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  Barney the Elf at The Greenhouse Theater Center

Barney the Elf

The Greenhouse Theater Center
2257 N Lincoln Avenue Chicago

Yando Lopez and Chicago drag queen sensation Dixie Lynn Cartwright star in this musical parody of Elf. After Santa Claus retires, his wicked son begins a not-so-jolly reign as the new head of Christmas. The North Pole begins to crumble under his bigoted rule, and Barney the Elf is forced to leave his home for being different from the others. Soon he embarks on a fabulous journey of self-discovery (or is it elf-discovery?) that lands him in one of Chicago's hottest drag bars. But can he truly leave Christmas behind for a new life in the big city? Barney the Elf brings musical numbers galore and plenty of queer holiday cheer to Chicago's Greenhouse Theatre Center.

Presented by The Other Theatre Company

Thru - Dec 20, 2015

Thursdays: 8:00pm
Fridays: 8:00pm
Saturdays: 8:00pm
Sundays: 3:00pm

Price: $25

Show Type: Musical

Box Office: 773-404-7336

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  Barney the Elf Reviews
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Chicago Tribune - Recommended

"...The "Queen Chorus" drag trio of Jack Bauer, Jacob Gilchrist and Jennings Wynn, along with a sextet of elves back at the North Pole, provide comic asides and occasionally belabored musical interludes (though "It's Snowing Men" proved to be a crowd-pleaser). The central dynamic between Lopez's wide-eyed and, well, elfin, innocence and Cartwright's bruised-but-buoyant drag chanteuse provides surprising emotional payoffs."
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Kerry Reid

Chicago Reader - Somewhat Recommended

"...Bryan Renaud's alternately childlike and crude romp gets the most important element right: the unaccountable love affair between Barney, an incessantly cheery elf banished from the gay-unfriendly North Pole, and Zooey, a vain, cynical Chicago drag queen. As the unlikely couple Yando Lopez and Dixie Lynn Cartwright are ridiculous, open-hearted, trashy, and touching, finding enduring emotional truth amid the foolishness. If Renaud and company can bring the rest of the show up to their level, they may have a genuine holiday classic on their hands."
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Justin Hayford

Chicago Theatre Review - Somewhat Recommended

"...While this play with music may not appeal to everyone, those looking for something light, colorful and gay, with a holiday message of Peace on Earth and Good Will to Men, will enjoy this show. Yando Lopez and Dixie Lynn Cartwright are the strongest reasons for seeing this production and, while this is no Elf on the Shelf, the pixie-like, golden-toned Mr. Lopez is likely to tickle everyone's fancy."
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Colin Douglas

The Fourth Walsh - Highly Recommended

"...I really enjoyed BARNEY THE ELF. Itís crass and classy at the same time. This one goes on the naughty and nice list in both categories. And sidenote to Hell in a Handbag: watch out, these Lincoln Park drag queens are fierce. I see a holiday smackdown between CHRISTMAS DEAREST and BARNEY THE ELF."
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Katy Walsh

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