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Twist Your Dickens The Short List (Theater) Image Closing (Theater and Galleries)

When: Tuesdays-Sundays. Continues through Dec. 27 2015

There are the reverent Christmas shows and the subversive ones. Goodman Theatre has had reverent covered since 1977, with its heirloom version of A Christmas Carol. Last year it expanded into subversion, presenting the Second City's Twist Your Dickens—a profane, Bizarro World rendering of the Scrooge story, written by Colbert Report veterans Peter Gwinn and Bobby Mort. The first iteration had its nasty pleasures, including a holiday party hosted by Tiny Tim for his wee pals with rickets, dropsy, and advanced malnutrition. The second? Same pleasures, not quite so fresh. Inasmuch as almost nothing has changed, the show doesn't reward annual viewings. Even the spectacle of Francis Guinan's Scrooge attempting hip-hop moves bears only so much repetition. If you saw it last time, you've seen it. —Tony Adler

Price: $10-$61

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