Chicago theater reviews

Read the latest reviews of plays, musicals and other stage shows from Time Out's theater critics

The Royale

Critics' pick

A black boxer in the early 1900s chafes at the irrational restraints of race in Marco Ramirez's impactful drama

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American Theater Company Until Sunday March 29 2015

A Kid Like Jake

Can well-meaning parents let a boy play princess without making a progressive-credentials case out of it?

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Greenhouse Theater Center Until Sunday March 15 2015

Music Hall

TUTA Theatre Chicago plays Jean-Luc Lagarce's song in a compelling ode to the performative spirit

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The Den Theatre Until Sunday March 8 2015

Edgar & Annabel

Freedom fighters hide in plain domestic sight in Sam Holcroft's 2011 hybrid of political thriller and political farce

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the side project Until Sunday March 15 2015

Marie Antoinette

Critics' pick

David Adjmi rebuilds the queen of "let them eat cake" for a low-carb, reality-TV era

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Steppenwolf Theatre Company Until Sunday May 10 2015

A Nice Indian Boy

Madhuri Shekar’s situation comedy (emphasis on the situation) offers an unexpected, if somewhat stilted, twist on meeting the parents

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Victory Gardens Biograph Theater Until Sunday March 8 2015

Samsara

Critics' pick

Three expectant parents await the arrival of their child in Lauren Yee's savvy and affecting piece about modern reproduction

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Victory Gardens Biograph Theater Until Sunday March 8 2015

First Date

Though its cast has charm to spare, this musical romcom confection gets bogged down in clichés

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Royal George Theatre Until Sunday March 29 2015

Sondheim on Sondheim

Critics' pick

The composer literally looms over Porchlight's polished production in this hybrid revue

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Stage 773 Until Sunday March 15 2015

The Addams Family

In its first Chicago staging since its Broadway tryout, the musical still sucks the lifeblood out of its creepy, kooky characters

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Mercury Theater Until Sunday April 5 2015

Dividing the Estate

A Texas family squabbles over inheritances in Horton Foote's final play

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Raven Theatre Until Saturday March 28 2015

White Guy on the Bus

Bruce Graham's take on racial tension is as black-and-white as it sounds.

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Northlight Theatre, North Shore Center for the Performing Arts Until Saturday February 28 2015

The Apple Family Plays

Critics' pick

TimeLine’s half-bushel of Richard Nelson’s four plays about the Apple family benefits immensely from a potent core of actors

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TimeLine Theatre Company Until Sunday April 19 2015

Red Bud

The alt-kids aren’t alright in Brett Neveu’s coming-of-middle-age comedy

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Signal Ensemble Theatre Until Saturday February 28 2015

Circle-Machine

For an abstract story, Circle-Machine is awfully literal

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Oracle Theatre Until Saturday March 14 2015 Free

Panic on Cloud 9

Critics' pick

The Second City's 103rd mainstage revue delivers solid sketches

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The Second City Mainstage Until Sunday August 30 2015

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