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10 Hot Shows To See in Chicago

FEBRUARY 2019

THE LEAGUE OF CHICAGO THEATRES ROUNDS UP THIS MONTH'S THEATRICAL FAVS.

With more than 250 companies, Chicago is known across the world for its innovative and vibrant live theatre scene. Add a performance (or two!) to your Chicago itinerary – plus, experience many shows on a budget with half-price theater tickets from Hot Tix! From Broadway musicals to intimate dramas to sidesplitting comedies, every night you can choose from dozens of shows – including these top plays and musicals during the month of February.

Don’t miss Chicago Theatre Week, Feb. 7 – 17, 2019, when over 100 participating productions offer tickets for only $15 or $30, including everything on this list! All participating shows and offer details are listed at ChicagoTheatreWeek.com.

1. How to Catch Creation
How to Catch Creation

Goodman Theatre
170 N. Dearborn in the Loop
Now playing through Feb. 24, 2019
Get the Chicago Theatre Week (Feb 7-17) deal!

Four artists and intellectuals in San Francisco struggle to nurture creative impulse and establish legacy — in both their professional and personal lives. When one discovers the works of a black queer feminist writer from a bygone era, their lives begin to intersect in unexpected ways. Check for half-price tickets at Hot Tix!

2. Pipeline

Pipeline at Victory Gardens Theatre

Victory Gardens Theater
2433 North Lincoln Ave
Now playing through March 3, 2019
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Nya, an inner-city public high school teacher, is committed to her students but desperate to give her only son, Omari, opportunities her students will never have. When a controversial incident at his private school threatens to get him expelled, Nya must confront his rage and her own choices as a parent. But will she be able to reach him before a world beyond her control pulls him away? With profound compassion and poetry, Dominique Morisseau’s (Skeleton Crew, Detroit 66, and the Broadway-bound Ain’t Too Proud to Beg) Pipeline brings to light a powerful and important conversation about parenthood, the state of our public school system, and the prison pipeline that claims so many of our inner city youth. Check for half-price tickets at Hot Tix!

3. X-Marks the Spot

Chicago Children’s Theatre at The Station
100 S. Racine in the West Loop 
Now playing through Feb. 24, 2019
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X-Marks the Spot is an interactive experience with sounds, voices, and touchable and scented props. A low-light setting and/or the use of blindfolds gently encourages audience members to tune-in to their senses of touch, hearing, smell, and taste to experience this “Extra Sensory Theatre.” Jacqueline Russell draws inspiration for this new production from a Victorian children’s novel Five Children & It by E. Nesbit. X-Marks tells the clever and funny story of a family of young adventurers who discover a mischievous wishing fairy in the sand — only to learn the old adage, “be careful what you wish for.” Check for half-price tickets at Hot Tix!

4. Algorithm Nation or the Static Quo
Algorithm Nation

The Second City Mainstage
1616 N. Wells St in Old Town
Now playing through March 31, 2019
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Unseen forces have assessed the data to create the perfect comedy content for all humans! Algorithm Nation or The Static Quo takes no prisoners (well, maybe just a few prisoners) during this frenetic, ultra-current, fall-down funny ride that sets its sights on hyper-violence, astrological love connections, being woke, pyramid schemes, Facebook soldiers, Black Twitter, morning TV and a whole lot more. Consider this show to be the kind of escape room you’ll never want to escape from. Check for half-price tickets at Hot Tix!

5. A Doll’s House, Part 2

Steppenwolf Theatre Company
1650 N. Halsted in Lincoln Park
Now playing through March 17, 2019
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As a door slams in 1879 Norway, a young wife and mother leaves behind her family, freeing herself from the shackles of traditional societal constraints. Now, 15 years later, that same door opens to reveal Nora, a changed woman with an incredibly awkward favor to ask the people who she abandoned. Lucas Hnath’s bitingly funny sequel to Ibsen’s revolutionary masterpiece unfolds in a series of bristling stand-offs that reveal that a slamming door isn’t just an end, but also the chance for a new beginning. Check for half-price tickets at Hot Tix!

6. How I Learned to Drive
How I Learned to Drive

Raven Theatre Company
6157 N. Clark St in Edgewater
Playing February 7 – March 24, 2019
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Rural Maryland, 1960s. From behind the wheel of a ‘56 Chevy, a woman named Li’l Bit navigates the tangled boulevards of her adolescence, reflecting on her complex and troubling relationship with her family. But old secrets and fresh discoveries abound as she struggles to accept her past and the demons that live there. Paula Vogel’s Pulitzer Prize-winning masterpiece makes its return to Chicago, featuring Eliza Stoughton as Li’l Bit. An artful, surprising, and often-funny memory play that explores how we are shaped by the people who hurt us. Check for half-price tickets at Hot Tix!

7. The Abuelas

Teatro Vista at Victory Gardens Theater
2433 N. Lincoln Ave in Lincoln Park
Playing Feb. 9 – March 17, 2019
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Gabriela is an Argentine concert cellist living in Chicago with her American husband and adjusting to life as a new mom. Life is good until a visit from two strangers upends everything. Walker’s play, about the devastating repercussions of Argentina’s military dictatorship from 1976 – 1983, asks how one goes on after discovering their life is a lie. Does the restoration of truth bring freedom or suffering? Is it possible to integrate two identities into one life? The Abuelas explores these questions as well as the heart’s capacity for forgiveness even in the face of the harshest betrayal. Check for half-price tickets at Hot Tix!

8. Cardboard Piano
Cardboard Piano

TimeLine Theatre Company
615 W. Wellington Ave in Lakeview
Now playing through March 17, 2019
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A hopeful and moving story of loss, love, and the power of faith. At the dawn of the millennium in a darkened church in northern Uganda, the daughter of American missionaries and a local teenage girl prepare to exchange vows in a secret, makeshift wedding ceremony. But when the brutality of the war zone around them encroaches on their fragile union, the two are faced with a reality they cannot escape. Confronting the religious and cultural roots of intolerance, Cardboard Piano explores violence and its aftermath, as well as the human capacity for hatred, forgiveness, and love. Check for half-price tickets at Hot Tix!

9. On Clover Road

American Blues Theater at Stage 773
1225 W. Belmont Ave in Lakeview
Now playing through March 16, 2019
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At an abandoned motel on a desolate American road, a mother meets with a cult deprogrammer, believing she will be reunited with her runaway daughter. The show stars Joseph Jefferson Award-winners Gwendolyn Whiteside and Philip Earl Johnson. Metro Arts says this smart, harrowing, edge-of-your-seat thriller will “consume your attention for its full 90 minutes, and you’ll leave the theatre fully entertained.” Check for half-price tickets at Hot Tix!

10. FORTS! Build Your Own Adventure
Forts! Build Your Own Adventure at Filament Theatre

Filament Theatre
4041 N. Milwaukee Ave in Portage Park
Now playing through March 10, 2019
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Enter a world of play and creation as Filament Theatre transforms into a play-space for children and parents to build new worlds. Using cardboard boxes, sheets, clotheslines, and more, you will build adventures of your own devising. With theatrical design elements working together to support creative play, your family is sure to be swept away in the adventure! Check for half-price tickets at Hot Tix!

BONUS! 2019 Chicago Musical Theatre Festival
Chicago Musical Theatre Festival

Underscore Theatre Company
5451 N. Broadway Ave in Edgewater
Playing Feb. 4 – 24, 2019
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The Chicago Musical Theatre Festival, now in its fifth year, is a new works festival produced by Underscore Theatre Company. While there's a wealth of emerging talent, the high risks of producing new musicals means that few companies are willing to take a chance. CMTF dedicated to keeping costs low, returning half of all ticket proceeds to producers, and showcasing emerging authors from Chicago and beyond. For full line-up, click here! Check for half-price tickets at Hot Tix!

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