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Dickens' Classic "A Christmas Carol" at Goodman Theatre

at Goodman Theatre - The Albert, Chicago
OFFER DATES:
Tue, December 12
Wed, December 13
Thu, December 14
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Tue, December 12
Wed, December 13
Thu, December 14
Tue, December 19
Wed, December 20
Wed, December 20
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FULL PRICE: $51 - $108
OFFER PRICE: $36 - $71

Now a beloved Chicago tradition celebrating its 40th anniversary, The Goodman Theatre ushers in the holiday season with its adaptation of Charles Dickens' classic holiday story "A Christmas Carol". Au... [more+]

Now a beloved Chicago tradition celebrating its 40th anniversary, The Goodman Theatre ushers in the holiday season with its adaptation of Charles Dickens' classic holiday story "A Christmas Carol". Audiences look forward to the "bah humbugs," the electrifying arrival of the ghosts, the jubilant musical numbers and dancing, and Scrooge's joyful rediscovery of life, love and the Christmas spirit. Goodman's "Carol" continues to lift heats and spirits after four decades more than a million visitors, and the timeless holiday tale promises to be merrier and more magical than ever. The "Daily Herald" says the play is "the crown jewel of the holiday season" -- find out for yourself or relive the magic again. [less-]

"Beautiful - The Carole King Musical"

at Cadillac Palace Theatre, Chicago
OFFER DATES:
Tue, December 12
Wed, December 13
Thu, December 14
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Wed, December 13
Thu, December 14
Tue, January 09
Wed, January 10
Wed, January 10
Thu, January 11
Tue, January 16
Wed, January 17
Thu, January 18
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FULL PRICE: $60 - $95
OFFER PRICE: $39 - $69

Long before Carole King became a chart-topping music legend, she was Carol Klein, a girl from Brooklyn. She fought her way into the record business as a teenager and, by the time she reached adulthood... [more+]

Long before Carole King became a chart-topping music legend, she was Carol Klein, a girl from Brooklyn. She fought her way into the record business as a teenager and, by the time she reached adulthood she had a flourishing career writing hits for the biggest acts in rock 'n' roll. But it wasn't until her personal life began to crack that she finally found her true voice. "Beautiful - The Carole King Musical" is the inspiring true story of King's remarkable rise to stardom, from being part of a hit songwriting team with her husband Gerry Goffin, to her relationship with fellow writers and best friends Cynthia Weil and Barry Mann, to becoming one of the most successful solo acts in popular music history. It's no surprise that "Beautiful" won a Grammy for Best Musical Theater Album of 2015. Now it returns to the Windy City for a smash run at Cadillac Palace Theatre courtesy of Broadway In Chicago. [less-]

"The Holidays Unwrapped" Explores Mental Health

at The Edge Theater, Chicago
OFFER DATES:
Tue, December 12
Wed, December 13
Mon, December 18
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Wed, December 13
Mon, December 18
Tue, December 19
Wed, December 20
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FULL PRICE: $20
OFFER PRICE: $10

With true stories collected from people whose lives have been impacted by mental health issues, Erasing the Distance uses the power of performance to help break the stigma around this topic. In "The H... [more+]

With true stories collected from people whose lives have been impacted by mental health issues, Erasing the Distance uses the power of performance to help break the stigma around this topic. In "The Holidays Unwrapped", the real stories of nine individuals are turned into a music-filled, humorous performance that explores how to manage stress during the time of year when mental health issues can float to the surface. [less-]

"Q Brothers Christmas Carol": Hip-Hop Dickens Parody

at The Yard at Chicago Shakespeare, Chicago
OFFER DATES:
Tue, December 12
Wed, December 13
Sat, December 16
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Wed, December 13
Sat, December 16
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FULL PRICE: $30 - $38
OFFER PRICE: $21 - $29

Charles Dickens' holiday classic gets a clever hip-hop remix in "Q Brothers Christmas Carol". Created by the Q Brothers and Chicago Shakespeare Theater creative producer Rick Boynton, the team behind ... [more+]

Charles Dickens' holiday classic gets a clever hip-hop remix in "Q Brothers Christmas Carol". Created by the Q Brothers and Chicago Shakespeare Theater creative producer Rick Boynton, the team behind the international hit Shakespearean "ad-rap-tation" "Othello: The Remix", this irreverent update tweaks Dickens' beloved characters and sets Scrooge's time-traveling journey through the hip-hop decades to a live score by DJ Super Nova. You'll meet an Ebenezer Scrooge with an erotic passion for cash, a Jamaican Jacob Marley and Lil' Tim, the tiniest Cratchit with a slew of maladies, all singing to mashups of everything from reggae and dancehall music to dubstep and epic rock ballads. Sure to become a holiday favorite, "Q Brothers Christmas Carol" is as cheeky, intelligent and street smart as audiences have come to expect from the Q Brothers. See it at The Yard at Chicago Shakespeare. [less-]

True Story of the Rush to Save Shakespeare's Canon

at Northlight Theatre, Skokie
OFFER DATES:
Tue, December 12
FULL PRICE: n/a
OFFER PRICE: Sold Out

It's hard to imagine a world without Hamlet, Falstaff, Romeo, Juliet or any of the indelible characters and stories created by William Shakespeare -- but were it not for the diligent work of a few of ... [more+]

It's hard to imagine a world without Hamlet, Falstaff, Romeo, Juliet or any of the indelible characters and stories created by William Shakespeare -- but were it not for the diligent work of a few of the Bard's friends and contemporaries, we'd be living in that world today. Set just after Shakespeare's death in the early 17th century, "The Book of Will" is the story of two of his actors rushing to gather and publish all of his works before they're lost to time. But with the original scripts scattered all over London, collecting them all is going to be a caper that's Shakespearean in scope. This heartfelt and hilarious play, inspired by the true story behind Shakespeare's "First Folio", comes to the Northlight Theatre in Skokie. [less-]

Comedy-Drama "Fade" -- A TV Writer & A Janitor Collab

at Richard Christiansen Theater, Chicago
OFFER DATES:
Tue, December 12
Wed, December 13
Thu, December 14
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Tue, December 12
Wed, December 13
Thu, December 14
Fri, December 15
Sat, December 16
Sat, December 16
Sun, December 17
Wed, December 20
Thu, December 21
Fri, December 22
Sat, December 23
Sat, December 23
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FULL PRICE: $42 - $50
OFFER PRICE: $21 - $25

They say you should write what you know, a motto Latina playwright and television writer Tanya Saracho seems to have embraced whole-heartedly in her acclaimed play "Fade". With credits such as HBO's "... [more+]

They say you should write what you know, a motto Latina playwright and television writer Tanya Saracho seems to have embraced whole-heartedly in her acclaimed play "Fade". With credits such as HBO's "Girls", ABC's "How to Get Away with Murder" and other shows under her belt, Saracho has applied the full force of her industry experience to a witty, behind-the-scenes drama that follows Lucia, a Mexican-born writer hired on to a ruthless Hollywood TV series. There, she meets a Mexican-American custodian, Abel, who is brimming with his own trove of excellent plot lines. As their friendship grows, so does Lucia's temptation to co-opt Abel's ideas in her own work, leading to poignant revelations about authenticity of culture and the self. Enter "Fade"'s "sweet spot between comedy and drama" ("Chicago Tribune") as this stirring production comes to Richard Christiansen Theater as part of the Chicago International Latino Theater Festival. [less-]

"Red Velvet": Bio-Drama of 1830s Black Actor

at Chicago Shakespeare Theater - at the Courtyard Theater on the Navy Pier, Chicago
OFFER DATES:
Tue, December 12
Wed, December 13
Thu, December 14
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Wed, December 13
Thu, December 14
Fri, December 15
Sat, December 16
Sat, December 16
Sun, December 17
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FULL PRICE: $58 - $78
OFFER PRICE: $35 - $78

The director of last fall's "must-see" "King Charles III" helms a fascinating glimpse into theater history, called "fiery and funny" by "Time Out New York". In 1833 at the Theatre Royal in Covent Gard... [more+]

The director of last fall's "must-see" "King Charles III" helms a fascinating glimpse into theater history, called "fiery and funny" by "Time Out New York". In 1833 at the Theatre Royal in Covent Garden, Edmund Kean, the greatest actor of his age, collapses on stage while performing the lead in "Othello". He is replaced by a young, black actor, Ira Aldridge -- a first for the role on London's West End. As a bill in Parliament promoting the abolition of slavery sends shock waves through the streets, how will London react to his performance? This multi-award-winning play garnered Lolita Chakrabarti the Critics' Circle Award for Most Promising New Playwright. See "Red Velvet" at the Chicago Shakespeare Theater. [less-]

"A Christmas Carol": Dickens' Holiday Classic

at Pabst Theater, Milwaukee
OFFER DATES:
Tue, December 12
Tue, December 19
Wed, December 20
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Tue, December 12
Tue, December 19
Wed, December 20
Thu, December 21
Sun, December 24
Sun, December 24
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FULL PRICE: $45 - $79
OFFER PRICE: $20 - $35

A timeless holiday favorite, Charles Dickens' "A Christmas Carol" returns in the Milwaukee Rep's annual production at the Pabst Theater, featuring new sets, a new script and even indoor snow effects! ... [more+]

A timeless holiday favorite, Charles Dickens' "A Christmas Carol" returns in the Milwaukee Rep's annual production at the Pabst Theater, featuring new sets, a new script and even indoor snow effects! Join Scrooge, Marley, Bob Cratchit, Tiny Tim and a variety of colorful characters as they help the misguided miser Ebenezer Scrooge discover love, joy and the true meaning of Christmas. This production is a new adaptation of Dickens' classic by artistic director Mark Clements, featuring Jonathan Wainwright as Scrooge. [less-]

"Harry Potter" Parody -- All 7 Books in 70 Hilarious Minutes

at Broadway Playhouse at Water Tower Place, Chicago
OFFER DATES:
Wed, December 13
Thu, December 14
Fri, December 15
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Wed, December 13
Thu, December 14
Fri, December 15
Tue, December 19
Wed, December 20
Thu, December 21
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FULL PRICE: $69.95 - $99.95
OFFER PRICE: $49 - $69

Whether you're a Quidditch expert or merely a muggle, you'll find laughs aplenty in this comedy that takes on the zany challenge of cramming all seven books in the popular Harry Potter series -- that'... [more+]

Whether you're a Quidditch expert or merely a muggle, you'll find laughs aplenty in this comedy that takes on the zany challenge of cramming all seven books in the popular Harry Potter series -- that's roughly 4,000 pages -- into 70 hilarious minutes. Created by Olivier-nominated actors Dan Clarkson and Jeff Turner, "Potted Potter: The Unauthorized Harry Experience -- A Parody by Dan and Jeff" has played to sold-out houses all over the world. Two actors inhabit 360 characters, fend off a live fire-breathing dragon and even manage to stage a real-life game of Quidditch in the theater. The show was a critic's pick of "The New York Times", "Daily Herald" and "Time Out London", among others, who hailed it as a must-see family event for anyone age 6 to Dumbledore. See it in Chicago at Broadway Playhouse. [less-]

"Elf the Musical": A Modern Holiday Classic

at Paramount Theatre, Aurora
OFFER DATES:
Wed, December 13
Wed, December 13
Thu, December 14
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Wed, December 13
Thu, December 14
Fri, December 15
Sat, December 16
Sun, December 17
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FULL PRICE: $38 - $60
OFFER PRICE: $38 - $60

Take a hilarious hit movie, add in some seriously impressive song-and-dance numbers, and tie a big Broadway bow around it, and you've got the sweet family treat known as "Elf the Musical". The festive... [more+]

Take a hilarious hit movie, add in some seriously impressive song-and-dance numbers, and tie a big Broadway bow around it, and you've got the sweet family treat known as "Elf the Musical". The festive fun starts as soon as you enter the lobby of Aurora's Paramount Theatre, where you'll be greeted by a two-story Christmas tree and thousands of sparkling lights. Then fasten your sleigh belts for a fun ride that follows the story of Buddy, a little boy who mistakenly crawls into Santa's bag of gifts and is transported back to the North Pole. He grows up unaware that he's an actual human, but his enormous size and poor toy-making abilities eventually force him to face the truth. With Santa's permission, Buddy then takes off on a journey to New York to find his birth father, discover his true identity and help the city remember the true meaning of Christmas -- and this sparkling holiday show will no doubt do the same for you and yours. [less-]

"BLKS": Friends Face One F-cked Up Night

at Steppenwolf Upstairs Theatre, Chicago
OFFER DATES:
Wed, December 13
Thu, December 14
Fri, December 15
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Wed, December 13
Thu, December 14
Fri, December 15
Sat, December 16
Sat, December 16
Sun, December 17
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FULL PRICE: $48 - $66
OFFER PRICE: $19.20 - $33

Poet and playwright Aziza Barnes' comedy revolves around a group of female friends learning how to adult in the Big Apple, but Barnes' "BLKS" is definitely not Dunham's "Girls". With its own distincti... [more+]

Poet and playwright Aziza Barnes' comedy revolves around a group of female friends learning how to adult in the Big Apple, but Barnes' "BLKS" is definitely not Dunham's "Girls". With its own distinctive Bed-Stuy story to tell, informed by Barnes' completely original contemporary voice, the play covers a single day and night in the lives of three queer black women, one of whom faces an unexpected health scare. So they decide to throw one "final turn-up for the ages," according to the playwright. "And it all goes to shit." Chicago's Tony-winning Steppenwolf Theatre stages this world premiere. [less-]

"Trapped in the Netflix": A Fast-Paced Comedy

at iO Theater, Chicago
OFFER DATES:
Wed, December 13
Wed, December 20
Wed, December 27
FULL PRICE: $14
OFFER PRICE: $7

"Trapped in the Netflix" is a one-person show pulsing with Netflix Original parodies, impressions and existential panic. During a rainy Chicago night, a freak electrical storm sucks our protagonist in... [more+]

"Trapped in the Netflix" is a one-person show pulsing with Netflix Original parodies, impressions and existential panic. During a rainy Chicago night, a freak electrical storm sucks our protagonist inside the Netflix. Once trapped, he attempts his escape: but everyone's beloved streaming platform injects him into a diverse cross-section of scenes from the likes of "House of Cards, Black Mirror" and those painfully precious Mumblecore movies that you can only watch for like 12 minutes. This brisk production from Mishu Hilmy deconstructs some of our favorite films, genres and TV shows for an amusing evening of entertainment. Get "Trapped in the Netflix" at Chicago's iO Theater. [less-]

Comedy-Thriller & Pulitzer Finalist "Becky Shaw"

at Windy City Playhouse, Chicago
OFFER DATES:
Wed, December 13
Thu, December 14
Fri, December 15
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Wed, December 13
Thu, December 14
Fri, December 15
Sat, December 16
Sun, December 17
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FULL PRICE: $45 - $55
OFFER PRICE: $30 - $37.50

When newlyweds Andrew and Suzanna fix up friend Becky and co-worker Max, they unwittingly light a fuse for an explosion of crises, chaos and comedy. As the plot twists and turns, this Pulitzer Prize f... [more+]

When newlyweds Andrew and Suzanna fix up friend Becky and co-worker Max, they unwittingly light a fuse for an explosion of crises, chaos and comedy. As the plot twists and turns, this Pulitzer Prize finalist explores the debt we owe to strangers who land on our doorstep. Wickedly funny antics ensue in this "blind-date-gone-bad black comedy" ("Entertainment Weekly") from "Law & Order" writer Gina Gionfriddo. Watch romance take a wrong turn at Chicago's Windy City Playhouse. [less-]

Reflections on Eight Years as Crumpet the Elf in "This Way Outta Santaland"

at Theater Wit, Chicago
OFFER DATES:
Thu, December 14
Fri, December 15
Sat, December 16
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Fri, December 15
Sat, December 16
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FULL PRICE: $29
OFFER PRICE: $14.50

For eight years, actor Mitchell J. Fain played the role of Crumpet in the classic Christmas one-man show "The Santaland Diaries". After nearly a decade of restraining his most anarchic and improvisati... [more+]

For eight years, actor Mitchell J. Fain played the role of Crumpet in the classic Christmas one-man show "The Santaland Diaries". After nearly a decade of restraining his most anarchic and improvisational instincts, Fain is finally letting loose in his own freewheeling holiday special with the help of cabaret goddess Meghan Murphy. In "This Way Outta Santaland" at Theater Wit in Chicago, Fain draws on 250 performances as Crumpet the Elf to tell true-life holiday tales of boozy Christmas carols, celebrity holiday gossip and the private lives of elves. [less-]

"It's a Wonderful Life -- A Live Radio Play"

at Oil Lamp Theater, Glenview
OFFER DATES:
Thu, December 14
Fri, December 15
Sat, December 16
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Fri, December 15
Sat, December 16
Sun, December 17
Tue, December 19
Wed, December 20
Thu, December 21
Fri, December 22
Wed, December 27
Thu, December 28
Fri, December 29
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FULL PRICE: $35
OFFER PRICE: $17.50

"It's a Wonderful Life" has become a holiday staple for many families. So what better way to kick off the season than to see this classic fave in a whole new way -- live on stage! This show-within-a-s... [more+]

"It's a Wonderful Life" has become a holiday staple for many families. So what better way to kick off the season than to see this classic fave in a whole new way -- live on stage! This show-within-a-show takes place on December 24, 1946 in Studio A at WBFR Radio, where a cast of six actors is preparing to present "It's a Wonderful Life" live to the listening audience. With the help of a sound-effects artist, the ensemble reenacts the beloved story of George Bailey, a young man who's given up on his dreams and stands on a bridge, ready to end it all. Just then, an angel arrives to show Bailey how the lives of those he loves would be affected if he were not around. The story's message is profound and remains relevant for today's audiences. See it at Oil Lamp Theater in Glenview, and stay for cookies and hot chocolate after each show! [less-]

"Tick, Tick ... BOOM!": Jonathan Larson's Early Story

at Prop Thtr, Chicago
OFFER DATES:
Thu, December 14
Fri, December 15
Sat, December 16
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Fri, December 15
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Sat, December 16
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FULL PRICE: $30
OFFER PRICE: COMP - $15

Before he created the hit musical "Rent", Jonathan Larson wrote "Tick, Tick ... BOOM!", a semi-autobiographical tale about a composer living the bohemian lifestyle and taking a hard look at his life o... [more+]

Before he created the hit musical "Rent", Jonathan Larson wrote "Tick, Tick ... BOOM!", a semi-autobiographical tale about a composer living the bohemian lifestyle and taking a hard look at his life on the eve of his 30th birthday. His girlfriend's desire to marry and leave New York City for the suburbs, possible career changes and all sorts of other pressures cause him to question his ultimate dream of writing the great American musical. Originally written as a solo piece, playwright David Auburn revised the 10-character work for three actors following Larson's death in 1996. Containing the kind of powerhouse musical numbers that helped make "Rent" a smash hit, "Tick, Tick ... Boom!" is an endearing, engaging look at persevering to make your dreams a reality. This Cuckoo's Theater Project production of this engaging show takes you on the playwright/composer's journey that led to a Broadway blockbuster. [less-]

Alice Childress' Drama About Interracial Marriage

at The Artistic Home, Chicago
OFFER DATES:
Thu, December 14
Fri, December 15
FULL PRICE: n/a
OFFER PRICE: Sold Out

"Wedding Band: A Love/Hate Story in Black and White" is written by Alice Childress and directed by Cecilie Keenan. Childress's drama is set in the summer of 1918. There is a war in Europe, and a small... [more+]

"Wedding Band: A Love/Hate Story in Black and White" is written by Alice Childress and directed by Cecilie Keenan. Childress's drama is set in the summer of 1918. There is a war in Europe, and a smaller war in South Carolina. Julia is an African-American seamstress and Herman is a white German-American baker who has kept company with her for 10 years. Disapproval of their affair from neighbors and family, as well as South Carolina's laws prohibiting interracial marriage makes it increasingly hard for them to stay together. See it at The Artistic Home in Chicago. [less-]

"A Klingon Christmas Carol" Performed in Klingon

at Raven Theatre West Stage, Chicago
OFFER DATES:
Thu, December 14
Sat, December 16
Sun, December 17
FULL PRICE: n/a
OFFER PRICE: Sold Out

"A Klingon Christmas Carol" is the first play to be performed entirely in Klingon, a constructed language first appearing in the beloved television series "Star Trek". The play is based on the Charles... [more+]

"A Klingon Christmas Carol" is the first play to be performed entirely in Klingon, a constructed language first appearing in the beloved television series "Star Trek". The play is based on the Charles Dickens novella, "A Christmas Carol", adapting the classic tale of ghosts and redemption to reflect the Klingon values of courage and honor. Translated into Klingon and performed with English supertitles, "A Klingon Christmas Carol" is a truly unique holiday experience. Enjoy it at Chicago's Raven Theatre West Stage. [less-]

Holiday Nightmares Shared in "'Tis the Seasonal Depression"

at Pride Arts Center: Broadway Stage, Chicago
OFFER DATES:
Thu, December 14
Fri, December 15
Thu, December 21
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Fri, December 15
Thu, December 21
Fri, December 22
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FULL PRICE: $20
OFFER PRICE: $10

Are you sick of the holidays before they've even started? Your relatives being a little too extra? Come whine about it at the Pride Arts Center: Broadway Stage with GayCo Productions, who are gonna re... [more+]

Are you sick of the holidays before they've even started? Your relatives being a little too extra? Come whine about it at the Pride Arts Center: Broadway Stage with GayCo Productions, who are gonna relate to you a little too hard with "'Tis the Seasonal Depression" -- an emotional roller coaster in Chicago that'll leave you in tears of laughter about your shared misery. Get your spirits lifted, both the boozy and not boozy kind, with all new seasonal songs and scenes that'll remind you why this is (allegedly) the most wonderful time of the year. [less-]

Rock Musical Tells a Tale of Honor

at Raven Theatre East Stage, Chicago
OFFER DATES:
Thu, December 14
Fri, December 15
Sat, December 16
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Fri, December 15
Sat, December 16
Sat, December 16
Sun, December 17
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FULL PRICE: $25
OFFER PRICE: COMP - $12.50

"Sir Gawain and the Green Knight: A Rock 'N' Roll Musical" spins the medieval legend of Sir Gawain, a knight of King Arthur's Round Table, and the heroic challenge he accepts on behalf of his king. Ga... [more+]

"Sir Gawain and the Green Knight: A Rock 'N' Roll Musical" spins the medieval legend of Sir Gawain, a knight of King Arthur's Round Table, and the heroic challenge he accepts on behalf of his king. Gawain may deal his best axe-stroke to defeat the strange visitor known as the Green Knight -- if he survives the fatal blow, the Green Knight may return his best stroke to defeat Sir Gawain one year later. This play tells the tale of the year between the two fateful strokes, and the epic journey Gawain goes on to fulfill his mission. Brought to anachronistic life with music by Foreigner, Steve Winwood, Jonny Lang and more, this musical explores the themes of honor, temptation and sticking to your own moral code. Enjoy the show at Chicago's East Stage in the Raven Theatre Complex. [less-]