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Hang Man  
The Gift Theatre Hang Man
 
The community of a backwoods Southern town grapples with the murder of a black man who is found hanging in a tree. As events unfold, the hanging mystifies the people of the community, forcing them to confront their complicity in this man's horrific demise. Osei-Kuffour's darkly comical, heartbreaking play, which recently made the prestigious 2017 Kilroy's List, uses absurdity to explore racism, sexuality and the parts of American history we would all like to forget.
   
Hay Fever  
ShawChicago at Ruth Page Center For Arts Hay Fever
 
About Hay Fever: Best described as a cross between high farce and a comedy of manners, the play is set in an English country house in the 1920s, and deals with the four eccentric members of the Bliss family and their outlandish behavior when they each invite a guest to spend the weekend. The self-centered behavior of the hosts finally drives their guests to flee while the Blisses are so engaged in a family row that they do not notice their guests' departure.
   
History of the Internet  
Cornservatory History of the Internet
 
Yelling at your mom to get off the phone so you can chat up cuties on AIM, learning basic coding in order to customize your MySpace account, seeing old friends slowly getting suckered into online pyramid schemes -- these are all things Agnes has never experienced, because she's not allowed to use the Internet. But with the help of her older brother's cool local community theater friends, Agnes is ready to confidently deliver the history of the World Wide Web. History of the Internet, a brand new comedy by Michelle Leatherby, will take you all the way from supercomputers through the depths of chatrooms and into the present, leaving you wondering "Are my Neopets still alive?" Gather your top 8 and set your AIM "Away" message so you can join Corn Productions for this nostalgic, sweet, somewhat dark new comedy at the Conservatory in Chicago. BYOB!!
   
A Home On The Lake  
Piven Theatre A Home On The Lake
 
A Home on the Lake is the story of two Evanston families in two eras whose lives are disrupted by matters of property and race. In 1920, as the Great Migration begins to change the demographics of Evanston, two entrepreneurs--one white, one African American--make business deals that will result in the relocation of black residents to what will become, for generations thereafter, the city's "black district." Their business decisions have consequences for their own families, including one that isn't revealed for nearly a century, when the current descendants of those two families are faced with the question of who has a right to a home on the lake.
   
How I Learned To Drive  
The Artistic Home How I Learned To Drive
 
HOW I LEARNED TO DRIVE, which premiered in 1997, was a Pulitzer Prize winner and a pioneering drama for its examination of pedophilia and sexual abuse of women. It follows a young woman, named L'il Bit, from age 11 to age 18 and her friendship and sexual affair with her uncle.
   
I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change  
Steel Beam Theatre I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change
 
From single life to dating to marriage to the end of relationships, the charming musical revue I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change explores all of love's tumultuous stages with humor, emotion and insight. As the show journeys from cheesy pickup lines to newborns and even to love in one's golden years, it offers something for everyone who's ever been in or out of love to identify with. Described as "Seinfeld set to music," the show's NYC production was the second longest-running musical in off-Broadway history, and now this song-filled tribute to the trials and triumphs of love comes to the Steel Beam Theatre in St. Charles.
   
An Ideal Husband  
Berger Park Coach House An Ideal Husband
 
In An Ideal Husband, Sir Robert Chiltern - a virtuous government minister who built his fortune on a single dishonest act - is blackmailed by Mrs. Cheveley, who wants his assistance in another dishonest scheme. The fallout from this long-buried secret threatens to destroy his career and his marriage.
   
Jake's Women  
Theatre Of Western Springs Jake's Women
 
In his semi-autobiographical play Jake's Women, Tony and Pulitzer Prize winner Neil Simon takes a comic and moving look at the relationships between men and women. Successful but narcissistic writer Jake, who is obsessed with his deceased first wife, faces a marital crisis with his second wife as he imagines encounters with the important women from his past and present -- his two wives, his daughter, his bossy sister and his less-than-supportive analyst. Don't miss the wildly comic and moving production of Jake's Women at the Theatre of Western Springs.
   
Knuffle Bunny: A Cautionary Musical  
Emerald City Theatre at Apollo Theater Knuffle Bunny: A Cautionary Musical
 
Join us on the hunt for your dearest stuffed animal, Knuffle Bunny, in this comedic musical adaptation of the Caldecott Honor Book by Mo Willems! After losing the beloved toy rabbit at the laundromat, a desperate dad, a merry mom, and toddler Trixie learn the power in communicating, even when there are no words. With stage design inspired by illustrations straight from the book, this treasured tale is an ECT audience favorite.
   
L'imitation Of Life  
Hell in a Handbag Productions at Stage 773 L'imitation Of Life
 
In this hilarious parody of the 1959 film Imitation of Life, Lana Turner is a determined white widow and single mother with aspirations of becoming a Broadway sensation. When Lana meets Annie Johnson, a struggling single African-American mother, the two team up and take on the world as Lana does "whatever it takes" to make it in show business - while Annie takes care of the homestead and raises both daughters.
   
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.
   
Letter of Love (The Fundamentals of Judo)  
Trap Door Theatre Letter of Love (The Fundamentals of Judo)
 
Don't miss Trap Door Theatre's Letter of Love (The Fundamentals of Judo) directed by Aleksi Barriere, a guest director from Paris. This autobiographical work of Fernando Arrabal is a letter of love, reproach and reconciliation. O
   
Letters Home  
Griffin Theatre at The Den Theatre Letters Home
 
Celebrating its 10th anniversary, this critically lauded production puts the soldier experience in Iraq and Afghanistan front and center by bringing to life war letters written home. Seen by more than 100,000 people in more than 100 cities since its first performance in 2007, the Griffin is proud to have this production come home for Chicago audiences to experience once again.
   
Lettie  
Victory Gardens Theater - Biograph Lettie
 
After serving seven years in prison, Lettie is released and struggles to make a fresh start. Her children, who have been cared for by her half-sister, want little to do with her. Her re-entry job is anything but gentle as she takes on the dark, harsh world of welding. Trying again and again to create a non-criminal life, Lettie is confronted by her past and must make impossible choices to protect her future. Lettie, directed by Artistic Director Chay Yew (A Wonder In My Soul, The House That Will Not Stand) marks playwright Boo Killebrew's Victory Gardens Theater debut.
   
Love, Loss and What I Wore  
Oil Lamp Theater Love, Loss and What I Wore
 
From the writer of Sleepless in Seattle comes an intimate collection of stories about women and their lives. Based on the bestselling book by Ilene Beckerman, Love, Loss and What I Wore is a play of monologues and ensemble pieces about women, clothes and memory covering all the important subjects --mothers, prom dresses, mothers, buying bras, mothers, hating purses and why we only wear black. Slip into this bittersweet comedy at Glenview's Oil Lamp Theater.
   
The Luckiest People  
Stage Left Theatre at Athenaeum Theatre The Luckiest People
 
After the matriarch of the Hoffman family passes away, Richard is blindsided when his elderly father, Oscar, demands to leave his assisted living facility. With his sister Laura living in Shanghai, and Richard soon to become a first time father with his partner David, he is less than thrilled at the prospect of housing his–to put it mildly–difficult father. Accusations begin to fly and defenses are raised, drawing father and son, brother and sister, and spouses into a heated game of finger pointing with unintended consequences.
   
The Madres  
Teatro Vista at Victory Gardens Theater - Biograph The Madres
 
Set in the late 1970s during Argentina's notorious Guerra Sucia, or "Dirty War," The Madres by Stephanie Alison Walker tells the empowering story of three generations of women - a grandmother, a mother and a daughter - and their desperate attempt to keep their family intact in the face of state-sponsored intimidation, kidnappings and murder.
   

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