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Vote in the 2015 Time Out Chicago Theater Awards

We've chosen nominees for the best performances and productions of a year in Chicago theater; now it's time for you to pick the winners

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Greek out and Chekhov three great summer plays

Three of the best new plays to see this month riff on Chekhov and/or the Greeks

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The best plays of 2015, so far

From Abraham to Vanya, these theater pieces have stayed with us

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Shakespeare in the parks and other outdoor theater in Chicago

See a show under the stars

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Chicago theater shows to see this summer

24 promising plays, musicals and festivals to put on your calendar

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Latest theater reviews

Loving Repeating

Gertrude Stein's words are set to song in a loving and lovely revival

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  • 4 out of 5 stars
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Bette, Live at the Continental Baths

Hell in a Handbag sets a time machine for Bette Midler's bathhouse days

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  • 3 out of 5 stars
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Grand Concourse

Heidi Schreck's play about a soup kitchen and a volatile volunteer isn't terribly filling

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  • 3 out of 5 stars
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Time Out loves

Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike

Christopher Durang's Chekhovian comedy gets a Chicago production and cast that were worth the wait

Time Out says
  • 4 out of 5 stars
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All Our Tragic

Sean Graney's monster mash-up of every extant Greek tragedy remains more than worth half your weekend

Time Out says
  • 5 out of 5 stars
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Brilliant Adventures

Part social realism, part science fiction, Alistair McDowall's American debut crackles with possibility

Time Out says
  • 4 out of 5 stars
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Moby Dick

A powerful, thrilling and acrobatic new adaptation that, like Ahab, just can’t quite capture the whale

Time Out says
  • 4 out of 5 stars
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Loving Repeating

Gertrude Stein's words are set to song in a loving and lovely revival

Time Out says
  • 4 out of 5 stars
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Soul Brother, Where Art Thou?

A markedly diverse sextet hits playful and piercing tones in the e.t.c.'s latest

Time Out says
  • 4 out of 5 stars
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Theater news

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Chicago Theater Memorial Bike Ride to commemorate recent losses September 19

A lakeside ride remembers 26 fallen theater artists

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Victory Gardens, Writers Theatre and more announce upcoming casting

Here's who you'll see in VG's IGNITION festival and Writers' complete upcoming season

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Master improvisers get serious with Stolen House

They'll improvise a full-length play every night

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The Kilroys' second "The List" highlights a slow Chicago season for women playwrights

The Kilroys' pointed gesture has a real Chicago point

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Northlight Theatre announces casting for fall shows

Here's who you'll see in You Can't Take It With You and Funnyman

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Steppenwolf Theatre Company

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Goodman Theatre

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Victory Gardens Biograph Theater

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The Den Theatre

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Greenhouse Theater Center

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Theater Wit

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Chicago Shakespeare Theater

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Stage 773

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Chopin Theatre

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Athenaeum Theatre

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2015–16 season announcements

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About Face Theatre

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The Gift Theatre

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The Ruckus

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The Neo-Futurists

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American Theater Company

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Steep Theatre

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