Striking 12 | Heartland Studio Theatre | Theater & Performance, Holiday Shows, New Year's Eve Parties & Events | Chicago Reader

Striking 12 The Short List (Theater) Closing (Theater and Galleries)

When: Thursdays-Sundays. Continues through Jan. 1 2012

Hans Christian Andersen's bummer of a fairy tale, "The Little Match Girl," gets an upbeat reboot in Brendan Milburn, Rachel Sheinkin, and Valerie Vigoda's concert-style musical comedy. Stuck selling mood-boosting lightbulbs door-to-door on New Year's eve, an adorable, mousy young woman catches the eye of an equally hapless bachelor. What happens next is exactly what you'd expect. The boy-meets-girl narrative is as simple as it gets—a bare framework for a cast of fabulous young instrumentalist/singers to fill with asides and humorous tangents. Offered here in its second annual staging by BoHo Theatre Ensemble, Striking 12 is light on story but rich enough in sincerity and energy to make its pop-style songs feel satisfying. —Dan Jakes

Price: $15


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