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Jacob Marley's Christmas Carol Dec 8 - Dec 11, 2016  
Organic Theater Company at Meiley-Swallow Hall Jacob Marley's Christmas Carol
 
Everybody knows the story of Ebenezer Scrooge's miraculous redemption, but what about his late business partner, Jacob Marley? Marley, after all, was the ghost responsible for the old miser's transformation, so isn't it time he got a little recognition? In the funny and heartwarming Jacob Marley's Christmas Carol, he does. Chained and shackled, Marley is condemned to a hellish eternity. He's even given his own private tormentor: a malicious sprite who thoroughly enjoys her work. To escape his own bonds, Marley must first redeem Scrooge. So begins a journey of laughter and terror, redemption and renewal, during which Scrooge's heart is opened -- but not before Marley discovers his own. This is the eighth annual production of Tom Mula's adaptation of Dickens' classic at Naperville's Meiley-Swallow Theatre.
 
   
The Comedy Roast of Mr. Scrooge Dec 8 - Dec 23, 2016  
Chicago Theatre Works The Comedy Roast of Mr. Scrooge
 
From Tiny Tim to the Ghosts of Christmases Past, Present, and Future, all of the beloved characters from A Christmas Carol finally get their chance to tell Scrooge what's coming to him in words that Charles Dickens never even knew. Straying far from certain local productions of Dicken's holiday classic, this irreverent and raucous show is the perfect anecdote for those who prefer a little more spice and a little less nice to their x-mases.
 
   
The Haven Place Dec 8 - Dec 30, 2016  
A Red Orchid Theatre The Haven Place
 
Seven kids must travel across a country unmade by the Elder Gods in a 1988 Winnebago SuperChief Motorhome to find what may be the last safe pocket of Humanity: a small town in northern Canada.
 
   
Honky Tonk Angels Dec 9 - Jan 29, 2017  
Theo Ubique Cabaret Theatre at No Exit Cafe Honky Tonk Angels
 
The perfect follow-up to Ted Swindley's Always Patsy Cline, a hit for Theo Ubique in 2014, Swindley's Honky Tonk Angels combines country hit songs combined with a hilarious story about three gutsy good ole gals who follow their dreams to Nashville. Taking its title from Kitty Wells 1951 song, "It Wasn't God Who Made Honky Tonk Angels," the score includes 30 classic country songs including "Stand by Your Man," "Coal Miner's Daughter," "9 to 5," "I Will Always Love You," and "Harper Valley PTA." BroadwayWorld called it "a charming, foot-stompin' musical" with "a hilarious story."
 
   
The Hip Hop Nutcracker Dec 9  
Rosemont Theatre The Hip Hop Nutcracker
 
Pirouettes are replaced with popping, and Tchaikovsky's iconic score gets remixed with live hip hop interludes by DJ Boo and legendary rapper Kurtis Blow in this streetwise reimagining of the ballet masterpiece, The Nutcracker. Set in a nightclub in 1980s Brooklyn, this innovative rendition puts a charge into the holiday classic with a supercharged cast of all-star dancers, breathtaking digital scenery and an onstage electric violinist. Following its successful sold-out tour across the United States and Russia, you won't want to miss out on all the fun as this new Yuletide classic comes to Rosemont Theatre.
 
   
Gross Indecency: The Three Trials of Oscar Wilde Dec 9 - Dec 18, 2016  
Promethean Theatre Ensemble at City Lit Theater Gross Indecency: The Three Trials of Oscar Wilde
 
Moises Kaufman's enduring drama of Oscar Wilde's three trials for homosexual behavior in late 19th Century England will be presented through a new lens with the casting of female actors in some of the roles traditionally played by men.
 
   
A Christmas Carol: An Evening of Dickensian Delights Dec 9 - Dec 18, 2016  
Indian Boundary Park A Christmas Carol:  An Evening of Dickensian Delights
 
Adapted directly from the novel by Rachel Martindale, this version is a time traveling experience including the sights, sounds, smells and tastes of a Victorian Christmas. Come and enjoy the decorations, the Victorian Carols, spiced cider and cookies before the show (all included with the admission ticket). Then join Scrooge as he is led by the ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Future in a journey 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 -- this show is 80 minutes without intermission.
 
   
Steampunk Christmas Carol Dec 9 - Dec 18, 2016  
Heartland Studio Theatre 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 Heartland Studio.
 
   
She's Folks' Holiday Hootenanny! Dec 9 - Dec 18, 2016  
Athenaeum Theatre She's Folks' Holiday Hootenanny!
 
She's Folks! is a little bit country, a little bit rock 'n' roll, and a lot of laughs. Journey from the big city to Midwestern farm country and back again through folk and country music, hilarious stories, soaring harmonies, and a wry view of the folks back home. With a relaxed stage presence and style, Morgan and her band introduce the audience to eccentric characters, absurd situations, and touching observations. It's a postcard to the country from a kid who couldn't wait to leave.
 
   
The Nutcracker Dec 10 - Dec 30, 2016  
The Joffrey Ballet at Auditorium Theatre The Nutcracker
 
Discover the magic of Chicago's mysterious 1893 World's Fair through the eyes of a child in the Joffrey's astounding new Nutcracker -- brilliantly reimagined by Tony Award-winning choreographer Wheeldon. Be part of dance history as we celebrate our beloved city and unlock a world of wonder for the 21st century. An electrifying holiday tale that will leave you breathless.
 
   
Cirque Musica Holiday Spectacular Dec 10  
Rosemont Theatre Cirque Musica Holiday Spectacular
 
Combining some of the world's greatest circus performers with a live symphony orchestra, Cirque Musica transforms its one-of-a-kind show into a winter wonderland spectacular. Set to a program of favorite holiday songs, these veteran performers of Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus and Cirque du Soleil perform amazing feats of athleticism and grace. Soaring aerialists and acrobats defy gravity while strongmen and jugglers pull off the impossible. If you're looking for something a little different than your typical Christmas show, the Cirque Musica Holiday Spectacular is sure to get you in the Yultetide spirit while giving you a unique and entertaining experience. Catch all the high-flying fun at the Rosemont Theatre in Chicago.
 
   
The Magic Flute Dec 10 - Jan 27, 2017  
Lyric Opera The Magic Flute
 
Who can fail to be delighted and moved by the triumph of love and goodness in The Magic Flute? Join us for this operatic fairytale as Prince Tamino strives for the hand of Pamina, accompanied by his lovable sidekick Papageno. You'll meet the evil Queen of the Night - with her stratospheric high notes and show-stopping arias - and the virtuous high priest Sarastro in a story that encompasses both the real and the fantastical. Revel in this combination of heartwarming comedy and true heroism, and the unparalleled genius and beauty of Mozart's music. A wonderful introduction to opera for all ages
 
   
A Christmas Carol Dec 10 - Dec 11, 2016  
Ignite Theatre at Catalyst Ranch A Christmas Carol
 
Ignite Theatre presents A Christmas Carol like you've never experienced before. This interactive, immersive new take on the holiday classic brings the audience along on a 1 hour tour through the unique and creative rooms of The Catalyst Ranch. Everyone is encouraged to participate in the beloved story from dancing all cares away at The Fezziwig Ball to helping Mrs. Cratchit prepare her house for an unforgettable Christmas feast. Bring your whole family along and make a day celebrating the holiday season here in Chicago.
 
   
Miracle on 34th Street: A Radio Play Dec 10 - Dec 18, 2016  
The Artistic Home Miracle on 34th Street: A Radio Play
 
The ever-relevant story of the overworked Macy's Department Store public relations executive and the young daughter she raises to be too realistic to be believe in Santa Claus will be delivered as an old-time radio play complete with onstage sound effects by The Artistic Home company for six performances only. Miracle on 34th Street: A Radio Play 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: A Radio Play tells how the department store Santa who comes in to Macy's as an emergency substitute challenges the mother and daughter's refusal to believe when he claims to be the one and only Kris Kringle. Can he prove to them and the world that Santa is real while making one little girl's dreams come true?
 
   
The Phantom Of The Opera Dec 14 - Jan 8, 2017  
Cadillac Palace Theatre The Phantom Of The Opera
 
Based on the classic novel Le Fantôme de L'Opera by Gaston Leroux, THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA tells the story of a masked figure who lurks beneath the catacombs of the Paris Opera House, exercising a reign of terror over all who inhabit it. He falls madly in love with an innocent young soprano, Christine, and devotes himself to creating a new star by nurturing her extraordinary talents and by employing all of the devious methods at his command.
 
   
The Winter's Tale Dec 14 - Dec 21, 2016  
Chicago Shakespeare Theater The Winter's Tale
 
In December, the award-winning British company Cheek by Jowl returns to Chicago with a new production of one of Shakespeare's greatest plays. Writing The Winter's Tale after completing his great tragedies, this is a new Shakespeare. Unity of time, place and action are hurled aside as we move across Europe-from court to country, from high tragedy to low comedy-in a story that spans fourteen years. A delusional and paranoid king tears his family apart, but the struggle for redemption yields flickers of hope. Initial darkness gives way to joy as Time leads the characters to a shattering conclusion.
 
   
The Weir Dec 15 - Jan 22, 2017  
Irish Theatre of Chicago at The Den Theatre The Weir
 
An enigmatic young woman from Dublin finds herself the center of attention at a local pub. Pints in hand, the local barflies recount ghostly yarns of the supernatural to impress and entertain her, but it is the visitor herself who relates the most unsettling story of all. McPherson wrote the hauntingly beautiful and humorous play The Weir at the age of 26, winning the Olivier Award for Best New Play, and the Evening Standard Award for Most Promising Playwright.
 
   

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