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When: Wednesdays-Sundays. Continues through Jan. 3 2015

Lots of theaters want a piece of Christmas. This year the Second City is cutting itself a couple. The fabled improv house has already got holiday shows running at its Old Town complex. Now it’s mounting this yuletide satire at Goodman Theatre—just down the hall from its biggest target, A Christmas Carol. Francis Guinan stars (until 12/26) as a Scrooge for whom visiting spirits are just one annoyance among many. The old pro-fracking bastard is also bedeviled by hecklers, unionized waifs, Logan Square hipsters, the Peanuts gang, George Bailey of It’s a Wonderful Life, and a roster of guest stars (including a disarmingly funny Rhymefest on the night I attended). Under the direction of Matt Hovde, the script and cast sometimes try too hard to be antic. But they’re entertaining more often than not, and the party Tiny Tim throws for his little friends is the most amusing bit of viciousness I've seen in a long time. –Tony Adler

Price: $20-$45

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