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Houston Voice, No. 1207, December 12, 2003 - File 017. 2003-12-12. University of Houston Libraries. University of Houston Digital Library. Web. July 9, 2020. https://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/montrose/item/2489/show/2476.

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Title Houston Voice, No. 1207, December 12, 2003
Contributor
  • Crain, Chris
  • Fisher, Binnie
Publisher Window Media
Date December 12, 2003
Language English
Subject
  • LGBTQ community
  • LGBTQ people
  • Gay liberation movement
Place
  • Houston, Texas
Genre
  • newspapers
Type
  • Text
Identifier OCLC: 31485329
Collection
  • University of Houston Libraries Special Collections
  • LGBT Research Collection
  • Montrose Voice
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Note This item was digitized from materials loaned by the Gulf Coast Archive and Museum (GCAM).
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Transcript 16 DECEMBER 12, 2003 www.houstonvoice.com HOUSTON VOICE jmm what you.are looking for WHATEVER YOU NEED...WHENEVER YOU NEED... HOUSTON VOICE CLASSIFIEDS DELIVER! j / HOUSTONVOICEclassified: IiMIWMiI voice PLACE YOUR CLASSIFIED AD NOW! CALL 877 863 1885 OR PLACE YOUR AD ONLINE AT WWW.HOUSTONVOICE.COM theater j.b. black Santa's herd of eight tiny reindeer is a twisted and dysfunctional lot in Theatre New West's holiday offering 'Reindeer' adds just enough spice IT SEEMS WE ONLY THOUGHT we knew Dasher, Dancer, Prancer and Vixen. Things at the North Pole are a bit more twisted than anyone ever suspected. Santa has a criminal fondness for harnessed reindeer in spiked leather. Mrs. Claus is a drunken elf abuser. And apparently no one's quite sure it was that left Rudolph a catatonic mess. They're all part of the highly dysfunctional family that makes up "The Eight Reindeer Monologues," a spicy new comedy gliding in for a holiday landing at Theatre New West It wouldn't be the holidays without a bit of dysfunction, and "The Eight" piles it on in huge, sumptuous heaps. Consider Hollywood (a.k.a., Prancer, played by Tom Kirk), who resents the fact that his career has been eclipsed by Rudolph. Hollywood is bitter that his 1989 self-titled holiday movie is overlooked at Christmas in favor of the stop-motion tale of Rudolph and his shiny red nose. He's also angry at the movie industry's apathy toward his peers. "No deer has ever been nominated for an Academy Award," Hollywood says. "You can't tell me Bambi didn't deserve an Oscar" FEMINIST REINDEER BLITZEN (USA Marie Daugherty) has other issues, mainly with "the jolly fat pervert." After all, she points out, isn't it a little creepy that Santa knows when you're sleeping, knows when you're awake and knows the perfect way to sneak into your house at night? Dasher (Steve Bullitt) only wants to bring a little order and dignity to the team. As the group's captain, he's always been "number one since day one" and doesn't want gossip and allegations to stand in the way of his elite crew. Cupid (Jeff Bingham) hints that he's not the only gay reindeer on Santa's team, just the only one who's open about it. He has his own sordid tales to share about the "holly jolly walking talking sex crime." When it comes to pulling the sleigh, Cupid moans, "Santa loves that whip and, to tell the truth, so do I." A melancholy Dormer (Joe Watts) provides a sharp perspective on Santa's topflight team. "The British have the queen, Americans have the Beatles and reindeer have the Eight," he explains. Donner is racked with overwhelming guilt for handing son, Rudolph, over to Santa. Comet (Glen Fillmore), however, sings Santa's praises. A young buck from fhe wrong side of the Pole, Comet now preaches the saving graces of the "Gospel of St. "Hi mw^- * -9mWmaV?ifJmmt. ••» mm mm' ** JJrC ^P^kSmmmmmL^i Who knew that Santa leads around a dysfunctional herd of reindeer. Could Santa and Mrs. Claus be to blame for the reindeer neuroses? Nicholas." It was Santa who rescued him from a life of late-night misdemeanors that included knocking over igloos. Dancer (Katie Hughes) recounts how she was first offered a job on Santa's team. Still, she doesn't understand why she has to work on the holiday She originally wanted to pursue a life in the ballet, but found reindeer ostracized for wearing tights and tutus. FINALLY, VIXEN (BIANCA TOSCNO) IS the "world's most famous victim," leading the scandalous crusade against Santa. Her allegations of North Pole impropriety are met with scorn. "Am I telling the truth or am I a lying Vixen?" she asks. Working from Jeff Goode's biting script. Watts and OKlirector Tye Blue have assembled an incredibly talented, attractive cast that scores with each set piece. There's not a single misstep or wasted comic opportunity Two performances in particular stand out. The statuesque Kirk delivers a blister- ingly funny turn as Hollywood/Prancer. One of the highlights of Kirk's monologue is his uproarious reenactment of a scene from "Prancer" in which co-star Sam Elliot stalks the reindeer with a shotgun. As Dancer, the energetic Hughes bubbles and sparkles throughout her entire set. Her voice carries a wonderful Midlerlike tone, a comic vibrancy waiting to spring out at just the right brassy moments. "The Eight: Reindeer Monologues" is perfect for those who like their holidays served with a lot more spice than sugar. •f) MORE INFO The Eight Reindeer Monologues Theatre New West 1415 California St. 8 pm. Thursday- Saturday 4 pm. Sunday through Dec. 21 Tickets: $15 713-522-2204
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