"A Very Merry Madrigal" with Sarah Grant, Greg Foster, Missy Aguilar, Andrew Sickel, Tom Chiola and Molly Kral.

Despite its bleak name, the No Exit Cafe actually feels warm and toasty at Christmas time, a very urban respite from the frozen "L" tracks outside its door. And they happily ply you with food and drink, served by mostly young talent. This newly conceived and intimate show features yuletide folk music, ranging from the 15th century to the 21st, and wassail and figgy pudding are included. You'll also hear the words of the likes of Shakespeare and Dante. Dante? Still, sounds classy.<br><br><i> In previews; runs Saturday through Dec. 22 by Theo Ubique at The No Exit Cafe, 6970 N. Glenwood Ave.; $20-$40 at 800-595-4849 and theoubique.org</i>

( David Heimann / November 21, 2013 )

Despite its bleak name, the No Exit Cafe actually feels warm and toasty at Christmas time, a very urban respite from the frozen "L" tracks outside its door. And they happily ply you with food and drink, served by mostly young talent. This newly conceived and intimate show features yuletide folk music, ranging from the 15th century to the 21st, and wassail and figgy pudding are included. You'll also hear the words of the likes of Shakespeare and Dante. Dante? Still, sounds classy.

In previews; runs Saturday through Dec. 22 by Theo Ubique at The No Exit Cafe, 6970 N. Glenwood Ave.; $20-$40 at 800-595-4849 and theoubique.org

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