A Beer Carol | Haymarket Pub & Brewery | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader

A Beer Carol The Short List (Theater) Closing (Theater and Galleries)

When: Mondays, Saturdays, Sundays. Continues through Dec. 28 2014

Writing about the 2013 edition of this annual show, Reader critic Tony Adler said: "You've got to hand it to Steve Mosqueda and Sean Benjamin. They've stayed true to their vision even at the risk of their livers. Their Drinking & Writing Theater is all about the creativity that flows from inebriation, and their shows are paeans to the alcoholic beverage. Especially beer. Even hallowed yuletide traditions get bent (as it were) to their intentions. First staged in 2011, A Beer Carol recasts Charles Dickens's A Christmas Carol as the inspirational tale of Bud Miller, ruthless CEO of the Milweiser Beer Company, whose piss-purveying ways are changed by visits from the spirits of beer's key ingredients: water, grain, hops, and yeast. There are some odd and funny passages, especially when it comes to Carolyn Benjamin's performance as a very peculiar Tiny Tim. But the show is more amusing than uproarious overall—a pleasantly goofy way to pass an hour while nursing a beer."

Price: $20

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