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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

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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

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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
Peerless

Peerless

A witty dark comedy trades Macbeth’s line of succession for college selection

Time Out says
  • 3 out of 5 stars
Uncle Vanya

Uncle Vanya

Annie Baker's take on Chekhov feels like family in the Goodman’s sturdy but unsurprising production

Time Out says
  • 3 out of 5 stars
Monster

Monster

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

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  • 3 out of 5 stars
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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
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
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

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  • 5 out of 5 stars
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Steppenwolf Theatre Company

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