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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."
   
Lolita de Lares  
UrbanTheater Company at Batey Urbano Lolita de Lares
 
This colorful, insightful, surrealist political drama from National Endowment for the Arts and Kennedy Center fellow Migdalia Cruz (El Grito del Bronx; Fur) explores-through the points of view of 50 different characters-the remarkable, real-life story of Dolores (Lolita) Lebron, a Puerto Rican Nationalist Party member who served 22 years in prison for spearheading a 1954 armed attack in the U.S. House of Representatives. In 1995, Latino Chicago Theater Company commissioned Lolita de Lares from Cruz, who was a playwright-in-residence from 1991-1998.
   
Make Me a Song  
Eclectic Theatre Company at Athenaeum Theatre Make Me a Song
 
The deeper truths of life can sometimes only be mined through music. Take an entertaining trip through the hilarious, touching, and personal songbook of composer-lyricist William Finn, whose musicals and revues include Falsettos, A New Brain, Elegies, and The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee. Finn is a seven-time Drama Desk Award nominee and the winner of two Tony Awards. Make Me a Song is big, boisterous, and full of joie de vivre just like Finn, himself.
   
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".
   
The Marvin Gaye Story (Don't Talk About My Father Because God Is My Friend)  
Black Ensemble Theater The Marvin Gaye Story (Don't Talk About My Father Because God Is My Friend)
 
Marvin Pentz Gay, Jr, otherwise known as Marvin Gaye, was known for his deeply soulful music and his phenomenal success in the music industry. The Marvin Gaye Story brings back the spirit of the "Prince of Soul" with a musical journey of the legendary man behind the music.
   
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.
   
MotherStruck!  
The Greenhouse Theater Center MotherStruck!
 
In MotherStruck!, acclaimed spoken-word poet Staceyann Chin shares her personal journey to motherhood as a single woman, lesbian and activist who does not have health insurance or a "serious, stable financial set up." Called "funny and moving" by the Village Voice, the solo show is told through Chin's uniquely personal and poetic lens, exploring the ways in which the maternal process changed her life. Watch as she makes peace with the lessons she's learned from her profound experience. Tony winner Cynthia Nixon (Rabbit Hole, Sex and the City) directed the original production of this intimate one-woman performance. Now it comes to Greenhouse Theater Center in Chicago.
   
Next Thing You Know  
Steel Beam Theatre Next Thing You Know
 
In the show that The New York Times called "RENT for this generation," four 20-something New Yorkers laugh, love, drink and sing their way through the trials and tribulations faced by all young dreamers waking up in the city that never sleeps. Next Thing You Know can now be enjoyed at the Steel Beam Theatre, asking important life questions of its characters -- as well as its audience. Questions like: Does marrying a nice guy mean you're settling down ... or just settling? Does working a nine-to-five equal giving up or growing up? And does a decade living in the city break you in or break you down? A musical filled with emotional resonance and cunning insights, Next Thing You Know features a book and lyrics by Ryan Cunningham and music by Joshua Salzman, the team responsible for another popular modern-day musical: I Love You Because.
   
The North Pool  
Interrobang Theatre Project at Athenaeum Theatre The North Pool
 
Khadim has no idea why he's been called into the Vice Principal's office at Sheffield High. At first, Vice Principal Danielson is cagey, using a minor violation to keep the boy at school for detention. It doesn't take long for tensions to mount around a crime that Khadim may (or may not) have committed. The truth is ever-shifting in what amounts to a game of cat-and-mouse. As the clock winds down on the last hours of the semester, both Danielson and Khadim must carefully maneuver hauntingly unexpected revelations. THE NORTH POOL is a psychological drama that explores the complexities of racial and cultural profiling and personal accountability.
   
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.
   
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.
   
Out Of The Blue  
Organic Theater Company at The Greenhouse Theater Center Out Of The Blue
 
Out of the Blue is set against the backdrop of current political and social turmoil in Russia. President Putin claims that Russia is one of only a few countries where homosexuality is not outlawed. The reality, however, is grim. Homosexuality is conflated with pedophilia in the government-run media, and Russia's LGBT community is in hiding. They are hunted, beaten and ostracized, and the Putin regime recently passed laws on "gay propaganda" make it illegal for LGBT voices to be heard. In the play, in the midst of this destructive atmosphere, a boy takes the courageous step of coming out to his parents who, along with family and community, attempt to rid the boy of his unsavory problem.
   
The Producers  
Mercury Theater The Producers
 
A down-on-his-luck Broadway producer and his mild-mannered accountant come up with a scheme to produce the most notorious flop in history thereby bilking their backers (all "little old ladies") out of millions of dollars. Only one thing goes awry: the show is a smash hit! At the core of the insanely funny adventure is the surprising journey of two very different men who become friends. The Producers skewer Broadway traditions and takes no prisoners as it proudly proclaims itself an "equal opportunity offender!"
   
Pygmalion  
Oak Park Festival Theatre Pygmalion
 
Are our destinies to be defined by the way we are perceived, by middle class morality, or by our own sparks of divine fire? In honor of George Bernard Shaw's 160th birthday, we present to you his immortal tale Pygmalion: a story of a phonetics professor who tutors a lower-class girl to speak proper English in order to pass for a "lady."
   
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.
   
Rent  
Metropolis Performing Arts Centre Rent
 
Follow a group of young artists and musicians as they struggle to create and survive in Manhattan during the height of the AIDS epidemic when Rent, Jonathan Larson's "landmark rock opera" (The New York Times), comes to Metropolis Performing Arts Centre in Arlington Heights. Winner of the Tony Award for Best Musical and the Pulitzer Prize for Drama, this romantic, life-affirming musical is based on Puccini's La Boheme, and still feels as fresh and inspiring as the day it debuted on Broadway in 1996. Set to a modern rock score, Rent is chock-full of crowd-pleasers like "La Vie Boheme," "Take Me or Leave Me" and "Seasons of Love."
   
Savage In Limbo  
The Poor Theatre at Rivendell Theatre Savage In Limbo
 
Sitting in a dimly lit bar in the Bronx, a netherworld where ghosts drown their sorrows, Denise Savage is haunted by regret. She hates what her life has become, but fear keeps her frozen in place. When two high school friends join her, the night explodes with unexpected confrontations and confessions. Can they help her find her place in the real world? Or is she doomed to stay stuck in limbo?
   

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