Santa’s slay

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Most everyone whom GO Brooklyn knows is asking for a Nintendo Wii from Santa this year, but if the Tiger Lillies have their way, we’ll all be getting “Suicide for Christmas.”

The trio of musicians, known for an annual Halloween show at St. Ann’s Warehouse and macabre projects like “Shockheaded Peter,” an opera that assigns cruel punishments for children’s vices, is turning its eye to Christmas with its latest show, which opens at St. Ann’s on Dec. 13.

“When I was a small child, I was a firm believer in Santa Claus and enjoyed Christmas morning like no other,” said Martyn Jacques, the group’s founder, via e-mail from Greece. “As one gets older, the best you can hope for is a sense of indifference, [of] not feeling suicidal.”

So, with a sharp tongue and healthy sense of the absurd, Jacques and bandmates Adrian Huge and Adrian Stout composed the show, which is meant to turn the holiday traditions of Rockettes and nutcrackers on their head.

“We thought it might be funny to do a whole show based on suicide,” mused Jacques.

So, if your idea of holiday cheer is “It’s a Wonderful Life,” this might not be the show for you.

“It’s a show that people who hate Christmas should come to. It’s not for all the family, and life is not a bowl of cherries,” said Jacques. “There will be no elves. … Actually, we’ll probably have lots of elves committing suicide as our stage decoration.”

“Suicide for Christmas” will be performed at 8 pm on Dec. 13, 14 and 15 at St. Ann’s Warehouse (38 Water St. at Dock Street in DUMBO). Tickets are $32.50. For information, call (718) 254-8779 or visit

Updated 4:00 pm, November 10, 2010
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