The most interesting and unexpected of the plays is "A Christmas Miracle," in which two military men in uniform at a mess hall Christmas Eve party (Sawyer and Newcomb) hide their love and lust in full sight. Like Naughty and Nice itself, it melds the perversely funny with the poignant. As a whole, Dark Water's alternative December fare is uneven, but studded with moments of both hilarity and quiet power. The two gay lovers of "Miracle" find a small salvation delivered by a very unlikely figure; it's a good reminder to look beyond the familiar, occasionally, for our holiday cheer.
Megan Grumbling can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
CHRISTMAS: NAUGHTY AND NICE | Written by Daniel Curzon | Directed by Jeff Wax and Caleb Wilson | Produced by Dark Water Theatre Company | at the Old Port Playhouse | December 22 @ 7 pm | $15 | 207.773.0333
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