A Christmas Wish | Blue Theatre | Theater & Performance, Holiday Events | Chicago Reader
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When: Fridays-Sundays. Continues through Dec. 22 2013
Strangest premise for a holiday show ever: on Christmas Eve, all the stuffed animals in Tom's Taxidermy Shop come to life to sing and reflect on their pasts. It turns out each mounted critter has a sad story to tell—even the newest addition, Dasher the reindeer, who rues a lost love. The oddest thing, though, is that Andrew Park (who wrote the book) and Scott C. Lamps (who, with Park, wrote the songs) tell this gooey story about animated corpses without a hint of irony. Santa even makes an appearance! Directed by Park, the production is packed with terrific singing, dancing, and puppetry. But I kept thinking what a darkly funny holiday show a Tim Burton or a Billy Bermingham could have made from this material. —Jack Helbig



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