The Snow Queen, or When Christmas Freezes Over! | Piccolo Theatre | Theater & Performance, Holiday Events | Chicago Reader

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When: Fridays-Sundays. Continues through Dec. 21 2013

Piccolo's annual panto, now in its 13th year, is a participatory and family-friendly form of musical comedy. In this adaptation by Jessica Puller, with music and lyrics by Rich Maisel, the troupe brings slapstick and topical humor (Ventra jokes seem to be everywhere these days) to a decidedly scary fairy tale by Hans Christian Andersen—to much success. The supporting roles are the strongest: as the Snow Queen, Vanessa Hughes is Ursula the sea witch combined with Aretha Franklin, welcoming the audience's boos like a true diva. Joshua Allard, the show's choreographer, adds some gender-bending fun as Dame Grandmother, defending young Gerda with a pair of giant tweezers while she embarks on a quest to save her true love, Kai. Be careful or you'll find yourself shouting "Look out behind you!" to Gerda louder than the kid next to you. —Marissa Oberlander

Price: $10-$25


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