There is no lack of holiday shows at the theater this season. We have a look at some alternative programming currently on stage, from a swinging musical about an ax murderer to the latest play from Pulitzer Prize-winner Tracy Letts. Titled “The Minutes,” it’s a scathing take on small-town politics that premiered recently at Steppenwolf Theatre and heads to Broadway in the new year.
Joining us to review these theatrical alternatives is Chicago Sun-Times theater critic Hedy Weiss.
Read Weiss’ reviews of the shows we discuss:
Dec. 14: The Goodman Theatre marks its 40th year of presenting the holiday classic with some new actors, some new interpretations and new ways to bring in audiences.
Dec. 7: They appear to be marbled, speckled, dipped and dyed, with names like “Red Glitter” and “Jingle Bell Rock.” We visit a poinsettia farm and learn what it takes to cultivate the crop in time for the holidays.
Nov. 16: The new documentary “Making a New American Nutcracker” premieres on WTTW. We speak with the Joffrey Ballet’s artistic director and the film’s producer.