Saturday, December 7, 2013
4 wintry theater productions to spark your holiday spirit
Whether it's dance or comedy, there's something to fill your festive fancy.
All the rushing around this time of year can leave your feet and your temperament a little worse for wear. Figuring you were in need of a lift, our critics gathered four festive treats from the arts to elevate your mood and nourish your soul.
If you’re in need of a little holiday spirit, these suggestions from the realms of theater, dance and music might be just the ticket.
A Christmas Carol at the Wyly Theatre: This year, for the first time, the Dallas Theater Center is performing its annual holiday blockbuster A Christmas Carol in the Arts District’s Wyly Theatre. Artistic director Kevin Moriarty is adapting his own version from Charles Dickens’ story, as well as directing. The new sets are by Broadway designer Beowulf Borrit. Company member Kieran Michael Connolly takes on the role of Ebenezer Scrooge for the first time, as well. - Lawson Taitte
The Santaland Diaries at WaterTower Theatre: Essayist David Sedaris has written several best-selling books, been nominated for Grammy Awards and received the Thurber Prize for American Humor. But none of those lofty accomplishments seem to have branded themselves into the American canon and psyche as firmly as his hilarious essay and one-man play about portraying Crumpet the Elf one Christmas at Macy’s. You want your modern-day Scrooge? Look no further. Garret Storms, in his WaterTower Theatre debut, dons the pointy toes, stripy tights and Grinchlike sneer this time around. - Joy Tipping
Creole Christmas at the Meyerson: You won’t find more fun than grooving with the world-famous Preservation Hall Jazz Band any time of year, but add in the cheer of the holidays and you just may explode from pure musical happiness. Get your giddy on with the New Orleans group’s Creole Christmas. Band leader-tuba player Ben Jaffe and his crew all have deep Crescent City roots; their performance will have you longing for some after-show gumbo and perhaps a Sazerac cocktail or three. - Joy Tipping
Bruce Wood Dance Project’s Mistletoe Magic at the Venetian Room: To raise money for his company’s fourth season, choreographer Bruce Wood is putting on a sophisticated evening of song and dance that harks back to the golden age of supper clubs. Appropriately set in the room where Marlene Dietrich and Ella Fitzgerald once appeared, the intimate cabaret performance will feature Broadway musical-theater stars Elizabeth Stanley (Company, Cry-Baby) and Jason Graae (Falsettos, Stardust) and Wood dancers Joy Atkins, Albert Drake, Harry Feril, Kimi Nikaidoh, Nycole Ray and Christopher Vo. - Manuel Mendoza
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