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DJEMBE! The Show  
Apollo Theater DJEMBE! The Show
 
DJEMBE! (JEM-bay) will engage audiences in a high-energy program of powerful storytelling and inspiring music, including iconic pop hits. Leading this lively musical journey will be the trio of Broadway talent Ben Hope (Once) as Emcee; critically-acclaimed Chicago musical theater artist Rashada Dawan (Caroline, or Change) on lead vocals; and Guinean master drummer and folklorist Fode Lavia Camara, backed by an ensemble of world-class musicians.
   
Eurydice  
Jedlicka Performing Arts Center Eurydice
 
Sarah Ruhl (who was born and raised in the Chicagoland area) reimagines the classic myth of Orpheus & Eurydice through the eyes of its heroine. It is funny, sad, dramatic, and surprising. All the elements of great theatre wrapped up in one play! Dying too young on her wedding day, Eurydice must journey to the underworld, where she reunites with her father and struggles to remember her lost love. With contemporary characters, ingenious plot twists, and breathtaking visual effects, the play is a fresh look at a timeless love story.
   
The Firestorm  
First Folio Theatre The Firestorm
 
THE FIRESTORM follows Gaby and Patrick, an interracial political power couple hot on the campaign trail. The couple is thrust into the center of a media frenzy when a racially charged incident from Patrick's past surfaces. As the pressure intensifies, the political becomes explosively personal and the foundation of their seemingly picture-perfect marriage begins to fracture. The stunning production leaves audience members begging the question: when the past comes to haunt us, what do we do with the ghosts?
   
First Love is the Revolution  
Steep Theatre First Love is the Revolution
 
Basti is having a rough go of it without his mom and Rdeca is struggling just to make her first kill. But when this 14 year-old boy and this young fox connect, the world just seems to make a whole lot more sense. Rita Kalnejais' First Love is the Revolution is a wild take on the timeless tale of star-crossed lovers - from different sides of the animal kingdom.
   
Footloose  
Marriott Theatre In Lincolnshire Footloose
 
When free-spirited Ren moves from Chicago to a conservative small town, he discovers that wide-open spaces sometimes come with very narrow minds. After a family tragedy, the repressive local minister, Reverend Moore, has convinced the town to ban dancing and rock n' roll music. Complications arise when Ren falls in love with Reverend Moore's strong-willed daughter, Ariel. Together they learn to stand up for their beliefs and revitalize the spirits of the town, winning over the hearts and souls of the whole community in an effort to make dancing legal again.
   
Grinning from Fear to Fear  
Second City Grinning from Fear to Fear
 
Come see The Second City e.t.c.'s brand new 43rd Revue. This is the most exciting time to see a show on our stages. The cast is fresh, new material is worked into the show every night, and your laughter in the audience helps shape the final show!
   
Hamilton  
CIBC Theatre Hamilton
 
A new musical about the scrappy young immigrant who forever changed America: Alexander Hamilton. From bastard orphan to Washington's right hand man, rebel to war hero, loving husband caught in the country's first sex scandal to Treasury head who made an untrusting world believe in the American economy, Hamilton is an exploration of a political mastermind. George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Eliza Hamilton, and lifelong Hamilton friend and foe, Aaron Burr, all attend this revolutionary tale of America's fiery past told through the sounds of the ever-changing nation we've become.
   
Hamlet  
Chicago Shakespeare Theater Hamlet
 
Maurice Jones has stepped into the title role of Hamlet. On Broadway, he most recently appeared in The Lifespan of a Fact opposite Daniel Radcliffe, Saint Joan staged by Tony Award-winner Daniel Sullivan, The Cherry Orchard featuring Diane Lane, Romeo and Juliet starring Orlando Bloom and Condola Rashad, and Julius Caesar with Denzel Washington-as well as credits at the Public Theater and Roundabout Theatre Company. Internationally renowned for populist and dynamic interpretations of Shakespeare, Artistic Director Barbara Gaines returns-for the first time in more than twenty years-to this enduring masterpiece that weighs the cost of deception, passion and revenge. Reeling from grief, the Prince of Denmark attempts to navigate his father's death, betrayal, and relationships torn asunder.
   
Hands on a Hardbody  
Refuge Theater Project at Preston Bradley Center Hands on a Hardbody
 
Nominated for Best Musical by the New York Drama League and inspired by true events, the hilarious and hopeful Hands on a Hard Body is based on the acclaimed 1997 documentary of the same name by S.R. Bindler, produced by Kevin Morris and Bindler. Only one winner can drive home the American Dream and 10 hard-luck Texans all want the keys. Under a scorching sun for days on end, they will each fight to keep at least one hand on a brand-new truck in order to win it.
   
Hannah and Martin  
Shattered Globe Theatre at Theater Wit Hannah and Martin
 
Based on the tumultuous love affair between Jewish political theorist Hannah Arendt and renowned philosopher Martin Heidegger, this soul-stirring drama focuses on the crisis that erupts when Arendt discovers that her lover and former teacher is using his brilliance and fame to help further the goals of the Nazi Party.
   
Hopelessly Devoted  
Piven Theatre Hopelessly Devoted
 
HOPELESSLY DEVOTED tells the powerful story of Chess, a woman in prison facing a lengthy sentence, the pain of separation from her daughter, the loss of her cell mate, Serena, when she is given parole, and the feeling of total isolation. When prison authorities suggest she work with Silver, a music producer, Chess begins to find her voice, her strength, and her ability to face the most difficult thing of all - her past. Featuring award-winning poet and musician Kate Tempest's trademark lyrical fireworks and live music, HOPELESSLY DEVOTED is a story of love and redemption.
   
I'm Gonna Pray For You So Hard  
First Floor Theater at The Den Theatre I'm Gonna Pray For You So Hard
 
Ella is a precocious and fiercely competitive actress with a desperate need to make her father David, a famous playwright, proud. Over the course of a boozy, drug-fueled evening, Ella and David pass the time digging into family history, artistic passion and unspoken fears as they wait for the reviews, but what is unearthed can't simply be reburied. This daring play pulls the audience into the middle of a deeply complicated relationship, exploring how we build and break idealized versions of our loved ones.
   
Iron Kisses  
Theatre Above the Law at Mckaw Theater Iron Kisses
 
Iron Kisses is a two-person play that journeys into the cyclical struggles of generation; exploring how our families shape us into what we are and what we don't want to be.
   
Jack and the Beanstalk  
Chicago Kids Company at Beverly Arts Center Jack and the Beanstalk
 
Meet Jack and his best friend, a Spanish-speaking cow named Carmelita. When Jack sets off to save the family farm and comes back with magic beans, it's not long before he finds himself on a wild adventure at the top of the magical beanstalk. There, he'll encounter a wacky Giant, a magical singing Harp, and a Goose that lays golden eggs! The show runs one hour with no intermission and is for children from 2 to 10 years old.
   
Jane of the Jungle  
Theatre School of DePaul University at Merle Reskin Theatre Jane of the Jungle
 
book and lyrics by Karen Zacarías music by Deborah Wicks La Puma directed by Michelle Lopez-Rios​ Middle school may seem like a jungle...and it might just be one in Jane of the Jungle! When Jane is invited to the Too-Cool-Almost-Middle-School-All-Girl-Party, she has to learn to navigate tricky situations with her spunky little brother, herds of friends, and bestie Kayla. Come experience the wild side of growing up in this musical of brave acts, bird feathers, and best friends! ​​ Recommended for ages 8 and up.
   
Language Rooms  
Broken Nose Theatre at The Den Theatre Language Rooms
 
Ahmed loves America, and he's proud to prove his patriotism whenever possible. He pays his taxes, he dresses for success at the office, and he's made a point to be the best translator at this particular Homeland Security detainment facility. So when a rumor swirls around the water cooler calling his loyalty into question, he works to do whatever's necessary to maintain his reputation as one of "the good ones." But when you're an immigrant, can you ever truly be at home in a country always ready to view you as an enemy? An episode of The Office that slowly morphs into 1984, LANGUAGE ROOMS examines the paranoia polluting our political climate.
   
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.
   

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