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ARCHIVE: A Christmas Story (December 2015)

Originally published 12/11/2015

Linda and I had a rare December evening to go see the TUTS production of A Christmas Story: The Musical at the Hobby Center. Based on the iconic movie, this is a delightful and superbly acted and sung production. Several familiar scenes were represented, but with a few directorial changes. The Red Ryder BB Gun and the leg lamp were major characters, of course, but the turkey was stolen during a blackout, using a recording of barking dogs. The family then had to go to a Chinese restaurant for Peking duck where, curiously, they were served by two non-Asians dressed in cowboy outfits. Deck the Halls was sung accompanied by a guitar, and with no trace of fa-ra-ra-ra-ra. Those of us who have seen the movie on an annual basis expected that humorous touch, and missed it.

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