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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.
   
West Side Story  
Lyric Opera West Side Story
 
One of the most beloved musicals ever, West Side Story takes the most famous romantic drama of all time, Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet, and sets it loose in epic fashion on the streets of 1950s New York, finding two idealistic young lovers caught between warring street gangs -- the Jets and the Sharks. The famed 1961 film adaptation won 10 Academy Awards, including Best Picture, and this Broadway version has become a true American classic. Written by the creative dream team of Leonard Bernstein and Stephen Sondheim, West Side Story's legendary jazz, Latin and classical-inspired score features treasured numbers like "Something's Coming," "Tonight," "I Feel Pretty" and "America" -- not to mention original choreography by Jerome Robbins.
   
The Winter's Tale  
Goodman Theatre The Winter's Tale
 
Star-crossed lovers, a banished child, a loyal servant, a notorious bear and more plot twists than Downton Abbey make up the Shakespearean magic of The Winter's Tale. One of Shakespeare's later romances, this comedy-tragedy hybrid tells the story of Leontes, a jealous Sicilian king who suspects his pregnant queen has been unfaithful. He imprisons his wife and exiles their newborn daughter from his kingdom. By the time he discovers the truth, he's lost everything. Years later, a miraculous twist of fate brings with it a chance for redemption and renewal. Following his celebrated productions of King Lear and Measure for Measure, director Robert Falls reimagines one of Shakespeare's most wildly theatrical tales. The Chicago Tribune enthused, "No modern American director is better at making a play's iconic moments pop with fresh irreverence." Catch this Goodman Theatre take on one of the master's most intriguing plays at The Albert in Chicago.
   
Wolves  
Exit 63 Theatre at The Frontier Wolves
 
Two men's folie deux overtakes their small apartment and spills out onto city streets. When ex-boyfriend Jack brings a strange man home to woodland-obsessed Ben's apartment, the Narrator can barely keep a lid on the looming violence. This "deconstruction" of the Little Red Riding Hood story is a darkly comic, predatory fairy tale for adults that explores the conflation of sex and fear in modern culture, the comfort of lava lamps, and the dangers of a handy axe.
   
You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown  
Drury Lane- Oakbrook You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown
 
Based on the beloved comic strip by Charles M. Schulz, this charming revue of vignettes and songs explores life through the eyes of Charlie Brown and his friends in the Peanuts gang - Linus, Lucy, Sally, Schroeder, and Snoopy. Now celebrating its 50th Anniversary, You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown features favorites such as "Suppertime" and "Happiness," as well as two new songs from the revised version, "Beethoven Day" and "My New Philosophy." You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown opened on Broadway in 1967, with a revised version presented in 1999 under the direction of Michael Mayer. The revival received Tony Awards for Featured Actress (Kristin Chenoweth as Sally) and Featured Actor (Roger Bart as Snoopy).
   

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