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Show reviews and best bets for the fourth annual event celebrating theater in Chicago

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The Explorers Club

This strained comedy about an explorers' society needs to keep searching for laughs

Time Out says
  • 2 out of 5 stars
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Body/Courage

Danielle Pinnock embodies a range of characters, including herself, in this engrossing, interview-based solo performance

Time Out says
  • 4 out of 5 stars
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Mothers and Sons

Terrence McNally again considers the AIDS crisis from the perspective of those left behind

Time Out says
  • 4 out of 5 stars
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The Man Who Murdered Sherlock Holmes

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle teams up with his best-known character to right a wrong in this generally charming new musical

Time Out says
  • 3 out of 5 stars
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Beautiful—The Carole King Musical

Abby Mueller handily fills two pairs of big shoes: her titular character’s and her Tony-winning sister’s

Time Out says
  • 4 out of 5 stars
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  • 3 out of 5 stars
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Marjorie Prime

Jordan Harrison pens a humane consideration of whether technology can substitute for humans

Time Out says
  • 4 out of 5 stars
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Le Switch

A rowdy bachelor party leads to true love in Philip Dawkins's new rom-com

Time Out says
  • 4 out of 5 stars
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Fool Me Twice, Déjà Vu

You might think you've seen the Second City's 104th mainstage revue before, but give it the chance to revisit itself

Time Out says
  • 5 out of 5 stars
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Mary-Arrchie Theatre Co.'s block is now "Honorary Richard Cotovsky Way"

As the company ends its run, its artistic director gets to leave a permanent mark

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Disney's 'Aladdin' musical to launch tour in Chicago

Your wish is granted in April 2017

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Casting revealed for 'The SpongeBob Musical'

Meet Tina Landau's future SpongeBob and Sandy Cheeks

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Steppenwolf and Boka to open new café/bar/theater

The hangout will connect Steppenwolf's current main lobby and new black-box theater

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Casting set for Theo Ubique's 'Rent'

See who will be living "La Vie Boheme"

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Stage 773

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