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Pure Elegance: An Evening of Southern-Style Comedy for Non-Southern People  
The Public House Theatre Pure Elegance: An Evening of Southern-Style Comedy for Non-Southern People
Justin Hamby and Jimmy Wilson are proud to call the South home. But sometimes, they feel a little disconnected from their roots. In order to bridge the cultural divides they feel, they've created a show: "Pure Elegance: An Evening of Southern-Style Comedy for Non-Southern People." This new sketch comedy show features two Sons of the South as they reckon with the realities of rural life. With music!
A Red Line Runs Through It  
Second City A Red Line Runs Through It
A Red Line Runs Through It rides the rails of Chicago in order to answer life's tough questions. How does the past sculpt the future? Are we all guided by anger? In this ever-changing landscape of nostalgia and uncertainty sometimes we need a brunch with friends to sort it all out. Who will snap first? No one knows what tomorrow will bring and the only thing that is certain is that this train keeps moving. This diverse cast of comedians will take you on their own ride exploring the new mother blues, black girl magic, and salacious local news. This non-stop locomotive launches from north to south along a transit line of pure comic bliss.
Red Velvet  
Raven Theatre Red Velvet
The backstage story of African-American actor Ira Aldridge and how in 1833 he became the first black actor to perform on a London stage. The action is set at the Theatre Royal in Covent Garden after Edmund Kean, the greatest actor of his generation, has collapsed on stage while playing Othello. Aldridge has been asked to take over the role, but as the public riots in the streets over the abolition of slavery, how will the cast, critics and audience react to the revolution taking place in the theatre?
Pride Films And Plays at Rivendell Theatre Resolution
New Years' Eve, New York City, 1892. High-society husband and wife Jack and Hannah make their resolutions for the coming year -- but when their maid discovers the happy couple's long-held secret, their lives may never be the same. Resolution is a vintage queer thriller for the modern era.
Romeo and Juliet  
The Joffrey Ballet at Auditorium Theatre Romeo and Juliet
The world-famous Joffrey Ballet reprises its bold contemporary version of one of Shakespeare's most beloved tragedies for its 61st season opener. This timeless story of two young lovers caught between their warring families unfolds against a striking multimedia backdrop, depicting three different political eras of the 20th century in Italy. Choreographed by Krzysztof Pastor, director of the Polish National Ballet, and first staged by the Joffrey in 2014, this vibrant modern version of Romeo and Juliet won raves, and the Chicago Philharmonic will be on hand to perform Sergei Prokofiev's powerfully dramatic score, which includes the famous "Dance of the Knights."
The Room  
A Red Orchid Theatre The Room
By turns terrifying, moving and wildly funny, The Room is Pinter's very first play. Rose prefers to stay in, safe from the hostile world outside, but her seemingly cozy sanctuary is continually being invaded. With visits from the landlord, a couple in search of their own space, a stranger and the return of her husband, it becomes increasingly unclear whether the menace comes from within or without. The Room is a precarious examination of private fears vs. social fears, as seen through the lens of the working class.
Saturday Morning Funnies  
Li'l Buds Theatre at Edge Theatre Saturday Morning Funnies
This new sketch comedy show from Li'l Buds Theatre Company is made up of short plays aimed at children, inspired by children, and even performed by children. With professional young actors ranging in age from 10 to 17, each episode of the Saturday Morning Funnies is written by Li'l Buds -- a group powered by imagination and dedicated to educating and enriching the lives of children of all backgrounds through the performing arts -- inspired by the ideas and stories of students ages 5-15. So whether you have young ones of your own who would love to see their peers perform, or whether nothing warms your own heart more than a show filled with comedic kids, be prepared to laugh along with Saturday Morning Funnies at The Edge Theater in Chicago.
Saturn Returns  
Neo-Futurists Saturn Returns
Neo-­‐Lab's inaugural commission during the 2015-­‐16 Season, Saturn Returns is a two-­‐year Neo-­‐Futuristic exploration that asks larger existential questions about time, patience and the vast expanse of an unknowable universe. Not content simply with looking inward, Tif Harrison and ensemble look upward and outward, offering observations on the silence and solitude of space, on the uncrossable distances between celestial bodies and the intimacy of standing next to somebody you love.
CIC Theater Shotgun!
In Shotgun!, Mike Brunlieb, Beau Golwitzer, Katie Kershaw, and Jim Scheidhauer take the audience along for a ride they won't soon forget. After soliciting a suggestion from an audience the fearsome foursome will drive this show to its absolute breaking point into some unknown territory guaranteeing to have the audience in stitches. Each week brings a new local musician, writer, improv group, or a politician proffering their talents as the opening act. Shotgun! even incorporates shards of inspiration from these acts to drive their improv forward and hopefully over the cliff. It will be a great time!
Skooby Don't  
Hell in a Handbag Productions at Mary's Attic Skooby Don't
When Velva's aunt needs help, the gang comes to the rescue! Velva never mentions that her aunt is multi-platinum recording artist and Oscar winner, Cher (ensemble member Ed Jones). Cher is also joined by Chaz Bono and Kris and Caitlyn Jenner for a whacky mixed-up adventure you won't forget - no matter how hard you try! SKOOBY DON'T is not only a parody of the classic Skooby Doo cartoon but also explores social and gender political correctness and inner and outer identity and appearances. The big mystery here is if Skooby and the gang can navigate social moors in this modern world.
Smokey Joe's Cafe  
Drury Lane- Oakbrook Smokey Joe's Cafe
The longest running musical revue in Broadway history, "Smokey Joe's Cafe" is finally making its Drury Lane debut this season. Showcasing 39 pop standards, including rock and roll and blues anthems written by legendary duo Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller, "Smokey Joe's Cafe" is guaranteed to keep you humming old favorites all night long. Winner of the 1996 Grammy Award for Best Musical Show Album, "Smokey Joe's Cafe" features jukebox hits such as "Yakety Yak," "Charlie Brown," and "Stand By Me."
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.
Starting Over  
The Greenhouse Theater Center Starting Over
We all change over time, and reconnecting with an old lover is complicated. The pair of former small-town lovers in Starting Over, however, have a dramatic change to confront when they reunite in a major city. With one of them now transgendered, they must decide if they can re-spark the flames despite the changes, both physical and emotional, they've undergone. Watch this modern romance unfold at Chicago's Greenhouse Theater Center.
Interrobang Theatre Project at Athenaeum Theatre Still
Constantinople has been dead for two days, but that's the least of his worries. He has to find his mother before it's too late, and his already stiff body shuts down for good. As he searches an unfamiliar world filled with women he doesn't understand, his mother, Morgan must learn to grieve the son she never knew.
There's Something About Bloody Mary  
Annoyance Theatre There's Something About Bloody Mary
A sharp, witty revue that blends horror movie tropes with a dangerous and funny take on the female experience, There's Something About Bloody Mary is directed by Amy Anderson, head written by Dana Angelo, and comprised of original sketches from cast members Lexi Alioto, Brittany Flynn, Allison Kochanski, Adrienne Peters, Megan Stalter, and Lily Staski. From Amazons inventing the first bra to playing a game of Dracula or Date Rapist to a fourth-wall breaking theater haunting, There's Something About Bloody Mary is a fun departure from previous Huggable Riot revues and promises a killer bloody epilogue!
Thicker Than Water  
Genesis Theatrical Productions at Athenaeum Theatre Thicker Than Water
What happens when 21st century medicine and 21st century media meet a 21st century Medea? Discover the untold story of love, loss, law and the limelight in this tragic story of Andrea Yates a Texas housewife who confessed to drowning her five young children.
Thrones! The Musical Parody  
Apollo Theater Thrones! The Musical Parody
A send-up of HBO's phenomenally successful "Game of Thrones," "Thrones! The Musical Parody" asks audiences: Will Tyrion's accent ever improve? Can Jon Snow possibly know more than nothing? Just how red can the Red Wedding get? With Game of Thrones plot twists through Season 6 (read: spoilers), audiences can expect dashing men battling White Walkers, ravishing women riding fire-breathing dragons, and the infamous Walk of Shame-all set to a catchy, original score.

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