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The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane  
Filament Theatre The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane
 
The story of Edward Tulane is "happy, then sad, then all mixed up." Edward Tulane is an expensive toy rabbit made of china. He is loved by a little girl named Abilene, but Edward has no interest in anyone other than himself. On an ocean voyage, Edward is accidentally thrown overboard and sinks to the bottom of the sea. So begins his journey-a journey over which he has no control, for he is a toy rabbit. He can neither move nor speak. As years pass by, Edward meets many different people in many different situations. Through this miraculous journey, Edward learns what it is to love, what it is to lose that love, and how to find the courage to love again.
   
Ms. Blakk For President  
Steppenwolf Theatre Ms. Blakk For President
 
Meet Ms. Joan Jett Blakk as she sets off on her journey to run for President of the United States. Inspired by the true story of America's first black drag queen presidential candidate, Joan's story begins in Chicago; it's 1992 and, with the AIDS crisis at its height, Joan and the newly formed Queer Nation Chicago have big goals in mind. Joan sets off on an exhilarating and dangerous journey to drag queer politics out of the closet and into a future where ALL are visible and ALL have a place at the table. Part campaign rally, part nightclub performance, part confessional, and all PARTY!, MS. BLAKK FOR PRESIDENT takes us into the heart and mind of one of Chicago's most radical and influential citizens.
   
The Mushroom Cure  
The Greenhouse Theater Center The Mushroom Cure
 
Inspired by a scientific study showing that hallucinogenic mushrooms may cure obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), Adam Strauss embarked on a program of vigilante psychopharmacology. The true tale of Strauss' hilarious, harrowing and heartrending attempts to treat his debilitating OCD with psychedelics, THE MUSHROOM CURE was named a Critics' Pick by Time Out New York, which praised it as "riveting... true-life tour de force" and hailed by The New York Times as "mining a great deal of laughter from disabling pain."
   
Next To Normal  
Writers Theatre Next To Normal
 
On the outside, The Goodmans seem like the average American family: house in the suburbs, white picket fence and two sharp-witted kids. But inside, their lives are anything but normal, with long-buried secrets that threaten to tear them apart. Featuring powerful lyrics and an electrifying score, this explosive musical uses wry humor and brutal honesty to explore how family trauma can fracture the American Dream, while ultimately leading to a chance at new beginnings.
   
Noises Off  
Windy City Playhouse Noises Off
 
With just hours until opening night of the comic farce, Nothing On, an amateur theater troupe still has plenty of work to be performance-ready. Between mistaken props, forgotten lines, inner-cast discord, and a torrent of awful acting, one can't help but wonder if these eager thespians can successfully make it to the stage, or will they end up running around with their pants (quite literally) at their ankles? Presented in three acts, Noises Off typically features a revolving stage that rotates to show audiences the front and back of a theater. For our production, to bring our guests closer to the humor onstage (and off), we'll be inviting the audience to move around and see the action from all angles. Returning to the Playhouse to create this experience is the duo behind the uniquely intimate setup of 2017's Becky Shaw: Director Scott Weinstein and Scenic Designer Jeffrey D. Kmiec.
   
A Number  
Writers Theatre A Number
 
Powerful, unpredictable and devastating, Caryl Churchill's suspenseful A Number sees a father meeting his "estranged" son over several visits. As they reconnect, multiplying lies are uncovered, revealing a horrifying truth about their shared past that leads directly to the provocative questions: how much do we pass on to our children and is it really possible to atone for our mistakes?
   
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.
   
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 Savannah Sipping Society  
Steel Beam Theatre The Savannah Sipping Society
 
In this delightful laugh-a-minute comedy, four unique Southern women, all needing to escape the sameness of their day-to-day routines, are drawn together by fate - and an impromptu happy hour - and decide it's high time to reclaim the enthusiasm for life they've lost through the years. By Jessie Jones, Nicholas Hope and Jamie Wooten and directed by Bernie Weiler. Featuring Ann Keen, Barb McCaskey, Donna Steele and Paula Tsiagalis.
   
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.
   
The Slather and Gibbs Show  
Annoyance Theatre The Slather and Gibbs Show
 
"The Slather & Gibbs Show" features company members Tyler Garamella and Meaghan Morris as America's most rambunctious and unpredictable late-night talk show hosts, Slather and Gibbs. Come witness them run amok on "live" television as their producer, Mr. Gilbert (played by Dane Eissler), scrambles to keep the show together. Described by audiences as "unlike anything you've ever seen," The Slather & Gibbs Show parodies the late-night talk show genre while examining our media-obsessed culture and exploring the unhealthy heights to which we'll soar to fuel our own vanity and self-importance.
   
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.
   

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