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Mothers and Sons  
Northlight Theatre Mothers and Sons
Nearly 20 years after her son's death, Katharine pays an unexpected visit to the New York apartment of his former partner, who is now married to another man and has a young child. Confronted with the life her son might have led, Katharine is challenged to face the powerful ways in which society has changed around her and to accept an ever-evolving definition of family.
Muse of Fire  
Genesis Theatrical Productions at Redtwist Theatre Muse of Fire
In Auschwitz, 1942, Jewish prisoners took it upon themselves at grave personal risk to perform comedy. This is their story, as one group struggles to perform a farce based on the first great anti-Semitic tragedy of the 20th century: the infamous Dreyfus Affair. As the play goes on, and dark secrets begin to emerge about the reason for its performance, those performing must ask themselves, can comedy truly have meaning in the face of horror? Who really has the last laugh?
The Mutilated  
A Red Orchid Theatre The Mutilated
It's Christmas Eve in New Orleans and Trinket Dugan is holed up at the Silver Dollar Hotel with a painful secret. Her only friend and confidant, Celeste, has just been released from jail and will stop at nothing to get back into her good graces, her pocket-book and her booze. Can their friendship survive the cruelty, the con men, hookers, cops, sailors and drunks? The Mutilated is one of Williams' funniest and most moving plays, and according to Williams himself is "an allegory on the tragicomic subject of human existence on this risky planet."
Red Tape Theatre and Stage Left Theatre at Theater Wit Mutt
The Republican Party finally realizes it has a problem with race. So it decides its best chance for success in the 2016 presidential election is to back a candidate who's of "mixed race," white and Asian descent.. They think they've found their man in Len, a multiracial war hero who can check off every single box - and maybe a couple more boxes no one knows about. A blisteringly funny satire that skewers not only the elephants in the room but the donkeys too, Mutt burns down the entire house of racial cards.
The Old Friends  
Raven Theatre The Old Friends
Set in the 1960s in the fictional town of Harrison, Texas, The Old Friends tells of the combative members of two longtime old-money Texas families. When hometown beauty Sibyl returns to Harrison after a long absence, not-quite-forgotten passions and jealousies resurface in a wildly funny play that is, uncharacteristically for Foote, brutally satiric in its depiction of small-town people with big money..
Other Letters  
The Other Theatre Company at The Side Project Other Letters
Inspired by A.R. Gurney's Love Letters, Other Letters will tell parallel stories of gay and lesbian couples. TOTC wants to replace phrases such as "normalizing gay relationships " and "normalizing queerness" with "queering normal." Queer relationships are just as flawed, just as messy, and just as wonderful as straight relationships. They aren't interested in re-creating Love Letters with gay couples; they're interested in showing a beautiful relationship, maintained through letters, that happens to be queer. People who are friends, lovers, and confidantes. People who come together, and drift apart, remember,, and forget. People who cannot be together, but cannot be apart. Other Letters will feature two separate scripts performed in reperatory by new cast members every night.
Pinocchio: a Folk Musical  
Filament Theatre Pinocchio: a Folk Musical
Filament presents Pinocchio: a Folk Musical a new musical adaptation by Tyler Beattie (Hungry Hungry Hippos film in development with Hasbro).and directed by Scott Ferguson (Schoolhouse Rock Live! writer/creator). Chicagoans will experience Pinocchio as he's never been seen before in this freewheeling folk musical adventure of the puppet who learns to be real.
Pony Boy  
Annoyance Theatre Pony Boy
Billed as a cross between The Music Man and Equus, this all-new musical comedy from the funny folks at Chicago's Annoyance Theatre follows the adventures of con man Frankie Blotch, who sets up his latest scam at the Waynesville, Ohio Sauerkraut festival. Blotch manages to rein in plenty of emotionally vulnerable women with his "therapy ponies," but then finds it tough to ride out of town when his faux methods actually begin to show results -- and when a romance blossoms with the Mayor's daughter.
Pop Waits  
Neo-Futurists Pop Waits
Pop Waits is an athletic, participatory, clown provocation to write a song. Partners and performers Malic White and Molly Brennan both struggle with depression and rely on music to yank themselves out of despair. With the help of a live band and the audience, White and Brennan call on the powers of their heroes, Iggy Pop and Tom Waits, to write a song of their own. Through monologues, movement pieces and performance of their rock heroes' most influential songs, Brennan strips away her penchant for theatricality, while White discovers that building a larger-than-life persona might be the key to survival.
Steep Theatre Posh
The Oxbridge dining club is filled with Britain's brightest, best and most moneyed young men. When their elitist position is threatened, they will stop at nothing to take it back. Posh puts you on the front lines of the war between the classes, the adolescent struggle for identity, and the battle for the status quo.
R+J: The Vineyard  
Oracle and Red Theater Chicago at The Den Theatre R+J: The Vineyard
R+J: THE VINEYARD is set in 1890's Martha's Vineyard where a unique deaf/hearing bilingual agricultural community gave way to a budding tourism industry. Intense cultural lines are drawn between hearing and non-hearing as land, lifestyle, and livelihoods ignite the Capulet and Montague families. This beautiful and physical production is both spoken and performed in American Sign Language and intended for all audiences.
Real Deal Money or, How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Guy Fieri  
The Public House Theatre Real Deal Money or, How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Guy Fieri
Successful game show host Skip Winkleman's life is perfect. That is until he breaks the heart of the wrong Gal. Gal Fieri, that is. Once Guy learns of his sister's broken heart he vows to ruin the life and career of Skip Winkleman, no matter the cost. And Guy doesn't just want to take over Skip's show. He wants to take over the world.
Satchmo at the Waldorf  
Court Theatre Satchmo at the Waldorf
After one of his final performances, Louis Armstrong retires backstage and begins to reminisce about his incredibly successful career. As the evening unfolds, he reveals an intimate, unknown portrait of the man behind the trumpet and the ever-evolving struggle to live with dignity as a Black musician in a White world. Written with theatrical ingenuity by Terry Teachout, who has entrusted Artistic Director Charlie Newell with the play's Midwest premiere, Armstrong's story is told through the voice of a single actor playing both Armstrong and his Jewish manager Joe Glaser, bringing to life an emotional journey of deep friendship and its tragic destruction. Satchmo at the Waldorf is an intimate exploration of Armstrong's life, legacy, and above all, jazz.
Saturday Eight Night  
CIC Theater Saturday Eight Night
Saturday Eight Night is an earlier version of your favorite late night show hosted by comedians Damian Anaya, Mark Denny, and Meaghan Strickland. Each week brings a new guest interview, stand-up comedy, Chicago cultural exploration, and THE CHALLENGE! Every show a guest performer takes part in a 5-10 minute comedy piece designed to push them outside of their comfort zone. Saturday Eight Night is always new, always funny, and always Saturday at 8:00pm.
The Shape of Things  
Eclectic Theatre Company at Athenaeum Theatre The Shape of Things
Some people donít know true love when itís staring them in the face. Think you can do better? In this paradoxical romantic comedy that just might be neither, get caught up in a new relationship while questioning the differences between art and pornography, honesty and cruelty, love and sex. Written by the recipient of the Sundance Filmmakers Trophy and the American Arts and Letters Award in Literature.
Sister Act  
Marriott Theatre In Lincolnshire Sister Act
A feel-amazing musical comedy, SISTER ACT tells the hilarious story of Deloris Van Cartier, a disco diva whose life takes a surprising turn when she witnesses a crime and is taken to a convent for protective custody - the last place anyone would think to look for her. Disguised as a nun, Deloris finds herself at odds with both the rigid lifestyle and a high-strung Mother Superior. With her king-size personality and killer voice to inspire the choir, Deloris breathes new life into the church and the community, but in doing so, blows her cover. Chaos ensues as the criminals are on the hunt for the former disco diva, only to find themselves up against the heavenly power of her newly found sisterhood. Hailed as "ridiculously fun," by The New York Post, SISTER ACT will have audiences of all ages jumping to their feet in praise.
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.

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