This year Theatre Unleased has two of its very popular holiday productions in repertory, dubbed "Naughty" and "Nice."
"Naughty" (for language and violence mostly) is A Very Die Hard Christmas. The premise is pretty simple. Take the 1980s action blockbuster Die Hard (which did after all take place at Christmas time) then blend it with a variety of different beloved Christmas specials and movies--including Rudolf the Red Nosed Reindeer and The Nightmare Before Christmas. Add in some show tunes, plus plenty of jokes and behold one of the zaniest musicals you're ever likely to see!
The story basics are there for anyone who has seen the movie. NY Detective John McClane (Wade F.Wilson) is on his way to spend Christmas with his estranged wife Holly (Kire Horton) and the daughter in Los Angeles.
This narrative is taken about as far as a theatrical venue and a really dark, absurd sense of humor will allow. Musical numbers are the least of it. So too the constant gags based on pop culture (usually but not always of the 80s). An example of the latter is someone asking Gruber what "Hermione is really like" much to his rage. But it gets more grotesque than that--up to and including deaths that are actually in slow motion.
Make that several people. By a woman giving birth. On Christmas.
Enjoy! I know I did.
A Very Die Hard Christmas plays Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays at 8pm until December 18, 2016 at The Belfry Stage, upstairs at the Crown, 11031 Camarillo Street, North Hollywood CA 91602.