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The Spin Oct 30 - Nov 22, 2020  
Interrobang Theatre Project at Online Stream The Spin
 
September 2020. Politics are at a boiling point, COVID is rampant and Zoom calls are still the absolute worst. When the Public Works Director of a major city confesses to a horrible crime, a team of spin doctors are brought in at the last possible second to pull off a tough assignment: prepare the Mayor's top aide for a crucial news interview, distance City Hall from the controversy and point the public's attention elsewhere. And do it all entirely over video-conferencing. At a time when live theatre is at a standstill, The Spin is a brand-new dark comedy written and produced entirely for the virtual medium.
 
   
the project(s) Nov 6 - Nov 26, 2020  
Stage Left Theatre at Online Stream the project(s)
 
Chicago. Southside. 1963. The Robert Taylor Housing Projects are completed, and black families are given hope. Community forms and Taylor is full of music, food, and a self-sustained economy. But as time progresses, things change and violence increases, and the women step up to protect their community. Suddenly black people have to question: is this our home or just a failing project? Experience the real history and stories taken from interviews with residents and historians. The Project(s) gives voice to the black residents of Chicago's early housing projects. Performances of The Project(s) will be live, not pre-recorded, capturing the excitement and interactivity of an onstage show in an online performance.
 
   
What is Left, Burns Nov 11 - Aug 15, 2021  
Steppenwolf Theatre at Online Stream What is Left, Burns
 
Two poets separated by age and distance engage in a video call rendezvous after fifteen years. Keith, a distinguished poet and professor of literature is moving towards retirement after a recent divorce from his wife. Ronnie, his younger former lover and mentee, has a New York Times bestselling book and a burgeoning career ahead of him. The two men wade through the connection they once had as they struggle with the desires that still bind them.
 
   
It's A Wonderful Life: Live in Chicago! Nov 12 - Jan 2, 2021  
American Blues Theater at Online Stream It's A Wonderful Life: Live in Chicago!
 
As the second longest holiday play in Chicago, the American Blues Ensemble has treated Chicago audiences to a live 1940s radio broadcast of holiday favorite It's a Wonderful Life for 18 years. The incredible cast recreates the entire town of Bedford Falls with Foley sound effects, an original score and holiday carols. This year's production will be presented live from the actors' homes, complete with sets and costumes. The production will be live every night during the entire run.
 
   
A Pair Of Lunatics Nov 19 - Dec 3, 2020  
PrideArts at Online Stream A Pair Of Lunatics
 
A one-act comedy that premiered in London in 1898, He and She meet for the first time in an asylum and each mistakes the other for an inmate.
 
   
Eleanor's Very Merry Christmas Wish Nov 27 - Dec 27, 2020  
Online Stream Eleanor's Very Merry Christmas Wish
 
Eleanor's Very Merry Christmas Wish - The Musical tells the story of a rag doll named Eleanor who lives in the magical world of The North Pole. Despite her love for her family there, including Santa, Mrs. "Cookie" Claus, Clara Claus, and the elves - Twinkle, Sprinkle, and Sparkle, Eleanor's very merry Christmas wish is for a best friend and home of her own.
 
   
Manual Cinema's Christmas Carol Dec 3 - Dec 20, 2020  
Manual Cinema at Online Stream Manual Cinema's Christmas Carol
 
Manual Cinema, the Chicago-based interdisciplinary performance collective, will take on the most famous holiday tale of all time with Manual Cinema's Christmas Carol, a world premiere, live streaming adaption of Charles Dickens's holiday classic created specifically for the 2020 holiday season.
 
   
Hershel and The Hanukkah Goblins Dec 5 - Dec 20, 2020  
Strawdog Theatre Company at Online Stream Hershel and The Hanukkah Goblins
 
Strawdog is bringing back its holiday family favorite Hershel and the Hanukkah Goblin, reimagined to be enjoyed in the comfort of your home. Based on the award-winning book by Eric Kimmel, Hershel is adapted by ensemble member Michael Dailey*, with music and lyrics by Jacob Combs and direction by Spencer Ryan Diedrick. Following the production, Strawdog will make a donation to The Jewish Council on Urban Affairs, working to transform Chicago into a city free of poverty, racism and antisemitism.
 
   
Moulin Rouge! The Musical Dec 17 - Feb 21, 2021  
Nederlander Theatre Moulin Rouge! The Musical
 
Enter a world of splendor and romance, of eye-popping excess, of glitz, grandeur and glory! A world where Bohemians and aristocrats rub elbows and revel in electrifying enchantment. Pop the champagne and prepare for the spectacular spectacular...Welcome to Moulin Rouge! The Musical.
 
   
The Proposal Dec 17 - Dec 30, 2020  
PrideArts at Online Stream The Proposal
 
Ivan, an hypochondriac, has a proposal for Natalya the neighbor. That is, if they can ever agree on anything.
 
   
Mamma Mia! Dec 26 - Jan 3, 2021  
Music Theater Works at Cahn Auditorium Mamma Mia!
 
Set on a remote Greek island, bride-to-be, Sophie, is on the quest to discover who of three men may be her father so he can walk her down the aisle. Add in an unsuspecting mother, her two best friends, and the story-telling magic of ABBA's timeless songs, you will be propelled into this enchanting tale of love, laughter and friendship. The score features ABBA classics like "Dancing Queen", "Super Trouper", "Waterloo", and of course , "Mamma Mia!". This smash hit musical is sure to have you dancing in the aisles!
 
   
The Playboy of the Western World Jan 15 - Feb 28, 2021  
City Lit Theater The Playboy of the Western World
 
Christy Mahon comes into Flaherty's tavern on the west coast of Ireland and claims to have killed his father with a shovel. The locals are charmed by his boldness and daring, and he becomes a local hero--until the old man shows up. The play's world premiere triggered three nights of riots in Dublin, and fistfights in the aisles when it transferred to New York. City Lit's audience is much better behaved.
 
   
Fireflies Jan 21 - Feb 27, 2021  
Northlight Theatre Fireflies
 
The Civil Rights Movement has ignited the South, and the charismatic Rev. Charles Grace needs a new speech to galvanize the people. But it is Olivia, his pregnant wife, who writes those fiery speeches, and her tolerance for playing the supporting role to her husband is wearing thin. As the growing weight of secrets threatens her marriage, and a nation's hatred threatens her child's future, Olivia must rediscover the place that love has in her world.
 
   
The Humans Jan 28 - Feb 28, 2021  
Buffalo Theatre Ensemble at McAninch Arts Center The Humans
 
Breaking with tradition, Erik Blake brings his Pennsylvania family to celebrate Thanksgiving at his daughter's lower Manhattan apartment. As darkness falls outside the dilapidated pre-war duplex, spooky things go bump in the night and the family's deepest fears and greatest idiosyncrasies become revealed. Part thriller and part kitchen-sink drama, this finalist for the Pulitzer Prize and winner of the 2016 Tony for Best Play creates what the Chicago Sun-Times calls a "delirious tragic-comedy."
 
   
Ken Ludwig's Baskerville: A Sherlock Holmes Mystery Jan 28 - Mar 13, 2021  
Metropolis Performing Arts Centre Ken Ludwig's Baskerville: A Sherlock Holmes Mystery
 
The play's afoot! The award-winning comedic mastermind Ken Ludwig transforms Arthur Conan Doyle's classic The Hound of the Baskervilles into a murderously funny adventure. Equal parts comedy and thriller, the world's favorite detective, Sherlock Holmes, is on the case. The heirs of the Baskerville line are being eliminated one by one. To find their ingenious killer, Holmes and faithful companion Dr. Watson reluctantly travel to Devonshire where they are forced to brave its desolate moors. The duo must unravel a web of murky clues before this family curse dooms its newest heir. The investigators attempt to escape peril and deceit, as a small group of actors portrays over forty characters with wit, silly accents, and clever disguises. Join the fun and see how far from elementary the truth can be.
 
   
Alma Jan 29 - Mar 13, 2021  
American Blues Theater at Stage 773 Alma
 
Winner of 2019 Blue Ink Playwriting Award. Working mom Alma has single-handedly raised her daughter, Angel, on tough love, home-cooked comida, and lots of prayers. But on the eve of the all-important SAT, Alma discovers her daughter isn't at home studying. A sacrifice from Alma's past weighs heavy on their present; now, Alma fears her worst nightmare may soon be their reality. Will the American Dream cost them a life together?
 
   
Exit Strategy Jan 29 - Feb 28, 2021  
Victory Gardens Theater - Biograph Exit Strategy
 
Tumbldn High School is your typical Chicago Public School: underfunded, understaffed, and underperforming. And at the end of the year, it will close. But it's home for its teachers and students, who decide to fight back to save their school. The vice principal leads the charge, but with tensions at a breaking point, his efforts may be too little-or too futile-to change Tumbldn's fate. The second story in Ike Holter's Rightlynd Saga, Exit Strategy is loaded with humor and overflowing with fury, asking what we owe to our communities.
 
   

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