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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 Great and Terrible Wizard of Oz  
Chopin Theatre The Great and Terrible Wizard of Oz
 
This slightly darker and more modern take on L. Frank Baum's beloved classic amplifies the story's moodier, more complex undertones while still celebrating the colorful and playful world we know and love. When a twister lands our teenage Dorothy in Munchkinland, right atop a wicked witch, Glinda and the Munchkins send her off to Emerald City wearing magical red boots stained by the blood of the slain witch. Teaming up with a one-day-old Scarecrow, a heartbroken Tin Woodsman and a guilt-ridden Cowardly Lion, Dorothy may have to live up to her violent new nickname, "Witch Slayer," in exchange for a return ticket to Kansas. Featuring live music, giant puppets and flying monkeys hoisted into the air, your journey down the yellow brick road comes with dazzling spectacle and richer themes in this modern twist at Chicago's Chopin Theatre.

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Spamilton  
Royal George Theatre Spamilton
 
Created by the Forbidden Broadway mastermind Gerard Alessandrini, the hilarious musical mash-up, Spamilton celebrates, roasts, and eviscerates the Broadway blockbuster with a cast of five. It is interspersed with outrageous references to Gypsy, Chicago, The King and I, Assassins, Camelot and Sweeney Todd. Not only are Lin-Manuel Miranda and the stars of the original cast of Hamilton comically eviscerated, but they are joined by caricatures of living Broadway legends: Patti Lupone, Audra McDonald, Stephen Sondheim, Stephen Schwartz, Barbra Streisand, Bernadette Peters, and many more beloved icons.

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Beatlemania  
Under The Gun Theater Beatlemania
 
It's the mid-'60s, and day by day -- unforgettable song by unforgettable song -- John, Paul, George and Ringo are taking the entire pop culture world by storm. In Beatlemania, the boys are only hours away from taking the stage when something odd occurs, prompting their manager, Brian Epstein, to ask the Fab Four what they've gone and gotten themselves into. Thus unfolds an untold story of the lads from Liverpool. Catch Beatlemania all over again at Chicago's Under the Gun Theater.

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Beyond Caring  
Lookingglass Theatre Beyond Caring
 
This critically-acclaimed piece, most recently produced at the UK's National Theatre and re-imagined for Chicago by writer/director Alexander Zeldin, is a gritty portrait of those who cling precariously to the bottom rung of the ladder. Full of life, humor, and tenderness, it sheds light on America's shadow economy and shines an unflinching spotlight on the incendiary intersection of race and class.

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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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Bite Size Broadway  
Annoyance Theatre Bite Size Broadway
 
You've never heard of Andrew Lloyd Webber's relative, Bobby Lloyd Webber, but after this hysterical performance at The Annoyance Theatre in Chicago you'll definitely be a fan. Webber wrote ten musicals while doing hard time in prison -- none of them longer than 15 minutes, none of them shorter than 15 seconds. Now he's debuting them in his self-hosted show, Bite Size Broadway, where six talented actors are bringing these comedic, inventive, never-before-seen productions to life in one spectacular hour of singing, dancing and jazz hands.

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Bonnie and Clyde  
Theater Wit Bonnie and Clyde
 
It was once said of Bonnie and Clyde, "They're young. They're in love. They kill people." Now you can add a fourth description to this infamous his-and-her gangster team: They sing. Composed by Frank Wildhorn (Jekyll & Hyde), with lyrics by Academy Award winner Don Black (Sunset Boulevard), Bonnie & Clyde weaves rockabilly, blues and gospel music into the story of how two small-time nobodies in West Texas became America's most notorious, alluring and fearless folk heroes. From the company that brought you the smash hits Heathers and The Wiz comes this Tony-nominated tale of love, adventure and crime at Chicago's Theater Wit.

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Born Ready  
Factory Theater Born Ready
 
Marion Kroft, an aging former child film actor turned variety show star in the 1950s, is desperate to get back into the public's eye and show business. Harriet is a new young dancer who befriends Marion and the pair quickly becomes a smash comedy duo, but the truth behind their scenes may not be as funny.

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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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Cabaret  
Berger Park Coach House Cabaret
 
Step out of the modern world and back in time to the divinely decadent Kit Kat Klub of 1930s Germany, where seductive singer Sally Bowles enchants the crowd nightly. Led by the enigmatic Emcee, the colorful characters of this Kander & Ebb masterpiece are eager to entertain you with numbers like "Don't Tell Mama," "Willkommen," and "Cabaret." There in the Kit Kat Klub, misfits and outcasts of Berlin come together, taking refuge from the storm of a rapidly changing society where their kind is less than welcome. Don't miss No Stakes Theater Project's production of this modern classic at Berger Park Coach House in Chicago.

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Circle House  
Berger Park Coach House Circle House
 
In this new group-written piece, audiences will take one of three different tours of the Time Museum, where you can touch anything you like - except not anything delicate. Meet the curators, who may not be human, but are fun and friendly - as long as you follow the rules! Interact with your guides - but don't ask them about their lives before... or the mysterious people that keep appearing and talking to them. Learn how endings are beginnings, the secrets of nature and music, and what happens when we die. Thank you for helping to rehabilitate these lost souls.

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Cold Shoulder: An American Cryo Story  
Annoyance Theatre Cold Shoulder: An American Cryo Story
 
In the 2020s, a scientist finally discovers a way to cheat death with a cryogenic machine that freezes the human body enough to slow or stop the aging process. The scientist's discovery grows in popularity: Some people use it to try and live forever, while others use it to preserve dying loved ones until medical science can catch up with their condition. But when the scientist thaws one of his test subjects and discovers just a pile of bones, he's forced to consider that his invention might not actually work. A science fiction tale about technology, mortality and morality, Cold Shoulder: An American Cryo Story comes to The Annoyance Theatre in Chicago.

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Dance for Beginners  
Piven Theatre Dance for Beginners
 
Jenni and Jerry, two people entering the third act of their life, are separated by the Pacific Ocean. However, that doesn't stop them from taking their new relationship to the next level in the world-premiere drama Dance for Beginners. In the absence of technology, the two turn to ballroom dancing to bring them closer together. Previously developed at Chicago Dramatists, MT Cozzola's Dance for Beginners now takes the stage of the Piven Theatre in Evanston.

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Equus  
Skokie Theatre Equus
 
EQUUS tells the story of Dr. Martin Dysart, a dissatisfied and disaffected psychiatrist, who is faced with a unique case when a young man, Alan Strang, is brought to him for treatment. Alan, a passionate and obsessive horse lover, has blinded six horses, to the horror and surprise of his family. In his efforts to coax Alan out of his shell and treat him, Dr. Dysart begins to unravel the complex psychological puzzle of Alan's obsessions. Underneath Alan's complacent manner, Dr. Dysart discovers a fervent, passionate, almost religious power that has both the power to destroy Alan, and perhaps, to save the doctor himself.

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The Firebirds Take the Field  
Rivendell Theatre The Firebirds Take the Field
 
It's been 25 years since molecular neuroscientist Avery Kahn left Highland Falls, NY. But when 18 local girls, cheerleaders mostly, are stricken with a mysterious ailment, Avery reluctantly returns home to tackle what the locals derisively call the "girl disease." As Avery becomes affected-and infected-by the girls, the case becomes more personal than she ever expected. Based on actual events, Firebirds is a fascinating and often hilarious investigation of how women in particular are impacted by the pressures of growing up.

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

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Force Continuum  
Athenaeum Theatre Force Continuum
 
A gripping drama about race, violence and policing made even more topical by recent events, Force Continuum is the story of a black cop, Dece, struggling with the contradictions of policing a majority black neighborhood as part of a majority white police department. Moving back and forth through time, we follow Dece's father and grandfather -- both policemen as well -- as they grapple with the difficulties and dangers of trying to protect and serve a neighborhood where they're viewed as occupiers. Michael Aaron Pogue makes his directorial debut in this production at Chicago's Athenaeum Theatre Studio Three.

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Galatic Court: A Star Wars Debate  
Under The Gun Theater Galatic Court: A Star Wars Debate
 
"Who shot first? Han Solo or Greedo?" "In what order should a first-time viewer watch the movies?" Important questions like these and more will be answered each week, as the Star Wars experts convene at Chicago's Under the Gun Theater for Galatic Court: A Star Wars Debate. But you won't just be a passive participant, watching idly as court convenes, because the room will be divided into Siths and rebels, sparking a competition for both points and prizes. And for all you cosplayers, Star Wars attire is not only allowed at this family-friendly show, it's encouraged.

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Game of Mobile Homes  
The Public House Theatre Game of Mobile Homes
 
After extracting himself from the Redneck Mafia, Eddie Stark is trying to live peacefully with his wife and their six children (and a Bastard). When the King of the Mountain, Bob Baratheon, pays the Starks an unexpected visit and asks Eddie for a favor, Eddie finds himself thrust back into a whirlwind of backhanded politics, alarmingly destructive teenagers, face-to-face once more with the wiley, incestuous Clannisters. Meanwhile, the exiled Dani Taragon fights for revenge with the dangerous drug-lord Karl Drogos and his gang of Mustang-driving thugs behind her. But all of them share one fear: Tornado Season is Coming.

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Great Works of Fiction  
The Public House Theatre Great Works of Fiction
 
HipFlask Production’s invites you into the world of Horace Delancey III, the world’s most eclectic and perhaps worst author. As he reads live on stage from his various novels the stories dissolve into scenes of sketch absurdity. Combining a wonderful blend of literary love, alcoholic affection and temporary insanity, the show will take you on a tour of depravity and imagination, with sketches in novel form that range from murder mystery to musical theater.

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Gypsy  
Jedlicka Performing Arts Center Gypsy
 
Loosely based on the memoirs of Gypsy Rose Lee, the famous striptease artist, and her mother, Rose, the ultimate show business mother. Mama Rose is determined that her younger daughter June will have a successful career, but after June elopes, Mama turns all her attention on her older, less talented daughter, Louise, who eventually becomes a burlesque stripper named Gypsy Rose Lee.

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Hair  
Metropolis Performing Arts Centre Hair
 
Hair celebrates peace and love, taking you back to 1960s New York as young hippies try to make sense of their lives in the shadow of the Vietnam War. As the "tribe" -- a group of politically active bohemian youths -- fight against conscription, Claude has to decide whether to resist the draft as his friends have done, or succumb to the pressures of his parents and conservative America. Hair is filled with unforgettable songs, like "Aquarius," "Let the Sun Shine In" and "Good Morning, Starshine," which all became anthems of the anti-war movement. Filled with unbridled energy and infectious songs, this stunning production at Metropolis Performing Arts Centre in Arlington Heights provides an electrifying look back into '60s hippie counterculture.

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King Liz  
Windy City Playhouse King Liz
 
No earthly realm is more exciting, wealthy or dangerous than a sports empire -- just ask the title character of King Liz. A uniquely powerful sports agent, Liz Rico is a rare woman atop the towering (if teetering) pyramid of pro sports. Of course, she had to work twice as hard to get there, and so is now twice as cautious as she waits to take over the agency. Enter Freddie Luna, a high school basketball superstar with a troubled past. If Liz can keep this talented yet volatile young star in line, she just might end up making not only his career, but her own as well. But at what price?

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King of the Yees  
Goodman Theatre King of the Yees
 
Going against tradition isn't easy with 36 generations of ancestors to please, as Lauren Yee learns in cultural comedy King of the Yees. Growing up just outside of San Francisco's Chinatown, she's always felt like an outsider, especially compared to her father Larry, the unofficial king of the Chinese community. But when her father disappears, she must embrace her heritage for the first time in order to find him. Explore America's largest Chinatown through the eyes of a new generation in this hilarious and heartfelt comedy.

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Lady X - A Musical  
Mary's Attic Lady X - A Musical
 
Mary Dwight is a gorgeous dame and a tough cookie who knows the score (and then some). Mary spends her nights as a 'clip-joint hostess,' making the customers feel welcome, whether it's sharing a drink with them - or the evening. Mary's got all the angles figured out, until Scarlett Fontanelli (David Cerda) enters the picture. As deadly as she is beautiful, Scarlett will stop at nothing to gain control over this world of underground crime. But Frank Graham, a young idealistic Assistant District Attorney, will stop at nothing to bring Scarlett and the Fontanelli syndicate to its knees. Frank wants justice for decent citizens everywhere and for his sister Barbara, a casualty of the Fontanelli family business.

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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 Liar  
Athenaeum Theatre The Liar
 
In his adaptation, David Ives has updated Corneille’s language in a version that scintillates with modern comedic wit. The Liar tells the story of Dorante, a young man newly arrived in Paris who wastes no time beginning his search for love and adventure by spinning extremely tall tales. As his tangled web of deception gets more and more complex and difficult to maintain, joyful chaos ensues. Both trenchant and tremendously funny, Promethean’s production will keep audiences both laughing and thinking.

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A Little Bit Not Normal  
Victory Gardens Theater - Biograph A Little Bit Not Normal
 
Arlene Malinowski's A Little Bit Not Normal could be described as a relationship comedy in which one half of the couple happens to be depression with a capital D. This one-woman show explores different aspects of discovering and living with the disorder, including all the tricks a depressive mind can play -- like resisting treatment -- as well as the stigma of mental illness. Chicago's Richard Christiansen Theater hosts this production as part of Victory Gardens' Up Close and Personal series.

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Little Fish  
Theater Wit Little Fish
 
From the niche mind of musical theater and opera genius Michael John LaChiusa comes the post-9/11 drama Little Fish in its Chicago debut. As the curtain rises we meet Charlotte, a thirty-something writer eager to give up her poor smoking habits. She replaces nicotine with adrenaline by picking up various activities, eventually settling on swimming. After much reflection upon on a former lover and other vignettes of life, Charlotte only then recognizes her addiction to running away. Brought to you by the company that brought you smash hits like Heathers and The Wiz, Kokandy Productions re-creates the musical's eclectic score of Latin, rock, jazz, and other sounds that are the soundtrack to Charlotte's life. Check it out at Chicago's Theater Wit.

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Macbeth  
Oak Park Festival Theatre Macbeth
 
Shakespeare in the park. Blankets spread out. Wine and cheese picnics under the stars. Does it get any more blissfully summer than that? Kick off the season at the Oak Park Festival Theatre in Austin Gardens with the bloody and brilliant classic Macbeth. Nastier than Scorsese at his bleakest, more violent than Tarantino at his bloodiest, Shakespeare's Macbeth still shocks like no other tale on the page, stage or screen. Set in a gloomy world of ghosts and witches, the tragedy's cycle of corruption is thrown into motion when the popular King Duncan of Scotland is murdered by his trusted friend and general Macbeth. Driven by a supernatural prophesy and his wife's deadly ambition, Macbeth goes on to claim his destiny. But just as he grasps the crown, it starts to slip through his guilty fingers.

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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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Mary Poppins  
Mercury Theater Mary Poppins
 
Disney’s MARY POPPINS is a Supercalifragilistic musical combining the best of the original stories by P. L. Travers and the beloved Walt Disney film. The Tony Award-winning MARY POPPINS is everything you'd hope for in a Broadway musical—and like nothing you'd ever expect. Get swept up in tunes like ‘Spoonful of Sugar,’ ‘Feed the Birds’ and of course ‘Chim Chim Cher-ee’ as young Jane and Michael learn life lessons from their unconventional nanny and the lovable jack-of-all-trades Bert. So, bring the whole family and spend a ‘Jolly Holiday’ with Mary and an irresistible cast of characters.

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Moby Dick  
Lookingglass Theatre Moby Dick
 
Madness rages like the angry sea when man pits himself against leviathan in Melville's epic and poetic tale furiously reimagined on the Lookingglass stage by director David Catlin (Lookingglass Alice). Set sail with Captain Ahab and the intrepid crew of the Pequod in this harrowing and intoxicating exploration of fate vs. free will.

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Motherhood Out Loud  
Oil Lamp Theater Motherhood Out Loud
 
Motherhood Out Loud dishes out everything they don't tell parents in the pages of What to Expect When You're Expecting. This theatrical production shatters traditional notions about parenthood, unveils its inherent comedy and celebrates the deeply personal truths that span and unite generations. It's filled with illuminating insight, humor and raw emotions, making for a joyous, moving, hilarious and altogether thrilling look at raising children. Written by an array of writers from journalism, fiction, television and the theater, Motherhood Out Loud at the Oil Lamp Theater in Glenview will leave you looking at child-rearing in a totally different light.

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My Fair Lady  
Lyric Opera My Fair Lady
 
Based on George Bernard Shaw's book Pygmalion, this witty battle of the sexes follows self-absorbed, misogynistic linguist Henry Higgins as he attempts to train Eliza Doolittle, a Cockney flower girl plucked from the street, how to speak properly -- though she's much smarter than he realizes. With a feisty leading lady and a score full of instantly recognizable songs like "Wouldn't It Be Loverly?" and "I Could Have Danced All Night," it's no wonder My Fair Lady became a huge Broadway hit and in 1964 was turned into an Oscar-winning film starring Audrey Hepburn. See what's been deemed the "perfect musical" as Lyric Opera of Chicago presents the show at Civic Opera House in Chicago.

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Never the Milk and Honey  
The Greenhouse Theater Center Never the Milk and Honey
 
"But concerning that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels of heaven," according to Matthew 24:36. For the faithful Alger, who believes he knows when the world will end, the real apocalypse may be that he is wrong. When you tell your family and community to trust in your claims and are proven incorrect, can you ever rebuild that relationship of trust and faith? Find out how deep the bonds of family and community run in Never the Milk & Honey at Chicago's Greenhouse Theater Center.

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The Night Season  
Factory Theater The Night Season
 
When the tiny, seaside home town of W.B. Yeats gets occupied by an English film crew making his biopic, the Kennedys figure giving lodging to the lead actor will put a few extra coins in their pockets. They do get plenty of change, and not just Euros, as the family's three sisters and their delusional grandmother all decide it's time to stop letting life pass them by. The mother who ran away, the father who can barely leave the house, a big pile of pent-up desire, it all gets confronted in this skewed romantic comedy helmed by the director of Sideshow Theatre's No More Sad Things, Stage Left's Rabbit, and Strawdog's Season 28 smash After Miss Julie.

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Not About Nightingales  
Raven Theatre Not About Nightingales
 
Inspired by real events at a Philadelphia prison in 1937, convicts protesting the physically abusive and even murderous tactics of a martinet warden wage a hunger strike. This 1938 play, written six years before Williams's success with The Glass Menagerie, was for decades lost until the actress Vanessa Redgrave learned of it and was able to locate a manuscript. She brought it to Trevor Nunn, then Artistic Director of Britain's Royal National Theatre. Nunn and the RNT later staged the play's World Premiere as a three-way co-production with Redgrave's Moving Theatre and Houston's Alley Theatre. Their production transferred to Broadway in January 1999 and was nominated for six Tony awards.

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Objects in the Mirror  
Goodman Theatre Objects in the Mirror
 
For Shedrick Yarkpai, escaping the horrors of war-torn Liberia is only the beginning of his fight for survival. Trying to start a new life in Australia as a refugee, Yarkpai's search for peace is interrupted by an explosive family secret. To reclaim his present -- and have any hope of building a future -- Yarkpai must first confront the ghosts of his past. Inspired by a true story, Objects in the Mirror is a gripping play about identity, survival and assimilation. Don't miss playwright Charles Smith's latest work when it comes to Chicago's Goodman Theatre.

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Our Christian Nation  
Cornservatory Our Christian Nation
 
From Emmy Award-winning writer Joe James, Our Christian Nation takes a satirical look at what our country might look like should the extreme Christian right get absolutely everything their way. That's right: Everything. Catch this righteously right-wing comedy at The Conservatory in Chicago, courtesy of John Hancock Productions.

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Peter and the Starcatcher  
Metropolis Performing Arts Centre Peter and the Starcatcher
 
The five-time Tony-winning show that The New York Times called "the most exhilarating storytelling on Broadway in decades," Peter and the Starcatcher is the swashbuckling prequel to Peter Pan. Inventive stagecraft and an imaginative story come together to reveal the origins of "the boy who wouldn't grow up" in this madcap music-filled adventure. The play is an action-packed journey through Neverland that brings pirates, mermaids, orphans and secret agents of the Queen together on the high seas. Based on the bestselling novel by Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson, and written by Rick Elice (Jersey Boys), this production of Peter and the Starcatcher at the Metropolis Performing Arts Centre in Arlington Heights weaves an enchanting coming-of-age tale that's bound to appeal to your entire crew.

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Queen  
Victory Gardens Theater - Biograph Queen
 
PhD candidates Sanam and Ariel have spent the better part of the last decade exhaustively researching vanishing bee populations across the globe. Just as these close friends are about to publish a career-defining paper, Sanam stumbles upon a miscalculation. What appears to be a small error could cause catastrophic damage to their reputations, careers, and friendship. Now, Sanam is confronted with an impossible choice: look the other way or stand by her principles and accept the consequences.

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The Radiant  
Athenaeum Theatre The Radiant
 
Set one hundred years ago in Paris, The Radiant centers on the true, tempestuous, and love-torn life of Madame Marie Curie. Widowed at thirty-nine, with two young children to raise and support, she becomes involved in a scandalous affair with her young married assistant, an affair which rocks Paris and nearly costs her her career - and her life. But, she survives this and the great bias against women scientists throughout Europe then and goes on to discover and isolate radium, earn two Nobel Prizes, and revolutionize the world of science forever, ushering in "The Atomic Age" and the first cure for cancer.

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Rosencrantz And Guildenstern Are Dead  
St. Bonaventure Church Rosencrantz And Guildenstern Are Dead
 
The play concerns the misadventures and musings of two minor characters from Hamlet who are childhood friends of the prince, focusing on their actions, with the events of Hamlet as background. The duo are the leading characters in this version, appearing onstage here when they are offstage in Shakespeare's play, except a few times with the events of both plays coincide. In Hamlet, the King uses Rosencrantz and Guildenstern to discover Hamlet's motives and plot against him. Hamlet, however, mocks them derisively and outwits them. Thus, the action in Hamlet, while typically viewed as tragic, is largely nonsensically comical from Rosencrantz and Guildenstern's perspective.

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The Secrets of Santa Monica: La Boda  
Chopin Theatre The Secrets of Santa Monica: La Boda
 
In the multicultural town of Santa Monica de la Punta Gorda, nothing ever goes as planned. Written and produced by Latinos about the Latino daily experience, The Secrets of Santa Monica: La Boda focuses on the upcoming nuptials of Jenny and Columbo. As a series of comical accidents and miscommunications delay the ceremony, the wedding party shares stories of how this wedding almost never came to be. Be a part of the celebration, and you might just get a chance to join the wedding party on stage. This charming play is performed in both Spanish and English, so all are welcome. see it at Chicago's Chopin Theatre Mainstage.

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Shakespeare In Love  
Chicago Shakespeare Theater Shakespeare In Love
 
The Oscar-winning romantic comedy about Shakespeare and his Chamberlain's Men returns to its rightful home-the stage. Imagine a young playwright on the make struggling to write his new tragic love story, "Romeo and Ethel, The Pirate's Daughter." The title just doesn't have the right ring-and young Will Shakespeare knows it. He's got writer's block and must do something quickly. Will needs a muse, and he finds one in Viola, a vivacious beauty who will do anything-even disguise herself as a man-to audition for the stage where no women are permitted to perform. Once revealed, the torrid affair begins inspiring the completion of the most romantic tragedy ever penned. Backstage maneuverings jostle hilariously with onstage dramas in this love letter to Theater itself, directed by multiple Jeff Award winner and Chicago Shakespeare favorite Rachel Rockwell.

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

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Smokey and the Bandit: The Musical  
MCL Chicago Smokey and the Bandit: The Musical
 
Take a musical journey back to the '70s, when mustaches were big, high-speed chases were just around every corner, and Burt Reynolds was king. Smokey and the Bandit: The Musical brings the classic road comedy to the stage, featuring favorite toe-tappin' songs from the film's soundtrack. The Bandit is on a mission: haul 400 cases of illegal beer from Texarkana, Texas, to Atlanta, Georgia, in under 28 hours. But his job gets a whole lot tougher when a hitchhiking bride enters the picture and Sheriff Buford T. Justice puts the Bandit in his sights. WeAREproductions, creators of Fleetwood Macbeth and A Nightmare on Backstreet, bring this new musical to MCL Chicago.

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St. Jude  
Victory Gardens Theater - Biograph St. Jude
 
Famed writer-performer Luis Alfaro (Electricidad, Oedipus el Rey) stars in St. Jude, his solo show that follows him to the bedside of his ailing father. There in California's Central Valley, he reflects on his upbringing -- helped along by a retro slide show. A respected director, author, activist and winner of a prestigious MacArthur Fellowship, Alfaro recalls his youth picking grapes, interacting with family and running away at age 16. Those memories and images, both dark and light, prompt a series of surprising revelations for the artist. Experience St. Jude at the Richard Christiansen Theater in Chicago.

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Steamworks: The Musical  
Annoyance Theatre Steamworks: The Musical
 
The popular Annoyance Theatre comedy Steamworks: The Musical is coming back -- with fun new songs and some outrageous new characters! This singing and dancing extravaganza tells the hilarious story of a wide-eyed young man who moves to the Windy City seeking love ... and instead stumbles into a legendary bathhouse, where his mind is blown by the colorful cast of characters who hang out there. Will he meet the man of his dreams? Or will all his hunky hopes disappear in a puff of bathhouse steam? Find out in in this fun-filled revival of Steamworks: The Musical at The Annoyance Theatre & Bar.

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Strangest Things! The Musical  
The Greenhouse Theater Center Strangest Things! The Musical
 
In that magical year of 1983, when parents were nowhere to be found, hair was huge and frozen waffles had the power to change a bald girl's life, something ... strange happened in a sleepy town. Set to the fresh beats of your favorite me-decade hits, Strangest Things! might be familiar if you've seen the Netflix smash hit about a lost boy, his plucky friends and a troubled sheriff whose town is turned upside down. But in the hands of the folks who brought you Barney the Elf and Ladies Night of the Living Dead, this musical mystery is a little twisted. Spell out "L-E-T-S G-O" on your Christmas lights and head to Greenhouse Theater Center for a hilarious take on TV's hottest hit.

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Sycamore  
Raven Theatre Sycamore
 
In this new drama by Brooklyn-based playwright Sarah Sander, Celia and Henry are teenaged siblings living in an unnamed Midwestern suburb. Celia is 18, a high school senior who is involved in cheerleading and the drama club. Henry is 16 and active in mathletics. Both Celia and Henry become romantically interested in their new next-door neighbor, John, who recently moved to their town from Los Angeles with his single mom Jocelyn and is also an artistic type (he's a photographer). This is not the first time Celia and Henry have been romantic rivals - their first competition over a boy resulted in incidents which had damaging and lasting impacts on each of them. Will trouble strike again as the two vie for John's affections? Meanwhile, Celia and Henry's parents, David and Louise, face stress in their marriage due to David's reduction in hours as a college professor and need to take on a job as a short order cook in an all-night diner.

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Three Days Of Rain  
Heartland Studio Theatre Three Days Of Rain
 
Perpetual drifter Walker Janeway reappears in New York for the reading of his father's will. He and his sister expect to inherit the famed ―Janeway House‖ that their father Ned designed with his business partner, Theo. But when the house is left to Theo's son instead, the betrayal leads Walker to unearth a cryptic journal that he believes proves his father is a fraud. The truth of the past, however, is much different than any of them realize. Shifting from present to past, THREE DAYS OF RAIN examines the depth of family secrets and how one event can be seen from many points of view.

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Tight End  
Pride Arts Center - The Buena Tight End
 
Ash (believe me, you do not want to call her "Ashley") Miller's dream is to catch the winning touchdown pass for the Westmont High Titans' Homecoming game. Football is in her blood, but in order to make the team, Ash will have to prove she is one of the guys even if that means sacrificing her body for the love of the game.

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Time Stands Still  
Raven Theatre Time Stands Still
 
TIME STANDS STILL focuses on Sarah and James, a photojournalist and a foreign correspondent trying to find happiness in a world that seems to have gone crazy. Theirs is a partnership based on telling the toughest stories, and together, making a difference. But when their own story takes a sudden turn, the adventurous couple confronts the prospect of a more conventional life. TIME STANDS STILL is a witty, intelligent look at what happens when ordinary life is refracted through the lens of war.

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Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike  
Citadel Theatre Company Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike
 
The Tony Award winner for Best Play of 2013, Christopher Durang's hit Broadway satire Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike skewers the classic dramas of Anton Chekhov through an absurdist tale of family dysfunction -- but you don't have to be a student of Russian literature to appreciate this zany farce. Siblings Vanya and Sonia live a quiet life in the Bucks County farmhouse where they grew up. But when their movie star sister Masha returns home unannounced with Spike, her 20-something boy toy, an unforgettable weekend ensues. See this tale of sibling rivalry, regret and raucousness in this hilarious production at Citadel Theatre in Lake Forest.

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Where Did We Sit on the Bus?  
Victory Gardens Theater - Biograph Where Did We Sit on the Bus?
 
Brian Quijada's solo show won raves from the Chicago Sun-Times as "an explosion of energy, comic verve, playful sexiness, raw emotion and irresistible storytelling," and now it's coming to Chicago's Richard Christiansen Theater as part of the Victory Gardens' Up Close and Personal series. Where Did We Sit on the Bus? starts off with a young Latino boy asking that question of his third-grade teacher during a lesson on Rosa Parks, and mixes music, rap, spoken word and live looping as it tracks his eventful path to adulthood.

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The Wiz  
Apollo Theater The Wiz
 
Your family will "Ease on Down the Road" with the music you know and love in this adaptation of The Wiz, based on the classic tale The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum and popularized by the 1978 film of the same name. Culminating Emerald City Theatre's 20th Season, fans of all ages will follow Dorothy's exploration of love, home, and family through a magical musical mixture of rock, gospel, and soul in a fantastical Chicago setting. "Living here in this brand new world might be a fantasy, but it taught me to love, so it's real - real to me!"

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