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Bold Moves  
The Joffrey Ballet at Auditorium Theatre Bold Moves
 
For its annual winter engagement, The Joffrey Ballet presents "Bold Moves," a program of three contemporary ballets including a World Premiere by British choreographer Ashley Page, along with the return of two popular works from the Joffrey repertoire - Yuri Possokhov's RAkU and Jiř Kylian's Forgotten Land plus live orchestral accompaniment from the Chicago Philharmonic, led by Joffrey Music Director Scott Speck, during every performance.
   
Bruise Easy  
American Theater Company Bruise Easy
 
Suburbia. Today. In the glow of florescent streetlights, two estranged siblings meet in the driveway of their childhood home and begin the conversation of a lifetime. With Bruise Easy, LeFranc presents a poetic and haunting portrait of middle-class America.
   
Bye Bye Birdie  
Drury Lane- Oakbrook Bye Bye Birdie
 
The funny, irreverent musical takes audiences back to 1959 in quiet Sweet Apple, OH, where rock star Conrad Birdie shakes things up when he arrives to give one lucky teenage girl a special goodbye kiss.
   
Byhalia, Mississippi  
The New Colony at The Den Theatre Byhalia, Mississippi
 
Jim and Laurel Parker are about to become new parents. They are broke. They are loud. They are "proud white trash." When Laurel finally gives birth to their overdue child, she and Jim are faced with the biggest challenge of their lives: their baby boy is black, the result of Laurel's affair the previous year. The lives of their families and friends are thrown into turmoil in Byhalia, Mississippi, a town with a racially-charged past that still affects its present.
   
Cabaret  
The PrivateBank Theatre (formerly Bank of America Theatre) Cabaret
 
Direct from Broadway, the acclaimed masterpiece returns to Chicago! As part of their 50th Anniversary Season, the critically acclaimed and award-winning Roundabout Theatre Company is proud to present SAM MENDES (Skyfall, American Beauty) and ROB MARSHALL'S (Into the Woods and Chicago, the films) Tony Award-winning production of CABARET. Come hear some of the most memorable songs in theatre history, including "Cabaret," "Willkommen" and "Maybe This Time." Leave your troubles outside - life is beautiful at CABARET, JOHN KANDER, FRED EBB and JOE MASTEROFF's Tony-winning musical about following your heart while the world loses its way.
   
Cocked  
Victory Gardens Theater - Biograph Cocked
 
Attorney Taylor and her journalist girlfriend Izzie live a comfortable life in Andersonville. Their apartment, relationship and strong anti-gun beliefs are shattered when Taylor's troubled brother Frank crashes, uninvited, into their lives. As secrets and betrayals rise to the surface, the line between self-defense and safety is blurred. Cocked, a timely world premiere thriller from Chicago playwright Sarah Gubbins and directed by Victory Gardens' Associate Artistic Producer Joanie Schultz (Rest, The Whale), returns to Victory Gardens after gripping audiences at the 2014 IGNITION Festival of New Plays.
   
The Condition  
Annoyance Theatre The Condition
 
A new one-act play, The Condition looks at the inner workings of the mind. Ruthie has volunteered for a clinical trial, but as the doctor's examination progresses, it becomes apparent that she can't quite remember what exactly is being studied or why she is being examined. Dr. Kick's questions probe ever deeper, crossing personal boundaries and even breaking the rules of logic and time. Written and directed by Joshua Fardon The Condition at the Annoyance Theatre & Bar in Chicago.
   
The Consultant  
Signal Ensemble Theatre The Consultant
 
After a series of brutal layoffs at Sutton, Feingold and McGrath, a precocious young consultant is brought in to save a middle-aged ad man's job, and maybe his life. Following the world premiere at Long Wharf Theatre in New Haven, The Consultant is an incisive, hilarious and dark look at contemporary corporate culture.
   
Dave Maher Coma Show  
Annoyance Theatre Dave Maher Coma Show
 
In his critically acclaimed one man show, the Dave Maher Coma Show, Maher reflects on life and online death, plus all the jokes and questions spawned by his experience: What's the grossest part of coming out of a coma? What's the best way to flirt with nurses in physical rehab? What now?"
   
Der Rosenkavalier  
Lyric Opera Der Rosenkavalier
 
One of opera's most popular romantic comedies, Der Rosenkavalier (The Knight of the Rose) tells the story of a love triangle between an aristocratic lady, her young rival and the brash paramour they both desire. A standard in the operatic repertoire, Strauss' work follows the tangled relationships between four characters after the object of a baron's affection falls in love with the courtier assigned the task of delivering an engagement proposal. Beautifully nostalgic waltzes punctuate the score (played by more than 100 musicians) of this Viennese classic and combine with lavish period costumes to bring the old world to life. This is a prime opportunity to catch this famous opera at the Civic Opera House. Der Rosenkavalier will be sung in German with projected English titles.
   
Double Text  
The Public House Theatre Double Text
 
Dating has gotten interesting in the digital age -- just look at Double Text, a relationship comedy that's a total product of the 21st century, presented by Chicago's Public House Theatre. The morning after Emma and Philip go on a highly successful first date, she sends him a text he can't quite decipher. Enlisting the help of his roomie, the guys attempt to decode her seemingly cryptic messages for hidden meaning. Unbeknownst to them, Emma and her roommate are doing the exact same with Philip's text, overanalyzing and debating each and every word while trying to decide the best way to respond. It's a hilarious battle of the sexes comedy ripped straight from today's culture, proving that all's fair in love and texting.
   
The Drawer Boy  
Redtwist Theatre The Drawer Boy
 
A young actor from a Toronto theatre troupe, wishing to write a play about running a farm, visits the rural Canadian home of two middle-age men-lifelong friends tending to their duties. As the actor develops his play, the two men share their stories, which turn out to be fiction, yet lead to unexpected twists and turns...and ultimately the raw truth of tragic missed opportunities. Featuring Jeff Award-winners and company members Brian Parry and Aaron Kirby.
   
The Duchess of Malfi  
Trap Door Theatre The Duchess of Malfi
 
The Duchess of Malfi is a play whose sublime poetry is only outdone by its classic Gothic horror. The story follows the title widow, who betrays her controlling brother by secretly marrying her steward, Antonio. Soon, a twisted love triangle emerges: The Duchess' bother's obsession with retaining the purity of his family's bloodline is revealed as an incestuous obsession, and Antonio may have ulterior motives of his own. Adapted from English dramatist John Webster's 17th century play, The Duchess of Malfi features arresting and innovative staging that utilizes classic tropes to create something new and exciting. Webster's work has inspired everyone from Stephen King to Echo and the Bunnymen, and his stunning vision will come to life at Chicago's Trap Door Theatre.
   
Epopeya  
Aguijon Theater Epopeya
 
A world premiere production of Cuban playwright Abel Gonzalez Melo's award-winning retelling of the Hecuba myth. For decades, millions of islanders have fled Priamo's dictatorship. Exiled in the North, they've prospered and now return to recover everything lost. Devastated in a savage war, the Island is inundated with unburied corpses. Of the tyrant's lineage, only Hecuba survives, thirsty for vengeance. IN SPANISH WITH ENGLISH SUPERTITLES.
   
Estrella Cruz [the junkyard queen]  
Halcyon Theatre at Christ Lutheran Church Estrella Cruz [the junkyard queen]
 
Estrella Cruz (Allyce Torres), the modern Persephone, is the beautiful yet naive daughter of Aurelia, "the most beautiful inventor in all of HERE" (Tamika Lechee Morales). Whisked away to "The Junkyard" by Pablo the Junker, the lord of the underworld (Robert N. Isaac), Estrella swiftly falls in love and takes up residence in the underworld. Absurdity ensues as a pregnant Estrella ignores her mother's increasingly frantic voice mail messages and eats the underworld into oblivion, all the while confiding in her imaginary friend, Bette Davis (Kelly Opalko), to talk her through the turmoil. Video projections and mock television commercials add a surreal visual touch to the proceedings.
   
The Explorers Club  
Windy City Playhouse The Explorers Club
 
The Explorer's Club has enough to deal with. One member has lost nearly all his guinea pigs, another can't seem to locate the East Pole, the bartender is missing and, on top of all that, a woman wants to join. Before the British Empire crumbles under the weight, these good old boys must grapple with the approach of modernity, save the world from an international war and, for God's sake, find a new bartender - but not until after brandy and cigars.
   
The Falling Circus  
The Public House Theatre The Falling Circus
 
Sketch comedy has come a long way since its birth. Now, one group of young writers it getting back to the roots. "The Falling Circus" is a Monty Python-style show that mixes large, dynamic characters, absurd situations with witty dialogue.
   

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