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September and October may well be the busiest and most exciting months of the year for plays in Chicago. Not only are theaters getting into full swing with their new seasons — there’s also a little play you may have heard of … about that guy whose face is on $10 bills?


Open run starting Sept. 27

It took a ton of Tony Awards. It won the Pulitzer. It’s a smart, youthful, energetic and inspiring take on American history. Of course you should go — the only question is whether you can get a ticket. (Good luck.) PrivateBank Theatre, 18 W. Monroe St., Chicago, 312-977-1700 

Julius Caesar

Sept. 7 – Oct. 16

"Julius Caesar" at Writers Theatre

“Julius Caesar” — Pictured: Kareem Bandealy, Sydney Germaine, Madrid St. Angelo and Arya Daire (Photo by Saverio Truglia.)

This promises to be a fresh take on Shakespeare’s masterpiece about ancient Rome’s most famous emperor. Michael Halberstam, artistic director of Writers Theatre, and Scott Parkinson are directing their new adaptation — streamlined and performed without an intermission. They’re going for a version that’s both epic and intimate. Writers Theatre, 325 Tudor Court, Glencoe, 847-242-6000

Visiting Edna

Sept. 15 – Nov. 6

Steppenwolf’s artistic director, Anna D. Shapiro, helms a world premiere by Tony winner David Rabe, whose play “Good for Otto” was so moving last year at the Northwest Side’s Gift Theatre. In this new drama, a man tries to reconnect emotionally with his mother, who’s facing cancer and mortality. Steppenwolf Theatre, 1650 N. Halsted St., Chicago, 312-335-1650

The City of Conversation

Sept. 15 – Oct. 23

“Terrific … smart, literate and funny.” That’s what the New York Times called this new play by Anthony Giardina, which follows a socialite and her politically divided family across 30 years of life in Washington, D.C., spanning six presidential administrations. The drama is receiving its Midwest premiere at Northlight, starring Lia MortensenNorthlight Theatre, 9501 Skokie Blvd., Skokie, 847-673-6300

Longer! Louder! Wagner! The Second City Wagner Companion

Oct. 27 – 30

Lyric Opera of Chicago and The Second City are teaming up for another show of opera-themed humor, and the target of their witty satire this time is composer Richard Wagner. This revue offers comic relief as Lyric launches a brand-new version of Wagner’s Norse mythological epic “Ring” cycle, starting with Part One, “Das Rheingold,” in October. (Thinking of Bugs Bunny and Elmer Fudd, we’re betting someone will shout “Spear and magic helmet!”) Lyric Opera of Chicago, 20 N. Wacker Drive, Chicago, 312-827-5600

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