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5 Shows Worth Seeing

Jaclyn Jermyn and Lucia Mauro | October 2, 2017 | Feature Features

As the weather starts to turn, escaping to the theater makes for the perfect night out. Here are five upcoming productions that are at the top of our list.
Four-time Joseph Jefferson Award winner Danni Smith takes on the role of Alison in Victory Gardens Theatre's "Fun Home."

Choir Boy
This new drama, by Steppenwolf ensemble member and recent Oscar winner (Moonlight) Tarell Alvin McCraney, centers on a gay teenage boy in an African-American prep school. He faces challenges as he aspires to lead the school’s legendary choir. Through Nov. 12, times vary, tickets $46, Raven Theatre

The Taming of the Shrew
Director Barbara Gaines’ all-female version of Shakespeare’s battle-of-the-sexes comedy takes place in 1919. Amid suffrage marches in Chicago, a women’s theater troupe is rehearsing this play. Through Nov. 12, times vary, tickets $48-$88, Chicago Shakespeare Theatre

Hard Times
Lookingglass Theatre Company remounts its award-winning circus-infused adaptation of Charles Dickens’ grim Industrial Revolution-era novel for its 30th season. Through Jan. 14, times vary, tickets $40-$85, Water Tower Water Works

Fun Home
Winner of five Tony Awards during its time on Broadway, Fun Home tells the true story of cartoonist Alison Bechdel’s formative years and her relationship to her family. Fun Home kicks off Victory Gardens Theatre’s 43rd season. Through Nov. 12, times vary, tickets $15 - $75, Victory Gardens Theatre

The Crucible
Produced as part of Steppenwolf for Young Adults, Arthur Miller’s classic play about witch hunts and how they shape society is helmed by director Jonathan Berry. The diverse cast of actors breaths new life into a tale that is as old as time, but always relevant. Oct. 7-21, times vary, tickets $20, Steppenwolf Theatre


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