Chicago theater reviews

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

Good People

David Lindsay-Abaire's play gets a second Chicago production quick on the heels of its first

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Redtwist Theatre Thursday July 2 2015 - Sunday August 2 2015

Moby Dick

Critics' pick

A powerful, thrilling and acrobatic new adaptation that, like Ahab, just can’t quite capture the whale

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Lookingglass Theatre Until Friday August 28 2015

The Who and the What

Ayad Akhtar lays out the tension between tradition and assimilation in a Muslim-American family

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Victory Gardens Biograph Theater Wednesday July 1 2015 - Sunday July 12 2015

Goldfish

Critics' pick

Great acting and sharp dialogue keep heavy subject matter afloat in John Kolvenbach's portrait of children and parents

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Greenhouse Theater Center Thursday July 2 2015 - Sunday July 12 2015

On Your Feet!

Critics' pick

The rhythm really is gonna get you in the remarkably confident new Broadway-bound Gloria Estefan musical

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Oriental Theatre Until Sunday July 5 2015

Abraham Lincoln Was a F*gg*t

Critics' pick

A teen makes his case that Abe was a ’mo in this sweetly profane, ultimately humane comedy

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Greenhouse Theater Center Thursday July 2 2015 - Sunday July 5 2015

Love and Human Remains

A revival of Brad Fraser's play about sexual and emotional violence is well acted but feels dated and empty

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Rivendell Theatre Thursday July 2 2015 - Saturday July 11 2015

Soon I Will Be Invincible

A superhero novel turned rock musical is often amusing even if it's not all-powerful

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Lifeline Theatre Thursday July 2 2015 - Sunday July 19 2015

Stick Fly

Critics' pick

Lydia R. Diamond's 2006 play about race, class and privilege is ideal viewing for audiences in 2015

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Windy City Playhouse Wednesday July 1 2015 - Sunday July 19 2015

Inana

A play about Iraqi artifacts suffers from too much artifice

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TimeLine Theatre Company Until Sunday July 26 2015

Doubt

John Patrick Shanley's parable gets a real church setting in Writers Theatre's effective production

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Glencoe Union Church Until Wednesday July 29 2015

Undressed

TJ and Dave's latest revue finds comedy in awkward situations but often stops short of baring it all

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iO The Mission Friday July 3 2015 - Saturday August 1 2015

Soul Brother, Where Art Thou?

Critics' pick

A markedly diverse sextet hits playful and piercing tones in the Second City e.t.c.'s latest

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The Second City e.t.c. Thursday July 2 2015 - Sunday August 30 2015

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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