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The Lonesome West Oct 18 - Nov 18, 2018  
AstonRep Theatre Company at Raven Theatre The Lonesome West
 
Valene and Coleman, two brothers living alone in their father's house after his recent death, find it impossible to exist without the most massive and violent disputes over the most mundane and innocent of topics. Only Father Welsh, the local young priest, is prepared to try to reconcile the two before their petty squabblings spiral into vicious and bloody carnage.
 
   
Master Class Oct 19 - Dec 9, 2018  
TimeLine Theatre at Stage 773 Master Class
 
This glorious, raw, and bittersweet look at one of opera's most formidable talents was the Tony Award winner for Best Play in 1996. Witness a master class conducted by legendary opera diva Maria Callas. Glamorous, demanding, and unapologetically herself, Callas critiques and regales a new crop of opera's finest. Both frustrated and amazed by the students thrust before her, she escapes into recollections of the glories and failures of her past, remembering her rise as one of opera's biggest underdogs. This authentic and musically rich MASTER CLASS presents a portrait of a faded star who refuses to be
 
   
Cosmologies Oct 19 - Dec 9, 2018  
The Gift Theatre Cosmologies
 
Put the whimsical humor of the Keystone Cops and Bugs Bunny into a particle collider with the philosophy of Soren Kierkegaard and George Berkeley and you're getting close to the style of this existential absurdist comedy from David Rabe. When a young man's negotiation for a date goes very wrong, we are transported through kaleidoscopic worlds of possibilities, identities and loves.
 
   
Lady in Denmark Oct 19 - Nov 18, 2018  
Goodman Theatre Lady in Denmark
 
After the death of her husband, a Danish American woman finds solace in the hauntingly beautiful music of their favorite singer, Billie Holiday. A journey through the couple's time together-from the smoky jazz clubs of post-war Copenhagen, to the home they shared in present-day Chicago-Lady in Denmark is a passionate reflection on life and love written by Pulitzer Prize finalist Dael Orlandersmith.
 
   
Scientific Method Oct 19 - Dec 2, 2018  
Rivendell Theatre Scientific Method
 
Amy, a hotshot scientist at an elite U.S. cancer research lab, is moments from publishing data that could revolutionize the field. When she's scooped by a senior scientist from a competing lab, she first questions her own ability to compete in her chosen field. But as new information comes to light, Amy must face the possibility of willful sabotage by a powerful male colleague. Scientific Method is a witty and complex behind-the-scenes look at women in the sciences-and the struggle many women have to keep moving forward on the rocky terrain of an uneven playing field.
 
   
The American Revolution Oct 20 - Nov 11, 2018  
Theater Unspeakable at The Greenhouse Theater Center The American Revolution
 
In this 50-minute play, seven actors, all performing two feet off the ground, share 21 square feet of space to recreate the entire American fight for independence from Lexington to Yorktown. Using only the actors' bodies, voices, and (pantomimed) cannons, the show evokes an epic time-period in American history.
 
   
Hooded, Or Being Black For Dummies Oct 20 - Nov 17, 2018  
First Floor Theater at The Den Theatre Hooded, Or Being Black For Dummies
 
Marquis and Tru are both fourteen year old black boys, but they exist in two totally different worlds. Marquis is a book smart prep-schooler living in the affluent suburb of Achievement Heights; while Tru is a street savvy kid from deep within the inner city of Baltimore. Their worlds overlap one day in a holding cell. Tru decides that Marquis has lost his "blackness" and pens a how-to manual entitled "Being Black for Dummies." He assumes the role of professor, but Marquis proves to be a reluctant pupil. They butt heads, debate, wrestle and ultimately prove that Nietzsche and 2pac were basically saying the same thing.
 
   
Bunnicula Oct 20 - Nov 25, 2018  
Lifeline Theatre Bunnicula
 
At a showing of Dracula one dark and stormy night, the Monroe family discovers an abandoned rabbit. When they bring him home, resident know-it-all Chester the cat suspects the worst after spying gleaming fangs in the bunny's mouth. And as vegetables start turning up mysteriously drained of their juices, even easygoing Harold the dog wonders if they have a supernatural menace on their hands. Brave the night and dare to embrace our differences in this musical adaptation of the 1979 book by Deborah and James Howe. This production is recommended for children ages five and up (children under two not permitted), and runs approximately one hour with no intermission.
 
   
There is No Power for the Electric Chair Oct 21 - Nov 5, 2018  
Trap Door Theatre There is No Power for the Electric Chair
 
Two men--a convict and an executioner--find themselves in a catastrophic situation. They don't know what is beyond the walls of the execution chamber. They must decide whether to continue following the code of rules and ethics they have always known or develop a new one. And who is to create this new code?
 
   
Hello, Dolly! Oct 23 - Nov 17, 2018  
Ford Oriental Theatre Hello, Dolly!
 
Tony Award-winning Broadway legend Betty Buckley stars in HELLO, DOLLY! - the universally acclaimed smash that NPR calls "the best show of the year!" Winner of four Tony Awards including Best Musical Revival, director Jerry Zaks' "gorgeous" new production (Vogue) is "making people crazy happy!" (The Washington Post). Breaking box office records week after week and receiving thunderous raves on Broadway, this HELLO, DOLLY! pays tribute to the original work of legendary director/choreographer Gower Champion - hailed both then and now as one of the greatest stagings in musical theater history. Rolling Stone calls it "a must-see event. A musical comedy dream. If you're lucky enough to score a ticket, you'll be seeing something historic. Wow, wow, wow, indeed!"
 
   
Acelere Oct 23 - Nov 4, 2018  
Chicago Shakespeare Theater Acelere
 
Direct from a sold-out engagement at Edinburgh Festival Fringe and an acclaimed run on London's South Bank, this high-energy spectacle is packed with explosive power and raw skill. Jaw-dropping circus feats from aerialists, acrobats, and contortionists are interwoven with live music and dance to create a genre-spanning performance that jumps from hip-hop and electro cumbia to drum and bass. Acts by top graduates of Colombia's national circus school, Circo Para Todos (Circus for All), offer a glimpse of the future of this reinvigorated, reinvented art form. This unforgettable North American debut is the culminating event of the second annual Destinos - Chicago International Latino Theater Festival.
 
   
Fight Night Oct 23 - Nov 4, 2018  
Chicago Shakespeare Theater Fight Night
 
Five candidates. One winner. You decide. This critically acclaimed Edinburgh Fringe Festival hit from Belgium's extraordinary Ontroerend Goed employs high-octane performance and hand-held voting technology to put the power into your hands. The candidates battle for your attention, sympathy, and approval. What will you learn about yourself, and how quickly you judge, or condemn, based on sound bites and appearances? In a world where beauty rules over all, nothing-not even politics-is safe from the cult of celebrity. Come play a game and find the line between democracy and the tyranny of the majority.
 
   
Love's Labour's Lost Oct 24 - Nov 18, 2018  
Invictus Theatre Company at The Frontier Love's Labour's Lost
 
A well-intentioned king vows to forego all fleshly delights, setting the stage for romantic hijinks. Ferdinand, the king of Navarre, insists that his court join him in a pledge to undertake a strict regimen of study and celibacy. The grudging compliance of three noblemen is sorely tested - as is the king's own resolve - with the arrival of a French princess and a trio of comedy attendants. Love's Labour's Lost features such typical Shakespearean elements as lovers in disguise, a witty clown, and an abundance of sparkling repartee.
 
   
Neverland Oct 26 - Nov 25, 2018  
Prop Theatre Neverland
 
NEVERLAND chronicles the final days of Peter Pan's utopia. When Wendy, an Avondale teenager, becomes the newest addition to The Lost, Peter's band of runaway teens from different decades, she discovers an underground kingdom ready to shatter. Struggling to find it's future under the direction of confused leadership, bloody past practices, and centuries long wars over legacy, the inhabitants of Neverland can no longer hide from what they've become. The journey from childhood to adulthood has never been so treacherous than in this "Peter Pan" in the era of Trump's America.
 
   
The Mystery of Edwin Drood Oct 26 - Nov 18, 2018  
Saint Sebastian Players at St. Bonaventure Church The Mystery of Edwin Drood
 
Based on Charles Dickens' final, unfinished novel, this hilarious whodunit invites the audience to solve its mystery by choosing the identity of the murderer, potentially changing the show's ending at each performance. The tale is presented as a show within a show, as the Music Hall Royale-a delightfully loony Victorian theatre company-presents Dickens' brooding mystery.
 
   
110 in the Shade Oct 28 - Dec 16, 2018  
BoHo Theatre at Theater Wit 110 in the Shade
 
In the tiny town of Three Point, in the hot and drought-stricken American southwest, traveling con man Bill Starbuck promises the local farmers he can conjure some much-needed rain. Spinster Lizzie Curry, whose advances are rebuffed by Sheriff File, blossoms as she pursues a romantic relationship with the charismatic stranger.
 
   
Frankenstein Nov 1 - Dec 2, 2018  
Court Theatre Frankenstein
 
Love, loss, and creation merge in unexpected ways in this thrilling classic gothic tale conceived by Manual Cinema. Stories of Mary Shelley, Victor Frankenstein, and his Monster expose how the forces of family, community, and education shape personhood-or destroy it by their absence. In a special world premiere presentation, internationally-renowned multimedia company Manual Cinema stitches together the classic story of Frankenstein with Mary Shelley's own biography to create an unexpected story about the beauty and horror of creation. Manual Cinema combines handmade shadow puppetry, cinematic techniques, and innovative sound and music to create immersive visual stories for stage and screen. Manual Cinema is a performance collective and film production company, founded in part by former Court dramaturg Drew Dir.
 
   

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