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The Lincoln Lodge looks for a permanent home
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The Lincoln Lodge looks for a permanent home

The long-running comedy showcase raises funds to put down roots

Adam Jacobs returns to the role of ‘Aladdin’
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Adam Jacobs returns to the role of ‘Aladdin’

The Disney musical’s lead actor takes the show on the road

17 Chicago theater shows to see in March
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17 Chicago theater shows to see in March

Among this month’s most intriguing offerings on Chicago stages are several that, intentionally or not, in this moment could easily be filed under R for resistance. Consider, obviously, Trap Door Theatre’s well-timed revival of Bertolt Brecht’s Chicago-set fascist allegory The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui. The modern genderqueer classic Hedwig and the Angry Inch, though it’s touring based on the 2014 Broadway revival, hits Chicago at an auspicious-feeling moment, and overlaps with American Theater Company’s revivial of William Inge’s Picnic, with gender– and race-conscious casting to make us rethink the 1950s melodrama. The conspiracy-minded could even read the doubled takes on L. Frank Baum’s man-behind-the-curtain tale suspiciously, but we’re confident that Kokandy Productions’ revival of the ’70s-flavored The Wiz and the House Theatre of Chicago’s remount of its 2005 The Great and Terrible Wizard of Oz would be worth getting excited about regardless of current events. And because Chicago theater offers too many riches to fit into any single narrative, there are highly anticipated Chicago premieres by writers like Tom Stoppard, Theresa Rebeck, Anne Washburn and Karen Zacarías to boot. Missing out on these shows would be real March madness.

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

These five stand-ups are taking the reins

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The Wiz

The Wiz

There’s no bad news in Kokandy’s savvy revival of the streetwise Oz adaptation

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10 Out of 12

10 Out of 12

Get an inside snoop on the playmaking process with Anne Washburn’s detailed approximation of tech hell

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The Source

The Source

A journalist and a filmmaker get paranoid while waiting on an informant in this timely but flimsy new work

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The Snare

The Snare

There are no spinning heads in Jackalope’s tense demonic-possession tale, but it might leave yours spinning

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The Snare

The Snare

There are no spinning heads in Jackalope’s tense demonic-possession tale, but it might leave yours spinning

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  • 4 out of 5 stars
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A Wrinkle in Time

A Wrinkle in Time

LIfeline delivers a thrilling adaptation of Madeleine L’Engle’s beloved YA fantasy

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Bootycandy

Bootycandy

Robert O’Hara’s collection of sketches deconstructs his own, and the theater’s, view of growing up black and gay in the South

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The Wiz

The Wiz

There’s no bad news in Kokandy’s savvy revival of the streetwise Oz adaptation

Time Out says
  • 4 out of 5 stars
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10 Out of 12

10 Out of 12

Get an inside snoop on the playmaking process with Anne Washburn’s detailed approximation of tech hell

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  • 4 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

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