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

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

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

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

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Airline Highway  
Steppenwolf Theatre Airline Highway
 
In the parking lot of The Hummingbird, a once-glamorous motel on New Orleans' infamous Airline Highway, a group of friends gather. A rag-tag collection of strippers, hustlers and philosophers have come together to celebrate the life of Miss Ruby, an iconic burlesque performer who has requested a funeral before she dies. The party rages through the night as old friends resurface to pay their respects. A world premiere from the author of Detroit, Airline Highway is a boisterous and moving ode to the outcasts that make life a little more interesting.

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Barbecue Apocalypse  
Athenaeum Theatre Barbecue Apocalypse
 
The yard is wrong. The fence is wrong. The patio furniture is really, really wrong. As Mike and Deb prepare for a backyard barbecue designed to impress their more stylish friends, these concerns threaten to send them into a spiral of shame and self-doubt. But the world is about to fall apart, and apocalypse has a way of putting things in perspective. The Ruckus presents the Midwest premiere of a devilish new comedy from the writer behind The Boxer and the City Life Supplement.

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Based on a True Story  
Under The Gun Theater Based on a True Story
 
"There are eight million stories in the big city ... " and Based on a True Story is devoted to digging out the funniest, most interesting tales of the lot. The show's rotating cast interviews noteworthy citizens of Chicagoland and then goes about improvising scenes based on their stories, creating impromptu comedy from the stuff of real life. Every night's different, with each show featuring a fresh set of eight players from the Under the Gun Ensemble. Kevin Mullaney, artistic director of the Under the Gun Theater, directs this improvised comedy inspired by the real lives of Chicago's most interesting people.

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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 Book of Dionysus  
The Public House Theatre The Book of Dionysus
 
Fed up with his mortal obsession, Zeus banishes Dionysus from Mount Olympus to Earth. Joyfully, Dionysus sets off for Chicago to throw a good, old-fashioned bawdy festival in his name, just like they used to have in 540 BC. He sets to work in Grant Park erecting Dionyroo: A Festival of Mythic Proportions, advertising door-to-door and even raising a few bands from the dead to perform. But while the rest of the Gods couldn't previously be bothered with humanity, they are determined to halt Dionysus, even if it means mixing with the Earthlings they've come to despise.

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

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

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

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Cookie Play  
Trap Door Theatre Cookie Play
 
Fearing that her son might be the next Edward Snowden, one zealously patriotic mother from the heartland will go to extreme lengths to protect her country from the potentially dangerous subversions of her offspring. Agreeing to hold him captive in her basement (for his own gosh-darn good), what unfolds next will have everyone's moral standing taking a seat, as one family's belief in a sitcom-perfect life is tested by sanctioned torture, whistle-blowing and the truth of black sites. This satire is a twisted and offbeat world premiere production from Trap Door Theatre.

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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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Dividing the Estate  
Raven Theatre Dividing the Estate
 
Foote's comedy-drama, his last new play to be produced on Broadway, focuses on the members of the Gordon family - a wealthy Texas clan whose fortunes have declined and who are debating whether or not to divide the remainder of the family's estate while their octogenarian matriarch Stella is still alive.

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Edith Can Shoot Things And Hit Them  
Flat Iron Arts Building Edith Can Shoot Things And Hit Them
 
After their parents' sudden departure, Filipino-Americans Edith, 12, and her brother, Kenny, 16, are left to fend for themselves in a tiny town in the middle of nowhere. With only one another to rely on, poverty and depression loom, when Kenny brings home his new "friend" Benji, and the three begin to redefine the meaning of American Family. Armed with their latchkey wit and a BB gun, the trio can take on anything, from cooking their own food to standing up for their newly-found sexuality - until their father returns and everything they've made threatens to fall apart. This Chicago premiere of award-winning playwright A. Rey Pamatmat's powerful script explores what it means to grow up poor, queer, and alone in middle America, and how the human spirit and the power of love can triumph over the darkest obstacles.

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

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

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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 explores three students' unique perspectives of the Chicago school system and how it both serves and is failing them and their potential future. Constructed from extensive research, the play tackles the key issues of inequities, cultural barriers and testing. The result is a unique, immersive theater piece designed to entertain and inform, as well as motivate dialogue.

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

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Fur Elites  
Annoyance Theatre Fur Elites
 
Based on actual events, Fur Elites is an absurd parlor musical about trying to find your light in a world that seems determined to eclipse you. A small and quiet boy living in a big, bold city, Denny works as an assistant at Ecnayonna Furs, a high-end retail fur shop in the city's ritzy shopping district. And it seems like any way Denny turns, he comes face to face with yet another oddball character -- whether it be a former model, a wildly wealthy global elite, an international fur dealer or even an illustrious vagabond. Step into The Annoyance Theatre & Bar to see how everything shakes out for Denny in this absurd parlor musical.

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Gettin' Down with the Joneses  
Jedlicka Performing Arts Center Gettin' Down with the Joneses
 
The rarely performed musical Gettin' Down With the Joneses is a romantic fable of modern life that doubles as a satirical look at upper-middle class corporate America. Presented by JPAC Theatre at Chicago's Jedlicka Performing Arts Center, the story revolves around a rising middle-aged executive who finds himself "right-sized" out of his job, and forced to navigate the tricky waters of unemployment. What ensues is a satirical romp through downsizing, hostile takeovers, financial market meltdowns and a competitive global economy, fueled by clever songwriting and memorable characters.

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H.M.S. Pinafore  
The Den Theatre H.M.S. Pinafore
 
Take to the high seas aboard the H.M.S. Pinafore, Gilbert & Sullivan's beloved comic operetta of mistaken identity, love, intrigue and duty in the British Navy. The Hypocrites' playful reimagining of this crowd-pleaser is presented promenade-style, putting you the audience inside the story as you move around the space with the actors. Pinafore spins the seaworthy tale of a gentlemanly captain who's arranged for his daughter to marry the First Lord of the Admiralty -- although she's already in love with a common sailor on her father's ship. The show's signature hummable tunes include "I'm Called Little Buttercup," "When I Was a Lad" and "I Am the Captain of the Pinafore."

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The Humans  
American Theater Company The Humans
 
New York City. Today. After a sleepless night, Mr. Blake brings his family from Pennsylvania to celebrate Thanksgiving at his youngest daughter's run-down apartment. As dinner begins, unexplainable and family tensions reach a boiling point. Karam (Sons of the Prophet, Speech & Debate) takes a fresh look at the hilarity, heart and horrors of the modern American family. The cast includes Lance Baker, Hanna Dworkin, Keith Kupferer, Jean Moran, Kelly O'Sullivan, and Sadieh Rifai; O' Sullivan and Rifai are members of the ATC ensemble.

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The Importance of Being Earnest  
Ruth Page Center For Arts The Importance of Being Earnest
 
The Importance of Being Earnest is a delightful comedy of mistaken identity. The play ridicules propriety and etiquette in Victorian society's strict moral code. Men-about-town Jack Worthing and Algernon Moncrieff pursue Gwendolen Fairfax and Cecily Cardew. Matters are complicated by the imaginary characters invented by both men to cover their secret philandering - not to mention the disapproval of Gwendolen's mother, the formidable Lady Bracknell. Earnest is Oscar Wilde at his wittiest.

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Improvised Sondheim Project  
MCL Chicago Improvised Sondheim Project
 
Using no scripts, no sheet music and no pre-planning, the talented performers of MCL Chicago craft completely improvised musicals in the style of legendary playwright and composer Stephen Sondheim (Into the Woods, Sweeney Todd). At the top of each show, the cast will ask the audience for a suggestion upon which they will create a brand new, never-before-seen musical using just their improvisational wits and an abiding love for Sondheim's unbeatable body of work. Come celebrate one of musical theater's biggest stars with the talented performers of Improvised Sondheim Project.

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Keys of the Kingdom  
Theater Wit Keys of the Kingdom
 
As assistant to the celebrity pastor of an evangelical mega church, Arthur obeys orders, attacks paperwork, and guards against sin. So Arthur is surprised when the church pastor commissions a mural from Irene Hoff, an atheist New York artist married to another woman. Arthur is even more surprised when the pastor explains that he believes Irene has been chosen by God. But the biggest surprise of all is what happens when Irene shows up and starts to paint.

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A Kid Like Jake  
The Greenhouse Theater Center A Kid Like Jake
 
Alexandra and Greg's intelligent and precocious four year-old son Jake is a leading candidate for enrollment in one of Manhattan's top kindergarten programs. But when attention turns to his passion for Cinderella and dress-up, Jake's gender non-conforming behavior becomes a lightning rod, calling into question assumptions about gender, class, education and acceptance through the lens of 21st century parenting.

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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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Let It Be  
Rosemont Theatre Let It Be
 
Seen by over 800,000 people worldwide, Let It Be is a spectacular concert experience recreating the Fab Four's entire career, from their humble beginnings in Liverpool's Cavern Club to their meteoric rise to superstardom through their later studio masterpieces. You'll hear over 40 of The Beatles' greatest hits -- from early tracks including "Twist and Shout," "She Loves You" and "Drive My Car" to global smashes like "Yesterday," "Hey Jude" and "Let It Be" -- and dozens more just as John, Paul, George and Ringo played them.

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Lions in Illyria  
Lifeline Theatre Lions in Illyria
 
Separated from her brother by a storm at sea, the young lioness Violet must brave an unknown country all alone. Disguised as a boy, she joins with a preposterous peacock on a quest to claim the attentions of the most graceful gazelle in town. But soon Violet is torn between multiple masters and her adventure takes a turn for the absurd when she becomes entangled in the clownish antics of a wacky warthog and his featherbrained dodo sidekick. Travel to the weird and wonderful land of Illyria in a magical comedy loaded with music, monkeys, and mayhem. This production is recommended for children ages five and up (children under two not permitted), and runs one hour with no intermission.

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

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Lookingglass Alice  
Lookingglass Theatre Lookingglass Alice
 
Imagination soars and laughter and awe abound when this signature production returns with all its gravity-defying spectacle and breathtaking theatricality. Lookingglass Alice is a marvel for all ages, transporting audiences down the rabbit hole to a circus-infused playground for an exhilarating wonderland adventure inspired by Lewis Carroll's beloved stories.

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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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A Map of Virtue  
Rivendell Theatre A Map of Virtue
 
Part interview, part comedy, part middle-of-the-night horror story, A Map of Virtue is about a shared obsession that leaves a group of friends stranded in the woods. A bird statue is the guide through this symmetrical tale about the limits of our virtues and what we leave behind.

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

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

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The Mikado  
The Den Theatre The Mikado
 
One of Gilbert and Sullivan's most beloved comic operas, The Mikado is set in the fictional Japanese town of Titipu, where the emperor has made flirting a capital offense. Into the town comes a wandering minstrel, who quickly falls for Yum-Yum, a beautiful young woman who is betrothed to another. The Japanese setting allowed Gilbert and Sullivan to slyly mask their commentary on contemporary British society while serving up their trademark mix of complications and merriment. A smash hit when it played at the Chopin Theatre and Steppenwolf's Garage, this production from The Hypocrites is presented promenade-style, putting you the audience inside the story as you move around the space with the actors.

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

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Next Thing You Know  
The Den Theatre Next Thing You Know
 
Next Thing You Know is the story of four twenty-something New Yorkers as they laugh, love and drink their way through the big questions that face all young dreamers who wake up in the city that never sleeps. Does marrying a really nice guy mean you're settling down or just settling? Does taking a nine-to-five equal giving up or growing up? Does a decade in the city break you down or break you in?

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No Way To Treat a Lady  
Fox Valley Repertory No Way To Treat a Lady
 
Patrons will be on the edge of their seats as Detective Morris Brommell chases a murderous master of disguises through New York City, unraveling a complex tale involving befuddled detectives, meddling mothers, and glamorous socialites. Can he find the killer, get the girl, and appease his disappointed mother all before the next chorus? It's a captivating game of cat and mouse -- a tour de force with 4 actors playing 17 roles.

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The Odd Couple  
Oil Lamp Theater The Odd Couple
 
Opposite don't always attract -- but sometimes they make excellent comedy, at least in the case of The Odd Couple, the Neil Simon play The New York Times declared, "the most famous American comedy of the last 50 years." When slovenly sportswriter Oscar Madison takes in his neurotic neat freak friend Felix Ungar after Felix's wife throws him out, all comic hell breaks loose. The two men get into increasingly heated squabbles over the state of Oscar's apartment, and a hilarious double date with the attractive Pigeon sisters comes to an unexpected and comedic conclusion. Debuting on Broadway in 1965, the Tony Award-winning comedy inspired a movie starring Walter Matthau and Jack Lemmon and a TV series starring Tony Randall and Jack Klugman. Now Oil Lamp Theater stages a fresh production starring Steve Zeal as Felix and Chris Miller as Oscar.

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

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Ordinary Days  
Heartland Studio Theatre Ordinary Days
 
From one of musical theatre's most exciting new composers comes ORDINARY DAYS, a refreshingly honest and funny musical about making real connections in the city that never sleeps. When cynical grad student Deb loses her most precious possession- the notes to her thesis- she unwittingly starts a chain of events that leads to four New Yorkers discovering that their dreams, their passions, and their struggles are anything but ordinary. Told through a series of intricately connected songs and vignettes, ORDINARY DAYS is an original musical for anyone who's ever struggled to find meaningful connections in a city that seems overwhelming.

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

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The Passenger  
Lyric Opera The Passenger
 
Suppressed for more than 40 years, this gripping opera from Mieczyslaw Weinberg has emerged once again -- and has already electrified audiences in Austria, Warsaw and London. Now the Civic Opera House will play home to the story of Walter and Liese, a West German diplomat and his wife, who are currently bound for a new posting in Brazil circa the 1960s. Unbeknownst to Walter, Liese is traveling with some extra baggage: the secret that she once served as an SS officer in Auschwitz. But the private haunting of her hidden past may soon become public knowledge -- as Liese becomes convinced that she recognizes a fellow passenger as her former prisoner. Guilt, denial, fear, courage, truth, lies and love all buoy this unforgettable emotional experience, which moves seamlessly between two narrative realms: the pristine deck of the luxury liner and the shadowy horrors of the death camp below.

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Penny the F*ckable Dolphin  
Annoyance Theatre Penny the F*ckable Dolphin
 
Inspired by true events, Penny the F*ckable Dolphin: A Love Story tells the tale of two star-crossed lovers who just happen to be of two different species. Set in 1968, this dark musical comedy follows Zack, a human teenager, and Penny, the dolphin he loves, as they struggle to come to terms with the fact that their union may never be accepted by their friends, family or society at large. Based on the novel Wet Goddess (which was based on a true story), Penny the F*ckable Dolphin: A Love Story was adapted by iO's Kristina Felske and directed by The Annoyance's Megan Johns with musical direction by Second City alum Tim Joyce.

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The Pirates of Penzance  
The Den Theatre The Pirates of Penzance
 
An 80-minute exotic getaway featuring bathing beauties, philosophizing pirates, and grown men in remarkably short shorts The Hypocrites' production of The Pirates of Penzance has quickly become a non-traditional holiday favorite. Presented promenade-style, this unique production allows the audience to move around the space with the actors for a more immersive experience. The beloved comic musical tells the story of Frederic, a boy mistakenly apprenticed to a softhearted band of pirates (his hard-of-hearing nurse was told to take him to a ship's pilot). He wants to leave the pirates and live a law-abiding life with his true love, but his Leap Day birthday means his pirate apprenticeship lasts a lot longer than usual. After a series of zany mishaps, the lovable pirates make their peace with the police and Frederic gets his girl. Along the way it's a rollercoaster ride of swashbuckling action and merry music, featuring many of Gilbert and Sullivan's wittiest and most engaging tunes, including the immortal "I Am the Very Model of a Modern Major-General."

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Plastic Revolution  
The Den Theatre Plastic Revolution
 
When recently widowed Delores Clarke meets Tupperware pioneer Brownie Wise, a new phenomenon sweeps through their picturesque 1950s Kissimee, Florida neighborhood. Selling a few hours of independence to local women with a revolutionary plastic craze, they tackle social norms, small-town politics and change the face of the American dinner table forever.

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Private Lives  
Metropolis Performing Arts Centre Private Lives
 
The show that proves there's a fine line between love and hate. Noel Coward's best known comedy is a plot-perfect marital farce that is sparklingly witty and wickedly vicious. Divorcees Elyot and Amanda are perfectly happy honeymooning with their new spouses in France. To their surprise, they bump into each other on their adjacent hotel balconies. Each trying unsuccessfully to convince their new spouse to leave immediately to avoid another awkward encounter, the two quickly reignite their old flame. Despite their volatile and stormy relationship in the past, the two cannot ignore the old attractions they feel and run away together to Paris. Quite a scandal for the socialites of the 1930's, the respective jolted newlyweds follow suit and the comedic encounters continue.

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Rapture, Blister, Burn  
Goodman Theatre Rapture, Blister, Burn
 
Grad school pals Catherine and Gwen pursued completely different lives after graduation. Catherine became a controversial author, while Gwen married Catherine's ex-boyfriend Don and raised two sons. After a decade-long estrangement, the women decide to spend a summer reconnecting. But their impulsive attempt to trade places soon erupts in a heated battle for Don's affection and a fiery examination of their feminist ideals.

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Red Bud  
Signal Ensemble Theatre Red Bud
 
A group of forty-somethings celebrate the "good old days" by taking an annual trip to Red Bud, a championship motocross race. The group has nearly wrung their mutual friendship dry and uses the overnight camping party to relive past glories, play asinine games and beat the holy hell out of each other. The fly in the ointment this year, is the eighteen year old girlfriend of one of the group's forty-something members. Frustration, weirdness and old baggage rapidly comes to the surface as old friendships die hard.

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The Revenants  
Athenaeum Theatre The Revenants
 
In The Revenants, a violent uprising of the undead forces two couples into hiding, and infected spouses take a turn for the worse. Gary and Karen tether their turning partners, Molly and Joe, for the safety of all; but as Molly and Joe fall deeper into sickness, the question of whether or not they are still themselves becomes harder and harder to answer as they become more threatening. As Gary and Karen come face to face with the true meaning of commitment, they must ask of each other: when does love die?

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The Rose Tattoo  
Theater Wit The Rose Tattoo
 
THE ROSE TATTOO is unique in Williams' work - a special blend of comedy, emotional depth and lyricism. Set in an Italian-American community on Louisiana's Gulf Coast, a passionate overprotective Sicilian widow, Serafina Delle Rose, controls the life of her daughter, Rosa. The volatile Serafina also hides herself in the hazy memory of the husband she idealized who was killed smuggling illegal goods on the highway. The earthy eroticism of the play is unleashed as an unknown truck driver pulls into town and disturbs this simple seamstress' life. These two equally matched and impulsive characters develop an almost operatic relationship and, serenaded by exuberant townspeople, Serafina is finally delivered from her past memories and grief.

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Samsara  
Victory Gardens Theater - Biograph Samsara
 
Americans Katie and Craig are having a baby with Suraiya, a surrogate from India. As all three "parents" anxiously await the baby's due date, Katie and Suraiya are attacked by flights of their imagination: a seductive Frenchman and a sharp-tongued fetus. Originally developed at Victory Gardens' IGNITION New Play Festival in 2012, this smart world premiere comedy takes us on a hilarious and highly theatrical journey into 21st century parenthood and modern-day colonialism.

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Softly Blue  
The Greenhouse Theater Center Softly Blue
 
Two lonely souls meet 21st-century style, on an online dating site, but find it hard to really connect in award-winning playwright Shepsu Aakhu's Softly Blue. Staged by the Ma'at Production Association of Afrikan Centered Theatre (MPAACT) at Chicago's Greenhouse Theater, this drama tells the story of Dakota and Sloan, who're both starved for companionship, and yet both have secrets they're afraid to share and trust issues that make it difficult for them to reveal their true selves in this seemingly dangerous digital age.

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Sondheim on Sondheim  
Stage 773 Sondheim on Sondheim
 
"The words "intellectual" and "Broadway musical" were seldom mentioned in the same breath until the era of Stephen Sondheim," said The New York Times. Sondheim on Sondheim delves into this era and is the final say on this unparalleled body of work with an intimate portrait of the famed songwriter in his own words and music. Featuring new arrangements of more than two-dozen Sondheim songs, ranging from the beloved to the obscure, interspersed with filmed commentary by the composer himself, Sondheim on Sondheim reveals fascinating details about his life and his art.

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Spinning Into Butter  
Athenaeum Theatre Spinning Into Butter
 
With issues of racism and social justice dominating the national conversation, one play speaks volumes: Spinning Into Butter. When an African-American student at a small Vermont liberal arts college is the subject of anonymous hate mail, the school's dean is forced to confront her own prejudices as the campus erupts in recrimination and condemnation. Heralded by Time magazine, Rebecca Gilman's gripping and bitingly funny drama now receives a brilliant new staging from Eclectic Theatre. Company member Andrew Pond directs at Athenaeum Theatre Studio One.

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The Sweeter Option  
Strawdog Theatre The Sweeter Option
 
Chicago's Strawdog Theatre celebrates its 100th production with the world premiere of John Henry Roberts' The Sweeter Option. A low-rent investigator named Tucker tracks a stolen rent-a-car and stumbles neck-deep into an embezzlement scheme gone sour. There's enough cash up for grabs to finance a whole new life, but the only way to it is through Irene Pike, a suburban housewife who is clearly more than she lets on. But what, exactly? This fast-paced and darkly funny psychological thriller set in 1971 Chicagoland, is directed by Lookingglass Theatre's Marti Lyons, who helmed Haven Theatre's hit production of Seminar and The Gift Theatre's Mine.

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Tannhauser  
Lyric Opera Tannhauser
 
In Richard Wagner's epic opera, the renegade Tannhäuser is lured into the erotic realm of the love goddess Venus. There he luxuriates in lust and a host of sinful pleasures. But finally it's all too much and he longs to return home to Elisabeth, the chaste young woman who loves him, despite the grief he's caused. Desperate for absolution, Tannhäuser joins his fellow pilgrims, journeying to Rome to ask forgiveness for his sins. But once you've been to the Venusberg, you can never truly leave. Sir Andrew Davis, the Lyric Opera's principal conductor, is on the podium guiding today's most lauded Tannhäuser, tenor Johan Botha. It's a performance filled with both sensuality and majestic power, featuring the opera's famous overture and the frenzied bacchanal with its sexy ballet.

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This Is Modern Art  
Steppenwolf Theatre This Is Modern Art
 
The crew of Made U Look (MUL) is willing to risk anything for their art. Called vandals, criminals, even creative terrorists, these Chicago graffiti artists set out night after night to make their voices heard and alter the way people view the world. But when the crew finishes the biggest graffiti bomb of their careers, the consequences get serious and spark a public debate asking, where does art belong? Written by acclaimed playwright Idris Goodwin and Louder Than A Bomb founder Kevin Coval, This Is Modern Art provides a glimpse into the anonymous lives of graffiti artists and asks us to question the true purpose of art.

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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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Tosca  
Lyric Opera Tosca
 
Giacomo Puccini's powerful opera Tosca tells the passionate tale of a fiery diva, the rebel artist who claims her heart, and a corrupt police chief before whom all of Rome trembles. This tragic romance ranks among the most popular operas ever and includes one of the most beautiful arias in the operatic repertoire, "E lucevan le stelle," sung by Tosca's doomed lover as he awaits execution. For more than a hundred years, audiences have watched and listened spellbound as the cat-and-mouse game between Tosca and Scarpia plays to its deadly conclusion. Will she submit to the chief's sadistic lust to save her lover from the firing squad? With its themes of political intrigue, sexual intimidation and hypocrisy in high places, Puccini's great masterpiece rings true today through its powerfully dramatic and gorgeous music. Two outstanding casts bring you Puccini at his most theatrical and passionate.

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Twilight: Los Angeles, 1992  
Chopin Theatre Twilight: Los Angeles, 1992
 
Following the 1992 acquittal of four white police officers for brutally beating Rodney King, a black man, at the end of a high-speed chase, Los Angeles was thrust into a world of outrage and chaos witnessed by the entire globe. A solo piece transformed into a multiple actor performance, Twilight: Los Angeles, 1992 captures fragments of this volatile moment in 20th century U.S. race relations known commonly as the L.A. riots. Constructed using real life interviews conducted by Smith during the riots and using verbatim dialogue, the play details conflicting perceptions of relationships between race, ethnicity, class, power, violence and resistance, each told by those with drastically different stakes in this historic struggle.

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

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Waiting for Godot  
Court Theatre Waiting for Godot
 
On a lonely country road, beneath a barren tree, two vagabonds wait for a man named Mr. Godot. As the evening unfolds, a desperate, humorous, and unchanging universe is revealed that has delighted and challenged audiences for over half a century. Resident Artist Ron OJ Parson (Seven Guitars) returns to direct this absurdist classic with an all-star cast featuring Court Theatre favorites A.C. Smith, Allen Gilmore, and Alfred Wilson. As elusive as it is illuminating, Waiting for Godot offers a haunting meditation on the meaning of human existence.

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White Guy on the Bus  
Northlight Theatre White Guy on the Bus
 
Ray, a successful white business executive, rides the bus past the state penitentiary every Saturday. On his weekly ride he befriends Shatique, a young black woman putting herself through school and struggling to raise a son on her own. The threads that tie these disparate individuals together gradually unravel in a complex and explosive examination of race, intent, and racial biases from a candid and unexpected perspective.

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Yankee Tavern  
The Greenhouse Theater Center Yankee Tavern
 
Since its debut in 2008, Yankee Tavern has met with rave reviews from critics and theatergoers across the nation including The New York Times calling Yankee Tavern "Intriguing and absorbing!" and the Daily News says it is "One helluva show by a superb playwright who has slyly fashioned an edge-of-your-seat thriller." The jukebox inside the Yankee Tavern stopped in the middle of "Bye, bye, Miss American Pie" as the first hijacked plane impacted the north tower of the World Trade Center on September 11. Inside the walls of this crumbling New York tavern, a young couple (Ian Paul Custer* and Darci Nalepa) finds themselves caught up in conversations of what happened that day and who is telling the truth. Dietz's acclaimed and dramatic thriller is a fierce, funny and ultimately mind-bending work of theatrical power that grips the audience until the final word.

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Young Playwrights Festival  
Chicago Dramatists Young Playwrights Festival
 
Young Playwrights Festival is a citywide playwriting competition that gives voice to teenagers while promoting the art of writing for the stage. This school-oriented program helps students craft one-act plays for an April submission deadline. In 2014, Pegasus received over 400 submissions. Four winning playwrights receive $500 and work with theater professionals to workshop, stage and produce their scripts as part of Pegasus' main stage season. Young Playwrights Festival, the second oldest of its kind in the country, enhances language arts, encourages independent, high-level thinking and strong personal values, and influences career development for area teens.

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