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Lady X - A Musical Apr 21 - Jun 11, 2017  
Hell in a Handbag Productions at Mary's Attic Lady X - A Musical
 
Mary Dwight is a gorgeous dame and a tough cookie who knows the score (and then some). Mary spends her nights as a 'clip-joint hostess,' making the customers feel welcome, whether it's sharing a drink with them - or the evening. Mary's got all the angles figured out, until Scarlett Fontanelli (David Cerda) enters the picture. As deadly as she is beautiful, Scarlett will stop at nothing to gain control over this world of underground crime. But Frank Graham, a young idealistic Assistant District Attorney, will stop at nothing to bring Scarlett and the Fontanelli syndicate to its knees. Frank wants justice for decent citizens everywhere and for his sister Barbara, a casualty of the Fontanelli family business.
 
   
The Liar Apr 21 - May 27, 2017  
Promethean Theatre Ensemble at Athenaeum Theatre The Liar
 
In his adaptation, David Ives has updated Corneilleís language in a version that scintillates with modern comedic wit. The Liar tells the story of Dorante, a young man newly arrived in Paris who wastes no time beginning his search for love and adventure by spinning extremely tall tales. As his tangled web of deception gets more and more complex and difficult to maintain, joyful chaos ensues. Both trenchant and tremendously funny, Prometheanís production will keep audiences both laughing and thinking.
 
   
Gypsy Apr 21 - May 6, 2017  
Jedlicka Performing Arts Center Gypsy
 
Loosely based on the memoirs of Gypsy Rose Lee, the famous striptease artist, and her mother, Rose, the ultimate show business mother. Mama Rose is determined that her younger daughter June will have a successful career, but after June elopes, Mama turns all her attention on her older, less talented daughter, Louise, who eventually becomes a burlesque stripper named Gypsy Rose Lee.
 
   
My Name Is Annie King Apr 21 - May 28, 2017  
Underscore Theatre Company at Pride Arts Center - The Broadway My Name Is Annie King
 
Lucas Embry (Royen Kent), a young med student still reeling from the death of his estranged father, finds himself after an alcohol- and drug-fueled episode amidst a religious cult in the woods of Missouri. Seduced by the charisma of the cult's leader (Jeff Mills) and his many female followers, Lucas finds himself drawn into hallucinogenic rituals, an undercurrent of dark sexuality, and the promise of a home he never knew. But when he starts to fall for the leader's ersatz daughter (Paige Daigle), he sets off a chain reaction that can only end in death.
 
   
She Loves Me Apr 26 - Jun 18, 2017  
Marriott Theatre In Lincolnshire She Loves Me
 
A musical comedy gem featuring songs by Jerry Bock and Sheldon Harnick (Fiddler on the Roof) and book by Joe Masteroff (Cabaret). She Loves Me is set in a 1930's European parfumerie, where shop clerks Amalia and Georg, more often than not, don't see eye to eye. After both respond to a "lonely hearts advertisement" in the newspaper, they now live for the love letters they exchange, but little do they know the anonymous pen pals they have both been falling for happen to be each other!
 
   
Motherhood Out Loud Apr 27 - Jun 11, 2017  
Oil Lamp Theater Motherhood Out Loud
 
Motherhood Out Loud dishes out everything they don't tell parents in the pages of What to Expect When You're Expecting. This theatrical production shatters traditional notions about parenthood, unveils its inherent comedy and celebrates the deeply personal truths that span and unite generations. It's filled with illuminating insight, humor and raw emotions, making for a joyous, moving, hilarious and altogether thrilling look at raising children. Written by an array of writers from journalism, fiction, television and the theater, Motherhood Out Loud at the Oil Lamp Theater in Glenview will leave you looking at child-rearing in a totally different light.
 
   
My Fair Lady Apr 28 - May 21, 2017  
Lyric Opera My Fair Lady
 
Based on George Bernard Shaw's book Pygmalion, this witty battle of the sexes follows self-absorbed, misogynistic linguist Henry Higgins as he attempts to train Eliza Doolittle, a Cockney flower girl plucked from the street, how to speak properly -- though she's much smarter than he realizes. With a feisty leading lady and a score full of instantly recognizable songs like "Wouldn't It Be Loverly?" and "I Could Have Danced All Night," it's no wonder My Fair Lady became a huge Broadway hit and in 1964 was turned into an Oscar-winning film starring Audrey Hepburn. See what's been deemed the "perfect musical" as Lyric Opera of Chicago presents the show at Civic Opera House in Chicago.
 
   
Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike Apr 28 - May 28, 2017  
Citadel Theatre Company Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike
 
The Tony Award winner for Best Play of 2013, Christopher Durang's hit Broadway satire Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike skewers the classic dramas of Anton Chekhov through an absurdist tale of family dysfunction -- but you don't have to be a student of Russian literature to appreciate this zany farce. Siblings Vanya and Sonia live a quiet life in the Bucks County farmhouse where they grew up. But when their movie star sister Masha returns home unannounced with Spike, her 20-something boy toy, an unforgettable weekend ensues. See this tale of sibling rivalry, regret and raucousness in this hilarious production at Citadel Theatre in Lake Forest.
 
   
Circle House Apr 28 - May 27, 2017  
The Plagiarists at Berger Park Coach House Circle House
 
In this new group-written piece, audiences will take one of three different tours of the Time Museum, where you can touch anything you like - except not anything delicate. Meet the curators, who may not be human, but are fun and friendly - as long as you follow the rules! Interact with your guides - but don't ask them about their lives before... or the mysterious people that keep appearing and talking to them. Learn how endings are beginnings, the secrets of nature and music, and what happens when we die. Thank you for helping to rehabilitate these lost souls.
 
   
Valley! Apr 29 - Jun 11, 2017  
Hell in a Handbag Productions at Mary's Attic Valley!
 
Join us as we explore the glamor jungle in search a rare beast called FAME. Jacqueline Susann (David Cerda) serves as your guide into the inner workings of the star machine in Hell in a Handbag's long awaited treatment of what many consider the Citizen Kane of camp films, Valley of the Dolls! Handbag stalwart Ed Jones is featured as the tough as nails aging diva Helen Lawson.
 
   
Tight End May 3 - Jun 3, 2017  
20% Theatre Company Chicago at Pride Arts Center - The Buena Tight End
 
Ash (believe me, you do not want to call her "Ashley") Miller's dream is to catch the winning touchdown pass for the Westmont High Titans' Homecoming game. Football is in her blood, but in order to make the team, Ash will have to prove she is one of the guys even if that means sacrificing her body for the love of the game.
 
   
James In The Giant Peach May 4 - Jun 3, 2017  
Drury Lane- Oakbrook James In The Giant Peach
 
When James is sent by his aunts to chop down their old fruit tree, he discovers a magic potion which results in a tremendous peach - and launches a journey of enormous proportions. Suddenly James finds himself in the center of the gigantic peach among human-sized insects with equally oversized personalities. Featuring a book by Timothy Allen McDonald and a score by Tony Award nominees Benj Pasek and Justin Paul, Roald Dahl's James and the Giant Peach is a musical adventure for the a whole family.
 
   
Galatic Court: A Star Wars Debate May 4  
Under The Gun Theater Galatic Court: A Star Wars Debate
 
"Who shot first? Han Solo or Greedo?" "In what order should a first-time viewer watch the movies?" Important questions like these and more will be answered each week, as the Star Wars experts convene at Chicago's Under the Gun Theater for Galatic Court: A Star Wars Debate. But you won't just be a passive participant, watching idly as court convenes, because the room will be divided into Siths and rebels, sparking a competition for both points and prizes. And for all you cosplayers, Star Wars attire is not only allowed at this family-friendly show, it's encouraged.
 
   
Beatlemania May 7 - May 28, 2017  
Under The Gun Theater Beatlemania
 
It's the mid-'60s, and day by day -- unforgettable song by unforgettable song -- John, Paul, George and Ringo are taking the entire pop culture world by storm. In Beatlemania, the boys are only hours away from taking the stage when something odd occurs, prompting their manager, Brian Epstein, to ask the Fab Four what they've gone and gotten themselves into. Thus unfolds an untold story of the lads from Liverpool. Catch Beatlemania all over again at Chicago's Under the Gun Theater.
 
   
Relativity May 11 - Jun 18, 2017  
Northlight Theatre Relativity
 
In 1902 Albert and Mileva Einstein had a baby daughter. After 1904 she was never seen or spoken of again. Forty years later, a reporter interviews Einstein about this mysterious piece of his past, revealing shocking secrets about his family and his personal life. While the reporter questions Einstein on his theory of relativity and his decisions, she also poses a query of her own: to be a great man, does one first need to be a good man?
 
   
Harvey May 11 - Jun 11, 2017  
Court Theatre Harvey
 
Elwood P. Dowd is a pleasant man with a unique friend, Harvey-who happens to be an invisible, six-foot, three-inch tall rabbit. Elwood embraces Harvey in his life and introduces him to everyone he meets, thoroughly embarrassing his social-climbing sister, Veta. Questioning his sanity, she decides to have him committed to a sanitarium, but nothing goes quite according to plan. The search is on for the mild-mannered Elwood and his unseen companion.
 
   
The Night Season May 11 - Jun 24, 2017  
Strawdog Theatre at Factory Theater The Night Season
 
When the tiny, seaside home town of W.B. Yeats gets occupied by an English film crew making his biopic, the Kennedys figure giving lodging to the lead actor will put a few extra coins in their pockets. They do get plenty of change, and not just Euros, as the family's three sisters and their delusional grandmother all decide it's time to stop letting life pass them by. The mother who ran away, the father who can barely leave the house, a big pile of pent-up desire, it all gets confronted in this skewed romantic comedy helmed by the director of Sideshow Theatre's No More Sad Things, Stage Left's Rabbit, and Strawdog's Season 28 smash After Miss Julie.
 
   

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