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The Little Foxes Sep 28 - Oct 28, 2018  
Citadel Theatre Company The Little Foxes
 
Lillian Hellman's searing tale of family betrayal and corruption, set in Alabama in the year 1900. In it, Regina Hubbard Giddens connives against her brothers and husband for wealth and freedom within the confines of an early 20th-century society where fathers considered only sons as their legal heirs. This milestone in American theatre is a riveting unsentimental portrait of a bygone era that still holds timely resonance even today.
 
   
Charlie And The Chocolate Factory Oct 2 - Oct 21, 2018  
Ford Oriental Theatre Charlie And The Chocolate Factory
 
Roald Dahl's amazing tale is now Chicago's golden ticket! It's the perfect recipe for a delectable treat: songs from the original film, including "Pure Imagination," "The Candy Man," and "I've Got a Golden Ticket," alongside a toe-tapping and ear-tickling new score from the songwriters of Hairspray. Get ready for Oompa-Loompas, incredible inventions, the great glass elevator, and more, more, more at this everlasting showstopper! Entertainment Weekly raves "Broadway's Big Treat" and NPR exclaims "You'll have a ball!"
 
   
Culture Clash: American Odyssey Oct 4 - Oct 7, 2018  
Victory Gardens Theater - Biograph Culture Clash: American Odyssey
 
Culture Clash: An American Odyssey is a character study of real people and true stories from the shadows, borders and badlands of America. For 35 years the dedicated performance trio has tirelessly scoured the jails, detention centers, churches, mosques and the streets to fully understand and dimensionalize the human drama and joy of those who exist in the margins of the mainstream. Culture Clash dives into gender, race and class with the skills of veteran ethnographers in a pulsating, living theater of our complex times.
 
   
Crumbs From The Table Of Joy Oct 4 - Nov 18, 2018  
Raven Theatre Crumbs From The Table Of Joy
 
Brooklyn, 1950. Ernestine and Ermina Crump have moved to New York with their father, Godfrey, who is seeking spiritual guidance from a man called Father Divine. In the swirling, glamorous commotion of this new city, with calls for equal rights and communist rebellion hanging in the air, the girls begin a turbulent journey toward independence and a challenging future.
 
   
Shrek The Musical Oct 5 - Dec 30, 2018  
Marriott Theatre In Lincolnshire Shrek The Musical
 
"Once upon a time, there was a little ogre named Shrek...." And thus begins the tale of an unlikely hero who finds himself on a life-changing journey alongside a wisecracking Donkey and a feisty princess who resists her rescue. Throw in a short-tempered bad guy, a cookie with an attitude and over a dozen other fairy tale misfits, and you've got the kind of mess that calls for a real hero. Luckily, there's one on hand... and his name is Shrek.
 
   
La boheme Oct 6 - Jan 25, 2019  
Lyric Opera La boheme
 
Puccini's story of love, loss and the artistic world of 19th-century Paris comes to vibrant life in this stunning production at Lyric Opera of Chicago. A huge hit when it premiered it in 1896, the opera's popularity and power hasn't dimmed since. Featuring strikingly designed sets and costumes, not to mention an exciting cast of singers, including Maria Agresta, Michael Fabiano, Danielle de Niese, Zachary Nelson and more, La boheme finds the poor poet Rodolfo and the painter Marcello drawn into a tangle of love and jealousy after the frail Mimi knocks on their door. These youthful dreamers navigate the complicated maze of romance amid the colorful Bohemian enclaves of the city and its snowy streets, until they realize they can no longer hide from the world's harsh realities.
 
   
Frederick Oct 9 - Nov 12, 2018  
Chicago Children's Theatre at The Station Frederick
 
While other mice are working hard gathering food for the winter, Frederick is daydreaming the summer away. But when dreary weather comes, it is Frederick who has stored up something special to help his companions survive the long cold winter.
 
   
Frankenstein Oct 11 - Nov 11, 2018  
Remy Bumppo Theatre at The Greenhouse Theater Center Frankenstein
 
Remy Bumppo will be celebrating the 200th anniversary of Mary Shelley's famous novel, Frankenstein, in a fresh, new adaptation by Nick Dear directed by Remy Bumppo Artistic Assistant Ian Frank. As in the Royal National Theatre's premiere, the duality of human nature will be embodied by two actors who will alternate the roles of the creator and his creature every other performance.
 
   
Warrior Class Oct 11 - Nov 11, 2018  
The Comrades at The Greenhouse Theater Center Warrior Class
 
When Assemblyman Julius Lee makes a bid for Congress, the ghosts of his college days come back to haunt him. Nothing reveals true colors like a sprint to the finish, when friends become enemies and allies can turn on a dime. Warrior Class is a political battle of race, romance, forgiveness, and debt. Award: TCG Edgerton New Play Prize
 
   
Gypsy Oct 12 - Nov 25, 2018  
Porchlight Music Theatre at Ruth Page Center For Arts Gypsy
 
Chicago's E. Faye Butler adopts the mantle of Broadway's legendary "stage mother" in this heart wrenching story of a woman who raises her daughters to assume the heights, whether they want to or not, and featuring one of the gold-standard musical scores including "Let Me Entertain You," "Together (Wherever We Go)," "Everything's Coming Up Roses" and others.
 
   
Sesame Street Live! Let's Party! Oct 12 - Oct 14, 2018  
Rosemont Theatre Sesame Street Live! Let's Party!
 
From the moment the curtain rises, parents and children alike will be on their feet dancing along to a pop-infused soundtrack with new Sesame Street friends and live emcees Casey and Caleb. Planning a party isn't easy when everybody has a different idea of fun, but with some help from the audience, it becomes the ultimate reflection of what friendship plus teamwork can accomplish. Party guests will sing along to new and familiar songs, like "I Love Trash" and "C is for Cookie," with Oscar the Grouch and Cookie Monster; dance to the beat with Elmo; explore a wintry wonderland when Abby Cadabby's magic goes awry; take flight with Big Bird to learn about some of his fabulous feathered friends; and discover new cultures in an interactive Spanish lesson with Rosita. A unique, up-close-and-personal pre-show experience will be offered at an additional charge prior to select performances, allowing families the opportunity to tour the on-stage neighborhood of their favorite, furry friends before they arrive for the main show. The fun doesn't end there. A variety of interactive activities give children the chance to create, discover and learn as they help decorate for the upcoming party.
 
   
Idomeneo Oct 13 - Nov 2, 2018  
Lyric Opera Idomeneo
 
Idomeneo, the King of Crete, makes a promise to the gods he cannot keep in Mozart's dramatic tale of love, jealousy, punishment and redemption, set during the Trojan War. The story follows Idomeneo, who's pledged to sacrifice the first human he meets on shore in exchange for survival at sea. But the first person he encounters turns out to be his own son Idamante, who's become a promising leader in his father's absence and who's caught in a war of affection between the Trojan princess Illia and her Greek counterpart Electra.
 
   
The American Revolution Oct 17 - 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.
 
   
Small Mouth Sounds Oct 18 - Dec 9, 2018  
A Red Orchid Theatre Small Mouth Sounds
 
Six urbanites take their troubles to the woods and attempt to work them out at a secluded spiritual retreat. Attendees may not speak for the entire week, clothing is optional at the lake, and beware of bears. The isolating silence collides with the human ache to connect. How do we address life's biggest questions when words fail us? A Chicago premiere that is at once strange and compassionate, awkward and graceful, silly and profound.
 
   
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
 
   
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!"
 
   
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.
 
   

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