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Incident at Vichy Nov 21 - Dec 27, 2015  
Redtwist Theatre Incident at Vichy
Master dramatist, Arthur Miller, conducts a highly-charged debate among the detained locals in small-town France during the German occupation. While exploring the concepts of free will, integrity, and courage, Miller probes precisely what human beings will do when forced to make split-second decisions that will change many lives forever.
Sherlock Holmes Nov 24 - Nov 29, 2015  
Ford Oriental Theatre Sherlock Holmes
Thrilling, humorous, full of head-scratching crimes and dazzling deduction in the face of cunning evil, SHERLOCK HOLMES takes theatregoers on a heart-stopping adventure through the opium dens, the muddy docklands and the gritty backstreets of London during the turn of the century, a time of great social and technological change. The opium wars have ended. The Ripper has wreaked his havoc. Electricity is on the rise and Scotland Yard is in its infancy. Lord Neville St. John gives a moving speech in the House of Lords to ban opium and a vote on the matter is imminent. Meanwhile, Professor James Moriarty, notorious criminal kingpin, plots to thwart the upcoming opium vote. When a drowned body is discovered, and Lord Neville goes missing, Scotland Yard turns to "the world's only consulting detective" and newest resident of 221-B Baker Street: a certain Mr. Sherlock Holmes.
A Christmas Story - The Musical Nov 25 - Jan 3, 2016  
Paramount Theatre A Christmas Story - The Musical
Who doesn't love nine-year-old Ralphie Parker, a typical boy growing up in 1940s Indiana? With Christmas right around the corner, Ralphie has his bespectacled sights set on one thing - a Red Ryder BB Gun. But at every turn, the young daydreamer hears those five words that are the bane of his existence: "You'll shoot your eye out."
Peter/Wendy Nov 25 - Dec 20, 2015  
Chicago Dramatists Peter/Wendy
A lyrical vision of the classic story of Peter Pan, Jeremy Bloom's Peter/Wendy is like a bedtime story for adults and kids alike. Seven actors in striped pajamas take on the roles of every character from J.M. Barrie's eternal of the boy who wouldn't grow up using hand-held lights, the simplest of sets and narrative movement. Bloom also weaves in elements of Barrie's lesser-known The Little White Bird, the prequel to Peter Pan. From the moment you step into this Cuckoo's Theater Project production at Chicago Dramatists Theatre, you'll be drawn into Bloom's low-tech version of Never-Never Land.
Hope Throws Her Heart Away Nov 27 - Dec 20, 2015  
Genesis Theatrical at Profiles Theatre - The Alley Stage Hope Throws Her Heart Away
Hope Throws Her Heart Away is a comedy/drama about a woman who has gone adrift trying to be all things to all people, pleasing everyone but herself. It's the journey of growing up after growing up and finding a path by getting lost. In tune with Hope's conflicted personality, this is a one-woman show-performed by three actresses.
My Way... A Musical Tribute to Frank Sinatra Nov 27 - Jan 10, 2016  
Theo Ubique Cabaret Theatre at No Exit Cafe My Way... A Musical Tribute to Frank Sinatra
This cabaret conceived by Todd Olson and David Grapes features more than two dozen songs popularized by Sinatra and will be performed by a cast of two men and two women. Anzevino, Ramey and Portman will again serve as stage director, music director and choreographer.
Christmas Dearest Nov 28 - Jan 2, 2016  
Hell in a Handbag Productions at Mary's Attic Christmas Dearest
T'was the night before Christmas and MGM's biggest star, Miss Joan Crawford, is filming the title role in "Oh Mary," a splashy new musical biography about The Virgin Mary, Mother of God. Poor Joan needs a drink. And a REWRITE! Jesus has all the best lines, the costumes aren't sexy at all, and the guy playing Joseph is a big clumsy oaf! If they will just do it Joan's way maybe she can salvage the picture. Join Handbag as Joan visits her shady past, her appalling present and her eye-popping future - in a tale of glamorous redemption set to music.
Robin Hood and Maid Marian Nov 28 - Dec 29, 2015  
Strawdog Theatre Robin Hood and Maid Marian
Legend's most heroic outlaw comes to Strawdog this holiday season in an all new production with Forks and Hope. The archer, his band of outlaws and his love, Marian, take the audience on a swashbuckling adventure in this family-friendly world premiere.
The Heir Apparent Nov 29 - Jan 17, 2016  
Chicago Shakespeare Theater The Heir Apparent
Staged by Tony Award-winning director John Rando, this cheeky romp is another hilarious retooling of a classic from acclaimed playwright David Ives, creator of Chicago Shakespeare's wildly popular The School for Lies and A Flea in Her Ear. Young Eraste has it all-good looks, a beautiful fiancee and the prospect of a sizable inheritance from an elderly uncle. There's just one snag: the uncle won't die and he has bequeathed his entire fortune to someone else. Whatever will the young man do? Hilarious rhyming couplets and contemporary slang abound as seventeenth-century bawdiness is catapulted into the twenty-first.
Beautiful - The Carole King Musical Dec 1 - Feb 21, 2016  
Ford Oriental Theatre Beautiful - The Carole King Musical
Long before she was Carole King, chart-topping music legend, she was Carol Klein, Brooklyn girl with passion and chutzpah. She fought her way into the record business as a teenager and, by the time she reached her twenties, had the husband of her dreams and a flourishing career writing hits for the biggest acts in rock 'n' roll. But it wasn't until her personal life began to crack that she finally managed to find her true voice. BEAUTIFUL tells the inspiring true story of King's remarkable rise to stardom, from being part of a hit songwriting team with her husband Gerry Goffin, to her relationship with fellow writers and best friends Cynthia Weil and Barry Mann, to becoming one of the most successful solo acts in popular music history. Along the way, she made more than beautiful music, she wrote the soundtrack to a generation.
The Lion King Dec 2 - Jan 17, 2016  
Cadillac Palace Theatre The Lion King
Experience the phenomenon as it once again leaps onto the Cadillac Palace Theatre stage. Marvel at the breathtaking spectacle of animals brought to life by award-winning director Julie Taymor, whose visual images for this show you'll remember forever. Thrill to the pulsating rhythms of the African Pridelands and an unforgettable score including Elton John and Tim Rice's Oscar-winning song "Can You Feel The Love Tonight" and "Circle of Life." Let your imagination run wild at the Tony Award-winning Broadway sensation Newsweek calls "a landmark event in entertainment."
Potted Potter: The Unauthorized Harry Experience - A Parody by Dan and Jeff Dec 2 - Jan 3, 2016  
Broadway Playhouse Potted Potter: The Unauthorized Harry Experience - A Parody by Dan and Jeff
Whether you camped outside a bookstore for three days awaiting the release of the Deathly Hallows or you don't know the difference between a horcrux and a Hufflepuff, the comedy, magic and mayhem of POTTED POTTER makes for an entertaining and hilarious visit to the theatre. The fast-paced show, which has made audiences aged six to Dumbledore (who is very old indeed) roar with laughter all over the world, POTTED POTTER is perfect for the entire family.
Mrs. Claus, A Holiday Musical! Dec 3 - Dec 23, 2015  
Chicago Kids Company at Beverly Arts Center Mrs. Claus, A Holiday Musical!
Theatre for Children (CKC) presents Mrs. Claus, A Holiday Musical! a one-hour musical adaptation! Chicago Kids Company's Holiday Classic returns for the 16th Year! Our biggest and most colorful show will put you in the Holiday Spirit in no time. Join the new Elf Class of 2014 as they try to find the missing "list" in time for Christmas. The show runs one hour with no intermission, and is targeted for kids aged 2 to 12.
Domesticated Dec 3 - Feb 7, 2016  
Steppenwolf Theatre Domesticated
Politician Bill Pulver faces the cameras to stumble his way through a carefully crafted apology as his wife Judy stands stoically behind him…but what is she REALLY thinking? We are about to find out in Bruce Norris’s wickedly funny, unpredictable play about a marriage burst apart by a sex scandal. This scathing, wildly entertaining play investigates gender politics, modern marriage and the sexual mysteries of the animal kingdom.
A Kokandy Christmas Dec 3 - Dec 23, 2015  
Theater Wit A Kokandy Christmas
There's no Christmas like A Kokandy Christmas, a brand new holiday production by the acclaimed resident company of Theater Wit. Featuring five of Chicago's brightest musical theater talents -- Emily Grayson, Christina Hall, Garrett Lutz, Jaymes Osbourne and Sasha Smith -- A Kokandy Christmas is a mix of stories and songs, sprinkled with new musical arrangements of new and old favorites by Michael Potsic and Aaron Benham. Settle in and make yourself at home for a family-sized portion of holiday cheer!
The Toy Shoppe Dec 4  
McAninch Arts Center The Toy Shoppe
Pop-country music legend Kenny Rogers ("The Gambler," "Islands in the Stream") wagered he could turn a segment from his annual Christmas show into a full-fledged family musical, and now The Toy Shoppe comes to the stage at The Mac, starring Alan Thicke (Growing Pains). Thicke may be best known as an actor, not to mention as the father of pop phenomenon Robin and the star of his own reality show Unusually Thicke, but he has his own set of powerful pipes, and he'll put them to good use in this sweet seasonal story that The New York Times calls "a glorious homespun family delight." Rogers created the story and penned 11 original songs for the show, which is set in a small toy store that's home to lots of holiday magic.
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!

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