Wednesday Addams, the ultimate princess of darkness, has grown up and fallen in love with a sweet, intelligent young man from a respectable family- a man her parents have never met. And if that wasn't upsetting enough, Wednesday confides in her father and begs him not to tell her mother. So now, Gomez Addams must do something he's never done: keep a secret from his beloved wife, Morticia. Then, on a fateful night, everything changes for the whole family when they host a dinner for Wednesday's "normal" boyfriend and his parents.
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American Psycho is a ruthless and daring musical from Duncan Sheik (Spring Awakening) and Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa (Riverdale, The Picture of Dorian Gray). Based on the electrifying novel by Bret Easton Ellis, the musical tells the story of Patrick Bateman, a young and handsome Wall Street banker with impeccable taste and unquenchable desires. Patrick and his elite group of friends spend their days in chic restaurants, exclusive clubs and designer labels. But at night, Patrick takes part in a darker indulgence, and his mask of sanity is starting to slip. Sexy, seductive and full of 80s throwbacks, American Psycho: The Musical is a carnal carnival of song and dance!
Baked! The Musical is an all-new, all-Asian musical about failure, family, and weed. When she doesn't receive the scholarship for her dream school, habitual overachiever Jane Huang, with the help of her best friend, builds the greatest drug empire ever run by high schoolers. Kept in the dark are Jane's parents, whose inability to cope with their daughter leaving for college while maintaining a profit at their struggling Chinese bakery, drives them to pry and potentially unravel Jane's web of lies. Baked! The Musical is a reflection on failure, self-worth, and the question of what we owe the people we love.
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.
Blues for an Alabama Sky by Pearl Cleage is a play about change, struggle, and joy set against the tumultuous backdrop of prohibition, the Jazz Age and the dawning of The Great Depression. It's 1930 in Harlem and jazz singer Angel has just gotten fired from The Cotton Club. Supported by her closest friends, Angel hopes for her next big break as costume designer Guy imagines sewing dresses in Paris and Delia works to bring family planning centers to the community. But all of their dreams are put in jeopardy when Angel meets Leland, a recent Alabama transplant. Will he be the true love Angel has been waiting for or will he forever alter the dynamic of their precious inner circle?
Join the famed Hoenikker family on the Caribbean Island of San Lorenzo for a satirical tale of how "pure" scientific research, banana republic politics, and an organized religion based on lies bring about the end of the world. You're invited to convert yourself, learn a new way to make love, and make a supreme gesture to God Almighty (if indeed, He is still with us) in this revival of ensemble member John Hildreth's playful adaptation of Kurt Vonnegut's beloved novel.
A CHORUS LINE revolutionized American musical theatre when it debuted in 1976. The compilation of real stories from Broadway dancers who had never been given a voice before, captured the imaginations of the public and earned nine Tony Awards, seven Drama Desk Awards, and the Pulitzer Prize for Drama. Songs like “One,” “What I Did For Love,” and “Music and the Mirror” will forever be part of the American popular song library.
The Seven Thirty Theatre company presents the unforgettable story of enduring love and triumph over adversity, The Color Purple is a landmark musical from the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel by Alice Walker. This stirring family chronicle follows the inspirational Celie, as she journeys from childhood through joy and despair, anguish and hope to discover the power of love and life.
Winning both a Pulitzer Prize and the New York Drama Critics' Circle Award for Best Musical, The Consul explores themes of political oppression, stifling bureaucracy and cries for asylum. In The Consul, Magda and her family are desperate to escape an unsafe, unidentified country, yet are ruthlessly hindered by bureaucratic red tape. When appearing at the consulate to receive help, Magda is met with a chilling, apathetic Secretary, numb to the stories churning around her. Faced with indifference, Magda delivers a stunning rebuke for the way we treat our fellow humans in need of help.
The Devil & Daniel Webster is based on the short story by Steven Vincent Benet. It presents the greatest court case ever argued. A man who sold his soul to the Devil has Daniel Webster, the well-known orator, and U.S. Senator, plead his case before twelve of the most despicable characters ever assembled. One audience member will sit on the jury! The play is thought-provoking and captivating and brings you face-to-face with many historical characters!
Come see The Second City Mainstage's brand-new 111th Revue, newly titled Don't Quit Your Daydream. This is the most exciting time to see a show on our stages. The cast is fresh, new material is worked into the show every night, and your laughter in the audience helps shape the final show!
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!
When the widowed Duchess of Malfi chooses to love again, honestly and defiantly, the men in her family do everything in their power to break those that would dare to flout the unspoken rules of a "traditional" society. "Despite the 407 years between the premiere of Duchess of Malfi and today, in some ways very little has changed," states Rice. "This production will focus on the (unfortunately timeless) theme of the power held, and desperately clung to, by a patriarchal society, and how something as simple as two people openly loving each other outside of that dichotomy is an inherent threat to those in power (then and today). Toxic masculinity is still an insidious disease. It lashes out at marginalized communities. It also eats away at some men, making them feel, to paraphrase a section of the text, like they're 'wearing a wolf-skin that is hairy on the inside.'"
The newlywed and newly dead Eurydice arrives in the underworld without memories or language and struggles to recover her humanity with the aid of the father she lost years ago. When Orpheus arrives to rescue her, Eurydice must choose between staying with her father or escaping with her husband-between life and death. Pulitzer and Tony nominated playwright and North Shore native Sarah Ruhl infuses the ancient myth with humor, poetry, and hope as this classic heroine finds her voice.
Opera’s most thrilling ghost story sets sail. Not seen at Lyric in more than 20 years, The Flying Dutchman is perhaps Wagner’s most haunting opera. This tempestuous work tells the story of a sailor known as the Dutchman, who is doomed to roam the seas forever. The Dutchman’s only hope to break the curse is (*drumroll please*) true love. Senta, a young Norwegian woman, falls quickly and deeply in love with the Dutchman and, well, the story only sinks from there. Through recurring musical themes (known as leitmotifs) and a rich orchestration, Wagner leaves the audience holding their breath to see what comes next for the love-struck couple.
A group of storytellers gathers to chronicle a curious tale. It's 1822. A fur trader named Alexis St. Martin gets shot (by accident) and is left with a gaping wound in his chest, leading directly to his stomach. His doctor, William Beaumont, uses him and his wound to conduct studies on digestion for the next 11 years. And yes, this really happened.
Gypsy is the tale of the ultimate ambitious stage mother, fighting for her daughters' success while secretly yearning for her own. Arthur Laurents' landmark show explores the world of two-bit show business with brass, humor, heart, and sophistication. This lavish classic boasts a celebrated score by Jule Styne and Stephen Sondheim including: "Everything's Coming Up Roses," "Let Me Entertain You," "Some People," and "Together Wherever We Go."
HAMILTON is a revolutionary piece of theatre, with a score that blends hip-hop, jazz, R&B and Broadway. Written by Lin-Manuel Miranda and directed by Thomas Kail, with choreography by Andy Blankenbuehler and musical supervision and orchestrations from Alex Lacamoire, it tells the story of America's founding father Alexander Hamilton. It has received numerous awards and accolades, including Tony, Grammy and Olivier Awards, the Pulitzer Prize for Drama, as well as a special citation from the Kennedy Center Honors. Drawing from Ron Chernow's acclaimed biography, HAMILTON is now seen by audiences around the world as an essential representation of America then, told by America now.
Shakespeare Blood Oath returns with their production of Hamlet, the classic tale of Murder, Revenge, and ... Indecision! Plus: There's a swordfight! And you'd better believe someone's gonna talk to a skull. This year, SBO is back at the Greenhouse Theater for another go at the Bard after their 2022 production of Timon of Athens, which played to sold-out audiences. Shakespeare Blood Oath is a Chicago-based independent Shakespeare company dedicated to staging every play written by William Shakespeare, one a year, until they do them all or die trying.
Dave Maher (FX's "The Bear," This American Life, Edinburgh Fringe) watched 40 seasons of "Survivor" in 4 months, and all he got was this one-man COVID show. "Here to Make Friends" weaves "Survivor"-style games with conversations about community, care, and apocalypse. H2MF harnesses audience interaction for a collective comedy experience of friendship and betrayal. Outwit, Outplay, Outmask.
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.
he Innocence of Seduction examines the 1950s Congressional investigation into the supposed link between comic books and juvenile delinquency, and the effect of the investigation on the careers of three persons: William Gaines, the originator of the horror genre of comic books; Matt Baker, a Black closeted gay artist of romance comics; and Janice Valleau, creator of a pioneering comics feature starring a woman detective.
Turn back the clock and join Frank Sinatra tribute artist Gary Thomas for an evening of sophisticated cocktails, salacious stories, and performances of selections from two seminal Sinatra albums released in 1954, SONGS FOR YOUNG LOVERS and SWING EASY.
"Jane" was the code name for an underground service in Chicago, run by a collective of housewives and students, that brought safe and affordable abortions to 11,000 women from 1969 to 1973. Based on interviews with the women who ran this legendary organization before Roe v. Wade, Jane: Abortion and the Underground tells the stories of the fight for freedom over their bodies that continues today.
Imagine a world without guns. We'll give you a moment. If your imagination needs a hand, picture this: it's an age where all guns and even metal are a relic of the past, a murmured bit of lore that instills both fixation and fear. When a rumor about the last existing gun in the world makes its way to a guarded courier, she sets out on an assignment to hunt it down. Accompanied by a plucky companion and confrontations of chaotic characters and trials along the way, she will face her own demon in the inevitable path of destruction.
Told in three parts over one evening, THE LEHMAN TRILOGY is the quintessential story of western capitalism, rendered through the lens of a single immigrant family. On a cold September morning in 1844, a young man from Bavaria stands on a New York dockside dreaming of a new life in the new world. He is soon joined by his two brothers, and an American epic begins. 163 years later, the firm they establish-Lehman Brothers-spectacularly collapses into bankruptcy, triggering the largest financial crisis in history. Weaving together nearly two centuries of family history, this theatrical event charts the humble beginnings, outrageous successes, and devastating failure of the financial institution that would ultimately bring the global economy to its knees.
The story is set in Skid Row, where meek and mild Seymour Krelborn is eeking out a living at the failing Mushnik's Flower Shop. Until one day, Seymour discovers a strange and unusual plant - one that feeds on human blood. He names her Audrey II and becomes caught up in a wild scheme of trying to acquire fresh blood for his ravenous, carnivorous plant - all while attempting to save the love of his life from her evil dentist boyfriend.
It's a night in the theater that you'll never forget. Experience the heart-pumping action ringside, as the Goodman transforms into a professional wrestling arena-a perfect backdrop for the high drama and rich cultural history of lucha libre. Originally developed with Prism Movement Theater and produced in partnership with CLATA as part of 2023 Destinos Festival, actors and luchadores (wrestlers) in masks representative of Aztec gods play out an exciting wrestling story about family, honor, tradition and redemption.
Over the course of eleven consecutive sessions, a gay massage therapist and his female client grow to form an unusually strong bond. At first skeptical of each other, the two develop trust, and come to treasure their time together. When the client needs extraordinary support from the therapist, their bond is put to a huge test. This serious drama also provides surprises, and lots of humor.
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.
Embark on a journey to France with Ben Franklin, one of our country's founding fathers and most famous scientists, and his smart, outspoken young niece, Sarah, where they discover that people are magically being cured by a mysterious man-Mesmer. Through fabulous storytelling, fast-paced comedy and drawing from true stories of Franklin's many scientific discoveries and inventions, Ben and Sarah employ the Scientific Method to put Mesmer's mystical powers to the test. Is it science, is it magic, or will we all be Mesmerized? Kids, come help solve this scientific mystery!
The play is a comedic farce about the retiring Mike Aldridge, a beloved Kansas City radio personality who is hosting a small cocktail party to kick off his final week of broadcasting. Guests include his son Mike Jr. who constantly bickers with his sister Dorothy and her touchy, feely husband Allen. Mike's agent who is bitter that her cash cow client is calling it quits will be attending along with her husband. Mike's quirky oddball newsman even crashes the party. Uncle Art, Mike's younger brother will be on hand to catch a few drinks and the final guest is Junior's high school sweetheart Nikki. Witness the lengths to which a father will go to help his son find true love and happiness.
Monster High Live brings your favorite children of legendary monsters to the stage. A multi-talented cast led by new students, Draculaura, Clawdeen Wolf, and Frankie Stein, are getting ready for the annual Monster Ball Skelebration. Our boo crew is looking for more mon-stars to join their group for the big performance at this spirited party. Auditions begin with a lively search for beyond the usual Britney Fears or Scary Styles, but for ahh-mazing and talented Monster High students, including Deuce Gorgon, Lagoona Blue, Ghoulia Yelps, and more! Clawesome music and electrifying production numbers lead our stars to realize that embracing differences and working together is the key to success and that every monster is welcome! Unleash your inner monster and show off what makes you fearlessly unique at the show!
In Motherhouse, a young woman enlists the help of her four aunts to create an authentic eulogy for her recently deceased mother. What begins as a small act of family solidarity quickly spirals into darkly comic chaos as they attempt to capture the spirit of the departed. Motherhouse is a wickedly funny, wickedly human story about the painful, messy momentum of grief.
After a local woman is murdered, the guests and staff at Monkswell Manor find themselves stranded during a snowstorm. It soon becomes clear that the killer is among them, and the seven strangers grow increasingly suspicious of one another. When a second murder takes place, tensions and fears escalate. THE MOUSETRAP is the longest running play of all time, having played continuously in London's West End since October 1952.
Every year since Emancipation, The Nacirema Society of Montgomery, Alabama introduces six elegant African American debutantes to a world of wealth, privilege and social responsibility. For these young ladies, bus boycotts and freedom marches are less interesting than making a perfect entrance-or, plotting the perfect blackmail. As the Society celebrates its centennial...with young love brewing, old flames simmering and national media attention abounding...what would dare go awry?
North & Sur is an extraordinary encounter between two icons of World Literature: the great North American writer Edgar Allan Poe, who is recognized as one of the foremost progenitors of modern literature, and the South American author Alfonsina Storni, one of the most relevant postmodern poets of Latin America. Edgar and Alfonsina discover their differences and similarities within an atmosphere of incredulous astonishment; they contrast, attract, and repel each other in a space of encounters with no options. Now, they are in an undefined place that encompasses all spaces of the immaterial Universe, the space of transcendence.
Each performance of Port of Entry welcomes just 28 audience members into an iconic courtyard apartment building meticulously recreated within a 1929 warehouse. With each step through this 3-story immersive world, guests will experience the struggles, joys, and triumphs of people from around the globe forging new lives alongside one another.
In a setting that is at the same time a torture chamber, a chamber of the heart, and a chamber for a virtuoso recital, two former friends struggle for domination in an existential conflict. They share the same dilemmas, the same collapsing world, the same despair; they are "pragmatists" because instead of facing the ultimate mystery of existence, they attempt to find pain-killing evasions, which dooms them to live the past over again while experiencing the future in advance.
Who celebrates their 26th birthday in the alley? Puff, that's who. With the help of her best friend Jame and the unlikely company of Georgia, Puff rings in her new year with laughter, connection, a dose of danger, and Miller High Life. Revolution interrogates and celebrates the very nature of creating community and building friendships in our ever evolving, ever disconnecting world.
Ring of Fire showcases the story of Johnny Cash through his music. From country rock n' roll to searing ballads of love and faith, Cash's iconic songs highlight the incredible struggles and triumphs of his life. Performed by an incredible group of actor/musicians, Ring of Fire celebrates the music that has become a part of our collective experience.
An uproarious comedy about two women who are forced to share a room in a senior living facility is the setting for this hilarious play. Devising a bet of sorts, each vows to win control of the shared room. Both utterly hilarious and deeply moving, this play is sure to keep you guessing about what will come next.
Blown fuses, real and metaphorical, punctuate the action with flashes of pent-up energy in this acclaimed play. The heroine frequently plunges the dilapidated house she shares with her alcoholic mother into darkness by playing her dead father's records at a volume matched only by the soulful power of her vocal impressions. She hides in her room, crooning and dreaming of love, while her disheveled mother mistakes a seedy agent's interest as affection rather than enthusiasm for the gold mine buried in her daughter's throat. This is an engaging fairy tale of despair, love and finally hope as LV finds a voice of her own.
Morril is one of the fastest-rising stand-up comics in New York City and one of the best joke writers in the scene today. He is a regular on Comedy Central's This Week at the Comedy Cellar, where he appears frequently when not touring cities across the nation. He was named one of Comedy Central's Comics to Watch in 2011 and has performed multiple stand-up sets on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, The Late, Late Show with James Corden and Conan. He's also had stints on Last Comic Standing, America's Got Talent, @midnight with Chris Hardwick, and Inside Amy Schumer.
Newark, NJ. Post-9/11. Two teenagers, brought to America as children, now face an unlikely foe: unexpected, unreciprocated love. Their friendship is no longer enough (for one of them) and their adopted country doesn't love them back. Pulitzer Prize winner Martyna Majok brings light to the sacrifices made by DREAMers, lovers and life-long friends in the heartbreaking and hopeful Sanctuary City - a story that fractures and transcends - crossing boundaries, borders and genre in search of a place to call home.
"A Taste of Soul" is an outstanding musical tribute to a genre of music that has influenced popular culture worldwide. Experience how Soul music has evolved from its Gospel roots to the pop culture sensation of today. With songs from some of Soul's greatest hit makers like Barry White, Lou Rawls, Al Green, Bobby Caldwell, Gladys Knight and duets from legends like Peaches & Herb, Ashford & Simpson - and the list goes on and on! "A Taste of Soul" is more than an appetizer, it is a gigantic musical feast full of fun and laughter - with a little history for good measure.
This is the story of Eddie, a longshoreman, who visits a lawyer, Alfieri, with a problem. Eddie's teenage niece, an orphan who he raised as his own daughter, has fallen in love with a newly arrived Italian immigrant. They want to marry, but Eddie must stop them. Because things are not what they seem.
The notorious Cabrini-Green public housing projects on Chicago's Near North side were long seen by outsiders as a dangerous and violent no-go zone. To residents of the projects, however, Cabrini-Green represented an affordable housing option close to downtown, and a tight knit, multigenerational community that functioned through systems of mutual aid. When the city decided to tear down nearly all of the Cabrini-Green buildings, residents were forced out of not only their long-term homes, but also away from their systems of support. Displaced residents landed in numerous communities in the city and its suburbs including the Southwest suburb of Matteson, but they did not always receive a warm welcome. Neighbors in the receiving communities balked at the arrival of low-income residents, fearing an influx of criminal activity and a decrease in property values.
Redtwist bring’s Steve Yockey’s intimate, gory, gay reimagining of “Little Red Riding Hood” to its little black box. Embrace fear and paranoia as they follow the slow unraveling of Ben (Joshua Servantes) and Jack (Gardy Gilbert), once lovers, now roommates, as they struggle with isolation in a new city. Jack promises that everything will be alright, but Ben just can’t get over the nagging voice in his head that says, “maybe everything isn’t going to work out.” When Jack brings back a new lover, Ben begins to unravel.
This one-act play concerns two characters, Peter and Jerry, who meet on a park bench in New York City. Peter is a wealthy publishing executive with a wife, two daughters, two cats, and two parakeets. Jerry is an isolated and disheartened man, desperate to have a meaningful conversation with another human being. He intrudes on Peter's peaceful state by interrogating him and forcing him to listen to stories about his life and the reason behind his visit to the zoo.