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Poe  
Theatre Above the Law at The Jarvis Square Theater Poe
 
Welcome to the Mystic Moon, a cabaret bar where the denizens of Edgar Allen Poe's most frightful and delightful tales gather night after night. Let the lost Lenore and her cast of ghouls lead you through four of Poe's classic stories as they are transported onto the stage in an evening of creepy comedy.
   
Proxy  
Underscore Theatre Company at The Understudy Proxy
 
Fifteen years ago, when she was a kid, Vanessa was almost murdered by her best friend. Now she is an investigative journalist in a bind, and she decides to do what anyone would do - exploit her personal story by disguising herself and interviewing her childhood best friend and attempted murderer. Vanessa must navigate her estranged family and confront her trauma in the age of going viral. Who has the right to tell our story? When we have been traumatized, how do we pass that pain onto others - and can we ever really heal?
   
Queen Of Sock Pairing  
Red Tape Theatre at The Ready Queen Of Sock Pairing
 
Feeling unheard both at her job and in her relationship, Celia initiates a new game with her boyfriend. Queen of Sock Pairing employs meta-theatricality, comedic naturalism, and rhythmic, driving narration to tell a visceral and playful story about childcare, learning dominance through imitation, and speaking the truth while playing pretend.
   
Rink Life  
Steppenwolf Theatre Rink Life
 
In Rink Life, Lucky Plush brings its highly integrated approach to dance-theater into a communal space that nods to the visual aesthetics and social dynamics of 1970's roller rink culture, where relationships and storylines are as transient as the world that contains them. Rink Life's staging and choreography are built from the rink's spatial rules and social codes, and its script-turned-libretto-created from passing conversations, distant whispers, pop-song earworms, and found scripts-is entirely spoken and sung live. As the ensemble sings full-throatedly to score their experiences, they demonstrate through effort, risk, beauty, and failure that they-and we-are utterly dependent on one another.
   
Romeo and Juliet  
Chicago Shakespeare Theater Romeo and Juliet
 
A city, two families, and a hatred so old that no one remembers its cause. Defying every boundary forged from their families' enmity, Romeo and Juliet fall in love. In a society torn apart by hate, Shakespeare sets his immortal tale of love and senseless tragedy. For Chicago Shakespeare Artistic Director Barbara Gaines, now is the time to direct her first Romeo and Juliet, as Chicago awaits her vision for the most famous love story of all time.
   
Rutherford and Son  
TimeLine Theatre Company Rutherford and Son
 
In the industrial north of England in 1912, the patriarch of the Rutherford family has spent decades building a respected glass works company to pass on to his children, without any say from them. Caught between passion, purpose, and expectation, John, Richard, and Janet struggle to break free from an oppressive and narrow-minded father dead set on writing their stories himself. Less entangled by these family expectations and with ambitions to give her son the life he deserves, John's young wife Mary is determined to upend the cycle, whatever it takes. Playing on the conventions of the period with wit and creative edge, Sowerby challenges audiences, then and now, to question if our "place" in life should be anything but what we ourselves determine it to be.
   
ShitFYRE: The Musical  
Annoyance Theatre ShitFYRE: The Musical
 
In the summer of 2017, the greatest music festival ever known to mankind didn't happen. Entrepreneur Billy McFarland and his partner Ja Rule promised an exclusive experience on a Bahamas island and got top models and influencers to lend their names - and social media accounts -to the promotion.
   
Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs  
Chicago Kids Company at Beverly Arts Center Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs
 
The Queen has banished Snow White to the woods out of jealousy for her stepdaughter’s beauty. Once there, Snow White discovers that there are plenty of kind friends in the forest, including seven silly dwarfs and a handsome prince. Can Snow White and her new pals overcome the jealous Queen? All CKC shows feature plenty of audience participation and run for one hour with no intermission. Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs is targeted for children ages 2 to 8.
   
Sombras Tango Cabaret  
Tango 21 Dance Theater at Edge Theatre Sombras Tango Cabaret
 
The audience is invited backstage at the Sombras Tango Cabaret with Fantastik Frank and the Tango Brigade as performers prepare for the evening performance. When an unexpected guest appears, Frank must decide if he can confront his own shadows or turn away from his past. Joyful, funny and full of surprises, the story is told through Argentine-style tango, contemporary dance, acting and original music and songs. "Sombras Tango Cabaret" is an entertaining lesson on the rich history of tango.
   
Stay on the Line  
The Martin Stay on the Line
 
STAY ON THE LINE returns for it's third year in a row to explore the theme of Waiting. Followed by two years of sold out runs, collaborators Whitney LaMora, Nicole Faust and Emily Sharp bring you nine new possible storylines for a unique Halloween season experience. Each audience experience includes two ten minute plays in a closed off & immersive space within the walls of The Martin, a flexible event & performance space co-founded by LaMora. The creators ensure that should you enjoy the evening with a friend coming before or after you will experience different storylines than they do- and should you return you will have a new experience as well.
   
The Steadfast Tin Soldier  
Lookingglass Theatre The Steadfast Tin Soldier
 
Inspired by Hans Christian Andersen's The Steadfast Tin Soldier, Ensemble Member Mary Zimmerman (Metamorphoses, Treasure Island) fashions an extravagant and exhilarating spectacle. The unlikely adventure of a little tin soldier, brimming with love and unblinking bravery, is infused with Zimmerman's dazzling blend of storytelling through image and movement, accompanied by live musicians. Unsuspecting travelers make unexpected discoveries in this luminous tale, destined to enchant any and all of us not made of tin.
   
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.
   
The Suffrage Plays  
Artemisia Theatre at The Den Theatre The Suffrage Plays
 
Artemisia celebrates the upcoming 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment with THE SUFFRAGE PLAYS, an evening of three one-act comedies focused on the importance of voting rights for women. Artemisia will offer post-show discussions at selected performances to examine the history of voting rights and the impact of one person - one vote on the 2020 presidential election.
   
Sugar In Our Wounds  
First Floor Theater at The Den Theatre Sugar In Our Wounds
 
On a plantation during the Civil War, a mystical tree stretches toward heaven. It protects James, a young slave, while he reads newspapers about the imminent possibility of freedom, as war rages on. When a brooding stranger arrives, James and his makeshift family take him in. Soon, an unexpected bond leads to a striking romance, and everyone is in uncharted territory. The award-winning SUGAR IN OUR WOUNDS is part of playwright Donja R. Love's trilogy of black love at pivotal moments in history, helmed by Mikael Burke, director of last season's acclaimed production of Hooded, or Being Black for Dummies.
   
Sundown, Yellow Moon  
Raven Theatre Sundown, Yellow Moon
 
In the misty heat of a small southern town, two sisters have come home to handle a crisis. Twins Joey and Ray have just taken their first steps into adulthood while their newly divorced father, Tom, has been suspended from his job. But deep, honest communication doesn't come easy. Seemingly stuck between the future and the past, this family of musicians sings what they can't bring themselves to say.
   
Sunset Boulevard  
Porchlight Music Theatre at Ruth Page Center For Arts Sunset Boulevard
 
In her mansion on Sunset Boulevard, faded, silent-screen goddess, Norma Desmond, lives in a fantasy world. When impoverished screenwriter Joe Gillis, on the run from debt collectors, stumbles into her reclusive domain he is persuaded to work on Norma's "masterpiece," a screenplay that she believes will put her back in front of the cameras. Seduced by Norma and her luxurious lifestyle, he finds himself trapped in her clutches until his love for another woman leads him to try and break free with shattering consequences. This Tony Award-winning masterpiece of obsession, romance and the Golden Age of Hollywood stars one of Chicago Theatre's most celebrated leading ladies: Hollis Resnik, making her Porchlight Music Theatre Mainstage debut.
   
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)
   

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