Bunny the Elf LIVE!

christi pedigo · Ages 10+ · United States of America

family friendly one person show world premiere
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July 04, 2019 certified reviewer
tagged as: comedy · coming of age · christmas · elf · toys · santa · female · playwright

What I liked

The character of Bunny is charming, honest, and refreshingly non-cynical. Pedigo invests the character with a non-stop beaming smile and loopy voice. Her performance is what carries the piece, but the various vignettes are humorous and well-honed. When Bunny gets serious for a few moments it grabs your heart. The story starts as a story of a christmas elf but becomes a story of a prolonged childhood coming face to face with the reality of adulthood. It’s a transition that can be tricky, but Pedigo nails it effortlessly.

What I didn't like

There were a few sections in the middle that kind of hit a lull. They didn’t really detract from the overall piece, because otherwise the laughs were fairly consistent throughout. A few of the stories didn’t really nail their endings as well as others.

My overall impression

A very thoughtful and witty show. Great performance by Christi Pedigo as Bunny the Elf, the former Musical Theater Auditioner who finds her true calling through her work as a Christmas elf in a toy store. Bunny is ditzy but utterly sincere and endearing. Her behind the scenes stories of the business of elfing, and the various bad behaviors of both parents and children are hilarious. Bunny suffers the stings, but rises every time. Bunny is a late-20s young woman who still believes in Santa, and everything reminds of her of a musical theater song, which she immediately belts out, poorly. The story of Bunny eventually coming to grips with the real world and finding her place in life is the underlying arc of the piece that gives it heart and soul.

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