The Snow Queen | Piccolo Theatre | Theater & Performance, Holiday Shows | Chicago Reader

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When: Fridays-Sundays. Continues through Dec. 18 2016

Not to be confused with Michael Barrow Smith's frequently staged musical adaption, this 2013 holiday panto takes an even sillier, more playful approach to Hans Christian Andersen's fable about a young girl on a mission to rescue her friend from a wicked sorceress. As with a lot of theater for young audiences, it’s not clear which age group it’s best suited for—older kids at the performance I attended didn’t seem particularly amused by the bumbling pratfalls and shtick, and the younger ones had little reaction to the onslaught of malapropisms, wacky accents, and puns. A handful of original musical moments by Jessica Puller and Arne Parrott create some theatrical whimsy, but it's not until late in the 90 minutes that much gets visually interesting or adventurous. —Dan Jakes

Price: $25

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