John McGivern Captures the Heart, Soul & Hilarity of Holidays in Winter Tales

Actor, comedian and master storyteller John McGivern brings his popular one-man show, Winter Tales, for its Door County premiere when he performs at Third Avenue Playhouse on December 11 – 13. Friday and Saturday performances begin at 7:30 pm. There is a Sunday matinee at 2 pm. The production is the third show in TAP’s Holiday Series.

Currently selling out its holiday run in Milwaukee, Winter Tales is at once hilarious and heartwarming. McGivern’s stories about family and friends are told with sincerity, compassion, and humor. One of six children born to an Irish Catholic working class family in Milwaukee, his topics include parents, nuns, school, and being the one who could never throw a ball! His warmth and candor, along with his remarkable talent for storytelling, have won him a legion of devoted fans with newcomers quick to join the ranks.

McGivern’s stage credits are numerous and include a stint at Peninsula Players in Little Shop of Horrors. He is probably best known for his role of Tony Whitcomb in the long running comedy hit, Shear Madness. He has played the role in Chicago, Milwaukee, Washington, D.C., Tampa, St. Paul, and San Francisco. He has also appeared in The Santaland Diaries, The Odd Couple and in the film, the Princess Diaries.

McGivern’s first one-man show, Midwest Side Story, opened to rave reviews at the Baliwick Theater in Chicago and won numerous awards including the 1994 John W. Schmid Award for “Best Writer of a New Work” and the “After Dark Award” for outstanding performance by an actor.

In Winter Tales, McGivern relates his childhood experiences with exuberance and interacts with his audience throughout the show as if he’s hosting a party just for them. As each anecdote brings another relative to life, one cannot help but recognize a crazy aunt, dashing uncle or doting grandmother of one’s own.

There will be a talk-back after each show.

Tickets for John McGivern’s Winter Tales are $15 for adults and $12 for seniors and students. Tickets are on sale at the theater box office, 239 N. Third Avenue, Sturgeon Bay, 920.743.1760. Box office hours are 10 am – 3 pm, Monday through Friday and one hour prior to performances. Tickets are also on sale at the Dancing Bear, 13 N. Third Avenue and on-line at