The Buttcracker: A Nutcracker Burlesque
Chicago’s hottest alternative holiday show subverts the classic ballet to promote diversity in body, gender expression, sexuality and race.
Opens December 5
Cold Town/Hotline: A Chicago Holiday Story
A new local holiday tradition emerges with this world premiere comedy, which explores the complex truths behind the adage, “It is better to give than to receive.”
Opens December 6
(The Ruffians & Porchlight Music Theatre)
A Chicago holiday tradition since its debut in 2011, each performance is a vaudevillian musical delight with a story that excavates the poetic and poignant remains of a piece of our city’s rich history.
Opens December 15
(Theo Ubique Cabaret Theatre)
Based on Studs Terkel’s bestselling book of interviews with American workers, this freshly updated musical paints a vivid portrait of the men and women that the world so often takes for granted.
Opens December 16
(Steppenwolf Theatre Company)
Featuring a multigenerational cast of women playing the pre-teen dance troupe on their way to Nationals in Tampa Bay, this Chicago premiere from Clare Barron is fiercely funny, theatrically inventive and full of heart.
Opens December 23