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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.
   
Decision Height  
Surging Films and Theatrics at Madison Street Theatre Decision Height
 
With the Axis powers bent on world domination, more than 1,000 brave American women signed up to fly planes in World War II. Each of these women freed up a male pilot for combat, and each was a key piece in the Allied victory. The play Decision Height tells the story of one such woman named Virginia Hascall, who left her home and her fiance to become a Women Airforce Service Pilot. Along the way, she makes great friends and encounters triumph and tragedy. See the play and learn some little-known history at Madison Street Theatre in Oak Park.
   
The Distance  
Haven Theatre Company at Raven Theatre The Distance
 
Good friends should be there for one another - no matter what. However, when Bea returns home to England after five years abroad, having made a bold choice about her life, old friends struggle to support her or even to understand. One night in Brighton, things threaten to slide into chaos...The Distance is a painfully funny play about motherhood and fatherhood, about keeping control and about letting go.
   
The Divine Sister  
Hell in a Handbag Productions at Ebenezer Lutheran Church The Divine Sister
 
THE DIVINE SISTER is an affectionate parody of nearly every nun movie to come out of of Hollywood. Lifting from films like The Song of Bernadette, The Bells of St. Mary's, The Singing Nun and Agnes of God, THE DIVINE SISTER tells the story of St. Veronica's indomitable Mother Superior (David Cerda) who is determined to build a new school for her Pittsburgh convent. Along the way, she has to deal with a young postulant who is experiencing "visions," sexual hysteria among her nuns, a sensitive schoolboy in need of mentoring, a mysterious nun visiting from the Mother House in Berlin and a former suitor intent on luring her away from her vows. Funny, clever and sweet, THE DIVINE SISTER springs from the mind of Charles Busch, creator of the camp classics, Die, Mommie, Die!, Psycho Beach Party and Vampire Lesbians of Sodom.
   
Don't Look  
Something Marvelous at The Den Theatre Don't Look
 
Eurydice and Orpheus love each other. They are 99% certain. But, Orpheus is definitely (100%) committed to his art, so where does that leave Eurydice? When a tragic accident gives her a fresh start, Eurydice must choose to stay with what's familiar or strike out on her own. A story about how we measure love, cope with doubt, and cling to whatever we can, Don't Look is a fresh take on the myth, told through memory, technology, and poetry.
   
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.
   
Girl Jesus  
The Public House Theatre Girl Jesus
 
Trying to navigate high school is tough for anyone -- especially if you're Jesus, who discovers that being a teenage girl might just be harder than spending 40 days and nights in the desert. From having an absentee father and sexually repressed mother to wondering if you're only getting invited to parties because you can turn water into wine, Girl Jesus is an uproarious musical romp that follows the typical highs and lows of one teenage lady-messiah. Can she get her crush to notice her? What is the price of popularity when she has to befriend her enemies? And how does it all play out at the Annual High Stakes Talent Show Prom? Find out as this uplifting play preaches to the beat of its own drummer at Chicago's The Public House Theatre.
   
The Good Doctor  
Organic Theater Company at The Greenhouse Theater Center The Good Doctor
 
The Good Doctor is Neil Simon's heartwarming and hilarious tribute to Anton Chekhov. Simon, the popular Tony Award and Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright, expertly weaves a variety of Chekhov short stories into a laugh-out-loud evening of infectious humor, touching tenderness and unending fun. Join us as we explore the intertwining genius of Simon and Chekhov in this delightful production.
   
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.
   
Hauptmann  
City Lit Theater Hauptmann
 
On April 3, 1936, Richard Hauptmann was executed for the kidnapping and murder of the Lindbergh baby. He was innocent. In the moments before his execution, surrounded by guards, he relates his story in flashback. Woven into the telling are Hauptmann's flaws, which makes us unsure we can trust him.
   
Horrible Fun  
Under The Gun Theater Horrible Fun
 
You know your favorite adult party card games? The terrible apple mad lib f*ucktionary incorrect against humanity game that you love so much! We love them too! When you walk in the door you get three cards that fill in the blank. During the show if you have a good card that matches the main card pulled by our judge raise your hand and come up on stage! We will do improvisation based on the combinations. Be aware this show is dirty, ridiculous, offensive, and horrible. Are you ready to be horrible with us?
   
The House That Will Not Stand  
Victory Gardens Theater - Biograph The House That Will Not Stand
 
Victory Gardens' Ensemble Playwright Marcus Gardley (An Issue of Blood, The Gospel of Lovingkindness) returns with another stirring portrait of historic America. This time Gardley unearths a story of 1836 New Orleans where free women of color are permitted to enter into common-law marriages with wealthy white men. The home and life that Beartrice has built for herself and three daughters, on a foundation of money, freedom and secrets, threatens to collapse after her husband mysteriously dies. Told through Gardley's signature poetic voice and directed by Chay Yew, The House That Will Not Stand is a powerful and bewitching family drama filled with desire, jealousy, murder and voodoo.
   
Human Terrain  
Broken Nose Theatre at Voice of the City Human Terrain
 
In the midst of the Iraq War, an anthropologist finds herself caught between duty, compassion and conflicting loyalties when she's hired by the United States military to help bridge the gap between their forces and the people of Iraq. This sharp and uncompromising look at soldiers and civilians struggling to connect amid chaos and conflict was a finalist in the Yale Drama Competition and the O'Neill National Playwrights' Conference. Human Terrain is making its Chicago premiere at Voice of the City, where complimentary Goldstar tickets will get you reserved seating with a prime view.
   
The Last Defender  
The House Theatre of Chicago at Chopin Theatre The Last Defender
 
Set during the Cold War, The Last Defender draws on the era's sense of paranoia, and fear of nuclear attack to give audiences a one-of-a-kind storytelling experience. Audiences members become the heroes of the story in The Defenders' underground headquarters. The United States and The Soviet Union are still mired in the Cold War. Artificial intelligence has been deployed alongside 8 bit arcade-style computer technologies to control our nuclear weapons. Players (audience members) will navigate their own paranoia, as well as the stresses of Mutually Assured Destruction to do the job of The Defenders. Everyone will work as a team to gather information, solve puzzles, and make increasingly difficult decisions in real time. All to complete The Defenders' mission and save the world.
   
Late Nite Catechism  
Royal George Theatre Late Nite Catechism
 
Late Nite Catechism is an uproariously funny play, written by Vicki Quade and Maripat Donovan, where the irrepressible Sister teaches class to a roomful of "students." Throughout the course of the play the benevolent instructor rewards audience members for correct answers with glow-in-the-dark rosaries and other nifty prizes. Naughty students may well find themselves on stage sitting in a corner reflecting their actions. Now in its 20th year in Chicago, Late Nite Catechism is a sharp satire, but never mean. Itís simply an evening of fun and laughter.
   

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