Silent Nightmare: A Christmas Dirge | Annoyance Theatre | Theater & Performance, Holiday Shows | Chicago Reader
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Silent Nightmare: A Christmas Dirge 

When: Saturdays. Continues through Dec. 26 2009
Price: $15
Having closed his North Pole operation on account of economic hardship, sadistic toy manufacturer Santa Claus has relocated to an abandoned GM plant outside Akron, and rebellion simmers among his much-abused elves. Meanwhile, a war hero with post-traumatic stress disorder has come home to find that his wife slept with everyone in town, elves included, while he was away. War and money woes are certainly topical themes this (and every?) holiday season, but the Annoyance Theatre's new comedy neglects those subjects almost as soon as it raises them. Instead, you get a bunch of tasteless but still somehow boring gags about sex, violence, and sexual violence, spread out across two muddled plots that don't even begin to converge. It's sloppy, sour stuff. --Zac Thompson

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