Like an overinflated balloon, the holidays strain at the seams with cultural expectationthe good cheer, the idyllic family life, the perfect gift for that special someone. Its a pretty picture few actual lives can match, and for most, it all adds up to little more than disappointment and deflated hopes.
So come, then, all ye disenfranchised, and behold: A Very Dark Holiday Playwright Festivus, a handful of short plays exposing the sad, seedy underbelly of the most wonderful time of the year. Charged with producing one-act stories tackling the dark side of the holidays, six Colorado playwrights produced six plays, like Mark Sbanis Bored to Death, a monologue piece in which a girl alone in a hotel room contemplates suicide on New Years Eve, or Frank A. Oteris Intimate Information, in which three mall Santas get drunk in a bar and talk shop. Hows that for depressing?
All six pieces are showcased at each performance; the show begins its run tonight at the Vintage Theatre, 2119 East 17th Avenue, at 7:30 p.m., and continues nightly, except December 24 and 25, through New Year's Eve. For the full schedule, tickets or more information, call 303-839-1361 or visit www.vintagetheatreproductions.com.
Dec. 21-23, 7:30 p.m.; Sun., Dec. 26, 2:30 & 7:30 p.m.; Dec. 27-31, 7:30 p.m., 2010