Dangerous Theatre brings this warm-hearted Yuletide favorite back for the final time. It's the story of Stacia, who hates the holidays and the over-the-top consumerism they've come to represent. Instead of spending quality time with loved ones, it seems to be all about finding that "perfect gift" for everyone on your list. But her faith in the season has a chance to be renewed when she gets invited to a very special Christmas Eve celebration hosted by a homeless man she friended over lunch.
Excerpts from a review of the 2012 production tells you all you need to know about The Perfect Gift.....
"Local Christmas productions tend to be either comical or traditional. “The Perfect Gift” at Denver’s Dangerous Theatre is neither; it breaks the mold by offering us something totally different for this holiday season. “The Perfect Gift” brings back our memories of the childhood holiday traditions we knew; picking out a live Christmas tree, decorating it (lights first) with perfectly placed tinsel. Back in the day, we spent quality family time together, and argued about whether the perfect tree had long needles or short ones. We cherish these memories, but these days Christmas is about material things: shopping, with those supposedly “perfect” holiday gifts appearing on store shelves right after Labor Day. Just as Stacia (Winnie Wenglewick) struggles with the holidays, so do we. The meaning is lost in the rush to finish the shopping, the wrapping, the Christmas cards. We forget the real values of the season...... Life, love, and loss are universal. And the holiday season is a great time to stop and think about those we have loved, and those we have lost..... Winnie Wenglewick does it all here; she’s the playwright, the director, and the female lead actor. She does all of it well, but she absolutely shines on the stage as Stacia. She delivers her final speech alone on the stage with all the emotion she can muster. We can feel her love, and her loss. She brings herself and the audience to tears. It’s powerful. It’s personal. And it’s memorable.
“The Perfect Gift” is “perfect” if you’re looking for something different for the holidays. It’s not a “wonderful life.” It’s a real life, and it’s a real holiday. It may not restore your faith in Christmas, but it will focus you on what really matters at the holidays. And for me, that’s a perfect gift for any season."
.....Bill Wheeler's review from his blog
This show will play from November 25th - December 23rd. Fridays at 7:30 and Sundays at 1:00. The Sunday performance includes a brunch at no extra cost.
This show is not recommended for those under 16 due to adult content.
Tickets $20.00 with a $5.00 discount for students/seniors/military, CTG Members and Sanctuary members. To purchase the discount ticket, when you check out use the code: Discount
Tickets include holiday refreshments and soft drinks, coffee, tea, hot cocoa. Patrons 21+ welcome to bring beer/wine to enjoy during the show.
Seating is limited. Advance purchase is recommended, or call 720-989-1764 to make reservations to pay at the door. Please note, we only accept cash at the door.