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Silly Love Songs: Michael Mahler Sings Paul McCartney Mar 9 - Mar 10, 2020  
Marriott Theatre In Lincolnshire Silly Love Songs: Michael Mahler Sings Paul McCartney
 
Award-winning actor/musician/composer Michael Mahler celebrates Sir Paul McCartney. Chicago Sun-Times raves, "Mahler is insanely talented." An accomplished writer, he is a contributing lyricist to the Broadway/London revival of Miss Saigon, and composer of Miracle the Musical, October Sky, and Hero. A Chicago theatre favorite, Mahler starred in Little Shop of Horrors, Into the Woods, and Holiday Inn; and music-directed Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story. In a tour de force performance, Beatlemaniac Mahler rocks McCartney classics like "Maybe I'm Amazed," "Let It Be," and "Hey Jude."
 
   
Hit Her With The Skates Mar 10 - Jun 21, 2020  
Royal George Theatre Hit Her With The Skates
 
HIT HER WITH THE SKATES is a coming of age story with a twist. It's 1994 and Rock star, Jacqueline Miller has a lot to celebrate. She's headlining her first national tour, has a hit record and is riding high. In the midst of this, she has agreed to kick off the gala re-opening of her beloved childhood roller rink, Windy City Skates. When complications hit her head on, Jacqueline takes a retrospective journey back to 1977 and finds herself again when she meets up with her 12-year-old self and all of the people who have made her who she is. From the wisdom of the Ouija Board to the power of All-Skate Saturday, the family-friendly musical HIT HER WITH THE SKATES explores the magic and hope of finding your one true love while still being true to yourself.
 
   
Death Is So Much Worse Mar 10 - Apr 4, 2020  
Cornservatory Death Is So Much Worse
 
In the newest addition to the Nealshow family, a Chicago landlord develops a taste for human flesh while his tenants attend a punk show. Albany Park landlord Laszlo (Chuck Merydith) has always prioritized his tenants' needs. Craving a home-cooked meal? Laszlo's got a pot of soup just for you. Faucet knob won't stop dripping? Laszlo will replace it within 24 hours. Need to improve the turnout at your punk-style band's next gig? Laszlo will be there dancing, moshing, and drinking a can of lite beer. When fear sinks its talons into Laszlo's heart, his newer girlfriend Beth (Eileen Hertz) and her best friend Emily (Liz Greenwood) lead his tenants through a waking nightmare of violence, cannibalism, and the inescapable fear in their own eyes to save him. A mildly dystopian thriller romp from the kind folks who brought you the 2019 hit zombie apocalypse comedy Just Chilling, Death Is So Much Worse will have you on the edge of your seat and holding your sides at Cornservatory (a BYOB venue).
 
   
Alice in Wonderland Mar 11 - Mar 20, 2020  
Chicago Kids Company at Metropolis Performing Arts Centre Alice in Wonderland
 
Follow Alice as she travels down the Rabbit Hole to the most amazing places! Along her fantastic journey she'll meet the Mad Hatter, March Hare, Cheshire Cat, Tweedle-Dee and Tweedle-Dum, the Queen of Hearts... and many more! Recommended for grades K-4.
 
   
The Lady from the Sea Mar 12 - Apr 12, 2020  
Court Theatre The Lady from the Sea
 
When a sailor returns to fulfill his promise, a lighthouse keeper's daughter must choose between her landlocked marriage and the mesmerizing allure of the sea. Hailed as a watershed moment in Ibsen's writing, The Lady from the Sea dissects issues of duty, marriage, and agency with raw emotion and disarming resonance. Director Shana Cooper injects the text with a visceral physicality that thrillingly reflects and refracts Ibsen's structure and characterization.
 
   
Intimate Apparel Mar 12 - Apr 19, 2020  
Northlight Theatre Intimate Apparel
 
In 1905, a black seamstress named Esther sews her way out of poverty stitch by delicate stitch, creating fine lingerie for her Manhattan clientele while longing for a husband and a future. She finds common ground with the Jewish merchant who sells her fabric, yet both know their relationship cannot be. So when correspondence with a lonesome Caribbean man leads to a marriage proposal, she accepts. But as her new marriage quickly turns to regret, Esther turns back to her sewing machine to rebuild her life and refashion her future.
 
   
Morning In America Mar 12 - Mar 29, 2020  
Connective Theatre Company at Nox Arca Theatre Morning In America
 
For this original production, Connective Theatre Company ensemble member Taylor McWilliams-Woods asked Americans from across the political spectrum how they define America and why we should-or should not-fight for it. She shaped responses from thirty of those interviews into MORNING IN AMERICA, a piece that combines the structure of Eve Ensler's THE VAGINA MONOLOGUES as well as Moises Kauffman's THE LARAMIE PROJECT in order to tell the stories of real Americans and to share their perspectives on the current state of the country and their hopes for its future.
 
   
Summer and Smoke Mar 13 - Mar 28, 2020  
The Impostors Theatre Company at Flat Iron Arts Building Summer and Smoke
 
She’s called to a spiritual existence; he’s committed to an earthly one. Alma (Spanish for 'soul') loves the boy next door, John Buchanan. The two each have a rather different philosophy for life, though. While Alma is moved by graces and troubled by petty, every-day cruelties that accompany living, John cares only for human impulse and immediacy. He brandishes his chart of the human anatomy to prove his point: there’s no room in a body for a soul. Circling one another, the pair illustrates the double-edged sword of human nature, darkness making way for lightness and vice versa, only to cut one another short. A gothic Southern town caked in heat makes for a brooding observer. In the quietly unsettling fashion unique to Tennessee Williams’ works, Summer and Smoke explores the connection between two people bound by a breathing tether. Stretch it too tightly, and it’s doomed to snap.
 
   
The Two Character Play Mar 13 - Mar 29, 2020  
Theatre L’Acadie at Athenaeum Theatre The Two Character Play
 
One chilling morning, siblings, Felice and Clare find themselves deserted by their acting troupe, left only with set pieces and each other’s company to keep themselves warm. As their situation becomes increasingly more desperate, the two resort to reliving one of their “greatest” performances, The Two Character Play . Throughout the performance, reality and fiction begin to blur, and the players begin to question not only themselves, but their circumstances. The play, which Tennessee WIlliams calls, "...my most beautiful play since Streetcar, and I've never stopped working on it....It is a cri de coeur, but then all creative work,all life, in a sense is a cri de coeur."
 
   
Easter Bunny Bingo: Jesus, Resurrection, and Peeps! Mar 13 - Apr 12, 2020  
Royal George Theatre Easter Bunny Bingo: Jesus, Resurrection, and Peeps!
 
The premise is that Mrs. Mary Margaret O'Brien, a former nun, is here tonight to play bingo and talk about Easter traditions, why Easter is never on the same day, the history of no-meat Fridays, why we either love or hate Peeps, Easter movies, and much more! It's a crazy night of Easter trivia, audience interaction, and a wacky contest all built about the concept of sin! Add to that a box of wacky prizes, some Easter candy, fun bingo cards, and a lot of Catholic humor for a night of entertainment you'll never forget. And in this interactive bingo show, you'll actually play bingo. What could be more fun?! You'll be laughing so hard, you'll have to be careful watching your bingo cards!
 
   
Clementine Mar 13 - Mar 29, 2020  
Little Time Theatre Co. at Chicago Dramatists Clementine
 
Sam and Drei are two playwriting students at a prestigious university. After a year of not speaking to each other, they reconnect for a dorm-cooked meal. Sam-a white man-has written a play about the experience of a black family with hopes of being a more inclusive, intersectional playwright. When the university newspaper publicly criticizes the play, Sam wants Drei-a black man-to help him understand where he may have gone wrong. But Drei wants something else. As their desires clash, a secret from the past forces Sam and Drei to confront the realities of criticism and the unknown future of their relationship.
 
   
Neither Mar 14 - Apr 19, 2020  
Lifeline Theatre Neither
 
In the land of This and That there are only two kinds of animals, these and those. Then, one day something different hatches! But it isn't this or that. Is it both, or is it neither? What do you do when you feel you don't belong? Based on the book by Airlie Anderson, explore the things that make us unique in this world premiere musical that teaches that it's our differences that make us special.
 
   
The Bachelor Live on Stage Mar 14  
Cadillac Palace Theatre The Bachelor Live on Stage
 
Each stage show will introduce an eligible hometown bachelor to local ladies from the audience searching for a chance at love. And, for the first time ever, Bachelor Nation will have a say in the rose ceremony. Along with the audience, Ben will guide the bachelor in his journey to find love, from the first impression rose to group date challenges and the coveted one-on-ones. Watch it all unfold live on stage. If the leading lady accepts the final rose, the night could end with the start of a beautiful romance. The Bachelor Live on Stage has something for everyone, whether you're looking to find love or just want to enjoy the drama of the evening.
 
   
My Dear Hussein Mar 17 - Apr 19, 2020  
Silk Road Rising at Chicago Temple My Dear Hussein
 
A child, a toy dog, and a ruthless dictator walk into a war zone and fanciful imagination breaks free. This surrealistic tale of a four-year-old Iranian girl unfolds amidst the carnage of the Iran-Iraq War of the 1980s. The lines between playful fantasy and brutal warfare are gradually blurred as ugly realities become harder to mask.
 
   
The Last Match Mar 18 - Jun 7, 2020  
Writers Theatre The Last Match
 
When a young Russian tennis phenom and an American superstar in his prime meet at center court, it's a tough call whether the greatest drama is playing out off the court or on! As the swift action volleys between primetime tennis matches and the most pivotal moments in the personal lives of the competitors and their equally driven romantic partners, sharp and insightful playwright Anna Ziegler (Photograph 51) draws you inside the minds of all four as they face challenges in sport, life and love. What results is a fast-paced and moving montage exploring family, the sacrifices we make for success and the legacy we leave behind.
 
   
Henry V Mar 19 - May 10, 2020  
The House Theatre of Chicago at Chopin Theatre Henry V
 
As Henry attempts to accomplish the impossible, so does Shakespeare in one of his most demanding works of stagecraft. The House adventures back and forth across oceans for justice, intrigue, romance, and the "alarms and excursions" of the battlefield.
 
   
Cry It Out Mar 19 - May 3, 2020  
Oil Lamp Theater Cry It Out
 
Four months ago, Jessie was a corporate lawyer with a glamorous Manhattan life. Today, she is in dirty yoga pants, covered in breast milk, trying to comfort a screaming newborn. Isolated in a sleepy Long Island suburb while her commuter husband works long hours, Jessie is desperate to talk to anyone besides Food Network. So when she spies a fellow new mom and neighbor, Lina, at the local Stop & Shop, she vaults over the cantaloupe to introduce herself. Happy to have found each other, the two moms agree to meet for coffee during naptime in the sweet spot behind their adjoining yards where both their baby monitors get reception, and a fast friendship is born.
 
   

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