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A Child's Christmas In Wales

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Members say: 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. More…

"A Child’s Christmas in Wales," celebrates the "never to be forgotten day at the end of the unremembered year," when songs are sung, cakes and sweets are abundant, and the frozen city parks are laden with mysteries and adventures for wild boys and girls to explore.


Member Reviews (41)

MEMBERS SAY:

Great singing, Delightful, Entertaining, Enchanting, Fluffy
77
Avg Score

70
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.

82
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

81
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.

Also This is a superior Christmas show. It is not more than that, but if th... Read more Read less

84
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.

79
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.

82
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.

80
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.

78
Old-fashioned, Lovely music, Traditional and nostalgic, Cozy, Entertaining

See it if Love sound of nice voices singing tradit. music & hearing Dylan Thomas' poetic & resonant words in a charming presentation. Enjoyable.

Don't see it if You want something modern, are a Grinch about Christmas, don't like the lush, sly & evocative prose of Thomas. This has a gentle spirit.

71
Great singing, Disappointing, Slow, Cute

See it if You want a cute, sweet, concert with a little dialogue mixed in.

Don't see it if You want an actual play. Great singing with a back ground story makes for an inoffensive production but nothing to write home about.

79
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.

85
Entertaining, Delightful, Great singing, Heartwarming

See it if Memories of a childhood interspersed with music - songs accompanied by violin and piano. A wonderful Nicholas Barasch as narrator and *

Don't see it if you absolutely need the carols to directly relate to the story being related

Also *singer. He was wonderful!

79
Delightful, Enchanting, Entertaining, Refreshing

See it if The Irish Rep produces a lovely Dylan Thomas story of Christmas in Wales. The perfect holiday family show.

Don't see it if Do not see if you are not interested in seasonal stories.

86
Delightful, Entertaining, Great singing, Enchanting

See it if you want to spend about 90 minutes being entertained with music, humor and delightful nostalgia.

Don't see it if you need something big. The 6 singers (including violinist) and pianist perform traditional carols and some written by Charlotte Moore.

Also What a lovely respite from the real world. The audience exited with sm... Read more Read less

80
Entertaining, Enchanting, Great singing, Fluffy, Indulgent

See it if If you want to see people pretend to reminisce and mostly just sing Christmas songs (some of which are in Welsh)

Don't see it if You're looking for real drama.

88
Great singing, Great staging, Charming, Delightful, Heartwarming

See it if you want the warmth of a Xmas fireside, family & friends, and a child's holiday joy -- with Xmas music amidst Thomas' lovely prose poem.

Don't see it if you want major plot or flashy effects. This is sweet, heartwarming, beautifully staged, with lovely performances & singing (esp. Barasch).

65
Banal, Cliched, Dated, Excruciating

See it if You're of a certain age and/or think the Bing Crosby Merry Christmas album epitomizes the Yuletide season; you'll have a great time.

Don't see it if Expecting plot, narrative or play; or if you find an evening of Christmas carols sung at you disturbing.

Also Attempting to keep the Dylan Thomas piece alive and relevant may be ad... Read more Read less

88
Enchanting, Great singing, Refreshing, Resonant, Great writing

See it if you like the story or recording on which it is based; enjoy nostalgia; will enjoy hearing some beautifully sung Christmas music.

Don't see it if you dislike Christmas music, nostalgia, sentimentality, and simple plots with no real "action."

Also I wasn't sure I would like this adaptation, but it is truly excellent.

70
Nice singing, Christmas-y, Benign, All is calm, all is bright

See it if you'd like to spend an hour in a cozy, decorated, old-fashioned living room, for mild prose & sweet singing, community theatre style

Don't see it if your Christmas needs lean more toward family conflict, naughty children & the ghost of Christmas future

Also Perfectly safe to bring your elderly granny & well-behaved kids under ... Read more Read less

84
Delightful, Great singing, Charming

See it if Very good interweaving of Thomas' poem with classic Christmas songs sung and told by excellent performers. Left feeling so happy.

Don't see it if Don't like traditional Christmas stories, operatic or serious singing with intention.

71
Great singing, Fluffy, Cliched

See it if you need a Christmas fix. It's mostly carols (some unfamiliar), not story. The singing in Welsh is cool.

Don't see it if you want a really resonant version of the story. I wanted more Thomas and less singing. The show is a bit saccharine, though heartfelt.

83
Delightful, Great singing, Great writing, Enchanting

See it if If you love language, you will love this. It is a joy to watch and listen to the words and the music

Don't see it if You are looking for a shiny, glitzy shallow piece. It is joyous and thought provoking

51
Disappointing, Charmless, A bit of a bore, Poor casting, Overrated

See it if You wouldnt want to spend day/eve w/this family-though most sang v well-they were so un-related & boring, it was hard to b invested at all~

Don't see it if Read the poem by Thomas & imagine it urself. This was cast & directed in haphazard way resulting in strangers who gave us no reason to care~

76
Great acting, Great singing

See it if You like acting and singing and Are not too interested in the story line

Don't see it if You want A coherent linear storyline

33
Disappointing, Great singing, Excruciating, Pointless, Forced

See it if you can sit through a show with no narrative & no reason for being. The music is well done, but there's no there there. Make it stop.

Don't see it if you have ANY other Christmas show options. This is a forced evening that at a scant 70-minute running time is STILL extremely padded. Ugh.

63
Banal, Cliched, Slow, Great singing, Great staging

See it if You enjoy a beautiful play. Strong singing, Dylan Thomas, and Christmas Carols. Solo shows stretched to multiple characters.

Don't see it if You mind a tedious play where the songs and the narrative don’t build upon each other.


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...
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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 co...
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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 ...
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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 impr...
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