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Challah Days: A Review of Hershel and the Hanukkah Goblins at Strawdog Theatre Company | Newcity Stage
RECOMMENDED "A great miracle happened there" is the theme of Hanukkah, the Jewish festival of lights. The holiday celebrates a ragtag band of Judean guerrillas' unlikely victory over a powerful Greek-Syrian army in the second century B.C., as well as the miracle of a smidgen of kosher oil burning for eight nights in the rededicated Temple's menorah. The nightly lighting of candles also points to the seasonal wonder of the post-solstice lengthening of daylight. In the Chicago theater scene, with its onslaught of Christmas-themed plays and spectacles, the great miracle is that Hanukkah gets any mention. So let's give a warm hand to Strawdog Theatre Company for premiering the musical adaptation of "Hershel and the Hanukkah Goblins," based on the children's book by Eric Kimmel, adapted by Michael Dailey and with music and lyrics by Jacob Combs. The not-quite-hour-long song-dance-and joke-filled show, ably directed by Jacqueline Stone, provides much-needed holiday fare for families of the