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

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

When: Fridays. Continues through Dec. 22 2017

These 100 minutes of Christmas sacrilege should give the Annoyance ample opportunity to display its uniquely charismatic insolence. Christmas Eve brings together the prototypically dysfunctional James family: the level-headed and recently widowed dad, the slacker son and his miserable wife, the nymphomaniac daughter and her condescending husband, the loner daughter, the loathsome uncle. Thrown into the mix are the doting next-door neighbor and her near catatonic son—the only one of six siblings who survived a horrifying bus crash—who may be a vicious murderer. But despite such a volatile mix, director Tiffani Swalley keeps everything on such a low simmer that very little explodes. Rather than outrageousness, we get mild-mannered foolishness, often hampered by such awkward timing that the jokes don’t land. —Justin Hayford

Price: $20, $15 students


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