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The Sign in Sidney Brustein's Window  
Goodman Theatre The Sign in Sidney Brustein's Window
 
Lorraine Hansberry's rarely-produced second play, The Sign in Sidney Brustein's Window, premiered just weeks before the 34-year-old writer succumbed to cancer in 1965. Now, Obie Award-winning director Anne Kauffman brings this impassioned drama back to life at Chicago's Goodman Theatre. Set in early 1960s Greenwich Village, the story revolves around the increasingly troubled marriage of Brustein, a writer, and his actress wife, Iris, as well as their circle of friends, after he begins to express political and social views that butt up against those of his Bohemian cohorts. Don't miss this rare chance to experience the once-in-a-generation voice of one of America's most admired playwrights, the first African-American woman ever to be produced on Broadway. Dominic Comperatore (A View From the Bridge) and Diane Davis (Golden Boy, Person of Interest) star as the couple.
   
Skippyjon Jones in the Cirque de Ole  
Emerald City Theatre Company at Apollo Theater Skippyjon Jones in the Cirque de Ole
 
Our favorite feline, Skippyjon Jones, canon-blasts into his imagination and discovers an extraordinary circus world. Upon reuniting with his Chihuahua chums, the gang takes turns performing circus stunts, with Skippyjon to perform the daring final act. Taken from the best-selling book series, this captivating tale of trapeze dreams and flying machines is cherished by all.
   
Sleeping Beauty  
Chicago Kids Company at St. Patrick Performing Arts Center- Stahl Family Theater Sleeping Beauty
 
The fairies of the kingdom have a big job protecting the Princess from their fairy sister Lotus! Will the Princess sleep for 100 years? Or can her true love save her with a kiss? Donít miss one of Chicago Kids Companyís most requested shows! All CKC performances feature plenty of audience participation and run for one hour with no intermission. Sleeping Beauty is targeted for children from 2 to 8 years old.
   
Spider Man: The Musical: The Musical  
Cornservatory Spider Man: The Musical: The Musical
 
When Julie Taymor's new musical, Spiders! Spiders! Spiders! Spiders! gets canned by their financier, Bill Greenbacks, the producers, Archie Whoops and Leonard Daisy, decide to revamp the musical into something more "recognizable and franchisable." Luckily, Stan Lee and U2's Bono and the Edge are all on board with retelling the musical tale of a certain iconic, web-shooting superhero. But there's more lurking beneath the stage than faulty rigging and lawsuit hazards -- and it has its eight eyes set on destroying the production. Inspired by the heavily publicized Broadway disaster Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark, Spider Man: The Musical: The Musical is a ferociously funny, dark farce. See it at the Cornservatory in Chicago.
   
A Splintered Soul  
Stage 773 A Splintered Soul
 
Set in San Francisco in 1947, a group of Jewish Holocaust survivors arrive from Poland, aided by the American Jewish community. Haunted by the death of their loved ones, they are haunted more by what they did to survive. Rabbi Kroeller (Craig Spidle), a resistance fighter who lost his family, makes it his mission to protect the survivors at all costs. But he discovers determining right from wrong is more complicated in the new world.
   
A Swarm of Spoilers  
Under The Gun Theater A Swarm of Spoilers
 
Whether you're Team Tyrion, or a Daenerys diehard, odds are you're overly eager to dive into season five of HBO's Game of Thrones. Before the newest round of power plays, double-crosses and gory fates unfold, get your fantasy fix with A Swarm of Spoilers, Under The Gun Theater's unofficial parody "recapitation" of the award-winning series. The spoof breaks down all the sex, drama and battles of the first 4 seasons. You'll be transported from Chicago directly to Westeros and Essos as this production crams in as many of the hit show's characters and plots as it can fit into a single hour of comedy. Plus, A Swarm of Spoilers dares to kill off the characters that George R.R. Martin let's live.
   
Taste  
Red Theater Chicago at Redtwist Theatre Taste
 
Based on true events, Taste tells the story of two men who meet online and make a unique arrangement: one man will kill, cook, and eat the other. Over the course of the evening, secrets are revealed, boundaries are tested, and a strange but beautiful relationship unfolds. Deliciously voyeuristic, sinfully elegant, and surprisingly touching, this is Taste.
   
The Three Little Pigs  
Chicago Kids Company at Beverly Arts Center The Three Little Pigs
 
Meet three sister Piggies about to set out on an adventure to build their own houses. Roxanne (the Rock'n'Roll Pig) builds hers out of sticks, Petunia (the Pretty Pig) builds hers out of straw, and Babe (the Smart and Sensible Pig) builds hers out of bricks. Which house will still be standing after the Big Bad Wolf tries to huff and puff and blow them all down? Don't miss CKC's most popular show! All CKC shows feature plenty of audience participation and run for one hour with no intermission. The Three Little Pigs is targeted for children ages 2 to 8.
   
Trash  
New American Folk Theatre at The Den Theatre Trash
 
TRASH is the story of faded B-movie star Jinx Malibu, who has spent the last decade or so popping pills and hiding out in her wheelchair bound mother's, secluded, garbage-filled double-wide with her two children, older son Loogie and younger daughter Smudge. When a handsome stranger arrives from Hollywood, could it be her big chance at a comeback?
   
Twisted Knots  
Royal George Theatre Twisted Knots
 
Twisted Knots is a smart and sexy new drama about down and out salesman (Ryan Kitley) who hires an escort (Mary Cross) to celebrate New Year's Eve in a Gold Coast hotel. The New Year does not go as planned, least of all because Frank is confronted that his date, his job, his marriage and his life may not be what he always thought they were.
   
Two Rooms  
Honest Theatre at Chase Park Two Rooms
 
A husband and wife are held hostage by terrorism. While Michael is imprisoned by terrorists in Beirut, Lainie is held captive in her own mind. As Lainie attempts everything she can to bring her husband home, Michael continues to reach out to her through his verbal love letters. Named "Best Play of the Year" in 1988 by Time Magazine, Two Rooms is a story which delves into Lainie's search to save her husband from a regime built on destruction while negotiating between a State Department official and an eager journalist's desire for the story of a lifetime.
   
We Gotta Bingo  
Chicago Theatre Works We Gotta Bingo
 
Get your cards and markers ready for We Gotta Bingo, a raucous, interactive dinner theater experience where you're placed in the middle of two rival parishes who are set to be merged with each other. Since neither can support the expanding congregation by itself, they decide to raise the money the best way they know how -- through a bingo blowout. In between games, you'll enjoy a tasty Italian dinner, musical interludes between the rival parish choirs and The Vokel Chords playing hits from today and yesterday, polka-style. Following in the hilarious footsteps of Tony 'n Tina's Wedding, throw on your game face for We Gotta Bingo at Chicago Theater Works.
   
The Woman In Black  
Saint Sebastian Players at St. Bonaventure Church The Woman In Black
 
A lawyer, obsessed with a curse that he believes has been cast over him and his family by the spectre of a Woman in Black, engages a skeptical young actor to help him tell his terrifying story and exorcise the fear that grips his soul. It all begins innocently enough, but then, as they reach further into his darkest memories, they find themselves caught up in a world of eerie marshes and moaning winds. Susan Hill's acclaimed ghost story comes dramatically alive in Stephen Mallatratt's ingenious stage adaptation, a brilliantly successful study in atmosphere, illusion and controlled horror.
   
The Women Of Lockerbie  
AstonRep Theatre Company at Raven Theatre The Women Of Lockerbie
 
Inspired by a true story, this moving drama follows a group known as the Women of Lockerbie - determined to turn an act of hatred into an act of love. The story begins with a couple trying to gain closure after the death of their son in the terrorist bombing of Pan Am Flight 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland. They meet the Women of Lockerbie, who want to wash the clothes of the dead and return them to the victims' families. THE WOMEN OF LOCKERBIE is a poetic drama about the triumph of love over hate - amid one of the first tragedies of terrorism that shaped the world we live in.
   

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