If you're tired of the same old, same old sweet syrupy holiday fare, the Holiday Theatre Passport may be your ticket for an alternative to most of the holiday theater around town. Mommie Dearest as Scrooge, a trio of Liza Minnellis are just part of this package with a nod, a wink and a twist to the typical holiday line-up.
Here's the deal:
Six diverse theatre companies are joining forces to offer the Holiday Theatre Passport, a unique and festive incentive for Chicago theatergoers to explore the city’s many alternative holiday theatre offerings. Guests who attend four different productions will receive a free ticket from each theatre to one of their 2014 productions. Guests who attend all six productions will be entered into a drawing for one of five season subscriptions, consisting of memberships or ticket packages to the participating theatres. The Passport also includes discounts to select productions.
Here's the Shows:
We Three Lizas, About Face Theatre, Stage 773, 1225 W. Belmont Ave.
November 27, 2013 – January 5, 2014
The holidays bring three magical figures to his door – a trio of Liza Minnellis to escort box maker Conrad Ticklebottom on a fabulous journey through what-was, what-could-be and what-the-f*?!, redeeming his lost promise and re-inventing a brand-new Conrad Ticklebottom. It’s a quirky holiday musical tale of hope, transformation… and the power of Liza. Thursdays & Fridays at 7:30 pm; Saturdays at 3 p.m. & 7:30 p.m.; Sundays at 3 p.m. For tickets click here or call (773) 327-5252.
If Scrooge was a Brother, eta Creative Arts Foundation, Inc., 7558 S. South Chicago Ave.
October 31, 2013 – December 29, 2013
It's all about Scrooge in this reconstruction of the classic Christmas ghost tale. Spirited jokes and holiday music chronicle a journey from self-hatred to love as Scrooge faces his past, present and future and learns the wealth of family in this Chicago premiere. Fridays & Saturdays at 8 p.m.; Sundays at 3 p.m. For tickets, click here or call (773) 752-3955
Christmas Dearest, Hell in a Handbag Productions, Mary’s Attic, 5400 N. Clark St.
November 29, 2013 – December 29, 2013
Christmas Dearest is David Cerda’s world premiere musical reimagining of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol with the legendary Miss Joan Crawford (Cerda) as the most glamorous Scrooge of all time. Watch as Joan visits her shady past, appalling present and eye-popping future. In keeping with their reputation as Chicago’s best camp and parody theater company, expect belly laughs, political incorrectness, lots of drag and even more shocking... heart. Thursdays, Fridays & Saturdays at 7:30 p.m.; Sundays at 3:30 p.m.; no performance December 8. For tickets, click here or call (800) 838-3006.
The Nutcracker, The House Theatre of Chicago, Chopin Theatre, 1543 W. Division St.
November 8, 2013 – December 29, 2013
Celebrate Clara’s journey to move on from grief and rescue Christmas. With the help of a magical nutcracker, this brave little girl will fight the Rat King and save her family. This modern holiday production weaves together riveting dialogue, astonishing puppetry, original songs and spellbinding spectacle to tell a heartwarming, darkly moving story of magic and hope – a fun outing fit for the whole family. Thursday & Fridays at 7:30 p.m.; Saturdays at 3 p.m. & 7:30 p.m.; Sundays at 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. For tickets, click here or call (773) 769-3832.
Harambee Pre-Kwanzaa Festival, Logan Center for the Performing Arts, 915 E. 60th St.
You'll have to hurry if you want to catch the one-day only, Harambee Pre-Kwanzaa Festival, a multimedia musical, featuring Kwame Steve Cobb and Chavunduka performing songs from their highly acclaimed recording, Seven Principles, the first complete contemporary collection of songs for Kwanzaa. The Festival brings the African spirit of Kwanzaa to life with music, African dance and drumming, motion graphics, video and a mini-drama, wrapped in a colorful and polished stage production. Thursday, December 5 at 10 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. For tickets,call (773) 357-6154.
A Klingon Christmas Carol, Commedia Beauregard, Raven Theatre, West Stage, 6157 N. Clark St.
November 30, 2013 - December 29, 2013
Scrooge has no honor, nor any courage. Can three ghosts help him to become the true warrior he ought to be in time to save Tiny Tim from a horrible fate? Performed in the Original Klingon with English supertitles and narrative analysis from The Vulcan Institute of Cultural Anthropology. The Dickens classic tale of ghosts and redemption is adapted to reflect the Warrior Code of Honor and then translated into tlhIngan Hol (That's the Klingon Language). Thursday, Fridays & Saturdays at 8 p.m.; Sundays at 3 p.m. For tickets and information, click here or call (773) 338-2177.
Here's How it Works:
Pick up a Holiday Theatre Passport at any participating theatre. Collect ticket stubs and attach them to the passport (some theatres will attach a stamp or sticker). Mail the completed Passport with your name, address, phone number and email address to: eta Creative Arts Foundation, 7558 S. South Chicago Ave., Chicago, IL 60619. For information on the Holiday Theatre Passport, visit click here.
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