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Inside Out Art Studio, Heroines, and We Three Lizas

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Julia Borcherts, writer, teacher, editor, and lit series organizer, got her holiday kicks at:

We Three Lizas This gender-bending show from About Face Theatre Company is the holiday musical comedy of my dreams. The script by Scott Bradley—who stars as one of the Lizas—is hilarious but also more sophisticated than you might expect. The music by Alan Schmuckler—who leads the onstage jazz combo—is perfect for the edgy, sexy, fun story line, in which all hell breaks loose when a bitter design-house owner attempts to conjure up a Christmas wish and three versions of Liza Minnelli arrive instead.

A charming cast, splendid choreography, camp-tastic costumes, and top-notch opening cabaret acts to set the mood—can it get any better? Yes, it can. The adjacent lounge offers $5 specialty cocktails including a rum and peach bitters-based Mistletoe Kiss, served with a cinnamon stick.

The show runs through 12/23 at Steppenwolf Theatre Company's Merle Reskin Garage Theatre.

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