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Airline Highway  
Steppenwolf Theatre Airline Highway
 
In the parking lot of The Hummingbird, a once-glamorous motel on New Orleans' infamous Airline Highway, a group of friends gather. A rag-tag collection of strippers, hustlers and philosophers have come together to celebrate the life of Miss Ruby, an iconic burlesque performer who has requested a funeral before she dies. The party rages through the night as old friends resurface to pay their respects. A world premiere from the author of Detroit, Airline Highway is a boisterous and moving ode to the outcasts that make life a little more interesting.
   
Always... Patsy Cline  
Theo Ubique Cabaret Theatre at No Exit Cafe Always... Patsy Cline
 
Always... Patsy Cline is a biography of Cline as told through the eyes of housewife Louise Seger, a fan with whom Cline became close friends after a chance meeting before a 1961 concert in Seger's home of Houston, Texas. The musical includes Cline hits like "Crazy," "Walkin' After Midnight," and "Sweet Dreams."
   
Anna Bolena  
Lyric Opera Anna Bolena
 
Lyric Opera of Chicago presents Anna Bolena, Gaetano Donizetti's moving retelling of the tragic, true story of Anne Boleyn. A once-beloved queen, Boleyn fell from grace at the hands of her unfaithful king, Henry VIII, who sought to betray her in order to bring his mistress Jane Seymour to the throne. Condemned to death by the man she once trusted above all others, Anne accepts her fate and tumbles into madness as she awaits her unjust execution. Renowned soprano Sondra Radvanovsky sings the title character with passion and verve as Donizetti's bel canto gem build to one of the most gripping confrontations in all of opera -- the moment when Queen Boleyn realizes Jane has become her arch-rival, and faces off with her.
   
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.
   
Apes Of Wrath  
Second City Apes Of Wrath
 
In the world of high stakes, we become a more heightened version of ourselves, which can sometimes resemble more simian behavior than human. From unitard sporting performance artists, an intimate encounter with robot culture and the primal effects of downsizing, "Apes of Wrath" embraces the dark and light sides of our human devolution.
   
At Last: A Tribute To Etta James  
Black Ensemble Theater At Last: A Tribute To Etta James
 
Jackie Taylor's musical pays tribute to the life and work of the Grammy Award-winning R&B, country, soul, blues and jazz singer.
   
Based on a True Story  
Under The Gun Theater Based on a True Story
 
"There are eight million stories in the big city ... " and Based on a True Story is devoted to digging out the funniest, most interesting tales of the lot. The show's rotating cast interviews noteworthy citizens of Chicagoland and then goes about improvising scenes based on their stories, creating impromptu comedy from the stuff of real life. Every night's different, with each show featuring a fresh set of eight players from the Under the Gun Ensemble. Kevin Mullaney, artistic director of the Under the Gun Theater, directs this improvised comedy inspired by the real lives of Chicago's most interesting people.
   
The BFG (Big Friendly Giant)  
Emerald City Theatre Company at Apollo Theater The BFG (Big Friendly Giant)
 
One night, lonely orphan Sophie is snatched away to an enchanted land by a giant who blows magical dreams into children's bedrooms. Her harmless, large-eared captor is none other than The Big Friendly Giant (or The BFG as generations of Roald Dahl fans know him). When more menacing giants threaten to munch on human beans, the pair of misfits embarks on an unforgettable adventure proving heroes come in all shapes and sizes.
   
Bingo's Birthday  
Emerald City's Little Theatre Bingo's Birthday
 
You are invited to the birthday party of a very special dog, and Bingo is his name-o! Everything is ready, but Farmers Pickle and Tickle can't find the guest of honor. Is he near or far? Up or down? Over or under? Explore the farm and help find Bingo in this intimate, theatrical celebration. This unique experience places you and your little ones in an interactive and magical playground where anything goes. A theatre experience specially designed for ages 0 to 4
   
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.
   
Buddy Cop 2  
Pavement Group at Theater Wit Buddy Cop 2
 
In this town, nothing is what it seems. Or is it? When a flood destroys the police station, the local cops set up shop in the nearby community center. Mysteries emerge. Criminals are chased. Racquetball is played. They're celebrating Christmas...in August. Set in small-town Indiana in the 1980s, this quirky & slightly sinister tale of cops, cancer and Christmas cheer is one holiday event you won't want to miss. Didn't catch Buddy Cop 1? Neither did we.
   
Buffalo  
Annoyance Theatre Buffalo
 
"Buffalo" is a stampede of comic scenes, solid harmonies, and an absurd realism, that explores the glories and tragedies of relationships all through song. Every genre bending show is a brand new musical, opening and closing on the same night! And each week will feature two different groups to open the show.
   
Burning Bluebeard  
The Ruffians at Theater Wit Burning Bluebeard
 
Inspired by the true story of Chicago's 1903 Iroquois Theatre Fire, BURNING BLUEBEARD is the story of six singed clown performers who emerge from the burnt remains of history attempting to perform their spectacular Christmas Pantomime once and for all. But this time, they hope to finally reach the true happy ending of their second act and avoid the fateful fire that killed 600 of its audience members. BURNING BLUEBEARD is a whimsical romp with a sensitive heart, a joyful eulogy with a sharp irreverent wit including music, clowning, tumbling, acrobatics and dance. Each night is a vaudevillian delight with a story that excavates the poetic and poignant remains of a piece of Chicago's rich history.
   
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.
   
Camelot  
Drury Lane- Oakbrook Camelot
 
Adapted from T.H. White's novel The Once and Future King, Camelot is a valiant Broadway musical that will transport audiences to the magical and mythical days of medieval England. The legendary characters King Arthur, Queen Guenevere, Sir Lancelot and Merlyn come alive in this exciting tale of love and chivalry. The classic production features a lush, romantic score including "If Ever I Would Leave You," "Camelot," "How to Handle a Woman," and "Follow Me."
   
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
 
For 37 years, Charles Dickens' holiday classic has delighted Chicago audiences; the production has hosted seven directors, 32 Tiny Tims and eight Scrooges, who've snidely delivered nearly 23,000 "Bah Humbugs!" A Christmas Carol is the iconic tale of greedy British businessman Ebenezer Scrooge, whose sizable bank account is only matched by his hatred of the holidays. One Christmas Eve, Scrooge is visited by four ghosts who take him on an spectacular adventure through his past, present and future, helping him rediscover the joys of life, love and friendship.
   

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