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The Hound of the Baskervilles  
City Lit Theater The Hound of the Baskervilles
 
Opening our season will be a new production of our 2007 Jeff-nominated adaptation. Holmes and Watson investigate the centuries-old legend of a hound from hell that stalks the Baskerville family in the greatest Sherlock Holmes adventure of them all. We are pleased to be able to say that James Sparling and Adam Bitterman will return as Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson. City Lit has a long history with the good doctor and his remarkable friend, and it seems fitting to kick off our milestone anniversary by celebrating with them one more time.
   
Improvised Jane Austen  
I.O. Improvised Jane Austen
 
With independent heroines, misunderstood suitors, meddling mothers, and charming cads, Improvised Jane Austen creates a Regency love story on the spot throughout Chicago, IL. The women of the company take an audience suggestion and craft a story the most prominent female author of the 19th century may have written and carry it through misadventures and misunderstandings to its proper British conclusion.
   
In The Heights  
Jedlicka Performing Arts Center In The Heights
 
Jedlicka Performing Arts Center and Vision Latino Theatre Company present In The Heights. Music and lyrics by Lin-Manuel Miranda, book by Quiara Alegría Hudes, conceived by Lin-Manuel Miranda, directed by Xavier Custodio, music directed by Michael Gibson, choreographed by Yariana Baralt Torres. In the Heights tells the universal story of a vibrant community in New York's Washington Heights neighborhood - a place where the coffee from the corner bodega is light and sweet, the windows are always open and the breeze carries the rhythm of three generations of music. It's a community on the brink of change, full of hopes and pressures, where the biggest struggles can be deciding which traditions you take with you, which ones you leave behind.
   
Invisible  
Her Story Theater at Stage 773 Invisible
 
INVISIBLE brings to light the nearly forgotten national Women of the Ku Klux Klan (WKKK), also known as Women's Ku Klux Klan, and Ladies of the Invisible Empire, which held to many of the same political and social ideas of the nationwide KKK but functioned as a separate branch of the national organization with their own actions and ideas. While most women focused on the moral, civic, and educational agendas of the Klan, they also had considerable involvement in issues of race, class, ethnicity, gender, and religion
   
Jane Eyre  
The Joffrey Ballet at Auditorium Theatre Jane Eyre
 
This production of Jane Eyre challenges the idea of a classic ballet heroine. After a difficult upbringing, Jane becomes the Governess for the mysterious Mr. Rochester, discovering the struggles of society's expectations. With stirring choreography and a captivating Victorian design, this avant - garde ballet shows that love can conquer any obstacle.
   
Keely and Du  
Redtwist Theatre Keely and Du
 
Keely and Du is a mind-probing issue play with a gripping human face. Who is accountable? What is the extent of individual freedom?
   
Kentucky  
The Gift Theatre at Theater Wit Kentucky
 
Two Sisters, Eccentric Parents, A Chatty Cat, And A Born-Again Wedding...What Could Go Wrong? Hiro is a self-made single, almost 30 woman making it in New York while estranged from her dysfunctional family who lives in Kentucky. When her sister, a born-again Christian, decides to marry at 22, Hiro decides to do whatever she can to stop the wedding and salvage her sister's future. The themes of identity, religion and love collide in this unique coming-of-age story.
   
The King's Speech  
Chicago Shakespeare Theater The King's Speech
 
Paralyzed by his stammer and unable to speak to a nation in crisis, King George VI ascends the throne as England stands on the brink of war once again with Germany. Enter Lionel Logue, an Australian migrant with a career path as unexpected as the king's. The remarkable true story of this unlikely bond between a reluctant king and a charismatic subject that inspired the Academy Award-winning film is now brought to the stage, where writer David Seidler first imagined it.
   
Language of Angels  
Three Crows THeatre at Piven Theatre Language of Angels
 
Perfect for the Halloween spooky season, Language of Angels begins in a cave on the edge of a rural North Carolina town, where a teenaged girl once went missing. One of nine friends is responsible for her death, yet her ghostly, echoed cries will haunt each of them forever. Woven together are the parallel paths each friend takes that lead to their own tragic fates. Hidden beneath the scary, mysterious exterior, Language of Angels is ultimately a touching and deeply heartfelt 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.
   
Love and Information  
Trap Door Theatre Love and Information
 
Through a kaleidoscopic lens of over 100 characters in fifty-seven different scenes, Churchill's exhilarating play Love and Information explores how our incessant consumption of information and virtual connectivity penetrates and frames our sense of ourselves and our relationships with others.
   
Luisa Miller  
Lyric Opera Luisa Miller
 
Verdi's sumptuously beautiful romantic drama tells the story of sweet, vulnerable Luisa, who loves Rodolfo, the son of a ruthless, unethical nobleman whom Luisa's own father loathes. The young couple's relationship leads to catastrophe in a drama that breathes passion and excitement. Memorable arias (including "Quando le sere al placido," one of the composer's greatest tenor hits), breathtaking duets, and thrilling ensembles abound in this tale of star-crossed love and violent jealousy. Lyric's first presentation of this electrifying work in more than three decades at Chicago's Lyric Opera House will be a feast for all devotees of Verdi and Italian opera.
   
Madagascar - A Musical Adventure  
Marriott Theatre In Lincolnshire Madagascar - A Musical Adventure
 
Join Alex the Lion, Marty the Zebra, Melman the Giraffe, Gloria the Hippo and, of course, those hilarious, plotting penguins as they bound onto the stage in this musical adventure. MADAGASCAR - A MUSICAL ADVENTURE follows all of your favorite zoo friends as they escape from their home in New York's Central Park Zoo and find themselves on an unexpected journey to the madcap world of King Julien's Madagascar. This special one-hour presentation for kids (and parents) of all ages is filled with larger-than-life characters, non-stop adventure, and an upbeat score that will make audiences want to "Move It, Move It!" All performances are followed by a question & answer session with the cast.
   
The Magic Parlour  
The House Theatre of Chicago at The Palmer House Hilton Hotel The Magic Parlour
 
Award-winning, third-generation magician Dennis Watkins delivers an evening of sophisticated tom-foolery in one of the Windy City's most unique entertainment experiences presented by The House Theatre of Chicago. The Magic Parlour is an elegant night out in the heart of downtown. This intimate magic show is replete with mind-blowing magic and mind reading in a small suite at the historic Palmer House Hilton Hotel.
   
A Man Of No Importance  
Pride Arts Center - The Broadway A Man Of No Importance
 
Alfie Byrne is a bus conductor in 1964 Dublin whose heart holds secrets that he can't share with anyone but his imagined confidante, Oscar Wilde. When he attempts to present an amateur production of Wilde's SALOME in the local church hall, he must face the forces of bigotry and shame over a love "that dare not speak its name." But the redemptive power of theatre changes his life and gains him the support of his true friends.
   
The Master Comic  
MPAACT at The Greenhouse Theater Center The Master Comic
 
The Master Comic is a fun and satirical study of the rise and fall of a once-great, and now controversial Black entertainer. Lincoln Wolfe is the very picture of education, charm, wit, and class but has allegedly led a secret double life as a pathological victimizer. Inspired by the enduring ideas and enigmatic characters found in Ibsen's classic The Master Builder, The Master Comic explores issues of race and respectability politics, and examines the existential and identity-related problems specific to African Americans negotiating perceptions of success in the U.S.
   
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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