Miracle on 34th Street | Stage 773 | Theater & Performance, Holiday Shows | Chicago Reader
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When: Fridays-Sundays. Continues through Jan. 3 2010
Price: $40
This sweet little play-with-holiday-music pushes all the right buttons. It's pro kid, mildly pro family, pro Christmas without getting explicitly religious about it, pro Christmas shopping, and, of course, very pro Santa Claus. Like the 1947 movie, it asks the pop-theological question, What would happen if the real Santa Claus were to walk among us? (He would perform miracles and be persecuted.) The folks at Porchlight tell the story well, with energy and economy, and only a dash of sentimentality. Jim Sherman's Christlike Santa is more wise than jolly, which is refreshing, and Christa Buck is winning in the Mary Magdalene role--that of the divorced single mother who learns to love Santa. --Jack Helbig


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