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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.
   
Evening of Expression  
The Greenhouse Theater Center Evening of Expression
 
Chastity Washington combines her seasoned stand-up routine with a dramatic performance, capturing the voices and stories of several different women in a variety of circumstances, and then delivering her comedy act in the second half of the show. Washington's performed at clubs and colleges nationwide, and was the only female finalist at a 2011 Bay Area comedy competition. She's also a gifted mimic, who's landed spots on BET's Comic View and HBO's Def Comedy Jam, and notched several appearances at the prestigious Just for Laughs Festival. She staged her well-received show Evening of Expression in her hometown of Milwaukee as well.
   
From the Heart  
Citadel Theatre Company From the Heart
 
With From the Heart, playwright Jessica Puller weaves together O. Henry's "The Gift of the Magi" and Truman Capote's "A Christmas Memory" to remind us that the perfect gift is one that comes from the heart. Since it was first published in 1905, O. Henry's "Magi" has charmed readers with the bittersweet story of how a young couple with little money meets the challenge of buying each other Christmas presents. Capote's 1956 short story is a poignant autobiographical vignette -- a boy's remembrance of cherished holiday rituals shared with a favorite elderly cousin. Puller combines these familiar stories about love and loss for this world premiere performance, directed by Molly Mattaini.
   
Frosty's Shakes and Dogs  
Li'l Buds Theatre at Rivendell Theatre Frosty's Shakes and Dogs
 
It's almost Christmas, and "Frosty's Shakes -N- Dogs" is rockin' with holiday cheer but the hustle and bustle of happy customers has annoyed Jack Frost, and he concocts a plan to steal the holiday spirit. Will Christmas be ruined? Find out in this original holiday musical about friendship and forgiveness.!
   
Goldilocks and the Three Bears  
Emerald City Theatre Company at Apollo Theater Goldilocks and the Three Bears
 
While Papa Bear, Mama Bear, and Baby Bear live contentedly in the woods, spitfire Goldilocks sets out on her own adventure. When the worlds of bears and people collide, everyone learns that girls and bears aren't as ferocious as they may seem. Award-winning writers George Stiles and Anthony Drewe (creators of Honk!, Mary Poppins on Broadway, and Emerald City's The Three Little Pigs) inject a bear-sized helping of music and mayhem into this classic fairytale making it "just right" for the entire family.
   
H.M.S. Pinafore  
The Hypocrites at The Den Theatre H.M.S. Pinafore
 
Take to the high seas aboard the H.M.S. Pinafore, Gilbert & Sullivan's beloved comic operetta of mistaken identity, love, intrigue and duty in the British Navy. The Hypocrites' playful reimagining of this crowd-pleaser is presented promenade-style, putting you the audience inside the story as you move around the space with the actors. Pinafore spins the seaworthy tale of a gentlemanly captain who's arranged for his daughter to marry the First Lord of the Admiralty -- although she's already in love with a common sailor on her father's ship. The show's signature hummable tunes include "I'm Called Little Buttercup," "When I Was a Lad" and "I Am the Captain of the Pinafore."
   
Hansel and Gretel: A Wickedly Delicious Musical Treat  
Emerald City Theatre Company at Broadway Playhouse Hansel and Gretel: A Wickedly Delicious Musical Treat
 
Fairy tales ROCK, especially this story featuring the fearless sibling duo of Gretel and Hansel! Still reeling from the disappearance of their mother and classmates, Hansel believes with all of his heart that he's found a way to rescue them deep within The Forbidden Forest. Doubtful, the streetwise Gretel follows in pursuit of her dreamer brother. When they come across a candy house, their bond and beliefs are put to the test until love saves the day. This story is brought to musical life through the talents of The Grimm Brothers Band performing a live rock and roll score. Nationally produced playwright Ernie Nolan teams up with GRAMMY -nominated 'kindie' artist Justin Roberts to create a wickedly delicious musical treat for the entire family.
   
Happy Holly-daze - A Drinking Game Performance  
Cornservatory Happy Holly-daze - A Drinking Game Performance
 
It's the most wonderful time for a beer at Corn Productions as we present Happy Holly-daze: A Drinking Game Performance. Now in its fourth year, the beloved holiday show blends original sketch comedy and drinking games... with a twist of holiday cheer. The Rockettes ain't got nothin' on this BYOB holiday blowout! Get blitzed with Blitzen. Rowdy with Rudolph. Drunk with... Santa. Make this a December to vaguely remember.
   
Hellcab  
Profiles Theatre - The Main Stage Hellcab
 
For the third consecutive season, Profiles remounts its acclaimed production of Will Kern's Hellcab for the holidays. During the longest night of his life, a cab driver transports a bizarre and mysterious array of customers through the gritty streets of Chicago. Kern draws from personal experience as a former cabbie to create this alternately frightening, hilarious and poignant journey. Throughout his long shift, the eclectic collection of passengers includes a trio of drug-addicts, a born-again couple, a smug lawyer, and a randy duo on their way to a motel. Set during a bitter cold Christmas Eve, Hellcab presents a rear-view image mirroring the passing parade of humanity.
   
Hitch Cocktails  
Annoyance Theatre Hitch Cocktails
 
Crime and drinking don't mix -- unless it's at the totally inventive Hitch Cocktails. Each show, the actors will take suggestions from the audience to craft a thriller in the style of the Master of Suspense, Alfred Hitchcock. It's a night chock-full of murder, car chases, beautiful women and exciting music. And, since this is high-class crime, there's a real wet bar onstage, of which the actors are forced to partake throughout the performance -- sure to make any chase across Mount Rushmore all the more precarious. With a live jazz band providing the soundtrack and parlor games for the audience, Hitch Cocktails will have everyone in on the action.
   
Holidays in the Heights  
The Second City at Metropolis Performing Arts Centre Holidays in the Heights
 
The holidays are a time of giving and joy. A time of twinkling lights and mall Santas. A time of wrapping gifts and burning, I mean baking cookies. Of family parties, too much egg nog, marathon shopping trips, gray slush that used to be snow and itchy sweaters with jingle bells on them. That's right, everyone loves the holidays. Especially the Second City. Don't miss this hilarious send up of all the holiday activities we actually love, and the ones we love to hate featuring a phenomenal cast from Second City and their trademark comedy and improv. It's an updated version of their classic show that has become a Metropolis tradition.
   
HoliDaze  
Step Up Productions at Chicago Dramatists HoliDaze
 
Due to popular demand, Step Up's popular holiday round up returns for its second year! This series of original one-acts showcases the crazy, zany, dysfunctional chaos of the holiday season. Ten talented playwrights and directors put relationships, family and friends in the holiday pressure cooker for an unforgettable evening!
   
Hot Georgia Sunday  
Haven Theatre Company at The Den Theatre Hot Georgia Sunday
 
Hot Georgia Sunday reunites Haven with the director of their successful spring 2014 production of Seminar. It's hard to tell the difference between right and wrong in this tragicomic tale of dysfunction taking place in a small Northeast Georgia town where private desires and public morality collide. The well-meaning, but inept members of the Vickery family cause trouble wherever they go and lust, betrayal and alcohol lead the way for this fractured family.
   
The Humans  
American Theater Company The Humans
 
New York City. Today. After a sleepless night, Mr. Blake brings his family from Pennsylvania to celebrate Thanksgiving at his youngest daughter's run-down apartment. As dinner begins, unexplainable and family tensions reach a boiling point. Karam (Sons of the Prophet, Speech & Debate) takes a fresh look at the hilarity, heart and horrors of the modern American family. The cast includes Lance Baker, Hanna Dworkin, Keith Kupferer, Jean Moran, Kelly O'Sullivan, and Sadieh Rifai; O' Sullivan and Rifai are members of the ATC ensemble.
   
I And You  
Redtwist Theatre I And You
 
I And You is the uniquely riveting story of two young people who, despite being polar opposites, make a strong connection and come to an understanding about the critical things in life, such as compassion, tolerance, and love. She is artsy; he's an athlete. She's particular; he is easygoing. She's anxious and depressed; he's joyous and vital. She is ill; he is robust. The only thing they have in common is that they are classmates, collaborating on a school project about the stunning, earthy poetry of Walt Whitman. I And You is the funny and deeply moving story about making a meaningful connection when nearly all hope is lost.
   
Improvised Twilight Zone  
Annoyance Theatre Improvised Twilight Zone
 
"Improvised Twilight Zone," which creates a new Twilight Zone inspired scenario every night, has been performing around Chicago since April of 2014. "Improvised Twilight Zone" is directed by Annoyance veteran Kyle Dolan, who has been with The Annoyance for over 20 years.
   
Isaac's Eye  
Writers Theatre Isaac's Eye
 
Hnath playfully reimagines Newton's world with a contemporary conceit and language-stripped of accents and period dialect-as he introduces young Newton to the great Robert Hooke, the most famous and powerful scientist in Britain. The resulting battle of intellects and egos pulses with wit, humor and tension, as the playwright uncovers (and invents) the motivations that drove a young farm boy to become one of the greatest thinkers in human history.
   

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