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Here’s What’s Opening in Chicago this November

November 3, 2016 by CJ Schwartz
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There’s a lot of great theater to be thankful for this November in Chicago. Before the holiday madness and winter weather set in, make sure to catch these exciting theatrical experiences.

1. Crazy For You

Crazy for You

Drury Lane Oakbrook, Opening November 3

This Tony Award-winning romantic musical is sure to put a spring in your step. In classic Drury Lane fashion, it will feature top notch performances of classic Gershwin tunes and fantastic dance numbers.

2. I Am My Own Wife

I AM My Own Wife

About Face Theatre at Theater Wit, Opening November 4

About Face’s new production of Doug Wright’s acclaimed and award-winning play will frame Charlotte’s story through a transgender lens, celebrating transvisibility through the life story of one of the most fascinating transgender women in history.

3. End of the Rainbow

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Porchlight Music Theatre at Stage 773, Opening November 4

Featuring many of Judy Garland’s most memorable songs, this funny and heartwarming play offers insight into the life of one of the most beloved figures in American pop culture.

4. King Charles III

King Charles

Chicago Shakespeare Theatre, Opening November 5

Called “the most insightful and engrossing new history play in decades” by The New York Times and “bracingly provocative and outrageously entertaining” by The Independent, Bartlett’s new comedy/drama is not to be missed.

5. The Nutcracker


House Theatre of Chicago at The Chopin Theatre, Opening November 6

This House Theatre of Chicago classic play for the holidays brings together gorgeous puppetry, original songs, and spectacle to tell the heartwarming and moving story of magic and hope.

6. Miss Bennett: Christmas At Pemberley

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Northlight Theatre, Opening November 10

In Northlight’s charmingly imagined sequel to Pride and Prejudice, Mary Bennet is tired of her role as the dutiful middle sister and when the family gathers for Christmas at Pemberley, a surprise guest means that change may be in the air for Mary.

7. The Amish Project

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Interrobang Theatre Project at The Athenaeum Theatre, Opening November 10

Playwright Jessica Dickey tackles forgiveness in the shadow of violence and loss in her play based on the true events of a 2006 shooting in an Amish school in PA. Interrobang Theatre Project ensemble member, Sarah Gise, portrays seven characters in a gentle performance that explores hope in the face of tragedy.

8. Roz and Ray

Roz and Ray

Victory Gardens, Opening November 11

Victory Gardens Theater’s Artistic Director Chay Yew and playwright Karen Hartman unearth a tragic and little-known event in medical history in this electric new play about love, trust, and sacrifice between two friends.

9. Cinderella At the Theater of Potatoes

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The Hypocrites at The Den Theater, Opening Nov 12

In the actor-as-orchestra style you’ll be familiar with if you’re a fan of The Hypocrites’ Gilbert & Sullivan opera adaptations, Artistic Director Sean Graney directs this new irreverent exploration of the classic fairy tale.

10. Les Troyens

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Lyric Opera of Chicago, Opening Nov 13

This grand operatic retelling of Virgil’s Aeneid is rarely performed because of its outrageous scale, but leave it to Lyric Opera not to shy away from a dramatic spectacle! Sir Andrew Davis conducts this much-anticipated Lyric premiere that is sure to attract opera lovers from all over the world.

11. Tonya and Nancy: The Rock Opera

Tonya and Nancy

Underscore Theater Company at Theater Wit, Opening Nov 25

This dark musical comedy is based on the infamous 1990’s Tonya Harding/Nancy Kerrigan “knee whack” ice skating scandal and stars Amanda Horvath and Courtney Mack as the titular characters.

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