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Episode 29: CHRISTMAS SPECIAL!
Episode 2922nd December 2021 • Review That Review with Chelsey Donn & Trey Gerrald • The Review Queens
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The Queens are ready to jingle and jangle as they share 1 Star Reviews centered around the Christmas Holiday! We get a 1 Dot TripAdvisor Review for the Moscow Ballet's 'The Nutcracker' West Cast in Texas, and a 1 Star Yelp Review for The Christmas Tree Shops in NJ. Trey thinks ballets should be seen not heard, Chelsey will not confuse Tracy L. with Tracy L. (NOR Lacy T!), and the Queens beg the question, 'Why does Rudolph get ALL the attention?!'

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VOICEOVER:

Everybody's got

Chelsey Donn:

Hello?

Chelsey Donn:

Hi Santa.

Trey Gerrald:

I just put on a naughty hat, I made it a reveal as I like to do.

Trey Gerrald:

I have headphones and I'm trying to wear the snotty hat.

Trey Gerrald:

Um, anyway.

Trey Gerrald:

Welcome to Review That Review the podcast dedicated to reviewing.

Chelsey Donn:

Reviews!

Chelsey Donn:

Yay.

Chelsey Donn:

We're just like Siskel and Ebert only instead of reviewing cinematic masterpieces, we

Trey Gerrald:

That's Chelsey Donn,

Chelsey Donn:

and that's @TreyGerrald.

Trey Gerrald:

And together we are

VOICEOVER:

The Review Queens.

Trey Gerrald:

And if you want to support the show while getting bonus and exclusive content,

Trey Gerrald:

Oh, Chelsey girl.

Trey Gerrald:

I don't know if this naughty hat tipped you off, but Merrrrrry Christmas!

VOICEOVER:

I want a hippopotamous for Christmas!

VOICEOVER:

Only a hippopotomus will do!

Trey Gerrald:

Have you ever heard that song?

Chelsey Donn:

I haven't...

Chelsey Donn:

was that Liza?!

Trey Gerrald:

I don't know who it was.

Trey Gerrald:

some Child singer,

Chelsey Donn:

first of all, love it.

Chelsey Donn:

Second of all.

Chelsey Donn:

No, never heard that song before they wanted to hippopotamus.

Trey Gerrald:

Yeah.

Trey Gerrald:

It's just like a, some random, like, I guess Christmas song from back when like men went to

Chelsey Donn:

Oh Yes.

Chelsey Donn:

Cleaning in the streams was a big deal back in day.

Trey Gerrald:

Um, oh my gosh, 'Merry Ho Ho' as my mom says it is our Christmas episode!

Chelsey Donn:

It's true!

Chelsey Donn:

Merry Christmas queens!

Trey Gerrald:

Merry Christmas to all who celebrate girl.

Trey Gerrald:

How was your week?

Chelsey Donn:

My week was great.

Chelsey Donn:

I had an audition today that I had not very much time to prepare, so that's always, you

Chelsey Donn:

And I had a good time and they got to work with my coach Taylor, who I love and adore.

Chelsey Donn:

So great, great day.

Chelsey Donn:

So far.

Chelsey Donn:

How about you trey?

Trey Gerrald:

That's nice.

Trey Gerrald:

You know, I've been having a great week.

Trey Gerrald:

We're still working on training hunter and you know, our dog Winnie knows

Trey Gerrald:

Right.

Trey Gerrald:

So, um, we're still working on down with hunter, but it's coming along.

Trey Gerrald:

We just have to remember.

Trey Gerrald:

Work on him.

Trey Gerrald:

Yeah.

Trey Gerrald:

But, um, things are good.

Trey Gerrald:

I'm glad that it's Christmas time, you know, people tend to be a little cheerier.

Chelsey Donn:

It is true.

Chelsey Donn:

I think it's the music.

Chelsey Donn:

Just hearing that hippopotamus song already made me feel better, you know?

VOICEOVER:

I want a hippopotamous for Christmas!

Trey Gerrald:

Well, aside from all this Christmas joy, should we get

Trey Gerrald:

Would you like to

VOICEOVER:

Lodge A Complaint?

Chelsey Donn:

I wa as a Christmas gift to myself, I would love to Lodge A Complaint if that's okay.

Chelsey Donn:

I really hate it when I'm eating and I have to sneeze.

Chelsey Donn:

Oh, you know, like just very inconvenient timing.

Chelsey Donn:

What, like, what do I, what am I supposed to do with that?

Chelsey Donn:

Like if I sneeze, it's just going to be terrible.

Chelsey Donn:

And

Trey Gerrald:

it does like kickoff that like rubbing your head and patting your stomach thing.

Chelsey Donn:

Yeah.

Chelsey Donn:

Well also there's food in the mouth, not to be gross.

Chelsey Donn:

You know what I mean?

Chelsey Donn:

Like there's just like a lot to negotiate.

Chelsey Donn:

Correct.

Chelsey Donn:

And, um,

Trey Gerrald:

did this happen to you recently?

Chelsey Donn:

It did.

Chelsey Donn:

It did.

Chelsey Donn:

It happened to me right before we were recording and I was like, I

Chelsey Donn:

I was, yeah.

Chelsey Donn:

I was eating a salad chewing on that lettuce and then I had to sneeze

Chelsey Donn:

I nailed the landing.

Chelsey Donn:

I was able to swallow and then sneeze, but it was stressful.

Chelsey Donn:

Like I was very, very stressed out in the moment.

Chelsey Donn:

There's certain things like, um, sneezing while driving also very bad.

Chelsey Donn:

Apparently when you sneeze, you close your eyes.

Chelsey Donn:

Oh, you're you're driving like with your eyes closed for a second, which is also terrifying.

Chelsey Donn:

So the timing of that, it's just like, I love a good sneeze.

Chelsey Donn:

I, I hate when sneezes get cut off early, you know, like when

Chelsey Donn:

So, so thank you, sneezes.

Chelsey Donn:

Cause I think it serves a purpose, getting the dust out or whatever is this gross?

Chelsey Donn:

I don't know, but like everybody's sneezes is right.

Chelsey Donn:

We got to write that book, but I, I like a good sneeze, but the timing of this knees or,

Chelsey Donn:

It's like bad Juju.

Chelsey Donn:

Then all of a sudden this news doesn't come out.

Chelsey Donn:

So a lot of thoughts around sneezing.

Trey Gerrald:

Yeah.

Trey Gerrald:

I hear you.

Trey Gerrald:

That is a, that's a great complaint.

Trey Gerrald:

I take Zyrtec every day.

Trey Gerrald:

I do my sneezing

Chelsey Donn:

complicated.

Chelsey Donn:

Anyway, Trey, what is your complaint?

Trey Gerrald:

Tell us, so my complaint I thought of, and then as I was like writing

Chelsey Donn:

Okay.

Chelsey Donn:

Well we have gross complaints that I

Trey Gerrald:

both of us, but here's the question.

Trey Gerrald:

How often do you wear your denim jeans before washing them?

Chelsey Donn:

I am a little bit OCD, so I wash them pretty often.

Chelsey Donn:

I'll be honest.

Chelsey Donn:

Well,

Trey Gerrald:

you wear them twice, twice, twice.

Trey Gerrald:

Yeah.

Trey Gerrald:

Okay.

Trey Gerrald:

So here's my, here's my complaint.

Trey Gerrald:

I will wear my jeans many times before washing them and I leave my wallet in my jeans.

Trey Gerrald:

And so when I am putting the jeans back on, there is no way to put the jeans back

Trey Gerrald:

I can't put it in without it flipping it.

Trey Gerrald:

Inside out basically.

Trey Gerrald:

Right?

Trey Gerrald:

So then I get my jeans on and then I have to do this weird contortion dance where

Trey Gerrald:

And it's one of those things that I don't even like acknowledge is happening, but I thought

Trey Gerrald:

I don't know why the pocket goes the wrong way.

Chelsey Donn:

Do you think it's wallet specific or you think anything in there would, would flip out?

Trey Gerrald:

Well, like when I have gone to the gym, it happens all the time at the gym as well.

Trey Gerrald:

Or if I leave like my phone or my keys in the pocket, those will flip inside out too.

Trey Gerrald:

It's not flipping out.

Trey Gerrald:

It's like, you know, the fabric of the pocket material.

Trey Gerrald:

It's just two sheets of fabric inside behind the Jean denim.

Trey Gerrald:

So you're pulling it up and instead of laying flat, as it is designed,

Trey Gerrald:

So then your leg goes in.

Trey Gerrald:

Instead of the pocket going towards the fly, the pocket is now going towards your ass.

Trey Gerrald:

Oh, I see what you're saying.

Trey Gerrald:

So then I have to stick my hand into my pocket.

Trey Gerrald:

It's a flip it to position it from going from my butt towards my fly.

Trey Gerrald:

Wow.

Trey Gerrald:

And then, you know, it's like, I am wearing skinnier jeans, so that's really a big

Chelsey Donn:

hassle.

Chelsey Donn:

Three days later, your pants are on thank God

Trey Gerrald:

three days later and I'm late and I still have to get my ice coffee and this traffic,

Chelsey Donn:

it is, it's just anything like that, that you're just like, this feels like it's too

Trey Gerrald:

There are ways to get around it, but it is something I would like to put on the

Trey Gerrald:

Cause it's something I literally don't think of.

Trey Gerrald:

I get it.

Trey Gerrald:

It's like when you mentioned like how many times in a day we are deleting junk mail.

Trey Gerrald:

So like I never registered that until you mentioned that, and this is another

Trey Gerrald:

And that just said, so that's my complaint.

Trey Gerrald:

And I'm so grateful to get all of this negative energy out because we have been

Trey Gerrald:

So as you all know, Chelsey and I each bring in a review from the internet

Chelsey Donn:

We read the review, break it down and rate the impact of the review

VOICEOVER:

Assess That kvetch.

Trey Gerrald:

And in honor of this holiday called Christmas, Chelsey.

Trey Gerrald:

And I have found reviews that center around the holiday of Christmas and Chelsey, my

Trey Gerrald:

I hope you have some frankincense and myrrh for your journey.

Chelsey Donn:

Review That Review.

Trey Gerrald:

I forgot to tell you that I made a cocktail.

Trey Gerrald:

I never drink, but I have absolute Citroen in here with an sparkling energy drink.

Trey Gerrald:

And I think I'm getting drunk.

Chelsey Donn:

Yay.

Chelsey Donn:

Also, your straw is very festive.

Chelsey Donn:

It's like candy cane.

Chelsey Donn:

Yeah.

Chelsey Donn:

Very cute.

Chelsey Donn:

Try.

Chelsey Donn:

All right.

Chelsey Donn:

You guys today?

Chelsey Donn:

My Review!

Chelsey Donn:

is from TripAdvisor.

Chelsey Donn:

It is a one dot Review!

Chelsey Donn:

written by N Beth S.

Chelsey Donn:

Okay.

Chelsey Donn:

We got that from Fort worth, Texas.

Chelsey Donn:

The Review is of the Moscow ballet, the Nutcracker west cast, and just like quick little anecdote.

Chelsey Donn:

Cause I know I'm Jewish and you're like, oh, well what does that Jew know about Christmas?

Chelsey Donn:

Anyway, I was obsessed with the Nutcracker when I was a kid, I collected nutcrackers.

Chelsey Donn:

I went to the ballet every year with my mom.

Chelsey Donn:

Oh my gosh.

Chelsey Donn:

And every single year on Hanukkah, one of my eight presents would be tickets to the Nutcracker.

Chelsey Donn:

So I love the Nutcracker.

Chelsey Donn:

Was it usually well with my parents?

Chelsey Donn:

What I love that they did was we'd have eight gifts and we could pick.

Chelsey Donn:

Any of them.

Chelsey Donn:

So each day we would just like pick which one we wanted.

Chelsey Donn:

So it was, I usually knew the one in the envelope was probably the Nutcracker

Trey Gerrald:

Yeah.

Trey Gerrald:

So anyway, we're good.

Trey Gerrald:

I'm excited to hear what NBethS has to say.

Chelsey Donn:

Yeah, let's see what NBethS and her one dot Review!

Chelsey Donn:

think of the Moscow ballet's production of the Nutcracker.

Chelsey Donn:

The Moscow ballet, the best, right?

Chelsey Donn:

NOT!

Chelsey Donn:

First off, the music was CANNED!

Chelsey Donn:

NO live orchestra.

Chelsey Donn:

One of the most beautiful pieces of music in history, and we get to listen to a CD.

Chelsey Donn:

Then the usher informed us they were low on program.

Chelsey Donn:

And the three of us would have to share one, not really a problem because the program was pretty

Chelsey Donn:

The 13 principal dancers were very good, not excellent as I would expect a

Chelsey Donn:

The rest of the cast was sad, often unprepared out of sync, just making the moves and often not.

Chelsey Donn:

Well, the Nutcracker was a STUFFED TOY!!!!!

Chelsey Donn:

Seriously draw.

Chelsey Donn:

So Meyer did a poor job of getting hidden characters on and off stage.

Chelsey Donn:

And the entire production was full of local children, probably from area dance studios.

Chelsey Donn:

It was a fiasco.

Chelsey Donn:

If I wanted to see amateur dancers, I'd go to a local dance recital.

Chelsey Donn:

They were poorly rehearsed and made the production seem cheap.

Chelsey Donn:

And second rate, which it really was.

Chelsey Donn:

I paid over a hundred dollars per ticket for three of us after Ticketmaster's ridiculous fees.

Chelsey Donn:

And we would've been overpaying if all three of us had gone for a hundred dollars total.

Chelsey Donn:

This was my first Nutcracker ballet.

Chelsey Donn:

And I had been looking forward to it.

Chelsey Donn:

So very much the Moscow ballet, how could I go wrong?

Chelsey Donn:

Well, it did.

Chelsey Donn:

And it ended up being a complete disappointment.

Chelsey Donn:

It's no wonder half of the seats downstairs were empty.

Chelsey Donn:

Others must have heard about this trip to performances in advance.

Chelsey Donn:

Don't waste your time or money.

VOICEOVER:

Oh, my God.

VOICEOVER:

It's a Karen.

Trey Gerrald:

Wow.

Trey Gerrald:

Yeah.

Trey Gerrald:

I, when I really got thrown off there when like three fourths of the way through

Chelsey Donn:

Yeah.

Chelsey Donn:

But I think they, they must, I don't know.

Chelsey Donn:

I'll have a record or something.

Chelsey Donn:

They seem to know the music.

Trey Gerrald:

Tchaikovsky.

Trey Gerrald:

Well, Well, okay.

Trey Gerrald:

Even when you go to, okay.

Trey Gerrald:

I actually, I cannot speak to, like, I know that when you go to the met opera yeah.

Trey Gerrald:

The ensemble are like hired actors, basically.

Trey Gerrald:

They're not like opera people.

Trey Gerrald:

Sure.

Trey Gerrald:

So like, when you go and see the Nutcracker ballet, Like the chances that

Trey Gerrald:

Sure.

Trey Gerrald:

What's it like that when you saw like the Philly ballet?

Chelsey Donn:

I think so, but I think that's because Philadelphia has like a whole ballet

Trey Gerrald:

company, correct?

Trey Gerrald:

Correct.

Trey Gerrald:

Right.

Trey Gerrald:

Cause I don't know about ABT or, you know, I'm sure like the company members are in the back

Chelsey Donn:

sort of similar to an ABT, but like the ABT of Philadelphia, there were, there

Trey Gerrald:

but like, okay.

Trey Gerrald:

I don't know anything about the Moscow ballet, but I do know that like many of the

Trey Gerrald:

Where are they seeing this performance?

Trey Gerrald:

Is it in.

Trey Gerrald:

In

Chelsey Donn:

Texas.

Chelsey Donn:

So it seems like it's a tour of the theater, ballet, Moscow.

Chelsey Donn:

So

Trey Gerrald:

are you expecting this tour from Moscow to have 90 performers?

Chelsey Donn:

You mean touring

Trey Gerrald:

with them, but right.

Trey Gerrald:

Like you think like the guy that's playing, like the dancing frog, like in the third act as a

Trey Gerrald:

Like, I, that seems a little odd to me, but I get that NBethS has never seen this and to

Chelsey Donn:

performing.

Chelsey Donn:

Yeah.

Chelsey Donn:

There was enough that it was distracting.

Chelsey Donn:

I can see, I mean, I think the hard part is that they paid a hundred dollars a ticket.

Trey Gerrald:

I want to talk about that because it's expensive, especially because

Trey Gerrald:

Then there's all the sets.

Trey Gerrald:

Then there's all like the cost to put on this ballet.

Chelsey Donn:

What do you think of the Nutcracker being a stuffed toy?

Trey Gerrald:

Okay.

Trey Gerrald:

I wrote that down too.

Trey Gerrald:

That's very odd to me.

Trey Gerrald:

Why was it not a wooden

Trey Gerrald:

- Chelsey Donn: I know!

Trey Gerrald:

nutcracker?

Chelsey Donn:

I thought that, or like an actor playing the Nutcracker.

Trey Gerrald:

Well, doesn't he come?

Trey Gerrald:

Doesn't the Nutcracker come to life?

Chelsey Donn:

Yeah,

Trey Gerrald:

At some point

Chelsey Donn:

I think so.

Chelsey Donn:

Like, I mean, I don't remember guys.

Chelsey Donn:

I haven't seen it since I was a kid, but

Chelsey Donn:

- Trey Gerrald: Isn't there like a

Chelsey Donn:

- Chelsey Donn: Yeah, like

Trey Gerrald:

into real things?

Trey Gerrald:

Right.

Chelsey Donn:

Yeah!

Trey Gerrald:

So I feel like it usually starts with like a prop.

Chelsey Donn:

Right.

Chelsey Donn:

And ends with a person.

Trey Gerrald:

What, see, was Clara a Russian or what's Clara like a local seven-year-old?

Chelsey Donn:

I don't know.

Chelsey Donn:

I think according to this, they're suggesting that it was.

Chelsey Donn:

It was a local seven-year-old, which does make me wonder if you're right.

Chelsey Donn:

I mean, that makes sense.

Chelsey Donn:

If it's a very large cast, maybe they can't fly everybody in and they do need some locals.

Chelsey Donn:

And that would make me wonder like each city that they go to, they have locals.

Chelsey Donn:

So like if there aren't, the locals in Texas are not that great, but the

Chelsey Donn:

You know, are you getting a different performance or is it just that they're hiring locals?

Chelsey Donn:

Like they're hiring people from the US?

Trey Gerrald:

Yeah, I'm very confused by this because I would imagine, does, so I

Trey Gerrald:

So I'm assuming this is, she saw this in Fort worth.

Trey Gerrald:

I just, I think that if you are a ballet company, Like, if you're a ballet theater,

Trey Gerrald:

So it's con it's interesting to me that you would see a touring production of the

Trey Gerrald:

I would imagine.

Trey Gerrald:

So then are the kids like in a, like, I'm very perplexed by this?

Trey Gerrald:

Yeah.

Trey Gerrald:

Then someone has to train the, the ensembleypeople.

Trey Gerrald:

Like how did

Chelsey Donn:

I don't know, I mean, I guess I, I did appreciate that.

Chelsey Donn:

They said that the 13 principal dancers were very good.

Chelsey Donn:

I thought it was funny.

Chelsey Donn:

I said, they're not excellent as they would expect a Russian ballet troupe

Chelsey Donn:

I mean, at least they, at least they gave a little bit of credit.

Chelsey Donn:

Cause from the rest of the Review!

Chelsey Donn:

you would think that everything was terrible.

Chelsey Donn:

But yeah, I don't know.

Chelsey Donn:

I think that it's possible that NBethS has high expectations and that their assessment

Chelsey Donn:

Like maybe they're, they're sort of a, a glass, half empty kind of person where.

Chelsey Donn:

You know, 50, 60% of the show is great and you know, 40, whatever 50 is bad, then

Chelsey Donn:

But

Trey Gerrald:

I think what's coming up for me here is like, I appreciate that.

Trey Gerrald:

N Beth S really wanted to see the Nutcracker for the material.

Trey Gerrald:

Yeah.

Trey Gerrald:

But it does occur to me.

Trey Gerrald:

if you're going to the Nutcracker ballet, it's not going to be about the music.

Trey Gerrald:

It's going to be about the dancer.

Trey Gerrald:

Right.

Trey Gerrald:

Right.

Trey Gerrald:

So to me seeing that it's like canned orchestra.

Trey Gerrald:

Sure.

Trey Gerrald:

I mean, not the most ideal, but like, you're going to see the Moscow ballet company.

Trey Gerrald:

So to me I'm sort of like, okay, fine, like disappointing, but sure.

Trey Gerrald:

Also it sort of.

Trey Gerrald:

If you are that much of a purist, like, why are you going to the Nutcracker?

Trey Gerrald:

It's like, it's like going to see like The Lion King on Broadway.

Trey Gerrald:

It's like the lowest denominator for like the greatest of that art form.

Trey Gerrald:

Not to say that The Lion King is bad.

Trey Gerrald:

Not to say that the Nutcracker is bad, but like, you know, it is the piece that exists

Trey Gerrald:

So to be snobby about it kind of makes me annoyed.

Trey Gerrald:

I get the price I get that it's expensive.

Trey Gerrald:

And you felt that it was subpar, but

Chelsey Donn:

like, oh, I think that's an interesting point.

Chelsey Donn:

I didn't really think about it that way, but I think there is a certain amount of forgiveness

Chelsey Donn:

That was like that that's like a note, but like, you know, it is supposed to be holiday

Trey Gerrald:

I do want to talk about these ticketmaster fees.

Chelsey Donn:

Yeah.

Chelsey Donn:

Oh my God.

Chelsey Donn:

They're ridiculous.

Trey Gerrald:

What I mean, I understand that Ticketmaster has to make their own money

Trey Gerrald:

How much money just goes to the fees,

Chelsey Donn:

and the fees can be quite pricey.

Trey Gerrald:

Okay.

Trey Gerrald:

So do we think that this is a valuable Review?

Trey Gerrald:

To me, I find value.

Trey Gerrald:

I, I might have a different judgment call then NBethS but it is interesting

Trey Gerrald:

I think that's such a like shady thing to point out, but no, but facts are facts.

Chelsey Donn:

I know there was a lot of caps abuse.

Chelsey Donn:

Uh, I'm assuming you could tell in my reading a lot of punctuation abuse happening

Trey Gerrald:

Interesting.

Chelsey Donn:

Yeah.

Chelsey Donn:

I'm not anti caps.

Chelsey Donn:

I think it can be fun and it sort of makes things pop.

Chelsey Donn:

So I'm not against it.

Chelsey Donn:

But in this case I did feel like it was overused

Trey Gerrald:

Do you think NBethS is like aformer ballet person who wasn't hired at Moscow.

Chelsey Donn:

I don't think so.

Chelsey Donn:

I think similar to other reviews you had, this is a case of, you know, preference.

Chelsey Donn:

And am I a hundred percent confident that everybody else who sees

Chelsey Donn:

No, I'm not.

Chelsey Donn:

But I do think that N Beth S is being honest and I believe them.

Trey Gerrald:

I agree.

Trey Gerrald:

Which then, is this common.

Trey Gerrald:

It was like just going to be a temp, typical experience.

Trey Gerrald:

I mean, I, I would imagine that to me, I don't know if I'm viewing this wrong, but to me, I just

Chelsey Donn:

I hear you there, there are certain elements that they identified for me, like the CD.

Chelsey Donn:

I mean, not so much that they used a prerecording because yeah, we can't necessarily

Chelsey Donn:

So that's a little bit like, Ugh, I don't know if I'd want to deal with that for however many hours.

Chelsey Donn:

And also like the stuffed toy.

Chelsey Donn:

Like, there are things that they're dropping along the way that I feel like,

Chelsey Donn:

It might be indicative that the quality of the show isn't that great.

Trey Gerrald:

Same with like the amateurish children ensemble.

Trey Gerrald:

Like, I think that's sort of difficult to not notice that when people are moving

Chelsey Donn:

Yeah.

Chelsey Donn:

I mean, not that we want to like eliminate the kids, but it almost seems like

Chelsey Donn:

And like truncated the, the size of the ensemble, just to, to maintain the integrity of the show.

Chelsey Donn:

Like I wonder if everybody was at the caliber of these 13 principal dancers, if,

Chelsey Donn:

right.

Chelsey Donn:

Because they are saying they're good, but not excellent.

Chelsey Donn:

Maybe they would have given it like a three-star still, I don't think that

Chelsey Donn:

I'm not confident that end Beth S would have given a high Review!.

Trey Gerrald:

I do really like having a program.

Trey Gerrald:

And I, I really don't like when they're chintzy with that, um,

Chelsey Donn:

chintzy with the programs or chintzy with the info in the program?

Trey Gerrald:

Chintzy with handing them out.

Trey Gerrald:

That bothers me.

Trey Gerrald:

It makes me feel like I'm not a priority.

Chelsey Donn:

Do we feel armed?

Trey Gerrald:

I think so.

Trey Gerrald:

I think I could crown this.

Trey Gerrald:

What are you thinking on this?

Trey Gerrald:

Yeah.

Trey Gerrald:

All right.

Trey Gerrald:

So Chelsey and I each have our own set of one to five crown cards and in an effort to

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Trey Gerrald:

Are you ready?

Chelsey Donn:

Yeah.

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Total Score!

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Wow, Trey.

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That's that's surprising to me.

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Trey's holding up four crowds.

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I'm holding up three grounds.

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Sorry.

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My screen is blurry.

VOICEOVER:

So try, let us know why you gave NBethS four crowns.

Trey Gerrald:

I gave NBethS four crowns because while I might not agree with their point of view

Trey Gerrald:

Yes, I do think that it's important to note that attendance is low.

Trey Gerrald:

Not that that necessarily means that.

Trey Gerrald:

I don't really know what N Beth S is experience with ballet and the art form is

Trey Gerrald:

So I know that there was a lots of like spelling and grammar stuff, which I didn't actually see.

Trey Gerrald:

So to me, the impact here is like, let me research.

Trey Gerrald:

Is another performance by someone else that has live music.

Trey Gerrald:

If that is that important to me.

Trey Gerrald:

So for that reason I gave it four.

Trey Gerrald:

Cause I think it would make me question purchasing the tickets.

Trey Gerrald:

What about you?

Trey Gerrald:

Why did you do three?

Chelsey Donn:

I did three for all the same reasons that you just mentioned, but I, I think

Chelsey Donn:

Excellent comment.

Chelsey Donn:

There, there was something in that assessment of, they were very good, but not excellent.

Chelsey Donn:

That felt a little bit.

Chelsey Donn:

Let's just give the Moscow ballet, nutcracker west cast a nod without having

Chelsey Donn:

So for that reason, I decided that I needed to give NBethS three crowns.

Trey Gerrald:

I love it.

Trey Gerrald:

I feel like I'm, my chestnuts are roasting on an open fire.

Chelsey Donn:

Mine too.

Chelsey Donn:

I mean, if I had them.

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There's A Reply!

Trey Gerrald:

OMG there's a reply.

Trey Gerrald:

Oh my God.

Trey Gerrald:

Okay.

Trey Gerrald:

Yeah.

Chelsey Donn:

All right.

Chelsey Donn:

Now the reply is from, uh, it's kind of written in Russian, but Ballet Mosque vol, and then

Chelsey Donn:

Um, and.

Chelsey Donn:

Dear NBethS, I'm sorry to tell you that Moscow ballet, the Nutcracker west cast

Chelsey Donn:

And they inserted a link.

Chelsey Donn:

Our company didn't tour in the USA in 2013 and 2012, the art director of the company Nikolay

Chelsey Donn:

And since that time, the theater has changed a lot.

Chelsey Donn:

We do not tour abroad at the moment because we changed the repertoire

Trey Gerrald:

Now I'm confused because.

Trey Gerrald:

So they're stating the Review is for the wrong organization?

Chelsey Donn:

That's what I thought at first.

Chelsey Donn:

And then my like shade Dar started to go off a little bit for a couple reasons.

Chelsey Donn:

So they're saying that they didn't tour in the U S in 2013, which is when, um, this Review!

Chelsey Donn:

was written, but it seems like they did tour.

Chelsey Donn:

Other times, they also talk about somebody that got fired.

Chelsey Donn:

And that to me implies little, is he getting fired because he was doing a bad job and

Trey Gerrald:

That's what I was going to say to you is that it feels like

Trey Gerrald:

They've denied that this was their company.

Trey Gerrald:

And then they're explaining that their company has had a whole change of things going on.

Trey Gerrald:

So that's why I was like, wait,

Chelsey Donn:

and then the other thing that made me go, Hmm, was that NBethS in there, Review!

Chelsey Donn:

mentioned that the program was full of merchandise and they mentioned the pro the like

Chelsey Donn:

So just makes me feel like if there was lots of merchandise, it was probably, I would

Chelsey Donn:

I don't know.

Chelsey Donn:

I don't know that this reply makes me like a hundred percent sure

Chelsey Donn:

This reply makes me think.

Chelsey Donn:

We licensed our name to somebody else for purposes of a tour.

Chelsey Donn:

And then we realized that the caliber didn't meet the caliber of our local Russian ballet.

Chelsey Donn:

And we pulled back.

Chelsey Donn:

That's what I think.

Trey Gerrald:

Can you read the two names that are being spoken off?

Trey Gerrald:

Uh,

Chelsey Donn:

oh yes.

Chelsey Donn:

So the, the way that it's listed in the Review!

Chelsey Donn:

now it is a review of the ballet Moscow.

Chelsey Donn:

So there, there, there might be a world in which Moscow ballet, the Nutcracker west.

Chelsey Donn:

Is sort of a step sibling, like an

Trey Gerrald:

umbrella

Chelsey Donn:

company, correct.

Chelsey Donn:

Of theater, Bali, mosque out.

Chelsey Donn:

And because this review is dragging down the average of theater, ballet,

Chelsey Donn:

I have no doubt about that.

Chelsey Donn:

they wanted to make it clear to anybody that is reading this.

Chelsey Donn:

Review!

Chelsey Donn:

that's thinking about going in Moscow or whatever that this is not, we're not affiliated

Trey Gerrald:

theater.

Trey Gerrald:

I don't know how this makes me feel.

Trey Gerrald:

It makes me feel more confused.

Trey Gerrald:

And it just makes me want to say support your local artists just

Chelsey Donn:

Yeah, I think that's a good point.

Trey Gerrald:

It's interesting.

Trey Gerrald:

It doesn't make me feel swayed.

Trey Gerrald:

It makes me feel more.

Trey Gerrald:

I shouldn't even attempt to see the thing.

Trey Gerrald:

Right.

Chelsey Donn:

I know.

Chelsey Donn:

Well, that's, I, I feel like it's, it's just coded in a way that it's

Chelsey Donn:

We're different now, you know?

Chelsey Donn:

Anyway, I thought that was interesting.

Chelsey Donn:

I was excited to read the reply because usually the replies are, are very

Chelsey Donn:

Or like, please, you know, email us at this address so that we can make it right.

Chelsey Donn:

Or whatever it is.

Chelsey Donn:

But this I've never read a reply like this before.

Chelsey Donn:

Anyway, that's it.

Trey Gerrald:

Good job.

Trey Gerrald:

Very fun.

Chelsey Donn:

Thank you.

Chelsey Donn:

Okay.

Chelsey Donn:

So let's take a quick break.

Chelsey Donn:

And when we come back, we can get into RQ T's Review!.

Trey Gerrald:

Woo.

Trey Gerrald:

Love that.

Trey Gerrald:

All right.

Trey Gerrald:

BRB.

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Trey Gerrald:

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Trey Gerrald:

it's game time.

Trey Gerrald:

Chelsey let's play One-Star-Zinger is on the Meryl-Go-Round

Trey Gerrald:

' VOICEOVER: I don't feel like an icon..

Trey Gerrald:

Most of the days, I feel like I can't.

Trey Gerrald:

That's with an A!"

Chelsey Donn:

Trey and I have each picked a rotten scathing, pithy One-Star-Zinger and

Trey Gerrald:

Just the queen Meryl, who does it all

Chelsey Donn:

before the clock runs out.

Chelsey Donn:

Alright Trey.

Chelsey Donn:

Where is your One-Star-Zinger from today?

Trey Gerrald:

Okay today I have a One-Star-Zinger from amazon.com.

Trey Gerrald:

This is written by Tracy L.

Trey Gerrald:

And this is for the children's book, entitled Santa's Husband.

Chelsey Donn:

Oh, kinda like kinda like Hanukkah, mommy and Santa's daddy or whatever.

Trey Gerrald:

Sure.

Trey Gerrald:

Yes.

Trey Gerrald:

I imagine this a companion piece.

Trey Gerrald:

Well, the book is written by Daniel Kibblesmith and it is imagining that Santa

Trey Gerrald:

Oh, okay.

Trey Gerrald:

And I have not read the book, but the cover of the book, Mr.

Trey Gerrald:

Claus is a person of color.

Trey Gerrald:

Okay.

Trey Gerrald:

So Tracy L'ss, one star, Amazon review's, subject is Santa is married to a woman

Trey Gerrald:

Isn't gay or black.

Trey Gerrald:

Oh my God.

Trey Gerrald:

Santa Claus.

Trey Gerrald:

Isn't real.

Trey Gerrald:

Santa Claus is a fake character.

Chelsey Donn:

Why can't Santa Claus be gay and black?.

Trey Gerrald:

And so Tracy L Santa Claus, isn't gay or black.

Chelsey Donn:

All right.

Chelsey Donn:

Sorry, Tracy.

Chelsey Donn:

Trying to diversify.

Chelsey Donn:

Geez, Louise.

Chelsey Donn:

All right.

Chelsey Donn:

Trey.

Chelsey Donn:

I think today you're going to be strapped into Blitzin.

Chelsey Donn:

Why Blitzin?

Chelsey Donn:

Because Rudolph always gets all the attention.

Chelsey Donn:

Got to spread it out a little bit.

Chelsey Donn:

Rudolph is not the only reindeer in Santa's arsenal.

Chelsey Donn:

So you're strapped into blitz in.

Chelsey Donn:

All right.

Chelsey Donn:

I'm going to give blitz and a carrot and I am ready.

Chelsey Donn:

All right, let's do it.

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Disaster

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Santa Claus or black Yankee

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Santa Claus.

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Isn't gay or black.

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Melodrama

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lifetime

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Southern calls.

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Ain't

Chelsey Donn:

really good.

Trey Gerrald:

Oh, thank you.

Trey Gerrald:

I must have had a lifetime of ignorance around me in order to really embody that.

Trey Gerrald:

All right.

Trey Gerrald:

How many with that?

Trey Gerrald:

Excellent queen.

Trey Gerrald:

All right, my queen.

Trey Gerrald:

What about you?

Trey Gerrald:

What is your One-Star-Zinger for today?

Trey Gerrald:

Plus his

Chelsey Donn:

for today?

Chelsey Donn:

My One-Star-Zinger is for Christmas lights, I guess I'll say the whole

Chelsey Donn:

This is your view from Amazon for.

Chelsey Donn:

C nine Christmas string lights, outdoor indoor extendable, 50 led 49 feet waterproof green wire

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Its supercalifragilisticexpialidocious!

Chelsey Donn:

I was going to say, should my R sound cutest be like, is this title going to

Chelsey Donn:

infuriate me?

Chelsey Donn:

Well, they got all their bases covered.

Chelsey Donn:

Exactly.

Chelsey Donn:

All right.

Chelsey Donn:

So this, review is written by Patricia.

Chelsey Donn:

It is obviously a one-star review.

Chelsey Donn:

The subject is they are not bright at all, and the Review!

Chelsey Donn:

is returning them.

Chelsey Donn:

They are so dim.

Chelsey Donn:

It's ridiculous.

Trey Gerrald:

That's really funny.

Trey Gerrald:

Alright, so I'm gonna strap you into Donner!

Trey Gerrald:

Yea next to each other

Chelsey Donn:

and also Chelsey Donn.

Chelsey Donn:

Hello?

Trey Gerrald:

Oh my gosh.

Trey Gerrald:

And the Donner party.

Chelsey Donn:

I mean, let's not affiliate my people with those people whom we

Trey Gerrald:

thought.

Trey Gerrald:

Okay.

Trey Gerrald:

I'm glad you cleared that up.

Trey Gerrald:

Okay.

Trey Gerrald:

Yes.

Trey Gerrald:

All right.

Trey Gerrald:

So, oh my God.

Trey Gerrald:

And you talked about sneezing while eating.

Trey Gerrald:

What does that have to

Chelsey Donn:

was that I didn't

Trey Gerrald:

see each other.

Chelsey Donn:

Okay.

Chelsey Donn:

Okay.

Trey Gerrald:

Okay.

Trey Gerrald:

Okay.

Trey Gerrald:

Good.

Trey Gerrald:

All right.

Trey Gerrald:

So you're strapped into Donner and, um, all right, let's go.

Trey Gerrald:

You ready?

Trey Gerrald:

Yes.

Trey Gerrald:

I'm ready.

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Adult film,

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opera

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diva.

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We're hurting them.

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They're so Tim let's retake musical theater, but turn

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them

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game, show

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magic show.

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We're tearing them.

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They're so dead.

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It's ridiculous.

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Disney.

Trey Gerrald:

I love that.

Trey Gerrald:

Your Disney's always like a chipmunk

Chelsey Donn:

yeah.

Chelsey Donn:

It's it's it's Mickey.

Chelsey Donn:

Chipmunk.

Chelsey Donn:

Yeah.

Trey Gerrald:

Okay.

Trey Gerrald:

You got six.

Trey Gerrald:

Very good Queen.

Chelsey Donn:

Thank you.

Chelsey Donn:

That was fun.

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Review That Review.

Chelsey Donn:

All right.

Chelsey Donn:

We're back from that rousing game break.

Chelsey Donn:

And it's your turn Trey.

Trey Gerrald:

All right.

Trey Gerrald:

So today I have a one star review from Yelp also written by a Tracy.

Trey Gerrald:

Whoa.

Trey Gerrald:

I didn't realize that.

Trey Gerrald:

Oh, wait.

Trey Gerrald:

It's also Tracy L okay.

Trey Gerrald:

That's weird.

Chelsey Donn:

Was your zinger also TracyL?

Trey Gerrald:

Yes!

Trey Gerrald:

Very weird.

Trey Gerrald:

And I didn't realize that until this very moment.

Trey Gerrald:

Okay.

Trey Gerrald:

Oh my goodness.

Trey Gerrald:

But I think it's, um, I don't think it's the centrist yet.

Trey Gerrald:

Okay.

Trey Gerrald:

Once this is one star review, written by Tracy L on Yelp for that's weird.

Trey Gerrald:

Very weird.

Trey Gerrald:

Yeah.

Trey Gerrald:

The Christmas Tree Shop.

Chelsey Donn:

I really liked the Christmas Tree Shop.

Trey Gerrald:

I've never been.

Chelsey Donn:

I've been many a time.

Trey Gerrald:

So this is specific to I'm S I'm kind of, I kind of don't want to say the city.

Trey Gerrald:

So I'm just going to say in New Jersey.

Chelsey Donn:

Great.

Trey Gerrald:

Horrible place of business!

Trey Gerrald:

Managers do not care at all about employees.

Trey Gerrald:

They talk down to them and treat them like absolute garbage.

Trey Gerrald:

It's disgusting.

Trey Gerrald:

The store manager, Linda, has no idea how to run a business and has absolutely no class!

Trey Gerrald:

During their morning meetings.

Trey Gerrald:

She would constantly yell at employees.

Trey Gerrald:

Very nasty woman.

Trey Gerrald:

There have been men hate H times where I've seen several managers talk to the employees

Trey Gerrald:

The store is almost always a mess.

Trey Gerrald:

Filthy.

Trey Gerrald:

The products are of terrible quality.

Trey Gerrald:

They have sometime called and as is section, which is basically them trying

Trey Gerrald:

The store is disgusting.

Trey Gerrald:

I recently saw not one, but two customers approach, customer service, having cut their hands

Trey Gerrald:

And all the only thing they did for those customers was clean up their cuts and

Trey Gerrald:

What kind of business is this horrible, horrible, horrible will never step foot in that store.

Trey Gerrald:

Again, you can get better quality products for similar prices, anywhere

Trey Gerrald:

Starting with the disgrace of managers they have there.

Chelsey Donn:

Wow, Tracy L not to be confused with Tracy L you know what I mean?

Trey Gerrald:

So I thought this Review!

Trey Gerrald:

was interesting because I think this might be our first example

Chelsey Donn:

of a former employee,

Trey Gerrald:

of a former employee.

Chelsey Donn:

Good job, Trey.

Chelsey Donn:

I haven't come across anything like this.

Chelsey Donn:

Like this is one of those reviews on Yelp, where if anybody went on Yelp and did like

Chelsey Donn:

I think that this would be like gone in a second because there's so much evidence here.

Chelsey Donn:

What's really funny to me is if this is not an employee...

Trey Gerrald:

then they must've been in that store all the time.

Chelsey Donn:

Like how much are you hanging out?

Chelsey Donn:

Like, what are you doing?

Chelsey Donn:

Are you, are you filming a documentary about the Christmas tree shop?

Chelsey Donn:

Like,

Chelsey Donn:

well,

Trey Gerrald:

it ha no, they, they reveal their hand because they say during their morning

Trey Gerrald:

So like, you have to be an employee to be in the morning.

Chelsey Donn:

I guess, unless again, you're like lurking in the corner.

Chelsey Donn:

I, it just doesn't make any sense to me that they would give so, so much blatant, like the meeting

Chelsey Donn:

It's like, were they doing that?

Chelsey Donn:

Because, because they signed some sort of, you know, agreement.

Chelsey Donn:

So they're going by, they stole Tracy L's name and they've written this Review!

Chelsey Donn:

to try to be anonymous?

Trey Gerrald:

Do you think that the Christmas Tree Shop has an NDA for their employees?

Chelsey Donn:

I just I'm, I'm questioning Tracy L here, because honestly, with

Chelsey Donn:

I would have preferred that they say, listen, I used to work at the store.

Chelsey Donn:

Right.

Chelsey Donn:

And I know firsthand how terrible it is.

Chelsey Donn:

You can say I'm a disgruntled employee or whatever it is.

Chelsey Donn:

But here are the things that I personally saw while spending time in the store

Trey Gerrald:

It is interesting.

Trey Gerrald:

They don't self identify.

Trey Gerrald:

Otherwise I would think that this would go on like Glassdoor or like, because

Trey Gerrald:

It's dangerous.

Chelsey Donn:

They know about the band-aid incident.

Chelsey Donn:

They, they just know too much.

Trey Gerrald:

Right.

Trey Gerrald:

So then, okay, so then is it valuable because you want to patronize a store

Trey Gerrald:

I mean, Chick-fil-A cares about their employees.

Trey Gerrald:

I'll never step foot in there.

Chelsey Donn:

Right?

Chelsey Donn:

I'm going to say no, I just, I don't trust Tracy L.

Chelsey Donn:

I don't know what their agenda is.

Chelsey Donn:

I don't know.

Chelsey Donn:

the circumstance under which they were fired or left working this store.

Chelsey Donn:

I do know that they, they just feel a little bit shady and a little bit almost unhinged,

Chelsey Donn:

What what's happening here.

Chelsey Donn:

It feel it's, it's almost an episode.

Trey Gerrald:

It's interesting that they say they will never step foot in the store.

Trey Gerrald:

Again.

Trey Gerrald:

I wonder if they were fired.

Trey Gerrald:

Do you think Linda fired them?

Chelsey Donn:

You know what I think, I think there was a really bad morning meeting and Linda just

Chelsey Donn:

And she took off her Christmas Tree Shops, smock and walked out the door.

Chelsey Donn:

That's what I think.

Trey Gerrald:

I bet someone cut their hand and they went to Tracy for coupons

Trey Gerrald:

And then Tracy brought it up in the meeting and Tracy fired her.

Chelsey Donn:

I mean, the grammar!

Trey Gerrald:

I was just going to say, I, I.

Trey Gerrald:

It is...

Chelsey Donn:

we could hardly get through it.

Trey Gerrald:

They, they say shelve S H E L V E.

Trey Gerrald:

So it's not shelf or shelves also.

Trey Gerrald:

Like there's multiple run-on sentences.

Trey Gerrald:

It was very confusing.

Trey Gerrald:

Do you, so do we, I don't know.

Trey Gerrald:

Do we think that tracy is being truthful?

Trey Gerrald:

I think that Tracy is, I don't know.

Trey Gerrald:

I do believe that it probably is dirty and I do believe that like maybe the quality

Trey Gerrald:

It's like, I've never been in a store, so you like it.

Chelsey Donn:

I like Christmas tree shop.

Chelsey Donn:

It's sort of a misleading name for what it is.

Chelsey Donn:

It does have a Christmas vibe to it, but it's an all year round store and it's a discount store.

Chelsey Donn:

Like they have a ton of, it's sort of like a Ross or a TJ Maxx except it's new products.

Trey Gerrald:

Interesting.

Chelsey Donn:

Not that they're not new products at those stores, but I'm just saying it's,

Chelsey Donn:

And it is, you know, kind of cheaper stuff.

Chelsey Donn:

Let's say you were going to throw a party or something like that.

Chelsey Donn:

And you wanted to get like a Punchbowl, but also like cute napkins for your thing.

Chelsey Donn:

And maybe a cheeseboard, like if you wanted sort of a variety and then also maybe a cozy blanket.

Chelsey Donn:

Sure.

Chelsey Donn:

Why not a variety of items you could go to the Christmas, Christmas tree shop.

Chelsey Donn:

And the reason I think in my mind, I compare it to a TJ Maxx or Ross.

Chelsey Donn:

It's almost like an outing, you know, like when you're just like, I need something to do,

Chelsey Donn:

I bet I'll find something that I could use.

Chelsey Donn:

And it's cheap enough where it's like good retail therapy, if that makes sense.

Trey Gerrald:

Yeah.

Trey Gerrald:

So do we think that if Tracy, I was a former employee, do you think

Trey Gerrald:

I mean, none of it matters to me.

Trey Gerrald:

I'm not going to apply there.

Chelsey Donn:

Yeah.

Chelsey Donn:

But, but, but that being said, Trey, beyond the apply there.

Chelsey Donn:

I mean, which I guess is implied because they're saying management is terrible.

Chelsey Donn:

They're not telling us they worked here.

Chelsey Donn:

They're presenting this Review!

Chelsey Donn:

as if, I mean, though, of course they're giving it all away, but they're giving

Trey Gerrald:

That is true.

Trey Gerrald:

Why do they not just say that they have a preface?

Trey Gerrald:

Yeah.

Trey Gerrald:

All right.

Trey Gerrald:

Well, was it humorous?

Chelsey Donn:

No.

Trey Gerrald:

No.

Chelsey Donn:

It wasn't humorous.

Trey Gerrald:

Would you hang us on your fridge?

Chelsey Donn:

I wouldn't, I wouldn't hang in on my fridge.

Chelsey Donn:

With a pretty

Trey Gerrald:

bow and like magnet from the Christmas tree shop,

Chelsey Donn:

I would buy the pretty bow magnet, but I don't think I would use it to hang up.

Chelsey Donn:

Tracy l's review.

Trey Gerrald:

So before we crown, you should know that two people have found this useful.

Trey Gerrald:

Also I can see Tracey L has only written two Review!

Trey Gerrald:

Tracy, Tracy just made this account, but that's not their name.

Chelsey Donn:

You don't need to be a detective to figure this one out.

Chelsey Donn:

You know what I mean?

Trey Gerrald:

I bet her name is Lacey and her last name starts with a T.

Chelsey Donn:

Yeah.

Chelsey Donn:

So this is really Lacey T writing under the pseudonym.

Chelsey Donn:

Tracy L they're

Trey Gerrald:

obviously not very good at cloaking the truth.

Trey Gerrald:

All right.

Trey Gerrald:

I could crown this.

Trey Gerrald:

What do you think?

Chelsey Donn:

I can crown this.

Trey Gerrald:

All right.

Trey Gerrald:

Let's crown it

VOICEOVER:

The Queens are Tabulating.

Trey Gerrald:

[laughing]

Chelsey Donn:

What?

Trey Gerrald:

Are you ready?

Chelsey Donn:

I'm ready.

VOICEOVER:

Total score!

Chelsey Donn:

I'm holding a one crown and Trey is holding up a half crown.

Chelsey Donn:

I gave the one crown because all right, maybe it, maybe it's dusty.

Chelsey Donn:

I don't love the idea of a place abusing their staff.

Chelsey Donn:

And for that, I'll give it the one crown.

Chelsey Donn:

But my one crown is very suspicious because I don't trust Tracy L

Chelsey Donn:

I know if I were online and I were looking at reviews, I would immediately think

Chelsey Donn:

There's no way I could have a full stop after this Review!

Chelsey Donn:

and say, no, I'm not going to the Christmas tree shop.

Chelsey Donn:

So for that reason, I didn't think that Tracy L deserved more than a crown.

Chelsey Donn:

Why did you cut your crown in half, Trey?

Trey Gerrald:

Everything that you just said, ultimately, I'm not coming to Yelp

Trey Gerrald:

Yeah.

Trey Gerrald:

It colors my opinion, but other than it might be dirty and low quality products, which I

Trey Gerrald:

There's nothing to learn here because.

Trey Gerrald:

I don't trust the narrator.

Trey Gerrald:

And so that's why I gave half a crown and the spelling, good Lord.

Chelsey Donn:

Oh yeah, you're right.

Chelsey Donn:

Should have taken another half crown off for that spelling.

Chelsey Donn:

Anyway.

Trey Gerrald:

Sorry Lacey.

Chelsey Donn:

Sorry, Lacey T!

Chelsey Donn:

Good review, Trey.

Chelsey Donn:

I really, I enjoyed that.

Trey Gerrald:

Um, all right.

Trey Gerrald:

My Queen.

Trey Gerrald:

So I think that we have reached the most Regal portion of the show.

Trey Gerrald:

Who are you inducting today for

VOICEOVER:

My Royal highness.

Chelsey Donn:

Thank you so much for asking.

Chelsey Donn:

Trey.

Trey Gerrald:

You're welcome.

Chelsey Donn:

All right.

Chelsey Donn:

My Royal Highness today, I think is very important and I I'm, I'm not going to get full clamped.

Chelsey Donn:

I'm going to, I'm going to try not to get for the cleanse.

Chelsey Donn:

When I do this, I'm going to give My Royal Highness.

Chelsey Donn:

To Jonathan Larson.

Chelsey Donn:

And if you're listening and you don't know who Jonathan Larson is, Jonathan

Chelsey Donn:

It's obviously incredible.

Chelsey Donn:

It's been running for years and there's tons of people that are the biggest fans of the show.

Chelsey Donn:

And Jonathan Larson is an epic artist and he passed away at 35 way way before his prime.

Chelsey Donn:

And perhaps the most tragic element of his passing was that he actually passed away the night of

Chelsey Donn:

So he never got to see the success that Rent became.

Chelsey Donn:

And

Trey Gerrald:

I just want to interject.

Chelsey Donn:

Yeah,

Trey Gerrald:

it would be as if Lin-Manuel Miranda died.

Trey Gerrald:

The day of the first preview of the off-Broadway run of Hamilton, correct.

Trey Gerrald:

Never getting to see the phenomenon and ultimately the course change that Rent

Trey Gerrald:

It has never been the same since Rent.

Chelsey Donn:

Never.

Chelsey Donn:

And that's a really good analogy.

Chelsey Donn:

I think for people who don't understand and who, who weren't so involved with, like

Chelsey Donn:

Very young age and you know, this past week I watched Tick Tick Boom on Netflix,

Chelsey Donn:

It's so good.

Chelsey Donn:

If you have even like a shred of empathy, please bring a pack of tissues with you because I was

Chelsey Donn:

And first of all, he, uh, Jonathan Larson, I should point out also wrote tick, tick, boom.

Chelsey Donn:

And besides the fact that it's such an epic show, it really Chronicles Jonathan's life and beyond

Chelsey Donn:

We want to do something that is bigger than, than us.

Chelsey Donn:

We feel we're meant to express ourselves in a certain way, and we don't always get to do that.

Chelsey Donn:

And we don't always get to make the money that we want to, that we want to

Chelsey Donn:

Knowingness that this is what we're meant to do with our lives.

Chelsey Donn:

And watching Jonathan go through this experience and live his whole life as if he's running

Chelsey Donn:

But what was so beautiful is that he managed to do it.

Chelsey Donn:

He did get it in.

Chelsey Donn:

He got in right under the wire and he has his work that he shared with all

Chelsey Donn:

So, uh, I'm so full clamped.

Chelsey Donn:

I love you, Jonathan Larson.

Chelsey Donn:

I wish I got to know you personally, and I'm so sorry that the world was deprived of you,

Chelsey Donn:

Thank you, Jonathan Larson.

Trey Gerrald:

It's very interesting.

Trey Gerrald:

I just have to like interject here I am someone who never saw Rent on Broadway.

Trey Gerrald:

I saw like the recorded final performance, but I never sat at the Nederlander theater and saw it.

Trey Gerrald:

And it wasn't my thing.

Trey Gerrald:

I was in love with miss Saigon.

Trey Gerrald:

I was in love with Les Miz, but my friend from preschool, Rachel Broadwell, who's a listener.

Trey Gerrald:

She gave me the cast recording to tick tick, boom.

Trey Gerrald:

And I was, obsessed.

Trey Gerrald:

I may be a unique person in the fact that like, I could sing you the entire

Trey Gerrald:

And I can, I only know the highlights of Rent and I have, when I saw Rent Live, when they did

Trey Gerrald:

Because he died before he died in the preview.

Trey Gerrald:

Like that's like the heartbeat of the most amount of work and tweaking and changing that happens.

Trey Gerrald:

So that's just a random consideration.

Trey Gerrald:

And then also it is interesting to note that tick tick boom was based

Trey Gerrald:

So the numbers and some of the banter and patter, when he passed away, I believe it was

Trey Gerrald:

And, and, and there are videos on YouTube where he was literally doing

Chelsey Donn:

And that was how the movie made it seem.

Chelsey Donn:

They really did a good job.

Chelsey Donn:

Have you not seen it?

Chelsey Donn:

It's epic and they did really make it seem like that.

Chelsey Donn:

So that, that is interesting to know.

Chelsey Donn:

Come to your senses, which is a song from tick tick boom used to be one of my, like

Trey Gerrald:

I'm embarrassed to tell you that it was one of mine.

Chelsey Donn:

Stop!

Chelsey Donn:

Are you kidding?!

Trey Gerrald:

I had it in my book.

Trey Gerrald:

So embarrassing.

Chelsey Donn:

What a connection.

Chelsey Donn:

That's amazing.

Chelsey Donn:

Ooh.

Chelsey Donn:

I feel heavy.

Chelsey Donn:

Like Nita, get a breath out.

Chelsey Donn:

I really do feel the clumped.

Chelsey Donn:

All right.

Chelsey Donn:

Tell us, trey.

Chelsey Donn:

Who are you inducting for your Royal Highness.

Trey Gerrald:

I'm going to induct the Bad Christmas Movie Bingo Game.

Trey Gerrald:

Okay.

Trey Gerrald:

All right.

Trey Gerrald:

So let me tell you about that.

Trey Gerrald:

So my husband has a coworker colleague named Kiwi Callahan and Kiwi, and her

Trey Gerrald:

Wow.

Trey Gerrald:

So it's, it's bad Christmas movie, bingo.

Trey Gerrald:

And what it is while like lifetime, or hallmark movies are going and

Trey Gerrald:

And so you're watching like a honky-tonk Christmas in Nashville, and everyone has

Trey Gerrald:

So just for example, so then you're trying to get bingo.

Trey Gerrald:

So some of them are, this is one of the random cards.

Trey Gerrald:

They all have different things.

Trey Gerrald:

This one is clearly filmed in summer, picking out a Christmas tree together, holding a

Trey Gerrald:

Oh, look a small town, a widow or widower.

Chelsey Donn:

Oh my God.

Chelsey Donn:

That's so true.

Trey Gerrald:

The wacky older character.

Trey Gerrald:

Yeah.

Trey Gerrald:

Quirky Inn or bed and breakfast.

Trey Gerrald:

Anyway, it's so hilarious.

Trey Gerrald:

They created this a couple of years ago, you can go to badchristmasmoviebingo.com to buy it.

Chelsey Donn:

I'm gonna buy it.

Chelsey Donn:

I have a friend that I know will love this.

Trey Gerrald:

It's so good.

Trey Gerrald:

It's so funny.

Trey Gerrald:

You should get it because this really has helped with like the Christmas, what are we going to do?

Trey Gerrald:

And we've already eaten, like, it's like where we've opened the presents and it's like,

Trey Gerrald:

And just like the activity of trying to beat everyone, um, with the cliches of those

Trey Gerrald:

So that's why I'm inducting Bad Christmas Movie Bingo by Kiwi and Matt Callahan.

Trey Gerrald:

You are My Royal Highness.

Chelsey Donn:

Love that can't wait to buy it also like thank you.

Chelsey Donn:

Cause there was someone my Christmas list that I didn't know what to get

Chelsey Donn:

So yay for that.

Trey Gerrald:

And I've never met Kiwi.

Trey Gerrald:

I don't know Matt.

Trey Gerrald:

I'm not inducting them because I know them.

Trey Gerrald:

David knows them, which is why he got it to support them.

Trey Gerrald:

And it's like a lifesaver with family drama in my family.

Trey Gerrald:

So.

Trey Gerrald:

All right.

Trey Gerrald:

That's it.

Trey Gerrald:

Merry Christmas, Chelsey.

Chelsey Donn:

Merry Christmas, Trey!

Trey Gerrald:

That's it.

Trey Gerrald:

That's our Christmas round on the Ferris wheel.

Trey Gerrald:

Q life of reviews and truth.

Trey Gerrald:

And um, any air holes.

Chelsey Donn:

Thank you for joining us today.

Chelsey Donn:

If you like, what you heard, will you please do us a favor?

Chelsey Donn:

Talk about it around that Christmas ham.

Chelsey Donn:

Okay.

Chelsey Donn:

Tell a friend.

Trey Gerrald:

And if you don't like it, tell that annoying relative that's

Trey Gerrald:

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Chelsey Donn:

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Chelsey Donn:

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Chelsey Donn:

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Chelsey Donn:

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Trey Gerrald:

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Trey Gerrald:

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Chelsey Donn:

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Trey Gerrald:

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Chelsey Donn:

Obviously, bye!

Trey Gerrald:

Bye everyone.

Trey Gerrald:

Merry Christmas.

Trey Gerrald:

Merry ho-ho.

Chelsey Donn:

Ho, Ho Ho!

Chelsey Donn:

Review that Review is an independent podcast, certain names have been redacted

Chelsey Donn:

Executive Produced by Trey Gerrald and Chelsey Donn, with editing and sound design by Trey

Chelsey Donn:

Our cover art was designed by LogoVora and our theme song was written by Joe

Trey Gerrald:

God, Chelsey.

Trey Gerrald:

I think I might be a little tipsy!

Chelsey Donn:

Oh yeah.

Chelsey Donn:

You never drink!

Trey Gerrald:

I never drink.

Trey Gerrald:

So like this one little shot of Absolute Citron is making me feel bubbly.