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The Gospel According To Thomas Jefferson, Charles Dickens and Count Leo Tolstoy: Discord May 6 - Jun 12, 2016  
Northlight Theatre The Gospel According To Thomas Jefferson, Charles Dickens and Count Leo Tolstoy: Discord
 
What do a Founding Father, a Victorian novelist and a Russian revolutionary have in common? Not much, but each of these notoriously great minds was once brazen enough to pen his own Gospel. Brought together, they debate the meaning of life and the nature of God in a whip-smart comedy that illuminates the brilliance, flaws and humor of three unforgettable philosophers. This new play comes from Scott Carter, the Executive Producer/Writer of Real Time with Bill Maher.
 
   
Double Text May 6 - May 28, 2016  
The Public House Theatre Double Text
 
Dating has gotten interesting in the digital age -- just look at Double Text, a relationship comedy that's a total product of the 21st century, presented by Chicago's Public House Theatre. The morning after Emma and Philip go on a highly successful first date, she sends him a text he can't quite decipher. Enlisting the help of his roomie, the guys attempt to decode her seemingly cryptic messages for hidden meaning. Unbeknownst to them, Emma and her roommate are doing the exact same with Philip's text, overanalyzing and debating each and every word while trying to decide the best way to respond. It's a hilarious battle of the sexes comedy ripped straight from today's culture, proving that all's fair in love and texting.
 
   
The Secretaries May 6 - Jun 12, 2016  
About Face Theatre at Theater Wit The Secretaries
 
Patty Johnson lands the job of her dreams at the Cooney Lumber Mill in Big Bone, Oregon. But it's a comic nightmare when she discovers - amidst slim fast shakes, celibacy pacts and hotel rendezvous (with Magic Fingers, of course!) - that her secretarial pool are chainsaw-wielding lumberjack killers! Equal parts humor, horror and satire, THE SECRETARIES is Twin Peaks meets The Stepford Wives in a smart, campy (and bloody!) comedy.
 
   
We are Handsome: The Good Ole' College Try May 6 - May 27, 2016  
Cornservatory We are Handsome: The Good Ole' College Try
 
Handsome is the best looking improv team in Chicago- just ask their mothers. They are also the runner ups for the 25th season of The Original Improv Gladiators. They also went to college. All of them. They are smart and stuff. They try hard at things, and succeed. That's why their new show is called We are Handsome: The Good Ole' College Try. Each week Handsome will be specializing in being the fun dumb friends having as much fun as possible, along with special guest teams from the collegiate circuit, and a different specialized variety act. Once our super special, unique act performs, Handsome will then give it the good ole' college try whether it's a song, a dance, slam poetry, burlesque number- all of the above? Who knows?? Each night will be different!
 
   
This Great Nation, Much Enduring May 6 - Jun 10, 2016  
Stage 773 This Great Nation, Much Enduring
 
In the endless cycle of war, politics and distraction, showmanship is king. This Great Nation, Much Enduring follows Senator Thomas Denton, a well-meaning presidential hopeful, on his uphill journey for traction and dignity in a battleground Midwestern county. As he gets to know the county's citizens and its scars, he's forced to examine the space between the truth and playing the game. Will he be up to the challenge and able to play the game, or will his dignity and commitment to the truth be stronger than his political ambitions? This intriguing production comes to Chicago's Stage 773 by way of Chicago Slam Works, whose foundation of performance poetry reaches new heights in This Great Nation, Much Enduring -- expanding their signature art form to revolve around one central character and one central theme for a night of a memorable entertainment.
 
   
At Mister Kelly's May 6 - Jun 4, 2016  
Three Cat Productions at Berger Park Coach House At Mister Kelly's
 
A salute to the famed supper club that ruled Rush Street from 1957-1975, At Mister Kelly's re-creates an evening of top-flight entertainment from that small but storied venue. From vocal luminaries such as Sarah Vaughan, Barbra Streisand and Barry Manilow to comedy legends like Bob Newhart, Phyllis Diller and Richard Pryor, Mister Kelly's saw its share of huge stars come through its kitchen to its stage. Now, a seven-person cast pays musical homage to those legendary lineups with a song-filled revue at the Berger Park Coach House Theater.
 
   
Parallel Lives May 6 - May 22, 2016  
Piccolo Theatre Parallel Lives
 
In SNL-style all-female comedy show Parallel Lives, two Supreme Beings plan the beginning of the world with the relish of two slightly sadistic suburban wives decorating a living room. Once they've decided on the color scheme of the races -- concerned that white people will feel slighted being such a boring color -- they create the sexes. Written by the comedic geniuses behind The Kathy & Mo Show, Kathy Najimy (King of the Hill) and Mo Gaffney (Absolutely Fabulous), this production whisks you through an outrageous universe where five actresses play 50 men and women struggling through the common rituals of modern life. Parallel Lives reexamines the ongoing quest to find parity and love in a contest handicapped by capricious gods ... or in this case, goddesses. Go back to where it all begin when this celebrated comedy comes to the Piccolo Theatre in Evanston.
 
   
Alton Brown Live - Eat Your Science May 7  
Cadillac Palace Theatre Alton Brown Live - Eat Your Science
 
"Alton Brown Live: Eat Your Science", the follow-up to the smash "Edible Inevitable" tour, will hit the road in 2016. Fans can expect more comedy, talk show antics, multimedia presentations and music (yes, he sings), but Brown is adding a slew of fresh ingredients including new puppets, songs, bigger and potentially more dangerous experiments and what every cook needs in his kitchen - fire! Brown has a knack for mixing together a perfect base of science, music and food into two hours of pure entertainment. Critics and fans rave about the interactive fun when Brown invites an audience member on stage to serve as his assistant. This year's show has even more protective ponchos for the first few rows when things get even more messy. According to Alton, "there will be plenty of new therapy inducing opportunities during our audience participation segments. I don't want to give too much away, but we're also going to play a little game with the audience," says Brown.
 
   
Reality Ever After May 8 - May 29, 2016  
Under The Gun Theater Reality Ever After
 
Reality Ever After finds your favorite fairytale characters all grown up and facing the not-so-magical real world. "Happily ever after" endings are few and far between in this spoof of both fairy tales and reality TV. The pampered princesses in this Under the Gun Theater production are stuck living together in one modern-day Chicago apartment. Instead of castles and charming princes, they're struggling with jobs, money, cheating partners, and figuring out who poached whose food from the fridge. See what happens when fairy tales stop being polite, and start getting real.
 
   
Chicago May 10 - May 15, 2016  
Cadillac Palace Theatre Chicago
 
A true New York City institution, CHICAGO has everything that makes Broadway great: a universal tale of fame, fortune and all that jazz; one show-stopping-song after another; and the most astonishing dancing you've ever seen. No wonder CHICAGO has been honored with 6 Tony Awards, 2 Olivier Awards, a Grammy and thousands of standing ovations. It's also no surprise that CHICAGO has wowed audiences all around the world, including Mexico City, Moscow, Sao Paulo and South Africa. Whether you're looking for your first Broadway musical, whether you've seen the Academy Award-winning film and want to experience the show live on stage or whether you've seen it before and want to recapture the magic, CHICAGO always delivers.
 
   
Disenchanted! May 10 - Jun 5, 2016  
Broadway Playhouse Disenchanted!
 
Poisoned apples. Glass slippers. Who needs 'em?! Not Snow White and her posse of disenchanted princesses in the hilarious hit musical that's anything but Grimm. Forget the princesses you think you know - the original storybook heroines have come back to life to set the record straight. After multiple sold-out runs nationwide, these royal renegades tossed off their tiaras to bring their hilariously subversive, not-for-the-kiddies musical to you - and what you thought about princesses will never be the same!
 
   
Tug Of War: Foreign Fire May 11 - Jun 12, 2016  
Chicago Shakespeare Theater Tug Of War: Foreign Fire
 
Foreign Fire is the first installment of Artistic Director Barbara Gaines' electrifying adaptation, Tug of War, which distills six Shakespeare plays into two action-packed dramas that trace the rise and fall of kings, and the uncommon courage of common men. In the spirit of addictive epic sagas, like Scandal and House of Cards, tensions build as the origin stories of Shakespeare's most iconic rulers unfold-underscored by stunning staging, live music, surprising poignancy and humor. The adventure begins with England's war with France in Edward III, Henry V and Henry VI, Part 1, and its very personal consequences on all who bear arms. The action continues in Fall 2016 with Tug of War: Civil Strife.
 
   
Cinderella May 11 - May 22, 2016  
The Joffrey Ballet at Auditorium Theatre Cinderella
 
Choreographer Frederick Ashton played the Ugly Stepsister in the original production of his Cinderella ballet; that should give you an idea of the fun he had in bringing this timeless fairytale to life. Set to Prokofiev's evocative score, this classic comic ballet captures all the magic of the beloved tale of love triumphant. The whole family will get swept away as the Fairy Godmother and the Fairies of the Four Seasons help Cinderella overcome her mean-spirited stepsisters and find her Prince. With grand sets and sumptuous costumes, this production from Chicago's acclaimed Joffrey Ballet is a crowd pleaser for all, and a perfect introduction to ballet for younger audiences.
 
   
The Tortoise and the Hare May 11 - Jul 6, 2016  
Chicago Kids Company at St. Patrick Performing Arts Center- Stahl Family Theater The Tortoise and the Hare
 
Who will win the race? The “slow and steady” Tortoise? Or the “fast and furious” Hare? This show features a cast of all silly animals—and travels quickly through the County Fair Race! Don’t miss out on the fun! All CKC shows feature plenty of audience participation and run for one hour with no intermission. Tortoise and the Hare is targeted for children from 2 to 8 years old.
 
   
One Man, Two Guvnors May 12 - Jun 12, 2016  
Court Theatre One Man, Two Guvnors
 
A dazzling and award-winning success from London to Broadway takes the stage at Court for its Midwest Premiere. Set in 1963 on the coast of Brighton and delightfully underscored by a live skiffle band, this hilarious play with music transforms Goldoni's 18th century Comedia dell'Arte classic Servant of Two Masters into modern comedy full of satire and slapstick. Following the success of their partnership on An Iliad, Artistic Director Charles Newell and actor Timothy Edward Kane team up once more for a wildly different and much more light-hearted endeavor. They are joined by Court favorites Elizabeth Ledo (Tartuffe), Hollis Resnik (The Good Book), and Chaon Cross (Proof) for a rollicking jaunt through a swirl of cross-dressing twins, dead fiances, crooked lawyers, and general buffoonery.
 
   
Eurydice May 12 - Jun 12, 2016  
BoHo Theatre at Heartland Studio Theatre Eurydice
 
Dying too young on her wedding day, Eurydice is taken to the land of the dead, where she reunites with her adoring father and struggles to remember her lost life. Unwilling to exist without her, Eurydice's husband Orpheus storms the gates of the underworld to rescue her. Eurydice must then face a heart-wrenching choice: return to the world above with her husband, or stay below with her father. Sarah Ruhl's EURYDICE is a modern tragedy that explores how clinging too tightly to what we've lost can rob us of our future.
 
   
Satie et Cocteau: A Rehearsal of a Play of a Composer by a Poet May 12 - Jun 5, 2016  
Genesis Theatrical Productions at Athenaeum Theatre Satie et Cocteau: A Rehearsal of a Play of a Composer by a Poet
 
The play is set 15 years after the death of Satie during the final rehearsal of a play which Cocteau has written and where, in an opium haze, he directs an Actor in a series of 'scenes' which run the length of Satie's life and career. Intertwined with Satie's music, we discover that Cocteau's intentions are for the Actor to fully embody Satie and bring him to life so Cocteau can finally exorcise him from his life.
 
   

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