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1776  
Skokie Theatre 1776
 
1776 is the Broadway version of the events leading up to the signing of the Declaration of Independence. A brilliant imagining of American history, this grand tale brings humor and humanity to the account of the 2nd Continental Congress and how the fate of nations was decided.
   
20/20  
About Face Youth Theatre Ensemble at Center on Halsted - Hoover-Leppen Theatre 20/20
 
Curious about what's really changed for LGBTQ youth in the last 20 years? Immersed in a timeless club atmosphere, 20/20 explores the resilience of chosen families, the generational impacts of AIDS and the evolution of gender. Inspired by true stories of today's youth alongside program alumni and master storytellers, this performance and all-ages party draws out powerful lessons from the past to envision a vibrant and affirming future for queer lives.
   
Ada And The Engine  
The Artistic Home Ada And The Engine
 
As the British Industrial Revolution dawns, young Ada Byron Lovelace (daughter of the flamboyant and notorious Lord Byron) sees the boundless creative potential in the "analytic engines" of her friend and soul-mate, Charles Babbage, inventor of the first mechanical computer. Ada envisions a whole new world where art and information converge - a world she might not live to see. A music-laced story of love, friendship, and the edgiest dreams of the future. Jane Austen meets Steve Jobs in this poignant pre-tech romance heralding the computer age.
   
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
   
And Then There Were None  
Drury Lane- Oakbrook And Then There Were None
 
Ten strangers on a clandestine island. Each holds a murderous secret. Who will pay the ultimate price? This play is a murder mystery penned with cruelty by the master of the craft, Agatha Christie. And Then There Were None brings together tension, fear, and the macabre to weave a tale that captivates the audience until the last curtain. Can you unravel the mystery? Based on the novel by Christie, which is the world's best-selling mystery and one of the best-selling books of all time.
   
Back in the Day  
Chopin Theatre Back in the Day
 
This House Music dancesical follows the Northside Chicago dance crew, The All Stars and their frenemies, The Culitos and Imported Taste, when teenagers dominated the 1980s afte-rhours scene and found family and acceptance through street dancing.
   
Beyond Therapy  
Athenaeum Theatre Beyond Therapy
 
The 2019 Christopher Durang Season continues with his wry farcical hit, Beyond Therapy. Bruce and Prudence are deeply into therapy. Prudence's macho therapist is urging her to be more assertive while Bruce's wacky therapist wants him to meet women by placing a personal ad. She does not fully comprehend that Bruce has a male lover who is not pleased by Bruce's desire to date a woman: Prudence. Bruce doesn't know how to handle poor nervous Prudence, and Prudence doesn't know what to make of her unpredictable new boyfriend. They do learn to live beyond therapy in this delightful Off-Broadway hit that moved successfully to Broadway.
   
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.
   
Bury Me  
Dandelion Theatre at Rivendell Theatre Bury Me
 
Michelle and Josh didn't mean to get pregnant. Five months along, they return to Josh's rural hometown to visit his fiercely loving yet overworked mother, ailing stepfather, and outspoken teenage sibling. Upon their arrival in Pacific, Missouri, a fateful fender-bender brings new and old truths into the light and forces each of them to evaluate their beliefs about parenthood, in God, and in the plans that they've made for their lives.
   
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.
   
Cats  
Nederlander Theatre Cats
 
CATS, the record-breaking musical spectacular by Andrew Lloyd Webber that has captivated audiences in over 30 countries and 15 languages, is now on tour across North America! Audiences and critics alike are rediscovering this beloved musical with breathtaking music, including one of the most treasured songs in musical theater-"Memory". Winner of 7 Tony Awards including BEST MUSICAL, CATS tells the story of one magical night when an extraordinary tribe of cats gathers for its annual ball to rejoice and decide which cat will be reborn. The original score by Andrew Lloyd Webber (Phantom, School of Rock, Sunset Boulevard), original scenic and costume design by John Napier (Les Miserables), all-new lighting design by Natasha Katz (Aladdin), all-new sound design by Mick Potter, new choreography by Andy Blankenbuehler (Hamilton) based on the original choreography by Gillian Lynne (Phantom) and direction by Trevor Nunn (Les Miserables) make this production a new CATS for a new generation!
   
Darling Grenadine  
Marriott Theatre In Lincolnshire Darling Grenadine
 
Harry is a charming songwriter whose fanciful view of the world rivals the Technicolor of any MGM classic. But as Harry floats through the kind of Manhattan life that dreams are made of, he starts to wonder if a dream may be exactly what it is. Told with a rich contemporary score, Darling Grenadine peels away the layers of musical comedy tropes to explore the friction between romance and reality, denial and heartbreak. With its surprising melding of off-beat, whimsical humor and serious themes of addiction and loss, this bittersweet new musical brings us something magical, moving and boldly unique at Lincolnshire's Marriott Theatre.
   
The Drag Seed  
Hell in a Handbag Productions at Mary's Attic The Drag Seed
 
Carson (Kristopher Bottrall) is a perfect little boy who likes to dress like the perfect little girl. Carson loves drag and prides himself on being the fiercest bitch on the stage. Carson's mother, Connie (Ed Jones), loves and accepts Carson but wishes Carson wasn't so competitive. Carson always gets what he wants, and he really wants to win the drag pageant at his very progressive school - The Josephine Baker Academy for Gifted Students. When Carson loses to Summer Breeze, he vows to get that crown - one way or another...
   
Drunk Shakespeare  
The Lion Theatre Drunk Shakespeare
 
The stage is set in a hidden speakeasy located behind the Chicago Theater. Guests enter to find a glam cocktail bar and library with over 10,000 books. Five classically-trained actors meet there as members of "The Drunk Shakespeare Society". One drinks at least 5 shots of whiskey and then attempts to perform a major role in a Shakespearean play. Hilarity and mayhem ensue while the four sober actors try to keep the script on track. Each show is different depending on who is drinking... and what they're drinking!
   
Elizabeth Rex  
Oak Park Festival Theatre Elizabeth Rex
 
The Earl of Essex, Elizabeth I's favorite and her rumored lover, has been found guilty of treason and is scheduled to be executed in the morning. Seeking distraction, the troubled queen visits the stables where Shakespeare and his players are lodged for the night after a court performance of Much Ado About Nothing. Here she meets Ned, the man who plays Shakespeare's greatest leading ladies, and a force who might prove to be a greater danger to her than Essex ever was. As more than one life hangs in the balance before the dawn, Elizabeth wrestles with the duality of her nature. Can she ever truly be a woman and rule England as a prince? Must she always deny her emotions and her very essence to keep and protect her country?
   
Emma  
Lifeline Theatre Emma
 
After a successful experiment in matchmaking, Emma Woodhouse is convinced she can do no wrong. So the high-spirited socialite inserts herself in the love lives of everyone around her, meddling despite their wishes, and leaves a tangle of heartbreak in her wake. To restore happiness to her fractured world, Emma must swallow her pride and learn to value the needs of others over her own desires. Navigate the blunders of the heart in this world premiere adaptation of the 1815 romantic comedy by Jane Austen. Making his Lifeline playwriting debut, ensemble member Phil Timberlake joins ensemble member Elise Kauzlaric, director of 2012's Pride and Prejudice and 2016's Northanger Abbey (Non-Equity Jeff nomination: Best Production-Musical), for a fresh, intimate look at this beloved Austen romp.
   
Ghost Quartet  
Black Button Eyes Productions at Stage 773 Ghost Quartet
 
From the mind of Broadway composer Dave Malloy (Natasha, Pierre & the Great Comet of 1812) comes a musical ghost story of four friends who love each other, kill each other, and drink whiskey across centuries and lifetimes. GHOST QUARTET delightfully mashes up Grimms' fairy tales, Edgar Allan Poe, Arabian Nights, Sondheim, Thelonious Monk and more.
   

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