Hedy Weiss Reviews: ‘The Hunter and the Bear,’ ‘The Other Cinderella,’ More

There is an abundance of theatrical magic on Chicago-area stages this season. From puppetry at Lookingglass Theater to music-filled performances at Writers Theater and Black Ensemble Theater to a wholly reimagined "Nutcracker," local theaters are overflowing with enchantment and serious drama as well.

Joining us with reviews of new shows and seasonal favorites is Hedy Weiss, theater and dance critic for the Chicago Sun-Times.

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“Mr. and Mrs. Pennyworth”
Highly Recommended

When: Through Feb. 19, 2017
Where: Lookingglass Theatre at Water Tower Water Works, 821 N. Michigan Ave.
Run time: 95 minutes, with no intermission

(Credit: Liz Lauren)(Credit: Liz Lauren)

“The Hunter and the Bear”
Highly Recommended

When: Through Jan. 22, 2017
Where: Writers Theatre, 325 Tudor Court, Glencoe
Run time: 1 hour and 40 minutes, with no intermission

“The Christians”
Highly Recommended

When: Through Jan. 29, 2017
Where: Steppenwolf Theatre Company, 1650 N. Halsted St.,
Run time: 80 minutes, with no intermission

“The Other Cinderella”
Highly Recommended

When: Through Jan. 8, 2017
Where: Black Ensemble Theater, 4450 N. Clark St.,
Run time: 2 hours and 15 minutes, with one intermission

"The Other Cinderella" (Credit: Michael Courier)	"The Other Cinderella" (Credit: Michael Courier)

“The Nutcracker”
Highly Recommended

When: Through Dec. 30
Where: Auditorium Theatre, 50 E. Congress Parkway,
Run time: 2 hours and 10 minutes, with one intermission

(Cheryl Mann / Joffrey Ballet)(Cheryl Mann / Joffrey Ballet)

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