Rudolph, the Red-Hosed Reindeer Closing (Theater and Galleries) Recommended The Short List (Theater)

When: Thursdays-Saturdays, 7:30 p.m., Wed., Dec. 23, 7:30 p.m., Sun., Dec. 27, 7:30 p.m. and Wed., Dec. 30, 7:30 p.m. Continues through Jan. 2 2010

Back for its 12th year, David Cerda's raunchy parody of Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer has been kept fresh with topical humor and larger-than-life characters. Alex Grelle plays Rudolph, the misfit reindeer who hides red hose beneath his overalls and prefers voguing to sleigh-pulling. Fearing reproach from a domineering, abusive Santa, Rudolph flees in clip-on earrings and heels. He finds self-confidence at the end of his perilous coming-of-age journey, meeting kooky companions and narrowly escaping the clutches of the Abominable Drag-Beast along the way. Ed Jones is a sloppy success as Santa's battered alcoholic wife, belting "Christmas Makes Me Bitter" while plotting revenge against her husband and his flamboyant, meth-addled elves. --Marissa Oberlander

Price: $10-$15

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