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Theater Spotlight, Critics' Picks
2016-12-28

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Pride Films and Plays teams up with members of the Chicago Cabaret Professionals to see out 2016 and look toward 2017 with the revue 525,600 Minutes: A Cabaret. Denis McGowan hosts the show with Beckie Menzie at the piano. Confirmed artists for the evening include Joan Curto, Tom Michael, Hilary Feldman and more. Also on the bill is Jordan Phelps, a star of Pride Films and Plays' forthcoming production of Priscilla: Queen of the Desert. 525,600 Minutes: A Cabaret plays 7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 30, at The Broadway at the Pride Arts Center, N. Broadway. General admission tickets are $25 and VIP tickets are $35 ( includes a reception with prosecco and sweets ); call 800-737-0984 or visit PrideFilmsAndPlays.com .

Beckie Menzie is the accompanist for 525,600 Minutes: A Cabaret at the Pride Arts Center. Photo by Michael Calas

Critics' Picks

Crazy for You, Drury Lane Theatre, Oakbrook Terrace, through Jan. 8. The late, great Gershwin brothers' showtunes are once again put to expert and escapist use for anyone still suffering post-election blues in this solid revival. SCM

Pygmalion, Remy Bumppo Theatre Company at Greenhouse Theater Center, through Jan. 8. The musical might have been a romance, but Shaw's source play was a comment on class warfare and the price of upward mobility—still a relevant topic, even a century later. MSB

The Nutcracker, Joffrey Ballet at Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University, through Dec. 30. Time is running out to catch Christopher Wheeldon's new Chicago-centric take on the classic Tchaikovsky Christmas ballet in its triumphant world-premiere run. SCM

Uncle Philip's Coat, Solo Celebration at Greenhouse Theater Center, through Dec. 31. The season isn't all holly and ivy—Matty Selman's tale of immigrant survival will warm your heart like the ancient garment protecting his eccentric mentor through a century of chaos and confusion. MSB

—By Abarbanel, Barnidge and Morgan


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