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My First Time  
Broken Nose Theatre at The Greenhouse Theater Center My First Time
 
There's a story behind every first sexual experience, and this off-Broadway hit features a hilarious and sometimes painful collection of "first-time" stories from people of all persuasions, performed by four actors. Drawn from real people, the stories range from the sweet and sexy to the awkward and humiliating -- and pretty much everything in between. Since the show's premiere, it's been featured on CNN, Fox, MSNBC, The Tonight Show With Jay Leno, and even spawning its own iPhone commercial. Broken Nose Theatre is pleased to present this remount (pun intended) of their inaugural late-night smash.
   
One Flea Spare  
Ghost Light Productions, Inc. & Jeffrey Clark Stokes at The Den Theatre One Flea Spare
 
Four strangers (an older couple, a sailor and a young girl) are quarantined together during the Black Plague's sweep through London. They all attempt to connect to each other by revealing their own truths, exposing others' lies, sharing emotions and attempting to keep the plague out of mind. Unfortunately, there is a constant reminder of the death and decay going on outside those four walls - the guard stationed in front of the couple's home. He calls the numbers of the dead, offers "remedies," strikes deals and preaches to the masses - all while seeming to go mad himself from all the detriment around him. Will the plague, confinement, and socioeconomic differences allow these attempted connections to be anything more than an attempt at self-preservation?
   
Onionheads  
Benevolent Theatre at Trap Door Theatre Onionheads
 
"Onionheads" is a tragic comedy that tells the story of youth, innocence, and survival. It follows the lives of the Tidwell brothers and the Bumpinmeyer sisters during the Oklahoma Dustbowl. It is the summer of 1935, and the shocking reality of life and death hit these youngsters as they watch the skies turn black, and they lose their farms to the relentless dust. Devastated, they travel to Californee, a "land of milk and honey," only to peel back layers of the sweet and sour, revealing more hidden family secrets. farms to the relentless dust. Devastated, they travel to Californee, a "land of milk and honey," only to peel back layers of the sweet and sour, revealing more hidden family secrets.
   
Othello  
The Gift Theatre Othello
 
Even among Shakespeare's "greatest hits," Othello stands apart for its passion, its sense of danger and its continual relevance amidst the evils of the modern world. Othello, a Moorish general in the Venetian army, and his new wife, Desdemona, seemingly have it all -- true love, success and happiness. But can anyone protect them from "honest" Iago, a master magician of deceit? The inspiration for villains as varied as Milton's Satan and Breaking Bad's Walter White, Iago is one of the most hypnotically evil characters ever created, and the driving force behind Shakespeare's profound tragedy of love and jealousy.
   
Principal Principle  
Theatre Seven of Chicago and Stage Left Theatre at Theater Wit Principal Principle
 
Armed with her dreams of changing the world and eight weeks of training, Kay quits her corporate job to teach English in a Chicago public high school. She arrives to find that the copy machine, the system, and the spirits of her fellow teachers are all broken. Or are they? A dark comedy of academic intrigue, Principal Principle is a world premiere by playwright and former CPS teacher Joe Zarrow that takes a peek at the politics behind the closed doors of the teachers' lounge.
   
The Qualms  
Steppenwolf Theatre The Qualms
 
At a beachside apartment complex, a group of friends gathers for their regular evening of food, drink, drugs and partner-swapping. When Chris and Kristy attempt to become the newest members, the evening does not go as planned. The artichoke dip grows cold as the party devolves into a territorial battle over mating privileges. Does sex ruin everything? And what is the purpose of monogamy? Pulitzer Prize-winning author Bruce Norris's comedy explores the eternal struggle for power, status and getting laid.
   
The Raven and the Messenger  
Annoyance Theatre The Raven and the Messenger
 
While cult leader James Jones, The People's Temple and the cult's tragic mass suicide at Jonestown are well known -- forever immortalized in the phrase "drink the Kool-Aid" -- the story of the charismatic cult leader's rise is not as widely known. One fascinating chapter occurred in the 1960s and involved black spiritual leader Father Divine, who served as Jones' inspiration. Divine, who claimed to be God, is considered to be the first modern cult leader. Eventually, Jones would attempt to take over his mentor's ministry and absorb his followers into The People's Temple. The Annoyance Theatre's The Raven and the Messenger brings this bizarre true story to life.
   
Seussical  
Chicago Shakespeare Theater Seussical
 
Chicago Shakespeare Theater brings the humor and magic of Dr. Seuss to life onstage this summer in the Broadway musical comedy Seussical for young audiences and their families. Playful, energetic and full of whimsy, Seussical engages the imagination with clever lyrics and melodies, unforgettable characters and the vibrant rainbow of Dr. Seuss’ colorful world. Seussical is written by the Tony Award® winning team of Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty, whose works include Ragtime and Once on This Island, and was co-conceived with Eric Idle of Monty Python and Spamalot fame. Directed by Scott Weinstein with musical direction by Michael Mahler,
   
Shepherd's Daughter: a Joan of Arc Reimagining  
Zoo Studio Shepherd's Daughter: a Joan of Arc Reimagining
 
The Paradeigma Collective bursts onto Chicago's theatre scene with an original play written by Whitney LaMora. Produced in association with The Chicago Mammals, Shepherd's Daughter explores the mystery of Joan of Arc, a woman, a soldier, a saint, and the maladies, pathologies, and politics that contributed to her heroism. The Paradeigma Collective brings Joan to life and explores the dimensions of her terrific journey by presenting characters who manifest her piety, her madness, her illness, her bravery and her doubt.
   
A Slice of Life  
Annoyance Theatre A Slice of Life
 
Have you ever said to yourself, "I love this pizza so much I wish I could marry it"? Well, here's the pizza-in-cheek tale of a man who did just that. A Slice of Life is the story of J-Ball Pizzaface, a man who, so bereft over his wife's untimely death, marries a pizza. This exploration of life through the metaphor of pizza includes many spicy characters: a corrupt mayor who's gluttonous for power, a bum who once tasted glory but lost it all, a fisherman looking for just one last big bite. Annoyance is known for putting some of the best improvisational actors around on stage, performing completely uncensored material. Don't miss their newest work -- it's piping hot and fully loaded.
   
A Small Fire  
Steep Theatre A Small Fire
 
In A Small Fire, John and Emily's lives are upended when Emily is struck by a mysterious disease. As Emily's condition strips away her senses, she is left to find her true self and true love. Bock's redemptive story of a family's journey from loss to hope premiered at Playwrights Horizon in New York in 2011.
   
Stoop Time  
The Greenhouse Theater Center Stoop Time
 
It's been 22 years since Josephine was forced to abandon the love of her life in Haiti. Never having given up the search, though beginning to lose faith in its fruitfulness, Josephine has finally unlocked a bit of the truth about her past in the most unlikely of places, and long-buried secrets are at last coming to light. But will she be able to face the truth about the love that she left behind ... or will these new revelations destroy what could have been a perfect reunion? Chicago playwright, Joni Arredia, drew on two years of volunteer work as inspiration for this story of perfect strangers who become perfect friends -- now Greenhouse Theater Center presents the world premiere of this moving new drama.
   
The Teddy Bears' Picnic  
Emerald City's Little Theatre The Teddy Bears' Picnic
 
Mama Bear and Baby Bear have invited you to pack up your picnic basket and head out to the woods. Mama Bear needs your family's help to set up the picnic and gather the materials for a perfect lunch. Explore your surroundings and squeal with delight at the surprises you and Baby Bear discover there. Best suited for kids 0 - 4.
   
This Is Our Youth  
Steppenwolf Theatre This Is Our Youth
 
Set in New York in 1982, This Is Our Youth follows forty-eight hours in the lives of three very lost young souls: Warren, a dejected nineteen year old who has just stolen $15,000 from his abusive, tycoon father; Dennis, his charismatic drug-dealing friend who helps Warren put the stolen money to good use; and Jessica, the anxiously insightful young woman who Warren yearns for. Funny, painful and compassionate, This Is Our Youth is a living snapshot of the moment when many young people go out into the world on their own, armed only with the ideas and techniques they developed as teenagers-far more sophisticated than their parents realize, and far less effectual than they themselves can possibly imagine.
   
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.
   
The Trail To Oregon!  
Stage 773 The Trail To Oregon!
 
The classic computer game The Oregon Trail gets a delightfully faithful stage adaptation -- bandits, dysentery and all. Known for their witty wizardly mash-up A Very Potter Musical, StarKid Productions' latest musical comedy The Trail To Oregon! follows a dysfunctional pioneer family as they fight their way cross-country by covered wagon, hunting, fording rivers and battling snakes, measles, typhoid and other dangers every step of the way. While those who grew up playing the The Oregon Trail game will delight in seeing its unintentionally hilarious grim scenarios unfold onstage, everyone at this show will revel in StarKid's side-splitting show tunes and razor-sharp dialogue.
   

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