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Critics' Picks
2017-07-19

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The Bridges of Madison County, Marriott Theatre, Lincolnshire, through Aug. 13. Hopefully, the recent flooding in Lake County will recede soon to safely allow this intimate and emotionally vibrant 2014 Broadway musical to return. SCM

La Havana Madrid, Teatro Vista at Goodman Theatre, through Aug. 20. This tune-filled homage to a not-so-long-ago chapter of Chicago's Latinx immigrant history sold out its first run before it even opened, so this time, don't wait to book your tickets. MSB

The Nance, Pride Films and Plays at Pride Arts Center Broadway, through July 30. Relive the last days of burlesque, when naughty gay comedy reigned proudly ( but not the gay comics who lent it its subversive ribaldry ), lovingly rendered by John Nasca and featuring a bravura performance by Vince Kracht. MSB

Ragtime, Griffin Theatre at Den Theatre, through July 22; Ah, Wilderness!, Goodman Theatre, through July 23. Two don't-miss shows about early 1900s America, the first a large-scale musical about social upheavals that shaped the 20th century, the second Eugene O'Neill's unexpectedly tender comedy about first love and family virtues in 1906. Both are wonderful. JA

—By Abarbanel, Barnidge and Morgan


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