The Best Christmas Spectacular! Closing (Theater and Galleries) Recommended The Short List (Theater)

When: Sundays. Continues through Dec. 27 2009

Since its debut in 2008, the Best Church of God has remained one of the city's funniest comedy outfits. Known for straight-faced fundamentalist worship services ("We read from the Bible so you don't have to"), the BCOG has also staged mock protests, parodying Westboro Baptist Church's "God Hates Fags" campaign by showing up at Westboro demonstrations with signs like "God Hates Signs, Exodus 20:4." Director Michael Descoteaux, who's also musical director for Second City E.T.C., says this will be the troupe's most ambitious show to date, with brand-new sketches and songs focused on putting the Christ back in Christmas. Instead of wreaths, expect a crown of thorns. And the pagan fir will be replaced with a "giving tree" hung with messages detailing what BCOG players want Jesus to bring them. There'll be an interpretive liturgical dance telling the Nativity story ("13-year-old Mary is raped by God," etc.) and an animated segment depicting kids exploring the holiday traditions of other religions. Audience members can stick around afterward to get their pictures taken sitting on Jesus's lap.

Ryan Hubbard

Price: Suggested $10 donation

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