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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.
Ain't Misbehavin'  
Porchlight Music Theatre at Stage 773 Ain't Misbehavin'
For more than three decades, Ain't Misbehavin' has made toes tap and fingers snap with its sometimes sassy, sometimes sultry and always unforgettable score. Its 30 irresistible songs, including "Ain't Misbehavin'," "Honeysuckle Rose," and "This Joint is Jumpin'," provide a peek into the golden age when the Cotton Club reigned during the height of the Harlem Renaissance and take the audience on a musical journey that reflects the emotions and experiences of African Americans in the early twentieth century.
Angina Pectoris  
ShPIeL at Theater Wit Angina Pectoris
Angina Pectoris tells the fictitious story of an Israeli minister, Dan Yasour who placates the religious right and gets a seemingly
innocuous bill passed so Israeli Jews only receive organ transplants from Jewish donors. Absurdly when the politician himself needs a heart transplant, the only heart available is from a Palestinian Arab. Angina Pectoris is a biting political satire from one of Israel's hottest playwrights that posits the ridiculous. But the humorous situations uncover deeper issues about identity in Israel and today's world pertaining to culture, religion, and politics in a broader and multicultural context.
Animals Commit Suicide  
First Floor Theater at Flat Iron Arts Building Animals Commit Suicide
Chance Stevens is a young gay man who seems to have everything...but wants something more. He dives deep into the city's seedy underbelly, picks up a drug habit, and begins a relationship with a handsome, HIV-positive baker, while falsely claiming to be positive himself. But as those close to him begin to call his motives into question, Chance is forced to decide what he values when everything's on the line. New York playwright J. Julian Christopher, winner of the 2009 Public Theater Emerging Playwright award, explores bug-chasing - a complicated and little-discussed subculture within the contemporary queer community - in this sharp, challenging, and haunting new play.
The Annoyance Christmas Pageant  
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.
As You Like It  
Ethel M. Barber Theater - Northwestern As You Like It
Letting go and opening your heart are at the center of this contemporary production of Shakespeare's As You Like It, the romantic comedy that established the genre. The daughter of an exiled duke, protagonist Rosalind falls madly in love with the dashing Orlando. When she's banished from the duke's court, Rosalind disguises herself as a boy and flees to the forest ... and discovers both her would-be husband and herself in an instant. Violence and isolation give way to love, communion and oh so much song and dance. Experience Northwestern University's production of As You Like It, staged by MFA Directing candidate Risher Reddick, at The Virginia Wadsworth Wirtz Center for the Performing Arts.
Assassination Theater  
Museum of Broadcast Communication Assassination Theater
A talented ensemble of actors and a panoply of projections take the audience back in time with original documentation based on secrets revealed by retired FBI agents and evidence that the mob - in particular the Chicago mob - killed President John F. Kennedy. ASSASSINATION THEATER will show their motivation and even name the shooters, including the self-confessed gunman who fired the fatal shot (and still survives in an Illinois prison). Whether the audience goes in familiar with the details or not - they will emerge with a dramatically different view of an event that has been seared into the nation's consciousness.
Bad Jews  
Royal George Theatre Bad Jews
Bad Jews tells the story of Daphna Feygenbaum, a "Real Jew" with an Israeli boyfriend. When Daphna's cousin Liam brings home his shiksa girlfriend Melody and declares ownership of their grandfather's Chai necklace, a vicious and hilarious brawl over family, faith and legacy ensues. Stir in the identity curation of the Facebook generation and Theater Wit's Chicago premiere of Bad Jews, directed by artistic director Jeremy Wechsler, promises to be one of the funniest, wisest, most excruciating comedies on a Chicago stage this year.
The Best Christmas Pageant Ever  
Provision Theater Company The Best Christmas Pageant Ever
The first book in Barbara Robinson's popular Herdmans series, The Best Christmas Pageant Ever, introduced the world to the six "worst kids in the world." This hilarious and heartwarming comedy, adapted for the stage by Robinson herself, follows the delinquent Herdman children, who attend church for the first time because they're told there will be snacks. Over the rest of the town's objections, the ne'er-do-wells are cast in the Christmas play -- a sure-fire recipe for disaster. A song-filled celebration of the holiday season's transformative power, The Best Christmas Pageant Ever is delightful time for the whole family.
Blue Man Group  
Briar Street Theatre Blue Man Group
Blue Man Group is best known for its award-winning theatrical productions which critics have described as "ground-breaking," "hilarious," "visually stunning" and "musically powerful." These performances feature three enigmatic bald and blue characters who take the audience through a multi-sensory experience that combines theatre, percussive music, art, science and vaudeville into a form of entertainment that is like nothing else.
Burning Bluebeard  
The Hypocrites at The Den Theatre 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.
Bye Bye Liver  
The Public House Theatre Bye Bye Liver
The Pub Theater Company performs a series of outrageous sketches centered on Chicago's favorite pastime: drinking. Bye Bye Liver is filled with interactive social games for the audience, pitting males versus females, actors versus audience and so on. Bar life and alcoholic adventures are held up for your amusement so you can laugh -- and drink -- your troubles away. With a spontaneous and interactive format, the outcome is always a fun and outrageous time for everyone, both audience and cast.
Chapter Two  
Windy City Playhouse Chapter Two
Neil Simon's comedy classic is based on the playwright's real-life courtship with his second wife, actress Marsha Mason. In Chapter Two, widowed spy novelist George Schneider (McCaskill) thinks he will never date again, especially after his pushy younger brother Leo (DeFaria) sets him up with a few duds. Enter Jennie (Amy Rubenstein), a soap opera actress with a sensitive side who just might be able to bring George back into the light. Completing the cast in this sparkling rom-com is Faye (Carle), Jennie's neurotic married friend. Simon's Chapter Two was nominated for a 1978 Tony Award for Best Play (ultimately awarded to Da by Hugh Leonard).
A Charlie Brown Christmas  
Emerald City Theatre Company at Broadway Playhouse A Charlie Brown Christmas
Tis the season to celebrate everyone's favorite Peanuts pals as they dig past the commercialized gimmicks of presents and decorations to rediscover the true meaning of Christmas. Through a pageant and a spindly tree, Charlie Brown and friends bring the holiday spirit back to life for families once again! "And for Charlie Brown, it was truly the merriest Christmas ever."
Christmas Bingo: It's a Ho-Ho-Holy Night  
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.
A Christmas Carol  
Goodman Theatre A Christmas Carol
Now a beloved Chicago tradition, each year The Goodman Theatre ushers in the holiday season with its adaptation of Charles Dickens' classic story A Christmas Carol. Audiences look forward to the "bah humbugs," the electrifying arrival of the ghosts, the jubilant musical numbers and dancing, and Scrooge's joyful rediscovery of life, love and the Christmas spirit. Goodman's Carol has been produced for over 35 years, and the timeless holiday tale promises to be merrier and more magical than ever. With this special pre-sale offer, you have access to great seats before they go on sale to the public.
A Christmas Carol  
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  
Metropolis Performing Arts Centre A Christmas Carol
A timeless holiday favorite, Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol returns in the Metropolis' annual production, which has been delighting audiences since 2001. Join Scrooge, Marley, Bob Cratchit, Tiny Tim and a variety of colorful characters as they help misguided miser Ebenezer Scrooge discover love, joy and the true meaning of Christmas. The production features an adaptation of Dickens' classic by resident playwright Scott Woldman with musical arrangements by Micky York. York directs a cast of mainly local actors as well as Jerry Miller as Ebenezer Scrooge.
A Christmas Carol  
Quest Theatre Ensemble A Christmas Carol
Quest Theatre Ensemble will bring its visual artistry and immersive theatricality to the Alan Menken-Lynn Ahrens musical version of Dickens' A Christmas Carol. This version with music by Menken, the multiple Oscar winning composer of Disney musicals Beauty and the Beast, The Little Mermaid, Aladdin and Newsies; and lyrics by the Tony award-winning lyricist of Ragtime, Seussical and Once on this Island, was a hit for ten consecutive seasons at New York's Madison Square Garden and was later filmed for television in a production starring Kelsey Grammer as Scrooge.
A Christmas Carol: an Evening of Dickensian Delights  
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.
Christmas Dearest  
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.
The Christmas Schooner  
Mercury Theater The Christmas Schooner
Your whole family will enjoy this heartwarming story of the first Christmas Tree Ship and the people who risked their lives to fill Chicago with the holiday spirit. Based on the shipwrecked Rouse Simmons, The Christmas Schooner is a powerful, moving story with an exquisite score by Chicago favorites John Reeger (book) and Julie Shannon (music and lyrics). The musical has entertained audiences for hundreds of productions, including a 12-year run at Chicago's Bailiwick Repertory Theatre. Set in the late 19th century, this holiday musical tells the song and dance-filled story of a close-knit group of German immigrants who receive a message from a Chicago-based cousin lamenting the lack of traditional Christmas trees. A shipping captain and his crew then undertake a risky late-season journey across the notoriously violent Lake Michigan to deliver the precious timber to the city, carrying with them a full cargo of holiday hope and joy.
A Christmas Story - The Musical  
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."
A Christmas Story  
Theatre At The Center A Christmas Story
Set in Northwest Indiana in the 1940's, A Christmas Story chronicles bespectacled nine-year-old Ralphie Parker and his quest to get his dream Christmas gift - 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!" Despite the skepticism, Ralphie won't be deterred and will do whatever it takes-mounting a hint-dropping, Santa-begging campaign and enduring a slew of calamities-to make sure he receives his prized gift on Christmas morning. A wistful look into middle-class American life and a tribute to the elusive magic of Christmas, A Christmas Story is a heartwarming family tradition.
Clara and the Nutcracker  
Piccolo Theatre Clara and the Nutcracker
You won't find any tutus or graceful ballet leaps in this light-hearted adaptation of the Nutcracker. You will experience the magic of the original fairy tale, plus loads of laughter. Piccolo Theatre's Clara & the Nutcracker is performed panto-style -- a British holiday theater tradition -- and you can expect lots of physical humor, audience participation, prat falls, goofy songs, memorable characters and sub-par "ballet" dancing. Join Clara and her two uncles Fritz and Drosselmeyer as they journey to the Land of Sweets on an amazing adventure. Along the way, you'll encounter the Sugar Plum Fairy and the Nutcracker Prince while saving Princess Marie from the Rat King and his bumbling cronies.
Comedy Sportz ComedySportz
ComedySportz shows offer a unique blend of fast and funny improvisational comedy that is appropriate fun for all ages. The Red and Blue teams battle it out in front of a referee in games that the audience selects, and points are awarded based on how quickly and effectively the performers complete the games. The eternal battle of Red vs. Blue is improvised 6 times weekly, and the show is never the same twice!
Cupid Has a Heart On  
Stage 773 Cupid Has a Heart On
The longest running musical comedy in Chicago, Cupid Has a Heart On is a must see Chicago experience! The fast paced, musical sketch show is hilarious, irreverent, and a raunchy good time. If you're ready to belly laugh about body image and roar about relationships, Cupid Has a Heart On is sure to deliver with comedic wit to spare. Created by Stage 773 Creative Director, Brian Posen, who directs and plays accompaniment, The Cupid Players have toured nationwide, including appearances in New York, Los Angeles, and San Francisco. Cupid Has a Heart On features an ensemble cast and a rotating set list, so you are sure to see new faces and hear old favorites when you come to see Cupid again and again. The wickedly talented triple-threats who make up The Cupid Players are some of Chicago's top creative talent - constantly developing new material for the mainstage show, touring, festivals, and events.
The Dinner Detective  
Millennium Knickerbocker Hotel The Dinner Detective
Having worked in the professional theater, TV and film industries for over 20 years, our collection of actors and producers have mastered the art of improvisational theatrical role playing and have ultimately created the perfect evening of entertainment for you and your guests. By hiding our actors among the customers and leaving everyone to suspect who is part of the show and who is not, our events are proven second to none.
Dragons Love Tacos  
Emerald City Theatre Company at Apollo Theater Dragons Love Tacos
Dragons love parties. All kinds of parties. But if you want to throw a party for dragons, you have to remember the tacos. Dragons love tacos. All kinds of tacos! POOLS OF TACOS. But save the salsa. When dragons eat salsa, you'll discover the results can be explosive. Adapted from the New York Times best seller, Dragons Love Tacos is a sizzling story full of fiery fun for your entire family.
Marriott Theatre In Lincolnshire Elf
A modern day holiday classic for the entire family, ELF is the hilarious story of Buddy, a young orphan child, and his quest to reunite with the father he never knew existed. After accidentally crawling into Santa's bag of gifts, Buddy is transported to the North Pole and raised by Santa's workshop of elves. Faced with the reality that he is in fact human, Santa's biggest little helper embarks on a larger-than-life quest to New York City to find his real father and discover his true identity. Along the way, Buddy's indomitable cheer transforms the lives of everyone he encounters and opens his father's eyes to the magic of Christmas. With a jubilant score including songs like "Happy All the Time," "Sparklejollytwinklejingley" and "I'll Believe In You," ELF is sure to have audiences of all ages embracing their inner elf.
Fallen Angels  
Remy Bumppo Theatre at The Greenhouse Theater Center Fallen Angels
Before Julia and Jane married their comfortable husbands - there was Maurice. An elegant Frenchman and youthful indiscretion for them both, he has written to announce his impending return. Their blissfully ignorant husbands embark on a weekend of golf, leaving the door open to revelry and rivalry. Noel Coward's celebrated wit sparkles in this risque stylish sex farce that captures the hedonistic spirit of the Roaring Twenties.
Forever Plaid: Plaid Tidings  
Steel Beam Theatre Forever Plaid: Plaid Tidings
Forever Plaid: Plaid Tidings is a brand-new show that offers the best of Forever Plaid tied-up in a nifty package with a big Christmas bow on top! Filled with Christmas standards that have all been "Plaid-erized," our boys are back to do their Christmas Special. At first they aren't sure why they've returned, but a phone call from the heavenly Rosemary Clooney lets them know that they're needed to put a little harmony into a discordant world. A show for the whole family, Plaid Tidings combines favorite tunes from the '50s and '60s with traditional holiday songs and carols, a hilarious tribute to The Ed Sullivan Christmas Spectaculars, and plenty of winning references to the era and its sounds!
American Theater Company Fulfillment
New York. Today. Michael has everything: the girlfriend, the condo, and the primo job at a top law firm. But after eight years, he has continually been passed up for a partnership, and starts to suspect it's because of racial discrimination. When his boss tells him why, he has to decide whether he has the strength to confront a personal demon. In one of the most controversial stories ever to appear on ATC's stage, playwright Thomas Bradshaw bravely and honestly exposes the painful gray areas between the personal and the professional in America's upper class.
Good For Otto  
The Gift Theatre Good For Otto
Haunted by his own childhood, a psychologist tries to minister to the distressed souls who find their way to the doors of the health center he runs in a cluster of Connecticut hamlets and villages. Absurd at times, sadly comic and touching in the twists and turns of their simple humanity, men and women, young and old, rich and poor bring their pain in from the bucolic setting of trees, white churches, streams and mountains ranges for Dr. Michaels and his collogues with hopes of relief in the world premiere of this whimsical, yet tornadic, ensemble piece.
The Great Annoyance Melodrama and Vaudeville Holiday Revue  
Annoyance Theatre The Great Annoyance Melodrama and Vaudeville Holiday Revue
"The Great Annoyance Melodrama and Vaudeville Holiday Revue" presents a seasonal comedy show packed full of talent, excitement and the worst gingerbread cookies in the world. In a theater experience straight out of yesteryear, the assembled cast puts on a melodrama titled "The 12 Games of Christmas" or "How a Town Pined for a Tree." The story is of Carol Christmas, a brave park ranger who must protect the largest Christmas tree in the nation against her resort owning nemesis who has set out to destroy it. While the action unfolds, the vaudevillian players tap dance, tell jokes and profess their love to classic Holiday song! "The Great Annoyance Melodrama and Vaudeville Holiday Revue" is full of pratfalls, music, running gags, and dancing guys and gals. You'll laugh, you'll cry, you'll boo, you'll cheer at high-drama thrills and the winter chills.
The Greatest Story Never Told  
Under The Gun Theater The Greatest Story Never Told
The Greatest Story Never Told begins with an underprepared narrator who opens a storybook only to discover it has no text. The solution is the audience must help create and perform an original story made up on the spot along with "The Greatest Interns" (professional improvisers). Suggestions for location, character and plot are taken throughout the entire show as volunteer performers of all ages are invited on stage to perform a 4560 minute improvised story. A professional writer and artist create text and illustrations from the show and the story is ultimately transformed into a purchasable storybook.
Greenroom Improv  
Hemmens Cultural Center Greenroom Improv
Imagine an hour and a half of complete improvisation, a la Whose Line is it Anyway? GreenRoom’s improvisers take audience suggestions and true-life audience stories and turn them into hilarious theatre pieces right before their eyes! With competing improv teams, improvised songs and audience members on stage, this clean, high-energy show brings the laughs to The Hemmens. Oh, and did we mention there’s live music?
The Heir Apparent  
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.
Profiles Theatre - The Main Stage Hellcab
For the fourth 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.
Hershey Felder as Irving Berlin  
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.
Step Up Productions at Athenaeum Theatre HoliDaze
Due to popular demand, Step Up's popular holiday round up returns for its third 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!
Hope Throws Her Heart Away  
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.
Ibsen's Ghosts  
Mary-Arrchie Theatre at Angel Island Theater Ibsen's Ghosts
Despite the traditional teachings of the Bible and her Pastor, Mrs. Alving has discovered new enlightenment through literature, including the works of Henrik Ibsen. Armed with "the truth" and the knowledge that she might be trapped as a character in an Ibsen play, she attempts to subvert the traditional narrative and find an alternative to the gloomy doomed destiny of her son Oswald and his lover/sister Regina.
Incident at Vichy  
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.
It's A Wonderful Life  
American Blues Theater at The Greenhouse Theater Center It's A Wonderful Life
From the original 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 that has been called "perfect Christmas theater" and "first-class holiday fare" returns to the Greenhouse Theater Center this season
It's a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play  
Oil Lamp Theater It's a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play
Watching It's a Wonderful Life each year has become a beloved holiday tradition. So what better way to kick off the season than to see this old favorite in a whole new way -- live on stage at the Oil Lamp Theater in Glenview! This show-within-a-show transports you back to Studio A at WBFR Radio on December 24, 1946, where a cast of actors prepares to present It's a Wonderful Life live to a studio audience. Aided by a sound-effects artist, the ensemble re-enacts the beloved story of George Bailey, a young man who's given up on his dreams and is considering ending it all on Christmas Eve. A guardian angel intervenes and shows him the many lives he's touched throughout the years without even realizing it in this classic holiday tale that remains as powerful -- and as heartwarming -- as ever.
It's a Wonderful Santaland Miracle, Nut Cracking Christmas Story... Jews Welcome!  
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.
It's Christmas, Goddamnit  
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.
Late Nite Catechism  
Royal George Theatre Late Nite Catechism
Late Nite Catechism is an uproariously funny play, written by Vicki Quade and Maripat Donovan, where the irrepressible Sister teaches class to a roomful of "students." Throughout the course of the play the benevolent instructor rewards audience members for correct answers with glow-in-the-dark rosaries and other nifty prizes. Naughty students may well find themselves on stage sitting in a corner reflecting their actions. Now in its 20th year in Chicago, Late Nite Catechism is a sharp satire, but never mean. It’s simply an evening of fun and laughter.
The Lisbon Traviata  
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.
The LIVINGroom  
Stage 773 The LIVINGroom
You're not likely to find much social interaction on your couch at home, much less dramatic and engaging true stories told by the people that actually lived them. So why not move the action to The LIVINGroom at Chicago's Stage 773, and experience this new edition of their Sunday Solo Performance Series? They're promising highly-theatrical storytelling, inspired by actual events, so you can relax and kick back in someone else's parlor to be thoroughly entertained. You'll find Stage 773 at the center of Lakeview's exciting Belmont Theater District.
The Long Christmas Ride Home  
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.
Magic Tree House: A Night in New Orleans  
Emerald City Theatre Company at Apollo Theater Magic Tree House: A Night in New Orleans
Beloved Magic Tree House characters, Jack and Annie, venture through the tuneful streets of 1915 New Orleans, where they discover 14-year-old Louis Armstrong and must set him on the trumpeting path to become the "King of Jazz." This triumphant tale explores a world where possibilities are endless and stirs the soul of the Jazz Age.
Marjorie Prime  
Writers Theatre Marjorie Prime
It's the age of artificial intelligence, but 86-year old Marjorie is worried that her memory may be fading. That is, until the appearance of Walter, a mysterious and charming young visitor programmed to help Marjorie uncover the intricacies of her own past. As Walter's true nature is revealed, new levels of complexity emerge, leading to profound questions about the limits of technology and whether memory might be a purely human invention.
Medieval Times Dinner and Tournament  
Medieval Times Schaumburg Castle Medieval Times Dinner and Tournament
Medieval Times is an exciting, family-friendly dinner attraction inspired by an 11th century feast and tournament. Guests are served a four-course banquet and cheer for one of six knights as they compete in the joust and other tests of skill. Expect lots of jousting, swordsmanship, thrilling hand-to-hand combat, and displays of extraordinary horsemanship as part of an exciting story set in Medieval Spain.
The Merry Widow  
Lyric Opera The Merry Widow
As champagne flows, can-can girls dance and composer Franz Lehar's incomparable music swirls, a suitable husband is sought for The Merry Widow, who also happens to have inherited a fortune. A former paramour seems to fit the bill, but he seems to have no intention of giving up bachelorhood. A host of complications arise, even as sparks continue to fly between the two. "The Merry Widow Waltz," "Vilja" and "Maxim's" are just a few of the score's many memorable melodies. Now you can see this enchanting operetta with an art-nouveau setting at Civic Opera House in Chicago. Tony Award winner Susan Stroman directs and choreographs the witty show, performed entirely in English, featuring Renee Fleming, Elizabeth Futral and Thomas Hampson.
Million Dollar Quartet  
Apollo Theater Million Dollar Quartet
MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET is the smash-hit musical inspired by the famed 1956 recording session that brought together rock 'n' roll icons Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins and Elvis Presley for the first and only time. That legendary night is brought to life in this thrilling musical which features a score of hits including "Blue Suede Shoes," "Great Balls of Fire," "Walk the Line," "Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On," "Hound Dog" and more. Don't miss your chance to be a fly on the wall of fame... at MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET! Final weeks- Must close January 17!
Miracle on 34th Street  
Overshadowed Theatrical Productions Miracle on 34th Street
It's that time of year again and we are celebrating the season with our production of Miracle on 34th Street. The play is based on the beloved 1947 film original and adapted by Mountain Community Theater from the novel by Valentine Davies.
Mr. Popper's Penguins  
Lifeline Theatre Mr. Popper's Penguins
Money is tight and times are tough in the town of Stillwater. With no houses to paint till next spring, Mr. Popper is stuck at home daydreaming of adventures in far-off lands, while Mrs. Popper must scrimp and save just to put beans on the table. But with the unexpected arrival of a spirited penguin named Captain Cook, a new horizon opens before them. As a quiet partnership expands into a boisterous flock, the Poppers learn that there's no problem that can't be solved with steady determination, lots of love, and a dash of unconventionality. Join this offbeat family on an unforgettable adventure in a world premiere musical based on the 1938 classic by Richard and Florence Atwater.
My Way... A Musical Tribute to Frank Sinatra  
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.
Never the Sinner  
Victory Gardens Theater - Biograph Never the Sinner
Chicago, May 21, 1924 - Two handsome and wealthy college students, Nathan Leopold and Robert Loeb, are accused of violently murdering a 14-year-old boy. Are these two successful men capable of murder? What demons could drive this pair to commit such a brutal act? Never the Sinner, a suspenseful courtroom drama from Victory Gardens' Playwrights Ensemble Alumnus John Logan (The Last Ship and Tony Award for Red on Broadway) and directed by Gary Griffin (The Color Purple on Broadway, Appropriate), explores a complex and twisted relationship between two men in search of passion and intellect.
No More Sad Things  
Sideshow Theatre Company at Victory Gardens Theater - Biograph No More Sad Things
Driven by a half-remembered dream of frogs, Jessiee is headed for Maui, looking to escape her troubles. Meanwhile, a conversation with a falling star leads young Kahekili to the water, searching for a wave that he can ride into a better life. When they find each other on a beach under the mahina, their two lives begin to intertwine, but the truth beyond the breakers might just swallow them both. A surreal, expressive journey, NO MORE SAD THINGS uses music and sly humor to tell a story of two wanderers finding new paths together.
The Nutcracker  
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.
Citadel Theatre Company Oliver!
Consider yourself invited to Oliver!, Lionel Bart's three-time Tony Award-winning musical that's set to steal your heart the minute it hits Chicagoland's Citadel Theatre stage. Charles Dickens' unforgettable characters burst to life in this lively, heel-kicking classic about an innocent orphan thrown into the dark world of double-dealing thieves and con men of 19th-century London. Overflowing with jubilant songs, including "You've Got to Pick a Pocket or Two," "Consider Yourself," "Where is Love?" and the scrumptious "Food, Glorious Food," Oliver! serves up a musical feast for the eyes and ears that'll have you calling out for "More!"
Palace of the Occult  
Eclectic Full Contact Theatre at Prop Theatre Palace of the Occult
Attend the most sensational evening on Berlin's 1933 society calendar. It's the historic opening of the Palace of the Occult, presided over by popular psychic, Erik Jan Hanussen. Be charmed by his stories and involved in his astonishing feats -- but is he seer or charlatan, Nazi or Jew, traitor or martyr? Based on actual events. A portion of proceeds will benefit the Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center. Guests are limited to 75 per seating for this exclusive engagement.
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.
Pilgrim's Progress  
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.
Griffin Theatre Company at Signal Ensemble Theatre Pocatello
Home doesn't feel like home anymore for Eddie, an Italian chain restaurant manager who is losing connections with his co-workers and his family. Set in the harsh backdrop of Pocatello, Idaho - a small, unexceptional American city - Samuel D. Hunter's heartbreaking comedy is a cry and the struggle we face to create an authentic experience - to forge true community - in a place that is being transformed into the endless artificiality of Walmarts, Applebees and strip malls.
Private Lives  
ShawChicago at Ruth Page Center For Arts Private Lives
It's no great surprise that Noel Coward saved his zestiest zingers and sharpest one-liners for Private Lives-- he always intended to star in the comedic masterpiece himself. His greed is your gain as Private Lives ranks as one of the most savagely funny plays ever written. Elyot and his ex-wife Amanda can't live with or without each other, which makes things a bit sticky when they find themselves honeymooning in the same hotel -- each with a new, younger spouse. While their puzzled new partners try to cope, the two fall in love (and come to blows) all over again. Using their classic concert reading format, ShawChicago Theater Company presents a new production of this Art Deco-era comedy about the pleasures -- and pitfalls -- of romance at Ruth Page Center for the Arts.
A Q Brothers' Christmas Carol  
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.
R+J: The Vineyard  
Oracle and Red Theater Chicago at Oracle Theatre R+J: The Vineyard
R+J: THE VINEYARD is set in 1890's Martha's Vineyard where a unique deaf/hearing bilingual agricultural community gave way to a budding tourism industry. Intense cultural lines are drawn between hearing and non-hearing as land, lifestyle, and livelihoods ignite the Capulet and Montague families. This beautiful and physical production is both spoken and performed in American Sign Language and intended for all audiences.
The Raid  
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.
Robin Hood and Maid Marian  
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.
A Rocky Mountain Christmas  
Metropolis Performing Arts Centre A Rocky Mountain Christmas
A family holiday tradition comes to life in A Rocky Mountain Christmas as Jim Curry performs the music from John Denver's many Christmas Music collections. Memorable melodies that speak to the heart of the holidays like "Silver Bells," "Silent Night," and "O Holy Night," along with John's own "Christmas for Cowboys," "Noel, Christmas Eve," "Aspenglow," and "The Peace Carol." Enjoy these songs along with John's all-time hits like "Rocky Mountain High," "Sunshine On My Shoulders," and "Back Home Again," as Jim Curry and his band perform in this heart-felt seasonal show.
Sad Songs for Bad People  
Rough House Theater Company at Neo-Futurists Sad Songs for Bad People
Sad Songs for Bad People invites you to step right up and trade in your troubles for an evening of murder ballads, ditties of death, and songs of tragic misfortune! Armed with piles of puppets, a live band, and a cheerful obsession with the macabre, the Sad Songs troupe is determined to put on one helluva show. But as puppet casualties accumulate, ill-buried tension begins to surface and threatens to shatter the troupe's sunny facade. Rough House Theater's Sad Songs for Bad People will thrill you, shock you, gingerly prod the soft spot in your heart, and sate the hunger for dark puppet theater you never knew you had.
Santaland Diaries  
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."
The Second City's 104th Revue  
Second City The Second City's 104th Revue
Jeff Award-Winning Director Ryan Bernier is back along with returning ensemble members Chelsea Devantez, Paul Jurewicz and Daniel Strauss and new cast members Rashawn Nadine Scott, Sarah Shook and Jamison Webb. Jacob Shuda returns as Music Director and Craig Taylor is back for his 36th Revue as Stage Manager for The Second City Mainstage.
Marriott Theatre In Lincolnshire Seussical
Join the mischievous Cat in the Hat as he narrates the story of Horton the Elephant and his friends as they embark on a fanciful journey from the Jungle of Nool, through the mountains, and across the ocean, to help a young girl named Jojo bring harmony back to the tiny planet of Who. Along the way, meet zany Dr. Seuss characters including the tiny Whos, sour kangaroos, harmonizing birds, and trouble-making monkeys!
Soul Brother, Where Art Thou?  
Second City Soul Brother, Where Art Thou?
Soul Brother, Where Art Thou? hilariously explores the ups and downs of modern life - our co-dependent relationship with technology, the paranoid perils of online dating and battling the loud chorus of judgment we hear in our heads and from the world around us. From the very real threat of fatal peanut allergies to the embarrassment of miscast warriors, Soul Brother, Where Art Thou? searches for common ground and kindred spirits.
TimeLine Theatre Company Spill
Spill is a riveting human drama drawn from hundreds of interviews with fishermen and rig workers, oil industry executives and clean-up workers, environmentalists and families who lost loved ones in the Deepwater Horizon explosion.
Prologue Theatre Company at The Side Project Tea
Five Japanese "war brides" of American soldiers who live in Kansas, struggle with their cultural identity and the anti-Japanese prejudice that followed World War II. After one of the women commits suicide, her ghostly presence forces the other women to deal with the tensions of being Japanese in post-war America, marrying a 'foreigner' and living separated from their culture.
That's Weird, Grandma  
Barrel Of Monkeys at Neo-Futurists That's Weird, Grandma
An assortment of scenes and songs created by Chicago Public School students and produced by actors, musicians, comedians and playwrights. The hour-long show changes each week, based on audience votes.
Three Little Kittens  
Emerald City's Little Theatre Three Little Kittens
Three little kittens are on the hunt for their missing mittens, and they need your help finding them! Gather the clues and make new discoveries before Mother Cat comes home. With the promise of pie and the smell of a rat close by, this interactive spy story is the purr-fect way to introduce your little ones to the mystery and excitement of live theatre. (For ages 0-5)
Tommy Gun's Garage  
Tommy Gun's Garage Tommy Gun's Garage
The restaurant-cabaret presents a Roaring 20s-themed musical comedy revue in a speakeasy seting, with dining and drinking integrated into the show.
Too Much Light Makes The Baby Go Blind  
Neo-Futurists Too Much Light Makes The Baby Go Blind
Their signature show, Too Much Light Makes The Baby Go Blind, which had its first performance on December 2, 1988, is now in its twenty-fifth year, making it the longest-running show in Chicago today. Too Much Light..., with its ever-changing "menu," is an attempt to perform 30 plays in 60 minutes. The single unifying element of these plays is that they are performed from a perspective of absolute honesty.
Treasure Island  
Lookingglass Theatre Treasure Island
Adventure beckons when a mysterious blind man delivers a dreaded Black Spot to an aging sea captain, plunging an innkeeper's son into a desperate race for buried treasure armed with only his wits against a dastardly crew of cutthroat pirates.
We Gotta Bingo  
Chicago Theatre Works We Gotta Bingo
Get your cards and markers ready for We Gotta Bingo, a raucous, interactive dinner theater experience where you're placed in the middle of two rival parishes who are set to be merged with each other. Since neither can support the expanding congregation by itself, they decide to raise the money the best way they know how -- through a bingo blowout. In between games, you'll enjoy a tasty Italian dinner, musical interludes between the rival parish choirs and The Vokel Chords playing hits from today and yesterday, polka-style. Following in the hilarious footsteps of Tony 'n Tina's Wedding, throw on your game face for We Gotta Bingo at Chicago Theater Works.
White Christmas, the Musical  
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.
Will You Accept This Rose, an Improvised Parody of The Bachelor  
Under The Gun Theater Will You Accept This Rose, an Improvised Parody of The Bachelor
We interview an audience member about a relationship they have/had. Based on the interview we watch an improvised compelling night of television where our Bachelor goes on a series of dates with our eligible ladies in hopes to find a wife. The participants travel to romantic and exotic locations for their adventures, and the conflicts in the series, both internal and external, stem from the elimination-style format of the show. Who will win our Bachelor's heart?
You Can't Take It With You  
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.