Today’s Groupon just might save Christmas. That’s because for $16 (36% discount off normal $25 price) you can see any remaining showing of “Hipmas Carol,” a modern/urban reinterpretation of Charles Dickens’s A Christmas Carol. The far hipper Hipmas Carol speaks to today’s youth with beat poetry, spoken word & storytelling. Meanwhile, parents will be inspired by the classic Dickens storyline, which the Chicago Tribune calls “far more faithful to the heart of the original than many overblown and overlong productions.” Check out more rave reviews, or just trust us when we say that it has been voted “Critic’s Choice” year after year by The Chicago Tribune and “Highly Recommended” by The Chicago Reader and “Must See” the past two years by Timeout Chicago.
Getting in on this awesome deal isn’t just about being moved by the clever navigation of the emotional spectrum that the cast of Hipmas Carol traverse. It isn’t just about getting out of the house & taking a trip to the coolest venue associated with the Chicago Center for the Performing Arts, the Green Street Theater (777 N. Green St.) where Hipmas is now showing. It’s not just about experiencing the clever free licks of jazz & avant-garde improv guitarist Ritch Valadez, whose emotive accompaniment to the performance’s narration amplifies the mood and creates the urban soundscape that sets the tone. Catching this awesome performance, back by popular demand for its 9th consecutive season, is about saving your family from ruin. Allow Uncle Groupon explain…
Christmas is a time for family bonding, but with all the stress of the modern materialist holiday season and with the ever-widening generational gap, sometimes that family bonding never quite happens. Why, if it weren’t for the lure of a new mp3 player, there’d be nothing keeping the crazy kids these days from ditching the holiday fun to go re-enact Grand Theft Auto somewhere on the streets, leaving their catatonic parents to bore themselves to sleep in their recliners, getting fed various holiday puddings & nogs via a stationary IV unit while watching CSI marathons.
We’ve gone so far astray in these modern times that we’ve forgotten the time-tested holiday formula for inter-generational bonding. Sit down around my chair everyone, and let me tell you a story. A long long time ago in a decade far far away called the 1970s, the generation gap was worse than it had ever been. The children wanted to replace the war with drugs, and the parents wanted to wage a war on drugs. That’s when elected representatives from each generation got together to sing a song to show that peace and harmony were possible even between young and old. The youth, represented by David Bowie, and the elderly, represented by Bing Crosby, sang in harmony for the first time, and Christmas was very nice that year as parents and their children gathered around their primitive computers to watch this early YouTube video documenting the event…
Today the generational gap has once again widened so severely that modern icons from either side have failed to collaborate. The 50 Cent and Tony Bennett holiday extravaganza was an embarrassing flop, and let’s not even mention the disastrous Eminem & Elton John collaboration.
Our last hope is today’s Groupon. Already, when families watch Hipmas Carol together, magical things happen. We’ve seen kids immediately quitting selling drugs on the street & cutting back on drug related murders. We’ve seen parents wake up to the new century, start loving their kids more, and quit their soul crushing jobs to work at urban youth programs, desperate for the natural high they think they’ll get by helping today’s Tiny Tims.
There are six remaining shows for which you can redeem your Groupon.
Friday 12/12 at 8pm
Saturday 12/13 at 5pm
Saturday 12/13 at 8pm
Friday 12/19 at 8pm
Saturday 12/20 at 5pm
Saturday 12/20 at 8pm