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Beautiful - The Carole King Musical  
Ford Oriental Theatre Beautiful - The Carole King Musical
 
Long before she was Carole King, chart-topping music legend, she was Carol Klein, Brooklyn girl with passion and chutzpah. She fought her way into the record business as a teenager and, by the time she reached her twenties, had the husband of her dreams and a flourishing career writing hits for the biggest acts in rock 'n' roll. But it wasn't until her personal life began to crack that she finally managed to find her true voice. BEAUTIFUL tells the inspiring true story of King's remarkable rise to stardom, from being part of a hit songwriting team with her husband Gerry Goffin, to her relationship with fellow writers and best friends Cynthia Weil and Barry Mann, to becoming one of the most successful solo acts in popular music history. Along the way, she made more than beautiful music, she wrote the soundtrack to a generation.

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Blue Man Group  
Briar Street Theatre Blue Man Group
 
Blue Man Group is best known for its award-winning theatrical productions which critics have described as "ground-breaking," "hilarious," "visually stunning" and "musically powerful." These performances feature three enigmatic bald and blue characters who take the audience through a multi-sensory experience that combines theatre, percussive music, art, science and vaudeville into a form of entertainment that is like nothing else.

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If/Then  
Ford Oriental Theatre If/Then
 
IF/THEN is a contemporary Broadway musical about living in New York today - and all the possibilities of tomorrow. With unforgettable songs and a deeply moving story by the Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award-winning creators of Next to Normal, this "thoroughly fascinating, intellectually and musically rich new musical (Chicago Tribune)" simultaneously follows one woman's two possible life paths, painting a deeply moving portrait of the lives we lead, as well as the lives we might have led.

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Matilda The Musical  
Ford Oriental Theatre Matilda The Musical
 
The story of a very bright and rebellious little girl, with special powers. Matilda's parents, Mr and Mrs Wormwood, have no time for her and treat her as a nuisance. She spends most of her time reading books from the library astonishingly quickly, whilst they watch the telly and Mr Wormwood sells dodgy used cars. At school things are no better as despite the care and support of her teacher, the lovely Miss Honey, Matilda has to contend with the terrifying headmistress Miss Trunchbull who rules the school with cruelty and fear. Matilda fights against the injustices at home and at school. Eventually she decides the grown-ups should be taught a lesson and in the process discovers her supernatural powers.

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The 39 Steps  
Metropolis Performing Arts Centre The 39 Steps
 
This ingenious comic stage adaptation of Alfred Hitchcock's thriller The 39 Steps turns its tiny cast of four into more than 100 zany characters with a mix of Hitchcockian panache, spy-novel thrills and a touch of Monty Python absurdity. The two-time winner of both Tony and Drama Desk Awards, The 39 Steps is a fast-paced and funny whodunit brimming with action and romance. Accused of a murder he didn't commit, Richard Hannay flees from the authorities and encounters a string of hair-raising adventures -- as well as an unlikely love connection. Gasp and guffaw as the show's talented actors reenact the entire film (including every train chase, plane crash and murder), gleefully portraying the many spies, villains and other intriguing characters that inhabit this action-packed world. Strap yourself in and hang on for Metropolis Performing Arts Centre's production of The 39 Steps in Arlington Heights.

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42nd Street  
Cadillac Palace Theatre 42nd Street
 
With book by Michael Stewart and Mark Bramble, music by Harry Warren and lyrics by Al Dubin, 42nd STREET is based on a novel by Bradford Ropes and Busby Berkeley's 1933 movie and tells the story of a starry-eyed young dancer named Peggy Sawyer who leaves her Allentown home and comes to New York to audition for the new Broadway musical Pretty Lady. When the leading lady breaks her ankle, Peggy takes over and becomes a star.

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Alaska  
Pendulum Theater Space Alaska
 
Alaska, a new play by Justin Pierce , explores the relationship between three friends leading up to and surrounding a fatal decision. Hillary lives tethered to the past. Tom perseveres, in search of the future. Magenta doesn't find herself in the past, present, or future, instead preferring to avoid stepping on the cracks. Jumping through time, the play explores the vital moments of their relationships as romanticized and remembered by the characters.

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American Buffalo  
Angel Island Theater American Buffalo
 
This banter-fueled heist drama by Pulitzer Prize-winner David Mamet tells the story of an urban junk-shop owner who, after discovering that he sold a rare buffalo nickel to a customer for far less than its true value, conspires with a young employee and a shady friend to steal it back. The pursuit of their twisted vision of the American dream is thwarted by their greed, and it becomes every man for himself when the con goes awry. This hilarious and smart comedy is a heartbreaking -- albeit hilarious -- portrait of criminal desperation. Featuring Mamet's emblematic writing style, American Buffalo pulls no punches with its terse and often vulgar dialogue, which Mamet himself referred to as a "profane poetry." Carlo Lorenzo Garcia directs this production at Chicago's Angel Island Theater for Mary-Arrchie Theatre Co.

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Animals Out Of Paper  
Theater Wit Animals Out Of Paper
 
Andy, a calculus teacher and avid fan, pressures a reclusive Ilana, a world famous origami artist, into becoming an unwitting mentor to a troubled teenage prodigy, Suresh. These three intriguingly flawed characters begin to reshape and mold each other's lives in much the same way they fold and crease their origami art.

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Another Word for Beauty  
Goodman Theatre Another Word for Beauty
 
Another Word for Beauty is a stirring new music-filled work by Academy Award nominee Jose Rivera (The Motorcycle Diaries) and Hector Buitrago of Grammy-winning Latin alternative band Aterciopelados. The play follows the female inmates at a Bogota, Colombia prison, who compete in an annual beauty pageant devised by their jailers to motivate and rehabilitate. While the pageant's parade of glamorous gowns, exotic headdresses and rhythmic dances provides a distraction from daily suffering, its real impact on each woman is more than skin-deep. Inspired by true events, Another Word for Beauty is a haunting and soulful examination of women trapped within a prison's walls and the events and circumstances that led to their arrests. Experience the truths bared behind bars when Obie winner Steve Cosson directs this moving production at Chicago's Goodman Theatre.

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The Bachelors  
The Greenhouse Theater Center The Bachelors
 
Inside a house on a fraternity row live three roommates far past their college days. It's Friday evening, and Laurie (Shane Kenyon) has just returned from a business trip, buddy Kevlar (Nicholas Bailey) is already wasted and cellular biologist Henry (Boyd Harris) is just getting started to party. A thousand girlfriends come and gone, a thousand drinks downed, a thousand parties crashed - every night the same, until now. There's a party tonight, but it is not the blaring music that makes sleep impossible. Tonight, these bachelors will understand what their choices have really gotten them.

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Barefoot in the Park  
Oil Lamp Theater Barefoot in the Park
 
Corie and Paul are newlyweds, fresh from their honeymoon. Corie is still enthralled by her recent sexual awakening and the adventure that comes with youth and marriage. She wants their passionate romantic life to continue at full speed. Paul, however, feels it is time to focus on his burgeoning career as an up-and-coming lawyer. When they don't see eye-to-eye about their apartment, their neighbors, and their sex drive, the new marriage experiences its first patch of rough weather.

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Beautiful Autistic  
Chicago Dramatists Beautiful Autistic
 
Woldman's BEAUTIFUL AUTISTIC takes place in the early 90s. In Chicago, 24-year-old Jimmy has a terrible time making friends. Despite his good looks, casual banter in bars comes screeching to a halt when he begins to rattle off facts about nanotechnology or dark matter, topics about which he is deeply obsessed...due to his autism. Comedy ensues when Eric-a young man whose social graces are just as awkward-takes Jimmy on as his wingman and attempts to tutor him in the art of the pick-up, with dubious results.

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Bible Bingo  
Royal George Theatre Bible Bingo
 
From Vicki Quade, the creator of the popular comedy Late Nite Catechism, comes the new interactive comedy Bible Bingo. The Archdiocese's new bingo department needs to raise money for the parish. That's where you come in: Get ready to play bingo for a variety of wacky prizes. Along the way, you'll be drawn into conversation about everything from Adam and Eve to modern sins. Just be careful: You might laugh so hard you forget to yell "bingo."

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Blackfish The Musical  
MCL Chicago Blackfish The Musical
 
Based off of the controversial 2013 documentary, Blackfish The Musical shows audiences the operations of the greatest place on earth - Sea Universe, until a tragic accident happens to their Head Trainer, which changes the lives of the entire Sea Universe staff forever.

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Blueberry Toast  
Athenaeum Theatre Blueberry Toast
 
In BLUEBERRY TOAST, it's a Sunday morning in a sunny, suburban kitchen. Barb is making breakfast for her husband, Walt. Their children, Jack and Jill, are busy writing a play. When Barb and Walt disagree over a seemingly innocuous piece of blueberry toast, the veneer of their polished existence begins to crack and what's underneath might eat them for breakfast.

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Body/Courage  
Rivendell Theatre Body/Courage
 
Sourced word-for-word from more than 300 interviews and developed through a Bob Curry Fellowship with The Second City and mentorship workshops with leading American documentary playwright Anna Deveare Smith, BODY/COURAGE explores facets of race, sexuality, body image, gender identity and more through Danielle's characterizations of interviews with people ranging from former Ku Klux Klan Grand Dragon Scott Shepherd to Chicago PD star LaRoyce Hawkins to transgender surgeon Dr. Marci Bowers to Patricia Krentcil, also known as "Tan Mom." Danielle's own personal journey is interwoven through the narrative. I'm confident that this humorous, bold and exciting play-and the conversations it generates-will be of interest to your readers.

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Bold Moves  
Auditorium Theatre Bold Moves
 
For its annual winter engagement, The Joffrey Ballet presents "Bold Moves," a program of three contemporary ballets including a World Premiere by British choreographer Ashley Page, along with the return of two popular works from the Joffrey repertoire - Yuri Possokhov's RAkU and JiřŪ Kylian's Forgotten Land plus live orchestral accompaniment from the Chicago Philharmonic, led by Joffrey Music Director Scott Speck, during every performance.

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Bronzeville the Musical  
Chicago Theatre Bronzeville the Musical
 
Bronzeville the Musical explores the rich history of African-Americans as they journeyed to Chicago in the early 20th century. This thought-provoking story is filled with testimonials, laughter, tears and voices of great courage, all conveying the experiences of those who took part in the "Great Migration." The Chicago Theatre production features vibrant choreography, soulful voices and spell-binding performances delivered by the city's own community actors. Hear an original score paying homage to hometown legends such as Robert Abbot, founder of the Chicago Defender, Lorraine Hansberry, the award-winning playwright and activist who penned A Raisin in the Sun, as well as the famed Lindy Hoppers, who danced their hearts out at the Savoy Ballroom. Bronzeville ties in jazz, blues and gospel tunes and features community artists and musical guests like the Mahdi Theatre Company's Jazz Orchestra.

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Bye Bye Birdie  
Drury Lane- Oakbrook Bye Bye Birdie
 
The funny, irreverent musical takes audiences back to 1959 in quiet Sweet Apple, OH, where rock star Conrad Birdie shakes things up when he arrives to give one lucky teenage girl a special goodbye kiss.

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Byhalia, Mississippi  
The Den Theatre Byhalia, Mississippi
 
Jim and Laurel Parker are about to become new parents. They are broke. They are loud. They are "proud white trash." When Laurel finally gives birth to their overdue child, she and Jim are faced with the biggest challenge of their lives: their baby boy is black, the result of Laurel's affair the previous year. The lives of their families and friends are thrown into turmoil in Byhalia, Mississippi, a town with a racially-charged past that still affects its present.

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Cabaret  
The PrivateBank Theatre (formerly Bank of America Theatre) Cabaret
 
Direct from Broadway, the acclaimed masterpiece returns to Chicago! As part of their 50th Anniversary Season, the critically acclaimed and award-winning Roundabout Theatre Company is proud to present SAM MENDES (Skyfall, American Beauty) and ROB MARSHALL'S (Into the Woods and Chicago, the films) Tony Award-winning production of CABARET. Come hear some of the most memorable songs in theatre history, including "Cabaret," "Willkommen" and "Maybe This Time." Leave your troubles outside - life is beautiful at CABARET, JOHN KANDER, FRED EBB and JOE MASTEROFF's Tony-winning musical about following your heart while the world loses its way.

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Cinderella... After the Ball  
Marriott Theatre In Lincolnshire Cinderella... After the Ball
 
Encountering a world of familiar fairy tale characters, now disenchanted and just plain dissed, Cinderella... After the Ball follows the story of Princesses Rapunzel and Sleeping Beauty as they join Cinderella on her quest for a real happily ever after. Girl power abounds as the friends take matters into their own hands to save the kingdom from the wicked Pinocchio. Beloved classic characters unite in this brand new, contemporary sequel to the treasured tale, reminding audiences of all ages of the true power of hope, friendship and bravery.

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Cocked  
Victory Gardens Theater - Biograph Cocked
 
Attorney Taylor and her journalist girlfriend Izzie live a comfortable life in Andersonville. Their apartment, relationship and strong anti-gun beliefs are shattered when Taylor's troubled brother Frank crashes, uninvited, into their lives. As secrets and betrayals rise to the surface, the line between self-defense and safety is blurred. Cocked, a timely world premiere thriller from Chicago playwright Sarah Gubbins and directed by Victory Gardens' Associate Artistic Producer Joanie Schultz (Rest, The Whale), returns to Victory Gardens after gripping audiences at the 2014 IGNITION Festival of New Plays.

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The Compass  
Steppenwolf Theatre The Compass
 
At the center of The Compass is a trial, determining the fate of a young person who used an app to make a life-altering decision. In this play, every show will end differently, depending on what you, the audience, decide. Join us as we navigate the question: When someone else, or something else, tells you what to do, what exactly are you responsible for? School performances are Tuesday through Friday at 10am and are reserved for school groups only.

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The Condition  
Annoyance Theatre The Condition
 
A new one-act play, The Condition looks at the inner workings of the mind. Ruthie has volunteered for a clinical trial, but as the doctor's examination progresses, it becomes apparent that she can't quite remember what exactly is being studied or why she is being examined. Dr. Kick's questions probe ever deeper, crossing personal boundaries and even breaking the rules of logic and time. Written and directed by Joshua Fardon The Condition at the Annoyance Theatre & Bar in Chicago.

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The Consultant  
Signal Ensemble Theatre The Consultant
 
After a series of brutal layoffs at Sutton, Feingold and McGrath, a precocious young consultant is brought in to save a middle-aged ad man's job, and maybe his life. Following the world premiere at Long Wharf Theatre in New Haven, The Consultant is an incisive, hilarious and dark look at contemporary corporate culture.

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D.O.A.  
Strawdog Theatre D.O.A.
 
Frank Bigelow (Mickey O'Sullivan) walks into a police station to report a murder: his own. He only has a few hours to hunt for his own killers and untangle the web of lies that has brought him here. Based on the 1950 Rudolph Mate film of the same name that is considered a classic of the film noir genre.

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Dancing in the Streets  
Rosemont Theatre Dancing in the Streets
 
In the 1960s, record label Motown played a major role in the integration of popular music as one of the first African American-owned record companies to achieve widespread crossover success. Motown's distinct blend of soul music with a pop influence came to be known as the Motown Sound, and proved to be so popular that Motown claimed 79 records in the Top 10 of the Billboard Hot 100 between 1960 and 1969. In Dancing in the Streets at Chicago's Rosemont Theatre, a talented cast and band brings to life the biggest hits of the Motown era, including songs by The Four Tops, The Temptations, The Supremes, Marvin Gaye and Stevie Wonder.

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Dangerous  
Prop Theatre Dangerous
 
In this stylish update of the classic French drama Les Liaisons Dangereuses, all the scheming and backstabbing aristocrats from the original story are now A-list gay men on the move. Once again, the cunningly deceptive Valmont attempts to deflower an innocent as a challenge from his ex-lover, while falling madly in love with an honorable and God-fearing man. What follows is a dangerous game of lust, seduction and betrayal. This adaptation of the original was done by Tom Smith and is performed at Chicago's The Prop Thtr by The Cuckoo's Theater Project.

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Der Rosenkavalier  
Lyric Opera Der Rosenkavalier
 
One of opera's most popular romantic comedies, Der Rosenkavalier (The Knight of the Rose) tells the story of a love triangle between an aristocratic lady, her young rival and the brash paramour they both desire. A standard in the operatic repertoire, Strauss' work follows the tangled relationships between four characters after the object of a baron's affection falls in love with the courtier assigned the task of delivering an engagement proposal. Beautifully nostalgic waltzes punctuate the score (played by more than 100 musicians) of this Viennese classic and combine with lavish period costumes to bring the old world to life. This is a prime opportunity to catch this famous opera at the Civic Opera House. Der Rosenkavalier will be sung in German with projected English titles.

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Double Text  
The Public House Theatre Double Text
 
Dating has gotten interesting in the digital age -- just look at Double Text, a relationship comedy that's a total product of the 21st century, presented by Chicago's Public House Theatre. The morning after Emma and Philip go on a highly successful first date, she sends him a text he can't quite decipher. Enlisting the help of his roomie, the guys attempt to decode her seemingly cryptic messages for hidden meaning. Unbeknownst to them, Emma and her roommate are doing the exact same with Philip's text, overanalyzing and debating each and every word while trying to decide the best way to respond. It's a hilarious battle of the sexes comedy ripped straight from today's culture, proving that all's fair in love and texting.

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The Duchess of Malfi  
Trap Door Theatre The Duchess of Malfi
 
The Duchess of Malfi is a play whose sublime poetry is only outdone by its classic Gothic horror. The story follows the title widow, who betrays her controlling brother by secretly marrying her steward, Antonio. Soon, a twisted love triangle emerges: The Duchess' bother's obsession with retaining the purity of his family's bloodline is revealed as an incestuous obsession, and Antonio may have ulterior motives of his own. Adapted from English dramatist John Webster's 17th century play, The Duchess of Malfi features arresting and innovative staging that utilizes classic tropes to create something new and exciting. Webster's work has inspired everyone from Stephen King to Echo and the Bunnymen, and his stunning vision will come to life at Chicago's Trap Door Theatre.

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E/R (Emergency Room)  
Jedlicka Performing Arts Center E/R (Emergency Room)
 
Check into Organic Theatre's E/R (Emergency Room) and you'll get caught up in the action of a busy hospital on a Saturday night. But don't expect the nail-biting drama that kept Clooney and Margulies running around in their bygone primetime hit. This is a laugh-filled look at what goes on in the ER. Watch more than a dozen cast members as they race back and forth onstage at Cicero's Jedlicka Performing Arts Center. Enjoying long runs in Chicago, New York and Los Angeles, this comedy became one of the biggest hits in the company's history.

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The Explorers Club  
Windy City Playhouse The Explorers Club
 
The Explorer's Club has enough to deal with. One member has lost nearly all his guinea pigs, another can't seem to locate the East Pole, the bartender is missing and, on top of all that, a woman wants to join. Before the British Empire crumbles under the weight, these good old boys must grapple with the approach of modernity, save the world from an international war and, for God's sake, find a new bartender - but not until after brandy and cigars.

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The Fairytale Lives of Russian Girls  
Prop Theatre The Fairytale Lives of Russian Girls
 
Set in Moscow in the summer of 2005, The Fairytale Lives of Russian Girls finds American Annie returning to Mother Russia to immerse herself in the language and culture. But her encounters with monstrous bears, axe-wielding prostitutes and an old, terrifying witch along the way might just cost Annie her life. In true folkloric fashion, playwright Meg Miroshnik's award-winning Fairytale Lives shows how a woman's journey through life can be laden with traps -- especially in a faux-glamorous, post-Soviet Russia. See this modern-day fairytale at Prop Thtr in Chicago.

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Far From Heaven  
Stage 773 Far From Heaven
 
The picture-perfect facade of '50s-era family life is torn away in Far From Heaven, the stage adaptation of the Oscar-nominated 2002 romantic melodrama that starred Julianne Moore. While managing a household that would rival the Cleavers in its neatness and apparent civility, a Connecticut housewife discovers her husband's secret ... only to seek comfort in a forbidden relationship of her own. Tony Award-winning playwright Richard Greenberg (Take Me Out) and the creators of the musical Grey Gardens collaborated on this jazz-influenced musical that evokes Haynes' original inspiration: the lush, Technicolor brilliance of the films of Douglas Sirk. The Chicago premiere of Far From Heaven comes to Stage 773 courtesy of Porchlight Music Theatre.

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Fifty Shades of Shakespeare  
Fizz Bar and Grill Fifty Shades of Shakespeare
 
Join us for an orgy of hilarious, powerful, and revealing explorations of gender-roles, sexuality, kink and relationships all told through the bard's sexiest scenes: stripped down to 4 actors, 12 scenes, and 23 roles. The only question is: How do you want it? Every night the audience picks which actor plays each role. The possibilities are endless and every show is a salacious surprise. Grab your BFF, your f*ck buddy, your Bae, your Swipe Right, and prepare to get your drink on.

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Flanagan's Wake  
Chicago Theatre Works Flanagan's Wake
 
Flanagan's Wake transports the audience to the fictional town of Grapplin, County Sligo, Ireland, where local roustabout, Flanagan, has died. Here they meet an eclectic cast of characters including Fiona Finn, Flanagan's spirited fiancee of 22 years, Brian Ballybunion, his best friend and drinking mate, Father Damon Fitzgerald, the sharp-tongued parish priest, Mayor O'Doul, the town mayor and bartender, the innocent Mother Flanagan and several other colorful citizens. The mourners pay their respects to the deceased in the Irish tradition (with a quick stop at the pub first).

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The Flick  
Steppenwolf Theatre The Flick
 
Three underpaid employees sweep up stale popcorn in a run-down movie house called The Flick, one of the last theaters in Massachusetts still projecting 35mm films. For Avery, this isnít a dead-end job. Itís a way to get closer to the art form he loves. Passionate debates about cinema lead to a friendship of sorts with co-workers Sam and Rose. But will their tentative bond survive as they reveal what they actually need from each other? The Flick is a heartfelt cry for the kind of authentic connection we all want, even if weíre a little afraid of it.

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Fugitive Songs  
Heartland Studio Theatre Fugitive Songs
 
There are times in everyone's lives where the everyday becomes too much and we feel the urge to escape it all by running away. FUGITIVE SONGS is an innovative song cycle focusing on people who have given in to that desire and find themselves on the run, emotional baggage and all. These characters include a disgruntled Subway sandwich employee, a jilted ex-cheerleader, a pair of Patty Hearst fanatics, a stoner forced to rob a convenience store against his will, and many others. The award-winning writing team of Miller and Tysen blend traditional folk music with contemporary pop and gospel to create a moving portrait of restlessness in America.

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A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum  
Ethel M. Barber Theater - Northwestern A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum
 
Travel to ancient Rome and experience the wild antics of the mischievous slave Pseudolus in Stephen Sondheim's laugh-out-loud musical A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum. This slapstick romp sings and dances its way through mistaken identities, a house full of courtesans and an elaborate web of lies -- all adding up to one uproarious night of theater. The winner of six Tony Awards, Forum is one of the funniest musicals ever written, as Sondheim collaborated with writer Larry Gelbart (M*A*S*H, Tootsie) to seamlessly combine situations from the timeless comedies of Roman playwright Plautus with the fast-paced, slapstick energy of classic vaudeville. Step into the Ethel M. Barber Theater as House Theatre Company Member and Northwestern Theatre Adjunct Professor Matt Hawkins directs this musical comedy featuring the classic show tunes "Lovely," "Bring Me My Bride" and the Broadway favorite "Comedy Tonight."

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A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum  
Citadel Theatre Company A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum
 
Travel to ancient Rome and experience the wild antics of the mischievous slave Pseudolus in Stephen Sondheim's laugh-out-loud musical A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum. This slapstick romp sings and dances its way through mistaken identities, a house full of courtesans and an elaborate web of lies -- all adding up to one uproarious night of theater. The winner of six Tony Awards, Forum is one of the funniest musicals ever written, seamlessly merging situations from timeless Roman comedies with the fast-paced, slapstick energy of classic vaudeville. Step into Citadel Theatre and enjoy classic show tunes like "Lovely," "Bring Me My Bride" and the Broadway favorite "Comedy Tonight."

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The Glass Menagerie  
The Den Theatre The Glass Menagerie
 
Beautiful and heart-wrenching, THE GLASS MENAGERIE focuses on a man obsessed with regrets from his past. Living on the streets, he navigates an audience through the gritty back-alleys of his imagination. Truth and delusion collide in director Hans Fleishmann's newest re-imagining of Tennessee Williams' classic memory play.

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Heathers: The Musical  
Theater Wit Heathers: The Musical
 
HEATHERS: THE MUSICAL is a rock musical based on the 1988 cult film Heathers. Seventeen-year-old Veronica Sawyer is a brainy, beautiful teenage misfit who hustles her way into the most powerful and ruthless clique at Westerberg High: The Heathers. But before she can get comfortable atop the high school food chain, Veronica falls in love with the dangerously sexy new kid J.D. A hilarious, heartfelt, and homicidal new show based on one of the greatest teen comedies of all time.

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High Fidelity  
Refuge Records High Fidelity
 
The musical, with a score by Tom Kitt (Next to Normal, Bring It On The Musical, If/Then), book by David Lindsay-Abaire (Rabbit Hole, Shrek the Musical, Good People) and lyrics by Amanda Green (Bring It On The Musical, Hands on a Hardbody) is the story of Rob, the owner of the vintage record shop Championship Vinyl. Rob tries to make sense of his recent split with girlfriend Laura by reviewing the "top five breakups" of his life. High Fidelity takes place mostly in Rob's record store and the Refuge Theatre Project's staging will be performed in a store created especially for this production: the aptly-named "Refuge Records" at 666 W. Hubbard St., Chicago.

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Hillary and Clinton  
Victory Gardens Theater - Biograph Hillary and Clinton
 
Imagine that in an alternate universe, very much like our own, is another world where a woman named Hillary is trying to become president of a country called the United States of America. In a hotel room in New Hampshire in 2008, Hillary is poised to lose her last Primary Election. When her husband Bill arrives in the middle of the night to offer support, he turns the campaign upside down. Fresh from the IGNITION Festival of New Plays, Lucas Hnath's Hillary and Clinton is a fast-paced, no-holds-barred glimpse into a political storm of another world. Chay Yew directs Hnath's 2008 Primary Election fantasy, exploring the extraordinary sacrifices one is willing to make in order to gain ultimate power.

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The Improvised Adventures of Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson  
Under The Gun Theater The Improvised Adventures of Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson
 
Improvisation, my dear Watson! The quick-witted comedy minds of Chicago's Under the Gun Theater present, for your amusement, The Improvised Adventures of Sherlock Holmes & Dr. Watson. The world's most brilliant detective is back, using his mile-a-minute mind to solve cryptic puzzles and vile crimes ... as crafted by members of the audience. The movie world hasn't been able to stump Robert Downey Jr., Benedict Cumberbatch or Sir Ian McKellan -- but can you outmaneuver the cast of The Improvised Adventures of Sherlock Holmes & Dr. Watson?

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In A Word  
Strawdog Theatre In A Word
 
Two years have passed since Fiona Hamlin's son (Gabe Franken) vanished; now language and logic bend, buckle and break as Fiona (Mary Winn Heider) navigates the memories and events leading up to the disappearance. In a Word is a poetic, touching and deeply moving new work from Lauren Yee, the author of last season's acclaimed production of Samsara at Victory Gardens. The director of The House Theatre of Chicago's hit Season on the Line, Jess McLeod, makes her Strawdog debut directing this production with Ensemble Member John Ferrick as "Guy."

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Incendium  
Stage 773 Incendium
 
"Incendium" is a cabaret-style evening of performance that explores what "life" may be like in a gritty, dungeon-like club in the afterlife. Using poetry as a primary medium, Chicago Slam Works' House Ensemble incorporates elements of movement, drama, music, spoken word, and sketch comedy to create a truly unique theater experience. Chicago Slam Works House Ensemble uses a central theme to create an original piece written and performed by the House Ensemble.

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Interrogation  
The Artistic Home Interrogation
 
With the sudden disappearance of a young girl at a seemingly simple family reunion, Interrogation shines a harsh light on what mothers and fathers, sisters and brothers will do to protect their own. Through the work of a diligent deputy, Woldman sifts through the fact and fiction to reveal the buried secrets of a small town.

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Jeeves At Sea  
First Folio Theatre Jeeves At Sea
 
On board a yacht anchored in Monte Carlo, the feather-brained Bertie Wooster finds himself once more in the soup, caught between the romantic intentions of both the mischievous Lady Stella and the stern Miss Minerva in the witty new play JEEVES AT SEA. Throw in twin brothers Percy and Alfred Crumpworth, and you have a predicament that may stump even the redoubtable Jeeves!

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The King and I  
Lyric Opera The King and I
 
Broadway musical favorite The King and I comes to the Civic Opera House in a spectacular production from Lyric Opera of Chicago. One of Rodgers and Hammerstein's most beloved and enduring creations, this multi-award-winning show was most recently the recipient of four Tony Awards, including Best Revival of a Musical. Set in 19th-century Bangkok and inspired by a true story, the show follows Anna, a British widow hired to tutor the King's many children. Although their very different backgrounds initially result in conflict, the sparks set off by their culture clash lead to greater understanding and respect between the two. The King and I features such Broadway classics as "Shall We Dance?," "Getting to Know You," "I Whistle a Happy Tune" and "Hello, Young Lovers."

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Late Nite Catechism  
Royal George Theatre Late Nite Catechism
 
Late Nite Catechism is an uproariously funny play, written by Vicki Quade and Maripat Donovan, where the irrepressible Sister teaches class to a roomful of "students." Throughout the course of the play the benevolent instructor rewards audience members for correct answers with glow-in-the-dark rosaries and other nifty prizes. Naughty students may well find themselves on stage sitting in a corner reflecting their actions. Now in its 20th year in Chicago, Late Nite Catechism is a sharp satire, but never mean. Itís simply an evening of fun and laughter.

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Le Switch  
Theater Wit Le Switch
 
In the world-premiere romance LE SWITCH, marriage equality finally reaches the U.S. and commitment-shy David finds himself unsure how to react to the nation's honeymoon phase. Nervous in the face of "wedding fever," he retreats to his home full of unopened books and his grieving activist roommate. When his best friend's bachelor party takes him to Montreal, he's unexpectedly swept off his feet by a beautiful young florist. In the months that follow, David and his non-traditional family must decide for themselves what it really means to be committed, what it means to be married and what it means to be queer.

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Looking Over the President's Shoulder  
The Greenhouse Theater Center Looking Over the President's Shoulder
 
Before Lee Daniels' The Butler, Emmy-Award winning writer James Still wrote the real-life story of Alonzo Fields, the grandson of a freed slave, who was forced by the Depression to give up his dreams of becoming an opera singer. Fields accepted the job at the White House and served 21 years. The tour-de-force solo play tells the unique perspective of serving four U.S. presidents and their families: Herbert Hoover, Franklin Roosevelt, Harry Truman, and Dwight Eisenhower. The Washington Post wrote, "the appeal is its peeking through the keyhole quality." Featuring Black Theater Alliance Award winner Manny Buckley*. * Denotes Ensemble member or Artistic Affiliate of American Blues Theater.

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A Loss of Roses  
Raven Theatre A Loss of Roses
 
In Inge's drama, which opened on Broadway in 1959 starring a 22-year-old Warren Beatty, a widow and her 21-year-old son are getting by in a small Depression-era Kansas town when their old friend, a down-on-her-luck but attractive actress, moves in with the two. They learn that survival comes at a price and that moving on requires letting go. The Wall Street Journal said this nearly-lost classic by the author of Bus Stop and Picnic is "a fine play that should never have slipped from sight."

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MacSith  
City Lit Theater MacSith
 
Shakespeare goes sci-fi in MacSith, a one-of-a-kind mashup of "The Scottish Play" and Star Wars. With the planet Cumber finally at peace, Mon Beth returns home to celebrate his army's triumph against the Weyan Invaders. Soon, however, he encounters a sinister prophecy: Against all odds and his low station, Mon Beth will one day become King of Cumber. Driven by this prediction and by his wife's insatiable lust for power, Mon Beth puts all his might into taking the throne -- no matter the cost. Neither parody nor farce, this Star Wars/Shakespeare hybrid is a heart-pounding, full-throttle, 70-minute drama with fight choreography by professional fight director Orion Couling. Lightsabers hiss and snap during this inventive and ever-powerful tragedy at Chicago's City Lit Theater.

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Magic Tree House: A Night in New Orleans  
Broadway Playhouse Magic Tree House: A Night in New Orleans
 
Beloved Magic Tree House characters, Jack and Annie, venture through the tuneful streets of 1915 New Orleans, where they discover 14-year-old Louis Armstrong and must set him on the trumpeting path to become the "King of Jazz." This triumphant tale explores a world where possibilities are endless and stirs the soul of the Jazz Age.

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The Man Who Murdered Sherlock Holmes  
Mercury Theater The Man Who Murdered Sherlock Holmes
 
Inspired by actual events, with a little fantasy thrown in, The Man Who Murdered Sherlock Holmes begins with Sir Arthur Conan Doyle writing "The Final Problem," in which his famous detective is killed off. When it is revealed that the beloved character of Sherlock Holmes has been done in, everyone from Churchill to Doyle's own family is up-in-arms. Besieged by telephone calls and angry mobs outside his home, Doyle flees London to escape the harassment. Surprisingly, he finds a much more challenging problem awaiting him when out of the evening mist steps Sherlock Holmes. And so begins a battle of wits between the author -- who wants his character dead -- and character -- who demands to be revived to preserve his legacy. Next thing you know, the writer and his creation are off together solving the real-life crime of "The Wyrley Ripper".

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Mary Poppins  
Stage 773 Mary Poppins
 
Based on the stories of P.L. Travers and the beloved Disney film, the hit Broadway musical adaptation of Mary Poppins lands on Stage 773 with a heartwarming score, spoonfuls of imagination and a flying nanny who's practically perfect in every way. Both you and your kids will be swept away by tunes as "Spoonful of Sugar," "Chim Chim Cher-ee" and of course, everybody's favorite tongue-twister, "Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious." Mary Poppins was co-created by acclaimed British producer Cameron Mackintosh (Oliver!) and features music and lyrics by the legendary Sherman brothers, George Stiles and Anthony Drewe, with a book by Julian Fellowes (Downton Abbey). So head to Chicago's Stage 773 for the magic of Mary Poppins -- because "anything can happen if you let it."

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Medieval Times Dinner and Tournament  
Medieval Times Schaumburg Castle Medieval Times Dinner and Tournament
 
Medieval Times is an exciting, family-friendly dinner attraction inspired by an 11th century feast and tournament. Guests are served a four-course banquet and cheer for one of six knights as they compete in the joust and other tests of skill. Expect lots of jousting, swordsmanship, thrilling hand-to-hand combat, and displays of extraordinary horsemanship as part of an exciting story set in Medieval Spain.

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Men Are From Mars, Women Are From Venus Live!  
Broadway Playhouse Men Are From Mars, Women Are From Venus Live!
 
An off-Broadway hit adapted from John Gray's iconic book, this one-man show version of Men Are From Mars, Women Are From Venus builds on the success of the book, which sold more than 50 million copies. Fusing theater, stand-up comedy and a dash of sage wisdom, this show delivers a hilarious take on the age-old battle of the sexes. The lighthearted theatrical comedy makes its way to Broadway Playhouse in Chicago to cover everything from dating and marriage to what goes on in the bedroom.

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Messina 3004  
Mary's Attic Messina 3004
 
In the year 3004, humankind is left to rebuild a world that has been ravaged by war, poverty, and disease. From these ashes arise two opposing political powers: The Moralists who value order and reason and The Revolutionaries who value free expression. Two years have passed since these political enemies have met face to face. Join us now in Messina as either a Moralist or a Revolutionary as you navigate a story of brotherly foes, requited romance, and slanderous villainy. Audience Members will be equipped with government sanctioned medication to survive this destitute world. CAUTION: New users have reported hallucinatory side effects. Whether you join us as a Moralist or a Revolutionary, welcome to Messina.

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Midnight Cowboy  
Lifeline Theatre Midnight Cowboy
 
Midnight Cowboy started life as a gritty novel, became a classic film starring Jon Voight and Dustin "I'm Walkin' here!" Hoffman, and now comes to the stage in Lifeline Theatre's new production. Texan Joe Buck naively arrives in New York City with big hopes of striking it rich as a hustler for wealthy socialites. But Joe soon falls prey to all manner of con artists and predators. Flat broke, he meets street savvy "Ratso" Rizzo, and this down-and-out pair try to get by in the harsh city any way they can. Capturing all the desperate loneliness of the novel, Midnight Cowboy paints an affecting portrait of modern life.

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Mothers and Sons  
Northlight Theatre Mothers and Sons
 
Nearly 20 years after her son's death, Katharine pays an unexpected visit to the New York apartment of his former partner, who is now married to another man and has a young child. Confronted with the life her son might have led, Katharine is challenged to face the powerful ways in which society has changed around her and to accept an ever-evolving definition of family.

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Mutt  
Theater Wit Mutt
 
The Republican Party finally realizes it has a problem with race. So it decides its best chance for success in the 2016 presidential election is to back a candidate who's of "mixed race," white and Asian descent.. They think they've found their man in Len, a multiracial war hero who can check off every single box - and maybe a couple more boxes no one knows about. A blisteringly funny satire that skewers not only the elephants in the room but the donkeys too, Mutt burns down the entire house of racial cards.

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A Night With Janis Joplin  
Chicago Theatre A Night With Janis Joplin
 
Starring Mary Bridget Davies in the breakout role that brought her a Tony nomination, the Broadway musical event A Night With Janis Joplin captures the legendary singer's life and legacy with all of the intensity of an actual Joplin concert. With powerful musical numbers including "Cry Baby," "Piece of My Heart," "Me and Bobby McGee," "Summertime" and "Mercedes Benz," as well as one song Joplin never formally recorded, the show boasts a full band and cast who bring the blues-rocker's story to the stage along with those of some of her famous musical influences, including Bessie Smith, Etta James, Aretha Franklin and Nina Simone.

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The Old Friends  
Raven Theatre The Old Friends
 
Set in the 1960s in the fictional town of Harrison, Texas, The Old Friends tells of the combative members of two longtime old-money Texas families. When hometown beauty Sibyl returns to Harrison after a long absence, not-quite-forgotten passions and jealousies resurface in a wildly funny play that is, uncharacteristically for Foote, brutally satiric in its depiction of small-town people with big money..

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Other Letters  
The Side Project Other Letters
 
Inspired by A.R. Gurney's Love Letters, Other Letters will tell parallel stories of gay and lesbian couples. TOTC wants to replace phrases such as "normalizing gay relationships " and "normalizing queerness" with "queering normal." Queer relationships are just as flawed, just as messy, and just as wonderful as straight relationships. They aren't interested in re-creating Love Letters with gay couples; they're interested in showing a beautiful relationship, maintained through letters, that happens to be queer. People who are friends, lovers, and confidantes. People who come together, and drift apart, remember,, and forget. People who cannot be together, but cannot be apart. Other Letters will feature two separate scripts performed in reperatory by new cast members every night.

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Pinocchio: a Folk Musical  
Filament Theatre Pinocchio: a Folk Musical
 
Filament presents Pinocchio: a Folk Musical a new musical adaptation by Tyler Beattie (Hungry Hungry Hippos film in development with Hasbro).and directed by Scott Ferguson (Schoolhouse Rock Live! writer/creator). Chicagoans will experience Pinocchio as he's never been seen before in this freewheeling folk musical adventure of the puppet who learns to be real.

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Pony Boy  
Annoyance Theatre Pony Boy
 
Billed as a cross between The Music Man and Equus, this all-new musical comedy from the funny folks at Chicago's Annoyance Theatre follows the adventures of con man Frankie Blotch, who sets up his latest scam at the Waynesville, Ohio Sauerkraut festival. Blotch manages to rein in plenty of emotionally vulnerable women with his "therapy ponies," but then finds it tough to ride out of town when his faux methods actually begin to show results -- and when a romance blossoms with the Mayor's daughter.

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Proof  
Oil Lamp Theater Proof
 
On the eve of her 25th birthday, Catherine, a troubled young woman, has spent years caring for her brilliant but unstable father, a famous mathematician. Now, following his death, she must deal with her own volatile emotions; the arrival of her estranged sister, Claire; and the romantic attentions of Hal, a former student of her father's who hopes to find valuable work in the 103 notebooks that her father left behind. Over the long weekend that follows, a burgeoning romance and the discovery of a mysterious notebook draw Catherine into the most difficult problem of all: How much of her father's madness-or genius-will she inherit?

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Proof  
Royal George Theatre Proof
 
Winning both a Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award in 2001, David Auburn's powerful drama Proof examines the fine line between genius and insanity. In the play, a groundbreaking mathematical proof is discovered in the attic of a recently-deceased math genius, leaving Catherine, his troubled adult daughter, to track down its origins and prove its authorship. Now, Catherine must come to terms with her father's untimely death and face her fears of inheriting his brilliance and madness -- all amidst complicated situations of a budding romance with her father's former student and the unplanned arrival of her estranged sister. Making its way to Chicago's Royal George Theater, Proof chronicles the discovery of self-identity through intellectual and emotional challenges and explores the power of love to help us reach our true potential.

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Real Deal Money or, How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Guy Fieri  
The Public House Theatre Real Deal Money or, How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Guy Fieri
 
Successful game show host Skip Winkleman's life is perfect. That is until he breaks the heart of the wrong Gal. Gal Fieri, that is. Once Guy learns of his sister's broken heart he vows to ruin the life and career of Skip Winkleman, no matter the cost. And Guy doesn't just want to take over Skip's show. He wants to take over the world.

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Romeo and Juliet  
Lyric Opera Romeo and Juliet
 
Few romances are as gorgeously written -- or as heartwrenching -- as Shakespeare's classic tale of star-crossed lovers, Romeo and Juliet. And Charles Gounod's opera staging of this tragic story takes it to a whole new level with the addition of some of the most lush, ecstatic music in the whole operatic repertoire. The Montague and Capulet families have been feuding for years. But when young Romeo Montague goes out with his friends to make trouble at a Capulet party, he meets Juliet, the Capulets' daughter, and the two fall madly in love with each other. Can true love prevail? Or will it crumble underneath an ancient and bloody feud? Backed by a powerful orchestra and stirring song duets, this opera will immerse you in all of the tragedy and passion when it takes to the stage at Chicago's Civic Opera House.

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Satchmo at the Waldorf  
Court Theatre Satchmo at the Waldorf
 
After one of his final performances, Louis Armstrong retires backstage and begins to reminisce about his incredibly successful career. As the evening unfolds, he reveals an intimate, unknown portrait of the man behind the trumpet and the ever-evolving struggle to live with dignity as a Black musician in a White world. Written with theatrical ingenuity by Terry Teachout, who has entrusted Artistic Director Charlie Newell with the play's Midwest premiere, Armstrong's story is told through the voice of a single actor playing both Armstrong and his Jewish manager Joe Glaser, bringing to life an emotional journey of deep friendship and its tragic destruction. Satchmo at the Waldorf is an intimate exploration of Armstrong's life, legacy, and above all, jazz.

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Schoolhouse Rock Live!  
Apollo Theater Schoolhouse Rock Live!
 
Through unforgettable songs such as "Just a Bill" and "Conjunction Junction," a nervous schoolteacher must discover how to charm his students through imagination and music on the first day of class. Based on the entertaining and educational Emmy Award-winning animated series, Schoolhouse Rock Live! brings the treasured Saturday-morning melodies of the '70s back in a hip new way.

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The Shape of Things  
Athenaeum Theatre The Shape of Things
 
Some people donít know true love when itís staring them in the face. Think you can do better? In this paradoxical romantic comedy that just might be neither, get caught up in a new relationship while questioning the differences between art and pornography, honesty and cruelty, love and sex. Written by the recipient of the Sundance Filmmakers Trophy and the American Arts and Letters Award in Literature.

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Silent Sky  
The Side Project Silent Sky
 
A period drama about feminism, scientific advancement and the fight to cement one's legacy in the face of adversity, Silent Sky is set in the early 1900s and follows Henrietta Leavitt, an aspiring scientist who joins the Harvard Observatory's all-female "human computer" team. The women are kept behind the scenes and are told to keep their ideas and theories to themselves. As Henrietta navigates these impossible waters, she tries to keep her personal life and family obligations in focus. Silent Sky, presented by Chicago's Three Crows, examines a woman's place in professional society during a time of both historic discovery and endless oppression, when a woman's ideas were dismissed until a man could claim credit for them.

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Sister Act  
Marriott Theatre In Lincolnshire Sister Act
 
A feel-amazing musical comedy, SISTER ACT tells the hilarious story of Deloris Van Cartier, a disco diva whose life takes a surprising turn when she witnesses a crime and is taken to a convent for protective custody - the last place anyone would think to look for her. Disguised as a nun, Deloris finds herself at odds with both the rigid lifestyle and a high-strung Mother Superior. With her king-size personality and killer voice to inspire the choir, Deloris breathes new life into the church and the community, but in doing so, blows her cover. Chaos ensues as the criminals are on the hunt for the former disco diva, only to find themselves up against the heavenly power of her newly found sisterhood. Hailed as "ridiculously fun," by The New York Post, SISTER ACT will have audiences of all ages jumping to their feet in praise.

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Sparky  
Lifeline Theatre Sparky
 
Libby desperately wants a pet, but her mother says she can only have one that doesn't need to be walked, bathed, or fed. So she orders a sloth and names him Sparky. It's love at first sight... even if Sparky doesn't know how to fetch and always loses at Hide-and-Seek (though he's very good at playing "statue"). But after know-it-all Mary Potts mocks Sparky as lazy and unimpressive, Libby must throw a backyard talent show to highlight the talents of her misunderstood companion. Roll up for the first-ever "Trained Sloth Extravaganza!" and learn about accepting your friends for who they are, in this world premiere musical based on the delightful 2014 book by Jenny Offill, illustrated by Chris Appelhans.

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Stars on Ice  
Allstate Arena Stars on Ice
 
They amazed you on the ice at the Winter Olympics, and now you can see America's top skaters perform their athletic jumps and dazzling dance moves live. Stars on Ice celebrates the beauty and athleticism of figure skating, bringing you world-class solo performances and stunning ensemble pieces. At the heart of the celebration are America's first Olympic Gold Medal ice dancers Meryl Davis & Charlie White, and Olympic Bronze Medalists Ashley Wagner, Gracie Gold and Jeremy Abbott. World Silver Medalists Madison Chock & Evan Bates and World Bronze Medalists Maia & Alex Shibutani also headline this all-star cast. Founded and produced by Olympic Gold Medalist Scott Hamilton, Stars on Ice is a dramatic spectacle for the whole family, with innovative choreography, great music, stunning costumes and the best ice skaters in the world performing live at the Allstate Arena in Chicago. And with this Goldstar pre-sale offer, you can order tickets before they are available to the general public.

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The Tempest  
St. Bonaventure Church The Tempest
 
On a remote island, Prospero, the rightful Duke of Milan, plots to restore order to his universe by reassembling the pieces of his banishment using artifice and skillful manipulation. He conjures up a storm, the eponymous tempest, to lure his usurping brother Antonio and the complicit King Alonso of Naples to the island. There, Prospero's machinations reveal the true nature of some characters, the redemption and resolution of others and a royal suitor for his daughter Miranda.

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Tuesdays With Morrie  
Provision Theater Company Tuesdays With Morrie
 
Tuesdays With Morrie is the autobiographical story of Mitch Albom, an accomplished journalist driven solely by his career, and Morrie Schwartz, his former college professor. Sixteen years after graduation, Mitch happens to catch Morrie's appearance on a television news program and learns that his old professor is battling Lou Gehrig's Disease. Mitch is reunited with Morrie, and what starts as a simple visit turns into a weekly pilgrimage and a last class in the meaning of life.

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Upstate  
The Greenhouse Theater Center Upstate
 
Based on a novel Sapphire called "wild and true," UPSTATE brings new energy and authenticity to the stage in a world premiere from MPAACT. A coming-of-age story told through a series of letters, UPSTATE chronicles the trials of Natasha and her sweetheart Antonio, who is "upstate" serving time in prison. Both from Harlem, the two young lovers struggle to keep their relationship alive even as their paths diverge. At a time when movements like "Black Lives Matter" are central to the national conversation, UPSTATE is vital exploration of hard decisions and the importance of individual human connections. Carla Stillwell directs Aaron Todd Douglas' adaptation of Kalisha Buckhanon's acclaimed novel.

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Vices and Virtues  
Profiles Theatre - The Alley Stage Vices and Virtues
 
An Evening of Vices. An Evening of Virtues. Running in rotating repertory, Profiles presents two full evenings of short works by Neil LaBute, each filled with many surprises, both virtuous and otherwise. Each evening features stories of lust and hate, humor and sadness, virtue and depravity. Through them all, "love" will be the dominant theme--what it is, what it's not and how far it can be stretched.

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Voyage of the Saucy Maiden  
Annoyance Theatre Voyage of the Saucy Maiden
 
Like some unholy lovechild of Moby Dick, the Marquis de Sade and the musicals of Gilbert & Sullivan, Annoyance Productions' Voyage of the Saucy Maiden bubbles to the surface of the sea to shock and amuse you. Following the journey of a young sailor named Fishmael, this high-spirited musical finds its hero tossed from one adventure to the next, encountering everything from whales, mermaids, pirates and mushrooms to ... sodomy? Catch this crazy, fun ride at The Annoyance Theatre & Bar in Chicago.

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We Gotta Bingo  
Chicago Theatre Works We Gotta Bingo
 
Get your cards and markers ready for We Gotta Bingo, a raucous, interactive dinner theater experience where you're placed in the middle of two rival parishes who are set to be merged with each other. Since neither can support the expanding congregation by itself, they decide to raise the money the best way they know how -- through a bingo blowout. In between games, you'll enjoy a tasty Italian dinner, musical interludes between the rival parish choirs and The Vokel Chords playing hits from today and yesterday, polka-style. Following in the hilarious footsteps of Tony 'n Tina's Wedding, throw on your game face for We Gotta Bingo at Chicago Theater Works.

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A Widow Of No Importance  
Victory Gardens Theater - Biograph A Widow Of No Importance
 
Deepa, a devout Hindu woman living in Mumbai, has been a widow for two years. Her only desire now is to see her daughter Tara married so that she can die in peace. But when she starts receiving romantic advances from her recently divorced neighbor Vinod, who is also her son's best friend, she starts to see the benefits of living.

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Wild Kratts Live!  
Rosemont Theatre Wild Kratts Live!
 
The Emmy-nominated PBS kids' TV show The Wild Kratts Live! brings an all-new theatrical stage show starring Martin and Chris Kratt to the Rosemont Theatre. First, the Kratt Brothers will share some "wow facts!" about animals, and then they'll pull on their Creature Power vests and gloves and begin activating Creature Powers -- live on stage -- with a touch of comedy, of course. And when the Wild Kratts receive a message that Zach and his Zachbots are invading the Tortuga, you'll join the duo on a quest filled with hilarious pratfalls and slapstick fun. Discover why Wild Kratts is so popular with kids and their families!

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Zoyka's Apartment  
Athenaeum Theatre Zoyka's Apartment
 
Post-Revolution Soviet Union wasn't exactly home to the easiest of entrepreneurial opportunities ... it was more like the scene of a desperate mass exodus. But while everyone around her was scrambling to escape from their economic discontent and make way to Paris, Madame Zoyka -- bold, intelligent and hardheaded woman that she was -- decided to turn her apartment into a dressmaker's shop. Focusing on her frantic efforts to save as much as she can before the opportunity disappears, Mikhail Bulgakov's Zoyka's Apartment presents all the tragedy and farcical comedy of one powerful woman's efforts. Watch it all unfold on the stage of Athenaeum Theatre Studio Three in Chicago.

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