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The Queen of Spades Feb 15 - Mar 1, 2020  
Lyric Opera The Queen of Spades
 
Tchaikovsky's broodingly romantic thriller is a tour de force for a great tenor in this production at Chicago's Lyric Opera House. He plays the terrifyingly obsessed Gherman, an unhappy soldier desperate to know a secret hidden by a mysterious old countess - the mystery of winning at cards. The tension turns truly unnerving as Gherman's obsession begins to overwhelm him. It leads to devastation both for him and for the countess's granddaughter, Lisa, whom Gherman loves. Tchaikovsky's music is the height of Russian romanticism in its melancholy soulfulness, its white-hot passion, and the sweeping grandeur of its orchestra - a masterpiece from the genius who gave the world Eugene Onegin and Swan Lake.
 
   
Plano Feb 15 - Mar 27, 2020  
First Floor Theater at Steppenwolf Theatre Plano
 
Tonight, and later, and earlier, three sisters (no, not those ones) are stricken with a series of strange plagues: Isabel's got pains. Anne's got slugs. And Genevieve doesn't want to talk about hers. She just wants you to eat the damn hummus (she made it!). Fresh from its wildly successful Off Broadway debut and remount, PLANO is "as funny as it is powerfully disturbing" (VULTURE) that TimeOut NY called "experimental theater perfection." Steppenwolf ensemble member Audrey Francis returns to direct at First Floor Theater, where she previously co-directed FFT's first production in 2012.
 
   
I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter Feb 26 - Mar 21, 2020  
Steppenwolf Theatre I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter
 
A world premiere adaptation of Erika L. Sanchez's award-winning novel, I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter follows Julia, a Chicago high school student as she navigates trials and tribulations of following her dreams of becoming a writer alongside the death of her older sister, Olga-who might not have been quite as perfect as she seemed. This poignant and vibrant new work is a love story to young Chicanas who, in trying to find the truth about the people and the world around them, end up finding themselves.
 
   
The Pillowman Feb 27 - Apr 5, 2020  
The Gift Theatre The Pillowman
 
THE PILLOWMAN is a dark, twisty and utterly unforgettable masterpiece from one of Ireland's most treasured writers. In an interrogation room in an unnamed totalitarian dictatorship, Katurian Katurian, a writer, is being interrogated by two detectives. The detectives want to know why Katurian's stories feature gruesome plots about child murder and torture, and in particular, why they seem to mirror a string of recent child murders in the area.
 
   
Red Kite, Brown Box Feb 28 - Mar 21, 2020  
Chicago Children's Theatre at The Station Red Kite, Brown Box
 
Red Kite, Brown Box is a live theater experience that leads children on the autism spectrum on an imaginative journey where simple cardboard boxes transform into a magical world full of treasures and joyous play. Conceived and directed by CCT Artistic Director Jacqueline Russell, Red Kite, Brown Box is a transformative educational experience created for young people with autism and sensory sensitivities, their families and caregivers. Before coming to the theater, each child and adult is sent a Social Story that walks families through the experience of attending the show, from arriving at the location to the people they'll meet, to the adventure itself. A limited number of tickets is sold for each performance to keep the experience focused, intimate and in tune with the particular needs of each child.
 
   
Thirteen Days Feb 28 - Apr 12, 2020  
City Lit Theater Thirteen Days
 
A world premiere adaptation of THIRTEEN DAYS by Robert F. Kennedy, his memoir of the Cuban Missile Crisis. On October 16, 1962, long-range Soviet missiles carrying nuclear warheads aimed at the United States were discovered in Cuba. For the next thirteen days, President John Kennedy maneuvered his way through conflicting counsel from his advisors, some of whom urged a military response likely to bring on World War III, ambiguous and sometimes deceitful information from the Soviet Union's representatives, and ever-shifting facts on the ground. City Lit has received permission from the Kennedy family to insert as dialogue into our script excerpts from recently-made-public transcripts of JFK's strategy sessions during the climax of the Cold War, the thirteen days the world came its closest to nuclear war. As with City Lit's acclaimed production last season of Archibald MacLeish's J.B., the roles in THIRTEEN DAYS will be played by a diverse ensemble of women. All the characters in the book are white males; none of the actors onstage will be.
 
   
What the Constitution Means to Me Mar 4 - Apr 12, 2020  
Broadway Playhouse What the Constitution Means to Me
 
This boundary-breaking play breathes new life into our Constitution and imagines how it will shape the next generation of American women. At fifteen-years-old, Heidi Schreck earned her college tuition by winning Constitutional debate competitions across the United States. In this hilarious, hopeful, and achingly human new play, she resurrects her teenage self in order to trace the profound relationship between four generations of women and the founding document that dictated their rights and citizenship. See the play The New York Times calls "not just the best play on Broadway this season, but also the most important." Casting for the national tour of What the Constitution Means to Me will be announced shortly.
 
   
Grey Gardens Mar 6 - Apr 26, 2020  
Theo Ubique Grey Gardens
 
The hilarious and heartbreaking story of "Big Edie" and "Little Edie" Bouvier Beale, the eccentric aunt and cousin of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis. The two were once bright names on the social register of Long Island society but became East Hampton's most notorious recluses.
 
   
Molly Sweeney Mar 7 - Apr 12, 2020  
Goodman Theatre Molly Sweeney
 
Dr. Rice; Act II In this riveting exploration of triumph and loss, master storyteller Brian Friel-"a towering figure of the stage, from Dublin to Broadway" (The Guardian)-reveals the unexpected consequences of a modern medical miracle. Visually impaired since infancy, Molly agrees to a procedure that will restore her sight. But is it she who benefits most-or her ambitious spouse, or her doctor's career? Robert Falls directs a major revival of this "astonishing, highly entertaining, deeply moving meditation on hope, change and despair" (The New York Times).
 
   
The Lady from the Sea Mar 12 - Apr 12, 2020  
Court Theatre The Lady from the Sea
 
When a sailor returns to fulfill his promise, a lighthouse keeper's daughter must choose between her landlocked marriage and the mesmerizing allure of the sea. Hailed as a watershed moment in Ibsen's writing, The Lady from the Sea dissects issues of duty, marriage, and agency with raw emotion and disarming resonance. Director Shana Cooper injects the text with a visceral physicality that thrillingly reflects and refracts Ibsen's structure and characterization.
 
   
Intimate Apparel Mar 12 - Apr 19, 2020  
Northlight Theatre Intimate Apparel
 
In 1905, a black seamstress named Esther sews her way out of poverty stitch by delicate stitch, creating fine lingerie for her Manhattan clientele while longing for a husband and a future. She finds common ground with the Jewish merchant who sells her fabric, yet both know their relationship cannot be. So when correspondence with a lonesome Caribbean man leads to a marriage proposal, she accepts. But as her new marriage quickly turns to regret, Esther turns back to her sewing machine to rebuild her life and refashion her future.
 
   
Neither Mar 14 - Apr 19, 2020  
Lifeline Theatre Neither
 
In the land of This and That there are only two kinds of animals, these and those. Then, one day something different hatches! But it isn't this or that. Is it both, or is it neither? What do you do when you feel you don't belong? Based on the book by Airlie Anderson, explore the things that make us unique in this world premiere musical that teaches that it's our differences that make us special.
 
   
The Bachelor Live on Stage Mar 14  
Cadillac Palace Theatre The Bachelor Live on Stage
 
Each stage show will introduce an eligible hometown bachelor to local ladies from the audience searching for a chance at love. And, for the first time ever, Bachelor Nation will have a say in the rose ceremony. Along with the audience, Ben will guide the bachelor in his journey to find love, from the first impression rose to group date challenges and the coveted one-on-ones. Watch it all unfold live on stage. If the leading lady accepts the final rose, the night could end with the start of a beautiful romance. The Bachelor Live on Stage has something for everyone, whether you're looking to find love or just want to enjoy the drama of the evening.
 
   
The Last Match Mar 18 - Jun 7, 2020  
Writers Theatre The Last Match
 
When a young Russian tennis phenom and an American superstar in his prime meet at center court, it's a tough call whether the greatest drama is playing out off the court or on! As the swift action volleys between primetime tennis matches and the most pivotal moments in the personal lives of the competitors and their equally driven romantic partners, sharp and insightful playwright Anna Ziegler (Photograph 51) draws you inside the minds of all four as they face challenges in sport, life and love. What results is a fast-paced and moving montage exploring family, the sacrifices we make for success and the legacy we leave behind.
 
   
Henry V Mar 19 - May 10, 2020  
The House Theatre of Chicago at Chopin Theatre Henry V
 
As Henry attempts to accomplish the impossible, so does Shakespeare in one of his most demanding works of stagecraft. The House adventures back and forth across oceans for justice, intrigue, romance, and the "alarms and excursions" of the battlefield.
 
   
My Fair Lady Mar 24 - Apr 12, 2020  
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?
 
   
Dhaba on Devon Avenue Mar 27 - Apr 26, 2020  
Victory Gardens Theater - Biograph Dhaba on Devon Avenue
 
Dhaba Canteen has been a Devon Avenue institution since the 60s, with their delicious Sindhi food transporting you back to the halcyon days of undivided India. Now it's on the verge of bankruptcy. And the family that has run it for generations is ready to go to war over its fate. Written by Madhuri Shekar, (Queen) and directed by Victory Gardens Artistic Director Chay Yew, it's King Lear meets The Cherry Orchard in this Chicago story of fathers and daughters, of legacy, and of survival at all costs.
 
   

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