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Romeo and Juliet Apr 30 - May 11, 2014  
The Joffrey Ballet at Auditorium Theatre Romeo and Juliet
A ballet in three acts, this contemporary rendition of the classic Shakespearean tale is set in Italy and uses a multimedia video backdrop to depict three different political eras of the 20th century. Throughout each time period, the timeless tale of love and loss unfolds to the darkly intense score by Sergei Prokofiev performed live by the Chicago Philharmonic under the baton of Joffrey Music Director Scott Speck.
The Next Thing May 1 - Jun 7, 2014  
Signal Ensemble Theatre The Next Thing
Kate and Conor, ambitious actors from opposite sides of the Atlantic, meet while co-starring in a Hollywood blockbuster and take an immediate disliking to each other. Naturally, they are paired together for more films. The Next Thing is a new musical that spans six years, five movies, four deals, three significant others, two Oscars, and one combustible relationship.
Miracle On South Division Street May 1 - Jun 1, 2014  
Theatre At The Center Miracle On South Division Street
MIRACLE ON SOUTH DIVISION STREET follows Mother Clara Nowak (Marilynn Bogetich) and her three grown children: Jimmy (Joseph Popp), a garbage collector, Bev (Erin Grennan), a ketchup bottler, and Ruth (Adria Dawn), who would be a struggling actress if she could only get a part. In 1943, Clara's father had a vision of peace and the Blessed Mother while working in the family barbershop. To commemorate this miracle, he built a twenty-foot shrine of the Blessed Mother, which quickly became a beacon of hope to the neighbors and gave prestige to the family as it grew into popularity across the country.
5 Lesbians Eating A Quiche May 1 - Jun 8, 2014  
Chicago Commercial Collective at Chopin Theatre 5 Lesbians Eating A Quiche
"5 Lesbians Eating Quiche," co-written by Andrew Hobgood and Evan Linder and directed by Sarah Gitenstein, finds five women assembled in a church basement (along with the audience) for the 1956 annual meeting of the Susan B. Anthony Society for the Sisters of Gertrude Stein's annual quiche breakfast. The normally idyllic gathering, where the motto is "no men, no meat, all manners," is upended when the Society's matriarchs must confront the startling revelation that an atom bomb may be falling on their fair city. As fears are confronted and confessions fly, the chipper ladies stay firm in their commitment that the quiche is a mighty thing and that one must "respect the egg."
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.

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