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A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum  
Stage 773 A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum
 
The winner of six Tony Awards, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum is one of the funniest musicals ever written. Stephen Sondheim collaborated with writer Larry Gelbart (M*A*S*H, Tootsie) to combine situations from the timeless comedies of Roman playwright Plautus with the fast-paced, slapstick energy of classic vaudeville. This uproarious romp sings and dances its way through mistaken identities, a house full of courtesans and an elaborate web of lies that all converge in an uproarious night of entertainment at Stage 773 in Chicago.
   
Genius  
Profiles Theatre - The Alley Stage Genius
 
Genius examines the secrets and alliances of two creative couples from different generations who find their lives changed forever one evening after an electric dinner party. Joel, a once highly regarded painter turned museum director caught in the midst of a very public indiscretion and his wife Sara, a formally famous journalist, venture to Brooklyn for dinner with their new friends Peter and Chelsea, a young filmmaking couple with rising careers and a baby on the way. After an evening riddled with illuminating discoveries, deceptions and perhaps too much wine, each couple deconstructs the evening's events as they grapple with their own uncertain futures. Using a constantly shifting timeline, playwright Kate Walbert turns her kaleidoscopic lens on two marriages battered by urgent ambitions.
   
Ghost Gardens  
Pegasus Theatre Chicago at Chicago Dramatists Ghost Gardens
 
"Ghost Gardens" follows a dying-on-the-vine Detroit community withered by neglect, illness and infertility. When Lorelie announces her pregnancy, it sets in motion an entwined series of events that threaten to spiral out of control. Simoncic's new play is the gripping story of a pimp-turned- preacher looking for redemption, a stripper-turned nurse searching for justice and an ex-con-turned-social media maverick sowing the seeds of transformation.
   
Goldilocks and the Bears  
Chicago Kids Company at St. Patrick Performing Arts Center- Stahl Family Theater Goldilocks and the Bears
 
This musical is JUST RIGHT! This show is based on the classic story of a young girl who ventures into the woods and stumbles on a cute house with 3 bowls of porridge, 3 chairs, and 3 beds. The show runs one hour with no intermission, and is targeted for kids aged 2 to 12.
   
Graveyard of Empires  
16th Street Theater at Berwyn Cultural Center Graveyard of Empires
 
Software Engineer Drew Snider has a mind that remembers every moment of his life. Maybe that's why he can't let go of his ex-wife, Shanti, and why he still remembers the software he developed for unmanned flying vehicles for the U.S. military. Their son Nathan grew up feeling inferior to his dad and volunteered to go to war. Nathan once met Ramiro Enriquez, a pilot who never gets to fly, but fires weapons in the Middle East from a desert in Nevada. When Ramiro is held responsible for a predator-drone friendly-fire incident, can the survivors piece together a future while absorbing a wounded past?
   
Gravitational Pull  
Annoyance Theatre Gravitational Pull
 
"Gravitational Pull" is a sketch review from comedy duo "Chaotic Good" (Jillian Mueller and Brendan Stallings). Beginning with one single story and jumping into the tangential worlds that it inspires, the show zig zags between the familiar and the absurd. "Gravitational Pull" bounces quickly back and forth between material that's pretty absurd and out there, and material with a more dark, true-to-life feel. Jillian Mueller says, "When writing this show, we drew from the themes, tangents, and loose ideas in our spine scene to assemble other sketches. In one way or another, all the sketches are tied together and connected- some obviously, some subtly."
   
Greenroom Improv  
Hemmens Cultural Center Greenroom Improv
 
Imagine an hour and a half of complete improvisation, a la Whose Line is it Anyway? GreenRoom’s improvisers take audience suggestions and true-life audience stories and turn them into hilarious theatre pieces right before their eyes! With competing improv teams, improvised songs and audience members on stage, this clean, high-energy show brings the laughs to The Hemmens. Oh, and did we mention there’s live music?
   
The Grown-Up  
Shattered Globe Theatre at Theater Wit The Grown-Up
 
Kai is a ten-year-old boy at his grandfather's knee listening to a story of a magic doorknob. Jump 25 years into the future to his doomed book "pitch" in LA. Jump in time again as he watches the caterer streak through his wedding reception. Has Kai run into powerful magic or has he just realized the breakneck speed of an ordinary life and what he might have missed? The Grown-Up is a magical, sad and funny adventure about how to survive growing up.
   
Hair  
Big Noise Theatre at Prairie Lakes Theatre Hair
 
Hair is a stage work in two acts. It tells the story of a "tribe" of passionate, politically active "hippies" who confront the Vietnam War, free love, racism, societal values and their place in the world of the turbulent '60s. Songs include "The Flesh Failures (Let the Sunshine In)", "Aquarius", and "Hair".
   
Hamlet's House  
The Public House Theatre Hamlet's House
 
Hamlet is the guy who lives in Apartment 2B. And by "guy," we mean "big, fluffy dog" who loves to play. Flip is his human best friend with a brilliant imagination, and together, they have adventures that can take them anywhere. On this one particular morning, Hamlet wakes up and starts playing with his toys, in his usual, fantastical way. Flip shows up, and they embark on an incredible journey. Will the visit the Invisible Kitchen, or fly off to the farthest reaches of Outer Space? What new and interesting friends will they meet along the way? Maybe Kresge the Handyman, Libby the Scientist, or someone famous like The Three Little Pigs.
   
The Hammer Trinity  
The House Theatre of Chicago at Chopin Theatre The Hammer Trinity
 
Geek out with us! For the second time in the company's history, Artistic Director Nathan Allen employs the epic format and creates a multi-year play cycle. Now presented as a full series in marathon performances, THE HAMMER TRINITY tells the story of young Casper Kent recovering the lost Hammer and taking the Crown, defending it against pirates and the Crownless faction, and ultimately relinquishing the Hammer's great power for the greater good.
   
The Herd  
Steppenwolf Theatre The Herd
 
It's Andy's 21st birthday and preparations for the party are under way. But Andy and his caregiver are running late. As his family gathers, two unexpected guests appear, straining the delicate family dynamic. With a deft comic touch, The Herd introduces us to a suburban English family who have had to re-organize themselves around the extraordinary needs of one of their own, bringing to light the challenges of reconciliation, the power of shared memories and the irresistible pull of family.
   
Hitch Cocktails  
Annoyance Theatre Hitch Cocktails
 
Crime and drinking don't mix -- unless it's at the totally inventive Hitch Cocktails. Each show, the actors will take suggestions from the audience to craft a thriller in the style of the Master of Suspense, Alfred Hitchcock. It's a night chock-full of murder, car chases, beautiful women and exciting music. And, since this is high-class crime, there's a real wet bar onstage, of which the actors are forced to partake throughout the performance -- sure to make any chase across Mount Rushmore all the more precarious. With a live jazz band providing the soundtrack and parlor games for the audience, Hitch Cocktails will have everyone in on the action.
   
The Impossible Adventures of Supernova Jones  
Forget Me Not Theatre Company at The Den Theatre The Impossible Adventures of Supernova Jones
 
Space explorer Supernova Jones, and his robot sidekick S.A.M., have set off on a mission to find the "True Center of the Universe" after the destruction of the Earth. Although it begins as a tongue-in-cheek homage to old pulp sci-fi, it quickly becomes apparent that all is not as it seems. As the true nature of his story is revealed, Jones must choose between giving up what he has left behind or fighting for the impossible.
   
An Issue of Blood  
Victory Gardens Theater - Biograph An Issue of Blood
 
Victory Gardens' Ensemble Playwright Marcus Gardley (The Gospel of Lovingkindness) takes us to an America before Ferguson, before Barack Obama was elected president, before the Civil Rights Movement-even before slavery. Based on a historical figure, Negro Mary, is one of the wealthiest landowners living in the Shenandoah Valley in 1640. She yearns to quell the rising racial unease in colonial Virginia and plans to marry her son to the daughter of a powerful white planter as a symbol of peace. As the ceremony draws near, secrets and grudges of two families come to light, and history changes its course forever. An Issue of Blood features moving music drawn from a rich legacy of African-American spirituals, field hollers, and musical tradition. Part history, part myth, Gardley looks to our collective past to understand how we arrived in our tumultuous present.
   
Jesus Christ Superstar  
Theo Ubique Cabaret Theatre at No Exit Cafe Jesus Christ Superstar
 
An intimate re-imaging of the classic rock opera "Jesus Christ Superstar" acoustic and unplugged!
   
La Bete  
Trap Door Theatre La Bete
 
La Bete is a rollicking play, written in rhyming couplets, and inspired by the life of the French comic master, Moliere. In the play, Elomire (an anagram for Moliere) is the leader of an acting troupe, which according to their patron the Princess has gone stale and listless. She decrees that they must now hire a new company member, the bombastic, vulgar street performer Valere. A standoff between Elomire and Valere ensues and their lively debate is both funny and dramatic, hilarious and tragic.
   

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