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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 fašade 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.
   
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."
   
boxes.  
NoMads Art Collective at Prop Theatre boxes.
 
boxes. is the story of David, a 43 year old bachelor, and Jules, the 18 year old daughter of David's best friend, spending an evening together as dark secrets are revealed and trust is gained and lost. A discomforting piece, Mazzio eloquently examines attraction, loneliness, pain, and the fears we have of being put into a box.
   
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.
   

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