El Stories: Holiday Train | Greenhouse Theater Center | Holiday Shows, Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader

El Stories: Holiday Train Closing (Theater and Galleries) The Short List (Theater) Image

When: Fridays, Saturdays. Continues through Jan. 9 2016

Waltzing Mechanics debuted its first installment of this documentary series chronicling strangers' real-life oddities and inspirations on the CTA five years ago. Now 23 editions in, it's become a staple of the late-night theater scene and an enduring outlet for a revolving door of fresh-faced storytellers. This year's holiday edition once again highlights, in a batch of sugary monologues, the unique joy otherwise ornery Chicagoan subway riders experience upon seeing lit-up, bedazzled trains. The quirk-to-sentiment ratio seems a little off and perfunctory this year, however, leaving most bits more simply sweet than profound. —Dan Jakes

Price: $10-$20


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