Chicago is known across the world for its innovative and vibrant live theatre scene. Add a performance (or two!) to your itinerary – plus, experience many shows on a budget with half-price theater tickets from Hot Tix!

Spring Awakening

Musical
Porchlight Music Theatre at Ruth Page Center for the Arts
Now playing – June 2 

The winner of eight Tony Awards, including Best Musical, Porchlight’s production will thrill you with a story over 130 years in the making! Set against the backdrop of a repressive and provincial late 19th-century Germany, and based on Frank Wedekind’s 1891 play that was immediately banned due to its subject matter, Spring Awakening tells the timeless story of youthful self-discovery and budding sexuality as seen through the eyes of three teenagers. Haunting and provocative, this landmark American musical celebrates a journey from adolescence to adulthood with a power, a poignancy, and a passion you will never forget. Check for half-price tickets at Hot Tix!

The Tragedy of King Christophe

Drama
The House Theatre of Chicago at Chopin Theatre
Now playing – May 29

Written in 1963 by West Indian poet and activist Aimé Césaire, The Tragedy of King Christophe is set after the Haitian Revolution in 1804. It follows the true historical figure of Henri Christophe, a general in Jean-Jacques Dessalines army who was elected president but chose to be named King. Christophe declared himself king and ruled the northern part of Haiti until 1820, as the first and only King of Haiti. This story explores Christophe’s transformation from a charismatic leader fighting against the oppression of his people to his unfortunate unraveling. Vibrant with music and song, The Tragedy of King Christophe is an elegant display of a story forgotten and untold. Check for half-price tickets at Hot Tix!

Last Hermanos

Drama
A Red Orchid Theatre
Now playing – June 12

World premiere! Reunited and on the run, Miguel and Julio are fleeing an America where being Latinx is a life sentence. Sequestered in a Texas state park, the arrival of a sympathetic deserter, Shepherd, brings the conflict between Julio’s desire for revolution and Miguel’s longing for normalcy into sharp focus. Recorded last season as an audio play and now in its theatrical world premiere, Last Hermanos is a story of tenacious brotherhood and love in a not-so-distant future that asks: which path promises the better future? Check for half-price tickets at Hot Tix!

Fiddler on the Roof

Musical
Broadway In Chicago at Cadillac Palace Theatre
Playing May 17 – 22

The original production won ten Tony Awards, including a special Tony for becoming the longest-running Broadway musical of all time. You’ll be there when the sun rises on this new production, with stunning movement and dance from acclaimed Israeli choreographer Hofesh Shechter, based on the original staging by Jerome Robbins. A wonderful cast and a lavish orchestra tell this heartwarming story of fathers and daughters, husbands and wives, and the timeless traditions that define faith and family. Featuring the Broadway classics “Tradition,” “If I Were a Rich Man,” “Sunrise, Sunset,” “Matchmaker, Matchmaker” and “To Life,” Fiddler on the Roof will introduce a new generation to this uplifting celebration that raises its cup to joy! To love! To life! Check for half-price tickets at Hot Tix!

Sex Tips for Straight Women from a Gay Man

Comedy
Greenhouse Theater Center
Playing May 5 – July 2

Voted Best Comedy for Couples, Sex Tips for Straight Women from a Gay Man has been sharing its interactive, upbeat brand of comedy with theater audiences all across America for nearly a decade! Following smash-hit runs in Las Vegas and New York City where it became Off-Broadway’s longest-running comedy, this “uproariously funny” show is finally bringing its “big laughs and naughty fun” to Chicago’s Greenhouse Theater Center in the heart of Lincoln Park. Hailed by critics as “one of the best date-night shows of the year”, Sex Tips has recently been showcased on television in three different reality series whose stars performed in the show, including Kendra On Top, Real Housewives of New York, and Shahs of Sunset. Check for half-price tickets at Hot Tix!

The Luckiest

Drama
Raven Theatre
Playing May 5 – June 19

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 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. Melissa Ross’ moving play, full of heartbreak and hilarity makes its Chicago Premiere. Check for half-price tickets at Hot Tix!

Collected Stories

Drama
Redtwist Theatre
Now playing – June 5

Gossip is a neglected art form. Prominent author Ruth takes her fiction student Lisa under her wing – until Lisa’s success comes in the form of a story that’s much too familiar to Ruth. When her protege publishes a salacious story that can only be traced back to her mentor, their relationship is challenged. Spanning six years, this play takes a searching look at the lives of a pair of writers and the tangled connections between creativity and ideology. Check for half-price tickets at Hot Tix!

At The Vanishing Point

Drama
The Gift Theatre at Filament Theatre
Now Playing – May 22

How do we remember a part of our history at the moment that it’s slipping away? How do we give voice to the ghosts that haunt us as individuals and as a community? This stunning portrait of a community weaves together historical fact, myth and memory to give voice to people who would otherwise exist only as faded images in an old photo album. Check for half-price tickets at Hot Tix!

Medea Material

Drama
Trap Door Theatre
Playing May 5 – June 4

Resident Director Max Truax returns to Trap Door to direct another Heiner Müller piece, after his triumphant production of Hamletmachine, which “calculated chaos and mastered madness with purpose, conviction, theatrical artistry, and artistic integrity.” Medea Material explores the story of Euripedes’ Medea and its surrounding mythology, and will engage Müller’s poetry and complex intersectionality in a dancetheatre spectacle. Check for half-price tickets at Hot Tix!

The Magnolia Ballet

Drama
About Face Theatre at The Den Theatre
Playing May 12 – June 11

Ezekiel is a Black teenager with a secret. Every day he finds himself haunted by ghosts, ghosts that have plagued men in Georgia for generations, ghosts of racism, homophobia, and toxic masculinity. Ghosts that show up in the other men in his life, including his emotionally distant father. But when Ezekiel discovers a trove of forbidden love letters among his late grandfather’s belongings, he has a realization: perhaps the only way to exorcise these multi-generational ghosts is to burn everything to the ground. The Magnolia Ballet is a Southern Gothic fable that melds high drama, dance, poetry, and spectacle to explore masculinity, racism, and the love between a queer kid and his father. Check for half-price tickets at Hot Tix!

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