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Lindiwe Nov 7 - Jan 5, 2020  
Steppenwolf Theatre Lindiwe
 
The evocative live music of Ladysmith Black Mambazo forms the foundation of this Steppenwolf world premiere production written and co-directed by ensemble member Eric Simonson. As the story travels from Chicago's Kingston Mines to South Africa and beyond, Lindiwe's love story challenges us to define the boundaries between this world and the next, all the while exploring the sacrifices we make for love.
 
   
The Wickhams: Christmas at Pemberley Nov 7 - Dec 15, 2019  
Northlight Theatre The Wickhams: Christmas at Pemberley
 
While the Bennets and Darcys are celebrating upstairs, the servants below stairs find themselves in the midst of a holiday scandal. Lydia's ne'er-do-well husband Mr. Wickham has arrived, and it's up to the loyal housekeeper, footman, and new maid to keep the festivities running smoothly without revealing the unwelcome guest. As old misunderstandings and new secrets start to spiral out of control, the residents of Pemberley prove that family, forgiveness, and the true spirit of giving always win the day.
 
   
Romeo and Juliet Nov 7 - Nov 9, 2019  
The Den Theatre Romeo and Juliet
 
Somewhere between a rock concert and a classic Shakespearean play, ROMEO AND JULIET finds new life through enigmatic staging, engaging choreography and an emotionally expressive soundtrack. Treated as party guests, the audience is dropped into the middle of this sensational epic in an immersive night that feels like a music video come to life.
 
   
The Nutcracker Nov 8 - Dec 29, 2019  
The House Theatre of Chicago at Chopin Theatre The Nutcracker
 
The House Theatre of Chicago's original, ballet-free version of The Nutcracker returns to Chicago's Chopin Theatre Mainstage with its fantastical deconstruction of E.T.A. Hoffmann's time-honored holiday story. With lots of humor and heart, this fresh theatrical interpretation centers on young Clara's journey to save Christmas following her brother's death. With the help of a magical nutcracker given to her by her beloved Uncle Drosselmeyer, she bravely fights the Rat King to save her family. This modern holiday production weaves together riveting dialogue, astonishing puppetry, original songs and spellbinding imagery to tell a heartwarming holiday story of love, loss and hope.
 
   
Sombras Tango Cabaret Nov 8 - Nov 17, 2019  
Tango 21 Dance Theater at Edge Theatre Sombras Tango Cabaret
 
The audience is invited backstage at the Sombras Tango Cabaret with Fantastik Frank and the Tango Brigade as performers prepare for the evening performance. When an unexpected guest appears, Frank must decide if he can confront his own shadows or turn away from his past. Joyful, funny and full of surprises, the story is told through Argentine-style tango, contemporary dance, acting and original music and songs. "Sombras Tango Cabaret" is an entertaining lesson on the rich history of tango.
 
   
Marjorie Prime Nov 8 - Nov 24, 2019  
Skokie Theatre Marjorie Prime
 
Marjorie Prime is set 40 years in the future, in a world of advanced artificial intelligence. 80 year-old Marjorie spends her days with her "prime" companion Walter, a machine that resembles her deceased husband and was created to feed her life stories back to her. Issues of grief and depression are examined as Marjorie chooses what she wants to remember, and what she wants to erase.
 
   
Beauty and the Beast Nov 13 - Jan 19, 2020  
Paramount Theatre Beauty and the Beast
 
Once upon a time on a bitter winter's night, a young, selfish and vain prince finds a beggar woman asking for shelter. Disgusted by her appearance, he sends her far away. The old woman transforms into a magical enchantress who places a curse upon the prince to appear as hideous on the outside as he is on the inside. Given a magical rose, he must learn to love and find love in return before the last petal drops, or he is doomed to remain a beast forever. But who cold ever learn to love a beast?
 
   
Peg Nov 13 - Dec 14, 2019  
Broken Nose Theatre and The New Colony at The Den Theatre Peg
 
Peg is excited. Steve is nervous. Sure, they've opened a nice bottle of wine, dinner smells delicious... but the brand new strap-on they ordered has just arrived, and tonight's plan is to flip the script. Peg wants to peg Steve. And even though he was all for it initially, his last-minute hesitation will force this ordinary couple to face their kinks, quirks and societal conditioning, as they're quickly reminded that gender politics follow them everywhere - including the bedroom.
 
   
It's A Wonderful Life: Live in Chicago! Nov 14 - Jan 4, 2020  
American Blues Theater at Stage 773 It's A Wonderful Life: Live in Chicago!
 
For 16 years, the American Blues Ensemble has treated Chicago audiences to a live 1940s radio broadcast of holiday favorite It's a Wonderful Life. The incredible cast recreates the entire town of Bedford Falls with Foley sound effects, an original score and holiday carols. The Bedford Falls "residents" extend their hospitality after every performance treating audiences to milk and cookies served by the cast.
 
   
Don Giovanni Nov 14 - Dec 8, 2019  
Lyric Opera Don Giovanni
 
The seducer. The philanderer. The libertine who takes what he wants and lives only for his own pleasure. All three are Don Giovanni, antihero in Mozart's drama of lust and revenge, coming to Chicago's Lyric Opera House. He's surrounded by memorable characters, including his frustrated servant Leporello and the three women he encounters: fiery Donna Elvira, tormented Donna Anna, and impressionable Zerlina. Filled with thrilling music and drama, including a finale so overpoweringly dramatic that it changed music forever, Don Giovanni is justly celebrated as the perfect opera.
 
   
Waiting for Godot Nov 14 - Dec 15, 2019  
Victory Gardens Theater - Biograph Waiting for Godot
 
Waiting for Godot is Irish writer Samuel Beckett's "tragicomedy in two acts" in which two men, Vladimir and Estragon, meet near a tree to wait for the arrival of the mysterious Godot, who continually sends word that he will appear but never does. They discuss their miseries, debate their lots in life, question why they were put on earth, and even consider hanging themselves. They also encounter three characters, Lucky, Pozzo and a messenger boy, who engage in absurd, enlightening conversations about the human condition as they wait...and wait...and wait for Godot.
 
   
Why Torture is Wrong and the People Who Love Them Nov 14 - Dec 15, 2019  
Eclipse Theatre Company at Athenaeum Theatre Why Torture is Wrong and the People Who Love Them
 
The 2019 Christopher Durang Season concludes with the hilarious Why Torture is Wrong and the People Who Love Them, a play which turns political humor upside down in a raucous and provocative satire about America's growing homeland "insecurity." It is the story of a young woman suddenly in crisis: Is her new husband, whom she married when drunk, a terrorist? Or just crazy? Or both? Is her father's hobby of butterfly collecting really a cover for his involvement in a shadow government? Honing in on our private terrors both at home and abroad, Durang oddly relieves our fears in this black comedy for an era of yellow, orange and red alerts.
 
   
Mary Poppins Nov 15 - Jan 19, 2020  
Drury Lane- Oakbrook Mary Poppins
 
Mary Poppins flies onto the stage to deliver whimsy, emotion, and memorable song numbers to a story that will melt your heart. Nominated for seven Tony Awards and winner of the Oliver Award for Best Theatre Choreography, Mary Poppins is a canít miss for the entire family. It is based on the Academy Award-winning film of the same name and acts as a fusion between the film and the children's books by P. L. Travers. Mary Poppins is an entertaining adventure of enchantment and wholesome fun.
 
   
Corduroy Nov 15 - Jan 5, 2020  
Emerald City Theatre at Broadway Playhouse Corduroy
 
A small bear's quest for a missing button leads to the friendship of a lifetime! The department store comes to life with circus elements and physical comedy as Corduroy must stay a step ahead of the Night Watchman to be ready for Lisa when she returns to the store. Learn the importance of empathy and unconditional love along with a young girl and her mother in this sweet adaptation of the beloved book by Don Freeman. Corduroy is a Chicago premiere and a playful adventure that will delight ages three and up!
 
   
The First Deep Breath Nov 15 - Dec 22, 2019  
Victory Gardens Theater - Biograph The First Deep Breath
 
Originally developed as part of Victory Gardens 2018 Ignition Festival of New Plays, The First Deep Breath tells the story of Pastor Albert Jones who is planning a special church service to honor his late daughter Diane on the sixth anniversary of her death. But when his eldest son, Abdul-Malik, returns home from prison, the First family of Mother Bethel Baptist Church is forced to confront a hornet's nest of long-buried secrets. Written with a ferocious passion by Lee Edward Colston II and directed by Malika Oyetimein, The First Deep Breath finds each member of the Jones clan desperately fighting to stay afloat and disregarding the caution that sometimes a family that stays together drowns together.
 
   
Queen Of Sock Pairing Nov 15 - Dec 14, 2019  
Red Tape Theatre at The Ready Queen Of Sock Pairing
 
Feeling unheard both at her job and in her relationship, Celia initiates a new game with her boyfriend. Queen of Sock Pairing employs meta-theatricality, comedic naturalism, and rhythmic, driving narration to tell a visceral and playful story about childcare, learning dominance through imitation, and speaking the truth while playing pretend.
 
   
Happy Birthday Mars Rover Nov 15 - Dec 2, 2019  
The Passage Theatre at Ravenswood Fellowship United Methodist Church Happy Birthday Mars Rover
 
Happy Birthday Mars Rover is a morbidly whimsical kaleidoscope of life on Earth and the universe. A joy ride through a timeline of curious robots, existential cows, 5th grade power points on extinct species, and the last human on Earth on the search for more jars.
 
   

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