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SHREK THE MUSICAL
CHUTE MIDDLE SCHOOL
3/9-3/10/2016

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JOHNNY MERCER: DREAM
Skokie Theatre
3/10-3/10/2016
Johnny Mercer provided 1500 lyrics for 230 different composers, undoubtedly the most versatile and adaptable writer in the Great American Songbook. He was alternately slangy and folksy, sophisticated and urbane, excitedly childlike, elegantly sensuous, and achingly nostalgic. Join Chicago cabaret singer Jeff Dean along with musical director Beckie Menzie as they explore Johnny's life, loves and music. Tickets: $22. At Skokie Theatre, 7924 Lincoln Ave, Downtown Skokie. Call 847-677-7761 or visit SkokieTheatre.org
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ANNIE GET YOUR GUN (STONE)
First Baptist Academy
3/11-3/11/2016

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ELLEN WINTERS: THE GIRL SINGER
Skokie Theatre
3/11-3/11/2016
Ellen Winters returns to Skokie Theatre for a wonderful trip down memory lane with her tribute to Rosemary Clooney. Enjoy songs like "Hey There," "C'mon A My House," "Mambo Italiano," "Love, You Didn't Do Right By Me," and more as you follow the life and music of America's favorite "Girl Singer." Featuring Don Lobacz, Hal Miller, Jim Ryan and Sam Steffke. Tickets: $25. At Skokie Theatre, 7924 Lincoln Ave, Downtown Skokie. Call 847-677-7761 or visit SkokieTheatre.org
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FIDDLER ON THE ROOF
MOLINE HIGH SCHOOL
3/10-3/12/2016

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MARY POPPINS
MAINE EAST TOWNSHIP HIGH SCHOOL
3/4-3/12/2016

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13
NILES NORTH HIGH SCHOOL
3/10-3/12/2016

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ROALD DAHL'S WILLY WONKA JR
WESTFIELD COMMUNITY SCHOOL
3/10-3/12/2016

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HAIRSPRAY
MASCOUTAH HIGH SCHOOL
3/10-3/12/2016

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THE DROWSY CHAPERONE
DOWNERS GROVE NORTH HIGH SCHOOL
3/10-3/12/2016

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LEGALLY BLONDE
BLOOMINGTON HIGH SCHOOL
3/10-3/12/2016

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PIPPIN
MARENGO COMMUNITY HIGH SCHOOL
3/10-3/12/2016

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GUYS & DOLLS JR
MAHOMET SEYMOUR JUNIOR HIGH SCHOOL
3/10-3/12/2016

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FIDDLER ON THE ROOF
STOCKTON HIGH SCHOOL
3/11-3/12/2016

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SHREK THE MUSICAL JR
STANDING OVATION THEATRE
3/11-3/12/2016

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DISNEY'S HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL
POLO COMMUNITY HIGH SCHOOL
3/11-3/12/2016

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HONK! JR
MT PULASKI HIGH SCHOOL
3/11-3/12/2016

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OKLAHOMA!
Hoffman Estates High School
3/4-3/12/2016

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THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA
McHenry West Campus High School Dist 156
3/4-3/12/2016

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CINDERELLA
Illiana Christian High School
3/10-3/12/2016

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FOOTLOOSE
The High of School of St. Thomas
3/10-3/12/2016

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ONCE UPON A MATTRESS
Kankakee High School
3/11-3/12/2016

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THE ADDAMS FAMILY
Leroy High School
3/11-3/12/2016

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STEPPENWOLF FOR YOUNG ADULTS: THE COMPASS
Steppenwolf Theatre Co
2/24-3/12/2016
dir: Michael Rohd.
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THE MUSIC MAN
WILMETTE PARK DISTRICT
3/4-3/13/2016

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INTO THE WOODS
CHESTER HIGH SCHOOL
3/10-3/13/2016

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MARY POPPINS
LAKES COMMUNITY HIGH SCHOOL
3/10-3/13/2016

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SHREK THE MUSICAL JR
SPECIAL GIFTS THEATRE
3/5-3/13/2016

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SHREK THE MUSICAL JR
WARRENSBURG LATHAM HIGH SCHOOL
3/11-3/13/2016

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DISNEY'S BEAUTY AND THE BEAST JR
ELK GROVE PARK DISTRICT
3/11-3/13/2016

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SEUSSICAL JR
SCHAUMBURG PARK DISTRICT
3/11-3/13/2016

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PETER PAN
HOOGLAND CENTER FOR THE ARTS
3/4-3/13/2016

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DISNEY'S PETER PAN JR
BARTLETT PARK DISTRICT
3/10-3/13/2016

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LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS
COAL CITY SCHOOL DISTRICT #1
3/10-3/13/2016

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THE 25TH ANNUAL PUTNAM COUNTY SPELLING BEE
ST PATRICK HIGH SCHOOL
3/4-3/13/2016

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JAMES AND THE GIANT PEACH JR.
KIDZ KABARET
3/3-3/13/2016

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MARY POPPINS
HARRISBURG HIGH SCHOOL
3/11-3/13/2016

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LEGALLY BLONDE
OAKWOOD HIGH SCHOOL
3/11-3/13/2016

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THE DROWSY CHAPERONE
MARMION MILITARY ACADEMY
3/11-3/13/2016

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FAR FROM HEAVEN
Porchlight Theatre
2/5-3/13/2016

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CINDERELLA
Morton High School
3/4-3/13/2016

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JOSEPH AND THE AMAZING TECHNICOLOR DREAMCOAT (MEGAMIX)
Hendricks Civic Theater
3/4-3/13/2016

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FOOTLOOSE
Shelbyville High School
3/11-3/13/2016

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ONCE UPON A MATTRESS
Rochester High School
3/11-3/13/2016

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THE SOUND OF MUSIC
Amboy High School
3/11-3/13/2016

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THE ADDAMS FAMILY
West Carroll High School
3/11-3/13/2016

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THE ADDAMS FAMILY
IC Catholic Prep
3/11-3/13/2016

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2666
Goodman Theatre
2/6-3/13/2016
adapt: Seth Bockley, Robert Falls from Roberto Bolano; dir: Seth Bockley, Robert Falls.
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COCKED
Victory Gardens Theater
2/12-3/13/2016
Sarah Gubbins; dir: Joanie Schultz.
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SHREK THE MUSICAL
BOLINGBROOK HIGH SCHOOL
3/11-3/19/2016

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SHREK THE MUSICAL JR
CAROL STREAM PARK DISTRICT
3/11-3/19/2016

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DISNEY'S PETER PAN JR
BUFFALO GROVE PARK DISTRICT
3/11-3/19/2016

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CINDERELLA (BROADWAY VERSION)
Benet Academy
3/10-3/19/2016

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CINDERELLA (BROADWAY VERSION)
Cary Grove High School
3/11-3/19/2016

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THE ADDAMS FAMILY
Salem Community High School
3/10-3/19/2016

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IN A WORD
Strawdog Theatre Company
2/5-3/19/2016
Lauren Yee; dir: Jess McLeod.
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IN A WORD
Strawdog Theatre Company [nid:132852]
2/5-3/19/2016
CHICAGO - Strawdog Theatre Company and Artistic Director Hank Boland are proud to announce the third main stage production in its 2015 - 2016 season, Lauren Yee’s In A Word, February 5 – March 19, directed by Jess McLeod, at Strawdog Theatre Company, 3829 N. Broadway St. Previews are Friday, Feb. 5 and 12, Saturday, Feb. 6 and 13 at 8 p.m., Sunday, Feb. 7 and 14 at 4 p.m. and Thursday, Feb. 11 at 8 p.m. Opening night is Monday, Feb. 15 at 8 p.m. The regular performance schedule is Thursdays - Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 4 p.m. An industry performance is Monday, Feb. 22 at 8 p.m. and a fully accessible performance in conjunction with the Access Project at Victory Gardens is Thursday, March 3 at 8 p.m.* Preview tickets are $15, regular run tickets are $28 and on sale now. Subscriptions, group, rush, senior and student discounts are also available. Tickets may be ordered online at strawdog.org or by calling OvationTix toll-free: 866-811-4111. A gripping and poetic new work from the author of Victory Gardens’ acclaimed production Samsara. Fiona (Mary Winn Heider) must sort through what’s left of her life and sanity when her son (guest artist Gabe Franken) mysteriously vanishes. The director of The House Theatre of Chicago’s hit Season on the Line, Jess McLeod, makes her Strawdog debut directing this production with Ensemble Member John Ferrick as “Guy.” In A Word is a National New Play Network Rolling World Premiere. The National New Play Network (NNPN) is the country’s alliance of nonprofit theaters that champions the development, production, and continued life of new plays. The Network strives to pioneer, implement, and disseminate ideas and programs that revolutionize the way theaters collaborate to support new plays and playwrights. The production team also includes Strawdog Company Ensemble Members John Kelly, lighting designer; Heath Hays, sound designer; with guest artists Izumi Inaba, costume designer; Jamie Karas, properties designer; Emmaline Keddy-Hector, production manager; Melanie Kulas, stage manager; Jacob Palmer, technical director; Cameron Petti, master electrician; Casey Schissler, assistant stage manager; Abhi Shrestha, assistant director and Sarah JHP Watkins, scenic designer. *FULLY ACCESSIBLE PERFORMANCE Strawdog Theatre Company continues its partnership with the Access Project at Victory Gardens to present In A Word at Victory Gardens Biograph Theater, in the Prince Charitable Trust Rehearsal Room, 2433 N. Lincoln Ave., Thursday, March 3 at 8 p.m., with a touch tour at 6:45 p.m. The performance is fully wheelchair accessible with audio description and open captioning. ABOUT LAUREN YEE, PLAYWRIGHT Lauren Yee is a playwright born and raised in San Francisco. She received her bachelor’s degree from Yale University, and her MFA in playwriting from UCSD, where she studied under Naomi Iizuka. She was a Dramatists Guild fellow, a She has been a finalist for the Jerome Fellowship, the PONY Fellowship, the Princess Grace Award, the Sundance Theatre Lab, and the Wasserstein Prize. Her play Samsara has been a nominee for the Susan Smith Blackburn Prize and the L. Arnold Weissberger Award. She is MacDowell fellow, a MAP Fund grantee, a member of The Public Theater’s Emerging Writers Group, a Time Warner Fellow at the Women’s Project Playwrights Lab, the Shank playwright-in-residence at Second Stage Theatre, and the Page One resident playwright at Playwrights Realm. Yee’s full-length work has been produced throughout the United States. Her play The Hatmaker’s Wife was an Outer Critics Circle nominee for the John Gassner Award for best play by a new American playwright. Ching Chong Chinaman was picked as a top 10 play of the year by City Pages and the East Bay Express, and Crevice was a Bay Area Theatre Critics Circle nominee for Best Play. Other honors include three Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival playwriting awards, Kumu Kahua Theatre’s Pacific Rim Prize, and writing fellowships from the American Antiquarian Society, the Byrdcliffe Artist Colony, the Edward F. Albee Foundation, the El Gouna Writers’ Residency, the Hawthornden Castle International Retreat for Writers, and the New York Mills Cultural Center. She has also received funding from the Ludwig Vogelstein Foundation, Theatre Bay Area, and UCSD’s Institute for International, Comparative, and Area Studies, as well as an award from PlayGround’s New Play Production Fund. ABOUT JESS MCLEOD, DIRECTOR Recent Chicago credits for McLeod include Blu Rhythm (Lyric Unlimited/Lyric Opera), Shawn Pfautsch’s Season on the Line (The House Theatre of Chicago); Babes In Arms (Porchlight Music Theatre “Porchlight Revisits.. series); Kevin Coval’s L-vis Live! (Victory Gardens); Emily Schwartz’s Funeral Wedding: The Alvin Play (Strange Tree Group); Bathsheba Doran’s Kin (Griffin Theatre); Venus (Steppenwolf Next Up!); The Wedding Singer (Haven Theatre); The 48-Hour Musicals: Encore!, The Pajama Game, and Chris Miller & Nathan Tysen’s Fugitive Songs (The Music Theatre Company). As well as workshops with Goodman Theatre, American Theater Company, Steep Theatre, American Music Theatre Project. McLeod has served as the assistant/associate director with Gary Griffin (Dallas Theater Center, Chicago Shakespeare Theater, City Center Encores!), Anna D. Shapiro (Steppenwolf) and Michael Rohd (Oregon Shakespeare Festival). She was the co-artistic director of The Music Theatre Company (2014-15); director of programming with The New York Musical Theatre Festival (2005-08) and has an MFA. from Northwestern University. She is currently also working on Samantha Beach and Diana Lawrence’s Mill Girls. ABOUT STRAWDOG THEATRE COMPANY Since its founding in 1988, Strawdog Theatre Company has offered Chicagoland the premiere storefront theatre experience and garnered numerous Non-Equity Jeff Awards with its commitment to ensemble acting and an immersive design approach. The celebrated Company develops new work, re-imagines the classics, melds music with theatre, asks provocative questions and delivers their audience the unexpected Strawdog Theatre Company and Artistic Director Hank Boland are proud to announce the third main stage production in its 2015 - 2016 season, Lauren Yee’s In A Word, February 5 – March 19, directed by Jess McLeod, at Strawdog Theatre Company, 3829 N. Broadway St. Previews are Friday, Feb. 5 and 12, Saturday, Feb. 6 and 13 at 8 p.m., Sunday, Feb. 7 and 14 at 4 p.m. and Thursday, Feb. 11 at 8 p.m. Opening night is Monday, Feb. 15 at 8 p.m. The regular performance schedule is Thursdays - Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 4 p.m. An industry performance is Monday, Feb. 22 at 8 p.m. and a fully accessible performance in conjunction with the Access Project at Victory Gardens is Thursday, March 3 at 8 p.m.* Preview tickets are $15, regular run tickets are $28 and on sale now. Subscriptions, group, rush, senior and student discounts are also available. Tickets may be ordered online at strawdog.org or by calling OvationTix toll-free: 866-811-4111. RUSH TICKETS Strawdog Theatre Company offers six tickets at a 50% discount one hour before every production. The rush ticket must be purchased in person, exclusively at the Strawdog Box Office. Limit of two tickets per person, not applicable with other discounts, offers or on previously purchased tickets, first come, first served. The neighborhood has limited paid parking and is easily accessible by public transportation (via the Red Line Sheridan stop, plus 36-Broadway, 80-Irving Park, and 151-Sheridan buses). # # # Strawdog Theatre Company is supported in part by The Richard H. Driehaus Foundation, the Gaylord and Dorothy Donnelley Foundation, the Alphawood Foundation, The Saints, the Illinois Arts Council (a state agency) and the annual support of businesses and individuals.
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BURN
Mercy Street Theatre
3/4-3/19/2016
If this were the last day of your life, how would you spend it? Sam is stuck in the middle-of-nowhere with a middle-of-nowhere job as an ice cream man. While Sam grapples with the idea of leaving his hoarder father behind to start a new lifestyle, he receives news that sets his world ablaze. Theoretical astrophysics, broken box fans, and ice cream sandwiches all collide in BURN. The performance schedule is as follows: Previews: Friday, March 4 at 7:30 pm and Sunday, March 6 at 3 pm Opening: Tuesday, March 8 at 7:30 pm Regular run: Thursday, March 10 - Saturday, March 19, 2016 Curtain Times: Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 pm; Saturday and Sundays at 3 pm.
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SISTER ACT
MARRIOTT'S LINCOLNSHIRE
1/27-3/20/2016

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MARY POPPINS
TOWNSQUARE PLAYERS
3/4-3/20/2016

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MARY POPPINS
STAGE COACH PLAYERS
3/10-3/20/2016

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THE ADDAMS FAMILY
Oak Lawn Park District Theatre
3/11-3/20/2016

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THE ADDAMS FAMILY
Loyola Academy
3/11-3/20/2016

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SPAMALOT
Lawrence County Arts Council
3/11-3/20/2016

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THE MAN WHO MURDERED SHERLOCK HOLMES
Mercury Theater Chicago
1/20-3/20/2016
Sherlock Holmes confronts his creator and his killer in this new musical by John Reeger, Julie Shannon and Michael Mahler. The production is directed by Warner Crocker who will lead a cast of award-winning actors including Nick Sandys and Michael Lindner to bring this tale to life. Inspired by actual events, with a little fantasy thrown in, “The Man Who Murdered Sherlock Holmes” begins with Sir Arthur Conan Doyle writing "The Final Problem," in which his famous detective is killed off. When it is revealed that the beloved character of Sherlock Holmes has been done in, everyone from Churchill to Doyle's own family is up-in-arms. Besieged by telephone calls and angry mobs outside his home, Doyle flees London to escape the harassment. Surprisingly, he finds a much more challenging problem awaiting him when out of the evening mist steps Sherlock Holmes. And so begins a battle of wits between the author -- who wants his character dead -- and character -- who demands to be revived to preserve his legacy. Next thing you know, the writer and his creation are off together solving the real-life crime of “The Wyrley Ripper”. The development of “The Man Who Murdered Sherlock Holmes” began twenty years ago, when actor/writer John Reeger came across a book by Peter Costello in the local library called “The Real World of Sherlock Holmes” which chronicled the investigation of actual criminal cases by Holmes’ creator Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. Reeger realized the dramatic possibilities of this concept and shared his partially completed script with composer and lyricist Julie Shannon. By spring of 2005, John had completed the first draft and in June 2006, Julie felt ready to record the score. With the generous help of many talented actors and singers Julie and her husband/sound engineer Bill Geller held recording sessions before hosting the first reading of the show at Julie and Bill’s home. Unfortunately, Julie became too ill to continue working after that. After a long and brave struggle, she passed away in 2012. The musical “sat in the drawer” until spring of 2014 when Walter Stearns at the Mercury Theater Chicago organized a third reading of the show. Realizing the musical’s potential, he offered to produce the show at the Mercury. Michael Mahler, composer and lyricist of Hero and October Sky was enlisted as the show’s new collaborator. Much of Julie’s original score remains with exciting new music and lyrics from Michael. “The Man Who Murdered Sherlock Holmes” is written by John Reeger with music and lyrics by Julie Shannon and Michael Mahler and will be brought to life by an award-winning cast including Nick Sandys as “Sherlock Holmes” and Michael Lindner as “Arthur Conan Doyle”. Rounding out the cast for this adventurous tale will be McKinley Carter, Mary Ernster, Johann George, David Girolmo, Jason Grimm, Christina Hall, Ron Keaton, Matthew Keffer, Russell Mernaugh, and Colette Todd. The scenic design is by Scott Davis, with costume design by Bob Kuhn, lighting design Yael Lubetsky and sound design by Mike Ross and Joe Court. Director Warner Crocker has been working on the development of new musicals, as well as authoring new works, for over 20 years and returns to Chicago after leading a regional theater for the past 15 years. The team of John Reeger (book) and Julie Shannon (music and lyrics) worked together on numerous projects including Mercury Theater Chicago’s annual holiday musical The Christmas Schooner, Stones (starring Felicia P. Fields), and Let the Eagle Fly: The Story of Cesar Chavez. Michael Mahler, composer and lyricist, is praised for his work on Marriott Theatre’s October Sky, and Hero (Jeff Award – Best New Work: Musical), Wonderland: Alice’s Rock & Roll Adventure, The 9/11 Report, How Can You Run with a Shell on Your Back?, Knute Rockne: All-American, The Christmas Miracle of Jonathan Toomey and others. He contributed additional lyrics to Cameron Mackintosh’s West End revival of Miss Saigon which has set its sights on a Broadway return in spring 2017. His songs have been featured in various songwriter showcases around the world, including the National Alliance for Musical Theatre New Works Summit, the MAC/ASCAP Songwriter Showcase, and an evening at the Kennedy Center. The beautifully renovated Mercury Theater Chicago is an intimate jewel box of a theater in the heart of the Southport Corridor, a sophisticated neighborhood of restaurants and boutiques just steps from Wrigley Field. A delightful theater destination, Mercury Theater Chicago takes care of its guests from the moment they arrive with valet service and dining at its adjoining restaurant, Deleece. Under the leadership of Executive Director L. Walter Stearns, Mercury Theater Chicago will follow “The Man Who Murdered Sherlock Holmes” with a revival of the madcap musical by Mel Brooks, “The Producers.”
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LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS
COMMUNITY PLAYERS OF BLOOMINGTON
3/11-3/27/2016

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MARC SALEM’S MIND OVER CHICAGO
Apollo Theater Chicago
2/7-3/27/2016
The newly designed and renovated Apollo Theater Chicago, 2540 N Lincoln Ave, is excited to present a special limited engagement of Marc Salem’s Mind Over Chicago, the latest interactive show in Marc Salem’s Mind Over… series, created with tasty local flavor specifically for the Windy City. Amazing and amusing, Marc’s theatrical creations have been hailed as “NOT TO BE MISSED!” by ABC News and “A SUREFIRE ‘you-gotta-see-this-show’ SHOW!” by Variety. Both fascinating and psychological, his performances have been enjoyed by millions around the world from Broadway and the West End to the Sydney Opera House and Singapore, earning him the name “The King of the Mind-Readers” by Time Out. Marc’s mystifying techniques and quick wit “break the lock” on the minds of randomly selected audience members. He has had the pleasure of outwitting such well-known celebrities as Sting, Chris Rock, Jerry Seinfeld, Donald Trump, Arthur Miller, Paul Newman, Prince Andrew, Judi Dench, Ronald Reagan, Michael Strahan, Bruce Willis, Big Bird and Oscar the Grouch, Vice President Joe Biden, New York Mayors Koch, Giuliani & Bloomberg, Chicago’s own Oprah Winfrey, and many more.
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SISTER ACT
MARRIOTT'S LINCOLNSHIRE
2/10-4/3/2016

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THE HOUND OF THE BASKERVILLES
Idle Muse Theatre Company
3/5-4/3/2016
One of the most beloved Sherlock Holmes stories comes to life in a striking new reimagining from the team that adapted last season’s Animal Farm for the Steppenwolf Young Adults Program. Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson trade the foggy streets of London for the country wilds of Dartmoor on a quest to hunt down the truth behind the Baskerville curse and the legendary hound stalking the night with a taste for blood!
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LONG DAY'S JOURNEY INTO NIGHT
Court Theatre
3/10-4/3/2016
Eugene O'Neill; dir: David Auburn.
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THE 39 STEPS
Metropolis Performing Arts Centre
2/18-4/3/2016
Hitchcock’s classic reimagined as a whodunnit farce. Winner of the Olivier Award for Best Comedy, and called an “absurdly enjoyable, gleefully theatrical riff on Alfred Hitchcock’s 1935 film,” by The New York Times. A simple man happens upon a woman who reveals she is a spy in desperate need of help. Suddenly, she is murdered and the saga begins as he flees and is subsequently followed throughout Europe: a fugitive on the run. Watch as 4 actors seamlessly transition to play over 100 characters in this imaginative comedy. Preview Performances: February 18-21, 2016 Tickets: $30 Regular Run: February 24 - April 3, 2016 Tickets: $38 Thursday, February 18, 2016, 7:30 P.M. Friday, February 19, 2016, 8:00 P.M. Saturday, February 20, 2016, 3:00 & 7:00 P.M. Sunday, February 21, 2016, 3:00 P.M. Wednesday, February 24, 2016, 1:00 P.M. Thursday, February 25, 2016, 7:30 P.M. Friday, February 26, 2016, 8:00 P.M. Saturday, February 27, 2016, 7:00 P.M. Sunday, February 28, 2016, 3:00 P.M. Thursday, March 3, 2016, 7:30 P.M. Friday, March 4, 2016, 8:00 P.M. Saturday, March 5, 2016, 7:00 P.M. Sunday, March 6, 2016, 3:00 P.M. Wednesday, March 9, 2016, 1:00 P.M. Thursday, March 10, 2016, 7:30 P.M. Friday, March 11, 2016, 8:00 P.M. Saturday, March 12, 2016, 7:00 P.M. Sunday, March 13, 2016 , 3:00 P.M. Thursday, March 17, 2016, 7:30 P.M. Friday, March 18, 2016, 8:00 P.M. Saturday, March 19, 2016, 7:00 P.M. Sunday, March 20, 2016 , 3:00 P.M. Wednesday, March 23, 2016, 1:00 P.M. Thursday, March 24, 2016, 7:30 P.M. Friday, March 25, 2016, 8:00 P.M. Saturday, March 26, 2016, 7:00 P.M. Thursday, March 31, 2016, 7:30 P.M. Friday, April 1, 2016, 8:00 P.M. Saturday, April 2, 2016, 7:00 P.M. Sunday, April 3, 2016, 3:00 P.M.
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D.O.A.
Strawdog Theatre Company
3/5-4/5/2016
adapt: Elizabeth Lovelady; dir: Elizabeth Lovelady.
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D.O.A.
Strawdog Theatre Company [nid:132852]
3/5-4/5/2016
CHICAGO -Strawdog Theatre Company, Artistic Director Hank Boland and Hugen Hall Artistic Director Anderson Lawfer are proud to announce the third production in their 2015 – 2016 Hugen Hall season, Elizabeth Lovelady’s world premiere adaptation of Rudolph Maté‘sfilm D.O.A., March 5 – April 5, directed by Elizabeth Lovelady at Hugen Hall in Strawdog Theatre Company, 3829 N. Broadway Street. Opening night performance is Monday, March 7 at 8 p.m.The performance schedule is Saturdays at 4 p.m., Sundays at 12 p.m., and Monday and Tuesdays at 8 p.m. Preview tickets are $10; single tickets are $15 and are currently on sale. Subscriptions, group, senior and student discounts are also available. Tickets may be ordered online at strawdog.org or by calling OvationTix toll-free: 866.811.4111. Frank Bigelow (Mickey O’Sullivan) walks into a police station to report a murder: his own. He only has a few hours to hunt for his own killers and untangle the web of lies that has brought him here. Based on the 1950 Rudolph Maté film of the same name that is considered a classic of the film noir genre The cast also includes Wm. Bullion, Scott Cupper, Carol Ludwick, Joe Mack, Sean McGill, Mallory Nees, Kelsey Shipley and Megan Skord. The production team includes Strawdog Company members Mike Mroch, scenic designer; John Kelly, light designer; Heath Hays, sound designer; with guest artists Raquel Adorno, costume designer; Liam Fitzgerald, production manager; Jamie Karas, properties designer; R&D Choreography, violence directors and Becca Levy, stage manager. ABOUT ELIZABETH LOVELADY, director and adaptor Originally from Amarillo, Texas, Lovelady received a BFA in Directing/Playwriting from Southern Methodist University. At Strawdog, she last worked as the assistant director/dramaturg for Fail Safe. Some of her favorite directing credits include: Fanny’s First Play (20% Theatre, artistic associate), Crimes of the Heart, Laundry and Bourbon/Lone Star (The Oil Lamp, Glenview) and the international collaboration Brecht^3 (The Island/Bluespots). Other favorite projects include: 10x10 Play Festival (artistic producer, American Theatre Company) and A Simple Lesson in Baking with Marie Antoinette (One Woman Show). As an intern she worked for Next Theater (casting), Collaboraction (assistant to the artistic director) and About Face (strategic planning). She is also the development coordinator for Theater Wit. ABOUT STRAWDOG THEATRE COMPANY Since its founding in 1988, Strawdog Theatre Company has offered Chicagoland the premiere storefront theatre experience and garnered numerous Non-Equity Jeff Awards with its commitment to ensemble acting and an immersive design approach. The celebrated Company develops new work, re-imagines the classics, melds music with theatre, asks provocative questions and delivers their audience the unexpected. ABOUT HUGEN HALL Under Hugen Hall’s Artistic Director Anderson Lawfer, Hugen Hall has grown from a cabaret space and Chicago’s “Best Theater Bar” (Chicago Reader) to a fully functional performance and gallery space. Over the past two seasons of presenting productions, Lawfer has overseen, and often directed, various premieres and new productions varying from superheroes in conflict to zombie world domination to family fare with many of Chicago’s leading talents. In addition, Hugen Hall has also displayed artwork from David Csicsko and other Chicago artists that reflect the action onstage. The neighborhood has limited paid parking and is easily accessible by public transportation (via the Red Line Sheridan stop, plus 36-Broadway, 80-Irving Park, and 151-Sheridan buses). Strawdog Theatre Company, Artistic Director Hank Boland and Hugen Hall Artistic Director Anderson Lawfer are proud to announce the third production in their 2015 – 2016 Hugen Hall season, Elizabeth Lovelady’s world premiere adaptation of Rudolph Mate’s film D.O.A., March 5 – April 5, directed by Elizabeth Lovelady at Hugen Hall in Strawdog Theatre Company, 3829 N. Broadway Street. Opening night performance is Monday, March 7 at 8 p.m. The performance schedule is Saturdays at 4 p.m., Sundays at 12 p.m., and Monday and Tuesdays at 8 p.m. Preview tickets are $10, single tickets are $15 and are currently on sale. Subscriptions, group, senior and student discounts are also available. Tickets may be ordered online at strawdog.org or by calling OvationTix toll-free: 866.811.4111. RUSH TICKETS Strawdog Theatre Company offers six tickets at a 50% discount one hour before every production. The rush ticket must be purchased in person, exclusively at the Strawdog Box Office. Limit of two tickets per person, not applicable with other discounts, offers or on previously purchased tickets, first come, first served. The neighborhood has limited paid parking and is easily accessible by public transportation (via the Red Line Sheridan stop, plus 36-Broadway, 80-Irving Park, and 151-Sheridan buses). # # # Strawdog Theatre Company is supported in part by The Richard H. Driehaus Foundation, the Gaylord and Dorothy Donnelley Foundation, the Alphawood Foundation, Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs, the Illinois Arts Council (a state agency) and the annual support of businesses and individuals.
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SHORT SHAKESPEARE! TWELFTH NIGHT
Chicago Shakespeare Theater
3/5-4/9/2016
adapt: Kirsten Kelly from William Shakespeare; dir: Kirsten Kelly.
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WEST SIDE STORY
PARAMOUNT THEATRE
3/9-4/10/2016

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OTHELLO
Chicago Shakespeare Theater
2/18-4/10/2016
William Shakespeare; dir: Jonathan Munby.
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THE MATCHMAKER
Goodman Theatre
3/5-4/10/2016
Thornton Wilder; music: Richard Woodbury; dir: Henry Wishcamper.
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SUNSET BABY
Timeline Theatre Company
1/12-4/10/2016
Dominique Morisseau; dir: Ron OJ Parson.
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WHERE DID WE SIT ON THE BUS?
Teatro Vista at Storefront Theater
3/10-4/10/2016
CHICAGO – Teatro Vista, in association with the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events and Victory Gardens Theater, presents the world premiere of Where Did We Sit on the Bus?, created and performed by Brian Quijada and directed by Victory Gardens’ Artistic Director, Chay Yew. The production will take place at the Storefront Theater, 66 E. Randolph St. Chicago. Opening/Press night is Thursday, March 17 at 7:30 pm. Regular performances are from Friday, March 18 through Sunday, April 10. Thursdays – Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. and Sundays at 3 p.m. Preview performances run from Thursday, March 10 through Wednesday, March 16. All tickets are $15. Students and seniors (65+) with valid I.D. are $12. Discounts are also available for groups of 20 or more. Tickets may be purchased at all HotTix locations or by visiting www.teatrovista.org. During a third grade lesson on the Civil Rights movement and Rosa Parks, a Latino boy raises his hand to ask “Where did we sit on the bus?” and his teacher can’t answer the question. Told through rap, hip-hop, spoken word and live looping, Brian Quijada’s autobiographical “Where Did We Sit on the Bus?” is an electric one-man show that examines what it means to be Latino in America. The show began as a compilation of songs and poems recited by Quijada at the Nuyorican Poets Café in New York City and has been developed in stages such as Victory Gardens Theater in Chicago and The Millennium Stage at The Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. It now comes to Chicago for its world premiere in a production by Teatro Vista directed by the expert hands of Chay Yew, Artistic Director of Victory Gardens Theater. ABOUT BRIAN QUIJADA, playwright Brian Quijada is a


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