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The Chinese Lady May 5 - Jun 26, 2021  
TimeLine Theatre Company The Chinese Lady
 
Brought to the United States at age 14 from China in 1834 by enterprising American merchants, Afong Moy is put on display so the American public can get its first view of an authentic "Chinese Lady." Over the course of 55 years, she performs an ethnicity that both defines and challenges her own views of herself, as she witnesses stunning transformations in the American identity. As these dual truths become irreconcilable, Afong must reckon with herself and the history of her new home with startling discovery and personal revelations.
 
   
Eden Prairie, 1971 May 6 - Jun 20, 2021  
Raven Theatre Eden Prairie, 1971
 
On the same night Apollo 15 lands on the moon, draft-dodger Pete steals home to Eden Prairie, Minnesota, after a 300-mile walk from Canada. He risks arrest, but has an important message to deliver to an old friend. In a moment of national and interpersonal tension that mirrors our own, Pete must defend his choices and grapple with the sacrifices he's made.
 
   
Unlikeable Heroine May 6 - Jun 13, 2021  
Northlight Theatre Unlikeable Heroine
 
When Diana takes on the presidency at a small liberal arts college in Vermont, she's prepared to push the envelope as a newcomer to the world of higher education. Pressures mount quickly from a progressive student body, a faculty steeped in tradition, and the ethics of a popular but controversial course. This smart and surprising new play captures the importance of questioning one's own perspective - and how progress rarely looks the same from every angle.
 
   
One Man, Two Guvnors May 6 - Jun 6, 2021  
Buffalo Theatre Ensemble at McAninch Arts Center One Man, Two Guvnors
 
The ever-starving Francis Henshall finds himself working for both a gangster and a criminal in hiding, both of whom are linked in a web of schemes, shakedowns and seductions. To prevent the discovery that he is working for two bosses, Francis must do everything he can to keep his two guvnors apart, while still getting food and the girl. Playwright Bean transports the commedia dell'arte conventions of the 1746 "The Servant of Two Masters" to the seaside town of Brighton in 1963. Daily Variety calls "One Man, Two Guvnors" "...sheer comic delirium."
 
   
Aztec Human Sacrifice May 7 - Jun 20, 2021  
City Lit Theater Aztec Human Sacrifice
 
It's the night before the beginning of the Aztec empire's new millennium, and the Chosen One--so named because he is to be sacrificed in order to make the sun rise next morning--has run off with the High Priest's daughter. If he is not found, the sun will not rise and the world will end. By the writers of the legendary Chicago musical comedy Summer Stock Murder.
 
   
My Fair Lady May 12 - May 23, 2021  
Cadillac Palace Theatre My Fair Lady
 
Boasting such classic songs as "I Could Have Danced All Night," "The Rain in Spain," "Wouldn't It Be Loverly" and "On the Street Where You Live," MY FAIR LADY tells the story of Eliza Doolittle, a young Cockney flower seller, and Henry Higgins, a linguistics professor who is determined to transform her into his idea of a "proper lady." But who is really being transformed?
 
   
Two Trains Running May 27 - Jun 27, 2021  
Court Theatre Two Trains Running
 
Amidst the Civil Rights Movement, Memphis Lee's restaurant is slated for demolition. While Memphis fights to sell his diner for a fair price, the rest of the restaurant's regulars search for work, love, and justice as their neighborhood continues to change in unpredictable ways. Two Trains Running explores Black identity in the 1960s with passion, humor, and prescience, demonstrating why Wilson is one of America's most essential voices. With his singular point of view, Resident Artist Ron OJ Parson directs the penultimate play in Court's ongoing commitment to staging all of Wilson's American Century Cycle.
 
   
Lucy and Charlie's Honeymoon May 28 - Aug 8, 2021  
Lookingglass Theatre Lucy and Charlie's Honeymoon
 
Hooray! Lucy and Charlie just got hitched...and they're embracing the worst of the American dream. They do what they want. Take what they want. They're First Generation Asian American Renegades. In love. And on the run. Featuring guns, grandmas and original country western and folk songs, Lucy and Charlie's Honeymoon follows a young couple as they road trip down quintessentially American highways and across stereotypic borders, fleeing expectation and trawling up trouble along the way.
 
   
Heroes of the Fourth Turning Jun 11 - Jul 11, 2021  
Victory Gardens Theater - Biograph Heroes of the Fourth Turning
 
At a backyard after-party in rural Wyoming, four young conservatives gather to celebrate their mentor's induction as president of their tiny Catholic alma mater. What starts as a celebration devolves into a vicious fight for understanding, as generations clash and the search for spiritual clarity descends into chaos. Playwright Will Arbery confronts a country at war with itself over its future in one of the best plays of 2019, as recognized by The New York Times, Time Out New York, and more.
 
   
The Luckiest Jun 17 - Aug 1, 2021  
Raven Theatre The Luckiest
 
Lissette and Peter are best friends living their best lives. But when an out of nowhere diagnosis shatters Lissette's world, Peter is left trying to pick up the pieces. Suddenly finding herself at odds with both her best friend and her mom - who each come bearing strong opinions wrapped in good intentions - Lissette is forced to navigate between the two while unflinchingly forging her own path for her future. This tender, funny, and keenly-observed play explores the uncertain and sometimes heartbreaking territory of how we choose to take ownership of our lives.
 
   
Steel Magnolias Jun 18 - Aug 8, 2021  
Drury Lane- Oakbrook Steel Magnolias
 
In a beauty parlor in northwestern Louisiana, life is anything but boring. Steel Magnolias follows six women over the course of three years as they face life's challenges together and find comfort in one another. Embracing both laughter and tears, this story celebrates the power of female friendship. The play received one Drama Desk Award nomination, and the popular film adaptation was nominated for an Academy Award and two Golden Globes.
 
   
Legends of the 50s and 60s: Greatest Hits Jun 18 - Jun 27, 2021  
Music Theater Works at North Shore Center for the Performing Arts Legends of the 50s and 60s: Greatest Hits
 
Join Music Theater Works for an evening filled with beloved hits from the 50s and 60s. This flashback performance features the songs made famous by iconic names like Buddy Holly, The Supremes, Aretha Franklin, The Beatles, The Temptations, and many others. This concert is guaranteed to bring a smile to your face, helping audiences remember some favorite music memories from the past and introducing these artists and hits to a new generation.
 
   
American Idiot Jun 25 - Aug 14, 2021  
American Blues Theater at Stage 773 American Idiot
 
American Idiot follows the exhilarating journey of a new generation of young Americans as they struggle to find meaning in a post 9/11 world, borne along by Green Day's electrifying score.
 
   
Kinky Boots Jun 30 - Aug 15, 2021  
Paramount Theatre Kinky Boots
 
Charlie Price is a reluctant shoe maker. Lola is a fierce drag queen. These two could not be more different, but when they find common ground in shoes, they see a whole new world of possibilities open up to them that will turn their small town upside down, and just might save Charlie's failing shoe factory.
 
   
The Devil Wears Prada Jul 13 - Aug 15, 2021  
CIBC Theatre The Devil Wears Prada
 
Andy, an ambitious young writer in New York City, lands a job at a prestigious magazine. Trying to survive under her stylish yet terrifying boss, she finds herself caught between the dreams she thought she wanted, and the cost of what that reality brings. A joyous, funny, and - of course - ultraglamorous story about navigating life's runway to discover where you're meant to be, The Devil Wears Prada is a new musical that gives the hit film a fabulously fresh makeover. Sometimes the best fashion statements are sung.
 
   
My Way: A Musical Tribute to Frank Sinatra Jul 15 - Aug 28, 2021  
Metropolis Performing Arts Centre My Way: A Musical Tribute to Frank Sinatra
 
My Way is an award-winning, finger-snapping revue featuring countless songs recorded by crooning legend Frank Sinatra. This classy tribute transports you into the swinging era of "Old Blue Eyes", while showcasing some of the 20th century's most beautiful and popular songs. My Way features captivating singers, each highlighting a key element of "The Chairman of the Board's" one of a kind talent. Take a trip down memory lane while celebrating Sinatra's remarkable five-decade career. Unforgettable songs include: All of Me, Fly Me to the Moon, Strangers in the Night, New York New York, The Way You Look Tonight and many more. Let's fall in love and fly away with the music of one of the most celebrated recording artists of all time, just as he would have wanted it: a few stories, a few drinks, and plenty of knockout tunes.
 
   
Mamma Mia! Aug 19 - Aug 29, 2021  
Music Theater Works at North Shore Center for the Performing Arts Mamma Mia!
 
Audiences have been "having the time of their lives" with this musical since 1999. Mamma Mia! is about bride-to-be Sophie's desire to have her father walk her down the aisle, but she must uncover who he is first. With a story consisting of an unsuspecting mother, two best friends and the magic of ABBA's timeless songs, audiences will experience an evening filled with love, laughter and friendship.
 
   

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