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Million Dollar Quartet  
Paramount Theatre Million Dollar Quartet
 
Travel back in time to Memphis's Sun Records recording studio on December 4, 1956, when Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis and Carl Perkins played together their first and only time and created an explosive album that has yet to be matched. Million Dollar Quartet tells that story with all the raw energy and monumental talent everyone has come to expect from these music giants.
   
Monster Club  
Annoyance Theatre Monster Club
 
This all new play tells the story of Mary, a fun loving fifth grader who's landed herself in detention. Alone and bored she invents her own new best friends... MONSTERS! Not only are these monsters imaginary, they might just be puppets! This Halloween season come hang with Mary and her monster friends as they learn there's nothing wrong with having claws, a tail or a third eye - as long as you're being yourself.
   
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
   
Mr. Lee's Night of Horror  
The Public House Theatre Mr. Lee's Night of Horror
 
In the style of Tales from the Crypt or the busty body of work from Elvira, Mr. Lee is now here to guide you through these tales of the bizarre, meant to excite and terrify you. These 10-minute plays are a mix of bone-chilling, sweat-inducing and funny-bone tickling entertainment, featuring everything from a horrifying sandwich that reveals your deepest fears to the ghost of a woman depressingly deformed. Make your way to Chicago's Public House Theatre for Mr. Lee's Night of Horror ... if you dare.
   
A New Brain  
Theo Ubique at No Exit Cafe A New Brain
 
The musical was inspired by a real-life crisis composer-lyricist William Finn experienced in 1992. Not long after winning Tony Awards for his landmark FALSETTOS, Finn started feeling dizzy, and his vision started to fail. The diagnosis? An arteriovenous malformation (AVM) in his brain stem. Following a risky but successful surgery, Finn resolved to not leave his piano "without writing a decent song" and the result was A NEW BRAIN - a musical with 32 songs including "I'd Rather Be Sailing," "I Feel So Much Spring" and "Heart and Music."
   
Nuggets  
Annoyance Theatre Nuggets
 
If you've lived in Chicago long enough, you've probably heard it's the home of long-form improvisation. But what about long-form's bastard cousin, short-form improvisation? "Nuggets" is the newest short-form improv show at The Annoyance Theatre and it's here to put short-form back on the map! Nuggets features games, songs, and audience suggestions to serve you comedy at a break-neck pace. Think "Whose Line is it Anyway" but updated with a young, diverse cast! Our performers will play games made popular on TV like Party Quirks, Scenes From a Hat, and Hoedown and throw some new games in the mix that have been updated for a new generation.
   
Occidental Express  
Trap Door Theatre Occidental Express
 
Visionary director Istvan Szabo K returns to Chicago to stage Matei Visniec's Occidental Express, a visceral examination of people on a journey to forget their past for the promise of a mythical utopian future.
   
Our Town  
Redtwist Theatre Our Town
 
A Pulitzer Prize-winning masterpiece of the 20th century is brought lovingly into the 21st century. Redtwist Associate Artistic Director James Fleming directs an intimate production of this American classic as a love letter to Chicago's many communities and a reminder that life's most ordinary moments are often the most profound. Featuring company members Adam Bitterman, Johnny Garcia, Jacqueline Grandt, and Brian Parry
   
Par for the Corpse  
Oil Lamp Theater Par for the Corpse
 
When a novelist throws a party at her Catskills retreat and a sudden blizzard strands everybody, it isn't long before they discover a killer amongst them. After one of them is poisoned mysteriously, the others try to figure out who did it and how it was done. They're baffled by the seemingly impossible crime untll one guest thinks of a ruse to reveal the killer. Now everyone, even the hostess, is a suspect -- and a number of murky motives emerge during the night's strange events. There are plenty of laughs as the play unfolds, but there are more shrieks of terror than of hilarity -- especially in the surprise-filled final act with its series of convulsive plot twists. See if you can guess the shocker of an ending before it's too late, when Glenview's Oil Lamp Theater presents Par for the Corpse.
   
Perfect Arrangement  
Pride Arts Center - The Broadway Perfect Arrangement
 
It's 1950, and new colors are being added to the Red Scare. Two U.S. State Department employees, Bob and Norma, have been tasked with identifying sexual deviants within their ranks. There's just one problem: Both Bob and Norma are gay, and have married each other's partners as a carefully constructed cover. Inspired by the true story of the earliest stirrings of the American gay rights movement, madcap classic sitcom-style laughs give way to provocative drama as two "All-American" couples are forced to stare down the closet door.
   
Punk  
The New Colony at The Den Theatre Punk
 
Set in a maximum-security prison in present day America, Punk is the story of a group of inmates who are protected and housed in a special unit for gay, bisexual and transgender inmates. Tensions rise when Travis, a young man sentenced to life in prison for the murder of a gay man, requests to transfer into the unit. Fear and suspicion hover over the inmates who call this unit home.
   
Quixote: On the Conquest of Self  
Writers Theatre Quixote: On the Conquest of Self
 
This engaging and creative interpretation of the classic novel by Miguel de Cervantes transports audiences between time periods: from the fascinating universes created by Cervantes to the parallel realities of our current world. Along the way, the universally beloved dreamer Don Quixote helps bring new meaning to our triumphs and defeats, reawakening our forgotten desires and celebrating the joys of great literature.
   
The Rembrandt  
Steppenwolf Theatre The Rembrandt
 
When a museum guard decides to touch a famous Rembrandt painting, a remarkable journey across the ages ensues. Spanning centuries of human experience, Jessica Dickey's The Rembrandt movingly explores the power of creative expression and the sacrifices we make in the pursuit of love and beauty, reminding us that though our beliefs may die with the sound of our voice, it's the love we share-and the art that love inspires-that finds eternity.
   
Rigoletto  
Lyric Opera Rigoletto
 
Rigoletto, Verdi's masterpiece of 1851, presents a magnificent, deeply moving characterization of a hunchbacked court jester consumed by bitterness and revenge. Rigoletto is the father of Gilda, who is seduced and abandoned by the licentious Duke of Mantua. Sparafucile is the assassin hired by Rigoletto to murder the Duke; Maddalena is Sparafucile's seductive sister; and Count Monterone's curse on Rigoletto initiates the drama of the opera.
   
The Rocky Balboa Picture Show  
Cornservatory The Rocky Balboa Picture Show
 
The worlds of the Rocky Balboa film franchise and "The Rocky Horror Picture Show" meet for a world premier mashup musical parody of epic proportions. When Adrian and Paulie get stranded in the middle of Nowhere, Russia, the two stumble upon a mysterious training center where Micky has been preparing Rocky Balboa for the big fight against Russia's prize champion boxer, Ivan Drago. However, Rocky's workouts have produced unexpected results, and the Sly Stallone we thought we knew has been transformed into a pit-stained, stiletto-wearing fighter. Featuring iconic characters from both sides of the screen smashed between both universes, "The Rocky Balboa Picture Show" boasts a high energy, strangely sexy, and over-the-top musical production.
   
Rookie of the Year: The Musical  
MCL Chicago Rookie of the Year: The Musical
 
Henry Rowengartner was just your average 12 year old boy growing up in Chicago. That is until an accident gives him an astonishingly powerful pitching arm and he's asked to pitch for the Chicago Cubs. With a little help from his friends, his coaches, and a guy dating his mom, can Henry take the Cubs to the World Series?
   
Saint Joan  
Poetic Forum Collective at The Greenhouse Theater Center Saint Joan
 
Poetic Forum Collective presents this inclusive, all-femme reimagining of Saint Joan as a production intended to expose the relationships between women in the workforce. Set in a corporate network world, we follow the journey of Joan of Arc as she navigates status, title and class, striving to find those who will follow her voice. Set in a major television corporation, Saint Joan asks us to examine questions of representation and women's role in advocacy, especially women of color. At the end of Shaw's play, originally placed in the 1400s, Joan asks "O God that madest this beautiful earth, when will it be ready to receive Thy saints? How long, O Lord, how long?" Hundreds of years later, a young black woman named Joan is asking the same question of her world-our world today, one dominated by women of higher class and status, and they're still not ready for her voice. You won't want to miss this fiery retelling of Joan of Arc, featuring 15 femme-identifying artists of many backgrounds!
   

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