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‘Trevor’ is an upbeat, optimistic new musical about getting past junior high

‘Trevor’ is an upbeat, optimistic new musical about getting past junior high

The new musical at Writers Theatre has an eye on bigger stages

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  • 4 out of 5 stars
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8 Chicago theater shows to see in August
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8 Chicago theater shows to see in August

A Broadway-aimed new musical, notable Chicago premieres and more

Shakespeare in the parks
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Shakespeare in the parks

When and where to spread out a blanket and see a play under the stars this summer

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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Trevor

Trevor

With an optimistic eye and a healthy dose of Diana Ross, a new musical about a gay kid’s coming-of-age shows strong promise

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  • 4 out of 5 stars
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Shockheaded Peter

Shockheaded Peter

The cult favorite musical, about naughty children meeting grisly deaths, feels rather lifeless despite fine performances

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  • 2 out of 5 stars
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Luzia

Luzia

For Cirque du Soleil’s latest spectacle, the French-Canadian circus troupe looks south to Mexico for inspiration

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  • 4 out of 5 stars
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Fight City

Fight City

Power corrupts in Factory Theater’s action-packed dystopian-future tale

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  • 4 out of 5 stars
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At the Table

At the Table

A blazing young ensemble brings its best to the table in this prickly portrait of friends and enmities

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  • 4 out of 5 stars
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Fight City

Fight City

Power corrupts in Factory Theater’s action-packed dystopian-future tale

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  • 4 out of 5 stars
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Moby Dick

Moby Dick

A powerful, thrilling and acrobatic new adaptation that, like Ahab, just can’t quite capture the whale

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  • 4 out of 5 stars
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Luzia

Luzia

For Cirque du Soleil’s latest spectacle, the French-Canadian circus troupe looks south to Mexico for inspiration

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  • 4 out of 5 stars
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Spamilton

Spamilton

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

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  • 4 out of 5 stars
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  • 5 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

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  • 4 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

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  • 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

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  • 4 out of 5 stars
Theater Wit
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Theater Wit

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  • 5 out of 5 stars