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10 Chicago theater shows to see in March

From lively musicals to an abundance of new plays from storefront talent, these are the best shows to see this month

By Alex Huntsberger

UPDATE: Some local theater shows have been cancelled or postponed due to coronavirus. Take a look at our updated roster of Chicago event cancellations, and be sure to call ahead if you're unsure.

In the spirit of Chicago’s notoriously unpredictable spring forecast, the local theater scene has a wide array of genres on tap in March. On the docket this month are three shows that promise to whisk audiences back to high school, whether you were on the debate team, ran with (or against) the queen bees, or went out for student government. If thinking back on your teenage years is PTSD-inducing, Carla Ching’s family drama Fast Company brings a thrilling heist to the stage at Jackalope Theatre. You can also tap your toes into spring with three musicals, including one that features American Idol alums Diana DeGarmo and Ace Young. Fight the urge to stay in hibernation and get out to one of the best theaters in Chicago to see these 10 new plays, which hit local stages this month.

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March theater picks

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Hit Her With the Skates (postponed)

Theater Royal George Theatre, Lincoln Park

This new rock musical at the Royal George Theatre has Broadway ambitions, which is why it boasts starring roles for married American Idol alums Diana DeGarmo and Ace Young. DeGarmo plays Jacqueline Russell, a ’90s rockstar who returns home to Chicago to headline the grand re-opening of her childhood roller rink—only to find herself whisked back to 1977, where she meets up with her 12-year-old self.

Photograph: Saverio Truglia

The Last Match

Theater Writers Theatre, Suburbs

Even amongst the competitive ranks of pro athletes, tennis stars have a reputation for being uber-intense. In The Last Match, playwright Anna Ziegler (Photograph 51) chronicles the on- and off-court dramas that surround a high-stakes match between an up-and-coming Russian player and an American superstar. Fresh off her sharp-elbowed revival of Top Girls, director Keira Fromm is helming the play for Writers Theatre.


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