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The Mushroom Cure

The Mushroom Cure


Curtain Up

By Laura Hine

Photo courtesy of The Greenhouse Theater Center


Theater season isn’t over yet! This spring brings a wealth of new and imaginative plays to Chicago. Here are five we can’t wait to see.

The Children
This chilling play—it’s about three nuclear scientists who reconnect one summer evening—comes to Steppenwolf Theatre after sold-out runs in London and New York. Jonathan Berry directs The Children’s Chicago premiere. April 18-June 9, tickets $20-$99

To love Shakespeare, you have to see his works performed live, and in Chicago, there’s no better place than Chicago Shakespeare Theater. Hamlet stars Maurice Jones (straight off a Broadway run opposite Daniel Radcliffe) and is staged by Artistic Director Barbara Gaines. April 17-June 9, tickets $48-$88

I’m Gonna Pray for You so Hard
A father-daughter evening spent digging into family history, what could go wrong? First Floor Theater takes on the funny, but biting Chicago premiere of I’m Gonna Pray for You so Hard at its resident stage at The Den Theatre. April 20-May 18, tickets $25

Lottery Day
A group of lonely neighbors, artists and activists meet for a barbeque, but host Mallory has so much more planned. Director Lili-Anne Brown has her Goodman Theatre directorial debut with Lottery Day’s all-Chicago cast. March 29-April 28, tickets $15-$45

The Mushroom Cure
Based on the true tale of Adam Strauss trying to cure his obsessive-compulsive disorder with psychopharmacology, The Mushroom Cure is at once hilarious and harrowing. May 9-June 9, The Greenhouse Theater Center, tickets $22-$41