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Tired of cheer? Try ‘Fool for Love’

Holiday fatigue isn’t just about shopping, or parties (though the tightening economic situation seems to be putting a kibosh on plenty of those) or having too much fun with family and friends. It also comes in with entertainment. A quick survey of the local theater listings show Christmas and holiday offerings as far as the eye can see. And, on their own, many of these are gorgeous, glorious celebrations of the season and the warmth that humans can find in their hearts.

However, taken as a lot, it gets overwhelming. If you’ve had enough Christmas (or other solstice-based celebrations), why not head over to the Gremlin Theatre for Sam Shepherd’s decidedly not-cheery “Fool for Love.”

The scheduling was an accident, as other planned programming fell through, according to Gremlin artistic director Peter Hansen. Then again, what Christmas season is complete without a tale of forbidden love played out in a hot and dusty motel room?

And it’s a chance to see the company in its new space. Gremlin moved from the hard-to-find Loading Dock to a spot on University and Raymond, east of Highway 280. Hansen says the theater is thrilled with the new space. For patrons, the fresh, thriving location means more options for before and after the show, while the theater space itself makes for a better show. All of which helps make “Fool For Love” a nice alternative in the days leading up to Christmas.

“Fool for Love.” Through Dec. 21. Gremlin Theatre, 2400 W. University Ave., St. Paul. $20 for adults, $18 for seniors and patrons with Fringe Festival button. More details here.

Readers: Which holiday shows do you prefer — or do you just want to avoid the whole season?

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