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Il Trovatore  
Lyric Opera Il Trovatore
 
One of the most memorably melodic and dramatically barnstorming of all romantic Italian operas, Il Trovatore centers on the gypsy Azucena (mezzo-soprano Stephanie Blythe), who has raised Manrico (tenor Yonghoon Lee) as her son. She is harboring a dark secret, however, as to his true birth. Both a troubadour and a warrior, Manrico is in love with the noblewoman Leonora (soprano Amber Wagner), who is also loved by Manrico's enemy, Count di Luna (baritone Quinn Kelsey). The Count has spent his life searching for his brother, who died under mysterious circumstances involving a gypsy. Urged on by his henchman Ferrando (bass Andrea Silvestrelli), the Count takes Azucena prisoner, leading to tragic consequences for all concerned.
   
Improvised Twilight Zone  
Annoyance Theatre Improvised Twilight Zone
 
"Improvised Twilight Zone," which creates a new Twilight Zone inspired scenario every night, has been performing around Chicago since April of 2014. "Improvised Twilight Zone" is directed by Annoyance veteran Kyle Dolan, who has been with The Annoyance for over 20 years.
   
The Inside  
The Greenhouse Theater Center The Inside
 
Emma, a black college student who's currently attending a party populated by her white peers, has come to a crisis. With a mixture of entertaining irony and heart-wrenching vulnerability, Emma proceeds to pour forth her interior life with unchecked honesty, breaking the fourth wall to directly address the audience in a show that blurs the line between traditional narrative storytelling and performance art. Throughout The Inside, Emma will be aided by a chorus of actors who represent extensions of herself, voices from her past and even her fantasies, as this thought-provoking theatrical prism delivers a piercing examination of race, art, academia and sexuality.
   
Iphigenia in Aulis  
Court Theatre Iphigenia in Aulis
 
Inspired by the incredible success of An Iliad, Artistic Director Charles Newell takes on Euripides' ancient tale of power and sacrifice in Iphigenia in Aulis. As the Greek army restlessly paces the silent shores of Aulis, King Agamemnon is faced with a harrowing decision. In return for the winds that would carry his army to victory over Troy, the goddess Artemis has demanded the impossible: the sacrifice of the King's own daughter, Iphigenia. In a translation by Court's Founding Artistic Director Nicholas Rudall, Iphigenia at Aulis is the first installment in a three-year cycle of Greek plays, followed by Aeschylus' Agamemnon and Sophocles' Electra.
   
Isaac's Eye  
Writers Theatre Isaac's Eye
 
Hnath playfully reimagines Newton's world with a contemporary conceit and language-stripped of accents and period dialect-as he introduces young Newton to the great Robert Hooke, the most famous and powerful scientist in Britain. The resulting battle of intellects and egos pulses with wit, humor and tension, as the playwright uncovers (and invents) the motivations that drove a young farm boy to become one of the greatest thinkers in human history.
   
It's A Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play  
Oil Lamp Theater It's A Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play
 
Oil Lamp Theater itself will be transformed into the 1940s radio studio of New York station WBFR for a warmhearted adaptation of It's a Wonderful Life. You will be whisked back to a gentler time as you meet the many charming characters who populate Bedford Falls, New York -- a special place where our faith in the power of love and friendship is restored.
   
It's a Wonderful Life: Live in Chicago!  
American Blues Theater at The Greenhouse Theater Center It's a Wonderful Life: Live in Chicago!
 
From the original director and Ensemble that brought this holiday tradition to Chicago since 2002, the American Blues family takes you back to a 1940s radio broadcast of Frank Capra's holiday classic-It's a Wonderful Life (based on the short story "The Greatest Gift" by Philip Van Doren Stern) with live Foley sound effects, an original score and a critically-acclaimed cast of eight that bring the entire town of Bedford Falls to life. This production returns to the Greenhouse Theater Center. Critics called this production "perfect Christmas theater" and "first-class holiday fare."
   
It's a Wonderful Live: A Live Radio Play  
BrightSide Theatre at Meiley-Swallow Hall It's a Wonderful Live: A Live Radio Play
 
Celebrate this holiday season by gathering your friends and family of all ages and step back in time to 1946 on Christmas Eve at the WBST Radio Studios and be a part of the live audience broadcast of It's A Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play. Watch five actors bring this beloved American holiday classic to captivating life as they play fifty different characters, create all the live sound effects, and perform all the music in this inventive retelling of the timeless story. With the perfect blend of Christmas cheer and theatrical magic, audiences will fall in love all over again with George Bailey and the angel named Clarence who saved his life on Christmas Eve.
   
It's a Wonderful Santaland Miracle, Nut Cracking Christmas Story... Jews Welcome!  
Stage 773 It's a Wonderful Santaland Miracle, Nut Cracking Christmas Story... Jews Welcome!
 
Directed by Stage 773 Creative Director Brian Posen with choreography by Matter Dance, this family-friendly, interactive show features original Christmas carols, dance numbers, spoken word, puppets and everything in between. Stage 773 puts their own twist on the traditional holiday show, packing the world's most beloved stories and traditions into one extravagant cavalcade. To heighten the holiday spirit, both cookies and non-holiday-specific eggnog will be served.
   
It's Christmas, Goddamnit  
Annoyance Theatre It's Christmas, Goddamnit
 
If you're sick of all the good cheer and warm-and-fuzzy holiday shows, The Annoyance Theatre has the antidote: It's Christmas, Goddamnit, a comedy about one majorly dysfunctional family coming together for the holidays. But this is no run-of-the-mill miserable family gathering. Along with the traditional passive-aggressive silences and sniping, Dad has surprising news: he's having an affair with the next-door neighbor. The plot thickens when a loathed uncle is accidentally killed by the son of Dad's sweetheart, and the family reunion quickly devolves into a hilariously disastrous Christmas Eve.
   
Jet Black Chevrolet  
The Side Project Jet Black Chevrolet
 
In Barsotti's Jet Black Chevrolet, the large and mysterious eponymous car is parked across the street and Julie doesn't like the looks of it. Sam seems unfazed. At least by that. Planes fly overhead, an errant daughter-in-law pays a few visits, and then everything becomes clear. Or more unclear, in this world premiere directed by Devon de Mayo, who won critical and popular success plus a Best Play Jeff Award nomination for her production of Lost in Yonkers at Northlight Theatre this past spring.
   
Julia De Burgos: Child of Water  
UrbanTheater Company Julia De Burgos: Child of Water
 
In JULIA DE BURGOS: CHILD OF WATER, Carmen Rivera takes us on a journey through de Burgos' life capturing her passions and inner turmoil to come to terms with herself and her times. De Burgos died tragically in New York City in 1953 when she was just 39 years old. De Burgos challenged the major historical problems of her times: colonialism, racism, and sexism. She was a feminist and activist with the Puerto Rican Nationalist Party at a time when it was dangerous to be either.
   
The King And I  
Marriott Theatre In Lincolnshire The King And I
 
Set against a dazzling and exotic backdrop of 19th century Siam, THE KING AND I follows the tumultuous relationship of the strong-willed British Governess Anna (Jeff Award-nominee Heidi Kettenring) and the larger than life King of Siam (Andrew Ramcharan Guilarte), as they try to find common ground between Siamese and British traditions. In an attempt to modernize his country, the King seeks Anna's assistance in teaching his children and wives about Western culture. Conflicts arise, however, as both refuse to give up their respective traditions and values. As the story unfolds, Anna and the King grow to understand and respect one another, and ultimately, fall in love in a truly unique romance. THE KING AND I takes audiences through a captivating journey of music, dance and enchantment with timeless Rodgers and Hammerstein classics "Getting to Know You," "I Whistle a Happy Tune," and "Shall We Dance?"
   
Lady Balls  
Annoyance Theatre Lady Balls
 
It's the NCAA Women's Basketball Championship. Legendary and controversial coach/anger monster Deb Champion is looking for her 20th title with her University of North Tallahassee Lady Fireballs. However, forces align to stop Deb from continuing her domination, and her players begin to crack under pressure, having endured her rage for far too long. This music-driven play from John Loos explores the cost of victory, the expectations we put on ourselves, as well as the anger and the ill-fitting pantsuits that make college women's basketball a sport like none other. Music by Seth Kannof, Eric Schinzer and Ayla Lokkesmoe.
   
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. Itís simply an evening of fun and laughter.
   
Line One  
Waltzing Mechanics at The Greenhouse Theater Center Line One
 
Taking a phone call in the theater is verboten, but the act becomes a crucial storytelling element in Line One. Actors will take the stage with cell phone with no idea what the performance will be about. Their phones will ring and as they repeat the lines delivered through their earpieces, a strange and beautiful story will unfold. Each show will contain a different theme, presenting a fresh acting adventure every night. Secret, spontaneous and experimental, Line One turns the idea of a well-rehearsed performance on its head.
   
Lookingglass Alice  
Lookingglass Theatre Lookingglass Alice
 
Imagination soars and laughter and awe abound when this signature production returns with all its gravity-defying spectacle and breathtaking theatricality. Lookingglass Alice is a marvel for all ages, transporting audiences down the rabbit hole to a circus-infused playground for an exhilarating wonderland adventure inspired by Lewis Carroll's beloved stories.
   

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