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Profiles Theatre - The Main Stage Hellcab
For the fourth 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.
Hershey Felder as Irving Berlin  
Royal George Theatre Hershey Felder as Irving Berlin
Hershey Felder returns to Chicago in this hit production of Hershey Felder as Irving Berlin at Royal George Theatre. Even if you don't know him by name, you've heard plenty of Irving Berlin's songs: "God Bless America," "White Christmas," "Anything You Can Do," "Puttin' on the Ritz," "There's No Business Like Show Business" -- the list goes on and on. Now you have the opportunity to experience the quintessential American composer through the performance of an immensely talented actor, pianist and playwright. Hershey Felder has previously performed as George Gershwin, Beethoven and Chopin, and in Hershey Felder as Irving Berlin, he takes on the role of one of America's most prolific composers. Felder's masterful creation of character and performance features Berlin's songs performed by Felder, as well as stories about Berlin's life and how he created the music we still love today. Don't miss this memorable show -- hailed as "richly entertaining and ultimately touching" by the Los Angeles Times.
Step Up Productions at Athenaeum Theatre HoliDaze
Due to popular demand, Step Up's popular holiday round up returns for its third 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!
Holmes vs. Holmes  
Heartland Studio Theatre Holmes vs. Holmes
The world's greatest detective meets America's first serial killer in Holmes vs. Holmes. Set against the backdrop of the 1893 Chicago World's Fair, this dark drama explores the shocking true story of H.H. Holmes, who stalked the White City, finding victims for his "murder castle." Meanwhile, across the ocean, England mourns the reported death of Sherlock Holmes at the falls of Reichenbach. But, as always with the Great Detective, not everything is as it seems. Now, the greatest mind in the world will match wits with a monstrous kind of villain previously unknown in America. Catch this premiere show from E.D.G.E. Theatre at Heartland Studio Theatre.
Ibsen's Ghosts  
Mary-Arrchie Theatre at Angel Island Theater Ibsen's Ghosts
Despite the traditional teachings of the Bible and her Pastor, Mrs. Alving has discovered new enlightenment through literature, including the works of Henrik Ibsen. Armed with "the truth" and the knowledge that she might be trapped as a character in an Ibsen play, she attempts to subvert the traditional narrative and find an alternative to the gloomy doomed destiny of her son Oswald and his lover/sister Regina.
Incident at Vichy  
Redtwist Theatre Incident at Vichy
Master dramatist, Arthur Miller, conducts a highly-charged debate among the detained locals in small-town France during the German occupation. While exploring the concepts of free will, integrity, and courage, Miller probes precisely what human beings will do when forced to make split-second decisions that will change many lives forever.
It's A Wonderful Life  
American Blues Theater at The Greenhouse Theater Center It's A Wonderful Life
From the original Ensemble that brought this holiday tradition to Chicago since 2002, the American Blues family takes you back to a 1940s radio broadcast of Frank Capra's holiday classic-It's a Wonderful Life (based on the short story "The Greatest Gift" by Philip Van Doren Stern) with live Foley sound effects, an original score and a critically-acclaimed cast of eight that bring the entire town of Bedford Falls to life. This production that has been called "perfect Christmas theater" and "first-class holiday fare" returns to the Greenhouse Theater Center this season
It's a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play  
Oil Lamp Theater It's a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play
Watching It's a Wonderful Life each year has become a beloved holiday tradition. So what better way to kick off the season than to see this old favorite in a whole new way -- live on stage at the Oil Lamp Theater in Glenview! This show-within-a-show transports you back to Studio A at WBFR Radio on December 24, 1946, where a cast of actors prepares to present It's a Wonderful Life live to a studio audience. Aided by a sound-effects artist, the ensemble re-enacts the beloved story of George Bailey, a young man who's given up on his dreams and is considering ending it all on Christmas Eve. A guardian angel intervenes and shows him the many lives he's touched throughout the years without even realizing it in this classic holiday tale that remains as powerful -- and as heartwarming -- as ever.
It's a Wonderful Santaland Miracle, Nut Cracking Christmas Story... Jews Welcome!  
Stage 773 It's a Wonderful Santaland Miracle, Nut Cracking Christmas Story... Jews Welcome!
Directed by Stage 773 Creative Director Brian Posen with choreography by Matter Dance, this family-friendly, interactive show features original Christmas carols, dance numbers, spoken word, puppets and everything in between. Stage 773 puts their own twist on the traditional holiday show, packing the world's most beloved stories and traditions into one extravagant cavalcade. To heighten the holiday spirit, both cookies and non-holiday-specific eggnog will be served.
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.
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. Itís simply an evening of fun and laughter.
The Lisbon Traviata  
Eclipse Theatre Company at Athenaeum Theatre The Lisbon Traviata
In The Lisbon Traviata, a sharply funny, yet deeply tragic, story centers on a revealing conversation between Stephen, a depressed literary editor and opera fanatic, and Mendy, a flamboyant opera queen. The two dish late into the night, distracting Stephen from his failing relationship with hilarious riffs on records, divas and more. But when Stephen returns home to confront his boyfriend, a tragedy unfolds on the scale of the grand opera he loves so much. The Eclipse production will feature the ending from the original 1985 production.
The LIVINGroom  
Stage 773 The LIVINGroom
You're not likely to find much social interaction on your couch at home, much less dramatic and engaging true stories told by the people that actually lived them. So why not move the action to The LIVINGroom at Chicago's Stage 773, and experience this new edition of their Sunday Solo Performance Series? They're promising highly-theatrical storytelling, inspired by actual events, so you can relax and kick back in someone else's parlor to be thoroughly entertained. You'll find Stage 773 at the center of Lakeview's exciting Belmont Theater District.
The Long Christmas Ride Home  
Strawdog Theatre The Long Christmas Ride Home
Past, present and future collide on a snowy Christmas Eve when a family's car spins out of control following a disastrous holiday dinner. Josh Sobel directs a hauntingly beautiful play by Pulitzer-winner Paula Vogel that deftly charts the personal trajectories that are forever altered by a single, fateful night.
The Lost Boy  
Chicago Dramatists The Lost Boy
In The Lost Boy, viewers will journey along with James M. Barrie -- the creator of Peter Pan -- as he returns to his hometown in Scotland to visit his mother, disenchanted with fame and still riddled with guilt over the long-ago death of his older brother. Haunted by the past and hurt by his mother's harsh words, Barrie turns to an unexpected friendship and his magical way with words to confront his family's tragic past and finally put it to rest. The Cuckoo's Theater Project presents this touching, fictionalized account of the birth of Peter Pan at Chicago Dramatists Theatre.
Magic Tree House: A Night in New Orleans  
Emerald City Theatre Company at Apollo Theater Magic Tree House: A Night in New Orleans
Beloved Magic Tree House characters, Jack and Annie, venture through the tuneful streets of 1915 New Orleans, where they discover 14-year-old Louis Armstrong and must set him on the trumpeting path to become the "King of Jazz." This triumphant tale explores a world where possibilities are endless and stirs the soul of the Jazz Age.
Marjorie Prime  
Writers Theatre Marjorie Prime
It's the age of artificial intelligence, but 86-year old Marjorie is worried that her memory may be fading. That is, until the appearance of Walter, a mysterious and charming young visitor programmed to help Marjorie uncover the intricacies of her own past. As Walter's true nature is revealed, new levels of complexity emerge, leading to profound questions about the limits of technology and whether memory might be a purely human invention.

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