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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.
   
Please Excuse My Dear Aunt Sally  
Otherworld Theatre Please Excuse My Dear Aunt Sally
 
Buzz buzz. A text alert glows in the darkness. Your breath hitches, knowing that your confidante, your best friend, your cell phone holds a treasure just for you. A secret, a thought formed into being with the gentle tap, tap, taps of the senderís fingers. The glow touches your face and in that moment everything but the fingers and the glow and the buzz buzz falls away. You are struck still with a feeling that for so long you have yearned to hold: that to someone out there you are special, you are seen, you are wanted. Itís just so easy to reply. But what if itís your teacher? Described by The New York Times as ďan elegantly constructed examination of contemporary isolation and the illusory nature of electronic connection,Ē Bower Theatre Ensemble presents Please Excuse My Dear Aunt Sally, which tells the story of an affair between a teenage boy and his math teacher, from the surprising perspective of the boyís best friend: his cell phone. See it at the Otherworld Theatre Performance Venue and Bar in Chicago.
   
The Princess And The Pea  
Chicago Kids Company at Beverly Arts Center The Princess And The Pea
 
Only a real Princess can feel a PEA under a stack of 20 mattresses! Meet Princess Penelope and her crazy friends-and find out if she can pass the ultimate Princess Test. You won't want to miss this great show-and the real 12-Foot bed! All CKC productions feature professional actors, colorful scenery and costumes, sing-along songs, and plenty of audience participation. This show is geared from children ages 2 to 10.
   
The Secret of the Biological Clock  
Eclectic Full Contact Theatre at Athenaeum Theatre The Secret of the Biological Clock
 
What happens when you favorite teen detectives grow up? Tag along on the big case that pulls one previously precocious sleuth out of retirement. This witty and refreshing new work written by DePaul grad Andie Arthur tells a "coming of age story" for a woman in her mid-30's. See her face obstacles scarier than Nancy Drew or The Hardy Boys ever imagined: Careers, mature relationships...and babies? Eek!
   
Sentimental Journey  
Citadel Theatre Company Sentimental Journey
 
Ross Lehman's Sentimental Journey tells the true story of Ross and Kathy Lehman, as told by their son, Chicago Actor Ross Lehman. It weaves the romantic history of their courtship, marriage, and life together, set against the backdrop of WWII. This World Premiere includes popular music of the period such as "We'll Meet Again", "Don't Fence Me In", and the title song "Sentimental Journey".
   
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!
   
Six  
Chicago Shakespeare Theater Six
 
In SIX, the queens of Henry VIII take the mic to reclaim their identities out of the shadow of their infamous spouse-remixing five hundred years of historical heartbreak into an exuberant celebration of twenty-first-century girl power. The all-woman cast, backed by an all-woman band known as the "Ladies in Waiting," traverses the spectrum of modern-day pop with a soundtrack that has stormed up the UK charts.
   
Southern Gothic  
Windy City Playhouse South 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.
   
Space Scum: The Musical  
Annoyance Theatre Space Scum: The Musical
 
Humans. Robots. Tentacle aliens. And one LIZARD MAN. This ragtag crew of space cleaners sail around the stars to dispose of the junk left behind. It's all part of a routine mission until BLAM! their ship is pulled too close to the sun. Now with their lives on the line, the crew must come together to escape the sun's gravity or they'll be SPACE DUST in no time.
   
Storefront Theater Musical  
Cornservatory Storefront Theater Musical
 
If Disney can do it ... Corn can skew it! Corn Productions is proud to give the people what they want - nay what they NEED - a parody of High School Musical! But wait there's more! Not only do they mock all things HSM, they take pointed jabs at a beloved Chicago theater tradition: Storefront Theater (yes, they realize they are also a storefront theater, but who better to mock it, than them!) Put it all together and what do you get? Storefront Theater Musical!
   
Style and Grace: In Tribute to Lena Horne  
Black Ensemble Theater Style and Grace: In Tribute to Lena Horne
 
Impeccable style, enduring grace, and a special way with words, Lena Horne and Nancy Wilson helped define these very phrases. In Black Ensemble Theater's new musical Style and Grace we take an intimate look at the cost of fame through the years, and how these phenomenal women left such lasting marks on the world.
   
Take Me  
Strawdog Theatre Take Me
 
Inspired by true events, TAKE ME is the story of Shelly, a woman trapped by the trauma of a husband in a coma and the chaos that followed. Looking for solace, she finds herself pulled in to the realm of wild alien conspiracy theories. Voices from the sky tell her the answer to all her problems is to build an alien themed amusement park in Roswell, New Mexico. TAKE ME is a comic fantasia, a story about having faith in a world where there are more questions than answers. It's the second collaboration between Guarino and Langford since their hit play All the Fame of Lofty Deeds, produced by The House Theatre of Chicago.
   
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.
   
Too Heavy For Your Pocket  
TimeLine Theatre Company Too Heavy For Your Pocket
 
A captivating and complicated tale about the intersection of family, responsibility, and progress at the height of the Civil Rights Movement. Bowzie Brandon, his wife Sally, and their best friends Tony and Evelyn see happiness on the horizon when Bowzie gets a scholarship to attend college and improve his family's life. However, when the opportunity to become a Freedom Rider arises, Bowzie leaves his obligations as a husband and friend behind to join the fight against racism in the Deep South. TOO HEAVY FOR YOUR POCKET is a powerful look at the tenuous balance between security and risk, the bonds of love and friendship, and the personal cost of progress.
   
Trigger Happy  
Annoyance Theatre Trigger Happy
 
Similar to most long form improv, "Trigger Happy" consists of a series of unrelated scenes that are inspired by a single suggestion from the audience. This show departs from that standard in that the cast share an invisible language that will trigger certain events, as if by magic.
   
Two Days In Court  
City Lit Theater Two Days In Court
 
A double-bill of one-acts, dubbed TWO DAYS IN COURT, offering first a fantastic and then a silly and satiric look at the legal system. McCabe will direct the bill, which will open with THE DEVIL AND DANIEL WEBSTER - the play by Stephen Vincent Benet based on his 1936 short story. It concerns a New Hampshire farmer who sells his soul to the Devil and when he seeks to get out of the deal is defended in "court" by Daniel Webster, a fictional version of the famous statesman, lawyer, and orator. The second half of the TWO DAYS IN COURT program will be Gilbert and Sullivan's one-act operetta from 1875, TRIAL BY JURY. This short piece with a plot too silly to summarize was G & S's first hit, leading to a career for their partnership that produced the classics THE PIRATES OF PENZANCE, HMS PINAFORE, THE MIKADO and many others.
   
The Undeniable Sound Of Right Now  
Raven Theatre The Undeniable Sound Of Right Now
 
Chicago, 1992. The city and its culture are changing, but grungy old Hank's Bar isn't. The "soulless" noise of electronic music is on the rise. Hank, proprietor of a legendary rock club, must battle the rising tide of The Next Big Thing as it threatens to destroy his legacy and fracture his family.
   

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