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One For The Road  
MPAACT at The Greenhouse Theater Center One For The Road
 
The year is 1972, and Ray Haskins is the proud owner of a south side bar passed down to him from his late father. However, between the neighborhood gang squeezing him for protection money, the mysterious Vietnam vet he just hired, and dealing with his own personal demons, Ray may find himself in a fight for survival of his most prized possession.
   
Othello  
Babes With Blades Theatre Company at Factory Theater Othello
 
In William Shakespeare's Othello, Othello is a brilliant general with the support of the Venetian government and an army behind him. When he promotes Cassio over Iago, however, his military might not be able to protect him from madness and jealousy, as Iago schemes to destroy him utterly. As events spiral, prejudice, pride and paranoia all clash in one of Shakespeare's greatest tragedies.
   
Pinocchio  
The House Theatre of Chicago at Chopin Theatre Pinocchio
 
The House brings to life this tall tale about telling the truth. Carved from an enchanted stump in a charred forest, toyshop owner Geppeto's small puppet child flourishes. The growing Pinocchio devours books and the complex worlds they reveal. He relishes musicals and the emotional ride they offer. And he longs to sink his adolescent teeth into real relationships and conversations beyond the walls of his storefront home. But his protective father keeps Pinocchio's wild branches trimmed back, and forbids venturing out. A method sure to inspire rebellion in this precocious, curious not-quite-real young man.
   
Play On!  
Oil Lamp Theater Play On!
 
Play On! is a play-within-a-play comedy where everything that can go wrong does. This is the hilarious story of a theater group trying desperately to put on a play (Murder Most Foul) in spite of maddening interference from a haughty authoress who keeps revising the script. Act I is a rehearsal of the dreadful show; Act II is the near disastrous dress rehearsal, and the final act is the actual performance in which anything that can go wrong does. Don't miss Oil Lamp Theater's production in Glenview.
   
Poseidon! An Upside Down Musical  
Hell in a Handbag Productions at Edge Theatre Poseidon! An Upside Down Musical
 
It's New Year's Eve and a group of hardcore fans have gathered for their annual viewing of the greatest film ever - The Poseidon Adventure, the story of the capsize of the SS Poseidon on New Year's Eve, and the handful misfit passengers that decide to climb to the top of the ship - which is now the bottom. As the story progresses the viewers become one with the film. POSEIDON! An Upside-Down Musical is part parody, part homage - and a look at how movies can leave their mark on you.
   
Queer Eye: The Musical Parody  
Playground Theater Queer Eye: The Musical Parody
 
Follow your favorite Fab Five as they help an Average Joe find his full potential through self-love, comedy, and song! Structured as one full episode, Queer Eye: The Musical Parody features all the avocados you can imagine, a few puppets, and our fav-Betty Who! Join us in this hilarious take on finding acceptance, loving yourself, and embracing your inner Henny, HENNY!
   
The Real Inspector Hound  
Steel Beam Theatre The Real Inspector Hound
 
The Real Inspector Hound is a delightful, witty farce that spoofs Agatha Christie-like melodramas. As mists rise about isolated Muldoon Manor, two critics watching a production become dangerously implicated in the lethal activities of an escaped madman. The Sunday Times called it, "A masterpiece.... (Tom) Stoppard mines murder mystery conventions and strikes gold."
   
Remember the Alamo  
Neo-Futurists Remember the Alamo
 
n this new show created by Neo-Futurist Ensemble Member Nick Hart and directed by Artistic Director Kurt Chiang, an ensemble takes over The Neo-Futurist Theater, refuses to leave and obstructs all production in the theater until the audience and actors work to recreate the Battle of the Alamo in its entirety-through the inevitable "death" of the audience. Hart assumes the role of William B. Travis, chief commander of the Texas army at the Alamo, with the audience as his faithful and willing soldiers during the siege. Remember the Alamo expands on the grand American traditional of historical reenactment with the meta-theatrical style, honest narratives and personal takes that have defined The Neo-Futurists for 30 years.
   
Rezoned: Sketches from the Twilight  
Cornservatory Rezoned: Sketches from the Twilight
 
You're traveling through another dimension, a dimension not only of sight and sound but of comedy. A journey into an absurd place whose boundaries are that of imagination. That's the storefront up ahead - your next stop, you've just crossed over into Rezoned: Sketches from the Twilight. Step back in time as the players revisit your favorite episodes of The Twilight Zone, but this time, things are even stranger. Watch as comedic minds take the extraordinary world of Rod Sterling and crank the dial up to 11. New twists, bigger characters, and a mystery that could only be found in a hilarious and loving tribute to a classic series. Do dee do dee do dee...
   
The Ridiculous Darkness  
Victory Gardens Theater - Biograph The Ridiculous Darkness
 
The horror! The horror! Sergeant Oliver Pellner has clear orders: to travel into the savage wilderness, to find a Colonel who has gone rogue, and to kill him. The man's gone native, as they say: has killed his comrades and disappeared into darkness. Pellner and his pilot embark with confidence, but soon nothing makes sense anymore, as the river turns to mountains turns to jungle turns to black. In another time and place, Ultimo Pussi, a Somali fisherman-turned-pirate seeks justice and understanding before an increasingly hostile central European justice system. Fear turns to paranoia and civilization dissolves in Wolfram Lotz' stunning and disturbing comedy: a fractured spin on Heart of Darkness, Apocalypse Now and our shared history of barbaric colonialism.
   
Scarred For Life  
Pendulum Theater Space Scarred For Life
 
Theatre Momentum presents an instant theatre production in two acts. These talented actors will use real life "scar stories" from our audience and fans as the foundation for characters- all to write and perform a unique piece of instant theatre. Each performance is different than the last, and weaves comedy and drama in equal measure.
   
Self-Accusation  
Theatre Y at The Ready Self-Accusation
 
One of the most radical works of the 20th century, Peter Handke’s Self-Accusation takes the audience on a journey that explores our need to confess and our delight in hearing about others’ transgressions. In this play without characters, the actors confess to all sorts of sins, ranging from the monstrosity of dealing in slaves or committing genocide, to the triviality of failing to shake the lotion bottle before use. At times disturbing, funny and profound, this crescendo of wrongdoing suggests that if ‘to err is human,’ then to confess —to make a story out of our transgression— is the beginning of art.
   
She The People  
UP Comedy Club She The People
 
We'll bet you 72 cents on the dollar (or much, much less!) you'll cheer for this sketch show entirely created, designed, and performed by the fearlessly funny women of The Second City! This mimosa-and-madness-fueled foray roasts the patriarchy, taking on everything from having it all...to having that sick feeling your government is trying to send you back to the Middle Ages. It's time for women everywhere to collectively reclaim comedy!
   
Small World  
The New Colony at The Den Theatre Small World
 
It's the end of the world...maybe? There's no way to confirm for the three "cast members" trapped inside the Small World ride in Disney World. The music won't stop, there's a body in the moat and one of the group is impaled under a smiling animatronic. Can they force their way off the ride? And what waits for them on the other side? It's a world of hopes, it's a world of fears. It's a small world, after all.
   
Sweat  
Goodman Theatre Sweat
 
Winner of the 2017 Pulitzer Prize for Drama, Sweat is the scorching new play from Lynn Nottage (Ruined) that The New York Times called "keenly observed and surprisingly funny ... (it) throbs with heartfelt life." In the industrial town of Reading, Pennsylvania, a group of friends spend their days on the factory floor and their nights sharing drinks, secrets and laughs. But then layoffs and picket lines begin to erode their trust, and they find themselves pitted against each other in a heart-wrenching fight for self-preservation. Based on Nottage's extensive research and interviews with residents of Reading and now arriving at Chicago's Goodman Theatre after a heralded Broadway run, Sweat is a searing reflection of America's economic decline.
   
Tap Dogs  
Nederlander Theatre Tap Dogs
 
The global dance sensation TAP DOGS hits the road on an international tour of jaw dropping new surprises. Experience the thrill of a revitalized genre of dance. Seventy-five action packed minutes of part theatre, part dance, part rock concert and part construction site. An adrenaline pumped cast turns traditional tap dancing upside-down and into the ultimate night out. TAP DOGS premiered at the Sydney Theatre Festival and success quickly followed with seasons in London, New York, Tokyo, Paris, Berlin, Shanghai and around the world. Created by Oliver Award-winning choreographer Dein Perry, and originally directed by Nigel Triffitt, with music by Andrew Wilkie and lighting by Gavin Norris.
   
The Time Warp Trio  
Lifeline Theatre The Time Warp Trio
 
When Joe receives a magical book for his birthday, he and his pals are unexpectedly hurled across time and space. They first arrive in Camelot, a land menaced by an evil knight, a terrible giant, and a fire-breathing dragon. With quick thinking and a dash of courage the newly formed "Time Warp Trio" manages to survive, but the mysterious Book soon thrusts them into further adventures - each more challenging than the last! Save the day with wit and bravery in this adaptation of stories from Jon Scieszka and Lane Smith's Time Warp Trio series. This production is recommended for children ages five and up and runs approximately one hour with no intermission.
   

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