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The Lion King Dec 2 - Jan 17, 2016  
Cadillac Palace Theatre The Lion King
Experience the phenomenon as it once again leaps onto the Cadillac Palace Theatre stage. Marvel at the breathtaking spectacle of animals brought to life by award-winning director Julie Taymor, whose visual images for this show you'll remember forever. Thrill to the pulsating rhythms of the African Pridelands and an unforgettable score including Elton John and Tim Rice's Oscar-winning song "Can You Feel The Love Tonight" and "Circle of Life." Let your imagination run wild at the Tony Award-winning Broadway sensation Newsweek calls "a landmark event in entertainment."
Potted Potter: The Unauthorized Harry Experience - A Parody by Dan and Jeff Dec 2 - Jan 3, 2016  
Broadway Playhouse Potted Potter: The Unauthorized Harry Experience - A Parody by Dan and Jeff
Whether you camped outside a bookstore for three days awaiting the release of the Deathly Hallows or you don't know the difference between a horcrux and a Hufflepuff, the comedy, magic and mayhem of POTTED POTTER makes for an entertaining and hilarious visit to the theatre. The fast-paced show, which has made audiences aged six to Dumbledore (who is very old indeed) roar with laughter all over the world, POTTED POTTER is perfect for the entire family.
Barney the Elf Dec 2 - Dec 20, 2015  
The Other Theatre Company at The Greenhouse Theater Center Barney the Elf
Yando Lopez and Chicago drag queen sensation Dixie Lynn Cartwright star in this musical parody of Elf. After Santa Claus retires, his wicked son begins a not-so-jolly reign as the new head of Christmas. The North Pole begins to crumble under his bigoted rule, and Barney the Elf is forced to leave his home for being different from the others. Soon he embarks on a fabulous journey of self-discovery (or is it elf-discovery?) that lands him in one of Chicago's hottest drag bars. But can he truly leave Christmas behind for a new life in the big city? Barney the Elf brings musical numbers galore and plenty of queer holiday cheer to Chicago's Greenhouse Theatre Center.
Mrs. Claus, A Holiday Musical! Dec 3 - Dec 23, 2015  
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.
Domesticated Dec 3 - Feb 7, 2016  
Steppenwolf Theatre Domesticated
Politician Bill Pulver faces the cameras to stumble his way through a carefully crafted apology as his wife Judy stands stoically behind him…but what is she REALLY thinking? We are about to find out in Bruce Norris’s wickedly funny, unpredictable play about a marriage burst apart by a sex scandal. This scathing, wildly entertaining play investigates gender politics, modern marriage and the sexual mysteries of the animal kingdom.
A Kokandy Christmas Dec 3 - Dec 23, 2015  
Theater Wit A Kokandy Christmas
There's no Christmas like A Kokandy Christmas, a brand new holiday production by the acclaimed resident company of Theater Wit. Featuring five of Chicago's brightest musical theater talents -- Emily Grayson, Christina Hall, Garrett Lutz, Jaymes Osbourne and Sasha Smith -- A Kokandy Christmas is a mix of stories and songs, sprinkled with new musical arrangements of new and old favorites by Michael Potsic and Aaron Benham. Settle in and make yourself at home for a family-sized portion of holiday cheer!
Space Warps: Revenge of the Recaps Dec 3 - Dec 27, 2015  
Under The Gun Theater Space Warps: Revenge of the Recaps
With the imminent release of The Force Awakens this winter, the world is once again descending into Star Wars mania. Many people may be tempted to watch the first six movies in order to prepare for this latest installment. Under The Gun Theater will be offering a better way for fans to catch up before the big release with their unauthorized parody recap show, Space Warps: Revenge of the Recaps. The show covers the plot of all six movies, compressing them into a single hour of comedy. It features light sabers and blasters, puppets and a surprising variety of ways for female characters to braid their hair.
Steampunk Christmas Carol Dec 3 - Dec 6, 2015  
Pendulum Theater Space Steampunk Christmas Carol
Charles Dickens meets Jules Verne ("the Father of Science Fiction") in EDGE Theater and Steampunk Chicago's inventive reimagining of the classic holiday tale A Christmas Carol. Set in fanciful Victorian England, mechanized ghosts tell of the fate of a world without Christmas. In this land of industry, populated with strange machines powered by gas, gears and electricity, Scrooge comes to realize that the best investment man can make is in mankind. Witness the revolution of a soul when Jared McDaris' Steampunk Christmas Carol swings into Chicago's Pendulum Space.
Merry Christmas, Mulch Pile! Dec 3 - Dec 6, 2015  
Mercy Street Theatre at Hairpin Arts Center Merry Christmas, Mulch Pile!
Santa Claus is done with Christmas. No more gifts, no more carols, no more cheer. While on his final sweep of the globe, Saint Nick befriends Laura, a young trans woman just coming to terms with her identity. Santa hides while Laura struggles to be seen as they search for the thing between selfish and selfless.
Miracle on 34th Street: A Radio Play Dec 3 - Dec 20, 2015  
The Artistic Home Miracle on 34th Street: A Radio Play
Delivered as an old-time radio play, complete with onstage sound effects, Miracle on 34th Street is perfect for families looking for a fun outing that captures the spirit of the season. Full of laughs, holiday magic and music, Miracle on 34th Street tells the story of a department store Santa who claims to be the one and only Kris Kringle. Can he prove to the world that Santa is real while making one-little girl's dreams come true?
Exit Dec 3 - Dec 20, 2015  
The Greenhouse Theater Center Exit
See the world through the eyes of Lucy, a woman with bipolar disorder, as she exposes the private wars we're all waging just beneath the surface. Using music, movement and theater, the Greenhouse Theater Center ensemble aims to remove the stigma that surrounds mental illness and create a platform for discussion. In this genre-defying work, six performers are joined by two dancers who personify Lucy's inner plight for normality, creating a visual representation of her personal turmoil. With Lucy as a common denominator, the characters in Exit each demonstrate how we create our own illusions of happiness, stifling our ability to feel fear -- and love -- in the process.
Ask Your Doctor Dec 3 - Feb 11, 2016  
Annoyance Theatre Ask Your Doctor
"Ask Your Doctor" tells the story of a newly hired sales rep who quickly learns what great lengths the pill companies will go to in order to maximize profits. Jillian Mueller ("Trigger Happy," "Angela of Death," "Slamazons!") who both directs and developed the concept for the show, says her inspiration came from a fascination and disgust with the status quo of an under reported, often insidious multi-billion dollar industry.
Twist Your Dickens Dec 4 - Dec 27, 2015  
Goodman Theatre Twist Your Dickens
The Second City's irreverent and interactive seasonal satire Twist Your Dickens returns for a second smash year with hilarious new surprises. Scrooge, Tiny Tim, three ridiculous ghosts and a cast of Second City's funniest members take the Owen stage by storm as wicked parody and daring improv run rampant. Written by former The Colbert Report writers Peter Gwinn and Bobby Mort and featuring nods to beloved yuletide specials, Twist Your Dickens makes for a heaping host of holiday hilarity.
The Nutcracker Dec 4 - Dec 27, 2015  
The Joffrey Ballet at Auditorium Theatre The Nutcracker
Since premiering in 1987, Joffrey Ballet's production of The Nutcracker has become America's favorite Nutcracker, touring coast to coast more than any other. This beloved holiday masterpiece for the whole family features the entire ballet company, plus local children's choruses, young dancers and the Chicago Philharmonic performing Tchaikovsky's famous score live. It's the magical tale of young Clara, whose Christmas gift of a nutcracker comes to life and brings her to a fantastic winter wonderland. With larger-than-life scenery and entertaining storytelling, Joffrey's performance is an evening of pure enchantment and a glorious holiday tradition.
Happy Holly-daze - A Drinking Game Performance Dec 4 - Dec 19, 2015  
Cornservatory Happy Holly-daze - A Drinking Game Performance
It's the most wonderful time for a beer at Corn Productions as we present Happy Holly-daze: A Drinking Game Performance. Now in its fourth year, the beloved holiday show blends original sketch comedy and drinking games... with a twist of holiday cheer. The Rockettes ain't got nothin' on this BYOB holiday blowout! Get blitzed with Blitzen. Rowdy with Rudolph. Drunk with... Santa. Make this a December to vaguely remember.
Yippee Ki-Yay, Merry Christmas Dec 4 - Jan 9, 2016  
MCL Chicago Yippee Ki-Yay, Merry Christmas
It's Christmas Eve at Nakatomi Plaza in downtown Los Angeles. New York cop Bruce McClane is there to rekindle love between himself and his estranged wife. Everyone seems headed toward a merry Christmas until Hans Solo and his group of German terrorists take everyone in the building hostage...except McClane.
The Toy Shoppe Dec 4  
McAninch Arts Center The Toy Shoppe
Pop-country music legend Kenny Rogers ("The Gambler," "Islands in the Stream") wagered he could turn a segment from his annual Christmas show into a full-fledged family musical, and now The Toy Shoppe comes to the stage at The Mac, starring Alan Thicke (Growing Pains). Thicke may be best known as an actor, not to mention as the father of pop phenomenon Robin and the star of his own reality show Unusually Thicke, but he has his own set of powerful pipes, and he'll put them to good use in this sweet seasonal story that The New York Times calls "a glorious homespun family delight." Rogers created the story and penned 11 original songs for the show, which is set in a small toy store that's home to lots of holiday magic.

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