The Daily Loaf
December 17, 2010

Reindeer Gone Wild: Final Two Nights For Adult-Themed Play By Carrollwood Players

You know these characters but you've never seen them like this.

The reindeer that pull Santa's sleigh are kicking back, cracking jokes, flirting and spilling juicy gossip about their portly employer in Carrollwood Players' "The Eight: Reinder Monologues," a play that finishes its run this weekend at the Carrollwod Playhouse, 4333 Gunn Highway in Plantation Plaza.

In a story that ranges from funny to naughty to serious all in one evening, the reindeer offer candid opinions about their job, their co-workers and serious allegations about the man in charge. The levity is eventually replaced by a darker mood due to the subject matter, but the performance keeps the audience engaged with the variety of characters found at The Stagger Inn, a dive bar near the North Pole.

Secret lives, clashing personalities and conflicted loyalites are on display and the mature themes are best suited for an older audience. As a result, "The Eight: Reindeer Monologues" starts at 11 p.m. each performance evening. It's an entertaining late-night event that puts those famous holiday songs in an entirely different light.

The remaining dates are tonight and tomorrow night (Dec. 17 and 18). Tickets are $16 for adults and $14 for seniors, students and military personnel. For more information, call 813-265-4000 or visit