This year's holiday play at Denver's Dangerous Theatre has everything you could ever want to see: rednecks, guns, cussing, sex, violence, intrigue -- and an angel in his underwear. Kentucky Claus & the Rebel Elves, which opens tonight, is an hour and 45 minutes of backwoods insanity, starting with six brothers whose Christmas isn't turning out to be so bright and cheery: Their truck won't start, there's a blizzard, and the eggnog is snowed in the shed. With no way to pick up their girlfriends -- and their Christmas supper -- they take to the woods in search of something to shoot for dinner, and end up popping a cap in jolly old St. Nick.
With a slutty Mrs. Claus and an ass-kicking elf thrown into the mix, this production is a welcome change from the traditionally saccharine holiday play.
"I guarantee this will be the only holiday play offered in Denver with a gun rack in the set, and please note that no live animals are harmed in this production," says director Winnie Wenglewick.
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The play stars Alex Wu, Ben Hauth, Ryan Danielson, Uri Talmor, Colin Swan, Norrell Moore, Brittany Lacour and John Warman and Devin Jamroz as "Boon."
Kentucky Claus & the Rebel Elves will be presented at 7 p.m. every Friday and Saturday evening until December 30 (there are no performances on December 24 and 25), with Sunday matinees at 3 p.m. (matinees are limited cabaret-style seating and include an appetizer buffet). Tickets are $20 ($5 discount for students, military with ID, seniors over 62 and Colorado Theater Guild Members).