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The Princess and the Pea  
Marriott Theatre In Lincolnshire The Princess and the Pea
 
When Prince Wellington (Jeff Award winner Alex Goodrich) is forced into choosing a bride by his mother, Queen Evermean (Jeff Award winner Susan Moniz), all the princesses in the land line up to pass the "Princess Test." Trouble arises when the Prince falls in love with a commoner, Ruth (Jeff Award nominee Dara Cameron), instead of a "true" princess! To satisfy the Queen, Ruth must prove her worth by passing her own test, which requires her to sleep on a giant stack of mattresses piled on top of a single pea. If she endures a sleepless night due to the pea - of which she has no knowledge - she must be sensitive enough to be a real princess.
   
Reality Ever After  
Under The Gun Theater Reality Ever After
 
Reality Ever After finds your favorite fairytale characters all grown up and facing the not-so-magical real world. "Happily ever after" endings are few and far between in this spoof of both fairy tales and reality TV. The pampered princesses in this Under the Gun Theater production are stuck living together in one modern-day Chicago apartment. Instead of castles and charming princes, they're struggling with jobs, money, cheating partners, and figuring out who poached whose food from the fridge. See what happens when fairy tales stop being polite, and start getting real.
   
Really Really  
Interrobang Theatre Project at Athenaeum Theatre Really Really
 
In the hazy aftermath of a wild campus party, dawn breaks on what appears to be just another day in the undergrad carnival that revolves around a circle of friends. But when morning-after gossip about privileged Davis and ambitious Leigh turns ugly, the veneer of loyalty and friendship is peeled back to reveal a vicious jungle of sexual politics, raw ambition and class warfare where only the strong could possibly survive.
   
Red  
Redtwist Theatre Red
 
Master abstract expressionist painter, Mark Rothko, is at the top of his game, landing the biggest commission in the history of modern art: murals for the world-famous Four Seasons restaurant in New York City. What follows is an electrifying dissection of a brilliant mind as it navigates the myriad challenges of the artistic process, an assertive young assistant, and the artist's own ego-all at the apex of Rothko's career. This vivid, Tony Award-winning play tackles the mystery: what is art...and how is it created?
   
Redletter  
Neo-Futurists Redletter
 
Digital technology allows journalists to capture the defining moments of our time quickly and comprehensively. But is faster necessarily better? Is modern journalism living up to its expectations? Redletter looks at the plusses and pitfalls behind the most recent evolution of the press and delves into the ensemble members' complex relationship with the news. The Neos examine digital journalism with their signature mix of intelligent humor and poignant drama. Featuring Neo-Futurists Bilal Dardai, Trevor Dawkins and local live lit favorites Lisa Buscani, Lindsay Muscato and Thea Lux.
   
The Royal Society of Antarctica  
The Gift Theatre The Royal Society of Antarctica
 
The Royal Society of Antarctica, follows Dee (Aila Peck) as she returns to her birthplace at the blindingly bright McMurdo Station in Antarctica to work as a janitor and seek answers to her mother’s disappearance in this wonderfully weird and touching new play perfectly suited to The Gift’s intimate space.
   
The Royale  
American Theater Company The Royale
 
America. 1905. Jay is a legend. He has everything he needs to be the heavyweight champion of the world... except he's not white. From Orange is the New Black writer Marco Ramirez comes this explosive new play that combines rapid-fire dialogue and rhythmic percussion to punctuate the epic journey of one man's quest for fame--no matter the consequence.
   
Samsara  
Victory Gardens Theater - Biograph Samsara
 
Americans Katie and Craig are having a baby with Suraiya, a surrogate from India. As all three "parents" anxiously await the baby's due date, Katie and Suraiya are attacked by flights of their imagination: a seductive Frenchman and a sharp-tongued fetus. Originally developed at Victory Gardens' IGNITION New Play Festival in 2012, this smart world premiere comedy takes us on a hilarious and highly theatrical journey into 21st century parenthood and modern-day colonialism.
   
The Socially Awkward Show  
Annoyance Theatre The Socially Awkward Show
 
Eve Krueger, creator of "The Socially Awkward Show" was inspired by her childhood filled with awkward encounters, and social missteps. She felt like she had grown out of her awkward phase, until she moved to Chicago last spring. As Krueger says, "The last ten months have absolutely, clearly, unquestionably proven that I am just as socially awkward now as I was in middle school." Her show will feature one-woman sketch, monologues, and some audience interaction. Opening for the show will be Shannon Noll performing stand-up.
   
Softly Blue  
MPAACT at The Greenhouse Theater Center Softly Blue
 
Two lonely souls meet 21st-century style, on an online dating site, but find it hard to really connect in award-winning playwright Shepsu Aakhu's Softly Blue. Staged by the Ma'at Production Association of Afrikan Centered Theatre (MPAACT) at Chicago's Greenhouse Theater, this drama tells the story of Dakota and Sloan, who're both starved for companionship, and yet both have secrets they're afraid to share and trust issues that make it difficult for them to reveal their true selves in this seemingly dangerous digital age.
   
Sondheim on Sondheim  
Porchlight Music Theatre at Stage 773 Sondheim on Sondheim
 
"The words "intellectual" and "Broadway musical" were seldom mentioned in the same breath until the era of Stephen Sondheim," said The New York Times. Sondheim on Sondheim delves into this era and is the final say on this unparalleled body of work with an intimate portrait of the famed songwriter in his own words and music. Featuring new arrangements of more than two-dozen Sondheim songs, ranging from the beloved to the obscure, interspersed with filmed commentary by the composer himself, Sondheim on Sondheim reveals fascinating details about his life and his art.
   
Steel Magnolias  
Overshadowed Theatrical Productions Steel Magnolias
 
Join us at Truvy's beauty salon where our "magnolias" come together to share their secrets, fears and love for one another while engaging the audience in hysterical and neighborly gossip . . . all with perfectly coiffed hair!
   
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.
   
The Sweeter Option  
Strawdog Theatre The Sweeter Option
 
Chicago's Strawdog Theatre celebrates its 100th production with the world premiere of John Henry Roberts' The Sweeter Option. A low-rent investigator named Tucker tracks a stolen rent-a-car and stumbles neck-deep into an embezzlement scheme gone sour. There's enough cash up for grabs to finance a whole new life, but the only way to it is through Irene Pike, a suburban housewife who is clearly more than she lets on. But what, exactly? This fast-paced and darkly funny psychological thriller set in 1971 Chicagoland, is directed by Lookingglass Theatre's Marti Lyons, who helmed Haven Theatre's hit production of Seminar and The Gift Theatre's Mine.
   
The Talking Cure  
Idle Muse Theatre Company at Rivendell Theatre The Talking Cure
 
The play explores the life of Sabina Spielrein. A brilliant young "hysteric," Spielrein was Carl Jung's first patient, and eventual colleague, as he sought to refine the "talking cure" method of treatment proposed by his adopted mentor, Sigmund Freud. Traditional notions are shattered when Sabina begins to blaze her own trail and a forbidden journey into repressed passions unfolds as patient and doctor cross the ultimate boundary, becoming lovers. Under the creeping shadow of two World Wars, all three are drawn into a complex web of rivalries and dark desires that will eventually give birth to modern psychoanalysis - as well as its first great schism.
   
Tannhauser  
Lyric Opera Tannhauser
 
In Richard Wagner's epic opera, the renegade Tannhäuser is lured into the erotic realm of the love goddess Venus. There he luxuriates in lust and a host of sinful pleasures. But finally it's all too much and he longs to return home to Elisabeth, the chaste young woman who loves him, despite the grief he's caused. Desperate for absolution, Tannhäuser joins his fellow pilgrims, journeying to Rome to ask forgiveness for his sins. But once you've been to the Venusberg, you can never truly leave. Sir Andrew Davis, the Lyric Opera's principal conductor, is on the podium guiding today's most lauded Tannhäuser, tenor Johan Botha. It's a performance filled with both sensuality and majestic power, featuring the opera's famous overture and the frenzied bacchanal with its sexy ballet.
   
That's Weird, Grandma  
Barrel Of Monkeys at Neo-Futurists That's Weird, Grandma
 
An assortment of scenes and songs created by Chicago Public School students and produced by actors, musicians, comedians and playwrights. The hour-long show changes each week, based on audience votes.
   

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