At The Actors’’ Playhouse on 7th Avenue South in the West Village 24 actors play over 40 different characters in Joe Marshall’s The Gayest Christmas Pageant Ever!, a silly spoof that sends up the traditional holiday spectacular. Directed by Mr. Marshall, as well, the evening’s bold style is decidedly camp with a touch of lunacy served by actors doing their thing with bravado and heart. What more could you ask?
The story follows a gay community playhouse in West LA as they struggle to mount their annual Christmas Show. The results are a potpourri of fun and needless to say nothing runs smoothly with the divas in charge. Everyone has an issue in the fast paced evening; where a mix bagged of ethnic stereotypes strut their stuff. Some of this is very funny, some is very bad, but director Joe Marshall allows the bad actors to look really funny in the spoof within the spoof by letting them be so sincerely awful. The idea works and adds to the generosity of spirit that is overwhelmingly displayed from the entire cast of unique talents.
Go with an open mind and the joy of watching these actors having a ball. The evening is little more than canned ham, an extended sketch, where nothing can be taken seriously but the actors are having the flaming time of their lives nonetheless. So let the celebrations begin.
By: Patrick Christiano
The Gayest Christmas Pageant Ever! Opened at The Actors’ Playhouse, 100 7th Ave South November 29, 2009 and will run through January 3, 2010. Running time is about 2 hours. For tickets visit TicketCentral.com or call 212-279-4200.
Photography After Party: Barry Gordin