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Barenaked Lads Save Christmas!, Holiday revue featuring all-nude singing and comedy, Bailiwick Repertory, 1229 W. Belmont, 773-883-1090.

RBlack Nativity: A Gospel Song Play, Congo Square Theatre Company's annual musical presentation of Langston Hughes's poetic treatment of the Nativity, Duncan YMCA Chernin Center for the Arts, 1001 W. Roosevelt, 312-587-2292.

RBlue Nativity, Quest Theatre Ensemble's free touring pageant, at various area churches, 312-458-0895.

A Child's Christmas in Wales, Remy Bumppo Theatre Company's presentation of the Dylan Thomas classic, along with other holiday tales, Victory Gardens Greenhouse Theater, 2257 N. Lincoln, 773-871-3000.

A Child's Christmas in Wales, Scrap Mettle Soul's version of the Thomas classic, on a double bill with their version of The Snow Queen (see separate listing), Ravenswood Fellowship United Methodist Church, 4511 N. Hermitage, 773-275-3999.

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 (reviewed in this section).

RA Christmas Carol, Charles Dickens's classic tale, in its 29th annual edition at Goodman Theatre, 170 N. Dearborn, 312-443-3800.

RA Christmas Carol, Provision Theater's version, Victory Gardens Greenhouse Theater, 2257 N. Lincoln, 773-871-3000 (reviewed in this section).

A Christmas Carol, Krista Scott's version, Metropolis Performing Arts Centre, 111 Campbell, Arlington Heights, 847-577-2121.

A Christmas Carol, a one-man version adapted and performed by Michael Halberstam, Writers' Theatre, 325 Tudor Ct., Glencoe, 847-242-6000.

Christmas: Computerized!!!!!, late-night comedy by Mark Chrisler and Tim Racine, Prop Thtr, 3502-4 N. Elston, 773-539-7838.

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. C

500 Clown Christmas, a musical circus/theater production by 500 Clown, Storefront Theater, 66 E. Randolph, 312-742-8497.

Frosty's Shakes-N-Dogs, a children's musical by Li'l Buds Theatre Company, Theatre Building Chicago, 1225 W. Belmont, 773-327-5252.

Have a Kung Fu Christmas, a new play by Paul Barile and presented by N.U.F.A.N. Ensemble, Gorilla Tango Theatre, 1919 N. Milwaukee, 773-598-4549.

RThe Hipmas Carol, HeadCheese Fat Boss Productions' hipster-blues rendition of the Dickens tale, Apollo Theater studio, 2540 N. Lincoln, 773-935-6100.

How the Diva Stole Christmas, a holiday cabaret comedy, Lakeshore Theater, 3175 N. Broadway, 773-472-3492. C

RIt'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. C

Mrs. Claus, a Holiday Musical!, Chicago Kids Company's children's musical, Beverly Arts Center, 2407 W. 111th, 773-205-9600.

Mr. Punch's Holiday Show, puppets and comedy from Piccolo Theatre, Evanston Arts Depot, 600 Main, Evanston, 847-424-0089.

North Pole-South Pole: Tales of Two Cities, holiday-themed solo performances, Live Bait Theater, 3914 N. Clark, 773-871-1212. C

RThe Nutcracker and the King of Mice, Incurable Theater's puppet adaptation of E.T.A. Hoffmann's fairy tale, 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.

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, 5123 N. Clark, 773-561-5893. C

Rudolph, the Red-Hosed Reindeer, Hell in a Handbag Productions' irreverent holiday show about a cross-dressing Rudolph, Bailiwick Repertory, 1229 W. Belmont, 773-883-1090.

The Santaland Diaries, based on humorist David Sedaris's monologue about working as a department-store elf, starring Lance Baker, Theatre Building Chicago, 1225 W. Belmont, 773-327-5252.

c The Snow Queen, a world-premiere musical based on the Hans Christian Andersen fairy tale, created by Frank Galati, Michael Smith, and Blair Thomas, Victory Gardens Theater at the Biograph, 2433 N. Lincoln, 773-871-3000.

The Snow Queen, Scrap Mettle Soul's musical version of the Andersen tale, on a double bill with A Child's Christmas in Wales, Ravenswood Fellowship United Methodist Church, 4511 N. Hermitage, 773-275-3999.

A Wonderful Life, a musical adaptation of It's a Wonderful Life, presented by Porchlight Music Theatre, Theatre Building Chicago, 1225 W. Belmont, 773-327-5252.

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