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The Ding Dong  
McAninch Arts Center The Ding Dong
 
The Buffalo Theatre Ensemble kicks off their season with this fast-paced madcap farce. Described as "bubbly like a bottle of champagne," The Ding Dong or How the French Kiss, is sure to be a night out to remember! The New Yorker lauded this Mark Shanahan adaptation of Georges Feydeau's Le Dindon "a delightful update of this nineteenth-century classic!" See The Ding Dong in Glen Ellyn at McAnich Arts Center.
   
Downstate  
Steppenwolf Theatre Downstate
 
In downstate Illinois four sex offenders share a group home where they must negotiate their place in a world that doesn't want them. A man shows up to confront his childhood abuser-but does he want closure or retribution? This provocative new play by Pulitzer Prize-winning ensemble member Bruce Norris pushes moral boundaries as it questions what happens when society deems anyone unworthy of forgiveness.
   
Dream Freaks Fall From Space  
Second City Dream Freaks Fall From Space
 
Dream Freaks Fall from Space holds a funhouse mirror up to the already bizarre times in which we're living. The powerhouse cast delivers a show that's surreal, musical, maniacal, and utterly entertaining all at the same time. You'll fall for this other-worldly adventure that's unlike any other show on the planet!
   
Drink! The Sketch Comedy Drinking Game  
Cornservatory Drink! The Sketch Comedy Drinking Game
 
Corn Productions is celebrating its 21st birthday by introducing an all new, original BYOB sketch comedy show. "DRINK!" will feature original, comedic sketches by Corn Production writers with a new drinking game for every sketch. The seven person ensemble is aided by a luminescent "DRINK!" sign to help the audience follow along in the fun.
   
El Grande De Coca-Cola  
Berger Park Coach House El Grande De Coca-Cola
 
In a nightclub somewhere south of the border, local impresario Senor Pepe Hernandez has boasted to the local press that he is bringing a group of famous international cabaret stars to his club. He persuades the local Coca-Cola bottling plant to back the show in exchange for some blatant product placement. But when the night of the show comes, no stars arrive to perform and Pepe is forced to hire his family whose antics wreak havoc upon the stage. A deliriously funny and ridiculously wonderful show!
   
Frankenstein  
Lifeline Theatre Frankenstein
 
After an unexpected death shatters her family, Victoria retreats into the darkest recesses of her psyche in search of a way forward. To find meaning in an impossible loss, she brings a terrible creation to life - one whose existence threatens all hopes for the future. Haunted and hunted at every turn, Victoria must endure a nightmare journey of the soul in a quest for survival. Grapple with the demons of grief and denial in this world premiere adaptation of the 1818 thriller by Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley.
   
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.
   
Ghost - The Musical  
Theatre At The Center Ghost - The Musical
 
This musical adaptation of the 1990 Academy Award winning film follows the love story of Sam and Molly. After Sam's untimely death, he tries to protect Molly from an unknown threat. In an attempt to communicate with her, he enlists the help of a storefront psychic to hilarious and harrowing effect. This tale about the power of love features a score by Grammy Award winning songwriters Dave Stewart and Glen Ballard, and includes the classic "Unchained Melody."
   
Girls Night  
Steel Beam Theatre Girls Night
 
Girls Night delivers a compilation of hit Broadway tunes written exclusively by female composers. This salute to the women of the Great White Way features music by Carole King, Cyndi Lauper, Betty Comden, Jeanine Tesori, Lucy Simon, Dolly Parton and more. Hear songs from musicals like Beautiful, Nine to Five and Kinky Boots at Steel Beam Theatre in St. Charles.
   
The Goat, Or Who Is Sylvia?  
Interrobang Theatre Project at Rivendell Theatre The Goat, Or Who Is Sylvia?
 
Martin is an accomplished architect living the American dream. He has a loving wife, a devoted son, and an acclaimed career. But an explosive revelation threatens to destroy everything he has built, and forces Martin to reconcile the man the world has come to know with the man that he has come to be. Shocking theatregoers when it first premiered, The Goat deftly lambastes liberal acceptance, fidelity and family as one man painfully traverses the ultimate taboo.
   
The God Committee  
Oil Lamp Theater The God Committee
 
The God Committee is the third in a trilogy of plays presented by Glenview's Oil Lamp Theater this year that represent stories about women told by women. Medicine, money and morality clash when the Heart Transplant Selection Committee of St. Patrick's Hospital has only minutes to decide which of three patients will receive a heart that has suddenly become available. A cross between Twelve Angry Men and ER, The God Committee takes you into the inner workings of a transplant program and a decision -- for both their candidates and their program -- that is a matter of life and death.
   
Grease 3: Even Greasier  
Annoyance Theatre Grease 3: Even Greasier
 
Set at the edge of the new millennium, "Grease 3: Even Greasier" is a high school comedy for the 90's kid in all of us. The most popular girl at Jonathan Taylor Thomas High, Rude Betsy, rules the Pink Pussies with an iron fist. But will her reign of terror last when new student Sheila arrives on the scene? Meanwhile, the T-Bones hope to get their rock band out of the garage and into the limelight. Can they maintain their friendship when a secret crush threatens to tear them apart? This over the top, campy musical filled with, debauchery, drag and possibly death that will have you missing the days of Nick at Night, Spice Girls, and Dunkaroos.
   
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.
   
Happy Endings  
Cornservatory Happy Endings
 
Once upon a time, a little theater on the north side of Chicago decided to wreck, ravage and rewrite every fairytale story we held dear in our childhood hearts. Happy Endings takes those beloved happily-ever-afters and shakes their moral grounds as the merry cast of performers guides you through an hour of drinking games and not-safe-for-Disney sketches. Grab your flagon of beer and head to The Cornservatory for this BYOB event. Corn Productions players will come to the rescue to revisit all your favorite childhood tales, complete with drinking games. You'll see everything from maidens being wooed in towers to Cinderella getting a makeover from the Fab Five to Belle and the Beast's post-nuptial lifestyle.
   
Homos, Or Everyone In America  
Pride Films And Plays at Pride Arts Center - The Broadway Homos, Or Everyone In America
 
"Love is love" - but is navigating it any less complicated today? What does it mean to be in a committed relationship? Is monogamy just monotony? Told through interweaving glimpses into the life of an everyday couple unexpectedly confronted by a vicious crime, HOMOS, OR EVERYONE IN AMERICA is a fearless, funny, heart-on-its-sleeve examination of the moments that can bring two people together - or pull them apart.
   
Ily  
Unheard Of Company at The Greenhouse Theater Center Ily
 
Unheard Of Company is excited to present the world premiere of this dark comedy, which tells the story of four women and their inability to communicate with each other, themselves, and their partners. From 2008-2017, the production explores the lives of young, southern women navigating adulthood in the modern age while dealing with the consequences of an oppressive upbringing.
   
Improvised Dungeons and Dragons  
Out On A Whim at Otherworld Theatre Improvised Dungeons and Dragons
 
Out On A Whim brings classic table top RPGs to life in this 90 minute improvised show! Each week, the audience selects a core cast of adventurers to embark on an epic quest guided by a guest Dungeon Master! Watch as our heroes endure triumph and tragedy, romance and revenge, all while reckoning with the whims of the almighty D20!
   

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