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These Saints Will Burn  
The Plagiarists at The Den Theatre These Saints Will Burn
 
In these saints will burn, Joan of Arc's familiar story is re-imagined as a world full of giant puppets, poetry, a talking crow, and a trio of saints who may be less benevolent than they appear as they work to secure Joan's place in history. Equal parts farce, war epic, and tragedy, ridiculous and sublime, these saints will burn examines free will, myth-making, human nature, and the morality of violence.
   
Tiger at the Gates  
Promethean Theatre Ensemble at Athenaeum Theatre Tiger at the Gates
 
The Trojan War is etched into history and implanted onto public conscious thanks to the massive scale of the battle and the epic poem, The Iliad, written about the conflict. But what if the Trojan War had been avoided, and in its place there was a passionate plea made by a warrior for a story of peace? In Tiger at the Gates, the war is on the horizon, but Trojan military leader Hector attempts to avoid the battle with the Greeks. The men around him, however, captivated by the beauty of power of glorious Helen, have other plans in mind.
   
Title And Deed  
Lookingglass Theatre Title And Deed
 
One man's circuitous journey finds universal resonance in this compelling new travelogue by Pulitzer finalist Will Eno (Broadway's The Realistic Joneses). Jeff Award winner Michael Patrick Thornton takes center stage in a whimsical and soul-searching meditation on life, language and our perennial search for home.
   
Titus Andronicus  
Babes With Blades Theatre Company at City Lit Theater Titus Andronicus
 
Babes With Blades Theatre Company will serve up the blood and pie with their upcoming production of William Shakespeare's most violent play, Titus Andronicus, performed by an all-female cast, at City Lit Theatre.
   
Today We Escape: Plays Inspired by Ok Computer  
Tympanic Theatre Company at The Den Theatre Today We Escape: Plays Inspired by Ok Computer
 
Tympanic dares you to brave The Den and explore several dystopias with us for the final show in our eighth season: TODAY WE ESCAPE: Plays Inspired by OK COMPUTER. Enter a sterilized future inspired by one of the most haunting - and touching - albums ever recorded.
   
Tommy Gun's Garage  
Tommy Gun's Garage Tommy Gun's Garage
 
The restaurant-cabaret presents a Roaring 20s-themed musical comedy revue in a speakeasy seting, with dining and drinking integrated into the show.
   
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.
   
Travesties  
Remy Bumppo Theatre at The Greenhouse Theater Center Travesties
 
Toss together James Joyce, Vladimir Lenin, and Dadaist poet Tristan Tzara in Zurich in 1917 (where they really were), throw in limericks and lyrics and The Importance of Being Earnest, then shred the whole melange through the mixed-up mind of an aging British civil servant (who has a big grudge against Joyce concerning a pair of trousers), and you've entered the Wilde-ly witty world of Travesties.
   
Two Trains Running  
Goodman Theatre Two Trains Running
 
The civil rights movement is sweeping across Pittsburgh's Hill District in 1969-but the promise of a better tomorrow hasn't quite reached all the city's residents. Folks gather daily at Memphis Lee's once-prosperous diner to gossip about the neighborhood, blighted by the missteps of urban renewal and decimated by crime and poverty, and dream about the future. Memphis must decide if he should allow the government to take over his building or sell it to a ruthless businessman.
   
Unnecessary Farce  
Fox Valley Repertory Unnecessary Farce
 
Unnecessary Farce combines all the elements of classic farce with a contemporary American plot. In a motel room, an embezzling mayor is supposed to meet with his female accountant, while in the room next-door, two undercover cops wait to catch the meeting on videotape. But there's some confusion as to who's in which room, who's being videotaped, who's taken the money, who's hired a hit man, and why the accountant keeps taking off her clothes. Pants will be falling down, doors will be slamming, identities will be mistaken, and laughs will be flowing.
   
The Upstairs Concierge  
Goodman Theatre The Upstairs Concierge
 
Set in Chicago, The Upstairs Concierge follows Ella Elizondo on her first day of work at The Hotelman Arms, a boutique hotel owned by Jeffrey and Dia Hotelman. Taking self-sacrifice to new heights, the desperate-to-please Ella has signed on to be the "Upstairs Concierge;" a position that requires her to spend every waking-and sleeping-moment serving her celebrity guests. With a rag tag staff that including two bellhops, Harvey and Kaz, it becomes hard to keep track of which guests are in which room, which guest is the biggest celebrity and party-loving guests need extra supervision.
   
The Venetian Twins  
Piccolo Theatre The Venetian Twins
 
Identical twins, raised separately and unaware of each other, arrive in a strange town seeking marriage. One is clever, witty, and self-assured, the other timid, shy, and foolish. Confusion becomes conflict as the twins and townspeople are thrown into chaos when cash, jewels, and declarations of love are delivered to the wrong people. Played with utter conviction and charm by the Piccolo Theatre Ensemble, the return of characters Beatrice, Brighella, Colombina, Dottore, and beloved Arlecchino are joined by others to fast-paced comic effect in this fresh, energetic production that shimmers with wit and surprise.
   
The Walk Across America for Mother Earth  
Red Tape Theatre at Steppenwolf Theatre The Walk Across America for Mother Earth
 
Political activism meets bedazzled drag show in this story about two young friends who flee their suburban upbringing in "Real America" to join a ragtag group of activists on a protest march from D.C. to Nevada. On the road, the group attempts to establish a nomadic utopia, but the marchers continually find themselves divided by unrequited affections, indecision, and a secret hunger for power. Whimsically blending commedia dell'arte influences with song and dance, The Walk Across America for Mother Earth explores how the idea of community sometimes fails to unite us, and sometimes brings us together in the most unexpected ways.
   

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