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Blue Man Group  
Briar Street Theatre Blue Man Group
 
Blue Man Group is best known for its award-winning theatrical productions which critics have described as "ground-breaking," "hilarious," "visually stunning" and "musically powerful." These performances feature three enigmatic bald and blue characters who take the audience through a multi-sensory experience that combines theatre, percussive music, art, science and vaudeville into a form of entertainment that is like nothing else.

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It's A Wonderful Life: Live in Chicago!  
The Greenhouse Theater Center It's A Wonderful Life: Live in Chicago!
 
For 15 years, the American Blues Ensemble has treated Chicago audiences to a live 1940s radio broadcast. The incredible cast recreates the entire town of Bedford Falls with Foley sound effects, an original score, and holiday carols. Critics call this "perfect Christmas theater" and "first-class holiday fare". After each performance, milk and cookies are served by the cast.

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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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After The Dance  
Royal George Theatre After The Dance
 
Part social comedy, part tragedy, After the Dance explores the crumbling façade of the Mayfair party circuit in 1930s London. With one war over, and another fast approaching, David and Joan Scott-Fowler are determined to exist in a state of idealistic, inebriated bill; but when the young Helen Banner pierces through the hedonism, David and Joan are forced to confront the truths around them, with devastating consequences.

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The Amish Project  
Athenaeum Theatre The Amish Project
 
On October 2, 2006, a gunman walked into a one-room Amish school house in Nickel Mines, Pennsylvania and opened fire. In the wake of this tragedy, playwright Jessica Dickey explores forgiveness in the shadow of violence and loss. With gentle ferocity, ITP ensemble member Sarah Gise* portrays seven characters in a performance that explores forgiveness, joy, and hope in the face of tragedy.

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The Annoyance Christmas Pageant  
Annoyance Theatre The Annoyance Christmas Pageant
 
The Annoyance Christmas Pageant takes two well loved, holiday children specials and combines them into two acts. Charley Brown Christmas follows Charley Brown on his journey to find the true meaning of Christmas, while enduring the commercialization of the season, and insults from Lucy Van Pelt. In Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer, Sam the Snowman tells the tale of how young reindeer Rudolph runs away from home to be independent, with his new found friend Hermie. Together they meet Yukon Cornelius, a prospector searching for silver and gold, discover an island of misfit toys and learn that it's okay to be different from the pack. All while avoiding the Abominable Snow Monster of the North!

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The Assembled Parties  
Raven Theatre The Assembled Parties
 
The Assembled Parties, which was produced on Broadway in 2013 by the Manhattan Theatre Club and earned a Tony Award nomination for Best Play as well as winning the Tony for leading actress Judith Light, welcomes us to the world of a New York Upper West Side Jewish family in 1980. In a sprawling Central Park West apartment, former movie star Julie Bascov and her sister-in-law Faye bring their families together for their traditional holiday dinner. But tonight, things are not usual. A houseguest has joined the festivities for the first time and he unwittingly-or perhaps by design-insinuates himself into the family drama. Twenty years later, as 2001 approaches, the Bascovs' seemingly picture-perfect life may be about to crumble. A stunning play infused with humor, The Assembled Parties is an incisive portrait of a family grasping for stability at the dawn of a new millennium.

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Barney the Elf  
The Greenhouse Theater Center Barney the Elf
 
Chicago drag queen sensation Dixie Lynn Cartwright takes the lead in this cheeky musical twist on the modern holiday fave about "embracing your inner elf." After Santa Claus retires, his wicked son begins a not-so-jolly reign as the new head of Christmas. The North Pole begins to crumble under his tyrannical rule, and Barney the Elf is forced to leave his home. Soon he embarks on a fabulous journey of self-discovery (or is it elf-discovery?) that lands him in one of Chicago's hottest drag bars. But can he truly leave Christmas behind for a new life in the big city? Barney the Elf brings choreographed musical numbers galore and plenty of queer holiday cheer to Chicago's Greenhouse Theater Center.

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Betrayal  
Raven Theatre Betrayal
 
Pinter's modern classic drama concerns the nine-year affair between a London writer and the wife of his publisher and best friend. A thoughtful, rich play about a common theme of human existence - the difficulty in maintaining honest relationships with those close to us - Betrayal is known for its unique structure, it tells the story backwards in time, with the play beginning at the end of the affair and ending as the affair is about to begin.

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Bye Bye Liver  
The Public House Theatre Bye Bye Liver
 
The Pub Theater Company performs a series of outrageous sketches centered on Chicago's favorite pastime: drinking. Bye Bye Liver is filled with interactive social games for the audience, pitting males versus females, actors versus audience and so on. Bar life and alcoholic adventures are held up for your amusement so you can laugh -- and drink -- your troubles away. With a spontaneous and interactive format, the outcome is always a fun and outrageous time for everyone, both audience and cast.

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Carmen  
Lyric Opera Carmen
 
Filled with passion, jealousy, drama and death, Georges Bizet's classic opera Carmen revolves around a beautiful but hot-tempered Spanish gypsy girl who seduces a young corporal named Don Jose. The naive young man gives up everything for her, leaving his former love, rebelling against his superiors and joining a gang of smugglers. But when Carmen tires of him and moves on to the bullfighter Escamillo, Don Jose is driven by betrayal and jealousy to exact violent revenge. The French composer's score includes the instantly recognizable "The Toreador Song," Carmen's habanera and more. This stirring production from Lyric Opera of Chicago at the Civic Opera House will be performed in French with projected English supertitles.

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Chagrin Falls  
The Den Theatre Chagrin Falls
 
To live in Chagrin Falls, Oklahoma is to be in the killing business. The town's major employers are a cattle slaughterhouse and a penitentiary where lethal injection is administered. Whether they work at the slaughterhouse, play preacher or guard to death row inmates, or merely offer a bed and a hot meal to those visiting the prison, each resident of Chagrin Falls makes their living off of death and captivity.

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The Christians  
Steppenwolf Theatre The Christians
 
Pastor Paul has spent 20 years successfully growing his church from a small storefront to a gleaming megachurch, but now he fears that there may be a crack in the theological foundation. As he shares his new belief in the nature of salvation, the message is met with surprise and then growing trepidation from his closest confidantes in the congregation, threatening to create a schism within the church. Hnath's fascinating new play looks with great complexity and compassion at the relationship between belief and behavior-and its evenhanded, unbiased take on faith in modern America can be appreciated no matter what you believe.

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Christmas Bingo: It's a Ho-Ho-Holy Night  
Royal George Theatre Christmas Bingo: It's a Ho-Ho-Holy Night
 
In this interactive comedy, audience members play bingo while also answering questions about Christmas traditions, the origin of St. Nick, where do candy canes come from, miracles in the Bible . . . and a clever re-creation of the Annunciation, complete with audience members in angel wings and halos.

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A Christmas Carol  
Metropolis Performing Arts Centre A Christmas Carol
 
A fresh take on the Dickens classic and Metropolis tradition. A narrator takes us through the Christmas Eve tale of Ebenezer Scrooge, relentless in his pursuit of money, taking very little joy in life and consumed by work alone. Scrooge cares nothing for the less fortunate and is cruel to his loyal employee Bob Cratchit. Ebenezer is visited by three ghosts, showing him the errors of his past, the reality of the present, and the gloom the future may hold.

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The Christmas Schooner  
Mercury Theater The Christmas Schooner
 
Your whole family will enjoy this heartwarming story of the first Christmas Tree Ship and the people who risked their lives to fill Chicago with the holiday spirit. Based on the shipwrecked Rouse Simmons, The Christmas Schooner is a powerful, moving story with an exquisite score by Chicago favorites John Reeger (book) and Julie Shannon (music and lyrics). The musical has entertained audiences for hundreds of productions, including a 12-year run at Chicago's Bailiwick Repertory Theatre. Set in the late 19th century, this holiday musical tells the song and dance-filled story of a close-knit group of German immigrants who receive a message from a Chicago-based cousin lamenting the lack of traditional Christmas trees. A shipping captain and his crew then undertake a risky late-season journey across the notoriously violent Lake Michigan to deliver the precious timber to the city, carrying with them a full cargo of holiday hope and joy.

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A Christmas Story: The Musical  
Citadel Theatre Company A Christmas Story: The Musical
 
A Christmas Story, The Musical is a brilliant rebundling of Ralphie Parker's hilariously desperate quest for a Red Ryder Carbine-Action 200 shot range model air rifle into a musical sure to become every bit the holiday favorite as the movie that preceded it. All of your favorite highlights are here - the Old Man's leg lamp, the tongue-on-a-flagpole, the bunny suit, and all of Ralphie's extravagant daydreams! Bring the whole family to see this holiday classic in a new way with this Tony-nominated Best Musical.

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Cinderella At The Theater Of Potatoes  
The Den Theatre Cinderella At The Theater Of Potatoes
 
Adapted from Pauline Viardot-García's 1904 opera Cendrillon and many of her other compositions, Andra Velis Simon's musical-play is an elegantly irreverent exploration of the classic fairy tale. Here, Cinderella's version of happily-ever-after does not include acceptance by the Prince. In the actor-as-orchestra style of The Hypocrites' Gilbert & Sullivan opera work, Artistic Director Sean Graney directs this fun holiday-time show, perfect for the whole family.

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Circumference Of A Squirrel  
The Greenhouse Theater Center Circumference Of A Squirrel
 
An inner tube, a bagel, a donut, a lifesaver, a holiday wreath, a tire-swing, a cycle of abuse: circles, and at the center of them all sits an enigmatic squirrel. Orbiting that squirrel is Chester, a self-described "rodentophobe" who spins the outlandish, funny and bruising tale of growing up with a father who developed a rabid hatred for squirrels that eventually infected every aspect of his life. Pursued by memories of his father's intolerant legacy, Chester is pulled into the black hole at the center of his own life, unsure of how he will break free from the darkness that encircles him.

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Crazy for You  
Drury Lane- Oakbrook Crazy for You
 
Winner of three Tony Awards, including Best Musical, the romantic Gershwin musical Crazy for You follows Bobby Child, a New York banker with a craving for show business, who is sent to foreclose on a theatre in a small mining town. After falling in love with a local girl, Polly, he vows to put on a show to save the failing theatre. Crazy For You brings new life to memorable Gershwin tunes like "I Can't Be Bothered Now," "I Got Rhythm," "Nice Work If You Can Get It," and "Someone to Watch Over Me." Audiences will enjoy a vivacious night filled with mistaken identity, plot twists, and fabulous dance numbers perfect for the whole family.

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Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood  
Rosemont Theatre Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood
 
Daniel Tiger's famous red trolley is making a stop in your neighborhood for an all-new musical adventure that brings the award-winning PBS Kids' TV series to colorful life. Inspired by Mr. Rogers' legacy, the show follows the young feline and his playful pals as they explore the Neighborhood of Make-Believe, having fun and learning "grr-ific" lessons about friendship, sharing, helping others and much more. This engaging, interactive stage production at the Rosemont Theatre is designed to entertain preschoolers with plenty of singing, dancing and patented #BeMyNeighbor fun.

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Defending the Caveman  
Skokie Theatre Defending the Caveman
 
Defending the Caveman is the longest-running solo show in Broadway history, and now you can see the national touring production of this prehistoric relationship comedy at Skokie Theatre. A hilariously insightful look at the ways men and women relate to one another, Caveman was written by Rob Becker following a three-year informal study of anthropology, prehistory, psychology, sociology and mythology. The situations are so real (and so funny) that you'll find yourself nudging your partner and friends when you recognize yourself and others in the show. It's the perfect entertainment for date night, girls' night, or any night.

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Diamond Dogs  
Chopin Theatre Diamond Dogs
 
Set in the Revelation Space Universe of acclaimed sci-fi author Alistair Reynolds, this world premiere production of Diamond Dogs follows a future team of humans and transhumans on their investigation into a mysterious alien tower bent on brutally punishing all intruders. As each of these crusaders is forced to make dangerous sacrifices in the deadly maze on their way to the summit of the spire ... blood will spill. The inventive designers of The House Theatre of Chicago have brought this otherworldly show to vivid life, utilizing the help of an award-winning puppet designer to re-shape the actors' human forms with body modifications reflecting the show's 26th-century setting. Don't miss Diamond Dogs on the Chopin Theatre Mainstage.

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Diary of a Worm, a Spider and a Fly  
Apollo Theater Diary of a Worm, a Spider and a Fly
 
Enter the whimsical world of insects with a cast of creepy crawly characters, and laugh away the trials of being a young bug in school. Through musical genres such as rap, hip-hop, pop, and Broadway standards, this choral comedy humanizes the life cycles of insects to celebrate and accept the passions and differences in every child. Taken from the best-selling books by Doreen Cronin, "There's an alternate world that's very cool beneath your feet and in the air!" Jen Ellison Directs.

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Die Another Holiday  
pH Comedy Theater Die Another Holiday
 
Ben and Lanny are an adorable couple -- and all they really want is a nice Christmas, as their families meet for the first time during a holiday getaway at an '80s-themed ski chalet. But trouble seems to follow Ben and his family anywhere they go, which might be because they're ... secret agents! Then again, there's always a chance that Lanny's family could be harboring some secrets, as well. Die Another Holiday from pH Productions proves that, whether highly trained in the deadly arts or not, no family can make it through the holidays without at least a little drama. Don't miss all the spy-centric intrigue, sitcom-style laughs and farcical fun of Die Another Holiday at Chicago's pH Comedy Theater.

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Die Fledermaus  
Cahn Auditorium Die Fledermaus
 
Husband and wife meet at a party neither is supposed to be attending -- and he unwittingly woos his disguised mate. Johann Strauss' ode to champagne and indiscretion features many famous melodies loved the world over.

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Dog Sees God: Confessions of a Teenage Blockhead  
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.

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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.

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The Eight Reindeer Monologues  
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?

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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

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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.

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Elemeno Pea  
Citadel Theatre Company Elemeno Pea
 
Cultures clash and family ties get knotted in playwright Molly Smith Metzler's poignant comedy Elemeno Pea. Simone, the personal assistant to a rich ad man's trophy wife, is living large on Martha's Vineyard. Her new gig comes complete with a six-figure salary, a preppy boyfriend with a yacht, and a handsome clothing allowance. Things are shaping up nicely for Simone until her older sister Devon, a social worker from blue-collar Buffalo, arrives for a visit. Blood is thicker than water ... but is it thicker than champagne? Find out when Element Pea takes to the stage of Lake Forest's Citadel Theatre.

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Eugene Onegin  
Lyric Opera Eugene Onegin
 
The mastermind behind beloved ballet classics like Swan Lake and The Nutcracker makes audiences swoon at another hugely acclaimed work, Eugene Onegin. Composed in 1878, Tchaikovsky's lyric opera was one of the first of its kind to have dramatic music added and follows the story of a selfish hero and a young woman's love. Based on the Pushkin novel, it portrays the life of Onegin, a dashing and worldly gentleman who comes to regret his blase rejection of impressionable country girl, as well as his careless incitement of a fatal duel with his best friend. Grammy Award winner Ana María Martínez and Seattle Opera 2006 Artist of the Year Mariusz Kwiecien lead this richly layered piece at Chicago's Civic Opera House.

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Fable-ous!  
Lifeline Theatre Fable-ous!
 
Chicago's acclaimed Lifeline Theatre gooses up the story of The Tortoise and the Hare with a fun modern update that finds the stakes raised for the speedy rabbit, otherwise known as Harrington T. Jordan, who's counting on cashing in on a myriad of endorsements when he wins. But of course, like in the original Aesop's Fable, the tortoise gives him a run for his money, as some new animal characters join in to provide plenty of hijinks. This all-new comic adventure is recommended for kids age 5 and up.

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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.

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Give It All Back  
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.

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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.

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Hair  
Metropolis Performing Arts Centre Hair
 
Hair celebrates peace and love, taking you back to 1960s New York as young hippies try to make sense of their lives in the shadow of the Vietnam War. As the "tribe" -- a group of politically active bohemian youths -- fight against conscription, Claude has to decide whether to resist the draft as his friends have done, or succumb to the pressures of his parents and conservative America. Hair is filled with unforgettable songs, like "Aquarius," "Let the Sun Shine In" and "Good Morning, Starshine," which all became anthems of the anti-war movement. Filled with unbridled energy and infectious songs, this stunning production at Metropolis Performing Arts Centre in Arlington Heights provides an electrifying look back into '60s hippie counterculture.

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Heartbreak House  
Ruth Page Center For Arts Heartbreak House
 
Enjoy an evening of wit, romance and unforgettable characters in George Bernard Shaw's romantic comedy Heartbreak House. Just before World War I, a weekend in the English countryside becomes a tangle of unlikely attachments and unwanted complications -- love continually emerges but is never mutual, and the most successful relationships have the least to do with love. The house in question is that of Captain Shotover, a retired ship captain, current inventor and opinionated eccentric. In his eyes, his daughters have married badly -- one to a dim-witted plodder, another to a sharp-witted layabout. Enter into the house one Ellie Dunn. Daughter of a failed businessman and in seek of reparations, if nothing else, she decides to marry the ruthless capitalist who ruined her father. The husbands, the fathers, the wives, the daughters, the aging playboy and even a burglar all come together in "this silly house, this strangely happy house, this agonizing house, this house without foundations." Presented in ShawChicago's classic concert reading style, experience the action at Ruth Page Center for the Arts in Chicago.

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A Hedda Gabler  
Pride Arts Center - The Buena A Hedda Gabler
 
Newly married and returned from her honeymoon, Hedda finds herself ensnared by social circumstances and surrounded by reminders of her oppression. Her attempts to manipulate her oppressors and reclaim personal agency only serve to reveal the inescapability of her plight.

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Her America  
The Greenhouse Theater Center Her America
 
Lori hides in a Midwest basement as the world upstairs spins out of her control. Below the fray, she searches through the artifacts of her own history. She finds an imposing steamer trunk, a wedding dress, and a host of other relics that force her to confront where it all went astray. Was it the day she married Dan? The morning a stranger from her past reappeared? Or the night she put a secret in the trunk, changing her family forever? A deeply American mystery told entrancingly by award-winning actress Kate Buddeke, Her America will leave you breathless as each piece of her story comes out of the cellar, and into the light.

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The Hip Hop Nutcracker  
Rosemont Theatre The Hip Hop Nutcracker
 
Pirouettes are replaced with popping, and Tchaikovsky's iconic score gets remixed with live hip hop interludes by DJ Boo and legendary rapper Kurtis Blow in this streetwise reimagining of the ballet masterpiece, The Nutcracker. Set in a nightclub in 1980s Brooklyn, this innovative rendition puts a charge into the holiday classic with a supercharged cast of all-star dancers, breathtaking digital scenery and an onstage electric violinist. Following its successful sold-out tour across the United States and Russia, you won't want to miss out on all the fun as this new Yuletide classic comes to Rosemont Theatre.

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I Am My Own Wife  
Theater Wit I Am My Own Wife
 
I Am My Own Wife is based on the true story of Charlotte von Mahlsdorf (born Lothar Berfelde) who, against all odds, hid from the Nazi and Communist regimes in East Berlin in plain sight dressed a woman. About Face's new production will frame Charlotte's story through a transgender lens, celebrating transvisibility through the life story of one of the most fascinating transgender women in historical record.

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It's a Wonderful Life - A Live Radio Play  
Oil Lamp Theater It's a Wonderful Life - A Live Radio Play
 
It's a Wonderful Life has become a holiday staple for many families. What better way to kick off the season than to see the old favorite in a whole new way -- live on stage. This show-within-a-show takes place on December 24, 1946 in Studio A at WSTG Radio, where a cast of actors is preparing to present It's a Wonderful Life live to the listening audience. With the help of a pianist and a sound-effects artist, the ensemble re-enacts the beloved story of George Bailey, a young man who has given up on his dreams and stands on a bridge on Christmas Eve, ready to end it all. A guardian angel intervenes and shows him all the lives he's touched throughout the years without even realizing it. See this beloved American tale re-imagined at the Oil Lamp Theater in Glenview.

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It's A Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play  
Metropolis Performing Arts Centre It's A Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play
 
This beloved American holiday classic comes to the stage as a 1940's radio broadcast. With the help of the signature 40's sound-effects, actors bring us Capra's unforgettable story. George Bailey lives his life selflessly, always putting others before himself. Wanting nothing more than to leave his hometown of Bedford Falls and see the world, George's unwavering loyalty keeps him in the small town. Down on his luck on Christmas Eve, George considers if his family would be better off if he had never been born and with the help of an angel looking to earn his wings, George discovers just how much he has influenced the small town of Bedford Falls. A touching and timeless story for the whole family.

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It's Christmas, Goddamnit  
Annoyance Theatre It's Christmas, Goddamnit
 
If you're sick of all the good cheer and warm-and-fuzzy holiday shows, The Annoyance Theatre has the antidote: It's Christmas, Goddamnit, a comedy about one majorly dysfunctional family coming together for the holidays. But this is no run-of-the-mill miserable family gathering. Along with the traditional passive-aggressive silences and sniping, Dad has surprising news: he's having an affair with the next-door neighbor. The plot thickens when a loathed uncle is accidentally killed by the son of Dad's sweetheart, and the family reunion quickly devolves into a hilariously disastrous Christmas Eve.

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Jeeves Intervenes  
Ruth Page Center For Arts Jeeves Intervenes
 
British author P.G. Wodehouse became one of the most widely read humorists of the 20th century for his iconic duo of feather-brained gentleman Bertie Wooster and his resourceful, long-suffering valet, Jeeves. Now, Wodehouse's trademark wit comes to the stage of the Ruth Page Center for the Arts in ShawChicago Theater Company's staged reading of Jeeves Intervenes. When his Aunt Agatha forces Bertie to cancel his holiday to the French Riviera, it's only the beginning of his troubles. Now he's stuck attending a family reunion while Agatha attempts to engineer his engagement to the overbearing Gertrude. Meanwhile, Bertie's school chum Eustace is about to be sent to a tragically respectable job in India. Now, it's once again up to Bertie's trusty manservant, Jeeves, to save the day.

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Junie B. Jones in Jingle Bells, Batman Smells!  
Apollo Theater Junie B. Jones in Jingle Bells, Batman Smells!
 
Based on the best-selling book series by Barbara Park, this critically-acclaimed Emerald City Theatre remount explores the challenges of giving selflessly through humor and holiday joy as fan-favorite Junie B. Jones journeys through a Columbus Day school play, a holiday sing-along concert, and Secret Santa Day. "Dear Santa, I really hope you were watching me just now. That's all I hope. Love, Junie B. -Giver."

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A Klingon Christmas Carol  
Heartland Studio Theatre A Klingon Christmas Carol
 
Boldly taking Dickens' holiday classic where no Christmas show has gone before, A Klingon Christmas Carol re-imagines Ebenezer Scrooge's tale of greed and redemption using the Star Trek alien race's code of honor and courage. Now, three Klingon ghosts will help the cowardly Scrooge become the true warrior he ought to be in time to save Tiny Tim from a horrible fate. Performed in the Klingon language with English subtitles, this A Christmas Carol-meets-Star Trek mash-up is sure to crack up Trekkies and Dickens fans alike. This voyage to the final frontier of holiday fun blasts off from the Heartland Studio in Chicago.

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Late Nite Catechism  
Royal George Theatre Late Nite Catechism
 
Late Nite Catechism is an uproariously funny play, written by Vicki Quade and Maripat Donovan, where the irrepressible Sister teaches class to a roomful of "students." Throughout the course of the play the benevolent instructor rewards audience members for correct answers with glow-in-the-dark rosaries and other nifty prizes. Naughty students may well find themselves on stage sitting in a corner reflecting their actions. Now in its 20th year in Chicago, Late Nite Catechism is a sharp satire, but never mean. It’s simply an evening of fun and laughter.

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The Little Flower of East Orange  
Athenaeum Theatre The Little Flower of East Orange
 
When Therese Marie arrives in the emergency room of a small hospital in the Bronx suffering from hypothermia and in shock, no one there knows her story. To the doctors and nurses, she is just another abandoned elderly woman who can't even tell them her name. But Therese Marie's dementia is not all that it seems. And when her prodigal son, Danny, returns to New York, Therese Marie must fight to maintain her dignity in light of her son's insistence on confronting the ugly secrets of their past. In this unconventional family drama, Stephen Adly Guirgis gives us a mother and son who must face a long family legacy of abuse in order to find the true meaning of grace.

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The Magic Parlour  
The Palmer House Hilton Hotel The Magic Parlour
 
The performance contains some of his favorite pieces of magic, alongside some brand new routines in an hour-long show packed with mind-reading, levitations, escapes, and a ridiculous new adaptation of the classic “Card Stab” during which Watkins climbs inside of a fully inflated 7 foot balloon!

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Men Are From Mars - Women Are From Venus LIVE!  
Broadway Playhouse Men Are From Mars - Women Are From Venus LIVE!
 
Men Are From Mars - Women Are From Venus LIVE!, the Off-Broadway hit comedy based on The New York Times #1 best-selling book of the last decade by John Gray, is back by popular demand. Moving swiftly through a series of vignettes, the show covers everything from dating and marriage to the bedroom. This hysterical show will have couples elbowing each other all evening as they see themselves on stage. Sexy and fast paced, this show is definitely for adults, but will leave audiences laughing and giggling like little kids!

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Miss Bennet: Christmas At Pemberley  
Northlight Theatre Miss Bennet: Christmas At Pemberley
 
In this charmingly imagined sequel to Pride and Prejudice, the ever-dependable Mary Bennet is growing tired of her role as dutiful middle sister in the face of her siblings' romantic escapades. When the family gathers for Christmas at Pemberley, an unexpected guest sparks Mary's hopes for independence, an intellectual match, and possibly even love.

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Mr. and Mrs. Pennyworth  
Lookingglass Theatre Mr. and Mrs. Pennyworth
 
Traveling storytellers Mr. and Mrs. Pennyworth captivate audiences with spell-binding tales. But one day, The Big Bad Wolf mysteriously dies before his story is complete. Fairytales disappear from the pages, characters are utterly forgotten, and Mr. and Mrs. Pennyworth must journey through the stories to restore order before they are lost forever.

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Musical Horror Story: Exorcism  
Charnel House Chicago Musical Horror Story: Exorcism
 
Set in New Orleans, 1964, the story follows Reverend Mother, charged with leading the girls in her care at the Divine Lorraine Home for Wayward Girls, to a life of Godliness. When a mysteriously abandoned young lady arrives late one night, her deadly secret threatens to destroy everything the Reverend Mother stands for. The terror mounts as creepy and eerie unexplained paranormal activity begins to wreak havoc on the orderly life at the convent, resulting in a clandestine visit from a priest with a passionate past to perform an exorcism - live on stage.

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My Fair Lady  
Lyric Opera My Fair Lady
 
Based on George Bernard Shaw's book Pygmalion, this witty battle of the sexes follows self-absorbed, misogynistic linguist Henry Higgins as he attempts to train Eliza Doolittle, a Cockney flower girl plucked from the street, how to speak properly -- though she's much smarter than he realizes. With a feisty leading lady and a score full of instantly recognizable songs like "Wouldn't It Be Loverly?" and "I Could Have Danced All Night," it's no wonder My Fair Lady became a huge Broadway hit and in 1964 was turned into an Oscar-winning film starring Audrey Hepburn. See what's been deemed the "perfect musical" as Lyric Opera of Chicago presents the show at Civic Opera House in Chicago.

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Norma  
Lyric Opera Norma
 
A clandestine love affair sets the stage for a battle full of fury and anguish in the Lyric Opera of Chicago's production of Norma at the Civic Opera House. The epitome of the bel canto opera style, Vincenzo Bellini's masterpiece has been a vehicle for supremely talented sopranos since its debut in 1831. Metropolitan Opera star Sondra Radvanovsky "earned a thunderous ovation ... her top notes ringing and powerful, her middle range velvety, her coloratura nimble and phrasing elegant" (The New York Times) for her recent performance in the role. Set during the Gallic-Roman wars, the story focuses on the awe-inspiring Druid high priestess, whose role demands a strict vow of celibacy. But she's violated that code by falling in love with the leader of the occupying army, and leads a double life to conceal her secret.

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The Nutcracker  
McAninch Arts Center The Nutcracker
 
With eye-popping costumes, stirring choreography and Tchaikovsky's timeless score played by the New Philharmonic Orchestra, Von Heidecke's Chicago Festival Ballet's production of The Nutcracker will enchant the entire family. This annual holiday ballet tells the story of a young girl named Clara who receives a magical nutcracker doll one Christmas Eve and sets out on a wondrous journey to the Land of the Snow and the Kingdom of Sweets. McAninch Arts Center is the perfect place to experience this much-beloved ballet that always dazzles with its battling mice, dancing snowflakes, waltzing flowers and the delightful Sugar Plum Fairy.

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The Nutcracker  
Marriott Theatre In Lincolnshire The Nutcracker
 
Filled with enchanted toys, mischievous mice and sugar plum fairies, the tale of The Nutcracker has enraptured generations of children and adults. Now this annual holiday favorite comes to Lincolnshire in an all-new musical adaptation. The story tells the tale of a young girl named Marie, who receives a magical nutcracker doll one Christmas Eve and sets out on a wondrous journey to reach the Sugar Plum fairy before the wicked Mouse King. Featuring Tchaikovsky's beloved score, this dazzling one-hour production at the Marriott Theatre is perfect for kids of all ages.

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The Nutcracker  
Auditorium Theatre The Nutcracker
 
Discover the magic of Chicago's mysterious 1893 World's Fair through the eyes of a child in the Joffrey's astounding new Nutcracker -- brilliantly reimagined by Tony Award-winning choreographer Wheeldon. Be part of dance history as we celebrate our beloved city and unlock a world of wonder for the 21st century. An electrifying holiday tale that will leave you breathless.

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The Other Side of Christmas  
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.

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Peter and the Starcatcher  
Metropolis Performing Arts Centre Peter and the Starcatcher
 
The five-time Tony-winning show that The New York Times called "the most exhilarating storytelling on Broadway in decades," Peter and the Starcatcher is the swashbuckling prequel to Peter Pan. Inventive stagecraft and an imaginative story come together to reveal the origins of "the boy who wouldn't grow up" in this madcap music-filled adventure. The play is an action-packed journey through Neverland that brings pirates, mermaids, orphans and secret agents of the Queen together on the high seas. Based on the bestselling novel by Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson, and written by Rick Elice (Jersey Boys), this production of Peter and the Starcatcher at the Metropolis Performing Arts Centre in Arlington Heights weaves an enchanting coming-of-age tale that's bound to appeal to your entire crew.

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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!

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Prelude to a Kiss  
The Greenhouse Theater Center Prelude to a Kiss
 
A kiss transforms the lives of a pair of newlyweds in the Pulitzer Prize- and Tony Award-nominated comedy Prelude to a Kiss. In this modern day fairy tale, an uninvited guest turns a perfect wedding into a white-knuckled roller coaster ride of doubt and regret. When an elderly "wedding crasher" kisses the bride, their souls exchange, leaving the brave but bewildered groom to reverse the curse armed only with the power of love. When it first premiered, Craig Lucas' play received a Tony Award nomination for Best Play and was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for Drama in 1991. Get swept away by this magical tale at Chicago's Greenhouse Theater Center.

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Psychonaut Librarians  
The Den Theatre Psychonaut Librarians
 
The library is closed. The curtains are drawn. A Bunsen burner flicks on in the dark. The librarians sip their glowing elixir and the room spins with color and light. One more time. One last fight at the barrier between reality... and the anyverse.

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Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead  
Metropolis Performing Arts Centre Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead
 
Tom Stoppard's Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead. is a comedic, existentialist romp that focuses on the misadventures and confused musings of two minor characters in William Shakespeare's Hamlet. Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are shown in the moments between their brief appearances in the play. As the main characters meet their fates onstage, the two courtiers try to reconcile their "everything will work out" attitude with the growing realization that sometimes fortune has another ending in mind. Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead won the Tony Award for Best Play in 1968, and now it's coming to the Metropolis Performing Arts Centre in Arlington Heights.

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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.

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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.

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The Snowy Day and Other Stories  
Apollo Theater The Snowy Day and Other Stories
 
Ezra Jack Keats' beloved children's books that began with The Snowy Day come to life in this Emerald City Theatre production by award-winning playwright Jerome Hairston. A landmark picture book, The Snowy Day was the first to feature an African-American protagonist, centering on Peter, a young boy who explores his city after the first snowfall. The Caldecott Medal-winning book and its six sequels have continued to enchant readers for over 50 years. In this stage adaptation, various types of puppetry and movement capture Peter's poignant journey through childhood in a whole new way. Come experience The Snowy Day and Other Stories at Chicago's Apollo Theater. For ages 3 - 9

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The Sorcerer's Apprentice  
Adventure Stage Chicago The Sorcerer's Apprentice
 
With its puppet-driven play The Sorcerer's Apprentice, Open Eye Figure Theatre takes a look at youth and aging, the allure of power and the beauty of a life well lived. Magical marionettes and theatrical wizardry will amaze and delight at Chicago's Adventure Stage.

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Star Spangled Sitcoms: Huzzah and John Adams  
City Lit Theater Star Spangled Sitcoms: Huzzah and John Adams
 
The two plays, Huzzah and John Adams, historically parody popular sitcoms about a bar and its psychiatrist spin-off. The Founding Fathers stumble their way backwards into a Boston Tea Party, then celebrate the first Thanksgiving at the White House, where hilarity ensues.

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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.

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This Way Outta Santaland  
Theater Wit This Way Outta Santaland
 
For eight years, actor Mitchell J. Fain played the role of Crumpet in the classic Christmas one-man show The Santaland Diaries. After nearly a decade of restraining his most anarchic and improvisational instincts, Fain is finally letting loose in his own freewheeling holiday special with the help of cabaret goddess Meghan Murphy. In This Way Outta Santaland at Theater Wit in Chicago, Fain draws on 250 performances as Crumpet the Elf to tell true-life holiday tales of boozy Christmas carols, celebrity holiday gossip and the private lives of elves.

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Thrones! The Musical Parody  
Apollo Theater Thrones! The Musical Parody
 
A send-up of HBO's phenomenally successful "Game of Thrones," "Thrones! The Musical Parody" asks audiences: Will Tyrion's accent ever improve? Can Jon Snow possibly know more than nothing? Just how red can the Red Wedding get? With Game of Thrones plot twists through Season 6 (read: spoilers), audiences can expect dashing men battling White Walkers, ravishing women riding fire-breathing dragons, and the infamous Walk of Shame-all set to a catchy, original score.

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Tidings of Tap!  
North Shore Center for the Performing Arts Tidings of Tap!
 
Chicago Tap Theatre presents a new version of its venerable Holiday offering at a new venue, the North Shore Center for the Performing Arts, just in time for Tidings' 10th Anniversary and the 20th Anniversary of co-producer the North Shore Center for the Performing Arts. For the first time CTT is adding a light narrative about a young girl (played by Russian Rhythmic Gymnast Master Dasha Merkulov) as she goes on a journey through the wintry woods. While audiences hear many of their favorite seasonal tunes, they also experience an array of performances including a guest appearance by the stilt concert dancers from Kristina Isabelle Dance Company and an opportunity for local tap performers to join the Holiday production*.. Tidings of Tap! has been described by the Chicago Tribune as "undeniably charming and wholesome fun."

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Tony 'n Tina's Wedding  
Chicago Theatre Works Tony 'n Tina's Wedding
 
Presented by the original New York producers, in conjunction with Chicago Theater Works, comes the return of one of Chicago's longest-running, smash hit shows, Tony 'n Tina's Wedding -- and everyone's invited! You and the other audience members are treated like family at this interactive improvisational comedy. The fun starts with the happy couple's wedding ceremony inside a real church (Resurrection Church), followed by the all-inclusive reception just one block away at Vinnie Black's Coliseum, featuring a full Italian dinner, wedding cake, champagne toast, dancing to great music and lots of love and laughs. As part of the audience, you're considered a wedding guest and are allowed to mix, mingle and interact with all of the participants. You never know what drama you might get swept up in with this crazy Italian family! The improvisational nature of the show lets you go multiple times and see different stories play out each time.Tony 'n' Tina's Wedding will reopen in November 2009

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Tonya and Nancy: The Rock Opera  
Theater Wit Tonya and Nancy: The Rock Opera
 
The Olympics, 1994. Tonya Harding has hardly had the chance to dream past her father's truck. Nancy Kerrigan has it all--supportive family, affluent background, beauty and effortless grace. Enter Tonya's no-account boyfriend Jeff Gillooly, who has a plan to "help" Tonya win. What will happen when each skater has only three and a half minutes to be perfect?

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Twist Your Dickens  
Goodman Theatre Twist Your Dickens
 
This December, unwrap The Second City's holiday hit Twist Your Dickens-with amped-up improv and the funniest fresh faces in Chicago comedy, it's more outrageous than ever! This twisted take on Charles Dickens' classic skewers Scrooge, Tiny Tim and pop culture's most beloved holiday specials with yuletide yuks to keep you laughing through the past, present and well into the future. Now in its third smash year, Twist Your Dickens is written by Peter Gwinn and Bobby Mort-the Emmy Award-winning writers of The Colbert Report!

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The Ultimate Christmas Carol  
Steel Beam Theatre The Ultimate Christmas Carol
 
This updated version of Charles Dickens' beloved story A Christmas Carol has a few surprises up Scrooge's sleeves. He's breaking all of the Christmas rules and making the Cratchit Family -- and jolly London -- feel the burn. Combining elements of the original tale with some modern bends, original holiday songs, audience participation and sing-along ghostly visits, Steel Beam Theatre presents a screwball musical sendup of the holiday favorite. Bring the whole family for some seasonal fun in St. Charles.

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Uncle Philip's Coat  
The Greenhouse Theater Center Uncle Philip's Coat
 
When Matty, an unemployed actor, is given an old, decrepit coat from his recently deceased great-uncle Philip, he is unsure whether he has been given an heirloom or a heap of rags. Through his attempts to find the answer, he travels across time, territories and tragedies in an effort to uncover the history of an unfaltering dreamer. "Uncle Philip's Coat" poses larger questions of family, mythology and the inheritance of a Jewish son. How did a man who made it to the land of opportunity become a homeless wanderer, and what can he teach us about the stories that we tell to surround ourselves and keep away the cold?

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We Gotta Bingo  
Chicago Theatre Works We Gotta Bingo
 
Get your cards and markers ready for We Gotta Bingo, a raucous, interactive dinner theater experience where you're placed in the middle of two rival parishes who are set to be merged with each other. Since neither can support the expanding congregation by itself, they decide to raise the money the best way they know how -- through a bingo blowout. In between games, you'll enjoy a tasty Italian dinner, musical interludes between the rival parish choirs and The Vokel Chords playing hits from today and yesterday, polka-style. Following in the hilarious footsteps of Tony 'n Tina's Wedding, throw on your game face for We Gotta Bingo at Chicago Theater Works.

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Winterset  
The Den Theatre Winterset
 
A rare revival, in keeping with the Griffin's work to explore lost plays like London Wall and Men Should Weep. Inspired by the infamous murder case of the 1920s when the Italian anarchists and immigrants, Nicola Sacco and Bartolomeo Vanzetti, were arrested, convicted and electrocuted despite the insubstantial evidence against them. Anderson's 1935 poetic verse play follows a young man's quest to prove his father's innocence years after he was executed for a murder he may not have committed Winner of the first New York Drama Critic's Circle Award for Best Play.

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The Wiz  
Theater Wit The Wiz
 
Featuring a book by William F. Brown and music and lyrics by Charlie Smalls, THE WIZ is an urbanized retelling of Frank Baum's Classic 1900 children's novel The Wonderful Wizard of Oz and the classic movie The Wizard of Oz, in the context of 20th century African American culture. Brown's gritty revival puts the focus on "what it means to live with intelligence, compassion and courage in today's tough cities." Follow the yellow brick road with a dazzling mix of rock, gospel and soul. The 1975 Broadway production of The Wiz won seven Tony Awards including Best Musical.

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A Wrinkle in Time  
Lifeline Theatre A Wrinkle in Time
 
After her father vanishes under mysterious circumstances, Meg Murray's life begins spiraling out of control. One dark and stormy night, Mrs. Whatsit, Mrs. Who and Mrs. Which appear and promise to help rescue him from the monstrous darkness that threatens the universe. A Wrinkle in Time follows Meg, her extraordinary brother Charles Wallace, their pal Calvin, and a host of extraterrestrial friends and foes as they journey into the heart of a terrible evil in the hope of reuniting a fragmented family. Based on the beloved 1963 book by Madeleine L'Engle, this heartwarming adventure across the stars gets underway at Chicago's Lifeline Theatre.

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Yippee Ki-Yay, Merry Christmas  
MCL Chicago Yippee Ki-Yay, Merry Christmas
 
It's Christmas Eve at Nakatomi Plaza in downtown Los Angeles. New York cop Bruce McClane is there to rekindle love between himself and his estranged wife. Everyone seems headed toward a merry Christmas until Hans Solo and his group of German terrorists take everyone in the building hostage...except McClane.

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