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London Wall  
Griffin Theatre Company at The Den Theatre London Wall
 
This "lost" and rarely produced work by the author of I Am a Camera and Bell, Book and Candle explores the lives and love affairs of the women employed as shorthand typists in a busy solicitor's office in 1930's London. The play had its premiere in May of 1931 at the Duke of York's Theatre in London and was acclaimed for its hyper-realistic depiction of office life, as well as its soulful probing of the dreams and desires of its female characters.
   
Looking Over the President's Shoulder  
American Blues Theater at The Greenhouse Theater Center Looking Over the President's Shoulder
 
Before Lee Daniels' The Butler, Emmy-Award winning writer James Still wrote the real-life story of Alonzo Fields, the grandson of a freed slave, who was forced by the Depression to give up his dreams of becoming an opera singer. Fields accepted the job at the White House and served 21 years. The tour-de-force solo play tells the unique perspective of serving four U.S. presidents and their families: Herbert Hoover, Franklin Roosevelt, Harry Truman, and Dwight Eisenhower. The Washington Post wrote, "the appeal is its peeking through the keyhole quality." Featuring Black Theater Alliance Award winner Manny Buckley*. * Denotes Ensemble member or Artistic Affiliate of American Blues Theater.
   
Love In 90 Minutes  
Stage 773 Love In 90 Minutes
 
Explore the many facets of Love in this theatrical journey with Thorpedo Productions. Stories of love, lovers and love gone wrong are scripted and performed by some of Chicago's most talented up-and-coming actors, writers and directors. Stop in early to grab a love-inspired cocktail at Stage 773's full bar.
   
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.
   
Men Are From Mars, Women Are From Venus Live!  
Broadway Playhouse Men Are From Mars, Women Are From Venus Live!
 
An off-Broadway hit adapted from John Gray's iconic book, this one-man show version of Men Are From Mars, Women Are From Venus builds on the success of the book, which sold more than 50 million copies. Fusing theater, stand-up comedy and a dash of sage wisdom, this show delivers a hilarious take on the age-old battle of the sexes. The lighthearted theatrical comedy makes its way to Broadway Playhouse in Chicago to cover everything from dating and marriage to what goes on in the bedroom.
   
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.
   

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