Anne E. Thompson, Kirsten Fitzgerald and Mary Beth Fisher in Rebecca Gilman’s “Swing State.” (Photo by Liz Lauren, provided)

"Swing State" is the 10th play by Rebecca Gilman to be staged at the Goodman Theatre in the past 25 years, and one of the last plays to be directed there by her long-time champion, Robert Falls, who is now working his way through his final season as the Goodman's artistic director.

Amanda Assucena and Edson Barbosa of the Joffrey Ballet dance in “Vespertine.” (Credit: Cheryl Mann)

The Joffrey Ballet spun onto the Lyric Opera House stage with a program of three beautifully danced works under the umbrella title “Beyond Borders.” Those “borders” were stylistic rather than geographical.

The Chicago Symphony Orchestra performs on Oct. 6, 2022. (Credit: Anne Ryan)

A symphonic poem of exceptional beauty by Cesar Franck. A thrilling, grand-scale performance of a masterwork by Modest Mussorgsky. And a breathtaking rendering of a Mozart piano concerto featuring a young, award-winning pianist.

Ensemble Español Spanish Dance Theater performs at the Auditorium Theatre in Chicago. (Courtesy of Ensemble Español)

As any traveler will tell you, a trip to Spain is invariably a great treat. But an evening spent with Chicago's Ensemble Español Spanish Dance Theater is, unquestionably, an ideal temporary substitute.

Hubbard Street Dance Chicago performs “Dichotomy of a Journey,” choreographed by Darrell Grand Moultrie. (Credit: Michelle Reid)

“Refraction” is the all-encompassing title of Hubbard Street Dance Chicago’s fall program at the Harris Theater for Music and Dance, and it marks the start of the celebrated company’s 45th anniversary “Sapphire” season.

From left to right, Wai Yim, Anthony Irons, Adeoye, Cruz Gonzalez-Cadel, Christiana Clark, KaseyFoster and John Gregorioin perform in Mary Zimmerman’s “The Notebooks of Leonardo da Vinci.” (Courtesy of Goodman Theatre)

A revival of “The Notebooks of Leonardo da Vinci,” a testament to a unique imagination, is now playing at the Goodman Theatre. 

Heather Latakas, Molly Smith, Ali Calamoneri, Sara Anderson, Chris Large, Sterling Harris and Molly Eder of the Chicago Tap Theatre in “Allied, Unstoppable,” choreographed by Mark Yonally. (Credit: Paul Crisantii)

Chicago Tap Theatre danced onto the stage of the Athenaeum Theatre with 11 pieces by a variety of choreographers, all performed with the sort of percussive energy that suggested the COVID curse had better get out of town.

Zell Music Director Riccardo Muti and soloist Mitsuko Uchida acknowledge the audience following a performance of Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 4 with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Feb. 17, 2022. (Credit : Todd Rosenberg Photography)

The pairing began with Beethoven’s demonically difficult 1806 “Piano Concerto No. 4 in G Major,” with Mitsuko Uchida as the incomparable soloist. And it was followed by Philip Glass’ “Symphony No. 11,” which had its world premiere in 2017, and now received a volcanic rendering by a monumental gathering of Chicago Symphony Orchestra musicians.

Talia Langman leads the cast as Ruth Bader Ginsburg in “When There are Nine” at Pride Arts Center. (Credit: Tom McGrath / TCMcG Photography)

A new play about the life of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg at Pride Arts Center imagines her final reflections on a remarkable life. 

Donica Lynn performs in the Porchlight Music Theatre’s “Blues in the Night,” which runs Feb. 9 - March 13 at The Ruth Page Center for the Arts. (Credit: Anthony Robert La Penna)

“Blues in the Night” at Porchlight Music Theatre is a talent-filled production that will leave you flying high. 

Conductor Marin Alsop leads the Chicago Symphony Orchestra in Barber’s Symphony No. 1. (Credit: Todd Rosenberg)

Rachmaninov’s “Piano Concerto No. 2 in C Minor,” is a nerve-shatteringly difficult work. Backed by the full orchestra, which was in its usual sublime form, Lukas Vondracek rendered the extraordinary work with a superb mix of both titanic power and surprising lyricism.

Omar Nieves, Gary Cooper, Drew Redington (Credit: Liz Lauren)

The Marriott Theatre’s “West Side Story” opened Wednesday night in a production especially notable for its rip-roaring Latin and jazz-infused dance sequences choreographed by Alex Sanchez.

Chicago’s Trinity Irish Dance Company returned to the Auditorium Theatre Feb. 5, 2022, for a dynamic and thunderous performance. (Courtesy of Chelsea Hoy)

Chicago’s Trinity Irish Dance Company returned to the stage of the Auditorium Theatre for the first time since the pandemic drove it away two years ago for a thunderous performance.

“Women of Soul” runs through March 6 at Mercury Theater Chicago, 3745 N. Southport. (Courtesy of Brett Beiner)

“Women of Soul,” which runs through March 6 at Mercury Theater Chicago, is a powerhouse revue featuring a long list of decades-spanning singers. 

Lisa Gaye Dixon (Aunt Ester) and James A. Williams (Solly Two Kings) in August Wilson’s “Gem of the Ocean” at the Goodman Theatre. (Liz Lauren photo)

August Wilson, the playwright who so brilliantly chronicled African American life in each decade of the 20th century, waited until very late in his career before writing “Gem of the Ocean.” The play is given a riveting production at the Goodman Theatre. 

Annelle (Ayanna Bria Bakari, left) tries to tempt her sister Janet (Jaye Ladymore) into enjoying a night on the town in Tyla Abercrumbie’s new play “Relentless.” (Brett Beiner Photography)

Tyla Abercrumbie's riveting drama “Relentless” is receiving its world premiere production by Timeline Theatre, running through Feb. 26.