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110 in the Shade  
BoHo Theatre at Theater Wit 110 in the Shade
 
In the tiny town of Three Point, in the hot and drought-stricken American southwest, traveling con man Bill Starbuck promises the local farmers he can conjure some much-needed rain. Spinster Lizzie Curry, whose advances are rebuffed by Sheriff File, blossoms as she pursues a romantic relationship with the charismatic stranger.
   
The Adventures of Robin Hood  
Adventure Stage Chicago The Adventures of Robin Hood
 
Three actors. Twenty characters. One timeless tale. A corrupt sheriff plagues the commoners of Nottingham. His skyrocketing taxes are preventing the needy from being able to feed themselves! Who will stand up to the injustices and bring hope back to the people? Follow Robin Hood and his Merry Men as they take you on a journey of action, danger, and of course, archery. This medieval legend with a modern twist places a cast of three at the center of the story, reimagining the tale with enthusiasm, tenacity, and vigor.
   
American Jornalero  
Teatro Vista at UrbanTheater Company American Jornalero
 
In an empty lot on a New York street corner, six men wait: For coffee. For work. For news. For their luck to change. American Jornalero is a vital new play that places a literal fence line through the center of contemporary dialogue on labor and immigration-and asks whether it's a divide that can ever be scaled.
   
Angela of Death  
Annoyance Theatre Angela of Death
 
Angela of Death is a dark musical comedy revolving around hapless teenager, Angela Ostrowski. As her high-school career comes to an end, her reputation is marred by the sudden, inexplicable deaths of her exes. Rumors begin to swirl and tensions mount among students and staff alike, and Angela comes to terms with her apparent curse; all while trying to date like a "normal" high-schooler. Originally performed at Chicago's Annoyance Theatre in 2014, this 2018 revival features a fresh case, new music and a few other surprises.
   
Arcadia  
Promethean Theatre Ensemble at The Greenhouse Theater Center Arcadia
 
Hailed as "the perfect marriage of ideas and high comedy" (The Times), the plot of ARCADIA swings between the early 19th century and the present day to explore the relationship between order and chaos. Delightful, richly drawn characters from both time periods enter and exit the same room, and current trappings end up mixing with accouterments of the past. Mathematical theory, natural history, and Lord Byron all contribute to humanity's eternally amusing dance of love. Sparkling dialogue and clever plot twists remind us of our desire to find order in life's never-ending parade of seemingly random events.
   
Avenue Q  
Mercury Theater Avenue Q
 
A racy cross between South Park and Sesame Street, AVENUE Q is a modern musical focusing on a group of unique 20-somethings making their way in the big city, seeking their purpose in life. Director L. Walter Stearns explains that the real magic of the show is when the audience "forgets that the puppets are nothing more than fur and felt and start to believe they have a mind, heart and soul." It tells the timeless story of a recent college grad named Princeton who moves into a shabby New York apartment all the way out on Avenue Q. He soon discovers that although the residents seem nice, it's clear that this is not your ordinary neighborhood. Together, Princeton and his new-found friends struggle to find jobs, dates and their ever-elusive purpose in life. Although AVENUE Q addresses humorous adult issues, it is similar to a beloved children's show: a place where puppets are friends, monsters are good and life lessons are learned.
   
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."
   
Black and Blue  
MPAACT at The Greenhouse Theater Center Black and Blue
 
Davoe Sexton and Jayson Rabedeau patrol the notorious neighborhood on Chicago's long-neglected south-east side. The area is known to locals as "Terror Town." As veteran cops who "happen to be Black," these men must navigate the streets, the policies of policing and the deeply conflicted roles that they play in the lives of those that they are supposed to "serve and protect." Set in 2016, these officers find themselves at ground zero when long-suppressed evidence surfaces, illuminating an officer-involved shooting on the very streets that they patrol. Over the course of a single day, these officers must confront the most corrosive questions that face African-American officer. Are they Black? Are they Blue? Or are they a volatile mix of Black and Blue? This gripping, timely drama hits the Downstairs Studio stage at the Greenhouse Theater Center.
   
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.
   
Bros Do Prose: Peter Pan  
Mercury Theater Bros Do Prose: Peter Pan
 
In a whirlwind of creativity, sick beats and physical feats, a cast of two actors brings new life to the beloved story of Peter Pan. In the nursery of her London home, Wendy Darling dreams of a magical island where she never has to grow-up. When Peter Pan flies out of her dreams and in through her window, Wendy convinces him to lead her to Neverland, and so begins the adventure of a lifetime!
   
Bunnicula  
Lifeline Theatre Bunnicula
 
At a showing of Dracula one dark and stormy night, the Monroe family discovers an abandoned rabbit. When they bring him home, resident know-it-all Chester the cat suspects the worst after spying gleaming fangs in the bunny's mouth. And as vegetables start turning up mysteriously drained of their juices, even easygoing Harold the dog wonders if they have a supernatural menace on their hands. Brave the night and dare to embrace our differences in this musical adaptation of the 1979 book by Deborah and James Howe. This production is recommended for children ages five and up (children under two not permitted), and runs approximately one hour with no intermission.
   
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.
   
Cosmologies  
The Gift Theatre Cosmologies
 
Put the whimsical humor of the Keystone Cops and Bugs Bunny into a particle collider with the philosophy of Soren Kierkegaard and George Berkeley and you're getting close to the style of this existential absurdist comedy from David Rabe. When a young man's negotiation for a date goes very wrong, we are transported through kaleidoscopic worlds of possibilities, identities and loves.
   
Crumbs From The Table Of Joy  
Raven Theatre Crumbs From The Table Of Joy
 
Brooklyn, 1950. Ernestine and Ermina Crump have moved to New York with their father, Godfrey, who is seeking spiritual guidance from a man called Father Divine. In the swirling, glamorous commotion of this new city, with calls for equal rights and communist rebellion hanging in the air, the girls begin a turbulent journey toward independence and a challenging future.
   
Cursed: An American Tragedy  
Berger Park Coach House Cursed: An American Tragedy
 
Cursed: An American Tragedy is an immersive epic that explores the story of a family curse shown through three different generations during times of war. The audience can choose to follow various family members within the three different time periods- The Civil War, World War I, and World War II. The audience will witness men facing the horrors of war, families dealing with the reality of being left behind in wartime, and the esoteric approaches with which the women confront what they perceive to be a curse on their bloodline. Cursedexplores the ideas of family, fate, and what it means to construct our own narratives as Americans by offering the audience the freedom to act silently but adventurously in order to discover the family's secrets through careful observation and one-on-one experiences.
   
The Dark at the Top of the Stairs  
Eclipse Theatre Company at Athenaeum Theatre The Dark at the Top of the Stairs
 
The setting is a small Oklahoma town in the early 1920s and the home of the Flood family: Rubin, a traveling salesman for a harness firm; Cora, his sensitive and lovely wife; Sonny, their little boy; and Reenie, their teenage daughter. A series of short stories unfolds - the fight between a husband and wife, the fear of an overly shy young girl about going to a dance, the problems of an introverted little boy who feels that the whole world is against him, the corroding marriage of Cora's rowdy sister, and the tragedy of a military school cadet who suffers from the stigma of being a Jew in an alien community. There is dark at the top of everyone's stairs, but it can be dissipated by understanding, tolerance and compassion. Experience The Dark at the Top of the Stairs at the Athenaeum Theatre Studio Three in Chicago.
   
The Darkness After Dawn  
Factory Theater The Darkness After Dawn
 
An early morning home invasion becomes a murder, and that's just the start of a very bad day for Rosemary Ward. As the list of suspects dwindles, the motives multiply...and the police aren't exactly helping. Rosemary finds herself in a battle of wits and cons with one man for survival - and it's a game neither of them plan to lose.
   

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