More than a dozen Chicago theaters will take part in the Theatre Communications Group’s fifth annual Free Night of Theater in October. The event is just what it says it is: theatergoers all over the country get the opportunity to attend shows free of charge.

Chicago is one of more than 120 cities represented in this audience-development effort involving more than 700 theaters coast to coast. The participating local theaters: Barrel of Monkeys, Chemically Imbalanced Comedy, Chicago Shakespeare, ComedySportz, Halcyon, Light Opera Works, Next, Noble Fool, Northlight, Pegasus Players, Prop, Second City, Steppenwolf, Strawdog, the Theatre School at DePaul University, Tympanic, Victory Gardens, and Vitalist. Tickets will be available beginning October 1 for select performances at these theaters, beginning with The Marvelous Wonderettes at Northlight September 30 and ending with Chicago Shakespeare’s Richard III on October 23.

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