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Beast on the Moon Apr 21 - Jun 6, 2015  
Raven Theatre Beast on the Moon
 
Aram Tomasian is an Armenian immigrant living in 1920's Milwaukee who has escaped the massacre of 1.5 million Armenians in 1915 by the Turks in his homeland in Eastern Turkey. He wants to make a fresh start and build a new family in the new world to replace the family he lost to the genocide. He selects a mail-order bride and into his life comes an Armenian teen-ager, Seta, who has also escaped the vicious grip of the Ottoman warlords. He learns that building a marriage and a family is more difficult than he anticipated, but he ultimately succeeds in unexpected and heart-warming ways.
 
   
Anna In The Afterlife Apr 22 - May 24, 2015  
Polarity Ensemble Theatre at The Greenhouse Theater Center Anna In The Afterlife
 
Polarity Ensemble Theatre presents the world premiere of Richard Engling's ANNA IN THE AFTERLIFE, a play that explores the mystery of a suicide and its repercussions in life and beyond the grave.
 
   
Muthaland Apr 23 - Apr 26, 2015  
Silk Road Rising at Chicago Temple Muthaland
 
The life of a young woman is forever changed on a trip to India where she unearths family secrets, encounters a prophet, and ultimately discovers her voice within a culture of silence. The familiar and the foreign swap roles in this dark comedy about culture, identity, spirituality, and sexuality.
 
   
Target Behavior Apr 23 - May 17, 2015  
Prop Theatre Target Behavior
 
Joining a rich tradition of mental-institution dramas such as One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest and Girl, Interrupted, the new play Target Behavior is a sharp-witted examination of life in an adolescent psych ward. After being admitted, protagonist Kendra finds herself trapped in a world of safety scissors, suicide checks, and the therapy games and art projects of an endearing group of fellow patients and their geeky but dedicated counselor. As flashbacks slowly reveal the fractured family dynamics and interaction with an older boy that lead Kendra to her present state, this world premiere at Chicago's Prop Thtr proves itself to be a mesmerizing study of psychological trauma that's unafraid to mine laughs from the darkness.
 
   
The Project(s) Apr 24 - May 24, 2015  
American Theater Company The Project(s)
 
The Project(s) innovatively combines documentary theater with a cappella music, body percussion and stepping to create a provocative examination of the successes and failures of public housing that poses the question, "What is America's responsibility to its poor?"
 
   
Hair Apr 24 - May 9, 2015  
Big Noise Theatre at Prairie Lakes Theatre Hair
 
Hair is a stage work in two acts. It tells the story of a "tribe" of passionate, politically active "hippies" who confront the Vietnam War, free love, racism, societal values and their place in the world of the turbulent '60s. Songs include "The Flesh Failures (Let the Sunshine In)", "Aquarius", and "Hair".
 
   
The Impossible Adventures of Supernova Jones Apr 24 - May 10, 2015  
Forget Me Not Theatre Company at The Den Theatre The Impossible Adventures of Supernova Jones
 
Space explorer Supernova Jones, and his robot sidekick S.A.M., have set off on a mission to find the "True Center of the Universe" after the destruction of the Earth. Although it begins as a tongue-in-cheek homage to old pulp sci-fi, it quickly becomes apparent that all is not as it seems. As the true nature of his story is revealed, Jones must choose between giving up what he has left behind or fighting for the impossible.
 
   
Bad Jews Apr 24 - Jun 7, 2015  
Theater Wit Bad Jews
 
Bad Jews tells the story of Daphna Feygenbaum, a "Real Jew" with an Israeli boyfriend. When Daphna's cousin Liam brings home his shiksa girlfriend Melody and declares ownership of their grandfather's Chai necklace, a vicious and hilarious brawl over family, faith and legacy ensues. Stir in the identity curation of the Facebook generation and Theater Wit's Chicago premiere of Bad Jews, directed by artistic director Jeremy Wechsler, promises to be one of the funniest, wisest, most excruciating comedies on a Chicago stage this year.
 
   
Side Man Apr 24 - May 24, 2015  
American Blues Theater at The Greenhouse Theater Center Side Man
 
The Pulitzer Prize-nominated and Tony Award-winner for Best Play Side Man is the heartbreaking story spanning three decades of a splintered family as told through the eyes of Clifford (Michael Mahler*), the only son of Gene (Michael Ehlers), a jazz trumpet player, and Terry (Kate Buddeke*), an alcoholic mother. Alternating between their New York City apartment and a smoke-filled music club, Clifford narrates the story of his broken family and the decline of jazz as popular entertainment. In Side Man "The joy and despair of the musicians is skillfully illustrated," according to Variety.
 
   
Ghost Gardens Apr 24 - May 31, 2015  
Pegasus Theatre Chicago at Chicago Dramatists Ghost Gardens
 
"Ghost Gardens" follows a dying-on-the-vine Detroit community withered by neglect, illness and infertility. When Lorelie announces her pregnancy, it sets in motion an entwined series of events that threaten to spiral out of control. Simoncic's new play is the gripping story of a pimp-turned- preacher looking for redemption, a stripper-turned nurse searching for justice and an ex-con-turned-social media maverick sowing the seeds of transformation.
 
   
The Sisters Rosensweig Apr 24 - May 17, 2015  
Saint Sebastian Players at St. Bonaventure Church The Sisters Rosensweig
 
The Sisters Rosensweig, which received the William Inge Award for Distinguished Achievement in American Theatre, takes place in the home of Sara Goode, a successful American woman representing a major Hong Kong bank in London, who leads a quiet life with her daughter Tess. Sara has two sisters: Gorgeous Teitelbaum, who has a call-in radio advice program and hopes to make the leap to TV, and Pfeni Rosensweig, an unmarried, peripatetic third-world travel writer. When her sisters arrive for Sara's birthday celebration, along with several men who are either very involved in or brand-new to their lives, the results are unexpected romance, suspected partings, recriminations, reconciliations and, above all, newfound love and acceptance.
 
   
The Divine Order of Becoming Apr 24 - Jun 7, 2015  
MPAACT at The Greenhouse Theater Center The Divine Order of Becoming
 
In the darkest moment of her life, Erica is suddenly overtaken by a deluge of memories of her life with her mother Eva. In The Divine Order of Becoming we watch the relationship of mother and daughter unfold with joy and angst-fear and forgiveness...and Erica ultimately realizing her mother's strength and humanity.
 
   
Don't Dress For Dinner Apr 24 - May 24, 2015  
Citadel Theatre Company Don't Dress For Dinner
 
Bernard's plans for a romantic rendezvous with his mistress are complete with a gourmet caterer and an alibi courtesy of his friend, Robert. But when Bernard's wife learns that Robert will be visiting for the weekend, she decides to stay in town for a surprise tryst of her own... setting the stage for a collision course of assumed identities and outrageous infidelities.
 
   
Oleanna Apr 24 - May 10, 2015  
MadKap Productions at Skokie Theatre Oleanna
 
OLEANNA is a gripping and riveting drama by David Mamet, and was named one of the best plays of the year in 1992 when it debuted. Carol, a female student visits John, a male professor, to discuss how she failed his course, but the discussion takes awkward turn when accusations of sexual exploitation are raised, threatening her future and his chances for tenure. As the lives of these characters spin out of control, we are confronted with both the effects of carelessness and the dangers of over-sensitivity and being too politically correct.
 
   
Shell Theory, An Existential Musical Apr 24 - May 30, 2015  
CIC Theater Shell Theory, An Existential Musical
 
When it is scientifically proven that the entire universe only exists in the dream of a sleeping turtle, humanity must grapple with the fear (and the fun!) of futility. The show opens just as this crazy revelation is leaked to the public and tracks the fallout within political circles, family dynamics, and sensationalist media.
 
   
Major Barbara Apr 25 - May 18, 2015  
ShawChicago at Ruth Page Center For Arts Major Barbara
 
In this modern masterwork that's been praised as a unique mix of Oscar Wilde and Bertolt Brecht, the great Irish writer George Bernard Shaw pits a military industrialist against his crusading daughter, from whom he's been estranged for years. She's a Salvation Army major; he's an arms manufacturer and whiskey distiller -- on certain issues, they could not disagree more. But when he begins donating money to her organization, matters come to a head as the characters grapple with questions of work, faith, family and philanthropy. The play first premiered in 1905 and opened on Broadway in 1915, and now ShawChicago Theater Company brings it to you in 2015 in their signature concert reading style at Ruth Page Center for the Arts.
 
   
A Coffin in Egypt Apr 25 - May 3, 2015  
Chicago Opera Theater at Harris Theater A Coffin in Egypt
 
The opera, written for legendary mezzo-soprano Frederica von Stade tells the haunting tale of memory and murder, racism and recrimination, based on a play by Horton Foote.
 
   

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