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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.
   
The Nutcracker  
Ballet Chicago at Athenaeum Theatre The Nutcracker
 
Ballet Chicago's Nutcracker extravaganza comes to glorious life on the sparkling stage at the Athenaeum Theatre this holiday season. Complete with beautiful fairies, handsome princes, dancing snowflakes and a lovely young girl making her way to the Kingdom of Snow and the Land of the Sweets, this gorgeous ballet is the perfect way to celebrate the season. Set to Tchaikovsky's delightful score, The Nutcracker is sure to create cherished memories for your whole family.
   
The Nutcracker  
The Joffrey Ballet at Auditorium Theatre The Nutcracker
 
Since premiering in 1987, Joffrey Ballet's production of The Nutcracker has become America's favorite Nutcracker, touring coast to coast more than any other. This beloved holiday masterpiece for the whole family features the entire ballet company, plus local children's choruses, young dancers and the Chicago Philharmonic performing Tchaikovsky's famous score live. It's the magical tale of young Clara, whose Christmas gift of a nutcracker comes to life and brings her to a fantastic winter wonderland. With larger-than-life scenery and entertaining storytelling, Joffrey's performance is an evening of pure enchantment and a glorious holiday tradition.
   
Panic on Cloud 9  
Second City Panic on Cloud 9
 
Join the incredibly talented and funny cast of The Second City Mainstage for Panic on Cloud 9, a hilarious and smart collection of original scenes and songs that invite you to relax, take a breath and laugh as they brave everything from Ebola to modern parenting to the lies of advertising and the advertising of our own lies.
   
Penny the F*ckable Dolphin  
Annoyance Theatre Penny the F*ckable Dolphin
 
Inspired by true events, Penny the F*ckable Dolphin: A Love Story tells the tale of two star-crossed lovers who just happen to be of two different species. Set in 1968, this dark musical comedy follows Zack, a human teenager, and Penny, the dolphin he loves, as they struggle to come to terms with the fact that their union may never be accepted by their friends, family or society at large. Based on the novel Wet Goddess (which was based on a true story), Penny the F*ckable Dolphin: A Love Story was adapted by iO's Kristina Felske and directed by The Annoyance's Megan Johns with musical direction by Second City alum Tim Joyce.
   
Pericles  
Chicago Shakespeare Theater Pericles
 
Ben Carlson again treads the boards of Chicago Shakespeare's stage following turns as Macbeth, Hamlet (Jeff Award, Best Actor) and the outrageously funny Frank in The School for Lies. Chicago Tribune hails "few can match him...one of North America's best classical performers." In Shakespeare's most fantastical tale, Pericles embarks on a tempest-tossed quest in search of adventure, wealth and family. As he travels to parts unknown, our hero is confronted by villains, pirates, goddesses and kings. In the end, he discovers an essential truth-the renewal of love and life itself.
   
The Pirates of Penzance  
The Hypocrites at The Den Theatre The Pirates of Penzance
 
An 80-minute exotic getaway featuring bathing beauties, philosophizing pirates, and grown men in remarkably short shorts The Hypocrites' production of The Pirates of Penzance has quickly become a non-traditional holiday favorite. Presented promenade-style, this unique production allows the audience to move around the space with the actors for a more immersive experience. The beloved comic musical tells the story of Frederic, a boy mistakenly apprenticed to a softhearted band of pirates (his hard-of-hearing nurse was told to take him to a ship's pilot). He wants to leave the pirates and live a law-abiding life with his true love, but his Leap Day birthday means his pirate apprenticeship lasts a lot longer than usual. After a series of zany mishaps, the lovable pirates make their peace with the police and Frederic gets his girl. Along the way it's a rollercoaster ride of swashbuckling action and merry music, featuring many of Gilbert and Sullivan's wittiest and most engaging tunes, including the immortal "I Am the Very Model of a Modern Major-General."
   
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.
   
Process, A Holiday Production  
CIC Theater Process, A Holiday Production
 
PROCESS (The Holiday Production) gives you a peek behind the scenes of a unique, holiday-themed play. You'll witness the entire production process from the auditions to the curtain call of closing night as an improvised three-act play unfurls before your eyes. Each show is completely improvised!
   
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.
   
Rudolph the Red-Hosed Reindeer  
Hell In A Handbag Productions at Mary's Attic Rudolph the Red-Hosed Reindeer
 
Break out your high heels and fishnets, it's time once again for Rudolph the Red-Hosed Reindeer. Back for its 17th run, David Cerda's irreverent parody of the classic children's television special has become a beloved (but twisted) holiday tradition. It's the longest-running show featuring a transvestite reindeer in the history of Chicago, and probably also of the world. With the economy in a rut, nobody believes in Santa anymore and he doesn't even believe in himself. As more and more elves are laid off, morale and morals hit an all-time low. Meanwhile Mrs. Claus, now a raging alcoholic, is wreaking havoc at the North Pole. In the middle of all this chaos, a transvestite Rudolph and his misfit friends -- Herbie the "not gay-enough elf" and Yukon Cornelia, the butch prospector with a deep, dark secret -- search for their own unique brand of happiness and accidentally save Christmas while they're at it. Every year, the show produces new tricks and this year is no exception.
   
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."
   
The Second City Dysfunctional Holiday Revue  
Paramount Theatre The Second City Dysfunctional Holiday Revue
 
The Second City Dysfunctional Holiday Revue is the live comedy revue that aims Chicago's most acclaimed comic improvisers' usual brand of brash and irreverent humor with laser beam focus at the foibles of the holiday season. Don't miss this hilarious evening of skits, songs and equal opportunity fun. Nothing is off limits - from your drunken Uncle Adolph and office parties, to how that first Christmas really went down. Be ready to laugh and be ready to buy tickets early. Most of these shows sell out in advance.
   
Sherlock Holmes and the Case of the Christmas Goose  
Raven Theatre Sherlock Holmes and the Case of the Christmas Goose
 
Everyone knows Scrooge and Mr. Potter, but can the holiday spirit work its magic on everyone's favorite man of mystery? Now in a fully realized stage version, Raven Theatre's Sherlock Holmes and the Case of the Christmas Goose follows Holmes and Watson as they investigate the mysterious theft and even more mysterious discovery of the Countess of Morcar's blue carbuncle. With a dash of Christmas intrigue and a heap of good will, Raven's holiday offering is fun for the whole family!
   
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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