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November 20th, 2006

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11:48 pm - A Very Bitchy Christmas
On Friday night I saw A Very Bitchy Christmas at Broom Street Theater with theenigma42 and koriandrkitten. I can't recommend it highly enough, but I can send you to the original press release, if you like.

The plot, in a nutshell: Grandpa is pissed off, surly, Jewish, and recently deceased. Seeing how he died so close to Christmas, it's only fitting that the family should once again follow their annual tradition of gathering at Grandpa's house and telling stories around a bonfire in the back yard -- much to the chagrin of Grandma and her "sympathetic friend" Ty.

I spent about fifteen minutes writing that summary because it's a very difficult show to describe. The basic plot is a very tired, overused contrivance -- the sort of thing you'd expect from something with the word "Christmas" in its title -- but to say that it's a parody of those conventions barely scratches the surface of the play's appeal. A Very Bitchy Christmas is one of the loudest, funniest, weirdest, most manic plays I've seen at Broom Street. Brian Wild (livejournal's very own matchstyx) wrote and directed it, and described it to me on Friday as "Joel Gersmann meets Monty Python." That's a pretty good description. It's really funny, it's really wild, and it's really quite offensive. I wouldn't bring my parents to it, but I'm going to try to drag at least a few friends out to see it since it's a) cheaper than seeing a movie, and b) more fun than anything I've seen in a movie theater in recent memory.

Apparently I'm not the only person who liked it, because they sold 82 tickets on Saturday and had to turn away 30 people at the door (hey Brian, I can take that figure out if you like).

The show runs Friday, and Saturday nights at 8:00 and Sundays at 2:00 through December 17th at Broom Street Theater. Tickets are $8. Do yourself a favor and see some cheap, experimental, good theater, you uncultured boob. And merry friggin' Christmas.
Current Mood: bitchybitchy
Current Music: Handsome Lighthouse -- Cardboard and Tuna

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Date:November 21st, 2006 01:11 pm (UTC)


Thanks for the kind words:)

my brow-wiper is the fact that people are getting it's a satire of conventional Christmas stories - adult, childrens and otherwise. We had a blast putting this one together and were never quite sure if anyone would like it at all...

So maybe you'll be our one fan of the show LOL :)
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Date:November 22nd, 2006 03:25 pm (UTC)

Re: thanks:)

It certainly looks like a fun show to be in... It'll be interesting to see how the rest of the run goes. It's possible that Saturday's high attendence was a fluke, but I'm guessing that somebody must have said something very (and appropriately) positive about the show in their blog.
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Date:November 21st, 2006 02:00 pm (UTC)
Are you busy this Friday? I'll be sitting around the house alone all day and I'd love an excuse to go out. Nick goets done with work sometime between 5 and 7, so he might be able to go, too. Whether he wants to go is another story entirely.
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Date:November 22nd, 2006 03:20 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I'll be around and available on Friday. Mind if I extend the invitation to a few other people? Try to prod Nick into coming -- he'd probably enjoy this play.
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Date:November 22nd, 2006 04:18 pm (UTC)
The more the merrier. I'll do my best to get Nick to come. He holds holidays in much higher esteem than I do (which says nothing) but he doesn't take them too seriously, either.
A Very Bitchy Christmas - Garmonbozia for the soul. — LiveJournal

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