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10 Out of 12  
Theater Wit 10 Out of 12
 
Playwright Anne Washburn catapulted us 75 years into the future in 2014's hit Mr. Burns, a post-electric play. Now Chicago's Theater Wit offers up her newest, most adventurous work, 10 Out of 12. The play embarks on a remarkable -- and often brutally honest and funny -- trip into the backstage world of a technical rehearsal. Don a private headset and you'll hear a near-perfect recreation of what goes on behind the scenes, complete with backstage chatter, opening night jitters, potential crises looming large and human stories unfolding.
   
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.
   
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.
   
Beyond Caring  
Lookingglass Theatre Beyond Caring
 
This critically-acclaimed piece, most recently produced at the UK's National Theatre and re-imagined for Chicago by writer/director Alexander Zeldin, is a gritty portrait of those who cling precariously to the bottom rung of the ladder. Full of life, humor, and tenderness, it sheds light on America's shadow economy and shines an unflinching spotlight on the incendiary intersection of race and class.
   
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."
   
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.
   
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.
   
Born Ready  
Factory Theater Born Ready
 
Marion Kroft, an aging former child film actor turned variety show star in the 1950s, is desperate to get back into the public's eye and show business. Harriet is a new young dancer who befriends Marion and the pair quickly becomes a smash comedy duo, but the truth behind their scenes may not be as funny.
   
Born Yesterday  
Remy Bumppo Theatre at The Greenhouse Theater Center Born Yesterday
 
Classic American underdog Billie begins to question corruption's stranglehold on the disadvantaged when she awakens to a world full of new possibilities. Playing for over 1,600 performances in its Broadway debut and earning 5 Academy Award and 3 Golden Globe nominations for its film adaptation, Garson Kanin's delightful and dangerous comedy asks who will survive the Washington political machine- brains, beauty, or brawn?
   
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.”
   
By The Water  
Northlight Theatre By The Water
 
Hurricane Sandy has just ravaged the lifelong home of Marty and Mary Murphy. But the storm has ripped apart more than just the walls: with their neighbors too devastated to stay, the couple's beloved Staten Island community is in danger of disappearing forever. Determined to rebuild, Marty wages a campaign to save his neighborhood and his home, but when the Murphys' sons arrive to help their parents dig out, past betrayals come rushing to the surface.
   
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.
   
Circus 1903 - The Golden Age of Circus  
Ford Oriental Theatre Circus 1903 - The Golden Age of Circus
 
In a world premiere event, the producers of the world's biggest magic show, The Illusionists, have teamed up with the award-winning puppeteers from War Horse, to present a thrilling turn-of-the-century circus spectacular. CIRCUS 1903 -The Golden Age of Circus has all the thrill and daredevil entertainment one would expect from the circus, with an exciting new twist. Sensational puppetry puts Elephants back in the ring as never seen before by introducing the largest ever performing African elephant and her baby, along with a huge cast of the most unique, amazing and dangerous circus acts from all four corners of the world, from strong men to contortionists, acrobats to musicians, knife throwers, high wire and much more!
   
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.
   
Death of a Salesman  
Redtwist Theatre Death of a Salesman
 
The great American drama about dashed hopes and delusional optimism, Miller's timeless themes play out in the fractured Loman household where Willy is the worn out king of his castle. He's also prince of the road as a fading traveling salesman, barely clinging to reality while searching in vain for the life of his dreams, yet failing to embrace the life that he lives.
   

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