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  HoliDaze at Athenaeum Theatre


Athenaeum Theatre
2936 N. Southport Chicago

Due to popular demand, Step Up's popular holiday round up returns for its third year! This series of original one-acts showcases the crazy, zany, dysfunctional chaos of the holiday season. Ten talented playwrights and directors put relationships, family and friends in the holiday pressure cooker for an unforgettable evening!

Presented by Step Up Productions

Thru - Dec 20, 2015

Show Type: Performance Art

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  HoliDaze Reviews
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Chicago Reader - Somewhat Recommended

"...Despite the repetition, there's no real clunker in the group. Each piece goes out on a heartwarming note, and that's fine-'tis the season for it, after all. But the best offerings acknowledge an ache underneath the goodwill. Especially strong are the two family dramas, Mia McCullough's Temperance vs. Tolerance and Steven Simoncic's Later in the Strange, both of which involve wounded adult siblings and a widowed parent coming to an uneasy and probably temporary holiday truce."
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Zac Thompson

Windy City Times - Recommended

"...The theme uniting these six plays is the dissipation of sorrow, discord and uncertainty—evils capable of attack at all levels of our society—by a communal effort of will. This principle is illustrated at the very beginning of the evening by Mia McCullough's hard-drinking clan whose festivities consist of its relations disparaging one another's personal lifestyles until the recovering-alcoholic-Buddhist-vegetarian offers to eat turkey on this special day—compromise shaming her kin into declaring a temporary truce. Later, Steven Simoncic's bereaved family is comforted by letters and gifts pre-ordered by the now-deceased matriarch for Christmas delivery."

Mary Shen Barnidge

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