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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.
 
   
Amicable May 10 - Jun 2, 2019  
Theatre Above the Law at Mckaw Theater Amicable
 
Have you ever known someone who you definitely considered a friend and yet ...didn't like all that much? Have you ever been enamored with someone who didn't share a fraction of that same enthusiasm? This is a play about why it can be so hard to let these "relationships" die, and the group of people who are forced to do that anyway. Things end. And that's ok.
 
   
Style and Grace: In Tribute to Lena Horne May 11 - Jun 30, 2019  
Black Ensemble Theater Style and Grace: In Tribute to Lena Horne
 
Impeccable style, enduring grace, and a special way with words, Lena Horne and Nancy Wilson helped define these very phrases. In Black Ensemble Theater's new musical Style and Grace we take an intimate look at the cost of fame through the years, and how these phenomenal women left such lasting marks on the world.
 
   
La Havana Madrid May 11 - Jun 22, 2019  
The Den Theatre La Havana Madrid
 
Back by popular demand, La Havana Madrid transports audiences back to a popular 1960s Chicago nightclub of the same name, where Latino immigrants new to Chicago found refuge to gather, meet, sing, dance, dine, find love and discover their destinies. Inspired by real stories of Cuban, Puerto Rican and Colombian immigrants, La Havana Madrid recreates a special time and place in Chicago history by immersing audiences in the lively music of that decade. Throughout, La Havana Madrid reveals how and why Latinos originally migrated to the shores of Lake Michigan, only to be pushed further west - away from the lake - by the forces of gentrification and racism.
 
   
Six May 14 - Jun 30, 2019  
Chicago Shakespeare Theater Six
 
In SIX, the queens of Henry VIII take the mic to reclaim their identities out of the shadow of their infamous spouse-remixing five hundred years of historical heartbreak into an exuberant celebration of twenty-first-century girl power. The all-woman cast, backed by an all-woman band known as the "Ladies in Waiting," traverses the spectrum of modern-day pop with a soundtrack that has stormed up the UK charts.
 
   
The Princess And The Pea May 15 - Aug 9, 2019  
Chicago Kids Company at Beverly Arts Center The Princess And The Pea
 
Only a real Princess can feel a PEA under a stack of 20 mattresses! Meet Princess Penelope and her crazy friends-and find out if she can pass the ultimate Princess Test. You won't want to miss this great show-and the real 12-Foot bed! All CKC productions feature professional actors, colorful scenery and costumes, sing-along songs, and plenty of audience participation. This show is geared from children ages 2 to 10.
 
   
Bloomsday May 16 - Jun 16, 2019  
Remy Bumppo Theatre at Theater Wit Bloomsday
 
Steven Dietz's lyrical new love story, set against the backdrop of Joyce's groundbreaking Ulysses, transports us into a compassionate world of history, humor, and heartache, in a magical celebration of the present and nostalgic acceptance of the past.
 
   
The Crowd You're In With May 16 - Jun 16, 2019  
AstonRep Theatre Company at Raven Theatre The Crowd You're In With
 
A backyard barbeque is the perfect place to tackle life's big questions: Is the chicken done? Does the band need a new tune? Is this the right time to have a baby? Gilman's fresh and moving play takes an intimate look at modern families, friendships and the ins and outs of love.
 
   
Wolves May 16 - Jun 2, 2019  
Exit 63 Theatre at The Frontier Wolves
 
Two men's folie deux overtakes their small apartment and spills out onto city streets. When ex-boyfriend Jack brings a strange man home to woodland-obsessed Ben's apartment, the Narrator can barely keep a lid on the looming violence. This "deconstruction" of the Little Red Riding Hood story is a darkly comic, predatory fairy tale for adults that explores the conflation of sex and fear in modern culture, the comfort of lava lamps, and the dangers of a handy axe.
 
   
A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum May 16 - Jun 29, 2019  
Metropolis Performing Arts Centre A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum
 
Broadway's greatest farce promises to have audiences rolling in the aisles. This fast-paced, witty, and irreverent comedy is one of the funniest musicals ever written. A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum skillfully combines timetested comedies of Roman playwright, Plautus, with the infectious energy of classic vaudeville. A nonstop laughfest in which crafty slave Pseudolus attempts to win the hand of the beautiful but slowwitted maiden, Philia, for his young master, Hero, in exchange for his own freedom. The plot rapidly twists and turns with cases of mistaken identity, slamming doors, bawdy innuendos and hair-brained schemes. This unforgettable musical promises: "Something for everyone: a comedy tonight!"
 
   
It Is Magic May 17 - Jun 29, 2019  
Theater Oobleck at Chopin Theatre It Is Magic
 
A mashup of Macbeth and The Three Little Pigs, IT IS MAGIC is a sorrowful and hilarious meditation on the deep, ancient evil at the heart of the community theater audition process, and an investigation into the mysteries of theater-making itself.
 
   
Below The Belt May 17 - Jun 16, 2019  
Redtwist Theatre Below The Belt
 
BELOW THE BELT takes place within the guts of an industrial compound sitting far off in an unknown location. Three men, a power-obsessed boss (played by David McNulty), an emotional middle manager (played by Michael Lomenick) and an eager newcomer (played by John Hundrieser) are isolated from their wives and the other unseen people occupying the factory. They must form a bond out of necessity, while battling sabotage, one-upmanship, and secret alliances among each other. But their need to compete is as strong as their need to connect. The play is about trust, betrayal, and the deep existential pettiness of people attempting to co-exist. Someone always wins and someone always retreats or loses.
 
   
Cirque du Soleil - Volta May 18 - Jul 6, 2019  
Under the Big Top at Soldier Field Cirque du Soleil - Volta
 
VOLTA is a captivating voyage of discovery. It's about finding yourself, and unveiling your personal powers. Inspired in part by the adventurous spirit that fuels the culture of street sports, the show weaves acrobatics in a visually striking world driven by a stirring melodic score. VOLTA is a story of transformation. It is about being true to oneself, fulfilling one's true potential and recognizing one's own power to make it possible. Ultimate freedom comes with self-acceptance, and with the liberation of the judgement of others. Be sure to nab tickets to see this Cirque spectacular Under the Big Top at Soldier Field in Chicago.
 
   
Four Chords and a Gun May 18 - Jun 2, 2019  
Broadway Playhouse Four Chords and a Gun
 
Debuting in Toronto, Four Chords and a Gun written by actor John Ross Bowie (The Big Bang Theory, Speechless) reveals the drama filled 1979 recording session that led to The Ramones album, End of the Century, produced by Phil Spector. Based on Bowie's exhaustive research, the script delves into the personal tensions between the punk band members as well as their often violent struggles with Spector. It's a powerful story both funny and touching which explores the Ramones, Linda Daniele (the woman who loved two of them) and the charismatic, destructive Spector.
 
   

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