Cockettes: The Christmas Spectacular Closing (Theater and Galleries) The Short List (Theater)

When: Sundays. Continues through Dec. 20 2009

A Mr. Rogers type in a god-awful-ugly Christmas vest plunks out carols on the piano while intoning bromides like "even the homeless aren't homeless on Christmas because it's Christmas." A horny mouse schleps through The Nutcracker Suite with clumsy dancers in top-heavy costumes. A chirpy woman reads "A Visit From Saint Nicholas" while a bored guy in a Santa hat provides nonsensical sound effects. If a bunch of your coworkers threw this show together and stumbled through it for the office party, it would be a smash. But for the venerable Annoyance Theatre, with its deep well of talent, an hour this thin and slipshod is an embarrassment. --Justin Hayford

Price: $10

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