Human Race’s ‘Who’s Holiday!’ a naughty good time at Loft Theatre

Alex Sunderhaus as Cindy Lou Who in the Human Race Theatre Company's production of "Who's Holiday!"

Credit: SCOTT J. KIMMINS

caption arrowCaption
Alex Sunderhaus as Cindy Lou Who in the Human Race Theatre Company's production of "Who's Holiday!"

Credit: SCOTT J. KIMMINS

Credit: SCOTT J. KIMMINS

Cindy Lou Who is all grown up with a lot to say in Matthew Lombardo’s raunchy comedy “Who’s Holiday!”

Directed by Joe Deer at the Loft Theatre, the Human Race Theatre Company’s comical, adults-only season-extra production of Lombardo’s irreverent Dr. Seuss-inspired parody finds fortysomething outcast Cindy Lou in a reflective, rhyming and profane mood.

Living in a trailer park on the outskirts of Whoville (designed with superb detail by Scott J. Kimmins), Cindy Lou is prepping for a Christmas Eve party for her friends (vodka, bourbon and gin are on the menu along with pigs in a blanket) when she decides to reveal details about that fateful night when she first met the Grinch. Her shocking, startling confessions of what happened next are definitely for mature audiences, especially when the conversation turns to marriage and children, but the play’s absurd yet clever foundation is never shaken.

Wright State University graduate Alex Sunderhaus, a natural comedienne with great comedic timing and stage presence, relishes every moment as the drinkin’ and druggin’ Cindy Lou. Dressed in Zoe Still’s colorful holiday garb, Sunderhaus, tapping into her inner Cecily Strong, is a naughty, conversational and entertaining joy. In fact, a major highpoint finds her effortlessly rapping to the beat of a ‘90s TV classic. She also playfully handles the audience participation elements to the hilt. You’ve been warned.

“Who’s Holiday!” continues through Dec. 19 at the Loft Theatre, 126 N. Main St., Dayton. The play runs roughly 60 minutes without intermission. Performances are 7 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday; 8 p.m. Thursday-Saturday; and 2 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $30-$40. For tickets or more information, call 937-228-3630 or visit humanracetheatre.org. Patrons are reminded the play contains adult language and themes. All audiences are required to wear masks.

Theatre Guild presents ‘Road to Mecca’

Dayton Theatre Guild’s production of Athol Fugard’s “The Road to Mecca” continues through Sunday, Dec. 19.

Kathy Campbell stars as Helen Martins, an aging South African woman living in a Christian community who is coping with a potential move into a nursing home. Lynn Vanderpool portrays Elsa Barlow, Helen’s friend encouraging her love of sculpture. Peter Wallace completes the cast as Pastor Marius Byleveld.

Performances are 8 p.m. Friday, 5 p.m. Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday at the Guild, 430 Wayne Ave., Dayton. Tickets are $14-$21. For tickets or more information, call 937-278-5993 or visit daytontheatreguild.org. All audiences are required to wear masks.

Nina West stars in ‘Hairspray’ in Springfield

Columbus-based drag performer and Denison University theatre graduate Andrew Levitt, a.k.a. Nina West, leads the new national tour of “Hairspray” Tuesday, Dec. 14 at the Kuss Auditorium of Clark State Performing Arts Center in Springfield.

Levitt, a Greentown, Ohio native who won the title of Miss Congeniality on Season 11 (2019) of the Emmy Award-winning “RuPaul’s Drag Race,” will portray Edna Turnblad. He’ll be joined by newcomers Niki Metcalf as Tracy Turnblad and Toneisha Harris (NBC’s “The Voice”) as Motormouth Maybelle.

The show begins at 7 p.m. Tickets are $30-$70. For tickets or more information, visit pac.clarkstate.edu. All audiences are required to wear masks.

Dayton Philharmonic presents Handel’s ‘Messiah’

Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra presents Handel’s “Messiah” Wednesday, Dec. 15 at 7 p.m. at the Schuster Center, Second and Main Streets, Dayton.

Soprano Amy Owens, mezzo-soprano Christina Hazen, tenor Anthony León, and bass Allen Michael Jones will join the DPO for the performance, spearheaded under the leadership of DPO artistic director and conductor Neal Gittleman. Hazen notably returns to Dayton after performing the role of Flora in Dayton Opera’s April 2021 production of “La Traviata: Essential Opera.”

In addition, the Dayton Philharmonic Chamber Chorus, under the direction of Hank Dahlman, will be featured in this beautiful, majestic choral masterpiece. Performed in three parts, “Messiah” relates the prophecy of a savior and his coming, his passion and resurrection, and his role in eternal life after death.

Tickets are $21-$39. For tickets or more information, call 937-228-3630 or visit daytonperformingarts.org. All audiences are required to wear masks.

Dayton Ballet offers sensory-friendly performance of ‘Nutcracker’

A sensory-friendly afternoon performance of Dayton Ballet’s “The Nutcracker” will be presented Friday, Dec. 17 at 2 p.m. at the Schuster Center, Second and Main Streets, Dayton.

The performance is specifically designed for children and adults with autism spectrum disorder, sensory sensitivities or other special needs. Tickets are $25.

For tickets or more information, call 937-228-3630 or visit daytonperformingarts.org. All audiences are required to wear masks.

About the Author