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8 Chicago theater shows to see in August
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8 Chicago theater shows to see in August

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An Octoroon

An Octoroon

Young synergist Branden Jacobs-Jenkins deconstructs a 19th-century race melodrama to thrilling effect

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  • 5 out of 5 stars
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‘Trevor’ debuts at Writers Theatre
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‘Trevor’ debuts at Writers Theatre

The new musical is based on an Oscar-winning coming-out tale

Shakespeare in the parks
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Shakespeare in the parks

When and where to spread out a blanket and see a play under the stars this summer

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An American in Paris

An American in Paris

This dance-heavy Broadway adaptation of the much-loved movie musical can’t fill its big toe shoes

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  • 2 out of 5 stars
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An Octoroon

An Octoroon

Young synergist Branden Jacobs-Jenkins deconstructs 19th-century Irish writer Dion Boucicault’s race melodrama to thrilling effect

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  • 5 out of 5 stars
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Fight City

Fight City

Power corrupts in Factory Theater’s action-packed dystopian-future tale

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  • 4 out of 5 stars
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Lela & Co.

Lela & Co.

Robin Witt stages the U.S. debut of British playwright Cordelia Lynn, a taut two-hander about warfare’s effect on non-combatants

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  • 4 out of 5 stars
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Lela & Co.

Lela & Co.

Robin Witt stages the U.S. debut of British playwright Cordelia Lynn, a taut two-hander about warfare’s effect on non-combatants

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  • 4 out of 5 stars
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Hir

Hir

What you think you know—about gender, family dynamics or Steppenwolf—is up for debate in Taylor Mac’s charming and challenging work

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  • 4 out of 5 stars
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An Octoroon

An Octoroon

Young synergist Branden Jacobs-Jenkins deconstructs 19th-century Irish writer Dion Boucicault’s race melodrama to thrilling effect

Time Out says
  • 5 out of 5 stars
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La Havana Madrid

La Havana Madrid

Sandra Delgado goes digging into Lakeview’s lost Latinx legacy, with charming and edifying results

Time Out says
  • 4 out of 5 stars
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At the Table

At the Table

A blazing young ensemble brings its best to the table in this prickly portrait of friends and enmities

Time Out says
  • 4 out of 5 stars
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Fight City

Fight City

Power corrupts in Factory Theater’s action-packed dystopian-future tale

Time Out says
  • 4 out of 5 stars
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Steppenwolf Theatre Company
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Steppenwolf Theatre Company

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  • 5 out of 5 stars
Goodman Theatre
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Goodman Theatre

Victory Gardens Biograph Theater
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Victory Gardens Biograph Theater

The Den Theatre
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The Den Theatre

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  • 5 out of 5 stars
Greenhouse Theater Center
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Greenhouse Theater Center

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  • 4 out of 5 stars
Theater Wit
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Theater Wit

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  • 5 out of 5 stars