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Bloody Haymarket Apr 30 - May 28, 2016  
Irish American Heritage Center Bloody Haymarket
 
On May 4, 1886, Chicago was rocked by the first dynamite bomb thrown in America. 'Bloody Haymarket' allows the audience to witness and actively participate in this riveting part of Chicago history. This epic period piece deals with everything from the struggle for the 8 hour workday, the plight of the immigrant, interracial marriage, a corrupt justice system, police brutality, the concentration of wealth in a few hands, the origin of May Day and an utter disregard of the Constitution of this land.
 
   
The Sign in Sidney Brustein's Window Apr 30 - Jun 5, 2016  
Goodman Theatre The Sign in Sidney Brustein's Window
 
Lorraine Hansberry's rarely-produced second play, The Sign in Sidney Brustein's Window, premiered just weeks before the 34-year-old writer succumbed to cancer in 1965. Now, Obie Award-winning director Anne Kauffman brings this impassioned drama back to life at Chicago's Goodman Theatre. Set in early 1960s Greenwich Village, the story revolves around the increasingly troubled marriage of Brustein, a writer, and his actress wife, Iris, as well as their circle of friends, after he begins to express political and social views that butt up against those of his Bohemian cohorts. Don't miss this rare chance to experience the once-in-a-generation voice of one of America's most admired playwrights, the first African-American woman ever to be produced on Broadway. Dominic Comperatore (A View From the Bridge) and Diane Davis (Golden Boy, Person of Interest) star as the couple.
 
   
Chimerica May 3 - Jul 31, 2016  
TimeLine Theatre Company Chimerica
 
The time is June 1989. The Chinese government has instituted a brutal crackdown on a pro-democracy rally at Tiananmen Square, and the iconic image of a lone man standing in front of a military tank has captivated the world. "Tank Man" emerged as a hero and a symbol of defiance in the face of tyranny, only to disappear forever. Twenty years later, a photojournalist searches for the truth about that mysterious man in a riveting story that explores the sharp differences, as well as similarities, between twin superpowers China and America. The result is an epic, global adventure that presents an unflinching look at the nature of censorship, the cost of truth, and what it takes to maintain hope.
 
   
Twisted Knots May 4 - Jun 12, 2016  
Royal George Theatre Twisted Knots
 
Twisted Knots is a smart and sexy new drama about down and out salesman (Ryan Kitley) who hires an escort (Mary Cross) to celebrate New Year's Eve in a Gold Coast hotel. The New Year does not go as planned, least of all because Frank is confronted that his date, his job, his marriage and his life may not be what he always thought they were.
 
   
Nice Work If You Can Get It May 5 - Jun 5, 2016  
Theatre At The Center Nice Work If You Can Get It
 
Set in the Roaring Twenties, Nice Work If You Can Get It is the story of charming and wealthy playboy Jimmy Winter, who meets rough female bootlegger Billie Bendix on the weekend of his wedding. Jimmy is embarking on his third or fourth marriage, this one to a narcissistic modern dancer named Eileen. Billie learns that the couple will be out of town and devises a plan to stash cases of alcohol in the basement of Jimmy's mansion. When Jimmy, Eileen and Eileen's prohibition family suddenly arrive at the mansion for the wedding, Billie and her gang pose as the serving staff, with hijinks as the end result.
 
   
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.
 
   
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.
 
   

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