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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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The Book Of Mormon  
Bank of America Theatre The Book Of Mormon
 
THE BOOK OF MORMON is the Winner of 9 Tony Awards including Best Musical! From Trey Parker and Matt Stone, four-time Emmy Award-winning creators of "South Park," and Tony Award-winner Robert Lopez, co-creator of the Tony Award-winning Best Musical Avenue Q, comes THE BOOK OF MORMON, a new Broadway musical that Jon Stewart of The Daily Show describes as, "a crowning achievement, so good it makes me angry" and by Entertainment Weekly as "the funniest musical of all time." Featuring choreography by Tony Award-winner Casey Nicholaw, THE BOOK OF MORMON Chicago is directed by Nicholaw and Parker. Don't miss your chance to see what Ben Brantley of The New York Times calls "the best musical of this century." Don't miss THE BOOK OF MORMON Chicago.

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Million Dollar Quartet  
Apollo Theater Million Dollar Quartet
 
MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET is the smash-hit musical inspired by the famed 1956 recording session that brought together rock 'n' roll icons Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins and Elvis Presley for the first and only time. That legendary night is brought to life in this thrilling musical which features a score of hits including "Blue Suede Shoes," "Great Balls of Fire," "Walk the Line," "Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On," "Hound Dog" and more. Don't miss your chance to be a fly on the wall of fame... at MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET!

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The Addams Family  
Mercury Theater The Addams Family
 
Experience both laughter and chills as the weird and wonderful Addams family comes to Chicago in this creepy and kooky musical comedy from Mercury Theater Chicago. Wednesday Addams, now a grown-up princess of darkness, has fallen head-over-heels for a normal boy from a respectable family and has invited her new boyfriend and his parents to the family mansion for a meet-and-greet gone gothic. Sit back and savor the horrific hospitality of Gomez, Morticia, Pugsley, Grandma, Lurch and everyone's favorite weirdo, Uncle Fester, as the special occasion brings out the best -- and worst -- in everyone involved. The award-winning team behind the magnificently macabre The Addams Family includes authors Marshall Brickman and Rick Elice (Jersey Boys) and composer-lyricist Andrew Lippa (The Wild Party).

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Alice's Adventures in Wonderland  
The Side Project Alice's Adventures in Wonderland
 
Get ready for a decidedly different kind of journey down the rabbit hole in this Cuckoo's Theatre Project production of Alice's Adventures in "Wonderland." Don't make the mistake of packing the kids into the family van and bringing them to this show with hopes of seeing singing flowers and a stressed-out white rabbit. No, this show has quite a different tale to tell -- one of Alice Liddell, a Catholic school girl who, while on a field trip to a museum, wanders off and finds herself lost in a city that's bubbling over with vice, sin and scary realities. Step into the intimate black-box theatre of The Side Project and get lost in the twisted imagination of playwright James Michael Shoberg.

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All In The Timing  
Stage 773 All In The Timing
 
ALL IN THE TIMING is sure to please comedy audiences with its eclectic mix of acts. The New York Times praised the comedic genius behind ALL IN THE TIMING, stating the show is "like sketches for some hilarious, celestially conceived revue...a master of fun." With monkeys writing Hamlet, a wildly comic language lesson, a twilight zone known as "a Philadelphia," and more, six of Chicago's leading theater companies join forces to produce one play is exciting, challenging, and rare.

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All's Well That Ends Well  
Theater Wit All's Well That Ends Well
 
When you're an orphaned woman in a man's world, there aren't too many options. But Helena won't be held back by expectations, and her beloved won't know what hit him. This mafia-set production of one of Shakespeare's prickliest comedies asks the question: how far is too far to get what we want?

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Angry Fags  
Steppenwolf Theatre Angry Fags
 
What happens when gay men start bashing back? This is the central question of Angry Fags, a comedy about two gay men who take matters into their own hands after a friend is the victim of a hate crime. After that first rush of revenge, the two seek out bigger targets, eventually setting their sights on political figures. But the results don't always turn out as planned, and even the best intentions can go awry. Follow along on this Fight Club-like voyage of self-discovery at Chicago's famed Steppenwolf Theatre.

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Anne of Green Gables  
Provision Theater Company Anne of Green Gables
 
Generations of readers have adored the best-selling novel Anne of Green Gables and now this new adaptation for young audiences comes to the stage at the Provision Theater. The elderly Cuthberts expect to adopt a boy to help them around the farm, but instead receive a very talkative, wide-eyed orphan girl. Though clever young Anne Shirley has a penchant for getting into trouble and makes many mistakes, she eventually works her way into the hearts of her adoptive parents as well as the residents of rural Prince Edward Island with her indomitable spirit and zest for life. It's a heartwarming story for the whole family.

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Antigonick  
Victory Gardens Theater - Biograph Antigonick
 
Ancient Greece looks suspiciously similar to the present day in the hands of world-renowned poet and MacArthur Genius Anne Carson (The Autobiography of Red). Antigone has lost two brothers but by law can only bury one. She takes a stand for her beliefs, pitting morality against patriotism, and in doing so starts a series of events that threaten the newfound national peace. It's one of the most famous myths of all, told and re-told for more than two thousand years, but what use is a cautionary tale if no one heeds it? Carson's biting and thrilling free translation brings Antigone to new light and casts unexpected shadows on issues of loyalty and family.

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Balm In Gilead  
The Den Theatre Balm In Gilead
 
Enter the world of Frank's cafe, an all-night coffee shop on Manhattan's Upper West Side frequented by a makeshift community of dealers, junkies, hustlers, prostitutes, dreamers and runaways. BALM IN GILEAD loosely centers on Joe, a cynical drug dealer, and Darlene, a naive new arrival to the big city as their lives intersect over the course of three days. Having previously produced Wilson's The Hot L Baltimore (1990) and Fifth of July (2003), Griffin is pleased to present the celebrated playwright's first full-length work.

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Beast on the Moon  
Raven Theatre Beast on the Moon
 
Aram Tomasian is an Armenian immigrant living in 1920's Milwaukee who has escaped the massacre of 1.5 million Armenians in 1915 by the Turks in his homeland in Eastern Turkey. He wants to make a fresh start and build a new family in the new world to replace the family he lost to the genocide. He selects a mail-order bride and into his life comes an Armenian teen-ager, Seta, who has also escaped the vicious grip of the Ottoman warlords. He learns that building a marriage and a family is more difficult than he anticipated, but he ultimately succeeds in unexpected and heart-warming ways.

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Between You, Me and the Lampshade  
Victory Gardens Theater - Biograph Between You, Me and the Lampshade
 
In Between You, Me and the Lampshade the lives of Jesse, a single mother (Sandra Marquez), and her teenage son (Tommy Rivera-Vega) are turned upside down one night when a wounded, undocumented immigrant (Ayssette Muñoz) breaks into their trailer home in rural South Texas. As Jesse covertly takes in the immigrant, she has to go to increasingly complicated lengths to hide her secret from the various people in her life, including a border protection agent (Jim Farruggio) with a crush and her web-addicted teenage son. Hilarious and searing, this play examines the consequences of secrets.

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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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Billy Elliot The Musical  
Drury Lane- Oakbrook Billy Elliot The Musical
 
Set during the 1984-85 U.K. miners' strike in a small working class town in the English countryside, young Billy discovers a passion for ballet and trades in his boxing gloves for dancing shoes. As he struggles against the odds to make his dream of becoming a dancer come true, Billy inspires his family and whole community, changing their lives forever. This joyous celebration of one boy's journey defying convention to follow his heart is a must-see theatrical experience.

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The Birdfeeder Doesn't Know  
Raven Theatre The Birdfeeder Doesn't Know
 
Ingrid and Herman are retirees living independently in their longtime family home somewhere in the heart of America. Like any parents with adult children, they long for more visits from their son, the physically disabled Everett, who lives in the big city several hours away. But with Herman's physical abilities declining as a normal part of aging, Everett's help at home is needed now more than ever. As Everett's career is finally taking off in the city, is it fair to ask him to compromise his own opportunities to care for his aging parents, or will he convince them that it's time to place Herman in an assisted living facility? Where do the obligations to family end?

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Book of Merman  
Apollo Theater Book of Merman
 
When two young missionaries ring a doorbell marked E.M. in a small town, they have no idea that a certain Ethel will open the door. With some dazzling parody music and Schwartz's original songs, laughter ensues throughout The Book of Merman catapulting you to places you didn't know you wanted to go.

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Bye Bye Liver  
The Public House Theatre Bye Bye Liver
 
The Pub Theater Company performs a series of outrageous sketches centered on Chicago's favorite pastime: drinking. Bye Bye Liver is filled with interactive social games for the audience, pitting males versus females, actors versus audience and so on. Bar life and alcoholic adventures are held up for your amusement so you can laugh -- and drink -- your troubles away. With a spontaneous and interactive format, the outcome is always a fun and outrageous time for everyone, both audience and cast.

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Carousel  
Lyric Opera Carousel
 
Experience Rodgers and Hammerstein's Carousel, which Time magazine called the best musical of the century. Swaggering, carefree carnival barker Billy captivates and marries naive millworker Julie. Losing his job just as he learns that Julie is pregnant, Billy, desperate to provide a decent life for his family, is coerced into being an accomplice to a robbery. Caught in the act and facing prison, he takes his own life and is sent "up there." Returning to earth for one day 15 years later, Billy encounters the daughter he never knew. A lonely, friendless teenager, her father's reputation as a thief and a bully has haunted her throughout her young life. How Billy instills in both the child and her mother a sense of hope and dignity is a dramatic testimony to the power of love. It's easy to understand why, of all the shows they created, Carousel was Rodgers and Hammerstein's personal favorite.

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ComedySportz  
Comedy Sportz ComedySportz
 
ComedySportz shows offer a unique blend of fast and funny improvisational comedy that is appropriate fun for all ages. The Red and Blue teams battle it out in front of a referee in games that the audience selects, and points are awarded based on how quickly and effectively the performers complete the games. The eternal battle of Red vs. Blue is improvised 6 times weekly, and the show is never the same twice!

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Creation's Birthday  
Athenaeum Theatre Creation's Birthday
 
Creation's Birthday brings to life the story of the Big-Bang Genesis through the legendary battle between astronomer Edwin Hubble and the scientific icon Albert Einstein.

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Crime Scene Chicago: The Next Chapter  
Flat Iron Arts Building Crime Scene Chicago: The Next Chapter
 
Collaboraction's new spring production is the 2015 chapter to Chicago's history of violent crime and a call to discover what it might take to create lasting change. This new installment syncs up with Collaboraction's current Let Hope Rise tour, a community variety show born from Crime Scene, now rotating monthly through July at Chicago Park District facilities in Englewood, Austin and Roger's Park, and precedes Collaboraction's planned Crime Scene parks tour every weekend in August.

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D-List: The Unsung Heroes of the Magical Kingdom  
The Public House Theatre D-List: The Unsung Heroes of the Magical Kingdom
 
You probably don't have to work hard to remember Simba, Ariel or Aladdin. But have you ever wondered what happened behind the scenes when Simba was reclaiming the throne? Or whether Ariel's collection was truly complete? Or if the "whole new world" was really all that new? "D-List" is putting the Princesses in the backseat and taking a ride with the forgotten faces of you favorite childhood movies, answering questions that have been nagging at us since the dawn of VHS.

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The Dinner Detective  
Millennium Knickerbocker Hotel The Dinner Detective
 
Having worked in the professional theater, TV and film industries for over 20 years, our collection of actors and producers have mastered the art of improvisational theatrical role playing and have ultimately created the perfect evening of entertainment for you and your guests. By hiding our actors among the customers and leaving everyone to suspect who is part of the show and who is not, our events are proven second to none.

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End Days  
Windy City Playhouse End Days
 
A 2008 finalist for The Harold and Mimi Steinberg/ATCA New Play Award, End Days is the story of the Steins - a typical American family working their way through tragedy, each in his or her own way. In the aftermath of 9/11, it's no wonder that Sylvia Stein (Gluschenko) thinks the end of the world is coming. It's also no wonder that teenaged Rachel (Sari Sanchez) thinks her newly Evangelical mother is a fool, and looks to physicist Stephen Hawking (Strafford) for solace. Father and husband Arthur (Kupferer) has taken an entirely different approach: never changing out of his pajamas. But, an Elvis-impersonating next-door neighbor (Cefalu, Jr.) may just be able to bring the Steins - and their disparate views on the world - together.

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Endgame  
The Den Theatre Endgame
 
Hamm is blind and cannot stand. His servant, Clov, cannot sit. And then there's his legless parents Nagg and Nell who live in trashcans. Trapped in a tiny house by the sea after some sort of apocalyptic disaster, they trudge through an absurd, cyclical existence. In true Hypocrites fashion, the actors and audience alike share a full and lush visual world to experience Beckett's classic comedy.

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An Evening with C.S. Lewis  
Metropolis Performing Arts Centre An Evening with C.S. Lewis
 
C.S. Lewis, the famous British author, is hosting a group of American writers at his home near Oxford and they are about to be treated to his compelling fireside manner, the engaging warmth of his humor and the tender story of a man who found romance in his fifties. As one of the most influential thinkers of the day, he recalls the people and events that served to inspire his thought and shape his life. With an Off Broadway run scheduled for the Spring of 2016, An Evening with C.S. Lewis has proved again and again to be an enthralling theatrical experience. Discover the insights of a man whose collected works made him a literary giant of the 20th Century. Join British actor David Payne in his remarkable portrayal of the highly-revered author who gave us the Narnia Chronicles.

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First Date  
Royal George Theatre First Date
 
When blind date newbie Aaron (Charlie Lubeck, The Glee Project, Season 2) is set up with serial-dater Casey (Dana Parker), a casual drink at a busy New York restaurant turns into a hilarious high-stakes dinner. As the date unfolds in real time, the couple quickly finds that they are not alone on this unpredictable evening. In a delightful and unexpected twist, Casey and Aaron's inner critics take on a life of their own when other restaurant patrons transform into supportive best friends, manipulative exes and protective parents, who sing and dance them through ice-breakers, appetizers and potential conversational land mines. Can this couple turn what could be a dating disaster into something special before the check arrives?

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First Wives Club  
Ford Oriental Theatre First Wives Club
 
Five-time Emmy Award nominee Linda Bloodworth Thomason (“Designing Women”) makes her theatrical debut as book writer and Simon Phillips will direct the musical. Based on the hit Paramount Pictures Film, FIRST WIVES CLUB, still the ultimate story of female empowerment, and will feature songs – both new original music and classics – by Motown legends Holland-Dozier-Holland, who are responsible for such hits as "Reach Out…I'll Be There," "Stop in the Name of Love," "I Can't Help Myself (Sugar Pie Honey Bunch)," and “My World Is Empty Without You.”

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The Full Monty  
Theater Wit The Full Monty
 
Based on the Fox movie of the same name, the hit musical THE FULL MONTY tells the story of a group of unemployed American male steel-mill workers who venture into stripping to provide for their families. In the process, they learn to let go of prejudices, insecurities, and even their self-definitions –baring their hearts and souls as much as their skins.

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Genius  
Profiles Theatre - The Alley Stage Genius
 
Genius examines the secrets and alliances of two creative couples from different generations who find their lives changed forever one evening after an electric dinner party. Joel, a once highly regarded painter turned museum director caught in the midst of a very public indiscretion and his wife Sara, a formally famous journalist, venture to Brooklyn for dinner with their new friends Peter and Chelsea, a young filmmaking couple with rising careers and a baby on the way. After an evening riddled with illuminating discoveries, deceptions and perhaps too much wine, each couple deconstructs the evening's events as they grapple with their own uncertain futures. Using a constantly shifting timeline, playwright Kate Walbert turns her kaleidoscopic lens on two marriages battered by urgent ambitions.

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The Glass Menagerie  
Royal George Theatre The Glass Menagerie
 
Few theatrical debuts have trumpeted a writer's genius louder than The Glass Menagerie, Tennessee Williams' first successful play and the one that catapulted him from obscurity to acclaim. This haunting drama centers on a family -- the devoted but overbearing matriarch Amanda Wingfield, her poet son Tom, and his sickly and extremely shy sister Laura -- struggling to find happiness in their dingy St. Louis apartment during the Depression. A faded remnant of Southern gentility, Amanda is anchored to a bygone era and her insecurities and disappointments make her incapable of allowing her children the freedom to live their own lives. The arrival of a gentleman caller promises hope for the future, but instead their carefully constructed illusions come crashing around them. Full of poetic longing and inspired by Williams' own experiences as a young man in St. Louis, this iconic American classic now comes to the Royal George Theatre.

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The Good Book  
Court Theatre The Good Book
 
In this highly original world premiere play, Denis O'Hare and Lisa Peterson (An Iliad) weave stories of devotion and doubt into their very own creation myth about the place where human faith and divine inspiration intersect: the Bible. As thirteen year-old Connor struggles to reconcile his identity with his dream of becoming a priest and modern-day Biblical scholar Miriam wrestles to resolve her crisis of faith, they lead us through an incredible exploration on how the Bible was conceived. From ancient Judea to medieval Ireland to suburban America, The Good Book is a powerful and exuberant journey through the most influential book in Western history.

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Heat Wave  
Steppenwolf Theatre Heat Wave
 
It is Chicago, in the summer of 1995, and an intense heat wave has gripped the city with temperatures soaring above 100 degrees. By the time it's all over, over 700 people will have died, mostly the poor, elderly, or minorities with nowhere to seek shelter. As the morgues overflow, the city's emergency response team is called into question. The Mayor's Office combats the criticism with a public relations campaign that successfully turns the blame onto the victims and their families.

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The Herd  
Steppenwolf Theatre The Herd
 
It's Andy's 21st birthday and preparations for the party are under way. But Andy and his caregiver are running late. As his family gathers, two unexpected guests appear, straining the delicate family dynamic. With a deft comic touch, The Herd introduces us to a suburban English family who have had to re-organize themselves around the extraordinary needs of one of their own, bringing to light the challenges of reconciliation, the power of shared memories and the irresistible pull of family.

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Hitch Cocktails  
Annoyance Theatre Hitch Cocktails
 
Crime and drinking don't mix -- unless it's at the totally inventive Hitch Cocktails. Each show, the actors will take suggestions from the audience to craft a thriller in the style of the Master of Suspense, Alfred Hitchcock. It's a night chock-full of murder, car chases, beautiful women and exciting music. And, since this is high-class crime, there's a real wet bar onstage, of which the actors are forced to partake throughout the performance -- sure to make any chase across Mount Rushmore all the more precarious. With a live jazz band providing the soundtrack and parlor games for the audience, Hitch Cocktails will have everyone in on the action.

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La Bete  
Trap Door Theatre La Bete
 
La Bete is a rollicking play, written in rhyming couplets, and inspired by the life of the French comic master, Moliere. In the play, Elomire (an anagram for Moliere) is the leader of an acting troupe, which according to their patron the Princess has gone stale and listless. She decrees that they must now hire a new company member, the bombastic, vulgar street performer Valere. A standoff between Elomire and Valere ensues and their lively debate is both funny and dramatic, hilarious and tragic.

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Last Of The Red Hot Lovers  
Mayer Kaplan Theatre Last Of The Red Hot Lovers
 
Barney Cashman is a successful New York seafood restaurateur. A "nice," quiet guy, leading a "nice," quiet life, with the same "nice," quiet wife he has been married and faithful to for the last twenty-three years. So what could possibly be wrong? It's the 1960s! And a recent midlife crisis has caused him to become afraid that the sexual revolution is passing him by. Determined to experience for one afternoon a memorable, romantic encounter before he dies, Barney spends the next nine months inviting three different women to his mother's Manhattan apartment in an attempt to have an extramarital affair. He soon discovers, however, that having an affair is much easier said than done.

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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. It’s simply an evening of fun and laughter.

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Later Life  
Oil Lamp Theater Later Life
 
If you were given a second chance -- an opportunity to recapture something wonderful, to reverse a regret that's been with you for years -- would you be brave enough to risk everything for another shot at happiness? Austin, the detached, middle-aged Boston banker at the center of this heartwarming comedy, will face this very question over the course of Later Life. When he unexpectedly runs into Ruth, a charming woman with whom he once shared a brief romantic encounter many years ago, Austin discovers that she's in a bad marriage that she may be thinking of escaping. But will he be able to pursue this potential romance, or will he withdraw back into his safe, solitary existence? A reminder of all that life can offer if you're willing to roll the dice, this Oil Lamp Theater production of A.R. Gurney's Later Life is a warmhearted and humorous look at love and second chances.

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The LIVINGroom  
Stage 773 The LIVINGroom
 
You're not likely to find much social interaction on your couch at home, much less dramatic and engaging true stories told by the people that actually lived them. So why not move the action to The LIVINGroom at Chicago's Stage 773, and experience this new edition of their Sunday Solo Performance Series? They're promising highly-theatrical storytelling, inspired by actual events, so you can relax and kick back in someone else's parlor to be thoroughly entertained. You'll find Stage 773 at the center of Lakeview's exciting Belmont Theater District.

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Lone Star and Laundry and Bourbon  
Oil Lamp Theater Lone Star and Laundry and Bourbon
 
This Spring, Glenview's Oil Lamp Theater is pleased to present two plays depicting life in a sleepy Texas town. Lone Star and Laundry and Bourbon, by James McLure, both seem to show us a simpler life, but the slow-burning drama that simmers under the surface eventually bubbles up and we are shown a more complicated story.

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Louis And Keely Live At The Sahara  
Royal George Theatre Louis And Keely Live At The Sahara
 
LOUIS PRIMA was one of the great musical innovator/entrepreneurs of the 20th century - from his beginnings in New Orleans Jazz, to becoming the toast of New York's 52nd St in the '30s, to appearances in Hollywood feature films in the late '30s & his scandalous love affair with Jean Harlow, to leading one of the most popular Big Bands of the '40s Swing Era, However, by the early '50s, his star seemed to be fading ... until he discovered teenager, KEELY SMITH, in a tiny Virginia Beach dive. In Pygmalion-like fashion Prima finessed Keely's stage fright and then molded her natural singing talent into a totally unique stage presence. Together they turned a two week gig on the floor of the Sahara Hotel's Casino in Las Vegas, into one of the most influential music acts of the '50s & 60s - 10 years later, Sonny & Cher basically copied their act. Prima & Smith's hot act on stage inevitably grew into a hot love story, and this musical play reveals their joy, thrills & chills, and ultimately their heartbreak. LOUIS AND KEELY 'LIVE' AT THE SAHARA is an American Love Story that not only packs an emotional wallop, but also features incredible music, staggeringly performed, that will have you dancing all the way home.

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Love, Loss, And What I Wore  
First Folio Theatre Love, Loss, And What I Wore
 
LOVE, LOSS AND WHAT I WORE reflects on the lives of five women and the vivid memories that their clothing conjures. From Brownie uniforms to first bras to prom dresses to that iconic little black dress, women have both beautiful and heart-wrenching stories that are attached to certain articles in their wardrobe. LOVE, LOSS, AND WHAT I WORE explores those breathtaking moments and is sure to resonate with women of all ages who will identify with the wry observations throughout the heartfelt play.

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Macbeth  
The Artistic Home Macbeth
 
How is Macbeth to wash his hands of bloody murder, if even the water itself is polluted? This is the intriguing premise of a riveting new vision of Macbeth, Shakespeare's most disturbing tragedy, from Scott Westerman, ensemble member and director of The Artistic Home Theatre. Inspired by the water crisis currently emerging in the Great Lakes region, Westerman has crafted a world where there is too much water and none of it is any good. In the grip of a powerful thirst -- both figurative and literal - clans scratch and claw for survival while one man schemes to control the only source of clean water at a high and merciless cost.

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The Magic Parlour  
The Palmer House Hilton Hotel The Magic Parlour
 
The performance contains some of his favorite pieces of magic, alongside some brand new routines in an hour-long show packed with mind-reading, levitations, escapes, and a ridiculous new adaptation of the classic “Card Stab” during which Watkins climbs inside of a fully inflated 7 foot balloon!

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Marie Antoinette  
Steppenwolf Theatre Marie Antoinette
 
Before Britney Spears and Justin Bieber, there was Marie Antoinette. In David Adjmi's contemporary take on the young queen of France, Marie is a confection created by a society that values extravagance and artifice. But France's love affair with the royals sours as revolution brews, and for Marie, the political suddenly becomes very personal. From the light and breezy banter at the palace to the surging chants of "Liberte! Egalite! Fraternite!" in the streets, Marie Antoinette holds a mirror up to our contemporary society that might just be entertaining itself to death.

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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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A Midwinter Night's Tale  
Filament Theatre A Midwinter Night's Tale
 
Inspired by last year's relentless Chicago winter (and let's face it, the one currently drawing to a close hasn't been so great either), Duplicity Ensemble combines two of Shakespeare's greatest plays to create the ultimate antidote for cabin fever at Filament Theatre. When four young lovers chance upon into a quiet mountain cabin while looking for shelter from a snowstorm, life is turned upside-down as hearts get broken, muffins get eaten and a play is read in this modern comic mash-up of The Winter's Tale and A Midsummer Night's Dream. Once everything has been spun backwards, can it be set right again?

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Moraine  
CIC Theater Moraine
 
Mark is trying to keep his best friend alive, his ex from leaving town, and his de facto family of twenty and thirtysomethings intact. Moraine is a play about what it means to be a family in modern day Chicago.

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Mr. Burns  
Theater Wit Mr. Burns
 
A paean to the power of live theater and the resilience of Bart Simpson through the ages, Mr. Burns is an animated exploration of how the pop culture of one era might evolve into the mythology of another, and a dazzling, panoramic vista on the power of storytelling.

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Nocturne  
The Greenhouse Theater Center Nocturne
 
"Fifteen years ago, I killed my sister." These are the haunting words with which Chicago native Adam Rapp's award-winning Nocturne begins. In this gripping drama, a 32-year-old former piano prodigy recalls the accident that forever altered the life of his family. Rapp harnesses his remarkable way with words to present an honest and elegant look at human relationships -- exploring the aftershocks of a devastating act and its lasting effects on an entire family. Nocturne was awarded Boston's Elliot Norton Award for Best New Script as well as Best New Play by the Independent Reviewers of New England. Don't miss your chance to take in this powerful one-man journey of discovery and recovery at the Greenhouse Theater Center.

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On An Average Day  
Flat Iron Arts Building On An Average Day
 
This cutting edge contemporary drama chronicles an encounter between two adult brothers, Jack and Bob ╌ Jack is doing great, and Bob is ... Bob. Secrets emerge as the two men stumble through the emotional fog of their relationship with each other and their father. Equal parts hilarious and gut wrenching, this thriller invokes a touch of Mamet and shades of Shepherd to put an original spin on the concept of "sins of the father".

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The One And Only Ivan  
Lifeline Theatre The One And Only Ivan
 
For 27 years, the world of Ivan the gorilla was a dull cage in a roadside shopping mall. But when he meets Ruby, a baby elephant captured in the wild, Ivan's ambitions and imagination must grow to meet the challenge of rescuing his endangered new companion. Aided by Bob the scrappy dog and a young human ally, Ivan sets out to become the great silverback and protector he was always meant to be. Enter the mind of a remarkable hero in this unforgettable story of enduring friendship, drawn from true events. Based on the 2012 book published by HarperCollins, a #1 New York Times bestseller and winner of the Newbery Medal. Used with permission of Pippin Properties, Inc. This production is recommended for children ages five and up (children under two not permitted), and runs one hour with no intermission.

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One Came Home  
Lifeline Theatre One Came Home
 
During the great passenger pigeon migration of 1871, throngs of strangers descend upon Placid, Wisconsin, bringing prosperity in their wake. But as the skies clear, tragedy strikes and Georgie Burkhardt's sister goes missing. When a body is found and the town goes into mourning, Georgie sets out to uncover the truth behind Agatha's disappearance. The journey that follows, both humorous and heartbreaking, will test the limits of her courage and the strength of her character. A powerful coming-of-age tale combines live music with historical events in a world premiere adaption based on the 2013 novel by Chicago author Amy Timberlake.

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Orange is the New Comeback  
The Public House Theatre Orange is the New Comeback
 
The claws come out, and Swift is thrown between rivalries and alliances with the Tabloids' drama queens. Natasha Lyonne shows her the ropes, including the best ways to avoid the leering Pornstache. Courtney Love has her "hot seat" waiting in her salon, while Paula Deen heads the kitchen, ready to cut a b****. Scheming Lindsay Lohan and her "Simply Life" lackeys, Paris and Nicole lurk in the chapel, ready to call on their "savior" to give them an edge. "Crazy Tongue" Cyrus twerks and pens love letters to Swift in utility closets, and Katy Perry tries to keep a cool head as everyone battles for a deal they can't refuse: She who survives to the end gets to win back America's hearts with her own reality show documenting her return to health and stardom. Mostly stardom.

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The Other Place  
Profiles Theatre - The Main Stage The Other Place
 
In Sharr White's acclaimed new drama The Other Place, Juliana Smithton, a successful neurologist, finds her life coming apart at the seams. Her husband filed for divorce, her daughter eloped with a much older man and her own health hangs in jeopardy. But in this brilliantly crafted work, nothing is as it seems. Piece by piece, a mystery unfolds as fact blurs with fiction, past collides with present and the elusive truth about Juliana boils to the surface.

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Our Bad Magnet  
Angel Island Theater Our Bad Magnet
 
On the shores of Scotland, three 9-year-old boys begrudgingly befriend a troubled young outsider: a gifted but tormented child who harbors the ability to spin magical, often fable-like fairy tales. The boys, now men, reunite years later to try to piece together the circumstances that led to the mysterious disappearance of their childhood fascination. Playwright Douglas Maxwell, one of Scotland’s brightest young writing talents, uses his own unique brand of dark humor to take the audience on a magical journey in which the boundaries between fantasy and reality merge with unpredictable results.

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Outside Mullingar  
Northlight Theatre Outside Mullingar
 
Anthony and Rosemary are two introverted misfits. Anthony has spent his entire life on a cattle farm in rural Ireland, oblivious to the longing of his neighbor Rosemary, who hopelessly pines for him as the years slip away. With Anthony's father threatening to disinherit him and a land feud simmering between their families, Rosemary fears romantic catastrophe. These two eccentric souls scramble their way towards happiness in a compassionate, delightful tale of how surprising love can be.

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Picture Imperfect  
Athenaeum Theatre Picture Imperfect
 
Abandoned, impoverished, and haunted by past mistakes, Mary battles an unforgiving system as it moves in painful, inexorable steps to take her beloved autistic son, Cole. In a frantic attempt to alter fate to protect Cole, Mary seeks to re-create the 'perfect family' she believes she once had. This World Premiere play about hope and redemption, guilt and misperceptions is based on true life incidents. Any parent will see themselves fighting alongside Mary as she desperately tries to save her autistic child.

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The Power Of Prom  
Annoyance Theatre The Power Of Prom
 
Written as a loving tribute to the 80's, the show combines elements of the songs, movies, television shows, and pop-culture that epitomized the decade.

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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.

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Scenes From An Execution  
Royal George Theatre Scenes From An Execution
 
1571. Venice has won an overwhelming victory in The Battle of Lepanto. The artist and sensualist Galactia is chosen to commemorate the triumph; instead, she fills a staggering one thousand square feet of canvas with violence, suffering and death. Another battle ensues between artist and state, with Galactia unremitting in the face of extreme adversity.

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A Swarm of Spoilers  
Under The Gun Theater A Swarm of Spoilers
 
Whether you're Team Tyrion, or a Daenerys diehard, odds are you're overly eager to dive into season five of HBO's Game of Thrones. Before the newest round of power plays, double-crosses and gory fates unfold, get your fantasy fix with A Swarm of Spoilers, Under The Gun Theater's unofficial parody "recapitation" of the award-winning series. The spoof breaks down all the sex, drama and battles of the first 4 seasons. You'll be transported from Chicago directly to Westeros and Essos as this production crams in as many of the hit show's characters and plots as it can fit into a single hour of comedy. Plus, A Swarm of Spoilers dares to kill off the characters that George R.R. Martin let's live.

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Tiger at the Gates  
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.

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Tightwire  
Stage 773 Tightwire
 
Tightwire brings audiences tap dance like you've never seen it, with ingenious choreography, sinister storytelling and original live music. Mystery and intrigue abound in Tightwire at Stage 773 in Lakeview. Observe this tale of a traveling Italian circus troupe in the '30s through the eyes (and feet) of the performers of one of the world's premier tap companies. Learn the behind-the-scenes secrets of this circus teeming with quirky characters, including an quiet ringmaster, an eccentric knife thrower and sisters with jealousy issues.

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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.

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Titus Andronicus  
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.

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Today We Escape: Plays Inspired by Ok Computer  
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.

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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.

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Travesties  
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.

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20,000 Leagues Under the Sea  
Strawdog Theatre 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea
 
Did you know the title of Jules Verne's novel Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea refers to the length of the voyage undertaken by the Nautilus, and not the actual depth? Good thing, because 20,000 leagues is actually six times the diameter of the earth. The Nautilus took quite the journey, traveling the seven seas under the command of the enigmatic Captain Nemo and battling sea monsters along the way. Verne's book is regarded as one of the greatest adventure stories of all time, and you can join the voyage at Chicago's Strawdog Theatre in this daring new musical adaptation of the historic work.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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The Walk Across America for Mother Earth  
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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West Side Story  
Drury Lane- Oakbrook West Side Story
 
Drury Lane closes its 30th anniversary season with one of the world's greatest love stories. A modern retelling of Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet, West Side Story tells the tale of two star crossed lovers caught between rival gangs. A revolutionary work that changed the course of the American musical, West Side Story features an electrifying Latin and jazz-infused score including "Somewhere," "Tonight," "I Feel Pretty," and "America".

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