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One Boppa: Two Acts  
Curious Theatre Branch at Prop Theatre One Boppa: Two Acts
 
Directed by Matt Rieger, One Boppa: Two Acts concerns three step sisters, portrayed by Meredith Lyons, Vicki Walden and Julie Williams, who share a father as well as arguments over his flaws and the merits of dogs, not to mention the mystery parent of their youngest sibling's love child.
   
The Other Cinderella  
Black Ensemble Theater The Other Cinderella
 
The most popular of all the Black Ensemble Theater productions this holiday classic always features some new twists, turns, and surprises. The show joyously retells the familiar fairy tale with an Afro-centric twist. There's a "Stepmama" who works at the post office, two mean, evil but especially funny stepsisters, the brothers are from the 'hood, Cinderella was born in the projects and the "Fairy Godmama" is from Jamaica. The Other Cinderella is appropriate for all ages, featuring original music, exciting dances and a heartwarming story that reminds audiences of the greatness of the human spirit.
   
The Other Side of Christmas  
Three Cat Productions at Berger Park Coach House The Other Side of Christmas
 
What's it like to be an outsider on the biggest, most commercial and most televised event of the year? Whether you know first hand or want to see life on "the other side," you're in for a treat. The third annual The Other Side of Christmas features eight playwrights using drama, wacky humor and music to show what it's like to not celebrate Christmas. See it now at Berger Park Coach House Theater in Chicago.
   
Politically Correct Bedtime Stories  
Annoyance Theatre Politically Correct Bedtime Stories
 
Join us as these hilarious and smart stories come to life onstage with a fresh twist. Stories you think you remember from your youth will never be the same after seeing this satirical parody. You will laugh all the way home!
   
Purity the Musical  
Annoyance Theatre Purity the Musical
 
Our story follows Isabel, a devout Christian tempted to have sex with the dreamy worship bandleader days before the Colorado Springs Purity Ball. As purity festivities inch towards a bizarre father-daughter love-fest, Isabel must decide: Is purity a myth or does losing your virginity actually make you a broken garbage woman?
   
Pygmalion  
Remy Bumppo Theatre at The Greenhouse Theater Center Pygmalion
 
Language lovers rejoice for Shaw's most enduring and endearing critique of high society at the turn of the century. When Eliza Doolittle volunteers as the subject for Henry Higgins' exciting social experiment, the optimistic flower girl opens the door to a world more fierce and complex than the dirty London streets. Filled with wit and wordplay, Pygmalion explores what defines who we are and who we might become.
   
A Red Line Runs Through It  
Second City A Red Line Runs Through It
 
A Red Line Runs Through It rides the rails of Chicago in order to answer life's tough questions. How does the past sculpt the future? Are we all guided by anger? In this ever-changing landscape of nostalgia and uncertainty sometimes we need a brunch with friends to sort it all out. Who will snap first? No one knows what tomorrow will bring and the only thing that is certain is that this train keeps moving. This diverse cast of comedians will take you on their own ride exploring the new mother blues, black girl magic, and salacious local news. This non-stop locomotive launches from north to south along a transit line of pure comic bliss.
   
The Rip Nelson Holiday Spectacular  
Hell in a Handbag at Mary's Attic The Rip Nelson Holiday Spectacular
 
It's 1982 and a newly sober Rip manages to land another TV special after the death of his archrival, Paul Lynde. Rip is determined to get his career back on track but can he handle the stress of a network television special and stay sober? Luckily he's got help from a cavalcade of the hottest stars of 1982! Rip pulls every trick in the book to breathe some life in the dying variety series format and save his career but soon questions if his career is worth saving.
   
The Rosenkranz Mysteries  
Royal George Theatre The Rosenkranz Mysteries
 
Classic as well as never been seen before illusions take over the Royal George Cabaret space this winter as the nationally regarded illusionist Ricardo Rosenkranz stars in The Rosenkranz Mysteries, an evening of magic to lift the spirits. Truly astounding numbers will captivate audiences in an intimate, true cabaret style setting with tables featured in the space. A leading local mixologist will enhance the atmosphere by creating several themed drinks that will help create a fully immersive experience for theatregoers.
   
Roz and Ray  
Victory Gardens Theater - Biograph Roz and Ray
 
In 1976, Ray, a newly single parent of twin hemophiliac boys, has only one goal: keep his sons alive. His days are filled with endless trips to the hospital, rigorous testing, and frequent blood transfusions. This all changes when Ray meets Roz, an optimistic and caring doctor with a miracle drug. Roz appears to be Ray's savior until the miracle turns into a nightmare. Roz and Ray tells the profound story of love, trust, sacrifice, and forgiveness between two friends. Victory Gardens Theater's Artistic Director Chay Yew (The Gospel of Lovingkindness, Death and the Maiden) pairs with playwright Karen Hartman to unearth a tragic and little-known event in medical history.
   
Santa...Deux?  
Edge Theatre Santa...Deux?
 
Santa hires the highly ambitious New Elf who promises a faster, more efficient Christmas and creates a clone of Santa to help out. The corporate, savvy Santa Deux begins automating and downsizing the entire town thus threatening the very essence of Christmas. Together everyone learns that although technology can be helpful certain things require a human touch.
   
The Second City's Nut-Cracking Holiday Revue!  
Paramount Theatre The Second City's Nut-Cracking Holiday Revue!
 
Blow off some of that seasonal steam with The Second City's Nut-Cracking Holiday Revue! These ladies and funnymen from Chicago's famed Second City have made it an annual end-of-year tradition to bring their festive hilarity to Paramount's 173-seat Copley Theatre in the heart of downtown Aurora. In a theater that intimate, you're never more than 70 feet from all of Second City's laugh-out-loud skits, naughty songs and street smart ad libs.
   
She's Folks' Holiday Hootenanny!  
Athenaeum Theatre She's Folks' Holiday Hootenanny!
 
She's Folks! is a little bit country, a little bit rock 'n' roll, and a lot of laughs. Journey from the big city to Midwestern farm country and back again through folk and country music, hilarious stories, soaring harmonies, and a wry view of the folks back home. With a relaxed stage presence and style, Morgan and her band introduce the audience to eccentric characters, absurd situations, and touching observations. It's a postcard to the country from a kid who couldn't wait to leave.
   
Singin' in the Rain  
Marriott Theatre In Lincolnshire Singin' in the Rain
 
In one of the most famous movie musical scenes of all time, Gene Kelly partnered with an umbrella and tap danced through puddles in Singin' in the Rain. Now all the unforgettable songs and dances -- including the show-stopping title number -- have been lovingly adapted for the stage by Broadway legends Betty Comden and Adolph Green. Presented at Marriott Theatre in Lincolnshire, the show's set in the days just after the success of the first talkies, when studio execs find themselves scrambling to salvage the career of Lina Lamont, a silent picture star with an iron-clad contract ... and a voice like a screech monkey. They decide to hire an aspiring actress to overdub Lina's voice -- but when the leading man falls in love with the voice-over girl, and the audience clamors for Lina to sing live, there's plenty of hilarious trouble afoot!
   
The Snow Queen  
Piccolo Theatre The Snow Queen
 
Set somewhere at some time in Happy Denmark most definitely during the winter, best friends Kai and Gerda are separated by the enchanted broken mirror of the fierce Snow Queen. With colorful comrades Erick, Derick, and Dame Grandmother, the shy Gerda must find the hero within as she quests across a wintry wonderland to save Kai, facing trolls, pesky snowflakes, and other magical obstacles. This holiday classic will warm your heart, thaw your toes, and tickle your funny bone!
   
Steampunk Christmas Carol  
Heartland Studio Theatre Steampunk Christmas Carol
 
Charles Dickens meets Jules Verne ("the Father of Science Fiction") in EDGE Theater and Steampunk Chicago's inventive reimagining of the classic holiday tale A Christmas Carol. Set in fanciful Victorian England, mechanized ghosts tell of the fate of a world without Christmas. In this land of industry, populated with strange machines powered by gas, gears and electricity, Scrooge comes to realize that the best investment man can make is in mankind. Witness the revolution of a soul when Jared McDaris' Steampunk Christmas Carol swings into Chicago's Heartland Studio.
   
Stomp  
Broadway Playhouse Stomp
 
STOMP is explosive, inventive, provocative, witty, and utterly unique—an unforgettable experience for audiences of all ages. The international percussion sensation has garnered armfuls of awards and rave reviews and has appeared on numerous national television shows. The eight-member troupe uses everything but conventional percussion instruments – matchboxes, wooden poles, brooms, garbage cans, Zippo lighters, hubcaps – to fill the stage with magnificent rhythms. Year after year, audiences worldwide keep coming back for more of this pulse-pounding electrifying show. As the Boston Globe says, “If you haven’t seen STOMP, GO! If you have seen it, take someone and share the pleasure!” STOMP. See what all the noise is about.
   

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