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As the leaves begin to change and Halloween fast approaches, it seems appropriate to chat with one of the season’s biggest LGBTQ fans, Chicagoland original Brian Kirst aka the Big Gay Horror Fan. A man of many talents, Brian has an exciting new project, the musical Zombie Bathhouse coming in October to the Hoover-Leppen Theatre at the Center on Halsted (3656 North Halsted Street). Kirst wrote the book of the musical in collaboration with local performer, musician, and songwriter Scott Free who did the music and lyrics. Zombie Bathhouse will be running from October 15-29, 2017; tickets are $20. 

If you have a tween or teen in your life, you know that it's a tad more difficult finding theater that fits their interests (and attention spans). Enter the critically acclaimed Steppenwolf for Young Adults, which creates two full-scale, engaging professional productions, designed with older tweens and teens in mind, each season. Each year, the SYA poses a timely new question, examines the question through theater and then asks the youth-filled audience to come to their own answers and conclusions. This year's question is “When does a lie become the truth?"

With more than 250 theater companies, Chicago is known across the world for its large and vibrant theater scene. Add a theater performance (or two!) to your Chicago itinerary—plus, experience many shows on a budget with half-price theater tickets from Hot Tix! From Broadway musicals to intimate dramas to sidesplitting comedies, every night you can choose from dozens of shows—including these top plays and musicals with discount tickets during the month of October. Plus, scroll down for 3 theater picks to get you in the Halloween spirit!

When people hear "dinner theater," they may beg to do anything else. But Chicago is home to some hilarious interactive shows that, yes, feature meals—but more importantly, highlight the fun factor. Eye rolls are replaced with gut-busting laughs, and you won’t want the fun to end. Grab a date or a group of friends for a memorable night at these Chicago shows.

If the names Dorothy, Rose, Blanche, and Sophia elicit fond memories, then the fast-paced fun of the latest hilarious send-up from Hell in a Handbag Productions, The Golden Girls: The Lost Episodes (extended through September 16, 2017) will have you grinning ear to ear.

The entire cast is spot-on in this raunchy, ridiculous, and irresistible parody of the beloved television series. Bravo to Hell in a Handbag co-founder, resident playwright, Artistic Director, and recent Jeff Award honoree David Cerda, who has produced yet another hit for the beloved company.

The Golden Girls: The Lost Episodes is currently playing at Mary’s Attic (above Hamburger Mary’s) at 5400 North Clark Street.   

Fantastic Super Great Nation Numero Uno

The Second City's 41st e.t.c. revue — Fantastic Super Great Nation Numero Uno — has a mouthful of a title, paired with a belly full of laughs. The e.t.c. stage, known for its edgier, more Chicago-themed sketch revues, keeps to its reputation, housing two hours of non-stop, goofball, slap-your-thighs laughter with its newest comedy show.

The Illusionists

Hundreds of theatre productions are playing in Chicago for extended runs (hello Hamilton!) and open runs (from Blue Man Group to the many great nightly shows at The Second City), however, some only offer performances for a few days or a few weeks. Here are four highlights of what to see on stage now in Chicago before it's too late!

The Bodyguard

Mark your calendars, Chicago Theatre Week is back! Participating productions have not been announced yet, but we have an exclusive sneak peek featuring select shows that are sure to sell out fast. Tickets for Chicago Theatre Week (CTW) go on sale Tuesday, January 10 at 10AM CST. CTW will take place February 9 - 19, 2017.

The House Theatre's

The holidays are so much fun in Chicago! The city feels like a winter wonderland: Trees covered in snow, sparkling lights and lots of unique stores where you can find that perfect gift. There are also a wide array of holiday plays in Chicago that are sure to get you in the spirit. If you haven't made Chicago theater a part of your holiday tradition, it's time you do! Read on to discover four Chicago holiday shows that are really worth dashing through the snow for. 

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