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The Glass Protege  
Glitterati Productions at Theater Wit The Glass Protege
 
Hollywood, 1949. A time when the movies are king and the movie stars merely pawns for the studio bosses. A time when passion was lauded but sex was never discussed. So when naïve young actor Patrick Glass embarks on a scandalous homosexual love affair with his famous co-star, he starts to feel the full force of the studio's career-destroying muscle. Forty years later, as the truths of the past are uncovered, the true consequences of this "unacceptable" romance come to light. A powerful drama about money, image, and the power-obsessed "Hollywood machine."
   
The Greatest Story Never Told  
I.O. The Greatest Story Never Told
 
The Greatest Story Never Told, brings families and strangers together to collaborate and create improvised stories on stage. The shows begins with a well meaning but underprepared narrator who opens a storybook and discovers it has no text and actors are nowhere to be found. The audience, along with "The Greatest Interns" (professional improvisers) help illicit suggestions and volunteer performers in order to assist in creating The Greatest Story Never Told - the children in the audience are actually invited onstage to help create the story with the performers! This original improvised story inspires illustrations from an artist and text from a writer and the performance is ultimately turned into a digital and physical book which the audience may purchase and keep forever.
   
Greenroom Improv  
Hemmens Cultural Center Greenroom Improv
 
Imagine an hour and a half of complete improvisation, a la Whose Line is it Anyway? GreenRoom’s improvisers take audience suggestions and true-life audience stories and turn them into hilarious theatre pieces right before their eyes! With competing improv teams, improvised songs and audience members on stage, this clean, high-energy show brings the laughs to The Hemmens. Oh, and did we mention there’s live music?
   
Heat Wave  
Cold Basement Dramatics at Steppenwolf Theatre Heat Wave
 
It is Chicago, in the summer of 1995, and an intense heat wave has gripped the city with temperatures soaring above 100 degrees. By the time it's all over, over 700 people will have died, mostly the poor, elderly, or minorities with nowhere to seek shelter. As the morgues overflow, the city's emergency response team is called into question. The Mayor's Office combats the criticism with a public relations campaign that successfully turns the blame onto the victims and their families.
   
Hitch Cocktails  
Annoyance Theatre Hitch Cocktails
 
Crime and drinking don't mix -- unless it's at the totally inventive Hitch Cocktails. Each show, the actors will take suggestions from the audience to craft a thriller in the style of the Master of Suspense, Alfred Hitchcock. It's a night chock-full of murder, car chases, beautiful women and exciting music. And, since this is high-class crime, there's a real wet bar onstage, of which the actors are forced to partake throughout the performance -- sure to make any chase across Mount Rushmore all the more precarious. With a live jazz band providing the soundtrack and parlor games for the audience, Hitch Cocktails will have everyone in on the action.
   
Jack and the Beanstalk  
Chicago Kids Company at Beverly Arts Center Jack and the Beanstalk
 
Come along with Jack and his best friend Carmelita (a Spanish-Speaking Cow), as they try to save their village from a crazy Giant! Along the way you'll meet a beautiful singing Harp, a Golden Goose, and a wacky Bean Salesman. Watch the Giant Beanstalk grow on stage! The show runs one hour with no intermission, and is targeted for kids aged 2 to 12.
   
James and the Giant Peach  
Filament Theatre James and the Giant Peach
 
Things couldn't get worse for poor James Henry Trotter. Due to a freak rhinoceros accident in the marketplace that left him orphaned, James has been forced to live as a servant for his two cruel aunties, Sponge and Spiker. But when a mysterious man appears with the ingredients to make all James's wishes comes true, James finds himself inside the pit of a giant peach with an unexpected group of insect friends and a great adventure ahead! Filament Theatre uses music, puppets, and circus feats to create this imaginative retelling of Roald Dahl's whimsical classic.
   
Jesus Christ Superstar  
Theo Ubique Cabaret Theatre at No Exit Cafe Jesus Christ Superstar
 
An intimate re-imaging of the classic rock opera "Jesus Christ Superstar" acoustic and unplugged!
   
A Kid Like Jake  
About Face Theatre at The Greenhouse Theater Center A Kid Like Jake
 
Alexandra and Greg's intelligent and precocious four year-old son Jake is a leading candidate for enrollment in one of Manhattan's top kindergarten programs. But when attention turns to his passion for Cinderella and dress-up, Jake's gender non-conforming behavior becomes a lightning rod, calling into question assumptions about gender, class, education and acceptance through the lens of 21st century parenting.
   
La Cage aux Folles  
Marriott Theatre In Lincolnshire La Cage aux Folles
 
Set against the glamorous background of a St. Tropez nightclub, Georges and Albin, two men partnered for better-or-worse, get a taste of both when Georges' son Jean-Michel makes a shocking announcement: he plans to marry the daughter of an ultra-conservative politician. Chaos ensues when the two completely opposite families meet, and Albin's familiar, flamboyant habits get in the way at every turn. Feathers get ruffled and households upended in this poignant tale of one family's struggle to stay together, stay fabulous and above all else, stay true to themselves. A classic musical comedy, La Cage aux Folles brims with sparkling costumes, spectacular dance numbers and a glorious score including "The Best of Times," "I Am What I Am," and "The Song on the Sand."
   
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 and Sort of Death of Eric Argyle  
Steep Theatre The Life and Sort of Death of Eric Argyle
 
Getting hit by a truck was startling enough, but two days after his death Eric Argyle began to discover the profound impact of his seemingly inconsequential life. Ross Dungan's delightfully inspiring story illuminates the power of the stories we tell about ourselves and poses the question, "is there such a thing as a small life?"
   
Lone Star and Laundry and Bourbon  
Oil Lamp Theater Lone Star and Laundry and Bourbon
 
This Spring, Glenview's Oil Lamp Theater is pleased to present two plays depicting life in a sleepy Texas town. Lone Star and Laundry and Bourbon, by James McLure, both seem to show us a simpler life, but the slow-burning drama that simmers under the surface eventually bubbles up and we are shown a more complicated story.
   
Lost and Found  
On The Spot Theatre Company at Berger Park Coach House Lost and Found
 
Lost and Found unfolds three parallel stories that all begin at the Lilly Pond in Lincoln Park and take us to several households in the Chicago area. Meet a stamp obsessed, customer service agent and his frustrated murder mystery reading librarian wife; a veterinarian who unexpectedly becomes rooted in the life of a finicky tree doctor; two young professionals whose decision to get married hangs in the balance as they search for a mysterious woman of mythic proportions; and a North Shore couple who do their best to do good while making sure their marriage never loses its spice and romance. Let this contemporary glimpse at life and love enrich your spirit and enliven your heart this winter season.
   
Love in the Time of Cholesterol: Dating and Dieting in Chicago  
Stage 773 Love in the Time of Cholesterol: Dating and Dieting in Chicago
 
Drop that cheeseburger and laugh the calories away at Love in the Time of Cholesterol: Dating and Dieting in Chicago. Hot on the heels of its successful 2015 Chicago Sketchfest appearance, this show brings an extended version of its blend of sketch and musical comedy to Stage 773. The common threads that weave the show's many parts together focus on two of the city's most popular pastimes: dating and eating. Filled with moments of relatable drama and heaping helpings of mirth and music, Love in the Time of Cholesterol: Dating and Dieting in Chicago aims to be every inch as satisfying as a big old bag of potato chips ... but without any of the guilt.
   
Macbeth  
The Artistic Home Macbeth
 
How is Macbeth to wash his hands of bloody murder, if even the water itself is polluted? This is the intriguing premise of a riveting new vision of Macbeth, Shakespeare's most disturbing tragedy, from Scott Westerman, ensemble member and director of The Artistic Home Theatre. Inspired by the water crisis currently emerging in the Great Lakes region, Westerman has crafted a world where there is too much water and none of it is any good. In the grip of a powerful thirst -- both figurative and literal - clans scratch and claw for survival while one man schemes to control the only source of clean water at a high and merciless cost.
   
The Magic Parlour  
The House Theatre of Chicago at The Palmer House Hilton Hotel The Magic Parlour
 
The performance contains some of his favorite pieces of magic, alongside some brand new routines in an hour-long show packed with mind-reading, levitations, escapes, and a ridiculous new adaptation of the classic “Card Stab” during which Watkins climbs inside of a fully inflated 7 foot balloon!
   

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