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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.
   
Koalas  
16th Street Theater at Berwyn Cultural Center Koalas
 
The only thing more territorial than the escaped koala living and singing in Ray Slinger's backyard is Ray himself. Ray's protectionism goes into overdrive when his domain is unexpectedly invaded by his unemployed brother and gender-nonconforming child who insists on being called Nate. Stifled by rules gleaned from a rigid father and a rifle that needs constant attention, Ray plays the role of his own worst enemy in his quest to maintain visitation rights. How does a twentieth-century veteran survive the dawning of the twenty-first?
   
Lady Day At Emerson's Bar And Grill  
Congo Square Theatre at eta Creative Arts Foundation Lady Day At Emerson's Bar And Grill
 
Ensemble member Alexis J. Roston reprises her award-winning role as Billie Holiday. Set in a seedy, Philadelphia bar in 1959, 
Lady Day weaves colorful memories with over a dozen musical numbers including: "God Bless the Child," "Strange Fruit," 
and "When a Woman Loves a Man."
   
Late Nite Catechism  
Royal George Theatre Late Nite Catechism
 
Late Nite Catechism is an uproariously funny play, written by Vicki Quade and Maripat Donovan, where the irrepressible Sister teaches class to a roomful of "students." Throughout the course of the play the benevolent instructor rewards audience members for correct answers with glow-in-the-dark rosaries and other nifty prizes. Naughty students may well find themselves on stage sitting in a corner reflecting their actions. Now in its 20th year in Chicago, Late Nite Catechism is a sharp satire, but never mean. It’s simply an evening of fun and laughter.
   
Left Behind  
Annoyance Theatre Left Behind
 
Inspired by the best-selling series Left Behind by Tim LaHaye and Jerry B. Jenkins, this eschatological episode takes place in a freshly raptured town. The residents must lean on each other and form unlikely friendships (and romances) in order to defeat the divine entities behind the disappearances, and preserve the world for the future. Enjoy this musical interpretation of the Rapture at Chicago's Annoyance Theatre & Bar.
   
Legally Blonde  
Paramount Theatre Legally Blonde
 
A member of UCLA's Delta Nu sorority, Elle has a seemingly perfect life and perfect future. All she needs is her boyfriend Warner to cement it with a proposal. But her dream life turns into a nightmare when Warner decides to break it off because she's not serious enough for him. As if! Heartbroken and in despair, Elle hatches a near-impossible plan to win him back: get into Harvard Law School. What? Like it's hard? A story of rising to a challenge and defying expectations, all while looking fabulous, Legally Blonde is the perfect way to push Paramount's eighth season into high gear and never let up.
   
Little Shop of Horrors  
Drury Lane- Oakbrook Little Shop of Horrors
 
This gem of a musical inspired by the 1960 dark comedy horror film will charm your heart with infectious do-wop songs and endearing characters. A down on his luck resident of Skid Row is offered the girl of his dreams, fame, and success from an all-powerful, R&B singin' carnivorous plant, but at what cost? Winner of the Drama Desk Award for Best Musical.
   
Lord of the Rings vs. Lord of the Flies  
Mary's Attic Lord of the Rings vs. Lord of the Flies
 
Two teams of Chicago-area writers battle it out over six rounds, performing original, funny, crazy, thoughtful short plays. Only one team will win the "vs." championship belt. This time around, the epic battle between Lord of the Rings and Lord of the Flies takes over Mary's Attic at Hamburger Mary's.
   
The Magic Parlour  
The House Theatre of Chicago at The Palmer House Hilton Hotel The Magic Parlour
 
The performance contains some of his favorite pieces of magic, alongside some brand new routines in an hour-long show packed with mind-reading, levitations, escapes, and a ridiculous new adaptation of the classic “Card Stab” during which Watkins climbs inside of a fully inflated 7 foot balloon!
   
Man of La Mancha  
Skokie Theatre Man of La Mancha
 
Inspired by the 17-century masterpiece Don Quixote, Man of La Mancha is one of the most successful musicals in Broadway history. Powerful, hilarious and heartbreaking, it celebrates the perseverance of a dying old man who refuses to relinquish his ideals or his passion. The celebrated score includes "The Impossible Dream," "I, Don Quixote" and "Dulcinea." Experience it live at Skokie Theatre.
   
Medieval Times Dinner and Tournament  
Medieval Times Schaumburg Castle Medieval Times Dinner and Tournament
 
Medieval Times is an exciting, family-friendly dinner attraction inspired by an 11th century feast and tournament. Guests are served a four-course banquet and cheer for one of six knights as they compete in the joust and other tests of skill. Expect lots of jousting, swordsmanship, thrilling hand-to-hand combat, and displays of extraordinary horsemanship as part of an exciting story set in Medieval Spain.
   
Men Are Dogs  
James Downing Theatre Men Are Dogs
 
"Men Are Dogs" revolves around Rose and her daughter Cecilia, a relationship therapist, and her single and divorced women's group of patients. When Cecilia hires a pompous actor for "role playing" as a therapeutic exercise, the laughs roll in fast and furious. This comedy explores relationship problems with no holds barred and gloves off!
   
Mind Reader  
The Greenhouse Theater Center Mind Reader
 
"Get ready for an unforgettable evening," said Toland. "The audience is the cast, their thoughts are my props and their minds will be blown!" Audiences should prepare to take part in the show, as Toland attempts to get into their thoughts and reveal what they are thinking. "There are no weekly mentalism shows in the city right now, so I'm thrilled to bring an exciting new show to Chicago audiences every week," Toland added.
   
Monger  
Her Story Theater at The Greenhouse Theater Center Monger
 
Written by Her Story Theater Founder and Producing Artistic Director Mary Bonnett, and directed by John Mossman, Co-Founder of The Artistic Home, MONGER follows a Chicago criminal defense attorney with a secret sex life who deals with his sensitive 16-year-old son's legal crisis on the day he takes a deposition from the mother of a murdered teenage sex trafficked victim. Bonnett's play uncovers the nationwide, anonymous brotherhood of men who use the Internet to find and compare notes on the women and underage girls they pay for sex. It also explores the toxicity of many of the prevailing notions of masculinity and how they contribute to an environment that allows these abuses to exist. Though the characters are composites of people Bonnett interviewed and the plot details are inspired by real-life events in Chicago. Bonnett's script includes actual posts from online chats among men engaged in this activity along with dialogue she imagined for the characters.
   
Naked  
Trap Door Theatre Naked
 
A young woman in despair returns to Rome with little more than her suitcase - and a dark secret. Vulnerable and with a past, she encounters several men who push her to edge. Luigi Pirandello and his "Naked" heroine open up the debate about gender power dynamics amidst the powerful social and cultural mores with which the characters must contend.
   
Nell Gwynn  
Chicago Shakespeare Theater Nell Gwynn
 
Jessica Swale's bawdy comedy about a seventeenth-century actress whose quick wit and exceptional beauty propels her ascent from obscurity to notoriety as the mistress of King Charles II. The music- and dance-filled play took London audiences by storm when it debuted at Shakespeare's Globe followed by a celebrated run on the West End, where it garnered the Olivier Award for Best New Comedy. Director of the original London production Christopher Luscombe-a longtime associate artist at the Royal Shakespeare Company-helms the Chicago Shakespeare production,
   
Nick and Zoe  
The Side Project at Mckaw Theater Nick and Zoe
 
3:28am. The sounds of the city pour into Nick's Manhattan apartment. A hot summer night when it feels like the oxygen is being burnt out of the air. What is he even doing here? What is she? Sometimes love swims in your blood and digs into your bones and muscles. It becomes part of you, and you'll do almost anything not to lose it. Both of their lives have been irrevocably changed. The neighbor's jazz is loud. But not loud enough to wash this all away.
   

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