Watching a musical about three old ladies who live in Sun City might not seem like fun, but in A Bloody Mary Christmas, it’s hysterical.
The hour-long play, written by, directed by and starring local improvisers and actors, focuses on three elderly friends who live together in a condo in a community for older folks. They’re potty mouthed drinkers who are gearing up for Christmas by spiking their punch bowl with bottles of vodka, and they just found out they’ll be kicked out of their home on Christmas Eve if they don’t scrounge together $1,800 to pay off their remiss HOA fees.
These ladies are played by much younger gals, who, thanks to excellent costumes and make-up, transform into delightfully funny crotchety old woman. One wears a shower cap and the other two have padding in the butt and stomach areas. They were really as much fun to watch as they were to listen to.
And the acting by the cast, which also includes a male HOA representative who finds love with one of the ladies, was also wonderful. All four of the actors created rich, distinct characters that you could really become invested in. And how amusing is it that the lady in the shower cap was the most sexually active one?
Everyone should go see A Bloody Mary Christmas because it really stands out among all the traditional holiday theater fare you could be seeing this season. It’s naughty, has a whole lot of heart and makes you thankful for friendship–something everyone can use this time of year!
The show runs at Space 55 in downtown Phoenix December 3, 4, 10, 11 and 17 at 8 p.m., as well as December 18 at 7 p.m. Tickets are $15, or $12 if you bring a can of food to be donated to St. Mary’s Food Bank. Find more info on their Facebook page here.