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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  
Marriott Theatre In Lincolnshire Holiday Inn
 
Irving Berlin's HOLIDAY INN tells the story of Jim, who leaves the bright lights of show business behind to settle down on his farmhouse in Connecticut... but life just isn't the same without a bit of song and dance. Jim's luck takes a spectacular turn when he meets Linda, a spirited schoolteacher with talent to spare. Together they turn the farmhouse into a fabulous inn with dazzling performances to celebrate each holiday, from Thanksgiving to the Fourth of July. Based on the classic film, this joyous musical features thrilling dance numbers, laugh-out-loud comedy and a parade of hit Irving Berlin songs, including "Blue Skies," "Steppin' Out With My Baby," "Heat Wave," "White Christmas," "Shaking the Blues Away" and many more. This year-round romance is sure to delight audiences!
   
The Holiday Radio Show: 1943  
Berger Park Coach House The Holiday Radio Show: 1943
 
Three Cat Production is thrilled to bring back its hit show, The Holiday Radio Show: 1943. The Holiday Radio Show takes us back to Christmas 1943, featuring stories by Louisa May Alcott, Lucy Maud Montgomery, O. Henry, Langston Hughes and more. There will be 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.
   
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.
   
Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat  
Citadel Theatre Company Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat
 
JOSEPH AND THE AMAZING TECHNICOLOR DREAMCOAT tells the Old Testament story of Joseph and his brothers through contemporary eyes with songs like "Any Dream Will Do" and "Close Every Door."
   
La boheme  
Lyric Opera La boheme
 
Puccini's story of love, loss and the artistic world of 19th-century Paris comes to vibrant life in this stunning production at Lyric Opera of Chicago. A huge hit when it premiered it in 1896, the opera's popularity and power hasn't dimmed since. Featuring strikingly designed sets and costumes, not to mention an exciting cast of singers, including Maria Agresta, Michael Fabiano, Danielle de Niese, Zachary Nelson and more, La boheme finds the poor poet Rodolfo and the painter Marcello drawn into a tangle of love and jealousy after the frail Mimi knocks on their door. These youthful dreamers navigate the complicated maze of romance amid the colorful Bohemian enclaves of the city and its snowy streets, until they realize they can no longer hide from the world's harsh realities.
   
La Ruta  
Steppenwolf Theatre La Ruta
 
To the U.S.-owned factories in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, La Ruta is just a bus. But to the hundreds of women who live, work and often disappear along the route, it's so much more than that. Inspired by real testimonies, and using live music to evoke factory work and protest marches, La Ruta is a visceral unearthing of secrets buried in the desert and a celebration of the Mexican women who stand resiliently in the wake of loss.
   
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.
   
The Magic Parlour  
The House Theatre of Chicago at 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!
   
Maker of Worlds  
Three Cat Productions at Berger Park Coach House Maker of Worlds
 
Martha, a deity, contemplates destroying the world because there is no good left in it. A second deity, disguised as her yoga instructor, proposes fighting the system instead. But Martha's husband Warren built the system, and somewhere on another plane, Martha is still in love with Jim Morrison. One woman plays six characters in Maker of Worlds, a play about a planet hurtling towards disaster, what's good, and who gets to decide.
   
Medieval Times Dinner and Tournament  
Medieval Times Schaumburg Castle Medieval Times Dinner and Tournament
 
Medieval Times is an exciting, family-friendly dinner attraction inspired by an 11th century feast and tournament. Guests are served a four-course banquet and cheer for one of six knights as they compete in the joust and other tests of skill. Expect lots of jousting, swordsmanship, thrilling hand-to-hand combat, and displays of extraordinary horsemanship as part of an exciting story set in Medieval Spain.
   
A Midsummer Night's Dream  
Chicago Shakespeare Theater A Midsummer Night's Dream
 
Chicago Shakespeare Theater presents a vibrantly reimagined A Midsummer Night's Dream, directed by internationally acclaimed director Joe Dowling. Shakespeare's beloved comedy is infused with raucous humor, a striking visual landscape, and eclectic musical score blending rock, jazz, blues, rock, and '50s doo-wop.
   
Miracle On 34th Street  
Steel Beam Theatre Miracle On 34th Street
 
Steel Beam Theatre presents the holiday classic Miracle on 34th Street, a Live Radio Show. In it, actors assemble at KSBT in Hollywood for a 1948 live radio show of a new holiday play, but there's been a miscommunication with the East Coast team, so only a few of the actors show up. The sponsor and his adopted son have to step in, the voice coach to the stars makes a special appearance, and the announcer and producer have to take over the sound effects because the stage manager is sick in bed -- all in all, things get very topsy-turvy! In true holiday storytelling, the cast comes together to put on a wonderful show. Using the elements of improvisation and the original LUX Radio Hour script, director JoAnn Smith has assembled a fun and marvelous cast of actors, young and mature alike. Featuring Larry Boller of Elgin, Jake Busse of Joliet, Alex and Ian Cirpinski of St. Charles, Maddie Gartrell of Geneva, Maddie Hargadon of Elgin, Kat Metzger of Vernon Hills, Crystal Skipworth of St. Charles, Ben Slabik of Lombard and Chris Williams of Aurora, Miracle on 34th Street is a family favorite that is sure to please.
   
Miracle On 34th Street: A Radio Play  
The Artistic Home Miracle On 34th Street: A Radio Play
 
. The ever-relevant story of the overworked Macy's Department Store public relations executive and the young daughter she raises to be too realistic to believe in Santa Claus will be delivered as an old-time radio play complete with onstage sound effects by The Artistic Home company for eight performances only. MIRACLE ON 34TH STREET is perfect for families looking for a fun outing that captures the spirit of the season. Full of laughs, holiday magic and music, MIRACLE ON 34TH STREET tells how the department store Santa who comes in to Macy's as an emergency substitute challenges the mother and daughter's refusal to believe when he claims to be the one and only Kris Kringle. Can he prove to them and the world that Santa is real while making one little girl's dreams come true?
   
Miracle On 34th Street: The Musical  
Theatre At The Center Miracle On 34th Street: The Musical
 
From Meredith Willson, composer of The Music Man, and inspired by the beloved 1947 film, audiences will enjoy the gift of music and laughter for the holidays. After Santa encounters a skeptical little girl during the season of sharing and caring, a message about the importance of believing is made clear to all. "It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas" became famous as one the memorable songs in this joyous favorite for all ages.
   

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