by Dylan Thomas
directed by Charlotte Moore
December 8, 2010 – January 2, 2011
A thousand starry lights will envelop the stage in this re-invention of Dylan Thomas’s A Child’s Christmas in Wales.
The iconic piece, starring both Irish Repertory favorites and Broadway veterans, features both traditional and contemporary Christmas music interwoven within the classic story of the legendary snowy Christmas Day in Wales.
“The holiday punchbowl is sweetly spicy this year at The Irish Repertory Theatre’s nostalgic annual holiday show…this year’s peppy show features another FIRST-RATE ENSEMBLE. Moore looks for the best in Christmas, and combines it beautifully with Thomas’ Christmas fairytale, LEAVING THE AUDIENCE FEELING AS THOUGH THEY’RE TUCKED INSIDE A COZY, MUSICAL SNOWGLOBE.” — Associated Press
“THEY SING AS IF THEY’RE WELCOMING YOU INTO THEIR LIVING ROOM, AND YOU CAN’T HELP BUT SMILE. More than any one moment, though, A Child’s Christmas is a wash of emotion, transporting us to the white dusted mountains of the famously tragic poet’s youth when he was just a boy who built snow castles.” — Theatermania
“AS GOOD AS A STRIPED AND COLORED PEPPERMINT STICK. THE ENSEMBLE’S ENJOYMENT OF WHAT THEY ARE DOING IS NOT ONLY ENGAGING, BUT THEIR GENUINE ENTHUSIASM BECOMES INFECTIOUS…It’s a treat to have Howard McGillin of Phantom of the Opera fame at such close rage. His star-voltage and incredibly sonorous voice add a special glow to the proceedings. But then NOBODY HERE LACKS TALENT. Edwin Cahill brings an effortless ease to his part. The fair-haired Danielle Erin Rhodes is endowed with delicate good looks and a crystal-clear voice. The attractive Beverly Ward infuses her scenes with a purity and genuine goodwill. And the handsome Ashley Robinson seamlessly segues from the boyish to more romantic parts during the evening. Not to be overlooked is John Bell (musical direction) at an upright piano. His nimble command of the keys greatly enriches the holiday mood and atmosphere.” — Curtain Up
“Always A LOVELY JEWEL OF THE HOLIDAY SEASON, A Child’s Christmas in Wales makes for an enjoyable respite from the hustle and bustle of the yearly New York holiday fracas.” — The Epoch Times
“Irish Rep’s production of A Child’s Christmas in Wales BRINGS HOME THE WHOLE POINT OF THE CHRISTMAS TRADITION.” — New York Irish Arts