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Anything Goes Sep 19 - Nov 2, 2019  
Metropolis Performing Arts Centre Anything Goes
 
A high-seas romp showcasing one of Cole Porter's most magical scores. Music, dance, and romance are set to the age old tale of boy meets girl in this breezy classic. The S.S. American sets sail from New York to London, hauling a cast of characters including night club singer Reno Sweeney, lovesick Wall Street broker Billy Crocker, and socialite Hope Harcourt with fiance Sir Evelyn Oakleigh. Among them is "Public Enemy #13" Moonface Martin, trying to make his getaway. These characters come together in a jumble of misunderstandings, love triangles and all around confusion. Porter's genius radiates through incredible numbers like "You're the Top," "It's De-Lovely" and more Broadway favorites. Melodies will delight, toes will tap and hearts will soar. Rated PG.
 
   
Equivocation Sep 20 - Oct 20, 2019  
Idle Muse Theatre Company at The Edge Off-Broadway Equivocation
 
In the aftermath of the failed Gunpowder Plot of 1605 to assassinate King James I and destroy the British Parliament, playwright William Shagspeare (after a contemporary spelling of the Bard's name) is commissioned by the powerful Lord Robert Cecil to write the "true historie" of the plot...to the particular specifications of His Majesty. As they work to unravel the truth behind the conspiracy, navigating clandestine meetings, betrayals, and brawls, the King's Men acting company tests just how far they're willing to go for each other and to speak truth to power. When duty to country and pursuit of the truth collide, the Globe Theatre becomes the stage for Shag's darkest play yet - and the battle for a nation's soul. Fact, fiction, politics and comedy all vie for control in this critically acclaimed dramatic account of an historical national crisis.
 
   
Hope: Part II of A Mexican Trilogy Sep 21 - Oct 27, 2019  
Teatro Vista at The Den Theatre Hope: Part II of A Mexican Trilogy
 
Hope follows the voyage of the Morales family through the turbulent, transformational '60s, a time marked by a young new president, the dawn of the sexual revolution and the rock 'n' roll explosion. Filled with nostalgic ballads, fantasy sequences and strong doses of humor, Hope pops with keen visuals and poignant storytelling as it offers a glimpse into the life of a Mexican American family in '60s America.
 
   
X Sep 22 - Oct 27, 2019  
Sideshow Theatre Company at Victory Gardens Theater - Biograph X
 
Billions of miles from home, a lone research base waits to receive another message from Earth. It's been three weeks. It's never been this long. The crew attempts to maintain normal operations, but as the silence grows louder, the darkness outside the station starts to creep in.
 
   
The Very Hungry Caterpillar Show Sep 24 - Oct 27, 2019  
Chicago Children's Theatre at The Station The Very Hungry Caterpillar Show
 
The Very Hungry Caterpillar Show is a bright, bold spectacle that brings a menagerie of Eric Carle's most colorful characters from the page to the stage. This production features 75 lovable puppets and faithful renditions of four Eric Carle favorites Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?, 10 Little Rubber Ducks, The Very Lonely Firefly, and the star of the show, The Very Hungry Caterpillar. After the performance, audiences get to meet the puppets and take pictures with the cast.
 
   
A Doll's House Sep 25 - Dec 15, 2019  
Writers Theatre A Doll's House
 
This focused one-act adaptation of the Henrik Ibsen classic reinvigorates the compelling story of the vibrant young Nora Helmer, deeply devoted to her husband Torvald. However, all is not as it appears: when Nora takes action to protect her husband, she unwittingly puts them both in jeopardy, testing the bonds of their marriage and forcing them to take stock of their relationship and ask themselves how well they truly know one another...
 
   
The Raveling Sep 25 - Oct 13, 2019  
Victory Gardens Theater - Biograph The Raveling
 
In THE RAVELING, each family member follows the thread of an old story, an inherent lie, a childhood promise, or a shared fantasy that leads them from homeleaving to homecoming and back again. The family's reality is stretched across decades of myth and misadventures. Inspired by true personal narratives of the performers, there is a living question for the ensemble in tracing something of where they each come from and asking what is needed for them to come together. What is the work of coming undone?
 
   
70 Scenes of Halloween Sep 26 - Oct 13, 2019  
Athenaeum Theatre 70 Scenes of Halloween
 
The turbulent tale abandons linear narrative in favor of 70 brief scenes played out of order, resulting in a wild, dreamlike ride that blends realism with psychological surprise and humor. Partners become wolves and phantoms in this domestic drama about a marriage dying of familiarity. Their haunted home offers a weirdly comical and thought-provoking glimpse into the nature of relationships. “A quirky, inventive, and fun play in which time is out of joint as married couple Jeff and Joan contend with ghosts, beasts, and witches banging on their windows, wafting through their rooms, and wielding butcher knives” (Broadway Publishing Inc). This show is near to our founders’ hearts and we are excited to bring it to Chicago this October!
 
   
The Silence in Harrow House Sep 26 - Nov 10, 2019  
Rough House Theater Co. at Chopin Theatre The Silence in Harrow House
 
Audiences are invited to an once-in-a-lifetime tour of Harrow House, the secluded home and studio of Milton Harrow, the world's most influential and reclusive architect. With no guide but their instincts, guests be set loose in the infamous home to discover its secrets, free to pull on whatever threads they encounter and become entangled in the terrifying tale that unspools around them.
 
   
Equus Sep 27 - Oct 27, 2019  
AstonRep Theatre at Edge Theatre Equus
 
Inspired by a true story, EQUUS sets out to explore the complex relationships between devotion and myth. When teenager Alan Strang's pathological fascination leads him to blind six horses in a Hampshire stable, psychiatrist Martin Dysart is tasked with uncovering the motive behind the boy's violent act. As Dysart delves into Alan's world of twisted spirituality, passion and sexuality, he begins to question his own sanity and motivations in a world driven by consumerism.
 
   
Oh Sh#t!, It's Haunted Sep 27 - Nov 9, 2019  
Factory Theater Oh Sh#t!, It's Haunted
 
They say that the old Lockwood place is haunted, not only by a heartbroken old man, but also by actual ghosts. Sounds of polka music, acid guitar and people chomping on pierogi are witnessed from outside. Can the gang of Darla, Mo, Slats and Henry get to the bottom of this mystery before the opportunistic Mrs. Ingersson buys the property? Find out in this very Scooby-Doo-like tale from ensemble member Scott OKen, author of Factory's 2017 hit, Fight City.
 
   
The Hound of the Baskervilles Sep 27 - Nov 10, 2019  
City Lit Theater The Hound of the Baskervilles
 
Opening our season will be a new production of our 2007 Jeff-nominated adaptation. Holmes and Watson investigate the centuries-old legend of a hound from hell that stalks the Baskerville family in the greatest Sherlock Holmes adventure of them all. We are pleased to be able to say that James Sparling and Adam Bitterman will return as Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson. City Lit has a long history with the good doctor and his remarkable friend, and it seems fitting to kick off our milestone anniversary by celebrating with them one more time.
 
   
The Barber of Seville Sep 28 - Oct 27, 2019  
Lyric Opera The Barber of Seville
 
Irrepressible Rosina refuses to marry her pompous old guardian. Meanwhile, a bold young count is eager to win Rosina for himself. And who's going to make sure those two finish the opera united? The cleverest character in all of Seville: the barber Figaro, whose services are sought after by everyone for everything (the guy has a lot more talents than just cutting hair). Rossini's music - the aural equivalent of champagne - is the last word in humor, inspiring smiles and laughter on every page of the score, which is what makes Barber - coming to Chicago's Lyric Opera House - the most popular of all operatic comedies.
 
   
The Facts Of Life Sep 29 - Nov 2, 2019  
Hell in a Handbag Productions at Mary's Attic The Facts Of Life
 
Ed Jones stars as Mrs. Edna Garrett - the house mother with a deep dark secret in this parody of the beloved TV sitcom The Facts of Life. The Eastland seemed to be the place for the best and the brightest girls. But when a series of girls die mysterious accidental deaths, ace reporter Claudia Collins (David Cerda), who is as beautiful as she is talented, goes undercover to avenge her kid sister's death.
 
   
Big Fish Sep 29 - Nov 17, 2019  
BoHo Theatre at The Greenhouse Theater Center Big Fish
 
Edward Bloom leads an extraordinary life-at least according to the stories he tells his son, Will. But Will, who is getting married and expecting a child of his own, doesn't think there's any truth to the extravagant tales his father tells about meeting witches, kissing mermaids, or joining the circus. He doesn't even believe the story of how his father proposed to his mother, Sandra, in a field full of daffodils. But when Edward's health begins to decline, Will must decide whether to accept his father's wild stories as fact or risk losing him completely. Based on the celebrated novel by Daniel Wallace and the acclaimed film directed by Tim Burton, BIG FISH is a heartfelt, powerful, and truly magical musical about fathers, sons, and the stories that we use to define our identities.
 
   
The Brothers Size Oct 2 - Oct 19, 2019  
Steppenwolf Theatre The Brothers Size
 
Returning to our stage for the first time since its celebrated Chicago premiere, Steppenwolf for Young Adults presents Tarell Alvin McCraney's The Brothers Size. Ogun Size is hardworking and heartbroken. Oshoosi Size is recently returned home from prison and trying to be anywhere but. In this fierce and honest look at the complex bonds of brotherhood, McCraney weaves together poetry, music and Yoruba mythology to magnify the tug-of-war between freedom and the need to belong somewhere, to something, to someone.
 
   
Sundown, Yellow Moon Oct 3 - Nov 17, 2019  
Raven Theatre Sundown, Yellow Moon
 
In the misty heat of a small southern town, two sisters have come home to handle a crisis. Twins Joey and Ray have just taken their first steps into adulthood while their newly divorced father, Tom, has been suspended from his job. But deep, honest communication doesn't come easy. Seemingly stuck between the future and the past, this family of musicians sings what they can't bring themselves to say.
 
   

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