Holiday Bizarre: A Jewish Christmas!

So maybe sometime as a kid, or maybe an adult, you’re watching a Christmas special about the birth of Jesus. And the thought crosses your mind: Was Jesus really an “immaculate conception?” Or did Mary, clever girl that she was, get herself into trouble and make up all that mess just to avoid being stoned to death (not that I’d blame her)? Then you worry you’ll go to hell for even entertaining the notion. Unless you’re Jewish (or just dig our humor). In which case you don’t just question the immaculate conception—you make a musical about questioning it. In an irreverent response to the annual deluge of Christmas shows, four of our own local funny-mensches (Quinn Redman, David Bestock, Ben Rosenblatt, and Eli Rosenblatt ) created and star in Holiday Bizarre: A Jewish Christmas, a musical comedy about Christendom’s favorite holiday. It all starts when Joseph begins to question the origin of Mary’s pregnancy and hires three lawyers from the Wiseman law firm to file a paternity case that calls Mary’s honor, and thus Jesus’ “immaculate conception,” into question. Unfortunately, the odds are stacked against Joseph and the Wisemen, since the case’s judge, Santa Claus, is an open anti-Semite. Meanwhile, the rapping Easter Bunny steals the whole damn show. Tractor Tavern, 5213 Ballard Ave. N.W., 789-3599, tractortavern.ypguides.net. $12. 21+. 7:30 p.m. Dec. 10, 11, 16, 17. SARA BRICKNER

Wed., Dec. 10, 7:30 p.m.; Thu., Dec. 11, 7:30 p.m.; Tue., Dec. 16, 7:30 p.m.; Wed., Dec. 17, 7:30 p.m., 2008

 
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