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Ms. Blakk For President  
Steppenwolf Theatre Ms. Blakk For President
 
Meet Ms. Joan Jett Blakk as she sets off on her journey to run for President of the United States. Inspired by the true story of America's first black drag queen presidential candidate, Joan's story begins in Chicago; it's 1992 and, with the AIDS crisis at its height, Joan and the newly formed Queer Nation Chicago have big goals in mind. Joan sets off on an exhilarating and dangerous journey to drag queer politics out of the closet and into a future where ALL are visible and ALL have a place at the table. Part campaign rally, part nightclub performance, part confessional, and all PARTY!, MS. BLAKK FOR PRESIDENT takes us into the heart and mind of one of Chicago's most radical and influential citizens.
   
Next To Normal  
Writers Theatre Next To Normal
 
On the outside, The Goodmans seem like the average American family: house in the suburbs, white picket fence and two sharp-witted kids. But inside, their lives are anything but normal, with long-buried secrets that threaten to tear them apart. Featuring powerful lyrics and an electrifying score, this explosive musical uses wry humor and brutal honesty to explore how family trauma can fracture the American Dream, while ultimately leading to a chance at new beginnings.
   
The Princess And The Pea  
Chicago Kids Company at Beverly Arts Center The Princess And The Pea
 
Only a real Princess can feel a PEA under a stack of 20 mattresses! Meet Princess Penelope and her crazy friends-and find out if she can pass the ultimate Princess Test. You won't want to miss this great show-and the real 12-Foot bed! All CKC productions feature professional actors, colorful scenery and costumes, sing-along songs, and plenty of audience participation. This show is geared from children ages 2 to 10.
   
Prophet$  
Factory Theater Prophet$
 
Last year, religion took in $71 billion, tax-free. Prophet$ is the hilarious slack-to-riches story of a couple of con artists that get into the business of belief. Set in 1988, this Stripes-inspired world premiere production, by ensemble member Anthony Tournis, brilliantly brings shameless comedy back to The Factory stage.
   
Queen Of Mist  
Firebrand Theatre at The Den Theatre Queen Of Mist
 
QUEEN OF THE MIST is based on the astounding and outrageous true story of Anna (Annie) Edson Taylor, who in 1901 set out to be the first person to go over the Niagara Falls in a barrel of her own design. Navigating both the treacherous Falls and a fickle public with a ravenous appetite for sensationalism, this unconventional heroine vies for her legacy in a world clamoring with swindling managers, assassins, revolutionaries, moralizing family, anarchists and activists. With a soaring score that incorporates turn of the century themes with LaChiusa's signature complexity and insight, QUEEN OF THE MIST is the story of a single great fall, and how one woman risked death so that she could live.
   
The River  
BoHo Theatre at The Greenhouse Theater Center The River
 
On a moonless night in August when the sea trout are ready to run, a man brings his new girlfriend to the remote family cabin where he has come for fly-fishing since he was a boy. But she's not the only woman he has brought here-or indeed the last. Part thriller, part ghost story, this haunting play is a poignant tale of love, loss, and cycles of pain that we can't find a way to break out of.
   
Saving the World  
Chicago Tap Theatre at Stage 773 Saving the World
 
Presented by Chicago Tap Theatre, Saving the World is Chicago Tap Theatre's first all-new story show since 2016's award-winning Time Steps and 2017's box office smash Changes. Featuring an original score and live music, and from the creative team behind Time Steps, comes a show with high-stakes drama, witty choreography and thundering rhythms about arrogance, demagogues and the end of the world. CTT Writer-in-Residence (and creator of the world-wide Slam Poetry genre) Marc Kelly Smith weaves a brand new tale of the near future in this world premiere. As a corporation begins to aid those hit by ever-increasing natural disasters, a collision between helping those who need it most and profiting mightily from them is looming. Throughout the performance, tap dancers, with the aid of video projection, embody the natural disasters, including tornadoes and tsunamis.
   
The Selfish Giant  
Ghostlight Ensemble at Otherworld Theatre The Selfish Giant
 
Weaving movement and words into a highly physical form of storytelling, this intimate production tells the tale of an angry giant who builds a wall to keep children off his land, but discovers the perils of isolation and the negative consequences of selfishness.
   
Six  
Chicago Shakespeare Theater Six
 
In SIX, the queens of Henry VIII take the mic to reclaim their identities out of the shadow of their infamous spouse-remixing five hundred years of historical heartbreak into an exuberant celebration of twenty-first-century girl power. The all-woman cast, backed by an all-woman band known as the "Ladies in Waiting," traverses the spectrum of modern-day pop with a soundtrack that has stormed up the UK charts.
   
Something Clean  
Sideshow Theatre Company & Rivendell Theatre Ensemble at Victory Gardens Theater - Biograph Something Clean
 
Charlotte has been a mother for nineteen years, a wife for three decades and a respectable community member her entire life. But when her son is incarcerated for sexual assault, Charlotte is forced to reckon with a brand new identity, both public and private. Desperate to find a way back to who she was, she seeks out work at a sexual assault crisis center and meets Joey, a volunteer coordinator and a survivor of assault himself, who allows her a glimpse of who she might be able to become. Can she find a new understanding of who she is? Or has someone else's crime defined her forever? Inspired by today's headlines, Selina Fillinger's breathtaking new drama follows one woman's struggle to make sense of her own grief, intimacy, culpability and consent.
   
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.
   
Steamworks: The Musical  
Annoyance Theatre Steamworks: The Musical
 
The Annoyance Theatre is proud to bring back the summertime hit, "Steamworks: The Musical" with updated songs and additional characters for a modern view of its campy, comedy classic. A wide-eyed young man comes to Chicago looking for love in all the wrong places when he stumbles into the popular Boystown bathhouse, Steamworks. As our hero makes his way through the sexy Steamworks labyrinth, he meets an assortment of fun, bawdy and eccentric characters that get him closer to finding his dream man.
   
Storefront Theater Musical  
Cornservatory Storefront Theater Musical
 
If Disney can do it ... Corn can skew it! Corn Productions is proud to give the people what they want - nay what they NEED - a parody of High School Musical! But wait there's more! Not only do they mock all things HSM, they take pointed jabs at a beloved Chicago theater tradition: Storefront Theater (yes, they realize they are also a storefront theater, but who better to mock it, than them!) Put it all together and what do you get? Storefront Theater Musical!
   
Style and Grace: In Tribute to Lena Horne and Nancy Wilson  
Black Ensemble Theater Style and Grace: In Tribute to Lena Horne and Nancy Wilson
 
Impeccable style, enduring grace, and a special way with words, Lena Horne and Nancy Wilson helped define these very phrases. In Black Ensemble Theater's new musical Style and Grace we take an intimate look at the cost of fame through the years, and how these phenomenal women left such lasting marks on the world.
   
Sweet Texas Reckoning  
Artemisia at The Den Theatre Sweet Texas Reckoning
 
In Traci Godfrey's comedy, SWEET TEXAS RECKONING, Ellie is a lonely, bigoted alcoholic living in the small southeast Texas town of Sealy. She's welcoming home her daughter Kate, now living in New York City, back for a visit. Ellie has hopes Kate will reconnect with and even marry Kate's childhood sweetheart Alan John. Imagine Ellie's surprise when Kate visits with her beautiful, African-American wife, Samantha. SWEET TEXAS RECKONING was the First Place Winner of the New Works of Merit International Playwriting Contest, the Artemisia Fall Festival 2016, and the Playwriting Contest of Panndora Productions in Long Beach, California, who produced the play's world premiere in 2016.
   
Tommy Gun's Garage  
Tommy Gun's Garage Tommy Gun's Garage
 
The restaurant-cabaret presents a Roaring 20s-themed musical comedy revue in a speakeasy seting, with dining and drinking integrated into the show.
   
Too Heavy For Your Pocket  
TimeLine Theatre Company Too Heavy For Your Pocket
 
A captivating and complicated tale about the intersection of family, responsibility, and progress at the height of the Civil Rights Movement. Bowzie Brandon, his wife Sally, and their best friends Tony and Evelyn see happiness on the horizon when Bowzie gets a scholarship to attend college and improve his family's life. However, when the opportunity to become a Freedom Rider arises, Bowzie leaves his obligations as a husband and friend behind to join the fight against racism in the Deep South. TOO HEAVY FOR YOUR POCKET is a powerful look at the tenuous balance between security and risk, the bonds of love and friendship, and the personal cost of progress.
   

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