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Jane Eyre Oct 16 - Oct 27, 2019  
The Joffrey Ballet at Auditorium Theatre Jane Eyre
 
This production of Jane Eyre challenges the idea of a classic ballet heroine. After a difficult upbringing, Jane becomes the Governess for the mysterious Mr. Rochester, discovering the struggles of society's expectations. With stirring choreography and a captivating Victorian design, this avant - garde ballet shows that love can conquer any obstacle.
 
   
Pounding Nails In The Floor Oct 16 - Oct 30, 2019  
Pride Arts Center - The Broadway Pounding Nails In The Floor
 
Eric Bogosian's play is a series of 12 monologues by 12 different men who are all unhappy with the way they feel society has left them behind, all performed by Jeff Award winning actor and Pride Films and Plays artistic associate Donterrio Johnson. The twelve characters are all bubbling and scratching at the seams of social unrest. The social strata depicted in the play range from the Baby-Boomers to the 80s punk-rock and hip-hop explosion of New York in this dirty, dangerous and dazzling one-man show.
 
   
Kentucky Oct 17 - Nov 16, 2019  
The Gift Theatre at Theater Wit Kentucky
 
Two Sisters, Eccentric Parents, A Chatty Cat, And A Born-Again Wedding...What Could Go Wrong? Hiro is a self-made single, almost 30 woman making it in New York while estranged from her dysfunctional family who lives in Kentucky. When her sister, a born-again Christian, decides to marry at 22, Hiro decides to do whatever she can to stop the wedding and salvage her sister's future. The themes of identity, religion and love collide in this unique coming-of-age story.
 
   
The Merchant Of Venice Oct 17 - Nov 17, 2019  
Invictus Theatre at Pride Arts Center - The Buena The Merchant Of Venice
 
Shakespeare's story of the lender Shylock who proposes collateral of a pound of flesh against a loan will be set in 1938 Italy, when racial laws disenfranchised and discriminated against Italian Jews during the rise of European Fascism. The concept promises to shed new light on a classic story of revenge, justice, and mercy.
 
   
Accomplice Oct 17 - Oct 27, 2019  
Theatre Of Western Springs Accomplice
 
You will gasp and guffaw at the twists and turns in this rollercoaster ride of a thriller.
 
   
Tippy: Stories From The River Oct 18 - Nov 2, 2019  
The Impostors Theatre Co. at Flat Iron Arts Building Tippy: Stories From The River
 
Night after night, the Fisherman can be seen traveling up and down the Tippecanoe River, searching for the one he loved and lost, a woman called Tippy," Kirk tells his young niece and nephew one fateful summer, like he's done every summer for as long as they can remember. Now grown, Ella and her family - her brother Terrence, her mother Lori, her father Brady, and her aunt Joan - reflect back on the stories Kirk told and the ones they've told themselves. As Kirk's tales flood over the line that separates fable and reality, Ella and her loved ones reconcile with the past, the present, and the unknown.
 
   
Proxy Oct 18 - Nov 24, 2019  
Underscore Theatre Company at The Understudy Proxy
 
Fifteen years ago, when she was a kid, Vanessa was almost murdered by her best friend. Now she is an investigative journalist in a bind, and she decides to do what anyone would do - exploit her personal story by disguising herself and interviewing her childhood best friend and attempted murderer. Vanessa must navigate her estranged family and confront her trauma in the age of going viral. Who has the right to tell our story? When we have been traumatized, how do we pass that pain onto others - and can we ever really heal?
 
   
Spooky Stories of the Season Oct 18 - Oct 19, 2019  
Greenman Theatre Spooky Stories of the Season
 
GreenMan Theatre Troupe's annual presentation of Spooky Stories of the Season is an evening of creepy stories and scary songs geared for adults but also appropriate for older children. This is a great option for youth groups looking for a fun outing. Storytellers are drawn from a workshop program on the art of storytelling offered by GreenMan Theatre in the late summer and early fall. Get in the spirit of the spooky season in Elmhurst this fall!
 
   
Becky's New Car Oct 18 - Nov 9, 2019  
Village Theatre Guild Becky's New Car
 
Becky Foster is caught in middle age, middle management, and in a middling marriage--with no prospects for change on the horizon. Then one night a socially inept and grief-struck millionaire stumbles into the car dealership where Becky works. Becky is offered nothing short of a new life and the audience is offered a chance to ride shotgun in a way that most plays wouldn't dare. Becky's New Car is a thoroughly original comedy with serious overtones, a devious and delightful romp down the road not taken.
 
   
Lyle, Lyle, Crocodile Oct 19 - Nov 24, 2019  
Lifeline Theatre Lyle, Lyle, Crocodile
 
While the Primm family is busily moving into their new home on East 88th Street, they are shocked to discover a crocodile in their bathtub! His name is Lyle, he performs tricks, and, oh, he only eats Turkish caviar. The Primm's are quick to welcome Lyle into the family, but not everyone is so thrilled about a crocodile living on the block. Discover the meaning of family in this musical based off the beloved classic by Bernard Waber.
 
   
Sugar In Our Wounds Oct 19 - Nov 23, 2019  
First Floor Theater at The Den Theatre Sugar In Our Wounds
 
On a plantation during the Civil War, a mystical tree stretches toward heaven. It protects James, a young slave, while he reads newspapers about the imminent possibility of freedom, as war rages on. When a brooding stranger arrives, James and his makeshift family take him in. Soon, an unexpected bond leads to a striking romance, and everyone is in uncharted territory. The award-winning SUGAR IN OUR WOUNDS is part of playwright Donja R. Love's trilogy of black love at pivotal moments in history, helmed by Mikael Burke, director of last season's acclaimed production of Hooded, or Being Black for Dummies.
 
   
An Evening With C.S. Lewis Starring David Payne Oct 22 - Nov 3, 2019  
Broadway Playhouse An Evening With C.S. Lewis Starring David Payne
 
The year is 1962 and C.S. Lewis, the famous British author, is hosting a group of American writers at his home near Oxford. They are about to experience a captivating evening with a man whose engaging conversation and spontaneous humor made him one of the great raconteurs of his day. Seated in his living room, he recalls the people and events that inspired his thoughts and shaped his life; of his friendship with J.R.R. Tolkien, why he nearly abandoned the Narnia Chronicles, how he came to embrace Christianity and of the American woman who turned his life upside down. David Payne's AN EVENING WITH C.S. LEWIS STARRING DAVID PAYNE has proved to be an enthralling theatrical experience, one which has led many thousands to discover, or rediscover, the continuing impact of a man who died over 50 years ago and whose collected works made him one of the literary giants of the 20th Century.
 
   
Andares Oct 23 - Oct 27, 2019  
Chicago Shakespeare Theater Andares
 
Woven from ancestral myths, traditional music and arts, and a three-person narrative, Andares reveals the extraordinary, untold stories of ordinary, humble people who inhabit Mexico's most remote corners. Created by director Hector Flores Komatsu from his personal search to know and understand the original cultures of his homeland, Andares is a moving, fierce denunciation against a present that seems intent upon destroying what was once held as sacred.
 
   
I'm Not A Comedian...I'm Lenny Bruce Oct 23 - Dec 1, 2019  
Royal George Theatre I'm Not A Comedian...I'm Lenny Bruce
 
An undisputed comic legend, Lenny Bruce was one of the greatest artists of the 20th century. His life and work have had an impact on poetry, politics, music, film and of course, comedy. Bruce's tempestuous personal and professional life was marked by great passion and great pain. His unwavering commitment to free speech led to numerous obscenity charges and arrests. No stranger to Chicago, Bruce was arrested for obscenity for his performance at The Gate of Horn in December 1962. Bruce fought for freedom of speech all the way to the Supreme Court. He died of an accidental overdose in 1966, while out on appeal. Bruce has not yet been surpassed at his particular brand of art and if he were around today, he would be in as much trouble as when he was alive.
 
   
I Am Going To Die Alone And I Am Not Afraid Oct 23 - Dec 6, 2019  
Prop Theatre I Am Going To Die Alone And I Am Not Afraid
 
How do you fight for the future you won't live to see? Told through both imagined and historical stories of rebels like Francesca Mann, who shot a Nazi Officer while being taken to the gas chambers, I Am Going to Die Alone and I Am Not Afraid is a devised play about resilience and tenacity in the face of violence. Exploring ancestral trauma and remembrance as rebellion, ...and I Am Not Afraid uses stories of exceptional bravery to expand the legacy of the Holocaust and examine oppression today. What lessons do we take from history, and how can we make sure Never Again means Never Again, for anyone?
 
   
N Oct 24 - Nov 17, 2019  
The Greenhouse Theater Center N
 
Mrs. Page is a 70-year-old, African-American widow; a passionate political conservative who campaigned for Barry Goldwater and strong admirer of Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas. Her guilt for a personal decision involving astrology led her to the decision to never leave her home again. Eddy, a liberal young white struggling actor, is her caregiver. He is cast in show that is a career maker for him. During the rehearsal process the playwright adds the N-Word to the script. Eddy is repulsed by what he considers the offensive and destructive nature of the N-word and refuses to say it - ever, including on stage. Mrs. Page and Eddy learn something from each other and as well as about themselves while Eddy struggles to remain the person he hopes to be. N challenges us to look at the role society has played in shaping our personal, and thus, our national attitudes and prejudices.
 
   
Three Stories Up Oct 24 - Nov 9, 2019  
Theatre in the Dark at The Church on Thorndale Three Stories Up
 
In this 80-minute noir mystery performed completely in the dark, Vancouver transit cop Beatrice Dulaurier has found her detective husband's dead body, The police call it a suicide, but Beatrice doesn't buy that explanation. To find the truth, she enlists the help of her late husband's last known informant, a drug runner who carries secrets of his own. The two embark on a hair-raising investigation through the city's colorful characters in search of justice... and revenge. Inspired by hard-boiled paperback novels and the radio mystery plays of the '30s and '40s, it introduces the audience to sadder-but-wiser, hard-boiled detectives and shady characters whose loyalties are never certain.
 
   

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