Barney the Elf | Greenhouse Theater Center | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader
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Carin Silkaitis

When: Thursdays-Sundays. Continues through Jan. 1 2017
Price: $25
I think it’s a safe bet that the Other Theatre Company’s raunchy, adults-only holiday parody revue Barney the Elf got a massive rewrite a couple weeks ago—in fact, I’d venture to pin this down to just after midnight on November 8. Some of the modifications to our traditional take on Kris Kringle and his minions were probably in place to begin with: Santa’s elves are, let’s be real, slave labor in a freezing facility with no vacations or benefits, and a past iteration of the show contained the rough outline of Barney’s expulsion from the polar assembly line for being gay. Nonetheless, as Santa’s thin-skinned brat son takes over for him when he dies, supplanting his clearly much more qualified mother, Mrs. Claus, and instituting a set of new optimizations to the factory to slash regulations left and right, we know that, whatever else this year’s Barney is, it’s gonna be “yuge.” —Max Maller



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