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Penelope, O Penelope Apr 6 - May 17, 2015  
Theatre Y at St. Luke's Lutheran Church Penelope, O Penelope
 
Named the best French creation of 2008, PENELOPE, O PENELOPE comes out of Homer's Odyssey, told from the modern day perspective of the hero's devoted and lonesome wife. In this new translation by artistic director Melissa Lorraine, Dinah awaits her husband's return from war after twenty years, with a vengeful suitor hungry at her door. Elias-the war-riddled, hero-turned-vagabond-searches for redemption from his bloodshed and a way home from spirits and memories alike.
 
   
The Day John Henry Came to School Apr 7 - May 16, 2015  
The Theatre School at DePaul University at Merle Reskin Theatre The Day John Henry Came to School
 
John Henry loves technology, but doesn't love doing his homework. If buttons and gadgets are not involved, he's not interested. When his teacher, Mr. Gellert, is replaced by a mega-computer, Johnny couldn't be happier. Then his steel-driving great-great-grandfather arrives for show-and-tell, and Johnny must take on the challenge of his life! This contemporary tale focuses on the value of hard work and the strength of the human spirit.
 
   
Anything Goes Apr 8 - May 31, 2015  
Marriott Theatre In Lincolnshire Anything Goes
 
Anything Goes is a willfully silly tale of love, deception and celebrity chasing on the high seas remains a crowd pleaser. Love and infatuation fill the air aboard the opulent S.S. American, but things are far from smooth sailing for an unusual array of passengers making their way across the Atlantic. The funny and fast-paced story follows evangelist-turned-nightclub singer Reno Sweeney en route from New York to London and her pal, young Wall Street broker Billy Crocker, who is stowed away to be near his love, American debutante "Hope Harcourt". A series of mistaken identities and good old-fashioned blackmail ensue as Reno and gangster-on-the-run Moonface Martin, join forces to help Billy in his quest to win Hope's heart and break off her engagement to the wealthy Lord Evelyn Oakleigh.
 
   
Red Handed Otter Apr 9 - May 24, 2015  
A Red Orchid Theatre Red Handed Otter
 
Not long ago, Paul had a girlfriend, a cat, and few complaints. Now? Well, at least he's got his health. In between shifts at their security guard posts, Paul's work buddies try to cheer him up. In this comedy by one of New York's hottest emerging playwrights, Paul's friends' awkward (and hilarious) attempts to console him may just prove that some comforts only come on four legs.
 
   
The Grown-up Apr 9 - May 23, 2015  
Shattered Globe Theatre at Theater Wit The Grown-up
 
Kai is a ten-year-old boy at his grandfather's knee listening to a story of a magic doorknob. Jump 25 years into the future to his doomed book "pitch" in LA. Jump in time again as he watches the caterer streak through his wedding reception. Has Kai run into powerful magic or has he just realized the breakneck speed of an ordinary life and what he might have missed? The Grown-Up is a magical, sad and funny adventure about how to survive growing up.
 
   
Spring Awakening Apr 9 - Apr 26, 2015  
Fearless Theatre at Charnel House Chicago Spring Awakening
 
In this newly revamped version of Frank Wedekind’s 1891 play, a group of classmates gather for a party in an abandoned mortuary. As the festivities progress, the students are forced to navigate a maze of adolescence and are ultimately left with the choice between walking the same path as their parents or forging their own.
 
   
Billy Elliot The Musical Apr 10 - Jun 7, 2015  
Drury Lane- Oakbrook Billy Elliot The Musical
 
Set during the 1984-85 U.K. miners' strike in a small working class town in the English countryside, young Billy discovers a passion for ballet and trades in his boxing gloves for dancing shoes. As he struggles against the odds to make his dream of becoming a dancer come true, Billy inspires his family and whole community, changing their lives forever. This joyous celebration of one boy's journey defying convention to follow his heart is a must-see theatrical experience.
 
   
Carousel Apr 10 - May 3, 2015  
Lyric Opera Carousel
 
Experience Rodgers and Hammerstein's Carousel, which Time magazine called the best musical of the century. Swaggering, carefree carnival barker Billy captivates and marries naive millworker Julie. Losing his job just as he learns that Julie is pregnant, Billy, desperate to provide a decent life for his family, is coerced into being an accomplice to a robbery. Caught in the act and facing prison, he takes his own life and is sent "up there." Returning to earth for one day 15 years later, Billy encounters the daughter he never knew. A lonely, friendless teenager, her father's reputation as a thief and a bully has haunted her throughout her young life. How Billy instills in both the child and her mother a sense of hope and dignity is a dramatic testimony to the power of love. It's easy to understand why, of all the shows they created, Carousel was Rodgers and Hammerstein's personal favorite.
 
   
Vent Apr 10 - May 29, 2015  
Under The Gun Theater Vent
 
The Under The Gun Ensemble takes a review we found on the popular website yelp.com and we improvise within that location for an hour. We create all the weird and wonderful (and bad) things the review tells us about.
 
   
The Glass Menagerie Apr 10 - Apr 26, 2015  
Color Box Theatre at Royal George Theatre The Glass Menagerie
 
Few theatrical debuts have trumpeted a writer's genius louder than The Glass Menagerie, Tennessee Williams' first successful play and the one that catapulted him from obscurity to acclaim. This haunting drama centers on a family -- the devoted but overbearing matriarch Amanda Wingfield, her poet son Tom, and his sickly and extremely shy sister Laura -- struggling to find happiness in their dingy St. Louis apartment during the Depression. A faded remnant of Southern gentility, Amanda is anchored to a bygone era and her insecurities and disappointments make her incapable of allowing her children the freedom to live their own lives. The arrival of a gentleman caller promises hope for the future, but instead their carefully constructed illusions come crashing around them. Full of poetic longing and inspired by Williams' own experiences as a young man in St. Louis, this iconic American classic now comes to the Royal George Theatre.
 
   
Between You, Me and the Lampshade Apr 11 - May 10, 2015  
Teatro Vista at Victory Gardens Theater - Biograph Between You, Me and the Lampshade
 
In Between You, Me and the Lampshade the lives of Jesse, a single mother (Sandra Marquez), and her teenage son (Tommy Rivera-Vega) are turned upside down one night when a wounded, undocumented immigrant (Ayssette Muñoz) breaks into their trailer home in rural South Texas. As Jesse covertly takes in the immigrant, she has to go to increasingly complicated lengths to hide her secret from the various people in her life, including a border protection agent (Jim Farruggio) with a crush and her web-addicted teenage son. Hilarious and searing, this play examines the consequences of secrets.
 
   
Hamlet's House Apr 11 - May 31, 2015  
The Public House Theatre Hamlet's House
 
Hamlet is the guy who lives in Apartment 2B. And by "guy," we mean "big, fluffy dog" who loves to play. Flip is his human best friend with a brilliant imagination, and together, they have adventures that can take them anywhere. On this one particular morning, Hamlet wakes up and starts playing with his toys, in his usual, fantastical way. Flip shows up, and they embark on an incredible journey. Will the visit the Invisible Kitchen, or fly off to the farthest reaches of Outer Space? What new and interesting friends will they meet along the way? Maybe Kresge the Handyman, Libby the Scientist, or someone famous like The Three Little Pigs.
 
   
The Diary of Anne Frank Apr 13 - Apr 24, 2015  
Metropolis Performing Arts Centre The Diary of Anne Frank
 
The Diary of Anne Frank is a look into the mind and life of a normal teenage girl who was put through extraordinary circumstances. Anne and her family are forced into hiding while the Nazis take over Europe. Through this retelling, we see what life was like for Anne while being hidden from the world for two years. As WWII marches on, Anne grows and matures, questioning why she is being persecuted. It's a compelling story that shouldn't be missed. Recommended for grades 5-12.
 
   
Cinderella Apr 15 - Jul 17, 2015  
Chicago Kids Company at Beverly Arts Center Cinderella
 
Dreams really do come true! See for yourself in this re-telling of the most popular fairytale ever told! Sing, dance, and clap along with all the familiar characters in this fantastic story! The show runs one hour with no intermission, and is targeted for kids aged 2 to 12.
 
   
Lips Together, Teeth Apart Apr 16 - May 24, 2015  
Eclipse Theatre Company at Athenaeum Theatre Lips Together, Teeth Apart
 
In Lips Together, Teeth Apart, a gay community in Fire Island provides an unlikely setting for two straight couples lounging poolside, staring out to sea. Through monologues unheard by the others, the characters reveal a desperate sense of individual isolation. As they divert themselves from their own mortality with food, cocktails, The New York Times crossword puzzle, fireworks, charades, and biting jabs at each other and the boys next door, they find little to celebrate about themselves or their country on its birthday.
 
   
Martyr Apr 16 - May 23, 2015  
Steep Theatre Martyr
 
Mayenburg's Martyr is an oft-harrowing, oft-comical depiction of a young man's journey towards religious radicalism. The play premiered at the Schaubühne in Berlin in 2012 and has received subsequent productions in Russia and France, but in a time when the United States is coping with religious fanaticism both at home and abroad, Steep's American premiere promises to carry particular resonance.
 
   
Three Sisters Apr 17 - Jun 6, 2015  
The Hypocrites at The Den Theatre Three Sisters
 
The Hypocrites explore the absurd, existential comedy of Chekhov's Prozorov sisters, whose daily lives in a drab provincial town pale in comparison to their imagined futures in the big city. Director Geoff Button follows the gradually building devastation that results from the sisters' comic missteps.
 
   

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