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The People's History of the United States  
Quest Ensemble Theatre at The Blue Theater The People's History of the United States
 
This production explores pivotal moments in U.S. history that have defined a people. Through powerful imagery, large-scale puppetry, and an original musical score as well as music from the rich American canon,The People's History of the United States moves through a series of poetic vignettes to acknowledge the past and the hope for our future. Expanded from its original 2008 version to include an original musical score and new scenes depicting events of the past eight years.
   
Psmith, Journalist  
City Lit Theater Psmith, Journalist
 
City Lit returns to the work of one of its favorite authors, this time with Terry McCabe's original adaptation of Wodehouse's 1915 novel about Psmith, a Cambridge University student who takes over a small newspaper while on summer vacation in New York City. Soon the sleepy weekly has shifted its editorial focus from household tips to exposes of slumlords and promotion of boxers. Psmith, who added the silent "P" to his surname to distinguish himself from other Smiths, is one of Wodehouse's most beloved characters, appearing in four novels. Something of a dandy, he wears a monocle, is an articulate and witty speaker and has an amazing ability to escape unharmed from the most outrageous adventures.
   
Pump Boys and Dinettes  
Theatre At The Center Pump Boys and Dinettes
 
Set on Highway 57, somewhere between Frog Level and Smyrna, in the folksy, fun style of Grand Old Opry memories, this countrified musical is a tribute to life along the open road. The story celebrates life's simple pleasures and the value of friendship between four gas station attendants and two waitresses at the Double Cupp Diner. Together, they perform a menu of country and western songs that have received rave reviews beginning with its Broadway debut in 1982 and continuing for many years in Chicago.
   
A Red Line Runs Through It  
Second City A Red Line Runs Through It
 
A Red Line Runs Through It rides the rails of Chicago in order to answer life's tough questions. How does the past sculpt the future? Are we all guided by anger? In this ever-changing landscape of nostalgia and uncertainty sometimes we need a brunch with friends to sort it all out. Who will snap first? No one knows what tomorrow will bring and the only thing that is certain is that this train keeps moving. This diverse cast of comedians will take you on their own ride exploring the new mother blues, black girl magic, and salacious local news. This non-stop locomotive launches from north to south along a transit line of pure comic bliss.
   
Red Velvet  
Raven Theatre Red Velvet
 
The backstage story of African-American actor Ira Aldridge and how in 1833 he became the first black actor to perform on a London stage. The action is set at the Theatre Royal in Covent Garden after Edmund Kean, the greatest actor of his generation, has collapsed on stage while playing Othello. Aldridge has been asked to take over the role, but as the public riots in the streets over the abolition of slavery, how will the cast, critics and audience react to the revolution taking place in the theatre?
   
The Room  
A Red Orchid Theatre The Room
 
By turns terrifying, moving and wildly funny, The Room is Pinter's very first play. Rose prefers to stay in, safe from the hostile world outside, but her seemingly cozy sanctuary is continually being invaded. With visits from the landlord, a couple in search of their own space, a stranger and the return of her husband, it becomes increasingly unclear whether the menace comes from within or without. The Room is a precarious examination of private fears vs. social fears, as seen through the lens of the working class.
   
Saturday Morning Funnies  
Li'l Buds Theatre at Edge Theatre Saturday Morning Funnies
 
This new sketch comedy show from Li'l Buds Theatre Company is made up of short plays aimed at children, inspired by children, and even performed by children. With professional young actors ranging in age from 10 to 17, each episode of the Saturday Morning Funnies is written by Li'l Buds -- a group powered by imagination and dedicated to educating and enriching the lives of children of all backgrounds through the performing arts -- inspired by the ideas and stories of students ages 5-15. So whether you have young ones of your own who would love to see their peers perform, or whether nothing warms your own heart more than a show filled with comedic kids, be prepared to laugh along with Saturday Morning Funnies at The Edge Theater in Chicago.
   
Scarcity  
Redtwist Theatre Scarcity
 
A family stuck in the sticks and struggling to make ends meet has a chance to get their brilliant son into an advanced program when his obsessed math teacher becomes mesmerized by Billy's intellect and potential and offers to help with his college dreams. But what are her real intentions? And will the family grab this golden opportunity for a way out? Featuring Jeff Award-winner, Jacqueline Grandt, and fellow Redtwist company members, Johnny Garcia and Debra Rodkin, along with guest artists, Mark Pracht, Brendan Meyer, and Ada Grey.
   
Seussical, the Musical  
Big Noise Theatre at Prairie Lakes Theatre Seussical, the Musical
 
The mischievous Cat in the Hat joins a cast of everyone's favorite Dr. Seuss characters, including Gertrude McFuzz, Lazy Mayzie, the Whos of Whoville and the grouchy Grinch in this whimsical production of Seussical. The famous stories of Dr. Seuss are linked together in the show by JoJo, a young boy who's a "thinker of strange and wonderful thinks," and Horton the Elephant, who's out to prove that "a person's a person, no matter how small." Each charming story is backed by a myriad of musical styles, from Latin to pop, swing to gospel, and R&B to funk. Dr. Seuss's trademark sense of fun and wonder come through loud and clear, making this a musical that appeals to all ages. Bring the whole family and join the fun when the show comes to Big Noise Theatre at Prairie Lakes.
   
SEX a.k.a. Wieners and Boobs  
New Millennium Theatre Company at Playground Theater SEX a.k.a. Wieners and Boobs
 
From the creators of The State and Wet Hot American Summer, comes a musical tale of love, loss, and the battle between righteousness and wieners. Jack Greenberg is the new sheriff of Teaneck, New Jersey. Unfortunately, the corrupt town is run by Tad Theaterman, a crime boss armed with henchmen and a legion of hookers and gigolos. The Mayor and townsfolk fear Tad, but love the money the sinful brothels bring in! When Jack meets Hillary, a recent divorcee, it's love at first sight, but there's a showdown that's closin' in on our hero!! Will Jack save Teaneck, get the girl, and defeat Tad? Or will the wieners and boobs prevail?!
   
Shotgun!  
CIC Theater Shotgun!
 
In Shotgun!, Mike Brunlieb, Beau Golwitzer, Katie Kershaw, and Jim Scheidhauer take the audience along for a ride they won't soon forget. After soliciting a suggestion from an audience the fearsome foursome will drive this show to its absolute breaking point into some unknown territory guaranteeing to have the audience in stitches. Each week brings a new local musician, writer, improv group, or a politician proffering their talents as the opening act. Shotgun! even incorporates shards of inspiration from these acts to drive their improv forward and hopefully over the cliff. It will be a great time!
   
Skooby Don't  
Hell in a Handbag Productions at Mary's Attic Skooby Don't
 
When Velva's aunt needs help, the gang comes to the rescue! Velva never mentions that her aunt is multi-platinum recording artist and Oscar winner, Cher (ensemble member Ed Jones). Cher is also joined by Chaz Bono and Kris and Caitlyn Jenner for a whacky mixed-up adventure you won't forget - no matter how hard you try! SKOOBY DON'T is not only a parody of the classic Skooby Doo cartoon but also explores social and gender political correctness and inner and outer identity and appearances. The big mystery here is if Skooby and the gang can navigate social moors in this modern world.
   
Smokey Joe's Cafe  
Drury Lane- Oakbrook Smokey Joe's Cafe
 
The longest running musical revue in Broadway history, "Smokey Joe's Cafe" is finally making its Drury Lane debut this season. Showcasing 39 pop standards, including rock and roll and blues anthems written by legendary duo Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller, "Smokey Joe's Cafe" is guaranteed to keep you humming old favorites all night long. Winner of the 1996 Grammy Award for Best Musical Show Album, "Smokey Joe's Cafe" features jukebox hits such as "Yakety Yak," "Charlie Brown," and "Stand By Me."
   
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.
   
Still  
Interrobang Theatre Project at Athenaeum Theatre Still
 
Constantinople has been dead for two days, but that's the least of his worries. He has to find his mother before it's too late, and his already stiff body shuts down for good. As he searches an unfamiliar world filled with women he doesn't understand, his mother, Morgan must learn to grieve the son she never knew.
   
Thee Trinity  
Royal George Theatre Thee Trinity
 
The ghosts of Einstein and Oscar Wilde make an appearance along with the Arch Angels Michael and, an apparently gay, Gabriel. All engage, if not attack, each other and the issues presented in the play: bigotry, homosexuality, poverty, politics, social media, technology and almost any other social/political issue imaginable are targets of this dysfunctional heavenly family's infighting.
   
Those the River Keeps  
Jedlicka Performing Arts Center Those the River Keeps
 
A former mob hitman who's left his criminal ways in the rear-view mirror, Phil has come to Hollywood to try his luck as a television actor. But making it in the entertainment biz is tough, and with little success in Hollywood Phil is largely supported by his wife Susie, a waitress. Unfortunately, Susie desperately wants something in return, something Phil is not prepared or eager to give: a child. When Sal, a mysterious man from Phil's past, appears and offers him the chance to return to an exciting life of crime, he's faced with a decision that may change the course of his life in Those the River Keeps, presented at Jedlicka Performing Arts Center in Cicero.
   

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