Snow Days and Plane Delays | Holiday Shows | Chicago Reader
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When: Wed., Dec. 22, 7:30 p.m., Thu., Dec. 23, 7:30 p.m., Fri., Dec. 24, 7:30 p.m., Thu., Dec. 30, 7:30 p.m., Fri., Dec. 31, 6 p.m., Sat., Jan. 1, 6 p.m. and Sun., Jan. 2, 2 p.m. 2011
Phone: 773-599-9185
Price: $12-$20
themimecompany.com
Of the 13 vignettes in this seasonally appropriate show from the Mime Company, exactly one offers something like a narrative surprise. All the rest stick with utterly familiar premises and punch lines. A family gathers for holiday photos. A neophyte goes skiing. Mom and dad assemble a bike for junior. A talentless kid wrecks the ballet recital. What saves the evening is the execution. Performing in whiteface, the six company members have solid command of their bodies, a nice sense of ensemble, and strong stage personas. Even when they're overindulging--an escalator effect is uncanny, sure, but done to death--they manage to charm. --Tony Adler

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