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16 Chicago theater shows to see in September

The fall theater season arrives with a flurry of new plays, musicals and revivals

Photograph: John Taflan
BrittneyLove Smith, Tien Doman, Emjoy Gavino and Deanna Myers in a publicity image for You On the Moors Now at The Hypocrites

The ten-dollar founding father looms large over the fall theater landscape, as Hamilton’s Chicago company begins previews at the end of the month. But Lin-Manuel Miranda’s hit show doesn't officially open here until late October, and there's more than enough to snack on in the meantime, from a world premiere by Tony winner David Rabe at Steppenwolf to Mary Zimmerman’s stamp on a classic Leonard Bernstein musical at the Goodman. In addition, the Hypocrites apply feminist revisionism to 19th-century literary heroines, a pair of commercial musicals camp out at the Mercury and the Royal George, and Barbara Gaines puts the big finish on her Shakespearean Tug of War. Read on and start marking your September calendars.