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The Twelve Dates of Christmas

8 pm Thursdays-Saturdays and 3 pm Sundays through Dec. 22., Sunday December 08 | $10-$12.
The Back Door Theater
4319 SE Hawthorne Blvd.
We’ve all been there: single during the holidays and stuck at the annual eggnog party, being set up by Aunt Kathy in a “prayer chain” to find the perfect partner. This is where Salt and Sage’s one-woman production The Twelve Dates of Christmas begins, after Mary (Melanie Moseley) discovers her fiance is cheating on her and ends up suddenly alone. Over the course of the following year, Mary introduces us to her string of dates, including the douchey Doctor John, the stalker-ish Psycho Joe and the saintly Edward the Great. Although occasional lines and pauses sound more rehearsed than conversational, Moseley moves with engaging energy throughout. She jumps back and forth between characters with fluid and nearly unbreakable ease, most notably and comically between Mary and Tiny Tim when behind-the-scenes at a Christmas play. Unsurprisingly, it’s a bit easy to lose interest somewhere amid all the dates. The number of failed relationships grows tiring. But the lesson—though not hard to guess—arrives at a well-timed, refreshing moment.

Where: The Back Door Theater
Address: 4319 SE Hawthorne Blvd.
Website: https://www.artful.ly/store/events/2018

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