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Shadow Town II: The Johns  
Her Story Theater at Mayer Kaplan Theatre Shadow Town II: The Johns
 
A play about men who buy girls for sex and what it costs, the demand side...is a ground breaking world premiere written and directed by Mary Bonnett. It's a follow up to her highly successful Shadwo Town, a play about sex trafficking of girls in Chicago, the supply side. Shadow Town II: The Johns follows the life of Chase Johnson II and his family members. Living a comfortable life on the north shore of Chicago, Chase, his son, his daughter's fiance all weave in and out of the world of Baby Girl, a 15 year old trafficked girl who best friend is imaginary. Shadow Town II: The Johns is a world where fantasy becomes reality, reality becomes fantasy and trust is only in the eyes of the believer. Shadow Town II: The Johns also explores how we raise our girls and boys in a culture where the status quo and social norms are not at question.
   
Spaceboy  
Annoyance Theatre Spaceboy
 
With plans to raise the perfect galactic being, a renegade wing of NASA kidnaps an imaginative little boy who is already obsessed with space. But things don't quite work out exactly as planned ... Spaceboy tunes its comedic telescope to the difficulties faced when he is eventually freed, and he finds his reentry into society more than a bit difficult. And as if all the absurd adjustments he's learning to make aren't enough, the man who once commanded the rogue wing of NASA responsible for his kidnapping remains at large ... and he's still sneaking around the periphery of Spaceboy's world.
   
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.
   
Strandline  
A Red Orchid Theatre Strandline
 
A richly comic, searing drama by Abbie Spallen, one of Ireland's most exciting playwrights and winner of the Steward Parker Trust Award and the The Susan Smith Blackburn Prize. In a small coastal village in Northern Ireland, three local women reluctantly join Mairin, an outsider and an artist, in mourning the death of her husband. Everyone is there for a reason, but each has a bloody good reason not to be there. With mythical echoes, Strandline turns a sharp eye on small-town social and economic realities.
   
The Submission  
Pride Films and Plays at Apollo Theater The Submission
 
Shaleeha G'ntamobi has written a knock out play about a family in the projects and it's just been accepted into the prestigious Humana Festival. Problem is: Shaleeha is actually a pseudonym for Danny, a young gay white playwright. When he hires Emilie, a black actress to play the "author," one bad decision starts a downward spiral into chaos. The Submission is a fierce and hilarious drama about privilege, obsession, misappropriation and the lies we tell to get what we want.
   
Tamer of Horses  
Teatro Vista at Victory Gardens Theater - Biograph Tamer of Horses
 
Tamer of Hoses examines the intersecting themes of youth violence, education and the realization of one's own potential. The piece tells the story of a runaway from a detention center that finds refuge living on a farm in New Jersey, under the condition that he learn to read. Hector (Joshua Torrez), a troubled youth whose talent for rap rivals his penchant for criminal behavior, is befriended by Ty (Juan Villa^*), a former teacher who takes Hector under his wing. Ty forges a bond with him that has the power to redeem or destroy them both.
   
The Testament of Mary  
Victory Gardens Theater - Biograph The Testament of Mary
 
A 2013 Tony Award nominee for Best Play, this incisive, intelligent and profoundly challenging work recounts in riveting detail Mary's narrative of the last days in the life of her son, Jesus. Hailed as "beautiful and daring" by the New York Times, acclaimed author Colm Toibín brings the world's most famous mother to life in this fiercely lyrical solo play.
   
The Three Little Pigs  
St. Patrick Performing Arts Center- Stahl Family Theater The Three Little Pigs
 
Meet Roxanne, Petunia, and Babe...three Sister Piggies who set out to build their own houses. Roxanne (the Rock'n Roll Pig) builds hers out of Sticks, Petunia (The Pretty Pig) builds hers out of Straw, and Babe (the sensible, smart Pig) builds hers out of bricks! Which house will the Big Bad Wolf Huff and Puff and blow down? Don't miss CKC's most popular show! The show runs one hour with no intermission and is targeted for kids aged 2 to 12.
   
Time Flies Coach  
Mass St. Productions at Stage 773 Time Flies Coach
 
With so much to think about every day, it's easy to forget where we've been--until we're struck with an odd sense of deja vu. From relationship woes, a pair of Chicago cops, and the turmoil of middle school, "Time Flies Coach" examines the troublesome, hilarious process of learning from our mistakes.
   
Titanic  
Griffin Theatre Company at Theater Wit Titanic
 
Chicago will be the first major U.S. city to experience this newly reworked, intimate musical telling of the passengers - first, second and third class - aboard the ill-fated luxury liner Titanic in the nights leading up to the ship's fatal encounter with an iceberg in the North Atlantic in 1912.
   
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.
   
The Velveteen Rabbit  
Lifeline Theatre The Velveteen Rabbit
 
One Christmas morning, a shy stuffed bunny enters the world of a young boy's nursery. Initially ignored in favor of more modern toys, she waits patiently to be noticed, wondering if she will ever be loved like the others. When the wise old Skin Horse reveals the majesty and mystery of what it means to become real, the Velveteen Rabbit begins an odyssey of the heart to make a lasting connection with her boy that will endure for always. Return to a simpler time with this heartwarming story about the transformative power of love. This production is recommended for children ages five and up (children under two not permitted), and runs one hour with no intermission. The book will be on sale in the lobby.
   
We Three  
The Side Project We Three
 
In Mary Hamilton's We Three, a little girl has gone missing and the whole town searches for answers. But are they asking the right questions? Who exactly is Dustin? What does Daisy really want? And what did Grace see, or not see? This five-character drama featuring a mysterious, other-worldly quality mixed with authoritarian menace, reminiscent of Harold Pinter-cum-Twin Peaks.
   
The Winter's Tale  
Promethean Theatre Ensemble at Athenaeum Theatre The Winter's Tale
 
One of Shakespeare's final plays, The Winter's Tale has been labeled many things: a romance, a "Problem Play," or as we like to call it, a Greek Tragedy with a happy ending. But at its core, this play is about things we witness every day as 21st Century Americans: pride, jealousy, penance and forgiveness. The heart of The Winter's Tale is Leontes' journey from blind rage to ultimate redemption. To bring that journey to life, director Brian Pastor and his crew will draw on images and ideas from diverse periods of history, utilizing elements both ancient and modern.
   
Wish Upon a Star  
Theater Wit Wish Upon a Star
 
The wonderful world of Disney gets wonderfully wild in this outrageous parody sketch comedy show from Edward Vera Productions. Filled with song, dance and improv, Wish Upon a Star cleverly lampoons Disney's classic movies and many of your favorite childhood heroes and villains. A dirty and downright honest twist adds to the adults-only fun as some familiar animated characters -- including Mickey Mouse, Mary Poppins, Ursula, Aladdin and more -- come to life on the Theater Wit stage and realize that "happily ever after" is just the stuff of fairy tales.
   
The Wizard of Oz  
The Marriott Theatre for Young Audiences at Marriott Theatre In Lincolnshire The Wizard of Oz
 
After a tornado hits her family's home in Kansas, Dorothy and Toto land in the magical land of Oz. With the Scarecrow, Tinman, and the Cowardly Lion, Dorothy encounters wickedness and wonder as she sets off to the Emerald City to meet the Wizard, who promises to make their dreams come true. Click your heels together three times and join the newfound friends as they journey on a quest to find heart, courage, brains and most importantly...home.
   

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