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Theater-rich (think about 200 companies) Chicago lures show lovers with musicals, philosophical discussions, challenging family situations and comedy as the 2013-2014 season continues in the new year.

Decadent Berlin between wars entertains German patrons at the Kit Kat Club and audiences in Lincolnshire when "Cabaret" comes to Marriott Theatre Jan. 15-March 16, 2014. Marriott Theatre is at 10 Marriott Drive and Milwaukee Avenue, Lincolnshire, IL 60069. For tickets and information visit Marriott Theatre or call 847-634-0200.

For another take on the late 1920s-early 30s see Tom Stoppard’s “Rough Crossing” musical comedy at First Folio Theatre, Jan. 29-March 2, 2014. Appropriately located in the 1922 Mayslake Peabody Estate, 1717 W. 31st Street, Oakbrook, the show is a good reason to see the venue's interesting manor house. For tickets and information visit First Folio or call 630-986-8067.

Do salesmen really discuss love and religion when on the road or when they get together at a trade show? They do if the setting is “Hospitality Suite” a play set at a Holiday Inn in Wichita by Chicago playwright Roger Rueff. Running Feb. 7-March 9, 2014 with previews Feb. 3-6, the show is Citadel Theatre’s midseason offering. Citadel Theatre is at 300 S. Waukegan Road, Lake Forest, IL 60045. For tickets and information visit Citadel Theatre or call 847-735-8554.

Because NPR personality Joe Frank’s shows sell out and his “Murdered by the Mind” new show will be at Steppenwolf for only one night: March 1, 2014, tickets will go fast. Directed by Steppenwolf ensemble member Terry Kinney, the show also features musicians Danny Frankel and David Ralicke. Steppenwolf is at 1650 N. Halsted St., Chicago, IL 60614. For tickets and more information visit Steppenwolf or call 312-335-1650. While at the Steppenwolf site check on ticket availability for “Russian Transport,” an American-dream, comedy-thriller running Feb. 6-May 11, 2014.

The joyous girl meets boy “Rock of Ages” musical will be back in Chicago this spring loaded with such classic songs as “I Want To Know What Love Is” and “Harden My Heart.” In town for just one week, the show runs March 11-16, 2014 at the Bank of America Theatre 18 W. Monroe St., Chicago, IL 60603. For tickets and information visit Rock of Ages Tour, Broadway In Chicago or call 800-775-2000.

Social workers’ cases don’t always develop as expected in “Luna Gale,” a world-premiere drama by Rebecca Gilman and directed by Robert Falls. It runs Jan. 18 through Feb. 23, 2014 at Goodman Theatre, 170 N. Dearborn, Chicago, IL 60601. For tickets and information visit Goodman Theatre or call 312-443-3800. While at the site check tickets for “Venus in Fur,” a fun, 90 minute romp that proves sex and a powerful personality can get an actress the part she wants. The play by David Ives comes to Goodman Theatre March 8 and continues through April 13, 2014.

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