10 Hot Shows To See in Chicago

MARCH 2019


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 playing this March.

1. A Bronx Tale

A Bronx Tale

Broadway in Chicago at James M. Nederlander Theatre
24 W. Randolph
March 12 – 24, 2019

Broadway’s hit crowd-pleaser takes you to the stoops of the Bronx in the 1960s, where a young man is caught between the father he loves and the mob boss he’d love to be. Bursting with high-energy dance numbers and original doo-wop tunes from Alan Menken, the songwriter of Beauty and the Beast, A Bronx Tale is an unforgettable story of loyalty and family. Academy Award-winner Robert De Niro and Tony winner Jerry Zaks direct this streetwise musical that The New York Times hails as “the kind of tale that makes you laugh and cry.” Check for half-price tickets at Hot Tix!

2. Corduroy

Emerald City Theatre at the Athenaeum Theatre
2936 N. Southport Ave.
March 1  April 20, 2019

A small bear’s quest for a missing button leads to the friendship of a lifetime. The department store comes to life with circus elements and physical comedy as Corduroy must stay a step ahead of the Night Watchman to be ready for Lisa when she returns to the store. Learn the importance of empathy and unconditional love along with a young girl and her mother in this sweet adaptation of the beloved book by Don Freeman. Corduroy is a Chicago premiere and a playful adventure that will delight ages three and up. Check for half-price tickets at Hot Tix!

3. Gross Indecency: The Three Trials of Oscar Wilde

Gross Indecency

Promethean Theatre Ensemble at Strawdog Theatre
1802 W. Berenice 
Now playing through March 24, 2019

A remount of Promethean’s acclaimed 2016 production, Gross Indecency: The Three Trials of Oscar Wilde takes a modern look at the life of the 19th century literary figure who was both glorified and shunned during his lifetime, eventually imprisoned and convicted of the crime of homosexuality. The play's ensemble cast draws on documents from the past to uncover the story and bring Wilde and his contemporaries to life. Audiences who didn’t have a chance to see the “fast-moving and compelling” (Third Coast Review) production two years ago will have another opportunity to witness Jamie Bragg’s “witty, charming and fierce” performance (Edge Media Network) as Oscar Wilde. “See it – for the wit, the quotes, the poetry and beauty… see it.” (The Hawk Chicago). Check for half-price tickets at Hot Tix!

4. I Wanna F**king Tear You Apart

Rivendell Theatre
5779 N. Ridge Ave.
Now playing through March 23, 2019

Samantha and Leo are a team — best friends and roommates, fat girl and gay guy against the world — until a new friend upends their cozy co-dependent diet of mutual self-loathing and Grey’s Anatomy marathons. An ode to the complications of friendship in its many messed-up forms, with a special nod to a kind of love that sometimes looks a lot like rage. Check for half-price tickets at Hot Tix!

5. Noises Off

Noises Off

Windy City Playhouse
3014 W. Irving Park Rd.
Now playing through April 7, 2019

With just hours until opening night of Nothing On, this amateur theater troupe has plenty of work to do. Between mistaken props, forgotten lines, inner-cast discord, and a torrent of awful acting, one wonders…Will these eager thespians successfully stage their sex farce script, or will they end up running around with their pants (quite literally) at their ankles? Check for half-price tickets at Hot Tix!

6. Not for Sale

UrbanTheater Chicago
2620 W. Division St.
March 8 – April 7, 2019

With the Puerto Rican Festival months away, Humboldt Park prepares for the big event. With new neighbors looking to make changes, long-time community members must decide whether to embrace change or let go of their long-heldlegacies. A story about community, family, and politics, the question persists, who gets to lay claims to a neighborhood? Check for half-price tickets at Hot Tix!

7. Remember the Alamo

Remember the Alamo

The Neo-Futurists
5153 N. Ashland
March 4 – April 27, 2019

In this world premiere production, an ensemble will take over The Neo-Futurist Theater, refuse to leave, and obstruct all production in the theater until the audience, actors and management work to recreate the Battle of the Alamo in its entirety, leading to its sad bloody conclusion. Created by Neo-Futurist ensemble member Nick Hart, Remember the Alamo is this year's Neo-Lab commission. Check for half-price tickets at Hot Tix!

8. Southern Comfort

Southern Comfort

Pride Films and Plays at The Broadway
4139 N. Broadway
Now playing through March 31, 2019

Based on the 2001 Sundance Film Festival documentary, Southern Comfort covers the life and death of Robert Eads, a transgender man in Georgia. In the last year of his life, Eads surrounds himself with his chosen family, falls in love, experiences trials and tribulations as he battles advanced ovarian cancer. Check for half-price tickets at Hot Tix!

9. Tango

Trap Door Theatre
1655 W. Cortland 
Now playing through March 30, 2019

In this hilarious satire, the dangers inherent in contemporary society are inscribed in a universal story of how conformity, anarchy and formalism can come into conflict between generations. Check for half-price tickets at Hot Tix!

10. The Man Who Was Thursday

Lifeline Theatre
6912 N. Glenwood
Now playing through April 7, 2019

A shadowy cabal of anarchists has risen in London, and Scotland Yard is determined to bring them down. When Gabriel Syme joins the undercover detail tasked with infiltrating the anarchists’ operations, he soon finds himself sitting on their Supreme Council with the code name “Thursday.” But as Syme unearths the Council’s true nature, it becomes clear that no one in this battle between law and chaos is as they seem. Challenge all assumptions and uncover the truth in this absorbing adaptation of the 1908 satire by G. K. Chesterton. 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 to find other exciting productions on stage while you're here, and find insider guides to all things performing arts and the Chicago theatre scene to create your Chicago itinerary.

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