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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.
   
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.
   
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.
   
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.
   
Have a Great Summer  
Stage 773 Have a Great Summer
 
Members of the poetry slam collective Chicago Slam Works House Ensemble delve into the awkwardness of their teen years with Have a Great Summer. This performance poetry piece riffs on that obligatory high school yearbook passage kids scribble at the end of the year and uses it as a springboard for reflecting on the universal hilarity and God-awful embarrassment of adolescence. The ensemble members relive their painfully true histories and wonder aloud if anything has ever really changed since they entered adulthood. It's a relatable, wince-worthy walk down memory lane that gets underway at the Belmont Theater District's Stage 773.
   
Hello and Goodbye  
Bluebird Arts at Prop Theatre Hello and Goodbye
 
It's 1965 in the white slums of Port Elizabeth, South Africa. Hello and Goodbye is the story of Johnny and Hester Smit, a brother and sister. Johnny has been looking after his father, a former railway worker who was disabled in an explosion. Hester, Johnny's older sister, returns after a 15-year estrangement. As one of Fugard's early works, Hello and Goodbye is largely apolitical, more focusing on family dynamics and the feelings of what one is "owed."
   
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.
   
I Am the Rat  
The Scarlet at Free Street I Am the Rat
 
I Am the Rat has previously received a workshop product and grant from DCASE and a successful 3Arts campaign that raised 150% of its original goal. Originally conceived in 2014 by theatre artist and sexuality educator Alyssa Vera Ramos and mental health professional Cathy Muskett , The Scarlet " S " Project investigates the harmful "rules" at play in society around gender, consent and accountability, all of which inevitably enforce a culture that condones sexual violence, in which many are more likely to blame and shame a survivor than to offer a hand or voice in support.
   
Improvised Twilight Zone  
Annoyance Theatre Improvised Twilight Zone
 
"Improvised Twilight Zone," which creates a new Twilight Zone inspired scenario every night, has been performing around Chicago since April of 2014. "Improvised Twilight Zone" is directed by Annoyance veteran Kyle Dolan, who has been with The Annoyance for over 20 years.
   
In Fraud We Trust!  
Stage 773 In Fraud We Trust!
 
Chicago is famous for many things... including corruption. Dating back to the days when Capone ran the town, Chicago can also boast over 30 city councilmember convictions since the '70s. Off-Color Comedy runs with the tradition with their new live-action sitcom In Fraud We Trust! at Stage 773. Downtrodden do-gooder Drew Korman finds himself cooking the books for Chicago's corrupt city clerk. Pulled in two directions by his conspiracy theorist roommate Kevin and the cunning chief of staff Julie, Drew must decide on playing it straight or getting in on the cut at the taxpayers' expense.
   
Inana  
TimeLine Theatre Company Inana
 
On the eve of the United States' invasion of Baghdad in 2003, an Iraqi museum curator plots to save treasured antiquities, including the statue of ancient mother goddess Inana-metaphorically, the soul of the country-from destruction. Fleeing to London with his young bride, he makes a life-altering deal to ensure the statue's preservation. Against a background of international and personal intrigue, playwright Michele Lowe opens a window of hope and healing with her poignant and beautiful love story.
   
Jersey Boys  
Cadillac Palace Theatre Jersey Boys
 
JERSEY BOYS returns to Chicago. JERSEY BOYS is the story of Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons: Frankie Valli, Bob Gaudio, Tommy DeVito and Nick Massi. This is the story of how a group of blue-collar boys from the wrong side of the tracks became one of the biggest American pop music sensations of all time. They wrote their own songs, invented their own sounds and sold 175 million records worldwide - all before they were thirty.
   
Lady Windermere's Fan  
Dead Writers Theatre Collective at Stage 773 Lady Windermere's Fan
 
Married into the peak of London high society, rich, titled, beautiful and proper Lady Margaret Windermere is 21 years old and without a care in the world. Before the next sunrise, malicious gossip, a glamorous woman with a dangerous past, a charming gent​leman with a wicked reputation, and a misplaced fan will threaten to destroy everything she holds dear and change her forever.
   
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.
   

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