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180 Degree Rule  
Babes With Blades Theatre Company at City Lit Theater 180 Degree Rule
 
A 1960s film professor searches for the missing film masterpiece of an obscure lesbian director - killed pre-World War II at the height of her talent - and speculates she was murdered because of her defiant flaunting of her sexuality with the studio's "it" girl. But once the director's former lover, now an aging, reclusive German movie star, is involved in the search, a more disturbing narrative unravels. Moving between 1930s Berlin and Hollywood and the late '60s, this play shifts from film to live action, flashback to the present as it reveals the truth behind a doomed romance.
   
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?
   
Adding Machine: A Musical  
The Hypocrites at The Den Theatre Adding Machine: A Musical
 
ADDING MACHINE: A Musical tells the story of Mr. Zero, a modern-day everyman. He hates his wife, he hates his job, he hates his lot in life. After a lifetime spent adding figures for the same company, he comes to work one day only to find he's been replaced by a machine. ADDING MACHINE: A Musical is an expressionistic story of murder, salvation, and internalized oppression.
   
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.
   
Best of Enemies  
Provision Theater Company 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 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.
   
Cabaret  
Big Noise Theatre at Prairie Lakes Theatre Cabaret
 
Escape from the streets of Des Plaines to the glittering underworld of pre-WWII Berlin as re-created inside Big Noise Theatre at Prairie Lakes. Come and join the fun in the infamous Kit Kat Klub, where the music is always tantalizing and the drinks flow endlessly. Within the club, lives intertwine as a cabaret singer, an ex-pat American writer and other misfits and outcasts of Weimar-era Berlin come together to escape the sinister shadow of World War II. The hedonistic world of the cabaret offers a refuge from a changing society where their kind is less than welcome and dark forces threaten to end the party forever. Led by the enigmatic Emcee and charismatic singer Sally Bowles, the colorful characters of this Kander and Ebb masterpiece are eager to entertain you with sexy musical numbers, including "Don't Tell Mama," "Willkommen" and of course "Cabaret."
   
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.
   
Cinderella... After the Ball  
Marriott Theatre for Young Audiences at Marriott Theatre In Lincolnshire Cinderella... After the Ball
 
Encountering a world of familiar fairy tale characters, now disenchanted and just plain dissed, Cinderella... After the Ball follows the story of Princesses Rapunzel and Sleeping Beauty as they join Cinderella on her quest for a real happily ever after. Girl power abounds as the friends take matters into their own hands to save the kingdom from the wicked Pinocchio. Beloved classic characters unite in this brand new, contemporary sequel to the treasured tale, reminding audiences of all ages of the true power of hope, friendship and bravery.
   
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.
   
Dead Man Walking  
Piven Theatre Dead Man Walking
 
Based on Sister Helen Prejean's national bestseller, Dead Man Walking tells the story of Sister Prejean's journey through our system of capital punishment. Through the lens of her role as spiritual adviser to a death row inmate, the play meditates on the deeper issues of justice and mercy and the implication that we are all involved in the human consequences of our justice system: the condemned, the bereaved, the executed, the executioner, the individual, the community.
   
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?
   
Don't Make Me Over (In Tribute to Dionne Warwick)  
Black Ensemble Theater Don't Make Me Over (In Tribute to Dionne Warwick)
 
Don't Make Me Over (In Tribute to Dionne Warwick) is a historical journey that explores Ms. Warwick's accomplishments over the decades and details her musical contributions. Don't Make Me Over features 23 of Ms. Warwick's biggest hits including "Walk On By," "Message To Michael," "Alfie" and "I Say A Little Prayer," just to name a few.
   
The Dougs: Punk is What You Make of it  
Annoyance Theatre The Dougs: Punk is What You Make of it
 
"The Dougs: Punk is What You Make of it" is a new sketch comedy show premiering at The Annoyance Theatre centering around the absurd world of a punk band with no instruments trying to solve the murder of one of their members.
   

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