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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.
   
The Life of Galileo  
Remy Bumppo Theatre at The Greenhouse Theater Center The Life of Galileo
 
Galileo knows the pleaure of discovery, the empowering nature of knowledge, and more than the powers-that-be would prefer. As he fights to share his discoveries with the common man, he is forced to consider what leaders owe to their followers - especially in the face of mortal danger. The past parallels the present in Brecht's highly theatrical parable about the struggle between science and authority.
   
The Lion in Winter  
Promethean Theatre Ensemble at Athenaeum Theatre The Lion in Winter
 
Considered a modern-day classic, The Lion in Winter is James Goldman's 1966 play about sibling rivalries, distribution of wealth and power, and the elusive quality of love. The play ultimately examines the question of legacy: what do we leave behind? These powerful figures will do just about anything to ensure that they live on past their time on earth, even if it means destroying their own family. A triumph of wit and wordplay, The Lion in Winter is perhaps best known for its 1968 movie adaptation, featuring a larger-than-life Peter O'Toole as Henry II and a stunning Katharine Hepburn in an Academy award-winning turn as Eleanor of Aquitaine.
   
The Magic Wonder Show  
Theater Wit The Magic Wonder Show
 
Sean Masterson's Magic Wonder Show is a theatrical magic show that combines sleightof- hand, magical illusions and audience participation for a family friendly hour of wonder. Floating objects, dematerialization and a witty puppet who also performs magic all figure into the show. The show concludes with a rarely seen illusion invented and famously performed by Sean's hero, the 19th century French magician Robert-Houdin.
   
Mary Page Marlowe  
Steppenwolf Theatre Mary Page Marlowe
 
Mary Page Marlowe is an accountant from Ohio. She’s led an ordinary life, making the difficult decisions we all face as we try to figure out who we really are and what we really want. As Tracy Letts brings us moments—both pivotal and mundane—from Mary’s life, a portrait of a surprisingly complicated woman emerges. Intimate and moving, Mary Page Marlowe shows us how circumstance, impulse and time can combine to make us mysteries…even to ourselves.
   
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  
Polarity Ensemble Theatre at The Greenhouse Theater Center A Midsummer Night's Dream
 
A Midsummer Night's Dream portrays the adventures of four young lovers and a group of amateur actors, their interactions with woodland fairies and a duke and duchess. This production takes place in a mythical 1960's America and an enchanted forest with a crafty fairy king, an outraged parent, an interracial love story, a bumbling weaver transformed into a half-donkey, and fairies who sing in 1960's harmony. It's a magical, music-filled celebration of love. But as Puck knows, falling in love can make fools of us all.
   
Mike Mother  
Neo-Futurists Mike Mother
 
Exploring the tension between fiction and nonfiction, Jessica Anne's Mike Mother weaves theater, writing, and film into the lies that cripple memories, the truth that haunts our tales, and all the gaps in between. With Mike Mother, Anne's rich, surprising history with her eccentric mother is used to examine theatre's reliability as a vessel for truth. Pitting real life stories and memories before an audience, Anne shares the stage with Mike Hamilton, real life actor and real life "friend of a friend," acting as a guide and advocate for the audience. Equal parts psychological thriller, live action film, and genre-bending performance, Mike Mother is Anne's note to self, manifest into a two-person, one-woman show.
   
Money Make'm $mile  
Victory Gardens Theater - Biograph Money Make'm $mile
 
The title might be cute and catchy, but the topic is serious. Money Make'm Smile follows a young male and a young female as they become ensnared in the web of sex trafficking that lies in plain site just under the surface of modern society. Their stories could end tragically, or, given the chance to rewind and replay their former lives, they could make different choices that would change their fates. The twist is that you, the audience, get to decide what happens to them in the end. Come along on this provocative exploration of the world of sex trafficking, gender roles, the media, human vulnerability and the capacity for change. Stay afterward as the conversation continues with a Q&A with experts and the playwright. Her Story Theater brings the show to Chicago's Victory Gardens Theater.
   
Mosque Alert  
Silk Road Rising at Chicago Temple Mosque Alert
 
Inspired by the "Ground Zero Mosque" controversy in New York City, Mosque Alert tells the story of three fictional families living in Naperville, Illinois, whose lives are interrupted by a proposed Islamic Center on the site of a beloved local landmark. Mosque Alert explores the intersections of zoning and Islamophobia with humor, family drama, and refreshingly blunt honesty.
   
New Country  
Fair Trade Productions at The Den Theatre New Country
 
In NEW COUNTRY, good-ole bad boy and country music star Justin Spears has the world on its knees. Tomorrow he's tying the knot, but tonight, he's tying one on with his entourage of ruthless managers, faux fans and friends, and his favorite pig-farming uncle. So how does this rambunctious rodeo go so wrong, so fast? Welcome to the NEW COUNTRY, where the hits just keep on comin,' and the raucous fun quickly turns to men behaving badly and gun totin' chickens coming home to roost. The New York Times described NEW COUNTRY as having "plenty of raunch, but just enough heart."
   
A Number  
Runcible Theatre Company at Royal George Theatre A Number
 
A father's quest to re-create the most pure and perfect child catapults his most beloved creation into the path of destruction. Caryl Churchill's A Number sheds light on the grey area between identity and belonging. Exploring the more jagged edges in a father/son relationship, A Number pushes these dynamics to the fore as the miracle of modern science, cloning, makes matters exponentially more complicated and explosive.
   
Once in a Lifetime  
Strawdog Theatre Once in a Lifetime
 
From the legendary 1930s writing duo George S. Kaufman and Moss Hart (The Man Who Came to Dinner, You Can't Take It With You) comes the hilarious backstage comedy Once in a Lifetime. As silent films evolve into "talkies" in the 1920s, a trio of vaudevillians sets out to con the Hollywood elite by posing as vocal coaches, vowing to give movie stars beautiful voices to match their glamorous mugs. Damon Kiely, the acclaimed director of American Blues Theater's Hank Williams: Lost Highway, helms this epic satire of greed run amok at Chicago's Strawdog Theatre.
   
Othello: The Remix  
Chicago Shakespeare Theater Othello: The Remix
 
Throw your hands up, Chicago-this this fresh urban take on the Bard's tragedy is back! Following acclaimed international tours and previous sold-out engagements in Chicago, the CST-commissioned hip-hop adaptation is spun out and lyrically rewritten over original beats. Since its world premiere as part of the London 2012 Cultural Olympiad at Shakespeare's Globe-an artistic collaboration forged between Chicago hip-hop artists The Q Brothers and Chicago Shakespeare Creative Producer Rick Boynton-the production has toured widely, captivating audiences around the world, and garnering tremendous acclaim and multiple honors-including Edinburgh's Musical Theatre Matters Awards for Best New Musical Theatre Show and a Joseph Jefferson Award for Best Ensemble.
   
Paper City Phoenix  
Tympanic Theatre Company at Profiles Theatre - The Alley Stage Paper City Phoenix
 
Finding your soul mate is tricky in the digital age, especially when your printer is out of toner and your friend who is trying to help you can't stop channeling the internet. So it goes for Brenna, the protagonist of the new comedy Paper City Phoenix making its Midwest premiere at the Alley Stage. Before all is said and done, the two intrepid ladies will face off with an anti-tech cult, the FBI and plenty more in an insightful production by Tympanic Theatre Company that explores how we connect when we're disconnected.
   
Penelope Pennyworth Girl Detective: The Case of the Boogeyman  
Li'l Buds Theatre Company at Edge Theatre Penelope Pennyworth Girl Detective: The Case of the Boogeyman
 
Penelope is a 10-year-old girl detective solving crimes big and small with her best friend and sidekick Matilda. In Penelope Pennyworth Girl Detective: The Case of the Boogeyman, the pint-sized sleuth and Matilda must help their friend Michael overcome his fears in order to defeat a bothersome ghoul. This fun musical from Li'l Buds Theatre Company co-founder Jenny Lamb shows the strength that kids can find within when they need to overcome obstacles. Your entire family can join in the case-cracking, spirit-lifting fun at Chicago's Edge Theater.
   
Peter Pan and Wendy  
Theatre School at DePaul University at Merle Reskin Theatre Peter Pan and Wendy
 
Peter Pan is back, but this time it's Wendy who won't grow up. In this swashbuckling musical, the famous duo grabs a little pixie dust and heads off to Neverland so Wendy can avoid moving out of her childhood room for just a little bit longer. That's where they face the famed and funny pirate Captain Hook with help from Tinker Bell, the Lost Boys, Tiger Lily, mermaids and even the audience. In the end though, Wendy has to decide whether growing up is really so bad after all. Recommended for all ages, this production comes to vibrant life on stage at the Merle Reskin Theatre in Chicago's South Loop.
   

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