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Wit May 8 - Jun 7, 2014  
AstonRep Theatre Company at Raven Theatre Wit
WIT revolves around the story of Vivian Bearing, Ph.D., a renowned professor of English, a specialist in the metaphysical, life and death themes of John Donne's Holy Sonnets, who finds herself the subject of research designed to try to save her life as she is being treated for stage IV metastatic ovarian cancer. Vivian comes to reassess her life and her work with a profundity and humor that are transformative both for her and the audience.
The Best Intentions of Selfish Men May 8 - May 24, 2014  
The Rum & Coke Collective at Profiles Theatre - The Alley Stage The Best Intentions of Selfish Men
Oppressed and marginalized passed the point of reason the aggression of the human animal is all too often turned inward. When out Brent blackmails closeted Taylor, a merciless game of cat and mouse ensues. But upon returning to his home, Brent begins to realize that Taylor is hiding much more than his sexuality. From the passionately warped mind of Associate Artistic Director Jeff Newman comes a vicious thriller exploring the powder keg of rage lying inside each of us just waiting to go off. The Best Intentions of Selfish Men will leave you asking yourself if you're sick of being reasonable, and what you're prepared to do for the right to love.
One Hit Wonders May 9 - Jun 29, 2014  
Black Ensemble Theater One Hit Wonders
This not-to-be-missed, hilarious musical spans some of the world's biggest hits of the '60s, '70s, '80s and '90s. They may have been one hit wonders, but they were hits nonetheless, including I Will Survive, It's Raining Men, Kung Fu Fight, Doin Da Butt, Ooh Child, Funkytown, Ice Ice Baby, and Macarena, among many others.
Charles Ives Take Me Home May 9 - Jun 21, 2014  
Strawdog Theatre Charles Ives Take Me Home
When a father's love of music clashes with his daughter's passion for basketball, long-dead modernist composer Charles Ives is the perfect referee. Featuring Ives pieces performed by Dave Belden including "Variations On America," "The Unanswered Question," "Things Our Fathers Loved (from 114 Songs)," "Sonata for violin and piano no. 4," and "The Concord Sonata." Charles Ives Take Me Home is a comic and poignant story of dissonance, defense and devotion.
Exit Strategy May 9 - Jun 15, 2014  
Jackalope Theatre Company at Broadway Armory Exit Strategy
From the acclaimed writer of Hit the Wall and Loom, comes the story of a Chicago public high school slated for closure at the end of the year. The impending shut-down causes tensions in the school's already volcanic neighborhood to rise to the breaking point, but a small group of teachers launch a last minute battle to save the school. Over the course of the year, they put their careers, their future and their safety in the hands of a fast talking administrator who comes on strong: but might actually have no clue what he's doing.
Mileep Saves Tuesday May 10 - Jun 15, 2014  
Cornservatory Mileep Saves Tuesday
Mileep is back, with some old friends and his trusty imagination and this time he must battle the evil forces and save Tuesday from being wiped off the calendar. Will what lurks around the corner and between Wednesday and Monday stop Mileep from restoring the weekdays to their rightful order? Bring the whole family to this musical adventure and find out!
Mamma Mia! May 13 - May 18, 2014  
Cadillac Palace Theatre Mamma Mia!
An independent, single mother who owns a small hotel on an idyllic Greek island, Donna is about to let go of Sophie, the spirited daughter she's raised alone. For Sophie's wedding, Donna has invited her two lifelong best girlfriends-practical and no-nonsense Rosie and wealthy, multi-divorcee Tanya - from her one-time backing band, Donna and the Dynamos. But Sophie has secretly invited three guests of her own. On a quest to find the identity of her father to walk her down the aisle, she brings back three men from Donna's past to the Mediterranean paradise they visited 20 years earlier. Over 24 chaotic, magical hours, new love will bloom and old romances will be rekindled on this lush island full of possibilities. Inspired by the storytelling magic of ABBA's songs from "Dancing Queen" and "S.O.S." to "Money, Money, Money" and "Take a Chance on Me," MAMMA MIA! is a celebration of mothers and daughters, old friends and new family found.
The Passions of Emma Goldman May 13 - Jun 1, 2014  
ShPIeL Theatre at Stage 773 The Passions of Emma Goldman
Award-winning Chicago stage veteran Roslyn Alexander fills the fascinating shoes of fearless activist Emma Goldman in this new solo drama that explores the passions behind the controversial figure's political agitation and the price she was willing to pay for it. A charismatic speaker and organizer, Goldman threatened the turn-of-the-century status quo with her liberal views on social issues and women's rights, but became infamous as an anarchist who advocated free love and who was jailed several times for demonstrating contraceptives, inciting to riot and opposing the draft. Dennis Zacek directs for the ShPIeL Theatre.
Look Back in Anger May 14 - Jun 15, 2014  
Redtwist Theatre Look Back in Anger
The seminal British drama of the 20th century, Look Back in Anger, exploded onto London's post-war theatrical landscape in the midst of silly comedies and splashy musicals. It took no prisoners and gave no quarter, mercilessly skewering the leftover relics of the Edwardian class system while blazing a trail for every British dramatist who followed. In a recent Entertainment Weekly poll, it was voted #17, among the 50 Greatest Plays of the Past 100 Years.
Cirque Shanghai: Warriors May 21 - Sep 1, 2014  
Navy Pier Skyline Stage Cirque Shanghai: Warriors
This summer's production of "Cirque Shanghai: Warriors" brings an extraordinary line-up of thrilling acts to the stage, including The Kinetic Poles, the powerful Water Meteor and the heart-pounding Pageant of Arms. Returning to the production from last year is the fate-tempting "Wheel of Destiny," and China's premier daredevil steel-globe motorcycle troupe, "Imperial Thunder".
Eat Your Heart Out May 22 - Jun 28, 2014  
Rivendell Theatre Ensemble Eat Your Heart Out
Eat Your Heart Out, the hit of the 2012 Humana Festival of New Plays, intertwines the stories of six people and delves into the complexities of family, body image and hearts and minds consumed by longing. Alice (Mary Cross*) and Gabe (Michael Szeles) are desperate to adopt a child and create a family. Single mom Nance(Katherine Keberlein) is eager to connect with her overweight teenage daughter Evie (Anne Joy). Evie is trying to get her geeky best friend (Andrew Goetten) to like her as much as she likes him. Woven through these stories is Nance's attempt to find love on with Tom (Charlie Strater) as all six characters dance around their own loneliness.
Ask Aunt Susan May 24 - Jun 22, 2014  
Goodman Theatre Ask Aunt Susan
Aunt Susan is a twenty-something man who moonlights as an online advice guru. When "Ask Aunt Susan" becomes the web's hottest spot for self-help, Aunt Susan's boss, a reckless funder, rakes in the profits from women's everyday woes. But as her online reputation mushrooms, so does Aunt Susan's web of deceit-and soon the phenomenon is much bigger than Aunt Susan could have ever imagined.
Tyrant May 24 - Jun 29, 2014  
Sideshow Theatre Company at Theater Wit Tyrant
One year from right now, Congress solves the homeless problem. The recently passed Rectification Act gives disenfranchised citizens new lives as trained workers in the homes of the wealthy. But they are also forbidden from leaving the program to find a better future. Twenty years later, Leon and Regina are hired to work for well-meaning philanthropist Martin, who has become interested in new fields of psychiatric research and invites his workers to participate. But a simple gift begins a powerful series of events that will test the principles of the entire household. Searing questions of morality, possession and the crimes of the well-intentioned boil to the surface in this tense and provocative world premiere. Society has changed for the better, but how has it changed all of us?
Haymaker May 26 - Jun 28, 2014  
Neo-Futurists Haymaker
Trevor examines his fascination with physical combat by staging Tears of Shanghai, an action movie he wrote when he was 12 years old. Casting himself as Russell Dakota, a grizzled maverick evading the Nazis, Trevor attempts to create a world where the line between right and wrong is clearly defined. Within the Neo-Futurist aesthetic, Haymaker is a platform to explore our urge to fight. Expect intricate staging and visceral choreography, as well as elements of high risk.
Caged Dames May 28 - Jul 13, 2014  
Hell in a Handbag at Theater Wit Caged Dames
Caged Dames tells the gripping tale of an innocent housewife, Mary Anderson, who goes from dirty dishes to dirty dames at the blink of an eye. A victim of circumstance, Mary finds herself in the Calumet City Women's Penitentiary at the mercy of Elsie Emerson (Ed Jones*), a corrupt prison matron. Elsie believes in law and order, her way; with a rubber hose and solitary confinement.
Macbeth May 28 - Jul 6, 2014  
Organic Theater Company at The Greenhouse Theater Center Macbeth
A violent cycle of corruption and betrayal is set in motion when the popular King Duncan of Scotland is murdered by Macbeth, his trusted friend. Macbeth -- with his manipulative wife by his side -- achieves the power he believes he deserves, but the price is tragically high. Shakespeare's masterpiece provides a glimpse into the human heart, with the "black and deep desires" that are often found in even the best of men and women. Organic Theater Company's fresh take on this ageless tale sees this power couple's journey in its grotesque complexity.
Ivanov May 29 - Jun 29, 2014  
Piven Theatre Ivanov
Check out this new production of Anton Chekhov's very first play. Mixing romantic intrigue with tragedy and farce, Ivanov is the tale of a financially troubled member of the elite, who's married to a dying woman, but finds himself attracted to the beautiful young daughter of his creditor -- a dangerous situation in a community obsessed with gossip and greed. Chicago's acclaimed Piven Theatre produces this rarely-staged story of the struggle to regain one's lost glory, penned by one of modern theater's most influential playwrights.

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