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Bill and Sherri Mason are the headmaster and head of admissions respectively of Hillcrest, a second-tier New Hampshire boarding school. When this very liberal, very progressive couple arrived 15 years ago, the student population at Hillcrest was 94 percent white. Deeply committed to diversity, Sherri has boosted the number of students of color from six to 18 percent, a figure she still considers embarrassingly low. However, Bill and Sherri's dedication to diversity is put to the test when their son Charlie, an outstanding Hillcrest student who has dreamed of attending Yale since he was a child, learns his application has been deferred...
   
The Adventures of Augie March  
Court Theatre The Adventures of Augie March
 
Young Augie March is a product of the Great Depression: plucky, resourceful, searching for love, and striving to grow up and away from home. Through odd jobs and encounters with unique characters, Augie explores what it takes to succeed in the world as a true individual. A novel originally written by a Nobel Prize-winner and adapted for the stage by a Pulitzer winner, The Adventures of Augie March is an epic coming-of-age story that bridges continents and stages of life, exuding the endearing confidence of a boy taking in a complex world.
   
Afterglow  
Pride Arts Center - The Buena Afterglow
 
AFTERGLOW is a raw 90-minute play exploring the emotional, intellectual, and physical connections between three men and the broader implications within their relationships. Josh and Alex, a married couple in an open relationship, invite Darius to share their bed one night. When a new intimate connection begins to form, all
   
Amicable  
Theatre Above the Law at Mckaw Theater Amicable
 
Have you ever known someone who you definitely considered a friend and yet ...didn't like all that much? Have you ever been enamored with someone who didn't share a fraction of that same enthusiasm? This is a play about why it can be so hard to let these "relationships" die, and the group of people who are forced to do that anyway. Things end. And that's ok.
   
August Rush  
Paramount Theatre August Rush
 
August Rush is the story of Evan Taylor, an 11-year-old orphan who believes in music like some believe in fairytales. In a cruel twist of fate, Evan's mother, an accomplished classical cellist, and his father, the lead singer of a rock band, don't even know of his existence. From one foster home to the next, Evan refuses to give up hope in finding his parents. On this relentless search, he surrenders himself to the symphony of sounds in the city and follows the music, discovering his own genius along the way. In this inspiring love story, music is everywhere, but will it lead Evan home?
   
Below The Belt  
Redtwist Theatre Below The Belt
 
BELOW THE BELT takes place within the guts of an industrial compound sitting far off in an unknown location. Three men, a power-obsessed boss (played by David McNulty), an emotional middle manager (played by Michael Lomenick) and an eager newcomer (played by John Hundrieser) are isolated from their wives and the other unseen people occupying the factory. They must form a bond out of necessity, while battling sabotage, one-upmanship, and secret alliances among each other. But their need to compete is as strong as their need to connect. The play is about trust, betrayal, and the deep existential pettiness of people attempting to co-exist. Someone always wins and someone always retreats or loses.
   
Bloomsday  
Remy Bumppo Theatre at Theater Wit Bloomsday
 
Steven Dietz's lyrical new love story, set against the backdrop of Joyce's groundbreaking Ulysses, transports us into a compassionate world of history, humor, and heartache, in a magical celebration of the present and nostalgic acceptance of the past.
   
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.
   
Bye Bye Liver  
Stage 773 Bye Bye Liver
 
The Pub Theater Company performs a series of outrageous sketches centered on Chicago's favorite pastime: drinking. Bye Bye Liver is filled with interactive social games for the audience, pitting males versus females, actors versus audience and so on. Bar life and alcoholic adventures are held up for your amusement so you can laugh -- and drink -- your troubles away. With a spontaneous and interactive format, the outcome is always a fun and outrageous time for everyone, both audience and cast.
   
The Children  
Steppenwolf Theatre The Children
 
On a summer evening in an isolated seaside cottage in the East of England, a pair of retired nuclear scientists are startled by a visit from a former colleague. As some crackers and wine are trotted out, so are various old jealousies, leading to the true reason for Rose's sudden reappearance: the revelation of a chilling and dangerous plan.
   
A Chorus Line  
Porchlight Music Theatre at Ruth Page Center For Arts A Chorus Line
 
Winner of nine Tony Awards and the Pulitzer Prize, this landmark work has electrified audiences around the world. In an empty theatre, on a bare stage, casting for a new Broadway musical is almost complete. For seventeen dancers, this audition is the chance of a lifetime. It's what they've worked for with every drop of sweat and every hour of training, putting their lives on the line for the opportunity to do what they've always dreamed of doing: to dance. Featuring an incomparable score including "What I Did for Love," "One" and "Dance Ten, Looks Three," you won't want to miss this singular sensation!
   
Cirque du Soleil - Volta  
Under the Big Top at Soldier Field Cirque du Soleil - Volta
 
VOLTA is a captivating voyage of discovery. It's about finding yourself, and unveiling your personal powers. Inspired in part by the adventurous spirit that fuels the culture of street sports, the show weaves acrobatics in a visually striking world driven by a stirring melodic score. VOLTA is a story of transformation. It is about being true to oneself, fulfilling one's true potential and recognizing one's own power to make it possible. Ultimate freedom comes with self-acceptance, and with the liberation of the judgement of others. Be sure to nab tickets to see this Cirque spectacular Under the Big Top at Soldier Field in Chicago.
   
Crescent Moon Nerdlesque  
Otherworld Theatre Crescent Moon Nerdlesque
 
Join Crescent Moon Nerdlesque as they create a fantastical and sexy world with our favorite historical and mythological characters! Get ready to see some of the most famous icons get creative with their striptease, because geekdom is sexy at Chicago's Otherworld Theatre Performance Venue and Bar.
   
The Crowd You're In With  
AstonRep Theatre Company at Raven Theatre The Crowd You're In With
 
A backyard barbeque is the perfect place to tackle life's big questions: Is the chicken done? Does the band need a new tune? Is this the right time to have a baby? Gilman's fresh and moving play takes an intimate look at modern families, friendships and the ins and outs of love.
   
Dames At Sea  
Theatre At The Center Dames At Sea
 
Dames at Sea, with a book and lyrics by George Haimsohn and Robin Miller and music by Jim Wise, begins with Ruby, getting off the bus from Utah, after arriving in New York City with a dream to make it big on Broadway. The hopeful lass is hired to dance in the chorus off a new Broadway show and meets Dick, a sailor, who also has ambitions as a songwriter. On Opening Night, when they learn that their theater is being demolished, Ruby and the cast, with the help of Dick and some adoring sailors, make plans to perform the show on a naval battleship.
   
A Ditch in Madagali  
Fehinty African Theatre Ensemble at Prop Theatre A Ditch in Madagali
 
Inspired by a true story, A Ditch in Madagali is a new play commissioned by the company, written by FATE Resident Playwright Philister Sidigu and directed by Matthew Dada. The play follows the lives of two women trying to survive the attacks of Boko Haram in their northern Nigerian village. It is a harrowing story of grief, resistance, and a mother's unwavering love and commitment to her daughter's wellbeing. A Ditch in Madagali shows the side effects of war and raises questions about its hold on the lives of those involved, and the lengths many will go to in order to survive.
   
Ethiopianamerica  
Definition Theatre Company at Victory Gardens Theater - Biograph Ethiopianamerica
 
If the American dream is a privilege, not a right, then Girma and Elizabeth Kifle have truly earned it. After emigrating from Ethiopia to the United States with nothing, the couple is poised to send their eldest son to college. But everything behind Girma and Elizabeth's white picket fence is not as it appears to be. The ghosts of the life they left in Ethiopia threaten to destroy their American dream before it starts, and the Kifle sons, Jonathan and Daniel, reckon with being American in Ethiopian bodies. In this tense and sharply-drawn family drama, playwright Sam Kebede mines the immigrant experience and asks how far each of us will go to find a place we can call home.
   
First Love is the Revolution  
Steep Theatre First Love is the Revolution
 
Basti is having a rough go of it without his mom and Rdeca is struggling just to make her first kill. But when this 14 year-old boy and this young fox connect, the world just seems to make a whole lot more sense. Rita Kalnejais' First Love is the Revolution is a wild take on the timeless tale of star-crossed lovers - from different sides of the animal kingdom.
   
Footloose  
Marriott Theatre In Lincolnshire Footloose
 
When free-spirited Ren moves from Chicago to a conservative small town, he discovers that wide-open spaces sometimes come with very narrow minds. After a family tragedy, the repressive local minister, Reverend Moore, has convinced the town to ban dancing and rock n' roll music. Complications arise when Ren falls in love with Reverend Moore's strong-willed daughter, Ariel. Together they learn to stand up for their beliefs and revitalize the spirits of the town, winning over the hearts and souls of the whole community in an effort to make dancing legal again.
   
For Services Rendered  
Griffin Theatre Company at The Den Theatre For Services Rendered
 
Years ahead of its time, W. Somerset Maugham's 1933 landmark play shows the impact of war on civilian life and suggests that the ideals of honor, patriotism and glory mean nothing if we show no care for the victims of conflict. A blistering portrait of the devastating aftermath of war and its effect on its survivors, FOR SERVICES RENDERED continues the Griffin's exploration and mission to unearth rarely produced classic plays from the past (Men Should Weep, London Wall and Time and the Conways) with relevance to today and introduce them to Chicago audiences for the first time.
   
Four Chords and a Gun  
Broadway Playhouse Four Chords and a Gun
 
Debuting in Toronto, Four Chords and a Gun written by actor John Ross Bowie (The Big Bang Theory, Speechless) reveals the drama filled 1979 recording session that led to The Ramones album, End of the Century, produced by Phil Spector. Based on Bowie's exhaustive research, the script delves into the personal tensions between the punk band members as well as their often violent struggles with Spector. It's a powerful story both funny and touching which explores the Ramones, Linda Daniele (the woman who loved two of them) and the charismatic, destructive Spector.
   
A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum  
Metropolis Performing Arts Centre A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum
 
Broadway's greatest farce promises to have audiences rolling in the aisles. This fast-paced, witty, and irreverent comedy is one of the funniest musicals ever written. A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum skillfully combines timetested comedies of Roman playwright, Plautus, with the infectious energy of classic vaudeville. A nonstop laughfest in which crafty slave Pseudolus attempts to win the hand of the beautiful but slowwitted maiden, Philia, for his young master, Hero, in exchange for his own freedom. The plot rapidly twists and turns with cases of mistaken identity, slamming doors, bawdy innuendos and hair-brained schemes. This unforgettable musical promises: "Something for everyone: a comedy tonight!"
   
The Golden Girls: The Lost Episodes - Vol. 3  
Hell in a Handbag Productions at Mary's Attic The Golden Girls: The Lost Episodes - Vol. 3
 
Chicago's geriatric "Fab Four" return in Hell in a Handbag Productions' THE GOLDEN GIRLS: The Lost Episodes - Vol. 3! Join Dorothy, Rose, Blanche, Sophia and their whacky friends and relatives for all new adventures - including the first-ever musical episode.
   
Grinning from Fear to Fear  
Second City Grinning from Fear to Fear
 
Come see The Second City e.t.c.'s brand new 43rd 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!
   
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.
   
Hamlet  
Chicago Shakespeare Theater Hamlet
 
Maurice Jones has stepped into the title role of Hamlet. On Broadway, he most recently appeared in The Lifespan of a Fact opposite Daniel Radcliffe, Saint Joan staged by Tony Award-winner Daniel Sullivan, The Cherry Orchard featuring Diane Lane, Romeo and Juliet starring Orlando Bloom and Condola Rashad, and Julius Caesar with Denzel Washington-as well as credits at the Public Theater and Roundabout Theatre Company. Internationally renowned for populist and dynamic interpretations of Shakespeare, Artistic Director Barbara Gaines returns-for the first time in more than twenty years-to this enduring masterpiece that weighs the cost of deception, passion and revenge. Reeling from grief, the Prince of Denmark attempts to navigate his father's death, betrayal, and relationships torn asunder.
   
Hannah and Martin  
Shattered Globe Theatre at Theater Wit Hannah and Martin
 
Based on the tumultuous love affair between Jewish political theorist Hannah Arendt and renowned philosopher Martin Heidegger, this soul-stirring drama focuses on the crisis that erupts when Arendt discovers that her lover and former teacher is using his brilliance and fame to help further the goals of the Nazi Party.
   
Heart of Fairy  
Berger Park Coach House Heart of Fairy
 
Sparkletasia the fairy has always been a misfit. She bravely goes forth on Fairy Godmother-inspired quests in search of romantic relationships and then fairy child bearing, in hopes of becoming whole, accepted, happy and being who she's meant to be. Heart of Fairy enters a world that explores what it means to be a fairy, overcome loss and find one's true purpose and destiny in life.
   
Helvetica  
Death & Pretzels at Nox Arca Theatre Helvetica
 
Helvetica Burke was one of the most famous and respected children’s authors in the world. Her books had captivated millions, but the life she led wasn’t quite a storybook affair. Through the eyes of her beloved stuffed bear, Myron, we see the three women she was - the past, present, and future of the person no one knew.
   
I and You  
Oak Park Festival Theatre I and You
 
One afternoon, Anthony arrives unexpectedly at classmate Caroline's door, bearing a beat-up copy of Walt Whitman's Leaves of Grass, an urgent assignment from their English teacher. Homebound due to illness, Caroline hasn't been to school in months, but she is as quick and sardonic as Anthony is athletic, sensitive, and popular. As these two let down their guard and share their secrets, this seemingly mundane poetry project unlocks a much deeper mystery that has brought them together. I and You is an ode to youth, life, love, and the strange beauty of human connectedness.
   
I Wanna Believe! An X Files Musical Parody  
Annoyance Theatre I Wanna Believe! An X Files Musical Parody
 
Agents Mulder and Scully are on the case! As a deadly dancing epidemic spreads among suburbanites, Mulder and Scully are forced to confront their feelings for each other all while singing and dancing! "I Wanna Believe! An X Files Musical Parody" has all your favorites, AD Skinner! Alex Krycek! The Cigarette Smoking Man! And even some of your not so favorites, aka Diana Fowley. This musical parody asks the question all hardcore X-Philes have been wondering for years. No, not, do aliens exist? But when and Mulder and Scully going to get together?! You have our word, Mulder and Scully will make out in this show.
   
Into The Breeches!  
Northlight Theatre Into The Breeches!
 
It's 1942 and with the men off at war, the Oberon Play House is lacking its director and leading men. The season will be canceled... until the director's wife rallies the troops at home for an all-female production. With the opportunity to move from the sidelines to centerstage, the women forge ahead with a spirit of collaboration, dauntless enthusiasm, and a belief in the power of art to move us forward. This surprisingly modern comedy proves that the show not only must, but will go on.
   
It Is Magic  
Theater Oobleck at Chopin Theatre It Is Magic
 
A mashup of Macbeth and The Three Little Pigs, IT IS MAGIC is a sorrowful and hilarious meditation on the deep, ancient evil at the heart of the community theater audition process, and an investigation into the mysteries of theater-making itself.
   
Jane of the Jungle  
Theatre School of DePaul University at Merle Reskin Theatre Jane of the Jungle
 
book and lyrics by Karen Zacarías music by Deborah Wicks La Puma directed by Michelle Lopez-Rios​ Middle school may seem like a jungle...and it might just be one in Jane of the Jungle! When Jane is invited to the Too-Cool-Almost-Middle-School-All-Girl-Party, she has to learn to navigate tricky situations with her spunky little brother, herds of friends, and bestie Kayla. Come experience the wild side of growing up in this musical of brave acts, bird feathers, and best friends! ​​ Recommended for ages 8 and up.
   
Killing Game  
A Red Orchid Theatre Killing Game
 
A town is beset by plague and the bodies are piling up along with moral accusations, political implications and medical speculations. We peer into households and down many streets as people search for any logic to the ceaseless barrage of death. One of Ionesco's last plays, The Killing Game is a piercing and frighteningly funny look at how the function of language and the panic surrounding social crisis sends a community into a chaotic state of paranoia, hypocrisy and opportunism.
   
La Havana Madrid  
The Den Theatre La Havana Madrid
 
Back by popular demand, La Havana Madrid transports audiences back to a popular 1960s Chicago nightclub of the same name, where Latino immigrants new to Chicago found refuge to gather, meet, sing, dance, dine, find love and discover their destinies. Inspired by real stories of Cuban, Puerto Rican and Colombian immigrants, La Havana Madrid recreates a special time and place in Chicago history by immersing audiences in the lively music of that decade. Throughout, La Havana Madrid reveals how and why Latinos originally migrated to the shores of Lake Michigan, only to be pushed further west - away from the lake - by the forces of gentrification and racism.
   
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 Red Riding Hood  
Chicago Kids Company at St. Patrick Performing Arts Center- Stahl Family Theater Little Red Riding Hood
 
Meet Little Red and her friends as she travels through the woods to Grandma's house. Will she listen to her Mama's warning not to stray from the path? And why is the wacky Wolf so eager to help her out? Little Red's adventure is full of twists and turns, with catchy music you'll be humming all the way to Grandma's. The show runs one hour with no intermission and is for children from 2 to 10 years old.
   
Little Shop Of Horrors  
Mercury Theater Little Shop Of Horrors
 
Assistant at Mushnik's flower shop, orphan Seymour Krelborn is in search of an escape from his poverty-stricken life on an urban skid-row, and in love with his co-worker, Audrey. After obtaining a mysterious carnivorous plant, whom he names Audrey II, he discovers that it survives only by blood, and it quickly blossoms into a fully-fledged local attraction that propels the flower shop to success. But as the shop's popularity grows, so does Audrey II's hunger for blood, along with Audrey's love for Seymour. Before long, Seymour discovers Audrey II's extra-terrestrial roots and her ultimate desire for world domination.
   
Mad Beat Hip and Gone  
Promethean Theatre Ensemble at The Edge Off-Broadway Mad Beat Hip and Gone
 
This Midwest premiere of a new Steven Dietz play considers 1950s America, when magnificent poets roamed open highways, accompanied by jukebox jazz. The nation's youth hit the road, high on full tanks of gas and brimming with unattainable dreams. Two magnificently average young men from Nebraska encounter Jack Kerouac and his friends in a bar. They respond by heading west themselves, trailing the Beat poets all the way to the golden land of California. Youthful exuberance is balanced by the untethered floundering of the older generation and their bittersweet knowledge that all dreams are fleeting. MAD BEAT HIP & GONE marries the realism and sharp dialogue for which Dietz is famous, with the achingly brilliant poetry of the Beat Generation. It's a road trip you won't want to miss.
   
The Magic Parlour  
The House Theatre of Chicago at The Palmer House Hilton Hotel The Magic Parlour
 
The performance contains some of his favorite pieces of magic, alongside some brand new routines in an hour-long show packed with mind-reading, levitations, escapes, and a ridiculous new adaptation of the classic “Card Stab” during which Watkins climbs inside of a fully inflated 7 foot balloon!
   
Mary Shelley's Frankenstein  
Lookingglass Theatre Mary Shelley's Frankenstein
 
Within every man there is a monster; within every monster, a man. But which is which? An eerie evening of ghost stories crackles to life as Mary Shelley unspools her tale of Victor Frankenstein and his unholy experiment. This gothic tale of love, horror, and the power to create life-and destroy it-awakens in this visceral, original retelling of Frankenstein.
   
Matilda  
Drury Lane- Oakbrook Matilda
 
Wonder and amazement abound with this award-winning musical. Based on the 1988 children's novel by Roald Dahl, Matilda tells the tale of a precocious 5-year-old girl with the gift of telekinesis. Faced by many obstacles caused by her family and school, the book-loving Matilda befriends her teacher and helps her to reclaim her life. Tied for winning the most Olivier Awards ever, including Best New Musical, Matilda won five Tony Awards, including Best Book of a Musical.
   
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.
   
The Memo  
Organic Theater Company at The Greenhouse Theater Center The Memo
 
This Orwellian farce about language, bureaucracies and surveillance takes place at the surprisingly real and relevant intersection of Monty Python, The Office and 1984. The Memo follows Gross, a harassed managing director who unwittingly authorizes an experiment that will introduce an incomprehensible artificial language in an absurd attempt to increase efficiency. Playwright Vaclav Havel explores the self-deluding rationalizations and moral compromises that characterize life under a totalitarian political system, or everyday office life. Enjoy The Memo at Chicago's Greenhouse Theater Center.
   
Men Fake Foreplay  
Stage 773 Men Fake Foreplay
 
Your comic and deeply considered tour of the male psyche is led by Emmy-winning writer and Tonight Show comedian Mike Dugan, whose solo show delves into the trials and errors encountered on the road to becoming a man in a "boys will be boys" world. But what begins as a naive attempt to "figure out women" quickly shifts into an honest and candid exploration of sexual ethics, and the cultural influences that shape a man's character. Catch Men Fake Foreplay at Chicago's Stage 773.
   
Miracle  
Royal George Theatre Miracle
 
Set against the backdrop of the Chicago Cubs 2016 Championship season, MIRACLE tells the story of a typical blue collar Chicago family and what it means to have faith and lose it and try to regain it again. The story chronicles the Delaney family, a tough North Side clan whose lives have been intrinsically linked to the Cubbies for generations. Each member of the family has their own story built around the dynamics of their lives and their love of the Cubs. Whether it's Pops Delaney, who struggles to resolve his conflicts with his son, Charlie, or Charlie's struggle to keep the family business afloat while trying to be a good husband and attentive Dad, or his 11-year-old daughter Dani, who is totally enamored with the boys in blue and every one of their statistics. Mom, as is frequently the case, is the glue that holds the whole family together.
   
Miracle on South Division Street  
McAninch Arts Center Miracle on South Division Street
 
Ever since the miraculous night in 1942 when the Blessed Mother appeared to Grandpa in his barbershop, the neighborhood has looked upon the Nowaks' 20-foot shrine as a beacon of hope and faith. But a deathbed confession reveals a secret that brings the family legend into question. Lauded as heartfelt and hilarious, Buffalo Theatre Ensemble's Miracle on South Division Street comes to McAninch Arts Center in Glen Ellyn.
   
The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane  
Filament Theatre The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane
 
The story of Edward Tulane is "happy, then sad, then all mixed up." Edward Tulane is an expensive toy rabbit made of china. He is loved by a little girl named Abilene, but Edward has no interest in anyone other than himself. On an ocean voyage, Edward is accidentally thrown overboard and sinks to the bottom of the sea. So begins his journey-a journey over which he has no control, for he is a toy rabbit. He can neither move nor speak. As years pass by, Edward meets many different people in many different situations. Through this miraculous journey, Edward learns what it is to love, what it is to lose that love, and how to find the courage to love again.
   
The Mushroom Cure  
The Greenhouse Theater Center The Mushroom Cure
 
Inspired by a scientific study showing that hallucinogenic mushrooms may cure obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), Adam Strauss embarked on a program of vigilante psychopharmacology. The true tale of Strauss' hilarious, harrowing and heartrending attempts to treat his debilitating OCD with psychedelics, THE MUSHROOM CURE was named a Critics' Pick by Time Out New York, which praised it as "riveting... true-life tour de force" and hailed by The New York Times as "mining a great deal of laughter from disabling pain."
   
Next To Normal  
Writers Theatre Next To Normal
 
On the outside, The Goodmans seem like the average American family: house in the suburbs, white picket fence and two sharp-witted kids. But inside, their lives are anything but normal, with long-buried secrets that threaten to tear them apart. Featuring powerful lyrics and an electrifying score, this explosive musical uses wry humor and brutal honesty to explore how family trauma can fracture the American Dream, while ultimately leading to a chance at new beginnings.
   
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.
   
A Number  
Writers Theatre A Number
 
Powerful, unpredictable and devastating, Caryl Churchill's suspenseful A Number sees a father meeting his "estranged" son over several visits. As they reconnect, multiplying lies are uncovered, revealing a horrifying truth about their shared past that leads directly to the provocative questions: how much do we pass on to our children and is it really possible to atone for our mistakes?
   
One For The Road  
MPAACT at The Greenhouse Theater Center One For The Road
 
The year is 1972, and Ray Haskins is the proud owner of a south side bar passed down to him from his late father. However, between the neighborhood gang squeezing him for protection money, the mysterious Vietnam vet he just hired, and dealing with his own personal demons, Ray may find himself in a fight for survival of his most prized possession.
   
Othello  
Babes With Blades Theatre Company at Factory Theater Othello
 
In William Shakespeare's Othello, Othello is a brilliant general with the support of the Venetian government and an army behind him. When he promotes Cassio over Iago, however, his military might not be able to protect him from madness and jealousy, as Iago schemes to destroy him utterly. As events spiral, prejudice, pride and paranoia all clash in one of Shakespeare's greatest tragedies.
   
Please Excuse My Dear Aunt Sally  
Otherworld Theatre Please Excuse My Dear Aunt Sally
 
Buzz buzz. A text alert glows in the darkness. Your breath hitches, knowing that your confidante, your best friend, your cell phone holds a treasure just for you. A secret, a thought formed into being with the gentle tap, tap, taps of the sender’s fingers. The glow touches your face and in that moment everything but the fingers and the glow and the buzz buzz falls away. You are struck still with a feeling that for so long you have yearned to hold: that to someone out there you are special, you are seen, you are wanted. It’s just so easy to reply. But what if it’s your teacher? Described by The New York Times as “an elegantly constructed examination of contemporary isolation and the illusory nature of electronic connection,” Bower Theatre Ensemble presents Please Excuse My Dear Aunt Sally, which tells the story of an affair between a teenage boy and his math teacher, from the surprising perspective of the boy’s best friend: his cell phone. See it at the Otherworld Theatre Performance Venue and Bar in Chicago.
   
The Princess And The Pea  
Chicago Kids Company at Beverly Arts Center The Princess And The Pea
 
Only a real Princess can feel a PEA under a stack of 20 mattresses! Meet Princess Penelope and her crazy friends-and find out if she can pass the ultimate Princess Test. You won't want to miss this great show-and the real 12-Foot bed! All CKC productions feature professional actors, colorful scenery and costumes, sing-along songs, and plenty of audience participation. This show is geared from children ages 2 to 10.
   
The Secret of the Biological Clock  
Eclectic Full Contact Theatre at Athenaeum Theatre The Secret of the Biological Clock
 
What happens when you favorite teen detectives grow up? Tag along on the big case that pulls one previously precocious sleuth out of retirement. This witty and refreshing new work written by DePaul grad Andie Arthur tells a "coming of age story" for a woman in her mid-30's. See her face obstacles scarier than Nancy Drew or The Hardy Boys ever imagined: Careers, mature relationships...and babies? Eek!
   
Sentimental Journey  
Citadel Theatre Company Sentimental Journey
 
Ross Lehman's Sentimental Journey tells the true story of Ross and Kathy Lehman, as told by their son, Chicago Actor Ross Lehman. It weaves the romantic history of their courtship, marriage, and life together, set against the backdrop of WWII. This World Premiere includes popular music of the period such as "We'll Meet Again", "Don't Fence Me In", and the title song "Sentimental Journey".
   
She The People  
UP Comedy Club She The People
 
We'll bet you 72 cents on the dollar (or much, much less!) you'll cheer for this sketch show entirely created, designed, and performed by the fearlessly funny women of The Second City! This mimosa-and-madness-fueled foray roasts the patriarchy, taking on everything from having it all...to having that sick feeling your government is trying to send you back to the Middle Ages. It's time for women everywhere to collectively reclaim comedy!
   
Six  
Chicago Shakespeare Theater Six
 
In SIX, the queens of Henry VIII take the mic to reclaim their identities out of the shadow of their infamous spouse-remixing five hundred years of historical heartbreak into an exuberant celebration of twenty-first-century girl power. The all-woman cast, backed by an all-woman band known as the "Ladies in Waiting," traverses the spectrum of modern-day pop with a soundtrack that has stormed up the UK charts.
   
The Slather and Gibbs Show  
Annoyance Theatre The Slather and Gibbs Show
 
"The Slather & Gibbs Show" features company members Tyler Garamella and Meaghan Morris as America's most rambunctious and unpredictable late-night talk show hosts, Slather and Gibbs. Come witness them run amok on "live" television as their producer, Mr. Gilbert (played by Dane Eissler), scrambles to keep the show together. Described by audiences as "unlike anything you've ever seen," The Slather & Gibbs Show parodies the late-night talk show genre while examining our media-obsessed culture and exploring the unhealthy heights to which we'll soar to fuel our own vanity and self-importance.
   
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.
   
Space Scum: The Musical  
Annoyance Theatre Space Scum: The Musical
 
Humans. Robots. Tentacle aliens. And one LIZARD MAN. This ragtag crew of space cleaners sail around the stars to dispose of the junk left behind. It's all part of a routine mission until BLAM! their ship is pulled too close to the sun. Now with their lives on the line, the crew must come together to escape the sun's gravity or they'll be SPACE DUST in no time.
   
Storefront Theater Musical  
Cornservatory Storefront Theater Musical
 
If Disney can do it ... Corn can skew it! Corn Productions is proud to give the people what they want - nay what they NEED - a parody of High School Musical! But wait there's more! Not only do they mock all things HSM, they take pointed jabs at a beloved Chicago theater tradition: Storefront Theater (yes, they realize they are also a storefront theater, but who better to mock it, than them!) Put it all together and what do you get? Storefront Theater Musical!
   
Style and Grace: In Tribute to Lena Horne  
Black Ensemble Theater Style and Grace: In Tribute to Lena Horne
 
Impeccable style, enduring grace, and a special way with words, Lena Horne and Nancy Wilson helped define these very phrases. In Black Ensemble Theater's new musical Style and Grace we take an intimate look at the cost of fame through the years, and how these phenomenal women left such lasting marks on the world.
   
Take Me  
Strawdog Theatre Take Me
 
Inspired by true events, TAKE ME is the story of Shelly, a woman trapped by the trauma of a husband in a coma and the chaos that followed. Looking for solace, she finds herself pulled in to the realm of wild alien conspiracy theories. Voices from the sky tell her the answer to all her problems is to build an alien themed amusement park in Roswell, New Mexico. TAKE ME is a comic fantasia, a story about having faith in a world where there are more questions than answers. It's the second collaboration between Guarino and Langford since their hit play All the Fame of Lofty Deeds, produced by The House Theatre of Chicago.
   
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.
   
Too Heavy For Your Pocket  
TimeLine Theatre Company Too Heavy For Your Pocket
 
A captivating and complicated tale about the intersection of family, responsibility, and progress at the height of the Civil Rights Movement. Bowzie Brandon, his wife Sally, and their best friends Tony and Evelyn see happiness on the horizon when Bowzie gets a scholarship to attend college and improve his family's life. However, when the opportunity to become a Freedom Rider arises, Bowzie leaves his obligations as a husband and friend behind to join the fight against racism in the Deep South. TOO HEAVY FOR YOUR POCKET is a powerful look at the tenuous balance between security and risk, the bonds of love and friendship, and the personal cost of progress.
   
Trigger Happy  
Annoyance Theatre Trigger Happy
 
Similar to most long form improv, "Trigger Happy" consists of a series of unrelated scenes that are inspired by a single suggestion from the audience. This show departs from that standard in that the cast share an invisible language that will trigger certain events, as if by magic.
   
Two Days In Court  
City Lit Theater Two Days In Court
 
A double-bill of one-acts, dubbed TWO DAYS IN COURT, offering first a fantastic and then a silly and satiric look at the legal system. McCabe will direct the bill, which will open with THE DEVIL AND DANIEL WEBSTER - the play by Stephen Vincent Benet based on his 1936 short story. It concerns a New Hampshire farmer who sells his soul to the Devil and when he seeks to get out of the deal is defended in "court" by Daniel Webster, a fictional version of the famous statesman, lawyer, and orator. The second half of the TWO DAYS IN COURT program will be Gilbert and Sullivan's one-act operetta from 1875, TRIAL BY JURY. This short piece with a plot too silly to summarize was G & S's first hit, leading to a career for their partnership that produced the classics THE PIRATES OF PENZANCE, HMS PINAFORE, THE MIKADO and many others.
   
The Undeniable Sound Of Right Now  
Raven Theatre The Undeniable Sound Of Right Now
 
Chicago, 1992. The city and its culture are changing, but grungy old Hank's Bar isn't. The "soulless" noise of electronic music is on the rise. Hank, proprietor of a legendary rock club, must battle the rising tide of The Next Big Thing as it threatens to destroy his legacy and fracture his family.
   
West Side Story  
Lyric Opera West Side Story
 
One of the most beloved musicals ever, West Side Story takes the most famous romantic drama of all time, Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet, and sets it loose in epic fashion on the streets of 1950s New York, finding two idealistic young lovers caught between warring street gangs -- the Jets and the Sharks. The famed 1961 film adaptation won 10 Academy Awards, including Best Picture, and this Broadway version has become a true American classic. Written by the creative dream team of Leonard Bernstein and Stephen Sondheim, West Side Story's legendary jazz, Latin and classical-inspired score features treasured numbers like "Something's Coming," "Tonight," "I Feel Pretty" and "America" -- not to mention original choreography by Jerome Robbins.
   
The Winter's Tale  
Goodman Theatre The Winter's Tale
 
Star-crossed lovers, a banished child, a loyal servant, a notorious bear and more plot twists than Downton Abbey make up the Shakespearean magic of The Winter's Tale. One of Shakespeare's later romances, this comedy-tragedy hybrid tells the story of Leontes, a jealous Sicilian king who suspects his pregnant queen has been unfaithful. He imprisons his wife and exiles their newborn daughter from his kingdom. By the time he discovers the truth, he's lost everything. Years later, a miraculous twist of fate brings with it a chance for redemption and renewal. Following his celebrated productions of King Lear and Measure for Measure, director Robert Falls reimagines one of Shakespeare's most wildly theatrical tales. The Chicago Tribune enthused, "No modern American director is better at making a play's iconic moments pop with fresh irreverence." Catch this Goodman Theatre take on one of the master's most intriguing plays at The Albert in Chicago.
   
Wolves  
Exit 63 Theatre at The Frontier Wolves
 
Two men's folie à deux overtakes their small apartment and spills out onto city streets. When ex-boyfriend Jack brings a strange man home to woodland-obsessed Ben's apartment, the Narrator can barely keep a lid on the looming violence. This "deconstruction" of the Little Red Riding Hood story is a darkly comic, predatory fairy tale for adults that explores the conflation of sex and fear in modern culture, the comfort of lava lamps, and the dangers of a handy axe.
   
You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown  
Drury Lane- Oakbrook You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown
 
Based on the beloved comic strip by Charles M. Schulz, this charming revue of vignettes and songs explores life through the eyes of Charlie Brown and his friends in the Peanuts gang - Linus, Lucy, Sally, Schroeder, and Snoopy. Now celebrating its 50th Anniversary, You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown features favorites such as "Suppertime" and "Happiness," as well as two new songs from the revised version, "Beethoven Day" and "My New Philosophy." You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown opened on Broadway in 1967, with a revised version presented in 1999 under the direction of Michael Mayer. The revival received Tony Awards for Featured Actress (Kristin Chenoweth as Sally) and Featured Actor (Roger Bart as Snoopy).