You have all heard of Hamilton and Aladdin, but with more than 250 theatre companies, Chicago's arts and culture scene is vast and vibrant. And you can experience many shows on a budget with half-price Chicago theater tickets from Hot Tix! From Broadway musicals to intimate dramas to sidesplitting comedies, every night you can choose from dozens of shows — including these top plays with discount tickets during the month of May.
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OBJECTS IN THE MIRROR
170 N. Dearborn St. in Chicago's Loop
April 29 - June 4, 2017
Who is Shedrick Yarkpai? Escaping the horrors of his war-torn homeland, this Liberian refugee hopes to begin anew in Australia. But his path to peace is haunted by an explosive family secret, and Shedrick must confront the ghosts of his past to reclaim his present. Charles Smith illuminates a war refugee's dangerous odyssey in this gripping new play about identity, survival, and the sacrifices of assimilation. Check for half-price tickets!
Up Close & Personal Series: A LITTLE BIT NOT NORMAL, ST. JUDE, and WHERE DID WE SIT ON THE BUS?
Victory Gardens Theater
2433 N. Lincoln Ave. in Chicago's Lincoln Park neighborhood
April 26 - June 4, 2017
Featuring three national and local storytellers, the Up Close & Personal Series centers the most intimate stories at the forefront of the American theater. With personal journeys including a son's voyage to spiritual healing up and down the California coast line (Luis Alfaro's St. Jude), an immigrant narrative told through hip hop and music (Brian Quijada's Where Did We Sit on the Bus?), and a woman's relationship to her hidden disability (Arlene Malinowski's A Little Bit Not Normal), the art of solo performance is more crucial now than ever before. Check for half-price tickets!
#DATEME: AN OKCUPID EXPERIMENT
UP Comedy Club at The Second City
230 W. North Ave. in Chicago's Old Town neighborhood
Through August 19, 2017
Date night? Girls night out? Bromance hang? #DateMe is the perfect show for people looking for love, already in love, or who want to laugh at love. 38 "undateable" profiles were placed on the world's most popular online dating site to see who would interact with them. The results were tracked with a shockingly hilarious outcome. Rated R. Check for half-price tickets!
MARRY ME A LITTLE
Porchlight Music Theatre at Stage 773
1225 W. Belmont Ave. in Chicago's Lakeview neighborhood
Through May 21, 2017
Two urban singles, each alone in their apartment, share a Saturday night of sweet fantasies and deep yearning never knowing that they're only a floor away from each other and the end of their lonely dreams. Following in the tradition of Porchlight's hit Sondheim on Sondheim, and re-conceived especially for this production, the rarely seen Marry Me a Little breathes new theatrical life and meaning into a collection of trunk songs that were culled from the final productions of Anyone Can Whistle, Follies, Company, Forum, A Little Night Music, and other Sondheim favorites. Check for half-price tickets!
1650 N. Halsted St. in Chicago's Lincoln Park neighborhood
Through May 21, 2017
A new play from Tracy Letts, the author of August: Osage County. Wheeler is 50. His marriage is over, his job is mundane, and the best years of his life appear to be behind him. A move from the cot in his ex-wife's garage to his own apartment opens up new possibilities for love and sex — complicated, painful and hilarious. Contains nudity; Recommended for mature audiences only. Check for half-price tickets!
5535 S Ellis Ave. in Chicago's Hyde Park neighborhood
May 11 - June 11, 2017
Starring Tim Kane and directed by Devon de Mayo, Harvey is a celebrated classic and Pulitzer Prize-winning comedy. Elwood P. Dowd is a pleasant man with a unique friend, Harvey-who happens to be an invisible, six-foot, three-inch tall rabbit. Elwood embraces Harvey in his life and introduces him to everyone he meets, thoroughly embarrassing his social-climbing sister, Veta. Questioning his sanity, she decides to have him committed to a sanitarium, but nothing goes quite according to plan. The search is on for the mild-mannered Elwood and his unseen companion. Check for half-price tickets!
Mercury Theater Chicago
3745 N. Southport Ave. in Chicago's Lakeview neighborhood
Through May 28, 2017
Combining the best of the original stories by P. L. Travers and the beloved Walt Disney film, the Tony Award-winning Mary Poppins is everything you'd hope for in a Broadway musical - and like nothing you'd ever expect. Recommended for ages 6 and up. Check for half-price tickets!
THE FIREBIRDS TAKE THE FIELD
Rivendell Theatre Ensemble
5779 N. Ridge Ave. in Chicago's Edgewater neighborhood
Through May 27, 2017
It's been 25 years since molecular neuroscientist Avery Kahn left Highland Falls, NY. But when 18 local girls, cheerleaders mostly, are stricken with a mysterious ailment, Avery reluctantly returns home to tackle what the locals derisively call the "girl disease." As Avery becomes affected-and infected-by the girls, the case becomes more personal than she ever expected. Inspired by actual events in LeRoy, NY during the Fall of 2011. Check for half-price tickets!
Royal George Theatre
1641 N. Halsted St. in Chicago's Lincoln Park neighborhood
Created by the Forbidden Broadway mastermind Gerard Alessandrini, this hilarious musical mash-up has a cast of five and celebrates, roasts, and eviscerates the Broadway blockbuster Hamilton. It is interspersed with outrageous references to Gypsy, Chicago, The King and I, Assassins, Camelot, and Sweeney Todd. It's non-stop laughs perfect for Hamilton and musical fans. Check for half-price tickets!
LITTLE MISS SUNSHINE
Chicago Theater Workshop at Edge Theatre
5451 N. Broadway in Chicago's Edgewater neighborhood
May 11 - June 4, 2017
From the Tony Award winning team of James Lapine (Into The Woods, Sunday in The Park with George) and William Finn (Falsettos, 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee) comes a musical comedy about one modern family's unexpected route to brighter days. Based on the Academy Award-winning film, Little Miss Sunshine is an outrageously funny and surprisingly touching new musical. Check for half-price tickets!
Note that the schedule above is subject to change; visit the Hot Tix website for exact dates and half-price ticket availability. Visit ChicagoPlays.com to find other exciting productions on stage while you're here, and find insider guides to all things performing arts and the Chicago theatre scene to create your Chicago itinerary.