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Big Fish May 7 - Jun 7, 2015  
Theatre At The Center Big Fish
 
Shifting between two timelines, BIG FISH tells the story of traveling salesman Edward Bloom (Jeff Award-winner Stef Tovar) and his relationship with his adult son Will (Jeff Award-nominee Nathan Gardner). In the present-day world, sixty-year-old Edward faces his final chapter while Will gets ready to face fatherhood himself. Returning to the fairy-tale past, Edward tells his larger-than-life anecdotes of teenage encounters with a Witch, a Giant, a Mermaid, and the love of his life, Sandra (Jeff Award-winner Colette Todd). Determined to find the truth behind Edward's epic adventures, Will embarks on a journey of his own. The stories meet as Will discovers a secret his father's stories never exposed.
 
   
Trust Us/Screw You May 7 - Jun 13, 2015  
Neo-Futurists Trust Us/Screw You
 
You can't con an honest man... But honest men don't go to the theatre. Only degenerates who pay to be lied to. Join The Neo-Futurists as they convert their theatre into a cabaret of social experiments, exploring the history and mechanics of confidence games traveling from the lovable Grifters of the 1920's to the stock market swindlers of today. Using personal narrative, dance and deception, games of chance and a live band, this two man show looks at the past to better understand the present. Come with a dollar and you may just leave with two.
 
   
Shining Lives: A Musical May 8 - Jun 14, 2015  
Northlight Theatre Shining Lives: A Musical
 
It's 1922 and the young women of Chicago's Radium Dial Company are living a dream- earning good wages and beaming with new-found independence. After years of hand painting watch dials, the so-called "harmless" radium that provided for so much joy leads to tragic results. Four courageous women upend their lives with a determination to change the future in this compelling new musical, the transcendent tale of heroic lives that glowed with promise.
 
   
Thinking Caps May 8 - May 31, 2015  
Strangeloop Theatre at Charnel House Chicago Thinking Caps
 
Everyone who is anyone has a Thinking Cap and they live in a semi-virtual, semi-real world where imagination is the key to success. But how far is too far when it comes to technology? Relevant to the audiences of today who are grappling with new and ever-changing methods of interaction, Thinking Caps explores the upsides and downsides of social media set in the virtual reality technology of the near future.
 
   
Twisted Melodies May 8 - Jun 14, 2015  
Congo Square Theatre at Athenaeum Theatre Twisted Melodies
 
Twisted Melodies is a fictionalized journey through the mind of musical genius Donny Hathaway. We see a man lost in space and time, battling schizophrenia and trying to come to terms with - everything. Join us for an experience that explores the psychology of a genius and his music as he deals with the extreme circumstances of mental illness.
 
   
Crimes of the Heart May 8 - Jun 14, 2015  
Step Up Productions at Athenaeum Theatre Crimes of the Heart
 
Nothing like a murder to bring a family together. Such are the circumstances that kick-start Crimes of the Heart, the Pulitzer-winning drama about the quirky MaGrath sisters and the sordid deeds they must reconcile. Holed up at their grandaddy's house in Mississippi, the motherless trio have a knack for dysfunction, with the latest fiasco involving youngest sister Babe's shooting of her abusive husband. Meanwhile, eldest sister Lenny is becoming more of an old maid all the time and middle sister Meg has suffered a nervous breakdown after seeing her dreams of a singing career dashed. More than 30 years after Diane Keaton, Jessica Lange and Sissy Spacek starred in an acclaimed film adaptation, Step Up Productions' new staging of Crimes of the Heart proves that this tale of sisterhood in all its dimensions is as potent, touching and hilarious as ever.
 
   
Another Kind of Love May 10 - Jun 14, 2015  
InFusion Theatre at Chopin Theatre Another Kind of Love
 
After being apart for 15 years, sisters (and band mates) reunite for a one-night concert commemorating the anniversary of their rock legend mother's suicide. Featuring live performances of an original score by Rodewald, past regrets, present emotions and future doubts converge with punk and family in Skillman's new play developed around the country at IAMA Theatre Company in LA, LiveWire in Chicago, Live Girls! in Seattle and Women's Project Theater in New York City.
 
   
Lunacy May 11 - Jun 20, 2015  
Jackalope Theatre at Broadway Armory Lunacy
 
The latest brainchild of resident playwright Andrew Burden Swanson imagines a madcap 1969 in which the conspiracy theorists may have been right. Kennedy guaranteed a man on the moon by the end of the decade, and NASA is running out of time to fulfill the promise that will awe the world and unite a nation. March 15: A young physicist reports for duty at MGM Borehamwood Studios. The mission at hand? Film a simulated moon landing that the whole world will fall for. With a young Donald Rumsfeld in the director's chair, CIA agents in the roles of our space-bound heroes and the whole of Stanley Kubrick's cinematic technology at their fingertips, what could possibly go wrong? Perfectionists in both science and art unite to reinforce American ambition, reinvigorate a sense of wonder, and inspire through knowledge of possibility - however unfathomable it may seem.
 
   
The Seven Secret Plays of Madame Caprice May 11 - Jun 21, 2015  
Silent Theatre Company at Chopin Theatre The Seven Secret Plays of Madame Caprice
 
The Seven Secret Plays of Madame Caprice willed itself into existence through patience and chance mostly, and perhaps a dash of audacity. Inspired by a dreamt adventure, this blend of music and theatrical storytelling, this bubbling cauldron of creativity, has a metamorphic nature. Performers, musicians and even context change as the show grows more aware of itself, transcending its origins as it evolves.
 
   
Jersey Boys May 12 - May 24, 2015  
Cadillac Palace Theatre Jersey Boys
 
JERSEY BOYS returns to Chicago. JERSEY BOYS is the story of Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons: Frankie Valli, Bob Gaudio, Tommy DeVito and Nick Massi. This is the story of how a group of blue-collar boys from the wrong side of the tracks became one of the biggest American pop music sensations of all time. They wrote their own songs, invented their own sounds and sold 175 million records worldwide - all before they were thirty.
 
   
The Woman Before May 12 - Jun 13, 2015  
Trap Door Theatre The Woman Before
 
Frank doesn't recognize his teenage sweetheart, Romy, when she turns up at his door 24 years later. She's come to remind him of a promise he made. Meanwhile, Frank's son is making a similar promise to his teenage girlfriend. When an accident forces Frank to take Romy into his home, the cracks in Frank's marriage begin to widen and events take a startling turn. Playing with time and perception, Schimmelpfennig's The Woman Before is a tense, darkly humorous study of obsession, desire and the enduring power of first love.
 
   
Miracle! May 14 - Jul 10, 2015  
Hell in a Handbag Productions at Mary's Attic Miracle!
 
MIRACLE! tells the story of Helen Stellar, a young deaf and blind drag queen who loves to perform under the watchful eye of her drag mother who just happens to be her biological father - Crystal Pain. Crystal is owner of The Brass Connection, an old school drag club where the performers are just like any other normal family - crazy as hell. When the state assigns Annie Sullivan to teach Helen to better communicate, all hell breaks loose and we soon discover that Helen is the most normal of all of the inhabitants of The Brass Connection. MIRACLE! is about family (biological and chosen), a father and son, gay and lesbian subculture and finding your voice.
 
   
Scotland Road May 14 - Jun 14, 2015  
BoHo Theatre at Heartland Studio Theatre Scotland Road
 
When a young woman is discovered adrift in the north Atlantic, seemingly a survivor of the Titanic, an obsessed aristocrat must decide if she is for real or an elaborate fraud. Scotland Road examines the power of secrets and the yearning to be something that you're not.
 
   
Belfast Girls May 15 - Jun 14, 2015  
Artemisia at The Den Theatre Belfast Girls
 
Award-winning writer Jaki McCarrick dramatizes Irish history: Five young women set sail from Belfast in 1850 bound for Australia during the Irish Famine, hopeful they will find a fresh start in a new land. Love, adventure and betrayal await them as dirty secrets are revealed and the Belfast Girls are forced to come to terms with the disasters they have left behind.
 
   
Cowboy Versus Samurai May 15 - Jun 7, 2015  
A-Squared Theatre Workshop at The Den Theatre Cowboy Versus Samurai
 
Race replaces a famously enormous nose in this funny and moving re-imagining of Edmond Rostand's Cyrano de Bergerac. Cowboy Versus Samurai centers around Travis Park, a high school English teacher who is one of only two Asian Americans in a small Wyoming town. His world is thrown for a loop when a beautiful, smart Asian American woman moves to town. Travis secretly falls for her only to discover that she dates only white men, including his dim-witted cowboy friend. Meanwhile, a crazily righteous Asian American pal seeks Travis' help on a quest to fully embrace their Asian heritage. Travis must ultimately choose between his American and his Asian identity-between the cowboy and the samurai-within himself.
 
   
RAIN: A Tribute to the Beatles May 20 - May 24, 2015  
Bank of America Theatre RAIN: A Tribute to the Beatles
 
As "the next best thing to seeing The Beatles!" (Associated Press), RAIN performs the full range of The Beatles' discography live onstage, including the most complex and challenging songs that The Beatles themselves recorded in the studio but never performed for an audience. In addition to the updated sets that include brand new LED, High-Definition screens and multimedia content, new songs have also been included with the launch of the 2013-14 Tour. Together longer than The Beatles, RAIN has mastered every song, gesture and nuance of the legendary foursome, delivering a totally live, note-for-note performance that's as infectious as it is transporting. From the early hits to later classics ("I Want To Hold Your Hand," "Hard Day's Night," "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band," "Let It Be," "Come Together," "Hey Jude" and more), this adoring tribute will take you back to a time when all you needed was love, and a little help from your friends!
 
   
The Salts May 20 - May 30, 2015  
The Inconvenience at Flat Iron Arts Building The Salts
 
Drawing inspiration from live music experiences, The Salts is a brave foray into the infusion of contemporary dance with the spirit, prowess and the explosive performances of iconic frontmen. The Salts perform a set of high-velocity dances to distorted guitar, driving bass lines, wild vocals and heart-thumping drum beats. An exercise in engaging the audience outside of the typical: instead of seats, expect a standing room only venue that allows everybody close access to the action.
 
   

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