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20,000 Leagues Under the Seas  
Lookingglass Theatre 20,000 Leagues Under the Seas
 
When a terrifying sea monster is spotted off the coast, renowned scientist Professor Aronnax and fellow explorers set out to investigate. They soon find themselves kidnapped and held under the command, and spell, of the mysterious Captain Nemo. As they circle the globe aboard the most advanced submarine the world has never seen, they confront giant squids, bizarre sea creatures, and the monsters that lurk below...and within.
   
3 Blocks From Broadway  
Annoyance Theatre 3 Blocks From Broadway
 
From Cats to Heathers, the improv troupe Rhyme & Punishmint has cornered the market on creating feature length shows in the style of some of Broadway's favorite musicals. Now, in their new show, 3 Blocks From Broadway, the group will up the ante by letting you decide what they'll perform when the curtain rises, making an even greater challenge. But this highly talented cast of actors and improvisers is ready to put on a show that's filled with fun, surprises and maybe even a Nerf gun.
   
The Adventures Of Spirit Force Five  
Factory Theater The Adventures Of Spirit Force Five
 
When a cheerleading squad is called upon to save the parallel universe of Lej, they must summon their collective team spirit to destroy the evil spirit stick, save the citizens of Lametown and be back in time for the state championship. Jill Oliver's debut play asks the question, "Ummm...there's an evil stick in this play?"
   
Anarchy: An Improvised Rock Opera  
Annoyance Theatre Anarchy: An Improvised Rock Opera
 
Anarchy is a completely sung, completely improvised rock opera featuring some of Chicago's finest musical improvisers. With roots in modern musicals like Tommy by The Who, Green Day's American Idiot, Rent, and Spring Awakening Anarchy stages an hour long show that is entirely live and made-up on the spot (music, choreography and lights included). Anarchy performs with keyboard, guitar and drums and a special gust will be joining them every week! Striving for truth and sincerity in each performance Anarchy will tickle your funny bone while pulling on your heart strings.
   
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.
   
Barbecue Apocalypse  
Cuckoo's Theater Project at Prop Theatre Barbecue Apocalypse
 
A backyard barbecue designed to impress the neighbors quickly devolves into a battle for humanity's survival in outrageous end-of-days comedy Barbecue Apocalypse. A winner of best new play honors in 2014 from the Dallas Observer and DFW Theater Critics Forum, this fast-paced dark comedy centers around quirky, unstylish couple Mike and Deb, who have invited their hip, foodie neighbors for a barbecue to help overcome their status as the street's social outcasts (with the dumpiest house in the 'hood to match). But unbeknownst to any of these partygoers, the world is quite literally about to fall apart -- and apocalypse has a way of putting things in perspective. Catch this biting social satire at Chicago's Prop Thtr.
   
Beehive  
Metropolis Performing Arts Centre Beehive
 
From solo powerhouses like Aretha Franklin and Janis Joplin to glamorous girl groups such as The Supremes and The Shirelles, Beehive: The '60s Musical pays tribute to a time on the charts when women artists were all the buzz. This retro revue is packed with timeless tunes like "My Boyfriend's Back," "One Fine Day" and "Respect," as well as authentic costumes and, of course, plenty of wigs, as it recreates that revolutionary era in popular music when songs like "Where the Boys Are," "Downtown" and "Proud Mary" blasted from jukeboxes and car radios. Relive the heyday of pop queens like Tina Turner, Brenda Lee, Carole King and more when Beehive brings its high-energy stage show to the Metropolis Performing Arts Centre in Arlington Heights.
   
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."
   
Blood at the Root  
Jackalope Theatre Company and The Yard at Broadway Armory Blood at the Root
 
A striking new ensemble drama based on the Jena Six; six black students who were initially charged with attempted murder for a school fight after being provoked with nooses hanging from a tree on campus. This bold new play by Dominique Morisseau (Sunset Baby, Detroit '67, Skeleton Crew) examines the miscarriage of justice, racial double standards, and the crisis in relations between men and women of all classes and, as a result, the shattering state of black family life.
   
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.
   
Buddy - The Buddy Holly Story  
American Blues Theater at Stage 773 Buddy - The Buddy Holly Story
 
Before the Beatles or the Rolling Stones ever played a note, rock & roll was forever changed by the bespectacled kid from Texas. BUDDY tells the true story of Buddy Holly through his short yet spectacular career and features the classic songs "That'll be the Day," "Peggy Sue," The Big Bopper's "Chantilly Lace," Ritchie Valens' "La Bamba," plus many more.
   
Bus Stop  
Eclipse Theatre Company at Athenaeum Theatre Bus Stop
 
In a howling snowstorm, a bus out of Kansas City pulls into a cheerful roadside diner. All roads are blocked so the weary travelers have to hole up until morning. Chanteuse Cherie has been pursued and finally kidnapped by a 21-year-old cowboy with a ranch of his own and the finesse of a headstrong bull. Meanwhile, the proprietor and bus driver develop a friendship, a middle-age scholar comes to terms with himself, and a young cafe worker gets her first taste of romance.
   
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.
   
Cat On A Hot Tin Roof  
Drury Lane- Oakbrook Cat On A Hot Tin Roof
 
In the heat of the South under the gaze of patriarch Big Daddy, the expectations of marriage and family spoil. A birthday party brings a family's skeletons to the surface as each one fights over the bones. Well known for the 1958 film adaptation starring Elizabeth Taylor, Paul Newman, and Burl Ives which received six Oscar nominations including Best Picture, Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Director, and Best Writing.
   
Cinderella  
Metropolis Performing Arts Centre Cinderella
 
When the king and queen invite all the young ladies of the kingdom to a ball, Cinderella can't wait to go. But her mean stepmother and stepsisters give her so many chores that she's sure to be left behind. Suddenly, her Fairy Godmother appears and grants Cinderella's wish of attending the royal ball. What happens next? Find out if dreams really do come true in this magical tale! Recommended for grades PreK-5.
   
Clear CONscience  
Annoyance Theatre Clear CONscience
 
Clear CONscience is the sketch revue focused on cognitive biases. These biases are what makes all humans predictably stupid in many situations. It's the exact reason you believe the previous statement doesn't apply to you (Bias Blind Spot). From topical to shockable, we've got something for the whole family (intended for mature audiences). Come confirm what we all know: humans are stupid.
   
The Color Purple  
Auditorium Theatre The Color Purple
 
Based upon Alice Walker's acclaimed novel of the same name, THE COLOR PURPLE is the epic tale of 40-years in the life of a family in rural Georgia. At its center is fourteen-year-old Celie. When Celie is forced by her abusive father to marry a cruel farmer, called "Mister," she is separated from all that she loves. Ultimately, Celie conquers the odds to find her voice and her strength, coming into her own. THE COLOR PURPLE celebrates the healing power of love and the importance of a zest for life.
   
The Csardas Princess  
Stage 773 The Csardas Princess
 
As part of our Reclaimed Voices Series, we are thrilled to be present Emmerich Kalman's The Csardas Princess. Despite its popularity in Europe and Russia, this stunning work has been largely ignored in this country. Why the neglect? One cannot ignore the politics surrounding the two world wars, as well as the trend away from anything that reminded the public of old-fashioned Viennese romanticism.
   
The Customer Is Always Right?  
Annoyance Theatre The Customer Is Always Right?
 
Improv and customer service come together in this show that follows the lives of particularly difficult customers. Real life customer service employees will tell the stories of their worst and most awkward customer interactions and then our improv team will take that story and develop a show about how that terribly awkward customer interacts with the rest of the world. Let go of your work stress and laugh away your own painful customer service experiences.
   
Daughters of Ire  
Oak Park Festival Theatre at Open Door Theater Daughters of Ire
 
Savanna Rae has crafted a script that's biting, fierce, hilarious, sexy, and unsentimental-not to mention full of contradictions and incisive feminist political and cultural analysis. At first glance one might ask: what is the relationship between women of ancient Irish myth and contemporary social justice? With Daughters of Ire, Rae illustrates the powerful link between how we construct women of the past (fictional and actual) and how we imagine possibilities for self-identifying women in the future.
   
Dream Freaks Fall From Space  
Second City Dream Freaks Fall From Space
 
Dream Freaks Fall from Space holds a funhouse mirror up to the already bizarre times in which we're living. The powerhouse cast delivers a show that's surreal, musical, maniacal, and utterly entertaining all at the same time. You'll fall for this other-worldly adventure that's unlike any other show on the planet!
   
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.
   
Everybody  
Brown Paper Box Co. at Pride Arts Center - The Buena Everybody
 
This modern riff on the medieval morality play Everyman follows Everybody (chosen from the cast via lottery at each performance) as they question and explore life's most basic and universal elements of death, love, friendship, family, God. etc. Playwright Branden Jacobs-Jenkins (Gloria, An Octoroon) bases EVERYBODY on the 15th century morality play that instructs sinners on how to repent and seek redemption.
   
F*cking Men  
Pride Arts Center - The Broadway F*cking Men
 
In this present-day updating of Schnitzler's LA RONDE by Joe DiPietro (MEMPHIS, I LOVE YOU, YOU'RE PERFECT, NOW CHANGE), ten men - a hustler, soldier, two college students, businessman and his husband, an adult film actor, a movie star, his agent and a playwright - all have physical and emotional desires to connect.
   
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.
   
The Golden Girls: The Lost Episodes, Vol. 2  
Hell in a Handbag Productions at Mary's Attic The Golden Girls: The Lost Episodes, Vol. 2
 
When THE GOLDEN GIRLS - THE LOST EPISODES debuted in June 2017, it was supposed to be a short summer treat for Handbag audiences, but quickly turned into one of the biggest hits in the company's history. Now, these lovely women from the classic TV sitcom return with new stories of friendship, love and cheesecake - all with the Handbag twist audiences have come to love! The all new episodes include Machiavellian mayhem when Dorothy, Rose and Blanche are all nominated for Women of the Year by the Miami Women's Auxiliary League; Sophia's mysterious part-time job; and a deep dark secret from Rose's past that shocks the girls to their core!
   
Guards at the Taj  
Steppenwolf Theatre Guards at the Taj
 
India 1648. The dawn will reveal for the first time the extraordinary beauty of the Taj Mahal, built as a tribute to the ruler who demanded its construction. But for two hapless imperial guards, the morning light brings with it an unspeakable task that will shake their faith in God, the empire and their lifelong friendship. This boldly funny and deeply moving play examines the true meaning of beauty and the cost of transcendence in a world that confuses the value of both.
   
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  
The Gift Theatre Hamlet
 
After the death of his dad, a young black man named Hamlet returns home to grieve and seek revenge. Fighting against the injustice of his father's murder and the powers that want him out of the picture, Hamlet quickly loses power and sanity.
   
Haymarket  
Underscore Theatre at The Den Theatre Haymarket
 
Based on historical events, HAYMARKET tells the dramatic story of labor unrest in Chicago, 1886, where striking workers clashed with a brutal police force, resulting in an act of terror, a corrupt trial and the death of five innocent men. Told by a cast of twelve actor-instrumentalists, HAYMARKET is a folk, bluegrass and Americana adventure, led by Lucy Parsons, the African American firebrand and wife of one of the accused anarchists.
   
Heartbreak Hotel  
Broadway Playhouse Heartbreak Hotel
 
From the creator of the Tony Award-winning smash-hit Million Dollar Quartet, HEARTBREAK HOTEL is a record-breaking musical, selling out at its world premiere at the historic Ogunquit Playhouse. This prequel to Million Dollar Quartet follows the tender story of Elvis Presley in the early years of his bourgeoning career as he and Sam Phillips create the music that will forever change their lives. As Elvis' career skyrockets, both lifting and shattering the lives of those he loves, a secret love story is revealed, a betrayal is discovered, and "Colonel" Tom Parker changes the course of history, all in just 18 short months.
   
The Hero's Wife  
16th Street Theater at Berwyn Cultural Center The Hero's Wife
 
Karyssa doesn't tell Cameron what he does to her at night, believing his night terrors may provide a window into her retired Navy SEAL husband. During the day, they negotiate dinner, career, gun safety and video games, as he crafts a post Special Ops identity. At night, he is more available yet more dangerous, affording opportunities to know him if she risks enough.
   
Improvised Dungeons and Dragons  
Out On A Whim at Otherworld Theatre Improvised Dungeons and Dragons
 
Out On A Whim brings classic table top RPGs to life in this 90 minute improvised show! Each week, the audience selects a core cast of adventurers to embark on an epic quest guided by a guest Dungeon Master! Watch as our heroes endure triumph and tragedy, romance and revenge, all while reckoning with the whims of the almighty D20!
   
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.
   
The Lady with all the Answers  
Theatre At The Center The Lady with all the Answers
 
The Lady With All the Answers, written by David Rambo, gives a behind-the-scenes look at popular syndicated newspaper advice columnist Ann Landers, whose life seemed letter-perfect. With more than 90 million readers each day, she had a quick wit which could be comical and creative, as well as sharp and shocking, all in the same sentence. The play unfolds in Landers' Lake Shore Drive apartment in Chicago in 1975 where she shares some of her most fascinating stories as she prepares to write the most difficult column of her career. In 1978, the World Almanac named her "the most influential woman in the U.S."
   
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.
   
Linda  
Steep Theatre Linda
 
Linda Wilde is a titan - an award-winning executive of a beauty corporation with a brilliant new campaign up her sleeve. She's also a wife, a mother, and a woman "of a certain age," but her success in balancing family and career hasn't prepared her for the battle for visibility in a world focused on everlasting youth. Olivier Award nominee Penelope Skinner's Linda is a searingly funny portrait of a woman on the front lines of the fight for relevance.
   
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!
   
The Maids  
The Artistic Home The Maids
 
Genet's subversive drama, in which two maids fantasize killing their mistress, was inspired by a real-life murder committed by two sisters working as maids who killed their employer and her daughter. In the play, the maids construct elaborate sadomasochistic rituals when their mistress (Madame) is away. The focus of their role-playing is the murder of Madame and they take turns portraying both sides of the power divide.
   
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.
   
Mind Reader  
The Greenhouse Theater Center Mind Reader
 
"Get ready for an unforgettable evening," said Toland. "The audience is the cast, their thoughts are my props and their minds will be blown!" Audiences should prepare to take part in the show, as Toland attempts to get into their thoughts and reveal what they are thinking. "There are no weekly mentalism shows in the city right now, so I'm thrilled to bring an exciting new show to Chicago audiences every week," Toland added.
   
Monty Python's Spamalot  
Mercury Theater Monty Python's Spamalot
 
The Tony Award Winning Best Musical, SPAMALOT! Lovingly ripped off from the classic film comedy Monty Python and the Holy Grail, SPAMALOT retells the legend of King Arthur and his Knights of the Round Table, and features ridiculous men in tight pants, not to mention cows, killer rabbits, and French people. The Broadway production won three Tony Awards, including Best Musical, and was followed by two successful West End runs. Mercury Theater Chicago's production will be presented on the new Venus Cabaret Stage, accompanied by medieval treats of meats and ale.
   
Murder For Two  
Marriott Theatre In Lincolnshire Murder For Two
 
Officer Marcus Moscowicz is a small town policeman with dreams of making it to detective. One fateful night, shots ring out at the surprise birthday party of Great American Novelist Arthur Whitney and the writer is killed...fatally. With the nearest detective an hour away, Marcus jumps at the chance to prove his sleuthing skills-with the help of his silent partner, Lou. But whodunit? Did Dahlia Whitney, Arthur's scene-stealing wife, give him a big finish? Is Barrette Lewis, the prima ballerina, the prime suspect? Did Dr. Griff, the overly-friendly psychiatrist, make a frenemy? Everyone is a suspect in Murder for Two, a hilarious musical murder mystery with a twist: One actor investigates the crime. The other plays all of the suspects. And they both play the piano! A zany blend of classic musical comedy and madcap mystery, this fast and funny whodunit is a highly theatrical duet loaded with killer laughs.
   
Neverwhere  
Lifeline Theatre Neverwhere
 
Richard Mayhew commits an act of kindness on the streets of London and finds himself trapped in a shadow world beneath the city. Lady Door returns home one day to find her family slain and her life upended. Drawn together by fate - and forces more powerful than they can guess - these two must brave countless trials, uncover the truth behind a dark conspiracy, and face the indomitable Great Beast before they can set things right again. Journey to London Below with a rogues' gallery of liars, outcasts, and assassins, on a treacherous quest to awaken the hero within.
   
No Home for Bees  
20% Theatre Company at Flat Iron Arts Building No Home for Bees
 
Sixteen-year-old Suz is trying to get reacquainted with her father after he is released from a five-year prison stint. However, when she discovers why he was incarcerated, she is forced to ask herself what constitutes an unforgivable act. In an exploration of sex and deviance, No Home for Bees investigates the repercussions of the desires we struggle to control. See Emily Dendinger's powerful drama at Chicago's Collaboraction Pentagon Theater.
   
Not One Batu  
Nothing Without a Company at Berger Park Coach House Not One Batu
 
Not One Batu is the first full-length Hawaiian Pidgin-English play produced and to premiere in Chicago, and is centered around the meth epidemic in Hawai'i, and how it can impact families for generations. Not One Batu was the 2016 winner of 6 Po'okela Awards, including Overall Play Guest Artist (Non-Hawaii Resident) (recipient Hannah Ii-Epstein), Featured Female in a Play (recipient Lelea'e "Buffy" Kahalepuna-Wong), and Leading Female in a Play (recipient Danielle Zalopany). Lelea'e "Buffy" Kahalepuna-Wong will be flown in from Hawai'i to reprise her role as Ma.
   
The Odd Couple  
Oil Lamp Theater The Odd Couple
 
Unger and Madison are at it again. Florence Unger and Olive Madison, that is, in Neil Simon's hilarious contemporary comic classic -- the female version of The Odd Couple. Instead of the poker party that begins the original version, Ms. Madison has invited the girls over for an evening of Trivial Pursuit, and the Pidgeon sisters have been replaced by the two Constanzuela brothers. But the hilarity remains the same. Enjoy this show at Glenview's Oil Lamp Theater.
   
Pamplona  
Goodman Theatre Pamplona
 
In Pamplona, after the prize comes the pressure. Basking in the glory of career-defining awards-the 1953 Pulitzer Prize and the coveted Nobel Prize for Literature in 1954-legendary writer Ernest Hemingway insists his best work is yet to come. Five years later, holed up in a Spanish hotel with a looming deadline, he struggles to knock out a story about the rivalrous matadors of Pamplona. But his real battles lie outside the bullfighting arena; in declining health, consumed by his troubled fourth marriage and tormented by the specter of past glories, he must now conquer the deepening despair that threatens to engulf him.
   
Peter Pan: A Musical Adventure  
Chicago Shakespeare Theater Peter Pan: A Musical Adventure
 
Just like Peter Pan himself, the story of his many adventures never grows old -- and it's not hard to see why. Chock-full of fun and imagination, with pirates, a gang of runaways, magic pixie dust and the ultimate wish fulfillment of soaring through the sky, J.M. Barrie's classic tale continues to enchant and be reinvented for new generations. Now, Chicago Shakespeare Theater stages a fresh musical adaptation from the team behind Broadway's Mary Poppins. With a 75-minute running time, Peter Pan: A Musical Adventure is the perfect introduction to live theater for young audiences, and will continue to inspire adventures all summer long. Stick around after the show to meet the cast and snap some selfies, then make a day of it at Navy Pier!
   
Pinkalicious! The Muscial  
Marriott Theatre In Lincolnshire Pinkalicious! The Muscial
 
Based on the immensely popular book by Victoria Kann and Elizabeth Kann, this is the tale of Pinkalicious, a little girl who can't stop eating pink cupcakes despite warnings from her parents. Her pink indulgence lands her at the doctor's office with Pinkititis, an affliction that turns her pink from head to toe - a dream come true for this pink loving enthusiast. But when her hue goes too far, only Pinkalicious can figure out a way to get out of this pink predicament.
   
Rick Stone the Blues Man  
Black Ensemble Theater Rick Stone the Blues Man
 
If you love the blues then you're going to love Rick Stone the Blues Man! Step on in to Ricky's Place, where the drinks are flowing, the dance floor is full and the band never stops. This is Ricky's Place and there is no other Blues Club like it on the planet! Join Ricky and his regulars Dwight Neal, Theo Huff, Rhonda Preston, Cynthia Carter, Kelvin Davis and Lamont 'Harmonic Man' Harris as they tear the house down singing the blues made famous by the greatest blues artists of all time like B.B. King, Bobby Blue Bland, KoKo Taylor, Johnnie Taylor, Etta James, Taj Mahal, Fleetwood Mac and Buddy Guy just to name a few. Of course Ricky and Dwight will perform their famous Muddy Waters and Howlin Wolf song battle and there's always a surprise guest who will take the stage. This is a true blues lover's smorgasbord. Come on down to 4450 N. Clark Street at the Black Ensemble Theater and step into Ricky's Place, a blues lover's paradise!
   
Romeo and Juliet  
Odd's Bodkins at Cornservatory Romeo and Juliet
 
Odd's Bodkins presents Romeo & Juliet Elizabethan style at The Cornservatory, with modern-anachronistic costuming and a shorter rehearsal process. The end result is a production that is lively, fun, and more spontaneous than traditional productions, with live music and exciting combat scenes. It's also less of a time commitment -- this abridged edit of the bard's most famous play is expected to run about 90 minutes. The play follows the story of two young lovers from warring families. The pointless family feud drives them to desperate measures and ultimately, to death in a timeless story of passion and violence. Odd's Bodkins is a burgeoning independent and original Shakespeare company that raises up the voices of those normally outside the mainstream of theater culture by featuring people of color and LGBTQ performers, and brings a love of Shakespeare to the next generation through workshops and free school performances.
   
The Roommate  
Steppenwolf Theatre The Roommate
 
Sharon is Midwestern nice. But to Robyn, her new roommate from the Bronx, that just means nosy and very, very talkative. A comical mismatch leads to a surprising and touching friendship in this new comedy about how early-life choices lead to mid-life challenges and the unexpected rewards of bridging the divide.
   
Sagittarius Ponderosa  
Redtwist Theatre Sagittarius Ponderosa
 
Archer (still Angela to his family) returns home to the forests of eastern Oregon to care for his sick father. At night under the oldest Ponderosa Pine, he meets a stranger who knows the history of the forests. Sagittarius Ponderosa reveals the enduring ties between the roots beneath our feet and the mysteries of the human heart...and the journey of personal identity we all must take to become ourselves.
   
Scary Stories To Save Your Life  
About Face Theatre Youth Theatre Ensemble at Center on Halsted - Hoover-Leppen Theatre Scary Stories To Save Your Life
 
Need an antidote for your increased anxiety since the 2016 Presidential election? The award-winning About Face Youth Theatre presents an original horror play that will shock you right back into your senses. In a world of disappearing protections and increased violence against LGBTQ+ youth across the country, AFYT is serving up a collection of real life stories of survival, resistance and victory against the dark side.
   
Seven Brides For Seven Brothers  
Overshadowed Theatrical Productions Seven Brides For Seven Brothers
 
A rollicking adventure, set in 1850s Oregon, bursting with rambunctious energy, fun and romance. Milly, a new bride, attempts to civilize her husband Adam's six slovenly brothers at their wilderness ranch. The enthusiastic brothers soon take matters in their own hands as boisterous fun turns into desire, by kidnapping gloriously beautiful, cultured women. A musical clash of wits and refinement begins! The tunes ring with Oregon, mountain fun....and oohhhh the dancing! Don't miss this delightful wedding!
   
Shrew'd!  
First Folio Theatre Shrew'd!
 
Set in a 1930's Chicago jazz club, SHREW'D! follows the lives of two sisters - the tempestuous songwriter, Kate, who simply doesn't have time for a man, and her sister, Bianca, an up-and-coming dance sensation. While trying to make their mark in their father's nightclub, the sisters meet Petruchio and Lucentio, two mugs who fall for them like the proverbial ton of bricks. A blend of Shakespeare's dialogue and original music and lyrics with a Chicago twist provides an unparalleled fusion of the original story and modern adaptation to set this story in the 21st century.
   
Sickle  
Red Theater Chicago at Strawdog Theatre Sickle
 
Five Ukrainian village women fight against the Soviets during the Holodomor - "death by hunger" - the name given to a famine engineered by Stalin's government in the early 1930s.
   
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.
   
Steamworks: The Musical  
Annoyance Theatre Steamworks: The Musical
 
The popular Annoyance Theatre comedy Steamworks: The Musical is coming back -- with fun new songs and some outrageous new characters! This singing and dancing extravaganza tells the hilarious story of a wide-eyed young man who moves to the Windy City seeking love ... and instead stumbles into a legendary bathhouse, where his mind is blown by the colorful cast of characters who hang out there. Will he meet the man of his dreams? Or will all his hunky hopes disappear in a puff of bathhouse steam? Find out in in this fun-filled revival of Steamworks: The Musical at The Annoyance Theatre & Bar.
   
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.
   
Support Group for Men  
Goodman Theatre Support Group for Men
 
Every Thursday in Wrigleyville is "Guys' Night" for a crew of longtime pals who gather to vent about middle-aged maladies ... and there's a "No Ladies" policy strictly enforced. Support Group for Men shows what happens one night when an unexpected visitor crashes the party. The gang's notions of what it means to be a man in today's America are suddenly upended and their status quo will never be the same. Don't miss this of-the-moment comedy by Ellen Fairey -- whose work the Chicago Tribune has hailed as "a must-see for anyone who follows important new plays" -- when it comes to Goodman Theatre at The Albert in Chicago.
   
Tilikum  
Victory Gardens Theater - Biograph Tilikum
 
Tilikum was a king, and the oceans of the world were his. Now, he is a captive in a marine amusement park, doomed to live as an opportunity for profit. Alone behind bars he forgets the feel of freedom, but when fellow prisoners ignite the fires of his memory, he starts down a path that threatens to consume everything. Ripped from the headlines, Kristiana Rae Colón's Tilikum explores captivity, savagery and rebellion in a vital and visceral blend of theatre, drumming and dance. Poetic and lyrical, Tilikum calls out the power structures - both corporate and human - that ensure continued oppression, and the complicity of those willing to stand by and do nothing.
   
Tinderella  
The Den Theatre Tinderella
 
Cinderella meets Tinder in this modern musical about finding the one ... and then the one after that. Your princess, Meg, longs for true love, but she can barely get a "like." Her fairy-god-roommate reveals the magic of Tinder and suddenly Prince Charming is only a swipe away. But Meg still has to get to the ball, catch BART before midnight and reconcile her fairy-tale dreams with grown-up reality ... all without losing her slippers. Don't miss this hysterical, racy and rocking adult musical at Chicago's Den Theatre.
   
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.
   
Two Gentlemen Of Verona  
Midsommer Flight at Various Parks Two Gentlemen Of Verona
 
Two Gentlemen Of Verona, to be performed over eight weekends in four different Chicago Park District parks, is believed to be Shakespeare's first play. The "Two Gentlemen" are Valentine and Proteus, who travel from Verona to Milan, where they fall in love with the same woman, even though Proteus professed to be in love with Julia, back in Verona. Or at least he thinks she's back in Verona. The comedy deals with many of the themes Shakespeare would explore in later plays, including loyalty and friendship, the foolishness of love and lovers and whether friendship trumps love.
   
Victims of Duty  
A Red Orchid Theatre Victims of Duty
 
Much of the original 1995 team come together to revisit Ionesco's absurd masterpiece. Choubert, the archetypal bourgeois everyman, and his wife Madeleine are spending a quiet evening at home when the Detective arrives to enlist their help in finding the previous tenant. A roller-coaster ride of high comedy and horrific tragedy as Choubert examines his past present and future in a quest to find out where Mallot could be hiding.
   
The View Upstairs  
Circle Theatre at Pride Arts Center - The Broadway The View Upstairs
 
When Wes, a young fashion designer from 2017, buys an abandoned building in the French Quarter of New Orleans, he finds himself transported to the UpStairs Lounge, a vibrant seventies gay bar. As this forgotten community comes to life, Wes embarks on an exhilarating journey of self-exploration that spans two generations of queer history. THE VIEW UPSTAIRS asks what has been gained and lost in the fight for equality, and how the past can help guide all of us through an uncertain future.
   
Waitress  
Cadillac Palace Theatre Waitress
 
Inspired by Adrienne Shelly's beloved film, WAITRESS tells the story of Jenna - a waitress and expert pie maker, Jenna dreams of a way out of her small town and loveless marriage. A baking contest in a nearby county and the town's new doctor may offer her a chance at a fresh start, while her fellow waitresses offer their own recipes for happiness. But Jenna must summon the strength and courage to rebuild her own life.
   
Wasteland  
Annoyance Theatre Wasteland
 
Wasteland follows two post-apocalyptic marauders as they stumble into the workshop of inventor Sam Neville in the middle of the wasteland of near-future Chicago. Along with Sam's masochistic Crash Test Dummy and a mysterious woman warrior named Fiercia, this motley crew fends off attacks by the cannibalistic Morlocks and their leader Dennis. Featuring puppets created by Sam Locke, this Annoyance Theatre & Bar performance is a show like no other.
   
Wild Women of Planet Wongo  
Not Too Fancy Productions at Chopin Theatre Wild Women of Planet Wongo
 
In "Wild Women of Planet Wongo", the audience encounters a world of Amazonian warrior women and their alluring Queen who first meet men when two bumbling astronauts crash onto their purple and green planet. While the guys think they've discovered paradise, hilarity ensues as the Wongo women plan surprises for their captive guests. This zany musical comedy is performed in three acts with no seats or stage. Audience members are encouraged to come dressed up in purple and green and to engage with the actors as they move around the space. During the two intermissions, audience members can further become part of the show by participating in the Wongo Game Shows where they can win prizes, while others can simply observe the fun, dance or replenish their green Wongotini cocktails.
   
You Can't Take It With You  
Oak Park Festival Theatre You Can't Take It With You
 
Welcome to the Sycamore household, a merry melange of free-thinkers, eccentrics, odd-balls, and lovable others. Come in. Sit down. Don't mind the snakes, the fireworks, the less than Bolshoi ballet performances, the typewriter, the general absence of any orthodoxy. And meet Alice, the sweet natured and sanest of this family who has fallen in love with the son of her oh-so-conventional boss. Stay for the hilarity when the prospective in-laws arrive for to dinner to give their blessing to the marriage - on the wrong night - and encounter Alice's peculiar extended family in all their glory. Can these two polar opposite families find common ground? It is madcap 1930's comedy at its very best - but with eternal and urgently timeless message of accepting and embracing life - your own and everyone else's.