The David Bowie Hepzikat Funky Velvet Flarney Solstice Spectacular, Live . . . From Space! (David Bowie's Christmas Special 1977 Network Edit) | National Pastime Theater | Holiday Shows | Chicago Reader

The David Bowie Hepzikat Funky Velvet Flarney Solstice Spectacular, Live . . . From Space! (David Bowie's Christmas Special 1977 Network Edit) Closing (Theater and Galleries) The Short List (Theater)

When: Fridays, Saturdays. Continues through Dec. 27 2008

Like the network variety specials it enthusiastically skewers and honors, this New Millennium Theatre Company holiday offering is held together by the thinnest of narrative threads, and the pacing can lag. Purists may be confused by the anachronism of figures like Annie Lennox and Buster Poindexter showing up for a 1977 David Bowie Christmas show, but never mind--the cast's energetic celebrity impressions are winning. Rebecca Gallagher offers a spot-on Charo, Kyle Greer is hilariously bitchy as Freddie Mercury, and Michael Sherwin out-buffs the real Iggy Pop. Sam Quinn delivers solid vocals and a flawless look as the androgynous host, while Matt Russell chews the minimal scenery with demonic glee as the putative villain, Bizarro Bowie. --Robert McDonald

Price: $15

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