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For the longest time, we thought Christmas was about spiking the office party eggnog, dirty dancing with horrified strangers, and force feeding our boss sugar cookies. Tiny twelve steps, right?

This year, we'll let the professionals at Space 55 Theatre take over for 7 Minutes Under The Mistletoe. Like a booze-soaked fruitcake of sex, violence, and comedy, this gala features plenty of local fruits and nuts. Dancers, comics, and actors will all be willing to risk humility, grace, and respect for a chance to publicly flog their (and possibly your) Noel nightmares.

Artistic director Shawna Franks claims the production is the "antithesis of A Christmas Carol" -- we think it’s more like A Christmas Story, only he actually does shoot out his eye with his Red Ryder BB gun. Despite the lack of visiting ghosts, crippled children, and atonement, there will be plenty of bawdy Xmas behavior.

We suggest taking your family. Now that sounds like retribution.

Sat., Dec. 18, 9 p.m., 2010


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