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13 Chicago theater shows to see in February
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13 Chicago theater shows to see in February

From musicals to new works, there’s plenty of variety among February’s most promising theater

Chicago Theatre Week tickets on sale
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Chicago Theatre Week tickets on sale

The sixth annual celebration of Chicago theater puts a spotlight on new stages

24 Chicago theater shows to see in January
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24 Chicago theater shows to see in January

Stay warm with a wide array of new plays to start off the new year

The best Chicago theater of 2017
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The best Chicago theater of 2017

In a year when ‘identity politics’ was a hot topic, much of 2017’s best theater grappled with questions of identity

Aziza Barnes on ‘BLKS’
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Aziza Barnes on ‘BLKS’

The 25-year-old poet’s first play, premiering at Steppenwolf, is a vivid portrait of young black women’s lives

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The Pavilion

The Pavilion

This metaphysical dramedy set in small-town Minnesota is bruising and hilarious

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4 out of 5 stars
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Nice Girl

Nice Girl

Melissa Ross’s melancholy piece is one for those who wonder if it’s too late to go back to the roads not taken

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3 out of 5 stars
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We’re Gonna Be Okay

We’re Gonna Be Okay

Two families work through national and neighborly fear as the Cuban Missile Crisis looms in this new comedy by Basil Kreimendahl

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4 out of 5 stars
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Hinter

Hinter

Calamity West’s new murder mystery is taut, complex and a bloody good time

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4 out of 5 stars
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Traitor

Traitor

Nobody’s a hero in Brett Neveu’s assertively amusing modernization of Ibsen

Time Out says
4 out of 5 stars
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Hinter

Hinter

Calamity West’s new murder mystery is taut, complex and a bloody good time

Time Out says
4 out of 5 stars
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We’re Gonna Be Okay

We’re Gonna Be Okay

Two families work through national and neighborly fear as the Cuban Missile Crisis looms in this new comedy by Basil Kreimendahl

Time Out says
4 out of 5 stars
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The Pavilion

The Pavilion

This metaphysical dramedy set in small-town Minnesota is bruising and hilarious

Time Out says
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

Time Out says
5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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Steppenwolf Theatre Company

Steppenwolf Theatre Company

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5 out of 5 stars
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Goodman Theatre

Goodman Theatre

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Victory Gardens Biograph Theater
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Victory Gardens Biograph Theater

The Den Theatre

The Den Theatre

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Greenhouse Theater Center

Greenhouse Theater Center

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Theater Wit

Theater Wit

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