Annual Deer Run Lane Holiday Party Closing (Theater and Galleries) Recommended The Short List (Theater)

When: Fridays, Saturdays. Continues through Dec. 20 2008

The targets are obvious, but the laughs are earned in Chemically Imbalanced Theater's fourth annual, ensemble-created holiday offering. Spiked punch, *Fargo*-worthy accents, sexual sublimation (the lustworthy Brawny paper towel man gets dissected), and a new resident with multiple emotional issues festoon this neighborhood Christmas party from hell. Farrell Walsh's staging gets sloppy from time to time, but the eight-member ensemble hauls this sleigh full of suburban dysfunction with the vigor of Santa's reindeer. And for all its crudity, the show reminds us that a longing for community is a seasonal hallmark. Audience members can augment their BYOB potables with Christmas cookies handed out by the cast beforehand. --Kerry Reid

Price: $12

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