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Giselle Oct 18 - Oct 29, 2017  
The Joffrey Ballet at Auditorium Theatre Giselle
A sweeping tale of passion beyond the grave, de Ávila's visionary Giselle elevates one of the greatest Romantic ballets to new heights. When a young peasant girl discovers her lover is betrothed to another, she dies of grief, only to be enlisted by the vengeful Wilis, a ghostly army of maidens who haunt the forests, dancing to death any male mortal who crosses their path. When her beloved wanders into their grasp, Giselle carries out the ultimate act of love to free him from his fate. An ethereal descent into madness, desire, and sublime beauty that will leave you breathless.
Ashes of Light Oct 19 - Oct 22, 2017  
Victory Gardens Theater - Biograph Ashes of Light
It's unfortunately rare to see Dominican culture represented on the stage, so don't miss this chance to see the probing new drama Ashes of Light at Richard Christiansen Theater. Part of the Chicago International Latino Theater Festival, it's an intimate portrayal of an estranged mother and son trying to rekindle their love for each other, each representing a different generation of Dominicans living on the north side of Chicago. Over the course of two evenings, the play explores their frayed connection, as long-held secrets begin to emerge and threaten to destroy their already thin bond forever.
In The Next Room, Or The Vibrator Play Oct 20 - Dec 16, 2017  
TimeLine Company at Stage 773 In The Next Room, Or The Vibrator Play
A story of awakening, equality, and the need for connection that was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for Drama. It is the 1880s and Thomas Edison's invention of the electric light has begun to change the fabric of daily life. Inspired by Edison's discovery, scientist and inventor Dr. Givings creates a piece of machinery to treat the increasingly common affliction of female hysteria. When he starts to see a new patient regularly, his wife's curiosity with the invention and what occurs "in the next room" grows, leading to discoveries of her own. This intimate and humorous story of self-discovery debunks the expectation of sexuality as a dirty word and shows that human connection is not simply a means to an end, but a vital part of life itself.
The Days of Commune Oct 20 - Nov 26, 2017  
Prop Theatre The Days of Commune
Brecht's last play, The Days of Commune, was written for the opening of his new theater, The Berliner Ensemble, following the complete devastation of World War II. Portraying the struggle of both ordinary Parisians and the novice Commune legislature in a time of revolutionary change, Brecht's play seeks a way to think beyond defeat. About The Days of Commune, Prop Thtr Artistic Director Stefan Brün said, "This epic is filled with song and fiery passions for our time."
Marisol Oct 20 - Nov 26, 2017  
Promethean Theatre Ensemble at Raven Theatre Marisol
An absurdist comedy in which a young New York City woman of Puerto Rican descent finds herself immersed in a battle led by angels to save the universe from an ineffectual God. After Marisol barely escaping a vicious attack on her subway trip home, her guardian angel pays a visit to tell her she can no longer serve as Marisol's protector because she has been called to join the revolution already in progress against an old and senile God who is dying and "taking the rest of the universe with him." Soon, Marisol is caught up in the Armageddon being fought on the streets of New York City.
The House of Bernarda Alba Oct 20 - Nov 12, 2017  
Saint Sebastian Players at St. Bonaventure Church The House of Bernarda Alba
In this great modern Spanish tragedy, Bernarda is a stern matriarch obsessed with family honor. Just widowed, she announces to her five daughters that they will enter a traditional eight-year period of cloistered mourning. Each daughter desires love, but with the doors clamped shut, they silently turn to other pursuits-except one, who pursues an affair with the betrothed of the eldest daughter. Discovery results in a tragic climax that is unrelenting in its severity and terror.
With Blood, With Ink Oct 20 - Nov 5, 2017  
Third Eye Theatre Ensemble at Prop Theatre With Blood, With Ink
Telling the story of iconic 17th century Mexican poetess and nun, Sor Juana Ines de la Cruz, With Blood With Ink explores Sor Juana's life in nine continuous scenes, each of which is framed by textural and musical fragments of the Requiem Mass. Within this musical framework, librettist Peter M. Krask weaves lines of Sor Juana's actual poetry, creating a compelling, comprehensive work.
Lysistrata Jones Oct 20 - Nov 19, 2017  
Refuge Theatre Project at Unity Lutheran Church Lysistrata Jones
Lysistrata Jones by Douglas Carter Beane and Lewis Flinn takes the premise of the Greek comedy LYSISTRATA, in which the women of Athens refuse to have sex with their husbands and lovers until the long-lasting Peloponnesian War is finally ended - and updates it to the present day at an American college. In Beane and Flinn's musical, a cheerleader named Lysistrata Jones convinces the girls at the fictional Athens University to withhold sexual favors until the school's basketball team ends its 30-year losing streak.
The Last Days of the Commune Oct 20 - Nov 19, 2017  
Prop Theatre The Last Days of the Commune
The Last Days of the Commune, a 21st-century glance at Bertolt Brecht's last, and unfinished play, focuses on those left behind to carry ideals, when the military has swept up all fighter material. Set in 1871 during the Paris uprising and establishment of the Paris Commune, the show addresses 'how to think beyond defeat.' Featuring a cast of 23 Chicago performers onstage and onscreen, The Last Days of the Commune now features a live musical performance, in addition to a film within the play.
Arnie The Doughnut Oct 21 - Nov 26, 2017  
Lifeline Theatre Arnie The Doughnut
Arnie, a loveable chocolate-frosted, rainbow-sprinkled doughnut, is the happiest pastry in the bakery when he's chosen to be taken home by a new owner. But when mild-mannered Mr. Bing tries to eat the unsuspecting Arnie, both are in for the surprise of their lives. Man and doughnut are drawn into a sugar-fueled existential crisis as they work to redefine their relationship while trying to outwit the meddlesome President of the Cozy Confines Condo Community. Join Arnie on a zany quest to prove that he's more than just delicious - and that friends come in all shapes and sizes - in this hit musical adaptation of the 2003 book that kicked off the beloved series by Laurie Keller. This production is recommended for children ages five and up (children under two not permitted), and runs approximately one hour with no intermission.
Marie Christine Oct 21 - Dec 10, 2017  
BoHo Theatre at Theater Wit Marie Christine
Set in the twilight years of the 19th century, this dark musical chronicles the journey of Marie Christine, a racially mixed woman imprisoned without a trial to face death. From her jail cell, she recounts her journey, beginning with a genteel life of privilege in New Orleans Creole society. There, she falls madly in love with a white ship captain named Dante. When the relationship comes to light, Marie and Dante flee to Chicago, where Dante abandons her for a career in politics. Betrayed and alone, Marie undertakes the darkest vengeance, which leads her to her tragic fate. MARIE CHRISTINE received Tony Award nominations for Best Book of a Musical and Best Score.
Newsies Oct 25 - Dec 17, 2017  
Marriott Theatre In Lincolnshire Newsies
Inspired by the real-life New York City Newsboy Strike of 1899, Newsies is the rousing tale of Jack Kelly, a charismatic newsboy and leader of a ragged band of teenaged 'newsies,' who dreams only of a better life far from the hardship of the streets. But when the newspaper publishing titans raise distribution prices at the newsboys' expense, Jack rallies newsies from across the city to fight them. With music by Alan Menken (Little Shop of Horrors, Beauty and the Beast) and book by Harvey Fierstein (La Cage aux Folles, Kinky Boots), this recent Broadway smash is a high-energy musical thrill for the whole family!
Wedding Band: A Love/Hate Story in Black and White Oct 25 - Dec 17, 2017  
The Artistic Home Wedding Band: A Love/Hate Story in Black and White
Alice Childress's drama is set in the summer of 1918. There is a war in Europe, and a smaller war in South Carolina. Julia is an African-American seamstress and Herman is a white German-American baker who has kept company with her for 10 years. Disapproval of their affair from neighbors and family, as well as South Carolina's laws prohibiting interracial marriage makes it increasingly hard for them to stay together.
42nd Street Oct 26 - Jan 7, 2018  
Drury Lane- Oakbrook 42nd Street
Tap through this year's holiday season with the 1980 Tony Award winner for Best Musical, 42nd Street! In this Broadway favorite, aspiring chorus girl Peggy Sawyer lands a bigger break in New York City than expected. When the leading lady injures her ankle, Peggy gets the chance of a lifetime to rise from showgirl to star of a glitzy new Broadway musical. With show stopping tap numbers and unforgettable hits such as "We're In The Money," "Lullaby of Broadway," and "Shuffle Off to Buffalo," Warm your Chicago winter with 42ND Street - a love letter to the Great White Way.
The Tortoise and the Hare Oct 26 - Feb 16, 2018  
Chicago Kids Company at Beverly Arts Center The Tortoise and the Hare
The Hare is ready to win all the blue ribbons at this year’s Stringbean Valley County Fair, but then an unlikely challenger comes to town. Soon the race is on! Who will win first place--the slow and steady Tortoise? Or the fast and furious Hare? This show features a cast of silly animals and an exciting photo-finish ending! Don’t miss out on the fun! All CKC productions feature professional actors, colorful scenery and costumes, sing-along songs, and plenty of audience participation. The show runs one hour with no intermission and is for children from 2 to 8 years old.
Miss Julia Oct 26 - Oct 28, 2017  
Steppenwolf Theatre Miss Julia
An affair between an upper class woman and a household servant captures the power dynamics of the U.S. and Latin America in Miss Julia. Based on August Strindberg's much-revived 19th-century drama, this bilingual production for the DESTINOS Chicago International Latino Theater Festival sets the action in Colombia for a timely effect. And the whole evening will transport you south of the border as you sip rum and delight your taste buds with salsa while enjoying live traditional Colombian folk music. Jhon Alex Toro, of the Oscar-nominated film Maria Full of Grace, stars in this clash of cultures at Steppenwolf's 1700 Theatre.
J.B. Oct 27 - Dec 10, 2017  
City Lit Theater J.B.
A modern retelling of the biblical Book of Job. J.B. is the happiest of men, and God's most loyal servant until God takes a bet from Satan that Satan can make JB so miserable JB will curse God.

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