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Soap Box Derby King  
Annoyance Theatre Soap Box Derby King
 
Soap Box Derby King is a raucous, vibrant musical comedy that follows the stories of the kids and parents who would do anything to win to become the Derby champion.
   
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.
   
Splatter Theater  
Annoyance Theatre Splatter Theater
 
A parody of Friday the 13th type movies, the characters in “Splatter Theater” include such archetypes as a nun, the school jock, the virgin, the class dick, and of course the bumbling old man. Laugh and watch them all die in different ways: Tongue pulled out, drill in the head, intestines being ripped out, slashed throat, and the list goes on. With freshly painted white walls on the stage before each performance, the audience will be horrified and delighted by the end, when the walls are covered in blood! Directed once again by Annoyance regular Charley Carroll.
   
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.
   
Things You Shouldn't Say Past Midnight: A Comedy in Three Beds  
Windy City Playhouse Things You Shouldn't Say Past Midnight: A Comedy in Three Beds
 
It's three a.m. in New York City. Grad student Ben (Peter Meadows) and girlfriend Nancy (Emily Tate) are having passionate, unbridled sofabed sex until Nancy's bizarre dirty talk leads to a mood-killing argument. Nancy leaves the apartment to seek council from her best friend Grace (Patrese McClain) who's having a hard time seducing her rough-hewn new boyfriend Gene (Shane Kenyon). They call Grace's therapist Mark (Chris Sheard) - who has company of his own (Robert Spencer) - in order to get his perspective. In a Love Actually meets La Ronde series of revelations and connections - romantic and otherwise - Things You Shouldn't Say Past Midnight delves into the truths that sex really exposes.
   
This House Believes The American Dream Is At The Expense of the American Negro  
Oracle Theatre This House Believes The American Dream Is At The Expense of the American Negro
 
This 70 minute play is important for all audiences. As this nation's battle with racism and inequality deepens, this prescient show demonstrates how our past is still relevant to our present.
   
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.
   
Twisted Melodies  
Congo Square Theatre at Athenaeum Theatre Twisted Melodies
 
Twisted Melodies is a fictionalized journey through the mind of musical genius Donny Hathaway. We see a man lost in space and time, battling schizophrenia and trying to come to terms with - everything. Join us for an experience that explores the psychology of a genius and his music as he deals with the extreme circumstances of mental illness.
   
The Universal Wolf  
Trap Door Theatre The Universal Wolf
 
From the very beginning, with Little Red wringing the birdie’s neck so she can put it in the little gift basket for her grandmother, Joan Schenkar’s The Universal Wolf strikes a different cord in this highly theatrical rendering of the famous Little Red Riding Hood fairy tale. As the play progresses, the things are getting only weirder since one inversion of the original follows the other—the innocents are not so innocent after all, the aggressors turn into victims themselves, the horror becomes funny, the fun becomes scary. In The Universal Wolf, Schenkar has created a truly menacing, unpredictable and unstable world where all our expectations are turned topsy-turvy; the play is a provocation and an invitation for a revisionist reading of the famous fairy tale.
   
Victor/Victoria  
Stage 773 Victor/Victoria
 
Victor/Victoria is a warm, funny look at the nature of love, gender perceptions and the battle of the sexes. The musical, based on Julie Andrews' 1982 film of the same name, tells the story of Victoria, a struggling soprano in Paris, who colludes with gay impresario Toddy, who's also looking for his big break. Together, they concoct a scheme for Victoria to disguise herself as a man named Victor, who entertains as a female impersonator known as "Victoria." In her new guise, "Victor" becomes the toast of the town, but things become hilariously complicated when a big-time Chicano mobster sees Victoria's act and becomes attracted to "Victor." From the electrifying excitement of "Le Jazz Hot!" to the contemplative "Crazy World," this classic musical brings 1930s Paris thrills to Chicago's Stage 773.
   
We Gotta Bingo  
Chicago Theatre Works We Gotta Bingo
 
Get your cards and markers ready for We Gotta Bingo, a raucous, interactive dinner theater experience where you're placed in the middle of two rival parishes who are set to be merged with each other. Since neither can support the expanding congregation by itself, they decide to raise the money the best way they know how -- through a bingo blowout. In between games, you'll enjoy a tasty Italian dinner, musical interludes between the rival parish choirs and The Vokel Chords playing hits from today and yesterday, polka-style. Following in the hilarious footsteps of Tony 'n Tina's Wedding, throw on your game face for We Gotta Bingo at Chicago Theater Works.
   
Yellow Eyes  
Vision Latino Theatre at Chicago Dramatists Yellow Eyes
 
Yellow Eyes tells a story of a young woman who walks the streets of the South Bronx at the risk of danger. Friendship does not so easily come in a social labyrinth where racial tension is accompanied with harassing and bodily assaults. The only safe place for Isabel is her great grandfather's home. He possess the knowledge and wisdom that makes her proud of her cultural heritage. After learning that she is the daughter of three races- Taíno, African, and Hispanic, Isabel is empowered to articulate her diasporic identity and to wisely handled her racially mixed circle of friends.
   

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