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Puppet Playdate with Grandma D  
Pride Arts Center - The Broadway Puppet Playdate with Grandma D
 
Meet Grandma D, a cuddly, old retired inventor, who invites children each week to join her for timely, age appropriate stories that explore our world and read together! Grandma D has a magic book making machine, a couple of wacky friends and maybe even a special guest. Come down each Saturday and Sunday to make a book and read with everyone's favorite grandma, Grandma D. Each week will be a new and exciting tale.
   
Sad Clown  
Annoyance Theatre Sad Clown
 
"Sad Clown" is a comedy show about mental health. The show embraces the beauty and fear surrounding mental illness and invites it onto the stage to play with us. Three brave essayists will take the stage and talk candidly about their experiences of mental illness - the highs, the lows, the pain, and even the moments when you just have to laugh. After each monologue, the Annoyance Theatre's talented improvisers will take the stage and illuminate ideas from each story with laughter.
   
Shockheaded Peter  
Black Button Eyes Productions at Athenaeum Theatre Shockheaded Peter
 
A sinister but incompetent master of ceremonies leads the audience through the tale of a childless couple that has their fondest wish granted in the most delightfully dreadful way imaginable, accompanied by vignettes in which the hilariously horrible fates that befall naughty children everywhere are brought to darkly comedic life.
   
Sister Africa  
Genesis Theatrical Productions at Athenaeum Theatre Sister Africa
 
SISTER AFRICA, Stephanie Liss' world premiere drama about efforts to aid female and child victims of the Congo's ongoing civil war, will be performed by a cast of actors from the worlds of feature films, opera and the Chicago theater scene.
   
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.
   
They're Playing Our Song  
Brown Paper Box Co. at Rivendell Theatre They're Playing Our Song
 
Hoping to find a new collaborator, award-winning composer Vernon Gersch meets the offbeat yet accomplished Sonia Walsk at his luxury Manhattan apartment. Vernon has already written music to one of Sonia's lyrics. The song is exceptional and it's clear something wonderful can come from this partnership. Before too long, they start a romantic relationship, move in together, and then the trouble begins. Complemented by Neil Simon's comedic writing and the songwriting team of Hamlisch and Bayer Sager, They're Playing Our Song is a story about the joy of falling in love and creating art.
   
This Is How You Always Lose  
The Public House Theatre This Is How You Always Lose
 
No person is an island. Except Isla and Elliot. But when their paths cross in a catastrophic-yet-serendipitous accident, the two lonely souls decide to turn their lives around and forge a relationship together. With their newfound key to happiness, they embark on a mission to spread their wisdom to others, and become motivational speakers. But the bigger they get in the Self-Help industry, the less they become able to help themselves.
   
Tommy Gun's Garage  
Tommy Gun's Garage Tommy Gun's Garage
 
The restaurant-cabaret presents a Roaring 20s-themed musical comedy revue in a speakeasy seting, with dining and drinking integrated into the show.
   
Tony 'n Tina's Wedding  
Chicago Theatre Works Tony 'n Tina's Wedding
 
Presented by the original New York producers, in conjunction with Chicago Theater Works, comes the return of one of Chicago's longest-running, smash hit shows, Tony 'n Tina's Wedding -- and everyone's invited! You and the other audience members are treated like family at this interactive improvisational comedy. The fun starts with the happy couple's wedding ceremony inside a real church (Resurrection Church), followed by the all-inclusive reception just one block away at Vinnie Black's Coliseum, featuring a full Italian dinner, wedding cake, champagne toast, dancing to great music and lots of love and laughs. As part of the audience, you're considered a wedding guest and are allowed to mix, mingle and interact with all of the participants. You never know what drama you might get swept up in with this crazy Italian family! The improvisational nature of the show lets you go multiple times and see different stories play out each time.Tony 'n' Tina's Wedding will reopen in November 2009
   
Trevor  
Writers Theatre Trevor
 
Meet Trevor, a 13-year-old boy in 1981 whose vibrant imagination drives a turbulent journey of self-discovery. As he deals with adolescence and all that goes with it, Trevor begins to explore what it means to be himself, influenced by his friends, parents . . . and Diana Ross. Based on the story that inspired the Academy Award-winning film, the charity and the national movement, TREVOR the musical is a coming-of-age story about identity, emerging sexuality and the struggles of growing up in a world that may not be ready for you. This world premiere musical is directed by Marc Bruni, who helmed the Tony Award-winning production of Beautiful: The Carole King Musical on Broadway.
   
The Veil  
Idle Muse Theatre Company at Edge Theatre The Veil
 
With her family facing financial ruin as the Irish rural way of life comes to an end, Hannah's impending marriage to a British lord will settle her mother's debts and save the estate. Catastrophe strikes, however, when a defrocked reverend pushes her to embrace the strange voices that have haunted her since birth. Against the backdrop of Ireland's troubled colonial history, The Veil is a transfixing, mystical story about the search for love and the circularity of time - and the ghosts that are woken by scarcity and the fear of dispossession.
   
Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf: The Good Parts  
The Public House Theatre Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf: The Good Parts
 
A biting dark comedy and gut-wrenching psychological portrait of the breakdown of a marriage, Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? sees one of theater's most notoriously dysfunctional couples draw a younger pair into their bitter, twisted games. Featuring razor-sharp dialogue, Albee's equally hilarious and harrowing masterpiece become a classic film starring Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton. In Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf: The Good Parts, Ryan Kenney -- who knows classic cinema backwards, forwards and upside-down -- brings the screen adaptation of Albee's most famous work back to the stage at the Public House Theatre in Chicago. Filling an hour with the very best parts, he'll make you laugh, cry ... and maybe even learn something.
   
Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?  
Pulse Theatre Chicago at City Lit Theater Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?
 
First produced on Broadway in 1962, "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?" concerns a middle-aged married couple in a college town -- George, an associate professor of history, and Martha, the daughter of the college's president -- who invite a younger couple to their home very late one evening. The guests -- Nick, a biology teacher at the college, and his wife Honey -- walk into a quagmire of drinking, fights, sex, games, and delusions.
   
The Winner...of Our Discontent  
Second City The Winner...of Our Discontent
 
The Winner...of Our Discontent asks if it's broken, should we fix it? No matter the answer, this cast will have you cracking up and splitting your sides. The country's premier sketch comedy troupe delivers a post-election shot in the arm that'll heal you with big laughs. So whether you voted for the Right, the Left, or the wrong (Independent), you'll love watching The Second City pick up the pieces in a comedy that shows our differences are what makes America truly great.
   

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