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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.
   
Top Girls  
The Arc Theatre at The Den Theatre Top Girls
 
TOP GIRLS follows the life and dreams of Marlene, a career-driven businesswoman who has risen to the top of her employment agency. Through interviews with prospective candidates, an absurdist dinner party with controversial women from history and conversations with her estranged family members and slick co-workers, Marlene explores the pain inherent in the inevitable choice between career success and strong family ties. In a world of the "Supermom" and a shattering glass ceiling, TOP GIRLS reveals the conflict that comes with the ultimately flawed desire to "have it all."
   
Tosca  
Lyric Opera Tosca
 
Giacomo Puccini's powerful opera Tosca tells the passionate tale of a fiery diva, the rebel artist who claims her heart, and a corrupt police chief before whom all of Rome trembles. This tragic romance ranks among the most popular operas ever and includes one of the most beautiful arias in the operatic repertoire, "E lucevan le stelle," sung by Tosca's doomed lover as he awaits execution. For more than a hundred years, audiences have watched and listened spellbound as the cat-and-mouse game between Tosca and Scarpia plays to its deadly conclusion. Will she submit to the chief's sadistic lust to save her lover from the firing squad? With its themes of political intrigue, sexual intimidation and hypocrisy in high places, Puccini's great masterpiece rings true today through its powerfully dramatic and gorgeous music. Two outstanding casts bring you Puccini at his most theatrical and passionate.
   
Twilight: Los Angeles, 1992  
The Other Theatre Company at Chopin Theatre Twilight: Los Angeles, 1992
 
Following the 1992 acquittal of four white police officers for brutally beating Rodney King, a black man, at the end of a high-speed chase, Los Angeles was thrust into a world of outrage and chaos witnessed by the entire globe. A solo piece transformed into a multiple actor performance, Twilight: Los Angeles, 1992 captures fragments of this volatile moment in 20th century U.S. race relations known commonly as the L.A. riots. Constructed using real life interviews conducted by Smith during the riots and using verbatim dialogue, the play details conflicting perceptions of relationships between race, ethnicity, class, power, violence and resistance, each told by those with drastically different stakes in this historic struggle.
   
Veronica's Room  
Steel Beam Theatre Veronica's Room
 
Directed by SBT Resident Director Marge Uhlarik-Boller, the play is a mystery thriller which explores the thin line between fantasy and reality as young guests find themselves in the home of an older couple in the outskirts of Boston.
   
Waiting for Godot  
Court Theatre Waiting for Godot
 
On a lonely country road, beneath a barren tree, two vagabonds wait for a man named Mr. Godot. As the evening unfolds, a desperate, humorous, and unchanging universe is revealed that has delighted and challenged audiences for over half a century. Resident Artist Ron OJ Parson (Seven Guitars) returns to direct this absurdist classic with an all-star cast featuring Court Theatre favorites A.C. Smith, Allen Gilmore, and Alfred Wilson. As elusive as it is illuminating, Waiting for Godot offers a haunting meditation on the meaning of human existence.
   
West Side Story  
Drury Lane- Oakbrook West Side Story
 
Drury Lane closes its 30th anniversary season with one of the world's greatest love stories. A modern retelling of Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet, West Side Story tells the tale of two star crossed lovers caught between rival gangs. A revolutionary work that changed the course of the American musical, West Side Story features an electrifying Latin and jazz-infused score including "Somewhere," "Tonight," "I Feel Pretty," and "America".
   
White Guy on the Bus  
Northlight Theatre White Guy on the Bus
 
Ray, a successful white business executive, rides the bus past the state penitentiary every Saturday. On his weekly ride he befriends Shatique, a young black woman putting herself through school and struggling to raise a son on her own. The threads that tie these disparate individuals together gradually unravel in a complex and explosive examination of race, intent, and racial biases from a candid and unexpected perspective.
   
The Who's Tommy  
Paramount Theatre The Who's Tommy
 
Arguably the best rock opera ever, Tommy, based on the British rock band The Who's legendary 1969 double concept album, is the story of a little boy who witnesses his father murder his mother's lover upon his surprise return home after being released from a prisoner of war camp. The trauma sends Tommy into a nearly catatonic state, becoming deaf, dumb and blind. Eventually, his only form of communication becomes pinball, and his wizardry with the flippers propels him into the national spotlight.
   

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