With the advent of the holiday season, it won't be long before local stages are bedecked in decorative lights and evergreen wreaths. Such productions generally fall between two extremes, either espousing the euphoric dream of universal goodwill or spoofing the frustration of living up to an endless array of gift-wrapped obligations. Staking out a uniquely satirical-but-heartfelt middle ground are the comedic pranksters at the Brave New Workshop, whose annual holiday revues have long reveled in seasonal absurdities while simultaneously embracing the quirky comforts of home. Of course, with same-sex marriage at long last legal in Minnesota, many gay and lesbian couples will be establishing traditions of their own this year, as observed by the BNW in their latest holiday show, I Saw Daddy Marry Santa Claus. Through a series of Yuletide sketches, the BNW plans to demonstrate that holiday mania knows no discrimination. But while the BNW has crafted an evening's worth of eggnog-soaked hysterics, the troupe has still found a reverent space for a tradition of their own: the reading of "The 12 Days of Christmas," the much loved ode to familial dysfunction. Unlike more scathing holiday productions, however, the laughter here derives not from mockery, but from a sincere belief in universal goodwill (and the freedom for all to kiss under the mistletoe). In previews through November 14. $14-$36; $18 previews. Check online for showtimes at theatre.bravenewworkshop.com.
Fridays, Saturdays, 8 p.m. Starts: Nov. 15. Continues through Jan. 25, 2013