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Anna Karenina  
Lifeline Theatre Anna Karenina
As a wave of profound upheaval sweeps through Russian society, it is a time of impossible choices. Anna is torn between raising her cherished son and languishing in a lifeless marriage, or sacrificing everything to follow her lover Alexei into disgrace. Konstantin struggles to reconcile his existential torment with his enduring passion for Kitty. Innocents will suffer, hearts will be broken, and families will be torn apart as two couples learn that living truthfully is no simple thing. Travel to the palaces and farms of imperial Russia in a world premiere meditation on the complexities of love based on the 1877 novel by Leo Tolstoy.
As You Like It  
Eclectic Full Contact Theatre at Athenaeum Theatre As You Like It
Enjoy the tale of cousins Rosalind and Celia as they flee the restrictive rule of Duke Fredrick to find freedom and love in the magical and "trans-formative" forest of Arden. As this production explores gender identities and society's insistence on roles, it also provides a romantic romp through the forest of Arden filled with laughter and affectionate rumination on the nature of human identity, you'll fall in love with "As You Like It."
Bad Girls: The Stylists  
Akvavit Theatre at Strawdog Theatre Bad Girls: The Stylists
In this black comedy, five women play 28 characters as they work through the absurdities and trials of trying to be a "good girl" in modern society: a professional success, a perfect mother, the right kind of feminist. BAD GIRLS: THE STYLISTS follows four hairstylists in a salon, trying to grow their business in a competitive field. In a series of hilarious and tragic scenes, the stylists lend their ears and their scissors to a parade of customers. They make up their hair, their faces, and give shape to the stories about who they are. But with the arrival of a mysterious stranger, life in the salon starts to get complicated - and dangerous. As the women's stories begin to unravel, the play examines what we owe to ourselves and each other, the difficulty of forming true connections, and all the ways in which we fail.
The Beauty Queen Of Leenane  
Northlight Theatre The Beauty Queen Of Leenane
This Tony Award-winning dark comedy is set in the provincial Irish town of Leenane. Forty-year-old spinster Maureen Folan lives with her manipulative ageing mother Mag, stuck in a caretaking relationship that has them both seething with resentment. When a romantic encounter finally sparks Maureen's hopes for an escape from her dreary existence, Mag's interference sets in motion a chain of events that is as tragically funny as it is terrifying.
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."
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.
The Brink!  
Walkabout Theater Company at Links Hall The Brink!
In a cafe at the edge of the world, on the brink of existence, the Walkabout ensemble is dying to sing and dance, to draw the curtain on our last-ditch desires, and to reveal the transformative beauty of our shadow selves. Fresh from its preview performance at the Cricoteka Centre in Krakow, Poland, THE BRINK! will run for three weekends only at Links Hall before traveling to India for the 8th International Theatre Olympics in Mumbai and New Delhi. With its signature style, Chicago's premier laboratory ensemble presents an entirely new work that asks with ardor and brass, "What happens now... here on the brink?"
Bunny Bunny: Gilda Radner, A Sort of Love Story  
Mercury Theater Bunny Bunny: Gilda Radner, A Sort of Love Story
Gilda Radner was one of the great comic geniuses of the 20th century. Her life-long friend and comedy writer Alan Zweibel has written this loving tribute to Gilda. Bunny Bunny is based on their curious bond, a relationship that was always emotional but never physical. Comic and heartbreaking, this play follows these two overgrown kids as they ride bumper-car lives right up to Radner's death from ovarian cancer. Their loyalty and love glows through every scene.
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.
The Condition Of Femme  
Circle Theatre at Pride Arts Center - The Buena The Condition Of Femme
An exploration of rape culture based on actual events in the lives of sexual assault survivors interviewed by playwright Lauren Marie Powell. The drama includes monologues delivered by 11 characters created from Powell's interviewees, as well as a central character called Reagan, who is a counselor for a sexual assault hotline. Powell says, "Every character in the show is a fictionalized person based on those many testimonies, with verbatim quotes included throughout the piece. Most of the characters are an amalgamation of multiple testimonies around recurrent themes in their interviews. Reagan, based on a social worker and a rape-crisis hotline worker I interviewed, meets the 11 survivors through her work and ties their stories together."
BoHo Theatre at Theater Wit Cyrano
BoHo presents the Chicago premiere of this sharp, lean, nine-actor translation of Rostand's immortal play. Set in 17th century France, Cyrano tells the story of a great swordsman with a beautiful soul who is handicapped by a huge nose that makes him feel incapable of being loved by the beautiful Roxane. When he learns that Roxane and a handsome young soldier named Christian are infatuated with each other, he writes beautiful love letters for her suitor that lead to a tragic love triangle.
Riverfront Playhouse Da
Charlie returns home to his boyhood home in Dalkey, a suburb of Dublin, Ireland, after the death of his adoptive father. He finds that the house is filled with ghosts -- those of his parents and the ghost of his younger self. In talking and interacting with the ghosts, Charlie relives important moments from his youth, and comes to grips with his complicated feelings for his adoptive parents. This winner of the 1978 Tony Award for Best Play comes to Chicago's Riverfront Playhouse.
Dontrell, Who Kissed The Sea  
First Floor Theater at The Den Theatre Dontrell, Who Kissed The Sea
Eighteen-year-old Dontrell Jones the Third decides it is his duty and destiny to venture into the Atlantic Ocean in search of an ancestor lost during the Middle Passage, but his family isn't ready to abandon its prized son to the waters of a mysterious and haunting past.
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.
The Emperor's New Clothes  
Marriott Theatre In Lincolnshire The Emperor's New Clothes
Fourteen-year-old Emperor Marcus the Third is nervous to take the throne. Deciding that he can only gain confidence by dressing in the finest attire, Marcus commands his Royal Clothesmaker to fashion him in the most royal wardrobe. Taking advantage of Marcus' uncertainty and immaturity, a Swindler promises to make magic clothes that are "invisible to fools, liars, and anyone you should ignore," for a large and hefty price. Only Arno, the simple-hearted mop boy, can help Marcus out of this royal mess and teach him an important lesson about outward appearance.
An Enemy Of The People  
Goodman Theatre An Enemy Of The People
When a water contamination crisis puts their community in peril, two brothers face off in a battle of political ambitions and moral integrity. Nearly 150 years after Ibsen's masterpiece first thrilled audiences, it "is startling how current the play's ideas feel" (The New York Times) and remains "a play so necessary, exhilarating to experience." (The Village Voice).
Fellow Travelers  
Lyric Unlimited at Athenaeum Theatre Fellow Travelers
At the height of the McCarthy era in 1950s Washington, D.C., recent college graduate Timothy Laughlin is eager to join the crusade against communism. A chance encounter with a handsome State Department official, Hawkins Fuller, leads to Tim's first job-and his first relationship with a man. Drawn into a maelstrom of deceit, Tim struggles to reconcile his political convictions and his forbidden love for Fuller-an entanglement that will end in a stunning act of betrayal.
Flanagan's Wake  
Chicago Theatre Works Flanagan's Wake
The irreverent interactive funeral of Flanagan's Wake transports you to the fictional Irish village of Grapplin, where local roustabout Flanagan has died. The villagers have gathered to grieve as only the Irish can -- with a quick stop at the pub first. Gather 'round and meet an eclectic cast of characters and participate in this partially improvised comedic memorial with plenty o' pints, crazy sing-alongs and witty tales based on your suggestions. After 16 successful years in Chicago and a run off-Broadway, Flanagan's Wake returns to Chicago Theater Works.
The Green Book  
Pegasus Theatre at Chicago Dramatists The Green Book
Written by the award-winning co-author of Ruth and the Green Book, The Green Book is an homage to the historical travel book and centers on the Davis', an African-American family who open their home to black travelers in the south during Jim Crow/segregation and activism. The play is also an investigation of the impact of civil rights on contemporary American issues. Inspired by Victor Hugo Green's historical The Negro Motorist Green Book, the setting takes place during a weekend when the Davis family is celebrating the arrival of Dr. W.E.B. DuBois for a lecture. The appearance of a white visitor, who turns out to be a Jewish Holocaust survivor, sets off a chain of events that shows that racism and anti-Semitism cannot be ignored. See the stirring play at Pegasus Theatre at Chicago Dramatists.
Guess Who's Coming to Dinner  
Court Theatre Guess Who's Coming to Dinner
Matt and Christina Drayton live a modern, white upper-class life in 1960s San Francisco, but their comfortable life is muddled when daughter Joey returns home with John Prentice, a black physician whom she has known for ten days and intends to marry. Suddenly, their longtime progressive values are challenged; Matt and Christina find themselves facing difficult personal questions about the future of their daughter and their family. And unfortunately for the Draytons, Joey and John aren't their only surprise guests coming to dinner.
Hail, Hail Chuck: A Tribute to Chuck Berry  
Black Ensemble Theater Hail, Hail Chuck: A Tribute to Chuck Berry
Hail, Hail Chuck pays tribute to a man that revolutionized the music industry in an era of overt racism enforced by Jim Crowe laws. With songs like "Maybellene," "Roll Over Beethoven" and "Johnny B. Goode," the Black Ensemble pays tribute to one of the greatest rock and roll artists of our lifetime.
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.
Remy Bumppo Theatre at The Greenhouse Theater Center hang
Three people. One room. One woman's unspeakable decision in the balance. As words break down in the face of human suffering, an unnamed woman is ushered into a strange government office in order to make a devastating decision. debbie tucker green's darkly humorous and shatteringly poetic 2015 hit from London's Royal Court places us on the raw knife-edge between justice and retribution.
Hang Man  
The Gift Theatre Hang Man
The community of a backwoods Southern town grapples with the murder of a black man who is found hanging in a tree. As events unfold, the hanging mystifies the people of the community, forcing them to confront their complicity in this man's horrific demise. Osei-Kuffour's darkly comical, heartbreaking play, which recently made the prestigious 2017 Kilroy's List, uses absurdity to explore racism, sexuality and the parts of American history we would all like to forget.
Hot Pink, Or Ready To Blow  
New American Folk Theatre at The Den Theatre Hot Pink, Or Ready To Blow
When New Pompeii's annual sacrifice fails to satisfy the local volcano's appetite for virgins, three totally '80s teenage girls concoct a brilliant plan to save themselves. This fearless twist on the classic, horny high school comedy incinerates double standards, as our heroines take control of their destiny by following one simple rule: get laid or die trying!
How I Learned To Drive  
The Artistic Home How I Learned To Drive
HOW I LEARNED TO DRIVE, which premiered in 1997, was a Pulitzer Prize winner and a pioneering drama for its examination of pedophilia and sexual abuse of women. It follows a young woman, named L'il Bit, from age 11 to age 18 and her friendship and sexual affair with her uncle.
I'm Falling In Love All The Time  
The Agency Theater Collective at Pendulum Theater Space I'm Falling In Love All The Time
In the wake of an unexpected tragedy, Jack started to rely on coffee for a daily dose of dopamine. This new caffeine addiction inspired Jack to reevaluate his relationship with the pleasure chemical and write a show exploring his drug of choice. First kisses, long walks, and inevitable goodbyes, I'm Falling In Love All the Time asks, "What do we do with the love for the people we've lost?"
Joseph And The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat  
Drury Lane- Oakbrook Joseph And The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat
The meteoric first collaboration of Tim Rice & Andrew Lloyd Webber, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, finishes our season with a bang. Join Israel's favorite son, Joseph, through his tumultuous ascent to the top in this timeless reminder of the unquenchable thirst of a man with a dream who had the courage to forge the destiny of a people and its powerful message of hope. The classic story of Joseph is paired with exuberant music, featuring favorites such as "Close Every Door," "Go, Go, Go Joseph" and "Any Dream Will Do."
Journey For The Sun: A Sci-fi Cartoon Circus  
Actors Gymnasium at Noyes Cultural Art Center Journey For The Sun: A Sci-fi Cartoon Circus
It's 1964 and the sci-fi-loving owner of an Indiana drive-in movie theater is called upon to save the Galaxy using only human and popcorn power. Will these efforts be enough to avert human-made environmental catastrophe? How can anyone cool the sun? Buckle into your jetpacks, put on three pairs of sunglasses, and blast toward a galactic, uncanny, and steel-meltingly sizzling world premiere.
Broken Nose Theatre at The Den Theatre Kingdom
When the state of Florida legalizes same sex marriage, Arthur and Henry (his partner of fifty years) come to terms with their differing opinions on the necessity of becoming husbands, even as their son Alexander finds himself wading through some rough new waters of his own. KINGDOM is the story of an entirely-LGBTQ African American family that lives in the near-literal shadow of Orlando's magical kingdom, as they struggle to create a life together that captures a little bit of that same magic.
Knuffle Bunny: A Cautionary Musical  
Emerald City Theatre at Apollo Theater Knuffle Bunny: A Cautionary Musical
Join us on the hunt for your dearest stuffed animal, Knuffle Bunny, in this comedic musical adaptation of the Caldecott Honor Book by Mo Willems! After losing the beloved toy rabbit at the laundromat, a desperate dad, a merry mom, and toddler Trixie learn the power in communicating, even when there are no words. With stage design inspired by illustrations straight from the book, this treasured tale is an ECT audience favorite.
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.
Letter of Love (The Fundamentals of Judo)  
Trap Door Theatre Letter of Love (The Fundamentals of Judo)
Don't miss Trap Door Theatre's Letter of Love (The Fundamentals of Judo) directed by Aleksi Barriere, a guest director from Paris. This autobiographical work of Fernando Arrabal is a letter of love, reproach and reconciliation. O
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!
Mary Stuart  
Chicago Shakespeare Theater Mary Stuart
One will rule. One will fall. Two extraordinary women clash in a power play over the right to rule in Friedrich Schiller's Mary Stuart. Elizabeth I, Queen of England, must decide the fate of her jailed cousin, Mary, Queen of Scots, who is accused of treason. After a single clandestine meeting where both women's ambitions are unmasked, the fate of two countries is decided. Jenn Thompson, former artistic director of The Actors Company Theater, stages Peter Oswald's electrifying take on this fascinating drama at the Chicago Shakespeare Theater.
Mass Appeal  
Oil Lamp Theater Mass Appeal
Father Timothy Farley is a lover of the good things in life, comfortably ensconced as priest of a prosperous Catholic congregation. He's always preached about miracles -- now he has to perform one. Without realizing it, he's resorted to flattering his parishioners and entertaining them with sermons that skirt any disturbing issues, in order to protect his Mercedes, his trips abroad and the generous supply of fine wines that grace his table (and his desk drawer). His well-ordered world is disrupted by the arrival of Mark Dolson, an intense and idealistic young seminarian whom Father Farley reluctantly agrees to take under his wing. Watch all the fascinating and funny sparks of their conflict unfold when Mass Appeal comes to the stage of Glenview's Oil Lamp Theater.
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.
Merchant On Venice  
Rasaka Theatre Co. and Vitalist Theatre Co. at The Greenhouse Theater Center Merchant On Venice
A tragi-comic, raucous, dark and irreverent work, Kurup's play is set on Venice Boulevard in present day Culver City, California - a section of the Los Angeles area where hatred and intolerance among Hindus and Muslims has grown to a boiling point. With rock-and-roll and Bollywood-influenced music, blank verse and present-day pop references -- replete with Indian, American and Latino jargon that reflect the sound of the South Asian Diaspora as well as the polyglot crackle of Los Angeles -- the play explores how the preponderance of power in one sector of a community can marginalize a minority, and provoke reactionary and retributive responses.
Million Dollar Misery  
Annoyance Theatre Million Dollar Misery
Billed as a play in one-act,"Million Dollar Misery" is an original dark comedy that tells the story of a band held captive by a deranged fan in what can be considered a loose mashup of Broadway musicals like Million Dollar Quartet and Stephen King's Misery. What comes of it is both a loving tribute to multiple genres of stage and screen, but also a beautifully twisted show about a world of no redemption, no grace, and no compassion that will leave you laughing one minute and stunned the next.
Neil Tobin, Necromancer: Near Death Experience  
May Chapel at Rosehill Cemetery Neil Tobin, Necromancer: Near Death Experience
IndyFringe Theatre Festival Audience Choice Award winner! Experience interactive theatre about life and death in a once-in-a-lifetime setting. Tobin's engaging exploration of mortality and mystery will make you laugh, ponder and wonder. But don't bring the kids. This is grown-up, dead-serious fun! Presented at May Chapel, a rarely open-to-the-public architectural gem on the grounds of historic Rosehill Cemetery.
Nerds of Future Past  
Cab Theatre at Stage 773 Nerds of Future Past
The future: depraved and desolate. War, famine, death, and despair has cloaked the world in darkness. Something has happened. Something...terrible. But a small contingent of musical sketch comedians have figured out how this apocalypse happened. Now, the question becomes: how do we stop this? How do we save the world? How do we fix...the past?
The Next Big Thing  
Factory Theater The Next Big Thing
Grunge. The internet. Auto-tune. It was all happening - and about to happen - in 1997. For 19 year-old Beth Peterson, shaking the dust off her small town life to pursue a career in rock 'n' roll is a dream-come-true. In The Next Big Thing, audiences find out if Beth can navigate her new world and are witness to the harsh realities of the city, the industry and adulthood.
On Your Feet  
Cadillac Palace Theatre On Your Feet
ON YOUR FEET! is the story of two people who-through an unwavering dedication to one another and their pursuit of the American dream-showcased their talent, their music and their heritage to the world in a remarkable rise to global superstardom. Set to Gloria's chart-topping, smash hits such as "Rhythm Is Gonna Get You, "1-2-3," "Mi Tierra," and "Conga," in addition to new music penned by the Estefans, the show will bring a new sound to Broadway and get audiences on their feet.
Our Country's Good  
Three Crows Theatre at Piven Theatre Our Country's Good
Unexpected situations are often matched by unexpected virtues in people, are they not? In 1789, Britain's jails were overflowing. Stealing something as insignificant as a loaf of bread was a one-way ticket to the newly established penal colony of Australia. Dealing with these miserable conditions, a young lieutenant is put in charge of staging a play with a cast made up of convicts. Simultaneously funny and poignant, the award-winning Our Country's Good explores freedom, the redemptive power of theatre and what it means to be human. Watch it all unfold in this Three Crows production at the Piven Theatre in Evanston.
The Picture Of Dorian Gray  
City Lit Theater The Picture Of Dorian Gray
Paul Edwards’s world premiere adaptation of Oscar Wilde's only novel, THE PICTURE OF DORIAN GRAY transports the story from the novel’s setting of Victorian-era England to 1970’s New York City, during the dawning of the AIDS and crack cocaine epidemics. In this adaptation of Wilde's story of a man who sells his soul for unaging beauty, Dorian is a Patient Zero who shows none of the results of either epidemic; they show up in the picture instead.
Lookingglass Theatre Plantation!
Look who's coming to tea... A Texas matriarch, bless her heart, discovers that the history of the ancestral home is, well...complicated. When she reveals the news to her Southern Belle daughters, tempers rage hotter than the devil's armpit and pandemonium runs amok on the pristine plantation...and that's before the other set of sisters arrive.
Pretty Woman: The Musical  
Ford Oriental Theatre Pretty Woman: The Musical
From the iconic outfits and unforgettable moments of blossoming romance to the ... catchy songs? Wait a minute, Pretty Woman is a musical now? You bet your thigh-high boots it is -- and its pre-Broadway world premiere stage production is coming to Chicago this spring. With a book by Garry Marshall and J.F. Lawton (the director and writer, respectively, of the unforgettable 1990 film that featured Richard Gere and Julia Roberts), music and lyrics by the incomparable songwriting duo of Bryan Adams and Jim Vallance, and direction and choreography by two-time Tony Award-winner Jerry Mitchell, well ... you can pretty much rest assured that Pretty Woman: The Musical will be a wall-to-wall extravaganza of entertaining song, dance, laughs and romance. Don't miss this show's stunning production at the Oriental Theatre.
Prime Day: An Amazonian Musical  
Annoyance Theatre Prime Day: An Amazonian Musical
The citizens of the small town of Centerville, OH, only want what the rest of us want: the quick delivery of their packages -- a weakening desire that ALEXA knows all too well. Will this greed for speed seduce humans and lead to the demise of the world, or will two heroes rise from the packing peanuts to defeat the mastermind behind it all? Find out when Prime Day! takes the stage at The Annoyance Theatre & Bar in Chicago.
Private Dicks  
The Den Theatre Private Dicks
Private Dicks is a two-act, mostly improvised musical show that takes place in a 1940s film noir world. Follow Dick as he tries to unravel a devious plot and as he drinks, sings and dances his way through town to solve the mystery at The Den Theatre in Chicago. This hilarious musical is paired with an optional drinking game and is filled with nonstop fun and action. Please feel free to come by early to catch our 'lounge act' performers as they serenade you at the bar before the show!
Shakespeare's Revisionist Histories  
The Shakespeare All-Stars at Mary's Attic Shakespeare's Revisionist Histories
In an age where political factions create rifts, immigration and human rights are in question, and fake news mixes with the real, what do we have to learn from Shakespeare's Histories and the political factions of centuries ago? Shakespeare's Revisionist Histories is a devised new work inspired by these ten plays and hundreds of years of political corruption. Step into a sanctuary space where, for the moment, we are free to sing, play, dance, speak, and read the bard's verse.
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!
She Kills Monsters  
The Cuckoo's Theater Project at Prop Theatre She Kills Monsters
A comedic romp into the world of fantasy role-­‐playing games, SHE KILLS MONSTERS tells the story of Agnes Evans as she leaves her childhood home in Ohio following the death of her teenage sister, Tilly. When Agnes finds Tilly's Dungeons & Dragons notebook, however, she stumbles into a journey of discovery and action-­‐packed adventure in the imaginary world that was Tilly's refuge. In this high-­‐octane dramatic comedy laden with homicidal fairies, nasty ogres, and 90s pop culture, acclaimed playwright Qui Nguyen offers a heart-­‐pounding homage to the geek and warrior within us all.
Six Corners  
American Blues Theater at Stage 773 Six Corners
Late one night, two burnt-out violent crimes unit detectives try their damnedest to close the puzzling murder of a CTA employee. What should be a simple open-and-shut case, however, evolves into a horrifying mystery and unearths a legacy of violence stretching back years. Six Corners was awarded a 2017 Edgerton Foundation Play Award.
Smart People  
Writers Theatre Smart People
Four intelligent, attractive and opinionated young urban professionals—a doctor, an actress, a psychologist, and a neurobiologist studying the human brain’s response to race—search for love, success, and identity while also attempting to navigate the intricacies of racial and sexual politics. This whip-smart new play taps into current cultural conversation in an enthralling and provocative way, taking on deep questions of the nature of prejudice with razor sharp wit.
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.
The Spitfire Grill  
Refuge Theatre Project at Windy City Cafe The Spitfire Grill
The story, based on the 1996 film of the same name that starred Ellen Burstyn and Marcia Gay Harden, concerns Percy, a feisty parolee recently released from prison who relocates to the fictional small town of Gilead, Wisconsin after seeing pictures of it in an old travel book. With the help of Gilead's sheriff Joe, she gets a job at Hannah's Spitfire Grill. As she becomes involved with Hannah, Hannah's family and others in the town, Percy soon learns that she is not the only person in Gilead who needs a second chance in life. The Spitfire Grill itself needs a second chance as well. It has been for sale for ten years, but there have been no takers for it - the only eatery in the depressed town. Percy suggests to Hannah that she raffle it off. Entry fees are one hundred dollars and the best essay on why you want the grill wins.
Steel Magnolias  
Theatre At The Center Steel Magnolias
Steel Magnolias, written by Robert Harling, is a hilarious and heart-warming play set in a Louisiana beauty shop. It follows the hopes, dreams, triumphs and tragedies of six colorful characters and inspired the 1989 film which starred Julia Roberts, Sally Field, Shirley MacLaine, Daryl Hannah, Olympia Dukakis and Dolly Parton. It explores the bond between a mother and daughter, and friendships of those who feel like family.
A Story Told in Seven Fights  
Neo-Futurists A Story Told in Seven Fights
A Story Told in Seven Fights finds Creator and Neo-Futurist Ensemble Member Trevor Dawkins leading a group of stage combatants smashing their way through the true stories of fist fights and theater riots that erupted within the Dadaist and Surrealist movements at the turn of the 20th century. This will be Dawkins’ second full-length Prime Time production after his 2014 summer blockbuster Haymaker and the Neo-Futurist debut for former Oracle Productions’ Tony Santiago.
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.
Sweeney Todd  
Theo Ubique at No Exit Cafe Sweeney Todd
In the musical, Sweeney Todd, a barber unjustly convicted of a crime, escapes from prison in Australia and returns to his former home in nineteenth century London, seeking vengeance against the lecherous judge who framed him and ravaged his young wife. The road to revenge leads Todd to Mrs. Lovett, a resourceful proprietress of a failing pie shop, above which he opens a new barber practice. Mrs. Lovett's luck sharply shifts when Todd's thirst for blood inspires the integration of an ingredient into her meat pies that has the people of London lining up... and the carnage has only just begun!
The Greenhouse Theater Center SWEEP
Georgina Escobar's SWEEP is a play inspired by sci-fi graphic novels, the Bible, humanity and the unbridled imagination of a child. A finalist for the 2016 National Latino Playwriting Award, it's a hilarious and beautiful look at the world, taking gentle pokes at human, family, genetic and world history with a (broom?) stick. Escobar asks you to feel rather than think, to experience rather than listen, and to believe in magic. SWEEP is a graphic novel brought to life on stage, examining religion, gender roles and the choices we make in everyday life. It's also about a magic broom. Get swept up in the magic at Greenhouse Theater Center in Chicago.
A Taste Of Things To Come  
Broadway Playhouse A Taste Of Things To Come
It’s the 1950’s in Winnetka, IL. Every Wednesday best friends Joan, Connie, Dottie, & Agnes enter a Betty Crocker cooking contest, dreaming how the prizes might change their mundane lives. On this particular Wednesday, Joan replaces the cookbook with the Kinsey Report on female sexuality and life begins to get very interesting! In A TASTE OF THINGS TO COME, a slice-of-life original musical comedy, we watch as this cooking club becomes a turning point in their lives.
Through the Elevated Line  
Silk Road Rising at Chicago Temple Through the Elevated Line
Having fled Iran where he was imprisoned for being a gay man, a damaged Razi arrives at his sister’s doorstep in Chicago only to disrupt the life she and her American husband built together. As the Chicago Cubs vie to make history, rivalries of a different kind simmer in the Uptown two-flat that Razi tries to call home. With echoes of A Streetcar Named Desire, Novid Parsi’s world premiere drama probes the boundaries between family, loss, prejudice, and desire.
Time Is On Our Side  
About Face Theatre at Theater Wit Time Is On Our Side
How can we learn from the past if we don't know our own history? Annie and Curtis have big dreams for their DIY 'queering history' podcast but can't seem to break out of obscurity. The surprising discovery of a secret family journal sets them off on a gleeful and high stakes adventure to unravel the mysteries of the early LGBTQ rights movement and its impact on their own lives. Connecting essential historical landmarks from the Underground Railroad to Rosa Parks to Celebrity Jeopardy, this time-hopping tale redefines how personal the political can really get.
Timeless Magic  
Theater Wit Timeless Magic
Sean Masterson's Timeless Magic is a magic show interwoven with the story of the souvenir coin that Sean's great uncle received from a magician at Chicago's Columbian Exposition of 1893. Sean takes his audience on a journey through the "golden age of magic" in his quest to uncover the identity of that anonymous magician. The show, according to The Chicago Reader, "functions as a historical anthology, highlighting the performers and the tricks... of magic's golden era."
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.
Tony 'n Tina's Wedding  
Chicago Theatre Works Tony 'n Tina's Wedding
Presented by the original New York producers, in conjunction with Chicago Theater Works, comes the return of one of Chicago's longest-running, smash hit shows, Tony 'n Tina's Wedding -- and everyone's invited! You and the other audience members are treated like family at this interactive improvisational comedy. The fun starts with the happy couple's wedding ceremony inside a real church (Resurrection Church), followed by the all-inclusive reception just one block away at Vinnie Black's Coliseum, featuring a full Italian dinner, wedding cake, champagne toast, dancing to great music and lots of love and laughs. As part of the audience, you're considered a wedding guest and are allowed to mix, mingle and interact with all of the participants. You never know what drama you might get swept up in with this crazy Italian family! The improvisational nature of the show lets you go multiple times and see different stories play out each time.Tony 'n' Tina's Wedding will reopen in November 2009
Whales and Souls  
Flat Iron Arts Building Whales and Souls
Gather 'round the metaphorical -- and metaphysical -- campfire with your tour guide Randy as he tells the twisted tale of the creature from the lake. A hit at fringe festivals around the globe, this award-winning solo show, now receiving its Chicago premiere at Collaboraction, is billed as a "gritty, sensual fable for adults," in which a small town is changed forever by a mysterious visitor who comes bearing an unsettling prophecy.
Why Do You Always Wear Black?  
Organic Theater Company at The Greenhouse Theater Center Why Do You Always Wear Black?
This is an original work featuring the women of Anton Chekhov’s plays who confront the joy, despair, and absurdity of being a woman in 19th century Russia as well as contemporary America. This innovative, theatrical work weaves together Chekhov’s world and our own modern backwardness, with a healthy dose of radical feminism and sock puppets.
Women Laughing Alone with Salad  
Theater Wit Women Laughing Alone with Salad
Dangerous, fierce and funny, Women Laughing Alone with Salad bursts out of the bounds of internet meme-dom and onto the stage in a four person comic tour-de-force about friendship, salad, sex, bodies, yoga, salad, men, envy, women, pharmaceuticals, diets, salad and uppers and salad.
You For Me For You  
Victory Gardens Theater - Biograph You For Me For You
Two North Korean sisters plan an elaborate escape from the "Best Nation in the World," only to be separated at the border. Now in two strange and separate worlds filled with outrageous characters, they must navigate barriers of language and bureaucracy, reckon with the ways that culture and country can shape us, and discover that survival requires sacrifice. Playwright Mia Chung weaves myth and striking imagery into a deeply affecting and surprisingly funny adventure, portraying the endless lengths to which two sisters will go to find one another again.
You Think It's Easy Being The Tooth Fairy?  
Lifeline Theatre You Think It's Easy Being The Tooth Fairy?
Dew Drop just landed her dream assignment: training to become the next Tooth Fairy! But after coming on board, she learns that there's more to the job than simply being sparkly: it's going to take guts, skill, and a whole lot of training to succeed. Working closely with her mentor - and a flashy flock of firefly assistants - Dew Drop must learn the rules of Command Central, master "Tooth-o-Finder" technology, and bench press mountains of quarters before she can fly on her own. Tackle a new challenge and learn what it takes to succeed in the fast-paced tooth collection industry with this world premiere musical based on the 2007 book. This production is recommended for children ages five and up (children under two not permitted), and runs approximately one hour with no intermission.