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The Cousin from Nowhere  
Chicago Folks Operetta at Stage 773 The Cousin from Nowhere
 
When a stranger appears out of "Nowhere" one moonlit night, all hell breaks loose in the Kuhbrot house! Don't miss this screwball comedy that has some of the best music you've never heard before! Featuring a 21-piece orchestra, The Cousin from Nowhere is pure summer fun!
   
Dank House  
Annoyance Theatre Dank House
 
Tank, a "supercop" DEA Agent from the dystopian wasteland of 2073, is sent back in time to the very distant land of Springfield, Illinois, in the far-away year of 2017. His mission: save the world from fire, brimstone, and destruction; the fallout of an apocalypse brought about by the legalization of marijuana. Tank runs into fierce political opposition and his plan is jeopardized by a mysterious lobbyist named Donsanto.
   
Dating and Dragons  
Factory Theater Dating and Dragons
 
The prospect of slaying a dragon is not only less scary than the idea of winning the heart of a girl, but for Jack and his friends it's also just about as likely to happen. But in Dating and Dragons, against all odds, Jack -- who knows all the rules for games that involve swords, sorcery and the odd dungeon-dwelling beast or two -- has cast a spell on a real-life, flesh-and-blood girl named Diane. Now Jack is forced to cope with the fact that none of the same rules apply, and he has no clue how to win at the game of love. Join Jack and his friends on an amusing journey through the rules of romance in Dating and Dragons at The Factory Theater in Chicago.
   
The Dead Boy Scout Musical  
Annoyance Theatre The Dead Boy Scout Musical
 
Going to Philmont Scout Ranch is every Boy Scout's dream. Dying, however, is not. Two troops embark on what's supposed to be a fun camping trip only to end up in the middle of a disastrous plane crash, facing danger at every turn. Created by a cast of eleven actual Eagle Scouts, "The Dead Boy Scout Musical" characters speak from real-life experience.
   
Death and Harry Houdini  
The House Theatre of Chicago at Chopin Theatre Death and Harry Houdini
 
The House Theatre of Chicago is proud to announce the return of the first play to ever grace its stage, the magic-filled thrill show and crowd favorite Death & Harry Houdini, written and directed by The House Theatre of Chicago Artistic Director Nathan Allen and starring Company Member and professional magician Dennis Watkins as Harry Houdini. Filled with stunning magic, poignant dialogue and original music, Death & Harry Houdini presents the story of history's most famous magician and his life-long war against Death.
   
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?
   
Deathtrap  
Drury Lane- Oakbrook Deathtrap
 
A hugely popular stage and screen mystery, "Deathtrap" offers skillful blending of two priceless theatrical ingredients: gasp-inducing thrills and spontaneous laughter. Unknown dramatist Clifford Anderson has sent his new thriller to award-winning Broadway author Sidney for comment--or has he? Without a success to his credit for some years, Sidney plots with his reluctant wife Myra how to plagiarize 'Deathtrap.' When Clifford turns up to discuss the play with the 'Master,' events take a sinister turn.
   
Direct from Death Row The Scottsboro Boys  
Raven Theatre Direct from Death Row The Scottsboro Boys
 
The dark chapter of American history - in which nine African-American teenagers were falsely convicted of assaulting two white women and spent decades in the legal system fighting for their lives - is told surreally and satirically in Stein's play. In it, the "boys" return from eternity to the stage, where they keep their story alive through songs, a magic act, a ventriloquist act, skits and soft shoe - all to convey the tawdry show that their case became.
   
Douglass  
Theater Wit Douglass
 
The multimedia work explores race in America through the lens of the abolitionist movement and the founding documents of a nation. The play strives to have a conversation inspired by the historical underpinnings of a movement, while simultaneously drawing parallels with today's ongoing discourse about race and politics in America. The story is of an ex-slave's struggle to become a man. His adversaries are not only those who strive to hinder him, but also those who purport to help him. His struggle is America's struggle: its ongoing, ever present battle against the sin of the slavery.
   
Eroica  
Azusa Productions at Redtwist Theatre Eroica
 
EROICA follows a family in small town U.S.A. during the Vietnam War. Victor, the town's former high school basketball star, has faked a medical condition to avoid the military draft. His wife Sally, unaware of her husband's secret, leads a letter writing campaign to U.S. troops thanking them for their service. Victor's physically disabled sister Grace, a nun, takes part in anti-war prayer vigils while silently struggling with her own faith. Charles, an embittered former athlete who was kicked off the team, learns Victor's secret and is bent on revenge.
   
Firebringer  
StarKid Productions at Stage 773 Firebringer
 
At the dawn of humanity, one tribe of cave-people survives the many trials of prehistoric life under the wise leadership of Jemilla, The Peacemaker. Jemilla taught her people to express themselves, rather than bashing each other's heads with rocks and eating each other's babies. But one member of the tribe doesn't seem to fit in: Zazzalil. She doesn't like collecting nuts and berries all day, every day. In fact, she's always trying to invent things to make life easier... for herself. While out hatching her latest scheme, Zazzalil stumbles upon the most important discovery in history- a discovery that will pit her tribe against wooly mammoths, saber-toothed tigers, and change the world forever. She'll travel from omega to alpha, and become... the Firebringer
   
Flanagan's Wake  
Chicago Theatre Works Flanagan's Wake
 
Flanagan's Wake transports the audience to the fictional town of Grapplin, County Sligo, Ireland, where local roustabout, Flanagan, has died. Here they meet an eclectic cast of characters including Fiona Finn, Flanagan's spirited fiancee of 22 years, Brian Ballybunion, his best friend and drinking mate, Father Damon Fitzgerald, the sharp-tongued parish priest, Mayor O'Doul, the town mayor and bartender, the innocent Mother Flanagan and several other colorful citizens. The mourners pay their respects to the deceased in the Irish tradition (with a quick stop at the pub first).
   
Fool Me Twice, Deja Vu  
Second City Fool Me Twice, Deja Vu
 
Fool Me Twice, Deja Vu takes you on an uproarious exploration of intuition. Have you been here before? Should you do anything different? Or are mistakes what make us grow? In this ever changing world there are still significant transformations to be made. Take a gleeful glance into funny mothers, millennials, christian media and contemporary nostalgia as you get fooled twice and come back to be fooled again.
   
Generation Gap  
Annoyance Theatre Generation Gap
 
"Generation Gap" is the story of Cortney, a young southern-born urban burnout who wants nothing more than to be able to dictate what her life looks like. Her mother, Deborah, springs a surprise visit on Cortney to help her make the "right" life choices, and to inform her that Grandma Caroline is not doing well. Cortney feistily explores her own life and choices in comparison to her mother and grandmother's via a series of imagined flashbacks, each presented in a different genre indicative of the time period.
   
GhostBustier: The Story of the Real Ghostbusty  
Gorilla Tango Theatre GhostBustier: The Story of the Real Ghostbusty
 
The all female reboot of the Ghostbusters film is quickly approaching, so join Gorilla Tango Theatre to celebrate the ladies that did it first, did it better, and did it BUSTIER! It's the story we all know and love of paranormal fighting scientists with a sexy spin that brings the classic comedy to the stage in the sensual style that Gorilla Tango Burlesque is known for. Watch as your four favorite fear-fighters shimmy their way to saving New York from a sexy Slimer, a curvaceous Stay Puft Marshmallow Woman, and a bevy of gorgeous ghosts. When there's trouble in your neighborhood, boob ya gonna call?
   
The Grapes of Wrath  
The Gift Theatre The Grapes of Wrath
 
The Gift Theatre presents John Steinbeck's Pulitzer Prize-winning tale, The Grapes of Wrath, centering on an American family forced off of their land during the Great Depression and their epic journey west to California. New ensemble member Erica Weiss (Vigils) returns to direct the extraordinary and emotionally wrenching The Grapes of Wrath, adapted by Frank Galati.
   
History of Comedy  
Metropolis Performing Arts Centre History of Comedy
 
Mankind has been laughing since the dawn of time, but why? What's so funny? And why don't they let us in on the joke? Three men have the bravery, the intelligence, and the copious amount of spare time necessary to explain it all to you. Join our intrepid team as they explore what makes us laugh, why it makes us laugh, and just what the heck is so funny about the New Yorker cartoons. From slapstick to sarcasm, from wordplay to whoopee cushions, take this highly unscientific survey of comedy throughout the centuries.
   

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