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The North Pool  
Interrobang Theatre Project at Athenaeum Theatre The North Pool
 
Khadim has no idea why he's been called into the Vice Principal's office at Sheffield High. At first, Vice Principal Danielson is cagey, using a minor violation to keep the boy at school for detention. It doesn't take long for tensions to mount around a crime that Khadim may (or may not) have committed. The truth is ever-shifting in what amounts to a game of cat-and-mouse. As the clock winds down on the last hours of the semester, both Danielson and Khadim must carefully maneuver hauntingly unexpected revelations. THE NORTH POOL is a psychological drama that explores the complexities of racial and cultural profiling and personal accountability.
   
Northanger Abbey  
Lifeline Theatre Northanger Abbey
 
Catherine Morland is an innocent teenaged girl living on her family's farm in rural England in the late 18th century. She escapes from the boredom of her day-to-day life by reading Gothic novels by her favorite authors -- until a wealthy acquaintance offers her a chance to go to Bath and partake in the parties, balls and high society functions of the city. Before long, Catherine finds herself caught in a complex web of social scheming, surrounded by false friends, greedy lovers and a wealth of misunderstandings. Northanger Abbey, based on Jane Austen's first novel, makes its world premiere at the Lifeline Theatre in Chicago.
   
Old Hobbits Die Hard  
New Millennium Theatre Company at Royal George Theatre Old Hobbits Die Hard
 
After the One Ring is destroyed, Bilbo Baggins visits his estranged nephew, Frodo, during the Hobbit Yule celebration. But the festivities are interrupted - when the major film studios refuse to give Peter Jackson the rights to The Hobbit, he travels to Middle Earth to take the rights from the hobbits themselves - even if he has to destroy the Shire to get them! Bilbo Baggins forms a one-man army to rescue the Hobbit hostages from Peter Jackson and his CGI terrorists, and stop them from making The Hobbit trilogy. Come join New Millennium Theatre on this wild ride of movie magic!
   
Once in a Lifetime  
Strawdog Theatre Once in a Lifetime
 
From the legendary 1930s writing duo George S. Kaufman and Moss Hart (The Man Who Came to Dinner, You Can't Take It With You) comes the hilarious backstage comedy Once in a Lifetime. As silent films evolve into "talkies" in the 1920s, a trio of vaudevillians sets out to con the Hollywood elite by posing as vocal coaches, vowing to give movie stars beautiful voices to match their glamorous mugs. Damon Kiely, the acclaimed director of American Blues Theater's Hank Williams: Lost Highway, helms this epic satire of greed run amok at Chicago's Strawdog Theatre.
   
One Man, Two Guvnors  
Court Theatre One Man, Two Guvnors
 
A dazzling and award-winning success from London to Broadway takes the stage at Court for its Midwest Premiere. Set in 1963 on the coast of Brighton and delightfully underscored by a live skiffle band, this hilarious play with music transforms Goldoni's 18th century Comedia dell'Arte classic Servant of Two Masters into modern comedy full of satire and slapstick. Following the success of their partnership on An Iliad, Artistic Director Charles Newell and actor Timothy Edward Kane team up once more for a wildly different and much more light-hearted endeavor. They are joined by Court favorites Elizabeth Ledo (Tartuffe), Hollis Resnik (The Good Book), and Chaon Cross (Proof) for a rollicking jaunt through a swirl of cross-dressing twins, dead fiances, crooked lawyers, and general buffoonery.
   
Peter Pan and Wendy  
Theatre School at DePaul University at Merle Reskin Theatre Peter Pan and Wendy
 
Peter Pan is back, but this time it's Wendy who won't grow up. In this swashbuckling musical, the famous duo grabs a little pixie dust and heads off to Neverland so Wendy can avoid moving out of her childhood room for just a little bit longer. That's where they face the famed and funny pirate Captain Hook with help from Tinker Bell, the Lost Boys, Tiger Lily, mermaids and even the audience. In the end though, Wendy has to decide whether growing up is really so bad after all. Recommended for all ages, this production comes to vibrant life on stage at the Merle Reskin Theatre in Chicago's South Loop.
   
The Plough and the Stars  
Wayward Productions at Johnny O'Hagan's The Plough and the Stars
 
After a short hiatus, Wayward returns to the stage, or rather, their tavern roots - commemorating the centennial anniversary of the 1916 Easter Uprising in Ireland. With a gritty, in-your-face reimagining of O'Casey's social justice piece The Plough and the Stars. In true Wayward fashion, audiences are invited into the action, or at the very least to post up on a neighboring bar stool.
   
The Power Of Prom  
Annoyance Theatre The Power Of Prom
 
Written as a loving tribute to the 80's, the show combines elements of the songs, movies, television shows, and pop-culture that epitomized the decade.
   
The Producers  
Mercury Theater The Producers
 
A down-on-his-luck Broadway producer and his mild-mannered accountant come up with a scheme to produce the most notorious flop in history thereby bilking their backers (all "little old ladies") out of millions of dollars. Only one thing goes awry: the show is a smash hit! At the core of the insanely funny adventure is the surprising journey of two very different men who become friends. The Producers skewer Broadway traditions and takes no prisoners as it proudly proclaims itself an "equal opportunity offender!"
   
Prowess  
Jackalope Theatre Company at Broadway Armory Prowess
 
Summer in Chicago: Temperatures flare, shootings spike and the city is stuck in status quo. Enter a mixed bag of underdogs ready to save whatever's left of the day. Completely powerless but sky-high on passion, they join forces. But as broken bones multiply and alliances splinter, the team is forced to draw the line between well-meaning heroism and vigilante justice.
   
Reality Ever After  
Under The Gun Theater Reality Ever After
 
Reality Ever After finds your favorite fairytale characters all grown up and facing the not-so-magical real world. "Happily ever after" endings are few and far between in this spoof of both fairy tales and reality TV. The pampered princesses in this Under the Gun Theater production are stuck living together in one modern-day Chicago apartment. Instead of castles and charming princes, they're struggling with jobs, money, cheating partners, and figuring out who poached whose food from the fridge. See what happens when fairy tales stop being polite, and start getting real.
   
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.
   
Rent  
Metropolis Performing Arts Centre Rent
 
Follow a group of young artists and musicians as they struggle to create and survive in Manhattan during the height of the AIDS epidemic when Rent, Jonathan Larson's "landmark rock opera" (The New York Times), comes to Metropolis Performing Arts Centre in Arlington Heights. Winner of the Tony Award for Best Musical and the Pulitzer Prize for Drama, this romantic, life-affirming musical is based on Puccini's La Boheme, and still feels as fresh and inspiring as the day it debuted on Broadway in 1996. Set to a modern rock score, Rent is chock-full of crowd-pleasers like "La Vie Boheme," "Take Me or Leave Me" and "Seasons of Love."
   
Satie et Cocteau: A Rehearsal of a Play of a Composer by a Poet  
Genesis Theatrical Productions at Athenaeum Theatre Satie et Cocteau: A Rehearsal of a Play of a Composer by a Poet
 
The play is set 15 years after the death of Satie during the final rehearsal of a play which Cocteau has written and where, in an opium haze, he directs an Actor in a series of 'scenes' which run the length of Satie's life and career. Intertwined with Satie's music, we discover that Cocteau's intentions are for the Actor to fully embody Satie and bring him to life so Cocteau can finally exorcise him from his life.
   
Schoolhouse Rock Live!  
Emerald City Theatre Company at Apollo Theater Schoolhouse Rock Live!
 
Through unforgettable songs such as "Just a Bill" and "Conjunction Junction," a nervous schoolteacher must discover how to charm his students through imagination and music on the first day of class. Based on the entertaining and educational Emmy Award-winning animated series, Schoolhouse Rock Live! brings the treasured Saturday-morning melodies of the '70s back in a hip new way.
   
The Seagull  
The Artistic Home The Seagull
 
Anton Chekhov's classic comedy of unrequited love and unrealized dreams, in an intimate production directed by Cody Estle. Company Artistic Director Kathy Scambiatterra (a Jeff Award nominee for The Artistic Home's Sweet Bird of Youth) will take the role of Madame Arkadina, the fading actress in love with a younger man, Trigorin. Scot West, previously seen at The Artistic Home in Watch on the Rhine, Interrogation and Miracle on 34th Street, will play the writer Trigorin. Brokenly Herbert, of AH's Macbeth and Cut to the Chase, will play the young actress Nina, who is a rival to Arkadina for Trigorin's affections. In the role of Arkadina's son Konstantin, who competes with Trigorin for Nina's love, is AH ensemble member Julian Hester, a Jeff nominee for The Late Henry Moss.
   
The Secretaries  
About Face Theatre at Theater Wit The Secretaries
 
Patty Johnson lands the job of her dreams at the Cooney Lumber Mill in Big Bone, Oregon. But it's a comic nightmare when she discovers - amidst slim fast shakes, celibacy pacts and hotel rendezvous (with Magic Fingers, of course!) - that her secretarial pool are chainsaw-wielding lumberjack killers! Equal parts humor, horror and satire, THE SECRETARIES is Twin Peaks meets The Stepford Wives in a smart, campy (and bloody!) comedy.
   

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