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Wicked

Musical
Broadway in Chicago at James M. Nederlander Theatre

Now playing – Dec. 4

Wicked, the Broadway sensation, looks at what happened in the Land of Oz…but from a different angle. Long before Dorothy arrives, there is another young woman, born with emerald-green skin—smart, fiery, misunderstood, and possessing an extraordinary talent. When she meets a bubbly blonde who is exceptionally popular, their initial rivalry turns into the unlikeliest of friendships…until the world decides to call one “good,” and the other one “wicked.” Check for half-price tickets at Hot Tix!

The Notebook

Musical
The Yard at Chicago Shakespeare Theater

Now playing – Oct. 30

The Notebook is a new musical based on the bestselling novel that inspired the iconic film. Allie and Noah, both from different worlds, share a lifetime of love despite the forces that threaten to pull them apart, in a deeply moving portrait of the enduring power of love. Check for half-price tickets at Hot Tix!

Alma

Drama
American Blues Theater at Rivendell Theatre

Now playing – Oct. 22

Alma crossed the border 17 years ago in search of the American Dream. Now, on the eve of her U.S.-born daughter Angel’s SAT test, Alma believes all their sacrifices and hard work will pay off. There’s one problem – Angel has very different plans for her future. Told in real-time, playwright Benjamin Benne’s Alma is a heartfelt and complex exploration of the immigrant generation and their first-generation children. Check for half-price tickets at Hot Tix!

The Ugly One

Comedy/Drama
Trap Door Theatre

Now playing – Oct. 29

Lette was never concerned with his looks until his peers, coworkers, and wife told him he’s the ugliest man in the world. If a pretty face is all he needs to succeed, and plastic surgery is the solution, will he be willing to go under the knife? Trap Door Theatre Company Manager Michael Mejia returns to direct famous German playwright Marius Von Mayenburg’s quick-witted comedy on beauty, ambition, and the brutality of capitalism. Check for half-price tickets at Hot Tix! 

Stew

Comedy/Drama
Shattered Globe Theatre at Theater Wit

Now playing – Oct. 22

The Tucker women are up early to prepare an important meal, or at least that’s what Mama says. As the day wears on, tensions simmer inside and around Mama’s kitchen. Zora Howard’s award-winning play, Stew, is a hilarious and haunting drama that explores the unbreakable bond between kinswomen and reveals the power that loss holds over our lives when we refuse to share it with others. Check for half-price tickets at Hot Tix!

Evolution of a Sonero

Music
UrbanTheater Company

Now playing – Oct. 23

With unabashed love for The Bronx, a gift for crafting memorable characters, and genuine good humor, Flaco Navaja and five top-notch musicians —aka The Razor Blades— bring on the charm, the rhythm, and the soul essential to a Bronx Sonero. Paying homage to many great musical icons —from Janis Joplin to Menudo, from The Doors to Héctor Lavoe, from Jimi Hendrix to Rubén Blades— the play is as much about Navaja’s creative evolution as it is about the wild mix that gives life to a rhyme, a people and a culture. Check for half-price tickets at Hot Tix!

Frankenstreisand

Comedy
Hell in a Handbag Productions at Redline VR

Now playing – Oct. 31

Take a peek at what’s under Barbra’s underground mall – Babs’ secret laboratory! Witness Dr. Barbra Frankenstreisand’s (Tyler Anthony Smith*) first performance in 27 years, having gone into seclusion after her precious dog Samantha suddenly died. All these years later, The Greatest Star is back, and she’s determined to clone her perished pooch live on stage. She’s brought all of her tools, but because of those fingernails, she’s going to need a little help from her loyal assistant, The Hunchback, and a tired but vampy German stage manager. Check for half-price tickets at Hot Tix!

The HOA

Comedy
The Factory Theater

Now playing – Oct. 22

Cassie and Steve, both successful professionals, are moving to a new city after Steve receives a promotion. Their new neighbors seem nice, but it becomes clear to Cassie that something is really off. Cassie quickly begins to realize that the members of the HOA may be hiding a lot more than secret family recipes. See what happens when a local couple finds their dream home in a neighborhood that’s not…quite…right. Check for half-price tickets at Hot Tix!

The Cleanup

Comedy/Drama
Athenaeum Center for Thought and Culture

Playing Oct. 13 – Nov. 19

Seeking community post-quarantine, Nicole joins the toy cleaning committee at The Learning Co-Op where toddler parents covertly socialize under a halo of sanitation. There she meets Logan, a swoon-worthy superdad. To get closer she becomes the school’s star volunteer causing Julie and Ryan, TLC’s burnt-out founders, to tap her as their replacement. A tale of love, friendship, and the messes we make in their pursuit. Check for half-price tickets at Hot Tix!

Grimm

Comedy/Drama
Theatre Above the Law at The Jarvis Square Theatre

Now playing – Oct. 30

Taking place in a cabaret bar, Grimm works to spin well-known tales into a modern story. Utilizing classic stories such as Little Red Riding Hood, Rumpelstiltskin, and more, Grimm will weave multiple stories together to present to the audience. Check for half-price tickets at Hot Tix!

Note that the schedules included above are subject to change; visit the Hot Tix website for exact dates and half-price ticket availability. Visit ChicagoPlays.com to find other exciting productions on stage, and find insider guides to all things performing arts and the Chicago theatre scene to create your Chicago itinerary.