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‘Disgraced,’ will be the most-produced play in coming season; catch it in Chicago

By Mark Kennedy | Associated Press

NEW YORK — Ayad Akhtar’s “Disgraced” will be the most-produced play nationwide in the coming 2015-16 season, according to the theater industry’s largest trade group.

American Theatre magazine, published by Theatre Communications Group, announced the list in its October issue. It omits holiday-themed shows and Shakespeare works. The list was compiled from some 400 member theaters.

“Disgraced” will have 18 productions, (including one at the Goodman Theatre opening Sept. 20) “Peter and the Starcatcher” will have 16 (a production of the play is currently up at Drury Lane Oakbrook), “Outside Mullingar” will have 11, “To Kill a Mockingbird” and “Buyer & Cellar” will have nine each. Last year’s top play, “Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike” will have eight.

“Buyer and Cellar” played at Chicago’s Broadway playhouse in 2014. “Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike” played the Goodman Theatre earlier this summer.

The Tony Award-nominated “Disgraced” is a blistering play about a dinner party that spirals into a shouting match about race, Islam and culture.

Contributing: Miriam Di Nunzio, Chicago Sun-Times

Posted Sept. 16, 2015.