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Uh-Oh, Here Comes Christmas
a Holiday Show
CATEGORY : COMEDY MUSICAL
by Ernest Zulia and David Caldwell

COMPANY : ACT1 [WEBSITE]
VENUE : ACT1 Theater [WEBSITE]
ID# 4821

SHOWING : December 04, 2015 - December 20, 2015

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PRODUCTION DESCRIPTION

Fifteen holiday stories from the international best-selling author of "All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten" have been crafted into an engaging evening of storytelling and song. This charming show takes a funny, heartwarming and often poignant look at the struggle to find the spirit of the holidays amid the avalanche of commercialism, stress and chaos that crashes down every December. The many delightful stories include a small immigrant child who comes trick-or-treating in a cheap Santa mask a few days before Christmas, inadvertently delivering the true meaning of the season to a grown-up with a serious case of “Scroogitis;” hilarious musings about a love/hate relationship with the vibrant poinsettia that arrives in most homes every December and hangs on and on and on, long after the holidays have ended; and a beautiful, deeply moving tribute to the winter solstice, celebrating nature’s precious annual gift of rebirth. "Uh-Oh, Here Comes Christmas" is a refreshing alternative to "A Christmas Carol" and "The Nutcracker."


CAST & CREW LIST
Director Ty Autry
Cast Joe Baxter
Cast Jennie Blevins
Cast Willis Hao
Cast Mary Nimsgern
Cast Benjamin Roper
Cast Chris Voss
Cast Sandy Woodman
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Uh-Oh with a Thud
by playgoer
Sunday, December 20, 2015
3.0
"Uh-Oh, Here Comes Christmas" is based on books by Robert Fulghum and has a slightly dated feel. The show has been devised as a series of anecdotes and stories, with a handful of original songs thrown in. It gives the cast a bunch of monologues to perform, which director Ty Autry has staged with a great deal of fluidity. Other than a sequence of bits involving a poinsettia, there is little continuity or connection among the monologues.

Given the nature of the piece, the success of a production depends almost entirely on the talent of the performers. If a performer doesn’t have a lot of stage presence or has a labored delivery, the show suffers. No one is downright bad in this production, but only Jennie Blevins has the instant audience connection (and singing voice) to carry it off.

Costumes aren’t a highlight of this show, as they often are at ACT1. But the set, designed by Amy Finkel, and the lighting, designed by Murray Mann, more than make up for this. The set consists of six folding chairs and a painted set of flats in the background. The flats show a wintry village scene, with a nice distance perspective and a cheery style. A splendid starlight effect appears near the end of the show, adding a glow to the proceedings. This is a good-looking show.

I don’t much care for "Uh-Oh, Here Comes Christmas" as a play. Its selections provide neither a wide variety nor a cohesive thread to make the production seem more than the sum of its parts. It’s mildly entertaining and gives seven actors a fine opportunity to hone their skills. And there’s nothing wrong with that, but nothing particularly right either. [POST A COMMENT REGARDING THIS REVIEW]


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