The Best of Days | Voice of the City | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader
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When: Fridays, Saturdays. Continues through Dec. 16 2017
Price: $45
Writer and director Christopher Ellis invents a contemporary pagan-centric Christmas celebration. Juniper and Lark, enigmatic storytellers living in a remote cabin, relate three intricate folktales that illuminate the poignant, obscure origins of many Christmas traditions (broom-riding La Befana, for example, flies through the night searching for the Christ child and bringing gifts to children until vainglorious Saint Nicholas muscles in on her turf). All the while the audience, seated at communal tables, feast on wine, wassail, Christmas pie, and sugar cookies. Performers DeZhané Rouse and Zoë Sapienza bring refreshing irreverence to their serious task. With more streamlined material, the stories could be as satisfying as the food. —Justin Hayford



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