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Not About Nightingales  
Raven Theatre Not About Nightingales
 
Inspired by real events at a Philadelphia prison in 1937, convicts protesting the physically abusive and even murderous tactics of a martinet warden wage a hunger strike. This 1938 play, written six years before Williams's success with The Glass Menagerie, was for decades lost until the actress Vanessa Redgrave learned of it and was able to locate a manuscript. She brought it to Trevor Nunn, then Artistic Director of Britain's Royal National Theatre. Nunn and the RNT later staged the play's World Premiere as a three-way co-production with Redgrave's Moving Theatre and Houston's Alley Theatre. Their production transferred to Broadway in January 1999 and was nominated for six Tony awards.
   
Our Christian Nation  
Cornservatory Our Christian Nation
 
From Emmy Award-winning writer Joe James, Our Christian Nation takes a satirical look at what our country might look like should the extreme Christian right get absolutely everything their way. That's right: Everything. Catch this righteously right-wing comedy at The Conservatory in Chicago, courtesy of John Hancock Productions.
   
Paradise Blue  
TimeLine Theatre Company Paradise Blue
 
It's 1949 in Detroit's Black Bottom neighborhood, and Blue, the gifted trumpeter and troubled owner of the Paradise nightclub, is contemplating a buyout offer for the city's urban renewal plan. As the inhabitants of his famed but faltering jazz club ponder their options and dream of a better life, relationships are tested, new challengers emerge, and a mysterious woman arrives to turn their world upside down. As the fate of all their lives looms, they must decide whether to fight to save what's theirs or risk it all for a chance at redemption.
   
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!
   
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.
   
Prince Max  
The Den Theatre Prince Max
 
In 1832, a Prussian prince hires a young unknown artist to travel the Missouri River and paint a portrait of its people(s), language, guns, astronomy, coffee and bears. This is their story. (Sort of.) With a total disregard for chronology and gender, this delightfully weird world premiere play dives deep into the heart of our American interior.
   
Queen  
Victory Gardens Theater - Biograph Queen
 
PhD candidates Sanam and Ariel have spent the better part of the last decade exhaustively researching vanishing bee populations across the globe. Just as these close friends are about to publish a career-defining paper, Sanam stumbles upon a miscalculation. What appears to be a small error could cause catastrophic damage to their reputations, careers, and friendship. Now, Sanam is confronted with an impossible choice: look the other way or stand by her principles and accept the consequences.
   
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.
   
Scapegoat; Or (Why The Devil Always Loved Us)  
The New Colony at The Den Theatre Scapegoat; Or (Why The Devil Always Loved Us)
 
Over two generations the Porters have cultivated their legacy as "The New Roosevelts." As a Religious Freedom bill bullies its way through Congress, their political dynasty is suddenly threatened when a story leaks claiming the family patriarch is a Satanist. With his eyes set on a future nomination to the Supreme Court, Anse Porter is forced to choose between having the life he's worked for, and sacrificing all for the people he serves. Loyalties to family, faith, country and self are tested in this twisted story of The Porter Family as they struggle through the wreckage of America's crumbling wall between church and state.
   
Sext In The City  
Under The Gun Theater Sext In The City
 
Under the Gun Theater is proud to present Sext And The City, the sassiest improv comedy show in Chicago. Each week, special guest comedians, musicians, and artists will tell true stories about online dating. From there, the UTG Ensemble will launch into an improvised show of highly creative comedic whimsy. And of course, the bar will serve plenty of colorful cocktails.
   
Shakespeare In Love  
Chicago Shakespeare Theater Shakespeare In Love
 
The Oscar-winning romantic comedy about Shakespeare and his Chamberlain's Men returns to its rightful home-the stage. Imagine a young playwright on the make struggling to write his new tragic love story, "Romeo and Ethel, The Pirate's Daughter." The title just doesn't have the right ring-and young Will Shakespeare knows it. He's got writer's block and must do something quickly. Will needs a muse, and he finds one in Viola, a vivacious beauty who will do anything-even disguise herself as a man-to audition for the stage where no women are permitted to perform. Once revealed, the torrid affair begins inspiring the completion of the most romantic tragedy ever penned. Backstage maneuverings jostle hilariously with onstage dramas in this love letter to Theater itself, directed by multiple Jeff Award winner and Chicago Shakespeare favorite Rachel Rockwell.
   
She Loves Me  
Marriott Theatre In Lincolnshire She Loves Me
 
A musical comedy gem featuring songs by Jerry Bock and Sheldon Harnick (Fiddler on the Roof) and book by Joe Masteroff (Cabaret). She Loves Me is set in a 1930's European parfumerie, where shop clerks Amalia and Georg, more often than not, don't see eye to eye. After both respond to a "lonely hearts advertisement" in the newspaper, they now live for the love letters they exchange, but little do they know the anonymous pen pals they have both been falling for happen to be each other!
   
Silent Sky  
First Folio Theatre Silent Sky
 
A period drama about feminism, scientific advancement and the fight to cement one's legacy in the face of adversity, Silent Sky is set in the early 1900s and follows real-life Cambridge astronomer Henrietta Leavitt, an aspiring scientist who joins the Harvard Observatory's all-female "human computer" team. The women are kept behind the scenes and are told to keep their ideas and theories to themselves. As Henrietta navigates these impossible waters, she tries to keep her personal life and family obligations in focus. Presented by First Folio Theatre, Silent Sky examines a woman's place in professional society during a time of both historic discovery and endless oppression, when a woman's ideas were dismissed until a man could claim credit for them. See it now at the Mayslake Hall of the Chicago area.
   
Six Stories Tall  
Adventure Stage Chicago Six Stories Tall
 
Drums and DJs. Monsters and mysteries. Victory. Join a legion of young heroes battling villains, saving the underdog, and once again making dreams come true in Six Stories Tall. ASC revives its electrifying 2012 production before embarking on its first-ever national tour. Influenced by comic books, video games, hip hop, and Latino folklore, this collection of vignettes celebrates youth as everyday heroes taking us on a thrilling, heartfelt journey.
   
Smokey and the Bandit: The Musical  
MCL Chicago Smokey and the Bandit: The Musical
 
Take a musical journey back to the '70s, when mustaches were big, high-speed chases were just around every corner, and Burt Reynolds was king. Smokey and the Bandit: The Musical brings the classic road comedy to the stage, featuring favorite toe-tappin' songs from the film's soundtrack. The Bandit is on a mission: haul 400 cases of illegal beer from Texarkana, Texas, to Atlanta, Georgia, in under 28 hours. But his job gets a whole lot tougher when a hitchhiking bride enters the picture and Sheriff Buford T. Justice puts the Bandit in his sights. WeAREproductions, creators of Fleetwood Macbeth and A Nightmare on Backstreet, bring this new musical to MCL Chicago.
   
Spamilton  
Royal George Theatre Spamilton
 
Created by the Forbidden Broadway mastermind Gerard Alessandrini, the hilarious musical mash-up, Spamilton celebrates, roasts, and eviscerates the Broadway blockbuster with a cast of five. It is interspersed with outrageous references to Gypsy, Chicago, The King and I, Assassins, Camelot and Sweeney Todd. Not only are Lin-Manuel Miranda and the stars of the original cast of Hamilton comically eviscerated, but they are joined by caricatures of living Broadway legends: Patti Lupone, Audra McDonald, Stephen Sondheim, Stephen Schwartz, Barbra Streisand, Bernadette Peters, and many more beloved icons.
   
St. Jude  
Victory Gardens Theater - Biograph St. Jude
 
Famed writer-performer Luis Alfaro (Electricidad, Oedipus el Rey) stars in St. Jude, his solo show that follows him to the bedside of his ailing father. There in California's Central Valley, he reflects on his upbringing -- helped along by a retro slide show. A respected director, author, activist and winner of a prestigious MacArthur Fellowship, Alfaro recalls his youth picking grapes, interacting with family and running away at age 16. Those memories and images, both dark and light, prompt a series of surprising revelations for the artist. Experience St. Jude at the Richard Christiansen Theater in Chicago.
   

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