Koenig’s show isn’t the usual send-up of ethnic characters that the title may suggest. Underlying the comedy, the piece reflects a darker reality that Koenig felt compelled to address onstage. “Big events happen to my family around the holidays that have impact on all of us,” says Koenig. “Most notably, five years ago my sister passed away suddenly at Christmastime and I wanted to write about it, but I didn’t know how to tie it all together until this show.”
The result is a darkly comedic multimedia performance that alternates between hilarious and unfunny. Koenig uses her own family tragedy to discuss issues that anyone, Jewish or not, can understand. “The Jew Who Loves Christmas uses comedy to deal with deeper issues around how the holidays have this sugar coated sadness to them,” says Koenig. “I hope that anyone who feels the holidays are a magical but difficult time will relate to my show and know that they aren’t the only ones who feel that way.”
See Horse Head Theatre Company’s Holiday Huzzah The Jew Who Loves Christmas at 8 p.m. Obsidian Art Space, 3522 White Oak Drive. For information, visit horseheadtheatre.org. $25 to $40.
Sat., Dec. 13, 8 p.m., 2014