We grew up on the original movie of Santa Claus Conquers The Martians, back when TV stations broadcast out of backyard shacks and kids ate nothing but Godzilla, kung-fu and just this sort of brain-scrambled 60s no-budget insanity and loved it but good. Its basically Zardoz for the holidaysdeep characters, innovative special effects and dialog that reverberates into infinity. (Santa Claus, you belong to Mars now.) Maverick Theaters much-loved and long-running live theatrical adaptation digs out the real heart of this moviewhich is a dedicated and cheerful idiocy that twitches constantly between the knowing and obliviousand serves it up as Christmas dinner. Rocky Horror is certainly an institution, but Mavericks Martians is becoming something even more adorablea holiday tradition.
Fri., Dec. 3, 8 p.m.; Sat., Dec. 4, 8 p.m.; Sun., Dec. 5, 3 p.m.; Fri., Dec. 10, 8 p.m.; Sat., Dec. 11, 8 p.m.; Sun., Dec. 12, 3 p.m.; Fri., Dec. 17, 8 p.m.; Sat., Dec. 18, 8 p.m.; Sun., Dec. 19, 3 p.m.; Fri., Dec. 24, 8 p.m.; Sat., Dec. 25, 8 p.m.; Sun., Dec. 26, 3 p.m., 2010