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Indecent Sep 21 - Nov 4, 2018  
Victory Gardens Theater - Biograph Indecent
 
Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Paula Vogel (How I Learned to Drive) tells the deeply moving story of the controversial 1923 Broadway debut of Jewish playwright Sholem Asch's God of Vengeance - a play about a forbidden lesbian romance that enchanted and outraged audiences. Inspired by true events, Indecent, is performed by an ensemble of seven actors and three musicians portraying more than 40 roles to chart an explosive moment in theatrical history and the artists who risked their careers and lives to perform it. Award-winner Gary Griffin (Hand To God, Fun Home) returns to Victory Gardens to direct this 2017 Tony Award-nominated play.
 
   
Indecent Sep 21 - Nov 4, 2018  
Victory Gardens Theater - Biograph Indecent
 
Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Paula Vogel (How I Learned to Drive) tells the moving story of the 1923 Broadway debut of Jewish playwright Sholem Asch’s God of Vengeance—a play about a forbidden lesbian romance that enchanted and outraged audiences. Gary Griffin (Hand to God, Fun Home) returns to Victory Gardens to direct this 2017 Tony Award-nominated play.
 
   
Kiss Me Kate Sep 21 - Oct 7, 2018  
Big Noise Theatre at Prairie Lakes Theatre Kiss Me Kate
 
Kiss Me, Kate is Cole Porter's jazzy musical comedy about a former husband-and-wife acting team waging war against each other while trying to stage a production of Shakespeare's The Taming of the Shrew. Scenery-chewing director and actor Fred and his ex-wife Lilli are the quintessential "can't live with them, can't live without 'em" couple, complemented by the irreverent humor of two brilliant writers: Cole Porter and William Shakespeare. In its original 1948 production, Kiss Me, Kate won five Tony awards, including Best Musical. This production at Big Noise Theatre at Prairie Lakes features classic Cole Porter numbers such as "So In Love," "Too Darn Hot," "Always True to You (In My Fashion)" and more.
 
   
Caroline, Or Change Sep 22 - Oct 28, 2018  
Firebrand Theatre & TimeLine Theatre at The Den Theatre Caroline, Or Change
 
CAROLINE, OR CHANGE is set in Lake Charles, Louisiana: the end of 1963. America is changing. Caroline Thibodeaux is a mother of four and a maid, working for the southern Jewish Gellman family. Caroline struggles with changes monumental and mundane, and her relationship with the young, grieving boy who lives in the house she cleans. Riveting, moving and awe-inspiring, CAROLINE, OR CHANGE features a virtuosic score by Jeanine Tesori (Fun Home, Violet) and a breathtaking book and lyrics by Pulitzer Prize winner Tony Kushner (Angels in America), the music ranges from Motown to Klezmer, the storytelling from political to magical.
 
   
Dear Brutus Sep 22 - Oct 28, 2018  
Eclectic Full Contact Theatre at Athenaeum Theatre Dear Brutus
 
Join the guests of a mysterious country house as they explore the temptations within its surrounding woods. But don't expect the usual Midsummer Night's Dream. In this seldom-seen fable for adults from the author of Peter Pan, your wishes could come with unexpected consequences.
 
   
White Rabbit Red Rabbit Sep 24 - Nov 12, 2018  
Interrobang Theatre Project at The Den Theatre White Rabbit Red Rabbit
 
No rehearsal. No director. No set. No spoiler. A different performer each night is handed a script (in a sealed envelope) for the first time as they step onto stage. Forbidden to leave his country, young Iranian playwright Nassim Soleimanpour found a way for his voice to get out when he physically could not. His words have escaped censorship and are awaiting your audience. This wildly entertaining and thought-provoking theatrical piece - where no audience can see the same show twice - blends drama, comedy and social experiment, providing audiences with a potent reminder of the transformative power of theatre. WHITE RABBIT RED RABBIT has been called a play - but it's a lively, global sensation that no one is allowed to talk about.
 
   
Witch Sep 26 - Dec 16, 2018  
Writers Theatre Witch
 
Mischief is afoot in the sleepy village of Edmonton and the fate of the world is at stake in this smart modern fable. When the emotionally conflicted son of the local lord and an ambitious newcomer come into conflict, help presents itself to both of them in the same guise-as the Devil himself. But while these two young men take advantage of the Devil's bargain to accomplish their own questionable ends, someone else in town stands her ground-Elizabeth, an outcast whom everyone believes to be a witch.
 
   
All I Want Is One More Meanwhile... Sep 26 - Oct 27, 2018  
Otherworld Theatre All I Want Is One More Meanwhile...
 
Twenty years ago she was Perfectra, an artificially engineered superhero impervious to humanity's flaws. Today, she is Jane, a real woman who gave up power and perfection to become a mother. But estranged from her daughter and battling against a no-longer-perfect physique is not the ending she planned on. Discovering her daughter has not only been kidnapped by a canine-controlling criminal but worse still, engaged to a local superhero-can this supermom stand by and let her daughter spend her life dangling in distress? Especially as she suspects daughter might have a secret of her own...
 
   
Angela of Death Sep 26 - Oct 24, 2018  
Annoyance Theatre Angela of Death
 
Angela of Death is a dark musical comedy revolving around hapless teenager, Angela Ostrowski. As her high-school career comes to an end, her reputation is marred by the sudden, inexplicable deaths of her exes. Rumors begin to swirl and tensions mount among students and staff alike, and Angela comes to terms with her apparent curse; all while trying to date like a "normal" high-schooler. Originally performed at Chicago's Annoyance Theatre in 2014, this 2018 revival features a fresh case, new music and a few other surprises.
 
   
Disney On Ice - Frozen Sep 27 - Sep 30, 2018  
Allstate Arena Disney On Ice - Frozen
 
The complete adventure of the Academy Award winning tale will be told live in this production, capturing the dynamic of two royal sisters, Anna and Elsa. Anna, a girl with an extraordinary heart, embarks on an epic journey to find her sister, the magical Elsa, who is determined to remain secluded as she finally feels free to test the limits of her powers. Rugged mountain man Kristoff, his loyal reindeer Sven, the lovable and hilarious snowman Olaf and the mystical trolls help Anna along the way in this story about love conquering fear. Audiences will get to sing along with such musical favorites as "Let it Go," "Do You Want to Build a Snowman?" and "Fixer Upper."
 
   
The Little Foxes Sep 28 - Oct 28, 2018  
Citadel Theatre Company The Little Foxes
 
Lillian Hellman's searing tale of family betrayal and corruption, set in Alabama in the year 1900. In it, Regina Hubbard Giddens connives against her brothers and husband for wealth and freedom within the confines of an early 20th-century society where fathers considered only sons as their legal heirs. This milestone in American theatre is a riveting unsentimental portrait of a bygone era that still holds timely resonance even today.
 
   
Secret Origins: An Improvised Superhero Origin Event Sep 28 - Oct 26, 2018  
Otherworld Theatre Secret Origins: An Improvised Superhero Origin Event
 
After sold-out performances in 2017 and festival appearances in New York and Chicago, Secret Origins returns! In Secret Origins, audiences create new and fantastic heroes and villains with the help of Chicago's improvisers, culminating in an epic showdown in the final week as the heroes created by the audiences of previous weeks return! Will our heroes team up to fight a cosmic threat, or destroy each other in combat? Hilarity and heroics collide with destiny in Secret Origins!
 
   
The Diary of Anne Frank Sep 28 - Oct 14, 2018  
Greenman Theatre The Diary of Anne Frank
 
The Diary of Anne Frank tells the true story of two Jewish families in Amsterdam, hiding from the Nazis during World War Two. Anne's diary is one of the most widely read books ever and has now been translated into over 70 languages. Kesselman's recent adaptation of the Diary was hailed by The New York Times as, "Undeniably moving. It shatters the heart," and Time magazine raved, "One of the year's ten best." Anne's chronicle of her time in hiding is a testament to the human spirit. Come see this moving story on stage this fall in Elmhurst at GreenMan Theatre.
 
   
Elephant and Piggie's We are in a Play! Sep 29 - Oct 7, 2018  
Citadel Theatre Company Elephant and Piggie's We are in a Play!
 
In the musical, an elephant named Gerald and a pig named Piggie are best, best, "bestus" (a word Gerald and Piggie made up that means "very best") friends, but Gerald worries that something could go wrong that would end their friendship. Piggie is not worried at all. She's even happier and more excited than usual. That's because she and Gerald are invited to a party hosted by the Squirrelles, three singing squirrels who love to have a good time. And so begins a day when anything is possible.
 
   
Oxy, Ohio Sep 30 - Oct 14, 2018  
The Side Project at Mckaw Theater Oxy, Ohio
 
Welcome to Dayton, Ohio, America's 2016 drug overdose capital. Mary works the night shift at an old folks' home; her drop-out daughter, Becky, works the night shift at Super 8; new acquaintance Tom has worked every conceivable job for his entire life; and they all work Dr. Wilmington, their favorite physician. But something isn't working. They are all caught up in the mass casualty opioid death march that now seems as permanent as Ohio's gray skies, crumbling concrete, lonely nights, and dead-end jobs. Welcome to the Midwest. Pick your poison.
 
   
Charlie And The Chocolate Factory Oct 2 - Oct 21, 2018  
Ford Oriental Theatre Charlie And The Chocolate Factory
 
Roald Dahl's amazing tale is now Chicago's golden ticket! It's the perfect recipe for a delectable treat: songs from the original film, including "Pure Imagination," "The Candy Man," and "I've Got a Golden Ticket," alongside a toe-tapping and ear-tickling new score from the songwriters of Hairspray. Get ready for Oompa-Loompas, incredible inventions, the great glass elevator, and more, more, more at this everlasting showstopper! Entertainment Weekly raves "Broadway's Big Treat" and NPR exclaims "You'll have a ball!"
 
   
Edge of Life Oct 2 - Nov 3, 2018  
Athenaeum Theatre Edge of Life
 
In Edge of Life, a doctor is caught in the middle of the debate between the right to die and the choice of a patient to live the remainder of their life on their own terms. This moving story examines the difficult and multifaceted decisions regarding the right to die, including loved ones, doctors, and patients facing the edge of life. See Joel Z. Cornfield's play in this production at Athenaeum Theatre in Chicago.
 
   
UniverSoul Circus Oct 3 - Nov 4, 2018  
Washington Park UniverSoul Circus
 
A big-top spectacle of global proportions featuring the best artists from around the world, the 2018 production of UniverSoul Circus takes fans of all ages on an unforgettable journey of light, sound and soul. Get ready for electrifying, edge-of-your-seat performances, including extreme motorsports, mind-bending acrobatics, back-flipping canines, disco-dancing pachyderms, free-flying aerial acts and much, much more. It's hailed as the most interactive circus in the world, and now you can catch this spectacular show -- which is celebrating 25 years of fun under the big top -- when it raises its tent in Washington Park.
 
   
Rock 'N' Roll Oct 3 - Nov 18, 2018  
The Artistic Home Rock 'N' Roll
 
ROCK 'N' ROLL is an electrifying collision of the romantic and the revolutionary. It is 1968 and the world is ablaze with rebellion, accompanied by a sound track of the Rolling Stones and Bob Dylan. Clutching his prized collection of rock albums, Jan, a Cambridge graduate student, returns to his homeland of Czechoslovakia just as Soviet tanks roll into Prague. When security forces tighten their grip on artistic expression, Jan is inexorably drawn toward a dangerous act of dissent. Back in England, Jan's volcanic mentor, Max, faces a war of his own as his free-spirited daughter and his cancer-stricken wife attempt to break through his walls of academic and emotional obstinacy. Over the next twenty years of love, espionage, chance, and loss, the extraordinary lives of Jan and Max spin and intersect until an unexpected reunion forces them to see what is truly worth the fight.
 
   
Fun Harmless Warmachine Oct 3 - Nov 4, 2018  
The New Colony at The Den Theatre Fun Harmless Warmachine
 
By day, Tom works a dead end job for the man and can't get a date. But by night, he's top of the leader board, a master gamer. Othered and lonely, Tom is sucked into the Order of the Sword, an online community that seems to promise him his digital personal in real life. Developed through The New Colony's Writers' Room and inspired by Gamergate and online hate movements, FUN HARMLESS WARMACHINE is a cautionary tale of the power of fear and the seductive pull of the alt right.
 
   
The Madness Of Edgar Allan Poe: A Love Story Oct 3 - Nov 4, 2018  
First Folio Theatre The Madness Of Edgar Allan Poe: A Love Story
 
In 1849, two years after the death of his wife Virginia, Edgar Allan Poe is haunted not just by the specter of his beloved, but also by his many macabre stories. During the course of THE MADNESS OF EDGAR ALLAN POE: A LOVE STORY, Poe and his wife Virginia guide the audience from room to room through historic Mayslake Hall, taking them from the garrets to the dungeons and deep into the madness of Edgar Allan Poe. David Rice, who received a Jeff Award nomination for New Adaptation for this work in 2007, artfully structures the journey into the life and literature of the great American horror writer, focusing with sorrowful clarity on Poe's overwhelming obsession with his wife, Virginia, whom Poe married when she was 13 and he was 27.
 
   
Culture Clash: American Odyssey Oct 4 - Oct 7, 2018  
Victory Gardens Theater - Biograph Culture Clash: American Odyssey
 
Culture Clash: An American Odyssey is a character study of real people and true stories from the shadows, borders and badlands of America. For 35 years the dedicated performance trio has tirelessly scoured the jails, detention centers, churches, mosques and the streets to fully understand and dimensionalize the human drama and joy of those who exist in the margins of the mainstream. Culture Clash dives into gender, race and class with the skills of veteran ethnographers in a pulsating, living theater of our complex times.
 
   
Crumbs From The Table Of Joy Oct 4 - Nov 18, 2018  
Raven Theatre Crumbs From The Table Of Joy
 
Brooklyn, 1950. Ernestine and Ermina Crump have moved to New York with their father, Godfrey, who is seeking spiritual guidance from a man called Father Divine. In the swirling, glamorous commotion of this new city, with calls for equal rights and communist rebellion hanging in the air, the girls begin a turbulent journey toward independence and a challenging future.
 
   
Masque Macabre Oct 4 - Oct 31, 2018  
Strawdog Theatre Masque Macabre
 
A dark and bloody thrill ride inspired by the works of Edgar Allan Poe - think Carrie meets Eyes Wide Shut. The handlers of a "bad boy" entrepreneur go to extremes to give him one last big bash before his past catches up to him. An explorative immersive theatre experience a la Sleep No More, guests travel from room to room throughout the space and follow stories of revenge and murder as they play out in real time.
 
   
The Front Page Oct 4 - Nov 18, 2018  
Oil Lamp Theater The Front Page
 
An irresistible comedy with thrills and derring-do set in the news room. Hildy wants to break away from journalism and go on a belated honeymoon. There is a jailbreak and into Hildy's hands falls the escapee as hostage. He conceals his prize in a rolltop desk and phones his scoop to his managing editor. Their job is to prevent other reporters and the sheriff from opening the desk and finding their story. Some hoodlums are enlisted to remove the desk, but they get mixed up with a Boy Scout troop and the mayor and a cleaning woman, among others. It's a whirlwind wrap up with Hildy finally making his breakaway. Catch The Front Page at Oil Lamp Theater.
 
   
The Wood Oct 4 - Oct 20, 2018  
The Impostors Theatre Co. at Flat Iron Arts Building The Wood
 
A Boy wakes up to find himself lost in a mysterious forest and staring into the face of a strange Girl. Making a decision that is both inevitable and arbitrary, as most things are, the Boy and the Girl join forces to make their way through the Wood. Their world is alive and riddled with obstacles-including the rule of the malicious Faerie King. As every choice they make ricochets off of each stone in their path, the Girl and the Boy begin to understand more about their connection to one another. This dark, modern fairytale examines relationships through the distorted lens of fable, where loyalty, memory, choice, and sacrifice manifest themselves.
 
   
Zurich Oct 4 - Nov 10, 2018  
Steep Theatre Zurich
 
Forty floors up, behind the windows of a posh Swiss hotel, a man sings, a maid cleans, children run wild, a banker makes things difficult, and one elderly woman's fight against a corrupt world order changes everything. Or nothing. Disturbingly funny, Amelia Roper's Zürich dives below the surface of lives lived in the moments before.
 
   
Eclipsed Oct 4 - Nov 4, 2018  
Pegasus Theatre Chicago at Chicago Dramatists Eclipsed
 
Gurira's story is set during the midst of the Second Liberian Civil War and follows the captive 'wives' of a Commanding Officer in the rebel army. A teen girl has recently arrived and the wives protect and care for her in the dilapidated, one-bedroom shack the women share. Just as the new girl begins to adjust to life at the compound, their fragile sisterhood is thrown off balance when a wife returns from the battlefield, after having escaped the army camp to fight as soldier in the resistance. Struck by the realization that she may not have to resign herself to the grim reality of life in the compound, The Girl must choose whether to stay with the women who have done so much for her, or to join the freedom fighter and chart her own destiny as a soldier. With deep emotional strength, brutal honesty, and a surprising amount of humor, the women of Eclipsed fight to do something truly extraordinary: survive.
 
   
Shrek The Musical Oct 5 - Dec 30, 2018  
Marriott Theatre In Lincolnshire Shrek The Musical
 
"Once upon a time, there was a little ogre named Shrek...." And thus begins the tale of an unlikely hero who finds himself on a life-changing journey alongside a wisecracking Donkey and a feisty princess who resists her rescue. Throw in a short-tempered bad guy, a cookie with an attitude and over a dozen other fairy tale misfits, and you've got the kind of mess that calls for a real hero. Luckily, there's one on hand... and his name is Shrek.
 
   
Flyin' West Oct 5 - Nov 3, 2018  
American Blues Theater at Stage 773 Flyin' West
 
Following the end of the Civil War, many former slaves took advantage of The Homestead Act and went West to build new lives for themselves and their families. Many of these homesteaders were black women who overcame tremendous odds to work their own land and make a place for themselves in an often harsh and forbidding environment. Set in 1898, Flyin' West is the story of some of these African-American female pioneers who settled, together, in the all-black town of Nicodemus, Kansas.
 
   
Judy Garland: Come Rain Or Come Shine Oct 5 - Oct 14, 2018  
Music Theater Works at Nichols Concert Hall Judy Garland: Come Rain Or Come Shine
 
JUDY GARLAND: COME RAIN OR COME SHINE starring Jeff Award winner Angela Ingersoll (END OF THE RAINBOW) captures the emotional and vocal power of Judy Garland live in concert. Seen on WTTW Channel 11 this past spring, the concert includes such iconic songs as "Over the Rainbow," "Get Happy," and "The Man That Got Away."
 
   
Endeavor Mind Oct 5 - Oct 28, 2018  
The Plagiarists at The Den Theatre Endeavor Mind
 
Claudine is a brilliant academic who sometimes wonders if she has settled for family and a boring job instead of pursuing her full potential. So when a new brain-enhancing technology is developed by billionaire tech genius Frances Westmore, Claudine jumps at the chance to be part of the program and pursue the dreams she had set aside. But this experiment will have unintended consequences, for Claudine and for those around her. Inspired by Faust, The Twilight Zone, and Black Mirror, Endeavor Mind is where corporate science, human biology, family dynamics, and intellectual aspiration converge.
 
   
Patience and Sarah: A Pioneering Love Story Oct 5 - Oct 21, 2018  
Third Eye Theatre Ensemble at Theater Wit Patience and Sarah: A Pioneering Love Story
 
Set in Connecticut in the winter of 1816, the opera tells the powerful story of two young women who meet, fall in love, and resolve to devote their lives to each other.
 
   
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time Oct 5 - Oct 27, 2018  
Steppenwolf Theatre The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
 
Based on the critically acclaimed book by Mark Haddon, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time focuses on Christopher, a young boy with an extraordinary brain and an exceptional talent for mathematics. When the neighbor's dog Wellington is found dead, Christopher launches an investigation into the mystery surrounding the dog's murder. As he searches for the truth on his first ever excursion by himself, he uncovers surprises about himself and his family, exploring the hidden secrets and challenges in everyday life.
 
   
Black and Blue Oct 5 - Nov 18, 2018  
MPAACT at The Greenhouse Theater Center Black and Blue
 
Davoe Sexton and Jayson Rabedeau patrol the notorious neighborhood on Chicago's long-neglected south-east side. The area is known to locals as "Terror Town." As veteran cops who "happen to be Black," these men must navigate the streets, the policies of policing and the deeply conflicted roles that they play in the lives of those that they are supposed to "serve and protect." Set in 2016, these officers find themselves at ground zero when long-suppressed evidence surfaces, illuminating an officer-involved shooting on the very streets that they patrol. Over the course of a single day, these officers must confront the most corrosive questions that face African-American officer. Are they Black? Are they Blue? Or are they a volatile mix of Black and Blue? This gripping, timely drama hits the Downstairs Studio stage at the Greenhouse Theater Center.
 
   
La boheme Oct 6 - Jan 25, 2019  
Lyric Opera La boheme
 
Puccini's story of love, loss and the artistic world of 19th-century Paris comes to vibrant life in this stunning production at Lyric Opera of Chicago. A huge hit when it premiered it in 1896, the opera's popularity and power hasn't dimmed since. Featuring strikingly designed sets and costumes, not to mention an exciting cast of singers, including Maria Agresta, Michael Fabiano, Danielle de Niese, Zachary Nelson and more, La boheme finds the poor poet Rodolfo and the painter Marcello drawn into a tangle of love and jealousy after the frail Mimi knocks on their door. These youthful dreamers navigate the complicated maze of romance amid the colorful Bohemian enclaves of the city and its snowy streets, until they realize they can no longer hide from the world's harsh realities.
 
   
Frederick Oct 9 - Nov 12, 2018  
Chicago Children's Theatre at The Station Frederick
 
While other mice are working hard gathering food for the winter, Frederick is daydreaming the summer away. But when dreary weather comes, it is Frederick who has stored up something special to help his companions survive the long cold winter.
 
   
The Walls Of Harrow House Oct 11 - Nov 3, 2018  
Rough House Theater at Chopin Theatre The Walls Of Harrow House
 
You are invited to a once-in-a-lifetime tour of Harrow House, the secluded home and studio of Milton Harrow, the world's most influential and reclusive architect. With no guide but your own instincts, you'll be set loose in the infamous home to discover its secrets, free to pull on whatever threads you encounter and become entangled in the terrifying tale that unspools around you. Through puppetry, environmental and sonic design, Harrow House will bring you face to face with cosmic horrors, nightmarish to behold and yet...uncannily familiar. Harrow House asks: can we not only face our fears, but meet them? Can we find empathy for those who frighten us?
 
   
Frankenstein Oct 11 - Nov 11, 2018  
Remy Bumppo Theatre at Theater Wit Frankenstein
 
Remy Bumppo will be celebrating the 200th anniversary of Mary Shelley's famous novel, Frankenstein, in a fresh, new adaptation by Nick Dear directed by Remy Bumppo Artistic Assistant Ian Frank. As in the Royal National Theatre's premiere, the duality of human nature will be embodied by two actors who will alternate the roles of the creator and his creature every other performance.
 
   
Warrior Class Oct 11 - Nov 11, 2018  
The Comrades at The Greenhouse Theater Center Warrior Class
 
When Assemblyman Julius Lee makes a bid for Congress, the ghosts of his college days come back to haunt him. Nothing reveals true colors like a sprint to the finish, when friends become enemies and allies can turn on a dime. Warrior Class is a political battle of race, romance, forgiveness, and debt. Award: TCG Edgerton New Play Prize
 
   
Truman and the Birth of Israel Oct 11 - Nov 18, 2018  
The Greenhouse Theater Center Truman and the Birth of Israel
 
The man from Independence who ascended to the presidency after the death of FDR, Harry S. Truman is remembered as a feisty politician who would've filled his Twitter feed with famous remarks like, "You want a friend in Washington? Get a dog." But despite the foreign-policy turmoil he faced at the end of WWII and the beginning of the Cold War, this former Missouri farmer, WWI veteran and Democratic Senator risked it all to support the creation of an independent state of Israel. This Forum Productions play at Chicago's Greenhouse Theater Center explores how "Give 'em Hell" Harry altered the future of the Jewish people forever.
 
   
It's Only A Play Oct 11 - Nov 11, 2018  
Pride Arts Center - The Broadway It's Only A Play
 
An hilarious send-up of show business and its often-bizarre practitioners, which uses the occasion of a disastrous opening night party to pile one wildly funny comic sequence upon another. IT'S ONLY A PLAY, by the author of such Broadway hits as RAGTIME and KISS OF THE SPIDER WOMAN, premiered off-off-Broadway at the Actors and Directors Theatre in 1982, was produced off-Broadway by the Manhattan Theatre Club in 1986, and was revived on Broadway in the 2014-15 season, running for over nine months. "This show is without a doubt hilariously, sidesplittingly funny...These are among the funniest lines to roll off a stage in years...IT'S ONLY A PLAY deserves only a rave." -NY Times.
 
   
Gypsy Oct 12 - Nov 25, 2018  
Porchlight Music Theatre at Ruth Page Center For Arts Gypsy
 
Chicago's E. Faye Butler adopts the mantle of Broadway's legendary "stage mother" in this heart wrenching story of a woman who raises her daughters to assume the heights, whether they want to or not, and featuring one of the gold-standard musical scores including "Let Me Entertain You," "Together (Wherever We Go)," "Everything's Coming Up Roses" and others.
 
   
Sesame Street Live! Let's Party! Oct 12 - Oct 14, 2018  
Rosemont Theatre Sesame Street Live! Let's Party!
 
From the moment the curtain rises, parents and children alike will be on their feet dancing along to a pop-infused soundtrack with new Sesame Street friends and live emcees Casey and Caleb. Planning a party isn't easy when everybody has a different idea of fun, but with some help from the audience, it becomes the ultimate reflection of what friendship plus teamwork can accomplish. Party guests will sing along to new and familiar songs, like "I Love Trash" and "C is for Cookie," with Oscar the Grouch and Cookie Monster; dance to the beat with Elmo; explore a wintry wonderland when Abby Cadabby's magic goes awry; take flight with Big Bird to learn about some of his fabulous feathered friends; and discover new cultures in an interactive Spanish lesson with Rosita. A unique, up-close-and-personal pre-show experience will be offered at an additional charge prior to select performances, allowing families the opportunity to tour the on-stage neighborhood of their favorite, furry friends before they arrive for the main show. The fun doesn't end there. A variety of interactive activities give children the chance to create, discover and learn as they help decorate for the upcoming party.
 
   
Idomeneo Oct 13 - Nov 2, 2018  
Lyric Opera Idomeneo
 
Idomeneo, the King of Crete, makes a promise to the gods he cannot keep in Mozart's dramatic tale of love, jealousy, punishment and redemption, set during the Trojan War. The story follows Idomeneo, who's pledged to sacrifice the first human he meets on shore in exchange for survival at sea. But the first person he encounters turns out to be his own son Idamante, who's become a promising leader in his father's absence and who's caught in a war of affection between the Trojan princess Illia and her Greek counterpart Electra.
 
   
The Golden Girls: Bea Afraid! - The Halloween Edition Oct 13 - Nov 3, 2018  
Hell in a Handbag Productions at Stage 773 The Golden Girls: Bea Afraid! - The Halloween Edition
 
When Sophia starts acting bizarre and scaring the devil out of the girls they have no choice but to seek the services of their local priest, who has never quite encountered a demon like Sophia! Will they be to drive the DEVIL out of Sophia? Would they even notice? Find out all this and more in THE GOLDEN GIRLS: Bea Afraid! - The Halloween Edition
 
   
In The Canyon Oct 16 - Nov 25, 2018  
Jackalope Theatre at Broadway Armory In The Canyon
 
IN THE CANYON is a new American saga by Calamity West spanning from 2007 to 2067. In an exploration of the present attack on abortion, this world premiere chronicles a story of survival, and imagines the decline of a broken society. When the sun begins to set on a shattered world, the canyon rocks and walls come alive and a story of resistance is birthed.
 
   
Private Peaceful Oct 17 - Nov 11, 2018  
The Greenhouse Theater Center Private Peaceful
 
Private Peaceful is a timely reminder of the heroic sacrifices that were made by those involved in World War One. The story charts the life of a young soldier, Thomas 'Tommo' Peaceful, a Private played by O'Regan, who faces the firing squad for cowardice. As Tommo sits in his cell waiting for sunrise, he thinks back to some of his fondest memories and reflects on the events that made him the person he is today. Tommo recounts the fact that he and his elder brother Charlie do everything together- such as reminiscing on memories from their schooldays, sleeping and eating, and facing personal problems - they even fell in love with the same girl. But now they have to face the many facets of war together.
 
   
Radio Culture Oct 17 - Dec 2, 2018  
TUTA Theater Chicago at TUTA Theatre Radio Culture
 
Winner of the award for Best Experimental Writing in the Belarus Free Theatre's 2014 International Contest of Contemporary Drama, RADIO CULTURE is a fascinating example of the "New Drama" movement in contemporary Eastern European theater. By examining a single day in the life of a young Belorussian, as if under a microscope, RADIO CULTURE reveals how change can germinate inside of a person even within a culture that resists change at every step. Staged in an intimate installation, TUTA's production takes a subtly profound and unexpected journey around the globe to peer in to our interior worlds, and the irresistible, transformative power of listening.
 
   
Swan Lake Oct 17 - Oct 28, 2018  
The Joffrey Ballet at Auditorium Theatre Swan Lake
 
A ballet in four acts, Wheeldon's modern re-telling transports one of ballet's most famous works to the studios of the Paris Opera during the 19th century, the same era Tchaikovsky composed Swan Lake in Moscow and when a young impressionist named Edgar Degas was on the rise in Paris. The story begins as the dancers of the world's most famed ballet company prepare for opening night. Inspired by the paintings of Degas, this opulent production follows Siegfried, a leading dancer who falls in love with his beautiful partner. When a wicked arts patron threatens to spoil their love, Siegfried is thrust into a world of mystery and wonder, as the line between reality and fantasy suddenly blurs together in unexpected ways.
 
   
Small Mouth Sounds Oct 18 - Dec 9, 2018  
A Red Orchid Theatre Small Mouth Sounds
 
Six urbanites take their troubles to the woods and attempt to work them out at a secluded spiritual retreat. Attendees may not speak for the entire week, clothing is optional at the lake, and beware of bears. The isolating silence collides with the human ache to connect. How do we address life's biggest questions when words fail us? A Chicago premiere that is at once strange and compassionate, awkward and graceful, silly and profound.
 
   
The Lonesome West Oct 18 - Nov 18, 2018  
AstonRep Theatre Company at Raven Theatre The Lonesome West
 
Valene and Coleman, two brothers living alone in their father's house after his recent death, find it impossible to exist without the most massive and violent disputes over the most mundane and innocent of topics. Only Father Welsh, the local young priest, is prepared to try to reconcile the two before their petty squabblings spiral into vicious and bloody carnage.
 
   
Master Class Oct 19 - Dec 9, 2018  
TimeLine Theatre at Stage 773 Master Class
 
This glorious, raw, and bittersweet look at one of opera's most formidable talents was the Tony Award winner for Best Play in 1996. Witness a master class conducted by legendary opera diva Maria Callas. Glamorous, demanding, and unapologetically herself, Callas critiques and regales a new crop of opera's finest. Both frustrated and amazed by the students thrust before her, she escapes into recollections of the glories and failures of her past, remembering her rise as one of opera's biggest underdogs. This authentic and musically rich MASTER CLASS presents a portrait of a faded star who refuses to be
 
   
Cosmologies Oct 19 - Dec 9, 2018  
The Gift Theatre Cosmologies
 
Put the whimsical humor of the Keystone Cops and Bugs Bunny into a particle collider with the philosophy of Soren Kierkegaard and George Berkeley and you're getting close to the style of this existential absurdist comedy from David Rabe. When a young man's negotiation for a date goes very wrong, we are transported through kaleidoscopic worlds of possibilities, identities and loves.
 
   
Lady in Denmark Oct 19 - Nov 18, 2018  
Goodman Theatre Lady in Denmark
 
After the death of her husband, a Danish American woman finds solace in the hauntingly beautiful music of their favorite singer, Billie Holiday. A journey through the couple's time together-from the smoky jazz clubs of post-war Copenhagen, to the home they shared in present-day Chicago-Lady in Denmark is a passionate reflection on life and love written by Pulitzer Prize finalist Dael Orlandersmith.
 
   
Scientific Method Oct 19 - Dec 2, 2018  
Rivendell Theatre Scientific Method
 
Amy, a hotshot scientist at an elite U.S. cancer research lab, is moments from publishing data that could revolutionize the field. When she's scooped by a senior scientist from a competing lab, she first questions her own ability to compete in her chosen field. But as new information comes to light, Amy must face the possibility of willful sabotage by a powerful male colleague. Scientific Method is a witty and complex behind-the-scenes look at women in the sciences-and the struggle many women have to keep moving forward on the rocky terrain of an uneven playing field.
 
   
The American Revolution Oct 20 - Nov 11, 2018  
Theater Unspeakable at The Greenhouse Theater Center The American Revolution
 
In this 50-minute play, seven actors, all performing two feet off the ground, share 21 square feet of space to recreate the entire American fight for independence from Lexington to Yorktown. Using only the actors' bodies, voices, and (pantomimed) cannons, the show evokes an epic time-period in American history.
 
   
Hooded, Or Being Black For Dummies Oct 20 - Nov 17, 2018  
First Floor Theater at The Den Theatre Hooded, Or Being Black For Dummies
 
Marquis and Tru are both fourteen year old black boys, but they exist in two totally different worlds. Marquis is a book smart prep-schooler living in the affluent suburb of Achievement Heights; while Tru is a street savvy kid from deep within the inner city of Baltimore. Their worlds overlap one day in a holding cell. Tru decides that Marquis has lost his "blackness" and pens a how-to manual entitled "Being Black for Dummies." He assumes the role of professor, but Marquis proves to be a reluctant pupil. They butt heads, debate, wrestle and ultimately prove that Nietzsche and 2pac were basically saying the same thing.
 
   
Bunnicula Oct 20 - Nov 25, 2018  
Lifeline Theatre Bunnicula
 
At a showing of Dracula one dark and stormy night, the Monroe family discovers an abandoned rabbit. When they bring him home, resident know-it-all Chester the cat suspects the worst after spying gleaming fangs in the bunny's mouth. And as vegetables start turning up mysteriously drained of their juices, even easygoing Harold the dog wonders if they have a supernatural menace on their hands. Brave the night and dare to embrace our differences in this musical adaptation of the 1979 book by Deborah and James Howe. This production is recommended for children ages five and up (children under two not permitted), and runs approximately one hour with no intermission.
 
   
There is No Power for the Electric Chair Oct 21 - Nov 5, 2018  
Trap Door Theatre There is No Power for the Electric Chair
 
Two men--a convict and an executioner--find themselves in a catastrophic situation. They don't know what is beyond the walls of the execution chamber. They must decide whether to continue following the code of rules and ethics they have always known or develop a new one. And who is to create this new code?
 
   
Hello, Dolly! Oct 23 - Nov 17, 2018  
Ford Oriental Theatre Hello, Dolly!
 
Tony Award-winning Broadway legend Betty Buckley stars in HELLO, DOLLY! - the universally acclaimed smash that NPR calls "the best show of the year!" Winner of four Tony Awards including Best Musical Revival, director Jerry Zaks' "gorgeous" new production (Vogue) is "making people crazy happy!" (The Washington Post). Breaking box office records week after week and receiving thunderous raves on Broadway, this HELLO, DOLLY! pays tribute to the original work of legendary director/choreographer Gower Champion - hailed both then and now as one of the greatest stagings in musical theater history. Rolling Stone calls it "a must-see event. A musical comedy dream. If you're lucky enough to score a ticket, you'll be seeing something historic. Wow, wow, wow, indeed!"
 
   
Acelere Oct 23 - Nov 4, 2018  
Chicago Shakespeare Theater Acelere
 
Direct from a sold-out engagement at Edinburgh Festival Fringe and an acclaimed run on London's South Bank, this high-energy spectacle is packed with explosive power and raw skill. Jaw-dropping circus feats from aerialists, acrobats, and contortionists are interwoven with live music and dance to create a genre-spanning performance that jumps from hip-hop and electro cumbia to drum and bass. Acts by top graduates of Colombia's national circus school, Circo Para Todos (Circus for All), offer a glimpse of the future of this reinvigorated, reinvented art form. This unforgettable North American debut is the culminating event of the second annual Destinos - Chicago International Latino Theater Festival.
 
   
Fight Night Oct 23 - Nov 4, 2018  
Chicago Shakespeare Theater Fight Night
 
Five candidates. One winner. You decide. This critically acclaimed Edinburgh Fringe Festival hit from Belgium's extraordinary Ontroerend Goed employs high-octane performance and hand-held voting technology to put the power into your hands. The candidates battle for your attention, sympathy, and approval. What will you learn about yourself, and how quickly you judge, or condemn, based on sound bites and appearances? In a world where beauty rules over all, nothing-not even politics-is safe from the cult of celebrity. Come play a game and find the line between democracy and the tyranny of the majority.
 
   
Love's Labour's Lost Oct 24 - Nov 18, 2018  
Invictus Theatre Company at The Frontier Love's Labour's Lost
 
A well-intentioned king vows to forego all fleshly delights, setting the stage for romantic hijinks. Ferdinand, the king of Navarre, insists that his court join him in a pledge to undertake a strict regimen of study and celibacy. The grudging compliance of three noblemen is sorely tested - as is the king's own resolve - with the arrival of a French princess and a trio of comedy attendants. Love's Labour's Lost features such typical Shakespearean elements as lovers in disguise, a witty clown, and an abundance of sparkling repartee.
 
   
Neverland Oct 26 - Nov 25, 2018  
Prop Theatre Neverland
 
NEVERLAND chronicles the final days of Peter Pan's utopia. When Wendy, an Avondale teenager, becomes the newest addition to The Lost, Peter's band of runaway teens from different decades, she discovers an underground kingdom ready to shatter. Struggling to find it's future under the direction of confused leadership, bloody past practices, and centuries long wars over legacy, the inhabitants of Neverland can no longer hide from what they've become. The journey from childhood to adulthood has never been so treacherous than in this "Peter Pan" in the era of Trump's America.
 
   
The Mystery of Edwin Drood Oct 26 - Nov 18, 2018  
Saint Sebastian Players at St. Bonaventure Church The Mystery of Edwin Drood
 
Based on Charles Dickens' final, unfinished novel, this hilarious whodunit invites the audience to solve its mystery by choosing the identity of the murderer, potentially changing the show's ending at each performance. The tale is presented as a show within a show, as the Music Hall Royale-a delightfully loony Victorian theatre company-presents Dickens' brooding mystery.
 
   
110 in the Shade Oct 28 - Dec 16, 2018  
BoHo Theatre at Theater Wit 110 in the Shade
 
In the tiny town of Three Point, in the hot and drought-stricken American southwest, traveling con man Bill Starbuck promises the local farmers he can conjure some much-needed rain. Spinster Lizzie Curry, whose advances are rebuffed by Sheriff File, blossoms as she pursues a romantic relationship with the charismatic stranger.
 
   
Frankenstein Nov 1 - Dec 2, 2018  
Court Theatre Frankenstein
 
Love, loss, and creation merge in unexpected ways in this thrilling classic gothic tale conceived by Manual Cinema. Stories of Mary Shelley, Victor Frankenstein, and his Monster expose how the forces of family, community, and education shape personhood-or destroy it by their absence. In a special world premiere presentation, internationally-renowned multimedia company Manual Cinema stitches together the classic story of Frankenstein with Mary Shelley's own biography to create an unexpected story about the beauty and horror of creation. Manual Cinema combines handmade shadow puppetry, cinematic techniques, and innovative sound and music to create immersive visual stories for stage and screen. Manual Cinema is a performance collective and film production company, founded in part by former Court dramaturg Drew Dir.
 
   
This Bitter Earth Nov 1 - Dec 8, 2018  
About Face Theatre at Theater Wit This Bitter Earth
 
In this poetic romance, deep love is challenged by divisive political realities. Jesse, an introspective black playwright, finds his choices called into question when his boyfriend, Neil, a white Black Lives Matter activist, calls him out for his political apathy. As passions and priorities collide, this couple is forced to reckon with issues of race, class and the bravery it takes to love out loud.
 
   
Twas The Night Before Christmas Nov 3 - Dec 30, 2018  
Emerald City Theatre at Broadway Playhouse Twas The Night Before Christmas
 
'TWAS THE NIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS is a fantastic, slapstick holiday affair for all ages. When Santa Claus' "Naughty or Nice" list goes missing, it's up to a pair of dancing mice, a spunky girl, and an Elf-B-I agent to solve the mystery before Santa boards his sleigh.
 
   
Siegfried Nov 3 - Nov 16, 2018  
Lyric Opera Siegfried
 
Watch as the fearless Siegfried vanquishes the dragon Fafner and gets the better of his own wickedly devious guardian, Mime. Will Richard Wagner's hero heed the warnings of his wise grandfather, Wotan, disguised as The Wanderer? And what happens when he braves the magic fire, awakens the sleeping Brünnhilde and is enraptured by love for the very first time?
 
   
An Oak Tree Nov 3 - Dec 9, 2018  
Red Theater at Athenaeum Theatre An Oak Tree
 
Two Actors. One has rehearsed the play. The second has never even read it. Performed by a different person each night, the second actor will discover the play and their role at the same time as you do. In this Midwest Premiere by Tim Crouch, An Oak Tree asks, how do we transform our world in order to survive our pain? How do we create our own reality? Anything can happen in this play that illuminates the magic of theater - a cheap trick and a genuine spell all at once.
 
   
Holiday Inn Nov 7 - Jan 6, 2019  
Marriott Theatre In Lincolnshire Holiday Inn
 
Irving Berlin's HOLIDAY INN tells the story of Jim, who leaves the bright lights of show business behind to settle down on his farmhouse in Connecticut... but life just isn't the same without a bit of song and dance. Jim's luck takes a spectacular turn when he meets Linda, a spirited schoolteacher with talent to spare. Together they turn the farmhouse into a fabulous inn with dazzling performances to celebrate each holiday, from Thanksgiving to the Fourth of July. Based on the classic film, this joyous musical features thrilling dance numbers, laugh-out-loud comedy and a parade of hit Irving Berlin songs, including "Blue Skies," "Steppin' Out With My Baby," "Heat Wave," "White Christmas," "Shaking the Blues Away" and many more. This year-round romance is sure to delight audiences!
 
   
Twelfth Night Nov 7 - Dec 16, 2018  
Writers Theatre Twelfth Night
 
Shakespeare's romantic, boisterous and poignant comedy has never felt more relevant-or more hilarious! When young Viola is shipwrecked on an unfamiliar shore, presuming her twin brother drowned in the same wreck, she must disguise herself as a man to secure a job with the local Duke Orsino. But when asked to further Orsino's romantic interests with the powerful Olivia, she finds herself tangled in an increasingly confused love triangle. Crossed wires, cross purposes and crossed garters abound, leading to a final scene of revelations that allows almost everyone to live happily ever after...
 
   
The Steadfast Tin Soldier: A Christmas Pantomime Nov 7 - Jan 13, 2019  
Lookingglass Theatre The Steadfast Tin Soldier: A Christmas Pantomime
 
Inspired by Hans Christian Andersen's The Steadfast Tin Soldier, Ensemble Member Mary Zimmerman (Metamorphoses, Treasure Island) fashions an extravagant and exhilarating spectacle. The unlikely adventure of a little tin soldier, brimming with love and unblinking bravery, is infused with Zimmerman's dazzling blend of storytelling through image and movement, accompanied by live musicians. Unsuspecting travelers make unexpected discoveries in this luminous tale, destined to enchant any and all of us not made of tin.
 
   
Mansfield Park Nov 8 - Dec 16, 2018  
Northlight Theatre Mansfield Park
 
When shy but clever Fanny Price is sent away by her overburdened parents, she must learn to navigate life as the poor relation at her aunt and uncle's wealthy estate. Playwright Kate Hamill, known for her "rollicking, heartfelt 'Sense and Sensibility' and a naughty and frantic 'Vanity Fair'" (New York Times), brings her unique sense of playfulness and theatricality to Jane Austen's classic tale of social satire and the quest for romance.
 
   
Disney's Beauty and the Beast Nov 9 - Jan 27, 2019  
Drury Lane- Oakbrook Disney's Beauty and the Beast
 
Based on the beloved Academy Award winning Disney film, this nine-time Tony nominated musical continues to win the hearts of people all over the globe. Trapped in her provincial town life, an intelligent, young beauty risks everything to become the heroin of her own story and break a wicked spell imprisoning a castle full of enchanting misfits and a terrifying beast.
 
   
Rightlynd Nov 9 - Dec 23, 2018  
Victory Gardens Theater - Biograph Rightlynd
 
Rightlynd is Chicago's 51st Ward. The L doesn't run here anymore and it is full of abandoned storefronts, crumbling apartment buildings, and its fair share of crime. A powerful real estate conglomerate is planning a massive redevelopment project that would gentrify the neighborhood and change Rightlynd forever. Only one woman stands in the way: Alderman Nina Esposito. In award-winning local playwright Ike Holter's ambitious new work, one woman tries to use her street smarts and raw determination to save the Chicago neighborhood she loves. But will the political machine turn her into the very person she is trying to destroy? Lisa Portes (BREACH, A Little Bit Not Normal) directs the first play that sets in motion Holter's ongoing seven play saga set in this fictional Windy City neighborhood; the story cycle that includes previous pieces Exit Strategy, Sender, Prowess, and The Wolf at the End of the Block.
 
   
Plainclothes Nov 9 - Dec 15, 2018  
Broken Nose Theatre at The Den Theatre Plainclothes
 
When a violent encounter with a shoplifter leaves half of their team fired or in the hospital, the security guards of a downtown Chicago retail store find themselves under corporate investigation. Short-staffed, ill prepared and faced with accusations of racial profiling that threaten to dismantle the crew, they're forced to decide: do we admit to something we're not guilty of to save our jobs, or do we give the higher-ups a taste of what it's like in the trenches? In the style of their breakout hit At The Table, Broken Nose Theatre and playwright Spenser Davis have assembled an all-star cast to develop this world premiere.
 
   
The Snow Queen Nov 10 - Dec 23, 2018  
Filament Theatre The Snow Queen
 
When her best friend Kai is lured to the wicked Snow Queen's palace, young Gerda embarks on an unexpected quest to the ends of the earth to save him. This epic story of courage and friendship across the wintry wonders of the North Pole and beyond will warm even the most frozen hearts with music, puppetry, and lots of theatrical magic.
 
   
Miss Saigon Nov 13 - Dec 8, 2018  
Cadillac Palace Theatre Miss Saigon
 
Experience the acclaimed new production of the legendary musical MISS SAIGON, from the creators of Les Miserables. In the last days of the Vietnam War, 17-year-old Kim is forced to work in a bar run by a notorious character known as the Engineer. There she meets and falls in love with an American G.I. named Chris but they are torn apart by the fall of Saigon. For three years, Kim goes on an epic journey of survival to find her way back to Chris, who has no idea he's fathered a son. This new production features stunning spectacle and a sensational cast of 42 performing the soaring score featuring Broadway hits including "The Heat is On in Saigon," "The Movie in My Mind," and "Last Night of the World." The New Yorker raves "A DYNAMITE BROADWAY REVIVAL."
 
   
1776 Nov 14 - Nov 15, 2018  
Porchlight Music Theatre at Ruth Page Center For Arts 1776
 
Celebrating the 50th anniversary of the 1969 Tony Award-winner, Porchlight Music Theatre brings to Chicago the impassioned arguments and world-changing visions that were fought over in those sweltering summer days in Philadelphia nearly 250 years ago. The historic players will be present in the characterizations of Benjamin Franklin, Abigail Adams, Thomas Jefferson and others, showcasing the compelling debate of what are we willing to compromise to build a new country will ring out louder than the toll of the Liberty Bell.
 
   
The Wizard of Oz Nov 14 - Jan 6, 2019  
Paramount Theatre The Wizard of Oz
 
Stuck on a Kansas farm with her aunt, uncle and dog Toto, Dorothy Gale wishes for a better and more exciting life. When a twister hits, Dorothy is whisked away to the wonderful world of Oz, a fantastical place full of munchkins, a cowardly lion, a tin man without a heart, a living scarecrow...and a wicked witch who will do whatever it takes to stop Dorothy.
 
   
Familiar Nov 15 - Jan 13, 2019  
Steppenwolf Theatre Familiar
 
It's winter in Minnesota, and a Zimbabwean-American family is preparing for the wedding of their eldest daughter. When an unexpected guest arrives and the bride surprises the family by insisting on a traditional African ceremony, pre-wedding stress explodes into a full-on family feud. Fiercely funny, fast-paced and filled with love, Familiar is a brilliant portrayal of a tight-knit family searching to preserve their past while building a new future.
 
   
The Woman in Black Nov 15 - Feb 17, 2019  
Royal George Theatre The Woman in Black
 
Susan Hill's Gothic ghost story, adapted for the stage by Stephen Mallatratt, is set in an isolated windswept mansion with tragic secrets hidden behind its shuttered windows. There, a young lawyer encounters horrific visions in the house set amidst the eerie marshes and howling winds of England's forbidding Northeast Coast. With just two actors, The Woman in Black offers audiences an evening of unremitting drama and sheer theatricality as they are transported into a chilling and ghostly world.
 
   
SnowGirls - The Musical Nov 15 - Dec 30, 2018  
Hell in a Handbag Productions at Mary's Attic SnowGirls - The Musical
 
Snowmi Malone is a rebel who dreams of becoming a dancer. Her quest leads her to the cold cruel world of the North Pole, where she'll stop at nothing to fulfill her fantasy. SnowGirls explores what happens at the North Pole the other 364 days of the year - and it isn't always pretty.
 
   
The Revolutionists Nov 15 - Dec 29, 2018  
Strawdog Theatre The Revolutionists
 
THE REVOLUTIONISTS tells the story of four women who made history during the French Revolution: playwright Olympe de Gouge attempts to write something politically meaningful for which she will be remembered. Charlotte Corday plots to assassinate one of the Revolution's most evil participants. Deposed Queen Marie Antoinette grapples with her recent losses. Marianne Angelle, free woman of color and Caribbean spy, fights to expand the nation's notion of liberty to include women of color. When Lauren Gunderson puts these four women in the same room, questions arise about art's ability to make meaningful change, whether violence is ever the right course of action and what on earth a woman's role can be in the midst of the madness.
 
   
A Christmas Carol Nov 17 - Dec 30, 2018  
Goodman Theatre A Christmas Carol
 
Now a beloved Chicago tradition celebrating its 40th anniversary, The Goodman Theatre ushers in the holiday season with its adaptation of Charles Dickens' classic holiday story A Christmas Carol. Audiences look forward to the "bah humbugs," the electrifying arrival of the ghosts, the jubilant musical numbers and dancing, and Scrooge's joyful rediscovery of life, love and the Christmas spirit. Goodman's Carol continues to lift heats and spirits after four decades more than a million visitors, and the timeless holiday tale promises to be merrier and more magical than ever. The Daily Herald says the play is "the crown jewel of the holiday season" -- find out for yourself or relive the magic again.
 
   
Il trovatore Nov 17 - Dec 9, 2018  
Lyric Opera Il trovatore
 
For Il trovatore, the hot-blooded tale of love, jealousy and retribution, Verdi created music that bursts with excitement and wonderful characters including the bold and courageous Manrico, his beloved Leonora, the vengeful Count di Luna and the wild, obsessed gypsy Azucena. Each has thrilling music to sing as the drama unfolds in the smoldering atmosphere of darkly mysterious 15th-century Spain. The "Anvil Chorus," Leonora's "Miserere," Manrico's stirring call to arms -- these are just a few of the fabulous highlights that make Il trovatore a feast of sumptuous singing. Don't miss the pre-sale for this exciting night of opera at Lyric Opera of Chicago.
 
   
The Book Of Mormon Nov 20 - Dec 2, 2018  
Ford Oriental 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.
 
   
Cendrillon Dec 1 - Jan 20, 2019  
Lyric Opera Cendrillon
 
Jules Massenet adapted Cinderella with an irresistible blend of wit, sensitivity and elegance. The love duets in his Cendrillon are the very essence of romance, but there's hilarity, too, thanks to the most outrageous of all stepmothers. And if you want to hear glittering top notes sail into the stratosphere, there's the vocally high-flying fairy godmother. At the heart of Cendrillon is the delightful heroine -- and when she sings to her beloved, "You are my Prince Charming," it's truly magical!
 
   
Secrets and Illusions Dec 1 - Dec 2, 2018  
Victory Gardens Theater - Biograph Secrets and Illusions
 
Join master illusionist and Winner of Penn & Teller: Fool Us Ivan Amodei on an epic journey to discover the secrets of life in his brand new stage show Secrets and Illusions. Set on the dark and deserted streets of Paris, you'll enter the legendary Louvre Museum, where an enchanting musical muse escorts you through galleries, while Ivan uncovers life's greatest mysteries deep inside the priceless works of art, one dazzling illusion at a time. Watch someone face their greatest fears. Witness a person track down love in the most unexpected place, and another discover how the Laws of Attraction helps them find their purpose in life -- might it be you? Boston Globe boasts it's "magic with a message." It's a 90-minute spectacular show which displays Ivan's signature style of thought-provoking vignettes, audience participation, and storytelling. Paired with his remarkable approach to illusion, it will ultimately inspire, encourage and motivate you to discover your purpose and your destiny. See it at Chicago's Victory Gardens Zacek McVay Theater.
 
   
Great Russian Nutcracker Dec 2  
Rosemont Theatre Great Russian Nutcracker
 
Moscow Ballet's Great Russian Nutcracker returns to Chicagoland's Rosemont Theatre, spreading holiday joy and goodwill with its Dove of Peace tour. Inspired by the Bolshoi's 1957 version of Tchaikovsky's classic, the young Masha and her Nutcracker Prince arrive in the Land of Peace and Harmony, where the Dove takes Masha on a magical trip across the globe, introducing her to the rich and colorful cultures of the world. Filled with premier Russian dancers, larger-than-life nesting dolls, handmade costumes, young local dancers -- and even a falling snow effect -- this perennial favorite is sure to cast its seasonal spell over the entire family, leaving kids "wide-eyed with delight" (The New York Times).
 
   
The Play That Goes Wrong Dec 4 - Dec 16, 2018  
Ford Oriental Theatre The Play That Goes Wrong
 
What would happen if Sherlock Holmes and Monty Python had an illegitimate Broadway baby? You'd get THE PLAY THAT GOES WRONG, Broadway & London's award-winning smash comedy! Called "A GUT-BUSTING HIT" (The New York Times) and "THE FUNNIEST PLAY BROADWAY HAS EVER SEEN" (HuffPost), this classic murder mystery is chock-full of mishaps and madcap mania delivering "A RIOTOUS EXPLOSION OF COMEDY" (Daily Beast). Welcome to opening night of The Murder at Haversham Manor where things are quickly going from bad to utterly disastrous. With an unconscious leading lady, a corpse that can't play dead, and actors who trip over everything (including their lines), it's "TONS OF FUN FOR ALL AGES" (HuffPost) and "COMIC GOLD" (Variety) - sure to bring down the house!
 
   
Stomp Dec 5 - Dec 30, 2018  
Broadway Playhouse Stomp
 
STOMP is explosive, inventive, provocative, witty, and utterly unique—an unforgettable experience for audiences of all ages. The international percussion sensation has garnered armfuls of awards and rave reviews and has appeared on numerous national television shows. The eight-member troupe uses everything but conventional percussion instruments – matchboxes, wooden poles, brooms, garbage cans, Zippo lighters, hubcaps – to fill the stage with magnificent rhythms. Year after year, audiences worldwide keep coming back for more of this pulse-pounding electrifying show. As the Boston Globe says, “If you haven’t seen STOMP, GO! If you have seen it, take someone and share the pleasure!” STOMP. See what all the noise is about.
 
   
The Winter Wolf Dec 6 - Jan 5, 2019  
Otherworld Theatre The Winter Wolf
 
It's Christmas night in Cora's house. She's visited by her beloved grandfather, a man of high spirits and failing health. They sit around the fireplace and she listens to the legend of the Winter Wolf, a strange creature who serves as Time's hunter, stalking those who are in the winter of their lives. That night, the Winter Wolf comes for Cora's grandfather, but the young girl manages to trap it. What follows is a magical journey through the mysteries of time, as Cora learns how far one can go for the sake of someone they love.
 
   
The Beatrix Potter Holiday Tea Party Dec 8 - Dec 24, 2018  
Chicago Children's Theatre at The Station The Beatrix Potter Holiday Tea Party
 
Chicago families have a new holiday tradition to look forward to again this year because The Beatrix Potter Holiday Tea Party is back, including two new stories. Children of all ages are cordially invited to dress up and enjoy a spot of hot cocoa with CCT's favorite friends from the English Lake District. Next, they'll spend an enchanting hour with Peter Rabbit and other beloved Potter puppet characters as they delight audiences in this highly interactive trunk and puppet show.
 
   
The Nutcracker Dec 8  
Center For Performing Arts The Nutcracker
 
Featuring Tchaikovsky's enchanting score, a festive set and colorful costumes, the Salt Creek Ballet's Nutcracker introduces you to the young Clara and her hero, the Prince, as they embark on a magical journey, encountering toys that come alive, dancing snowflakes, waltzing flowers and the Sugar Plum Fairy. A delightful holiday tradition for all ages, this production at the Governors State University Center for Performing Arts Theatre in University Park includes internationally recognized guest dancers and boasts a cast of 100 students from Salt Creek Ballet, ages 8 to 17. Salt Creek Ballet's Artistic Director Sergey Kozadayev trained at the famed Vaganova Ballet Academy in St. Petersburg, Russia.
 
   
La Ruta Dec 13 - Jan 27, 2019  
Steppenwolf Theatre La Ruta
 
To the U.S.-owned factories in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, La Ruta is just a bus. But to the hundreds of women who live, work and often disappear along the route, it's so much more than that. Inspired by real testimonies, and using live music to evoke factory work and protest marches, La Ruta is a visceral unearthing of secrets buried in the desert and a celebration of the Mexican women who stand resiliently in the wake of loss.
 
   
Fiddler On The Roof Dec 18 - Jan 6, 2019  
Cadillac Palace Theatre Fiddler On The Roof
 
"An entirely fresh, funny, and gorgeous new production. A REASON FOR CELEBRATION!" - New York Magazine. Rich with musical hits you know and love, including "Tradition," "Sunrise, Sunset;' "If I Were A Rich Man;' "Matchmaker, Matchmaker" and "To Life (L'Chaim!)," FIDDLER ON THE ROOF is the heartwarming story of fathers and daughters, husbands and wives, and life, love and laughter. Tony-winning director Bartlett Sher and the team behind South Pacific, The King and I and 2017 Tony-winning Best Play Oslo, bring a fresh and authentic vision to this beloved theatrical masterpiece from Tony winner Joseph Stein and Pulitzer Prize winners Jerry Bock and Sheldon Harnick. Featuring a talented cast, lavish orchestra and stunning movement and dance from Israeli choreographer Hofesh Shechter, based on the original staging by Jerome Robbins, FIDDLER ON THE ROOF will introduce a new generation to the uplifting celebration that raises its cup to joy! To love! To life!
 
   
The Lightning Thief: The Percy Jackson Musical Jan 8 - Jan 13, 2019  
Ford Oriental Theatre The Lightning Thief: The Percy Jackson Musical
 
As a son of Poseidon, Percy Jackson has newly discovered powers he can't control, monsters on his trail, and is on a quest to find Zeus' lightning bolt to prevent a war between the Greek gods. Based on the best-selling Disney-Hyperion novel by Rick Riordan and featuring a thrilling original rock score, THE LIGHTNING THIEF: THE PERCY JACKSON MUSICAL is an action-packed theatrical adventure that has been celebrated by audiences and critics alike.
 
   
Cardboard Piano Jan 9 - Mar 17, 2019  
TimeLine Theatre Company Cardboard Piano
 
A hopeful and moving story of loss, love, and the power of faith. At the dawn of the millennium in a darkened church in northern Uganda, the daughter of American missionaries and a local teenage girl prepare to exchange vows in a secret, makeshift wedding ceremony. But when the brutality of the war zone around them encroaches on their fragile union, the two are faced with a reality they cannot escape. Confronting the religious and cultural roots of intolerance, CARDBOARD PIANO explores violence and its aftermath, as well as the human capacity for hatred, forgiveness, and love.
 
   
The Realistic Joneses Jan 11 - Mar 9, 2019  
Shattered Globe Theatre at Theater Wit The Realistic Joneses
 
A bucolic evening, which begins in a suburban backyard, evolves into a funny, intimate and profound meditation on life. The four Joneses attempt to muddle through the strange and amazing moments of each day knowing that "talking with someone can make you feel better," but fearing that actual communication may elude them in the end. THE REALISTIC JONESES was recently named one of the "25 Best Plays since Angels in America" by the New York Times.
 
   
Photograph 51 Jan 17 - Feb 17, 2018  
Court Theatre Photograph 51
 
History may well remember the work of Watson and Crick that shaped biology, but it was British chemist Rosalind Franklin who provided the key to the double helix DNA discovery. Photograph 51 shares the complex story of an ambitious female scientist in a world of men, her pursuit for the secret of life, and her forgotten accomplishments.
 
   
Swamp Baby Jan 18 - Mar 3, 2019  
MPAACT at The Greenhouse Theater Center Swamp Baby
 
Armand Aubigny, once a wealthy plantation owner, attempts to reclaim his upper-class birthright by presenting the green-skinned Swamp Baby at the 1904 World's Fair. Swamp Baby learns the secret of her unique appearance and uses her knowledge to trap Armand forever in the world of the freak. Exploitation and revenge are at the core of this fantastical tale. Get swept away by the freak show spectacle when Chicago-based playwright Aaron Carter's Swamp Baby hits the stage at the Greenhouse Theater Center.
 
   
Kinky Boots Jan 22 - Jan 27, 2019  
Cadillac Palace Theatre Kinky Boots
 
Kinky Boots returns to Chicago! In Kinky Boots, Charlie Price is forced to step in and save his family's shoe factory in Northern England, following the sudden death of his father. Help comes from the unlikeliest angel, a fabulous drag performer named Lola. Together, this improbable duo revitalizes the failing business, while stepping out from their fathers' shadows and transforming an entire community through the power of acceptance. Don't miss Kinky Boots in Chicago.
 
   
X-Marks The Spot: An Extra Sensory Experience Jan 22 - Mar 3, 2019  
Chicago Children's Theatre at The Station X-Marks The Spot: An Extra Sensory Experience
 
Inspired by Evelyn Nesbit's Victorian children's novel Five Children & It, X-Marks The Spot tells the clever and funny story of a family of young adventurers who discover a mischievous wishing fairy in the sand-only to learn the old adage, "be careful what you wish for."
 
   
Us/Them Jan 22 - Feb 3, 2019  
Chicago Shakespeare Theater Us/Them
 
Beslan, Russia, September 2004: Chechen separatists storm a school, taking hundreds of children hostage in a deadly three-day siege. What unfolds onstage is not a recounting of the tragedy, but rather a stunning, intricately choreographed exploration of the unique way that young people cope with disaster, told through the clear eyes of a girl and a boy trapped inside. After winning the The Scotsman Fringe First Award at Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Us/Them went on to an acclaimed run at the National Theatre of Great Britain and on tour around the globe.
 
   
Nina Simone: Four Women Jan 24 - Mar 2, 2019  
Northlight Theatre Nina Simone: Four Women
 
In the aftermath of 1963's 16th Street Baptist Church bombing, Nina Simone rocked the nation with "Four Women," her tribute in song to the four little girls lost in the tragedy. Powerful anthems such as "Mississippi Goddam," "Old Jim Crow," and "To Be Young, Gifted and Black" followed, fueling the Civil Rights movement and transforming her public persona from songstress to activist. Celebrate Ms. Simone's lasting legacy in this provocative and personal musical journey.
 
   
A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder Jan 25 - Mar 10, 2019  
Porchlight Music Theatre at Ruth Page Center For Arts A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder
 
Winner of the 2014 Tony Award as BEST MUSICAL, it's the uproarious story of Monty Navarro, an heir to a family fortune who sets out to jump the line of succession by-you guessed it-eliminating the eight pesky relatives who stand in his way. All the while, Monty has to juggle his mistress (she's after more than just love), his fiancee (she's his cousin but who's keeping track?), and the constant threat of landing behind bars! Of course, it will all be worth it if he can slay his way to his inheritance...and be done in time for tea. Here's a show that will have you dying with laughter which the The New York Times called "Among the most inspired and entertaining new musicals."
 
   
The Father Jan 31 - Mar 3, 2019  
Remy Bumppo Theatre at Theater Wit The Father
 
Directed by Kay Martinovich and featuring Core Ensemble Members David Darlow and Linda Gillum, Florian Zeller's tragi-comic mystery is a deeply poignant, unsentimental look at the cruelties of love, the limits of patience and the unsettling process of mental decay.
 
   
Fulfillment Center Jan 31 - Mar 24, 2019  
A Red Orchid Theatre Fulfillment Center
 
In the New Mexico desert, a down-on-her-luck folk singer takes a job at a giant retailer's shipping center. Her young manager struggles to connect with his newly relocated girlfriend. A drifter living at a local campground dangerously links them all. Four lonely lives come together in the search for fulfillment in this raw, surprising and funny Chicago premiere.
 
   
A Doll's House, Part 2 Jan 31 - Mar 17, 2019  
Steppenwolf Theatre A Doll's House, Part 2
 
As a door slams in 1879 Norway, a young wife and mother leaves behind her family, freeing herself from the shackles of traditional societal constraints. Now, 15 years later, that same door opens to reveal Nora, a changed woman with an incredibly awkward favor to ask the people who she abandoned. Lucas Hnath's bitingly funny sequel to Ibsen's revolutionary masterpiece unfolds in a series of bristling stand-offs that reveal in Nora's world, much like our own, behind every opinion there is a person, and a slamming door isn't just an end, but also the chance for a new beginning.
 
   
Pipeline Feb 1 - Mar 3, 2019  
Victory Gardens Theater - Biograph Pipeline
 
Nya, an inner-city public high school teacher, is committed to her students but desperate to give her only son, Omari, opportunities her students will never have. When a controversial incident at his private school threatens to get him expelled, Nya must confront his rage and her own choices as a parent. But will she be able to reach him before a world beyond her control pulls him away? With profound compassion and poetry, Dominique Morisseau's (Skeleton Crew, Detroit 66, and the Broadway-bound Ain't Too Proud to Beg) Pipeline brings to light a powerful and important conversation about parenthood, the state of our public school system, and the prison pipeline that claims so many of our inner city youth.
 
   
Elektra Feb 2 - Feb 22, 2019  
Lyric Opera Elektra
 
Elektra is the Mycenaean princess whose father, Agamemnon, was murdered by her mother, Klytemnestra, leaving Elektra hell-bent on revenge. As Richard Strauss's staggeringly powerful orchestra moves inexorably toward the opera's hair-raising finale, the music gives you a composer at his zenith -- magnificently theatrical and devastatingly moving.
 
   
Ma Rainey's Black Bottom Feb 6 - Mar 17, 2019  
Writers Theatre Ma Rainey's Black Bottom
 
This visceral American classic serves as the 1920s chapter of August Wilson's epic The American Century Cycle. What begins as a routine recording session becomes more strained as tensions rise between the members of a blues band and the owners of the recording studio. The white producers mean to exploit the talents of the band-especially the gifted and impulsive Levee-but when Ma insists on having things her way, tensions are enflamed and the play builds to an unexpected and searing climax.
 
   
The Producers Feb 6 - Mar 17, 2019  
Paramount Theatre The Producers
 
Max Bialystock used to be the king of Broadway, but after producing one too many flops, he's now just a has-been forced into seducing little old ladies for money. After an off the cuff comment from his accountant Leo Bloom, dollar signs go off over his head (as well as "beautiful girls wearing nothing but pearls.") With reluctant help from Bloom, Max goes in search of the worst musical ever. Will it be a flop? It better, or they might find themselves in prison.
 
   
Mamma Mia! Feb 7 - Apr 14, 2019  
Drury Lane- Oakbrook Mamma Mia!
 
Drury Lane concludes its season with the international megahit Mamma Mia! The knockout songs of ABBA tell a hilarious story of marriage, family, and finding where you belong, proving that in the end the winner takes it all. Come see why more than 54 million people worldwide have laughed and danced with joy to this unforgettable jukebox musical.
 
   
Dead Man's Cell Phone Feb 7 - Mar 10, 2019  
The Comrades at The Greenhouse Theater Center Dead Man's Cell Phone
 
An incessantly ringing cell phone in a quiet cafe. A stranger at the next table who has had enough. And a dead man - with a lot of loose ends. So begins Dead Man's Cell Phone, a wildly imaginative comedy about how we memorialize the dead - and how that remembering changes us - it is the odyssey of a woman forced to confront her own assumptions about morality, redemption, and the need to connect in a technologically obsessed world. Awards: Helen Hayes Award for Outstanding New Play, Charles MacArthur Award for Outstanding Original New Play or Musical
 
   
The World Inside of Me Feb 9 - Mar 10, 2019  
Chicago Children's Theatre at The Station The World Inside of Me
 
The World Inside of Me is a new form of educational arts experience designed specifically for pre-K youth. This world premiere production is part art and part science, showcasing the creative abilities of our youngest children. The interactive experience celebrates the human body, following human development from pre-natal through age five (the age span of the participants). Artists from New York's Spellbound Theatre will lead the audience through a series of interactive vignettes that engage the body and senses, delighting the imaginations of participants.
 
   
Dear Evan Hansen Feb 12 - Mar 10, 2019  
Cadillac Palace Theatre Dear Evan Hansen
 
A letter that was never meant to be seen, a lie that was never meant to be told, a life he never dreamed he could have. Evan Hansen is about to get the one thing he's always wanted: a chance to finally fit in. DEAR EVAN HANSEN is the deeply personal and profoundly contemporary musical about life and the way we live it. The Washington Post says DEAR EVAN HANSEN is "ONE OF THE MOST REMARKABLE SHOWS IN MUSICAL THEATER HISTORY." Rolling Stone calls DEAR EVAN HANSEN, "a game-changer that hits you like a shot in the heart" and NBC News says the musical is "an inspiring anthem resonating on Broadway and beyond." The Original Broadway Cast Recording of DEAR EVAN HANSEN, produced by Atlantic Records, made an extraordinary debut on the Billboard 200 when released and entered the chart at #8 - the highest charting debut position for an original cast album since 1961-before winning the 2018 Grammy Award for Best Musical Theater Album.
 
   
Act(s) of God Feb 13 - Apr 7, 2019  
Lookingglass Theatre Act(s) of God
 
Three siblings, two parents, and one very unexpected dinner guest. As a family gathers for an overdue dinner, a mysterious envelope arrives with astonishing news. They soon find themselves scrambling to welcome a visitor of cosmic proportion. Absurdity reigns as ancient fissures open wide, long-held certainties crumble, and sh*t gets real. Will this nuclear family explode?
 
   
La traviata Feb 16 - Mar 22, 2019  
Lyric Opera La traviata
 
There's a reason that Verdi's tragic romance La traviata is one of the most popular operas on the planet. Of course, there's the music, with exquisite arias like "Sempre libera" and the mournful "Addio del passato." Then there's the bittersweet love story of the beautiful, pleasure-loving yet frail courtesan Violetta, who unexpectedly finds true (and ultimately tragic) love with a younger man. But above all, what sets La traviata in a league of its own is its humanity and its heart. It's a truly timeless tale of moral hypocrisy and selfless sacrifice, and in the character of Violetta, Verdi and librettist Francesco Maria Piave have given us one of opera's most fascinating heroines, a woman of boundless humanity and emotional depth.
 
   
Ariodante Mar 2 - Mar 17, 2019  
Lyric Opera Ariodante
 
Villainous Polinesso lusts after Ginevra, but she loves noble Ariodante, who loves her in return. Polinesso will stop at nothing to get his way. Will Ariodante win out over his rival? The dramatic sparks fly and so do the fireworks in a score calling for the maximum in dazzling vocal virtuosity. But thanks to Handel's incomparable genius, Ariodante also offers deeply soulful arias to melt any listener's heart. Don't miss this long-awaited Lyric premiere, gracing the stage at Lyric Opera of Chicago.
 
   
We Are Proud to Present a Presentation About the Herero of Namibia, Formerly Known as South West Africa, From the German Sudw Mar 2 - Mar 16, 2019  
Steppenwolf Theatre We Are Proud to Present a Presentation About the Herero of Namibia, Formerly Known as South West Africa, From the German Sudw
 
When a group of actors gathers together to give a presentation about a long-forgotten-or possibly never remembered-genocide, they realize that summaries based on history books aren't nearly enough to capture the complexity of human extermination-or human interaction. We Are Proud to Present a Presentation...tells the story of what happens when, in an effort to dig deeper, the nobly intentioned ensemble crashes into their own simmering fears and unconscious prejudices, coming face to face with the potential for brutality in all of us.
 
   
A Bronx Tale Mar 12 - Mar 24, 2019  
Ford Oriental Theatre A Bronx Tale
 
Broadway's hit crowd-pleaser takes you to the stoops of the Bronx in the 1960s- where a young man is caught between the father he loves and the mob boss he'd love to be. Bursting with high-energy dance numbers and original doo-wop tunes from Alan Menken, the songwriter of Beauty and the Beast, A BRONX TALE is an unforgettable story of loyalty and family.
 
   
For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow is Enuf Mar 14 - Apr 14, 2019  
Court Theatre For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow is Enuf
 
A sisterhood of seven women tell their stories through dramatic prose poetry, music, and movement. Told in vivid language, their experiences resound with fearless beauty and unity, despite exposing the unending challenges and oppressions that women of color face every day.
 
   
Landladies Mar 14 - Apr 20, 2019  
Northlight Theatre Landladies
 
Self-made landlord Marti and her new tenant Christine strike up a complicated relationship in this compelling world premiere. Despite a tentative friendship, neither can afford the luxury of forgetting her own best interests. Faced with impossible dilemmas of fairness versus kindness, honesty or eviction, these two women reveal the vulnerability as well as the ingenuity of people who know the value of having a home, and the threat of losing one.
 
   
A Number Mar 20 - Jun 9, 2019  
Writers Theatre A Number
 
Powerful, unpredictable and devastating, Caryl Churchill's suspenseful A Number sees a father meeting his "estranged" son over several visits. As they reconnect, multiplying lies are uncovered, revealing a horrifying truth about their shared past that leads directly to the provocative questions: how much do we pass on to our children and is it really possible to atone for our mistakes?
 
   
Anastasia Mar 26 - Apr 7, 2019  
Ford Oriental Theatre Anastasia
 
From the Tony Award-winning creators of the Broadway classic Ragtime, ANASTASIA is a dazzling new show that transports us from the twilight of the Russian Empire to the euphoria of Paris in the 1920s, as a brave young woman sets out to discover the mystery of her past. Pursued by a ruthless Soviet officer determined to silence her, Anya enlists the aid of a dashing conman and a lovable ex-aristocrat. Together, they embark on an epic adventure to help her find home, love, and family.
 
   
The Watsons Go to Birmingham - 1963 Mar 26 - Apr 28, 2019  
Chicago Children's Theatre at The Station The Watsons Go to Birmingham - 1963
 
When Kenny's older brother starts getting into too much trouble in Michigan, it's decided that he needs to pay a visit to Grandma Sands in Birmingham, Alabama to straighten him out. The whole family - Momma, Dad, Byron, Kenny and Joetta - sets out on a wild cross-country journey in the family car, the "Brown Bomber." When they make it to Birmingham, however, they find much more than they bargained for. The powerful story reminds us that during times of crisis, hope reveals itself in the forms of family and friendships; learning, growing, and evolving.
 
   
Small World Mar 27 - May 5, 2019  
The New Colony at The Den Theatre Small World
 
It's the end of the world...maybe? There's no way to confirm for the three "cast members" trapped inside the Small World ride in Disney World. The music won't stop, there's a body in the moat and one of the group is impaled under a smiling animatronic. Can they force their way off the ride? And what waits for them on the other side? It's a world of hopes, it's a world of fears. It's a small world, after all.
 
   
Cambodian Rock Band Apr 5 - May 5, 2019  
Victory Gardens Theater - Biograph Cambodian Rock Band
 
Part comedy, part mystery, part rock concert, this thrilling story toggles back and forth in time, as father and daughter face the music of the past. Neary, a young Cambodian American, has found evidence that could finally put away individuals who carried out the Cambodian genocide. But her work is far from done. When Dad shows up unannounced-his first return to Cambodia since fleeing 30 years ago-it's clear this isn't just a pleasure trip. A wild rock-and-roll journey through the eyes of father and daughter, Artistic Director Chay Yew brings the world premiere journey of Lauren Yee's (Samsara) Cambodian Rock Band from South Coast Repertory Theatre to Victory Gardens.
 
   
Corona Apr 5 - May 18, 2019  
Otherworld Theatre Corona
 
Captain Ariadne Minos must ferry the latest fourteen tributes to her home planet of Crete, where they will be fed as sacrifices to a fearsome bull. On the journey, she makes a surprise connection to two of her more forceful passengers: the headstrong prince Theseus, and Pneuma, a Healer who is outraged to face death with her medical education incomplete. However, as the spaceship nears its final destination, Ariadne must weigh the comfort of her new friends against family loyalties which have haunted her across the galaxy. The time has come for her to reconcile between monsters, gods, and men.
 
   
A Chorus Line Apr 10 - May 26, 2019  
Porchlight Music Theatre at Ruth Page Center For Arts A Chorus Line
 
Winner of nine Tony Awards and the Pulitzer Prize, this landmark work has electrified audiences around the world. In an empty theatre, on a bare stage, casting for a new Broadway musical is almost complete. For seventeen dancers, this audition is the chance of a lifetime. It's what they've worked for with every drop of sweat and every hour of training, putting their lives on the line for the opportunity to do what they've always dreamed of doing: to dance. Featuring an incomparable score including "What I Did for Love," "One" and "Dance Ten, Looks Three," you won't want to miss this singular sensation!
 
   
Medusa Undone Apr 10 - May 18, 2019  
Otherworld Theatre Medusa Undone
 
Before she was one of the greatest mythical monsters of all time, Medusa was a kind, beautiful sea-nymph in Athena's service. Unparalleled in both her beauty and devotion to the Gods, Medusa catches the eye of the charming but narcissistic Poseidon. Interested only in the passions of the spirit, and not the flesh, Medusa has no choice but to reject the greedy God. She not only suffers violence at the hand of Poseidon, but also unknowingly incites a deep-seated jealousy in Athena, with horrific and disturbing consequences. Medusa Undone explores the social problem of rape culture, our tendency to victim blame, and the great injustice suffered by female victims of abuse of all kinds.
 
   
Hannah and Martin Apr 11 - May 25, 2019  
Shattered Globe Theatre at Theater Wit Hannah and Martin
 
Based on the tumultuous love affair between Jewish political theorist Hannah Arendt and renowned philosopher Martin Heidegger, this soul-stirring drama focuses on the crisis that erupts when Arendt discovers that her lover and former teacher is using his brilliance and fame to help further the goals of the Nazi Party.
 
   
First Love is the Revolution Apr 18 - May 25, 2019  
Steep Theatre First Love is the Revolution
 
Basti is having a rough go of it without his mom and Rdeca is struggling just to make her first kill. But when this 14 year-old boy and this young fox connect, the world just seems to make a whole lot more sense. Rita Kalnejais' First Love is the Revolution is a wild take on the timeless tale of star-crossed lovers - from different sides of the animal kingdom.
 
   
Too Heavy For Your Pocket Apr 24 - Jun 29, 2019  
TimeLine Theatre Company Too Heavy For Your Pocket
 
A captivating and complicated tale about the intersection of family, responsibility, and progress at the height of the Civil Rights Movement. Bowzie Brandon, his wife Sally, and their best friends Tony and Evelyn see happiness on the horizon when Bowzie gets a scholarship to attend college and improve his family's life. However, when the opportunity to become a Freedom Rider arises, Bowzie leaves his obligations as a husband and friend behind to join the fight against racism in the Deep South. TOO HEAVY FOR YOUR POCKET is a powerful look at the tenuous balance between security and risk, the bonds of love and friendship, and the personal cost of progress.
 
   
August Rush Apr 24 - Jun 2, 2019  
Paramount Theatre August Rush
 
August Rush is the story of Evan Taylor, an 11-year-old orphan who believes in music like some believe in fairytales. In a cruel twist of fate, Evan's mother, an accomplished classical cellist, and his father, the lead singer of a rock band, don't even know of his existence. From one foster home to the next, Evan refuses to give up hope in finding his parents. On this relentless search, he surrenders himself to the symphony of sounds in the city and follows the music, discovering his own genius along the way. In this inspiring love story, music is everywhere, but will it lead Evan home?
 
   
Matilda Apr 26 - Jun 23, 2019  
Drury Lane- Oakbrook Matilda
 
Wonder and amazement abound with this award-winning musical. Based on the 1988 children's novel by Roald Dahl, Matilda tells the tale of a precocious 5-year-old girl with the gift of telekinesis. Faced by many obstacles caused by her family and school, the book-loving Matilda befriends her teacher and helps her to reclaim her life. Tied for winning the most Olivier Awards ever, including Best New Musical, Matilda won five Tony Awards, including Best Book of a Musical.
 
   
The Killing Game May 2 - Jun 23, 2019  
A Red Orchid Theatre The Killing Game
 
A town is beset by plague and the bodies are piling up along with moral accusations, political implications and medical speculations. We peer into households and down many streets as people search for any logic to the ceaseless barrage of death. One of Ionesco's last plays, The Killing Game is a piercing and frighteningly funny look at how the function of language and the panic surrounding social crisis sends a community into a chaotic state of paranoia, hypocrisy and opportunism.
 
   
West Side Story May 3 - Jun 2, 2019  
Lyric Opera West Side Story
 
One of the most beloved musicals ever, West Side Story takes the most famous romantic drama of all time, Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet, and sets it loose in epic fashion on the streets of 1950s New York, finding two idealistic young lovers caught between warring street gangs -- the Jets and the Sharks. The famed 1961 film adaptation won 10 Academy Awards, including Best Picture, and this Broadway version has become a true American classic. Written by the creative dream team of Leonard Bernstein and Stephen Sondheim, West Side Story's legendary jazz, Latin and classical-inspired score features treasured numbers like "Something's Coming," "Tonight," "I Feel Pretty" and "America" -- not to mention original choreography by Jerome Robbins.
 
   
Next To Normal May 8 - Jun 16, 2019  
Writers Theatre Next To Normal
 
On the outside, The Goodmans seem like the average American family: house in the suburbs, white picket fence and two sharp-witted kids. But inside, their lives are anything but normal, with long-buried secrets that threaten to tear them apart. Featuring powerful lyrics and an electrifying score, this explosive musical uses wry humor and brutal honesty to explore how family trauma can fracture the American Dream, while ultimately leading to a chance at new beginnings.
 
   
Mary Shelley's Frankenstein May 8 - Aug 4, 2019  
Lookingglass Theatre Mary Shelley's Frankenstein
 
Within every man there is a monster; within every monster, a man. But which is which? An eerie evening of ghost stories crackles to life as Mary Shelley unspools her tale of Victor Frankenstein and his unholy experiment. This gothic tale of love, horror, and the power to create life-and destroy it-awakens in this visceral, original retelling of Frankenstein.
 
   
The Adventures of Augie March May 9 - Jun 9, 2019  
Court Theatre The Adventures of Augie March
 
Young Augie March is a product of the Great Depression: plucky, resourceful, searching for love, and striving to grow up and away from home. Through odd jobs and encounters with unique characters, Augie explores what it takes to succeed in the world as a true individual. A novel originally written by a Nobel Prize-winner and adapted for the stage by a Pulitzer winner, The Adventures of Augie March is an epic coming-of-age story that bridges continents and stages of life, exuding the endearing confidence of a boy taking in a complex world.
 
   
Into The Breeches! May 9 - Jun 16, 2019  
Northlight Theatre Into The Breeches!
 
It's 1942 and with the men off at war, the Oberon Play House is lacking its director and leading men. The season will be canceled... until the director's wife rallies the troops at home for an all-female production. With the opportunity to move from the sidelines to centerstage, the women forge ahead with a spirit of collaboration, dauntless enthusiasm, and a belief in the power of art to move us forward. This surprisingly modern comedy proves that the show not only must, but will go on.
 
   
Bloomsday May 16 - Jun 16, 2019  
Remy Bumppo Theatre at Theater Wit Bloomsday
 
Steven Dietz's lyrical new love story, set against the backdrop of Joyce's groundbreaking Ulysses, transports us into a compassionate world of history, humor, and heartache, in a magical celebration of the present and nostalgic acceptance of the past.
 
   
Ms. Blakk For President May 23 - Jul 14, 2019  
Steppenwolf Theatre Ms. Blakk For President
 
Meet Ms. Joan Jett Blakk as she sets off on her journey to run for President of the United States. Inspired by the true story of America's first black drag queen presidential candidate, Joan's story begins in Chicago; it's 1992 and, with the AIDS crisis at its height, Joan and the newly formed Queer Nation Chicago have big goals in mind. Joan sets off on an exhilarating and dangerous journey to drag queer politics out of the closet and into a future where ALL are visible and ALL have a place at the table. Part campaign rally, part nightclub performance, part confessional, and all PARTY!, MS. BLAKK FOR PRESIDENT takes us into the heart and mind of one of Chicago's most radical and influential citizens.
 
   
Falsettos May 28 - Jun 9, 2019  
Ford Oriental Theatre Falsettos
 
FALSETTOS revolves around the life of a charming, intelligent, neurotic gay man named Marvin, his wife, lover, about-to-be-Bar-Mitzvahed son, their psychiatrist, and the lesbians next door. It's a hilarious and achingly poignant look at the infinite possibilities that make up a modern family... and a beautiful reminder that love can tell a million stories.
 
   
Miriam for President Jun 7 - Jul 7, 2019  
Victory Gardens Theater - Biograph Miriam for President
 
Miriam hates to be known as "that girl who got kidnapped then escaped that sex trafficking ring." She wants to be known as Miriam, your top candidate for student council president at Roosevelt High School. But her parents, counselor, and best friend keep insisting that she's not ready. But what do they know? What do they really know about what happened to Miriam? From Madhuri Shekar, the author of Queen, comes a powerful play about survival, rebirth, and the silent crime of human trafficking in Chicago.
 
   
And Then There Were None Jul 12 - Sep 1, 2019  
Drury Lane- Oakbrook And Then There Were None
 
Ten strangers on a clandestine island. Each holds a murderous secret. Who will pay the ultimate price? This play is a murder mystery penned with cruelty by the master of the craft, Agatha Christie. And Then There Were None brings together tension, fear, and the macabre to weave a tale that captivates the audience until the last curtain. Can you unravel the mystery? Based on the novel by Christie, which is the world's best-selling mystery and one of the best-selling books of all time.
 
   
Cats Jul 16 - Aug 4, 2019  
Ford Oriental Theatre Cats
 
CATS, the record-breaking musical spectacular by Andrew Lloyd Webber that has captivated audiences in over 30 countries and 15 languages, is now on tour across North America! Audiences and critics alike are rediscovering this beloved musical with breathtaking music, including one of the most treasured songs in musical theater-"Memory". Winner of 7 Tony Awards including BEST MUSICAL, CATS tells the story of one magical night when an extraordinary tribe of cats gathers for its annual ball to rejoice and decide which cat will be reborn. The original score by Andrew Lloyd Webber (Phantom, School of Rock, Sunset Boulevard), original scenic and costume design by John Napier (Les Miserables), all-new lighting design by Natasha Katz (Aladdin), all-new sound design by Mick Potter, new choreography by Andy Blankenbuehler (Hamilton) based on the original choreography by Gillian Lynne (Phantom) and direction by Trevor Nunn (Les Miserables) make this production a new CATS for a new generation!
 
   
Roast Jul 18 - Aug 18, 2019  
The Comrades at The Greenhouse Theater Center Roast
 
Roast follows the friends and family of Sam, a talented young comedian who took his own life, as they fulfill his last request: to hold a roast of him instead of a traditional funeral. As each of the roasters has their turn on stage, they reflect on who Sam was, and what he meant to them. Throughout, the play asks an important question: when a loved one is lost, how does the world change in their absence? Roast by Harry Wood explores the deeply intertwined worlds of comedy and tragedy, humor and grief.
 
   
Pomona Jul 18 - Aug 24, 2019  
Steep Theatre Pomona
 
When Ollie's sister goes missing her search leads her to Pomona - a bleak, concrete island in the middle of a scarred city. Part thriller, part fantastical puzzle, Alistair McDowall's Pomona twists and turns its way into the dark heart of a world built on pain and suffering and asks the question - is it even possible to be good anymore?
 
   
Come From Away Jul 30 - Aug 18, 2019  
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!"
 
   
The Band's Visit Sep 10 - Sep 22, 2019  
Cadillac Palace Theatre The Band's Visit
 
The Band's Visit is about a meeting of two groups of strangers, brought together by a simple mishap. Instead of ending up in the bustling city of Petah Tikva in Israel, an Egyptian police band accidentally end up in the small, isolated town of the similarly-pronounced Bet Hatikva and are taken in by the locals for one night. Although the setting is the catalyst for David Yazbek's beautiful, Middle Eastern-infused score, you could pick this story up and place it in any isolated town or village anywhere in the world. It is this universal aspect to the story that audiences are connecting to. A small, "unimportant" story is speaking volumes about humanity and how we can form bonds with those we usually wouldn't encounter in our regular lives. How do we overcome our loneliness? How do we re-connect with our estranged loved ones?
 
   
The Color Purple Sep 13 - Nov 3, 2019  
Drury Lane- Oakbrook The Color Purple
 
Join the heroic journey of Celie, an African-American woman in the American South during the early 1900s as she navigates the love she has for her family, the strife of being in an abusive relationship, and her adoration for her beloved children. This heart-wrenching musical is based on the 1982 novel by Alice Walker and has earned nearly fifteen Tony Award nominations including two wins, one for the Best Revival of a Musical.
 
   
Mary Poppins Nov 15 - Jan 19, 2020  
Drury Lane- Oakbrook Mary Poppins
 
Mary Poppins flies onto the stage to deliver whimsy, emotion, and memorable song numbers to a story that will melt your heart. Nominated for seven Tony Awards and winner of the Oliver Award for Best Theatre Choreography, Mary Poppins is a can’t miss for the entire family. It is based on the Academy Award-winning film of the same name and acts as a fusion between the film and the children's books by P. L. Travers. Mary Poppins is an entertaining adventure of enchantment and wholesome fun.
 
   
An American in Paris Jan 31 - Mar 29, 2020  
Drury Lane- Oakbrook An American in Paris
 
A tale inspired by hope and possibility, An American in Paris brings breathtaking moments of dance and song to the musical stage. Jive along with Jerry Mulligan, an American GI doing his best to make it as a painter in the bustling city of Paris following the end of World War II. The storied streets of the City of Lights become the dancefloor to a ravishing and passionate voyage into art, friendship, and love following the aftermath of the war. This Grammy Award nominee has also won four Tony Awards for its heart and dedication. It will have you leaping to your feet and dancing along from the very first number.