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La traviata Feb 16 - Mar 22, 2019  
Lyric Opera La traviata
 
There's a reason that Verdi's tragic romance La traviata is one of the most popular operas on the planet. Of course, there's the music, with exquisite arias like "Sempre libera" and the mournful "Addio del passato." Then there's the bittersweet love story of the beautiful, pleasure-loving yet frail courtesan Violetta, who unexpectedly finds true (and ultimately tragic) love with a younger man. But above all, what sets La traviata in a league of its own is its humanity and its heart. It's a truly timeless tale of moral hypocrisy and selfless sacrifice, and in the character of Violetta, Verdi and librettist Francesco Maria Piave have given us one of opera's most fascinating heroines, a woman of boundless humanity and emotional depth.
 
   
The Scarlet Ibis Feb 16 - Feb 24, 2019  
Chicago Opera Theater at The Studebaker Theater The Scarlet Ibis
 
Based on James Hurst's classic American short story, "The Scarlet Ibis" is a moving tale about brotherhood, nature and family, set in North Carolina against the backdrop of World War I. It tells the story of a young boy named Doodle and his relationship with his brother, exploring the ways people 'other' those who are different and questioning what it means to be 'normal.'
 
   
Mike Pence Sex Dream Feb 16 - Mar 16, 2019  
First Floor Theater at The Den Theatre Mike Pence Sex Dream
 
In the aftermath of Trumpís election, newlyweds Gary and Ben have to keep each other sane and solvent. But as the countryís political landscape drives Ben to his breaking point, Gary changes too Ėin ways that he has to keep secret from his husband. Gary canít tell Ben about the nightly seductions of a certain phantasmagorical fascist. And he definitely canít tell Ben that in the process of bringing home the bacon, heís fallen in love with a pig. From the recent past to our imminent dystopia, Mike Pence Sex Dream is a romantic travesty exploring the depths to which one manís self loathing can drag him.
 
   
An Inspector Calls Feb 19 - Mar 10, 2019  
Chicago Shakespeare Theater An Inspector Calls
 
This suspenseful masterpiece begins when the mysterious Inspector Goole calls unexpectedly on the prosperous Birling home, shattering their peaceful family dinner party with his investigation into the death of a young woman. Revelations shake the foundations of the family's lives, prompting an examination of their consciences.
 
   
Jack and the Beanstalk Feb 21 - May 10, 2019  
Chicago Kids Company at Beverly Arts Center Jack and the Beanstalk
 
Meet Jack and his best friend, a Spanish-speaking cow named Carmelita. When Jack sets off to save the family farm and comes back with magic beans, it's not long before he finds himself on a wild adventure at the top of the magical beanstalk. There, he'll encounter a wacky Giant, a magical singing Harp, and a Goose that lays golden eggs! The show runs one hour with no intermission and is for children from 2 to 10 years old.
 
   
Doubt: A Parable Feb 27 - Mar 31, 2019  
The Gift Theatre at Steppenwolf Theatre Doubt: A Parable
 
In this brilliant and powerful drama, Sister Aloysius, a Bronx school principal, takes matters into her own hands when she suspects the young Father Flynn of improper relations with one of the male students. Winner of the 2005 Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award for Best Play.
 
   
Terra Nova Feb 28 - Mar 17, 2019  
Three Crows Theatre at Piven Theatre Terra Nova
 
Inspired by the real-life race to the South Pole, this Obie-winning play by Academy Award-winning writer Ted Tally (Silence of the Lambs) tells the true story of English explorer Robert Falcon Scott, who led an expedition across Antarctica in 1911, only to find he'd been beaten to his goal by a Norwegian team. A victim of British aristocratic pride and hubris, Scott's trip back across the frozen wasteland with his team turns tragic, while flashbacks to his prior life with his young wife sheds light on his motivations. See this Three Crows Theatre production at the Piven Theatre in Evanston.
 
   
Southern Comfort Feb 28 - Mar 31, 2019  
Pride Arts Center - The Broadway Southern Comfort
 
In SOUTHERN COMFORT, Robert, a transgender man living in rural Georgia among his chosen family of mostly transgender friends, has one final wish after receiving life-altering news. He wishes to make it to the annual Southern Comfort Transgender Conference he has attended with his friends for years, so he can dance at the ball with his newly-discovered love, Lola. While Robert attempts to live his life as fully as possible surrounded by those he loves, his friends struggle to process what will inevitably come. This heartwarming musical with a lush folk/bluegrass score is based on the award-winning 2001 Sundance Film Festival documentary of the same title.
 
   
Remember the Alamo Feb 28 - Apr 27, 2019  
Neo-Futurists Remember the Alamo
 
n this new show created by Neo-Futurist Ensemble Member Nick Hart and directed by Artistic Director Kurt Chiang, an ensemble takes over The Neo-Futurist Theater, refuses to leave and obstructs all production in the theater until the audience and actors work to recreate the Battle of the Alamo in its entirety-through the inevitable "death" of the audience. Hart assumes the role of William B. Travis, chief commander of the Texas army at the Alamo, with the audience as his faithful and willing soldiers during the siege. Remember the Alamo expands on the grand American traditional of historical reenactment with the meta-theatrical style, honest narratives and personal takes that have defined The Neo-Futurists for 30 years.
 
   
The Ruse of Medusa Feb 28 - Apr 7, 2019  
Facility Theatre at Chopin Theatre The Ruse of Medusa
 
This lyrical comedy consists of nine short scenes with seven alternating musical compositions involving the Baron Medusa, his daughter Frisette, her young suitor Astolpho, the Baron's recalcitrant valet Polycarpe and a dancing mechanical monkey named Jonas. The Surrealist play juxtaposes music, text and movement and is considered to be a precursor to Dadaism.
 
   
Corduroy Mar 1 - Apr 14, 2019  
Emerald City Theatre at Athenaeum Theatre Corduroy
 
A small bear's quest for a missing button leads to the friendship of a lifetime! The department store comes to life with circus elements and physical comedy as Corduroy must stay a step ahead of the Night Watchman to be ready for Lisa when she returns to the store. Learn the importance of empathy and unconditional love along with a young girl and her mother in this sweet adaptation of the beloved book by Don Freeman. Corduroy is a Chicago premiere and a playful adventure that will delight ages three and up!
 
   
Little Shop Of Horrors Mar 1 - Apr 28, 2019  
Mercury Theater Little Shop Of Horrors
 
Assistant at Mushnik's flower shop, orphan Seymour Krelborn is in search of an escape from his poverty-stricken life on an urban skid-row, and in love with his co-worker, Audrey. After obtaining a mysterious carnivorous plant, whom he names Audrey II, he discovers that it survives only by blood, and it quickly blossoms into a fully-fledged local attraction that propels the flower shop to success. But as the shop's popularity grows, so does Audrey II's hunger for blood, along with Audrey's love for Seymour. Before long, Seymour discovers Audrey II's extra-terrestrial roots and her ultimate desire for world domination.
 
   
Ariodante Mar 2 - Mar 17, 2019  
Lyric Opera Ariodante
 
Villainous Polinesso lusts after Ginevra, but she loves noble Ariodante, who loves her in return. Polinesso will stop at nothing to get his way. Will Ariodante win out over his rival? The dramatic sparks fly and so do the fireworks in a score calling for the maximum in dazzling vocal virtuosity. But thanks to Handel's incomparable genius, Ariodante also offers deeply soulful arias to melt any listener's heart. Don't miss this long-awaited Lyric premiere, gracing the stage at Lyric Opera of Chicago.
 
   
We Are Proud to Present a Presentation About the Herero of Namibia, Formerly Known as South West Africa, From the German Sudw Mar 2 - Mar 16, 2019  
Steppenwolf Theatre We Are Proud to Present a Presentation About the Herero of Namibia, Formerly Known as South West Africa, From the German Sudw
 
When a group of actors gathers together to give a presentation about a long-forgotten-or possibly never remembered-genocide, they realize that summaries based on history books aren't nearly enough to capture the complexity of human extermination-or human interaction. We Are Proud to Present a Presentation...tells the story of what happens when, in an effort to dig deeper, the nobly intentioned ensemble crashes into their own simmering fears and unconscious prejudices, coming face to face with the potential for brutality in all of us.
 
   
The Bridges Of Madison County Mar 8 - Apr 21, 2019  
Theo Ubique The Bridges Of Madison County
 
This heartfelt, intimate musical based on the novel of the same name by Robert James Waller is the story of an Italian war bride living in rural Iowa in 1965 who meets and falls in love with a handsome globe-trotting photographer while her husband and children are out of town.
 
   
2 Unfortunate 2 Travel Mar 8 - Apr 15, 2019  
Prop Theatre 2 Unfortunate 2 Travel
 
It's a tough time right now. You deserve a vacation. Jack Wilton, self-appointed ally and recent returnee from travelling the world wants to give you one. He has transformed his recent vacation into a variety show depicting his adventures in a range of spectacular and crowd-pleasing styles, with everything from shadow puppetry to a live game show. He's created a safe space where you can sit back, drink a free beer and enjoy an hour free from any political discussion. Over the course of the evening, the cracks begin to show in Jack's stories, his conduct and the fabric of reality itself as the performing ensemble of five women work to bring Jack's stories to life and struggle within both a play and a society that profits off of their silence.
 
   
How To Live On Earth Mar 8 - Mar 24, 2019  
Chimera Ensemble at Flat Iron Arts Building How To Live On Earth
 
How to Live on Earth tells the stories of Omar, Eleanor, Aggie, and Bill, applicants to become the first colonists of the planet Mars. The mission, should they be chosen to embark on it, would be one-way, with no possible return to Earth. As the applicants compete for the few spots available, they are forced to reckon with the cost of their dream, especially for the lovers and family they would be leaving behind.
 
   

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