Julia @ 'Christmas in Hell' - I was jealous

What’s it about?

Young Davin ends up in Hell after eating a 60-something-year-old fruit cake. Davin’s father goes through heaven, earth and Hell (literally) to save him.

My experience.

Would I say I liked the show?


I’m not a big fan of weird, morbid, inappropriate humor. So I found myself rolling my eyes at a lot of the jokes. They kept referencing Charles Manson, but I had no idea who that was. I was left with more questions than anything because, honestly, I felt like the musical was still a first draft.

source  Gary Apple

source Gary Apple

When the show finished, there was a talk back with the actors and the writer, Gary Apple.

I had no idea who Gary Apple was, but apparently he worked on The Simpsons, which explains why I found this show very strange. The entire time I was thinking this felt like some sort of live adaptation of a cartoon. And I don’t like cartoons like The Simpsons, Family Guy or Rick and Morty.

I’m more of an Avatar: The Last Airbender, Voltron: Legendary Defender and even Pokémon fan. You know, something with more action and adventure.

Gary explained that some things had been changed since the previews and even during the first few official performances. He was open to criticisms during the talk back, but people mostly posed personal questions to the actors. Sitting here typing this post, I wish I could have asked him about a few things that confused me, like:

  1. Davin started doing weird shit after he met the Devil, like crucifying a frog. I didn’t understand why he started doing that. Like, is that just literally cause he met the Devil?

  2. There were characters who mentioned that the boogeyman, Carl, supposedly had really big hands, but when he was finally introduced, he didn’t.

  3. Why are Carl and Galiana (his love interest) a thing? What is their backstory? All we know is that she was trapped in Hell and somehow they fell in love and then Carl set her free.

Anyway, enough of the spoilers and critiques — I’m gonna tell you more about the talk back.

Elijah “Eli” Rayman, who plays Davin, the little kid who ate the poisonous cake, was asked where he goes to school and he said Big Apple Academy in Brooklyn. I dropped my jaw ‘cuz that school is literally five minutes away from my house. And it’s a private school, too. After the talk back, he went over to his family in the audience and they all started talking in Russian.

I was in SHOOK.

Until then, I had never seen a Russian person in any of the shows I’ve attended, let alone someone who lives in the same neighborhood as me. I didn’t even realize he was Russian cause he had a clear American accent. It really took me by surprise. I mean, I was jealous, too. This kid’s already making a name for himself and I’m still trying to learn the ropes of how to break into music.

But… not everyone is a prodigy, I guess.

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