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Chagrin Falls  
The Agency Theater Collective at The Den Theatre Chagrin Falls
To live in Chagrin Falls, Oklahoma is to be in the killing business. The town's major employers are a cattle slaughterhouse and a penitentiary where lethal injection is administered. Whether they work at the slaughterhouse, play preacher or guard to death row inmates, or merely offer a bed and a hot meal to those visiting the prison, each resident of Chagrin Falls makes their living off of death and captivity.
Cupid Has a Heart On  
Stage 773 Cupid Has a Heart On
The longest running musical comedy in Chicago, Cupid Has a Heart On is a must see Chicago experience! The fast paced, musical sketch show is hilarious, irreverent, and a raunchy good time. If you're ready to belly laugh about body image and roar about relationships, Cupid Has a Heart On is sure to deliver with comedic wit to spare. Created by Stage 773 Creative Director, Brian Posen, who directs and plays accompaniment, The Cupid Players have toured nationwide, including appearances in New York, Los Angeles, and San Francisco. Cupid Has a Heart On features an ensemble cast and a rotating set list, so you are sure to see new faces and hear old favorites when you come to see Cupid again and again. The wickedly talented triple-threats who make up The Cupid Players are some of Chicago's top creative talent - constantly developing new material for the mainstage show, touring, festivals, and events.
Curse of the Goat  
MCL Chicago Curse of the Goat
Ask any Chicago Cubs fan for an explanation of their team's awful losing streak, and you're guaranteed to get the strangest answer:a billy goat. In Curse of the Goat, the ghost of legendary sports newscaster Harry Caray returns from the grave to narrate a very funny musical tale about one sports team's spooky history. Follow a group of Cubs super fans into the stands of Wrigley Field as they attempt to unravel the truth surrounding the birth of one disgruntled fan's pesky hex. Will they break the curse and take the team to the coveted World Series? Or will a deadly supernatural threat once again claim the title, along with their lives? Prepare to discover some demons in the outfield when the hilarious and terrifying Curse of the Goat comes to MCL Chicago.
The Dancing Plague  
RBP Rorschack The Dancing Plague
When a beloved local woman is afflicted by a mysterious illness, her village falls into chaos. People begin to die as the sickness spreads, and the uninfected are left to examine what they've done to deserve such punishment, challenging even their most deeply-held beliefs... Based on an incredibly bizarre but true historical event, THE DANCING PLAGUE sheds light on our contemporary hysteria in an experience that can only be created by The RBP.
Dark Sisters  
Third Eye Theatre Ensemble at Prop Theatre Dark Sisters
Dark Sisters tells the story of Eliza embarking on the perilous journey of escaping the Fundamentalist Church of Latter Day Saints. Leaving the faith also means abandoning her family-including her husband, who believes himself to be a Prophet of God, and her sister wives. She longs to discover herself away from the church, where polygamy is holy and personal identity is forbidden. Can Eliza find herself and sacrifice her connections to her family and her children along the way? Can she reconcile her own revelations with those she was raised to believe are the one true way to salvation?
Death Toll: A Halloween Drinking Game Performance  
Cornservatory Death Toll: A Halloween Drinking Game Performance
This Halloween, Corn Productions is delivering a lethal dose of sketch comedy with Death Toll: A Halloween Drinking Game Performance. Grab your BYO-BOO-oze of choice and join us in our long-running, wildly popular, late-night Halloween sketch show that centers around one very simple drinking game rule: drink every time someone on-stage dies. Trust us... the death toll reaches ghoulish proportions!
The Defiant Thomas Brothers  
Stage 773 The Defiant Thomas Brothers
The Defiant Thomas Brothers bring their uncanny ability to mine laughs along the sensitivity spectrum with their no-limits sketch comedy to Stage 773. The Chicago duo garnered major attention in the sketch comedy world, winning the Best Sketch Group award at HBO's prestigious U.S. Comedy Arts Festival. Ranging from old-school, Nichols and May-esque relationship scenes, to embracing the cringe-worthy, the duo skillfully breaks from the modern "political correctness" chains. Interrobang describes the group as "a surprise" saying, "[The Defiant Thomas Brothers] grabbed some well tread comedic paths and mined them so skillfully as to make them feel completely fresh and original." As for the pair's original work, "[They ended] with a musical performance that can only be described as "The Jew Song" that had the audience alternating between dropped jaws and howling laughs- and that's with a 50+ N-word chorus thrown in."
Diary of a Worm, a Spider and a Fly  
Emerald City Theatre Company at Apollo Theater Diary of a Worm, a Spider and a Fly
Enter the whimsical world of insects with a cast of creepy crawly characters, and laugh away the trials of being a young bug in school. Through musical genres such as rap, hip-hop, pop, and Broadway standards, this choral comedy humanizes the life cycles of insects to celebrate and accept the passions and differences in every child. Taken from the best-selling books by Doreen Cronin, "There's an alternate world that's very cool beneath your feet and in the air!" Jen Ellison Directs.
Dr. Seward's Dracula  
First Folio Theatre Dr. Seward's Dracula
Picking up just after the end of Bram Stoker's tale of the Prince of Darkness, DR. SEWARD'S DRACULA follows Seward as he tries to explain multiple dead bodies to the police now that Dracula is dead. The more Seward tries to plead his case, the less sure he becomes not just of his own tale, but also of his own sanity.
Dying City  
The Comrades at Heartland Studio Theatre Dying City
One year after his suspicious death, a young soldier's wife and twin brother meet for the first time since the funeral. A psychological showdown erupts as the two fight to reconcile their memories with the ugly truth. DYING CITY had its world premiere in 2006 at London's Royal Court Theatre and was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for Drama in 2008.
East Texas Hot Links  
Writers Theatre East Texas Hot Links
In the woods of East Texas, the Top 'o the Hill Cafe offers comfort, solace and companionship for the regulars who come in each night. However, it is the summer of 1955, and times are changing. In the face of oppressive Jim Crow laws, seven strong-willed locals join forces to protect one of their own-until the unthinkable catches them by surprise, changing life at Top 'o the Hill forever.
EL Stories - Hell Stories  
Waltzing Mechanics at The Greenhouse Theater Center EL Stories - Hell Stories
HELL Stories is bound to Trick AND Treat you with a terrifying trip on the CTA featuring Chicago's most peculiar and intimidating characters- witches, giants, stalkers, creepy crawlers and more. We are sharing death-defying tales that will keep the audience at the edge of their seats, and likely ordering an Uber.
The Epic of Gilgamesh, As Told By Mr. George Smith, Associate Curator For The British Museum (deceased)  
The Plagiarists at Berger Park Coach House The Epic of Gilgamesh, As Told By Mr. George Smith, Associate Curator For The British Museum (deceased)
The story of humanity's oldest story and the man who discovered it. In ancient Sumeria, Gilgamesh, King of Uruk and two-thirds god, rules his people with cruelty and selfishness, so the gods send an equal to challenge him. In Victorian London, George Smith, working-class engraver, is hired by the British Museum and discovers the world's first great work of literature. Both will set off on epic quests, win great victories, and eventually... die. A story of ancient hubris, Victorian chauvinism, heroic journeys, mythical monsters, the meaning of life, the inevitability of death, archaeological politics, disgruntled gods, language barriers, the Great Flood, and the universality of human experience.
Fantasy Island For Dummies  
Trap Door Theatre Fantasy Island For Dummies
Fantasy Island for Dummies (low cut daydream too near, too near) is a new music-theatre work inspired by an episode of the iconic television series about the pleasures and perils of wish fulfillment. Devised in a collaborative exploration with Trap Door Theater actors, the piece is written by Ruth Margraff and directed by Kate Hendrickson, with original music composed by Nikos Brisco. A 1980 "Fantasy Island" episode about a ventriloquist and her devious dummy inspires a voyage into suppressed identities, ancient Babylonian sex goddesses, and a "perfect wife" struggling with her defiant side.
Fly by Night  
Theo Ubique Cabaret Theatre at No Exit Cafe Fly by Night
Fly by Night, produced by New York City's Playwrights Horizons in 2014, is a darkly comic rock fable that tells the tale of a melancholy sandwich maker and his humdrum life, which is intersected by two entrancing sisters. The musical is set against the backdrop of the Northeast blackout of 1965, and unfolds a story about making your way and discovering hope in the world beset with darkness. This original musical was nominated for the 2015 Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Musical. The New York Post said "Fly by Night will enchant audiences...Romance doesn't come any sweeter than it does in this winsome love triangle set around the time of the 1965 New York blackout. The score is charming and catchy. Its unabashed emotionalism could turn it into more than a hit. It could turn it into a cult phenomenon." Artistic Director Fred Anzevino will direct, with resident Music Director Jeremy Ramey providing the music direction.
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.
44 Plays for 44 Presidents  
Oil Lamp Theater 44 Plays for 44 Presidents
There's a stark contrast between the idealistic, revered George Washington and the more recent, polarizing presidents. 44 Plays for 44 Presidents examines how our nation's highest office has changed and morphed as each one took the Oval Office. A chronological biography of the lives and presidencies of each of the 44 men who have held the nation's presidency, actors celebrate their mistakes and successes, taking turns donning a star-spangled coat that symbolizes the presidency. From the humorous jabs and bits of wisdom between presidents to the tragic mishaps and blunders, audiences at Glenview's Oil Lamp Theater will ponder what the presidency means and where it will go next.

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