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Jet Black Chevrolet

  • Rated as: 2/5
  • Price band: 1/4

A well-acted mystery lacks drive

  1. the side project 1439 W Jarvis Ave, between Greenview Ave and Sheridan Rd
  2. Until Sun Dec 21
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Lookingglass Alice

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

The acrobatic Alice returns full of wonder

  1. Lookingglass Theatre 821 N Michigan Ave, at Pearson St
  2. Until Sun Feb 15
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The Humans

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

Stephen Karam's terrific new play turns on family ties and fears

  1. American Theater Company 1909 W Byron Ave, between Wolcott and Lincoln Aves
  2. Until Sun Dec 21
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Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas! The Musical

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

Whoville comes to the Chicago Theatre

  1. Chicago Theatre 175 N State St, between Randolph and Lake Sts
  2. Until Sat Nov 29
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Dee Snider's Rock & Roll Christmas Tale

  • Rated as: 3/5
  • Price band: 3/4

This cornball twisted Christmas somewhat jingle-bell rocks

  1. Broadway Playhouse at Water Tower Place 175 E Chestnut St, between Michigan Ave and Seneca St
  2. Until Sat Dec 6
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Hotel Aphrodite

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

The Factory checks in to a terrific sex farce

  1. Prop Thtr 3502–4 N Elston Ave, at Troy St
  2. Until Sat Dec 20
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Tamer of Horses

  • Rated as: 3/5
  • Price band: 1/4

Ron OJ Parson helms Mastrosimone's drama

  1. Victory Gardens Biograph Theater 2433 N Lincoln Ave, between Fullerton Ave and Montana St
  2. Until Sun Dec 14
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The Nutcracker

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

The House's holiday treat retains its magic

  1. Chopin Theatre 1543 W Division St, at Milwaukee Ave
  2. Until Tue Dec 30
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Mud, River, Stone

  • Rated as: 3/5
  • Price band: 1/4

Lynn Nottage gathers strangers in Africa

  1. Athenaeum Theatre 2936 N Southport Ave, at Oakdale Ave
  2. Until Sun Dec 14
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Great Expectations

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

Strawdog's stirring adaptation still lives up

  1. Strawdog Theatre Company 3829 N Broadway, between Grace St and Sheridan Rd
  2. Until Sat Dec 13
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Women at War

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

A rousing exploration of women in combat

  1. Rivendell Theatre 5779 N Ridge Ave, between Edgewater and Ardmore Aves
  2. Until Sat Dec 6
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Camelot

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

Drury Lane mounts a lush, bracing new revival

  1. Drury Lane Oakbrook Terrace 100 Drury Ln
  2. Until Sun Jan 4
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Strandline

  • Rated as: 2/5
  • Price band: 2/4

A perplexing Irish tale leaves us stranded

  1. A Red Orchid Theatre 1531 N Wells St, between Schiller St and North Ave
  2. Until Sun Dec 7
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The King and I

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

Marriott's production is a Siamese dream

  1. Marriott Theatre in Lincolnshire 10 Marriott Dr
  2. Until Sun Jan 4
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Titanic

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

This intimate staging is worth the voyage

  1. Theater Wit 1229 W Belmont Ave, between Racine and Lakewood Aves
  2. Until Sun Dec 7
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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 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 Sat Dec 6
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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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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 21
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