5 Chicago Theater Recommendations: ‘Music Man,’ ‘True West’ and More

There’s a parade of new shows on stage in Chicago. Theater critic Hedy Weiss recommends her current favorites.

Read Weiss’ full reviews of each show below.

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Salesmanship Cedes to Love in ‘The Music Man’

The overall pacing of this bear of a show can sometimes feel a bit off. At the same time, there is such a sense of jubilation about this production that its imperfections are easy to overlook.

Coyotes’ Cries Herald a Ferocious New Steppenwolf Take on ‘True West’

Steppenwolf’s fabled 1982 production of Sam Shepard’s darkly comic tale is a foundational part of Chicago theater history. And now, two of the company’s “next generation” of actors are bringing their own high-octane intensity to the play.

Fiercely Immersive ‘Recommendation’ Explores Privilege, Justice and Moral Relativism

With its volcanic staging of Jonathan Caren’s intensely physical play, Windy City Playhouse has carved out a unique niche for itself in Chicago with a style dubbed “immersive theater.” 

In ‘Ada and the Engine,’ a Woman Far Ahead of Her Time

A wonderfully imagined riff on the Ada Lovelace story, Lauren Gunderson’s fascinating, emotionally feverish play is now receiving a vividly realized Chicago premiere production by The Artistic Home.

New Musical ‘Darling Grenadine’ a Sobering Look at the Quest for Happiness

It might not be a Broadway-style blockbuster, but this intimate musical very skillfully mixes romantic comedy tropes with an uncompromising look at self-destructive behavior, self-doubt, alcoholism and complex friendships.

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