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If There Is I Haven't Found It Yet Apr 17 - May 24, 2014  
Steep Theatre If There Is I Haven't Found It Yet
Anna's world has gone to hell. She's neglected at home and bullied at school. Dad's too obsessed with saving the planet and mom's part of the problem, which leaves her affably aimless uncle, Terry, to save her.
Ruined Apr 17 - May 25, 2014  
Eclipse Theatre Company at Athenaeum Theatre Ruined
In war-torn Congo, Mama Nadi keeps the peace between customers on both sides of the civil war by serving everything from cold beers to warm beds. This shrewd matriarch both protects and profits from the women whose bodies have become battlegrounds "ruined" by the brutality of government soldiers and rebel forces alike. Inspired by interviews conducted in Africa, Ruined won the 2009 Pulitzer Prize Award for Drama.
Bouncers Apr 17 - May 17, 2014  
The Public House Theatre Bouncers
“An instant hit” in 1977, John Godber’s “Bouncers” took the UK by storm in its first production, and has continued to thrill audiences with its high-energy, break-neck romps inside a sordid nightclub. Every single week since its inception, “Bouncers” has been playing somewhere in the world, and The Public House Theatre is proud to join in the tradition. (In fact, John Godber is the third most frequently produced English playwright, right after William Shakespeare and Alan Ayckbourn, respectively.)
Gothic Arch Apr 17 - Apr 27, 2014  
Forget Me Not Theatre Company at The Den Theatre Gothic Arch
Produced as part of our Workshop Series, Gothic Arch is inspired by the film Rashomon by acclaimed filmmaker Akira Kurosawa. It tells the compelling story of a single crime, retold and re-imagined through the unique lens of multiple witnesses. Gothic Arch explores the effect of perspective on storytelling, and how it can both mask and reveal something as complex as the truth.
Without Trace Apr 18 - Jun 1, 2014  
The Greenhouse Theater Center Without Trace
In the not-too-distant future, Trace Sullivan goes missing from his family's inner-city apartment, then returns with a case of amnesia that raises more questions than simply where he was. As his war veteran father becomes more paranoid and his mother, a teacher, more worried, the question remains: What happened to Trace? Without Trace was written by Eric Lockley, an up-and-coming playwright who also wrote Blacken The Bubble, and is directed by Carla Stillwell, who also directed 2008's She Calls up the Sun. Lockley describes Without Trace as an entertaining story that comments on the social and political hurdles still present in America, including gun violence and missing children.
Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead Apr 18 - May 24, 2014  
Promethean Theatre Ensemble at Athenaeum Theatre Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead
PTE Artistic Director Beth Wolf will set Tom Stoppard's classic re-imagining of Hamlet in a Steampunk world, the unique visual aesthetic that typically blends Victorian elements with steam-powered machinery, clockwork, and gears. The Steampunk aesthetic blends worlds - both the past and an imagined future - just as Stoppard blends the traditional with the unknown.
Hey! Dancin'! Hey! Musical! Apr 18 - May 31, 2014  
Factory Theater at Prop Theatre Hey! Dancin'! Hey! Musical!
Set in Chicago in 1986, teenagers Halle and Trisha finagle their way in the final taping of the hippest cable access dance show in the Chicagoland area in the hopes of finding true love...or sex...or both! The hair is big, the fashion is ridiculous, dancing is king and EVERYBODY SINGS!
Motown The Musical Apr 22 - Jul 13, 2014  
Ford Oriental Theatre Motown The Musical
MOTOWN tells the story behind the hits as Diana, Smokey, Berry and the whole Motown family fight against the odds to create the soundtrack of change in America. The music that shattered barriers, shaped our lives and made us all move to the same beat has finally arrived on Broadway and will launch its national tour in Chicago.
Hit The Wall Apr 22 - Jun 29, 2014  
The Greenhouse Theater Center Hit The Wall
"Hit the Wall," written by Ike Holter and directed by Eric Hoff, transports audiences to the Stonewall Riots in New York's Greenwich Village on June 27-28, 1969, when a routine police raid on an underground gay hotspot became a foundational moment for the modern gay rights movement. Featuring a howling live rock band that evokes the era's proto-punk music and fast-paced, sharp dialogue, the vivid theatrical re-imagination focuses on ten unlikely revolutionaries, each claiming in turn "I was there."
Juno Apr 23 - Jul 27, 2014  
TimeLine Theatre Company Juno
Juno is a musical based on the 1924 classic Irish play Juno and the Paycock by Sean O'Casey. Originally produced on Broadway in 1959, Juno has never been produced in Chicago, until now. This epic story is a humorous and heartbreaking chronicle of the Boyle family, a destitute household struggling under the strain of the Irish Civil War in 1922. Juno Boyle, the fearless matriarch, holds her family together in the face of war, betrayal, and her husband Jack's drinking problem. When the family learns of an inheritance from a distant relative, it seems that all their problems will be solved. But as they fight to rise above Dublin's political and social unrest, they must face the tragic truth of their lives. TimeLine is pleased to introduce Chicago to this tale of survival, told through honest and powerful anthems such as "I Wish It So," "We're Alive" and "One Kind Word."
Sleeping Beauty Apr 23 - Jun 7, 2014  
Drury Lane- Oakbrook Sleeping Beauty
In a faraway kingdom, the vengeful sorceress Magenta casts an enchanted curse on the beautiful Princess Amber. Sleeping Beauty's spell can only be broken by her true love's first kiss before time runs out. Prince Hunter must overcome his fears as he scales the mountains, sails the dark sea and battles a dragon to prove his love to Princess Amber. The captivating and colorful fairy tale features a soaring score and lively choreography.
Emma Apr 23 - May 25, 2014  
Dead Writers Theatre Collective at Stage 773 Emma
Dead Writers Theatre Collective presents playwright Michael Bloom's exciting new adaptation of Emma, Jane Austen's beloved comedy of manners about the perils of finding love. It's the ever-relatable story of the young Emma Woodhouse, a well-meaning but disaster-prone matchmaker, who ignores her own romantic feelings for her lifelong friend and eligible bachelor Mr. Knightley while setting out to find a suitor for a friend. Her efforts go awry, of course, leading to a bevy of comical complications.
Chicken Little Apr 23 - Aug 15, 2014  
Chicago Kids Company at Beverly Arts Center Chicken Little
Sing along with Chicken Little, and her friends Henny Penny, Turkey Lurkey, Loosey Goosey, and Foxy Loxy as they journey to tell the king the news. The show runs one hour with no intermission, and is targeted for kids aged 2 to 12.
Lay Me Down Softly Apr 23 - May 25, 2014  
Seanachaí Theatre Company at The Den Theatre Lay Me Down Softly
Early 1960s. Delaney's Traveling Roadshow tours the Irish countryside with bumper cars, bearded ladies, rifle ranges and the main attraction: the boxing ring. The Roadshow invites all comers to fight them to win a prize. Theo, the iron fisted patriarch, struggles to keep his crew in line and when his long abandoned daughter arrives, the patchwork family is thrown against the ropes.
Mill Fire Apr 24 - Jun 7, 2014  
Shattered Globe Theatre at Theater Wit Mill Fire
Sally Nemeth's MILL FIRE takes audiences to Birmingham, Alabama, circa 1978. As the town struggles to mourn the loss of several factory workers in a terrible accident, widow Marlene refuses both the pressure to grieve as convention dictates and the blood money offered by the mill's owners. With an ever-shifting temporal landscape that shapes the story through flashback and memory, a Greek chorus of fellow widows, and emotionally charged familial subplots, MILL FIRE examines the many definitions of sorrow and the complexities of moving on.
Vatzlav Apr 24 - May 24, 2014  
Trap Door Theatre Vatzlav
Mrozek's Vatzlav is a spoof of the rights of humankind or a manual on what NOT to do with your freedom!
Anton in Show Business Apr 24 - May 18, 2014  
20% Theatre Company Chicago at Zoo Studio Anton in Show Business
This madcap comedy follows three actresses across the footlights, down the rabbit hole and into a strangely familiar Wonderland that looks a lot like American theatre the resemblance is uncanny! As these women pursue their dream of performing Chekhov in Texas, they're whisked through a maelstrom of "good ideas" that offer unique solutions to the Three Sister's need to have life's deeper purpose revealed. In the tradition of great backstage comedies, Anton in Show Business conveys the joys, pains and absurdities of "putting on a play" at the turn of the century.

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