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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."
   
Apes Of Wrath  
Second City Apes Of Wrath
 
In the world of high stakes, we become a more heightened version of ourselves, which can sometimes resemble more simian behavior than human. From unitard sporting performance artists, an intimate encounter with robot culture and the primal effects of downsizing, "Apes of Wrath" embraces the dark and light sides of our human devolution.
   
Avenue Q  
Mercury Theater Avenue Q
 
A racy cross between South Park and Sesame Street, AVENUE Q is a modern musical focusing on a group of unique 20- somethings making their way in the big city, seeking their purpose in life. AVENUE Q features Music and Lyrics by Jeff Marx and Robert Lopez (co-creator of THE BOOK OF MORMON and recent Academy Award winner for FROZEN) and a Book by Jeff Whitty. Variety exclaimed, "Of all the musicals hatched in the post-2000 age of irony, AVENUE Q has remained the freshest and funniest!" Director L. Walter Stearns explains that the real magic of the show is when the audience "forgets that the puppets are nothing more than fur and felt and start to believe they have a mind, heart and soul." Although AVENUE Q addresses humorous adult issues, it is similar to a beloved children's show: a place where puppets are friends, monsters are good and life lessons are learned.
   
Ball At The Savoy  
Chicago Folks Operetta at Stage 773 Ball At The Savoy
 
Jazz meets Operetta in the exciting American Premiere of Paul Abraham's 1932 hit, "Ball at the Savoy." This sexy, danced-infused operetta embodies the best of Weimar-era Berlin as a clever wife serves up a tasty dish of revenge to her unfaithful husband. The show set Berlin on fire in 1932 with its infectious music, dancing and ravishing star, Gitta Alpar, until it was shut down by the Nazis. Chicago Folks Operetta's production will feature a 17 piece orchestra, singers, dancers and a new English translation.
   
The Beverly Hillbillies, The Musical  
Theatre At The Center The Beverly Hillbillies, The Musical
 
The Clampett’s trials and tribulations start to unravel when two crafty con artists cook up a scheme to fool overnight millionaire Jed Clampett (Jeff Award-Winner James Harms) out of his not-so-hard-earned millions. The chaos continues as nephew Jethro faces relationship problems, daughter Elly May (Jeff Award-Winner Summer Smart) has growing-up pains, and Granny (Kelly Anne Clark) just wants to go back to the simple, butter-churnin’ life she knows and loves. Despite watching his “black gold” turn into blackmail, Jed remains calm because, in the end, he knows that a country boy is always quicker than a city slicker. The Clampetts stay true to their roots as they face out-of-place encounters and hilarious antics, showcasing their genuine charm.
   
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.
   
Brigadoon  
Goodman Theatre Brigadoon
 
When American tourists Tommy and Jeff get lost on vacation in Scotland they stumble into Brigadoon, a mythical village that appears for only one day every 100 years. No outsider can stay in Brigadoon unless they fall in love, and no resident can ever leave or the village will vanish forever. But when Tommy falls for a village girl, he is forced to choose between returning to the world that he knows-or taking a chance on life and love in the mysterious Brigadoon. Big, beautiful and beguiling, Brigadoon is a "ravishing" (The New Yorker) musical delight.
   
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.
   
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.
   
Catch The Fish  
The Poor Theatre at Rivendell Theatre Ensemble Catch The Fish
 
"Catch the Fish" is a funny and smart comedy about three ambitious and confused LA twenty-one-year-olds: Jordan, Grant, and Lindsay. Its a typical Friday night and they're out late looking for fun when they meet Alison, a divorced, mid-thirties reporter for Vanity Fair writing about Hollywood-wannabe life. Everyone seems to stand to gain when Alison chooses to write a story about their lives. But quickly sexual attraction burns down the professional wall and the kids expose more than they may mean to. Who's catching who? The reporter or the twenty-one-year-olds?
   
Charlotte's Web  
Emerald City Theatre Company at Broadway Playhouse Charlotte's Web
 
Join Wilbur, Charlotte, and Templeton the Rat at the State Fair this summer! When Wilbur is saved and sent to live on the farm, he finds a new, unexpected family. Follow our piggy hero as he grows from being the runt of the litter to "Some Pig" with the help of one remarkable spider. Bring your family to the Fair to experience one of the most beloved children's books of all time brought to life on stage.
   
Chicken Little  
Chicago Kids Company at Beverly Arts Center Chicken Little
 
Sing along with Chicken Little, and her friends Henny Penny, Turkey Lurkey, Loosey Goosey, and Foxy Loxy as they journey to tell the king the news. The show runs one hour with no intermission, and is targeted for kids aged 2 to 12.
   
Cirque Shanghai: Warriors  
Navy Pier Skyline Stage Cirque Shanghai: Warriors
 
This summer's production of "Cirque Shanghai: Warriors" brings an extraordinary line-up of thrilling acts to the stage, including The Kinetic Poles, the powerful Water Meteor and the heart-pounding Pageant of Arms. Returning to the production from last year is the fate-tempting "Wheel of Destiny," and China's premier daredevil steel-globe motorcycle troupe, "Imperial Thunder".
   
Closer  
Spartan Theatre Company at The Den Theatre Closer
 
A doctor, a photographer, an exotic dancer, and a writer become entangled in a complicated romance. Set in contemporary London, this detailed and elaborate character study soon becomes an intimate drama following a pair of couples as they navigate the unsteady terrain of love, desire, honesty and deceit. Under the direction of Artistic Director Patrick Belics, this award winning play looks unflinchingly at how and why we love and lie.
   
Come Blow Your Horn  
Oil Lamp Theater Come Blow Your Horn
 
Come Blow Your Horn tells the story of Alan (Chris Lysy), a young man who lives the plush life of a swinging bachelor in New York City in the early 1960s. He enjoys a merry-go-round of women and shows up only occasionally at work, where his father (Rob Weinstein) is the boss. But Alan's life changes when his inexperienced 21-year-old brother Buddy (Grant Terzakis) "runs away from home" to move in so he can get a taste of his brother's freewheeling lifestyle. Things are further complicated by the arrival of Alan's girlfriend, Connie (Amanda Meyer), who hopes to transform him from a playboy into a loving and responsible adult. But of course, there's Peggy (Marisa Lerman), the voluptuous upstairs neighbor to think about, too, so....
   
Cupid Has a Heart On: A Musical Guide to Relationships  
Stage 773 Cupid Has a Heart On: A Musical Guide to Relationships
 
The Cupid Players are Chicago's all-musical sketch comedy group; their intelligent and satirical scenes are always accompanied by songs that are sure to puncture your aorta. They have performed from coast to coast and were just voted Critics Pick in the Chicago Reader! Come and see what Chris Jones of the Chicago Tribune calls "both refreshing and a memorably enjoyable 70 minutes."
   

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