The Annoyance Christmas Pageant | Annoyance Theatre | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader

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When: Fridays. Continues through Dec. 19 2014

Though I watched it countless times as a kid, A Charlie Brown Christmas is actually pretty lame— the more you indulge its cast of dopey characters spouting stale holiday humor, the more you wish you were watching Breaking Bad/Monday Night Football/anything else. It's not exactly the ideal show to adapt for the stage, and the Annoyance barely tweaks the original material here, instead choosing to leave us steeped deep in sap (even the ten-year-olds in the audience seemed disinterested). Far better was the second half—a tribute to Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer, the glorious Rankin-Bass version from 1964, with elf Hermey, the wannabe dentist, and Burl Ives as Sam the Snowman. Highlights here include Lee Russell as the flailing Charlie-in-the-Box and Jimmy Pennington's angry-reindeer routine, a manic rant that's fun for the whole family. —Chloe Riley

Price: $18

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