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This year more than ever, theater risk-takers flock to Chicago. The city previously premiered “Kinky Boots” and other big productions.

Between now and the end of the year more than 30 plays will make their world premiere in Chicago, which makes 2016 particularly robust for a city that’s never taken its theater scene lightly but is increasingly taking risks with material the coasts won’t touch.

All of Chicago’s Tony-winning theaters—Steppenwolf, Goodman, Victory Gardens and Chicago Shakespeare—have at least one world premiere on their fall schedules, Crain’s Chicago Business reports. Plenty of smaller theaters are packing in the audiences, too — all hoping they’re staging the next “August: Osage County.

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