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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.
   
33 To Nothing  
A Red Orchid Theatre 33 To Nothing
 
Taking place during a real-time band practice, 33 to Nothing is a play that rocks hard and breaks hearts. Feeling the incessant call of adulthood, individuals begin to question their role in the ensemble. Ultimately begging the question: to break up or to build stronger? An anthem of forgiveness, loyalty and resilience when your world is being torn by the seams.
   
Aristophanes  
The Hypocrites at Chopin Theatre Aristophanes
 
The eleven comedies of Aristophanes adapted into a five-hour marathon event, complete with food and a cash bar. The Hypocrites' Lead Artist, Sean Graney will direct this script he adapted as a stand alone follow-up to the critically acclaimed All Our Tragic.
   
Avenue Q  
Metropolis Performing Arts Centre Avenue Q
 
Loaded with humor and hummable tunes, Avenue Q is a hilarious look at life in New York, featuring a fantastic cast of people and puppets. In its Broadway debut, Avenue Q scored the "Triple Crown" of Tony wins, grabbing honors for Best Musical, Best Score and Best Book. The lovable cast of characters, both flesh and felt, includes recent college grad Princeton, who moves to Avenue Q full of hope for the future, Kate (the girl/monster next door), and the colorful collection of neighbors who help Princeton discover his true purpose in life. Prepare for outstanding music and outrageous laughs when Avenue Q comes to the Metropolis Performing Arts Center in the Chicago area.
   
Bette Davis Ain't For Sissies  
Athenaeum Theatre Bette Davis Ain't For Sissies
 
A trip into the mind of one of Hollywood's greatest stars, Bette Davis Ain't For Sissies is a powerful one-woman show starring acclaimed actress Jessica Sherr. Taking place on the night of the 1939 Academy Awards, Davis finds out that she will lose the Best Actress Oscar to Vivien Leigh, so she decides to leave the ceremony. What follows is an internal dialogue of Davis' memories, filled with historically accurate details and piercing insight into the struggle of the actress who refused to fit into the mold of the stereotypical Hollywood ingenue. Enjoy this spirited portrayal of a bold, defiant and disillusioned box-office icon at Chicago's Athenaeum Theatre Studio One.
   
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."
   
Bicycle Day  
Annoyance Theatre Bicycle Day
 
Bicycle Day is a new play about LSD and the man who invented it. Take this intriguing theatrical trip at Chicago's Annoyance Theatre & Bar.
   
Birdland  
Steep Theatre Birdland
 
Paul has attained rock stardom and all the spoils that go with it. As his world tour winds its way home, the rewards of his fame are quickly diminishing. Birdland is a sexy, searing exploration of empathy by Olivier and Tony Award winner Simon Stephens.
   
Birds of a Feather  
The Greenhouse Theater Center Birds of a Feather
 
Roy and Silo are your typical gay american dads with one noticeable exception: they’re penguins! No strangers to the spotlight, these two Central Park Zoo chinstrap penguins have partnered and adopted an egg, but will these two be able to raise little Tango together? Birds of a Feather is a heartwarming and surprising tale, based on the true story that became one of the most banned books in the US.
   
Blood Mural  
MPAACT at The Greenhouse Theater Center Blood Mural
 
Art, history, and identity politics clash as a renowned muralist Dr. E.J. Lockhart struggles with an "up-and-coming" former student assisting her on her latest project. Dr. Lockhart's personal demons resurface as she forges ahead on a "community" mural exploring gun violence in a rapidly gentrifying Chicago neighborhood.
   
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.
   
The Book of Maggie  
Nox Arca Theatre The Book of Maggie
 
Judas Iscariot and Pontius Pilate spend their eternal time in hell, drinking, smoking and tending to potted plants. Their plans for the afterlife change when, from on high, they're offered an opportunity for redemption by helping two mortal women- Maggie and Joan. With some reluctant help from Saint Peter, Judas and Pilate find helping these women might mean more than just saving themselves.
   
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.
   
Bull In A China Shop  
About Face Theatre at Theater Wit Bull In A China Shop
 
BULL IN A CHINA SHOP explores the fascinating lives of Mary Woolley and her partner, Jeanette Marks, two brilliant women who reimagined and revolutionized women's education at the turn of the twentieth century. This fast-moving feminist comedy chronicles the growth of the women's suffrage movement, as well as Mary and Jeanette's romantic relationship. It examines the strength it takes to find your voice, be brave and find yourself less at odds with the world.
   
Buried Child  
Writers Theatre Buried Child
 
On a cross-country trip from New York to the west coast, Vince and his girlfriend Shelly decide to make a stop at his grandparents’ rural Illinois home. But when they arrive, neither his grandparents, Dodge and Halie, nor his father Tilden and uncle Bradley seem to recognize or remember him. As Vince searches for answers, truths begin to emerge that reveal a deep corrosion of this fragmented family living in a forgotten America.
   
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 Cake  
Rivendell Theatre The Cake
 
Jen lives in New York but has always dreamed of getting married in her small North Carolina hometown, so she heads down south with her partner to ask Della, her late mother's best friend, to do the honors of making the wedding cake at her bakery. Della's cakes are legendary,­ even earning her a spot as a contestant on the "Great American Baking Show." She is overjoyed at Jen's request­ until she realizes there's not just one bride, but two, forcing her to re-examine some of her deeply-held beliefs, as well as her own marriage. Faith, family and frosting collide in this touching and timely new play.
   

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