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American Mariachi
American Mariachi

Familia, amor and tradición-and breaking it-are at the heart of this "big-hearted musical tug at the heartstrings" (Denver Post). Lucha spends her days caring for her ailing mother, but longs to shake up her 1970s home life. When a forgotten record album sparks her mother's memory, Lucha and her cousin strike upon a radical idea: to create an all-female mariachi band. Infused with live mariachi music at each performance, American Mariachi reveals how music and love can make just about anything possible. Presented in English.

Anyone Can Whistle
Anyone Can Whistle
MadKap Productions at Skokie Theatre

This Tony Award-nominated musical is a rare treat for Sondheim fans and features some of his best songs including There Won't Be Trumpets and the title song Anyone Can Whistle. With a book by Arthur Laurents, it tells the story of Cora Hoover Hooper, the greedy and corrupt Mayoress of a small town, who tries to fake a "miracle" to boost her popularity and fill the town coffers with tourist money. But her plan is endangered by Fay Apple, a skeptical nurse who sets 40 inmates free from the local asylum. All will be lost if they can't identify the inmates. But determining who is crazy and who is sane turns out to be more complicated that it appears

Blue Man Group
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.

Brighton Beach Memoirs
Brighton Beach Memoirs

Dreaming of baseball and girls, Eugene must cope with the mundane existence of his family life in Brooklyn: formidable mother, overworked father, and his worldly older brother Stanley. Throw into the mix his widowed Aunt Blanche and her two young (but rapidly aging) daughters and you have a recipe for hilarity, served up Simon-style.

Brilliant Works of Art
Brilliant Works of Art
BoHo Theatre at Online Stream

Law student Abby Gates has no qualms about becoming a sugar baby to get her tuition bills paid... until it means keeping a secret from the man she loves, an artist exploring confession and the thresholds of shame. When Abby's two worlds collide, he discovers her sugar daddy has taught her more about taking control of her own life than she realized.

The Clinic
The Clinic
Congo Square Theatre at Online Stream

A steaming, streaming, old-school radio drama created by Congo Square ensemble members and streaming in four weekly segments on the Congo Square website. As described by Ensemble Members and writers Monifa Days and Javon Johnson, The Clinic is "a nod to the old school soap opera-style dramas that follows the journey of Dr. Latisha Bradley who is changing the world with a life-altering discovery that was meant to help all but only helps some. Everyone wants in. Dr. Bradley not only has to deal with changing the future of medicine but betrayal and matters of the heart."

Coastal Disturbances
Coastal Disturbances
Habakkuk Theatre & Open Door Repertory Company at Ehlert Park

A photographer romancing a lifeguard, two former college roommates and an older married couple vacation on a private New England beach. A Tony nominated, Broadway hit which gave Annette Bening and Tim Daly early stage roles, Coastal Disturbances is a charming ensemble play that follows four generations of vacationers on a Massachusetts beach as they confront the possibilities of their lives ahead.

Drunk Shakespeare
Drunk Shakespeare

The stage is set in a hidden library with over fifteen thousand books. Five classically trained actors meet as members of "The Drunk Shakespeare Society." One of them has at least 5 shots of whiskey and then they overconfidently attempt to perform a major role in a Shakespearean play. Hilarity and mayhem ensues while the four sober actors try and keep the script on track. Every show is different depending on who is drinking ... and what they're drinking!

Forever Plaid
Forever Plaid

On the way to their first big gig, tragedy strikes Forever Plaid, a "guy group" specializing in barbershop quartet harmonies and pitch-perfect melodies. Forever Plaid begins when the guys are given the chance to perform from the afterlife. This smash hit musical is a nostalgic homage to the music of the '50s and includes hits such as "Three Coins in the Fountain" and "Love is a Many-Splendored Thing."

The Golden Girls: The Lost Episodes, Vol 5
The Golden Girls: The Lost Episodes, Vol 5
Hell In A Handbag Productions at Leather Archives and Museum

Written by Artistic Director David Cerda, THE GOLDEN GIRLS stars original cast members David Cerda, Grant Drager, Ryan Oates and Ed Jones. Come watch the girls explore their naughty side at the Leather Archive Museum auditorium, in Chicago's Roger's Park neighborhood.

Happy To Be Here
Happy To Be Here

You're gonna want to sit down for this news. We're warming up the bentwood chairs and ready to invite you back inside our theater! Join humans on stage making humans in the audience laugh as we toast being together again. Our Mainstage performances are a celebration of our resilience, our relationships, and our mutual need to get back into the habit of making eye contact. We've been pushed apart both physically and politically for way too long...now it's time to enjoy some good, clean (or at the very least...ultra-hygienic) togetherness.

The Infinite Energy of Ada Lovelace and Petticoats and Sliderules
The Infinite Energy of Ada Lovelace and Petticoats and Sliderules
Third Eye Theatre Ensemble at The Edge Theatre

How much further would our society be if we removed barriers, rather than constructed them? In this double bill we celebrate the lives of Ada Lovelace and Lois Graham, two remarkable women who broke past gender barriers to change the course of history in mathematics and engineering. Their dedication paved the path for our scientific and societal advances. When barriers exist in access to education, what do we miss as a society? Who could we have been? After all, "the future will not care what kind of body house that mind."

The Infinite Wrench
The Infinite Wrench
Neo-Futurists at Neo-Futurists

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.

Kinky Boots
Kinky Boots

Charlie Price is a reluctant shoe maker. Lola is a fierce drag queen. These two could not be more different, but when they find common ground in shoes, they see a whole new world of possibilities open up to them that will turn their small town upside down, and just might save Charlie's failing shoe factory.

Late Nite Catechism
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 28th year in Chicago, Late Nite Catechism is a sharp satire, but never mean. It's simply an evening of fun and laughter.

Looped
Looped

"Looped" is loosely based on a true story. During the Summer of 1965, film and stage star Tallulah Bankhead. in a somewhat inebriated state, entered a Los Angeles recording studio to re-record (or "loop") one line of dialogue from her final film Die! Die! My Darling! It would take her eight hours to record one line -- much to the frustration and irritation of the film's editor editor. What happened during those eight hours will make you laugh, maybe cry a bit, and appreciate the gumption of an unconventional star who wasn't afraid to live life to the fullest and who refused to apologize for breaking the rules.

Macbeth
Macbeth

Lyric's riveting season-opener is the inaugural production of Music Director Enrique Mazzola's tenure, and a brand-new production from Sir David McVicar. Adapting one of the greatest tragedies written by his hero, Shakespeare, Verdi created a stunning portrait of the most power-hungry couple who ever trod a stage. Macbeth's bloody ascent to the throne of Scotland - led and supported by his wife's own consuming ambition - results in disaster for them both. Verdi brings them to blazing life in a score that bristles with energy and endless excitement. Grand-scale arias, hair-raising duets, stupendous ensembles - they're all here, in the first genuine masterpiece of Verdi's career.

The Magic Parlour
The Magic Parlour

Award-winning, third-generation magician Dennis Watkins delivers an evening of sophisticated tom-foolery in one of the Windy City's most unique entertainment experiences presented by The House Theatre of Chicago. The Magic Parlour is an elegant night out in the heart of downtown. This intimate magic show is replete with mind-blowing magic and mind reading in a small suite at the historic Palmer House Hilton Hotel.

Medieval Times Dinner and Tournament
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.

Mr. Burns, a post electric play
Mr. Burns, a post electric play

What's left when everything is taken away? That's the question Mr. Burns asks...the same question on everyone's mind the past 16 months. Mr. Burns begins after life as we know it has ended. Small bands of survivors have banded together in pods to keep the pilot light of civilization burning. But their path to redemption is as unexpected as it is inevitable.

The Music Cure
The Music Cure
Misalliance Repertory Theatre at Online Stream

A fast-paced, music-filled romp with a cast that includes Matt Gall, Doug MacKechnie, Kate Young, musical accompaniment by Tom Bachtell, and sound effects/audio editing by George Zahora. In it, an inept politician is unwittingly engulfed in a financial scandal, a weary doctor attempts to help his anxiety-prone patient, and a world-renowned concert pianist is called to the rescue. Shaw himself stated that THE MUSIC CURE was "a piece of utter nonsense" and "not a serious play." Nonetheless, it is filled with Shaw's biting wit, brilliant language, and keen-eyed critical characterization of the privileged British ruling class. There is no charge to listen to THE MUSIC CURE (though donations are gladly accepted) and no end date has been set.

Out Of The House Party
Out Of The House Party

THIS NEWS MIGHT REQUIRE ALL-CAPS. The Second City's favorite lower-case stage is back, live and in-person! Join our raring-to-go cast of comedians for this laugh-packed adventure. From improv games to classic sketches from the archives, this experience is a great way for us all to laugh our way into the new normal. We can't wait to welcome you back to The Second City e.t.c, where laughs (and masks!) are mandatory.

Shakespeare Not Stirred: The Drinking Play
Shakespeare Not Stirred: The Drinking Play

The wonderful world of William Shakespeare gets blended with a shot of whiskey and is served fresh to audiences interested in BYOB drinking and learning a thing or two about the Bard. It's a comedic look at Shakespeare's use of Alcohol, Sex and Audience Interaction, plus everything else you might find at a Wrigleyville bar on a Friday night.

She The People
She The People
Second City at UP Comedy Club

After rave reviews and extended engagements in Chicago, Toronto, and Washington, D.C. the award-winning production returns for its FINAL run. Created and performed by the fearlessly funny women of The Second City, this high-octane show satirizes the complexities of identifying as female in this wild world while roasting the patriarchy with scorching sketch comedy, hilarious original songs, and whip-smart improv. Don't miss your last chance to witness the Revue (Not "revolution" bc it sounds like we are giving up on the cause) that the Chicago Tribune calls "empowering entertainment", the Chicago Sun-Times calls "One of the funniest revues Second City has produced in the past 20 Years" and NOW Toronto deems "an essential show."

Teatro ZinZanni
Teatro ZinZanni

Of all the Spiegeltents in all the neighborhoods in all of Chicago, she walks into Caesar's joint, where Marco Antonio and his kitchen crew offer up a nightly feast. After 2000 years stuck inside the sarcophagus, will Cleopatra and her entourage find a new empire, true love and the delicious meal that they seek? Will there be love spice in the air? Guests are invited to join veteran comedians Frank Ferrante and Joe DePaul and an amazing cast of aerialists, acrobats, singers and dancers at Teatro ZinZanni to find out. Chris Jones (Chicago Tribune) calls Frank Ferrante's Caesar a performance "with so much wit and heart that you want him to sit down at your table and share your dinner," and one of the Top 10 Performances of the year. Described as the "Kit Kat Klub on acid," Teatro ZinZanni brings to Chicago an international cast of premier entertainers for its anticipated engagement. Teatro ZinZanni's founder Norm Langill will continue to direct the production. The menu will continue to be designed by Chicago's own Debbie Sharpe - The Goddess of The Goddess and Grocer. The included four-course gourmet feast features multiple entree selections, including vegan options. A fabulous ŕ la carte cocktail menu, wine & beer list, and special occasion treats round out the dining experience.

Thirteen Days
Thirteen Days

On October 16, 1962, long-range Soviet missiles carrying nuclear warheads aimed at the United States were discovered in Cuba. For the next thirteen days, President John Kennedy maneuvered his way through conflicting counsel from his advisors, some of whom urged a military response likely to bring on World War III, ambiguous and sometimes deceitful information from the Soviet Union's representatives, and ever-shifting facts on the ground.

Twelve Angry Men/Women
Twelve Angry Men/Women

What happens when you put twelve people, very different people, in a room to deliberate and deliver a verdict in trial of someone charged with murder? You get the emotionally and intellectually charged play, "Twelve Angry Men/Twelve Angry Women." Set in 1959, our script begins once the trial has concluded and the jurors begin their deliberations. As the plot unfolds, each person is forced to face their own prejudices and personal baggage.

Twilight: Los Angeles, 1992
Twilight: Los Angeles, 1992
Fleetwood - Jourdain Theatre at Noyes Cultural Art Center

Anna Deavere Smith's performance piece TWILIGHT: LOS ANGELES, 1992, directed by Tim Rhoze and featuring Jazzma Pryor, tells the story of the Los Angeles riots in the aftermath of the 1991 Rodney King beating, from a variety of perspectives. Smith has collected fragments of monologues derived for actual interviews that both invite and provoke conversation. This timely, powerful performance play raises questions about race, power, truth, and justice. It reveals how myths, misinformation, and misunderstanding can lead not only to prejudice and stereotyping but also violence.

The World Goes 'Round
The World Goes 'Round

Cabaret! Chicago! Kiss of the Spider Woman! New York, New York! Zorba! Funny Lady! THE WORLD GOES 'ROUND is a stunning celebration of the songbook from the multi-Tony award-winning team of John Kander and Fred Ebb. An all-star cast find themselves careening through the world of love, babies and coffee. The nonstop hit-parade features unforgettable gems, including "Mr. Cellophane," "Maybe This Time," "Cabaret" and "New York, New York," seamlessly interwoven into a passionate, harmonious, up-tempo evening of musical theatre.