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Row After Row  
The Comrades at Apollo Theater Row After Row
 
Historical accuracy is paramount to Cal and Tom, two hardcore Civil War re-enactors, fresh off their latest Gettysburg battle. But their accuracy is compromised when they're joined by a soldier with a less than authentic confederate uniform... and the wrong gender. Straddling 1863 and today, ROW AFTER ROW is a dark comedy about choosing your cause and finding your courage.
   
Sex With Strangers  
Citadel Theatre Company Sex With Strangers
 
Olivia is an attractive middle-aged author whose career is reaching the end of its shelf life. Ethan, a young internet phenom, is making a huge online splash with his sex-fueled blog. Their meeting in a secluded cabin results in an instant physical connection that evolves into something more as their adventures online and off raise a whole host of modern moral questions. Laura Eason (Netflix's House of Cards) wrote this sexy, provocative expose that playfully explores what happens when private lives become public domain. Catch this intelligent, modern romance at Lake Forest's Citadel Theatre.
   
Shark Tank: The Musical  
Annoyance Theatre Shark Tank: The Musical
 
Ever watch the TV show Shark Tank and think, "That show would make a great musical!"? Well, your friends at The Annoyance did. A great cast of Annoyance regulars play your favorite sharks Mark, Daymond, Kevin, Lori, Barbara and Robert, along with all kinds of characters and their crazy pitches as they try to land a deal. Come to Chicago's The Annoyance Theatre & Bar with some good ideas, because you just might find that you're pitching, too!
   
Short Shakespeare! A Midsummer Night's Dream  
Chicago Shakespeare Theater Short Shakespeare! A Midsummer Night's Dream
 
A 75-minute abridgment of William Shakespeare's riotous tale of mismatched love among mischievous fairies, young lovers and an amateur theatrical troupe of local workers.
   
Six Corners  
American Blues Theater at Stage 773 Six Corners
 
Late one night, two burnt-out violent crimes unit detectives try their damnedest to close the puzzling murder of a CTA employee. What should be a simple open-and-shut case, however, evolves into a horrifying mystery and unearths a legacy of violence stretching back years. Six Corners was awarded a 2017 Edgerton Foundation Play Award.
   
Skeleton Crew  
Northlight Theatre Skeleton Crew
 
At the start of the Great Recession, rumors of impending closure surround one of the last auto plants in Detroit. The nation's financial crisis gets personal as each of the workers confronts the life-altering choices they must make if their plant goes under, while the supervisor is torn between allegiances to his makeshift family of co-workers and management's "cost-saving" demands. When pushed to the limits of survival, how far over the lines are people willing to cross?
   
Some Like It Red  
The Plagiarists at Berger Park Coach House Some Like It Red
 
Take Some Like It Hot and Shakespeare's Twelfth Night, crush them under the boot-heel of the totalitarian state; add 80's songs, corny jokes, and explosions (of both the romantic and the literal kind) and you'll start to get the flavor of our spring confection. Another shipwreck off the coast of Illyria brings ashore a fresh batch of castaways in need of disguises. Except it's 1985, and the land once known as Illyria is now the Albanian People's Republic, so when a 3-woman cruise ship ensemble washes up and witnesses the secret police in action, they must disguise themselves to survive. And that's just the beginning of all the disguises, doubling, and deception.
   
Southern Gothic  
Windy City Playhouse 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.
   
Spark  
20% Theatre Company at Flat Iron Arts Building Spark
 
Three sisters living in the U.S. are caught in the mess of a recent war's aftermath. When their soldier sister finally returns home, this family of little economic means must find a way to make do and carry on, while leaning on the strength of their family. Caridad Svich's contemporary American story of faith, love, war, trauma and a bit of healing comes to the stage in the Pentagon Space at Collaboraction Studios in Chicago, courtesy of the female-focused 20% Theatre Company.
   
Speech and Debate  
Brown Paper Box Co. at Edge Theatre Speech and Debate
 
Three teenage misfits in Salem, Oregon discover they are linked by a sex scandal that's rocked their town. When one of them sets out to expose the truth, secrets become currency, the stakes get higher, and the trio's connection grows deeper in this fiercely funny dark comedy with music.
   
Surely Goodness and Mercy  
Redtwist Theatre Surely Goodness and Mercy
 
A powerful new drama with incredible heart and humor. Tino is a Newark schoolboy sent to live with an abusive aunt after his mother dies protecting him in a street fight. Seeking solace, Tino befriends the cantankerous lunch lady at school who has been diagnosed with MS. The moving, heartwarming climax shows these two unlikely friends helping each other navigate a harsh world.
   
Time Stands Still  
McAninch Arts Center Time Stands Still
 
Love is a battlefield in this production of Donald Margulies's Tony-nominated play, which The New York Times said "crackles with bright wit and intelligence." After being injured by a bomb blast in Iraq, Sarah, a war photographer, returns to the New York loft she shares with her journalist boyfriend, James. Both are adrenaline junkies who feed off the rush of working in the world's deadliest war zones -- but once separated from the danger of violent strife, their greatest conflict lies within as they try to chart a course for their relationship in the aftermath of tragedy. Buffalo Theater Ensemble brings Time Stands Still to McAninch Arts Center in Glen Ellyn.
   
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.
   
Tony 'n Tina's Wedding  
Chicago Theatre Works Tony 'n Tina's Wedding
 
Presented by the original New York producers, in conjunction with Chicago Theater Works, comes the return of one of Chicago's longest-running, smash hit shows, Tony 'n Tina's Wedding -- and everyone's invited! You and the other audience members are treated like family at this interactive improvisational comedy. The fun starts with the happy couple's wedding ceremony inside a real church (Resurrection Church), followed by the all-inclusive reception just one block away at Vinnie Black's Coliseum, featuring a full Italian dinner, wedding cake, champagne toast, dancing to great music and lots of love and laughs. As part of the audience, you're considered a wedding guest and are allowed to mix, mingle and interact with all of the participants. You never know what drama you might get swept up in with this crazy Italian family! The improvisational nature of the show lets you go multiple times and see different stories play out each time.Tony 'n' Tina's Wedding will reopen in November 2009
   
Traitor  
A Red Orchid Theatre Traitor
 
In this world premiere adaptation of Heinrich Ibsen's An Enemy of the People, a small, North Chicago suburb finds the town's restart button with an investment in a newly opened charter school. After issues with the school grounds are discovered by its head of sciences, Dr. Stock, a quest to inform and correct is met with support. But suspicion and rancor mount as truths bubble to the surface. A play that mirrors our vital, absurd and often hilarious political times.
   
We're Gonna Be Okay  
American Theater Company We're Gonna Be Okay
 
In the midst of the Cuban Missile Crisis, President Kennedy addressed the nation, "My fellow citizens: let no one doubt that this is a difficult and dangerous effort on which we have set out...But the greatest danger of all would be to do nothing." Well, Efran and Leena and Mag and Sul are thinking about doing something. Something big.
   
The Winter's Tale  
Cornservatory 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. Sixteen years later, a miraculous twist of fate brings a chance for redemption and renewal. Catch this take on one of the master's most intriguing and unusual plays courtesy of Odd's Bodkins at The Cornservatory in Chicago.
   

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