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Waffle Palace Christmas

a Comedy
CATEGORY : COMEDY
by Larry Larson and Eddie Levi Lee

COMPANY : Horizon Theatre Company [WEBSITE]
VENUE : Horizon Theatre Company [WEBSITE]
ID# 5412

SHOWING : November 16, 2018 - December 30, 2018

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PRODUCTION DESCRIPTION

Heartfelt southern humor scattered, smothered and covered in a spicy holiday sauce. The charming characters from our sell-out "Waffle Palace" are back in this long-awaited sequel; full of fun, laughter and Christmas cheer. Horizon’s exciting new Holiday tradition!

After 19 Seasons, we say goodbye for now to THE SANTALAND DIARIES. While we will all miss this beloved tradition, we cannot wait to welcome you and your family to the Waffle Palace for the holidays this year. Whether you saw the original "Waffle" 20 times or are joining us for the first time ever, we know that this is sure to be an evening you will never forget and the perfect holiday outing for co-workers, family and friends!


CAST & CREW LIST
Director Lisa Adler
Alex/Blair Jennifer Acker
Krampus Rob Cleveland
Tooty/Businesswoman/Policewoman LaLa Cochran
Hugo/Bubba/Businessman/Cajun Jim Allan Edwards
Connie Marguerite Hannah
Esperanza/Mavis Maria Sager
John Barry Stoltze
Deandre/Dave Markell Williams
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Krampus Kristmas
by playgoer
Monday, December 24, 2018
3.5
There’s a big honkin’ set by Moriah and Isabel Curley-Clay, representing a Waffle Palace greasy spoon restaurant, with cook station upstage, outside door up left (with a glimpse of an illuminated sign), and tables and booths scattered around, with some booth bench seating accommodating first-row audience members. A jukebox wall section revolves for short live-action YouTube video segments, and a platform above stage left represents the roof of the building. It’s massive and a bit grimy, as Curley-Clay sets often are.

Mary Parker lights the set nicely, with red and green filters illuminating a platform next to audience left from which the evil Krampus (Rob Cleveland) launches his attacks on the denizens of the Waffle Palace. His goal is to ruin Christmas for them, and to put the restaurant out of business. Since this is a feel-good holiday show, he ultimately fails.

Costume designer Cole Spivia and sound designer Thom Jenkins help bring the action to life. Acting really is what makes multiple casting work in this show, though. Maria Rodriguez-Sager is brilliant in distinguishing aged waitress Mavis from pregnant Nicaraguan Esperanza, and Allan Edwards uses spot-on accents to particularize his four roles. LaLa Cochran, Jennifer Alice Acker, and Markell Williams also play multiple parts, bringing individuality to each. Rob Cleveland is pretty much a force of nature in his convincingly horned role of Krampus, while Barry Stolze and Marguerite Hannah appear bland in comparison as the co-owners of the Waffle Palace.

Songs spark the action, with ditty-like music composed and music directed by Christian Magby. It’s fun and light, which pretty much sums up the entire show. Lisa Adler has created a holiday confection with a bit of bite, a bit of corn, and lots of heart. It’s not deeply reflective or piercingly contemporary, as many Horizon Theatre offerings seem to be, but it’s fun. And don’t we all need a bit of fun at the holidays?
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