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Christmas 500 Clown style, Second City in St. Charles
By Barbara Vitello | Daily Herald Staff
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Published: 12/18/2009 12:00 AM

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Christmas 500 Clown style

500 Clown serves up some cheer when it brings its sly, holiday sendup "500 Clown Christmas" to North Central College. The show is suitable for ages 14 and older and performances will be accompanied by a canned goods, toiletries and cleaning supplies drive to benefit Naperville's Loves & Fishes Community Pantry.

8 p.m. Dec. 18, 19, 21, 22 and 23 and 7 p.m. Dec. 20 at the Madden Theater, 171 E. Chicago Ave., Naperville. (630) 637-7469 or finearts.northcentralcollege.edu.

Second City in St. Charles

Fresh from its 50th anniversary celebration, the Second City brings its "Dysfunctional Holiday Revue" to Pheasant Run Resort & Spa for one show. Come for the laughs, stay for the complimentary slice of anniversary cake.

8:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 18, at 4051 E. Main St., St. Charles. (630) 584-6342 or noblefool.org.

Still time for 'Tidings'

A week or so remains for Noble Fool's charming production of "Plaid Tidings," the holiday sequel to the popular doo-wop revue "Forever Plaid," about a singing quartet cut down just before their appearance on "The Ed Sullivan Show." Brad Simanski, Sean Effinger-Dean, Robert Deason and David Meadows star as the cummerbund-clad crooners.

Through Dec. 27 at Pheasant Run Resort & Spa, 4051 E. Main St., St. Charles. (630) 584-6342 or noblefool.org.

• New Leaf Theatre's Treehouse Reading Series continues Saturday, Dec. 19, with "Almost Maine," John Cariani's play about the residents of a small northern Maine town who inexplicably fall in and out of love. The reading begins at 1 p.m. at the Lincoln Park Cultural Center, 2045 N. Lincoln Park West, Chicago. Before it closed earlier this year, Apple Tree Theatre had scheduled the play as part of its season. Admission is free. See newleaftheatre.org for information.

• The eighth night of Hanukkah marks the return to Chicago of "Good for the Jews," the music and comedy show by Rob Tannenbaum and David Fagin that "puts the ha! back in Hanukkah." They perform at 8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 19, at the Lakeshore Theater, 3175 N. Broadway, Chicago. (773) 472-3492 or lakeshoretheater.com.

• Theatre IV, a touring children's theater company based in Richmond, VA, brings its musical adaptation of "A Visit from St. Nicholas" - the Clement Clarke Moore poem commonly known as "'Twas the Night Before Christmas" - to the Center for the Performing Arts at Governors State University in University Park. The production combining live actors and puppets is suitable for families with children ages 4 to 10. It's at 11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 19, at 1 University Hwy. at Governors Highway and University Parkway. (708) 235-2222 or centertickets.net.

• Hershey Felder performs his solo play with music, "George Gershwin Alone," from Wednesday, Dec. 23, to Dec. 30, at Drury Lane Theatre Water Tower Place, 175 E. Chestnut St., Chicago. The bio-drama incorporates passages from "An American in Paris," "Porgy and Bess" and the complete version of "Rhapsody in Blue" along with some of the composer's best-loved songs to tell the story of his life and impact on the American songbook. Speaking of great American songs, Felder hosts a New Year's Eve performance of "The Great American Song Book Sing-A-Long" at 7 p.m. Dec. 31. (312) 642-2000 or ticketmaster.com or eightyeightentertainment.com.