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Lost in Yonkers May 2 - Jun 8, 2014  
Northlight Theatre Lost in Yonkers
This nostalgic memory play takes us back to the summer of 1942 - WWII is on, and Eddie, flat broke, has no alternative but to leave his sons with their grandmother while he struggles to pay off his debts. The boys are left to contend with an ill-tempered Grandma, the sweet but damaged Aunt Bella, and Uncle Louie, a small-time hoodlum in a strange new world called Yonkers.
Sylvia May 2 - Jun 15, 2014  
Oil Lamp Theater Sylvia
Greg and Kate have moved to Manhattan after twenty-two years of child-raising in the suburbs. Greg's career as a financial trader is winding down, while Kate's career as a public-school English teacher is offering her more opportunities. One day, Greg brings home a dog he found in the park-or that found him-with only the name "Sylvia" on her name tag. A street-smart mixture of Lab and Poodle, Sylvia becomes a significant bone of contention between husband and wife. The marriage is put in serious jeopardy until, after a series of hilarious and touching complications, Greg and Kate learn to compromise, and Sylvia becomes a valued part of their lives.
Where Are You, Carmen Sanbliego? A Musical Parody May 2 - Jun 21, 2014  
Chemically Imbalanced Theater Where Are You, Carmen Sanbliego? A Musical Parody
International thief Carmen Sanbliego has decided 1995 is a good year to retire and relax on the beach. Just one problem-gumshoe detective Jack Plimper is hell-bent on making her face justice once and for all. This musical parody serves up an energetic blend of comedy, adventure and nostalgia (live music and singing henchmen included.)
Attack at Bikini Werewolf Beach: Part 2 May 2 - May 25, 2014  
Robot vs. Dinosaur at The Den Theatre Attack at Bikini Werewolf Beach: Part 2
Attack at Bikini Werewolf Beach tells the story of heroine Sandy and her beach buddies as they get more than a tan when they spend summer vacation at the shore. Like in the classic beach party movies, you can expect an out-of-touch industrialist to wreck havoc with the beach kid's party plans, a cameo by a "famous" British pop star, and a beat poetry performance by the leader of a biker gang. The danger of a werewolf attack is always at hand as the kids try to save the beach and their friendship-somehow through surfing. All this is accompanied by original surf songs such as "Werewolf Rampage," "Surf Infection," and "Beach Beach Beach (Yeah, Go to the Beach)."
Jack Lemon Returns May 2 - Jun 1, 2014  
Royal George Theatre Jack Lemon Returns
Jack Lemmon's lifelong dream was to be an actor, head to New York from his hometown of Newton, Mass. and "Save Broadway." At the urging of a show-biz minded mother, but a serious business-minded father, Jack pursued his dream and, due to a remarkable set of events, became one of the world's all-time great movie stars. Believing that no actor should ever be pigeonholed into being either a comedian or a serious dramatic artist, Jack Lemmon broke barriers, and played everything. As the first actor to win Academy Awards as both Best Supporting Actor and Best Actor, Jack Lemmon's talents knew no bounds. But with every blessing there can also be a curse, and Jack's son Chris was witness to it all.
The White Snake May 3 - Jun 8, 2014  
Goodman Theatre The White Snake
The White Snake chronicles the tale of a gentle serpent spirit who lives for centuries coiled on a mountaintop. One day, she transforms herself into a beautiful young woman and, with her feisty companion, Green Snake, travels down to the world of humans. There, she unexpectedly finds love, happiness and family, and vows to remain a human forever. But when a vengeful monk discovers her true identity, he becomes determined to destroy the life that she's built-and break apart her marriage to her one true love.
Scooby-Doo Live! Musical Mysteries May 3  
Rosemont Theatre Scooby-Doo Live! Musical Mysteries
In this exciting new production, the Scooby-Doo and the Mystery Inc. gang has been called upon to help solve an epic mystery. A trouble-making ghost is haunting a local theatre and Shaggy, Fred, Daphne, Velma, and Scooby-Doo are on their way in the Mystery Machine to crack the case. With crazy ghosts, perplexing puzzles, and an abundance of Scooby Snacks, it's Scooby-Doo and friends at their best, travelling across the country, solving mysteries wherever they go.
Days Like Today May 6 - Jul 13, 2014  
Writers Theatre Days Like Today
Lovely, hopeful Tessa has vowed that she is through with love-despite the best efforts and conflicting advice of her parents (and their respective lovers). After all, it's never easy to move on before you've had time to heal. But when a handsome young stranger arrives, Tessa must decide whether the idea of love might still be one worth fighting for. With soaring melodies and lyrics that are by turns witty, wry and heartbreakingly poignant, the musical explores what it takes to sustain a relationship in a world where love sometimes seems impossible-and how the first step in finding happiness might be getting out of your own way.
Vieux Carre May 6 - Jun 28, 2014  
Raven Theatre Vieux Carre
A nameless, newly-transplanted, innocent, aspiring writer who is struggling with his literary career, poverty, and homosexuality survives amid the other starving and ailing tenants of a rooming house in 1930's New Orleans. This auto-biographical tragicomedy is filled to the brim with sexuality, desperation and loneliness woven together through a poetry unique to Williams.
Buyer and Cellar May 6 - Jun 15, 2014  
Broadway Playhouse Buyer and Cellar
Alex More has a story to tell. A struggling actor in L.A., Alex takes a job working in the mall in Barbra Streisand's Malibu basement. One day, the Lady Herself comes downstairs to play. It feels like real bonding in the basement, but will their relationship ever make it upstairs? BUYER & CELLAR is an outrageous comedy about the price of fame, the cost of things, and the oddest of odd jobs.
Jacob May 7 - Jun 15, 2014  
Provision Theater Company Jacob
Packed with disasters, demons, giants and scenes of unforgettable awe and terror, the Book of Genesis has inspired centuries of artists, from the likes of John Milton (1667's Paradise Lost) to Darren Aronofsky (2014's Noah). Now Timothy Gregory, founding director of Provision Theater, has created Jacob, a new work based on that ancient, yet inexhaustible, text. A retelling of the story of Jacob, the Hebrew patriarch who wrestled with God, this play focuses on the relationship of two brothers consumed with a deadly secret and a murderous rivalry. The Isaacsons, a wealthy Chicago family, are being torn apart by an un-civil war. Everything comes to a head when Jacob's dark world of fear, manipulation and deception collides with a supernatural force of truth and redemption. Gregory and Lia Mortensen co-direct this world premiere at Provision Theatre.
M. Butterfly May 8 - Jun 8, 2014  
Court Theatre M. Butterfly
M. Butterfly is an exquisitely delicate and aggressively original play about sex, espionage, and Imperialism. Skillfully intertwining the story of Puccini's opera Madame Butterfly with an extraordinary plot inspired by true events, M. Butterfly untangles the story of Rene Gallimard, a meek French civil servant who meets the woman of his dreams in Song Liling, a beautiful, Chinese opera diva. What Gallimard doesn't realize-or refuses to see-is that his "modest Chinese girl" may be much more than she appears. M. Butterfly has become a post-modern classic whose exploration of the sexual politics of East and West continues to resonate today.
The Doll's House Project: Ibsen Is Dead May 8 - Jun 8, 2014  
Interrobang Theatre Project at Athenaeum Theatre The Doll's House Project: Ibsen Is Dead
It's November 9, 1989 and The Berlin Wall is coming down for the entire world to see. A husband is reading of the deconstruction in the paper over a breakfast of scrambled eggs. A wife is hearing of it while shopping for couture. An old friend is watching it on a television window display on a street in Manhattan. And a doctor is sleeping right through it. Inspired by A Doll's House, THE DOLL'S HOUSE PROJECT: IBSEN IS DEAD explores and welds the genius of Henrik Ibsen and the grit of Calamity West in this world premiere play about deception, love, lies, class and gender.
Wit May 8 - Jun 7, 2014  
AstonRep Theatre Company at Raven Theatre Wit
WIT revolves around the story of Vivian Bearing, Ph.D., a renowned professor of English, a specialist in the metaphysical, life and death themes of John Donne's Holy Sonnets, who finds herself the subject of research designed to try to save her life as she is being treated for stage IV metastatic ovarian cancer. Vivian comes to reassess her life and her work with a profundity and humor that are transformative both for her and the audience.
The Best Intentions of Selfish Men May 8 - May 24, 2014  
The Rum & Coke Collective at Profiles Theatre - The Alley Stage The Best Intentions of Selfish Men
Oppressed and marginalized passed the point of reason the aggression of the human animal is all too often turned inward. When out Brent blackmails closeted Taylor, a merciless game of cat and mouse ensues. But upon returning to his home, Brent begins to realize that Taylor is hiding much more than his sexuality. From the passionately warped mind of Associate Artistic Director Jeff Newman comes a vicious thriller exploring the powder keg of rage lying inside each of us just waiting to go off. The Best Intentions of Selfish Men will leave you asking yourself if you're sick of being reasonable, and what you're prepared to do for the right to love.
One Hit Wonders May 9 - Jun 29, 2014  
Black Ensemble Theater One Hit Wonders
This not-to-be-missed, hilarious musical spans some of the world's biggest hits of the '60s, '70s, '80s and '90s. They may have been one hit wonders, but they were hits nonetheless, including I Will Survive, It's Raining Men, Kung Fu Fight, Doin Da Butt, Ooh Child, Funkytown, Ice Ice Baby, and Macarena, among many others.
Charles Ives Take Me Home May 9 - Jun 21, 2014  
Strawdog Theatre Charles Ives Take Me Home
When a father's love of music clashes with his daughter's passion for basketball, long-dead modernist composer Charles Ives is the perfect referee. Featuring Ives pieces performed by Dave Belden including "Variations On America," "The Unanswered Question," "Things Our Fathers Loved (from 114 Songs)," "Sonata for violin and piano no. 4," and "The Concord Sonata." Charles Ives Take Me Home is a comic and poignant story of dissonance, defense and devotion.

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