Review: ‘Who’s Holiday!’ at Westside Theatre

By Blaise Buckley on 19 December 2017
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Just in time for the holidays, playwright Matthew Lombardo has taken on “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” with his “Who’s Holiday!”, turning the former into a risqué adult comedy. Now an adult, Cyndi Lou Who, portrayed brilliantly by Leslie Margherita, has been released from prison and lives in her uncle’s trailer that she recently inherited. It’s Christmas Eve and she’s hosting a holiday party.

Despite proximity to Whoville’s Mount Crumpet, “that green freak” is nowhere to be found in this one-woman show, in which Margherita once again proves herself to be one of the best stage actors of our generation.

In the one-hour parody the Olivier Award winner delivers every line with perfect comedic timing, keeping the audience howling from the moment the lights come up through 60 minutes of rhyming couplets, which is how the Whos in Whoville always speak.

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The play was originally to open last year starring Jennifer Simard (now in “Hello, Dolly!”) but its opening was delayed after Dr. Seuss Enterprises accused Lombardo of copyright infringement. The show is clearly parody, and Lombardo claimed fair use as a defense in the court case, in which he prevailed.

With a limited run through the holiday season, you only have until December 31st to see this comedic gem, but we an only hope that it becomes an annual New York holiday tradition.

THE DETAILS

Who’s Holiday!
Westside Theatre
407 W 43rd Street
New York, N.Y. 10036
Runtime: 60 minutes
www.westsidetheatre.com
Limited engagement through December 31

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