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Tickets at front row tables 11-15 include a meet & greet with the performers.

HARRY SHEARER AND JUDITH OWEN PRESENT

CHRSITMAS WITHOUT TEARS
(Does This Tree Make Me Look Fat?)

In a series of intimate evenings full of music, laughter and special guests, musician Judith Owen and her husband, actor and humorist Harry Shearer (The Simpsons, Spinal Tap), will once again spread their special brand of yuletide cheer for the Christmas Without Tears 2016 Tour.

A tradition that began in Shearer and Owen’s Santa Monica home, these annual gatherings have grown into a heartwarming house party around the piano that involves and entertains fellow performers and audience members alike. Since 2005, when the first public performance was staged at the Walt Disney Concert Hall to aid the people of New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina, Christmas Without Tears has been a guilt-free way of having fun and giving back: ALL proceeds go to charities, with this year’s Evanston performance benefiting the Greater Chicago Food Depository. 

A reverent and irreverent antidote to the most stressful of seasons, each evening includes both invited performers and surprise guests who drop into Harry and Judith’s onstage living room and share a song or a joke to bring the holiday spirit to all. Song selections range from the sentimental ("Winter Wonderland” and "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas") to the irreverent ("F&*k Christmas” and "Jesus Was a Dreidel Spinner”). Comics, magicians, female impersonators and even a somber clown have been welcome additions, adding the perfect mix that makes this a true variety show. 

This year’s revelry includes performances by Anne Harris, Jon Langford, Howard Levy, No Big Deal, Cathy Richardson, Julia Sweeney and Nicholas Tremulis.

A throwback to simpler times, this homespun variety show is both festive romp and salve for the soul, serving as a reminder to all that Christmas is a time to be with the ones you love…and sometimes, even family!

photo credit: Greg Shappell

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