Rudolph! On Stage!
Since starting Bad Reputation in 2010, local funny-woman Shelley McLendon has given the ’80s Patrick Swayze vehicle Road House and teen-vampire flick The Lost Boys the Bad Rep treatment—that is, performed their screenplays on stage more or less straight, letting their so-bad-it’s-good comedy speak for itself. Now, McLendon puts Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer in her affectionately mocking crosshairs. The cherished 1964 stop-motion-animated movie has sentimental value for McLendon: “When it comes on,” she says, “I can feel for a few seconds how I did about Christmas when I was in first grade.” But that won’t stop her, along with local comedians Michael Fetters, Jon Breen, and Jed Arkley and Portland Mercury editor Wm. Steven Humphrey, from ridiculing the film at its unintentionally funniest— Island of Misfit Toys, anyone?