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‘Ugly Sweater Revue’ spikes holidays

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — If you’re seeking an astringent antidote to Hallmark holiday fare, Duke City Repertory is serving up “The Ugly Sweater Revue” for the second year in a row.

Elizabeth Dwyer Sandlin will perform in “The Ugly Sweater Revue.” (SOURCE: Cyd Dubois)

This fractured feast combines bawdy cabaret with magic and belly dancing in a Dean Martin-TV-special-meets-vaudeville hybrid opening Thursday, Dec. 7 at the Tricklock Performance Lab. Think of it as the ultimate spike in your December eggnog.

“We started it last year, and has become a big hit,” artistic director Amelia Ampuero said. “By the end of the run, we were adding seats.”

Frustrated by failing to find a holiday play the actors could stomach, the troupe designed the revue as a series of original sketches combining both outside and company performances.

“We’re like this island of misfit toys,” Ampuero said. “If people are tired of the holiday standards, this is the show for them.”

Expect a whole lot of naughty amid the nice; the show is not recommended for those under 18.

Local burlesque performers Rozalyn Le Chaton and Annie O’Roar will bring both flesh and satire; former class clown and magician Bryan Lambe will add his wizardry to the show.

“They’re going to see a lot of skin from the burlesque acts,” Ampuero said . “It’s not your normal holiday fare. It’s really blue; there’s a lot of cussing; there’s a lot of nudity. If people are tired of seeing the holiday shows, this is the show for them.”