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Christmas in Hell

From 106 member  reviews
Members say: Funny, Entertaining, Clever, Great singing, Hilarious

About the show

A wild, irreverent, and surprisingly touching musical comedy about the absurd lengths we’ll go to for the ones we love. More…

Looking for a sweet, wholesome holiday musical? Well, this ain’t it! On Christmas Eve, little 8-year-old Davin is mistakenly taken down to Hell. When he returns, not only has he missed Christmas, but he is devilishly changed. To set things right, his father embarks on a bizarre odyssey that eventually leads him down to Hell itself where he makes a wager with Lucifer he can’t possibly win.


Member Reviews (106)

MEMBERS SAY:

Funny, Entertaining, Clever, Great singing, Hilarious

80
Entertaining, Strong singing, Quirky, Uneven tone, Clever

See it if you'd like a musical comedy w a twist. A send-up of tradl holiday fare, CIH still imparts a sweet message. A wild ride from start to finish.

Don't see it if you dislike skewering of religion. CIH's funny, but some jokes fall flat/in bad taste. Great set, costumes, band. Hard-working talented cast

70
Cliched, Disappointing, Raunchy, Clever, Entertaining

See it if York gives Apple's 'Hell' a top notch polished production although it's only an extended musical sketch Has funny moments w/ clever premise

Don't see it if Despite it's DIY/Fringe quality, Apple - book, music & lyrics - could have used another set of eyes (esp in music dept) Able cast works hard

85
Clever, Funny, Entertaining, Raunchy, Quirky

See it if The plot is easy not too much to think, so its light and refreshing.

Don't see it if if you want a serious show, and one of the songs use the F work.

Also The Fruit Cake from Hell starts it off. Its is a funny play with silly... Read more Read less

80
Hilarious, Great singing, Quirky, Creative, Entertaining

See it if you are looking for an enjoyable evening full of laugh out loud moments and completely enjoyable.

Don't see it if you are offended by religious themed comedies.

Also Although I enjoyed every second, this show is imperfect and still need... Read more Read less

93
Clever, Entertaining, Funny, Thought-provoking, Refreshing

See it if you want to see an engaging play that involves a father's love for his son; if you want a different take on a Christmas story

Don't see it if if you don't like musicals; if you find certain 4 letter words offensive even if they are very funny in the story; if you aren't a maverick

74
Quirky, Indulgent, Ambitious, Entertaining, Clever

See it if You like great Christmas sweaters

Don't see it if You do not like ballet. Irina D is the best part of the show. Singing BY female cast gets overwhelmed by the music

75
Funny, Good songs, Irreverant, Good acting

See it if you like irreverant shows like The Book of Mormon

Don't see it if you prefer if you don't like shows that have a lot of inappropriate humor or deal with religious matters in irreverant ways.

89
Clever, Edgy, Hilarious, Raunchy, Quirky

See it if you want to see a new show reminiscent in tone to Desperate Measures or to laugh your head off

Don't see it if you are easily offended by cursing or certain situations or don't have a warped sense of humor

70
Ambitious, Entertaining, Well performed, Well staged, Indulgent

See it if you want something different for the holidays. Offbeat with some good performances. Fine set.

Don't see it if you'd like something traditional. Besides, this can use more work. Still, it's entertainingly silly .

80
Clever, Delightful, Funny, Refreshing, Entertaining

See it if you're up for a silly, raunchy, truly funny skewing of Christmas, religion, & a few other things we usually treat more earnestly. Fun!

Don't see it if an SNL sensibility rubs you the wrong way, you're offended by swearing, or you're more interested in traditional holiday fare.

90
Clever, Entertaining, Great singing, Great writing, Hilarious

See it if You dislike fruitcake. Very clever and funny. Gets the edge off Christmas shopping and stress. Great acting and singing. Little boy is

Don't see it if You have no sense of humor and are offended by profanity and jokes about fruitcake.

Also Wonderful and has a bright future on stage.

75
Ambitious, Quirky, Refreshing, Cliched

See it if Goofy and wildly imaginative world that doesn’t take itself seriously and would be a fun detour for the family

Don't see it if Perfect example of how clever writing doesn’t always translates to a terrific performance. A little too tamed and silly to explore hell.

Also The “white lady” was essentially useless

89
Entertaining, Funny, Great singing, Irreverent

See it if you like musicals that make fun of Christmas

Don't see it if you consider Christmas a holy time, and don't appreciate a frog on a cross, even if it is in fun

Also Irreverent look at Christmas. Too much of the F*** word. But the music... Read more Read less

75
Entertaining, Funny, Great singing, Irreverent, but funnily so.

See it if you want to hear some great singing, some clever lyrics and see a perfect cast. This is not for children however. The story needs work.

Don't see it if you are offended by the f-word; or making fun of religion. You expect a warm/fuzzy Christmas story, though its buried within.

78
Funny, Raunchy, Entertaining, Campy, Good singing

See it if You like campy musicals with occasionally raunchy songs.

Don't see it if You’re easily offended by naughty song lyrics.

88
Great singing, Great writing, Funny, Relevant, Quirky

See it if You like fun musicals. With York Theatre you know it's going to be good, and it doesn't disappoint. Very enjoyable. Beware fruitcake!

Don't see it if Don't like fun musicals.

70
Entertaining, Funny

See it if you like seeing veteran performers elevate mediocre music and lyrics, questionable concept and confusing plot into an entertaining evening.

Don't see it if material that tries to spoof religious themes connected with Christmas and satin worship and lyrics that rely on 4 letter words for humor.

72
Slow, Clever

See it if You like kitschy jokes

Don't see it if You’re looking for serious theater

100
Hilarious, Great writing, Edgy, Funny, Delightful

See it if You want to laugh and have a great time.

Don't see it if You don’t like crude language or people making fun of Bible characters.

94
Funny, Great staging, Hilarious, Original

See it if If you are tired of the same old Christmas shows every year and want something new and different. Like funny songs with catchy tunes.

Don't see it if You are bothered by irreverent ideas about the holidays or the F-word.

Also The show was not what I expected, but I enjoyed it a lot. There were e... Read more Read less

77
Indulgent, Quirky, Hilarious

See it if You want to get away from Christmas

Don't see it if Its silly very silly

95
Absorbing, Enchanting, Funny, Clever, Intelligent

See it if you love intelligent adult humor that will make you guffaw without meaning to, and you're craving a good (and poignant) Christmas message.

Don't see it if you don't like the f-word (They use it), or the G-word (AKA: God), or if you are a cold empty person with no sense of humour

100
Edgy, Clever, Great singing, Great writing, Entertaining

See it if Not your typical Christmas show extremely entertaining and the time went by so quickly

Don't see it if Not for young children some profanityNot for young children some profanity

95
Funny, Entertaining, Hilarious, Crazy, Great singing

See it if You are open-minded. If you enjoy strange and funny musicals. You like being surprised.

Don't see it if If you want a normal musical. If you are not willing to have a little fun with Christmas.

92
Funny, Quirky, Great acting, Intelligent, Entertaining

See it if You like unique funny shows.

Don't see it if You cannot tolerate cursing.


December 16th, 2018
"A show must have a minimum of internal logic and some good tunes. 'Christmas in Hell' comes up short on both counts...Lucifer appears only in the second act, which is regrettable...Williams excels at portraying overconfident egomaniacs...A lot happens, none of it memorable except perhaps to dedi...
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December 24th, 2018
“The comedy musical, ‘Christmas In Hell’...bringing plenty of laughs from the crowds with ridiculous musical numbers all done with a live band...While the tale is funny, with hilarious songs...the musical isn't only here for a good laugh. It deals with family, especially the tight bond a child ha...
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December 20th, 2018
"Unfortunately, a fifty-five-year-old bakery item is fresher than some of the gags on offer here...'Christmas in Hell' pretends to be delightfully transgressive, but that's not pine cones and holly berries you smell, it's desperation...The best thing I can say about Bill Castellino's production i...
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December 19th, 2018
"The holiday season is in for an irreverent satirizing in Gary Apple's musical comedy 'Christmas in Hell,' a rude and entertaining fable for adults. With book, music and lyrics by Apple, a writer/producer for television, the show now being produced by The York Theatre Company is a diverting antid...
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