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10 Chicago theater shows to see in October

October arrives with a cornucopia of notable theater openings

By Alex Huntsberger |
A Doll's House
Photograph: Michael Brosilow A Doll's House

The spookiest month of the year fills Chicago with haunted houses, corn mazes and pumpkin patches. The local theater community gets in on the fun with some scary offerings of its own. Love grunge and gore? Snag a ticket to Wildclaw Theatre’s world premiere of Bill Daniel's Western-zombie mashup Hell Followed With Her. Those seeking high-minded chills should enjoy A Red Orchid’s Grey House, which finds a couple reeling from a nasty car accident in the mountains of Oregon. Rounding out the offerings are dysfunctional family fun, courtesy of Leah Nanako Winkler’s Kentucky, as well as centuries of Latino history crammed into the one-man show that is John Leguizamo’s Latin History for Morons. Check out Chicago’s scary-good lineup of plays this month—here’s what to see in October.

October theater picks

Photograph: Michael Brosilow

A Doll’s House

Writers Theatre, Suburbs

If you saw A Doll’s House, Part 2 at Steppenwolf last year and left jonesing for the original work, the wait is over. This trim new adaptation of A Doll’s House from Sandra Delgado and Writers Theatre artistic director Michael Halberstam packs Henrik Ibsen’s early feminist classic into a brisk 90 minutes. Cher Álvarez stars as the stalwart Nora with Greg Matthew Anderson as her less-than-stalwart husband, Torvald.

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