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Who's Holiday!

Members say: Funny, Clever, Entertaining, Raunchy, Great acting
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This wildly irreverent solo show is a heartfelt holiday parody that looks at the life of a grown-up Cindy Lou Who. Starring Lesli Margherita ('Matilda The Musical'). 

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A middle-aged Cindy Lou Who, now residing in a beaten-down trailer in the snowy hills of Mount Crumpit, is about to host a Christmas Eve party for her friends. As she prepares, she recalls from her own perspective that fated night when she first met the Grinch, and the strange turn of events her life has taken for the past 40 years.

 
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75
The New York Times

"This hourlong production’s point, which is to watch the brassy, very funny Ms. Margherita strut her stuff in the costume designer Jess Goldstein’s festive holiday get-up. She expertly milks the many double entendres and profane limerick-like rhymes, but this cabaret regular is equally comfortable ad-libbing...Zippily directed...Tellingly, it loses steam when sentimentality creeps in, and eventually concludes with an earnest singalong of a Yule classic." Full Review

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Theatermania

"Lombardo attempts to salvage his burnt piecrust of a play with massive amounts of whipped cream, sending us out with a sing-along and a feel-good Christmas message. But by then, it is difficult to feel much more than confusion...Incredibly, Margherita nearly saves the play with her irrepressible comic instincts...I walked away convinced that Lesli Margherita ought to have a Christmas special, but perhaps not one written by Lombardo." Full Review

80
BroadwayWorld

"Though the years haven't been kind to Cindy Lou...the booze-guzzling, cigarette sucking bleached blonde stays lovably upbeat...Margherita is a comical riot, shining with moxie-laden tastelessness and irreverence. She engages front row audience members, sings with gutsy verve and even raps a bit. After an hour of lunacy, a sweet, sentiment ending is added, sending audience members off with a warm smile and probably exhausted from laughter." Full Review

85
Lighting & Sound America

"The surprise of 'Who's Holiday!' is that, as the story darkens, the playwright and star go with it, forgoing laughs (mostly) for a good third of its running time; this sort of show rarely asks audiences to feel anything, but, under Carl Andress' remarkably adept direction, you may find yourself genuinely touched as Cindy Lou, alone in the night, delivers a downbeat little ditty titled "Blue Christmas...Adults who enjoy their eggnog with an extra jigger of bourbon will gulp it right down." Full Review

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Front Row Center

"If you are going to mess with a classic you better arrive with a full picnic basket. This production was a few sandwiches shy from the start. There is not much of a plot onto which you can hang your Santa’s hat. Matthew Lombardo’s story is ho-hum. Ms. Margherita plays one note throughout: cute but with an edge. Perhaps if she had had more guidance from her director, Carl Andress, she would have been able to rise above the material. That did not seem to be the case here." Full Review

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Theatre's Leiter Side

“Notable for giving the ultra-talented Lesli Margherita...a...platform to demonstrate her arsenal of physical, vocal, and comedic weapons…Some of it is definitely laugh-provoking but too much is sophomoric, failing to do her larger-than-life persona the justice it deserves…The constant rhyming, which teeters on tiresomeness…is hit and miss…Cindy Lou is so colorfully outrageous, her voice so big, and her manner so flippantly flamboyant that Margherita…could almost be mistaken for a drag artist.” Full Review

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The Huffington Post

"Lesli Margherita has turned herself into a local favorite...Combining that gleeful attitude with beauty and a strong voice, she has audiences eating out of her well-manicured hand...As directed by Carl Andress of Charles Busch fame, it’s all slightly tacky, but tackiness doesn’t always preclude some kind of fun." Full Review

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Times Square Chronicles

"Olivier Award winner Lesli Margherita shines past this material creating a warm, gleeful, profanity spewing, lovable and oh so over the top performance...Carl Andress, directs this piece allowing Margherita to twist us around her little finger, which she does effortlessly. This show is outlandish and if it had played before camp became improper and nobody could take a joke, I could see this running every Christmas. The audience I saw this with was laughing hilariously." Full Review

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Time Out New York

"This irreverent, adults-only sequel stars the wacky and wonderful Lesli Margherita...'Who’s Holiday!' works best when it dares to be as tasteless as possible while replicating Seuss’s trademark rhythms...Margherita is flawless, juggling comedy, musical interludes and audience interaction like a champ. But Lombardo can’t resist the temptation to tug at our heartstrings, turning what begins as a cheeky antidote to holiday humbug into a yuletide bummer with a pat hopeful ending." Full Review

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DC Metro Theater Arts

"Carl Andress directs these comical couplets, to saucy effects...Lesli Margherita stars alone in the show. She delivers the raunch, rhymes, and songs like a pro...At the ending we’re left with a serious thought. Which underscores all of the laughter she wrought. That 'white trailer trash' Cindy Lou just needs kindness. It’s good that 'Who’s Holiday!' is here to remind us." Full Review

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Theater Pizzazz

"'Who’s Holiday!' is a tragic-comic monologue that’s full of risk, with Margherita meeting every dare...She has extraordinary presence, and isn’t afraid to charm the audience with a song or take up the microphone to bust into rap...There is enough ingenuity and sensitivity in this show to make you beam or grimace. Lesli Margherita sparkles, gliding through each moment, eliciting sympathy in every phrase. Her command of the stage is strong and bold." Full Review

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AndyGram

"It’s a delightful evening of Who mirth and Who merriment, when we join Cindy Lou for her holiday merriness...Lesli Margherita, the only cast member, is funny, and flitty, and one you’ll remember...Lombardo has written the script, it’s delightful, it’s delicious, it just does the trick. Andress’s direction, it must be admired, for his use of small space, was simply inspired...This play should be produced each holiday season, It’s cheaper than Rockettes, and probably more pleasin’." Full Review

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Yes Broadway

"A delightful little 55-minute Christmastime treat!...The role requires someone with experience and real talent, but considering Lesli has a goddamned Olivier Award for her performance in 'Zorro The Musical,' it’s no wonder that she pulls this off without a hitch...If you're feeling a bit cranky this holiday season, head on over to the cozy Westside Theater and let Cindy Lou Who put the Christmas spirit...in you." Full Review

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I do not like a rhymed iamb; i do not like them sam i am, Broad satiric humor with a touch of sentimentality, Anything-for-a-laugh performance

See it if you want to be wasted away again in Margherita-ville; don't bother if her none-too-subtle brand of humor doesn't amuse you

Don't see it if you don't want a decidedly non-family-friendly, snarky and a tad maudlin take on the aftermath of Cindy Lou Who's encounter with the Grinch

Also The design elements are top drawer, almost raising expectations higher... Read more Read less

87
Brilliant, Hilarious, Naughty, Touching, Bawdy

See it if You love to be surprised, to laugh and to be touched

Don't see it if You're a prude w/o a sense of humor.

88
Funny, Clever, Delightful, Great acting, Hilarious

See it if You are looking for a fun night out with some clever writing and amazing acting. It helps if you know about Dr. Seuss’s Grinch story.

Don't see it if You plan to bring children. Are not a fan of parodies.

Also The Set is beautifully done. The whole show is spoken in rhymes. Lesli... Read more Read less

76
Funny, Raunchy, Entertaining

See it if you enjoy a funny and raunchy Xmas show. Not for the kids!

Don't see it if you like a traditional and non raunchy Xmas show or don't like one person shows.

84
Funny, Clever, Entertaining, Great singing, Great staging

See it if You want good holiday fun and a different look at Christmas.

Don't see it if You don’t like one woman’s shows and holiday fluff shows.

100
Funny, smart, whimsical, hilarious, raunchy, clever, edgy, masterfully acted, and great writing

See it if the right amount of wacky comedy combined with holiday cheer is exactly what you have been lacking in your life at this time of the year.

Don't see it if a modern update on a classic holiday character would ruffle more than a few of your feathers.

Also Matthew Lombardo’s new play is a 75 minute jam packed laugh riot deliv... Read more Read less

85
Who's got an olivier

See it if Fan of award winning performer or just want to get toasty and warmer. Want an offbeat holiday show? You shall leave with your face all aglow

Don't see it if Fifty five minutes is too short a show. Wait until prices get really low. Expensive entertainment in midtown, so ticket prices get you down.

Also Margherita is a hoot. She even throws in two rap songs. The wig is hid... Read more Read less

73
Funny, Dizzying, Raunchy, Indulgent, Cliched

See it if A light solo show with a different twist on the holidays. A campy fun hour.

Don't see it if Do not go if you are offended by gay or sexual jokes. This is a solo show.

83
Funny, Clever, Edgy, Quirky, Raunchy

See it if Want a good laugh and are not offended by raunchy innuendos and abusive language. Lesli is wonderful as Cindy Lou Who.

Don't see it if Want to see a traditional or family show. Keep the kiddies away from this one. If you are offended by abusive language or themes.

83
Funny, Delightful, Entertaining, Bawdy, Naught but nice

See it if you want a funny, fast, zippy one woman show that entertains and delights, occasionally dipping into sad reflection. Great holiday outing!

Don't see it if you can't handle an hour of rhyming couplets or are put off by mild vulgarity and drug reference. Everyone in audience had a great time. GO!

78
Funny, Clever, Delightful, Great acting, Entertaining

See it if you like your Seuss raunchy, you need to learn what an isthmus is, or if you love The Queen, Lesli Margherita.

Don't see it if you hate smiling, you hate cleverness, or your favorite thing about Theodor Geisel is that his drawings of Asian people are totally racist.

82
Funny, Great acting, Raunchy, Slow, Entertaining

See it if Margherita explodes as a delightfully raunchy Cindy Loo Hoo in Lombardo's Dr. Seuss holiday parody Rhymed couplets work suprising well

Don't see it if Grows a little maudlin & sentimental in mid-section but Margherita's savvy wit keeps us hooked (& crooked) Does well w/Xmas ballad & finale

96
Great acting, Quirky, Raunchy, Refreshing, Hilarious

See it if You like Lesli Margherita (this is a tour de force). You like Dr Seuss, and parodies. You don’t take the holidays too seriously.

Don't see it if You’re offended by adult language or themes. REALLY adult.

Also First off, Lesli Margherita is wonderful!! She does an amazing monolog... Read more Read less

84
Funny, Clever, Great acting, Raunchy, Entertaining

See it if you enjoy humor, Christmas, and/or Dr. Suess books. This is Defcon 1 Lesli Margherita, and that is always a very good thing.

Don't see it if you detest rhyming, you hate Christmas, you despise fun, and/or you have a stick up your you-know-where.

95
Funny, Clever, Raunchy, Entertaining

See it if you want something fun, interesting twist on a childhood classic all grown up,

Don't see it if aren't familiar with the Grinch That Stole Christmas, won't like that the whole show rhymes, or you get offended easily, you're under 17

82
Funny, Quirky, Entertaining, Campy, Sentimental

See it if you're ready to laugh (and, at times, even "boo hoo") at a twisted sequel to the Grinch, as told by a grown-up, tawdry Cindy Lou.

Don't see it if you're not familiar with the classic story by Seuss, or, as a purist, you don't want to imagine Cindy Lou after years of abuse.

90
Funny, Clever, Delightful, Raunchy, Entertaining

See it if you like adult humor and clever writing. I had a delightful time. The actress is very funny and talented. The set and costumes were great.

Don't see it if you are easily offended, you don't enjoy silliness, you don't care for one-person shows and/or audience interaction.

80
Clever, Great acting, Raunchy, Refreshing, Hilarious

See it if you want big laughs from an irreverent satire with a hilarious star turn.

Don't see it if you're easily offended by dirty talk and want a fully developed drama

68
Quirky, Raunchy, Indulgent, Disappointing, Cliched

See it if You enjoy the grinch and think that Lesli can do no wrong. A new kind of holiday event for you to try.

Don't see it if You are easily offended and are expecting a laugh out loud. It was only 55 minutes and most of it was sentimental. Just ok. Can’t recommend

Also Lesli was really inconsistent when we were there and you could tell th... Read more Read less

40
Funny, Pointless, Raunchy, Disappointing, Irrelevant

See it if You are a big enough fan of Lesli Margherita to want to see her in literally anything.

Don't see it if You want a solid show, instead of a half-baked indulgence that's half comedy, half tragedy, and all half-assed. Has nothing to do w/ Grinch

Also My main takeaways from the story:... Read more Read less

100
Absorbing, Clever, Delightful, Great acting, Entertaining

See it if You are a fan of How the Grinch stole Christmas and want an adult and very real feeling sequel. You want to see a masterful performance.

Don't see it if You are expecting a children s show. You want the Grinch story to remain pure in your mind.

91
Clever, Delightful, Great acting, Great writing

See it if You want a fun show with clever writing. Takes twists and turns. Although a one person show it feels like there are more characters. go see!

Don't see it if Sexual references are not your taste. Three are not many and they are funny.

Also Read up on the Grinch before you go if you don't know the story. Not i... Read more Read less

90
Great acting, Must see, Refreshing, Great writing, Hilarious

See it if Margherita at her best (as usual). Hysterically funny, clever an moving. Leaves you wanting more! The best holiday show out there. Must see!

Don't see it if only if you will not take any profanity at all.

86
Funny, Delightful, Raunchy, Entertaining

See it if you're looking for a fun, funny, holiday-themed night away from the kids. This is not for children. Lesli Margherita is an absolute delight

Don't see it if you don't want to see a one-woman, raunchy version of a Dr. Seuss classic, all grown up. You wanted a holiday themed show for kids.

60
Quirky, Disappointing, Cliched, Cheap humor, Great stage set

See it if U want anything with a holiday theme title. U want to see a loosely based Grinch absurdist story with adult contents. Not for under 17!

Don't see it if U expect quality & class for a holiday show. It is also not a complete comedy for there is a dark undertone that is incongruent to "joy"!

Also The bright Stage Set is great!This is a quirky weird so-called comedy ... Read more Read less