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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.
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.
Medieval Times Dinner and Tournament  
Medieval Times Schaumburg Castle Medieval Times Dinner and Tournament
Medieval Times is an exciting, family-friendly dinner attraction inspired by an 11th century feast and tournament. Guests are served a four-course banquet and cheer for one of six knights as they compete in the joust and other tests of skill. Expect lots of jousting, swordsmanship, thrilling hand-to-hand combat, and displays of extraordinary horsemanship as part of an exciting story set in Medieval Spain.
The Merry Widow  
Lyric Opera The Merry Widow
As champagne flows, can-can girls dance and composer Franz Lehar's incomparable music swirls, a suitable husband is sought for The Merry Widow, who also happens to have inherited a fortune. A former paramour seems to fit the bill, but he seems to have no intention of giving up bachelorhood. A host of complications arise, even as sparks continue to fly between the two. "The Merry Widow Waltz," "Vilja" and "Maxim's" are just a few of the score's many memorable melodies. Now you can see this enchanting operetta with an art-nouveau setting at Civic Opera House in Chicago. Tony Award winner Susan Stroman directs and choreographs the witty show, performed entirely in English, featuring Renee Fleming, Elizabeth Futral and Thomas Hampson.
Million Dollar Quartet  
Apollo Theater Million Dollar Quartet
MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET is the smash-hit musical inspired by the famed 1956 recording session that brought together rock 'n' roll icons Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins and Elvis Presley for the first and only time. That legendary night is brought to life in this thrilling musical which features a score of hits including "Blue Suede Shoes," "Great Balls of Fire," "Walk the Line," "Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On," "Hound Dog" and more. Don't miss your chance to be a fly on the wall of fame... at MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET! Final weeks- Must close January 17!
Miracle on 34th Street  
Overshadowed Theatrical Productions Miracle on 34th Street
It's that time of year again and we are celebrating the season with our production of Miracle on 34th Street. The play is based on the beloved 1947 film original and adapted by Mountain Community Theater from the novel by Valentine Davies.
Mr. Popper's Penguins  
Lifeline Theatre Mr. Popper's Penguins
Money is tight and times are tough in the town of Stillwater. With no houses to paint till next spring, Mr. Popper is stuck at home daydreaming of adventures in far-off lands, while Mrs. Popper must scrimp and save just to put beans on the table. But with the unexpected arrival of a spirited penguin named Captain Cook, a new horizon opens before them. As a quiet partnership expands into a boisterous flock, the Poppers learn that there's no problem that can't be solved with steady determination, lots of love, and a dash of unconventionality. Join this offbeat family on an unforgettable adventure in a world premiere musical based on the 1938 classic by Richard and Florence Atwater.
My Way... A Musical Tribute to Frank Sinatra  
Theo Ubique Cabaret Theatre at No Exit Cafe My Way... A Musical Tribute to Frank Sinatra
This cabaret conceived by Todd Olson and David Grapes features more than two dozen songs popularized by Sinatra and will be performed by a cast of two men and two women. Anzevino, Ramey and Portman will again serve as stage director, music director and choreographer.
Never the Sinner  
Victory Gardens Theater - Biograph Never the Sinner
Chicago, May 21, 1924 - Two handsome and wealthy college students, Nathan Leopold and Robert Loeb, are accused of violently murdering a 14-year-old boy. Are these two successful men capable of murder? What demons could drive this pair to commit such a brutal act? Never the Sinner, a suspenseful courtroom drama from Victory Gardens' Playwrights Ensemble Alumnus John Logan (The Last Ship and Tony Award for Red on Broadway) and directed by Gary Griffin (The Color Purple on Broadway, Appropriate), explores a complex and twisted relationship between two men in search of passion and intellect.
No More Sad Things  
Sideshow Theatre Company at Victory Gardens Theater - Biograph No More Sad Things
Driven by a half-remembered dream of frogs, Jessiee is headed for Maui, looking to escape her troubles. Meanwhile, a conversation with a falling star leads young Kahekili to the water, searching for a wave that he can ride into a better life. When they find each other on a beach under the mahina, their two lives begin to intertwine, but the truth beyond the breakers might just swallow them both. A surreal, expressive journey, NO MORE SAD THINGS uses music and sly humor to tell a story of two wanderers finding new paths together.
The Nutcracker  
The House Theatre of Chicago at Chopin Theatre The Nutcracker
The House Theatre of Chicago brings holiday cheer with its fifth annual return of their all-original, family-friendly The Nutcracker. The House's fantastical expansion of this holiday classic centers on young Clara's journey to save Christmas. With the help of a magical nutcracker, this brave little girl will fight the Rat King and save her family. This modern holiday production weaves together riveting dialogue, astonishing puppetry, original song and spellbinding spectacle to tell a heartwarming, darkly moving story of magic and hope -- a fun outing fit for the whole family.
Citadel Theatre Company Oliver!
Consider yourself invited to Oliver!, Lionel Bart's three-time Tony Award-winning musical that's set to steal your heart the minute it hits Chicagoland's Citadel Theatre stage. Charles Dickens' unforgettable characters burst to life in this lively, heel-kicking classic about an innocent orphan thrown into the dark world of double-dealing thieves and con men of 19th-century London. Overflowing with jubilant songs, including "You've Got to Pick a Pocket or Two," "Consider Yourself," "Where is Love?" and the scrumptious "Food, Glorious Food," Oliver! serves up a musical feast for the eyes and ears that'll have you calling out for "More!"
Palace of the Occult  
Eclectic Full Contact Theatre at Prop Theatre Palace of the Occult
Attend the most sensational evening on Berlin's 1933 society calendar. It's the historic opening of the Palace of the Occult, presided over by popular psychic, Erik Jan Hanussen. Be charmed by his stories and involved in his astonishing feats -- but is he seer or charlatan, Nazi or Jew, traitor or martyr? Based on actual events. A portion of proceeds will benefit the Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center. Guests are limited to 75 per seating for this exclusive engagement.
Chicago Dramatists Peter/Wendy
A lyrical vision of the classic story of Peter Pan, Jeremy Bloom's Peter/Wendy is like a bedtime story for adults and kids alike. Seven actors in striped pajamas take on the roles of every character from J.M. Barrie's eternal of the boy who wouldn't grow up using hand-held lights, the simplest of sets and narrative movement. Bloom also weaves in elements of Barrie's lesser-known The Little White Bird, the prequel to Peter Pan. From the moment you step into this Cuckoo's Theater Project production at Chicago Dramatists Theatre, you'll be drawn into Bloom's low-tech version of Never-Never Land.
Pilgrim's Progress  
A Red Orchid Theatre Pilgrim's Progress
It's Thanksgiving Day and the McKee family is up to its eyeballs in hilarious drama. Between stirring the cranberries and debating pumpkin pie, parents Jim and Melissa relive their glory days. Meanwhile, their earth-poet son and pregnant-teen daughter navigate family contracts, holiday power grabs, and decades of thinly veiled deceit. For a family with such a strong appetite for tales, are their stories more important than the truth? With homages to Albee, O'Neal, Williams and Shepard, the tension rides high and the carving knife does more than just cut the turkey.

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