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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.
Avenue Q Apr 24 - Jun 29, 2014  
Mercury Theater Avenue Q
A racy cross between South Park and Sesame Street, AVENUE Q is a modern musical focusing on a group of unique 20- somethings making their way in the big city, seeking their purpose in life. AVENUE Q features Music and Lyrics by Jeff Marx and Robert Lopez (co-creator of THE BOOK OF MORMON and recent Academy Award winner for FROZEN) and a Book by Jeff Whitty. Variety exclaimed, "Of all the musicals hatched in the post-2000 age of irony, AVENUE Q has remained the freshest and funniest!" Director L. Walter Stearns explains that the real magic of the show is when the audience "forgets that the puppets are nothing more than fur and felt and start to believe they have a mind, heart and soul." Although AVENUE Q addresses humorous adult issues, it is similar to a beloved children's show: a place where puppets are friends, monsters are good and life lessons are learned.
The Sound of Music Apr 25 - May 25, 2014  
Lyric Opera The Sound of Music
Few Broadway musicals are more beloved than The Sound of Music, and now you can see it live in a production by Lyric Opera of Chicago. It's the story of Maria, an aspiring nun who takes a job as governess to the widowed Captain Von Trapp's seven children. As she gradually earns the heart of the family -- and their father -- the Von Trapps are threatened by the rise of the Nazis, and must figure out how to escape Austria. "My Favorite Things," "Edelweiss," "Do-Re-Mi," "Climb Ev'ry Mountain," "the Lonely Goatherd" and the soaring title song are just a few of the unforgettable melodies in this classic work of musical theater.
Confederates in the Attic Apr 25 - Jun 7, 2014  
City Lit Theater Confederates in the Attic
In modern-day Virginia, "hardcore" re-enactors crash-diet to achieve the hollow-eyed look of starved Confederate soldiers. In Kentucky, Ku Klux Klan members still call for race war. The Civil War, it seems, might not be over yet -- this is what Pulitzer Prize-winning war correspondent Tony Horwitz discovered when he spent two years exploring the old Confederacy. An adaptation of his memoir by the same name, Confederates in the Attic features a cast of 14 actors playing more than 100 characters to bring to life an incredible picture of these lesser-known Southern nooks and crannies.
Hair Apr 25 - Jun 29, 2014  
American Theatre Company Hair
Greenwich Village. 1967. During the most tumultuous year in our nation's history, a group of young hippies explore sex, love, and rock 'n' roll while fighting for civil rights and the end of the war in Vietnam. Artistic Director PJ Paparelli and author James Rado return some original 1967 off-Broadway material for this unique Chicago version of the controversial rock musical that forever changed the American theatre.
Ragtime Apr 25 - May 11, 2014  
Big Noise Theatre Company at Prairie Lakes Theatre Ragtime
Based on the 1975 novel by E.L. Doctorow, Ragtime the Musical is a powerful portrait of life in early 20th century America, as well as a relevant tale for today. Written by the award-winning composer/lyricist team of Stephen Flaherty and Lynn Ahrens, the musical intertwines the stories of three distinctly American families-- from upper-class New Rochelle, Harlem and Ellis Island-- as they confront history's timeless contradictions of wealth and poverty, freedom and prejudice, hope and despair, and what it means to live in America.
Death Defying Acts Apr 25 - May 18, 2014  
Saint Sebastian Players at St. Bonaventure Church Death Defying Acts
Death Defying Acts is a comedy triple bill, three rings of fun under the Big Top: David Mamet’s An Interview is a mystifying interrogation in which a sleazy lawyer is forced to answer difficult questions and admit the truth about “the lawnmower.” In Hotline by Elaine May, a neurotic woman with enough urban angst to fill a neighborhood calls a suicide crisis hotline, only to reach an overwhelmed counselor during his first night on the job. And, in Woody Allen’s Central Park West, a well-to-do psychiatrist gets thoroughly soused before confronting her best friend, who is having an affair with her husband. Performances are April 25–May 18, 2014.
Cyrano Apr 25 - May 18, 2014  
Filament Theatre Cyrano
French nobleman Cyrano de Bergerac is a master of swordplay and wordplay, but a magnificent Mount Everest of a nose blocks his path to true love. The tongue-tied Christian borrows Cyrano's words to woo the beautiful Roxane - but is she falling for Christian's looks or Cyrano's heart? From Parisian balconies to bloody battlefields, Cyrano is a lightning-paced romance of duels, poetry, panache, sacrifice - and one enormous nose.
Cabaret Apr 25 - May 25, 2014  
Citadel Theatre Company Cabaret
Still the sexiest of the great American musicals, John Kander and Fred Ebb's Cabaret comes vividly to life at Citadel Theatre. This acclaimed musical revolves around the romantic intrigues of cabaret singer Sally Bowles, young American writer Cliff Bradshaw and other denizens of the seedy Kit Kat Klub, amid the backdrop of the Nazis' rise to power in 1930s Berlin. Played out with commentary from the club's darkly comic Emcee, the show's memorable songs include the title tune, along with "Willkommen," and "Tomorrow Belongs to Me."
How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying Apr 26 - Jun 1, 2014  
Porchlight Music Theatre at Stage 773 How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying
How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, is based on the best-selling 1952 book of the same name. This satirical look at big business follows the rise of one "J. Pierrepont Finch" (Tyler Ravelson) who uses a little How to... handbook to climb the corporate ladder from lowly window washer to high-powered executive. Finch, with song and dance numbers from Loesser's prize winning score, navigates the dangers of the aggressively compliant "company man," the office party, backstabbing co-workers, caffeine addiction and, of course, true love.
Man and Superman Apr 26 - May 19, 2014  
ShawChicago at Ruth Page Center For Arts Man and Superman
Man and Superman is Shaw's retelling of the Don Juan legend. He was told, half in jest, by friends and critics, that he would never be a great playwright until he tackled this popular story that had been told many times, from Moliere to Mozart. Shaw accepted the challenge, but turned the story on its head. He made the traditionally accused womanizer, Don Juan, into the victim pursued relentlessly by women. In Shaw's play, Jack Tanner (Don Juan) succumbs to the pursuit of Ann Whitefield (Dońa Ana), and surrenders to the Life Force because, in the words of Shakespeare's Benedick in Much Ado About Nothing, "The world must be peopled."
A Midsummer Night's Dream Apr 26 - May 25, 2014  
Strangeloop Theatre at The Side Project A Midsummer Night's Dream
Strangeloop’s production takes place in the 1940s — a time period that shares much with the ancient Athens of Shakespeare’s original setting: political turmoil, war and the subduing of monstrous beasts (literal in one case, figurative in the other). Women take on jobs traditionally held by men and struggle for the freedom to love the person they choose, not the ones chosen for them. But despite all of the societal and otherworldly obstacles strewn in the paths of the story’s couples, love still finds a place to bloom.
The Very Hungry Caterpillar and Other Eric Carle Favorites Apr 29 - Jun 1, 2014  
Chicago Children's Theatre at Ruth Page Center For Arts The Very Hungry Caterpillar and Other Eric Carle Favorites
The Very Hungry Caterpillar follows the adventures of a very tiny and very hungry caterpillar that eats his way through an amazing variety of foods towards his eventual metamorphosis into a beautiful butterfly.Children will likewise delight in the antics of Little Cloud. High up in a beautiful sky, Little Cloud slips away from the rest and transforms itself into various shapes of things it sees - a sheep, and airplane, a shark and more. In The Mixed-Up Chameleon, a little chameleon is bored with its life - sitting about predictably changing color all day. So it decides to embark on an adventurous trip to the zoo. Upon seeing the beautiful animals there, the little chameleon tries changing to look like each one of them.
Henry V Apr 29 - Jun 15, 2014  
Chicago Shakespeare Theater Henry V
Henry V is Shakespeare's rallying cry, celebrating the power of language to summon battlefields from thin air and ignite our souls to action.
The Wizard Of Oz Apr 30 - May 11, 2014  
Cadillac Palace Theatre The Wizard Of Oz
Click your heels together and join Scarecrow, Tin Man, Lion, Dorothy and her little dog Toto, as they journey through the magical land of Oz to meet the Wizard and obtain their hearts' desires. Watch out for the Wicked Witch of the West and her winged monkeys as you rediscover the real story of Oz in this fantastic musical treat for all the family. Starring Danielle Wade as Dorothy, who was chosen by the Canadian public through CBC TV's reality show "Over The Rainbow," the tour of THE WIZARD OF OZ is an enchanting adaptation of the all-time classic. Developed from the ever popular MGM screenplay, this new production contains all the beloved Harold Arlen and E.Y. Harburg songs from the Oscar-winning movie score, all the favorite characters and iconic moments, plus a few surprises along the way, including new songs by Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber.

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