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Miracle on 34th Street Closing (Theater and Galleries) The Short List (Theater)

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

The logic behind Miracle on 34th Street is pretty screwy when you think about it: Slumming as a department-store Santa, the real, allegedly antimaterialist Kris Kringle teaches New Yorkers the true meaning of Christmas by directing them to the best bargains on toys, then reinforces the lesson by handing a nine-year-old girl her dream house. But that's the screwed-up logic behind Christmas in America, anyway, so don't let it spoil the pleasures of this 100-minute show based on the 1947 movie. As actors performing Miracle for a Truman-era radio audience, Jack Bourgeois's large cast create a playful ensemble atmosphere. The commercial breaks are high points, with Jenna Steege offering strange, delightful characterizations of, first, a Lux detergent pitchwoman and then Betty Grable's drama coach. —Tony Adler

Price: $10-$20

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