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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.
 
   
Pirates! Apr 25 - May 17, 2015  
Li'l Buds Theatre at City Lit Theater Pirates!
 
Family life isn't perfect for our hero 10 year old Jim Watts, who is about to fave his mother after 6 years when his parents divorced. Jim takes comfort in his nautical artifacts, like his model ships and treasure chest. But Jim's imaginary world collides with reality when a real pirate from 1718 appears in his bedroom. Kidnapped by Captain Freely, the fearless female pirate who is at war with the naval Captain McGovern, Jim is transported back in time to solve the mystery of the disappearing treasure. In his adventures, Jim learns more about himself and leads the way to a peaceful reconciliation between the two captains. Jump on-board for a ship full of fun, magic, excitement....and sharks!
 
   
Doubt: A Parable Apr 28 - Jul 19, 2015  
Writers Theatre Doubt: A Parable
 
Set against the backdrop of a 1960s America in the midst of political and social change, a progressive young priest’s conduct comes under question by Sister Aloysius Beauvier, the school principal whose beliefs are deeply rooted in tradition. As the actions and motivations of each are scrutinized and suspicion mounts, the two are drawn into a battle of wills that threatens irrevocable consequences for all involved.
 
   
Old Wicked Songs Apr 29 - Jun 7, 2015  
Provision Theater Company Old Wicked Songs
 
Nominated for the 1996 Pulitzer Prize in drama, OLD WICKED SONGS tells the story of a prodigious young pianist suffering an artistic block and the aging musician who helps re-ignite his inspiration. A third "character" in the play is the music of Robert Schumann, whose song cycle the Dichterliebe (Poet's Love) echoes throughout the work -- its structure and themes mirrored in the events on stage. OLD WICKED SONGS is an emotional journey through joy and sadness, anger and redemption, out of which emerges healing, inspiration and music.
 
   
MacSith Apr 30 - May 24, 2015  
E.D.G.E. Theatre at Pendulum Theater Space MacSith
 
Shakespeare goes sci-fi in MacSith, a dynamic combination of "The Scottish Play" and Star Wars. With the planet of Cumber finally at peace, Mon Beth returns home to celebrate his army's triumph against the Weyan Invaders. Soon, however, he encounters a sinister prophecy: Against all odds and his low station, Mon Beth will one day become King of Cumber. Driven by this prediction and by his wife's insatiable lust for power, Mon Beth puts all his might into taking the throne ... no matter the cost. Neither parody nor farce, this Star Wars/Shakespeare mash-up is a heart-pounding, full-throttle, 70-minute drama with fight choreography by professional fight director Orion Couling. Light-sabers hiss and snap during this inventive and ever-powerful tragedy at Right Brain Theatre.
 
   
Ring Of Fire: The Music Of Johnny Cash Apr 30 - Jun 28, 2015  
Mercury Theater Ring Of Fire: The Music Of Johnny Cash
 
The musical revue RING OF FIRE: THE MUSIC OF JOHNNY CASH guides audiences on a journey through Cash's career, from the cotton fields of Arkansas to the Grand Ole Opry. The show was created by Richard Maltby, Jr., conceived by William Meade, with orchestrations by Steven Bishop and Jeff Lisenby. This version is a re-imagining of the original Broadway production; more intimate, but with a full musical soundscape.
 
   
Melancholy Play: a chamber musical Apr 30 - Jun 7, 2015  
Piven Theatre Melancholy Play: a chamber musical
 
Melancholy Play is a lighthearted farce centered on Tilly (Stephanie Stockstill), a melodramatic bank teller who finds herself in a state of utter and complete sadness. It affects everyone around her. From Frank (Chris Ballou), a tailor who deeply loves her melancholia, Lorenzo (Ryan Lanning), her eccentric therapist from an unspecified European country, Frances (Lauren Paris), her hairdresser who pays the ultimate price for her infatuation when she transforms into an almond, and Joan (Emily Grayson), the helpless nurse who watches her girlfriend devolve into a nut.
 
   
The White Road Apr 30 - Jun 13, 2015  
Irish Theatre of Chicago at The Den Theatre The White Road
 
THE WHITE ROAD is the story of Ernest Shackleton's ill-fated attempt to cross Antarctica from sea to sea via the South Pole. The crew is forced to abandon their ship, The Endurance, having been crushed by pack ice. They have one path ahead - The White Road. Experience an incredible story of survival, under near impossible conditions, and a display of the strength of the human spirit when all hope appears lost.
 
   
Later Life Apr 30 - Jun 14, 2015  
Oil Lamp Theater Later Life
 
If you were given a second chance -- an opportunity to recapture something wonderful, to reverse a regret that's been with you for years -- would you be brave enough to risk everything for another shot at happiness? Austin, the detached, middle-aged Boston banker at the center of this heartwarming comedy, will face this very question over the course of Later Life. When he unexpectedly runs into Ruth, a charming woman with whom he once shared a brief romantic encounter many years ago, Austin discovers that she's in a bad marriage that she may be thinking of escaping. But will he be able to pursue this potential romance, or will he withdraw back into his safe, solitary existence? A reminder of all that life can offer if you're willing to roll the dice, this Oil Lamp Theater production of A.R. Gurney's Later Life is a warmhearted and humorous look at love and second chances.
 
   
In Fraud We Trust! Apr 30 - Jun 3, 2015  
Stage 773 In Fraud We Trust!
 
Chicago is famous for many things... including corruption. Dating back to the days when Capone ran the town, Chicago can also boast over 30 city councilmember convictions since the '70s. Off-Color Comedy runs with the tradition with their new live-action sitcom In Fraud We Trust! at Stage 773. Downtrodden do-gooder Drew Korman finds himself cooking the books for Chicago's corrupt city clerk. Pulled in two directions by his conspiracy theorist roommate Kevin and the cunning chief of staff Julie, Drew must decide on playing it straight or getting in on the cut at the taxpayers' expense.
 
   
Drowning Girls Apr 30 - Jun 6, 2015  
Signal Ensemble Theatre Drowning Girls
 
Bessie, Alice and Margaret have two things in common: they are married to George Joseph Smith, and they are dead. Surfacing from the bathtubs they were drowned in, the three breathless brides gather evidence against their womanizing, murderous husband by reliving the shocking events leading up to their deaths. Reflecting on the misconceptions of love, married life, and the not-so-happily ever after, The Drowning Girls is both a breathtaking fantasia and a social critique, full of rich images, a myriad of characters, and lyrical language.
 
   
The Devilish Children (and the Civilizing Process) May 1 - May 23, 2015  
Dream Theatre The Devilish Children (and the Civilizing Process)
 
Little Karl, a disobedient three year old, is left by his father in a children's school for manners to learn and grow to be a fine gentleman. His instructors are the vulgar, whining, wicked, willful, thieves - The Devilish Children. As each child takes the stage to teach their lesson, journey with Little Karl as he tries to truly decipher right from wrong.
 
   
Stars and Gripes May 1 - May 30, 2015  
The Public House Theatre Stars and Gripes
 
Laughter is the best medicine, especially when you've seen the darkest side of humanity. "Stars and Gripes," presented by The Veterans of Comedy, is a sketch show written, directed and performed by seven young men and women who have served in varied branches of our armed forces. With a twist of humor, they are telling their difficult stories, bringing to the stage their personal experiences of training for and being at war, and what unexpected aftermath awaited them when they returned home.
 
   
The Little Foxes May 2 - Jun 7, 2015  
Goodman Theatre The Little Foxes
 
In Hellman's turn-of-the century study of family greed, Ben and Oscar Hubbard stand to earn millions funding an industrialized cotton mill, and seek help with the initial investment from their sister Regina. The refusal of Regina's dying husband to finance their scheme sets off an explosive series of betrayals, shattering the Hubbard clan's genteel façade and exposing their ruthless pursuit of wealth. Ferocious, funny and enduringly relevant, The Little Foxes is an absorbing chronicle of the dark side of the American Dream and wealth's corrupting power--and "one of the most enjoyably chilling chapters in the history of melodrama" (The New York Times).
 
   
Scissortail May 2 - Jun 8, 2015  
Adapt Theatre Productions at Redtwist Theatre Scissortail
 
Scissortail tells the story of Gavin, an Oklahoman forced to deal with the traumatic affects the Oklahoma City Bombing had on his life, twenty years after the event. Told through conversations between Gavin and his best friend Sarah, recorded conversations with Timothy McVeigh, and thematic dream sequences, Scissortail confronts the theme of loss in a unique way and sheds light on one of the most horrific terrorist attacks in American history.
 
   

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