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The Customer Is Always Right?  
Annoyance Theatre The Customer Is Always Right?
 
Improv and customer service come together in this show that follows the lives of particularly difficult customers. Real life customer service employees will tell the stories of their worst and most awkward customer interactions and then our improv team will take that story and develop a show about how that terribly awkward customer interacts with the rest of the world. Let go of your work stress and laugh away your own painful customer service experiences.
   
Danny and the Deep Blue Sea  
Grit Theatre at Pendulum Theater Space Danny and the Deep Blue Sea
 
A genuine connection with another person is difficult to come by. Not only are there every day distractions, but we all have personal baggage that can be scary to admit out loud to another person. "Danny" asks the questions "What would happen if you confessed your truths and freed your skeletons to a complete stranger?" "Would they accept you?" "Could they relate?"
   
Deirdre Of The Sorrows  
City Lit Theater Deirdre Of The Sorrows
 
Synge's final masterpiece is a dramatization of the ancient Irish legend of Deirdre, foretold at birth to become the most beautiful woman in Ireland and therefore betrothed as an infant to the King of Ulster. Now grown, she rejects the arranged marriage and flees Ireland with her lover, the great warrior Naisi. City Lit's production will be the play's first Chicago production since that of the legendary Chicago Little Theatre in 1917.
   
Distracted  
Prop Theatre Distracted
 
Is nine-year-old Jesse dysfunctional or just different? Although he is mostly heard rather than seen, Jesse is the focus of Distracted -- he may have ADD, and his parents are being strongly urged to medicate him. In a time where everybody has a disorder and a medicine cabinet full of solutions, this provocative look at the problems of modern families is both hilarious and poignant. Quirky and theatrically irreverent, Distracted does a stellar job of creating a confusing world, and even occasionally has the actors break character for comic effect. This sharply observant, surprisingly humane play at the Prop Thtr in Chicago may raise more questions than it answers about the impacts of our 24/7 information-rich world.
   
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.
   
The Drowsy Chaperone  
MadKap Productions at Skokie Theatre The Drowsy Chaperone
 
The Drowsy Chaperone was originally developed in 1998 as a wedding present for Winnetka native Janet Van de Graaf and her fiancee Bob Martin. It was created by Toronto theatre mainstays Don McKellar, Lisa Lambert and Greg Morrison, who presented it for the first time at Martin's stag party in a notorious bar called The Rivoli. Martin enjoyed it so much that he signed on as a writer and continued to develop it for the Toronto Fringe Festival the next year.
   
Eye Witness  
Overshadowed Theatrical Productions Eye Witness
 
Theo is on a quest for truth. He has been taught about and heard the stories - stories of a man who appeared to be every bit human, and yet of another world at the same time. Some called Him Messiah; some called Him myth. Theo turns to the wisest and most learned man he knows to help him separate fact from fiction. A man with with first-hand, eyewitness testimony; a doctor known as Luke.
   
Fantastic Super Great Nation Numero Uno  
Second City Fantastic Super Great Nation Numero Uno
 
The Second City e.t.c.'s 41st revue, Fantastic Super Great Nation Numero Uno, reminds us that as divided as the nation may be, there is still hilarity in our humanity. This exciting new cast illustrates that there is still plenty to laugh at in ourselves and though they may be slightly shattered, America still has two legs to stand on. Fantastic Super Great Nation Numero Uno proves that as long as we're still willing to listen to each other, laughter is our international language.
   
Fiddler On The Roof  
Wheaton Drama at Playhouse 111 Fiddler On The Roof
 
The village of Anatevka springs to life in Fiddler on the Roof as Wheaton Drama begins its 87th season of outstanding theater. The classic musical tells of life and love-and the eternal struggle between old practices and new thinking-in the waning days of czarist Russia. Tevye, Golde and their five daughters live in a time when social issues and religious differences can tear families apart-as do we in 2017. Today, Fiddler is more relevant than ever-and the songs, from the ebullient "If I Were a Rich Man" to the poignant "Sunrise, Sunset"-resonate within our hearts and souls.
   
Five Guys Named Moe  
Court Theatre Five Guys Named Moe
 
A lively musical tribute to the hit songs of saxophonist and songwriter Louis Jordan, Five Guys Named Moe introduces Nomax: a broke, newly single guy singing the blues late into the night. Suddenly, five unexpected friends - Big Moe, Four-Eyed Moe, Eat Moe, No Moe, and Little Moe - emerge from his radio to help ease his broken heart. Pioneering musician Louis Jordan's new approach to jazz paved the way for rock and roll in the 1950s.
   
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).
   
For One  
(re)discover theatre at Gunder Mansion For One
 
Enter into an unmatched personal experience. FOR ONE is a visceral fifty minute event comprised of five plays, built for an audience of one. There are two distinct tracks to choose from for your journey. Each play is its own adventure, creating a blend of breath-taking imagery, auditory, and intimate encounters. FOR ONE empowers its audience to affect the outcome of each play, putting you in charge of your destiny.
   
Fun Home  
Victory Gardens Theater - Biograph Fun Home
 
Hailed as one of Broadway's most original musicals and the winner of 5 Tony Awards, Fun Home is a groundbreaking story inspired by Alison Bechdel's best-selling graphic memoir. In this intimate musical, Alison sets out to unravel the many mysteries of her childhood through a series of memories and conversations - from her coming out to her moving journey to acceptance. Gary Griffin (Hand to God, Never the Sinner) directs this emotionally charged family drama that The New York Times calls "extraordinary," and "a rare beauty."
   
Hair  
Mercury Theater Hair
 
A celebration of life, a love letter to freedom, and a passionate cry for hope and change, HAIR defined one generation and continues to inspire today. Join the tribe of the Age of Aquarius for the story of a group of friends choosing to speak up and sing out in celebration of love, life, and freedom. The first great rock musical, it has some of the most rousing and soulful songs ever written for the stage, including "Let the Sun Shine In," "Good Morning Starshine," "Aquarius," and the infectious title song, "Hair."
   
Hamilton  
The PrivateBank Theatre Hamilton
 
A new musical about the scrappy young immigrant who forever changed America: Alexander Hamilton. From bastard orphan to Washington's right hand man, rebel to war hero, loving husband caught in the country's first sex scandal to Treasury head who made an untrusting world believe in the American economy, Hamilton is an exploration of a political mastermind. George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Eliza Hamilton, and lifelong Hamilton friend and foe, Aaron Burr, all attend this revolutionary tale of America's fiery past told through the sounds of the ever-changing nation we've become.
   
The Heavens Are Hung In Black  
Shattered Globe Theatre at Theater Wit The Heavens Are Hung In Black
 
Presented for the first time in the "Land of Lincoln," THE HEAVENS ARE HUNG IN BLACK is James Still's personal interpretation on the months leading up to Abraham Lincoln's signing of The Emancipation Proclamation. This theatrical epic explores Lincoln's humanity, conscience and leadership through the troubled times of 1862 - as dreams of his famous adversaries and unnamed soldiers walk through his waking life. Sprinkled with text pulled from Lincoln's prolific letters and speeches, this play explores the heart of the man who led America in a war that we're still fighting today.
   
Honeymoon in Vegas  
Marriott Theatre In Lincolnshire Honeymoon in Vegas
 
The New York Times raves Honeymoon In Vegas is "a real-live, old fashioned, deeply satisfying Broadway musical in a way few new shows are anymore!" Based on the classic 1992 film comedy, this is the hilarious story of commitment-phobe Jack, his not-so-patient girlfriend Betsy, and a professional gambler named Tommy. Featuring a book by Andrew Bergman (who wrote and directed the original film) and music and lyrics by Jason Robert Brown, this is a musical comedy in the Golden Age tradition, with gags, gams and great tunes.
   

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