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The Importance of Being Earnest Nov 8 - Dec 23, 2017  
Writers Theatre The Importance of Being Earnest
 
One of the cleverest comedies by one of the greatest writers in the English language, The Importance of Being Earnest introduces us to Jack and Algernon, two charming bachelors who are each living a double life, aided by a fictional alter ego called “Ernest.” But when they fall truly in love with a pair of proper young women, will they be able to bring an end to the charade and convince the formidable Lady Bracknell that they are suitable candidates for marriage? After all, “the one charm about marriage is that it makes a life of deception absolutely necessary for both parties.”
 
   
Othello: the Moor of Venice Nov 8 - Dec 3, 2017  
Invictus Theatre at Heartland Studio Theatre Othello: the Moor of Venice
 
Othello's themes of racism and sexism continue to resonate, particularly in today's social and political climate. The play chronicles the downfall of Othello, a Moorish general of the Venetian armies who is married to Desdemona, the daughter of a powerful senator. When Othello promotes Michael Cassio over Othello's ensign Iago, the jealous and enraged Iago weaves a tale that sets out to destroy both men, indifferent to the massive collateral damage wrought by such vengeance.
 
   
Escape to Margaritaville Nov 9 - Dec 2, 2017  
Ford Oriental Theatre Escape to Margaritaville
 
Featuring both original songs and your most-loved Jimmy Buffett classics, this new musical is the story of a tropical island resort and its part-time bartender, part-time singer and full time charmer who thinks he's got life all figured out. Until a beautiful career-minded tourist steals his heart and makes him question everything.
 
   
The Book Of Will Nov 9 - Dec 17, 2017  
Northlight Theatre The Book Of Will
 
William Shakespeare wrote some of the world's most beloved plays - but without his friends, they may have been lost to history! Follow the members of Shakespeare's own company as they cunningly navigate the production of the First Folio in 1623. They may not have any money or clear-cut rights to his work, but they're armed with wit, humor, a deep camaraderie and a passion to preserve the plays that shaped their lives. With the help of their wives and colleagues, two actors set out not only to print a collection, but to uphold a legacy for the world.
 
   
The Minutes Nov 9 - Dec 31, 2017  
Steppenwolf Theatre The Minutes
 
The Minutes, Tracy Letts's scathing new comedy about small-town politics and real-world power, the writer who brought you August: Osage County exposes the ugliness behind some of our most closely-held American narratives while asking each of us what we would do to keep from becoming history's losers.
 
   
Wild Boar Nov 9 - Dec 17, 2017  
Silk Road Rising at Chicago Temple Wild Boar
 
A gripping investigation of journalistic integrity, city planning, and social conscience, Wild Boar is a new play from one of Hong Kong's most acclaimed playwrights. When a controversial professor goes missing, an editor and his student band together to publicize the truth. Old flames spark and friendships are tested in the U.S. premiere of this turbulent thriller about media manipulation, fake news, and who gets to speak for the poor.
 
   
Breath, Boom Nov 9 - Dec 17, 2017  
Eclipse Theatre Company at Athenaeum Theatre Breath, Boom
 
Prix, the leader of a violent girls' gang, makes booms on the street and loves booms in the sky: fireworks. But her destructive workaday world is gradually turned upside down by actions of her mother and of her "sisters," and by confrontations with the consequences of her past. Breath, Boom was commissioned by the Royal Court Theatre, London.
 
   
Sleeping Beauty Nov 10 - Dec 30, 2017  
Marriott Theatre In Lincolnshire Sleeping Beauty
 
Come visit this colorful kingdom where the vengeful sorceress Magenta places a wicked curse on the beautiful Princess Amber. Only a kiss from her one true love can unlock the spell and wake this Sleeping Beauty. Will Prince Hunter overcome his fears as he scales the mountains, sails the dark sea and battles the dragon to prove his love? Don't miss out on this captivating and colorful, musical fairy tale.
 
   
Twas The Night Before Christmas Nov 10 - Dec 31, 2017  
Emerald City Theatre at Broadway Playhouse Twas The Night Before Christmas
 
'TWAS THE NIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS is a fantastic, slapstick holiday affair for all ages. When Santa Claus' "Naughty or Nice" list goes missing, it's up to a pair of dancing mice, a spunky girl, and an Elf-B-I agent to solve the mystery before Santa boards his sleigh.
 
   
A Night With Janis Joplin Nov 10  
Rosemont Theatre A Night With Janis Joplin
 
A Night With Janis Joplin is a blues-rock theatrical event that captures the legendary singer's life and legacy with all of the live intensity of an actual Joplin concert. Powered by show-stopping hits like "Cry Baby," "Piece of My Heart," "Me and Bobby McGee," "Summertime" and "Mercedes Benz," as well as a song Joplin never formally recorded, the show brings Joplin's story to the stage while also saluting some of her famous musical influences, including Bessie Smith, Etta James, Aretha Franklin and Nina Simone. With this special pre-sale offer, you'l be sure to nab tickets to this soulful, no-holds-barred tribute at the Rosemont Theatre.
 
   
Lizzie Nov 11 - Dec 17, 2017  
Firebrand Theatre at The Den Theatre Lizzie
 
"Lizzie Borden took an axe, gave her mother forty whacks. When she saw what she had done, gave her father forty-one." So goes the nursery rhyme describing the crime of the century that took the nation by storm when Lizzie Borden murdered her parents with an axe in 1892. Or did she? LIZZIE is a musical that reimagines that bloody legend with four women fronting a female rock band. LIZZIE is American mythology set to a blistering rock score with rage, sex, betrayal and bloody murder.
 
   
Wild Kratts Live! Nov 12  
Rosemont Theatre Wild Kratts Live!
 
The Emmy-nominated PBS kids' TV show The Wild Kratts Live! brings an all-new theatrical stage show starring Martin and Chris Kratt to the Rosemont Theatre. First, the Kratt Brothers will share some "wow facts!" about animals, and then they'll pull on their Creature Power vests and gloves and begin activating Creature Powers -- live on stage -- with a touch of comedy, of course. And when the Wild Kratts receive a message that Zach and his Zachbots are invading the Tortuga, you'll join the duo on a quest filled with hilarious pratfalls and slapstick fun. Discover why Wild Kratts is so popular with kids and their families!
 
   
Woman of the Year Nov 14 - Nov 16, 2017  
Porchlight Music Theatre at Ruth Page Center For Arts Woman of the Year
 
Based on the classic film starring Katherine Hepburn and Spencer Tracy, a television interviewer and a newspaper cartoonist get into a public battle over their respective professions, and, of course, fall in love, marry and experience more career conflicts. This Tony Award-winning musical starred Lauren Bacall in its original Broadway run. Featuring the hits: "One of the Boys," "Sometimes a Day Goes By" and "The Grass is Always Greener."
 
   
I Saw My Neighbor on the Train and I Didn't Even Smile Nov 15 - Dec 18, 2017  
Redtwist Theatre I Saw My Neighbor on the Train and I Didn't Even Smile
 
A charming, funny drama about the challenges of three generations of alienated women in a family with vastly different personalities. They immediately disrupt each others' lives, then drastically change each others' worlds, and finally enrich each others' souls.
 
   
A Christmas Carol Nov 15 - Dec 23, 2017  
Drury Lane- Oakbrook A Christmas Carol
 
The New York Times hailed A CHRISTMAS CAROL as "Enduring and endearing holiday entertainment!" and The Washington Post raves it is "Infectiously jolly!" Set in Victorian-era London, A CHRISTMAS CAROL tells the story of Ebenezer Scrooge, a miserly old man who receives a Christmas Eve visit from the ghost of his old business partner, Jacob Marley, warning him to mend his ways. During the night, three spirits appear before Scrooge showing him visions of Christmas Past, Christmas Present, and Christmas Future to reveal the results of his selfish life. Scrooge promises to redeem himself and vows to honor the spirit of Christmas with all his heart, spreading good cheer, kindness and generosity to everyone he encounters.
 
   
It's A Wonderful Life: Live in Chicago! Nov 16 - Jan 6, 2018  
American Blues Theater at Stage 773 It's A Wonderful Life: Live in Chicago!
 
For 16 years, the American Blues Ensemble has treated Chicago audiences to a live 1940s radio broadcast of holiday favorite It's a Wonderful Life. The incredible cast recreates the entire town of Bedford Falls with Foley sound effects, an original score and holiday carols. The Bedford Falls "residents" extend their hospitality after every performance treating audiences to milk and cookies served by the cast.
 
   
Scrooge and the Ghostly Spirits Nov 17 - Dec 22, 2017  
Citadel Theatre Company Scrooge and the Ghostly Spirits
 
This world-premiere holiday musical is based on Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol. The family favorite brings all your most cherished characters and themes to life through an original score and the magic of song and dance. Bring the family to Citadel Theatre in Chicago's Lake Forest neighborhood for a show that'll warm your heart and put you in a holiday frame of mind.
 
   

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