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“Just like Peter Pan himself, his story never grows old. It's a perfect coming of age story that speaks to the divide between youth and adulthood. Return of Neverland reminds us to keep a little magic in our hearts even as we age,” states Artistic Director Andrew Park of Quest Theatre Ensemble’s Peter Pan sequel entitled The People's Return of Neverland which opens on February 21. Under the direction of Andrew Park, the cast—including Molly LeCaptain, John Ruhaak, Ryan Gaffney, Jason Bowen, Jamy Gillespie, and Tommy Bullington—performs at The Blue Theater on1609 West Gregory in Chicago. For tickets, visit www.questensemble.org or call 312-458-0895.

The city premiere of Water by the Spoonful by Quiara Alegría Hudes performs from March 6 to April 6 at Court Theatre on 5535 S. Ellis Avenue in Chicago. Henry Godinez directs this Pulitzer Prize-winning drama. Tickets ($35-$65) are available at 773-753-4472 and at www.CourtTheatre.org.

The premiere of Period Piece will be performed for six-weeks at The Playground Theater on 3209 N. Halsted Street. Opening at 8 p.m. on Friday, February 21, the musical comedy is inspired by the history of menstruation. For tickets ($10) and more information, visit http://www.the-playground.com/calendar/2014/2.

Last chance to see the U.S. premiere of Solstice by Zinnie Harris. The otherworldly drama directed by Karen Kessler is slated to close on February 23 at A Red Orchid Theatre on 1531 N. Wells Street. Tickets ($25-$30) are available at 312-943-8722 at www.aredorchidtheatre.org.

The world premiere of Marcus Gardley’s The Gospel of Lovingkindness directed by Chay Yew runs from February 28 to March 30 at Victory Gardens on 2433 N. Lincoln Avenue in Chicago. Tickets ($20-$50) are available at 773-871-3000 and at www.victorygardens.org.

Will Dunne’s world premiere crime caper The Roper plays from March 3 to April 13 at The Den Theatre Mainstage on 1333 N. Milwaukee Avenue in Chicago’s Wicker Park. Tickets ($15-$25) are available at at www.thedentheatre.com.

John Mahoney stars in the world premiere of Christian O’Reilly’s Chapatti directed by Artistic Director BJ Jones from March 7 to April 13 at Northlight Theatre on 9501 Skokie Boulevard in Skokie. Tickets ($15-$72) are available at 847-673-6300 and at www.northlight.org.

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