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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.
Cirque Musica Holiday Spectacular Dec 12  
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. Not 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.
Gotta Dance Dec 13 - Jan 17, 2016  
Bank of America Theatre Gotta Dance
In 2007, a group of expert dancers was tasked with getting professional basketball's first ever senior citizen dance team performance-ready. The venue? Center court. The genre? Hip-hop. Over the coming months, bonds would be formed, generation gaps would be crossed, and, eventually, some pretty hot moves would be busted. Gotta Dance tells the remarkable true story of these wildly diverse seniors with a common goal, the young coaches who help them achieve it, and the unlikely art form that brings them all together.
Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Musical Dec 18 - Dec 19, 2015  
Rosemont Theatre Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Musical
In 1964, the beloved stop-motion animated television classic, "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer," made its network television debut delighting audiences across the country. The longest-running and highest-rated television special comes to life, live on stage with "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Musical" featuring the world's most famous reindeer and a holly jolly cast of iconic characters. Rudolph and friends, including Hermey the Elf, Yukon Cornelius and the Abominable Snow Monster, help Santa save Christmas during a tour this holiday season.
The Nutcracker Dec 19 - Dec 20, 2015  
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.
Guys And Dolls Dec 26 - Jan 3, 2016  
Light Opera Works at Cahn Auditorium Guys And Dolls
Broadway's classic musical about gamblers and the gals who love them. Songs include "Luck Be a Lady," "I've Never Been in Love Before," "A Bushel and a Peck" and "Sit Down, You're Rockin' the Boat," with full orchestra.
Harlem Globetrotters Dec 29 - Dec 30, 2015  
Allstate Arena Harlem Globetrotters
For almost a century, the iconic Harlem Globetrotters have been showcasing some of the greatest athletes on the planet with their unrivaled family show. Now, for their 90th Anniversary World Tour, the Globetrotters are assembling a rotating roster of their best-loved players and bringing you all the ball-handling wizardry, rim-rattling dunks, side-splitting comedy and on-court fan interaction that have made them legends. You might catch female stars TNT and Sweet J's dazzling dribbling, two-time Guinness World Record holder Thunder's monster dunks, or showmen Big Easy, Ant and Hi-Lite's hilarious antics. See for yourself why the Globetrotters have won hundreds of millions of fans worldwide when they hit the court at Allstate Arena in Rosemont.
29th Young Playwrigths Festival Jan 1 - Jan 23, 2016  
Pegasus Theatre Chicago at Chicago Dramatists 29th Young Playwrigths Festival
The 29th Young Playwrigths Festival is a citywide playwriting competition that gives voice to Chicago high schoolers by teaching them to craft one-act plays. The winning teens join with professional directors and actors to workshop and stage their scripts as part of Pegasus Theatre Chicago's main stage season. The second oldest such festival in the country, the competition enhances language arts, encourages independent, high-level thinking and strong personal values and influences career development for area teens.
No Wake Jan 6 - Feb 7, 2016  
Route 66 Theatre at The Greenhouse Theater Center No Wake
In NO WAKE, Nolan and Rebecca have moved on since their divorce - she to a new husband and he to a series of failed relationships. However, when an unexpected tragedy brings them back together, they're forced to navigate a web of grief and guilt that leads to tears, laughter and ultimately, hope. At once deeply touching and filled with humor, NO WAKE takes an honest look at the grieving process and the unexpected consequences it can bring.

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