It's Christmas, Goddamnit! | Annoyance Theatre | Theater & Performance, Holiday Shows | Chicago Reader

It's Christmas, Goddamnit! The Short List (Theater) Closing (Theater and Galleries)

When: Saturdays. Continues through Dec. 17 2016

It’s Christmas at the Jameses' house, and things couldn’t be worse. Dad and the next-door neighbor are newly, secretly married. Their adult children—all basket cases—are so far none the wiser, but it’s only a matter of time before the secret’s out and everyone’s at each other’s throats. None of it is pretty. Going on four years now, the Annoyance Theatre’s annual holiday fracas is so rude, crude, and over-the-top that even Annoyance fans may be offended. On the positive side, the cast isn’t selling it as anything other than it is; this is straight-up family dysfunction and black (and blue) humor, grisly, obscene, and full of shock value. The downside is that it all wears thin pretty quickly, and the payoff is about as satisfying is about as satisfying as finding a lump of coal in your stocking. —Matt de la Peña

Price: $20, $15 students


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