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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.
 
   
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.
 
   
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?
 
   
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!
 
   
The Ballad Of Lefty and Crabbe Jun 8 - Jul 14, 2019  
The Understudy The Ballad Of Lefty and Crabbe
 
Set at the death of vaudeville and the rise of Hollywood, THE BALLAD OF LEFTY & CRABBE tracks two ultra-talented but down-on-their-luck performers and friends as they navigate the ever-changing landscape of the entertainment world. Lightning-fast and "fall down funny," Lefty & Crabbe was born as part of the Kansas City Fringe Festival in 2015, received its first full production at The Living Room Theatre in 2017 and won "Best of the Fest" for its 2018 production at The Chicago Musical Theatre Festival.
 
   
Get Happy: Angela Ingersoll Sings Judy Garland Jun 8 - Jun 9, 2019  
Marriott Theatre In Lincolnshire Get Happy: Angela Ingersoll Sings Judy Garland
 
Emmy-nominated actress Angela Ingersoll celebrates the music of Judy Garland live in concert, as seen on PBS. "The heiress apparent to the Garland legacy" (Splash Magazine) delivers a powerful virtuoso performance with her tremendous voice, compassionate storytelling, and naturally winning humor. In addition to headlining concert stages nationwide, Ingersoll won acclaim for her superb portrayal of Garland in the play END OF THE RAINBOW, including winning Chicago's Jeff Award and being named LA TIMES "Woman of the Year in Theatre." CHICAGO SUN-TIMES exclaims, "Phenomenal. Judy Garland has been reborn." Featuring an exceptional six-piece orchestra, songs include "Over the Rainbow," "Come Rain or Come Shine," and "The Man That Got Away." Presented by Artists Lounge Live.
 
   

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