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Anna Karenina  
Lifeline Theatre Anna Karenina
As a wave of profound upheaval sweeps through Russian society, it is a time of impossible choices. Anna is torn between raising her cherished son and languishing in a lifeless marriage, or sacrificing everything to follow her lover Alexei into disgrace. Konstantin struggles to reconcile his existential torment with his enduring passion for Kitty. Innocents will suffer, hearts will be broken, and families will be torn apart as two couples learn that living truthfully is no simple thing. Travel to the palaces and farms of imperial Russia in a world premiere meditation on the complexities of love based on the 1877 novel by Leo Tolstoy.
The Antelope Party  
Theater Wit The Antelope Party
It's sometime in the 2010s. The Rust Belt Ponies Meet Up Group for Adult Fans of My Little Pony has gathered in Ben's Philadelphia apartment, but two members have not yet arrived. A new recruit seems unusually shy and curiously paranoid about a local neighborhood watch group. What happened to their Pegasister, Maggie? Why is Brony Doug so paranoid? What does it all have to do with the 9/11 Truthers and an emerging group of "concerned citizens?" In the midst of increasing violence and authoritarianism, how can our heroes see the magic in Everypony? And, even worse, what if they do?
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."
Blind Date  
Goodman Theatre Blind Date
Not so long ago, but before presidential Twitter rants, Tinder meetups and 24/7 news, two of history's most enigmatic leaders -- Ronald Reagan and Mikhail Gorbachev -- meet to negotiate a halt to the arms race. A crafty game of one-upmanship ensues; meanwhile, their wives engage in a passive-aggressive tango over tea. Playwright Rogelio Martinez, called "a fresh and funny talent" by Backstage, "finds new twists on old topics" (Variety) in this compulsively fascinating, slyly comic behind-the-scenes glimpse at a 20th century landmark event that shaped world history. See Blind Date when it comes to the Goodman Theatre's Albert stage in Chicago.
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.
Boeing Boeing  
Metropolis Performing Arts Centre Boeing Boeing
This high-flying comedy, based on a French farce, follows an American lothario living in swinging '60s Paris who's secretly engaged to three different flight attendants and who manages to keep them apart with reluctant help from his housekeeper. But when the new, faster Boeing jet goes into service, the ladies' schedules get jumbled, and things turn turbulent as all three of them descend on his apartment at the same time, along with an old schoolmate who can't seem to keep his pal's cover stories straight. A 2008 Tony winner for Best Revival, Boeing Boeing comes in for a laugh-filled landing at the Metropolis Performing Arts Centre in Arlington Heights.
TimeLine Theatre Company Boy
A moving and poignant story, inspired by true events, about a search for personal identity and acceptance. In the 1960s, a surgical accident causes a well-intentioned doctor to convince the parents of twin boys to raise one as a girl. Two decades later, the repercussions of that choice continue to unfold, as those involved struggle to connect with each other and themselves, stuck between their hope for the future and their uncertainty about the past. BOY explores the beauty of finding love, the complexity of gender identity, and the consequences of the choices we make for those we love.
Victory Gardens Theater - Biograph Breach
What happens when a woman trapped in a dead-end job and a fizzling relationship accidentally gets pregnant by a man that she's not dating? A coming-of-age story about race, class and motherhood, BREACH by Antoinette Nwandu and directed by Lisa Portes, examines how hard it is to love others when it's you that you loathe most of all.
Bunny Bunny: Gilda Radner, A Sort of Love Story  
Mercury Theater Bunny Bunny: Gilda Radner, A Sort of Love Story
Gilda Radner was one of the great comic geniuses of the 20th century. Her life-long friend and comedy writer Alan Zweibel has written this loving tribute to Gilda. Bunny Bunny is based on their curious bond, a relationship that was always emotional but never physical. Comic and heartbreaking, this play follows these two overgrown kids as they ride bumper-car lives right up to Radner's death from ovarian cancer. Their loyalty and love glows through every scene.
The Burn  
Steppenwolf Theatre The Burn
Mercedes is an outsider. Tara makes sure she knows it. When a high school production of The Crucible forces them together, tensions escalate into acts of bullying-both online and IRL. This world premiere play explores what happens to a teacher and his students when a classroom conflict turns into an online witch-hunt.
The Butler Did It  
Jedlicka Performing Arts Center The Butler Did It
A spoof of English mysteries with a decidedly American flavor, The Butler Did It finds Miss Maple, a society dowager noted for her imaginative weekend parties, awaiting a group of detective writers invited to eerie Ravenswood Manor where they are to assume the personalities of fictional characters. She arranges all sorts of scary, amusing incidents. Then a real murder takes place and the guests realize they're all marked for death. When they're not busy tripping over the clues, the zany sleuths trip over one another. See The Butler Did It at Jedlicka Performing Arts Center in Cicero.
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.
Paramount Theatre Cabaret
The sound of the orchestra tuning its instruments fills the air. The smell of liquor and perfume permeates your nostrils, causing a shiver of sinful delight. You catch a dancer's eye and wonder what she's doing after the show. After all, anything goes. Classic Broadway musical Cabaret sashays into the Paramount Theatre, transporting you from modern-day Aurora to 1930s Berlin. As threats loom large in the nation, cabaret singer Sally Bowles and her cabaret crew continue to let the good times roll. Allow yourself to be dazzled by a night of Tony-winning songs, a spellbinding story and a stage full of extraordinary spectacles.
Cam Baby  
Chimera Ensemble at Flat Iron Arts Building Cam Baby
Clara's never really had a boyfriend before - until Tim comes along. In her cozy Toronto bedroom, the millennials bond over their affinity for meme-worthy YouTube videos and shared anxieties. Little do they know that a plethora of anonymous strangers are tuning in to their every move online. Cam Baby is a rich, sensitive tale that explores voyeurism, privacy, and the complexity of relationships in the digital era. Chimera Ensemble is proud to present Cam Baby, written by Jessica Moss and directed by Jesse Roth. This unsettling comedy provides a humanizing look at technology, begging the question: what does it mean to truly know someone in an age of social media, surveillance, and self-exposure?
Cosi fan tutte  
Lyric Opera Cosi fan tutte
An ever-timely battle of the sexes heats up in Cosė fan tutte -- an opera so spicy and sublime it could have only been created by Mozart, music's ultimate bad-boy genius, and librettist Lorenzo Da Ponte, a debauched priest rumored to have lived in a brothel. Meet Ferrando and Guglielmo, two teenagers so confident of their sweethearts' fidelity (and their own magnetic personalities) that they accept a bet to disguise themselves in an attempt to seduce each other's fiancee. Their plan goes wildly awry when the women show affection for their new suitors, throwing the guys into a panic and giving rise to some of the finest arias ever written. Don't miss the Lyric Opera of Chicago's take on this classic rom-com, subtitled "The School for Lovers," performed in Italian with projected English translations.
Theatre Above The Law at Mckaw Theater Cyrano
An original retelling, by Chicago playwright Michael P. Dalberg, of the French Classic by Edmond Rostand, this romantic comedy follows Cyrano, a female soldier, in a tale of unrequited love. As she vies for the beautiful Roxanne, Cyrano wrestles with self-doubt, body-shaming, and toxic masculinity in a world of "all's fair in love and war," armed with sword-like quips, fair friends, and more than a fair amount of pastries.
The Deerfield Inn  
Annoyance Theatre The Deerfield Inn
"The Deerfield Inn" is a one-act dark comedy about two back woods best friends trying to do a simple job: drop off a TV with a buyer at the Deerfield Inn. Carmichael has just returned from a stint in prison and Truhl, his eager and excitable best friend, wants to help him get back on his feet. As they wait it becomes apparent that this is not an ordinary job, and the Deerfield Inn is not an ordinary motel. Distrust, cabin fever, and their pasts threaten to crush the bond they've forged since childhood. This dark comedy explores the gulf that forms between people when communication breaks down.

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