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The Good, The Bad and The Ugly Sweater  
The Second City at Paramount Theatre The Good, The Bad and The Ugly Sweater
 
So find out what happens when you take The Second City's best and brightest comedians, roll 'em around in some tinsel and eggnog, and throw in your ugliest holiday sweater. Before you can say "Aunt Shirley is drunk and trying to put antlers on the dog again," you've got another holiday show ready to roast the chestnuts outta all the things we lovingly loathe about the holiday season.
   
Grace and the Hanukkah Miracle  
Chicago Immersive at Grace Lutheran Church Grace and the Hanukkah Miracle
 
Grace and the Hanukkah Miracle ​is a brand new immersive holiday show, celebrating home, family, and the traditions that bring us together. We'll time travel, solve puzzles and riddles, sing and dance, and even enjoy a holiday surprise at the end!
   
Great Russian Nutcracker  
Rosemont Theatre Great Russian Nutcracker
 
Moscow Ballet's Great Russian Nutcracker returns to Chicagoland's Rosemont Theatre, spreading holiday joy and goodwill with its Dove of Peace tour. Inspired by the Bolshoi's 1957 version of Tchaikovsky's classic, the young Masha and her Nutcracker Prince arrive in the Land of Peace and Harmony, where the Dove takes Masha on a magical trip across the globe, introducing her to the rich and colorful cultures of the world. Filled with premier Russian dancers, larger-than-life nesting dolls, handmade costumes, young local dancers -- and even a falling snow effect -- this perennial favorite is sure to cast its seasonal spell over the entire family, leaving kids "wide-eyed with delight" (The New York Times).
   
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.
   
Happy Birthday Mars Rover  
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.
   
Hershel And The Hanukkah Goblins  
Strawdog Theatre Hershel And The Hanukkah Goblins
 
This new stage adaptation of the classic children's holiday book is the latest edition of Strawdog's programming geared towards families and young audiences. The creative team, led by Emerald City Theatre Artistic Director Jacqueline Stone, will use live music to tell the fantastical story of Hershel of Ostropol defeating a series of goblins over the eight days of Hanukkah.
   
Holiday Inn  
Overshadowed Theatrical Productions Holiday Inn
 
This crowd-pleasing, classic romance is sure to delight audiences of all ages-featuring thrilling dance numbers, laugh-out-loud comedy and a parade of hit Irving Berlin songs, including "Blue Skies," "Steppin' Out With My Baby," and "White Christmas."
   
The Holiday Radio Show 1944  
Three Cat Productions at Berger Park Coach House The Holiday Radio Show 1944
 
Three Cat Production is thrilled to announce the return of the hit show The Holiday Radio Show: 1944. The Holiday Radio Show takes us to the final Christmas of World War II. Featuring stories by Charles Dickens, Hans Christian Andersen, Augustus M Hodges and more. Join us for drama, wacky humor, adorable actors and some truly transcendent three-part harmony that will chase away your "I Can't Believe It's the Holidays Again" blues.
   
The Holidays  
SHE the Arts at The Frontier The Holidays
 
Christmas at Mother Holiday's Cafe is a family tradition. This year generations gather to discover a painful truth and make decisions to restore hope. Where's my apron? I have to go to work. The neighborhood is hungry. Its Christmas time and people come from all over for Mother Holidays Cafe. What's wrong with me? Why is this family calling me mama and granny? I don't know them. She picked my numbers right out of her dream book. I have to go. Where is Jerome? I've never lost my apron. Lord give me strength!
   
Hoodoo Love  
Raven Theatre Hoodoo Love
 
A young woman named Toulou arrives in depression-era Memphis with dreams of becoming a blues singer. Almost immediately, she falls in love with a rambling musician named Ace of Spades while her born-again brother, Jib, is hot on her heels. Desperate to claim Ace's love for herself, Toulou lays a hex on him with the help of a Hoodoo practitioner, setting in motion a devastating chain of events.
   
I'm Not A Comedian...I'm Lenny Bruce  
Royal George Theatre I'm Not A Comedian...I'm Lenny Bruce
 
An undisputed comic legend, Lenny Bruce was one of the greatest artists of the 20th century. His life and work have had an impact on poetry, politics, music, film and of course, comedy. Bruce's tempestuous personal and professional life was marked by great passion and great pain. His unwavering commitment to free speech led to numerous obscenity charges and arrests. No stranger to Chicago, Bruce was arrested for obscenity for his performance at The Gate of Horn in December 1962. Bruce fought for freedom of speech all the way to the Supreme Court. He died of an accidental overdose in 1966, while out on appeal. Bruce has not yet been surpassed at his particular brand of art and if he were around today, he would be in as much trouble as when he was alive.
   
Indulgence with Lucy Darling  
Chicago Magic Lounge Indulgence with Lucy Darling
 
Lucy Darling is a stunning and hilarious creature known the world over for her wit, her charm, and her exceptionally good hair. Winner of the Melbourne Magic festival award for best comedy magic show in 2017 and recently nominated for stage magician of the year at the World Famous Magic Castle, Lucy is back with her amazing, semi-improvised comedy magic show, which has been praised as a wonderful mix of laughter, storytelling, and fantastic feats of magic.
   
The Infinite Wrench  
Neo-Futurists The Infinite Wrench
 
The Infinite Wrench is a mechanism that unleashes a barrage of two-minute plays for a live audience. Each play offers something different-some are funny, others profound. Some are elegant, disgusting, topical, irrelevant, terrifying, or put to song. All of the plays are truthful and tackle the here-and-now, inspired by the lived experiences of the performers. With new plays every week, The Infinite Wrench is The Neo-Futurists' ongoing and ever-changing attempt to shift the conventions of live performance and speak to the present audience, including those unreached or unmoved by other types of theater.
   
Irving Berlin's White Christmas  
Theatre At The Center Irving Berlin's White Christmas
 
Based on the heartwarming and timeless film, the musical adaptation of Irving Berlin's White Christmas premiered in St. Louis in 2000 and opened on Broadway in 2008 followed by a national tour. The book is by David Ives and Paul Blake, with music and lyrics by Irving Berlin teamed for the story of veterans Bob Wallace and Phil Davis, who have a successful song-and-dance act following World War II. Drawn to romance, the two follow a duo of beautiful singing sisters en route to their Christmas stage show booked at a Vermont lodge, which just happens to be owned by Bob and Phil's former army commander. The dazzling score features classic songs like "Blue Skies," "I Love A Piano," "How Deep is the Ocean" and the perennial holiday favorite and title tune "White Christmas."
   
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. So what better way to kick off the season than to see this classic fave in a whole new way -- live on stage! This show-within-a-show takes place on December 24, 1946 in Studio A at WBFR Radio, where a cast of six actors is preparing to present It's a Wonderful Life live to the listening audience. With the help of a sound-effects artist, the ensemble reenacts the beloved story of George Bailey, a young man who's given up on his dreams and stands on a bridge, ready to end it all. Just then, an angel arrives to show Bailey how the lives of those he loves would be affected if he were not around. The story's message is profound and remains relevant for today's audiences. See it at Oil Lamp Theater in Glenview, and stay for cookies and hot chocolate after each show!
   
It's A Wonderful Life: Live in Chicago!  
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.
   
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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