Off-the-beaten-path holiday plays

It’s about this time of year that you’re making your list and checking it twice–the list being the holiday performances you want to attend this busy holiday season. In addition to the tried and true, here are some alternatives to consider.

Dee Snider’s Rock and Roll Christmas Tale

It’s strange but true: Dee Snider, former lead singer of heavy metal band Twisted Sister, is starring in Chicago in of all things, a family-friendly holiday play. This twist on the classic Christmas allegory of good vs. evil will rock the way to your heart–and soul.

Tickets start at $39. Runs through Jan. 4

Broadway Playhouse at Water Tower Place, 175 E. Chestnut St., Chicago

(800) 775-2000

It’s a Wonderful Santa Land Miracle Nut-Cracking Christmas Story … Jews Welcome

Good for all ages and stages, this “cheery merry show” encompasses all religions and non-holidays into one exciting shebang of singing, dancing, cookies and eggnog. Yes, eggnog. Plus, tickets start at $15 for the kids, so it’s holiday budget-friendly, too!

Runs through Dec. 28

Stage 773, 1225 W. Belmont Ave., Chicago

(773) 327-5252

That’s Weird Grandma: The Holiday Edition

Barrel of Monkeys uses Chicago Public School students’ stories and turns them into stage-worthy performances. This year’s holiday show features short sketches like “Santa and Taco Bell” and “Snowmen from Pluto.” The skits change each week by audience votes.

Tickets are $6 kids, $12 adults. Runs Dec. 8-Jan. 5.

The Neo-Futurist Theater (2nd Floor), 5153 N. Ashland Ave., Chicago

(312) 409-1954

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