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War Paint

LuPone and Ebersole should and will get this show to Broadway, but it needs some repainting before it’s battle-ready

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  • 3 out of 5 stars
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Kin Folk

The New Colony’s take on  Otherkin—people who identify as at least partially non-human—is intriguing and confounding

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  • 3 out of 5 stars
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War Paint

LuPone and Ebersole should and will get this show to Broadway, but it needs some repainting before it’s battle-ready

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  • 3 out of 5 stars
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Wastwater

Three stories plumb the bleak depths of everyday despair in Simon Stephens's play

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  • 4 out of 5 stars
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Between Riverside and Crazy

Stephen Adly Guirgis’s portrait of toxic resentment benefits from nuanced performances

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  • 3 out of 5 stars
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Fool Me Twice, Déjà Vu

You might think you've seen the Second City's 104th mainstage revue before, but give it the chance to revisit itself

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  • 5 out of 5 stars
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Bat Boy! The Musical

A tabloid-inspired musical comedy finally takes wing in Chicago in a strong Griffin Theatre production

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  • 4 out of 5 stars
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Death & Harry Houdini

This episodic biography of the early 20th century’s most famous escape artist and illusionist was the House Theatre of Chicago's inaugural show back in 2001, with illusions designed by actor-magician Dennis Watkins. The show has become to the company what Lookingglass Alice is to Lookingglass—a signature piece that it revisits periodically. The 2016 edition is its first staging in three years.

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  • 5 out of 5 stars
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Company

Writers Theatre revives—and refreshes—Sondheim’s musical masterpiece

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  • 5 out of 5 stars
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Northanger Abbey

Jane Austen’s novel comes to musical life in Lifeline’s new stage adaptation

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  • 4 out of 5 stars
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The Grapes of Wrath

The cycles of the past feel all too present in the Gift’s claustrophobic restaging of Steinbeck

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  • 4 out of 5 stars
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