Christmas is a time for sharing great food, great company and let`s face it, the occasional bad gift. What happens when a well intentioned gift goes horribly wrong and spins a gathering of friends into Christmas calamity? theatre Q tells such a tale of holiday comedy in, Keep the Yuletide Gay, by Dale Albright, showing at the Dragon Theatre in Palo Alto, 535 Alma Street. Previews begin November 29, 2007, opening Saturday, December 1 and running through December 30 (Thursdays - Saturdays at 8pm and Sundays at 2pm.
Part It`s a Wonderful Life, part Blithe Spirit, Keep the Yuletide Gay tells the story of five friends gathering for their annual Christmas dinner and gift exchange. Holly, the host, welcomes her three best single girlfriends and her (presumably single) gay best friend, Warren: a group collectively known as the Single Belles. Fran, one of the Belles, hires a mystic to tell Holly she has turned Warren straight. What Fran doesn`t know is that the mystic really has the goods and casts a spell that indeed turns Warren hetero. Fran also doesn`t know about Warren`s surprise guest: his new boyfriend Chad. Starting with a badly set dinner table and deteriorating into an incredibly awkward Christmas party complete with an alcoholic witch, some Lindsay Lohan perfume, warts, a bloody Santa, a Lionel Ritchie/Diana Ross duet, burnt dinner, some very unexpected skirt chasing, and, of course, the world`s worst Christmas gift, Keep the Yuletide Gay ultimately reminds us what it means to be a friend.
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WHEN: Previews: November 29 & 30 at 8pm
Opens: Saturday, December 1 at 8pm
Runs through: December 30: Thursday - Saturday at 8pm, Sundays at 2pm
COST: Previews: $10
Opening Night: $25
All other performances: $20-Regular, $15-Senior/ Youth
(Parents take note: the play contains adult language)