The Santa Stories: The Naughty One | Improv/Sketch, Holiday Shows | Chicago Reader
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The Santa Stories: The Naughty One

When: Sundays. Continues through Dec. 19 2010
Price: $10
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There's potential in the premise (North Polers rebel when corporate America tries to rebrand Christmas) and the characters (Rudolph is a smooth-talking coke fiend, Mrs. Claus an oversexed hausfrau, and a closeted elfin toymaker's dolls are a bit too anatomically correct). But this X-rated Christmas comedy from pH Productions (evil twin to The Santa Stories: The Nice One) fixates on particularly humorless plot points like Rudolph's unpaid drug debts and a slimy corporate executive's penchant for little boys. As advertised, the show is "depraved, disgusting, and offensive," but the taboo subject matter isn't handled cleverly enough to trigger consistent laughs. --Marissa Oberlander

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