Fall 2019: Guide to Chicago Theatre

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DOWNTOWN SHOWS

ONE WEEK ONLY

OCT Andares Makuyeika Colectivo Teatral at

Chicago Shakespeare Theater 800 E. Grand on Navy Pier

| 312-595-5600 | DRAMA: Woven from ancestral myths, traditional

music and arts, and a three-person narrative, Andares

reveals the extraordinary, untold stories of ordinary, humble

people who inhabit México’s most remote corners. Mainly in

Spanish. English translation provided. Oct 23 - 27

*This production is part of Destinos, the 3rd Chicago

International Latino Theater Festival.

SEP OCT The Barber of Seville Lyric Opera

of Chicago 20 N. Wacker | 312-827-5600 | OPERA: Rossini’s

music — the aural equivalent of champagne — is the last

word in humor, inspiring smiles and laughter on every page

of the score, which is what makes Barber the most popular of

all operatic comedies. Sung in Italian with projected English

translations. Sep 28 - Oct 27

SEP OCT Bernhardt/Hamlet Goodman

Theatre in the Albert 170 N. Dearborn | 312-443-3800 |

COMEDY/DRAMA: In 1899, legendary leading lady Sarah

Bernhardt’s decision to assume the title role of Shakespeare’s

Hamlet left critics and patriarchs aghast and indignant. This

behind-the-scenes look at Bernhardt’s most ambitious role

is laced with forbidden romance and backstage gossip. Sep

14 - Oct 20

NOV Corduroy Broadway In Chicago and Emerald

City Theatre at the Broadway Playhouse at Water

Tower Place 175 E. Chestnut | 800-775-2000 | CHILDREN'S/

FAMILY: In this sweet adaptation of the classic book, a small

bear's quest for a missing button leads to the friendship of a

lifetime. Along with exciting scenes of clowning and mischief,

the story teaches the importance of empathy and unconditional

love. Recommended for ages 3 and up. Nov 15 - Jan 5

SEP

OCT

Dana H. Goodman Theatre in the Owen

170 N. Dearborn | 312-443-3800 | COMEDY/DRAMA: Dana was

a chaplain of a psych ward when she met — and was abducted

by — a charismatic ex-convict searching for redemption. This

play is based on a harrowing true story, told in Dana's own

words and reconstructed for the stage by her son Lucas Hnath.

Through Oct 6

ONE WEEK ONLY

OCT Daughter of a Cuban Revolutionary

Goodman Theatre Healy Rehearsal Room 170 N.

Dearborn | 312-631-3112 | COMEDY/DRAMA: This one-woman

tour de force tells an astonishing tale of her family and their

vital roles during the 1950's Cuban Revolution. In English with

sprinkles of Spanish. Oct 9 - 13 *This production is part of Destinos,

the 3rd Chicago International Latino Theater Festival.

NOV

Dead Man Walking Lyric Opera of Chicago

20 N. Wacker | 312-827-5600 | OPERA: A young couple is

brutally killed, and the convicted murderer sits on death row.

Sister Helen agrees to be his spiritual adviser. As she meets his

family, and the families of his victims, she begins questioning

every attitude she has about how human beings treat each

other. In English with projected English text. Nov 2-22

ONLY TWO DAYS

OCT NOV Disney In Concert: Tim Burton's

"The Nightmare Before Christmas"

Auditorium Theatre 50 E. Ida B Wells | 312-341-2300 |

MUSIC: Get in the Halloween spirit with a screening of Tim

Burton’s classic stop-motion film, featuring beloved songs like

“This Is Halloween!” and “Jack’s Lament” performed live-tofilm

by the Chicago Philharmonic. Oct 31 - Nov 1

NOV

Don Giovanni Lyric Opera of Chicago 20

N. Wacker | 312-827-5600 | OPERA: The seducer. The philanderer.

The libertine who takes what he wants and lives only

for his own pleasure. All three are Don Giovanni, antihero in

Mozart’s drama of lust and revenge. Filled with thrilling music

and drama and including a finale so overpoweringly dramatic

that it changed music forever. Nov 14 - Dec 8

Drunk Shakespeare The Lion

SEP OCT NOV

Theatre 182 N. Wabash | IMMERSIVE/COMEDY: Set in a

hidden speakeasy, one actor drinks at least 5 shots of whiskey

and then attempts to perform a major role in a Shakespearean

play. Hilarity and mayhem ensue while the 4 sober actors try

to keep the script on track. Each show is different depending

on who is drinking, and what they’re drinking! 21+. Open Run

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OCT NOV An Evening with C.S. Lewis

Broadway In Chicago at the Broadway Playhouse

at Water Tower Place 175 E. Chestnut | 800-775-2000 |

COMEDY/DRAMA: The year is 1963 and C.S. Lewis is hosting a

group of American writers at his home near Oxford. Seated in

his living room, he recalls the people and events that inspired

his thought and shaped his life; of his friendship with J.R.R.

Tolkien; why he nearly abandoned the Narnia Chronicles; how

he came to embrace Christianity and of the American woman

who turned his life upside down. Oct 22 - Nov 3

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NOV Everest/Aleko Chicago Opera Theater

at the Harris Theater for Music and Dance 205 E.

Randolph | 312-704-8414 | OPERA: A modern masterpiece and

a romantic Russian gem come together in a massive doublebill.

Over 150 choristers join a full orchestra on stage to bring

Joby Talbot and Gene Scheer’s critically acclaimed Everest and

Rachmaninov’s beautiful Aleko to Chicago for the first time.

Nov 16 - 17

SEP OCT NOV Hamilton Broadway In Chicago

at The CIBC Theatre 18 W. Monroe | 800-775-2000 |

MUSICAL: With book, music, and lyrics by Lin-Manuel Miranda

and a score that blends hip-hop, jazz, blues, rap, R&B, and

Broadway, Hamilton is the story of America then, told by

America now. Through Jan 5

OCT Jane Eyre The Joffrey Ballet at the

Auditorium Theatre 50 E. Ida B Wells | 312-386-8905 |

DANCE: Marston's adaptation of Charlotte Brontë's trailblazing

novel combines theater and dance to tell the coming-of-age

story of Jane Eyre, one of literature's most iconic characters.

With stirring choreography and an enthralling Victorian design,

this avant-garde ballet breaks the mold of the traditional

ballet heroine. Oct 16 - 27

SEP OCT The King's Speech The Yard at

Chicago Shakespeare Theater 800 E. Grand on Navy

Pier | 312-595-5600 | DRAMA: The remarkable true story of

this unlikely bond between a reluctant king and a charismatic

subject that inspired the Academy Award-winning film is now

brought to the stage, where writer David Seidler first imagined

it. Through Oct 20

ONE WEEK ONLY

OCT NOV Latin History for Morons Broadway

In Chicago at the Cadillac Palace Theatre 151 W.

Randolph | 800-775-2000 | COMEDY: Inspired by the near total

absence of Latinos from his son’s American history books,

John Leguizamo embarks on an outrageously funny, frenzied

search to find a Latin hero for his son’s school history project.

Recommended for ages 13 and up. Oct 29 - Nov 3

ONE WEEK ONLY

OCT Level Kim Brandt and MCA Stage at the

Museum of Contemporary Art 220 E. Chicago | 312-397-

4010 | DANCE: A morphing and intersecting mass of bodies

traverses the MCA’s spaces in Kim Brandt’s Level, a series of

performances orchestrating the relationships between people

and environments and the effect our movements have on our

surroundings. Oct 1 - 3

SEP OCT NOV Love, Chaos, and Dinner

Teatro ZinZanni and Broadway In Chicago at

Spiegeltent ZaZou in the Cambria Hotel 32 W. Randolph

| 800-775-2000 | PERFORMANCE ART: 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. Open Run

OCT NOV Luchadora! The Theatre School at

DePaul University at the Merle Reskin Theatre 60 E.

Balbo | 773-325-7900 | CHILDREN'S/FAMILY: When Vanessa

discovers a pink lucha libre mask, Nana Lupita tells her granddaughter

about the family’s history in the wrestling ring in

1960s Texas. The life of a secret female warrior emerges as

Vanessa learns about family, honor, and friendship. ​Recommended

for ages 7 and up. Oct 3 - Nov 9

OCT

Luisa Miller Lyric Opera of Chicago 20 N.

Wacker | 312-827-5600 | OPERA: Verdi’s sumptuously beautiful

romantic drama tells the story of sweet, vulnerable Luisa,

who loves the son of a ruthless, unethical nobleman whom

Luisa’s father loathes. The young couple’s relationship leads to

catastrophe in a drama that breathes passion and excitement.

In Italian with projected English translations. Oct 12 - 31

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SEP OCT NOV The Magic Parlour The House

Theatre of Chicago at the Palmer House Hilton Hotel

17 E. Monroe | 773-769-3832 | MAGIC: Award-winning,

third-generation magician Dennis Watkins delivers an evening

of sophisticated tom-foolery in one of the Windy City’s most

unique entertainment experiences. Recommended for ages

12 and up. Open Run

OCT A Man of Good Hope Isango Ensemble at

Chicago Shakespeare Theater 800 E. Grand on Navy Pier

| 312-595-5600 | MUSICAL: Chronicling one man’s life as it

crisscrosses some of the world’s most charged contemporary

issues — human trafficking, migration, poverty, and xenophobia

— this modern African odyssey, leavened by humor, is rich

with fresh insights into resilience and survival. Oct 4 - 13

SEP OCT Oslo TimeLine Theatre Company at

the Broadway Playhouse at Water Tower Place 175 E.

Chestnut | 800-775-2000 | COMEDY/DRAMA: When the Israeli

prime minister and the chairman of the Palestine Liberation

Organization shook hands in 1993, the world had no idea what

it took to orchestrate. This humorous, surprising, and inspiring

true story is about the people inside politics, and the incredible

progress that is possible when we focus on what makes us

human — together. Through Oct 20

Romeo and Juliet Chicago Shakespeare

NOV

Theater 800 E. Grand on Navy Pier | 312-595-5600 |

CLASSIC: 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 one of the most famous love stories of all time. Nov

1 - Dec 22

NOV The Simon & Garfunkel Story Broadway

In Chicago at the Broadway Playhouse at Water

Tower Place 175 E. Chestnut | 800-775-2000 | MUSIC:

Using huge projection photos and original film footage, the

show also features a full live band performing all of their hits,

including "Mrs. Robinson," "Cecilia," "Bridge Over Troubled

Water," "Homeward Bound," and many more. Nov 19 - Dec 1

The Steadfast Tin Soldier Lookingglass

NOV

Theatre 821 N. Michigan | 312-337-0665 | LITERARY

ADAPTATION: Hans Christian Andersen’s story about a little

tin soldier who never gives up comes back for a winter-time

curtain call. The Chicago Reader trumpets this marvel of invention,

beauty, and magical storytelling as “an absolute GIFT.”

Recommended for ages 5 and up. Nov 1 - Jan 26

SEP The Storefront Project MCA Stage at

the Museum of Contemporary Art & Prop Thtr 220 E.

Chicago & 3502 N. Elston | 312-397-4010 | IMMERSIVE: A celebration

of the city’s long traditions of storefront and devised

theatre. Six Chicago-based directors each choose a text — not

written for theatre — and devise a new project, tailor-made for

MCA Chicago and Prop Thtr — a major downtown institution

and a scrappy Avondale theater. Sep 14 - 15, 21 - 22

OCT NOV Sunset Boulevard Porchlight Music

Theatre at the Ruth Page Theater 1016 N. Dearborn |

773-777-9884 | MUSICAL: This Tony Award-winning masterpiece

of obsession, romance, and the golden age of Hollywood

stars Hollis Resnik, one of the most celebrated leading ladies

of Chicago theatre. Oct 11 - Nov 24

OCT NOV Twice, Thrice, Frice Silk Road

Rising at The Historic Chicago Temple Building 77 W.

Washington | 312-857-1234 | NEW WORK: In this 90-minute

comedy, three Muslim women confront adultery and polygamy

when one of their husbands marries a second wife. Friendship,

fidelity, and faith are called into question as each woman

reevaluates bonds once believed unbreakable, and discovers

humor amongst the heartbreak. Oct 1 - Nov 10

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NEIGHBORHOOD SHOWS

NEAR NORTH: LAKEVIEW

OCT NOV

Accidental Death of a Black

Motorist The Conspirators at the Athenaeum

Theatre 2936 N. Southport | COMEDY/DRAMA: A highenergy,

high-style, hard-hitting satire that skewers the culture

of police violence and the complicity of the Code of Silence.

Oct 24 - Nov 23

SOUTH: PILSEN | ONLY TWO DAYS

OCT Aliens, Immigrants & Other Evildoers

José Torres-Tama and ArteFuture Productions at the

National Museum of Mexican Art 1852 W. 19th | 312-631-

3112 | COMEDY/DRAMA: A visually dynamic, profoundly moving,

and provocatively funny sci-fi solo show that challenges

the anti-immigrant hysteria gripping the “United States of

Amnesia.” Oct 5 - 6 *This production is part of Destinos, the

3rd Chicago International Latino Theater Festival.

NEAR WEST: WICKER PARK

NOV Always... Patsy Cline Firebrand Theatre

at The Den Theatre 1331 N. Milwaukee | 773-697-3830 |

MUSICAL: Based on the true story of Patsy’s friendship with

Houstonite Louise Seger. Louise was an avid fan of Patsy’s

and in 1961 when Patsy went to Houston for a show, Louise

and her buddies arrived about an hour-and-a-half early and,

by coincidence, met Patsy, who was traveling alone. The two

women struck up a friendship – a friendship that lasted the

rest of Patsy Cline’s life. Nov 16 - Dec 15

NEAR NORTH: LAKEVIEW

SEP OCT NOV The Annoyance Theatre &

Bar Annoyance Productions 851 W. Belmont Ave |

773-697-9693 | COMEDY/IMPROV: The Annoyance uses

improvisation to create new and original plays, musicals,

sketch comedy, and more in a vibrant, uncensored atmosphere.

The age restriction is 14+ for all shows and some shows may

have content that’s more for mature audiences. Shows include

Baby Wine, Chuckle F***ers, The Customer is Always Right, Fire

and Beer, Fishbowl, Hitch*Cocktails, A Lill Annoyance Stand-Up

Show, Matt Damon Improv, MINt: Music Improv Night, Naked

Angels, The Oddball Social Club, The Perfect Walking Stick,

Shark Tank: The Musical, SHEBEAST, Suited Up, Super Human,

Trigger Happy, and more.

FAR NORTH: EDGEWATER

SEP At The Wake of a Dead Drag Queen

The Story Theatre at Raven Theatre 6157 N. Clark |

773-338-2177 | NEW WORK: A one-act, two-hander play about

blackness, queerness, and the fine art of drag. From African

goddesses to Shirley Brown to Trina, At the Wake thoughtfully

uses the conceit of drag performance—the taking on of another

persona—to explore identity, illness, and the narratives

we construct for ourselves. Through Sep 22

NEAR WEST: HUMBOLDT PARK

OCT Back in the Day: An 80s House Music

Dancesical UrbanTheater Company 2620 W.

Division | 312-737-8821 | MUSICAL: This house music dancesical

follows the Northside Chicago dance crew, The All Stars

and their frenemies, The Culitos, and Imported Taste when

teenagers dominated the 1980's afterhours scene and found

family and acceptance through street dancing. Oct 8 - 27 *This

production is part of Destinos, the 3rd Chicago International

Latino Theater Festival.

NEAR NORTH: LAKEVIEW

SEP OCT Be Here Now Shattered Globe Theatre

at Theater Wit 1229 W. Belmont | 773-975-8150 | COMEDY/

DRAMA: Bari, an atheist and misanthrope, loses her job teaching

nihilism in NYC and ends up working in a fulfillment center

in her small hometown. Her empathetic co-workers push her

toward yoga, meditation, and a blind date in the pursuit of

happiness. But recently, her recurring headaches have gotten

more intense, manifesting as ecstatic and almost religious

experiences — and they are changing her entire outlook.

Through Oct 19

NEAR NORTH: LINCOLN PARK

SEP OCT NOV Bible Bingo Nuns4Fun at the

Royal George Theatre Center 1641 N. Halsted | 312-988-

9000 | COMEDY: A comedy about the Catholic culture of

fundraising and bingo, featuring a new character, Mrs. Mary

Margaret O’Brien, a former nun who now heads a fictitious

archdiocese fundraising department. Open Run

NEAR NORTH: LINCOLN PARK

SEP OCT NOV Big Fish BoHo Theatre at the

Greenhouse Theater Center 2257 N. Lincoln | 773-404-

7336 | MUSICAL: A heartfelt, powerful, and truly magical musical

about fathers, sons, and the stories that we use to define

our identities. Sep 28 - Nov 17

NEAR NORTH: LAKEVIEW

Blue Man Group Briar Street

SEP OCT NOV

Theatre 3133 N. Halsted | 773-348-4000 | PERFORMANCE

ART: A unique and thrilling multi-sensory experience that

fuses innovative theatrical spectacle and powerful original

music with hilarious comedy, art, vaudeville, and science to

create a performance experience unlike any other. Open Run

NEAR WEST: WICKER PARK

SEP OCT Blue Stockings Promethean Theatre

Ensemble at The Den Theatre 1331 N. Milwaukee | 773-

340-3599 | COMEDY/DRAMA: A moving, comical, and eyeopening

story of four young women fighting for education and

self-determination against the larger backdrop of women's

suffrage. Through Oct 13

NEAR NORTH: LINCOLN PARK

OCT The Brothers Size Steppenwolf for Young

Adults 1650 N. Halsted | 312-335-1650 | DRAMA: In this fierce

and honest look at the complex bonds of brotherhood, Tarell

Alvin McCraney weaves together poetry, music, and Yoruba

mythology to magnify the tug-of-war between freedom and

the need to belong somewhere, to something, to someone.

Oct 4 - 19

NEAR NORTH: LAKEVIEW | SATURDAYS AT 8PM

SEP OCT NOV Bye Bye Liver: The Drinking

Play Stage 773 1225 W. Belmont | 773-327-5252 | COMEDY:

Two parts comedy and one part drinking game, this show

blends Chicago’s two favorite pasttimes: drinking and laughing.

Now in its 10th year! Ages 21+. Open Run

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NEAR WEST: BUCKTOWN | FREE

SEP The Camino Project Theatre Y at Ipsento

606 1813 N. Milwaukee | 708-209-0183 | IMMERSIVE:

Combining a five-mile walk through Bucktown and Humboldt

Park, a celebratory meal, and performative events that combine

theater, dance, and performance art, The Camino Project

is a thoroughly unique invention that challenges the confines

of traditional spectatorship. Through Sep 22

FAR NORTH: UPTOWN

SEP Casa Valentina Pride Films and Plays at

The Broadway 4139 N. Broadway | 800-737-0984 | DRAMA:

Based on real events and infused with Fierstein's trademark

wit, this moving, insightful, and delightfully entertaining

work offers a glimpse into the lives of a group of "self-made

women" as they search for acceptance and happiness in their

very own Garden of Eden. Through Sep 29

FAR NORTH: ANDERSONVILLE | ONLY TWO DAYS

SEP

Come Rain or Come Shine: A Judy

Garland Cabaret Brown Paper Box Co. at Mary’s

Attic 5400 N. Clark | MUSIC: A celebration of an international

icon, a queer movement, and exactly how far the LGBTQ+

community has come over the past 50 years. Sep 20 - 21

NEAR NORTH: LINCOLN PARK | ONE WEEKEND ONLY

OCT Contractions The Comrades at the

Greenhouse Theater Center 2257 N. Lincoln | 773-404-

7336 | DRAMA: Emma thinks she’s in love with her coworker

Darren. In a series of cordial but increasingly tense conversations

with her boss, the two dissect the differences between

“sexual” and “romantic,” negotiate the length of Emma’s

interoffice relationship, and face the consequences of shrinking

privacy and binding contracts. Oct 10 - 13

NEAR NORTH: LINCOLN PARK

SEP OCT

The Delicate Tears of the

Waning Moon Water People Theater at

Steppenwolf’s 1700 Theatre 1700 N. Halsted | DRAMA:

Paulina, a human rights journalist, emerges from a coma

and must recover her memory, and fight against a world of

violence in order to achieve justice and tell the truth. Sep 19 -

Oct 13 *This production is part of Destinos, the 3rd Chicago

International Latino Theater Festival.

MULTIPLE LOCATIONS

SEP OCT

Destinos - 3rd Chicago

International Latino Theater Festival

Chicago Latino Theater Alliance Multiple Locations |

FESTIVAL: An annual festival showcasing Latino stories as

told by Latino theatre artists from Chicago, the U.S., and Latin

America, through full theatre presentations, student matinees,

and post show talk-backs with artists. Sep 19 - Oct 27

NEAR WEST: WICKER PARK

OCT Directors Haven 2019 Haven Theatre

Company at The Den Theatre 1331 N. Milwaukee |

COMEDY/DRAMA: Back for the 5th consecutive year! Each

director will helm a fully produced 30-45 minute play of their

choosing that will run back-to-back at each performance. See

what the next generation can do when provided with that alltoo-rare

commodity: a room to share their vision. Oct 14 - 30

NEAR WEST: WEST TOWN | ONLY TWO DAYS

NOV

Earth to Kenzie, an Opera for Young

Audiences Lyric Opera of Chicago at the Vittum

Theater 1012 N. Noble | 312-827-5600 | CHILDREN'S/

FAMILY: A new opera featuring a cast of four singers with

piano accompaniment, this family offering is specifically programmed

to introduce young audiences ages 7-12 to the magic

of opera. Nov 9 - 10

FAR NORTH: NORTH CENTER

The Effect Strawdog Theatre

OCT NOV

Company 1802 W. Berenice | 773-644-1380 | COMEDY/

DRAMA: Hearts pounding, thoughts racing, and sleepless

nights. Connie and Tristan are falling in love - or are they?

Stuck in a clinical trial for an antidepressant, it's hard to know

what is love and what is the drug. As the trial's supervising

doctors untangle this relationship, everyone involved has to

question what they know. Oct 13 - Nov 23

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FAR NORTH: EDGEWATER

SEP OCT Equivocation Idle Muse Theatre

Company at The Edge Theater Off-Broadway 1133 W.

Catalpa | 773-340-9438 | COMEDY/DRAMA: The Globe Theatre

becomes the stage for Shag’s darkest play yet - and the

battle for a nation’s soul. Fact, fiction, politics, and comedy all

vie for control in this critically acclaimed dramatic account of

an historical national crisis. Sep 20 - Oct 20

NORTHWEST: BELMONT-CRAGIN

OCT

Exquisita Agonía Aguijón Theater 2707

N. Laramie | 312-631-3112 | DRAMA: From the Pulitzer Prizewinning

playwright, an opera singer loses her husband in a

car accident, she indulges her grief by obsessively pursuing

the recipient of his transplanted heart. In Spanish with English

supertitles. Oct 17 - 27 *This production is part of Destinos,

the 3rd Chicago International Latino Theater Festival.

FAR NORTH: EDGEWATER

SEP OCT Equus AstonRep Theatre Company at

The Edge Theater 5451 N. Broadway | 773-828-9129 |

DRAMA: When teenager Alan Strang’s pathological fascination

leads him to blind six horses in a Hampshire stable,

psychiatrist Martin Dysart is tasked with uncovering the motive

behind the boy’s violent act. As Dysart delves into Alan’s

world of twisted spirituality, passion, and sexuality, he begins

to question his own sanity and motivations in a world driven

by consumerism. Sep 27 - Oct 26

SOUTH: SOUTH LOOP

SEP OCT NOV Every Brilliant Thing Windy

City Playhouse South 2229 S. Michigan | 773-891-8985 |

COMEDY/DRAMA: From childhood to adulthood, the protagonist

guides the audience through a personal chronicle of life’s

joys in the face of her mother’s depression. Audiences are invited

to speak on behalf of a vet, a father, a lecturer, and even

a therapist sock in this “come-as-you-are performance” (no

prior acting experience or rehearsal required!). Sep 18 - Dec 8

FAR NORTH: ANDERSONVILLE

SEP OCT NOV The Facts of Life: The Lost

Episodes - Satan's School for Girls Hell in

a Handbag Productions at Mary’s Attic 5400 N. Clark |

COMEDY: The Eastland School for Girls seemed to be the place

for the best and the brightest. But when a series of girls die

mysterious accidental deaths, ace reporter Claudia Collin, who

is as beautiful as she is talented, goes undercover to avenge

her kid sister’s death. Sep 29 - Nov 2

NEAR WEST: WICKER PARK | ONE WEEKEND ONLY

SEP Feos Chopin Theatre 1543 W. Division | 312-631-

3112 | PUPPETRY: A visual feast of Bunraku-style puppetry

incorporating stop motion projections and a story that challenges

audiences to look at their own faults with honesty and

acceptance. It's an adult work about desire and love by two

people who are physically disfigured. Sep 19 - 22 *This production

is part of Destinos, the 3rd Chicago International Latino

Theater Festival.

NEAR NORTH: LINCOLN PARK

NOV The First Deep Breath Victory Gardens

Theater 2433 N. Lincoln | 773-871-3000 | NEW WORK: This

is the story of Pastor Albert Jones, who is planning a special

church service to honor his late daughter Diane on the sixth

anniversary of her death. But when his eldest son, Abdul-

Malik, returns home from prison, the first family of Mother

Bethel Baptist Church is forced to confront a hornet's nest of

long-buried secrets. Nov 15 - Dec 22

NEAR NORTH: LAKEVIEW

SEP OCT Five Presidents American Blues

Theater at Stage 773 1225 W. Belmont | 773-327-5252 |

COMEDY/DRAMA: There was only one day in history when

all five of these U.S. Presidents were in the same room at the

same time: the holding room prior to entering the memorial

service for President Richard Nixon. Through Oct 19

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SEP

Danztheatre Ensemble at Ebenezer Lutheran Church

Auditorium 1650 W. Foster | DANCE: Through performance

and visual art, this one-weekend presentation highlights the

intricacy and complexity of emotional expression, sexual

liberation, reproductive rights, and motherhood. Sep 20 - 21

The Forward March of Women Chicago

FAR NORTH: EDGEWATER

SEP OCT Goliath and The Returning

Akvavit Theatre at Rivendell Theatre 5779 N. Ridge

| 773-655-9441 | DRAMA: Goliath retells the classic biblical

story as an epic family drama. In The Returning, we meet a

mother and a father grieving the loss of their son, Gustav,

whom they assume to be dead. Both plays examine tragedy

and history through the lens of family dynamics, exploring the

importance of understanding the narrative of our times

as both epic and personal. Sep 24 - Oct 13

NEAR NORTH: LINCOLN PARK

The Great Leap Steppenwolf Theatre

SEP OCT

Company 1650 N. Halsted | 312-335-1650 | COMEDY/

DRAMA: Set amidst the friction of post cultural revolution

China, this witty and weighty Chicago premiere explores the

cultural collision of identity and politics through the game of

basketball. Through Oct 20

NEAR NORTH: OLD TOWN

OCT NOV

Grey House A Red Orchid Theatre

1531 N. Wells | 312-943-8722 | NEW WORK: After a brutal car

wreck in the mountains of Oregon, a young couple seeks shelter

from a blizzard in a small cabin. But the cabin’s seemingly

innocent inhabitants: five children and their minder, quickly

start to expose the couple’s secrets, unmake everything they

know about themselves, and hurl them towards a potentially

sinister destination. Oct 10 - Dec 1

NEAR NORTH: OLD TOWN

SEP OCT NOV Grinning from Fear to Fear

The Second City e.t.c. Theater 1608 N. Wells | 312-337-

3992 | COMEDY: From psycho killers to big pharma, coming

out to your family to coming undone in your nightmares, The

Second City's fearless force of comedy commandos takes on

everything that makes us all unfalteringly unique. Open Run

NEAR WEST: WICKER PARK

OCT NOV Hell Followed With Her WildClaw

Theatre at The Den Theatre 1331 N. Milwaukee | NEW

WORK: Willow Parker has spent two years with revenge on

her mind. Tonight she's found the man she's been looking for,

but in this small Texas town where their bloody paths have

converged, the undead have followed behind her. Oct 7 - Nov 9

NEAR NORTH: LINCOLN PARK

OCT NOV

Holy Ghost Bingo: God, Goblins,

& Games Nuns4Fun at the Royal George Theatre

Center 1641 N. Halsted | 312-988-9000 | COMEDY: It's a

crazy night of Halloween trivia, audience interaction, and the

funniest costume contest you've ever seen. Add to that a box

of wacky prizes, some Halloween candy, fun bingo cards, and a

lot of Catholic humor for a night of entertainment you'll never

forget. Oct 4 - Nov 10

FAR NORTH: EDGEWATER

NOV

Hoodoo Love Raven Theatre Company 6157

N. Clark | 773-338-2177 | DRAMA: After escaping the cotton

fields of Mississippi, a young woman arrives in depression-era

Memphis with dreams of becoming a blues singer. Almost immediately,

she falls in love with a rambling musician while her

born-again brother, Jib, is hot on her heels. Oct 31 - Dec 15

NEAR WEST: WICKER PARK

SEP OCT Hope: Part II of A Mexican

Trilogy Teatro Vista at The Den Theatre 1331 N.

Milwaukee | 312-631-3112 | COMEDY/DRAMA: A grand exploration

of Mexican American life in the ’60s, Hope follows the

voyage of the Morales family through that turbulent, transformational

time, marked by a new young president, the dawn

of the sexual revolution and the rock ‘n’ roll explosion. Sep 21

- Oct 27 *This production is part of Destinos, the 3rd Chicago

International Latino Theater Festival.

NEAR NORTH: LINCOLN PARK

SEP Horse Girls Exit 63 Theatre at the

Greenhouse Theater Center 2257 N. Lincoln | 773-404-

7336 | COMEDY/DRAMA: An immersion into middle school deception

and lies, Horse Girls infiltrates the world of pre-teens,

their obsessions, their insecurities, their selfies, and their

desperate need to find a place in the world. Through Sep 22


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THE GREAT LEAP

Sept 5 – Oct 20

steppenwolf. org | 312-335-1650

SOUTH: BRIDGEPORT | ONE WEEKEND ONLY

OCT Hotel-Ó Repertorio Latino Theater Company

3622 S. Morgan | 312-631-3112 | DRAMA: A lyric experiment

that departs from the classical Othello to cultivate the concept

of “compersion” as the opposite of jealousy. The focus is to

bring attention to the arguments surrounding gender violence.

Oct 24 - 27 *This production is part of Destinos, the 3rd

Chicago International Latino Theater Festival.

FAR NORTH: EDGEWATER

SEP OCT NOV

The Hound of the

Baskervilles City Lit Theater Company 1020 W.

Bryn Mawr | 773-293-3682 | CLASSIC: Holmes and Watson

investigate the centuries-old legend of a hound from hell that

stalks the Baskerville family in the greatest Sherlock Holmes

adventure of them all. Sep 27 - Nov 10

NEAR NORTH: LAKEVIEW

SEP OCT Howard's End Remy Bumppo Theatre

Company at Theater Wit 1229 W. Belmont | 773-975-8150

| NEW WORK: Adapted for the stage by Chicago playwright

Douglas Post, this world premiere of the beloved novel will tell

the story of three very different families whose lives intertwine

at the dawn of a fast-changing 20th century. Through Oct 5

NORTHWEST: AVONDALE

OCT NOV

I Am Going To Die Alone and I

Am Not Afraid Prop Thtr 3502 N. Elston | 773-539-

7838 | DRAMA: Exploring ancestral trauma and remembrance

as rebellion, this devised play uses stories of exceptional

bravery to expand the legacy of the Holocaust and examine

oppression today. What lessons do we take from history, and

how can we make sure Never Again means Never Again, for

anyone? Oct 25 - Dec 6

FAR NORTH: ANDERSONVILLE

SEP OCT NOV The Infinite Wrench The

Neo-Futurists at The Neo-Futurarium 5153 N. Ashland |

773-878-4557 | EXPERIMENTAL: A mechanism that unleashes

a barrage of two-minute plays for a live audience. Each play

offers something different — funny, profound, elegant,

disgusting, topical, irrelevant, terrifying, or put to song. All

of the plays are truthful and tackle the here-and-now, inspired

by the lived experiences of the performers. Open Run

NEAR NORTH: LAKEVIEW

OCT NOV Invisible Her Story Theater at Stage

773 1225 W. Belmont | 312-835-1410 | NEW WORK: Set in

1920s Mounds, Mississippi when Klan was a mainstream social

club across America, it follows the lives of three women forming

a new Klavern and the lives they impacted. In a world of

“ISMS”,”Poison Squads”, Patriotism, and Secrets, Invisible reveals

the quick rise and fall of the Women’s KKK. Oct 3 - Nov 3

NEAR NORTH: LINCOLN PARK

SEP OCT NOV

The iO Theater iO Improv 1501

N. Kingsbury | 312-929-2401 | IMPROV: A premier venue for

long-form improvisational performances and classes. Shows

include The Armando Diaz Experience, Deep Schwa, The

Deltones, FELT, The Improvised Shakespeare Co., The Late 90’s,

Meridian, The Scene, Virgin Daiquiri, Whirled News Tonight, and

more. Shows Every Night

FAR NORTH: EDGEWATER

NOV Keely and Du Intrinsic Theatre Company

at The Frontier 1106 W. Thorndale | DRAMA: Du, a right to

life activist, and Keely, a pregnant rape victim she is confining,

transcend their circumstances and the ideological issues that

separate them. Keely and Du is a mind-probing issue play with

a gripping human face. Nov 2 - 24

FAR NORTH: EDGEWATER

OCT

NOV

Keely and Du Redtwist Theatre 1044

W. Bryn Mawr | 773-728-7529 | DRAMA: In this Pulitzer Prize

Finalist, Du, a right-to-life activist, and Keely, a pregnant rape

victim Du is confining, transcend their circumstances and the

ideological issues that separate them. Oct 9 - Nov 11

NEAR NORTH: LAKEVIEW

OCT NOV Kentucky The Gift Theatre at Theater

Wit 1229 W. Belmont | 773-283-7071 | COMEDY/DRAMA:

When her sister, a born-again Christian, decides to marry at

22, NYC-transplant Hiro, takes it upon herself to return home

to Kentucky to stop the wedding and salvage her sister's

future. Identity, religion, and love collide in this unique coming

of age story. Oct 17 - Nov 16

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SEP OCT

King Hedley II Court Theatre 5535 S.

Ellis | 773-753-4472 | DRAMA: Placing his hopes and dreams

on the line, a man pieces together his life in Pittsburgh after

seven years in prison. Family ties are tested and crime and retribution

collide in August Wilson's ninth play in the American

Century Cycle. Through Oct 13

NEAR WEST: WEST TOWN

OCT NOV La Ofrenda Adventure Stage Chicago

at the Vittum Theater 1012 N. Noble | 773-342-4141 |

CHILDREN'S/FAMILY: After the tragic loss of his parents on

9/11, fourth grader Alex – Alejandro to his Abuela – is forced to

leave behind the home he loves and move across the country

to live with his grandmother. His Abuela, Marta, must bridge

the gap of grief, age, and culture between her and Alex so

they may find shelter in each other. Oct 23 - Nov 22

SOUTH: PILSEN | ONE WEEKEND ONLY

SEP La Tía Mariela Once Once Producciones at

the National Museum of Mexican Art 1852 W. 19th | 312-

631-3112 | COMEDY: Renowned Mexican actress and dramaturg

Conchi León joins Regina Orozco and Montserrat Marañón

to tell the stories of their 12 aunts whose names all begin

with “M.” With Yucatan humor, audiences will laugh and cry

throughout this saga about the pain and joy of Mayan women,

told through live traditional Yucatecan music, song, and dance.

In Spanish with English supertitles. Sep 26 - 29 *This production

is part of Destinos, the 3rd Chicago International Latino

Theater Festival.

NEAR NORTH: LINCOLN PARK

SEP OCT NOV Late Nite Catechism

Nuns4Fun at the Royal George Theatre Center 1641

N. Halsted | 312-988-9000 | COMEDY: Call it Loretta Young

meets Carol Burnett. This is part catechism class, part standup

routine. It’s an interactive comedy, one of the longest

running shows in Chicago and U.S. theater history. Open Run

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FAR NORTH: EDGEWATER

OCT NOV

Ensemble 5779 N. Ridge | 773-334-7728 | NEW WORK: It’s

company outing day, and Laura, one of the top travel agents,

is having the best/worst day of her life. So much so that she

decides to end it all. Afterwards, her colleagues try to piece

things together on a memorial blog. But how do you mourn

someone you didn’t know that well? Oct 25 - Dec 8

Laura and the Sea Rivendell Theatre

NEAR NORTH: LINCOLN PARK

NOV Lindiwe Steppenwolf Theatre Company 1650

N. Halsted | 312-335-1650 | NEW WORK: The evocative live

music of Ladysmith Black Mambazo forms the foundation of

this world premiere production. As the story travels from Chicago's

Kingston Mines to South Africa and beyond, Lindiwe's

love story challenges us to define the boundaries between this

world and the next, all the while exploring the sacrifices we

make for love. Nov 7 - Jan 5

NEAR WEST: BUCKTOWN

SEP OCT Love and Information Trap Door

Theatre 1655 W. Cortland | 773-384-0494 | COMEDY/

DRAMA: Through a kaleidoscopic lens of over 100 characters

in 57 different scenes, this exhilarating play explores how our

incessant consumption of information and virtual connectivity

penetrates and frames our sense of ourselves and our relationships

with others. Through Oct 19

NORTHWEST: PORTAGE PARK

SEP OCT NOV Luna Filament Theatre 4041 N.

Milwaukee | CHILDREN'S/FAMILY: Soledad, the child of

migrant farm workers, goes where her family goes, where the

crops will grow. With every move comes the struggle to make

new friends. She finds solace in books, and in her constant

companion Luna — the moon — who follows her wherever she

goes. Recommended for ages 4-10. Sep 21 - Nov 3

FAR NORTH: ROGERS PARK

OCT NOV Lyle, Lyle, Crocodile Lifeline

Theatre 6912 N. Glenwood | 773-761-4477 | CHILDREN'S/

FAMILY: The Primm family is shocked to discover a crocodile

in their bathtub! His name is Lyle, he performs tricks, and, oh,

he only eats Turkish caviar. The Primm's are quick to welcome

Lyle into the family, but not everyone is so thrilled about a

crocodile living on the block. Oct 19 - Nov 24


FAR NORTH: UPTOWN

OCT NOV A Man of No Importance Pride

Films and Plays at The Broadway 4139 N. Broadway |

800-737-0984 | MUSICAL: The heartwarming story of Alfie

Byrne – a Dublin man with a passion for staging Oscar Wilde’s

plays for his quirky community theatre group. The songs will

celebrate Irish lives and loves and the joys of putting on a

theatrical production. Oct 10 - Nov 10

NEAR NORTH: LINCOLN PARK

OCT NOV Master Comic MPAACT at the

Greenhouse Theater Center 2257 N. Lincoln | 773-

404-7336 | NEW WORK: Inspired by the enduring ideas

and enigmatic characters found in The Master Builder, this

play explores issues of race and respectability politics, and

examines the existential and identity related problems specific

to African Americans negotiating perceptions of success in the

U.S. Oct 4 - Nov 17

FAR NORTH: UPTOWN

OCT NOV The Merchant of Venice Invictus

Theatre Company at The Buena 4147 N. Broadway |

800-737-0984 | CLASSIC: Shakespeare's story of the lender

Shylock who proposes collateral of a pound of flesh against a

loan will be set in 1938 Italy, when racial laws disenfranchised

and discriminated against Italian Jews during the rise of European

Fascism. The concept promises to shed new light on a

classic story of revenge, justice, and mercy. Oct 17 - Nov 17

NEAR NORTH: LINCOLN PARK

SEP OCT Midsummer (A Play With Songs)

Greenhouse Theater Center 2257 N. Lincoln | 773-404-

7336 | COMEDY: A wickedly funny story about a high-powered

attorney looking for revenge sex and a thief who is always

on the prowl. As fate would have it, a night of raucous sex

turns into a weekend of car chases, gangsters, wedding busts,

midnight trysts - and a second chance at life and love - all set

in Edinburgh to a joyous indie folk-pop score. Through Oct 6

NEAR NORTH: LINCOLN PARK

SEP

Miracle Royal George Theatre Center 1641 N.

Halsted | 312-988-9000 | MUSICAL: Set against the backdrop

of the Cubs 2016 Championship season, Miracle tells the story

of a typical blue collar Chicago family and what it means to

have faith, lose it, and try to regain it again. Through Sep 29

FAR NORTH: EDGEWATER

OCT NOV Mosquitoes Steep Theatre Company

1115 W. Berwyn | 773-649-3186 | DRAMA: Inside the Large

Hedron Collider, two high-energy particle beams travel at

close to the speed of light before being forced to collide.

Outside, two sisters run on an ideological collision course that

threatens to upend the fragile gravity holding their family

together. Oct 4 - Nov 9

NEAR NORTH: LINCOLN PARK

OCT NOV N Greenhouse Theater Center 2257 N.

Lincoln | 773-404-7336 | NEW WORK: A young liberal white

actor takes a job as a caregiver for an elderly passionate

conservative African-American woman. He lands the role of a

lifetime, but is challenged with using the N-word. N challenges

us to look at our personal attitudes and prejudices. Oct 24 -

Nov 17

SOUTH: HYDE PARK

NOV

Oedipus Rex Court Theatre 5535 S. Ellis | 773-

753-4472 | DRAMA: Oedipus seeks to cure his city of a mysterious

plague by discovering the murderer of the former king.

Captivating and cathartic, Sophocles’ seminal Greek tragedy

brings to light enduring questions of identity, fate, and free

will. Nov 7 - Dec 8

FAR NORTH: ROGERS PARK

SEP OCT NOV Oh Sh#t! It's Haunted! The

Factory Theater 1623 W. Howard | NEW WORK: They say

that the old Lockwood place is haunted. Sounds of polka music,

acid guitar, and people chomping on pierogi are witnessed

from outside. Can the gang of Darla, Mo, Slats, and Henry get

to the bottom of this mystery before the opportunistic Mrs.

Ingersson buys the property? Sep 27 - Nov 9

NEAR WEST: HUMBOLDT PARK | ONE WEEKEND ONLY

SEP Organic Sofrito or Other Recipes

For Disaster Venessa M Diaz at UrbanTheater

Company 2620 W. Division | 312-631-3112 | COMEDY/

DRAMA: Three generations of Puerto Rican women, four

courses, and a whole lot of crazy! This dark comedy incorporating

spoken word poetry and original music explores the

elusive beauty of dysfunction and how it makes us who we

are. Sep 19 - 22 *This production is part of Destinos, the 3rd

Chicago International Latino Theater Festival.


NEAR NORTH: LINCOLN PARK

OCT NOV Our Lady of Kibeho The Theatre

School at DePaul University 2350 N. Racine | 773-325-

7900 | COMEDY/DRAMA: Alphonsine claims to have seen

visions of the Virgin Mary and is ostracized in the all-girls’

Catholic school she attends… until others confirm seeing the

same visions that foretell the genocide in Rwanda. Based on

true and tragic events. Oct 30 - Nov 10

FAR NORTH: ROGERS PARK

OCT Our Town Loyola University Chicago at

Newhart Family Theatre 1020 W. Sheridan | 773-508-

8400 | CLASSIC: This American classic is an examination

of everyday life. Famous for its use of minimalist staging to

emphasize the nuances of new and old relationships, Wilder

expertly intertwines the lives of the Gibbs and Webb families

in a celebration of the simpler things. Oct 10 - 20

NEAR NORTH: LAKEVIEW

OCT NOV Our Town Saint Sebastian Players at

St. Bonaventure Church 1625 W. Diversey | 773-404-7922

| DRAMA: The play is a microcosm of the life cycle, portraying

the everyday lives of the citizens of a fictional American small

town between 1901 and 1913. Oct 25 - Nov 17

NEAR NORTH: LAKEVIEW

NOV Packing About Face Theatre at Theater

Wit 1229 W. Belmont | 773-784-8565 | NEW WORK: Half of

discovering who you are is finding where you belong. Packing,

a solo performance from writer/performer Scott Bradley, is the

tale of a genderqueer vagabond leaving small-town Iowa on

a three-decade long odyssey, continually reinventing himself

through new identities across multiple cities. Oct 31 - Dec 7

FAR NORTH: EDGEWATER

SEP OCT Pakalolo Sweet Nothing Without a

Company (NWaC) at Berger Park Coach House 6205

N. Sheridan | COMEDY/DRAMA: This prequel to Not One Batu

follows Papa's family and is the second in Hannah Ii-Epstein's

trilogy of drug plays set on the North Shore of O'ahu. During

a night of karaoke, beer, and weed, the medical uses, benefits,

and cultural aspects of marijuana and its self care are discussed.

What follows is unexpected and heartbreaking as we

witness Junior Boy's struggle to do what he believes is best

for his 'ohana (family). Through Oct 5

NEAR WEST: WICKER PARK

NOV Peg Broken Nose Theatre and The New

Colony at The Den Theatre 1331 N. Milwaukee| 773-697-

3830 | NEW WORK: Peg and Steve have opened a nice bottle

of wine, dinner smells delicious... but the brand new strap-on

they ordered has just arrived, and tonight's plan is to flip the

script. Peg wants to peg Steve. And even though he was all

for it initially, his last-minute hesitation will force this ordinary

couple to face their kinks, quirks, and societal conditioning, as

they're quickly reminded that gender politics follow them everywhere

- including the bedroom. Nov 13 - Dec 14

FAR NORTH: ROGERS PARK

OCT NOV POE Theatre Above The Law at The

Jarvis Square Theatre 1439 W. Jarvis | 773-655-7197 |

COMEDY: 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. Oct 24 - Nov 17

NEAR NORTH: LINCOLN PARK

OCT Polaroid Stories The Theatre School at

DePaul University 2350 N. Racine | 773-325-7900 |

COMEDY/DRAMA: Based on interviews with homeless

youth, Naomi Iizuka's Polaroid Stories weaves together myths

from Ovid's Metamorphoses to raise the voices of street kids

to the level and importance of the gods. A story of transformation,

this poetic and profane journey follows kids through

the dangerous and sometimes fantastical world of the streets

as they tell stories to survive. Oct 16 - 27

FAR NORTH: RAVENSWOOD

OCT NOV Proxy Underscore Theatre Company

at The Understudy 4609 N. Clark | 617-777-0364 |

MUSICAL: 15 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. Oct 18 - Nov 24

FAR NORTH: EDGEWATER

NOV

P.Y.G. or The Mis-Edumacation of

Dorian Belle Jackalope Theatre Company at the

Broadway Armory 5917 N. Broadway | COMEDY/DRAMA:

Dorian Belle is a Canadian pop sweetheart and he’s ready to

be taken seriously. So his people hire his favorite hip-hop artists

— Black and Alexand, the ‘bad boy’ rappers of Petty Young

Goons — to help him toughen up his image. They’re black, he’s

white. They’re from Chicago, he’s from Canada. It’s all on reality

TV. What could go wrong? Nov 5 - Dec 14

NEAR NORTH: LINCOLN PARK

SEP OCT The Raveling Walkabout Theater at

Victory Gardens Theater 2433 N. Lincoln | PHYSICAL

THEATRE: As the borders of home are redefined across

generations, The Raveling teases apart the threads of heritage,

history, and hearsay in its cast of co-creators hailing from

Chicago, Toronto, and New Delhi. It is part family fever dream,

part fairy tale, and part detective story as the knot of belonging

is stretched and pulled across countries and decades of

legends, heroes, and misadventures. Sep 25 - Oct 13

NORTHWEST: IRVING PARK

SEP The Recommendation Windy City

Playhouse Flagship 3014 W. Irving Park | 773-891-8985

| IMMERSIVE: This psychological thriller follows two friends

through the trials and tribulations of life and tests just how far

they will go to get what they want. Presented in an immersive

style, audiences are invited to (literally) walk a mile in these

young men's shoes. Through Sep 22

NEAR NORTH: LAKEVIEW

OCT NOV Richard III Eclectic Full Contact

Theatre at the Athenaeum Theatre 2936 N. Southport |

773-935-6875 | CLASSIC: Before Game of Thrones, there was

this masterpiece. Will Richard stop at nothing to reach the pinnacle

of power? Will he deceive, seduce, even commit murder?

Meet the unlikely man who schemed so cleverly (and bloodily),

we're still talking about him today. Oct 1 - Nov 3

NEAR NORTH: LAKEVIEW

NOV Rutherford and Son TimeLine Theatre

Company 615 W. Wellington | 773-281-8463 | COMEDY/

DRAMA: Named one of the “100 plays of the century” by the

Royal National Theatre, Githa Sowerby’s rarely produced family

drama is a smart and absorbing twist on a woman’s “place”

in a male dominated society. Nov 6 - Jan 12


FAR NORTH: ROGERS PARK

SEP OCT Season Pass: Deux Over The

Plagiarists at The Jarvis Square Theatre 1439 W.

Jarvis | 773-655-7197 | COMEDY: This show is like Be Kind

Rewind crossed with Star Tours crossed with Choose Your

Own Adventure crossed with a childhood spent watching too

many cartoons and eating too much sugary cereal. Only you,

the audience, can travel through time and save humanity from

destruction. From the depths of the ocean, to all of time and

space… and beyond. Through Oct 5

NEAR NORTH: OLD TOWN

SEP OCT NOV The Second City The Second

City at UP Comedy Club 230 W. North | 312-337-3992

| COMEDY/IMPROV/STAND-UP: A diverse array of comedic

performers and formats, including:

She The People: The Resistance Continues (Open Run)

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. Rated R.

The Best of The Second City (Mon at 8PM, Sat & Sun at 4PM)

Some of the best sketches, songs, and improvisations from their 58 year

history performed by The Second City Touring Company. Rated R.

After Hours: A Late Night Improv Show (Fri & Sat at 11PM)

Stay up late with an entirely improvised, entirely ridiculous 60 minutes

that’ll leave you with a full-fledged comedy hangover. Rated R.

Improv Brunch (Sundays at 12PM)

A scrumptious spread followed by an all-you-can-laugh, totally improvised

experience from the city’s finest. Rated R.

Legendary Laughs (Saturdays at 4PM)

Politics aside and laughter in the spotlight! See some of the all-time

favorite sketches and songs. Rated PG-13.

Improv Comedy Hour (Mondays at 8PM)

A wildly unpredictable display of classic improvisational games and

techniques finessed for the modern age. Rated R.

NEAR NORTH: OLD TOWN

SEP OCT NOV

The Second City's 108th

Mainstage Revue The Second City Mainstage

1616 N. Wells | 312-337-3992 | COMEDY: This is the most

exciting time to see a show on the Second City stage. The cast

is fresh, new material is worked into the show every night, and

your laughter helps shape the final show. Open Run

NEAR NORTH: LAKEVIEW

SEP OCT Seventy Scenes of Halloween

Theatre L'Acadie at the Athenaeum Theatre 2936 N.

Southport | 773-935-6875 | HALLOWEEN: This turbulent tale

abandons linear narrative in favor of 70 brief scenes played

out of order, resulting in a wild, dreamlike ride that blends realism

with psychological surprise and humor. Partners become

wolves and phantoms in this domestic drama about a marriage

dying of familiarity. Their haunted home offers a weirdly

comical and thought-provoking glimpse into the nature of

relationships. Sep 26 - Oct 13

NEAR NORTH: LINCOLN PARK | ONE WEEKEND ONLY

OCT Soltera, Casada, Viuda y Divorciada

Producciones Aragua Inc. at Steppenwolf’s 1700

Theatre 1700 N. Halsted | 312-631-3112 | COMEDY: A frolicsome

comedy told through four points of view on the same

topic, MEN. In Spanish with English supertitles. Oct 17 - 20

*This production is part of Destinos, the 3rd Chicago International

Latino Theater Festival.

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FAR NORTH: RAVENSWOOD

OCT NOV Songs in the Key of Stevie Black

Ensemble Theater 4450 N. Clark | 773-769-4451 |

MUSICAL: Prodigy, genius, and phenomenon are just a few of

the words used to describe the amazing Stevie Wonder. This

show is a musical journey that pays tribute to Stevie's incredible

body of work and sheds a little light on the life and times

of this phenomenal artist. Oct 5 - Nov 17

NEAR NORTH: LINCOLN PARK

SEP Sons and Lovers Greenhouse Theater

Center and On The Spot Theatre at Greenhouse

Theater Center 2257 N. Lincoln | 773-404-7336 | DRAMA:

Based on the novel set in late 19th century England, Sons and

Lovers dramatizes the early years of the spirited and brilliantly

flawed writer D.H. Lawrence as he charted his course from a

Midlands coal mining town into the larger world. Through Sep 29

SOUTH: SOUTH LOOP

SEP OCT NOV Southern Gothic Windy City

Playhouse South 2229 S. Michigan | 773-891-8985 |

IMMERSIVE: With just 30 audience members per performance,

this immersive production welcomes you to wander about

the “set” at your own leisure. You’ll act as a fly on the wall,

overseeing all the juicy drama unfold up close. Open Run

NEAR NORTH: LAKEVIEW

SEP OCT NOV Spamalot Mercury Theater

Chicago 3745 N. Southport | 773-325-1700 | MUSICAL:

Lovingly ripped off from the classic film comedy Monty Python

and the Holy Grail, Spamalot retells the legend of King Arthur

and his Knights of the Round Table, featuring ridiculous men in

tight pants — not to mention cows, killer rabbits, and French

people. Through Nov 3

NEAR WEST: WICKER PARK

NOV The Suffrage Plays Artemisia, A Chicago

Theatre at The Den Theatre 1331 N. Milwaukee

| 773-697-3830 | COMEDY: Celebrate the upcoming 100th

anniversary of the 19th Amendment with an evening of three

one-act comedies focused on the importance of voting rights

for women. Nov 1 - 24

12


NEAR WEST: WICKER PARK

OCT NOV Sugar in Our Wounds First Floor

Theater at The Den Theatre 1331 N. Milwaukee | 773-697-

3830 | DRAMA: 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. Oct 19 - Nov 23

FAR NORTH: EDGEWATER

OCT NOV Sundown, Yellow Moon Raven

Theatre Company 6157 N. Clark | 773-338-2177 | DRAMA:

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 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. Oct 3 - Nov 17

FAR NORTH: ANDERSONVILLE | SUNDAYS AT 3PM

OCT NOV

That’s Weird, Grandma: Goes

Trick or Treating Barrel of Monkeys at The

Neo-Futurarium 5153 N. Ashland | 773-506-7140 |

CHILDREN'S/FAMILY: Stories about ghosts, orphans, and silly

horrors imagined by Chicago elementary school students and

performed by adults will be sure to get audiences in the

Halloween mood. Oct 6 - Nov 3

FAR NORTH: RAVENSWOOD | ONE WEEKEND ONLY

OCT The Thirteenth Chair Ghostlight

Ensemble Theatre at Vagabond School of the Arts

4001 N. Ravenswood | STAGED READING: Written in 1916,

this play takes place at the home of the wealthy Crosby family.

But the phony séance turns out to be the scene of a very

real murder. All the doors and windows are locked and the

murder weapon can’t be found. How will the real murderer

be uncovered? Oct 18 - 20

NEAR NORTH: LINCOLN PARK

SEP OCT Tiny Beautiful Things Victory

Gardens Theater 2433 N. Lincoln | 773-871-3000 | COMEDY/

DRAMA: Based on the best-selling book by Cheryl Strayed,

this play personifies the questions and answers that "Sugar"

was publishing online from 2010-2012. When the struggling

writer was asked to take over the unpaid, anonymous position

of advice columnist, Strayed used empathy and her personal

experiences to help those seeking guidance. Through Oct 13

NEAR WEST: WICKER PARK

OCT NOV Tippy: Stories from the River The

Impostors Theatre Co. at the Flat Iron Arts Building

1579 N. Milwaukee | NEW WORK: "Night after night, the

Fisherman can be seen traveling up and down the Tippecanoe

searching for the one he loved and lost, a woman called

Tippy..." So Kirk tells his young niece and nephew every summer

for as long as they can remember. Now grown, Ella and

her family reflect back on the stories Kirk told and the ones

they’ve told themselves. Oct 18 - Nov 2

NEAR WEST: WICKER PARK

SEP OCT

Traumarama: A Story of

Recovery The Den Theatre 1331 N. Milwaukee | 773-

697-3830 | COMEDY/DRAMA: Liz Greenwood provides an honest,

darkly comedic take on the after-effects of trauma in her

solo show about her recovery process following an assault. This

show explores PTSD, the criminal justice system, and the way

we talk about violence against women. Sep 27 - Oct 6

NEAR NORTH: LAKEVIEW

OCT NOV TRU Gosz & Fotos at Stage 773 1225

W. Belmont | 773-327-5252 | MUSICAL: A thoughtful and

thought-provoking story that paints a picture of what it could

be like to live with mental illness. Oct 28 - Nov 24

SOUTH: MORGAN PARK | ONE WEEKEND ONLY

OCT Urinetown: The Musical Beverly Theatre

Guild at the Morgan Park Academy 2153 W. 111th |

773-284-8497 | COMEDY: A hilarious musical satire of the

legal system, capitalism, social irresponsibility, populism, bureaucracy,

corporate mismanagement, municipal politics, and

musical theatre itself. Hilariously funny and touchingly honest,

Urinetown provides a fresh perspective on one of America's

greatest art forms. Oct 11 - 13

NEAR WEST: WEST TOWN

SEP OCT Vanya on the Plains The Artistic

Home 1376 W. Grand | COMEDY/DRAMA: Elijah has a hard

job. He's a Content Moderator living in a a totalitarian future,

struggling to cope with the technological divide that separates

him from his family. To bridge the gap, he decides to cast his

family in a production of Uncle Vanya, despite the fact that

none of them have seen a play or have any conception of acting.

Through Oct 27

NEAR NORTH: LAKEVIEW | SATURDAYS AT 10:30PM

SEP OCT NOV

Vaudezilla! Burlesque

Spectacular Stage 773 1225 W. Belmont | 773-

327-5252 | VARIETY: Enjoy a diverse cast of one-of-a-kind

burlesque, drag, and aerial acts ranging from classic Vegasstyle

showgirls to cutting-edge, gender-non-conforming

performance artists, and everything in between. Show

theme changes monthly. Open Run

NEAR WEST: WEST LOOP

SEP OCT The Very Hungry Caterpillar

Show Chicago Children's Theatre at The Station

100 S. Racine | 312-374-8835 | CHILDREN'S/FAMILY: Based

on the beautifully-crafted work of Eric Carle comes a bold new

spectacle featuring 75 larger-than-life puppets. Featuring the

tales of Brown Bear, Brown Bear, The Very Lonely Firefly, Ten

Little Rubber Ducks, and of course, The Very Hungry Caterpillar

– this new show captures the magic of Carle’s world. Ideal for all

ages. Sep 24 - Oct 27

NEAR NORTH: LINCOLN PARK

Waiting for Godot Victory Gardens Theater

NOV

2433 N. Lincoln | 773-871-3000 | COMEDY/DRAMA: Irish

writer Samuel Beckett's "tragicomedy in two acts" in which

two men meet near a tree to wait for the arrival of the mysterious

Godot, who continually sends word that he will appear

but never does. Nov 14 - Dec 15

NEAR NORTH: LAKEVIEW

OCT NOV Who Killed Joan Crawford?

Glitterati Productions at the Athenaeum Theatre

2936 N. Southport | 773-935-6875 | COMEDY: On a dark

stormy night, five men arrive at a cabin for a soap star's

surprise birthday party. Each guest has been asked to dress

as the birthday boy's favorite actress, Joan Crawford. As they

wait for the star, the five "Joans" begin drinking and dishing,

dark secrets emerge, and soon there's one Joan less... and

then another... Oct 4 - Nov 9


FAR NORTH: ROGERS PARK

SEP OCT

Whose Body? Lifeline Theatre 6912

N. Glenwood | 773-761-4477 | LITERARY ADAPTATION: When

a dead body turns up in a bathtub wearing nothing but a pair

of pince-nez, amateur detective Lord Peter Wimsey assigns

himself to the case. However, when the mystery becomes

labyrinthine he enlists the help of close friend Inspector Parker

to follow his only lead, a teaching hospital near the scene of

the crime. Through Oct 27

NEAR NORTH: LAKEVIEW

NOV

Why Torture is Wrong, and the

People who Love Them Eclipse Theatre

Company at the Athenaeum Theatre 2936 N. Southport

| 773-935-6875 | COMEDY: It is the story of a young woman

suddenly in crisis: Is her new husband, whom she married

when drunk, a terrorist? Or just crazy? Or both? Is her father's

hobby of butterfly collecting really a cover for his involvement

in a shadow government? Nov 14 - Dec 15

NEAR NORTH: LINCOLN PARK

SEP OCT X Sideshow Theatre Company at Victory

Gardens Theater 2433 N. Lincoln | 773-809-4782 | DRAMA:

First they called it X. Then they called it Pluto. Now they’re not

calling at all. Billions of miles from home, a lone research base

waits to receive another message from Earth. It’s been three

weeks. It’s never been this long. The crew attempts to maintain

normal operations, but as the silence grows louder, the

darkness outside the station starts to creep in. Sep 22 - Oct 27

FAR NORTH: EDGEWATER

OCT NOV You Are Happy Red Theater Chicago

at The Edge Theater Off-Broadway 1133 W. Catalpa |

773-733-0540 | COMEDY/DRAMA: Bridget finds her brother

Jeremy in a closet attempting suicide. Again. Determined

to help him find some kind of happiness, she carts around

grocery stores looking for his potential wife. She meets Chloe

and her plans to stage a happily-ever-after are finally set. In

English and American Sign Language. Oct 26 - Dec 8

The City of Chicago, in partnership with

the League of Chicago Theatres, has

designated 2019 as the Year of Chicago

Theatre. This citywide, year-long focus on

theatre is the first of its kind in the U.S. and

features performances and special events

throughout the city. During this year, there

will be increased marketing support for

Chicago theatres; additional financial grants for theatre projects; more

dialog around inclusion and equity; and a call for civic, philanthropic, arts,

and business leaders to support the theatre community. #2019isYOCT

PROGRAMS & INITIATIVES INCLUDE:

PROMISE TO PLAY

When you "Promise To Play" online or at Hot Tix locations,

you will be entered to win a special monthly prize package.

Plus, share your next theatre experience on Instagram with

the hashtag #PromiseToPlay, and you could win the Grand

Prize – a show a month in 2020. Contest ends Nov 3

ART ON THEMART

Fall projections on the 2.5-acre river façade of theMART will

include select soliloquies by Year of Chicago Theatre artist

John Boesche, plus a projected performance by Cheryl Lynn

Bruce backgrounded by images of paintings by Kerry James

Marshall. Projections begin approximately 30 minutes after

sunset and audio is available. Wed-Sun through Nov 22

ARTS IN THE DARK HALLOWEEN PARADE

Unique floats, spectacle puppets, and creative performances

will delight attendees along State St. in the Loop. Oct 19

MILLENNIUM PARK THEATRE RESIDENCIES

Site-specific performances by local theatre companies

will engage the unique architecture, design, and public

art in Millennium Park. Select dates through Oct 12

SETTING THE STAGE:

OBJECTS OF CHICAGO THEATRE

This Design Museum of Chicago exhibit at 72 East Randolph

emphasizes the diversity, depth, and breadth of Chicago

theatres and explore how words are translated by designers

into a production. Through Jan 5

THEATRE THURSDAYS

An annual program of the League of Chicago Theatres, each

monthly Theatre Thursday event features an inside look at

the creative process behind a world premiere production.

Sep 19, Oct 31, Nov 7, Dec 5

Find more Year of Chicago Theatre events and book your next show today:

ChicagoPlays.com/Year-of-Chicago-Theatre


SUBURBAN SHOWS

ONE WEEKEND ONLY

NOV 9 to 5, the Musical Dominican University

Performing Arts Center 7900 W. Division St, River

Forest | 708-488-5000 | MUSICAL: Set in the late 1970s, this

hilarious story of friendship and revenge in the Rolodex era

is outrageous, thought-provoking, and even a little romantic.

Nov 15 - 17

SEP OCT The Addams Family Williams Street

Repertory at the Raue Center for the Arts 26 N.

Williams St, Crystal Lake | 815-356-9212 | MUSICAL: In the

kooky, upside-down world of the Addams family, this quirky

family has to deal with many of the same challenges faced by

any other family, none more frightening than this… Wednesday

Addams, the ultimate princess of darkness, has grown up. Sep

27 - Oct 20

NOV Afghanistan/Wisconsin Three

Brothers Theatre 115 N. Genesee, Waukegan | 319-621-

0024 | DRAMA: A collection of stories from service members

and their spouses. These stories come directly from their lips

and are reborn on the stage. Nov 15 - Dec 7

SEP OCT NOV Anything Goes Metropolis

Performing Arts Centre 111 W. Campbell, Arlington

Heights | 847-577-2121 | MUSICAL: A high-seas romp showcasing

one of Cole Porter’s most magical scores. Music, dance,

and romance are set to the age-old tale of boy meets girl in

this breezy classic. Sep 19 - Nov 2

NOV Anything Goes The Rising Stars Theatre

Co. at West Leyden Auditorium 1000 N. Wolf Rd,

Northlake | 773-736-2490 | MUSICAL: Music, dance, laughs,

and the age-old tale of "boy meets girl." It is a hilarious shipboard

romp, wrapped around one of Cole Porter’s most magical

scores. It’s delightful, delicious, and de-lovely. Nov 2 - 10

Beauty and the Beast Paramount Theatre

NOV

23 E. Galena Blvd, Aurora | 630-896-6666 | CHILDREN'S/

FAMILY: What is beauty? Step inside this classic storybook

tale and discover that beauty isn’t always what it appears. Nov

13 - Jan 19

The Color Purple Drury Lane

SEP OCT NOV

Theatre 100 Drury Lane, Oakbrook Terrace | 630-530-0111 |

MUSICAL: Join the heroic journey of Celie, an African-American

woman in the American South during the early 1900s, as

she navigates the love she has for her sister, the strife of being

in an abusive relationship, and her adoration for her beloved

children. Sep 13 - Nov 3

ONE WEEKEND ONLY

NOV Disney's The Lion King Jr.

Metropolis Performing Arts Centre 111 W. Campbell,

Arlington Heights | 847-577-2121 | CHILDREN'S/FAMILY: The

African savannah comes to life on stage with Simba, Rafiki,

and an unforgettable cast of characters as they journey from

Pride Rock to the jungle... and back again, in this inspiring,

coming-of-age tale. Recommended for grades K-9. Nov 7 - 9

SEP

OCT

NOV

A Doll's House Writers Theatre

325 Tudor Court, Glencoe | 847-242-6000 | DRAMA: This focused

one-act adaptation of the Henrik Ibsen classic reinvigorates

the compelling story of the vibrant young Nora Helmer,

deeply devoted to her husband Torvald. However, all is not as

it appears: when Nora takes action to protect her husband, she

unwittingly puts them both in jeopardy. Sep 25 - Dec 15

OCT NOV Dr. Seuss' The Cat in the Hat

Northbrook Theatre 3323 Walters Ave, Northbrook | 847-

291-2993 | CHILDREN'S/FAMILY: With the trickiest of tricks

and the craziest of ideas, The Cat in the Hat turns a rainy afternoon

into an amazing adventure. Watch everyone’s favorite

cat come to life in this theatrical adaptation of the classic Dr.

Seuss book of the same name. Oct 12 - Nov 3

NOV The Falling and the Rising Petite Opera

Productions at Mary Wilson House Beyer Auditorium

306 S. Prospect Ave, Park Ridge | 847-553-4442 | OPERA:

An exciting new American opera that salutes the service and

sacrifice of military service men and women. Created in hopes

of capturing the indomitable spirit of our U.S. military veterans

and to shed light on the inspirational power of their often

overlooked stories, it is a story of family, service, and sacrifice

inside a period of great uncertainty. Nov 2 - 24

SEP OCT The Fantasticks MadKap

Productions at the Skokie Theatre 7924 Lincoln Ave,

Skokie | 847-677-7761 | MUSICAL: A funny and romantic musical

about a boy, a girl, two fathers, and a wall. It is the world's

longest running musical and has entertained generations of

audiences the world over. Sep 6 - Oct 6

Fun Home Chicago Heights Drama Group

OCT

330 W. 202nd St, Chicago Heights | 708-755-3444 | MUSI-

CAL: Moving between past and present, Alison relives her

unique childhood playing at the family’s Bechdel Funeral

Home, her growing understanding of her own sexuality, and

the looming, unanswerable questions about her father’s hidden

desires. Oct 4 - 13

NOV Fun Home Wirtz Center at Northwestern

University in the Ethel M. Barber Theater 30 Arts Circle

Dr, Evanston | 847-491-7282 | MUSICAL: A Tony Award winner

for Best Musical, Fun Home is a refreshingly honest, wholly

original musical about seeing your parents through grown-up

eyes. Nov 8 - 24

SEP OCT NOV Hello Again Theo Ubique

Cabaret Theatre 721 Howard St, Evanston | 800-595-4849

| MUSICAL: A series of love affairs among 10 characters during

the 10 different decades of the 20th century as seen through

the lens of a combination time machine and bawdy, old-time

kinescope. Sep 13 - Nov 3

SEP OCT His Shadow 16th Street Theater at the

Berwyn Cultural Center 6420 16th St, Berwyn | 708-795-

6704 | NEW WORK: A disgruntled college freshman tries to

step out of his older brother's towering shadow and make a

name for himself on the football field. When tragedy strikes,

the course of his career is challenged, and his life is altered.

Through Oct 12

15

= Family-friendly option

Please note: All information is subject to change.


SEP OCT Holmes and Watson Buffalo

Theatre Ensemble at McAninch Arts Center 425 Fawell

Blvd, Glen Ellyn | 630-942-4000 | COMEDY/DRAMA: Three

years following the mysterious “death” of Sherlock Holmes at

Reichenbach Falls, there have been many who have claimed to

be Holmes, all de-bunked as imposters by the faithful partner

of the sleuth, Watson. Now three separate men insist that they

are the famous sleuth. Through Oct 6

Into the Woods Writers Theatre 325 Tudor

SEP

Court, Glencoe | 847-242-6000 | MUSICAL: This epic fairy

tale adventure is reimagined in a newly-configured Nichols

Theatre, staged "in the round," drawing audiences into a

theatrical experience unlike anything you've seen at Writers

Theatre. Through Sep 22

OCT Lerner and Loewe’s Greatest Hits

Music Theater Works at Nichols Concert Hall 1490

Chicago Ave, Evanston | 847-920-5360 | MUSICAL: Showstopping

songs from the classic musicals Brigadoon, My Fair

Lady, Gigi, Paint Your Wagon, and Camelot. Oct 4 - 13

OCT NOV Machinal Wirtz Center at

Northwestern University in the Josephine Louis

Theatre 20 Arts Circle Dr, Evanston | 847-491-7282 |

DRAMA: Inspired by the real-life case of convicted and executed

murderer Ruth Snyder, this 1928 play is considered one of

the highpoints of Expressionist Theatre on the American stage

and is reimagined for a 21st century audience in an electrifying

new staging. Oct 25 - Nov 10

OCT NOV Madagascar - A Musical

Adventure Marriott Theatre 10 Marriott Dr,

Lincolnshire | 847-634-0200 | CHILDREN’S/FAMILY: Based on

the smash DreamWorks animated motion picture, this musical

follows all of your favorite crack-a-lackin' friends as they escape

from their home in New York's Central Park Zoo and find

themselves on an unexpected journey to the madcap world of

King Julien's Madagascar. Oct 4 - Dec 29

OCT NOV The Madness of Edgar Allan

Poe: A Love Story Oak Park Festival

Theatre at Cheney Mansion 220 N. Euclid Ave, Oak Park |

708-300-9396 | DRAMA: During this production, Virginia and

Edgar guide the audience from room to room through Oak

Park’s historic Cheney Mansion, taking them from the garrets

to the dungeons… and deep into a tortured mind, teetering

on the brink of sanity. Experience favorites like “The Pit and

the Pendulum,” “The Tell-Tale Heart," and “The Masque of the

Red Death” as you’ve never heard or seen them before. Oct

25 - Nov 17

SEP Mamma Mia! The Highland Park Players

at Northbrook Theatre 3323 Walters Ave, Northbrook |

847-291-2993 | MUSICAL: Told through the legendary music

of ABBA, Mamma Mia! has become a worldwide sensation that

has audiences everywhere dancing. Sep 13 - 22

Half-price tickets may be available at

HOTTIX.org > > > >

OCT The Man Who Came to Dinner North

Riverside Players at Scheck Village Commons 2401 S.

Des Plaines Ave, North Riverside | 708-512-7015 | COMEDY:

Sheridan slips on the Stanleys' doorstep, breaking his hip.

A tumultuous six weeks of confinement follow. The Stanley

living room is monopolized by the irascible invalid; ex-convicts

are invited to meals; and transatlantic calls bring a $784

phone bill. The arrival of strange gifts from his friends further

destroys domestic tranquility. It would take a stoical housewife

to harbor penguins in her library, an octopus in her cellar, and

10,000 cockroaches in her kitchen. Oct 11 - 20

NOV Marjorie Prime MadKap Productions at the

Skokie Theatre 7924 Lincoln Ave, Skokie | 847-677-7761 |

COMEDY/DRAMA: Marjorie Prime takes place 20 years in the

future and examines the next generation of artificial intelligence

systems like Google Assistant and Alexa. What will they

evolve into, and how will they interact in our lives in regards to

elder care and grief management? Nov 8 - 24

NOV

Mary Poppins Drury Lane Theatre 100

Drury Lane, Oakbrook Terrace | 630-530-0111 | CHILDREN'S/

FAMILY: Mary Poppins flies to the stage to delivery whimsey,

excitement, and memorable songs to a story that will melt

your heart. Based on the award-winning film of the same

name and the beloved children's books by P.L. Travers, Mary

Poppins is an entertaining adventure of enchantment and fun.

Nov 15 - Jan 19

SEP OCT Mother of the Maid Northlight

Theatre at North Shore Center for the Performing

Arts 9501 Skokie Blvd, Skokie | 847-673-6300 | DRAMA:

Isabelle Arc is a hard-working, pious peasant woman whose

daughter Joan begins an odd and extraordinary rise from

farm girl to holy martyr. Through Oct 20

Murder on the Nile Oil Lamp

SEP OCT NOV

Theater 1723 Glenview Rd, Glenview | 847-834-0738 |

LITERARY ADAPTATION: Kay Ridgeway has led a charmed life.

Blessed with beauty, enormous wealth, and a new husband,

she embarks on a honeymoon voyage down the Nile. Fatal circumstances

await when the idyllic surroundings are shattered

by a shocking and brutal murder. Under scrutiny is a multitude

of memorable passengers, all with a reason to kill. The tension

and claustrophobia builds, as a shocking and audacious

conspiracy is laid bare. Sep 26 - Nov 10

ONLY TWO DAYS

NOV

New Philharmonic with Jens

Lindemann McAninch Arts Center 425 Fawell Blvd,

Glen Ellyn | 630-942-4000 | MUSIC: Lindemann’s talents will

be showcased in the show-stopping Alexander Arutiunian

Trumpet Concerto in A-flat major. Other works featured

includes Richard Wagner’s Overture to “Rienzi” and Nikolai

Rimsky-Korsakov’s “Scheherazade,” Op. 35. Nov 2 - 3

SEP OCT Newsies Paramount Theatre 23 E.

Galena Blvd, Aurora | 630-896-6666 | MUSICAL: High in

the skyscrapers of NYC, Joseph Pulitzer is plotting a way to

increase the revenue of his declining newspaper, while down in

the streets, newsboys hawk papers on corners barely making

enough to survive. When Pulitzer raises the price of the paper,

delivery boy Jack Kelly organizes a strike to show the news

tycoon and his gang of cronies they're not going to be pushed

into the gutter. Through Oct 20

16


The Niceties Writers Theatre 325 Tudor Court,

NOV

Glencoe | 847-242-6000 | COMEDY/DRAMA: What happens

when theoretical arguments suddenly turn personal in the

ivory tower of an elite East Coast university? This taut, intelligent

new play will make you question your own assumptions

and reevaluate whether generation gaps can be bridged while

gaps in knowledge—and in experience—remain. Nov 6 - Dec 8

NOV Old Ringers 2nd Act Players at

Northminster Presbyterian Church 2515 Central Park

Ave, Evanston | 224-307-4190 | COMEDY: Four senior women

try to fight the shrinking economy and their shrinking pocketbooks

by opening up a phone-sex service after receiving an

unsolicited obscene phone call. Nov 2 - 17

OCT NOV Oliver! Marriott Theatre 10 Marriott Dr,

Lincolnshire | 847-634-0200 | MUSICAL: One of the most

beloved family musicals of all time – featuring “Food, Glorious

Food” and “As Long as He Needs Me.” Oct 30 - Dec 29

ONLY TWO DAYS

OCT

“AMAZING”

ELAINE PAIGE, BBC RADIO 2

NOVEMBER 19 — DECEMBER 1 • BROADWAY PLAYHOUSE

The Olympians Piven Theatre Workshop

927 Noyes St, Evanston | 847-866-8049 | DRAMA: Explore the

lives and ideas of Jewish political philosopher Hannah Arendt,

African-American writers James Baldwin and Ralph Ellison,

and their intersection in the political realm, and the meaning

of their political ideas today. Oct 21 - 22

SEP OCT Peter and the Starcatcher Citadel

Theatre Company at Lake Forest High School West

Campus 300 S. Waukegan Rd, Lake Forest | 847-735-8554 |

MUSICAL: The Tony Award-winning Peter and the Starcatcher

upends the century-old story of how a miserable orphan

comes to be The Boy Who Would Not Grow Up (a.k.a. Peter

Pan). Sep 18 - Oct 19

Half-price tickets may be available at

HOTTIX.org > > > >

OCT NOV Sherlock's First Case First Folio

Theatre at Mayslake Hall 1717 W. 31st St, Oak Brook |

630-986-8067 | COMEDY/DRAMA: When Sherlock Holmes'

life is threatened, it's up to the ever-dependable Dr. Watson to

solve the case. But as the tale wends its way along, bringing in

not only Inspector Lestrade but also the children of their arch

nemesis Professor Moriarty, will anyone be ready for the truths

that are revealed? This is the Holmes and Watson story you

never expected. Oct 2 - Nov 3

OCT

Somebody's Child Three Brothers Theatre

115 N. Genesee, Waukegan | 319-621-0024 | DRAMA: Dan

and Jan are married, and they aren’t happy. In the midst of an

especially aggravated talk one morning, Jan finds the unthinkable:

an infant child in the kitchen cereal cabinet. Somebody’s

child has entered their home. But whose? And why? Oct 4 - 26

SEP

Something Rotten! Marriott Theatre

10 Marriott Dr, Lincolnshire | 847-634-0200 | MUSICAL: Set in

1595, this hilarious smash tells the story of two brothers who

are desperate to write a hit play but are stuck in the shadow of

that Renaissance rock star known as "The Bard." When a local

soothsayer foretells that the future of theatre involves singing,

dancing, and acting at the same time, they set out to write the

world's very first MUSICAL! Through Oct 20

OCT Songs for a New World North Central

College Fine and Performing Arts at Madden Theatre

171 E. Chicago, Naperville | 630-637-7469 | CHILDREN'S/

FAMILY: Each piece in this modern song cycle is a glimpse

into the life of a different character and an instance when

they realize something new about themselves, seemingly find

a whole new world to explore. The score blends elements

of pop, gospel, and jazz music and features many intricate

harmonies. Oct 18 - 27

SEP

OCT

Spring Awakening Three Brothers Theatre

115 N. Genesee, Waukegan | 319-621-0024 | MUSICAL:

Silenced and dismissed by authority figures in the firmly

censored world of 19th century Germany, a group of teenagers

are forced to discover the truth behind their feelings unaided.

They find that through each other they unlock a new world –

with both beautiful and tragic consequences. Through Sep 28

OCT NOV Wendigo Three Brothers Theatre 115

N. Genesee, Waukegan | 319-621-0024 | DRAMA: An ages old

tale. A tale you will all find familiar. The tale of a writer and an

actor creating the next Great American Horror Film. But what

happens when your creation consumes your entire life? What

happens when greed and lust for something great summons a

monster buried inside of you? Oct 11 - Nov 2

NOV Winnie the Pooh Wirtz Center at

Northwestern University in the Wallis Theater 1949

Campus Dr, Evanston | 847-491-7282 | CHILDREN'S/FAMILY:

Featuring a folk music score infused with acoustic harmonies,

this charming and whimsical musical adaptation also uses

poetry from A.A. Milne's original books that will surely touch

the heart and delight young audiences and their families alike.

Recommended for ages 3 and up. Nov 1 - 17

SEP OCT You Can Only Take the A.C.T.

12 Times Piven Theatre Workshop 927 Noyes St,

Evanston | 847-866-8049 | NEW WORK: Tracy Egan presents

a hilarious one-woman show, playing 15 characters exploring

the way different families navigate the roller-coaster end of

high school. Sep 20 - Oct 6

17

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Theatre is essential to the life of a great city and to its citizens. The League of Chicago Theatres is

an alliance of theatres which leverages its collective strength to support, promote, and advocate for

Chicago’s theatre industry. Through our work, we ensure that theatre continues to thrive in our city.

The League of Chicago Theatres is supported by Allstate Insurance Company, Arts Work Fund,

The Chicago Community Trust, City of Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events

City Arts Grant, ComEd, Gaylord & Dorothy Donnelley Foundation, The Richard H. Driehaus Foundation,

The Field Foundation of Illinois, The Lloyd A. Fry Foundation, Illinois Arts Council Agency,

The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, MacArthur Fund for Arts and Culture at Prince,

National Endowment for the Arts, Prince Charitable Trusts, and The Shubert Foundation.

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