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The Madres Apr 21 - May 27, 2018  
Teatro Vista at Victory Gardens Theater - Biograph The Madres
Set in the late 1970s during Argentina's notorious Guerra Sucia, or "Dirty War," The Madres by Stephanie Alison Walker tells the empowering story of three generations of women - a grandmother, a mother and a daughter - and their desperate attempt to keep their family intact in the face of state-sponsored intimidation, kidnappings and murder.
Last Stop On Market Street Apr 24 - May 27, 2018  
Chicago Children's Theatre at The Station Last Stop On Market Street
Young CJ is staying with his grandmother - stripped of his smart phone or tablet "because Nana says so" - in a world considerably different from the one he's used to. Dragged on an urban bus ride that's loud, gritty and weird, guided by his veritable force of nature, Nana, CJ travels a little closer to his roots and learns that things are not always what they have been, and people are not always who they may seem.
Future Echoes Apr 24 - May 26, 2018  
WildClaw Theatre Company, at The Den Theatre Future Echoes
WildClaw Theatre brings the world of horror to the stage. We attract an audience craving strange journeys of dread, suspense, terror and wonder: Horror Theatre. The name "WildClaw" pays homage to the late, great Chicago actor, writer, and raconteur - the much loved and missed Ray Wild, otherwise known as "The Claw".
To Catch A Fish Apr 25 - Jul 1, 2018  
TimeLine Theatre Company To Catch A Fish
Inspired by true events, this compelling new play examines how the pursuit of justice-however well intentioned-can devastate a family and a community. In a low-income, residential neighborhood of Milwaukee, Terry Kilbourn has just begun a new job passing out flyers for a discount warehouse. When his bosses start asking more of him, his loved ones begin to question what is really going on. As higher stakes are revealed and relationships tested, the clarity of who to trust and what to believe grows increasingly murky. Both hilarious and heart wrenching, TO CATCH A FISH walks the line between good intentions and deceit, testing the bonds we have to family and community.
Macbeth Apr 25 - Jun 24, 2018  
Chicago Shakespeare Theater Macbeth
The famed creators behind CST's sold-out The Tempest, Aaron Posner and Teller (of Penn & Teller), reunite for a new, enchanted take on "the Scottish play." Diving into the psyches of Macbeth and his Lady, Shakespeare's seductive, twisted text delivers an explosive, unforgettable examination of what drives a person to risk utter destruction for power. Magic, witches, dark moors, and stunning sights will delight and trick the eye. Presented in the flexible performance space of The Yard, a unique configuration specifically designed for this show will perfectly match Teller's and Posner's wild imaginings in a thrilling culmination to the season.
Once Apr 25 - Jun 3, 2018  
Paramount Theatre Once
Guy and Girl, as they're known throughout the show, share a fateful meeting on the bustling streets of Dublin spurred by their mutual love for music. Guy is a singer about to give up his dream. Girl is a fan entranced by his music. Their story begins when he tells her of his day job as a vacuum repairman. Lucky for him, she's got a Hoover that "doesn't suck." When she asks him to fix it, she says she can only pay with a song. That song is all it takes for Guy and Girl to fall in love, but with that love also comes baggage. Guy has an ex he can't get out of his head, and Girl has an estranged husband and a daughter. What's holding them back couldn't be heavier, but when it comes to love, the only thing that can stop them is life.
Midsummer Night's Dream Apr 25 - May 6, 2018  
The Joffrey Ballet at Auditorium Theatre Midsummer Night's Dream
Swedish trailblazer Alexander Ekman returns to Chicago for the North American premiere of his most daring and wildest production yet. A fully immersive theatrical experience, this ode to the summer solstice relishes in joyful abandon and dreamlike fantasy, as the Joffrey transports you to a world of non-stop adventure. Think Shakespeare? Think again. Ekman's Midsummer is a celebration unlike any other.
How To Use A Knife Apr 26 - Jun 9, 2018  
Shattered Globe Theatre at Theater Wit How To Use A Knife
In the chaotic kitchen of a Wall Street restaurant, Chef George is trying to stay sober and keep the trash talking cross-cultural kitchen staff churning out orders on time. While managing two Guatemalan line cooks, a pot smoking white busboy and dealing with a jerk of a boss, George strikes up a surprising friendship with a reserved Ugandan dishwasher. Raw, fast paced and suspenseful, HOW TO USE A KNIFE boils over when personal and moral issues from their pasts are exposed. This high energy drama is fresh off a rolling world premiere shared by four theaters in the National New Play Network.
Until the Flood Apr 26 - May 12, 2018  
Goodman Theatre Until the Flood
Pulitzer Prize finalist and "one of the country's top talents for solo performance" (TimeOut Chicago) playwright Dael Orlandersmith explores the social unrest in Ferguson, Missouri following the shooting of teenager Michael Brown. Drawing from her extensive interviews with Ferguson residents, Orlandersmith crafts a "fast-paced, imaginative" (St. Louis Post-Dispatch) theatrical experience that demonstrates "the potential of art to reach across cultural boundaries and bring us all closer together" (Theatermania). See Until the Flood at the historic Goodman Theatre in the heart of downtown Chicago's vibrant North Loop Theatre District.
Cinderella Apr 27 - May 6, 2018  
Cadillac Palace Theatre Cinderella
Rodgers + Hammerstein's CINDERELLA is the Tony Award- winning Broadway musical from the creators of The Sound of Music and South Pacific that's delighting audiences with its contemporary take on the classic tale. This lush production features an incredible orchestra, jaw-dropping transformations and all the moments you love-the pumpkin, the glass slipper, the masked ball and more-plus some surprising new twists! Be transported back to your childhood as you rediscover some of Rodgers + Hammerstein's most beloved songs, including "In My Own Little Corner," "Impossible/It's Possible" and "Ten Minutes Ago."
Jesus Christ Superstar Apr 27 - May 20, 2018  
Lyric Opera Jesus Christ Superstar
Jesus Christ Superstar is an iconic rock opera that reinvented musical theater for the modern age. With music by Andrew Lloyd Webber and lyrics by Tim Rice, this global blockbuster tells the story of the final weeks in the life of Jesus Christ, from the perspective of Judas Iscariot. As Christ's followers grow more fervent, Judas must make his fateful choice between faith and betrayal. Filled with an exciting mix of musical styles that draw upon 1970s rock, gospel, folk and funk themes, this contemporary imagining of the biblical tale features high-energy dance and powerful storytelling.
Prometheus Bound Apr 27 - Jun 10, 2018  
City Lit Theater Prometheus Bound
In McCabe and Rudall's vision of the classic - a play they've discussed for over twenty years - only Prometheus, the human race's defender from Zeus, and Io, a woman turned into a cow by Zeus and hunted by a biting gadfly, are to be played by human actors. The play's other characters--all supernatural beings without meaningful connections to the human race--will be portrayed by life-sized puppets so that their physical appearances are not limited by the human form.
The Explorers Club Apr 27 - May 27, 2018  
Citadel Theatre Company The Explorers Club
Armed only with a spoon, an intrepid female explorer ventures into the jungle and returns with Luigi, a suitably exotic-looking member of the lost tribe she's just discovered. Yet the esteemed -- and all male -- members of London's exclusive Explorers Club still refuse to allow her entry. Granted, it's 1879 and well before women's lib, but this particular group of professors aren't exactly setting the world on fire -- one's searching for the East Pole and another believes the lost tribes of Israel actually ended up in Ireland. Tony nominee Nell Benjamin (Legally Blonde) wrote this crazy battle-of-the-sexes comedy, dubbed "wildly funny" by Variety, now coming to the Citadel Theatre in Lake Forest as part of their 15th-anniversary celebration.
Birds of a Feather Apr 27 - Jun 10, 2018  
The Greenhouse Theater Center Birds of a Feather
Roy and Silo are your typical gay american dads with one noticeable exception: they’re penguins! No strangers to the spotlight, these two Central Park Zoo chinstrap penguins have partnered and adopted an egg, but will these two be able to raise little Tango together? Birds of a Feather is a heartwarming and surprising tale, based on the true story that became one of the most banned books in the US.
Raised in Captivity Apr 27 - May 19, 2018  
The Right Brain Project at The Frontier Raised in Captivity
Estranged twins Sebastian and Bernadette are reunited at their mother's funeral, after her death-by-errant-showerhead. The two siblings clumsily attempt to renegotiate their relationship while making space for others in their lives: Bernadette's husband Kip, who decides to abandon his dental practice to become an artist, and Dr. Hillary, Sebastian's extravagantly needy therapist who is prone to dissolving into a morass of self-recrimination. Paradoxically dark but comedic, absurd yet earnest, Nicky Silver's award-winning work returns to Chicago.
The Fairytale Lives of Russian Girls Apr 27 - May 6, 2018  
Ethel M. Barber Theater - Northwestern The Fairytale Lives of Russian Girls
Once upon a time -- in 2005 -- a young woman named Annie returns to her native Russia to lose her American accent. Underneath a glamorous post-Soviet Moscow studded with dangerously high heels and luxurious fur coats, there bubbles an enchanted motherland teeming with wicked witches, evil stepmothers and ravenous bears. As the lines between fact and fiction begin to blur, Annie must become the heroine of an adventure more dangerous than any childhood fairy tale: her own. This subversive story carries a powerful message for young women living in a world where there are no princes and not everything ends happily ever after. See at the Barber Theater on the campus of Evanston's Northwestern University.
The Front Page Apr 27 - May 20, 2018  
Saint Sebastian Players at St. Bonaventure Church The Front Page
The Front Page is a madcap comedy with thrills and derring-do set in a 1920s Chicago newsroom. Star reporter Hildy wants to break away from journalism by getting married and finding a respectable job. After a jailbreak, the escapee falls into Hildy's hands as a hostage. Hildy finds a unique way to conceal his prize and phones his managing editor. Their job then becomes to prevent other reporters and the sheriff from discovering the hiding place and scooping their story. It's a whirlwind wrap-up with Hildy finally making his breakaway-or so he thinks!

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