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The Hunchback of Notre Dame  
Music Theater Works at Cahn Auditorium The Hunchback of Notre Dame
 
Victor Hugo's epic tale of a captive bell-ringer and the woman he loves comes to the stage as a musical, featuring the Disney film's Academy Award-nominated score, plus new songs by masters of the form: Alan Menken (Disney's Beauty and the Beast) and Stephen Schwartz (Wicked). Combining the best parts of both the book and the film, The Hunchback of Notre Dame follows the outcast Quasimodo as he grapples with society's cruelty and protects the lovely Esmeralda, the one woman who shows him kindness. Get caught up in the historical, romantic magic when The Hunchback comes to Cahn Auditorium in Evanston.
   
International Falls  
Nox Arca Theatre International Falls
 
Dee is a hotel desk clerk and aspiring comic who finds herself in bed with Tim, a burned out comic making a stop in International Falls, MN. Inter-cutting between their one night stand and Tim's stand-up act, their philosophical discussion finds the comedy in life and the tragedy in comedy.
   
Into the Woods  
Writers Theatre Into the Woods
 
When a childless baker and his wife set out to lift their family curse by journeying into the woods, they encounter Jack (with his beanstalk), Cinderella (and her prince) and Little Red Riding Hood (and her wolf)! These familiar characters find themselves in decidedly unfamiliar circumstances and must brave the darkness of the woods in an effort to break the curse, conquer their fears and find out if what they've always wished for is what they truly want.
   
Just Chilling  
Cornservatory Just Chilling
 
Nealshow Productions kindly presents Just Chilling, a new comedy about six friends trying to have a nice Friday night on day three of the zombie apocalypse. Performances will take place at Cornservatory and run about 90 minutes. Unwilling to surrender the yuppie lifestyle he worked so hard to attain just because some people are getting sick and eating each other's faces clean off, thirtysomething, Rod Sewer (Dave Satterwhite), ignores the more pragmatic suggestions of his partner, Lani (Liz Greenwood), and invites his friend and manager, Jess (Jorge Salas), over to watch the big game. Along with the boys' office building's front desk attendant, Chet (Chuck Merydith), Jess's newer girlfriend, Nina (Madison Hill), and Lani and Rod's upstairs neighbor, Jordin (Eileen Hertz), this ragtag group is determined to have a nice time at all costs... even if it's the last nice time any of them will ever have. Temporarily safe in Lani and Rod's apartment and armed with enough white whiskey and mouthwash to last them several hours, the group builds an easy rapport. But as the night progresses and the face eating zombies only become harder to ignore, each character must choose between vainly attempting to hold on to the life they know and adapting to the terrifying new world waiting on the other side of their sanctuary's strong,
   
A Kind of Love Story  
Oil Lamp Theater A Kind of Love Story
 
This hilarious and heartfelt play both skewers and pays homage to the romantic comedy genre. Mark is a nice guy who never gets the girl, while Ally can't seem to shake the world's worst boyfriend. Both have built their romantic ideals on Disney heroes, fairy tales and Cameron Crowe movies. They're perfect for each other, but there's just one problem: they've never met. As we follow their overlapping lives, we see all the ways these two are true soulmates, and wait for the moment they will find each other... if they find each other.
   
Kiss  
Haven Theatre at The Den Theatre Kiss
 
Two couples meet for their weekly soap opera viewing party, but that standing double date quickly starts to feel like a soap opera itself when the friends unpack scandals, secrets and their heart-rending passions. Guillermo Calderón has written a bold and political theatrical experience that explodes the romantic drama and asks what it means to empathize with a culture and conflict that is not your own.
   
Late Nite Catechism  
Royal George Theatre 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 20th year in Chicago, Late Nite Catechism is a sharp satire, but never mean. It’s simply an evening of fun and laughter.
   
The Magic Parlour  
The House Theatre of Chicago at The Palmer House Hilton Hotel The Magic Parlour
 
Award-winning, third-generation magician Dennis Watkins delivers an evening of sophisticated tom-foolery in one of the Windy City's most unique entertainment experiences presented by The House Theatre of Chicago. The Magic Parlour is an elegant night out in the heart of downtown. This intimate magic show is replete with mind-blowing magic and mind reading in a small suite at the historic Palmer House Hilton Hotel.
   
Mary Shelley's Frankenstein  
Lookingglass Theatre Mary Shelley's Frankenstein
 
Within every man there is a monster; within every monster, a man. But which is which? An eerie evening of ghost stories crackles to life as Mary Shelley unspools her tale of Victor Frankenstein and his unholy experiment. This gothic tale of love, horror, and the power to create life-and destroy it-awakens in this visceral, original retelling of Frankenstein.
   
Medieval Times Dinner and Tournament  
Medieval Times Schaumburg Castle Medieval Times Dinner and Tournament
 
Medieval Times is an exciting, family-friendly dinner attraction inspired by an 11th century feast and tournament. Guests are served a four-course banquet and cheer for one of six knights as they compete in the joust and other tests of skill. Expect lots of jousting, swordsmanship, thrilling hand-to-hand combat, and displays of extraordinary horsemanship as part of an exciting story set in Medieval Spain.
   
Miracle  
Royal George Theatre Miracle
 
Set against the backdrop of the Chicago Cubs 2016 Championship season, MIRACLE tells the story of a typical blue collar Chicago family and what it means to have faith and lose it and try to regain it again. The story chronicles the Delaney family, a tough North Side clan whose lives have been intrinsically linked to the Cubbies for generations. Each member of the family has their own story built around the dynamics of their lives and their love of the Cubs. Whether it's Pops Delaney, who struggles to resolve his conflicts with his son, Charlie, or Charlie's struggle to keep the family business afloat while trying to be a good husband and attentive Dad, or his 11-year-old daughter Dani, who is totally enamored with the boys in blue and every one of their statistics. Mom, as is frequently the case, is the glue that holds the whole family together.
   
Mixtape  
Theatre Momentum Studio Mixtape
 
MIXTAPE is an instant one-act drama that uses music to follow the history of a relationship. It explores the complex subtext behind the songs chosen for a mixtape, and the history and subtle meaning behind each song through a fully improvised narrative with live musical performances.
   
Much Ado About Nothing  
Oak Park Festival Theatre Much Ado About Nothing
 
MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING written by William Shakespeare directed by Melanie Keller Love is in the air when triumphant soldiers return from battle, oblivious that another kind of war is about to begin at home. Benedick, a solider and confirmed bachelor, is thrown into a battle of wit and words with the acid-tongued Beatrice - and though they resist it, the magnetic attraction between them grows stronger with every argument. Meanwhile, Benedick's friend Claudio is head over heels for Hero, and they will soon be wed. Everyone's world is shattered when Claudio, influenced by a scheming malcontent, levels a shocking accusation at Hero. Who is to be believed?
   
The Music Man  
Goodman Theatre The Music Man
 
Coming to Chicago's Goodman Theatre for Independence Week, the All-American classic The Music Man is a Tony-winning musical-comedy-romance that follows the adventures of fast-talking "Professor" Harold Hill. The charming con man plans to trick the good people of an Iowa town into buying instruments for a boys' band he has no intention of organizing, then marching off with their hard-earned cash. But there's trouble right there in River City when he becomes fond of the townspeople and falls for the lovely Marian the Librarian, even as she begins to see through his scheme. Mary Zimmerman (The Jungle Book, Wonderful Town) brings her magic touch to "one of the sunniest musicals ever" (The New York Times), including memorable favorites like "Goodnight My Someone," "Seventy-Six Trombones," "Gary, Indiana" and "Till There Was You."
   
The One: The Matrix Parody Musical  
The Den Theatre The One: The Matrix Parody Musical
 
The minds behind FRIENDS: The One Where They Sing!, Rookie of the Year The Musical, and Hitch*Cocktails have joined forces to bring you their next fan tribute show! The One: The Matrix Parody Musical will combine hilarity and harmony to poke fun at everyone's favorite digitally dystopian '90s classic. Audiences will join Neo as he goes down the musical rabbit hole to learn his real purpose. Created by fans, for fans, the show centers around the events of the first film while paying tribute to all of the expanded universe. The two-act story with intermission features an original score, dance battles, pop songs and puppets, all in a D.I.Y. style! This is THE ONE parody musical you won't want to miss!
   
Out Of Love  
Interrobang Theatre Project at Rivendell Theatre Out Of Love
 
Trust. Betrayal. Loyalty. Humiliation. That's what friends are for. Grace and Lorna have been inseparable since childhood, and vow one day to get out of their small English town and make something of themselves. But the world has different plans. An honest and brutal depiction of companionship, rivalry and the fiery bond that exists between women, Out of Love bravely examines one life-long friendship in all it's beautiful, gory complexity.
   
Pomona  
Steep Theatre Pomona
 
When Ollie's sister goes missing her search leads her to Pomona - a bleak, concrete island in the middle of a scarred city. Part thriller, part fantastical puzzle, Alistair McDowall's Pomona twists and turns its way into the dark heart of a world built on pain and suffering and asks the question - is it even possible to be good anymore?
   

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