Already closed | 1h 20m | East Village

The Santa Closet

From 14 member  reviews
Members say: Great acting, Entertaining, Clever, Funny, Relevant

About the show

In this solo show, when a little boy’s gender atypical gift request to the North Pole is denied, a series of heart-felt letters from the child nudge Santa Claus out of the closet, and into the culture wars.  More…

From the show:

The play’s Off Broadway run was heralded as “Hilarious” and “Brilliant” by Broadway World and Out Magazine. The New York Times raved: “A Delightful Surprise! … This isn’t a clumsy parody, but a sensitive, imaginative tale that really is about a boy’s realization that he is different. Mr. Solomon portrays an amazing range of characters, all of them beautifully.” A theatrical documentary in the mold of The Laramie Project and the work of Anna Deveare Smith, Mr. Solomon purports to have interviewed, and portrays, all of the key players in the scandal that has come to be known as ‘Santa-Gate’.

The Santa Closet was inspired by the national movement to speak honestly and openly to children about LGBT lives and issues, and the conservative backlash.

1h 20m | Already closed | Teatro Circulo (East Village)

Member Reviews (14)


Great acting, Entertaining, Clever, Funny, Relevant
Avg Score

Relevant, Thought-provoking, Intelligent, Great writing, Great acting

See it if From the stage resembling an overturned snow globe,Gary wants a Sparkle Ann, not a "damn truck."Adults subvert li'l brains' naturalselection

Don't see it if Christmas and profanity, not a potable nog. "Mr. C., A Prancer?/Santa's beard tells all/The kid's a li'l Jingle Belly/Smash the binary, man"

Also Distinct multiple roles with outside-box diversity thinking.

Slow, Overrated

See it if The set design is beautiful, including the sleek Christmas presents and beautiful white Christmas trees (including one upside down!)

Don't see it if One-dimensional, manic in presentation, & lacking in depth. F.A.G.A. joke is corny. Usually love LGBT shows but this is a definite miss.

Relevant, Entertaining, Funny, Great acting, Ambitious

See it if you enjoy one-man shows in which the actor seamlessly creates and inhabits all if the characters believably.

Don't see it if you dislike one-man shows.

Fun, Good messages, A number of laughs, Witty writing, Very talented performer

See it if you like 1 person shows, a comic "treatment" of homophobia in our society & its adverse effects, a very talented performer & satiric writer.

Don't see it if you dislike 1 person shows, are not interested in plays that have homophobia as their theme & do not favor pure phantasy.

Dated, Slow, Great direction, Great acting

See it if you're a fan of the director, Joe Brancato. and you enjoy one man shows

Don't see it if you don't like one man shows, even if the actor is especially gifted.

Also The audience loved the show and laughed throughout the performance.

Great acting, Funny, Entertaining, Clever, Absorbing

See it if you would like to see a clever, funny, entertaining story with a very talented and committed one man show!!

Don't see it if you like traditional, political correct Christmas stories.

Edgy, Relevant, Thought-provoking, Hilarious, Clever

See it if you believe everyone has the right to the christmas they want with whomever they love, and you want to laugh your head off

Don't see it if you have issues with reality and LGBTQ lives

Entertaining, Great acting, Funny, Delightful, Clever

See it if Solomon seamlessly jumps from one character to another and fully embodies each one. The show is clever, funny, heartfelt & very entertaining

Don't see it if You want a "traditional" Christmas story.

During previews
Cliched, Quirky, Overly long, Disappointing, Great set

See it if you like solo shows with a terrific set. Too bad the show doesn't live up to it. Tries too hard to be too much and succeeds at nothing.

Don't see it if you're hoping for holiday cheer. It's neither campy, nor clever, nor insightful. Keeps sidetracking itself and you just want it to be over

During previews
Some funny moments and smart phrases, Entertaining, Cliched

See it if Want to see different approach to Christmas, Santa's choice of partner.The story begins when a young boy asked to get a doll for Christmas..

Don't see it if Homophobic, no sense of humor. 80 minuts, no intermission.Do not approve on parents who support their kid's decision to be non binary

Also Good work of lighting, video, sound design. Show giving us ideas how t... Read more Read less

During previews
Too long, Slow, Cliched, Ambitious

See it if Some funny moments by an actor taking on an over abundance of characters transitioning from one to another too many times stereo typically

Don't see it if You’re expecting rapid fire jokes. On spot characterizations. A compact pleasurable experience.

During previews
Funny, Entertaining, Delightful, Clever, Absorbing

See it if you want to be entertained and laugh and be moved.

Don't see it if you don't like engaging theater

During previews
Hilarious, Great acting, Edgy, Funny, Clever

See it if Jeff Solomon delivers a hilarious, nuanced, and soul filling performance in this one person show. A must see

Don't see it if if you dont like human stories dealing with LGBTQ people

During previews
Intelligent, Great writing, Great acting, Entertaining, Absorbing

See it if You would like to see a creative, versatile and brilliant performer who demonstrates much pathos. The dialogue is relevant to current issues

Don't see it if If you don’t want to see a one man show even though Mr Solomon portrays many different characters

Also We loved this show and think the subject matter is very important for ... Read more Read less

December 10th, 2019
"'The Santa Closet' doesn't reach the lofty goals of some of his other plays; however, the newly updated, tenth-year anniversary production of this frothy, zany tale is nevertheless aloft with quite a few grins and chuckles"
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December 6th, 2019
"More than one door swings open in a funny and thoughtful play 'THE SANTA CLOSET' from Houses Of The Moon Theater"
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