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The Truth About Santa

From 1 critic and 5 member reviews
Members say: Entertaining, Quirky, Funny, Clever, Confusing

About the show

Theater of the Apes and The Tank presents Greg Kotis's ("Urinetown") wild, darkly comic riff on the Santa Claus myth. More…

Many people think they know the truth about Santa, but they are wrong. Ho ho ho, children! Santa has some shocking unadvertised powers, a couple of half-mortal offspring his wife hasn't found out about yet, and a lot on his mind. He's tired of those damn singing elves. He's tired of the lies. This is the Christmas Santa will reveal his true self. Prepare for the Ragnarök, urm, Santa Claus's Return to Off-Off-Broadway. 

Already closed | The Tank (Midtown W)


90
TheaterScene.net

"This nonsensical, broad comedy is penned by the clever Greg Kotis. Songs and arrangements by Steven Gross are whimsical and entertaining, and costume designer Whitney Locher presents her vaudevillian best in this frothy piece. Led expertly by director Ilana Becker, the cast bludgeons, connives and wiggles their way through this slice of holiday slapstick; young and old, the actors' comic timing is well-honed and the fun they have performing this piece is entirely infectious." Full Review


85
Ambitious, Clever, Delightful, Funny

See it if Hysterical twisted Christmas tale--where everything goes awry--and things are just not what they should be. Acting and writing very good.

Don't see it if Despite the Christmas theme this one is for misogynists. It's worth seeing for the set alone. A wall of presents--whoa!

81
Clever, Funny, Quirky, Entertaining

See it if A Santa with twist of naughty and nice. Fill with a fun.

Don't see it if It's a little quirky. If you need a normal Santa.

Also Funny story around 70 minutes. The whole theater is lit up and decorat... Read more Read less

74
Confusing, Entertaining, Quirky, Funny, Dizzying

See it if Despite the "coal" black humor, a silly slapstick tribute to disfunctional Christmas families Dazzling 'wrapped' set surrounds zany antics

Don't see it if Plot gets a little convoluted trying to bind the Claus family w/ the Greek gods & back to millenium via breakneck pacing Carl's Santa is A+

70
Clever, Entertaining, Raunchy

See it if you want to see a show true to its name. The show is a play with music rather than a musical and strives to give a real history of "Santa"

Don't see it if you have a child who you want to believe in Santa.

Also An entertaining show (the children are particularly good) that actuall... Read more Read less

58
Quirky, Slow, Disappointing, Great staging, Great singing

See it if You know your mythodology. You will get most of the jokes. The elves have great voices and are fun. The father was quite funny.

Don't see it if If you are expecting a raunchy, funny play about Santa.

Also Not quite sure why Kotis threw all of the mythological references in. ... Read more Read less


Cast & Creatives (16)