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Pretty/Windy  
The Public House Theatre Pretty/Windy
 
History is written by the winners. Take a tour through time with Pretty/Windy to meet the writers, while discovering through immortal, Breakfast Club-ian themes that there's a Caesar, a Darwin, a Poet, a Dancing Bucket of Chicken and a Winner in everyone. Don't you forget about that. Don't don't don't don't.
   
Reasons To Be Happy  
Profiles Theatre - The Main Stage Reasons To Be Happy
 
Reasons to Be Happy is the companion piece to Neil LaBute's widely praised, 2009 Tony-nominated reasons to be pretty, a long running hit at Profiles in 2011. Three years after a contentious break-up, Steph and Greg wonder if they can make a fresh go of it. Trouble is, she's married to someone else and he's just embarked on a relationship with Steph's best friend, Carly -a single mom whose jealous ex-husband, Kent, has trouble articulating his feelings. Navigating the rocky landscape of conflicting agendas and exploding emotions isn't going to be easy for any of them. Reasons to Be Happy, a funny, surprising, and poignant new comedy, explores the choices and sacrifices we make in the pursuit of that often elusive ideal - happiness.
   
Rest  
Victory Gardens Theater - Biograph Rest
 
A retirement home in northern Idaho is being shut down, and only three residents and a bare-bones staff remain. When a record breaking blizzard blows into town and an elderly resident disappears into the storm, everyone is brought to face their own mortality. Samuel D. Hunter (from last season's hit The Whale) returns with a tender and heartbreakingly funny play about life's unexpected beginnings and endings.
   
Richard III  
Athenaeum Theatre Richard III
 
In comparison to Shakespeare's Richard III, the Joker is a joke, Hannibal Lecter's a peckish vegan and Patrick Bateman is just another investment banker with questionable taste in music. In the whole of English literature, there is no character as cruel -- or as compelling -- as the hunchbacked, perpetually scheming Duke of Gloucester. Desperate to clutch the crown of England (no matter how bloodstained his hands become), Richard is the black heart of a thrilling drama filled with intrigue, sword fights, murder and ghosts. Now this stark and powerful morality tale receives an intimate staging by The Empty Theatre, continuing its commitment to supporting theater artists at the start of their professional careers.
   
Season On The Line  
The House Theatre of Chicago at Chopin Theatre Season On The Line
 
Pfautsch's modern adaptation, Season on the Line, is a love letter to American theater featuring a 19 person cast. Melville's story of the hunt for the white whale is transformed into the Bad Settlement Theatre Company, beleaguered by a dilapidated building, strained finances and a tyrannical artistic director with a singular focus: the first-ever perfect production of Moby-Dick. A novice assistant stage manager joins the ranks at the top of the company's make-or-break season and is thrown quickly into the fray. Mirroring Melville's unconventional form, Season on the Line is the young narrator's look back at the industry he has grown to love, even as those around him pay the ultimate price in pursuit of their own great white whale.
   
Shakespeare's Antony and Cleopatra: UNDONE  
Skyline StageWorks at The Side Project Shakespeare's Antony and Cleopatra: UNDONE
 
A four-character adaptation of Shakespeare's classic masterpiece. Presented by Skyline StageWorks, the dissembled and rebuilt version will allow a more complete psychological exploration of the twin protagonists. By giving the politics less stage time, there will be a tighter focus on the humor, humanity, and allure of the characters.
   
Smash  
Piccolo Theatre Smash
 
A millionaire socialist vanishes from his bride, fearing his passion for her will prevent his plan to overthrow the British government. Disguised as a laborer, he infiltrates the all girls' school Alton College, planting the seeds of socialism in the minds of future consorts of cabinet ministers and kings. Yet it is he who receives a progressive education from a sixth-form student with an agenda of her own. Equal parts political comedy and comedy of manners complete with love triangles, mistaken identities, pistols and position - this stylish and cunning hybrid sparkles with wit and wiles, making even the reddest socialist blush with laughter.
   
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.
   
Stories In Motion  
The Joffrey Ballet at Auditorium Theatre Stories In Motion
 
Known as "the company of firsts," Joffrey Ballet was the first dance company to perform at the White House, the first to appear on television, the first to appear on the cover of Time magazine and the first to have a major motion picture based on them (Robert Altman's The Company). Experience this must-see dance company's innovative dance work live as they present Stories in Motion, a trio of works from three exciting contemporary choreographers. Works include Balanchine's Prodigal Son, based on the biblical tale of sin and redemption from one of the greatest choreographers of all time. Antony Tudor's masterpiece Lilac Garden explores the conflicting emotions of a young woman who's trapped by the strictures of Edwardian culture and forced to give up the young man she loves. Stories in Motion also features the Joffrey premiere of RAkU, in which Ukranian-born choreographer Yuri Possokhov uses the burning of the Golden Pavilion in Kyoto as the point of departure for a story of love, treachery, separation and tragedy.
   
Storytown  
Stage 773 Storytown
 
From superheroes to undersea adventures, princesses to dinosaurs, Storytown takes you on an interactive, fully improvised adventure. The actors use audience suggestions and ideas to create a different story every week. Kids design the setting and help shape the story. The actors, artists and musicians bring it to life. When the possibilities are endless, no two stories are ever the same.
   
Stupid F***ing Bird  
Sideshow Theatre Company at Victory Gardens Theater - Biograph Stupid F***ing Bird
 
On the grounds of a country estate, two generations worth of Russians mope and love and hate and make a lot of bird-based metaphors. Sound familiar? It's Anton Chekhov versus the modern world in Aaron Posner's ballsy Midwest premiere. A smash-hit on the east coast and a finalist for the 2014 ACTA Award, this heartbreakingly hilarious sort-of-adaptation of The Seagull takes a baseball bat to one of theatre's most famous works and staunchly refuses to pick up the pieces. Sideshow's signature energy and wit are on full display in this very funny examination of what drives us to make art and find love.
   
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.
   
Too Much Light Makes The Baby Go Blind  
Neo-Futurists Too Much Light Makes The Baby Go Blind
 
Their signature show, Too Much Light Makes The Baby Go Blind, which had its first performance on December 2, 1988, is now in its twenty-fifth year, making it the longest-running show in Chicago today. Too Much Light..., with its ever-changing "menu," is an attempt to perform 30 plays in 60 minutes. The single unifying element of these plays is that they are performed from a perspective of absolute honesty.
   
The Whaleship Essex  
Shattered Globe Theatre at Theater Wit The Whaleship Essex
 
The ship that inspired Melville's Moby-Dick and its crew met with tragedy on November 20, 1820, when it was sunk by an enraged sperm whale in the middle of the Pacific Ocean. Based on first-hand accounts of this event, this imaginative new play is an epic, ensemble tale of survival. Infused with authentic sea chanteys, THE WHALESHIP ESSEX revels in the common language shared by both the theatrical and the nautical worlds, and weaves an historic story of whaling with our modern-day quest for oil, the lifeblood of our economy.
   
Witch Slap!  
Babes With Blades at Raven Theatre Witch Slap!
 
What could be funnier than a good old-fashioned witch hunt? In the hands of Babes With Blades Theatre Company -- not much. Their new original show Witch Slap! finds mass hilarity amidst mass hysteria in a colonial town, as local witches band together to stop the madness of those who would hunt them. You're in good hands with Babes With Blades, who place exciting, strong, complex women and their stories center stage, developing theater that showcases their strength and vitality through the art of stage combat. Witch Slap! by Jeff Goode was the winner of their 2013-2014 Sword & Pen writing competition, which inspires playwrights to develop scripts featuring stage combat roles for women.
   
Women Beware Women  
Two Pence Theatre Company at The Den Theatre Women Beware Women
 
In Women Beware Women, Livia’s buried two husbands and doesn’t want a third. Her brother is in love with their niece and the niece has been ordered to marry a fool. Her neighbors are a Duke who likes young, beautiful, married women and an old woman whose son just married a young, beautiful woman. In Middleton’s bloody telenovela of raunchy decadence, erotic depravity and white hot death, the women of Florence know that husband’s die, lover’s betray and friends are false – but what women have to fear the most is what it takes to be a successful woman. Women in classical theatre usually have their pick in life – they can sigh or they can die. The women of modern Chicago have a few more options, but it's just a different playing field and the game is still rigged. Two Pence’s signature style of dynamic staging coupled with passionate clarity of language peels back the skin on this Chicago premiere 400 years in the making.
   
Women On The Verge Of A Nervous Breakdown  
Theatre At The Center Women On The Verge Of A Nervous Breakdown
 
Set in 1980's Madrid, WOMEN ON THE VERGE OF A NERVOUS BREAKDOWN introduces actress and singer Pepa who is heartbroken by her charming yet deceitful lover, Ivan. The plot thickens as his ex-wife of questionable sanity Lucia and their passionate and curious son Carlos show up. Chaos ensues when Pepa's naďve best friend Candela falls in love with a possible terrorist and is wanted by the police. The show is comically narrated by a wise taxi driver who provides tissues, mints and advice to the colorful characters along the way.
   

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