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The new musical stars James Monroe Iglehart as the famed musician, and begins its pre-Broadway performances this month.
“Baked!” is a sweet, funny, coming-of-age show about a bright-eyed valedictorian who finds herself short of tuition for Harvard.
While this offbeat world-building is entertaining, I was left uncertain of why “Cat’s Cradle” is being revived in 2023.
This is very much the story of one family and its experience of coming to America in search of a better life.
In the second half, this show about soul music, food and memories takes a personal turn.
Jacqueline Williams is Calpurnia in the national tour of “To Kill a Mockingbird,” and the Evanston native still considers this story to be as important as ever.
Sister Rosetta Tharpe's music and the story of her cherished relationship with Marie Knight are revived for a new generation at Northlight Theatre.
This is a show about never giving up. Sure, it’s geared toward kids, but not exclusively so.
While changing little of the text, director Peter G. Andersen transforms several of the key relationships, shaking up the power dynamics and exploring complex layers in a play written more t…
Despite my quibbles with the production, this bite-sized “Beauty and the Beast” is a good candidate to help youngsters catch the theater bug.
The nostalgic workplace comedy captures the absurdities of working at a Midwestern discount department store chain.
Matthew C. Yee's Lucy and Charlie’s Honeymoon challenges Asian Americans stereotypes.
If you missed the first Chicago run of “Hadestown” last year, June marks your chance to catch this tale of Greek gods and star-crossed lovers.
While Shaw fans likely will appreciate this world premiere, it doesn’t make much of a case for broader audience appeal.
This play is part whodunit and part psychological thriller, with a dash of philosophical discourse.
Music plays an important role in Endesha Ida Mae Holland’s autobiographical play.
After several years of working to relocate from Lincoln Square to North Lawndale, Theatre Y finally has a new home a block south of the Pink Line’s Central Park stop.
In the small storefront A Red Orchid calls home, the violence of "Is God Is" is always in your face and content warnings are plentiful.
The Book of Mormon is back in Chicago, slightly rewritten since it last played here in 2018 but still the same wildly irreverent take on that most quintessential of homegrown white American …
Heading into opening night of Dying for It at Artistic Home, I wasn’t sure what to expect from Moira Buffini’s adaptation of The Suicide, a 1928 satire by Soviet playwright Nikolai Erdma…
The play is much more than a crime drama, it sheds light on the history of segregation and racism in the U.S. Army and broader American society.
The play raises important questions but is less successful in its attempt to capture the human cost of striving for utopia.
Naomi Rodgers and Zurin Villanueva lead the North American tour of the biographical jukebox musical, arriving at the Nederlander Theatre in March.
Simon Stephens’s play Heisenberg: The Uncertainty Principle is set up as a classic story of culture clash: a quirky, talkative woman from New Jersey strikes up a conversation with a reserv…
“The Kelly Girls,” in its world premiere at The Factory Theater, is a politically charged family drama that takes place during the early years of the Troubles.
“Alaiyo” is billed as a choreopoem, a loosely defined genre often incorporates elements of poetry, dance and music.
“What I would like to be remembered for is for bringing joy to our patrons and to our actors and directors and designers,” said executive director David Rice.
Chicago's big, ongoing festival presents an excellent opportunity to sample a vast range of artistry from around the world. Not just for kids.
I’ve now seen the North American tour of Dear Evan Hansen twice in Chicago, and both times I’ve come up short trying to feel the emotional connection that so many fans have with this sho…
In Larry Yando's hands, it's Scrooge’s transformation from hardhearted miser into “as good a friend … and as good a man, as the good old city knew” that makes makes this a classic.
On paper, the 2003 holiday movie comedy starring Will Ferrell seems like a great candidate for a screen-to-stage adaptation.