Fall into Deep Dramas with the Start of Autumn Theater

Emotions run high this fall in Chicago area plays.

An artist’s struggle, a playwright’s confusion, real estate woes, nostalgic clothing and a greedy pet all take center stage—you won’t want to miss these shows!

Broadway in Chicago’s “Love, Loss & What I Wore” at Broadway Playhouse

September 13-October 23
Water Tower Place, 175 E. Chestnut St., Chicago
312-977-1710
broadwayinchicago.com

Looking to have a fun girl’s night out? Women of all ages will relate to this witty collection of stories written by Nora Ephron and Delia Ephron, which uses clothes and accessories to trigger the memories that come with them. Directed by Karen Carpenter, who directed the hit show in New York, the cast features stars including Barbara Robertson, who you might recognize from Writers’ Theatre’s “The Detective’s Wife” last season, and Emily Bergyl from “Desperate Housewives.”

Goodman Theatre’s “Red”
September 21-October 23
170 N. Dearborn St., Chicago
312-443-3800
goodmantheatre.org

Directed by North Shore native Robert Falls, this play tells the story of the brilliant and tortured painter Mark Rothko, played by the award-winning Edward Gero, as he struggles to complete a set of lucrative murals for a New York hotel in the 1960s. As Rothko battles to stay afloat, his fraught relationship with his young assistant, played by handsome Chicagoan Patrick Andrews, evolves.

Steppenwolf Theatre’s “Clybourne Park”

September 8- November 6
1650 N. Halsted St., Chicago
312-335-1650
steppenwolf.org

Winner of the 2011 Pulitzer Prize for Drama, this play is a tale of one home in two decades. Jumping between the late 1950s and late 2000s, this play depicts the life and times of a northwest Chicago neighborhood, as a house changes hands on two occasions. Written by Bruce Norris with a nod to Lorraine Hansberry’s classic “A Raisin in the Sun,” this funny show examines how race relations have changed over a half century.

Writers’ Theatre’s “The Real Thing”
September 13-November 20
376 Park Ave., Glencoe
847-242-6000
writerstheater.org

Art comes to life when a playwright mixes his stories with his troubled personal life on stage. Written by Tom Stoppard, this Tony-winning show examines love, art and reality through a play within a play. It’s directed by Writers’ Founder and Artistic Director Michael Halberstam, who directed “A Minister’s Wife” at Lincoln Center last year.

Emerald City Theatre’s “If You Give a Cat a Cupcake”
September 17-January 7
2540 N. Lincoln Ave., Chicago
773-935-6100
emeraldcitytheatre.com

Based on the popular children’s book by Laura Numeroff, this family-friendly play teaches kids what could happen when they are too hospitable to a cat. Go on an adventure from the kitchen all the way to the beach with “Cat” in this light-hearted show. Kids will squeal with delight!

Theater Listings

Lookingglass Theatre
“The Great Fire”
September 21-November 20
312-337-0665
lookingglasstheatre.org

Marriott Theatre
“For The Boys”
September 1-October16
847-634-0200
marriottheatre.com

Northlight Theater
“Snapshots”
September 16-October 23
847-673-6300
northlight.org

Second City’s deMaat Theater
“The Second City’s Neighborhood Tour”
Through October 30
312-337-3992
secondcity.com

Victory Gardens Theater
“In the Next Room or The Vibrator Play”
September 9-October 9
773-871-3000
victorygardens.org