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A Midsummer Night's Dream  
Chicago Shakespeare Theater A Midsummer Night's Dream
 
Chicago Shakespeare Theater presents a vibrantly reimagined A Midsummer Night's Dream, directed by internationally acclaimed director Joe Dowling. Shakespeare's beloved comedy is infused with raucous humor, a striking visual landscape, and eclectic musical score blending rock, jazz, blues, rock, and '50s doo-wop.
   
Million Dollar Quartet  
Marriott Theatre In Lincolnshire Million Dollar Quartet
 
MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET is set on December 4, 1956, when an extraordinary twist of fate brought Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins and Elvis Presley together at Sun Records in Memphis for what would be one of the greatest jam sessions ever. MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET brings that legendary December night to life with an irresistible tale of broken promises, secrets, betrayal and celebrations that is both poignant and funny. Relive the era with the smash-hit sensation featuring an incredible score of rock 'n' roll, gospel, R&B and country hits, performed live onstage by world-class actors and musicians. Hit songs include: "Blue Suede Shoes," "Fever," "Walk the Line," "Sixteen Tons," "Who Do You Love?," "Great Balls of Fire," "Folsom Prison Blues," "Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On," "Hound Dog," and more.
   
Missed Opportunities  
The Cuckoo's Theater Project at The Den Theatre Missed Opportunities
 
Max is living the typical millennial life. She lives in the city in a tiny apartment with her gay roommate, Adam. She has a blog. But, she gets paid to write the blog so that makes it better than a normal blog. But she still has to have a day job because the cost of living is skyrocketing. Anyway, one day she's in her favorite coffee shop when she runs into Nate. We all have a Nate. Nate is the relationship that almost happened, and leaves you wondering "what if?" well into your old age. Turns out, Nate thought Max was gay. Because she wears flannel. And likes hockey. And goes by Max. You know, things that are only allowed to raging lesbians. She even gets set up with Nate's roommate, Jenna. But Jenna has a plan. She just got out of a serious relationship (don't ask her about it) and wants to be alone. So, she's going to be Max's reverse beard! They'll pretend to date, Nate will get to know Max better, and he'll fall madly in love with her. Jenna gets to be single, Max gets closer to Nate, Adam gets to eats a lot of popcorn. It's foolproof! Right?
   
Noises Off  
Windy City Playhouse Noises Off
 
With just hours until opening night of the comic farce, Nothing On, an amateur theater troupe still has plenty of work to be performance-ready. Between mistaken props, forgotten lines, inner-cast discord, and a torrent of awful acting, one can't help but wonder if these eager thespians can successfully make it to the stage, or will they end up running around with their pants (quite literally) at their ankles? Presented in three acts, Noises Off typically features a revolving stage that rotates to show audiences the front and back of a theater. For our production, to bring our guests closer to the humor onstage (and off), we'll be inviting the audience to move around and see the action from all angles. Returning to the Playhouse to create this experience is the duo behind the uniquely intimate setup of 2017's Becky Shaw: Director Scott Weinstein and Scenic Designer Jeffrey D. Kmiec.
   
The Old Woman Broods  
Trap Door Theatre The Old Woman Broods
 
Written in 1969 by one of Poland's most revolutionary and prophetic playwrights, The Old Woman Broods is a dark satiric look at one woman's grotesque struggle against an unchecked power that is leading the world to disaster.
   
Photograph 51  
Court Theatre Photograph 51
 
History may well remember the work of Watson and Crick that shaped biology, but it was British chemist Rosalind Franklin who provided the key to the double helix DNA discovery. Photograph 51 shares the complex story of an ambitious female scientist in a world of men, her pursuit for the secret of life, and her forgotten accomplishments.
   
Radio Culture  
TUTA Theater Chicago at TUTA Theatre Radio Culture
 
Winner of the award for Best Experimental Writing in the Belarus Free Theatre's 2014 International Contest of Contemporary Drama, RADIO CULTURE is a fascinating example of the "New Drama" movement in contemporary Eastern European theater. By examining a single day in the life of a young Belorussian, as if under a microscope, RADIO CULTURE reveals how change can germinate inside of a person even within a culture that resists change at every step. Staged in an intimate installation, TUTA's production takes a subtly profound and unexpected journey around the globe to peer in to our interior worlds, and the irresistible, transformative power of listening.
   
The Realistic Joneses  
Shattered Globe Theatre at Theater Wit The Realistic Joneses
 
A bucolic evening, which begins in a suburban backyard, evolves into a funny, intimate and profound meditation on life. The four Joneses attempt to muddle through the strange and amazing moments of each day knowing that "talking with someone can make you feel better," but fearing that actual communication may elude them in the end. THE REALISTIC JONESES was recently named one of the "25 Best Plays since Angels in America" by the New York Times.
   
Route  
Aegis Theatre Company at Nox Arca Theatre Route
 
Sisters Scarlet, Jade and Georgia have been trying to keep their lives together after losing their parents to a car crash a year ago. But when Jade is embroiled in a scandal at her school, the sisters find more in peril than just their futures.
   
Silent Sky  
Steel Beam Theatre Silent Sky
 
The true story of 19th-century astronomer Henrietta Leavitt, Silent Sky explores a woman's place in society during a time of immense scientific discoveries, when women's ideas were dismissed until men claimed credit for them. Social progress, like scientific progress, can be hard to see when one is trapped among earthly complications -- Henrietta Leavitt and her female peers believed in both and their dedication changed the way we understand both the heavens and earth. This moving bio-drama comes to the stage at the Steel Beam Theatre in St. Charles.
   
Sleeping Beauty  
Chicago Kids Company at Beverly Arts Center Sleeping Beauty
 
Will the Princess sleep for 100 years? Or can her true love save her with a kiss? Dreams really do come true! See for yourself in this re-telling of one of the most popular fairy-tales ever told. All CKC productions feature professional actors, colorful scenery and costumes, sing-along songs, and plenty of audience participation. This show perfect for children ages 2 to 10!
   
Southern Gothic  
Windy City Playhouse South Southern Gothic
 
It's 1960. Ashford, Georgia. Tom Collins is the drink of choice. Dean Martin's on the radio. Everyone's driving a Cadillac, and Suzanne Wellington is about to turn 40. Four couples gather to celebrate the big day -- old college buddies who've known one another for decades. But even best friends keep secrets, and over the course of this evening's party, a few of those are bound to be revealed ... from a political scandal, to a hidden pregnancy, a secret love affair, and a business' corruption. Come to Chicago's Windy City Playhouse, explore, and be a fly on the wall for all the juicy drama of Southern Gothic. Mad Men meets Desperate Housewives in this one-of-kind, voyeuristic theater.
   
St. Nicholas  
Goodman Theatre St. Nicholas
 
When a jaded Dublin theater critic abandons his ordinary life in pursuit of a beautiful young actress, his desires lead him to strike an irreversible bargain with a band of modern-day vampires. Olivier Award-winner Brendan Coyle ("Mr. Bates" of Downton Abbey, Mary Queen of Scots, Paths to Freedom) stars in this intimate thriller by Conor McPherson-"the finest playwright of his generation" (The New York Times) and author of Shining City, The Weir and The Seafarer. A limited engagement direct from London's internationally renowned Donmar Warehouse.
   
Steel Magnolias  
Prairie Lakes Theatre Steel Magnolias
 
Strong as steel, fragile as magnolias -- the six Southern women of Chinquapin, Louisiana, show more steel than delicacy as they face life's ups and downs together. A home beauty parlor is their gathering place, where they gossip, needle, and jab each other with good-humored zingers. But when push comes to shove, these friends are there for one another, especially in the darkest of times. Catch this bittersweet comedy at the Big Noise Theatre at Prairie Lakes in Des Plaines.
   
The Stranger and The Shadow  
Adventure Stage Chicago and Rough House Theater at Vittum Theater The Stranger and The Shadow
 
A girl, Wren, enters Colfax, a city surrounded by a shadowy barrier which feeds on the fear of its citizens. Rejected for her differences, she teams up with a local misfit to bring to life a new creature powerful enough to challenge the monstrous entity and help people outside access the resources they need to live. The play uses human actors and life-size puppets to physicalize social forces, drawing inspiration from The Golem of Prague and youth activists who seek to alter cultures of intolerance through empathy and inclusivity.
   
Swamp Baby  
MPAACT at The Greenhouse Theater Center Swamp Baby
 
Armand Aubigny, once a wealthy plantation owner, attempts to reclaim his upper-class birthright by presenting the green-skinned Swamp Baby at the 1904 World's Fair. Swamp Baby learns the secret of her unique appearance and uses her knowledge to trap Armand forever in the world of the freak. Exploitation and revenge are at the core of this fantastical tale. Get swept away by the freak show spectacle when Chicago-based playwright Aaron Carter's Swamp Baby hits the stage at the Greenhouse Theater Center.
   
The Three Little Pigs  
Chicago Kids Company at St. Patrick Performing Arts Center- Stahl Family Theater The Three Little Pigs
 
A one-hour musical adaptation! Meet Roxanne, Petunia, and Babe...three Sister Piggies who set out to build their own houses. Roxanne (The Rock'n Roll Pig) builds hers out of sticks, Petunia (The Pretty Pig) builds hers out of straw, and Babe (The Sensible, Smart Pig) builds hers out of bricks! Which house will the Big Bad Wolf "huff and puff and blow down?" Don't miss CKC's most popular show! All CKC productions feature professional actors, colorful scenery and costumes, sing-along songs, and plenty of audience participation. This show perfect for children ages 2 to 10!
   

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