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What's Playing in Chicago Theatre

Monday, November 05, 2012

Time Out Chicago's Theatre Critic, Kris Vire covers his top picks for the best of what now playing in Chicago Theatre.

"Good People"
When Margie Walsh loses her job at a South Boston dollar store, she reaches out to old flame Mike, a Southie boy who left the neighborhood and became a successful doctor. Margie's attempt to hit Mike up for a job takes on a threatening cast when she realizes the power a secret from Mike's past holds. From Pulitzer Prize-winner David Lindsay-Abaire, Good People looks at the dangerous consequences of choosing to hold on to the past or leaving it behind. Steppenwolf Theatre Company
Through November 17th.
312-355-1650
www.steppenwolf.org

"Wasteland"
An American soldier, captured by the enemy in Vietnam and isolated in an underground cell, hears a voice from the other side of his prison wall. Thrust into each other's lives, the two men are separated by solid ground, divergent backgrounds and opposite worldviews. But over time, they are drawn together as they battle dire conditions, loss of faith, and each other. This emotionally stirring new play affirms the extraordinary power of human connection to forge hope in even the darkest hours.
Timeline Theatre Company
Through December 30th
312-281-8463 x6
www.timelinetheatre.com

Superior Donuts
It is the story of Arthur Przybyszewski, an aging anti-war activist and the proprietor of a rundown donut shop in the Uptown neighborhood of Chicago. When Arthur hires Franco Wicks, a fast-talking African-American kid with big dreams and bigger troubles, Arthur's world is quickly changed - quite possibly for the better.
Mary-Arrchie Theatre Co. at Royal George Theatre
Through November 25th
312-988-9000
www.theroyalgeorgetheatre.com

"Sister Act"
It tells the story of Deloris Van Cartier, a wannabe diva whose life takes a surprising turn when she witnesses a crime and the cops hide her in the last place anyone would think to look-a convent! Under the suspicious watch of Mother Superior, Deloris helps her fellow sisters find their voices as she unexpectedly rediscovers her own. A sparkling tribute to the universal power of friendship, SISTER ACT is reason to REJOICE!
Auditorium Theatre
November 13-December 2nd
www.auditoriumtheatre.org

"Potted Potter"
Written and performed by former BBC Television hosts Daniel Clarkson and Jefferson Turner, the play takes on the ultimate challenge of condensing, or "potting", all seven Harry Potter books into 70 madcap minutes, aided only by multiple costume changes, brilliant songs, ridiculous props and a generous helping of Hogwarts magic. The show also invites audiences to engage with a real life game of Quidditch, but according to Clarkson and Turner's unique set of rules.
Broadway Playhouse
November 13-December 23rd
www.broadwayinchicago.com


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