In case the Christmastime setting doesn't prove enduring enough, attempts are made to be hip and current, with Santa using TiVo and Buddy's extra-long elf tights having to be special-ordered from Amazon. Now and then a gag is tossed in for the grown-ups, such as Santa's sleigh being powered by the spirit of Christmas (eventual crisis anyone?) instead of flying reindeer because of "that nasty letter from PETA."

But don't worry. Everything works out fine in the end. Walter's job as a children's book publisher is on the line unless he comes up with the idea for a socko best seller by Christmas Eve, hardly a challenge considering the preceding. And as for that crisis Santa has about the lack of Christmas spirit, well, same deal.

For those of us who enjoy the spirit of the season, we could use more Elfs.

< prev  1  |  2  | 
  Topics: Theater , Bob Martin, Providence Performing Arts Center, Providence Performing Arts Center,  More more >
| More


Most Popular
ARTICLES BY BILL RODRIGUEZ
Share this entry with Delicious
  •   MEN AT WORK  |  April 16, 2014
    The Pulitzer Prize Board, which likes to honor theatrical gems of Americana, may have been remiss in not nominating David Rabe’s 1984 ' Hurlyburly .'
  •   SEARCHING FOR CLUES  |  April 09, 2014
    A "girl detective" makes her  world premiere.
  •   ROSE-COLORED MEMORIES  |  April 09, 2014
    Incessant media accounts of horrific events can prompt compassion fatigue.
  •   MENTAL SHRAPNEL  |  April 02, 2014
    Brave or foolhardy? The Wilbury Theatre Group is presenting Sarah Kane’s controversial Blasted , a 1995 play that at the time was decried as juvenile, taken to the woodshed by critics, and flayed to shreds.
  •   A ROWDY ROMP  |  March 26, 2014
    In his time, Georges Feydeau was to theater what McDonald’s is to cuisine — cheap, easy to consume, and wildly popular.

 See all articles by: BILL RODRIGUEZ