowning-meets-sketch as audiences lose themselves in Bri-Ko’s joyous, upbeat world, which fuses comedy, clowning and an incredible array of props into a hilariously complicated production. Stage 773 Creative Director Brian Posen joins forces with Chicago comedy veterans Tim Soszko and Brian Peterlin to turn even the simplest tasks – like changing a lightbulb – into an interactive, non-verbal experience, taking audiences on an extraordinary ride.
   
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."
   
Blizzard '67  
16th Street Theater at Berwyn Cultural Center Blizzard '67
 
Four businessmen in 1967 Chicago carpool to work navigating the twists and turns of corporate politics. These tensions play out when they foolishly attempt to drive home in the record-breaking blizzard. When one man is abandoned, the others face their choice and how it will affect their lives thereafter.
   
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 Joseph  
Chicago Shakespeare Theater The Book Of Joseph
 
Every family has its secrets. Richard Hollander's remained in an unopened suitcase for fifteen years after the death of his parents. Inside, he found a collection of Swastika-stamped letters written during World War II by a family he never knew-his late father Joseph's mother, three sisters, their husbands and children. Unable to convince the family to leave Poland, Joseph escaped to the United States where he fought to save his family from annihilation at the hands of the Nazis, and to avoid deportation and death himself. Richard collected his family's letters in his book, Every Day Lasts A Year, the inspiration for this frequently chilling, often humorous, and always deeply moving drama, staged by Artistic Director Barbara Gaines. We come to know three generations-their hopes, fears and fates revealed-in a compelling journey of the human family and the primal need to understand those who came before.
   
Bootycandy  
Windy City Playhouse Bootycandy
 
Meet Sutter, a precocious boy learning what it means to be gay and black. With everyone trying to teach him the ways of life, he's learning fast that no one person will be able to tell him the meaning of love, life, sex or race. He'll have to define those for himself. The 2017 season kicks off with a bang, with the Chicago premiere of Robert O'Hara's semi-autobiographical play - a hilariously frank, wildly unpredictable tale of growing up.
   
By the Bog of Cats  
The Artistic Home By the Bog of Cats
 
Set on a ghostly landscape in Ireland, By the Bog of Cats is the story of a woman who's had a lifetime of abandonment and decides to lay claim to everything that's hers on a day when her world's being torn in half. Not only did her mother run off when she was a girl, but today the great love of her life, with whom she has a seven-year-old daughter, is marrying into a family that wants her kicked off the land. She has no one to turn to except local misfits, who are part of a community filled with outrageous, funny, terrible people. It’s one day in the life of a woman pushed beyond the limits of human endurance as she is forced to make a final horrible, self sacrificing decision. Mossman says of the play, “Think Greek tragedy on an Irish Bog. Just as tragic but twice as funny and pure poetry, in the great Irish tradition.”
   
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.
   
Carmen  
Lyric Opera Carmen
 
Filled with passion, jealousy, drama and death, Georges Bizet's classic opera Carmen revolves around a beautiful but hot-tempered Spanish gypsy girl who seduces a young corporal named Don Jose. The naive young man gives up everything for her, leaving his former love, rebelling against his superiors and joining a gang of smugglers. But when Carmen tires of him and moves on to the bullfighter Escamillo, Don Jose is driven by betrayal and jealousy to exact violent revenge. The French composer's score includes the instantly recognizable "The Toreador Song," Carmen's habanera and more. This stirring production from Lyric Opera of Chicago at the Civic Opera House will be performed in French with projected English supertitles.
   
The Columnist  
American Blues Theater at Stage 773 The Columnist
 
From the Pulitzer and Tony award-winning author of Proof comes a drama about power, the press, sex and betrayal. At the height of the Cold War, Joe Alsop is the nation's most influential journalist, beloved, feared and courted by the Washington world. But as the 60s dawn and America undergoes dizzying change, the intense political dramas Joe is embroiled in become deeply personal as well.
   

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