New York’s Irish Rep Theatre prepares for Christmas
See 'A Child's Christmas in Wales' this holiday season
There’s a special poignancy to Christmas that’s unlike any other time of the year, because even more than New Year’s Eve or Halloween, Christmas awakens ghosts. Long lost boyfriends, the girl that got away, the friend you miss, the mom or dad that passed on and many more besides.
And nothing seems to evoke the spirit of Christmas quite like a poem or a song. Think of George Michael’s “Last Christmas” or John Lennon’s “Happy Christmas (War Is Over),” say – they’re not great songs in themselves, but through association, through the flood of memories that come with them, they become more than themselves.
That’s because in your mind Christmas isn’t just a day or a celebration -- it’s every remembered Christmas too, including all the missing faces who were at your table once along with the bright new faces who gather there now, all rolled into one.
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So Christmas happens on your street and in your city but it also happens in your heart, and if you have a big heart (and what New Yorker, give or take a Donald Trump, doesn’t?) then the best thing you could do to gladden it this holiday season is take yourself along to see 'A Child’s Christmas In Wales,' the Irish Repertory Theatre’s utterly magical evocation of the spirit of the season.
Beginning December 7 and running through December 31, the Irish Rep employs the irresistible rhythms of the Welsh poet laureate Dylan Thomas, whose capacity for (and ability to) create delight are undiminished.
“All the Christmases roll down the hill toward the Welsh speaking sea, like a snowball whiter and bigger and rounder, like a cold and headlong moon bundling down the sky that was our street,” Thomas writes, unforgettably, in a sequence quoted in the show.
Thomas was a man who unreservedly loved his little town along with the lively characters who made their homes there, and an Irish audience will have no trouble recognizing their own homeland and parish in the sights and sounds of Thomas’s Welsh childhood.
Irish Rep director Charlotte Moore, a woman who clearly has more spirit than the Jameson distillery, successfully makes this annual Christmas tradition at the Rep take flight because she understands that Christmas is a time of year that’s made special during childhood and somehow, no matter what happens in life, it manages to stay special, even if we’ve grow older and more cynical in the intervening years.
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