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When it comes to live theater and dance, we've got you covered. Here's a look at what's playing at Chicago-area theaters.

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In ‘The Tall Boy,’ Tandy Cronyn gives voice to the children of WWII displacement camps

"As history has moved on, the show has unfortunately become more and more relevant," the veteran actress says.

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Curtain Call — ‘A Xmas Cuento Remix,’ ‘Q Brothers Christmas Carol’ and more theater openings Nov. 28-Dec. 4

From comedy and drama to musicals and dance, Chicago’s stages are alive with vibrant productions.

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‘A Christmas Carol’ a warm and fuzzy chestnut that shines merry and bright at the Goodman

But here’s the thing about chestnuts. Dress them properly, and they’re fabulous. So it goes at the Goodman Theatre where the first-rate cast and marvelous staging make you feel like you’re seeing "A Christmas Carol" for the first time.

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Paramount Theatre’s ‘Beauty and the Beast’ oozes enchantment in dazzling production

The Paramount Theatre pulls out all the stops in a show filled with glorious vocals, razzle-dazzle dance numbers and plenty of Disney magic.

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‘The First Deep Breath’ an extraordinary portrait of a shattered family

Passionately performed by a powerhouse ensemble in Victory Gardens’ bracing premiere, "Breath" feels like the kind of theatrical event you’ll want to be able to say you saw first.

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Curtain Call: Bangarra Dance Theatre Australia and more theater previews, openings Nov. 21-27

From comedy and drama to musicals and dance, Chicago’s stages are alive with vibrant productions.

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25th anniversary revival of Cirque du Soleil’s ‘Alegria’ heading to Chicago

More than 14 million people in 255 cities across the globe have attended performances of "Alegria" via nearly 20 years of touring productions.

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House Theatre puts a fresh spin on spirited 10th anniversary production of ‘The Nutcracker’

Unlike many of its cheery counterparts, the show still reflects the darker side of E.T.A. Hoffmann’s magical tale.

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Court Theatre serves up a masterpiece in ‘Oedipus Rex’

Court’s production is stark and stylized, a world of ferocious, unforgiving pagan gods who toy with humans like willful children gleefully dismembering their Barbies.

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‘The Wickhams: Christmas at Pemberley’ is the next marvelous chapter in the saga of the Bennet sisters

Directed by Jessica Thebus, the production boasts some magnificent acting without a weak link in the ensemble.

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Kathleen Turner looks inward for wonderfully entertaining cabaret-memoir solo show

This is a side of Turner that we haven’t seen much of in a career that, as she proudly notes, spans 42 years.

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Lyric Opera takes a no-nonsense approach to impassioned ‘Don Giovanni’

Although this opera is very much a comedy, Mozart and his well-reputed librettist, Lorenzo Da Ponte, never shirk from the sinister truth surrounding their central character.

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Updates keep ‘The Other Cinderella’ fresh — and relevant — after 43 years

The reimagined fairy tale by Black Ensemble Theater has been a holiday tradition for multiple generations of families.

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Latinx women face holiday struggles in a ‘Christmas Carol’ update

‘A Xmas Cuento Remix’ at 16th Street Theater touches on eviction, gentrification and redemption.

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Kathleen Turner finding a whole new voice through her one-woman, cabaret-style show

The actress is taking on another strong role — herself — in the one-woman show "Kathleen Turner: Finding My Voice," which plays the Broadway Playhouse at Water Tower Place on Friday and Saturday.

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‘The Nut Tapper’ transforms ‘Nutcracker’ ballet into a cornucopia of percussive dance

It’s been nearly 20 years since Reginald "Reggio" McLaughlin created "The Nut Tapper," which also includes swapping out Tchaikovsky’s iconic score in favor of big band tunes.

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House Theatre of Chicago updates ‘Nutcracker’ with non-traditional gender-swapping

For the show’s 10th anniversary, the creative team is further stretching boundaries of an already original take on the classic production: The family at the heart of the show is now headed by gay fathers, and Uncle Drosselmeyer is an aunt.

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Holiday Entertainment Guide 2019: ‘A Christmas Carol’ arrives on Chicago’s stages

Each holiday season, Chicago’s stages are filled with Scrooges, Ghosts and Tiny Tims.

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‘It’s a Wonderful Life: Live’ — a Chicago holiday favorite remains faithful to beloved film

"It’s a perfect story of mankind grappling with their existence … what it is to be content and happy. It reaches all audiences," says American Blues Theater artistic director Wendy Whiteside.

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‘Christmas at Pemberley’ combines the upstairs, downstairs worlds of the Bennets and Darcys

Playwrights Lauren Gunderson and Margot Melcon continue their exploration of the Bennet sisters from Jane Austen’s "Pride and Prejudice."

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Holiday Entertainment Guide 2019: ‘The Nutcracker’ dances across area stages

The Chicago area is filled with productions of this Christmastime favorite — including those without a single ballet step.

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Musicals, comedy, drama, opera — holiday theater abounds in Chicago

Looking for something outside the seasonal realm, too? We’ve got some suggestions to keep everyone entertained in the weeks ahead.

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Holiday Entertainment Guide 2019: Fun things to do and see throughout the Chicago area

From concerts and outdoor fun to festivals and holiday craft fairs, we’ve got your guide to the season’s biggest events.

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Chicago ‘Stages’ Theater Directory for November

Your go-to guide for theater in our city.

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Cirque du Soleil world-premiere Christmas show reimagines iconic holiday poem

For the better part of a year, Cirque du Soleil has been deconstructing the iconic 19th century poem "‘Twas the Night Before Christmas," searching for acts to bring its beloved stanzas to life.

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Stop the ‘Madness!’ Second City slumps with a manic revue of mundane humor

At a swift pace, the largely appealing cast in the comedy troupe’s new mainstage show delivers material that’s as thin as the aisles between the tables.

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Curtain Call: ‘Oedipus Rex,’ ‘Beauty and the Beast’ and more theater in Chicago Nov. 7-13

From comedy and drama to musicals and dance, Chicago’s stages are alive with vibrant productions.

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Curtain Call: ‘Dead Man Walking,’ ‘Rutherford and Son’ and more theater openings Oct. 31-Nov. 6

From comedy and drama to musicals and dance, Chicago’s stages are alive with vibrant productions.

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Funny but dated, ‘...I’m Lenny Bruce’ speaks volumes about comedy and society

The great routines are there and performed well, but it’s the why that’s missing.

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‘An Evening With C.S. Lewis’ a chronically flawed chronicle of the author’s life

Oddly skipping over important subjects, the show is built for comfort rather than drama.

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Aguijón Theater celebrates 30 years of bringing Spanish-language works to Chicago

Their plays have examined women’s social conditions, power dynamics between landowners and oppressed workers and the marginalization of indigenous populations.

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Remy Bumppo, Court Theatre top the 2019 Equity Jeff Award recipients

At a gala ceremony at Drury Lane Oakbrook, Joseph Jefferson awards were handed out in 34 categories celebrating Chicago’s Equity theater community.