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The Mousetrap Jan 16 - Feb 16, 2020  
Court Theatre The Mousetrap
 
The Ralstons' house becomes lethal when four guests are snowed in amidst reports of a woman's murder. Agatha Christie's craft for building skillful twists and shocking turns is on full display in this famed mystery which reinforces the genre as a pillar of classic drama. The Mousetrap is revived in an exuberant staging by Sean Graney that eschews cliche and begs for a repeat viewing as the traps characters lay are sprung in surprising ways.
 
   
Verboten Jan 16 - Mar 8, 2020  
The House Theatre of Chicago at Chopin Theatre Verboten
 
1983. Chicago. It's do-or-die for Verboten-a band made up of outsider teens with seriously complex home lives. As they gear up for a show at The Cubby Bear that is sure to change their lives forever, can they keep their parents from destroying the fabric of their self-made punk rock family? With lyrics and music by Verboten's original guitarist Jason Narducy (Split Single, Superchunk, Bob Mould) and book by Brett Neveu (Odradek, Pilgrim's Progress, Traitor), Verboten is inspired by the true story of Chicago's own young punks.
 
   
Sheepdog Jan 16 - Feb 29, 2020  
Shattered Globe Theatre at Theater Wit Sheepdog
 
Amina and Ryan are both officers in the Cleveland police force. Amina is black, Ryan is white, and they are falling deeply and passionately in love. They pride themselves on moral and ethical conduct; they are officers committed to guarding the "sheep" (citizens) from the "wolves" (predators). When a police-involved shooting roils the department, the intoxication of young love spirals into confusion and self-doubt. This is a mystery inside a love story with high stakes and no easy answers. At breakneck speed, Amina's dogged pursuit of the truth may exact a devastating toll.
 
   
Sunday Evening Jan 16 - Feb 9, 2020  
Rose Valley Theatre Group at The Greenhouse Theater Center Sunday Evening
 
Two families, lost in deep conflict, misunderstandings, and personal betrayal. Rose and Nick are an immigrant couple trapped between the demons of their past and betrayal of the present. Their turmoil is witnessed by Stella, an actress with a vibrant past but bereaved of any recent success. The main reminder of those glorious early days is their victim - her daughter, who must resort to manipulation in order to receive love, understanding, and affection that are long overdue. Sunday Evening intertwines and juxtaposes the illusion of the American Dream with the reality of everyday existence.
 
   
Spoken Word Jan 17 - Mar 1, 2020  
MPAACT at The Greenhouse Theater Center Spoken Word
 
Resonant with Arthur Miller's The Crucible, Spoken Word takes place in a small community dominated by hearsay, fear, outrage, and over-reaching authority figures. On the isolated campus of a Midwest university, sex, race, and gender collide in an epic culture war. At the center of this genre-bending drama are two undergrads - one Persian, the other Black - trying to navigate their conflicted feelings, while social loyalties, family obligations, and administrative pressures encroach on their privacy with an oppressive need to know everything about their sexual encounter gone wrong. In Spoken Word everyone will have their say, and it all turns on a single word - never spoken.
 
   
Roe Jan 18 - Feb 23, 2020  
Goodman Theatre Roe
 
Norma; Act II, Scene II Conceived in a pizza parlor and argued in the highest court in the land, 1973's Roe v. Wade legalized abortion-and is hotly debated still today. The complex young women behind the trial-attorney Sarah Weddington and plaintiff Norma McCorvey ("Jane Roe")-embark upon separate journeys that mirror the current polarization over the landmark decision. Shocking, humorous and "full of nuance and complexity" (NPR), Roe illuminates the heart and passion that each side has for their cause.
 
   
Once On This Island Jan 21 - Feb 2, 2020  
Cadillac Palace Theatre Once On This Island
 
Winner of the 2018 Tony Award for Best Revival of a Musical, ONCE ON THIS ISLAND is the sweeping, universal tale of Ti Moune, a fearless peasant girl in search of her place in the world, and ready to risk it all for love. Guided by the mighty island gods, Ti Moune sets out on a remarkable journey to reunite with the man who has captured her heart. The groundbreaking vision of two-time Tony Award nominated director Michael Arden (Spring Awakening revival) and acclaimed choreographer Camille A. Brown (NBC's Jesus Christ Superstar Live) conjures up "a place where magic is possible and beauty is apparent for all to see!" (The Huffington Post). With a score that bursts with life from Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty, the Tony Award-winning songwriters of Anastasia and Ragtime, ONCE ON THIS ISLAND is a timeless testament to theater's unlimited possibilities.
 
   
Wake Up, Brother Bear! Jan 21 - Feb 27, 2020  
Chicago Children's Theatre at The Station Wake Up, Brother Bear!
 
Take your cubs on a highly interactive journey through the four seasons with a playful pair of bears. See a waterfall melt, meet a butterfly, chase an elusive fish and skate on an icy pond. Full of music and physical activity, Wake Up, Brother Bear! takes kids on an intimate, immersive theatrical experience. Even the littlest theatergoers are made to feel part of the show as they experience live storytelling in a whole new format. And who better than Brother Bear and Sister Bear to help see out the waning months of your family's winter hibernation?
 
   
How A Boy Falls Jan 23 - Feb 29, 2020  
Northlight Theatre How A Boy Falls
 
A newly hired au pair is thrust into the midst of a mystery when the loss of a young boy casts suspicion on her and the boy's wealthy parents. The parents are each seeking answers and retribution while the au pair is hatching a dangerous scheme of her own, and no one is exactly who they seem to be in a new psychological thriller that asks who can we trust... if we can trust anyone.
 
   
Bug Jan 23 - Mar 8, 2020  
Steppenwolf Theatre Bug
 
In a seedy Oklahoma motel room, a lonely waitress begins an unexpected love affair with a young drifter. And then they see the first bugs...Tracy Letts's mind-bending cult classic - a luridly funny tale of love, paranoia, and government conspiracy roars back to Chicago for its Steppenwolf debut.
 
   
Do You Feel Anger? Jan 23 - Mar 15, 2020  
A Red Orchid Theatre Do You Feel Anger?
 
Sofia was recently hired as an empathy coach at a debt collection agency-and clearly, she has her work cut out for her. These employees can barely identify what an emotion is, much less practice deep, radical compassion for others. And while they painstakingly stumble towards enlightenment, someone keeps mugging Eva in the kitchen. An outrageous comedy about the absurdity-and the danger-of complicity in a world where some people's feelings matter more than others'.
 
   
Evil Dead The Musical Jan 23 - Feb 29, 2020  
The Greenhouse Theater Center Evil Dead The Musical
 
Evil Dead The Musical takes all the elements of the cult classic films The Evil Dead, Evil Dead 2, and Army of Darkness and combines them for one of the craziest, funniest and bloodiest theatrical experiences of all time. Five college students go to an abandoned cabin in the woods, and accidentally unleash an evil force that turns them all into demons. It's all up to Ash (a housewares employee turned demon-killing hero), and his trusty chainsaw to save the day. Blood flies. Limbs are dismembered. Demons tell bad jokes ... and all to music. The songs in the show are completely off the wall as well.
 
   
Duke Ellington's Sophisticated Ladies Jan 24 - Mar 7, 2020  
Porchlight Music Theatre at Ruth Page Center For Arts Duke Ellington's Sophisticated Ladies
 
A celebration of the artist many consider "the most important composer in the history of jazz," this stylish salute to "The Duke" will transport audiences on a high-stepping, dynamic journey through the life and times of one of America's greatest showmen. From his early days at Harlem's legendary Cotton Club through growing successes at Carnegie Hall, on Broadway, in Hollywood and around the world, this elegant, Tony Award-nominated entertainment features a treasure trove of Ellington's biggest hits, including "Mood Indigo," "Take the "A" Train," "I'm Beginning to See the Light,", "Hit Me With a Hot Note and Watch Me Bounce," "Perdido," "It Don't Mean a Thing," "In a Sentimental Mood," "Satin Doll" among many others.
 
   
How to Defend Yourself Jan 24 - Feb 23, 2020  
Victory Gardens Theater - Biograph How to Defend Yourself
 
How to Defend Yourself circles around seven college students who gather for a DIY self-defense workshop after a sorority sister is raped. They learn how to "not be a victim", how to use their bodies as weapons, how to fend off attackers. The form of self-defense becomes a channel for their rage, trauma, confusion, anxiety, and desire--lots of desire. Challenged to determine what they want and how to ask for it, the students must ultimately face the insidious ways rape culture steals one's body and sense of belonging. Developed as part of Victory Gardens 2018 Ignition Festival of New Plays and the winner of the 2019 Yale Drama Series Prize, How to Defend Yourself is funny, raw and brutally honest - a triumph from playwright Lily Padilla. The production will be directed by Marti Lyons (Cambodian Rock Band, Native Gardens Victory Gardens, Witch Writers Theatre).
 
   
The Leopard Play, or sad songs for lost boys Jan 24 - Feb 29, 2020  
Steep Theatre The Leopard Play, or sad songs for lost boys
 
All families have secrets, but some live in an underbelly too dark to even whisper about. After ten years of walking away, Son returns to his home along the U.S./Mexican border searching for answers about his uncle's mysterious death, but what he finds there are the men he tried to escape and the memories he thought he left behind. The Leopard Play or, sad songs for lost boys is an excavation of truth amidst lies, intimacy amidst violence, and a reckoning of learning how to love the very thing you hate the most.
 
   
Emma Jan 28 - Mar 15, 2020  
Chicago Shakespeare Theater Emma
 
Jane Austen's beloved novel is now a deliciously charming musical, created by Tony Award-nominated composer and lyricist Paul Gordon (Jane Eyre, Sense and Sensibility, Daddy Long Legs). Privileged, pampered, and preoccupied with romance, Emma Woodhouse indulges in her pastime of misguided matchmaking, but is clueless when it comes to her own feelings and a gentleman named Mr. Knightley. As our imperfect heroine learns that love cannot be predicted or channeled, we are swept up by Paul Gordon's lyrical melodies.
 
   
An American in Paris Jan 31 - Mar 29, 2020  
Drury Lane- Oakbrook An American in Paris
 
A tale inspired by hope and possibility, An American in Paris brings breathtaking moments of dance and song to the musical stage. Jive along with Jerry Mulligan, an American GI doing his best to make it as a painter in the bustling city of Paris following the end of World War II. The storied streets of the City of Lights become the dancefloor to a ravishing and passionate voyage into art, friendship, and love following the aftermath of the war. This Grammy Award nominee has also won four Tony Awards for its heart and dedication. It will have you leaping to your feet and dancing along from the very first number.
 
   

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