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Ms. Blakk For President May 23 - Jul 14, 2019  
Steppenwolf Theatre Ms. Blakk For President
 
Meet Ms. Joan Jett Blakk as she sets off on her journey to run for President of the United States. Inspired by the true story of America's first black drag queen presidential candidate, Joan's story begins in Chicago; it's 1992 and, with the AIDS crisis at its height, Joan and the newly formed Queer Nation Chicago have big goals in mind. Joan sets off on an exhilarating and dangerous journey to drag queer politics out of the closet and into a future where ALL are visible and ALL have a place at the table. Part campaign rally, part nightclub performance, part confessional, and all PARTY!, MS. BLAKK FOR PRESIDENT takes us into the heart and mind of one of Chicago's most radical and influential citizens.
 
   
Beau Jest May 23 - Jul 7, 2019  
Oil Lamp Theater Beau Jest
 
Sarah Goldman (Madeline Baird) is a nice Jewish girl who teaches Kindergarten and lives in Chicago. Sarah loves and respects her parents, and tries very hard to live up to their expectations -- but Sarah has a problem. Her dad, Abe (Ken Rubenstein) and her mom, Miriam (Julie Mitre) want "what's best for their daughter" which, Sarah knows, means that they'd like her to meet, marry and settle down with a nice Jewish boy. But Sarah has fallen in love with Chris (Mathias Blake), a charming young man who works at Leo Burnett as an account supervisor. She even hopes to marry him. But Chris is not Jewish. Just how "not-Jewish" is he? Well, his full name is Chris Kringle!
 
   
The Savannah Sipping Society May 24 - Jun 16, 2019  
Steel Beam Theatre The Savannah Sipping Society
 
In this delightful laugh-a-minute comedy, four unique Southern women, all needing to escape the sameness of their day-to-day routines, are drawn together by fate - and an impromptu happy hour - and decide it's high time to reclaim the enthusiasm for life they've lost through the years. By Jessie Jones, Nicholas Hope and Jamie Wooten and directed by Bernie Weiler. Featuring Ann Keen, Barb McCaskey, Donna Steele and Paula Tsiagalis.
 
   
Four Places May 24 - Jun 30, 2019  
The Den Theatre Four Places
 
Deceptively simple in its structure and unfolding in real time, this emotionally precise play deploys its spare components to devastating and darkly comic effect. A brother and sister have gotten word from their elderly parents' caretaker that they may be a danger to each other. The brother joins his sister and mother on their weekly lunch date, hoping that he and his sister can get a clearer picture of the situation. As the mother confronts the indignities of age and the children stare down a mounting list of losses and disappointments, a harrowing and true-to-life image of the family emerges. Ultimately, with unwavering clarity and sensitivity, Joel Drake Johnson explores the ways that familial love and knowledge create both hurt and comfort.
 
   
Emma May 24 - Jul 14, 2019  
Lifeline Theatre Emma
 
After a successful experiment in matchmaking, Emma Woodhouse is convinced she can do no wrong. So the high-spirited socialite inserts herself in the love lives of everyone around her, meddling despite their wishes, and leaves a tangle of heartbreak in her wake. To restore happiness to her fractured world, Emma must swallow her pride and learn to value the needs of others over her own desires. Navigate the blunders of the heart in this world premiere adaptation of the 1815 romantic comedy by Jane Austen. Making his Lifeline playwriting debut, ensemble member Phil Timberlake joins ensemble member Elise Kauzlaric, director of 2012's Pride and Prejudice and 2016's Northanger Abbey (Non-Equity Jeff nomination: Best Production-Musical), for a fresh, intimate look at this beloved Austen romp.
 
   
Queen Of Mist May 25 - Jul 6, 2019  
Firebrand Theatre at The Den Theatre Queen Of Mist
 
QUEEN OF THE MIST is based on the astounding and outrageous true story of Anna (Annie) Edson Taylor, who in 1901 set out to be the first person to go over the Niagara Falls in a barrel of her own design. Navigating both the treacherous Falls and a fickle public with a ravenous appetite for sensationalism, this unconventional heroine vies for her legacy in a world clamoring with swindling managers, assassins, revolutionaries, moralizing family, anarchists and activists. With a soaring score that incorporates turn of the century themes with LaChiusa's signature complexity and insight, QUEEN OF THE MIST is the story of a single great fall, and how one woman risked death so that she could live.
 
   
Falsettos May 28 - Jun 9, 2019  
Nederlander Theatre Falsettos
 
FALSETTOS revolves around the life of a charming, intelligent, neurotic gay man named Marvin, his wife, lover, about-to-be-Bar-Mitzvahed son, their psychiatrist, and the lesbians next door. It's a hilarious and achingly poignant look at the infinite possibilities that make up a modern family... and a beautiful reminder that love can tell a million stories.
 
   
Desire In A Tinier House May 30 - Jun 29, 2019  
Pride Arts Center - The Broadway Desire In A Tinier House
 
It only takes three seconds for Trevin and Carlos to lock eyes. But how many minutes, months, millennia will it take for them to remain in love in the middle of the woods - in the middle of an America determined to pull them apart? Can they truly keep the tiny house they've made for themselves forever?
 
   
Graffiti Kings May 30  
Lush Life at Stage 773 Graffiti Kings
 
A 45-minute musical on New York City Graffiti of the 1980s. Lady Pink, Henry Chalfant, Dondi, and Phase 2. The musical treats graffiti artists from the 1970s and 1980s who redesigned NYC in their own image during a crisis in funding to the public schools. Speaking parts, lead vocals, and back-up vocals handled by four actors: 1980s style songs.
 
   
The Killer May 30 - Jul 6, 2019  
Trap Door Theatre The Killer
 
A conscientious citizen finds himself in a radiantly beautiful city. There is only one problem in Utopia - it is marred by the presence of an unknown and relentless killer. This dark absurdist comedy is a study of pure evil and an indifferent society that allows it to flourish.
 
   
Suite Surrender May 30 - Jun 9, 2019  
Gallery Theater Suite Surrender
 
It's 1942, and two of Hollywood's biggest divas have descended upon the luxurious Palm Beach Royale Hotel - assistants, luggage, and legendary feud with one another in tow. Everything seems to be in order for their wartime performance...that is, until they are somehow assigned to the same suite. Mistaken identities, overblown egos, double entendres, and a lap dog named Mr. Boodles round out this hilarious riot of a love note to the classic farces of the 30s and 40s.
 
   
Steamworks: The Musical May 31 - Aug 9, 2019  
Annoyance Theatre Steamworks: The Musical
 
The Annoyance Theatre is proud to bring back the summertime hit, "Steamworks: The Musical" with updated songs and additional characters for a modern view of its campy, comedy classic. A wide-eyed young man comes to Chicago looking for love in all the wrong places when he stumbles into the popular Boystown bathhouse, Steamworks. As our hero makes his way through the sexy Steamworks labyrinth, he meets an assortment of fun, bawdy and eccentric characters that get him closer to finding his dream man.
 
   
The Graduate Jun 6 - Jun 16, 2019  
Theatre Of Western Springs The Graduate
 
When the story begins, Benjamin Braddock has just arrived home in Southern California after graduating from an elite Eastern college. He's smart, accomplished, rich, and ... anxious. It is the 1960s. Ben rejects his parents' lifestyle of shallow ideals, stiff martinis and social elitism, but he has no clear path ahead. While brooding about his future, Benjamin is seduced by the older Mrs. Robinson, the wife of his father's business partner. What begins as an affair turns complicated when Benjamin falls for the one person Mrs. Robinson demands he stay away from - her daughter Elaine.
 
   
Grace, or the Art of Climbing Jun 6 - Jul 8, 2019  
Brown Paper Box Co. at Stage 773 Grace, or the Art of Climbing
 
Faced with a painful chapter in her life and fighting the inertia of depression, Emm decides to enter the world of competitive rock-climbing. Her quest through the rugged and humorous terrain of physical training and personal relationships charts the journey of a young woman suspended between love and loss, strength and fear, fathers and daughters, and the ardor and grace of being human.
 
   
If I Forget Jun 7 - Jul 7, 2019  
Victory Gardens Theater - Biograph If I Forget
 
In the final months before 9/11, liberal Jewish studies professor Michael Fischer has reunited with his two sisters to celebrate their father's 75th birthday. Each deeply invested in their own version of family history, the siblings clash over everything from Michael's controversial scholarly work to the mounting pressures of caring for an ailing parent. As destructive secrets and long-held resentments bubble to the surface, the three negotiate-with biting humor and razor-sharp insight-how much of the past they're willing to sacrifice for a chance at a new beginning. If I Forget tells a powerful tale of a family and a culture at odds with itself.
 
   
Sweet Texas Reckoning Jun 7 - Jun 30, 2019  
Artemisia at The Den Theatre Sweet Texas Reckoning
 
In Traci Godfrey's comedy, SWEET TEXAS RECKONING, Ellie is a lonely, bigoted alcoholic living in the small southeast Texas town of Sealy. She's welcoming home her daughter Kate, now living in New York City, back for a visit. Ellie has hopes Kate will reconnect with and even marry Kate's childhood sweetheart Alan John. Imagine Ellie's surprise when Kate visits with her beautiful, African-American wife, Samantha. SWEET TEXAS RECKONING was the First Place Winner of the New Works of Merit International Playwriting Contest, the Artemisia Fall Festival 2016, and the Playwriting Contest of Panndora Productions in Long Beach, California, who produced the play's world premiere in 2016.
 
   
PJ Masks Live: Save The Day! Jun 7 - Jun 9, 2019  
Cadillac Palace Theatre PJ Masks Live: Save The Day!
 
Based on eOne's top-rated animated series, airing daily on Disney Junior, PJ MASKS LIVE: SAVE THE DAY! features preschoolers' favorite pre-school superheroes and familiar songs from the popular show along with brand new music and a whole new adventure. Catboy, Owlette, Gekko will delight fans of all ages with live performances featuring world-class production, toe-tapping tunes and a whole lot of super fun as they go into the night to save the day from the Villains along with PJ Robot who is new to the show for 2019!
 
   

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