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Dutch Masters  
Jackalope Theatre at Broadway Armory Dutch Masters
 
New York City, 1992. Summer. In NYC's hazy pre-Giuliani, pre-cellphone, pre-Metrocard days, two young men meet in a chance encounter on an uptown D train, chatting hoops, hip-hop, and history. Over the course of one afternoon, fear, guilt, and longing allow one young man to take the other to a place neither even imagined possible.
   
Fight Quest V: A Quest For Thrones  
Otherworld Theatre Fight Quest V: A Quest For Thrones
 
Otherworld's signature fight show brings Westeros to life in this fantastical Game of Thrones parody. Guided by the Three Eyed Raven, the audience chooses from three Noble houses: Stark, Lannister and Targaryen. Will they find glory, seek revenge, or perish at the hands of their greatest enemy? Only you can decide.
   
For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow is Enuf  
Court Theatre For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow is Enuf
 
A sisterhood of seven women tell their stories through dramatic prose poetry, music, and movement. Told in vivid language, their experiences resound with fearless beauty and unity, despite exposing the unending challenges and oppressions that women of color face every day.
   
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.
   
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.
   
Good Enough  
16th Street Theater at Berwyn Cultural Center Good Enough
 
How good is good enough? Sometimes life's biggest questions confront you in seemingly mundane spaces: third period of a high school drama class, the sidelines of a soccer match, the middle of a busy Chicago intersection. Good Enough is Julie Ganey's funny and brutally honest attempt to do right. Because you can be all about your community and the greater good, but when push comes to shove, you look out for your own kid first.
   
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.
   
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.
   
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.
   
Herland  
Redtwist Theatre Herland
 
After graduating from high school, Natalie gets a summer internship working for Jean), her elderly neighbor, on a special project: creating a DIY retirement home for Jean and her two best friends. They set up shop inside Jean's garage, the former home of Jean's ex-husband's Bruce Springsteen cover band, and plan for the next chapter of their lives. Herland is a comedy about women growing up, growing old, and rocking out to the beat of their own drums.
   
How I Learned To Drive  
Raven Theatre How I Learned To Drive
 
Rural Maryland, 1960s. From behind the wheel of a Chevy '56, a woman named Li'l Bit navigates the tangled boulevards of her adolescence, reflecting on her complex and troubling relationship with her family. But old secrets and fresh discoveries abound as she struggles to accept her past and the demons that live there.
   
How To Live On Earth  
Chimera Ensemble at Flat Iron Arts Building How To Live On Earth
 
How to Live on Earth tells the stories of Omar, Eleanor, Aggie, and Bill, applicants to become the first colonists of the planet Mars. The mission, should they be chosen to embark on it, would be one-way, with no possible return to Earth. As the applicants compete for the few spots available, they are forced to reckon with the cost of their dream, especially for the lovers and family they would be leaving behind.
   
I Wanna F#!*ing Tear You Apart  
Rivendell Theatre I Wanna F#!*ing Tear You Apart
 
Samantha and Leo are a team -- best friends and roommates, fat girl and gay guy against the world -- until a new friend upends their cozy co-dependent diet of mutual self-loathing and Grey's Anatomy marathons. An ode to the complications of friendship in its many messed-up forms, with a special nod to a kind of love that sometimes looks a lot like rage. Produced first at D.C.'s Studio Theatre, I Wanna F#!&ing Tear You Apart challenges assumptions around niceness, beauty, and mainstream acceptance as it upends traditional narratives about fat women -- Gould herself identifies openly as such -- by putting a fat woman at its center. "I'm not chubby or big-boned," says Gould. "I'm fat. That's who I am". Directed by Jessica Fisch, director of Rivendell's highly successful world premiere production of The Firebirds Take the Field, Gould's play is a wild ride with unforgettable characters that asks probing questions about friendships, fatness, bigotry, ambition, and the cost of living in a world that finds you unacceptable in some way.
   
In The Blood  
Pulse Theatre Company-Chicago at eta Creative Arts Foundation In The Blood
 
In the Blood tells the story of Hester, a homeless mother of five illegitimate children. Labeled as a slut and denounced by the world around her, Hester seeks absolution. A modern day riff on Nathaniel Hawthorne's The Scarlet Letter.
   
In to America  
Metropolis Performing Arts Centre In to America
 
A powerful drama that traces the American immigrant experience from Jamestown to present day through the stories of ordinary men, women and children who departed their homelands in the hopes of creating a new life. An extraordinary story 400 years in the making that transcends time, space and race to reflect the diversity and commonalities of our shared American experience. Recommended for grades 6-12.
   
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.
   

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