Any year's worth of Chicago theater brings with it more sheer content than even a dedicated team of theatergoers can parse. We reviewed more than 260 plays in 2013 and still missed dozens more. But while there were of course some disappointments in that number, there was more than enough excellent work to make choosing our end-of-year favorites a real challenge. It was an especially good year for new work; nine of our top ten picks were world premieres or Chicago debuts. Interestingly, it wasn't a great year for musical theater in our estimation; only a handful of the shows that earned our designation as critics' picks were musicals, and none cracked the top ten. What did? See my favorites below.
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