Spotlight: Metropolis, McAninch serve up seasonal chuckles

  • The cast of Second City's "The Good, The Bad & The Ugly Sweater" performs Saturday at the McAninch Arts Center.

    The cast of Second City's "The Good, The Bad & The Ugly Sweater" performs Saturday at the McAninch Arts Center. Courtesy of Tim Schmidt

 
 
Updated 12/9/2019 10:18 PM

Holiday sendup

The Second City skewers all things holiday-related -- from too much family time to over-imbibing at the office party -- in its revue "The Good, The Bad & The Ugly Sweater."

                                                                                                                                                                                                                       
 

5 and 8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7, at the McAninch Arts Center, College of DuPage, 425 Fawell Blvd., Glen Ellyn. $32-$46. (630) 942-4000 or atthemac.org.

'Working'

Theo Ubique Cabaret Theatre presents the updated version of "Working," the musical based on Stud Terkel's book about Chicagoans' feelings about their jobs. The revised version, whose score includes numbers by Lin-Manuel Miranda ("Hamilton"), features characters working jobs that didn't exist when the musical premiered in 1978.

Previews at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Dec. 6-7, and 7 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 8, and through Dec. 15 at 721 Howard St., Chicago. The show opens Dec. 16. $35-$57. (773) 347-1109 or theo-u.com.

Caitlin Jackson plays Bette Midler in Hell in a Handbag's revival of the hit holiday show "Bette: Christmas at the Continental Baths."
Caitlin Jackson plays Bette Midler in Hell in a Handbag's revival of the hit holiday show "Bette: Christmas at the Continental Baths." - Courtesy of Rick Aguilar Studios
Bette live

Hell in a Handbag veteran Caitlin Jackson reprises her role as Bette Midler, also known as the Divine Miss M, in a revival of the tribute show "Bette: Christmas at the Continental Baths." Tommy Ross tickles the ivories in this re-creation of Midler's early-career performances at New York City's Continental Baths.

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The preview is at 8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 6, at Mary's Attic, 5400 N. Clark St., Chicago. The adults-only show opens at 9:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7. $18-$30. (800) 838-3006 or handbagproductions.org.

Larry Reeb headlines the Metropolis Performing Arts Centre on Tuesday, Dec. 10.
Larry Reeb headlines the Metropolis Performing Arts Centre on Tuesday, Dec. 10. -
Holiday humbug

Comedian Larry Reeb, known in stand-up circles as "Uncle Lar," brings his "Holiday Humbug Comedy Show" to the Metropolis Performing Arts Centre as part of its holiday series.

7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 10, at 111 W. Campbell St., Arlington Heights. $30, $35. (847) 577-2121 or metropolisarts.com.

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