San Francisco Christmas Theatre

What better way to escape the pressure of the holiday season than by taking an evening off to see Christmas-themed theatre? That’s precisely what I did the other night, heading over to the Mission to enjoy the “12 Days of Cochina” performed by Marga Gomez at Theatre Rhinoceros. The one-woman show was funny and lively and infused with variations on the Christmas spirit, making it a terrific treat for indulging in the joys of the season without having to think about any of the stresses.

Weaving together different Christmas stories, both familiar and invented, the saucy actress shares the sexy side of Christmas. She incorporates humorous references to cultural differences, political issues and gender roles, making a statement without making her play be about making a statement. The moral of the play? Even with all kinds of other drama going on in the world, when it comes right down to it, Christmas is about making that, ahem, personal connection with those around you.

The play has been well-received by San Franciscans and has been extended to run through the end of the year, ending with an early-evening showing on New Years’ Eve complete with a pre-midnight countdown and party. Take the time to get to the neighborhood early or linger there later to enjoy the Christmas music coming out of the various restaurants and the people making merry on the Mission’s streets.

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