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“Barney the Elf” – Review by Jeffrey Leibham

***RECOMMENDED*** If you have never seen the holiday show “Barney the Elf” before, right now may be just about the perfect time to enjoy this LGBTQ+-focused musical satire. This is the fourth annual production of “Barney the Elf” but the first at its new home, Pride Films and Plays. Written by Bryan Renaud and Emily Schmidt in 2015, the book of their musical still contains the optimism that was present in this country before the presidential election the following year. Thankfully, it still maintains its welcome pro-feminist stance as well. However, the way in which this show really connects on multiple levels is how it addresses issues which are based on the current darker elements that have crept into the public consciousness within the past several months. 3 SPOTLIGHTS

All of the cast and crew of “Barney the Elf” as well as the staff of the Pride Arts Center have imbued this production with so much love and honesty and heart that you are guaranteed a Happy “Holigays!”
“Barney the Elf” runs through January 6, 2019
The Broadway, Pride Arts Center, 4139 North Broadway, Chicago
Wednesdays through Saturdays at 7:30 PM, Saturdays and Sundays at 3:30 PM
Premium reserved seats are $30, general admission seats are $20, student/senior/military $15.
Tickets available by phone at 866-811-4111 or 773-857-0222 or online at
“Barney the Elf” runs approximately 90 minutes with no intermission.

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