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When: Thursdays-Saturdays. Continues through Sept. 17 2016

History—so hot right now. Chicago may be on the verge of Hamilton hysteria, but that doesn’t mean Lin-Manuel’s Broadway juggernaut is the only colonial game in town. Up on the north side, E.D.G.E. Theater has revived Sherman Edwards’s perennially popular musical in honor of the election season. And it’s good. Real good. Mary’s Attic doubles as a musky, sweltering Independence Hall in the heart of Philadelphia, where America’s Continental Congress laid out plans for the colonies' declaration of independence. The best part: the setup allows you to feel like you’re a part of the process, and you’re welcome—nay, encouraged—to enjoy a pint or two while it’s all going down. The gender-neutral cast, led by a terrific Jonathan Crabtree as John Adams, channel the pomp and fanfare that makes this a favorite among history buffs and musical-theater geeks alike. —Matt de la Peña

Price: $22

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