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8 Chicago theater shows to see in January

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

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Photograph: Justin Barbin Cardboard Piano
By Alex Huntsberger |

Welcome to the Year of Chicago Theatre. No, really: The Mayor said so. Starting this month, the city will shine a spotlight on stages big and small, offering public programming, a beefed-up lineup for Chicago Theatre Week and support for local institutions. But the truth is, Chicagoans don’t really need a special year dedicated to the city’s world-class scene. We’re spoiled with award-winning productions all year, every year. In January alone, you can see new work from Chicago playwright Ike Holter; an innovative revival of Noises Off; musicals about murder, demigods and Friends; and riveting foreign-set dramas about intolerance and global anxiety. Oh, and you can also catch Mr. Bates from Downton Abbey talking about vampires. Didn’t see that last one coming, did you? Here are eight theater shows you should check out in January 2019.