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16 Chicago theater shows to see in February
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16 Chicago theater shows to see in February

From Shakespeare to shadow puppets, this month offers variety

Chicago Theatre Week
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Chicago Theatre Week

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Five comedians to look out for
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Five comedians to look out for

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The best Chicago theater of 2016
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The best Chicago theater of 2016

Our picks for the top 10 plays of the year

Latest theater reviews

Monster

Monster

Powerful performances temper mixed metaphors in Steppenwolf’s adaptation of Walter Dean Myers’s YA novel

Time Out says
  • 3 out of 5 stars
Love's Labor's Lost

Love's Labor's Lost

Like the oath taken by its men regarding women, this Chicago Shakes production keeps its passions at a slight remove

Time Out says
  • 3 out of 5 stars
Beowulf

Beowulf

A new take on the old tale has its charms, but can feel too epic for its frame

Time Out says
  • 3 out of 5 stars
Straight White Men

Straight White Men

Experimentalist Young Jean Lee examines SWM privilege via the father-son play

Time Out says
  • 4 out of 5 stars
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Time Out loves

The Book of Joseph
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The Book of Joseph

A devastating first act somewhat diminishes the smaller-stakes second in Karen Hartman’s semihistorical new play

Time Out says
  • 4 out of 5 stars
Straight White Men

Straight White Men

Experimentalist Young Jean Lee examines SWM privilege via the father-son play

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

Users say
  • 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