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Chicago theater critics' picks

Our theater critics recommend the best Chicago theater to see now

The Last Defender

Critics' pick

The House Theatre's Cold War room escape is an adrenaline-generating team-building exercise with strangers

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Chopin Theatre , Noble Square Until Sunday July 31 2016

Death & Harry Houdini

Critics' pick

This episodic biography of the early 20th century’s most famous escape artist and illusionist was the House Theatre of Chicago's inaugural show back in 2001, with illusions designed by actor-magician Dennis Watkins. The show has become to the company what Lookingglass Alice is to Lookingglass—a signature piece that it revisits periodically. The 2016 edition is its first staging in three years.

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Chopin Theatre , Noble Square Until Sunday August 21 2016


Critics' pick

Writers Theatre revives—and refreshes—Sondheim’s musical masterpiece

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Writers Theatre , Glencoe Until Sunday August 7 2016