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After The Dance  
Runcible Theatre Company at Royal George Theatre After The Dance
 
Part social comedy, part tragedy, After the Dance explores the crumbling façade of the Mayfair party circuit in 1930s London. With one war over, and another fast approaching, David and Joan Scott-Fowler are determined to exist in a state of idealistic, inebriated bill; but when the young Helen Banner pierces through the hedonism, David and Joan are forced to confront the truths around them, with devastating consequences.
   
Annie Warbucks  
Theatre At The Center Annie Warbucks
 
All the ingredients that made Annie so successful return in its sequel Annie Warbucks. The first scene continues where Annie left off. Annie, her dog Sandy and Daddy Warbucks are opening presents around the tree on Christmas morning when Child Welfare Commissioner Harriet Doyle arrives on the scene to inform Daddy Warbucks that he must marry in 60 days so that the newly adopted Annie can have a proper mother.
   
The Annoyance Christmas Pageant  
Annoyance Theatre The Annoyance Christmas Pageant
 
The Annoyance Christmas Pageant takes two well loved, holiday children specials and combines them into two acts. Charley Brown Christmas follows Charley Brown on his journey to find the true meaning of Christmas, while enduring the commercialization of the season, and insults from Lucy Van Pelt. In Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer, Sam the Snowman tells the tale of how young reindeer Rudolph runs away from home to be independent, with his new found friend Hermie. Together they meet Yukon Cornelius, a prospector searching for silver and gold, discover an island of misfit toys and learn that it's okay to be different from the pack. All while avoiding the Abominable Snow Monster of the North!
   
Apartment 3A  
Windy City Playhouse Apartment 3A
 
It might be the nicest apartment in the building, but it can't possibly be enough to make up for the day that Annie has had. A nasty breakup, an on-air meltdown, and a fledgling romance have left her faithless and heartbroken. So when a simple visit from an enigmatic new neighbor starts to change things for the better, Annie has to ask: is it fate? Luck? Or... divine intervention?
   
Aunty Chan's Office Holiday Party  
Annoyance Theatre Aunty Chan's Office Holiday Party
 
This is your personal invitation to Aunty Chan's Office Holiday Party! As head of the Party Planning Committee, Aunty Chan takes office parties to a new level. Join her this holiday season for an office variety show with all your favorite co-workers. Aunty Cherry Chan is all thrill with no chill. "Make sure you clock in before you start drama at work." -Aunty Chan
   
Barney the Elf  
The Greenhouse Theater Center Barney the Elf
 
Chicago drag queen sensation Dixie Lynn Cartwright takes the lead in this cheeky musical twist on the modern holiday fave about "embracing your inner elf." After Santa Claus retires, his wicked son begins a not-so-jolly reign as the new head of Christmas. The North Pole begins to crumble under his tyrannical rule, and Barney the Elf is forced to leave his home. Soon he embarks on a fabulous journey of self-discovery (or is it elf-discovery?) that lands him in one of Chicago's hottest drag bars. But can he truly leave Christmas behind for a new life in the big city? Barney the Elf brings choreographed musical numbers galore and plenty of queer holiday cheer to Chicago's Greenhouse Theater Center.
   
Beauty and the Beast  
Museum Of Contemporary Art Beauty and the Beast
 
This Beauty and the Beast leads the audience on a magical journey into real and fabled romance, using love and humor plus a healthy dose of nudity to throw open the doors to acceptance. The artists reach maximum enchantment by employing song, dance, puppetry, and shadow play. Fraser, who plays the Beast, was born with phocomelia and has spent his life entertaining with and through this embodied reality, just as Muz has famously celebrated the power of women's sexuality through her own body. This explicit, adult-themed work repositions the Beast as a natural-born freak to the beauty queen who loves him. Two charming and extravagantly costumed puppeteers interact with Mat for his incarnation from the Beast to Prince for this happily-ever-after story. Muz and Fraser's sweet, raunchy, and unself-conscious coupling is directed by Phelim McDermott, who staged Philip Glass's Satayagraha.
   
Beth In July  
Prop Theatre Beth In July
 
What happens when two peculiar people meet via online dating? With a history of increasing violence that started with an exploding firecracker when she was just four, Beth is a walking disaster. Via the Internet she meets Jim, hunted by his flesh-eating offspring and living in hiding in a climate-controlled storage unit. Hounded by his isolation, Jim's body transmorphs with each lunar cycle. With a penetrating look at intimacy, the latest from 'New Orleans' most provocative playwright' once again delivers a raw serving of 'horror meets hilarity.'
   
Betrayal  
Raven Theatre Betrayal
 
Pinter's modern classic drama concerns the nine-year affair between a London writer and the wife of his publisher and best friend. A thoughtful, rich play about a common theme of human existence - the difficulty in maintaining honest relationships with those close to us - Betrayal is known for its unique structure, it tells the story backwards in time, with the play beginning at the end of the affair and ending as the affair is about to begin.
   
Big Ski Trip  
Annoyance Theatre Big Ski Trip
 
It's 2006, and a group of bored high schoolers are wiling away the monotony of winter break in a bland basement somewhere in the suburbs. When their boredom is interrupted by a sexually explicit AIM message, the teens embark on a bizarre and hilarious adventure that eventually leads them to the winter sports destination of Wilmot Mountain, Wisconsin. Big Ski Trip: A Cautionary Tale for Teen Youth is coming to the stage at The Annoyance Theatre & Bar in Chicago, directed by Annoyance regular Jo Scott.
   
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.
   
Body Of Work  
The Public House Theatre Body Of Work
 
We've got one body that takes many forms, and "Body of Work" examines every stage, on stage, for you. "Body of Work" explores the many ways we follow our desires, connections, and impulses to laughter, love, and lunch. In this 45-minute sketch comedy show, 6 actors explore universal problems like whether a boner makes it a date, our collective fetish with "vintage", and what to do with your fat shirt. Laugh with them and occasionally at them, as they present "Body of Work."
   
Bri-Ko  
Stage 773 Bri-Ko
 
Performers Brian Posen, Tim Soszko, and Brian Peterlin turn even the simplest tasks - like changing a lightbulb - into a hilariously complicated and entertaining experience. Blending sketch comedy, clowning, and an incredible array of props, the trio take you on an extraordinary ride you have to see to believe. With only a single word spoken in the 60 minute show, Bri-Ko's playful, physical comedy is a hit with speakers of any language and a favorite for private events and school bookings. Universally appealing and critically acclaimed, Bri-Ko is produced by Stage 773, where they perform regularly. The Chicago Tribune raves, "I'd do anything in my power to get a ticket!"
   
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.
   
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."
   
Chick Flick the Musical  
Royal George Theatre Chick Flick the Musical
 
Chick Flick the Musical delivers an evening of heartfelt female friendship and empowerment wrapped in the iconic conventions of chick flicks. With a cast of four and a live band, this original, 90-minute, no-intermission musical is the perfect girls' night out. Described in testimonials as "everything you loved about Friends mixed with everything you loved about Sex and the City," Chick Flick the Musical shows us characters and friendships that are both inspirational and aspirational -- audiences feel like they are watching themselves and their friends on stage.
   
The Christians  
Steppenwolf Theatre The Christians
 
Pastor Paul has spent 20 years successfully growing his church from a small storefront to a gleaming megachurch, but now he fears that there may be a crack in the theological foundation. As he shares his new belief in the nature of salvation, the message is met with surprise and then growing trepidation from his closest confidantes in the congregation, threatening to create a schism within the church. Hnath's fascinating new play looks with great complexity and compassion at the relationship between belief and behavior-and its evenhanded, unbiased take on faith in modern America can be appreciated no matter what you believe.
   
Christmas at Christine's  
Silk Road Rising at Chicago Temple Christmas at Christine's
 
This new holiday musical revue puts a Silk Road spin on the Christmas season. Chicago favorite Christine Bunuan invites you into her world with Christmas at Christine's. Journey from California to Chicago to the Philippines to a Catholic-Jewish household, as Christine sings her way through the holiday songbook and a lifetime of yuletide memories.
   
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 a clever re-creation of the Annunciation, complete with audience members in angel wings and halos.
   
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.
   
A Christmas Carol  
Metropolis Performing Arts Centre A Christmas Carol
 
A fresh take on the Dickens classic and Metropolis tradition. A narrator takes us through the Christmas Eve tale of Ebenezer Scrooge, relentless in his pursuit of money, taking very little joy in life and consumed by work alone. Scrooge cares nothing for the less fortunate and is cruel to his loyal employee Bob Cratchit. Ebenezer is visited by three ghosts, showing him the errors of his past, the reality of the present, and the gloom the future may hold.
   
A Christmas Carol  
Overshadowed Theatrical Productions A Christmas Carol
 
The magic of Charles Dickens' heart-warming classic visits Overshadowed's stage this Christmas. Come start a new holiday tradition and spend some time with Bob Cratchit, Tiny Tim, Ebenezer Scrooge, Jacob Marley, and the ghosts of Christmases Past, Present, and Future as they bring A Christmas Carol to life on stage. It's perfect holiday entertainment!
   
A Christmas Carol  
Albright Theatre Company A Christmas Carol
 
This adaptation of A Christmas Carol provides a new twist to the Charles Dickens classic. A young boy named Thomas enjoys spending time at his grandfather's lending business, but does not understand why his grandfather would share hard-earned money with the poor. Grandfather takes the opportunity to tell Thomas the story of Ebenezer Scrooge, and a traditional retelling of the classic comes to life onstage.
   
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  
Citadel Theatre Company A Christmas Story: The Musical
 
A Christmas Story, The Musical is a brilliant rebundling of Ralphie Parker's hilariously desperate quest for a Red Ryder Carbine-Action 200 shot range model air rifle into a musical sure to become every bit the holiday favorite as the movie that preceded it. All of your favorite highlights are here - the Old Man's leg lamp, the tongue-on-a-flagpole, the bunny suit, and all of Ralphie's extravagant daydreams! Bring the whole family to see this holiday classic in a new way with this Tony-nominated Best Musical.
   
Christmas with The Celts  
Metropolis Performing Arts Centre Christmas with The Celts
 
The original national PBS show Christmas with The Celts aired on 222 PBS channels across the U.S., Canada and on the BBC in Ireland for three years. The high-stepping spirited musical selections have audiences clapping along from the first lively renditions of popular contemporary Christmas classics: "Little Drummer Boy", "Santa Claus is Coming to Town", "White Christmas" and John Lennon's perennial "Happy Christmas". The show presents a perfect combination of modern Christmas hits, lively Irish Carols, hilarious spontaneous humor, thrilling Irish dancing, a children's choir and lush string arrangements giving audiences a most memorable interactive Christmas experience.
   
Cinderella At The Theater Of Potatoes  
The Hypocrites at The Den Theatre Cinderella At The Theater Of Potatoes
 
Adapted from Pauline Viardot-García's 1904 opera Cendrillon and many of her other compositions, Andra Velis Simon's musical-play is an elegantly irreverent exploration of the classic fairy tale. Here, Cinderella's version of happily-ever-after does not include acceptance by the Prince. In the actor-as-orchestra style of The Hypocrites' Gilbert & Sullivan opera work, Artistic Director Sean Graney directs this fun holiday-time show, perfect for the whole family.
   
The Comedy Roast of Mr. Scrooge  
Chicago Theatre Works The Comedy Roast of Mr. Scrooge
 
From Tiny Tim to the Ghosts of Christmases Past, Present, and Future, all of the beloved characters from A Christmas Carol finally get their chance to tell Scrooge what's coming to him in words that Charles Dickens never even knew. Straying far from certain local productions of Dicken's holiday classic, this irreverent and raucous show is the perfect anecdote for those who prefer a little more spice and a little less nice to their x-mases.
   
The Complete Death's  
Chicago Shakespeare Theater The Complete Death's
 
There are 74 onstage deaths in the works of William Shakespeare-75 if you count the black ill-favored fly killed in Titus Andronicus. From the Roman suicides in Julius Caesar to the death fall of Prince Arthur in King John; from the carnage at the end of Hamlet to snakes in a basket in Antony and Cleopatra. And then there's the pie that Titus serves his guests. Spymonkey will perform them all-sometimes lingeringly, sometimes messily, sometimes movingly, sometimes musically, but always hysterically. The four "seriously, outrageously, cleverly funny clowns" (Time Magazine) will scale the peaks of sublime poetry and plumb the depths of darkest depravity. It may even be the death of them. Directed by Tim Crouch (I, Malvolio, An Oak Tree, Adler & Gibb), The Complete Deaths is a solemn, somber and sublimely funny tribute to the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare's death.
   
Crazy for You  
Drury Lane- Oakbrook Crazy for You
 
Winner of three Tony Awards, including Best Musical, the romantic Gershwin musical Crazy for You follows Bobby Child, a New York banker with a craving for show business, who is sent to foreclose on a theatre in a small mining town. After falling in love with a local girl, Polly, he vows to put on a show to save the failing theatre. Crazy For You brings new life to memorable Gershwin tunes like "I Can't Be Bothered Now," "I Got Rhythm," "Nice Work If You Can Get It," and "Someone to Watch Over Me." Audiences will enjoy a vivacious night filled with mistaken identity, plot twists, and fabulous dance numbers perfect for the whole family.
   
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 Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Night-Time  
Ford Oriental Theatre The Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Night-Time
 
Hailed as "One of the most fully immersive works ever to wallop Broadway" by The New York Times, this "dazzling" (Associated Press) adaptation is the Tony Award-winning new play by Simon Stephens, adapted from Mark Haddon's best-selling novel and directed by Tony winner Marianne Elliott. Fifteen-year old Christopher has an extraordinary brain; he is exceptionally intelligent but ill-equipped to interpret everyday life. When he falls under suspicion for killing his neighbor's dog, he sets out to identify the true culprit, which leads to an earth-shattering discovery and a journey that will change his life forever.
   
The Defiant Thomas Brothers  
Stage 773 The Defiant Thomas Brothers
 
The Defiant Thomas Brothers bring their uncanny ability to mine laughs along the sensitivity spectrum with their no-limits sketch comedy to Stage 773. The Chicago duo garnered major attention in the sketch comedy world, winning the Best Sketch Group award at HBO's prestigious U.S. Comedy Arts Festival. Ranging from old-school, Nichols and May-esque relationship scenes, to embracing the cringe-worthy, the duo skillfully breaks from the modern "political correctness" chains. Interrobang describes the group as "a surprise" saying, "[The Defiant Thomas Brothers] grabbed some well tread comedic paths and mined them so skillfully as to make them feel completely fresh and original." As for the pair's original work, "[They ended] with a musical performance that can only be described as "The Jew Song" that had the audience alternating between dropped jaws and howling laughs- and that's with a 50+ N-word chorus thrown in."
   
Diary of a Worm, a Spider and a Fly  
Emerald City Theatre Company at Apollo Theater Diary of a Worm, a Spider and a Fly
 
Enter the whimsical world of insects with a cast of creepy crawly characters, and laugh away the trials of being a young bug in school. Through musical genres such as rap, hip-hop, pop, and Broadway standards, this choral comedy humanizes the life cycles of insects to celebrate and accept the passions and differences in every child. Taken from the best-selling books by Doreen Cronin, "There's an alternate world that's very cool beneath your feet and in the air!" Jen Ellison Directs.
   
Die Another Holiday  
pH Comedy Theater Die Another Holiday
 
Ben and Lanny are an adorable couple -- and all they really want is a nice Christmas, as their families meet for the first time during a holiday getaway at an '80s-themed ski chalet. But trouble seems to follow Ben and his family anywhere they go, which might be because they're ... secret agents! Then again, there's always a chance that Lanny's family could be harboring some secrets, as well. Die Another Holiday from pH Productions proves that, whether highly trained in the deadly arts or not, no family can make it through the holidays without at least a little drama. Don't miss all the spy-centric intrigue, sitcom-style laughs and farcical fun of Die Another Holiday at Chicago's pH Comedy Theater.
   
Dirty Butterfly  
Halcyon Theatre at Christ Lutheran Church Dirty Butterfly
 
dirty butterfly follows Jason and Amelia as they continue to learn about Jo, their mutual neighbors' dark and compelling world. Through paper thin walls, fragments of all three lives come to light causing a blur of voyeuristic confessions and confrontations of the violence they cannot escape.
   
Disney's The Little Mermaid  
Paramount Theatre Disney's The Little Mermaid
 
Ariel lives 20,000 leagues under the sea with her royal family and father, King Triton. Despite the beauty of her aqua surroundings, the young mermaid only dreams of what lies above. During one of her top-side expeditions with her loyal companions - Sebastian the crab and Scuttle the seagull - the turbulent waters cause some precious cargo, Prince Eric, to be tossed into sea. Ariel swims to his rescue and gets the Prince to safety. When he awakens, he has no recollection of how he got ashore. Determined to risk it all for her chance at true happiness, Ariel makes a deal with Ursula the sea witch. She uses her black magic to transform the love-struck princess into a human. But Ariel has only three days to get her true love to kiss her. As part of the deal, while on land, Ariel will not have the ability to make a sound. If she fails at her quest, her soul and her beautiful voice become the property of Ursula.
   
Drink! The Sketch Comedy Drinking Game  
Cornservatory Drink! The Sketch Comedy Drinking Game
 
Corn Productions is celebrating its 21st birthday by introducing an all new, original BYOB sketch comedy show. "DRINK!" will feature original, comedic sketches by Corn Production writers with a new drinking game for every sketch. The seven person ensemble is aided by a luminescent "DRINK!" sign to help the audience follow along in the fun.
   
East Texas Hot Links  
Writers Theatre East Texas Hot Links
 
In the woods of East Texas, the Top 'o the Hill Cafe offers comfort, solace and companionship for the regulars who come in each night. However, it is the summer of 1955, and times are changing. In the face of oppressive Jim Crow laws, seven strong-willed locals join forces to protect one of their own-until the unthinkable catches them by surprise, changing life at Top 'o the Hill forever.
   
Eat With Your Hands  
The Public House Theatre Eat With Your Hands
 
Eat With Your Hands is a buddy comedy, inside of a sketch show, on a psychedelic drug made for TV (and performed on stage). Lantz & Pez expand the world of original characters Kate and Shannon with a completely new episode (show) each week. Kate and Shannon are roommates and best friends braving the new world together. Grounded in content but wild in form, Lantz & Pez invite you to f*** your utensils and eat with your hands!
   
The Eight Reindeer Monologues  
The Foundlings Theatre Company at The Frontier The Eight Reindeer Monologues
 
Something very wrong just happened at the North Pole. Or did it? Santa's eight flying reindeer are an elite team wreathed in magic on December 24th but it's a different story the other 364 days of the year. After an unspeakable act is alleged, long time resentments and deep dark secrets are exposed to the light as The Eight Reindeer confess what they know. And what they don't know. Did he or didn't he?
   
EL Stories: Holiday Train  
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
   
Electra  
Court Theatre Electra
 
Proclaiming justice, Clytemnestra and her lover Aegisthus murdered her husband, Agamemnon, after his triumphant return from the Trojan War. Now, many long, quiet years have passed and she cannot anticipate the judgments that will soon arrive in Argos. Her vengeful daughter Electra and son Orestes reunite and scheme to confront their mother-upholding the House of Atreus' eternal mission to balance the scales, they seek to reclaim their father's throne.
   
End of the Rainbow  
Porchlight Music Theatre at Stage 773 End of the Rainbow
 
It's December 1968 and Judy Garland (Angela Ingersoll) is about to make her comeback... again. In a London hotel room, with both her new fiance (Kyle Hatley) and her adoring accompanist (Jon Steinhagen), Garland struggles to get 'beyond the rainbow' with her signature cocktail of talent, tenacity and razor-sharp wit. Featuring many of Garland's most memorable songs, this savagely funny play with music offers unique insight into the inner conflict that inspired and consumed one of the most beloved figures in American popular culture.
   
Fruit Cake: An Improvised Holiday Movie  
Under The Gun Theater Fruit Cake: An Improvised Holiday Movie
 
The fast-on-the-trigger comics at Chicago's Under the Gun Theater want you to play producer and pitch them ideas, as they create and act out an entire holiday movie based on your suggestions. Whatever the trope -- from Santa shenanigans to travel troubles to derailed romance -- these highly-trained improv specialists are primed and ready to parody. Plus, there's always the chance that a celebrity will show up for a cameo with the crew.
   
The Fundamentals  
Steppenwolf Theatre The Fundamentals
 
Millie is a smart, resourceful young mother who works as a housekeeper in one of New York's premiere luxury hotels. When an opportunity to move into management gives her the chance to leave behind her blue collar life, Millie must decide how much, and who, she's willing to sacrifice to secure her family's future. A funny and scathing look at America's corporate culture, The Fundamentals examines the compromises we make in order to fulfill our dreams.
   
Give It All Back  
Sideshow Theatre Company at Victory Gardens Theater - Biograph Give It All Back
 
In a swank French hotel room in the mid-1960s, an artist hides out from a world that's turned on him. As a cavalcade of familiar faces tries to break down his door, he smokes, talks, drinks and tries not to think about acoustic versus electric. But when a prime career opportunity lands on the table, he has to decide which version of himself he wants to be, and how to keep the past from bubbling up beneath him. Calamity West delivers a hilariously sardonic examination of how you hold on to your art when everyone else thinks that it's theirs.
   
Goy to the World and a Happy Jew Year  
The Public House Theatre Goy to the World and a Happy Jew Year
 
Holidays are a blessing and a curse for everyone- not just the Goyim. A Solid Callback Productions has something special for Jewish Chicagoans! And it's much more than Adam Sandler's celebrity lists. Enjoy a holiday comedy that tackles the tropes of Jewish family life, the pageantry of the holidays, and the blandness of the food.
   
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.
   
Hamilton  
The PrivateBank Theatre Hamilton
 
A new musical about the scrappy young immigrant who forever changed America: Alexander Hamilton. From bastard orphan to Washington's right hand man, rebel to war hero, loving husband caught in the country's first sex scandal to Treasury head who made an untrusting world believe in the American economy, Hamilton is an exploration of a political mastermind. George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Eliza Hamilton, and lifelong Hamilton friend and foe, Aaron Burr, all attend this revolutionary tale of America's fiery past told through the sounds of the ever-changing nation we've become.
   
The Haven Place  
A Red Orchid Theatre The Haven Place
 
Seven kids must travel across a country unmade by the Elder Gods in a 1988 Winnebago SuperChief Motorhome to find what may be the last safe pocket of Humanity: a small town in northern Canada.
   
A Hedda Gabler  
Red Tape Theater Chicago at Pride Arts Center - The Buena A Hedda Gabler
 
Newly married and returned from her honeymoon, Hedda finds herself ensnared by social circumstances and surrounded by reminders of her oppression. Her attempts to manipulate her oppressors and reclaim personal agency only serve to reveal the inescapability of her plight.
   
Horrible Fun  
Under The Gun Theater Horrible Fun
 
You know your favorite adult party card games? The terrible apple mad lib f*ucktionary incorrect against humanity game that you love so much! We love them too! When you walk in the door you get three cards that fill in the blank. During the show if you have a good card that matches the main card pulled by our judge raise your hand and come up on stage! We will do improvisation based on the combinations. Be aware this show is dirty, ridiculous, offensive, and horrible. Are you ready to be horrible with us?
   
The Hunter And The Bear  
Writers Theatre The Hunter And The Bear
 
The critically-acclaimed PigPen Theatre Co., creators of WT's 2013 smash-hit production of The Old Man and The Old Moon, brings their considerable talents to this original tale. The Hunter and The Bear tells the haunting story of an imaginative young boy and his father, the pragmatic hunter tasked with protecting their isolated town. When his son disappears in the woods, the search to recover him will lead the hunter, and eventually the entire community, through a landscape teeming with dark secrets and supernatural threats.
   
I Am My Own Wife  
About Face Theatre at Theater Wit I Am My Own Wife
 
I Am My Own Wife is based on the true story of Charlotte von Mahlsdorf (born Lothar Berfelde) who, against all odds, hid from the Nazi and Communist regimes in East Berlin in plain sight dressed a woman. About Face's new production will frame Charlotte's story through a transgender lens, celebrating transvisibility through the life story of one of the most fascinating transgender women in historical record.
   
In The Heights  
Porchlight Music Theatre at Stage 773 In The Heights
 
From the creator of the current Broadway juggernaut Hamilton, and winner of Tony Awards for "Best Musical" and "Best Original Score," In the Heights tells the universal story of a tight-knit community in New York's Washington Heights neighborhood-a place where the windows are always open and the breeze carries the rhythm of three generations of music. It's a community on the brink of change, full of hopes and dreams, where the biggest struggles can be deciding which traditions you take with you, and which ones you leave behind.
   
It's a Wonderful Life - A Live Radio Play  
Oil Lamp Theater It's a Wonderful Life - A Live Radio Play
 
It's a Wonderful Life has become a holiday staple for many families. What better way to kick off the season than to see the old favorite in a whole new way -- live on stage. This show-within-a-show takes place on December 24, 1946 in Studio A at WSTG Radio, where a cast of actors is preparing to present It's a Wonderful Life live to the listening audience. With the help of a pianist and a sound-effects artist, the ensemble re-enacts the beloved story of George Bailey, a young man who has given up on his dreams and stands on a bridge on Christmas Eve, ready to end it all. A guardian angel intervenes and shows him all the lives he's touched throughout the years without even realizing it. See this beloved American tale re-imagined at the Oil Lamp Theater in Glenview.
   
It's A Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play  
Metropolis Performing Arts Centre It's A Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play
 
This beloved American holiday classic comes to the stage as a 1940's radio broadcast. With the help of the signature 40's sound-effects, actors bring us Capra's unforgettable story. George Bailey lives his life selflessly, always putting others before himself. Wanting nothing more than to leave his hometown of Bedford Falls and see the world, George's unwavering loyalty keeps him in the small town. Down on his luck on Christmas Eve, George considers if his family would be better off if he had never been born and with the help of an angel looking to earn his wings, George discovers just how much he has influenced the small town of Bedford Falls. A touching and timeless story for the whole family.
   
It's A Wonderful Life: Live in Chicago!  
American Blues Theater at The Greenhouse Theater Center It's A Wonderful Life: Live in Chicago!
 
For 15 years, the American Blues Ensemble has treated Chicago audiences to a live 1940s radio broadcast. The incredible cast recreates the entire town of Bedford Falls with Foley sound effects, an original score, and holiday carols. Critics call this "perfect Christmas theater" and "first-class holiday fare". After each performance, milk and cookies are served by the cast.
   
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.
   
Jacob Marley's Christmas Carol  
Organic Theater Company at Meiley-Swallow Hall Jacob Marley's Christmas Carol
 
Everybody knows the story of Ebenezer Scrooge's miraculous redemption, but what about his late business partner, Jacob Marley? Marley, after all, was the ghost responsible for the old miser's transformation, so isn't it time he got a little recognition? In the funny and heartwarming Jacob Marley's Christmas Carol, he does. Chained and shackled, Marley is condemned to a hellish eternity. He's even given his own private tormentor: a malicious sprite who thoroughly enjoys her work. To escape his own bonds, Marley must first redeem Scrooge. So begins a journey of laughter and terror, redemption and renewal, during which Scrooge's heart is opened -- but not before Marley discovers his own. This is the eighth annual production of Tom Mula's adaptation of Dickens' classic at Naperville's Meiley-Swallow Theatre.
   
Jeeves Intervenes  
ShawChicago at Ruth Page Center For Arts Jeeves Intervenes
 
British author P.G. Wodehouse became one of the most widely read humorists of the 20th century for his iconic duo of feather-brained gentleman Bertie Wooster and his resourceful, long-suffering valet, Jeeves. Now, Wodehouse's trademark wit comes to the stage of the Ruth Page Center for the Arts in ShawChicago Theater Company's staged reading of Jeeves Intervenes. When his Aunt Agatha forces Bertie to cancel his holiday to the French Riviera, it's only the beginning of his troubles. Now he's stuck attending a family reunion while Agatha attempts to engineer his engagement to the overbearing Gertrude. Meanwhile, Bertie's school chum Eustace is about to be sent to a tragically respectable job in India. Now, it's once again up to Bertie's trusty manservant, Jeeves, to save the day.
   
Junie B. Jones in Jingle Bells, Batman Smells!  
Emerald City Theatre Company at Apollo Theater Junie B. Jones in Jingle Bells, Batman Smells!
 
Based on the best-selling book series by Barbara Park, this critically-acclaimed Emerald City Theatre remount explores the challenges of giving selflessly through humor and holiday joy as fan-favorite Junie B. Jones journeys through a Columbus Day school play, a holiday sing-along concert, and Secret Santa Day. "Dear Santa, I really hope you were watching me just now. That's all I hope. Love, Junie B. -Giver."
   
King Charles III  
Chicago Shakespeare Theater King Charles III
 
Called "the most insightful and engrossing new history play in decades" by The New York Times and "bracingly provocative and outrageously entertaining" by The Independent, Bartett's compelling new comedy-drama blurs the line between truth and tragedy. In the aftermath of the death of England's present-day monarch, Queen Elizabeth II, Prince Charles ascends to the throne. His first official act is to rubberstamp Parliament's bill restricting freedom of the press, but Charles refuses in a provocative act of conscience. England is thrown into crisis, absurdly escalating with tanks guarding the palace gates. In the midst of plays for power, how will Charles rule over his once-united kingdom? Written in blank verse and sprinkled with rousing soliloquies and rhyming couplets, King Charles III invokes the heightened stakes of Shakespeare's greatest works in an inventive present-day setting.
   
A Klingon Christmas Carol  
Heartland Studio Theatre A Klingon Christmas Carol
 
Boldly taking Dickens' holiday classic where no Christmas show has gone before, A Klingon Christmas Carol re-imagines Ebenezer Scrooge's tale of greed and redemption using the Star Trek alien race's code of honor and courage. Now, three Klingon ghosts will help the cowardly Scrooge become the true warrior he ought to be in time to save Tiny Tim from a horrible fate. Performed in the Klingon language with English subtitles, this A Christmas Carol-meets-Star Trek mash-up is sure to crack up Trekkies and Dickens fans alike. This voyage to the final frontier of holiday fun blasts off from the Heartland Studio in Chicago.
   
Krampus!  
Ghostlight Ensemble at Underground Wonder Bar Krampus!
 
Mrs. Murray is looking forward to one final Christmas together as a family before her eldest daughter takes off to New York City with her boyfriend. And what could be more perfect than spending the holiday with her bickering family in a remote cabin in the Wisconsin woods during a snowstorm with a Christmas demon on the loose? Nothing says Christmas like abject fear.
   
La Gringa  
UrbanTheater Company La Gringa
 
In this Obie Award-winning comedy about a young woman's search for her identity, María Elena Garcia visits her extended family in Puerto Rico during the Christmas holidays, excited to connect with her homeland. Although this is her first trip to Puerto Rico, she has grown up with an intense love for the island and even majored in Puerto Rican Studies in college. Upon her arrival, however, she realizes that Puerto Rico does not welcome her with open arms. The majority of the Puerto Ricans on the island consider her an American--a gringa-and María considers this a betrayal: If she's a Puerto Rican in the United States and an American in Puerto Rico, María concludes, then this makes her a nobody everywhere. Her journey to come to terms with who she is leads María into misperceptions and misadventures. But will an unlikely ally help her find her way to the other side?
   
The Last Wife  
TimeLine Theatre Company The Last Wife
 
Katherine Parr is smart and passionate: a rising star in a world of intense competition. She also has just been crowned the sixth wife of King Henry VIII. In the process, she's started an illicit affair, inherited three children, and launched a political career at the head of the country, alongside a husband as well known for his insanity as his brutality. Now's not the time to lose her head.
   
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 Little Flower of East Orange  
Eclipse Theatre Company at Athenaeum Theatre The Little Flower of East Orange
 
When Therese Marie arrives in the emergency room of a small hospital in the Bronx suffering from hypothermia and in shock, no one there knows her story. To the doctors and nurses, she is just another abandoned elderly woman who can't even tell them her name. But Therese Marie's dementia is not all that it seems. And when her prodigal son, Danny, returns to New York, Therese Marie must fight to maintain her dignity in light of her son's insistence on confronting the ugly secrets of their past. In this unconventional family drama, Stephen Adly Guirgis gives us a mother and son who must face a long family legacy of abuse in order to find the true meaning of grace.
   
The Magic Parlour  
The House Theatre of Chicago at The Palmer House Hilton Hotel The Magic Parlour
 
The performance contains some of his favorite pieces of magic, alongside some brand new routines in an hour-long show packed with mind-reading, levitations, escapes, and a ridiculous new adaptation of the classic “Card Stab” during which Watkins climbs inside of a fully inflated 7 foot balloon!
   
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.
   
Miss Bennet: Christmas At Pemberley  
Northlight Theatre Miss Bennet: Christmas At Pemberley
 
In this charmingly imagined sequel to Pride and Prejudice, the ever-dependable Mary Bennet is growing tired of her role as dutiful middle sister in the face of her siblings' romantic escapades. When the family gathers for Christmas at Pemberley, an unexpected guest sparks Mary's hopes for independence, an intellectual match, and possibly even love.
   
Mr. and Mrs. Pennyworth  
Lookingglass Theatre Mr. and Mrs. Pennyworth
 
Traveling storytellers Mr. and Mrs. Pennyworth captivate audiences with spell-binding tales. But one day, The Big Bad Wolf mysteriously dies before his story is complete. Fairytales disappear from the pages, characters are utterly forgotten, and Mr. and Mrs. Pennyworth must journey through the stories to restore order before they are lost forever.
   
Mrs. Claus! A Holiday Musical  
Beverly Arts Center Mrs. Claus! A Holiday Musical
 
This holiday classic and audience favorite returns for its 18th consecutive year. Our biggest and most colorful show will put children and adults alike in the holiday spirit. Join Mrs. Claus as she teams up with the new Elf Class of 2016 to find Santa’s missing list in time for Christmas. Can Mrs. Claus and the elves save the holidays? All CKC shows feature plenty of audience participation and run for one hour with no intermission. Mrs. Claus! A Holiday Musical is targeted for children from 2 to 8 years old.
   
Musical Horror Story: Exorcism  
The Cowardly Scarecrow Theatre Company at Charnel House Chicago Musical Horror Story: Exorcism
 
Set in New Orleans, 1964, the story follows Reverend Mother, charged with leading the girls in her care at the Divine Lorraine Home for Wayward Girls, to a life of Godliness. When a mysteriously abandoned young lady arrives late one night, her deadly secret threatens to destroy everything the Reverend Mother stands for. The terror mounts as creepy and eerie unexplained paranormal activity begins to wreak havoc on the orderly life at the convent, resulting in a clandestine visit from a priest with a passionate past to perform an exorcism - live on stage.
   
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.
   
The Nutcracker  
Marriott Theatre In Lincolnshire The Nutcracker
 
Filled with enchanted toys, mischievous mice and sugar plum fairies, the tale of The Nutcracker has enraptured generations of children and adults. Now this annual holiday favorite comes to Lincolnshire in an all-new musical adaptation. The story tells the tale of a young girl named Marie, who receives a magical nutcracker doll one Christmas Eve and sets out on a wondrous journey to reach the Sugar Plum fairy before the wicked Mouse King. Featuring Tchaikovsky's beloved score, this dazzling one-hour production at the Marriott Theatre is perfect for kids of all ages.
   
One Boppa: Two Acts  
Curious Theatre Branch at Prop Theatre One Boppa: Two Acts
 
Directed by Matt Rieger, One Boppa: Two Acts concerns three step sisters, portrayed by Meredith Lyons, Vicki Walden and Julie Williams, who share a father as well as arguments over his flaws and the merits of dogs, not to mention the mystery parent of their youngest sibling's love child.
   
The Other Cinderella  
Black Ensemble Theater The Other Cinderella
 
The most popular of all the Black Ensemble Theater productions this holiday classic always features some new twists, turns, and surprises. The show joyously retells the familiar fairy tale with an Afro-centric twist. There's a "Stepmama" who works at the post office, two mean, evil but especially funny stepsisters, the brothers are from the 'hood, Cinderella was born in the projects and the "Fairy Godmama" is from Jamaica. The Other Cinderella is appropriate for all ages, featuring original music, exciting dances and a heartwarming story that reminds audiences of the greatness of the human spirit.
   
The Other Side of Christmas  
Three Cat Productions at Berger Park Coach House The Other Side of Christmas
 
What's it like to be an outsider on the biggest, most commercial and most televised event of the year? Whether you know first hand or want to see life on "the other side," you're in for a treat. The third annual The Other Side of Christmas features eight playwrights using drama, wacky humor and music to show what it's like to not celebrate Christmas. See it now at Berger Park Coach House Theater in Chicago.
   
Politically Correct Bedtime Stories  
Annoyance Theatre Politically Correct Bedtime Stories
 
Join us as these hilarious and smart stories come to life onstage with a fresh twist. Stories you think you remember from your youth will never be the same after seeing this satirical parody. You will laugh all the way home!
   
Purity the Musical  
Annoyance Theatre Purity the Musical
 
Our story follows Isabel, a devout Christian tempted to have sex with the dreamy worship bandleader days before the Colorado Springs Purity Ball. As purity festivities inch towards a bizarre father-daughter love-fest, Isabel must decide: Is purity a myth or does losing your virginity actually make you a broken garbage woman?
   
Pygmalion  
Remy Bumppo Theatre at The Greenhouse Theater Center Pygmalion
 
Language lovers rejoice for Shaw's most enduring and endearing critique of high society at the turn of the century. When Eliza Doolittle volunteers as the subject for Henry Higgins' exciting social experiment, the optimistic flower girl opens the door to a world more fierce and complex than the dirty London streets. Filled with wit and wordplay, Pygmalion explores what defines who we are and who we might become.
   
A Red Line Runs Through It  
Second City A Red Line Runs Through It
 
A Red Line Runs Through It rides the rails of Chicago in order to answer life's tough questions. How does the past sculpt the future? Are we all guided by anger? In this ever-changing landscape of nostalgia and uncertainty sometimes we need a brunch with friends to sort it all out. Who will snap first? No one knows what tomorrow will bring and the only thing that is certain is that this train keeps moving. This diverse cast of comedians will take you on their own ride exploring the new mother blues, black girl magic, and salacious local news. This non-stop locomotive launches from north to south along a transit line of pure comic bliss.
   
The Rip Nelson Holiday Spectacular  
Hell in a Handbag at Mary's Attic The Rip Nelson Holiday Spectacular
 
It's 1982 and a newly sober Rip manages to land another TV special after the death of his archrival, Paul Lynde. Rip is determined to get his career back on track but can he handle the stress of a network television special and stay sober? Luckily he's got help from a cavalcade of the hottest stars of 1982! Rip pulls every trick in the book to breathe some life in the dying variety series format and save his career but soon questions if his career is worth saving.
   
The Rosenkranz Mysteries  
Royal George Theatre The Rosenkranz Mysteries
 
Classic as well as never been seen before illusions take over the Royal George Cabaret space this winter as the nationally regarded illusionist Ricardo Rosenkranz stars in The Rosenkranz Mysteries, an evening of magic to lift the spirits. Truly astounding numbers will captivate audiences in an intimate, true cabaret style setting with tables featured in the space. A leading local mixologist will enhance the atmosphere by creating several themed drinks that will help create a fully immersive experience for theatregoers.
   
Roz and Ray  
Victory Gardens Theater - Biograph Roz and Ray
 
In 1976, Ray, a newly single parent of twin hemophiliac boys, has only one goal: keep his sons alive. His days are filled with endless trips to the hospital, rigorous testing, and frequent blood transfusions. This all changes when Ray meets Roz, an optimistic and caring doctor with a miracle drug. Roz appears to be Ray's savior until the miracle turns into a nightmare. Roz and Ray tells the profound story of love, trust, sacrifice, and forgiveness between two friends. Victory Gardens Theater's Artistic Director Chay Yew (The Gospel of Lovingkindness, Death and the Maiden) pairs with playwright Karen Hartman to unearth a tragic and little-known event in medical history.
   
Santa...Deux?  
Edge Theatre Santa...Deux?
 
Santa hires the highly ambitious New Elf who promises a faster, more efficient Christmas and creates a clone of Santa to help out. The corporate, savvy Santa Deux begins automating and downsizing the entire town thus threatening the very essence of Christmas. Together everyone learns that although technology can be helpful certain things require a human touch.
   
The Second City's Nut-Cracking Holiday Revue!  
Paramount Theatre The Second City's Nut-Cracking Holiday Revue!
 
Blow off some of that seasonal steam with The Second City's Nut-Cracking Holiday Revue! These ladies and funnymen from Chicago's famed Second City have made it an annual end-of-year tradition to bring their festive hilarity to Paramount's 173-seat Copley Theatre in the heart of downtown Aurora. In a theater that intimate, you're never more than 70 feet from all of Second City's laugh-out-loud skits, naughty songs and street smart ad libs.
   
Singin' in the Rain  
Marriott Theatre In Lincolnshire Singin' in the Rain
 
In one of the most famous movie musical scenes of all time, Gene Kelly partnered with an umbrella and tap danced through puddles in Singin' in the Rain. Now all the unforgettable songs and dances -- including the show-stopping title number -- have been lovingly adapted for the stage by Broadway legends Betty Comden and Adolph Green. Presented at Marriott Theatre in Lincolnshire, the show's set in the days just after the success of the first talkies, when studio execs find themselves scrambling to salvage the career of Lina Lamont, a silent picture star with an iron-clad contract ... and a voice like a screech monkey. They decide to hire an aspiring actress to overdub Lina's voice -- but when the leading man falls in love with the voice-over girl, and the audience clamors for Lina to sing live, there's plenty of hilarious trouble afoot!
   
The Snow Queen  
Piccolo Theatre The Snow Queen
 
Set somewhere at some time in Happy Denmark most definitely during the winter, best friends Kai and Gerda are separated by the enchanted broken mirror of the fierce Snow Queen. With colorful comrades Erick, Derick, and Dame Grandmother, the shy Gerda must find the hero within as she quests across a wintry wonderland to save Kai, facing trolls, pesky snowflakes, and other magical obstacles. This holiday classic will warm your heart, thaw your toes, and tickle your funny bone!
   
Stomp  
Broadway Playhouse Stomp
 
STOMP is explosive, inventive, provocative, witty, and utterly unique—an unforgettable experience for audiences of all ages. The international percussion sensation has garnered armfuls of awards and rave reviews and has appeared on numerous national television shows. The eight-member troupe uses everything but conventional percussion instruments – matchboxes, wooden poles, brooms, garbage cans, Zippo lighters, hubcaps – to fill the stage with magnificent rhythms. Year after year, audiences worldwide keep coming back for more of this pulse-pounding electrifying show. As the Boston Globe says, “If you haven’t seen STOMP, GO! If you have seen it, take someone and share the pleasure!” STOMP. See what all the noise is about.
   
Thirsty!  
Apollo Theater Thirsty!
 
The show combines improvised scenes, original songs and lots of booze. The cast is comprised of the finest veterans of the Chicago improv and comedy scene, with experience at iO, Second City, ComedySportz and the Annoyance Theater.
   
This Way Outta Santaland  
Theater Wit This Way Outta Santaland
 
For eight years, actor Mitchell J. Fain played the role of Crumpet in the classic Christmas one-man show The Santaland Diaries. After nearly a decade of restraining his most anarchic and improvisational instincts, Fain is finally letting loose in his own freewheeling holiday special with the help of cabaret goddess Meghan Murphy. In This Way Outta Santaland at Theater Wit in Chicago, Fain draws on 250 performances as Crumpet the Elf to tell true-life holiday tales of boozy Christmas carols, celebrity holiday gossip and the private lives of elves.
   
Thrones! The Musical Parody  
Apollo Theater Thrones! The Musical Parody
 
A send-up of HBO's phenomenally successful "Game of Thrones," "Thrones! The Musical Parody" asks audiences: Will Tyrion's accent ever improve? Can Jon Snow possibly know more than nothing? Just how red can the Red Wedding get? With Game of Thrones plot twists through Season 6 (read: spoilers), audiences can expect dashing men battling White Walkers, ravishing women riding fire-breathing dragons, and the infamous Walk of Shame-all set to a catchy, original score.
   
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.
   
Tony 'n Tina's Wedding  
Chicago Theatre Works Tony 'n Tina's Wedding
 
Presented by the original New York producers, in conjunction with Chicago Theater Works, comes the return of one of Chicago's longest-running, smash hit shows, Tony 'n Tina's Wedding -- and everyone's invited! You and the other audience members are treated like family at this interactive improvisational comedy. The fun starts with the happy couple's wedding ceremony inside a real church (Resurrection Church), followed by the all-inclusive reception just one block away at Vinnie Black's Coliseum, featuring a full Italian dinner, wedding cake, champagne toast, dancing to great music and lots of love and laughs. As part of the audience, you're considered a wedding guest and are allowed to mix, mingle and interact with all of the participants. You never know what drama you might get swept up in with this crazy Italian family! The improvisational nature of the show lets you go multiple times and see different stories play out each time.Tony 'n' Tina's Wedding will reopen in November 2009
   
Tonya and Nancy: The Rock Opera  
Underscore Theatre at Theater Wit Tonya and Nancy: The Rock Opera
 
The Olympics, 1994. Tonya Harding has hardly had the chance to dream past her father's truck. Nancy Kerrigan has it all--supportive family, affluent background, beauty and effortless grace. Enter Tonya's no-account boyfriend Jeff Gillooly, who has a plan to "help" Tonya win. What will happen when each skater has only three and a half minutes to be perfect?
   
Turtle  
Redtwist Theatre Turtle
 
Molly has it all-a great suburban home, two cute kids, and a hard-working husband. According to what the politicians on her TV say, she is the model of the American dream. And yet, there's a sense of uneasiness in the air. When a sea turtle waddles its way into Molly's life, she and her family can't help but face the unspoken dread that has been lurking in the shadows. This charming and clever new play combines the distant echoes of timeless wisdom with an aggressively post-modern drama about our vexing present day fears.
   
Twelfth Night  
Midsommer Flight at Lincoln Park Conservatory Twelfth Night
 
Twelfth Night takes the audience to Illyria, where a shipwrecked Viola disguises herself as a boy to work for the Duke Orsino. She promptly falls in love with him, who in turn loves the fair lady Olivia. Misunderstandings and misplaced love abound in this delightful comedy.
   
Twist Your Dickens  
Goodman Theatre Twist Your Dickens
 
This December, unwrap The Second City's holiday hit Twist Your Dickens-with amped-up improv and the funniest fresh faces in Chicago comedy, it's more outrageous than ever! This twisted take on Charles Dickens' classic skewers Scrooge, Tiny Tim and pop culture's most beloved holiday specials with yuletide yuks to keep you laughing through the past, present and well into the future. Now in its third smash year, Twist Your Dickens is written by Peter Gwinn and Bobby Mort-the Emmy Award-winning writers of The Colbert Report!
   
The Ultimate Christmas Carol  
Steel Beam Theatre The Ultimate Christmas Carol
 
This updated version of Charles Dickens' beloved story A Christmas Carol has a few surprises up Scrooge's sleeves. He's breaking all of the Christmas rules and making the Cratchit Family -- and jolly London -- feel the burn. Combining elements of the original tale with some modern bends, original holiday songs, audience participation and sing-along ghostly visits, Steel Beam Theatre presents a screwball musical sendup of the holiday favorite. Bring the whole family for some seasonal fun in St. Charles.
   
Uncle Philip's Coat  
The Greenhouse Theater Center Uncle Philip's Coat
 
When Matty, an unemployed actor, is given an old, decrepit coat from his recently deceased great-uncle Philip, he is unsure whether he has been given an heirloom or a heap of rags. Through his attempts to find the answer, he travels across time, territories and tragedies in an effort to uncover the history of an unfaltering dreamer. "Uncle Philip's Coat" poses larger questions of family, mythology and the inheritance of a Jewish son. How did a man who made it to the land of opportunity become a homeless wanderer, and what can he teach us about the stories that we tell to surround ourselves and keep away the cold?
   
Unwrapped: A Holiday Drinking Show  
VAMP Chicago at MCL Chicago Unwrapped: A Holiday Drinking Show
 
Love the holidays? Hate the holidays? Either way there's always a reason to sit back for an hour, drink some eggnog, and laugh your face off! Join Chicago's favorite music comedy drinking show VAMP for a night of BYOB holiday fun. Your favorite VAMP cast members will be there to present hilarious scenes and songs based off your holiday suggestions.
   
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.
   
The Winner...of Our Discontent  
Second City The Winner...of Our Discontent
 
The Winner...of Our Discontent asks if it's broken, should we fix it? No matter the answer, this cast will have you cracking up and splitting your sides. The country's premier sketch comedy troupe delivers a post-election shot in the arm that'll heal you with big laughs. So whether you voted for the Right, the Left, or the wrong (Independent), you'll love watching The Second City pick up the pieces in a comedy that shows our differences are what makes America truly great.
   
Winter Stories  
Under The Gun Theater Winter Stories
 
Under the Gun Theater is proud to present Winter Stories, an improvised comedy show based on true stories about the holidays. Each week, a new guest host will spin a yarn about winter jollies and follies. From there, the UTG Ensemble will launch into a show of highly creative comedic whimsy. The cast has honed an idiosyncratic style that is completely unique in the Chicago comedy scene. Come get a healthy dose of heartwarming moments, laughs, and of course holiday-themed cocktails.
   
Winterset  
Griffin's Theatre at The Den Theatre Winterset
 
A rare revival, in keeping with the Griffin's work to explore lost plays like London Wall and Men Should Weep. Inspired by the infamous murder case of the 1920s when the Italian anarchists and immigrants, Nicola Sacco and Bartolomeo Vanzetti, were arrested, convicted and electrocuted despite the insubstantial evidence against them. Anderson's 1935 poetic verse play follows a young man's quest to prove his father's innocence years after he was executed for a murder he may not have committed Winner of the first New York Drama Critic's Circle Award for Best Play.
   
Yippee Ki-Yay, Merry Christmas  
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.
   
[Trans]formation  
Nothing Without a Company and the Living Canvas at Flat Iron Arts Building [Trans]formation
 
[Trans]formation is devised entirely from the works of, and performed by, transgender, genderqueer, intersex, and non-binary artists. Designed and directed in the style of The Living Canvas, nude performers embody the expressive power and diversity of the human form clothed by projections to reveal, instead of conceal, every body's beautiful possibility.