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The Nutcracker Dec 16 - Dec 17, 2017  
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.
 
   
Dave Rudolf's Completely Cracked Christmas Dec 17  
Skokie Theatre Dave Rudolf's Completely Cracked Christmas
 
Brace yourself for a truly fun Christmas show. Aah, hear those Christmas Classics such as "Frosty the Slowman," "Oh Come, Oh Come I Read the Manual," "Oh Tom got Bombed", "The Little Dumber Boy", or Bubba Christmas tunes, like "Out to the Outhouse, Quick, quick, quick," and "Bo Fell off of the Mountain," and "Holly's Poison Ivy." Brings a tear to your eye and a tickle to your funny bone, doesn't it? Dave Rudolf is not above (or some might say below) singing serious Christmas tunes and throwing in some non seasonal madness as well. --- What could be more fun? And festive? Who knows what else this poor confused boy might come up with? Whatever it is it will be great fun! Come catch the 15 time nominated National Association of Campus Activities Award winner, Gold Record, Grammy nominated Goof, singing tunes that have been featured on such diverse Radio programs as Dr Demento, NPR, WXRT, and more.
 
   
The Second City's Nut-Cracking Holiday Revue Dec 20 - Dec 31, 2017  
Metropolis Performing Arts Centre The Second City's Nut-Cracking Holiday Revue
 
The Second City's Nut-Cracking Holiday Revue captures all the magic, mystery, and mayhem of the season with original songs, brand-new sketches, and some classic favorites. Nut-Cracking Holiday Revue will have you and yours laughing all the way through the festive season. Don't miss The Second City's Nut-Cracking Holiday Revue this holiday!
 
   
Peter Pan Dec 23 - Jan 1, 2018  
Music Theater Works at Cahn Auditorium Peter Pan
 
Join the boy who never wants to grow up, Peter Pan, along with his pals the Lost Boys and the mischievous fairy sidekick Tinkerbell as they embark on the adventure of a lifetime and try to save the three Darling children -- Wendy, John and Michael -- from the menacing pirate Captain Hook. All it takes is a sprinkling of pixie dust to begin their magical journey across the stars. This beloved family classic includes the songs "I Gotta Crow," "I Won't Grow Up," "I'm Flying" and "Neverland," with a 26-piece orchestra providing live accompaniment. Fly away with the gang at Cahn Auditorium courtesy of Music Theater Works.
 
   
Burning Bluebeard Dec 27 - Dec 31, 2017  
The Ruffians at Neo-Futurists Burning Bluebeard
 
Inspired by the true story of Chicago's 1903 Iroquois Theatre Fire, BURNING BLUEBEARD is the story of six singed clown performers who emerge from the burnt remains of history attempting to perform their spectacular Christmas Pantomime once and for all. But this time, they hope to finally reach the true happy ending of their second act and avoid the fateful fire that killed 600 of its audience members. BURNING BLUEBEARD is a whimsical romp with a sensitive heart, a joyful eulogy with a sharp irreverent wit including music, clowning, tumbling, acrobatics and dance. Each performance is a vaudevillian delight with a story that excavates the poetic and poignant remains of a piece of Chicago's rich history.
 
   
A Very Electric Christmas Dec 29 - Dec 30, 2017  
Theatre At The Center A Very Electric Christmas
 
Celebrate the holidays with a unique theatre experience! A Very Electric Christmas tells the story of Santa putting the finishing touches on the presents while meeting some new friends that have gotten lost at the North Pole. Nutcracker soldiers, The Rat King, and other holiday characters are brought to life through light and music of artists ranging from Tchaikovsky to Mariah Carey. This heartfelt story is great for children of all ages and families alike.
 
   
Flamingo and Decatur Jan 4 - Feb 18, 2018  
Block St Theatre Co at Theater Wit Flamingo and Decatur
 
Set in a foreclosed residential property far from the glamour of the famed Las Vegas strip, FLAMINGO & DECATUR reveals a different side of Sin City. It's here we meet Jackson, a wily professional gambler struggling to stay afloat in the aftermath of the 2008 housing crash that wrecked the city's economy. Jackson thinks he's discovered a surefire way to trim living expenses - find one of the thousands of Vegas houses left vacant by foreclosure and start squatting there illegally with Ben, his online-poker-junkie roommate. But the pair soon finds that not only do they have to stay one step ahead of the law - they must also contend with their antagonistic next-door neighbor Simon, self-appointed guardian of neighborhood property values.
 
   
The Antelope Party Jan 5 - Feb 24, 2018  
Theater Wit The Antelope Party
 
It's sometime in the 2010s. The Rust Belt Ponies Meet Up Group for Adult Fans of My Little Pony has gathered in Ben's Philadelphia apartment, but two members have not yet arrived. A new recruit seems unusually shy and curiously paranoid about a local neighborhood watch group. What happened to their Pegasister, Maggie? Why is Brony Doug so paranoid? What does it all have to do with the 9/11 Truthers and an emerging group of "concerned citizens?" In the midst of increasing violence and authoritarianism, how can our heroes see the magic in Everypony? And, even worse, what if they do?
 
   
Nevermore - The Imaginary Life and Mysterious Death of Edgar Allan Poe Jan 5 - Jan 28, 2018  
Black Button Eyes Productions at Edge Theatre Nevermore - The Imaginary Life and   Mysterious Death of Edgar Allan Poe
 
Edgar Allan Poe's life reads like one of his short stories: an unrelenting tale of misery and woe. His death is also shrouded in mystery. Was he just spectacularly unlucky, or did a supernatural shadow fall over his life? Written by Jonathan Christenson, this Chicago premiere musical weaves fact and fiction into a tapestry of music and poetry.
 
   
For The Loyal Jan 5 - Feb 4, 2018  
Interrobang Theatre Project at Athenaeum Theatre For The Loyal
 
For Toby and Mia, college football and family are one and the same; he has a new coaching job for a top team, and they are happily expecting their first born. But when Toby gets Mia enmeshed in an unseemly team secret, she is forced to decide where her loyalties truly lie. Inspired by the Penn State sexual abuse scandal, FOR THE LOYAL takes an unconventional and provocative look at how one woman traverses a no-win situation.
 
   
Traitor Jan 5 - Feb 25, 2018  
A Red Orchid Theatre Traitor
 
In this world premiere adaptation of Heinrich Ibsen's An Enemy of the People, a small, North Chicago suburb finds the town's restart button with an investment in a newly opened charter school. After issues with the school grounds are discovered by its head of sciences, Dr. Stock, a quest to inform and correct is met with support. But suspicion and rancor mount as truths bubble to the surface. A play that mirrors our vital, absurd and often hilarious political times.
 
   
The Light Jan 5 - Feb 4, 2018  
The New Colony at The Den Theatre The Light
 
On the heels of their engagement, Rashad and Genesis must come to terms with the devastating effects of rape culture, putting the future of their relationship at risk. Featuring two of Chicago's most dynamic rising actors and penned by newcomer Loy Webb, THE LIGHT is a rollercoaster real-time 70 minute journey of romance, humor and heart-wrenching despair that seeks to discover whether the power of radical love can be the healing glow amidst the world's darkness.
 
   
It's My Penis and I'll Cry If I Want To Jan 5 - Feb 11, 2018  
Pride Arts Center - The Buena It's My Penis and I'll Cry If I Want To
 
n this 45-minute show, John Black plays both the male and female members of three different couples: two college students after a date, a husband and wife in serious trouble, and an elderly man facing death and, after that, his widow. It explores a moment in each couple's life and how each one perceives that moment based upon their acceptance or rejection of gender norms.
 
   
Boy Jan 10 - Mar 18, 2018  
TimeLine Theatre Company Boy
 
A moving and poignant story, inspired by true events, about a search for personal identity and acceptance. In the 1960s, a surgical accident causes a well-intentioned doctor to convince the parents of twin boys to raise one as a girl. Two decades later, the repercussions of that choice continue to unfold, as those involved struggle to connect with each other and themselves, stuck between their hope for the future and their uncertainty about the past. BOY explores the beauty of finding love, the complexity of gender identity, and the consequences of the choices we make for those we love.
 
   
Five Mile Lake Jan 11 - Feb 24, 2018  
Shattered Globe Theatre at Theater Wit Five Mile Lake
 
In a style reminiscent of Chekhov, five friends approaching thirty try to navigate the emotional undercurrents of unrequited love, loss and possibility. The unexpected return of a sibling sets in motion an inadvertent winter reunion in their small Pennsylvania town. This is the kind of claustrophobic town that kids grow up to leave, but not everyone feels the same way. These old high school friends each aspire to make the right choice, and come face-to-face with the choices they have already made.
 
   
All My Sons Jan 11 - Feb 11, 2018  
Court Theatre All My Sons
 
Local businessman and manufacturer Joe Keller developed a bitter history with his business partner after dealing with profound tragedy during World War II. Despite the odds, love blossoms between Joe's son Chris and his partner's daughter Ann. Joe is destined to face old dilemmas and defend his decisions in this electrifying family drama.
 
   
Rose Jan 12 - Mar 11, 2018  
The Greenhouse Theater Center Rose
 
An intimate portrait of Camelot's "queen mother" Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy, Rose is an engrossing solo show set in the summer of 1969, just days after her only surviving son, Ted, has been implicated in the drowning of Mary Jo Kopechne at Chappaquiddick. Alone with her invalid husband in their house in Hyannis Port, Rose attempts to retrace the rise and fall of this great family -- from her husband's infidelity to her daughter Rosemary's tragic lobotomy and, of course, her sons John and Robert Kennedy's assassinations -- as they traversed continents, shaped history and inspired a nation. Rose was written by Kennedy scholar Laurence Leamer, author of the national bestseller The Kennedy Women, and is presented at Greenhouse Theater Center in Chicago.
 
   

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