The Great Tinsel War of 1979

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A look at one of history's most overlooked conflicts.
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The Great Tinsel War of 1979

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  • Daniel Prillaman:
    17 Jan. 2023
    War changes people. It's why Alli and I work at hotels during Christmas. There's less space to decorate a large tree, which means there's less opportunity to suddenly instigate a multi-generational war of dastardly, cutting barbs that irrevocably destroy the soul. Fights are quiet in the annals of history. But wars? They are studied. In academia. Forever. There was a time that I did not e'en know of tinsel or what it was. How I long for that time! But the innocent cannot stay so forever, and sides must be chosen. This is a hilarious play.
  • Vince Gatton:
    10 Jan. 2023
    Well, that escalated quickly! A disagreement over proper tree-decorating techniques escalates wildly out of control, stretching forward and backward through time and across two families, exposing secrets and hilariously catastrophic consequences -- all under the watchful eye and droll tongue of an omniscient narrator. A late, almost-casual reveal punched a gut-laugh out of me. A hilarious and grim holiday gem.
  • Paul Donnelly:
    8 Jan. 2023
    What kind of monster pitches tinsel onto a tree willy-nilly instead of hanging it strand by strand? I guess I'm not capable of being a neutral observer in the great tinsel war. Thankfully we have an academic narrator who is and who is also a great parody of the pompous talking heads that populate so many documentaries. In addition to skewering holiday traditions, this play offers a fun and funny look at a variety of family dynamics in a most enjoyable ten pages.