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  Bette: Xmas At The Continental Baths at Mary's Attic

Bette: Xmas At The Continental Baths

Mary's Attic
5400 N. Clark Street Chicago

With the inimitable Tommy Ross tickling the ivories, Handbag's loving recreation of the beginning of Ms. Midler's stellar career features the fabulous songs she sang for the boys in the bathhouse, including Chattanooga Choo-Choo, Superstar - plus holiday ditties done in Bette's unparalleled style. BETTE: XMAS AT THE CONTINENTAL BATHS is adapted by Artistic Director David Cerda and Catilin Jackson, with direction by Catilin Jackson and Marc Lewallen.

Presented by Hell in a Handbag Productions

Thru - Dec 31, 2019

Show Type: Musical
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Chicago Reader - Somewhat Recommended

"...Such a practiced interpretation of Midler feels out of place amidst uneven, stop-and-start pacing and grating camp. Either a more straightforward tribute concert—with much tighter between-song banter and more layered instrumentals—or a more in-depth character study would be a stronger vehicle for Jackson's lead. Kitschy holiday shtick, juxtaposed against stirring emotional ballads ("I Shall Be Released" is a standout), grows tiresome and ultimately falls flat."
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Marissa Oberlander

Chicago Theatre Review - Recommended

"...This show is a relaxing, festive, fun-filled program of both holiday songs and early Bette Midler classics. Theatergoers will enjoy traveling back in time to the more innocent 1970's, where they'll enjoy hearing some titillating tales and smoothly sung songs. With a gin and tonic or a brewski in hand, this is the perfect way to ease into the Christmas season in Chicago."
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Colin Douglas

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