With more than 200 theaters in town, there’s no better place than Chicago to get your dose of arts and culture — and you can do it on a budget. Our partners at the League of Chicago Theatres and Hot Tix curated this list of must-see shows for the week. Check for half-price tickets by clicking each link or visit Hottix.org — and check back each week for more hot picks!

This Week’s Theatre Highlights:


One Man Star WarsOne-Man Star Wars Trilogy

Broadway In Chicago at Broadway Playhouse
175 E. Chestnut Ave. on the Magnificent Mile
One week only!

From the producer of Potted Potter comes an out-of-this-world show!  Charles Ross plays all the characters, flies the ships, fights the battles, and condenses all the plots into one epic recap. Recommended for ages 6 and up.
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Bullets over BroadwayBullets Over Broadway

Broadway In Chicago at The PrivateBank Theatre
18 W. Monroe St. in the Loop
Starting this week!

Written by Woody Allen and hailed by TIME Magazine as “musical theatre gold,” Bullets Over Broadway is the hilarious musical comedy about the making of a Broadway show.
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Goodman Theatre
170 N. Dearborn St. in the Loop

Rated 3 out of 4 stars by the Chicago Tribune. Carlyle Meyers is an ambitious African American lawyer who agrees to share why he became a member of the GOP. This hilarious and insightful examination of affirmative action, party alliance, and the state of race in America is “a fresh night of theater that takes some genuine risks.”
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Schoolhouse Rock LiveSchoolhouse Rock Live!

Emerald City Theatre at Apollo Theatre
2540 N. Lincoln Ave. in Lincoln Park

Based on the entertaining and educational Emmy Award-winning animated series, Schoolhouse Rock Live! brings the treasured Saturday-morning melodies of the ‘70s back in a hip new way. Recommended for ages 3-13.
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Jabari Dreams of FreedomJabari Dreams of Freedom

Chicago Children’s Theatre at Ruth Page Center for the Arts
1016 N. Dearborn St. in the Gold Coast

Through his colorful paintings, Jabari escapes to the Civil Rights era, where he interacts with children from the past–including a young Barack Obama. These poignant encounters empower him to live courageously in the face of fear. Recommended ages 9 and up.
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The ProducersThe Producers

Mercury Theater
3745 N. Southport Ave. in Lakeview

From the theatre that brought you Avenue Q and The Man Who Murdered Sherlock Holmes comes a revival of this insanely funny musical spoof on Broadway traditions, winner of a record 12 Tony Awards.
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Mary Page MarloweMary Page Marlowe

Steppenwolf Theatre
1650 N. Halsted St. in Lincoln Park

★★★★ from the Chicago Tribune. Mary Page Marlowe is an accountant from Ohio. But as we discover moments from Mary’s ordinary life, a portrait of a surprisingly complicated woman emerges. From the Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright of August: Osage County.
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Adding MachineAdding Machine: A Musical

The Hypocrites at The Den Theatre
1333 N. Milwaukee Ave. in Wicker Park

Time Out Chicago Critics’ Pick. Mr. Zero has spent a lifetime spent adding figures for the same company, only to find one day he’s been replaced by a machine. Beleaguered and broken, he struggles to believe that his life will ever amount to something.
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