Holiday-themed entertainment offerings have a tendency to lean toward the childish. That sense of wonder and excitement from A Charlie Brown Christmas and Frosty the Snowman is grand and all, but let's be honest here: Eggnog is a boozy drink, both Lynyrd Skynyrd and Insane Clown Posse have done Christmas albums, and Jenny McCarthy (star of Santa Baby and Santa Baby 2) is an ex-Playmate. The holidays can clearly handle adult themes.
One place to find them this year will be during Daisy's Madhouse production of Jeff Goode's The Eight: Reindeer Monologues, which director Jennifer Dunn says was picked because "it was the perfect opportunity to have an anti-Christmas play to balance all the sugary sweetness of the holiday shows."
In the play, potentially reputation-ruining charges of sexual harassment have been leveled against a certain jolly fat man, and the police must get to the bottom of things by interviewing his reindeer. But like a cheap sweater, someone pulls too hard on a single thread and the whole sordid tale starts to unravel. Sex, drugs, the truth behind Rudolph's rise to fame. Can Christmas be saved?
"Be warned: These reindeer are nothing like the cute creatures in the Disney movies and no amount of parental guidance could shield children from the scandalous debauchery described by Jeff Goode's wickedly funny vision of high times at the North Pole," wrote the New Zealand Herald.
It's easy to believe. Another of Goode's plays, Poona the Fuckdog, got Portland, Ore. theater owner Gary Cole kicked out of the Republican Party for producing it.