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Our Fresh Picks for Theater in Chicago This Month

March 15, 2017 by CJ Schwartz
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Spring is almost here, which means that it’s time to emerge from your Netflix cave, recycle all of those delivery menus, and venture out into the world again. The opportunities outside are endless, and if you’re a culture junkie like us, you might want to check out some of the fantastic theater in Chicago all season long! Here are our picks for fresh new theater this month.

The Great and Terrible Wizard of Oz


The House Theatre of Chicago, March 17 – May 7

The House Theatre of Chicago presents a modern retelling of the classic American fairy tale. All the characters you know and love will emerge in new and exciting ways. Get tickets here.

Heartbreak House


ShawChicago, March 4 – March 27

Join ShawChicago and see what they do best – Shaw! George Bernard Shaw’s Heartbreak House is a comedy about the deceptions and meaningless pursuits of England’s ruling class. Get Heartbreak House tickets here.

The Wiz


Kokandy Productions, March 5 – April 16

The 1975 Broadway hit is here in Chicago in a gritty new production by Kokandy Productions that is sure to knock your socks off! Enter to win $12 Saturday night Lottery tickets here.



American Theater Company, March 17 – April 23

Part seance, part love letter to a ghost, Will Davis’ new production of Picnic explores a life lived at the periphery of one’s own desire. Snag your tickets here.

Hedwig and the Angry Inch


Broadway in Chicago, March 7 – March 19

This Tony Award-winning musical is brilliantly innovative, heartbreaking, and wickedly funny. Find the origin of love with its unique punk rock score. Get tickets here.

Circus 1903


Broadway in Chicago, March 21 – March 26

Get psyched because the producers of the world’s biggest magic show, The Illusionists have teamed up with the award winning puppeteers from War Horse to present a thrilling turn of the century circus spectacular. Definitely a treat for the whole family. Check it out here.

By the Water


Northlight Theatre, March 16 – April 23

Check out the Chicago premiere of By The Water reminds us that the very powers that tear us apart can also bring us together. See this powerful play for just $20 and get free Lyft rides to and from the theater. Tap here to learn more about Rush&Ride.



The Interrobang Theatre Project, March 16 – April 16

The Interrobang Theatre Project presents a drama about raising a child when faced with a challenge. Check out Falling at the Athenaeum Theatre. Tap here for tickets. 

Destiny of Desire


Goodman Theatre, March 11 – April 16

Karen Zacarías brings the seductive power of Latin American telenovelas to the stage in Destiny of Desire, a hilarious and smart new comedy at Goodman Theatre. Snag your tickets here.

Upright Grand


Citadel Theatre, March 16 – March 26

Citadel Theatre presents a world premiere play by Laura Schellhardt about a father and daughter, both gifted musicians, whose lives have taken very different paths. Get tickets to Upright Grand here.

In to America


Griffin Theatre, March 18 – April 23

Griffin Theatre presents a world premiere drama that traces the American immigrant experience from Jamestown to present day through the stories of ordinary men, women and children who departed their homelands in the hopes of creating a new life. Snag tickets here.



Raven Theatre, March 18 – April 29

Set in a world where all the rules have changed, Sycamore is a poignant and frequently funny examination of sibling rivalry, sexual and gender identity, and the importance of neighbors. Get tickets to Sycamore here.

Born Yesterday


Remy Bumppo, March 22 – April 30

Playing for over 1,600 performances in its Broadway debut and earning 5 Academy Award and 3 Golden Globe nominations for its film adaptation, Garson Kanin’s delightful and dangerous comedy, Born Yesterday, asks who will survive the Washington political machine: brains, beauty, or brawn? Check out Remy Bumppo’s production and snag tickets here.

The Hard Problem


Court Theatre, March 9 – April 9

Court Theatre presents Tom Stoppard’s highly-anticipated new play, The Hard Problem, in its Chicago premiere! Get tickets here.

Strangest Things: The Musical


Court Theatre, March 9 – April 9

Lovingly ripped off from the hit Netflix series, STRANGEST THINGS! The Musical takes us back to a time when the hair was huge, the music was loud, and parents were nowhere to be found. Snag your tickets here.

Truth and Reconciliation


Sideshow Theatre Company, March 12 – April 16

Sideshow Theatre Company presents Debbie Tucker Green’s sixty-minute unblinking exploration of loss to life in Truth and Reconciliation performed by twenty-two actors. Get tickets here.

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