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2019-09-22

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Timeless Magic, Chicago Magic Lounge, through Oct. 2—A souvenir from Chicago's 1893 Columbian Exposition—which introduced the Ferris wheel— launches young magician Sean Masterson on a search to identify its owner. MSB

The Great Leap, Steppenwolf, through Oct. 20—A 5'5" Chinese-American basketball star, Tiananmen Square, international politics and two basketball coaches shape Lauren Yee's imaginative, impossible creation myth about Tank Man. Gregg Obrero dazzles as the b-ball wiz. JA

Be Here Now, Shattered Globe Theatre at Theater Wit, through Oct. 19. By rejecting romcom clichés, Deborah Zoe Laufer's mostly comedy leads to a smarter, quirkier and even MORE romantic happy ending in this well staged production. MSB

Love, Chaos & Dinner, Teatro ZinZanni, open run—This Seattle and San Francisco hit intimately combines clowning, acrobatics, elaborate costumes and a tented environment with a tasty four-course meal for a special but pricey night on the town. SCM

—By Mary Shen Barnidge, Scott C. Morgan and Jonathan Abarbanel


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