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Steppenwolf’s Martha Lavey dies at 60
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Steppenwolf’s Martha Lavey dies at 60

The company’s artistic director from 1995 to 2015, Lavey was an outsize influence on theater in Chicago

17 Chicago theater shows to see in May
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17 Chicago theater shows to see in May

Spring is in full bloom in Chicago theater with a bumper crop of new plays and musicals

2017 Non-Equity Jeff Award nominations announced
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2017 Non-Equity Jeff Award nominations announced

The Wiz, Urinetown and High Fidelity lead the noms

Musical theater in Chicago
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Musical theater in Chicago

From tours to local tuners, see what's playing now and in coming weeks

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La Havana Madrid

La Havana Madrid

Sandra Delgado goes digging into Lakeview’s lost Latinx legacy, with charming and edifying results

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  • 4 out of 5 stars
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Aladdin

Aladdin

Disney unleashes its lavish magic as the Broadway musical kicks off its national tour in Chicago

Time Out says
  • 4 out of 5 stars
Users say
  • 5 out of 5 stars
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Marry Me a Little

Marry Me a Little

Porchlight Music Theatre revamps a revue of Sondheim trunk songs to hugely affecting effect

Time Out says
  • 4 out of 5 stars
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King of the Yees

King of the Yees

This new work from playwright Lauren Yee is inspired by her family and others who share her surname in San Francisco’s large Chinese-American community

Time Out says
  • 3 out of 5 stars
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  • 4 out of 5 stars
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The Great and Terrible Wizard of Oz

The Great and Terrible Wizard of Oz

Go back over the rainbow with the House’s remount of its engaging Oz riff

Time Out says
  • 4 out of 5 stars
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Marry Me a Little

Marry Me a Little

Porchlight Music Theatre revamps a revue of Sondheim trunk songs to hugely affecting effect

Time Out says
  • 4 out of 5 stars
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La Havana Madrid

La Havana Madrid

Sandra Delgado goes digging into Lakeview’s lost Latinx legacy, with charming and edifying results

Time Out says
  • 4 out of 5 stars
Buy tickets
Spamilton

Spamilton

Musical-satire mastermind Gerard Alessandrini’s latest follows its source material into an open Chicago run

Time Out says
  • 4 out of 5 stars
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Aladdin

Aladdin

Disney unleashes its lavish magic as the Broadway musical kicks off its national tour in Chicago

Time Out says
  • 4 out of 5 stars
Users say
  • 5 out of 5 stars
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Hamilton

Hamilton

Nobody’s throwing away their shot in this top-shelf Chicago staging of the most talked-about new musical in years

Time Out says
  • 5 out of 5 stars
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  • 5 out of 5 stars
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Steppenwolf Theatre Company
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Steppenwolf Theatre Company

Users say
  • 5 out of 5 stars
Goodman Theatre
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Goodman Theatre

Victory Gardens Biograph Theater
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Victory Gardens Biograph Theater

The Den Theatre
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The Den Theatre

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  • 5 out of 5 stars
Greenhouse Theater Center
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Greenhouse Theater Center

Users say
  • 4 out of 5 stars
Theater Wit
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Theater Wit

Users say
  • 5 out of 5 stars