The best reason to get your winter culture fix starts tomorrow: The inaugural Chicago Theatre Week kicks off with six days of discounts on tickets to world-class performances. Theaters across the city--from storefront stages to dramatic heavy hitters--are selling seats for $15 or $30. Here, three shows we wouldn?t dream of missing.
Julius Caesar Chicago Shakespeare Theater?s take on the epic power play is told through the lens of contemporary political America (but the fiery language is the Bard?s own). Acclaimed British director Jonathan Munby helms this production at CST?s intimate Courtyard Theater, where the audience is in the center of the action. 800 E. Grand Ave.; 312-595-5600 or chicagoshakes.com
Lady Day at Emerson?s Bar & Grill Actress Alexis J. Rogers has won over the city?s theater critics with her solo performance in this Porchlight musical about Billie Holiday. In a Philadelphia club in 1959, Holiday--on the cusp of her drug-and-alcohol-fueled descent--looks back on her life through the songs that defined her. 1225 W. Belmont Ave.; 773-327-5252 or porchlightmusictheatre.org
American Legends For us, the highlight of the Joffrey Ballet?s winter lineup is definitely Twyla Tharp?s Nine Sinatra Songs, a sultry romp through the 1950s with gorgeous costumes designed by Oscar de la Renta. Another draw: Sea Shadow, a romantic duet by Joffrey founder Gerald Arpino. 50 E. Congress Pkwy.; 800-982-2787 or joffrey.org