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American Mariachi
American Mariachi

Familia, amor and tradición-and breaking it-are at the heart of this "big-hearted musical tug at the heartstrings" (Denver Post). Lucha spends her days caring for her ailing mother, but longs to shake up her 1970s home life. When a forgotten record album sparks her mother's memory, Lucha and her cousin strike upon a radical idea: to create an all-female mariachi band. Infused with live mariachi music at each performance, American Mariachi reveals how music and love can make just about anything possible. Presented in English.

Anyone Can Whistle
Anyone Can Whistle
MadKap Productions at Skokie Theatre

This Tony Award-nominated musical is a rare treat for Sondheim fans and features some of his best songs including There Won't Be Trumpets and the title song Anyone Can Whistle. With a book by Arthur Laurents, it tells the story of Cora Hoover Hooper, the greedy and corrupt Mayoress of a small town, who tries to fake a "miracle" to boost her popularity and fill the town coffers with tourist money. But her plan is endangered by Fay Apple, a skeptical nurse who sets 40 inmates free from the local asylum. All will be lost if they can't identify the inmates. But determining who is crazy and who is sane turns out to be more complicated that it appears

Blue Man Group
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.

Brighton Beach Memoirs
Brighton Beach Memoirs

Dreaming of baseball and girls, Eugene must cope with the mundane existence of his family life in Brooklyn: formidable mother, overworked father, and his worldly older brother Stanley. Throw into the mix his widowed Aunt Blanche and her two young (but rapidly aging) daughters and you have a recipe for hilarity, served up Simon-style.

Brilliant Works of Art
Brilliant Works of Art
BoHo Theatre at Online Stream

Law student Abby Gates has no qualms about becoming a sugar baby to get her tuition bills paid... until it means keeping a secret from the man she loves, an artist exploring confession and the thresholds of shame. When Abby's two worlds collide, he discovers her sugar daddy has taught her more about taking control of her own life than she realized.

The Clinic
The Clinic
Congo Square Theatre at Online Stream

A steaming, streaming, old-school radio drama created by Congo Square ensemble members and streaming in four weekly segments on the Congo Square website. As described by Ensemble Members and writers Monifa Days and Javon Johnson, The Clinic is "a nod to the old school soap opera-style dramas that follows the journey of Dr. Latisha Bradley who is changing the world with a life-altering discovery that was meant to help all but only helps some. Everyone wants in. Dr. Bradley not only has to deal with changing the future of medicine but betrayal and matters of the heart."

Coastal Disturbances
Coastal Disturbances
Habakkuk Theatre & Open Door Repertory Company at Ehlert Park

A photographer romancing a lifeguard, two former college roommates and an older married couple vacation on a private New England beach. A Tony nominated, Broadway hit which gave Annette Bening and Tim Daly early stage roles, Coastal Disturbances is a charming ensemble play that follows four generations of vacationers on a Massachusetts beach as they confront the possibilities of their lives ahead.

Drunk Shakespeare
Drunk Shakespeare

The stage is set in a hidden library with over fifteen thousand books. Five classically trained actors meet as members of "The Drunk Shakespeare Society." One of them has at least 5 shots of whiskey and then they overconfidently attempt to perform a major role in a Shakespearean play. Hilarity and mayhem ensues while the four sober actors try and keep the script on track. Every show is different depending on who is drinking ... and what they're drinking!

Forever Plaid
Forever Plaid

On the way to their first big gig, tragedy strikes Forever Plaid, a "guy group" specializing in barbershop quartet harmonies and pitch-perfect melodies. Forever Plaid begins when the guys are given the chance to perform from the afterlife. This smash hit musical is a nostalgic homage to the music of the '50s and includes hits such as "Three Coins in the Fountain" and "Love is a Many-Splendored Thing."

The Golden Girls: The Lost Episodes, Vol 5
The Golden Girls: The Lost Episodes, Vol 5
Hell In A Handbag Productions at Leather Archives and Museum

Written by Artistic Director David Cerda, THE GOLDEN GIRLS stars original cast members David Cerda, Grant Drager, Ryan Oates and Ed Jones. Come watch the girls explore their naughty side at the Leather Archive Museum auditorium, in Chicago's Roger's Park neighborhood.

Happy To Be Here
Happy To Be Here

You're gonna want to sit down for this news. We're warming up the bentwood chairs and ready to invite you back inside our theater! Join humans on stage making humans in the audience laugh as we toast being together again. Our Mainstage performances are a celebration of our resilience, our relationships, and our mutual need to get back into the habit of making eye contact. We've been pushed apart both physically and politically for way too long...now it's time to enjoy some good, clean (or at the very least...ultra-hygienic) togetherness.

The Infinite Energy of Ada Lovelace and Petticoats and Sliderules
The Infinite Energy of Ada Lovelace and Petticoats and Sliderules
Third Eye Theatre Ensemble at The Edge Theatre

How much further would our society be if we removed barriers, rather than constructed them? In this double bill we celebrate the lives of Ada Lovelace and Lois Graham, two remarkable women who broke past gender barriers to change the course of history in mathematics and engineering. Their dedication paved the path for our scientific and societal advances. When barriers exist in access to education, what do we miss as a society? Who could we have been? After all, "the future will not care what kind of body house that mind."

The Infinite Wrench
The Infinite Wrench
Neo-Futurists at Neo-Futurists

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.

Kinky Boots
Kinky Boots

Charlie Price is a reluctant shoe maker. Lola is a fierce drag queen. These two could not be more different, but when they find common ground in shoes, they see a whole new world of possibilities open up to them that will turn their small town upside down, and just might save Charlie's failing shoe factory.

Late Nite Catechism
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 28th year in Chicago, Late Nite Catechism is a sharp satire, but never mean. It's simply an evening of fun and laughter.

Looped
Looped

"Looped" is loosely based on a true story. During the Summer of 1965, film and stage star Tallulah Bankhead. in a somewhat inebriated state, entered a Los Angeles recording studio to re-record (or "loop") one line of dialogue from her final film Die! Die! My Darling! It would take her eight hours to record one line -- much to the frustration and irritation of the film's editor editor. What happened during those eight hours will make you laugh, maybe cry a bit, and appreciate the gumption of an unconventional star who wasn't afraid to live life to the fullest and who refused to apologize for breaking the rules.

Macbeth
Macbeth

Lyric's riveting season-opener is the inaugural production of Music Director Enrique Mazzola's tenure, and a brand-new production from Sir David McVicar. Adapting one of the greatest tragedies written by his hero, Shakespeare, Verdi created a stunning portrait of the most power-hungry couple who ever trod a stage. Macbeth's bloody ascent to the throne of Scotland - led and supported by his wife's own consuming ambition - results in disaster for them both. Verdi brings them to blazing life in a score that bristles with energy and endless excitement. Grand-scale arias, hair-raising duets, stupendous ensembles - they're all here, in the first genuine masterpiece of Verdi's career.