A Cultural Bouquet for Mom on her Day

Want to give Mom a great gift for Mother’s Day?

What about a mother-daughter theater afternoon or evening? We’ve combed May offerings on stages in Chicago and the suburbs, and found several options to suit various tastes.

Broadway Mom
“Spring Awakening”
May 8-13
Ford Center for the Performing Arts, Oriental Theatre
24 W. Randolph St., Chicago
800-775-2000 broadwayinchicago.com

Based on a 1891 play, this musical, which won several Tony Awards, tells the story of students coming of age in the repressive atmosphere of late 19th century Germany. With its adult themes, strong language and sexual situations, the show is only suitable for mature teens and older.

Mystery Mom

Writers’ Theatre’s “The Detective’s Wife”
664 Vernon Ave., Glencoe
847-242-6000 writerstheatre.org

Who doesn’t love a whodunit—especially one by Keith Huff, writer for the award-winning TV series “Mad Men.” This show features Barbara Robertson as the long-time spouse of a homicide detective. When he is killed on the job, she decides to find who did it and why.

Young-at-heart Mom
Lifeline Theatre’s “Watership Down”
May 9-June 19
6912 N. Glenwood Ave., Chicago
773-761-4477 lifelinetheatre.com

“Watership Down” is a 1972 novel by Richard Adams about a group of rabbits whose home is destroyed and who embark on a perilous journey. This world premiere adaptation of that adventure story by ensemble member John Hildreth is suitable for children ages 10 and up.

Dancing Mom
The Joffrey Ballet
May 4-15
The Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University, 50 E. Congress Pkwy., Chicago
800-982-2787 joffrey.org

The Joffrey Ballet presents three new ballets this month. Edwaard Liang, former soloist with the New York City Ballet, will choreograph a new work, as will Yuri Possokhov, principal dancer and choreographer with the San Francisco Ballet. Julia Adam’s “Night Grooves,” inspired by Marc Chagall paintings, will receive a company premiere.

Classical Mom

Chicago Sinfonietta
May 23
Orchestra Hall of Symphony Center, 220 S. Michigan Ave., Chicago
312-236-3681 chicagosinfonietta.org

An orchestral concert of music by several women composers will be performed by the Chicago Sinfonietta. Composers include Jennifer Higdon, Gwyneth Walker, Ellen Taaffe Zwilich, and a jazz piece by Sinfonietta’s own Renee Baker, titled “Divertimento Notte blu” (for String Orchestra and Friends). Sinfonietta founder Maestro Paul Freeman will conduct his final concert as music director, with guest conductor Mei-Ann Chen on the podium for the concluding work, Dvorak’s “Scherzo capriccioso.”