It starts before the official curtain with a series of often hilarious video clips projected on a screen center stage; then Santa arrives and the show begins.
It is a steady stream of skits punctuated with personal stories from each cast member about something very memorable in their Christmas experience. Each skit varies from massively hilarious to, “…did I really just see that?” One of the very best elements of the show is one skit that masterfully mimics the Broadway mega hit Hamilton. That alone was worth the price of admission.
Another very well done skit that was extremely enjoyable to me, but I think it could be offensive to some very sensitive Christians. It mimics The Jerry Springer Show and the key guest is Mary, yes THAT Mary and she is clearly very pregnant. Having established here pregnancy and her still intact virginity Jerry next brings on to the show Joe a/k/a Joseph. It takes a funny look at the whole virgin birth issue which some Christians would I am sure find offensive. But outside of that box it is very funny and really not in any way an attack on anyone’s religious faith.
All in all it is farcical satire delivering a lot to laugh at. It is rapidly becoming an annual cult classic with a 16 year history in Los Angeles and a Critics’ Pick in each of those 16 years; and it is very unique.
It was written by Brandon Loeser, Shawn Loeser and Lon Gowan all of whom also perform in the show.
“Santasia” runs now through December 25th at the Whitefire Theatre, 13500 Ventura Boulevard, Sherman Oaks, CA 91423. Show times are Thursday, Fridays and Saturday at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 3 p.m. and 8 p.m. It runs approximately 90 minutes without intermission and is inappropriate for young children. Ticket prices are $27 when purchased online in advance or $40 at the door, so do plan ahead. Reservations and tickets are available online or by calling 818-990-2324.
Photos by Michael Duisenberg
Top photo: (L – R) Lon Gowan, Richard Lee Warren,
Brandon Loeser, Rusty Locke, Andrew J. Hillis and Shaun Loeser
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