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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.
   
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.
   
Miss Saigon  
Cadillac Palace Theatre Miss Saigon
 
Experience the acclaimed new production of the legendary musical MISS SAIGON, from the creators of Les Miserables. In the last days of the Vietnam War, 17-year-old Kim is forced to work in a bar run by a notorious character known as the Engineer. There she meets and falls in love with an American G.I. named Chris but they are torn apart by the fall of Saigon. For three years, Kim goes on an epic journey of survival to find her way back to Chris, who has no idea he's fathered a son. This new production features stunning spectacle and a sensational cast of 42 performing the soaring score featuring Broadway hits including "The Heat is On in Saigon," "The Movie in My Mind," and "Last Night of the World." The New Yorker raves "A DYNAMITE BROADWAY REVIVAL."
   
Moby Dick! The Musical  
The Cuckoo’s Theater Project at Heartland Studio Theatre Moby Dick! The Musical
 
The girls of St. Godley's School are in trouble! Money for the school has run out, and the place will have to close. Leave it to these resourceful girls and their unflappable headmistress to come up with a plan to keep the school afloat. Using whatever they can find at hand, the girls mount an original production as a fundraiser: a musical version of Moby Dick, featuring their headmistress in the coveted role of Captain Ahab.
   
The Mystery of Edwin Drood  
Saint Sebastian Players at St. Bonaventure Church The Mystery of Edwin Drood
 
Based on Charles Dickens' final, unfinished novel, this hilarious whodunit invites the audience to solve its mystery by choosing the identity of the murderer, potentially changing the show's ending at each performance. The tale is presented as a show within a show, as the Music Hall Royale-a delightfully loony Victorian theatre company-presents Dickens' brooding mystery.
   
Neverland  
Prop Theatre Neverland
 
NEVERLAND chronicles the final days of Peter Pan's utopia. When Wendy, an Avondale teenager, becomes the newest addition to The Lost, Peter's band of runaway teens from different decades, she discovers an underground kingdom ready to shatter. Struggling to find it's future under the direction of confused leadership, bloody past practices, and centuries long wars over legacy, the inhabitants of Neverland can no longer hide from what they've become. The journey from childhood to adulthood has never been so treacherous than in this "Peter Pan" in the era of Trump's America.
   
New Year' Eve at Grandma's House  
2nd Act Players at Northminster Presbyterian Church New Year' Eve at Grandma's House
 
An Italian-American family gathers to celebrate New Year's Eve 1960, its first without the family patriarch. The country is changing with the election of the first Catholic president and the family is changing as well, its younger members wondering what they should do to be accepted as being truly American.
   
The Nutcracker  
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.
   
An Oak Tree  
Red Theater at Athenaeum Theatre An Oak Tree
 
Two Actors. One has rehearsed the play. The second has never even read it. Performed by a different person each night, the second actor will discover the play and their role at the same time as you do. In this Midwest Premiere by Tim Crouch, An Oak Tree asks, how do we transform our world in order to survive our pain? How do we create our own reality? Anything can happen in this play that illuminates the magic of theater - a cheap trick and a genuine spell all at once.
   
Pippin  
Mercury Theater Pippin
 
From battlefield glory to bedroom pleasures to palace intrigue, young prince Pippin is searching for purpose wherever he can find it. His fanciful journey is at the heart of Broadway legend Stephen Schwartz's classic musical Pippin. Chock-full of infectious tunes like "Corner of the Sky" and "Magic to Do," this Broadway fave gets a stylish update in Mercury Theater Chicago's new production. Set in the bawdy and subversive world of the cabaret, it's a fresh take that original director Bob Fosse would no doubt approve of.
   
Plainclothes  
Broken Nose Theatre at The Den Theatre Plainclothes
 
When a violent encounter with a shoplifter leaves half of their team fired or in the hospital, the security guards of a downtown Chicago retail store find themselves under corporate investigation. Short-staffed, ill prepared and faced with accusations of racial profiling that threaten to dismantle the crew, they're forced to decide: do we admit to something we're not guilty of to save our jobs, or do we give the higher-ups a taste of what it's like in the trenches? In the style of their breakout hit At The Table, Broken Nose Theatre and playwright Spenser Davis have assembled an all-star cast to develop this world premiere.
   
Proof  
Skokie Theatre Proof
 
Winner of the 2001 Pulitzer Prize for Drama and the Tony Award for Best Play, Proof tells the story of Catherine, who spent her adolescence caring for her late father, Robert, through his bouts of mental illness. Robert was a mathematical genius and professor at the University of Chicago, who by the age of 25 had already revolutionized three different fields of mathematics. On her 25th birthday, Catherine shows a new proof she claims to have written to one of her father's former students, who then accuses her of stealing it from her dad. The play explores Catherine's fear of following in her father's footsteps, both mathematically and mentally and her desperate attempts to stay in control while trying to verify the proof's authenticity.
   
Radio Culture  
TUTA Theater Chicago at TUTA Theatre Radio Culture
 
Winner of the award for Best Experimental Writing in the Belarus Free Theatre's 2014 International Contest of Contemporary Drama, RADIO CULTURE is a fascinating example of the "New Drama" movement in contemporary Eastern European theater. By examining a single day in the life of a young Belorussian, as if under a microscope, RADIO CULTURE reveals how change can germinate inside of a person even within a culture that resists change at every step. Staged in an intimate installation, TUTA's production takes a subtly profound and unexpected journey around the globe to peer in to our interior worlds, and the irresistible, transformative power of listening.
   
The Real Life Adventures of Jimmy de las Rosas  
Free Street The Real Life Adventures of Jimmy de las Rosas
 
Don't miss this story of a boy superhero, an evil supervillain, and mutant chihuahuas that uses clever special effects, humor, battle scenes and puppets to create a one of a kid experience. The Real Life Adventures blends comic books, telenovelas, sci-fi, chisme, and samurai stories to tell a tale of extraordinary things happening just around the corner. It's a show for all ages, with a story anyone can relate to.
   
The Revolutionists  
Strawdog Theatre The Revolutionists
 
THE REVOLUTIONISTS tells the story of four women who made history during the French Revolution: playwright Olympe de Gouge attempts to write something politically meaningful for which she will be remembered. Charlotte Corday plots to assassinate one of the Revolution's most evil participants. Deposed Queen Marie Antoinette grapples with her recent losses. Marianne Angelle, free woman of color and Caribbean spy, fights to expand the nation's notion of liberty to include women of color. When Lauren Gunderson puts these four women in the same room, questions arise about art's ability to make meaningful change, whether violence is ever the right course of action and what on earth a woman's role can be in the midst of the madness.
   
Rightlynd  
Victory Gardens Theater - Biograph Rightlynd
 
Rightlynd is Chicago's 51st Ward. The L doesn't run here anymore and it is full of abandoned storefronts, crumbling apartment buildings, and its fair share of crime. A powerful real estate conglomerate is planning a massive redevelopment project that would gentrify the neighborhood and change Rightlynd forever. Only one woman stands in the way: Alderman Nina Esposito. In award-winning local playwright Ike Holter's ambitious new work, one woman tries to use her street smarts and raw determination to save the Chicago neighborhood she loves. But will the political machine turn her into the very person she is trying to destroy? Lisa Portes (BREACH, A Little Bit Not Normal) directs the first play that sets in motion Holter's ongoing seven play saga set in this fictional Windy City neighborhood; the story cycle that includes previous pieces Exit Strategy, Sender, Prowess, and The Wolf at the End of the Block.
   
Rock 'N' Roll  
The Artistic Home Rock 'N' Roll
 
ROCK 'N' ROLL is an electrifying collision of the romantic and the revolutionary. It is 1968 and the world is ablaze with rebellion, accompanied by a sound track of the Rolling Stones and Bob Dylan. Clutching his prized collection of rock albums, Jan, a Cambridge graduate student, returns to his homeland of Czechoslovakia just as Soviet tanks roll into Prague. When security forces tighten their grip on artistic expression, Jan is inexorably drawn toward a dangerous act of dissent. Back in England, Jan's volcanic mentor, Max, faces a war of his own as his free-spirited daughter and his cancer-stricken wife attempt to break through his walls of academic and emotional obstinacy. Over the next twenty years of love, espionage, chance, and loss, the extraordinary lives of Jan and Max spin and intersect until an unexpected reunion forces them to see what is truly worth the fight.
   

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