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Smokefall

  • Rated as: 5/5
  • Price band: 3/4
  • Critics choice

Noah Haidle's impossible family drama returns with even greater depth

  1. Goodman Theatre 170 N Dearborn St, between Randolph and Lake Sts
  2. Until Sun Oct 26
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Season on the Line

  • Rated as: 4/5
  • Price band: 1/4
  • Critics choice

The House chases its whale in a clever meta-adaptation

  1. Chopin Theatre 1543 W Division St, at Milwaukee Ave
  2. Until Sun Oct 26
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The Commons of Pensacola

  • Rated as: 2/5
  • Price band: 3/4

What happens to a swindler's newly poor relations

Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde

  • Rated as: 2/5
  • Price band: 1/4

A quartet of Hydes seek meaning in Jeffrey Hatcher's adaptation

  1. Rivendell Theatre 5779 N Ridge Ave, between Edgewater and Ardmore Aves
  2. Until Sun Oct 19
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The Monster in the Hall

  • Rated as: 3/5
  • Price band: 1/4

David Grieg's unconventional coming-of-age story pops at Filament

  1. Filament Theatre Ensemble 4041 N Milwaukee Ave, between Irving Park Rd and Belle Plaine Ave
  2. Until Sun Oct 26
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Another Bone

  • Rated as: 3/5
  • Price band: 2/4

Redtwist's portrait of post–9/11 grief is exceedingly tidy

  1. Redtwist Theatre 1044 W Bryn Mawr Ave, at Kenmore Ave
  2. Thu Oct 2 - Sun Oct 19
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A Kurt Weill Cabaret

  • Rated as: 4/5
  • Price band: 1/4
  • Critics choice

Theo Ubique gives voice to a composer's wide-ranging work

  1. No Exit Cafe 6970 N Glenwood Ave, between Morse and Lunt Aves
  2. Until Sun Oct 19
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Evil Dead—The Musical

  • Rated as: 1/5
  • Price band: 3/4

This horror spoof is DOA

  1. Broadway Playhouse at Water Tower Place 175 E Chestnut St, between Michigan Ave and Seneca St
  2. Until Sun Oct 12
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Rest

  • Rated as: 3/5
  • Price band: 2/4

Samuel D. Hunter's look at a rest home in decline is compassionate if contrived

  1. Victory Gardens Biograph Theater 2433 N Lincoln Ave, between Fullerton Ave and Montana St
  2. Until Sun Oct 12
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Let Me Down Easy

  • Rated as: 4/5
  • Price band: 2/4
  • Critics choice

Usman Ally kills in a solo piece about death and dying

  1. American Theater Company 1909 W Byron Ave, between Wolcott and Lincoln Aves
  2. Until Fri Oct 10
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Mercy Strain

  • Rated as: 2/5
  • Price band: 2/4

This solo piece strains credulity

  1. American Theater Company 1909 W Byron Ave, between Wolcott and Lincoln Aves
  2. Until Sat Oct 18
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Native Son

  • Rated as: 5/5
  • Price band: 2/4
  • Critics choice

Nambi E. Kelley impressively dramatizes Richard Wright's seminal Chicago novel

  1. Court Theatre 5535 S Ellis Ave, between 55th and 56th Sts
  2. Until Sun Oct 19
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Jane Eyre

  • Rated as: 3/5
  • Price band: 2/4

Lifeline adapts Charlotte Brontë's romantic classic

  1. Lifeline Theatre 6912 N Glenwood Ave, between Farwell and Morse Aves
  2. Until Sun Oct 26
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Fail/Safe

  • Rated as: 4/5
  • Price band: 1/4
  • Critics choice

Strawdog adapts a Cold War cautionary tale

  1. Strawdog Theatre Company 3829 N Broadway, between Grace St and Sheridan Rd
  2. Until Tue Oct 14
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King Lear

  • Rated as: 2/5
  • Price band: 3/4

Larry Yando toplines a Lear that doesn't cohere

  1. Chicago Shakespeare Theater 800 E Grand Ave, at Navy Pier
  2. Until Sun Nov 9
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Mnemonic

  • Rated as: 2/5
  • Price band: 1/4

More self-consciously experimental than memorable

  1. Storefront Theater, Gallery 37 Center for the Arts 66 E Randolph St, at Garland Ct
  2. Until Sun Oct 5
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Death Tax

  • Rated as: 4/5
  • Price band: 2/4
  • Critics choice

A twisty, morbidly funny study in situational ethics

  1. Lookingglass Theatre 821 N Michigan Ave, at Pearson St
  2. Until Sun Oct 12
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The Downpour

  • Rated as: 4/5
  • Price band: 2/4
  • Critics choice

A baby's not necessarily a blessing in a tense family drama

  1. Greenhouse Theater Center 2257 N Lincoln Ave, between Webster and Belden Aves
  2. Until Sun Oct 19
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The Coward

  • Rated as: 2/5
  • Price band: 1/4

Nick Jones's aim is only semi-true in this fops-and-robbers comedy

  1. Theater Wit 1229 W Belmont Ave, between Racine and Lakewood Aves
  2. Until Sun Oct 5
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Isaac's Eye

  • Rated as: 3/5
  • Price band: 3/4

Writers offers a postmodern vision of the need to experiment

  1. Books on Vernon 664 Vernon Ave
  2. Until Sun Dec 7
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