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8 Chicago theater shows to see in November
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8 Chicago theater shows to see in November

Sandwiched between Halloween and Christmas, November offers a bounty of theater productions for just about every mood.

Cheap Chicago theater tickets and seven ways to get them
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Cheap Chicago theater tickets and seven ways to get them

See Chicago theater on the cheap with our expert tips and tricks

Your guide to musical theater in Chicago
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Your guide to musical theater in Chicago

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

The Chicago Magic Lounge provides a new home for old tricks
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The Chicago Magic Lounge provides a new home for old tricks

The new theater in Andersonville hopes to be a hub for the city’s revitalized sleight-of-hand scene.

Broadway in Chicago’s complete 2018 slate
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Broadway in Chicago’s complete 2018 slate

Check out the full schedule of touring shows coming to BIC’s downtown theaters

Best sellers

Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas! The Musical

Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas! The Musical

Your heart will grow three sizes the day you see this holiday classic!

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4 out of 5 stars
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Cirque Dreams Holidaze

Cirque Dreams Holidaze

Acrobats, illusionists, jugglers and stilt-walkers make up this kinetic holiday show

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A Christmas Carol

A Christmas Carol

The Dickens classic returns once more to the Goodman Theatre.

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The Nutcracker

The Nutcracker

This classic will have you humming “Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy” for days.

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5 out of 5 stars
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Plainclothes

Plainclothes

Energetic, funny and packed with emotion, the play features millennial characters who self-consciously wrestle with institutional racism in ways that feel genuine.

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4 out of 5 stars
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Cosmologies

Cosmologies

Some questions are best left unanswered, and David Rabe’s new metaphysical farce leaves you thinking that the meaning of life might one of them.

Time Out says
2 out of 5 stars
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In the Canyon

In the Canyon

A full-throated, pro-choice, pro-women, anti-Trump war cry.

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4 out of 5 stars
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A Shayna Maidel

A Shayna Maidel

A Shayna Maidel begins with with birth of a child during a pogrom in 19th-century Poland. Someone observes that the baby, named Mordechai, already knows not to cry—a survival instinct that the rest of the play interrogates. Barbara Lebow’s 1984 drama, which deals with transgenerational conflict in the aftermath of the Holocaust, is keenly aware of how survival instincts beget survivors’ guilt, sometimes with reason. Set mostly in 1946, the play revolves around Mordechai’s daughters, Luisa (Emily Berman) and Rose (Bri Sudia). The hard-charging Mordechai (played by Charles Stransky) escaped Poland with Rose when she was very young, leaving Luisa behind with her mother (Carin Schapiro Silkaitis). After the war, the sisters are reunited by their father in New York City. When Luisa arrives early, she and Rose and are left to each other’s devices. They work to overcome the language barrier between them, as Rose fumbles to make her long-lost sister feel welcome and Luisa tries to cobble her life back together. Rose has no memories of life in Poland, but Luisa is haunted by them; she continually slips into vivid recollections—bordering on hallucinations— from her past, including memories of her mother, her friend Hanna (Sarah Wisterman) and the love of her life, Duvid (Alex Stein). It is these moments in the play, when Luisa’s mind is transported back through time, that best illustrate the limitations of Vanessa Stalling’s generally solid revival. They are accompanied by the soun

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3 out of 5 stars
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Steppenwolf Theatre Company

Steppenwolf Theatre Company

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Goodman Theatre

Goodman Theatre

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Victory Gardens Biograph Theater
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Victory Gardens Biograph Theater

The Den Theatre

The Den Theatre

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Greenhouse Theater Center

Greenhouse Theater Center

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Theater Wit

Theater Wit

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