Just as most Jewish holidays have the same theme ( They tried to kill us. We survived. Let's eat.), some attentive comedian - Seinfeld? Stewart? - noted that many Christmas stories also share a common plot: Someone's trying to steal Christmas and we have to get it back!
BCKSEET Productions' newest entry into the crowded yuletide market is true to that form with ELFuego, an original musical by company artistic director Kate Brennan, in which Occupying elves hijack the holiday.
And that's where things get muddy. Scab the Elf (tiny Sarah Doherty, whose wide-eyed comedic style outclasses this script) accidentally set Santa's workshop ablaze, resulting in what sounds like a North Pole version of the Triangle Shirtwaist fire. The elves went on strike and Scab, as one might expect, brought in four human replacements: Frank, an ex-soldier (Jeremy Gable); Euki, a pregnant ex-nun (Maria Konstantinidis); Quran, a Muslim student (Craig Bazan); and Hope (Cindy Spitko), a half-Jewish unemployed businesswoman from an undetermined profession.