THE LEAGUE OF CHICAGO THEATRES ROUNDS UP THIS MONTH’S THEATRICAL FAVS.
With more than 250 theater companies, Chicago is renowned around the world for its innovative and vibrant theater scene. Add a performance (or two or three) to your Chicago itinerary — plus, experience many shows on a budget with HALF-PRICE THEATER TICKETS FROM HOT TIX! From Broadway musicals and world premieres to intimate dramas and side-splitting comedies, you could fill every night of your visit with a front-row performance.
Here are 10 top plays and musicals — both traditional favorites and main-stage headliners — with discount tickets during the month of September.
Broadway In Chicago at the Cadillac Palace Theatre
151 W. Randolph St. in the Loop
Playing September 11 – October 14, 2018
The world premiere comedy musical, Tootsie, tells the story of a talented but difficult actor who struggles to find work until an audacious, desperate stunt lands him the role of a lifetime. Check for half-price tickets at Hot Tix!
2. A SHAYNA MAIDEL
615 W. Wellington Ave. in Lakeview
Playing through November 4, 2018
A powerful and poignant drama, A Shayna Maidel begins with the story of a daughter and her father, Rose and Mordechai Weiss, who escaped Poland shortly before World War II and have adapted to life as new Americans in New York City. In their escape, they were forced to leave behind Rose’s sister Lusia and her mother. When Rose and Lusia are reunited, Rose struggles to engage with an older sister who, having survived the horrors of war overseas, now seems a stranger. And Lusia—haunted by vivid memories of her past—is uncertain about connecting with a family she’s never known. Check for half-price tickets at Hot Tix!
3. THE GOAT, OR WHO IS SYLVIA?
Interrobang Theatre Project at Rivendell Theatre Ensemble
5779 N. Ridge Ave. in Edgewater
Playing September7- October6, 2018
Martin is an accomplished architect living the American dream. He has a loving wife, a devoted son and an acclaimed career. But an explosive revelation threatens to destroy everything he has built, and forces Martin to reconcile the man the world has come to know with the man he has come to be. Shocking theatregoers when it first premiered, The Goat deftly lambastes liberal acceptance, fidelity and family as one man painfully traverses the ultimate taboo. Check for half-price tickets at Hot Tix!
4. WE’RE ONLY ALIVE FOR A SHORT AMOUNT OF TIME
170 N. Dearborn in the Loop
Playing September 15 – Oct 21, 2018
Growing up in an industrial English town, writer/performer David Cale escaped his parents’ fraught marriage by singing in his bedroom and tending to birds in the animal hospital he built in a garden shed—until a tragedy changed everything. Lushly arranged songs and an intimate portrait of his mother—a charismatic woman trapped by her circumstances—unite in Cale’s vivid testament of connecting to life when adversity is suddenly everywhere. Check for half-price tickets at Hot Tix!
5. ARMS AND THE MAN
City Lit Theater
1020 W. Bryn Mawr in Edgewater
Playing September 7 – October 21, 2018
Bluntschli, a Swiss soldier fonder of chocolates than of bullets, hides in the bedroom of Bulgarian heiress Raina while escaping from battle—a development that disturbs her fiancé Sergius, a swaggering cavalry-officer from the other side. Shaw calls it “an anti-romantic comedy.” George Orwell said Arms and the Man was probably the wittiest play Shaw ever wrote, the most flawless technically, and in spite of being a very light comedy, the most telling, because its moral—that war is not a wonderful, romantic adventure—still needs to be told. Check for half-price tickets at Hot Tix!
6. CRIME & PUNISHMENT
Shattered Globe Theatre at Theater Wit
1299 W. Belmont Ave in Lakeview
Playing September 6 – October 20, 2018
One of the great stories of world literature comes to life in this fresh, theatrical adaptation, featuring an ensemble of 11 actors as chorus and conscience. As Raskolnikov plays a dangerous cat and mouse game with a mercurial investigating magistrate, a psychological thriller unspools and probes how far humanity might go when driven by disillusionment, and whether any crime can be justified by a higher purpose. Check for half-price tickets at Hot Tix!
7. RADIO GOLF
5535 S. Ellis in Hyde Park
Playing through September 30, 2018
Real estate developer Harmond Wilks is determined to become the first black mayor of Pittsburgh, on a mission to revive his blighted childhood neighborhood. As Wilks confronts characters from the past, he is forced to question how pursuing change could put his neighborhood’s history at risk. Check for half-price tickets at Hot Tix!
8. NO CHILD…
Definition Theatre Company at Victory Gardens Theater
2433 N. Lincoln Ave. in Lincoln Park
Playing through September 23, 2018
Named after the controversial No Child Left Behind Act of 2001, No Child… seeks to shed light on the deep inequalities in America’s public education system and the multitude of ways it has failed our young people. Set inside the fictional Malcom X High School in the Bronx, No Child… follows Ms. Sun, a hopeful young teaching artist tasked with leading a boisterous class of sophomores in a performance of Timberlake Wetenbaker’s Our Country’s Good. Teaching theater is not easy, and Ms. Sun must learn to navigate teenage angst, timid teachers and overworked administrators as she works to build a play and a community amongst her students. Check for half-price tickets at Hot Tix!
9. HOMOS, OR EVERYONE IN AMERICA
Pride Films and Plays at The Broadway
4139 N. Broadway in Uptown
Playing through September 30, 2018
“Love is love” – but is navigating it any less complicated today? What does it mean to be in a committed relationship? Is monogamy just monotony? Told through interweaving glimpses into the life of an everyday couple unexpectedly confronted by a vicious crime, Homos, Or Everyone In America is a fearless, funny, heart-on-its-sleeve examination of the moments that can bring two people together – or pull them apart. Check for half-price tickets at Hot Tix!
10. AVENUE Q
3745 N. Southport Ave. in Lakeview
Now extended through November 5, 2018
The homegrown production of Avenue Q from 2014 is lovingly revived on the Mercury stage. A racy cross between South Park and Sesame Street, Avenue Q is a modern musical focusing on a group of unique 20-somethings making their way in the big city, seeking their purpose in life. Although the show addresses humorous adult issues, it is similar to a beloved children’s show; a place where puppets are friends, Monsters are good and life lessons are learned. Winner of the Tony “Triple Crown” for Best Musical, Best Score and Best Book, Avenue Q is part flesh, part felt, and packed with heart. Check for half-price tickets at Hot Tix!
Note: Schedules are subject to change; visit the Hot Tix website for up-to-the-minute dates and half-price ticket availability. Visit ChicagoPlays.com to find other exciting productions on stage while you’re here, and get insider guides to all things performing arts and the Chicago theatre scene to create your Chicago itinerary.