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  Barney the Elf at The Greenhouse Theater Center

Barney the Elf

The Greenhouse Theater Center
2257 N Lincoln Avenue Chicago

Chicago drag queen sensation Dixie Lynn Cartwright takes the lead in this cheeky musical twist on the modern holiday fave about "embracing your inner 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 tyrannical rule, and Barney the Elf is forced to leave his home. 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 choreographed musical numbers galore and plenty of queer holiday cheer to Chicago's Greenhouse Theater Center.

Thru - Dec 30, 2017

Price: $25

Show Type: Musical

Box Office: 773-404-7336

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Chicago Reader - Highly Recommended

"...The whole ensemble is jolly and deft, but Roy Samra's Barney is incandescent, especially when singing a surprisingly un-ironic "O Holy Night." Dixie Lynn Cartwright's Zooey is endearingly wry. --Tony Adler"
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Tony Adler

Around The Town Chicago - Recommended

"...The Holiday season is here. Time to be “Merry” and “Gay”, and so theater companies such as Other Theatre, whose mission is to tell stories of persons or groups who are “othered” by systems of oppression, has brought back their sensational hit, “Barney the Elf”."
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Alan Bresloff

NewCity Chicago - Not Recommended

"...I understand and appreciate that there should be spaces in which storytellers and artists let loose. But there is a difference between irreverence and thoughtlessness, a distinction between satire and appropriation. Now is the time to re-examine the stories we are telling, with an understanding that those stories contribute to the world we want to live in. Even when creating the silliest little Christmas show, artists have power and it’s up to them to decide how they want to use it. And the team behind this year’s “Barney the Elf” is no exception."
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Emma Couling

Chicagoland Musical Theatre - Highly Recommended

"...Other Theatre’s production of the Elf spoof takes every Christmas cliché and turns it on its head. The combination of uproarious musical numbers, a snappy book, killer comedic timing and a healthy dose of spandex makes Barney the Elf the naughty holiday treat many adults have been waiting for."
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Jane Recker

Chicago On Stage - Recommended

"...Other Theatre has created a truly enjoyable alternative holiday entertainment here. It isn’t for everyone. For one thing, it probably isn’t for conservatives or haters. But most others will find a truly safe space at the Greenhouse as long as Barney the Elf is in charge."
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Karen Topham

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