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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.
 
   
Christmas Bingo: It's a Ho-Ho-Holy Night Nov 28 - Jan 4, 2015  
Royal George Theatre Christmas Bingo: It's a Ho-Ho-Holy Night
 
In this interactive comedy, audience members play bingo while also answering questions about Christmas traditions, the origin of St. Nick, where do candy canes come from, miracles in the Bible . . . and the funniest true and false quiz about St. Nick and the Baby Jesus you'll ever find. Add to that a box of wacky prizes, fun bingo cards, and a lot of Catholic humor.
 
   
A Very Orwellian Christmas Special Nov 28 - Dec 21, 2014  
Royal George Theatre A Very Orwellian Christmas Special
 
What could be better than celebrating Christmas every single day? While this may sound like a dream come true for those of you overflowing with holiday spirit, in A Very Orwellian Christmas Special it's a reality, and it's anything but dreamy. This dystopian, noir-influenced comedy from the Royal George Theatre finds Santa ruling the world with an iron mitten like a not-so-holly-jolly overlord. But two revolutionaries -- Dirk Action and Holly Day -- are willing to do whatever it takes to make their way through Santa's elven minions and overthrow the big man in red.
 
   
The Eight Reindeer Monologues Nov 28 - Dec 13, 2014  
Cuckoo's Theater Project at Theatre Momentum Studio The Eight Reindeer Monologues
 
Make no mistake about it, these reindeer games from The Cuckoo's Theater Project are definitely for adults only. This dark-as-coal Christmas favorite by award-winning playwright Jeff Goode (Love Loves a Pornographer) finds the North Pole a hotbed of scandal after one of Santa's eight tiny reindeer accuses him of a little jolly old sexual harassment. As the media catches the scent of scandal and invades Santa's sanctuary, the rest of the reindeer chime in with their own perspectives. The result: a heinous (and hilarious) tale of perversion and corruption -- entangling everyone from the littlest elf in the workshop to the tainted Saint himself -- that's sure to have those with a slightly twisted sense of humor howling this holiday season.
 
   
When Harry Met Irving Nov 28  
Skokie Theatre When Harry Met Irving
 
A terrific entertainment option for the Thanksgiving holiday weekend, the cabaret concert, conceived by Rossignuolo-Rice, will feature music by two of the greatest contributors to the Great American Songbook, Harold Arlen and Irving Berlin appealing to audiences across several generations.
 
   
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.
 
   
Rudolph the Red-Hosed Reindeer Nov 29 - Jan 2, 2015  
Hell In A Handbag Productions at Mary's Attic Rudolph the Red-Hosed Reindeer
 
Break out your high heels and fishnets, it's time once again for Rudolph the Red-Hosed Reindeer. Back for its 17th run, David Cerda's irreverent parody of the classic children's television special has become a beloved (but twisted) holiday tradition. It's the longest-running show featuring a transvestite reindeer in the history of Chicago, and probably also of the world. With the economy in a rut, nobody believes in Santa anymore and he doesn't even believe in himself. As more and more elves are laid off, morale and morals hit an all-time low. Meanwhile Mrs. Claus, now a raging alcoholic, is wreaking havoc at the North Pole. In the middle of all this chaos, a transvestite Rudolph and his misfit friends -- Herbie the "not gay-enough elf" and Yukon Cornelia, the butch prospector with a deep, dark secret -- search for their own unique brand of happiness and accidentally save Christmas while they're at it. Every year, the show produces new tricks and this year is no exception.
 
   
I And You Nov 29 - Jan 4, 2015  
Redtwist Theatre I And You
 
I And You is the uniquely riveting story of two young people who, despite being polar opposites, make a strong connection and come to an understanding about the critical things in life, such as compassion, tolerance, and love. She is artsy; he's an athlete. She's particular; he is easygoing. She's anxious and depressed; he's joyous and vital. She is ill; he is robust. The only thing they have in common is that they are classmates, collaborating on a school project about the stunning, earthy poetry of Walt Whitman. I And You is the funny and deeply moving story about making a meaningful connection when nearly all hope is lost.
 
   
Anyone Can Dreidel Nov 29 - Dec 20, 2014  
MCL Chicago Anyone Can Dreidel
 
Improvised Sondheim Project will begin each performance by asking the audience for a suggestion of a most awkward holiday memory. The ensemble will then transform that suggestion into an original musical using the styles and literary themes of composer and lyricist Stephen Sondheim (Into The Woods, Sweeney Todd, Company). Anyone can dreidel. But should we? Really?
 
   
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.
 
   

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