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The Aliens  
Aegis Theatre Company at Flat Iron Arts Building The Aliens
 
The Aliens tells the story of two young men who frequent a coffee shop in Vermont and the young employee they decide to take under their wing. Jasper and KJ are disillusioned New England thirty-somethings who regularly meet behind the coffee shop to discuss poetry and music. When Evan, a new hire, shows up, they welcome him into their merry band of misfits. The Aliens is one of Annie Baker's Vermont Plays--all of which are set in the fictional town of Shirley, Vermont.
   
Arms And The Man  
City Lit Theater Arms And The Man
 
Bluntschli, a Swiss soldier fonder of chocolates than of bullets, hides in the bedroom of Bulgarian heiress Raina while escaping from battle-a development that disturbs her fiance Sergius, a swaggering cavalry-officer from the other side. First produced in 1894, this comedy about the folly of war and the frailties of human nature was one of Shaw's first popular successes in a career that produced more than 60 plays. Shaw called it "an anti-romantic comedy."
   
The Artificial Jungle  
Hell in a Handbag Productions at Stage 773 The Artificial Jungle
 
Things at The Artificial Jungle, the dilapidated pet store owned by mild-mannered Chester Nurdiger, are pretty routine. The devoted Mother Nurdiger does her best to give her son everything he needs, but there are some things a mother just can't provide. Chester's wife, the sultry and stifled Roxanne Nurdiger, is as restless as one of the hamsters in a cage, and when Zachary Slade, a mysterious drifter enters the picture, passions run wild. Roxanne and Zachary have the perfect plan to get rid of Chester and live the life Roxanne craves.
   
Avenue Q  
Mercury Theater Avenue Q
 
A racy cross between South Park and Sesame Street, AVENUE Q is a modern musical focusing on a group of unique 20-somethings making their way in the big city, seeking their purpose in life. Director L. Walter Stearns explains that the real magic of the show is when the audience "forgets that the puppets are nothing more than fur and felt and start to believe they have a mind, heart and soul." It tells the timeless story of a recent college grad named Princeton who moves into a shabby New York apartment all the way out on Avenue Q. He soon discovers that although the residents seem nice, it's clear that this is not your ordinary neighborhood. Together, Princeton and his new-found friends struggle to find jobs, dates and their ever-elusive purpose in life. Although AVENUE Q addresses humorous adult issues, it is similar to a beloved children's show: a place where puppets are friends, monsters are good and life lessons are learned.
   
Bible Bingo  
Royal George Theatre Bible Bingo
 
From Vicki Quade, the creator of the popular comedy Late Nite Catechism, comes the new interactive comedy Bible Bingo. The Archdiocese's new bingo department needs to raise money for the parish. That's where you come in: Get ready to play bingo for a variety of wacky prizes. Along the way, you'll be drawn into conversation about everything from Adam and Eve to modern sins. Just be careful: You might laugh so hard you forget to yell "bingo."
   
Big Giant Love  
Madison Street Theatre Big Giant Love
 
Oak Park's Madison Street Theatre inaugurates its solo series POWER OF ONE with writer/performer Maureen Muldoon's BIG GIANT LOVE, an hour-long exploration of the repercussions when a child changes gender.
   
Bigmouth  
Chicago Shakespeare Theater Bigmouth
 
Equipped with five microphones, his voice, and indefatigable energy, Valentijn Dhaenens pays tribute to the 2,500-year history of oration in this tour-de-force performance. The smash hit of Edinburgh Fringe Festival ingeniously weaves together fragments of seminal speeches ranging from Socrates and Muhammad Ali to General Patton and Osama bin Laden, revealing that the tricks of rhetoric have never changed. Dhaenens traverses across time, picking the right words to morph a weak argument and to win power and glory-or the hand of a beloved.
   
Black Boy Joy  
Annoyance Theatre Black Boy Joy
 
Black kids rarely get to have fun. They're too busy stumbling upon dead bodies in John Singleton films, or being the snarky mentee for single white leads in romantic comedies, or being the one diverse kid in a small town where aliens are going all kinds of crazy. Teen Cudi are two black boys who just want to be silly and maybe a little thought provoking, but mostly silly because neither of them are sociology professors at this time, and life is hard enough.
   
Blue Man Group  
Briar Street Theatre Blue Man Group
 
Blue Man Group is best known for its award-winning theatrical productions which critics have described as "ground-breaking," "hilarious," "visually stunning" and "musically powerful." These performances feature three enigmatic bald and blue characters who take the audience through a multi-sensory experience that combines theatre, percussive music, art, science and vaudeville into a form of entertainment that is like nothing else.
   
Borealis  
The House Theatre of Chicago at Chopin Theatre Borealis
 
When a redacted and ominous letter arrives from her brother on the oil fields, thirteen-year-old Cozbi sets off for Anwar, Alaska to find him. Armed with a book on corporate communication strategy and a sharp axe, Cozbi battles her way through an Arctic wilderness in pursuit of her missing brother, squaring off against a host of monstrous Ass-Hats on each rung of the corporate ladder. Part mythic journey, part workplace satire, the play is a darkly comic adventure about family obligation, career aspiration, and what we leave behind to make our way to the top.
   
Bye Bye Liver  
Stage 773 Bye Bye Liver
 
The Pub Theater Company performs a series of outrageous sketches centered on Chicago's favorite pastime: drinking. Bye Bye Liver is filled with interactive social games for the audience, pitting males versus females, actors versus audience and so on. Bar life and alcoholic adventures are held up for your amusement so you can laugh -- and drink -- your troubles away. With a spontaneous and interactive format, the outcome is always a fun and outrageous time for everyone, both audience and cast.
   
A Chorus Line  
Metropolis Performing Arts Centre A Chorus Line
 
A stunning theatrical classic that captures the spirit and tension of a Broadway audition. Exploring the lives and poignant ambitions of professional chorus dancers; those overly dedicated, underpaid, highly trained performers. A Chorus Line takes the audience through the final grueling audition for a new Broadway musical. The show features one powerhouse number after another including “What I Did for Love,” “One,” “I Can Do That,” “At the Ballet,” “The Music and the Mirror,” and “I Hope I Get It.” Song, dance, and compellingly authentic drama are fused brilliantly in this nine time Tony Award winner. A Chorus Line captivates heartstrings until the final casting choices are made and the question of why we do anything of value is answered: for love.
   
Clued-In: An Improvised Murder Mystery  
Annoyance Theatre Clued-In: An Improvised Murder Mystery
 
Clued In: An Improvised Murder Mystery is a one-act long form show that delivers the intrigue of classic murder mysteries with the skills of some of Chicago's most notable genre improvisers.
   
Come 'n Go  
The Aleatoric Theatre Company at Factory Theater Come 'n Go
 
Based on a true story, Come 'n Go is a romantic comedy about two sisters questioning their tumultuous love lives. Set in a dive bar just outside O'Hare airport, they meet a group of single men who share their insights on the world of dating. This inspires one of the sisters to write a book uncovering the secrets of the male heart and mind. On this love and laughter-filled journey, the women also uncover the truth about themselves, changing the course of their lives forever. The perfect date night, girls or guys night out!
   
Communion: An Evening of Magic  
The Den Theatre Communion: An Evening of Magic
 
Have you ever wished you could know what someone else is thinking? What if you could? COMMUNION: An Evening of Magic is a 70-minute performance that blurs the line between magician and spectator, and explores how illusion can create true human connection. Highly interactive and unconventional, COMMUNION blends world-class magic, sleight of hand, and psychological suggestion with live participation from the audience. No two performances are alike.
   
Crime and Punishment  
Shattered Globe Theatre at Theater Wit Crime and Punishment
 
As Raskolnikov plays a dangerous cat and mouse game with a mercurial investigating magistrate, a psychological thriller unspools and probes how far humanity might go when driven by disillusionment and whether any crime can be justified by a higher purpose.
   
Curve Of Departure  
Northlight Theatre Curve Of Departure
 
In a cramped motel room in New Mexico, a "ragtag little group of humans" gathers in anticipation of the funeral of a man they loved but did not like. But the dearly departed is not their only concern, as they grapple with the demands of ordinary life and the decisions of an uncertain future. Northlight favorite Mike Nussbaum returns as the patriarch of an unconventional family in this delicate and gently comic drama.
   
The Ding Dong  
McAninch Arts Center The Ding Dong
 
The Buffalo Theatre Ensemble kicks off their season with this fast-paced madcap farce. Described as "bubbly like a bottle of champagne," The Ding Dong or How the French Kiss, is sure to be a night out to remember! The New Yorker lauded this Mark Shanahan adaptation of Georges Feydeau's Le Dindon "a delightful update of this nineteenth-century classic!" See The Ding Dong in Glen Ellyn at McAnich Arts Center.
   
Downstate  
Steppenwolf Theatre Downstate
 
In downstate Illinois four sex offenders share a group home where they must negotiate their place in a world that doesn't want them. A man shows up to confront his childhood abuser-but does he want closure or retribution? This provocative new play by Pulitzer Prize-winning ensemble member Bruce Norris pushes moral boundaries as it questions what happens when society deems anyone unworthy of forgiveness.
   
Dream Freaks Fall From Space  
Second City Dream Freaks Fall From Space
 
Dream Freaks Fall from Space holds a funhouse mirror up to the already bizarre times in which we're living. The powerhouse cast delivers a show that's surreal, musical, maniacal, and utterly entertaining all at the same time. You'll fall for this other-worldly adventure that's unlike any other show on the planet!
   
Drink! The Sketch Comedy Drinking Game  
Cornservatory Drink! The Sketch Comedy Drinking Game
 
Corn Productions is celebrating its 21st birthday by introducing an all new, original BYOB sketch comedy show. "DRINK!" will feature original, comedic sketches by Corn Production writers with a new drinking game for every sketch. The seven person ensemble is aided by a luminescent "DRINK!" sign to help the audience follow along in the fun.
   
El Grande De Coca-Cola  
Berger Park Coach House El Grande De Coca-Cola
 
In a nightclub somewhere south of the border, local impresario Senor Pepe Hernandez has boasted to the local press that he is bringing a group of famous international cabaret stars to his club. He persuades the local Coca-Cola bottling plant to back the show in exchange for some blatant product placement. But when the night of the show comes, no stars arrive to perform and Pepe is forced to hire his family whose antics wreak havoc upon the stage. A deliriously funny and ridiculously wonderful show!
   
Frankenstein  
Lifeline Theatre Frankenstein
 
After an unexpected death shatters her family, Victoria retreats into the darkest recesses of her psyche in search of a way forward. To find meaning in an impossible loss, she brings a terrible creation to life - one whose existence threatens all hopes for the future. Haunted and hunted at every turn, Victoria must endure a nightmare journey of the soul in a quest for survival. Grapple with the demons of grief and denial in this world premiere adaptation of the 1818 thriller by Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley.
   
Gaslight District  
Second City Gaslight District
 
From aliens to the alienated, savage roasts to distorted boasts, The Second City e.t.c.'s 42 revue invites you along on a frenzied frolic that translates our modern world into the common language of laughter. Clear your mind, open your eyes and hail one wild rideshare to a place where the truth isn't just out there, it's waaaay out there.
   
Ghost - The Musical  
Theatre At The Center Ghost - The Musical
 
This musical adaptation of the 1990 Academy Award winning film follows the love story of Sam and Molly. After Sam's untimely death, he tries to protect Molly from an unknown threat. In an attempt to communicate with her, he enlists the help of a storefront psychic to hilarious and harrowing effect. This tale about the power of love features a score by Grammy Award winning songwriters Dave Stewart and Glen Ballard, and includes the classic "Unchained Melody."
   
Girls Night  
Steel Beam Theatre Girls Night
 
Girls Night delivers a compilation of hit Broadway tunes written exclusively by female composers. This salute to the women of the Great White Way features music by Carole King, Cyndi Lauper, Betty Comden, Jeanine Tesori, Lucy Simon, Dolly Parton and more. Hear songs from musicals like Beautiful, Nine to Five and Kinky Boots at Steel Beam Theatre in St. Charles.
   
The Goat, Or Who Is Sylvia?  
Interrobang Theatre Project at Rivendell Theatre The Goat, Or Who Is Sylvia?
 
Martin is an accomplished architect living the American dream. He has a loving wife, a devoted son, and an acclaimed career. But an explosive revelation threatens to destroy everything he has built, and forces Martin to reconcile the man the world has come to know with the man that he has come to be. Shocking theatregoers when it first premiered, The Goat deftly lambastes liberal acceptance, fidelity and family as one man painfully traverses the ultimate taboo.
   
The God Committee  
Oil Lamp Theater The God Committee
 
The God Committee is the third in a trilogy of plays presented by Glenview's Oil Lamp Theater this year that represent stories about women told by women. Medicine, money and morality clash when the Heart Transplant Selection Committee of St. Patrick's Hospital has only minutes to decide which of three patients will receive a heart that has suddenly become available. A cross between Twelve Angry Men and ER, The God Committee takes you into the inner workings of a transplant program and a decision -- for both their candidates and their program -- that is a matter of life and death.
   
Grease 3: Even Greasier  
Annoyance Theatre Grease 3: Even Greasier
 
Set at the edge of the new millennium, "Grease 3: Even Greasier" is a high school comedy for the 90's kid in all of us. The most popular girl at Jonathan Taylor Thomas High, Rude Betsy, rules the Pink Pussies with an iron fist. But will her reign of terror last when new student Sheila arrives on the scene? Meanwhile, the T-Bones hope to get their rock band out of the garage and into the limelight. Can they maintain their friendship when a secret crush threatens to tear them apart? This over the top, campy musical filled with, debauchery, drag and possibly death that will have you missing the days of Nick at Night, Spice Girls, and Dunkaroos.
   
Hamilton  
CIBC Theatre Hamilton
 
A new musical about the scrappy young immigrant who forever changed America: Alexander Hamilton. From bastard orphan to Washington's right hand man, rebel to war hero, loving husband caught in the country's first sex scandal to Treasury head who made an untrusting world believe in the American economy, Hamilton is an exploration of a political mastermind. George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Eliza Hamilton, and lifelong Hamilton friend and foe, Aaron Burr, all attend this revolutionary tale of America's fiery past told through the sounds of the ever-changing nation we've become.
   
Happy Endings  
Cornservatory Happy Endings
 
Once upon a time, a little theater on the north side of Chicago decided to wreck, ravage and rewrite every fairytale story we held dear in our childhood hearts. Happy Endings takes those beloved happily-ever-afters and shakes their moral grounds as the merry cast of performers guides you through an hour of drinking games and not-safe-for-Disney sketches. Grab your flagon of beer and head to The Cornservatory for this BYOB event. Corn Productions players will come to the rescue to revisit all your favorite childhood tales, complete with drinking games. You'll see everything from maidens being wooed in towers to Cinderella getting a makeover from the Fab Five to Belle and the Beast's post-nuptial lifestyle.
   
Homos, Or Everyone In America  
Pride Films And Plays at Pride Arts Center - The Broadway Homos, Or Everyone In America
 
"Love is love" - but is navigating it any less complicated today? What does it mean to be in a committed relationship? Is monogamy just monotony? Told through interweaving glimpses into the life of an everyday couple unexpectedly confronted by a vicious crime, HOMOS, OR EVERYONE IN AMERICA is a fearless, funny, heart-on-its-sleeve examination of the moments that can bring two people together - or pull them apart.
   
Ily  
Unheard Of Company at The Greenhouse Theater Center Ily
 
Unheard Of Company is excited to present the world premiere of this dark comedy, which tells the story of four women and their inability to communicate with each other, themselves, and their partners. From 2008-2017, the production explores the lives of young, southern women navigating adulthood in the modern age while dealing with the consequences of an oppressive upbringing.
   
Improvised Dungeons and Dragons  
Out On A Whim at Otherworld Theatre Improvised Dungeons and Dragons
 
Out On A Whim brings classic table top RPGs to life in this 90 minute improvised show! Each week, the audience selects a core cast of adventurers to embark on an epic quest guided by a guest Dungeon Master! Watch as our heroes endure triumph and tragedy, romance and revenge, all while reckoning with the whims of the almighty D20!
   
The Infinite Wrench  
Neo-Futurists The Infinite Wrench
 
The Infinite Wrench is a mechanism that unleashes a barrage of two-minute plays for a live audience. Each play offers something different-some are funny, others profound. Some are elegant, disgusting, topical, irrelevant, terrifying, or put to song. All of the plays are truthful and tackle the here-and-now, inspired by the lived experiences of the performers. With new plays every week, The Infinite Wrench is The Neo-Futurists' ongoing and ever-changing attempt to shift the conventions of live performance and speak to the present audience, including those unreached or unmoved by other types of theater.
   
Koalas  
16th Street Theater at Berwyn Cultural Center Koalas
 
The only thing more territorial than the escaped koala living and singing in Ray Slinger's backyard is Ray himself. Ray's protectionism goes into overdrive when his domain is unexpectedly invaded by his unemployed brother and gender-nonconforming child who insists on being called Nate. Stifled by rules gleaned from a rigid father and a rifle that needs constant attention, Ray plays the role of his own worst enemy in his quest to maintain visitation rights. How does a twentieth-century veteran survive the dawning of the twenty-first?
   
Lady Day At Emerson's Bar And Grill  
Congo Square Theatre at eta Creative Arts Foundation Lady Day At Emerson's Bar And Grill
 
Ensemble member Alexis J. Roston reprises her award-winning role as Billie Holiday. Set in a seedy, Philadelphia bar in 1959, 
Lady Day weaves colorful memories with over a dozen musical numbers including: "God Bless the Child," "Strange Fruit," 
and "When a Woman Loves a Man."
   
Late Nite Catechism  
Royal George Theatre Late Nite Catechism
 
Late Nite Catechism is an uproariously funny play, written by Vicki Quade and Maripat Donovan, where the irrepressible Sister teaches class to a roomful of "students." Throughout the course of the play the benevolent instructor rewards audience members for correct answers with glow-in-the-dark rosaries and other nifty prizes. Naughty students may well find themselves on stage sitting in a corner reflecting their actions. Now in its 20th year in Chicago, Late Nite Catechism is a sharp satire, but never mean. It’s simply an evening of fun and laughter.
   
Left Behind  
Annoyance Theatre Left Behind
 
Inspired by the best-selling series Left Behind by Tim LaHaye and Jerry B. Jenkins, this eschatological episode takes place in a freshly raptured town. The residents must lean on each other and form unlikely friendships (and romances) in order to defeat the divine entities behind the disappearances, and preserve the world for the future. Enjoy this musical interpretation of the Rapture at Chicago's Annoyance Theatre & Bar.
   
Legally Blonde  
Paramount Theatre Legally Blonde
 
A member of UCLA's Delta Nu sorority, Elle has a seemingly perfect life and perfect future. All she needs is her boyfriend Warner to cement it with a proposal. But her dream life turns into a nightmare when Warner decides to break it off because she's not serious enough for him. As if! Heartbroken and in despair, Elle hatches a near-impossible plan to win him back: get into Harvard Law School. What? Like it's hard? A story of rising to a challenge and defying expectations, all while looking fabulous, Legally Blonde is the perfect way to push Paramount's eighth season into high gear and never let up.
   
Little Shop of Horrors  
Drury Lane- Oakbrook Little Shop of Horrors
 
This gem of a musical inspired by the 1960 dark comedy horror film will charm your heart with infectious do-wop songs and endearing characters. A down on his luck resident of Skid Row is offered the girl of his dreams, fame, and success from an all-powerful, R&B singin' carnivorous plant, but at what cost? Winner of the Drama Desk Award for Best Musical.
   
Lord of the Rings vs. Lord of the Flies  
Mary's Attic Lord of the Rings vs. Lord of the Flies
 
Two teams of Chicago-area writers battle it out over six rounds, performing original, funny, crazy, thoughtful short plays. Only one team will win the "vs." championship belt. This time around, the epic battle between Lord of the Rings and Lord of the Flies takes over Mary's Attic at Hamburger Mary's.
   
The Magic Parlour  
The House Theatre of Chicago at The Palmer House Hilton Hotel The Magic Parlour
 
The performance contains some of his favorite pieces of magic, alongside some brand new routines in an hour-long show packed with mind-reading, levitations, escapes, and a ridiculous new adaptation of the classic “Card Stab” during which Watkins climbs inside of a fully inflated 7 foot balloon!
   
Man of La Mancha  
Skokie Theatre Man of La Mancha
 
Inspired by the 17-century masterpiece Don Quixote, Man of La Mancha is one of the most successful musicals in Broadway history. Powerful, hilarious and heartbreaking, it celebrates the perseverance of a dying old man who refuses to relinquish his ideals or his passion. The celebrated score includes "The Impossible Dream," "I, Don Quixote" and "Dulcinea." Experience it live at Skokie Theatre.
   
Medieval Times Dinner and Tournament  
Medieval Times Schaumburg Castle Medieval Times Dinner and Tournament
 
Medieval Times is an exciting, family-friendly dinner attraction inspired by an 11th century feast and tournament. Guests are served a four-course banquet and cheer for one of six knights as they compete in the joust and other tests of skill. Expect lots of jousting, swordsmanship, thrilling hand-to-hand combat, and displays of extraordinary horsemanship as part of an exciting story set in Medieval Spain.
   
Men Are Dogs  
James Downing Theatre Men Are Dogs
 
"Men Are Dogs" revolves around Rose and her daughter Cecilia, a relationship therapist, and her single and divorced women's group of patients. When Cecilia hires a pompous actor for "role playing" as a therapeutic exercise, the laughs roll in fast and furious. This comedy explores relationship problems with no holds barred and gloves off!
   
Mind Reader  
The Greenhouse Theater Center Mind Reader
 
"Get ready for an unforgettable evening," said Toland. "The audience is the cast, their thoughts are my props and their minds will be blown!" Audiences should prepare to take part in the show, as Toland attempts to get into their thoughts and reveal what they are thinking. "There are no weekly mentalism shows in the city right now, so I'm thrilled to bring an exciting new show to Chicago audiences every week," Toland added.
   
Monger  
Her Story Theater at The Greenhouse Theater Center Monger
 
Written by Her Story Theater Founder and Producing Artistic Director Mary Bonnett, and directed by John Mossman, Co-Founder of The Artistic Home, MONGER follows a Chicago criminal defense attorney with a secret sex life who deals with his sensitive 16-year-old son's legal crisis on the day he takes a deposition from the mother of a murdered teenage sex trafficked victim. Bonnett's play uncovers the nationwide, anonymous brotherhood of men who use the Internet to find and compare notes on the women and underage girls they pay for sex. It also explores the toxicity of many of the prevailing notions of masculinity and how they contribute to an environment that allows these abuses to exist. Though the characters are composites of people Bonnett interviewed and the plot details are inspired by real-life events in Chicago. Bonnett's script includes actual posts from online chats among men engaged in this activity along with dialogue she imagined for the characters.
   
Naked  
Trap Door Theatre Naked
 
A young woman in despair returns to Rome with little more than her suitcase - and a dark secret. Vulnerable and with a past, she encounters several men who push her to edge. Luigi Pirandello and his "Naked" heroine open up the debate about gender power dynamics amidst the powerful social and cultural mores with which the characters must contend.
   
Nell Gwynn  
Chicago Shakespeare Theater Nell Gwynn
 
Jessica Swale's bawdy comedy about a seventeenth-century actress whose quick wit and exceptional beauty propels her ascent from obscurity to notoriety as the mistress of King Charles II. The music- and dance-filled play took London audiences by storm when it debuted at Shakespeare's Globe followed by a celebrated run on the West End, where it garnered the Olivier Award for Best New Comedy. Director of the original London production Christopher Luscombe-a longtime associate artist at the Royal Shakespeare Company-helms the Chicago Shakespeare production,
   
Nick and Zoe  
The Side Project at Mckaw Theater Nick and Zoe
 
3:28am. The sounds of the city pour into Nick's Manhattan apartment. A hot summer night when it feels like the oxygen is being burnt out of the air. What is he even doing here? What is she? Sometimes love swims in your blood and digs into your bones and muscles. It becomes part of you, and you'll do almost anything not to lose it. Both of their lives have been irrevocably changed. The neighbor's jazz is loud. But not loud enough to wash this all away.
   
No Child...  
Definition Theatre Company at Victory Gardens Theater - Biograph No Child...
 
Named after the controversial No Child Left Behind Act of 2001, No Child... seeks to shed a light on the deep inequalities in America's public education system and the multitude of ways it has failed our young people. Set inside the fictional Malcom X High School in the Bronx, No Child... follows Ms. Sun, a hopeful young teaching artist tasked with leading a boisterous class of sophomores in a performance of Timberlake Wetenbaker's Our Country's Good. Teaching theatre is not easy, and Ms. Sun must learn to navigate teenage angst, timid teachers and overworked administrators as she works to build a play and a community amongst her students.
   
(Not) Another Day  
The Curious Theatre Branch at Prop Theatre (Not) Another Day
 
An actor on the popular soap opera Another Day is killed off, but he refuses to leave the show. The producers have no choice but to stage his funeral, and when he remains intractable, the funeral goes on, day after day, stuck in the twilight soap opera world of attenuated time and constant drama. The cast of the soap opera begins to become unhinged as they replay the same moments over and over. Like shipwrecked passengers, they turn on each other, breaking down the boundaries of civilized behavior. At the same time, the man, Bobby Jinx, played by Beau O'Reilly, perpetually in his coffin, playing dead, begins to have an after-death experience of the bardos, or in-between places, that are described in The Tibetan Book of Living and Dying. At the same time, a writer, played by Vicki Walden, who is composing the entire project, is concerned with the formal narrative elements of their story and its themes. Her mind comes to life as a Greek chorus of cheerleading-cop-parents played by Julia Williams, Troy Martin, Brook Celeste and Paul Brennan, who try to goad her into finishing her work.
   
Not For Sale  
UrbanTheater Company Not For Sale
 
With the Puerto Rican Festival months away, Humboldt Park prepares for the big event. With new neighbors looking to make changes, those that have lived in the community have to work together to either brace for change or let go of the legacies laid out by those that are long gone. A story about community, family, and politics, the question persists, who gets to lay claims to a neighborhood?
   
Odessa  
The Right Brain Project at Otherworld Theatre Odessa
 
Set in the catacombs beneath Odessa, Ukraine. A seemingly endless network of underground tunnels, it's the largest catacomb system in the world. The story centers around Andrew, an American journalist, and Dariya, a Ukrainian scammer. Andrew has been drugged and left for dead in the catacombs by Dariya and her cohorts, but Dariya returns for him. As they attempt to escape this underground labyrinth, they get more and more lost... and the catacombs appear to have a mind of their own. Will they learn the value of teamwork? Will they find love in the most unexpected of places? Will their flashlights run out of batteries, leaving them to die in a cold, infinite abyss, their bodies not to be found for two years? Join us to find out!
   
Radio Golf  
Court Theatre Radio Golf
 
Real estate developer Harmond Wilks is determined to become the first black mayor of Pittsburgh, on a mission to revive his blighted childhood neighborhood. As Wilks confronts characters from the past, he is forced to question how pursuing change could put his neighborhood's history at risk.
   
Scraps  
New American Folk Theatre at The Den Theatre Scraps
 
Follow Scraps on her journey of self-discovery and her effort to shed herself of the patchwork quilt that she is made of in order to become a more "normal" person. Using the setting of America's first fairy tale, this play explores racial and gender identity, and the myriad of people that make up the patchwork of this country. SCRAPS explores our capacity to love and our need to find intimacy through trust and friendship.
   
Second Skin  
WildClaw Theatre Company at The Den Theatre Second Skin
 
Told in three interconnected monologues, SECOND SKIN (winner of the Kennedy Center's Paula Vogel and Jean Kennedy Smith awards) investigates the fraught relationship between mothers and daughters, and how one mistake can reverberate across generations. When Quinn discovers her estranged mother is dying, she returns to a home she fled long ago. As she cares for her mother, Quinn wrestles with disturbing childhood memories. What is her mother's secret? What do the bedtime stories of Selkies her mother once told her really mean?
   
Shark Tank: The Musical  
Annoyance Theatre Shark Tank: The Musical
 
Ever watch the TV show Shark Tank and think, "That show would make a great musical!"? Well, your friends at The Annoyance did. A great cast of Annoyance regulars play your favorite sharks Mark, Daymond, Kevin, Lori, Barbara and Robert, along with all kinds of characters and their crazy pitches as they try to land a deal. Come to Chicago's The Annoyance Theatre & Bar with some good ideas, because you just might find that you're pitching, too!
   
A Shayna Maidel  
TimeLine Theatre Company A Shayna Maidel
 
A SHAYNA MAIDEL is a powerful and poignant drama about two sisters trying to reconnect after years of separation brought on by the aftermath of the Holocaust. Shortly before World War II, Rose Weiss and her father escaped Poland for America, but were forced to leave Rose's sister Lusia and her mother behind. When the two sisters reunite in New York City many years later, Rose is confronted by an older sister who, having survived the horrors of war overseas, now seems nothing more than a stranger. And Lusia-haunted by vivid memories of her past-struggles to connect with a family she's never known and to believe in the potential of life in a new land. A SHAYNA MAIDEL explores family, faith, and forgiveness in the pursuit of a better future.
   
The Shipment  
The Ready The Shipment
 
In THE SHIPMENT, Lee uses her razor-sharp and unsettling humor to upend the surface stereotypes and tropes of African Americans that permeate our media, entertainment industry, and the dominant cultural (aka white perceived) narrative. Audiences are confronted with cliches, distortions, and brilliant sleights of hand that force us to go beyond the lampoon and shift the lens through which we perceive race in order to confront our own bias.
   
Six Degrees of Separation  
Redtwist Theatre Six Degrees of Separation
 
What happens when a total stranger enters your life and changes it forever? Based on a true story, this Olivier Award winner for Best Play examines the impact of a charming young con man on a mature wealthy woman when she suddenly begins to care for his well-being.
   
Southern Gothic  
Windy City Playhouse Southern Gothic
 
It's 1960. Ashford, Georgia. Tom Collins is the drink of choice. Dean Martin's on the radio. Everyone's driving a Cadillac, and Suzanne Wellington is about to turn 40. Four couples gather to celebrate the big day -- old college buddies who've known one another for decades. But even best friends keep secrets, and over the course of this evening's party, a few of those are bound to be revealed ... from a political scandal, to a hidden pregnancy, a secret love affair, and a business' corruption. Come to Chicago's Windy City Playhouse, explore, and be a fly on the wall for all the juicy drama of Southern Gothic. Mad Men meets Desperate Housewives in this one-of-kind, voyeuristic theater.
   
Splatter Theater  
Annoyance Theatre Splatter Theater
 
A parody of Friday the 13th type movies, the characters in "Splatter Theater" include such archetypes as the nun, the school jock, the virgin, the class dick, and of course the bumbling old man. Laugh and watch them all die in different ways: tongue pulled out, drill to the head, intestines being ripped out, slashed throat, and the list goes on. With freshly painted white walls on the stage before each performance, the audience will be horrified and delighted by the end, when the walls are covered in blood and the floors in guts! The show, originally directed by Mick Napier, is directed this year by Joe McDaniel.
   
Spring Awakening  
Blank Theatre Company at The Frontier Spring Awakening
 
SPRING AWAKENING is a contemporary rock musical based on the classic German play by Frank Wedekind, following the struggles of German teenagers in the 1890's trying to find their voices in a socially conservative world.
   
Storytown  
Stage 773 Storytown
 
From superheroes to undersea adventures, princesses to dinosaurs, Storytown takes you on an interactive, fully improvised adventure. The actors use audience suggestions and ideas to create a different story every week. Kids design the setting and help shape the story. The actors, artists and musicians bring it to life. When the possibilities are endless, no two stories are ever the same.
   
Sweet Charity  
Marriott Theatre In Lincolnshire Sweet Charity
 
Spend a little time with SWEET CHARITY. The dance-filled, groovy musical comedy inspired by Federico Fellini's Nights of Cabiria, SWEET CHARITY explores the turbulent love life of Charity Hope Valentine, a hopelessly romantic but comically unfortunate dance hall hostess in New York City. With a tuneful, cool, mid-1960s score by Cy Coleman (Little Me, City of Angels, Barnum), sparkling lyrics by Dorothy Fields (Annie Get Your Gun, Seesaw, Redhead), and a hilarious book by Neil Simon, SWEET CHARITY captures all the energy, humor, and heartbreak of Life in the Big City for an unfortunate but irrepressible optimist. Features the songs "Big Spender," "If My Friends Could See Me Now," "There's Gotta Be Something Better Than This," and "I'm a Brass Band."
   
A Tale Of Two Cities: The Musical  
Overshadowed Theatrical Productions A Tale Of Two Cities: The Musical
 
Two men in love with the same woman. Two cities swept up in revolution. One last chance for a man to redeem his wasted life and change the world. Based on Charles Dickens' masterpiece, A Tale of Two Cities is a musical that focuses on the love triangle between young beauty Lucie Manette, French aristocrat Charles Darnay and drunken English cynic Sydney Carton - all caught in the clutches of the bloody French Revolution.
   
Tangles and Plaques  
Neo-Futurists Tangles and Plaques
 
Tangles & Plaques attempts to demystify the experience of dementia in the language of theatre-offering a vivid, poignant, participatory experience that is unique to each audience and different every performance. The ensemble interrogates the life and death of memories- how they persist, when they depart and the ways they distort over time.
   
These Shining Lives  
Three Crows at Piven Theatre These Shining Lives
 
"This isn't a fairy tale, though it starts like one. It's not a tragedy, though it ends like one." The Radium Dial Company hired thousands of women to hand paint watch and clock faces, using a luminescent paint made partially from the radioactive element radium, which was being hailed at the time for its amazing healing properties. But the workers weren't told about the dangers. More than just casualties, Catherine Wolfe Donohue and her friends fight fiercely to hold the company accountable for its negligence. These Shining Lives is based on the true story of the 1920s & '30s "Radium Girls" from Ottawa, Illinois. See it at the Piven Theatre in Evanston.
   
Tommy Gun's Garage  
Tommy Gun's Garage Tommy Gun's Garage
 
The restaurant-cabaret presents a Roaring 20s-themed musical comedy revue in a speakeasy seting, with dining and drinking integrated into the show.
   
Tootsie  
Cadillac Palace Theatre Tootsie
 
The world premiere comedy musical, TOOTSIE, tells the story of a talented but difficult actor who struggles to find work until an audacious, desperate stunt lands him the role of a lifetime.
   
Vietgone  
Writers Theatre Vietgone
 
It's 1975 and two young survivors (who may or may not be the playwright's parents) meet in a Vietnamese refugee camp in mid-America shortly after the fall of Saigon. Will this strange new land of cowboys, hippies and bikers allow them to fall in love? Playwright Qui Nguyen's wildly creative, irreverent style flips stereotypes on their head, remixing history and culture into a sexy, funny and energetic fantasia as he imagines how two soul mates might have found each other in a turbulent time.
   
WaistWatchers The Musical  
Royal George Theatre WaistWatchers The Musical
 
Grab your girlfriends and enjoy this hilarious and inspirational musical comedy that will leave you laughing so hard you'll burn more calories than you have all week. Come and dance in your seat or jump right in as WaistWatchers The Musical takes a hilarious and lighthearted look at four women dishing on food, diets, exercise, friendship, love and sex. Which one of the ladies is most like you? Carla: hitting the gym just so she can eat more chocolate and ice cream? Cheryl: aiming to relieve stress from work and keep looking good? Connie: Hitting the gym for the first time ever in order to feel sexy again? Cindy: Recently divorced and looking to tone up now that she's single and ready to mingle? Find out when this fun-filled musical comes to Chicago's Royal George Theatre.
   
We're Only Alive for A Short Amount of Time  
Goodman Theatre We're Only Alive for A Short Amount of Time
 
Growing up in an industrial English town, writer/performer David Cale escaped his parents' fraught marriage by singing in his bedroom and tending to birds in the animal hospital he built in a garden shed-until a tragedy changed everything. Lushly arranged songs and an intimate portrait of his mother-a charismatic woman trapped by her circumstances-unite in Cale's vivid testament of connecting to life when adversity is suddenly everywhere. With his "singular fusion of theater and performance art" (Chicago Tribune), Cale makes "reality and fantasy dissolve into stories as memorable as one's most vivid dreams" (The New York Times).