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When: Saturdays. Continues through Dec. 18 2010

This tale of a dysfunctional family's nightmarish Christmas is genuinely unsettling. Dad--a mountainous, grunting, embittered drunk--is onstage the least, but his weary belligerence sets the tone. Mom only stops her pathetic, ineffectual attempts at sugar-coating when she pours her grief out in soliloquy. Having adopted opposing coping strategies, the two teenage kids tear at each other: the boy, his face covered in zits, affects childish enthusiasm, trying to buttress mom's Martha Stewart fantasies; the girl, her face a riot of piercings, does her sullen best to withdraw, but her unplanned pregnancy blocks the way. The raging, intimate dread recalls Eugene O'Neill, Jennifer Estlin is devastating as mom, and the laughter of drunk audience members only makes the play more disturbing. --Dan Weissmann

Price: $10-$15

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