Tuesday, December 23, 2014

51.5/52: Judy's Scary Little Christmas at Arts West Theater

No Christmas break would be complete without a trip to our little community theater to see their holiday performance.

Last Sunday, Brian and I attended Judy's Scary Little Christmas at the Arts West Theater in West Seattle, WA.

The musical is an original written by James Webber and David Church and is a holiday "spoof" on television variety shows of the 1950's, satirizing celebrities both public images and private lives.  It's a fictional story which employs a metaphysical plot twist (as with the old TV series Twilight Zone) and a spiritual redemption (similar to Dicken's Christmas Carol).

The plot centers around Judy Garland hosting a live television special on Christmas Eve, with guest stars Bing Crosby, Liberace, Ethel Merman and Joan Crawford.  Judy's guests smile great and entertain when they're "on-camera" but reveal their egos and rivalries during the off camera breaks.

As always, the talent of acting and the set design for the little West Seattle production was wonderful.

Brian, typically doesn't like the negative, campy humor associated with some of these holiday productions, but we both thought that the show was entertaining and funny (it's received great reviews during its December run), despite the second act being a bit "dark".

After the show, we headed over to The Matador for Happy Hour bites and cocktails (and of course with one eye glued to the Seahawks game).

As always, I would encourage everyone to check out local theater, especially around the holidays.