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Review: Shining Lives: A Musical

This lovely chamber musical about an ugly chapter in Illinois labor history shines by focusing on radiant friendships

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  • 4 out of 5 stars
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Review: Crimes of the Heart

Beth Henley's 1979 dramedy is a sharp Southern family portrait about the push and pull of the past

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  • 4 out of 5 stars
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Review: Quiz Show

A seeming game-show satire reveals itself to be something much darker in Strawdog's U.S. premiere of Rob Drummond's play

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  • 3 out of 5 stars
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American Theater Company's PJ Paparelli killed in car accident

ATC's artistic director was 40.

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Goodman Theatre plans education-minded expansion

A new 7,800 square-foot education and engagement center is in the works

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Inana

A play about Iraqi artifacts suffers from too much artifice

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  • 2 out of 5 stars
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Shining Lives: A Musical

This lovely chamber musical about an ugly chapter in Illinois labor history shines by focusing on radiant friendships

Time Out says
  • 4 out of 5 stars
Read more

Crimes of the Heart

Beth Henley's 1979 dramedy is a sharp Southern family portrait about the push and pull of the past

Time Out says
  • 4 out of 5 stars
Read more

Quiz Show

A seeming game-show satire reveals itself to be something much darker in Strawdog's U.S. premiere of Rob Drummond's play

Time Out says
  • 3 out of 5 stars
Read more
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Three Sisters

The Hypocrites move Chekhov's siblings into modern language, but Moscow and all it stands for remain tragically out of reach

Time Out says
  • 4 out of 5 stars
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The Herd

Rory Kinnear's warm, perceptive family portrait benefits from a top-tier Steppenwolf cast

Time Out says
  • 4 out of 5 stars
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Bad Jews

Joshua Harmon's abrasive comedy raises solid questions about cultural heritage alongside lots of nervous laughter

Time Out says
  • 4 out of 5 stars
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The Little Foxes

A stacked ensemble, led by Shannon Cochran's marvelously cruel Regina Giddens, makes Lillian Hellman's Southern melodrama a still-modern thrill

Time Out says
  • 4 out of 5 stars
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Crimes of the Heart

Beth Henley's 1979 dramedy is a sharp Southern family portrait about the push and pull of the past

Time Out says
  • 4 out of 5 stars
Read more

Shining Lives: A Musical

This lovely chamber musical about an ugly chapter in Illinois labor history shines by focusing on radiant friendships

Time Out says
  • 4 out of 5 stars
Read more
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Jenn Gambatese joins Lyric Opera's Carousel cast

Jenn Gambatese is the latest addition to the Lyric Opera's spring staging of Rodgers & Hammerstein's Carousel. The Broadway vet, who played Maria in Lyric's The Sound of Music last spring, will fill the role of Carrie Pipperidge—one she's previously sung at Connecticut's Goodspeed Opera House. Gambatese joins the previously announced New York theater regulars Steven Pasquale and Laura Osnes, who will play Billy Bigelow and Julie Jordan, and opera star Denyce Graves, who's set to sing "You'll Never Walk Alone" as Nettie Fowler. The production, to be staged and choreographed by Rob Ashford, will run April 10–May 3. Carousel is the third in Lyric's series of five Rodgers and Hammerstein stagings, following The Sound of Music and 2013's Oklahoma! They'll be followed by The King and I next year and South Pacific in 2017. Tickets for Carousel are on sale now.

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Tony winner A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder will launch tour in Chicago

A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder, the underdoggish winner of the 2014 Tony Award for best musical, will launch a national tour in Chicago this fall, representatives for Broadway in Chicago said this morning. The comic operetta, written by Broadway first-timers Robert L. Freedman and Steven Lutvak, will play the Bank of America Theatre for a relatively brief two-week run, September 29–October 11. (By contrast, the touring launch of Motown the Musical stayed 12 weeks in Chicago last summer, though the Gentleman's Guide producers have said the show's tour will be limited overall to 44 weeks.) The show, in which a scoundrel attempts to speed up a family inheritance by offing the relatives who stand in his way, offers a particularly juicy quick-change role for the actor who plays eight of the targeted relatives; Jefferson Mays scored a Tony nomination for best actor as well as the Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle awards for the Broadway production. Casting for the touring production remains to be announced.

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Jessie Mueller and company spend A Night at the Tonys

The Chicago Humanities Festival concert traversed six-plus decades of musical theater

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Jeff Awards 2014: Equity Wing winners

Goodman, Writers and American Blues Theater lead the pack

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Josh Young and Erin Mackey on Amazing Grace

The rising Broadway stars, who lead the cast of the ambitious new musical, tell us how sweet the sound will be

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