MIRACLE ON 42ND STREET; Desert Star Playhouse; written by Norman E. Plate and Beth Bruner; directed by Scott Holman and Mary Parker Williams; now through Jan. 4; tickets at 801-266-2600; running time with olios is two hours
MURRAY — Take a Christmas story, add some nuts and plenty of goofy holiday songs and political humor and what have you got?
Desert Star Playhouse's "Miracle on 42nd Street."
Here is a show that's entertainment — plain and simple — with plenty of nonsense.
It takes on the Affordable Care Act; the U.'s football losses; the two guys who toppled the rock in a national park in the name of public safety; government bailouts; Twitter and Mike Lee's poll numbers. You name it. (If you believe you'll be able to get affordable health insurance online, you believe in Santa!)
It's funny, warm and well done.
Tyrus Williams makes a truly horrible redneck Santa Claws, who actually crashes and burns. (He's also good as the Paul Lynde-type judge.)
Dan Larrinage is a wonderful cigar-chewing cynical, and desperate producer C.B. DeVille is trying to save his theater with a holiday show.
Mary Parker Williams is Joan Quivers, the big star whose face never moves as she cracks Joan Rivers jokes at lightning speed. ("Don't worry, I've got another one in my bag," she says after she's smacked in the face.)
Katlin Rose Williams plays the 8-year-old Natalie who is trying to find out if Santa Claus is real. She sells the part well, especially in the courtroom scenes.
Laurel Warr (as Laurel Lye) shows off some real talent with a wad of gum.
Matt O'Malley makes a great Kris Kringle, and Dallin Lewis is a good villain.
Everyone is spot on in this show.
A couple of one-liners fall a little flat: They're trying everything, so it's understandable that one or two bits will miss.
Overall this is a fun, lively show and the olios that come after are hilarious.
A Gayle Ruzika (from the Eagle Forum) impersonator makes an appearance that even she would find funny.
"White Christmas" mangled by Mary Parker Williams is a treasure as is the "Nobody Wants a Fruitcake" song.
If you're looking for a light evening out that makes you laugh in the middle of Christmas shopping, this is it.
Sharon Haddock is a professional writer with more than 35 years experience, 17 at the Deseret News. Her personal blog is at sharonhaddock.blogspot.com.
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