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The Fantasticks  
Quest Theatre Ensemble at The Blue Theater The Fantasticks
 
The Fantasticks is the longest-running musical in the world, and with good reason: this funny and romantic fable tells the tale of a boy, a girl, and their parents who plot to get them together by keeping them apart. The narrator, El Gallo, invites the audience to follow him into a world of moonlight and magic. This incredible musical features songs like "Try to Remember," "Soon It's Gonna Rain" and "Never Say No." Join Quest for this timeless classic-sure to delight both the young and young at heart.
   
Fifty Shades of Shakespeare  
(re)discover theatre at Mary's Attic Fifty Shades of Shakespeare
 
Join us for an orgy of hilarious, powerful, and revealing explorations of gender-roles, sexuality, kink and relationships all told through the bard's sexiest scenes: stripped down to 4 actors, 12 scenes, and 23 roles. The only question is: How do you want it? Every night the audience picks which actor plays each role. The possibilities are endless and every show is a salacious surprise. Grab your BFF, your f*ck buddy, your Bae, your Swipe Right, and prepare to get your drink on.
   
Flanagan's Wake  
Chicago Theatre Works Flanagan's Wake
 
Flanagan's Wake transports the audience to the fictional town of Grapplin, County Sligo, Ireland, where local roustabout, Flanagan, has died. Here they meet an eclectic cast of characters including Fiona Finn, Flanagan's spirited fiancee of 22 years, Brian Ballybunion, his best friend and drinking mate, Father Damon Fitzgerald, the sharp-tongued parish priest, Mayor O'Doul, the town mayor and bartender, the innocent Mother Flanagan and several other colorful citizens. The mourners pay their respects to the deceased in the Irish tradition (with a quick stop at the pub first).
   
Gender Breakdown  
Flat Iron Arts Building Gender Breakdown
 
A compilation of true, absurd, uncomfortable and gut-punching stories culled from more than 200 Chicago theater artists, Collaboraction Theatre Company's first world premiere of 2017 is a response to the lack of gender equity on and offstage.
   
Gentle  
TUTA Theatre Chicago at The Den Theatre Gentle
 
GENTLE, is a world premiere adapted and directed by Founding Artistic Director Zeljko Djukic, based on the short story "A Gentle Woman", by Fyodor Dostoyevsky. It follows a young immigrant woman, a pawnbroker, and their maid over the course of a short, mysterious marriage. Dostoevsky's brilliant tale of the obsessive power of ego, and its ability to push ordinary people to extraordinary measures, is modernized by Djukic as a story of our times. Surprising and sharp-witted, GENTLE combines the Russian master storyteller's ability to reveal extremes of human nature, with TUTA's characteristic sophistication and inventiveness.
   
Good People  
Buffalo Theatre Ensemble at McAninch Arts Center Good People
 
Margie, a scrappy survivor from South Boston, is one bingo game away from losing her apartment. Determined to help those she loves, will she turn the situation around? A witty and moving story, the result is this recent Broadway hit on class and culture.
   
Gump  
The Public House Theatre Gump
 
Life is like a box of chocolates. And so is "GUMP: With Your Pal, Charlie Davis!" Nobody knows the world's most quotable movie ("Forrest Gump") better than Charlie Davis. Because he's your pal, he will take on the task of reenacting the beloved, Academy Award winning film all by himself. However, the audience will decide how the movie plays out.
   
Hamilton  
The PrivateBank Theatre Hamilton
 
A new musical about the scrappy young immigrant who forever changed America: Alexander Hamilton. From bastard orphan to Washington's right hand man, rebel to war hero, loving husband caught in the country's first sex scandal to Treasury head who made an untrusting world believe in the American economy, Hamilton is an exploration of a political mastermind. George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Eliza Hamilton, and lifelong Hamilton friend and foe, Aaron Burr, all attend this revolutionary tale of America's fiery past told through the sounds of the ever-changing nation we've become.
   
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 History Boys  
Eclectic Theatre at Athenaeum Theatre The History Boys
 
An unruly bunch of bright, funny boys in a British Grammar school are in pursuit of sex, sport, and a place at a good university-generally in that order. In all their efforts, they are helped and hindered, enlightened and bemused, by a maverick English teacher who seeks to broaden their horizons in sometimes undefined ways, and by a young history teacher who questions the methods, as well as the aim, of their schooling. In this 2006 Tony Award Winner, The History Boys raises not only universal questions about the nature of history and how it is taught but also questions about the purpose of education today.
   
Hobo King  
Congo Square Theatre at Athenaeum Theatre Hobo King
 
In HOBO KING, inspired by true events, a homeless man is unjustly slain by city police. Enraged, the homeless community attempts to govern themselves in order to give voice to the voiceless. 
Hobo King mirrors the universal struggle for all the homeless communities across the nation, and addresses the social dilemma surrounding 
the current epidemic of homelessness among veterans, patience living with mental illness, and young adults.
   
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.
   
I Left My Heart: A Salute To The Music Of Tony Bennett  
Mercury Theater I Left My Heart: A Salute To The Music Of Tony Bennett
 
Called "the greatest singer in the world" by Frank Sinatra, the always charming, classy and debonair Tony Bennett crooned his way into the heart of America. I LEFT MY HEART features four decades of music that Bennett recorded, including his early top 40 hits, jazz recordings with Basie, Stan Getz, and Bill Evans, torch songs, film scores, and his now famous MTV Unplugged performance, which introduced him to a whole new generation of listeners. Sprinkled through with biographic tidbits and anecdotes, the revue sports a thrilling score of 33 Bennett standards including "Rags to Riches," "Put On a Happy Face," "The Good Life," "The Best Is Yet to Come" and, of course, "I Left My Heart in San Francisco."
   
The Illusionists - Live From Broadway  
Ford Oriental Theatre The Illusionists - Live From Broadway
 
THE ILLUSIONISTS - LIVE FROM BROADWAY is produced by Simon Painter, Tim Lawson and MagicSpace Entertainment. Conceived by Simon Painter, the show's creative team also includes executive producer Tim Lawson, director Neil Dorward and creative director Jim Millan. Full of hilarious magic tricks, death-defying stunts and acts of breathtaking wonder, THE ILLUSIONISTS has shattered box office records worldwide and thrilled audiences of all ages with a mind-blowing spectacular showcasing the jaw-dropping talents of seven of the most incredible illusionists on earth.
   
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.
   
Jim Lehrer and the Theater and Its Double and Jim Lehrer's Double  
Theater Oobleck at Chopin Theatre Jim Lehrer and the Theater and Its Double and Jim Lehrer's Double
 
Jim Lehrer, the legendary news anchor and Presidential debate moderator, is now retired and sitting alone of a gloomy evening in his cavernous DC suburban home, when his double, Jim Lehrer, the unsuccessful playwright, arrives home from the opening night of his first produced play. The premiere of that play did not go well and Jim Lehrer II fled the theater, chased across dark fields and streams by a violent audience strangely angered by the staging of his script. He now must convince his twin their lives are in danger and to lock and barricade the front door to stem the imminent invasion. But something -- or someone -- keeps making odd noises from deep within the house.
   

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