There is no charm quite like the grown-up farces (or should I say, farces for grown-ups?) featured after the main attraction at the gloriously notorious Pocket Sandwich Theatre at (roughly) Mockingbird and Central. No sexual innuendo is too cheesy, no pun too painful, but (for the most part) it’s more gleeful, more tickling than a bar full of drunken elves. Nog may be sloshing and candy canes fly, bell-caps inflating and ginger snaps dry. Toys may be buzzing and…..whoops. Sorry. So, as I was saying Pocket Sandwich Theatre is the place to be this loopy Yuletide and “Flynt Saves Christmas” the show to see.
A conspiracy of villainous CEOs, led by none other than the merciless Johan Jacob Jingleheimer Schmidt, have actually kidnapped Father Christmas for their own fiendish purposes! The future of Christmas (and civilization in general) is beginning to look pretty grim, until Herbie Green (an elf) seeks the assistance of International Superspy Hardy Flynt. The only problem is (gasp!) Hardy doesn’t believe in Santa Claus. (Seems that as a tyke, Hardy was snubbed at a crucial time in his psychosocial development.) It may take some convincing, but doubtless Hardy, with the help of Herbie, Purity Steel and Lotte Innuendo, will defeat the dastardly Schmidt, and his accomplices, including hawt babes Vixen and Prancer. At least we can only hope.
A send-up of the perennial James Bond movie franchise (complete with tasty movie credits) Flynt Saves Christmas is a shameless, congenial comedy, with loads of off-the-cuff bawdy jokes, campy cutups, and actors who gobble the scenery faster than a motorcycle gang of beavers on meth. The frenetic script shifts gears so often that the cast must be fluid and fast, but they manage seamlessly and keep the chuckles coming. It would be criminal to reveal the oodles of surprises and complete lack of plausibility, but let me assure you, your unmitigated participation (and brazen emotional involvement) will not go unrewarded. Anyone who could watch callously as poor Santy is viciously absconded when Christmas is nigh, or distractedly munch nachos while eyecandy beckons upon the stage, should seriously consider counseling. So is Rudolph is beginning to rub you the wrong way or Frosty is beginning to chap your hiney, ignore any rational arguments to the contrary and head to the Pocket Sandwich Theatre for some undiluted mirth.
Pocket Sandwich Theatre presents Flynt Saves Christmas! Playing November 27th- December 19th, 2015. 5400 East Mockingbird Lane, Dallas, Texas 75204. 214-821-1860. www.pocketsandwich.com