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The House Theatre of Chicago's wholly original, ballet-free version of "The Nutcracker" returns with its fantastical deconstruction of E.T.A. Hoffmann's time-honored holiday story. With lots of humor and heart, this fresh theatrical interpretation centers on young Clara's journey to save Christmas. With the help of a magical nutcracker given to her by her beloved Uncle Drosselmeyer, she'll bravely fight the Rat King to save her family. This modern holiday production weaves together riveting dialogue, astonishing puppetry, original song and spellbinding imagery to tell a heartwarming story of love, loss and hope.
Million Dollar Quartet is a Broadway dramatization of the real-life Memphis jam sessions between Johnny Cash, Elvis Presley, Carl Perkins and Jerry Lee. Tracing the roots of rock and roll, the stage production brings life to the epicmeetings through the stories of each perennial artist and the original music from the actual sessions.
A staple at blues clubs and festivals across North America, Joanna Connor has made a name for herself with her jam band guitar style and wide-range vocals. Having developed a love for blues in the early 1980s Chicago blues scene, Connor creates her own brand of blues music inspired by funk, jazz and world influences. Since she released her debut album Believe It!, in 1999, she has toured all over the world, building a solid fan base in South America, Japan and Europe with her powerful voice and technical yet soulful guitar playing.
Richard Christiansen TheaterNovember 20, 2014 7:30 PM
2433 N. Lincoln Avenue
Chicago, IL 60614
"Tamer of Horses" is about taming an animal far more dangerous than any stallion: a teenage boy. Though no longer a teacher, Ty Fletcher stumbles upon an unexpected educational opportunity when he discovers Hector, a hardheaded and troubled teen who's living in Fletcher's old barn after running away from a juvenile detention center. Motivated by a deep belief in education, Fletcher attempts to inspire Hector through an examination of Homer's "Iliad". This poignant and gripping work from William Mastrosimone is one of the stage's most masterful meditations on the power -- and limits -- of tough love.