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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.
   
Rock Of Ages  
Nederlander Theatre Rock Of Ages
 
It's 1987 on Hollywood's Sunset Strip when a small-town girl meets a big city rocker. As they fall in love in L.A.'s most famous rock club, ROCK OF AGES allows fans to rock out once again to their favorite '80s hits. Featuring the music of iconic bands such as Styx, Poison, Twisted Sister, and Whitesnake among many others, this Tenth Anniversary production features a dynamic new cast revisiting the larger than life characters and exhilarating story that turned ROCK OF AGES into a global phenomenon.
   
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.
   
Timeless Magic  
Theater Wit Timeless Magic
 
Sean Masterson's Timeless Magic is a magic show interwoven with the story of the souvenir coin that Sean's great uncle received from a magician at Chicago's Columbian Exposition of 1893. Sean takes his audience on a journey through the "golden age of magic" in his quest to uncover the identity of that anonymous magician. The show, according to The Chicago Reader, "functions as a historical anthology, highlighting the performers and the tricks... of magic's golden era."
   
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.
   
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.
   
Utility  
Interrobang Theatre Project at Rivendell Theatre Utility
 
Amber is doing everything she can to keep her head above water, but no matter how hard she tries it never seems to be enough. Money is tight, her marriage is in turmoil, and she's juggling two jobs just to make ends meet. As she struggles to plan her eight-year-old daughter's birthday party, Amber must stay strong as she feels increasingly invisible in her own life. Meticulous and heartbreaking, Utility offers an empathic glimpse into America's' working poor. Winner of the 2016 Yale Drama Series Prize.
   
The Watsons Go to Birmingham - 1963  
Chicago Children's Theatre at The Station The Watsons Go to Birmingham - 1963
 
When Kenny's older brother starts getting into too much trouble in Michigan, it's decided that he needs to pay a visit to Grandma Sands in Birmingham, Alabama to straighten him out. The whole family - Momma, Dad, Byron, Kenny and Joetta - sets out on a wild cross-country journey in the family car, the "Brown Bomber." When they make it to Birmingham, however, they find much more than they bargained for. The powerful story reminds us that during times of crisis, hope reveals itself in the forms of family and friendships; learning, growing, and evolving.
   

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