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Critics' Picks
2018-12-10

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Buttcracker: A Nutcracker Burlesque, ( Sub )version Productions at Reggie's Music Joint, through Dec. 26. Fan-dancing snowflakes, a glass-eating "Calavera Catrina" and a Tim Curry-ish Drosselmeyer highlight this just-for-adults gender-fluid body-positive spoof of the classic ballet. MSB

The Revolutionists, Strawdog Theatre, through Dec. 29. Lauren Gunderson deconstructs the French Revolution with feminist fury, artful analyses and enough insider comedy for a dozen time-travel epics. MSB

Gypsy, Porchlight Music Theatre, through Dec. 29. E. Faye Butler is ferocious yet tender in this exceptional production of a legendary musical. Butler was born to play Mama Rose. JA

The Q Brothers Christmas Carol, Chicago Shakespeare Theater, through Dec. 30. Even in Year Six, this 90-minute rap/hip-hop version of the holiday classic still is a cheeky, edgy, mile-a-minute delight. You'll smile and tap your toes. JA

—By Abarbanel, Barnidge and Sullivan


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