The best 3 theater and comedy events in Chicago this week

CHICAGO -- If you're a theater fan, mark your calendars: there's plenty to do when it comes to stage performances in Chicago this week, from The Santaland Diaries to a variety show with local comedians.

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The Santaland Diaries

If you're a mature elf who's more naughty than nice, check out The Santaland Diaries. Coming to the Goodman Theatre this Wednesday, this show offers a hilarious, bumpy ride through David Sedaris' real-life experiences working as an elf at Macy's in New York. When faced with not-so-nice parents, crying children and suspect Santas, he needs way more than a glass of eggnog to survive the holidays.

When: Thursday, Dec. 20, 7:30 p.m.

Where: Goodman Theatre - The Owen, 170 N. Dearborn St.

Price: $30.50 (Main Floor- Discounted Tickets)

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The Revolutionists

If you're interested in conversations about art, women's roles and revolution, this production has it all. Taking the stage at Strawdog Theatre this Thursday, The Revolutionists has a female quartet that includes the cake-loving Queen Marie Antoinette, playwright Olympe de Gouges, assassin Charlotte Corday and abolitionist Marianne Angelle.

When: Thursday, Dec. 20, 7:30 p.m.

Where: Strawdog Theatre, 1802 W. Berenice Ave.

Price: $17.50 (Discounted Tickets)

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Mike and Marie Love Christmas

Get ready for a belly of laughs at this Christmas variety show from Chicago comedy team, Mike and Marie.

Poking fun at the holiday's over-the-top commercialism, the duo whipped up a show that blends "one part Osmonds, one part Henson creature feature and one part "Yakety Sax" on repeat," according to the production company.

When: Friday, Dec. 20, 9:30 p.m.

Where: Laugh Out Loud Chicago, 3851 N. Lincoln Ave.

Price: $5 (50% Discount)

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