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The (Virtual) Magic Duel  
Live Online The (Virtual) Magic Duel
 
The Magic Duel is launching a live, streaming version. After 5 years of highly rated live shows, this 60-minute, virtual performance will soon pit magical boomer Mark Phillips against conjuring zoomer Ryan Phillips in a duel for the title of DC's Best Magician. More than a magic show featuring 2 world class magicians, the Magic Duel is part AGT, part Survivor and part Top Chef (without the yelling or the food). Delivered directly to your living room, this live, streaming conjuring competition lets audience members choose the challenges, judge each magician's efforts, and vote for their favorite! Audience members can purchase participant tickets to interact directly with the performers via Skype, making decisions that affect the outcome of tricks or having their minds read remotely and in real time! In addition, the format of a virtual show means most of the magic performed will be skill based sleight-of-hand popularized by stars of magic like Shin Lim.
   
Artist Descending A Staircase  
Remy Bumppo at Online Stream Artist Descending A Staircase
 
Artist Descending A Staircase is one of Stoppard's brilliant early radio plays, written in 1972 and a precursor to Travesties, The Real Thing and The Invention of Love. The story, full of sparkling wit, heart-wrenching romance and modern art, begins with the mysterious death of one of three very old men, all artists and friends since their schooldays. The two elderly survivors hilariously set about examining their emotional and artistic histories, descending backward in time from 1972 to 1914 and forwards again, tracing their intertwined youthful relationships and unconsciously uncovering the tragedy in their past. Once registered, on-demand access to the show will be given from 12 p.m. CDT on the day registered until 9 a.m. CDT the following day.
   
Duchess! Duchess! Duchess!  
Steppenwolf Theatre at Online Stream Duchess! Duchess! Duchess!
 
A Royal Wedding is looming. The Duchess and The Soon-to-be-Duchess are meeting face-to-face for the first time to go over everything you ever needed to know to become a duchess. There are rules. There's a way of doing things. Remember, everybody is watching. And you don't want to know what happens if you step out of line. Duchess! Duchess! Duchess! looks at the hidden costs of being the "luckiest girl in the world."
   
Emma's Child  
City Lit Theater Emma's Child
 
One of the great Chicago plays. By City Lit's resident playwright, author of Voice of Good Hope and The Safe House, it won the Susan Smith Blackburn Prize and a half-dozen other playwriting awards when Terry directed the Chicago premiere at Victory Gardens twenty-five years ago. A Rogers Park couple plans to adopt the child of Emma, a pregnant teenager. What follows threatens their marriage and reshapes what they think of parenthood.
   
Fabulous Fanny  
Online Stream Fabulous Fanny
 
Fabulous Fanny Brice brings the Roaring 20's back with a bang for a theater experience right in your own home. Enjoy classic show tunes, good old-fashioned fun, and hilarity, as we travel through time with Fanny Brice, the legendary Jewish comedienne, Ziegfeld Follies/Broadway star, recording artist, and film actress extraordinaire. One of the most popular radio stars of all time, Fanny was the voice of "Baby Snooks" on air for 25 years and even better known as the inspiration for the musical & movie Funny Girl. Join her as she takes you on a nostalgic journey throughout her life and infamous relationships, while she entertains with many of her popular hits and songs inspired by her legacy. Perfect for all ages, lovers of history, and anyone that misses a fun night out at the theater!
   
How Do We Navigate Space?  
Strawdog Theatre Company at Online Stream How Do We Navigate Space?
 
A series of video monologues sourced from our Chicago community, that explore true stories of how we navigate physical space and what that says about our society during a time of pandemic and social justice. Directed by Denise Yvette Serna. Following the production, Strawdog will make a donation to Black Lives Matter Chicago.
   
I, Banquo  
Online Stream I, Banquo
 
A new theatrical film recorded in one live, uninterrupted take-declared "a juicy, fast-paced look at rivalry" by Chicago Tribune. Overlooked and betrayed, Banquo had a rough go of it in Shakespeare's Macbeth. Now, reexamine the "Scottish Play" through the eyes of the title character's murdered best friend. Banquo considers how he might have responded to the prophesies of the Weird Sisters had he been in Macbeth's position-questioning his own motives, desires, and temptations.
   
I, Cinna  
Chicago Shakespeare Theater at Online Stream I, Cinna
 
A timely new theatrical film tailored for the virtual experience. It's time to write the revolution. In Shakespeare's Julius Caesar, the humble, apolitical poet Cinna hardly says a word before being mistaken for a conspirator against Caesar, and torn to pieces by an angry mob. Now Cinna searches for the subject of a new poem and invites us, the audience, to write along live in this searing exploration of words and actions, protests and power.
   
Kickback  
About Face Theatre at Online Stream Kickback
 
KICKBACK is an online festival of original plays and performances that highlights the intersection of queerness and Blackness in all its beauty and glory. When just being alive and living your best life is an act of rebellion, it's time to turn up the music and make some noise! About Face Theatre has commissioned a cohort of Black LGBTQ+ artists to create new works in conversation with Rebuild Foundation's extensive collection of African-American art and cultural artifacts. This bold online performance series will be an unapologetic celebration of Black lives now and through the ages.
   
The Magic Parlour at Home  
Live Online The Magic Parlour at Home
 
Famed third-generation magician, Dennis Watkins, is taking his one-of-a-kind magical experience The Magic Parlour online for a completely new virtual offering dubbed "The Magic Parlour at Home." The new virtual magic show, designed for group and family viewings, will offer multiple performances every Friday and Saturday evening in July. After the roaring success of several livestreams hosted on The Magic Parlour's Facebook page, Watkins developed "The Magic Parlour at Home" to dazzle audiences with new and interactive magic and mindreading available directly on their screens.
   
Miss Holmes  
Lifeline Theatre at Online Stream Miss Holmes
 
Beginning March 12, Miss Holmes episodes will air week by week until the final episode at which point all will be available for listening until April 30. Ticket holders will receive a password to a private webpage where the episodes will be available for listening as they premiere each week.
   
A Night of Comedy with Mike Toomey and Friends  
Metropolis Performing Arts Centre at Online Stream A Night of Comedy with Mike Toomey and Friends
 
WGN's Mike Toomey brings his unique brand of humor to Metropolis Performing Arts Centre audiences, joined by Hari Rao and Tim Benker, in A Night of Comedy with Mike Toomey and Friends April 10-April 24, 2021.
   
Pedro Paramo  
Goodman Theatre at Online Stream Pedro Paramo
 
Cuba's formidable theater innovators Flora Lauten and Raquel Carrío of Teatro Buendía stage one of the greatest magical realism tales in Latin American literature-Juan Rulfo's 1955 novel Pedro Paramo. The story follows a son who returns home to meet his father and reveals how one man's unchecked appetite destroys both everything he loves and the town that made him great. The novel galvanized writers such as Jorge Luis Borges and Gabriel García Marquez to raise the voices and laughter of forgotten people, and encouraged writers and readers alike to listen to the dead living among us. Goodman Theatre's world-premiere production of Pedro Paramo (March 23 - 31, 2013 in the Owen Theatre) was created by Teatro Buendía with Chicago artists over an eight-week residency in Chicago and Havana, Cuba.
   
RE: Social/Divide  
Cooperative Performance at Online Stream RE: Social/Divide
 
Conceived by Seattle-based Storytelling Interdisciplinary Artist Andrew Coopman, this new work is a devised online performance piece deep-diving into social media, relative truth, and the relationships between them and us. The show will be available to rent via Vimeo on-demand beginning March 12th and available through April 11th for $15.
   
Red Folder  
Steppenwolf Theatre at Online Stream Red Folder
 
The red folder belongs to a first grader. It is the source of all his woes. Years later, he seeks vengeance.
   
Security  
Kane Repertory Theatre at Online Stream Security
 
A 17 year old Riaz arrives from Britain to the United States for the first time and is stopped at the airport by a Homeland Security officer named Brian. The experience will change Riaz's life forever. Thirteen years later, a grown up Riaz returns to the United States, hunts down Brian at his home, and now interrogates him-it's time to return the favor.
   
Wally World  
Steppenwolf Theatre at Online Stream Wally World
 
It's Christmas Eve and a group of Wally World employees are about to lose it. On the one day of the year the mega-department superstore is supposed to close its doors, secrets come to life that may destroy more than their holiday cheer. Their manager Andy is doing everything in her power to keep her store in line and her employees in check. But can hard truths from her past ruin everything she's ever worked for? Wally World is a festive, poignant examination of finding magic in the mundane as ten employees do everything, they can to find purpose in a place that has never seen purpose in them.
   
What is Left, Burns  
Steppenwolf Theatre at Online Stream What is Left, Burns
 
Two poets separated by age and distance engage in a video call rendezvous after fifteen years. Keith, a distinguished poet and professor of literature is moving towards retirement after a recent divorce from his wife. Ronnie, his younger former lover and mentee, has a New York Times bestselling book and a burgeoning career ahead of him. The two men wade through the connection they once had as they struggle with the desires that still bind them.