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UniverSoul Circus Oct 3 - Nov 4, 2018  
Washington Park UniverSoul Circus
A big-top spectacle of global proportions featuring the best artists from around the world, the 2018 production of UniverSoul Circus takes fans of all ages on an unforgettable journey of light, sound and soul. Get ready for electrifying, edge-of-your-seat performances, including extreme motorsports, mind-bending acrobatics, back-flipping canines, disco-dancing pachyderms, free-flying aerial acts and much, much more. It's hailed as the most interactive circus in the world, and now you can catch this spectacular show -- which is celebrating 25 years of fun under the big top -- when it raises its tent in Washington Park.
Rock 'N' Roll Oct 3 - Nov 18, 2018  
The Artistic Home Rock 'N' Roll
ROCK 'N' ROLL is an electrifying collision of the romantic and the revolutionary. It is 1968 and the world is ablaze with rebellion, accompanied by a sound track of the Rolling Stones and Bob Dylan. Clutching his prized collection of rock albums, Jan, a Cambridge graduate student, returns to his homeland of Czechoslovakia just as Soviet tanks roll into Prague. When security forces tighten their grip on artistic expression, Jan is inexorably drawn toward a dangerous act of dissent. Back in England, Jan's volcanic mentor, Max, faces a war of his own as his free-spirited daughter and his cancer-stricken wife attempt to break through his walls of academic and emotional obstinacy. Over the next twenty years of love, espionage, chance, and loss, the extraordinary lives of Jan and Max spin and intersect until an unexpected reunion forces them to see what is truly worth the fight.
Fun Harmless Warmachine Oct 3 - Nov 4, 2018  
The New Colony at The Den Theatre Fun Harmless Warmachine
By day, Tom works a dead end job for the man and can't get a date. But by night, he's top of the leader board, a master gamer. Othered and lonely, Tom is sucked into the Order of the Sword, an online community that seems to promise him his digital personal in real life. Developed through The New Colony's Writers' Room and inspired by Gamergate and online hate movements, FUN HARMLESS WARMACHINE is a cautionary tale of the power of fear and the seductive pull of the alt right.
The Madness Of Edgar Allan Poe: A Love Story Oct 3 - Nov 4, 2018  
First Folio Theatre The Madness Of Edgar Allan Poe: A Love Story
In 1849, two years after the death of his wife Virginia, Edgar Allan Poe is haunted not just by the specter of his beloved, but also by his many macabre stories. During the course of THE MADNESS OF EDGAR ALLAN POE: A LOVE STORY, Poe and his wife Virginia guide the audience from room to room through historic Mayslake Hall, taking them from the garrets to the dungeons and deep into the madness of Edgar Allan Poe. David Rice, who received a Jeff Award nomination for New Adaptation for this work in 2007, artfully structures the journey into the life and literature of the great American horror writer, focusing with sorrowful clarity on Poe's overwhelming obsession with his wife, Virginia, whom Poe married when she was 13 and he was 27.
Culture Clash: American Odyssey Oct 4 - Oct 7, 2018  
Victory Gardens Theater - Biograph Culture Clash: American Odyssey
Culture Clash: An American Odyssey is a character study of real people and true stories from the shadows, borders and badlands of America. For 35 years the dedicated performance trio has tirelessly scoured the jails, detention centers, churches, mosques and the streets to fully understand and dimensionalize the human drama and joy of those who exist in the margins of the mainstream. Culture Clash dives into gender, race and class with the skills of veteran ethnographers in a pulsating, living theater of our complex times.
Crumbs From The Table Of Joy Oct 4 - Nov 18, 2018  
Raven Theatre Crumbs From The Table Of Joy
Brooklyn, 1950. Ernestine and Ermina Crump have moved to New York with their father, Godfrey, who is seeking spiritual guidance from a man called Father Divine. In the swirling, glamorous commotion of this new city, with calls for equal rights and communist rebellion hanging in the air, the girls begin a turbulent journey toward independence and a challenging future.
Masque Macabre Oct 4 - Oct 31, 2018  
Strawdog Theatre Masque Macabre
A dark and bloody thrill ride inspired by the works of Edgar Allan Poe - think Carrie meets Eyes Wide Shut. The handlers of a "bad boy" entrepreneur go to extremes to give him one last big bash before his past catches up to him. An explorative immersive theatre experience a la Sleep No More, guests travel from room to room throughout the space and follow stories of revenge and murder as they play out in real time.
The Front Page Oct 4 - Nov 18, 2018  
Oil Lamp Theater The Front Page
An irresistible comedy with thrills and derring-do set in the news room. Hildy wants to break away from journalism and go on a belated honeymoon. There is a jailbreak and into Hildy's hands falls the escapee as hostage. He conceals his prize in a rolltop desk and phones his scoop to his managing editor. Their job is to prevent other reporters and the sheriff from opening the desk and finding their story. Some hoodlums are enlisted to remove the desk, but they get mixed up with a Boy Scout troop and the mayor and a cleaning woman, among others. It's a whirlwind wrap up with Hildy finally making his breakaway. Catch The Front Page at Oil Lamp Theater.
The Wood Oct 4 - Oct 20, 2018  
The Impostors Theatre Co. at Flat Iron Arts Building The Wood
A Boy wakes up to find himself lost in a mysterious forest and staring into the face of a strange Girl. Making a decision that is both inevitable and arbitrary, as most things are, the Boy and the Girl join forces to make their way through the Wood. Their world is alive and riddled with obstacles-including the rule of the malicious Faerie King. As every choice they make ricochets off of each stone in their path, the Girl and the Boy begin to understand more about their connection to one another. This dark, modern fairytale examines relationships through the distorted lens of fable, where loyalty, memory, choice, and sacrifice manifest themselves.
Zurich Oct 4 - Nov 10, 2018  
Steep Theatre Zurich
Forty floors up, behind the windows of a posh Swiss hotel, a man sings, a maid cleans, children run wild, a banker makes things difficult, and one elderly woman's fight against a corrupt world order changes everything. Or nothing. Disturbingly funny, Amelia Roper's Zürich dives below the surface of lives lived in the moments before.
Eclipsed Oct 4 - Nov 4, 2018  
Pegasus Theatre Chicago at Chicago Dramatists Eclipsed
Gurira's story is set during the midst of the Second Liberian Civil War and follows the captive 'wives' of a Commanding Officer in the rebel army. A teen girl has recently arrived and the wives protect and care for her in the dilapidated, one-bedroom shack the women share. Just as the new girl begins to adjust to life at the compound, their fragile sisterhood is thrown off balance when a wife returns from the battlefield, after having escaped the army camp to fight as soldier in the resistance. Struck by the realization that she may not have to resign herself to the grim reality of life in the compound, The Girl must choose whether to stay with the women who have done so much for her, or to join the freedom fighter and chart her own destiny as a soldier. With deep emotional strength, brutal honesty, and a surprising amount of humor, the women of Eclipsed fight to do something truly extraordinary: survive.
Shrek The Musical Oct 5 - Dec 30, 2018  
Marriott Theatre In Lincolnshire Shrek The Musical
"Once upon a time, there was a little ogre named Shrek...." And thus begins the tale of an unlikely hero who finds himself on a life-changing journey alongside a wisecracking Donkey and a feisty princess who resists her rescue. Throw in a short-tempered bad guy, a cookie with an attitude and over a dozen other fairy tale misfits, and you've got the kind of mess that calls for a real hero. Luckily, there's one on hand... and his name is Shrek.
Flyin' West Oct 5 - Nov 3, 2018  
American Blues Theater at Stage 773 Flyin' West
Following the end of the Civil War, many former slaves took advantage of The Homestead Act and went West to build new lives for themselves and their families. Many of these homesteaders were black women who overcame tremendous odds to work their own land and make a place for themselves in an often harsh and forbidding environment. Set in 1898, Flyin' West is the story of some of these African-American female pioneers who settled, together, in the all-black town of Nicodemus, Kansas.
Judy Garland: Come Rain Or Come Shine Oct 5 - Oct 14, 2018  
Music Theater Works at Nichols Concert Hall Judy Garland: Come Rain Or Come Shine
JUDY GARLAND: COME RAIN OR COME SHINE starring Jeff Award winner Angela Ingersoll (END OF THE RAINBOW) captures the emotional and vocal power of Judy Garland live in concert. Seen on WTTW Channel 11 this past spring, the concert includes such iconic songs as "Over the Rainbow," "Get Happy," and "The Man That Got Away."
Endeavor Mind Oct 5 - Oct 28, 2018  
The Plagiarists at The Den Theatre Endeavor Mind
Claudine is a brilliant academic who sometimes wonders if she has settled for family and a boring job instead of pursuing her full potential. So when a new brain-enhancing technology is developed by billionaire tech genius Frances Westmore, Claudine jumps at the chance to be part of the program and pursue the dreams she had set aside. But this experiment will have unintended consequences, for Claudine and for those around her. Inspired by Faust, The Twilight Zone, and Black Mirror, Endeavor Mind is where corporate science, human biology, family dynamics, and intellectual aspiration converge.
Patience and Sarah: A Pioneering Love Story Oct 5 - Oct 21, 2018  
Third Eye Theatre Ensemble at Theater Wit Patience and Sarah: A Pioneering Love Story
Set in Connecticut in the winter of 1816, the opera tells the powerful story of two young women who meet, fall in love, and resolve to devote their lives to each other.
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time Oct 5 - Oct 27, 2018  
Steppenwolf Theatre The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
Based on the critically acclaimed book by Mark Haddon, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time focuses on Christopher, a young boy with an extraordinary brain and an exceptional talent for mathematics. When the neighbor's dog Wellington is found dead, Christopher launches an investigation into the mystery surrounding the dog's murder. As he searches for the truth on his first ever excursion by himself, he uncovers surprises about himself and his family, exploring the hidden secrets and challenges in everyday life.

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