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Juno  
TimeLine Theatre Company Juno
 
Juno is a musical based on the 1924 classic Irish play Juno and the Paycock by Sean O'Casey. Originally produced on Broadway in 1959, Juno has never been produced in Chicago, until now. This epic story is a humorous and heartbreaking chronicle of the Boyle family, a destitute household struggling under the strain of the Irish Civil War in 1922. Juno Boyle, the fearless matriarch, holds her family together in the face of war, betrayal, and her husband Jack's drinking problem. When the family learns of an inheritance from a distant relative, it seems that all their problems will be solved. But as they fight to rise above Dublin's political and social unrest, they must face the tragic truth of their lives. TimeLine is pleased to introduce Chicago to this tale of survival, told through honest and powerful anthems such as "I Wish It So," "We're Alive" and "One Kind Word."
   
L'Imbecile  
Babes With Blades at Rivendell Theatre Ensemble L'Imbecile
 
Sprouting up from the cast-off tatters and scraps of our society, L'Imbecile is (according to playwright Aaron Adair) "shamelessly stolen" from Giuseppe Verdi's opera Rigoletto, which, in turn, was adapted in 1851 from Victor Hugo's play Le roi s'amuse. But even if they were still around, Verdi and Hugo might not recognize their work when they see it: A Queen and her Fool, in a deadly dance of betrayal and revenge, play fast and loose with curses and courtly manners... with catastrophic consequences.
   
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.
   
Lay Me Down Softly  
Seanachaí Theatre Company at The Den Theatre Lay Me Down Softly
 
Early 1960s. Delaney's Traveling Roadshow tours the Irish countryside with bumper cars, bearded ladies, rifle ranges and the main attraction: the boxing ring. The Roadshow invites all comers to fight them to win a prize. Theo, the iron fisted patriarch, struggles to keep his crew in line and when his long abandoned daughter arrives, the patchwork family is thrown against the ropes.
   
Les Miserables  
Drury Lane- Oakbrook Les Miserables
 
Drury Lane will begin its 30th anniversary season with one of the world's most iconic musical classics - a sweeping tale of romance, passion, suspense and redemption. Based on Victor Hugo's novel, Les Miserables travels through three turbulent decades of 19th century France. Convict Jean Valjean is on the run, hunted relentlessly by Javert for breaking his parole. Valjean must leave his past behind and keep his vow to raise the young orphan Cosette. With revolution in the air and Javert closing in, Valjean has no choice but to fight for his life and sacrifice everything to protect the people he loves. Les Miserables is the recipient of over 50 international theater awards and is considered the world's longest running musical.
   
Little Red Riding Hood  
Chicago Kids Company at St. Patrick Performing Arts Center- Stahl Family Theater Little Red Riding Hood
 
Theatre for Children (CKC) presents Little Red Riding Hood, a one-hour musical adaptation! Meet Little Red and her friends as she travels through the woods to Grandma's house. Will she listen to her Mama's warning not to stray from the path? And why is the wacky Wolf so eager to help her out?
   
Lyle Finds His Mother  
Lifeline Theatre Lyle Finds His Mother
 
Lyle loves his life with the Primms in the house on East 88th Street. But everything changes when Hector P. Valenti, Star of Stage and Screen, appears with an offer to take Lyle to meet his mother in the land of the crocodile. Should Lyle trust the devious showman? And will his adopted family understand his desire to meet his birth mother? Travel the world on a journey of hilarity and heart in this world premiere musical
   
Lysistrata  
(re)discover theatre at Flat Iron Arts Building Lysistrata
 
The classic comedy, about the efforts of Greek women to end a war by withholding sex, has been updated for a modern audience. The production offers a laugh-a-minute while also highlighting the prevalence of gender roles and expectations by inserting a new and different mix of male and female actors on both sides of this 'blue balling' conflict. According to Dagenfield, "Lysistrata is a play that features sharply drawn characters in a classically funny situation. Our adaptation captures the essence of ultimate 'low comedy' and re-frames it in a contemporary format." To spice things up, a male and female actor will alternate the roles of Lysistrata and the Magistrate every other night. The (re)crew is even allowing audiences to pick their own gender for the evening! They have surprises in store for both, so audiences will want to choose wisely in the easiest gender reassignment they'll ever get.
   
Magic Up Close  
Theater Wit Magic Up Close
 
Magic Up Close is a theatrical magic show that combines sleight-of-hand illusions with skilled storytelling to create an experience that is both amazing and entertaining. Sean Masterson's highly original presentations give the magic its theatrical flair: Sam Spade, played by the Ace of Spades, mysteriously apprehends his thief; a photograph of the legendary Harry Houdini dematerializes in an instant; and Sean enchants and amazes with a magical version the Frog Prince fairy tale.
   
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  
Piccolo Theatre A Midsummer Night's Dream
 
The marriage of King Theseus and Queen Hippolyta dishes up more than cake when mortal and enchanted characters clash in misadventures of the heart. Hermia and Helena, both in love with "the wrong men" Lysander and Demetrius, become entangled in a potion-induced folly created by mischievous fairy Puck, confusing the couples even further. Oberon and Titania, fairy royalty, focus their attentions on a hapless troupe of actors, one of whom - Bottom - falls under Puck's spell and becomes Titania's temporary diversion. The hedges of reality and illusion grow wild in this time-honored and revealing comedic charade of what people will do for love.
   
Mill Fire  
Shattered Globe Theatre at Theater Wit Mill Fire
 
Sally Nemeth's MILL FIRE takes audiences to Birmingham, Alabama, circa 1978. As the town struggles to mourn the loss of several factory workers in a terrible accident, widow Marlene refuses both the pressure to grieve as convention dictates and the blood money offered by the mill's owners. With an ever-shifting temporal landscape that shapes the story through flashback and memory, a Greek chorus of fellow widows, and emotionally charged familial subplots, MILL FIRE examines the many definitions of sorrow and the complexities of moving on.
   
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!
   
Motown The Musical  
Ford Oriental Theatre Motown The Musical
 
MOTOWN tells the story behind the hits as Diana, Smokey, Berry and the whole Motown family fight against the odds to create the soundtrack of change in America. The music that shattered barriers, shaped our lives and made us all move to the same beat has finally arrived on Broadway and will launch its national tour in Chicago.
   
Mud Blue Sky  
A Red Orchid Theatre Mud Blue Sky
 
A high school pot dealer abandons his prom night to crash the hotel room reunion between three flight attendants (all old enough to be his mother). Booze is poured, herb is smoked, the room blurs and futures, careers, and kindness snap sharply into focus. We suggest that you keep your seat belt fastened throughout the performance, as you are certain to experience turbulence. Local Playwright Marisa Wegrzyn's profoundly compassionate and fiercely witty play makes its Chicago Premiere.
   
Our Class  
Remy Bumppo Theatre at The Greenhouse Theater Center Our Class
 
For decades, it was believed the annihilation of the Jewish population of Jedwabne, Poland, in 1941 was a Nazi atrocity. The truth turned out to be even more shocking. In Our Class, which won Poland's top literary prize, Slobodzianek looks at the build-up to the massacre, the events themselves, and the impact on the lives of survivors, through the eyes of ten classmates, half Jewish and half Catholic, who were young adults in 1941. Our Class is a searing look at the horror that can be perpetrated by one group on another, in the struggle to retain humanity under repression.
   
Passion  
Theo Ubique at No Exit Cafe Passion
 
The musical by Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine opened at Broadway's Plymouth Theatre on May 9, 1994 and ran for 280 performances, winning the Tony Award for Best Musical, Best Score, Best Book and Best Actress in a Leading Role (Donna Murphy). The musical is based upon the film Passione d'Amore (1981) directed by Ettore Scola, and on the novel Fosca by I. U. Tarchetti.
   

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