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Amazing Grace  
Bank of America Theatre Amazing Grace
 
AMAZING GRACE is a world premiere musical based on the awe-inspiring true story behind the world's most beloved song. A captivating tale of romance, rebellion and redemption, this radiant production follows one man whose incredible journey ignited a historic wave of change. Don't miss the Amazing Grace musical in Chicago.

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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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Dee Snider's Rock and Roll Christmas Tale  
Broadway Playhouse Dee Snider's Rock and Roll Christmas Tale
 
DEE SNIDER'S ROCK & ROLL CHRISTMAS TALE tells the story of Däisy Cütter, a heavy metal bar band looking to make it big even though the 80s are LONG over. This year, these four guys are ready to take the ultimate step and, in mythic rock tradition, sell their souls to the devil in exchange for success beyond their wildest metal dreams! But every time they try to seal the infernal pact, their head-banging anthems turn into warm-hearted carols. Soon these rockers are forced to realize their dreams of stardom are no match for the Christmas spirit. Dee Snider, infamous lead singer of Twisted Sister, has created a VERY funny, VERY rocking and (sshhh!) VERY sweet new holiday musical, guaranteed to rock your whole family's holiday and twist your Christmas.

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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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All My Sons  
Raven Theatre All My Sons
 
Miller's play masterfully combines a postwar setting with themes that date back to Greek tragedies into a drama that remains timeless. Joe Keller is a 60-year-old businessman who, knowingly or unknowingly, sold faulty parts for fighter jets to the U.S. Air Force, resulting in 21 crashes and the deaths of dozens of airmen during the war. The son of Joe's former business partner, who was convicted of negligence for those actions while Joe was exonerated, accuses Joe of falsely shifting blame to his partner. The accusation creates a rift between Joe and his son Chris, who is engaged to the partner's daughter.

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Animal Farm  
Steppenwolf Theatre Animal Farm
 
George Orwell's revolutionary masterpiece comes to the stage with Steppenwolf for Young Adults' world premiere adaptation of Animal Farm. After revolting against the reign of their negligent human master, the animals of Mr. Jones's farm create their own ideal society in which all animals are equal and rules are set by democratic vote. It's all working pretty well until the allure of power leads the animals to a chilling fate. Animal Farm illustrates how new tyranny replaces old and power corrupts even the noblest of causes.

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At Home at the Zoo  
City Lit Theater At Home at the Zoo
 
The play is Albee's expanded version of his 1959 one-act The Zoo Story. In 2004 Albee wrote a first act for it, subtitled Homelife, in which we witness Peter's conversation with his wife Ann shortly before he leaves to read in the park where, in what is now Act Two, he will have his fateful encounter with Jerry.

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At The Center  
Chicago Dramatists At The Center
 
Elizabeth Harvey has spent 19 years putting the pieces of her life back together following a brutal assault. Hector Reyes has spent 19 years in prison for a crime he didn't commit. When innocence lawyers intervene on Hector's behalf, the painful truth about their shared story begins to emerge. Inspired by the work of the Center on Wrongful Convictions at Northwestern University's School of Law, At the Center explores the issues surrounding wrongful convictions and asks how we can move forward after a miscarriage of justice.

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Audience Annihilated Part Two: Gold Star Sticker  
Dream Theatre Audience Annihilated Part Two: Gold Star Sticker
 
Dream Theatre Company is excited to announce that once again we will be presenting our award-winning, critically acclaimed horror play AUDIENCE ANNIHILATED PART TWO: GOLD STAR STICKER by Jeremy Menekseoglu. Part haunted house, part horror show, the audience chooses what role they will play as they journey through a child's horrific nightmare.

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Avenue Q  
Mercury Theater Avenue Q
 
A racy cross between South Park and Sesame Street, AVENUE Q is a modern musical focusing on a group of unique 20- somethings making their way in the big city, seeking their purpose in life. AVENUE Q features Music and Lyrics by Jeff Marx and Robert Lopez (co-creator of THE BOOK OF MORMON and recent Academy Award winner for FROZEN) and a Book by Jeff Whitty. Variety exclaimed, "Of all the musicals hatched in the post-2000 age of irony, AVENUE Q has remained the freshest and funniest!" Director L. Walter Stearns explains that the real magic of the show is when the audience "forgets that the puppets are nothing more than fur and felt and start to believe they have a mind, heart and soul." Although AVENUE Q addresses humorous adult issues, it is similar to a beloved children's show: a place where puppets are friends, monsters are good and life lessons are learned.

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The BFG (Big Friendly Giant)  
Apollo Theater The BFG (Big Friendly Giant)
 
One night, lonely orphan Sophie is snatched away to an enchanted land by a giant who blows magical dreams into children's bedrooms. Her harmless, large-eared captor is none other than The Big Friendly Giant (or The BFG as generations of Roald Dahl fans know him). When more menacing giants threaten to munch on human beans, the pair of misfits embarks on an unforgettable adventure proving heroes come in all shapes and sizes.

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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 Birds  
Berger Park Coach House The Birds
 
Hell in a Handbag's The Birds receives the full parody/homage treatment audiences have come to expect. In addition, the audience is playfully immersed in the show as " invited guests of Mr. Hitchcock" to watch filming on location near Bodega Bay (our own Lake Michigan). As filming progresses, the audience experiences Tippi's difficulty in distinguishing the film's reality from her own.

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Both Your Houses  
The Greenhouse Theater Center Both Your Houses
 
Stunningly timely, Both Your Houses captures the charm and fervor of the classic film Mr. Smith Goes to Washington and hit television series The West Wing, while simultaneously challenging the plausibility of change a la The Daily Show and Last Week Tonight. In a non-partisan approach, Anderson addresses many of the issues that Congress faces today including the functionality of Congressional committees, the limits of Presidential power, and even women's reproductive rights.

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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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Capriccio  
Lyric Opera Capriccio
 
In this sophisticated drawing-room comedy, the Countess and her guests are trying to decide whether it's the words or the music that triumph in creating great art. The theater director thinks it's a silly question (he just wants to give the audience a good show!), the Count doesn't care (he just wants an affair with the actress.). And so it goes in Strauss's masterpiece, illuminated by some of his most lushly sensual music.

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Christmas On Broadway  
Fox Valley Repertory Christmas On Broadway
 
Four star-struck holiday tourists are snowbound in a shuttered Broadway theater on Christmas Eve. With nothing but a few trunks filled with costumes, props, and set pieces, they live out a shared dream - starring on Broadway! From your favorite holiday classics like "Baby, It's Cold Outside," and "It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas," to seasonal classics from Broadway composers, the evening is a flurry of memorable holiday magic.

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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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The Clean House  
Athenaeum Theatre The Clean House
 
The Clean House is a witty and wry romantic comedy about Matilde, a Brazilian-born live-in maid who'd rather be telling jokes than cleaning houses. Her employer, Lane, seems to have it all: a successful surgeon husband and her own busy career as a doctor. But does she? The New York Times has called playwright Sara Ruhl "a provocative new theatrical voice" and The Clean House "visionary." Directed at Athenaeum Theatre by Luda Solomon, this acclaimed play won the 2004 Susan Smith Blackburn Prize and was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in 2005.

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The Cryptogram  
Profiles Theatre - The Alley Stage The Cryptogram
 
Pulitzer Prize-winning author David Mamet's rarely produced masterpiece, The Cryptogram, celebrates its 20th Anniversary at Profiles Theatre. Mamet combines mercurial intelligence with genuinely Hitchcockian menace as this gripping play journeys back into childhood and the moment of its vanishing - when the sheltering world suddenly reveals itself as a place full of dangers. One late evening in 1959, a young boy sits waiting up for his father in anticipation of their camping trip. While his mother urges him to go to sleep, a family friend tries to entertain them or perhaps distract them. Mamet re-creates a child's terrifying discovery that the grownups speak in code - a code that may never be breakable.

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Dead Accounts  
The Den Theatre Dead Accounts
 
Jack's unexpected return to Cincinnati after spending several years in New York throws his family into a frenzy - and his sister Lorna and mother Barbara want answers! Is he in some sort of trouble? Where's that wife everyone hates? And how did he get all that money? Theresa Rebeck's new comedy, which opened on Broadway in 2012, tackles the timely issues of corporate greed, small town values and whether or not your family will always welcome you back.

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Devil's Day Off  
Signal Ensemble Theatre Devil's Day Off
 
A city is battling a record-breaking heat wave for several days when the power goes out for twelve hours. What follows is a mosaic of deprivation, fear, humor, survival, and reflection in over 50 mini-plays featuring 100 characters, from the author of Successors, the Aces Trilogy, Blizzard '67, and the music and lyrics of The Next Thing and The Teapot Scandals. Devils' Day Off was a finalist award winner in the 2013 Clubbed Thumb Biennial Commission.

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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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Dinner With Friends  
Oil Lamp Theater Dinner With Friends
 
Described by the playwright as a "rueful comedy," Dinner With Friends introduces us to Gabe (Chris Miller) and Karen (Megan Skord-Campbell), two middle-aged international food writers who are happily married and living in suburban Connecticut. They have been close friends for many years with Tom (Eric Bays) and Beth (Laura Coleman), another married couple. In fact, Tom and Beth first met each other at a dinner party hosted by Gabe and Karen.

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Don Giovanni  
Lyric Opera Don Giovanni
 
Frequently proclaimed “the perfect opera,” Mozart’s masterpiece (composed 1787) tells the story of the infamous ladies man Don Giovanni (baritone Mariusz Kwiecień), a master seducer who travels across Europe in pursuit of women with his resourceful servant Leporello (bass-baritone Kyle Ketelsen). Giovanni arrives in Seville having already seduced and abandoned the fiery Donna Elvira (soprano Ana María Martínez). Within a few hours he has also conquered the noble Donna Anna (soprano Marina Rebeka); murdered her father, the Commendatore (bass Andrea Silvestrelli); and led astray the naďve peasant Zerlina (soprano Andriana Chuchman, role debut and Ryan Opera Center alumna). The nobleman Don Ottavio (tenor Antonio Poli) and the peasant Masetto (bass-baritone Michael Sumuel, debut), the fiancés of Donna Anna and Zerlina, vow revenge for the wrongs he has committed. It is the ghost of the dead Commendatore, however, who eventually gives the defiant Giovanni his comeuppance.

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Don Juan in Hell  
Ruth Page Center For Arts Don Juan in Hell
 
Don Juan in Hell is the seldom seen Act 3, Scene 2 of Shaw's comedy Man and Superman in which Bernard Shaw presents a famous dream sequence in which Jack Tanner is transformed into the legendary Don Juan, in Shaw's version of Hell. In a brilliant debate with the Devil, Don Juan refutes the spurious history of his villainy against women, and proves that the Devil doesn't always have the best arguments. The discourse remains relevant in this century as the legendary wooer of women goes toe to toe with the Son of the Morning in a sardonic debate over the human condition, gender equality, nationhood, and more.

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Dr. Seuss' How The Grinch Stole Christmas! The Musical  
Chicago Theatre Dr. Seuss' How The Grinch Stole Christmas! The Musical
 
Audiences will find their hearts growing a few sizes (along with the Grinch's heart, of course) when they witness the magic of the holiday tale on stage, which will feature the hit songs "You're a Mean One, Mr. Grinch" and "Welcome Christmas," both from the original animated television special. Max the Dog serves as the story's narrator as the scheming Grinch plans to steal Christmas away from The Whos, the loveable characters that understand and embrace the true meaning of the holiday. When the Grinch realizes that he can't take Christmas away from Who-ville by taking presents, he returns the gifts and decorations and joins the festivities, proving that all it takes is a little kindness and joy to grow the heart of any Grinch.

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Forgotten Future: The Education Project  
Flat Iron Arts Building Forgotten Future: The Education Project
 
Inspired by the dysfunction of the American education system, Forgotten Future: The Education Project takes three students' unique perspectives of the Chicago school system and how it both serves and is failing them and their potential future. It's been constructed from extensive research and tackles the key issues of inequities, cultural barriers and testing. The result is a unique, immersive theatre piece designed to entertain and inform the audience, as well as motivate dialogue.

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The Gravedigger  
First Folio Theatre The Gravedigger
 
Playwright Joseph Zettelmaier, who has a penchant for haunting tales and drama, worked on the script for THE GRAVEDIGGER for five years. He first read Frankenstein in high school and found it so engaging that he wanted to continue the story. His plays have been described by American Theater Magazine as "....infused with an idiosyncratic sense of humor, but he never shies away from darker emotions."

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Great Expectations  
Strawdog Theatre Great Expectations
 
Strawdog's smash hit returns to the stage for a 2nd year in a row. A cast of six quick-change their way through nearly 40 characters as the classic novel is reinvented as a fast-paced theatrical feat, courtesy a daring adaptation by Gale Childs Daly. An orphan is plucked from poverty and thrust into the upper class, his benefactor's identity and motives hidden by lawyers and other minions. As Pip tries to find love and a living in his radically changed circumstances, he untangles a fascinating web of secret identities and hidden pasts.

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Great Russian Nutcracker  
Rosemont Theatre Great Russian Nutcracker
 
An authentic Russian Christmas puppet play and Masha's magical toy cabinet are new for 2014 as the Moscow Ballet's Great Russian Nutcracker returns to Rosemont for the holiday season. All the wonder and beauty of this stunning production is back as well, with the gorgeous Swarovski crystal-laden costumes, life-sized matrushka dolls, 10-foot tall silk puppets and a special "Dove of Peace" formation, where two dancers become one bird with a 20-foot wingspan. This is your chance to see the award-winning principal dancers and corps de ballet perform Olympic-worthy leaps, lifts and pirouettes as they tell the heartwarming tale of Masha meeting her prince.

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Hack/Slash  
CIC Theater Hack/Slash
 
Hack/Slash is the story of horror victim survivor Cassie Hack who, together with her disfigured sidekick Vlad, travels the country (and sometimes the underworld) fighting evil slashers who refuse to just lay down and die even after being burned, impaled and shot 20 times. The original comic book series, on which this production is based, ended its run in May of 2013. The series was recently relaunched by Image Comics as Hack/Slash: Son of Samhain and is co-written by Seeley's brother Steve Seeley and Michael Moreci.

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Happy Days  
St. Luke's Lutheran Church Happy Days
 
HAPPY DAYS follows Winnie, a woman submerged in a heap of garbage first up to her waist and then up to her neck. Comforted by the occasional visits by her husband Willie, Winnie remains resolved to find meaning in her life and attain her "happy days" in Beckett's remarkably written tragicomedy.

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The Hundred Flowers Project  
Chicago Temple The Hundred Flowers Project
 
Digital media becomes the perfect "ally" for a group of actors collectively creating a play about Mao Tse Tung's Cultural Revolution. As their work-in-progress starts morphing into a propaganda play about the play itself, disturbing questions arise as to who, or what, is controlling the narrative.

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Il Trovatore  
Lyric Opera Il Trovatore
 
One of the most memorably melodic and dramatically barnstorming of all romantic Italian operas, Il Trovatore centers on the gypsy Azucena (mezzo-soprano Stephanie Blythe), who has raised Manrico (tenor Yonghoon Lee) as her son. She is harboring a dark secret, however, as to his true birth. Both a troubadour and a warrior, Manrico is in love with the noblewoman Leonora (soprano Amber Wagner), who is also loved by Manrico's enemy, Count di Luna (baritone Quinn Kelsey). The Count has spent his life searching for his brother, who died under mysterious circumstances involving a gypsy. Urged on by his henchman Ferrando (bass Andrea Silvestrelli), the Count takes Azucena prisoner, leading to tragic consequences for all concerned.

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The Inside  
The Greenhouse Theater Center The Inside
 
Emma, a black college student who's currently attending a party populated by her white peers, has come to a crisis. With a mixture of entertaining irony and heart-wrenching vulnerability, Emma proceeds to pour forth her interior life with unchecked honesty, breaking the fourth wall to directly address the audience in a show that blurs the line between traditional narrative storytelling and performance art. Throughout The Inside, Emma will be aided by a chorus of actors who represent extensions of herself, voices from her past and even her fantasies, as this thought-provoking theatrical prism delivers a piercing examination of race, art, academia and sexuality.

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It's Christmas, Goddamnit  
Annoyance Theatre It's Christmas, Goddamnit
 
If you're sick of all the good cheer and warm-and-fuzzy holiday shows, The Annoyance Theatre has the antidote: It's Christmas, Goddamnit, a comedy about one majorly dysfunctional family coming together for the holidays. But this is no run-of-the-mill miserable family gathering. Along with the traditional passive-aggressive silences and sniping, Dad has surprising news: he's having an affair with the next-door neighbor. The plot thickens when a loathed uncle is accidentally killed by the son of Dad's sweetheart, and the family reunion quickly devolves into a hilariously disastrous Christmas Eve.

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Jane Eyre  
Lifeline Theatre Jane Eyre
 
After a troubled childhood, Jane Eyre searches for new purpose as a governess at Thornfield Hall. But a fragile peace gives way to turbulent passion when she meets Mr. Rochester, a man concealing a dark secret. Their unconventional relationship leads to a terrible revelation, and Jane must forge a new future amid the ashes of her ravaged dreams. As she struggles to free herself from the ghosts of her past, Jane realizes that her only hope is to find love on her own terms. A highly theatrical exploration of one woman's independent spirit in a beloved adaptation freshly updated for its first appearance on the Lifeline stage in thirteen years.

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John Doe  
Trap Door Theatre John Doe
 
Based on the text of Stanislaw Witkiewicz's Madman and the Nun, "John Doe" tragically follows how the beauty in madness is poisoned by the toxic remedy of normalization.

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King Lear  
Chicago Shakespeare Theater King Lear
 
King Lear is Shakespeare's most towering achievement, a wrenching story of endurance, love, loss and reconciliation. An aging monarch obscured by the shadows of dementia resolves to retire and divides his kingdom among his three daughters. The unexpected consequence of losing everything that defines him is shattering-a reminder that even the most powerful among us can be undone. The brilliantly versatile actor Larry Yando takes on the monumental title role, marking his twenty-third production with Chicago Shakespeare.

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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 Lieutenant Of Inishmore  
Raven Theatre The Lieutenant Of Inishmore
 
THE LIEUTENANT OF INISHMORE is set in 1993 when the Northern Ireland peace process is struggling to come together and Mad Padraic, a member of the Irish National Liberation Army, chooses to leave Belfast and return to Inishmore upon the news that his beloved cat is ill. When he returns home he learns that his cat has in fact suffered a much more tragic and immediate fate. Padraic, a man whose mentally instability is legendary, is now intent on revenge at any costs.

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Line One  
The Greenhouse Theater Center Line One
 
Taking a phone call in the theater is verboten, but the act becomes a crucial storytelling element in Line One. Actors will take the stage with cell phone with no idea what the performance will be about. Their phones will ring and as they repeat the lines delivered through their earpieces, a strange and beautiful story will unfold. Each show will contain a different theme, presenting a fresh acting adventure every night. Secret, spontaneous and experimental, Line One turns the idea of a well-rehearsed performance on its head.

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Little Women: The Musical  
Josephine Louis Theater - Northwestern Little Women: The Musical
 
Little Women, one of the most widely read novels in the English language, has been transformed into a spirited musical that lights up the stage. Louisa May Alcott's cherished story traces the adventures of the four young March sisters -- oldest sister Meg, tomboy and budding author Jo, shy and gentle Beth, and the lovely, artistic Amy -- as they grow up during some truly trying times in Civil War-torn America, always under the watchful eye of their beloved Marmee while Father is away at war. Little Women, a vibrant and sweeping Broadway musical that soars with personal discovery, heartache and hope, is an enjoyable show for the whole family.

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Lotto Fever in the Sucker State  
St. Bonaventure Church Lotto Fever in the Sucker State
 
Lotto Fever in the Sucker State, SSP's second world premiere by company member Leigh Johnson (after Lefties in 2013), takes place circa 1988 at Rayners Victory Cafe in central Illinois, where life has taken a difficult turn due to the farm foreclosure crisis. The diner's new, young "citified" owner, Steven Rayner, is desperately trying to build his customer base, with comically mixed results. His steadiest customers, the Smithfield family, have resorted to ritually playing the Illinois State Lottery to mask the fact that they are losing the family farm. Calvin Smithfield's efforts to save the farm have attracted two agents, who use the diner as a base of operations to attempt to locate the marijuana they suspect is being grown in the area. Add to this mix a confused professor of English literature, who finds the cafe's customers the perfect subjects for his passion for American colloquialism, and Noreen, the waitress who acts as a one-woman Greek chorus to the madness swirling around her, and the result is a wild hayride that produces laughter and tears, sometimes at the same time.

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The Love of Three Oranges  
Piccolo Theatre The Love of Three Oranges
 
The "commedia dell'arte" style of theatre has been around for thousands of years, as these classic Italian farces have entertained audiences with their wacky scenarios and memorable characters. In The Love of Three Oranges, based on a scenario of Carlo Gozzi, the old-school comedy gets a new-school update that retools and revises the work for today's audiences. The story revolves around Prince Tartaglia, who's misery-filled life gets turned upside down when an evil witch curses him to search for three giant oranges. But this quest proves fruitful as the lonely prince discovers love, friendship and laughter.

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Luce  
Noyes Cultural Art Center Luce
 
Luce (Jerry McKinnon) seems to personify the American Dream. Originally from war-torn Africa and adopted by an American couple (Amy Carle" and Coby Goss"), Luce is now an all-star high school student on the fast track to achieving anything. However, when his parents confront him about a secret that has been disclosed, they must reckon their idealized image of their son to who he may really be.

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Macbeth  
The Side Project Macbeth
 
Inspired by George W. Bush's first presidential term circa 2002, and an examination of our current culture, this fresh, modern take on Macbeth makes for a production that Shakespeare rookies and veterans alike can enjoy. In this classic, a violent cycle of corruption and betrayal is set in motion when the popular King Duncan is murdered by Macbeth, his trusted friend. Ross, a nobleman in the king's court, has been close to Macbeth but begins to question his true nature. Meanwhile, Macbeth -- with his ambitious wife by his side -- achieves the power he believes he deserves, but the price is tragically high. Shakespeare's masterpiece provides a glimpse into the human heart, with the "black and deep desires" found in even the best men and women and asks the question: "What would you be willing to do to achieve your dreams?"

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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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The Midnight City  
Steppenwolf Theatre The Midnight City
 
The Midnight City is another theater piece inspired by Tony Fitzpatrick and Stan Klein’s friendship. A trilogy featuring the duo began with This Train (2010), Stations Lost (2011) and concluded with Nickel History: The Nation of Heat (2012). Chicago Sun-Times critic Hedy Weiss called This Train an “ideal weave of storytelling, video and music.” Writing about Stations Lost, Chicago Tribune critic Chris Jones said, “Fitzpatrick delivers the news, both local and international, from the point of view of an artist, poet and urban provocateur.” And of Nickel History, Jones noted: “Director Ann Filmer, has wrangled something shrewdly structured and even, to dangle a very dangerous term in the Fitzpatrick aesthetic, bordering on the polished.”

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Musical of the Living Dead  
Stage 773 Musical of the Living Dead
 
For five years the splatter-tastic Musical of the Living Dead has taken audiences on a rip-roaring journey beyond the grave with its satirical send-ups of classic zombie films and musical theater. The curtain opens on 10 survivors of a recent zombie apocalypse, trapped in a farmhouse and willing to try anything to escape.

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My First Time  
The Greenhouse Theater Center My First Time
 
There's a story behind every first sexual experience, and this off-Broadway hit features a hilarious and sometimes painful collection of "first-time" stories from people of all persuasions, performed by four actors. Drawn from real people, the stories range from the sweet and sexy to the awkward and humiliating -- and pretty much everything in between. Since the show's premiere, it's been featured on CNN, Fox, MSNBC, The Tonight Show With Jay Leno, and even spawning its own iPhone commercial. Broken Nose Theatre is pleased to present this remount (pun intended) of their inaugural late-night smash.

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The Night Alive  
Steppenwolf Theatre The Night Alive
 
The kindness of strangers comes with complications. Tommy is getting by-kind of: he is crashing in his uncle's ramshackle house in Dublin, dodging his estranged family, and plotting a parade of get-rich-quick scenes with his buddy Doc. Then one day he defends a destitute woman against a violent attack, and a fragile glimmer of hope appears as Tommy tends to her in his run-down room. From the author of The Weir, Shining City and The Seafarer comes this compelling new drama-by turns funny and frightening, but always deeply human.

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A Nightmare on Backstreet  
The Public House Theatre A Nightmare on Backstreet
 
A Nightmare on Backstreet hilariously goes where no musical has gone before: it combines the story of the original Nightmare on Elm Street movie with the music of '90s boy band sensation Backstreet Boys. In this new live action horror parody, the teenagers of Backstreet are all having devilish nightmares about the same guy, Teddy Crooner. And no matter how distracted they get by all the '90s boy band singing and dancing, just like in Nightmare on Elm Street, if they die in their dreams, they die in real life. Written and directed by comedian and Nightmare on Elm Street fan Ricky Glore (Funny or Die), A Nightmare on Backstreet combines '90s nostalgia and classic horror tropes to make a musical parody not to be missed.

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Nightmares On Lincoln Avenue 666: The Exorcism of Rose Mary's Omen  
Cornservatory Nightmares On Lincoln Avenue 666: The Exorcism of Rose Mary's Omen
 
Halloween is soon upon us, at least that's what the store racks and aisles of costumes and candies tell us. And in that spirit (pun intended), Corn Productions is ready to present the 6th installment of our annual Halloween show, Nightmares On Lincoln Avenue 666: The Exorcism of Rose Mary's Omen. Inspired by the "unholy trinity of horror movies(The Exorcist, Rosemary's Baby and The Omen)," Nightmares On Lincoln Avenue 666: The Exorcism of Rose Mary's Omen pays a deep homage to the formulaic structure and tropes of classic horror films from the late 60's to the mid-80's. Fans of horror movies, who-done-it mysteries and haunted houses will be rolling over in their graves with laughter at this over-the-top, modern tribute to the classic horror films that set the standard for their genre. Be sure to bring plenty of booze to this BYOB night of comedic terror and suspense!

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Out of Disorder  
The Greenhouse Theater Center Out of Disorder
 
An old adage of Friedrich Nietzsche's stakes the claim: "That which does not kill us makes us stronger." Taking that adage to heart -- and to the stage -- Out of Disorder features two solo shows from two very strong performers. Hunger Pains, written and performed by Christopher L. Moore, reveals through story and song the intimate details of his struggles as a boy with anorexia in the midst of a medical community that simply didn't know what to do with him. From Ali Clayton comes I'm Different, Not Dumb -- in which she embodies three larger-than-life characters to tell of her time attending a learning disability school, navigating the treacherous path of adolescence to find her way to the stage and the world of stand-up comedy. An inspiring examination of diversity and overcoming adversity, Out of Disorder is a true celebration of strength.

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Owners  
Athenaeum Theatre Owners
 
Marion's husband wants her dead, but she's too busy to notice. The North London real estate market is booming, and she's out to make a killing. When Marion discovers she can't buy out a family from one of her properties, she takes ownership of their most prized possession.

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Parade  
Theater Wit Parade
 
Written by Pulitzer Prize-winner Alfred Uhry (Driving Miss Daisy), this stirring Broadway musical is based on the real-life story of Jewish factory foreman Leo Frank, who was convicted for the rape and killing of a 13-year-old girl in 1913 Atlanta. Set against the backdrop of Frank's controversial trial, this powerful story is part murder mystery, part social commentary and an exploration of the love that grows between Leo and his wife Lucille as they work to fight for his freedom against overwhelming anti-semitism. Parade won the 1999 Tony Award for Best Book and Best Musical Score, and closes out BoHo Theatre's 10th season.

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Resurrected  
Morton Arboretum Resurrected
 
Resurrected a play written specifically for the 2014 Theatre Hikes season tells five of the most haunted Chicago Ghost stories. The beautiful young woman hitchhiking by a cemetery, a devil baby born in Hull House, and the mysterious hand print left by a fireman killed in the line of duty are among the stories told in this one of a kind play.

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Smokefall  
Goodman Theatre Smokefall
 
Exactly one year after its world premiere in the Owen Theatre, Noah Haidle’s Smokefall, directed by Anne Kauffman, makes its Albert Theatre debut. Change is in the air as Violet prepares to bring twin sons into the world. Inside her womb the boys contemplate their future, while her outer world is in transformation: her husband is secretly planning to leave her; her father is slipping into senility; and her daughter has taken a vow of silence. Smokefall follows the lives of this family in an expansive poetic treatise on the fragility of life and the power of love.

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Social Creatures  
The Den Theatre Social Creatures
 
Barricaded inside a theater, seven people desperately try to survive while the outside world falls apart. But the unnamed danger might come from a place that's much scarier than any zombie or horror film. With tempers high and resources dwindling, these survivors are forced to confront a force within themselves that may have led to our end-times.

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Solitary Confinement  
Jedlicka Performing Arts Center Solitary Confinement
 
From playwright Rupert Holmes, whose Accomplice was a hit last season for JPAC, comes this rarely performed gem. In Solitary Confinement, an eccentric and reclusive multi-millionaire becomes the intended murder victim of a crazed psychopath. Contacted and taunted by the murderer, his isolation has made it nearly impossible to summon help as he awaits the inevitable. Holmes has been a success in everything from songwriting to novels and more, but he's probably best known for his 1985 Tony Award-winning musical Drood and his 2007 Drama Desk Award-winning book for the Broadway musical Curtains.

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Splatter Theater  
Annoyance Theatre Splatter Theater
 
A parody of Friday the 13th type movies, the characters in “Splatter Theater” include such archetypes as a nun, the school jock, the virgin, the class dick, and of course the bumbling old man. Laugh and watch them all die in different ways: Tongue pulled out, drill in the head, intestines being ripped out, slashed throat, and the list goes on. With freshly painted white walls on the stage before each performance, the audience will be horrified and delighted by the end, when the walls are covered in blood! Directed once again by Annoyance regular Charley Carroll.

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The Submission  
Apollo Theater The Submission
 
Shaleeha G'ntamobi has written a knock out play about a family in the projects and it's just been accepted into the prestigious Humana Festival. Problem is: Shaleeha is actually a pseudonym for Danny, a young gay white playwright. When he hires Emilie, a black actress to play the "author," one bad decision starts a downward spiral into chaos. The Submission is a fierce and hilarious drama about privilege, obsession, misappropriation and the lies we tell to get what we want.

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Swan Lake  
Auditorium Theatre Swan Lake
 
Spectacular costumes, lavish sets and breathtaking movement breathe fresh life into Tchaikovsky's enchanting ballet-within-a-ballet Swan Lake. Directed by the world-renowned choreographer Christopher Wheeldon, Joffrey Ballet's production is inspired by the eerily beautiful artworks of Edgar Degas, infusing the ballet's Parisian setting with an intriguing blend of both classical and modern elements, and a touch of fantasy. Within this dreamy realm, the famous tale of young Odette's transformation into a swan at the hands of the evil Rothbart unfolds, all set to Tchaikovsky's unforgettable score.

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Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street  
Stage 773 Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street
 
One of Sondheim's most beloved pieces, based on the Victorian era serial, this Tony and Olivier Award-winning musical is a spine-chilling masterpiece of obsession, retribution and culinary curiosity telling the tale of London barber Benjamin Barker (Porchlight Artistic Associate David Girolmo). Torn from his family and exiled for 15 years on a miscarriage of justice, Barker returns home to a city as corrupt as when he left. Hell-bent on revenge after learning the agonizing fate of his wife and daughter, he assumes the guise of Sweeney Todd and takes up his razors to dish out a brutal recipe of justice with the help of infatuated and enterprising meat pie-maker Nellie Lovett (Porchlight Artistic Associate Rebecca Finnegan). Sweeney Todd is the latest collaboration between multi-Jeff Award-winners Michael Weber and Doug Peck who, together, brought Pal Joey and Assassins to the Porchlight stage, both productions being nominated for the Best Production - Musical Equity Jeff Award.

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Take Me Out  
Athenaeum Theatre Take Me Out
 
"Take Me Out," the Tony-Award winning script by Richard Greenberg, explores the aftermath of a Major League Baseball player, Darren Lemming, coming out as gay to his teammates and friends. The Empires, the fictional team in question, is made up of a racially diverse group of players who greatly respect each other, but keep to their own ethnic groups. A relief pitcher, Shane Mungitt, is brought up from the team's Triple-A affiliate in North Carolina. Mungitt proves to be very naive and unaware of the impact his personal prejudices and stereotyping have on his teammates. In a rivalry game, Mungitt throws one pitch to Lemming's best friend, a player on the rival team, changing the course of the game. Lemming is distraught by the outcome, and even as the team goes on to win the World Series, talks about retiring from baseball.

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The Tempest  
Chicago Dramatists The Tempest
 
Two mothers have lost their daughters. Prospera, stricken with grief and regret, is engulfed in a swirl of newspapers with headlines that read, 'Clock Strikes; Now Ten Minutes After Midnight'. She uses her magic to revive her daughter, Miranda, and the Queen's daughter, Claribel; to right what was wronged, to ease the guilt of power abused, to see what might have been. "The tempest in my mind doth from my senses take all feeling else save what beats there."

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Titanic  
Theater Wit Titanic
 
Chicago will be the first major U.S. city to experience this newly reworked, intimate musical telling of the passengers - first, second and third class - aboard the ill-fated luxury liner Titanic in the nights leading up to the ship's fatal encounter with an iceberg in the North Atlantic in 1912.

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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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Turn of the Screw  
Oil Lamp Theater Turn of the Screw
 
The play tells the story of a young governess (played by Jennifer Vance) sent to an isolated country mansion to oversee the education of two young orphans. Her employer (played by Martin Hughes, who deftly plays multiple characters) and the orphans' uncle, a wealthy and mysterious man from London, gives her only one caution - no matter what happens, she is not to bother him with their problems or bad behavior. Young Flora has fallen mute, and her brother Miles has been expelled from his boarding school for an unnamed and insidious reason.

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Twelfth Night  
The Den Theatre Twelfth Night
 
Music, merriment and swashbuckling adventure abound in Twelfth Night, Shakespeare's zany, gender-bending comedy of unrequited love and romantic mischief. When twins Viola and Sebastian are separated in a shipwreck and wash ashore in the beautiful but mysterious land of Illyria, they're quickly caught up in a maze of mistaken identity and mismatched ardor in which Viola finds herself disguised as a man named Cesario. And when she (as he) attracts the attention of the fair Olivia, it leads to some seriously hilarious situations before order is finally restored.

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The Velveteen Rabbit  
Lifeline Theatre The Velveteen Rabbit
 
One Christmas morning, a shy stuffed bunny enters the world of a young boy's nursery. Initially ignored in favor of more modern toys, she waits patiently to be noticed, wondering if she will ever be loved like the others. When the wise old Skin Horse reveals the majesty and mystery of what it means to become real, the Velveteen Rabbit begins an odyssey of the heart to make a lasting connection with her boy that will endure for always. Return to a simpler time with this heartwarming story about the transformative power of love. This production is recommended for children ages five and up (children under two not permitted), and runs one hour with no intermission. The book will be on sale in the lobby.

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Watch on the Rhine  
The Artistic Home Watch on the Rhine
 
In this inspirational play, Hellman presents a pre-World War II America with a call to action aimed directly at the heart of the family. What at first appears charming drawing room comedy quickly turns to mystery and international intrigue. Family ties are tested, politics are questioned and one man steps out from safety to make the ultimate sacrifice. In Watch on the Rhine, Hellman challenges us to examine our own complacency in the face of world events, even when the atrocities occur an ocean away.

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Whatever We Want  
Heartland Studio Theatre Whatever We Want
 
Forget Santa Claus, your sister (the saying goes) really knows if you've been bad or good. But when a divorce separates two young sisters, it's not so easy to keep such close tabs -- or score, depending on your perspective. That's the premise of Whatever We Want, the new play by Megan Johns that concludes the acclaimed, inaugural season of Vivarium Theatre. Stretching over the course of 15 years, the play chronicles the sisters' struggle to maintain their relationship despite distance and time. Johns artfully explores the inevitable reconciliation between the mental image, often lovingly tended, of a loved one... and the (often very different) reality. Humor infuses this insightful world premiere at the Heartland Studio.

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