Twist Your Dickens | Goodman Theatre | Theater & Performance, Holiday Shows | Chicago Reader
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Joe Dempsey

Liz Lauren

When: Tuesdays-Sundays. Continues through Dec. 30 2016
Price: $25-$53
If you’ve been inside a theater this month, you've noticed that softheaded sentimentality of the sort few could stomach during the rest of the year is not only expected but cheered. Apply an ounce of skepticism to the calculated onslaught of simulated "Christmas spirit" and you're a Grinch. So it's no surprise my blackened heart grew three sizes when Jacob Marley's ghost first appeared in this Goodman/Second City Christmas Carol parody, and all Scrooge could blurt out was "Fuck you!" Granted, the two-hour show goes on far too long, putting not only Dickens but A Charlie Brown Christmas, It’s a Wonderful Life, the Rankin-Bass Rudolph, TV commercials, and Hollywood producers in the crosshairs. But the top-shelf improvisers provide a welcome antidote to all the unavoidable Christmas-y bullshit around town. —Justin Hayford
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