Miracle on 34th Street | Stage 773 | Theater & Performance, Holiday Shows | Chicago Reader
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When: Fridays, Saturdays, 8 p.m. and Saturdays, Sundays, 2:30 p.m. Continues through Jan. 2 2011
Phone: 773-327-5252
Price: $38-$40
Presented by Porchlight Music Theatre for the first time last year, this 80-minute encapsulization of Valentine Davies's holiday parable--about a department store Santa who proves he's the real thing--is getting its second coming. It's a distinct departure from Porchlight's usual fare: ambitious revivals of full-length musicals. The songs are mainly beloved chestnuts and quasi-secular carols, dropped in to set moods and change sets, and the crux of Christopher Pazdernik's unashamedly sentimental staging is the story, not the singing. The evergreen plot, slamming super-rational psychiatrists and the commercialization of Christmas, works just as well here as in the two film versions. But, for all its vindication of imagination, you can equally dream up a world without Santa. --Lawrence Bommer


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