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Blue Man Group Recommended The Short List (Theater) Canceled

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


UPDATE Sunday, March 15: this event has suspended performances for the time being. Refunds available at point of purchase.


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

Lina Bo Bardi: Habitat Recommended All Ages

6/13-9/27

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"Habitat" features drawings, photographs, furniture, and projects that the Brazilian artist, Bo Bardi, has created. 312-280-2660

Apsáalooke Women and Warriors Opening Recommended All Ages

3/14-8/13
Field Museum 1400 S. Lake Shore Dr., Chicago Museum Campus

Buy Tickets$40


The Apsáalooke people of the Northern Plains were beaders, artists, mothers, two-spirited people, and warriors. This exhibition features contemporary beadwork and fashion of the Apsáalooke as well as 100-year-old war shields. The exhibition is presented in both English and Spanish, with select sections also in Apsáalooke. 312-922-9410

Sexy Baby Recommended Free The Short List (Theater)

Available anytime on YouTube

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Hell in a Handbag offers up a free YouTube stream of their 2012 musical, a satire of child beauty queen pageants created by artistic director David Cerda and Scott Lamberty that former Reader critic Zac Thompson called "biting" and "hysterical." The show was chosen by the members of the company as one of their favorites and is presented free as a gift to the community during the COVID-19 shutdown, though donations to Hell in a Handbag are of course welcome.

Plays for the People

7/8-11/8: see website for complete schedule

Buy Tickets$22 approximately (£19.62)

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Black Lives, Black Words International Project produces an online season of seven plays celebrating African American and African experience. The pieces will be performed live over Zoom for a period of five days, with audiences limited to 50 people per performance. The second day of each run will also feature a Q&A chaired by BLBW cofounders Reginald Edmund and Simeilia Hodge-Dallaway. The schedule is as follows:

7/8-7/12: Ride Share by Reginald Edmund, directed by Simeilia Hodge-Dallaway. A young African American Uber driver rides with a dark specter as he discovers the unsavory aspects of humanity. 

7/22-7/26: Proof of Love by Chisa Hutchinson, directed by Kyle Haden. A well-off Black woman learns some things about both herself and her husband when a car accident leaves the latter comatose. 

8/17-8/23: What To Do When You Don't See Yourself in the Story, by Anya Pearson, a piece that reckons with the lack of respect given Black women and celebrating and recognizing their work. 

8/24-8/30: Cell Surface by Dominic Taylor, directed by Jerrell Henderson, described as "a play about making a play in Zoom about two amazing African-American scientists, Dr. E.E. Just and Dr. Roger Young." 

9/16-9/20: The Immortal Goats by Idris Goodwin, directed by Tiffany Nicole Greene. After the removal of statues honoring colonizers, a committee has to determine who should be recognized in their place—within the running time of the play. 

10/12-10/17: Call for the Wailing Women by Katrina D. Richard, directed by Valerie Curtis-Newton. A modern-day Afrocentric retelling of Euripides's The Suppliants, about a group of grieving women in wartime desperate to bury their dead. 

11/2-11/8: The Emancipation of Yankee Oluwale by Wole Oguntokun, based on the story of David Oluwale, a British Nigerian whose body was found in the River Aire in Leeds in 1969, leading to an investigation of how the homeless and mentally ill man had been tormented by the police.

Co-MISSION Fellowship Works-in-Progress Showing

Wed 3/4, 7 PM
Links Hall at Constellation 3111 N. Western Ave., Chicago Roscoe Village

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Links 2020 Co-MISSION Fellows, Darling Squire and Chloe Johnston, share works-in-progress Update: To help slow the spread of COVID-19, Links Hall is canceling all events until 5/1. 773-281-0824

Christina Quarles All Ages

4/4-8/23

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hristina Quarles is an LA artist who paints bodies: limbs, torsos, faces all collide with one another and create experimental pieces of gesture. This will be her largest exhibition of work to date. 312-280-2660

Intimate Apparel Canceled

3/12-4/19: Wed 1 and 7:30 PM, Thu 7:30 PM, Fri 8 PM, Sat 2:30 and 8 PM, Sun 2:30 PM; also Tue 3/17 and 4/17, 7:30 PM; Sun 3/15 and 3/29, 7 PM; Wed 4/8, 7:30 PM only; Sat 3/14, 8 PM only; no performance Sun 4/12
Northlight Theatre North Shore Center for the Performing Arts, 9501 Skokie Blvd., Skokie Skokie

Buy TicketsPreviews 3/12-3/19, $30-$61; regular run 3/20-4/19, $30-$89, $15 students all performances (pending availability)


UPDATE Friday, March 13: this event has been postponed until further notice. Contact the box office for information about exchanges or refunds.

Esther, a Black seamstress in 1905 Manhattan falls in love through an epistolary relationship with a Caribbean man working on the Panama Canal, but their marriage turns out differently than she hoped for. Lynn Nottage's 2003 drama, directed for Northlight by Tasia A. Jones, provides a portrait of the way Esther's life intersects with other women, including a wealthy socialite, her landlady, and a prostitute who also plays ragtime in a brothel. Mildred Marie Langford stars as Esther. There will be an open captioning performance on Sat 4/11, 2:30 PM. 847-673-6300

War of the Well[e]s Canceled

7/1-7/31: available as ticketed audio download anytime via YouTube

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Porchlight Music Theatre and A Red Orchid Theatre team up with this audio drama, based on the legendary Orson Welles broadcast of H.G. Wells's The War of the Worlds on Halloween eve of 1938. The story of a Martian attack that went out over the CBS airwaves set off mass hysteria and helped make Welles a rising star. Porchlight artistic director Michael Weber wrote the script, and A Red Orchid ensemble member Lawrence Grimm directs a cast that includes such Chicago heavy hitters as Lance Baker, Mierka Girten, Will Clinger, Michael Patrick Thornton, Michael Shannon, Sadieh Rifai, and many others.

Do You Feel Anger? Recommended The Short List (Theater) Canceled

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


UPDATE Friday, March 13: this event has been canceled. Refunds available at point of purchase.


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

ComedySportz Theatre Recommended Member Picks The Short List (Theater)

Open run: Thu 8 PM, Fri 8 and 10 PM, Sat 6, 8, and 10 PM
ComedySportz Theatre 929 W. Belmont Ave., Chicago Lakeview

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Part of a national chain of comedy clubs, this company is known for quick improv games (think Whose Line Is It Anyway?), but it also stages long-form improv. LCD screens and sophisticated lighting and sound systems amplify the sports-style improv of the company's eponymous production, ComedySportz. There's a snobbery in the Chicago improv community that looks up at the "art" of the long form, with its emphasis on story and characters, and down on the "entertainment" of the short, with its emphasis on games and punch lines. ComedySportz falls emphatically in the entertainment camp; its bottom line is laughter, and it gets plenty of it. The show is structured as a competition between two teams performing multiple games that require audience participation. A referee ensures that the players--a rotating roster from a company of about 50--work clean or they finish the game with a brown bag over their heads. The formula is practically foolproof: players may flash their quick wits in winning responses, but they're even funnier when they fail. In one game a team had to devise a pick-up line, each member contributing a word. Moving rapidly from player to player, the line developed: "Tonight-I'll-tango-with-your-face." Probably wouldn't work at a bar, but at ComedySportz it killed. --Ryan Hubbard 773-549-8080 or 312-559-1212

Blake & Tiffany Brown, Joybird All Ages Early Warnings (Music) Canceled

Thu., July 9, 7 p.m.
Uncommon Ground 3800 N. Clark St., Chicago Wrigleyville

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postponed until a date to be determined 773-929-3680

Ravi All Ages Early Warnings (Music) New Early Warnings (Music)

Thu., July 9, 7 p.m.
Avondale Music Hall 3336 N. Milwaukee, Chicago Irving Park

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(708) 669-7380

René Avila's Afro Cuban Trio Early Warnings (Music)

Thu., July 9, 7 p.m.
FitzGerald’s 6615 Roosevelt, Berwyn Berwyn

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708-788-2118

Mike Phillips All Ages Early Warnings (Music) Canceled

Thu., July 9, 8 p.m.
City Winery 1200 W. Randolph St., Chicago Near West Side

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postponed until a date to be determined 312-733-9463

Xoe Wise, Tim Fite 18+ Early Warnings (Music)

Thu., July 9, 8 p.m.
Schubas 3159 N. Southport Ave., Chicago Lakeview

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773-525-2508

Fea All Ages Early Warnings (Music) New Early Warnings (Music)

Thu., July 9, 9 p.m.

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A tribute to Joan Jett in Spanish plus original music and a Q&A with the band. Livestream at stageit.com, registration required to view.

Ratboys All Ages Early Warnings (Music)

Thu., July 9, 9 p.m.

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Livestream show presented as part of Audiotree's Staged series at Lincoln Hall. Link available after ticket purchase.

Dee Alexander Quartet All Ages Early Warnings (Music) New Early Warnings (Music)

Thu., July 9, 7 & 9 p.m., Fri., July 10, 7 & 9 p.m., Sat., July 11, 7 & 9 p.m. and Sun., July 12, 4 & 8 p.m.
Jazz Showcase 806 S. Plymouth Ct., Chicago South Loop

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Laine Hardy All Ages Early Warnings (Music) New Early Warnings (Music)

Thu., July 9, 7:30 p.m.

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Livestream at bubbleup.live; registration required to view.

Failure 17+ Early Warnings (Music) Canceled

Thu., July 9, 8 p.m., Fri., July 10, 8 p.m. and Sat., July 11, 8 p.m.
Thalia Hall 1807 S. Allport Ave., Chicago Pilsen/Little Village

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canceled 312-526-3851

Drama All Ages Early Warnings (Music) New Early Warnings (Music)

Thu., July 9, 9 p.m. and Thu., July 23, 9 p.m.

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Livestream at Drama's Veeps site.

The Cake

1/30-3/1: Thu-Sat 8 PM, Sun 3 PM; ASL performance Thu 2/20, 8 PM
Buffalo Theatre Ensemble McAninch Arts Center, College of DuPage, 425 Fawell Blvd., Glen Ellyn Other Suburbs West

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Bekah Brunstetter, a writer for the NBC series This is Us and the daughter of former Republican North Carolina state senator Peter Brunstetter, wrote this drama, set in Winston-Salem, in the aftermath of the Masterpiece Cakeshop Supreme Court case, involving bakers who objected to making cakes for same-sex couples. First seen locally at Rivendell Theatre Ensemble in 2018, Buffalo Theatre Ensemble's production is directed by Steve Scott and stars Connie Canaday Howard as Della, the owner of a bakery whose personal beliefs are tested when her goddaughter asks her to make a cake for her wedding to another woman. 630-942-4000

In the Next Room (or The Vibrator Play) Canceled

3/6-4/5: Thu-Sat 8 PM, Sun 3 PM; also Mon 3/9, 8 PM (opening night) and Wed 3/25, 8 PM; no show Sun 3/8
Edge Theater Off-Broadway 1133 W. Catalpa, Chicago Edgewater

Buy TicketsPreviews 3/6-3/7, $10; regular run 3/9-4/5, $20, $15 seniors over 65 and students any age; all Thu performances $10 industry


UPDATE Tuesday, March 17: this production has been canceled. Check with box office for refunds.


Sarah Ruhl's 2009 play, set in 1880s New York, examines "female hysteria" through a doctor who has invented a machine purported to cure it, and his wife's fascination with what is going on in the examination room. Morgan Manasa directs for Idle Muse Theatre Company. 773-340-9438

Decadance/Chicago

Thu 3/12, 7:30 PM; Sat 3/14, 8 PM; Sun 3/15, 3 PM
Harris Theater 205 E. Randolph St., Chicago Loop

Buy Tickets$25-$110


UPDATE Friday, March 13: this event has been canceled. Refunds available at point of purchase.


Hubbard Street Dance Chicago's spring series features a revival of Israeli choreographer (and former artistic director of Batsheva Dance Company) Ohad Naharin's Decadance/Chicago, curated especially for the company and featuring excerpts from several Naharin pieces. The choreographer has recreated the series every ten years; this time the pieces excerpted include Minus 16, KYR, Mabul, Anaphase, Zachacha, Naharin’s Virus, Three, George and Zalman, Max, Seder, and Sadeh21. 312-334-7777

Isabelle Olivier All Ages Early Warnings (Music) New Early Warnings (Music)

Thursdays, 6:30 p.m. Continues through Aug. 14
PianoForte Studios 1335 S. Michigan, 2nd Floor, Chicago South Loop

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312-291-0000