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Chicago theater reviews

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

Blood Brothers

The long-running, long-winded British musical about a different kind of parent trap gets Theo Ubique's close-up treatment

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No Exit Cafe , Chicago Until Sunday November 15 2015

Gem of the Ocean

Critics' pick

The 1900s installment of August Wilson's ten-play cycle isn't its crown jewel, but Court's production is packed with strong performances

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Court Theatre , Hyde Park Until Sunday October 11 2015

Side Show

The musical about a famous pair of conjoined twins gets a second life

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Stage 773 , Lakeview Until Sunday October 18 2015


Pasek and Paul's score impresses in a story that feels ultimately unbalanced

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Theater Wit , Lakeview Until Sunday October 18 2015


Two alternating monologues take a glibly cynical look at the military and the media

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Angel Island , Lakeview Until Sunday October 18 2015

American Idiot

Critics' pick

No strangers to punk rock, the Hypocrites make a holiday of the Green Day show's first local production

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The Den Theatre , Wicker Park Until Sunday October 25 2015