Remember that year when Whoville showed the true meaning of Christmas? When the Grinch’s heart grew three sizes and learned Christmas was so much more than material things? You probably also remember the small little Who-girl mistaking the Grinch for Santa Claus then. Maybe you’ve asked yourself, whatever happened to Miss Cindy Lou Who? Did she end up happily ever after like you’d expect? Here in Who’s Holiday, we see what happened after that fateful Christmas Day.
Not Your Run of the Mill Dr. Suess at Theater Wit
Walking into the theatre space, we’re greeted with bright, festive lights, Christmas decor, and holiday music. However, as we take our seats we realize that the music isn’t the original songs. Hearing Frosty the Perver coming over the speakers sets the tone. We won’t be hearing the G-rated “fah-who foris, dah-who doris” chorus anytime soon.
A large trailer stands before us as the setting for this production. The shape is reminiscent of other Suessicial architecture. Garland is draped over every surface on the inside. A silver Christmas tree stands in the back and a bag full of candy canes off to the side. Suddenly, the door in the back bursts open, and in a flurry of snowflakes and swearing, we meet our main character, 40-year old Cindy Lou Who.
Foul-Mouthed Cindy Lou Who
The years have not been kind to Cindy Lou, played by Veronica Garza. However, she seems cheerful as she prepares her home for a party later that evening. It feels like we’re sitting in a friend’s living room as she chats with us and makes herself a drink. She throws h’ors d’oeuvres in the oven, and tells the story of her life after the events on that Christmas Day.
Speaking entirely in rhyme, Garza takes us through the twists and turns of Cindy’s life without dropping the energy or the pace for the entire 65-minute show. There’s audience interaction, a rap number, and plenty of crass jokes.
However, after each no-show to her party from a different Seuss character, we feel a little more heartbroken as Garza tries to keep her spirits up. And as we hear more and more about how her life has gotten her here to this trailer, we’re reminded how cruel life can be to a person. But not to fear, our spirits lift by the end as someone unexpectedly knocks at the door and we have a heartwarming, feel-good moment you’d hope for in any holiday show.
For those who find that jokes about boobs and pot aren’t really their style, or are looking for a traditional holiday show, Who’s Holiday might not be the best option. However, if you’re looking for an outside the box kind of holiday comedy, Who’s Holiday would be a good fit for you.
Through December 26, 2021
Friday, December 3 at 7 p.m.;
Saturday, December 4 at 7 p.m. and 9 p.m.;
Sunday, December 5 at 3 p.m.;
Thursday, December 9 at 7 p.m.;
Friday, December 10 at 7 p.m. and 9 p.m.;
Sunday, December 12 at 3 p.m. and 7 p.m.;
Wednesday, December 15 at 7 p.m.;
Thursday, December 16 at 7 p.m.;
Friday, December 17 at 7 p.m. and 9 p.m.;
Saturday, December 18 at 3 p.m. and 9 p.m.;
Sunday, December 19 at 7 p.m.;
Tuesday, December 21 at 7 p.m.;
Wednesday, December 22 at 7 p.m., Thursday, December 23 at 7 p.m. and 9 p.m.;
and Sunday, December 26 at 7 p.m. and 9 p.m.
1229 W. Belmont Ave.
About the Author: Alexis Bugajski
Alexis is a theater reviewer, travel bug, media specialist, and burger & beer enthusiast. During the day she works in the advertising business as a senior communications designer. When night falls, or when she can escape to New York, she’s hitting the theaters to see as many shows as she can. And whenever she’s not at her desk or in the audience, she’s out seeking the best burger and beer offerings in Chicago.
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