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The Theater to See in Chicago This Holiday Season

By / November 13, 2018

Temperatures in Chicago may be cooling down, but the theater district is heating up — just in time for the holidays, to boot. Bundle up for some downtown shopping, then check out any of these exciting acts, all of which are making brief appearances in the Windy City this winter only.


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November 15–January 13 at Steppenwolf

This production highlights the joys and challenges of a close-knit family — a theme that’s most appropriate when the holidays roll around. Set in Minnesota in the middle of winter, a Zimbabwean-American family is preparing for the wedding of their eldest daughter when an unexpected guest arrives and plans for the big event take a drastic shift. Heartwarming and full of laughs, this tale captures the evolution of a family — and the complexities that come with it.


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Miss Saigon

November 14–December 8 at Cadillac Palace Theatre

The creators of Les Misérables bring theatergoers another hit musical with Miss Saigon, a love story between a young Vietnamese woman and an American G.I. who are torn apart by the fall of Saigon — and the aftermath of trying to find their way back to one another. Broadway hits like “The Heat is On in Saigon,” “The Movie in My Mind,” and “The American Dream” await.


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The Santaland Diaries

November 30–December 30 at Goodman Theatre

For a healthy dose of holiday cheer and non-stop laughter, don’t miss a chance to see this comedic one-man show, a live theater retelling of Holidays on Ice from writer David Sedaris. In an effort to make some cash for the holidays, an actor takes a job as “Crumpet the Elf” at Macy’s Santaland — and shares with the audience a variety of irreverent encounters and experiences along the way.


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The Play That Goes Wrong

December 4–16 at Oriental Theatre

The title says everything about this play, which shares the story of The Murder at Haversham Manor — a plot at once mysterious and hilarious involving an unconscious leading lady, a corpse that can’t play dead, and actors who are constantly fumbling over their lines (in the best way possible). Amid so many dramatic productions on stages now, prepare to let loose with this one — a work yielding as much fun for the audience as it does for the cast members.


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Fiddler on the Roof

December 18–January 6 at Cadillac Palace Theatre

The original version of this timeless theatrical work won 10 Tony Awards (including one for the longest-running Broadway musical of all time). This winter, a fresh new rendition graces the stage in Chicago thanks to all-star talent: Tony-winning director Bartlett Sher and the team from South Pacific, The King and I, and 2017 Tony-winning Best Play Oslo. Expect modern touches throughout the beloved production, which is best known for showtunes like “If I Were a Rich Man” and “Matchmaker, Matchmaker.”

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Nicole Schnitzler is a freelance writer who covers​ ​food, drink, ​travel, entertainment, and ​lifestyle. When she is not planning her next adventure​​, she can be found​ ​commuting between bakeries, yoga classes,​ live music shows, and libraries ​in her hometown of ​​Chicago. She is most comfortable with a pen in one hand and a fork in the other. Nicole is also the founder of Doors Open Dishes, an initiative committed to keeping the doors open to the group homes and workshops of individuals with special needs by partnering with chefs and restaurants across the city. Follow her on Twitter (@Write_To_Eat) or on Instagram (@WriteToEat).

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