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Fun Home  
Victory Gardens Theater - Biograph Fun Home
 
Hailed as one of Broadway's most original musicals and the winner of 5 Tony Awards, Fun Home is a groundbreaking story inspired by Alison Bechdel's best-selling graphic memoir. In this intimate musical, Alison sets out to unravel the many mysteries of her childhood through a series of memories and conversations - from her coming out to her moving journey to acceptance. Gary Griffin (Hand to God, Never the Sinner) directs this emotionally charged family drama that The New York Times calls "extraordinary," and "a rare beauty."
   
The Glass Menagerie  
Jedlicka Performing Arts Center The Glass Menagerie
 
A drama of great tenderness, charm and beauty, and one of the most famous plays of the modern theatre. Amanda Wingfield is a faded, tragic remnant of Southern gentility who lives in poverty in a dingy St. Louis apartment with her son, Tom, and her daughter, Laura. Amanda strives to give meaning and direction to her life and the lives of her children, though her methods are ineffective and irritating. The world of illusion that Amanda and Laura have striven to create in order to make life bearable collapses about them.
   
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.
   
Hard Times  
Lookingglass Theatre Hard Times
 
A Dickensian carnival of characters inhabits the streets of smoke-choked Coketown: grim Mr. Gradgrind's school churns out joyless students; poor Stephen Blackpool toils in the nearby mines; and mill-owner Mr. Bounderby, full of bluster and bombast, presides over it all. Only when a traveling circus alights nearby, and young orphan Sissy Jupe enters their world, does a ray of hope shine through. Artistic Director Heidi Stillman adapts and directs this timeless love-letter to the power of beauty, hope, and imagination.
   
His Greatness  
Pride Arts Center - The Buena His Greatness
 
Three men - a great American playwright, his trusted and loyal assistant, and a young Canadian street hustler - find themselves together for two days in a hotel room in Vancouver. The ensuing battle for power, love and loyalty is frequently funny, engagingly dark and ultimately moving. HIS GREATNESS, inspired by a 'potentially true story' during the declining days of Tennessee Williams, is an intimate insight into the mind of a familiar public figure, grappling with the loss of former glory and desperate for a return to form and success.
   
I Saw My Neighbor on the Train and I Didn't Even Smile  
Redtwist Theatre I Saw My Neighbor on the Train and I Didn't Even Smile
 
A charming, funny drama about the challenges of three generations of alienated women in a family with vastly different personalities. They immediately disrupt each others' lives, then drastically change each others' worlds, and finally enrich each others' souls.
   
I'll Be Seeinng You  
Broken Nose Collective at Mary's Attic I'll Be Seeinng You
 
One man takes the stage to bear his soul. But he holds on to a secret. In an attempt to absolve himself, deny, or forgive, our unnamed hero sings his way through jazz standards and contemporary ballads. Magic fills the air as the cabaret transforms into a field where all of us can explore the ways, reasons, and repercussions of why we open ourselves to others in one moment and push them away in another.
   
The Importance of Being Earnest  
Writers Theatre The Importance of Being Earnest
 
One of the cleverest comedies by one of the greatest writers in the English language, The Importance of Being Earnest introduces us to Jack and Algernon, two charming bachelors who are each living a double life, aided by a fictional alter ego called “Ernest.” But when they fall truly in love with a pair of proper young women, will they be able to bring an end to the charade and convince the formidable Lady Bracknell that they are suitable candidates for marriage? After all, “the one charm about marriage is that it makes a life of deception absolutely necessary for both parties.”
   
In Sarah's Shadow: The Eleanora Duse Story  
Prop Theatre In Sarah's Shadow: The Eleanora Duse Story
 
George Bernard Shaw called Eleanora Duse 'the greatest actor who ever lived.' History, however, made her a footnote in the legend of the more glamorous gossip column magnet, Sarah Bernhardt. In this biographical dance/pop/drama, Writer/Director Olivia Lilley and choreographer Kelly Anderson unearth the dramatic life of a relentless individual who refused to be a model for Victorian women.
   
In The Next Room, Or The Vibrator Play  
TimeLine Company at Stage 773 In The Next Room, Or The Vibrator Play
 
A story of awakening, equality, and the need for connection that was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for Drama. It is the 1880s and Thomas Edison's invention of the electric light has begun to change the fabric of daily life. Inspired by Edison's discovery, scientist and inventor Dr. Givings creates a piece of machinery to treat the increasingly common affliction of female hysteria. When he starts to see a new patient regularly, his wife's curiosity with the invention and what occurs "in the next room" grows, leading to discoveries of her own. This intimate and humorous story of self-discovery debunks the expectation of sexuality as a dirty word and shows that human connection is not simply a means to an end, but a vital part of life itself.
   
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.
   
The Invisible Hand  
Steep Theatre The Invisible Hand
 
An American banker has been taken hostage by an isolated militant group in Pakistan. When his ransom goes unpaid, his only hope is to trade on his expertise in international finance to earn his way to freedom, whatever the cost. The Invisible Hand is a geo-political thriller from the Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Ayad Akhtar.
   
It's A Wonderful Life: Live in Chicago!  
American Blues Theater at Stage 773 It's A Wonderful Life: Live in Chicago!
 
For 16 years, the American Blues Ensemble has treated Chicago audiences to a live 1940s radio broadcast of holiday favorite It's a Wonderful Life. The incredible cast recreates the entire town of Bedford Falls with Foley sound effects, an original score and holiday carols. The Bedford Falls "residents" extend their hospitality after every performance treating audiences to milk and cookies served by the cast.
   
J.B.  
City Lit Theater J.B.
 
A modern retelling of the biblical Book of Job. J.B. is the happiest of men, and God's most loyal servant until God takes a bet from Satan that Satan can make JB so miserable JB will curse God.
   
La Muerte Y La Doncella  
Aguijon Theater La Muerte Y La Doncella
 
Aguijon Theater, Chicago's longest-running Latinx theater, launches its 28th season with Ariel Dorfman's Death and the Maiden. It has been years since political prisoner, Paulina, suffered at the hands of her captor, a man whose face she never saw but whose memory grips her still in a secret terror. The dictatorship that plagued her country has just fallen, and nothing is certain. When an unexpected visitor arrives at the secluded beach house she shares with her husband, Paulina, convinced this stranger is her tormentor, confronts her deepest fears in search of that long sought after justice. Performed in spanish with english subtitles.
   
The Last Days of the Commune  
Prop Theatre The Last Days of the Commune
 
The Last Days of the Commune, a 21st-century glance at Bertolt Brecht's last, and unfinished play, focuses on those left behind to carry ideals, when the military has swept up all fighter material. Set in 1871 during the Paris uprising and establishment of the Paris Commune, the show addresses 'how to think beyond defeat.' Featuring a cast of 23 Chicago performers onstage and onscreen, The Last Days of the Commune now features a live musical performance, in addition to a film within the play.
   
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.
   

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