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Closet Play: A Benefit Concert Sep 30  
Online Stream Closet Play: A Benefit Concert
 
With the plague of the 17th century brewing and a government ban that closed theatrical spaces, a new art form was found: Closet Drama - plays intended to be read, not to be performed. PrideArts is excited to bring you a modern spin on this art form, streamed live from the Buena Theater. CLOSET PLAY is an in-depth look into the poetry of two of America's most prolific queer voices - JAMES BALDWIN and TENNESSEE WILLIAMS, intertwined with original jazz music. Featuring a cast of some of Chicago's most treasured artists. This event was conceived and will be directed by PrideArts Artistic Director Donterrio Johnson.
 
   
Run The Beast Down Oct 2 - Oct 25, 2020  
Strawdog Theatre Company at Online Stream Run The Beast Down
 
Charlie has lost his job, his girlfriend and countless hours of sleep. Worse still, he's being haunted by a fox. Set in London after the 2008 financial crash, British playwright Titas Halder's play takes us on the rollercoaster of one man's obsession. Directed by ensemble member Elly Green and featuring Gage Wallace, Run The Beast Down is a thrilling experiment in intimate storytelling. Following the production, Strawdog will make a donation to Lakeview Pantry, an organization that works to overcome hunger, improve mental wellness, and achieve life goals.
 
   
45 Plays for America's First Ladies Oct 8 - Nov 2, 2020  
The Neo-Futurists at Online Stream 45 Plays for America's First Ladies
 
45 Plays for America's First Ladies is a companion piece to the past Neo-Futurist production 43 Plays for 43 Presidents [originally produced in 2004, and remounted in 2012 as 44 Plays for 44 Presidents and re-published as 45 Plays for 45 Presidents in 2019]. Focusing this time on the women who served in the role of First Lady, this play follows an identical format as its predecessor, with a chronological series of 1-5 minute plays that - in typical Neo style - adopt a variety of shapes, tones, and theatrical conventions.
 
   
Black Joy Oct 9 - Oct 23, 2020  
Clock Production at Online Stream Black Joy
 
Clock Production's annual theatre festival is going virtual. BLACK JOY is a World Premiere featuring a variety of original scenes, songs, and spoken word pieces, all written and performed by Black artists. The festival will have a Facebook premiere on October 9th and also be available to stream October 9th thru the 23rd on Clock's website.
 
   
A War Of The Worlds Oct 15 - Nov 21, 2020  
Theatre in the Dark at Online Stream A War Of The Worlds
 
In Bradberry and Gordon's retelling, the leading character is named H.G. Wells. This Wells is a 21st century science journalist thrust into the events of an alien invasion after a meteor from the "Red Planet" Mars crashes 70 miles outside Chicago at the start of the new decade. Separated from family, friends, and everything they have ever known, the eclectic cast of Chicagoland characters must do everything in their power to survive as our world comes crashing down around them. As the Martians reveal their deadly Heat-Ray and their true intentions, whirling our characters into hair-raising chases across Chicago, one question remains: is life on Earth doomed?
 
   
'Night, Mother Oct 22 - Nov 8, 2020  
Invictus Theatre Company at Online Stream 'Night, Mother
 
'Night, Mother displays a mother and daughter relationship in a free fall crisis. Disillusioned Jessie Cates, a woman suffering from epilepsy and depression, announces to her mother Thelma, that she will be killing herself at the end of the evening. The ensuing evening is what playwright Marsha Norman describes as, "a fight for their lives" as Thelma begs, bargains, and beseeches her uncompromising daughter to change her plan. 'NIGHT, MOTHER unsparingly explores the impact of mental health on mothers and daughters in our society. This production will be an entirely virtual streamed performance.
 
   
Box And Cox Oct 22 - Oct 29, 2020  
PrideArts at Online Stream Box And Cox
 
A three-character one-act farce that premiered in London in 1847. BOX AND COX is a hilarious romance of real life in one act.
 
   
The Last Night of Ballyhoo Nov 4 - Dec 27, 2020  
TimeLine Theatre Company The Last Night of Ballyhoo
 
Atlanta, 1939. Clark Gable and Gone with the Wind are the talk of the town, Hitler has invaded Poland, and the American South's party of the year is only days away. The Freitags-a Jewish family so highly assimilated they have a Christmas tree in the front parlor-are obsessed with preparing for Ballyhoo, the lavish annual German-Jewish country club ball. Concerned with the pressures of societal appearances and expectations, young Lala is determined to make a unique splash at this year's event. But life turns upside down when her uncle brings home his new employee, a handsome bachelor from Brooklyn who begins to court Lala's charming cousin Sunny, home visiting from college. As romances blossom and obstacles arise, everyone must confront their own beliefs, prejudices, and desires in an effort to move forward.
 
   
Cinderella Nov 11 - Jan 17, 2021  
Paramount Theatre Cinderella
 
Cinderella, the classic musical from the genius minds of Rodgers and Hammerstein, is an enchanting story that will make entire families wish fairy godmothers and glass slippers weren't just for fairy tales. Paramount is planning a mesmerizing new production that gives parents and children a familiar yet reimagined take on the story families have returned to over and over across generations.
 
   
It's A Wonderful Life: Live in Chicago! Nov 12 - Jan 2, 2021  
American Blues Theater at Stage 773 It's A Wonderful Life: Live in Chicago!
 
Chicago's second-longest holiday play! For 19 years, the American Blues ensemble has treated Chicago audiences to a live 1940s radio broadcast of holiday favorite It's a Wonderful Life. The incredible cast recreates the entire town of Bedford Falls with Foley sound effects, an original score and holiday carols. The Bedford Falls "residents" extend their hospitality after every performance when audiences are treated to milk and cookies served by the cast.
 
   
Elf, The Musical Nov 12 - Dec 20, 2020  
Theatre At The Center Elf, The Musical
 
Elf ,The Musical, with book by Thomas Meehan and Bob Martin with music by Matthew Sklar and Lyrics by Chad Begueline, is a hilarious and charming musical based on the 2003 movie. Raised by Santa's elves, Buddy the Elf is unaware he is actually human until his enormous size and poor toy-making ability makes it impossible to ignore. He embarks on a journey to New York City to find his father and discover his true identity. This modern day Christmas favorite will have both kids and adults lighting up with laughter, embracing their inner Elf, and rediscovering what it means to be a family.
 
   
You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown Nov 18 - Dec 27, 2020  
Citadel Theatre Company You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown
 
Youre a Good Man, Charlie Brown is a 1967 musical comedy with music and lyrics by Clark Gesner, based on the characters created by cartoonist Charles M. Schulz in his comic strip Peanuts.
 
   
Mr. Dickens' Hat Nov 19 - Dec 27, 2020  
Northlight Theatre Mr. Dickens' Hat
 
In a cozy Victorian shop sits the hat of Charles Dickens, who once used it to carry water to the victims of a train wreck (that's true!). When a pair of bumbling thieves plots to steal it (that's imaginary!), young Kit sets out to foil their plan, save the hat, and free her father from debtors' prison. Filled with a host of colorful characters, constables, and carolers, this warm winter's tale with original music brings to life the universal lesson: "Beneath our hats, we are all the same."
 
   
A Pair Of Lunatics Nov 19 - Dec 3, 2020  
PrideArts at Online Stream A Pair Of Lunatics
 
A one-act comedy that premiered in London in 1898, He and She meet for the first time in an asylum and each mistakes the other for an inmate.
 
   
Six Nov 24 - Mar 21, 2021  
Broadway Playhouse Six
 
In SIX, the queens of Henry VIII take the mic to reclaim their identities out of the shadow of their infamous spouse-remixing five hundred years of historical heartbreak into an exuberant celebration of twenty-first-century girl power. The all-woman cast, backed by an all-woman band known as the "Ladies in Waiting," traverses the spectrum of modern-day pop with a soundtrack that has stormed up the UK charts.
 
   
Christmas Dearest Nov 27 - Dec 27, 2020  
Hell in a Handbag Productions at Stage 773 Christmas Dearest
 
T'was the night before Christmas and MGM's biggest star, Miss Joan Crawford, is filming the title role in "Oh Mary," a splashy new musical biography about The Virgin Mary, Mother of God. Poor Joan needs a drink. And a REWRITE! Jesus has all the best lines, the costumes aren't sexy at all, and the guy playing Joseph is a big clumsy oaf! If they will just do it Joan's way maybe she can salvage the picture. Join Handbag as Joan visits her shady past, her appalling present and her eye-popping future - in a tale of glamorous redemption set to music.
 
   
Christmas Dearest Nov 27 - Dec 27, 2020  
Hell in a Handbag Productions at Stage 773 Christmas Dearest
 
Handbag is getting to ready to deck the halls with all things JOAN. In this Handbag adaptation of A Christmas Carol, Joan Crawford (David Cerda) is starring in an MGM musical adaptation of the life of the Virgin Mary, 'Oh, Mary!', and she desperately needs a hit to revitalize her stalled career. Ever the perfectionist, she demands the same of those she works with including her daughter Christina. Joan's outlandish behavior even tests her loyal maid and secretary, Carol Ann (Ed Jones). After cancelling rehearsal and demanding the cast and crew work on Christmas Day, Joan is visited by three spirits (besides Smirnoff), and is forced to face herself! Christmas Dearest originally premiered in 2013 and turned into a Handbag favorite for those who prefer a little more in their stocking for the holidays.
 
   
Hershel and The Hanukkah Goblins Dec 5 - Dec 20, 2020  
Strawdog Theatre Company at Online Stream Hershel and The Hanukkah Goblins
 
Strawdog is bringing back its holiday family favorite Hershel and the Hanukkah Goblin, reimagined to be enjoyed in the comfort of your home. Based on the award-winning book by Eric Kimmel, Hershel is adapted by ensemble member Michael Dailey*, with music and lyrics by Jacob Combs and direction by Spencer Ryan Diedrick. Following the production, Strawdog will make a donation to The Jewish Council on Urban Affairs, working to transform Chicago into a city free of poverty, racism and antisemitism.
 
   
Moulin Rouge! The Musical Dec 17 - Feb 21, 2021  
Nederlander Theatre Moulin Rouge! The Musical
 
Enter a world of splendor and romance, of eye-popping excess, of glitz, grandeur and glory! A world where Bohemians and aristocrats rub elbows and revel in electrifying enchantment. Pop the champagne and prepare for the spectacular spectacular...Welcome to Moulin Rouge! The Musical.
 
   
The Proposal Dec 17 - Dec 30, 2020  
PrideArts at Online Stream The Proposal
 
Ivan, an hypochondriac, has a proposal for Natalya the neighbor. That is, if they can ever agree on anything.
 
   
Mamma Mia! Dec 26 - Jan 3, 2021  
Music Theater Works at Cahn Auditorium Mamma Mia!
 
Set on a remote Greek island, bride-to-be, Sophie, is on the quest to discover who of three men may be her father so he can walk her down the aisle. Add in an unsuspecting mother, her two best friends, and the story-telling magic of ABBA's timeless songs, you will be propelled into this enchanting tale of love, laughter and friendship. The score features ABBA classics like "Dancing Queen", "Super Trouper", "Waterloo", and of course , "Mamma Mia!". This smash hit musical is sure to have you dancing in the aisles!
 
   
The Playboy of the Western World Jan 15 - Feb 28, 2021  
City Lit Theater The Playboy of the Western World
 
Christy Mahon comes into Flaherty's tavern on the west coast of Ireland and claims to have killed his father with a shovel. The locals are charmed by his boldness and daring, and he becomes a local hero--until the old man shows up. The play's world premiere triggered three nights of riots in Dublin, and fistfights in the aisles when it transferred to New York. City Lit's audience is much better behaved.
 
   
Fireflies Jan 21 - Feb 27, 2021  
Northlight Theatre Fireflies
 
The Civil Rights Movement has ignited the South, and the charismatic Rev. Charles Grace needs a new speech to galvanize the people. But it is Olivia, his pregnant wife, who writes those fiery speeches, and her tolerance for playing the supporting role to her husband is wearing thin. As the growing weight of secrets threatens her marriage, and a nation's hatred threatens her child's future, Olivia must rediscover the place that love has in her world.
 
   
The Humans Jan 28 - Feb 28, 2021  
Buffalo Theatre Ensemble at McAninch Arts Center The Humans
 
Breaking with tradition, Erik Blake brings his Pennsylvania family to celebrate Thanksgiving at his daughter's lower Manhattan apartment. As darkness falls outside the dilapidated pre-war duplex, spooky things go bump in the night and the family's deepest fears and greatest idiosyncrasies become revealed. Part thriller and part kitchen-sink drama, this finalist for the Pulitzer Prize and winner of the 2016 Tony for Best Play creates what the Chicago Sun-Times calls a "delirious tragic-comedy."
 
   
Ken Ludwig's Baskerville: A Sherlock Holmes Mystery Jan 28 - Mar 13, 2021  
Metropolis Performing Arts Centre Ken Ludwig's Baskerville: A Sherlock Holmes Mystery
 
The play's afoot! The award-winning comedic mastermind Ken Ludwig transforms Arthur Conan Doyle's classic The Hound of the Baskervilles into a murderously funny adventure. Equal parts comedy and thriller, the world's favorite detective, Sherlock Holmes, is on the case. The heirs of the Baskerville line are being eliminated one by one. To find their ingenious killer, Holmes and faithful companion Dr. Watson reluctantly travel to Devonshire where they are forced to brave its desolate moors. The duo must unravel a web of murky clues before this family curse dooms its newest heir. The investigators attempt to escape peril and deceit, as a small group of actors portrays over forty characters with wit, silly accents, and clever disguises. Join the fun and see how far from elementary the truth can be.
 
   
Alma Jan 29 - Mar 13, 2021  
American Blues Theater at Stage 773 Alma
 
Winner of 2019 Blue Ink Playwriting Award. Working mom Alma has single-handedly raised her daughter, Angel, on tough love, home-cooked comida, and lots of prayers. But on the eve of the all-important SAT, Alma discovers her daughter isn't at home studying. A sacrifice from Alma's past weighs heavy on their present; now, Alma fears her worst nightmare may soon be their reality. Will the American Dream cost them a life together?
 
   
Exit Strategy Jan 29 - Feb 28, 2021  
Victory Gardens Theater - Biograph Exit Strategy
 
Tumbldn High School is your typical Chicago Public School: underfunded, understaffed, and underperforming. And at the end of the year, it will close. But it's home for its teachers and students, who decide to fight back to save their school. The vice principal leads the charge, but with tensions at a breaking point, his efforts may be too little-or too futile-to change Tumbldn's fate. The second story in Ike Holter's Rightlynd Saga, Exit Strategy is loaded with humor and overflowing with fury, asking what we owe to our communities.
 
   
Trouble in Mind Feb 3 - Mar 28, 2021  
TimeLine Theatre Company Trouble in Mind
 
On stage at a Broadway theater in New York City in the mid-1950s, a group of actors has gathered for their first day rehearsing a new play called Chaos in Belleville, an anti-lynching Southern drama. But as the cast rehearses, tensions flair between Wiletta, the Black actress in the starring role, and her white director about his interpretation of the play. The result is an explosive conversation about equality, power, and how race is portrayed in the American theatre.
 
   
Titanic (Scenes from the British Wreck Commissioner's Inquiry, 1912) Feb 4 - Mar 7, 2021  
Court Theatre Titanic (Scenes from the British Wreck Commissioner's Inquiry, 1912)
 
The sinking of the RMS Titanic has long been studied for its historical significance and unmistakable hubris. A survivors' story fraught with intrigue, Owen McCafferty's Titanic (Scenes from the British Wreck Commissioner's Inquiry, 1912) tells the story using verbatim testimonies from witnesses of the wreck. What emerges is a startling portrait of class, chaos, and moral ambiguity. Vanessa Stalling (Jeff Award-winning director of Photograph 51 and United Flight 232) brings her singular artistry to McCafferty's text. Leveraging audio technology, she and her team will create an expansive soundscape that allows the testimonies of each individual to resonate with audiences through a heightened, visceral experience that pushes the boundaries of design and theatrical performance.
 
   
Villette Feb 5 - Apr 25, 2021  
Lookingglass Theatre Villette
 
You've never met a heroine like Lucy Snow. Suddenly bereft of family, friends, and funds, young Lucy catapults into a new country armed only with determination, a fiercely dry sense of humor, and her prodigious brain. She soon finds herself entangled in romance and intrigue, as a vain debutante, cantankerous teacher, and mysterious ghost draw her into a complicated maze. Will soulful Lucy, and her wry wit, emerge intact?
 
   
Groundhog Day Feb 10 - Mar 28, 2021  
Paramount Theatre Groundhog Day
 
Groundhog Day, based on the classic Bill Murray film comedy, will be a Midwest regional premiere, produced by Paramount Theatre. Imagine being stuck in a time loop, waking up and realizing you're living the same day over and over and over and over again. Set your alarm to make sure you see this uproariously funny, surprisingly touching and simply inspirational musical comedy, nominated for seven Tony Awards.
 
   
The Christians Feb 10 - Mar 14, 2021  
Citadel Theatre Company The Christians
 
The Christians concerns influence and faith in a megachurch, with much of the cast being a church "spirit-raising choir". The plot concerns a pastor who discards traditional fundamentalist Christianity in favor of a more inclusive and universalist Christianity, which affirms the goodness in other religions, and the impact this has on his congregation.
 
   
Beautiful Thing Feb 11 - Mar 28, 2021  
Raven Theatre Beautiful Thing
 
Jamie and Ste are two boys living in working-class flats in southeast London. They attend school, talk gossip and sit outside to bask in the sun. Jamie is a bit rebellious, has patchy attendance at school, and has inherited the same sharp tongue as his mother, Sandra. Ste, often avoiding his erratic brother and father, devotes himself to sports and academics in hopes for a better future. They find solace with one another from their mundane, yet overwhelming lives. When Ste starts seeking nightly refuge at Jamie's, their midnight chats evolve into something different, something transformative and something beautiful. The boys seek understanding in themselves, rather than the world that doesn't understand them.
 
   
How Do We Navigate Space? Mar 8 - Mar 28, 2021  
Strawdog Theatre Company at Online Stream How Do We Navigate Space?
 
A series of video monologues sourced from our Chicago community, that explore true stories of how we navigate physical space and what that says about our society during a time of pandemic and social justice. Directed by Denise Yvette Serna. Following the production, Strawdog will make a donation to Black Lives Matter Chicago.
 
   
A Women Of No Importance Mar 11 - Apr 18, 2021  
Northlight Theatre A Women Of No Importance
 
High society gossips are aflutter when the illustrious Lord Illingworth offers a young clerk a job, only to have the boy's mother object for reasons she won't reveal. Illingworth's knack for flattery and flirtation haven't prepared him for this "woman of no importance" - an unexpected adversary taking matters into her own hands in Oscar Wilde's signature cocktail of witty banter and upper crust expose.
 
   
Emma's Child Mar 12 - Apr 25, 2021  
City Lit Theater Emma's Child
 
One of the great Chicago plays. By City Lit's resident playwright, author of Voice of Good Hope and The Safe House, it won the Susan Smith Blackburn Prize and a half-dozen other playwriting awards when Terry directed the Chicago premiere at Victory Gardens twenty-five years ago. A Rogers Park couple plans to adopt the child of Emma, a pregnant teenager. What follows threatens their marriage and reshapes what they think of parenthood.
 
   
The Simon and Garfunkel Story Mar 30 - Apr 4, 2021  
CIBC Theatre The Simon and Garfunkel Story
 
Since its sell out in London's West End, 'The Simon & Garfunkel Story' is now the World's leading theatre show concerning Simon & Garfunkel featuring a full live band and state of the art video projection and lighting. The show includes all of their hits, including 'Mrs. Robinson', 'Cecilia', 'Bridge Over Troubled Water', 'Homeward Bound' and many more. With more than 100 million album sales since 1965, Simon & Garfunkel's perfect harmonies and songs that poignantly captured the times made them one of the most successful folk-rock duos of all time. Over the years, they won 10 Grammy Awards and were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1990. In 1977, their Bridge Over Troubled Water album was nominated at the 1977 Brit Awards for Best International Album. In 2003, Simon and Garfunkel were awarded a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award and the following year saw their "The Sound of Silence" awarded a Grammy Hall of Fame Award.
 
   
Othello Apr 1 - May 2, 2021  
Court Theatre Othello
 
Othello, the great Venetian general, unknowingly seals his fate when he fails to select his standard-bearer, Iago, for a military promotion. Implicating Othello's wife, Desdemona, in an affair, Iago sets forth a series of irreversible events that spell catastrophe for Othello and his country. Kelvin Roston, Jr. and Timothy Edward Kane who sparred in Oedipus Rex return to Court to star in this intimate new take on Shakespeare's tragedy about jealousy, ego, and betrayal. Marilyn F. Vitale Artistic Director Charles Newell combines Shakespeare's words with exhilarating movement and elements of the 16th-century story by Cinthio that inspired Othello, crafting a production that physicalizes the poetry of the original text with raw immediacy.
 
   
Evita Apr 2 - Jun 6, 2021  
Drury Lane- Oakbrook Evita
 
Based on true events, Evita tells the story of Eva Perón's rags-to-riches life as she goes from poor provincial child to First Lady of Argentina. A champion of the working-class descamisados, she uses popularity and politics to serve her people - and herself. Featuring some of Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber's most iconic songs, including "Don't Cry for Me, Argentina," this musical masterpiece won seven Tony Awards, including Best Musical and Best Original Score. The 1996 film adaptation was nominated for five Academy Awards, winning for Best Original Song.
 
   
Cullud Wattah Apr 9 - May 16, 2021  
Victory Gardens Theater - Biograph Cullud Wattah
 
Thanksgiving, 2016: Flint, Michigan has been without clean water for 936 days. Marion, a third-generation General Motors assembly line worker, worries over impending layoffs while struggling to fight the poison that floods her home-and her family's bodies. When her sister, Ainee, seeks restitution for lead poisoning, secrets bubble to the surface, threatening to capsize not only their family, but all of Vehicle City.
 
   
Come From Away Apr 21 - May 2, 2021  
Cadillac Palace Theatre Come From Away
 
The true story of the small town that welcomed the world. Broadway's COME FROM AWAY has won Best Musical all across North America! The New York Times Critics' Pick takes you into the heart of the remarkable true story of 7,000 stranded passengers and the small town in Newfoundland that welcomed them. Cultures clashed and nerves ran high, but uneasiness turned into trust, music soared into the night, and gratitude grew into enduring friendships. Don't miss this breathtaking new musical written by Tony nominees Irene Sankoff and David Hein, and helmed by this year's Tony-winning Best Director, Christopher Ashley. Newsweek cheers, "It takes you to a place you never want to leave!"
 
   
Appropriate Apr 21 - May 23, 2021  
Citadel Theatre Company Appropriate
 
Every estranged member of the Lafayette clan has descended upon the crumbling Arkansas homestead to settle the accounts of the newly-dead patriarch. As his three adult children sort through a lifetime of hoarded mementos and junk, they collide over clutter, debt, and a contentious family history. But after a disturbing discovery surfaces among their fathers possessions, the reunion takes a turn for the explosive, unleashing a series of crackling surprises and confrontations.
 
   
Ragtime Apr 28 - Jun 13, 2021  
Paramount Theatre Ragtime
 
Ragtime, the turn-of-the-century American musical set in the age of "ragtime," a new form of music that electrified the country. But beneath the pounding of piano keys are three different families trying make their way through tumultuous times in a country still experiencing growing pains, class struggle and racial prejudice.
 
   
Talley's Folly Apr 29 - May 30, 2021  
Theatre At The Center Talley's Folly
 
Talley's Folly, a Pulitzer Prize-winning romantic comedy by Lanford Wilson, tells the story of one night in the lives of two unlikely sweethearts. Matt - bookish, honest, and delightfully funny - tries to allay Sally's fears that her family would never approve of their marriage. With charm and wit, they face their differences while revealing secrets and finding strength in each other. This funny and sweet love story stars real-life sweethearts, Artistic Director Linda Fortunato and Chicago favorite Sean Fortunato.
 
   
The Producers Apr 29 - Jun 12, 2021  
Metropolis Performing Arts Centre The Producers
 
Failed Broadway producer, Max Bialystock, is desperate to strike it rich. A chance meeting with Leo Bloom, a mild-mannered accountant with big show business dreams of his own, sparks an unlikely partnership. Instead of producing a Broadway hit, the two discover they can become filthy-rich by producing an epic flop. This scheme catapults the greedy pair on a mission: find the worst director, the worst cast and the worst musical in the history of theater. To their dismay, the surefire miss is hailed a smashing success, throwing the devious plan into chaos. The Producers sets the standard for outrageous, in-your-face humor. Winner of a record twelve Tony Awards, this politically incorrect classic skewers traditions and takes no prisoners as it proudly proclaims itself an "equal opportunity offender!"
 
   
The Chinese Lady May 5 - Jun 26, 2021  
TimeLine Theatre Company The Chinese Lady
 
Brought to the United States at age 14 from China in 1834 by enterprising American merchants, Afong Moy is put on display so the American public can get its first view of an authentic "Chinese Lady." Over the course of 55 years, she performs an ethnicity that both defines and challenges her own views of herself, as she witnesses stunning transformations in the American identity. As these dual truths become irreconcilable, Afong must reckon with herself and the history of her new home with startling discovery and personal revelations.
 
   
Eden Prairie, 1971 May 6 - Jun 20, 2021  
Raven Theatre Eden Prairie, 1971
 
On the same night Apollo 15 lands on the moon, draft-dodger Pete steals home to Eden Prairie, Minnesota, after a 300-mile walk from Canada. He risks arrest, but has an important message to deliver to an old friend. In a moment of national and interpersonal tension that mirrors our own, Pete must defend his choices and grapple with the sacrifices he's made.
 
   
Unlikeable Heroine May 6 - Jun 13, 2021  
Northlight Theatre Unlikeable Heroine
 
When Diana takes on the presidency at a small liberal arts college in Vermont, she's prepared to push the envelope as a newcomer to the world of higher education. Pressures mount quickly from a progressive student body, a faculty steeped in tradition, and the ethics of a popular but controversial course. This smart and surprising new play captures the importance of questioning one's own perspective - and how progress rarely looks the same from every angle.
 
   
One Man, Two Guvnors May 6 - Jun 6, 2021  
Buffalo Theatre Ensemble at McAninch Arts Center One Man, Two Guvnors
 
The ever-starving Francis Henshall finds himself working for both a gangster and a criminal in hiding, both of whom are linked in a web of schemes, shakedowns and seductions. To prevent the discovery that he is working for two bosses, Francis must do everything he can to keep his two guvnors apart, while still getting food and the girl. Playwright Bean transports the commedia dell'arte conventions of the 1746 "The Servant of Two Masters" to the seaside town of Brighton in 1963. Daily Variety calls "One Man, Two Guvnors" "...sheer comic delirium."
 
   
Aztec Human Sacrifice May 7 - Jun 20, 2021  
City Lit Theater Aztec Human Sacrifice
 
It's the night before the beginning of the Aztec empire's new millennium, and the Chosen One--so named because he is to be sacrificed in order to make the sun rise next morning--has run off with the High Priest's daughter. If he is not found, the sun will not rise and the world will end. By the writers of the legendary Chicago musical comedy Summer Stock Murder.
 
   
My Fair Lady May 12 - May 23, 2021  
Cadillac Palace Theatre My Fair Lady
 
Boasting such classic songs as "I Could Have Danced All Night," "The Rain in Spain," "Wouldn't It Be Loverly" and "On the Street Where You Live," MY FAIR LADY tells the story of Eliza Doolittle, a young Cockney flower seller, and Henry Higgins, a linguistics professor who is determined to transform her into his idea of a "proper lady." But who is really being transformed?
 
   
Two Trains Running May 27 - Jun 27, 2021  
Court Theatre Two Trains Running
 
Amidst the Civil Rights Movement, Memphis Lee's restaurant is slated for demolition. While Memphis fights to sell his diner for a fair price, the rest of the restaurant's regulars search for work, love, and justice as their neighborhood continues to change in unpredictable ways. Two Trains Running explores Black identity in the 1960s with passion, humor, and prescience, demonstrating why Wilson is one of America's most essential voices. With his singular point of view, Resident Artist Ron OJ Parson directs the penultimate play in Court's ongoing commitment to staging all of Wilson's American Century Cycle.
 
   
Lucy and Charlie's Honeymoon May 28 - Aug 8, 2021  
Lookingglass Theatre Lucy and Charlie's Honeymoon
 
Hooray! Lucy and Charlie just got hitched...and they're embracing the worst of the American dream. They do what they want. Take what they want. They're First Generation Asian American Renegades. In love. And on the run. Featuring guns, grandmas and original country western and folk songs, Lucy and Charlie's Honeymoon follows a young couple as they road trip down quintessentially American highways and across stereotypic borders, fleeing expectation and trawling up trouble along the way.
 
   
Heroes of the Fourth Turning Jun 11 - Jul 11, 2021  
Victory Gardens Theater - Biograph Heroes of the Fourth Turning
 
At a backyard after-party in rural Wyoming, four young conservatives gather to celebrate their mentor's induction as president of their tiny Catholic alma mater. What starts as a celebration devolves into a vicious fight for understanding, as generations clash and the search for spiritual clarity descends into chaos. Playwright Will Arbery confronts a country at war with itself over its future in one of the best plays of 2019, as recognized by The New York Times, Time Out New York, and more.
 
   
The Luckiest Jun 17 - Aug 1, 2021  
Raven Theatre The Luckiest
 
Lissette and Peter are best friends living their best lives. But when an out of nowhere diagnosis shatters Lissette's world, Peter is left trying to pick up the pieces. Suddenly finding herself at odds with both her best friend and her mom - who each come bearing strong opinions wrapped in good intentions - Lissette is forced to navigate between the two while unflinchingly forging her own path for her future. This tender, funny, and keenly-observed play explores the uncertain and sometimes heartbreaking territory of how we choose to take ownership of our lives.
 
   
Steel Magnolias Jun 18 - Aug 8, 2021  
Drury Lane- Oakbrook Steel Magnolias
 
In a beauty parlor in northwestern Louisiana, life is anything but boring. Steel Magnolias follows six women over the course of three years as they face life's challenges together and find comfort in one another. Embracing both laughter and tears, this story celebrates the power of female friendship. The play received one Drama Desk Award nomination, and the popular film adaptation was nominated for an Academy Award and two Golden Globes.
 
   
American Idiot Jun 25 - Aug 14, 2021  
American Blues Theater at Stage 773 American Idiot
 
American Idiot follows the exhilarating journey of a new generation of young Americans as they struggle to find meaning in a post 9/11 world, borne along by Green Day's electrifying score.
 
   
Kinky Boots Jun 30 - Aug 15, 2021  
Paramount Theatre Kinky Boots
 
Charlie Price is a reluctant shoe maker. Lola is a fierce drag queen. These two could not be more different, but when they find common ground in shoes, they see a whole new world of possibilities open up to them that will turn their small town upside down, and just might save Charlie's failing shoe factory.
 
   
The Devil Wears Prada Jul 13 - Aug 15, 2021  
CIBC Theatre The Devil Wears Prada
 
Andy, an ambitious young writer in New York City, lands a job at a prestigious magazine. Trying to survive under her stylish yet terrifying boss, she finds herself caught between the dreams she thought she wanted, and the cost of what that reality brings. A joyous, funny, and - of course - ultraglamorous story about navigating life's runway to discover where you're meant to be, The Devil Wears Prada is a new musical that gives the hit film a fabulously fresh makeover. Sometimes the best fashion statements are sung.
 
   
My Way: A Musical Tribute to Frank Sinatra Jul 15 - Aug 28, 2021  
Metropolis Performing Arts Centre My Way: A Musical Tribute to Frank Sinatra
 
My Way is an award-winning, finger-snapping revue featuring countless songs recorded by crooning legend Frank Sinatra. This classy tribute transports you into the swinging era of "Old Blue Eyes", while showcasing some of the 20th century's most beautiful and popular songs. My Way features captivating singers, each highlighting a key element of "The Chairman of the Board's" one of a kind talent. Take a trip down memory lane while celebrating Sinatra's remarkable five-decade career. Unforgettable songs include: All of Me, Fly Me to the Moon, Strangers in the Night, New York New York, The Way You Look Tonight and many more. Let's fall in love and fly away with the music of one of the most celebrated recording artists of all time, just as he would have wanted it: a few stories, a few drinks, and plenty of knockout tunes.
 
   
Forever Plaid Aug 20 - Oct 11, 2021  
Drury Lane- Oakbrook Forever Plaid
 
On the way to their first big gig, tragedy strikes Forever Plaid, a "guy group" specializing in barbershop quartet harmonies and pitch-perfect melodies. Forever Plaid begins when the guys are given the chance to perform from the afterlife. This smash hit musical is a nostalgic homage to the music of the '50s and includes hits such as "Three Coins in the Fountain" and "Love is a Many-Splendored Thing."
 
   
Fences Sep 3 - Oct 16, 2021  
American Blues Theater at Stage 773 Fences
 
Winner of the Pulitzer Prize. This is the sensational drama about Troy Maxson, a former star of the Negro baseball leagues, who now works as a garbage man in 1957 Pittsburgh. Excluded as a black man from major leagues during his prime, Troy's bitterness takes its toll on his relationships with his family. Ensemble member and award-winning actress Wandachristine plays Rose Maxson.
 
   
Jesus Christ Superstar Sep 14 - Sep 26, 2021  
Cadillac Palace Theatre Jesus Christ Superstar
 
Jesus Christ Superstar is an iconic musical phenomenon with a world-wide fan base. In celebration of its 50th Anniversary, a new mesmerizing production comes to North America. Originally staged by London's Regent's Park Open Air Theatre, this production won the 2017 Olivier Award for Best Musical Revival garnering unprecedented reviews and accolades. Appealing to both theater audiences and concert music fans, this production pays tribute to the historic 1971 Billboard Album of the Year while creating a modern, theatrical world that is uniquely fresh and inspiring. Featuring award-winning music by Andrew Lloyd Webber and lyrics by Tim Rice, Jesus Christ Superstar is set against the backdrop of an extraordinary series of events during the final weeks in the life of Jesus Christ as seen through the eyes of Judas. Reflecting the rock roots that defined a generation, the legendary score includes 'I Don't Know How to Love Him', 'Gethsemane' and 'Superstar'.
 
   
The Last Pair of Earlies Sep 30 - Nov 14, 2021  
Raven Theatre The Last Pair of Earlies
 
Ever since he was a teenager in Mississippi, Wayland Early could count on two things - his talent for making handmade shoes, and Della Rose's love. But danger forces them to flee north to Chicago. Before they know it, nearly two decades have passed, and both Wayland and Della find themselves increasingly unable to count on anything, including their marriage. As they each contend with the weight of their spent youth and unrealized dreams, a life-altering question comes to the surface: are they still enough for each other?
 
   
Irving Berlin's Holiday Inn Oct 22 - Jan 2, 2022  
Drury Lane- Oakbrook Irving Berlin's Holiday Inn
 
Based on the classic film, Irving Berlin's Holiday Inn follows retired song-and-dance man Jim's efforts to bring entertainment to his small Connecticut town. With the help of talented schoolteacher Linda, he turns his farmhouse into an inn and puts on spectacular shows celebrating all holidays. This joyous, family-friendly musical features thrilling dance numbers, laugh-out-loud comedy, and a parade of Irving Berlin's hit songs, including the Academy Award-winning "White Christmas."
 
   
Frozen Nov 18 - Jan 23, 2022  
Cadillac Palace Theatre Frozen
 
A mysterious secret. A family torn apart. As one sister struggles with being an outsider and harnessing her powers within, the other sets out on a thrilling adventure to bring her family together once again. Both are searching for love, but they'll learn that to find it they'll have to look inside themselves first.
 
   
The King and I Jan 14 - Mar 20, 2022  
Drury Lane- Oakbrook The King and I
 
British tutor Anna Leonowens and the King of Siam struggle with cultural differences after Anna arrives at the royal palace in Bangkok. Inspired by true events, Rodgers and Hammerstein's The King and I is a tale of the human experience, exploring the historical intricacies of class, race, and politics in 1862. Featuring beloved songs like "Shall We Dance?" and "Getting to Know You," this Rodgers and Hammerstein classic won 13 Tony Awards, including Best Musical and Best Revival of a Musical. The 1957 movie adaptation was nominated for nine Academy Awards, winning five, including Best Score.