Friday, November 16, 2012

The Ultimate Christmas Show (Abridged) by the Reduced Shakespeare Company

Twas a cold night in Reston on a warm cozy stage....

The bad boys of abridgment are in fine comedic form with their newest production The Ultimate Christmas Show (abridged).   Framed as the Multicultural Interfaith Holiday Variety Show and Christmas Pageant held annually at St. Everybody's Non-Denominational Universalist Church, this rollicking romp lovingly skewers every holiday tradition you can imagine.

Our three intrepid fellows, Austin Tichenor, Reed Martin and Matt Rippy try desperately to entertain their stranded audience when bad weather prevents the Pageant's other performers from arriving.   Using found props they tackle everything from caroling to English panto.  Ramadan, Hanukkah and Kwanzaa do not escape the parody express, but it is the many, many, many traditional and not so traditional Christmas events that are the target of witty barbs laced with snowflakes and eggnog.  

The audience will be roped in to the merriment.  Do not be surprised to find yourself singing along to a familiar carol, participating in a white elephant gift exchange or screaming out the responses to the first authentically Christmas English pantomime.

The three members of the RSC give their All Lang Syne in their performances.  As a matter of fact Mr. Tichenor and Mr. Reed bare their souls and a few other parts that will sear an image into your mind that you will never forget.

This production is only touring for a brief few weeks this 2012 holiday season.  If the Reduced Shakespeare Company is coming to a theater near you make sure you do not miss this delightful show.

The Ultimate Christmas Show (abridged) is being performed by the Reduced Shakespeare Company on selected dates in November and December 2012.   For tickets and other performance information please visit

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