Adding Machine: A Musical

Through May 15 at The Den Theatre (1333 N. Milwaukee Ave., Chicago, 773-398-7028)
This musical tells the story of Mr. Zero, a modern-day everyman. He hates his wife, he hates his job, he hates his lot in life. After a lifetime spent adding figures for the same company, he comes to work one day only to find he’s been replaced by a machine. Details:

Bloody Haymarket

Thru May 28 at the Irish American Heritage Center (4626 N. Knox Ave., Chicago, 773-282-7035)
On May 4, 1886, Chicago was rocked by the first dynamite bomb thrown in America. “Bloody Haymarket” allows the audience to witness and actively participate in this riveting part of Chicago history. This epic period piece deals with everything from the struggle for the eight-hour workday, the plight of the immigrant, interracial marriage, a corrupt justice system, police brutality, the concentration of wealth in a few hands, the origin of May Day, and an utter disregard of the Constitution of this land.

The Book Of Mormon

June 28-Aug. 14 at The PrivateBank Theatre (formerly Bank of America Theatre; 18 W. Monroe, Chicago, 800-745-3000)
From Trey Parker and Matt Stone, four-time Emmy Award-winning creators of “South Park,” and Tony Award-winner Robert Lopez, co-creator of the Tony Award-winning Best Musical “Avenue Q,” comes “The Book of Mormon,” a new Broadway musical that Jon Stewart of “The Daily Show” described as, “a crowning achievement, so good it makes me angry” and by Entertainment Weekly as “the funniest musical of all time.” Featuring choreography by Tony Award-winner Casey Nicholaw, it is directed by Nicholaw and Parker.


May 29-July 3 from Sideshow Theatre Company at Victory Gardens Theater-Biograph (2433 N. Lincoln Ave., Chicago, 773-871-3000)
A Chinese dissident artist and activist publishes an incredible account of his harrowing confinement at the hands of the government. But can he prove it? Layers of perception peel back, with echoes of Ai Weiwei, Mike Daisey and Jonah Lehrer, until reality itself comes into question. A hallucinatory new experience featuring celebrated visual and performance artists, “Caught” explores what happens when we blur the dangerous line between story and truth. Details:

Disney’s Beauty and the Beast

May 24-29 at Cadillac Palace Theatre (151 W. Randolph St., Chicago, 312- 977-1700)
Based on the Academy Award-winning animated feature film, this eye-popping spectacle has won the hearts of more than thirty-five million people worldwide. This classic musical love story is filled with unforgettable characters, lavish sets and costumes, and dazzling production numbers including “Be Our Guest” and the beloved title song. Experience the romance and enchantment. Details:


Thru May 15 from Porchlight Music Theatre at Stage 773 (1225 W. Belmont Ave., Chicago, 773-327-5252)
Full of on-stage joy and backstage drama, Dreamgirls is the story of an up-and-coming 1960s all-female singing group from Chicago and the triumphs and tribulations that come on the road to fame and fortune, and features unforgettable hits including, “And I Am Telling You I’m Not Going,” “One Night Only” and “Listen.” With a story that lives through the journey of popular music in America, and presented in Porchlight’s signature intimate and up-close style, this Tony Award- and Academy Award-winning musical will receive an intense and illuminating interpretation by Chicago’s leading talents. Details:


Thru June 5 at Marriott Theatre In Lincolnshire (10 Marriott Drive, Lincolnshire, 847-634-0200)
Andrew Lloyd Webber’s complex and dynamic musical masterpiece, charting Eva Peron’s ambitious rise from poverty to First Lady of Argentina. Featuring a renowned musical score including “Don’t Cry for Me, Argentina.” Details:

A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Forum

Thru May 22 at Citadel Theatre (300 S. Waukegan Rd., Lake Forest, 847-735-8554)
Travel to ancient Rome and experience the wild antics of the mischievous slave Pseudolus in Stephen Sondheim’s laugh-out-loud musical A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum. This slapstick romp sings and dances its way through mistaken identities, a house full of courtesans and an elaborate web of lies, all adding up to one uproarious night of theater. The winner of six Tony Awards, “Forum” is one of the funniest musicals ever written, seamlessly merging situations from timeless Roman comedies with the fast-paced, slapstick energy of classic vaudeville. Step into Citadel Theatre and enjoy classic show tunes like “Lovely,” “Bring Me My Bride” and the Broadway favorite “Comedy Tonight.” Details:

The Gospel According to Thomas Jefferson, Charles Dickens and Count Leo Tolstoy: Discord

Thru June 12 at Northlight Theatre (9501 Skokie Blvd., Skokie, 847-673-6300)
What do a Founding Father, a Victorian novelist, and a Russian revolutionary have in common? Not much, but each of these notoriously great minds was once brazen enough to pen his own Gospel. Brought together, they debate the meaning of life and the nature of God in a whip-smart comedy that illuminates the brilliance, flaws, and humor of three unforgettable philosophers. This new play comes from Scott Carter, the Executive Producer/Writer of “Real Time with Bill Maher.” Details:


June 3-July 10 at City Lit Theater (1020 W. Bryn Mawr Ave., Chicago, 773-293-3682)
On April 3, 1936, Richard Hauptmann was executed for the kidnapping and murder of the Lindbergh baby. He was innocent. In the moments before his execution, surrounded by guards, he relates his story in flashback. Woven into the telling are Hauptmann’s flaws, which makes us unsure we can trust him. Details:


Thru May 29 at Drury Lane-Oakbrook (100 Drury Lane, Villa Park, 630-530-0111)
The world premiere musical comedy, “Hazel,” based on the character created by Ted Key and the hit television series, kicks off the 2016-2017 season. It’s the 1960s, a time of great change for America, but not all of the Baxter family is on board. What George Baxter finds not so funny about his wife joining the work force and his maid taking over his household and his life is a laugh riot. Directed and choreographed by Emmy Award-winner Joshua Bergasse, “Hazel” asks the question: Can a simple maid debone a turkey, save a marriage, uncover a matter of national security, and lead a conga line? She can if she’s Hazel. Details:

The House of Bernarda Alba

June 4-July 23 at Oracle Theatre (3809 N. Broadway, Chicago, 252-220-0269)
Company Member and Director Laura K. Smith makes her mainstage debut with Lorca’s “The House of Bernarda Alba,” adapted by Emily Mann. Oracle’s production highlights the trap of social pressures faced by women in modern society. In smith’s staging, Bernarda Alba’s efforts to protect her daughters from society’s critique are a terrifying manifestation of the very thing she hopes to escape. Likewise, Poncia’s intention of empowering and liberating the daughters from their emotional prison exacerbates their oppression by introducing destructive pressures from the forbidden outside world. As each of the daughters navigates these opposing forces, the youngest, Adela, is thrust into conflict with her sisters and her mother, setting in motion a series of events with a tragic outcome. Details:

The House of Blue Leaves

Thru June 18 at Raven Theatre (6157 N. Clark St., Chicago, 773-338-2177)
Set in Queens, New York during Pope Paul VI’s 1965 visit, struggling songwriter Artie wants to be famous and feel important while his heavily medicated wife, Bananas, just wants to feel. Can Artie’s old high school buddy, now a Hollywood movie producer, give him a shot at the big time? Or will a blessing from the Pope do the trick? Details:

The House That Will Not Stand

June 10-July 10 at Victory Gardens Theater-Biograph (2433 N. Lincoln Ave., Chicago, 773-871-3000)
Victory Gardens’ Ensemble Playwright Marcus Gardley (“An Issue of Blood,” “The Gospel of Lovingkindness”) returns with another stirring portrait of historic America. This time Gardley unearths a story of 1836 New Orleans where free women of color are permitted to enter into common-law marriages with wealthy white men. The home and life that Beartrice has built for herself and three daughters, on a foundation of money, freedom and secrets, threatens to collapse after her husband mysteriously dies. Told through Gardley’s signature poetic voice and directed by Chay Yew, “The House That Will Not Stand” is a powerful and bewitching family drama filled with desire, jealousy, murder, and voodoo. Details:

I, Malvolio

June 2-5 at Chicago Shakespeare Theater (800 E. Grand Ave., Chicago, 312-595-5600)
Renowned actor, writer and director Tim Crouch’s one-man interpretation of “Twelfth Night,” as told by Shakespeare’s much maligned steward, Malvolio. A story of lost dignity, prudery, practical jokes and bullying, this act of storytelling alchemy draws us deep into the madness of Shakespeare’s classic comedy. Following the international success of Tim Crouch’s previous works, “I, Malvolio” is a hilarious, and often unsettling, rant from a man “notoriously wronged.” Details:

In the Heat of the Night

Thru June 4 at Theater Wit (1229 W. Belmont Ave., Chicago, 773-975-8150)
“In The Heat Of The Night” recounts the classic, highly charged story of an African-American police officer asked to investigate a murder in a racially hostile southern town. It’s a torrid night in 1965 Argo, Alabama, when a dead white man is found. The local police, desperately searching for a motive and a suspect, arrest a black man passing through town. They soon discover their suspect is an expert homicide detective from L.A., and they must confront their personal prejudices as they are forced to work side-by-side to solve the crime. The award-winning film version starring Sidney Poitier remains emblematic of our country in the 1960s. Fifty years later, Pelfry’s new adaptation of the novel leaves room for the evolution of these attitudes. But watching the nightly news, how far have we come? Details:

The King and I

Thru May 22 at Civic Opera House (20 N. Wacker Dr., Chicago, 312-419-0033)
One of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s most beloved and enduring creations, this multi-award-winning show was most recently the recipient of four Tony Awards, including Best Revival of a Musical. Set in 19th-century Bangkok and inspired by a true story, the show follows Anna, a British widow hired to tutor the King’s many children. Although their very different backgrounds initially result in conflict, the sparks set off by their culture clash lead to greater understanding and respect between the two. “The King and I” features such Broadway classics as “Shall We Dance?,” “Getting to Know You,” “I Whistle a Happy Tune” and “Hello, Young Lovers.” Details:

Mary Page Marlowe

Thru May 29 at Steppenwolf Theatre (1650 N. Halsted St., Chicago, 312-335-1650)
Mary Page Marlowe is an accountant from Ohio. She’s led an ordinary life, making the difficult decisions we all face as we try to figure out who we really are and what we really want. As Tracy Letts brings us moments—both pivotal and mundane—from Mary’s life, a portrait of a surprisingly complicated woman emerges. Intimate and moving, Mary Page Marlowe shows us how circumstance, impulse, and time can combine to make us mysteries—even to ourselves. Details:

New Country

Thru May 14 at The Den Theatre (1333 N. Milwaukee Ave., Chicago, 773-398-7028)
Good-ole bad boy and country music star Justin Spears has the world on its knees. Tomorrow he’s tying the knot, but tonight, he’s tying one on with his entourage of ruthless managers, faux fans, and friends, and his favorite pig-farming uncle. So how does this rambunctious rodeo go so wrong, so fast? Welcome to the “New Country,” where the hits just keep on comin,’ and the raucous fun quickly turns to men behaving badly and gun totin’ chickens coming home to roost. Details:

The North Pool

May 27-June 26 from Interrobang Theatre Project at Anthenaeum (2936 N. Southport Ave., Chicago, 773-935-6875)
Khadim has no idea why he’s been called into the vice principal’s office at Sheffield High. At first, Vice Principal Danielson is cagey, using a minor violation to keep the boy at school for detention. It doesn’t take long for tensions to mount around a crime that Khadim may (or may not) have committed. The truth is ever-shifting in what amounts to a game of cat-and-mouse. As the clock winds down on the last hours of the semester, both Danielson and Khadim must carefully maneuver hauntingly unexpected revelations. “The North Pool” is a psychological drama that explores the complexities of racial and cultural profiling and personal accountability. Details:

One Man, Two Guvnors

May 12-June 12 at Court Theatre (5535 S. Ellis Ave., Chicago, 773-753-4472)
A dazzling and award-winning success from London to Broadway takes the stage at Court for its Midwest premiere. Set in 1963 on the coast of Brighton and underscored by a live skiffle band, this hilarious play with music transforms Goldoni’s eighteenth-century Comedia dell’Arte classic “Servant of Two Masters” into modern comedy full of satire and slapstick. Following the success of their partnership on “An Iliad,” Artistic Director Charles Newell and actor Timothy Edward Kane team up once more for a wildly different and much more light-hearted endeavor. They are joined by Court favorites Elizabeth Ledo (Tartuffe), Hollis Resnik (The Good Book), and Chaon Cross (Proof) for a rollicking jaunt through a swirl of cross-dressing twins, dead fiances, crooked lawyers, and general buffoonery. Details:

The Realization of Emily Linder

Through May 8 at Redtwist Theatre (1044 W. Bryn Mawr Ave., Chicago, 773-728-7529)
Emily Linder, a 70-ish widow, says she’s had a premonition about her own death, which will come very soon. To prepare all the details, she quickly gathers her two grown daughters who, in turn, bring a caregiver to help with Emily’s final days. The caregiver, a savvy outsider who can see this quirky family from an objective viewpoint, gets to the bottom of Emily’s peculiar plan, and challenges her to take charge of reality, which can sometimes be more elusive than expected. Details:

Schoolhouse Rock Live!

Thru June 5 from Emerald City Theatre Company at Apollo Theater (2540 N. Lincoln Ave., Chicago, 773-935-6100)
Through unforgettable songs such as “Just a Bill” and “Conjunction Junction,” a nervous schoolteacher must discover how to charm his students through imagination and music on the first day of class. Based on the entertaining and educational Emmy Award-winning animated series, “Schoolhouse Rock Live!” brings the treasured Saturday-morning melodies of the ’70s back in a hip new way. Details:


Through May 29 at A Red Orchid Theatre (1531 N. Wells St., Chicago, 312-943-8722)
It’s summertime in Chicago. Over a year after his sensational death, a young man returns to his former apartment: alive, well, and with a new found ambition to fix what went wrong. A miracle reunion turns into a catastrophic disaster as the past catches up with the present and old debts return, expecting payment in full. What does growing up mean and is it even desired in this day and age? Details:

A Splintered Soul

Thru May 29 at Stage 773 (1225 W. Belmont Ave., Chicago, 773-327-5252)
Set in San Francisco in 1947, a group of Jewish Holocaust survivors arrive from Poland, aided by the American Jewish community. Haunted by the death of their loved ones, they are haunted more by what they did to survive. Rabbi Kroeller (Craig Spidle), a resistance fighter who lost his family, makes it his mission to protect the survivors at all costs. But he discovers determining right from wrong is more complicated in the new world. Details:

The Sound of Music

June 7-19 at Cadillac Palace Theatre (151 W. Randolph St., Chicago, 312- 977-1700)
A brand new production of “The Sound of Music,” directed by three-time Tony Award winner Jack O’Brien, is coming to the Cadillac Palace Theatre. The spirited, romantic and beloved musical story of Maria and the Von Trapp Family will once again thrill audiences with its Tony-, Grammy- and Academy Award-winning Best Score, including “My Favorite Things,” “Do-Re-Mi,” “Climb Ev’ry Mountain,” “Edelweiss” and the title song. “The Sound of Music” enjoyed extraordinary success as the first live television production of a musical in over fifty years when “The Sound of Music Live!” aired on NBC in December, 2013 and was seen by over forty-four million people. Details:

The SpongeBob Musical

June 7-July 3 at Ford Oriental Theatre (24 W. Randolph St., Chicago, 312-977-1700)
The end is near. Only one sponge can save the day. But he’s going to need help from some of the greatest songwriters in rock and pop music history. “The SpongeBob Musical” will be a one-of-a-kind musical event with original songs by Steven Tyler and Joe Perry of Aerosmith, Jonathan Coulton, Dirty Projectors, The Flaming Lips, John Legend, Lady Antebellum, Cyndi Lauper, Panic! At the Disco, Plain White T’s, They Might Be Giants, and T.I., with an additional song by David Bowie and additional lyrics by Jonathan Coulton.


Thru May 15 at The Den Theatre (1333 N. Milwaukee Ave., Chicago, 773-398-7028)
The story of faded B-movie star Jinx Malibu, who has spent the last decade or so popping pills and hiding out in her wheelchair-bound mother’s, secluded, garbage-filled double-wide with her two children, older son Loogie and younger daughter Smudge. When a handsome stranger arrives from Hollywood, could it be her big chance at a comeback? Details:

Tug Of War: Foreign Fire

Thru June 12 at Chicago Shakespeare Theater (800 E. Grand Ave., Chicago, 312-595-5600)
The first installment of Artistic Director Barbara Gaines’ electrifying adaptation, “Tug of War,” which distills six Shakespeare plays into two action-packed dramas that trace the rise and fall of kings, and the uncommon courage of common men. In the spirit of addictive epic sagas, like “Scandal” and “House of Cards,” tensions build as the origin stories of Shakespeare’s most iconic rulers unfold—underscored by stunning staging, live music, surprising poignancy, and humor. The adventure begins with England’s war with France in Edward III, Henry V, and Henry VI, Part 1, and its very personal consequences on all who bear arms. The action continues in Fall 2016 with “Tug of War: Civil Strife.” Details:

The Village Bike

Thru June 26 at Profiles Theatre—The Main Stage (4147 N. Broadway St., Chicago, 773-549-1815)
Becky, newly pregnant yet sexually frustrated, finds her husband is more interested in baby books than her provocative new nightie, so she turns to fantasy created by the old porn stash under the bed. As the summer heats up, Becky takes matters into her own hands by purchasing a used bike meant to burn off energy, but ends up embarking on an adventure much, much further than she ever expected to go. Details:

The Women of Lockerbie

Through May 8 from AstonRep Theatre Company at Raven Theatre (6157 N. Clark St., Chicago, 773-338-2177)
Inspired by a true story, this moving drama follows a group known as the Women of Lockerbie, determined to turn an act of hatred into an act of love. The story begins with a couple trying to gain closure after the death of their son in the terrorist bombing of Pan Am Flight 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland. They meet the Women of Lockerbie, who want to wash the clothes of the dead and return them to the victims’ families. Details:


Sleeping Beauty

Thru May 7 from Chicago Kids Company at St. Patrick Performing Arts Center-Stahl Family Theater (5900 W. Belmont, Chicago, 773-282-8844)
The fairies of the kingdom have a big job protecting the Princess from their fairy sister Lotus. Will the Princess sleep for one hundred years? Or can her true love save her with a kiss? Don’t miss one of Chicago Kids Company’s most requested shows. All CKC performances feature plenty of audience participation and run for one hour with no intermission. Sleeping Beauty is targeted for children from 2 to 8 years old.


Bye Bye Liver

Open run at The Public House Theatre (3914 N. Clark St., Chicago, 800-650-6449)
The Pub Theater Company performs a series of outrageous sketches centered on Chicago’s favorite pastime: drinking. Bye Bye Liver is filled with interactive social games for the audience, pitting males versus females, actors versus audience and so on. Bar life and alcoholic adventures are held up for your amusement so you can laugh—and drink—your troubles away. With a spontaneous and interactive format, the outcome is always a fun and outrageous time for everyone, both audience and cast. Details:


Open Run at Comedy Sportz (929 W. Belmont Ave., Chicago, 773-549-8080)
ComedySportz shows offer a unique blend of fast and funny improvisational comedy that is appropriate fun for all ages. The Red and Blue teams battle it out in front of a referee in games that the audience selects, and points are awarded based on how quickly and effectively the performers complete the games. The eternal battle of Red vs. Blue is improvised six times weekly, and the show is never the same twice. Details:

Cupid Has a Heart On

Open Run at Stage 773 (1225 W. Belmont Ave., Chicago, 773-327-5252)
The fast-paced, musical sketch show is hilarious, irreverent, and a raunchy good time. If you’re ready to belly laugh about body image and roar about relationships, Cupid Has a Heart On is sure to deliver with comedic wit to spare. Details:

Death of a Streetcar Named Virginia Woolf: A Parody

Thru July 10 at Writers Theatre (664 Vernon Ave, Glencoe, 847-242-6000)
This hilarious result of a collaboration between Writers Theatre and Chicago’s world-renowned comedy theatre, The Second City, asks the intriguing question: What happens when the most recognizable characters from some of the greatest American plays of the 20th century suddenly find themselves sharing the same stage? When a mysterious invitation brings Blanche DuBois back to New Orleans, she finds herself once again face-to-face with the smoldering Stanley Kowalski. That would be challenge enough, but they are soon joined by luckless salesman Willy Loman and hard-drinking, hard-fighting couple George and Martha, and suddenly all bets are off. Add a folksy stage ,anager and the comic genius of The Second City team, and the question quickly becomes: Will the American theatre ever be the same? Details:

Gary Busey’s One-Man Hamlet

July 12-17 at Chicago Shakespeare Theater (800 E. Grand Ave., Chicago, 312-595-5600)
NY Fringe Outstanding Solo Performance Award-winner David Carl portrays Gary Busey in this offbeat, hilarious one-man show. Having triumphed in “Celebrity Big Brother,” survived Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew, taken on Meatloaf and Donald Trump, Keanu Reeves’ favorite costar now undertakes his biggest challenge yet: performing all the parts in Hamlet with outrageous songs and homemade puppets. Carl channels the ultimate Hamlet-ized Busey in what Georgetown Voice has deemed “the best impersonation of Gary Busey the world will ever know.” A hit among critics, Shakespeare scholars and fans of Busey alike, don’t miss out on the tragically epic madness. Details:

A Swarm of Spoilers

Thru May 28 at Under The Gun Theater (956 W. Newport, Chicago, 773-270-3440)
Whether you’re Team Tyrion, or a Daenerys diehard, odds are you’re overly eager to dive into season five of HBO’s “Game of Thrones.” Before the newest round of power plays, double-crosses and gory fates unfold, get your fantasy fix with “A Swarm of Spoilers,” Under The Gun Theater’s unofficial parody “recapitation” of the award-winning series. The spoof breaks down all the sex, drama, and battles of the first four seasons. You’ll be transported from Chicago directly to Westeros and Essos as this production crams in as many of the hit show’s characters and plots as it can fit into a single hour of comedy. Plus, A Swarm of Spoilers dares to kill off the characters that George R.R. Martin let’s live.

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