Phiggy Pudding Closing (Theater and Galleries) Recommended The Short List (Theater)

When: Saturdays. Continues through Jan. 2 2016

This improvised hour of holiday storybook fun relies on the little ones in attendance to decide pivotal plot points. The cast begins by presenting holiday storybooks as potential jumping-off points for the set to follow, then audience members vote on their favorite story. The Snow Rocket (previously published as Romeo and Lou Blast Off) kicked things off on the day I attended, and cast member Jake Farrington read the story’s introduction before passing things off to the cast for improvisation. Austin Campion and Brett Mannes delivered all-ages-appropriate comedy as the titular pair, weaving a wild tale of a kidnapped Santa, warring gnomes and fairies, and immobilizing snow pants. Young audience members were eager to be put to imaginary work onstage shoveling snow and baking cookies, eventually helping defeat evil Robot Santa (played with great physical comedy by Bill Letz). —Marissa Oberlander

Price: $12, $8 students

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