Top 10 Fall Theater Shows This Fall in Chicago

Chicago is a theater-goers dream and we have a number of excellent theater shows this fall of 2012.  Chicago is home to variety of theatrical events including Broadway productions, Cirque du Soleil shows, the Blue Man Group, Provision Theater and more! Enjoy checking out out theater events tickets in Chicago web page for the latest information on Chicago shows. There is a show in the Windy City for everyone! Don’t miss out on any of the family friendly theater shows when you’re traveling with the whole gang, or the shows that are just good for grown-ups. Be sure to check out our Chicago theater posts to find everything else going on when you’re in town, including all of the free shows that pop up from time to time!

If you are looking for some great shows to see, why not check out our list of following TOP 10 Theater Shows This Fall in Chicago with many taken from the esteemed critic, Chris Jones – Read his whole review here. and the Chicago Tribune – read their post here


‘Shaw vs Chesterton – The Debate‘:   Based on actual debates and exchanges, George Bernard Shaw and G.K. Chesterton – two of the greatest literary minds of the 20th century – square off in what proves to be one of the most electric, humorous and relevant war of words in modern history. How do you remain good friends with someone when you disagree on just about everything?  Let these two “debaters of the century” show you. Witness actual exchanges between these great intellectual heavyweights as they battle it out over multiple topics that sound remarkably relevant today. The play also explores the complexities and deep admiration these “friendly enemies” had for each other that solidified their relationship for decades.  See the reviews here

Sept. 5 to Oct. 28 at Provision Theater, 1001 W Roosevelt Rd, Chicago, IL 60608.; $10-$32; 312-595-5600 and


“Metamorphoses”: Lots of splashes take center stage — or pool, rather — in this remounting of Mary Zimmerman’s Tony Award-winning staging of the myths of Ovid, which uses an actual onstage swimming pool as the matrix for the storytelling. Members of the original Lookingglass cast reunite for the company’s 25th season opener, which will travel to Arena Stage in Washington, D.C.

Lookingglass Theatre; Sept. 19-Nov. 18


“Million Dollar Quartet”: The Other Fab Four are rocking on for their fourth year in Colin Escott and Floyd Mutrux’s musical about the night that Jerry Lee Lewis, Johnny Cash, Elvis Presley and Carl Perkins all showed up at Sun Records in Memphis, Tenn.

Apollo Theater; open run


‘Sunday in the Park with George’: As the main attraction on Navy Pier this summer, Griffin’s Chicago revival of “Sunday in the Park with George” (not to be confused with the recent production in New York’s Central Park) will feature Jason Danieley (“Candide” on Broadway) and Carmen Cusack singing one of the most wise and beautiful scores ever composed.

Sept. 26 to Nov. 4 at Chicago Shakespeare Theater, Courtyard Theater on Navy Pier, 800 E. Grand Ave.; $48-$78; 312-595-5600 and


‘The Book of Mormon’: Unless you’ve been hiding away in Utah, you’ll surely know of the impending Chicago sit-down production of the megahit Broadway musical, as penned by the creators of “South Park” and the composer of “Avenue Q.” On Broadway (where the average ticket price is now pushing $200), the show made the case, better than any other musical in memory, that no topic, no matter how sacrosanct or painful, is beyond the range of the skilled satirist. The show offers genuinely nasty hilarity, laced with some sweetness just when the acid starts to corrode. The Chicago production will be a duplicate of the New York original, supervised by the original creative team, and will be fresh and new for the Bank of America Theatre.

Begins Dec. 11 at the Bank of America Theatre, 18 W. Monroe St.; $55-$115; 800-775-2000 and


‘Good People’: A fine match for a moment when the economic decks seemed so stacked against ordinary Americans, and when political debate rages over who built what for whom, David Lindsay-Abaire’smoving drama looks at a successful man who comes home to his old Boston neighborhood. It’s a piece about envy, community, letting go and giving back and, unlike so many politicians, this play shirks not from the exploration of how “we built it” and “it takes a village”; both have their truths. “Good People” was one of the best Broadway plays of 2011. The new Steppenwolf production will be directed by K. Todd Freeman.

Sept. 13 to Nov. 11 at Steppenwolf’s Downstairs Theatre, 1650 N. Halsted St.; $20-$86; 312-335-1650 and


‘Hamlet’: Glencoe stands in for the rotten state of Denmark in Michael Halberstam’s staging. The powerhouse cast includes Scott Parkinson in the title role, with Shannon Cochran as Gertrude, Timothy Edward Kane as Laertes, Ross Lehman as Polonius, and Larry Yando as the Ghost, among other heavyweight talents.

Through Nov. 11 at Writers’ Theatre, 325 Tudor Court, Glencoe; $35-$70; 847-242-6000 and



‘School for Lies’: Up in Stratford, the names Ben Carlson and Deborah Hay aren’t quite on a par with favorite son Justin Bieber, but this lively married couple of classical actors are both marquee names when it comes to the spoken theatrical word. This juicy-sounding show — a witty David Ives adaptation of the Moliere comedy “The Misanthrope” — promises to offer a great deal of eloquent amusement. Director Barbara Gaines also has cast the former Chicago actor Greg Vinkler, who’ll be making a holiday homecoming.

Dec. 4 to Jan. 20 at Chicago Shakespeare Theater, Courtyard Theater on Navy Pier, 800 E. Grand Ave.; $48-$78; 312-595-5600 and



‘Sweet Bird of Youth’: Chicago native (and 2010 MacArthur Foundation Fellow — aka genius grant winner) David Cromer makes his Goodman directorial debut (he’s acted onstage there but not directed) with Tennessee Williams’ story of an aging Hollywood legend and a gigolo. Diane Lane stars as Princess Kosmonopolis, with Finn Wittrock as boy-toy Chance Wayne.

Sept. 14 to Oct. 25 at the Goodman Theatre, 170 N. Dearborn St.; $27-$88; 312-443-3800 and


‘Unspeakable’: This new show — a biographical exploration of Richard Pryor — is wholly unproven. But Pryor’s life, especially his fraught early years in Peoria, is fine fodder for a biographical show. Advance word is this is a dark show, unstinting in its treatment of Pryor’s addictions and self-destructive tendencies, but embracing his formidable talent. The cast includes James Murray Jackson, Jr., as Pryor (Jackson’s performance, seen in a New York workshop, has many admirers) and Isaiah Washington.

Oct. 16 to Nov. 25 at the Royal George Theatre, 1641 N. Halsted St.; $49.50-$62.50; 312-988-9000 or


‘War Horse’: This remarkable theatrical attraction — a colossal hit in London and New York — is based on the children’s story by Michael Morpurgo, wherein a young man and his beloved horse search for each other through the deadly quagmire of World War I. The show, a collaboration between the National Theatre of Great Britain and the Handspring Puppet Company of South Africa, is a family-friendly experience yet intensely emotional. It includes Joey, one of most beloved and lucrative puppets ever created for the theater. The Chicago run is short and tickets likely will sell out.

Dec. 18 Jan. 5 at the Cadillac Palace Theatre, 151 W. Randolph St.; $30-105; 800-775-2000 and

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