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Naperville  
Theater Wit Naperville
 
That idyllic suburb is none other than west suburban Naperville, where Howard is considering abandoning his career in Seattle to move back home to care for his mother Candice after an accident has left her blind. At the Caribou Coffee in downtown Naperville, Howard and Candice cross paths with Anne, Howard's high school classmate and an expert on the suburb's founder, Captain Joseph Naper.
   
Next To Normal  
BoHo Theatre at Theater Wit Next To Normal
 
From the outside, The Goodmans seem to be a normal, average American family. But for the past 16 years, perfect suburban mom Diana Goodman has been struggling with family trauma, bipolar disorder, and hallucinations. The strain of keeping this locked up tight within the family now threatens to tear them apart. Because the harder the family tries to be "normal", the farther they move from being true to themselves.
   
Parachute Men  
Teatro Vista at Victory Gardens Theater - Biograph Parachute Men
 
It's Christmas Eve. Three brothers are reunited when the oldest, Eric, returns on the anniversary of their mother's death. After a few hours, it's clear that the pecking order has changed and the battle begins to see who can take that baby step into manhood first.
   
The People's Choice  
Genesis Theatrical Productions at Redtwist Theatre The People's Choice
 
A political satire about presidential politics, the play has been reworked by the playwright to reflect the current political season including a singing, dancing nominee with a remarkable head of hair.
   
Psmith, Journalist  
City Lit Theater Psmith, Journalist
 
City Lit returns to the work of one of its favorite authors, this time with Terry McCabe's original adaptation of Wodehouse's 1915 novel about Psmith, a Cambridge University student who takes over a small newspaper while on summer vacation in New York City. Soon the sleepy weekly has shifted its editorial focus from household tips to exposes of slumlords and promotion of boxers. Psmith, who added the silent "P" to his surname to distinguish himself from other Smiths, is one of Wodehouse's most beloved characters, appearing in four novels. Something of a dandy, he wears a monocle, is an articulate and witty speaker and has an amazing ability to escape unharmed from the most outrageous adventures.
   
Pump Boys and Dinettes  
Theatre At The Center Pump Boys and Dinettes
 
Set on Highway 57, somewhere between Frog Level and Smyrna, in the folksy, fun style of Grand Old Opry memories, this countrified musical is a tribute to life along the open road. The story celebrates life's simple pleasures and the value of friendship between four gas station attendants and two waitresses at the Double Cupp Diner. Together, they perform a menu of country and western songs that have received rave reviews beginning with its Broadway debut in 1982 and continuing for many years in Chicago.
   
A Red Line Runs Through It  
Second City A Red Line Runs Through It
 
A Red Line Runs Through It rides the rails of Chicago in order to answer life's tough questions. How does the past sculpt the future? Are we all guided by anger? In this ever-changing landscape of nostalgia and uncertainty sometimes we need a brunch with friends to sort it all out. Who will snap first? No one knows what tomorrow will bring and the only thing that is certain is that this train keeps moving. This diverse cast of comedians will take you on their own ride exploring the new mother blues, black girl magic, and salacious local news. This non-stop locomotive launches from north to south along a transit line of pure comic bliss.
   
RejecTED  
Under The Gun Theater RejecTED
 
Following a successful run at Under the Gun theater this past March and April, Under the Gun Theater welcomes back RejecTED Talks. Performances will center around a theme provided by the audience. Five to six experts in their field will present their insight related to the theme based off of power point slideshows they've never seen before. You might learn something stupid. Each performance is fully improvised.
   
Rose  
The Greenhouse Theater Center Rose
 
An intimate portrait of Camelot's "queen mother" Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy, Rose is an engrossing solo show set in the summer of 1969, just days after her only surviving son, Ted, has been implicated in the drowning of Mary Jo Kopechne at Chappaquiddick. Alone with her invalid husband in their house in Hyannis Port, Rose attempts to retrace the rise and fall of this great family -- from her husband's infidelity to her daughter Rosemary's tragic lobotomy and, of course, her sons John and Robert Kennedy's assassinations -- as they traversed continents, shaped history and inspired a nation. Rose was written by Kennedy scholar Laurence Leamer, author of the national bestseller The Kennedy Women, and is presented at Greenhouse Theater Center in Chicago.
   
Saturday Morning Funnies  
Li'l Buds Theatre at Edge Theatre Saturday Morning Funnies
 
This new sketch comedy show from Li'l Buds Theatre Company is made up of short plays aimed at children, inspired by children, and even performed by children. With professional young actors ranging in age from 10 to 17, each episode of the Saturday Morning Funnies is written by Li'l Buds -- a group powered by imagination and dedicated to educating and enriching the lives of children of all backgrounds through the performing arts -- inspired by the ideas and stories of students ages 5-15. So whether you have young ones of your own who would love to see their peers perform, or whether nothing warms your own heart more than a show filled with comedic kids, be prepared to laugh along with Saturday Morning Funnies at The Edge Theater in Chicago.
   
Scarcity  
Redtwist Theatre Scarcity
 
A family stuck in the sticks and struggling to make ends meet has a chance to get their brilliant son into an advanced program when his obsessed math teacher becomes mesmerized by Billy's intellect and potential and offers to help with his college dreams. But what are her real intentions? And will the family grab this golden opportunity for a way out? Featuring Jeff Award-winner, Jacqueline Grandt, and fellow Redtwist company members, Johnny Garcia and Debra Rodkin, along with guest artists, Mark Pracht, Brendan Meyer, and Ada Grey.
   
Seussical, the Musical  
Big Noise Theatre at Prairie Lakes Theatre Seussical, the Musical
 
The mischievous Cat in the Hat joins a cast of everyone's favorite Dr. Seuss characters, including Gertrude McFuzz, Lazy Mayzie, the Whos of Whoville and the grouchy Grinch in this whimsical production of Seussical. The famous stories of Dr. Seuss are linked together in the show by JoJo, a young boy who's a "thinker of strange and wonderful thinks," and Horton the Elephant, who's out to prove that "a person's a person, no matter how small." Each charming story is backed by a myriad of musical styles, from Latin to pop, swing to gospel, and R&B to funk. Dr. Seuss's trademark sense of fun and wonder come through loud and clear, making this a musical that appeals to all ages. Bring the whole family and join the fun when the show comes to Big Noise Theatre at Prairie Lakes.
   
SEX a.k.a. Wieners and Boobs  
New Millennium Theatre Company at Playground Theater SEX a.k.a. Wieners and Boobs
 
From the creators of The State and Wet Hot American Summer, comes a musical tale of love, loss, and the battle between righteousness and wieners. Jack Greenberg is the new sheriff of Teaneck, New Jersey. Unfortunately, the corrupt town is run by Tad Theaterman, a crime boss armed with henchmen and a legion of hookers and gigolos. The Mayor and townsfolk fear Tad, but love the money the sinful brothels bring in! When Jack meets Hillary, a recent divorcee, it's love at first sight, but there's a showdown that's closin' in on our hero!! Will Jack save Teaneck, get the girl, and defeat Tad? Or will the wieners and boobs prevail?!
   
Shotgun!  
CIC Theater Shotgun!
 
In Shotgun!, Mike Brunlieb, Beau Golwitzer, Katie Kershaw, and Jim Scheidhauer take the audience along for a ride they won't soon forget. After soliciting a suggestion from an audience the fearsome foursome will drive this show to its absolute breaking point into some unknown territory guaranteeing to have the audience in stitches. Each week brings a new local musician, writer, improv group, or a politician proffering their talents as the opening act. Shotgun! even incorporates shards of inspiration from these acts to drive their improv forward and hopefully over the cliff. It will be a great time!
   
Smokey Joe's Cafe  
Drury Lane- Oakbrook Smokey Joe's Cafe
 
The longest running musical revue in Broadway history, "Smokey Joe's Cafe" is finally making its Drury Lane debut this season. Showcasing 39 pop standards, including rock and roll and blues anthems written by legendary duo Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller, "Smokey Joe's Cafe" is guaranteed to keep you humming old favorites all night long. Winner of the 1996 Grammy Award for Best Musical Show Album, "Smokey Joe's Cafe" features jukebox hits such as "Yakety Yak," "Charlie Brown," and "Stand By Me."
   
Splatter Theater  
Annoyance Theatre Splatter Theater
 
A parody of Friday the 13th type movies, the characters in “Splatter Theater” include such archetypes as a nun, the school jock, the virgin, the class dick, and of course the bumbling old man. Laugh and watch them all die in different ways: Tongue pulled out, drill in the head, intestines being ripped out, slashed throat, and the list goes on. With freshly painted white walls on the stage before each performance, the audience will be horrified and delighted by the end, when the walls are covered in blood! Directed once again by Annoyance regular Charley Carroll.
   
Thee Trinity  
Royal George Theatre Thee Trinity
 
The ghosts of Einstein and Oscar Wilde make an appearance along with the Arch Angels Michael and, an apparently gay, Gabriel. All engage, if not attack, each other and the issues presented in the play: bigotry, homosexuality, poverty, politics, social media, technology and almost any other social/political issue imaginable are targets of this dysfunctional heavenly family's infighting.
   

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