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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.
 
   
The American Revolution May 7 - May 20, 2015  
Victory Gardens Theater - Biograph The American Revolution
 
Seven actors, confined to a crowded 21-square-foot platform, re-enact the events surrounding The American Revolution in an unbelievably short yet highly entertaining and enjoyable 50 minutes. Chicago's Theater Unspeakable gives voice to the USA's origin story through clever humor, patriotic music, and amazingly imaginative pantomime, bringing the Boston Tea Party, the signing of the Declaration of Independence and more to life via creative comedy and contortions. Designed for those ages 10 and older, the show at the Victory Gardens runs as part of the Chicago Humanities Festival's 2015 Stages, Sights & Sounds series.
 
   
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.
 
   
Our New Girl May 8 - Jun 28, 2015  
Profiles Theatre - The Main Stage Our New Girl
 
Our New Girl is a startling psychological drama about the darker side of modern parenthood. Behind the shiny door of Hazel Robinson's immaculate London home, things aren't as good as they look. Her plastic surgeon husband, Richard, has embarked on his latest charitable mission to Haiti, leaving the heavily pregnant Hazel to cope with a failing business and a problem son. When a professional nanny arrives unannounced on her doorstep, Hazel finds her home under the shadow of a seemingly perfect stranger, and one who has an agenda of her own.
 
   
WOZ: A Rock Cabaret May 8 - Jun 5, 2015  
Stage 773 WOZ: A Rock Cabaret
 
Most of us have memories of younger days spent pretending to be one of the iconic characters from The Wizard of Oz, battling menacing hordes of flying monkeys and singing catchy tunes about our missing brains, courage, hearts or homes. Well, now you can rock on down the yellow brick road with WOZ: A Rock Cabaret, and its cast of characters who refuse to grow up and quit playing make-believe. At this Stage 773 production, you'll hear power ballads and arena anthems that retell The Wizard of Oz in the style of '80s, '90s and today's pop music. It's like your favorite radio station ... only with witches, munchkins and magical journeys.
 
   
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.
 
   
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.
 
   
Lunacy May 12 - 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 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.
 
   

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