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Emma  
Chicago Shakespeare Theater Emma
 
Jane Austen's beloved novel is now a deliciously charming musical, created by Tony Award-nominated composer and lyricist Paul Gordon (Jane Eyre, Sense and Sensibility, Daddy Long Legs). Privileged, pampered, and preoccupied with romance, Emma Woodhouse indulges in her pastime of misguided matchmaking, but is clueless when it comes to her own feelings and a gentleman named Mr. Knightley. As our imperfect heroine learns that love cannot be predicted or channeled, we are swept up by Paul Gordon's lyrical melodies.
   
Evil Dead The Musical  
The Greenhouse Theater Center Evil Dead The Musical
 
Evil Dead The Musical takes all the elements of the cult classic films The Evil Dead, Evil Dead 2, and Army of Darkness and combines them for one of the craziest, funniest and bloodiest theatrical experiences of all time. Five college students go to an abandoned cabin in the woods, and accidentally unleash an evil force that turns them all into demons. It's all up to Ash (a housewares employee turned demon-killing hero), and his trusty chainsaw to save the day. Blood flies. Limbs are dismembered. Demons tell bad jokes ... and all to music. The songs in the show are completely off the wall as well.
   
The Fantasticks  
Citadel Theatre Company The Fantasticks
 
"Try To Remember" a time when this romantic charmer wasn't enchanting audiences around the world. The Fantasticks is the longest-running musical in the world and with good reason: at the heart of its breathtaking poetry and subtle theatrical sophistication is a purity and simplicity that transcends cultural barriers. The Fantasticks is a funny and romantic musical about a boy, a girl, and their two fathers who try to keep them apart. The narrator, El Gallo, asks the audience to use their imagination and follow him into a world of moonlight and magic. The boy and the girl fall in love, grow apart and finally find their way back to each other after realizing the truth in El Gallo's words that, "without a hurt, the heart is hollow." Run time: 2 hours 5 minutes
   
Goldilocks And The 3 Bears  
Chicago Kids Company at St. Patrick Performing Arts Center- Stahl Family Theater Goldilocks And The 3 Bears
 
Chicago Kids Company Theatre for Children (CKC) presents Goldilocks and the 3 Bears, a one-hour musical adaptation! This musical is JUST RIGHT! This show is based on the classic story of a young girl who ventures into the woods and stumbles on a cute house with 3 bowls of porridge, 3 chairs, and 3 beds. The show runs one hour with no intermission, and is targeted for kids aged 2 to 12.
   
Graveyard Shift  
Goodman Theatre Graveyard Shift
 
When she receives the opportunity of a lifetime, Janelle relocates to Texas and moves in with her partner, Kane. Meanwhile, a small-town police officer's life is thrown into flux when the coworker he's romantically involved with decides to leave town. When their worlds collide, Janelle experiences firsthand how dangerous power can be. Loosely inspired by the legacy of Sandra Bland, Graveyard Shift is an unflinching but open-hearted look at how we navigate a world full of fear.
   
Grease  
Marriott Theatre In Lincolnshire Grease
 
It's the energetic and electric musical comedy tribute to the age of rock-n-roll. Join in the fun of the hilarious antics of Rydell High's class of '59 and rock to songs like "It's Raining on Prom Night," "Beauty School Dropout" and "Greased Lightning." Come back with us to a time when having a malted made everything so much better.
   
The Greatest Story Never Told  
YaYa Productions at Newport Theater The Greatest Story Never Told
 
A narrator walks on stage to discover a storybook with no text inside and learns the actors are all stuck in traffic and won't make it to the show today! The solution? Have children from the audience volunteer to come on stage and become a character in: The Greatest Story Never Told! Along with the help of "The Greatest Interns" (professional adult improvisers), kids from the audience put on silly costumes and make up a story on the spot. Every child that volunteers will have an opportunity to perform at some point in the show. There is no forced participation.
   
How A Boy Falls  
Northlight Theatre How A Boy Falls
 
A newly hired au pair is thrust into the midst of a mystery when the loss of a young boy casts suspicion on her and the boy's wealthy parents. The parents are each seeking answers and retribution while the au pair is hatching a dangerous scheme of her own, and no one is exactly who they seem to be in a new psychological thriller that asks who can we trust... if we can trust anyone.
   
How to Defend Yourself  
Victory Gardens Theater - Biograph How to Defend Yourself
 
How to Defend Yourself circles around seven college students who gather for a DIY self-defense workshop after a sorority sister is raped. They learn how to "not be a victim", how to use their bodies as weapons, how to fend off attackers. The form of self-defense becomes a channel for their rage, trauma, confusion, anxiety, and desire--lots of desire. Challenged to determine what they want and how to ask for it, the students must ultimately face the insidious ways rape culture steals one's body and sense of belonging. Developed as part of Victory Gardens 2018 Ignition Festival of New Plays and the winner of the 2019 Yale Drama Series Prize, How to Defend Yourself is funny, raw and brutally honest - a triumph from playwright Lily Padilla. The production will be directed by Marti Lyons (Cambodian Rock Band, Native Gardens Victory Gardens, Witch Writers Theatre).
   
I'm Not A Comedian...I'm Lenny Bruce  
Royal George Theatre I'm Not A Comedian...I'm Lenny Bruce
 
An undisputed comic legend, Lenny Bruce was one of the greatest artists of the 20th century. His life and work have had an impact on poetry, politics, music, film and of course, comedy. Bruce's tempestuous personal and professional life was marked by great passion and great pain. His unwavering commitment to free speech led to numerous obscenity charges and arrests. No stranger to Chicago, Bruce was arrested for obscenity for his performance at The Gate of Horn in December 1962. Bruce fought for freedom of speech all the way to the Supreme Court. He died of an accidental overdose in 1966, while out on appeal. Bruce has not yet been surpassed at his particular brand of art and if he were around today, he would be in as much trouble as when he was alive.
   
The Infinite Wrench  
Neo-Futurists The Infinite Wrench
 
The Infinite Wrench is a mechanism that unleashes a barrage of two-minute plays for a live audience. Each play offers something different-some are funny, others profound. Some are elegant, disgusting, topical, irrelevant, terrifying, or put to song. All of the plays are truthful and tackle the here-and-now, inspired by the lived experiences of the performers. With new plays every week, The Infinite Wrench is The Neo-Futurists' ongoing and ever-changing attempt to shift the conventions of live performance and speak to the present audience, including those unreached or unmoved by other types of theater.
   
Jake's Women  
Oil Lamp Theater Jake's Women
 
America's premier comic playwright makes another hilarious foray into the world of modern relationships. Jake, a novelist who is more successful with fiction than with life, faces a marital crisis by daydreaming about the women in his life. The wildly comic and sometimes moving flashbacks played in his mind are interrupted by visitations from actual females. Jake's women include a revered first wife who was killed years earlier in an accident, his daughter who is recalled as a child but is now a young woman, his boisterous and bossy sister, an opinionated analyst, his current wife who is leaving Jake for another man, and a prospective third wife.
   
Jeeves Saves The Day  
First Folio Theatre Jeeves Saves The Day
 
The indefatigable Jeeves and his balmy employer Bertie Wooster are back. Once again, Bertie finds himself suffering the slings and arrows of misfortune at the hands of his relatives, caught between the magisterial machinations of his fierce Aunt Agatha and the plaintive pleadings of his cousin Egbert. Throw in the imperious Sir Roderick Glossop and the sexy chanteuse Red Hot Maisie Dawson, and you've got another precarious predicament that cannot be overcome...unless one calls upon the redoubtable Jeeves to save the day.
   
Juliet  
Theatre Y at The Ready Juliet
 
Theatre Y is proud to present Andras Visky's lacerating, loving monologue JULIET -- written in tribute to his mother, colored with myths Shakespearean and Biblical. This is the story of a Juliet with no Romeo, arrested and deported with her seven children to the Romanian hinterland under the Communist regime of the 1950s. Having performed JULIET over 300 times world-wide, Theatre Y now creates a lush and emotional new staging from the mind of director Kevin V. Smith, weaving in a chorus of mothers and their babies to dramatize the play's poignant commentary on motherhood and the existence of eternal love in a deeply oppressive society.
   
Kiev  
Aguijon Theater Kiev
 
After a long absence, Eiren Badenweiler returns with her children to the abandoned family summer residence, to reunite with a past full of ghosts, grudges, and secrets. Aguijon Theater proudly presents the U.S. premiere of the prestigious Franco-Uruguayan playwright Sergio Blanco, with this acclaimed work that is loosely inspired by Anton Chekhov's The Cherry Orchard.
   
Kill Move Paradise  
TimeLine Theatre Company Kill Move Paradise
 
Inspired by the ever-growing list of slain unarmed black men and women, Kill Move Paradise is a portrait of those lost-not as statistics, but as heroes who deserve to be seen for the splendid beings they are.
   
Labyrinth  
Broken Nose Theatre at The Den Theatre Labyrinth
 
New York City, 1978. Having just landed his dream job as a Wall Street banker, John Anderson finds himself swept off on luxurious trips to Latin America with only one goal: selling loans to the region's developing nations eager to borrow. But as the banks' excessive lending strategy starts pushing whole countries toward the brink of bankruptcy, and the biggest credit bubble in history threatens to burst, John and his colleagues must come to terms with the true price of chasing their fortunes.
   

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