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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.
   
Pass Over  
Steppenwolf Theatre Pass Over
 
In this bold, incendiary riff on Waiting for Godot, two young, black men stand around on the corner-talking shit, killing time and hoping that maybe today will be different. When a white man wanders into their space, an escalating crisis threatens to prevent their escape from the block. In Pass Over, pop culture, historical and religious references collide to create a hilarious and disturbing meditation on manhood, race, and the cycle of violence that prevents too many from realizing their full potential.
   
Pilgrims  
The Gift Theatre Pilgrims
 
On a spacecraft on its way to colonize a newly discovered planet, a soldier and a teenage girl live together in one of the ship's cabins with only an outdated robot and each other for company. When they are quarantined in their close quarters due to a potential outbreak, they're forced to explore their own traumatic pasts in a dying society. What does it mean to create a new society? What does it mean to be a Pilgrim today?
   
Put The Nuns In Charge  
Royal George Theatre Put The Nuns In Charge
 
Part of a new Vatican outreach program, Mother Superior was tapped because she knows a thing or two about sin. And sinners. First asked to teach her class in our nation's capital, she opted for Chicago instead. "Too many sinners in D.C.," she was overheard saying. "There's plenty to keep me busy here!"
   
Ragtime  
Griffin Theatre Company at The Den Theatre Ragtime
 
Based on the 1975 novel by E.L. Doctorow, RAGTIME is set at the dawn of a new century where the lives of three distinct American families from different backgrounds intersect in their search for the American dream. Part history lesson-part family saga, this stirring musical asks us think about racism, immigration, social justice, wage inequality and the role of women in society in a changing America.
   
Save Ferris  
Under The Gun Theater Save Ferris
 
He was the coolest kid in high school -- even when he took the day off his name was on everyone's lips -- but the 30 years since then have not been kind to Ferris Bueller. After all, skirting responsibility isn't quite as charming when you're a middle-aged man. Now he's divorced, broke, friendless and estranged from his teenage daughter, Reagan. Save Ferris follows his desperate attempt to reconnect with Reagan by taking her on a magical journey through Chicago that mirrors the unforgettable day off that secured his since-faded legend three decades ago. Catch this original comedy -- inspired by the iconic characters of John Hughes' Ferris Bueller's Day Off -- at Chicago's Under the Gun Theater.
   
The School For Lies  
The Artistic Home The School For Lies
 
Based on Moliere's Misanthrope, David Ive's School For Lies honors the French 17 the Century practice of writing in verse, but uses contemporary language while maintaining the Moliere play's original setting of Paris in 1666. The comedy is a battle of wits between Frank, a traveler from England known for his misanthropic wit, and Celemene, a beautiful young widow with a satiric tongue who is busy avoiding several keen suitors and a pressing legal suit. As Frank turns Celimene's world upside-down, she discovers that she can still find love amidst the lies and uproarious, naughty array of characters that never seem to miss a chance at having the last word.
   
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.
   
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.
   
Tangerine: A Two-Man Show  
Cornservatory Tangerine: A Two-Man Show
 
Formed through the alliance of shared cynicism, nostalgia for their California hometowns, and a passion for the music of "Heart," Tangerine is the combination of Vinny Tangherlini and Tim Green and has been bringing joy and laughter to thousands, if not, hundreds of people since these two hit the streets of Chicago (yes, Tim and Vinny often perform on street corners, much to the chagrin of their parents). Biting wit and all-too-real caricatures of daily life abound in their single scene, long form improvisation.
   
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
   
The Ugly Duckling  
Chicago Kids Company at St. Patrick Performing Arts Center- Stahl Family Theater The Ugly Duckling
 
CKC's new bilingual musical is an updated version of the classic tale. Meet Sophia, the new duckling at Lucky Duck School, who isn't quite the same as everyone else. This show is about celebrating the wonderful ways in which we're all one-of-a-kind. “The Ugly Duckling” is great fun for both English and Spanish speakers--there's no need to be fluent in both to enjoy this tale. The show runs one hour with no intermission and is for children from 2 to 8 years old.
   
Water and Power  
UrbanTheater Company at Batey Urbano Water and Power
 
Two ambitious Mexican-American brothers nicknamed Water and Power are climbing the ranks of Chicago's power structure and political machine. A gifted cop and a popular state senator respectively, Gilbert and Gabriel rose from the hardscrabble neighborhoods of the city's South side to the corridors of power. But on this dark and rainy night, they find themselves on a lonely stretch of Division Street, their careers hanging on the balance.
   
The Water Children  
The Cuckoo Theater Project at Flat Iron Arts Building The Water Children
 
Megan is an actress somewhere between "ingenue" and "Mom." When she loses an important role to a younger woman, her agent convinces her to take a part in a commercial for Life Force, an anti-­‐abortion group. Megan, having had an abortion, and being a staunch liberal, is conflicted about the job. She complicates her life even more when she begins to date Randall, the organization's executive director. Megan and Randall hit it off and they try to put their personal beliefs aside, but when Randall's colleagues become militant, things suddenly become more difficult. And when Megan learns she is pregnant, it sends her on the personal journey of her life, spinning into her past, magnifying her present, and leaving her completely at a loss as to her future.
   

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