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The controversy over a Sun-Times theater review is about more than ‘Pass Over’
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The controversy over a Sun-Times theater review is about more than ‘Pass Over’

The complaints aren’t just sour grapes

‘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

Chicago D(ART)
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Chicago D(ART)

A new theater company launches to serve deaf artists and audiences

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Little Fish

Little Fish

Kokandy Productions stages the Chicago premiere of Michael John LaChiusa’s esoteric 2003 musical about a hesitant young woman in the big pond of NYC

Time Out says
  • 3 out of 5 stars
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Something Rotten!

Something Rotten!

The musical spoof about down-and-out Elizabethan playwrights inventing musical theater in the shadow of Shakespeare arrives at the Oriental on tour

Time Out says
  • 3 out of 5 stars
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How to Be a Rock Critic

How to Be a Rock Critic

A solo play about the rock critic Lester Bangs constructs a portrait of his outsize personality, but doesn't answer the question posed by its title

Time Out says
  • 3 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

Time Out says
  • 4 out of 5 stars
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Ragtime

Ragtime

Griffin reinvents Ragtime in a “chamber musical” revival that’s brimming with invention and heart

Time Out says
  • 4 out of 5 stars
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Ah, Wilderness!

Ah, Wilderness!

The Goodman takes O’Neill’s aberrantly warm family comedy down from the shelf for an affable revival

Time Out says
  • 4 out of 5 stars
Users say
  • 2 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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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

Time Out says
  • 4 out of 5 stars
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Moby Dick

Moby Dick

A powerful, thrilling and acrobatic new adaptation that, like Ahab, just can’t quite capture the whale

Time Out says
  • 4 out of 5 stars
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Aladdin

Aladdin

Disney unleashes its lavish magic as the Broadway musical kicks off its national tour in Chicago

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

Users say
  • 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

Users say
  • 4 out of 5 stars
Theater Wit
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Theater Wit

Users say
  • 5 out of 5 stars