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Gaslight District  
Second City Gaslight District
 
From aliens to the alienated, savage roasts to distorted boasts, The Second City e.t.c.'s 42 revue invites you along on a frenzied frolic that translates our modern world into the common language of laughter. Clear your mind, open your eyes and hail one wild rideshare to a place where the truth isn't just out there, it's waaaay out there.
   
The Golden Girls: Bea Afraid! - The Halloween Edition  
Hell in a Handbag Productions at Stage 773 The Golden Girls: Bea Afraid! - The Halloween Edition
 
When Sophia starts acting bizarre and scaring the devil out of the girls they have no choice but to seek the services of their local priest, who has never quite encountered a demon like Sophia! Will they be to drive the DEVIL out of Sophia? Would they even notice? Find out all this and more in THE GOLDEN GIRLS: Bea Afraid! - The Halloween Edition
   
Gypsy  
Porchlight Music Theatre at Ruth Page Center For Arts Gypsy
 
Chicago's E. Faye Butler adopts the mantle of Broadway's legendary "stage mother" in this heart wrenching story of a woman who raises her daughters to assume the heights, whether they want to or not, and featuring one of the gold-standard musical scores including "Let Me Entertain You," "Together (Wherever We Go)," "Everything's Coming Up Roses" and others.
   
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.
   
Haunted House  
Annoyance Theatre Haunted House
 
Down, down, down into a spooky cave at the bottom of a lake is a Haunted House! Inside this creepy cave many terrifying (and not so terrifying) characters pass their time. "Haunted House" is a solo show exploring the everyday fears and dreams of womanhood.
   
Idomeneo  
Lyric Opera Idomeneo
 
Idomeneo, the King of Crete, makes a promise to the gods he cannot keep in Mozart's dramatic tale of love, jealousy, punishment and redemption, set during the Trojan War. The story follows Idomeneo, who's pledged to sacrifice the first human he meets on shore in exchange for survival at sea. But the first person he encounters turns out to be his own son Idamante, who's become a promising leader in his father's absence and who's caught in a war of affection between the Trojan princess Illia and her Greek counterpart Electra.
   
In The Canyon  
Jackalope Theatre at Broadway Armory In The Canyon
 
IN THE CANYON is a new American saga by Calamity West spanning from 2007 to 2067. In an exploration of the present attack on abortion, this world premiere chronicles a story of survival, and imagines the decline of a broken society. When the sun begins to set on a shattered world, the canyon rocks and walls come alive and a story of resistance is birthed.
   
Indecent  
Victory Gardens Theater - Biograph Indecent
 
Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Paula Vogel (How I Learned to Drive) tells the deeply moving story of the controversial 1923 Broadway debut of Jewish playwright Sholem Asch's God of Vengeance - a play about a forbidden lesbian romance that enchanted and outraged audiences. Inspired by true events, Indecent, is performed by an ensemble of seven actors and three musicians portraying more than 40 roles to chart an explosive moment in theatrical history and the artists who risked their careers and lives to perform it. Award-winner Gary Griffin (Hand To God, Fun Home) returns to Victory Gardens to direct this 2017 Tony Award-nominated play.
   
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.
   
It's Only A Play  
Pride Arts Center - The Broadway It's Only A Play
 
An hilarious send-up of show business and its often-bizarre practitioners, which uses the occasion of a disastrous opening night party to pile one wildly funny comic sequence upon another. IT'S ONLY A PLAY, by the author of such Broadway hits as RAGTIME and KISS OF THE SPIDER WOMAN, premiered off-off-Broadway at the Actors and Directors Theatre in 1982, was produced off-Broadway by the Manhattan Theatre Club in 1986, and was revived on Broadway in the 2014-15 season, running for over nine months. "This show is without a doubt hilariously, sidesplittingly funny...These are among the funniest lines to roll off a stage in years...IT'S ONLY A PLAY deserves only a rave." -NY Times.
   
Koalas  
16th Street Theater at Berwyn Cultural Center Koalas
 
The only thing more territorial than the escaped koala living and singing in Ray Slinger's backyard is Ray himself. Ray's protectionism goes into overdrive when his domain is unexpectedly invaded by his unemployed brother and gender-nonconforming child who insists on being called Nate. Stifled by rules gleaned from a rigid father and a rifle that needs constant attention, Ray plays the role of his own worst enemy in his quest to maintain visitation rights. How does a twentieth-century veteran survive the dawning of the twenty-first?
   
La boheme  
Lyric Opera La boheme
 
Puccini's story of love, loss and the artistic world of 19th-century Paris comes to vibrant life in this stunning production at Lyric Opera of Chicago. A huge hit when it premiered it in 1896, the opera's popularity and power hasn't dimmed since. Featuring strikingly designed sets and costumes, not to mention an exciting cast of singers, including Maria Agresta, Michael Fabiano, Danielle de Niese, Zachary Nelson and more, La boheme finds the poor poet Rodolfo and the painter Marcello drawn into a tangle of love and jealousy after the frail Mimi knocks on their door. These youthful dreamers navigate the complicated maze of romance amid the colorful Bohemian enclaves of the city and its snowy streets, until they realize they can no longer hide from the world's harsh realities.
   
Lady in Denmark  
Goodman Theatre Lady in Denmark
 
After the death of her husband, a Danish American woman finds solace in the hauntingly beautiful music of their favorite singer, Billie Holiday. A journey through the couple's time together-from the smoky jazz clubs of post-war Copenhagen, to the home they shared in present-day Chicago-Lady in Denmark is a passionate reflection on life and love written by Pulitzer Prize finalist Dael Orlandersmith.
   
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. Itís simply an evening of fun and laughter.
   
Legally Blonde  
Paramount Theatre Legally Blonde
 
A member of UCLA's Delta Nu sorority, Elle has a seemingly perfect life and perfect future. All she needs is her boyfriend Warner to cement it with a proposal. But her dream life turns into a nightmare when Warner decides to break it off because she's not serious enough for him. As if! Heartbroken and in despair, Elle hatches a near-impossible plan to win him back: get into Harvard Law School. What? Like it's hard? A story of rising to a challenge and defying expectations, all while looking fabulous, Legally Blonde is the perfect way to push Paramount's eighth season into high gear and never let up.
   
The Little Foxes  
Citadel Theatre Company The Little Foxes
 
Lillian Hellman's searing tale of family betrayal and corruption, set in Alabama in the year 1900. In it, Regina Hubbard Giddens connives against her brothers and husband for wealth and freedom within the confines of an early 20th-century society where fathers considered only sons as their legal heirs. This milestone in American theatre is a riveting unsentimental portrait of a bygone era that still holds timely resonance even today.
   
Little Shop of Horrors  
Drury Lane- Oakbrook Little Shop of Horrors
 
This gem of a musical inspired by the 1960 dark comedy horror film will charm your heart with infectious do-wop songs and endearing characters. A down on his luck resident of Skid Row is offered the girl of his dreams, fame, and success from an all-powerful, R&B singin' carnivorous plant, but at what cost? Winner of the Drama Desk Award for Best Musical.
   

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