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A Jewish Joke  
Victory Gardens Theater - Biograph A Jewish Joke
 
As relevant today as it was during the McCarthy Era...1950's Hollywood, at the height of the Communist Blacklist, when careers were ruined by a whisper...We meet irascible comedy screenwriter Bernie Lutz. Funny & lovable Bernie has made his way up the ladder by being a spineless Hollywood sellout. Now, the night before a big red carpet premiere that will make Bernie's career, he has been asked to name names, give up his friend, and give in to some anti-Semitic and racist slobs in Congress who go further than a "gentlemen's agreement" in keeping America lily-white. He has one day to decide if he will accede to government demands and save his skin, or protect his friend in the most serious decision of his life. One man's journey, through a historical reality and then into the depths of his own soul - that is at the heart of this multi-layered, compelling, and (given the demagoguery in politics today) very important play.
   
Kin Folk  
The New Colony at The Den Theatre Kin Folk
 
As they wait to sell their suburban house, Lucy's family imagines a vibrant, new life in Chicago. However, Lucy has a different vision for her future. She wants to self-actualize and live as her true self: a powerful dragon named Kreeka. When her family discovers this secret, Lucy must choose between them and a new community known as Otherkin, a group of people who identify as magical, non-human creatures. As Lucy embraces Kreeka, she meets a young man claiming to be an elf, a giant gnome named Blubberwort and a werewolf from Montana, who show her how to live a life driven by faith and a love of the fantastic.
   
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. Itís 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."
   
Lounging  
Filament Theatre Lounging
 
The gossip, secrets and exchanges that go down inside the school teachers' lounge have always been a mystery to students. Now, you can peek behind the doors of a high school teachers' lounge in the new play Lounging. Humor, tragedy and trauma collide as the teachers of an inner-city high school create drama that deems them worthy of detention themselves over the course of one unforgettable day. With an unexpectedly explosive climax, this compelling tale is a must-see for anyone who has been a teacher or had one themselves. Uncover the mystery of the teachers' lounge once and for all at the Filament Theatre in Chicago.
   
Man of La Mancha  
Marriott Theatre In Lincolnshire Man of La Mancha
 
One of the world's most popular musicals, MAN OF LA MANCHA tells of the adventures of a delusional Spanish knight who sallies forth on a quest to restore chivalry to the world, claim his lady love and dare to dream "The Impossible Dream".
   
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.
   
A Midsummer Night's Dream  
First Folio Theatre A Midsummer Night's Dream
 
Noted as one of Shakespeare's strangest and most delightful creations, A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM draws on Greek mythology and Shakespeare's imagination to tell a story of magic and the difficulties of love. The perfect show for families, come laugh at the antics of the mischievous Puck as this fantastical fairy turns the world upside-down for the quartet of lovers, and the crazed, ass-headed Bottom, driving them to wild antics in the forest, all in the beautiful outdoor environment of the historic Mayslake Peabody Estate.
   
Newsies  
Cadillac Palace Theatre Newsies
 
Set in New York City at the turn of the century, NEWSIES is the rousing tale of Jack Kelly, a charismatic newsboy and leader of a ragged band of teenaged 'newsies,' who dreams only of a better life far from the hardship of the streets. But when publishing titans Joseph Pulitzer and William Randolph Hearst raise distribution prices at the newsboys' expense, Jack finds a cause to fight for and rallies newsies from across the city to strike for what's right.
   
Northanger Abbey  
Lifeline Theatre Northanger Abbey
 
Catherine Morland is an innocent teenaged girl living on her family's farm in rural England in the late 18th century. She escapes from the boredom of her day-to-day life by reading Gothic novels by her favorite authors -- until a wealthy acquaintance offers her a chance to go to Bath and partake in the parties, balls and high society functions of the city. Before long, Catherine finds herself caught in a complex web of social scheming, surrounded by false friends, greedy lovers and a wealth of misunderstandings. Northanger Abbey, based on Jane Austen's first novel, makes its world premiere at the Lifeline Theatre in Chicago.
   
Now. Here. This.  
Brown Paper Box Co. at Rivendell Theatre Now. Here. This.
 
From the award-winning writing team that brought you [title of show], Now. Here. This. is a new musical tackling life's big questions with humor and humanity. In its Chicago premiere, the show follows the evolution and adventures of four friends in a natural history museum as they journey through time - from the present day museum, to their formative pasts, and back again. Inspired by various exhibits, the foursome share stories about friendship, hoarding, roller coasters, dying, middle school, and Archer the security guard in an attempt to step from the past into that elusive present moment...into the Now. Here. This.
   
The Odd Couple  
Theatre At The Center The Odd Couple
 
One of Broadway's most successful comedies and an enduring audience favorite, The Odd Couple is set on the hot summer streets of 1965 New York. It follows the adventures of two mismatched roommates, Felix Unger, a neurotically neat and fussy news writer, and Oscar Madison, a slovenly sports writer. The men attempt to adapt to each other's idiosyncrasies, all the while trying to rekindle their social lives with side-splitting results.
   
On Golden Pond  
Oil Lamp Theater On Golden Pond
 
The golden gleam of On Golden Pond doesn't come from the three Tony Awards the original Broadway production won or the three Oscars the film version took home (for Henry Fonda, Katharine Hepburn and writer Ernest Thompson). The shine comes straight from the giant, glowing heart of this comedy about a long-married elderly couple, Norman and Ethel, who spend yet another summer at their beloved cottage on a lake in Maine. When their estranged daughter arrives with her fiance and his son in tow, Norman and Ethel agree to host the boy for the summer. And as they come to terms with the realities of life's twilight years, they discover how precious time really is. Discover (or rediscover) this modern American classic when Oil Lamp Theater presents an all-new production in Glenview.
   
Our Lady of 121st Street  
Eclipse Theatre Company at Athenaeum Theatre Our Lady of 121st Street
 
The Ortiz Funeral Home is in trouble - the body of beloved community activist and nun Sister Rose has been stolen from the viewing room. Waiting for her proper return are some of New York City's most emotionally charged, life-challenged neighborhood denizens, trying to find a place to put their grief, checkered pasts and their uncertain futures. The rest of the crowd in this dark and insightful comedy inevitably square off, motivated by rage, pain and a scary desire to come clean-perhaps for the first time.
   
The Portrait  
The Greenhouse Theater Center The Portrait
 
An artist manifests what they have inside them, but society doesn't always understand or appreciate it at the time. Gustav Klimt, the famous Austrian painter of The Kiss, crafted a multitude of beloved and enigmatic works as he struggled to support his family in a world that did not yet recognize his genius. His commissioned paintings decorating the University of Vienna were criticized as pornographic. The Portrait finds Klimt vying for an attractive young woman and a sizable commission, forcing him toward a decision that could alter his life forever. Chicago's Greenhouse Theater Center hosts the tale of a struggling visionary and the difficult decisions he'll make for life and art.
   
A Red Line Runs Through It  
Second City A Red Line Runs Through It
 
A Red Line Runs Through It rides the rails of Chicago in order to answer life's tough questions. How does the past sculpt the future? Are we all guided by anger? In this ever-changing landscape of nostalgia and uncertainty sometimes we need a brunch with friends to sort it all out. Who will snap first? No one knows what tomorrow will bring and the only thing that is certain is that this train keeps moving. This diverse cast of comedians will take you on their own ride exploring the new mother blues, black girl magic, and salacious local news. This non-stop locomotive launches from north to south along a transit line of pure comic bliss.
   

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