Gamm Theatre's holiday show this year is "Miss Pixie's Cable Access Holiday Extravaganza" an original show written and performed by one of Gamm's resident actress' Casey Seymour Kim, who wears a huge blond wig ala Dolly Parton. She turns her script into a cable access TV show which makes fun of all the hokey cable access shows around and is a variety show told in the vein of the old time TV holiday shows. Casey takes us back to the early cinematic days of Shirley Temple, Judy Garland and Elizabeth Taylor. However Martha "Pixie" Feingold, showbiz legend and hostess of Channel 3's "Miss Pixie's Late Nite Clubhouse" is tickled pink to present for the first time her Holiday Extravaganza! Casey opens the show with one of her songs called "Christmas in Pawtucket" and ends with "I Am Always the Last One at the Party". She introduces her many surprise guests including a constantly guzzling Santa who enjoys giving the bad children of Germany not coal in their stockings but a cramp-pus which is a beating on the backside with a birch tree branch. The many clever songs are by Casey, David Rabinow and Charles Cafone. Pixie has the help from Karen, the Intern played by Melissa Bowler who I reviewed at PC and Kevin, the accompanist played by Jimmy Calitri who I reviewed at RIC and Academy Players. The show is fun filled from start to finish with the audience participating in Trivia Questions, winning prizes and all the holidays are celebrated including as Pixie puts it, "Paganism" with a pentagram over the front door entrance and the audience ahums with Kevin who is a Buddhist. Only 85 minutes long, the show is fast paced, hilarious and brilliantly performed.
Some of the highlights of the show are as follows:Casey enters the stage dressed in a red festive holiday dress. She imitates Judy Garland in one of the segments saying that it is verbatim from the 1963 special. Casey shows photos of the men Pixie has dated in the past including Paul Lynde, Tab Hunter, Rock Hudson and Mario Hillario, asking what do they all have in common besides being very happy. TJ an audience member was asked trivia questions, brought up on stage and won a Kwanzaa gift which he picked out while avowing that he is an atheist. The ribald Santa is excellently played by veteran actor, Chris Byrnes. As he leaves the stage he proclaims to Pixie that she should take a look at his Yule Log after she wakes him from his drunken stupor. Melissa has several funny one liners and plays the sock puppet, Uncle Rodney who sings a song about a turtle with Pixie as well as appearing as the Little Drummer boy on her knees with shoes strapped on to them. She follows Pixie around with the camera for close ups. Jim plays the low key pianist who dresses up as Tony Danza when the real one doesn't appear after Pixie has emailed him. Casey's country western number is done while she has a cowboy hat perched on top of her huge blond wig. Another hilarious song is "Christmas for the Jews" which is about how they eat Chinese food on the holiday and don't get Christmas gifts. The final guest is shown on the TV set which Melissa brings onto the stage. The versatility of Casey shines through in this performance, this gal can play comedy and drama with ease while showing off her wonderful singing voice in these songs. The holiday set and costumes are by David Howard and the show is stage managed by Chris Byrnes and Marc McClure. So for a festive evening of entertainment be sure to catch this novel show "Miss Pixie's Cable Access Holiday Extravaganza!!!"