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REVIEW: 'A Christmas Story' at The Rep

“A Christmas Story” at The Rep is a delightful and warmly nostalgic evening designed to be a perfect holiday entertainment.

Harry Hamm
December 10, 2018 - 11:37 am
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I believe most people had a particular Christmas when, as a child, they received a gift from Santa that they have never forgotten - a thing they anticipated with every fiber of their hopeful imagination. And when it arrived Christmas morning, the memory of that first view remains as fresh today as if it happened yesterday. For me, it was a Schwinn bicycle loaded with every possible accessory known to mankind. Red, white and perfect.

The Rep’s second production of “A Christmas Story” (the first was in 1982-83 season) relies on that theme and is faithful to the movie of the same title. Dominant in this stage version is Brad Fraizer as Ralphie’s father, aka The Old Man. His talent for physical humor and comic expressions, plus his ability to put forth the character’s chronic frustration with life in general, captures the evening.

Ralphie is played by Charlie Mathis. He is quite authentic, as are the rest of the cast, especially the other kids in the company. Set design by Michael Ganio will transport you back immediately to the 1940s-50s when TVs were all displaying the world in marvelous black and white. Special kudos to Jo Twiss as Miss Shields, Ralphie’s teacher. It’s a scene-stealing part if ever there was one, and Shields doles out the role’s brightness and imaginative humor charmingly.

“A Christmas Story” at The Rep is a delightful and warmly nostalgic evening designed to be perfect holiday entertainment ... a theatrical gift you’ll be happy you received.

4 Stars

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