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‘The 12 Dates of Christmas’
at Aurora Theatre

2014 December 25
by Susan Asher

Actor Ginna Hoben (video above features her, not the actress starring in this production at the Aurora Theatre) has created a cute script with “The 12 Dates of Christmas,” forget that it drags the last 10 minutes. An actress and writer, Hoben, has performed in New York and around the country, and probably has a better feel for this script than the actress, Jaclyn Hoffman, playing the role at Aurora. She’s not bad. She’s just often not believable.

I have a feeling I would have liked this one-woman show a lot more had she, or an actress just as talented, performed the role of a young actress whose discovers while watching the Macy’s Day Thanksgiving Parade on TV and sees her fiancĂ© smooching with another woman. So goes that relationship.

We follow Mary (Jaclyn Hoffman) through her breakup and her dates with 12 men in the following 12 months.

I love the premise and the characters in the show. Jaclyn Hoffman is a delight while portraying some of the other characters, her mother, her aunt and some of the dates. As Mary, however, there’s a lot of overacting and talking at the audience rather than to them.

“The 12 Dates of Christmas” ran through Dec. 21 at the Aurora Theatre. Because of my hectic work schedule, I am sorely lacking in getting this review published, but you didn’t miss a thing.

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