Seven Santas

An alcoholic Santa proves that Rudolph isn't the only sad and lonely Christmas character with a red nose this year. Jeff Goode's new Christmas play, Seven Santas, is the first production at Spill the Wine's new upstairs performance space. It's the twisted tale of Santa, the fattest and supposedly jolliest elf of them all, who after a drunken altercation is sentenced to rehab. When he arrives at AA, he makes the unsavory discovery that Mrs. Claus, his estranged wife—perhaps the second-fattest and second-jolliest elf—is leading the group. What follows is a thorough look at Santa: the character, the elf, and the husband. How did he go from a beloved holiday icon and maybe the most-used pitchman of all time to a sad sack separated from his wife, drunkenly starting fights when he should be bringing joy to the world's children? Goode's dark comedy is the follow-up to his 1994 Christmas hit, The Eight: Reindeer Monologues, in which one of Santa's flying deer accuses him of sexual harassment. Spill the Wine's menu will be available during the adults-only performance.
Fridays, Saturdays, 9:30 p.m.; Wednesdays-Sundays, 7 p.m. Starts: Nov. 30. Continues through Dec. 22, 2007

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