They billed it as a "whodunnit" but the only thing the audience had to guess was who had a missing lottery ticket. The premise of the play was about getting your Christmas wish(es) which turned it into a cheesy Hallmark Channel Christmas special (complete with, you guessed it, an angel). The dialogue/script was sophomoric and the "adult" humor sprinkled in just made it even more pathetic. If it weren't for the $24/each we paid for admission we would've left at intermission.
In one of the first scenes, a guy in a Santa suit comes in with a rifle pointed at the audience. We thought that was in poor taste just 7 days after the Newtown shooting. The play continues with 2 out of the 4 actors who did little more than read the lines they were given. A few of the audience members who were chosen as part of the audience participation portion were better than the professionals we paid to see. Thank goodness for them!
From what we could tell, most of the theatregoers were there as part of an office (or club) Christmas party. They squeezed a few of us Christmas party crashers at random tables and we were all packed in like sardines. Thankfully the office party people had been drinking a bit before the show started because the audience was more entertaining than the community theatre rejects that we paid to see.
I am a huge supporter of live theatre, have seen hundreds of plays and musicals of all genres both amateur and professional, and have performed as a singer and dancer for several years. But never have I wanted to walk out of a show before and not see it through to the end. They really need better scripts, better actors and cheaper ticket prices.
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