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Burf of a Nation (Or From Covfefe With Love)  
MPAACT at The Greenhouse Theater Center Burf of a Nation (Or From Covfefe With Love)
 
We all knew it was only a matter of time, after the Tweeter in Chief's "covfefe" blunder caught hold of the pop-political zeitgeist like a rabid dog, before it would begin to inspire artistic interpretations. Lucky for us, the result here is the clever and outrageous Burf of a Nation (Or From Covfefe With Love). Covfefe Lamont Jenkins is a southern farmer enraged by the current political climate, repeatedly making his opinions known via an ongoing Twitter beef with the POTUS. However, one day Covfefe is tagged in a tweet that pushes him to take an action so extreme that it sends the entire nation into a tailspin. Find out what happens next at Chicago's Greenhouse Theater Center.
   
Burlesque is More Presents: Nice N' Naughty  
Annoyance Theatre Burlesque is More Presents: Nice N' Naughty
 
"Burlesque is More Presents: Nice N' Naughty" features some of the most hilarious holiday themed characters a comedic strip club could have this time of year. The "Rumble Room" is ready to battle the winter chills. Join our funny and talented performers as they heat things up this holiday season. Dance choreography for the show was provided courtesy of cast member Tres Dillon. The combination of sharp humor and sex appeal is almost too much to handle. Almost.
   
Bye Bye Liver  
The Public House Theatre Bye Bye Liver
 
The Pub Theater Company performs a series of outrageous sketches centered on Chicago's favorite pastime: drinking. Bye Bye Liver is filled with interactive social games for the audience, pitting males versus females, actors versus audience and so on. Bar life and alcoholic adventures are held up for your amusement so you can laugh -- and drink -- your troubles away. With a spontaneous and interactive format, the outcome is always a fun and outrageous time for everyone, both audience and cast.
   
Captain Steve's Caring Kingdom  
Factory Theater Captain Steve's Caring Kingdom
 
Everyone is familiar with the host of a children's show visiting a land filled with talking animals and puppets. What happens when the host isn't around? Do the animals also go to jobs they hate? Are they struggling to save their relationships? Do they have issues they can't seem to fix? The Factory Theater takes a glimpse into the lives of the residents of Captain Steve's caring kingdom, in a new story not suitable for children.
   
Carrie 2: The Rage (An Unauthorized Musical Parody)  
Underscore Theatre Company at The Arkham Carrie 2: The Rage (An Unauthorized Musical Parody)
 
More than a decade after Carrie White burned her high school to the ground with her mind, goth teenager Rachel Lang has her own issues to deal with, and Sue Snell, Carrie's former classmate and Rachel's guidance counselor, must grapple with surprising similarities between the two outcasts before history repeats itself. Framed as a backer's auction for a ridiculously ambitious Broadway production, this irreverent meta-musical pokes fun at the entire "Carrie" canon through a punchy, rock-infused score.
   
A Christmas Carol  
Drury Lane- Oakbrook A Christmas Carol
 
The New York Times hailed A CHRISTMAS CAROL as "Enduring and endearing holiday entertainment!" and The Washington Post raves it is "Infectiously jolly!" Set in Victorian-era London, A CHRISTMAS CAROL tells the story of Ebenezer Scrooge, a miserly old man who receives a Christmas Eve visit from the ghost of his old business partner, Jacob Marley, warning him to mend his ways. During the night, three spirits appear before Scrooge showing him visions of Christmas Past, Christmas Present, and Christmas Future to reveal the results of his selfish life. Scrooge promises to redeem himself and vows to honor the spirit of Christmas with all his heart, spreading good cheer, kindness and generosity to everyone he encounters.
   
Clever Little Lies  
Bluebird Arts at Athenaeum Theatre Clever Little Lies
 
A mother always knows when something is wrong. When Alice notices her beloved husband Bill has returned home on edge after a tennis match with their son, she grows suspicious and springs into action. Determined to piece together the puzzle, she invites her son and daughter-in-law over for drinks and dessert. Sidesplitting chaos ensues as Alice digs for the truth, resulting in even more honesty than anyone expected. Clever Little Lies, by Tony-winning playwright Joe DiPietro (I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change), comes to the stage of Athenaeum Theatre Studio Two in Chicago.
   
The Comedy of Errors  
The Shakespeare All-Stars at Filament Theatre The Comedy of Errors
 
The All-Stars present this hilarious tale of mistaken identity in a cartoon-inspired world with live music and physical storytelling. Two sets of identical twins wind up in the same place unbeknownst to each other and encounter a host of outrageous characters, chaos, and confusion in this 90-minute version of Shakespeare's first comedy.
   
Company  
Ethel M. Barber Theater - Northwestern Company
 
A sophisticated classic that remains as tart and incisive as ever when it comes to modern relationships, Stephen Sondheim's multiple-Tony-winning musical comedy revolves around commitment-phobic Bobby, his three girlfriends, and the five married couples who happen to be his best friends. Get caught up in this series of interlocking sketches, filled with romantic ups-and-downs, as well as Sondheim's dazzling score, which includes favorites like "The Ladies Who Lunch" and "Being Alive." Northwestern University's famed theater department stages this new student production at the Ethel M. Barber Theater in Evanston, directed by Jeff Award-winner Bill Brown -- and featuring a classically witty book by NU grad George Furth.
   
Die Walkure  
Lyric Opera Die Walkure
 
The second opera of Wagner's monumental Ring cycle, Die Walküre focuses on the conflict between Wotan, king of the gods, and his mortal son, Siegmund, who has unwittingly fallen in love with his own twin, Sieglinde, the wife of the brutish Hunding. This arouses the wrath of Wotan's wife, Fricka (the goddess of marriage), and the compassion of Wotan's daughter, the warrior-maiden Brünnhilde. The turning point of the opera arrives when Brünnhilde disobeys her father by siding with Siegmund in the latter's fight against Hunding. This production continues Lyric's new Ring, which began with the opening production of the 2016/17 season, Das Rheingold.
   
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.
   
Escape to Margaritaville  
Ford Oriental Theatre Escape to Margaritaville
 
Featuring both original songs and your most-loved Jimmy Buffett classics, this new musical is the story of a tropical island resort and its part-time bartender, part-time singer and full time charmer who thinks he's got life all figured out. Until a beautiful career-minded tourist steals his heart and makes him question everything.
   
Evening at the Talk House  
A Red Orchid Theatre Evening at the Talk House
 
Remember when you felt you could do anything, when there was still nothing to fear? Evening at the Talk House is a reunion at your favorite club, where old friends cozy up, raise a glass and remember gentler times when culture had value and terror wasn't the every day. This ultra-dark comedy invites us all to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the opening night of Robert's under-appreciated masterpiece, Midnight in a Clearing with Moon and Stars.
   
Fade  
Victory Gardens Theater - Biograph Fade
 
In this witty behind-the-scenes drama, Mexican-born Lucia is hired to write for a ruthless Hollywood TV series. She soon discovers that the Mexican American custodian, Abel, has a windfall of plot ideas. As their friendship grows, his stories start to blur with hers with unexpected consequences. Fade, directed by Sandra Marquez, is an acclaimed new play from Tanya Saracho (How to Get Away with Murder, Looking, Girls) whose writing "lands in that sweet spot between comedy and drama" (Chicago Tribune).
   
Fantastic Super Great Nation Numero Uno  
Second City Fantastic Super Great Nation Numero Uno
 
The Second City e.t.c.'s 41st revue, Fantastic Super Great Nation Numero Uno, reminds us that as divided as the nation may be, there is still hilarity in our humanity. This exciting new cast illustrates that there is still plenty to laugh at in ourselves and though they may be slightly shattered, America still has two legs to stand on. Fantastic Super Great Nation Numero Uno proves that as long as we're still willing to listen to each other, laughter is our international language.
   
42nd Street  
Drury Lane- Oakbrook 42nd Street
 
Tap through this year's holiday season with the 1980 Tony Award winner for Best Musical, 42nd Street! In this Broadway favorite, aspiring chorus girl Peggy Sawyer lands a bigger break in New York City than expected. When the leading lady injures her ankle, Peggy gets the chance of a lifetime to rise from showgirl to star of a glitzy new Broadway musical. With show stopping tap numbers and unforgettable hits such as "We're In The Money," "Lullaby of Broadway," and "Shuffle Off to Buffalo," Warm your Chicago winter with 42ND Street - a love letter to the Great White Way.
   

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