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Cry It Out Apr 9 - May 3, 2020  
Oil Lamp Theater Cry It Out
 
Four months ago, Jessie was a corporate lawyer with a glamorous Manhattan life. Today, she is in dirty yoga pants, covered in breast milk, trying to comfort a screaming newborn. Isolated in a sleepy Long Island suburb while her commuter husband works long hours, Jessie is desperate to talk to anyone besides Food Network. So when she spies a fellow new mom and neighbor, Lina, at the local Stop & Shop, she vaults over the cantaloupe to introduce herself. Happy to have found each other, the two moms agree to meet for coffee during naptime in the sweet spot behind their adjoining yards where both their baby monitors get reception, and a fast friendship is born.
 
   
Disney Dance Upon a Dream! Apr 10  
Rosemont Theatre Disney Dance Upon a Dream!
 
Come and celebrate the dazzling world of Disney with dancer, social media and television sensation Mackenzie Ziegler, along with the insanely talented Disney Dance Company, as they take an electrifying journey to find their own beat in our fast-moving world. Featuring a soundtrack of Disney's greatest hits remixed and reimagined, Disney and dance fans of all ages will delight in the breathtaking performances of our present-day Disney heroine and the incredible Disney Dance Company. Step into the magical world of Disney as Mackenzie shares a story on stage that audiences have never experienced before. Including video and music with a twist from our most beloved Disney films, including Beauty and the Beast, Frozen, Moana and Cinderella, this show is not to be missed!
 
   
The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged) Apr 10 - Apr 11, 2020  
Cornservatory The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged)
 
Jamie Lee, Dean J. Griffiths and Matt Leptich of Jackalope Productions have decided to do every single play by William Shakespeare in 90 minutes. Do they know all their lines? Can they do it without smacking each other upside the head? And can they do it ... backwards? Probably not, but it's funny to watch them try! Premiering at Terminus Theatre in Lake Villa, the show's launching a self-funded tour. (But hey, we never turn down donations ... wink wink!)
 
   
1619: The Journey Of A People Apr 11  
The Greenhouse Theater Center 1619: The Journey Of A People
 
In 1619, 20 enslaved Africans arrived in Point Comfort, Virginia. The 400-year journey that followed would change a nation and the world. Using various musical forms including hip-hop, jazz and blues, this fabulous musical theater production commemorates the struggle for equality and celebrates the story of America's African sons and daughters.
 
   
The Last Match Apr 15 - Jun 7, 2020  
Writers Theatre The Last Match
 
When a young Russian tennis phenom and an American superstar in his prime meet at center court, it's a tough call whether the greatest drama is playing out off the court or on! As the swift action volleys between primetime tennis matches and the most pivotal moments in the personal lives of the competitors and their equally driven romantic partners, sharp and insightful playwright Anna Ziegler (Photograph 51) draws you inside the minds of all four as they face challenges in sport, life and love. What results is a fast-paced and moving montage exploring family, the sacrifices we make for success and the legacy we leave behind.
 
   
The Taming of the Shrew Apr 15 - May 2, 2020  
Chicago Shakespeare Theater The Taming of the Shrew
 
For the first time in 25 years, Royal Shakespeare Company returns to Chicago with the must-see theatrical event of 2020. Director Justin Audibert turns Shakespeare's provocative comedy on its head, setting it in a matriarchal society. Women hold the power, control the state, and own the property. In a world where men have no authority, Lady Baptista is selling off her two sons to the highest bidder. Reversing the traditional gender of each role, the RSC's production creates a new environment in which the power dynamics of today can be explored through a 400-year-old text. After thrilling audiences in Stratford-upon-Avon and across the UK, this explosive battle of the sexes promises to be unlike any Shrew you've ever seen.
 
   
The Danish Play Apr 16 - May 10, 2020  
The Den Theatre The Danish Play
 
At turns hauntingly memorable and subversively humorous, The Danish Play tells the true tale of Agnete Ottosen, a Danish poet and member of the Resistance during World War II. She was captured, tortured, and imprisoned at the notorious Ravensbruck concentration camp. Basing the play on Ottosen’s poetry and journals discovered after her death, playwright Sonny Mills (Ottosen is their great aunt) shows the depths to which she went to ensure the safety of herself, her fellow citizens, and her country. The Danish Play reflects a dark time in Danish history, yet one that never loses sight of the hope, light, and laughter of a better tomorrow. Presented at The Den Theatre. Written by Sonny Mills and directed by Kirstin Franklin.
 
   
A Wrinkle in Time Apr 16 - May 23, 2020  
Theatre School at DePaul University at Merle Reskin Theatre A Wrinkle in Time
 
Join us for the story of one of literature's favorite heroines, Meg Murry, as she joins forces with Mrs. Whatsit, Charles Wallace, and Calvin O'Keefe to rescue her father. They travel through space and time to take on IT and The Black Thing. Will the power of love and determination save Meg, her friends, and her father? ​
 
   
Ironbound Apr 17 - May 23, 2020  
Steep Theatre Ironbound
 
Twenty-two years, three relationships, and one New Jersey bus stop tell the story of Darja's journey through the American Dream. Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Martyna Majok's Ironbound navigates the murky waters of love, security, immigration, and mobility with heartbreaking humor.
 
   
White Apr 17 - May 24, 2020  
Definition Theatre at Steppenwolf Theatre White
 
Gus is a painter expecting his big break with a prestigious contemporary art museum in 'The New America' exhibition. When he's told by the museum's new curator that "white dudes" aren't a part of New America, he enlists the help of Vanessa, a black actress, and together they create Balkonae Townsend, a bold, young radical artist to serve as the face of his work. But when things start to spiral out of control, Gus is left to deal with the mess he created, and Vanessa must come to terms with her own agency as an artist. Audacious and bitingly funny, WHITE, explores white privilege, racial politics and the fine line between appropriation and opportunity.
 
   
All One! The Dr. Bronner's Play Apr 17 - May 3, 2020  
The Passage Theatre at Ebenezer Lutheran Church All One! The Dr. Bronner's Play
 
Good/Evil! Clean/Dirty! Madness/Genius! Apart/Together! Can all of these major dualities be contained in a soap you may have in your shower right now? And can that soap really have eighteen different uses? All-One! The Dr. Bronner's Play is an irreverent look at life's deepest darkness and brightest light through the too-wild-to-be-believed life of the world's most famous soap maker, Emanuel Bronner.
 
   
The Juniors Apr 18 - May 30, 2020  
First Floor Theater at The Den Theatre The Juniors
 
A class of high school juniors are tasked with a simple Home Ec assignment: parent a sack of flour for a week or fail. When the flour babies begin dying one by one, the students stop at nothing to ensure that they, and the pretend children they bore, are the last ones standing. A play with war, carnage and genocide, THE JUNIORS is a pitch black comedy about the ambitious and cut-throat world of high school Home Economics and the lengths we'll go to in order to protect what we think is ours.
 
   
Molly Sweeney Apr 20 - May 24, 2020  
Goodman Theatre Molly Sweeney
 
In this riveting exploration of triumph and loss, master storyteller Brian Friel-"a towering figure of the stage, from Dublin to Broadway" (The Guardian)-reveals the unexpected consequences of a modern medical miracle. Visually impaired since infancy, Molly agrees to a procedure that will restore her sight. But is it she who benefits most-or her ambitious spouse, or her doctor's career? Robert Falls directs a major revival of this "astonishing, highly entertaining, deeply moving meditation on hope, change and despair" (The New York Times).
 
   
Hit Her With The Skates Apr 21 - Jun 21, 2020  
Royal George Theatre Hit Her With The Skates
 
HIT HER WITH THE SKATES is a coming of age story with a twist. It's 1994 and Rock star, Jacqueline Miller has a lot to celebrate. She's headlining her first national tour, has a hit record and is riding high. In the midst of this, she has agreed to kick off the gala re-opening of her beloved childhood roller rink, Windy City Skates. When complications hit her head on, Jacqueline takes a retrospective journey back to 1977 and finds herself again when she meets up with her 12-year-old self and all of the people who have made her who she is. From the wisdom of the Ouija Board to the power of All-Skate Saturday, the family-friendly musical HIT HER WITH THE SKATES explores the magic and hope of finding your one true love while still being true to yourself.
 
   
When The Rain Stops Falling Apr 23 - Jun 6, 2020  
Shattered Globe Theatre at Theater Wit When The Rain Stops Falling
 
Shifting seamlessly from 1959 to 2039, an epic family saga unfolds across two continents and four generations. In the year 2039, rain falls in the desert of Australia as a father waits to reunite with his estranged son. A pivotal conversation unspools in London in 1988 as young Gabriel Law confronts his alcoholic mother about seven cryptic postcards his mysterious father sent from the outback. As Gabriel attempts to retrace his father's footsteps, the past begins to inform the present. Rich and evocative, When the Rain Stops Falling creates a stunning thematic mosaic of secrecy, parentage and the echoing impact of the trespasses of those who came before.
 
   
I Promised Myself To Live Faster Apr 23 - May 31, 2020  
Pride Arts Center - The Broadway I Promised Myself To Live Faster
 
. In this wild work recommended for mature audiences, Tim's out trolling for a good time when an order of intergalactic nuns charge him with a quest: retrieve the Holy Gay Flame from the clutches of the evil emperor Moody Garland to save the race of Homosexuals and restore the balance of power in the universe. But when he's captured by the fabulously androgynous Ah-Ni, Tim's chances look bleak. Ridiculous and delirious, this epic extravaganza of allegorical adventure redefines the search for identity for homosexuals circa 2015.
 
   
Priscilla, Queen of the Desert Apr 24 - May 24, 2020  
Mercury Theater Priscilla, Queen of the Desert
 
PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT is the heartwarming, uplifting adventure of three friends, Tick, Bernadette and Adam, a glamorous Sydney-based performing trio who agree to take their show to the middle of the Australian outback. They hop aboard a battered old bus (nicknamed Priscilla) searching for love and friendship and end up finding more than they ever imagined. With a dazzling array of over-the-top costumes and a hit parade of dance floor favorites including "It's Raining Men," "I Will Survive," "Hot Stuff," "Boogie Wonderland," "Go West," "Girls Just Wanna Have Fun," and "I Love The Nightlife," this wildly fresh and funny musical is a journey to the heart of fabulous!
 
   

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