Rudolph the Red-Nosed ReinDOORS
This spoof of the Burl Ives-narrated, animated holiday classic is in clown troupe Troubadour Theater Company's solid, witty, raunchy and scatological hands. As Sam the Snowman (Paul C. Vogt) pointed out to a child before the show began, "You're gonna grow up real fast tonight." The Troubies now have a long tradition of finding almost no reason to match some classic movie or stage work with music in the style of some pop or rock band, except for the play on words of the resulting title. Here, it's The Doors, and so the plot gets twisted into knots around its own testicles in order to justify "Light My Fire." In truth, the musical style of The Doors is so disconnected from the story of Rudolph, one can only watch in amazement as the troupe attempts to cram the square peg into the round hole. Yes, there are splinters. Some improvised lines land, some don't. The point, under Matt Walker's yeoman direction, lies in the effort, even when the totality doesn't quite equal the sum of its parts. The band is terrific; Sharon McGunigle's lurid costumes set the ditzy tone; and in addition to Steven Booth's endearing Rudolph, there are some terrific cameos: Mike Suprezo's Yukon Cornelius, Beth Kennedy's Blitzen, Walker's Donner and Rick Batella's Santa Claus, among many others. Falcon Theatre, 4252 W. Riverside Drive, Burbank; Wed.-Sat, 8 p.m.; Sun., 4 p.m. (added perfs Dec. 22, 4 p.m.; Dec. 30 & Jan. 6, 7 p.m.); through Jan. 13. (818) 955-8101, falcontheatre.com.
Wednesdays-Saturdays, 8 p.m.; Sundays, 4 p.m. Starts: Dec. 7. Continues through Jan. 13, 2012
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