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Death/Sex the cure for holiday overload
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Death/Sex the cure for holiday overload

by Miryam Gordon - SGN A&E Writer

Death/Sex
Balagan Theatre
Through December 19


Is it doldrums time? Too much sugary holiday fare? Does Balagan Theatre have the fix for you! They presented this smorgasbord of six devilishly fun one-acts last year, and had such a good time that they're doing it again.

These are all original short plays, mostly by local writers. First up is I Saw Mommy by Eric Ankrim. You can fill in the second part of the phrase, "kissing Santa Claus." Susan Graf plays a very sexed-up 8, 9 and 10-year-old with a very strange mother (Terri Weagant), and a Santa (Sam Hagen) who's going through divorce.

Then there's the enigmatic Pillow by Frederick Stroppel. Amelia Meckler is a sexually conservative Wilma to Betty Campbell's hot-to-trot older lady Janice. Wilma could stand to loosen up, but maybe not all the way to Janice's lifestyle.

Consumption, Consummation by Nik Perleros and Davey Young gives us marvelously costumed praying mantises, as Sam Hagen and Heather Gautschi prepare to have sex for the first - and maybe last - time.

The Debutante by M.J. Sieber is a spy spoof, with a young woman (Nicole Fierstein) infiltrating the upper-crust set and mimicking their infantile behavior while feeding information to our government - we think. It takes the question, "What would you do for your country?" and turns it on its ear. With support from Ashley Bagwell and Jenn Kennelly.

Noelle by Jose Amador posits intriguingly that we all have a room full of our orgasmic selves somewhere, collecting as we age. Two orgasmic younger selves (Sharon Barto and Hannah Schnabel) come to visit Noelle (Christine White) as she gets revved up to have sex with Dude (Ashley Bagwell). The two younger ones promise her one hell of an evening. The physical prop they came up with for this one deserves a prize all its own.

Leading up the end is an enigmatic piece called From the Heart by Katinka Lincoln. This exchange of Christmas presents between Tim (Nik Perleros) and Sheila (Terri Weagant) gives a new meaning to "giving someone their heart's desire."

It's a bawdy, sexually explicit evening to enjoy for the holidays. If you just haven't been able to pull yourself out of the house to get to any of the regularly scheduled holiday shows, you will probably find at least a few big laughs in this, so go on over, grab a little Christmas cheer at their bar, and have some fun. For more information, go to www.balagantheatre.org or www.brownpapertickets.com or call 800-838-3006.

Comments on reviews go to sgncritic@gmail.com.

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