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“I hope to see us take a breath, to rest, to unlearn grind culture, to seek to be with each other in meaningful ways and not self-serving ones."
If the road to hell is truly paved with good intentions, chances are Mayor Jane Byrne, the subject of this world premiere, was part of the construction crew.
Heidi Schreck’s play is nothing short of revolutionary but the true measure of its success will be how we carry the baton and keep the conversation going.
Somehow inane and tonally dissonant, the only tragedy in this play is that it doesn't end sooner.
Time to cry...
This new musical, with a book by Brett Neveu and songs by Jason Narducy, follows a day-in-the-life of a teenage punk band, inspired by Narducy's adolescence.
This production of Caryl Churchill's 1982 play attempts to examine the present by looking to the past.
A slow and solitary, meditative musing on human nature. And fish.
This big-budget musical adaptation of the beloved film written by Tina Fey is less than fetching.
A new entry into the hallowed tome of Great American Plays arrives in Chicago.
In showcasing black and African culture stripped of any specificity, the question posed by this production becomes: who is this really for?
Artists from four up-and-coming storefront theaters discuss their missions, why they do what they do, and the future of Chicago’s storefront community.
This world premiere by Kate Tarker compelling asks: how well do you think you know your coworkers? And, by extension, how well do you know yourself?
A part of Destinos, the third annual Chicago International Latino Theater Festival, this short-run production is born in joy, lives in anger, and ends in hope.
A South African story of South African means.
A frivolous and ultimately fruitless exercise in film-to-stage adaptation.
J.T. Rogers’ Tony-Award winning play about the back-channel negotiations of the Oslo Accords in 1993 isn’t naive about its subject but nevertheless contains a glimmer of hope.
While nothing happens, everything occurs in the national touring production of this Tony Award-winning 2017 musical.
The local premiere of this family drama from Hansol Jung bares its soul and its teeth.
The Chicago acting studio's new owners honor the past, look to the future and remain present.
Liars, tyrants, and bears, oh my!
Based on the 2007 film of the same name, this world premiere is just as lost as its titular character.
Hyperbole be damned, the latest from Lauren Yee may just be the best show of the year.
A marvelous and magical world premiere that’s intermittently too self-aware for its own good.
Part workplace social comedy, part hyperactive fever dream, this world premiere has plenty to sip on.
This aesthetically adventurous adaptation follows many tributaries before arriving at its destination.
Anna Jordan's play, receiving its local premiere at Raven, examines toxic masculinity in terms of maternal care and its absence.
With a third local production in as many years, this Alan Menken and Howard Ashman musical is showing its age.
This pristine British import is both an aesthetic curiosity and a clue to an expanded theatrical language beyond kitchen sink realism.
With artistic director Cody Estle behind the wheel, this production alternates between slamming the gas and mashing the breaks.
Master of the theoretical dramatic exercise, playwright Lucas Hnath's latest takes on the legacy of Henrik Ibsen's "A Doll's House" and the institution of modern marriage.