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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.
   
I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change  
Quest Theatre Ensemble at The Blue Theater I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change
 
A charming and tender look inside our deepest, darkest, most secret thoughts - whether out on a date, making headway toward the altar, or juggling the challenges of marriage.
   
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.
   
Into the Woods  
Metropolis Performing Arts Centre Into the Woods
 
A fresh, sophisticated spin on Brothers Grimm fairy tales, Into the Woods interweaves several classic fairy tales into one epic story that shows what happens when magic becomes strikingly real. Unable to bear children, a baker and his wife complete a number of tasks for a witch who promises to grant their wish if they're successful. During their journey, they encounter Little Red Riding Hood, Rapunzel, Cinderella and Jack and the Beanstalk. All the storybook characters discover that wishes often come with a steep price, and things don't always end happily ever after. With music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, the original Broadway run won critical praise and numerous awards and the cast recording took home a Grammy. Come see this production when it enchants and astounds at the Metropolis Performing Arts Centre in Arlington Heights.
   
The Invisible Scarlet O'Neil  
Babes With Blades at Factory Theater The Invisible Scarlet O'Neil
 
It's the 1940s, and the late Dr. O'Neil's former lab assistant Evanna Keil (Elizabeth MacDougald) is desperate to perfect her mind-controlling Ruby Red Lipstick before selling it to the KGB. The ensuing mayhem threatens everything Dr. O'Neil has worked for, and everything his daughter, Scarlet, holds dear. Can Scarlet save her deceased father's reputation, his scientific collaborators, and their military secrets while also rescuing her kidnapped landlady, a young prodigy, a small dog, the gals at the City News and all of Chicago - if not the world? It's The Invisible Scarlet O'Neil to the rescue.
   
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.
   
The Last Days of Judas Iscariot  
Eclectic Full Contact Theatre at Athenaeum Theatre The Last Days of Judas Iscariot
 
It's the biggest trial in Purgatory, and Judas is on the stand-surrounded by a Fellini-esque cast of character witnesses, from Satan to Sigmund Freud. Is he merely fallen or beyond forgiveness? In this far cry from any church pageant, you'll laugh out loud while you reassess one of the most reviled names in history.
   
The Last Five Years  
Big Noise Theatre at Prairie Lakes Theatre The Last Five Years
 
An emotionally powerful and intimate musical with a twist. Cathy and Jamie, two twenty-something New Yorkers, present their own interpretation of their five-year love affair, with Cathy's story starting when they part and Jamie's starting when they first meet. A contemporary musical that is alternately joyous, funny, romantic and soul stirring.
   
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.
   
The Legend Of George McBride  
Northlight Theatre The Legend Of George McBride
 
A down-on-his-luck Elvis impersonator has an overdrawn checking account and a baby on the way. When a drag show takes over the entertainment at the Florida Panhandle bar where he performs, he'll also be out of a job...unless he's willing to step into some high heels. This heartwarming, music-filled comedy celebrates the unexpected path to finding your true voice.
   
Let Women War  
We Three at Chase Park Let Women War
 
"Let Women War" highlights warrior women, in two new Elizabethan style verse plays. In the first, "The Passion of Boudicca", after the death of the Iceni tribe's king, Queen Boudicca was left to face the Roman incursion alone. The Empire demanded she bend the knee to Nero, which she refused. To bring her to heel, the Roman soldiers sacked her town, scourged her, and sexually assaulted her daughters. But Boudicca was not easily broken. She united the local tribes and wrecked the Roman army for years. But the army has rebuilt, and has come to end the conflict once and for all. In the second, "The Wayward Women", Cordelius, a banished lover, and his bondman Julian wash up on Amosa, an island where women rule and men are the gentler sex. Duchess Penti Celia welcomes them to the Festival of the New Moon, but the celebrations are marred by the hilarious dueling (physical, verbal, and psychological) of the wastrel knights Dame Anu (the virtuous) and Dame Grendela (the flatulent).
   
A Love Affair  
Oil Lamp Theater A Love Affair
 
If you could go back and give advice to your younger self, what would you say? In the rom-com A Love Affair, Jimmy and Alice Diamond find themselves reliving the flawed masterpiece that is their marriage as financial issues force them to clear out the attic of their Malibu home. Brimming with all the hilarious and moving moments captured from almost 40 years of marriage, A Love Affair is both a timeless and a timely play, because its story is about financial reverses and how they can either weaken or reinforce relationships. See the affable rom-com at Glenview's Oil Lamp Theater.
   
Love Affairs And Wedding Bells  
Theater Wit Love Affairs And Wedding Bells
 
Presented by S.W.A.G. Theater Company: a romantic-comedy set against the excitement and grandeur of the 1893 Chicago World's Fair, two very different sisters -- one scheming to marry into high society, the other, college-educated but restlessly searching for a grand adventure -- navigate their way through romantic escapades and life-altering decisions, cleverly guided by their worldly-wise aunt.
   
Machinal  
The Greenhouse Theater Center Machinal
 
One young woman must break out in this exhilarating reimagining of MACHINAL, the American classic inspired by the sensational, true story of murderess Ruth Snyder. Trapped in an unhappy marriage, the young woman finds a thrill in the arms of a flyby lover. But when reality returns, how far will her fight for freedom take her? And who will pay the ultimate price? How do you escape the machine?
   

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