HoliDaze | Athenaeum Theatre | Holiday Shows, Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader

HoliDaze The Short List (Theater) Image Closing (Theater and Galleries)

When: Thursdays-Sundays. Continues through Dec. 20 2015

The third iteration of Step Up Productions’ annual presentation of yule-themed plays features six original short works by local writers. The evening starts and ends with squabbling families; in between, we get a zany office party and three playlets in a row about twentysomething couples being adorable. Despite the repetition, there’s no real clunker in the group. Each piece goes out on a heartwarming note, and that’s fine—'tis the season for it, after all. But the best offerings acknowledge an ache underneath the goodwill. Especially strong are the two family dramas, Mia McCullough’s Temperance vs. Tolerance and Steven Simoncic’s Later in the Strange, both of which involve wounded adult siblings and a widowed parent coming to an uneasy and probably temporary holiday truce. —Zac Thompson

Price: $26, $19 students and seniors


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