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Mother Goose's Garden  
Emerald City's Little Theatre Mother Goose's Garden
 
One, two, buckle your shoe, and take a gander at Mother Goose's magical community garden at ECT's Little Theatre! Join Jack and Jill as they search for Mother Goose and help out a gaggle of your favorite characters along the way. Sing along to live music with Little Boy Blue, Miss Muffett, and others as you experience the fun in teamwork through hand-puppetry and interactive play. For ages 0 - 5
   
Mother Of The Dark Water  
The Greenhouse Theater Center Mother Of The Dark Water
 
Black Madonnas have been challenging the normative view of Christianity for more than eight hundred years by depicting Mary and Jesus with dark skin. In Mother of the Dark Water, five modern-day black women are inspired by original images of the Black Madonna to challenge the forces in the normative feminist movement that seek to silence their voices and mask their individuality. Drawn from personal stories, original poetry and dance, this play written and directed by Lauren Wells at the Greenhouse Theater Center in Chicago celebrates the power of speaking out, resistance and self-love.
   
My Wonderful Birthday Suit!  
Chicago Children's Theatre at The Station My Wonderful Birthday Suit!
 
n a Land Beyond the Rainbow, in a room overflowing with beautifully wrapped presents, three children explore their friendship, similarities, and differences at a magical birthday party. What follows is a story of learning through experience and communication; a story of redemption and forgiveness. My Wonderful Birthday Suit! includes music, puppetry and a visit to the splendiferous Thinking Tree where one is gently inspired to contemplate one's own words and actions. My Wonderful Birthday Suit! concludes with kindness, generosity and the sharing of a big, amazing present, symbolizing one of the work's major themes: that we as people are ALL gifts to be treasured and celebrated inside and out. My Wonderful Birthday Suit! advances the conversation from the common but outdated notion of tolerating differences to one of understanding, accepting, and celebrating our diversity. Recommended for Ages 4 - 7
   
Nevermore - The Imaginary Life and Mysterious Death of Edgar Allan Poe  
Black Button Eyes Productions at Edge Theatre Nevermore - The Imaginary Life and   Mysterious Death of Edgar Allan Poe
 
Edgar Allan Poe's life reads like one of his short stories: an unrelenting tale of misery and woe. His death is also shrouded in mystery. Was he just spectacularly unlucky, or did a supernatural shadow fall over his life? Written by Jonathan Christenson, this Chicago premiere musical weaves fact and fiction into a tapestry of music and poetry.
   
The Odd Couple  
Big Noise Theatre at Prairie Lakes Theatre The Odd Couple
 
There's a laugh a second in Neil Simon's hit Broadway play when two suddenly single pals - a sloppy sportswriter and a compulsively tidy news writer - strain their friendship by turning roommates and driving each other crazy! A foolproof comic situation with some of the funniest dialogue ever written.
   
On the Threshold of Winter  
Victory Gardens Theater - Biograph On the Threshold of Winter
 
Having been diagnosed with liver cancer in the 1990s, Romanian poet and playwright Marin Sorescu sat down to write a series of reflective poems. Michael Hersch's monodrama On the Threshold of Winter is based on those poems, with music that mirrors their dark, fragile textures and quietly complex seriousness. The work stitches together Sorescu's reflections into an emotionally affecting and memorable musical experience. For this third installment in Victory Gardens Theater's STAGED series, guest soprano Ah Young Hong joins Dal Niente to reprise her role as the monodrama's "lone, blazing star" (The New York Times) in this searing and unflinching look at the human journey toward death.
   
Peter and the Starcatcher  
EDGE Theatre at Piven Theatre Peter and the Starcatcher
 
A dozen actors play more than 100 characters in Peter and the Starcatcher. Combining their acting talent with ingenious stagecraft and an imaginative story to reveal the origins of "the boy who wouldn't grow up," Peter and the Starcatcher is the swashbuckling, madcap prequel to Peter Pan. The comedy takes a hilarious romp through the Neverland you never knew in an action-packed adventure that brings pirates, orphans and secret agents of the queen together on the high seas. Based on the best-selling novel by Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson, and written by Rick Elice (Jersey Boys), Peter and the Starcatcher weaves an enchanting tale that appeals to both adults and kids. Don't miss the multiple Tony-winning show that The New York Times called "the most exhilarating storytelling on Broadway in decades" when it lands at the Piven Theatre in Evanston.
   
Pillars of the Community  
Strawdog Theatre Pillars of the Community
 
Adamsonís acclaimed adaptation of the 1877 Ibsen play tells the story of the return of a fugitive brother that puts the future of wealthy businessman Karsten Bernick in peril. Details of a long-buried sex scandal and embezzlement come to the surface and force Bernick to face his family, his community and his demons. Adamson's version was first produced at the National Theatre and starred Damien Lewis.
   
Potted Potter: The Unauthorized Harry Experience - A Parody by Dan and Jeff  
Broadway Playhouse Potted Potter: The Unauthorized Harry Experience - A Parody by Dan and Jeff
 
Whether you camped outside a bookstore for three days awaiting the release of the Deathly Hallows or you don't know the difference between a horcrux and a Hufflepuff, the comedy, magic and mayhem of POTTED POTTER makes for an entertaining and hilarious visit to the theatre. The fast-paced show, which has made audiences aged six to Dumbledore (who is very old indeed) roar with laughter all over the world, POTTED POTTER is perfect for the entire family.
   
Red Velvet  
Chicago Shakespeare Theater Red Velvet
 
The director of last fall's "must-see" King Charles III helms a fascinating glimpse into theater history, called "fiery and funny" by Time Out New York. In 1833 at the Theatre Royal in Covent Garden, Edmund Kean, the greatest actor of his age, collapses on stage while performing the lead in Othello. He is replaced by a young, black actor, Ira Aldridge -- a first for the role on London's West End. As a bill in Parliament promoting the abolition of slavery sends shock waves through the streets, how will London react to his performance? This multi-award-winning play garnered Lolita Chakrabarti the Critics' Circle Award for Most Promising New Playwright. See Red Velvet at the Chicago Shakespeare Theater.
   
Rose  
The Greenhouse Theater Center Rose
 
An intimate portrait of Camelot's "queen mother" Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy, Rose is an engrossing solo show set in the summer of 1969, just days after her only surviving son, Ted, has been implicated in the drowning of Mary Jo Kopechne at Chappaquiddick. Alone with her invalid husband in their house in Hyannis Port, Rose attempts to retrace the rise and fall of this great family -- from her husband's infidelity to her daughter Rosemary's tragic lobotomy and, of course, her sons John and Robert Kennedy's assassinations -- as they traversed continents, shaped history and inspired a nation. Rose was written by Kennedy scholar Laurence Leamer, author of the national bestseller The Kennedy Women, and is presented at Greenhouse Theater Center in Chicago.
   
Sammy: The Story of Sammy Davis Jr.  
Black Ensemble Theater Sammy: The Story of Sammy Davis Jr.
 
Black Ensemble Theater's "The Dance Theater Season" concludes with another world premiere musical- Sammy: The Story of Sammy Davis, Jr. Telling the story of the rise of the great entertainment icon and Rat Pack member, this production follows his career from the beginnings in vaudeville to his success in Las Vegas, earning him the nickname greatest entertainers in the world.
   
Shark Tank: The Musical  
Annoyance Theatre Shark Tank: The Musical
 
Ever watch the TV show Shark Tank and think, "That show would make a great musical!"? Well, your friends at The Annoyance did. A great cast of Annoyance regulars play your favorite sharks Mark, Daymond, Kevin, Lori, Barbara and Robert, along with all kinds of characters and their crazy pitches as they try to land a deal. Come to Chicago's The Annoyance Theatre & Bar with some good ideas, because you just might find that you're pitching, too!
   
Spark  
20% Theatre Company at Flat Iron Arts Building Spark
 
Three sisters living in the U.S. are caught in the mess of a recent war's aftermath. When their soldier sister finally returns home, this family of little economic means must find a way to make do and carry on, while leaning on the strength of their family. Caridad Svich's contemporary American story of faith, love, war, trauma and a bit of healing comes to the stage in the Pentagon Space at Collaboraction Studios in Chicago, courtesy of the female-focused 20% Theatre Company.
   
Tommy Gun's Garage  
Tommy Gun's Garage Tommy Gun's Garage
 
The restaurant-cabaret presents a Roaring 20s-themed musical comedy revue in a speakeasy seting, with dining and drinking integrated into the show.
   
Tony 'n Tina's Wedding  
Chicago Theatre Works Tony 'n Tina's Wedding
 
Presented by the original New York producers, in conjunction with Chicago Theater Works, comes the return of one of Chicago's longest-running, smash hit shows, Tony 'n Tina's Wedding -- and everyone's invited! You and the other audience members are treated like family at this interactive improvisational comedy. The fun starts with the happy couple's wedding ceremony inside a real church (Resurrection Church), followed by the all-inclusive reception just one block away at Vinnie Black's Coliseum, featuring a full Italian dinner, wedding cake, champagne toast, dancing to great music and lots of love and laughs. As part of the audience, you're considered a wedding guest and are allowed to mix, mingle and interact with all of the participants. You never know what drama you might get swept up in with this crazy Italian family! The improvisational nature of the show lets you go multiple times and see different stories play out each time.Tony 'n' Tina's Wedding will reopen in November 2009
   
The Tortoise and the Hare  
Chicago Kids Company at Beverly Arts Center The Tortoise and the Hare
 
The Hare is ready to win all the blue ribbons at this yearís Stringbean Valley County Fair, but then an unlikely challenger comes to town. Soon the race is on! Who will win first place--the slow and steady Tortoise? Or the fast and furious Hare? This show features a cast of silly animals and an exciting photo-finish ending! Donít miss out on the fun! All CKC productions feature professional actors, colorful scenery and costumes, sing-along songs, and plenty of audience participation. The show runs one hour with no intermission and is for children from 2 to 8 years old.
   

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