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Death and Harry Houdini May 12 - Jul 24, 2016  
The House Theatre of Chicago at Chopin Theatre Death and Harry Houdini
 
The House Theatre of Chicago is proud to announce the return of the first play to ever grace its stage, the magic-filled thrill show and crowd favorite Death & Harry Houdini, written and directed by The House Theatre of Chicago Artistic Director Nathan Allen and starring Company Member and professional magician Dennis Watkins as Harry Houdini. Filled with stunning magic, poignant dialogue and original music, Death & Harry Houdini presents the story of history's most famous magician and his life-long war against Death.
 
   
No Matter How Hard We Try May 12 - Jun 25, 2016  
Trap Door Theatre No Matter How Hard We Try
 
A scathing satire about the decaying Polish national identity in the aftermath of war, occupation and the invasion of capitalism.
 
   
Old Hobbits Die Hard May 13 - Jun 18, 2016  
New Millennium Theatre Company at Royal George Theatre Old Hobbits Die Hard
 
After the One Ring is destroyed, Bilbo Baggins visits his estranged nephew, Frodo, during the Hobbit Yule celebration. But the festivities are interrupted - when the major film studios refuse to give Peter Jackson the rights to The Hobbit, he travels to Middle Earth to take the rights from the hobbits themselves - even if he has to destroy the Shire to get them! Bilbo Baggins forms a one-man army to rescue the Hobbit hostages from Peter Jackson and his CGI terrorists, and stop them from making The Hobbit trilogy. Come join New Millennium Theatre on this wild ride of movie magic!
 
   
The Body of an American May 14 - Jun 19, 2016  
Stage Left Theatre at Theater Wit The Body of an American
 
In 1993, Canadian photojournalist Paul Watson took a Pulitzer Prize-winning photograph of a dead American soldier being dragged through the streets of Mogadishu. In 2007, writer Dan O'Brien was struggling to finish his play about ghosts. A chance encounter over the airwaves sparks an extraordinary friendship that sees the two men journey from some of the most dangerous places on earth to the depths of the human soul. Flying from Kabul to the Canadian Arctic, The Body of an American sees two actors play more than thirty roles in an exhilarating new form of documentary drama.
 
   
Haymarket: The Anarchist's Songbook May 14 - Jun 12, 2016  
Underscore Theatre Company at Edge Theatre Haymarket: The Anarchist's Songbook
 
Haymarket: The Anarchist's Songbook is a true Chicago story - the story of Lucy Parsons, daughter of a slave and widow of anarchist martyr Albert Parsons who, on the last day of her life, revisits the Haymarket Affair and the unjust trial that followed it in an attempt to make peace with her past. Like Underscore's production of Borderlands, HAYMARKET is a folk musical in which the actors accompany themselves, with influences ranging from circus to protest songs to roots Americana.
 
   
The Seagull May 18 - Jul 3, 2016  
The Artistic Home The Seagull
 
Anton Chekhov's classic comedy of unrequited love and unrealized dreams, in an intimate production directed by Cody Estle. Company Artistic Director Kathy Scambiatterra (a Jeff Award nominee for The Artistic Home's Sweet Bird of Youth) will take the role of Madame Arkadina, the fading actress in love with a younger man, Trigorin. Scot West, previously seen at The Artistic Home in Watch on the Rhine, Interrogation and Miracle on 34th Street, will play the writer Trigorin. Brokenly Herbert, of AH's Macbeth and Cut to the Chase, will play the young actress Nina, who is a rival to Arkadina for Trigorin's affections. In the role of Arkadina's son Konstantin, who competes with Trigorin for Nina's love, is AH ensemble member Julian Hester, a Jeff nominee for The Late Henry Moss.
 
   
Prowess May 18 - Jun 25, 2016  
Jackalope Theatre Company at Broadway Armory Prowess
 
Summer in Chicago: Temperatures flare, shootings spike and the city is stuck in status quo. Enter a mixed bag of underdogs ready to save whatever's left of the day. Completely powerless but sky-high on passion, they join forces. But as broken bones multiply and alliances splinter, the team is forced to draw the line between well-meaning heroism and vigilante justice.
 
   
The Irish Curse May 19 - Jun 12, 2016  
Level 11 Theatre at The Den Theatre The Irish Curse
 
Martin Casella's comedy The Irish Curse is a humorous and heartbreaking look at the lives of four average men who struggle to navigate life in our super:sized world. Size matters to this group of Irish:American men who meet every Wednesday night in the basement of Father Shaunessy's Church, a support group for men who have certain "shortcomings". One evening when an unknown blue:collar guy joins the group, he challenges everything the other men think about "the Irish curse"... tackling issues with body image and self:perception, unmasking the comical and truthful questions of identity, masculinity, sex and relationships.
 
   
Rent May 19 - Jul 3, 2016  
Metropolis Performing Arts Centre Rent
 
Follow a group of young artists and musicians as they struggle to create and survive in Manhattan during the height of the AIDS epidemic when Rent, Jonathan Larson's "landmark rock opera" (The New York Times), comes to Metropolis Performing Arts Centre in Arlington Heights. Winner of the Tony Award for Best Musical and the Pulitzer Prize for Drama, this romantic, life-affirming musical is based on Puccini's La Boheme, and still feels as fresh and inspiring as the day it debuted on Broadway in 1996. Set to a modern rock score, Rent is chock-full of crowd-pleasers like "La Vie Boheme," "Take Me or Leave Me" and "Seasons of Love."
 
   
The Boys Upstairs May 19 - Jul 2, 2016  
Pride Films and Plays at Mary's Attic The Boys Upstairs
 
A cross between Sex and the City and Boys in the Band, The Boys Upstairs is a zesty comedy that follows the personal and professional ups and downs of a sassy bunch of city boys living in New York. The play kicks off in the living room of Josh and Seth, two roommates awaiting the arrival of their third musketeer Ashley. Just as they begin to settle into their usual rhythm of living it up in Hell's Kitchen (and analyzing the damage the morning after), a new neighbor moves in downstairs. Full of style, scandal and specialty cocktails, this hilarious production from Pride Films and Plays ponders big questions like "is he or isn't he?" when it takes the stage of Mary's Attic at Hamburger Mary's.
 
   
Johanna Faustus May 20 - May 29, 2016  
The Hypocrites at The Den Theatre Johanna Faustus
 
In the spirit of Graney's previous hits including 12 Nights and Romeo Juliet, six actors tell a modern Faust story. The performers are also the design team, with purposeful limited resources they will enact the tale using the barest elements. In this new adaptation, Faust is a woman questioning her choices that brought her to success but also isolation. What would you trade for happiness?
 
   
Chewing On Beckett May 20 - Jun 12, 2016  
Artemisia at The Frontier Chewing On Beckett
 
Chewing On Beckett takes a shocking look at life in a dystopian wasteland as a female Beckett Scholar and her former student, turned caretaker, struggle to survive. Student becomes teacher and teacher becomes suicidal as the two women discover they are outsiders in their own culture.
 
   
The Distance May 20 - Jun 26, 2016  
Haven Theatre Company at Raven Theatre The Distance
 
Good friends should be there for one another - no matter what. However, when Bea returns home to England after five years abroad, having made a bold choice about her life, old friends struggle to support her or even to understand. One night in Brighton, things threaten to slide into chaos...The Distance is a painfully funny play about motherhood and fatherhood, about keeping control and about letting go.
 
   
Sherlock Holmes and the Mystery of Portage Park May 21 - Jul 23, 2016  
Filament Theatre Sherlock Holmes and the Mystery of Portage Park
 
Sherlock Holmes' latest adventure is sure to get your blood pumping -- because this interactive whodunit from Chicago's Filament Theatre has audiences walking and biking all over Portage Park to crack an unapologetically silly case. As a detective under the tutelage of the great Sherlock Holmes, you'll use the science of deduction as you interview suspects and gather clues to save Portage Park from an uncertain fate. Sherlock Holmes and the Mystery of Portage Park is a freewheeling blend of scavenger hunt and mystery theater, perfect for everyone ages eight and up.
 
   
Disney's Beauty and the Beast May 24 - May 29, 2016  
Cadillac Palace Theatre Disney's Beauty and the Beast
 
Disney's BEAUTY AND THE BEAST, the smash hit Broadway musical, is coming to Chicago! Based on the Academy Award-winning animated feature film, this eye-popping spectacle has won the hearts of over 35 million people worldwide. This classic musical love story is filled with unforgettable characters, lavish sets and costumes, and dazzling production numbers including "Be Our Guest" and the beloved title song. Experience the romance and enchantment of Disney's BEAUTY AND THE BEAST at the Cadillac Palace Theatre!
 
   
Spinning May 25 - Jul 3, 2016  
Irish Theatre of Chicago at The Den Theatre Spinning
 
Conor is fresh from prison, grasping at the threads of his life. Susan is grieving the loss of her teenage daughter. Two lives collide in a seaside cafe, and are forever changed. Deidre Kinahan, playwright of the acclaimed Irish drama Moment, masterfully unspools a gripping contemporary tale over three distinct timelines in this U.S. premiere.
 
   
Constellations May 26 - Jul 3, 2016  
Steppenwolf Theatre Constellations
 
Roland (a bee keeper) and Marianne (a theoretical physicist) meet at a party. In that single moment, an unfathomable multitude of possibilities unfold. Their chance meeting might blossom into a meaningful relationship or a brief affair: it might lead to nothing at all. Each step along those possible paths in turn offers a new series of potential outcomes: a marriage can exist alongside a breakup and a tragic illness can exist on a parallel plane to a happily ever after. In this clever, eloquent, and moving story, Roland and Marianne's romance plays out over a myriad of possible lifetimes, capturing the extraordinary richness of being alive in the universe.
 
   

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