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

There’s no shortage of great Chicago plays and musicals to see any day of the year—but sometimes there might be a shortage in your wallet. Traditionally, most theaters in Chicago (including Broadway in Chicago) have offered incentives for full-season subscriptions. But anecdotally at least, subscription bases are on the wane, as younger audiences want more flexibility and less commitment. And seasonal subscriptions do no good for visitors to the city. So what to do if you want a deal? Here are seven excellent avenues to seeing Chicago theater on the cheap. RECOMMENDED: Where to see Chicago theater in the Loop

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

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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

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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

American Theater Company has ended its 33-year run
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American Theater Company has ended its 33-year run

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The Harvest

The Harvest

By the time Samuel Hunter introduces us to the dingy church basement in which his play The Harvest is set, the big news has already dropped: Four young missionaries from an evangelical congregation in Idaho Falls are heading to the Middle East, but only three of them will return. Josh (Raphael Diaz) plans to stay in the never-specified country they’re visiting to dedicate the rest of his life to mission work. The causes and consequences of this decision form the nervous system of Hunter’s profoundly poignant script, which receives an exquisite production from director Jonathan Berry. Early on, we find out that Josh’s father has just died, a fact learned when his older sister, Michaela (Paloma Nozicka), comes back to town. She’s not there because of the death, but rather because she heard her brother is planning to uproot his life. It’s a quick glimpse into the family’s calamitous history. Diaz’s face tells the story, too: He plays Josh with a broken, vacant kindness, like a teddy bear left behind in a biker bar. The more we learn about the family's history—and Josh’s life in Idaho Falls—the cloudier his intentions become. Is he running toward God or away from everything else? Later in the play, Josh tells the group supervisor, a perkily persistent Ava (Kiayla Ryann), that he’s waiting for a sign that he's on the right path. As devoted as he is, Josh is having trouble living on belief alone. He wants proof. It’s another thing that separates Josh from his fellow missionaries

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Buddy—The Buddy Holly Story

Buddy—The Buddy Holly Story

This surface-level bio is more interested in musical fan service than actual insights, but the music, and its star, are top of the line

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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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Buddy—The Buddy Holly Story

Buddy—The Buddy Holly Story

This surface-level bio is more interested in musical fan service than actual insights, but the music, and its star, are top of the line

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