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My Brother's Keeper- The Story of The Nicholas Brothers  
Black Ensemble Theater My Brother's Keeper- The Story of The Nicholas Brothers
 
The Nicholas Brothers were the most legendary dance team in history. Harold & Fayard Nicholas broke through racist color barriers and rose to international stardom on stage and screen. They were acclaimed as the greatest dance team in history during the 1930s and '40s. We know them as a dynamic, high-flying, dance duo, but who were these men outside of the spotlight?
   
Never Mind, It's Nothing  
Stage 773 Never Mind, It's Nothing
 
Just in time for your Valentine's Day hangover, the world premiere of Never Mind, It's Nothing from Chicago Slam Works arrives, combining performance poetry and theatrical farce to tackle those things left unsaid in love, relationships and sex. Enjoy this madcap lyric play for the sex-positive and the queer-friendly, for lovers who roll their eyes at sonnets -- and would much prefer any of their kisses to come with the sharp bite of teeth -- at Chicago's Stage 773.
   
Part Dog: Scent of the Beyond  
Cornservatory Part Dog: Scent of the Beyond
 
You have stumbled into a room that leads to another dimension. The walls creak, the paintings eyes' seem to follow you as you pass, and the whole place stinks of something . . . hilarity. Your host for this evening is Marley J. Corwin, a mysterious figure of shadows and story who will take your on a journey through three tales of humor and terror. His other guests will be arriving soon so take a seat, clutch your loved ones, and take a big whiff of . . . The Scent of the Beyond!
   
Party On, Chicago!: The Choose-Your-Own-Drinking-Adventure  
Gorilla Tango Theatre Party On, Chicago!: The Choose-Your-Own-Drinking-Adventure
 
"Party On, Chicago!: The Choose-Your-Own-Drinking-Adventure" takes the audience through one crazy night in the windy city. Morgan and his best friend Katie are both in post-breakup funks, more content to ride the sofa and blog than to go and experience life. However, Morgan's roommate Jason is having none of that! What kind of night will they have? That's completely up to the audience. It is a choose-your-own-adventure, after all! Will this gang have the night of their lives or will they come home early? And, when confronted with choices of their own will you let them make the right call? "Party On, Chicago!: The Choose-Your-Own-Drinking-Adventure" is the comedy ride you have been looking for: filled with drinking games and hilarious twist and turns throughout the evening...I mean, a penguin? Say wha'?!?
   
Penelope Pennyworth Girl Detective: The Case of Mr. Nobody  
Edge Theatre Penelope Pennyworth Girl Detective: The Case of Mr. Nobody
 
Penelope is a 10-year-old girl detective solving crimes big and small with her best friend and sidekick Tillie. In Penelope Pennyworth Girl Detective: The Case of Mr. Nobody, Tillie begins to feel a little left out after a new friend joins the detective crew. When Penny's diary goes missing, her chance at winning the science fair is threatened! While Tillie seems to be a likely suspect for the theft, it's up to everybody to find out who really dunnit. This fun musical from Li'l Buds Theatre Company co-founder Jenny Lamb shows the strength that kids can find within when they need to overcome obstacles. Your entire family can join in the case-cracking, spirit-lifting fun at Chicago's Edge Theater.
   
The People's Republic of Edward Snowden  
Oil Lamp Theater The People's Republic of Edward Snowden
 
The People's Republic of Edward Snowden is a thought-provoking satire that tackles important questions of freedom and privacy. As the play opens, a "press conference" is scheduled in Terminal F of Moscow's Sheremetyevo International Airport. Audiences are introduced to Edward Snowden (Nick Bryant) by his alluring Russian "minder," Natasha (Lara Dohner). She tells us that Snowden, the infamous former CIA employee who revealed details about classified U.S. government surveillance programs in 2013, is making himself available for questions from the "press" - the audience in the theater - who are encouraged to submit questions for Snowden via social media using their smartphones. So begins an evening of immersive and interactive theater that takes audiences on a thought-provoking journey into the chilling world of global data-gathering and surveillance.
   
Phantom Pain  
The Greenhouse Theater Center Phantom Pain
 
A pair of true BFFs, Angela, who's black, and Marnie, who's white, grew up together in the racially turbulent Detroit of the '70s, and have managed to remain best buds through jobs, marriages and relocation to the Windy City. But the past returns to haunt them in Phantom Pain, when a visit from another childhood friend unearths lies and long-buried secrets that threaten to tear their relationship in two. This world premiere by Chicago playwright Barbara Lhota comes to the stage at the Greenhouse Theater Center.
   
Picnic  
American Theater Company Picnic
 
Closeted and dogged by an acute sense of failure for most of his life until he ended it, William Inge wrote some of the great lyrical plays of the American mid-century, and Picnic was his masterpiece, his playground and, quite possibly, his fantasy. In this loving reimagining, ATC Artistic Director Will Davis puts Inge at the center of his Pulitzer Prize-winning play and animates what is both sacred and profane about small town life against the backdrop of dust bowl hymns and love songs. Part seance, part love letter to a ghost, this Picnic explores a life lived at the periphery of one's own desire.
   
Pinching and Screaming  
Annoyance Theatre Pinching and Screaming
 
Mascots are lovable and fun, until they take it too far and cross over into being annoying and scary. Annie was a mascot wunderkind before a devastating mistake sent her life into a tailspin. But in the one-act play Pinching and Screaming, a chance encounter in a coffee shop 10 years after "the incident" gives her one last shot at mascot glory. The comedy group Schmoon brings this unique redemption tale to The Annoyance Theatre.
   
Porch Play  
Theatre Momentum at Pendulum Theater Space Porch Play
 
PORCH PLAY is an instant play in one act. Improv actors are instant playwrights, and this production draws on that skill to create complex interweaving lives and storytelling with depth and honesty. Elements of comedy and drama are folded into the story in equal measure.
   
A Princess of Mars  
Other World Theatre at Berger Park Coach House A Princess of Mars
 
Known for their imaginative and epic theatrical works of science fiction and fantasy, Chicago's Otherworld Theatre now presents the world premiere of their adaptation of Edgar Rice Burroughs' A Princess of Mars. A Confederate deserter, John Carter's world is turned upside-down when he finds himself mysteriously transported to the surface of Mars, where he is forced into a colossal conflict between the planet's alien races. Poised on the edge of collapse, the planet's fate comes to rest on Carter's war-weary shoulders -- and now he must choose sides. Filled with swordplay, otherworldly environments, elaborate costuming and more, A Princess of Mars at Berger Park promises to whisk you away on an unforgettable theatrical adventure.
   
Purity Ball: The Musical  
Annoyance Theatre Purity Ball: The Musical
 
Purity Ball: The Musical takes a lighthearted look at the somewhat creepy world of evangelical purity balls - ceremonies in which young girls symbolically entrust their virginity to their fathers for safekeeping until marriage. The humorous play, written by Molly Miller with music by Brad Kemp, follows Isabel, a devout Christian teen who's tempted to have sex right before the Colorado Springs annual Purity Ball. As the big event approaches, Isabel finds she must explore her faith, her virginity and her self worth -- and learns that ultimately she and only she is in charge of her body.
   
The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui  
Trap Door Theatre The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui
 
The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui, by Bertolt Brecht is a satire of social and political corruption chronicling Aturo Ui's villainous rise to power during the 1930's in Chicago.
   
Rhinoceros  
The Public House Theatre Rhinoceros
 
Eugene Ionesco was the master of the Theater of the Absurd, a dramatic genre wherein the world is incomprehensible and anything a writer can imagine can happen. For instance, in Rhinoceros, it seems like a normal day ... until everyone but the main character begins to turn into a rhinoceros. Written during the aftermath of World War II, the play served as a harsh criticism of the circumstances that led to widespread acceptance of fascism and Nazism. Today it remains a pointed and terribly timely critique of conformity, mass culture and allowing society to set the definition of morality. This production of Rhinoceros at Chicago's Public House Theatre delivers an absurd but eerily accurate commentary on our modern political landscape, in which action comes first and rationalization comes later.
   
Saturday Night Fever  
Drury Lane- Oakbrook Saturday Night Fever
 
Based on the 1977 hit film, Saturday Night Fever follows Brooklyn teen Tony Manero in his attempt to escape his troubles by spending weekends at the local disco. Watch Tony win the admiration of the crowd, as well as his heartthrob Stephanie Mangano, as he burns up the dance floor with his electric moves. Featuring favorite Bee Gees songs from the movie such as "Night Fever," "Stayin' Alive," and "Jive Talkin'," Saturday Night Fever is a fun and funky blast from the past that will have audiences dancing in the aisle.
   
The Scene  
Writers Theatre The Scene
 
What starts off with an amusing exchange at a hip Manhattan party quickly turns into something more complex. When close friends Charlie and Lewis meet Clea, a determined young woman making her mark on the New York scene, it sets them off on an emotional roller coaster. This provocative comedy-drama explores the dark edges of commitment and the struggles of balancing authenticity with ambition.
   
The Scullery Maid  
Idle Muse Theatre Company at Edge Theatre The Scullery Maid
 
As King Edward celebrates an uneasy truce with France, the lowliest servant in Nottingham castle, Miriam the scullery maid, initiates a murder plot that will see him dead before the night is done - no matter the cost. Loyalties and conspiracies unravel as a raging tempest sets in, giving rise to new betrayals and unearthing long-buried secrets as Miriam approaches the point of no return. Religious, political and familial identities all clash with storm-like intensity in a medieval thriller that asks: are we defined by our prejudices or can we escape becoming what we hate?
   

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