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Beast on the Moon Apr 21 - Jun 6, 2015  
Raven Theatre Beast on the Moon
 
Aram Tomasian is an Armenian immigrant living in 1920's Milwaukee who has escaped the massacre of 1.5 million Armenians in 1915 by the Turks in his homeland in Eastern Turkey. He wants to make a fresh start and build a new family in the new world to replace the family he lost to the genocide. He selects a mail-order bride and into his life comes an Armenian teen-ager, Seta, who has also escaped the vicious grip of the Ottoman warlords. He learns that building a marriage and a family is more difficult than he anticipated, but he ultimately succeeds in unexpected and heart-warming ways.
 
   
Anna In The Afterlife Apr 22 - May 24, 2015  
Polarity Ensemble Theatre at The Greenhouse Theater Center Anna In The Afterlife
 
Polarity Ensemble Theatre presents the world premiere of Richard Engling's ANNA IN THE AFTERLIFE, a play that explores the mystery of a suicide and its repercussions in life and beyond the grave.
 
   
Muthaland Apr 23 - Apr 26, 2015  
Silk Road Rising at Chicago Temple Muthaland
 
The life of a young woman is forever changed on a trip to India where she unearths family secrets, encounters a prophet, and ultimately discovers her voice within a culture of silence. The familiar and the foreign swap roles in this dark comedy about culture, identity, spirituality, and sexuality.
 
   
Target Behavior Apr 23 - May 17, 2015  
Prop Theatre Target Behavior
 
Joining a rich tradition of mental-institution dramas such as One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest and Girl, Interrupted, the new play Target Behavior is a sharp-witted examination of life in an adolescent psych ward. After being admitted, protagonist Kendra finds herself trapped in a world of safety scissors, suicide checks, and the therapy games and art projects of an endearing group of fellow patients and their geeky but dedicated counselor. As flashbacks slowly reveal the fractured family dynamics and interaction with an older boy that lead Kendra to her present state, this world premiere at Chicago's Prop Thtr proves itself to be a mesmerizing study of psychological trauma that's unafraid to mine laughs from the darkness.
 
   
The Project(s) Apr 24 - May 24, 2015  
American Theater Company The Project(s)
 
The Project(s) innovatively combines documentary theater with a cappella music, body percussion and stepping to create a provocative examination of the successes and failures of public housing that poses the question, "What is America's responsibility to its poor?"
 
   
Hair Apr 24 - May 9, 2015  
Big Noise Theatre at Prairie Lakes Theatre Hair
 
Hair is a stage work in two acts. It tells the story of a "tribe" of passionate, politically active "hippies" who confront the Vietnam War, free love, racism, societal values and their place in the world of the turbulent '60s. Songs include "The Flesh Failures (Let the Sunshine In)", "Aquarius", and "Hair".
 
   
The Impossible Adventures of Supernova Jones Apr 24 - May 10, 2015  
Forget Me Not Theatre Company at The Den Theatre The Impossible Adventures of Supernova Jones
 
Space explorer Supernova Jones, and his robot sidekick S.A.M., have set off on a mission to find the "True Center of the Universe" after the destruction of the Earth. Although it begins as a tongue-in-cheek homage to old pulp sci-fi, it quickly becomes apparent that all is not as it seems. As the true nature of his story is revealed, Jones must choose between giving up what he has left behind or fighting for the impossible.
 
   
Bad Jews Apr 24 - Jun 7, 2015  
Theater Wit Bad Jews
 
Bad Jews tells the story of Daphna Feygenbaum, a "Real Jew" with an Israeli boyfriend. When Daphna's cousin Liam brings home his shiksa girlfriend Melody and declares ownership of their grandfather's Chai necklace, a vicious and hilarious brawl over family, faith and legacy ensues. Stir in the identity curation of the Facebook generation and Theater Wit's Chicago premiere of Bad Jews, directed by artistic director Jeremy Wechsler, promises to be one of the funniest, wisest, most excruciating comedies on a Chicago stage this year.
 
   
Side Man Apr 24 - May 24, 2015  
American Blues Theater at The Greenhouse Theater Center Side Man
 
The Pulitzer Prize-nominated and Tony Award-winner for Best Play Side Man is the heartbreaking story spanning three decades of a splintered family as told through the eyes of Clifford (Michael Mahler*), the only son of Gene (Michael Ehlers), a jazz trumpet player, and Terry (Kate Buddeke*), an alcoholic mother. Alternating between their New York City apartment and a smoke-filled music club, Clifford narrates the story of his broken family and the decline of jazz as popular entertainment. In Side Man "The joy and despair of the musicians is skillfully illustrated," according to Variety.
 
   
Ghost Gardens Apr 24 - May 31, 2015  
Pegasus Theatre Chicago at Chicago Dramatists Ghost Gardens
 
"Ghost Gardens" follows a dying-on-the-vine Detroit community withered by neglect, illness and infertility. When Lorelie announces her pregnancy, it sets in motion an entwined series of events that threaten to spiral out of control. Simoncic's new play is the gripping story of a pimp-turned- preacher looking for redemption, a stripper-turned nurse searching for justice and an ex-con-turned-social media maverick sowing the seeds of transformation.
 
   
The Sisters Rosensweig Apr 24 - May 17, 2015  
Saint Sebastian Players at St. Bonaventure Church The Sisters Rosensweig
 
The Sisters Rosensweig, which received the William Inge Award for Distinguished Achievement in American Theatre, takes place in the home of Sara Goode, a successful American woman representing a major Hong Kong bank in London, who leads a quiet life with her daughter Tess. Sara has two sisters: Gorgeous Teitelbaum, who has a call-in radio advice program and hopes to make the leap to TV, and Pfeni Rosensweig, an unmarried, peripatetic third-world travel writer. When her sisters arrive for Sara's birthday celebration, along with several men who are either very involved in or brand-new to their lives, the results are unexpected romance, suspected partings, recriminations, reconciliations and, above all, newfound love and acceptance.
 
   
The Divine Order of Becoming Apr 24 - Jun 7, 2015  
MPAACT at The Greenhouse Theater Center The Divine Order of Becoming
 
In the darkest moment of her life, Erica is suddenly overtaken by a deluge of memories of her life with her mother Eva. In The Divine Order of Becoming we watch the relationship of mother and daughter unfold with joy and angst-fear and forgiveness...and Erica ultimately realizing her mother's strength and humanity.
 
   
Don't Dress For Dinner Apr 24 - May 24, 2015  
Citadel Theatre Company Don't Dress For Dinner
 
Bernard's plans for a romantic rendezvous with his mistress are complete with a gourmet caterer and an alibi courtesy of his friend, Robert. But when Bernard's wife learns that Robert will be visiting for the weekend, she decides to stay in town for a surprise tryst of her own... setting the stage for a collision course of assumed identities and outrageous infidelities.
 
   
Oleanna Apr 24 - May 10, 2015  
MadKap Productions at Skokie Theatre Oleanna
 
OLEANNA is a gripping and riveting drama by David Mamet, and was named one of the best plays of the year in 1992 when it debuted. Carol, a female student visits John, a male professor, to discuss how she failed his course, but the discussion takes awkward turn when accusations of sexual exploitation are raised, threatening her future and his chances for tenure. As the lives of these characters spin out of control, we are confronted with both the effects of carelessness and the dangers of over-sensitivity and being too politically correct.
 
   
Shell Theory, An Existential Musical Apr 24 - May 30, 2015  
CIC Theater Shell Theory, An Existential Musical
 
When it is scientifically proven that the entire universe only exists in the dream of a sleeping turtle, humanity must grapple with the fear (and the fun!) of futility. The show opens just as this crazy revelation is leaked to the public and tracks the fallout within political circles, family dynamics, and sensationalist media.
 
   
Major Barbara Apr 25 - May 18, 2015  
ShawChicago at Ruth Page Center For Arts Major Barbara
 
In this modern masterwork that's been praised as a unique mix of Oscar Wilde and Bertolt Brecht, the great Irish writer George Bernard Shaw pits a military industrialist against his crusading daughter, from whom he's been estranged for years. She's a Salvation Army major; he's an arms manufacturer and whiskey distiller -- on certain issues, they could not disagree more. But when he begins donating money to her organization, matters come to a head as the characters grapple with questions of work, faith, family and philanthropy. The play first premiered in 1905 and opened on Broadway in 1915, and now ShawChicago Theater Company brings it to you in 2015 in their signature concert reading style at Ruth Page Center for the Arts.
 
   
A Coffin in Egypt Apr 25 - May 3, 2015  
Chicago Opera Theater at Harris Theater A Coffin in Egypt
 
The opera, written for legendary mezzo-soprano Frederica von Stade tells the haunting tale of memory and murder, racism and recrimination, based on a play by Horton Foote.
 
   
Pirates! Apr 25 - May 17, 2015  
Li'l Buds Theatre at City Lit Theater Pirates!
 
Family life isn't perfect for our hero 10 year old Jim Watts, who is about to fave his mother after 6 years when his parents divorced. Jim takes comfort in his nautical artifacts, like his model ships and treasure chest. But Jim's imaginary world collides with reality when a real pirate from 1718 appears in his bedroom. Kidnapped by Captain Freely, the fearless female pirate who is at war with the naval Captain McGovern, Jim is transported back in time to solve the mystery of the disappearing treasure. In his adventures, Jim learns more about himself and leads the way to a peaceful reconciliation between the two captains. Jump on-board for a ship full of fun, magic, excitement....and sharks!
 
   
Doubt: A Parable Apr 28 - Jul 19, 2015  
Writers Theatre Doubt: A Parable
 
Set against the backdrop of a 1960s America in the midst of political and social change, a progressive young priest’s conduct comes under question by Sister Aloysius Beauvier, the school principal whose beliefs are deeply rooted in tradition. As the actions and motivations of each are scrutinized and suspicion mounts, the two are drawn into a battle of wills that threatens irrevocable consequences for all involved.
 
   
Old Wicked Songs Apr 29 - Jun 7, 2015  
Provision Theater Company Old Wicked Songs
 
Nominated for the 1996 Pulitzer Prize in drama, OLD WICKED SONGS tells the story of a prodigious young pianist suffering an artistic block and the aging musician who helps re-ignite his inspiration. A third "character" in the play is the music of Robert Schumann, whose song cycle the Dichterliebe (Poet's Love) echoes throughout the work -- its structure and themes mirrored in the events on stage. OLD WICKED SONGS is an emotional journey through joy and sadness, anger and redemption, out of which emerges healing, inspiration and music.
 
   
MacSith Apr 30 - May 24, 2015  
E.D.G.E. Theatre at Pendulum Theater Space MacSith
 
Shakespeare goes sci-fi in MacSith, a dynamic combination of "The Scottish Play" and Star Wars. With the planet of Cumber finally at peace, Mon Beth returns home to celebrate his army's triumph against the Weyan Invaders. Soon, however, he encounters a sinister prophecy: Against all odds and his low station, Mon Beth will one day become King of Cumber. Driven by this prediction and by his wife's insatiable lust for power, Mon Beth puts all his might into taking the throne ... no matter the cost. Neither parody nor farce, this Star Wars/Shakespeare mash-up is a heart-pounding, full-throttle, 70-minute drama with fight choreography by professional fight director Orion Couling. Light-sabers hiss and snap during this inventive and ever-powerful tragedy at Right Brain Theatre.
 
   
Ring Of Fire: The Music Of Johnny Cash Apr 30 - Jun 28, 2015  
Mercury Theater Ring Of Fire: The Music Of Johnny Cash
 
The musical revue RING OF FIRE: THE MUSIC OF JOHNNY CASH guides audiences on a journey through Cash's career, from the cotton fields of Arkansas to the Grand Ole Opry. The show was created by Richard Maltby, Jr., conceived by William Meade, with orchestrations by Steven Bishop and Jeff Lisenby. This version is a re-imagining of the original Broadway production; more intimate, but with a full musical soundscape.
 
   
Melancholy Play: a chamber musical Apr 30 - Jun 7, 2015  
Piven Theatre Melancholy Play: a chamber musical
 
Melancholy Play is a lighthearted farce centered on Tilly (Stephanie Stockstill), a melodramatic bank teller who finds herself in a state of utter and complete sadness. It affects everyone around her. From Frank (Chris Ballou), a tailor who deeply loves her melancholia, Lorenzo (Ryan Lanning), her eccentric therapist from an unspecified European country, Frances (Lauren Paris), her hairdresser who pays the ultimate price for her infatuation when she transforms into an almond, and Joan (Emily Grayson), the helpless nurse who watches her girlfriend devolve into a nut.
 
   
The White Road Apr 30 - Jun 13, 2015  
Irish Theatre of Chicago at The Den Theatre The White Road
 
THE WHITE ROAD is the story of Ernest Shackleton's ill-fated attempt to cross Antarctica from sea to sea via the South Pole. The crew is forced to abandon their ship, The Endurance, having been crushed by pack ice. They have one path ahead - The White Road. Experience an incredible story of survival, under near impossible conditions, and a display of the strength of the human spirit when all hope appears lost.
 
   
Later Life Apr 30 - Jun 14, 2015  
Oil Lamp Theater Later Life
 
If you were given a second chance -- an opportunity to recapture something wonderful, to reverse a regret that's been with you for years -- would you be brave enough to risk everything for another shot at happiness? Austin, the detached, middle-aged Boston banker at the center of this heartwarming comedy, will face this very question over the course of Later Life. When he unexpectedly runs into Ruth, a charming woman with whom he once shared a brief romantic encounter many years ago, Austin discovers that she's in a bad marriage that she may be thinking of escaping. But will he be able to pursue this potential romance, or will he withdraw back into his safe, solitary existence? A reminder of all that life can offer if you're willing to roll the dice, this Oil Lamp Theater production of A.R. Gurney's Later Life is a warmhearted and humorous look at love and second chances.
 
   
In Fraud We Trust! Apr 30 - Jun 3, 2015  
Stage 773 In Fraud We Trust!
 
Chicago is famous for many things... including corruption. Dating back to the days when Capone ran the town, Chicago can also boast over 30 city councilmember convictions since the '70s. Off-Color Comedy runs with the tradition with their new live-action sitcom In Fraud We Trust! at Stage 773. Downtrodden do-gooder Drew Korman finds himself cooking the books for Chicago's corrupt city clerk. Pulled in two directions by his conspiracy theorist roommate Kevin and the cunning chief of staff Julie, Drew must decide on playing it straight or getting in on the cut at the taxpayers' expense.
 
   
Drowning Girls Apr 30 - Jun 6, 2015  
Signal Ensemble Theatre Drowning Girls
 
Bessie, Alice and Margaret have two things in common: they are married to George Joseph Smith, and they are dead. Surfacing from the bathtubs they were drowned in, the three breathless brides gather evidence against their womanizing, murderous husband by reliving the shocking events leading up to their deaths. Reflecting on the misconceptions of love, married life, and the not-so-happily ever after, The Drowning Girls is both a breathtaking fantasia and a social critique, full of rich images, a myriad of characters, and lyrical language.
 
   
The Devilish Children (and the Civilizing Process) May 1 - May 23, 2015  
Dream Theatre The Devilish Children (and the Civilizing Process)
 
Little Karl, a disobedient three year old, is left by his father in a children's school for manners to learn and grow to be a fine gentleman. His instructors are the vulgar, whining, wicked, willful, thieves - The Devilish Children. As each child takes the stage to teach their lesson, journey with Little Karl as he tries to truly decipher right from wrong.
 
   
Stars and Gripes May 1 - May 30, 2015  
The Public House Theatre Stars and Gripes
 
Laughter is the best medicine, especially when you've seen the darkest side of humanity. "Stars and Gripes," presented by The Veterans of Comedy, is a sketch show written, directed and performed by seven young men and women who have served in varied branches of our armed forces. With a twist of humor, they are telling their difficult stories, bringing to the stage their personal experiences of training for and being at war, and what unexpected aftermath awaited them when they returned home.
 
   
The Little Foxes May 2 - Jun 7, 2015  
Goodman Theatre The Little Foxes
 
In Hellman's turn-of-the century study of family greed, Ben and Oscar Hubbard stand to earn millions funding an industrialized cotton mill, and seek help with the initial investment from their sister Regina. The refusal of Regina's dying husband to finance their scheme sets off an explosive series of betrayals, shattering the Hubbard clan's genteel façade and exposing their ruthless pursuit of wealth. Ferocious, funny and enduringly relevant, The Little Foxes is an absorbing chronicle of the dark side of the American Dream and wealth's corrupting power--and "one of the most enjoyably chilling chapters in the history of melodrama" (The New York Times).
 
   
Scissortail May 2 - Jun 8, 2015  
Adapt Theatre Productions at Redtwist Theatre Scissortail
 
Scissortail tells the story of Gavin, an Oklahoman forced to deal with the traumatic affects the Oklahoma City Bombing had on his life, twenty years after the event. Told through conversations between Gavin and his best friend Sarah, recorded conversations with Timothy McVeigh, and thematic dream sequences, Scissortail confronts the theme of loss in a unique way and sheds light on one of the most horrific terrorist attacks in American history.
 
   
I'm NOT My Mother!! A Side By Side Cabaret May 2 - May 16, 2015  
MCL Chicago I'm NOT My Mother!! A Side By Side Cabaret
 
We’ve all experienced that terrifying moment. You find yourself reusing old Ziplock bags. You buy a case of apple cider vinegar just because it was on sale. No, it can’t be! Are you turning into your mother? Side by Side Cabaret dueling pianists Rachel Page and Ann Marie White feel your pain. Join Rachel and Ann Marie as they invite you to laugh, reminisce, and share your own experiences of growing up and growing old with Mom.
 
   
Inana May 6 - Jul 26, 2015  
TimeLine Theatre Company Inana
 
On the eve of the United States' invasion of Baghdad in 2003, an Iraqi museum curator plots to save treasured antiquities, including the statue of ancient mother goddess Inana-metaphorically, the soul of the country-from destruction. Fleeing to London with his young bride, he makes a life-altering deal to ensure the statue's preservation. Against a background of international and personal intrigue, playwright Michele Lowe opens a window of hope and healing with her poignant and beautiful love story.
 
   
The Wild Duck May 7 - Jun 14, 2015  
Halcyon Theatre at Christ Lutheran Church The Wild Duck
 
A father dreams of a new invention that can restore his fallen family's name to greatness. A grandfather dreams of the old days in the wilderness. A dutiful mother keeps the family together, hoping to keep old secrets hidden. When everything in the world around them is constantly changing, an old friend visits. He is dreaming of a new world founded on ridding the family of secrets. A daughter is caught in the middle, looking for a way out. Henrik Ibsen's masterpiece explores what is love in a world where the most genuine expressions of human feelings are hidden behind fake personas
 
   
Big Fish May 7 - Jun 7, 2015  
Theatre At The Center Big Fish
 
Shifting between two timelines, BIG FISH tells the story of traveling salesman Edward Bloom (Jeff Award-winner Stef Tovar) and his relationship with his adult son Will (Jeff Award-nominee Nathan Gardner). In the present-day world, sixty-year-old Edward faces his final chapter while Will gets ready to face fatherhood himself. Returning to the fairy-tale past, Edward tells his larger-than-life anecdotes of teenage encounters with a Witch, a Giant, a Mermaid, and the love of his life, Sandra (Jeff Award-winner Colette Todd). Determined to find the truth behind Edward's epic adventures, Will embarks on a journey of his own. The stories meet as Will discovers a secret his father's stories never exposed.
 
   
Trust Us/Screw You May 7 - Jun 13, 2015  
Neo-Futurists Trust Us/Screw You
 
You can't con an honest man... But honest men don't go to the theatre. Only degenerates who pay to be lied to. Join The Neo-Futurists as they convert their theatre into a cabaret of social experiments, exploring the history and mechanics of confidence games traveling from the lovable Grifters of the 1920's to the stock market swindlers of today. Using personal narrative, dance and deception, games of chance and a live band, this two man show looks at the past to better understand the present. Come with a dollar and you may just leave with two.
 
   
Shining Lives: A Musical May 8 - Jun 14, 2015  
Northlight Theatre Shining Lives: A Musical
 
It's 1922 and the young women of Chicago's Radium Dial Company are living a dream- earning good wages and beaming with new-found independence. After years of hand painting watch dials, the so-called "harmless" radium that provided for so much joy leads to tragic results. Four courageous women upend their lives with a determination to change the future in this compelling new musical, the transcendent tale of heroic lives that glowed with promise.
 
   
Thinking Caps May 8 - May 31, 2015  
Strangeloop Theatre at Charnel House Chicago Thinking Caps
 
Everyone who is anyone has a Thinking Cap and they live in a semi-virtual, semi-real world where imagination is the key to success. But how far is too far when it comes to technology? Relevant to the audiences of today who are grappling with new and ever-changing methods of interaction, Thinking Caps explores the upsides and downsides of social media set in the virtual reality technology of the near future.
 
   
Twisted Melodies May 8 - Jun 14, 2015  
Congo Square Theatre at Athenaeum Theatre Twisted Melodies
 
Twisted Melodies is a fictionalized journey through the mind of musical genius Donny Hathaway. We see a man lost in space and time, battling schizophrenia and trying to come to terms with - everything. Join us for an experience that explores the psychology of a genius and his music as he deals with the extreme circumstances of mental illness.
 
   
Crimes of the Heart May 8 - Jun 14, 2015  
Step Up Productions at Athenaeum Theatre Crimes of the Heart
 
Nothing like a murder to bring a family together. Such are the circumstances that kick-start Crimes of the Heart, the Pulitzer-winning drama about the quirky MaGrath sisters and the sordid deeds they must reconcile. Holed up at their grandaddy's house in Mississippi, the motherless trio have a knack for dysfunction, with the latest fiasco involving youngest sister Babe's shooting of her abusive husband. Meanwhile, eldest sister Lenny is becoming more of an old maid all the time and middle sister Meg has suffered a nervous breakdown after seeing her dreams of a singing career dashed. More than 30 years after Diane Keaton, Jessica Lange and Sissy Spacek starred in an acclaimed film adaptation, Step Up Productions' new staging of Crimes of the Heart proves that this tale of sisterhood in all its dimensions is as potent, touching and hilarious as ever.
 
   
Another Kind of Love May 10 - Jun 14, 2015  
InFusion Theatre at Chopin Theatre Another Kind of Love
 
After being apart for 15 years, sisters (and band mates) reunite for a one-night concert commemorating the anniversary of their rock legend mother's suicide. Featuring live performances of an original score by Rodewald, past regrets, present emotions and future doubts converge with punk and family in Skillman's new play developed around the country at IAMA Theatre Company in LA, LiveWire in Chicago, Live Girls! in Seattle and Women's Project Theater in New York City.
 
   
Lunacy May 11 - Jun 20, 2015  
Jackalope Theatre at Broadway Armory Lunacy
 
The latest brainchild of resident playwright Andrew Burden Swanson imagines a madcap 1969 in which the conspiracy theorists may have been right. Kennedy guaranteed a man on the moon by the end of the decade, and NASA is running out of time to fulfill the promise that will awe the world and unite a nation. March 15: A young physicist reports for duty at MGM Borehamwood Studios. The mission at hand? Film a simulated moon landing that the whole world will fall for. With a young Donald Rumsfeld in the director's chair, CIA agents in the roles of our space-bound heroes and the whole of Stanley Kubrick's cinematic technology at their fingertips, what could possibly go wrong? Perfectionists in both science and art unite to reinforce American ambition, reinvigorate a sense of wonder, and inspire through knowledge of possibility - however unfathomable it may seem.
 
   
The Seven Secret Plays of Madame Caprice May 11 - Jun 21, 2015  
Silent Theatre Company at Chopin Theatre The Seven Secret Plays of Madame Caprice
 
The Seven Secret Plays of Madame Caprice willed itself into existence through patience and chance mostly, and perhaps a dash of audacity. Inspired by a dreamt adventure, this blend of music and theatrical storytelling, this bubbling cauldron of creativity, has a metamorphic nature. Performers, musicians and even context change as the show grows more aware of itself, transcending its origins as it evolves.
 
   
Jersey Boys May 12 - May 24, 2015  
Cadillac Palace Theatre Jersey Boys
 
JERSEY BOYS returns to Chicago. JERSEY BOYS is the story of Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons: Frankie Valli, Bob Gaudio, Tommy DeVito and Nick Massi. This is the story of how a group of blue-collar boys from the wrong side of the tracks became one of the biggest American pop music sensations of all time. They wrote their own songs, invented their own sounds and sold 175 million records worldwide - all before they were thirty.
 
   
The Woman Before May 12 - Jun 13, 2015  
Trap Door Theatre The Woman Before
 
Frank doesn't recognize his teenage sweetheart, Romy, when she turns up at his door 24 years later. She's come to remind him of a promise he made. Meanwhile, Frank's son is making a similar promise to his teenage girlfriend. When an accident forces Frank to take Romy into his home, the cracks in Frank's marriage begin to widen and events take a startling turn. Playing with time and perception, Schimmelpfennig's The Woman Before is a tense, darkly humorous study of obsession, desire and the enduring power of first love.
 
   
Miracle! May 14 - Jul 10, 2015  
Hell in a Handbag Productions at Mary's Attic Miracle!
 
MIRACLE! tells the story of Helen Stellar, a young deaf and blind drag queen who loves to perform under the watchful eye of her drag mother who just happens to be her biological father - Crystal Pain. Crystal is owner of The Brass Connection, an old school drag club where the performers are just like any other normal family - crazy as hell. When the state assigns Annie Sullivan to teach Helen to better communicate, all hell breaks loose and we soon discover that Helen is the most normal of all of the inhabitants of The Brass Connection. MIRACLE! is about family (biological and chosen), a father and son, gay and lesbian subculture and finding your voice.
 
   
Scotland Road May 14 - Jun 14, 2015  
BoHo Theatre at Heartland Studio Theatre Scotland Road
 
When a young woman is discovered adrift in the north Atlantic, seemingly a survivor of the Titanic, an obsessed aristocrat must decide if she is for real or an elaborate fraud. Scotland Road examines the power of secrets and the yearning to be something that you're not.
 
   
Belfast Girls May 15 - Jun 14, 2015  
Artemisia at The Den Theatre Belfast Girls
 
Award-winning writer Jaki McCarrick dramatizes Irish history: Five young women set sail from Belfast in 1850 bound for Australia during the Irish Famine, hopeful they will find a fresh start in a new land. Love, adventure and betrayal await them as dirty secrets are revealed and the Belfast Girls are forced to come to terms with the disasters they have left behind.
 
   
Cowboy Versus Samurai May 15 - Jun 7, 2015  
A-Squared Theatre Workshop at The Den Theatre Cowboy Versus Samurai
 
Race replaces a famously enormous nose in this funny and moving re-imagining of Edmond Rostand's Cyrano de Bergerac. Cowboy Versus Samurai centers around Travis Park, a high school English teacher who is one of only two Asian Americans in a small Wyoming town. His world is thrown for a loop when a beautiful, smart Asian American woman moves to town. Travis secretly falls for her only to discover that she dates only white men, including his dim-witted cowboy friend. Meanwhile, a crazily righteous Asian American pal seeks Travis' help on a quest to fully embrace their Asian heritage. Travis must ultimately choose between his American and his Asian identity-between the cowboy and the samurai-within himself.
 
   
RAIN: A Tribute to the Beatles May 20 - May 24, 2015  
Bank of America Theatre RAIN: A Tribute to the Beatles
 
As "the next best thing to seeing The Beatles!" (Associated Press), RAIN performs the full range of The Beatles' discography live onstage, including the most complex and challenging songs that The Beatles themselves recorded in the studio but never performed for an audience. In addition to the updated sets that include brand new LED, High-Definition screens and multimedia content, new songs have also been included with the launch of the 2013-14 Tour. Together longer than The Beatles, RAIN has mastered every song, gesture and nuance of the legendary foursome, delivering a totally live, note-for-note performance that's as infectious as it is transporting. From the early hits to later classics ("I Want To Hold Your Hand," "Hard Day's Night," "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band," "Let It Be," "Come Together," "Hey Jude" and more), this adoring tribute will take you back to a time when all you needed was love, and a little help from your friends!
 
   
The Salts May 20 - May 30, 2015  
The Inconvenience at Flat Iron Arts Building The Salts
 
Drawing inspiration from live music experiences, The Salts is a brave foray into the infusion of contemporary dance with the spirit, prowess and the explosive performances of iconic frontmen. The Salts perform a set of high-velocity dances to distorted guitar, driving bass lines, wild vocals and heart-thumping drum beats. An exercise in engaging the audience outside of the typical: instead of seats, expect a standing room only venue that allows everybody close access to the action.
 
   
The Secret Garden May 21 - Jun 21, 2015  
Court Theatre The Secret Garden
 
After a vicious cholera outbreak in the British Raj claims the lives of both her parents, ten year-old Mary Lennox is sent back to England to live at her estranged uncle's estate. Orphaned and alone, Mary finds herself haunted not only by the ghosts of her own past, but by those of her melancholy uncle, Archibald Craven. As Mary begins to find her way through her uncle's maze of secrets, she makes an incredible discovery that unlocks a wellspring of hope and renewal for them both. Winner of the Tony Award for Best Book and adapted from the beloved 1911 novel by Frances Hodgson Burnett, The Secret Garden reunites Artistic Director Charles Newell and Music Director Doug Peck (Caroline, or Change; Carousel; Porgy and Bess) for this exquisitely beautiful musical about hope blooming from the darkest of places.
 
   
Les Liaisons Dangereuses May 21 - Jun 21, 2015  
AstonRep Theatre Company at Raven Theatre Les Liaisons Dangereuses
 
This new production transports the audience back to 1917 Russia before the dawn of the Revolution, where a pair of aristocratic rivals and former lovers employ their wiles in a game of sex and dominance. LES LIAISONS DANGEREUSES was the winner of London's Olivier Award for Best New Play in 1986 and received multiple Tony Award nominations. The film adaptation received three Academy Awards, including Best Adapted Screenplay.
 
   
Crime Scene Chicago: The Next Chapter May 21 - Jun 21, 2015  
Collaboraction at Flat Iron Arts Building Crime Scene Chicago: The Next Chapter
 
Collaboraction's new spring production is the 2015 chapter to Chicago's history of violent crime and a call to discover what it might take to create lasting change. This new installment syncs up with Collaboraction's current Let Hope Rise tour, a community variety show born from Crime Scene, now rotating monthly through July at Chicago Park District facilities in Englewood, Austin and Roger's Park, and precedes Collaboraction's planned Crime Scene parks tour every weekend in August.
 
   
Chalk May 24 - Jun 28, 2015  
Sideshow Theatre Company at Victory Gardens Theater - Biograph Chalk
 
Maggie survived the end of the world, but it hasn't really ended, has it? Stuck in an abandoned building with nearly unlimited supplies, a broken radio and a book of spells, she bides her time and waits for the monsters to leave. But when her daughter reappears, Maggie can't celebrate because something is not quite right. The two women square off with both their lives hanging in the balance, and all that keeps them separate is a razor-thin chalk circle, hastily drawn by Maggie on the floor. The world premiere of ensemble member Walt McGough's intense sci-fi fable digs deep into issues of motherhood, responsibility and possession of all kinds.
 
   
Soon I Will Be Invincible May 29 - Jul 19, 2015  
Lifeline Theatre Soon I Will Be Invincible
 
The devious Doctor Impossible has escaped from prison and legendary superhero CoreFire has vanished without a trace. With the fate of the world in their hands, the New Champions have mere hours to recover their fallen comrade and stop their arch-nemesis before his doomsday device is complete. Joined by Fatale, a cyborg with an arsenal of deadly hardware and a host of self-esteem issues, the mighty super-team must face their darkest hour - and the truths buried in their deeply troubled pasts. A thrilling new musical about power and identity set in a vibrant world of heroes and villains, in a world premiere adaptation.
 
   
Once Jun 2 - Jun 7, 2015  
Cadillac Palace Theatre Once
 
Winner of eight 2012 Tony Awards including BEST MUSICAL, ONCE is a truly original Broadway experience. Featuring an impressive ensemble of actor/musicians who play their own instruments onstage, ONCE tells the enchanting tale of a Dublin street musician who's about to give up on his dream when a beautiful young woman takes a sudden interest in his haunting love songs. As the chemistry between them grows, his music soars to powerful new heights... but their unlikely connection turns out to be deeper and more complex than your everyday romance. Emotionally captivating and theatrically breathtaking, ONCE draws you in from the very first note and never lets go. It's an unforgettable story about going for your dreams... not living in fear... and the power of music to connect all of us.
 
   
On Your Feet Jun 2 - Jul 5, 2015  
Ford Oriental Theatre On Your Feet
 
ON YOUR FEET! is the story of two people who-through an unwavering dedication to one another and their pursuit of the American dream-showcased their talent, their music and their heritage to the world in a remarkable rise to global superstardom. Set to Gloria's chart-topping, smash hits such as "Rhythm Is Gonna Get You, "1-2-3," "Mi Tierra," and "Conga," in addition to new music penned by the Estefans, the show will bring a new sound to Broadway and get audiences on their feet.
 
   
Abraham Lincoln Was A F*Gg*T Jun 5 - Jul 5, 2015  
About Face Theatre at The Greenhouse Theater Center Abraham Lincoln Was A F*Gg*T
 
Cal thinks his favorite president was gay, just like him. In his quest for proof, we take a road trip to the nation’s capital and encounter budding high-school romance, Ellen DeGeneres, a quadrille-crazy Mary Todd and sex in a mattress store. Discover the truth lurking just beneath the stovepipe hat in this clever, time-jumping play about history, family and the importance of heroes.
 
   
The Fantasticks Jun 6 - Jun 14, 2015  
Light Opera Works at Cahn Auditorium The Fantasticks
 
The Off-Broadway hit about two fathers who plot to get their boy and girl together by pretending to keep them apart. This expanded version features a full orchestra accompanying the song classics "Try to Remember," "They Were You," "Soon It's Gonna Rain" and "Never Say No."
 
   
The Birds Jun 6 - Jul 19, 2015  
Griffin Theatre Company at Theater Wit The Birds
 
The Birds is a suspenseful, atmospheric adaptation of Daphne du Maurier's enthralling short story, also the inspiration for Alfred Hitchcock's chilling 1963 film thriller. Mysterious masses of birds have begun to violently attack at high tide, driving strangers Nat and Diane to take refuge in an isolated, abandoned house by the sea and form a bond to survive their haunting new circumstance. With no electricity and scarce food, the tension is palpable and hope is waning. Yet if two is company, three is a crowd, as the sudden arrival of a young woman with a mysterious nature of her own ruffles feathers in the house and quickly threatens to destroy their so-called sanctuary.
 
   
Moby Dick Jun 10 - Aug 9, 2015  
Lookingglass Theatre Moby Dick
 
Madness rages like the angry sea when man pits himself against leviathan in Melville's epic and poetic tale furiously reimagined on the Lookingglass stage by director David Catlin (Lookingglass Alice). Set sail with Captain Ahab and the intrepid crew of the Pequod in this harrowing and intoxicating exploration of fate vs. free will.
 
   
Body and Blood Jun 11 - Aug 9, 2015  
The Gift Theatre Body and Blood
 
Body & Blood follows Dan as he finally finds his calling in life, and in the process, sends all of his loved ones spiraling into a spiritual crisis. The Gift co-founder and playwright of Northwest Highway depicts a beautiful local story about overcoming obstacles and following your heart.
 
   
The Who and the What Jun 12 - Jul 12, 2015  
Victory Gardens Theater - Biograph The Who and the What
 
Raised in a conservative Muslim family in Atlanta, the outspoken and brilliant Zarina recently completed a book about women and Islam. When her traditional father and sister discover the manuscript, it threatens to tear her family apart. With humor and ferocity, 2013 Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Ayad Akhtar and director Kimberly Senior examine the giant chasm between our traditions and our contemporary lives.
 
   
Grand Concourse Jul 2 - Aug 30, 2015  
Steppenwolf Theatre Grand Concourse
 
Having dedicated her life to religious service, Shelley runs a Bronx soup kitchen with unsentimental efficiency. Her brisk nature masks an unsettling fear that her efforts are meaningless. When Emma-a rainbow-haired college dropout-arrives to volunteer, her volatile mix of generosity and self-involvement pushes Shelley over the edge. With both humor and heart, Grand Concourse asks big questions about the value of compassion and the limits of forgiveness.
 
   
Kinky Boots Jul 7 - Jul 26, 2015  
Cadillac Palace Theatre Kinky Boots
 
Kinky Boots returns to Chicago! In Kinky Boots, Charlie Price is forced to step in and save his family's shoe factory in Northern England, following the sudden death of his father. Help comes from the unlikeliest angel, a fabulous drag performer named Lola. Together, this improbable duo revitalizes the failing business, while stepping out from their fathers' shadows and transforming an entire community through the power of acceptance. Don't miss Kinky Boots in Chicago.
 
   
Loving Repeating Jul 18 - Aug 30, 2015  
Kokandy Productions at Theater Wit Loving Repeating
 
LOVING REPEATING is an intimate exploration of Gertrude Stein's legacy, setting her unconventional creative passions against the backdrop of her lifelong relationship with Alice B. Toklas. From her student days in the late 19th century to the height of her artistic era in Paris as one of the 'lost generation,' LOVING REPEATING pays homage to Stein's capricious love affair with language, self-expression and her lifelong romance with Toklas.
 
   
Pippin Jul 28 - Aug 9, 2015  
Cadillac Palace Theatre Pippin
 
PIPPIN tells the story of a young prince on a death-defying journey to find meaning in his existence. Will he choose a happy but simple life? Or will he risk everything for a singular flash of glory? The show is noted for many Broadway standards including "Magic To Do," "Corner of the Sky," "Glory," "No Time at All," "Morning Glow," and "Love Song."
 
   
Cirque du Soleil - Kurios Aug 6 - Aug 30, 2015  
United Center Cirque du Soleil - Kurios
 
What if, by engaging your imagination and opening your mind, you could alter reality and unlock the door to a world of wonders? Welcome to the realm of KURIOS -- Cabinet of Curiosities from Cirque du Soleil. Step into the curio cabinet of an ambitious inventor who defies the laws of time, space and dimension in order to reinvent everything around him. Suddenly, the visible becomes invisible, perspectives are transformed, and the world is literally turned upside down in a place that's as beautiful as it is mysterious. Stunning acrobatics blend with unusual curiosity acts, and otherworldly characters spring to life before your eyes. Is this magical, mechanical land real, or just a figment of your imagination? You have to see it to disbelieve it. This pre-sale offer for Cirque du Soleil's KURIOS -- Cabinet of Curiosities in the Grand Chapiteau at Chicago's United Center gets you great tickets before they go on sale to the general public.
 
   
South Pacific Aug 15 - Aug 30, 2015  
Light Opera Works at Cahn Auditorium South Pacific
 
The Pulitzer Prize-winning musical about two couples from different worlds on a Pacific Island during World War II. The score includes "Some Enchanted Evening," "Bali Ha'i," There is Nothin' Like a Dame" and "Younger Than Springtime," with the full original Robert Russell Bennett orchestrations.
 
   
Dirty Dancing - The Classic Story On Stage Aug 18 - Aug 30, 2015  
Cadillac Palace Theatre Dirty Dancing - The Classic Story On Stage
 
Dirty Dancing – The Classic Story On Stage is a coming of age love story involving the talented and headstrong dancer Johnny Castle and Frances “Baby” Houseman. During her family’s summer vacation at the popular Kellerman’s resort, Baby, a doctor’s daughter with dreams of joining the Peace Corps, meets Johnny, the guy from the wrong side of the tracks. Against all odds, they fall in love, learning life-changing lessons along the way. Dirty Dancing – The Classic Story On Stage, follows the highs and lows of their summer romance.
 
   
Gem of the Ocean Sep 10 - Oct 11, 2015  
Court Theatre Gem of the Ocean
 
Resident Artist Ron OJ Parson continues his triumphant tour through August Wilson's iconic century cycle with Gem of the Ocean, his seventh Wilson production at Court Theatre. Nominated for the Tony Award for Best Play in 2005, Gem of the Ocean is a fantastical story of freedom, justice, and redemption. A new century has dawned in America, but the shadow of slavery's legacy lingers. As a city desperate for freedom descends into chaos, a murderer arrives on the doorstep of Ester Tyler's Pittsburgh home. Known as a cleanser of souls, Ester must take this stranger on a spiritual journey of healing and renewal to the mythical City of Bones. Actress Greta Oglesby (Ma Rainey's Black Bottom) returns to play Ester, a role she originated in 2003, and will be joined by Court favorites A.C. Smith (Fences, Jitney), Alfred Wilson (Ma Rainey's Black Bottom, Jitney), David Alan Anderson (The Mountaintop), and Tyla Abercrumbie (The Piano Lesson).