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Best Chicago theater performances of 2011

The best performance of the year was a solo tour de force, but most of the other memorable feats of Chicago acting in 2011 were the beating heart of soaring ensembles. Some of the actors on our Top-10 list are in their twenties, but the incomparable Mike Nussbaum is 89 years old on Dec. 29. Some sang and danced; several oozed sensuality; many had a whiff of danger; more than a few were willing to dig very deep into the psyche and the soul. Here are 10 remarkable feats on Chicago-area stages that won't be put away with the holiday decorations. They'll live on, if only in the honor roll of the mind. - Chris Jones
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