(2015) A Child's Christmas in Wales
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(2015) A Child's Christmas in Wales

(2015) A Child's Christmas in Wales NYC Reviews and Tickets

(8 Ratings)
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Delightful, Entertaining, Enchanting, Great acting, Exquisite

About the Show

Irish Repertory Theatre presents the classic retelling of a Christmas from the view of a young child, portraying a nostalgic and simpler time.

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Show-Score Member Reviews (8)

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271 Reviews | 35 Followers
Charming, Creative, Great singing, Entertaining, Delightful

See it if You like lovely Christmas songs, some in Welsh. Nice staging. A great show for the season.

Don't see it if If you don’t like Christmas.

575 Reviews | 734 Followers
Delightful, Entertaining, Fluffy, Enchanting

See it if you love Christmas and Christmas music.

Don't see it if you're looking for a traditional narrative or something that's deep and thought provoking.

41 Reviews | 5 Followers
Enchanting, Entertaining, Great singing

See it if You love Dylan Thomas, John Cullum (what's not to like?) and the Irish Rep. Solid, joyful production.

Don't see it if If you don't like the poem or Dylan Thomas and are played out on Christmas in general. You'd be missing something worthwhile!

24 Reviews | 3 Followers

See it if Very nice

Don't see it if Don't if you don't like carol music

15 Reviews | 15 Followers
Cliched, Exquisite, Great acting, Entertaining, Delightful

See it if Extremely entertaining

Don't see it if You're not into history

6 Reviews | 1 Follower
Confusing, Funny, Dizzying, Great writing, Indulgent

See it if you like an okay show

Don't see it if you dont like shows

4 Reviews | 1 Follower
Entertaining, Ambitious, Absorbing, Edgy, Great acting

See it if Joyfulness and bright encouraging songs

Don't see it if You prefer more bold shows

1 Review | 0 Followers
Enchanting, Exquisite, Delightful

See it if you like poetry - especially the lovely work of Dylan Thomas

Don't see it if You have no interest in cultures other than your own.

Critic Reviews (25)

The New York Times
December 8th, 2015

"This sweet and modest show conjures plenty of good will toward men...The descriptions of treats and toys are evocative, the carols appealingly sung, the cast charming."
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New Yorker
December 7th, 2015

"Without Dickens’s eye and ear for extreme emotional and fiscal predicaments, the story’s more fantastic moments wouldn’t have the weight of truth...Thomas’s script affords actors the opportunity to emote through speech rather than behavior; the words are their gestures...The reality that Thomas and Wilder offer us is filtered through memory and the self-absorption that comes with being—and the music that comes with it, too."
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December 6th, 2015

"You don't even really have to pay close attention to Thomas' prose to absorb the warmth of his nostalgic tales of Christmases past. Just let it warm you inside like a cup of hot cocoa and take in the spirit of the holidays that exist only in our fantasies and fabricated memories...This fantasy world is the capital of all holiday fare, and 'A Child's Christmas in Wales' lets us spend a luscious 70 minutes inside."
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Talkin' Broadway
December 6th, 2015

"Its devotion to faith and family makes it a gingerbread-scented charmer and, in its own special way, the perfect little Christmas show...Sprawling swaths of Thomas remain, largely unscathed, to anchor the reminiscences, and that's where most of the show's heft is found. But when they fuse most seamlessly, particularly during a late caroling session that doesn't quite go as planned, the effect is amusing, affirming, and original beyond merely the words on the page."
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December 7th, 2015

"In addition to celebratory sequences, several spooky incidents are depicted with the cast gleefully performing as if they were children. Michael Gottlieb’s cheery lighting design appropriately turns moody and sinister...The appealing cast’s charming presence combined with the beautifully dressed stage makes this 'A Child’s Christmas in Wales' look and feel like an idealized family gathering. Seeing this production is a delightfully comforting way to spend time during the holiday season."
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Theatre is Easy
December 7th, 2015

"On one level, the reverie seems lovely, however staid. Closer scrutiny, however, reveals something much more disturbing: in conjuring up a simpler, but more sexist and heteronormative world...This makes 'A Child’s Christmas in Wales' nostalgic, sweet, and highly unrealistic. In fact, despite pleasurable moments of music and jest, the play is essentially an artifact of a time best forgotten or left to historians to analyze, critique, or parse for meaning."
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Theater Pizzazz
December 6th, 2015

"The mood is nostalgic without ever getting gooey...This production couldn’t be more agreeably comfortable with just enough 'literature' for the adults and jolly carols for the kids. All the performers sang and acted perfectly and were convincing as a troupe that not only liked entertaining, but liked each other as well."
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Times Square Chronicles
December 5th, 2015

"Robinson has an effortless charm that makes these words seem real as if they are coming from your own memories. Jacque Carahan, Danielle Erin Rhodes have the character roles such as Thomas’ drunken aunt. Katie Fabel is the love interest. John Cullum is the patriarch here and when he is on he is good. Equipped with a script he still gets lost so we feel as if we are in a under rehearsed production."
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