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Gidion's Knot  
Eclectic Full Contact Theatre Company at Athenaeum Theatre Gidion's Knot
 
Over the course of a parent/teacher conference, a grieving mother and an emotionally overwhelmed primary school teacher have a fraught conversation about the mother's son, Gidion. Gidion may have been bullied severely -- or he may have been the abuser. As his story is slowly uncovered, the women try to reconstruct a satisfying explanation for Gidion's act and come to terms with excruciating feelings of culpability.
   
The Gin Game  
Drury Lane- Oakbrook The Gin Game
 
Winner of the 1978 Pulitzer Prize for Drama and nominated for four Tony Awards, The Gin Game symbolizes life in the form of a card game in a two-act, two-character play starring Chicago theater legends, John Reeger and Paula Scrofano. In The Gin Game, Weller Martin and Fonsia Dorsey strike up an acquaintance and begin to play gin rummy. As the game progresses, intimate secrets of their lives are revealed and they begin to search for each other's weaknesses in both the game and life itself. With this production, John and Paula join an elite history of famous duos who have previously battled in The Gin Game, including original stars Hume Cronyn and Jessica Tandy (the 1977 Broadway production and 1981 TV movie), Dick Van Dyke and Mary Tyler Moore (the 2003 PBS television special), and James Earl Jones and Cicely Tyson (the 2015 Broadway Revival).
   
Going to a Place Where You Already Are  
Redtwist Theatre Going to a Place Where You Already Are
 
A fun-loving couple, Roberta and Joe, are avowed atheists in their golden years, moving along nicely until Roberta undergoes a serious medical diagnosis. Funny and poignant, this is an insightfully compassionate play about a senior couple navigating the land mines of their advancing years in a delightfully carefree manner, until life catches up and demands some big time decisions about faith. Featuring Kathleen Ruhl in the role of Roberta.
   
The Golden Girls - The Lost Episodes  
Hell in a Handbag Productions at Mary's Attic The Golden Girls - The Lost Episodes
 
Enjoy lost, never-before-seen episodes of The Golden Girls featuring Dorothy, Rose, Blanche, Sophia and all of the siblings, daughters, sons, characters and rare diseases that were mentioned once, but never again. The production also features The Golden Girls trivia and games to help fully embrace the Miami experience.
   
Great Expectations  
Remy Bumppo and Silk Road Rising at Chicago Temple Great Expectations
 
Dickens' beloved tale of aspiration, intrigue, and romance is thrillingly transplanted to a colonized India by award-winning British Bengali playwright Tanika Gupta. When Indian orphan Pip receives a mysterious inheritance, he must choose between his humble rural life and the city life of an English "gentleman." In a vibrant clash of cultures, classes, and conscience, Gupta's brilliant adaptation expands Dickens' enduring question: Is it worth losing who you are for who you might become?
   
Hair  
Metropolis Performing Arts Centre Hair
 
Hair celebrates peace and love, taking you back to 1960s New York as young hippies try to make sense of their lives in the shadow of the Vietnam War. As the "tribe" -- a group of politically active bohemian youths -- fight against conscription, Claude has to decide whether to resist the draft as his friends have done, or succumb to the pressures of his parents and conservative America. Hair is filled with unforgettable songs, like "Aquarius," "Let the Sun Shine In" and "Good Morning, Starshine," which all became anthems of the anti-war movement. Filled with unbridled energy and infectious songs, this stunning production at Metropolis Performing Arts Centre in Arlington Heights provides an electrifying look back into '60s hippie counterculture.
   
Hamilton  
The PrivateBank Theatre Hamilton
 
A new musical about the scrappy young immigrant who forever changed America: Alexander Hamilton. From bastard orphan to Washington's right hand man, rebel to war hero, loving husband caught in the country's first sex scandal to Treasury head who made an untrusting world believe in the American economy, Hamilton is an exploration of a political mastermind. George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Eliza Hamilton, and lifelong Hamilton friend and foe, Aaron Burr, all attend this revolutionary tale of America's fiery past told through the sounds of the ever-changing nation we've become.
   
Her Majesty's Will  
Lifeline Theatre Her Majesty's Will
 
Young William Shakespeare is hiding from the law in rural Lancashire, languishing as a simple school master. Christopher Marlowe is living the high life as a spy for the Crown. When a dastardly plot to assassinate the Queen draws these two unforgettable wits together, Will is swept up in a world of intrigue, treachery, and mayhem in an adventure that will define the rest of his life - if he can only manage to save Her Majesty. An irreverent comedy that imagines Shakespeare's "lost years" as a rousing romp through the streets and across the stages of Elizabethan London.
   
Hitler On The Roof  
Akvavit Theatre at Strawdog Theatre Hitler On The Roof
 
This prescient 2011 Danish play finds the Nazi propagandist Dr. Joseph Goebbels (Amy Gorelow) and filmmaker Leni Riefenstahl (Jay Torrence) doomed to a perpetual afterlife in which to confront their pasts. Locked deep down inside the present day Führerbunker, the two engage in cunning feats of denial, manipulation and pure slapstick.
   
The House Cup: A Harry Potter Drinking Show  
Under The Gun Theater The House Cup: A Harry Potter Drinking Show
 
The House Cup lets both cast and audience live their deep-seeded dream of earning points for their true Hogwarts House. Each night, four Harry Potter experts and each audience member will be sorted by house, then asked to test his/her Harry Potter knowledge through trivia, debates, and physical challenges. Did we mention this is a drinking competition? The winner of each round will earn points for his/her house and the losers, they drink. (So really, everybody wins.)
   
In the Soundless Awe  
Prop Theatre In the Soundless Awe
 
On July 30, 1945, the U.S.S. Indianapolis was struck by two Japanese torpedoes, instantly killing 300 sailors and leaving 900 men to drift helplessly -- battling dehydration, saltwater poisoning and shark attacks -- in the Pacific Ocean. Historical drama In the Soundless Awe picks up 22 years after this harrowing event, finding Charles Butler McVay III, the wrongly court-martialed and disgraced Captain of the U.S.S. Indianapolis, in his haunting final moments. Presented at Chicago's Prop Theatre, In the Soundless Awe features TV star Jason Narvy (Mighty Morphin Power Rangers).
   
The Incredible Hank  
New Millennium Theatre Company at Royal George Theatre The Incredible Hank
 
It's 2017, and superheroes are everywhere. In the city of Sandicago, every superhero and supervillain is competing for their place in the saturated super market - all except for Hank. Hank would rather ignore his superpowers and work his normal job for the rest of his normal life. But when his office becomes the setting for a supervillain's evil plan, Hank is dragged kicking and screaming into the super drama. Faced with pompous heroes, reckless villains, hapless cops and the hounding press, Hank reluctantly finds himself in the fight of his life - to stay normal.
   
The Infinite Wrench  
Neo-Futurists The Infinite Wrench
 
The Infinite Wrench is a mechanism that unleashes a barrage of two-minute plays for a live audience. Each play offers something different-some are funny, others profound. Some are elegant, disgusting, topical, irrelevant, terrifying, or put to song. All of the plays are truthful and tackle the here-and-now, inspired by the lived experiences of the performers. With new plays every week, The Infinite Wrench is The Neo-Futurists' ongoing and ever-changing attempt to shift the conventions of live performance and speak to the present audience, including those unreached or unmoved by other types of theater.
   
It Came from ... the Neo-Futurarium XII: Dawn of the Neo-Futurarium!  
Neo-Futurists It Came from ... the Neo-Futurarium XII: Dawn of the Neo-Futurarium!
 
Neo-Futurist alumnae Rachel Claff and Dina Walters curate It Came from ... the Neo-Futurarium XII: Dawn of the Neo-Futurarium! the 12th annual series of staged readings of the best worst film scripts of all time. The summer 2017 festival features four of the clunkiest, junkiest movies ever made (details below), brought to life by past and present Neo-Futurists and acclaimed guest artists. Includes a Pride weekend show and gender-bending casts.
   
Jacques Brel's Lonesome Losers of the Night  
Theo Ubique Cabaret Theatre at No Exit Cafe Jacques Brel's Lonesome Losers of the Night
 
The last show of the season will be a remounting of Theo Ubique's highly acclaimed original musical revue, Jacques Brel's Lonesome Losers of the Night, which was nominated for the 2008-2009 Joseph Jefferson Award for Best Musical. Following the trials of two sailors at port in a bar in Amsterdam, we witness how relationships bloom and wilt through the musical lyricism of the Belgian singer/songwriter Jacques Brel. Songs include "Amsterdam," "Don't Go Away," "Alone," "Rosa" and many more.
   
The King And I  
Ford Oriental Theatre The King And I
 
One of Rodgers & Hammerstein's finest works, THE KING AND I boasts a score which features such beloved classics as "Getting To Know You," "I Whistle a Happy Tune," "Hello Young Lovers," "Shall We Dance" and "Something Wonderful." Set in 1860's Bangkok, the musical tells the story of the unconventional and tempestuous relationship that develops between the King of Siam and Anna Leonowens, a British schoolteacher whom the modernist King, in an imperialistic world, brings to Siam to teach his many wives and children.
   
King Liz  
Windy City Playhouse King Liz
 
No earthly realm is more exciting, wealthy or dangerous than a sports empire -- just ask the title character of King Liz. A uniquely powerful sports agent, Liz Rico is a rare woman atop the towering (if teetering) pyramid of pro sports. Of course, she had to work twice as hard to get there, and so is now twice as cautious as she waits to take over the agency. Enter Freddie Luna, a high school basketball superstar with a troubled past. If Liz can keep this talented yet volatile young star in line, she just might end up making not only his career, but her own as well. But at what price?
   

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