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Theater

Family Holiday Event Best Bet? Beatrix Potter Holiday Tea Party show+dress-up+treats returns to Chi Children's Theatre 12/8-24

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Chicago Children’s Theatre’s The Beatrix Potter Holiday Tea Party came into its own last holiday season, attracting more than a thousand toddlers, parents and grandparents, many dressed up in their holiday finest, to sold out performances during the show’s inaugural run in CCT’s new West Loop home, The Station.

The Gift Theatre Presents the Midwest Premiere of COSMOLOGIES through December 9th

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The Gift Theatre is pleased to conclude its 17th season with the Midwest premiere of Tony Award-winning playwright and ensemble member David Rabe’s* COSMOLOGIES, directed by Artistic Director Michael Patrick Thornton*, playing through December 9th at 4802 N. Milwaukee Ave. in Chicago’s Jefferson Park neighborhood. Tickets are currently available by calling the Gift’s box office at (773) 283-7071 or visiting www.thegifttheatre.org.

Award-Winning Actor and Playwright Danai Gurira to be Honored at the 10th Anniversary Steppenwolf Women in the Arts Luncheon

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Steppenwolf Theatre Company is delighted to announce OBIE, Helen Hayes and NAACP Award-winning actor and playwright Danai Gurira as the honoree at the 10th annual Steppenwolf Women in the Arts fundraising luncheon on December 10, 2018 at Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel, at 12noon. Ms. Gurira joins Steppenwolf Artistic Director Anna D. Shapiro for an exciting conversation about her on-stage and on-screen acting career, award-winning plays and her impact as a leader in her industry. Single tickets are on sale through Steppenwolf’s Special Events Department at 312-654-5632 or specialevents@steppenwolf.org.

Tom Stoppard's "Arcadia" at the Greenhouse through December 16th

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Tom Stoppard’s ARCADIA - which the Royal Institution of Great Britain named one of the best science-related works ever written - follows two groups of people who were residents and guests of an English country house some 200 years apart. The action alternates between the early 19th Century (1809 and 1812) and the present-day, as the play’s modern characters explore the actions of the earlier-era characters to improve their understanding of the present. One of the play’s many themes is that good ideas, though they may become lost for a time, will eventually resurface.

Steppenwolf Education Announces the Young Adult Council Class of 2018-19

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Steppenwolf Education welcomes the Young Adult Council Class of 2018-19. Now in its twelfth year, the Young Adult Council was started out of a need for a professional training program for young people in all aspects of theater, beyond just acting on stage. Each year, a Council made up of 30 high school students from across the Chicagoland area come together weekly to learn how a professional arts organization operates.

Writers Theatre presents limited engagement of AN EVENING WITH PIGPEN THEATRE CO December 16th & 17th

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Writers Theatre, under the leadership of Artistic Director Michael Halberstam and Executive Director Kathryn M. Lipuma, presents the limited engagement of An Evening with PigPen Theatre Co., a two-night only concert series featuring the stars of PigPen (The Hunter and the Bear, The Old Man and the Old Moon), with a few surprises for the holiday season. An Evening with PigPen Theatre Co. will be presented for two performances only, December 16 and 17, 2018 in the Alexandra C. and John D. Nichols Theatre at 325 Tudor Court, Glencoe.

THE HIT MUSICAL COMEDY WAISTWATCHERS THE MUSICAL! EXTENDS RUN THROUGH DECEMBER 31

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The Chicago Premiere of the production known for making audience members “burn off pounds just laughing,” according to the Los Angeles Times, WaistWatchers The Musical! is extending its run at the Royal George Theatre, 1641 N. Halsted St., through Monday, December 31, 2018. Produced by Dana Matthow and currently featuring two time Grammy Nominee, multi-Gold and Platinum recording artist, Martha Wash, known for singing the powerful anthem “It’s Raining Men,” and “Everybody Dance Now,” the musical takes a lighthearted and hilarious look at women dealing with their relationship to food, friendship and fitness, while celebrating the transformative power of female friendship on the journey to self-acceptance.

The Second City Presents "The Good, The Bad & the Ugly Sweater, A New Holiday Revue" Show runs November 13 – December 31

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Already wondering how to entertain your visiting relatives this holiday season? The Second City has you covered with its new holiday revue, The Second City’s The Good, the Bad & the Ugly Sweater. This hilarious show pulls a festive mix of material from The Second City archives and is the perfect way to celebrate winter in Chicago. The Second City’s The Good, the Bad & the Ugly Sweater runs November 13 – December 31, 2018 in the UP Comedy Club. Tickets range from $31 - $56 and can be purchased online at www.secondcity.com, by phone at 312-337-3992 or at the box office, located at 230 North Ave. on the first floor of Piper’s Alley.