Theatre Review: Every Christmas Story Ever Told

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(Sacramento, CA)
Monday, December 4, 2006

This three-man show opens with an understandable premise – after many years, people get to the point they’ve had enough of Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol.” The guy speaking in this scene plays Jacob Marley’s ghost.

(play excerpt)

And so the three comedians set out to summarize all the Chistmas plays and TV specials you’ve ever seen, and do it all in 90 minutes. They start by spoofing Elves who make toys, then move on to The Grinch, “The Gift of the Magi,” and many more. Just to be fair, they take a jab at Hannukah, and then the satire turns to a certain holiday treat…

(“Fruitcake a go go”)

It’s all very snappy – this is the kind of campy comedy in which jokes are strung together like firecrackers, men play women by wearing hideous wigs and pitching their voices high, and volunteers from the audience are periodically dragged onstage to assist with the mayhem. “Every Christmas Story Ever Told” is frothy fun, and it tickles the funnybone of almost everyone who sees it, self included.