“Santasia, A Holiday Comedy,” now playing at the esteemed Whitefire Theatre, is a musical song and dance compilation that is hilarious, captivating and gaudy in one. This journey through the tawdry side of Xmas is brilliantly captured by the all male ensemble (Lon Gowan; Brandon Loeser; Shaun Loeser; Darren Mangler; Tony Nunes; and Jim O’Brien. The show started 17 years ago at the Secret Rose Theatre and has evolved over the years to a substantial theatre space, consistently playing to sold out crowds.
Next, the cast will fly to Manhattan, to St Luke’s Theatre, where their creative SNL caliber sketches are sure to be appreciated. Directed and accentuated by the Loeser brothers, this motley group of men, and an equally qualified backstage team coalesce to make this production a comedy gem. Singing and dancing abundant, gags galore, pratfalls a plenty ; the cast presents bizarre yet sentimental Christmas memories both past and present. A series of animated shorts projected onscreen above stage enhance the overall live stage activity; of particular note, a spoof on “penguins can’t fly.”
Broadway musicals, including The Lion King, The Full Monty, A Chorus Line, Cats, Chicago, and Hamilton, as well as classic films like Play it Again Sam, and Home Alone, are all brilliantly parodied. I loved this show in all its glory-/ uplifting, side splitting, and well worth seeing.
Whitefire Theatre 13500 Ventura Blvd