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Winter Sucks Market

Sunday 2/15, noon-5pm
GMan Tavern 3740 N. Clark St., Chicago Wrigleyville

The Fox Club has joined with GMan Tavern for handmade and vintage goods. Drink specials and vendors will be present with a free admission. 773-549-2050

The Witch Project

Sunday 2/16, 7:30-9pm
Den Theatre 1331 N. Milwaukee Ave., Chicago Wicker Park/Bucktown

Buy Tickets$15

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This one-night-only show looks at witches and queer icons through spoken word, live music, and drag. 773-609-2336

Alexis Brocchi and Tracie Hayes: The landscape reels back

Roman Susan 1224 W. Loyola Ave., Chicago Rogers Park/West Rogers Park

This two-person one-night event features, curator, arts organizer, and Chicago artist, Alexis Brocchi who looks at how to search for information through non-traditional methods and Tracie Hayes, an artist, and ecologist living in Davis, California. 773-270-1224

Josh MacPhee & Damon Locks: Where Future Unfolds (DJ sets)

Sun., Feb. 16, 8 p.m.
Elastic 3429 W. Diversey Ave, Chicago Avondale

MacPhee will spin records from the labels mentioned in his book An Encyclopedia of Political Record Labels 773-772-3616


1/31-2/29: Thu-Sat 7:30 PM, Sun 3 PM; also Mon 2/3, 7:30 PM (opening night); Mon 2/17, 7:30 PM (industry); and Wed 2/26, 7:30 PM (understudy night)
Den Theatre 1331 N. Milwaukee Ave., Chicago Wicker Park/Bucktown

Buy Ticketspay what you can

Broken Nose Theatre presents Beth Steel's drama, set in 1978, in which a Wall Street banker embarks on a series of trips to South America, designed to sell loans to developing countries. But as the credit bubble begins to burst, he and his colleagues must reckon with the consequences of what they've unleashed. Spenser Davis directs. 773-697-3830

Love, Chaos & Dinner

Through 3/29/2020: Wed-Fri 7 PM, Sat-Sun noon and 7 PM
Hotel Cambria 32 W. Randolph, Chicago Loop

Buy Tickets$99-$189 (includes a four-course meal)

Always . . . Patsy Cline

Through 2/23: Fri 7:30 PM, Sat 3 and 7:30 PM, Sun 3 PM
Den Theatre 1331 N. Milwaukee Ave., Chicago Wicker Park/Bucktown

Buy Tickets$40 general, $50 VIP cabaret table, $20 students, rush, and industry

Ted Swindley's musical portrait of the friendship between country crooner Patsy Cline and fan Louise Seger, who took Cline into her home after a show one night and struck up a correspondence that lasted until Cline's premature death, gets a production with Firebrand Theatre under Brigitte Ditmars's direction. Christina Hall and Firebrand artistic director Harmony France, who have both played Cline before in this show, will alternate in the two roles through January 4. The final weeks of the run will feature France as Patsy and Firebrand founding member Danni Smith as Louise, a role she played to Hall's Patsy in Theo Ubique's 2014 production. 773-697-3830

A Doll's House

2/6-3/22: Thu-Sat 7:30 PM, Sun 3 PM; also Mon 2/10, 7:30 PM
Raven Theatre 6157 N. Clark St., Chicago Edgewater

Buy TicketsPreviews 2/6-2/9 $32 ($29 online), regular run 2/10-3/22, $46 ($43 online), seniors/teachers $41 ($38 online), students, active military, and veterans, $15

Henrik Ibsen's groundbreaking drama about a young wife who realizes that she must break free from the suffocating world of patriarchy and domesticity, translated by Anne-Charlotte Hanes Harvey and adapted by Harvey and Kirsten Brandt, continues the season at Raven Theatre. Lauren Shouse directs the Chicago premiere of this adaptation. The performance on Sunday, 3/8 at 3 PM is open captioned and includes a touch tour at 1:45 PM. 773-338-2177


1/16-2/29: Thu-Sat 8 PM, Sun 3 PM; also Sat 2/29, 3 PM
Theater Wit 1229 W. Belmont, Chicago Lakeview

Buy TicketsPreviews 1/16-1/18, Thu-Fri, Thu pay what you can, Fri-Sat $20, $10 students; regular run 1/19-2/29, $42, $35 seniors, $25 under 30, $15 industry Thu and Fri; $15 student same day every performance, pending availability

Shattered Globe Theatre presents the Chicago premiere of Kevin Artigue's play about Amina and Ryan, a Black woman and a white man who both serve on the Cleveland police force and begin falling in love. An officer-related shooting threatens their relationship and forces them to examine the intertwining roles of race and class on police violence. Wardell Julius Clark directs Leslie Ann Sheppard and Drew Schad. There is a performance with audio description on Friday, February 7, preceded at 6:45 PM by a touch tour. Tickets are $20 for this performance with the code "ACCESS." 773-975-8150

Sophisticated Ladies

Through 3/6: Thu 7:30 PM, Fri 8 PM, Sat 3:30 and 8 PM, Sun 2 PM; also Tue-Wed 3/3-3/4, 7:30 PM; Thu 2/6 and 2/13, 1:30 PM only

Buy TicketsPreviews 1/24-1/27, $39-$44; regular run 2/1-3/7, $51-$56

Porchlight Music Theatre presents a revival of this 1981 Broadway revue, originally conceived by Donald McKayle, celebrating the music of Duke Ellington. Brenda Didier and Florence Walker Harris codirect and choreograph, with musical direction by Jermaine Hill. The 3:30 PM performances on Saturday February 15 and 22 are open captioned. 773-777-9884


1/15-3/15: Wed 1 and 7:30 PM, Thu 7:30 PM, Fri 8 PM, Sat 4 and 8 PM, Sun 1 and 5 PM; Wed 1/15, 7:30 PM only; Wed 2/26-3/11, 1 PM only
Marriott Theatre in Lincolnshire 10 Marriott Dr., Lincolnshire Suburbs Northwest

Buy Tickets$55-$60

The musical that began life (although in a different form) in Chicago in 1971, when Jim Jacobs and Warren Casey decided to pay homage to their 1950s teen years (including Jacobs's time at Chicago's Taft High School) returns to the suburbs for its first-ever production at the Marriott. Jimmy Nicholas and Leryn Turlington star as Danny and Sandy under Scott Weinstein's direction. 847-634-0200


1/30-3/1: Thu-Fri 7:30 PM, Sat 4 and 8 PM; also Sun 2/2, 2/16, and 3/1, 3 PM

Buy Tickets$30 reserved, $22 general admission, $18 Berwyn residents, low-income, and military

Audrey Cefaly's dark comedy, presented in a National New Play Network rolling world premiere at 16th Street, follows June, a scarred survivor (along with her pet goat, Weezy) of a monumental hurricane in Alabama. When Alice, a photographer, arrives to document June's story and her physical damage, there is a twist(er) in the narrative. Ann Filmer directs. 708-795-6704


2/7-3/8: Thu 7:30 PM, Fri-Sat 8 PM, Sun 3 PM

Buy Tickets$22

Elaine May's satirical black comedy, directed for Theatre Above the Law by Tony Lawry, imagines a game show in which the contestant either advances or is sent backwards through the seven ages of man. 773-655-7197

Voice of Good Hope

1/10-2/23: Fri-Sat 7:30 PM, Sun 3 PM; also Mon 2/10 and 2/17, 7:30 PM
City Lit Theater 1020 W. Bryn Mawr Ave., Chicago Edgewater

Buy TicketsPreviews 1/10-1/18, $28, $23 seniors, $12 students and military; regular run 1/19-2/23, $32, $27 seniors, $12 students and military

Kristine Thatcher's portrait of Barbara Jordan, the first Black congresswoman to be elected from the Deep South, first premiered at Victory Gardens in 2000. The story follows Jordan's life and career, including her pivotal role in the House Judiciary Committee hearings during the Watergate scandal, as well as her struggle with muscular dystrophy and her long relationship with speechwriter Nancy Earl. It returns in a revival at City Lit, directed by Thatcher's longtime friend and colleague (and City Lit artistic director) Terry McCabe. 773-293-3682

Controlling Time

Langer Over Dickie 1309 N. Leavitt, Chicago Wicker Park/Bucktown


his group exhibition features video work that looks at art's subversive history. Opening reception Sunday 2/9, 2-6pm.


1/23-3/15: Tue 7:30 PM, Wed 2 and 7:30 PM, Thu-Fri 7:30 PM, Sat-Sun 3 and 7:30 PM; see website for complete schedule

Buy Tickets$20-$122

Tracy Letts's clammy psychological drama, first produced in London in 1996 and later seen locally at A Red Orchid Theatre, where original star Michael Shannon is an ensemble member, gets a revival with Steppenwolf. Set in a seedy motel, the story follows the folie a deux between Peter, a veteran of the first Gulf War, and Agnes, a cocktail waitress who is hiding from her violent ex-con former husband. Peter's paranoia about everything from UFOs to the small insects he believes live underneath his skin begins to affect Agnes as the two misfits try to create a world where they will be safe. David Cromer directs, with Carrie Coon and Namir Smallwood starring as Agnes and Peter. The cast also includes Randall Arney, Jennifer Engstrom, and Steve Key. 312-335-1650

I'm Not a Comedian . . . I'm Lenny Bruce

Through 5/3: Thu 7:30, Fri 8 PM, Sat 3 and 8 PM, Sun 2 PM
Royal George Theatre Center 1641 N. Halsted St., Chicago Lincoln Park

Buy Tickets$69-$79

Ronnie Marmo's solo play about the pioneering comedian/social commentator, developed in association wth Bruce's daughter, Kitty, and directed by Joe Mantegna, comes to Chicago after long runs In Los Angeles and off-Broadway. 312-988-9000

Roan @ the Gates

1/31-2/29: Thu-Fri 7:30 PM, Sat 3 and 7:30 PM, Sun 2:30 PM; also Wed 2/5, 7:30 PM, Mon, 2/24, 7:30 PM, and Thu 2/27, 2:30 PM; Sat 2/1 and 2/8, 7:30 PM only; Sat 2/29, 3 PM only
Stage 773 1225 W. Belmont Ave., Chicago Lakeview

Buy TicketsPreviews 1/31-2/5, $19; regular run 2/6-2/29, $29 Thu-Fri, $39 Sat-Sun

A civil rights attorney and her wife, an analyst with the NSA, find their marriage strained due to the secrecy of the latter's work. American Blues Theater presents artistic affiliate Christina Telesca Gorman's play, directed by Lexi Saunders, featuring Brenda Barrie and Jasmine Bracey. The performance on Sunday, 2/16, at 2:30 PM features audio description and a preshow touch tour. The performance on Sunday, 2/23, at 2:30 PM is open captioned. 773-654-3103


1/18-2/23: Wed-Thu 7:30 PM, Fri 8 PM, Sat 2 and 8 PM, Sun 2 PM; also Sun 1/19 and 2/2, 7:30 PM; Thu 1/30 and 2/20, 2 PM; Tue 2/11, 7:30 PM
Goodman Theatre 170 N. Dearborn St., Chicago Loop

Buy Tickets$20-$60

The women behind the Roe v. Wade decision—plaintiff Norma McCorvey (identified in the case as "Jane Roe") and her attorney, Sarah Weddington, are the subject of Lisa Loomer's 2016 drama. McCorvey, who died in 2017, later became active in the anti-abortion movement. Vanessa Stalling directs the Chicago premiere, which stars Christina Hall as Weddington and Kate Middleton as McCorvey. The performance on 2 PM Saturday, February 15, is audio described and there is a touch tour preceding the performance at 12:30 PM. The performance on Wednesday, February 19 at 7:30 PM features ASL interpretation. The performance 2 PM Saturday, February 22 is open captioned. 312-443-3800

Do You Feel Anger?

1/23-3/15: Thu-Fri 7:30 PM, Sat 3 and 7:30 PM, Sun 3 PM
A Red Orchid Theatre 1531 N. Wells St., Chicago Old Town

Buy TicketsPreviews 1/23-2/1, $15-$25; regular run 2/2-3/15, $30 Thu, $35 Fri and Sat matinee, $40 Sat eve and Sun matinee

Sofia has been hired as an "empathy coach" at a debt collection agency, and finds that creating emotional connections in an environment of complicity is more difficult than she imagined. Jess McLeod directs Mara Nelson-Greenberg's absurdist comedy. 312-943-8722

The Boys in the Band

1/29-4/19: Wed-Thu 7:30 PM, Fri 8 PM, Sat 3:30 and 8 PM, Sun 1:30 and 6 PM
Windy City Playhouse 3014 W. Irving Park, Chicago Irving Park

Buy Tickets$75-$95

Mart Crowley's groundbreaking 1968 play (which was turned into a 1970 film and had a Tony Award-winning Broadway revival in 2018) receives an immersive production with Windy City Playhouse under Carl Menninger's direction. Set during a 32nd birthday party for Harold, the story follows the game of "truth or dare" the group of gay friends plays, which reveals the ways that their sexual identities have been shaped by the oppressive world they live in. The audience will be seated on couches in the living room set observing the action, and cocktail samplings and party food will be available. 773-891-8985

Jeeves Saves the Day

1/29-3/1: Wed 8 PM, Thu 3 PM, Fri 8 PM, Sat 4 and 8 PM, Sun 3 PM; also Thu 1/30, 8 PM; Sat 2/1, 8 PM only
First Folio Theatre Mayslake Peabody Estate, 31st St. and Rt. 83, Oak Brook Oak Park/River Forest

Buy TicketsPreviews 1/29-1/31, $25; regular run 2/1-3/1, $34 Wed and Thu ($29 students and seniors), $44 Fri-Sun ($39 students and seniors)

First Folio, which has presented several of Margaret Raether's adaptations of P.G. Wodehouse in past seasons, returns with this chapter, in which the genial upper-class twit Bertie Wooster must be saved by his manservant Jeeves from the machinations of relatives and the attentions of a steamy-hot chanteuse. Christian Gray and Jim McCance reprise their roles as Bertie and Jeeves under Joe Foust's direction. 630-986-8067

Blue Man Group

Open run: Wed-Fri 8 PM, Sat 2, 5, and 8 PM, Sun 4 PM
Briar Street Theatre 3133 N. Halsted St., Chicago Lakeview

Buy from Ticketmaster$49-$104

The long-running show (22 years and counting in Chicago) featuring performers in blue latex paint, drumming, video, comedy, and other assorted mayhem continues. 800-258-3626

Madama Butterfly

2/6-3/8: for complete schedule, see website.
Lyric Opera House 20 N. Wacker Dr., Chicago Loop

Buy Tickets$39-$299

Giacomo Puccini's opera about the doomed romance of Cio-Cio San, a geisha in Nagasaki, and American naval lieutenant B. F. Pinkerton, returns to the Lyric stage under the direction of Michael Grandage, with conductor Henrik Nánási. This is the 16th time the Lyric has produced Madama Butterfly; the first production, in 1955, starred Maria Callas in her last Lyric appearance and her only time singing Cio-Cio. 312-827-5600

Top Girls

1/16-2/22: Wed-Fri 7:30 PM, Sat 2:30 and 7:30 PM, Sun 2:30 PM; also Sun 1/19, 7:30 PM; Thu 2/13 and 2/20, 2:30 PM; 7:30 PM only Sat 1/18 and 2/15
Theater Wit 1229 W. Belmont, Chicago Lakeview

Buy TicketsPreviews 1/16-1/18, Thu-Sat 7:30 PM and Sun 1/19 2:30 PM, $32.75; regular run 1/22-2/22 $37.75-$47.75; $20 industry Wed-Fri, $15 students day of performance (depending on availability)

Caryl Churchill's 1982 feminist classic about two sisters—a hard-charging executive at a temporary agency and a working-class woman who is raising the former's daughter—gets a revival with Remy Bumppo, who last presented it in 2001. Keira Fromm directs a cast that includes Linda Gillum and Annabel Armour (who was in the 2001 production). The performance on Sat, 1/25, 2:30 PM is with audio description and is preceded by a touch tour at 1 PM. There is an open caption performance on Sat 2/1, 2:30 PM 773-975-8150

Bunny's Book Club

Through 2/16: Sat-Sun 11 AM and 1 PM; also Sat 2/1, 3 PM (autism/sensory-friendly performance)
Lifeline Theatre 6912 N. Glenwood Ave., Chicago Rogers Park/West Rogers Park

Buy Tickets$20, $15 children 2-18

Annie Silvestro's chiildren's book about a bunny who wants to start a book club, but isn't sure if animals are allowed in the library, is adapted for Lifeline's KidSeries by Aly Renee Amidei and directed by Anthony Kayer. On Saturday, January 18, there is a special performance with audio description at 11 AM, preceded by a touch tour at 10 AM. The performances on Sunday, January 19 at 11 AM and 1 PM are both presented with open captioning. There is also a special autism/sensory-friendly performance on Saturday, February 1 at 3 PM. For more information about accessibility, visit 773-761-4477

The Leopard Play, or Sad Songs for Lost Boys

1/18-2/29: Thu-Sat 8 PM, Sun 3 PM
Steep Theatre 1115 W. Berwyn Ave., Chicago Edgewater

Buy Tickets$39 reserved, $27 general admission, $10 access ("students, artists, whomever")

Isaac Gomez, a Chicago-based playwright raised in El Paso and Ciudad Juárez (and whose work often concerns stories from the southern border as in La Ruta last season at Steppenwolf), returns to the region in this play, in which Son comes home after ten years away, looking for answers about his uncle's mysterious death. Laura Alcalá Baker directs this production, commissioned and produced by Steep Theatre. The performance on Saturday, February 15 is audio described. The performances on Saturday, February 22 and Sunday, February 23 are open captioned. 773-649-3186

How to Defend Yourself

1/24-2/23: Tue-Fri 7:30 PM, Sat 3 and 7:30 PM, Sun 3 PM
Victory Gardens Theater 2433 N. Lincoln Ave., Chicago Lincoln Park

Buy TicketsPreviews 1/24-1/30, $25-$50; regular run 1/31-2/23, $31-$65

Liliana Padilla's play follows what happens to seven college students who gather for a DIY self-defense course after a sorority member is raped, and unleash unexpected reservoirs of rage, confusion, trauma, and desire. Marti Lyons directs this co-world premiere with Actors Theatre of Louisville. The play was developed in part through the Victory Gardens Ignition Festival of New Plays. There are Word for Word (open captioning) performances Friday, February 7 at 7:30 PM, Saturday, February 8 at 3 PM, and Wednesday, February 12 at 2 PM. An ASL interpreted performance is Friday, February 7 at 7:30 PM. Performances with audio description/touch tour take place Friday, February 7 at 7:30 PM (touch tour at 6 PM) and Sunday, February 16 at 3 PM (touch tour at 1:30 PM). 773-871-3000

Eternal Light: The Sacred Stained-Glass Windows of Louis Comfort Tiffany

Richard H. Driehaus Museum 40 E. Erie St., Chicago River North

Buy Tickets$20

This exhibition looks at the design and production of Tiffany's window commissions made from 1880 to 1925. 312-932-8665

Bonny Nahmias: To Hold Space



onny Nahmias has her first solo exhibition where she presents a project that she began in 2017. Stretching a tin can telephone over areas that are broken by geography, modernity, and politics, she has surpassed barriers and blockades. The project is accompanied by a book, The Orchestra Of Space Holders. Opening reception is Friday 2/14, 6-10pm