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The Pirates of Penzance  
The Hypocrites at The Den Theatre The Pirates of Penzance
 
An 80-minute exotic getaway featuring bathing beauties, philosophizing pirates, and grown men in remarkably short shorts The Hypocrites' production of The Pirates of Penzance has quickly become a non-traditional holiday favorite. Presented promenade-style, this unique production allows the audience to move around the space with the actors for a more immersive experience. The beloved comic musical tells the story of Frederic, a boy mistakenly apprenticed to a softhearted band of pirates (his hard-of-hearing nurse was told to take him to a ship's pilot). He wants to leave the pirates and live a law-abiding life with his true love, but his Leap Day birthday means his pirate apprenticeship lasts a lot longer than usual. After a series of zany mishaps, the lovable pirates make their peace with the police and Frederic gets his girl. Along the way it's a rollercoaster ride of swashbuckling action and merry music, featuring many of Gilbert and Sullivan's wittiest and most engaging tunes, including the immortal "I Am the Very Model of a Modern Major-General."
   
Plastic Revolution  
The New Colony at The Den Theatre Plastic Revolution
 
When recently widowed Delores Clarke meets Tupperware pioneer Brownie Wise, a new phenomenon sweeps through their picturesque 1950s Kissimee, Florida neighborhood. Selling a few hours of independence to local women with a revolutionary plastic craze, they tackle social norms, small-town politics and change the face of the American dinner table forever.
   
Princess Mary Demands Your Attention  
Bailiwick Chicago at Victory Gardens Theater - Biograph Princess Mary Demands Your Attention
 
PRINCESS MARY DEMANDS YOUR ATTENTION tells the soulful story of Amari Bolkonski, a gay, black daydreamer seemingly "stuck" in life. A chance meeting throws him into to a decade-long journey to personal acceptance and freedom, guided (and haunted) by an inexplicable and challenging drag queen. With storytelling that incorporates music and dance, PRINCESS MARY DEMANDS YOUR ATTENTION - inspired by parts of Tolstoy's War & Peace -is a fierce new play that ultimately demands an answer to the question: Is there really anything in your way?
   
Private Lives  
Metropolis Performing Arts Centre Private Lives
 
The show that proves there's a fine line between love and hate. Noel Coward's best known comedy is a plot-perfect marital farce that is sparklingly witty and wickedly vicious. Divorcees Elyot and Amanda are perfectly happy honeymooning with their new spouses in France. To their surprise, they bump into each other on their adjacent hotel balconies. Each trying unsuccessfully to convince their new spouse to leave immediately to avoid another awkward encounter, the two quickly reignite their old flame. Despite their volatile and stormy relationship in the past, the two cannot ignore the old attractions they feel and run away together to Paris. Quite a scandal for the socialites of the 1930's, the respective jolted newlyweds follow suit and the comedic encounters continue.
   
Push Button Murder  
The Side Project Push Button Murder
 
In Spencerís political satire, Becky and Roy, working deep inside the Military Industrial Complex, have access to our information and coordinates, and have licenses to kill. Push Button Murder is the darkest of comedies about revolution, drones, extra-governmental operations, mass surveillance and other things you probably shouldn't worry about.
   
Rapture, Blister, Burn  
Goodman Theatre Rapture, Blister, Burn
 
Grad school pals Catherine and Gwen pursued completely different lives after graduation. Catherine became a controversial author, while Gwen married Catherine's ex-boyfriend Don and raised two sons. After a decade-long estrangement, the women decide to spend a summer reconnecting. But their impulsive attempt to trade places soon erupts in a heated battle for Don's affection and a fiery examination of their feminist ideals.
   
Red Bud  
Signal Ensemble Theatre Red Bud
 
A group of forty-somethings celebrate the "good old days" by taking an annual trip to Red Bud, a championship motocross race. The group has nearly wrung their mutual friendship dry and uses the overnight camping party to relive past glories, play asinine games and beat the holy hell out of each other. The fly in the ointment this year, is the eighteen year old girlfriend of one of the group's forty-something members. Frustration, weirdness and old baggage rapidly comes to the surface as old friendships die hard.
   
The Revenants  
WildClaw Theatre at Athenaeum Theatre The Revenants
 
In The Revenants, a violent uprising of the undead forces two couples into hiding, and infected spouses take a turn for the worse. Gary and Karen tether their turning partners, Molly and Joe, for the safety of all; but as Molly and Joe fall deeper into sickness, the question of whether or not they are still themselves becomes harder and harder to answer as they become more threatening. As Gary and Karen come face to face with the true meaning of commitment, they must ask of each other: when does love die?
   
The Rose Tattoo  
Shattered Globe Theatre at Theater Wit The Rose Tattoo
 
THE ROSE TATTOO is unique in Williams' work - a special blend of comedy, emotional depth and lyricism. Set in an Italian-American community on Louisiana's Gulf Coast, a passionate overprotective Sicilian widow, Serafina Delle Rose, controls the life of her daughter, Rosa. The volatile Serafina also hides herself in the hazy memory of the husband she idealized who was killed smuggling illegal goods on the highway. The earthy eroticism of the play is unleashed as an unknown truck driver pulls into town and disturbs this simple seamstress' life. These two equally matched and impulsive characters develop an almost operatic relationship and, serenaded by exuberant townspeople, Serafina is finally delivered from her past memories and grief.
   
Scary Tales 2015  
Clock Productions at Profiles Theatre - The Alley Stage Scary Tales 2015
 
There will be six tales, some from past versions and some new ones based on short stories which have been adapted to the stage. They are tales of treachery, fear and irony and include A Tale of Greed, A Tale of Loneliness, A Tale of War, A Tale of Botany, A Tale of Madness and A Tale of Candy.
   
The Selfish Giant  
Chicago Children's Theatre at Ruth Page Center For Arts The Selfish Giant
 
Chicago master puppeteer Blair Thomas's and Chicago folk music legend Michael Smith's all-ages musical spectacle is an enormously imaginative retelling of the classic Oscar Wilde story. Original puppets and music, played live by Smith every performance, tell the story of a grumpy old giant who forbids the children in his village from playing in his beautiful garden. After the children are locked out, the trees and flowers refuse to grow and the garden plunges into an eternal winter. Then one morning, the children sneak back into the garden, bringing with them the joyous rebirth of spring.
   
Softly Blue  
MPAACT at The Greenhouse Theater Center Softly Blue
 
Two lonely souls meet 21st-century style, on an online dating site, but find it hard to really connect in award-winning playwright Shepsu Aakhu's Softly Blue. Staged by the Ma'at Production Association of Afrikan Centered Theatre (MPAACT) at Chicago's Greenhouse Theater, this drama tells the story of Dakota and Sloan, who're both starved for companionship, and yet both have secrets they're afraid to share and trust issues that make it difficult for them to reveal their true selves in this seemingly dangerous digital age.
   
Spike Heels  
The Brown Paper Box Co. at Raven Theatre Spike Heels
 
Spike Heels is a contemporary comedy of manners that pits a volatile young woman against a lawyer, an academic, and the latter's old-money fiancee as they address issues of sexual harassment and the possibility of a four-sided love triangle. This updated take on Pygmalion by award-winning playwright/screenwriter Theresa Rebeck (NBC's Smash, Seminar, Mauritius) deftly explores class and gender politics with honesty, passion, and wit.
   
Spinning Into Butter  
Eclectic Theatre at Athenaeum Theatre Spinning Into Butter
 
With issues of racism and social justice dominating the national conversation, one play speaks volumes: Spinning Into Butter. When an African-American student at a small Vermont liberal arts college is the subject of anonymous hate mail, the school's dean is forced to confront her own prejudices as the campus erupts in recrimination and condemnation. Heralded by Time magazine, Rebecca Gilman's gripping and bitingly funny drama now receives a brilliant new staging from Eclectic Theatre. Company member Andrew Pond directs at Athenaeum Theatre Studio One.
   
Storytown  
Stage 773 Storytown
 
From superheroes to undersea adventures, princesses to dinosaurs, Storytown takes you on an interactive, fully improvised adventure. The actors use audience suggestions and ideas to create a different story every week. Kids design the setting and help shape the story. The actors, artists and musicians bring it to life. When the possibilities are endless, no two stories are ever the same.
   
That's Weird, Grandma  
Barrel Of Monkeys at Neo-Futurists That's Weird, Grandma
 
An assortment of scenes and songs created by Chicago Public School students and produced by actors, musicians, comedians and playwrights. The hour-long show changes each week, based on audience votes.
   
The Three Little Pigs  
Chicago Kids Company at St. Patrick Performing Arts Center- Stahl Family Theater The Three Little Pigs
 
Meet Roxanne, Petunia, and Babe...three Sister Piggies who set out to build their own houses. Roxanne (the Rock'n Roll Pig) builds hers out of Sticks, Petunia (The Pretty Pig) builds hers out of Straw, and Babe (the sensible, smart Pig) builds hers out of bricks! Which house will the Big Bad Wolf Huff and Puff and blow down? Don't miss CKC's most popular show! The show runs one hour with no intermission and is targeted for kids aged 2 to 12.
   

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