Top 10 Chicago theater shows in 2011
Here are the top 10 theater shows of the more than 200 I saw in Chicago this year -- in order of merit, as reductive as that inevitably ends up being, and without regard to their point of origin. Some were forged from distant points; most were conceived right here in our town. All came with astonishments. -- Chris Jones
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1. 'Follies,' Chicago Shakespeare Theater
More than any show here in years, Gary Griffin's raw and moving revival of this justly beloved Stephen Sondheim and James Goldman musical revealed how Chicago actors are willing to lay their lives bare in service of their art. Technically rich, searingly honest and more in tune with the agony of provincial failure than the thrill of Broadway success, this "Follies" was unforgettable.