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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 Beauty Queen Of Leenane  
Northlight Theatre The Beauty Queen Of Leenane
This Tony Award-winning dark comedy is set in the provincial Irish town of Leenane. Forty-year-old spinster Maureen Folan lives with her manipulative ageing mother Mag, stuck in a caretaking relationship that has them both seething with resentment. When a romantic encounter finally sparks Maureen's hopes for an escape from her dreary existence, Mag's interference sets in motion a chain of events that is as tragically funny as it is terrifying.
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."
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.
The Brink!  
Walkabout Theater Company at Links Hall The Brink!
In a cafe at the edge of the world, on the brink of existence, the Walkabout ensemble is dying to sing and dance, to draw the curtain on our last-ditch desires, and to reveal the transformative beauty of our shadow selves. Fresh from its preview performance at the Cricoteka Centre in Krakow, Poland, THE BRINK! will run for three weekends only at Links Hall before traveling to India for the 8th International Theatre Olympics in Mumbai and New Delhi. With its signature style, Chicago's premier laboratory ensemble presents an entirely new work that asks with ardor and brass, "What happens now... here on the brink?"
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.
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.
The Condition Of Femme  
Circle Theatre at Pride Arts Center - The Buena The Condition Of Femme
An exploration of rape culture based on actual events in the lives of sexual assault survivors interviewed by playwright Lauren Marie Powell. The drama includes monologues delivered by 11 characters created from Powell's interviewees, as well as a central character called Reagan, who is a counselor for a sexual assault hotline. Powell says, "Every character in the show is a fictionalized person based on those many testimonies, with verbatim quotes included throughout the piece. Most of the characters are an amalgamation of multiple testimonies around recurrent themes in their interviews. Reagan, based on a social worker and a rape-crisis hotline worker I interviewed, meets the 11 survivors through her work and ties their stories together."
BoHo Theatre at Theater Wit Cyrano
BoHo presents the Chicago premiere of this sharp, lean, nine-actor translation of Rostand's immortal play. Set in 17th century France, Cyrano tells the story of a great swordsman with a beautiful soul who is handicapped by a huge nose that makes him feel incapable of being loved by the beautiful Roxane. When he learns that Roxane and a handsome young soldier named Christian are infatuated with each other, he writes beautiful love letters for her suitor that lead to a tragic love triangle.
Riverfront Playhouse Da
Charlie returns home to his boyhood home in Dalkey, a suburb of Dublin, Ireland, after the death of his adoptive father. He finds that the house is filled with ghosts -- those of his parents and the ghost of his younger self. In talking and interacting with the ghosts, Charlie relives important moments from his youth, and comes to grips with his complicated feelings for his adoptive parents. This winner of the 1978 Tony Award for Best Play comes to Chicago's Riverfront Playhouse.
Dontrell, Who Kissed The Sea  
First Floor Theater at The Den Theatre Dontrell, Who Kissed The Sea
Eighteen-year-old Dontrell Jones the Third decides it is his duty and destiny to venture into the Atlantic Ocean in search of an ancestor lost during the Middle Passage, but his family isn't ready to abandon its prized son to the waters of a mysterious and haunting past.
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.
The Emperor's New Clothes  
Marriott Theatre In Lincolnshire The Emperor's New Clothes
Fourteen-year-old Emperor Marcus the Third is nervous to take the throne. Deciding that he can only gain confidence by dressing in the finest attire, Marcus commands his Royal Clothesmaker to fashion him in the most royal wardrobe. Taking advantage of Marcus' uncertainty and immaturity, a Swindler promises to make magic clothes that are "invisible to fools, liars, and anyone you should ignore," for a large and hefty price. Only Arno, the simple-hearted mop boy, can help Marcus out of this royal mess and teach him an important lesson about outward appearance.

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