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Court Theater

5535 S. Ellis Ave, Chicago, IL 60637 (Hyde Park)
773-753-4472
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Chicago, Illinois
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22 reviews 22 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2014

There are few theaters as intimate and powerful as the Court Theater on the University of Chicago campus. There are no bad seats. The low slop design of the audience seating provides everyone with a clear view and good sound from the stage. I saw Iphigenia in Aulis, on of three plays by Euripides that the Court will offer as... More 

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Richmond, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

I have seen a couple of musicals here including folk opera Porgy and Bess. In each case I thought the performances were excellent. Located on U of Chicago campus it may be off the beaten path for those staying in the Loop who are close to the main theater district, but I think the trip there was definitely worth it.

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Eugene, Oregon
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2014 via mobile

The Court Theater was a highlight of living in the Hyde Park neighborhood while in graduate school thirty years ago. I have gone back through the years and went again last night to see M. Butterfly. The cast was superb and the intimacy of the theater always a delight. The University of Chicago gives an academic vibe and the audience... More 

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Evanston, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2014

I have been meaning to visit the Court Theater in Hyde Park for years, and regret that I didn't go sooner. The productions are always highly rated, and the venue is a nice size. This show was "Seven Guitars" by August Wilson. The acting and direction were top-notch. There's not a bad seat in the house. HOTTIX were available, so... More 

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Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 15, 2014

If you want to experience a casual,delightful venue, see the plays here. The set designs are varied ,yet creatively arranged. The caliber of acting is award- worthy. This little theater has no obstructed seating. As a seasons ticket holder, I am always delighted after seeing their thought-rendering and historic plays. (Be sure to see "Seven Guitars",by August Wilson!) Students are... More 

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Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2013 credit card Amex Card Member Review

We saw An Illiad at the Court. It was the perfect setting for one of the great shows ever written (a perfect adaptation of a classic work for modern audiences). As for the theater itself, it is an excuse to head to Hyde Park, one of Chicago's great neighborhoods, with wonderful dining and cultural attractions. Charles Newell has built a... More 

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Washington, DC
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2013

Happened to be in Chicago and took in 'Tartuffe' part of the Moliere festival. I have seen this play many times, in French and English. It's an undoubted masterpiece but can fall flat very easily. This was the best I have ever seen. Updated to Hyde Park/Kensington and in modern dress (even the costumes were witty), delivered with verve and... More 

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chicago
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2013

The WSJ has called the Court theater the most consistently excellent regional theater in the US. Still it is hard to guarantee every show will appeal. It is an intimate 200-ish seat venue. These thing can be said across the board, The acting is excellent, the sets wonderful, the direction superb. The seating is generally comfortable. This theater is located... More 

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Chicago, Ilinois
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2012

Years ago when we lived in the southwest suburbs of Chicago, my wife and I would shoot up the Stevenson Expressway to go to this house. Associated with and located on the campus of the University of Chicago, the productions of the Court Theatre are anything but amateurish. It is small and intimate; and, if one has seats in the... More 

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jennifer.rohrerwalsh@gmail.com
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22 reviews 22 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2012

The Court Theater has hit or miss plays. This one--James Joyce's The Dead--was a miss. But An Iliad was amazing. What is always consistent is their hospitality. From greeting to exit surveys, they want to accommodate their patrons.

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