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The Man Who Murdered Sherlock Holmes  
Mercury Theater The Man Who Murdered Sherlock Holmes
 
Inspired by actual events, with a little fantasy thrown in, The Man Who Murdered Sherlock Holmes begins with Sir Arthur Conan Doyle writing "The Final Problem," in which his famous detective is killed off. When it is revealed that the beloved character of Sherlock Holmes has been done in, everyone from Churchill to Doyle's own family is up-in-arms. Besieged by telephone calls and angry mobs outside his home, Doyle flees London to escape the harassment. Surprisingly, he finds a much more challenging problem awaiting him when out of the evening mist steps Sherlock Holmes. And so begins a battle of wits between the author -- who wants his character dead -- and character -- who demands to be revived to preserve his legacy. Next thing you know, the writer and his creation are off together solving the real-life crime of "The Wyrley Ripper".
   
Marc Salem's Mind Over Chicago  
Apollo Theater Marc Salem's Mind Over Chicago
 
The world's foremost mentalist and purveyor of mind games, Marc Salem, brings his newest sensation, Marc Salem's Mind Over Chicago, to the Apollo Theater Chicago for a limited engagement. You won't believe your eyes as Marc's hilarious and mystifying show explores the depths and true capacities of the human brain. Think he can't read your mind? Think again! Fun for all ages.
   
Marjorie Prime  
Writers Theatre Marjorie Prime
 
It's the age of artificial intelligence, but 86-year old Marjorie is worried that her memory may be fading. That is, until the appearance of Walter, a mysterious and charming young visitor programmed to help Marjorie uncover the intricacies of her own past. As Walter's true nature is revealed, new levels of complexity emerge, leading to profound questions about the limits of technology and whether memory might be a purely human invention.
   
Medieval Times Dinner and Tournament  
Medieval Times Schaumburg Castle Medieval Times Dinner and Tournament
 
Medieval Times is an exciting, family-friendly dinner attraction inspired by an 11th century feast and tournament. Guests are served a four-course banquet and cheer for one of six knights as they compete in the joust and other tests of skill. Expect lots of jousting, swordsmanship, thrilling hand-to-hand combat, and displays of extraordinary horsemanship as part of an exciting story set in Medieval Spain.
   
Messina 3004  
Otherworld Theatre at Mary's Attic Messina 3004
 
In the year 3004, humankind is left to rebuild a world that has been ravaged by war, poverty, and disease. From these ashes arise two opposing political powers: The Moralists who value order and reason and The Revolutionaries who value free expression. Two years have passed since these political enemies have met face to face. Join us now in Messina as either a Moralist or a Revolutionary as you navigate a story of brotherly foes, requited romance, and slanderous villainy. Audience Members will be equipped with government sanctioned medication to survive this destitute world. CAUTION: New users have reported hallucinatory side effects. Whether you join us as a Moralist or a Revolutionary, welcome to Messina.
   
Mothers and Sons  
Northlight Theatre Mothers and Sons
 
Nearly 20 years after her son's death, Katharine pays an unexpected visit to the New York apartment of his former partner, who is now married to another man and has a young child. Confronted with the life her son might have led, Katharine is challenged to face the powerful ways in which society has changed around her and to accept an ever-evolving definition of family.
   
The Mutilated  
A Red Orchid Theatre The Mutilated
 
It's Christmas Eve in New Orleans and Trinket Dugan is holed up at the Silver Dollar Hotel with a painful secret. Her only friend and confidant, Celeste, has just been released from jail and will stop at nothing to get back into her good graces, her pocket-book and her booze. Can their friendship survive the cruelty, the con men, hookers, cops, sailors and drunks? The Mutilated is one of Williams' funniest and most moving plays, and according to Williams himself is "an allegory on the tragicomic subject of human existence on this risky planet."
   
Mutt  
Red Tape Theatre and Stage Left Theatre at Theater Wit Mutt
 
The Republican Party finally realizes it has a problem with race. So it decides its best chance for success in the 2016 presidential election is to back a candidate who's of "mixed race," white and Asian descent.. They think they've found their man in Len, a multiracial war hero who can check off every single box - and maybe a couple more boxes no one knows about. A blisteringly funny satire that skewers not only the elephants in the room but the donkeys too, Mutt burns down the entire house of racial cards.
   
Nabucco  
Lyric Opera Nabucco
 
Lyric Opera of Chicago takes you on a journey of biblical proportions with its stunning production of Giuseppe Verdi's Nabucco. The story of King Nebuchadnezzar tells of his struggles with an unscrupulous daughter, imprisonment of the Hebrews, divine punishment and final salvation. With two meaty lead roles -- brought to life by Zeljko Lucic (Lyric's riveting Rigoletto in 2013) and dramatic-soprano phenom Tatiana Serjan -- and some of the greatest choral music ever written, this is the opera that made Verdi a star. The score blends rhythmic vitality and powerful drama, featuring epic numbers like "Immenso Jehova" (the Hebrew slaves' triumphant hymn of thanksgiving) and the song of exile "Va, pensiero," considered by many to be Italy's unofficial national anthem. Sung in Italian with English subtitles, Nabucco runs at Civic Opera House.
   
The Old Friends  
Raven Theatre The Old Friends
 
Set in the 1960s in the fictional town of Harrison, Texas, The Old Friends tells of the combative members of two longtime old-money Texas families. When hometown beauty Sibyl returns to Harrison after a long absence, not-quite-forgotten passions and jealousies resurface in a wildly funny play that is, uncharacteristically for Foote, brutally satiric in its depiction of small-town people with big money..
   
Other Letters  
The Other Theatre Company at The Side Project Other Letters
 
Inspired by A.R. Gurney's Love Letters, Other Letters will tell parallel stories of gay and lesbian couples. TOTC wants to replace phrases such as "normalizing gay relationships " and "normalizing queerness" with "queering normal." Queer relationships are just as flawed, just as messy, and just as wonderful as straight relationships. They aren't interested in re-creating Love Letters with gay couples; they're interested in showing a beautiful relationship, maintained through letters, that happens to be queer. People who are friends, lovers, and confidantes. People who come together, and drift apart, remember,, and forget. People who cannot be together, but cannot be apart. Other Letters will feature two separate scripts performed in reperatory by new cast members every night.
   
Pinocchio: a Folk Musical  
Filament Theatre Pinocchio: a Folk Musical
 
Filament presents Pinocchio: a Folk Musical a new musical adaptation by Tyler Beattie (Hungry Hungry Hippos film in development with Hasbro).and directed by Scott Ferguson (Schoolhouse Rock Live! writer/creator). Chicagoans will experience Pinocchio as he's never been seen before in this freewheeling folk musical adventure of the puppet who learns to be real.
   
Pony Boy  
Annoyance Theatre Pony Boy
 
Billed as a cross between The Music Man and Equus, this all-new musical comedy from the funny folks at Chicago's Annoyance Theatre follows the adventures of con man Frankie Blotch, who sets up his latest scam at the Waynesville, Ohio Sauerkraut festival. Blotch manages to rein in plenty of emotionally vulnerable women with his "therapy ponies," but then finds it tough to ride out of town when his faux methods actually begin to show results -- and when a romance blossoms with the Mayor's daughter.
   
Pop Waits  
Neo-Futurists Pop Waits
 
Pop Waits is an athletic, participatory, clown provocation to write a song. Partners and performers Malic White and Molly Brennan both struggle with depression and rely on music to yank themselves out of despair. With the help of a live band and the audience, White and Brennan call on the powers of their heroes, Iggy Pop and Tom Waits, to write a song of their own. Through monologues, movement pieces and performance of their rock heroes' most influential songs, Brennan strips away her penchant for theatricality, while White discovers that building a larger-than-life persona might be the key to survival.
   
Posh  
Steep Theatre Posh
 
The Oxbridge dining club is filled with Britain's brightest, best and most moneyed young men. When their elitist position is threatened, they will stop at nothing to take it back. Posh puts you on the front lines of the war between the classes, the adolescent struggle for identity, and the battle for the status quo.
   
R+J: The Vineyard  
Oracle and Red Theater Chicago at The Den Theatre R+J: The Vineyard
 
R+J: THE VINEYARD is set in 1890's Martha's Vineyard where a unique deaf/hearing bilingual agricultural community gave way to a budding tourism industry. Intense cultural lines are drawn between hearing and non-hearing as land, lifestyle, and livelihoods ignite the Capulet and Montague families. This beautiful and physical production is both spoken and performed in American Sign Language and intended for all audiences.
   
Real Deal Money or, How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Guy Fieri  
The Public House Theatre Real Deal Money or, How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Guy Fieri
 
Successful game show host Skip Winkleman's life is perfect. That is until he breaks the heart of the wrong Gal. Gal Fieri, that is. Once Guy learns of his sister's broken heart he vows to ruin the life and career of Skip Winkleman, no matter the cost. And Guy doesn't just want to take over Skip's show. He wants to take over the world.
   

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