1. Somehow, ComedySportz has managed to combine Britney Spears and Christmas for another year running, and not by covering one of her songs in a seasonal manner. They wonder if, in her old age, whether Britney has "changed her ways thanks to a midnight visit from Ghosts of Pop Music...in the form of Madonna, Lady Gaga, and Justin Bieber?" OOPS! I Christmassed Again: A Britney Spears Christmas Carol is tonight at midnight.
2. The Dueling Critics took on Peer Gynt on Eight Forty-Eight this morning, the very selfish, very unlikeable main character of the eponymous play from Polarity Ensemble Theatre. Kelly says she "didn't understand anything that was going on onstage." But Jonathan points out that playwright Ibsen probably meant for it to be read, not performed, so maybe we'll cut this staging a bit of a break. (Doubtful.)
3. Benj Pasek and Justin Paul may have written a Chicago-specific musical (A Christmas Story, The Musical!), but Kris Vire says that's probably just for now. The duo "no doubt will see their work on Broadway soon", Vire wrote in TimeOut, calling out their impressive list of recent accolades, which extends far past Chicago. They were invited to attend the Sundance Institute Playwrights’ Retreat, and have also won a ASCAP Songwriter’s Fellowship Award.
4. Tomorrow night at the Den Theatre we've got a combo of movies and theater, which you just couldn't choose between, you love them both so! Screen Door calls themselves "a group of movie and theater enthusiasts intent on combining the two art forms in spectacular ways", and their first venture is a screening of The Sixth Bullet: An Original Live Movie Event starts at 10. It's "a modern noir story of a woman in trouble walking east down West Randolph street with a gun in her purse and a terrible secret in her heart." We've also got music from Midnight Moxie and a screening of Jack Mayer's short film How To Say I Love You With Video, and then there's more music from The Names That Spell. Don't be overwhelmed, be excited.
5. Robbie Q. Telfer, who is the program director for Young Chicago Authors, as well as the cofounder and cocurator for The Encyclopedia Show, is praising all that live literature, in the Reader's Culture Vultures series.
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