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2016 Non-Equity Jeff Award Nominations

Theo Ubique, Bailiwick, New Colony and Definition Theatre lead a broad field of nominees

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Latest theater reviews

In the Time of the Butterflies

Julia Álvarez’s 1994 historical novel gets a solid, if uneven, staging

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  • 3 out of 5 stars
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Even Longer and Farther Away

The New Colony’s mystical mountain play has its charms, but isn’t quite magical enough to feel real

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  • 2 out of 5 stars
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Jesus Hopped the ‘A’ Train

Faith, morality and justice are all questioned in Stephen Adly Guirgis's prison drama

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  • 3 out of 5 stars
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Carlyle

A contrarian comedy about a black Republican doesn’t cross party lines

Time Out says
  • 2 out of 5 stars
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Richard III

Michael Patrick Thornton stands tall as Shakespeare's Machiavellian monarch in the Gift Theatre's crownworthy production

Time Out says
  • 4 out of 5 stars
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Kill Floor

Killer acting propels this small-town tale of redemption seekers at American Theater Company

Time Out says
  • 4 out of 5 stars
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The Flick

Annie Baker's Pulitzer-winning workplace portrait gets a beautifully realized Chicago premiere

Time Out says
  • 5 out of 5 stars
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Rent

A 'Rent' resized pays off for Theo Ubique

Time Out says
  • 4 out of 5 stars
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Adding Machine: A Musical

The Hypocrites tally up a stunning revival of this bleakly comic, Chicago-born musical adaptation

Time Out says
  • 5 out of 5 stars
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Mary Page Marlowe

The latest from Tracy Letts and Anna D. Shapiro is a captivating portrait of an ordinary life

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  • 4 out of 5 stars
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Mary-Arrchie Theatre Co.'s block is now "Honorary Richard Cotovsky Way"

As the company ends its run, its artistic director gets to leave a permanent mark

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Disney's 'Aladdin' musical to launch tour in Chicago

Your wish is granted in April 2017

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Casting revealed for 'The SpongeBob Musical'

Meet Tina Landau's future SpongeBob and Sandy Cheeks

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Steppenwolf and Boka to open new café/bar/theater

The hangout will connect Steppenwolf's current main lobby and new black-box theater

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Casting set for Theo Ubique's 'Rent'

See who will be living "La Vie Boheme"

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