Santa's Secret Shame

These eight tiny reindeer describe how the fat man got his Claus into them

The production includes inventive costumes, expressive dance sequences, and a weird fun-house set, festooned with female mannequin body parts and plastic bags of blood taped to the black walls. This is an unusual, compelling theatrical event, but the text could use some work. The flowery language tends to drag on and often fights for attention with the complex visuals and movement. It's also rather humorless and derivative: Most of Almazan's radical-feminist points are older than she is. More to the point, this show takes on women's issues but only from the point of view of a very young person, completely ignoring such issues as motherhood, aging, sexual preference, and generational community. It's more than a little pretentious for Almazan to lay claim to women's history without venturing beyond her own preoccupations and experience. Still She Wolves delivers a white-hot performance energy and a bold imagination.

Watch out for challenging stuff when She Wolves get angry
Watch out for challenging stuff when She Wolves get angry


The Eight: Reindeer Monologues Written by Jeff Goode, directed by Elena Maria Garcia. With Ivonne Azurdia, Joe Kimble, Wendolyn Mateo, Jerry Seeger, and Paul Tei. Presented through December 21 by the Imagine Theatre Co. at the Blue Box, Hollywood Playhouse, 2640 Washington St, Hollywood, 954-922-0404. She Wolves: A Hybrid Journey of Women Through Time Written by Raquel Almazan, directed by Diana Lozano. With Almazan, Lozano, and Paola Navia. Presented through December 14 by La Lucha and Artemis at PS 742, 1165 SW 6th St, Miami, 305-545-8546.

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