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Hazel  
Drury Lane- Oakbrook Hazel
 
The world premiere musical comedy, "Hazel," based on the character created by Ted Key and the hit television series, kicks off the 2016-2017 season. It's the 1960's, a time of great change for America, but not all of the Baxter family is on board. What George Baxter finds not so funny about his wife joining the work force and his maid taking over his household and his life--is a laugh riot. Directed and choreographed by Emmy Award winner Joshua Bergasse, "Hazel" asks the question: can a simple maid debone a turkey, save a marriage, uncover a matter of national security and lead a conga line? She can if she's Hazel!
   
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?
   
The House of Blue Leaves  
Raven Theatre The House of Blue Leaves
 
Set in Queens, New York during Pope Paul VI's 1965 visit, struggling songwriter Artie wants to be famous and feel important while his heavily medicated wife Bananas just wants to feel. Can Artie's old high school buddy, now a Hollywood movie producer, give him a shot at the big time? Or will a blessing from the Pope do the trick?
   
In The Heat Of The Night  
Shattered Globe Theatre at Theater Wit In The Heat Of The Night
 
In The Heat Of The Night recounts the classic, highly charged story of an African American police officer asked to investigate a murder in a racially hostile southern town. It's a torrid night in 1965 Argo, Alabama when a dead white man is found. The local police, desperately searching for a motive and a suspect, arrest a black man passing through town. They soon discover their suspect is an expert homicide detective from L.A. and they must confront their personal prejudices as they are forced to work side-by-side to solve the crime. The award-winning film version starring Sidney Poitier remains emblematic of our country in the 1960s. Fifty years later, Pelfry's new adaptation of the novel leaves room for the evolution of these attitudes. But watching the nightly news - how far have we come?
   
The Irish Curse  
Level 11 Theatre at The Den Theatre The Irish Curse
 
Martin Casella's comedy The Irish Curse is a humorous and heartbreaking look at the lives of four average men who struggle to navigate life in our super:sized world. Size matters to this group of Irish:American men who meet every Wednesday night in the basement of Father Shaunessy's Church, a support group for men who have certain "shortcomings". One evening when an unknown blue:collar guy joins the group, he challenges everything the other men think about "the Irish curse"... tackling issues with body image and self:perception, unmasking the comical and truthful questions of identity, masculinity, sex and relationships.
   
Johanna Faustus  
The Hypocrites at The Den Theatre Johanna Faustus
 
In the spirit of Graney's previous hits including 12 Nights and Romeo Juliet, six actors tell a modern Faust story. The performers are also the design team, with purposeful limited resources they will enact the tale using the barest elements. In this new adaptation, Faust is a woman questioning her choices that brought her to success but also isolation. What would you trade for happiness?
   
The Last Defender  
The House Theatre of Chicago at Chopin Theatre The Last Defender
 
Set during the Cold War, The Last Defender draws on the era's sense of paranoia, and fear of nuclear attack to give audiences a one-of-a-kind storytelling experience. Audiences members become the heroes of the story in The Defenders' underground headquarters. The United States and The Soviet Union are still mired in the Cold War. Artificial intelligence has been deployed alongside 8 bit arcade-style computer technologies to control our nuclear weapons. Players (audience members) will navigate their own paranoia, as well as the stresses of Mutually Assured Destruction to do the job of The Defenders. Everyone will work as a team to gather information, solve puzzles, and make increasingly difficult decisions in real time. All to complete The Defenders' mission and save the world.
   
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.
   
Little Shop Of Horrors  
American Blues Theater at The Greenhouse Theater Center Little Shop Of Horrors
 
For years, Little Shop of Horrors has made audiences scream with laughter. In this gleefully gruesome musical, Seymour, a poor florist's assistant, allows his craving for fame and fortune to seduce him into playing nursemaid to a man-eating plant. This celebrated musical, with book and lyrics by Howard Ashman and music by Alan Menken, features the rock and roll, doo-wop and early Motown-inspired songs "Skid Row (Downtown)," "Somewhere That's Green," and "Suddenly, Seymour."
   
Mary Page Marlowe  
Steppenwolf Theatre Mary Page Marlowe
 
Mary Page Marlowe is an accountant from Ohio. She’s led an ordinary life, making the difficult decisions we all face as we try to figure out who we really are and what we really want. As Tracy Letts brings us moments—both pivotal and mundane—from Mary’s life, a portrait of a surprisingly complicated woman emerges. Intimate and moving, Mary Page Marlowe shows us how circumstance, impulse and time can combine to make us mysteries…even to ourselves.
   
The Matter at Dead Oak Hollow  
The Public House Theatre The Matter at Dead Oak Hollow
 
Strange disappearances, German accents, puppets and musical numbers abound! Welcome to 1950 in Anytown, USA, where Special Agents Griffen and Liza investigate an alarming string of disappearances. But the disappearances aren't the only strange thing, with a host of mysterious and secretive townsfolk including a waitress with bloodlust, a morbid doctor and a mayor in denial. The eccentric musical calls everyone's innocence into question. After all, everyone's guilty of something. Unravel the mystery at The Public House Theatre in Chicago.
   
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.
   
Mike Mother  
Neo-Futurists Mike Mother
 
Exploring the tension between fiction and nonfiction, Jessica Anne's Mike Mother weaves theater, writing, and film into the lies that cripple memories, the truth that haunts our tales, and all the gaps in between. With Mike Mother, Anne's rich, surprising history with her eccentric mother is used to examine theatre's reliability as a vessel for truth. Pitting real life stories and memories before an audience, Anne shares the stage with Mike Hamilton, real life actor and real life "friend of a friend," acting as a guide and advocate for the audience. Equal parts psychological thriller, live action film, and genre-bending performance, Mike Mother is Anne's note to self, manifest into a two-person, one-woman show.
   
My Solo Show of All Duets  
Annoyance Theatre My Solo Show of All Duets
 
She's Baaaaaack!! Delusional Diva, Shirley Lame (pronounced la-MAY), returns to The Annoyance Theatre with her hit show, "My Solo Show of All Duets". This one-hour show will make you laugh till it hurts. You can't stop her from singing at you. You might wonder if big Broadway musical numbers require big Broadway musical casts, or if one woman's big dream, moxie and talent is all it takes. "My Solo Show of All Duets" proves that all you need is cray.
   
Nice Work If You Can Get It  
Theatre At The Center Nice Work If You Can Get It
 
Set in the Roaring Twenties, Nice Work If You Can Get It is the story of charming and wealthy playboy Jimmy Winter, who meets rough female bootlegger Billie Bendix on the weekend of his wedding. Jimmy is embarking on his third or fourth marriage, this one to a narcissistic modern dancer named Eileen. Billie learns that the couple will be out of town and devises a plan to stash cases of alcohol in the basement of Jimmy's mansion. When Jimmy, Eileen and Eileen's prohibition family suddenly arrive at the mansion for the wedding, Billie and her gang pose as the serving staff, with hijinks as the end result.
   
The Nina Variations  
The Enthusiasts and El Bear at Charnel House Chicago The Nina Variations
 
The Nina Variations is an homage to Anton Chekhov's classic The Seagull. In this new staging the original scene breaks down and Nina and Treplev's thoughts are divided, rearranged, and pieced back together. Watch as they go on a fast paced tour de force to say all the things they've never said. We often wish we could go back and act differently at key points in our life, in this performance we give Nina and Treplev that chance.
   
No Matter How Hard We Try  
Trap Door Theatre No Matter How Hard We Try
 
A scathing satire about the decaying Polish national identity in the aftermath of war, occupation and the invasion of capitalism.
   

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