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A Dickens Carol  
Oak Park Festival Theatre at Madison Street Theatre A Dickens Carol
 
It's 1842 Victorian London, and Dickens popularity is on the wane. His marriage and finances are in trouble and he has become embittered towards life itself. Yes, in a way, Dickens has become a bit of a Scrooge. A character he has yet to even create! But on a cold Christmas eve, his fortunes take a dramatic turn when a train crash sends Dickens into the icy Kent river. There, in a sinking carriage, Dickens is visited by three Spirits who lead him on a journey through his past, present, and future. A journey that transforms his life and inspires him to write his most celebrated work ever. "A Dickens Carol" is not only the carol behind the most famous carol of all time. It's an all-new twist on a family ghost story that promises to melt the heart of any Scrooge out there.
   
Disney's Beauty and the Beast  
Drury Lane- Oakbrook Disney's Beauty and the Beast
 
Based on the beloved Academy Award winning Disney film, this nine-time Tony nominated musical continues to win the hearts of people all over the globe. Trapped in her provincial town life, an intelligent, young beauty risks everything to become the heroin of her own story and break a wicked spell imprisoning a castle full of enchanting misfits and a terrifying beast.
   
Dresden Follies or Unstuck at Christmas Time  
Otherworld Theatre Dresden Follies or Unstuck at Christmas Time
 
Dresden Follies is a time traveling Christmas Carol where Christmas present is 1944 in a German POW camp. Vaudeville duo Highstreet and Mook are preparing to perform for the troops on Christmas day when they are suddenly swept up into the misadventures of three ghosts who transport them to iconic holiday scenes throughout literature.
   
Drink! The Sketch Comedy Drinking Game  
Cornservatory Drink! The Sketch Comedy Drinking Game
 
Corn Productions is celebrating its 21st birthday by introducing an all new, original BYOB sketch comedy show. "DRINK!" will feature original, comedic sketches by Corn Production writers with a new drinking game for every sketch. The seven person ensemble is aided by a luminescent "DRINK!" sign to help the audience follow along in the fun.
   
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.
   
The Elder Son  
Bluebird Arts at Athenaeum Theatre The Elder Son
 
The premiere English-language production of this acclaimed Russian work by beloved playwright Alexander Vampilov comes to Chicago's Athenaeum Theatre courtesy of Bluebird Arts. The Elder Son cleverly tells of love and loneliness, mutual understanding and vulnerability, and explores the desperate need for every person to belong. A case of stolen identity and a confluence of circumstances leads to a hilarious misunderstanding, changed lives and ultimately true love.
   
Familiar  
Steppenwolf Theatre Familiar
 
It's winter in Minnesota, and a Zimbabwean-American family is preparing for the wedding of their eldest daughter. When an unexpected guest arrives and the bride surprises the family by insisting on a traditional African ceremony, pre-wedding stress explodes into a full-on family feud. Fiercely funny, fast-paced and filled with love, Familiar is a brilliant portrayal of a tight-knit family searching to preserve their past while building a new future.
   
Fantastic Mr. Fox  
Emerald City Theatre at Victory Gardens Theater - Biograph Fantastic Mr. Fox
 
"You're invited to a fox's feast!" Journey deep underground with the badgers, weasels, rabbits - and yes, foxes - for a celebration of courage, family, and community. Mr. Fox knows he must be clever to save his family from a trio of spiteful farmers, but in a twist of tunnels, he becomes the hero of the forest! David Wood's exuberant adaptation of Roald Dahl's classic book, accompanied by live music, is a Chicago premiere.
   
Fiddler On The Roof  
Cadillac Palace Theatre Fiddler On The Roof
 
"An entirely fresh, funny, and gorgeous new production. A REASON FOR CELEBRATION!" - New York Magazine. Rich with musical hits you know and love, including "Tradition," "Sunrise, Sunset;' "If I Were A Rich Man;' "Matchmaker, Matchmaker" and "To Life (L'Chaim!)," FIDDLER ON THE ROOF is the heartwarming story of fathers and daughters, husbands and wives, and life, love and laughter. Tony-winning director Bartlett Sher and the team behind South Pacific, The King and I and 2017 Tony-winning Best Play Oslo, bring a fresh and authentic vision to this beloved theatrical masterpiece from Tony winner Joseph Stein and Pulitzer Prize winners Jerry Bock and Sheldon Harnick. Featuring a talented cast, lavish orchestra and stunning movement and dance from Israeli choreographer Hofesh Shechter, based on the original staging by Jerome Robbins, FIDDLER ON THE ROOF will introduce a new generation to the uplifting celebration that raises its cup to joy! To love! To life!
   
For Whom the North Poles  
Mckaw Theater For Whom the North Poles
 
For Whom the North Poles is a holiday-themed sketch comedy show written and performed by the McKay Arts' sketch comedy ensemble and directed by Antoine McKay.
   
The Full Monty  
Theo Ubique The Full Monty
 
Based on the cult hit film of the same name, a group of unemployed steel workers from Buffalo come up with a bold and unclothed way to make some quick cash. In preparing, they find themselves extremely exposed... not merely physically but also emotionally. As warm as it is funny, this musical by David Yazbek (The Band's Visit, Tootstie) and Terrence McNally (Ragtime, Kiss of the Spider Woman) will be a feel-good treat for the holidays.
   
Gaslight District  
Second City Gaslight District
 
From aliens to the alienated, savage roasts to distorted boasts, The Second City e.t.c.'s 42 revue invites you along on a frenzied frolic that translates our modern world into the common language of laughter. Clear your mind, open your eyes and hail one wild rideshare to a place where the truth isn't just out there, it's waaaay out there.
   
The Good, The Bad and the Ugly Sweater  
The Second City at Piper's Alley The Good, The Bad and the Ugly Sweater
 
It's the most wonderful time of the year-ish! Laugh along with The Second City as comedy's best and brightest roast the chestnuts outta all the things we lovingly loathe about the holiday season. Why, it's enough merriment and music to keep you jolly 'til the Chicago snow melts...next May.
   
Gypsy  
Porchlight Music Theatre at Ruth Page Center For Arts Gypsy
 
Chicago's E. Faye Butler adopts the mantle of Broadway's legendary "stage mother" in this heart wrenching story of a woman who raises her daughters to assume the heights, whether they want to or not, and featuring one of the gold-standard musical scores including "Let Me Entertain You," "Together (Wherever We Go)," "Everything's Coming Up Roses" and others.
   
Hamilton  
CIBC Theatre Hamilton
 
A new musical about the scrappy young immigrant who forever changed America: Alexander Hamilton. From bastard orphan to Washington's right hand man, rebel to war hero, loving husband caught in the country's first sex scandal to Treasury head who made an untrusting world believe in the American economy, Hamilton is an exploration of a political mastermind. George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Eliza Hamilton, and lifelong Hamilton friend and foe, Aaron Burr, all attend this revolutionary tale of America's fiery past told through the sounds of the ever-changing nation we've become.
   
HeLa  
Sideshow Theatre Company at The Greenhouse Theater Center HeLa
 
1951: A mother of five visits the "colored" gynecology ward of Johns Hopkins, knowing something unusual is happening in her body. 1981: A child watches Carl Sagan's Cosmos on a basement television in Chicago as her auntie plays bid whist upstairs with the neighbors. The Distant Future: A gold-plated flying saucer hovers over the Earth, its pilot watching and waiting patiently as stars gently twinkle in her hair. All three stories connect, collide and expand, blending Afrofuturism with the true story of Henrietta Lacks and one little girl's love of science. This winter, journey from East Baltimore to Chicago's Westside to outer space, as J. Nicole Brooks' new play explores who has the power over the stuff we are made of.
   
Hellcab  
The Agency Theater Collective at Raven Theatre Hellcab
 
On a bitterly cold day leading up to Christmas in 1992, a young cab driver journeys through Chicago picking up a variety of bizarre and mysterious characters. Kern draws from personal experience as a former cabbie to examine this hilarious, frightening, and poignant trip through the Windy City.
   

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