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How to Not Die Alone: a Love Story  
The Public House Theatre How to Not Die Alone: a Love Story
 
The Pub Theater explores one of the most important goals in life in a trilogy of short plays performed in one evening. How to Not Die Alone: a Love Story tackles serious subjects like fear, love and the coping mechanisms we use to try to get through life and make connections with each other. Profiles in Courage by Michael Stock is a touching comedy about meeting in person in an otherwise virtual age. Brittany Bookbinder's Alone is a dark comedy about coping with relationships and the dangers of our modern world. Finally, Another Time, also by Brittany Bookbinder, is the story of old friends who reconnect in the wake of a sudden break-up.
   
I Approve This Message  
Annoyance Theatre I Approve This Message
 
Writer and Director Greg Ott was inspired by seeing his neighbor's parents run against each other in multiple county elections, only to lose by an overwhelming margin each year. Ott recalls, "As a Cub Scout, they made me lick envelops for their campaign mailings and paid for my time with move theater gift certificates that turned out to be fake." Personal feelings aside, he modeled the politics of the play after celebrity campaigns such as Joe the Plumber and Clay Aiken.
   
Into Hell: The Oregon Trail  
Annoyance Theatre Into Hell: The Oregon Trail
 
Created by Chip Bagnall, and directed by Rebecca Sohn, the one-man show follows the downfall of Jebediah "Jeb" Ashley and his wife and nine daughters. While a euphoric Ashley has his sights set on a fortune in Oregon, fate and a series of horrific events -- think dysentery, bandits, and menacing Indians -- turn his dream into a nightmare.
   
Isaac's Eye  
Writers Theatre Isaac's Eye
 
Hnath playfully reimagines Newton's world with a contemporary conceit and language-stripped of accents and period dialect-as he introduces young Newton to the great Robert Hooke, the most famous and powerful scientist in Britain. The resulting battle of intellects and egos pulses with wit, humor and tension, as the playwright uncovers (and invents) the motivations that drove a young farm boy to become one of the greatest thinkers in human history.
   
Jane Eyre  
Lifeline Theatre Jane Eyre
 
After a troubled childhood, Jane Eyre searches for new purpose as a governess at Thornfield Hall. But a fragile peace gives way to turbulent passion when she meets Mr. Rochester, a man concealing a dark secret. Their unconventional relationship leads to a terrible revelation, and Jane must forge a new future amid the ashes of her ravaged dreams. As she struggles to free herself from the ghosts of her past, Jane realizes that her only hope is to find love on her own terms. A highly theatrical exploration of one woman's independent spirit in a beloved adaptation freshly updated for its first appearance on the Lifeline stage in thirteen years.
   
King Lear  
Chicago Shakespeare Theater King Lear
 
King Lear is Shakespeare's most towering achievement, a wrenching story of endurance, love, loss and reconciliation. An aging monarch obscured by the shadows of dementia resolves to retire and divides his kingdom among his three daughters. The unexpected consequence of losing everything that defines him is shattering-a reminder that even the most powerful among us can be undone. The brilliantly versatile actor Larry Yando takes on the monumental title role, marking his twenty-third production with Chicago Shakespeare.
   
The Last Cadillac  
American Demigods at Athenaeum Theatre The Last Cadillac
 
Isaac, a young wanderer on a quest that he doesn't fully understand, breaks into Big Daddy's auto shop and finds himself on the wrong end of a shotgun, an event that will change both their lives forever. Isaac goes to work for Big Daddy to pay off his debt, and he soon discovers there's more to this garage than meets the eye. In addition to the captivating beauty of a young tomboy named Sam and a potentially dangerous rival named Elijah, Isaac meets Big Daddy's friends, who might just be a group of ancient African deities in exile. A tale of gods, grease, lost cities and found heritage, The Last Cadillac is an unforgettable blend of ancient mythology and contemporary drama.
   
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.
   
Let Me Down Easy  
American Theatre Company Let Me Down Easy
 
Actress and documentarian Anna Deavere Smith (The West Wing, Nurse Jackie) interviewed more than 300 subjects for Let Me Down Easy, a 90-minute humorous and heart-wrenching look at 19 diverse Americans on the road toward the end-from cyclist Lance Armstrong to former Texas Governor Ann Richards. The production is directed by Bonnie Metzgar and features ATC Ensemble Member Usman Ally (Disgraced).
   
Macbeth  
Chicago Opera Theater at Harris Theater Macbeth
 
Conducted by Francesco Milioto and directed and designed by COT General Director Andreas Mitisek, "Macbeth" features the collective talents of COT, the Chicago Sinfonietta and the Apollo Chorus under the direction of Stephen Alltop. Together they provide an expressive soundscape for this bone-chilling thriller based on themes of ambition, treachery and deception. The opera will be performed in English, maintaining much of Shakespeare's original text.
   
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!
   
Mantas!  
Annoyance Theatre Mantas!
 
Created by Mantas Dumcius, and directed by Charley Carroll, the show explores a wide range of characters in different situations, including a man struggling with his X-box, a former UFC Lightweight Champ running for Alderman, and a news correspondent reporting from a war zone. Dumcius reflected that the many different characters allowed him to explore various reoccurring themes from different viewpoints, saying "one character is sly and dangerous, another wide-eyed and innocent; which, in my mind, both represent how technology can affect our lives.
   
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.
   
Mercy Strain  
American Theatre Company Mercy Strain
 
Broadway actor Michael Milligan's Mercy Strain, directed at ATC by Tom Oppenheim, follows the harrowing journey of one man, Joe, a body shop owner and Rush Limbaugh listener whose life begins to fall apart when his beloved wife is diagnosed with cancer. When his insurance cannot cover his wife's treatments, Joe rapidly descends into bankruptcy and divorce to qualify for Medicare. Mercy Strain is supported in part by the Illinois Single Payer Coalition, Physicians for a National Health Program, and National Nurses United.
   
Methtacular!  
About Face Theatre at Theater Wit Methtacular!
 
Methtacular! is Steven Strafford's hilarious and harrowing autobiographical account of his three years as a crystal meth addict in Chicago. Through comedy, songs, and plenty of honest storytelling, Strafford brings audiences on a journey through the chemical highs, devastating lows, and ultimate redemption from his drug addled, sex crazed life.
   
The Midnight City  
Firecat Projects at Steppenwolf Theatre The Midnight City
 
The Midnight City is another theater piece inspired by Tony Fitzpatrick and Stan Klein’s friendship. A trilogy featuring the duo began with This Train (2010), Stations Lost (2011) and concluded with Nickel History: The Nation of Heat (2012). Chicago Sun-Times critic Hedy Weiss called This Train an “ideal weave of storytelling, video and music.” Writing about Stations Lost, Chicago Tribune critic Chris Jones said, “Fitzpatrick delivers the news, both local and international, from the point of view of an artist, poet and urban provocateur.” And of Nickel History, Jones noted: “Director Ann Filmer, has wrangled something shrewdly structured and even, to dangle a very dangerous term in the Fitzpatrick aesthetic, bordering on the polished.”
   
Million Dollar Quartet  
Apollo Theater Million Dollar Quartet
 
MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET is the smash-hit musical inspired by the famed 1956 recording session that brought together rock 'n' roll icons Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins and Elvis Presley for the first and only time. That legendary night is brought to life in this thrilling musical which features a score of hits including "Blue Suede Shoes," "Great Balls of Fire," "Walk the Line," "Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On," "Hound Dog" and more. Don't miss your chance to be a fly on the wall of fame... at MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET!
   

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