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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.
   
Into the Woods  
Metropolis Performing Arts Centre Into the Woods
 
A fresh, sophisticated spin on Brothers Grimm fairy tales, Into the Woods interweaves several classic fairy tales into one epic story that shows what happens when magic becomes strikingly real. Unable to bear children, a baker and his wife complete a number of tasks for a witch who promises to grant their wish if they're successful. During their journey, they encounter Little Red Riding Hood, Rapunzel, Cinderella and Jack and the Beanstalk. All the storybook characters discover that wishes often come with a steep price, and things don't always end happily ever after. With music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, the original Broadway run won critical praise and numerous awards and the cast recording took home a Grammy. Come see this production when it enchants and astounds at the Metropolis Performing Arts Centre in Arlington Heights.
   
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.
   
The Jackie Mason Musical  
Skokie Theatre The Jackie Mason Musical
 
Based on a true story, The Jackie Mason Musical begins at a deli in Miami in 1977, where Jackie - a renown 46 year old Comedian, (played by David R. Gordon), spots twenty-something Ginger (played by Jackie's own daughter - comedian Sheba Mason - who's playing her own mother). Along for the ride is her overbearing mom, Mrs. Olivier (Coleen Tutton), and a hilarious cast of off-beat characters. Soon Jackie is wooing her each winter whenever he's in South Florida churning up laughs with the South Beach set. The trouble is, Jackie is also wooing Trixie (Megan Gill), a ravishing young Rascal House server, and Rosa - a senior Rascal House server with attitude - a fact that sends Ginger into romantic distress. Popular entertainer Scott Gryder rounds out the cast as a disgruntled fan. After ten years, she becomes pregnant, Jackie denies his paternity just as stardom re-emerges, while still yearning to be with her, and a complicated relationship begins, including Sheba's own love for the man she knows is her father and whom she wishes she knew. The original score includes "Ode to the Early Bird Special" and "I Never Met This Yenta", written by Ginger Reiter, the girl in the eye of the comedic storm.
   
Lady Faust  
The Public House Theatre Lady Faust
 
"Lady Faust" is an adaptation of Christopher Marlowe's haunting work, which takes a female-forward turn. The central character is woman struggling through the Great Depression, who has lost the right to inherit her father's business and fortune because she's female. In true Faust fashion, she strikes a deal with Lucifer to make women equal to men in public and private matters. She has a year to run the family business and overturn the patriarchy, or she will lose her soul forever.
   
The Last Days of Judas Iscariot  
Eclectic Full Contact Theatre at Athenaeum Theatre The Last Days of Judas Iscariot
 
It's the biggest trial in Purgatory, and Judas is on the stand-surrounded by a Fellini-esque cast of character witnesses, from Satan to Sigmund Freud. Is he merely fallen or beyond forgiveness? In this far cry from any church pageant, you'll laugh out loud while you reassess one of the most reviled names in history.
   
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.
   
The Legend Of Georgia McBride  
Northlight Theatre The Legend Of Georgia McBride
 
A down-on-his-luck Elvis impersonator has an overdrawn checking account and a baby on the way. When a drag show takes over the entertainment at the Florida Panhandle bar where he performs, he'll also be out of a job...unless he's willing to step into some high heels. This heartwarming, music-filled comedy celebrates the unexpected path to finding your true voice.
   
Les Miserables  
Cadillac Palace Theatre Les Miserables
 
Cameron Mackintosh presents the new production of Alain Boublil and Claude-Michel Schonberg's Tony Award-winning musical phenomenon, Les Miserables, direct from its acclaimed Broadway return. Featuring the beloved songs "I Dreamed A Dream," "On My Own," "Stars," "Bring Him Home," "One Day More," and many more, this epic and uplifting story has become one of the most celebrated musicals in theatrical history. With its glorious new staging and dazzlingly reimagined scenery inspired by the paintings of Victor Hugo, this breathtaking new production has left both audiences and critics awestruck.
   
Light Up The Sky  
Citadel Theatre Company Light Up The Sky
 
The play's first act takes place before the play-within-a -play begins, when all assembled are being effusively loving toward each other. In LIGHT UP THE SKY's second act, the play's performance has ended disastrously and, believing the play will flop, the theater folk quickly turn on each other. In the third act, when they see the overnight reviews at 5:30 am and it's clear the play will be a hit, they frantically try to repair the damage they did to their relationships when they thought the play had failed.
   
Living the Black Renaissance  
Black Ensemble Theater Living the Black Renaissance
 
Through the struggles, trials and tribulations of those who fought and fight against oppression and racism, Living The Black Renaissance is a musical and historical depiction of the African American experience in a racist America that will uplift, inspire and motivate all of us to create a world where racism cannot exist. Living The Black Renaissance (More Than A Moment In Time) is more than a play, it is a movement. A movement through song and dance that will help us understand the systemic process of racism and oppression. This thought provoking production will uncover the root of racism, what is it and why we must remove it from our society.
   
Macbeth  
Cornservatory Macbeth
 
Odd's Bodkins and Corn Productions are proud to present our First Annual production of William Shakespeare's Macbeth. Directed by Susie Matthews, this production is set in 1920s Baton Rouge. In a Southern Gothic world of fading plantation aristocracy and voodoo magic, the Macbeths seek an answer to the timeless question of how free their free will really is.
   
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!
   
Making God Laugh  
Steel Beam Theatre Making God Laugh
 
With all that stress and friction, the holidays make or break every family. Ruthie and Bill's grown children -- a priest, an aspiring actress and a former football star -- all return home, where we learn of their plans and dreams as they embark on their adult lives. The empty-nester parents contend with their own changes, too, as old family rituals resurface and ancient tensions flare up in Making God Laugh at Steel Beam Theatre in St. Charles. Ultimately, the family discovers that, despite what we have in mind, we often find ourselves exactly where we need to be. As Woody Allen will tell you, "If you want to make God laugh, tell him your plans."
   
The Making Of A Modern Folk Hero  
Chicago Dramatists The Making Of A Modern Folk Hero
 
A congressman entices an old friend (and washed-up actor) to portray a superhero in a publicity stunt designed to stop the unjust bulldozing of a public housing complex. They leave the crowd enthralled, but what happens when the character the politician created goes rogue? This graphic novel for the stage employs a seamless blend of live actors and shadow puppets to interrogate the hopes, fears and social forces that push people to yearn for and believe in the possibility of superheroes.
   
The Man-Beast  
First Folio Theatre The Man-Beast
 
In the 18th Century French countryside, a mysterious wild-animal is ravaging the livestock and the citizenry, leaving behind a trail of blood and death. No one has seen it, but they have seen the gory results of its savage attacks and suspect that it's a Loup-Garou, the savage werewolf of French legend. When Louis XVI puts a bounty on the animal, the mystery and horror only deepen.
   
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.
   

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