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Mr. Burns  
Theater Wit Mr. Burns
 
A paean to the power of live theater and the resilience of Bart Simpson through the ages, Mr. Burns is an animated exploration of how the pop culture of one era might evolve into the mythology of another, and a dazzling, panoramic vista on the power of storytelling.
   
Nocturne  
The Greenhouse Theater Center Nocturne
 
"Fifteen years ago, I killed my sister." These are the haunting words with which Chicago native Adam Rapp's award-winning Nocturne begins. In this gripping drama, a 32-year-old former piano prodigy recalls the accident that forever altered the life of his family. Rapp harnesses his remarkable way with words to present an honest and elegant look at human relationships -- exploring the aftershocks of a devastating act and its lasting effects on an entire family. Nocturne was awarded Boston's Elliot Norton Award for Best New Script as well as Best New Play by the Independent Reviewers of New England. Don't miss your chance to take in this powerful one-man journey of discovery and recovery at the Greenhouse Theater Center.
   
Norma and The Maniac  
The Orchard at Redtwist Theatre Norma and The Maniac
 
Norma is a woman feeling burnt out and depressed from the care of her terminally ill mother. The Maniac is the lead singer of a Chicago death metal band with plans to kill himself on stage. Things get worse for Norma after the two meet and he decides to follow her. After seeing no end to the care of her mother, and Maniac's persistence to leave the city, Norma decides to go with The Maniac on a road-trip to see the ocean. Norma and The Maniac explores our struggle to break out of the situations in life that keep us from ever finding happiness.
   
On An Average Day  
Spartan Theatre Company at Flat Iron Arts Building On An Average Day
 
This cutting edge contemporary drama chronicles an encounter between two adult brothers, Jack and Bob ╌ Jack is doing great, and Bob is ... Bob. Secrets emerge as the two men stumble through the emotional fog of their relationship with each other and their father. Equal parts hilarious and gut wrenching, this thriller invokes a touch of Mamet and shades of Shepherd to put an original spin on the concept of "sins of the father".
   
On Golden Pond  
Theatre At The Center On Golden Pond
 
The classic tale celebrating the triumphs of life, love, and family follows the charming love story of Ethel and Norman Thayer, who are returning to their summer home on Golden Pond for the 48th year. Norman, a retired professor, nearing eighty, with heart palpitations and a failing memory, is still as tart-tongued and wry as ever. Ethel, ten years younger and the perfect complement to Norman, delights in all the small things that have enriched and continue to enrich their long life together. Their vacation is interrupted, however, with the unexpected arrival of their divorced, middle-aged daughter and her dentist fiance, who proceed to go off to Europe leaving his young son behind. Over the course of the summer, an unlikely friendship develops between Norman and the boy, forging new bonds across generations and celebrating the lessons they learn from one another.
   
The One And Only Ivan  
Lifeline Theatre The One And Only Ivan
 
For 27 years, the world of Ivan the gorilla was a dull cage in a roadside shopping mall. But when he meets Ruby, a baby elephant captured in the wild, Ivan's ambitions and imagination must grow to meet the challenge of rescuing his endangered new companion. Aided by Bob the scrappy dog and a young human ally, Ivan sets out to become the great silverback and protector he was always meant to be. Enter the mind of a remarkable hero in this unforgettable story of enduring friendship, drawn from true events. Based on the 2012 book published by HarperCollins, a #1 New York Times bestseller and winner of the Newbery Medal. Used with permission of Pippin Properties, Inc. This production is recommended for children ages five and up (children under two not permitted), and runs one hour with no intermission.
   
One Came Home  
Lifeline Theatre One Came Home
 
During the great passenger pigeon migration of 1871, throngs of strangers descend upon Placid, Wisconsin, bringing prosperity in their wake. But as the skies clear, tragedy strikes and Georgie Burkhardt's sister goes missing. When a body is found and the town goes into mourning, Georgie sets out to uncover the truth behind Agatha's disappearance. The journey that follows, both humorous and heartbreaking, will test the limits of her courage and the strength of her character. A powerful coming-of-age tale combines live music with historical events in a world premiere adaption based on the 2013 novel by Chicago author Amy Timberlake.
   
The Other Place  
Profiles Theatre - The Main Stage The Other Place
 
In Sharr White's acclaimed new drama The Other Place, Juliana Smithton, a successful neurologist, finds her life coming apart at the seams. Her husband filed for divorce, her daughter eloped with a much older man and her own health hangs in jeopardy. But in this brilliantly crafted work, nothing is as it seems. Piece by piece, a mystery unfolds as fact blurs with fiction, past collides with present and the elusive truth about Juliana boils to the surface.
   
Our Bad Magnet  
Mary-Arrchie Theatre at Angel Island Theater Our Bad Magnet
 
On the shores of Scotland, three 9-year-old boys begrudgingly befriend a troubled young outsider: a gifted but tormented child who harbors the ability to spin magical, often fable-like fairy tales. The boys, now men, reunite years later to try to piece together the circumstances that led to the mysterious disappearance of their childhood fascination. Playwright Douglas Maxwell, one of Scotlandís brightest young writing talents, uses his own unique brand of dark humor to take the audience on a magical journey in which the boundaries between fantasy and reality merge with unpredictable results.
   
Outside Mullingar  
Northlight Theatre Outside Mullingar
 
Anthony and Rosemary are two introverted misfits. Anthony has spent his entire life on a cattle farm in rural Ireland, oblivious to the longing of his neighbor Rosemary, who hopelessly pines for him as the years slip away. With Anthony's father threatening to disinherit him and a land feud simmering between their families, Rosemary fears romantic catastrophe. These two eccentric souls scramble their way towards happiness in a compassionate, delightful tale of how surprising love can be.
   
Panic on Cloud 9  
Second City Panic on Cloud 9
 
Join the incredibly talented and funny cast of The Second City Mainstage for Panic on Cloud 9, a hilarious and smart collection of original scenes and songs that invite you to relax, take a breath and laugh as they brave everything from Ebola to modern parenting to the lies of advertising and the advertising of our own lies.
   
Phaedra  
Transcendent Phaedra
 
Faye, a new mother to twin boys and second wife to her Wall Street tycoon husband Thomas, is yearning for the love of her step-son so relentlessly that it is driving her mad. In this intimate, six-person ensemble created show, everyone is airing out their dirty laundry- battling their own forbidden thirsts before the audience [who serves as flies on the wall, trapped in a labyrinth of secret shames]. Matthew Maguire's PHAEDRA begs to answer the question: How in control are we of our own desires?
   
Picture Imperfect  
Athenaeum Theatre Picture Imperfect
 
Abandoned, impoverished, and haunted by past mistakes, Mary battles an unforgiving system as it moves in painful, inexorable steps to take her beloved autistic son, Cole. In a frantic attempt to alter fate to protect Cole, Mary seeks to re-create the 'perfect family' she believes she once had. This World Premiere play about hope and redemption, guilt and misperceptions is based on true life incidents. Any parent will see themselves fighting alongside Mary as she desperately tries to save her autistic child.
   
The Power Of Prom  
Annoyance Theatre The Power Of Prom
 
Written as a loving tribute to the 80's, the show combines elements of the songs, movies, television shows, and pop-culture that epitomized the decade.
   
The Princess and the Pea  
Marriott Theatre In Lincolnshire The Princess and the Pea
 
When Prince Wellington (Jeff Award winner Alex Goodrich) is forced into choosing a bride by his mother, Queen Evermean (Jeff Award winner Susan Moniz), all the princesses in the land line up to pass the "Princess Test." Trouble arises when the Prince falls in love with a commoner, Ruth (Jeff Award nominee Dara Cameron), instead of a "true" princess! To satisfy the Queen, Ruth must prove her worth by passing her own test, which requires her to sleep on a giant stack of mattresses piled on top of a single pea. If she endures a sleepless night due to the pea - of which she has no knowledge - she must be sensitive enough to be a real princess.
   
Red  
Redtwist Theatre Red
 
Master abstract expressionist painter, Mark Rothko, is at the top of his game, landing the biggest commission in the history of modern art: murals for the world-famous Four Seasons restaurant in New York City. What follows is an electrifying dissection of a brilliant mind as it navigates the myriad challenges of the artistic process, an assertive young assistant, and the artist's own ego-all at the apex of Rothko's career. This vivid, Tony Award-winning play tackles the mystery: what is art...and how is it created?
   
Redux  
Sirens at Under The Gun Theater Redux
 
Sirens' Redux is a fully-improvised show that brings new insights to everyday relationships. Using quick concentrated scenes that flow into longer, more complex scenes, audiences will enjoy watching Sirens' years of familiarity and agility as they weave funny and interesting tales. Through emotionally grounded characters, some personal anecdotes from the cast, and Sirens' usual quick wit, Redux explores the richness and the absurdity of the human condition with joyful abandon.
   

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