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44 Plays for 44 Presidents  
Oil Lamp Theater 44 Plays for 44 Presidents
There's a stark contrast between the idealistic, revered George Washington and the more recent, polarizing presidents. 44 Plays for 44 Presidents examines how our nation's highest office has changed and morphed as each one took the Oval Office. A chronological biography of the lives and presidencies of each of the 44 men who have held the nation's presidency, actors celebrate their mistakes and successes, taking turns donning a star-spangled coat that symbolizes the presidency. From the humorous jabs and bits of wisdom between presidents to the tragic mishaps and blunders, audiences at Glenview's Oil Lamp Theater will ponder what the presidency means and where it will go next.
Ghost Stories  
Under The Gun Theater Ghost Stories
Under the Gun Theater is proud to present Ghost Stories, an improvised comedy show based on true spooky tales. Each performance will feature a guest storyteller to spin a scary yarn. From there, the UTG ensemble will launch into a show of highly creative comedic whimsy. The cast has honed an idiosyncratic style that is completely unique in the Chicago comedy scene.
Goodman 2016  
CIC Theater Goodman 2016
Goodman 2016 is a two part comedy program focused on the spirit of the 2016 election. In the first half, local comedian Chandler Goodman, a longtime Democratic Party operative, will provide a thorough analysis of his own strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and potential pitfalls as a Presidential candidate. Part two of the show will feature a rotating cast of comedians reading essays specific to the themes of this highly unusual campaign season. Like any good candidate Mr. Goodman will be shaking hands, kissing babies, and interacting with the people. Be like Ken Bone and come laugh!
The Great Gatsby  
Josephine Louis Theater - Northwestern The Great Gatsby
An integral part of the Western canon, the classic tale tells the story of Midwest native Nick Carraway, who arrives in New York in search of the American dream. He gets thrown into the deep end of the Roaring Twenties when he gets caught up in the lavish and improbable world of a man named Gatsby, Nick's cousin Daisy and her philandering husband, Tom. Nick bears witness to the clique's illusions, deceits and the wreckage they leave in their wake in a tale of impossible love, dreams and tragedy. Brought to life through bold and imaginative staging, the great American novel can be experienced for the first time through this production or re-experienced in an imaginative new way.
Pride Arts Center - The Buena Grounded
Grounded, by George Brant, is the story of a female Air Force pilot who is grounded after becoming pregnant with her first child. When she returns to duty, she is reassigned from fighter jets to drones and must learn to navigate the intersection of wartime and home life. Reassigned to operate military drones from a windowless trailer outside Las Vegas, she hunts terrorists by day and returns to her family each night. As the pressure to track a high-profile target mounts, the boundaries begin to blur between the desert in which she lives and the one she patrols half a world away.
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.
Hand to God  
Victory Gardens Theater - Biograph Hand to God
The God-fearing children of Cypress, Texas spend their after-school hours practicing Christian Puppet Ministry at the local church. When one devout young boy discovers that his hand puppet has a life of its own, all hell breaks loose. Literally. In this sidesplitting and lightning-paced comedy, a satanic sock puppet named Tyrone shows the children, minister, and school bully who's really in charge. Declared "flat-out hilarious" by The New York Times and described as "Sesame Street meets The Exorcist" by The New Yorker; Hand to God by Robert Askins and directed by Gary Griffin (Never the Sinner, Appropriate) makes its Chicago premiere after thrilling audiences on Broadway last season and receiving a Tony Award nomination for Best Play.
The Happiest Place On Earth  
Sideshow Theatre Company at The Greenhouse Theater Center The Happiest Place On Earth
Once upon a time in an Anaheim, California orange grove, a magical kingdom was built and dedicated to America's history, dreams and wildest hopes. Eight years later, one family's American prince died on live television while delivering the Albuquerque sports scores, leaving his four daughters and their mother behind. Left reeling from the loss of their patriarch, the family underwent a quest to reach the magical kingdom and seek solace and recovery. Now, more than fifty years after their journey, acclaimed playwright Philip Dawkins retraces and illustrates the true story of the women in his family, exploring their history and asking if there really is a place where the dream that we wish can come true.
Horrible Fun  
Under The Gun Theater Horrible Fun
You know your favorite adult party card games? The terrible apple mad lib f*ucktionary incorrect against humanity game that you love so much! We love them too! When you walk in the door you get three cards that fill in the blank. During the show if you have a good card that matches the main card pulled by our judge raise your hand and come up on stage! We will do improvisation based on the combinations. Be aware this show is dirty, ridiculous, offensive, and horrible. Are you ready to be horrible with us?
How We Got On  
Haven Theatre Company at The Den Theatre How We Got On
In this remixed coming-of-age story, an all-knowing DJ loops the audience through the tracks of three Midwestern teen rappers stranded in suburbia. Determined to find their artistic voices; Hank, Julian and Luann are forced to combat the discord of crude technology, family dysfunction and ruthless rivalries as this B-side of 1980's hip-hop history is spun. Plug in an open mind for the Chicago premiere of a throwback mix tape that goes to prove: we're all just a work-in-progress.
I Am Who I Am (The Story of Teddy Pendergrass)  
Black Ensemble Theater I Am Who I Am (The Story of Teddy Pendergrass)
Teddy Pendergrass was considered to be soul music's number one sex symbol in the '70s with songs like "Turn Off The Lights," "If You Don't Know Me By Now," and "Wake Up Everybody." He was on top of the world and at the height of his career in 1982 until his devastating car accident that left him a quadriplegic. There is so much to understand and admire about Teddy Pendergrass.
In The Heights  
Porchlight Music Theatre at Stage 773 In The Heights
From the creator of the current Broadway juggernaut Hamilton, and winner of Tony Awards for "Best Musical" and "Best Original Score," In the Heights tells the universal story of a tight-knit community in New York's Washington Heights neighborhood-a place where the windows are always open and the breeze carries the rhythm of three generations of music. It's a community on the brink of change, full of hopes and dreams, where the biggest struggles can be deciding which traditions you take with you, and which ones you leave behind.
The Institute, Coming of Age during the Vietnam War  
Northminster Presbyterian Church The Institute, Coming of Age during the Vietnam War
The Institute follows the lives of four young men attending a very unique military school during the height of the Vietnam War. Watch them grow from children into adulthood as they and the world around them wrestle with the moral dilemmas of Vietnam. See their friendships tested by the strain of the war and the military draft that awaits them upon graduation. And see the roles the women in their lives played along that journey.
Junie B. Jones in Jingle Bells, Batman Smells!  
Emerald City Theatre Company at Apollo Theater Junie B. Jones in Jingle Bells, Batman Smells!
Based on the best-selling book series by Barbara Park, this critically-acclaimed Emerald City Theatre remount explores the challenges of giving selflessly through humor and holiday joy as fan-favorite Junie B. Jones journeys through a Columbus Day school play, a holiday sing-along concert, and Secret Santa Day. "Dear Santa, I really hope you were watching me just now. That's all I hope. Love, Junie B. -Giver."
Just Numbers  
Stage 773 Just Numbers
For the students that populate Just Numbers, the modern education landscape has crushed all individualism and has them staring down the barrel of yet another standardized test. But each of these students has a story to tell and their own obstacles to overcome, and this new lyric play from Chicago Slam Works gives them a powerful voice. As the cast becomes an urban chorus that represents the youthful, hopeful and forgotten faces of Chicago Public Schools, their frustrations are expressed as freestyles over tabletop beats, their anger boils over with cutting words and revelations, and their hope triumphs over a system that couldn't care less. Don't miss Just Numbers at Stage 773.
The Kid Who Ran For President  
The Theatre School at DePaul University at Merle Reskin Theatre The Kid Who Ran For President
When sixth grader Judson Moon runs for President of the United States under the guidance of his campaign manager and best friend Lane, the campaign trail is turned upside down. Can Judson deliver on his promises once he is elected? This musical comedy full of hope and song brings some common sense and a rockin' pizza party to the White House, if only for a few days. Recommended for ages 6 and up.
The Last Wife  
TimeLine Theatre Company The Last Wife
Katherine Parr is smart and passionate: a rising star in a world of intense competition. She also has just been crowned the sixth wife of King Henry VIII. In the process, she's started an illicit affair, inherited three children, and launched a political career at the head of the country, alongside a husband as well known for his insanity as his brutality. Now's not the time to lose her head.

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