Christmas Dearest | Mary's Attic Theatre | Theater & Performance, Holiday Events | Chicago Reader
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When: Mondays-Sundays. Continues through Jan. 5 2014
Price: $15-$25
This season Hell in a Handbag artistic director David Cerda risks his scrappy company's financial health by replacing its perennial holiday moneymaker, Rudolph the Red-Hosed Reindeer, and gambling on an untested show. It's likely to pay off. Cerda wrote and stars in this sublimely awful musical about Joan Crawford starring in a sublimely awful musical about the life of Jesus Christ (she's the Blessed Virgin, natch). Forcing her cast to work on December 25, the diva earns visitations from two Christmas spirits—and Bette Davis—who attempt to revive her dormant humanity. Corrupting A Christmas Carol with vulgar, campy hysterics yields almost nonstop delights—and even bits of wisdom. Director AJ Wright's daring, disciplined cast deliver the goods as Cerda's craft approaches Ludlamesque heights. Rudolph who? —Justin Hayford


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