Do the holidays make you want to deck somebody instead of the halls? Join the club. Back when I produced Christmas Shows at the Byrd Theatre in Richmond ( the mid- 1980’s) I was lovingly called, Mary Christmas. I adored Christmas and wanted to help all of my friends a family decorate trees, I shopped until I dropped, stunningly wrapped gifts for everyone I knew and sang my heart out at Christmas Eve service. Now that I am old and bitter people are more likely to call me Scrooge. I am more apt to hide in my fairly undecorated home than be seen in public and wince at the waste of cut trees, wrapping paper and over commercialism.
That is why my new favorite holiday tradition is to go to Staunton to see two adult only, rather unorthodox Christmas Plays:
David Sedaris’ The Santaland Diaries – made famous by the annual broadcast on This American Life, related by Sedaris himself
The Twelve Dates of Christmas, an original play by ASC actress, Ginna Hoben about a year of dating hell following a bad break-up (she saw her fiancé kissing another woman on national television during the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade).
Both of these plays are so funny they will smack the Holiday Ho Ho Humbug right out of you.
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See you at the theatre!
Mary “G- for -Grinch” Burruss