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Dancing Pros: Live! Nov 1 - Nov 2, 2014  
Cadillac Palace Theatre Dancing Pros: Live!
 
Join Dancing With the Stars' Chelsie Hightower and Edyta Sliwinska and host Alan Thicke (TV's Growing Pains) as dance champions from around the world compete and you the audience decide the winner. You'll see masterful performances of a wide variety of dance styles, including cha-cha, waltz, tango, swing, freestyle samba and the jitterbug. Dancing Pros: Live! pulls out all the stops, with a glamorous set, stunning costumes and spectacular group numbers. The show will also feature singers from TV competitions such as American Idol and The Voice.
 
   
Spaceboy Nov 2 - Jan 4, 2015  
Annoyance Theatre Spaceboy
 
With plans to raise the perfect galactic being, a renegade wing of NASA kidnaps an imaginative little boy who is already obsessed with space. But things don't quite work out exactly as planned ... Spaceboy tunes its comedic telescope to the difficulties faced when he is eventually freed, and he finds his reentry into society more than a bit difficult. And as if all the absurd adjustments he's learning to make aren't enough, the man who once commanded the rogue wing of NASA responsible for his kidnapping remains at large ... and he's still sneaking around the periphery of Spaceboy's world.
 
   
Dee Snider's Rock and Roll Christmas Tale Nov 4 - Jan 4, 2015  
Broadway Playhouse Dee Snider's Rock and Roll Christmas Tale
 
DEE SNIDER'S ROCK & ROLL CHRISTMAS TALE tells the story of Däisy Cütter, a heavy metal bar band looking to make it big even though the 80s are LONG over. This year, these four guys are ready to take the ultimate step and, in mythic rock tradition, sell their souls to the devil in exchange for success beyond their wildest metal dreams! But every time they try to seal the infernal pact, their head-banging anthems turn into warm-hearted carols. Soon these rockers are forced to realize their dreams of stardom are no match for the Christmas spirit. Dee Snider, infamous lead singer of Twisted Sister, has created a VERY funny, VERY rocking and (sshhh!) VERY sweet new holiday musical, guaranteed to rock your whole family's holiday and twist your Christmas.
 
   
The American Revolution Nov 4 - Nov 29, 2014  
Theater Unspeakable at Adventure Stage Chicago The American Revolution
 
The American Revolution is a critical history lesson in 50 minutes. Seven actors – suspended on a platform two feed off the ground – share 21 square feet of space to recreate the entire American fight for independence from Lexington to Yorktown. Combining tongue-in-cheek humor with a dash of derring-do, The American Revolution displays Theater Unspeakable’s rowdy brand of bare-boned and imaginative physical theater in its first ever extended run in Chicago.
 
   
Women At War Nov 5 - Dec 6, 2014  
Rivendell Theatre Ensemble Women At War
 
As a debate rages over whether females should serve on the frontlines, more women are being sent into active combat zones than ever before. Woven from first-person interviews with women who have laid their lives on the front lines, WOMEN AT WAR is the result of four years of intensive research and development. Working closely with veterans and organizations, Megan Carney explores the multifaceted world of female soldiers-from enlistment to deployment to the often complicated return home.
 
   
Iphigenia in Aulis Nov 6 - Dec 7, 2014  
Court Theatre Iphigenia in Aulis
 
Inspired by the incredible success of An Iliad, Artistic Director Charles Newell takes on Euripides' ancient tale of power and sacrifice in Iphigenia in Aulis. As the Greek army restlessly paces the silent shores of Aulis, King Agamemnon is faced with a harrowing decision. In return for the winds that would carry his army to victory over Troy, the goddess Artemis has demanded the impossible: the sacrifice of the King's own daughter, Iphigenia. In a translation by Court's Founding Artistic Director Nicholas Rudall, Iphigenia at Aulis is the first installment in a three-year cycle of Greek plays, followed by Aeschylus' Agamemnon and Sophocles' Electra.
 
   
The Nutcracker Nov 6 - Dec 28, 2014  
The House Theatre of Chicago at Chopin Theatre The Nutcracker
 
The House Theatre of Chicago brings holiday cheer with its fifth annual return of their all-original, family-friendly The Nutcracker. The House's fantastical expansion of this holiday classic centers on young Clara's journey to save Christmas. With the help of a magical nutcracker, this brave little girl will fight the Rat King and save her family. This modern holiday production weaves together riveting dialogue, astonishing puppetry, original song and spellbinding spectacle to tell a heartwarming, darkly moving story of magic and hope -- a fun outing fit for the whole family.
 
   
The Tempest Nov 6 - Nov 16, 2014  
The Cuckoo's Theater Project at Chicago Dramatists The Tempest
 
Two mothers have lost their daughters. Prospera, stricken with grief and regret, is engulfed in a swirl of newspapers with headlines that read, 'Clock Strikes; Now Ten Minutes After Midnight'. She uses her magic to revive her daughter, Miranda, and the Queen's daughter, Claribel; to right what was wronged, to ease the guilt of power abused, to see what might have been. "The tempest in my mind doth from my senses take all feeling else save what beats there."
 
   
Mud, River, Stone Nov 6 - Dec 14, 2014  
Eclipse Theatre Company at Athenaeum Theatre Mud, River, Stone
 
Mud, River, Stone follows an African-American couple vacationing in Africa during the rainy season, who take a turn off the main highway to find themselves stranded in the remnants of a grand hotel. As the rains continue, their comic and romantic adventure takes on absurd dimensions when an angry bellhop takes the hotel guests hostage. His demands are simple: he wants grain for his village and a wool blanket for his mother. Relationships are tested by the volatile politics of Africa, as we learn what the hungry human spirit will do for food and a warm blanket.
 
   
Lady Balls Nov 6 - Dec 11, 2014  
Annoyance Theatre Lady Balls
 
It's the NCAA Women's Basketball Championship. Legendary and controversial coach/anger monster Deb Champion is looking for her 20th title with her University of North Tallahassee Lady Fireballs. However, forces align to stop Deb from continuing her domination, and her players begin to crack under pressure, having endured her rage for far too long. This music-driven play from John Loos explores the cost of victory, the expectations we put on ourselves, as well as the anger and the ill-fitting pantsuits that make college women's basketball a sport like none other. Music by Seth Kannof, Eric Schinzer and Ayla Lokkesmoe.
 
   
Ringling Bros. and Barnum and Bailey Circus - Legends Nov 6 - Nov 30, 2014  
Allstate Arena and United Center Ringling Bros. and Barnum and Bailey Circus - Legends
 
Feast your eyes upon living legends as mythological and historical creatures come to life in Ringling Bros. and Barnum and Bailey's circus spectacular. LEGENDS, the 144th edition of the "Greatest Show on Earth," brings joy to children of all ages. Some of the most amazing entertainers from around the globe perform awe-inspiring feats of daring, spectacles of strength and thrills of wonder as they summon the mythical and mysterious, including a unicorn, Pegasus and a woolly mammoth. It's an unforgettable evening of epic proportions, and by the end of the show, you will believe in the unbelievable. At Allstate Arena from Nov 6 - Nov 16. At United Center from Nov 19 - Nov 30
 
   
The Mousetrap Nov 7 - Dec 14, 2014  
Northlight Theatre The Mousetrap
 
On a snowy night at Monkswell Manor, newlyweds Mollie and Giles welcome a group of strangers to their guest house, only to discover news of a murderer in their midst! A police investigation reveals the sordid details of each guest's mysterious past, but not soon enough to stop the killer from striking again. Agatha Christie's masterful whodunit weaves an intricate plot filled with nerve-rattling suspense, all leading up to the ultimate final twist!
 
   
Hellcab Nov 7 - Jan 11, 2015  
Profiles Theatre - The Main Stage Hellcab
 
For the third consecutive season, Profiles remounts its acclaimed production of Will Kern's Hellcab for the holidays. During the longest night of his life, a cab driver transports a bizarre and mysterious array of customers through the gritty streets of Chicago. Kern draws from personal experience as a former cabbie to create this alternately frightening, hilarious and poignant journey. Throughout his long shift, the eclectic collection of passengers includes a trio of drug-addicts, a born-again couple, a smug lawyer, and a randy duo on their way to a motel. Set during a bitter cold Christmas Eve, Hellcab presents a rear-view image mirroring the passing parade of humanity.
 
   
The Wizard of Oz Nov 7 - Jan 3, 2015  
The Marriott Theatre for Young Audiences at Marriott Theatre In Lincolnshire The Wizard of Oz
 
After a tornado hits her family's home in Kansas, Dorothy and Toto land in the magical land of Oz. With the Scarecrow, Tinman, and the Cowardly Lion, Dorothy encounters wickedness and wonder as she sets off to the Emerald City to meet the Wizard, who promises to make their dreams come true. Click your heels together three times and join the newfound friends as they journey on a quest to find heart, courage, brains and most importantly...home.
 
   
A Bright Room Called Day Nov 7 - Nov 23, 2014  
Spartan Theatre at CIC Theater A Bright Room Called Day
 
A group of friends in 1930s Germany are caught up in the rise of the Nazi party and Adolf Hitler's ascent to power. Meanwhile, an American woman in the 1980s shares a similar set of concerns during the Reagan administration. Directed by Laura Elleseg, this production looks at how history changes-and how it stays the same.
 
   
The Love of Three Oranges Nov 7 - Dec 20, 2014  
Piccolo Theatre The Love of Three Oranges
 
The "commedia dell'arte" style of theatre has been around for thousands of years, as these classic Italian farces have entertained audiences with their wacky scenarios and memorable characters. In The Love of Three Oranges, based on a scenario of Carlo Gozzi, the old-school comedy gets a new-school update that retools and revises the work for today's audiences. The story revolves around Prince Tartaglia, who's misery-filled life gets turned upside down when an evil witch curses him to search for three giant oranges. But this quest proves fruitful as the lonely prince discovers love, friendship and laughter.
 
   
The Winter's Tale Nov 7 - Dec 13, 2014  
Promethean Theatre Ensemble at Athenaeum Theatre The Winter's Tale
 
One of Shakespeare's final plays, The Winter's Tale has been labeled many things: a romance, a "Problem Play," or as we like to call it, a Greek Tragedy with a happy ending. But at its core, this play is about things we witness every day as 21st Century Americans: pride, jealousy, penance and forgiveness. The heart of The Winter's Tale is Leontes' journey from blind rage to ultimate redemption. To bring that journey to life, director Brian Pastor and his crew will draw on images and ideas from diverse periods of history, utilizing elements both ancient and modern.
 
   
Crimes Of The Heart Nov 7 - Nov 23, 2014  
MadKap Productions at Skokie Theatre Crimes Of The Heart
 
Crimes Of The Heart is the Pulitzer Prize-winning play by Beth Henley. On the day of her 30th birthday, Lenny Magrath tries to cope with being single, her grandfather's illness, bailing her youngest sister out of jail for shooting her politician husband, and her crazy middle sister who has returned home to try and care for them all. Warm-hearted, irreverent, zany and brilliantly imaginative, the play teems with humanity and humor as it examines the plight of the three young Magrath sisters betrayed by their passions.
 
   
Little Women: The Musical Nov 7 - Nov 23, 2014  
Josephine Louis Theater - Northwestern Little Women: The Musical
 
Little Women, one of the most widely read novels in the English language, has been transformed into a spirited musical that lights up the stage. Louisa May Alcott's cherished story traces the adventures of the four young March sisters -- oldest sister Meg, tomboy and budding author Jo, shy and gentle Beth, and the lovely, artistic Amy -- as they grow up during some truly trying times in Civil War-torn America, always under the watchful eye of their beloved Marmee while Father is away at war. Little Women, a vibrant and sweeping Broadway musical that soars with personal discovery, heartache and hope, is an enjoyable show for the whole family.
 
   
Featherstone Nov 7 - Nov 23, 2014  
Viable Theater Company at Charnel House Chicago Featherstone
 
During the course of the seventy-minute play, the foul-mouthed Dr. Featherstone initiates increasingly volatile games and lines of inquiry in order to peel back the well-established layers of his patients' lack of patience with each other. While these events are transpiring, Dr. Featherstone has to deal with the fact that his own layers of comfort - the electricity, the internet, the phones - are being systematically turned off due to lack of payment, all of which are reported dutifully by his African American adopted son, Michael (Phil DeVone).
 
   
Holmes and Watson Nov 7 - Dec 14, 2014  
City Lit Theater Holmes and Watson
 
The show is a new production of one of City Lit's most acclaimed shows, an exploration of the relationship between Dr. John H. Watson and his remarkable friend, Mr. Sherlock Holmes. Adapted from two of the greatest Holmes stories by Arthur Conan Doyle, "A Scandal in Bohemia" and "The Final Problem," both re-imagined as psychological drama, the play features Holmes's two most brilliant adversaries, the American opera singer Miss Irene Adler and the retired mathematics teacher Professor James Moriarty.
 
   
Game of Mobile Homes Nov 7 - Nov 29, 2014  
The Public House Theatre Game of Mobile Homes
 
After extracting himself from the Redneck Mafia, Eddie Stark is trying to live peacefully with his wife and their six children (and a Bastard). When the King of the Mountain, Bob Baratheon, pays the Starks an unexpected visit and asks Eddie for a favor, Eddie finds himself thrust back into a whirlwind of backhanded politics, alarmingly destructive teenagers, face-to-face once more with the wiley, incestuous Clannisters. Meanwhile, the exiled Dani Taragon fights for revenge with the dangerous drug-lord Karl Drogos and his gang of Mustang-driving thugs behind her. But all of them share one fear: Tornado Season is Coming.
 
   
Wish Upon a Star Nov 7 - Nov 22, 2014  
Theater Wit Wish Upon a Star
 
The wonderful world of Disney gets wonderfully wild in this outrageous parody sketch comedy show from Edward Vera Productions. Filled with song, dance and improv, Wish Upon a Star cleverly lampoons Disney's classic movies and many of your favorite childhood heroes and villains. A dirty and downright honest twist adds to the adults-only fun as some familiar animated characters -- including Mickey Mouse, Mary Poppins, Ursula, Aladdin and more -- come to life on the Theater Wit stage and realize that "happily ever after" is just the stuff of fairy tales.
 
   
Tamer of Horses Nov 8 - Dec 14, 2014  
Teatro Vista at Victory Gardens Theater - Biograph Tamer of Horses
 
Tamer of Hoses examines the intersecting themes of youth violence, education and the realization of one's own potential. The piece tells the story of a runaway from a detention center that finds refuge living on a farm in New Jersey, under the condition that he learn to read. Hector (Joshua Torrez), a troubled youth whose talent for rap rivals his penchant for criminal behavior, is befriended by Ty (Juan Villa^*), a former teacher who takes Hector under his wing. Ty forges a bond with him that has the power to redeem or destroy them both.
 
   
The UnderGround Effect Nov 8 - Nov 9, 2014  
Gorilla Tango Theatre The UnderGround Effect
 
Prom is just around the corner. Jakira feels time is running out to find a prom date. A miracle occurs and she happens to find not only the finest prom date who happens to be the appealing quarterback of the football team, but the guy of her dreams...except he is White and she is Black. Ridicule, prejudice, and harsh rumors do not stop these two from falling in love - not even their families can tell them otherwise. They are convinced that they are meant for each other despite their interracial relationship until Jakira is faced with a serious epiphany to continue her swirl.
 
   
The Guide to Being Single Nov 8 - Dec 7, 2014  
Underscore Theatre Company at Flat Iron Arts Building The Guide to Being Single
 
Set in the Wrigleyville neighborhood of Chicago's North side, The Guide to Being Single follows six close friends as their search for love, sex, and professional success is disrupted by the arrival of a new kind of relationship book by an anonymous author. Part pick-up artist's handbook, part self-help anthology, the titular Guide to Being Single presents a simple set of rules that, when followed correctly, allow the reader to have "entanglements...without getting entangled." Directed by Underscore Executive Director Laura Stratford, with Music Direction by Producing Artistic Director David Kornfeld, The Guide to Being Single is a witty, distinctly rom-com flavored exploration of the modern dating scene.
 
   
It's Christmas, Goddamnit Nov 8 - Dec 27, 2014  
Annoyance Theatre It's Christmas, Goddamnit
 
If you're sick of all the good cheer and warm-and-fuzzy holiday shows, The Annoyance Theatre has the antidote: It's Christmas, Goddamnit, a comedy about one majorly dysfunctional family coming together for the holidays. But this is no run-of-the-mill miserable family gathering. Along with the traditional passive-aggressive silences and sniping, Dad has surprising news: he's having an affair with the next-door neighbor. The plot thickens when a loathed uncle is accidentally killed by the son of Dad's sweetheart, and the family reunion quickly devolves into a hilariously disastrous Christmas Eve.
 
   
Lookingglass Alice Nov 12 - Feb 15, 2015  
Lookingglass Theatre Lookingglass Alice
 
Imagination soars and laughter and awe abound when this signature production returns with all its gravity-defying spectacle and breathtaking theatricality. Lookingglass Alice is a marvel for all ages, transporting audiences down the rabbit hole to a circus-infused playground for an exhilarating wonderland adventure inspired by Lewis Carroll's beloved stories.
 
   
Crumble (Lay Me Down Justin Timberlake) Nov 13 - Dec 20, 2014  
Jackalope Theatre Company at Broadway Armory Crumble (Lay Me Down Justin Timberlake)
 
It's Christmas again - the first one since the accident that killed Janice's father. For a preteen misfit, solace lies in headless dolls and visits from a flying Justin Timberlake, while Mother makes elaborate dinners for no one and confesses her fears to Harrison Ford. Under a decaying roof with a voice all its own, mother and daughter are caught in an endless loop of holiday rituals, while The Apartment begs for their care lest he be forced to take action on his own terms. Janice and Justin have a plan of their own, though, that promises to break the loop in their lives... one way or another. With her signature dark humor, Sheila Callaghan's ingenious language sculpts a narrative of an aftermath that is irreverently odd, acutely genuine, and absurdly hilarious.
 
   
A Christmas Memory Nov 13 - Dec 14, 2014  
Theatre At The Center A Christmas Memory
 
The aroma of pecan pie and the flicker of candles in the window banish the December chill of a 1930's Alabama winter in this captivating holiday tale. A CHRISTMAS MEMORY chronicles a young boy, Buddy and his friendship with his eccentric relatives, including his cousin and best friend, Sook. Looked after by her spinster sister during one memorable Depression Christmas, the warm and unfailingly cheerful Sook forms a strong bond with shy Buddy as they launch kites, haunt speakeasies and mail fruitcakes to everyone from Jean Harlow to President Roosevelt. The memory of that friendship celebrates the power of love and the spirit of giving. The festive and emotional story promises to put audiences in the holiday spirit, reminding us what Christmas, family and friendship are all about.
 
   
Christmas On Broadway Nov 13 - Dec 28, 2014  
Fox Valley Repertory Christmas On Broadway
 
Four star-struck holiday tourists are snowbound in a shuttered Broadway theater on Christmas Eve. With nothing but a few trunks filled with costumes, props, and set pieces, they live out a shared dream - starring on Broadway! From your favorite holiday classics like "Baby, It's Cold Outside," and "It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas," to seasonal classics from Broadway composers, the evening is a flurry of memorable holiday magic.
 
   
It's A Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play Nov 13 - Dec 21, 2014  
Oil Lamp Theater It's A Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play
 
Oil Lamp Theater itself will be transformed into the 1940s radio studio of New York station WBFR for a warmhearted adaptation of It's a Wonderful Life. You will be whisked back to a gentler time as you meet the many charming characters who populate Bedford Falls, New York -- a special place where our faith in the power of love and friendship is restored.
 
   
Our Holiday Stories Nov 13 - Dec 13, 2014  
16th Street Theater at Berwyn Cultural Center Our Holiday Stories
 
In Over the Hill and through the Woods by Elizabeth Berg, Helen hides in the attic from her family on Thanksgiving. In Tanya Saracho's Our Good Night, a daughter comes home to her mother in an empty house for Christmas on the border. And in December 1944 a World War II chaplain makes the rounds in Belgium searching for answers from above in Robert Koon's The Chaplain.
 
   
The Testament of Mary Nov 14 - Dec 14, 2014  
Victory Gardens Theater - Biograph The Testament of Mary
 
A 2013 Tony Award nominee for Best Play, this incisive, intelligent and profoundly challenging work recounts in riveting detail Mary's narrative of the last days in the life of her son, Jesus. Hailed as "beautiful and daring" by the New York Times, acclaimed author Colm Toibín brings the world's most famous mother to life in this fiercely lyrical solo play.
 
   
It's a Wonderful Santaland Miracle, Nut Cracking Christmas Story... Jews Welcome! Nov 14 - Dec 28, 2014  
Stage 773 It's a Wonderful Santaland Miracle, Nut Cracking Christmas Story... Jews Welcome!
 
Directed by Stage 773 Creative Director Brian Posen with choreography by Matter Dance, this family-friendly, interactive show features original Christmas carols, dance numbers, spoken word, puppets and everything in between. Stage 773 puts their own twist on the traditional holiday show, packing the world's most beloved stories and traditions into one extravagant cavalcade. To heighten the holiday spirit, both cookies and non-holiday-specific eggnog will be served.
 
   
Point and Shoot Nov 14 - Dec 7, 2014  
Cold Basement Dramatics at The Den Theatre Point and Shoot
 
Point and Shoot is a devised play based on the true story of Diana Hopper, a girl born to a family of lost souls in the California desert, and her friendship with John Locke, a lonely gay man and artist with a mysterious past of his own. John plays a leading part in Diana's life as she grows into adulthood. When tragedy strikes twice, Diana's plans for her life are demolished and John's mortality is laid bare.
 
   
Line One Nov 14 - Dec 14, 2014  
Waltzing Mechanics at The Greenhouse Theater Center Line One
 
Taking a phone call in the theater is verboten, but the act becomes a crucial storytelling element in Line One. Actors will take the stage with cell phone with no idea what the performance will be about. Their phones will ring and as they repeat the lines delivered through their earpieces, a strange and beautiful story will unfold. Each show will contain a different theme, presenting a fresh acting adventure every night. Secret, spontaneous and experimental, Line One turns the idea of a well-rehearsed performance on its head.
 
   
The Humans Nov 14 - Dec 21, 2014  
American Theatre Company The Humans
 
New York City. Today. After a sleepless night, Mr. Blake brings his family from Pennsylvania to celebrate Thanksgiving at his youngest daughter's run-down apartment. As dinner begins, unexplainable and family tensions reach a boiling point. Karam (Sons of the Prophet, Speech & Debate) takes a fresh look at the hilarity, heart and horrors of the modern American family. The cast includes Lance Baker, Hanna Dworkin, Keith Kupferer, Jean Moran, Kelly O'Sullivan, and Sadieh Rifai; O' Sullivan and Rifai are members of the ATC ensemble.
 
   
Oleanna Nov 14 - Dec 15, 2014  
Fury Theater at Heartland Studio Theatre Oleanna
 
Oleanna is a two-character play by David Mamet, about the power struggle between a university professor and one of his female students, who accuses him of sexual exploitation and, by doing so, spoils his chances of being accorded tenure. Veteran Fury actors' Mark Dodge and Laura Deger are delving into the complexities of this play with Director Peter Connor.
 
   
Always... Patsy Cline Nov 14 - Dec 28, 2014  
Theo Ubique Cabaret Theatre at No Exit Cafe Always... Patsy Cline
 
Always... Patsy Cline is a biography of Cline as told through the eyes of housewife Louise Seger, a fan with whom Cline became close friends after a chance meeting before a 1961 concert in Seger's home of Houston, Texas. The musical includes Cline hits like "Crazy," "Walkin' After Midnight," and "Sweet Dreams."
 
   
The Annoyance Christmas Pageant Nov 14 - Dec 21, 2014  
Annoyance Theatre The Annoyance Christmas Pageant
 
The Annoyance Theatre presents its annual Christmas Pageant, featuring a retelling of two classic holiday stories: A Charlie Brown Christmas and Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer. The all-new cast gives these classic holiday television specials a hilarious spin, all the while keeping them appropriate for little ones' eyes and ears. In the first redux, poor Charlie Brown searches for the true meaning of Christmas while enduring the commercialization of the season and insults from the acid tongue of Lucy van Pelt. Then, it's on to the adventures of Rudolph the freakishly red-nosed reindeer, who runs away from home with his friend Hermie. The pair discover the island of misfit toys and the terrible Abominable Snowman and ultimately learn that it's okay to be different.
 
   
Hotel Aphrodite Nov 14 - Dec 20, 2014  
The Factory Theater at Prop Theatre Hotel Aphrodite
 
Any hotel can offer fine dining and a discreet staff, but Chateau Amantius provides its amorous guests with far more adventurous amenities in the hilarious new farce, Hotel Aphrodite. Dr. Linda Knudson and family have years of experience catering to "exotic" romantic tastes. No matter how extreme the fetish, the dedicated staff of the Chateau will go to (increasingly ridiculous) lengths to accommodate their customer's predilections. Working from a script written by company member Angelina Martinez (Calgony Springs), Matt Engle directs this upstairs-downstairs delight for The Factory Theater.
 
   
A Christmas Carol Nov 15 - Dec 28, 2014  
Goodman Theatre A Christmas Carol
 
For 37 years, Charles Dickens' holiday classic has delighted Chicago audiences; the production has hosted seven directors, 32 Tiny Tims and eight Scrooges, who've snidely delivered nearly 23,000 "Bah Humbugs!" A Christmas Carol is the iconic tale of greedy British businessman Ebenezer Scrooge, whose sizable bank account is only matched by his hatred of the holidays. One Christmas Eve, Scrooge is visited by four ghosts who take him on an spectacular adventure through his past, present and future, helping him rediscover the joys of life, love and friendship.
 
   
The Aurora Project Nov 15 - Dec 7, 2014  
Otherworld Theatre Company at RBP Rorschack The Aurora Project
 
The Aurora Project follows Constantine- an android indistinguishable from human beings, and Nora, a genetically enhanced female explorer, as they begin their voyage across the uncharted universe. When Nora decides to go against Constantine's wishes and visit a strange new planet, she's quickly infected with an incurable illness. In order to delay losing his only companion to death, Constantine decides to subject them both to the phenomenon of cryo-freeze. Thus, the pair begins a kind of chemical induced time warp, spanning millions of years as they wait for the universe to get smarter, and a cure to Nora's illness to be found.!
 
   
Matt and Ben Nov 16 - Dec 13, 2014  
First Floor Theater at Flat Iron Arts Building Matt and Ben
 
It's 1996 and best friends and struggling actors, Matt Damon and Ben Affleck, are trying to catch their next big break by writing a screen adaptation of Catcher in the Rye. When the finished script for Good Will Hunting literally falls from the ceiling, they are forced to renegotiate their friendship in their competing quests for fame. The Office's Mindy Kaling offers an uproarious glimpse at how Hollywood's golden boys went from anonymous to A-list. FFT's production, under the leadership of Managing Director Amanda Fink, expands this story to explore the complex relationship between friendship and professional collaboration.
 
   
Annie Nov 18 - Nov 30, 2014  
Cadillac Palace Theatre Annie
 
Leapin' Lizards! The world's best-loved musical returns in time-honored form. Directed by original lyricist and director Martin Charnin, this production of ANNIE will be a brand new incarnation of the iconic original. Featuring book and score by Tony Award-winners Thomas Meehan, Charles Strouse and Martin Charnin, ANNIE includes such unforgettable songs as "It's the Hard Knock Life," "Easy Street," "I Don't Need Anything But You," plus the eternal anthem of optimism, "Tomorrow." Choreography is by Liza Gennaro, who will incorporate selections from her father Peter Gennaro's 1977 Tony Award-winning choreography.
 
   
A Q Brothers' Christmas Carol Nov 19 - Dec 31, 2014  
Chicago Shakespeare Theater A Q Brothers' Christmas Carol
 
A hip-hop holiday treat set to a bangin' beat! CST and Chicago hip-hop sensation the Q Brothers-creators of Othello: The Remix and Funk It Up About Nothin'-have toured around the world, playing to sold-out houses in Edinburgh, Germany, South Korea, Australia and London. Now the team turns up the volume on Charles Dickens' classic tale, mixing everything from reggae, dancehall and dubstep to epic rock ballads. The Ghosts of Hip-hop Past, Present and Future lead Scrooge on a journey filled with rhythm, rhyme and redemption.
 
   
Santaland Diaries Nov 19 - Dec 28, 2014  
Theater Wit Santaland Diaries
 
Don't miss this antidote to Christmas cheer. A celebration of the desperation of unemployment, the insanity of Christmas shopping and the ineffable "cheer" of the holiday spirit. David Sedaris' beloved account of his time in the trenches as an Elf at Macy's during the holiday season has been called the "24 funniest pages ever written in the English language."
 
   
Dr. Seuss' How The Grinch Stole Christmas! The Musical Nov 20 - Nov 29, 2014  
Chicago Theatre Dr. Seuss' How The Grinch Stole Christmas! The Musical
 
Audiences will find their hearts growing a few sizes (along with the Grinch's heart, of course) when they witness the magic of the holiday tale on stage, which will feature the hit songs "You're a Mean One, Mr. Grinch" and "Welcome Christmas," both from the original animated television special. Max the Dog serves as the story's narrator as the scheming Grinch plans to steal Christmas away from The Whos, the loveable characters that understand and embrace the true meaning of the holiday. When the Grinch realizes that he can't take Christmas away from Who-ville by taking presents, he returns the gifts and decorations and joins the festivities, proving that all it takes is a little kindness and joy to grow the heart of any Grinch.
 
   
HoliDaze Nov 21 - Dec 21, 2014  
Step Up Productions at Chicago Dramatists HoliDaze
 
Due to popular demand, Step Up's popular holiday round up returns for its second year! This series of original one-acts showcases the crazy, zany, dysfunctional chaos of the holiday season. Ten talented playwrights and directors put relationships, family and friends in the holiday pressure cooker for an unforgettable evening!
 
   
It's a Wonderful Life: Live in Chicago! Nov 21 - Dec 28, 2014  
American Blues Theater at The Greenhouse Theater Center It's a Wonderful Life: Live in Chicago!
 
From the original director and Ensemble that brought this holiday tradition to Chicago since 2002, the American Blues family takes you back to a 1940s radio broadcast of Frank Capra's holiday classic-It's a Wonderful Life (based on the short story "The Greatest Gift" by Philip Van Doren Stern) with live Foley sound effects, an original score and a critically-acclaimed cast of eight that bring the entire town of Bedford Falls to life. This production returns to the Greenhouse Theater Center. Critics called this production "perfect Christmas theater" and "first-class holiday fare."
 
   
Plaid Tidings Nov 21 - Dec 7, 2014  
Beverly Arts Center Plaid Tidings
 
Having had their singing careers cut tragically short in a fatal accident en route to a show, Frankie, Sparky, Jinx and Smudge are mysteriously returned to the BAC, where they weave musical magic into the hearts of everyone. It appears the legendary, angelic Rosemary Clooney has decided the cold world needs a lift in spirits, and has summoned the boys to return to Earth to set things right. Favorites from the 50's and 60's and traditional holiday songs are delivered with a velvet touch, while plenty of fun-filled antics make the show a roller coaster warm up for the approaching holiday season. A speedy and hilarious tribute to the Ed Sullivan Christmas Spectaculars is just one of the riotous nods to past eras. It's musical fun with a big, plaid Christmas bow on top!
 
   
Hansel and Gretel: A Wickedly Delicious Musical Treat Nov 22 - Jan 4, 2015  
Emerald City Theatre Company at Broadway Playhouse Hansel and Gretel: A Wickedly Delicious Musical Treat
 
Fairy tales ROCK, especially this story featuring the fearless sibling duo of Gretel and Hansel! Still reeling from the disappearance of their mother and classmates, Hansel believes with all of his heart that he's found a way to rescue them deep within The Forbidden Forest. Doubtful, the streetwise Gretel follows in pursuit of her dreamer brother. When they come across a candy house, their bond and beliefs are put to the test until love saves the day. This story is brought to musical life through the talents of The Grimm Brothers Band performing a live rock and roll score. Nationally produced playwright Ernie Nolan teams up with GRAMMY -nominated 'kindie' artist Justin Roberts to create a wickedly delicious musical treat for the entire family.
 
   
Hot Georgia Sunday Nov 22 - Dec 21, 2014  
Haven Theatre Company at The Den Theatre Hot Georgia Sunday
 
Hot Georgia Sunday reunites Haven with the director of their successful spring 2014 production of Seminar. It's hard to tell the difference between right and wrong in this tragicomic tale of dysfunction taking place in a small Northeast Georgia town where private desires and public morality collide. The well-meaning, but inept members of the Vickery family cause trouble wherever they go and lust, betrayal and alcohol lead the way for this fractured family.
 
   
Desperate Dolls Nov 23 - Dec 23, 2014  
Strawdog Theatre Desperate Dolls
 
Three gorgeous women are ripe for their big break, but this dark trip through the seedy side of Hollywood turns hopeful dreams into nightmares. Set in 1968, Sunny Jack Fennigan has the best intentions, making movies with female stars designed to turn a quick buck at the box office. When a powerful agent known only as "Captain" offers up starlets Matchbox, Pretty Sexy and The Vil for Fennigan's latest picture, the story takes a twisted turn through back-alley motels and murder scenes.
 
   
Buddy Cop 2 Nov 25 - Dec 21, 2014  
Pavement Group at Theater Wit Buddy Cop 2
 
In this town, nothing is what it seems. Or is it? When a flood destroys the police station, the local cops set up shop in the nearby community center. Mysteries emerge. Criminals are chased. Racquetball is played. They're celebrating Christmas...in August. Set in small-town Indiana in the 1980s, this quirky & slightly sinister tale of cops, cancer and Christmas cheer is one holiday event you won't want to miss. Didn't catch Buddy Cop 1? Neither did we.
 
   
Shining City Nov 26 - Jan 4, 2015  
Irish Theatre of Chicago at The Den Theatre Shining City
 
Two Dublin men wrestle the living and the dead in this contemporary ghost story by the incomparable Conor McPherson, author of last season's runaway hit The Seafarer. Ian, an ex-priest turned therapist takes on his first patient, John, a man who claims to have seen the ghost of his recently deceased wife. What follows is a haunting and suspenseful tale of what it means to lose faith - in God, in relationships and in one's self.
 
   
Mary Poppins Nov 26 - Jan 4, 2015  
Paramount Theatre Mary Poppins
 
Chicago's hottest musical theater director, Rachel Rockwell, fresh from her Goodman debut with Brigadoon, returns to Paramount to direct and choreograph a huge production that has Paramount's creative team's collective imagination soaring. Expect beautiful scenery that takes audiences all over Victorian England, statues that come to life, enormous dance numbers on the ground and rooftops of London performed by Chicago's top musical theater professionals and lush orchestrations for such iconic songs as "Spoonful of Sugar" and "Chim Chiminey."
 
   
Christmas On The Air Nov 26 - Dec 28, 2014  
Provision Theater Company Christmas On The Air
 
A popular hit from the Pacific Northwest and a new holiday classic for Chicago! Gather around for Yolanda and Percival B. Frank's annual Christmas radio show. As the live studio audience, you'll enjoy the on-air magic and get a glimpse at the lessons being learned behind the scenes. Filled with classic Christmas music and stories, CHRISTMAS ON THE AIR is sure to warm your heart this holiday season!
 
   
H.M.S. Pinafore Nov 26 - Feb 7, 2015  
The Hypocrites at The Den Theatre H.M.S. Pinafore
 
Take to the high seas aboard the H.M.S. Pinafore, Gilbert & Sullivan's beloved comic operetta of mistaken identity, love, intrigue and duty in the British Navy. The Hypocrites' playful reimagining of this crowd-pleaser is presented promenade-style, putting you the audience inside the story as you move around the space with the actors. Pinafore spins the seaworthy tale of a gentlemanly captain who's arranged for his daughter to marry the First Lord of the Admiralty -- although she's already in love with a common sailor on her father's ship. The show's signature hummable tunes include "I'm Called Little Buttercup," "When I Was a Lad" and "I Am the Captain of the Pinafore."
 
   
The Christmas Schooner Nov 26 - Dec 28, 2014  
Mercury Theater The Christmas Schooner
 
The whole family will enjoy this heart-warming musical story of the first Christmas tree ship and the family who risked their lives to fill Chicago with the Christmas spirit. Hailed as "A sacred part of a Chicago Christmas!" by the Chicago Tribune, the production features a powerful, moving story, an exquisite score of original music and traditional holiday favorites, and a company of 25 actors and musicians.
 
   
A Christmas Carol Nov 28 - Dec 28, 2014  
Metropolis Performing Arts Centre A Christmas Carol
 
A holiday tradition returns to Metropolis. A miserly and miserable man, Ebenezer Scrooge greets each Christmas with a "bah humbug," until he is visited one Christmas Eve by the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Future. Through a restless night, the spirits show him memories from his past, cruel realities from the present and the grim future should he continue his miserly ways. Celebrate the holiday season with this classic as Scrooge learns the errors of his ways.
 
   
A Christmas Carol: an Evening of Dickensian Delights Nov 28 - Dec 21, 2014  
Dream Theatre A Christmas Carol: an Evening of Dickensian Delights
 
Dream Theatre Company invites you to join us for A Christmas Carol: An Evening of Dickensian Delights, a uniquely intimate and immersive presentation of this holiday classic. The moment you enter our lobby, you will be transported to a Christmas of Dickens' time, filled with the sights, sounds, smells and tastes of the Victorian holiday season. The decorations and Christmas music, hot cider and homemade sweets are all included with the price of admission. Come early and enjoy the festive atmosphere, then share the journey with Scrooge as he is led by the ghosts of Christmas Past, Present, and Future to examine his life and learn that it's never too late to change! Presented in Dickens' own rich language by three actors portraying all of the characters with the help of a few simple costume changes -- and some special effects -- Rachel Martindale's adaptation is one and one quarter hours long without intermission. Let our family welcome you and yours to a special Christmas celebration featuring this very personal retelling of Dickens' timeless tale.
 
   
It's a Wonderful Live: A Live Radio Play Nov 28 - Dec 14, 2014  
BrightSide Theatre at Meiley-Swallow Hall It's a Wonderful Live: A Live Radio Play
 
Celebrate this holiday season by gathering your friends and family of all ages and step back in time to 1946 on Christmas Eve at the WBST Radio Studios and be a part of the live audience broadcast of It's A Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play. Watch five actors bring this beloved American holiday classic to captivating life as they play fifty different characters, create all the live sound effects, and perform all the music in this inventive retelling of the timeless story. With the perfect blend of Christmas cheer and theatrical magic, audiences will fall in love all over again with George Bailey and the angel named Clarence who saved his life on Christmas Eve.
 
   
EL Stories: Holiday Train Nov 29 - Jan 10, 2015  
The Greenhouse Theater Center EL Stories: Holiday Train
 
EL Stories: Holiday Train is the seasonal variation of the long-running hit show about harrowing, hair-raising and hilarious true stories of Chicago train and bus experiences. Based on interviews with Windy City citizens from various backgrounds and neighborhoods, this show isn't just a collection of funny mass transit stories performed live -- it's a look at the way the people of Chicago interact as a community, particularly during the holidays. Just like every EL Stories show, each performance of Holiday Train features an audience volunteer's story performed live.
 
   
Pericles Nov 30 - Jan 18, 2015  
Chicago Shakespeare Theater Pericles
 
Ben Carlson again treads the boards of Chicago Shakespeare's stage following turns as Macbeth, Hamlet (Jeff Award, Best Actor) and the outrageously funny Frank in The School for Lies. Chicago Tribune hails "few can match him...one of North America's best classical performers." In Shakespeare's most fantastical tale, Pericles embarks on a tempest-tossed quest in search of adventure, wealth and family. As he travels to parts unknown, our hero is confronted by villains, pirates, goddesses and kings. In the end, he discovers an essential truth-the renewal of love and life itself.
 
   
Tell Me What You Remember Dec 1 - Dec 16, 2014  
Erasing the Distance at Filament Theatre Tell Me What You Remember
 
Tell Me What You Remember depicts the true story of one family's life-altering battle with depression, using their distinct journey to illustrate the universal truth of how deeply depression can impact both those who suffer, and those who love them.
 
   
Penny the F*ckable Dolphin Dec 3 - Feb 4, 2015  
Annoyance Theatre Penny the F*ckable Dolphin
 
Inspired by true events, Penny the F*ckable Dolphin: A Love Story tells the tale of two star-crossed lovers who just happen to be of two different species. Set in 1968, this dark musical comedy follows Zack, a human teenager, and Penny, the dolphin he loves, as they struggle to come to terms with the fact that their union may never be accepted by their friends, family or society at large. Based on the novel Wet Goddess (which was based on a true story), Penny the F*ckable Dolphin: A Love Story was adapted by iO's Kristina Felske and directed by The Annoyance's Megan Johns with musical direction by Second City alum Tim Joyce.
 
   
The Clean House Dec 3 - Jan 11, 2015  
Remy Bumppo Theatre at The Greenhouse Theater Center The Clean House
 
Lane wants her house - and her life - as organized and sterile as the hospital where she works. But with a maid who would rather write jokes than clean, a sister who believes time is measured through the accumulation of dust, and a husband who has just discovered his soulmate, Lane must decide whether to sweep it all under the rug or finally get her hands dirty.
 
   
Airline Highway Dec 4 - Feb 8, 2015  
Steppenwolf Theatre Airline Highway
 
In the parking lot of The Hummingbird, a once-glamorous motel on New Orleans' infamous Airline Highway, a group of friends gather. A rag-tag collection of strippers, hustlers and philosophers have come together to celebrate the life of Miss Ruby, an iconic burlesque performer who has requested a funeral before she dies. The party rages through the night as old friends resurface to pay their respects. A world premiere from the author of Detroit, Airline Highway is a boisterous and moving ode to the outcasts that make life a little more interesting.
 
   
A Klingon Christmas Carol Dec 4 - Dec 21, 2014  
Commedia Beauregard at Athenaeum Theatre A Klingon Christmas Carol
 
Scrooge has no honor, nor any courage. Can three ghosts help him to become the true warrior he ought to be in time to save Tiny Tim from a horrible fate? Performed in the Original Klingon with English Supertitles, and narrative analysis from The Vulcan Institute of Cultural Anthropology. The Dickens classic tale of ghosts and redemption adapted to reflect the Warrior Code of Honor and then translated into tlhIngan Hol (That's the Klingon Language). A co-production of Commedia Beauregard and the IKV Spirit of Honor of the Klingon Assault Group.
 
   
Mrs. Claus, A Holiday Musical! Dec 4 - Dec 23, 2014  
Chicago Kids Company at Beverly Arts Center Mrs. Claus, A Holiday Musical!
 
Theatre for Children (CKC) presents Mrs. Claus, A Holiday Musical! a one-hour musical adaptation! Chicago Kids Company's Holiday Classic returns for the 16th Year! Our biggest and most colorful show will put you in the Holiday Spirit in no time. Join the new Elf Class of 2014 as they try to find the missing "list" in time for Christmas. The show runs one hour with no intermission, and is targeted for kids aged 2 to 12.
 
   
Twist Your Dickens, Or Scrooge You! Dec 5 - Dec 28, 2014  
Goodman Theatre Twist Your Dickens, Or Scrooge You!
 
In an unprecedented partnership, Goodman Theatre and The Second City join forces to present "comedy gold" (bePortland) with the holiday send-up Twist Your Dickens, Or Scrooge You! by former The Colbert Report writers Peter Gwinn and Bobby Mort. Directed by Artistic Director of The Second City Training Center Matt Hovde, this "riotous havoc" (Los Angeles Times) finds Scrooge and Tiny Tim hopelessly mixed up with characters from the Peanuts holiday special, the Island of Misfit Toys and even Little Orphan Annie, all in the Second City's trademark improvisational style.
 
   
The Second City Dysfunctional Holiday Revue Dec 5 - Dec 21, 2014  
Paramount Theatre The Second City Dysfunctional Holiday Revue
 
The Second City Dysfunctional Holiday Revue is the live comedy revue that aims Chicago's most acclaimed comic improvisers' usual brand of brash and irreverent humor with laser beam focus at the foibles of the holiday season. Don't miss this hilarious evening of skits, songs and equal opportunity fun. Nothing is off limits - from your drunken Uncle Adolph and office parties, to how that first Christmas really went down. Be ready to laugh and be ready to buy tickets early. Most of these shows sell out in advance.
 
   
Great Russian Nutcracker Dec 7  
Rosemont Theatre Great Russian Nutcracker
 
An authentic Russian Christmas puppet play and Masha's magical toy cabinet are new for 2014 as the Moscow Ballet's Great Russian Nutcracker returns to Rosemont for the holiday season. All the wonder and beauty of this stunning production is back as well, with the gorgeous Swarovski crystal-laden costumes, life-sized matrushka dolls, 10-foot tall silk puppets and a special "Dove of Peace" formation, where two dancers become one bird with a 20-foot wingspan. This is your chance to see the award-winning principal dancers and corps de ballet perform Olympic-worthy leaps, lifts and pirouettes as they tell the heartwarming tale of Masha meeting her prince.
 
   
I Love Lucy Live On Stage Dec 9 - Dec 14, 2014  
Bank of America Theatre I Love Lucy Live On Stage
 
I Love Lucy Live On Stage returns to Chicago for one week only. An "out-of-body experience for 'Lucy' fans" according to Showbiz Chicago, I LOVE LUCY LIVE ON STAGE takes audiences back to 1952 as members of the Desilu Playhouse studio audience where they await the filming of two hilarious and oh-so-familiar I LOVE LUCY episodes, "The Benefit" and "Lucy Has Her Eyes Examined." A charming host entertains and enlightens the crowd to the behind-the-scenes filming process of a brand new thing called "television," the Crystaltone Singers perform advertising jingles in perfect 50s style harmony and the sidesplitting antics of America's favorite foursome - Lucy, Ricky, Fred and Ethel - are presented live on stage and in color for the very first time! It's a one-of-a-kind theatrical experience TV Guide's William Keck calls "the most entertaining stage production I've seen in years - including Broadway!"
 
   
Newsies Dec 10 - Jan 4, 2015  
Bank of America Theatre Newsies
 
Set in New York City at the turn of the century, NEWSIES is the rousing tale of Jack Kelly, a charismatic newsboy and leader of a ragged band of teenaged 'newsies,' who dreams only of a better life far from the hardship of the streets. But when publishing titans Joseph Pulitzer and William Randolph Hearst raise distribution prices at the newsboys' expense, Jack finds a cause to fight for and rallies newsies from across the city to strike for what's right.
 
   
Sherlock Holmes and the Case of the Christmas Goose Dec 10 - Jan 3, 2015  
Raven Theatre Sherlock Holmes and the Case of the Christmas Goose
 
Everyone knows Scrooge and Mr. Potter, but can the holiday spirit work its magic on everyone's favorite man of mystery? Now in a fully realized stage version, Raven Theatre's Sherlock Holmes and the Case of the Christmas Goose follows Holmes and Watson as they investigate the mysterious theft and even more mysterious discovery of the Countess of Morcar's blue carbuncle. With a dash of Christmas intrigue and a heap of good will, Raven's holiday offering is fun for the whole family!
 
   
The Mikado Dec 11 - Feb 7, 2015  
The Hypocrites at The Den Theatre The Mikado
 
One of Gilbert and Sullivan's most beloved comic operas, The Mikado is set in the fictional Japanese town of Titipu, where the emperor has made flirting a capital offense. Into the town comes a wandering minstrel, who quickly falls for Yum-Yum, a beautiful young woman who is betrothed to another. The Japanese setting allowed Gilbert and Sullivan to slyly mask their commentary on contemporary British society while serving up their trademark mix of complications and merriment. A smash hit when it played at the Chopin Theatre and Steppenwolf's Garage, this production from The Hypocrites is presented promenade-style, putting you the audience inside the story as you move around the space with the actors.
 
   
Burning Bluebeard Dec 13 - Jan 4, 2015  
The Ruffians at Theater Wit Burning Bluebeard
 
Inspired by the true story of Chicago's 1903 Iroquois Theatre Fire, BURNING BLUEBEARD is the story of six singed clown performers who emerge from the burnt remains of history attempting to perform their spectacular Christmas Pantomime once and for all. But this time, they hope to finally reach the true happy ending of their second act and avoid the fateful fire that killed 600 of its audience members. BURNING BLUEBEARD is a whimsical romp with a sensitive heart, a joyful eulogy with a sharp irreverent wit including music, clowning, tumbling, acrobatics and dance. Each night is a vaudevillian delight with a story that excavates the poetic and poignant remains of a piece of Chicago's rich history.
 
   
The Nutcracker Dec 13 - Dec 21, 2014  
Ballet Chicago at Athenaeum Theatre The Nutcracker
 
Ballet Chicago's Nutcracker extravaganza comes to glorious life on the sparkling stage at the Athenaeum Theatre this holiday season. Complete with beautiful fairies, handsome princes, dancing snowflakes and a lovely young girl making her way to the Kingdom of Snow and the Land of the Sweets, this gorgeous ballet is the perfect way to celebrate the season. Set to Tchaikovsky's delightful score, The Nutcracker is sure to create cherished memories for your whole family.
 
   
Cinderella Dec 16 - Jan 4, 2015  
Cadillac Palace Theatre Cinderella
 
With its fresh new take on the beloved tale of a young woman who is transformed from a chambermaid into a princess, this hilarious and romantic CINDERELLA combines the story's classic elements - glass slippers, pumpkin, and a beautiful ball along with some surprise twists. More than just a pretty face with the right shoe size, this Cinderella is a surprisingly contemporary figure living in a fairytale setting. She is a spirited young woman with savvy and soul who is eager to develop a world view. She doesn't let her rags or her gowns trip her up in her quest for kindness, compassion and forgiveness. She not only fights for her own dreams, but forces the prince to open his eyes to the world around him and realize his dreams too.
 
   
Cirque Dreams Holidaze Dec 17 - Dec 21, 2014  
Chicago Theatre Cirque Dreams Holidaze
 
Before its opening in New York in 2015, Cirque Dreams Holidaze will dazzle Chicago audiences with a magnificent production that brings together the best elements of a new cirque show, a Broadway musical, a Christmas spectacular and a family holiday show all in one. Watch in disbelief as snowmen, penguins, angels, reindeer, toy soldiers, gingerbread men, ornaments and of course Santa perform elaborate production numbers, soaring acrobatics, gravity-defying feats, astounding illusions and more. The show also celebrates the most wonderful time of the year with singers, original music and seasonal favorites all performed in a winter wonderland of enchantment.
 
   
A Nativity Story Dec 18 - Dec 28, 2014  
Congo Square Theatre at Ruth Page Center For Arts A Nativity Story
 
Nativity holds a sacred place in the hearts of those who have been touched by it. It reminds us of what is important during a time, when the reason for the season can get cloudy. Nativity is the perfect example of extreme measures being used in a time of extreme circumstances.
 
   
The Pirates of Penzance Dec 18 - Feb 7, 2015  
The Hypocrites at The Den Theatre The Pirates of Penzance
 
An 80-minute exotic getaway featuring bathing beauties, philosophizing pirates, and grown men in remarkably short shorts The Hypocrites' production of The Pirates of Penzance has quickly become a non-traditional holiday favorite. Presented promenade-style, this unique production allows the audience to move around the space with the actors for a more immersive experience. The beloved comic musical tells the story of Frederic, a boy mistakenly apprenticed to a softhearted band of pirates (his hard-of-hearing nurse was told to take him to a ship's pilot). He wants to leave the pirates and live a law-abiding life with his true love, but his Leap Day birthday means his pirate apprenticeship lasts a lot longer than usual. After a series of zany mishaps, the lovable pirates make their peace with the police and Frederic gets his girl. Along the way it's a rollercoaster ride of swashbuckling action and merry music, featuring many of Gilbert and Sullivan's wittiest and most engaging tunes, including the immortal "I Am the Very Model of a Modern Major-General."
 
   
Keys of the Kingdom Jan 10 - Feb 15, 2015  
Theater Wit Keys of the Kingdom
 
As assistant to the celebrity pastor of an evangelical mega church, Arthur obeys orders, attacks paperwork, and guards against sin. So Arthur is surprised when the church pastor commissions a mural from Irene Hoff, an atheist New York artist married to another woman. Arthur is even more surprised when the pastor explains that he believes Irene has been chosen by God. But the biggest surprise of all is what happens when Irene shows up and starts to paint.
 
   
50 Shades! The Musical Parody Jan 13 - Jan 18, 2015  
Broadway Playhouse 50 Shades! The Musical Parody
 
50 SHADES! THE MUSICAL PARODY is the hilariously naughty satire that explores the steamy relationship between Christian Grey and Anastasia Steele, as seen through the eyes of a trio of girlfriends at a book club meeting. As the women devour the novel, the character's delicious affair comes to life before their eyes. After all, who needs staid book club fare when a book like this can be so...stimulating. This laugh-out-loud musical features a sassy original score, including such songs "Open Your Book," "I Don't Make Love," and "There Is A Hole Inside Of Me."
 
   
West Side Story Jan 15 - Mar 15, 2015  
Drury Lane- Oakbrook West Side Story
 
Drury Lane closes its 30th anniversary season with one of the world's greatest love stories. A modern retelling of Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet, West Side Story tells the tale of two star crossed lovers caught between rival gangs. A revolutionary work that changed the course of the American musical, West Side Story features an electrifying Latin and jazz-infused score including "Somewhere," "Tonight," "I Feel Pretty," and "America".
 
   
Waiting for Godot Jan 15 - Feb 15, 2015  
Court Theatre Waiting for Godot
 
On a lonely country road, beneath a barren tree, two vagabonds wait for a man named Mr. Godot. As the evening unfolds, a desperate, humorous, and unchanging universe is revealed that has delighted and challenged audiences for over half a century. Resident Artist Ron OJ Parson (Seven Guitars) returns to direct this absurdist classic with an all-star cast featuring Court Theatre favorites A.C. Smith, Allen Gilmore, and Alfred Wilson. As elusive as it is illuminating, Waiting for Godot offers a haunting meditation on the meaning of human existence.
 
   
Accidentally Like a Martyr Jan 15 - Mar 1, 2015  
A Red Orchid Theatre Accidentally Like a Martyr
 
In a dive-y gay bar on Manhattan's lower east side the regulars and the restless others do battle, joke and drink their way through a lonely winter evening. Different generations and backgrounds collide, secrets are revealed and old wounds are torn anew as these survivors come to grips with life, loss and aging in the 21st century. Family and friendship are the focus of this humor filled drama in the tradition of The Time of Your Life and Small Craft Warnings.
 
   
The Apple Family Plays: That Hopey Changey Thing and Sorry Jan 20 - Apr 19, 2015  
TimeLine Theatre Company The Apple Family Plays: That Hopey Changey Thing and Sorry
 
Tony Award winner Richard Nelson's widely celebrated series of four THE APPLE FAMILY PLAYS explores politics, change, and family dynamics. Set on dates of historic significance between 2010 and 2013, the plays have been heralded by The New York Times as "a rare and radiant mirror on the way we live ... no previous works of theater have been topical in the resonant and specific ways of THE APPLE FAMILY PLAYS." Now TimeLine brings two of these remarkable plays (the first and third from the series) to Chicago to be presented on alternating nights.
 
   
Stomp Jan 20 - Jan 25, 2015  
Bank of America Theatre Stomp
 
STOMP is explosive, inventive, provocative, witty, and utterly unique—an unforgettable experience for audiences of all ages. The international percussion sensation has garnered armfuls of awards and rave reviews and has appeared on numerous national television shows. The eight-member troupe uses everything but conventional percussion instruments – matchboxes, wooden poles, brooms, garbage cans, Zippo lighters, hubcaps – to fill the stage with magnificent rhythms. Year after year, audiences worldwide keep coming back for more of this pulse-pounding electrifying show. As the Boston Globe says, “If you haven’t seen STOMP, GO! If you have seen it, take someone and share the pleasure!” STOMP. See what all the noise is about.
 
   
Disney On Ice - Frozen Jan 21 - Feb 8, 2015  
Allstate Arena and United Center Disney On Ice - Frozen
 
The Academy Award winning tale will be told live for the first time in this production, capturing the dynamic between two royal sisters, Anna and Elsa. Anna, a girl with an extraordinary heart, embarks on an epic journey to find her sister, the magical Elsa, who is determined to remain secluded as she finally feels free to test the limits of her powers. Rugged mountain man Kristoff, his loyal reindeer Sven, the lovable and hilarious snowman Olaf and the mystical trolls help Anna along the way in this story about love conquering fear. Audiences will get to sing along with such musical masterpieces as "Let it Go," "Do You Want to Build a Snowman?" and "Fixer Upper." At Allstate Arena from Jan 21 - 25. At United Center from Jan 28 - Feb 8
 
   
White Guy on the Bus Jan 23 - Mar 1, 2015  
Northlight Theatre White Guy on the Bus
 
Ray, a successful white business executive, rides the bus past the state penitentiary every Saturday. On his weekly ride he befriends Shatique, a young black woman putting herself through school and struggling to raise a son on her own. The threads that tie these disparate individuals together gradually unravel in a complex and explosive examination of race, intent, and racial biases from a candid and unexpected perspective.
 
   
Dividing the Estate Jan 27 - Mar 28, 2015  
Raven Theatre Dividing the Estate
 
Foote's comedy-drama, his last new play to be produced on Broadway, focuses on the members of the Gordon family - a wealthy Texas clan whose fortunes have declined and who are debating whether or not to divide the remainder of the family's estate while their octogenarian matriarch Stella is still alive.
 
   
Fancy Nancy: The Musical Jan 31 - May 17, 2015  
Emerald City Theatre Company at Apollo Theater Fancy Nancy: The Musical
 
From the top of her tiara down to her sparkly shoes, Nancy's ready to take the spotlight in her first dance recital. But when someone else gets picked to be the prima ballerina (that's a fancy word for star of the show), Nancy is stuck playing a dreary, dull tree. Can she still bring fancy flair to her role when it isn't the one she wanted? Adapted from the bestselling books, this is a funny, frilly ballet story with a lot of heart.
 
   
Marie Antoinette Feb 5 - May 10, 2015  
Steppenwolf Theatre Marie Antoinette
 
Before Britney Spears and Justin Bieber, there was Marie Antoinette. In David Adjmi's contemporary take on the young queen of France, Marie is a confection created by a society that values extravagance and artifice. But France's love affair with the royals sours as revolution brews, and for Marie, the political suddenly becomes very personal. From the light and breezy banter at the palace to the surging chants of "Liberte! Egalite! Fraternite!" in the streets, Marie Antoinette holds a mirror up to our contemporary society that might just be entertaining itself to death.
 
   
Samsara Feb 6 - Mar 8, 2015  
Victory Gardens Theater - Biograph Samsara
 
Americans Katie and Craig are having a baby with Suraiya, a surrogate from India. As all three "parents" anxiously await the baby's due date, Katie and Suraiya are attacked by flights of their imagination: a seductive Frenchman and a sharp-tongued fetus. Originally developed at Victory Gardens' IGNITION New Play Festival in 2012, this smart world premiere comedy takes us on a hilarious and highly theatrical journey into 21st century parenthood and modern-day colonialism.
 
   
The Other Place Feb 13 - Apr 5, 2015  
Profiles Theatre - The Main Stage The Other Place
 
In Sharr White's acclaimed new drama The Other Place, Juliana Smithton, a successful neurologist, finds her life coming apart at the seams. Her husband filed for divorce, her daughter eloped with a much older man and her own health hangs in jeopardy. But in this brilliantly crafted work, nothing is as it seems. Piece by piece, a mystery unfolds as fact blurs with fiction, past collides with present and the elusive truth about Juliana boils to the surface.
 
   
Elephant and Piggie's We are in a Play! Feb 14 - May 16, 2015  
Emerald City Theatre Company at Apollo Theater Elephant and Piggie's We are in a Play!
 
Elephant Gerald is careful. Piggie is not. Gerald worries so that Piggie does not have to. They are best friends. Our favorite characters from Mo Willems' beloved Elephant and Piggie series take the stage for this vaudevillian romp of a musical. Pachyderm and swine join forces to face questions like: what do you wear to a fancy pool costume party? Should you share your ice cream? And, how can two friends play with one toy? With the help of nutty backup singers, The Squirelles, this musical is an animal party that you won't want to miss!
 
   
First Wives Club Feb 17 - Mar 29, 2015  
Ford Oriental Theatre First Wives Club
 
Five-time Emmy Award nominee Linda Bloodworth Thomason (“Designing Women”) makes her theatrical debut as book writer and Simon Phillips will direct the musical. Based on the hit Paramount Pictures Film, FIRST WIVES CLUB, still the ultimate story of female empowerment, and will feature songs – both new original music and classics – by Motown legends Holland-Dozier-Holland, who are responsible for such hits as "Reach Out…I'll Be There," "Stop in the Name of Love," "I Can't Help Myself (Sugar Pie Honey Bunch)," and “My World Is Empty Without You.”
 
   
Macbeth Feb 22 - Apr 5, 2015  
The Artistic Home Macbeth
 
Macbeth by William Shakepeare
 
   
The Book Of Mormon Feb 24 - May 17, 2015  
Bank of America Theatre The Book Of Mormon
 
THE BOOK OF MORMON is the Winner of 9 Tony Awards including Best Musical! From Trey Parker and Matt Stone, four-time Emmy Award-winning creators of "South Park," and Tony Award-winner Robert Lopez, co-creator of the Tony Award-winning Best Musical Avenue Q, comes THE BOOK OF MORMON, a new Broadway musical that Jon Stewart of The Daily Show describes as, "a crowning achievement, so good it makes me angry" and by Entertainment Weekly as "the funniest musical of all time." Featuring choreography by Tony Award-winner Casey Nicholaw, THE BOOK OF MORMON Chicago is directed by Nicholaw and Parker. Don't miss your chance to see what Ben Brantley of The New York Times calls "the best musical of this century." Don't miss THE BOOK OF MORMON Chicago.
 
   
This Is Modern Art Feb 25 - Mar 14, 2015  
Steppenwolf for Young Adults at Steppenwolf Theatre This Is Modern Art
 
The crew of Made U Look (MUL) is willing to risk anything for their art. Called vandals, criminals, even creative terrorists, these Chicago graffiti artists set out night after night to make their voices heard and alter the way people view the world. But when the crew finishes the biggest graffiti bomb of their careers, the consequences get serious and spark a public debate asking, where does art belong? Written by acclaimed playwright Idris Goodwin and Louder Than A Bomb founder Kevin Coval, This Is Modern Art provides a glimpse into the anonymous lives of graffiti artists and asks us to question the true purpose of art.
 
   
The Illusionists - Witness The Impossible Mar 10 - Mar 22, 2015  
Cadillac Palace Theatre The Illusionists - Witness The Impossible
 
This mind-blowing spectacular showcases the jaw-dropping talents of seven of the most incredible illusionists on earth. Full of hilarious magic tricks, death-defying stunts and acts of breathtaking wonder, THE ILLUSIONISTS has dazzled audiences of all ages. Creative Producer Simon Painter said, "We can't wait to bring this electrifying show to Broadway for a truly entertaining experience for the whole family. THE ILLUSIONISTS is the most non-stop and powerful mix of outrageous and astonishing acts ever to be seen on the live stage."
 
   
Outside Mullingar Mar 13 - Apr 19, 2015  
Northlight Theatre Outside Mullingar
 
Anthony and Rosemary are two introverted misfits. Anthony has spent his entire life on a cattle farm in rural Ireland, oblivious to the longing of his neighbor Rosemary, who hopelessly pines for him as the years slip away. With Anthony's father threatening to disinherit him and a land feud simmering between their families, Rosemary fears romantic catastrophe. These two eccentric souls scramble their way towards happiness in a compassionate, delightful tale of how surprising love can be.
 
   
Genius Mar 13 - May 3, 2015  
Profiles Theatre - The Alley Stage Genius
 
Genius examines the secrets and alliances of two creative couples from different generations who find their lives changed forever one evening after an electric dinner party. Joel, a once highly regarded painter turned museum director caught in the midst of a very public indiscretion and his wife Sara, a formally famous journalist, venture to Brooklyn for dinner with their new friends Peter and Chelsea, a young filmmaking couple with rising careers and a baby on the way. After an evening riddled with illuminating discoveries, deceptions and perhaps too much wine, each couple deconstructs the evening's events as they grapple with their own uncertain futures. Using a constantly shifting timeline, playwright Kate Walbert turns her kaleidoscopic lens on two marriages battered by urgent ambitions.
 
   
Balm In Gilead Mar 14 - Apr 19, 2015  
Griffin Theatre Company at The Den Theatre Balm In Gilead
 
Enter the world of Frank's cafe, an all-night coffee shop on Manhattan's Upper West Side frequented by a makeshift community of dealers, junkies, hustlers, prostitutes, dreamers and runaways. BALM IN GILEAD loosely centers on Joe, a cynical drug dealer, and Darlene, a naive new arrival to the big city as their lives intersect over the course of three days. Having previously produced Wilson's The Hot L Baltimore (1990) and Fifth of July (2003), Griffin is pleased to present the celebrated playwright's first full-length work.
 
   
The Good Book Mar 19 - Apr 19, 2015  
Court Theatre The Good Book
 
In this highly original world premiere play, Denis O'Hare and Lisa Peterson (An Iliad) weave stories of devotion and doubt into their very own creation myth about the place where human faith and divine inspiration intersect: the Bible. As thirteen year-old Connor struggles to reconcile his identity with his dream of becoming a priest and modern-day Biblical scholar Miriam wrestles to resolve her crisis of faith, they lead us through an incredible exploration on how the Bible was conceived. From ancient Judea to medieval Ireland to suburban America, The Good Book is a powerful and exuberant journey through the most influential book in Western history.