Saturday, December 10, 2016

holy mo! a christmas show! | responses

The funniest Christmas show of 2016 - a brand-new retelling of the Nativity story. And a musical to boot!

"Lucia Frangione has got to be some kind of genius. ... This Pacific Theatre production is filled with rich, sometimes wondrous, even startling moments." | Jerry Wasserman, Vancouver Plays

"Fed up with Christmas commercialism? Don’t like religious reverence either? Then step right up for Holy Mo! A Christmas Show and watch this ragged band of troubadours turn the Nativity story on its head. ... Magic is what the season—and the theatre—is all about, right?" | Kathleen Oliver, The Georgia Straight

"Holy Mo! A Christmas Show! is timeless. It’s a performance of many loosely woven garlands flowing hither and thither that magically arrive together at precisely the right spot. ... This is a performance you’ll want to see – probably twice! The dialogue is clever; the musical score – catchy and entertaining; and high spirited energy makes it all fun." | Marian Wagner, My Vancity

"Loved the show - Planning to see it again soon!" | Jim M., Audience Response

"In playwright Lucia Frangione’s new play, the birth of Jesus is told through the eyes of a traveling theatre troupe. Its trio – Follie, Buffoona and Guff – tell the nativity story with a grab bag of performance styles, some moments of topicality, and a whole lot of fun. ... King Herod as if played by Matthew McConaughey, a swashbuckling and suitably whiskered Magnificat, and even the appearance of Sam and Dean from the television show Supernatural, are only a small number of the anachronisms inside Frangione’s retelling. Add Laura Branigan’s “Gloria”, a nod to Justin Bieber, plus an entire scene built around the Matrix films, and you get the idea that just about anything is possible. So wildly inventive are these anachronisms, there is an almost giddy anticipation that builds from start to finish." | Mark Robins, Vancouver Presents

"A funny and touching story told by three very talented ladies." | Jennifer V., audience response

"The show’s theatricality ranges from madcap to thought-provoking... Holy Mo! A Christmas Show! is deliciously camp." | John Jane, Review Vancouver

"I found myself fully engaged, laughing from deep inside of me. And then, suddenly, there I was at the end, tears streaming down my face. Thank you for a crazy, joyous, poignant telling of an old story." | Denise U., audience response

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