'Twas the Night Before Christmas | Broadway Playhouse | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader
click to enlarge Santa with Kirra Silver, Alejandro Tey, and Nora Lise Ulrey

Santa with Kirra Silver, Alejandro Tey, and Nora Lise Ulrey

Courtesy Emerald City Theatre

'Twas the Night Before Christmas 

When: Through 12/31: Wed 10 AM (no shows 11/29 and 12/13), Fri 10 AM (no shows 11/17 and 12/1), Sat-Sun 10 AM; also Tue 12/9 and 12/26, 10 AM
Price: $16-$45
Truth be told, caffeinated and focused at 10 AM as I was, I'm not sure I followed all the twists and turns in this 45-minute North Pole adventure from Emerald City Theatre, which features Jewish elves, mischievous mice, and villainous, rapier-wielding capitalist knights, with a couple of hip-hop numbers for good measure. But the youngest kids in attendance didn't seem to mind the abstruse plotting; rather, they were captivated by the cartoonish, friendly-faced, very watchable group of heroes (Kirra Silver, Alejandro Tey, Nora Lise Ulrey) bumbling their way through Santa's workshop. Glimmers of holiday magic shine through the farce, directed by Jacqueline Stone, but parents should take note that the material skews toward the low end of the recommended age range of three to 13. —Dan Jakes
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