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When: Thursdays. Continues through Dec. 21 2017

Robert Frosty’s “fight sketch revue” begins with a reading of “’Twas The Night Before Christmas” interrupted by moments where actors beat each other up, and while it’s not especially creative, it highlights how stage combat can invigorate standard holiday material. A showdown between the Grinch and a John McClane-inspired Frosty the Snowman blends exciting choreography with goofy, dark humor. Representatives of different holidays gang up on Santa Claus because Christmas is encroaching on their turf, leading to a free-for-all that cleverly incorporates Thor and his magical hammer. Unfortunately, there’s a lot of material here that doesn’t involve stage combat, including multiple musical numbers that all fall flat. There’s an especially painful number involving “Tiger Hitler” that literally stops the show, and adding a bit about its offensive nature just draws attention to why this sketch should’ve been cut in the first place. —Oliver Sava

Price: $10