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Crime and Punishment Sep 6 - Oct 20, 2018  
Shattered Globe Theatre at Theater Wit Crime and Punishment
As Raskolnikov plays a dangerous cat and mouse game with a mercurial investigating magistrate, a psychological thriller unspools and probes how far humanity might go when driven by disillusionment and whether any crime can be justified by a higher purpose.
Lady Day At Emerson's Bar And Grill Sep 7 - Oct 7, 2018  
Congo Square Theatre at eta Creative Arts Foundation Lady Day At Emerson's Bar And Grill
Ensemble member Alexis J. Roston reprises her award-winning role as Billie Holiday. Set in a seedy, Philadelphia bar in 1959, 
Lady Day weaves colorful memories with over a dozen musical numbers including: "God Bless the Child," "Strange Fruit," 
and "When a Woman Loves a Man."
Passin' Where the River Bends Sep 7 - Sep 9, 2018  
Magnified Gift Theater Company at Madison Street Theatre Passin' Where the River Bends
A quest for racial identity, this historical drama follows a young college student's search for the African-American experience in a suburban village. Along her journey, she discovers a reclusive, old woman whose family scattered due to fears. Yet despite the obstacles, the family resolved to keep their legacy intact for future generations. Experience Passin' Where the River Bends at Madison Street Theatre in Oak Park.
The Goat, Or Who Is Sylvia? Sep 7 - Oct 6, 2018  
Interrobang Theatre Project at Rivendell Theatre The Goat, Or Who Is Sylvia?
Martin is an accomplished architect living the American dream. He has a loving wife, a devoted son, and an acclaimed career. But an explosive revelation threatens to destroy everything he has built, and forces Martin to reconcile the man the world has come to know with the man that he has come to be. Shocking theatregoers when it first premiered, The Goat deftly lambastes liberal acceptance, fidelity and family as one man painfully traverses the ultimate taboo.
Frankenstein Sep 7 - Oct 28, 2018  
Lifeline Theatre Frankenstein
After an unexpected death shatters her family, Victoria retreats into the darkest recesses of her psyche in search of a way forward. To find meaning in an impossible loss, she brings a terrible creation to life - one whose existence threatens all hopes for the future. Haunted and hunted at every turn, Victoria must endure a nightmare journey of the soul in a quest for survival. Grapple with the demons of grief and denial in this world premiere adaptation of the 1818 thriller by Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley.
The Shipment Sep 7 - Oct 13, 2018  
The Ready The Shipment
In THE SHIPMENT, Lee uses her razor-sharp and unsettling humor to upend the surface stereotypes and tropes of African Americans that permeate our media, entertainment industry, and the dominant cultural (aka white perceived) narrative. Audiences are confronted with cliches, distortions, and brilliant sleights of hand that force us to go beyond the lampoon and shift the lens through which we perceive race in order to confront our own bias.
Arms And The Man Sep 7 - Oct 21, 2018  
City Lit Theater Arms And The Man
Bluntschli, a Swiss soldier fonder of chocolates than of bullets, hides in the bedroom of Bulgarian heiress Raina while escaping from battle-a development that disturbs her fiance Sergius, a swaggering cavalry-officer from the other side. First produced in 1894, this comedy about the folly of war and the frailties of human nature was one of Shaw's first popular successes in a career that produced more than 60 plays. Shaw called it "an anti-romantic comedy."
Tootsie Sep 11 - Oct 14, 2018  
Cadillac Palace Theatre Tootsie
The world premiere comedy musical, TOOTSIE, tells the story of a talented but difficult actor who struggles to find work until an audacious, desperate stunt lands him the role of a lifetime.
Second Skin Sep 11 - Oct 13, 2018  
WildClaw Theatre Company at The Den Theatre Second Skin
Told in three interconnected monologues, SECOND SKIN (winner of the Kennedy Center's Paula Vogel and Jean Kennedy Smith awards) investigates the fraught relationship between mothers and daughters, and how one mistake can reverberate across generations. When Quinn discovers her estranged mother is dying, she returns to a home she fled long ago. As she cares for her mother, Quinn wrestles with disturbing childhood memories. What is her mother's secret? What do the bedtime stories of Selkies her mother once told her really mean?
Curve Of Departure Sep 13 - Oct 21, 2018  
Northlight Theatre Curve Of Departure
In a cramped motel room in New Mexico, a "ragtag little group of humans" gathers in anticipation of the funeral of a man they loved but did not like. But the dearly departed is not their only concern, as they grapple with the demands of ordinary life and the decisions of an uncertain future. Northlight favorite Mike Nussbaum returns as the patriarch of an unconventional family in this delicate and gently comic drama.
Nell Gwynn Sep 20 - Nov 4, 2018  
Chicago Shakespeare Theater Nell Gwynn
Jessica Swale's bawdy comedy about a seventeenth-century actress whose quick wit and exceptional beauty propels her ascent from obscurity to notoriety as the mistress of King Charles II. The music- and dance-filled play took London audiences by storm when it debuted at Shakespeare's Globe followed by a celebrated run on the West End, where it garnered the Olivier Award for Best New Comedy. Director of the original London production Christopher Luscombe-a longtime associate artist at the Royal Shakespeare Company-helms the Chicago Shakespeare production,
The Artificial Jungle Sep 20 - Oct 28, 2018  
Hell in a Handbag Productions at Stage 773 The Artificial Jungle
Things at The Artificial Jungle, the dilapidated pet store owned by mild-mannered Chester Nurdiger, are pretty routine. The devoted Mother Nurdiger does her best to give her son everything he needs, but there are some things a mother just can't provide. Chester's wife, the sultry and stifled Roxanne Nurdiger, is as restless as one of the hamsters in a cage, and when Zachary Slade, a mysterious drifter enters the picture, passions run wild. Roxanne and Zachary have the perfect plan to get rid of Chester and live the life Roxanne craves.
Downstate Sep 20 - Nov 11, 2018  
Steppenwolf Theatre Downstate
In downstate Illinois four sex offenders share a group home where they must negotiate their place in a world that doesn't want them. A man shows up to confront his childhood abuser-but does he want closure or retribution? This provocative new play by Pulitzer Prize-winning ensemble member Bruce Norris pushes moral boundaries as it questions what happens when society deems anyone unworthy of forgiveness.
Indecent Sep 21 - Nov 4, 2018  
Victory Gardens Theater - Biograph Indecent
Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Paula Vogel (How I Learned to Drive) tells the deeply moving story of the controversial 1923 Broadway debut of Jewish playwright Sholem Asch's God of Vengeance - a play about a forbidden lesbian romance that enchanted and outraged audiences. Inspired by true events, Indecent, is performed by an ensemble of seven actors and three musicians portraying more than 40 roles to chart an explosive moment in theatrical history and the artists who risked their careers and lives to perform it. Award-winner Gary Griffin (Hand To God, Fun Home) returns to Victory Gardens to direct this 2017 Tony Award-nominated play.
Caroline, Or Change Sep 22 - Oct 28, 2018  
Firebrand Theatre & TimeLine Theatre at The Den Theatre Caroline, Or Change
CAROLINE, OR CHANGE is set in Lake Charles, Louisiana: the end of 1963. America is changing. Caroline Thibodeaux is a mother of four and a maid, working for the southern Jewish Gellman family. Caroline struggles with changes monumental and mundane, and her relationship with the young, grieving boy who lives in the house she cleans. Riveting, moving and awe-inspiring, CAROLINE, OR CHANGE features a virtuosic score by Jeanine Tesori (Fun Home, Violet) and a breathtaking book and lyrics by Pulitzer Prize winner Tony Kushner (Angels in America), the music ranges from Motown to Klezmer, the storytelling from political to magical.
Witch Sep 26 - Dec 16, 2018  
Writers Theatre Witch
Mischief is afoot in the sleepy village of Edmonton and the fate of the world is at stake in this smart modern fable. When the emotionally conflicted son of the local lord and an ambitious newcomer come into conflict, help presents itself to both of them in the same guise-as the Devil himself. But while these two young men take advantage of the Devil's bargain to accomplish their own questionable ends, someone else in town stands her ground-Elizabeth, an outcast whom everyone believes to be a witch.
All I Want Is One More Meanwhile... Sep 26 - Oct 27, 2018  
Otherworld Theatre All I Want Is One More Meanwhile...
Twenty years ago she was Perfectra, an artificially engineered superhero impervious to humanity's flaws. Today, she is Jane, a real woman who gave up power and perfection to become a mother. But estranged from her daughter and battling against a no-longer-perfect physique is not the ending she planned on. Discovering her daughter has not only been kidnapped by a canine-controlling criminal but worse still, engaged to a local superhero-can this supermom stand by and let her daughter spend her life dangling in distress? Especially as she suspects daughter might have a secret of her own...

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