El Stories: Holiday Train | Greenhouse Theater Center | Theater & Performance, Holiday Events | Chicago Reader
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When: Saturdays. Continues through Jan. 11 2014
Price: $15
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When you're standing on a freezing el platform, running late and cursing the CTA, the unexpected arrival of the brightly decorated, Santa-toting holiday train is usually a decent pick-me-up, if only by virtue of its sheer weirdness. And so is Waltzing Mechanics' latest collection of real-life straphanger tales adapted to the stage. The holiday installment is a quirky gem, covering everything from the saccharine pleasures of the holiday train itself to perversions requiring a winter overcoat. The appeal is less the hilarity of the anecdotes—though many are genuinely funny—than their authenticity. The storytellers' voices shine through, even when they're confused or hesitant. Under director Zack Florent, the cast are nimble and versatile. If the CTA ran as efficiently, commuters would have little to gripe about. —Keith Griffith

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