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Chicago International Puppet Theater Festival

What to see at Blair Thomas's new fest

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Chicago Theatre Week tickets on sale

The third annual Chicago Theatre Week is coming February 12–22

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The best Chicago theater of 2014

Our picks for the year's best plays

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15 theater shows to see this winter

These 15 plays and musicals are the winter theater shows to see

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Musical theater in Chicago

Find new and classic musicals and revues onstage in Chicago

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Latest theater reviews

Accidentally, Like a Martyr

A slice of gay-bar life grapples movingly with how we deal with grief

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  • 4 out of 5 stars
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Plastic Revolution

A high-energy, entertaining musical is an auspicious start to the New Colony's residency at the Den

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  • 4 out of 5 stars
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Mr. Burns, a post-electric-play

Anne Washburn's three-act play is a wonderfully weird paean to pop culture's place in our lives

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  • 4 out of 5 stars
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Keys of the Kingdom

Penny Penniston’s religious culture-clash comedy treats all of its characters with humanity, even when they seem more like points of view than humans

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  • 3 out of 5 stars
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Edith Can Shoot Things and Hit Them

Kids fend for themselves in this endearing adolescent wish-fulfillment fantasy

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  • 4 out of 5 stars
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The Humans

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

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  • 5 out of 5 stars
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H.M.S. Pinafore

The Hypocrites expand their Gilbert & Sullivan Rep

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  • 4 out of 5 stars
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Airline Highway

Partying with the down and out in New Orleans

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  • 4 out of 5 stars
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A Map of Virtue

A rich, affecting guide to the capricious cartography of human connection

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  • 4 out of 5 stars
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Lookingglass Alice

The acrobatic Alice returns full of wonder

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  • 4 out of 5 stars
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Jenn Gambatese joins Lyric Opera's Carousel cast

Jenn Gambatese is the latest addition to the Lyric Opera's spring staging of Rodgers & Hammerstein's Carousel. The Broadway vet, who played Maria in Lyric's The Sound of Music last spring, will fill the role of Carrie Pipperidge—one she's previously sung at Connecticut's Goodspeed Opera House. Gambatese joins the previously announced New York theater regulars Steven Pasquale and Laura Osnes, who will play Billy Bigelow and Julie Jordan, and opera star Denyce Graves, who's set to sing "You'll Never Walk Alone" as Nettie Fowler. The production, to be staged and choreographed by Rob Ashford, will run April 10–May 3. Carousel is the third in Lyric's series of five Rodgers and Hammerstein stagings, following The Sound of Music and 2013's Oklahoma! They'll be followed by The King and I next year and South Pacific in 2017. Tickets for Carousel are on sale now.

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Tony winner A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder will launch tour in Chicago

A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder, the underdoggish winner of the 2014 Tony Award for best musical, will launch a national tour in Chicago this fall, representatives for Broadway in Chicago said this morning. The comic operetta, written by Broadway first-timers Robert L. Freedman and Steven Lutvak, will play the Bank of America Theatre for a relatively brief two-week run, September 29–October 11. (By contrast, the touring launch of Motown the Musical stayed 12 weeks in Chicago last summer, though the Gentleman's Guide producers have said the show's tour will be limited overall to 44 weeks.) The show, in which a scoundrel attempts to speed up a family inheritance by offing the relatives who stand in his way, offers a particularly juicy quick-change role for the actor who plays eight of the targeted relatives; Jefferson Mays scored a Tony nomination for best actor as well as the Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle awards for the Broadway production. Casting for the touring production remains to be announced.

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Jessie Mueller and company spend A Night at the Tonys

The Chicago Humanities Festival concert traversed six-plus decades of musical theater

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Jeff Awards 2014: Equity Wing winners

Goodman, Writers and American Blues Theater lead the pack

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Josh Young and Erin Mackey on Amazing Grace

The rising Broadway stars, who lead the cast of the ambitious new musical, tell us how sweet the sound will be

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Steppenwolf Theatre Company

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Goodman Theatre

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Victory Gardens Biograph Theater

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The Den Theatre

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Greenhouse Theater Center

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Theater Wit

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Chicago Shakespeare Theater

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Stage 773

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Chopin Theatre

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Athenaeum Theatre

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2015–16 season announcements

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American Blues Theater

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Black Ensemble Theater

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Theatre at the Center

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Drury Lane Oakbrook Terrace

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16th Street Theater

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Eclipse Theatre Company

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