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The Adult in the Room  
Victory Gardens Theater - Biograph The Adult in the Room
 
How did Nancy Pelosi become the first Woman Speaker of the House-and perhaps more importantly-how has she managed to stay there? Everyone has an opinion about her, but almost no one truly knows her. This new show tells her personal story and political journey while trying to balance the forces of extreme left and extreme right, using all her power to preserve that rarest of rare birds in today's DC-consensus. That is, until that brand of consensus fades into the rear-view mirror. This up-to-the-minute, galvanizing piece is not just about Madame Speaker herself, but about the convulsive political climate where we currently find ourselves. Told with wit, irony, emotion and leavening doses of humor, The Adult in the Room is no mere history lesson, but a reflection on where we are and how we got here. She is reviled, she is beloved, and she has captured the attention of a nation. Nancy Pelosi's rise to become America's first female Speaker of the House has been historical and controversial. Everyone thinks they know Nancy. Yet, few really know her. This is her story.
   
Always... Patsy Cline  
Firebrand Theatre at The Den Theatre Always... Patsy Cline
 
ALWAYS... PATSY CLINE is based on the true story of Patsy's friendship with Houstonite Louise Seger. Having first heard Patsy on the Arthur Godfrey Show in 1957, Louise became an immediate and avid fan of Patsy's and she constantly hounded the local disc jockey to play Patsy's records on the radio. In 1961 when Patsy went to Houston for a show, Louise and her buddies arrived about an hour-and-a-half early and, by coincidence, met Patsy who was traveling alone. The two women struck up a friendship - a friendship that lasted the rest of Patsy Cline's life.
   
Bible Bingo  
Royal George Theatre Bible Bingo
 
This is a long-running, interactive comedy play, written by Vicki Quade, one of the creators of the show, Late Nite Catechism. The premise is that Mrs. Mary Margaret O'Brien, a former nun, is here tonight to raise money while playing bingo and making sure you remember your catechism lessons. It's a crazy night of bible trivia, audience interaction, and the funniest quiz about the Holy Family you've ever seen. Add to that a box of wacky prizes, fun bingo cards, and a lot of Catholic humor for a night of entertainment you'll never forget. And in this interactive bingo show, you'll actually play bingo.
   
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.
   
Boyband: The Musical  
Annoyance Theatre Boyband: The Musical
 
It's not easy being part of the sexiest, most talented boyband of the 90's. But damn, is it hot. Follow the the all-female cast of Boyband: The Musical as members of super group Backwards Action recount the glory days and sing their way into manhood.
   
Bug  
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.
   
Bunny's Book Club  
Lifeline Theatre Bunny's Book Club
 
Ever since he overheard the librarian reading outside of the library, Bunny has been enamored with books. But upon reflection, he isn't sure if animals are allowed in the library. With the help of his furry friends, Bunny decides to share his love for reading and start a book club, but how can they get their hands on those books? Celebrate the joy of reading in this world premiere adaptation of Annie Silvestro's celebrated picture book.
   
ComedySportz  
Comedy Sportz ComedySportz
 
A hilarious interactive 90-minute show where two teams compete for your laughs in comedy scenes, songs and games right on the spot based on your suggestions. You choose the winner and the show is never the same twice. It's clean, smart comedy for all audiences and all ages! There are over 100+ games in the ComedySportz playbook - and nobody knows what will happen next!
   
Dance Nation  
Steppenwolf Theatre Dance Nation
 
A pre-teen dance troupe navigates ambition, friendship and desire as they claw their way to Nationals in Tampa Bay. Featuring a multigenerational cast of women playing our pre-teen heroines, this Chicago premiere is fiercely funny, theatrically inventive and full of heart.
   
Disney On Ice - Road Trip Adventures  
Allstate Arena and United Center Disney On Ice - Road Trip Adventures
 
Hit the road with Mickey Mouse and his pals for a high-octane ride in Disney On Ice presents Road Trip Adventures. Exciting twists and turns await as Mickey, Minnie, Goofy and guests of all ages embark on an interactive and memory-rich adventure to iconic Disney destinations. See the world from the rooftops of London with Mary Poppins and Jack and his band of dancing lamplighters. Travel to the sun-soaked Motunui and help Moana restore the heart of Te Fiti. Set off on a safari and snap unforgettable photos of wild cheetahs and monkeys when guests traverse through the Pride Lands with Simba, Timon and Pumbaa. Discover a whole new world and be swept up in Aladdin's princely parade filled with spectacular stunts, magical moments with Genie, and a brand-new song from Jasmine that will render the audience "Speechless." Mosey on over to a larger-than-life comedic carnival and team up with Woody and Bo Peep as they search for their new friend Forky. Fans will hit a high note with Mickey and pals during the Disney edition of Road Trip Karaoke as they introduce Rapunzel, Belle, Ariel, Mulan and Tiana. Families should be prepared for a getaway jam-packed with unexpected hijinks and surprise, up-close character interaction as Disney On Ice presents Road Trip Adventures makes a pitstop right in their hometown. AtAllstate Arena: Jan 23-26 & Feb 6-9. At United Center Jan 29-Feb 2
   
Do You Believe in Madness?  
Second City Do You Believe in Madness?
 
Do You Believe in Madness? hilariously examines how we're all gleefully speeding towards a modern apocalypse in this brand new revue from The Second City. From hot-button issues in our own backyards to the unstable atmosphere and beyond, this show aims its sights on everything from legalizing weed to infiltrating Facebook; breaking down Brexit to building new relationships; navigating new parenthood to navigating our current political landscape. Come together to laugh at the ways we're all the same and shamelessly skewer our differences in today's confounding world, where super villains sound logical and the sweet sounds of the ukulele lull you further and further into the madness.
   
Do You Feel Anger?  
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'.
   
Duke Ellington's Sophisticated Ladies  
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.
   
Evil Dead The Musical  
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.
   
Generation Red  
Otherworld Theatre Generation Red
 
Erica, Alan, Denver, and Trish are the first four people to be born on Mars. They are waiting to find out if they've passed "The Test," which would allow them to go outside for the first time in their lives. To pass the time, they play a game creating scenes that imagine what life on Earth would be like. As control of the game jumps from person to person, questions are raised about the truths and fictions in their own lives on Mars. Before long, it becomes apparent that the outside world isn't as simple as they had imagined.
   
Goldilocks And The 3 Bears  
Chicago Kids Company at St. Patrick Performing Arts Center- Stahl Family Theater Goldilocks And The 3 Bears
 
Chicago Kids Company Theatre for Children (CKC) presents Goldilocks and the 3 Bears, a one-hour musical adaptation! This musical is JUST RIGHT! This show is based on the classic story of a young girl who ventures into the woods and stumbles on a cute house with 3 bowls of porridge, 3 chairs, and 3 beds. The show runs one hour with no intermission, and is targeted for kids aged 2 to 12.
   
Grease  
Marriott Theatre In Lincolnshire Grease
 
It's the energetic and electric musical comedy tribute to the age of rock-n-roll. Join in the fun of the hilarious antics of Rydell High's class of '59 and rock to songs like "It's Raining on Prom Night," "Beauty School Dropout" and "Greased Lightning." Come back with us to a time when having a malted made everything so much better.
   
The Gulf  
About Face Theatre at Theater Wit The Gulf
 
In the middle of a river and long past the middle of their relationship, Kendra and Betty are questioning where their life together will go next. On a muggy summer evening somewhere down in the Alabama Delta, the two women troll the flats looking for redfish. As passions and tensions flare over past infidelities, life-choices, and job struggles, the couple must confront what it takes to overcome the space between them.
   
Hot Clown Sex  
Annoyance Theatre Hot Clown Sex
 
Hot Clown Sex is back and sexier than ever! Join us for the second season of this inclusive, sex positive sketch variety show. HCS features a talented ensemble of over-sexed clowns as well as hot new guest performers each week.
   
How A Boy Falls  
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.
   
How to Defend Yourself  
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).
   
I'm Not A Comedian...I'm Lenny Bruce  
Royal George Theatre I'm Not A Comedian...I'm Lenny Bruce
 
An undisputed comic legend, Lenny Bruce was one of the greatest artists of the 20th century. His life and work have had an impact on poetry, politics, music, film and of course, comedy. Bruce's tempestuous personal and professional life was marked by great passion and great pain. His unwavering commitment to free speech led to numerous obscenity charges and arrests. No stranger to Chicago, Bruce was arrested for obscenity for his performance at The Gate of Horn in December 1962. Bruce fought for freedom of speech all the way to the Supreme Court. He died of an accidental overdose in 1966, while out on appeal. Bruce has not yet been surpassed at his particular brand of art and if he were around today, he would be in as much trouble as when he was alive.
   
If/Then  
Brown Paper Box Co. at Athenaeum Theatre If/Then
 
A city planner, Elizabeth, moves back to New York to restart her life in the city of infinite possibilities. When her carefully designed plans collide with fate, Elizabeth's life splits into two parallel paths. If/Then follows both stories, simultaneously, through the intersection of choice and chance.
   
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.
   
Jake's Women  
Oil Lamp Theater Jake's Women
 
America's premier comic playwright makes another hilarious foray into the world of modern relationships. Jake, a novelist who is more successful with fiction than with life, faces a marital crisis by daydreaming about the women in his life. The wildly comic and sometimes moving flashbacks played in his mind are interrupted by visitations from actual females. Jake's women include a revered first wife who was killed years earlier in an accident, his daughter who is recalled as a child but is now a young woman, his boisterous and bossy sister, an opinionated analyst, his current wife who is leaving Jake for another man, and a prospective third wife.
   
James and the Giant Peach  
Big Noise Theatre at Prairie Lakes Theatre James and the Giant Peach
 
The fantastical tale of a boy, his insect friends and their amazing journey across the ocean on a giant piece of fruit. Roald Dahl's James and the Giant Peach is now a musical for the whole family to enjoy! Featuring a wickedly tuneful score by the award winning team of Pasek and Paul. Critics rave: It's a "masterpeach!"
   
Juliet  
Theatre Y at The Ready Juliet
 
Theatre Y is proud to present Andras Visky's lacerating, loving monologue JULIET -- written in tribute to his mother, colored with myths Shakespearean and Biblical. This is the story of a Juliet with no Romeo, arrested and deported with her seven children to the Romanian hinterland under the Communist regime of the 1950s. Having performed JULIET over 300 times world-wide, Theatre Y now creates a lush and emotional new staging from the mind of director Kevin V. Smith, weaving in a chorus of mothers and their babies to dramatize the play's poignant commentary on motherhood and the existence of eternal love in a deeply oppressive society.
   
The Leopard Play, or sad songs for lost boys  
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.
   
Life Sucks  
Riverfront Playhouse Life Sucks
 
Life Sucks is an irreverent contemporary remix of Uncle Vanya. Egos clash, hearts hunger, and souls cry out for meaning in this raw and hilarious re-imagining of Chekhov's timeless classic. It's Chekhov without the birch trees! In this brash reworking of Chekhov's work, a group of old friends, ex-lovers, estranged in-laws, and lifelong enemies gather to grapple with life's thorniest questions-and each other. What could possibly go wrong? Incurably lustful and lonely, hapless and hopeful, these seven souls collide and stumble their way towards a new understanding that Life Sucks! Or does it?
   
The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe  
Overshadowed Theatrical Productions The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe
 
This thrilling tale of four children transported to a mythical, far-away land has gripped young and old readers alike for generations. See your favorite characters on stage, including the fawn Mr. Tumnus, the friendly Beaver family, Peter, Susan, Edmund, and Lucy. Watch their epic battle to free Narnia from the forces of the White Witch as they await the triumphant return of Aslan the Lion.
   
Love, Loss and What I Wore  
Steel Beam Theatre Love, Loss and What I Wore
 
Meet these wonderful, smart and persistent women as they share their funny, compelling and touching stories. Written by the author of When Harry Met Sally and Sleepless in Seattle, these stories explore women's relationships to their loves and losses - and clothing! Based on the best-selling book by Ilene Beckerman.
   
The Magic Parlour  
The House Theatre of Chicago at The Palmer House Hilton Hotel 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.
   
Mean Girls  
Nederlander Theatre Mean Girls
 
Cady Heron may have grown up on an African savanna, but nothing prepared her for the wild and vicious ways of her strange new home: suburban Illinois. How will this na´ve newbie rise to the top of the popularity pecking order? By taking on The Plastics, a trio of lionized frenemies led by the charming but ruthless Regina George. But when Cady devises a plan to end Regina's reign, she learns the hard way that you can't cross a Queen Bee without getting stung.
   
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.
   
The Mousetrap  
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.
   
The Nerd  
Theatre Of Western Springs The Nerd
 
Get ready to laugh yourself silly when a nice guy from Terre Haute hosts the house guest from Hell. Set in Terre Haute, Indiana in late 1979, The Nerd centers on the hilarious dilemma of a young architect who is visited by Rick Steadman, a fellow ex-GI whom he has never met but who saved has life after he was seriously wounded in Vietnam. Willum is delighted when Rick shows up unexpectedly at his apartment on the night of his 34th birthday party. However, Rick's awkward manner and inappropriate behavior throw the occasion into shambles. It turns out that Rick is a stupid nerd who overstays his welcome with a vengeance.
   
Once On This Island  
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.
   
Peter and the Starcatcher  
Big Noise Theatre at Prairie Lakes Theatre Peter and the Starcatcher
 
A fresh take on the century-old tale of how the legendary Peter Pan comes to be. Tony-winning Peter and the Starcatcher upends the century-old story of how a miserable orphan comes to be The Boy Who Would Not Grow Up (a.k.a. Peter Pan).
   
Roe  
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.
   
Sheepdog  
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.
   
Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs  
Chicago Kids Company at Beverly Arts Center Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs
 
Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, a one-hour original musical adaptation of the classic tale! It tells the story of a jealous Queen who orders her stepdaughter, Snow White, to leave so she can be the "fairest of them all." Snow White finds a cute cottage with seven goofy dwarfs and instantly becomes best friends. Disguising herself as a hag, the queen brings a poisoned apple to Snow White, who falls into a deep sleep. Can a kiss from the Prince save the day? Find out in this exciting original production!
   
Spoken Word  
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.
   
The Steadfast Tin Soldier  
Lookingglass Theatre The Steadfast Tin Soldier
 
Inspired by Hans Christian Andersen's The Steadfast Tin Soldier, Ensemble Member Mary Zimmerman (Metamorphoses, Treasure Island) fashions an extravagant and exhilarating spectacle. The unlikely adventure of a little tin soldier, brimming with love and unblinking bravery, is infused with Zimmerman's dazzling blend of storytelling through image and movement, accompanied by live musicians. Unsuspecting travelers make unexpected discoveries in this luminous tale, destined to enchant any and all of us not made of tin.
   
Stop Kiss  
Pride Arts Center - The Buena Stop Kiss
 
Sara and Callie are walking through New York City's West Village very late at night, when they share their first kiss. This leads to a vicious attack by an angry bystander that transforms their lives in a way they could never anticipate. VARIETY called it "A poignant and funny play about the ways, both sudden and slow, that lives can change irrevocably."
   
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.
   
Sunday Evening  
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.
   
The Tasters  
Rivendell Theatre The Tasters
 
With so many government leaders getting poisoned these days, the Tasters have a critical job to do. They sample mouthwatering gourmet meals...then wait to see if they die in agony. When government forces capture renowned resistance leader Elyse, they make her a Taster and assume they've won. But Elyse has a plan of her own, which kicks off a series of events that might just alter the course of history...and put all the other Tasters' lives at risk.
   
Teatro ZinZanni: Love, Chaos and Dinner  
Cambria Hotel Chicago Loop Teatro ZinZanni: Love, Chaos and Dinner
 
Enter a realm where reality and dreams converge; an experience unlike any other! Teatro ZinZanni is a whirlwind of international cirque, comedy and cabaret served with a multi-course feast. Described as the "Kit Kat Klub on acid," the fast-paced action unfolds around, above and alongside you as world-class acrobats, musicians, divas, illusionists, madmen and aerialists fill the intimate Spiegeltent ZaZou, a unique jewel box mirror tent. Teatro ZinZanni's signature blend of Love, Chaos & Dinner has played to sold out audiences in Seattle and San Francisco, and now comes to Chicago's Cambria Hotel with its "feast for the senses." (The New York Times)
   
Thirst  
Strawdog Theatre Thirst
 
After a devastating water shortage and war, Samira and Greta have made a life for themselves and their son Kalil in a clearing in the woods. When Kalil returns home one day without their water rations, Samira and Greta find themselves in conflict with the local political leader. Set in a tense segregated society, Thirst is a complex look at family and love in wartime. C.A. Johnson explores the politics of race and redefines community in this fierce post-apocalyptic story.
   
Top Girls  
Remy Bumppo Theatre at Theater Wit Top Girls
 
You need a hard head to smash a glass ceiling and Marlene's got what it takes! But success comes at a price and the past is never far behind. Whip-smart, funny, and ultimately very moving, Caryl Churchill's groundbreaker brilliantly debates questions about female empowerment, career, and family.
   
Trigger Happy  
Annoyance Theatre Trigger Happy
 
Similar to most long form improv, "Trigger Happy" consists of a series of unrelated scenes that are inspired by a single suggestion from the audience. This show departs from that standard in that the cast share an invisible language that will trigger certain events, as if by magic.
   
Turn Here-Sweet Corn  
Saltbox Theatre Collective at The Edge Off-Broadway Turn Here-Sweet Corn
 
Turn Here-Sweet Corn is a world premiere 90 minute, one-woman play featuring actress Megan Wells. The play is by Jim Stowell and focuses on the life and memoirs of Atina Diffley. Atina is an organic farmer-educator, activist, and author of the 2013 Minnesota Book Award winner, Turn Here Sweet Corn: Organic Farming Works, A memoir based on Atina's life running the Gardens of Eagan organic vegetable farm. Her advocacy has addressed the pressures of suburban development, and she successfully led a legal and citizen campaign against the notorious polluters, Koch Industries, to create an Organic Mitigation Plan for organic farms in Minnesota. Set on the farm of Garden of Eagan, Megan tells Atina's story with passion, humor and zeal. Award-winning actress Megan Wells, like Atina, is a force to be reckoned with!
   
Verboten  
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.
   
Voice Of Good Hope  
City Lit Theater Voice Of Good Hope
 
A dramatic portrait of Barbara Jordan, the first African American congresswoman to be elected from the Deep South. The play follows Jordan from her childhood in Houston's Fifth Ward through her receiving the Medal of Freedom from President Bill Clinton, and deals with her pivotal role on the House Judiciary Committee during its hearings concerning the possible impeachment of President Richard Nixon, her complex political relationship with Texas power broker Robert Strauss, her struggle with muscular dystrophy, and her twenty-year relationship with Nancy Earl, her companion and occasional speechwriter, and ultimately her caregiver. The play premiered at Victory Gardens Theater in 2000 and has been produced from New York to San Francisco in the years since then.
   
Whisper House  
Black Button Eyes Productions at Athenaeum Theatre Whisper House
 
When Christopher's father is shot down in the Pacific during World War 2, the young boy is sent to live with his foreboding aunt in her very remote - and very haunted - lighthouse. Despite any lurking spirits, the most fearsome demons Christopher will need to confront lie within.
   
The White Plague  
Trap Door Theatre The White Plague
 
On the brink of a world war, a mysterious plague starts killing everyone older than 45. A young doctor finds a cure, but what is the cost he is willing to ask the afflicted to pay?
   
Working  
Theo Ubique Working
 
Based on Studs Terkel's best-selling book of interviews with American workers, WORKING paints a vivid portrait of the working men and women that the world so often takes for granted. Nominated for six Tony Awards, this classic has been updated for a modern age, featuring new songs by Tony Award-winning Lin-Manuel Miranda, as well as favorites by Stephen Schwartz, Craig Carnelia, Mary Rodgers, Micki Grant and James Taylor.