The Whistleaires' Big Christmas Show
article in the Oakland Tribune by Chad Jones
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- "Caper" delights audiences
- by Chad Jones
- If your Christmas tastes run to the more unusual, look no further than
the Whistleaires' annual "Big Christmas Special" at the EXIT
Theatre in San Francisco.
- Born our of the Fringe Festival, the whistling duo known as The Whistleaires,
Mark Romyn and Phil Worman, turned their act into a kitschy, sweet Christmas
show last year.
- Now they're back with a new show and fresh special guests.
- In true variety show fashion, The Whistleaires offer a shaky plot that
has something to do with Mrs. Claus accidently dry cleaning her husbands's
suit and voiding all of its magical powers.
- "There's definitely some domestic discord at the North Pole,"
says Whistleaire Mark "Toots" Romyn. Then, with tongue firmly
in cheek he adds, "This show is definitely than last year's"
- In all seriousness, with its mix of musical guests, magic tricks and
fairly spectacular whistling, "Big Christmas Special" is, as
Romyn describes it, "a quick bit of fluff with some laughs."
- Suitable for the entire family -- last year found 13-year-old girls
celebrating their birthdays at the show -- "Big Christmas" takes
its inspiration from old TV variety shows.
- "Our biggest influences are the Perry Como Christmas specials,
" Romyn says. "But there are a lot of other inspirations from
the '60s and '70s. Even Don Knotts had a variety show for a while."
- The Whistleaires' "Big Christmas Special" was scheduled to
open Thursday and runds through Dec. 15 at the EXIT Theatre, 156 Eddy Str.,
San Francisco. Tickets are $12 to $20 on a sliding scale. Call (415) 673-3847.
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