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ComedySportz  
Comedy Sportz ComedySportz
 
ComedySportz shows offer a unique blend of fast and funny improvisational comedy that is appropriate fun for all ages. The Red and Blue teams battle it out in front of a referee in games that the audience selects, and points are awarded based on how quickly and effectively the performers complete the games. The eternal battle of Red vs. Blue is improvised 6 times weekly, and the show is never the same twice!
   
Contention: A Love/Hate Story  
Annoyance Theatre Contention: A Love/Hate Story
 
"Contention: A Love/Hate Story" is a dark comedy that jumps through time to catch the contrasting moments of playfulness and anger, bitterness and desire, deceit and compromise, that define a passionate relationship. Steve Nelson, actor and co-creator says, "I got the idea from an improv set I did over the summer. The first scene was a couple's break up, and the second scene was the couples first meeting. There was something really satisfying about contrasting the kind of heated ugliness of a relationship being broken with the spontaneous magnetism of a first encounter where sparks are really flying."
   
Cookie Play  
Trap Door Theatre Cookie Play
 
Fearing that her son might be the next Edward Snowden, one zealously patriotic mother from the heartland will go to extreme lengths to protect her country from the potentially dangerous subversions of her offspring. Agreeing to hold him captive in her basement (for his own gosh-darn good), what unfolds next will have everyone's moral standing taking a seat, as one family's belief in a sitcom-perfect life is tested by sanctioned torture, whistle-blowing and the truth of black sites. This satire is a twisted and offbeat world premiere production from Trap Door Theatre.
   
Cupid Has a Heart On: A Musical Guide to Relationships  
Stage 773 Cupid Has a Heart On: A Musical Guide to Relationships
 
The Cupid Players are Chicago's all-musical sketch comedy group; their intelligent and satirical scenes are always accompanied by songs that are sure to puncture your aorta. They have performed from coast to coast and were just voted Critics Pick in the Chicago Reader! Come and see what Chris Jones of the Chicago Tribune calls "both refreshing and a memorably enjoyable 70 minutes."
   
Dark Matter  
Annoyance Theatre Dark Matter
 
"Dark Matter" was born out of cast collaboration under the direction of Duke Harbison. "I noticed our sweetest, most innocent scenes had some dark twist to them," Duke Harbison says. "It's probably what drew me to these actors in the first place." The result is a beautifully twisted collection of scenes from the minds of Annoyance regulars and new comers, Nate Varrone, Wolfgang Stein, James Tiereny, Peter Kim, Jo Scott, Lauren Walker, Lindsey Finn, and Emily Fightmaster.
   
The Dinner Detective  
Millennium Knickerbocker Hotel The Dinner Detective
 
Having worked in the professional theater, TV and film industries for over 20 years, our collection of actors and producers have mastered the art of improvisational theatrical role playing and have ultimately created the perfect evening of entertainment for you and your guests. By hiding our actors among the customers and leaving everyone to suspect who is part of the show and who is not, our events are proven second to none.
   
Disney On Ice - Frozen  
Allstate Arena and United Center Disney On Ice - Frozen
 
The Academy Award winning tale will be told live for the first time in this production, capturing the dynamic between two royal sisters, Anna and Elsa. Anna, a girl with an extraordinary heart, embarks on an epic journey to find her sister, the magical Elsa, who is determined to remain secluded as she finally feels free to test the limits of her powers. Rugged mountain man Kristoff, his loyal reindeer Sven, the lovable and hilarious snowman Olaf and the mystical trolls help Anna along the way in this story about love conquering fear. Audiences will get to sing along with such musical masterpieces as "Let it Go," "Do You Want to Build a Snowman?" and "Fixer Upper." At Allstate Arena from Jan 21 - 25. At United Center from Jan 28 - Feb 8
   
Dividing the Estate  
Raven Theatre Dividing the Estate
 
Foote's comedy-drama, his last new play to be produced on Broadway, focuses on the members of the Gordon family - a wealthy Texas clan whose fortunes have declined and who are debating whether or not to divide the remainder of the family's estate while their octogenarian matriarch Stella is still alive.
   
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.
   
Edith Can Shoot Things And Hit Them  
First Floor Theater at Flat Iron Arts Building Edith Can Shoot Things And Hit Them
 
After their parents' sudden departure, Filipino-Americans Edith, 12, and her brother, Kenny, 16, are left to fend for themselves in a tiny town in the middle of nowhere. With only one another to rely on, poverty and depression loom, when Kenny brings home his new "friend" Benji, and the three begin to redefine the meaning of American Family. Armed with their latchkey wit and a BB gun, the trio can take on anything, from cooking their own food to standing up for their newly-found sexuality - until their father returns and everything they've made threatens to fall apart. This Chicago premiere of award-winning playwright A. Rey Pamatmat's powerful script explores what it means to grow up poor, queer, and alone in middle America, and how the human spirit and the power of love can triumph over the darkest obstacles.
   
Fancy Nancy: The Musical  
Emerald City Theatre Company at Apollo Theater Fancy Nancy: The Musical
 
From the top of her tiara down to her sparkly shoes, Nancy's ready to take the spotlight in her first dance recital. But when someone else gets picked to be the prima ballerina (that's a fancy word for star of the show), Nancy is stuck playing a dreary, dull tree. Can she still bring fancy flair to her role when it isn't the one she wanted? Adapted from the bestselling books, this is a funny, frilly ballet story with a lot of heart.
   
Father Ruffian  
City Lit Theater Father Ruffian
 
The play is a world premiere adaptation of Shakespeare’s two Henry IV plays, also incorporating a small amount of material from Henry V and from Shakespeare’s source material, Holinshed’s Chronicles. Father Ruffian takes its title from the long string of epithets Prince Hal uses to describe Falstaff (“. . . that bolting-hutch of beastliness, that swollen parcel of dropsies . . .”), and the full adaptation likewise preserves Shakespeare’s language throughout. Father Ruffian is not a simplified modern re-telling, but a nuanced exploration of Shakespeare’s tale of Prince Hal and his two “fathers,” King Henry IV of England and the entirely fictional Sir John Falstaff. Use the link below to purchase half-price tickets.
   
Fur Elites  
Annoyance Theatre Fur Elites
 
Based on actual events, Fur Elites is an absurd parlor musical about trying to find your light in a world that seems determined to eclipse you. A small and quiet boy living in a big, bold city, Denny works as an assistant at Ecnayonna Furs, a high-end retail fur shop in the city's ritzy shopping district. And it seems like any way Denny turns, he comes face to face with yet another oddball character -- whether it be a former model, a wildly wealthy global elite, an international fur dealer or even an illustrious vagabond. Step into The Annoyance Theatre & Bar to see how everything shakes out for Denny in this absurd parlor musical.
   
Gettin' Down with the Joneses  
Jedlicka Performing Arts Center Gettin' Down with the Joneses
 
The rarely performed musical Gettin' Down With the Joneses is a romantic fable of modern life that doubles as a satirical look at upper-middle class corporate America. Presented by JPAC Theatre at Chicago's Jedlicka Performing Arts Center, the story revolves around a rising middle-aged executive who finds himself "right-sized" out of his job, and forced to navigate the tricky waters of unemployment. What ensues is a satirical romp through downsizing, hostile takeovers, financial market meltdowns and a competitive global economy, fueled by clever songwriting and memorable characters.
   
The Greatest Story Never Told  
I.O. The Greatest Story Never Told
 
The Greatest Story Never Told, brings families and strangers together to collaborate and create improvised stories on stage. The shows begins with a well meaning but underprepared narrator who opens a storybook and discovers it has no text and actors are nowhere to be found. The audience, along with "The Greatest Interns" (professional improvisers) help illicit suggestions and volunteer performers in order to assist in creating The Greatest Story Never Told - the children in the audience are actually invited onstage to help create the story with the performers! This original improvised story inspires illustrations from an artist and text from a writer and the performance is ultimately turned into a digital and physical book which the audience may purchase and keep forever.
   
H.M.S. Pinafore  
The Hypocrites at The Den Theatre H.M.S. Pinafore
 
Take to the high seas aboard the H.M.S. Pinafore, Gilbert & Sullivan's beloved comic operetta of mistaken identity, love, intrigue and duty in the British Navy. The Hypocrites' playful reimagining of this crowd-pleaser is presented promenade-style, putting you the audience inside the story as you move around the space with the actors. Pinafore spins the seaworthy tale of a gentlemanly captain who's arranged for his daughter to marry the First Lord of the Admiralty -- although she's already in love with a common sailor on her father's ship. The show's signature hummable tunes include "I'm Called Little Buttercup," "When I Was a Lad" and "I Am the Captain of the Pinafore."
   
The Humans  
American Theater Company The Humans
 
New York City. Today. After a sleepless night, Mr. Blake brings his family from Pennsylvania to celebrate Thanksgiving at his youngest daughter's run-down apartment. As dinner begins, unexplainable and family tensions reach a boiling point. Karam (Sons of the Prophet, Speech & Debate) takes a fresh look at the hilarity, heart and horrors of the modern American family. The cast includes Lance Baker, Hanna Dworkin, Keith Kupferer, Jean Moran, Kelly O'Sullivan, and Sadieh Rifai; O' Sullivan and Rifai are members of the ATC ensemble.
   

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