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Oliver!  
Marriott Theatre In Lincolnshire Oliver!
 
The streets of Victorian England come to life as Oliver, a malnourished orphan in a workhouse, becomes the neglected apprentice of an undertaker. Oliver escapes to London and finds acceptance amongst a group of petty thieves and pickpockets led by the elderly Fagin. When Oliver is captured for a theft that he did not commit, the benevolent victim, Mr. Brownlow, takes him in. Fearing the safety of his hideout, Fagin employs the sinister Bill Sikes and the sympathetic Nancy to kidnap him back, threatening Oliver's chances of discovering the true love of a family. Celebrate the holidays with one of the most beloved family musicals of all time - featuring "Food, Glorious Food" and "As Long as He Needs Me."
   
The Other Cinderella  
Black Ensemble Theater The Other Cinderella
 
Now in its 43rd year, "The Other Cinderella" is indeed a Black classic that has been enjoyed by people of all colors, kinds and ages. In this African American rendition of this African fairy tale - Cinderella is from the projects, the Stepmamma works at the post office, there is a King, Queen and Prince, there are the Brothers From The Hood, and The Fairygodmama is from Jamaica. "The Other Cinderella" is a musical classic that audiences have returned to see time and time again. The music is divine, the dancing is wild and the story is uplifting, positive
   
P.Y.G. or The Mis-Edumacation of Dorian Belle  
Jackalope Theatre at Broadway Armory P.Y.G. or The Mis-Edumacation of Dorian Belle
 
Dorian Belle, the chart-topping Canadian popstar, is ready to spit out the bubblegum and be taken more seriously. Black and Alexand, the ‘bad boy’ rappers of Petty Young Goons, are all about that paper. Dorian's people hire P.Y.G. to help him toughen up his image- in front of the cameras of a reality TV show. Inspired by Shaw’s Pygmalion, P.Y.G. is a blistering and entertaining look at cultural and racial appropriation in a fictionalized exchange of ideologies, vernacular, and alleged street-cred.
   
Potted Potter  
Broadway Playhouse Potted Potter
 
Playing to sold out houses all over the world, Potted Potter takes on the ultimate challenge of condensing all seven Harry Potter books (and a real life game of Quidditch) into seventy hilarious minutes. This fantastically funny show features all your favorite characters, a special appearance from a fire-breathing dragon, endless costumes, brilliant songs, ridiculous props and a generous helping of Hogwarts magic!
   
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.
   
Queen Of Sock Pairing  
Red Tape Theatre at The Ready Queen Of Sock Pairing
 
Feeling unheard both at her job and in her relationship, Celia initiates a new game with her boyfriend. Queen of Sock Pairing employs meta-theatricality, comedic naturalism, and rhythmic, driving narration to tell a visceral and playful story about childcare, learning dominance through imitation, and speaking the truth while playing pretend.
   
Raks Geek: A Xenomorph Holiday Special  
Newport Theater Raks Geek: A Xenomorph Holiday Special
 
A Xenomorph Holiday Special: Bursting with cheer! Hang with a bellydancing Wookiee, firespinning superheroes, and sword-wielding villains for a brand-new production of fire, nerdery, and wonder every other month - we'll pay tribute to everything from the X-Men to Star Wars, Doctor Who to Silent Hill, Super Mario Bros to Sandman. It's a veritable cornucopia of nerdy delights. (But not the kind you have to fight to the death for.)
   
Romeo and Juliet  
Chicago Shakespeare Theater Romeo and Juliet
 
A city, two families, and a hatred so old that no one remembers its cause. Defying every boundary forged from their families' enmity, Romeo and Juliet fall in love. In a society torn apart by hate, Shakespeare sets his immortal tale of love and senseless tragedy. For Chicago Shakespeare Artistic Director Barbara Gaines, now is the time to direct her first Romeo and Juliet, as Chicago awaits her vision for the most famous love story of all time.
   
Rutherford and Son  
TimeLine Theatre Company Rutherford and Son
 
In the industrial north of England in 1912, the patriarch of the Rutherford family has spent decades building a respected glass works company to pass on to his children, without any say from them. Caught between passion, purpose, and expectation, John, Richard, and Janet struggle to break free from an oppressive and narrow-minded father dead set on writing their stories himself. Less entangled by these family expectations and with ambitions to give her son the life he deserves, John's young wife Mary is determined to upend the cycle, whatever it takes. Playing on the conventions of the period with wit and creative edge, Sowerby challenges audiences, then and now, to question if our "place" in life should be anything but what we ourselves determine it to be.
   
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.
   
Seasonal Wraps  
Vero Voce Theater Seasonal Wraps
 
WT Productions presents this new collection of six short plays that takes Christmas and the winter holidays and looks at them from different perspectives. Each play tells a different story and elements of the first five get wrapped together in the finale. Seasonal Wraps blends light comedy, dark comedy, and drama to put a unique spin on this traditional time of year.
   
Sherlock Holmes and the Case of the Christmas Goose  
James Downing Theatre Sherlock Holmes and the Case of the Christmas Goose
 
In this family-friendly holiday mystery, Sherlock Holmes is asked to discover the identity of a man who lost his hat and goose in a late-night scuffle. At first, Holmes treats the request as only a mild curiosity, but then the countess of Morcar's rare and valuable blue carbuncle is found stuffed down the goose's throat. The pursuit of the thief leads Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson from 221B Baker Street to Covent Garden Market and all over the streets of wintery London.
   
ShitFYRE: The Musical  
Annoyance Theatre ShitFYRE: The Musical
 
In the summer of 2017, the greatest music festival ever known to mankind didn't happen. Entrepreneur Billy McFarland and his partner Ja Rule promised an exclusive experience on a Bahamas island and got top models and influencers to lend their names - and social media accounts -to the promotion.
   
The Steadfast Tin Soldier  
Lookingglass Theatre The Steadfast Tin Soldier
 
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.
   
Storytown  
Stage 773 Storytown
 
From superheroes to undersea adventures, princesses to dinosaurs, Storytown takes you on an interactive, fully improvised adventure. The actors use audience suggestions and ideas to create a different story every week. Kids design the setting and help shape the story. The actors, artists and musicians bring it to life. When the possibilities are endless, no two stories are ever the same.
   
The Tall Boy  
Stage 773 The Tall Boy
 
Set in occupied Germany in the aftermath of World War II, THE TALL BOY couldn't be more timely. An American relief worker, portrayed by veteran stage actress Tandy Cronyn, tells the story of three orphaned boys, Czech, Polish and Italian, at a displaced persons camp for "unaccompanied children." The boys have become mascots to the American GIs and dream of coming to America, but the US isn't welcoming refugees at this time. THE TALL BOY is a compelling story, with all characters portrayed by Cronyn, that will touch your heart while raising some bitter truths found in the pursuit of the American Dream.
   
Teatro ZinZanni: Love, Chaos and Dinner  
Cambria Hotel Chicago Loop Teatro ZinZanni: Love, Chaos and Dinner
 
Enter a realm where reality and dreams converge; an experience unlike any other! Teatro ZinZanni is a whirlwind of international cirque, comedy and cabaret served with a multi-course feast. Described as the "Kit Kat Klub on acid," the fast-paced action unfolds around, above and alongside you as world-class acrobats, musicians, divas, illusionists, madmen and aerialists fill the intimate Spiegeltent ZaZou, a unique jewel box mirror tent. Teatro ZinZanni's signature blend of Love, Chaos & Dinner has played to sold out audiences in Seattle and San Francisco, and now comes to Chicago's Cambria Hotel with its "feast for the senses." (The New York Times)
   

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