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All Childish Things Jan 23 - Feb 24, 2019  
First Folio Theatre All Childish Things
 
In ALL CHILDISH THINGS, a group of life-long friends and Star Wars fans come up with the perfect caper: break into the Kenner warehouse and steal a treasure trove of Star Wars memorabilia. Everything starts off as smoothly as a Jedi mind trick until the Dark Side starts to beckon. Will divided loyalties and greed lead their friendship to implode like the Death Star or will the Force be with them?
 
   
Infinity Burns Jan 23 - Feb 20, 2019  
Prop Theatre Infinity Burns
 
Infinity Burns about the 17th century monk Giordano Bruno who introduced the idea of the infinite universe. The show melds conventional playwriting with ensemble-devised movement work to mirror the convention of the inquisition and the freedom inherent in an infinite universe. The questions it asks center on the dichotomy between consensual reality and heightened experience and orthodoxy versus heresy.
 
   
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.
 
   
Disney On Ice - Mickey's Search Party Jan 24 - Feb 10, 2019  
Allstate Arena and United Center Disney On Ice - Mickey's Search Party
 
Embark on a quest with Mickey Mouse and pals as they follow Captain Hook's treasure map for clues to find Tinker Bell after he attempts to capture her magic. Journey across the Marigold Bridge with Miguel from Disney Pixar's Coco into the magnificent and mystical Land of the Dead and discover a vibrantly colorful performance with skeletons atop sway poles dancing over the audience in a beautiful cultural celebration of family. Travel to the wintry world of Arendelle and sing along with Elsa as video projection creates a kaleidoscope of crystals to help build her ice palace. Witness Belle lift into the sky as the enchanted chandelier comes to life high over the ice for onlookers seated above and below. Demonstrate the power of teamwork when Buzz Lightyear, Woody and Jessie recruit the Green Army Men and the audience for a daring rescue in Andy's room. Board the Jolly Roger and laugh hysterically as the hilarious pirates flip, tumble, and twist on air tracks, stilts and more in an effort to showcase their talents for Captain Hook. Sail away with Moana on her daring voyage across the ocean and bravely encounter the fiery wrath of Te Ka. And make memories with your whole family during Aladdin and The Little Mermaid as the search party becomes an all-out celebration.
At Allstate Arena: Jan 24-27
At United Center Jan 30 - Feb 3
Back At Allstate Arena: Feb 7 - Feb 10
 
   
Red Rex Jan 24 - Mar 2, 2019  
Steep Theatre Red Rex
 
A small theater company moves into an abandoned Chicago storefront. Led by their adventurously thirsty artistic director, they embark on an explosive new play with the hope of finally breaking it big. When the ensemble realizes their source material might not be as original as once assumed, they are thrust into an intense confrontation with residents of their new community, who not only want them out, but will take their story back by any means necessary. Red Rex is the sixth play in Ike Holter's seven part "Rightlynd Saga," which also includes Exit Strategy, Prowess, and The Wolf at the End of the Block.
 
   
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."
 
   
Hello, Dolly! Jan 25 - Mar 2, 2019  
Cahn Auditorium Hello, Dolly!
 
On the heels of a hit Broadway revival and with a lush score by Jerry Herman, Hello, Dolly! tells the story of the effervescent socialite turned matchmaker Dolly Levi. From the streets of Yonkers to the lights of Broadway, from jubilant parades to lavish dining, from schemes and tricks to happy accidents, Dolly is full of shine and full of sparkle; it's a celebration of love and a tale of hope and home. This is a Dolphin Show production. The Dolphin Show at Northwestern University is a non-profit student theatre organization that annually produces the nation's largest student-run musical.
 
   
Seussical the Musical! Jan 25 - Feb 9, 2019  
Overshadowed Theatrical Productions Seussical the Musical!
 
Horton hears a noise coming from a speck of dust on a clover and commits himself to protecting it and the Whos who live on it. Jojo, a misfit Who who "doesn't think normal Thinks" struggles to find his place in the tiny Who society. Gertrude McFuzz tries to catch the attention of her love - the kind and compassionate Horton. Through mishaps and adventures, these unique characters finally find what they seek - their place in the world.
 
   
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.
 
   
The Mousetrap Jan 31 - Mar 16, 2019  
Metropolis Performing Arts Centre The Mousetrap
 
The longest-running play in London's West End and one of the best mysteries ever written for the stage. A group of strangers become stranded in an English country boarding house, cut off by a sudden snow storm. They soon discover, to their horror, that there is a murderer in their midst. The suspects include the newly married couple who run the house, a young architect, a retired Army major, a strange foreigner, an aloof traveller from abroad, and a disapproving guest. A policeman arrives at the house and begins to uncover the rationale of the murderer's pattern, questioning the background of everyone present. As information is revealed, legendary mystery writer Agatha Christie keeps you guessing until her signature final twist.
 
   
Defiance Jan 31 - Mar 3, 2019  
McAninch Arts Center Defiance
 
The year is 1971, and at a Marine Corps base in North Carolina, two officers - one white and one black - come face to face with the cost of doing the right thing. Written by John Patrick Shanley, Defiance is a powerful and smart story about power, responsibility and the difficulty of acting with integrity. Watch it all unfold at the McAninch Arts Center in Glen Ellyn.
 
   
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.
 
   
Girl In The Red Corner Feb 1 - Mar 2, 2019  
Broken Nose Theatre at The Den Theatre Girl In The Red Corner
 
Unemployed and fresh from an abusive marriage, Halo steps into a gym one day and signs up for mixed martial arts lessons. Her family thinks it's ridiculous. Her trainer thinks she's soft. But none of them know the anger that fuels her ambition. When it's rage that brought you into the cage, are you really ready to see what winning looks like? GIRL IN THE RED CORNER is a visceral, fast-moving tale of self-discovery, one that allows women to take centerstage in a world so often dominated by men.
 
   
On Clover Road Feb 1 - Mar 16, 2019  
American Blues Theater at Stage 773 On Clover Road
 
At an abandoned motel on a desolate American road, a mother meets with a cult deprogrammer, believing she will be reunited with her runaway daughter. On Clover Road features Joseph Jefferson Award winners and American Blues Theater Ensemble members Gwendolyn Whiteside and Philip Earl Johnson.
 
   
The Roommate Feb 1 - Mar 3, 2019  
Citadel Theatre Company The Roommate
 
Sharon, in her mid-fifties, is recently divorced and needs a roommate to share her Iowa home. Robyn, also in her mid-fifties, needs a place to hide and a chance to start over. As Sharon begins to uncover Robyn's secrets, they encourage her own deep-seated desire to transform her life. Head out to Citadel Theatre in Lake Forest for this dark comedy about what it takes to re-route your life -- and what happens when the wheels come off.
 
   

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