Rudolph the Red-Hosed Reindeer | Mary's Attic Theatre | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader
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click to enlarge Matthew Sergot, Tommy Bullington, Colin Funk, David Cerda, and Michael Hampton

Matthew Sergot, Tommy Bullington, Colin Funk, David Cerda, and Michael Hampton

Rick Aguilar

When: Thursdays-Sundays. Continues through Dec. 30 2017
Price: $25-$50
Hell in a Handbag’s drag-infused holiday extravaganza wouldn’t be celebrating its 20th anniversary if it didn’t change with the times, and after a year of President Trump, writer David Cerda has plenty of fresh material to lampoon. In this year’s Rudolph, Santa (Michael Jack Hampton) is elected president of the North Pole, giving him a new wife, Iwanka (Cerda), and press secretary, Connie Ann Blitzen (Terry McCarthy). Trump gags dominate the first half, but this change also intensifies the theme of intolerance at the core of the production. Rudolph (Graham Thomas Heacock) and Herbie (Kristopher Bottrall) are queer heroes on a journey to self-acceptance, and their obstacles have only gotten bigger this year. Heacock and Bottrall give delightfully cartoonish performances, and while the show feels long at two hours, it provides a steady supply of catty Christmas cheer. —Oliver Sava

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