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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.
 
   
Women of Soul, (With a Tribute to the Queen) Oct 20 - Jan 27, 2019  
Black Ensemble Theater Women of Soul, (With a Tribute to the Queen)
 
Women of Soul guides pays tribute to some of the most powerful women in soul music, including Chaka Khan, Diana Ross, Tina Marie, Natalie Cole, Janis Joplin-and a special tribute to Aretha Franklin, just to name a few. This show takes a look at the struggles and the triumphs these women went through to reach the pinnacle of their success. The production of Women of Soul is written and directed by Daryl D. Brooks, whose hits with Black Ensemble include Men of Soul in 2015.
 
   
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.
 
   
The Lakes Oct 23 - Oct 24, 2018  
Stage 773 The Lakes
 
With their marriage on the ropes, young couple John and Gladys Lake revert back to their six-year-old selves, hiring their child's elementary school teacher to arrange a play date between them. If they can figure out what went wrong, maybe they can find a way forward together.
 
   
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.
 
   
Red Bike Oct 25 - Oct 28, 2018  
Jedlicka Performing Arts Center Red Bike
 
What kind of future will you have living in these here United States? Remember when you were 11 years old and you had a bike, one that made you dream about a world bigger than the one in which you lived? This is that memory -- except it's now. Nominated for a Blackburn Prize, novelist Cristina Garcia hailed the show as "a luminous piece that tackles our common dreams and dangers with magic, poetry, and a sense of both possibility and loneliness." Take a ride with Red Bike at the Jedlicka Performing Arts Center in Cicero.
 
   
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.
 
   
Moby Dick! The Musical Oct 29 - Dec 1, 2018  
The Cuckoo’s Theater Project at Heartland Studio Theatre Moby Dick! The Musical
 
The girls of St. Godley's School are in trouble! Money for the school has run out, and the place will have to close. Leave it to these resourceful girls and their unflappable headmistress to come up with a plan to keep the school afloat. Using whatever they can find at hand, the girls mount an original production as a fundraiser: a musical version of Moby Dick, featuring their headmistress in the coveted role of Captain Ahab.
 
   
The Three Little Pigs Nov 1 - Jan 27, 2019  
Chicago Kids Company at St. Patrick Performing Arts Center- Stahl Family Theater The Three Little Pigs
 
A one-hour musical adaptation! Meet Roxanne, Petunia, and Babe...three Sister Piggies who set out to build their own houses. Roxanne (The Rock'n Roll Pig) builds hers out of sticks, Petunia (The Pretty Pig) builds hers out of straw, and Babe (The Sensible, Smart Pig) builds hers out of bricks! Which house will the Big Bad Wolf "huff and puff and blow down?" Don't miss CKC's most popular show! All CKC productions feature professional actors, colorful scenery and costumes, sing-along songs, and plenty of audience participation. This show perfect for children ages 2 to 10!
 
   
Frankenstein Nov 1 - Dec 2, 2018  
Manual Cinema at 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.
 
   

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