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Anything Goes  
Metropolis Performing Arts Centre Anything Goes
 
A high-seas romp showcasing one of Cole Porter's most magical scores. Music, dance, and romance are set to the age old tale of boy meets girl in this breezy classic. The S.S. American sets sail from New York to London, hauling a cast of characters including night club singer Reno Sweeney, lovesick Wall Street broker Billy Crocker, and socialite Hope Harcourt with fiance Sir Evelyn Oakleigh. Among them is "Public Enemy #13" Moonface Martin, trying to make his getaway. These characters come together in a jumble of misunderstandings, love triangles and all around confusion. Porter's genius radiates through incredible numbers like "You're the Top," "It's De-Lovely" and more Broadway favorites. Melodies will delight, toes will tap and hearts will soar. Rated PG.
   
Back in the Day  
UrbanTheater Company Back in the Day
 
Directed by Raquel Torre and choreographed by Breon Arzell, Back in the Day follows three Northside Chicago dance crews, The All Stars, led by Jose "Gringo" Echevarrķa and their frenemies, The Culitos and Imported Taste when African-American, Latino and LGBTQ dominated the1980's afterhours scene in such legendary local juice bars as Jenal's and Medusas. Back in the Day is much more than the memories of one man about an era in Chicago's history of urban dance and music. It is a fun, poignant portrait of that period, enriched by the voices of dozens of members of those dance crews who shared their experiences and stories with the play's cast and crew during its initial run. It is now part of the collective history of a forgotten aspec of Chicago House music.
   
The Barber of Seville  
Lyric Opera The Barber of Seville
 
Irrepressible Rosina refuses to marry her pompous old guardian. Meanwhile, a bold young count is eager to win Rosina for himself. And who's going to make sure those two finish the opera united? The cleverest character in all of Seville: the barber Figaro, whose services are sought after by everyone for everything (the guy has a lot more talents than just cutting hair). Rossini's music - the aural equivalent of champagne - is the last word in humor, inspiring smiles and laughter on every page of the score, which is what makes Barber - coming to Chicago's Lyric Opera House - the most popular of all operatic comedies.
   
Be Here Now  
Shattered Globe Theatre at Theater Wit Be Here Now
 
Bari, an atheist and misanthrope, loses her job teaching nihilism in NYC and ends up working in a fulfillment center in her small hometown. Her empathetic co-workers push her toward yoga, meditation, and a blind date in the pursuit of happiness. But recently, her recurring headaches have gotten more intense, manifesting as ecstatic and almost religious experiences - and they are changing her entire outlook. She's almost... happy! When she finds out that these rapturous headaches may be killing her, Bari needs to choose: does she live a shortened, joyful life - or does she risk a return to her past life of misery. Be Here Now takes audiences on a hilarious and poignant quest for meaning in modern life.
   
Bernhardt/Hamlet  
Goodman Theatre Bernhardt/Hamlet
 
Edmond; Act I, Scene II High humor and human drama collide in a rollicking comedy "so clever it uplifts, so timely it hurts" (The New York Times). In 1899, legendary leading lady Sarah Bernhardt's decision to assume the title role of Shakespeare's Hamlet left critics and patriarchs aghast and indignant. Laced with forbidden romance and backstage gossip, this behind-the-scenes look at Bernhardt's most ambitious role is a "dynamic character study" (Variety) of one of the most famous actresses-and infamous divas-in the world.
   
Best of Enemies  
Open Door Theater Best of Enemies
 
The Grand Cyclops of the KKK, C.P. Ellis and African-American civil rights activist, Ann Atwater, battled each other during the desegregation of the Durham, North Carolina schools in 1971. This true story exposes the poison, prejudice and hatred found in the hearts of both Atwater and Ellis. Confronting each other, they are forced to face the worst and the best in themselves. It's a story of hate, redemption and hope, featuring Jordan Gleaves, Felisha, McNeal, Brendan Murphy and Kit O'Kelly. Directed by Sonita Surratt and Mary Pat Sieck.
   
Big Fish  
BoHo Theatre at The Greenhouse Theater Center Big Fish
 
Edward Bloom leads an extraordinary life-at least according to the stories he tells his son, Will. But Will, who is getting married and expecting a child of his own, doesn't think there's any truth to the extravagant tales his father tells about meeting witches, kissing mermaids, or joining the circus. He doesn't even believe the story of how his father proposed to his mother, Sandra, in a field full of daffodils. But when Edward's health begins to decline, Will must decide whether to accept his father's wild stories as fact or risk losing him completely. Based on the celebrated novel by Daniel Wallace and the acclaimed film directed by Tim Burton, BIG FISH is a heartfelt, powerful, and truly magical musical about fathers, sons, and the stories that we use to define our identities.
   
Bloody Bathory  
The Barrens Theatre Co at Epworth United Methodist Church Bloody Bathory
 
In this world premiere drama by Chicago-based playwright Millie Rose, audience members can choose to follow any of seventeen characters and can move from space to space and jump freely from track to track over the course of the night. Some of the characters will talk to the audience members or even ask them for help. Audience members will act as jury members ruling over the trial of Elizabeth Bathory and at the end of the show, decide if Elizabeth Bathory is innocent, or guilty.
   
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 Brothers Size  
Steppenwolf Theatre The Brothers Size
 
Returning to our stage for the first time since its celebrated Chicago premiere, Steppenwolf for Young Adults presents Tarell Alvin McCraney's The Brothers Size. Ogun Size is hardworking and heartbroken. Oshoosi Size is recently returned home from prison and trying to be anywhere but. In this fierce and honest look at the complex bonds of brotherhood, McCraney weaves together poetry, music and Yoruba mythology to magnify the tug-of-war between freedom and the need to belong somewhere, to something, to someone.
   
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 Color Purple  
Drury Lane- Oakbrook The Color Purple
 
Join the heroic journey of Celie, an African-American woman in the American South during the early 1900s as she navigates the love she has for her family, the strife of being in an abusive relationship, and her adoration for her beloved children. This heart-wrenching musical is based on the 1982 novel by Alice Walker and has earned nearly fifteen Tony Award nominations including two wins, one for the Best Revival of a Musical.
   
ComedySportz  
Comedy Sportz ComedySportz
 
A hilarious interactive 90-minute show where two teams compete for your laughs in comedy scenes, songs and games right on the spot based on your suggestions. You choose the winner and the show is never the same twice. It's clean, smart comedy for all audiences and all ages! There are over 100+ games in the ComedySportz playbook - and nobody knows what will happen next!
   
Countess Dracula  
Otherworld Theatre Countess Dracula
 
This re-imagining of Bram Stoker's classic novel throws our expectations out of the window and establishes Countess Dracula as much more than a monster in her story. While Otherworld Theatre's adaptation takes place in the same time period as the original novel, the play has been transports us across the pond to post-Civil War America. The title character becomes more hero than villain, as an African American woman navigating the complexities of her own power and those around her. The production offers inspiring diversions from the classic story we all know while still offering an action-packed bloodbath that will quench any horror fan's thirst.
   
The Creature Creeps  
Riverfront Playhouse The Creature Creeps
 
The Creature Creeps by Jack Sharkey is a hilarious send up of the horror story genre that has an ancient castle, creaking doors, a mad scientist, his misshapen assistant, a grim housekeeper, secret laboratory, shrieks from the depths of the cellar, disappearing villagers, an incredibly stalwart and stupid hero of sterling character, the scientist's absolutely dopey daughter, and so many laughs you'll lose count.
   
Darkling  
Third Eye Theatre Ensemble at Theater Wit Darkling
 
Darkling explores the story of Anna-a present-day Jewish American woman piecing together her heritage as a descendant of the Holocaust. When Anna's father passes, he leaves behind a small box of mementos and photographs, and a long list of unasked and unanswered questions.
   
A Doll's House  
Writers Theatre A Doll's House
 
This focused one-act adaptation of the Henrik Ibsen classic reinvigorates the compelling story of the vibrant young Nora Helmer, deeply devoted to her husband Torvald. However, all is not as it appears: when Nora takes action to protect her husband, she unwittingly puts them both in jeopardy, testing the bonds of their marriage and forcing them to take stock of their relationship and ask themselves how well they truly know one another...
   

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