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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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Cirque du Soleil - Kurios  
United Center Cirque du Soleil - Kurios
 
What if, by engaging your imagination and opening your mind, you could alter reality and unlock the door to a world of wonders? Welcome to the realm of KURIOS -- Cabinet of Curiosities from Cirque du Soleil. Step into the curio cabinet of an ambitious inventor who defies the laws of time, space and dimension in order to reinvent everything around him. Suddenly, the visible becomes invisible, perspectives are transformed, and the world is literally turned upside down in a place that's as beautiful as it is mysterious. Stunning acrobatics blend with unusual curiosity acts, and otherworldly characters spring to life before your eyes. Is this magical, mechanical land real, or just a figment of your imagination? You have to see it to disbelieve it. This pre-sale offer for Cirque du Soleil's KURIOS -- Cabinet of Curiosities in the Grand Chapiteau at Chicago's United Center gets you great tickets before they go on sale to the general public.

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Dirty Dancing - The Classic Story On Stage  
Cadillac Palace Theatre Dirty Dancing - The Classic Story On Stage
 
Dirty Dancing – The Classic Story On Stage is a coming of age love story involving the talented and headstrong dancer Johnny Castle and Frances “Baby” Houseman. During her family’s summer vacation at the popular Kellerman’s resort, Baby, a doctor’s daughter with dreams of joining the Peace Corps, meets Johnny, the guy from the wrong side of the tracks. Against all odds, they fall in love, learning life-changing lessons along the way. Dirty Dancing – The Classic Story On Stage, follows the highs and lows of their summer romance.

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A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder  
Bank of America Theatre A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder
 
Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder tells the uproarious story of Monty Navarro, a distant heir to a family fortune who sets out to jump the line of succession, by any means necessary. All the while, he's got to juggle his mistress (she's after more than just love), his fiancee (she's his cousin but who's keeping track?), and the constant threat of landing behind bars! Of course, it will all be worth it if he can slay his way to his inheritance... and be done in time for tea.

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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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Pippin  
Cadillac Palace Theatre Pippin
 
PIPPIN tells the story of a young prince on a death-defying journey to find meaning in his existence. Will he choose a happy but simple life? Or will he risk everything for a singular flash of glory? The show is noted for many Broadway standards including "Magic To Do," "Corner of the Sky," "Glory," "No Time at All," "Morning Glow," and "Love Song."

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Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike  
Goodman Theatre Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike
 
Siblings Vanya and Sonia have spent their adult years trapped in mundane lives at their family's cottage, caring for their ailing parents. Meanwhile, their self-involved sister Masha, a glamorous movie star, has traveled the world in decadent style. After their soothsayer/cleaning woman Cassandra warns Vanya and Sonia of impending doom, Masha arrives unannounced, accompanied by her hunky young lover Spike, who sparks a friendship with the beautiful girl next door Nina much to Masha's dismay. When Masha reveals plans that will upend the family, long-repressed resentments bubble over in a weekend full of wild costume parties, voodoo dolls and surprise romance.

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After Miss Julie  
Strawdog Theatre After Miss Julie
 
After Miss Julie is Marber's modern reimaging of August Strindberg's classic play now set in 1945 the night of England's Labour Party's landslide election victory over Winston Churchill's Conservative Party. The wealthy Julie (Maggie Scranton) and the servant John (John Henry Roberts) navigate the complexity and sexual politics of master and servant relations, all while under the watchful eye of John's former fiancee and fellow servant Christine (Anita Deely).

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All Our Tragic  
The Den Theatre All Our Tragic
 
The Hypocrites present a return engagement of its critically acclaimed world premiere ALL OUR TRAGIC. From the most popular titles to the most rarely produced, experience the 32 surviving Greek tragedies by Aeschylus, Sophocles and Euripides in one breathtaking and unforgettable theatrical event. ALL OUR TRAGIC builds on the success of The Hypocrites’ 2011 production of Sophocles: Seven Sicknesses, which received critical praise and earned multiple Jeff Awards including Best Production and Best Director. ALL OUR TRAGIC is designed to create a contemporary Festival of Dionysus, the ancient gatherings for which these tragedies were originally crafted – to bring together a daily community to bond, eat food, drink wine and discuss complicated topics of society that we have been wrestling with since the creation of civilization.

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Alligator  
Dream Theatre Alligator
 
A young girl's mind spins out of control as childhood monsters from her past step out of her nightmares and into her waking reality. This darkly comic tale by Jeremy Menekseoglu features the ensemble cast: Anna Menekseoglu, Eric Barton, Jeremy Menekseoglu, Candace Kitchens and Hasket Morris.

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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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Bard Fiction  
City Lit Theater Bard Fiction
 
This imaginative adaptation asks the age-old, perennially puzzling question: "What if William Shakespeare had written Quentin Tarantino's Pulp Fiction?" (Well, for one thing, a Royale With Cheese would have been a "Hachis Parmentier.") Set in Elizabethan England, this comic concoction trades pistols for daggers and cars for horses as it follows the adventures of a pair of enigmatic hit men, their boss' dangerously sexy wife and a go-for-broke knight. This laugh-filled Commedia Beauregard production at City Lit Theater is packed to the brim with honor, betrayal and ... foot rubs.

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bare: a pop opera  
Chicago Dramatists bare: a pop opera
 
In bare: a pop opera, a group of high school seniors at a Catholic boarding school deal with questions of sexuality and personal identity. Most teens struggle with issues about sex, love, religion, and drugs, and these guys and girls are no different -- except in addition to each other, they can seek answers from the church. Ultimately though, they come to realize that many of the answers exist within themselves. Experience the highly charged story and rich, vibrant contemporary score of bare: a pop opera at Chicago Dramatists Theatre.

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Batty Old Biddies  
Athenaeum Theatre Batty Old Biddies
 
Bessie and Louise didn't die or go into the nursing home when they were supposed to. In fact, these salty seniors are trying to take their fading neighborhood back from the drug dealers, gang members and, especially, the scheming developer and his city cronies. Above all, Bessie wants it quiet, and she has perfected a subversive method of turning down the music on gang members' stereos. Sidekick Louise pins her hopes on the lottery, not on aging mama's boy Dan. Frustrated architect-turned-dumpster-diver Harry returns to the neighborhood with his own plans, while waif Gloria only wants to escape.

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Beaches  
Drury Lane- Oakbrook Beaches
 
Beaches follows two extraordinary friends through 30 years of camaraderie, laughter and sorrow. Vivacious, outlandish Cee Cee and beautiful, privileged Bertie meet as children and become fast friends. From pen-pals to roommates to romantic rivals, Cee Cee and Bertie’s oil-and-water friendship perseveres through even the most tragic trials. With a touching vulnerability, Beaches exemplies the triumph of the human spirit and the bonds of sisterhood.

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The Beauty Queen of Leenane  
Heartland Studio Theatre The Beauty Queen of Leenane
 
Martin McDonagh's acclaimed and award-winning dark comedy tells the tale of Maureen, who at nearly forty, still lives with her ailing and manipulative mother, Mag. Maureen finally has a last chance at love and a life but not if Mag has her way.

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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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The Bikinis  
Fox Valley Repertory The Bikinis
 
Jukebox musicals like Jersey Boys, All Shook Up and Mamma Mia! have been all the rage on Broadway in recent years. Now it's time for the girls to have their moment in the sun. The Bikinis: A Musical Heat Wave of the 1960s is a celebration of the feel-good girl group music of the Sixties, with unforgettable songs like "It's in His Kiss," "I Will Survive," "These Boots Are Made For Walkin'," "I'm Every Woman" and much more. The Bikinis have gotten back together after 20 years to sing all the songs they used to do down at the boardwalk on the Jersey Shore. They're trying to raise money for the Sandy Shores Mobile Home Beach Resort -- and rekindle their old friendships.

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Bleacher Bums  
Oil Lamp Theater Bleacher Bums
 
In the bleachers at Chicago's Wrigley Field, a mixed bag of die-hard Cubs fans are watching the game. While they're rooting for their team, you'll be watching them, because the action in the stands is more interesting than the action on the field in Bleacher Bums. The group includes a rabid cheerleader, a blind man who follows the game by transistor radio and does his own play by play, a bathing beauty, a nerd and various other bleacher denizens. As the game proceeds, they place bets on every conceivable event, go out for frosty malts or beers, try to pick up the bathing beauty and -- occasionally -- watch the game. The villainous Marvin, who always bets against the Cubs, waits for the inevitable ninth-inning flop. Will he clean up again, or will the Cubs triumph this time? Win or lose, the bleacher bums remain undaunted in this Oil Lamp Theater production.

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The Boy From Oz  
Stage 773 The Boy From Oz
 
The Broadway musical tells the amazing life story of celebrated songwriter and performer Peter Allen. Featuring songs by Peter Allen, book by Martin Sherman and Nick Enright, Direction by David Zak, and Musical Direction by Robert Ollis, The Boy From Oz tells the exuberant yet heart-warming true story of a young Australian boy who loved to perform and ended up in the glamorous orbit of Judy Garland and her soon-to-be famous daughter Liza.

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Bristol Renaissance Faire  
Bristol Renaissance Faire Bristol Renaissance Faire
 
Eat, drink and be merry whilst roaming among the jousting knights, regal ladies, saucy wenches and royal overseers of the famed Bristol Renaissance Faire, returning for its 27th season of fun and games just outside of Chicago. Hundreds of performers dressed in Elizabethan costumes create a magical world of music and excitement, with games, rides and 20 stages of entertainment options ranging from knife throwers to improv troupes. More than 150 artisans will also be exhibiting and selling their original hand-crafted items, including hand-blown glass creations, pottery, authentic clothing and weaponry. All the frolicking and cavorting can leave one in need of refreshment, though fear not -- there are dozens of food and drink options available for purchase, both alcoholic and non, including the signature giant turkey leg and the ice-cold sassafrass.

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Bunker Buddies  
The Public House Theatre Bunker Buddies
 
In the not-too-distant future, the Arion Virus has destroyed civilization as we know it. Two men are left behind, and seal themselves together in a bunker, depending on each other's company to maintain their sanity. Their days consist of learning every Billy Joel lyric ever and mindless games to fill the time as they edge towards the brink of non-existence. They are alone together- alone, that is, until Samantha arrives.

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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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Carrie the Musical  
Stage 773 Carrie the Musical
 
Blood will flow once again during Carrie the Musical, a staged retelling of Stephen King's best-selling novel. A legendary Broadway flop when first produced in 1988, the show was rebuilt from the ground up for a hit off-Broadway production, and now comes to Chicago's Stage 773. You know the story: Outcast Carrie White is bullied by the popular kids and tormented by her overprotective mother, only to discover she has a special power and she's not afraid to use it. Experience this powerful work in a brand-new way with this evocative musical production.

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Churchill  
The Greenhouse Theater Center Churchill
 
Based on Winston Churchill's own writings, Ronald Keaton's one-man show finds the former British prime minister chafing under forced retirement after a shocking loss in the post-World War II election. But when President Harry Truman invites him to speak in the U.S., the famed politician, painter, Nobel Prize-winning author and witty raconteur begins to reflect on his life and times with humor, pride and regret. The inspiring leader who led England through one of its most difficult periods not only shares his political and military history, but also his fondness for whiskey, cigars and women. Keaton's been called one of the city's "top-tier theater veterans" by the Chicago Tribune.

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Come Again?  
The Public House Theatre Come Again?
 
In an era where just about any type of communication can be replaced with the push of a button, it's even harder to connect with others than ever before. That's why sketch duo Honk and the Senator -- made up of a real-life couple, Ryan and Virginia, giving them plenty of firsthand experience with communication breakdowns -- put together the comedic compilation that is Come Again? This show seeks the answers to some truly troubling and significant questions -- like will Virginia's best friend ever respond to that Facebook message she already read? She's clearly online right now! And what did Ryan's dad mean when he texted "Go Cubes Go" anyway? This cathartic night of relatable comedy (seriously, they hate autocorrect just as much as you do) can be enjoyed at Chicago's Public House Theatre.

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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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Coronado  
Cornservatory Coronado
 
When Marty Scorsese wanted a juicy gothic thriller he turned to writer Dennis Lehane. So did Clint Eastwood. And Ben Affleck. In fact, some of the most harrowing, inventive films of the new century -- Mystic River, Gone Baby Gone and Shutter Island -- were all inspired by Lehane novels. But great as they are, the flicks pale in comparison to the riveting, live excitement of Lehane's only play Coronado. This modern-day Greek tragedy tracks three intersecting stories: a recently freed inmate and his father partaking in a deadly battle of wits; a psychiatrist and his patient who are illicitly involved; and two lovers, caught in a love triangle, plotting a murder. Now Making Rain Productions presents this intense look at the dark side of the human spirit.

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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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Dirtbag  
The Public House Theatre Dirtbag
 
Some teens are growing up too fast, while some adults haven't grown up at all. Dirtbag takes a knowingly hilarious in-depth look at a handful of those kids and childlike adults -- from asthmatic Larry, who wants nothing more than to score the winning basket, to Kevin, who wants nothing more than for people to stop asking what he's done since college. At this Public House Theatre production -- penned by Chicago's Ryan Burkett -- you'll also meet youngster Kathy, who struggles to understand her friends' attempts at innuendo and grown-up Mia, who searches for the words to say to her coworker on the morning-after. If you've ever had your immaturity immortalized on the internet, or felt like working in a cubicle was just a painful extension of high school, you too might be a Dirtbag.

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Dogfight  
Theater Wit Dogfight
 
November 21, 1963. On the eve of their deployment to Vietnam, three young Marines take part in a "dogfight"- a game where the soldiers compete to bring the ugliest date, unbeknownst to the girls accompanying them. But when Corporal Eddie Birdlace meets Rose, an awkward and idealistic waitress, she rewrites the rules of the game and teaches him the power of compassion. With some of the best new music on the current musical stage, Dogfight begins as a rousing song and dance adventure and ends as an intimate story about finding the beauty and comfort of love in the most unexpected places.

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The Dueling Gentlemen  
Athenaeum Theatre The Dueling Gentlemen
 
The Dueling Gentlemen is a love letter to old vaudeville. Performed entirely in silence a la pre-talkie era and accompanied by live original piano composition, the story follows two vaudeville performers whose friendship begins to deconstruct during their long time running successful act. Issues of insecurities and lack of communication, alcoholism and professionalism, betrayal and sinister plots all play factors on and off stage as their act "The Ugly Blonde" takes an even uglier turn.

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Eugene  
The Greenhouse Theater Center Eugene
 
Four years after Napoleon's defeat at Waterloo, Eugene de Rastignac, a poor student from the provinces with distant noble roots, determinedly climbs an upward path. He encounters obstacles that make him question whether love is compatible with ambition or power with happiness. Based on the acclaimed Balzac novel, Father Goriot, the story involves Eugene's friendship with an old grain merchant, Goriot, who sacrificed his ill-gotten fortune to buy his two lovely daughters--Anastasie and Delphine-an upper class life. The will to succeed and the disillusionment of self-empowerment make a volatile mix in the minds and hearts of city dwellers in a rapidly changing world.

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Fancy Nancy: The Musical  
Broadway Playhouse Fancy Nancy: The Musical
 
From the top of her tiara down to her sparkly shoes, Nancy's ready to take the spotlight in her first dance recital. But when someone else gets picked to be the prima ballerina (that's a fancy word for star of the show), Nancy is stuck playing a dreary, dull tree. Can she still bring fancy flair to her role when it isn't the one she wanted? Adapted from the bestselling books, this is a funny, frilly ballet story with a lot of heart.

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Feast  
Goodman Theatre Feast
 
Dubbed "nothing short of delicious" by The Sun-Times, Feast returns to the Goodman Theatre with some fun new additions to its menu of food-related song, dance and stories. The 25 talented high school-age teens from the award-winning Albany Park Theater Project developed this show by going out into Chicago's culturally diverse neighborhoods, trying different kinds of cuisine and then interviewing its makers. From there, they created this engaging and entertaining production, serving up an inspiring look at how good food nourishes the soul as well as the body, not to mention entire communities. Adding to the excitement are new numbers about the joyful vitality of outdoor markets and the Mexican Mole Festival in Little Village.

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Glory Days  
Flat Iron Arts Building Glory Days
 
A year after graduating high school, four best friends reconnect on their old school's football field. Will has called the boys together with a mission: to hack into the sprinkler system so that it goes off when the jocks who bullied them in high school take the field for a charity game. But as the guys wait for instructions on how to break into the system, they quickly realize how dramatically their lives have grown apart. With a soaring pop-rock score, Glory Days is a poignant and witty coming-of-age story about friends searching for understanding and validation as they face the consequences of growing up.

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Grand Concourse  
Steppenwolf Theatre Grand Concourse
 
Having dedicated her life to religious service, Shelley runs a Bronx soup kitchen with unsentimental efficiency. Her brisk nature masks an unsettling fear that her efforts are meaningless. When Emma-a rainbow-haired college dropout-arrives to volunteer, her volatile mix of generosity and self-involvement pushes Shelley over the edge. With both humor and heart, Grand Concourse asks big questions about the value of compassion and the limits of forgiveness.

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Hairspray  
Madison Street Theatre Hairspray
 
Hairspray is boppin' into the Madison Street Theatre in Oak Park, and it's piled bouffant-high with laughter, romance and infectious tunes. Set in '60s Baltimore, this hit musical that scored eight Tony Awards tells the story of lovable plus-sized teen Tracy Turnblad -- a social misfit who becomes a local celebrity by dancing on TV's Corny Collins Show. Tracy's love of dancing leads her to become an unlikely heroine, triumphing over both snotty teen queens and racial segregation. And she does it all without mussing a hair of her stylish 'do.

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The History Of Alcohol In Chicago: A Drinker's Guide  
The Public House Theatre The History Of Alcohol In Chicago: A Drinker's Guide
 
Chicago's eventful history and cast of famous citizens come alive in this comedic sketch revue that combines historically-motivated scenes with interactive games, trivia and classic cocktails. Audiences will be entertained and educated by the likes of Al Capone, Moonshine Mary Wazeniak, John Siebel, Johnny Torrio and others while enjoying period-appropriate cocktails and music in The History of Alcohol in Chicago: A Drinker's Guide.

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If You Rebuild It, They Might Come  
The Public House Theatre If You Rebuild It, They Might Come
 
To long-suffering Cubs fans who've had to grin and bear it for decades, this new comedy at Wrigleyville's Public House Theater cleverly commiserates with your pain, as it satirizes the latest round of supposed improvements to the game-going experience. If You Rebuild It, They Might Come is a Willy Wonka-style adventure about a couple who win a golden game ticket in a case of Old Style, and then delve into the many legends and mysteries of good ol' Wrigley Field, while the team owners try to figure out just what the average fan wants from a day at the ballpark. Take in the show, written and directed by Byron Hatfield (Bye Bye Liver: The Chicago Drinking Play, Game of Mobile Homes), and enjoy drink specials available from the theater's full bar.

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Into the Woods  
Ethel M. Barber Theater - Northwestern Into the Woods
 
Recently a hit movie starring Meryl Streep, Johnny Depp and Anna Kendrick, Into the Woods began as a live musical that took Broadway by storm. It's a fresh spin on several Brothers Grimm fairy tales, interweaving several classic fairy tales into one epic story that shows what happens when things get real in the fairy-tale world. Unable to bear children, a baker and his wife are lured into completing a number of tasks by a witch who promises to grant them their wish if they're successful. During their journey, they encounter Little Red Riding Hood, Rapunzel, Cinderella and Jack and the Beanstalk -- and discover that wishes come with a steep price. Adventure Into the Woods with Northwestern University Theatre and Interpretation Center's Summerstage production of Stephen Sondheim's musical fairy-tale mashup at Ethel M. Barber Theater.

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It Came from Kentucky  
Annoyance Theatre It Came from Kentucky
 
"It Came from Kentucky" is an original musical inspired by actual events set in 1955 Hopkinsville, Kentucky. Billie Ray Taylor is visiting her Aunt and Uncle Sutton on break from college. But she's not the only visitor. When Billie Ray and her cousin, Kaci Lynn, spot a UFO the question becomes, "Where did these strange visitors come from, and what do they want?"

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The Jacksonian  
Profiles Theatre - The Main Stage The Jacksonian
 
Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Beth Henley's eerie new play The Jacksonian transports audiences to Jackson, Mississippi, 1964. When his wife kicks him out, respectable dentist Bill Perch moves into the unsettling world of the seedy Jacksonian Motel. There, his downward spiral is punctuated by encounters with his teenage daughter, a gold-digging motel employee, a treacherous bartender and Perch's now-estranged wife. Revolving around the night of a murder, The Jacksonian, brims with suspense and dark humor as the subversive becomes commonplace and the passage of time becomes hauntingly unpredictable. In The Jacksonian, Beth Henley returns to the Southern Gothic storytelling that made her reputation with both critics and audiences. The darkly humorous play premiered at the Geffen Playhouse in February 2012 in a production directed by Tony Award winner Robert Falls with a cast featuring Ed Harris, Glenne Headly, Amy Madigan and Bill Pullman. It later played in New York with the New Group in November 2013 with the same creative team. Beth Henley's best- known plays include Crimes of the Heart, winner of the Pulitzer Prize and New York Drama Critics' Circle Award and The Miss Firecracker Contest. Her screenplay for Crimes of the Heart was nominated for an Oscar as Best Adapted Screenplay.

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Jihad  
Theater Wit Jihad
 
Israel's struggle with Hamas receives a stirring dramatization in Jihad, in which two families -- one on each side of the conflict -- lose a daughter in a suicide bombing. In researching the project, playwright Stephanie Liss spent time undercover with groups such as the Palestine Liberation Organization, Israeli Defense Forces and Hamas itself. The result is a provocative, deeply felt theatrical experience that takes viewers inside the world of terrorism and its affects on the families' public and private lives. Experience Jihad at Theater Wit in Chicago.

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The Judas Kiss  
Stage 773 The Judas Kiss
 
With Oscar Wilde facing trial on indecency charges in 1895, all of London has the salacious taste of scandal on its lips. Though he could have fled, Wilde's equally scandalous lover, Lord Alfred Douglas, persuades him to stay. After two years in prison, Wilde emerges, broken but determined to reunite with his libertine lover. The Judas Kiss is an exploration of betrayal at the hands of those we trust with our hearts and secrets. It asks whether new beginnings are possible -- even at the end. See this fully staged and costumed Dead Writers Theatre Collective production at Stage 773 in Chicago.

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Last Train to Nibroc  
Theater Wit Last Train to Nibroc
 
In December 1940, an east-bound cross-country train carries the bodies of the great American writers Nathanael West and F. Scott Fitzgerald as well as shy and religious May, who shares her seat with a charming young discharged flyer, Raleigh. As May (Amanda Drinkall) and Raleigh (Mike Tepeli) continue to cross paths over the years, an unlikely bond forms, one that continues to blossom in ways neither of them could ever expect. A funny, touching portrait of two people searching for happiness called "...a gently charming little play, reminiscent of Thornton Wilder in its look at rustic Americans who are to be treasured for their simplicity and directness..." by the Associated Press.

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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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The Little Mermaid  
Chicago Shakespeare Theater The Little Mermaid
 
This summer, families will venture under the sea with Ariel and her aquatic friends to the tune of one of Disney's most beloved classics. Chicago Shakespeare's newly adapted 75-minute production of Disney's The Little Mermaid is based on the full-length Broadway musical and staged by Jeff Award-winning director and choreographer Rachel Rockwell. Featuring the Academy Award-winning song "Under the Sea," children and adults alike will delight in the dazzling production and unforgettable music following Ariel's adventure to find true love-and her voice. Each performance features special opportunities for audiences to interact with the actors for one-on-one conversations and photos.

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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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Loving Repeating  
Theater Wit Loving Repeating
 
LOVING REPEATING is an intimate exploration of Gertrude Stein's legacy, setting her unconventional creative passions against the backdrop of her lifelong relationship with Alice B. Toklas. From her student days in the late 19th century to the height of her artistic era in Paris as one of the 'lost generation,' LOVING REPEATING pays homage to Stein's capricious love affair with language, self-expression and her lifelong romance with Toklas.

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The Lyons  
Raven Theatre The Lyons
 
Indomitable matriarch Rita Lyons is at a major crossroads. Her husband is dying, her son is in a dubious relationship, and her daughter is barely holding it together. Tempers flare, words are exchanged, and secrets are revealed. Worst of all, Rita can't figure out how to redesign her living room.

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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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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 Mess of Durang  
Royal George Theatre A Mess of Durang
 
Besides the man himself, no one knows the exact topic of Christopher Durang's first play, which he wrote as an ambitious second-grader at Our Lady of Peace Parochial School in 1958. That said, it was probably a comedy and an outrageous one at that (by second-grade standards, at least). For few playwrights have revolutionized stage comedy quite like Durang, winner of the Tony for Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike and the Obie for Sister Mary Ignatius Explains It All For You. Now ColorBox Theatre presents A Mess of Durang, a compilation of seven of Durang's most hilarious and absurd short works, served up in '70s variety show style, complete with sketches, songs and jokes.

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Miss Saigon  
Jedlicka Performing Arts Center Miss Saigon
 
This epic, award-winning musical from the creators of Les Miserables tells the tale of the tragic romance between a strong-willed Vietnamese girl and an American G.I. during the last days of the Vietnam War. Their struggles to find each other over the ensuing years end in tragedy for her and a fighting chance for the child he never knew he had. The powerful love story is a modern retelling of Puccini's Madame Butterfly and boasts such songs as "I Still Believe," "Sun and Moon," "The American Dream," "Why, God, Why?" and "I'd Give My Life for You." Now you can see the classic show in person at this Jedlicka Performing Arts Center production of Miss Saigon.

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Moon Over Buffalo  
Metropolis Performing Arts Centre Moon Over Buffalo
 
Mistaken identities, outrageous plot twists, slapstick comedy and a plethora of self-obsessed performers desperately trying to keep things from falling apart. It's all in a day's work for master of the period-perfect farce Ken Ludwig (Lend Me a Tenor). In this fast-paced comedy set in Buffalo in 1953, a husband-and-wife acting team with a crumbling marriage try to keep their company together long enough to allow famed director Frank Capra to see their repertory ensemble perform. But with a pregnant ingenue, a drunk leading man and a surprise visit from their daughter, things quickly go horribly (and hilariously) wrong. The original Broadway run of Moon Over Buffalo starred Carol Burnett and ran for more than 300 performances, and now it's coming to the Metropolis Performing Arts Centre.

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My Two Sons  
Annoyance Theatre My Two Sons
 
"My Two Sons" follows Danny and Max who are propelled by their parents' refreshingly practical advice, the disturbing influence of their incendiary friend Viktor, and the reserved attentions of their childhood-playmate-turned-romantic-preoccupation Molly. Danny and Max deal with sex, drugs, CD's, and violence as they hurtle toward an uneasy adulthood.

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Patchwork Drifter  
City Lit Theater Patchwork Drifter
 
California-bound and down on her luck, Emmy Fox finds refuge working for shopkeeper Harriet Cooper and her two daughters. But they soon discover that the past can follow you over miles and years, and secrets can be as dangerous as any hazard of the Wyoming frontier.

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A Perfect Ganesh  
Athenaeum Theatre A Perfect Ganesh
 
In A Perfect Ganesh, two middle-aged American women travel to India on a journey for inner peace and to heal from personal tragedies. They meet the Hindu god Ganesha, meaning "wisdom," who is fluid in his power to assume any guise, at once everywhere and everything and at peace with all things. A Perfect Ganesh draws on the tragic and the comic, and the beautiful and the deplorable until a breathtaking release arrives for both women.

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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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Ready for Hillary: The Musical  
The Public House Theatre Ready for Hillary: The Musical
 
It's the night before the 2016 Presidential Election, and all through the House, candidates are stirring. To put off the anxiety, Ted Cruz is hosting a friendly, bipartisan barbecue, with Chris Christie, Hillary Clinton and Elizabeth Warren around the grill. As the votes are tallied, each candidate reveals a new side, from Christie's unorthodox love interest to Cruz's own plan to get himself into the White House.

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Ring Of Fire: The Music Of Johnny Cash  
Mercury Theater Ring Of Fire: The Music Of Johnny Cash
 
The musical revue RING OF FIRE: THE MUSIC OF JOHNNY CASH guides audiences on a journey through Cash's career, from the cotton fields of Arkansas to the Grand Ole Opry. The show was created by Richard Maltby, Jr., conceived by William Meade, with orchestrations by Steven Bishop and Jeff Lisenby. This version is a re-imagining of the original Broadway production; more intimate, but with a full musical soundscape.

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Soap Box Derby King  
Annoyance Theatre Soap Box Derby King
 
Soap Box Derby King is a raucous, vibrant musical comedy that follows the stories of the kids and parents who would do anything to win to become the Derby champion.

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Stanley In The Name Of Love  
The Den Theatre Stanley In The Name Of Love
 
A trailer park fairy decides to become a pornstar because he wants to fall in love. Stanley, his hag, and a chorus of gay angels take off on the Road to Love. Along the way, they find Rod Fullalove, a beguiling pornstar, a man with a deep hole to fill. The powers of love and meaninglessness collide in this absurdist gay porn dance pop musical.

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Stolen House  
Victory Gardens Theater - Biograph Stolen House
 
Stolen House is possibly the greatest play that has yet to be written. It's a comedy (except when it's a drama) and it's thrilling (except when it's farcical). For Stolen House is the name of the fully realized, improvised play that six legendary improv comedians create every time they take the stage at Chicago's Victory Gardens Theater. Identical to a traditional play in appearance and ambition, the performers of Stolen House create a dynamic, powerful, grounded, funny, and wholly improvised piece, using only the theater's existing stage, set and lighting. Be there when David Pasquesi (TJ & Dave), Scott Adsit (30 Rock), Stephnie Weir (MADtv), TJ Jagodowski (TJ & Dave), John Lutz (30 Rock) and Bob Dassie (Dasariski) commit themselves to this high-wire act that will enthrall lovers of theater and comedy alike.

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Stupid F***ing Bird  
Victory Gardens Theater - Biograph Stupid F***ing Bird
 
On the grounds of a country estate, two generations worth of Russians mope and love and hate and make a lot of bird-based metaphors. Sound familiar? It's Anton Chekhov versus the modern world in Aaron Posner's ballsy Midwest premiere. A smash-hit on the east coast and a finalist for the 2014 ACTA Award, this heartbreakingly hilarious sort-of-adaptation of The Seagull takes a baseball bat to one of theatre's most famous works and staunchly refuses to pick up the pieces. Sideshow's signature energy and wit are on full display in this very funny examination of what drives us to make art and find love.

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SubUrbia  
Athenaeum Theatre SubUrbia
 
The New York Times called SubUrbia "Chekhov high on speed and Twinkies." This critically acclaimed, brutally honest drama takes a hard look at a group of disaffected young 20-somethings who hang out in the parking lot of a suburban convenience store, talking big but not much more. When their former high-school buddy, now a rock star, returns, they're forced to confront their failed dreams and aimless existence. Penned by award-winning actor-writer Eric Bogosian (Talk Radio, Sex, Drugs, Rock & Roll), SubUrbia premiered on Broadway with stars Martha Plimpton, Josh Hamilton and Steve Zahn, the latter of whom went on to star in Richard Linklater's 1997 film adaptation.

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The Summer of Daisy Fay  
Redtwist Theatre The Summer of Daisy Fay
 
Daisy Fay is a charming, spunky young woman from small town Mississippi in 1958, who has dreams and ambitions for something far more than her humble roots. Daisy Fay carries the audience with her as she recounts memories, both heartfelt and jovial, from her tom-boyish youth, to her success in theatre, to her adventures in the world of beauty pageants. Through her experiences, she becomes an advocate for the underdog.

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Sunset: A Mild-Mannered View of the Apocalypse  
The Public House Theatre Sunset: A Mild-Mannered View of the Apocalypse
 
What would you do if you only had three days left to live? It's the type of hypothetical question we've all pondered, but in Sunset: A Mild-Mannered View of the Apocalypse, it's a reality. In this over-the-top comedy, the peaceful environs of Cremetown get a major shake-up when a raving scientist proclaims that the planet has only three days of sunlight left. Rather than curling up into the fetal position and waiting for it all to end, this Public House Theatre musical comedy finds the citizens of Cremetown taking this opportunity to live out all their wildest dreams ... while there's still time.

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Sweetie Maude  
Annoyance Theatre Sweetie Maude
 
Set in Chicago in a timeless age, the new musical is a story of jealousy, cruelty, and ultimately, revenge. Although it's a pastiche of Sweeney Todd, Sweetie Maude has its own voice. The dark and comedic musical resonates as an all-female story: while manipulation, evil, and revenge find their home in our anti-hero Sweetie, we also see love, strength, and a sense of humor.

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Things You Shouldn't Say Past Midnight: A Comedy in Three Beds  
Windy City Playhouse Things You Shouldn't Say Past Midnight: A Comedy in Three Beds
 
It's three a.m. in New York City. Grad student Ben (Peter Meadows) and girlfriend Nancy (Emily Tate) are having passionate, unbridled sofabed sex until Nancy's bizarre dirty talk leads to a mood-killing argument. Nancy leaves the apartment to seek council from her best friend Grace (Patrese McClain) who's having a hard time seducing her rough-hewn new boyfriend Gene (Shane Kenyon). They call Grace's therapist Mark (Chris Sheard) - who has company of his own (Robert Spencer) - in order to get his perspective. In a Love Actually meets La Ronde series of revelations and connections - romantic and otherwise - Things You Shouldn't Say Past Midnight delves into the truths that sex really exposes.

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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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Truth in Context  
Profiles Theatre - The Alley Stage Truth in Context
 
In this tightly wound two-hander, Bobby Fincher is struggling to find a post-college job. After an abysmal interview at William Darnell's advertising firm, the game changes as the two clash and struggle for power and definition.

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Twisted Melodies  
Athenaeum Theatre Twisted Melodies
 
Twisted Melodies is a fictionalized journey through the mind of musical genius Donny Hathaway. We see a man lost in space and time, battling schizophrenia and trying to come to terms with - everything. Join us for an experience that explores the psychology of a genius and his music as he deals with the extreme circumstances of mental illness.

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The Two Gentlemen of Verona  
Oak Park Festival Theatre The Two Gentlemen of Verona
 
Leave it to Shakespeare to hit a home run with his first crack at bat. Sparkling with wit and energy, The Two Gentlemen of Verona helped launch both his career and the rom-com genre. In fact, Two Gentlemen offers everything you could want in a romantic comedy: moony and misguided guys, smart and resourceful gals, a road trip, a funny bit with a dog and, of course, plenty of cross-dressing. Oak Park Festival Theatre's outdoor production is set in the over-the-top, youth-centric 1980s world of John Hughes and his club of endearing scoundrels. Think Ferris Bueller in rhyming couplets!

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The Universal Wolf  
Trap Door Theatre The Universal Wolf
 
From the very beginning, with Little Red wringing the birdie’s neck so she can put it in the little gift basket for her grandmother, Joan Schenkar’s The Universal Wolf strikes a different cord in this highly theatrical rendering of the famous Little Red Riding Hood fairy tale. As the play progresses, the things are getting only weirder since one inversion of the original follows the other—the innocents are not so innocent after all, the aggressors turn into victims themselves, the horror becomes funny, the fun becomes scary. In The Universal Wolf, Schenkar has created a truly menacing, unpredictable and unstable world where all our expectations are turned topsy-turvy; the play is a provocation and an invitation for a revisionist reading of the famous fairy tale.

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Voyage  
Chopin Theatre Voyage
 
Voyage **is an original theatrical production created by Cock and Bull Theatre, exploring the innate human desire to heal one's self, the lengths people will go in order to be cured, and the struggle to let one's self be healed by others. Voyage is a psychosexual voyage spanning 300 years.

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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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Whatever  
The Side Project Whatever
 
Everything will be fine for sixteen year-old Chloe once this afternoon's abortion is checked off her list. Likewise, her boyfriend Declan has finally found the courage to go off his anger meds and keep his hyper-concerned mother at bay. Two suburban teenagers try to navigate love, anger, and the bewildering adults who orbit their world.

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The Winter's Tale  
First Folio Theatre The Winter's Tale
 
A royal family is ripped apart when King Leontes' envy brings about the death of his wife, the rejection of his best friend, and the estrangement of his newborn daughter. Broken hearts are mended when the king's abandoned child falls in love with a Bohemian prince. Filled with wonder, magic, and mystery, THE WINTER'S TALE is a celebration of faith and redemption, of holding on and letting go, and the transcendent power of love.

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With Love and a Major Organ  
Strawdog Theatre With Love and a Major Organ
 
From chocolate boxes to Sweethearts candies to syrupy-sweet Hallmark cards, hearts have become humanity's de facto symbol of love and affection. But things go from sweet to more than a little strange when a young woman discovers that she's given her heart -- the actual beating muscle in her body -- to a boy she's just met on the subway. Now making its U.S. premiere at Chicago's Strawdog Theatre Company, With Love and a Major Organ is one woman's humorous, amorous musings on love, life and "likes" in the digital age. Whimsical storylines -- from a fable of a girl born with a paper heart to the hilarious hazards of speed-dating -- merge and converge in this quirky comedy with a modern pulse.

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Zelda at the Oasis  
Raven Theatre Zelda at the Oasis
 
Behind every great man is a great woman -- the saying holds true for Zelda Sayre Fitzgerald, wife of The Great Gatsby author F. Scott Fitzgerald. However, Zelda at the Oasis paints a dark portrait behind the famous literary couple. While living under the shadow of her husband's success, the play reveals the struggles of an emotionally and mentally unstable woman trying to reclaim herself as an artist. Chicago's Genesis Theatrical Productions transports you back into the dark corners of the Oasis -- the New York City bar which Fitzgerald adopts as her solitary abode -- to explore the equally dark corners of a damaged woman who desperately seeks to find some light through the cracks of her life.

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