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The Abuelas Feb 9 - Mar 17, 2019  
Teatro Vista at Victory Gardens Theater - Biograph The Abuelas
 
The Abuelas is a companion piece to The Madres, which Teatro Vista premiered last spring and New City hailed "one of the best plays of the year." Walker's newest chapter builds on the same characters introduced in The Madres, which told the emotional story of three generations of women in Argentina struggling to survive the country's now-infamous Guerra Sucia (Dirty War).
 
   
Bollywood Boulevard Feb 9 - Feb 10, 2019  
McAninch Arts Center Bollywood Boulevard
 
More than 100 years of Indian artistry of Hindi cinema come alive during Bollywood Boulevard, an exuberant stage show with vibrancy, emotion and the heart-pounding beat of Hindi cinema. Through dance, live music and stunning visuals, the cast takes you on a journey through over a century of Bollywood, from the classics of the black and white era and the timeless songs of Bollywood's Golden Era to the foot-tapping blockbusters of today. Experience Bollywood as never before at the McAninch Arts Center in Glen Ellyn.
 
   
The Soccer Player in the Closet Feb 11 - Mar 10, 2019  
Nothing Without a Company at Christy Webber Farm and Garden The Soccer Player in the Closet
 
The Soccer Player in the Closet tells the story of Cristiano - a top-ranked online soccer player - has never stepped out of his apartment. He finally leaves the apartment, but leaves a strange stench his cousin, friend, and landlady can't seem to get out. Through Internet magic and video games, they work to unearth the root of the rotten juju. What they uncover is how difficult it is to move forward from the painful secrets and closets they've built for themselves and Cristiano.
 
   
Frindle Feb 12 - Feb 22, 2019  
Metropolis Performing Arts Centre Frindle
 
Nicholas Allen decides to invent a new word: from now on, a pen will be known as a "Frindle"! Before long, to the dismay of his Language Arts teacher Mrs. Granger, Nick's word begins to spread. This quirky, imaginative tale about creative thought and the power of words is based on the award winning best-selling novel by Andrew Clements. Recommended for grades 3-6.
 
   
Dear Evan Hansen Feb 12 - Mar 10, 2019  
Cadillac Palace Theatre Dear Evan Hansen
 
A letter that was never meant to be seen, a lie that was never meant to be told, a life he never dreamed he could have. Evan Hansen is about to get the one thing he's always wanted: a chance to finally fit in. DEAR EVAN HANSEN is the deeply personal and profoundly contemporary musical about life and the way we live it. The Washington Post says DEAR EVAN HANSEN is "ONE OF THE MOST REMARKABLE SHOWS IN MUSICAL THEATER HISTORY." Rolling Stone calls DEAR EVAN HANSEN, "a game-changer that hits you like a shot in the heart" and NBC News says the musical is "an inspiring anthem resonating on Broadway and beyond." The Original Broadway Cast Recording of DEAR EVAN HANSEN, produced by Atlantic Records, made an extraordinary debut on the Billboard 200 when released and entered the chart at #8 - the highest charting debut position for an original cast album since 1961-before winning the 2018 Grammy Award for Best Musical Theater Album.
 
   
Friends! The Musical Parody Feb 12 - Mar 3, 2019  
Broadway Playhouse Friends! The Musical Parody
 
FRIENDS! The Musical Parody is the comedic musical that lovingly pokes fun at TV's Friends, celebrating the adventures of your favorite group of 20-something friends as they navigate the pitfalls of work, life, and love in 1990s Manhattan. It's a typical day at New York's only coffee shop, Central Perk, until an unexpected runaway bride enters the picture and kicks the whole gang out of second gear! The new musical recreates our favorite moments from all 10 years of Friends through an uncensored, fast-paced, music-filled romp.
 
   
Act(s) of God Feb 13 - Apr 7, 2019  
Lookingglass Theatre Act(s) of God
 
Three siblings, two parents, and one very unexpected dinner guest. As a family gathers for an overdue dinner, a mysterious envelope arrives with astonishing news. They soon find themselves scrambling to welcome a visitor of cosmic proportion. Absurdity reigns as ancient fissures open wide, long-held certainties crumble, and sh*t gets real. Will this nuclear family explode?
 
   
Requiem For A Heavyweight Feb 13 - Mar 31, 2019  
The Artistic Home Requiem For A Heavyweight
 
The story of Mountain McClintock, a punch-drunk fighter past his prime; a trusting soul whose innocence proves his undoing after those closest to him sell him out. Torn between betraying his moral code and saving his manager, Mountain must find a way to move forward with the one thing he has left - his pride. The Artistic Home will be re-creating the intimacy and intensity Rod Serling's story originally had as a live television drama. The first Chicago production in ten years will take a new look at our nation's history of toxic capitalism that twists the American Dream and allows us to sell ourselves down the river by believing our own violent lies.
 
   
Million Dollar Quartet Feb 14 - Mar 31, 2019  
Theatre At The Center Million Dollar Quartet
 
Million Dollar Quartet is the hit musical with a book by Colin Escott and Floyd Mutrux based on the true events of a night in rock 'n' roll history. It dramatizes an actual recording session on Dec. 4, 1956 at the Sun Records recording studio in Memphis, Tennessee when Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins and Elvis Presley assembled for an impromptu jam session. The story explains Perkins was there to record songs with a new performer, Jerry Lee Lewis. Elvis happened to visit the studio with his girlfriend at the time, just as Johnny Cash stopped in to speak with recording impresario Sam Phillips, who is eager to re-sign Cash to a new contract, unaware he has already signed with Columbia Records.
 
   
Munsterspiel Feb 14 - Mar 16, 2019  
Berger Park Coach House Munsterspiel
 
A true-ish tragicomedy about the Anabaptist takeover of the city of Münster in 1534. Pushing the Protestant Reformation to full-on revolution, their communist theocracy held out against a year-and-a-half long siege. Inspired in part by Greil Marcus' Lipstick Traces, Munsterspiel is a romp through the Reformation Alamo, a time travel odyssey through what-could-have-been and what-could-come, and a prayer for the end of the world. Part of Chicago Theatre Week!
 
   
Tango Feb 14 - Mar 23, 2019  
Trap Door Theatre Tango
 
In this hilarious satire, the dangers inherent in contemporary society are inscribed in a universal story of how conformity, anarchy and formalism can come into conflict between generations.
 
   
The Man Who Was Thursday Feb 15 - Apr 7, 2019  
Lifeline Theatre The Man Who Was Thursday
 
A shadowy cabal of anarchists has risen in London, and Scotland Yard is determined to bring them down. When Gabriel Syme joins the undercover detail tasked with infiltrating the anarchists' operations, he soon finds himself sitting on their Supreme Council with the code name "Thursday." But as Syme unearths the Council's true nature, it becomes clear that no one in this battle between law and chaos is as they seem - and that Scotland Yard may have created the very problem they're trying to solve. Challenge all assumptions and uncover the truth in this absorbing adaptation of the 1908 satire by G. K. Chesterton at Chicago's Lifeline Theatre.
 
   
Little Stones Feb 15 - Mar 10, 2019  
Saint Sebastian Players at St. Bonaventure Church Little Stones
 
In this romantic drama combining notions of reincarnation and fate, a young director and actress rehearsing different plays in adjacent classrooms of St. Bonaventure School in the autumn of 2018 find themselves inexplicably drawn to one another. Is it merely mutual attraction, or is it something deeper, more mysterious-a possible reconnection of old souls whose past lives were tragically cut short 100 years earlier? Combining neighborhood history with New Age sensibilities, Little Stones is a made-in-Chicago fable of karma, theatre and the 1918 flu pandemic.
 
   
Gross Indecency: The Three Trials of Oscar Wilde Feb 15 - Mar 24, 2019  
Promethean Theatre Ensemble at Strawdog Theatre Gross Indecency: The Three Trials of Oscar Wilde
 
Kaufman's play examines the persecution and prosecution of Wilde for his homosexuality in late 19th Century Britain. In Promethean's production, Kaufman's 1997 meta-theatrical play is structured with the entire cast of nine serving as narrators who go on to assume the roles of the people in this historical story. The genders of Wilde, Douglas and Carson are not changed, but the narrators assuming those roles are women.
 
   
The Amish Project Feb 15 - Mar 2, 2019  
Jedlicka Performing Arts Center The Amish Project
 
Conceived in the wake of the 2006 school shootings in the Amish community of Nickel Mines, Pennsylvania, this fictional exploration of a real-life tragedy offers a glimpse into the world of Amish culture and a chance to come to grips with the true limits of compassion and forgiveness. The Amish Project is a devastating and beautiful one-person performance that compels us to question the paths we take at the crossroads of grief, rage and clemency. Experience the show at the Jedlicka Performing Arts Center in Cicero.
 
   
Caged: An Allegory Feb 15 - Mar 2, 2019  
The Impostors Theatre Co. at Flat Iron Arts Building Caged: An Allegory
 
Three artists receive an invitation from a former classmate to "...celebrate the birth of a masterpiece. An artistic touchstone for this millennium..." Upon arrival, the three estranged friends are greeted by a large mass covered by a tarp, sitting in the middle of a small gallery-a cage. In a great flourish, the tarp is pulled off to reveal "It"-a beautiful, frightening, and dangerous creature. Talons form It's hands and feathers grow from It's body. Nevertheless, the creature resembles a young woman, which sets in motion a heated argument between It's creator and the three artists about It's true being. Throughout this comedy/horror hybrid of a play, questions of identity and responsibility to one another rip the group apart as the friends begin to realize that they really don't know anything about each other...or about themselves.
 
   
I Wanna F#!*ing Tear You Apart Feb 15 - Mar 23, 2019  
Rivendell Theatre I Wanna F#!*ing Tear You Apart
 
Samantha and Leo are a team -- best friends and roommates, fat girl and gay guy against the world -- until a new friend upends their cozy co-dependent diet of mutual self-loathing and Grey's Anatomy marathons. An ode to the complications of friendship in its many messed-up forms, with a special nod to a kind of love that sometimes looks a lot like rage. Produced first at D.C.'s Studio Theatre, I Wanna F#!&ing Tear You Apart challenges assumptions around niceness, beauty, and mainstream acceptance as it upends traditional narratives about fat women -- Gould herself identifies openly as such -- by putting a fat woman at its center. "I'm not chubby or big-boned," says Gould. "I'm fat. That's who I am". Directed by Jessica Fisch, director of Rivendell's highly successful world premiere production of The Firebirds Take the Field, Gould's play is a wild ride with unforgettable characters that asks probing questions about friendships, fatness, bigotry, ambition, and the cost of living in a world that finds you unacceptable in some way.
 
   

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