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Now on stage:
Time and Spectrum. Solo performance mixes real life and time travel fantasy in tale about performer's social difficulties and exploration of whether he is on the autism spectrum. By Dennis Frymire at Windy City Music Theatre Blackbox Studio, 5430 W. Lawrence Ave., Chicago. Runs through September 13. Tickets www.chicagofringe.org .
SMUT: The Improvised Romantic Book Club. Improv/comedy. By Corn Productions at Cornservatory, 4210 N. Lincoln. $10. Runs through Sept. 18 ( Fridays ). 11 pm. Tickets email@example.com, www.cornservatory.org .
The Dueling Gentlemen. Performed entirely in silence a la pre-talkie era and accompanied by live original piano composition, the story follows two vaudeville performers whose friendship begins to deconstruct during their long time running successful act. By The Silent Theatre Company at Athenaeum Theatre, Studio 1, 2936 N Southport Ave, Chicago. $17-$27. Runs through September 20. Tickets ( 773 ) 935-6875 or www.athenaeumtheatre.org .
Glory Days. Four-character musical about late-teen male angst. By Refuge Theatre Project at Collaboraction, Room 300, Flatiron Arts Building, 1579 N. Milwaukee Ave. $20. Runs through Sept. 20. Tickets www.refugetheatre.com .
The Universal Wolf. Theatrical rendering of the famous Little Red Riding Hood fairy tale. By Trap Door Theatre at Trap Door Theatre, 1655 W. Cortland Ave. $20/$25. Runs through September 26. Tickets ( 773 ) 384-0494 or www.trapdoor.com .
Porn Minus Porn. Live staged reading of real porn film scripts, culling out all the actual sex acts. Under The Gun Theater, 956 W. Newport, Chicago. $12. Saturdays 10:30 pm. Runs through September 26. Tickets www.undertheguntheater.com .
Don Chipotle. A new Latino superhero is born in this coming-of-age adventure, told through theater, puppetry, animation, music and a children's choir. By terraNOVA Collective and The Playground Theater at Storefront Theater, 66 E. Randolph St. $15. Runs through Sept. 27. Tickets www.theadventuresofdonchipotle.com .
Will You Accept This Rose, an Improvised Parody of the Bachelor. A member of the audience goes on a series of dates with our eligible ladies in hopes to find a wife. At Under the Gun Theater, 956 W. Newport. $12. Sundays 9 pm. Runs through Sep. 27. Tickets www.undertheguntheater.com .
The Lyons. Nicky Silver's darkly humorous family drama. Indomitable matriarch Rita Lyons is at a major crossroads. Her husband is dying, her son is in a dubious relationship, and her daughter is barely holding it together. By Aston Rep Theatre Company at Raven Theatre ( West Stage ), 6157 N Clark St, Chicago. $20. Runs through September 27. Tickets ( 773 ) 828-9129 or www.astonrep.com .
Hideous. A one woman comedic show written and performed by Mary Catherine Curran that weaves personal stories, character pieces, and music together. At The Annoyance Theater, 851 W. Belmont. $6. 8:00 pm. Runs through October 8. Tickets ( 773 ) 697-9693 or www.theannoyance.com .
Sand. Improvisation. By Mike Brunlieb, Thomas Kelley and Scott Neson with musical accompaniment by Tim Joyce. At Annoyance Theatre, 831 W. Belmont. $6. 8 pm. Runs through Oct. 8. Tickets ( 773 ) 697-9693 or www.theannoyance.com .
Victor Victoria. A down-on-her-luck singer is convinced by a gay impresario to masquerade as a female impersonator, becoming a huge success in Paris nightclubs and attracting the attentions of a Chicago gangster, in the musical version of the 1982 film. By Night Blue Performing Arts Company at Stage 773, 1225 W. Belmont. $32-$35. Runs through October 9. Tickets www.vendini.com/ticket-software.html .
The Outfit. A budding clothing designer changes tragic Nora's life with a remarkable outfit. Piccolo Theatre, 600 Main St. in Evanston, inside the Main Street Metra Station. Fridays and Saturdays at 8 pm, Sundays at 3 pm. Runs through October 10, 2015. Tickets at www.piccolotheatre.com or ( 847 ) 424-0089 .
How the World Began. Science and religion collide in a small Kansas town. By Rivendell Theatre Ensemble, Chicago's only professional theatre company dedicated to the work of women theatre artists. At 5779 N. Ridge Ave. Runs through October 10. Tickets rivendelltheatre.secure.force.com/ticket .
For the Love of Comrades. New play from Northern Ireland uncovers the largely unknown but fascinating alliance between Welsh miners and the lesbian and gay community in Thatcher-era Britain. By the New Conservancy Theatre Center at 25 Van Ness Ave, San Francisco, CA. Runs through October 11. Tickets nctcsf.secure.force.com/ticket/ .
Mel Brooks' The Producers. Max Bialystock, the one-time king of Broadway producers hungry to strike it rich, and Leo Bloom, an accountant with dreams of someday becoming a theatre producer, discover that they could get richer by producing a flop than a hit and start by finding the worst show, worst director, and worst actors. By Night Blue Performing Arts Company at Stage 773, 1225 W. Belmont. $32-$35. Runs through October 11. Tickets www.vendini.com/ticket-software.html .
Dogfight. On the eve of their deployment, three young Marines take part in a "dogfight" a game where the soldiers compete to bring the ugliest date, unbeknownst to the girls they bring. By BoHo Theatre at Theater Wit. $20-30. Thurs-Sat 8 pm, Sunday 2 pm. Runs through October 18. Tickets at www.bohotheatre.com/buytickets.php or 773-975-8150 .
October Sky. It was 1957, and Sputnik lights up the October sky over the small Appalachian mining town of Coalwood, West Virginia. By Marriott Theatre at 10 Marriott Drive, Lincolnshire, IL. Runs through October 18. Tickets ( 847 ) 634-0200 or www.marriotttheatre.com/tickets .
American Idiot. Features music by the Grammy award-winning punk rock band Green Day. By the Hypocrites at the Den Theatre Mainstage, 1333 N. Milwaukee Ave, Chicago. Runs through October 25. Tickets the-hypocrites.tix.com/Schedule.aspx .
Assassination Theater: Chicago's Role in the Crime of the Century. Theatrical investigation into the nation's most infamous crime, the assassination of JFK. At Museum of Broadcast Communication, 360 N. State St. Runs through Nov. 7. Tickets ( 800 ) 838-3006 or assassinationtheater.com .
September 8, 2015
The Tempest. Shakespearean classic about a banished duke's machinations to regain his position as Duke of Milan. Choreography by Pilobus and magic by Teller. At Chicago Shakespeare Theater, Navy Pier. Runs through November 8.
September 9, 2015
Heaven, How I Got There. The story told in his own words of the thief on the cross who died a few feet from Jesus, based on book by Colin S. Smith. By Provision Theater Company. Runs through October 28. Tickets ( 312 ) 455-0066 or www.provisiontheater.org/tickets.htm .
September 10, 2015
Katrina: Mother-In-Law of 'Em All. Dark comedy marking the tenth anniversary of the infamous hurricane that struck the U.S. Gulf coast. By Interrobang Theatre Project at Den Theatre Mainstage, 1333 N. Milwaukee Ave. Runs through Oct. 4. Tickets www.interrobangtheatreproject.org/ .
Merchild. Like many little girls, 8-year-old Adam dreams of being a mermaid and marrying a prince. But Adam was born a boy. Or so everyone seems to think. By 16th Street Theater at the Berwyn Cultural Center. Runs through October 16. Tickets boxoffice.printtixusa.com/16thstreet/eventcalendar .
September 11, 2015
Black-Hearted Bitch. Winner of Pride Films and Plays LezPlay contest, a teleplay presented as a staged reading. Kell, an assassin-for-hire, is brutally betrayed by her oldest friend and newest lover. At Center On Halsted, 3656 N. Halsted, 7 pm. Pay-what-you-can ( $10 suggested donation ) Tickets www.pridefilmsandplays.com .
Previously Blue. a collaboration of 7 Stages Theater, DAH Teatar and Cafe Antarsia with a Serbian connection. At Links Hall, 3111 N. Western Ave. $20/$25. Runs through Sept. 13. Tickets and info www.dahteatarcentar.com/index_eng.html .
Next to Normal. Winner of three Tony awards plus a Pulitzer Prize, this play explores how one suburban household copes with crisis and mental illness. By MadKap Productions at Skokie Theatre, 7924 Lincoln Ave., Skokie. Runs through September 27. Tickets SkokieTheatre.org, ( 847 ) 677-7761 .
Guardians. The stories of two scandals the infamous snapshots from Abu Ghraib prison, which depict atrocities committed by American soldiers in the name of freedom and the strikingly similar photos of English soldiers, published by a London tabloid but later revealed as fakes. By Mary-Arrchie Theatre Company at Angel Island, 735 W. Sheridan Rd. $30. Runs through Oct. 18. Tickets at box office, ( 773 ) 871-0442 or www.maryarrchie.com .
September 12, 2015
The Patron Saint of Dead Dogs. Winner of Pride Films and Plays LezPlay contest, a play presented as a staged reading. A mob movie-obsessed teenager accidentally runs over her bully's precious dog and must decide between telling the truth and risking expulsion from her posh Catholic school or keeping it a shameful secret. At Center On Halsted, 3656 N. Halsted, 2 pm. Pay-what-you-can ( $10 suggested donation ). Tickets www.pridefilmsandplays.com .
Resolution. Winner of Pride Films and Plays LezPlay contest, a play presented as a staged reading. In the Gay Nineties, Jack and Hannah Buchannon are a happily married couple. But when their maid discovers their long-held secret and resolves to turn them in to the authorities, the couple must dissuade her or pursue their own resolution to the problem. At Center On Halsted, 3656 N. Halsted, 7 pm. Pay-what-you-can ( $10 suggested donation ). Tickets www.pridefilmsandplays.com .
Who's Afraid of Virginia Wolf? The lovebirds of marital discord, George and Martha, host a young couple for an after-party nightcap and a game of "Get the Guests" during the wee hours in their twisted funhouse. At Redtwist Theatre,1044 W. Bryn Mawr. Runs through Oct. 11. Tickets ( 773 ) 728-7529 or www.redtwist.org .
September 13, 2015
Missed Connections. Winner of Pride Films and Plays LezPlay contest, a play presented as a staged reading. Avery, a shy community college writing instructor, has a crush on Layla, a newspaper editor who is poised, self-possessed, and stylishïż˝all things that make her completely unattainable. At Center On Halsted, 3656 N. Halsted, 2 pm. Pay-what-you-can ( $10 suggested donation ). Tickets www.pridefilmsandplays.com .
The Terror Fantastic. Winner of Pride Films and Plays LezPlay contest, a play presented as a staged reading. Iz is a young gay woman plagued by crippling anxiety, courtesy of a creature who is her constant companion: the First Monster. At Center On Halsted, 3656 N Halsted, 5 pm. Pay-what-you-can ( $10 suggested donation ). Tickets www.pridefilmsandplays.com .
September 16, 2015
Oklahoma! Rodgers and Hammerstein musical classic set in turn-of-the-century Oklahoma Territory. At Paramount Theatre, 23 East Galena Blvd, Aurora, IL. Runs through October 18. Tickets tickets.paramountaurora.com/public/show_events_list.asp or ( 630 ) 896-6666 .
Direct From Death Row the Scottsboro Boys ( An Evening of Vaudeville and Sorrow ). Nine African-American teenagers falsely accused in 1931 of assaulting two white Alabama women spent decades in the legal system fighting for their lives. Songs, a magic act, a ventriloquist act, skits and soft shoe. By Raven Theatre Company at Raven Theatre. Runs through November 14. Tickets at RavenTheatre.com or ( 773 ) 338-2177 .
September 17, 2015
East of Eden. Adaptation of John Steinbeck's novel, from the award-winning adaptor of the Steppenwolf classic The Grapes of Wrath. By Steppenwolf Theatre Company at Steppenwolf Theatre, 1650 N Halsted, Chicago. Runs through November 15. Tickets 312-335-1650 or www.steppenwolf.org/Plays-Events .
September 18, 2015
The Hyancinth Macaw. Experimental play tracing the unraveling of a small American family. By The Bridge in Bridgeport at The Bridge, 643 W. 31st St, Bridgeport ( aka The Orphanage ). $12. 7:30 pm. Runs through Oct. 4. Tickets ( 312 ) 307-5194 or www.thebridgeperforms.com .
Ordinary People. The essence of a young Lake Forest man, his friends and family, their relationships and survival. By Citadel Theatre Company at Citadel Theatre, 300 S. Waukegan Rd., Lake Forest. Runs through October 18. firstname.lastname@example.org, tinyurl.com/pjfz6ty or 847-735-8554 x1 .
Funnyman. As fading vaudeville comic Chick Sherman tries to revive his career, a lifetime of private and professional struggles rise to the surface, cracking the polished public persona of the world's favorite former "funny man." At Northlight Theatre, North Shore Center for the Performing Arts, 9501 Skokie Blvd., Skokie, IL. $25-$79. Runs through October 18. Tickets at box office at theater, ( 847 ) 673-6300 or northlight.org .
September 19, 2015
Washer/Dryer. When Indian-American Sonya elopes with Chinese-American Michael, she thinks she has finally found her happily-ever-after, and possibly even fulfilled her grandmother's wish for marriage. By Rasaka Theatre Company, a South Asian ensemble. At Victory Gardens Theatre, 2433 N. Lincoln Ave. Runs through October 11. Tickets victorygardens.org/buy-tickets/2015-09/ .
Feathers and Teeth. Teen angst surges to a whole new level in this offbeat new comedy from Charise Castro Smith. At Goodman Theatre, 170 N. Dearborn St. Runs through October 18. Tickets www.goodmantheatre.org/feathers/ .
50 States of Gay. Now that gay marriage is legal in all 50 states, Chicago's premiere LGBTQ sketch company GayCo Productions unleashes its most patriotic sketch variety comedy revue in its 19-year history. By GayCo productions at Under the Gun Theater, 956 W. Newport Ave. $15. Runs through Oct. 31. Tickets ( 773 ) 270-3440.
Splatter Theater. A parody of Friday the 13th type movies, the characters in "Splatter Theater" include such archetypes as the nun, the school jock, the virgin, the class dick, and of course the bumbling old man. They all die in different ways, splattering blood. At The Annoyance Theater, 851 W. Belmont. Runs through October 31. Tickets ( 773 ) 697-9693 or www.theannoyance.com .
The Black White Love Play. The story of Chaz and Roger Ebert, featuring music, dance and a ten piece orchestra. Black Ensemble Theater at Black Ensemble Theater Cultural Center, 4450 N. Clark St, Chicago. Thursdays 7:30 pm, Fridays 8 pm, Saturdays 3 pm and 8 pm, Sundays 3 pm. Runs through November 1, 2015. Tickets at www.blackensemble.org or call ( 773 ) 769-4451 .
September 20, 2015
Gem of the Ocean. A cleanser of souls encounters a murderer on her doorstep and takes him on a spiritual journey to the mythical City of Bones. Court Theatre, 5535 S. Ellis Ave, Chicago. Runs through October 11, 2015. Tickets at www.CourtTheatre.org, ( 773 ) 753-4472 .
September 24, 2015
Punk Punk. Meet up with Mindy at Fat Cat Bar, grab a drink, and follow her through the alleys of Uptown to a special band practice with guitarist Kathy. By Nothing Without a Company at Fat Cat Bar, 4840 N Broadway. $15-$30. Runs through October 10. Tickets www.nothingwithoutacompany.org .
Scream, Queen, Scream! A twisted trio of tales featuring possessed office temps, ravenous monsters and deadly identical twins. By Hell in a Handbag Productions at Mary's Attic, 5400 N. Clark St. $22-$40. Runs through Oct. 31. Tickets www.handbagproductions.org .
Love and Information. When troubleshooting fails, searching returns no hits, and there's no app for that - who do you turn to? By Remy Bumppo Theatre Company at Greenhouse Theater Center, 2257 N Lincoln Ave, Chicago. $32.50-$57.50. Runs through November 1. Tickets ( 773 ) 404-7336 or www.vendini.com/ticket-software.html .
September 25, 2015
Blood Brothers. British musical about twin brothers separated at birth one raised by a rich family, the other by the impoverished birth mother of the boys. By Theo Unique Cabaret Theatre at No Exit Cafe, 6970 N Glenwood Ave, Chicago. $34/39. Runs through November 15. Tickets www.theo-u.com .
September 26, 2015
Sucker Punch. Aspiring black boxers, Leon and Troy, both have promising futures in the ring. When race riots explode in their London neighborhood, these two friends are forced to make a tough decision. At Victory Gardens Biograph Theater, 2433 N. Lincoln Ave. $15-$60. Runs through Oct. 18. Tickets at box office, ( 773 ) 871-3000 or www.victorygardens.org .
September 30, 2015
Million Dollar Quartet. Tony Award-winning musical inspired by the1956 recording session that brought together Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins and Elvis Presley. At Apollo Theater, 2540 N. Lincoln Ave., Chicago. Runs through January 17, 2016. Tickets at www.ticketmaster.com or ( 773 ) 935-6100 .
October 1, 2015
Yellow Dress. Born out of her experiences growing up as a Korean American adoptee in a family of ten in upstate New York, this coming-of-age, one woman show follows two orphans through the streets of South Korea, into the suburban American heartland, and their fortuitous journey back to Korea. By Silk Road Rising at Historic Chicago Temple Building, 77 W Washington St, Pierce Hall, Chicago. $15. Through October 4. Tickets at web.ovationtix.com/trs/pr/942193 or 312-857-1234 x201 .
Good for Otto. Based on Undoing Depression by Richard O'Connor. Haunted by his own childhood, a psychologist tries to minister to the distressed souls who find their way to the doors of the health center he runs in a cluster of Connecticut hamlets and villages. By Gift Theatre at Gift Theatre, 4802 N. Milwaukee Ave. $20-$35. Runs through November 22. Tickets 773-283-7071 or thegifttheatre.org/ .
October 2, 2015
Haunted. Improvisation of horror movies. By Under The Gun Theater at 956 W Newport. $12. Runs through Oct. 30 Fridays 9 pm. Tickets www.undertheguntheater.com .
The Nance. Direct from Broadway, recreates the naughty, raucous world of burlesque's heyday and tells the backstage story of headliner Chauncey Miles. By New Conservatory Theatre Center at 25 Van Ness Avenue, San Francisco, CA. Runs through Nov. 1. Tickets nctcsf.secure.force.com/ticket/ .
Barefoot in the Park. Neil Simon's play about newlyweds whose attempt at matchmaking goes totally wrong. Step Up Productions, Athenaeum Theatre, 2936 N. Southport Ave. in Chicago. Runs through November 1. Tickets www.stepupproductions.org, ( 773 ) 935-6875 .
Chicks With Shticks. A dragapella beauty shop quartet. By the Kinsey Sicks at Mayne Stage, 1330 W. Morse Ave., Chicago. Tickets www.maynestage.com, ( 866 ) 468-3401 .
October 3, 2015
Vampyre Hunter High. An improvised horror show about slaying the undead. By Under The Gun Theater at 956 W. Newport. $15. Runs through Oct 31, Saturdays 10:30 pm. Tickets www.undertheguntheater.com .
October 4, 2015
The ( curious case of the ) Watson Intelligence. Watson, a techno-dweeb programmer looking for love, perfects her new artificial intelligence just as IBM's Watson computer is winning its first Jeopardy tournament. By Theater Wit at Theater Wit, 1229 N. Belmont. Tickets start at $12. Runs through Nov. 14. Tickets 773-975-8150 or www.TheaterWit.org .
October 6, 2015
Unspeakable. Inspired by the life of comic icon Richard Pryor, focusing on the period between 1967 and 1982. By Broadway In Chicago at the Broadway Playhouse, Water Tower Place ( 175 E. Chestnut St ). Runs through November 6. Tickets ( 312 ) 977-1710 or www.BroadwayInChicago.com .
October 7, 2015
Treasure Island. Adapted from the Robert Louis Stevenson novel. By Looking Glass Theatre Company at Water Tower Water Works, 821 N Michigan at Pearson. Runs through January 31, 2016. Tickets www.lookingglasstheatre.org .
October 8, 2015
For Her as a Piano. One woman's journey to unravel a family history that she's never been told. Through music, memory and magic, traces the lives of three generations of women, and how they are interconnected. By Pegasus Theatre at Chicago Dramatists, 1105 W. Chicago Ave. $30. Runs through Nov. 1. Tickets ( 866 ) 811-4111 or www.PegasusTheatreChicago.org .
Marvin's Room. Bessie devotes her life to caring for her elderly father and aunt and so her own diagnosis of leukemia plummets their world into a tailspin. By Shattered Globe Theatre at Theatre Wit, 1229 W. Belmont Ave. $33. Runs through Nov. 14. Tickets at box office, ( 773 ) 975-8150 or www.theaterwit.org .
October 9, 2015
The Story of a Story ( the Untold Story ). A musical comedy about a writer and artist who must prevent an invasion of our world by a magical land of cliches. By Underscore Theatre at The Chopin Theatre, 1543 W. Division St. $20. Runs through Oct. 8. Tickets ( 312 ) 646-0975 or www.underscoretheatre.org .
October 10, 2015
Zombie Seinfeld. Manhattan is overrun with a zombie apocalypse and the cast from television's 'Seinfeld' is right in the middle of it. By Gorilla Tango Theatre at Gorilla Tango Theatre Bucktown, 1919 N Milwaukee Ave. $20. Runs through Oct. 31. Tickets ( 773 ) 598-4549 or www.gorillatango.com .
October 14, 2015
Charm. Depicts the colorful inner workings of an etiquette class taught by Mama Darleena Andrews, an African-American transgender woman, in an LGBTQ organization known as The Center. By Northlight Theatre at Steppenwolf Garage, 1624 N. Halsted. Runs through November 8. Tickets ( 312 ) 335-1650 or steppenwolf.org .
October 21, 2015
1984. Winston Smith works for the Ministry of Truth located in the nation of Oceania, part of a vast empire in a constant, shifting war against other superstates. Dissent is not tolerated ( not even in thought ). By Steppenwolf For Young Adults at the Upstairs Theater, 1650 N. Halsted, 3rd Floor.. $20. Runs through Nov. 15. Tickets tinyurl.com/pefhqyf .
October 23, 2015
Arsenic and Old Lace. Classic comedy about two Victorian sisters who poison lonely old men. By Saint Sebastian Players at St. Bonaventure, 1625 W. Diversey, Chicago. Runs through November 15, 2015. Tickets at saintsebastianplayers.org or ( 773 ) 404-7922 .
October 29, 2015
Design for Living by Noel Coward. An unraveling tempestuous love triangle between vivacious interior designer Gilda, playwright Leo and artist Otto - three people unashamedly and passionately in love with each other. By Pride Films & Plays at Rivendell Theater, 5779 N Ridge, Chicago. $22/27. Runs through November 22. Tickets ( 800 ) 737-0984, www.pridefilmsandplays.com or tinyurl.com/p86rfr5 .
October 30, 2015
The Play About My Dad. A doctor in Gulfport, Mississippi stays behind to take care of patients as Hurricane Katrina hits in August 2005. By Raven Theatre Company at Raven Theatre, 6157 N. Clark St. $39/$42. Runs through November 28. Tickets ( 773 ) 338-2177 or www.raventheatre.com .
November 4, 2015
The Raid. Unlike other prominent abolitionists, John Brown is convinced only bloodshed will dismantle American Slavery. By Jackalope Theatre at Broadway Armory Park, 5917 N. Broadway. Season pass $60. Runs through Dec. 12. Tickets www.jackalopetheatre.org/ .
November 5, 2015
The Lisbon Traviata. This comic yet tragic story centers around a revealing conversation between depressed literary editor and opera fanatic, Stephen, and Mendy, a flamboyant opera queen. Ensemble Member and Goodman Theatre Artistic Associate, Steve Scott directs. By Eclipse Theatre at Athenaeum Theatre, 2936 N. Southport. Runs through December 13. Tickets ( 773 ) 935-6875 or web.ovationtix.com/trs/cal/32915/1446350400000 .
November 6, 2015
Never the Sinner. Two handsome and wealthy college students, Nathan Leopold and Richard Loeb, are accused of violently murdering a 14-year-old boy. Are these two successful men capable of murder? What demons could drive this pair to commit such a brutal act? By Victory Gardens Theater at Victory Gardens Biograph, 2433 N. Lincoln Ave. $15-$60. Runs through Dec. 6. Tickets at box office, ( 773 ) 871-3000 or www.victorygardens.org .
Fulfillment. Michael has everything: the girlfriend, the condo, and the primo job at a top law firm. But after eight years, he has continually been passed up for a partnership, and starts to suspect it's because of racial discrimination. By American Theater Company, 1909 W. Byron St. $38-$48. Runs through Dec. 13. Tickets ( 773 ) 409-4125 or www.atcweb.org .
November 7, 2015
Pocatello. Set in Pocatello, Idaho, Samuel D. Hunter's comedy depicts the struggle to create an authentic experience to forge true community in a place that is being transformed into the endless artificiality of Walmarts, Applebees and strip malls. By Griffin Theatre at Signal Ensemble Theatre, 1802 W Berenice Ave, Chicago. Runs through December 13. Tickets www.griffintheatre.com .
I'm Spiritual, Dammit! and "Wiggerlover" First Act: Evening of stories based on Weigel's struggle to bring spirituality to her professional and personal life. Second Act: Chicagoland, 1979. In this too-good-to-be-true comedy of one boy's life in an interracial family, James Anthony Zoccoli recalls growing up as a half-Italian, half-Polish kid who wants to be Black when his White mom marries an African-American man. By Jennifer Weigel and James Anthony Zoccoli at Acorn Theater, 107 Generations Drive, Three Oaks, MI. $25. 8 pm Eastern Time. Tickets ( 269 ) 756-3879 or www.acorntheater.com .
November 14, 2015
The Kid Thing. When two lesbian couples, who have been close friends for years, get together for a dinner party, the unexpected news of an impending pregnancy manages to rock both relationships. Runs through Dec. 13. By New Conservatory Theatre at 25 Van Ness Ave., San Francisco, CA. Tickets www.nctcsf.org/shows .
November 15, 2015
Agamemnon. This ancient story is the second installment of the Court Theatre's Greek classic cycle. At Court Theatre on the University of Chicago campus: 5535 S. Ellis Ave. $45-$65. Runs through December 6. Tickets www.courttheatre.org/tickets .
No More Sad Things. Driven by a half-remembered dream of frogs, Jessiee is headed for Maui, looking to escape her troubles in this comedy. By Slideshow Theater Company at Victory Gardens Theater, 2433 N. Lincoln Ave. Runs through December 15. Tickets www.slideshowtheatre.org .
November 19, 2015
My American Cousin. One woman sketch comedy show with a glimpse of the life of an Arab American woman from Chicago's south side. By Silk Road Rising at Historic Chicago Temple Building, 77 W Washington St, Pierce Hall, Chicago. $15. Through November 22. Tickets at web.ovationtix.com/trs/pr/942193 or 312-857-1234 x201 .
Animals Commit Suicide. Chance Stevens is a young gay man who dives deep into the city's seedy underbelly, picks up a drug habit, and begins a relationship with a handsome, HIV-positive baker. By First Floor Theater at The Flat Iron Arts Building, 1579 N Milwaukee Ave, 3rd Floor. Runs through December 12. Tickets firstfloortheater.com/ .
November 20, 2015
3rd annual Holidaze. Musical celebration of the season with all its chaos, dysfunction and cheer. Original works by MT Cozzola, John Green, Robert Koon, Mia McCullough, Steven Simoncic, Steven Peterson, Joshua Rollins and others. By Step Up Productions at The Athenaeum Theatre, 2936 N. Southport Ave. in Chicago. Runs through December 20. Tickets at www.stepupproductions.org or ( 773 ) 935-6875 .
Oliver. Musical based on the Dickens novel. By Citadel Theatre Company at Citadel Theatre, 300 S. Waukegan Rd., Lake Forest. Runs through December 20. email@example.com or 847-735-8554 x1 .
The Santaland Diaries. David Sedaris' reminiscence of his less than merry misadventures as a Christmas elf gone bad. By Theater Wit at Theater Wit, 1229 N. Belmont. Tickets start at $12. Runs through December 27. Tickets 773-975-8150 or www.TheaterWit.org .
November 25, 2015
Fallen Angels. Before Julia and Jane married their comfortable husbands there was Maurice. An elegant Frenchman with youthful indiscretion for them both, he has written to announce his impending return. By Remy Bumppo Theatre Company at Greenhouse Theater Center, 2757 N Lincoln Ave, Chicago. $32.50-$57.50. Runs through January 11, 2016. Tickets ( 773 ) 404-7336 or www.vendini.com/ticket-software.html .
November 28, 2015
The Best Christmas Pageant Ever. When the Herdmans ( the nastiest kids in the neighborhood ) decide they want to be in this year's Christmas pageant, everyone is sure it will be a disaster. Comedy filled with singing and music. By Provision Theater for Young Audiences. Runs through December 20. Tickets ( 312 ) 455-0066 or www.provisiontheater.org/tickets.htm .
December 1, 2015
Beautiful: the Carole King Musical. At Oriental Theatre, 24 W. Randolph. Runs through Feb. 21. Tickets at beautifulonbroadway.com/tour .
December 2, 2015
The Lion King. Musical. By Disney/Broadway in Chicago at Cadillac Palace Theatre, at 151 W. Randolph St. Runs through Jan. 17, 2016. Tickets tinyurl.com/pwzcgtd .
December 6, 2015
The Lion King special matinee. Musical with pre-show Equality Illinois reception with other LGBT & ally families and friends. By Disney/Broadway in Chicago at Cadillac Palace Theatre. $65-$200. 1 pm. 11 am pre-show reception location TBA. Tickets tinyurl.com/pwzcgtd .
December 9, 2015
Sherlock Holmes and the Case of the Christmas Goose. The show follows Holmes and Dr. Watson as they investigate the mysterious theft and even more mysterious discovery of a precious jewel. Suitable for family audiences. By Raven Theatre Company at 6157 N. Clark St. $22-$24 for adults, $17-$19 for students. Runs through Jan. 3. Tickets ( 773 ) 338-2177 or tinyurl.com/qdw2onp .
December 17, 2015
See Jane Sing. Cabaret show by actress, singer, comedian, and Chicago native Jane Lynch. By Jane Lynch at Civic Opera House, 20 N. Upper Wacker Dr. $50/$95. Runs through December 18. Tickets tinyurl.com/of2bx8l .
December 18, 2015
Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: the Musical. The tale of a young Rudolph who, because of his bright, shining nose, is ousted from the reindeer games in Christmas-town. He flees town, meets up with new friends Hermey and Yukon, and a series of adventures ensue including a visit to The Island of Misfit Toys. At Rosemont Theatre, 5400 N River Road, Rosemont. Runs through Dec. 19 ( Friday Dec. 18 at 7 pm and Sat. Dec. 19 at 11 am, 2 pm and 7 pm. Tickets ( 866 ) 448-7849 or www.ticketmaster.com .
January 7, 2016
Botanic Garden. A widow's first date and her desire to get out of it. By Citadel Theatre Company at Citadel Theatre, 300 S. Waukegan Rd., Lake Forest. Runs through January 17. firstname.lastname@example.org or 847-735-8554 x1 .
January 8, 2016
Byhalia, Mississippi. Racially charged drama of a black baby born to a white couple. By The New Colony with Definition Theatre Company. At The Den Theatre 1333 N Milwaukee Ave, Chicago. Runs through February 14. Tickets www.thenewcolony.org .
January 9, 2016
London Wall. An exploration of the lives and love affairs of the women employed as shorthand typists in a busy solicitor's office in 1930's London. By Griffin Theatre at Den Theatre, 1333 N. Milwaukee Ave, Chicago. Runs through February 14. Tickets www.griffentheatre.com .
January 14, 2016
Spring Awakening. Rock adaptation of Frank Wedekind's classic play of sexual awakening, morality, youth and rebellion. By Marriott Theatre at 10 Marriott Drive, Lincolnshire, IL. Runs through January 31. Tickets ( 847 ) 634-0200 or www.marriotttheatre.com/tickets .
Animals Out of Paper. Andy, a calculus teacher and avid fan, pressures a reclusive Ilana, a world famous origami artist, into becoming an unwitting mentor to a troubled teenage prodigy, Suresh. By Shattered Globe Theatre at Theatre Wit, 1229 W. Belmont Ave. Runs through Feb. 27. Tickets at the door, ( 773 ) 975-8150 or www.shatteredglobe.org .
January 21, 2016
Le Switch. Drama about a young gay man's ambivalence in the face of national "wedding fever." By About Face Theatre at Theater Wit, 1229 W. Belmont, Chicago. Runs through February 21, 2016. Tickets at www.aboutfacetheatre.org .
January 22, 2016
The Glass Menagerie. Focuses on a man obsessed with regrets from his past. Director Hans Fleishmann's newest re-imagining of Tennessee Williams' classic memory play. By the Hypocrites at The Den Theatre's Main Stage, 1329 N. Milwaukee Ave. Runs through March 6. Tickets the-hypocrites.tix.com/Schedule.aspx .
January 28, 2016
High Fidelity. Musical based on Nick Hornby's 1995 novel and on Stephen Frears' 2000 feature-film adaptation that starred Chicago natives John Cusack, Joan Cusack and Lili Taylor. By Refuge Theatre Project at The Pentagon @ Collaboraction in the Flat Iron Arts Building, 1579 N. Milwaukee Ave. Runs through Feb. 28. Tickets and pricing information at a later date.
February 10, 2016
Tuesdays with Morrie. An exploration of the meaning of life based on the book by Mitch Albom. By Provision Theater Company. Runs through March 20. Tickets ( 312 ) 455-0066 or www.provisiontheater.org/tickets.htm .
Sister Act. Musical comedy. By Marriott Theatre at 10 Marriott Drive at Lincolnshire, IL. Runs through April 3. Tickets ( 847 ) 634-0200 or www.marriotttheatre.com/tickets .
February 11, 2016
Fugitive Songs. Song cycle focusing on everyday people on the run: a disgruntled Subway sandwich employee, a jilted ex-cheerleader, a pair of Patty Hearst fanatics, a stoner forced to rob a convenience store against his will, and many others. By Boho Theatre at the Heartland Studio. Runs through March 13. Tickets at www.BoHoTheatre.com or ( 866 ) 811-4111 .
February 12, 2016
Cocked. Attorney Taylor and her journalist girlfriend Izzie live a comfortable life in Andersonville. Their apartment, relationship and strong anti-gun beliefs are shattered when Taylor's troubled brother Frank crashes, uninvited, into their lives. By Victory Gardens Theater at 2433 N. Lincoln Ave. $20-$60. Runs through March 13. Tickets ( 773 ) 871-3000 or email@example.com .
Educating Rita. In the play Rita, a married hair stylist, begins studying with Dr. Bryant, a professor using alcohol to cope with his divorce. By Citadel Theatre Company at Citadel Theatre, 300 S. Waukegan Rd., Lake Forest. Runs through March 14. firstname.lastname@example.org or 847-735-8554 x1 .
February 18, 2016
Zyryab, the Songbird of Andalusia. A musical journey following the life and legacy of the ninth century musician and polymath, Ziryab, who rose out of slavery to achieve extraordinary fame throughout Islamic Europe, the Middle East, and North Africa. By Silk Road Rising at Historic Chicago Temple Building, 77 W Washington St, Pierce Hall, Chicago. $15. Through February 21. Tickets at web.ovationtix.com/trs/pr/942193 or 312-857-1234 x201 .
February 19, 2016
The Tempest. Shakespearean classic about a banished duke's machinations to regain his position as Duke of Milan. By Saint Sebastian Players at St. Bonaventure, 1625 W. Diversey, Chicago. Runs through March 13. Tickets saintsebastianplayers.org or ( 773 ) 404-7922 .
March 6, 2016
Mai Dang Lao. When a phone call from the local police warns of a crime committed in the restaurant where Sophie works, her coworkers are given permission to restore proper balance and set things in their place. By Slideshow Theatre Company at Victory Gardens Theater, 2433 N. Lincoln Ave. Runs through Apr. 10. Tickets www.slideshowtheatre.org .
March 7, 2016
The New Sincerity. Comedy by Alena Smith. By Theater Wit at Theater Wit, 1229 N. Belmont. Tickets start at $12. Runs through April 17. Tickets 773-975-8150 or www.TheaterWit.org .
Richard III. By William Shakespeare, this production depicts the Machiavellian rise and reign of Richard III. By Gift Theatre at Steppenwolf's Garage Theatre, 1650 N. Halsted. Runs through May 1. Tickets ( 773 ) 283-7071 or thegifttheatre.org/ .
March 8, 2016
42nd Street. Backstage musical comedy classic directed by co-author Mark Bramble and choreographed by Randy Skinner, the team who staged the 2001 Tony Award-winning Best Revival. At Cadillac Palace Theatre, 151 W Randolph, Chicago. Tickets ( 312 ) 977-1710 or www.BroadwayInChicago.com .
March 18, 2016
After all the terrible things I do. A young, gay writer takes a job at a bookstore and discovers a dark connection with the owner. By About Face Theatre at Theater Wit, 1229 W. Belmont, Chicago. Runs through April 12. Tickets at www.aboutfacetheatre.org .
March 23, 2016
The Life of Galileo. In his epic parable Bertolt Brecht juxtaposes the faith needed to believe without question with the leap of faith needed to question belief. By Remy Bumppo Theatre Company at Greenhouse Theater Center, 2257 N Lincoln Ave, Chicago. $32.50-$57.50. Runs through May 1. Tickets ( 773 ) 404-7336 or www.vendini.com/ticket-software.html .
March 24, 2016
Mosque Alert. Inspired by the "Ground Zero Mosque" controversy in New York City, and developed, in part, via online conversations and live community events, Mosque Alert tells the story of three fictional families living in Naperville, Illinois, whose lives are interrupted by a proposed Islamic Center on the site of a beloved local landmark By Silk Road Rising at Historic Chicago Temple Building, 77 W Washington St, Pierce Hall, Chicago. $35. Runs through May 1. Tickets at web.ovationtix.com/trs/pr/942193 or 312-857-1234 x201 .
April 8, 2016
Private Lives. Noel Coward's story of chaos among a formerly married couple and their new spouses. Step Up Productions, Athenaeum Theatre, 2936 N. Southport Ave. in Chicago. Runs through May 8, 2016. Tickets www.stepupproductions.org, ( 773 ) 935-6875 .
Dreamgirls. Story of an up-and-coming 1960s girl singing group from Chicago and the triumphs and tribulations that come on the road of fame and fortune. By Porchlight Music Theatre at Stage 773, 1225 W. Belmont. $39-$48. Runs through May 15. Tickets ( 773 ) 327-5252.
Even Longer and Farther Away. In a tiny town in Appalachia, stories are told about a long-gone lady whose heart will never stop. As the keeper of these stories lies dying, she sends a messenger out into the greater world to bring the ever-youthful Nyada home. By The New Colony at The Den Theatre, 1133 N. Milwaukee Ave, Chicago. Runs through May 15. Tickets www.thenewcolony.org .
April 13, 2016
Evita. Andrew Lloyd Webber's complex and dynamic musical about the life of Eva Peron. By Marriott Theatre at 10 Marriott Drive, Lincolnshire, IL. Runs through June 5. Tickets ( 847 ) 634-0200 or www.marriotttheatre.com/tickets .
April 20, 2016
The House of Blue Leaves. In this comedy, Artie wants to be famous and feel important… his heavily medicated wife Bananas just wants to feel. By Raven Theatre at East Stage, corner of Clark and Granville. Runs through June 18. Tickets www.raventheatre.com .
April 21, 2016
In the Heat of the Night. The classic, highly charged story of an African American police officer asked to investigate a murder in a racially hostile southern town. By Shattered Globe Theatre at Theatre Wit, 1229 W. Belmont Ave. Runs through June 4. Tickets at the door, ( 773 ) 975-8150 or www.shatteredglobe.org .
April 23, 2016
A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum. Broadway farce combines situations from the 2000-year-old comedies of the Roman playwright Plautus with the energy of classic vaudeville. By Citadel Theatre Company at Citadel Theatre, 300 S. Waukegan Rd., Lake Forest. Runs through May 23. email@example.com or 847-735-8554 x1 .
April 27, 2016
Best of Enemies. True story about the relationship between C.P. Ellis - a Grand Cyclops of the KKK, and Ann Atwater - an African-American civil rights activist, during the desegregation of the Durham, North Carolina schools in 1971. By Provision Theater Company. Runs through June 5. Tickets ( 312 ) 455-0066 or www.provisiontheater.org/tickets.htm .
April 29, 2016
Deathtrap. A struggling Broadway writer plots the murder of one of his students in order to steal his promising script. By Saint Sebastian Players at St. Bonaventure, 1625 W. Diversey, Chicago. Runs through May 22, 2016. Tickets saintsebastianplayers.org, 773-404-7922 .
May 6, 2016
The Secretaries. Patty Johnson lands the job of her dreams at the Cooney Lumber Mill in Big Bone, Oregon. But she discovers that her secretarial pool are chainsaw-wielding lumberjack killers! By About Face Theatre at Theatre Wit, 1229 W. Belmont Ave. Runs through June 12. Tickets www.aboutfacetheatre.org .
May 25, 2016
Uncle Vanya. New adaptation of Chekhov's classic from critically-acclaimed playwright Annie Baker ( Body Awareness, Circle Mirror Transformation, The Flick ). By BoHo Theatre at the Heartland Studio. Runs through June 26. Tickets at www.BoHoTheatre.com or ( 866 ) 811-4111 .
May 29, 2016
Caught. A Chinese dissident artist and activist publishes an incredible account of his harrowing confinement at the hands of the government. But can he prove it? CAUGHT explores what happens when we blur the dangerous line between story and truth. By Slideshow Theatre Company at Victory Gardens Theater, 2433 N. Lincoln Ave. Runs through July 3. Tickets www.slideshowtheatre.org .
June 4, 2016
Bat Boy: the Musical. Based on a story in The Weekly World News, BAT BOY: THE MUSICAL is a musical comedy/horror show about a half boy/half bat creature who is discovered in a cave near Hope Falls, West Virginia. By Griffin Theatre at Den Theatre, 1333 N Milwaukee Ave, Chicago. Runs through July 24. Tickets www.griffintheatre.com .
June 15, 2016
Company. It's Bobby's 35th birthday and he's still single, trying to find a way to have a serious relationship, without a serious commitment. By Writers Theatre at Alexandra and John Nichols Theatre, 325 Tudor Court, Glencoe, IL. Runs through July 24. Tickets at box office, ( 847 ) 242-6000 or www.writerstheatre.org/calendar-tickets .
June 20, 2016
The Grapes of Wrath. Based on novel by John Steinbeck. When an American family is forced off of their land during the Great Depression, they begin an epic journey west to California. By Gift Theatre at Steppenwolf's Garage Theatre, 1650 N. Halsted. Runs through Aug. 14. Tickets ( 773 ) 283-7071 or thegifttheatre.org/ .
June 22, 2016
Man of La Mancha. Inspired by Cervantes' seventeenth-century masterpiece Don Quixote, comes the adventure of a delusional Spanish knight on a quest to restore chivalry. By Marriot Theater at 10 Marriot Drive, Lincolnshire, IL. Runs through August 14. Tickets ( 847 ) 634-0200 or www.marriotttheatre.com/tickets .
July 8, 2016.
Kin Folk. After being recently orphaned, Lucy must reimagine her life. She decides to come out of the closet and reveal her true identity to her family: a dragon named Kreeka. By The New Colony at The Den Theatre, 1333 N Milwaukee Ave, Chicago. Runs through August 14. Tickets www.thenewcolony.org .
August 4, 2016
bare. This musical is set in an exclusive co-educational Catholic boarding school and is concerned with issues of identity sexual and otherwise among its teenaged students. By Refuge Theatre Project at The Pentagon @ Collaboraction in the Flat Iron Arts Building, 1579 N. Milwaukee Ave. Runs through September 4, 2016. Tickets and pricing information available at a later date.
August 24, 2016
How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying. Frank Loesser's Pulitzer-Prize winning send-up of climbing the corporate ladder. By Marriott Theatre at 10 Marriot Drive, Lincolnshire, IL. Runs through October 16. Tickets ( 847 ) 634-0200 or www.marriotttheatre.com/tickets .
October 3, 2016
A Life Extraordinary. Annabel Anderson McCafferty is an expectant mother who vanishes from her small Ohio town on Christmas Eve. Both mystery and memory play, A Life Extra Ordinary untangles and re-assembles the moments that make a life. By Gift Theatre at Steppenwolf's Garage Theatre, 1650 N. Halsted. Runs through November 20. Tickets ( 773 ) 283-7071 or thegifttheatre.org/ .
October 26, 2016
Singin' in the Rain. Movie musical. By Marriott Theatre at 10 Marriott Drive, Lincolnshire, IL. Runs through December 31. Tickets ( 847 ) 634-0200 or www.marriotttheatre.com/tickets .
Compiled by Gene Naden