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Amour  
Black Button Eyes Productions at Athenaeum Theatre Amour
 
Adapted from the short story "Le Passe-Muraille" by beloved French author Marcel Ayme, AMOUR tells the story of Dusoleil, a shy clerk working in a dreary office in post-World War II Paris. One day he discovers he has the ability to walk through walls, and embraces a life of romance and adventure. With music by multiple Oscar and Grammy Award-winner Michel Legrand and adapted into English by Jeremy Sams from the French Libretto by Didier van Cauwelaert, AMOUR was nominated for multiple Tony awards when it played on Broadway in 2002.
   
Bakersfield Mist  
TimeLine Theatre Company at Stage 773 Bakersfield Mist
 
Written by Stephen Sachs and directed by Kevin Christopher Fox, BAKERSFIELD MIST is a provocative and hilarious look at what makes art-and people-authentic. Maude, an unemployed bartender living in a trailer park, has bought the ugliest thrift store painting she could get her hands on as a gag gift. However, when she is told that it might in fact be the "find of the century"-an undiscovered work by the famed Jackson Pollock-she invites a world-class art expert to decide if it's a forgery or the real thing, worth millions.
   
The Bardy Bunch  
Mercury Theater The Bardy Bunch
 
It is 1974. We join the Bradys and the Partridges just after the ABC Network ceased airing their chronicles. It was a summer when these beloved TV families, no longer under America's watchful eye, met on a collision course in a blood-soaked, vengeance-fueled, lust-filled crossover episode of Shakespearean proportions.
   
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."
   
The Black Slot  
AstonRep at Raven Theatre The Black Slot
 
Beth, a dramaturg at a regional theatre company, spends her waking hours reading new scripts in the hopes of finding "the one" that will please her boss Pam. Enter Tim, a young African American playwright, whose work is miles beyond anything else she has read so far. But when Tim's hot new play is rejected in favor of producing legendary playwright August Wilson in the theater's "black slot," Tim and Beth hatch a plan to reveal the racism and hypocrisy of the American theater. Things quickly get out of hand in this behind-the-scenes satire that skewers and challenges the politics of the business we call show.
   
Bleacher Bums  
Pride Arts Center - The Broadway Bleacher Bums
 
The classic comedy about the team once known as the "lovable losers" will run throughout a post-season schedule in which the Cubs may play in the World Series for the first time in 71 years.
   
Blind Date  
Under The Gun Theater Blind Date
 
Relationships are hard. Dating is harder. That's why Blind Date is here to help Chicagoans find love, or at least a reasonable approximation. Blind Date matches two people on a very real blind date who will navigate all the excitement and curiosity of a first date on stage. The cast then improvises all the romance and challenges of this couple's future together. We cannot stress enough that this is a very real blind date. It is sure to be a show that's as spark-filled as you would expect any successful blind date to be.
   
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.
   
Bri-Ko  
Stage 773 Bri-Ko
 
Performers Brian Posen, Tim Soszko, and Brian Peterlin turn even the simplest tasks - like changing a lightbulb - into a hilariously complicated and entertaining experience. Blending sketch comedy, clowning, and an incredible array of props, the trio take you on an extraordinary ride you have to see to believe. With only a single word spoken in the 60 minute show, Bri-Ko's playful, physical comedy is a hit with speakers of any language and a favorite for private events and school bookings. Universally appealing and critically acclaimed, Bri-Ko is produced by Stage 773, where they perform regularly. The Chicago Tribune raves, "I'd do anything in my power to get a ticket!"
   
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.
   
Carroll Gardens  
16th Street Theater at Berwyn Cultural Center Carroll Gardens
 
Davis and Robby were BFFs in '93, but that last F is a long, long time. In 2013 Davis has traded his broke, small-town past for the hipster lifestyle of a Brooklyn artist. But when Robby crashes his childhood homie's 30th birthday, holding onto the past may cost Davis his future. Conflicts over race, class, culture and foodies ignite in A. Zell Williams' world premiere comedy.
   
Cheers Live On Stage  
Broadway Playhouse Cheers Live On Stage
 
A classic comedy performed in two acts, CHEERS LIVE ON STAGE will feature the interior of the iconic neighborhood bar, where drinking all day is the Norm. Audiences will laugh along with Carla, Coach, Cliff and Norm, as Sam "Mayday" Malone and Diane "Buzzkill" Chambers meet for the first time, share a first kiss and a first fight!
   
The City Of Conversation  
Northlight Theatre The City Of Conversation
 
In 1979 Washington D.C., socialite Hester Ferris throws posh dinner parties that can change the course of politics. But when her son turns up with an ambitious Reagan-ite girlfriend and a shocking new world view, it ignites a family divide that spans over 30 years and six presidential administrations. As power shifts from one generation to the next, a family struggles to maintain ties while on opposite sides of the partisan fence.
   
The Colored Museum  
Pulse Theatre Company at eta Creative Arts Foundation The Colored Museum
 
BTAA and Jeff Award Nominee Aaron Mitchell Reese and Jeff Award Winner, Donterrio Johnson are at the helm of George C. Wolfe's biting satire with style! In a series of 11 Exhibits and dynamics Characters portrayed by an ensemble of 5 , The Colored Museum, explores and satirizes prominent themes and identities of African-American culture.
   
A Comedical Tragedy for Mister Punch  
The House Theatre of Chicago at Chopin Theatre A Comedical Tragedy for Mister Punch
 
Charlotte, a young orphan, has made a home for herself thieving on the streets of London. She soon falls into employment as the assistant to an eccentric Italian puppeteer, Pietro. A master of the violent Punch and Judy puppet show, Pietro becomes a reluctant mentor to Charlotte. She is inspired and charmed by his bold, cheeky, and witty creations. The two become an efficient pair under Pietro's gruff and focused attention. As their partnership flourishes, Charlotte's vivid imagination calls the puppets to life to conjure her own versions of the classic tales. But Pietro may not let his protege cut the strings easily. Reality blurs as live actors, hand puppets, shadow puppetry and marionettes share the stage to illustrate a dark reality of imperfect adults, corrupt authority, class discrepancy, and violence.
   
The Comedy of Errors  
Commission Theatre Co at The Frontier The Comedy of Errors
 
Seperated at birth by a terrible ship wreck, Antipholus of Syracuse has been in search of his twin brother and mother for five years. Traveling up and down the Aegean Coast, and running out of options, Antipholus comes to Ephesus; a town notably hostile to Syracusians. Cited as one of Shakespeare's earliest plays, and one of his only explorations of Farce, please join us for a night of mistaken identity, family reunions, love, loss and music. Featuring an ensemble of twelve actor/musicans, see an exploration of The Comedy of Errors you won't soon forget!
   
The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged)  
Steel Beam Theatre The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged)
 
A parody of all the plays written by The Bard, The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged) is a high-speed roller-coaster ride involving only four actors and a heavy dose of improv. All the heroes, villains, kings, servants and damsels in distress of Shakespeare's 37 plays are portrayed by the madcap actors in just 97 minutes. The play was London's longest-running comedy and now you can see this wild and hilarious show at Steel Beam Theatre in St. Charles.
   

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