My Wonderful Birthday Suit! | Chicago Children's Theatre, the Station | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader
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Chuck Osgood

When: Saturdays, Sundays. Continues through Feb. 18 2018
Price: $35
Chicago Children's Theatre kicks off its first full season at The Station, the company's new West Loop home, with this hour-long musical about acceptance, and the new digs—cozier and more welcoming than its old Ruth Page Center for the Arts proscenium—feel like a warm hug. That sensation carries over to the Pritzker Family Studio Theatre's interior with whimsical, otherworldly scenic design by Will Bishop (who also does costumes) and lighting by Michael Joseph, who together create a playhouse complete with a glowing, sentient tree. Though the production isn't particularly memorable for its tunes or voices, director-playwright Gloria Bond Clunie's kid-friendly parable refreshingly dispels the "I don't see race" myth and encourages young children to embrace skin color, not merely "tolerate" it. —Dan Jakes



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