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Good People  
Buffalo Theatre Ensemble at McAninch Arts Center Good People
 
Margie, a scrappy survivor from South Boston, is one bingo game away from losing her apartment. Determined to help those she loves, will she turn the situation around? A witty and moving story, the result is this recent Broadway hit on class and culture.
   
Gump  
The Public House Theatre Gump
 
Life is like a box of chocolates. And so is "GUMP: With Your Pal, Charlie Davis!" Nobody knows the world's most quotable movie ("Forrest Gump") better than Charlie Davis. Because he's your pal, he will take on the task of reenacting the beloved, Academy Award winning film all by himself. However, the audience will decide how the movie plays out.
   
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.
   
Henry V  
Babes With Blades Theatre Company at City Lit Theater Henry V
 
Ascending the throne of England after the death of his father, young Henry V faces suspicion from within his country and pressure from without. Hoping to unite his kingdom and ensure its future security, he embarks on a risky campaign to conquer France. As a newly-anointed king with a lot to atone for, the odds are against him... but will his people rally around him?
   
High Fidelity  
Refuge Theatre Project at Refuge Records High Fidelity
 
The musical, with a score by Tom Kitt (Next to Normal, Bring It On The Musical, If/Then), book by David Lindsay-Abaire (Rabbit Hole, Shrek the Musical, Good People) and lyrics by Amanda Green (Bring It On The Musical, Hands on a Hardbody) is the story of Rob, the owner of the vintage record shop Championship Vinyl. Rob tries to make sense of his recent split with girlfriend Laura by reviewing the "top five breakups" of his life. High Fidelity takes place mostly in Rob's record store and the Refuge Theatre Project's staging will be performed in a store created especially for this production.
   
The History Boys  
Eclectic Theatre at Athenaeum Theatre The History Boys
 
An unruly bunch of bright, funny boys in a British Grammar school are in pursuit of sex, sport, and a place at a good university-generally in that order. In all their efforts, they are helped and hindered, enlightened and bemused, by a maverick English teacher who seeks to broaden their horizons in sometimes undefined ways, and by a young history teacher who questions the methods, as well as the aim, of their schooling. In this 2006 Tony Award Winner, The History Boys raises not only universal questions about the nature of history and how it is taught but also questions about the purpose of education today.
   
Hobo King  
Congo Square Theatre at Athenaeum Theatre Hobo King
 
In HOBO KING, inspired by true events, a homeless man is unjustly slain by city police. Enraged, the homeless community attempts to govern themselves in order to give voice to the voiceless. 
Hobo King mirrors the universal struggle for all the homeless communities across the nation, and addresses the social dilemma surrounding 
the current epidemic of homelessness among veterans, patience living with mental illness, and young adults.
   
The Housekeeper  
Royal George Theatre The Housekeeper
 
In the offbeat comedy The Housekeeper, a stuffy novelist floundering after the death of his domineering mother brings on a cleaning lady to look after his large Victorian house -- and also himself. However, this new housekeeper happens to be one of the world's great oddballs, arriving on her first day wearing sneakers and carting her belongings around in a grocery cart. From there, things go quickly awry in this lighthearted study of the privileged and the underprivileged at Chicago's Royal George Theatre.
   
I Left My Heart: A Salute To The Music Of Tony Bennett  
Mercury Theater I Left My Heart: A Salute To The Music Of Tony Bennett
 
Called "the greatest singer in the world" by Frank Sinatra, the always charming, classy and debonair Tony Bennett crooned his way into the heart of America. I LEFT MY HEART features four decades of music that Bennett recorded, including his early top 40 hits, jazz recordings with Basie, Stan Getz, and Bill Evans, torch songs, film scores, and his now famous MTV Unplugged performance, which introduced him to a whole new generation of listeners. Sprinkled through with biographic tidbits and anecdotes, the revue sports a thrilling score of 33 Bennett standards including "Rags to Riches," "Put On a Happy Face," "The Good Life," "The Best Is Yet to Come" and, of course, "I Left My Heart in San Francisco."
   
Jesus The Jew  
Forum Productions at The Greenhouse Theater Center Jesus The Jew
 
James is given a choice: renounce his brother or be killed. The problem: his brother is Jesus of Nazareth and James is the leader of all of Jesus' followers for 30 years since the resurrection. Based on a wealth of research, JESUS THE JEW takes us back to the birth of Christianity and the transformation of Judaism, with two Jewish brothers and their four siblings growing up in Nazareth. Through memory and storytelling, James reveals his insights into Mary of Magdala, his archrival Apostle Paul and his misunderstood brother, as he faces the ultimate decision and his greatest test of faith.
   
Jim Lehrer and the Theater and Its Double and Jim Lehrer's Double  
Theater Oobleck at Chopin Theatre Jim Lehrer and the Theater and Its Double and Jim Lehrer's Double
 
Jim Lehrer, the legendary news anchor and Presidential debate moderator, is now retired and sitting alone of a gloomy evening in his cavernous DC suburban home, when his double, Jim Lehrer, the unsuccessful playwright, arrives home from the opening night of his first produced play. The premiere of that play did not go well and Jim Lehrer II fled the theater, chased across dark fields and streams by a violent audience strangely angered by the staging of his script. He now must convince his twin their lives are in danger and to lock and barricade the front door to stem the imminent invasion. But something -- or someone -- keeps making odd noises from deep within the house.
   
Just Like Us  
Vision Latino Theatre Company at Chicago Dramatists Just Like Us
 
Based on a true story told in Helen Thorpe's bestselling book, this documentary-style play follows four Latina teenage girls in Denver-two of whom are documented and two who are not-through young adulthood. Their close-knit friendships begin to unravel when immigration status dictates the girls' opportunities, or lack thereof. When a political firestorm arises, each girl's future becomes increasingly complicated. Just Like Us poses difficult, yet essential questions about what makes us American.
   
Language of Angels  
The Cuckoo's Theater Project at Redtwist Theatre Language of Angels
 
Acclaimed playwright Naomi Iizuka's Language of Angels weaves together a series of eerie ghost stories in a Rashomon-like tale of a disappearance. This haunting production from The Cuckoo's Theater Project and RedTwist Theater begins in a cave on the edge of a rural North Carolina town, where a young girl once went missing. One of nine friends is responsible for her death, yet her ghostly, echoed cries will haunt each of them forever. It makes for a deeply human story of working-class youth bound by poverty and pushed to the limits of friendship as they deal with grief and loss.
   
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.
   
Love's Labor's Lost  
Chicago Shakespeare Theater Love's Labor's Lost
 
King Ferdinand of Navarre's "no fun" edict includes scholarly endeavors, quiet contemplation and complete commitment to chastity for three entire years. His closest courtiers reluctantly sign on. But this is a comedy and it doesn't take long for everyone to figure out that the whole thing is a bad idea and rules are meant to be broken-especially when the French Princess and her beautiful entourage arrive on the scene. The young men's studies soon give way to secret letters and amorous vows as the women set out to teach the men a thing or two about love. The puns fly and the playwright's wordplay take flight in this witty satire about young love with a surprising conclusion where real-life lessons are suddenly revealed. Former Artistic Director of Canada's Stratford Festival Marti Maraden returns to Chicago Shakespeare to stage this charming comedy, following her celebrated productions of Much Ado About Nothing and Othello.
   
Macbeth  
Shakespeare All-Stars at Filament Theatre Macbeth
 
Nastier than Scorsese at his bleakest, more violent than Tarantino at his bloodiest, Shakespeare's Macbeth still shocks like no other tale on the page, stage or screen. Now this chilling portrait of temptation, ambition and betrayal gets staged at Chicago's Filament Theatre. Set in a gloomy world of ghosts and witches, the tragedy's cycle of corruption is thrown into motion when the popular King Duncan of Scotland is murdered by his trusted friend and general Macbeth. Driven by a supernatural prophesy and his wife's deadly ambition, Macbeth goes on to claim his destiny. But just as he grasps the crown, it starts to slip through his bloody fingers.
   
Madagascar - A Musical Adventure  
Marriott Theatre In Lincolnshire Madagascar - A Musical Adventure
 
Join Alex the Lion, Marty the Zebra, Melman the Giraffe, Gloria the hip hop Hippo and, of course, those hilarious, plotting penguins as they bound onto our stage in the musical adventure of a lifetime. Based on the smash DreamWorks animated motion picture, Madagascar - A Musical Adventure follows all of your favorite crack-a-lackin' friends as they escape from their home in New York's Central Park Zoo and find themselves on an unexpected journey to the madcap world of King Julien's Madagascar.
   

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