Looking At Christmas OFF-BROADWAY REVIEWS

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  • NY POST

Opening Night:
November 20, 2010
Closing:
December 31, 2010

Theater: The Flea Theater / 41 White Street, New York, NY, 10013

Synopsis: 

Looking at Christmas is a twenty-first century New York City holiday tale - the story of a young, recently fired writer who stumbles upon young, newly arrived actress on Christmas Eve while taking in the famed holiday window displays along Fifth Avenue. From Tiny Tim toting a ray gun to an eager elf with an eye for Mrs. Claus, the familiar characters behind the windows come to life in the most unexpected ways as the pair passes by each display in this quirky love story.

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  • NEW YORK TIMES REVIEW OF Looking At Christmas

    Holiday Windows Dress Up a Romance

    Eric Grode

    December 7, 2010: In “Looking at Christmas,” now playing at the Flea Theater. The pleasures ... may be fleet and superficial, but they’re a welcome break from the leaden romance that surrounds them.

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  • BACKSTAGE REVIEW OF Looking At Christmas

    Looking at Christmas at the Flea Theater

    Karl Levett

    December 7, 2010: One of the first confectionary offerings of the season, Steven Banks' "Looking at Christmas" is being delivered by the Bats, the Flea Theater's lively resident company of young actors. Banks, the head writer for "SpongeBob SquarePants," has concocted for them a Christmas pudding of a show that is heavy on the sugar, with insufficient spice in the mix.

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  • THEATERMANIA REVIEW OF Looking At Christmas

    Looking At Christmas

    Andy Propst

    December 7, 2010: In Steven Banks' Looking at Christmas, playing at the Flea, a man and a woman embark on a journey through Manhattan to take in the seasonal displays in department store windows after meeting cute in front of Bloomingdale's on Christmas Eve. However, after the incipient couple gazes at the tableaux that celebrate the season, the figures in each of the windows come to life, offering commentary on their existence and the vagaries of their legacies. Unfortunately, this exercise in holiday-time revisionism often proves to be anything but merry, given Banks' strained attempts at humor.

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  • NY POST REVIEW OF Looking At Christmas

    Reasons for elf-doubt

    Elisabeth Vincentelli

    December 7, 2010: The head writer for "SpongeBob SquarePants," Steven Banks also moonlights as the dark and twisted Billy the Mime. Now, he tries to reconcile his sugar-and-spice sides in a new play, "Looking at Christmas." But the romance is overly saccharine, and what's meant to be edgy, while mildly amusing at times, doesn't cut very deep.

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