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Check out this roundup of theater performances on Chicago stages NOW or COMING SOON!

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  • THE OUTGOING TIDE

    The Outgoing Tide
    Thru 03/03/24

    "...Set on the bank of Chesapeake Bay, Gunner has created a plan to safeguard his family’s future, surprising his wife and son, who have other plans. Weaving both humor and powerful emotion, this highly relatable story poses thoughtful questions about personal choice, and what it means to truly love someone...."

  • IN QUIETNESS

    In Quietness
    Thru 03/03/24

    "...In Quietness asks us all to consider how fidelity to self, family, community, and faith coexist as we work to manifest our futures...."

  • FLOOD

    Flood
    Thru 03/09/24

    "...Flood is theatre of the absurd, charting the relationship between two parents and their adult children for a comedic dive into love, companionship, gender and generational divides...."

  • MRS. DOUBTFIRE

    MRs. Doubtfire
    Thru 03/10/24

    "...After losing custody in a messy divorce, he creates the kindly alter ego of Scottish nanny Euphegenia Doubtfire in a desperate attempt to stay in their lives. As his new character takes on a life of its own, Mrs. Doubtfire teaches Daniel more than he bargained for about how to be a father...."

  • AN ENEMY OF THE PEOPLE

    An Enemy of the People
    Thru 03/10/24

    "...Henrik Ibsen’s drama An Enemy of the People concerns the actions of Doctor Thomas Stockmann, a medical officer charged with inspecting the public baths on which the prosperity of his native town depends. He finds the water to be contaminated...."

  • BROTHER SISTER CYBORG SPACE

    brother sister cyborg space
    Thru 03/17/24

    "...In the too-close-for-comfort future, an environmental justice organizer named Giselle and her billionaire baby brother Elon are (unsurprisingly) at odds. She believes the earth and her people are worth saving; he marvels at the potential in starting over somewhere new...."

  • SILENT SKY

    SILENT SKY
    Thru 03/17/24

    "...With the help of her North Pole family, Eleanor learns that wishing alone is simply not enough to truly make your dreams come true...."

  • DEATHTRAP

    DEATHTRAP
    Thru 03/24/24

    "...Holding the record for the longest running comedic thriller on Broadway, Deathtrap is the story of the world-famous thriller playwright Sidney Bruhl who is suffering from a chronic case of writer’s block. When one of his former students shows up at his doorstep with what might be the next Broadway hit, Sidney and his wife concoct a deadly plan to make the manuscript their own...."

  • SHAKESPEARE’S R & J

    SHAKESPEARE’S R & J
    Thru 03/24/24

    "...After school, one breaks out a copy of William Shakespeare’s ROMEO AND JULIET, and they all take turns reading the play aloud. The Bard’s words and the story itself are thrilling to the boys, and they become swept away, enmeshed in the emotion so much so that they break school rules in order to continue their readings...."

  • IN HIS HANDS

    In His Hands
    Thru 03/30/24

    "...Daniel, a Mario Kart wizard and aspiring Lutheran pastor, is falling for Christian. But as these men explore the potential of their new relationship, voices from Christian's past threaten to overpower the connection they share –  with one another, and something bigger than themselves...."

  • BLUE MAN GROUP

    Blue Man Group
    Thru 03/31/24

    "...Blue Man Group is a global entertainment phenomenon, known for its award-winning theatrical productions, iconic characters and multiple creative explorations. Blue Man Group performances are euphoric celebrations of human connection through art, music, comedy and non-verbal communication. Since debuting at New York’s Astor Place Theatre in 1991, the live show has expanded to additional domestic residencies in Boston, Chicago, and Las Vegas, an international residency in Berlin, and multiple..."

  • PETER PAN

    Peter Pan
    Thru 04/07/24

    "...With a sprinkle of pixie dust and a few happy thoughts, the children are taken on a magical journey they will never forget.  This extraordinary musical full of excitement and adventure features iconic and timeless songs including "I'm Flying", "I Gotta Crow", "I Won't Grow Up" and "Neverland."..."

  • THE BRIGHTEST THING IN THE WORLD

    The Brightest Thing in the World
    Thru 04/13/24

    "...Charmingly free-spirited barista Lane is determined to win over her new regular, the reserved and intellectual Steph. Delightful romantic comedy ensues with poetry, homemade desserts, and sparks flying...."

  • LOVE SONG

    Love Song
    Thru 04/21/24

    "...An off-kilter romantic comedy, Love Song is a quick-witted exploration of the countless complexities of love and the endless capacity of the heart...."

  • BAREFOOT IN THE PARK

    Barefoot in the Park
    Thru 05/12/24

    "...Free spirit Corie and uptight lawyer Paul discover what love and marriage truly are. When the newlyweds invite Corie’s conservative mother and their unconventional neighbor on a double date…what could go wrong?..."

  • BABY

    BABY
    Thru 05/19/24

    "...Citadel’s subscription season will close with the musical BABY, which explores the painful, rewarding and agonizingly funny consequences of the universal experience of pregnancy and upcoming parenthood through the stories of three expectant couples...."

  • JUMP

    Jump
    Thru 06/01/24

    "...Hopkins helps Fay grieve her mother and the loss of her childhood home. Flickering lights, vapes that fall from the sky, and love that recycles leap into a play fueled by magical realism, for a touching story about hope and the promise of human connection...."

  • INTO THE EARTH WITH YOU

    Into the Earth with You
    Thru 06/02/24

    "...Granddad is gone. No elegies. No dirges. But his three granddaughters cannot forget what is buried. When an impossible discovery upends their notions of loss, it has them asking, “who among us has been digging?” This new play, penned by the creator of the Amazon Studios’ television series “Outer Range,” was a 2016 O’Neill Finalist...."

  • LAVENDER MEN

    Lavender Men
    Thru 06/08/24

    "...In this energetic and surreal play, Taffeta invites audiences along as she summons none other than President Abraham Lincoln and his handsome young law clerk Elmer Ellsworth to her stage. Playing every other character in Abe and Elmer’s gay narrative, Taffeta uses this fantasia to confront issues of visibility, race, and LGBTQ+ inclusion. ..."

  • UNTITLED: THE THIRD INSTALLMENT OF THE “GRAND BOULEVARD TRILOGY

    Untitled: The Third Installment of the “Grand Boulevard Trilogy
    Thru 06/09/24

    "...Chicago writer Joshua Allen continues to explore the complex and rich history of Black families living on Chicago’s South Side throughout the 20th century. Set in 1919 during the Chicago Race Riots, this world premiere play explores one woman’s conflicting allegiances – to a promising career with a controversial lover or to the home her family has worked hard to build...."

  • A YEAR WITH FROG AND TOAD

    A Year with Frog and Toad
    Thru 06/09/24

    "...Children’s author and illustrator Arnold Lobel's beloved characters hop from the page to the stage in this Tony-nominated musical based on his popular children’s book that follows two best friends – the cheerful, popular Frog and the rather grumpy Toad – through four fun-filled seasons...."

  • PRO-AM

    Pro-Am
    Thru 06/15/24

    "...Most careers don’t last longer than three months in Miami’s professional-amateur porn scene. But that’s about to change when rising star Chloe Kendall meets the driven trans performer Nastasia...."

  • TURRET

    Turret
    Thru 06/15/24

    "...Turret is an excavation of masculinity, love, loss and isolation. A claustrophobic carnival of carnage, carrier pigeons, cribbage, whiskey, music, mischief and mayhem...."

  • JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR

    JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR
    Thru 06/23/24

    "...Borrowing from the Gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke and John, Jesus Christ Superstar is set against the backdrop of an extraordinary series of events during the final weeks in the life of Jesus Christ as seen through the eyes of Judas. Reflecting the rock roots that defined a generation, the legendary sung through score includes I Don’t Know How to Love Him, Gethsemane, and Superstar...."

  • MANUAL CINEMA'S CHRISTMAS CAROL

    MANUAL CINEMA'S CHRISTMAS CAROL
    Thru 12/24/24

    "...An avowed holiday skeptic, Aunt Trudy has been recruited to channel her late husband Joe’s Christmas cheer in a family Zoom call turned puppet show. But as Trudy becomes more absorbed in her own version of the Ebenezer Scrooge story, the puppets take on a life of their own, and the family’s call transforms into a stunningly cinematic adaptation of this beloved ghost story...."

  • LATE NIGHT CATECHISM

    Late Night Catechism
    Open Run

    "...Late Nite Catechism, written by Vicki Quade & Maripat Donovan, is an international hit comedy now in its 30th year, featuring “Sister” teaching her own style of catechism to her class, that’s you, the audience members..."

  • IMPROVISED SHAKESPEARE

    Improvised Shakespeare
    Open Run

    "...Improvised Shakespeare Chicago is an evening of off-the-ruff comedy featuring the language and themes of William Shakespeare. Inspired by one audience suggestion (a title for a play that has yet to be written) the dazzling players create a brand-new Shakespearean masterpiece each night. Nothing has been planned out, rehearsed, or written. The dialogue is said for the first time, the characters are created on the fly, and if the audience is wondering where the story is going...so are the performers!..."

  • THE INFINITE WRENCH

    The Infinite Wrench
    Open Run

    "...Without their standard show they’ve been performing for 28 years, it seemed like the Neo-Futurists would be destined for disaster. I’m happy to report they’ve managed to create a show that follows the same format of Too Much Light but is now titled THE INFINITE WRENCH. ..."

  • DON'T QUIT YOUR DAYDREAM

    Don't quit Your Daydream
    Open Run

    "...Each member of the cast brings the what if to regular jobs and fantasy jobs that has the audience laughing at each turn. For those looking for a standard comedy revue with a comedic social commentary on today’s job industry, this would be a good fit for you. ..."

  • HAMILTON

    hamilton
    Open Run

    "...HAMILTON is the story of America then, told by America now.  Featuring a score that blends hip-hop, jazz, R&B, and Broadway, HAMILTON has taken the story of America’s founding father Alexander Hamilton, an immigrant from the West Indies who became George Washington's right-hand man during the Revolutionary War and was the new nation’s first Treasury Secretary and created a revolutionary moment in theatre—a musical that has had a profound impact on culture, politics, and education...."

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