El Stories: Holiday Train

When: Fridays, Saturdays. Continues through Jan. 14 2012

Waltzing Mechanics return with their third collection of transit-inspired stories, centering this time on the CTA's annual Christmas-lit holiday train. Riding along are the usual drunks and wackos, delighted tourists, horrified children, and jaded regulars, from one of which comes a shockingly earnest use of the phrase, "Fuck you, Santa." As in the earlier outings, adapter/director Thomas Murray relies a little too heavily on the nut jobs. But this fare is both lighthearted and touching, and it's nice to spend an hour with the Mechanics's comedically adept cast. The final piece, about a mall Santa's trip to work, is enough to melt the heart of even the most disgruntled traveler. —Dan Jakes

Price: $15

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