Chicago Theater: 5 Shows to See in April

Theater critic Hedy Weiss recommends new shows on Chicago-area stages, from fun musicals to serious dramas.

Read Weiss’ full reviews below.

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Kelli Harrington and Tommy Thurston in “The Bridges of Madison County” at Theo Ubique Cabaret Theatre. (Photo by Cody Jolly Photography)Theo Ubique Unleashes the Italian Opera Soul in ‘Bridges of Madison County’

This is one of those productions that makes you wish the show’s composer and writer would make a quick trip to Chicago to see their work in what might just be its ideal incarnation.

CAnJi White in Court Theatre’s production of “For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide/When the Rainbow Was Enuf.” (Photo by Michael Brosilow)ourt’s Soul-Baring Revival of ‘For Colored Girls’ Finds New Power in Classic Work

In this electrifying revival directed by Seret Scott, Ntozake Shange’s groundbreaking work has never been so sharply defined in terms of character, language and overall narrative drive.

ILeah Karpel, left, and Shanesia Davis in Sharyn Rothstein’s “Landladies” at Northlight Theatre. (Photo credit: Michael Brosilow)n Search of Shelter and Security in ‘Landladies’

This edgy new play by Sharyn Rothstein, making its world premiere at Northlight Theatre, deals with the most primal human needs – for shelter, security, a sense of self-worth and love.

Sam Woods (puppet) and Christopher Kale Jones in “Little Shop of Horrors.” (Photo credit: Brett Beiner)‘Little Shop’ Grows Deep Roots at Mercury Theater

Alan Menken performs his delightful one-man show to a packed house in the Loop as his first hit musical, “Little Shop of Horrors,” receives a terrific production on the North Side.

More reviews by Hedy Weiss:

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Black Ensemble Shines Light on Gospel Great Mahalia Jackson

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