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The Chicago Sound Show

Through Dec. 29, 9 a.m.-9 p.m.
Smart Museum of Art University of Chicago, 5550 S. Greenwood Ave., Chicago Hyde Park

The University of Chicago is opening up its common spaces for an outdoor sound art exhibition for site-specific works. The works are on view daily in passageways and corridors of Hyde Park. 773-702-0200

Chicago Art Girls Holiday Pop-Up

Through Dec. 15, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.
A.G. Bell Elementary School 3730 N. Oakley, Chicago North Center

The Chicago Art Girls will be hosting a Holiday pop-up shop with more than 40 local artists. Expect accessories, fine art, clothing, gourmet food, ceramics, and more. A free tote bag will be given to the first 25 shoppers to arrive every day. 773-534-5150


Through 12/29: Wed 1 and 7:30 PM, Thu 7:30 PM, Fri 8 PM, Sat 4 and 8 PM, Sun 1 and 5 PM; also Tue 11/26, 7:30 PM; Thu 12/12 and 12/19, 1 PM; and Thu 12/26, 3 PM; 1 PM only Wed 12/11 and 12/18; no performance Thu 11/28
Marriott Theatre in Lincolnshire 10 Marriott Dr., Lincolnshire Suburbs Northwest

Buy Tickets$55-$60

Lionel Bart's musical version of Charles Dickens's Oliver Twist gets a revival at Marriott, directed by Nick Bowling. 847-634-0200

Every Brilliant Thing

9/18-12/15: Wed-Sat 7 PM, Sun 1 PM
Windy City Playhouse South 2229 S. Michigan Ave., Chicago South Loop

Buy Tickets$55-$75

Duncan Macmillan's play (which was filmed for an HBO documentary) offers a "heartfelt personal chronicle of life's joys," with Rebecca Spence serving as Narrator. It opens the new loft space for Windy City Playhouse South, designed by Scott Davis. 773-891-8985

Hoodoo Love

10/31-12/22: Thu-Sat 7:30 PM, Sun 3 PM; also Mon 11/25, 7:30 PM; no performance Thu 11/28
Raven Theatre 6157 N. Clark St., Chicago Edgewater

Buy TicketsPreviews 10/31-11/3, $32, $29 online; regular ru$46, $43 online; seniors and teachers $41, $38 online; students, active military, and veterans $15. Thu $15 for all patrons under 30.

Wardell Julius Clark directs Katori Hall's drama about a woman who arrives in Depression-era Memphis with dreams of becoming a blues singer. She falls in love with a roving musician and puts a hex on him, setting off a tragic chain of events. 773-338-2177

The First Deep Breath

11/15-12/22: Tue-Fri 7 PM, Sat 2 and 7:30 PM, Sun 2 PM; also Wed 12/4, 2 PM; no show Thu 11/28
Victory Gardens Theater 2433 N. Lincoln Ave., Chicago Lincoln Park

Buy TicketsPreviews 11/15-11/21, $25-$50; regular run 11/22-12/22, $31-$65

A pastor and his family prepare for a church service to honor the daughter who died six years earlier. But the return from prison of the son blamed for her death unleashes secrets and skeletons. Lee Edward Colston II's play, developed through the 2018 Ignition Festival of New Plays at Victory Gardens, is directed in its world premiere by Steve H. Broadnax III. ASL interpreted performance, Fri 11/29, 7 PM; word for word open captioning performances also Fri 11/29, Sat 11/30 2 PM, and Wed 12/4 2 PM; audio description touch tour Fri 11/29 7 PM (touch tour at 5:30) and Sun 12/8 2 PM (touch tour 12:30 PM). 773-871-3000

Grace and the Hanukkah Miracle

12/1-1/5: Sat 1 and 4 PM, Sun 2 PM; no show Sun 12/15
Grace Lutheran Church 1430 South Blvd., Evanston Evanston

Buy Tickets$25

Chicago Immersive makes its debut with this new famlly-friendly show, based on a concept by Anderson Lawfer, Nicole Bloomsmith, Becca Braun, and Jacqueline Stone, directed by Stone. An interfaith look at a family's holiday traditions and struggles over the years, the show includes music, games, and even escape rooms. 847-475-2211

Love, Chaos & Dinner

Through 3/29/2020: Wed-Fri 7 PM, Sat-Sun noon and 7 PM
Hotel Cambria 32 W. Randolph, Chicago Loop

Buy Tickets$99-$189 (includes a four-course meal)

A Doll's House

9/25-12/15: Tue-Fri 7:30 PM, Sat 3 and 7:30 PM, Sun 2 and 6 PM
Writers Theatre 325 Tudor Ct., Glencoe Other Suburbs North

Buy Tickets$35-$80

Sandra Delgado and Michael Halberstam collaborated on this new one-act adaptation of Henrik Ibsen's groundbreaking realist drama about a wife stuck in a suffocating marriage, which had its first incarnation with Definition Theatre four years ago. Lavina Jadhwani directs. 847-242-6000

I'm Not a Comedian . . . I'm Lenny Bruce

10/23-1/5: Thu 7:30, Fri 8 PM, Sat 3 and 8 PM, Sun 2 PM; also Wed 11/20 7:30 PM and Wed 12/1, 2 PM; no show Thu 11/14 or Thu-Fri 12/5-12/6
Royal George Theatre Center 1641 N. Halsted St., Chicago Lincoln Park

Buy Tickets$69-$79

Ronnie Marmo's solo play about the pioneering comedian/social commentator, developed in association wth Bruce's daughter, Kitty, and directed by Joe Mantegna, comes to Chicago after long runs In Los Angeles and off-Broadway. 312-988-9000

Blue Man Group

Open run: Wed-Fri 8 PM, Sat 2, 5, and 8 PM, Sun 4 PM
Briar Street Theatre 3133 N. Halsted St., Chicago Lakeview

Buy from Ticketmaster$49-$104

The long-running show (22 years and counting in Chicago) featuring performers in blue latex paint, drumming, video, comedy, and other assorted mayhem continues. 800-258-3626

The Steadfast Tin Soldier

11/1-1/26: Tue-Wed 7:30 PM, Thu 2 and 7:30 PM, Fri 7:30 PM, Sat-Sun 2 and 7:30 PM; also Wed 11/27, Fri 11/29, and Tue 12/24 and 12/31, 2 PM;. check website for holiday schedules.
Lookingglass Theatre Company Water Tower Water Works, 821 N. Michigan Ave., Chicago Gold Coast/Mag Mile/Streeterville

Buy TicketsPreviews 11/1-11/2, $35-$55; regular run 11/6-1/26, $45-$85

Mary Zimmerman's adaptation of the Hans Christian Andersen tale returns to Lookingglass after its lauded premiere last season. 312-337-0665

Always . . . Patsy Cline

Through 1/4: Thu-Fri 7:30 PM, Sat 3 and 7:30 PM, Sun 3 PM; no performance Thu 12/26
Den Theatre 1331 N. Milwaukee Ave., Chicago Wicker Park/Bucktown

Buy TicketsPreviews 11/16-11/17, $25 general, $35 cabaret table; regular run 11/21-12/15, $40 general, $50 cabaret, $20 students, industry, and rush

Ted Swindley's musical portrait of the friendship between country crooner Patsy Cline and fan Louise Seger, who took Cline into her home after a show one night and struck up a correspondence that lasted until Cline's premature death, gets a production with Firebrand Theatre under Brigitte Ditmars's direction. Christina Hall and Firebrand artistic director Harmony France, who have both played Cline before in this show, will alternate in the two roles over the run. 773-697-3830

The Nutcracker

11/30-12/29: Thu-Fr 7 PM, Sat 2 and 7 PM, Sun 2 PM; also Wed 12/18 7 PM and Mon 12/23 2 and 7 PM, Fri 12/20 and 12/27, 2 and 7 PM, Sun 12/15 and 12/22 2 and 7 PM; see website for full holiday schedule.
Auditorium Theatre 50 E. Ida B. Wells Dr., Chicago Loop

Buy Tickets$35-$179

Christopher Wheeldon's reimagined version of the holiday classic for the Joffrey enters its fourth season, and its last at the Auditorium Theatre. Set the Christmas before the 1893 Chicago World's Fair, Wheeldon's staging casts Marie as an immigrant child whose mother, a sculptor, is working on the iconic Statue of the Republic. Her visit to the dream version of the World's Fair casts the specialty dances as entertainments from the various pavilions. Tchaikovsky's score, performed by the Chicago Philharmonic, is under the baton of Joffrey music director Scott Speck. 312-386-8905

The Golden Girls: The Lost Episodes—The Holiday Edition, Vol. 2

11/27-12/28: days and times vary, see website
Mary's Attic Theatre 5400 N. Clark St., Chicago Andersonville

Buy TicketsPreviews Wed 11/27 and Fri 11/29, 7:30 PM, $20; regular run 11/30-12/28, $31 at the door, $27 in advance

Hell in Handbag's popular parody series, created by artistic director David Cerda and based on the 1980s sitcom about four women "of a certain age" in Miami, continues with this holiday-themed installment, directed by Stevie Love. 800-838-3006

Twelfth Night

12/5-12/22: Thu-Sun 7:30 PM
Lincoln Park Conservatory 2391 N. Stockton Dr., Chicago Lincoln Park

Buy TicketsPay what you can, but advance reservations recommended

Midsommer Flight brings back its perennial staging of Shakespeare's gender-bending comedy of mistaken identity, performed among the plants (perennials and otherwise) in the Lincoln Park Conservatory. Dylan S. Roberts directs this modern-dress version, and the production features original music by Elizabeth Rentfro and Alex Mauney. 312-742-7736


8/30-12/29: Wed-Fri 8 PM, Sat 3 and 8 PM, Sun 3 PM.
Mercury Theater Chicago 3745 N. Southport Ave., Chicago Lakeview

Buy Tickets$40-$80

Walter Stearns directs the Tony-winning musical based on Monty Python and the Holy Grail, created by Eric Idle, John Du Prez, and Neil Innes. 773-325-1700


Through 1/5/20: Tue 7:30 PM, Wed 1 and 7:30 PM, Thu-Fri 7:30 PM, Sat 2 and 8 PM, Sun 2 PM
CIBC Theatre 18 W. Monroe, Chicago Loop

Buy Tickets$72-$192

The musical juggernaut by Lin-Manuel Miranda. 800-775-2000

P.Y.G. or the Mis-Edumacation of Dorian Belle

10/29-11/21: Thu-Sat 8 PM, Sun 3 PM; also Tue-Wed 10/29-10/30 and Mon-Tue 11/4-11/5, 8 PM; no performances Thu-Fri 11/28-11/29 and Thu 12/5-12/19
Broadway Armory Park 5917 N. Broadway St., Chicago Edgewater

Buy TicketsPreviews 10/29-11/4, $15 reserved, $10 general; regular run 11/5-12/21, $35 reserved, $27 general

Jackalope Theatre Company presents the midwest premiere of Tearrance Arvelle Chisholm's satirical comedy about a Canadian pop star desperate to develop a tougher image. A reality TV show and a pair of hip hop artists help provide the setting for his transformation. Lili-Anne Brown directs this contemporary riff on Pygmalion, with a cast featuring Eric Gerard, Tevion Devin Lanier, and Garrett Young 312-742-7502

Waiting for Godot

11/15-12/15: Wed-Sat 8 PM, Sun 4 PM; also Sat 11/30, 4 PM; no performance Thu 11/28
Victory Gardens Theater 2433 N. Lincoln Ave., Chicago Lincoln Park

Buy Tickets$20-$40

Former Victory Gardens artistic director Dennis Začek directs Samuel Beckett's seminal 20th-century classic about two tramps and the mysterious figure they wait for day after day. The cast includes Larry Neumann Jr. as Vladimir, Michael Saad as Estragon, Larry Russo as Pozzo, Nima Rakhshanifar as the unlucky Lucky, and Cooper Hoyt as the boy. 773-871-3000

The White Plague

12/5-1/11: Thu-Sat 8 PM; also Wed 1/8, 8 PM; no performance Thu 12/26
Trap Door Theatre 1655 W. Cortland St., Chicago Wicker Park/Bucktown

Buy Tickets$20 Thu-Fri, $25 Sat; also 2-for-1 Thu

Karel Čapek's rarely produced dystopian drama (translated by Peter Majer and Cathy Porter) about a mysterious illness that, on the brink of a world war, begins killing everyone over 45 gets a staging under Nicole Wiesner's direction for Trap Door. 773-384-0494

Q Brothers Christmas Carol

11/29-12/23: Tue-Fri 7:45 PM, Sat 5 and 7:30 PM, Sun 3 PM; also Sun 12/22 6 PM and Mon 12/23 5 and 7:30 PM

Buy Tickets$32-$56

The Brothers Q return to Chicago Shakes with their "ad-rap-tation" of the Dickens classic. Hip hop, reggae, dancehall, dub step and more liven up this story, which includes a Jamaican Jacob Marley and the other ghosts who lead Scrooge on a journey of "rhythm, rhyme, and redemption." 312-595-5600

The Other Cinderella

10/26-1/19/2020: Thu 7:30 PM, Fri 8 PM, Sat 3 and 8 PM, Sun 3 PM; no performance Thu 11/28 or 3 PM Sat 10/26 and 11/2
Black Ensemble Theater Cultural Center 4450 N. Clark St., Chicago Uptown

Buy TicketsPreviews 10/26-10/27 and 11/1-11/2, $45; regular run 11/3-1/19/2020 $55 Thu and Sat matinees, $65 Fri, Sat evenings, and Sun matinees

Jackie Taylor's popular musical reimagining of the Cinderella story from the perspective of a Black girl from the projects whose stepmother works at the post office and whose fairy godmama is from Jamaica first premiered 43 years ago and has been remounted by Black Ensemble Theater many times since. This current incarnation is directed by Taylor and stars Jayla Williams-Craig as Cinderella, Blake Hawthorne as the Prince, Rhonda Preston as the stepmother, and Robin DaSilva as the fairy godmama. 773-769-4451

Late Nite Catechism

Through Dec. 31, Sat, 5 PM
Royal George Theatre Center 1641 N. Halsted St., Chicago Lincoln Park

Buy Tickets$30

This long-running interactive comedy, originally created by Vicki Quade and Maripat Donovan in 1993, turns audiences into parochial students, where "Sister" takes them through the finer points of Catholic theology. A portion of the proceeds from each performance benefits retired nuns. 312-988-9000

Eleanor's Very Merry Christmas Wish

11/14-12/29: Wed 10 AM, Sat 10 AM and 2 PM, Sun 1 and 5 PM; also Tue 11/14 and 11/19, 7 PM
Greenhouse Theater Center 2257 N. Lincoln Ave., Chicago Lincoln Park

Buy Tickets$29.50

Chicagoan Denise McGowan Tracy's 2015 children's story about Eleanor, a rag doll who lives at the North Pole who wishes to make new friends, receives a musical adaptation with DMT Entertainment, featuring a book by Tracy and a score by Kathleen Gibson, directed by Zachary L. Gray, with musical direction by David Fiorello. 773-404-7336

The Nutcracker

11/8-12/29: previews Fri-Sat 11/8-11/9 7:30 PM, Sun 11/10 6 PM, Thu-Fri 11/14-11/15 7:30 pm; opening night Sat 11/16 7:30 PM; regular run through 12/29 Thu-Fri 7:30 PM, Sat 3 and 7:30 PM, Sun 3 PM. See website for holiday schedule
Chopin Theatre 1543 W. Division St., Chicago Ukrainian Village/East Village

Buy TicketsPreviews $20-$30, regular run $30-$50, student and industry same-day rush tickets $20 based on availability

The House Theatre of Chicago's long-running holiday tradition, created by Jake Minton, Phillip Klapperich, Kevin O'Donnell, and Tommy Rapley from E.T.A. Hoffmann's original story, returns for a tenth anniversary production, directed and choreographed by Rapley. In this version, Clara must enlist the help of her toys to save Christmas from the grief that has enveloped her family since the death of her soldier brother. 773-769-3832

Why Torture Is Wrong, and the People Who Love Them

11/14-12/15: Thu-Fri 7:30 PM, Sat 2 and 7:30 PM, Sun 2 PM (except Sun 11/17, 3 PM); 7:30 PM only Sat 11/16; no performance Thu 11/28
Athenaeum Theatre 2936 N. Southport Ave., Chicago Lakeview

Buy TicketsPreviews Thu-Sat 11/14-11/16, $20 ($10 industry); regular run 11/17-12/15, $30, $20 students, half-price rush

Eclipse Theatre Company, whose mission is "one playwright, one season," concludes their season on Christopher Durang with this dark comedy about "homeland security," directed by Steve Scott. A young wife begins to suspect that her husband may be a terrorist, and also has questions about the seemingly innocuous activities of her parents. 773-935-6875

The Blackout Diaries

Open run: Sat 10 PM
Lincoln Lodge 956 W. Newport, Chicago North Center

The gregarious Sean Flannery tells stories about adventures he's had inebriated out of his mind. He's joined each week by other comedians and the occasional layman—each with a drunken tale to tell. 773-251-1539

The Harold

Open run: Wed-Thu 8 PM, Fri 8 and 10:30 PM, Sat 10:30 PM, Sun 8 PM, Mon 10:30 PM
iO Theater 1501 N. Kingsbury, Chicago Lincoln Park

Improv teams use an audience suggestion to create interweaving story lines that result in a connected long-form narrative.