A Coming Out Christmas: A Review of Barney the Elf at Pride Films and Plays | Newcity Stage
RECOMMENDED Arts organizations present a cornucopia of theatrical delights to tickle our fancies and warm our hearts every holiday season. One person may value the vaulted ornamentation of Handel's "The Messiah" while another may only be sated by the calculated writhing of a celebrated sugarplum fairy. Blessedly, there's something for everyone. For those who like a little sketch-comedy irreverence, replete with outsized character, sociopolitical innuendo and blue lyrics slathered onto pop songs (and maybe just a little bit 'o tear-in-the-eye), the fourth annual production of "Barney The Elf" is the very thing. Bryan Renaud and Emily Schmidt's musical, inspired by the movie "Elf," played the Greenhouse Theater Center for the past three holiday seasons. Pride Films and Plays' new production is directed by Michael D. Graham, with several performers appearing in roles they essayed in the past. Up at the North Pole, Santa is no more, and Santa, Jr. has been left in charge. Lovely and wise