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12 Chicago theater shows to see in September

Theater is back in full swing this month, which means there are plenty of shows to see in Chicago in September

Caroline, or Change
Photograph: Rob Riddle/Ghost Light Headshots Caroline, or Change

Summer is fading, which can mean only one thing: Theater is back, baby! Clybourne Park author and satirist Bruce Norris debuts a new play about registered sex offenders at Steppenwolf. Feminist musical theatre company Firebrand Theatre revives Tony Kushner and Jeanine Tesori’s Civil Rights-era musical Caroline, or Change. Celebrating the novel’s 200th anniversary, the first of several local Frankenstein adaptations jolts to life at Lifeline Theatre. Plus, the city’s latest Broadway tryout swoops into town: a musical adaptation of the classic Dustin Hoffman comedy Tootsie. No matter what you’re looking for—drama, horror, psychedelia, comedy, drag or a period piece—Chicago stages have something for everyone this month.