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Doubt: A Parable  
Greenman Theatre Doubt: A Parable
 
In a story that could be from today's newspaper, a Bronx school principal, Sister Aloysius, suspects Father Flynn of improper relations with one of the male students. Variety called it "a gripping story of suspicion cast on a priest's behavior that is less about scandal than about fascinatingly nuanced questions of moral certainty." Visit Elmhurst this fall as GreenMan Theatre Troupe stages this 2005 Winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Drama and Tony Award for Best Play.
   
Drunk Shakespeare  
The Lion Theatre Drunk Shakespeare
 
The stage is set in a hidden speakeasy located behind the Chicago Theater. Guests enter to find a glam cocktail bar and library with over 10,000 books. Five classically-trained actors meet there as members of "The Drunk Shakespeare Society". One drinks at least 5 shots of whiskey and then attempts to perform a major role in a Shakespearean play. Hilarity and mayhem ensue while the four sober actors try to keep the script on track. Each show is different depending on who is drinking... and what they're drinking!
   
The Effect  
Strawdog Theatre The Effect
 
Hearts pounding, thoughts racing, and sleepless nights. Connie and Tristan are falling in love - or are they? Stuck in a clinical trial for an antidepressant, it's hard to know what is love and what is the drug. As the trial's supervising doctors untangle this relationship, everyone involved has to question what they know.
   
An Elgin Old Tyme Holiday Radio Show 3  
Elgin Art Showcase An Elgin Old Tyme Holiday Radio Show 3
 
You can still have that excitement that you used to experience and you can take it even one step further. Elgin Theatre Company is allowing you to be an audience member in the actual studio audience of WECT, a radio station while they create a "live" presentation of three scripts that were taken from actual radio shows in the 50's. You will see the actors creating characters like Jack Benny, Fibber McGee, and Connie Brooks right before your very eyes. You will see the actual sound effects people performing their activities with various pieces of equipment that actually create the sounds that you would normally hear during a radio program. Some of the different sounds and the ways that they are created are almost laughable at times. Again, you can react as you normally would if you were at home listening to your radio.
   
Every Brilliant Thing  
Windy City Playhouse South Every Brilliant Thing
 
Known from the popular, same-titled HBO adaptation, "Every Brilliant Thing" follows the protagonist as she guides the audience through a story of finding the things that make life worth living in the face of her mother's depression. Stay true to the original production and Windy City Playhouse's immersive style, the show will offer a unique opportunity for audience members to participate in the story. This one-person show is led by Rebecca Spence as the Narrator.
   
Exquisita Agonia  
Aguijon Theater Exquisita Agonia
 
World famous soprano Millie Marcel is unable to return to her elegant jet setting life after the death of her equally sophisticated and famous composer husband. An obsession with knowing exactly who received her husband's heart leads Millie on a relentless pursuit to meet its recipient and, inadvertently, uncovering devastating truths within her own family.
   
The First Deep Breath  
Victory Gardens Theater - Biograph The First Deep Breath
 
Originally developed as part of Victory Gardens 2018 Ignition Festival of New Plays, The First Deep Breath tells the story of Pastor Albert Jones who is planning a special church service to honor his late daughter Diane on the sixth anniversary of her death. But when his eldest son, Abdul-Malik, returns home from prison, the First family of Mother Bethel Baptist Church is forced to confront a hornet's nest of long-buried secrets. Written with a ferocious passion by Lee Edward Colston II and directed by Malika Oyetimein, The First Deep Breath finds each member of the Jones clan desperately fighting to stay afloat and disregarding the caution that sometimes a family that stays together drowns together.
   
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.
   
Grey House  
A Red Orchid Theatre Grey House
 
After a brutal car wreck in the mountains of Oregon, a young couple seeks shelter from a blizzard in a small cabin. But the cabin's seemingly innocent inhabitants: four children and their minder, quickly start to expose the couple's secrets, unmake everything they know about themselves, and hurl them towards a potentially sinister destination. Grey House is a new horror play about the gravity of the past, and the cruel inevitability of its pull.
   
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 Birthday Mars Rover  
The Passage Theatre at Ravenswood Fellowship United Methodist Church Happy Birthday Mars Rover
 
Happy Birthday Mars Rover is a morbidly whimsical kaleidoscope of life on Earth and the universe. A joy ride through a timeline of curious robots, existential cows, 5th grade power points on extinct species, and the last human on Earth on the search for more jars.
   
Hoodoo Love  
Raven Theatre Hoodoo Love
 
A young woman named Toulou arrives in depression-era Memphis with dreams of becoming a blues singer. Almost immediately, she falls in love with a rambling musician named Ace of Spades while her born-again brother, Jib, is hot on her heels. Desperate to claim Ace's love for herself, Toulou lays a hex on him with the help of a Hoodoo practitioner, setting in motion a devastating chain of events.
   
Hot Clown Sex  
Annoyance Theatre Hot Clown Sex
 
The Annoyance Theatre presents the show that takes the phrase "fool for love" to a whole other level: HOT CLOWN SEX. This weekly variety show is an inclusive, sex positive soiree featuring an ensemble of talented and over-sexed clowns as well as hot new guest performers each week
   
I Am Going To Die Alone And I Am Not Afraid  
Prop Theatre I Am Going To Die Alone And I Am Not Afraid
 
How do you fight for the future you won't live to see? Told through both imagined and historical stories of rebels like Francesca Mann, who shot a Nazi Officer while being taken to the gas chambers, I Am Going to Die Alone and I Am Not Afraid is a devised play about resilience and tenacity in the face of violence. Exploring ancestral trauma and remembrance as rebellion, ...and I Am Not Afraid uses stories of exceptional bravery to expand the legacy of the Holocaust and examine oppression today. What lessons do we take from history, and how can we make sure Never Again means Never Again, for anyone?
   
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.
   
Incomplete Conversations  
Silent Theatre Company at Tapestry Fellowship Church Incomplete Conversations
 
Silent Theatre Company presents a brand new, site specific, immersive play, Incomplete Conversations. This play will take place in every room of Tapestry Fellowship Church (3824 W. Irving Park) and explores the emotional shockwaves of an unexpected death within a family and a church community. It wrestles with questions of when we ought to speak up, when we ought to keep quiet and how to love people with whom we disagree. To accomplish this exploration, the audience is invited to enter and immerse themselves in multi-dimensional action that will fill up all the spaces in this real church where the family prepares to bury the young pastor, say their goodbyes and maybe find out who killed him.
   
Indulgence with Lucy Darling  
Chicago Magic Lounge Indulgence with Lucy Darling
 
Lucy Darling is a stunning and hilarious creature known the world over for her wit, her charm, and her exceptionally good hair. Winner of the Melbourne Magic festival award for best comedy magic show in 2017 and recently nominated for stage magician of the year at the World Famous Magic Castle, Lucy is back with her amazing, semi-improvised comedy magic show, which has been praised as a wonderful mix of laughter, storytelling, and fantastic feats of magic.
   

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