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Paradise Blue  
TimeLine Theatre Company Paradise Blue
 
It's 1949 in Detroit's Black Bottom neighborhood, and Blue, the gifted trumpeter and troubled owner of the Paradise nightclub, is contemplating a buyout offer for the city's urban renewal plan. As the inhabitants of his famed but faltering jazz club ponder their options and dream of a better life, relationships are tested, new challengers emerge, and a mysterious woman arrives to turn their world upside down. As the fate of all their lives looms, they must decide whether to fight to save what's theirs or risk it all for a chance at redemption.
   
Part Dog: Scent of the Beyond  
Cornservatory Part Dog: Scent of the Beyond
 
You have stumbled into a room that leads to another dimension. The walls creak, the paintings eyes' seem to follow you as you pass, and the whole place stinks of something . . . hilarity. Your host for this evening is Marley J. Corwin, a mysterious figure of shadows and story who will take your on a journey through three tales of humor and terror. His other guests will be arriving soon so take a seat, clutch your loved ones, and take a big whiff of . . . The Scent of the Beyond!
   
Porch Play  
Theatre Momentum at Pendulum Theater Space Porch Play
 
PORCH PLAY is an instant play in one act. Improv actors are instant playwrights, and this production draws on that skill to create complex interweaving lives and storytelling with depth and honesty. Elements of comedy and drama are folded into the story in equal measure.
   
Prince Max  
The Den Theatre Prince Max
 
In 1832, a Prussian prince hires a young unknown artist to travel the Missouri River and paint a portrait of its people(s), language, guns, astronomy, coffee and bears. This is their story. (Sort of.) With a total disregard for chronology and gender, this delightfully weird world premiere play dives deep into the heart of our American interior.
   
Queen  
Victory Gardens Theater - Biograph Queen
 
PhD candidates Sanam and Ariel have spent the better part of the last decade exhaustively researching vanishing bee populations across the globe. Just as these close friends are about to publish a career-defining paper, Sanam stumbles upon a miscalculation. What appears to be a small error could cause catastrophic damage to their reputations, careers, and friendship. Now, Sanam is confronted with an impossible choice: look the other way or stand by her principles and accept the consequences.
   
Rosencrantz And Guildenstern Are Dead  
Saint Sebastian Players at St. Bonaventure Church Rosencrantz And Guildenstern Are Dead
 
The play concerns the misadventures and musings of two minor characters from Hamlet who are childhood friends of the prince, focusing on their actions, with the events of Hamlet as background. The duo are the leading characters in this version, appearing onstage here when they are offstage in Shakespeare's play, except a few times with the events of both plays coincide. In Hamlet, the King uses Rosencrantz and Guildenstern to discover Hamlet's motives and plot against him. Hamlet, however, mocks them derisively and outwits them. Thus, the action in Hamlet, while typically viewed as tragic, is largely nonsensically comical from Rosencrantz and Guildenstern's perspective.
   
Scapegoat; Or (Why The Devil Always Loved Us)  
The New Colony at The Den Theatre Scapegoat; Or (Why The Devil Always Loved Us)
 
Over two generations the Porters have cultivated their legacy as "The New Roosevelts." As a Religious Freedom bill bullies its way through Congress, their political dynasty is suddenly threatened when a story leaks claiming the family patriarch is a Satanist. With his eyes set on a future nomination to the Supreme Court, Anse Porter is forced to choose between having the life he's worked for, and sacrificing all for the people he serves. Loyalties to family, faith, country and self are tested in this twisted story of The Porter Family as they struggle through the wreckage of America's crumbling wall between church and state.
   
Sext In The City  
Under The Gun Theater Sext In The City
 
Under the Gun Theater is proud to present Sext And The City, the sassiest improv comedy show in Chicago. Each week, special guest comedians, musicians, and artists will tell true stories about online dating. From there, the UTG Ensemble will launch into an improvised show of highly creative comedic whimsy. And of course, the bar will serve plenty of colorful cocktails.
   
Shakespeare In Love  
Chicago Shakespeare Theater Shakespeare In Love
 
The Oscar-winning romantic comedy about Shakespeare and his Chamberlain's Men returns to its rightful home-the stage. Imagine a young playwright on the make struggling to write his new tragic love story, "Romeo and Ethel, The Pirate's Daughter." The title just doesn't have the right ring-and young Will Shakespeare knows it. He's got writer's block and must do something quickly. Will needs a muse, and he finds one in Viola, a vivacious beauty who will do anything-even disguise herself as a man-to audition for the stage where no women are permitted to perform. Once revealed, the torrid affair begins inspiring the completion of the most romantic tragedy ever penned. Backstage maneuverings jostle hilariously with onstage dramas in this love letter to Theater itself, directed by multiple Jeff Award winner and Chicago Shakespeare favorite Rachel Rockwell.
   
She Loves Me  
Marriott Theatre In Lincolnshire She Loves Me
 
A musical comedy gem featuring songs by Jerry Bock and Sheldon Harnick (Fiddler on the Roof) and book by Joe Masteroff (Cabaret). She Loves Me is set in a 1930's European parfumerie, where shop clerks Amalia and Georg, more often than not, don't see eye to eye. After both respond to a "lonely hearts advertisement" in the newspaper, they now live for the love letters they exchange, but little do they know the anonymous pen pals they have both been falling for happen to be each other!
   
Silent Sky  
First Folio Theatre Silent Sky
 
A period drama about feminism, scientific advancement and the fight to cement one's legacy in the face of adversity, Silent Sky is set in the early 1900s and follows real-life Cambridge astronomer Henrietta Leavitt, an aspiring scientist who joins the Harvard Observatory's all-female "human computer" team. The women are kept behind the scenes and are told to keep their ideas and theories to themselves. As Henrietta navigates these impossible waters, she tries to keep her personal life and family obligations in focus. Presented by First Folio Theatre, Silent Sky examines a woman's place in professional society during a time of both historic discovery and endless oppression, when a woman's ideas were dismissed until a man could claim credit for them. See it now at the Mayslake Hall of the Chicago area.
   
Spamilton  
Royal George Theatre Spamilton
 
Created by the Forbidden Broadway mastermind Gerard Alessandrini, the hilarious musical mash-up, Spamilton celebrates, roasts, and eviscerates the Broadway blockbuster with a cast of five. It is interspersed with outrageous references to Gypsy, Chicago, The King and I, Assassins, Camelot and Sweeney Todd. Not only are Lin-Manuel Miranda and the stars of the original cast of Hamilton comically eviscerated, but they are joined by caricatures of living Broadway legends: Patti Lupone, Audra McDonald, Stephen Sondheim, Stephen Schwartz, Barbra Streisand, Bernadette Peters, and many more beloved icons.
   
St. Jude  
Victory Gardens Theater - Biograph St. Jude
 
Famed writer-performer Luis Alfaro (Electricidad, Oedipus el Rey) stars in St. Jude, his solo show that follows him to the bedside of his ailing father. There in California's Central Valley, he reflects on his upbringing -- helped along by a retro slide show. A respected director, author, activist and winner of a prestigious MacArthur Fellowship, Alfaro recalls his youth picking grapes, interacting with family and running away at age 16. Those memories and images, both dark and light, prompt a series of surprising revelations for the artist. Experience St. Jude at the Richard Christiansen Theater in Chicago.
   
Steamworks: The Musical  
Annoyance Theatre Steamworks: The Musical
 
The popular Annoyance Theatre comedy Steamworks: The Musical is coming back -- with fun new songs and some outrageous new characters! This singing and dancing extravaganza tells the hilarious story of a wide-eyed young man who moves to the Windy City seeking love ... and instead stumbles into a legendary bathhouse, where his mind is blown by the colorful cast of characters who hang out there. Will he meet the man of his dreams? Or will all his hunky hopes disappear in a puff of bathhouse steam? Find out in in this fun-filled revival of Steamworks: The Musical at The Annoyance Theatre & Bar.
   
Stop Kiss  
The Cuckoo's Theater Project at Flat Iron Arts Building Stop Kiss
 
A poignant and funny play about the ways, both sudden and slow, that lives can change irrevocably," says Variety. After Callie meets Sara, the two unexpectedly fall in love. Their first kiss provokes a violent attack that transforms their lives in a way they could never anticipate.
   
Strangest Things! The Musical  
The Greenhouse Theater Center Strangest Things! The Musical
 
In that magical year of 1983, when parents were nowhere to be found, hair was huge and frozen waffles had the power to change a bald girl's life, something ... strange happened in a sleepy town. Set to the fresh beats of your favorite me-decade hits, Strangest Things! might be familiar if you've seen the Netflix smash hit about a lost boy, his plucky friends and a troubled sheriff whose town is turned upside down. But in the hands of the folks who brought you Barney the Elf and Ladies Night of the Living Dead, this musical mystery is a little twisted. Spell out "L-E-T-S G-O" on your Christmas lights and head to Greenhouse Theater Center for a hilarious take on TV's hottest hit.
   
Tarzan  
Nightblue Performing Arts Company at Stage 773 Tarzan
 
Based on Disney's epic animated musical adventure and Edgar Rice Burrough's Tarzan of the Apes, Tarzan features heart-pumping music by rock legend, Phil Collins, and a book by Tony Award-winning playwright, David Henry Hwang. High-flying excitement and hits, like the Academy Award winning "You'll Be in My Heart," as well as "Son of Man" and "Two Worlds," make Tarzan an unforgettable theatrical experience.
   

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