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Santa?s slay

Most everyone whom GO Brooklyn knows is asking for a Nintendo Wii from Santa this year, but if the Tiger Lillies have their way, we?ll all be getting ?Suicide for Christmas.?

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By Daniel Goldberg
for The Brooklyn Paper

Most everyone whom GO Brooklyn knows is asking for a Nintendo Wii from

Santa this year, but if the Tiger Lillies have their way, we?ll all be

getting ?Suicide for Christmas.?

The trio of musicians, known

for an annual Halloween show at St. Ann?s Warehouse and macabre

projects like ?Shockheaded Peter,? an opera that assigns cruel

punishments for children?s vices, is turning its eye to Christmas with

its latest show, which opens at St. Ann?s on Dec. 13.

?When I

was a small child, I was a firm believer in Santa Claus and enjoyed

Christmas morning like no other,? said Martyn Jacques, the group?s

founder, via e-mail from Greece. ?As one gets older, the best you can

hope for is a sense of indifference, [of] not feeling suicidal.?

So, with a sharp tongue and healthy sense of the absurd, Jacques and

bandmates Adrian Huge and Adrian Stout composed the show, which is

meant to turn the holiday traditions of Rockettes and nutcrackers on

their head.

?We thought it might be funny to do a whole show based on suicide,? mused Jacques.

So, if your idea of holiday cheer is ?It?s a Wonderful Life,? this might not be the show for you.

?It?s a show that people who hate Christmas should come to. It?s not

for all the family, and life is not a bowl of cherries,? said Jacques.

?There will be no elves. ? Actually, we?ll probably have lots of elves

committing suicide as our stage decoration.?

?Suicide for

Christmas? will be performed at 8 pm on Dec. 13, 14 and 15 at St. Ann?s

Warehouse (38 Water St. at Dock Street in DUMBO). Tickets are $32.50.

For information, call (718) 254-8779 or visit www.stannswarehouse.org.

?2007 The Brooklyn Paper


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