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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.
   
3 Blocks From Broadway  
Annoyance Theatre 3 Blocks From Broadway
 
From Cats to Heathers, the improv troupe Rhyme & Punishmint has cornered the market on creating feature length shows in the style of some of Broadway's favorite musicals. Now, in their new show, 3 Blocks From Broadway, the group will up the ante by letting you decide what they'll perform when the curtain rises, making an even greater challenge. But this highly talented cast of actors and improvisers is ready to put on a show that's filled with fun, surprises and maybe even a Nerf gun.
   
The Adventures Of Spirit Force Five  
Factory Theater The Adventures Of Spirit Force Five
 
When a cheerleading squad is called upon to save the parallel universe of Lej, they must summon their collective team spirit to destroy the evil spirit stick, save the citizens of Lametown and be back in time for the state championship. Jill Oliver's debut play asks the question, "Ummm...there's an evil stick in this play?"
   
Anarchy: An Improvised Rock Opera  
Annoyance Theatre Anarchy: An Improvised Rock Opera
 
Anarchy is a completely sung, completely improvised rock opera featuring some of Chicago's finest musical improvisers. With roots in modern musicals like Tommy by The Who, Green Day's American Idiot, Rent, and Spring Awakening Anarchy stages an hour long show that is entirely live and made-up on the spot (music, choreography and lights included). Anarchy performs with keyboard, guitar and drums and a special gust will be joining them every week! Striving for truth and sincerity in each performance Anarchy will tickle your funny bone while pulling on your heart strings.
   
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.
   
Barbecue Apocalypse  
Cuckoo's Theater Project at Prop Theatre Barbecue Apocalypse
 
A backyard barbecue designed to impress the neighbors quickly devolves into a battle for humanity's survival in outrageous end-of-days comedy Barbecue Apocalypse. A winner of best new play honors in 2014 from the Dallas Observer and DFW Theater Critics Forum, this fast-paced dark comedy centers around quirky, unstylish couple Mike and Deb, who have invited their hip, foodie neighbors for a barbecue to help overcome their status as the street's social outcasts (with the dumpiest house in the 'hood to match). But unbeknownst to any of these partygoers, the world is quite literally about to fall apart -- and apocalypse has a way of putting things in perspective. Catch this biting social satire at Chicago's Prop Thtr.
   
Beehive  
Metropolis Performing Arts Centre Beehive
 
From solo powerhouses like Aretha Franklin and Janis Joplin to glamorous girl groups such as The Supremes and The Shirelles, Beehive: The '60s Musical pays tribute to a time on the charts when women artists were all the buzz. This retro revue is packed with timeless tunes like "My Boyfriend's Back," "One Fine Day" and "Respect," as well as authentic costumes and, of course, plenty of wigs, as it recreates that revolutionary era in popular music when songs like "Where the Boys Are," "Downtown" and "Proud Mary" blasted from jukeboxes and car radios. Relive the heyday of pop queens like Tina Turner, Brenda Lee, Carole King and more when Beehive brings its high-energy stage show to the Metropolis Performing Arts Centre in Arlington Heights.
   
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."
   
Blood at the Root  
Jackalope Theatre Company and The Yard at Broadway Armory Blood at the Root
 
A striking new ensemble drama based on the Jena Six; six black students who were initially charged with attempted murder for a school fight after being provoked with nooses hanging from a tree on campus. This bold new play by Dominique Morisseau (Sunset Baby, Detroit '67, Skeleton Crew) examines the miscarriage of justice, racial double standards, and the crisis in relations between men and women of all classes and, as a result, the shattering state of black family life.
   
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.
   
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.
   
Bus Stop  
Eclipse Theatre Company at Athenaeum Theatre Bus Stop
 
In a howling snowstorm, a bus out of Kansas City pulls into a cheerful roadside diner. All roads are blocked so the weary travelers have to hole up until morning. Chanteuse Cherie has been pursued and finally kidnapped by a 21-year-old cowboy with a ranch of his own and the finesse of a headstrong bull. Meanwhile, the proprietor and bus driver develop a friendship, a middle-age scholar comes to terms with himself, and a young cafe worker gets her first taste of romance.
   
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.
   
Cat On A Hot Tin Roof  
Drury Lane- Oakbrook Cat On A Hot Tin Roof
 
In the heat of the South under the gaze of patriarch Big Daddy, the expectations of marriage and family spoil. A birthday party brings a family's skeletons to the surface as each one fights over the bones. Well known for the 1958 film adaptation starring Elizabeth Taylor, Paul Newman, and Burl Ives which received six Oscar nominations including Best Picture, Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Director, and Best Writing.
   
Cinderella  
Metropolis Performing Arts Centre Cinderella
 
When the king and queen invite all the young ladies of the kingdom to a ball, Cinderella can't wait to go. But her mean stepmother and stepsisters give her so many chores that she's sure to be left behind. Suddenly, her Fairy Godmother appears and grants Cinderella's wish of attending the royal ball. What happens next? Find out if dreams really do come true in this magical tale! Recommended for grades PreK-5.
   
Clear CONscience  
Annoyance Theatre Clear CONscience
 
Clear CONscience is the sketch revue focused on cognitive biases. These biases are what makes all humans predictably stupid in many situations. It's the exact reason you believe the previous statement doesn't apply to you (Bias Blind Spot). From topical to shockable, we've got something for the whole family (intended for mature audiences). Come confirm what we all know: humans are stupid.
   
The Color Purple  
Auditorium Theatre The Color Purple
 
Based upon Alice Walker's acclaimed novel of the same name, THE COLOR PURPLE is the epic tale of 40-years in the life of a family in rural Georgia. At its center is fourteen-year-old Celie. When Celie is forced by her abusive father to marry a cruel farmer, called "Mister," she is separated from all that she loves. Ultimately, Celie conquers the odds to find her voice and her strength, coming into her own. THE COLOR PURPLE celebrates the healing power of love and the importance of a zest for life.
   

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