A Dr. Jeuss Christmas - I Hope You Don't Miss This

Mulberry-Pew (right) introducing Sammy (left) to the Airzooka

Wedged in a rather obscure area of Los Angeles, The Sacred Fools Theater has gone over and beyond the duty of compensating for local.  With revolutionary plays and some of the best talent in the business, they certainly are worth their while.

A Dr. Jeuss Christmas was written by the mysterious nom-de-plume named Dr. Jeuss (pronounced 'juice').  An obvious parody of Dr. Seuss, Dr. Jeuss mixed the innocent pleasure of Seuss' rhyme scheme, with more adult dialogue.  Whether belting out an emphatic rhyme to 'fit' or referring crassly and comically to heavy petting, the actors continued to exude the feel of Cat in the Hat gone bad.  And it was oh, so good!

Sammy (left) and Tammy (right) with the bizarre creature, The Whizzit

There were several scene stealers, most notably Russ Jones as The Whizzit.  If a large green monstrosity isn't enough to elicit a laugh or two, audiences will be tickled by his Scottish accent and demeanor.  One can scarcely hold back a chuckle when an 'arse' appears in dialogue.

The brother and sister, Tammy and Sammy, played by Christiane Cannon and Ryan Schwartzman, respectively, were also delightful to watch.  Without a bit of awkwardness and with perfect precision, they played, hugged, flew about the stage, bumped into objects and in general acted like siblings. 

Jason Frazier played the darker side of the play, Simon Thaddeus Mulberry-Pew, the rich snob with a dark heart.  With a foul mouth and fouler intentions, he encompassed all that villains must.

There were plenty of other excellent cast members, such as Samuel Rhymes in drag as Mom, Mikal Hanna as the lovable Mumpus, Christopher Carrington as the lewd Santa Claus-like Mr. Christmas, and of course, C.M. Gonzalez, playing a giant robot.

Intimacy between enemies

This piece, brought together by the directing styling of John Mitchell, benefited from well versed dialogue, perfectly timed comedy and talented actors, willing to be roughed up for the sake of art.

A Dr. Jeuss Christmas is playing at The Sacred Fools Theater, located at 660 N. Heliotrope Dr. (off the 101 Freeway at Melrose) in Los Angeles from December 8th until the 30th.  Tickets are $20 and can be purchased by calling (310) 281-8337 or going online at www.SacredFools.org.

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