Led by a superb Chris Handley, ‘Elf’ is candy-coated cheer at Musicalfare (3-1/2 Stars from the Buffalo News)
NOV 14: THE BUFFALO NEWS — The show’s humor relies heavily on the accentuated physical performance of its star Buddy and less so on his particular lines. At Musicalfare, Chris Handley is simply spectacular. He hits Ferrell’s major bullet points — those jaunty Steve Martinesque twitches, his zero-to-60 shrieks — but never goes near an impression. He is his own Buddy, a friskier Buddy, a more devious Buddy. A Buddy to believe in.
What actor Chris J. Handley wears when he’s not dressed like Buddy the Elf
NOV 8: THE BUFFALO NEWS — “Everything I own is blue … I think it’s because some costume designer once said, ‘You have blue eyes so you should wear blue.’ And that was the end of it. I just took that advice,” he said.