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December 8, 2008

Dirty, different and funny; "Reindeer" delivers

Posted by Jon Busdeker December 08, 2008 11:03 AM

"Ice Tornadoes," Dasher yelled.

That's where the laughs started for me.

In the opening scene of "The Eight: Reindeer Monologues," Dasher tells how he's the one who has guided Santa's sleigh for years until Rudolph stole his thunder. Dasher's the one who has gone up against ice tornados.


"The Eight: Reindeer Monologues," the latest offering from Renaissance Theatre, is ridiculous, outlandishly different and a laugh riot. At one point, I was trying to hold in my loud laughter so I wouldn't disturb the show. ("The Eight: Reindeer Monologues" is for adult audiences.)

"The Eight: Reindeer Monologues," written by Jeff Goode, opens with a public relations woman introducing a group of reindeer waiting to replace Vixen. You see, Vixen has accused Santa Claus of rape and she's going public.

But is it the truth? During the show, you meet eight reindeer who each have a different opinion of the Big Guy.

These aren't the reindeer from the cartoons. They drink. They smoke. They curse. They're not a politically correct bunch. And they each have strong personalities.

The show's not meant for kids.

As the story unfolds about Santa, you begin to make up your own mind about the accusations.

Blitzen, by far, makes the best case for Santa's guilt. (She was my favorite)

Blitzen, is a hard-core feminist who's convinced Santa is a dirt bag. Just sit back and laugh when she comes on stage.

"The Eight: Reindeer Monologues," is a must-see this holiday season if you're sick of mushy Christmas stories like "It's a Wonderful Life" and "A Christmas Carol."