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When: Thursdays-Sundays. Continues through Jan. 11 2015

Richard Cotovsky is already part of the Hellcab legend. As his program bio notes, he played the lead role—i.e., driver of the infernal taxi—more than 200 times in the original Famous Door Theatre production, which opened in 1992 and ran for nearly a decade. Now Profiles Theatre has taken over the franchise, presenting Hellcab as an annual holiday show, and Cotovsky's back for the 2014 edition. Of course, he's older now—a grizzled 60. Age adds a layer of pathos to the performance as Cotovsky's cabbie tools around Chicago on a frigid Christmas Eve, picking up Christians, tourists, more than one lawyer, the scum of the earth and their victims, as well as an angel or two. Cotovsky was trying too hard on opening night: he could've got twice the mileage out of half the grimaces. There's something sobering, though, in his character's flawed maturity—now bemused, now frail, never quite wise, yet distinctly alive when he goes all air-guitar to "Whole Lotta Love." —Tony Adler

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