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Striking Out  
Annoyance Theatre Striking Out
 
"Striking Out" is a two act musical about the first straight baseball player in a world where all professional athletes are gay. The Chicago Otters (a professional baseball team) are in trouble. Their star player Lance Valentine has torn his acl, mcl, tibia, fibula, patella, meniscus, and in a medical first: melted his knee cap. The owners of the team refuse to pay for any more big contracts so management decides to have an open tryout. Iowa farm kid Jimmy Roberts would be perfect for such an opportunity- he wields a baseball bat like Thor does a hammer. There is only one problem: he's straight and deeply in love with his girlfriend Penny. Figuring that this is a once in a lifetime opportunity, Jimmy decides to lie about his sexuality and convinces Penny to come along for the ride as his "sister" in pursuit of both their dreams. She wants to be a TV journalist like her idol Matt Lauer. Jimmy ends up making the team, but will life as a big city professional athlete with all its temptations, conniving agents, and money lead Jimmy and Penny down the wrong path?Will his secret come out?
   
Sylvester  
Lifeline Theatre Sylvester
 
ylvester, Duke of Salford, was born with wealth and good looks, but a life of privilege has rendered him unfeeling towards others. Phoebe Marlow was graced with a sparkling wit and independent spirit, but languishes under the thumb of her domineering stepmother. When this mismatched couple is thrust together by their meddling families, both rebel and their tidy little worlds spin into chaos. Midnight flights, desperate sea voyages, and scathing society hijinks ensue as these unlikely lovers labor to avoid their fate. Grab the reins and charge headlong into a topsy-turvy tale of madcap romance in this world premiere comedy based on the 1957 novel by Georgette Heyer.
   
The Taming of the Shrew  
Chicago Shakespeare Theater The Taming of the Shrew
 
The year is 1919 and, amidst suffrage marches in Chicago, a women's theater troupe is convening to rehearse their upcoming comedy: The Taming of the Shrew. In the play, fortune-seeking suitors compete for the hand of the demure Bianca, but her father has decreed that her fiery and tempestuous sister Katherine must first wed. Petruchio takes on the task of wooing and winning her-and so begins the notorious battle of wits. Along the way, the Suffragettes re-examine the characters in Shakespeare's story, as well as their own status as women in society.
   
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.
   
Tony 'n Tina's Wedding  
Chicago Theatre Works Tony 'n Tina's Wedding
 
Presented by the original New York producers, in conjunction with Chicago Theater Works, comes the return of one of Chicago's longest-running, smash hit shows, Tony 'n Tina's Wedding -- and everyone's invited! You and the other audience members are treated like family at this interactive improvisational comedy. The fun starts with the happy couple's wedding ceremony inside a real church (Resurrection Church), followed by the all-inclusive reception just one block away at Vinnie Black's Coliseum, featuring a full Italian dinner, wedding cake, champagne toast, dancing to great music and lots of love and laughs. As part of the audience, you're considered a wedding guest and are allowed to mix, mingle and interact with all of the participants. You never know what drama you might get swept up in with this crazy Italian family! The improvisational nature of the show lets you go multiple times and see different stories play out each time.Tony 'n' Tina's Wedding will reopen in November 2009
   
Trevor  
Writers Theatre Trevor
 
Meet Trevor, a 13-year-old boy in 1981 whose vibrant imagination drives a turbulent journey of self-discovery. As he deals with adolescence and all that goes with it, Trevor begins to explore what it means to be himself, influenced by his friends, parents . . . and Diana Ross. Based on the story that inspired the Academy Award-winning film, the charity and the national movement, TREVOR the musical is a coming-of-age story about identity, emerging sexuality and the struggles of growing up in a world that may not be ready for you. This world premiere musical is directed by Marc Bruni, who helmed the Tony Award-winning production of Beautiful: The Carole King Musical on Broadway.
   
United Flight 232  
The House Theatre of Chicago at Chopin Theatre United Flight 232
 
The House Theatre of Chicago announces the return of the 2016 Joseph Jefferson award-winning show for "Best Production of a Play (midsize)," adapted and directed by Vanessa Stalling+, United Flight 232. On July 19, 1989, a DC-10 headed for O'Hare with 296 aboard is paralyzed mid-air. For 44 minutes, the aircraft descended towards an emergency landing and crashed at Sioux City Gateway airport. To the astonishment of all who witnessed the event, 184 of 296 passengers and crew survived. Drawing on the interviews and research conducted by Evanston author Laurence Gonzales for his critically acclaimed book, Flight 232: A Story of Disaster and Survival this award-winning original play, United Flight 232, is a reflection on how to comprehend tragedy and celebrate human ingenuity in the face of overwhelming challenges.
   
Urinetown: The Musical  
Greenman Theatre Urinetown: The Musical
 
The show, written by Mark Hollmann and Greg Kotis, parodies specific musicals and musical styles with its satire of big business, social irresponsibility, populism, and government bureaucracy. In the midst of a terrible water shortage, caused by an historic drought, private toilets have been banned. The citizens must use public amenities, regulated by a malevolent company that profits by charging admission for one of humanity's most basic needs. Before all hope drains away, a hero must arise to save The People! This highly entertaining show won three Tonys, including for Best Original Score and Best Book of a Musical.
   
A View From the Bridge  
Goodman Theatre A View From the Bridge
 
Hot on the heels of sold-out runs on Broadway and London's West End, this "magnetic, electrifying, astonishingly bold" (London Evening Standard) revival of Arthur Miller's passionate drama now makes its way to Chicago. With a story that examines the promises and failures of the American Dream, you'll meet Italian-American immigrant and Brooklyn longshoreman Eddie Carbone -- a man who holds family and honor above all else ... and yet betrays them both, exposing an unspeakable secret. Already a powerful story, with direction from visionary Belgian director Ivo van Hove, A View From the Bridge now pulsates with raw energy at Chicago's Goodman Theatre.
   
The Winner...of Our Discontent  
Second City The Winner...of Our Discontent
 
The Winner...of Our Discontent asks if it's broken, should we fix it? No matter the answer, this cast will have you cracking up and splitting your sides. The country's premier sketch comedy troupe delivers a post-election shot in the arm that'll heal you with big laughs. So whether you voted for the Right, the Left, or the wrong (Independent), you'll love watching The Second City pick up the pieces in a comedy that shows our differences are what makes America truly great.
   
A Year with Frog and Toad  
Chicago Children's Theatre at The Station A Year with Frog and Toad
 
Lobel's beloved amphibians hop from the page to the stage in this heartwarming musical that follows two best friends - the cheerful, popular Frog and the rather grumpy Toad - through four fun-filled seasons. Waking from hibernation in the spring, Frog and Toad go swimming, rake leaves, go sledding and learn life lessons, celebrating their differences that make them unique and special. Full of joy and energy, top musical numbers include "Cookies," "Getta Loada Toad," "I'm Coming Out of My Shell" and "Merry Almost Christmas." Part vaudeville, part make believe, all charm, A Year With Frog and Toad tells the story of a friendship that endures, weathering all seasons.
   

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