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X Sep 22 - Oct 27, 2019  
Sideshow Theatre Company at Victory Gardens Theater - Biograph X
 
Billions of miles from home, a lone research base waits to receive another message from Earth. It's been three weeks. It's never been this long. The crew attempts to maintain normal operations, but as the silence grows louder, the darkness outside the station starts to creep in.
 
   
The Very Hungry Caterpillar Show Sep 24 - Oct 27, 2019  
Chicago Children's Theatre at The Station The Very Hungry Caterpillar Show
 
The Very Hungry Caterpillar Show is a bright, bold spectacle that brings a menagerie of Eric Carle's most colorful characters from the page to the stage. This production features 75 lovable puppets and faithful renditions of four Eric Carle favorites Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?, 10 Little Rubber Ducks, The Very Lonely Firefly, and the star of the show, The Very Hungry Caterpillar. After the performance, audiences get to meet the puppets and take pictures with the cast.
 
   
Family Drama: 2 Norwegian Plays Sep 24 - Oct 13, 2019  
Akvavit Theatre at Rivendell Theatre Family Drama: 2 Norwegian Plays
 
GOLIATH retells the classic biblical story as an epic family drama: Goliath, the dominant older brother who, once in his childhood, was outshone by his clever, heroic little brother David. Ever since, Goliath has had to live with the myth of the events, the legend of his brother, the shame of his loss and their mother's favoring of David. Time has come for revenge. In THE RETURNING, we meet a mother and a father grieving the loss of their son, Gustav, whom they assume to be dead. The funeral is breathtaking, where they have filled the coffin with things reminding them of Gustav. After some time goes by, they return to their daily lives. The parents manage to go on with their life. But then one day there is a knock on the door, upsetting all of their newfound peace...
 
   
A Doll's House Sep 25 - Dec 15, 2019  
Writers Theatre A Doll's House
 
This focused one-act adaptation of the Henrik Ibsen classic reinvigorates the compelling story of the vibrant young Nora Helmer, deeply devoted to her husband Torvald. However, all is not as it appears: when Nora takes action to protect her husband, she unwittingly puts them both in jeopardy, testing the bonds of their marriage and forcing them to take stock of their relationship and ask themselves how well they truly know one another...
 
   
The Raveling Sep 25 - Oct 13, 2019  
Victory Gardens Theater - Biograph The Raveling
 
In THE RAVELING, each family member follows the thread of an old story, an inherent lie, a childhood promise, or a shared fantasy that leads them from homeleaving to homecoming and back again. The family's reality is stretched across decades of myth and misadventures. Inspired by true personal narratives of the performers, there is a living question for the ensemble in tracing something of where they each come from and asking what is needed for them to come together. What is the work of coming undone?
 
   
70 Scenes of Halloween Sep 26 - Oct 13, 2019  
Athenaeum Theatre 70 Scenes of Halloween
 
The turbulent tale abandons linear narrative in favor of 70 brief scenes played out of order, resulting in a wild, dreamlike ride that blends realism with psychological surprise and humor. Partners become wolves and phantoms in this domestic drama about a marriage dying of familiarity. Their haunted home offers a weirdly comical and thought-provoking glimpse into the nature of relationships. “A quirky, inventive, and fun play in which time is out of joint as married couple Jeff and Joan contend with ghosts, beasts, and witches banging on their windows, wafting through their rooms, and wielding butcher knives” (Broadway Publishing Inc). This show is near to our founders’ hearts and we are excited to bring it to Chicago this October!
 
   
The Silence in Harrow House Sep 26 - Nov 10, 2019  
Rough House Theater Co. at Chopin Theatre The Silence in Harrow House
 
Audiences are invited to an 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 their instincts, guests be set loose in the infamous home to discover its secrets, free to pull on whatever threads they encounter and become entangled in the terrifying tale that unspools around them.
 
   
Murder on the Nile Sep 26 - Nov 10, 2019  
Oil Lamp Theater Murder on the Nile
 
Kay Ridgeway has led a charmed life. Blessed with beauty, enormous wealth, and a new husband, she embarks on a honeymoon voyage down the Nile. Fatal circumstances await when the idyllic surroundings are shattered by a shocking and brutal murder. Under scrutiny is a multitude of memorable passengers, all with a reason to kill. The tension and claustrophobia builds, as a shocking and audacious conspiracy is laid bare. Complimentary cookies and spiced warm apple cider at each performance. Caution: There are two gunshots during the performance.
 
   
Equus Sep 27 - Oct 27, 2019  
AstonRep Theatre at Edge Theatre Equus
 
Inspired by a true story, EQUUS sets out to explore the complex relationships between devotion and myth. When teenager Alan Strang's pathological fascination leads him to blind six horses in a Hampshire stable, psychiatrist Martin Dysart is tasked with uncovering the motive behind the boy's violent act. As Dysart delves into Alan's world of twisted spirituality, passion and sexuality, he begins to question his own sanity and motivations in a world driven by consumerism.
 
   
Oh Sh#t!, It's Haunted Sep 27 - Nov 9, 2019  
Factory Theater Oh Sh#t!, It's Haunted
 
They say that the old Lockwood place is haunted, not only by a heartbroken old man, but also by actual ghosts. Sounds of polka music, acid guitar and people chomping on pierogi are witnessed from outside. Can the gang of Darla, Mo, Slats and Henry get to the bottom of this mystery before the opportunistic Mrs. Ingersson buys the property? Find out in this very Scooby-Doo-like tale from ensemble member Scott OKen, author of Factory's 2017 hit, Fight City.
 
   
The Hound of the Baskervilles Sep 27 - Nov 10, 2019  
City Lit Theater The Hound of the Baskervilles
 
Opening our season will be a new production of our 2007 Jeff-nominated adaptation. Holmes and Watson investigate the centuries-old legend of a hound from hell that stalks the Baskerville family in the greatest Sherlock Holmes adventure of them all. We are pleased to be able to say that James Sparling and Adam Bitterman will return as Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson. City Lit has a long history with the good doctor and his remarkable friend, and it seems fitting to kick off our milestone anniversary by celebrating with them one more time.
 
   
Traumarama Sep 27 - Oct 6, 2019  
Chicago Center For Performing Arts Traumarama
 
Liz Greenwood provides an honest, darkly comedic take on the after-effects of trauma in her solo show about her recovery process following a violent assault. The show explores various aspects of PTSD, the criminal justice system, and the way we talk about violence against women through a series of vignettes and sketches featuring recurring characters and based on personal experience. Traumarama is written and performed by Liz Greenwood and directed by Cari Maher.
 
   
The Creature Creeps Sep 27 - Nov 2, 2019  
Riverfront Playhouse The Creature Creeps
 
The Creature Creeps by Jack Sharkey is a hilarious send up of the horror story genre that has an ancient castle, creaking doors, a mad scientist, his misshapen assistant, a grim housekeeper, secret laboratory, shrieks from the depths of the cellar, disappearing villagers, an incredibly stalwart and stupid hero of sterling character, the scientist's absolutely dopey daughter, and so many laughs you'll lose count.
 
   
Robin Hood: A Little John Goes a Long Way Sep 27 - Oct 18, 2019  
Mass St. Productions at Stage 773 Robin Hood: A Little John Goes a Long Way
 
We've all heard the tale of Robin Hood and the Merry Men: rob the rich, give to the poor, and show how fun the Middle Ages really was. But what if everything you've been told is not the real story? What if the Merry Men had interesting stories of their own? What if robbing the rich and giving to the poor was actually a pyramid scheme? What if Robin Hood...was really a big jerk?
 
   
Splatter Theater Sep 28 - Oct 31, 2019  
Annoyance Theatre Splatter Theater
 
Something witchy this way comes, as the sequel to Splatter Theatre picks up seven years after The Mayfield Massacre. Lone survivor, Ellen Epley, now pregnant but still tormented by the events of her past, seeks shelter at a safe house on the outskirts of town. She soon learns that dark forces have been drawing her in all along. Unable to trust even herself, Ellen ends up in a fight for her sanity, her life, and even her very soul.
 
   
The Barber of Seville Sep 28 - Oct 27, 2019  
Lyric Opera The Barber of Seville
 
Irrepressible Rosina refuses to marry her pompous old guardian. Meanwhile, a bold young count is eager to win Rosina for himself. And who's going to make sure those two finish the opera united? The cleverest character in all of Seville: the barber Figaro, whose services are sought after by everyone for everything (the guy has a lot more talents than just cutting hair). Rossini's music - the aural equivalent of champagne - is the last word in humor, inspiring smiles and laughter on every page of the score, which is what makes Barber - coming to Chicago's Lyric Opera House - the most popular of all operatic comedies.
 
   
Countess Dracula Sep 28 - Nov 2, 2019  
Otherworld Theatre Countess Dracula
 
This re-imagining of Bram Stoker's classic novel throws our expectations out of the window and establishes Countess Dracula as much more than a monster in her story. While Otherworld Theatre's adaptation takes place in the same time period as the original novel, the play has been transports us across the pond to post-Civil War America. The title character becomes more hero than villain, as an African American woman navigating the complexities of her own power and those around her. The production offers inspiring diversions from the classic story we all know while still offering an action-packed bloodbath that will quench any horror fan's thirst.
 
   

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