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December 15, 2016 View email in browser
 

Counting down the best of Chicago theater in 2016

We may all be living in “Hamilton’s” world, but from the Steppenwolf to the Paramount to House Theatre, there were a lot of excellent and timely productions. How many of your favorites made the list?

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Chris Jones’ top 10 stage performances of 2016

In addition to the best shows, we count down the best individual performances of the year. From Joshua Henry’s Aaron Burr to Ethan Slater as SpongeBob SquarePants, there were blistering, truthful and just plain funny star-making performances on Chicago stages this year.

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‘Hamilton’ announces live lottery

A special #Ham4Ham live show, featuring impromptu performances from the Chicago cast of “Hamilton,” will take place this weekend in Chicago. Will you try your luck at the live lottery?

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Christopher Wheeldon forges a ‘Nutcracker’ that dreams for Chicago

This new “Nutcracker” from Broadway choreographer Christopher Wheeldon tells its story from the Chicago World’s Fair of 1893. Read on for what made it a 4-star production.

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New York, San Francisco, Chicago Neo-Futurists to collaborate on creation of new show

The Neo-Futurists in Chicago, New York and San Francisco will collaborate on the creation of a new late-night show to replace the long-running “Too Much Light” after founder Greg Allen did not renew the Chicago company’s rights.

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Phantom Derrick Davis sings ‘Music of the Night’

Sit back, relax, open up your mind and let your fantasies unwind with the latest Theater Loop Showcase. He’s here, the phantom of the opera!

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Christians argue about faith in the Steppenwolf church

“The Christians” transforms the Steppenwolf into a church, where an interesting argument about faith plays out for the audience/congregation. So, how was the sermon?

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Discontent all around at Second City in ‘The Winner … of Our Discontent’

“The Winner…of Our Discontent” on the Second City Mainstage is too pointedly angry to be really funny and keeps the audience at a distance. What went wrong?

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