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stop. reset. May 23 - Jun 21, 2015  
Goodman Theatre stop. reset.
 
When your business is publishing African-American books, it's hard to view the rapid advance of technology, like the rise of e-books and digital technologies, with the same enthusiasm as the rest of modern society. And so it is for Chicago businessman Alex Ames, who, while all of his employees are looking on the not-so-bright side of their futures, is looking for inspiration, which appears in the unlikely form of a mysterious teenager, whose inventive, forward-thinking ideas may provide the solution to preserving Alex's legacy. Acclaimed Goodman Theatre artistic associate Regina Taylor directs her new play stop.reset. at Goodman Theatre in the Owen.
 
   
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.
 
   
Stick Fly May 27 - Jul 5, 2015  
Windy City Playhouse Stick Fly
 
Originally developed as part of The August Wilson New Play Initiative at Congo Square where it premiered in 2006, Stick Fly is the story of an affluent black family over a three-day summer weekend on Martha's Vineyard. Young writer Taylor (Celeste Cooper), the daughter of a late African-American academic, accompanies her entomologist fiance Kent (Tyrone Phillips) to meet his family at their vacation home on the Vineyard. On hand for the weekend is powerful patriarch neurosurgeon Joe (Phillip Edward Van Lear), Kent's plastic surgeon brother Flip (Michael Pogue), Flip's new white girlfriend Kimber (Kristen Magee) and black housekeeper Cheryl (Paige Collins).
 
   
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.
 
   
Other Hands May 29 - Jun 15, 2015  
Linchpin Theatre at Josephinum Academy Other Hands
 
In a world of systematic, high-speed technology, some people expect to live life as efficiently as the machines they depend on...and when a machine breaks down, there is usually someone with the skills to fix it. But in an age where things that don't work and can't be mended are thrown away, what do we do with something as human and messy as love?
 
   
Don't Go Gentle May 31 - Jul 12, 2015  
Haven Theatre Company at Theater Wit Don't Go Gentle
 
Judge Lawrence Driver is a conservative powerhouse on the bench, but a failure at home. Now retired and widowed, and seeking redemption, Judge Driver volunteers to do pro bono legal work with Tanya, a vulnerable ex-con with a troubled teenage son, while working to repair the increasingly complicated relationships with his own adult children. When his newfound generosity is perceived as condescension, Judge Driver runs the risk of losing everything.
 
   
The Pied Piper May 31 - Jun 30, 2015  
Strawdog Theatre The Pied Piper
 
The creators of our hit The Hunting of the Snark and The Just-So-Stories, The Forks & Hope Ensemble, led by Strawdog Ensemble Member, Josh Sobel, bring their innovative, physical, DIY aesthetic to the haunting tunes of Browning's Pied Piper of Hamelin.
 
   
Borderlands: Three Chords and the Truth May 31 - Jun 28, 2015  
Underscore Theatre Company at The Frontier Borderlands: Three Chords and the Truth
 
A new musical, Borderlands asks: how do you change your story? Do you re-write history? Catch a different train? Or just throw yourself headlong into the life you think you want? Borderlands follows the ups and downs of a group of musicians and songwriters, gathered to trade tales in a beat-up bar, and to toast the return of a mysterious friend. Connected in more ways than they can count, they do their best to shore each other up and cheer each other on—all the while taking care not to reveal too many secrets as they stumble to find their own “three chords and the truth."
 
   
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.
 
   
Love and Human Remains Jun 4 - Jul 11, 2015  
Cor Theatre at Rivendell Theatre Love and Human Remains
 
Chicago's summer theater season promises to heat up considerably when Brad Fraser's ground-breaking play, Love and Human Remains, a bawdy, carnal, modern day tale of Chicago thirtysomethings on the hunt for love, sex and acceptance while a serial killer is in their midst, returns to Chicago after a 20+ year absence in a daring new production from Cor Theatre, directed by Ernie Nolan.
 
   
A Marvin Hamlisch Songbook Jun 4 - Jul 12, 2015  
Theo Ubique Cabaret Theatre at No Exit Cafe A Marvin Hamlisch Songbook
 
A cabaret of songs by the composer of "The Way We Were," A Chorus Line and many other Broadway musicals and films. A Marvin Hamlisch Songbook will feature new arrangements and musical direction by Aaron Benham, who provided music direction and arrangements for Theo Ubqiue's A Cole Porter Songbook and A Musical Tribute to the Andrews Sisters and was music director for Theo's Always... Patsy Cline.
 
   
Titus Andronicus Jun 4 - Jul 30, 2015  
The Public House Theatre Titus Andronicus
 
"Titus Andronicus" is not William Shakespeare's most popular play, but when it is mounted, it makes a powerful statement. The story is a simple and grotesque portrait of the perversions of power, revenge and the consequences of our primal fear of "The Other." A legendary general takes a foreign queen captive, slaughters her oldest son, and sets off a chain of events which sees his own daughter violated and disfigured, and the Queen's remaining, offending sons baked into a pie.
 
   
Home Free! Jun 4 - Jun 25, 2015  
Gorilla Tango Theatre Home Free!
 
Lawrence and Joanna, a brother and sister in their mid-twenties, have cut themselves off from the world "outside," living in a cluttered playroom which they share with two imaginary companions, "Edna" and "Claypone." Surrounded by toys, including a miniature Ferris wheel, they have created an atmosphere of almost suffocating intimacy and remove, where play becomes the business of life and reality an alien force to be kept at bay. But life intrudes all the same, and their fantasies have betrayed them into Joanna's pregnancy.
 
   
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.
 
   
Eat the Poor, Strip the Rich Jun 5 - Jun 26, 2015  
Under The Gun Theater Eat the Poor, Strip the Rich
 
Exploring the fears and frustrations faced by a shrinking and put-upon middle class, Eat the Poor, Strip the Rich presents two concise, dark, fun and strange pieces of satire. In Out at Sea, three survivors of a shipwreck decide amongst themselves who should become the first meal. Think of it as Survivor ... hosted by a starving and particularly ornery Anthony Bourdain. Striptease finds two middle managers locked in a battle for control against a mysterious online force -- a satirical work akin to Office Space, as penned by the founders of Facebook. This Under the Gun Theater production explores the hidden links between culture and power, with a keen eye on comedy.
 
   
Camping: The Musical! Jun 5 - Jun 26, 2015  
Nealshow Productions at Gorilla Tango Theatre Camping: The Musical!
 
Since his sons left home to become men, Dad has been spending his days just trying to keep mice out of his apartment. When the rodent infestation seems to be under control, he reminisces about the great times he had with his sons when they were younger and spent many a long holiday weekend camping. Well, it's Christmastime, and Dad's sons are coming home! Camping: The Musical! is a charming, gag-a-minute, song-filled salute to the magic of a father and son camping trip.
 
   

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