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110 in the Shade  
BoHo Theatre at Theater Wit 110 in the Shade
 
In the tiny town of Three Point, in the hot and drought-stricken American southwest, traveling con man Bill Starbuck promises the local farmers he can conjure some much-needed rain. Spinster Lizzie Curry, whose advances are rebuffed by Sheriff File, blossoms as she pursues a romantic relationship with the charismatic stranger.
   
The Adventures of Robin Hood  
Adventure Stage Chicago The Adventures of Robin Hood
 
Three actors. Twenty characters. One timeless tale. A corrupt sheriff plagues the commoners of Nottingham. His skyrocketing taxes are preventing the needy from being able to feed themselves! Who will stand up to the injustices and bring hope back to the people? Follow Robin Hood and his Merry Men as they take you on a journey of action, danger, and of course, archery. This medieval legend with a modern twist places a cast of three at the center of the story, reimagining the tale with enthusiasm, tenacity, and vigor.
   
American Jornalero  
Teatro Vista at UrbanTheater Company American Jornalero
 
In an empty lot on a New York street corner, six men wait: For coffee. For work. For news. For their luck to change. American Jornalero is a vital new play that places a literal fence line through the center of contemporary dialogue on labor and immigration-and asks whether it's a divide that can ever be scaled.
   
Angela of Death  
Annoyance Theatre Angela of Death
 
Angela of Death is a dark musical comedy revolving around hapless teenager, Angela Ostrowski. As her high-school career comes to an end, her reputation is marred by the sudden, inexplicable deaths of her exes. Rumors begin to swirl and tensions mount among students and staff alike, and Angela comes to terms with her apparent curse; all while trying to date like a "normal" high-schooler. Originally performed at Chicago's Annoyance Theatre in 2014, this 2018 revival features a fresh case, new music and a few other surprises.
   
Arcadia  
Promethean Theatre Ensemble at The Greenhouse Theater Center Arcadia
 
Hailed as "the perfect marriage of ideas and high comedy" (The Times), the plot of ARCADIA swings between the early 19th century and the present day to explore the relationship between order and chaos. Delightful, richly drawn characters from both time periods enter and exit the same room, and current trappings end up mixing with accouterments of the past. Mathematical theory, natural history, and Lord Byron all contribute to humanity's eternally amusing dance of love. Sparkling dialogue and clever plot twists remind us of our desire to find order in life's never-ending parade of seemingly random events.
   
Avenue Q  
Mercury Theater Avenue Q
 
A racy cross between South Park and Sesame Street, AVENUE Q is a modern musical focusing on a group of unique 20-somethings making their way in the big city, seeking their purpose in life. Director L. Walter Stearns explains that the real magic of the show is when the audience "forgets that the puppets are nothing more than fur and felt and start to believe they have a mind, heart and soul." It tells the timeless story of a recent college grad named Princeton who moves into a shabby New York apartment all the way out on Avenue Q. He soon discovers that although the residents seem nice, it's clear that this is not your ordinary neighborhood. Together, Princeton and his new-found friends struggle to find jobs, dates and their ever-elusive purpose in life. Although AVENUE Q addresses humorous adult issues, it is similar to a beloved children's show: a place where puppets are friends, monsters are good and life lessons are learned.
   
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."
   
Black and Blue  
MPAACT at The Greenhouse Theater Center Black and Blue
 
Davoe Sexton and Jayson Rabedeau patrol the notorious neighborhood on Chicago's long-neglected south-east side. The area is known to locals as "Terror Town." As veteran cops who "happen to be Black," these men must navigate the streets, the policies of policing and the deeply conflicted roles that they play in the lives of those that they are supposed to "serve and protect." Set in 2016, these officers find themselves at ground zero when long-suppressed evidence surfaces, illuminating an officer-involved shooting on the very streets that they patrol. Over the course of a single day, these officers must confront the most corrosive questions that face African-American officer. Are they Black? Are they Blue? Or are they a volatile mix of Black and Blue? This gripping, timely drama hits the Downstairs Studio stage at the Greenhouse Theater Center.
   
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.
   
Bros Do Prose: Peter Pan  
Mercury Theater Bros Do Prose: Peter Pan
 
In a whirlwind of creativity, sick beats and physical feats, a cast of two actors brings new life to the beloved story of Peter Pan. In the nursery of her London home, Wendy Darling dreams of a magical island where she never has to grow-up. When Peter Pan flies out of her dreams and in through her window, Wendy convinces him to lead her to Neverland, and so begins the adventure of a lifetime!
   
Bunnicula  
Lifeline Theatre Bunnicula
 
At a showing of Dracula one dark and stormy night, the Monroe family discovers an abandoned rabbit. When they bring him home, resident know-it-all Chester the cat suspects the worst after spying gleaming fangs in the bunny's mouth. And as vegetables start turning up mysteriously drained of their juices, even easygoing Harold the dog wonders if they have a supernatural menace on their hands. Brave the night and dare to embrace our differences in this musical adaptation of the 1979 book by Deborah and James Howe. This production is recommended for children ages five and up (children under two not permitted), and runs approximately one hour with no intermission.
   
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.
   
Cosmologies  
The Gift Theatre Cosmologies
 
Put the whimsical humor of the Keystone Cops and Bugs Bunny into a particle collider with the philosophy of Soren Kierkegaard and George Berkeley and you're getting close to the style of this existential absurdist comedy from David Rabe. When a young man's negotiation for a date goes very wrong, we are transported through kaleidoscopic worlds of possibilities, identities and loves.
   
Crumbs From The Table Of Joy  
Raven Theatre Crumbs From The Table Of Joy
 
Brooklyn, 1950. Ernestine and Ermina Crump have moved to New York with their father, Godfrey, who is seeking spiritual guidance from a man called Father Divine. In the swirling, glamorous commotion of this new city, with calls for equal rights and communist rebellion hanging in the air, the girls begin a turbulent journey toward independence and a challenging future.
   
Cursed: An American Tragedy  
Berger Park Coach House Cursed: An American Tragedy
 
Cursed: An American Tragedy is an immersive epic that explores the story of a family curse shown through three different generations during times of war. The audience can choose to follow various family members within the three different time periods- The Civil War, World War I, and World War II. The audience will witness men facing the horrors of war, families dealing with the reality of being left behind in wartime, and the esoteric approaches with which the women confront what they perceive to be a curse on their bloodline. Cursedexplores the ideas of family, fate, and what it means to construct our own narratives as Americans by offering the audience the freedom to act silently but adventurously in order to discover the family's secrets through careful observation and one-on-one experiences.
   
The Dark at the Top of the Stairs  
Eclipse Theatre Company at Athenaeum Theatre The Dark at the Top of the Stairs
 
The setting is a small Oklahoma town in the early 1920s and the home of the Flood family: Rubin, a traveling salesman for a harness firm; Cora, his sensitive and lovely wife; Sonny, their little boy; and Reenie, their teenage daughter. A series of short stories unfolds - the fight between a husband and wife, the fear of an overly shy young girl about going to a dance, the problems of an introverted little boy who feels that the whole world is against him, the corroding marriage of Cora's rowdy sister, and the tragedy of a military school cadet who suffers from the stigma of being a Jew in an alien community. There is dark at the top of everyone's stairs, but it can be dissipated by understanding, tolerance and compassion. Experience The Dark at the Top of the Stairs at the Athenaeum Theatre Studio Three in Chicago.
   
The Darkness After Dawn  
Factory Theater The Darkness After Dawn
 
An early morning home invasion becomes a murder, and that's just the start of a very bad day for Rosemary Ward. As the list of suspects dwindles, the motives multiply...and the police aren't exactly helping. Rosemary finds herself in a battle of wits and cons with one man for survival - and it's a game neither of them plan to lose.
   
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.
   
Downstate  
Steppenwolf Theatre Downstate
 
In downstate Illinois four sex offenders share a group home where they must negotiate their place in a world that doesn't want them. A man shows up to confront his childhood abuser-but does he want closure or retribution? This provocative new play by Pulitzer Prize-winning ensemble member Bruce Norris pushes moral boundaries as it questions what happens when society deems anyone unworthy of forgiveness.
   
Dr. Seuss' How The Grinch Stole Christmas! The Musical  
Chicago Theatre Dr. Seuss' How The Grinch Stole Christmas! The Musical
 
Audiences will find their hearts growing a few sizes (along with the Grinch's heart, of course) when they witness the magic of the holiday tale on stage, which will feature the hit songs "You're a Mean One, Mr. Grinch" and "Welcome Christmas," both from the original animated television special. Max the Dog serves as the story's narrator as the scheming Grinch plans to steal Christmas away from The Whos, the loveable characters that understand and embrace the true meaning of the holiday. When the Grinch realizes that he can't take Christmas away from Who-ville by taking presents, he returns the gifts and decorations and joins the festivities, proving that all it takes is a little kindness and joy to grow the heart of any Grinch.
   
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.
   
An Elgin Old Tyme Holiday Radio Show 2  
Elgin Art Showcase An Elgin Old Tyme Holiday Radio Show 2
 
It was an immediate success and the six shows played to almost capacity audiences. This year the Elgin Theatre Company will be again performing three totally different holiday scripts in radio show format. The audience will feel they are again sitting in an actual radio studio watching three "live" performances complete with sound effects and period radio commercials being created and enacted right before their very eyes. All three scripts were actually done on the radio in the early to mid 50's.
   
Familiar  
Steppenwolf Theatre Familiar
 
It's winter in Minnesota, and a Zimbabwean-American family is preparing for the wedding of their eldest daughter. When an unexpected guest arrives and the bride surprises the family by insisting on a traditional African ceremony, pre-wedding stress explodes into a full-on family feud. Fiercely funny, fast-paced and filled with love, Familiar is a brilliant portrayal of a tight-knit family searching to preserve their past while building a new future.
   
Frankenstein  
Manual Cinema at Court Theatre Frankenstein
 
Love, loss, and creation merge in unexpected ways in this thrilling classic gothic tale conceived by Manual Cinema. Stories of Mary Shelley, Victor Frankenstein, and his Monster expose how the forces of family, community, and education shape personhood-or destroy it by their absence. In a special world premiere presentation, internationally-renowned multimedia company Manual Cinema stitches together the classic story of Frankenstein with Mary Shelley's own biography to create an unexpected story about the beauty and horror of creation. Manual Cinema combines handmade shadow puppetry, cinematic techniques, and innovative sound and music to create immersive visual stories for stage and screen. Manual Cinema is a performance collective and film production company, founded in part by former Court dramaturg Drew Dir.
   
Frankenstein  
Remy Bumppo Theatre at Theater Wit Frankenstein
 
Remy Bumppo will be celebrating the 200th anniversary of Mary Shelley's famous novel, Frankenstein, in a fresh, new adaptation by Nick Dear directed by Remy Bumppo Artistic Assistant Ian Frank. As in the Royal National Theatre's premiere, the duality of human nature will be embodied by two actors who will alternate the roles of the creator and his creature every other performance.
   
Frederick  
Chicago Children's Theatre at The Station Frederick
 
While other mice are working hard gathering food for the winter, Frederick is daydreaming the summer away. But when dreary weather comes, it is Frederick who has stored up something special to help his companions survive the long cold winter.
   
The Front Page  
Oil Lamp Theater The Front Page
 
An irresistible comedy with thrills and derring-do set in the news room. Hildy wants to break away from journalism and go on a belated honeymoon. There is a jailbreak and into Hildy's hands falls the escapee as hostage. He conceals his prize in a rolltop desk and phones his scoop to his managing editor. Their job is to prevent other reporters and the sheriff from opening the desk and finding their story. Some hoodlums are enlisted to remove the desk, but they get mixed up with a Boy Scout troop and the mayor and a cleaning woman, among others. It's a whirlwind wrap up with Hildy finally making his breakaway. Catch The Front Page at Oil Lamp Theater.
   
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.
   
Ghosts  
Redtwist Theatre Ghosts
 
On the eve of affirming her late husband's prestigious legacy, Helen Alving strives to finally bury his long-festering secrets. The fiery desires of her estranged son, Oswald, drive all misdeeds into the light. Relentless in its examination of the white feminist, Erin Murray's world premiere adaptation of Henrik Ibsen's masterpiece promises audiences the most incendiary Ghosts since 1882. It asks: are you devoted to a greater good...or just your own demise?
   
The Good, The Bad and the Ugly Sweater  
The Second City at Piper's Alley The Good, The Bad and the Ugly Sweater
 
It's the most wonderful time of the year-ish! Laugh along with The Second City as comedy's best and brightest roast the chestnuts outta all the things we lovingly loathe about the holiday season. Why, it's enough merriment and music to keep you jolly 'til the Chicago snow melts...next May.
   
Gypsy  
Porchlight Music Theatre at Ruth Page Center For Arts Gypsy
 
Chicago's E. Faye Butler adopts the mantle of Broadway's legendary "stage mother" in this heart wrenching story of a woman who raises her daughters to assume the heights, whether they want to or not, and featuring one of the gold-standard musical scores including "Let Me Entertain You," "Together (Wherever We Go)," "Everything's Coming Up Roses" and others.
   
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.
   
Hello, Dolly!  
Ford Oriental Theatre Hello, Dolly!
 
Tony Award-winning Broadway legend Betty Buckley stars in HELLO, DOLLY! - the universally acclaimed smash that NPR calls "the best show of the year!" Winner of four Tony Awards including Best Musical Revival, director Jerry Zaks' "gorgeous" new production (Vogue) is "making people crazy happy!" (The Washington Post). Breaking box office records week after week and receiving thunderous raves on Broadway, this HELLO, DOLLY! pays tribute to the original work of legendary director/choreographer Gower Champion - hailed both then and now as one of the greatest stagings in musical theater history. Rolling Stone calls it "a must-see event. A musical comedy dream. If you're lucky enough to score a ticket, you'll be seeing something historic. Wow, wow, wow, indeed!"
   
Holiday Inn  
Marriott Theatre In Lincolnshire Holiday Inn
 
Irving Berlin's HOLIDAY INN tells the story of Jim, who leaves the bright lights of show business behind to settle down on his farmhouse in Connecticut... but life just isn't the same without a bit of song and dance. Jim's luck takes a spectacular turn when he meets Linda, a spirited schoolteacher with talent to spare. Together they turn the farmhouse into a fabulous inn with dazzling performances to celebrate each holiday, from Thanksgiving to the Fourth of July. Based on the classic film, this joyous musical features thrilling dance numbers, laugh-out-loud comedy and a parade of hit Irving Berlin songs, including "Blue Skies," "Steppin' Out With My Baby," "Heat Wave," "White Christmas," "Shaking the Blues Away" and many more. This year-round romance is sure to delight audiences!
   
Hooded, Or Being Black For Dummies  
First Floor Theater at The Den Theatre Hooded, Or Being Black For Dummies
 
Marquis and Tru are both fourteen year old black boys, but they exist in two totally different worlds. Marquis is a book smart prep-schooler living in the affluent suburb of Achievement Heights; while Tru is a street savvy kid from deep within the inner city of Baltimore. Their worlds overlap one day in a holding cell. Tru decides that Marquis has lost his "blackness" and pens a how-to manual entitled "Being Black for Dummies." He assumes the role of professor, but Marquis proves to be a reluctant pupil. They butt heads, debate, wrestle and ultimately prove that Nietzsche and 2pac were basically saying the same thing.
   
In The Canyon  
Jackalope Theatre at Broadway Armory In The Canyon
 
IN THE CANYON is a new American saga by Calamity West spanning from 2007 to 2067. In an exploration of the present attack on abortion, this world premiere chronicles a story of survival, and imagines the decline of a broken society. When the sun begins to set on a shattered world, the canyon rocks and walls come alive and a story of resistance is birthed.
   
The Infinite Wrench  
Neo-Futurists The Infinite Wrench
 
The Infinite Wrench is a mechanism that unleashes a barrage of two-minute plays for a live audience. Each play offers something different-some are funny, others profound. Some are elegant, disgusting, topical, irrelevant, terrifying, or put to song. All of the plays are truthful and tackle the here-and-now, inspired by the lived experiences of the performers. With new plays every week, The Infinite Wrench is The Neo-Futurists' ongoing and ever-changing attempt to shift the conventions of live performance and speak to the present audience, including those unreached or unmoved by other types of theater.
   
Iolanta  
Chicago Opera Theater at The Studebaker Theater Iolanta
 
Princess Iolanta is blind. Surrounded by beautiful gardens and in the care of attendants and her insistent father King Rene, she knows something is missing. When a famed physician and the charming Vaudemont arrive to offer a cure, Iolanta must choose: the life built for her, or one she's never seen.
   
It's A Wonderful Life: Live in Chicago!  
American Blues Theater at Stage 773 It's A Wonderful Life: Live in Chicago!
 
For 16 years, the American Blues Ensemble has treated Chicago audiences to a live 1940s radio broadcast of holiday favorite It's a Wonderful Life. The incredible cast recreates the entire town of Bedford Falls with Foley sound effects, an original score and holiday carols. The Bedford Falls "residents" extend their hospitality after every performance treating audiences to milk and cookies served by the cast.
   
Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat  
Citadel Theatre Company Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat
 
JOSEPH AND THE AMAZING TECHNICOLOR DREAMCOAT tells the Old Testament story of Joseph and his brothers through contemporary eyes with songs like "Any Dream Will Do" and "Close Every Door."
   
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.
   
Lady in Denmark  
Goodman Theatre Lady in Denmark
 
After the death of her husband, a Danish American woman finds solace in the hauntingly beautiful music of their favorite singer, Billie Holiday. A journey through the couple's time together-from the smoky jazz clubs of post-war Copenhagen, to the home they shared in present-day Chicago-Lady in Denmark is a passionate reflection on life and love written by Pulitzer Prize finalist Dael Orlandersmith.
   
The Last Session  
Refuge Theatre Project at Atlas Art Studio The Last Session
 
Nominated for Best Musical by the New York Drama League and the New York Outer Critics Circle and written as musical therapy, in real time, to songwriter Schalchlin's own AIDS diagnosis and subsequent battle on the deathbed, The Last Session, an off-Broadway hit in its original run in 1997, reunites a group of singers, friends and band mates to record one final album, except for the unexpected arrival of a guest singer who spoils what was supposed to be a nice, quiet goodbye party. All of them are deeply connected, yet, unaware that their host carries a big secret: he plans to end his struggle with AIDS after the session.
   
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.
   
The Lonesome West  
AstonRep Theatre Company at Raven Theatre The Lonesome West
 
Valene and Coleman, two brothers living alone in their father's house after his recent death, find it impossible to exist without the most massive and violent disputes over the most mundane and innocent of topics. Only Father Welsh, the local young priest, is prepared to try to reconcile the two before their petty squabblings spiral into vicious and bloody carnage.
   
Love's Labour's Lost  
Invictus Theatre Company at The Frontier Love's Labour's Lost
 
A well-intentioned king vows to forego all fleshly delights, setting the stage for romantic hijinks. Ferdinand, the king of Navarre, insists that his court join him in a pledge to undertake a strict regimen of study and celibacy. The grudging compliance of three noblemen is sorely tested - as is the king's own resolve - with the arrival of a French princess and a trio of comedy attendants. Love's Labour's Lost features such typical Shakespearean elements as lovers in disguise, a witty clown, and an abundance of sparkling repartee.
   
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!
   
Malaga (Or The Inner Ear)  
Theatre Y at The Ready Malaga (Or The Inner Ear)
 
A couple has just split up, between them a child. Vera wants to go to Malaga for the weekend with her new boyfriend; Michael is due at a conference. The only available babysitter is hired quickly, despite countless red flags. Nevertheless "where there's a will, there's a way to soothe the voice of conscience." And once catastrophe is welcomed, it will not be governed.
   
Man of the People  
Berger Park Coach House Man of the People
 
Man of the People considers the incredible rise and fall of John Romulus Brinkley, an American "doctor" who grew to notoriety for selling a boost for male virility in the 1920s known as the "goat gland cure." Bolstered to fame through his uncanny knack for radio, men sang Brinkley's praises and women credited their children to his intervention, but one man -- Dr. Morris Fishbein of the American Medical Association -- dedicated his life to seeing Brinkley burn. A tale of two giants going head to head as a populace decides, Man of the People is a true story about what happens when most everyone believes they're right.
   
Mansfield Park  
Northlight Theatre Mansfield Park
 
When shy but clever Fanny Price is sent away by her overburdened parents, she must learn to navigate life as the poor relation at her aunt and uncle's wealthy estate. Playwright Kate Hamill, known for her "rollicking, heartfelt 'Sense and Sensibility' and a naughty and frantic 'Vanity Fair'" (New York Times), brings her unique sense of playfulness and theatricality to Jane Austen's classic tale of social satire and the quest for romance.
   
Master Class  
TimeLine Theatre at Stage 773 Master Class
 
This glorious, raw, and bittersweet look at one of opera's most formidable talents was the Tony Award winner for Best Play in 1996. Witness a master class conducted by legendary opera diva Maria Callas. Glamorous, demanding, and unapologetically herself, Callas critiques and regales a new crop of opera's finest. Both frustrated and amazed by the students thrust before her, she escapes into recollections of the glories and failures of her past, remembering her rise as one of opera's biggest underdogs. This authentic and musically rich MASTER CLASS presents a portrait of a faded star who refuses to be
   
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.
   
Miracle On 34th Street: The Musical  
Theatre At The Center Miracle On 34th Street: The Musical
 
From Meredith Willson, composer of The Music Man, and inspired by the beloved 1947 film, audiences will enjoy the gift of music and laughter for the holidays. After Santa encounters a skeptical little girl during the season of sharing and caring, a message about the importance of believing is made clear to all. "It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas" became famous as one the memorable songs in this joyous favorite for all ages.
   
Miss Saigon  
Cadillac Palace Theatre Miss Saigon
 
Experience the acclaimed new production of the legendary musical MISS SAIGON, from the creators of Les Miserables. In the last days of the Vietnam War, 17-year-old Kim is forced to work in a bar run by a notorious character known as the Engineer. There she meets and falls in love with an American G.I. named Chris but they are torn apart by the fall of Saigon. For three years, Kim goes on an epic journey of survival to find her way back to Chris, who has no idea he's fathered a son. This new production features stunning spectacle and a sensational cast of 42 performing the soaring score featuring Broadway hits including "The Heat is On in Saigon," "The Movie in My Mind," and "Last Night of the World." The New Yorker raves "A DYNAMITE BROADWAY REVIVAL."
   
Moby Dick! The Musical  
The Cuckoo’s Theater Project at Heartland Studio Theatre Moby Dick! The Musical
 
The girls of St. Godley's School are in trouble! Money for the school has run out, and the place will have to close. Leave it to these resourceful girls and their unflappable headmistress to come up with a plan to keep the school afloat. Using whatever they can find at hand, the girls mount an original production as a fundraiser: a musical version of Moby Dick, featuring their headmistress in the coveted role of Captain Ahab.
   
The Mystery of Edwin Drood  
Saint Sebastian Players at St. Bonaventure Church The Mystery of Edwin Drood
 
Based on Charles Dickens' final, unfinished novel, this hilarious whodunit invites the audience to solve its mystery by choosing the identity of the murderer, potentially changing the show's ending at each performance. The tale is presented as a show within a show, as the Music Hall Royale-a delightfully loony Victorian theatre company-presents Dickens' brooding mystery.
   
Neverland  
Prop Theatre Neverland
 
NEVERLAND chronicles the final days of Peter Pan's utopia. When Wendy, an Avondale teenager, becomes the newest addition to The Lost, Peter's band of runaway teens from different decades, she discovers an underground kingdom ready to shatter. Struggling to find it's future under the direction of confused leadership, bloody past practices, and centuries long wars over legacy, the inhabitants of Neverland can no longer hide from what they've become. The journey from childhood to adulthood has never been so treacherous than in this "Peter Pan" in the era of Trump's America.
   
New Year' Eve at Grandma's House  
2nd Act Players at Northminster Presbyterian Church New Year' Eve at Grandma's House
 
An Italian-American family gathers to celebrate New Year's Eve 1960, its first without the family patriarch. The country is changing with the election of the first Catholic president and the family is changing as well, its younger members wondering what they should do to be accepted as being truly American.
   
The Nutcracker  
The House Theatre of Chicago at Chopin Theatre The Nutcracker
 
The House Theatre of Chicago's original, ballet-free version of The Nutcracker returns to Chicago's Chopin Theatre Mainstage with its fantastical deconstruction of E.T.A. Hoffmann's time-honored holiday story. With lots of humor and heart, this fresh theatrical interpretation centers on young Clara's journey to save Christmas following her brother's death. With the help of a magical nutcracker given to her by her beloved Uncle Drosselmeyer, she bravely fights the Rat King to save her family. This modern holiday production weaves together riveting dialogue, astonishing puppetry, original songs and spellbinding imagery to tell a heartwarming holiday story of love, loss and hope.
   
An Oak Tree  
Red Theater at Athenaeum Theatre An Oak Tree
 
Two Actors. One has rehearsed the play. The second has never even read it. Performed by a different person each night, the second actor will discover the play and their role at the same time as you do. In this Midwest Premiere by Tim Crouch, An Oak Tree asks, how do we transform our world in order to survive our pain? How do we create our own reality? Anything can happen in this play that illuminates the magic of theater - a cheap trick and a genuine spell all at once.
   
Pippin  
Mercury Theater Pippin
 
From battlefield glory to bedroom pleasures to palace intrigue, young prince Pippin is searching for purpose wherever he can find it. His fanciful journey is at the heart of Broadway legend Stephen Schwartz's classic musical Pippin. Chock-full of infectious tunes like "Corner of the Sky" and "Magic to Do," this Broadway fave gets a stylish update in Mercury Theater Chicago's new production. Set in the bawdy and subversive world of the cabaret, it's a fresh take that original director Bob Fosse would no doubt approve of.
   
Plainclothes  
Broken Nose Theatre at The Den Theatre Plainclothes
 
When a violent encounter with a shoplifter leaves half of their team fired or in the hospital, the security guards of a downtown Chicago retail store find themselves under corporate investigation. Short-staffed, ill prepared and faced with accusations of racial profiling that threaten to dismantle the crew, they're forced to decide: do we admit to something we're not guilty of to save our jobs, or do we give the higher-ups a taste of what it's like in the trenches? In the style of their breakout hit At The Table, Broken Nose Theatre and playwright Spenser Davis have assembled an all-star cast to develop this world premiere.
   
Proof  
Skokie Theatre Proof
 
Winner of the 2001 Pulitzer Prize for Drama and the Tony Award for Best Play, Proof tells the story of Catherine, who spent her adolescence caring for her late father, Robert, through his bouts of mental illness. Robert was a mathematical genius and professor at the University of Chicago, who by the age of 25 had already revolutionized three different fields of mathematics. On her 25th birthday, Catherine shows a new proof she claims to have written to one of her father's former students, who then accuses her of stealing it from her dad. The play explores Catherine's fear of following in her father's footsteps, both mathematically and mentally and her desperate attempts to stay in control while trying to verify the proof's authenticity.
   
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 Real Life Adventures of Jimmy de las Rosas  
Free Street The Real Life Adventures of Jimmy de las Rosas
 
Don't miss this story of a boy superhero, an evil supervillain, and mutant chihuahuas that uses clever special effects, humor, battle scenes and puppets to create a one of a kid experience. The Real Life Adventures blends comic books, telenovelas, sci-fi, chisme, and samurai stories to tell a tale of extraordinary things happening just around the corner. It's a show for all ages, with a story anyone can relate to.
   
The Revolutionists  
Strawdog Theatre The Revolutionists
 
THE REVOLUTIONISTS tells the story of four women who made history during the French Revolution: playwright Olympe de Gouge attempts to write something politically meaningful for which she will be remembered. Charlotte Corday plots to assassinate one of the Revolution's most evil participants. Deposed Queen Marie Antoinette grapples with her recent losses. Marianne Angelle, free woman of color and Caribbean spy, fights to expand the nation's notion of liberty to include women of color. When Lauren Gunderson puts these four women in the same room, questions arise about art's ability to make meaningful change, whether violence is ever the right course of action and what on earth a woman's role can be in the midst of the madness.
   
Rightlynd  
Victory Gardens Theater - Biograph Rightlynd
 
Rightlynd is Chicago's 51st Ward. The L doesn't run here anymore and it is full of abandoned storefronts, crumbling apartment buildings, and its fair share of crime. A powerful real estate conglomerate is planning a massive redevelopment project that would gentrify the neighborhood and change Rightlynd forever. Only one woman stands in the way: Alderman Nina Esposito. In award-winning local playwright Ike Holter's ambitious new work, one woman tries to use her street smarts and raw determination to save the Chicago neighborhood she loves. But will the political machine turn her into the very person she is trying to destroy? Lisa Portes (BREACH, A Little Bit Not Normal) directs the first play that sets in motion Holter's ongoing seven play saga set in this fictional Windy City neighborhood; the story cycle that includes previous pieces Exit Strategy, Sender, Prowess, and The Wolf at the End of the Block.
   
Rock 'N' Roll  
The Artistic Home Rock 'N' Roll
 
ROCK 'N' ROLL is an electrifying collision of the romantic and the revolutionary. It is 1968 and the world is ablaze with rebellion, accompanied by a sound track of the Rolling Stones and Bob Dylan. Clutching his prized collection of rock albums, Jan, a Cambridge graduate student, returns to his homeland of Czechoslovakia just as Soviet tanks roll into Prague. When security forces tighten their grip on artistic expression, Jan is inexorably drawn toward a dangerous act of dissent. Back in England, Jan's volcanic mentor, Max, faces a war of his own as his free-spirited daughter and his cancer-stricken wife attempt to break through his walls of academic and emotional obstinacy. Over the next twenty years of love, espionage, chance, and loss, the extraordinary lives of Jan and Max spin and intersect until an unexpected reunion forces them to see what is truly worth the fight.
   
The Safe House  
City Lit Theater The Safe House
 
32-year-old Bridget has come back home for a visit to Lansing, Michigan from New York City, where she has been getting by--but not better than that--as an actress. She is staying with her widowed grandmother Hannah, whose forgetfulness and declining physical abilities have begun to concern Bridget's uncle Matt. But in her own way, Hannah may just be the strongest member of the family. Thatcher's play, set in 1982, is a study in the sometimes unexpected ways families can support each other as they adapt to life changes and make peace with the past.
   
Scientific Method  
Rivendell Theatre Scientific Method
 
Amy, a hotshot scientist at an elite U.S. cancer research lab, is moments from publishing data that could revolutionize the field. When she's scooped by a senior scientist from a competing lab, she first questions her own ability to compete in her chosen field. But as new information comes to light, Amy must face the possibility of willful sabotage by a powerful male colleague. Scientific Method is a witty and complex behind-the-scenes look at women in the sciences-and the struggle many women have to keep moving forward on the rocky terrain of an uneven playing field.
   
The Second City's 107th Mainstage Revue  
Second City The Second City's 107th Mainstage Revue
 
Come see The Second City Mainstage's brand new 107th Revue. 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!
   
Sex, Booze and Candy Bars  
Annoyance Theatre Sex, Booze and Candy Bars
 
This gifted Chicago improv kid was on his way to fame and fortune ... then something better came along. Sex, Booze and Candy Bars is the funny and inspiring story of local TV legend Ben Hollis, before and after Wild Chicago (his groundbreaking WTTW hit show), limping through the Sexual Revolution of the 1970s and beyond, being saved at every turn by pop music and his own ridiculously self-centered desires. Don't miss this high-energy musical revelation of deeply personal comedy and original songs at The Annoyance Theatre & Bar.
   
A Shayna Maidel  
TimeLine Theatre Company A Shayna Maidel
 
A SHAYNA MAIDEL is a powerful and poignant drama about two sisters trying to reconnect after years of separation brought on by the aftermath of the Holocaust. Shortly before World War II, Rose Weiss and her father escaped Poland for America, but were forced to leave Rose's sister Lusia and her mother behind. When the two sisters reunite in New York City many years later, Rose is confronted by an older sister who, having survived the horrors of war overseas, now seems nothing more than a stranger. And Lusia-haunted by vivid memories of her past-struggles to connect with a family she's never known and to believe in the potential of life in a new land. A SHAYNA MAIDEL explores family, faith, and forgiveness in the pursuit of a better future.
   
Shrek The Musical  
Marriott Theatre In Lincolnshire Shrek The Musical
 
"Once upon a time, there was a little ogre named Shrek...." And thus begins the tale of an unlikely hero who finds himself on a life-changing journey alongside a wisecracking Donkey and a feisty princess who resists her rescue. Throw in a short-tempered bad guy, a cookie with an attitude and over a dozen other fairy tale misfits, and you've got the kind of mess that calls for a real hero. Luckily, there's one on hand... and his name is Shrek.
   
Siegfried  
Lyric Opera Siegfried
 
Watch as the fearless Siegfried vanquishes the dragon Fafner and gets the better of his own wickedly devious guardian, Mime. Will Richard Wagner's hero heed the warnings of his wise grandfather, Wotan, disguised as The Wanderer? And what happens when he braves the magic fire, awakens the sleeping Brünnhilde and is enraptured by love for the very first time?
   
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!
   
Small Mouth Sounds  
A Red Orchid Theatre Small Mouth Sounds
 
Six urbanites take their troubles to the woods and attempt to work them out at a secluded spiritual retreat. Attendees may not speak for the entire week, clothing is optional at the lake, and beware of bears. The isolating silence collides with the human ache to connect. How do we address life's biggest questions when words fail us? A Chicago premiere that is at once strange and compassionate, awkward and graceful, silly and profound.
   
The Snow Queen  
Filament Theatre The Snow Queen
 
When her best friend Kai is lured to the wicked Snow Queen's palace, young Gerda embarks on an unexpected quest to the ends of the earth to save him. This epic story of courage and friendship across the wintry wonders of the North Pole and beyond will warm even the most frozen hearts with music, puppetry, and lots of theatrical magic.
   
SnowGirls - The Musical  
Hell in a Handbag Productions at Mary's Attic SnowGirls - The Musical
 
Snowmi Malone is a rebel who dreams of becoming a dancer. Her quest leads her to the cold cruel world of the North Pole, where she'll stop at nothing to fulfill her fantasy. SnowGirls explores what happens at the North Pole the other 364 days of the year - and it isn't always pretty.
   
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.
   
Spirits To Enforce  
The Passage Theatre at Berry United Methodist Church Spirits To Enforce
 
It's 400 years after the events of William Shakespeare's The Tempest, and the monstrous Caliban has risen as a supervillain in the island's only city. And the island's spirits? They are the superheroes, telefundraising for a production of The Tempest performed by themselves and rehearsed in their creaky submarine. Spirits to Enforce is a symphonic adventure about magic, memory, and telephones. Please join us for our inaugural production of this Chicago classic.
   
The Steadfast Tin Soldier: A Christmas Pantomime  
Lookingglass Theatre The Steadfast Tin Soldier: A Christmas Pantomime
 
Inspired by Hans Christian Andersen's The Steadfast Tin Soldier, Ensemble Member Mary Zimmerman (Metamorphoses, Treasure Island) fashions an extravagant and exhilarating spectacle. The unlikely adventure of a little tin soldier, brimming with love and unblinking bravery, is infused with Zimmerman's dazzling blend of storytelling through image and movement, accompanied by live musicians. Unsuspecting travelers make unexpected discoveries in this luminous tale, destined to enchant any and all of us not made of tin.
   
Storytown  
Stage 773 Storytown
 
From superheroes to undersea adventures, princesses to dinosaurs, Storytown takes you on an interactive, fully improvised adventure. The actors use audience suggestions and ideas to create a different story every week. Kids design the setting and help shape the story. The actors, artists and musicians bring it to life. When the possibilities are endless, no two stories are ever the same.
   
This Bitter Earth  
About Face Theatre at Theater Wit This Bitter Earth
 
In this poetic romance, deep love is challenged by divisive political realities. Jesse, an introspective black playwright, finds his choices called into question when his boyfriend, Neil, a white Black Lives Matter activist, calls him out for his political apathy. As passions and priorities collide, this couple is forced to reckon with issues of race, class and the bravery it takes to love out loud.
   
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!
   
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.
   
Truman and the Birth of Israel  
The Greenhouse Theater Center Truman and the Birth of Israel
 
The man from Independence who ascended to the presidency after the death of FDR, Harry S. Truman is remembered as a feisty politician who would've filled his Twitter feed with famous remarks like, "You want a friend in Washington? Get a dog." But despite the foreign-policy turmoil he faced at the end of WWII and the beginning of the Cold War, this former Missouri farmer, WWI veteran and Democratic Senator risked it all to support the creation of an independent state of Israel. This Forum Productions play at Chicago's Greenhouse Theater Center explores how "Give 'em Hell" Harry altered the future of the Jewish people forever.
   
Twas The Night Before Christmas  
Emerald City Theatre at Broadway Playhouse Twas The Night Before Christmas
 
'TWAS THE NIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS is a fantastic, slapstick holiday affair for all ages. When Santa Claus' "Naughty or Nice" list goes missing, it's up to a pair of dancing mice, a spunky girl, and an Elf-B-I agent to solve the mystery before Santa boards his sleigh.
   
Twelfth Night, Or What You Will  
Writers Theatre Twelfth Night, Or What You Will
 
Shakespeare's romantic, boisterous and poignant comedy has never felt more relevant-or more hilarious! When young Viola is shipwrecked on an unfamiliar shore, presuming her twin brother drowned in the same wreck, she must disguise herself as a man to secure a job with the local Duke Orsino. But when asked to further Orsino's romantic interests with the powerful Olivia, she finds herself tangled in an increasingly confused love triangle. Crossed wires, cross purposes and crossed garters abound, leading to a final scene of revelations that allows almost everyone to live happily ever after...
   
WaistWatchers The Musical  
Royal George Theatre WaistWatchers The Musical
 
Grab your girlfriends and enjoy this hilarious and inspirational musical comedy that will leave you laughing so hard you'll burn more calories than you have all week. Come and dance in your seat or jump right in as WaistWatchers The Musical takes a hilarious and lighthearted look at four women dishing on food, diets, exercise, friendship, love and sex. Which one of the ladies is most like you? Carla: hitting the gym just so she can eat more chocolate and ice cream? Cheryl: aiming to relieve stress from work and keep looking good? Connie: Hitting the gym for the first time ever in order to feel sexy again? Cindy: Recently divorced and looking to tone up now that she's single and ready to mingle? Find out when this fun-filled musical comes to Chicago's Royal George Theatre.
   
Wife Material  
Underscore Theatre Company at The Understudy Wife Material
 
Growing up in conservative Indiana, Jamie Shriner always knew what it meant to be "wife material," but as a queer, sex-positive feminist, she never fit the bill. Yet in January 2017, she found herself married to a man. What gives? In Wife Material, Shriner brings her comedic chops and pop-music sensibility to explore the pressures and constraints put on young women, and to prove that even "that girl" deserves true love.
   
Witch  
Writers Theatre Witch
 
Mischief is afoot in the sleepy village of Edmonton and the fate of the world is at stake in this smart modern fable. When the emotionally conflicted son of the local lord and an ambitious newcomer come into conflict, help presents itself to both of them in the same guise-as the Devil himself. But while these two young men take advantage of the Devil's bargain to accomplish their own questionable ends, someone else in town stands her ground-Elizabeth, an outcast whom everyone believes to be a witch.
   
The Wizard of Oz  
Paramount Theatre The Wizard of Oz
 
Stuck on a Kansas farm with her aunt, uncle and dog Toto, Dorothy Gale wishes for a better and more exciting life. When a twister hits, Dorothy is whisked away to the wonderful world of Oz, a fantastical place full of munchkins, a cowardly lion, a tin man without a heart, a living scarecrow...and a wicked witch who will do whatever it takes to stop Dorothy.
   
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.