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Want to get wild for the holidays? Presenting the “Naughty List” of Chicago theater

December 23, 2016 by CJ Schwartz
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Whether you want to see something classic and family-friendly or something with a bit of a bite, our Naughty and Nice lists will point you in the right direction. Read on below to see what shows in Chicago made our Naughty List.

1. The Eight Reindeer Monologues


In this wickedly dark comedy, scandal erupts at the North Pole when one of Santa’s eight tiny reindeer accuses him of ungentlemanly conduct. Not for the faint of heart, those easily offended, or children. Get The Eight Reindeer Monologues tickets here.

2. Twist Your Dickens


This twisted take on Charles Dickens’ classic skewers Scrooge, Tiny Tim and pop culture’s most beloved holiday specials with yuletide yuks to keep you laughing through the past, present and well into the future. Get Twist Your Dickens tickets here.

3. The Musical Armando


Each week a different guest will give a storytelling-style monologue, based on an audience suggestion. Inspired by the monologue, this dynamic cast of ten will set into scenes, songs and choreography. Get The Musical Armando tickets here.

4. Mr. and Mrs. Pennyworth

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Written and directed by Ensemble Member Doug Hara and influenced by Neil Gaiman and other fantasy writers, Mr. and Mrs. Pennyworth is brought to life through the wondrous puppetry of Blair Thomas and shadow animations by Drew Dir, Sarah Fornace and Julia Miller for Manual Cinema Studios. This beautiful and dark piece is recommended for ages 12 and up. Get Mr. and Mrs. Pennyworth tickets here.

5. The Hunter and The Bear


The Hunter and the Bear, the critically acclaimed PigPen Theatre Co. tells the haunting story of an imaginative young boy and his father, the pragmatic hunter tasked with protecting their isolated town. In their signature innovative style, PigPen Theatre Co. uses folk music, projections, puppets, and other ingenious theatrical trappings to take you on a journey through a landscape teeming with dark secrets and threats. Get The Hunter and the Bear tickets here.

6. The Rip Nelson Holiday Spectacular


It’s 1982 and a newly sober Rip manages to land another TV special after the death of his archrival, Paul Lynde. Rip is determined to get his career back on track but can he handle the stress of a network television special and stay sober? Luckily he’s got help from a cavalcade of the hottest stars of 1982! Hell in a Handbag’s favorite bitter television has-been returns this season again. Get The Rip Nelson Holiday Spectacular tickets here.

7. Horrible Fun

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This brash and bawdy improv show is based on popular party games like Apples to Apples and Cards Against Humanity. Be aware this show is dirty, ridiculous, offensive, and horrible. Get Horrible Fun tickets here.

What shows make your Naughty List? Let us know on Facebook or Twitter. And don’t forget to check out our Nice List in Chicago for the sweeter, lighter, more family-friendly holiday entertainment!