The Santa Stories: The Nice One | Improv/Sketch, Holiday Shows | Chicago Reader

The Santa Stories: The Nice One Member Picks

When: Sundays. Continues through Dec. 19 2010

This child-friendly musical comedy from pH Productions offers unique answers to age-old questions, exposing Santa's origins as an elfin science experiment and Mrs. Claus's early years as an environmental activist. It also supplies easy-to-follow fun, featuring a "story grandfather" who sets the scene with Seuss-esque flair. The show then follows baby Santa to manhood--a passage marked by his battle with Claws, the cowardly polar bear who quickly becomes Santa's best friend. After villains with foreign accents imprison Claws in a coal mine, Santa and his elf parents go on a dangerous mission to save him. I found it all pretty cute, but since there were no kids present on the night I attended, I can't say how well it speaks to the younger set. --Marissa Oberlander

Price: $5-$12

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