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Drink! The Sketch Comedy Drinking Game  
Cornservatory Drink! The Sketch Comedy Drinking Game
 
Corn Productions is celebrating its 21st birthday by introducing an all new, original BYOB sketch comedy show. "DRINK!" will feature original, comedic sketches by Corn Production writers with a new drinking game for every sketch. The seven person ensemble is aided by a luminescent "DRINK!" sign to help the audience follow along in the fun.
   
F*ck You, John Lennon  
Cornservatory F*ck You, John Lennon
 
When a struggling artist accidentally summons the ghost of John Lennon into her apartment, she learns he's not the most considerate roommate. Her other roommate, whose drag queen personality is Yoko Homo, is fine with the situation, so long as Lennon starts paying rent. Featuring strong language, drug use and fish costumes, the play F*ck You, John Lennon is billed as "a new unoriginal comedy." Experience the madness and count the Beatles references at the Cornservatory in Chicago.
   
The Faculty Lounge  
Oil Lamp Theater The Faculty Lounge
 
It's the most mythical room on any high school campus, a forbidden zone where teachers can cut loose and no students are allowed to venture: The faculty lounge. That's both the setting and the name of playwright Teri Foltz's new comedy, where five teachers relax, vent their frustrations and share thoughts, hopes and insecurities that they'd never dream of uttering in a classroom. The stories of five students weave in and out of the teachers' tales, as the educators' memories of their own high school experiences blend with their present day careers. The Faculty Lounge is a hilarious and heartfelt peek into the minds of the people who spend eight hours a day teaching our kids, and it's coming to the Oil Lamp Theater in Glenview.
   
Fairways  
Steel Beam Theatre Fairways
 
A world premiere from Steel Beam Theatre, Fairways is a fun musical that proves golf is so much more than hitting a small ball in a hole. Amidst the quirky outfits and stuffy country club rules, there's plenty of heart and comedy in the sport. Catch this new production about honesty, love and, of course, golf when it comes to St. Charles.
   
Fantastic Super Great Nation Numero Uno  
Second City Fantastic Super Great Nation Numero Uno
 
The Second City e.t.c.'s 41st revue, Fantastic Super Great Nation Numero Uno, reminds us that as divided as the nation may be, there is still hilarity in our humanity. This exciting new cast illustrates that there is still plenty to laugh at in ourselves and though they may be slightly shattered, America still has two legs to stand on. Fantastic Super Great Nation Numero Uno proves that as long as we're still willing to listen to each other, laughter is our international language.
   
Fight City  
Factory Theater Fight City
 
In the dystopian future of 2077, gender roles are reversed, guns and knives are all but eliminated, yet crime is still on the rise. The Central City Police Department has the most elite fighters in the region and they keep the peace by doling out hard-nosed justice. Officer Barb Davies (Jennifer Betancourt) is the most skilled fighter of them all, yet she has the most level head. Can she make sense of this new world or are we doomed to repeat the endless cycle of violence?
   
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).
   
The God Of Isaac  
Grippo Stage Company at Noyes Cultural Art Center The God Of Isaac
 
Playwright James Sherman's semi-autobiographical account of a young American Jew searching for his Jewish identity in the wake of the threatened neo-Nazi march in the Chicago suburb of Skokie in 1977.
   
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.
   
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.
   
Hir  
Steppenwolf Theatre Hir
 
The classic dysfunctional family drama has just crashed through into a wholly original place. Meet Paige, a wife and mother liberated from an oppressive and abusive marriage; Max, her newly out transgender son; and Isaac, Max's PTSD-addled older brother, who discovers a brand new war zone when he comes home from Afghanistan. Hir's crusade to shake up the patriarchy is disarmingly funny, absurd and surprising as it looks at an American family forced to build a new world out of the pieces of the old.
   
Hog'sBelly: A Fable Noir  
Gorilla Tango Theatre Hog'sBelly: A Fable Noir
 
A playfully dark mix of film noir and fable, Hog'sBelly dissects the destructive power of fear and hate through the eyes of the disgruntled rats and roaches of a dingy sewer underneath the recently closed chain restaurant, Hog'sBelly. Garamella's play follows a naive but determined rat-detective, Danny, as they scour the shadowy sewers to solve the death of their mentor, the fatherly Ezzy. The sewer has never been in such disarray as the regular waves of food-scraps from Hog'sBelly have stopped flowing into the sewer, leaving the now-civilized rat-citizens hungry and desperate for direction before they return to their more primal, animalistic ways. With no other options, the rats turn to the mysterious and powerful Senka for help. It becomes a race against the clock for Danny to save his sewer from its own gnarly animal instincts.
   
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.)
   
How To Be A Rock Critic  
Steppenwolf Theatre How To Be A Rock Critic
 
Gonzo journalist, America's greatest rock critic and inventor of the word "punk," legendary music writer Lester Bangs was an American icon. Outsized, manic, fucked-up and impossibly creative, Lester traveled with some of the most iconic musical figures of the 20th century- The Clash, Bob Marley, Lou Reed -peeling away the veneer between "star" and audience and revealing the "greats" as flawed and failing humans. He was at once irreligious and messianic about his hopes for the future, humanity in general, and music in particular. Music could save the world. At least that's what you tell yourself when you start out. But when the ragged, rebel ethos of the seventies gave way to the corporate pop of the eighties, Lester lost the myth he'd built a life around, and died of a drug overdose in 1982.
   
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.
   
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.
   
La Havana Madrid  
Goodman Theatre La Havana Madrid
 
La Havana Madrid is an immersive, documentary-style theater experience conceived and written by Sandra Delgado, based on the true story of the 1960s nightclub, La Havana Madrid, which once existed at Belmont and Sheffield in Chicago. Audiences will be invited into an intimate recreation of the lively 1960s music club, with cabaret seating, a bar, a dance floor and a live band.
   

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