A Child's Christmas In Wales
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A Child's Christmas In Wales

A Child's Christmas In Wales NYC Reviews and Tickets

(41 Reviews)
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Great singing, Delightful, Entertaining, Enchanting, Fluffy

About the Show

This Irish Rep tradition features both classic and contemporary Christmas music interwoven with Dylan Thomas’s story of a snowy Christmas Day in Wales.

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965 Reviews | 339 Followers
Nostalgic, Strong singing, Holiday spirited, Fluffy, Pleasant

See it if you love Xmas.Not your holiday?You may feel a bit excluded. Lg descriptns of Wales Xmas. Many carols; a little dancing/fiddle. Warm and safe

Don't see it if you want a plot or fully formed characters. ACCIW is mostly an excuse for singing. All white cast. Entertaining, but not fully engrossing.

796 Reviews | 217 Followers
Great singing, Entertaining, Delightful, Enchanting, Fluffy

See it if you want to enjoy the holiday spirit of times past with remembrances of Christmas customs, the carols well-sung and traditional setting.

Don't see it if you are looking for a play or musical with a plot. The borrows a Christmas story and adds the old and new songs of the season.

741 Reviews | 123 Followers
Delightful, Great singing, Funny, Intelligent, Thought-provoking

See it if you want to experience a delightful celebration for the holiday season. This is a charming blend of story and music.

Don't see it if you are a curmudgeon aspiring to Scrooge status who hates the carols and stories that go with family celebrations.

687 Reviews | 114 Followers
Entertaining, Great singing, Resonant, Dated, Quirky

See it if Irish Rep's unabashedly sentimental (but dated) ode to seasonal joys On a Christmas card set, singing actors handle Thomas' paean w/aplomb

Don't see it if The singing sustains the drama as the prose can get dense and hard to follow slowing pace Moore keeps story moving & Barasch's Dylan shines

668 Reviews | 155 Followers
Effective, Thin, Light, Musical, Seasonal

See it if you’d like to hear a smart set of Christmas carols, old & original, affectingly sung, strung together with snippets from the classic story.

Don't see it if you want something more than a holiday show. Read more

480 Reviews | 715 Followers
Delightful, Entertaining, Great singing, Refreshing, Traditional

See it if you're looking for a quaint, charming Christmas show--something innocent and entertaining.

Don't see it if you're looking for something with edge or a traditional narrative. This is a series of stories recited with music.

563 Reviews | 195 Followers
Delightful, Entertaining, Great singing, Dated, Fluffy

See it if You want a warm, fuzzy Christmas show of stories & singing. You enjoy verse plays. You want an old-fashioned, in a good way, Christmas show.

Don't see it if You're allergic to Christmas. You prefer more contemporary Christmas songs & stories. You dislike poetry. You prefer more elaborate staging.

504 Reviews | 56 Followers
A delightful holiday play. charm. music. holiday memories.

See it if You enjoy a nostalgic look at Christmas from Dylan Thomas

Don't see it if If you want a Christmas concert only.

Critic Reviews (7)

New Yorker
December 14th, 2018

“Stage adaptation by Charlotte Moore, who also directs...This is a full-on Christmas musical, including a set that looks like the inside of a snow globe and the unapologetic performance of nearly two dozen Yuletide carols. If these conditions are acceptable to you, the experience will be cozy and sweet and funny and warm, with subtle undertones of melancholy and loss."
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The Wall Street Journal
December 13th, 2018

"Both faithful in spirit to Dylan Thomas’s 1950 prose poem and as sweetly moving in its own unassuming right...The result illustrates to irresistible effect Thomas’s notion that 'the singing of songs and the speaking of verse, which is what we do at Christmas, is the only fit way for humans to communicate with each other.' It warms the heart like a blazing Yule log."
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Talkin' Broadway
December 3rd, 2018

“If you prefer your holiday cheer tuneful, sweet and short, you'll do no better than the Irish Repertory Theatre's latest revival...Key to the success...is the sensitive piano accompaniment...Bell plays with a light and delicate touch that signals he understands that less is frequently more...He never covers the singers or overwhelms the song with unnecessary flourishes...Blessed with a lush and festive set...’A Child's Christmas in Wales’ is the perfect anecdote for your inner Grinch.”
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December 9th, 2018

"In some ways, the piece is as much a musical recital as a play. It's filled with song: traditional carols and Welsh airs, as well as more recent compositions (some penned by Moore). Each cast member gets at least a couple of good solo spots-with Barasch and O'Connell perhaps making the best impressions, musically speaking. But the group numbers-especially the ones in round and quasi-madrigal style-are among the most enjoyable. Musical director John Bell accompanies it all."
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Theater Pizzazz
December 10th, 2018

“In this stage version, using original songs, as well as traditional Christmas music from around the world, Thomas’s beautiful prose is augmented in a delightful and charming fashion...You cannot escape the warmth of an evening that embodies the spirit of Christmas any better. In its simplicity, marked by expert singing and musical arrangements, the full cast of three men and three women is superb.”
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December 14th, 2018

"The perfect show for celebrating the company's 30th anniversary season...The acting is robust, humorous, and intentionally exaggerated for comic effect...A true ensemble piece, with each cast member eventually stepping into the limelight...But, truth be told, the show gains more spice with Moore's theatrical trimmings: traditional carols, original songs, contemporary poems, and Celtic step-dancing tossed in for good measure."
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Front Row Center
December 10th, 2018

“In ‘A Child’s Christmas in Wales’...Thomas weaves evocative text into a rich tapestry of enchantment...Moore brings Thomas’s memories to life in this adaptation of his popular reverie. Christmas carols and storytelling sparkle with humor and a large dose of nostalgia. Both Moore’s original music and the traditional holiday fare are arranged for the cast of six in refreshing harmony...The cast is chock full of excellent singers.”
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