The holiday show at Obscene/Courageous Theatre begins on a traditional note: a family sitting around the tree on Christmas Eve. But that’s where it gets weird. When drunk Uncle Al shows up and the kids beg him to read them a story, Al pulls out H.P. Lovecraft’s Necronomicon and begins to tell them three of the cosmic horror master’s tales.
“It’s kind of a funny burlesque Christmas show, but also a legit stage adaptation of some Lovecraft stories,” says Sarah Crockarell, co-director of the H.P. Lovecraft Holiday Special. “There’s a group of people around this time of year who feel a little bit isolated and would probably have more fun going to a show about monsters from another dimension than something about Santa Claus.”
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The show switches back and forth between funny original scenes from Obscene/Courageous of the family on Christmas Eve and adaptations of Lovecraft classics The Call of Cthulhu, From Beyond and The Dunwich Horror. It opens tonight at 8 p.m. and runs December 15, 20, and 21 at Wesley Chapel, 1290 Folsom Street in Boulder. Tickets, $10 for students and $12 for the general public, are available at the door or at www.brownpapertickets.com.
Thursdays-Saturdays, 8 p.m. Starts: Dec. 14. Continues through Dec. 21, 2012