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32nd Young Playwrights Festival  
Pegasus Theatre at Chicago Dramatists 32nd Young Playwrights Festival
 
Celebrate the 32nd year of plays written by Chicago teens and experience an evening of new works exploring identity and community. Young Playwrights Festival is the only event of its kind in Chicago and is the second largest in the country. Showcasing three one-act plays, the festival includes A Green Light by Alexis Gaw, in which a teen comes out and encounters homophobia; Fragile Limbs by Anonda Tyler, which tells of a teenage boy struggling with loss; and Good Strong Coffee by Luna MacWilliams, which finds two characters juggling their own dreams and desires while trying to keep the family coffee shop afloat. Enjoy the 32nd Young Playwrights Festival at the Pegasus Theatre at Chicago Dramatists.
   
Adira  
Annoyance Theatre Adira
 
Adira, the one-woman musical, tells the story of one princess living in a kingdom under a terrible curse. Adira must journey alone to save her family and her home before douchebags and trolls win! And maybe learn a little something on the way. Adira at The Annoyance Theatre & Bar in Chicago is sure to make you think "Hey, princesses are fun, aren't they?"
   
Algorithm Nation or, The Static Quo  
Second City Algorithm Nation or, The Static Quo
 
Unseen forces have assessed the data to create the perfect comedy content for all humans! Algorithm Nation or, The Static Quo takes no prisoners (well, maybe just a few prisoners) during this frenetic, ultra-current, fall-down funny ride that focuses its sights on hyper-violence, astrological love connections, being woke, pyramid schemes, Facebook soldiers, Black Twitter, morning TV and a whole lot more. Consider this show to be the kind of escape room you'll never want to escape from...ever.
   
Between Riverside and Crazy  
Redtwist Theatre Between Riverside and Crazy
 
In this stunning 2015 Pulitzer Prize-winner, we meet Pops, an ex-cop and widower clinging to one of the last rent-controlled apartments in NYC, dealing with a never-ending swirl of demands from family, friends, former colleagues, and a shady church lady...until he resolves to draw the line and make some demands of his own.
   
Big Science  
Hot Kitchen Collective at Steppenwolf Theatre Big Science
 
We were never scientists from the start and we never will be. Despite this, we are on a mission to understand the science in its vastness, and we invite you to watch us try to capture and swallow it whole, holding it close to us when we feel alone at night. This is BIG SCIENCE, a brand new devised performance, created for you by Hot Kitchen.
   
Bite Size Broadway: 2.0  
Annoyance Theatre Bite Size Broadway: 2.0
 
Ruth Lloyd Webber (no relation) has been struggling for thirty years to throw her hat in the actor's ring. Without a single acting credit to her infamous (no relation) name, Webber wrote eight mini-musicals in the hopes of finally making her acting debut. None of them longer than 15 minutes, none of them shorter than 15 seconds. Six talented actors are bringing these comedic, inventive, never-before-seen productions to life in one spectacular hour of singing, dancing and jazz hands. Catch Bite Size Broadway: 2.0 at The Annoyance Theatre & Bar in Chicago.
   
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.
   
Boy Gets Girl  
Saltbox Theatre Collective at The Edge Off-Broadway Boy Gets Girl
 
An examination of the world a stalker's victim, Boy Gets Girl is a haunting, thought-provoking, drama meant to shake viewers to their core. Theresa, a hardworking magazine journalist, falls into a sinister game of cat-and-mouse after she goes on a blind date with the unassuming Tony. What seems harmless and trivial at first evolves into an obsession, and Theresa can feel Tony closing in on every aspect of her life. Paranoia, frustration, and the crippling fear of imminent peril clings to Theresa's coattails as she must navigate through the former shell of her once well-controlled existence. Ripe with themes of sexism and self-examination, Boy Gets Girl challenges the traditional conventions of romantic pursuit.
   
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 & sing their way into manhood.
   
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.
   
Cardboard Piano  
TimeLine Theatre Company Cardboard Piano
 
A hopeful and moving story of loss, love, and the power of faith. At the dawn of the millennium in a darkened church in northern Uganda, the daughter of American missionaries and a local teenage girl prepare to exchange vows in a secret, makeshift wedding ceremony. But when the brutality of the war zone around them encroaches on their fragile union, the two are faced with a reality they cannot escape. Confronting the religious and cultural roots of intolerance, CARDBOARD PIANO explores violence and its aftermath, as well as the human capacity for hatred, forgiveness, and love.
   
Charlie Johnson Reads All of Proust  
The Den Theatre Charlie Johnson Reads All of Proust
 
When an old man dips a Madeleine cookie in his coffee at Starbucks, his snooty daughter-in-law gives him a little lecture on Proust. Determined to prove he's no dummy, he sets out to read all of Remembrance of Things Past, and along the way discovers the epic of his own life. A one-man show written and directed by Amy Crider and starring Jeff Broitman.
   
Dada Woof Papa Hot  
About Face Theatre at Theater Wit Dada Woof Papa Hot
 
This funny and sexy play introduces two gay couples and their circle of friends who have ventured into the world of modern day parenting. As friendships deepen and vulnerabilities get exposed, the foundation of family and commitment are shaken. With same sex marriage the law of the land... what happens next? DADA WOOF PAPA HOT is a fast-paced glimpse into the world of 21st century parenthood.
   
Dark Matters  
Exit 63 Theatre at Rogers Park Women's Club Dark Matters
 
Exit 63 Theatre presents the Chicago premiere of Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa's DARK MATTERS. In an isolated house at the edge of a cornfield, in the mountains of Virginia, something almost beyond belief is happening to the Cleary family. When Bridget Cleary goes missing, in the dead of the night, her husband Michael and son, Jeremy, scramble to help Sheriff Richard Egan find her. Then, as suddenly as she vanished, Bridget reappears, talking about strange visitations and otherworldly beings. Is she lying? Or are supernatural forces at work?
   
The Death of Gaia Divine  
Momentary at The Greenhouse Theater Center The Death of Gaia Divine
 
The play is an exploration of the evolution of compassion and the censorship of love when all else seems lost. "We are steadily losing our connection to what bonds us together as humans. The dismal nature of current affairs is the consequence of a forward momentum we once thought of as 'progress," says Production Director and Co-Curator of Momentary Matthew T. Messina. "But the primitive need to love and be loved, however you define it, is something we need in our lives now more than ever.'"
   
Disney's Beauty and the Beast  
Drury Lane- Oakbrook Disney's Beauty and the Beast
 
Based on the beloved Academy Award winning Disney film, this nine-time Tony nominated musical continues to win the hearts of people all over the globe. Trapped in her provincial town life, an intelligent, young beauty risks everything to become the heroin of her own story and break a wicked spell imprisoning a castle full of enchanting misfits and a terrifying beast.
   
Don't Dress For Dinner  
Oil Lamp Theater Don't Dress For Dinner
 
In the romantic farce Don't Dress For Dinner, Bernard is planning a romantic weekend with his chic Parisian mistress in his charming converted French farmhouse, whilst his wife, Jacqueline, is away. He has arranged for a cordon bleu cook to prepare gourmet delights, and has invited his best friend, Robert, along too to provide the alibi. It's foolproof -- what could possibly go wrong? Well... Suppose Robert turns up not realizing quite why he has been invited. Suppose Robert and Jacqueline are secret lovers, and consequently determined that Jacqueline will NOT leave for the weekend. Suppose the cook has to pretend to be the mistress and the mistress is unable to cook. Suppose everyone's alibi gets confused with everyone else's. An evening of hilarious confusion ensues as Bernard and Robert improvise at breakneck speed in Don't Dress for Dinner at Glenview's Oil Lamp Theater.
   
Elevator Girl  
Edge Theatre Elevator Girl
 
Elevator Girl was never meant to be more than an urban legend, a sexual revenge fantasy created by Vanessa and her graphic illustrator boyfriend. But when the comic superhero unleashes her boyfriend's darkest fantasies, as well as a flesh-and-blood copycat, Vanessa must stop EG in her tracks-with the truth.
   
Evil Dead The Musical  
Black Button Eyes Productions at Pride Arts Center - The Broadway Evil Dead The Musical
 
It just wouldn't stay dead. Black Button Eyes Productions brings this loving musical parody of Sam Raimi's classic Evil Dead films back to the city for its Chicago storefront premiere! When a group of fresh-faced college kids go to a cabin in the woods for spring break, it's only a matter of time before spells are spoken and demonic possession begins. Take in the horror and hilarity in the gritty storefront setting where this show belongs!
   
Fuente Ovejuna  
City Lit Theater Fuente Ovejuna
 
FUENTE OVEJUNA, a classic of the Golden Age of Spanish drama by Lope de Vega published 400 years ago in 1619, is a harrowing and suspenseful but exhilarating and inspirational drama based on an historical incident that occurred in the village of Fuente Ovejuna in Castile in 1476. In the play, a young woman of that Spanish village inspires and leads a rebellion against their military governor's sexual exploitation of its women. Laurencia refuses to be a victim when she is attacked and rallies the town to finally do something about the oppression that has gone on too long.
   
The Full Monty  
Theo Ubique The Full Monty
 
Based on the cult hit film of the same name, a group of unemployed steel workers from Buffalo come up with a bold and unclothed way to make some quick cash. In preparing, they find themselves extremely exposed... not merely physically but also emotionally. As warm as it is funny, this musical by David Yazbek (The Band's Visit, Tootstie) and Terrence McNally (Ragtime, Kiss of the Spider Woman) will be a feel-good treat for the holidays.
   
Gaslight District  
Second City Gaslight District
 
From aliens to the alienated, savage roasts to distorted boasts, The Second City e.t.c.'s 42 revue invites you along on a frenzied frolic that translates our modern world into the common language of laughter. Clear your mind, open your eyes and hail one wild rideshare to a place where the truth isn't just out there, it's waaaay out there.
   
Go, Dog. Go!  
Merle Reskin Theatre Go, Dog. Go!
 
Come and play with MC Dog and her friends in Go, Dog. Go!, adapted from the beloved children's book. Join in the adventure as big and little dogs, black and white dogs, and even blue and yellow dogs run, swim, jump, and play together! Recommended for ages 4-7.
   
The Greatest Story Never Told  
Under The Gun Theater The Greatest Story Never Told
 
A hapless narrator stumbles onto the stage and discovers a storybook with no text inside! The piano player gets a text message that none of the actors are coming to perform today! The solution to this conundrum is to have the children in the audience volunteer to come on stage and make up a character in The Greatest Story Never Told! Along with "The Greatest Interns," the kids throw on silly costumes and improvise scenes and songs for a story inspired by audience suggestions. "The Greatest Interns" are played by a rotating cast of professional adult improvisers who are particularly adept at performing with kids who may have little or no performance experience. After the show, designers collaborate and transform the improvised story into a purchasable digital and physical storybook.
   
Hamilton  
CIBC Theatre Hamilton
 
A new musical about the scrappy young immigrant who forever changed America: Alexander Hamilton. From bastard orphan to Washington's right hand man, rebel to war hero, loving husband caught in the country's first sex scandal to Treasury head who made an untrusting world believe in the American economy, Hamilton is an exploration of a political mastermind. George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Eliza Hamilton, and lifelong Hamilton friend and foe, Aaron Burr, all attend this revolutionary tale of America's fiery past told through the sounds of the ever-changing nation we've become.
   
How To Catch Creation  
Goodman Theatre How To Catch Creation
 
A young writer's life turns upside down when her girlfriend drops some unexpected news. Fifty years later, four artists feel the reverberations of that moment-and its unexpected consequences-as their lives intersect in pursuit of creative passion and legacy. In this bold, imaginative work, Christina Anderson dissects the universal act of creation to inspire the dreamers and idealists in us all.
   
I Call My Brothers  
Interrobang Theatre Project at Rivendell Theatre I Call My Brothers
 
Stockholm, Sweden. A car bomb rocks the peaceful city and leaves the Arab-Swedish Amor on guard and on edge. But he doesn't have time to let his fear get the best of him; he's got places to be. As Amor attempts to run his errand and grapple with his own anxieties, we follow him through a fraught 24 hours, cautiously navigating the city he calls home. Balancing paranoia and humor, Jonas Khemiri's nuanced account dares us to question our own perceptions and prejudices, while offering a singular and harrowing take on the labyrinth of global identity politics.
   
I Know My Own Heart  
Pride Arts Center - The Broadway I Know My Own Heart
 
Inspired by the secret coded diaries of Yorkshire gentlewoman Anne Lister, this play subverts all the conventions of a Regency romance. Teasing out the entangled lives of Lister (nicknamed "Gentleman Jack") and three of her many lovers, I Know My Own Heart explores the different choices women made in a time of limits and prohibitions. This U.S. premiere by novelist/screenwriter Emma Donoghue (Room) comes to the Pride Arts Center: Broadway Stage in Chicago.
   
Kinky Boots  
Cadillac Palace Theatre Kinky Boots
 
Kinky Boots returns to Chicago! In Kinky Boots, Charlie Price is forced to step in and save his family's shoe factory in Northern England, following the sudden death of his father. Help comes from the unlikeliest angel, a fabulous drag performer named Lola. Together, this improbable duo revitalizes the failing business, while stepping out from their fathers' shadows and transforming an entire community through the power of acceptance. Don't miss Kinky Boots in Chicago.
   
La boheme  
Lyric Opera La boheme
 
Puccini's story of love, loss and the artistic world of 19th-century Paris comes to vibrant life in this stunning production at Lyric Opera of Chicago. A huge hit when it premiered it in 1896, the opera's popularity and power hasn't dimmed since. Featuring strikingly designed sets and costumes, not to mention an exciting cast of singers, including Maria Agresta, Michael Fabiano, Danielle de Niese, Zachary Nelson and more, La boheme finds the poor poet Rodolfo and the painter Marcello drawn into a tangle of love and jealousy after the frail Mimi knocks on their door. These youthful dreamers navigate the complicated maze of romance amid the colorful Bohemian enclaves of the city and its snowy streets, until they realize they can no longer hide from the world's harsh realities.
   
La Ruta  
Steppenwolf Theatre La Ruta
 
To the U.S.-owned factories in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, La Ruta is just a bus. But to the hundreds of women who live, work and often disappear along the route, it's so much more than that. Inspired by real testimonies, and using live music to evoke factory work and protest marches, La Ruta is a visceral unearthing of secrets buried in the desert and a celebration of the Mexican women who stand resiliently in the wake of loss.
   
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.
   
Little Women the Musical  
Brown Paper Box Co. at Strawdog Theatre Little Women the Musical
 
Celebrating its 150th year since publication, the timeless story of the March sisters is brought to life in this Broadway chamber musical filled with personal discovery, heartache, hope, and love. Based on Louisa May Alcott's life, Little Women the Musical follows the adventures of Jo, Meg, Beth, and Amy March. Jo is trying to sell her stories for publication, but the publishers are not interested. Her friend, Professor Bhaer, tells her that she has to write more from her own point of view and life experience. Begrudgingly taking this advice, Jo weaves the story of her sisters and their experiences growing up in Concord, Massachusetts during the American Civil War.
   
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!
   
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.
   
A Midsummer Night's Dream  
Chicago Shakespeare Theater A Midsummer Night's Dream
 
Chicago Shakespeare Theater presents a vibrantly reimagined A Midsummer Night's Dream, directed by internationally acclaimed director Joe Dowling. Shakespeare's beloved comedy is infused with raucous humor, a striking visual landscape, and eclectic musical score blending rock, jazz, blues, rock, and '50s doo-wop.
   
Million Dollar Quartet  
Marriott Theatre In Lincolnshire Million Dollar Quartet
 
MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET is set on December 4, 1956, when an extraordinary twist of fate brought Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins and Elvis Presley together at Sun Records in Memphis for what would be one of the greatest jam sessions ever. MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET brings that legendary December night to life with an irresistible tale of broken promises, secrets, betrayal and celebrations that is both poignant and funny. Relive the era with the smash-hit sensation featuring an incredible score of rock 'n' roll, gospel, R&B and country hits, performed live onstage by world-class actors and musicians. Hit songs include: "Blue Suede Shoes," "Fever," "Walk the Line," "Sixteen Tons," "Who Do You Love?," "Great Balls of Fire," "Folsom Prison Blues," "Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On," "Hound Dog," and more.
   
Missed Opportunities  
The Cuckoo's Theater Project at The Den Theatre Missed Opportunities
 
Max is living the typical millennial life. She lives in the city in a tiny apartment with her gay roommate, Adam. She has a blog. But, she gets paid to write the blog so that makes it better than a normal blog. But she still has to have a day job because the cost of living is skyrocketing. Anyway, one day she's in her favorite coffee shop when she runs into Nate. We all have a Nate. Nate is the relationship that almost happened, and leaves you wondering "what if?" well into your old age. Turns out, Nate thought Max was gay. Because she wears flannel. And likes hockey. And goes by Max. You know, things that are only allowed to raging lesbians. She even gets set up with Nate's roommate, Jenna. But Jenna has a plan. She just got out of a serious relationship (don't ask her about it) and wants to be alone. So, she's going to be Max's reverse beard! They'll pretend to date, Nate will get to know Max better, and he'll fall madly in love with her. Jenna gets to be single, Max gets closer to Nate, Adam gets to eats a lot of popcorn. It's foolproof! Right?
   
Noises Off  
Windy City Playhouse Noises Off
 
With just hours until opening night of the comic farce, Nothing On, an amateur theater troupe still has plenty of work to be performance-ready. Between mistaken props, forgotten lines, inner-cast discord, and a torrent of awful acting, one can't help but wonder if these eager thespians can successfully make it to the stage, or will they end up running around with their pants (quite literally) at their ankles? Presented in three acts, Noises Off typically features a revolving stage that rotates to show audiences the front and back of a theater. For our production, to bring our guests closer to the humor onstage (and off), we'll be inviting the audience to move around and see the action from all angles. Returning to the Playhouse to create this experience is the duo behind the uniquely intimate setup of 2017's Becky Shaw: Director Scott Weinstein and Scenic Designer Jeffrey D. Kmiec.
   
The Old Woman Broods  
Trap Door Theatre The Old Woman Broods
 
Written in 1969 by one of Poland's most revolutionary and prophetic playwrights, The Old Woman Broods is a dark satiric look at one woman's grotesque struggle against an unchecked power that is leading the world to disaster.
   
Photograph 51  
Court Theatre Photograph 51
 
History may well remember the work of Watson and Crick that shaped biology, but it was British chemist Rosalind Franklin who provided the key to the double helix DNA discovery. Photograph 51 shares the complex story of an ambitious female scientist in a world of men, her pursuit for the secret of life, and her forgotten accomplishments.
   
Radio Culture  
TUTA Theater Chicago at TUTA Theatre Radio Culture
 
Winner of the award for Best Experimental Writing in the Belarus Free Theatre's 2014 International Contest of Contemporary Drama, RADIO CULTURE is a fascinating example of the "New Drama" movement in contemporary Eastern European theater. By examining a single day in the life of a young Belorussian, as if under a microscope, RADIO CULTURE reveals how change can germinate inside of a person even within a culture that resists change at every step. Staged in an intimate installation, TUTA's production takes a subtly profound and unexpected journey around the globe to peer in to our interior worlds, and the irresistible, transformative power of listening.
   
The Realistic Joneses  
Shattered Globe Theatre at Theater Wit The Realistic Joneses
 
A bucolic evening, which begins in a suburban backyard, evolves into a funny, intimate and profound meditation on life. The four Joneses attempt to muddle through the strange and amazing moments of each day knowing that "talking with someone can make you feel better," but fearing that actual communication may elude them in the end. THE REALISTIC JONESES was recently named one of the "25 Best Plays since Angels in America" by the New York Times.
   
Route  
Aegis Theatre Company at Nox Arca Theatre Route
 
Sisters Scarlet, Jade and Georgia have been trying to keep their lives together after losing their parents to a car crash a year ago. But when Jade is embroiled in a scandal at her school, the sisters find more in peril than just their futures.
   
Silent Sky  
Steel Beam Theatre Silent Sky
 
The true story of 19th-century astronomer Henrietta Leavitt, Silent Sky explores a woman's place in society during a time of immense scientific discoveries, when women's ideas were dismissed until men claimed credit for them. Social progress, like scientific progress, can be hard to see when one is trapped among earthly complications -- Henrietta Leavitt and her female peers believed in both and their dedication changed the way we understand both the heavens and earth. This moving bio-drama comes to the stage at the Steel Beam Theatre in St. Charles.
   
Sleeping Beauty  
Chicago Kids Company at Beverly Arts Center Sleeping Beauty
 
Will the Princess sleep for 100 years? Or can her true love save her with a kiss? Dreams really do come true! See for yourself in this re-telling of one of the most popular fairy-tales ever told. All CKC productions feature professional actors, colorful scenery and costumes, sing-along songs, and plenty of audience participation. This show perfect for children ages 2 to 10!
   
Southern Gothic  
Windy City Playhouse South 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.
   
St. Nicholas  
Goodman Theatre St. Nicholas
 
When a jaded Dublin theater critic abandons his ordinary life in pursuit of a beautiful young actress, his desires lead him to strike an irreversible bargain with a band of modern-day vampires. Olivier Award-winner Brendan Coyle ("Mr. Bates" of Downton Abbey, Mary Queen of Scots, Paths to Freedom) stars in this intimate thriller by Conor McPherson-"the finest playwright of his generation" (The New York Times) and author of Shining City, The Weir and The Seafarer. A limited engagement direct from London's internationally renowned Donmar Warehouse.
   
Steel Magnolias  
Prairie Lakes Theatre Steel Magnolias
 
Strong as steel, fragile as magnolias -- the six Southern women of Chinquapin, Louisiana, show more steel than delicacy as they face life's ups and downs together. A home beauty parlor is their gathering place, where they gossip, needle, and jab each other with good-humored zingers. But when push comes to shove, these friends are there for one another, especially in the darkest of times. Catch this bittersweet comedy at the Big Noise Theatre at Prairie Lakes in Des Plaines.
   
The Stranger and The Shadow  
Adventure Stage Chicago and Rough House Theater at Vittum Theater The Stranger and The Shadow
 
A girl, Wren, enters Colfax, a city surrounded by a shadowy barrier which feeds on the fear of its citizens. Rejected for her differences, she teams up with a local misfit to bring to life a new creature powerful enough to challenge the monstrous entity and help people outside access the resources they need to live. The play uses human actors and life-size puppets to physicalize social forces, drawing inspiration from The Golem of Prague and youth activists who seek to alter cultures of intolerance through empathy and inclusivity.
   
Swamp Baby  
MPAACT at The Greenhouse Theater Center Swamp Baby
 
Armand Aubigny, once a wealthy plantation owner, attempts to reclaim his upper-class birthright by presenting the green-skinned Swamp Baby at the 1904 World's Fair. Swamp Baby learns the secret of her unique appearance and uses her knowledge to trap Armand forever in the world of the freak. Exploitation and revenge are at the core of this fantastical tale. Get swept away by the freak show spectacle when Chicago-based playwright Aaron Carter's Swamp Baby hits the stage at the Greenhouse Theater Center.
   
The Three Little Pigs  
Chicago Kids Company at St. Patrick Performing Arts Center- Stahl Family Theater The Three Little Pigs
 
A one-hour musical adaptation! Meet Roxanne, Petunia, and Babe...three Sister Piggies who set out to build their own houses. Roxanne (The Rock'n Roll Pig) builds hers out of sticks, Petunia (The Pretty Pig) builds hers out of straw, and Babe (The Sensible, Smart Pig) builds hers out of bricks! Which house will the Big Bad Wolf "huff and puff and blow down?" Don't miss CKC's most popular show! All CKC productions feature professional actors, colorful scenery and costumes, sing-along songs, and plenty of audience participation. This show perfect for children ages 2 to 10!
   
The Tin Woman  
Theatre Of Western Springs The Tin Woman
 
In this deeply touching story, a woman, Joy, is saved by a heart transplant and seeks out her donor's family. Instead of relishing life after her heart transplant, Joy enters a downward spiral, unsure whether she truly deserves a second chance. Meanwhile, Alice and Hank mourn the loss of their son, Jack, whose heart was used to save Joy. At a friend's urging, Joy tracks down Jack's family to find closure. But are Alice, Hank and their daughter Sammy ready to accept Jack's death? Based on a true story, The Tin Woman uses humor and pathos to explore loss, family and what it means to be given new life. Watch it all unfold at the Theatre of Western Springs.
   
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.
   
Us/Them  
Chicago Shakespeare Theater Us/Them
 
Beslan, Russia, September 2004: Chechen separatists storm a school, taking hundreds of children hostage in a deadly three-day siege. What unfolds onstage is not a recounting of the tragedy, but rather a stunning, intricately choreographed exploration of the unique way that young people cope with disaster, told through the clear eyes of a girl and a boy trapped inside. After winning the The Scotsman Fringe First Award at Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Us/Them went on to an acclaimed run at the National Theatre of Great Britain and on tour around the globe.
   
What We're Up Against  
Compass Theatre at Raven Theatre What We're Up Against
 
Set in a highly competitive architecture firm, What We're Up Against takes an explosive look at the complicated battle of the sexes raging across Cubicle Land. A funny yet insightful view of what it means to be female in a male-dominated career and one woman's response when she tires of slamming into the glass ceiling.
   
The Woman in Black  
Royal George Theatre The Woman in Black
 
Susan Hill's Gothic ghost story, adapted for the stage by Stephen Mallatratt, is set in an isolated windswept mansion with tragic secrets hidden behind its shuttered windows. There, a young lawyer encounters horrific visions in the house set amidst the eerie marshes and howling winds of England's forbidding Northeast Coast. With just two actors, The Woman in Black offers audiences an evening of unremitting drama and sheer theatricality as they are transported into a chilling and ghostly world.
   
Women of Soul (With a Tribute to the Queen)  
Black Ensemble Theater Women of Soul (With a Tribute to the Queen)
 
Women of Soul guides pays tribute to some of the most powerful women in soul music, including Chaka Khan, Diana Ross, Tina Marie, Natalie Cole, Janis Joplin-and a special tribute to Aretha Franklin, just to name a few. This show takes a look at the struggles and the triumphs these women went through to reach the pinnacle of their success. The production of Women of Soul is written and directed by Daryl D. Brooks, whose hits with Black Ensemble include Men of Soul in 2015.
   
X-Marks The Spot: An Extra Sensory Experience  
Chicago Children's Theatre at The Station X-Marks The Spot: An Extra Sensory Experience
 
Inspired by Evelyn Nesbit's Victorian children's novel Five Children & It, X-Marks The Spot tells the clever and funny story of a family of young adventurers who discover a mischievous wishing fairy in the sand-only to learn the old adage, "be careful what you wish for."
   
A Year With Frog and Toad  
Big Noise Theatre at Prairie Lakes Theatre A Year With Frog and Toad
 
Nominated for three Tony Awards in its Broadway production, A Year With Frog and Toad tells the story of the friendship between two dissimilar pals. The cheerful Frog and grumpy Toad adventure through the seasons: sledding down snowy hills, planting spring flowers, splashing in summer swimming holes and piling autumn leaves. Along the way, they'll learn to accept one another, warts and all. This Big Noise Theatre production of the fun, family musical -- adapted from Arnold Lobel's classic children's books -- will enchant youngsters while also entertaining adults with a jazzy, upbeat score.