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Manger Danger

Through 1/10: Sat 9:30 PM

Things are funny for many reasons—timing, topical awareness, sheer ridiculousness. All those solid foundations for good comedy apparently have been eschewed by this pH Comedy Christmas show in favor of obnoxious, whiny sketch comedy that at times goes out of its way to offend without even seeming to know why. The show's premise—that nondenominational holiday celebrations have been watered down to the point of being unrecognizable—should be rife with good opportunities for comedic commentary, but the cast instead offers lame scenarios like a conifer contemplating death and a Nick Nolte Christmas special (though Jason Geis's PC recitation of "A Visit From Saint Nicholas"—aka "'Twas the Night Before Christmas"—is enjoyable). Otherwise, things quickly degenerate into the lewd and racist, not exactly a winning recipe for nondenominational holiday cheer. —Chloe Riley $15, $10 students

pH Comedy Theater (map)
1515 W. Berwyn Ave.
Andersonville Manger Danger


Too Much Light Makes the Baby Go Blind

Open run: Fri-Sat 11:30 PM, Sun 7 PM,
phone 773-275-5255

The Neo-Futurists perform 30 plays in 60 minutes in this "futurist evening in the grand Italian tradition." The fare changes weekly in this long-running production; between two and 12 new scripts are performed each week depending on the roll of a die. This is funny, wise, nakedly honest, sometimes unsettling, and invariably entertaining theater. —Jennifer Vanasco $9 plus the roll of a die ($10-$15)
Neo-Futurarium (map)
5153 N. Ashland Ave.
phone 773-275-5255
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