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West Side Story May 3 - Jun 2, 2019  
Lyric Opera West Side Story
 
One of the most beloved musicals ever, West Side Story takes the most famous romantic drama of all time, Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet, and sets it loose in epic fashion on the streets of 1950s New York, finding two idealistic young lovers caught between warring street gangs -- the Jets and the Sharks. The famed 1961 film adaptation won 10 Academy Awards, including Best Picture, and this Broadway version has become a true American classic. Written by the creative dream team of Leonard Bernstein and Stephen Sondheim, West Side Story's legendary jazz, Latin and classical-inspired score features treasured numbers like "Something's Coming," "Tonight," "I Feel Pretty" and "America" -- not to mention original choreography by Jerome Robbins.
 
   
Single Black Female May 3 - May 19, 2019  
eta Creative Arts Foundation Single Black Female
 
Single Black Female (SBF) is a two-woman show with rapid-fire comic vignettes that explores the lives of African-American middle class women. We join these women as they search for love, clothes and dignity in a world that fails to recognize them amid a parade of stereotypical images. The cast of Single Black Female includes Ginneh Thomas (Woman #1) and Tiffany Addison 
(Woman #2).
 
   
The Secret of the Biological Clock May 4 - Jun 2, 2019  
Eclectic Full Contact Theatre at Athenaeum Theatre The Secret of the Biological Clock
 
What happens when you favorite teen detectives grow up? Tag along on the big case that pulls one previously precocious sleuth out of retirement. This witty and refreshing new work written by DePaul grad Andie Arthur tells a "coming of age story" for a woman in her mid-30's. See her face obstacles scarier than Nancy Drew or The Hardy Boys ever imagined: Careers, mature relationships...and babies? Eek!
 
   
Chicago May 7 - May 12, 2019  
Cadillac Palace Theatre Chicago
 
A true New York City institution, CHICAGO has everything that makes Broadway great: a universal tale of fame, fortune and all that jazz; one show-stopping-song after another; and the most astonishing dancing you've ever seen. No wonder CHICAGO has been honored with 6 Tony Awards, 2 Olivier Awards, a Grammy and thousands of standing ovations. It's also no surprise that CHICAGO has wowed audiences all around the world, including Mexico City, Moscow, Sao Paulo and South Africa. Whether you're looking for your first Broadway musical, whether you've seen the Academy Award-winning film and want to experience the show live on stage or whether you've seen it before and want to recapture the magic, CHICAGO always delivers.
 
   
Next To Normal May 8 - Jun 16, 2019  
Writers Theatre Next To Normal
 
On the outside, The Goodmans seem like the average American family: house in the suburbs, white picket fence and two sharp-witted kids. But inside, their lives are anything but normal, with long-buried secrets that threaten to tear them apart. Featuring powerful lyrics and an electrifying score, this explosive musical uses wry humor and brutal honesty to explore how family trauma can fracture the American Dream, while ultimately leading to a chance at new beginnings.
 
   
Mary Shelley's Frankenstein May 8 - Aug 4, 2019  
Lookingglass Theatre Mary Shelley's Frankenstein
 
Within every man there is a monster; within every monster, a man. But which is which? An eerie evening of ghost stories crackles to life as Mary Shelley unspools her tale of Victor Frankenstein and his unholy experiment. This gothic tale of love, horror, and the power to create life-and destroy it-awakens in this visceral, original retelling of Frankenstein.
 
   
Miracle May 8 - Jul 14, 2019  
Royal George Theatre Miracle
 
Set against the backdrop of the Chicago Cubs 2016 Championship season, MIRACLE tells the story of a typical blue collar Chicago family and what it means to have faith and lose it and try to regain it again. The story chronicles the Delaney family, a tough North Side clan whose lives have been intrinsically linked to the Cubbies for generations. Each member of the family has their own story built around the dynamics of their lives and their love of the Cubs. Whether it's Pops Delaney, who struggles to resolve his conflicts with his son, Charlie, or Charlie's struggle to keep the family business afloat while trying to be a good husband and attentive Dad, or his 11-year-old daughter Dani, who is totally enamored with the boys in blue and every one of their statistics. Mom, as is frequently the case, is the glue that holds the whole family together.
 
   
Heart of Fairy May 8 - Jun 8, 2019  
Berger Park Coach House Heart of Fairy
 
Sparkletasia the fairy has always been a misfit. She bravely goes forth on Fairy Godmother-inspired quests in search of romantic relationships and then fairy child bearing, in hopes of becoming whole, accepted, happy and being who she's meant to be. Heart of Fairy enters a world that explores what it means to be a fairy, overcome loss and find one's true purpose and destiny in life.
 
   
The Adventures of Augie March May 9 - Jun 9, 2019  
Court Theatre The Adventures of Augie March
 
Young Augie March is a product of the Great Depression: plucky, resourceful, searching for love, and striving to grow up and away from home. Through odd jobs and encounters with unique characters, Augie explores what it takes to succeed in the world as a true individual. A novel originally written by a Nobel Prize-winner and adapted for the stage by a Pulitzer winner, The Adventures of Augie March is an epic coming-of-age story that bridges continents and stages of life, exuding the endearing confidence of a boy taking in a complex world.
 
   
Into The Breeches! May 9 - Jun 16, 2019  
Northlight Theatre Into The Breeches!
 
It's 1942 and with the men off at war, the Oberon Play House is lacking its director and leading men. The season will be canceled... until the director's wife rallies the troops at home for an all-female production. With the opportunity to move from the sidelines to centerstage, the women forge ahead with a spirit of collaboration, dauntless enthusiasm, and a belief in the power of art to move us forward. This surprisingly modern comedy proves that the show not only must, but will go on.
 
   
The Mushroom Cure May 9 - Jun 9, 2019  
The Greenhouse Theater Center The Mushroom Cure
 
Inspired by a scientific study showing that hallucinogenic mushrooms may cure obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), Adam Strauss embarked on a program of vigilante psychopharmacology. The true tale of Strauss' hilarious, harrowing and heartrending attempts to treat his debilitating OCD with psychedelics, THE MUSHROOM CURE was named a Critics' Pick by Time Out New York, which praised it as "riveting... true-life tour de force" and hailed by The New York Times as "mining a great deal of laughter from disabling pain."
 
   
Certain Woman of an Age May 9 - May 12, 2019  
UP Comedy Club Certain Woman of an Age
 
Through vividly told anecdotes recounting her experiences as the mother of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and former wife of Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau, catapulting her to feminist icon status, and suffering tremendous personal loss, Ms. Trudeau bravely and humorously paints a surprisingly universal picture that will empower audiences with the perspective that mental illness affects all families, no matter who they are.
 
   
Rent May 10 - May 19, 2019  
Nederlander Theatre Rent
 
Written by Jonathan Larson and directed by Michael Greif, Rent is more than a show, itís a phenomenon. This smash-hit theatrical experience transformed how a generation feels about musicals, changed Broadway forever, and inspired a major motion picture. Set in the East Village of New York City, Rent is about being young and learning to survive, falling in love, finding your voice and living for today. Rent has made a lasting mark on Broadway with songs that rock
 
   
Take Me May 10 - Jun 22, 2019  
Strawdog Theatre Take Me
 
Inspired by true events, TAKE ME is the story of Shelly, a woman trapped by the trauma of a husband in a coma and the chaos that followed. Looking for solace, she finds herself pulled in to the realm of wild alien conspiracy theories. Voices from the sky tell her the answer to all her problems is to build an alien themed amusement park in Roswell, New Mexico. TAKE ME is a comic fantasia, a story about having faith in a world where there are more questions than answers. It's the second collaboration between Guarino and Langford since their hit play All the Fame of Lofty Deeds, produced by The House Theatre of Chicago.
 
   
Raks Inferno May 10  
Under The Gun Theater Raks Inferno
 
Hang with a belly-dancing Wookiee, fire-spinning superheroes and sword-wielding villains for a brand-new production of fire, nerdery and wonder as Raks Geek pays tribute to everything from the X-Men to Star Wars, Doctor Who to Silent Hill, Super Mario Bros to Sandman. It's a veritable cornucopia of nerdy delights. (But not the kind you have to fight to the death for.) So grab a Romulan Ale, help raise money for local non-profit orgs, and geek out at Under the Gun Theater in Chicago - don't miss one of the most unique experiences in the Alpha Quadrant. A Time Out Chicago Critics' Pick, Raks Geek is the premier belly-dance, flow arts and fire performance company in the galaxy.
 
   
A Ditch in Madagali May 10 - May 26, 2019  
Fehinty African Theatre Ensemble at Prop Theatre A Ditch in Madagali
 
Inspired by a true story, A Ditch in Madagali is a new play commissioned by the company, written by FATE Resident Playwright Philister Sidigu and directed by Matthew Dada. The play follows the lives of two women trying to survive the attacks of Boko Haram in their northern Nigerian village. It is a harrowing story of grief, resistance, and a mother's unwavering love and commitment to her daughter's wellbeing. A Ditch in Madagali shows the side effects of war and raises questions about its hold on the lives of those involved, and the lengths many will go to in order to survive.
 
   
Ethiopianamerica May 10 - Jun 9, 2019  
Definition Theatre Company at Victory Gardens Theater - Biograph Ethiopianamerica
 
If the American dream is a privilege, not a right, then Girma and Elizabeth Kifle have truly earned it. After emigrating from Ethiopia to the United States with nothing, the couple is poised to send their eldest son to college. But everything behind Girma and Elizabeth's white picket fence is not as it appears to be. The ghosts of the life they left in Ethiopia threaten to destroy their American dream before it starts, and the Kifle sons, Jonathan and Daniel, reckon with being American in Ethiopian bodies. In this tense and sharply-drawn family drama, playwright Sam Kebede mines the immigrant experience and asks how far each of us will go to find a place we can call home.
 
   

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