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Fight for Independence
by the Lakeside Pride Symphonic Band
Fight for Independence

The Lakeside Pride Symphonic Band honors those throughout history who have fought against their oppressors, seeking the right to choose their own destiny. This musical journey will take you from the American Revolutionary War to modern day struggles. Featuring music by Hindemith, Bernstein, and Stravinsky, and more.

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April 14

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The Chicago Moth GrandSLAM XVII
2/28
The Moth presents the GrandSLAM, a battle of wits and words–fierce, hilarious, heartbreaking, and all points between. The Moth is dedicated to finding intriguing people to tell inspired stories. At The Moth StorySLAM, those people find us. On this night, using words as weapons, they compete to determine The Moth’s Chicago GrandSLAM Story Champion.
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The Chicago Moth GrandSLAM XVII
2/28
The Chicago Moth GrandSLAM XVII
The Moth presents the GrandSLAM, a battle of wits and words–fierce, hilarious, heartbreaking, and all points between. The Moth is dedicated to finding intriguing people to tell inspired stories. At The Moth StorySLAM, those people find us. On this night, using words as weapons, they compete to determine The Moth’s Chicago GrandSLAM Story Champion.
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2/28
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ICCA Great Lakes Quarterfinal
March 3, 2018

The Varsity Vocals International Championship of Collegiate A Cappella (ICCA) is the only global tournament that showcases the art of student a cappella singing. We are dedicated to providing top-notch collegiate a cappella groups with valuable feedback from our highly qualified judges, as well as the opportunity to perform in world-class venues across the country. Our young vocalists also have the opportunity to showcase their talent to an international audience and develop relationships with each other, cultivating the art of a cappella singing and a lifelong love of music.

Featuring ten groups from the Great Lakes region, the top two groups from this Quarterfinal event will move on to perform at the 2018 ICCA Great Lakes Semifinal taking place on March 17 at the Auditorium Theatre in downtown Chicago. For more information, please visit www.varsityvocals.com

TICKETS GO ON SALE FRIDAY 12/1/17 AT NOON.

ICCA Great Lakes Quarterfinal
March 3, 2018
ICCA Great Lakes Quarterfinal

The Varsity Vocals International Championship of Collegiate A Cappella (ICCA) is the only global tournament that showcases the art of student a cappella singing. We are dedicated to providing top-notch collegiate a cappella groups with valuable feedback from our highly qualified judges, as well as the opportunity to perform in world-class venues across the country. Our young vocalists also have the opportunity to showcase their talent to an international audience and develop relationships with each other, cultivating the art of a cappella singing and a lifelong love of music.

Featuring ten groups from the Great Lakes region, the top two groups from this Quarterfinal event will move on to perform at the 2018 ICCA Great Lakes Semifinal taking place on March 17 at the Auditorium Theatre in downtown Chicago. For more information, please visit www.varsityvocals.com

TICKETS GO ON SALE FRIDAY 12/1/17 AT NOON.

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March 3, 2018
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Fellow Travelers
3/17, 3/21, 3/23, 3/25

At the height of the McCarthy era in 1950s Washington, D.C., recent college graduate Timothy Laughlin is eager to join the crusade against communism. A chance encounter with a handsome State Department official, Hawkins Fuller, leads to Tim’s first job—and his first relationship with a man. Drawn into a maelstrom of deceit, Tim struggles to reconcile his political convictions and his forbidden love for Fuller—an entanglement that will end in a stunning act of betrayal.

Lyric Opera is proud to present the Chicago premiere of this work, which was praised as “a near-perfect example of fast-flowing musical drama” by The New York Times in its 2016 world premiere. The Wall Street Journal raved, “Mr. Spears’s subtle, lyrical music is beautiful without being obvious or sentimental…Kevin Newbury’s directing, particularly of the love scenes, was as honest and touching as the opera.”

Fellow Travelers
3/17, 3/21, 3/23, 3/25
Fellow Travelers

At the height of the McCarthy era in 1950s Washington, D.C., recent college graduate Timothy Laughlin is eager to join the crusade against communism. A chance encounter with a handsome State Department official, Hawkins Fuller, leads to Tim’s first job—and his first relationship with a man. Drawn into a maelstrom of deceit, Tim struggles to reconcile his political convictions and his forbidden love for Fuller—an entanglement that will end in a stunning act of betrayal.

Lyric Opera is proud to present the Chicago premiere of this work, which was praised as “a near-perfect example of fast-flowing musical drama” by The New York Times in its 2016 world premiere. The Wall Street Journal raved, “Mr. Spears’s subtle, lyrical music is beautiful without being obvious or sentimental…Kevin Newbury’s directing, particularly of the love scenes, was as honest and touching as the opera.”

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3/17, 3/21, 3/23, 3/25
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Kyle Dixon and Michael Stein performing the music of Stranger Things
March 30

Enter The Upside Down as Kyle Dixon and Michael Stein play their soundtrack to cult TV hit Stranger Things live.

Serving up a hearty slice of 80s nostalgia, Stranger Things became the runaway TV hit of 2016, inviting viewers into the fictional town of Hawkins, Indiana. Dixon and Stein’s soundtrack – heavily indebted to the work of Jean-Michel Jarre and John Carpenter – is inseparable from the adventures of Eleven and the gang, with the feelings of childhood comradery and unsettling eeriness amplified by the synth-laden score. For tonight’s show the duo will perform music not only from the first series, but also from the just-released second series – for which they have added new elements and styles of compositions – alongside a supernatural neon light show.

Dixon and Stein are half of Austin based S U R V I V E, and won an Emmy Award for the work on Stranger Things series one. The show is the brainchild of the Duffer Brothers and stars Winona Ryder – the much anticipated second series was released on the 27 October 2017.

 

Kyle Dixon and Michael Stein performing the music of Stranger Things
March 30
Kyle Dixon and Michael Stein performing the music of Stranger Things

Enter The Upside Down as Kyle Dixon and Michael Stein play their soundtrack to cult TV hit Stranger Things live.

Serving up a hearty slice of 80s nostalgia, Stranger Things became the runaway TV hit of 2016, inviting viewers into the fictional town of Hawkins, Indiana. Dixon and Stein’s soundtrack – heavily indebted to the work of Jean-Michel Jarre and John Carpenter – is inseparable from the adventures of Eleven and the gang, with the feelings of childhood comradery and unsettling eeriness amplified by the synth-laden score. For tonight’s show the duo will perform music not only from the first series, but also from the just-released second series – for which they have added new elements and styles of compositions – alongside a supernatural neon light show.

Dixon and Stein are half of Austin based S U R V I V E, and won an Emmy Award for the work on Stranger Things series one. The show is the brainchild of the Duffer Brothers and stars Winona Ryder – the much anticipated second series was released on the 27 October 2017.

 

All-Ages. Performance lasts 75 minutes without intermission.
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March 30
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Modern Motions
April 6 & 7

Chicago Repertory Ballet presents their Spring Engagement Modern Motions With world premiere works by nationally acclaimed choreographers Tenley Dorrill, Ryan Nye, Shannon Alvis, and CRB’s own Wade Schaaf this program promises to delight, inspire, and entertain with an evening full of dance that defies labels.

Modern Motions
April 6 & 7
Chicago Repertory Ballet's Spring Engagement
Modern Motions

Chicago Repertory Ballet presents their Spring Engagement Modern Motions With world premiere works by nationally acclaimed choreographers Tenley Dorrill, Ryan Nye, Shannon Alvis, and CRB’s own Wade Schaaf this program promises to delight, inspire, and entertain with an evening full of dance that defies labels.

All-ages. Performance lasts 90 minutes including one 15-minute intermission.
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Main Stage
April 6 & 7
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Spring Fling!
April 8th
Spring Fling!
April 8th
SNAP Company Repertoire 2018
Spring Fling!
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April 8th
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Piaf! The Show
April 10, 2018

With one million tickets sold in more than 50 countries and acclaimed reviews worldwide PIAF! THE SHOW , a musical celebration of the life and music of the legendary French chanteuse EDITH PIAF – returns to Chicago as part of the extended world tour 2018.

Conceived and directed by the Nice-based theatrical maverick Gil Marsalla and starring Anne Carrere, a young French performer hailed as “Edith Piaf’s legitimate musical heiress” PIAF ! THE SHOW premiered in 2015 as a tribute to “The Swallow of Montmartre” on the centennial on her birthday and was inspired by the award-winning movie La Vie En Rose.

In two 45-minute acts, the show narrates the rags-to-riches story of the Parisian singer’s career through her unforgettable songs, complemented by a visual tapestry of previously unreleased photographs and images of famous Parisian locations of the Edith Piaf era.

Piaf! The Show
April 10, 2018
Piaf! The Show

With one million tickets sold in more than 50 countries and acclaimed reviews worldwide PIAF! THE SHOW , a musical celebration of the life and music of the legendary French chanteuse EDITH PIAF – returns to Chicago as part of the extended world tour 2018.

Conceived and directed by the Nice-based theatrical maverick Gil Marsalla and starring Anne Carrere, a young French performer hailed as “Edith Piaf’s legitimate musical heiress” PIAF ! THE SHOW premiered in 2015 as a tribute to “The Swallow of Montmartre” on the centennial on her birthday and was inspired by the award-winning movie La Vie En Rose.

In two 45-minute acts, the show narrates the rags-to-riches story of the Parisian singer’s career through her unforgettable songs, complemented by a visual tapestry of previously unreleased photographs and images of famous Parisian locations of the Edith Piaf era.

All ages. Performance lasts 1 hour 45 minutes including one 15-minute intermission.
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April 10, 2018
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Fight for Independence
April 14

The Lakeside Pride Symphonic Band honors those throughout history who have fought against their oppressors, seeking the right to choose their own destiny. This musical journey will take you from the American Revolutionary War to modern day struggles. Featuring music by Hindemith, Bernstein, and Stravinsky, and more.

Fight for Independence
April 14
by the Lakeside Pride Symphonic Band
Fight for Independence

The Lakeside Pride Symphonic Band honors those throughout history who have fought against their oppressors, seeking the right to choose their own destiny. This musical journey will take you from the American Revolutionary War to modern day struggles. Featuring music by Hindemith, Bernstein, and Stravinsky, and more.

All ages. Performance lasts two hours with one 15-minute intermission.
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April 14
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Cendrillon
April 27 & 29
True love can transform any landscape in this retelling of the Cinderella story. Listen and watch as love triumphs over dire circumstances in a production filled with visual delights – one that reminds us of the spring we, children and adults alike, hold inside. The singers of North Park University bring to life this production with set, projections, costumes and orchestra. In French with English surtitles. Performance lasts two hours with one intermission: ideal for families.
Cendrillon
April 27 & 29
Cinderella
Cendrillon
True love can transform any landscape in this retelling of the Cinderella story. Listen and watch as love triumphs over dire circumstances in a production filled with visual delights – one that reminds us of the spring we, children and adults alike, hold inside. The singers of North Park University bring to life this production with set, projections, costumes and orchestra. In French with English surtitles. Performance lasts two hours with one intermission: ideal for families.
All-ages. Performance lasts 2 hours plus a 15-minute intermission.
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April 27 & 29
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The Playground
May 12

Come play with us and immerse yourself in the wonders of African drum and dance. You don’t want to miss this exhilarating and thought provoking cultural experience centered around coming of age rituals and the way we play.

The Playground
May 12
The Playground

Come play with us and immerse yourself in the wonders of African drum and dance. You don’t want to miss this exhilarating and thought provoking cultural experience centered around coming of age rituals and the way we play.

All-ages. Performance lasts 2 hours plus a 15-minute intermission.
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May 12
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2018 PSO Central Pole Championships: Amateur Days
May 26 & 27

Be inspired by the athleticism, grace, mobility, and fluidity of dance – on a pole. Join Pole Sport Organization, the world’s largest professional and amateur pole dance competition, where over 100 dancers will perform at this regional event. Cheer for beginners taking the stage for the first time, and professionals vying to move on to the U.S. National finals.

5 levels of skill, 5 age groups, 5 categories. Please check website for performer names and division times. We are an all ages event.

2018 PSO Central Pole Championships: Amateur Days
May 26 & 27
2018 PSO Central Pole Championships: Amateur Days

Be inspired by the athleticism, grace, mobility, and fluidity of dance – on a pole. Join Pole Sport Organization, the world’s largest professional and amateur pole dance competition, where over 100 dancers will perform at this regional event. Cheer for beginners taking the stage for the first time, and professionals vying to move on to the U.S. National finals.

5 levels of skill, 5 age groups, 5 categories. Please check website for performer names and division times. We are an all ages event.

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May 26 & 27
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2018 PSO Central Pole Championships: Professional Night
May 26 - 7:30 PM

Be inspired by the athleticism, grace, mobility, and fluidity of dance – on a pole. Join Pole Sport Organization, the world’s largest professional and amateur pole dance competition, where over 100 dancers will perform at this regional event. Cheer for beginners taking the stage for the first time, and professionals vying to move on to the U.S. National finals.

5 levels of skill, 5 age groups, 5 categories. Please check website for performer names and division times. We are an all ages event.

2018 PSO Central Pole Championships: Professional Night
May 26 - 7:30 PM
2018 PSO Central Pole Championships: Professional Night

Be inspired by the athleticism, grace, mobility, and fluidity of dance – on a pole. Join Pole Sport Organization, the world’s largest professional and amateur pole dance competition, where over 100 dancers will perform at this regional event. Cheer for beginners taking the stage for the first time, and professionals vying to move on to the U.S. National finals.

5 levels of skill, 5 age groups, 5 categories. Please check website for performer names and division times. We are an all ages event.

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May 26 - 7:30 PM
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Alice in Wonderland, Jr.
August 17 & 18

Travel down the rabbit hole and join Alice, one of literature’s most beloved heroines, in her madcap adventures. Featuring updated songs from Disney’s thrilling animated motion picture, Disney’s Alice in Wonderland JR.is a fast-paced take on the classic tale.

The ever-curious Alice’s journey begins innocently enough as she chases the White Rabbit. Her adventures become increasingly more strange as she races the Dodo Bird, gets tied up with Tweedle Dee and Tweedle Dum, raps with a bubble-blowing Caterpillar and beats the Queen of Hearts at her own game!

Alice in Wonderland, Jr.
August 17 & 18
Alice in Wonderland, Jr.

Travel down the rabbit hole and join Alice, one of literature’s most beloved heroines, in her madcap adventures. Featuring updated songs from Disney’s thrilling animated motion picture, Disney’s Alice in Wonderland JR.is a fast-paced take on the classic tale.

The ever-curious Alice’s journey begins innocently enough as she chases the White Rabbit. Her adventures become increasingly more strange as she races the Dodo Bird, gets tied up with Tweedle Dee and Tweedle Dum, raps with a bubble-blowing Caterpillar and beats the Queen of Hearts at her own game!

This all-ages performance lasts 90 minutes with no intermission. Children under 2 are free, but must sit on a guardian's lap.
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August 17 & 18
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Studio One
The Madwoman of Chaillot
2/9 - 3/17

The Madwoman of Chaillot reveals a plot by a group of corrupt business executives who are planning to dig up the streets of Paris so they can pump oil that they believe lies beneath. Their plot is challenged by the titular “Madwoman,” the eccentric Countess Aurelia, an idealist who resolves to fight back and rescue humanity from the scheming and corrupt developers with the help of her fellow outcasts and her fellow madwomen. Originally written to protest thoughtless urban renewal, The Madwoman of Chaillot has remained remarkably up-to-date. Today, the play speaks to environmental concerns, the destruction of the natural world, and the manipulation of world financial markets.

The Madwoman of Chaillot
2/9 - 3/17
The Madwoman of Chaillot

The Madwoman of Chaillot reveals a plot by a group of corrupt business executives who are planning to dig up the streets of Paris so they can pump oil that they believe lies beneath. Their plot is challenged by the titular “Madwoman,” the eccentric Countess Aurelia, an idealist who resolves to fight back and rescue humanity from the scheming and corrupt developers with the help of her fellow outcasts and her fellow madwomen. Originally written to protest thoughtless urban renewal, The Madwoman of Chaillot has remained remarkably up-to-date. Today, the play speaks to environmental concerns, the destruction of the natural world, and the manipulation of world financial markets.

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Studio One
2/9 - 3/17
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The Luckiest People
March 24 - April 29

After the matriarch of the Hoffman family passes away, Richard is blindsided when his elderly father, Oscar, demands to leave his assisted living facility. With his sister Laura living in Shanghai, and Richard soon to become a first time father with his partner David, he is less than thrilled at the prospect of housing his–to put it mildly–difficult father. Accusations begin to fly and defenses are raised, drawing father and son, brother and sister, and spouses into a heated game of finger pointing with unintended consequences. The first in a trilogy of plays about the Hoffman family. As part of a NNPN ( National New Play Network) Rolling World Premiere, The Luckiest People will be produced by Curious Theatre Company in Denver, Colorado in May of 2017, then at Actor’s Theatre of Charlotte in Charlotte, North Carolina in August of 2017, and finally at Stage Left Theatre.

The Luckiest People
March 24 - April 29
The Luckiest People

After the matriarch of the Hoffman family passes away, Richard is blindsided when his elderly father, Oscar, demands to leave his assisted living facility. With his sister Laura living in Shanghai, and Richard soon to become a first time father with his partner David, he is less than thrilled at the prospect of housing his–to put it mildly–difficult father. Accusations begin to fly and defenses are raised, drawing father and son, brother and sister, and spouses into a heated game of finger pointing with unintended consequences. The first in a trilogy of plays about the Hoffman family. As part of a NNPN ( National New Play Network) Rolling World Premiere, The Luckiest People will be produced by Curious Theatre Company in Denver, Colorado in May of 2017, then at Actor’s Theatre of Charlotte in Charlotte, North Carolina in August of 2017, and finally at Stage Left Theatre.

No late seating. Performance lasts 90 minutes with 15-minute intermission. Not recommended for all ages, due to strong language.
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Studio One
March 24 - April 29
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Studio Two
Hedda! A Musical Conversation
2/15 - 3/16

Hedda! A Musical Conversation takes place in the living room of Hedda Hopper, the hat-crazed gossip columnist and political pundit of Hollywood’s Golden Age. Through a series of lively phone conversations, thirteen clever and engaging songs, and chats with the audience Gabrielle brings to life Hedda’s story…from her Quaker upbringing, to her run as an MGM bit player, to her meteoric rise as the hat-crazed Hollywood gossip columnist. The audience is made privy to: her legendary feuds with Hollywood’s elite; the use of her column to promote her own political and moral agenda; her smear campaigns against Charlie Chaplin and other Hollywood Communist sympathizers; and the Liz/Eddie/Debbie debacle. Scores of her legendary hats live on stage with her. http://www.paradiseplayhouse.net/hedda/live-demo/

Hedda! A Musical Conversation
2/15 - 3/16
in rotating repertory with "The Garbo the Musical"
Hedda!  A Musical Conversation

Hedda! A Musical Conversation takes place in the living room of Hedda Hopper, the hat-crazed gossip columnist and political pundit of Hollywood’s Golden Age. Through a series of lively phone conversations, thirteen clever and engaging songs, and chats with the audience Gabrielle brings to life Hedda’s story…from her Quaker upbringing, to her run as an MGM bit player, to her meteoric rise as the hat-crazed Hollywood gossip columnist. The audience is made privy to: her legendary feuds with Hollywood’s elite; the use of her column to promote her own political and moral agenda; her smear campaigns against Charlie Chaplin and other Hollywood Communist sympathizers; and the Liz/Eddie/Debbie debacle. Scores of her legendary hats live on stage with her. http://www.paradiseplayhouse.net/hedda/live-demo/

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Studio Two
2/15 - 3/16
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The Garbo the Musical
2/17 - 3/17
Considered by many to be the greatest film actress of all time, Greta Garbo had an image of androgynous glamour. A worldwide phenomenon in her glory days, she shunned the limelight. Dissatisfied with the scripts Hollywood offered to her as her natural beauty was beginning to fade, she retired from the screen at the age of 35 and eventually became a recluse in Manhattan. Set in the mid 1970s, The Garbo the Musical finds her in the middle of a nightmare with two of her obsessed long-term lovers: the Spanish-American poet, playwright, screenwriter and adamant lesbian of her day, Mercedes de Acosta; and the acid-tongued, witty, gay British theatrical designer and photographer to the stars, Cecil Beaton. This Victor/Victoria-esque trio unfolds Miss G’s spicy and revealing story and answers all the burning questions the world wanted to know about “The Garbo.” Thirteen scintillating songs and humorous monologues make this one-woman musical insightful, fun, and compelling. http://www.paradiseplayhouse.net/garbo/garbo-video-demo/
The Garbo the Musical
2/17 - 3/17
in rotating repertory with "Hedda! A Musical Conversation"
The Garbo the Musical
Considered by many to be the greatest film actress of all time, Greta Garbo had an image of androgynous glamour. A worldwide phenomenon in her glory days, she shunned the limelight. Dissatisfied with the scripts Hollywood offered to her as her natural beauty was beginning to fade, she retired from the screen at the age of 35 and eventually became a recluse in Manhattan. Set in the mid 1970s, The Garbo the Musical finds her in the middle of a nightmare with two of her obsessed long-term lovers: the Spanish-American poet, playwright, screenwriter and adamant lesbian of her day, Mercedes de Acosta; and the acid-tongued, witty, gay British theatrical designer and photographer to the stars, Cecil Beaton. This Victor/Victoria-esque trio unfolds Miss G’s spicy and revealing story and answers all the burning questions the world wanted to know about “The Garbo.” Thirteen scintillating songs and humorous monologues make this one-woman musical insightful, fun, and compelling. http://www.paradiseplayhouse.net/garbo/garbo-video-demo/
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Studio Two
2/17 - 3/17
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As You Like It
March 23 - April 22
Lovers meet and find their true selves in this new take on a Shakespearean classic. Join cousins Rosalind and Celia as they flee the restrictive rule of Duke Fredrick to find freedom and love in the magical and transformative forest of Arden. A romantic romp filled with laughter and affectionate rumination on the nature of human identity, you’ll fall in love with “As You Like It.”
As You Like It
March 23 - April 22
As You Like It
Lovers meet and find their true selves in this new take on a Shakespearean classic. Join cousins Rosalind and Celia as they flee the restrictive rule of Duke Fredrick to find freedom and love in the magical and transformative forest of Arden. A romantic romp filled with laughter and affectionate rumination on the nature of human identity, you’ll fall in love with “As You Like It.”
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Studio Two
March 23 - April 22
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GRACE by Craig Wright
May 3 - June 3

Steve and Sarah have a plan. With nothing more than a little start-up cash and a lot of faith, the couple picks up from their Minnesota home to start a new life in sunny Florida, opening a chain of evangelically-themed motels to spread the good Word while reaping some divine financial benefits. Meanwhile, their new neighbor Sam is in an existential quandary of his own: recently widowed and badly injured, he’s faithless, bitter and hardly in the mood for new friends, sent by God or otherwise. As their lives become entwined, and their destinies made clear, all three will come to question their own beliefs and fears.

GRACE by Craig Wright
May 3 - June 3
GRACE by Craig Wright

Steve and Sarah have a plan. With nothing more than a little start-up cash and a lot of faith, the couple picks up from their Minnesota home to start a new life in sunny Florida, opening a chain of evangelically-themed motels to spread the good Word while reaping some divine financial benefits. Meanwhile, their new neighbor Sam is in an existential quandary of his own: recently widowed and badly injured, he’s faithless, bitter and hardly in the mood for new friends, sent by God or otherwise. As their lives become entwined, and their destinies made clear, all three will come to question their own beliefs and fears.

Due to strong language, not recommended for all ages. Performance lasts 1 hour 45 minutes without intermission.
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Studio Two
May 3 - June 3
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Fuddy Meers
June 8, 2018 - July 8, 2018

Claire has a rare form of psychogenic amnesia that erases her memory whenever she goes to sleep. This morning, like all mornings, she wakes up a blank slate. But today turns out different. She’s kidnapped by a limping, lisping, half-blind, half-deaf man in a ski mask who claims he’s there to save her, and he spirits her off to her mother’s house. Every twist and turn in this funhouse plot bring Claire closer to revealing her past life and everything she thought she’d forgotten. It’s one harrowing and hilarious turn after another on this roller coaster ride through the day of an amnesiac trying to decipher her fractured life. This poignant and brutal comedy traces one woman’s attempt to regain her memory while surrounded by a curio-cabinet of alarmingly bizarre characters.

Fuddy Meers
June 8, 2018 - July 8, 2018
Fuddy Meers

Claire has a rare form of psychogenic amnesia that erases her memory whenever she goes to sleep. This morning, like all mornings, she wakes up a blank slate. But today turns out different. She’s kidnapped by a limping, lisping, half-blind, half-deaf man in a ski mask who claims he’s there to save her, and he spirits her off to her mother’s house. Every twist and turn in this funhouse plot bring Claire closer to revealing her past life and everything she thought she’d forgotten. It’s one harrowing and hilarious turn after another on this roller coaster ride through the day of an amnesiac trying to decipher her fractured life. This poignant and brutal comedy traces one woman’s attempt to regain her memory while surrounded by a curio-cabinet of alarmingly bizarre characters.

Recommended for ages 13+, due to strong language. Performance lasts two hours with a 15-minute intermission.
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Studio Two
June 8, 2018 - July 8, 2018
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Studio Three
Natural Affection
April 12 - May 20

Awaiting the Christmas visit of her teenage son, Donnie, Sue Barker is torn between motherly love and the fear of a disruption in the life that she has built in his absence. Having been deserted by the boy’s father before his birth, Sue was forced to support herself, leaving Donnie to a childhood of orphan homes and ultimately a term at the penal farm. Now the head lingerie buyer for a Chicago department store, Sue has a small apartment and a lover, Bernie Slovenk. When Donnie announces that he will not have to go back to the farm if she will give him a home, the crisis is broached. The inescapable showdown comes on Christmas Eve when the couple from next door joins the others for a party. Rachel Lambert makes her Eclipse directorial debut.

Natural Affection
April 12 - May 20
part of the 2018 William Inge Season
Natural Affection

Awaiting the Christmas visit of her teenage son, Donnie, Sue Barker is torn between motherly love and the fear of a disruption in the life that she has built in his absence. Having been deserted by the boy’s father before his birth, Sue was forced to support herself, leaving Donnie to a childhood of orphan homes and ultimately a term at the penal farm. Now the head lingerie buyer for a Chicago department store, Sue has a small apartment and a lover, Bernie Slovenk. When Donnie announces that he will not have to go back to the farm if she will give him a home, the crisis is broached. The inescapable showdown comes on Christmas Eve when the couple from next door joins the others for a party. Rachel Lambert makes her Eclipse directorial debut.

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Studio Three
April 12 - May 20
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