Krampus! | Underground Wonder Bar | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader
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click to enlarge Jean E. Burr, Sean Harklerode, Paul Mueller, and Stefanie Johnsen

Jean E. Burr, Sean Harklerode, Paul Mueller, and Stefanie Johnsen

Courtesy Ghostlight Ensemble

When: Mondays, Tuesdays. Continues through Dec. 13 2016
Price: $10, $12 at the door
It’s about time someone put a little demonic possession into the Christmas season. Playwrights Jaclyn Jensen and Mike Wozniak of Ghostlight Ensemble strand the preternaturally midwestern Murray family, spearheaded by manically cheery matriarch Anne, in a secluded backwoods cabin where their Christmas plans are disrupted by a massive blizzard and a legendary evil spirit named Krampus, renowned in German folklore as Saint Nicholas's enforcer and punisher of naughty children. Krampus possesses Anne so tenaciously that two priests attempting exorcism end up as splattered innards all over Mr. Murray's Christmas sweater. The script's ham-fisted shlock fits nicely into the Underground Wonder Bar's sepulchral basement bar, and the gleefully uneven cast make no effort to conceal just how hokey and untenable the entire affair is. It's refreshingly awful. —Justin Hayford



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