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Mrs. Claus! A Holiday Musical  
Beverly Arts Center Mrs. Claus! A Holiday Musical
 
This holiday classic and audience favorite returns for its 18th consecutive year. Our biggest and most colorful show will put children and adults alike in the holiday spirit. Join Mrs. Claus as she teams up with the new Elf Class of 2016 to find Santa’s missing list in time for Christmas. Can Mrs. Claus and the elves save the holidays? All CKC shows feature plenty of audience participation and run for one hour with no intermission. Mrs. Claus! A Holiday Musical is targeted for children from 2 to 8 years old.
   
Noel-O-L  
Huggable Riot at Annoyance Theatre Noel-O-L
 
Through a mad-dash hour of sketches, Huggable explores the roles everyone plays in the celebrations and commiserations of the holiday season. From the literal to the familial, from a group audition for the Mall of America's Santa to adult conversations at the Thanksgiving kids' table, Huggable looks to ask, "In the end, what part will you play?"
   
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.
   
The Nutcracker  
The Joffrey Ballet at Auditorium Theatre The Nutcracker
 
A ballet in two acts, The Nutcracker opens in Chicago on Christmas Eve, 1892, mere months before the opening of the World's Columbian Exposition of 1893, also known as the World's Fair, a marvel unlike anything the city has ever seen. Marie and her younger brother Franz arrive at home, where their immigrant mother-a sculptress of modest means-designs the seminal masterpiece that will preside over the Fair. A festive Christmas potluck ensues, only to be interrupted by the mysterious Great Impresario, creator of the World's Fair. He entertains with enchanting visions of the what's to come, distributing gifts in the process, which includes a mercurial nutcracker for Marie. That evening, Marie awakens to an epic battle between toy soldiers and rats led by The Rat King and the now life-size Nutcracker. Unexpectedly, Marie saves the day, as The Great Impresario and the Nutcracker, now transformed into a Prince, set sail on a magical journey into the night.
   
The Old Woman Broods  
Trap Door Theatre The Old Woman Broods
 
Written in 1969 by one of Poland's most revolutionary and prophetic playwrights, The Old Woman Broods is a dark satiric look at one woman's grotesque struggle against an unchecked power that is leading the world to disaster.
   
A Q Brothers' Christmas Carol  
Chicago Shakespeare Theater A Q Brothers' Christmas Carol
 
A hip-hop holiday treat set to a bangin' beat! CST and Chicago hip-hop sensation the Q Brothers-creators of Othello: The Remix and Funk It Up About Nothin'-have toured around the world, playing to sold-out houses in Edinburgh, Germany, South Korea, Australia and London. Now the team turns up the volume on Charles Dickens' classic tale, mixing everything from reggae, dancehall and dubstep to epic rock ballads. The Ghosts of Hip-hop Past, Present and Future lead Scrooge on a journey filled with rhythm, rhyme and redemption.
   
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.
   
The Santaland Diaries  
Goodman Theatre The Santaland Diaries
 
This holiday season, Goodman Theatre presents The Santaland Diaries-David Sedaris' "vivid, hilarious portrait of family Christmas with his deft combination of wicked humor and scalpel-sharp observation" (Chicago Magazine). Adapted by Joe Mantello and directed by longtime Goodman Artistic Associate Steve Scott, this "theatrical stocking stuffer" (Chicago Reader) is perfect for those who prefer their eggnog spiked. Chicago favorite Matt Crowle makes his Goodman debut in a solo performance as the strapped-for-cash struggling actor who takes a job as "Crumpet," an elf at Macy's Santaland-and his hilarious observations are more naughty than nice.
   
The Second City's Holidazed and Confused Revue  
Paramount Theatre The Second City's Holidazed and Confused Revue
 
Second City's annual holiday engagement in downtown Aurora is a seasonal must-see, thanks to their famous skits, naughty songs and so, so many laughs. The Paramount's 173-seat Copley Theatre - a space so intimate, you're up close and personal with all that Second City fun - is the ideal setting, and convenient too. No need to go to downtown Chicago to experience their funny, festive show - get some eggnog, get out to Aurora and get ready to laugh.
   
Shrek The Musical  
Marriott Theatre In Lincolnshire Shrek The Musical
 
"Once upon a time, there was a little ogre named Shrek...." And thus begins the tale of an unlikely hero who finds himself on a life-changing journey alongside a wisecracking Donkey and a feisty princess who resists her rescue. Throw in a short-tempered bad guy, a cookie with an attitude and over a dozen other fairy tale misfits, and you've got the kind of mess that calls for a real hero. Luckily, there's one on hand... and his name is Shrek.
   
Sleeping Beauty  
Chicago Kids Company at Beverly Arts Center Sleeping Beauty
 
Will the Princess sleep for 100 years? Or can her true love save her with a kiss? Dreams really do come true! See for yourself in this re-telling of one of the most popular fairy-tales ever told. All CKC productions feature professional actors, colorful scenery and costumes, sing-along songs, and plenty of audience participation. This show perfect for children ages 2 to 10!
   
A Snow Globe Kissmas: A Hallmark Christmas Movie Parody  
Piper's Alley A Snow Globe Kissmas: A Hallmark Christmas Movie Parody
 
A Snow Globe Kissmas: A Hallmark Christmas Movie Parody tells the story of two snow globe collectors who discover they are long-lost identical twins and embark on a magical journey to save the North Pole, find love and learn the true meaning of Christmas, whatever the hell that might be. The one-act play lovingly parodies the omnipresent made-for-TV holiday romantic comedies that even your brother has watched because there's just no escape. Not starring Lacey Chabert.
   
The Snow Queen  
Filament Theatre The Snow Queen
 
When her best friend Kai is lured to the wicked Snow Queen's palace, young Gerda embarks on an unexpected quest to the ends of the earth to save him. This epic story of courage and friendship across the wintry wonders of the North Pole and beyond will warm even the most frozen hearts with music, puppetry, and lots of theatrical magic.
   
SnowGirls - The Musical  
Hell in a Handbag Productions at Mary's Attic SnowGirls - The Musical
 
Snowmi Malone is a rebel who dreams of becoming a dancer. Her quest leads her to the cold cruel world of the North Pole, where she'll stop at nothing to fulfill her fantasy. SnowGirls explores what happens at the North Pole the other 364 days of the year - and it isn't always pretty.
   
The Steadfast Tin Soldier: A Christmas Pantomime  
Lookingglass Theatre The Steadfast Tin Soldier: A Christmas Pantomime
 
Inspired by Hans Christian Andersen's The Steadfast Tin Soldier, Ensemble Member Mary Zimmerman (Metamorphoses, Treasure Island) fashions an extravagant and exhilarating spectacle. The unlikely adventure of a little tin soldier, brimming with love and unblinking bravery, is infused with Zimmerman's dazzling blend of storytelling through image and movement, accompanied by live musicians. Unsuspecting travelers make unexpected discoveries in this luminous tale, destined to enchant any and all of us not made of tin.
   
Stomp  
Broadway Playhouse Stomp
 
STOMP is explosive, inventive, provocative, witty, and utterly unique—an unforgettable experience for audiences of all ages. The international percussion sensation has garnered armfuls of awards and rave reviews and has appeared on numerous national television shows. The eight-member troupe uses everything but conventional percussion instruments – matchboxes, wooden poles, brooms, garbage cans, Zippo lighters, hubcaps – to fill the stage with magnificent rhythms. Year after year, audiences worldwide keep coming back for more of this pulse-pounding electrifying show. As the Boston Globe says, “If you haven’t seen STOMP, GO! If you have seen it, take someone and share the pleasure!” STOMP. See what all the noise is about.
   

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