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'The Drunk’n Gnome' staggers into Joliet on Dec. 2

"The Drunken Gnome" show on Dec. 3, 2016,  gave an adult audience the "mature" stories behind the annual holiday play, "Festival of Gnomes," now in its 41st year. Sitting, from left: Cheryl Foster and Jan Novotny. Standing, from left: Tamara Martinez, Randy McReynolds, Amity Reading, Rachel Ventura, Roger McReynolds, Tom Novotny, Nicole Smith, Lori Carmine and Eric Moniger.
"The Drunken Gnome" show on Dec. 3, 2016, gave an adult audience the "mature" stories behind the annual holiday play, "Festival of Gnomes," now in its 41st year. Sitting, from left: Cheryl Foster and Jan Novotny. Standing, from left: Tamara Martinez, Randy McReynolds, Amity Reading, Rachel Ventura, Roger McReynolds, Tom Novotny, Nicole Smith, Lori Carmine and Eric Moniger.

JOLIET – “The Drunk’n Gnome” staggers into town again Saturday, December 2 at 8 p.m. to Billie Limacher Bicentennial Park Theatre at 201 W. Jefferson St., in Joliet for one show only.

Tickets are $5 for those 18 and older only. It has been given a “T” (for troll) rating, similar to the standard “R” rating for humans. (The cast was pushing for the more restrictive “S” for Snotgurgle rating, but management put their big hairy feet down.)

This irreverent spoof on the family-friendly gnome show was a hit last year, so the gnomes are returning to their favorite watering hole. Meet them as they tell the bartender how the gnome stories really happened, plus some brand new tales.

First year? Get your gnome cap here.

And don’t worry, you do not need to know gnome lore to fully enjoy yourself and follow along.

Returning? Get your free beer cap tassel sewn to your cap to celebrate.

Complete your ensemble with a beer pretzel necklace. Enjoy the spirited bar music filling the lobby where one can find the popular seasonal brews and mulled wine.

Reservations are recommended. Call 815-724-3761 or email bipark@jolietcity.org. or more information, visit www.bicentennialpark.org.

Synopsis:

A concept born out of 30 years performing the same show, veteran Gnomes returned with new stories and new takes on the old familiars. Stories are told at the bar and show that gnomes are not so different from humans. Tickets are still just $5 but limited to 18 and older for the live, indoor theatre production.
 
The Drunk’n cast, not that the cast is drunk (we hope), imparts the lore of the mythical people from European folklore as told following consumption of a tankard or two of ale. Follow the gnomes on many adventures as they navigate 21st century problems, including relationships like "Sex and the City," bad drug deals like "Pulp Fiction," mafia-type bosses like Da Coach and current events like the Daily Report.

Through stories woven together, audience members will meet the friendly denizens of the gnome tavern; gnome “Say what again” Pip; the large gnome Kostja with an ego to match; and the weary but greedy human couple visited by a mysterious gnome. In “Wartje”, a gnome father tells his teen daughters of the legendary, clever brewmaster gnome Wartje who outsmarts the evil trolls.

In this tale, audience members meet the gnome’s worried wife, and a talking rat. With many adventures, the show goes quickly as audience members travel the land of gnomes and the bar line.
 
At the end of the show, join in the sing-along of the classic “Drunken Gnome.” Spirited bar music fills the lobby where one can find seasonal brews and mulled wine at the “Tavern On The Bricks.” Edible pretzel necklaces make for convenient nibbling.

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