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The Tortoise and the Hare May 11 - Jul 6, 2016  
Chicago Kids Company at St. Patrick Performing Arts Center- Stahl Family Theater The Tortoise and the Hare
 
Who will win the race? The “slow and steady” Tortoise? Or the “fast and furious” Hare? This show features a cast of all silly animals—and travels quickly through the County Fair Race! Don’t miss out on the fun! All CKC shows feature plenty of audience participation and run for one hour with no intermission. Tortoise and the Hare is targeted for children from 2 to 8 years old.
 
   
One Man, Two Guvnors May 12 - Jun 12, 2016  
Court Theatre One Man, Two Guvnors
 
A dazzling and award-winning success from London to Broadway takes the stage at Court for its Midwest Premiere. Set in 1963 on the coast of Brighton and delightfully underscored by a live skiffle band, this hilarious play with music transforms Goldoni's 18th century Comedia dell'Arte classic Servant of Two Masters into modern comedy full of satire and slapstick. Following the success of their partnership on An Iliad, Artistic Director Charles Newell and actor Timothy Edward Kane team up once more for a wildly different and much more light-hearted endeavor. They are joined by Court favorites Elizabeth Ledo (Tartuffe), Hollis Resnik (The Good Book), and Chaon Cross (Proof) for a rollicking jaunt through a swirl of cross-dressing twins, dead fiances, crooked lawyers, and general buffoonery.
 
   
Eurydice May 12 - Jun 12, 2016  
BoHo Theatre at Heartland Studio Theatre Eurydice
 
Dying too young on her wedding day, Eurydice is taken to the land of the dead, where she reunites with her adoring father and struggles to remember her lost life. Unwilling to exist without her, Eurydice's husband Orpheus storms the gates of the underworld to rescue her. Eurydice must then face a heart-wrenching choice: return to the world above with her husband, or stay below with her father. Sarah Ruhl's EURYDICE is a modern tragedy that explores how clinging too tightly to what we've lost can rob us of our future.
 
   
Satie et Cocteau: A Rehearsal of a Play of a Composer by a Poet May 12 - Jun 5, 2016  
Genesis Theatrical Productions at Athenaeum Theatre Satie et Cocteau: A Rehearsal of a Play of a Composer by a Poet
 
The play is set 15 years after the death of Satie during the final rehearsal of a play which Cocteau has written and where, in an opium haze, he directs an Actor in a series of 'scenes' which run the length of Satie's life and career. Intertwined with Satie's music, we discover that Cocteau's intentions are for the Actor to fully embody Satie and bring him to life so Cocteau can finally exorcise him from his life.
 
   
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.
 
   

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