Reviews for 'An Almost British Christmas'

Encore Michigan
“British Christmas” is a holiday hoot at Theatre Nova

"And it’s fun. Based on the 1964 TV version of “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer,” Theatre Nova’s re-telling involves three actors playing many parts and it’s worth the price of admission just to catch Wayne David Parker’s portrayal of Mrs. Santa Claus with a southern accent (she’s from the South Pole).​ All three actors seem to be having a fine time, which disguises the amount of work they’re doing, and their visible enjoyment is contagious. The show is eminently suitable for children about 5 and older, while for adults there are jokes and double-entendres that will sail right over the kiddies’ heads. If your child asks you what’s so funny about Santa Claus coming only once a year, don’t say I didn’t warn you. Enjoyable for all ages are R. MacKenzie Lewis’ original songs, the best of which is the catchy “Christmas Polka.” Santa, you see, is North Polish."

 

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MLive

Theatre Nova's 'An Almost British Christmas' offers goofy fun for families

"Theatre Nova's new, original production, a panto titled "An Almost British Christmas," is stuffed to the max -- much like the bursting bosom of Mrs. Claus, as played by Wayne David Parker -- with music, slapstick comedy, audience participation, groan-inducing puns, pop culture and political references, silliness and holiday cheer.

It's silly, strange, sweet and fun; and, if you've got a kid aged 5 or older, you'll likely hear her/him laugh a lot -- which is pretty much all a parent ever wants or needs for Christmas."

 

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It's All Theatre
British Humour Tackles Rudolph

"The show is campy, physical, and for the adults, peppered with some double entendres which, incidentally, might provide an explanation for why the straight-laced Rudolph’s nose turns red. Parker contributes his usual brand of take-no-prisoners comedy, engaging in a quantity of pratfalls that would make a lesser man refuse to get up. And what’s British comedy without a man in drag? Parker is up to the task, decked out in a vibrant red gown and a headpiece that would be the envy of Carmen Miranda."

 

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This activity is supported by the
Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs
and the National Endowment for the Arts.

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