17 theater shows to see this fall

These 17 plays and musicals are the fall theater shows to see

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Smokefall; The Magic Flute; King Lear; Sweeney Todd; Great Expectations

Smokefall; The Magic Flute; King Lear; Sweeney Todd; Great Expectations

The beginning of the fall theater season continues to creep backward into August, with terrific new shows already up and running, including the Hypocrites' epic All Our Tragic and Sideshow Theatre Company's Stupid Fucking Bird. But as we enter the post–Labor Day season, it's time to look ahead to what's new and necessary in the next few months—including highly anticipated performances like Larry Yando's turn in King Lear and tantalizing new works such as Nambi E. Kelley's adaptation of Native Son. Here's what we're most intrigued by on Chicago stages this fall.


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Titanic

  • Price band: 2/4
  • Critics choice

This scaled-down revision of the 1997 Tony Award winner for best musical, which uses 20 actors (down from the original's 45) and restores some cut material while reordering others, premiered in 2012 at the Hangar Theatre in Ithaca, New York; a 2013 production in London won several fringe awards. Scott Weinstein (Griffin's The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee) directs, with musical direction by Elizabeth Doran (TimeLine's Juno). The new orchestrations, by Northwestern alum Ian Weinberger, are meant to make Maury Yeston's score sound like it's played by the ship's band.

  1. Theater Wit 1229 W Belmont Ave, between Racine and Lakewood Aves
  2. Until Sun Dec 7
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Strandline

  • Price band: 2/4

A Red Orchid stages the U.S. premiere of a comic drama about small-town secrets by Irish playwright Abbie Spallen (whose earlier play Pumpgirl was produced by A Red Orchid in 2009). J.R. Sullivan will direct a cast to include ensemble members Dado, Kirsten Fitzgerald and Natalie West along with Meg Warner and John Babbo.

  1. A Red Orchid Theatre 1531 N Wells St, between Schiller St and North Ave
  2. Until Sun Dec 7
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Great Expectations

  • Price band: 1/4
  • Critics choice

Strawdog's stirring new adaptation of Dickens's novel earned the No. 3 slot on Time Out Chicago's list of the best plays of 2013. Director Jason Gerace returns for a remount this fall.

  1. Strawdog Theatre Company 3829 N Broadway, between Grace St and Sheridan Rd
  2. Until Sat Dec 13
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Buddy Cop 2

  • Price band: 1/4

Set in small-town Indiana in the 1980s, this 2010 piece by Hannah Bos and Paul Thureen's of NYC's The Debate Society is a quirky tale of cops, cancer and Christmas cheer with a slightly sinister bent. In other words, don't fret over missing Buddy Cop 1. Cassy Sanders directs Pavement Group's Midwest premiere, with a cast featuring Cyd Blakewell, Joe Zarrow, Gabe Franken and Leah Raidt.

  1. Theater Wit 1229 W Belmont Ave, between Racine and Lakewood Aves
  2. Until Sun Dec 21
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