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Emma  
Lifeline Theatre Emma
 
After a successful experiment in matchmaking, Emma Woodhouse is convinced she can do no wrong. So the high-spirited socialite inserts herself in the love lives of everyone around her, meddling despite their wishes, and leaves a tangle of heartbreak in her wake. To restore happiness to her fractured world, Emma must swallow her pride and learn to value the needs of others over her own desires. Navigate the blunders of the heart in this world premiere adaptation of the 1815 romantic comedy by Jane Austen. Making his Lifeline playwriting debut, ensemble member Phil Timberlake joins ensemble member Elise Kauzlaric, director of 2012's Pride and Prejudice and 2016's Northanger Abbey (Non-Equity Jeff nomination: Best Production-Musical), for a fresh, intimate look at this beloved Austen romp.
   
Ethiopianamerica  
Definition Theatre Company at Victory Gardens Theater - Biograph Ethiopianamerica
 
If the American dream is a privilege, not a right, then Girma and Elizabeth Kifle have truly earned it. After emigrating from Ethiopia to the United States with nothing, the couple is poised to send their eldest son to college. But everything behind Girma and Elizabeth's white picket fence is not as it appears to be. The ghosts of the life they left in Ethiopia threaten to destroy their American dream before it starts, and the Kifle sons, Jonathan and Daniel, reckon with being American in Ethiopian bodies. In this tense and sharply-drawn family drama, playwright Sam Kebede mines the immigrant experience and asks how far each of us will go to find a place we can call home.
   
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.
   
For Services Rendered  
Griffin Theatre Company at The Den Theatre For Services Rendered
 
Years ahead of its time, W. Somerset Maugham's 1933 landmark play shows the impact of war on civilian life and suggests that the ideals of honor, patriotism and glory mean nothing if we show no care for the victims of conflict. A blistering portrait of the devastating aftermath of war and its effect on its survivors, FOR SERVICES RENDERED continues the Griffin's exploration and mission to unearth rarely produced classic plays from the past (Men Should Weep, London Wall and Time and the Conways) with relevance to today and introduce them to Chicago audiences for the first time.
   
Four Chords and a Gun  
Broadway Playhouse Four Chords and a Gun
 
Debuting in Toronto, Four Chords and a Gun written by actor John Ross Bowie (The Big Bang Theory, Speechless) reveals the drama filled 1979 recording session that led to The Ramones album, End of the Century, produced by Phil Spector. Based on Bowie's exhaustive research, the script delves into the personal tensions between the punk band members as well as their often violent struggles with Spector. It's a powerful story both funny and touching which explores the Ramones, Linda Daniele (the woman who loved two of them) and the charismatic, destructive Spector.
   
Four Places  
The Den Theatre Four Places
 
Deceptively simple in its structure and unfolding in real time, this emotionally precise play deploys its spare components to devastating and darkly comic effect. A brother and sister have gotten word from their elderly parents' caretaker that they may be a danger to each other. The brother joins his sister and mother on their weekly lunch date, hoping that he and his sister can get a clearer picture of the situation. As the mother confronts the indignities of age and the children stare down a mounting list of losses and disappointments, a harrowing and true-to-life image of the family emerges. Ultimately, with unwavering clarity and sensitivity, Joel Drake Johnson explores the ways that familial love and knowledge create both hurt and comfort.
   
A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum  
Metropolis Performing Arts Centre A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum
 
Broadway's greatest farce promises to have audiences rolling in the aisles. This fast-paced, witty, and irreverent comedy is one of the funniest musicals ever written. A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum skillfully combines timetested comedies of Roman playwright, Plautus, with the infectious energy of classic vaudeville. A nonstop laughfest in which crafty slave Pseudolus attempts to win the hand of the beautiful but slowwitted maiden, Philia, for his young master, Hero, in exchange for his own freedom. The plot rapidly twists and turns with cases of mistaken identity, slamming doors, bawdy innuendos and hair-brained schemes. This unforgettable musical promises: "Something for everyone: a comedy tonight!"
   
The Golden Girls: The Lost Episodes - Vol. 3  
Hell in a Handbag Productions at Mary's Attic The Golden Girls: The Lost Episodes - Vol. 3
 
Chicago's geriatric "Fab Four" return in Hell in a Handbag Productions' THE GOLDEN GIRLS: The Lost Episodes - Vol. 3! Join Dorothy, Rose, Blanche, Sophia and their whacky friends and relatives for all new adventures - including the first-ever musical episode.
   
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.
   
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.
   
Heart of Fairy  
Berger Park Coach House Heart of Fairy
 
Sparkletasia the fairy has always been a misfit. She bravely goes forth on Fairy Godmother-inspired quests in search of romantic relationships and then fairy child bearing, in hopes of becoming whole, accepted, happy and being who she's meant to be. Heart of Fairy enters a world that explores what it means to be a fairy, overcome loss and find one's true purpose and destiny in life.
   
Helvetica  
Death & Pretzels at Nox Arca Theatre Helvetica
 
Helvetica Burke was one of the most famous and respected childrenís authors in the world. Her books had captivated millions, but the life she led wasnít quite a storybook affair. Through the eyes of her beloved stuffed bear, Myron, we see the three women she was - the past, present, and future of the person no one knew.
   
I and You  
Oak Park Festival Theatre I and You
 
One afternoon, Anthony arrives unexpectedly at classmate Caroline's door, bearing a beat-up copy of Walt Whitman's Leaves of Grass, an urgent assignment from their English teacher. Homebound due to illness, Caroline hasn't been to school in months, but she is as quick and sardonic as Anthony is athletic, sensitive, and popular. As these two let down their guard and share their secrets, this seemingly mundane poetry project unlocks a much deeper mystery that has brought them together. I and You is an ode to youth, life, love, and the strange beauty of human connectedness.
   
I Wanna Believe! An X Files Musical Parody  
Annoyance Theatre I Wanna Believe! An X Files Musical Parody
 
Agents Mulder and Scully are on the case! As a deadly dancing epidemic spreads among suburbanites, Mulder and Scully are forced to confront their feelings for each other all while singing and dancing! "I Wanna Believe! An X Files Musical Parody" has all your favorites, AD Skinner! Alex Krycek! The Cigarette Smoking Man! And even some of your not so favorites, aka Diana Fowley. This musical parody asks the question all hardcore X-Philes have been wondering for years. No, not, do aliens exist? But when and Mulder and Scully going to get together?! You have our word, Mulder and Scully will make out in this show.
   

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