Chicago’s Best Shows of 2016

As an amazing year of performance in Chicago comes to an end, we’re wrapping up our picks for the best productions of 2016. We asked our critics which of the 125 shows we reviewed this year have really stuck with them, and here are their favorites.

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2016 Company of the Year: Writers Theatre

There’s no question that 2016 was the year of the “big” theater in Chicago. After a few years of what some might regard as stagnation at some of Chicago’s most prominent theater institutions, in 2016 nearly every one of them set out to confound that perception.

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Michael Halberstam to Receive Special Jeff Award

The Artistic Director of Writers Theatre since its inception in 1992 is being honored for outstanding theatrical accomplishments and contributions to Chicagoland theater for the past 25 years.

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“Not in Our House” Honored With Multiple Awards

On September 17, 2016 the Not in Our House Chicago Theatre Community will be honored as the recipient of the Illinois Theatre Association’s 2015 Award of Excellence in Professional Theatre. The awards presentation will take as part of the Illinois Theatre Association’s Inaugural Gala – “Opening Night!”, which will be held at Harper College’s Wojcik Conference Center in Palatine, Illinois.

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Chicago Inclusion Project Announces Two Summer Readings and Casting Consultation
TIME OF YOUR LIFE at Victory Gardens. Photo by Brave Lux.  After last summer’s successful launch of a staged reading of William Saroyan’s THE TIME OF YOUR LIFE, in partnership with Victory Gardens Theatre and The League of Chicago Theatres, The Chicago Inclusion Project, a collective of artists, committed... Read more
DEATH OF A STREETCAR Is a Non-Stop Laugh Riot

However you get there, alone or in packs, get ye hence to Writers Theater before Blanche and that “rattle-trap street-car bangs through the Quarter…” for the last time.

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Stunning ARCADIA Ushers in New Era at Writers

Writers’ Production of ARCADIA is as much a feast for the eyes as it is for the mind. Stoppard is not for everyone – particularly if you’re looking to relax into something – but if ‘leaning forward and engaging’ excites you, it is the quintessential Writers work, and the perfect show to christen the stunning $28 million facility with.

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