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No Child...  
Definition Theatre Company at Victory Gardens Theater - Biograph No Child...
 
Named after the controversial No Child Left Behind Act of 2001, No Child... seeks to shed a light on the deep inequalities in America's public education system and the multitude of ways it has failed our young people. Set inside the fictional Malcom X High School in the Bronx, No Child... follows Ms. Sun, a hopeful young teaching artist tasked with leading a boisterous class of sophomores in a performance of Timberlake Wetenbaker's Our Country's Good. Teaching theatre is not easy, and Ms. Sun must learn to navigate teenage angst, timid teachers and overworked administrators as she works to build a play and a community amongst her students.
   
(Not) Another Day  
The Curious Theatre Branch at Prop Theatre (Not) Another Day
 
An actor on the popular soap opera Another Day is killed off, but he refuses to leave the show. The producers have no choice but to stage his funeral, and when he remains intractable, the funeral goes on, day after day, stuck in the twilight soap opera world of attenuated time and constant drama. The cast of the soap opera begins to become unhinged as they replay the same moments over and over. Like shipwrecked passengers, they turn on each other, breaking down the boundaries of civilized behavior. At the same time, the man, Bobby Jinx, played by Beau O'Reilly, perpetually in his coffin, playing dead, begins to have an after-death experience of the bardos, or in-between places, that are described in The Tibetan Book of Living and Dying. At the same time, a writer, played by Vicki Walden, who is composing the entire project, is concerned with the formal narrative elements of their story and its themes. Her mind comes to life as a Greek chorus of cheerleading-cop-parents played by Julia Williams, Troy Martin, Brook Celeste and Paul Brennan, who try to goad her into finishing her work.
   
Not For Sale  
UrbanTheater Company Not For Sale
 
With the Puerto Rican Festival months away, Humboldt Park prepares for the big event. With new neighbors looking to make changes, those that have lived in the community have to work together to either brace for change or let go of the legacies laid out by those that are long gone. A story about community, family, and politics, the question persists, who gets to lay claims to a neighborhood?
   
Odessa  
The Right Brain Project at Otherworld Theatre Odessa
 
Set in the catacombs beneath Odessa, Ukraine. A seemingly endless network of underground tunnels, it's the largest catacomb system in the world. The story centers around Andrew, an American journalist, and Dariya, a Ukrainian scammer. Andrew has been drugged and left for dead in the catacombs by Dariya and her cohorts, but Dariya returns for him. As they attempt to escape this underground labyrinth, they get more and more lost... and the catacombs appear to have a mind of their own. Will they learn the value of teamwork? Will they find love in the most unexpected of places? Will their flashlights run out of batteries, leaving them to die in a cold, infinite abyss, their bodies not to be found for two years? Join us to find out!
   
Radio Golf  
Court Theatre Radio Golf
 
Real estate developer Harmond Wilks is determined to become the first black mayor of Pittsburgh, on a mission to revive his blighted childhood neighborhood. As Wilks confronts characters from the past, he is forced to question how pursuing change could put his neighborhood's history at risk.
   
Scraps  
New American Folk Theatre at The Den Theatre Scraps
 
Follow Scraps on her journey of self-discovery and her effort to shed herself of the patchwork quilt that she is made of in order to become a more "normal" person. Using the setting of America's first fairy tale, this play explores racial and gender identity, and the myriad of people that make up the patchwork of this country. SCRAPS explores our capacity to love and our need to find intimacy through trust and friendship.
   
Second Skin  
WildClaw Theatre Company at The Den Theatre Second Skin
 
Told in three interconnected monologues, SECOND SKIN (winner of the Kennedy Center's Paula Vogel and Jean Kennedy Smith awards) investigates the fraught relationship between mothers and daughters, and how one mistake can reverberate across generations. When Quinn discovers her estranged mother is dying, she returns to a home she fled long ago. As she cares for her mother, Quinn wrestles with disturbing childhood memories. What is her mother's secret? What do the bedtime stories of Selkies her mother once told her really mean?
   
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!
   
A Shayna Maidel  
TimeLine Theatre Company A Shayna Maidel
 
A SHAYNA MAIDEL is a powerful and poignant drama about two sisters trying to reconnect after years of separation brought on by the aftermath of the Holocaust. Shortly before World War II, Rose Weiss and her father escaped Poland for America, but were forced to leave Rose's sister Lusia and her mother behind. When the two sisters reunite in New York City many years later, Rose is confronted by an older sister who, having survived the horrors of war overseas, now seems nothing more than a stranger. And Lusia-haunted by vivid memories of her past-struggles to connect with a family she's never known and to believe in the potential of life in a new land. A SHAYNA MAIDEL explores family, faith, and forgiveness in the pursuit of a better future.
   
The Shipment  
The Ready The Shipment
 
In THE SHIPMENT, Lee uses her razor-sharp and unsettling humor to upend the surface stereotypes and tropes of African Americans that permeate our media, entertainment industry, and the dominant cultural (aka white perceived) narrative. Audiences are confronted with cliches, distortions, and brilliant sleights of hand that force us to go beyond the lampoon and shift the lens through which we perceive race in order to confront our own bias.
   
Six Degrees of Separation  
Redtwist Theatre Six Degrees of Separation
 
What happens when a total stranger enters your life and changes it forever? Based on a true story, this Olivier Award winner for Best Play examines the impact of a charming young con man on a mature wealthy woman when she suddenly begins to care for his well-being.
   
Southern Gothic  
Windy City Playhouse Southern Gothic
 
It's 1960. Ashford, Georgia. Tom Collins is the drink of choice. Dean Martin's on the radio. Everyone's driving a Cadillac, and Suzanne Wellington is about to turn 40. Four couples gather to celebrate the big day -- old college buddies who've known one another for decades. But even best friends keep secrets, and over the course of this evening's party, a few of those are bound to be revealed ... from a political scandal, to a hidden pregnancy, a secret love affair, and a business' corruption. Come to Chicago's Windy City Playhouse, explore, and be a fly on the wall for all the juicy drama of Southern Gothic. Mad Men meets Desperate Housewives in this one-of-kind, voyeuristic theater.
   
Splatter Theater  
Annoyance Theatre Splatter Theater
 
A parody of Friday the 13th type movies, the characters in "Splatter Theater" include such archetypes as the nun, the school jock, the virgin, the class dick, and of course the bumbling old man. Laugh and watch them all die in different ways: tongue pulled out, drill to the head, intestines being ripped out, slashed throat, and the list goes on. With freshly painted white walls on the stage before each performance, the audience will be horrified and delighted by the end, when the walls are covered in blood and the floors in guts! The show, originally directed by Mick Napier, is directed this year by Joe McDaniel.
   
Spring Awakening  
Blank Theatre Company at The Frontier Spring Awakening
 
SPRING AWAKENING is a contemporary rock musical based on the classic German play by Frank Wedekind, following the struggles of German teenagers in the 1890's trying to find their voices in a socially conservative world.
   
Storytown  
Stage 773 Storytown
 
From superheroes to undersea adventures, princesses to dinosaurs, Storytown takes you on an interactive, fully improvised adventure. The actors use audience suggestions and ideas to create a different story every week. Kids design the setting and help shape the story. The actors, artists and musicians bring it to life. When the possibilities are endless, no two stories are ever the same.
   
Sweet Charity  
Marriott Theatre In Lincolnshire Sweet Charity
 
Spend a little time with SWEET CHARITY. The dance-filled, groovy musical comedy inspired by Federico Fellini's Nights of Cabiria, SWEET CHARITY explores the turbulent love life of Charity Hope Valentine, a hopelessly romantic but comically unfortunate dance hall hostess in New York City. With a tuneful, cool, mid-1960s score by Cy Coleman (Little Me, City of Angels, Barnum), sparkling lyrics by Dorothy Fields (Annie Get Your Gun, Seesaw, Redhead), and a hilarious book by Neil Simon, SWEET CHARITY captures all the energy, humor, and heartbreak of Life in the Big City for an unfortunate but irrepressible optimist. Features the songs "Big Spender," "If My Friends Could See Me Now," "There's Gotta Be Something Better Than This," and "I'm a Brass Band."
   
A Tale Of Two Cities: The Musical  
Overshadowed Theatrical Productions A Tale Of Two Cities: The Musical
 
Two men in love with the same woman. Two cities swept up in revolution. One last chance for a man to redeem his wasted life and change the world. Based on Charles Dickens' masterpiece, A Tale of Two Cities is a musical that focuses on the love triangle between young beauty Lucie Manette, French aristocrat Charles Darnay and drunken English cynic Sydney Carton - all caught in the clutches of the bloody French Revolution.
   

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