PHOTO: The Pulitzer Prize-nominated play 'Gloria' at the Goodman Theatre, Chicago. (Photo courtesy of Goodman Theatre)
Besides an acclaimed comedy heritage exemplified with The Second City, Chicago also claims a prestigious theater pedigree with hosts of productions and performances that rival Broadway.
This is the fifth year that the Chicago Theater Week entices visitors with discounted theater tickets, some as much as half off. With more than 100 productions to choose from for the February 9-19 event, figuring out what to see can be an overwhelming experience. Here are a few standout picks, from classic musicals to cutting edge dramas, to consider catching:
Blue Man Group: Briar Street Theatre
Nothing says fun like watching electric blue men play music, crack jokes and flash techy tricks. The Blue Man Group has been electrifying audiences for 25 years with a custom mix of dance party music and attitude with dramatic delivery. This all-ages show captures the attention of every kind of audience member and the Chicago theater tickets are half off so scoop up a few before they sell out.
Blues For An Alabama Sky: Court Theatre
Pearl Cleage’s riveting Harlem Renaissance drama weaves the entrancing worlds of artists and activists struggling to make their mark during the beginning years of the Great Depression in Blues For An Alabama Sky. Hyde Park’s noted Court Theatre serves up a dazzling production helmed by director Ron OJ Parson. Discount tickets are available through February 12.
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Fantastic Super Great Nation Numero Uno: The Second City
For The Second City’s 41st revue, the iconic company takes on our divided nation and the laughs that can still be found in our humanity. Fantastic Super Great Nation Numero Uno pokes fun at our mostly painful political predicament and supplies some much needed comedic relief.
Gloria: The Goodman Theatre
This complex, Pulitzer Prize nominated play is a must see, Gloria tackles the changing landscape of the media with wit and satirical fire. Playwright Branden Jacobs-Jenkins a MacArthur “genius” grant winner, traces the ambitions and cruelties of an editorial staff for a shocking conclusion.