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La Havana Madrid  
The Den Theatre La Havana Madrid
 
Back by popular demand, La Havana Madrid transports audiences back to a popular 1960s Chicago nightclub of the same name, where Latino immigrants new to Chicago found refuge to gather, meet, sing, dance, dine, find love and discover their destinies. Inspired by real stories of Cuban, Puerto Rican and Colombian immigrants, La Havana Madrid recreates a special time and place in Chicago history by immersing audiences in the lively music of that decade. Throughout, La Havana Madrid reveals how and why Latinos originally migrated to the shores of Lake Michigan, only to be pushed further west - away from the lake - by the forces of gentrification and racism.
   
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.
   
Little Red Riding Hood  
Chicago Kids Company at St. Patrick Performing Arts Center- Stahl Family Theater Little Red Riding Hood
 
Meet Little Red and her friends as she travels through the woods to Grandma's house. Will she listen to her Mama's warning not to stray from the path? And why is the wacky Wolf so eager to help her out? Little Red's adventure is full of twists and turns, with catchy music you'll be humming all the way to Grandma's. The show runs one hour with no intermission and is for children from 2 to 10 years old.
   
Little Shop Of Horrors  
Mercury Theater Little Shop Of Horrors
 
Assistant at Mushnik's flower shop, orphan Seymour Krelborn is in search of an escape from his poverty-stricken life on an urban skid-row, and in love with his co-worker, Audrey. After obtaining a mysterious carnivorous plant, whom he names Audrey II, he discovers that it survives only by blood, and it quickly blossoms into a fully-fledged local attraction that propels the flower shop to success. But as the shop's popularity grows, so does Audrey II's hunger for blood, along with Audrey's love for Seymour. Before long, Seymour discovers Audrey II's extra-terrestrial roots and her ultimate desire for world domination.
   
Mad Beat Hip and Gone  
Promethean Theatre Ensemble at The Edge Off-Broadway Mad Beat Hip and Gone
 
This Midwest premiere of a new Steven Dietz play considers 1950s America, when magnificent poets roamed open highways, accompanied by jukebox jazz. The nation's youth hit the road, high on full tanks of gas and brimming with unattainable dreams. Two magnificently average young men from Nebraska encounter Jack Kerouac and his friends in a bar. They respond by heading west themselves, trailing the Beat poets all the way to the golden land of California. Youthful exuberance is balanced by the untethered floundering of the older generation and their bittersweet knowledge that all dreams are fleeting. MAD BEAT HIP & GONE marries the realism and sharp dialogue for which Dietz is famous, with the achingly brilliant poetry of the Beat Generation. It's a road trip you won't want to miss.
   
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!
   
Mary Shelley's Frankenstein  
Lookingglass Theatre Mary Shelley's Frankenstein
 
Within every man there is a monster; within every monster, a man. But which is which? An eerie evening of ghost stories crackles to life as Mary Shelley unspools her tale of Victor Frankenstein and his unholy experiment. This gothic tale of love, horror, and the power to create life-and destroy it-awakens in this visceral, original retelling of Frankenstein.
   
Matilda  
Drury Lane- Oakbrook Matilda
 
Wonder and amazement abound with this award-winning musical. Based on the 1988 children's novel by Roald Dahl, Matilda tells the tale of a precocious 5-year-old girl with the gift of telekinesis. Faced by many obstacles caused by her family and school, the book-loving Matilda befriends her teacher and helps her to reclaim her life. Tied for winning the most Olivier Awards ever, including Best New Musical, Matilda won five Tony Awards, including Best Book of a Musical.
   
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 Fake Foreplay  
Stage 773 Men Fake Foreplay
 
Your comic and deeply considered tour of the male psyche is led by Emmy-winning writer and Tonight Show comedian Mike Dugan, whose solo show delves into the trials and errors encountered on the road to becoming a man in a "boys will be boys" world. But what begins as a naive attempt to "figure out women" quickly shifts into an honest and candid exploration of sexual ethics, and the cultural influences that shape a man's character. Catch Men Fake Foreplay at Chicago's Stage 773.
   
Miracle  
Royal George Theatre Miracle
 
Set against the backdrop of the Chicago Cubs 2016 Championship season, MIRACLE tells the story of a typical blue collar Chicago family and what it means to have faith and lose it and try to regain it again. The story chronicles the Delaney family, a tough North Side clan whose lives have been intrinsically linked to the Cubbies for generations. Each member of the family has their own story built around the dynamics of their lives and their love of the Cubs. Whether it's Pops Delaney, who struggles to resolve his conflicts with his son, Charlie, or Charlie's struggle to keep the family business afloat while trying to be a good husband and attentive Dad, or his 11-year-old daughter Dani, who is totally enamored with the boys in blue and every one of their statistics. Mom, as is frequently the case, is the glue that holds the whole family together.
   
Miracle on South Division Street  
McAninch Arts Center Miracle on South Division Street
 
Ever since the miraculous night in 1942 when the Blessed Mother appeared to Grandpa in his barbershop, the neighborhood has looked upon the Nowaks' 20-foot shrine as a beacon of hope and faith. But a deathbed confession reveals a secret that brings the family legend into question. Lauded as heartfelt and hilarious, Buffalo Theatre Ensemble's Miracle on South Division Street comes to McAninch Arts Center in Glen Ellyn.
   
The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane  
Filament Theatre The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane
 
The story of Edward Tulane is "happy, then sad, then all mixed up." Edward Tulane is an expensive toy rabbit made of china. He is loved by a little girl named Abilene, but Edward has no interest in anyone other than himself. On an ocean voyage, Edward is accidentally thrown overboard and sinks to the bottom of the sea. So begins his journey-a journey over which he has no control, for he is a toy rabbit. He can neither move nor speak. As years pass by, Edward meets many different people in many different situations. Through this miraculous journey, Edward learns what it is to love, what it is to lose that love, and how to find the courage to love again.
   
The Mushroom Cure  
The Greenhouse Theater Center The Mushroom Cure
 
Inspired by a scientific study showing that hallucinogenic mushrooms may cure obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), Adam Strauss embarked on a program of vigilante psychopharmacology. The true tale of Strauss' hilarious, harrowing and heartrending attempts to treat his debilitating OCD with psychedelics, THE MUSHROOM CURE was named a Critics' Pick by Time Out New York, which praised it as "riveting... true-life tour de force" and hailed by The New York Times as "mining a great deal of laughter from disabling pain."
   
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.
   
A Number  
Writers Theatre A Number
 
Powerful, unpredictable and devastating, Caryl Churchill's suspenseful A Number sees a father meeting his "estranged" son over several visits. As they reconnect, multiplying lies are uncovered, revealing a horrifying truth about their shared past that leads directly to the provocative questions: how much do we pass on to our children and is it really possible to atone for our mistakes?
   
One For The Road  
MPAACT at The Greenhouse Theater Center One For The Road
 
The year is 1972, and Ray Haskins is the proud owner of a south side bar passed down to him from his late father. However, between the neighborhood gang squeezing him for protection money, the mysterious Vietnam vet he just hired, and dealing with his own personal demons, Ray may find himself in a fight for survival of his most prized possession.
   

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