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The Mousetrap  
Northlight Theatre The Mousetrap
 
On a snowy night at Monkswell Manor, newlyweds Mollie and Giles welcome a group of strangers to their guest house, only to discover news of a murderer in their midst! A police investigation reveals the sordid details of each guest's mysterious past, but not soon enough to stop the killer from striking again. Agatha Christie's masterful whodunit weaves an intricate plot filled with nerve-rattling suspense, all leading up to the ultimate final twist!
   
Mud, River, Stone  
Eclipse Theatre Company at Athenaeum Theatre Mud, River, Stone
 
Mud, River, Stone follows an African-American couple vacationing in Africa during the rainy season, who take a turn off the main highway to find themselves stranded in the remnants of a grand hotel. As the rains continue, their comic and romantic adventure takes on absurd dimensions when an angry bellhop takes the hotel guests hostage. His demands are simple: he wants grain for his village and a wool blanket for his mother. Relationships are tested by the volatile politics of Africa, as we learn what the hungry human spirit will do for food and a warm blanket.
   
My First Time  
Broken Nose Theatre at The Greenhouse Theater Center My First Time
 
There's a story behind every first sexual experience, and this off-Broadway hit features a hilarious and sometimes painful collection of "first-time" stories from people of all persuasions, performed by four actors. Drawn from real people, the stories range from the sweet and sexy to the awkward and humiliating -- and pretty much everything in between. Since the show's premiere, it's been featured on CNN, Fox, MSNBC, The Tonight Show With Jay Leno, and even spawning its own iPhone commercial. Broken Nose Theatre is pleased to present this remount (pun intended) of their inaugural late-night smash.
   
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.
   
Oleanna  
Fury Theater at Heartland Studio Theatre Oleanna
 
Oleanna is a two-character play by David Mamet, about the power struggle between a university professor and one of his female students, who accuses him of sexual exploitation and, by doing so, spoils his chances of being accorded tenure. Veteran Fury actors' Mark Dodge and Laura Deger are delving into the complexities of this play with Director Peter Connor.
   
Our Holiday Stories  
16th Street Theater at Berwyn Cultural Center Our Holiday Stories
 
In Over the Hill and through the Woods by Elizabeth Berg, Helen hides in the attic from her family on Thanksgiving. In Tanya Saracho's Our Good Night, a daughter comes home to her mother in an empty house for Christmas on the border. And in December 1944 a World War II chaplain makes the rounds in Belgium searching for answers from above in Robert Koon's The Chaplain.
   
Plaid Tidings  
Beverly Arts Center Plaid Tidings
 
Having had their singing careers cut tragically short in a fatal accident en route to a show, Frankie, Sparky, Jinx and Smudge are mysteriously returned to the BAC, where they weave musical magic into the hearts of everyone. It appears the legendary, angelic Rosemary Clooney has decided the cold world needs a lift in spirits, and has summoned the boys to return to Earth to set things right. Favorites from the 50's and 60's and traditional holiday songs are delivered with a velvet touch, while plenty of fun-filled antics make the show a roller coaster warm up for the approaching holiday season. A speedy and hilarious tribute to the Ed Sullivan Christmas Spectaculars is just one of the riotous nods to past eras. It's musical fun with a big, plaid Christmas bow on top!
   
Point and Shoot  
Cold Basement Dramatics at The Den Theatre Point and Shoot
 
Point and Shoot is a devised play based on the true story of Diana Hopper, a girl born to a family of lost souls in the California desert, and her friendship with John Locke, a lonely gay man and artist with a mysterious past of his own. John plays a leading part in Diana's life as she grows into adulthood. When tragedy strikes twice, Diana's plans for her life are demolished and John's mortality is laid bare.
   
Porgy and Bess  
Lyric Opera Porgy and Bess
 
George and Ira Gershwin's Porgy and Bess was conceived as an "American folk opera." Mixing classical music, popular song, jazz, blues and spirituals, Porgy and Bess follows the crippled Porgy as he sets out to rescue Bess from Crown, her violent and possessive lover, and Sportin' Life, a drug dealer. Porgy and Bess, which includes the classic songs "Summertime," "I Got Plenty O' Nuttin'" and "Bess, You Is My Woman Now," returns to Lyric Opera of Chicago, one of the world's most acclaimed opera companies.
   
Princess and the Pea  
Chicago Kids Company at Beverly Arts Center Princess and the Pea
 
Only a real Princess can feel a PEA under a stack of 20 mattresses! Meet Princess Penelope and her crazy friends-and find out if she can pass the ultimate Princess Test. You won't want to miss this great show-and the 12-Foot Bed! The show runs one hour with no intermission, and is targeted for kids aged 2 to 12.
   
Pseudo-Chum  
Neo-Futurists Pseudo-Chum
 
The stage blood is in the water. Pseudo-Chum is three plays-within-a-play that juxtaposes the creation (The Rehearsal) and the production (The Performance) of Chum with the destruction of the playwright (The Interview). The Interview is the story of the playwright who wrote the play Chum as a protest against the government-sanctioned systematic destruction of sharks along the coast of Australia. Is the playwright a bold activist or a shark-like opportunist? Or is he just a high functioning alcoholic spiraling into an abyss? The Performance is the play Chum, the story of a shark fishing family lost at sea struggling over the impending death of the patriarch. Tensions flare and violence ensues. The Rehearsal shows the true nature of the actors who will sell their souls in exchange for success. Fame, like chum, attracts the sharks.
   
A Q Brothers' Christmas Carol  
Chicago Shakespeare Theater A Q Brothers' Christmas Carol
 
A hip-hop holiday treat set to a bangin' beat! CST and Chicago hip-hop sensation the Q Brothers-creators of Othello: The Remix and Funk It Up About Nothin'-have toured around the world, playing to sold-out houses in Edinburgh, Germany, South Korea, Australia and London. Now the team turns up the volume on Charles Dickens' classic tale, mixing everything from reggae, dancehall and dubstep to epic rock ballads. The Ghosts of Hip-hop Past, Present and Future lead Scrooge on a journey filled with rhythm, rhyme and redemption.
   
Ringling Bros. and Barnum and Bailey Circus - Legends  
United Center Ringling Bros. and Barnum and Bailey Circus - Legends
 
Feast your eyes upon living legends as mythological and historical creatures come to life in Ringling Bros. and Barnum and Bailey's circus spectacular. LEGENDS, the 144th edition of the "Greatest Show on Earth," brings joy to children of all ages. Some of the most amazing entertainers from around the globe perform awe-inspiring feats of daring, spectacles of strength and thrills of wonder as they summon the mythical and mysterious, including a unicorn, Pegasus and a woolly mammoth. It's an unforgettable evening of epic proportions, and by the end of the show, you will believe in the unbelievable.
   
Santaland Diaries  
Theater Wit Santaland Diaries
 
Don't miss this antidote to Christmas cheer. A celebration of the desperation of unemployment, the insanity of Christmas shopping and the ineffable "cheer" of the holiday spirit. David Sedaris' beloved account of his time in the trenches as an Elf at Macy's during the holiday season has been called the "24 funniest pages ever written in the English language."
   
Shining City  
Irish Theatre of Chicago at The Den Theatre Shining City
 
Two Dublin men wrestle the living and the dead in this contemporary ghost story by the incomparable Conor McPherson, author of last season's runaway hit The Seafarer. Ian, an ex-priest turned therapist takes on his first patient, John, a man who claims to have seen the ghost of his recently deceased wife. What follows is a haunting and suspenseful tale of what it means to lose faith - in God, in relationships and in one's self.
   
Spaceboy  
Annoyance Theatre Spaceboy
 
With plans to raise the perfect galactic being, a renegade wing of NASA kidnaps an imaginative little boy who is already obsessed with space. But things don't quite work out exactly as planned ... Spaceboy tunes its comedic telescope to the difficulties faced when he is eventually freed, and he finds his reentry into society more than a bit difficult. And as if all the absurd adjustments he's learning to make aren't enough, the man who once commanded the rogue wing of NASA responsible for his kidnapping remains at large ... and he's still sneaking around the periphery of Spaceboy's world.
   
Storytown  
Stage 773 Storytown
 
From superheroes to undersea adventures, princesses to dinosaurs, Storytown takes you on an interactive, fully improvised adventure. The actors use audience suggestions and ideas to create a different story every week. Kids design the setting and help shape the story. The actors, artists and musicians bring it to life. When the possibilities are endless, no two stories are ever the same.
   

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