The winter holidays bring a grab bag of theatrical productions--some family friendly and some adult oriented. For complete information see Theater & Performance at chicagoreader.com.
Blue Nativity, Quest Theatre Ensemble's free touring pageant, at various area churches, 312-458-0895. . . . Christmas as We Grow Older, a "revue for grown-ups" featuring selections by O. Henry and others, City Lit Theater Company, 1020 W. Bryn Mawr, 773-293-3682. . . . A Christmas Carol, Charles Dickens's classic tale, in its 29th annual edition at Goodman Theatre, 170 N. Dearborn, 312-443-3800. . . . Provision Theater's version of A Christmas Carol, Victory Gardens Greenhouse Theater, 2257 N. Lincoln, 773-871-3000. . . . The Christmas Schooner, the "farewell voyage" of the family musical about a Great Lakes schooner captain bringing Christmas trees to 1880s Chicago, Bailiwick Repertory, 1229 W. Belmont, 773-883-1090. . . . A Christmas Twist, a merry send-up of Charles Dickens's work, Rogue Theater, 5123 N. Clark, 773-561-5893. . . . 500 Clown Christmas, a musical circus/theater production by 500 Clown, Storefront Theater, 66 E. Randolph, 312-742-8497. . . . The Hipmas Carol, HeadCheese Fat Boss Productions' hipster-blues rendition of the Dickens tale, Apollo Theater studio, 773-935-6100. . . . It's a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play, an old-fashioned radio-style version of the classic Capra movie, American Theater Company, 1909 W. Byron, 773-929-1031. . . . The Life and Adventures of Santa Claus, Theatre-Hikes' ambulatory adaptation of L. Frank Baum's story, Morton Arboretum, 4100 Illinois Rte. 53, Lisle, 630-725-2066. . . . The Nutcracker and the King of Mice, Incurable Theater's puppet adaptation of E.T.A. Hoffmann's fairy tale, at the Chicago Cultural Center studio theater, 77 E. Randolph, 773-742-8497. . . . A Nutcracker Christmas, Emerald City Children's Theatre's update of the Hoffmann story, Apollo Theater, 2540 N. Lincoln, 773-935-6100. . . . The Nutcracker on Horseback, equestrian dinner-theater production, Noble Horse Theatre, 1410 N. Orleans, 866-468-3401. . . . The Radio City Christmas Spectacular, starring the Rockettes, Rosemont Theatre, 5400 N. River Rd., Rosemont, 312-559-1212. . . . Roasting Chestnuts: Gina Wants You!, Noble Fool Theatricals' spoof of Christmastime TV specials, Pheasant Run Resort & Spa, 4051 E. Main (Rte. 64), Saint Charles, 630-584-6342. . . . Rough Night at the North Pole, Rascal Children's Theater at Rogue Theater Company, 5123 N. Clark, 773-561-5893. . . . The Santaland Diaries, based on humorist David Sedaris's monologue about working as a department-store elf, starring Lance Baker at Theatre Building Chicago, 1225 W. Belmont, 773-327-5252. . . . Porchlight Music Theatre's A Wonderful Life, a musical adaptation of It's a Wonderful Life, Theatre Building Chicago, 1225 W. Belmont, 773-327-5252.
Art accompanying story in printed newspaper (not available in this archive): photo/Christoper Ash.