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Motherhood Out Loud Apr 27 - Jun 11, 2017  
Oil Lamp Theater Motherhood Out Loud
Motherhood Out Loud dishes out everything they don't tell parents in the pages of What to Expect When You're Expecting. This theatrical production shatters traditional notions about parenthood, unveils its inherent comedy and celebrates the deeply personal truths that span and unite generations. It's filled with illuminating insight, humor and raw emotions, making for a joyous, moving, hilarious and altogether thrilling look at raising children. Written by an array of writers from journalism, fiction, television and the theater, Motherhood Out Loud at the Oil Lamp Theater in Glenview will leave you looking at child-rearing in a totally different light.
Where Did We Sit on the Bus? Apr 27 - Jun 4, 2017  
Victory Gardens Theater - Biograph Where Did We Sit on the Bus?
Brian Quijada's solo show won raves from the Chicago Sun-Times as "an explosion of energy, comic verve, playful sexiness, raw emotion and irresistible storytelling," and now it's coming to Chicago's Richard Christiansen Theater as part of the Victory Gardens' Up Close and Personal series. Where Did We Sit on the Bus? starts off with a young Latino boy asking that question of his third-grade teacher during a lesson on Rosa Parks, and mixes music, rap, spoken word and live looping as it tracks his eventful path to adulthood.
My Fair Lady Apr 28 - May 21, 2017  
Lyric Opera My Fair Lady
Based on George Bernard Shaw's book Pygmalion, this witty battle of the sexes follows self-absorbed, misogynistic linguist Henry Higgins as he attempts to train Eliza Doolittle, a Cockney flower girl plucked from the street, how to speak properly -- though she's much smarter than he realizes. With a feisty leading lady and a score full of instantly recognizable songs like "Wouldn't It Be Loverly?" and "I Could Have Danced All Night," it's no wonder My Fair Lady became a huge Broadway hit and in 1964 was turned into an Oscar-winning film starring Audrey Hepburn. See what's been deemed the "perfect musical" as Lyric Opera of Chicago presents the show at Civic Opera House in Chicago.
Circle House Apr 28 - May 27, 2017  
The Plagiarists at Berger Park Coach House Circle House
In this new group-written piece, audiences will take one of three different tours of the Time Museum, where you can touch anything you like - except not anything delicate. Meet the curators, who may not be human, but are fun and friendly - as long as you follow the rules! Interact with your guides - but don't ask them about their lives before... or the mysterious people that keep appearing and talking to them. Learn how endings are beginnings, the secrets of nature and music, and what happens when we die. Thank you for helping to rehabilitate these lost souls.
Rosencrantz And Guildenstern Are Dead Apr 28 - May 21, 2017  
Saint Sebastian Players at St. Bonaventure Church Rosencrantz And Guildenstern Are Dead
The play concerns the misadventures and musings of two minor characters from Hamlet who are childhood friends of the prince, focusing on their actions, with the events of Hamlet as background. The duo are the leading characters in this version, appearing onstage here when they are offstage in Shakespeare's play, except a few times with the events of both plays coincide. In Hamlet, the King uses Rosencrantz and Guildenstern to discover Hamlet's motives and plot against him. Hamlet, however, mocks them derisively and outwits them. Thus, the action in Hamlet, while typically viewed as tragic, is largely nonsensically comical from Rosencrantz and Guildenstern's perspective.
Tattered and Wincing Apr 28 - May 14, 2017  
Curious Theatre Branch at Prop Theatre Tattered and Wincing
Tattered and Wincing is an absurdist comedy about endings without an ending, involving Mo and Motion who sit on a bench observing a strange town in Kansas where they find two headless armadillos, a hapless group of middle-aged storytellers, a maid with moxie, two heroic young men on skateboards, and thirty ticking clocks.
Valley! Apr 29 - Jun 11, 2017  
Hell in a Handbag Productions at Mary's Attic Valley!
Join us as we explore the glamor jungle in search a rare beast called FAME. Jacqueline Susann (David Cerda) serves as your guide into the inner workings of the star machine in Hell in a Handbag's long awaited treatment of what many consider the Citizen Kane of camp films, Valley of the Dolls! Handbag stalwart Ed Jones is featured as the tough as nails aging diva Helen Lawson.
A Little Bit Not Normal Apr 29 - Jun 4, 2017  
Victory Gardens Theater - Biograph A Little Bit Not Normal
Arlene Malinowski's A Little Bit Not Normal could be described as a relationship comedy in which one half of the couple happens to be depression with a capital D. This one-woman show explores different aspects of discovering and living with the disorder, including all the tricks a depressive mind can play -- like resisting treatment -- as well as the stigma of mental illness. Chicago's Richard Christiansen Theater hosts this production as part of Victory Gardens' Up Close and Personal series.
Objects in the Mirror Apr 29 - Jun 4, 2017  
Goodman Theatre Objects in the Mirror
For Shedrick Yarkpai, escaping the horrors of war-torn Liberia is only the beginning of his fight for survival. Trying to start a new life in Australia as a refugee, Yarkpai's search for peace is interrupted by an explosive family secret. To reclaim his present -- and have any hope of building a future -- Yarkpai must first confront the ghosts of his past. Inspired by a true story, Objects in the Mirror is a gripping play about identity, survival and assimilation. Don't miss playwright Charles Smith's latest work when it comes to Chicago's Goodman Theatre.
Brown Bear, Brown Bear and Other Treasured Stories by Eric Carle May 2 - May 28, 2017  
Chicago Children's Theatre at Ruth Page Center For Arts Brown Bear, Brown Bear and Other Treasured Stories by Eric Carle
Celebrating the bedside book's fiftieth anniversary, Brown Bear, Brown Bear has introduced countless toddlers to the delights of identifying colors and objects. Now many of Carle's current generation of fans, children ages 1 to 5, will make their very first trip to a live theater to see their favorite Carle characters come to life before their eyes through the magic of puppetry, live on stage.
Tight End May 3 - Jun 3, 2017  
20% Theatre Company Chicago at Pride Arts Center - The Buena Tight End
Ash (believe me, you do not want to call her "Ashley") Miller's dream is to catch the winning touchdown pass for the Westmont High Titans' Homecoming game. Football is in her blood, but in order to make the team, Ash will have to prove she is one of the guys even if that means sacrificing her body for the love of the game.
Dylan Brody's Driving Hollywood May 3 - May 20, 2017  
Apollo Theater Dylan Brody's Driving Hollywood
Driving into Hollywood to meet a big time player that could change the course of his career, Dylan Brody flashes back to his boyhood in Schuylerville New York recalling how he showed off his precociousness by carrying around Dostoevsky's Crime and Punishment with a bunch of Marvel comics tucked inside. Continually raising his hand to challenge his teachers' assertions, he was a regular at the principal's office where his father, a professor at Skidmore College, was also called in ostensibly to reprimand his son but instead generously offered to "hear both sides of the story". With his signature wit and playfulness he goes on to describe early misunderstandings working in the entertainment industry and his adult life as a comic and writer in Los Angeles. In a town where success and fame is constantly almost happening, Brody's uplifting and hilarious stories combine passion and heartbreak with unique humor to leave us with a spark of hope at the intersection of art and commerce.
James In The Giant Peach May 4 - Jun 3, 2017  
Drury Lane- Oakbrook James In The Giant Peach
When James is sent by his aunts to chop down their old fruit tree, he discovers a magic potion which results in a tremendous peach - and launches a journey of enormous proportions. Suddenly James finds himself in the center of the gigantic peach among human-sized insects with equally oversized personalities. Featuring a book by Timothy Allen McDonald and a score by Tony Award nominees Benj Pasek and Justin Paul, Roald Dahl's James and the Giant Peach is a musical adventure for the a whole family.
Galatic Court: A Star Wars Debate May 4  
Under The Gun Theater Galatic Court: A Star Wars Debate
"Who shot first? Han Solo or Greedo?" "In what order should a first-time viewer watch the movies?" Important questions like these and more will be answered each week, as the Star Wars experts convene at Chicago's Under the Gun Theater for Galatic Court: A Star Wars Debate. But you won't just be a passive participant, watching idly as court convenes, because the room will be divided into Siths and rebels, sparking a competition for both points and prizes. And for all you cosplayers, Star Wars attire is not only allowed at this family-friendly show, it's encouraged.
Cabaret May 4 - Jun 4, 2017  
Theatre At The Center Cabaret
Winner of eight Tony Awards, including Best Musical and Best Original Score, this theatrical masterpiece welcomes theatergoers to the Kit Kat Klub in 1930s Berlin, where a mischievous Emcee invites everyone to join cabaret singer Sally Bowles and Cliff Bradshaw, an American writer searching for inspiration, in a world on the brink. This timeless classic features iconic songs such as "Maybe This Time," "The Money Song," "Willkommen" and "Cabaret."
We're Gonna Die May 4 - Jun 4, 2017  
Haven Theatre Company at The Den Theatre We're Gonna Die
A singer takes the stage, backed by her rock-band compatriots, to share Young Jean Lee's life-affirming show about the one thing we all have in common: "we're gonna die." Drawing from true stories of people's experiences with tragedy, despair and loneliness, this personal and rejuvenating play with live music reminds us that in our darkest, most isolated moments, we are not alone.
Improbable Fiction May 4 - Jun 4, 2017  
Buffalo Theatre Ensemble at McAninch Arts Center Improbable Fiction
An eccentric group of writers is magically transported into their unfinished stories with genres ranging from supernatural thriller to Austen fiction to children's faire to film noir in this zany play offering a peek into the creative process of a writer..

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