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Jake's Women  
Oil Lamp Theater Jake's Women
 
America's premier comic playwright makes another hilarious foray into the world of modern relationships. Jake, a novelist who is more successful with fiction than with life, faces a marital crisis by daydreaming about the women in his life. The wildly comic and sometimes moving flashbacks played in his mind are interrupted by visitations from actual females. Jake's women include a revered first wife who was killed years earlier in an accident, his daughter who is recalled as a child but is now a young woman, his boisterous and bossy sister, an opinionated analyst, his current wife who is leaving Jake for another man, and a prospective third wife.
   
James and the Giant Peach  
Big Noise Theatre at Prairie Lakes Theatre James and the Giant Peach
 
The fantastical tale of a boy, his insect friends and their amazing journey across the ocean on a giant piece of fruit. Roald Dahl's James and the Giant Peach is now a musical for the whole family to enjoy! Featuring a wickedly tuneful score by the award winning team of Pasek and Paul. Critics rave: It's a "masterpeach!"
   
Juliet  
Theatre Y at The Ready Juliet
 
Theatre Y is proud to present Andras Visky's lacerating, loving monologue JULIET -- written in tribute to his mother, colored with myths Shakespearean and Biblical. This is the story of a Juliet with no Romeo, arrested and deported with her seven children to the Romanian hinterland under the Communist regime of the 1950s. Having performed JULIET over 300 times world-wide, Theatre Y now creates a lush and emotional new staging from the mind of director Kevin V. Smith, weaving in a chorus of mothers and their babies to dramatize the play's poignant commentary on motherhood and the existence of eternal love in a deeply oppressive society.
   
Love, Loss and What I Wore  
Steel Beam Theatre Love, Loss and What I Wore
 
Meet these wonderful, smart and persistent women as they share their funny, compelling and touching stories. Written by the author of When Harry Met Sally and Sleepless in Seattle, these stories explore women's relationships to their loves and losses - and clothing! Based on the best-selling book by Ilene Beckerman.
   
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 Poppins  
Drury Lane- Oakbrook Mary Poppins
 
Mary Poppins flies onto the stage to deliver whimsy, emotion, and memorable song numbers to a story that will melt your heart. Nominated for seven Tony Awards and winner of the Oliver Award for Best Theatre Choreography, Mary Poppins is a canít miss for the entire family. It is based on the Academy Award-winning film of the same name and acts as a fusion between the film and the children's books by P. L. Travers. Mary Poppins is an entertaining adventure of enchantment and wholesome fun.
   
Mean Girls  
Nederlander Theatre Mean Girls
 
Cady Heron may have grown up on an African savanna, but nothing prepared her for the wild and vicious ways of her strange new home: suburban Illinois. How will this naÔve newbie rise to the top of the popularity pecking order? By taking on The Plastics, a trio of lionized frenemies led by the charming but ruthless Regina George. But when Cady devises a plan to end Regina's reign, she learns the hard way that you can't cross a Queen Bee without getting stung.
   
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.
   
The Mousetrap  
Court Theatre The Mousetrap
 
The Ralstons' house becomes lethal when four guests are snowed in amidst reports of a woman's murder. Agatha Christie's craft for building skillful twists and shocking turns is on full display in this famed mystery which reinforces the genre as a pillar of classic drama. The Mousetrap is revived in an exuberant staging by Sean Graney that eschews cliche and begs for a repeat viewing as the traps characters lay are sprung in surprising ways.
   
The Nerd  
Theatre Of Western Springs The Nerd
 
Get ready to laugh yourself silly when a nice guy from Terre Haute hosts the house guest from Hell. Set in Terre Haute, Indiana in late 1979, The Nerd centers on the hilarious dilemma of a young architect who is visited by Rick Steadman, a fellow ex-GI whom he has never met but who saved has life after he was seriously wounded in Vietnam. Willum is delighted when Rick shows up unexpectedly at his apartment on the night of his 34th birthday party. However, Rick's awkward manner and inappropriate behavior throw the occasion into shambles. It turns out that Rick is a stupid nerd who overstays his welcome with a vengeance.
   
The Other Cinderella  
Black Ensemble Theater The Other Cinderella
 
Now in its 43rd year, "The Other Cinderella" is indeed a Black classic that has been enjoyed by people of all colors, kinds and ages. In this African American rendition of this African fairy tale - Cinderella is from the projects, the Stepmamma works at the post office, there is a King, Queen and Prince, there are the Brothers From The Hood, and The Fairygodmama is from Jamaica. "The Other Cinderella" is a musical classic that audiences have returned to see time and time again. The music is divine, the dancing is wild and the story is uplifting, positive
   
Peter and the Starcatcher  
Big Noise Theatre at Prairie Lakes Theatre Peter and the Starcatcher
 
A fresh take on the century-old tale of how the legendary Peter Pan comes to be. Tony-winning Peter and the Starcatcher upends the century-old story of how a miserable orphan comes to be The Boy Who Would Not Grow Up (a.k.a. Peter Pan).
   
Potted Potter  
Broadway Playhouse Potted Potter
 
Playing to sold out houses all over the world, Potted Potter takes on the ultimate challenge of condensing all seven Harry Potter books (and a real life game of Quidditch) into seventy hilarious minutes. This fantastically funny show features all your favorite characters, a special appearance from a fire-breathing dragon, endless costumes, brilliant songs, ridiculous props and a generous helping of Hogwarts magic!
   
Roe  
Goodman Theatre Roe
 
Norma; Act II, Scene II Conceived in a pizza parlor and argued in the highest court in the land, 1973's Roe v. Wade legalized abortion-and is hotly debated still today. The complex young women behind the trial-attorney Sarah Weddington and plaintiff Norma McCorvey ("Jane Roe")-embark upon separate journeys that mirror the current polarization over the landmark decision. Shocking, humorous and "full of nuance and complexity" (NPR), Roe illuminates the heart and passion that each side has for their cause.
   
Sheepdog  
Shattered Globe Theatre at Theater Wit Sheepdog
 
Amina and Ryan are both officers in the Cleveland police force. Amina is black, Ryan is white, and they are falling deeply and passionately in love. They pride themselves on moral and ethical conduct; they are officers committed to guarding the "sheep" (citizens) from the "wolves" (predators). When a police-involved shooting roils the department, the intoxication of young love spirals into confusion and self-doubt. This is a mystery inside a love story with high stakes and no easy answers. At breakneck speed, Amina's dogged pursuit of the truth may exact a devastating toll.
   
Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs  
Chicago Kids Company at Beverly Arts Center Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs
 
Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, a one-hour original musical adaptation of the classic tale! It tells the story of a jealous Queen who orders her stepdaughter, Snow White, to leave so she can be the "fairest of them all." Snow White finds a cute cottage with seven goofy dwarfs and instantly becomes best friends. Disguising herself as a hag, the queen brings a poisoned apple to Snow White, who falls into a deep sleep. Can a kiss from the Prince save the day? Find out in this exciting original production!
   
Spoken Word  
MPAACT at The Greenhouse Theater Center Spoken Word
 
Resonant with Arthur Miller's The Crucible, Spoken Word takes place in a small community dominated by hearsay, fear, outrage, and over-reaching authority figures. On the isolated campus of a Midwest university, sex, race, and gender collide in an epic culture war. At the center of this genre-bending drama are two undergrads - one Persian, the other Black - trying to navigate their conflicted feelings, while social loyalties, family obligations, and administrative pressures encroach on their privacy with an oppressive need to know everything about their sexual encounter gone wrong. In Spoken Word everyone will have their say, and it all turns on a single word - never spoken.
   

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