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Roe  
Goodman Theatre Roe
 
Norma; Act II, Scene II Conceived in a pizza parlor and argued in the highest court in the land, 1973's Roe v. Wade legalized abortion-and is hotly debated still today. The complex young women behind the trial-attorney Sarah Weddington and plaintiff Norma McCorvey ("Jane Roe")-embark upon separate journeys that mirror the current polarization over the landmark decision. Shocking, humorous and "full of nuance and complexity" (NPR), Roe illuminates the heart and passion that each side has for their cause.
   
The Rover  
The Theatre School at DePaul University at Watts Theatre The Rover
 
Hellena and Florinda break all the rules as they endeavor to escape the trap of a man's world in 17th century Naples. Amorous adventures go awry when they encounter a band of Cavaliers wandering through Carnival. In Aphra Behn's dark comedy of manners, the role of women is challenged as we explore the timeless questions of gender politics.
   
The Second City's Black History Month Show  
UP Comedy Club The Second City's Black History Month Show
 
As The Second City is celebrating its diamond anniversary, the lauded comedy company will pull from decades' worth of iconic archival and classic sketches and songs created by some of the theater's most notable African American alumni, conceived and written by artists including Sam Richardson, Keegan-Michael Key, Amber Ruffin, Tim Meadows, Edgar Blackmon, and many more.
   
The Secret of My Success  
Paramount Theatre The Secret of My Success
 
Brantley Foster, a young ambitious Midwesterner, moves to New York City to start his dream job at a major corporation, only to be laid off on the very first day. In his relentless enthusiasm to succeed Brantley finds himself tangled up in a sidesplitting scheme in which he assumes the identity of rising executive Carlton Whitfield. As he climbs the corporate ladder, tirelessly concealing his identity, Brantley soon falls in love with a beautiful colleague named Christy Mendez and discovers that his definition of success might be all wrong. Will he get the job, win at love or just get caught?
   
Shear Madness  
Mercury Theater Shear Madness
 
Chicago's Hilarious Whodunit! - this wildly popular interactive comedy keeps audiences laughing as they try to outwit suspects and catch a killer. A murder is committed, and the audience gets to spot the clues, question the suspects and solve the funniest mystery in the annals of crime. The outcome is never the same, which is why many audience members return again and again to the scene of the mayhem. New clues and up to the minute improvisation deliver a different show every night.
   
Sheepdog  
Shattered Globe Theatre at Theater Wit Sheepdog
 
Amina and Ryan are both officers in the Cleveland police force. Amina is black, Ryan is white, and they are falling deeply and passionately in love. They pride themselves on moral and ethical conduct; they are officers committed to guarding the "sheep" (citizens) from the "wolves" (predators). When a police-involved shooting roils the department, the intoxication of young love spirals into confusion and self-doubt. This is a mystery inside a love story with high stakes and no easy answers. At breakneck speed, Amina's dogged pursuit of the truth may exact a devastating toll.
   
Short Shakespeare! The Comedy of Errors  
Chicago Shakespeare Theater Short Shakespeare! The Comedy of Errors
 
Welcome to a world devoted to the absurd comedy of our endless, human errors! On Saturdays this winter, our cleverly abridged, 75-minute production will have audience members of all ages reeling with laughter. Antipholus and his lifelong companion, Dromio, find themselves in Ephesus as they search the world over for their twins, lost in infancy. Everywhere they go, complete strangers insist they're the best of friends. Is everyone here quite mad? Mistaken identities abound, as one bewildering day in Ephesus makes for a bewitching time in the theater. Following each performance, you are invited to stay for a discussion with the entire cast, and mingle with them in the lobby for informal conversations and photos. This production will most be enjoyed by those ages 10 and up.
   
Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs  
Chicago Kids Company at Beverly Arts Center Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs
 
Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, a one-hour original musical adaptation of the classic tale! It tells the story of a jealous Queen who orders her stepdaughter, Snow White, to leave so she can be the "fairest of them all." Snow White finds a cute cottage with seven goofy dwarfs and instantly becomes best friends. Disguising herself as a hag, the queen brings a poisoned apple to Snow White, who falls into a deep sleep. Can a kiss from the Prince save the day? Find out in this exciting original production!
   
Spoken Word  
MPAACT at The Greenhouse Theater Center Spoken Word
 
Resonant with Arthur Miller's The Crucible, Spoken Word takes place in a small community dominated by hearsay, fear, outrage, and over-reaching authority figures. On the isolated campus of a Midwest university, sex, race, and gender collide in an epic culture war. At the center of this genre-bending drama are two undergrads - one Persian, the other Black - trying to navigate their conflicted feelings, while social loyalties, family obligations, and administrative pressures encroach on their privacy with an oppressive need to know everything about their sexual encounter gone wrong. In Spoken Word everyone will have their say, and it all turns on a single word - never spoken.
   
Stick Fly  
Writers Theatre Stick Fly
 
What begins as a relaxing summer weekend on Martha's Vineyard escalates when the LeVay brothers bring their new girlfriends home to meet their affluent and imposing parents. But even as the newcomers find themselves under familial scrutiny, long-hidden family tensions bubble to the surface and by the end of the weekend, almost everyone at the Vineyard finds themselves under a microscope as they grapple with arguments about class, race and cultural expectations.
   
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.
   
Summer: The Donna Summer Musical  
Nederlander Theatre Summer: The Donna Summer Musical
 
She was a girl from Boston with a voice from heaven, who shot through the stars from gospel choir to dance floor diva. But what the world didn't know was how Donna Summer risked it all to break through barriers, becoming the icon of an era and the inspiration for every music diva who followed. With a score featuring more than 20 of SUMMER: THE DONNA SUMER MUSICAL's classic hits including "Love to Love You Baby," "Bad Girls" and "Hot Stuff," this electric experience is a moving tribute to the voice of a generation.
   
Teatro ZinZanni: Love, Chaos and Dinner  
Cambria Hotel Chicago Loop Teatro ZinZanni: Love, Chaos and Dinner
 
Enter a realm where reality and dreams converge; an experience unlike any other! Teatro ZinZanni is a whirlwind of international cirque, comedy and cabaret served with a multi-course feast. Described as the "Kit Kat Klub on acid," the fast-paced action unfolds around, above and alongside you as world-class acrobats, musicians, divas, illusionists, madmen and aerialists fill the intimate Spiegeltent ZaZou, a unique jewel box mirror tent. Teatro ZinZanni's signature blend of Love, Chaos & Dinner has played to sold out audiences in Seattle and San Francisco, and now comes to Chicago's Cambria Hotel with its "feast for the senses." (The New York Times)
   
The Times Are Racing  
The Joffrey Ballet at Auditorium Theatre The Times Are Racing
 
For its winter engagement, The Joffrey Ballet presents The Times Are Racing, a mixed repertory program featuring choreography from four of the most influential artists working today, including the Chicago premiere of Justin Peck's 2017 ballet for which the program gets its name, two Chicago premieres by Israeli choreographer and former Batsheva Dance Company member Itzik Galili, a Christopher Wheeldon classic, and a new work from Chicago's Stephanie Martinez, 2015 winner of the Joffrey's Winning Works choreographic competition.
   
Titus Andronicus  
Haven at The Den Theatre Titus Andronicus
 
In a society that seems increasingly plagued by senseless violence, Shakespeare's bloodiest play Titus Andronicus feels increasingly germane. When Titus returns home from a 10-year war against the Goths with their Queen as his prisoner, a bloody cycle of violence ensues across familial and political lines. Is revenge ever justifiable? What if there is no justice? These questions remain surprisingly relevant some 400 years later. Titus Andronicus explores the impact of vengeance across the intersections of family, power and race.
   
Top Girls  
Remy Bumppo Theatre at Theater Wit Top Girls
 
You need a hard head to smash a glass ceiling and Marlene's got what it takes! But success comes at a price and the past is never far behind. Whip-smart, funny, and ultimately very moving, Caryl Churchill's groundbreaker brilliantly debates questions about female empowerment, career, and family.
   
Verboten  
The House Theatre of Chicago at Chopin Theatre Verboten
 
1983. Chicago. It's do-or-die for Verboten-a band made up of outsider teens with seriously complex home lives. As they gear up for a show at The Cubby Bear that is sure to change their lives forever, can they keep their parents from destroying the fabric of their self-made punk rock family? With lyrics and music by Verboten's original guitarist Jason Narducy (Split Single, Superchunk, Bob Mould) and book by Brett Neveu (Odradek, Pilgrim's Progress, Traitor), Verboten is inspired by the true story of Chicago's own young punks.
   

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