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The Food Show  
Neo-Futurarium at 3031 N. Rockwell The Food Show
The Food Show asks what it means to change a family recipe. Created by Kerr-≠‐Hobert and his cousin Caitlin Stainken, a Neo-≠‐Futurist alum, the performance explores how food brings us together and sets us apart, amidst a backdrop of their family's culinary inheritance and an ensemble of six writer-≠‐performers' own stories. Using the structure of a nine-≠‐course fine Italian meal, The Food Show honors the traditions of our past and acknowledges our impact on the environment as each generation decides what parts to keep and what parts to throw away. Farmers, restaurateurs, writers, musicians, and audiences come together to experience the common thread of food and memory in American culture.
The Gin Game  
Drury Lane- Oakbrook The Gin Game
Winner of the 1978 Pulitzer Prize for Drama and nominated for four Tony Awards, The Gin Game symbolizes life in the form of a card game in a two-act, two-character play starring Chicago theater legends, John Reeger and Paula Scrofano. In The Gin Game, Weller Martin and Fonsia Dorsey strike up an acquaintance and begin to play gin rummy. As the game progresses, intimate secrets of their lives are revealed and they begin to search for each other's weaknesses in both the game and life itself. With this production, John and Paula join an elite history of famous duos who have previously battled in The Gin Game, including original stars Hume Cronyn and Jessica Tandy (the 1977 Broadway production and 1981 TV movie), Dick Van Dyke and Mary Tyler Moore (the 2003 PBS television special), and James Earl Jones and Cicely Tyson (the 2015 Broadway Revival).
The God Of Isaac  
Grippo Stage Company at Noyes Cultural Art Center The God Of Isaac
Playwright James Sherman's semi-autobiographical account of a young American Jew searching for his Jewish identity in the wake of the threatened neo-Nazi march in the Chicago suburb of Skokie in 1977.
The Golden Girls - The Lost Episodes  
Hell in a Handbag Productions at Mary's Attic The Golden Girls - The Lost Episodes
Enjoy lost, never-before-seen episodes of The Golden Girls featuring Dorothy, Rose, Blanche, Sophia and all of the siblings, daughters, sons, characters and rare diseases that were mentioned once, but never again. The production also features The Golden Girls trivia and games to help fully embrace the Miami experience.
Music Theater Works at Cahn Auditorium Gypsy
Music Theater Works (formerly Light Opera Works) presents GYPSY, the tale of an ambitious stage mother fighting for her daughters' success, at Cahn Auditorium in Evanston.
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."
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.
High Fidelity  
Color Box Theatre at Royal George Theatre High Fidelity
A farce-filled battle of the sexes threatens to turn into actual gunplay, in this two-act comic operetta at Chicago's Royal George Theater. Set in Chicago in the year 1900, the antics in High Fidelity surround the high-society widow Aurora and her cousin Georgina, who're visited by Thomas and his ward Henry, determined to collect a debt from her deceased husband. Arguments ensue, sparks fly and unrequited love takes its toll on the foursome -- as do several challenges to duel to the death. Loosely adapted from works by Chekhov and Shaw, the ColorBox Theatre developed this fast-moving musical to be performed in English, with music by Philip Seward and a libretto by Seward and Joan Mazzonelli.
In the Wake  
The Greenhouse Theater Center In the Wake
Set between 2000 and 2005, In the Wake is the story of Ellen, a liberal journalist struggling to cope with her changing beliefs about politics and love. Ellen is vocally, actively opposed to the Bush Administration and the War in Iraq, but is confounded when her closest friends and lovers don't share her outrage and passionate opposition to what's being done to their country. Eventually, Ellen is forced to confront a blind spot in her thinking about the world -- and herself. This bitingly humorous play from Tony Award-winning playwright and actress Lisa Kron (Fun Home) is coming to the Greenhouse Theater Center in Chicago.
The Infinite Wrench  
Neo-Futurists The Infinite Wrench
The Infinite Wrench is a mechanism that unleashes a barrage of two-minute plays for a live audience. Each play offers something different-some are funny, others profound. Some are elegant, disgusting, topical, irrelevant, terrifying, or put to song. All of the plays are truthful and tackle the here-and-now, inspired by the lived experiences of the performers. With new plays every week, The Infinite Wrench is The Neo-Futurists' ongoing and ever-changing attempt to shift the conventions of live performance and speak to the present audience, including those unreached or unmoved by other types of theater.
Judgmental Institutions  
Annoyance Theatre Judgmental Institutions
Framed around a wedding no one wants to be at, Judgmental Institutions is an exploration of big characters, big feelings, and the way we heavily judge both. This is evident in scenes including a day date with a giant spider, a sweet girl with her very own pet Bro, and a look into the drama of The Real Housewives of Shakespeare.
The Karaoke Murder Mystery Extravaganza  
The Public House Theatre The Karaoke Murder Mystery Extravaganza
The 'Karaoke Or Die' Competition Finals are on, and competitors will stop at nothing to win the cash grand prize. Audiences will try to figure out who is killing the talent and judges before it's too late, while enjoying in a post-show karaoke party open to singers of all experience levels.
Last Dancer Standing (More Than Hip Hop)  
Black Ensemble Theater Last Dancer Standing (More Than Hip Hop)
ast Dancer Standing (More Than Hip Hop) gives us a glimpse of the behind-the-scenes world of the newest (fictional) reality dance competition. Ten of the finest dancers from all across the country-and all different walks of life-battle it out for a chance to win $10,000 and an opportunity to tour with R&B singing sensation Justin Paul. Like most reality shows "Last Dancer Standing" has its full share of humor, tension, drama and conflict. It's reality TV live on the stage. At the core of the show are ten dancer/actors challenged with all types of routines from hip hop to ballet and everything in between. Who will survive and win? That's up to our live studio audience. Last Dancer Standing (More Than Hip Hop) is a journey where we learn that no matter what our circumstances are in life, we have much more in common than we think we do.
Late Nite Catechism  
Royal George Theatre Late Nite Catechism
Late Nite Catechism is an uproariously funny play, written by Vicki Quade and Maripat Donovan, where the irrepressible Sister teaches class to a roomful of "students." Throughout the course of the play the benevolent instructor rewards audience members for correct answers with glow-in-the-dark rosaries and other nifty prizes. Naughty students may well find themselves on stage sitting in a corner reflecting their actions. Now in its 20th year in Chicago, Late Nite Catechism is a sharp satire, but never mean. Itís simply an evening of fun and laughter.
Lela and Co.  
Steep Theatre Lela and Co.
Instinct, tenacity, biting humor, and trust in the future keep Lela alive as her world closes in around her. Based on a true story, Lela & Co. is an eerily funny and enthralling story about the horrifying enterprise of war and a girl who may or may not have eaten some frosting.
Life in 35mm: An Improvised Documentary  
Annoyance Theatre Life in 35mm: An Improvised Documentary
"Tickled," "The Cove," "Searching for Sugarman," "Supersize Me." They all have one thing in common... they are documentaries. And so is "Life in 35mm: An Improvised Documentary"! Every week the cast will look to the audience for inspiration to create a brand new, gripping documentary. "Life in 35mm: An Improvised Documentary" is a satire of popular self-important documentaries, and the characters within who cash in on the credit.
Lisette Dances Divine  
The Greenhouse Theater Center Lisette Dances Divine
Dress shop by day and speakeasy by night, Chicago's Parle Doucement is the hot spot for both libations and shopping, not to mention a little mischief too. In this comedy set in 1927, the young and divine heiress Lisette de Jungen is in town on a secret mission from a local magazine. Shop owners Harry and Therese are in for a tumble when Harry takes his personal offenses a little too far. With other lovable characters like Little Al and book keeper Jennie Bea Goode, Lisette Dances Divine at the Greenhouse Theater Center is a swinging good time in the Windy City.

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