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Emma Jan 28 - Mar 15, 2020  
Chicago Shakespeare Theater Emma
 
Jane Austen's beloved novel is now a deliciously charming musical, created by Tony Award-nominated composer and lyricist Paul Gordon (Jane Eyre, Sense and Sensibility, Daddy Long Legs). Privileged, pampered, and preoccupied with romance, Emma Woodhouse indulges in her pastime of misguided matchmaking, but is clueless when it comes to her own feelings and a gentleman named Mr. Knightley. As our imperfect heroine learns that love cannot be predicted or channeled, we are swept up by Paul Gordon's lyrical melodies.
 
   
The Boys in the Band Jan 29 - Apr 19, 2020  
Windy City Playhouse The Boys in the Band
 
Set in 1968, the play takes place at the birthday party of Harold, who is turning 32. Luckily, friend-enemy Michael is there with six mutual friends to help him ease into the big three-two. The party is all jokes and quips until the host proposes a harmless game of truth or dare. Suddenly, each must reckon with his sexual identity -- out, closeted, flamboyant, or "passing" -- in an oppressive world where self-love is a luxury. At this party, the cake tastes like truth, and everyone gets a slice.
 
   
Jeeves Saves The Day Jan 29 - Mar 1, 2020  
First Folio Theatre Jeeves Saves The Day
 
The indefatigable Jeeves and his balmy employer Bertie Wooster are back. Once again, Bertie finds himself suffering the slings and arrows of misfortune at the hands of his relatives, caught between the magisterial machinations of his fierce Aunt Agatha and the plaintive pleadings of his cousin Egbert. Throw in the imperious Sir Roderick Glossop and the sexy chanteuse Red Hot Maisie Dawson, and you've got another precarious predicament that cannot be overcome...unless one calls upon the redoubtable Jeeves to save the day.
 
   
New Works Festival Jan 29 - Feb 15, 2020  
Valiant Theatre at Otherworld Theatre New Works Festival
 
The festival will feature original works that tell the stories of six individuals who befit Valiant's mission. The six new pieces will run in repertoire. The pieces on Andrew of Capernaum, Sandra Day O'Connor, and Renee Richards will run on Wednesday and Friday nights at 7:30pm; the pieces centered on Rudy Lozano, Mary Tyler Moore, and Pauli Murray will run Thursdays and Saturdays nights at 7:30pm.
 
   
Noises Off Jan 30 - Mar 14, 2020  
Metropolis Performing Arts Centre Noises Off
 
Enjoy a glimpse backstage with the comedy that has been hailed as the funniest farce ever written. A production plummeting off the rails takes center stage in this boisterous play-within-a-play. Following a traveling troupe's production of the British comedy, Nothing On, from a tense dress rehearsal to a chaotic opening night and finally to a calamitous performance. The actors' personal lives, ego battles and passionate affairs plunge the production toward the edge of complete disaster. As time goes on, pandemonium ensues with flubbed lines, missed entrances, technical difficulties and flaring tempers taking the lead. While this delightful backstage farce is complete with slamming doors, falling trousers and flying sardines - the show must go on.
 
   
The Cake Jan 30 - Mar 1, 2020  
Buffalo Theatre Ensemble at McAninch Arts Center The Cake
 
Della's bakery in Winston-Salem, N.C. is a landmark, largely because of the love and care she takes in following recipes. When Jen, the girl she thinks of as her "goddaughter," asks Della to make her wedding cake, not for one bride but two, it is hard for Della to follow one of her tried and true set of instructions for a perfect outcome. Faith, family and food impact one another in the discovery that love is the key ingredient to any recipe in this timely play from writer/supervising producer of NBC's hit "This is Us."
 
   
Alabaster Jan 30 - Mar 1, 2020  
16th Street Theater at Berwyn Cultural Center Alabaster
 
A darkly comic southern drama about love, art and the power of women. After a tornado barrels through North Alabama leaving nothing but death and destruction, only June and her wisecracking pet goat Weezy live to tell the tale. When Alice, a prominent photographer, arrives to take pictures of June's scars, all are tipped to the breaking point in this beautiful story of life after death. This production is a National New Play Network rolling world premiere with eleven theaters across the United States.
 
   
An American in Paris Jan 31 - Mar 29, 2020  
Drury Lane- Oakbrook An American in Paris
 
A tale inspired by hope and possibility, An American in Paris brings breathtaking moments of dance and song to the musical stage. Jive along with Jerry Mulligan, an American GI doing his best to make it as a painter in the bustling city of Paris following the end of World War II. The storied streets of the City of Lights become the dancefloor to a ravishing and passionate voyage into art, friendship, and love following the aftermath of the war. This Grammy Award nominee has also won four Tony Awards for its heart and dedication. It will have you leaping to your feet and dancing along from the very first number.
 
   
Roan @ The Gates Jan 31 - Feb 29, 2020  
American Blues Theater at Stage 773 Roan @ The Gates
 
Nat is an outspoken civil rights attorney; Roan, the quiet one, is an NSA analyst who isn't even allowed to tell her wife the location of her next business trip. A long-time couple confronts questions about their marriage they never thought to ask as their personal relationship collides with national security.
 
   
Labyrinth Jan 31 - Feb 29, 2020  
Broken Nose Theatre at The Den Theatre Labyrinth
 
New York City, 1978. Having just landed his dream job as a Wall Street banker, John Anderson finds himself swept off on luxurious trips to Latin America with only one goal: selling loans to the region's developing nations eager to borrow. But as the banks' excessive lending strategy starts pushing whole countries toward the brink of bankruptcy, and the biggest credit bubble in history threatens to burst, John and his colleagues must come to terms with the true price of chasing their fortunes.
 
   
The Hilary Duff Project Jan 31 - Feb 8, 2020  
Newport Theater The Hilary Duff Project
 
Let's go back, back to the beginning: to a time when our pop idols were Disney stars and their lives were our obsessions. THE HILARY DUFF PROJECT collages theatre, throwback concert, and spoken word poetry to chronicle the life of the early 2000s teen icon from Before Lizzie McGuire to Life After Disney. A flashy, 75-minute musical adventure full of heartfelt nostalgia and a dash of tongue-in-cheek humor, THE HILARY DUFF PROJECT will have you laughing and singing your way through the weekend.
 
   
Riverdance 25th Anniversary Show Feb 4 - Feb 9, 2020  
Cadillac Palace Theatre Riverdance 25th Anniversary Show
 
For over 25 years, nothing has carried the energy, the sensuality and the spectacle of RIVERDANCE. RIVERDANCE 25th ANNIVERSARY SHOW began its journey as the interval act in the 1994 Eurovision Song Contest, produced for television by Moya Doherty. This electrifying and innovative seven minute dance piece was then developed into a full-length stage show by Producer Moya Doherty, Composer Bill Whelan and Director John McColgan. A powerful and stirring reinvention of this beloved favorite, celebrated the world over for its Grammy award-winning score and the thrilling energy and passion of its Irish and international dance.
 
   
The Second City's Black History Month Show Feb 4 - Mar 11, 2020  
UP Comedy Club The Second City's Black History Month Show
 
As The Second City is celebrating its diamond anniversary, the lauded comedy company will pull from decades' worth of iconic archival and classic sketches and songs created by some of the theater's most notable African American alumni, conceived and written by artists including Sam Richardson, Keegan-Michael Key, Amber Ruffin, Tim Meadows, Edgar Blackmon, and many more.
 
   
Stick Fly Feb 5 - Mar 15, 2020  
Writers Theatre Stick Fly
 
What begins as a relaxing summer weekend on Martha's Vineyard escalates when the LeVay brothers bring their new girlfriends home to meet their affluent and imposing parents. But even as the newcomers find themselves under familial scrutiny, long-hidden family tensions bubble to the surface and by the end of the weekend, almost everyone at the Vineyard finds themselves under a microscope as they grapple with arguments about class, race and cultural expectations.
 
   
The Fantasticks Feb 5 - Mar 8, 2020  
Citadel Theatre Company The Fantasticks
 
"Try To Remember" a time when this romantic charmer wasn't enchanting audiences around the world. The Fantasticks is the longest-running musical in the world and with good reason: at the heart of its breathtaking poetry and subtle theatrical sophistication is a purity and simplicity that transcends cultural barriers. The Fantasticks is a funny and romantic musical about a boy, a girl, and their two fathers who try to keep them apart. The narrator, El Gallo, asks the audience to use their imagination and follow him into a world of moonlight and magic. The boy and the girl fall in love, grow apart and finally find their way back to each other after realizing the truth in El Gallo's words that, "without a hurt, the heart is hollow." Run time: 2 hours 5 minutes
 
   
Madama Butterfly Feb 6 - Mar 8, 2020  
Lyric Opera Madama Butterfly
 
An enchanting geisha, Cio-Cio-San, loses her heart to an American naval lieutenant and marries him. After he leaves Japan, she waits three long years for his return. We share her joy when he returns, and her utter despair when she realizes that he's married an American woman and has come to take his young son - Cio-Cio-San's child - back with him. Puccini lost his heart to his heroine, and so will you, in music of miraculous beauty and aching, deeply poignant dramatic truth at Chicago Lyric Opera House.
 
   
A Doll's House Feb 6 - Mar 22, 2020  
Raven Theatre A Doll's House
 
Nora, a spirited young housewife, is a radical thinker trapped in the patriarchal world of 1870s Norway. Life with her husband, Torvald, is comfortable, if uninteresting. But when an old acquaintance reappears, threatening to bring Nora's secrets to light, everything changes. As her marriage, her relationships and her world crumble, she begins to speak her mind and question what she really wants for herself.
 
   

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