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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 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.
   
In To America  
Griffin Theatre Company at The Den Theatre In To America
 
IN TO AMERICA is a world premiere drama that traces the American immigrant experience from Jamestown to present day through the stories of ordinary men, women and children who departed their homelands in the hopes of creating a new life. An extraordinary story 400 years in the making that transcends time, space and race to reflect the diversity and commonalities of our shared American experience.
   
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.
   
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.
   
The Kid Thing  
Nothing Without a Company at Berger Park Coach House The Kid Thing
 
The Kid Thing proves that sometimes, good news isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. When two lesbian couples, who have been best friends for years, get together for a dinner party, the unexpected announcement of one couple’s pregnancy manages to rock both relationships. Darcy (Welch) and Leigh (Nava) find themselves confronting the delayed conversation of having kids of their own following Nate (li-Epstein) and Margot (Craft)’s pregnancy announcement; Leigh is ready to get started and Darcy is… more hesitant. A chance visit brings Margot’s sperm donor, Jacob (Fries)—a college friend of Nate and Leigh’s—to Chicago, and gives Leigh the opportunity to move one step closer to her parenting goal.
   
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. It’s 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.
   
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.
   
The Magic Parlour  
The House Theatre of Chicago at The Palmer House Hilton Hotel The Magic Parlour
 
The performance contains some of his favorite pieces of magic, alongside some brand new routines in an hour-long show packed with mind-reading, levitations, escapes, and a ridiculous new adaptation of the classic “Card Stab” during which Watkins climbs inside of a fully inflated 7 foot balloon!
   
Mamma Mia!  
Marriott Theatre In Lincolnshire Mamma Mia!
 
ABBA's hits tell the hilarious story of a young woman's search for her birth father on a Greek island paradise. After reading her mom's diary from one carefree summer 20 years ago, Sophie secretly invites the three men her mom wrote about to her wedding. Set to the classic songs of ABBA like "Dancing Queen," "Take a Chance on Me" and "SOS," Mamma Mia! is the enchanting and unforgettable tale of love, laughter, family and friendship.
   
Meatball Seance  
Mary's Attic Meatball Seance
 
John Michael needs your help with his mom's meatball recipe to raise her from the dead so she can meet his new boyfriend. Join JM, as he learns how to have relationships with the living and the dead.
   
Medieval Times Dinner and Tournament  
Medieval Times Schaumburg Castle Medieval Times Dinner and Tournament
 
Medieval Times is an exciting, family-friendly dinner attraction inspired by an 11th century feast and tournament. Guests are served a four-course banquet and cheer for one of six knights as they compete in the joust and other tests of skill. Expect lots of jousting, swordsmanship, thrilling hand-to-hand combat, and displays of extraordinary horsemanship as part of an exciting story set in Medieval Spain.
   
The Most Happy Fella  
Theo Ubique Cabaret Theatre at No Exit Cafe The Most Happy Fella
 
Following the success of his 1950 musical comedy Guys and Dolls, composer-lyricist Frank Loesser adapted the 1924 play They Knew What They Wanted into one of the most-song-filled musicals ever written. The Most Happy Fella tells Howard's story of Tony Esposito, an older Italian immigrant and wine grower in California's Napa Valley, through over 40 songs that are Broadway show tunes in their structure but melodious and plentiful enough to fill an opera. Loesser's score is filled with sweeping ballads, intense dramatic arias and tuneful splashy Broadway style numbers.
   
Mother of Smoke  
Red Tape Theatre at Pride Arts Center - The Broadway Mother of Smoke
 
In a city on fire, one woman laments the destruction of her house while another refuses to acknowledge the existence of a threat at all. Created in response to the global crisis of displacement, the promise of safety and the crumbling of the American Dream, Mother of Smoke delves into a mash-up of The Trojan Women and The Cherry Orchard to examine the conflicting forces relevant to violence and disparity present in Chicago now. The performers weave together these stories, original text, music and movement in order to create a new response to this violence and how it exists in our daily lives. Co-created with a team of writers, musicians and performers, Mother of Smoke is an epic performance of remembering, coming together and picking up the pieces.
   

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