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Depraved New World  
Second City Depraved New World
 
Celebrate the creation of our brand new show and get an exclusive look at The Second City's hilarious 102nd Revue. The Second City's 102nd Revue is written and performed by an all-star cast including Chelsea Devantez, John Hartman, Mike Kosinski, Tawny Newsome (Jeff Award Winner - Best Revue), Emily Walker and Steve Waltien with Jeff Award-Winning Director, Mick Napier. Jesse Case will be at the keys as Music Director and Craig Taylor returns for his 34th Revue as Stage Manager for The Second City Mainstage.
   
Dorian  
The House Theatre of Chicago at Chopin Theatre Dorian
 
Oscar Wilde's love/hate affair with youth and beauty is captured in this visually arresting contemporary adaptation. House Company Members Director/Choreographer Tommy Rapley, Co-Writer Ben Lobpries and Composer Kevin O'Donnell seamlessly blend theatre and dance, revealing the unsightly truth behind each character's outer beauty. Dorian Gray's ill-fated portrait is a character who comes vividly to life, only to encourage his wicked and sexually irreverent indulgences.
   
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.
   
Emma  
Dead Writers Theatre Collective at Stage 773 Emma
 
Dead Writers Theatre Collective presents playwright Michael Bloom's exciting new adaptation of Emma, Jane Austen's beloved comedy of manners about the perils of finding love. It's the ever-relatable story of the young Emma Woodhouse, a well-meaning but disaster-prone matchmaker, who ignores her own romantic feelings for her lifelong friend and eligible bachelor Mr. Knightley while setting out to find a suitor for a friend. Her efforts go awry, of course, leading to a bevy of comical complications.
   
Good Boys and True  
Raven Theatre Good Boys and True
 
Who is the young man in a salacious video of a teenage couple that makes the rounds at St. Joseph's Preparatory School for Boys? His face remains out of view, but he resembles the football team captain and the Ivy League-bound son of two doctors who repeatedly deny it's him. Good Boys and True invites discussions of social class and hints of sexual abuse and homosexuality, revealing increasingly ugly implications about how a culture of privilege reveals its dark side through sexuality.
   
Gothic Arch  
Forget Me Not Theatre Company at The Den Theatre Gothic Arch
 
Produced as part of our Workshop Series, Gothic Arch is inspired by the film Rashomon by acclaimed filmmaker Akira Kurosawa. It tells the compelling story of a single crime, retold and re-imagined through the unique lens of multiple witnesses. Gothic Arch explores the effect of perspective on storytelling, and how it can both mask and reveal something as complex as the truth.
   
The Great God Pan  
Next Theatre Company The Great God Pan
 
Jamie is doing great: a beautiful girlfriend, a budding journalism career and parents who live just far enough away. But when a possible childhood trauma comes to light, he begins to question not only his past but his seemingly positive present as well. Director Kimberly Senior and playwright Amy Herzog are reunited (After the Revolution) with this moving and mysterious story about the nature of memory and the question of how definitively the past shapes present behavior.
   
Happy Endings  
Stage 773 Happy Endings
 
Second Thought Theatre Company announced today the World Premiere of Matt Tassell's Happy Endings. Directed by Co-Artistic Director Adam Benjamin, this emotionally charged and thought-provoking piece examines a ten-year friendship between a young heterosexual woman and a young homosexual man, and the limits of that friendship. The play explores concepts of power, manipulation, and the idea of sexuality versus sexual identity. It begs the question at what length would someone go to have their "happy ending".
   
The Haunting of Hill House  
City Lit Theater The Haunting of Hill House
 
The Haunting of Hill House is widely considered one of the best literary ghost stories published during the twentieth century; it is number three on Stephen King's list of his ten favorite horror novels. The Wall Street Journal calls it "the greatest haunted house story ever." Its plot concerns Dr. Montague's hope to find scientific evidence of the existence of the supernatural. He rents Hill House, an empty eighty-year-old mansion thought to be haunted, for a summer and invites as his guests people he has chosen because of their past experience with paranormal events.
   
Hey! Dancin'! Hey! Musical!  
Factory Theater at Prop Theatre Hey! Dancin'! Hey! Musical!
 
Set in Chicago in 1986, teenagers Halle and Trisha finagle their way in the final taping of the hippest cable access dance show in the Chicagoland area in the hopes of finding true love...or sex...or both! The hair is big, the fashion is ridiculous, dancing is king and EVERYBODY SINGS!
   
Hit The Wall  
The Greenhouse Theater Center Hit The Wall
 
"Hit the Wall," written by Ike Holter and directed by Eric Hoff, transports audiences to the Stonewall Riots in New York's Greenwich Village on June 27-28, 1969, when a routine police raid on an underground gay hotspot became a foundational moment for the modern gay rights movement. Featuring a howling live rock band that evokes the era's proto-punk music and fast-paced, sharp dialogue, the vivid theatrical re-imagination focuses on ten unlikely revolutionaries, each claiming in turn "I was there."
   
If There Is I Haven't Found It Yet  
Steep Theatre If There Is I Haven't Found It Yet
 
Anna's world has gone to hell. She's neglected at home and bullied at school. Dad's too obsessed with saving the planet and mom's part of the problem, which leaves her affably aimless uncle, Terry, to save her.
   
In The Garden: A Darwinian Love Story  
Lookingglass Theatre In The Garden: A Darwinian Love Story
 
Long before The Origin of Species will forever change the world, Charles Darwin meets Emma Wedgewood and they forever change each other. In the space between science and faith, they find an unexpected and unlikely romance. In the Garden chronicles the struggle of two fiercely independent individuals, divided by ideology but united by a fire that fuels a passionate lifelong debate: evolution vs. salvation. Only by embracing this duality can they possibly navigate the struggles, triumphs, losses and discoveries that await.
   
Jackie and Me  
The Theatre School at DePaul University at Merle Reskin Theatre Jackie and Me
 
Joey Stoshack has a talent that many kids dream of: the ability to travel through time. When Joey is assigned to write a report on an African American role model, he uses his powers to travel back to 1947 and meet Jackie Robinson, one of the greatest baseball players of all time. Through their adventures, Joey learns about real courage and what it feels like to walk in someone else's shoes.
   
The Jewels  
TUTA Theatre Chicago at Storefront Theater The Jewels
 
The Jewels, a world premiere, adapted and directed by TUTA Company Member Kirk Anderson, is a mysterious and surprising love story, seen through the eyes of a middle aged Parisian man. Based on a short story by French writer Guy de Maupassant, ("The French Chekhov"), the play examines the life of two lovers, one older and one younger, through love, marriage, death, and all of the secrets that can lie between two people. TUTA loosely sets the production in Paris in the 1920's, and uses poetic text and a high level of physicality to deeply explore the universal topics of love, money, and greed.
   
Juno  
TimeLine Theatre Company Juno
 
Juno is a musical based on the 1924 classic Irish play Juno and the Paycock by Sean O'Casey. Originally produced on Broadway in 1959, Juno has never been produced in Chicago, until now. This epic story is a humorous and heartbreaking chronicle of the Boyle family, a destitute household struggling under the strain of the Irish Civil War in 1922. Juno Boyle, the fearless matriarch, holds her family together in the face of war, betrayal, and her husband Jack's drinking problem. When the family learns of an inheritance from a distant relative, it seems that all their problems will be solved. But as they fight to rise above Dublin's political and social unrest, they must face the tragic truth of their lives. TimeLine is pleased to introduce Chicago to this tale of survival, told through honest and powerful anthems such as "I Wish It So," "We're Alive" and "One Kind Word."
   
L'Imbecile  
Babes With Blades at Rivendell Theatre Ensemble L'Imbecile
 
Sprouting up from the cast-off tatters and scraps of our society, L'Imbecile is (according to playwright Aaron Adair) "shamelessly stolen" from Giuseppe Verdi's opera Rigoletto, which, in turn, was adapted in 1851 from Victor Hugo's play Le roi s'amuse. But even if they were still around, Verdi and Hugo might not recognize their work when they see it: A Queen and her Fool, in a deadly dance of betrayal and revenge, play fast and loose with curses and courtly manners... with catastrophic consequences.
   

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