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Holiday Plays

A List of Holiday Plays This 2014 Season
With the holidays near, here is a list of a few shows that may get you in the holiday spirit.

Check back soon as we continue to add more shows as the holidays get closer.


  Most Popular Holiday Shows
A Christmas Carol Nov 15 - Dec 28, 2014  
Goodman Theatre A Christmas Carol
 
For 37 years, Charles Dickens' holiday classic has delighted Chicago audiences; the production has hosted seven directors, 32 Tiny Tims and eight Scrooges, who've snidely delivered nearly 23,000 "Bah Humbugs!" A Christmas Carol is the iconic tale of greedy British businessman Ebenezer Scrooge, whose sizable bank account is only matched by his hatred of the holidays. One Christmas Eve, Scrooge is visited by four ghosts who take him on an spectacular adventure through his past, present and future, helping him rediscover the joys of life, love and friendship.

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Dee Snider's Rock and Roll Christmas Tale Nov 4 - Jan 4, 2015  
Broadway Playhouse Dee Snider's Rock and Roll Christmas Tale
 
DEE SNIDER'S ROCK & ROLL CHRISTMAS TALE tells the story of Däisy Cütter, a heavy metal bar band looking to make it big even though the 80s are LONG over. This year, these four guys are ready to take the ultimate step and, in mythic rock tradition, sell their souls to the devil in exchange for success beyond their wildest metal dreams! But every time they try to seal the infernal pact, their head-banging anthems turn into warm-hearted carols. Soon these rockers are forced to realize their dreams of stardom are no match for the Christmas spirit. Dee Snider, infamous lead singer of Twisted Sister, has created a VERY funny, VERY rocking and (sshhh!) VERY sweet new holiday musical, guaranteed to rock your whole family's holiday and twist your Christmas.

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It's a Wonderful Life: Live in Chicago! Nov 21 - Dec 28, 2014  
American Blues Theater at The Greenhouse Theater Center It's a Wonderful Life: Live in Chicago!
 
From the original director and Ensemble that brought this holiday tradition to Chicago since 2002, the American Blues family takes you back to a 1940s radio broadcast of Frank Capra's holiday classic-It's a Wonderful Life (based on the short story "The Greatest Gift" by Philip Van Doren Stern) with live Foley sound effects, an original score and a critically-acclaimed cast of eight that bring the entire town of Bedford Falls to life. This production returns to the Greenhouse Theater Center. Critics called this production "perfect Christmas theater" and "first-class holiday fare."

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The Nutcracker Dec 5 - Dec 28, 2014  
The Joffrey Ballet at Auditorium Theatre The Nutcracker
 
Since premiering in 1987, Joffrey Ballet's production of The Nutcracker has become America's favorite Nutcracker, touring coast to coast more than any other. This beloved holiday masterpiece for the whole family features the entire ballet company, plus local children's choruses, young dancers and the Chicago Philharmonic performing Tchaikovsky's famous score live. It's the magical tale of young Clara, whose Christmas gift of a nutcracker comes to life and brings her to a fantastic winter wonderland. With larger-than-life scenery and entertaining storytelling, Joffrey's performance is an evening of pure enchantment and a glorious holiday tradition.

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Santaland Diaries Nov 19 - Dec 28, 2014  
Theater Wit Santaland Diaries
 
Don't miss this antidote to Christmas cheer. A celebration of the desperation of unemployment, the insanity of Christmas shopping and the ineffable "cheer" of the holiday spirit. David Sedaris' beloved account of his time in the trenches as an Elf at Macy's during the holiday season has been called the "24 funniest pages ever written in the English language."

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  Other Holiday Shows
Alone For The Holidays: December Through A Telescopic Lens Dec 5 - Dec 20, 2014  
The Public House Theatre Alone For The Holidays: December Through A Telescopic Lens
 
"Alone For The Holidays: December Through A Telescopic Lens" is a sketch show for the skeptics, scientists and wonderers of the world. Four characters who "would rather be alone than spend another minute with their racist Aunt Linda" look to the stars to find the cosmic relevance of our age-old traditions, and find their places with their families as humans grapple to find our place in the universe. "Alone For The Holidays" is dedicated to Carl Sagan.

 

 

   
The Annoyance Christmas Pageant Nov 14 - Dec 21, 2014  
Annoyance Theatre The Annoyance Christmas Pageant
 
The Annoyance Theatre presents its annual Christmas Pageant, featuring a retelling of two classic holiday stories: A Charlie Brown Christmas and Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer. The all-new cast gives these classic holiday television specials a hilarious spin, all the while keeping them appropriate for little ones' eyes and ears. In the first redux, poor Charlie Brown searches for the true meaning of Christmas while enduring the commercialization of the season and insults from the acid tongue of Lucy van Pelt. Then, it's on to the adventures of Rudolph the freakishly red-nosed reindeer, who runs away from home with his friend Hermie. The pair discover the island of misfit toys and the terrible Abominable Snowman and ultimately learn that it's okay to be different.

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Anyone Can Dreidel Nov 29 - Dec 20, 2014  
MCL Chicago Anyone Can Dreidel
 
Improvised Sondheim Project will begin each performance by asking the audience for a suggestion of a most awkward holiday memory. The ensemble will then transform that suggestion into an original musical using the styles and literary themes of composer and lyricist Stephen Sondheim (Into The Woods, Sweeney Todd, Company). Anyone can dreidel. But should we? Really?

 

 

   
The Best Christmas Pageant Ever Dec 5 - Dec 14, 2014  
Albright Theatre Company The Best Christmas Pageant Ever
 
In this hilarious and heart-warming Christmas tale, Grace and Bob Bradley take on the church Christmas pageant. Enter the Herdman kids - probably the most awful kids in history! The Herdmans add their own flare to the Christmas story and Grace has her hands full thinking that the Herdmans will certainly ruin the pageant. Or can they help make this the best Christmas Pageant ever?

 

 

   
Buddy Cop 2 Nov 25 - Dec 21, 2014  
Pavement Group at Theater Wit Buddy Cop 2
 
In this town, nothing is what it seems. Or is it? When a flood destroys the police station, the local cops set up shop in the nearby community center. Mysteries emerge. Criminals are chased. Racquetball is played. They're celebrating Christmas...in August. Set in small-town Indiana in the 1980s, this quirky & slightly sinister tale of cops, cancer and Christmas cheer is one holiday event you won't want to miss. Didn't catch Buddy Cop 1? Neither did we.

 

 

   
Burning Bluebeard Dec 13 - Jan 4, 2015  
The Ruffians at Theater Wit 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 night is a vaudevillian delight with a story that excavates the poetic and poignant remains of a piece of Chicago's rich history.

 

 

   
Caroline and Laura's Holiday Spectacular Dec 5 - Dec 19, 2014  
MCL Chicago Caroline and Laura's Holiday Spectacular
 
Caroline and Laura's Holiday Spectacular is a night to remember as we celebrate everything to love about the holiday season - from friendship to gifts to Santa to the reason for the season itself! We'll be embracing the spirit of the holiday specials of yore like Donny and Marie and Judy Garland, so you can expect music, comedy, and a lot of mayhem. A few of our special friends will be stopping by as well to help us spread some holiday cheer. Join us and get the holiday season started off right!

 

 

   
Christmas After the Credits Dec 11 - Dec 18, 2014  
The Public House Theatre Christmas After the Credits
 
No Christmas movie would be complete without a happy ending that rectifies all of its characters' woes, wrapping up all of life's troubles with a big, bright ribbon before placing them beneath a perfectly lit Christmas tree. But in Christmas After the Credits, Mrs. Claus herself will act as your theatrical hostess, taking you into the worlds of three popular holiday stories ... right after the credits have stopped rolling. In It's a Wonderful Life Part II you'll find out whether George Bailey's miraculous spiritual awakening stuck. In Miracle on 34th Street: The Epilogue you'll discover whether Doris and Mr. Gailey were actually able to live happily ever after in a world where Kris Kringle was declared sane in a court of law. And what about Kevin McCallister? Will he get away with his brazen attempts at murder? Only Home Alone 2.5 holds the answer. An entertaining triptych of holiday irreverence, Christmas After the Credits is a satirical antidote to the saccharine sentiment of the season.

 

 

   
Christmas Bingo: It's a Ho-Ho-Holy Night Nov 28 - Jan 4, 2015  
Royal George Theatre Christmas Bingo: It's a Ho-Ho-Holy Night
 
In this interactive comedy, audience members play bingo while also answering questions about Christmas traditions, the origin of St. Nick, where do candy canes come from, miracles in the Bible . . . and the funniest true and false quiz about St. Nick and the Baby Jesus you'll ever find. Add to that a box of wacky prizes, fun bingo cards, and a lot of Catholic humor.

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A Christmas Carol Nov 20 - Dec 23, 2014  
Drury Lane- Oakbrook A Christmas Carol
 
The New York Times hailed A CHRISTMAS CAROL as "Enduring and endearing holiday entertainment!" and The Washington Post raves it is "Infectiously jolly!" Set in Victorian-era London, A CHRISTMAS CAROL tells the story of Ebenezer Scrooge, a miserly old man who receives a Christmas Eve visit from the ghost of his old business partner, Jacob Marley, warning him to mend his ways. During the night, three spirits appear before Scrooge showing him visions of Christmas Past, Christmas Present, and Christmas Future to reveal the results of his selfish life. Scrooge promises to redeem himself and vows to honor the spirit of Christmas with all his heart, spreading good cheer, kindness and generosity to everyone he encounters.

 

 

   
A Christmas Carol Nov 28 - Dec 28, 2014  
Metropolis Performing Arts Centre A Christmas Carol
 
A holiday tradition returns to Metropolis. A miserly and miserable man, Ebenezer Scrooge greets each Christmas with a "bah humbug," until he is visited one Christmas Eve by the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Future. Through a restless night, the spirits show him memories from his past, cruel realities from the present and the grim future should he continue his miserly ways. Celebrate the holiday season with this classic as Scrooge learns the errors of his ways.

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A Christmas Carol: an Evening of Dickensian Delights Nov 28 - Dec 21, 2014  
Dream Theatre A Christmas Carol: an Evening of Dickensian Delights
 
Dream Theatre Company invites you to join us for A Christmas Carol: An Evening of Dickensian Delights, a uniquely intimate and immersive presentation of this holiday classic. The moment you enter our lobby, you will be transported to a Christmas of Dickens' time, filled with the sights, sounds, smells and tastes of the Victorian holiday season. The decorations and Christmas music, hot cider and homemade sweets are all included with the price of admission. Come early and enjoy the festive atmosphere, then share the journey with Scrooge as he is led by the ghosts of Christmas Past, Present, and Future to examine his life and learn that it's never too late to change! Presented in Dickens' own rich language by three actors portraying all of the characters with the help of a few simple costume changes -- and some special effects -- Rachel Martindale's adaptation is one and one quarter hours long without intermission. Let our family welcome you and yours to a special Christmas celebration featuring this very personal retelling of Dickens' timeless tale.

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A Christmas Memory Nov 13 - Dec 14, 2014  
Theatre At The Center A Christmas Memory
 
The aroma of pecan pie and the flicker of candles in the window banish the December chill of a 1930's Alabama winter in this captivating holiday tale. A CHRISTMAS MEMORY chronicles a young boy, Buddy and his friendship with his eccentric relatives, including his cousin and best friend, Sook. Looked after by her spinster sister during one memorable Depression Christmas, the warm and unfailingly cheerful Sook forms a strong bond with shy Buddy as they launch kites, haunt speakeasies and mail fruitcakes to everyone from Jean Harlow to President Roosevelt. The memory of that friendship celebrates the power of love and the spirit of giving. The festive and emotional story promises to put audiences in the holiday spirit, reminding us what Christmas, family and friendship are all about.

 

 

   
Christmas On Broadway Nov 13 - Dec 28, 2014  
Fox Valley Repertory Christmas On Broadway
 
Four star-struck holiday tourists are snowbound in a shuttered Broadway theater on Christmas Eve. With nothing but a few trunks filled with costumes, props, and set pieces, they live out a shared dream - starring on Broadway! From your favorite holiday classics like "Baby, It's Cold Outside," and "It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas," to seasonal classics from Broadway composers, the evening is a flurry of memorable holiday magic.

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Christmas On The Air Nov 26 - Dec 28, 2014  
Provision Theater Company Christmas On The Air
 
A popular hit from the Pacific Northwest and a new holiday classic for Chicago! Gather around for Yolanda and Percival B. Frank's annual Christmas radio show. As the live studio audience, you'll enjoy the on-air magic and get a glimpse at the lessons being learned behind the scenes. Filled with classic Christmas music and stories, CHRISTMAS ON THE AIR is sure to warm your heart this holiday season!

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The Christmas Schooner Nov 26 - Dec 28, 2014  
Mercury Theater The Christmas Schooner
 
The whole family will enjoy this heart-warming musical story of the first Christmas tree ship and the family who risked their lives to fill Chicago with the Christmas spirit. Hailed as "A sacred part of a Chicago Christmas!" by the Chicago Tribune, the production features a powerful, moving story, an exquisite score of original music and traditional holiday favorites, and a company of 25 actors and musicians.

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Cirque Dreams Holidaze Dec 17 - Dec 21, 2014  
Chicago Theatre Cirque Dreams Holidaze
 
Before its opening in New York in 2015, Cirque Dreams Holidaze will dazzle Chicago audiences with a magnificent production that brings together the best elements of a new cirque show, a Broadway musical, a Christmas spectacular and a family holiday show all in one. Watch in disbelief as snowmen, penguins, angels, reindeer, toy soldiers, gingerbread men, ornaments and of course Santa perform elaborate production numbers, soaring acrobatics, gravity-defying feats, astounding illusions and more. The show also celebrates the most wonderful time of the year with singers, original music and seasonal favorites all performed in a winter wonderland of enchantment.

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Do Androids Dream of Electric Sugarplums? Dec 5 - Dec 20, 2014  
The Public House Theatre Do Androids Dream of Electric Sugarplums?
 
The year: 2170. The day: December 25th. The holiday: absolutely not Christmas. Since The Benevolent Android and Robot Overlords took control of Earth and enslaved humanity, Christmas has been outlawed. Every year, in place of Christmas, humans are forced to visit their district's RoboSanta. Instead of asking for presents, they must beg for their lives. Most RoboSantas are programmed to be ruthless and cold, but RoboSanta 437.2 has a glitch- he loves Christmas- human Christmas.

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Dr. Seuss' How The Grinch Stole Christmas! The Musical Nov 20 - Nov 29, 2014  
Chicago Theatre Dr. Seuss' How The Grinch Stole Christmas! The Musical
 
Audiences will find their hearts growing a few sizes (along with the Grinch's heart, of course) when they witness the magic of the holiday tale on stage, which will feature the hit songs "You're a Mean One, Mr. Grinch" and "Welcome Christmas," both from the original animated television special. Max the Dog serves as the story's narrator as the scheming Grinch plans to steal Christmas away from The Whos, the loveable characters that understand and embrace the true meaning of the holiday. When the Grinch realizes that he can't take Christmas away from Who-ville by taking presents, he returns the gifts and decorations and joins the festivities, proving that all it takes is a little kindness and joy to grow the heart of any Grinch.

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The Eight Reindeer Monologues Nov 28 - Dec 13, 2014  
Cuckoo's Theater Project at Theatre Momentum Studio The Eight Reindeer Monologues
 
Make no mistake about it, these reindeer games from The Cuckoo's Theater Project are definitely for adults only. This dark-as-coal Christmas favorite by award-winning playwright Jeff Goode (Love Loves a Pornographer) finds the North Pole a hotbed of scandal after one of Santa's eight tiny reindeer accuses him of a little jolly old sexual harassment. As the media catches the scent of scandal and invades Santa's sanctuary, the rest of the reindeer chime in with their own perspectives. The result: a heinous (and hilarious) tale of perversion and corruption -- entangling everyone from the littlest elf in the workshop to the tainted Saint himself -- that's sure to have those with a slightly twisted sense of humor howling this holiday season.

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EL Stories: Holiday Train Nov 29 - Jan 10, 2015  
The Greenhouse Theater Center EL Stories: Holiday Train
 
EL Stories: Holiday Train is the seasonal variation of the long-running hit show about harrowing, hair-raising and hilarious true stories of Chicago train and bus experiences. Based on interviews with Windy City citizens from various backgrounds and neighborhoods, this show isn't just a collection of funny mass transit stories performed live -- it's a look at the way the people of Chicago interact as a community, particularly during the holidays. Just like every EL Stories show, each performance of Holiday Train features an audience volunteer's story performed live.

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Everything but the Reindeer Dec 18 - Dec 20, 2014  
Athenaeum Theatre Everything but the Reindeer
 
Forget "pumpkin spice," your suggestions are the secret ingredient in Chicago Improv Production's merry medley of improv, stand-up and story-telling, Everything but the Reindeer. Every performance of this zany, ever-changing holiday variety show will feature one storyteller, one musician and one incredible set where CIP's own celebrated touring company will riff on your holiday-themed suggestions. Mix it up with this holiday show that's fresher than a fresh-cut Christmas tree -- with none of the sap.

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Feliz Navidachi Dec 11 - Dec 18, 2014  
Stage 773 Feliz Navidachi
 
Feliz Navidachi explores the holiday family ties, tribulations, and celebrations of Los Improviachis, a rag tag band of improvising mariachis, through a long-form improvised mariachi musical with fun audience participation. Los Improviachis enriches the "mariachis at the restaurant" experience by bringing it to the stage and incorporating the audience interaction into the storytelling being performed. The music, lyrics, choreography, and scene work is improvised.

 

 

   
From the Heart Nov 21 - Dec 21, 2014  
Citadel Theatre Company From the Heart
 
With From the Heart, playwright Jessica Puller weaves together O. Henry's "The Gift of the Magi" and Truman Capote's "A Christmas Memory" to remind us that the perfect gift is one that comes from the heart. Since it was first published in 1905, O. Henry's "Magi" has charmed readers with the bittersweet story of how a young couple with little money meets the challenge of buying each other Christmas presents. Capote's 1956 short story is a poignant autobiographical vignette -- a boy's remembrance of cherished holiday rituals shared with a favorite elderly cousin. Puller combines these familiar stories about love and loss for this world premiere performance, directed by Molly Mattaini.

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Frosty's Shakes and Dogs Dec 12 - Dec 28, 2014  
Li'l Buds Theatre at Rivendell Theatre Frosty's Shakes and Dogs
 
It's almost Christmas, and "Frosty's Shakes -N- Dogs" is rockin' with holiday cheer but the hustle and bustle of happy customers has annoyed Jack Frost, and he concocts a plan to steal the holiday spirit. Will Christmas be ruined? Find out in this original holiday musical about friendship and forgiveness.!

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Great Russian Nutcracker Dec 7 - Dec 7, 2014  
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.

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Happy Holly-daze - A Drinking Game Performance Dec 11 - Dec 27, 2014  
Cornservatory Happy Holly-daze - A Drinking Game Performance
 
It's the most wonderful time for a beer at Corn Productions as we present Happy Holly-daze: A Drinking Game Performance. Now in its fourth year, the beloved holiday show blends original sketch comedy and drinking games... with a twist of holiday cheer. The Rockettes ain't got nothin' on this BYOB holiday blowout! Get blitzed with Blitzen. Rowdy with Rudolph. Drunk with... Santa. Make this a December to vaguely remember.

 

 

   
Hellcab Nov 7 - Jan 11, 2015  
Profiles Theatre - The Main Stage Hellcab
 
For the third consecutive season, Profiles remounts its acclaimed production of Will Kern's Hellcab for the holidays. During the longest night of his life, a cab driver transports a bizarre and mysterious array of customers through the gritty streets of Chicago. Kern draws from personal experience as a former cabbie to create this alternately frightening, hilarious and poignant journey. Throughout his long shift, the eclectic collection of passengers includes a trio of drug-addicts, a born-again couple, a smug lawyer, and a randy duo on their way to a motel. Set during a bitter cold Christmas Eve, Hellcab presents a rear-view image mirroring the passing parade of humanity.

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Holidays in the Heights Dec 4 - Dec 31, 2014  
The Second City at Metropolis Performing Arts Centre Holidays in the Heights
 
The holidays are a time of giving and joy. A time of twinkling lights and mall Santas. A time of wrapping gifts and burning, I mean baking cookies. Of family parties, too much egg nog, marathon shopping trips, gray slush that used to be snow and itchy sweaters with jingle bells on them. That's right, everyone loves the holidays. Especially the Second City. Don't miss this hilarious send up of all the holiday activities we actually love, and the ones we love to hate featuring a phenomenal cast from Second City and their trademark comedy and improv. It's an updated version of their classic show that has become a Metropolis tradition.

 

 

   
HoliDaze Nov 21 - Dec 21, 2014  
Step Up Productions at Chicago Dramatists HoliDaze
 
Due to popular demand, Step Up's popular holiday round up returns for its second year! This series of original one-acts showcases the crazy, zany, dysfunctional chaos of the holiday season. Ten talented playwrights and directors put relationships, family and friends in the holiday pressure cooker for an unforgettable evening!

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It's A Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play Nov 13 - Dec 21, 2014  
Oil Lamp Theater It's A Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play
 
Oil Lamp Theater itself will be transformed into the 1940s radio studio of New York station WBFR for a warmhearted adaptation of It's a Wonderful Life. You will be whisked back to a gentler time as you meet the many charming characters who populate Bedford Falls, New York -- a special place where our faith in the power of love and friendship is restored.

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It's a Wonderful Live: A Live Radio Play Nov 28 - Dec 14, 2014  
BrightSide Theatre at Meiley-Swallow Hall It's a Wonderful Live: A Live Radio Play
 
Celebrate this holiday season by gathering your friends and family of all ages and step back in time to 1946 on Christmas Eve at the WBST Radio Studios and be a part of the live audience broadcast of It's A Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play. Watch five actors bring this beloved American holiday classic to captivating life as they play fifty different characters, create all the live sound effects, and perform all the music in this inventive retelling of the timeless story. With the perfect blend of Christmas cheer and theatrical magic, audiences will fall in love all over again with George Bailey and the angel named Clarence who saved his life on Christmas Eve.

 

 

   
It's a Wonderful Santaland Miracle, Nut Cracking Christmas Story... Jews Welcome! Nov 14 - Dec 28, 2014  
Stage 773 It's a Wonderful Santaland Miracle, Nut Cracking Christmas Story... Jews Welcome!
 
Directed by Stage 773 Creative Director Brian Posen with choreography by Matter Dance, this family-friendly, interactive show features original Christmas carols, dance numbers, spoken word, puppets and everything in between. Stage 773 puts their own twist on the traditional holiday show, packing the world's most beloved stories and traditions into one extravagant cavalcade. To heighten the holiday spirit, both cookies and non-holiday-specific eggnog will be served.

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It's Christmas, Goddamnit Nov 8 - Dec 27, 2014  
Annoyance Theatre It's Christmas, Goddamnit
 
If you're sick of all the good cheer and warm-and-fuzzy holiday shows, The Annoyance Theatre has the antidote: It's Christmas, Goddamnit, a comedy about one majorly dysfunctional family coming together for the holidays. But this is no run-of-the-mill miserable family gathering. Along with the traditional passive-aggressive silences and sniping, Dad has surprising news: he's having an affair with the next-door neighbor. The plot thickens when a loathed uncle is accidentally killed by the son of Dad's sweetheart, and the family reunion quickly devolves into a hilariously disastrous Christmas Eve.

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Jacob Marley's Christmas Carol Dec 18 - Dec 21, 2014  
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? A funny and heartwarming show, Jacob Marley's Christmas Carol shows another side of Charles Dickens' holiday classic. 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 chains, 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.

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A Klingon Christmas Carol Dec 4 - Dec 21, 2014  
Commedia Beauregard at Athenaeum Theatre A Klingon Christmas Carol
 
Scrooge has no honor, nor any courage. Can three ghosts help him to become the true warrior he ought to be in time to save Tiny Tim from a horrible fate? Performed in the Original Klingon with English Supertitles, and narrative analysis from The Vulcan Institute of Cultural Anthropology. The Dickens classic tale of ghosts and redemption adapted to reflect the Warrior Code of Honor and then translated into tlhIngan Hol (That's the Klingon Language). A co-production of Commedia Beauregard and the IKV Spirit of Honor of the Klingon Assault Group.

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The Last Mall Santa Dec 5 - Dec 19, 2014  
Under The Gun Theater The Last Mall Santa
 
Sci-fi writers have imagined post-apocalyptic worlds devoid of privacy (Minority Report), dry land (Waterworld), even babies (The Children of Men) -- but only The Last Mall Santa imagines a future bereft of an even more precious resource: Christmas cheer. In this original stage play by the Second City-trained Will Meinen, the year is 2071 and the Christmas Wars are long over and the mall Santas are gone. But one brave soul has vowed to bring back the holiday spirit to public shopping facilities. Yet even as Santa and loyal elf Bobo plot to reintroduce the sacred traditions, will "Mr. Holiday Gift Person" find Santa first? Kevin Mullaney, artistic director of the Under The Gun Theater, directs this witty and innovative production.

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Miracle on 34th Street Dec 11 - Dec 14, 2014  
The Artistic Home Miracle on 34th Street
 
Miracle on 34th Street gets even more miraculous when The Artistic Home Theatre performs it live in the style of an old-time radio play, complete with onstage sound effects. When a man named Kris Kringle agrees to serve as a last-minute replacement for Santa in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, he's so convincing that he's offered a job as the department store's in-house Claus. But how can he convince the doubters, including a cynical single mother and her eight-year-old daughter who yearns for something to believe in? Based on the classic film starring Edmund Gwenn, Maureen O'Hara and Natalie Wood, this charming adaptation perfectly captures the spirit of the season.

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Mrs. Claus, A Holiday Musical! Dec 4 - Dec 23, 2014  
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.

 

 

   
A Nativity Story Dec 18 - Dec 28, 2014  
Congo Square Theatre at Ruth Page Center For Arts A Nativity Story
 
Nativity holds a sacred place in the hearts of those who have been touched by it. It reminds us of what is important during a time, when the reason for the season can get cloudy. Nativity is the perfect example of extreme measures being used in a time of extreme circumstances.

 

 

   
The Nutcracker Dec 13 - Dec 21, 2014  
Ballet Chicago at Athenaeum Theatre The Nutcracker
 
Ballet Chicago's Nutcracker extravaganza comes to glorious life on the sparkling stage at the Athenaeum Theatre this holiday season. Complete with beautiful fairies, handsome princes, dancing snowflakes and a lovely young girl making her way to the Kingdom of Snow and the Land of the Sweets, this gorgeous ballet is the perfect way to celebrate the season. Set to Tchaikovsky's delightful score, The Nutcracker is sure to create cherished memories for your whole family.

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The Nutcracker Nov 6 - Dec 28, 2014  
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.

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Our Holiday Stories Nov 13 - Dec 13, 2014  
16th Street Theater at Berwyn Cultural Center Our Holiday Stories
 
In Over the Hill and through the Woods by Elizabeth Berg, Helen hides in the attic from her family on Thanksgiving. In Tanya Saracho's Our Good Night, a daughter comes home to her mother in an empty house for Christmas on the border. And in December 1944 a World War II chaplain makes the rounds in Belgium searching for answers from above in Robert Koon's The Chaplain.

 

 

   
Plaid Tidings Nov 21 - Dec 7, 2014  
Beverly Arts Center Plaid Tidings
 
Having had their singing careers cut tragically short in a fatal accident en route to a show, Frankie, Sparky, Jinx and Smudge are mysteriously returned to the BAC, where they weave musical magic into the hearts of everyone. It appears the legendary, angelic Rosemary Clooney has decided the cold world needs a lift in spirits, and has summoned the boys to return to Earth to set things right. Favorites from the 50's and 60's and traditional holiday songs are delivered with a velvet touch, while plenty of fun-filled antics make the show a roller coaster warm up for the approaching holiday season. A speedy and hilarious tribute to the Ed Sullivan Christmas Spectaculars is just one of the riotous nods to past eras. It's musical fun with a big, plaid Christmas bow on top!

 

 

   
Process, A Holiday Production Dec 5 - Dec 20, 2014  
CIC Theater Process, A Holiday Production
 
PROCESS (The Holiday Production) gives you a peek behind the scenes of a unique, holiday-themed play. You'll witness the entire production process from the auditions to the curtain call of closing night as an improvised three-act play unfurls before your eyes. Each show is completely improvised!

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A Q Brothers' Christmas Carol Nov 19 - Dec 31, 2014  
Chicago Shakespeare Theater A Q Brothers' Christmas Carol
 
A hip-hop holiday treat set to a bangin' beat! CST and Chicago hip-hop sensation the Q Brothers-creators of Othello: The Remix and Funk It Up About Nothin'-have toured around the world, playing to sold-out houses in Edinburgh, Germany, South Korea, Australia and London. Now the team turns up the volume on Charles Dickens' classic tale, mixing everything from reggae, dancehall and dubstep to epic rock ballads. The Ghosts of Hip-hop Past, Present and Future lead Scrooge on a journey filled with rhythm, rhyme and redemption.

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Rudolph the Red-Hosed Reindeer Nov 29 - Jan 2, 2015  
Hell In A Handbag Productions at Mary's Attic Rudolph the Red-Hosed Reindeer
 
Break out your high heels and fishnets, it's time once again for Rudolph the Red-Hosed Reindeer. Back for its 17th run, David Cerda's irreverent parody of the classic children's television special has become a beloved (but twisted) holiday tradition. It's the longest-running show featuring a transvestite reindeer in the history of Chicago, and probably also of the world. With the economy in a rut, nobody believes in Santa anymore and he doesn't even believe in himself. As more and more elves are laid off, morale and morals hit an all-time low. Meanwhile Mrs. Claus, now a raging alcoholic, is wreaking havoc at the North Pole. In the middle of all this chaos, a transvestite Rudolph and his misfit friends -- Herbie the "not gay-enough elf" and Yukon Cornelia, the butch prospector with a deep, dark secret -- search for their own unique brand of happiness and accidentally save Christmas while they're at it. Every year, the show produces new tricks and this year is no exception.

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The Second City Dysfunctional Holiday Revue Dec 5 - Dec 21, 2014  
Paramount Theatre The Second City Dysfunctional Holiday Revue
 
The Second City Dysfunctional Holiday Revue is the live comedy revue that aims Chicago's most acclaimed comic improvisers' usual brand of brash and irreverent humor with laser beam focus at the foibles of the holiday season. Don't miss this hilarious evening of skits, songs and equal opportunity fun. Nothing is off limits - from your drunken Uncle Adolph and office parties, to how that first Christmas really went down. Be ready to laugh and be ready to buy tickets early. Most of these shows sell out in advance.

 

 

   
Sherlock Holmes and the Case of the Christmas Goose Dec 10 - Jan 3, 2015  
Raven Theatre Sherlock Holmes and the Case of the Christmas Goose
 
Everyone knows Scrooge and Mr. Potter, but can the holiday spirit work its magic on everyone's favorite man of mystery? Now in a fully realized stage version, Raven Theatre's Sherlock Holmes and the Case of the Christmas Goose follows Holmes and Watson as they investigate the mysterious theft and even more mysterious discovery of the Countess of Morcar's blue carbuncle. With a dash of Christmas intrigue and a heap of good will, Raven's holiday offering is fun for the whole family!

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Twist Your Dickens, Or Scrooge You! Dec 5 - Dec 28, 2014  
Goodman Theatre Twist Your Dickens, Or Scrooge You!
 
In an unprecedented partnership, Goodman Theatre and The Second City join forces to present "comedy gold" (bePortland) with the holiday send-up Twist Your Dickens, Or Scrooge You! by former The Colbert Report writers Peter Gwinn and Bobby Mort. Directed by Artistic Director of The Second City Training Center Matt Hovde, this "riotous havoc" (Los Angeles Times) finds Scrooge and Tiny Tim hopelessly mixed up with characters from the Peanuts holiday special, the Island of Misfit Toys and even Little Orphan Annie, all in the Second City's trademark improvisational style.

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A Very Orwellian Christmas Special Nov 28 - Dec 21, 2014  
Royal George Theatre A Very Orwellian Christmas Special
 
What could be better than celebrating Christmas every single day? While this may sound like a dream come true for those of you overflowing with holiday spirit, in A Very Orwellian Christmas Special it's a reality, and it's anything but dreamy. This dystopian, noir-influenced comedy from the Royal George Theatre finds Santa ruling the world with an iron mitten like a not-so-holly-jolly overlord. But two revolutionaries -- Dirk Action and Holly Day -- are willing to do whatever it takes to make their way through Santa's elven minions and overthrow the big man in red.

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Yippee Ki-Yay, Merry Christmas Dec 6 - Jan 3, 2015  
MCL Chicago Yippee Ki-Yay, Merry Christmas
 
It's Christmas Eve at Nakatomi Plaza in downtown Los Angeles. New York cop Bruce McClane is there to rekindle love between himself and his estranged wife. Everyone seems headed toward a merry Christmas until Hans Solo and his group of German terrorists take everyone in the building hostage...except McClane.

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