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White Christmas, the Musical Oct 29 - Jan 3, 2016  
Drury Lane- Oakbrook White Christmas, the Musical
Celebrate the holiday season with Irving Berlin's White Christmas, the merry and bright stage production based on the classic silver screen romantic comedy. When two former Army buddies, who are now Broadway performers, follow a sister act booked at a charming Vermont Inn, they soon discover that it is owned by their former commander. With no snow and no customers, the General is nearly bankrupt. To save the lodge, the two acts team up and put on a festive show packed with Irving Berlin favorites like Blue Skies, Count Your Blessings, I Love a Piano, and, of course, White Christmas. White Christmas is joyful entertainment for the entire family and will have audiences dreaming of tree tops glistening and sleigh bells in the snow.
The 4th Graders Present An Unnamed Love-Suicide Oct 30 - Nov 8, 2015  
The Hypocrites at The Den Theatre The 4th Graders Present An Unnamed Love-Suicide
Fourth grader Johnny shoots himself, leaving behind a play as a suicide note that the kids in his class are forced to perform as a memorial. As friends and bullies assume the roles of Johnny and his classmates, a heartbreaking, darkly curious story emerges, offering a glimpse into the motivation behind Johnny's actions.
The Firestorm Oct 30 - Nov 29, 2015  
Stage Left Theatre at Theater Wit The Firestorm
Gaby and Patrick, an interracial political power couple hot on the campaign trail, are thrust into the center of a media frenzy when a racially charged incident from Patrick's past surfaces. As the pressure intensifies, the political becomes explosively personal and the foundation of their seemingly picture-perfect marriage begins to fracture.
Hershey Felder as Irving Berlin Oct 30 - Dec 6, 2015  
Royal George Theatre Hershey Felder as Irving Berlin
Hershey Felder returns to Chicago in this hit production of Hershey Felder as Irving Berlin at Royal George Theatre. Even if you don't know him by name, you've heard plenty of Irving Berlin's songs: "God Bless America," "White Christmas," "Anything You Can Do," "Puttin' on the Ritz," "There's No Business Like Show Business" -- the list goes on and on. Now you have the opportunity to experience the quintessential American composer through the performance of an immensely talented actor, pianist and playwright. Hershey Felder has previously performed as George Gershwin, Beethoven and Chopin, and in Hershey Felder as Irving Berlin, he takes on the role of one of America's most prolific composers. Felder's masterful creation of character and performance features Berlin's songs performed by Felder, as well as stories about Berlin's life and how he created the music we still love today. Don't miss this memorable show -- hailed as "richly entertaining and ultimately touching" by the Los Angeles Times.
The Long Christmas Ride Home Oct 30 - Dec 12, 2015  
Strawdog Theatre The Long Christmas Ride Home
Past, present and future collide on a snowy Christmas Eve when a family's car spins out of control following a disastrous holiday dinner. Josh Sobel directs a hauntingly beautiful play by Pulitzer-winner Paula Vogel that deftly charts the personal trajectories that are forever altered by a single, fateful night.
Gone Dark Oct 31 - Nov 22, 2015  
Otherworld Theatre at Epworth United Methodist Church Gone Dark
Ned Dalton is tormented by his last hunt and haunted by foggy and untrustworthy memories. As events begin to unfold around him, he begins to realize the hunt may not be over yet and that the dead may indeed rise again.
Wozzeck Nov 1 - Nov 21, 2015  
Lyric Opera Wozzeck
Wozzeck, a poverty-stricken soldier, is working to support Marie and their young son, born out of wedlock. Mocked, discounted, and abused by his superiors, when he is cheated on by the only woman he loves, he finally snaps - driven to madness and murder. All that remains is a lonely little boy to remind the world that once there was a man named Wozzeck.
Pilgrim's Progress Nov 4 - Dec 13, 2015  
A Red Orchid Theatre Pilgrim's Progress
It's Thanksgiving Day and the McKee family is up to its eyeballs in hilarious drama. Between stirring the cranberries and debating pumpkin pie, parents Jim and Melissa relive their glory days. Meanwhile, their earth-poet son and pregnant-teen daughter navigate family contracts, holiday power grabs, and decades of thinly veiled deceit. For a family with such a strong appetite for tales, are their stories more important than the truth? With homages to Albee, O'Neal, Williams and Shepard, the tension rides high and the carving knife does more than just cut the turkey.
The Raid Nov 4 - Dec 12, 2015  
Jackalope Theatre Company at Broadway Armory The Raid
Unlike other prominent abolitionists, John Brown is convinced only bloodshed will dismantle American Slavery. After fighting alongside his sons in Kansas, Brown plots to make real his vision: To free and arm black slaves across the south. With Frederick Douglass and Harriet Tubman conflicted, Brown heads to Harpers Ferry. A tragedy of dissenting heroes, The Raid investigates the line between civic disobedience and civic duty, ultimately asking whether or not there's such a thing as justifiable violence.
Agamemnon Nov 5 - Dec 6, 2015  
Court Theatre Agamemnon
Featuring a world premiere adaptation by renowned scholar and Founding Artistic Director Nicholas Rudall, Agamemnon delivers the second installment of Court's groundbreaking Greek Cycle. Actors Sandra Marquez (Clytemnestra) and Mark Montgomery (Agamemnon) return to resume the harrowing tale of the House of Atreus following last season's incredible Iphigenia in Aulis. Ten war-torn years have passed since the Greek fleet sailed from the shores of Aulis on winds conjured by the goddess Artemis in exchange for the bloody sacrifice of King Agamemnon's eldest daughter, Iphigenia. Inside the walls of Argos, Clytemnestra orchestrates an unexpected welcome for her King as she patiently awaits his fateful return to a house torn apart by horror and sorrow.
Holmes vs. Holmes Nov 5 - Nov 29, 2015  
Heartland Studio Theatre Holmes vs. Holmes
The world's greatest detective meets America's first serial killer in Holmes vs. Holmes. Set against the backdrop of the 1893 Chicago World's Fair, this dark drama explores the shocking true story of H.H. Holmes, who stalked the White City, finding victims for his "murder castle." Meanwhile, across the ocean, England mourns the reported death of Sherlock Holmes at the falls of Reichenbach. But, as always with the Great Detective, not everything is as it seems. Now, the greatest mind in the world will match wits with a monstrous kind of villain previously unknown in America. Catch this premiere show from E.D.G.E. Theatre at Heartland Studio Theatre.
The Lost Boy Nov 5 - Nov 29, 2015  
Chicago Dramatists The Lost Boy
In The Lost Boy, viewers will journey along with James M. Barrie -- the creator of Peter Pan -- as he returns to his hometown in Scotland to visit his mother, disenchanted with fame and still riddled with guilt over the long-ago death of his older brother. Haunted by the past and hurt by his mother's harsh words, Barrie turns to an unexpected friendship and his magical way with words to confront his family's tragic past and finally put it to rest. The Cuckoo's Theater Project presents this touching, fictionalized account of the birth of Peter Pan at Chicago Dramatists Theatre.
The Lisbon Traviata Nov 5 - Dec 13, 2015  
Eclipse Theatre Company at Athenaeum Theatre The Lisbon Traviata
In The Lisbon Traviata, a sharply funny, yet deeply tragic, story centers on a revealing conversation between Stephen, a depressed literary editor and opera fanatic, and Mendy, a flamboyant opera queen. The two dish late into the night, distracting Stephen from his failing relationship with hilarious riffs on records, divas and more. But when Stephen returns home to confront his boyfriend, a tragedy unfolds on the scale of the grand opera he loves so much. The Eclipse production will feature the ending from the original 1985 production.
Talking With... Nov 5 - Nov 22, 2015  
The Saltbox Theatre Collective at Madison Street Theatre Talking With...
Jane Martin's Talking With... is a series of women's monologues tackling many different aspects of the complex female psyche. The play is composed of eleven ten-minute monologues, each featuring a different woman who talks about her life. The play includes the pieces, "Fifteen Minutes," "Scraps," "Clear Glass Marbles," "Audition," "Rodeo," "Twirler," "Lamps," "Handler," "Dragons," "French Fries," and "Marks." The play deals with the personal ordeals of each of the female characters. Many of them are very touching; a few are even intensely emotional. However, there is also the very comical. Even the funny ones, however, have an underlying depth to them that gives a sensitive insight into each of the characters involved. The ladies cover a wide spectrum of life and age in the most theatrical and touching of ways.
Ringling Bros. and Barnum and Bailey Circus - Circus Xtreme Nov 5 - Nov 29, 2015  
Allstate Arena and United Center Ringling Bros. and Barnum and Bailey Circus - Circus Xtreme
The all-new, 145th Edition of Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey headed for Chicago - Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Presents Circus XTREME - features artists who redefine the word extreme in everything they do, magnifying traditional elements of the circus and combining them with never-before-seen spectacles, original fast-paced performances and incredibly hilarious moments. The adrenalin-fueled spectacular offers extreme thrills, exotic animals and extraordinary performers that add up to the ultimate family entertainment experience.
At Allstate Arena from Nov 5 - 15
At United Center from Nov 19 - 29
The Nutcracker Nov 6 - Dec 31, 2015  
The House Theatre of Chicago at Chopin Theatre The Nutcracker
The House Theatre of Chicago brings holiday cheer with its fifth annual return of their all-original, family-friendly The Nutcracker. The House's fantastical expansion of this holiday classic centers on young Clara's journey to save Christmas. With the help of a magical nutcracker, this brave little girl will fight the Rat King and save her family. This modern holiday production weaves together riveting dialogue, astonishing puppetry, original song and spellbinding spectacle to tell a heartwarming, darkly moving story of magic and hope -- a fun outing fit for the whole family.
You Can't Take It With You Nov 6 - Dec 13, 2015  
Northlight Theatre You Can't Take It With You
Meet the Sycamores - a madcap clan that sets the bar for eccentricity. When Alice brings her high society fiance home to meet the parents, fireworks (figuratively and literally) nearly bring the house down. Despite their zany antics and unconventional ways, this tight-knit family offers hope that love and laughter lead to happiness, even in the hardest of times. One of the most popular and successful comedies in American theatre, this Pulitzer Prize-winning, Depression era classic has a timeless appeal.

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