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When it comes to live theater and dance, we've got you covered. Here's a look at what's playing at Chicago-area theaters.

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Griffin, Jackalope, Lifeline theater companies lead the field of Non-Equity Jeff Award nominations

The 2019-2020 nominations were announced Tuesday, recognizing the work of Chicago’s theater companies and artists in 21 categories.

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Chicago theaters, dance troupes offering ‘virtual’ programming amid pandemic

For now, online streaming is bringing theaters and audiences together in new ways.

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Chicago entertainment events canceled, postponed due to coronavirus

This list of schedule changes in theater, music and other entertainment/cultural arts impacted by the coronavirus outbreak will be updated as new cancellations and postponements are announced.

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Curtain Call — ‘Farewell Fables,’ ‘Lady from the Sea’ and more theater previews, openings March 12-18

From comedy and drama to musicals and dance, Chicago’s stages are alive with vibrant productions.

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Curtain Call — ‘Grey Gardens,’ ‘Thirteen Days’ and more theater previews, openings March 5-11

From comedy and drama to musicals and dance, Chicago’s stages are alive with vibrant productions.

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Chicago’s winter theater season offers an eclectic mix of song, dance, drama and comedy

Here’s your guide to what’s playing around town on Chicago-area stages.

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US Constitution became a revelation for Heidi Schreck as a teen — and later a playwright

"What the Constitution Means to Me" begins with Schreck’s 15-year-old self in awe of the Constitution and then moves into stories about her life and the lives of her mother, maternal grandmother and great-great-grandmother.

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Curtain Call — ‘Pillowman,’ ‘Middletown’ and more previews, openings Feb. 27-March 4

From comedy and dramas to musicals and dance, Chicago’s stages are alive with vibrant productions.

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‘Legends the Musical’ aims to inform on the effects of racism and the tools to end it

Songs help communicate the message of the Black Ensemble Theatre show.

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Congo Square kicks off 20th season with modern take on ‘Day of Absence’

As a salute to the start of its milestone 20th anniversary, Congo Square reached back into New York’s famed Negro Ensemble’s history and chose the one-act play by Douglas Turner Ward.

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‘Dex & Abby’ stars learn the trick to playing pups

‘We decided to take qualities of dogs and humanize them,’ says the movement director who helped two actors go canine.

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Latest show from ‘Male Intellect’ creator asks: Which truth can we trust?

Robert Dubac says his comedy show ‘The Book of Moron’ takes Orwell’s vision and ‘makes it a little more understandable for modern times."

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Curtain Call: ‘Her Honor Jane Byrne’ and more previews, openings Feb. 20-26

From comedy and drama to musicals and dance, Chicago’s stages are alive with vibrant productions.

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Haven’s Ian Damont Martin gives ‘Titus Andronicus’ a contemporary, inclusive staging

In his new production of the play opening this week at the Den Theatre, Martin has turned Aaron from the lone character of color onstage — as he is in most productions — into one among many.

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Lyric Opera’s 2020-21 season offers a host of new works, the arrival of the Joffrey, and ‘state-of-the-art seats’

The 2020-21 season marks the beginning of the Joffrey Ballet’s seven-year residency at the Lyric Opera House.

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Curtain Call — ‘Plano,’ ‘Titus Andronicus’ and more openings, previews Feb. 13-19

From comedy and drama to musicals and dance, Chicago’s stages are alive with vibrant productions.

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‘American in Paris’ glistens at every turn in breathtaking and bold Drury Lane staging

From brassy choreography and sumptuous costumes to smart sets and a superb cast, director Lynne Kurdziel-Formato helms a must-see production.

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Curtain Call — ‘Kill Move Paradise,’ ‘The Donna Summer Musical’ and more openings, previews Feb. 6-13

From comedy and drama to musicals and dance, Chicago’s stages are alive with vibrant productions.

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Carrie Coon, Namir Smallwood triumph in Steppenwolf’s definitive staging of ‘Bug’

Tracy Letts’ disturbing drama is delivered in a staging for the ages.

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Playwright Isaac Gomez blends memories, fiction in ‘The Leopard Play’

"I feel my subconscious has been sort of carrying the intention of this story since childhood," says Gomez

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‘The Secret of my Success’ transfers to stage in world premiere musical at Paramount

While much has changed in the world since the 1987 movie on which the musical is based, the underlying and heartfelt message of the film remains as important as ever.

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Second City Black History Month Show has come a long way, has much to say

"As a teacher and a director, self-expression and helping my cast and students tell their stories and share their points of view has been a big inspiration for why I find this work so satisfying," says director Ali Barthwell.

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Steppenwolf’s Carrie Coon: ‘Bug’ is ‘the hardest play I’ve ever done’

"Bug" is a short play at 90 minutes, but it’s tightly packed with both emotional and physical challenges.

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Joffrey Ballet, American Ballet Theatre ‘kick up their heels’ for winter programs

Dancers sometimes like to escape the confines of a narrative and just show off the sheer fun and physicality of movement. And that’s exactly what two of this country’s most respected ballet companies plan to do in Chicago in the next two months.

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Chicago’s winter theater scene — your guide to what’s playing around town

From "Summer: The Donna Summer Musical" to "What the Constitution Means to Me," Chicago’s stages are filled with an eclectic array of shows this winter.

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Raven’s new take on ‘A Doll’s House’ strives for contemporary feel

A progressive new adaptation making its Chicago premiere at the Raven Theatre is feeling more relevant than ever, more than 140 years after its debut.

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Nancy Pelosi reduced to a caricature in biographical ‘Adult in the Room’

Less a history lesson than a document of the male gaze, Bill McMahon’s play enacts a form of juvenile misogyny that is disappointing, particularly in a moment of genuine national distress.

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‘Goshen’ to play the Broadway Playhouse at Water Tower Place

The world-premiere production features Chicago’s Deeply Rooted Dance Theater and the music of Grammy-winner Donald Lawrence.

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Curtain Call: ‘Bug,’ ‘Emma,’ and more theater previews, openings Jan. 23-29

From comedy and drama to musicals and dance, Chicago’s stages are alive with vibrant productions.

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Political resistance, hope served up amid horrors in engrossing ‘The Tasters’

At its best, Meghan Brown’s drama confronts audiences with the kind of questions we all hope we never have to answer.

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Curtain Call — ‘Once on this Island,’ ‘Grease” and more theater openings, previews Jan. 16-22

From comedy and drama to musicals and dance, Chicago’s stages are alive with vibrant productions.

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Curtain Call— Rhinoceros Festival, Fillet of Solo Fest and more theater openings, previews Jan. 9-15, 2020

From comedy and drama to musicals and dance, Chicago’s stages are alive with vibrant productions.