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What to see at Chicago Theater Week 2019

The annual celebration of Chicago theater puts a spotlight on new stages
FRIENDS! The Musical Parody
FRIENDS! The Musical Parody
By Alex Huntsberger |

Chicago Theatre Week aims to do for theater what Restaurant Week does for dining—driving traffic and tourism to the city’s stages with discounted tickets, special events and travel deals. Browse through our best bets here and check ticket availability at

What is Chicago Theatre Week?

More than 100 participating productions at venues from Steppenwolf to the Second City, from the downtown Theater District to the suburbs and everywhere in between, will offer tickets at discounted price points of $15 or $30 (or less!) during the promotion. Tickets are on sale now.

When is Chicago Theatre Week?

Chicago Theatre Week is February 7–17, 2019.

Critic's picks for Theater Week 2019


Act(s) of God

icon-location-pin Lookingglass Theatre, Magnificent Mile

In this dark existential comedy from Kareem Bandealy, a traditional nuclear family receives a mysterious envelope informing them of a very special guest coming for dinner. As they scramble to welcome their cosmic visitor, things start to get just a wee bit absurd. Like any good dark comedy, this show is best suited for audience members who are 13 and up.

The Second City's 107th MainStage Revue Cast
Photograph: Todd Rosenberg Photography

Algorithm Nation or The Static Quo

icon-location-pin The Second City, Lincoln Park

Second City’s 107th mainstage revue takes on the horrifying, exhilarating, entirely overwhelming experience of being alive in 2019. Featuring Second City cast members Ryan Asher, Tyler Davis, Jeffrey Murdoch, Emma Pope, Nate Varrone and Kimberly Michelle Vaughn, laughs are algorithmically guaranteed to ensue.


Red Rex

icon-location-pin Steep Theatre, Edgewater

Whether or not you’re familiar with Ike Holter’s seven-play Chicago cycle, you should check out this newest entry. Directed by Jonathan Berry, Red Rex concerns a scrappy storefront theatre troupe that finds itself in an intense confrontation with locals who want them gone. Ideal for Chicago theatre obsessives who get why the color red in the title is funny.

Photograph: Michael Brosilow

Noises Off

icon-location-pin Windy City Playhouse, Irving Park

Michael Frayn’s modern comedy classic about a dysfunctional theatre troupe is the speed metal of stage farce: When done well, the laughs come so hard and fast that it’s difficult to keep up. The good folks at Windy City Playhouse up the ante by adding a multi-stage layout that promises to immerse audiences in the action.

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