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Thanks to its cast of joyous, nimble clowns—who are also the show’s smart writers—"Places" delights while also provoking, just enough.
The title character of the President of the United States never appears in "POTUS," a riotous political farce with an all-women cast. The comedy does, however, begin with a crisis he created.
The biggest surprise in the engrossing staged version of "Tommy" now at The Goodman is how strongly the work stands alone given the indelible imprint the music by Pete Townshend and his coll…
This show aims to portray the struggles of some of the wives (and eventually ex-wives) of Motown superstars.
Parental sacrifice figures large in this original musical.
This British musical seems to pull off the impossible. The mesmerizing but highly complex score requires singers and musicians who can manage its intricate rhythms with precision and still a…
An incisive, suitably atonal but pitch-perfect Chicago premiere of Jackie Sibblies Drury’s 2019 Pulitzer Prize-winning play that leads, relentlessly, to unexpected heights of humor and dra…
Lifeline’s funny, poignant, zippy production of Endesha Ida Mae Holland’s 1990 play about the writer’s life-long journey from the Jim Crow South, through the Civil Rights Movement of t…
"Big River" is a musical based on Mark Twain’s Huckleberry Finn, with songs by Roger Miller. Mercury Theater’s production is crisply moving, superbly sung and highly entertaining.
Get downtown and see this show. It may change you for good. It will certainly raise your standards on what to expect from a musical, including one direct from Broadway.
The playwright messes with the rituals and conventions of theater to get deep inside messy interlocking themes, including ethnicity, bias, justice, empathy and creativity.
The title character of Jessica Dickey’s play is also the subject of Dava Sobel’s bestselling book of the same name. Sobel’s book about the great scientist’s brilliant, illegitimate c…
A full and convincing portrait of a family that works against great odds to stay together and give its members the support and tough love they need.
For Goodman's current production of Anton Chekhov’s "The Cherry Orchard," Robert Falls has adapted the classic for speed and to make the laugh lines snap so wickedly hard that they elevate…
In the current, riveting, too-short Chicago run of this forty-two-year-old Pulitzer-winning play, the young Black infantrymen play on the best baseball team in the U.S. Army.
"Proximity"’s deeply emotionally affecting scores, a cast of universally fine vocal leads and kinetic, video-centric staging add up to jarring, hard-to-shake work that will stir audiences …
What makes a tribute show work? Watch "Reasons" and learn while swaying, clapping, cheering and ultimately rising to your feet to dance and sing.
Backed by a seven-piece band, John-Mark McGaha performs in a concert filled with stories and music.
The play is set in Room 306 of Memphis’ Lorraine Motel, the setting of Martin Luther King’s assassination in 1968.
The moving production is author Mahogany L. Browne’s adaptation of her verse novel. Sky, is the thoughtful, athletic, resilient character at the center of this young-adult play.
The work explores the shifting morality—most of it horrifyingly immoral—that overcomes nations, young adults and abandoned children in wartime.
Twenty-four songs in ninety minutes, all stirringly sung, played and arranged. That’s Black Ensemble Theater for you.
Director Charles Askenaizer proves again that Invictus commands its small stage with strong, energetic performances and with emotionally potent productions.
The Wisconsin here is the Dairy State, not fighting, but ruminating. What swings aren’t the politics but the states of mind.
Lynn Nottage sets "Clyde’s," her ninety-minute, laugh-out-loud funny, poignant play, in a grimy truck stop diner somewhere near Reading, Pennsylvania.
Fiddler's universal power emerges from how the show portrays the details that are particular to the lives of the characters.
"Leonardo!" adapts two acclaimed children’s books by former Sesame Street animator Mo Willems. The books and the play feature two young monsters who fail at scaring children.
The play famously takes place in a part of the city’s African-American South Side where the five-person Younger family occupies a small, decaying kitchenette apartment. There, they dream o…
Shakespeare set the action in the French Kingdom of Navarre where young Ferdinand, the king, and his three student pals make their pledge.
It tells the story of a river dolphin that emerges on land every year for three days as a nattily dressed young man.
"The Rivals" has burrowed deep into the culture thanks largely to the inspired character of Mrs. Malaprop, the ignorant, but intellectually confident rich aunt who continually chooses words …