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Defiance  
McAninch Arts Center Defiance
 
The year is 1971, and at a Marine Corps base in North Carolina, two officers - one white and one black - come face to face with the cost of doing the right thing. Written by John Patrick Shanley, Defiance is a powerful and smart story about power, responsibility and the difficulty of acting with integrity. Watch it all unfold at the McAninch Arts Center in Glen Ellyn.
   
A Doll's House, Part 2  
Steppenwolf Theatre A Doll's House, Part 2
 
As a door slams in 1879 Norway, a young wife and mother leaves behind her family, freeing herself from the shackles of traditional societal constraints. Now, 15 years later, that same door opens to reveal Nora, a changed woman with an incredibly awkward favor to ask the people who she abandoned. Lucas Hnath's bitingly funny sequel to Ibsen's revolutionary masterpiece unfolds in a series of bristling stand-offs that reveal in Nora's world, much like our own, behind every opinion there is a person, and a slamming door isn't just an end, but also the chance for a new beginning.
   
Don't Dress For Dinner  
Oil Lamp Theater Don't Dress For Dinner
 
In the romantic farce Don't Dress For Dinner, Bernard is planning a romantic weekend with his chic Parisian mistress in his charming converted French farmhouse, whilst his wife, Jacqueline, is away. He has arranged for a cordon bleu cook to prepare gourmet delights, and has invited his best friend, Robert, along too to provide the alibi. It's foolproof -- what could possibly go wrong? Well... Suppose Robert turns up not realizing quite why he has been invited. Suppose Robert and Jacqueline are secret lovers, and consequently determined that Jacqueline will NOT leave for the weekend. Suppose the cook has to pretend to be the mistress and the mistress is unable to cook. Suppose everyone's alibi gets confused with everyone else's. An evening of hilarious confusion ensues as Bernard and Robert improvise at breakneck speed in Don't Dress for Dinner at Glenview's Oil Lamp Theater.
   
Elektra  
Lyric Opera Elektra
 
Elektra is the Mycenaean princess whose father, Agamemnon, was murdered by her mother, Klytemnestra, leaving Elektra hell-bent on revenge. As Richard Strauss's staggeringly powerful orchestra moves inexorably toward the opera's hair-raising finale, the music gives you a composer at his zenith -- magnificently theatrical and devastatingly moving.
   
Evil Dead The Musical  
Black Button Eyes Productions at Pride Arts Center - The Broadway Evil Dead The Musical
 
It just wouldn't stay dead. Black Button Eyes Productions brings this loving musical parody of Sam Raimi's classic Evil Dead films back to the city for its Chicago storefront premiere! When a group of fresh-faced college kids go to a cabin in the woods for spring break, it's only a matter of time before spells are spoken and demonic possession begins. Take in the horror and hilarity in the gritty storefront setting where this show belongs!
   
The Father  
Remy Bumppo Theatre at Theater Wit The Father
 
Directed by Kay Martinovich and featuring Core Ensemble Members David Darlow and Linda Gillum, Florian Zeller's tragi-comic mystery is a deeply poignant, unsentimental look at the cruelties of love, the limits of patience and the unsettling process of mental decay.
   
Friends! The Musical Parody  
Broadway Playhouse Friends! The Musical Parody
 
FRIENDS! The Musical Parody is the comedic musical that lovingly pokes fun at TV's Friends, celebrating the adventures of your favorite group of 20-something friends as they navigate the pitfalls of work, life, and love in 1990s Manhattan. It's a typical day at New York's only coffee shop, Central Perk, until an unexpected runaway bride enters the picture and kicks the whole gang out of second gear! The new musical recreates our favorite moments from all 10 years of Friends through an uncensored, fast-paced, music-filled romp.
   
Frindle  
Metropolis Performing Arts Centre Frindle
 
Nicholas Allen decides to invent a new word: from now on, a pen will be known as a "Frindle"! Before long, to the dismay of his Language Arts teacher Mrs. Granger, Nick's word begins to spread. This quirky, imaginative tale about creative thought and the power of words is based on the award winning best-selling novel by Andrew Clements. Recommended for grades 3-6.
   
Fuente Ovejuna  
City Lit Theater Fuente Ovejuna
 
FUENTE OVEJUNA, a classic of the Golden Age of Spanish drama by Lope de Vega published 400 years ago in 1619, is a harrowing and suspenseful but exhilarating and inspirational drama based on an historical incident that occurred in the village of Fuente Ovejuna in Castile in 1476. In the play, a young woman of that Spanish village inspires and leads a rebellion against their military governor's sexual exploitation of its women. Laurencia refuses to be a victim when she is attacked and rallies the town to finally do something about the oppression that has gone on too long.
   
Fulfillment Center  
A Red Orchid Theatre Fulfillment Center
 
In the New Mexico desert, a down-on-her-luck folk singer takes a job at a giant retailer's shipping center. Her young manager struggles to connect with his newly relocated girlfriend. A drifter living at a local campground dangerously links them all. Four lonely lives come together in the search for fulfillment in this raw, surprising and funny Chicago premiere.
   
Gaslight District  
Second City Gaslight District
 
From aliens to the alienated, savage roasts to distorted boasts, The Second City e.t.c.'s 42 revue invites you along on a frenzied frolic that translates our modern world into the common language of laughter. Clear your mind, open your eyes and hail one wild rideshare to a place where the truth isn't just out there, it's waaaay out there.
   
A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder  
Porchlight Music Theatre at Ruth Page Center For Arts A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder
 
Winner of the 2014 Tony Award as BEST MUSICAL, it's the uproarious story of Monty Navarro, an heir to a family fortune who sets out to jump the line of succession by-you guessed it-eliminating the eight pesky relatives who stand in his way. All the while, Monty has to juggle his mistress (she's after more than just love), his fiancee (she's his cousin but who's keeping track?), and the constant threat of landing behind bars! Of course, it will all be worth it if he can slay his way to his inheritance...and be done in time for tea. Here's a show that will have you dying with laughter which the The New York Times called "Among the most inspired and entertaining new musicals."
   
Girl In The Red Corner  
Broken Nose Theatre at The Den Theatre Girl In The Red Corner
 
Unemployed and fresh from an abusive marriage, Halo steps into a gym one day and signs up for mixed martial arts lessons. Her family thinks it's ridiculous. Her trainer thinks she's soft. But none of them know the anger that fuels her ambition. When it's rage that brought you into the cage, are you really ready to see what winning looks like? GIRL IN THE RED CORNER is a visceral, fast-moving tale of self-discovery, one that allows women to take centerstage in a world so often dominated by men.
   
Go, Dog. Go!  
Merle Reskin Theatre Go, Dog. Go!
 
Come and play with MC Dog and her friends in Go, Dog. Go!, adapted from the beloved children's book. Join in the adventure as big and little dogs, black and white dogs, and even blue and yellow dogs run, swim, jump, and play together! Recommended for ages 4-7.
   
The Golden Girls: The Lost Episodes - The Valentine Edition  
Hell in a Handbag Productions at Stage 773 The Golden Girls: The Lost Episodes - The Valentine Edition
 
Poor Dorothy can't find a date for the Sadie Hawkins dance at the Miami Senior Center. When Rose sets her up with a man with a colorful past, the evening takes a turn for the bizarre. Meanwhile Sophia locks horns with her arch rival, Sylvia Martinelli and the two engage in a steamy battle of wits.
   
The Greatest Story Never Told  
Under The Gun Theater The Greatest Story Never Told
 
A hapless narrator stumbles onto the stage and discovers a storybook with no text inside! The piano player gets a text message that none of the actors are coming to perform today! The solution to this conundrum is to have the children in the audience volunteer to come on stage and make up a character in The Greatest Story Never Told! Along with "The Greatest Interns," the kids throw on silly costumes and improvise scenes and songs for a story inspired by audience suggestions. "The Greatest Interns" are played by a rotating cast of professional adult improvisers who are particularly adept at performing with kids who may have little or no performance experience. After the show, designers collaborate and transform the improvised story into a purchasable digital and physical storybook.
   
Gross Indecency: The Three Trials of Oscar Wilde  
Promethean Theatre Ensemble at Strawdog Theatre Gross Indecency: The Three Trials of Oscar Wilde
 
Kaufman's play examines the persecution and prosecution of Wilde for his homosexuality in late 19th Century Britain. In Promethean's production, Kaufman's 1997 meta-theatrical play is structured with the entire cast of nine serving as narrators who go on to assume the roles of the people in this historical story. The genders of Wilde, Douglas and Carson are not changed, but the narrators assuming those roles are women.
   

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