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Great Expectations May 11 - Jul 2, 2017  
Remy Bumppo and Silk Road Rising at Chicago Temple Great Expectations
 
Dickens' beloved tale of aspiration, intrigue, and romance is thrillingly transplanted to a colonized India by award-winning British Bengali playwright Tanika Gupta. When Indian orphan Pip receives a mysterious inheritance, he must choose between his humble rural life and the city life of an English "gentleman." In a vibrant clash of cultures, classes, and conscience, Gupta's brilliant adaptation expands Dickens' enduring question: Is it worth losing who you are for who you might become?
 
   
Into the Empty Sky May 11 - Jun 17, 2017  
Trap Door Theatre Into the Empty Sky
 
Into the Empty Sky, devised and directed by Monica Payne, draws from a selection of Wislawa Szymborska's poems as the catalyst for this new work. Szymborska, a beloved Polish poet and Nobel laureate, tended to view her subjects, both large and small, from an unusual, pragmatic, and wry perspective. Into the Empty Sky features six women trapped in a purgatorial landscape; unsure of their surroundings, haunted by the past, and trying desperately to escape.
 
   
The River Bride May 11 - Jun 18, 2017  
Halcyon Theatre at Christ Lutheran Church The River Bride
 
The River Bride tells the story of Helena, who is dreading her sister's wedding. The groom, Duarte, should have been hers. She knows her sister, Belmira, only wants to escape their quiet Brazilian town for an exciting new life in the city. Three days before the wedding, a mysterious stranger is pulled out of the river-a man with no past who offers both sisters an alluring, possibly dangerous future.
 
   
Little Miss Sunshine May 11 - Jun 4, 2017  
Chicago Theatre Workshop at Edge Theatre Little Miss Sunshine
 
The Hoover family has seen better days. Richard, the father, is a floundering motivational speaker, Grandpa's been kicked out of his retirement home and Uncle Frank's been dumped by his boyfriend. Moody teenager, Dwayne, has taken a vow of silence, and overextended mom, Sheryl, can do little more than slap on a smile. But, when the youngest Hoover... energetic Olive, enters a regional children's beauty pageant, the family thinks that their luck could change and embarks on a cross-country trek, chasing the coveted title of "Little Miss Sunshine."
 
   
Dance for Beginners May 11 - Jun 11, 2017  
Piven Theatre Dance for Beginners
 
Jenni and Jerry, two people entering the third act of their life, are separated by the Pacific Ocean. However, that doesn't stop them from taking their new relationship to the next level in the world-premiere drama Dance for Beginners. In the absence of technology, the two turn to ballroom dancing to bring them closer together. Previously developed at Chicago Dramatists, MT Cozzola's Dance for Beginners now takes the stage of the Piven Theatre in Evanston.
 
   
Seminar May 12 - Jun 4, 2017  
Spartan Theatre Company at The Frontier Seminar
 
Four aspiring novelists spend big money to have their work read, critiqued, and generally annihilated by a prominent and well-traveled figure of literary excellence. Relationships are built, tested, and destroyed and tensions (romantic and otherwise) rise as the writers struggle to thrive under highly irregular instruction.
 
   
Things to Ruin: The Songs of Joe Iconis May 12 - Jun 18, 2017  
Refuge Theatre Project at Exit Chicago Things to Ruin: The Songs of Joe Iconis
 
THINGS TO RUIN is an incendiary collection of song by Kleban and Larson Award Winner Joe Iconis. Originally directed by co-conceiver John Simpkins, THINGS TO RUIN is a theatrical rock concert about human beings who are messy, emotional, drugged up, knocked down, inspired, electric and who don't have nearly enough time to cause the kind of commotion they so desperately need to. Variety called it "So much fun that it's a little overwhelming - 'transporting' is probably the best word!"
 
   
Hair May 18 - Jul 1, 2017  
Metropolis Performing Arts Centre Hair
 
Hair celebrates peace and love, taking you back to 1960s New York as young hippies try to make sense of their lives in the shadow of the Vietnam War. As the "tribe" -- a group of politically active bohemian youths -- fight against conscription, Claude has to decide whether to resist the draft as his friends have done, or succumb to the pressures of his parents and conservative America. Hair is filled with unforgettable songs, like "Aquarius," "Let the Sun Shine In" and "Good Morning, Starshine," which all became anthems of the anti-war movement. Filled with unbridled energy and infectious songs, this stunning production at Metropolis Performing Arts Centre in Arlington Heights provides an electrifying look back into '60s hippie counterculture.
 
   
The Radiant May 18 - Jun 11, 2017  
Genesis Theatrical Productions at Athenaeum Theatre The Radiant
 
Set one hundred years ago in Paris, The Radiant centers on the true, tempestuous, and love-torn life of Madame Marie Curie. Widowed at thirty-nine, with two young children to raise and support, she becomes involved in a scandalous affair with her young married assistant, an affair which rocks Paris and nearly costs her her career - and her life. But, she survives this and the great bias against women scientists throughout Europe then and goes on to discover and isolate radium, earn two Nobel Prizes, and revolutionize the world of science forever, ushering in "The Atomic Age" and the first cure for cancer.
 
   
The Secrets of Santa Monica: La Boda May 18 - Jun 11, 2017  
Chopin Theatre The Secrets of Santa Monica: La Boda
 
In the multicultural town of Santa Monica de la Punta Gorda, nothing ever goes as planned. Written and produced by Latinos about the Latino daily experience, The Secrets of Santa Monica: La Boda focuses on the upcoming nuptials of Jenny and Columbo. As a series of comical accidents and miscommunications delay the ceremony, the wedding party shares stories of how this wedding almost never came to be. Be a part of the celebration, and you might just get a chance to join the wedding party on stage. This charming play is performed in both Spanish and English, so all are welcome. see it at Chicago's Chopin Theatre Mainstage.
 
   
Three Days Of Rain May 18 - Jun 25, 2017  
BoHo Theatre at Heartland Studio Theatre Three Days Of Rain
 
Perpetual drifter Walker Janeway reappears in New York for the reading of his father's will. He and his sister expect to inherit the famed ―Janeway House‖ that their father Ned designed with his business partner, Theo. But when the house is left to Theo's son instead, the betrayal leads Walker to unearth a cryptic journal that he believes proves his father is a fraud. The truth of the past, however, is much different than any of them realize. Shifting from present to past, THREE DAYS OF RAIN examines the depth of family secrets and how one event can be seen from many points of view.
 
   
T. May 19 - Jun 25, 2017  
American Theater Company T.
 
"Ice Follies" read the cover of Time Magazine on January 24, 1994, after ice skating medalist favorite Nancy Kerrigan was struck in the leg with a police baton by Shane Stant. In his darkly funny and unrelenting play, Dan Aibel explores the lengths one will go to for fame. Margot Bordelon returns to Chicago to direct this world premiere play named for Tonya Harding, the first woman ever to complete a triple axel jump in competition. Nancy Kerrigan never saw her coming.
 
   
Johnny 10 Beers' Daughter May 19 - Jun 18, 2017  
Chicago Dramatists Johnny 10 Beers' Daughter
 
A father and daughter fish for silence in both the Euphrates and Poudre Rivers after serving in Iraq-a Marine Corp enlistment separated by 16 years. Johnny 10 Beers' Daughter shares the personal and public struggles created by war. This dialogue-driven drama showcases the battle with post-war life and inner-self capturing the silence and the explosions of anger created by PTSD.
 
   
The Incredible Hank May 19 - Jun 24, 2017  
New Millennium Theatre Company at Royal George Theatre The Incredible Hank
 
It's 2017, and superheroes are everywhere. In the city of Sandicago, every superhero and supervillain is competing for their place in the saturated super market - all except for Hank. Hank would rather ignore his superpowers and work his normal job for the rest of his normal life. But when his office becomes the setting for a supervillain's evil plan, Hank is dragged kicking and screaming into the super drama. Faced with pompous heroes, reckless villains, hapless cops and the hounding press, Hank reluctantly finds himself in the fight of his life - to stay normal.
 
   
Parade May 24 - Jul 2, 2017  
Writers Theatre Parade
 
This stirring, Tony Award-winning musical explores the endurance of love and hope against seemingly insurmountable odds, telling the true story of Leo Frank, a Brooklyn-born Jewish man falsely accused of murder in 1913 Atlanta. Innovative and daring, and filled with soaring music, Parade is a moving love story, a riveting murder mystery, a gripping courtroom drama and a powerful exploration of innocence and na´vete coming face-to-face with ignorance and prejudice.
 
   
King Liz May 24 - Jul 16, 2017  
Windy City Playhouse King Liz
 
No earthly realm is more exciting, wealthy or dangerous than a sports empire -- just ask the title character of King Liz. A uniquely powerful sports agent, Liz Rico is a rare woman atop the towering (if teetering) pyramid of pro sports. Of course, she had to work twice as hard to get there, and so is now twice as cautious as she waits to take over the agency. Enter Freddie Luna, a high school basketball superstar with a troubled past. If Liz can keep this talented yet volatile young star in line, she just might end up making not only his career, but her own as well. But at what price?
 
   
Bright Half Life May 26 - Jul 1, 2017  
About Face Theatre at Theater Wit Bright Half Life
 
Winner of the 2016 Lambda Literary Award for Best Play, BRIGHT HALF LIFE charts the complexity of commitment, relationships, and marriage as it follows the ups and downs of a modern lesbian couple. Their story is told through a series of fast-moving, fragmented memories - from elevator rides as strangers to steamy workplace romances to heartache to building a family.
 
   

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