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Devil's Day Off

  • Rated as: 2/5
  • Price band: 1/4

A heat wave depicted in 50 micro-scenes

  1. Signal Ensemble Theatre 1802 W Berenice Ave, Ravenswood Ave
  2. Until Sat Nov 22
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Pseudo-Chum

  • Rated as: 3/5
  • Price band: 1/4

Three storylines swim in choppy waters

  1. Neo-Futurarium 5153 N Ashland Ave, between Winona St and Foster Ave
  2. Until Sat Nov 29
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The Submission

  • Rated as: 2/5
  • Price band: 1/4

A white, male playwright makes a black, female name for himself

  1. Apollo Theater 2540 N Lincoln Ave, at Lill St
  2. Until Tue Nov 25
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The Anyway Cabaret (an animal cabaret)

  • Rated as: 1/5
  • Price band: 1/4

Animal crooners with rhyme but no reason

  1. Storefront Theater, Gallery 37 Center for the Arts 66 E Randolph St, at Garland Ct
  2. Until Sun Nov 16
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Amazing Grace

  • Rated as: 3/5
  • Price band: 3/4

The new musical hasn't earned its name quite yet

  1. Bank of America Theatre 18 W Monroe St, between State and Dearborn Sts
  2. Until Sun Nov 2
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Bethany

  • Rated as: 2/5
  • Price band: 1/4

Desperate times lead to delusional measures

  1. The Gift Theatre 4802 N Milwaukee Ave, at Lawrence Ave
  2. Sun Oct 26 - Sun Nov 23
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The Frozen on the Square (1982)

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

Compelling lives in a Bergman background

  1. The Den Theatre 1333 N Milwaukee Ave, at Paulina St
  2. Sun Oct 26 - Sun Nov 9
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Sweeney Todd

  • Rated as: 3/5
  • Price band: 2/4

Porchlight's production cuts unevenly

  1. Stage 773 1225 W Belmont Ave, between Racine and Lakewood Aves
  2. Until Sun Nov 16
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The Wild Party

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

Don't be late to this Jazz Age jam

  1. Victory Gardens Biograph Theater 2433 N Lincoln Ave, between Fullerton Ave and Montana St
  2. Until Sat Nov 1
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The Cryptogram

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

David Mamet's puzzle packs a punch at Profiles

  1. Profiles Theatre Alley Stage 4147 N Broadway, between Gordon Terr and Buena Ave
  2. Until Sun Nov 16
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The Vandal

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

A talkative, tale-spinning teen leaves a mark

  1. Steep Theatre 1115 W Berwyn Ave, between Broadway and Winthrop Ave
  2. Until Sat Nov 8
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Danny Casolaro Died For You

  • Rated as: 2/5
  • Price band: 2/4

True-life intrigue gets lost in the details

  1. TimeLine Theatre Company 615 W Wellington Ave, at Broadway
  2. Until Sun Dec 21
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The Night Alive

  • Rated as: 2/5
  • Price band: 3/4

Conor McPherson's latest lacks vitality

  1. Steppenwolf Theatre Company 1650 N Halsted St, between Willow St and North Ave
  2. Until Sun Nov 16
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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 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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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 Nov 16
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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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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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Stage 773

  • Price band: 1/4
  1. 1225 W Belmont Ave, (between Racine and Lakewood Aves)
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Harris Theater

  • Price band: 2/4
  1. 205 E Randolph St, (between Michigan Ave and Columbus Dr)
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Theater Wit

  • Price band: 1/4
  1. 1229 W Belmont Ave, (between Racine and Lakewood Aves)
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