The Chicago Mammals bring their dark, indulgent, salacious style to
the classic tale of Frankenstein. After his demanding mother passes
from the mortal coil, Victor Frankenstein is driven by his regrets to
discover the means of reanimating the dead. When the creature he
resurrects attempts by itself to manifest life, resurrection and
procreation co-mingle igniting disastrous abominations!
When the Lafayettes descend upon a crumbling Arkansan plantation to liquidate their dead patriarch's estate, his three adult children collide over clutter, debt, and a contentious family history. But after a disturbing discovery surfaces among their father's possessions, the reunion takes a turn for the explosive, unleashing a series of crackling surprises and confrontations. Acclaimed director Gary Griffin (Chicago Shakespeare Theater's Sunday in the Park with George and Follies) directs a potent and exciting play about the trouble with inheritance, memory loss, and the art of repression. Appropriate was developed and workshopped through Victory Gardens' IGNITION New Play Festival in 2012.
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.
Marilyn Monroe versus The Vampires! The naked exploring alien Phoebe Zeitgeist studies human democracy through encounters with earthly inhabitants. Travel along with Phoebe as she sinks her teeth into a cast of lovers, models, butchers, teachers, soldiers, and girls.
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.
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 slapstick, vignettes, tumbling 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.
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.
The fantastic BE season will end with a combination of Treasure and Tribute. First produced in 1998, this wonderful treasure of a production is a tribute to the music that put Chicago on the map as a national musical force. This Chicago celebration brings back the music of Jerry Butler, the Chi-Lites, Gene Chandler, Barbara Acklin and many, many more in this rollicking tribute to the music that made Chicago famous.
Vicki Quade, creator of the smash hit Late Nite Catechism, invites you to get into the Christmas spirit with her hilarious new show Christmas Bingo: It's a Ho-Ho-Holy Night. Brush up on your Yuletide trivia, because with this uniquely interactive show, you'll be playing for actual prizes. Bingo caller Mrs. Mary Margaret O'Brien will have you in stitches as she tackles the wackiest myths and most outrageous facts about Christmas, including jolly old St. Nick's origins and where candy canes come from.
For 36 years, A Christmas Carol at Goodman Theatre has been "the crown jewel of the holiday season" (Daily Herald). Based
on Charles Dickens' classic 1843 novella, A Christmas Carol is the unforgettable tale of the miserly Ebenezer Scrooge, a
wealthy business man with no family and a disdain for holiday cheer and the poor in Victorian London. One Christmas,
Scrooge is visited by four ghosts who take him on an incredible journey that offers a new perspective on everything from his
dusty past to his dark future-and gives him an opportunity to sympathize with his fellow man and rediscover life and love.
The holiday tradition returns to life at the Paramount in a delightful and surprising new production, featuring lively music, gorgeous dance, breathtaking costumes, and magical design that evoke the wonder and spirit of Christmas. In Dickens' classic tale, miserly Ebenezer Scrooge is visited by the spirits of Christmas Past, Present, and Future and given the chance to redeem himself and be better to his fellow man. Featuring a host of iconic characters, this is A Christmas Carol that makes a perfect holiday outing for the whole family.
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.
This Dickens classic is an annual tradition at Metropolis. The tale follows the Cratchit family as they struggle to make ends meet and care for their ailing son Tiny Tim. Meanwhile, Mr. Cratchit's boss, miserly old Scrooge, has more money than he could ever need but no one to share it with. Find out what the true spirit of Christmas is all about as you travel through time with Scrooge as he is visited by the ghosts of past, present, and future. It's a holiday classic for the whole family.
Infused with new life thanks to the caring touch of local playwright MEH Lewis, A Christmas Carol is the World Premiere of a new adaptation. Lewis brings us back to Charles Dickens' familiar Christmas setting of nineteenth century London, connecting us to the timeless messages of hope, peace, charity, and love. Bring your family and join Tiny Tim, Bob Crachit, Ebenezer Scrooge and come celebrate a new tradition with Citadel as we journey with the ghosts of Christmas Past, Present, and Future!
Told in Dickens' own rich language, this version of A Christmas Carol is cleverly and elegantly portrayed by three actors on an almost bare stage. Let the world of Victorian London swirl around you as you follow Scrooge on his voyage to learn the true meaning of Christmas.
An endearing combination of a treasured tale and soaring music by a Disney musical genius, composer Alan Menken (“The Little Mermaid”, “Beauty and the Beast”, “Aladdin”), it infuses the Charles Dickens holiday classic with music the whole family will cherish. After 10 smash years on Broadway, The New York Times raved that A CHRISTMAS CAROL, THE MUSICAL is "a tonic for adults, and for children a transfixing journey.” The immortal story is set in London in the 1800s. On Christmas Eve, miserly old Ebenezer Scrooge is confronted by the ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Future that reveal the possible results of his selfish, uncaring life. Will Scrooge promise to change and become a new man? This musical favorite is full of holiday merriment and has proven to be popular for all ages.
Christmas Dearest tells the tale of Hollywood superstar, Joan Crawford, and the important lessons she learns one Christmas Eve. T'was the night before Christmas and MGM's biggest star, Miss Joan Crawford, is playing the title role in "Oh Mary", a splashy new musical biopic about The Virgin Mary, Mother of God. Poor Joan (David Cerda) 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.