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Disney's The Little Mermaid  
Paramount Theatre Disney's The Little Mermaid
 
Ariel lives 20,000 leagues under the sea with her royal family and father, King Triton. Despite the beauty of her aqua surroundings, the young mermaid only dreams of what lies above. During one of her top-side expeditions with her loyal companions - Sebastian the crab and Scuttle the seagull - the turbulent waters cause some precious cargo, Prince Eric, to be tossed into sea. Ariel swims to his rescue and gets the Prince to safety. When he awakens, he has no recollection of how he got ashore. Determined to risk it all for her chance at true happiness, Ariel makes a deal with Ursula the sea witch. She uses her black magic to transform the love-struck princess into a human. But Ariel has only three days to get her true love to kiss her. As part of the deal, while on land, Ariel will not have the ability to make a sound. If she fails at her quest, her soul and her beautiful voice become the property of Ursula.
   
Dog Sees God: Confessions of a Teenage Blockhead  
Eclectic Theatre at Athenaeum Theatre Dog Sees God: Confessions of a Teenage Blockhead
 
When CB's dog dies from rabies, he begins to question the existence of an afterlife. However, CB's best friend is too burnt out to provide any coherent speculation, his sister has gone goth, his ex-girlfriend has been institutionalized and his other friends are too inebriated to give him any sort of guidance or comfort. A run-in with an artistic kid -- the target of this group's bullying -- offers CB peace of mind and sets in motion a friendship that will push teen angst to the very limits. Drug use, suicide, eating disorders, teen violence, rebellion and sexual identity collide and careen toward an ending that's both haunting and hopeful at Athenaeum Theatre Studio Two in Chicago.
   
Don Quichotte  
Lyric Opera Don Quichotte
 
More than half a century before Man of La Mancha, Massenet brought Cervantes's universally beloved dreamer Don Quixote to the operatic stage. Inspired by the greatest of all Spanish novels, Don Quichotte is the story of an eccentric idealist and self-proclaimed knight errant who tilts at windmills and fights for the honor of his lady Dulcinee. The opera combines Massenet's fabulously atmospheric music with his own matchless theatrical flair to conjure a Spain that abounds with energy and spirit, beauty, and hope. Legendary bass Ferruccio Furlanetto bringing this signature role to vivid life with Sir Andrew Davis conducting in a production that is as gorgeous to see as it is to hear.
   
Drink! The Sketch Comedy Drinking Game  
Cornservatory Drink! The Sketch Comedy Drinking Game
 
Corn Productions is celebrating its 21st birthday by introducing an all new, original BYOB sketch comedy show. "DRINK!" will feature original, comedic sketches by Corn Production writers with a new drinking game for every sketch. The seven person ensemble is aided by a luminescent "DRINK!" sign to help the audience follow along in the fun.
   
East Texas Hot Links  
Writers Theatre East Texas Hot Links
 
In the woods of East Texas, the Top 'o the Hill Cafe offers comfort, solace and companionship for the regulars who come in each night. However, it is the summer of 1955, and times are changing. In the face of oppressive Jim Crow laws, seven strong-willed locals join forces to protect one of their own-until the unthinkable catches them by surprise, changing life at Top 'o the Hill forever.
   
Eat With Your Hands  
The Public House Theatre Eat With Your Hands
 
Eat With Your Hands is a buddy comedy, inside of a sketch show, on a psychedelic drug made for TV (and performed on stage). Lantz & Pez expand the world of original characters Kate and Shannon with a completely new episode (show) each week. Kate and Shannon are roommates and best friends braving the new world together. Grounded in content but wild in form, Lantz & Pez invite you to f*** your utensils and eat with your hands!
   
The Eight Reindeer Monologues  
The Foundlings Theatre Company at The Frontier The Eight Reindeer Monologues
 
omething very wrong just happened at the North Pole. Or did it? Santa's eight flying reindeer are an elite team wreathed in magic on December 24th but it's a different story the other 364 days of the year. After an unspeakable act is alleged, long time resentments and deep dark secrets are exposed to the light as The Eight Reindeer confess what they know. And what they don't know. Did he or didn't he?
   
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
   
Electra  
Court Theatre Electra
 
Proclaiming justice, Clytemnestra and her lover Aegisthus murdered her husband, Agamemnon, after his triumphant return from the Trojan War. Now, many long, quiet years have passed and she cannot anticipate the judgments that will soon arrive in Argos. Her vengeful daughter Electra and son Orestes reunite and scheme to confront their mother-upholding the House of Atreus' eternal mission to balance the scales, they seek to reclaim their father's throne.
   
End of the Rainbow  
Porchlight Music Theatre at Stage 773 End of the Rainbow
 
It's December 1968 and Judy Garland (Angela Ingersoll) is about to make her comeback... again. In a London hotel room, with both her new fiance (Kyle Hatley) and her adoring accompanist (Jon Steinhagen), Garland struggles to get 'beyond the rainbow' with her signature cocktail of talent, tenacity and razor-sharp wit. Featuring many of Garland's most memorable songs, this savagely funny play with music offers unique insight into the inner conflict that inspired and consumed one of the most beloved figures in American popular culture.
   
Finding Neverland  
Cadillac Palace Theatre Finding Neverland
 
FINDING NEVERLAND is Broadway's biggest new hit and the winner of Broadway.com's Audience Choice Award for BEST MUSICAL! This breathtaking smash "captures the kid-at-heart" (Time Magazine). Vogue cheers, "it's a must-see you'll remember for years to come!" Directed by visionary Tony winner Diane Paulus, FINDING NEVERLAND tells the incredible story behind one of the world's most beloved characters: Peter Pan. Playwright J.M. Barrie struggles to find inspiration until he meets four young brothers and their beautiful widowed mother. Spellbound by the boys' enchanting make-believe adventures, he sets out to write a play that will astound London theatergoers. With a little bit of pixie dust and a lot of faith, Barrie takes this monumental leap, leaving his old world behind for Neverland where nothing is impossible and the wonder of childhood lasts forever. The magic of Barrie's classic tale springs spectacularly to life in this heartwarming theatrical event. FINDING NEVERLAND is "far and away the best musical of the year!" (NPR).
   
Fruit Cake: An Improvised Holiday Movie  
Under The Gun Theater Fruit Cake: An Improvised Holiday Movie
 
The fast-on-the-trigger comics at Chicago's Under the Gun Theater want you to play producer and pitch them ideas, as they create and act out an entire holiday movie based on your suggestions. Whatever the trope -- from Santa shenanigans to travel troubles to derailed romance -- these highly-trained improv specialists are primed and ready to parody. Plus, there's always the chance that a celebrity will show up for a cameo with the crew.
   
The Fundamentals  
Steppenwolf Theatre The Fundamentals
 
Millie is a smart, resourceful young mother who works as a housekeeper in one of New York's premiere luxury hotels. When an opportunity to move into management gives her the chance to leave behind her blue collar life, Millie must decide how much, and who, she's willing to sacrifice to secure her family's future. A funny and scathing look at America's corporate culture, The Fundamentals examines the compromises we make in order to fulfill our dreams.
   
Give It All Back  
Sideshow Theatre Company at Victory Gardens Theater - Biograph Give It All Back
 
In a swank French hotel room in the mid-1960s, an artist hides out from a world that's turned on him. As a cavalcade of familiar faces tries to break down his door, he smokes, talks, drinks and tries not to think about acoustic versus electric. But when a prime career opportunity lands on the table, he has to decide which version of himself he wants to be, and how to keep the past from bubbling up beneath him. Calamity West delivers a hilariously sardonic examination of how you hold on to your art when everyone else thinks that it's theirs.
   
Goy to the World and a Happy Jew Year  
The Public House Theatre Goy to the World and a Happy Jew Year
 
Holidays are a blessing and a curse for everyone- not just the Goyim. A Solid Callback Productions has something special for Jewish Chicagoans! And it's much more than Adam Sandler's celebrity lists. Enjoy a holiday comedy that tackles the tropes of Jewish family life, the pageantry of the holidays, and the blandness of the food.
   
The Greatest Story Never Told  
Under The Gun Theater The Greatest Story Never Told
 
The Greatest Story Never Told begins with an underprepared narrator who opens a storybook only to discover it has no text. The solution is the audience must help create and perform an original story made up on the spot along with "The Greatest Interns" (professional improvisers). Suggestions for location, character and plot are taken throughout the entire show as volunteer performers of all ages are invited on stage to perform a 4560 minute improvised story. A professional writer and artist create text and illustrations from the show and the story is ultimately transformed into a purchasable storybook.
   
Hamilton  
The PrivateBank Theatre Hamilton
 
A new musical about the scrappy young immigrant who forever changed America: Alexander Hamilton. From bastard orphan to Washington's right hand man, rebel to war hero, loving husband caught in the country's first sex scandal to Treasury head who made an untrusting world believe in the American economy, Hamilton is an exploration of a political mastermind. George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Eliza Hamilton, and lifelong Hamilton friend and foe, Aaron Burr, all attend this revolutionary tale of America's fiery past told through the sounds of the ever-changing nation we've become.
   

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