RTP’s ‘Christmas on the Rocks’ is the real start to the Holiday season
Forget retail stores setting out holiday decorations the day after Halloween or radio stations playing round-the-clock carols before we’ve finished our candy-filled trick-or-trick baskets.
The real sign each year that the festive season has begun is the opening of Richmond Triangle Players’ holiday show.
This year, husband and wife team David Clark and Kimberly Jones Clark take us on a boozy, lighthearted romp through the seedier side of the holidays as they portray the grown-up version of our favorite television and movie kids in Christmas on the Rocks, directed by Dexter Ramey.
The Clarks are joined by Jay O. Millman portraying Mac, the owner of a bar as he receives a parade of unexpected visitors on Christmas Eve.
Ever wonder what happened to Ralphie whose mom warns he’ll shoot his eye out when he asks for a BB gun for Christmas?
Did Hermey the elf become a dentist?
The Clarks parody a handful of our favorite Christmas characters and draw laughs with standout comedic timing. Jones Clark’s physical comedy is particularly delightful.
Millman’s Mac offers the show’s moral-of-the-story moments with his insights and advice to his formerly famous patrons.
I didn’t particularly care for the script. Some of the “lessons” are a bit heavy-handed, and a couple of the segments last just a bit too long.
However, the cast makes the most of this collection of “twisted holiday tales” and it really is fun to find out how they turned out. And the set design by David Allan Ballas and Michael Maddix is beautiful.
Want to know what happened to that blockhead, Charlie Brown? You’ll have to reserve your tickets to find out.
Christmas on the Rocks continues through December 19 and offers an enjoyable alternative to fighting the madness at the malls.
Pick up tickets here.
Julie Harthill Clayton is an out and proud bisexual with a passion for reading, writing . . . and NOT arithmetic. Her work has appeared in the Christian Science Monitor, the Internet Review of Books, Curve Magazine, Lambda Literary and more. She is working on her first novel - Two Tickets to Freedom - a semi-autobiographical queer coming-of-age tale. A paralegal by day, Julie spends her free time knitting, writing, and reading anything she can get her hands on. She lives in Richmond with her partner, local artist David Turner, and their mischievous and loving hunting dog, Max.
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