Plan-B Theatre Company: Christmas With Misfits | Rose Wagner Center | Theater | Salt Lake City Weekly


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Plan-B Theatre Company: Christmas With Misfits

When: Thu., Dec. 11, 8 p.m., Fri., Dec. 12, 8 p.m., Sat., Dec. 13, 4 & 8 p.m., Sun., Dec. 14, 2 p.m., Thu., Dec. 18, 8 p.m., Fri., Dec. 19, 8 p.m., Sat., Dec. 20, 4 & 8 p.m. and Sun., Dec. 21, 4 & 8 p.m. 2014
Phone: 801-355-ARTS
Price: $20
Plan-B Theatre Company's holiday show, Christmas With Misfits, is ultimately a quite satisfying production, although like Christmas—to say nothing of indie theater itself—getting there is occasionally rocky. The show, written by veteran local playwright Julie Jensen, consists of four short pieces centered around various aspects of Christmas as a holiday and the effect of those aspects on a variety of characters played, in turn, by Kirt Bateman (pictured), Colleen Baum and Jeanette Puhich. The first and strangest concerns a little girl who is accompanied home for her safety by a Macy's store elf, who then attempts in vain to get away once he realizes she thinks he's a real elf. Next is another oddity, about two gay friends who decided to have sex for Christmas—only one is a man and the other a woman. It's a lot less confusing if one disregards the entire notion of gender and orientational binary, which seems to be kind of the point. The third is a broadly—and more conventionally—comic sketch about two women dealing with an overbearing man's insistence on showing off his massive and gaudy display of stolen baby Jesus figurines from crêche displays, which builds to an agreeably crazy finish. But the final piece, wherein two elderly friends in a nursing home celebrate what might be their last Christmas, is a wonderfully layered and paced bit of drama. It's affecting, funny and closes the evening out on a high note—one in perfect harmony with the proverbial Christmas spirit. (Danny Bowes)
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