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Schoolhouse Rock Live!  
Emerald City Theatre Company at Broadway Playhouse Schoolhouse Rock Live!
 
Through unforgettable songs such as "Just a Bill" and "Conjunction Junction," a nervous schoolteacher must discover how to charm his students through imagination and music on the first day of class. Based on the entertaining and educational Emmy Award-winning animated series, Schoolhouse Rock Live! brings the treasured Saturday-morning melodies of the '70s back in a hip new way.
   
Sister Cities  
Chimera Ensemble at The Den Theatre Sister Cities
 
Four estranged sisters, as different as the cities they are named after, face their mother's recent and sudden death in Sister Cities. Freedman's Sister Cities was the hit of the 2008 Edinburgh Fringe Festival and has earned strong critical acclaim around the world, including productions in Paris (Une Ville, Une Soeur), Rome (Le Quattro Sorelle) and recently in Melbourne, Australia.
   
Strike 3  
The Public House Theatre Strike 3
 
Strike 3* is the story of the boy with an arm that no one believed in until he was spotted by a legendary coach. Over the course of an hour, we watch his rise to stardom and his suffering through the consequences of his skill. Written by Benjamin Vigeant and Stephen Winchell, and directed by Erica Reid.
   
The Taming of the Shrew  
Oak Park Festival Theatre The Taming of the Shrew
 
One of Shakespeare's most popular plays, The Taming of the Shrew follows the treacherous road to romance for a strong-willed pair who've met their ultimate match in one another. The comedy kicks off with a wealthy Italian merchant decreeing that the younger of his two daughters cannot be wed before her ill-tempered, less popular sister is married. The problem is that no man in Padua is willing to propose to the sharp-tongued Katherine. That is, until the fortune-hunting Petruchio, newly arrived from Verona, agrees to woo and wed Katherine (for a sizable dowry, of course). What follows is a classic battle of the sexes that sends sparks flying. Enjoy Shakespeare under the stars with this production at the Oak Park Festival Theatre in Austin Gardens.
   
This  
Windy City Playhouse This
 
Though its title could not be more linguistically simple, This is a poignant and poetic comedy that uses the power of language to make the foibles of real life profound and poetic. A silly party game becomes the spring board for a deep dive into long-held fear and resentment between five friends navigating the brittle transition into middle age. Adultery ensues, followed by remorse and plenty of confusion, all related with scintillating wit and verve in playwright Melissa James Gibson's Obie Award-winning script. See This at Windy City Playhouse and find out why the New York Times called it "the best new play to open Off Broadway" following its 2009 debut.
   
Three Hotels  
Athenaeum Theatre Three Hotels
 
Winner of the Drama Desk Award in 1993, Three Hotels portrays the relationship of Kenneth and his wife Barbara as they navigate marital discord, personal tragedy and corporate misdeeds. Alternating between three different hotel rooms, this drama finds disillusioned idealist Kenneth working as a hatchet man for a large, successful corporation. The corporation markets baby formula to third world countries, where the scarcity of pure water sometimes renders the formula unsafe to the very infants it is supposed to nourish. Hoyle's marriage and job fall into jeopardy when his wife reaches the end of her rope with his despicable lifestyle and turns to another man. Catch this drama at the Athenaeum Theatre Studio Three in Chicago.
   
Thrust!  
Tapman Productions at Stage 773 Thrust!
 
THRUST! is a one of a kind double feature of tap and modern dance showcasing the work of long-time Tapman collaborators Tristan Bruns (tap) and Kate O'Hanlon (modern) and special guest choreographer Ian Berg (tap). The pieces performed are created specifically for this thrust (three-sided) stage with elaborate props and set design, original music by Trainwreck Symphony and composer Carolyn O'Brien, and new arrangements of popular music.
   
Tommy Gun's Garage  
Tommy Gun's Garage Tommy Gun's Garage
 
The restaurant-cabaret presents a Roaring 20s-themed musical comedy revue in a speakeasy seting, with dining and drinking integrated into the show.
   
Tomorrow Morning  
Kokandy Productions at Theater Wit Tomorrow Morning
 
Tomorrow Morning follows two couples, separated by time, both preparing for a monumental day ahead. When morning comes, twenty-somethings John and Kat will marry and embark upon a new life, while older couple Jack and Catherine will sign their divorce papers. Trouble is, is anyone really sure they're doing the right thing? Tomorrow Morning is about the uncertainty of impending change and ultimately, the redeeming power of love.
   
12 Angry Jurors  
Oil Lamp Theater 12 Angry Jurors
 
A young man's life is in the hands of a jury. Set against the backdrop of the police shooting of Chicago teen Laquan McDonald and similar events across the country, this taut courtroom drama gets a relevant update from Oil Lamp Theater. Cloistered in a sweltering jury room until they reach a decision, 11 are ready to convict, but one holdout is far less certain. While tempers flare and arguments grow heated, a dozen angry jurors must reach deeply within to find a common ground that ensures justice. Adapted from Reginald Rose's teleplay Twelve Angry Men, which later became a hit play and an Oscar-nominated film starring Henry Fonda, 12 Angry Jurors is blistering character study and examination of race, justice and bias. At intermission, you'll get a chance to cast your vote -- guilty or not guilty -- in this journey to the very heart of the American criminal justice system.
   
Wastwater  
Steep Theatre Wastwater
 
Countless stories have come to an end at the bottom of Wastwater, the deepest lake in England. Tony Award winning playwright Simon Stephens' Wastwater delves into three relationships, each sitting on the edge of a defining decision. Where will their stories end, and what are the consequences of the choices we all make?
   
We Gotta Bingo  
Chicago Theatre Works We Gotta Bingo
 
Get your cards and markers ready for We Gotta Bingo, a raucous, interactive dinner theater experience where you're placed in the middle of two rival parishes who are set to be merged with each other. Since neither can support the expanding congregation by itself, they decide to raise the money the best way they know how -- through a bingo blowout. In between games, you'll enjoy a tasty Italian dinner, musical interludes between the rival parish choirs and The Vokel Chords playing hits from today and yesterday, polka-style. Following in the hilarious footsteps of Tony 'n Tina's Wedding, throw on your game face for We Gotta Bingo at Chicago Theater Works.
   
Weekend Comedy  
Oil Lamp Theater Weekend Comedy
 
Jeanne and Sam Bobrick's Weekend Comedy is a comedic clash between the generations that will make you laugh and touch your heart. Two New York couples discover that, due to a booking error, they've rented the same cottage in the Catskills for a romantic three-day weekend. Frank and Peggy are sedate and middle-aged. Tony and Jill are freewheeling and young. They decide to share the cabin and, before long, the comedy breaks out as the very different couples confront some perplexing questions. Before long, both couples stumble onto new realizations about themselves and about that mysterious and wonderful thing called love. This production in Glenview will be staged at the Oil Lamp Theater.
   
The Wind Beneath My Things  
Annoyance Theatre The Wind Beneath My Things
 
A revue that touches on the emotions of letting go and moving on through life, "The Wind Beneath My Things" is directed by Hunter Larrison, head written by Mark Toriski and comprised of original sketches from cast members Gina Harrison, Joe Hirte, Johanna Medrano, Hoagie Rhoads, Sean Sawyer, and Morgan van Dyne. From adolescent insecurities and missed opportunities to coping with loss, The Wind Beneath My Things takes viewers on an emotional, yet hilarious journey of personal acceptance and growth.
   

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