Every February, the League of Chicago Theatres and Choose Chicago come together to organize a tempting reason to get out and see a show. Chicago Theatre Week offers discounted tickets for more than 120 productions across the city.From Feb. 7 – 17, theater-goers can see everything from musicals and comedies to dramas and political parodies with tickets starting at just $15.
Here’s a roundup of a few must-see shows during Chicago Theatre Week:
Friends! The Musical Parody at Broadway Playhouse
The iconic ‘90s sitcom comes to life with Friends! The Musical Parody, a comedic send up of the insular lives of six Manhattan 20-somethings. This uncensored musical recreates some of our favorite scenes that span the decade-long run of the favorite sitcom. This show is part of Broadway in Chicago.
Friends! The Musical Parody, Feb. 12 – March 3 2019, Broadway Playhouse, 175 E. Chestnut St.
Photograph 51 at Court Theatre
The trail-blazing story of Rosalind Franklin, the British chemist who supplied the key to understanding the structure of DNA is illuminated in the riveting drama Photograph 51. The play highlights the complex story of a woman refusing to dim her ambition in a patriarchal industry and era, as well spotlighting the insights of scientific experts at the University of Chicago.
Photograph 51, Jan. 17 – Feb. 17 2019, Court Theatre, 5535 S. Ellis.
Act(s) of God at Lookingglass Theatre
The appearance of an unexpected visitor reveals a web of family secrets during the dark comedy Act(s) of God. Three siblings and their parents grapple with long-held divisions and assumptions during one fateful dinner.
Act(s) of God: Feb. 13 – April 7 2019, Lookingglass Theatre, 821 N. Michigan Ave.
A Doll’s House, Part 2 at Steppenwolf Theatre
This riveting sequel to Henrik Ibsen’s groundbreaking classic follows Nora’s life after she closes the door in the last scene of the original play. The story picks up 15 years later and begins to reveal the ways that Nora has changed. The show will be the first Steppenwolf production with select audience members seated onstage.
A Doll’s House Part 2, Jan. 31 – March 17 2019, Steppenwolf Theatre, 1650 N. Halsted St.
Pipeline at Victory Gardens
The modern issues of failing inner city school systems and the struggle of parents demanding better for their children informs the eloquent drama Pipeline. The play examines the prison pipeline that ensnares so many children of color and the role that the public school system plays within the issue.
Pipeline, Feb. 9 – March 3 2019, Victory Gardens Theater, 2433 N. Lincoln Ave.
Chicago Musical Theatre Festival by Underscore Theatre Company at The Edge Theater
Underscore Theater Company is known as Chicago’s home for exciting new musicals, and their Chicago Musical Theatre Festival only builds on that reputation. Now in its fifth year, the festival will feature nine new musicals by emerging writers with the intention of exploring powerful stories through a musical lens. The festival will take place at The Edge Theater in the Edgewater neighborhood.
Chicago Musical Theatre Festival, Feb. 4 – 24, The Edge Theater, 5154 N. Broadway