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Tiff & Mom and the Meaning of the Magi Gift Mix-Up

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Tiff & Mom and the Meaning of the Magi Gift Mix-Up, Corn Productions. The camp duo of dumpy daughter Tiff and slutty Mom from Berwyn are back, this time with a twisted twist on O. Henry's The Gift of the Magi. Each is shamed by the insinuation that the other has bought her an incredible gift; they're eager to outdo themselves even though both are deeply in debt--Mom to a member of the mob. Mom sells her gold tit clamps to get gem-encrusted scrunchies for Tiff; Tiff sells her hair to get a tit-clamp chain for Mom. As raunchy and ridiculously funny as always, Robert Bouwman as Tiff and Todd Schaner as Mom bicker, preen, pun, and sing their way through the story, which ends with everyone getting what she wants and the audience clapping along.

Playing as a "curtain warmer" before Tiff & Mom is Kitty Claus Takes a Pause, a tepid, overlong piece about an affair between Mrs. Claus (Kelvin Davis) and a bisexual elf (Brendan O'Rourke) while Santa (Danielle Y. Thompson) is away. At the climax (so to speak), the audience chooses which member of the love triangle will die. I wished only for a quick death, however, so we could get to Tiff and Mom.

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