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Burning Bluebeard Dec 16 - Dec 18, 2016  
The Ruffians at Neo-Futurists 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 performance 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 17 - Dec 18, 2016  
McAninch Arts Center The Nutcracker
 
With eye-popping costumes, stirring choreography and Tchaikovsky's timeless score played by the New Philharmonic Orchestra, Von Heidecke's Chicago Festival Ballet's production of The Nutcracker will enchant the entire family. This annual holiday ballet tells the story of a young girl named Clara who receives a magical nutcracker doll one Christmas Eve and sets out on a wondrous journey to the Land of the Snow and the Kingdom of Sweets. McAninch Arts Center is the perfect place to experience this much-beloved ballet that always dazzles with its battling mice, dancing snowflakes, waltzing flowers and the delightful Sugar Plum Fairy.
 
   
Tidings of Tap! Dec 18  
Chicago Tap Theatre at North Shore Center for the Performing Arts Tidings of Tap!
 
Chicago Tap Theatre presents a new version of its venerable Holiday offering at a new venue, the North Shore Center for the Performing Arts, just in time for Tidings' 10th Anniversary and the 20th Anniversary of co-producer the North Shore Center for the Performing Arts. For the first time CTT is adding a light narrative about a young girl (played by Russian Rhythmic Gymnast Master Dasha Merkulov) as she goes on a journey through the wintry woods. While audiences hear many of their favorite seasonal tunes, they also experience an array of performances including a guest appearance by the stilt concert dancers from Kristina Isabelle Dance Company and an opportunity for local tap performers to join the Holiday production*.. Tidings of Tap! has been described by the Chicago Tribune as "undeniably charming and wholesome fun."
 
   
Die Fledermaus Dec 26 - Jan 1, 2017  
Light Opera Works at Cahn Auditorium Die Fledermaus
 
Husband and wife meet at a party neither is supposed to be attending -- and he unwittingly woos his disguised mate. Johann Strauss' ode to champagne and indiscretion features many famous melodies loved the world over.
 
   
The Second City's Holidazed Dec 28 - Dec 31, 2016  
Metropolis Performing Arts Centre The Second City's Holidazed
 
Hear that? Yes, it's the sound of bells a-jingling already. Next thing you know dreidels are spinning and pumpkin-spiced everything is everywhere. Now your family is in town, you're numbed to frosty snowmen and Black Friday bargains...and it's not even December! Thankfully The Second City is here with the perfect upheaval of your holiday malaise: Holidazed bursts the monotony of the season with a riotous send-up of all things holiday. Put your turkey baster down and bring the whole family to laugh until your cheeks flush with ho-ho-holidazed joy!
 
   
Vanya (or "That's Life") Jan 5 - Feb 3, 2017  
Rasaka Theatre Company at Edge Theatre Vanya (or
 
Anton Chekhov's Uncle Vanya continues to be one of the greatest and continually relevant of plays - concerned with family relationships, broken hearts, and the rampant disappointment of midlife crisis. In this hilarious and sharp reinvention, there is great providence in the shattering of a teacup, time moves backwards, and our bored, sad Chekhovian friends have a tendency to lapse into singing American Indie folk tunes. What could be more Russian? Or American?
 
   
Men On Boats Jan 6 - Feb 12, 2017  
American Theater Company Men On Boats
 
Ten explorers set out on four boats to map the raging rapids of the Green and Colorado Rivers on the government's first sanctioned expedition in the American West. Playwright Jaclyn Backhaus and director Will Davis team up again on this play, originally produced by Clubbed Thumb and returning to Playwrights Horizons in New York this summer, in Davis' first production as ATC's artistic director. Performed by a genderfluid cast of women and folks otherwise defined, Men On Boats takes back 1869.
 
   
The Sundial Jan 6 - Feb 12, 2017  
City Lit Theater The Sundial
 
It's the evening of the funeral of Lionel Halloran, master of Halloran House. Was Lionel's mysterious death from a fall down stairs murder? Lionel's widow, Maryjane, believes it was the work of Lionel's mother, Orianna, who will now inherit the ornate estate with a strange sundial in the middle of its grounds. This eerie and suspenseful 1958 novel by the author of The Lottery, The Haunting of Hill House and We Have Always Lived in the Castle will be brought to the City Lit stage in a World Premiere adaptation written and directed by Paul Edwards, who previously adapted Shirley Jackson's We Have Always Lived in the Castle and The Haunting of Hill House for City Lit.
 
   
Eurydice Jan 6 - Feb 11, 2017  
Promethean Theatre at Athenaeum Theatre Eurydice
 
Whisked down to the underworld on her wedding day, Eurydice tries to make sense of her memories and her passions, and poignantly reconnects with her long-dead father, even as her heartbroken groom seeks to wrench her back into the life she left behind. Ruhl's atmospheric play combines off-kilter, playful comedy with a wistful yearning for meaning and human connection. The New York Times' Charles Isherwood, in reviewing the play's 2007 production at New York's Second Stage Theatre, called it "a weird and wonderful new play."
 
   
Her America Jan 6 - Feb 12, 2017  
The Greenhouse Theater Center Her America
 
Lori hides in a Midwest basement as the world upstairs spins out of her control. Below the fray, she searches through the artifacts of her own history. She finds an imposing steamer trunk, a wedding dress, and a host of other relics that force her to confront where it all went astray. Was it the day she married Dan? The morning a stranger from her past reappeared? Or the night she put a secret in the trunk, changing her family forever? A deeply American mystery told entrancingly by award-winning actress Kate Buddeke, Her America will leave you breathless as each piece of her story comes out of the cellar, and into the light.
 
   
First Time or Fan Jan 6 - Feb 24, 2017  
Under The Gun Theater First Time or Fan
 
A funny and fast-paced fusion of musical theater and improv comedy, First Time or Fan presents a different show each and every week. Performed in two acts, the first part of the show finds some of Chicago's finest musical theatre performers (the titular "fans") delivering two to four songs from a real musical, and then it's time for the "first timers" to take the stage. With no more knowledge of the source material than the few songs they've just seen performed, these improv comedians will deliver their off-the-cuff interpretation of that musical in 15 hilarious minutes. With a little something for just about everyone, you're sure to enjoy First Time or Fan at Chicago's Under the Gun Theater.
 
   
What of the Night? Jan 8 - Feb 12, 2017  
Chicago's Cor Theater and Stage Left Theatre at Theater Wit What of the Night?
 
A finalist for the 1990 Pulitzer Prize, What of the Night? interweaves four one-acts that follow an extended family whose lives are intricately intertwined even as they try to escape the ties that bind them. When Birdie, a just-married 14-year-old leaves her impoverished home to seek a better life, she unwittingly sets in motion a sprawling epic spanning time and geography. Her daughter Rainbow finds love. Her son Charlie finds solace in loyalty. Her son Ray finds the trappings of success. For each, survival and the preservation of loved ones is the name of the game. Though their yearnings are briefly rewarded, Fornes's lyrical play lays bare the difference between the hunger of the soul and the hunger of the ego.
 
   
Psychonaut Librarians Jan 11 - Feb 12, 2017  
The New Colony at The Den Theatre Psychonaut Librarians
 
The library is closed. The curtains are drawn. A Bunsen burner flicks on in the dark. The librarians sip their glowing elixir and the room spins with color and light. One more time. One last fight at the barrier between reality... and the anyverse.
 
   
A Disappearing Number Jan 11 - Apr 9, 2017  
TimeLine Theatre Company A Disappearing Number
 
Told in a whirlwind of vignettes spanning history and time, A DISAPPEARING NUMBER is a love letter to numbers, blending the beauty of everyday relationships with the mysticism of the cosmos. The play is based on the true story of Srinivasa Ramanujan, a self-taught mathematician in rural India who, in 1913, sent a letter to famed mathematician G.H. Hardy filled with astonishing mathematical theorems. Meanwhile, in the present, a math professor and a businessman fall in love. As these two pairs wind their way through the course of their lives in different eras, they grapple with the beautiful mysteries of mathematics and the patterns found within the universe and themselves.
 
   
Blues for an Alabama Sky Jan 12 - Feb 12, 2017  
Court Theatre Blues for an Alabama Sky
 
In the midst of the Great Depression, the creative spirit of New York's Harlem Renaissance struggles with harsher realities. Angel and Guy, emerging artists with grand dreams, live next door to the more serious and political Delia, a social worker with the goal to open a community family planning clinic. Each must face their own hardships head on, but always with hope for a better life close at hand. They search for a way to keep their dreams of love, career, and service alive in times of economic despair, and they learn that the Great Depression can't destroy the source of their creative spirit.
 
   
The Library Jan 12 - Feb 4, 2017  
Level 11 Theatre at The Den Theatre The Library
 
The Library tells the story of Caitlin Gabriel, who survives a deadly shooting at her high school. She struggles to tell her story to her parents, the authorities, and anyone who will listen. But there are other narratives that gain purchase in the media and paint her in a different light. The Library is a bold and chilling play that asks us to examine our relationship to the truth, and the lies that claim to heal us.
 
   
Priscilla, Queen of the Desert Jan 12 - Feb 12, 2017  
Pride Arts Center - The Broadway Priscilla, Queen of the Desert
 
Priscilla, Queen of the Desert the Musical is the heartwarming, uplifting adventure of three friends, Tick, Bernadette and Adam, a glamorous Sydney-based performing trio who agree to take their show to the middle of the Australian outback. They hop aboard a battered old bus (nicknamed Priscilla) searching for love and friendship and end up finding more than they ever could have ever dreamed of. With a dazzling array of John Nasca costumes and a hit parade of dance floor favorites including "It's Raining Men," "I Will Survive," Hot Stuff," "Go West," "Girls Just Wanna Have Fun," and "I Love the Nightlife," this wildly funny and touching musical is a journey to the heart of FABULOUS! This Tony Award-winning musical based on the smash-hit movie of the same name enjoyed a 16-month run on Broadway.
 
   

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