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PRESENTED BY Broken Nose Theatre
November 9, 2018
December 15, 2018
2A

When a violent encounter with a shoplifter leaves half of their team fired or in the hospital, the security guards of a downtown Chicago retail store find themselves under corporate investigation. Short-staffed, ill prepared, and faced with accusations that threaten to dismantle the crew, they’re forced to decide: do we give the higher-ups exactly what they want, or do we try to do what’s right – even if it means risking everything? PLAINCLOTHES is a story of tribalism and taking a stand set against the bright, boisterous backdrop of the holiday shopping season. In the style of their breakout hit At The Table, Broken Nose Theatre and playwright Spenser Davis tailor-fit each role in this world premiere to fit the members of this all-star cast.


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PRESENTED BY Kiss Kiss Cabaret
November 23, 2018
December 29, 2018
Bookspan

The Kiss Kiss Cabaret is Chicago’s finest weekly comedy & burlesque cabaret! A different show to delight your fancy every Friday & Saturday night, this long-running burlesque variety show was named “Best of Chicago” by The Chicago Reader.  Each show is a mix of hilarious hosts, zany musicians, awe-inspiring variety performers and, of course, some of the most talented burlesque beauties Chicago has to offer!  See the BEST in Chicago Burlesque – Burlesque, Comedy, Variety, Magic, Music, Juggling and More!


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PRESENTED BY All Fools
November 24, 2018
December 29, 2018
Flexible

All Fools company puts up their fourth production, “The Greatest Holiday Show alive EVER LIVE! Tonight for one night only and other nights too!” This farcical interactive vaudeville is our love letter to everything Looney Toons, Borscht belt, and Monty Python. Our Trainwreck talent show has been described as an adult version of the muppets but with less puppets. All Fools is a rogues gallery of local thespians, clowns, and comedic hasbeen’s rising through the ranks and establishing themselves as certifiable entertainment company (or at least that’s what our mothers keep telling us). We promise to honor your time by providing you with deep belly laughs, sensible chuckles, and a mixed range of Guffaws.


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PRESENTED BY Yippee Productions LLC
December 6, 2018
January 12, 2019
Heath Mainstage

Returning to the stage with a vengeance, “Yippee Ki-Yay, Merry Christmas: a Die Hard Musical Parody” is about grizzled NYPD cop Bruce McClane, and his quest to win back his estranged wife, Holly Generic, at her Christmas Eve office party at the Nakatomi Plaza in sunny LA, 1987. German terrorist Hans Olo and his henchmen take the cast and audience hostage, and it is up to Bruce – with some help from the LAPD, FBI and Arnold Schwartzen-Schnitzel – to save everyone before time runs out. Book and score conceived by Michael Shepherd Jordan, Alex Garday and Stephanie McCullough, with choreography from Sheena Laird and directed by Tiffani Moore Swalley.


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PRESENTED BY Mercury Wave
January 5, 2019
January 27, 2019
2A
When an old man dips a Madeleine cookie in his coffee at Starbucks, his snooty daughter-in-law gives him a little lecture on Proust. Determined to prove he’s no dummy, he sets out to read all of Remembrance of Things Past, and along the way discovers the epic of his own life. A one-man show written and directed by Amy Crider and starring Jeff Broitman.

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PRESENTED BY Broken Nose Theatre
February 3, 2019
March 2, 2019
2A

GIRL IN THE RED CORNER by Stephen Spotswood Directed by: Elizabeth Laidlaw Midwest Premiere Unemployed and fresh from an abusive marriage, Halo steps into a gym one day and signs up for mixed martial arts lessons. Her family thinks it’s ridiculous. Her trainer thinks she’s soft. But none of them know the anger that fuels her ambition. As she preps for her debut match, she finds herself going toe-to-toe with people in every aspect of her life…But when it’s rage that brought you to the cage, are you really ready to see what winning looks like? GIRL IN THE RED CORNER is a visceral, fast-moving tale of self-discovery, one that allows women to take centerstage in a sport and story so often dominated by men.


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PRESENTED BY First Floor Theatre
February 16, 2019
March 16, 2019
2B

Gary has not been the same since the 2016 election. He has to not only care for his activist husband and write copy for a bacon company with an animal abuse problem, but every night he has sex dreams about the Vice President. From the recent past to our imminent dystopia, Mike Pence Sex Dreams asks us what our roles are as citizens under a government where some animals are more equal than others.


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PRESENTED BY Broken Nose Theatre
April 19, 2019
May 18, 2019
2A

LANGUAGE ROOMS by Yussef El-Guindi Directed by: Kaiser Zaki Ahmed Midwest Premiere Ahmed loves America, and he’s proud to prove his patriotism whenever possible. He pays his taxes on time, he’s comes to the office dressed for success, and he’s made a point to be the best translator working at this particular Homeland Security detainment facility. So when a rumor swirls around the watercooler calling his loyalty into question, he jumps into action, hoping to do whatever’s necessary to maintain his reputation as one of “the good ones.” An episode of The Office that slowly transforms into 1984, LANGUAGE ROOMS examines the paranoia polluting our current political climate. When you’re an immigrant, can you ever truly be at home in a country that may always see you as an outsider?


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PRESENTED BY First Floor Theatre
April 20, 2019
May 18, 2019
2B

Ella is a precocious and fiercely competitive actress with a desperate need to make her father David, a famous playwright, proud. making her famous playwright father David proud. Over the course of a boozy, drug-fueled evening, Ella and David spend the evening digging into family history, artistic passion, and unspoken fears as they wait for the reviews, but what is unearthed can’t simply be reburied. This daring play pulls the audience into the middle of a deeply complicated relationship, exploring how we build and break idealized versions of our loved ones.


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