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The Dance Of Death  
Writers Theatre The Dance Of Death
 
As their 25th anniversary approaches, military captain Edgar and his wife, Alice, face off in a fierce battle of wills. Their sparring proves both harrowing and hilarious, amplified by the voice of celebrated playwright Conor McPherson (The Seafarer, Shining City, Dublin Carol). His adaptation brings lyricism and ferocity to the story of the tyrannical captain and his manipulative wife, and the "innocent" Kurt who stumbles into their midst and quickly finds himself ensnared in the couple's wicked game.
   
Deathprov  
Cornservatory Deathprov
 
Beginning with a simple suggestion of an object (used to off the actors) and a real world situation, Deathprov sets our players on a Final Destination-esque journey as cast members stab, shoot, shock or otherwise maim each other with a whole myriad of miscellaneous materials. Even if they don't do each other in, you can be sure circumstance will take care of the rest. We don't know what will happen or even how it will happen, but we can tell you how it ends: TPK (Total Party Kill).
   
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.
   
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.
   
Exit Strategy  
Jackalope Theatre Company at Broadway Armory Exit Strategy
 
From the acclaimed writer of Hit the Wall and Loom, comes the story of a Chicago public high school slated for closure at the end of the year. The impending shut-down causes tensions in the school's already volcanic neighborhood to rise to the breaking point, but a small group of teachers launch a last minute battle to save the school. Over the course of the year, they put their careers, their future and their safety in the hands of a fast talking administrator who comes on strong: but might actually have no clue what he's doing.
   
Future Perfect  
The Public House Theatre Future Perfect
 
We all dream of what our lives could be- a magical world of soul mates, stability and never saying goodbye. One of Chicago's most imaginative comedy duos, The Beverly D'Angelo Community Players, are back with a new revue, "Future Perfect," to take you into your/their fantasy life for one idyllic hour.
   
Gator Bait  
Cornservatory Gator Bait
 
Billed as "Half Animal ... All Woman!," Desiree is the backwoods beauty of the bayou, the sexy seductress of the swamp -- she is 'Gator Bate! Inspired by the infamous hicksploitation film of the same name, 'Gator Bait is now a wickedly funny and politically incorrect stage comedy. Follow the adventures of the skimpily clad Desiree -- originally played by Playboy Playmate Claudia Jennings -- a renegade poacher who rules the Louisiana swamp with a blazin' gun and a smokin' smile. Falsely accused of murder, she is pursued by the sheriff and a ruthless posse. After the group kills her sister, Desiree must use her "swamp smarts" to exact bloody revenge. A Reasonable Facsimile Theatre Company and Corn Productions co-produce this hilarious romp directed by Michael Buino.
   
Geezers  
Redtwist Theatre Geezers
 
Company member and resident playwright, Tommy Lee Johnston, who penned the Jeff Nominated and newly published play, Aura, introduces us to some beautiful and wonderful old people who are enjoying their golden years in a retirement home. Young Jack, a pathologically shy, 30-year old man, begins a job there helping the seniors with their daily needs. But it's the geezers who wind up helping Jack with his needs. On his road to an epiphany, Jack learns from the old folks that he must break out of his comfort zone to achieve anything in life. Jack learns to crawl--then walk, then fly--with a wise group of mentors guiding him along. Company member, Jan Ellen Graves directs this unique, funny, heartwarming drama about growth and wisdom, learning and loving, life and death.
   
Godspell  
Marriott Theatre In Lincolnshire Godspell
 
Overflowing with energy and a fantastic rock score, GODSPELL is a celebration of life. Classic hits such as "Day By Day," "Light of The World," "Turn Back, O Man" and "By My Side" are sure to raise spirits high and touch the hearts of audiences.
   
The Gun Show  
16th Street Theater at Berwyn Cultural Center The Gun Show
 
We have a problem with guns in America. The problem is we really, really like them. Artistic Associate Juan Francisco Villa depicts the writer while he divulges five true stories turning the spotlight on Lewis' relationship with guns.
   
Half Price Cosmos  
Bread & Roses Productions at Athenaeum Theatre Half Price Cosmos
 
Half Price Cosmos was conceived after the Boston Marathon bombings occurred in April 2013. We had changed in the twelve years since 9/11 and not surprisingly, so had our collective reaction to such tragedy. In that space a provocative question took root: Is it better to behave with quiet civility or could there be transformative value in participating in an explosive conversation? Come. Be a fly on the wall and observe one possible conversation, in one bar, on one night.
   
Hank Williams: Lost Highway  
American Blues Theater at The Greenhouse Theater Center Hank Williams: Lost Highway
 
Follow legendary country singer-songwriter Hank Williams on his lonesome journey from backwoods Alabama to superstardom at the Grand Ole Opry in this song-filled tribute from American Blues Theater. This unforgettable show, which was an off-Broadway hit nominated for three Outer Critics Circle Awards, features over 20 Hank Williams hits including "I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry," "Move It on Over," "Jambalaya" and "Hey, Good Lookin'." Charting the rise and fall of the country music icon through song, Hank Williams: Lost Highway highlights Williams' undeniable musical talent and songwriting abilities, and explores the alcohol and drug problems that ultimately got the better of him. This production features a talented cast of performers who have performed on Broadway and beyond, and is staged by the same artistic team behind the 2007 hit production of Oklahoma!
   
Hellish Half-Light  
Mary-Arrchie Theatre at Angel Island Theater Hellish Half-Light
 
Six actors assume multiple roles as six of Samuel Beckett's shorter works are staged together in one theatrical experience, in which audience members and characters seamlessly share the same space. The six shorts include Castastrophe, Come and Go, Play, Rough For Theater I, Rough For Theater II and What Where: an autocratic director and his assistant put the final touches on the last moment of a play that consists entirely of a man standing still onstage; three women of indeterminable age sit quietly together on a bench surrounded by darkness, whispering secrets to each other; a man, his wife and his mistress, each imprisoned in individual urns, are held captive by an interrogating, hellish half-light; on a derelict street corner, a man in a wheelchair meets a blind beggar; two bureaucrats search through papers and testimony used to decide the fate of the man standing at a window, posed to jump; and an interrogator engages in self-reflection by directing a memory to perform.
   
Hideous Love Mutants: Marriage Will Change You  
Annoyance Theatre Hideous Love Mutants: Marriage Will Change You
 
Hideous Love Mutants follows Isla, a young woman who is losing her friends to marriage. She watches them transform from wild party girls into sensible domesticated housewives. In retaliation, she goes on a sex crusade to find herself and her soul mate. Does she end up finding her one true love or does she just end up settling for less, like the other 'Hideous Love Mutants?' That's the question our show will rewardingly answer for our audience
   
Hushabye  
Steppenwolf Theatre Hushabye
 
With crackling dialogue and heartfelt humor, Tanya Saracho explores what it takes to repair family relationships-especially when you share the blame for the damage. Erika is crazy desperate for her own apartment: so much so that she'll take one sight unseen. Anything to escape Cynthia and Brian, her overprotective sister and her controlling brother-in-law. To be fair, Cynthia has reason to worry. Erika just left rehab and her definition of sobriety is, well...flexible. As Erika fights for her independence, she realizes that kicking the pills was just her first challenge.
   
The Importance Of Being Earnest  
Oak Park Festival Theatre The Importance Of Being Earnest
 
"The Truth Is Rarely Pure & Never Simple" - Oscar Wilde's comic masterpiece is a sly, stylish and sparking satire of public appearance and private identity. Jack and Algernon, two wily and witty bachelors at last fall in love yet their happiness depends on if they embrace the importance of being Earnest.
   
Intimate Apparel  
Eclipse Theatre Company at Athenaeum Theatre Intimate Apparel
 
The 2014 Lynn Nottage season continues with her award-winning play Intimate Apparel. The time is 1905, the place New York City, where Esther, a black seamstress, lives in a boarding house for women and sews intimate apparel for clients who range from wealthy white patrons to prostitutes. Her skills and discretion are much in demand, and she has managed to stuff a goodly sum of money into her quilt over the years. One by one, the other denizens of the boarding house marry and move away, but Esther remains, lonely and longing for a husband and a future. With her plan to use the money she's saved to open a beauty parlor where black women will be treated as royally as the white women she sews for, Esther is determined to use her gifted hands and her sewing machine to refashion her dreams and make them anew from the whole cloth of her life's experiences. Ensemble member and Goodman Theatre Associate Artist, Steve Scott directs.
   

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