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The Second City's Holidazed and Confused Revue Dec 4 - Dec 20, 2015  
Paramount Theatre The Second City's Holidazed and Confused Revue
Second City's annual holiday engagement in downtown Aurora is a seasonal must-see, thanks to their famous skits, naughty songs and so, so many laughs. The Paramount's 173-seat Copley Theatre - a space so intimate, you're up close and personal with all that Second City fun - is the ideal setting, and convenient too. No need to go to downtown Chicago to experience their funny, festive show - get some eggnog, get out to Aurora and get ready to laugh.
Fifty Shades of Grey in Fifty Minutes Dec 4 - Dec 18, 2015  
Under The Gun Theater Fifty Shades of Grey in Fifty Minutes
From the makers of the hit comedy show, "Porn Minus Porn," this new production highlights the tone-deaf dialogue from hopeless ingenue Anastasia Steele and creepy billionaire stalker Christian Grey. The Under the Gun Ensemble will read their scripts for the first time live on stage to help convey the same acting style as Dakota Johnson and Jamie Dornan.
Maul Santa Dec 4 - Dec 19, 2015  
The Public House Theatre Maul Santa
Christmas is in danger! After 1,000 years of marriage, Mr. and Mrs. Claus' relationship is on the rocks. As their tension boils over during one of their routine mall stops, a zombie invasion breaks out, threatening to destroy the holiday season. Can Mr. and Mrs. Claus work past their differences to save not only Christmas but life as we know it Will they mend their fractured relationship before humanity is doomed? Time to get locked and loaded for this action packed Zombie Rock Musical!
Twas The Fight Before Christmas Dec 4 - Dec 5, 2015  
Robert Frosty Theatre Company at Gorilla Tango Theatre Twas The Fight Before Christmas
Tired of your typical, old, Christmas stories? Looking to liven up your holidays? 'Twas the Fight Before Christmas takes all your favorite Christmas tales like Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer and Frosty the Snowman and throws them in a world where carnage and bad puns reign supreme!
Boom Dec 4 - Dec 13, 2015  
Honest Theatre at Flat Iron Arts Building Boom
"Sex to change the course of the world!" This is the promise made in an online personal ad that unites Jules, a grad student in marine biology, and Jo, a journalism student, in a small underground laboratory. As Jo aggressively seduces Jules, she learns that his descriptor was a little more literal than she had originally thought. Jules, studying the recently strange behavior of beaugregory damselfish, has deduced that the world is going to end - tonight. Join us for this hilarious tale of the apocalypse and the unlikely pair brought together by fate to repopulate the Earth.
Great Russian Nutcracker Dec 6  
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.
Bel Canto Dec 7 - Jan 17, 2016  
Lyric Opera Bel Canto
The novel and opera are inspired by the Peruvian hostage crisis of 1996-97, triggered when a diplomatic party at the Japanese ambassador's mansion was commandeered by revolutionaries posing as waiters. After a siege lasting four months, government troops stormed the mansion, rescuing most of the hostages. López, then an 18-year-old composer, watched the daily news reports at home in Lima. When general director Anthony Freud, Fleming, and Davis asked him in 2011 to write an opera based on the novel, "that was when I felt the stars were aligning," López recalls. "I had a very personal connection with the material." He adds that librettist Nilo Cruz "served as a bridge between me and Ann Patchett's novel."
A Carpenters' Christmas Dec 8  
Metropolis Performing Arts Centre A Carpenters' Christmas
While The Carpenters are known for over a dozen chart topping hits, they also won over their fans with their Christmas celebrations. Singer and playwright Lisa Rock and her 6-piece backing band are keeping The Carpenters' holiday traditions alive and bringing their unforgettable Christmas songs to the stage. Based on the music of The Carpenters' two holiday albums and Christmas variety shows, and featuring "Merry Christmas Darling" and the jazzy "Santa Claus is Comin' to Town," it's a holiday concert that spreads joy and cheer to all.
Sherlock Holmes and the Case of the Christmas Goose Dec 9 - Jan 3, 2016  
Raven Theatre Sherlock Holmes and the Case of the Christmas Goose
When the world's greatest detective finds a stolen gem inside a Christmas goose, he and his trusty sidekick Dr. Watson set off on one of their patented adventures in Sherlock Holmes and the Case of the Christmas Goose. A stage adaptation of one of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's most popular stories -- "The Adventure of the Blue Carbuncle" -- this hour-long comedy-mystery is a charming holiday whodunit that follows the famous duo as they attempt to track down the mystery in Yuletide London. Beloved for its closing sing-along and festive live accompaniment, this ever-popular show returns for its annual engagement at Raven Theatre with a new selection of songs and dances.
The Orchestra Dec 9 - Jan 10, 2016  
Akvavit Theatre at Rivendell Theatre The Orchestra
The Orchestra follows a group of has-been rockers who've been playing weddings for peanuts. But when a band-mates famous sister visits them at a gig - they see an opportunity for one fimnal push for fame. It's "Fargo meets This Is Spinal Tap" in a performance that has all of Finland abuzz - and that's saying something in a land where extroverted Finns look at your shoes when they talk!
The Eight Reindeer Monologues Dec 9 - Dec 27, 2015  
Foundlings Theatre Company at City Lit Theater The Eight Reindeer Monologues
In this wickedly dark comedy, scandal erupts at the North Pole when one of Santa's eight tiny reindeer accuses him of ungentlemanly conduct. As mass media descends upon the event, the other members of the team demand to have their say, and a horrific tale of corruption and perversion emerges, which seems to implicate everyone from the littlest elf to the tainted Saint himself. Director Cheryl Snodgrass, (one of the original producer/directors in 1994 -Madison WI- and The Reader's Critic's Choice in the 1996 Chicago remount) returns to this show's helm as The Eight continues to be politically relevant even after 21 years. Not for the faint of heart or those easily offended. Or children.
Jacob Marley's Christmas Carol Dec 10 - Dec 13, 2015  
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.
Tidings of Tap! Dec 11 - Dec 13, 2015  
UIC Theatre Tidings of Tap!
Chicago Tap Theatre celebrates the holiday season true to form, choreographing an energetic evening of dance to seasonal standards and lesser known holiday songs in this show for the whole family. Described by the Chicago Tribune as "undeniably charming and wholesome fun," Tidings of Tap! is choreographed by Yonally, Kirsten Uttich, Richard Ashworth and Caleb Teicher and is a performance that captures the spirit of the holidays through joyful noise - celebrating Christmas, Chanukah and the winter season.
Baritones Unbound Dec 11 - Jan 3, 2016  
Royal George Theatre Baritones Unbound
Conceived by three-time Tony Award nominee Marc Kudisch, and written by Kudisch along with Broadway veteran Merwin Foard, Metropolitan Opera star Jeff Mattsey, and Musical Director Timothy Splain, BARITONES UNBOUND explores "the uncommon voice of the common man." Starting in 1791 with the first major baritone role, Papageno in Mozart's The Magic Flute, our Baritone guides create for our eyes and ears each musical period raising the Baritone's stature making him hero, anti-hero, and ultimately the romantic voice of the common man. Using theatrical and musical mechanisms, world-renowned voices but, above all, a lot of comedy, Broadway star Marc Kudisch, and international opera stars Nathan Gunn (amusingly referred to as the Barihunk or the Hunkitone) and Mark Delavan (The Voice of God) give you an unforgettable, laugh-filled, thoughtful and ultimately moving musical theatrical evening.
The Second City's Holidazed Dec 11 - Dec 31, 2015  
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!
Dynamite Divas Dec 12 - Jan 24, 2016  
Black Ensemble Theater Dynamite Divas
What happens when you put Aretha Franklin, Nancy Wilson and Gladys Knight together in the same room for a day? Well you certainly get some great nostalgic music that's for sure. Originally presented in 2001, Dynamite Divas also features a spiritual visit from Nina Simone and Whitney Houston, with a guest appearance from Queen Beyonce (not the real one!) who asks the Diva, "And Why Not Me."
Tinsel! The Musical Dec 12 - Dec 27, 2015  
Li'l Buds Theatre Company at No Exit Cafe Tinsel! The Musical
A nearsighted reindeer is stuck living a humdrum life as a clumsy waitress at Frosty the Snowman's diner until her life changes and she becomes a famous recording artist in the family holiday show Tinsel! The Musical. Featuring a unique blend of country, jazz, blues and pop music, Tinsel! is a toe-tapping tale that is perfect for everyone, teaching audience members young and old about the rewards of being true to yourself and following your dreams, no matter how far-fetched they seem.

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