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Stage Notes for Dec. 19

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EIGHT: THE REINDEER MONOLOGUES Review

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Terry Gosdin as Comet, David Levy as Donner, Leah Strasser as Vixen, AJ Ford as Hollywood, Eric Day as Dasher, Mike Fielder as Cupid, Linnea Bond as Blitzen & Lisa D. Dirkes as Dancer. Photo by Mikki Schaffner.

Terry Gosdin as Comet, David Levy as Donner, Leah Strasser as Vixen, AJ Ford as Hollywood, Eric Day as Dasher, Mike Fielder as Cupid, Linnea Bond as Blitzen & Lisa D. Dirkes as Dancer. Photo by Mikki Schaffner.

EIGHT: THE REINDEER MONOLOGUES presented by Falcon Theater through Dec. 13. Click here for more information on the production. I attended the opening night performance.

Already had your fill of holiday “cheer?” Are you going to [ginger] snap if you hear one more song about that fat man and his sled of toys? Are you looking for something or someone to deck, besides the halls? If so, Falcon has the “holiday” show for you…

Lisa D. Dirkes as Dancer. Photo by Mikki Schaffner.

Lisa D. Dirkes as Dancer. Photo by Mikki Schaffner.

Scandal is rocking the North Pole with Christmas hanging in the balance. Santa’s elite, eight reindeer are divided into two camps, and each has a chance to tell their story.

The set, designed by Mark Williams, is a great concept and visually well-done. It also gives director Tara Williams multiple options for play areas, of which, she fully takes advantage with her blocking.

Mike Fielder as Cupid. Photo by Mikki Schaffner.

Mike Fielder as Cupid. Photo by Mikki Schaffner.

All eight performers are strong and offer solid interpretations of their individual characters. The quality of the writing, of the individual monologues, does vary. My personal favorites are those of Cupid (Mike Fielder), Blitzen (Linnea Bond), Dancer (Lisa D. Dirkes) and Donner (David Levy). For laughs, Dirkes’ not-to-bright Dancer and Fielder’s “festive,” but not so festively-dressed, Cupid top the list.

FT_Eight VixenOf the eight, AJ Ford as Hollywood seemed the least comfortable with his material. I also thought that there was a bit more comedy available in Dasher’s rant, (played by Eric Day) if you bear in mind the number of head traumas Dasher has received over the years.

Terry Gosdin as Comet. Photo by Mikki Schaffner.

Terry Gosdin as Comet. Photo by Mikki Schaffner.

THE EIGHT: REINDEER MONOLOGUES is a fun and laugh out loud alternative to the normal holiday offerings. But definitely not for the young or easily offended. Opening night did sell out, so I recommend advance purchase of tickets.

My rating: 4.0 out of 5

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STRIKING 12 Runs Dec. 18-27

Aiden Sims.

Aiden Sims. Photo by Mikki Schaffner.

STRIKING 12
Presented by Falcon Theater
Dec. 18-27
Newport

Directed by Ted Weil
Music directed by Missy Whitis

Cast: Evan Blanton, Zac Huffman, Aiden Sims, Aubrey Wilson, Sean Mize & Ashley Boehm

As the year comes to a close and a disenchanted young man decides to skip a New Year’s Eve party and instead picks up a copy of Hans Christian Anderson’s The Little Match Girl, he is transported to a place where the smallest things can be miraculous.

  • Thu-Sat, Dec. 18-20 at 8pm
  • Fri-Sat, Dec. 26-27 at 8pm

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EIGHT: THE REINDEER MONOLOGUES Runs Dec. 5-13

Terry Gosdin as Comet, Leah Strasser as Vixen, David Levy as Donner, Mike Fielder as Cupid & Linnea Bond as Blitzen.

Terry Gosdin as Comet, Leah Strasser as Vixen, David Levy as Donner, Mike Fielder as Cupid & Linnea Bond as Blitzen.

EIGHT: THE REINDEER MONOLOGUES
Presented by Falcon Theater
Dec. 5-13
Newport

Directed by Tara Williams

Cast: Eric Day as Dasher, Mike Fielder as Cupid, AJ Ford as Hollywood, Linnea Bond as Blitzen, Terry Gosdin as Comet, Lisa Dirkes as Dancer, David Levy as Donner & Leah Strasser as Vixen

Tired of the standard family-friendly Christmas fare? Want a little less jingle and a little more coal in your stocking? Have we got the show for you: eight reindeer dishing about the real Santa. You’ve heard about the rumors about him and what he does in the toy shop. You’ve seen Vixen on late night talk shows, and heard about Rudolph’s big secret. Yes, the reindeer finally speak up and believe us: they do not hold back! Eight: The Reindeer Monologues is an adult romp up to the North Pole (and down Santa’s… well, you get the idea). Contains mature language and subject matter. 

  • Fri-Sat, Dec. 5-6 at 8pm
  • Thu-Sat, Dec. 11-13 at 8pm

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Falcon Seeks Baritone/Tenor for STRIKING 12

FT_logoFalcon Theatre is looking for an actor to fill a role in our upcoming production of STRIKING 12

The role is a male age 25-40. Vocal range: Baritone/Tenor.

Performance dates are December 18, 19, 20, 26 & 27 (all evening shows). Rehearsal schedule is to be determined but is flexible to some point.

There is a paid stipend for this position.

For more information on the production, see Falcon’s website at http://www.falcontheater.net

If interested, contact the director, Ted Weil at tweil@falcontheater.net

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