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17 Chicago theater shows to see in March

From the first look at a high-profile new Broadway musical to an abundance of new plays from top storefront talent

Photograph: Michael Brosilow
Mary Stuart

Pretty Woman walks down Randolph Street; Ibsen’s Enemy of the People gets the Robert Falls treatment; David Schwimmer directs a new racially-tinged comedy at Lookingglass. Spring delivers a bumper crop of new theater on Chicago stages. Many of the most intriguing offerings come in the form of new plays by writers on the rise, delivered by storefront companies at the top of their games: Sideshow Theatre Company, Broken Nose Theatre, First Floor Theater, About Face Theatre and the Neo-Futurists all have new shows opening within the first week of March alone. Read on for more on some of this month’s most anticipated plays and musicals.

March theater picks

Hang Man

This world premiere by Stacy Amma Osei-Kuffour, a native of Glenwood, IL, is a portrait of “a shitty Southern town” in the wake of a murder, after a black man is found hanging from a tree. Jess McLeod directs.

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Until Sun Apr 29

Sweeney Todd


Before moving into its own new space this fall, Theo Ubique Cabaret Theatre turns the No Exit Café into Mrs. Lovett’s meat-pie shop for an intimate staging of Stephen Sondheim’s bloody good musical. Philip Torre and Jacquelyne Jones lead director Fred Anzevino’s cast.

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No Exit Cafe , Rogers Park Thursday April 26 2018 - Sunday May 20 2018