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Porcelain  
Prologue Theatre Company at The Greenhouse Theater Center Porcelain
 
An examination of one young man's crime of passion, Porcelain centers on John Lee -- a gay, 19-year-old Asian man who has confessed to shooting his lover in a public lavatory in London. Dissecting the crime though a prism of conflicting points of view, this Greenhouse Theater Center production combines newscasts, flashbacks and John's recollections to a prison psychiatrist to create a truly compelling play. One of the earliest works from celebrated playwright Chay Yew, Porcelain was initially produced in 1992 and won the London Fringe Awards for Best Play and Best Playwright.
   
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.
   
Ring Of Fire: The Music Of Johnny Cash  
Mercury Theater Ring Of Fire: The Music Of Johnny Cash
 
The musical revue RING OF FIRE: THE MUSIC OF JOHNNY CASH guides audiences on a journey through Cash's career, from the cotton fields of Arkansas to the Grand Ole Opry. The show was created by Richard Maltby, Jr., conceived by William Meade, with orchestrations by Steven Bishop and Jeff Lisenby. This version is a re-imagining of the original Broadway production; more intimate, but with a full musical soundscape.
   
Roast Beef  
CIC Theater Roast Beef
 
Under the guidance of Miss Jessica Martini, the Roast Beef All-Male Revue entertains wild crowds every weekend with the hardest bodies and hottest moves legal enough to do in public. Starting backstage to learn what these slabs of meat get out of performing and ending with the actual revue, we follow a night with the Roast Beefers and see how they handle the bright lights of (adult) show biz!
   
Soon I Will Be Invincible  
Lifeline Theatre Soon I Will Be Invincible
 
The devious Doctor Impossible has escaped from prison and legendary superhero CoreFire has vanished without a trace. With the fate of the world in their hands, the New Champions have mere hours to recover their fallen comrade and stop their arch-nemesis before his doomsday device is complete. Joined by Fatale, a cyborg with an arsenal of deadly hardware and a host of self-esteem issues, the mighty super-team must face their darkest hour - and the truths buried in their deeply troubled pasts. A thrilling new musical about power and identity set in a vibrant world of heroes and villains, in a world premiere adaptation.
   
Soul Brother, Where Art Thou?  
Second City Soul Brother, Where Art Thou?
 
Soul Brother, Where Art Thou? hilariously explores the ups and downs of modern life - our co-dependent relationship with technology, the paranoid perils of online dating and battling the loud chorus of judgment we hear in our heads and from the world around us. From the very real threat of fatal peanut allergies to the embarrassment of miscast warriors, Soul Brother, Where Art Thou? searches for common ground and kindred spirits.
   
Stick Fly  
Windy City Playhouse Stick Fly
 
Originally developed as part of The August Wilson New Play Initiative at Congo Square where it premiered in 2006, Stick Fly is the story of an affluent black family over a three-day summer weekend on Martha's Vineyard. Young writer Taylor (Celeste Cooper), the daughter of a late African-American academic, accompanies her entomologist fiance Kent (Tyrone Phillips) to meet his family at their vacation home on the Vineyard. On hand for the weekend is powerful patriarch neurosurgeon Joe (Phillip Edward Van Lear), Kent's plastic surgeon brother Flip (Michael Pogue), Flip's new white girlfriend Kimber (Kristen Magee) and black housekeeper Cheryl (Paige Collins).
   
Sweetie Maude  
Annoyance Theatre Sweetie Maude
 
Set in Chicago in a timeless age, the new musical is a story of jealousy, cruelty, and ultimately, revenge. Although it's a pastiche of Sweeney Todd, Sweetie Maude has its own voice. The dark and comedic musical resonates as an all-female story: while manipulation, evil, and revenge find their home in our anti-hero Sweetie, we also see love, strength, and a sense of humor.
   
That's Weird, Grandma  
Barrel Of Monkeys at Neo-Futurists That's Weird, Grandma
 
An assortment of scenes and songs created by Chicago Public School students and produced by actors, musicians, comedians and playwrights. The hour-long show changes each week, based on audience votes.
   
There Might Be... Stumble  
Indie Boots Theatre at The Side Project There Might Be... Stumble
 
Indie Boots Theatre presents There Might Be... Stumble, 10 short plays by Richard Paro, inspired by the first two Belle & Sebastian albums, Heidi Spencer and the Rare Birds, Dorothy Parker, Chicago, Love, Kate Bornstein, Internet Comments, Dr. Who, Nick Drake, TV On The Radio, Politics, St. Vincent, and Everything Else.
   
Titus Andronicus  
The Public House Theatre Titus Andronicus
 
"Titus Andronicus" is not William Shakespeare's most popular play, but when it is mounted, it makes a powerful statement. The story is a simple and grotesque portrait of the perversions of power, revenge and the consequences of our primal fear of "The Other." A legendary general takes a foreign queen captive, slaughters her oldest son, and sets off a chain of events which sees his own daughter violated and disfigured, and the Queen's remaining, offending sons baked into a pie.
   
To Kill a Mockingbird  
Oak Park Festival Theatre To Kill a Mockingbird
 
Although excitement, mystery and controversy surround the imminent release of Harper Lee's new book -- her first in six decades -- one thing is certain: It will never replace To Kill a Mockingbird. For few perspectives on American society have been as perceptive or as poignant as that of young Scout Finch, the heroine of Lee's Pulitzer Prize-winning novel. Adapted for the stage by Christopher Sergel (Winesburg, Ohio), this moving play follows Scout's journey as her father Atticus defends Tom Robinson, a black man framed for a crime he did not commit. As the trial progresses, Scout and her brother Jem see their community divided over issues of justice and racism. See this stirring portrayal of both racial and family relations at Chicago's Oak Park Festival Theatre in Austin Gardens.
   
Tommy Gun's Garage  
Tommy Gun's Garage Tommy Gun's Garage
 
The restaurant-cabaret presents a Roaring 20s-themed musical comedy revue in a speakeasy seting, with dining and drinking integrated into the show.
   
Too Much Light Makes The Baby Go Blind  
Neo-Futurists Too Much Light Makes The Baby Go Blind
 
Their signature show, Too Much Light Makes The Baby Go Blind, which had its first performance on December 2, 1988, is now in its twenty-fifth year, making it the longest-running show in Chicago today. Too Much Light..., with its ever-changing "menu," is an attempt to perform 30 plays in 60 minutes. The single unifying element of these plays is that they are performed from a perspective of absolute honesty.
   
Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike  
Goodman Theatre Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike
 
Siblings Vanya and Sonia have spent their adult years trapped in mundane lives at their family's cottage, caring for their ailing parents. Meanwhile, their self-involved sister Masha, a glamorous movie star, has traveled the world in decadent style. After their soothsayer/cleaning woman Cassandra warns Vanya and Sonia of impending doom, Masha arrives unannounced, accompanied by her hunky young lover Spike, who sparks a friendship with the beautiful girl next door Nina much to Masha's dismay. When Masha reveals plans that will upend the family, long-repressed resentments bubble over in a weekend full of wild costume parties, voodoo dolls and surprise romance.
   
The Who and the What  
Victory Gardens Theater - Biograph The Who and the What
 
Raised in a conservative Muslim family in Atlanta, the outspoken and brilliant Zarina recently completed a book about women and Islam. When her traditional father and sister discover the manuscript, it threatens to tear her family apart. With humor and ferocity, 2013 Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Ayad Akhtar and director Kimberly Senior examine the giant chasm between our traditions and our contemporary lives.
   
A Work of Art  
Chicago Dramatists A Work of Art
 
A Work of Art tells the story of a woman who lost her brother to the war in Vietnam and the course of her life was changed forever. Now, at a crossroads, she must do battle with her past and the ghosts that continue to haunt her. This achingly beautiful new work, which depicts the burden that military families are asked to carry, explores the lingering pain and soul-searching that accompanies the aftermath of any war. The first of Romero's trilogy Graveyard of Empires is currently being produced by 16t Street Theatre.
   

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