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The Herd Apr 2 - Jun 7, 2015  
Steppenwolf Theatre The Herd
 
It's Andy's 21st birthday and preparations for the party are under way. But Andy and his caregiver are running late. As his family gathers, two unexpected guests appear, straining the delicate family dynamic. With a deft comic touch, The Herd introduces us to a suburban English family who have had to re-organize themselves around the extraordinary needs of one of their own, bringing to light the challenges of reconciliation, the power of shared memories and the irresistible pull of family.
 
   
Look, we are breathing Apr 2 - May 16, 2015  
Rivendell Theatre Look, we are breathing
 
Those who die young are mourned for their lost potential. But what if Mike, a high school hockey player killed while driving drunk, never really showed much potential? While sorting through their own deeply conflicted feelings in the aftermath of the accident, his mother Alice, his AP English teacher Leticia, and his one-time hookup, Caylee, try to understand who Mike was - and who he might have become. In Look, we are breathing, Chicago playwright Laura Jacqmin turns her unblinking eye on the grieving process as the three most important women in Mike’s life realize that in order to move on, they might first have to confront some hard truths about themselves.
 
   
Murder Ballad Apr 2 - May 9, 2015  
Bailiwick Chicago at Flat Iron Arts Building Murder Ballad
 
A love triangle gone wrong, MURDER BALLAD centers on Sara, an Upper West Sider who seems to have it all, but whose downtown past lingers enticingly and dangerously in front of her. This sexy, explosive, rock musical explores the complications of love, the compromises we make and the betrayals that can ultimately undo us. Following a sold out, Off-Broadway run at Manhattan Theatre Club, Bailiwick Chicago is pleased to present the Chicago premiere of this critically acclaimed new work.
 
   
A Doll's House Apr 3 - May 3, 2015  
Definition Theatre Company at Chopin Theatre A Doll's House
 
Ibsen's revolutionary classic comes to the stage with Definition's world premiere adaptation. Nora, a young wife and mother is married to Torvald, a recently promoted bank manager. To the neighbors, their life together seems perfectly content, settled and respectable until a terrible secret from Nora's past comes back to haunt her and she begins to question everything about her marriage, family and life. A Doll's House illustrates how no matter how well-intended your actions are the past will always come to light.
 
   
An Issue of Blood Apr 3 - May 3, 2015  
Victory Gardens Theater - Biograph An Issue of Blood
 
Victory Gardens' Ensemble Playwright Marcus Gardley (The Gospel of Lovingkindness) takes us to an America before Ferguson, before Barack Obama was elected president, before the Civil Rights Movement-even before slavery. Based on a historical figure, Negro Mary, is one of the wealthiest landowners living in the Shenandoah Valley in 1640. She yearns to quell the rising racial unease in colonial Virginia and plans to marry her son to the daughter of a powerful white planter as a symbol of peace. As the ceremony draws near, secrets and grudges of two families come to light, and history changes its course forever. An Issue of Blood features moving music drawn from a rich legacy of African-American spirituals, field hollers, and musical tradition. Part history, part myth, Gardley looks to our collective past to understand how we arrived in our tumultuous present.
 
   
Goldilocks and the Bears Apr 3 - Aug 7, 2015  
Chicago Kids Company at St. Patrick Performing Arts Center- Stahl Family Theater Goldilocks and the Bears
 
This musical is JUST RIGHT! This show is based on the classic story of a young girl who ventures into the woods and stumbles on a cute house with 3 bowls of porridge, 3 chairs, and 3 beds. The show runs one hour with no intermission, and is targeted for kids aged 2 to 12.
 
   
A Swarm of Spoilers Apr 3 - May 29, 2015  
Under The Gun Theater A Swarm of Spoilers
 
Whether you're Team Tyrion, or a Daenerys diehard, odds are you're overly eager to dive into season five of HBO's Game of Thrones. Before the newest round of power plays, double-crosses and gory fates unfold, get your fantasy fix with A Swarm of Spoilers, Under The Gun Theater's unofficial parody "recapitation" of the award-winning series. The spoof breaks down all the sex, drama and battles of the first 4 seasons. You'll be transported from Chicago directly to Westeros and Essos as this production crams in as many of the hit show's characters and plots as it can fit into a single hour of comedy. Plus, A Swarm of Spoilers dares to kill off the characters that George R.R. Martin let's live.
 
   
Badfic Love Apr 3 - May 2, 2015  
Strange Bedfellows Theatre at The Den Theatre Badfic Love
 
By day Kyle is a lowly sales associate at Staples, but by night he is part of an elite organization that scours the internet to keep it safe from the writers of bad fanfiction. When he becomes obsessed with a Harry Potter badfic and falls for the group's public enemy #1, his love life and the fate of the entire plot continuum are at stake. Meanwhile, inside the badfic, the characters formerly known as Harry and Draco race to understand who they are as their narrative goes increasingly off the rails. Part Pirandello and part Joss Whedon, Badfic Love asks the question: "what if the writer telling your story never disappeared, but is just really, really, REALLY terrible?"
 
   
D-List: The Unsung Heroes of the Magical Kingdom Apr 3 - Apr 25, 2015  
The Public House Theatre D-List: The Unsung Heroes of the Magical Kingdom
 
You probably don't have to work hard to remember Simba, Ariel or Aladdin. But have you ever wondered what happened behind the scenes when Simba was reclaiming the throne? Or whether Ariel's collection was truly complete? Or if the "whole new world" was really all that new? "D-List" is putting the Princesses in the backseat and taking a ride with the forgotten faces of you favorite childhood movies, answering questions that have been nagging at us since the dawn of VHS.
 
   
Everything is Awful Apr 3 - Apr 24, 2015  
The Public House Theatre Everything is Awful
 
For those times when you find yourself at a cult party instead of a Colts party, or wearing only a diaper while vomiting milk onto your best friend, Dandy Boy is there. Directed by Rachel Mason, the masters of absurd-yet-insightful sketch are bringing a whole new show to life with "Everything Is Awful." Travel to the Champs Élysees where two French mimes save the day when an American tourist goes into labor. Witness the hope and heartbreak as a Pig in the Big City navigates a slew of awkward first dates. And get ready for the ultimate showdown as the best wrestler in the world fights with his surly father over an extension on his bedtime. Fridays in April are bound to be an adventure between satire and slapstick, period pieces and gross out gags, as only Dandy Boy can do.
 
   
Orange is the New Comeback Apr 4 - Apr 25, 2015  
The Public House Theatre Orange is the New Comeback
 
The claws come out, and Swift is thrown between rivalries and alliances with the Tabloids' drama queens. Natasha Lyonne shows her the ropes, including the best ways to avoid the leering Pornstache. Courtney Love has her "hot seat" waiting in her salon, while Paula Deen heads the kitchen, ready to cut a b****. Scheming Lindsay Lohan and her "Simply Life" lackeys, Paris and Nicole lurk in the chapel, ready to call on their "savior" to give them an edge. "Crazy Tongue" Cyrus twerks and pens love letters to Swift in utility closets, and Katy Perry tries to keep a cool head as everyone battles for a deal they can't refuse: She who survives to the end gets to win back America's hearts with her own reality show documenting her return to health and stardom. Mostly stardom.
 
   
Penelope, O Penelope Apr 6 - May 17, 2015  
Theatre Y at St. Luke's Lutheran Church Penelope, O Penelope
 
Named the best French creation of 2008, PENELOPE, O PENELOPE comes out of Homer's Odyssey, told from the modern day perspective of the hero's devoted and lonesome wife. In this new translation by artistic director Melissa Lorraine, Dinah awaits her husband's return from war after twenty years, with a vengeful suitor hungry at her door. Elias-the war-riddled, hero-turned-vagabond-searches for redemption from his bloodshed and a way home from spirits and memories alike.
 
   
The Day John Henry Came to School Apr 7 - May 16, 2015  
The Theatre School at DePaul University at Merle Reskin Theatre The Day John Henry Came to School
 
John Henry loves technology, but doesn't love doing his homework. If buttons and gadgets are not involved, he's not interested. When his teacher, Mr. Gellert, is replaced by a mega-computer, Johnny couldn't be happier. Then his steel-driving great-great-grandfather arrives for show-and-tell, and Johnny must take on the challenge of his life! This contemporary tale focuses on the value of hard work and the strength of the human spirit.
 
   
Anything Goes Apr 8 - May 31, 2015  
Marriott Theatre In Lincolnshire Anything Goes
 
Anything Goes is a willfully silly tale of love, deception and celebrity chasing on the high seas remains a crowd pleaser. Love and infatuation fill the air aboard the opulent S.S. American, but things are far from smooth sailing for an unusual array of passengers making their way across the Atlantic. The funny and fast-paced story follows evangelist-turned-nightclub singer Reno Sweeney en route from New York to London and her pal, young Wall Street broker Billy Crocker, who is stowed away to be near his love, American debutante "Hope Harcourt". A series of mistaken identities and good old-fashioned blackmail ensue as Reno and gangster-on-the-run Moonface Martin, join forces to help Billy in his quest to win Hope's heart and break off her engagement to the wealthy Lord Evelyn Oakleigh.
 
   
Red Handed Otter Apr 9 - May 24, 2015  
A Red Orchid Theatre Red Handed Otter
 
Not long ago, Paul had a girlfriend, a cat, and few complaints. Now? Well, at least he's got his health. In between shifts at their security guard posts, Paul's work buddies try to cheer him up. In this comedy by one of New York's hottest emerging playwrights, Paul's friends' awkward (and hilarious) attempts to console him may just prove that some comforts only come on four legs.
 
   
The Grown-up Apr 9 - May 23, 2015  
Shattered Globe Theatre at Theater Wit The Grown-up
 
Kai is a ten-year-old boy at his grandfather's knee listening to a story of a magic doorknob. Jump 25 years into the future to his doomed book "pitch" in LA. Jump in time again as he watches the caterer streak through his wedding reception. Has Kai run into powerful magic or has he just realized the breakneck speed of an ordinary life and what he might have missed? The Grown-Up is a magical, sad and funny adventure about how to survive growing up.
 
   
Spring Awakening Apr 9 - Apr 26, 2015  
Fearless Theatre at Charnel House Chicago Spring Awakening
 
In this newly revamped version of Frank Wedekind’s 1891 play, a group of classmates gather for a party in an abandoned mortuary. As the festivities progress, the students are forced to navigate a maze of adolescence and are ultimately left with the choice between walking the same path as their parents or forging their own.
 
   

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