Process | CIC Theater | Holiday Shows, Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader

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

When: Saturdays. Continues through Jan. 2 2016

This CIC Theater troupe shows a good ear for irreverence, and the setup—a new holiday show from rehearsal to closing night—offers a lot of potential for industry in-jokes and seasonal satire. It's a shame, then, that during opening weekend, the format proved more a burden than a launching pad. On the night I attended the innocuous audience suggestion of "Santa Leaves Town" as the title for a new Christmas play somehow ended with the big guy loudly masturbating over two mortified elves. In the parameters of absurd comedy, that would all be well and fine—if the rest weren't so full of gags and metagags with ever-diminishing returns. —Dan Jakes

Price: $10

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