Through December 15
A CHILD’S CHRISTMAS IN WALES Andrews Theatre/Irish Classical Theatre Company
Dylan Thomas’ “A Child’s Christmas in Wales” is a fairly short look at the holiday in a small coastal village a century ago, when that corner of Great Britain was an industrial powerhouse and source of vast raw materials.
It was also a source of soldiers for the Empire and for World War I and a home for music, at home and in the many churches covering Wales.
Jeremy Brooks and Adrian Mitchell took the Thomas short story and turned it into a heavily musical show, in keeping with the spirit of Wales.
The story is set in the home of the young Dylan (Tyler Eisenmann), Mother (Michele Marie Roberts) and Father (Ben Michael Moran), with the story narrated by the older Dylan (Vincent O’Neill).
The Irish Classical has done this show before, although it was almost two decades ago.
This isn’t great theater or a discussion of the great issues of the British Isles.
It’s entertaining, looking at one family and its branches on the greatest Christian religious festival.
The adults party and drink and Dylan and his friends run wild in the snow-covered town of Swansea or at least as wild as the local constabulary will allow
This is a large cast, with the adults and Dylan’s cousins singing, dancing and tumbling through the long hours of the Christmas Day, with outstanding work from Moran, Eisenmann, Roberts, Gregory Gjurich’s Tudyr and Renee Landrigan’s Glenda.
Director Chris Kelly makes it work in the complicated environment of the Andrews Theatre, wisely choosing music director Joseph Donohue III and Brandon Barry of The Albrights on guitar and piano and as members of the family.
You just sit back and the nostalgia flows across the seats, at a Christmas reminiscent of many of our pasts and less the Christmas of “Black Friday.”
“A Child’s Christmas in Wales” brings back many children’s Christmas.
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