Now Playing Onstage in Chicago - Week of 9/20/2018

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DISNEY'S ARISTOCATS KIDS
CHAMPAIGN PARK DISTRICT
9/20-9/22/2018

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Roxy Bellows Plays The Den - September Sizzle in Broadway ROXY BELLOWS PLAYS THE DEN - SEPTEMBER SIZZLE
The Den
9/22-9/22/2018
It's the end of summer -- but Roxy keeps things sizzling with her comic HEAT. Join her at The Den on September 22nd as she roasts and toasts her adoring fans. With Sarah Porretta at the piano, the music and laughs start at 7:30 PM!
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SCHOOLHOUSE ROCK LIVE! JR
BYRON CIVIC THEATRE
9/22-9/23/2018

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MARY POPPINS JR
LAMBS FARM
9/22-9/23/2018

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Vietgone in Broadway VIETGONE
Writers Theatre
8/15-9/23/2018
t's 1975 and two young survivors (who may or may not be the playwright's parents) meet in a Vietnamese refugee camp in mid-America shortly after the fall of Saigon. Will this strange new land of cowboys, hippies and bikers allow them to fall in love? Playwright Qui Nguyen’s wildly creative, irreverent style flips stereotypes on their head, remixing history and culture into a sexy, funny and energetic fantasia as he imagines how two soul mates might have found each other in a turbulent time. Equal parts road-trip adventure, buddy film, romantic comedy and Hamilton-esque rap musical, this epic new play repurposes pop culture from the last forty years to tell its “probably-mostly-true” story. Directed by Lavina Jadhwani, Vietgone takes a no-holds-barred approach, transporting you through time and across the globe to put an innovative spin on a critical moment in our history.
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THE GOD COMMITTEE
Oil Lamp Theater
8/19-9/23/2018
Mark St. Germain; dir: Keith Gerth.
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NEWSIES
MID SUMMER MOON PRODUCTIONS
9/21-9/23/2018

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Six Characters in Search of A Play in Broadway SIX CHARACTERS IN SEARCH OF A PLAY
Windy City Performs Guest Artist Series
9/15-9/23/2018
Part of our new Guest Artist Series: Del Shores is an award-winning playwright, actor, director and television writer. Sordid Lives creator Del Shores' new one-man show, plus workshops over the week of September 15 thru 23. Buy tickets for his new play today! ABOUT DEL SHORES: Del Shores has written, directed and produced successfully across studio and independent film, network and cable television and regional and national touring theatre. He is a highly respected teacher, working with students of all ages across the country on a variety of skills - writing, auditioning, acting for camera, and more. READ DEL'S COMPLETE BIO HERE: http://windycityperforms.org/conservatory/guest-artist-series/del-shores-bio/ ABOUT THE SHOW: In Six Characters In Search Of A Play, riffing on Pirandello’s classic title, Shores brings to life six one-of-a-kind characters he has met in real life that haven’t quite made it into one of his plays, films or TV shows. In 90 minutes, the audience will hear the truth behind how he collected these eccentrics and their stories as he portrays his hilarious, off-the-rails encounters with them. In addition to performing his new play, Mr. Shores will present a series of workshops over his one-week residency.
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It's Been a F*cking Year in Broadway IT'S BEEN A F*CKING YEAR
Pride Films and Plays
9/24-9/24/2018
Life is a rollercoaster of emotions, a whirlwind of events. Who would have thought that the last 365 days could hold so much? First love, first therapist, coming out, and TWO (!?) award-winning musicals. Join Jeff-award nominee Matthew Huston as he explores some of the ups and downs of the past year in “It’s Been a F*cking Year” -- directed by Derek Van Barham, with musical direction by Justin Harner. He will be joined by Chicago gems Honey West and Scott Gryder for a retrospective of the year that was...and wasn’t.
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SEUSSICAL JR
CARPENTERSVILLE MIDDLE SCHOOL
9/25-9/25/2018

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THE 25TH ANNUAL PUTNAM COUNTY SPELLING BEE
UNIV OF ILLINOIS - MUSIC DEPT
9/27-9/28/2018

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Nick and Zoe in Broadway NICK AND ZOE
the side project
9/6-9/29/2018
3:28am. The sounds of the city pour into Nick's Manhattan apartment. A hot summer night when it feels like the oxygen is being burnt out of the air. What is he even doing here? What is she? Sometimes love swims in your blood and digs into your bones and muscles. It becomes part of you, and you'll do almost anything not to lose it. Both of their lives have been irrevocably changed. The neighbor's jazz is loud. But not loud enough to wash this all away.
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PETER AND THE STARCATCHER
MAINE WEST HIGH SCHOOL
9/27-9/29/2018

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SCHOOLHOUSE ROCK LIVE! JR
WHEATON WARRENVILLE HIGH SCHOOL
9/28-9/29/2018

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SPRING AWAKENING
Blank Theatre Company
9/6-9/30/2018

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Spring Awakening in Broadway SPRING AWAKENING
Blank Theatre Company
9/8-9/30/2018
SPRING AWAKENING is a contemporary rock musical based on the classic German play by Frank Wedekind, following the struggles of German teenagers in the 1890's trying to find their voices in a socially conservative world. SPRING AWAKENING will run September 6th-30th at the Frontier, 1106 W Thorndale Ave, in Chicago's Edgewater neighborhood. Additional information is available at blanktheatrecompany.com.
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NEWSIES
LOOKING GLASS PLAYHOUSE
9/20-9/30/2018

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INTO THE WOODS
POLO AREA COMMUNITY THEATRE
9/28-9/30/2018

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HOMOS, OR EVERYONE IN AMERICA
Pride Films and Plays
8/30-9/30/2018
“Love is love” – but is navigating it any less complicated today? What does it mean to be in a committed relationship? Is monogamy just monotony? Told through interweaving glimpses into the life of an everyday couple unexpectedly confronted by a vicious crime, HOMOS, OR EVERYONE IN AMERICA is a fearless, funny, heart-on-its-sleeve examination of the moments that can bring two people together – or pull them apart.
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MONGER
Greenhouse Theater Center
8/30-9/30/2018
MONGER follows a Chicago criminal defense attorney with a secret sex life who deals with his sensitive 16-year-old son’s legal crisis on the day he takes a deposition from the mother of a deceased teenager. The play uncovers the nationwide, anonymous brotherhood of men who use the Internet to find and compare notes on the women and underage girls they pay for sex. Though the characters and plot are fictional, they are inspired by real-life events and includes actual posts from online chats among men engaged in this activity.
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9 TO 5, THE MUSICAL
SALEM COMMUNITY THEATRE AND CULTURAL CENTER
9/21-9/30/2018

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Artemisia Fall Festival 2018 in Broadway ARTEMISIA FALL FESTIVAL 2018
Artemisia
9/24-10/3/2018
Six directors and 30 actors from the Chicago theatre community will collaborate to create staged readings of six new feminist plays - plays that empower women and challenge audiences to see women differently. . Themes to be explored include cultural differences between diverse societies in their treatment and status of women, mother-daughter relationships, and tensions between economic classes. The ranges of genres include dramas, satire and thrillers.
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GOOD NEWS! (1993)
Corn Stock Theatre
9/28-10/6/2018

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Elephant and Piggie's ELEPHANT AND PIGGIE'S "WE ARE IN A PLAY"
Citadel Theatre
9/29-10/7/2018
In the musical, an elephant named Gerald and a pig named Piggie are best, best, "bestus" (a word Gerald and Piggie made up that means "very best") friends, but Gerald worries that something could go wrong that would end their friendship. Piggie is not worried at all. She's even happier and more excited than usual. That's because she and Gerald are invited to a party hosted by the Squirrelles, three singing squirrels who love to have a good time. And so begins a day when anything is possible.
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Kiss Me, Kate in Broadway KISS ME, KATE
Big Noise Theatre
9/21-10/7/2018
Passions run high as leading lady Lilli and her ex-husband, actor/director Fred, battle onstage and off in a production of Shakespeare’s Taming of the Shrew. With romance, comedy, sophistication, and behind-the-scenes high jinks, KISS ME, KATE combines the irreverent humor of two brilliant writers: Cole Porter and William Shakespeare. Musical numbers include “So In Love,” “Too Darn Hot,” “Always True to You (In My Fashion),” and other beloved Cole Porter standards.
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ROALD DAHL'S WILLY WONKA
WHEATON DRAMA INC
9/14-10/7/2018

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NEWSIES
KANKAKEE VALLEY THEATRE
9/29-10/7/2018

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ELEPHANT AND PIGGIE'S WE ARE IN A PLAY
CITADEL THEATRE COMPANY
9/29-10/7/2018

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1776
HOOGLAND CENTER FOR THE ARTS
9/28-10/8/2018

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GHOST THE MUSICAL - SMALL CAST EDITION
Theatre At The Center
9/13-10/14/2018

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Oxy, Ohio in Broadway OXY, OHIO
the side project
9/22-10/14/2018
Welcome to Dayton, Ohio, America's 2016 drug overdose capital. Mary works the night shift at an old folks’ home; her drop-out daughter, Becky, works the night shift at Super 8; new acquaintance Tom has worked every conceivable job for his entire life; and they all work Dr. Wilmington, their favorite physician. But something isn't working. They are all caught up in the mass casualty opioid death march that now seems as permanent as Ohio's gray skies, crumbling concrete, lonely nights, and dead-end jobs. Welcome to the Midwest. Pick your poison.
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ARMS AND THE MAN
City Lit Theater
9/7-10/21/2018
Bluntschli, a Swiss soldier fonder of chocolates than of bullets, hides in the bedroom of Bulgarian heiress Raina while escaping from battle—a development that disturbs her fiancé Sergius, a swaggering cavalry-officer from the other side. First produced in 1894, this comedy about the folly of war and the frailties of human nature was one of Shaw’s first popular successes in a career that produced more than 60 plays. Shaw called it “an anti-romantic comedy.”
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LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS
DRURY LANE OAKBROOK
8/30-10/21/2018

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GYPSY
Marriott Lincolnshire Theatre
8/22-10/21/2018

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CURVE OF DEPARTURE
Northlight Theatre
9/13-10/23/2018
In a cramped motel room in New Mexico, a “ragtag little group of humans” gathers in anticipation of the funeral of a man they loved but did not like. But the dearly departed is not their only concern, as they grapple with the demands of ordinary life and the decisions of an uncertain future. Northlight favorite?Mike Nussbaum?returns as the patriarch of an unconventional family in this delicate and gently comic drama.
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LEGALLY BLONDE
PARAMOUNT THEATRE
9/5-10/25/2018

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KOALAS
16th Street Theater
9/20-10/27/2018
16th Street Theater:J. Joseph Cox.
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SWEET CHARITY
Marriott Lincolnshire Theatre
9/5-10/28/2018

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THE LITTLE FOXES
Citadel Theatre
9/28-10/28/2018
Summary: Our Season opens with Lillian Hellman's searing tale of family betrayal and corruption. This milestone in American theatre is a riveting unsentimental portrait of a bygone era that still holds timely resonance even today. Make sure to see one of the great American morality plays of all time when it hits the Citadel stage for the first time – you will not be disappointed.
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LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS
DRURY LANE OAKBROOK
8/30-10/28/2018

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LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS
Drury Lane Theatre
9/6-10/28/2018
This gem of a musical inspired by the 1960 dark comedy horror film will charm your heart with infectious do-wop songs and endearing characters. A down on his luck resident of Skid Row is offered the girl of his dreams, fame, and success from an all-powerful, R&B singin’ carnivorous plant, but at what cost? Winner of the Drama Desk Award for Best Musical. Little Shop of Horrors is recommended for ages 13 and up. Please be advised that there is light violence and brief strong language.
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THE LITTLE FOXES
Citadel Theatre Company
9/25-10/28/2018
Lillian Hellman's searing tale of family betrayal and corruption, set in Alabama in the year 1900. In it, Regina Hubbard Giddens connives against her brothers and husband for wealth and freedom within the confines of an early 20th-century society where fathers considered only sons as their legal heirs. This milestone in American theatre is a riveting unsentimental portrait of a bygone era that still holds timely resonance even today.
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LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS
DRURY LANE OAKBROOK
9/6-10/28/2018

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LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS
Drury Lane - Oakbrook
9/6-10/28/2018
This gem of a musical inspired by the 1960 dark comedy horror film will charm your heart with infectious doo-wop songs and endearing characters. A down-on-his-luck resident of Skid Row is offered the girl of his dreams, fame, and success from an all-powerful, R&B singin’ carnivorous plant, but at what cost? Winner of the Drama Desk Award for Best Musical.
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A Chorus Line in Broadway A CHORUS LINE
Metropolis Performing Arts Centre
9/20-11/3/2018
A stunning theatrical classic that captures the spirit and tension of a Broadway audition. Exploring the lives and poignant ambitions of professional chorus dancers; those overly dedicated, underpaid, highly trained performers. A Chorus Line takes the audience through the final grueling audition for a new Broadway musical. The show features one powerhouse number after another including “What I Did for Love,” “One,” “I Can Do That,” “At the Ballet,” “The Music and the Mirror,” and “I Hope I Get It.” Song, dance, and compellingly authentic drama are fused brilliantly in this nine time Tony Award winner. A Chorus Line captivates heartstrings until the final casting choices are made and the question of why we do anything of value is answered: for love. Rated R Previews $35; Regular Run $40 www.MetropolisArts.com Box Office: 847-577-2121
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Indecent in Broadway INDECENT
Victory Gardens Theatre
9/21-11/4/2018
Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Paula Vogel (How I Learned to Drive) tells the deeply moving story of the controversial 1923 Broadway debut of Jewish playwright Sholem Asch’s God of Vengeance — a play about a forbidden lesbian romance that enchanted and outraged audiences. Inspired by true events, Indecent, is performed by an ensemble of seven actors and three musicians portraying more than 40 roles to chart an explosive moment in theatrical history and the artists who risked their careers and lives to perform it. Award-winner Gary Griffin (Hand To God, Fun Home) returns to Victory Gardens to direct this 2017 Tony Award-nominated play.
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INDECENT
Victory Gardens Theater
9/21-11/4/2018
Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Paula Vogel (How I Learned to Drive) tells the deeply moving story of the controversial 1923 Broadway debut of Jewish playwright Sholem Asch’s God of Vengeance — a play about a forbidden lesbian romance that enchanted and outraged audiences. ?Inspired by true events, Indecent, is performed by an ensemble of seven actors and three musicians portraying more than 40 roles to chart an explosive moment in theatrical history and the artists who risked their careers and lives to perform it. Award-winner Gary Griffin (Hand To God, Fun Home) returns to Victory Gardens to direct this 2017 Tony Award-nominated play.
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WITCH
Writers Theatre
9/26-12/16/2018
Mischief is afoot in the sleepy village of Edmonton and the fate of the world is at stake in this smart modern fable. When the emotionally conflicted son of the local lord and an ambitious newcomer come into conflict, help presents itself to both of them in the same guise—as the Devil himself. But while these two young men take advantage of the Devil’s bargain to accomplish their own questionable ends, someone else in town stands her ground—Elizabeth, an outcast whom everyone believes to be a witch. Rising playwright Jen Silverman boldly transforms this classic play by Jacobean playwrights William Rowley, Thomas Dekker and John Ford, using a contemporary lens to make the machinations of the distant past strikingly relevant to today. Directed by Marti Lyons (The Mystery of Love & Sex) in the intimate Gillian Theatre, this wickedly funny, slyly subversive play will captivate you with the question: would you know what to ask for if the Devil came knocking on your door?
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